Cancer Genetic Counseling Team
As genetic counselors, we believe in the power of human connections to help you and your family derive personal meaning from cancer risk assessments and genetic test results. It is our mission to help you be proactive about your health and thrive.
LAURA BRZESKIEWICZ, MS, CGC, MANAGER
Degrees: B.S., Colorado State University, Fort Collins; M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison; C.G.C., Certified Genetic Counselor
Patient Care Philosophy: I enjoy working with patients and families to navigate the complex, ever-changing field of cancer genetics and supporting them through their journey.
JESSICA L. ANDERSON, RNc, MS, WHNP-SC, AGN-BC
Degrees: B.S. Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center; M.S. Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center Denver. Advanced Genetics Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified
Patient Care Philosophy: I am honored to be a part of the patient’s medical team helping them understand hereditary cancer genetics that drives personalized care and medical decision-making for their health and the health of their families. It is a privilege to be a nurse practitioner on this talented team!
ERIN BORCHARDT, MS, CGC
Degrees: B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison; C.G.C. Certified Genetic Counselor
Patient Care Philosophy: I strive to help patients and their families understand the cancer genetic counseling and testing process, and allow them to play an active role in decision making. My goal is for every patient to feel supported and have a positive experience.
BRITTNEY GOETSCH, MS, CGC
Degrees: B.S., Colorado State University; M.S., University of North Carolina, Greensboro; C.G.C., Certified Genetic Counselor
Locations: Lone Tree – SkyRidge
Patient Care Philosophy: I am deeply affected by those with hereditary cancer syndromes and channel that energy into empowering and supporting my patients through complex information and important decisions.
SARAH HAMILTON, MS, CGC
Degrees: B.S., University of Wisconsin Madison, M.S. University of Wisconsin Madison, C.G.C, Certified Genetic Counselor
Patient Care Philosophy: I endeavor to provide my patients with the knowledge, support, and resources to help them better navigate the complexities of a genetic diagnosis. I am passionate about the constantly evolving field of cancer genetics and sharing this knowledge with my patients. It is my hope that genetic counseling empowers our patients to make the best health decisions for themselves and their family members.
SHARISSE JIMENEZ, MS, MA
Degrees: B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S, Case Western Reserve University; M.A., Case Western Reserve University
Locations: Denver – Rose
Patient Care Philosophy: I strive to be a patient’s advocate throughout the genetic counseling and testing experience, while also serving as a source of knowledge about hereditary cancer. I strongly believe that all patients have a right to be informed prior to making genetic testing decisions. I hope to leave my patients feeling both informed and empowered throughout their cancer genetic testing journey.
Yo me esfuerzo por ser una asesora del paciente durante la experiencia con consejería genética y con pruebas genéticas, mientras también sirviendo como una fuente de conocimiento acerca del cáncer hereditario. Yo sinceramente creo que todos los pacientes tienen el derecho de ser informados antes de tomar decisiones sobre pruebas genéticas. Yo espero que mis pacientes se sientan tantos informados como empoderados durante su camino a través de las pruebas genéticas para cáncer.
RACHEL SWIHART, MS, CGC
Degrees: B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; M.S., Long Island University-Post; C.G.C, Certified Genetic Counselor
Patient Care Philosophy: I believe in providing my patients with the time and space to process the complex emotions involved in discussing hereditary cancer. My goal is to help my patients feel empowered throughout their journey while also validating the fears, desires, and anxieties which inevitably go along with addressing a personal and/or family history of cancer.
JOSHUA KEYES, MS
Degrees: B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; M.S., Stanford University
Patient Care Philosophy: My philosophy as a member of the patient’s medical team is to assist and support the patient and their family in understanding and navigating the complex world of cancer genetics. In doing so, I strive to humble myself to the patient and work to facilitate and empower emotional and medical decision-making for their health and the health of their family.
LINDSAY KENDALL, BS, SENIOR DATA COORDINATOR
Degrees: B.S., University of Alabama
Patient Care Philosophy: I strive to deliver the most enjoyable and efficient experience for patients and genetic counseling team members. I believe that streamlining the flow of necessary information allows patients and genetic counselors to make the most of their time together.
ANA SARMIENTO, MS
Degrees: B.A., SUNY Purchase College; M.S., Brandeis University
Patient Care Philosophy: As a native Spanish-speaker, my philosophy is to provide compassionate and quality care to all my patients, especially to those who encounter language barriers in the healthcare system. My goal is to leave patients informed, validated, and empowered.
Como Latina y Hispanohablante, mi filosofía es proporcionar servicios compasivos y de calidad a todos mis pacientes, especialmente aquellos que encuentran barreras de idioma en el sistema de salud. Mi meta es dejar a los pacientes informados, validados y empoderados.
ANGELICA STARNES, MS
Degrees: B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., MD Anderson Cancer Centers UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Location: Colorado Springs
Patient Care Philosophy: I find fulfillment in connecting with patients and helping them and their families to manage the medical and psychological ramifications of hereditary cancer. I strive to empower every patient to understand their genetic risk for cancer and walk with them through the decision-making process before and after genetic testing. I am excited to help serve the patients of Colorado Springs and the surrounding area.
JESSICA TAYLOR, MS, SENIOR DATA COORDINATOR
Degrees: B.A, Wartburg College, Waverly, IA; M.S., University of Northern Colorado, Greeley
Patient Care Philosophy: I prepare each patient’s family history information in a thorough and timely manner for all genetic counseling appointments. My goal is to provide excellent customer service to all patients and the genetic counseling team members I support.
SAMI DIAB, M.D., MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST, MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Degrees: M.D., Damascus University, Damascus, Syria; Residency, Wayne State University
Patient Care Philosophy: I use state-of-the-art medical treatments to treat cancer and providing emotional, spiritual and social support during patient visits. I believe in keeping an open mind about all issues, being honest and caring at all times, advocating for my patients and involving family and significant others in my patient’s care.
Clinical research is a passion of mine and I am focused on offering appropriate trials to patients as well as investigating new treatments. Above all, I treat patients the way I would like to be treated and tailor treatment plans to individual patients.
SARA ROBINSON, M.D., MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST, MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Degrees: M.D., The University of Texas Medical School at Houston; Residency, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver
Patient Care Philosophy: My philosophy on the treatment of cancer is patient-centered. I believe in taking a holistic approach to each patient integrating new data-driven therapies, clinical trials, and wellness through emotional, physical, and mental supportive care.
I consider myself a patient advocate and try to be readily available. I pledge to fight this fight we call cancer.