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 genetic cancer risk assessments and genetic counseling. 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!
Sharisse Jimenez, MA, MS, CGC
Degrees: B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S, Case Western Reserve University; M.A., Case Western Reserve University, C.G.C., Certified Genetic Counselor
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.
Joshua Keyes, MS, CGC
Degrees: B.A., University of Colorado, Boulder; M.S., Stanford University, C.G.C., Certified Genetic Counselor
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.
Ana Sarmiento, MS, CGC
Degrees: B.A., SUNY Purchase College; M.S., Brandeis University, C.G.C., Certified Genetic Counselor
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.
Alina Sitaula, MS, CGC
Degrees: B.S., Southeastern Louisiana University; M.S., University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; C.G.C., Certified Genetic Counselor
Patient Care Philosophy: My philosophy is to make all my patients feel informed, supported and empowered in their journey to navigate the complex and dynamic world of cancer genetics. I am very passionate about health equity and ensuring marginalized communities have equal access to genetic counseling and testing.
Angelica Starnes, MS, CGC
Degrees: B.S., Texas A&M University; M.S., MD Anderson Cancer Centers UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, C.G.C., Certified Genetic Counselor
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.
Jess 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.
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.
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.