Genomics Team

Clinical Genomics

Our clinical genomics team is here to help you understand genomic information, make the choices that are right for you and your family, and guide you through the genetic evaluation and testing process.  While staff members featured here are key players in your genomic care, our incredible physicians, nurses, IVF coordinators, donor coordinators, patient services staff, and administrative staff each play a key role in providing you with compassionate care and expertise.

Emily Mounts

Emily Mounts, MS, CGC

Director of Genomic Services + Genetic Counselor

Emily is a board-certified clinical genetic counselor and Director of the ORM Genomics program. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling at the Medical College of Virginia. She has been a clinical genetic counselor for 23 years, having counseled thousands of patients to help them make informed choices about prenatal and preconception testing. Emily has a passion for helping patients and providers navigate the increasingly complex world of reproductive genomics and enjoys working with the ORM team to provide compassionate, individualized care for each patient. Her professional interests include the genetic causes of infertility, carrier screening, egg and sperm donor screening, and prenatal diagnosis. She is a frequent speaker and author of publications on reproductive genetics and preimplantation genetic testing and is a past chair of the Genetic Counseling Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Serena Baughman

Serena Talcott Baughman, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor

Serena is a board-certified clinical genetic counselor on the ORM genomics team. Before becoming a genetic counselor Serena completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees in teaching at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR and taught high school biology for ten years. Serena joined ORM after receiving her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She provides genetic consultations for patients considering preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening, who are carriers of genetic disorders or chromosomal translocations, and who have personal or family histories of genetic conditions. She also provides genetic counseling expertise in her work with our egg donors, embryo donation program, and in-house sperm donors.

Gena Shepherd, MS, CGC

Gena Shepherd, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor

Gena is a board-certified clinical genetic counselor on the ORM genomics team. Gena completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, and received her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Gena previously worked as a clinical genetic counselor in Newfoundland, Canada, and she has been a part of the ORM Fertility team since 2016. Gena provides consultations for patients considering preimplantation genetic testing, performs family history assessments for ORM’s egg donor program, and manages ORM’s in-house embryo donation program. Gena has recently been enjoying growing our Sharing Healthy Genes services and providing consultations for egg donor agencies and recipients from outside clinics, who do not always have access to an in-house genetic counseling team with experience in third party reproduction, expanded carrier screening, and family history assessment.

Libby Cook, Genetic Counselor

Libby Cook

Genomic Services Coordinator

Libby is the Genomic Services Coordinator at ORM Fertility and has been in this role since 2019. She assists the Genomics team with administrative tasks and genetic testing coordination including PGT-A, PGT-M, PGT-SR, and carrier screening. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at University of Oregon and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Genetic Counseling. Upon completion of her degree in 2022, she plans to pursue a career as a genetic counselor.

Laboratory Genomics

Our embryology and in-house laboratory genomics teams ensure that your genomic testing is done with care and precision. They skillfully grow and biopsy embryos, process and test genetic samples, monitor quality control, and perform genomic research that contributes to improved patient care.

Alison Coates

Alison Coates, PhD

Embryology Laboratory Director

Alison began her Embryology career in the UK in 1987. She graduated from Hull University with a BSc in Zoology, specializing in murine embryology. Within her almost thirty years of experience she has seen many changes in the world of IVF. She worked as an embryologist at the Hammersmith Hospital, London (where the world’s first clinical PGD cases were performed), at Leeds General Infirmary in the north of England, and in the Middle East before settling in Portland in 1999 to create and direct the Reproductive Medicine Laboratory at ORM.

Alison recently orchestrated the sophisticated design and move of the ORM laboratory to our new Downtown Fertility Center. She received her Ph.D. in Genetics from Kent University in the UK. Her research interests include mosaicism in blastocysts, defining which IVF patients benefit from Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT-A), best practices for transfer of PGT-A -tested embryos (fresh vs. frozen), and sperm quality and its effect on embryonic aneuploidy.

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