Genetic Counseling Specialist

Allora Med Spa

Medical Spa & Skin Revitalization located in Hickory, NC

When you have concerns about your extended family’s health history and how it impacts you, you can benefit from genetic counseling with Lawrence Carter, MDVip, at Allora Med Spa. At Allora Med Spa, men and women in Hickory, North Carolina, seek advanced testing to learn more about their health and future. To learn more about genetic counseling and how it can help you, call Dr. Carter to set up an appointment or book online.

Genetic Counseling Q & A

What is genetic counseling?

Genetic counseling helps you forecast the possibilities and probabilities of your future health by helping you learn if you’re at risk for developing a disease that runs in your family. For example, if your mom or an aunt has breast cancer, you may want to seek genetic counseling to determine if you carry some of the same genes responsible for the cancer.

Genetic testing is not yet widely available across the country — there are only 4,000 certified genetic counselors in the United States. Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals with a graduate level education and continued studies in genetics. Dr. Carter is proud to offer this important service.

What does a genetic counselor do?

Genetic counselors talk to you about:

  • The testing process
  • Specific types of genetic tests
  • Your family history and ethnic background
  • Your risk profile
  • The pros and cons of testing
  • The emotional consequence of getting test results
  • The details of certain genetic conditions
  • Medical specialists that treat specific genetic conditions
  • Support groups for genetic conditions
  • Results from abnormal tests and next steps

After your conversation with Dr. Carter, you have a better understanding of your inherited risk for specific diseases.

What are some reasons I may want to see a genetic counselor?

There are a lot of situations that merit meeting with a genetic counselor. Some of the reasons include:

  • You have a strong family history of cancer
  • You’re pregnant or want to start a family
  • Your newborn baby screening raised questions about the health of your baby
  • You have been diagnosed with a genetic condition

When you’re ready to pursue testing, Dr. Carter draws blood and sends off DNA to an offsite lab. You meet with him again after a week or so to go over the results.

What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing is a very specific form of health testing that looks for genes that may create disease in the future. Prenatal testing is a well-known form of genetic testing.

Other common diseases that genetic testing reveals are:

  • Huntington’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Tay-Sachs disease

To learn more about genetic counseling and testing, request a consultation with Dr. Carter by calling the office or using the online tool.