Rachel Donnell, MMSc, CGC is a licensed and board-certified genetic counselor with clinical experience in reproductive genetics and infertility. Originally from Missouri, Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri. From there, she received her Master of Medical Science in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Drawn into the fertility field by the advancements of genetic testing of embryos, Rachel joined SRM in 2016 as our first in-house genetic counselor.
Rachel provides genetic counseling for anyone interested in learning more about how genetic testing can be used to help build healthy families. Rachel’s patients remark that she provides education about genetics at a level that anyone can understand. Her special interests include counseling patients about mosaicism and genetic testing of embryos for inherited conditions (PGT-M). Her goal is to help people make informed decisions regarding family planning options—whether that includes genetic testing, or not.
Rachel’s passion for genetics and genetic testing in the fertility field extends beyond SRM. She currently serves as the Chair Elect of the Genetic Counseling Professional Group (GCPG) of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Additionally, she is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and takes part in the Assisted Reproductive Technologies/Infertility Special Interest Group.
Rachel sees patients in the Seattle office and provides telecounseling for patients at other locations. In her free time, Rachel is a Puppy Raiser for Summit Assistance Dogs, an organization that provides highly-skilled assistance dogs to individuals with disabilities that significantly affect their mobility. If you’re lucky, you may catch a glimpse of her current service puppy in training—a yellow Labrador named Neela.