Shodair Welcomes New Genetic Counselor

Date:  June 12, 2012

Contact: Anastasia Burton, Director of Community Relations and Marketing   (406) 444-7561


Shodair Welcomes New Genetic Counselor

(HELENA) — Shodair Children’s Hospital recently welcomed genetic counselor Marissa Clark to its Genetics Department.  Marissa received her Master of Science degree in genetic counseling from Arcadia University in Glenside,Pennsylvania this year.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology fromRockyMountainCollege inBillings in 2009.  She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

While pursuing her Master’s degree, Marissa experienced a variety of clinical rotations in genetic counseling, including one in pediatric genetics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and one in the cancer risk evaluation program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Registered as a Basic EMT, Marissa volunteered at a rural health post in Nepalfor one summer while in college.  Additionally, Marissa was an active volunteer with Special Olympics in Billings during her undergraduate studies, where she coached adult basketball and youth field hockey.

Marissa will see adult and pediatric patients for a variety of conditions at Shodair’s genetic outreach clinics in Billings , Miles City, and Sidney.

Marissa is originally from Geraldine.




About Shodair:  Shodair Children’s Hospital provides acute and residential psychiatric care for Montana children and adolescents, and clinical and laboratory medical genetic services to residents of all ages. Shodair is a non-profit, non-denominational facility and the state’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital. The medical genetics department at Shodair is the state’s medical genetics program, and provides comprehensive services to patients at the Helena campus and in communities throughout the state via outreach clinics.