Allie Hentschell, MS, CGC
- Genetic counseling
A referral may be needed for this provider.
- Cancer risk assessment
- Hereditary cancer genetic testing
Hometown: St. Lous, Missouri
What is your practice philosophy? In my practice as a cancer genetic counselor, I serve patients from a variety of different backgrounds, including patients with a personal history of cancer, a recent cancer diagnosis, or a family history of cancer. I enjoy providing up to date, applicable information regarding cancer risks and discussing ways in which patients can make educated decisions regarding their current and future healthcare.
Why did you become a provider? When did you know this was the career for you? I knew that I wanted to become a genetic counselor after listening to patient experiences regarding genetic counseling. After learning about the ways that genetic counseling and genetic testing could empower individuals to take charge of their health and assist patients in making decisions that were best for them, I knew this career was the one for me. I enjoy the complexities of genetics and being able to explain the information to patients in a way that is accessible and applicable to their own personal and family history.
Something I have learned from my patients is: I have learned to never make assumptions about a patient based of the indication or information in their medical history. While I may receive 100 referrals for the same indication, I have found that each patient comes with a unique lived experience. I try to go into each session with few expectations or assumptions, as I find this is the best way to truly understand a patient’s background and experiences.
One of the challenges of this career that I enjoy is (and why): One of the biggest challenges in genetics, and specifically cancer genetics, is staying up to date with current data. In the cancer genetics world, our understanding of the genetics and risks for cancer is constantly changing. Thus, I have found that it is both challenging and rewarding to work in this field. I am constantly reading new literature and adjusting the information that I share with patients in order to provide the most up to date information and care.
My personal health goal is: My goal is to participate in at least three group workout classes a week once appropriate given the current situation. In the meantime, I hope to have a good exercise routine that gets me outside at least 3-4 days a week.
What is the best thing you’ve done for your health or the best health advice you’ve received? I began to have a more holistic approach to my health by taking care of both my physical and mental health. I have found that physical health and activity has a large impact on my mental health, and that my mental health can impact my overall physical health. By addressing every component of my health, I have become a happier person and a better genetic counselor.
- Genetic counseling
- Playing soccer
- Watching sports
- Indiana University
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Minnesota Genetic Counselors Association
- National Society of Genetic Counselors
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Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)