Melissa Gilstrap, MS, CGC, Genetic Services Coordinator, Parker Adventist Hospital Melissa Gilstrap graduated summa cum laude from CU-Boulder with a BA in Analytical and Behavioral Genetics and an honors thesis titled, "The Clinical, Psychological, and Social Implications of BRCA1/2 Genetic Testing." Following her undergraduate degree, Melissa graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Biophysics and Genetics with an emphasis in Genetic Counseling from CU Health Sciences Center. She is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and Colorado Cancer Coalition Cancer Genetics Task Force. She has been with Centura Health her entire career and at Parker Adventist Hospital since 2011.
Melissa performs cancer and genetic risk assessments as well as coordinates genetic testing for her patients. Through this process, she also helps them adapt to their cancer and/or genetic risks and implement the medical management options they choose. Melissa is passionate about genetic counseling because she feels that it provides education and support for individuals and helps them to make informed decisions about their health.