#180 Reproductive DNA Testing with Mitera

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We are excited to share that Kourtney Kardashian recently featured in DNA Today in an article on Poosh, “How Genetics Play the Ultimate Role in Health”. Our host, Kira Dineen, shares insight on genetic counseling and epigenetics.

The Chief Medical Officer of Mitera, Dr. Kathy Salari, joins the show. Mitera is a telehealth company that offers a unique care model that uses remote technologies and subspecialty medical oversight to responsibly democratize access to reproductive genetic testing. On this episode, Dr. Salari will be sharing about Mitera’s at-home reproductive genetic testing options including non-invasive prenatal screening and carrier screening.

Dr. Kathy Salari is a maternal-fetal medicine subspecialist with expertise in caring for high-risk pregnancies. Her clinical work primarily focuses on reproductive genetics and fetal imaging. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Genetics from U.C. Berkeley in 2001 and her medical degree from U.C. San Diego in 2008. She then went on to complete her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Michigan in 2014. Following completion of her training, she began her clinical career as a maternal-fetal medicine specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area. In a period of two years she was named Chair of Clinical Genetics as well as the Director of Fetal Imaging and Perinatal Genetics at Palo Alto Medical Foundation. During her tenure as the director of a high volume fetal imaging center and maternal-fetal medicine group, her passion for timely and accurate diagnosis of birth defects and delivery of evidence-based obstetric care was emboldened. Driven by a vision for bringing subspecialty reproductive health expertise to every pregnant person across the country, she founded Mitera in 2019. By employing a telehealth platform for reproductive genetic testing, she hopes to bridge gaps in maternity care and broaden access to the responsible delivery of diagnostic technologies across the country.
On This Episode We Discuss:

Inspiration behind Mitera

Genetic conditions included in Mitera’s 23Pears carrier screening kit

Kira’s experience with 23Pears and what consider she is a carrier of

Informed consent process for ordering genetic testing

How results are shared with patients

Information included in Peaches&Me (Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening)

Why Mitera’s tests do not include microdeletions (NY Times article referenced)

How patients can order Mitera testing

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Check out the NY Times article mentioned during the conversation. To learn more about reproductive genetic testing and order a Mitera test, visit their website and check them out on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to connect with our guest, Dr. Kathy Salari, on LinkedIn! Be sure to check out our social media channels this week as we’ll be giving away a Mitera Carrier Screening Kit!

Stay tuned for the next new episode of DNA Today on April 22, 2022 where Dr. Stephanie Ryan will be sharing at-home experiments that you can do in honor of the upcoming DNA Day! You can also join us for our DNA Day celebration on April 25th at 6pmET, where we will extract DNA from fruit together! Register for the Zoom here.

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