One year ago today, I had the surreal experience of sitting on the stage of the Megyn Kelly NBC Today show to answer questions about my work with people who make DNA surprise discoveries after DNA testing. To call it memorable would be an understatement!
The news of just how many people receive surprises about their family matching from DNA tests is spreading.
As a genetic counselor and genealogy enthusiast, I saw this coming years ago (2014) when the first people began finding their way to me in search of support and information.
In anticipation of the growth, I’ve accumulated many resources and posted them freely on my website, I’ve posted the stories of those who have been through these experiences as guest blog posts, and started and administer secret support groups on Facebook.
I don’t know about you, but I love a good podcast! It gives me something to listen to in the car when driving into the city for an appointment, while out for a neighborhood stroll with my youngest, or folding my family of five’s never-ending laundry piles. This is a reason I am PUMPED that there are now FIVE podcasts in genetic counseling world that can be added to my list! Call me biased since I’ve had the great fortune to be a guest on three of them, but these recordings allow a window into the unique aspects of the work of genetic counselors. Click below to find out more about the topics and guests who have been a part of these podcasts!
I recently spoke with Brian Hickey who writes for PhillyVoice. In this piece which covers the topic of support after unexpected DNA discoveries, I shared my thoughts on the topic and touched briefly on the role grief and support play in these experiences.
You can find the article HERE.
I recently spoke with Sonya Collins who writes for WebMD Magazine. I shared my thoughts and advice on at home DNA tests based on years of both personal and professional experience, and I was pleased to see TWO articles come from it!
Please read, especially the second article! It will equip you to be a savvy chooser of a DNA tests you might purchase online and you can find more detailed advice than what made it into the article HERE.
Megyn Kelly is a host on NBC who covers a lot of DNA topics on her weekday talk show, Megyn Kelly Today. Last week, she invited myself and a few other guests to talk about either personal or professional experiences related to DNA shocks or surprises. If you missed it, you can view the three segments below.
If you have come here as result of seeing the Megyn Kelly Today show segment on DNA shocks, welcome! I want to familiarize you with the Watershed DNA site so you can find the information you came here to look for.
Across the top of the screen (or along the right hand side, if you're on a smart phone), you will find the navigation bar. It may look like a series of three lines. If you click on it, a menu of tabs will appear.
Valerie Pritchett is a newscaster for ABC27 News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Valerie recently reached out to me for help understanding her 23andMe ancestry results. It was great fun! See what surprises Valerie learned and understand a little bit of the background behind her motivation to test. Off-screen, we discussed other things, like the traits and health information that 23andMe reports can provide, and how genealogical research can complement DNA testing when exploring your results for ancestry purposes.
Do you have questions about consumer DNA tests like 23andMe or Ancestry.com? I work one-on-one with individuals who have questions before or after DNA testing, whether their goals center on genealogy or health. I also provide services after testing, by clarifying results, supporting clients with the unexpected surprises that sometimes come with DNA testing, and connecting clients with the resources they need.
Reach out through the WatershedDNA.com "contact me" button if you're interested in my services! I'd love to work with you to get your questions answered.
Brianne is highlighted in the August issue of a local magazine, Trail Living, as the small business owner of the month. In the article, Brianne talks about why she started Watershed DNA and the challenges and rewards of small business ownership for achieving satisfaction in family life and career. No online link is currently available but will be added in the future if possible.
The story of a Watershed DNA client who sought out genetic counseling services after a home DNA test was highlighted in a six-page article in "Dr. Oz The Good Life" magazine (the June 2016 "popcorn" issue). Find the periodical on newsstands now, and learn more about the pros and cons of testing and using third party sites for analyzing your own DNA. Other topics covered include "SNPs" and what you should consider about insurance coverage before ordering a DNA test.