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Rachel Shapira, ScM, LCGC, is a genetic counselor certified by the American Board or Genetic Counseling and licensed in California. She received her BA from Wesleyan University in 2000, with majors in Theater and Science in Society. She received her Master of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health/National Human Genome Research Institute Genetic Counseling Program in 2014. Prior to her genetic counseling career, Rachel worked in myriad roles and settings, from nonprofit to high tech. Before joining the UCLA team, she was a genetic counselor in the St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Genetics Program and at GeneTestNow, a non-profit initiative providing education about Jewish genetic diseases and carrier screening. In addition to her current clinical work, she volunteers with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer organizations including FORCE and Sharsheret. She enjoys presenting to patient and community groups, from high school seniors to rabbinical students, on the topics of hereditary cancer and Jewish genetic diseases.