Jennifer Eichmeyer, MS, LCGC
Jen is an ABGC board certified Genetic Counselor licensed in the state of Idaho, Washington, Nebraska, and Delaware. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC), the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), the Idaho Society of Clinical Oncology (ISCO), and the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC). She obtained her Bachelor of Science in genetics with a minor in psychology from Iowa State University in 2000. She received her Masters in genetic counseling from the University of Texas-Health Science Center Houston in 2002.
Shortly after graduation Jen moved to Idaho to begin her career at St. Luke’s Health System. She soon realized the potential for growth of genetics in Idaho and began building new service lines in cancer, pediatrics, telehealth genetic counseling, pharmacogenetics, and test utilization management. She was awarded the ACCC Innovator Award in 2013 and the St. Luke’s President’s Award in 2014. She has experience with Commission on Cancer Accreditation and has spent years participating in advocacy groups and boards of directors. She has been a leader in the NSGC Precision Medicine PGx working group and continues to educate in the field of pharmacogenetics with presentations at the NSGC Annual Conference, ISCO Conference, and CPIC. Jen is passionate about increasing access to genetic counselors and using the unique skill set of genetic counselors in creative ways.
In her free time Jen enjoys swimming, rock-climbing, snowboarding, and golfing with her husband.
Jessie Modlin, PharmD
Jessie received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Wyoming in 2004. After graduation Jessie completed a post-graduate pharmacy practice residency at Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, Washington. She then went on to complete a second year post-graduate residency in oncology pharmacy at St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise, Idaho. She is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Idaho and Washington. Jessie is a member of the Hematology Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA), the National Community Oncology Dispensing Association (NCODA), the Idaho Society of Health System Pharmacists (ISHP), the Idaho Society of Clinical Oncology (ISCO), and the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) Pharmaceutical Sciences Committee.
As a pharmacist who has worked directly with oncology patients for more than 10 years, Jessie is intimately aware of the importance of unique patient differences when it comes to drug metabolism. She is also aware of increasing drug costs and how this has escalated overall healthcare costs significantly in recent years. Her passion is for helping patients understand their medications and providing questions to ask doctors about their care.
Jessie enjoys traveling, fly fishing, playing cribbage and living a simple life.
Anne Spencer, MS, LCGC
Anne is an ABGC board certified Genetic Counselor licensed in the state of Idaho. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). She graduated from Whitman College in 1987 with a degree in Biology-Psychology. She received her Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and was certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling in 1993.
After graduation Anne worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital for 3 years before moving to Idaho in 1994, where she became the first genetic counselor in Idaho. She worked at St. Luke’s Maternal Fetal Medicine from 1994-2001, the Idaho Department of Health Genetic Services Program from 2001-2008 and helped transition the Idaho Genetics Clinic to St. Luke’s in 2009. After the successful program transition, Anne shifted her focus to teaching. She has been teaching classes at College of Idaho, including classes on bioethics, since 2011.
Anne’s interest in Huntington’s disease (HD) began shortly after she arrived in Idaho. Reliable genetic testing for the disease had just become available and many families were interested in having the test to see if they carried the HD genet, but were unable to travel out of state to receive the necessary counseling. So Anne decided to offer HD counseling and test coordination to Idaho families. After several years of HD test counseling, and having met many families dealing with various aspects of the disease, Anne realized that there was a real need for an HD support group in Boise. She, with the help of a student intern, led the first Idaho HD support group in 2004. The group has been meeting monthly ever since, with Anne leading most meetings. In 2013 the support group expanded and affiliated with the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA), becoming the HDSA Southern Idaho Affiliate. Anne has served on the Affiliate’s board of directors since its founding, and was its chair in 2015-2016. Anne’s experience doing HD genetic counseling, leading the HD support group, and attending scientific meetings on HD has given her a broad perspective on how HD affects families. She knows that each family and each individual within an HD family is unique and that decisions about whether and when to be tested are deeply personal.