Mary Freivogel, MS, CGC

Mary Freivogel, Invision Sally Jobe's genetic counselor

Biography

Since 2001, Mary Freivogel has had a wide range of experience in both the operational and clinical aspects of cancer genetic counseling. Her career has included positions in sales and marketing, a key role with a start-up company providing cancer genetic counseling via telephone, and several self-created opportunities where she established cancer genetic counseling programs from the ground up. She is a proponent of making genetic counselors more efficient and effective in their interactions with patients and healthcare providers.Mary’s main interest is designing novel systems to identify and counsel patients at-risk for hereditary cancer.

At the beginning of 2009, Mary accepted a position at Invision Sally Jobe in Denver, Colorado and has established their Genetic Counseling program, called the Risk Assessment and Prevention Program. Through this program, patients obtain a detailed breast cancer risk assessment, as well as a risk assessment for other types of cancer. They learn about medical management options to detect cancer early, if not prevent it altogether. Genetic counseling and testing are included as part of the program for patients who are candidates. Mary is working to implement processes at Invision Sally Jobe that efficiently identify patients at high-risk for breast cancer and effectively communicate this risk to these patients and their referring physicians. She has presented information on this topic at various professional meetings, both locally and nationally, as well as published on this topic in national, peer-reviewed journals.

Mary is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Society of Genetic Counselors. Additionally, she is actively involved with the Society of Breast Imaging and the National Consortium of Breast Centers with regards to breast cancer risk assessment efforts. She has been instrumental in establishing the Denver chapter of Bright Pink, the only national, non-profit organization with an exclusive focus on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in high-risk young women.

Education

Masters of Science
Biophysics and Genetics,
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2001

Bachelor of Science
Chemistry, Summa Cum Laude
Creighton University, 1998

Certification and Licensure

  • Human Subjects Certification, 2009 - present
  • Physician’s Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care, 2009
  • Diplomat of the American Board of Genetic Counseling, 2002
  • Board-Certified, American Board of Genetic Counseling, 2002

Previous Positions

Genetic Counselor (10/2007 – 1/2009)
Informed Medical Decisions, Inc.
Tampa, Florida

Genetic Consultant (1/2007 – 10/2007)
Arapahoe Gastroenterology, P.C.
Littleton, Colorado

Product Manager (4/2004 – 1/2006)
Myriad Genetics
Salt Lake City, Utah

Account Executive (4/2001 – 4/2004)
Myriad Genetics
Salt Lake City, Utah

Publications

  • Brinton, J.T., Barke, L.D., Freivogel, M.E., Jackson, S., O’Donnell, C.I., Glueck, D.H. Breast cancer risk assessment in 64,659 women at a single high-volume mammography clinic. Academic Radiology 2012;19:95-99.
  • Freivogel, M.E. (Winter 2011). Assessing breast cancer risk: The importance of genetic counseling and testing. SBI News: The Member Newsletter of the Society of Breast Imaging.
  • Weissman, S. M., Bellcross, C., Chimera Bittner, C., Freivogel, M. E., Larsen Haidle, J., Kaurah, P., Leininger, A., Palaniappan, S., Steenblock, K., Vu, T. M., and Daniels, M. S. Genetic counseling considerations in the evaluation of families for Lynch syndrome - A review. Journal of Genetic Counseling 2011 Feb;20(1):5-19.
  • Dudley-Brown, S., & Freivogel, M. (2009). Hereditary colorectal cancer in the gastroenterology clinic: How common are at-risk patients and how do we find them? Gastroenterology Nursing, 32(1), 8-16.
  • Freivogel, M. E. (2005). Various entries. In The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders (2nd Ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale.
  • Freivogel, M. E. (2001). Various entries. In The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders (1st Ed.). Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale.

Abstracts and Posters

  • Brinton, J.T., Freivogel, M., Barke, L., Jackson, S., O’Donnell, C. I., Glueck, D. H. Breast cancer risk assessment in 64,659 women at a single high-volume mammography clinic. Poster presentation. The Colorado Cancer Center Retreat. September 2011.
  • Brinton, J.T., Freivogel, M., Barke, L., Jackson, S., O’Donnell, C. I., Glueck, D. H. Adjunct breast MRI screening in women with an increased risk for breast cancer: only one in six women comply with American Cancer Society Guidelines when recommendations are made. Poster presentation. The 16th Annual Multidisciplinary Symposium on Breast Disease. Amelia Island, FL. February 2011.
  • Brinton, J.T., Freivogel, M., Barke, L. D., Jackson, S., O’Donnell, C. I., and Glueck, D. H. Women are rarely screened in accordance with American Cancer Society guidelines: Only one in sixteen women at high risk for breast cancer get an MRI as an adjunct to mammography. Submitted to Radiological Society of North America; Chicago, IL; December 2010.
  • Freivogel, M.E., Heydlauff, S., Barke, L.D. Identification of candidates for breast MRI screening: Is the Gail model adequate? National Consortium of Breast Centers, 19th Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference; Las Vegas, NV; March 2010.

Invited Presentations

  • Practical Use of Cancer Genetic Counseling in Everyday Family Medicine. 2012 Colorado Academy of Family Practice Annual Scientific Conference. Colorado Springs, CO; April 2012.
  • Brinton JT, Freivogel M, Barke L, Jackson S, Glueck DH. Improving Compliance with American Cancer Society Recommendations for Breast Cancer Screening in Women at Elevated Lifetime Risk. New Investigators Workshop. American Society of Preventive Oncology. Washington, D.C. March 3-March 6. 2012.
  • Introduction to Breast Cancer Risk Assessment. National Consortium of Breast Centers, 21st Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference. Pre-Conference Session: Breast Cancer Risk Assessment: A Collaborative Approach. Las Vegas, NV; March 2012.
  • Tools to Calculate Breast Cancer Risk. National Consortium of Breast Centers, 21st Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference. Pre-Conference Session: Breast Cancer Risk Assessment: A Collaborative Approach. Las Vegas, NV; March 2012.
  • The Importance of Genetic Evaluation and Counseling in a Breast Center. National Consortium of Breast Centers, 21st Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference. National Recognition for Breast Centers of Excellence: Service Line Optimization. Las Vegas, NV; March 2012.
  • A Systematic Approach to Breast Cancer Risk Assessment: Lessons Learned and Data Gathered. National Consortium of Breast Centers, 21st Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference; Las Vegas, NV; March 2012.
  • Five Important Points About Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetic Testing. American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Colorado Section. Boulder, CO; September 2011.
  • The Genetics Landscape: How will the genetic counseling community evolve over the next 5 years? The Changing Landscape of HBOC Risk Assessment - Myriad Genetics Advisory Board Meeting. Salt Lake City, UT; June 2011.
  • The Increasingly Important Role of the Clinical Pathologist in the Diagnosis of Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes. Colorado Society of Clinical Pathologists Fall Conference; Denver, CO; November 2010.
  • Large Scale Identification of Women at High Risk for Breast Cancer. National Consortium of Breast Centers, 19th Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference; Las Vegas, NV; March 2010.
  • Telephone and Web-Based Genetic Counseling. NSGC Annual Education Conference; Atlanta, GA; November 2009.
  • Breast Cancer Risk Assessment. Innovations in Women’s Cancer Prevention, Detection, & Management (Sponsored by HealthONE, Swedish Medical Center and Invision Sally Jobe); Denver, CO; November 2009.
  • Breast Cancer Screening and Managing High Risk Patients. St. Anthony's Medical Center – on behalf of COPIC; Denver, CO; October 2009.
  • Breast Cancer Screening and Managing High Risk Patients. Aspen Valley Medical Center – on behalf of COPIC; Aspen, CO; May 2009.
  • Genetic Testing for Hereditary Cancer. High Tech Prevention Summit; Aspen, CO; October 2008.
  • Creating Your Own Job: A Success Story. NSGC Online Educational Conference; August 2008.
  • Creating Your Own Job: A Success Story. NSGC Region V Online Educational Conference; September 2007.
  • Advancement Opportunities: Find them, create them make them happen. NSGC Annual Education Conference; Washington, DC; October 2004.

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