Kristin Engelstad, MS, CGC
Clinical Study Coordinator and Genetic Counselor



  • BS: Biology, Iowa State University, IA
  • MS: Human Genetics , Sarah Lawrence College, NY
Board Certification: American Board of Genetic Counseling


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Kris Engelstad is a clinical coordinator and board certified genetic counselor who has worked in the field of neurology for over 10 years. She is involved in several areas of patient care including research and genetic counseling. Her involvement in research includes natural history studies, clinical trials, a patient contact registry and biobank for patients with mitochondrial disorders. She has also been involved with a natural history study of patients with Glut-1 Deficiency Syndrome, an inborn error of metabolism.

Her interest in genetic counseling began through contact with hundreds of families dealing with the impact of neurological genetic disorders. Her goal is to educate patients and their families about disease specific genetic issues; additionally, to help patients and their extended families to make informed choices about genetic testing and family planning.

Genetic Counseling is the process by which patients or relatives, at risk of an inherited genetic disorder, are educated about of the nature and consequences of the disorder, the risk of developing or transmitting it, and the options open to them for family planning. Genetic counseling is utilized in most areas of medicine.



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