Our Medical Genetics Team

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Shodair’s Medical Genetics Program provides Montana’s only comprehensive care for children and adults with genetic conditions. A team composed of a genetics clinician (MD or nurse practitioner who specializes in genetics) and a genetic counselor provides comprehensive services, including diagnostic evaluation, care coordination, and risk assessment. Our laboratory provides state-of-the-art testing for genetic conditions, and a geneticist is also involved in the test analysis, allowing for seamless care integration that benefits the patients as well as their families. Our team also includes a licensed clinical psychologist to provide neuropsychological assessments when indicated and a registered dietician to help our patients with certain genetic conditions manage nutritional challenges.


Abdallah F. Elias, MD

Chief Medical Officer of Genetics

Jaylee Chladek, RN-BSN

Jaylee Chladek, RN-BSN

NBS Follow-up and Metabolic Clinic Coordinator


Jaclyn Haven, MS, CGC

Chief Administrative Officer of Medical Genetics


Ellen Kassay, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor


Bailey Meibos, MS

Genetic Counselor


Caitlyn Patera, DNP, FNP-C

Genetic Nurse Practitioner


Corbin Schwanke

Clinical Laboratory Analyst

Tyler Setlock

Tyler Setlock, LN

Registered Dietician


Willow Sheehan, DNP, FNP-C

Genetic Nurse Practitioner

Kristen Smelko

Christa D. Smelko, PsyD



Maija Trout, MS, CGC

Genetic Counselor