Follow-Up, R&D and Senior Laboratory Staff

Bethany Hettler, M.S.
Genetic Counselor, Assistant Follow-Up Coordinator

As a genetic counselor, Bethany is trained as both a scientist and a counselor. This specialized training allows her to explain the technical complexities of genetic testing to the general public and health care professionals alike, and to be ready to lend an empathetic ear when necessary. She also has a special interest in biostatistical analysis. Bethany is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors and received a M.S. in Human Genetics with emphasis in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. She holds a B.S. degree with Honors in Biology from The Pennsylvania State University at Erie--The Behrend College. Bethany has been with Neo Gen Screening since 1996 and is directly involved with follow-up and with many special statistical and marketing projects. During her graduate studies, she completed clinical counseling rotations at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh, Magee-Womens Hospital, and West Penn Hospital in pediatric, prenatal, adult, and hotline counseling settings. Bethanys undergraduate and graduate research background includes studying the teratogenic effects of hair permanents during pregnancy and patient satisfaction with genetic counseling services. The research has been presented nationally in both oral and poster forms.

Allen A. Bergum, BS, MT
Laboratory Manager

Allen Bergum earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He completed 3 years of postgraduate training in medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. After gaining valuable experience in clinical chemistry and toxicology at Berks Clinical Laboratory in Reading, Pa., he was asked in 1982 to join the pennsylvania state newborn screening program by the directors of the state contract laboratory, Acutech Medical Laboratories. He began as a technologist in newborn screening and RIA. As supervisor in 1990 he was appointed to oversee the pilot program for the detection of the sickle hemoglobinopathies, a program which resulted in statewide screening for the hemoglobinopathies in 1992.. He also served as a member of the clinical faculty of the Reading Area Community College MLT program. In 1994 he was appointed as manager of the Pennsylvania newborn screening contract laboratory in Reading, Pa. (LabCorp). He comes to NeoGen Screening with 17 years experience with the Pennsylvania newborn screening program. He is a member of the International Society for Neonatal Screening and the New York Academy of Sciences. He has attended all National Neonatal Screening Symposia since 1989. He joins Neo Gen Screening to help expand its innovative, state-of-the-art newborn screening programs, making them available to as many infants as possible.

Pamela Polana, BS, MT (ASCP)
Supervisor, Biochemistry Laboratory

Pam Polana, MT earned a BS degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Medical Technology with minors in Chemistry and Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She completed her MT training at Latrobe Area Hospital where she recieved the "Outstanding Student Award." She began her career as a staff technologist in the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh where she gained 10 years of valuable laboratory experience. While at AGH, she became the Coordinator of the Medical Technology Student Program for the Chemistry Department. Her duties included scheduling student rotations, developing educational objectives, lecturing to, and evaluating Medical Technology Students. She also functioned as a weekend supervisor and point-of-care testing quality assurance coordinator. In 1991, she started as a neonatal screening technologist for Neo Gen Screening and soon became a senior technologist. Since 1994, she has been a laboratory supervisor at Neo Gen Screening and has attended four National Neonatal Screening Symposia.

Judy Henry, RN
Coordinator, Adult Hypothyroid Screening Study

Judy Henry, RN  is a graduate of Presbyterian-University Hospital School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, currently UPMC Presbyterian. She completed her B.S.N. at La Roche College (magna cum Laude) and is currently in graduate school for Community Health Nursing. During most of her professional career Judy has worked in pediatric endocrinology, primarily at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh and briefly at Allegheny General Hospital. Among the positions she held while working at Childrens Hospital were Assistant Head Nurse of the Clinical Research Center and Outpatient Clinic Coordinator for the Department of Endocrinology. As a founding member of The Pediatric Endocrinology Nursing Society (PENS) 14 years ago, she has served in various capacities for this professional organization which provides education to nurses and other health care professionals, as well as support to families living with children with endocrine conditions. She has written newsletter articles for PENS quarterly publication, The Reporter, as well as a parent/child educational booklet, Cortisol Replacement Therapy.


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