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Our Team


Mary-Alice Abbott, M.D., PhD, FACMG

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Residency: University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Board Certification: Am Bd Pediatrics (Certified), Am Bd Genetics - Clinical Genetics MD (Certified)

Specialty: Clinical Genetics 

Interests:  A native of Springfield, Dr. Abbott has a longstanding interest in pediatric genetics. She has a particular interest in pediatric dysmorphology and craniofacial conditions including cleft lip and palate. Her current focus is the pre- and post-natal evaluation and management of individuals with genetic disorders. Dr. Abbott and her team are currently using cutting edge technologies such as fetal MRI and prenatal microarray analysis to diagnose genetic diseases and help families plan for future pregnancies. In addition, she manages the Genetics Therapeutics Service at Baystate where we offer the latest in enzyme replacement and other technologically advanced treatments to patients of all ages with rare diseases, in the comfortable environment of our infusion suite.


Micaelle Martin, NP

Education: Rutgers University, BS

                  Northeastern University, MSN

Specialty:  Genetic Counseling

Interests: Micaelle has always had a special interest in the Pediatric population. During her more than a decade of specialty pediatric care, she has worked extensively with neonates as well as children with pediatric endocrine and gastrointestinal conditions. She has always had an interest in the area of Genetics and was thrilled to bring her specialty experience to the division of Medical Genetics. She now coordinates the care of children and young adults with known or suspected genetic syndromes. 


Jan C. Sullivan, RN, MS, CGC

Education: Sarah Lawrence College

Specialty: Genetic Counseling

Interests:  Jan has always had an interest in genetics.  She began her professional career as a NICU nurse; taking care of newborns with birth defects and genetics disorders.  This continued her interest in genetics and led her to pursue a career in genetic counseling.  She attended Sarah Lawrence College and received a Master’s degree in Human Genetics.  Her main interests are clinical dysmorphology and clinical cytogenetics; and she now brings her unique combination of talents together as the Pediatric Clinical Genetics Coordinator here at Baystate Medical Genetics.


Kristin L. Dalton, MS, CGC

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University - Medical College of Virginia

Specialty:  Genetic Counseling

Interests:  Since earning her genetic counseling degree, Kristin has worked at Baystate Medical Center, initially providing care to families in the areas of prenatal, pediatric, adult, and cancer genetics.  Over the years, she has focused her interests and currently specializes in prenatal and preconception genetic counseling.  Kristin enjoys being involved in the training of genetic counseling students and is a member of the advisory board for Boston University School of Medicine’s Genetic Counseling Graduate Program. 


Heidi Munro, MS, CGC

Education: Brandeis University
Specialty:  Genetic Counseling
Interests:  Heidi was born and raised in Western Massachusetts. She worked for two years at Albany Medical Center in their Maternal Fetal Medicine department. Heidi returned to Baystate Medical Center where she interned as a genetic counseling student and provides prenatal/preconceptual genetic counseling and hereditary cancer counseling to individuals/families. 


Beverly Tenenholz, MS, CGC

Education: University of Pittsburgh
Specialty: Genetic Counseling
Interests:  The specialty of medical genetics is an ever-changing, ever-growing field, and Bev has spent her career as a counselor, educator AND student. Working in Pittsburgh with the University of Pittsburgh, she had the opportunity to mentor graduate students in this field. Over the years, she has been involved with the development of several programs which have improved genetic counseling service access. In clinical practice, she has been involved in prenatal/preconceptual counseling, hereditary cancer counseling, and adult genetics counseling. At Baystate Medical Center, Bev provides genetic counseling to individuals/families concerned with hereditary cancer syndromes. She also serves as the genetic counselor and care coordinator for patients with lysosomal storage diseases. 


Ruth Kurniawati, PA-C, MPAS, PhD

Education: MCPHS University, University of New South Wales (PhD in Computer Science)  

Specialty: Clinical Genetics

Interests: Ruth's interest in genetics began with an undergraduate thesis on genetic algorithms, and continued throughout her early career in the software industry. Her enthusiasm for clinical medicine and passion for helping improve lives led her to graduate work in physician assistant studies. Ruth currently provides care for patients receiving Genetic Therapeutics Service at Baystate Medical Center.