Our Staff

Dr Jonathan Cohen

Dr Jonathan Cohen

MBBS, FRACGP, FACTM, MastFamMed

Jonathan Cohen MD is a parent and medical practitioner in private practice in Melbourne, Australia. He holds a Postgraduate Masters Degree in Family Medicine and is Adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria, Monash University Department of General Practice and Medical Director of Genetic Clinics Australia. He is involved with numerous research projects, author of multiple articles for medical, allied health journals and the lay press and presents regularly throughout Australasia on Fragile X Syndrome and screening for carrier genetic conditions.
Jonathan’s main medical interest areas include travel health, fragile X syndrome and preventive health.

Nikki Gelfand

Nikki Gelfand

Genetic Counsellor
BSc PostGradDip(GC) FHGSA

Nikki Gelfand is a HGSA board certified genetic counsellor with over 10 years experience in clinical practice both locally and overseas. She has a broad depth of knowledge in genetic counselling theory and practice, focusing mainly on reproductive and pregnancy based genetic counselling. She also has experience in speciality fields of genetic counselling such as cancer genetics and neurogenetics and currently also works at a large, public genetics service in Melbourne.

Nikki is a warm, caring, compassionate professional who is looking forward to extending her counselling services into the private sector. Nikki feels strongly about couples’ rights to access genetic testing prior to pregnancy, in order to promote informed choice and enhance patient autonomy in making decisions and plans that are right for their own family.

When not working, Nikki likes to spend time with her young family and friends, trying out new cafes and restaurants and travelling the world

Andrea Leibler

Andrea Leibler

Associate Genetic Counsellor
BSc (Hons) PostGradDip(GC) MHGSA

Andrea is an associate genetic counsellor with experience in a range of prenatal genetic clinics throughout Victoria. She also has experience doing research in biochemistry laboratories in both Melbourne and Israel.

Andrea has worked at Villa Maria helping children with disabilities and is in tune to the sensitivities of families with chronic illness or special needs. As a result, she has in depth understanding of both the science of genetics and the psychosocial implications to individuals and families.

She is a friendly, compassionate and warm professional . Andrea sees genetic testing becoming a more integral part of medicine, and has advocated in favour of carrier screening being universally offered and discussed with all individuals or couples pre-pregnancy.

Andrea also runs a vibrant and busy household with her 4 young children including identical twins! She loves spending quality time with family and friends, cooking, travelling and exploring new places.

Our staff are sensitive and approachable, working in a highly professional and confidential manner, via
telephone and face-to-face counselling consultations.