Providers

Ora Karp Gordon, M.D., MS

Gordon_optDr. Gordon is the medical director of the Providence Center for Clinical Genetics and Genomics, and the Department of Integrative Medicine at the Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center. She is one of few medical geneticists in the Los Angeles area.

Before joining Providence, Dr. Gordon spent 13 years at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center as director of the GenRISK Adult Genetics Program, co-director of the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program and training director for the UCLA Medical Genetics Residency Program. A nationally recognized expert in hereditary cancer, Dr. Gordon is co-author of an award-winning book on understanding and managing breast and ovarian cancer risk, “Positive Results: Making the Best Decisions When You’re at High Risk for Breast or Ovarian Cancer.”

Dr. Gordon’s primary research interests involve the prevention of breast cancer. She has been involved in numerous clinical trials for cancer prevention. Dr. Gordon is board-certified in both internal medicine and medical genetics, and she serves as an associate professor of medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Passionate about a holistic approach to health and disease prevention, Dr. Gordon has also completed a fellowship in integrative medicine through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

Kimberly Childers, MS, LCGC

Childers_optKimberly Childers is a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor who specializes in cancer genetics. She is the regional manager of the Providence Center for Clinical Genetics and Genomics. Before joining Providence, Childers co-founded the Familial Breast Cancer Program at the University of Illinois Chicago Hospital.

Childers has been an integral part of research studies on hereditary breast cancer syndromes and the psychosocial impact of learning about hereditary cancer risks. Beyond cancer genetics and prevention, Childers is interested in education at the community and health care professional level, with the goal of expanding knowledge of and access to genetic counseling and testing. Childers earned her master’s degree in human genetics and genetic counseling from Stanford University and her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in psychology from the University of California San Diego.

Monica Helm, MS, LCGC

Helm_optMonica Helm is a board-certified and licensed genetic counselor with experience in cancer genetics, personalized medicine, science policy and health care administration. Before joining Providence, she worked as a genetic counselor at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Helm has participated in publications related to breast cancer risk and hereditary breast cancer in addition to primary research on the impact of cost on decision making related to genetic testing. Beyond cancer genetics and prevention, Helm is interested in public health and policy and is a member of the NSGC Public Policy Committee. Helm earned her master’s degree in genetic counseling from California State University Stanislaus and her bachelor’s degree in genetics with a minor in psychology from University of California Davis.