Hereditary Cancer Team

To provide our patients with the finest care, we provide a team of experts:

  • Certified Genetic Counselors
  • Director of Medical Genetics
  • Oncology Social Worker
  • Reimbursement Specialist


From left to right: Jeanne Homer, M.S.; Bahar Kashef, B.S.; Valentina Dalili-Shoaie, M.D.; Carole Richard; Frances Oh, M.S.; Salma Chehabi, M.S.

Genetics Team

Jeanne Homer, M.S., Genetic Counselor

Jeanne Homer graduated from Smith College and received her M.S. degree in genetic counseling from the University of California at Irvine. She is board certified as a genetic counselor. Jeanne has been seeing patients through the Hereditary Cancer Program through Hoag Family Cancer Institute since 2002. Jeanne is licensed in the state of California.

Frances Oh, M.S., Genetic Counselor

Frances Oh, M.S. received her Masters degree from UCI, and brings a great deal of experience and knowledge about hereditary cancer to Hoag and our patients. Frances is licensed in the state of California.

Salma Chehabi, M.S., Genetic Counselor

Salma Chehabi, M.S. received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 1999, her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Behavior in 2009 and her Master of Science in genetic counseling in 2013 all from the University of California, Irvine. She is a board certified genetic counselor and is licensed in the State of California. Salma is fluent in English, Spanish, Arabic and French.

Valentina Dalili-Shoaie, M.D., Physician Director

Dr. Dalili has a lifelong interest in genetics and earned her medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, and her education includes a two-year fellowship in clinical genetics at Harvard Medical School.

Caitlin Glenn, Oncology Clinical Social Worker

Social workers are available to provide psychosocial support to help you and your family address the unique issues involved with assessment and management of cancer risk.

A message from the genetic counselor team: We understand that it is a big step to begin thinking about the possibility of hereditary cancer for you and your family. At Hoag, our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible throughout this process, by:

  • Being available in person, by phone and via email prior to your appointment to address your concerns and questions
  • Being on time for your appointments
  • Welcoming your (adult) family members to all appointments
  • Treating your personal and family history information with all of the attention and consideration that it deserves
  • Protecting your privacy
  • Serving as a source of information on the latest research and developments in hereditary cancer
  • Being a life-long resource to you (to re-evaluate your information in the event of any changes)