My approach with patients is more of a team approach. I tell them I’m there to encourage and empower them, give them the knowledge they need but the decision has to be theirs. Genetic testing fits into that process 100% because it’s precision medicine. So what’s right for one patient is not right for somebody else. Not only in their lifestyle but also in their genetic makeup. You explain that to a patient, you empower them, now they understand their illnesses then they can make those changes and also affect their family and their children. So I think genetic testing is crucial in the way I see medicine and the art of healing.
— Dr. Ibarren, MD