Our Specialized Staff
Peggy J. Cottrell, LCGC
Peggy J. Cottrell, LCGC, is a New Jersey licensed and board-certified genetic counselor who began her clinical career in physical therapy. Ultimately, she transitioned into genetics and oncology in the outpatient hospital setting. In her current role at The Regional Cancer Center at Holy Name Medical Center, Ms. Cottrell works in genetics and specializes in comprehensive risk assessment for hereditary cancer syndromes. She received her BS in physical therapy from Downstate Medical Center. Ms. Cottrell was awarded both her MS in genetic counseling from Sarah Lawrence College and board certification in genetic counseling in 2002. She is a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Shari B. Ashton, PA-C
Shari B. Ashton, PA-C, is a New Jersey licensed and board-certified physician assistant who began her clinical career in dermatology. She transitioned into genetics and oncology in the outpatient hospital setting. At The Regional Cancer Center at Holy Name, Ms. Ashton works in genetics and specializes in comprehensive risk assessment for hereditary cancer syndromes. As part of a collaborative team of medical oncologists, surgeons and genetic counselors, Ms. Ashton also identifies, enrolls and tracks patients in clinical research focused on tumor testing for new ways to target somatic mutations in many cancers. She received her BS in accounting at Rutgers University, School of Business. Ms. Ashton was awarded her physician assistant certificate and MS at The University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey in 2007. She is currently pursuing a certificate in clinical cancer genetics through The City of Hope. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants.