Our Team at Arbor Diagnostics
Arbor Diagnostics, Inc. is a pathology practice focused on women’s healthcare. Arbor’s practice offerings, which include diagnostic and laboratory services, are centered around cutting edge technology. Our practices are structured to drive better cost containment high-quality and excellent customer service. We simplify patient care for better accuracy and ease of access by consolidating results for clinicians. We are passionate about women’s and children’s health, science, evidence-based medicine, and ethical delivery of results to our patients. It is Arbor’s commitment to focus on the quality, accuracy, and care of our patients, while constantly evaluating new technologies to develop diagnostic capabilities that drive the evolution and progress of the healthcare system.
Katie Bartush, BS, HTL(ASCP)cm is the histology supervisor at Arbor Diagnostics, Inc., Dallas, TX.
Katie previously worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center as a Histotechnologist in the Neuropathology Laboratory Clinical Laboratory Sciences for over 7 years. She was a member of the UT Southwestern Clinical Laboratory Sciences Quality Committee. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Loyola Marymount University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Histotechnology from Tarleton State University. Katie has been certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology since 2009.
Dean Bruscato currently works as Cytology Supervisor at Arbor Diagnostics in Dallas, TX. He brings to his position a well-established thirty years in Anatomic Pathology with the last 20 years as a successful and dedicated Cytotechnologist.
Dean joined the United States Air Force in 1984 and trained as a Histotechnologist where he was assigned and worked at military hospitals all over the US and Europe. He received Cytotechnology training from 1994-1995 at the United States Army School for Cytotechnology and completed a Bachelor’s of Science from Excelsior University of Albany, NY in 1995. He maintains a CT certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathologists and international certification as a CT through the International Academy of Cytology. After a distinguished military career, Dean retired from the US Air Force in 2006 and continued his work in the civilian Anatomic Pathology arena, at both reference labs and hospitals. His professional interests include Anatomic Pathology and IT related aspects of the healthcare industry. Dean also has achieved national certification through CompTIA in IT Security.
Christa Hladik Cappellano, BS, HT(ASCP), QIHC, LSSBB is the Laboratory Director for Arbor Diagnostics Inc., Dallas, TX. She worked as a Manager, Workflow Consultant for Roche Diagnostics Corporation, Roche Tissue Diagnostics, Indianapolis IN for 5 years, during this time she acquired a lean six sigma black belt. Worked as the Anatomic Pathology Laboratory Manager of the Immunohistochemistry and Neuropathology Laboratories of Clinical Laboratory Services and University Hospitals, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas for 17 years. Published or contributed to 17 articles and 3 book chapters related to neurodegenerative disease and immunohistochemistry application. Presented teleconferences and numerous workshops both locally and nationally. Co-authored the 3rd and 4th edition of Histotechnology, A Self-Instructional Text, ASCP Press. Is a past Chair of the Histotechnology Examination Committee of the ASCP Board of Registry. Served as an editor for the ASCP TechSample continuing education publication and a past editorial board member of the ASCP Laboratory Medicine publication. Is a the past Chair of the Education Committee for the National Society for Histotechnology. Is a past member of the College of American Pathologist/National Society for Histotechnology HistoQIP committee.
Gene Ewing, M. D. , is an associated pathologist working part time for Arbor Diagnostics Inc., Dallas, TX. He has worked primarily at St Paul Medical Center (33 years), to include 23 yrs in private practice as a partner in ProPath, and the last 10 years as a faculty member at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX.
During his affiliation with ProPath, he was the initial President and Medical Director of ProPath Women’s Services, providing gynecologic cytology services. He later attained the title of Professor of Pathology, as a faculty member at UT Southwestern. He has been a long term member of the Texas Medical Association, Dallas County Medical Society, College of American Pathologists, and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology.
Sharon Holmes is the microbiology supervisor at Arbor Diagnostics, Inc. She previously worked at Children’s Health as a microbiologist, infection prevention specialist and director for over 12 years.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology from the University of Texas in Austin, a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences from UT Southwestern in Dallas and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She specialized in Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. Sharon has been certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology since 2002. She has co-authored two articles on invasive fungal infections and has been invited to speak nationally. Her focus at Arbor will be to enhance traditional microbiology through implementation of cutting edge and automated technology.
Sara Milchgrub, M.D. is the Medical Director for Arbor Diagnostics Inc, Dallas, TX and Apollo Laboratories, Dallas TX. She worked for over 20 years at the Department of Pathology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX where she attained the title of Professor of Pathology. She has published 3 book chapters and over 50 peer review articles with a focus on gynecologic and general surgical pathology. She has served as the Chairman of the Quality Assurance Committee of Parkland Memorial Hospital and she has been a member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology for over 25 years.
Rachel Wilkins, MS, is the Molecular Supervisor at Arbor Diagnostics, Inc. located in Dallas, Texas. She worked as a General Supervisor for TrueFit Medical Laboratories, LLC in Tulsa, Oklahoma for two years. At TrueFit she specialized in pharmacogenomics, played a key role in the implementation of their molecular department, as well as the development of a Health and Wellness program based on an individual’s genetic makeup.
She attended Northeastern State University, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she played collegiate softball and obtained her B.S. in biology before she transferred to Oklahoma State University – Center for Health Sciences. At OSU, she obtained her M.S. in forensic science with an emphasis in biology and DNA.
Megan Phillips had many years of assay development and refinement, but it wasn’t until her work at Abbott Diagnostics Clinical Chemistry group where she found her niche in diagnostics. Receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Auburn University, she worked with the veterinary school on antigen identification in parasitic illnesses. In 2014, she received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Kentucky studying leishmaniasis. She has worked at UT Southwestern on cellular metabolism with a focus on congenital disorders of glycosylation. While at Abbott Diagnostics in Irving, she worked in research and development, learning how to quickly identify errors in the testing reagents that can affect patient outcomes. She is a member of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry and the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute. She has two chihuahuas at home that wish she would pet them more than she reads scientific articles.
After graduating with a PhD in cytogenetics was awarded a Welcome Trust fellowship to do postdoctoral work at the MRC Radiobiology Unit at Oxford, UK. She was recruited by Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, US to set up a prenatal diagnostic Chorionic Villus laboratory for Genetic diagnosis. She enrolled in a ABMG fellowship program and obtained her ABMG Clinical Cytogenetics certification. Moved to UCLA to do research and simultaneously pursued a second fellowship in Clinical Molecular
Genetics. With a dual board certification she worked for Quest Diagnostics, Genzyme, Kaiser Permanente, Institute of Bioinformatics and Shodair Childrens Hospital as a director. She is active in the diagnostics of Cancer and Mendelian disorders using next generation sequencing. Over three decades in Genetics she has published many of the interesting cases.
Pooja Umale, M.S. is the Human Genetics Supervisor at Arbor Diagnostics, Inc., Dallas, TX. She earned her Master’s degree in Bioinformatics & Computational Biology from University of Texas at Dallas in 2009, and Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering from Nagpur University, India. During her graduate studies she studied microRNAs and their role in cancer. Before joining Arbor, Pooja was the Laboratory Manager at National Center for Genome Resources (NCGR) in Santa Fe, NM for six years. At NCGR, she worked to ensure excellence of the operations in next-generation sequencing workflow of Illumina and PacBio platforms.
During her tenure at NCGR, she assisted in internal and collaborative research projects that focused on biomedical research and health improvement. She was also a part of Legume Information System project. Having arrived from genomics research and NGS background, she is excited to apply her skills into clinical genetics for carrier screening and more. Besides work, she enjoys playing musical instruments, nature and outdoors.