Dr. Fleiszar earned her Ph.D. in Human Genetics in 1976 from the University of Illinois. Moving to Georgia after graduation, she joined the faculty of Kennesaw State University (KSU), then Kennesaw College. During her 30 years on the faculty at KSU, she focused her attention on the field of Medical Genetics, becoming Board Certified by the American College of Medical Genetics in 1984. During her tenure at the university, she founded a consulting firm, Medical Genetics, and worked as a genetics consultant to several diagnostic labs.
Since 1996, she has volunteered for Wellstar Community Hospice and served on the Hospice Board of Advisors for 3 years. In 2001, Dr. Fleiszar turned her attention to volunteering for the disabilities ministries at her parish, as well as serving on the Archdiocese of Atlanta Disabilities Board for 4 years.
Interest in respite and palliative care for pediatric patients came from a Phoenix Arizona newspaper article. The article described a care home in Phoenix that provided respite for children with life-limiting illnesses: Ryan House. During a tour of Ryan House, she learned that this home was only 1 of 2 in the United States. There is no such home in Georgia. This was the beginning of the dream to bring a similar home to Georgia, Life House Atlanta (LHA). LHA will be a pediatric respite and palliative care home where families and their children with life-limiting illnesses can enjoy a vacation get-away in a warm and inviting environment. Children and their families will be guests without charge. Dr. Fleiszar is a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, the Kennesaw Business Association and the Cobb Collaborative. For further information, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org