How was your experience with Michael Doody at Center for Reproductive Medicine of Knoxville?
Initial interview was ok, but he overreacted to my justifiably emotional state and it was hard to get past. The information he gave in the initial interview was overwhelming and not very layman friendly. Any other interaction with him seemed like I was wasting his time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Doody at Center for Reproductive Medicine of Knoxville?
Take the time to congratulate your patients for their pregnancy, he did not. Take the time to realize that having to see and RE is a scary thing for most women and although you deal with it every day they do not.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Doody at Center for Reproductive Medicine of Knoxville?
I was treated well by his staff for the most part, but only saw Dr Doody on 4 occasions over the 11 months I was treated. Once with the initial consult, once because I requested it, once for the exploratory surgery, and finally at the 10 week exit ultrasound where he then told me not to breastfeed my child and start trying to conceive again right away if I wanted a second child (no congratulations or anything nice). He does not personally invest in his patients, he leaves it up to his Nurse Practitioner and other staff to do all the real work. I was given unclear instructions with my HCG shots and so the first one I administered myself was 1/3 the dose. Communication was very frustrating.
Describe the protocols Michael Doody used in your cycles at Center for Reproductive Medicine of Knoxville and their degree of success.
First couple cycles were timed intercourse only tracking ovulation (semen analysis next day). First clomid medicated cycle was at 50mg with timed intercourse and testing of semen, which showed all dead. Before starting the IUI process to get past the effect of the clomid I went through exploratory surgery and found grade 1 endometriosis and a narrowed cervical canal. Both were fixed. Started next cycle at Clomid 100, IUI, no trigger, no pregnancy. Next cycle was Clomid 150, trigger (administered wrongly at 1/3 the dose), no pregnancy. Next cycle was Clomid 200, trigger, no pregnancy. Last cycle was Clomid 250, trigger, positive test 13dpIUI. All cycles my progesterone was tracked and it only got over 20 during the Clomid 150 cycle and the clomid 250 cycle. Both times my ultrasound showed three follicles (one dominant each time). All cycles with trigger shots were timed with Ultrasound verification of follicles.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Center for Reproductive Medicine of Knoxville. (Assigned nurse: Andra Lynn Curetin-Hutchins)
Andra Lynn Curetin-Hutchins was handling most all appointments with an occasional other RN filling in here and there. She really functions as the clinics doctor in that she oversees everything and only consults with Dr Doody with lab results each day. She was the one to make the daily call back with progesterone results as well as ultrasound timing and IUI timing. Other than one incident of miscommunication about the HCG shot I had no problem with her. Given she was pretty much running the clinic she could have a tendency to be a bit short with you.
Describe your experience with Center for Reproductive Medicine of Knoxville.
Holly is a very sweet receptionist and is probably the most positive thing about going to this clinic. There does seem to be some lack of communication between the two front receptionist ladies given I just recently contacted them to make an appointment for trying for a second child and she made it with the NP, the other receptionist later called me back saying I had to make the appt with Dr Doody. Turns out the office does not service single women trying to conceive so I was turned away all together to seek out a new RE. The original phlebotomist was not good and I had several bad sticks with her. There was a second phlebotomist that started a few months in and I was thankful that she had a better hand at hitting my veins. This clinic has a hands off doctor, and it shows.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Doody at Center for Reproductive Medicine of Knoxville.
IUI $450 per treatment, progesterone tests $95 per month, HCG shots $113 per month, cost of laproscopy/hysteroscopy $2000.
What specific things went wrong at Center for Reproductive Medicine of Knoxville?
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Center for Reproductive Medicine of Knoxville.
There should have been written instructions with the HCG shots given the clinic requires different dosing than is given by the company that sends you the shot (only using 1cc of saline rather than all 3cc provided). I mixed according to instruction given with the shot and did not find out until next cycle that I had not given the shot properly.