IVF Phoenix

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Genetic counseling: Offered
Genetic counseling
Acupuncture: Offered
Acupuncture
Mental health counseling: Offered
Mental health counseling
Nutrition counseling: Offered
Nutrition counseling
Administration of shots: Offered
Administration of shots
Coordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not Offered
Coordinating at-home nursing
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Selling medication
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Providing backup medication
Mesa
6859 E. Rembrandt Ave
Mesa, AZ 85212
602.765.2229
Scottsdale
9817 N 95th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85258 
602-765-2229
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend IVF Phoenix to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 58%Neutral: 25%Don't recommend: 17%8
23 assessments
  • 58% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 25% Neutral (7-8)
  • 17% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
Operated well
8.1
Operations

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Ratings of 10 indicate that a clinic operated very well.

Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
Easy scheduling
9
Scheduling

Ratings of 1 mean it was difficult to schedule appointments with this clinic.

Ratings of 10 mean it was easy to schedule appointments.

Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
8
Billing Department

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory billing department.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent billing department.

Nursing Team
Poor nursing team
Excellent nursing team
7.5
Nursing Team

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory nursing team.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent nursing team.

Attention to Detail
Low attention to detail
High attention to detail
6.5
Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is on a 1 - 10 scale, and is scored based on the rate, and severity, of errors committed by the clinic according to the patients.

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Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
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This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
93
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
8.2
Average Doctor Score
1 doctor
23 assessments
0
Age
35
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
0
This office [IVF Phoenix] was never honest with us about their pricing. They gave me "cash" prices and then billed my insurance three times as much. an egg retrieval should have cost us around $8,000 and it ended up costing over $15,000. It's been five months since my egg retrieval we are still dealing with incorrect filing of claims because we were billed for procedures that were not performed. Total nightmare dealing with this office and their staff.
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Age
35
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
0
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
our experience with IVF Phoenix was so bad, I don't have and kind things to say about them. I wish I did, but I don't and that is why we are so happy to be with our new physician. Their billing person is so hard to communicate with and get straight answers from, you are not assigned to a specific coordinator, ultrasounds are performed by a different person everytime.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
This office was never honest with us about their pricing. They gave me "cash" prices and then billed my insurance three times as much. an egg retrieval should have cost us around $8,000 and it ended up costing over $15,000. It's been five months since my egg retrieval we are still dealing with incorrect filing of claims because we were billed for procedures that were not performed. Total nightmare dealing with this office and their staff.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
There are so many patients at the office per day that the staff just treated you like a number.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Phoenix?
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr Couvaras is a very outside of the box thinker which is not necessarily bad but he is not great at breaking down the theories behind his protocols and why he wants you to take medications he prescribes. I was taking a cholesterol medication and Reglan and had no idea why he wanted me to take them for IVF.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Review your billing with a fine tooth comb and make sure you have the quoted pricing agreed upon and signed before paying anything to them.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
I was on growth hormone, Gonal-F, menopur, provera, ganirelix, lupron, heparin, and hcg for my egg retrieval stim cycle. Prior to that my prep protocol was vitamin D3, vitamin B6, GABA, antiviral 1-3 times daily, plaquinel, heparin twice a day, and multi vitamin, folinic acid, l-arginine, decreased carbs, increased protein.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
Never given a cost estimate. cash price for egg retrieval cycle was $6750. My insurance paid out at 100% and they attempted to bill my insurance over $30,000 just for an egg retrieval, as an insurance patient. This completely wiped out my $15,000 lifetime max infertility benefit. They are completely unethical and will charge insurance patients way more than cash patients so they can collect as much money as they can ans sometime more money than a person paying cash.
Describe John Couvaras's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at IVF Phoenix.
If you have PGS testing done and the embryo is normal he will transfer 1 or 2, he gives you a choice. if the embryos are not PGS tested he prefers to transfer 2
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John Couvaras
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0
Age
25
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
0
Overall, we just felt like the environment was chaotic and unorganized [at IVF Phoenix] We had several instances of receiving "wrong" information, prescriptions, and even the wrong patient paperwork from one nurse or staff member, and then when we questioned it, they changed the protocol or instructions. But if we wouldn't have caught it, I don't know if they would have. To avoid sounding repetitive, I would just say that the communication was disappointing, and we never really felt like we had a team or a doctor that was invested in helping us.
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Age
25
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 4 Docs
Treatment
IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
0
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
Infertility is very complex, sensitive, and stressful as it is, but having a clinic where we felt lost, unheard, and unimportant just added to the stress. The lack of communication and organization was a huge red flag for us. I could tell Dr. Couvaras is smart, but his protocols for every patient that walked in the door were the same, and he wasn't willing to listen to our concerns. I think he works with a very particular demographic of patients, and I know he has helped patients in the past. However, I feel like in the world of fertility and growing your family it is important to have a doctor who is willing to be a guide and work WITH you to understand the full picture rather than treating you like every other patient.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
The office was often chaotic and interactions with him felt like a rehearsed speech. After several months of treatments and talking with other patients, I realized that we were all being given the exact same protocol regardless of medical history, diagnosis, weight, age, etc. I felt like I wasn't heard and my questions were brushed off.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Every time we came in for an appointment, we saw someone different. The communication within the office as well as over the phone or email was inconsistent, and I felt like I was constantly starting over and having to catch people up to where we were in our treatment. During one appointment, I went in for an ultrasound and then we were going to receive updated protocol. Not only did the ultrasound tech admit that she didn't know what she was looking for, but after the fact, she said she didn't know what doses of medication I was supposed to be on moving forward. Dr. Couvaras was "busy" and couldn't see us. She said she would give us what she thought was the right protocol sheet, and then we should call later and figure it out. Given the time sensitive nature of fertility drugs, I said I was willing to wait until someone could make sure we were taking the right medications. When another nurse finally came in, she gave us a completely different protocol sheet and told us the one the other nurse had given us was incorrect. Imagine if I would have gone home and not questioned, I don't think they would have corrected the problem. Another instance was when they started diagnosing and prescribing medications, and I felt something was off, when I questioned it, they then realized they had the wrong chart! That was very typical of how we felt about the communication, and was ultimately the reason we stopped pursuing treatment there.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Phoenix?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
I felt like Dr. Couvaras is an extremely intelligent person. However, that created a false sense of hope in the beginning because he talked so confidently, but the follow-up in treatments did not mirror that confidence. There was an overall lack of empathy and consideration for patient questions and emotions. I felt like he gave us the same speech every time, and he wasn't willing to answer questions. After years of trying to conceive, doing several rounds of medicated cycles, and having experienced several early miscarriages, I knew there was more going on than what he was willing to explore. He absolutely refused to do any testing on my husband, and just continued to medicate me. When we switched doctors we found out that my husband not only had extremely low morphology, but also has a balanced chromosomal translocation. As you can imagine, this was extremely frustrating and heartbreaking for us, and we felt that we had been completely misguided and mistreated, and it was an issue that could have been handled very differently.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Do not allow him to make you feel like your questions are invalid. You as the patient, and as a woman, know your body. If you feel like you're not being heard, and like what he is telling you is not working, do not be afraid to get a second opinion. Nobody can advocate for your journey better than you can!
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
When we first met with him, he told us that his "typical" protocol was a "cocktail" of antivirals, anti-inflammatories, and the stimming medications. He prescribed Losartan, Heparin, Plaquenil (which is an anti-malarial drug), Femara, FSH, Acyclovir (antiviral), Lovastatin. We did home OPKs and came in for occasional ultrasounds to monitor follicles before doing hCG trigger and timed intercourse. He then tried a protocol with FSH medication: I was instructed to do home ovulation tests, and to begin protocol which came on a sheet that looked like this: Omnitrope am (30), Heparin am/pm (32), Prednisone am (10), and FSH pm (150iu). Come in for U/S and bloodwork. Instructions were vague at best, there were rarely nurses to answer questions, which left us feeling very confused and on our own to connect the dots. I was given a different nurse every time I called or went in for appointments, so there wasn't much continuity of care. One thing I was also very concerned about was the high doses of Heparin he prescribed to his patients. For several months of my treatments with him, I was giving myself Heparin injections 3 times a day. When I switched doctors, they ran all of the clotting factor labs and told me that there was no reason for me to have ever been on Heparin in the first place.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
In total we spent around $8,000 during our 9 months with Dr. Couvaras. That doesn't include all of the outsourced labs or prescriptions. We are really fortunate to have pretty good insurance that covered partial costs of office visits and prescriptions, however, most of what we did treatment wise through him wasn't fully covered.
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John Couvaras
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IVF Phoenix
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10
Age
24
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
They [IVF Phoenix] are great at scheduling and you always leave with your visit notes in your hand that have your plan. At the end of the visit the nurse sits down and goes back over the plan with you ( so you hear it twice before you leave the office ). They all totally get everyone is at a different point in the journey.... I adore that his sweet wife works with him, and the rest of the staff is sweet but sometimes a little unorganized.
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Age
24
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
They are great at scheduling and you always leave with your visit notes in your hand that have your plan. At the end of the visit the nurse sits down and goes back over the plan with you ( so you hear it twice before you leave the office ). They all totally get everyone is at a different point in the journey. Some people come in after 6 months of ttc and some people wait years or like us we waited 4 years and tried several other treatment plans before going to Dr Couvaras.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
The office and Dr Couvaras is so great at communicating threw calling, texting, their portal and just in general when your at the office. your always able to schedule an appt quickly. After doing an HSG in their office the nurse was so kind and of course Dr Couvaras is always so great and making sense of what is going on and explaining it.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
First I adore that his sweet wife works with him, and the rest of the staff is sweet but sometimes a little unorganized. The Dr does quite a bit himself it seams but it feels like he almost prefers it, it feels like he is taking care of you.
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
We weren’t sure what to expect but Dr Couvaras is a genius in my book, he is so knowledgeable. He was so willing to do an extra ultra sound even when it wasnt planned to see how close I was to ovulation. I love that he, himself does the ultrasound with us, in the past at other offices we’ve had poor experiences with ultrasound technicians. I love that his sweet wife works in the office with him. I have been beyond blown away by his care these last 3 months.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dont be afraid to ask questions! Sometimes he will explain using medical terms I don’t recognize even with my medical experience. He is so willing to explain, just ask!
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
We are still in progress. The acyclovir I am still taking and the plaquenil was short term. Dr Couvaras focuses a lot on inflammation especially with me. He instructed me to read and learn about SIGHI diet, also to take Vitamin D, Gaba, B6 and Methyl Folate. i hadn’t had a period in 18 months trying so many other things (metformin, clomid and holistic medicine) and this worked within 20 days!!!!! It blew us away. Now we’ve had two cycles. We have planned for this next cycle to do haprin shots/clomid and IUI. Dr Couvaras immediately recommended that we do the genetic carrier tests, which I was grateful for. I just want to do things right, we feel we’ve had too many doctors try to shortcut out of seeing me. Dr Couvaras gets that and is willing to go at our pace to get that baby into our arms.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
Mostly Co pays we haven’t gotten the visits back from both insurances. The genetic testing was cash and the supplements was cash. It has not been as bad as I expected. IUI will be about $400 with the lipids another few hundred then with mediations and another month of supplements. I bet it will be about $1,500 by the end of March.
Describe John Couvaras's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at IVF Phoenix.
i haven’t had an experience with this yet. Maybe it won’t be necessary but maybe it will.
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John Couvaras
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
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IVF Phoenix
Mesa
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10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Immunological
10
It’s a busy clinic [IVF Phoenix] but over all runs very smooth. I’ve hardly ever had to wait to be seen for blood work, IVs, ultrasound etc. it is very clean and welcoming. I think a weakness would also be how busy it is, sometimes it’s a tad over overwhelming how many people are going in a out while you are waiting for info.... Sometimes when Dr is out of town I feel like they can’t get it together. They text me the wrong info on occasion or asking me questions that don’t
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Immunological
10
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
It’s a busy clinic but over all runs very smooth. I’ve hardly ever had to wait to be seen for blood work, IVs, ultrasound etc. it is very clean and welcoming. I think a weakness would also be how busy it is, sometimes it’s a tad over overwhelming how many people are going in a out while you are waiting for info.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
This lastbcucle I haven’t even seen him, I’ve only had encounters with the nurses and sometimes when the nurses text me they have the wrong information about what I’m suppose to be doing in this cycle.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
One nurse is very friendly and sweet and the other not so much. Sometimes when Dr is out of town I feel like they can’t get it together. They text me the wrong info on occasion or asking me questions that don’t pertain to my treatment at that time. For instance I did a trigger shot last Sunday and then on Thursday one nurse text me to ask what my OPKs were looking like. It was irrelevant after the shot and kind of freaked me out that maybe they had me do something wrong.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Phoenix?
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
After seeing another fertility dr that treated everyone as a one size fits all, Dr. Couvaras was a breath of fresh air. He had testing done on me that I had never even heard of and put me on a diet and supplements along with medication. I really felt as though he was fixing the problem from the inside out, instead of attempting to get an unhealthy person pregnant. I had just had my third miscarriage when I went to see him and I needed to feel like my body was being fixed to carry a baby.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He’s a little crazy, but there is a method to his madness d he gets results. I’ve had friends who were told they would need IVF with others drs end up being able to conceive naturally after doing Couvaras course.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
First round I did acyclovir to reduce virus that I carry, heparin for blood clotting and tons of vitamins including high doses of vitamin D. That cycle we also did a trigger shot. Unfortunately that round wasn’t successful. This round (in two week wait) we did the same as above and added chlomid on days 3 to 7 of my cycle. Did that followed by a trigger shot with timed intercourse again. During this cycle we had a semen analysis done on my husband, had the first one done with first fertility dr and his results came back normal, Couvaras does different in house testing and my husbands did come back low this time. We opted to try naturally one more time and if unsuccessful this round we will try IUI.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
So far I believe we are at about 5000$. Mostly just for testing, HSG, sono with oil, and the intralipid IVs. If we move to IUI next cycle the cost will increase significantly.
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John Couvaras
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10
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IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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8
Age
24 - 25
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, PCOS
8
The clinic [IVF Pheonix- Scottsdale] has two locations which is convenient. You are able to text them if you have a simple question and they reply promptly. The clinic is nice and feels professional yet welcoming. For the initial consultation the wait was a little bit, but following appointments I only waited about 10 minutes at the most.... They [the nurses] are good in person, but struggle to explain everything in depth. Sometimes I wasn’t supposed to be taking a medication anymore yet I was never told until I had to ask. They didn’t tell me to bring the mix for my trigger shot so I had to mix it on my own and hope I did it correctly.
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Age
24 - 25
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, PCOS
8
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
The clinic has two locations which is convenient. You are able to text them if you have a simple question and they reply promptly. The clinic is nice and feels professional yet welcoming. For the initial consultation the wait was a little bit, but following appointments I only waited about 10 minutes at the most.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He took the time to talk about me individually and not generalize my infertility. He sat down and went over my history from when I started my cycle. He really got to know me to see what was causing ME infertility
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are good in person, but struggle to explain everything in depth. Sometimes I wasn’t supposed to be taking a medication anymore yet I was never told until I had to ask. They didn’t tell me to bring the mix for my trigger shot so I had to mix it on my own and hope I did it correctly.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Phoenix?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr Couvaras is very helpful and looking for underlying issues that are causing infertility. He tested many different deficiencies, genetics, and problems that could be affecting my ability to get pregnant. He did this before starting any treatments, making me feel like I didn’t have a cookie cutter plan for me. Once test results were back he sat down with my husband and I and explained everything at a level we could understand. He used metaphors to explain how the ovulation process works and why mine wasn’t. He truly treats you individually! We don’t have results from our first TIC with clomid yet, but we feel positive.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
Clomid-50 mg for 3 days and 25 mg for 2 days. Heparin injections twice a day from day 3 to ovulation. Vitamin D, Folic Acid, B6, L-arginine Steroid medication after trigger shot Trigger shot on day 15 with a low dose of trigger 2 days leading up to trigger
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
$175 for doctors visit Original consultation cost? Blood work? $375 intralipid infusion
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Doctor
John Couvaras
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8
Clinic
IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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8
Age
31
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
The staff [at IVF Phoenix] have all been very nice; however, I did notice that after the one month of treatment when we were preparing for our IUI mistakes were made. I was told to take several medications when I needed to stop them. Another big example is a prior authorization that was supposed to be started so I could take medication on a specific date after our IUI. It was never started and there were no answers as to why...The clinic is very caring and Dr. Couvaras and his wife are dedicated to helping others achieve their dream of a baby in their arms. The clinic does struggle with detail and some organization, but it is a very nice office and then do respond in a timely manner.
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Age
31
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
The clinic is very caring and Dr. Couvaras and his wife are dedicated to helping others achieve their dream of a baby in their arms. The clinic does struggle with detail and some organization, but it is a very nice office and then do respond in a timely manner.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
The initial consultation was almost an hour. Dr Couvaras was very detailed in our initial consultation. Since the first consultation there have been some mistakes that have made us feel less human and like we didn’t matter as much because we are not doing IVF right away.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The staff have all been very nice; however, I did notice that after the one month of treatment when we were preparing for our IUI mistakes were made. I was told to take several medications when I needed to stop them. Another big example is a prior authorization that was supposed to be started so I could take medication on a specific date after our IUI. It was never started and there were no answers as to why.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Phoenix?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr. Couvaras is very detailed and looks into way more then just the basics my other RE looked at. He looks at inflammation and immune response for a well rounded approach. I do feel like he could have more of a warm bedside manner especially when explaining set backs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Be prepared for a detailed regimen including exercise and diet and do everything he tells you to a T.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
Dr. Couvaras initially started me on Heaparin injections twice daily do to a small clotting factor he found. I also showed a marker for HSV6 virus that he was concerned about so I was taking high doses of Acyclovir in addition to lovestatin and other vitamin supplements. He believed that my immune system was trying to fight something off. I was also out on an anti-histamine diet and specific excercise regimen (between 3-7pm heat rate 140’s). This was for two months leading up to our IUI. We are still pending IUI results.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
Our insurance is contracted with this office so after we hit our deductible it was covered by 95%!
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John Couvaras
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8
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IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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10
Age
31
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS, Immunological, Unexplained
10
I’ve never had a single issue [at IVF Phoenix- Scottsdale]. They are very prompt to respond and I can typically make my apt early in the day so it doesn’t interfere with work. They can be very busy because it’s a small office and has one ultrasound room so there is a wait sometimes. Never more than maybe 10 minuets but they have water and snack so I never mind!... In totalmeds cost about $1700 and the rest of the cycle including ICSI, testing and transfer was about $8,000.
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Age
31
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS, Immunological, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
I’ve never had a single issue. They are very prompt to respond and I can typically make my apt early in the day so it doesn’t interfere with work. They can be very busy because it’s a small office and has one ultrasound room so there is a wait sometimes. Never more than maybe 10 minuets but they have water and snack so I never mind!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr.C is truly amazing. He actually spent the time to understand my history and reassure me I still had options. He is incredibly passionate about his clinic and make sure his staff is the same way. They k is you by name and are just as invested in this process as you.
Describe your experience with your nurse at IVF Phoenix. (Assigned nurse: Courtney)
The nursing staff is so caring you feel like they are there just for you! They have a dedicated number you can text including after hours. I had an issue with a medication and working a few minuets the pharmacy had a call and it was all straightened out. That was 7pm and I never had to worry because I k ew they were there to help. After my retrieval I had daily texts and calls to see how I was doing. This process even for someone experienced can be stressful and overwhelming but the nursing h staff was so amazing I’ve never been so relaxed during a cycle.
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr.C is just a fountain of knowledge! He makes sure you fully understand all the medical parts. I leave every appointment with a written care summary and plan so I can always look back at what we discussed and what my next step is. Dr.C takes an individual approach to every patient and is willing to try new procedures or approaches based on your need. I have a particularly difficult diagnosis and he reassured me that even though this might be a rough road he believes he will be able to help me have my dream baby. He never makes you feel like you are out of options and will keep trying new things as long as you are willing. That is what what really makes him so amazing!
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
It took me a few months to get ready for my first IVF cycle with Dr.C I have immune issues so we spent the time to ensure that every thing was as good as can be before we proceeded. He used heparin and antiviral meds to get my immune system in check and increase the blood flow to help with egg quality. That resulted in my best round yet with 17 egg retrieved and 15 mature! Before my transfer we continued with blood thinners, antivirals and intralipids to help calm my immune system.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
Dr.C has some of the most reasonable prices around! He know not everybody has unlimited funds or Medicsl coverage. In totalmeds cost about $1700 and the rest of the cycle including ICSI, testing and transfer was about $8,000.
10
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John Couvaras
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10
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9
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
The clinic [IVF Phoenix] has two separate locations which is great to be able to accommodate many women in the Phoenix area. There was a time when there were quite a few new nurses on staff which made it frustrating seeing as though I would get incorrect answers to my questions or no answer at all.... Courtney is absolutely amazing to work with and no matter how busy the office is she would always be on top of her game and make you feel comfortable with all the ultrasounds and next steps you might have.
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
The clinic has two separate locations which is great to be able to accommodate many women in the Phoenix area. There was a time when there were quite a few new nurses on staff which made it frustrating seeing as though I would get incorrect answers to my questions or no answer at all. I'm hoping this is no longer the case and that they have grown their knowledge to help answer simple questions that don't require the Drs input.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
I feel like he took the time to help me understand the process of fertility treatments, but with unexplained infertility diagnosis it's hard to feel like he truly knows what will get us pregnant but that's due to the unknown.
Describe your experience with your nurse at IVF Phoenix. (Assigned nurse: Courtney)
Courtney is absolutely amazing to work with and no matter how busy the office is she would always be on top of her game and make you feel comfortable with all the ultrasounds and next steps you might have. Even after taking months off from treatments she remembered me the moment I called back in. Fertility treatments are one of the most stressful things to go through and having someone like Courtney gave me the confidence and courage that I was on the right path to conceiving.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Phoenix?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr Couvaras is very open to trying new things and keeping updated with new fertility treatments. Before putting me on clomid he tried to naturally get all my levels on track with supplements and a light carb diet. It did help to get many things back to normal, but when it didn't lead to pregnancy he had me start clomid with timed intercourse. That didn't lead to pregnancy so my next cycle we will try clomid with IUI before moving on to IVF.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
To give the process time and even though all the check ups and blood work seems like too much to handle, it's all worth it for them to have further knowledge on what might work better the next cycle.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
I was on 50mg of clomid days 3-7 along with shots of heparin twice a day from cycle day 1 up to ovulation to increase blood flow to my uterus. I had 2-3 vaginal ultrasounds the first two weeks of my cycle to check follicular development and once 1 or 2 follicles were large enough they would have me do an HCG trigger shot and have intercourse twice that day and once the next day, we had done timed intercourse rather than IUI as my husband SA came back with flying colors . I had done that protocol for 3 cycles which none resulted in a pregnancy.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
I had lipids every cycle with clomid which was around $375. I don't recall any other specifics other than spending roughly $8k in total with supplements, appointments, prescriptions and injectables in about 6 months.
Describe John Couvaras's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at IVF Phoenix.
We have not gone through IVF at this point, but with my age of 31 he highly suggested just one embryo transfer.
9
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John Couvaras
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IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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10
Age
36
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Everyone at IVF Phoenix is a pleasure to work with. Always friendly, helpful, and available...Dr. Couvaras and his staff were readily available and happy to answer all of our questions. We never felt like an inconvenience... I went on a low histamine diet, began daily doses of heparin, and took various supplements and medications.
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Age
36
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr. Couvaras and his staff were readily available and happy to answer all of our questions. We never felt like an inconvenience.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Everyone at IVF Phoenix is a pleasure to work with. Always friendly, helpful, and available.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Phoenix?
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Couvaras. Before seeing him, our infertility was not linked to any of the common problems (low sperm count or morphology, endometriosis, PCOS, etc.). My husband's analysis was normal, I seemed to be ovulating regularly, and had no obvious issues. I conceived once unassisted but miscarried early on. We then moved on to IUI and underwent 6 unsuccessful IUI treatments. When none of those treatments worked, we decided to consult with Dr. Couvaras. Dr. Couvaras performed a whole battery of tests and determined that we were likely having repeated implantation failures. Dr. Couvaras takes a holistic and more non-traditional view of infertility. I could only find a few doctors around the country who even address similar issues. He started me on a protocol which addressed many issues including high histamine levels, issues in the methylation pathway, low vitamin D, and others, which may have been affecting my ability to implant. I went on a low histamine diet, began daily doses of heparin, and took various supplements and medications. We completed the protocol in 7-8 months. On the second month after completing the protocol we conceived with the use of clomid and timed intercourse alone. I firmly believe that if we had gone to a different specialist, we would have been advised to proceed to IVF without further research. I also believe that since most doctors are not looking at the same immunological and metabolic processes that Dr. Couvaras addresses, that IVF would have been unsuccessful and we would have been left thinking that there were no other options. I am grateful that we ended up under his care and I am 28 weeks along right now thanks entirely up to his groundbreaking research in this field.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Sometimes the protocol doesn't make sense. Sometimes you cannot find a ton of backing for the protocol online. And many times, other specialists will brush off this type of treatment. But those specialists are wrong. Just stick with the protocol exactly, because it works.
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John Couvaras
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IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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10
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
The staff [at IVF Phoenix] was good but could be better. Dr C and his wife are fantastic. I felt at times the staff was not very patient with all my questions on dosing and were short with me during some of my visits. The nurse confused some important info in my chart and had difficulty getting my infusion done. She seemed to be in a hurry to get me out as soon as possible.
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Age
35 - 36
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
Fantastic, personalized attention that is untraditional and outside the box in terms of identifying and treating a patients underlying conditions, so that they can get pregnant on their own.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr Couvaras created a customized treatment plan for us. He was very thorough during my evaluation and testing, and identifying all underlying health issues.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The staff was good but could be better. Dr C and his wife are fantastic. I felt at times the staff was not very patient with all my questions on dosing and were short with me during some of my visits. The nurse confused some important info in my chart and had difficulty getting my infusion done. She seemed to be in a hurry to get me out as soon as possible.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Phoenix?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
From the first consulation, Dr Couvaras spent a lot of time reviewing my health history and creating a custom treatment plan. He uncovered several underlying health concerns and adjusted my treatment accordingly. I did not follow his exact protocol and as a result, we did not get pregnant on our first IUI. However, I committed to the protocol and meds and we were able to get pregnant on our own under his care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
I never went to any other fertility specialists. I spent a lot of time researching infertility doctors and wanted to see the best doctor in AZ. Dr Couvaras is an exceptional doctor that is able to identify underlying health issues that complicate and prevent women's ability to get pregnant. Instead of using a cookie cutter, one size fits all approach, he customizes a treatment plan specific to the individual and does not insist on aggressive treatments like IVF from day one.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility and my husbands sperm was normal in count and morphology. He suspected a vasospasm issue; therefore, I wasn't getting proper blood flow to my reproductive organs. I was started on supplementation for that, as well as low-dose lovenox injections twice daily. He suspected activated NK cells and had me do IVIL infusions prior to my medicated IUI. I had low growth hormone levels, so supplementation was added to my therapy. Dr. Couvaras also had me on a strict diet and exercise routine. I also tested positive for some viral and immunological issues, and as put on an antiviral therapy. Due to my age (over 35) my drug treatment protocol was aggressive. I took growth hormone injections, clomid, FSH and then a trigger shot. After the IUI I was on progesterone supplements. The first IUI did not work. The second cycle I cancelled half way through due to a job change. We decided to try Dr Couvaras antiviral protocol, strict diet and exercise, and consistency with vitamins, arginine, and lovenox injections for 3 months and I got pregnant on my own. I strongly believe I would not have been able to get pregnant on my own without his guidance and protocol.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
Everything was covered under my insurance until I was diagnosed with infertility. Then almost everything was cash pay until we got pregnant
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John Couvaras
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IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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10
Age
33 - 35
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
15 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
he immune balancing protocol that was tailored to my body, I followed it and found out I was pregnant immediately after following the protocol for two months. (Spontaneous pregnancy, we weren't even trying and were about to do an IUI when I discovered I was actually pregnant.). With the second child I followed his immune balancing protocol for several month but did not get pregnant. While on a fertility break but still following most of his recommendations I became pregnant.
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Age
33 - 35
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
5th of 5 Docs
Treatment
15 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
Amazing clinic! Can't recommend it enough. Compassionate doctor who truly knows infertility and how to tailor his program to each patient. I never felt like I was a number while going there.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr. Couvaras and Rhoda his wife are very involved. They both took time to listen to my concerns throughout the process. They were also very good at explaining everything and following up. Dr. Couvaras is definitely a doctor with compassion that takes interest in his patients.
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Amazing doctor, he identified the shortcomings in my body that other fertility endcrinokogista never found after years of working with other fertility doctors. His immune balancing protocol helped me conceive my first and seemed to help trigger something within my body that helped me become pregnant with my second child, even though I wasn't under his care for the second child. Both pregnancies he followed me through my first trimester and put me on a special protocol since my condition makes me more likely to conceive. My daughter is extremely healthy, and with my second pregnancy and being over 35, everything looks great and I will be delivering soon.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Just see him!!! Follow the protocol, he will talk about things you have never heard of in the infertility community...but trust him, he really knows his stuff.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
The immune balancing protocol that was tailored to my body, I followed it and found out I was pregnant immediately after following the protocol for two months. (Spontaneous pregnancy, we weren't even trying and were about to do an IUI when I discovered I was actually pregnant.). With the second child I followed his immune balancing protocol for several month but did not get pregnant. While on a fertility break but still following most of his recommendations I became pregnant.
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John Couvaras
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Trustworthiness
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10
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IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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7
Age
38 - 45
Treated
2005 - 2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
7
As our infertility procedures were 18 years ago, I cannot speak to the current operation of the clinic [IVF Phoenix-Scottsdale]. When we saw dr. John, he ran a pretty shoestring operation and had a fair amount of turnover amongst the staff.... Protocols I remember being treated for antisperm antibodies and using another man's DNA to desensitize me in what I thought was a crazy scheme. We completed 3 fresh Cycles in a year. All or IVF with ICSI. He threw a lot of spaghetti at the wall trying various techniques after our first cycle was unsuccessful. we were able to freeze a number of embryos from the star cycle, but because we had purchased a package plan, we continued with the remaining two fresh Cycles before attempting any Frozen's
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Age
38 - 45
Treated
2005 - 2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
7
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
As our infertility procedures were 18 years ago, I cannot speak to the current operation of the clinic. When we saw dr. John, he ran a pretty shoestring operation and had a fair amount of turnover amongst the staff.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr. Couvaras built a custom plan just for us, based on our medical conditions and our desire for a child.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
As our infertility treatments or 18 years ago, I cannot speak to the specifics of the nursing staff.
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
I have been known to describe John Guevara says that used car salesman of infertility doctors. He is extremely Cocky and Confident, and unafraid to try crazy and untested things in his pursuit of your pregnancy. He's a little unconventional, but he gets results.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr. Couvares will recommend you use Heparin to build better uterine lining using this blood thinner. Be aware that it is a calcium robber and we ended up with 22% bone loss at the end of two years of treatment. So in my early 30s, I had osteopenia at a time when I should have had the highest bone density a young person should have.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
I remember being treated for antisperm antibodies and using another man's DNA to desensitize me in what I thought was a crazy scheme. We completed 3 fresh Cycles in a year. All or IVF with ICSI. He threw a lot of spaghetti at the wall trying various techniques after our first cycle was unsuccessful. we were able to freeze a number of embryos from the star cycle, but because we had purchased a package plan, we continued with the remaining two fresh Cycles before attempting any Frozen's.The next two Fresh Cycles resulted in a miscarriage and negative pregnancy test. What worked for us was the Frozen transfer of the embryos left over from the first successful retrieval.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
18 years ago, we bought a package of three fresh cycles and all the frozen's we could complete until our frozen embryos were used up. The catch was the three fresh Cycles had to be used in the first 12 months. My recollection is we spent about $25, 000.
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Doctor
John Couvaras
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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8
Age
33 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Immunological, Other
8
Small office [IVF Phoenix - Scottsdale] and you learn the staffs names...They were nice. Did not spend a lot of time with them [nurses] as you typically see the doctor...Costs were straightforward and you knew about them in advance. They charged my regular copay for a 10 minute phone call which was the only thing I disagreed with.
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Age
33 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Immunological, Other
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Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
Small office and you learn the staffs names. I think he puts every patient on heparin daily so don’t be surprised if you get it too. This office will assess issues no one else will and is closest to seeing a reproductive immunologist.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Always saw and spoke with the doctor. The office staff knows your name and is willing to talk to you.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were nice. Did not spend a lot of time with them as you typically see the doctor.
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He is overly sensitive and got upset I went to a second opinion elsewhere. But he spent a lot of time with us at each visit and explained things completely. He answered all of our questions and drew diagrams of what he was trying to explain.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Don’t be surprised if your diagnosis changes. I was UN-diagnosed with diminished ovarian reserve.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
He used vaginal birth control to suppress ovaries and then vaginal estrace to build lining.. added IM progesterone and suppositories for the 6 days before transfer and then again after. We did one intralipid transfusion before the transfer as well and several months “clean up” with immunosuppressants and antivirals before we started.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
FET was 3500 for the cycle. Costs were straightforward and you knew about them in advance. They charged my regular copay for a 10 minute phone call which was the only thing I disagreed with.
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John Couvaras
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8
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IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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8
Age
32
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Immunological
8
It [IVF Pheonix] is higher end, clean, with a nice modern interior. Large number of staff, big place both in Scottsdale and Gilbert...It's a big office, lots of patients, not sure that anyone is remembered. Warm and fuzzy staff? eh. Not bad, not awesome!... If you are uncomfortable with unconventional approaches and want to stick with only more tried and true methods, or are just starting your journey then others may be better to start with...Pretty high end [cost of treatment]
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Age
32
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Immunological
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Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
It is higher end, clean, with a nice modern interior. Large number of staff, big place both in Scottsdale and Gilbert.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Somewhere in between. He is good, and most of the time we felt fine with the Doctor himself, just sometimes felt like, I don't know. It's a big office, lots of patients, not sure that anyone is remembered. Warm and fuzzy staff? eh. Not bad, not awesome!
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He is cutting edge as far as new, sometimes experimental treatment and just really being comprehensive, looking at things quite holistically. He found I was battling with an immune deficiency and helped me get my health and energy back. That alone made him worth it. Still, somewhat experimental I felt in some areas. That could be exactly what someone needs, but he is pricey!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
If you have unexplained infertility he's probably the best to go to. He is considered one of the nation's best for a reason. If you are uncomfortable with unconventional approaches and want to stick with only more tried and true methods, or are just starting your journey then others may be better to start with.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
After getting my immune system back to normal he worked on raising my tnf alpha levels. Used things like specific exercise goals, heparin, fish oil, couldn't tell you what else. Got my numbers to where we tried a round of IUI but didn't work. Couldn't get tnf alpha back up again, and had dried up health savings acct so we switched to another recommended doctor.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
Pretty high end
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John Couvaras
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8
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IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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5
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS, Immunological
5
[At IVF Phoenix] Pertinent information from stat blood work was rarely communicated back and it would take my initiative to get new information. Blood draws in office always failed miserably, as well as IV's. Information and instructions were presented as if I already knew and expected to know, which left for a lot of confusion...Dr Couvaras and his wife are supportive. Staff leans on the side of under communicative
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS, Immunological
5
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
Dr Couvaras and his wife are supportive. Staff leans on the side of under communicative
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr. C treats you like you matter but this can diminish as treatments/results don't go as planned. Started to feel as if I was a lost cause.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Pertinent information from stat blood work was rarely communicated back and it would take my initiative to get new information. Blood draws in office always failed miserably, as well as IV's. Information and instructions were presented as if I already knew and expected to know, which left for a lot of confusion.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Phoenix?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He is very detailed and explains things in a way a patient would understand. He has a wide knowledge of the body and the way things work and looks for things to check that not many other doctors would. I appreciated the way he went about things, it may not work for everyone and is definitely not the norm in the industry. At times so much information was given that made it difficult to remember.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He doesn't treat with the normal or typical way most doctors in the fertility industry would. He has a completely different protocol than anyone so be prepared to go through different steps and supplements.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
Large amounts of supplements and regimens initially used
6
Doctor
John Couvaras
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
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IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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10
Age
36 - 38
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
IVF Phoenix is a great fertility clinic! They were kind, compassionate, caring and always honest. I like that Dr. Couvaras was willing to think outside the box for treatment and I liked that he was able to take the time to explain my condition in a way that I could understand and relate to.... From what I can recall the nursing staff was extremely helpful and also very compassionate.
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Age
36 - 38
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 4 Docs
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
IVF Phoenix is a great fertility clinic! They were kind, compassionate, caring and always honest. I like that Dr. Couvaras was willing to think outside the box for treatment and I liked that he was able to take the time to explain my condition in a way that I could understand and relate to.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
I felt that Dr. Couvaras really took the time to explain my particular fertility issue and explained everything thoroughly. I felt like he had a very caring bedside manner and was willing to think outside the box for my particular situation.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
From what I can recall the nursing staff was extremely helpful and also very compassionate.
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
I feel like Dr. Couvaras was a great doctor. He was always upfront about the reality of the situation and his expectations. He was willing to think outside the box and try approaches that no other fertility doctor would look at.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr. Couvaras is very honest and will explore all possible causes of infertility, including immunological issues.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
Dr. Couvaras had me taking DHEA and Estrace in an attempt to help my ovarian reserve since I have diminished ovarian reserve.
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Doctor
John Couvaras
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
Nursing
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10
Age
35 - 42
Treated
2003 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
8 IUI, 6 IVF, 6 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage, Immunological
10
He [Dr. Couvaras at IVF Phoenix] went the extra mile, ALWAYS! He spent hours with us talking what could be happening. He finally determined I am "allergic" to pregnancy and he vowed to never give up on us. Sunday appointment times were common, he never said no. This Doctor is committed to his work.
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Age
35 - 42
Treated
2003 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
8 IUI, 6 IVF, 6 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage, Immunological
10
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
They have since moved, but the location was easy to find, clean and cozy
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He went the extra mile, ALWAYS! He spent hours with us talking what could be happening. He finally determined I am "allergic" to pregnancy and he vowed to never give up on us. Sunday appointment times were common, he never said no. This Doctor is committed to his work. Now we have GORGEOUS boy girl twins ;)
Describe your experience with your nurse at IVF Phoenix. (Assigned nurse: Kathy)
Everyone was very caring and were great emotional support to us. It was always a team effort
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
We always felt like his only patients! He spent all the time we needed and never gave up on us. He was always clear and concise in his explanation each vist, making sure we never left confused.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Trust him
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
I was on a series of stimulating meds, blood thinners, vitamins and prenatal meds. Once we discovered my 'allergy' to pregnancy we start steroids to suppress my imune system to retain the pregnancy
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
Our insurance covers 90% of our costs. The finance person was a wonderful lady (I can't remember her name but she was SO sweet)
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Doctor
John Couvaras
Communication
Compassion
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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10
Age
36
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Immunological, Other
10
[The nursing staff at IVF Phoenix is] Cold and unorganized...I get told different prices for stuff. Told to buy trigger shot, then I never used it. They let me leave w/o medication. I then needed to drive back to get it a half hour one way and 45 mins the other way...the nurses are not organized and every time you call and speak to a different nurse you get a different answer...Each month they chart and tried to modify my treatment for the best possible outcome.
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Age
36
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Graphic Designer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Immunological, Other
10
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
He seems to get really good results. I only wish I had found him 3 years ago and didn’t waste my money on other worthless doctors. They are weeks b/c the nurses are not organized and every time you call and speak to a different nurse you get a different answer.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Each month they chart and tried to modify my treatment for the best possible outcome.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Cold and unorganized.
What specific things went wrong at IVF Phoenix?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He looked at my total history. Diagnosed me and tried lifestyle changes before meds. I like everything about his way of treatment. If I can just get pregnant again, I do feel he will get me to carry full term.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Just trust in his ways.
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
He made many lifestyle changes to get me to have a 28-29 day cycle every month. We did timed intercourse and haven’t got pregnant yet in her care. We just did an iui with femara and Hgh and heparin. I test in 2 days. We will see. This is our last try with anything as we can’t afford anything else.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
Meds were expensive. He office visits were reasonable and covered by insurance.
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Doctor
John Couvaras
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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Age
30 - 32
Treated
2012 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Immunological
N/A
Dr. Couvaras took time to explain every step of the way. He showed compassion during time of loss and happiness during times of joy. He hugs you, remembers you and treats you like a friend if he sees you out in public! He's an amazing human himself!
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Age
30 - 32
Treated
2012 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Immunological
N/A
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr. Couvaras took time to explain every step of the way. He showed compassion during time of loss and happiness during times of joy. He hugs you, remembers you and treats you like a friend if he sees you out in public! He's an amazing human himself!
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr C is very smart and will show you lots of information, graphs, charts, diagrams, sometimes it's too much but I always felt, 100%, that I knew the what, why, when and how! I feel blessed to have been able to navigate my infertility journey with him by our side. I absolutely love him! (He's funny too!)
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Be upfront, have questions ready ahead of time and be ready to learn a lot !
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John Couvaras
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10
Age
45
Treated
2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Immunological
10
He [Dr Couvaras] is an amazing Doctor. I have Hashimoto's and MTHFR and he knew how to work with these not just offer more testing...They [the staff at IVF Phoenix] helped us set up an HSA to benefit from the tax incentives...All the staff are so helpful. They were available weekends and after hours.
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Age
45
Treated
2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Middle Eastern
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Immunological
10
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
Awesome. Modern clean. No clutter. Convenient
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Smaller office and not a factory where you felt like a number. Also does not push Ivf in the first meeting. Smart caring and has incredible insight
Describe your experience with your nurse at IVF Phoenix. (Assigned nurse: Schellena )
All the staff are so helpful. They were available weekends and after hours
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He is an amazing Doctor. I have Hashimoto's and MTHFR and he knew how to work with these notmjustboffer more testing like the other Doctor
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Book an appointment. Don't delay. He is the best in the Mesa/Gilbert area
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
From beginning to end he looked at the problems I was having and worked on getting me better before trying to make a baby. It worked!
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
They helped us set up an HSA to benefit from the tax incentives. They care!
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Doctor
John Couvaras
Communication
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
IVF Phoenix
Mesa
Nursing
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10
Age
47 - 48
Treated
2009 - 2010
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
5 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, PCOS, Unexplained
10
He [Dr. Couvaras at IVF Phoenix] thoroughly explained everything and did extensive bloodworm. Some of The suliments he advised, I still use....Dr Couvaris was kind, thorough, and convinced my husband to finally get a sleep study and cpap, to improve his health and our chances of conceiving.
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Age
47 - 48
Treated
2009 - 2010
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, PCOS, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
Clean, nice, and professional. Comforting
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Dr Couvaris was kind, thorough, and convinced my husband to finally get a sleep study and cpap, to improve his health and our chances of conceiving.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I always felt cared for, and about. Nurses were available any time
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He thoroughly explained everything and did extensive bloodworm. Some of The suliments he advised, I still use
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
Listen and follow everything he advisrs
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
Suliments to improve health, and fertility. Insemination. Fertility shots and drugs to improve health and fertility/heparin therapy and antiviral protocols
Describe the costs associated with your care under John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix.
Less than other clinic which insisted on IVF imesiately
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Doctor
John Couvaras
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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10
Age
25 - 27
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 3 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
I absolutely love Dr. C! [Dr Couvaras] We tried to get pregnant for 5 years! Without him I wouldn't be holding my 1 month old baby! He staff was absolutely amazing! [IVF Phoenix is] beautiful office and always clean!
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Age
25 - 27
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 3 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
Describe your experience with IVF Phoenix.
Beautiful office and always clean!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
I was always kept in the loop with things, and talked to like a human!
Describe your experience with your nurse at IVF Phoenix. (Assigned nurse: Jacque)
He staff was absolutely amazing!
How was your experience with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
I absolutely love Dr. C! We tried to get pregnant for 5 years! Without him I wouldn't be holding my 1 month old baby!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
He Tells you how it is- and has a great sense of humor!
Describe the protocols John Couvaras used in your cycles at IVF Phoenix and their degree of success.
We tried MANY different things to try to raise my husbands Sperm count before moving into donor sperm.
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Doctor
John Couvaras
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
IVF Phoenix
Scottsdale
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Age
26 - 33
Treated
2003 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
N/A
The staff and Dr Couvaras were so kind and understanding. They called me by name as soon as I walked in. Dr Couvaras was incredibly knowledgable and knew from the first visit what was going on and after tests came back he was 100% right. He was informative, personable and took care of my health needs as a priority. I never felt left on the back burner. Innovative for sure because now I have 3 amazing children!
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Age
26 - 33
Treated
2003 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
N/A
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John Couvaras at IVF Phoenix?
The staff and Dr Couvaras were so kind and understanding. They called me by name as soon as I walked in. Dr Couvaras was incredibly knowledgable and knew from the first visit what was going on and after tests came back he was 100% right. He was informative, personable and took care of my health needs as a priority. I never felt left on the back burner. Innovative for sure because now I have 3 amazing children!
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John Couvaras
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