Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine

3 doctors work here

Rated 8.3
Strongly recommend: 48%Neutral: 36%Don't recommend: 16%8.3
48% strongly recommend
74 reviews
Operations
8.7
8.7
Operations

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Scheduling
8.2
8.2
Scheduling

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Billing Department
7.9
7.9
Billing Department

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Nursing Team
8.4
8.4
Nursing Team

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Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent nursing team.

Attention to Detail
7.1
7.1
Attention to Detail

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Annual Cycles
452
National Avg
635
This Clinic
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Available Resources

Genetic counseling
Genetic counseling
Acupuncture
Acupuncture
Mental health counseling
Mental health counseling
Nutrition counseling
Nutrition counseling
Administration of shots
Administration of shots
Coordinating at-home nursing
Coordinating at-home nursing
Selling medication is not offered
Selling medication is not offered
Providing backup medication
Providing backup medication

This clinic has 3 offices

Newport News
729 Thimble Shoals Road
Newport News, VA 23606
757-446-7100
Norfolk
601 Colley Ave
Norfolk, VA 23507
757-446-7100
Virginia Beach
2075 Glenn Mitchell Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
757-446-7100
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74 patient reviews

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2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
6
5
Age 33 - 34
1 IVF
Male Factor
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr. Oehninger is a very competent physician. We initially liked him because of his bluntness about the procedures and statistical chances of having a child. As days went past during our cycle, it seemed as if we heard less and less from him. He was not available in at least two of our ultrasounds, which to us was a very important time to speak to us....Dr Oehninger was not there for our egg retrieval which was very disappointing.
The clinic [Jones] is generally quick to get a new patient in. It is likely due to that process that patients are not coddled. It is very straight forward. In and out during ultrasound and bloodwork visits. The nursing staff was very nice and accommodating during our retrieval and transfer appointments...The institute scheduled our cycle based on the number of people entering the clinic. All of our scheduled appointments were set up to maximize the number of patients per day.
How was your experience with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Oehninger is a very competent physician. We initially liked him because of his bluntness about the procedures and statistical chances of having a child. As days went past during our cycle, it seemed as if we heard less and less from him. He was not available in at least two of our ultrasounds, which to us was a very important time to speak to us. The other physicians conducting the ultrasound screening were not up to date with our progress. Dr Oehninger was not there for our egg retrieval which was very disappointing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Don't expect coddling. He is very thorough in procedural explanation but definitely do research and ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
The Jones Institute is obviously a very reputable clinic. That is the main reason my wife and I chose it. The institute scheduled our cycle based on the number of people entering the clinic. All of our scheduled appointments were set up to maximize the number of patients per day. It is for this reason that I feel we did not get the attention we wanted. It just seemed like we were another customer just running through the line.
Describe the protocols Sergio Oehninger used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We used an antagonistic approach
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The nursing staff was very nice. There did not seem to be much communication between the nurses and between the nurses and doctors.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The clinic is generally quick to get a new patient in. It is likely due to that process that patients are not coddled. It is very straight forward. In and out during ultrasound and bloodwork visits. The nursing staff was very nice and accommodating during our retrieval and transfer appointments. We only had 3 eggs with one mature which had a failed transfer. Our retrieval procedure time was very short. Aspirations took under half an hour. All indications pre retrieval, showed we had at least 8 eggs. After speaking with another clinic, they informed us that their retrieval was much more thorough. It is for this reason we believe we had a failed cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
We went with a single cycle option. There was an available shared risk program that was double for a single cycle.
Describe Sergio Oehninger's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Multiple embryo transfer was explained to us. The Jones institute protocol was to transfer up to two embryos only.
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
We believe there was a procedural error during our retrieval. The retrieval process was extremely short. After speaking with another clinic, they informed us of the importance of taking time during retrieval.
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Doctor
Sergio Oehninger
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
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Verified

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2018, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 37
1 IUI
1 IVF
Poor Egg Quality
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
3rd of 5 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr. Oehninger answered all questions that I had for him. During my stimulation cycle at appointments where I saw him quickly for an ultrasound there were always other doctors in the room and he let them take the lead and explain to me although it seemed he was the one making the decisions. When it was one on one during the consultation I felt that this Dr. was more personable and shared his experience and expertise with me regarding what I should do next.
This clinic's strengths are they [Jones Institute For Reproductive Medicine] have a well known rate of pregnancies dated back many years. The Dr.'s all work together and make decisions daily together about the patients. I never had trouble getting an appointment and all messages sent through the patient portal were always received and responded to in a timely manner.... Dr. Oehninger answered all questions that I had for him.
How was your experience with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Oehninger answered all questions that I had for him. During my stimulation cycle at appointments where I saw him quickly for an ultrasound there were always other doctors in the room and he let them take the lead and explain to me although it seemed he was the one making the decisions. When it was one on one during the consultation I felt that this Dr. was more personable and shared his experience and expertise with me regarding what I should do next.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
He has a quiet and serious demeanor. If you have questions ask them
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
At first he said very little the few times that I saw him during my stimulation appointments. I currently met with him again for a consultation to discuss my future protocol and get his advice and he was very helpful. He looked at and explained many of the results from my first failed transfer. He told me what we would do differently next time and was able to give me his expertise on some concerns that I had about cysts they found last time. He also had research to back up this expertise.
Describe the protocols Sergio Oehninger used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
During my IVF cycle I took Follistim, menopur and ganirelix. After the transfer I was on progesterone oil injections and estrogen patches. During this cycle they found that I have 2 endometrioma cysts. This protocol resulted in 5 eggs retrieved, 4 fertilized and 2 being transferred.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
This clinic's strengths are they have a well known rate of pregnancies dated back many years. The Dr.'s all work together and make decisions daily together about the patients. I never had trouble getting an appointment and all messages sent through the patient portal were always received and responded to in a timely manner.
10
Doctor
Sergio Oehninger
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Virginia Beach
Operations
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unknown Success
8
7
Age 30
5 IUI
Donor Sperm
Male Factor
Uterine Fibroids
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Sales Representative
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Bocca clearly loves what she does. I appreciate how much care she put into taking over my file after I stopped going to another doctor. She carefully reviewed my file and articulated next steps in a way that both my husband and I felt comfortable with. We are diagnosed with male factor infertility and we both felt that with our other doctor, my husband was cut completely out of the discussion but doctor Bocca is great about including both of us.
They [Jones Inst for Repro Med] have lots of success and lots of patients. I didn't learn early on just how much you have to advocate for yourself, ask questions and if you need to, be a thorn in their side until you get the answers or attention you feel you deserve.... $250 per IUI, plus the cost if the sperm and medication. I've gotten quotes for IVF with ICSI at $12,000ish.... When you are using donor sperm, it sucks to have a nurse at the clinic ask your husband for his sample.
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Bocca clearly loves what she does. I appreciate how much care she put into taking over my file after I stopped going to another doctor. She carefully reviewed my file and articulated next steps in a way that both my husband and I felt comfortable with. We are diagnosed with male factor infertility and we both felt that with our other doctor, my husband was cut completely out of the discussion but doctor Bocca is great about including both of us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Come with questions and a notepad. She's great!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
I first worked with another doctor prior to seeing Dr. Bocca. The differences between the two in their bedside manner is astounding. You can tell she actually cares about her patients and their partners and truly wants the best for them. She explained thoroughly why she wanted to explore a certain protocol and was open to answering questions, no matter how long it took, rather than casually brushing them off as me being a worrywart who Google's too much.
Describe the protocols Silvina Bocca used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We did five donor sperm IUI cycles with another doctor. Three natural and two with letrozole and trigger shot, and progesterone. After Dr Bocca took over my file, she thought it'd be helpful to do a hysteroscopy. In that procedure, she found and removed a few uterine polyps, we will be pursuing a sixth IUI cycle with letrozole and gonal f, trigger shot and progesterone.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Heather)
They are great!
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
They have lots of success and lots of patients. I didn't learn early on just how much you have to advocate for yourself, ask questions and if you need to, be a thorn in their side until you get the answers or attention you feel you deserve.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
$250 per IUI, plus the cost if the sperm and medication. I've gotten quotes for IVF with ICSI at $12,000ish.
Describe Silvina Bocca's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
N/A.
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
When you are using donor sperm, it sucks to have a nurse at the clinic ask your husband for his sample.
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Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
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2016 - 2018, Unsuccessful
1
7
Age 28 - 30
5 IUI
Donor Sperm
Male Factor
European
Income $100K - $199K
Sales Representative
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Unsuccessful
I feel that because we were diagnosed with male factor infertility and needing donor sperm, and nothing was super obviously wrong with me, he [Dr. Oehninger] brushed us off as an easy case....When we had our last meeting before going in for our sixth and final IUI, Dr. O seemed to brush off any of my concerns and requests doe further testing on me to see if there was anything that we could address easily before the next go. It wasn't until after I stopped going to Dr. O that we discovered my blood pressure was significantly above normal range and that my T4 levels were way off normal range, as well.
This is a big, productive group. They [Jones - Norfolk] produce results for lots of people but they are by no means perfect. Prepare yourself for appointments, advocate and research on your own behalf, and don't get too worked up when they make mistakes or goof up small things.... Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the clinic, I feel they miss some critical details in patient files.... [Cost Of Treatment] $250/IUI plus drug costs
How was your experience with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
We we're diagnosed through Dr. O and Dr. Brough with azoospermia/male factor infertility. Upon receiving that diagnosis, my husband and I took break for several months before jumping in to treatment. When we ordered our donor sperm and got started with treatment, I don't think my file was reevaluated or not. We jumped right in to three natural IUI cycles , the first of which resulted in a chemical pregnancy. After that, we did two more cycles with letrozole and trigger. Every time I went for ultrasounds, everything looked great. When we had our last meeting before going in for our sixth and final IUI, Dr. O seemed to brush off any of my concerns and requests doe further testing on me to see if there was anything that we could address easily before the next go. It wasn't until after I stopped going to Dr. O that we discovered my blood pressure was significantly above normal range and that my T4 levels were way off normal range, as well. We are happy with our new doctor and wish Dr. O all of the best, but he was not the right fit for us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Ask questions. ALWAYS. Ask for copies of all of your test results and research on your end that you are within normal ranges.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
I feel that because we were diagnosed with male factor infertility and needing donor sperm, and nothing was super obviously wrong with me, he brushed us off as an easy case.
Describe the protocols Sergio Oehninger used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
3 natural IUI cycles with donor sperm with monitoring on day 12. (The first of those three resulted in a chemical pregnancy) 2 donor sperm IUI cycles with 5 days of letrozole 5mg per day, trigger shot, and 10 days of progesterone.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Heather)
The nursing staff there is great.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
This is a big, productive group. They produce results for lots of people but they are by no means perfect. Prepare yourself for appointments, advocate and research on your own behalf, and don't get too worked up when they make mistakes or goof up small things.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
$250/IUI plus drug costs
Describe Sergio Oehninger's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
NA
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Lost appointments
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of the clinic, I feel they miss some critical details in patient files.
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Doctor
Sergio Oehninger
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
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Nursing Staff
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Verified

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2015 - 2018, Unsuccessful
8
9
Age 35 - 38
3 IUI
Male Factor
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Engineer
1st of 2 Docs
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr. O [Oehninger] has a long history of success in the field, and decades of experience which began working directly under the doctor who pioneered IVF in the US. He excells at giving informed, detailed comparisons between different established treatment options.... Between attempts, he was very hands-off. We had to initiate the next step on our own when some encouragement would have been helpful. When we had consultations to determine the next course of actions, he didn't always seem as familiar with our treatment history as I would have liked.
The clinic [Jones Institute] has been doing this longer than any other in the country. Framed photos of annual Mother's Day picnics with families the clinic has assisted are inspiring at first, but more painful to see after years without success.... Payment was easy, and the clinic-provided installment billing plan for big-ticket fertility treatment was helpful... Unfortunately the clinic insists on useing a "Patient Portal" system which is a gatekeeper to communication with doctors and nurses. The only effective way to communicate in real time is in person at an appointment. T
How was your experience with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. O has a long history of success in the field, and decades of experience which began working directly under the doctor who pioneered IVF in the US. He excells at giving informed, detailed comparisons between different established treatment options. Our discussions led us first to try 4 rounds of IUI, the first 3 each leading to a very early miscarriage, and the last failing to develop a viable egg. Between attempts, he was very hands-off. We had to initiate the next step on our own when some encouragement would have been helpful. When we had consultations to determine the next course of actions, he didn't always seem as familiar with our treatment history as I would have liked. After the unsuccessful IUIs, we asked again about the clinic's donor embryo program which had been briefly discussed in our first visit, and decided it was the next best step. After being matched with a frozen embryo suprisingly quickly and completing other prequisites of the program, Dr. O implanted the one embryo which survived the thaw. The first couple weeks of pregnancy progressed normally, but after some minor bleeding we were brought in for an early ultrasound and the dosage of progesterone injections was doubled as a precaution. However, there was additional bleeding and discharge a couple weeks later, and another ultrasound showed the pregnancy was lost. At that point, Dr. O was careful not to give us any false hope as we scheduled addtional follow-ups. However, he did not prepare us for the extremely unpleasant and painful side effects of the medications to induce completion of the miscarriage. That experience culminated in a 2am emergency room visit, narcotics to manage the pain, and another ultrasound the next morning when the clinic was open. After this last visit, Dr. O retired and we expect to be transferred to one of his colleagues, most of whom we met at one point or another.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Not applicable since he is now retired.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. O was friendly and offered encouragment when the facts and odds supported it. He also kept a professional distance, but some difficult news was relayed in an abrupt manner which made it more difficult to hear.
Describe the protocols Sergio Oehninger used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We tried 4 rounds of IUI, the first 3 each leading to a very early miscarriage, and the last failing to develop a viable egg. Since my wife has never had regular cycles, medication was needed to trigger it each time. Each time there were one or two visits to ultrasound the ovaries and measure follicles before a viable one was identified and our IUI was scheduled. Semen analysis showed slightly low count each time but good motility. Every completed IUI let to a positive home pregnancy test, followed within days by a negative test. Due to the repeated failures of IUI, we decided that implanting a donated embryo was the next best option. After being matched with a frozen embryo suprisingly quickly and completing other prequisites of the program, Dr. O implanted the one embryo which survived the thaw. The first couple weeks of pregnancy progressed normally, but after some minor bleeding we were brought in for an early ultrasound and the dosage of progesterone injections was doubled as a precaution. However, there was additional bleeding and discharge a couple weeks later, and another ultrasound showed the pregnancy was lost. At that point, Dr. O was careful not to give us any false hope as we scheduled addtional follow-ups. However, he did not prepare us for the extremely unpleasant and painful side effects of the medications to induce completion of the miscarriage. That experience culminated in a 2am emergency room visit, narcotics to manage the pain, and another ultrasound the next morning when the clinic was open. After this last visit, Dr. O retired and we expect to be transferred to one of his colleagues, most of whom we met at one point or another.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Almost the entire nursing staff was very friendly, professional, and helpful in person. Their ability to draw blood from a patient with hard-to-find veins (my wife) varied significantly. Blood was drawn at every check-up, and I don't think they got her on the first try more than once or twice out of dozens of visits. Often it took 3 or 4 tries, and switching to less common and more painful areas. One nurse, who unfortunately managed most of our phone and internet communication with the rest of the staff, was much less helpful than anyone else on the staff. Numerous times our messages were relayed with significant delay as well as inaccurately with regard to tone or even content. We dreaded communicating through the clinic's phone or internet "portal" for this specific reason, and feared any complaint would lead to even worse service from the same nurse. Several times I suggested switching our next treatment to different clinic, even though we were quite happy with almost everything else at this one, specifically because of this nurse and the "portal" communication system. Managing prescriptions from local pharmacies was nightmare, due to convoluted preauthorization rules and documents to be routed back through clinic bureaucracy (combined with the fact the insurance covered almost nothing yet they kept trying to get approval). This often delays which sometimes came close to impacting treatment. However, Mandell's mail-order pharmacy (mostly for injections) was incredibly accomodating and easy to work with, aside from the unavoidable requirement to be home when the medicine was delivered.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The clinic has been doing this longer than any other in the country. Framed photos of annual Mother's Day picnics with families the clinic has assisted are inspiring at first, but more painful to see after years without success. But the clinic also partners with Operation Hope/RESOLVE, and connecting to that organization was helpful in finding support and dealing with the heartbreak. Many prescriptions from the clinic get routed and rerouted through a lot of unnecessary bureaucracy. As with every other medical estabilishment we've dealt with, bills and insurance decisions are incomprehensible. Payment was easy, and the clinic-provided installment billing plan for big-ticket fertility treatment was helpful (half up front, rest spread over 6 months with no interest) although there was a glitch with the automatic payment system. Unfortunately the clinic insists on useing a "Patient Portal" system which is a gatekeeper to communication with doctors and nurses. The only effective way to communicate in real time is in person at an appointment. The "portal" system was consistenly an obstruction to communication and care. Eventually we learned what almost everything was routed through one specific nurse assigned to our doctor, and we believe much of the problem was with that individual, but the system itself was flawed in theory and practice. We are hopeful that since our doctor has now retired, we may have a different gatekeeper nurse when we begin treatment with a new doctor.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Roughly $15,000 for 4 IUI attempts, donor embryo program and transfer, medication, and associated tests.
Describe Sergio Oehninger's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
We were very confused by apparently conflicting information about the number of frozen donated embroys available to us for implantation, and how many survived which stages of the process. This was eventually mostly cleared up, but it took several discussions with different people. However, the clinic policy of not allowing more than two embryos to be implanted was always clear.
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
On a couple occasions were were told to expect a call with test results by a specific time, but did not get it until the next day or until we asked. During the embryo thaw process, we got initially got conflicting information about how many embroys survived, but this was eventually cleared up when we asked and got more detail about the different stages of the thawing and preparation process. At 7 weeks with an implanted embryo, my wife had a suspected miscarriage in the middle of week of vacation in a foreign country. We sent a very detailed description of events and request for guidance to the clinic via the internet based patient portal system, explaining our concerns with the cost and potential outcomes of uninsured medical treatment in a foreign country with a language barrier. We got a response from the nurse through the "patient portal" system telling us to go to an emergency room with no attempt made to address our specific concerns. Because we did not feel that our situation was adequately considered but had no other way to communicate with competent staff at the clinic, we made a very difficult decision do go against this advice and wait until we returned home to address the issue with a visit to the clinic.
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Doctor
Sergio Oehninger
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
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Nursing Staff
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Verified

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2017 - 2018, Successful
10
10
Age 36 - 37
2 IVF
Male Factor
European
Income $100K - $199K
Marketer or PR
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Stadtmauer is very clinical in her approach to patient care - I would say limited on the warm and fuzzies - but you can tell she has compassion and empathy for her patients. And she is very, very knowledgable about fertility issues and felt like she never spoke down to me or was short with me when I asked a hundred questions.... she's not the hand-holding, warm and fuzzy type of doctor. But I did not need that at all since this was my third cycle and I felt pretty good about what to expect at that point.
Jones' strength is that they are part of a Medical School, so a few times I had students in the room during appointments and some procedures. The Doctor will ask you first if you are comfortable with the student in the room. I liked that Jones is part of a Medical School because I felt like they would be at the cutting-edge of research. They are also doing studies at the clinic, and I would have participated if I qualified because I wanted to help study fertility (and also get some discounts!).
How was your experience with Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Strengths - very smart, patiently answers all questions, is direct and no-nonsense and explains everything very well. Weaknesses - she's not the hand-holding, warm and fuzzy type of doctor. But I did not need that at all since this was my third cycle and I felt pretty good about what to expect at that point.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
She's no nonsense.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Stadtmauer is very clinical in her approach to patient care - I would say limited on the warm and fuzzies - but you can tell she has compassion and empathy for her patients. And she is very, very knowledgable about fertility issues and felt like she never spoke down to me or was short with me when I asked a hundred questions.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The nursing staff were very warm. They take the time to answer all your questions and they are incredibly responsive via the portal. Same day, if not within hours, usually!
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Jones' strength is that they are part of a Medical School, so a few times I had students in the room during appointments and some procedures. The Doctor will ask you first if you are comfortable with the student in the room. I liked that Jones is part of a Medical School because I felt like they would be at the cutting-edge of research. They are also doing studies at the clinic, and I would have participated if I qualified because I wanted to help study fertility (and also get some discounts!). I loved that there was a team of doctor's so I never had to worry about my doctor being sick the day of a transfer or retrieval (this is the stuff you worry about at a solo-doctor clinic after you spend tens of thousands on a drug protocol for the weeks leading up to "the big day".) I also liked how there was more than one doctor looking at my case because you get more expertise weighing in. Weakness would be the clinical setting if you want a super sensitive, hand-holding experience.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
We qualified for a "buy two cycles, get your third for free - or receive half your money back" program and that put my mind at ease!
Describe Laurel Stadtmauer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
I only had one embryo to use so this does not apply.
10
Doctor
Laurel Stadtmauer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Virginia Beach
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unsuccessful
10
9
Age 36
1 IVF
European
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr Pakrashi is very compassionate and obviously cares for her patients and their outcomes. She listens and is very personal. She completes follow through by personally calling me to inquire how I'm feeling and be sure I understand the next step in the IVF process. ... Dr Pakrashi listened, showed empathy and gave us hope. ... Heartbroken, but wanting to give it one last attempt to complete our family we looked into IVF with gender selection
Strengths in this clinic [Jones Institute for Repro Med] is seen in the team of doctors and their knowledge. ... We could only financially do 1 IVF cycle, unfortunately there was not a normal female embryo for FET. Dr Pakrashi and the embryologist personally called to speak with us about our results in detail. ... The portal used by the office makes it easy to reach out and ask questions with responses in a timely manner.
How was your experience with Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr Pakrashi is very compassionate and obviously cares for her patients and their outcomes. She listens and is very personal. She completes follow through by personally calling me to inquire how I'm feeling and be sure I understand the next step in the IVF process. Our situation is unique in that prior to IVF we had 2 pregnancy losses. After that we used clomid and had our daughter in 2013. Wanting 1 more child and a sibling for our daughter, we tried to conceive again. Sadly we went on to have three pregnancy losses over the next 3-4 years, all three males diagnosed with arthrogryposis. Test after test left us with no reasoning why the reoccurrence happened. Heartbroken, but wanting to give it one last attempt to complete our family we looked into IVF with gender selection. Through many years of genetic counseling we thought if we could choose a female embryo that we could finally complete the family we have dreamed for (and stop the gut wrenching pain of recurrent loss). Dr Pakrashi listened, showed empathy and gave us hope. We could only financially do 1 IVF cycle, unfortunately there was not a normal female embryo for FET. Dr Pakrashi and the embryologist personally called to speak with us about our results in detail.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
IVF was new for us. I thought I had read everything before I went in for the consultation and would remember what to ask. I would advise a prospective patient to bring your questions written down and have a notebook to take notes.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
She is kind, warm hearted, personal, and provides quick responses and follow through. She calls you personally and stays in touch.
Describe the protocols Tarita Pakrashi used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
Menopur 150 morning and night Gonal F 300 units morning and night Cetrotide 0.25 mg x2 doses Lupron 40 units x 2 doses Started day 3 of menstrual cycle 13 eggs retrieved, 9 fertilized, 6 biopsied, 2 females, 4 males. No viable embryo for FET.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Lena)
Lena was kind and on top of things. She went out of her way to make sure I understood everything. She was very personal and eager to help.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Strengths in this clinic is seen in the team of doctors and their knowledge. The portal used by the office makes it easy to reach out and ask questions with responses in a timely manner. I would have liked more explanations into the way they choose what medications/protocols. However, I don't know that this would have changed our outcome.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
$6750- Medications $400- Anesthesia $13,600- IVF circle with FET $600- Pre IVF testing All because our insurance doesn't cover any portion of IVF.
Describe Tarita Pakrashi's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
We only wanted to electively transfer 1 single female embryo. Dr Pakrashi agreed with us.
10
Doctor
Tarita Pakrashi
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unsuccessful
9
7
Age 22
2 IUI
Male Factor
PCOS
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Be aware she [Dr. Bocca] does not do the procedures...She only did consultations and another doctor did the procedures. This did not bother me because the two doctors always spoke with each other and knew each patient...We started with IUI with letrozole...Second IUI I asked to increase letrozole and dr. Bocca agreed...is very kind. She explained things to us in great detail including her own pictures and drawings! No matter how many times I asked her questions she answered kindly.
I had a different nurse each time I went in the office [at Jones Institute]. Some were wonderful and some were normal. I did not have a bad experience with any of the Nurses...When we decided to move forward with IVF it was November. My next cycle would be December but they close for 2 weeks for cleaning the lab that month...We were suppose to receive a call regarding IVF guidelines and schedule. We never received the call. We ended up moving out of state January so we are no longer with this clinic.. however if we were we would still be waiting for the IVF call (4 months later).
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Bocca is very knowledgeable in her job. She brings out articles, pictures, and diagrams to explain things to her patients. She only did consultations and another doctor did the procedures. This did not bother me because the two doctors always spoke with each other and knew each patient.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Be aware she does not do the procedures.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Bocca is very kind. She explained things to us in great detail including her own pictures and drawings! No matter how many times I asked her questions she answered kindly.
Describe the protocols Silvina Bocca used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We started with IUI with letrozole. Took letrozole days 3-7 of cycle and then ultrasound day 11-14 (I think) to see if follicles growing. No blood work in between for hormone levels. Second IUI I asked to increase letrozole and dr. Bocca agreed. Same timing with ultrasound and then IUI the next day or 2 depending on your follicle growth.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
I had a different nurse each time I went in the office. Some were wonderful and some were normal. I did not have a bad experience with any of the Nurses.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The front desk staff is amazing and very helpful. The nurses are neutral. Dr. Bocca is wonderful and very knowledgeable. The clinic is very open to letting you visit and of the 3 locations so you can get seen sooner if needed.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
We did 2 IUI’s and paid around $1200
Describe Silvina Bocca's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Bocca recommended 1 transfer. The max they will do is 2. She ultimately left the choice up to us as the patient.
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
When we decided to move forward with IVF it was November. My next cycle would be December but they close for 2 weeks for cleaning the lab that month. So we had to wait until January. We were suppose to receive a call regarding IVF guidelines and schedule. We never received the call. We ended up moving out of state January so we are no longer with this clinic.. however if we were we would still be waiting for the IVF call (4 months later).
9
Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unsuccessful
7
8
Age 27
4 IUI
Unexplained
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr Stadtmauer is very knowledge however when first meeting her, she was very hard to read and it was a little hard to keep the conversation going. She’s very question/answer not elaborative. I found that it was best to write down my questions when meeting with her regarding treatment and next steps...We were identified as unexplained, therefore, the game plan was to just try IUIs with femara, ovidrel and then follow up with progesterone. We did this three times under the treatment of Stadtmauer which resulted in no positive pregancies.
This practice [Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine] sees so many patients every single day & you can feel and see that in how they communicate and execute your treatment. Although there is very little to no warm and cozy feeling - these doctors know their stuff...I was prescribed two different progesterone medications which included peanut oil. I have a severe allergy to peanuts which I made the clinic very aware of...although you have multiple professionals looking at your specific case, they don’t know or remember if you have specific needs because they haven’t been your primary care doctor the whole time.
How was your experience with Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr Stadtmauer is very knowledge however when first meeting her, she was very hard to read and it was a little hard to keep the conversation going. She’s very question/answer not elaborative. I found that it was best to write down my questions when meeting with her regarding treatment and next steps.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Write down everything that comes to mind and go into her office with it. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the information and you can go down one trail of discussion and completely forget to get it all out before leaving the office.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
This practice sees so many patients every single day & you can feel and see that in how they communicate and execute your treatment. Although there is very little to no warm and cozy feeling - these doctors know their stuff.
Describe the protocols Laurel Stadtmauer used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We were identified as unexplained, therefore, the game plan was to just try IUIs with femara, ovidrel and then follow up with progesterone. We did this three times under the treatment of Stadtmauer which resulted in no positive pregancies.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
There are so many doctors here and although that’s great, sometimes everything feels less personable because you might not see your specific doctor each visit. I also feel like that’s a good and bad thing because although you have multiple professionals looking at your specific case, they don’t know or remember if you have specific needs because they haven’t been your primary care doctor the whole time. The office is clean, professional and the doctors themselves are extremely smart, however, there is no sugar coating or hand holding.
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
I was prescribed two different progesterone medications which included peanut oil. I have a severe allergy to peanuts which I made the clinic very aware of.
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Doctor
Laurel Stadtmauer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Virginia Beach
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
9
9
Age 38 - 39
4 IUI
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $100K - $199K
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr Stadtmauer always makes me feel like we have options, even if it’s not what we first imagined.... She’s not phased by surprises or needs to make adjustments to plans, which really helps to keep me calm. When I didnt respond fast enough to the first round of IVF stimulation, she quickly changed course, adjusted meds, and moved forward. She also provided me with natural supplements (at my request) instead of more pills when I wanted to deal with blood sugar issues.
The Jones Institute has a wonderful reputation and is extremely convenient. And the nursing team in the clinic OR is spectacular. But with only one IVF coordinator nurse, it can be hard to get a hold of someone if you want to ask questions and receive immediate feedback. You have to be a patient patient.... There’s been a lot of turnover in the staffing of the primary IVF coordinator (we’ve worked with three different people in the last 9 months).
How was your experience with Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
She’s not phased by surprises or needs to make adjustments to plans, which really helps to keep me calm. When I didnt respond fast enough to the first round of IVF stimulation, she quickly changed course, adjusted meds, and moved forward. She also provided me with natural supplements (at my request) instead of more pills when I wanted to deal with blood sugar issues. Her confidence and experience make everyone feel safe and cared for.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Trust her experience and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr Stadtmauer always makes me feel like we have options, even if it’s not what we first imagined. She’s matter of fact but very calm and caring
Describe the protocols Laurel Stadtmauer used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We added human growth hormone to my first and second round of stimulation because I wasn’t responding fast enough to standard meds. This helped a lot. We also waited an extra day for the last stimulation before retrieval because she knew it took my body more time to develop the right size eggs.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
There’s been a lot of turnover in the staffing of the primary IVF coordinator (we’ve worked with three different people in the last 9 months). But everyone has been very kind, very patient, and very understanding.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Like with all medical care, it’s important to remember that you are the only one advocating for yourself. You need to keep organized and make sure you follow up as needed. The Jones Institute has a wonderful reputation and is extremely convenient. And the nursing team in the clinic OR is spectacular. But with only one IVF coordinator nurse, it can be hard to get a hold of someone if you want to ask questions and receive immediate feedback. You have to be a patient patient.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
We were very lucky to have IVF covered by our United HealthCare plan, so none of the services were painfully expensive except the medications (around $8K per round) and anesthesia, around $2K at first, but then cheaper once I hit my insurance deductible.
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Doctor
Laurel Stadtmauer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Unsuccessful
6
5
Age 33
1 IUI
Anovulation
Unexplained
Other
European
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr Bocca did a good job of explaining treatments to us, and took plenty of time to talk to us. After my 11 week miscarriage, she had a nice long appointment to talk to us. Dr Bocca is compassionate and caring. However, I didn’t get a whole lot of statistics from her or numbers when it came to my chances of success with different courses of treatment. Sometimes her nurses have trouble communicating with her (as in the nurses didn’t get back to me)
The nurses [Jones Institute] were hard to get ahold of frequently and sometimes I had to leave multiple messages to hear back.... I had occasional problems getting progesterone refills/ prescriptions faxed to the pharmacy . I also sometimes didn’t get calls back with results until after the time window they told me I would get a response within... Strengths: Dr boccas bedside manner and compassion. She is helpful, but if you want hard numbers/ chances of success, I didn’t hear much of that. Weaknesses: communication with the nursing team/ front desk. The patient portal/ voicemail system most of the time gets a response
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr Bocca did a good job of explaining treatments to us, and took plenty of time to talk to us. After my 11 week miscarriage, she had a nice long appointment to talk to us. Dr Bocca is compassionate and caring. However, I didn’t get a whole lot of statistics from her or numbers when it came to my chances of success with different courses of treatment. Sometimes her nurses have trouble communicating with her (as in the nurses didn’t get back to me)
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Do some research on treatment options/ infertility basics before you meet with Dr Bocca or any doctor. Be sure you are your own advocate when communicating with Dr Bocca’s team- they don’t always get back to you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr Bocca herself spent plenty of time talking and consulting with us, but the team at Jones was hard to get to respond and get a straight answer from sometimes
Describe the protocols Silvina Bocca used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We did two cycles of clomid/ letrozole with cycle day intercourse/ ultrasound/ ovidrel injection. Then we did two rounds of injectable hormones with monitoring and timed intercourse. I got pregnant the second time. All signs looked positive and things were going perfectly until I miscarried at 11 weeks due to a trisomy 14 abnormality. We then did one more cycle of injectables and iui with a chemical pregnancy. We have now moved on to ivf at another clinic that has a shared risk/ money back guarantee program and higher success rates when I comes to ivf.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The nurses were hard to get ahold of frequently and sometimes I had to leave multiple messages to hear back. I would recommend Dr Bocca a lot more highly than her nursing staff
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Strengths: Dr boccas bedside manner and compassion. She is helpful, but if you want hard numbers/ chances of success, I didn’t hear much of that. Weaknesses: communication with the nursing team/ front desk. The patient portal/ voicemail system most of the time gets a response, but sometimes you need to leave more than one message.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
My insurance covered our ultrasounds when we did timed intercouse with pills or injections. However, it did not cover any of our drugs or ultrasounds with iui. We spent roughly $1500/ month each cycle we tried
Describe Silvina Bocca's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
N/a
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
I had occasional problems getting progesterone refills/ prescriptions faxed to the pharmacy . I also sometimes didn’t get calls back with results until after the time window they told me I would get a response within
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Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016 - 2018, Unsuccessful
8
8
Age 37 - 39
2 IUI
Unexplained
Other
European
Middle Eastern
Income $50K - $99K
Engineer
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
I never feel rushed when I meet with Dr. Bocca, she takes the time to answer all my questions.... Dr. Bocca is patient, a great communicator and is easy to understand. She doesn’t use too much medical jargon and fully explains all procedures and possible outcomes. She always takes the time to answer all my questions and concerns.... I tried IUI twice earlier this year. Each time, I started with five days of femara, cd 3-7. Day 8 I would go for an ultrasound and they would prescribe my dosage of menopur.
The clinic [Jones Institute for Repro Med] is slow to post payments, so make sure you keep all your receipts. Also, they are slow to submit bills to the insurance company. The staff is overall friendly and they return phone calls quickly.... The overall cost of IUI including medicine was close to $3000.... Some nurses were poor communicators (ie: their directions weren’t clear) and some weren’t very friendly but overall I had a good experience with the nursing staff.
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Bocca is patient, a great communicator and is easy to understand. She doesn’t use too much medical jargon and fully explains all procedures and possible outcomes. She always takes the time to answer all my questions and concerns.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and request alternative medications (for instance, if you know of a cheaper option).
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
I never feel rushed when I meet with Dr. Bocca, she takes the time to answer all my questions.
Describe the protocols Silvina Bocca used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
I tried IUI twice earlier this year. Each time, I started with five days of femara, cd 3-7. Day 8 I would go for an ultrasound and they would prescribe my dosage of menopur. I would do 3-5 days of shots of menopur while getting ultrasounds every few days to check my egg growth. Once they were a good size (she liked 17 or larger). When my eggs were large enough, I would take the ovidrel trigger shot. Within the next 36hrs my husband and I would go in for the IUI. I did femara and menopur because dr. Bocca said she wanted to see two large eggs at the time of IUI and I had a history of only one egg from just the femara alone.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Some nurses were poor communicators (ie: their directions weren’t clear) and some weren’t very friendly but overall I had a good experience with the nursing staff.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The clinic is slow to post payments, so make sure you keep all your receipts. Also, they are slow to submit bills to the insurance company. The staff is overall friendly and they return phone calls quickly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The overall cost of IUI including medicine was close to $3000.
8
Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Newport News
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
9
9
Age 36 - 37
1 IUI
1 IVF
Male Factor
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
2nd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr. Bocca was always very pleasant, open and honest with me. She told me when unexpected things came up during a cycle.... During my experience with Dr. Bocca I felt that she was very knowledgeable. However, I did not feel that she explained things as thoroughly as I would have liked. During my IUI the results from my husbands sample came back much lower than any other tests had. She did mention this to me during the procedure and noted that we would still have a small chance of it working.
The IUI procedure cost close to $1,200 with everything involved.... During my IUI process I felt very optimistic until the day of the procedure when we got the bad news about my husbands sample. I feel that people are spending a lot of money and the clinic [Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine] does a good job to be accommodating to patients and they get you in and out so that you are not sitting around waiting for long periods of time.
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
During my experience with Dr. Bocca I felt that she was very knowledgeable. However, I did not feel that she explained things as thoroughly as I would have liked. During my IUI the results from my husbands sample came back much lower than any other tests had. She did mention this to me during the procedure and noted that we would still have a small chance of it working. however, I got the idea that she knew it probably wasn't going to work, so I'm wondering if we even should have gone through with it or waited to find out what was going on from his end.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
When she tells you something during an appointment don't feel that you need to just go with it and let them be on their way. Ask the Dr. to sit down and explain things to you thoroughly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Bocca was always very pleasant, open and honest with me. She told me when unexpected things came up during a cycle. She was very sympathetic when my IUI and transfer did not work and was ready to get back to work to figure out what we could do next time.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
I think that this is a great clinic. During my IUI process I felt very optimistic until the day of the procedure when we got the bad news about my husbands sample. I feel that people are spending a lot of money and the clinic does a good job to be accommodating to patients and they get you in and out so that you are not sitting around waiting for long periods of time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The IUI procedure cost close to $1,200 with everything involved.
9
Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Virginia Beach
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2014 - 2018, Successful
10
8
Age 35 - 39
8 IUI
1 IVF
PCOS
Poor Egg Quality
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Other
Income $200K - $499K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
She [Dr. Pakrashi] is thorough, intelligent and extremely compassionate. I feel 100 percent comfortable under her care. She’s always optimistic yet honest at the same time. We have been through multiple failed cycles - both negative and miscarriages- and she is one of the reasons that I have the strength to keep going.... I have PCOS and poor egg quality. Her recommendation was IVF ICSI but we still owe from our last IVF cycle and our toddler is diabetic, so we can’t spend out of pocket money on another.
Wonderful doctors! They know their stuff- they won’t treat you like a number. Nursing staff [Jones Institute] could be better. Sometimes they get things confused and don’t follow up in a timely manner— other nurses do- it just depends. At the end of the day- it’s the doctors that matter and these ones are great... Nursing staff failed to call in my prescriptions twice... Some are good, and some are just ok. It depends on who you get.
How was your experience with Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
She is thorough, intelligent and extremely compassionate. I feel 100 percent comfortable under her care. She’s always optimistic yet honest at the same time. We have been through multiple failed cycles - both negative and miscarriages- and she is one of the reasons that I have the strength to keep going.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Be upfront and honest about your concerns or fears. She really does care and she wants to know!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
She is the most compassionate doctor I have ever seen.
Describe the protocols Tarita Pakrashi used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
I have PCOS and poor egg quality. Her recommendation was IVF ICSI but we still owe from our last IVF cycle and our toddler is diabetic, so we can’t spend out of pocket money on another. Since I have bad egg quality and I am 39, the goal is to get as many eggs as possible in hopes of finding a good one- like we did with my daughter!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Some are good, and some are just ok. It depends on who you get. I don’t have an assigned nurse bc we aren’t currently doing IVF
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Wonderful doctors! They know their stuff- they won’t treat you like a number. Nursing staff could be better. Sometimes they get things confused and don’t follow up in a timely manner— other nurses do- it just depends. At the end of the day- it’s the doctors that matter and these ones are great
Describe the costs associated with your care under Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
We are 100 percent out of pocket do the cost is very high
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Nursing staff failed to call in my prescriptions twice
10
Doctor
Tarita Pakrashi
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016 - 2018, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 31 - 33
6 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
European
Income $50K - $99K
Sales Representative
1st of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
I genuinely felt safer in my decision process knowing she [Dr. Bocca] was behind them. She was easy to talk to and gave great advice and didn’t make me feel like an idiot for asking hundreds of questions! She helped guide us to make decisions that worked best for us!...So we had come to a cross roads where we could go towards IVF , but she wanted us to try an ovulation induction that required a lot more medication including injectibles - follistim and ovidrel
Sometimes EVMs is difficult with their billing - I had been charged double in the past but once i brought it to their attention they fixed it immediately!! They never have a problem if I’m running late due to traffic and can squeeze me in - so grateful!!!...[Nursing Staff] Eager and willing to answer my hundreds of questions and with a smile on their face...my blood work didn’t get picked up with the rest of the blood work - it wasn’t an emergency situation where timing was vital but glad it wasn’t
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
I genuinely felt safer in my decision process knowing she was behind them. She was easy to talk to and gave great advice and didn’t make me feel like an idiot for asking hundreds of questions! She helped guide us to make decisions that worked best for us!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Be honest with her about your feelings, she won’t know unless you tell her
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
I can tell the genuine care i her voice and actions in helping us choose options
Describe the protocols Silvina Bocca used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
So we had come to a cross roads where we could go towards IVF , but she wanted us to try an ovulation induction that required a lot more medication including injectibles - follistim and ovidrel - my body reacted positively and we were able to conceive : unfortunately that pregnancy ended up in miscarriage after 10 weeks and 2 days but we had not been able to get pregnant before this so truly grateful to continue with Dr Bocca on this journey!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Eager and willing to answer my hundreds of questions and with a smile on their face
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Sometimes EVMs is difficult with their billing - I had been charged double in the past but once i brought it to their attention they fixed it immediately!! They never have a problem if I’m running late due to traffic and can squeeze me in - so grateful!!!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
My insurance didn’t cover it with one job, and now it does
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Lost results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
It wasn’t the clinics fault - my blood work didn’t get picked up with the rest of the blood work - it wasn’t an emergency situation where timing was vital but glad it wasn’t
10
Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Newport News
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2015 - 2018, Unsuccessful
10
9
Age 30 - 33
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Due to my elevated FSH levels I receive a high dose to increase my chances of eggs. Unfortunately I didn’t produce them and had to cancel 3 cycles...As a patient of Dr Bocca I was very hopeful of the out come of my IVF cycle. She was very knowledgeable of the process and very helpful with all my questions. Each visit with her I loved that she tried to get to know me and my family. She even notice my weight lost, which I loved. I just really felt like she cared and understood my cries every time I left the office
Nurse staff [at Jones Institute For Reproductive Medicine] was very knowledgeable and nice on every visit...Strengths would be excellent Doctors and Nurse. Main weaknesses would be the high cost of everything. Most of Virginia’s insurances don’t cover treatment and this clinic has every high treatment prices for everything...Staff and Dr Bocca was always nice and pleasant. Her office gave me hope I could have a good cycle my body just didn’t give the results. Unable to continue due to no insurance coverage and unable to afford treatment. Doctor Nps
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
As a patient of Dr Bocca I was very hopeful of the out come of my IVF cycle. She was very knowledgeable of the process and very helpful with all my questions. Each visit with her I loved that she tried to get to know me and my family. She even notice my weight lost, which I loved. I just really felt like she cared and understood my cries every time I left the office
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Advice I would give would be try to remain positive and try not to stress. You are in good hands
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Staff and Dr Bocca was always nice and pleasant. Her office gave me hope I could have a good cycle my body just didn’t give the results. Unable to continue due to no insurance coverage and unable to afford treatment.
Describe the protocols Silvina Bocca used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
Due to my elevated FSH levels I receive a high dose to increase my chances of eggs. Unfortunately I didn’t produce them and had to cancel 3 cycles
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Nurse staff was very knowledgeable and nice on every visit
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Strengths would be excellent Doctors and Nurse. Main weaknesses would be the high cost of everything. Most of Virginia’s insurances don’t cover treatment and this clinic has every high treatment prices for everything
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
All care was extremely high, my insurance covered nothing which was why I had to stop treatment
10
Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
7
8
Age 31 - 32
4 IUI
Unexplained
European
Income $0 - $49K
1st of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Doctor Bocca was kind and very good at explaining procedures before we actually did them. She was always very optimistic. I was diagnosed with polyps and went in to see her after several failed treatments. She was able to remove the polyps and explained every step of what she was going to do and then for post-op, she thoroughly explained the results and asked for my input on the next steps.
It was easy to get appointments [at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine]. They had multiple locations that were convenient for medication monitoring. The waiting rooms were comfortable and the other doctors I had interactions with were friendly and kind...She [the nurse] was always on top of things and responded quickly whenever I had questions or concerns...IUI's were about $800 total with medications, sperm wash, ultrasound, and actual IUI.
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Doctor Bocca was kind and very good at explaining procedures before we actually did them. She was always very optimistic. I was diagnosed with polyps and went in to see her after several failed treatments. She was able to remove the polyps and explained every step of what she was going to do and then for post-op, she thoroughly explained the results and asked for my input on the next steps.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Learn as much as you can and be your own advocate.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Heather)
She was always on top of things and responded quickly whenever I had questions or concerns.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
It was easy to get appointments. They had multiple locations that were convenient for medication monitoring. The waiting rooms were comfortable and the other doctors I had interactions with were friendly and kind.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
IUI's were about $800 total with medications, sperm wash, ultrasound, and actual IUI.
7
Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 43
1 IUI
1 IVF
Donor Sperm
Anovulation
PCOS
Uterine Fibroids
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
1st of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr. Stadtmauer was amazing and very optimistic when I felt unsure. She gave me options and left if up to me to decide without pressure. Her staff is amazing and personable. Everytime I visited I walked away feeling assured that I was being taken care of... The doctor and her staff were great at explaining everything step by step. I felt very comfortable... I paid between 10-13k for IVF
[Jones Institute for Reproductive Med has a] Great location and they validate your parking. The clinic is clean and presentable. Everyone from reception all the way to seeing the doctor is polite and explains the process very well. Sometimes it gets lengthy waiting on the doctor.... Once I was assessed by the nursing staff I went straight to ultrasound, very little waiting... I paid between 10-13k for IVF
How was your experience with Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Stadtmauer was amazing and very optimistic when I felt unsure. She gave me options and left if up to me to decide without pressure. Her staff is amazing and personable. Everytime I visited I walked away feeling assured that I was being taken care of.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Have a list a questions ready
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
The doctor and her staff were great at explaining everything step by step. I felt very comfortable
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Polite and effecient
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Great location and they validate your parking. The clinic is clean and presentable. Everyone from reception all the way to seeing the doctor is polite and explains the process very well. Sometimes it gets lengthy waiting on the doctor.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Once I was assessed by the nursing staff I went straight to ultrasound, very little waiting
Describe the costs associated with your care under Laurel Stadtmauer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
I paid between 10-13k for IVF
10
Doctor
Laurel Stadtmauer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 30
1 IUI
Anovulation
Male Factor
Unexplained
Other
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Bocca is very thorough and responds to all messages. She answers all questions and makes sure you understand before you leave the office. If you send a email she always gets back to you within the same day. She will make timelines to better help you understand how the treatment will work. At the follicle scans she is so good about including my husband and I in explaining.... She is so caring and understanding and goes out of her way to make you comfortable and answer any questions.
It takes a while to get a appointment but I've never had a long waiting time at my appointments. Everyone [Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine] is very nice and supportive. The clinic is almost a 2 hour drive and I wish it could be closer.... Dr. Bocca is very thorough and responds to all messages. She answers all questions and makes sure you understand before you leave the office. If you send a email she always gets back to you within the same day. She will make timelines to better help you understand how the treatment will work. At the follicle scans she is so good about including my husband and I in explaining.
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Bocca is very thorough and responds to all messages. She answers all questions and makes sure you understand before you leave the office. If you send a email she always gets back to you within the same day. She will make timelines to better help you understand how the treatment will work. At the follicle scans she is so good about including my husband and I in explaining.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
She is so caring and understanding and goes out of her way to make you comfortable and answer any questions.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
It takes a while to get a appointment but I've never had a long waiting time at my appointments. Everyone is very nice and supportive. The clinic is almost a 2 hour drive and I wish it could be closer.
10
Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unsuccessful
1
3
Age 34
3 Fertility Medications
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 3 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Thick accent made it hard to understand at times, very to the point not a lot of time for questions. [Dr. Oehninger] Explained what we were doing that day, but not a lot of details on future options, just vague timeline... Femerra used with ultrasound checks, found hemmoraging cyst and halted further injection until cyst cleared... Everything was routine for them but not for me. I had questions and no one took the time to ask and answer them in depth.
Organized and routine, [Jones Institute] could be better about sharing info with patients and giving timelines and requirements upfront (like you only get 3 tries with clomid and first try counts even if you can’t do injection because you have a cyst)... Consult and ultrasound in the $250 range, second ultrasound and meds + appt in the $400 range... Everything was routine for them but not for me. I had questions and no one took the time to ask and answer them in depth.
How was your experience with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Thick accent made it hard to understand at times, very to the point not a lot of time for questions. Explained what we were doing that day, but not a lot of details on future options, just vague timeline
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Choose another, but I think he’s retire now
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Everything was routine for them but not for me. I had questions and no one took the time to ask and answer them in depth. There was explanation on what I was doing at the time, but little explanation on the big picture or options or prices
Describe the protocols Sergio Oehninger used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
Femerra used with ultrasound checks, found hemmoraging cyst and halted further injection until cyst cleared
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Friendly, explained some things in detail, empathetic some
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Organized and routine, could be better about sharing info with patients and giving timelines and requirements upfront (like you only get 3 tries with clomid and first try counts even if you can’t do injection because you have a cyst)
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Consult and ultrasound in the $250 range, second ultrasound and meds + appt in the $400 range
Describe Sergio Oehninger's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
N/a
1
Doctor
Sergio Oehninger
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
3
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2014 - 2017, Unsuccessful
8
8
Age 30 - 33
2 IUI
Anovulation
PCOS
Tubal Blockage
European
Income $0 - $49K
1st of 3 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr. Bocca took the time to explain all procedures to my husband and I....fter my hysteroscopy, which she performed, she called the next day to make sure I was doing ok....Dr. Bocca is very nice and understanding. She seems knowledgeable. I felt like she has our best interest at heart. It's been easy to communicate with her and her staff....Dr. Bocca put me on Femara/Letrozole because it makes me produce more eggs than Clomid...
Nurses [Jones- Norfolk] are nice and knowledgeable....I enjoed my visits with Dr. Bocca because she's my primary doctor there and knows my chart. A lot of times for ultrasounds and IUIs, I would see a different doctor and it seemed as if they didn't read my chart so I had to remind them of things....Someone from her staff always replied to my emails....First visit - $190 Other visits -$60 Hysteroscopy $2,000 HSG -$600 IUI -$250 Sperm wash for IUI -$140...
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Bocca is very nice and understanding. She seems knowledgeable. I felt like she has our best interest at heart. It's been easy to communicate with her and her staff. I found that if I call I might wait for a response but with an email I get a response within 24 hours.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Be prepared with questions (write them down). If you need to get in touch with her(her nurses) send an email using FMH (Follow My Health) portal. Don't stress about money- they work with you on payment plan.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Bocca took the time to explain all procedures to my husband and I. Someone from her staff always replied to my emails. After my hysteroscopy, which she performed, she called the next day to make sure I was doing ok.
Describe the protocols Silvina Bocca used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
I have PCOS and don't ovulate on my own, I also have one blocked tube. Dr. Bocca put me on Femara/Letrozole because it makes me produce more eggs than Clomid and the chances of ovulating on the side with open tube are higher. My husband has liw morphology so she recommended IUI. We tried 2 but they were unsuccessful. We're considering going straight to ivf now
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Nurses are nice and knowledgeable.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
I enjoed my visits with Dr. Bocca because she's my primary doctor there and knows my chart. Unfortunately I didn't always see her. A lot of times for ultrasounds and IUIs, I would see a different doctor and it seemed as if they didn't read my chart so I had to remind them of things.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
My insurance didn't cover treatment: First visit - $190 Other visits -$60 Hysteroscopy $2,000 HSG -$600 IUI -$250 Sperm wash for IUI -$140
8
Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2009 - 2017, Successful
10
10
Age 28 - 36
1 IUI
5 IVF
Male Factor
Tubal Blockage
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
Doctor
1st of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
We started on Lupron protocols [with Dr. Bocca] which we did twice, we had one failed cycle because I was too suppressed by Lupron. They offered us our money back or to hold it for a new cycle. They put me on ganerilex instead and we went forward with three more full cycles. I also had enough frozen embroys for 8 other frozen cycles - only one took... I have multiple blastocysts on ice. In that time Dr. Bocca stopped recommended day 3 transfers and went to day 5.
The coordinator [at Jones Institute] is a bit no nonsense. The nursing staff has some turn over but they are generally very nice. The retrieval team is different than the clinic nurses...fresh cycles were 15000 all inclusive but you got a discount for repeat business. Frozen cycles were around 5000, separate ultrasounds were 300, medications were not sold by the clinic and had to be purchased at specialty pharmacies... Who performs your retrieval and transfer is based on scheduling. They have Saturday and sunday appointments also. Sometimes the front desk is not as awesome as the rest of the clinic and hold times can be annoying if you call at a busy time. I do get phone calls returned within 24 hrs. There is also an on call doctor that I have talked ot numerous times. There are also 3 training fellows.
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
She has a very sunny disposition and a positive outlook. She has been my primary physician since 2009 for infertility and she has kept my hopes up when I was down. She is very focused on how I am 'feeling' and has been able to gently tell me things that I perhaps didn't want to hear. We had numerous frozen embryo failures and she told us to take a break for a few months to take the pressure off. She was also compassionate when we decided we had reached our last fresh cycle attempt.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
If you want someone with glass half full, she is for you. If you are more of a glass half empty person or have trouble hearing bad news or set backs, you may want someone else.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
She was always very kind and sympathetic, even when I would get very intense. They always scheduled a free consultation after any cycle that did not work which was very important to us.
Describe the protocols Silvina Bocca used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We had minor issues for ourselves, but not enough to be guaranteed natural pregnancy. We did one cycle of IUI which failed and we decided we were better off doing full retrievals. We started on Lupron protocols which we did twice, we had one failed cycle because I was too suppressed by Lupron. They offered us our money back or to hold it for a new cycle. They put me on ganerilex instead and we went forward with three more full cycles. I also had enough frozen embroys for 8 other frozen cycles - only one took. I have 5 children now, 3 singletons and 1 set of twins. The program also got a new embroyologist recently who increased their blastocysts success rate to 60-70% survival. I have multiple blastocysts on ice. In that time Dr. Bocca stopped recommended day 3 transfers and went to day 5.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine. (Assigned nurse: Valerie Warsoff)
The coordinator is a bit no nonsense. The nursing staff has some turn over but they are generally very nice. The retrieval team is different than the clinic nurses.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
This clinic is cutting edge and attached to the medical school They will do a good job of giving you realistic expectations. You will see almost all of the doctors in the practice whom have very different personalities. Who performs your retrieval and transfer is based on scheduling. They have Saturday and sunday appointments also. Sometimes the front desk is not as awesome as the rest of the clinic and hold times can be annoying if you call at a busy time. I do get phone calls returned within 24 hrs. There is also an on call doctor that I have talked ot numerous times. There are also 3 training fellows.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
fresh cycles were 15000 all inclusive but you got a discount for repeat business. Frozen cycles were around 5000, separate ultrasounds were 300, medications were not sold by the clinic and had to be purchased at specialty pharmacies. 6 years ago IUI was 600
Describe Silvina Bocca's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
She originally recommended against multiple embryo transfers because I had gotten pregnant with two cycles back to back. I didn't mind twins so we started out on 2 embryos. When we failed and looked at our finances, we started doing 3 at a time. She recommended single blastocyst transfer also because of their increased twinning rates. I don't mind twins so I had 2 and 2 took. They never allowed you to put in more than 3.
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Nothing was really wrong. During my first retrieval I was told one appointment they would tell me how many eggs they thought I would have during an ultrasound. I got a different doctor than usual who was a different personality and refused to speculate. I later got to know him and understood that he didn't want to get hopes up this early as the real proof is in the actual retrieval.
10
Doctor
Silvina Bocca
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015 - 2017, Unknown Success
9
7
Age 30 - 32
8 Fertility Medications
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
European
Income $100K - $199K
Graphic Designer
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Pakrashi is very supportive and knowledgable. She has an amazing bedside manner...She is friendly and thorough in making sure I receive the care I need. She is also very responsive when I contact her with questions or concerns. I know that she and I share the same goals for my fertility...She was very empathetic and highly responsive to all questions or concerns.
Strengths [at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine]: Extensive resources, Easy to communicate with via FollowMyHealth portal, large staff, good equipment Weaknesses: Occasionally long wait times to be seen, expensive, you won't always see your specific doctor, which can be good or bad depending on the situation. Sometimes it's nice to have another doctor's opinion, other times, the consistency of a dr. that knows you is better. BUT you can schedule as best as possible to always see the same dr.
How was your experience with Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Pakrashi is very supportive and knowledgable. She has an amazing bedside manner. I have been seeing her for 2 years now and therefore understand how to best communicate with her and receive recommendations. She is friendly and thorough in making sure I receive the care I need. She is also very responsive when I contact her with questions or concerns. I know that she and I share the same goals for my fertility.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Ask as many questions as possible and do not be afraid to re-ask the same questions or have information repeated back to you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Tarita is very understanding and listens to you as a patient very closely. She was very empathetic and highly responsive to all questions or concerns.
Describe the protocols Tarita Pakrashi used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
Cycle 1: Letrozole + progesterone since we were still at the beginning of my fertility journey. With the addition of progesterone, I got pregnant, but ultimately it ended in an ectopic pregnancy. Surgery to remove right tube. Cycle 2: Letrozole. We did not add progesterone because I was ovulating on the side where my tube had been removed. I did get pregnant, but also ended in an ectopic pregnancy with methotrexate shot to manage it. Cycle 3: Gonal-F + progesterone with timed intercourse. Levothyroxine added to treat hypothyroidism and reduce TSH levels. The goal was to produce more eggs. However in this cycle it seemed most of the egg production was on my tubeless side. No pregnancy resulted. Cycle 4: Gonal-F + progesterone = IUI. The goal was to produce more eggs again and also plant the sperm closer to the egg. In my honest opinion the IUI concept is flawed and a bit of a waste of money. Perhaps if there had been multiple IUIs done during this cycle, it might have worked, but this resulted in no pregnancy. Cycle 5: IVF using Menopur, Follistim, Ganirellix. The goal was to implant embryos. I was on a relatively low dose of Menopur and Follistim. Despite these low dosages, I was unable to have the Hcg trigger because of the risk of OHSS. Dr. Pakrashi was very attentive in making sure I did not get to sick and was very on top of my care. I used a lupron trigger for the egg retrieval and all embryos were frozen. Cycle 6: Frozen Embryo Transfer using estrogen patches and tablets and Endometrin inserts. The amount of Endomentrin inserts was increased due to not enough progesterone in my system. Cycle ongoing...
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Most of the nurses here are excellent. In my first couple of cycles I had some problems with not receiving calls back to messages I would leave. However, in the past 3 cycles communication has improved significantly! Everyone is very friendly and nice.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Strengths: Extensive resources, Easy to communicate with via FollowMyHealth portal, large staff, good equipment Weaknesses: Occasionally long wait times to be seen, expensive, you won't always see your specific doctor, which can be good or bad depending on the situation. Sometimes it's nice to have another doctor's opinion, other times, the consistency of a dr. that knows you is better. BUT you can schedule as best as possible to always see the same dr.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Tarita Pakrashi at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Most of my care was done through claims submitted to my insurance agency and out of pocket expenses. They do not take Tricare, but will submit claims on your behalf. The process is frustrating because you receive checks that then need to be mailed to EVMS.
Describe Tarita Pakrashi's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Dr. Pakrashi sat down with me to discuss the risks and rewards with eSET vs multiple embryo transfer however she ultimately left the decision to me as the patient and I elected to for multiple embryo transfer.
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Tarita Pakrashi
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Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Virginia Beach
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2017, Unsuccessful
7
6
Age 33
1 IVF
Male Factor
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
I rarely saw Dr. Oehninger once I started my cycle. Lower level staff or the other REs performed almost all of my monitoring ultrasounds, as well as my egg retrieval and transfer. You don't get to choose who performs your care and it's not consistent...I went into our IVF cycle expecting to be seen by Dr. Oehninger, as our assigned RE. I had really appreciated how much time and information he gave us at our consultation visits and looked forward to him being involved in my care. However, I didn't see him much during the monitoring cycle. Even when I did, a training doctor performed the actual ultrasound.
The Jones Institute is part of EVMS so you can expect extra sets of hands and eyes in the room in most cases...I would've strongly preferred to have received my monitoring results on a regular basis, instead of having to beg for them after the cycle was complete...I was also not pleased at how scarce the embryo development reports were...The nurse who handles blood draws is incredibly sweet. The OR nurses are really wonderful and compassionate, too....
How was your experience with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
I went into our IVF cycle expecting to be seen by Dr. Oehninger, as our assigned RE. I had really appreciated how much time and information he gave us at our consultation visits and looked forward to him being involved in my care. However, I didn't see him much during the monitoring cycle. Even when I did, a training doctor performed the actual ultrasound. The Jones Institute is part of EVMS so you can expect extra sets of hands and eyes in the room in most cases. My egg retrieval and subsequent transfer were both performed by another member of the practice. When my beta was negative, I would've liked to receive a call from Dr. Oehninger since he was my main RE. Instead, the RE who actually performed my transfer called.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Do your own research so you can keep up with him in conversations. He won't slow down to explain the basics for you automatically so educate yourself beforehand. Also, be prepared to not see him during your course of treatment as it just depends on the REs schedules.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
I rarely saw Dr. Oehninger once I started my cycle. Lower level staff or the other REs performed almost all of my monitoring ultrasounds, as well as my egg retrieval and transfer. You don't get to choose who performs your care and it's not consistent.
Describe the protocols Sergio Oehninger used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
I was given a standard antagonist protocol following three weeks of birth control. Despite great ultrasound monitoring results leading up to retrieval, the majority of my follicles didn't produce an egg at retrieval.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The nurse who handles blood draws is incredibly sweet. The OR nurses are really wonderful and compassionate, too.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
I would've strongly preferred to have received my monitoring results on a regular basis, instead of having to beg for them after the cycle was complete. I kept being told everything was progressing great, but now that I have my blood results on paper, I see that maybe I could've been asking more questions along the way and perhaps our egg retrieval results wouldn't have been so utterly shocking. I think that they have so many patients it's easier for them to just shepherd you through the process and would rather you not have too many details, but I felt a bit like I was naively trusting a process that ended up failing. I was also not pleased at how scarce the embryo development reports were. I would've liked daily communication from the embryologist - but that may be wishful thinking on my part, and just not possible!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sergio Oehninger at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The baseline package was $11,500. Meds are of course purchased through a third party pharmacy, but the IVF coordinator really helped us out by telling us about a discount program we were able to apply for.
Describe Sergio Oehninger's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Had we had two viable embryos, Dr. O had planned to transfer two.
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Lost paperwork
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
They're not able to post a lot of results on the online health portal, so be prepared to have to ask for paper copies.
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Sergio Oehninger
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Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Newport News
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This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2017, Unsuccessful
5
4
Age 37 - 38
2 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Other
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 8 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr. Bocca was very accessible when she was in town. She is knowledgeable and had a wonderful bedside manner. I just felt like I was going through the usual infertility routine and fell through the cracks. We completed round after round of timed intercourse with injectables. There was no change in my treatment even though we asked at the first meeting to go right to IVF at any point in the beginning if it seemed necessary.
It's a teaching hospital [Jones - Norfolk] so you never see the doctor you think you have an appointment with. There is usually a student also in your ultrasound.... The nurses were very kind and sweet but not organized and made me feel like I was alone sometimes.... I went in on a Saturday which was my cycle day 3 and was told I needed to take menopur the following night, which is a specialty drug that must be overnighted and I did not have any. I left in tears frantically trying to find menopur. That was the first of some other stressful visits.
How was your experience with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Dr. Bocca was very accessible when she was in town. She is knowledgeable and had a wonderful bedside manner. I just felt like I was going through the usual infertility routine and fell through the cracks. We completed round after round of timed intercourse with injectables. There was no change in my treatment even though we asked at the first meeting to go right to IVF at any point in the beginning if it seemed necessary. The only change was to try IUI and that was unsuccessful. Every month I just kept doing the same thing, that was not working. Then I found myself through a full calendar year with no change. It was stressful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
Do your own research and manage your calendar and meds yourself. Ask lots and lots of questions about what is next so that you are prepared and have your meds ready.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
This is difficult to answer as Dr. Bocca was very accessible when she was in town. She is knowledgeable and had a wonderful bedside manner. Her nursing staff was very kind as well. I just felt like I was going through the usual infertility routine and fell through the cracks. There was no change in my treatment even though we asked at the first meeting to go right to IVF at any point in the beginning if it seemed necessary. Every month I just kept doing the same thing, that was not working. Then I found myself through a full calendar year with no change. It was stressful.
Describe the protocols Silvina Bocca used in your cycles at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine and their degree of success.
We completed round after round of timed intercourse with injectables. Twice out of the 12 months of being there, we tried IUI was was unsuccessful. Other than the IUI, every month I just kept doing the same thing, that was not working.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
The nurses were very kind and sweet but not organized and made me feel like I was alone sometimes. After my first month of timed intercourse with injectables, I went in for appointments to see what's next. I went in on a Saturday which was my cycle day 3 and was told I needed to take menopur the following night, which is a specialty drug that must be overnighted and I did not have any. I left in tears frantically trying to find menopur. That was the first of some other stressful visits.
Describe your experience with Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
It's a teaching hospital so you never see the doctor you think you have an appointment with. There is usually a student also in your ultrasound. The nurses are kind but for sure have not been through infertility themselves. The doctors are very nice.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Silvina Bocca at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
Since I was mostly getting blood draws and ultrasounds, the cost was ~$200-$400 a cycle. My insurance assisted some. For the monitoring patient only visits, they will not process through your insurance for you so it's $500-$600 a visit.
What specific things went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Lost results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.
I had to consistently give the nurse the phone number to the specialty drug pharmacy. I later went for monitoring only and every single visit (at least 8) they did not send the results to my other clinic and I would have to call and ask for them, often multiple calls in one day. And good luck getting a person on the phone quickly. You have to leave a message and wait hours for them to call you back.
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Silvina Bocca
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Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine
Norfolk
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