La Jolla IVF

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Genetic counseling is not offered: Not Offered
Genetic counseling
is not offered
Acupuncture is not offered: Not Offered
Acupuncture
is not offered
Mental health counseling is not offered: Not Offered
Mental health counseling
is not offered
Nutrition counseling: Offered
Nutrition counseling
Administration of shots: Offered
Administration of shots
Coordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not Offered
Coordinating at-home nursing
is not offered
Selling medication: Offered
Selling medication
Providing backup medication: Offered
Providing backup medication
La Jolla
9850 Genesee Ave
La Jola, CA 92037
(858) 558.2221
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend La Jolla IVF to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 100%10
1 assessment
  • 100% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 0% Neutral (7-8)
  • 0% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
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Operations

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Scheduling
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Scheduling

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Billing Department
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Nursing Team
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Nursing Team

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Attention to Detail
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Attention to Detail

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For example, a severe error might be failing to inform a patient of critical information, while a small error might be failing to call a patient with results.

CDC Success Rates

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Where you see a “?” on the chart, a clinic has done fewer than 20 cycles in this category and age range, so the CDC says showing percentages from this small data set would be misleading and unreliable.

Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
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43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
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Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
9
Average Doctor Score
1 doctor
1 assessment
10
Age
38 - 41
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
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Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Poor Egg Quality
10
Because the office [La Jolla IVF] is small, there is only one doctor ... nurses and the front-of-house organization team is beyond the best. ... Strengths: if you're looking for high-quality care in a clean, friendly, intimate setting with the resources of a world-class hospital, go here. ... If you believe you, your wife, partner or spouse would respond better to the care and oversight of a female physician, you should look elsewhere.
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Age
38 - 41
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Writer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Poor Egg Quality
10
Describe your experience with La Jolla IVF.
Strengths: if you're looking for high-quality care in a clean, friendly, intimate setting with the resources of a world-class hospital, go here. The doctor is a talented physician. And you could not ask for more empathetic or friendly nurses to help you through the process. Weaknesses: it's difficult to say as this was the only clinic we used, so we have no basis for comparison. Our frustrations had more to do with being unaccustomed to the difficulties we would face trying to conceive. Things like bad PGS results, etc. None of which were the doctor or clinic's fault. Because the office is small, there is only one doctor and he is not a female doctor. If you believe you, your wife, partner or spouse would respond better to the care and oversight of a female physician, you should look elsewhere.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Smotrich at La Jolla IVF?
The doctor genuinely cared about our results and experience. As we started to encounter difficulties ... in responses to medications, with diminished egg quality ... he shared and empathized with our setbacks. He also consistently followed up with my wife before, during and after retrievals.
Describe your experience with your nurse at La Jolla IVF. (Assigned nurse: Amy Williams)
His nurses and the front-of-house organization team is beyond the best. If I could rate 11s, I would.
How was your experience with David Smotrich at La Jolla IVF?
First and foremost - an excellent doctor versed in the latest procedural and scientific details. We know this because, as we encountered difficulties with my wife's PCOS, the secondary opinion we received 100% backed up his analysis and approach. He is straight-forward, friendly, dedicated and communicative.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Smotrich at La Jolla IVF?
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
Describe the protocols David Smotrich used in your cycles at La Jolla IVF and their degree of success.
Lower-dose gonadotropin regimen with 'coasting', due to my wife's sensitivity to drugs. With her PCOS, she almost over-stimulated very quickly during our first retrieval. Dr. described my wife as 'lowest dose' he's ever prescribed. The coasting allowed for improved egg quality by our third retrieval, evidenced in higher Day 5 embryo PGS.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Smotrich at La Jolla IVF.
$75,000
Describe David Smotrich's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at La Jolla IVF.
Single embryo transfer because of my wife's physical size, age and PCOS.
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Doctor
David Smotrich
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
La Jolla IVF
La Jolla
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