Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility

3 doctors work here

Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 89%Neutral: 2%Don't recommend: 9%9.3
89% strongly recommend
27 reviews
Operations
9.4
9.4
Operations

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Ratings of 10 indicate that a clinic operated very well.

Scheduling
9.5
9.5
Scheduling

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

Ratings of 10 mean it was easy to schedule appointments.

Billing Department
7.6
7.6
Billing Department

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory billing department.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent billing department.

Nursing Team
9.7
9.7
Nursing Team

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory nursing team.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent nursing team.

Attention to Detail
8.9
8.9
Attention to Detail

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

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

This is the most recent data from the CDC. The CDC cautions that it should not be used to compare doctors and clinics. This data represents the outcomes of IVF cycles when using a person's own eggs.

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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.

Annual Cycles
79
National Avg
738
This Clinic
National Avg
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35-37
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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 is not offered
Coordinating at-home nursing is not offered
Selling medication
Selling medication
Providing backup medication
Providing backup medication

This clinic has 1 office

Columbia
500 N. Keene Street
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 817-3101

27 patient reviews

Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 28 - 29
2 IUI
Endometriosis
Tubal Blockage
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr Zarek always greets us warmly even if just passing us by in the waiting room. She is straightforward and presents information truly with the heart of a teacher. She also is very easy to get in touch with and encourages us to text her with any questions or concerns...presented us with written and verbal education on exactly what was happening at that time (I had an endometrioma that had encapsulated one of my ovaries) and what our options were going forward.
The clinic [Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] atmosphere is very warm and welcoming, provides a calming environment...the waiting room is rather small, so it can be uncomfortable at more busy times, but overall they tend to get people moved out of the waiting room and into offices/exam rooms quite quickly...communication through the healthcare portal has also been excellent!...usually have to leave a message at the office as opposed to someone answering, but they do always get back to me within the hour.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
When first meeting Dr Zarek my husband and I had no idea what to truly expect. Dr Zarek talked with us for close to an hour, and presented us with written and verbal education on exactly what was happening at that time (I had an endometrioma that had encapsulated one of my ovaries) and what our options were going forward. She fully explained the process and what her recommendations would be for fertility treatment in the future. She has been consistent with treatment plans and education. Unfortunately each IUI up to date has failed to result in a preganance, and Dr Zarek has checked in on each testing day and provided me with compassionate encouragement with each failed test, as well as laying out a hopeful and simple plan for what is next. I believe Dr Zarek's strengths include her love of people and passion for helping those attempting to start/grow a family. She is articulate and clear, with consistent plans and information, which are very important to me. I would say the only weakness I have noticed is that she can be somewhat rushed at times due to busy clinic schedule, but I would add the caveat that I have never felt hurried or pushed aside even when I can tell she is quite busy.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Bring a notepad and writing materials, you will be provided with a lot of information and if you're like me, you will want to take notes.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr Zarek always greets us warmly even if just passing us by in the waiting room. She is straightforward and presents information truly with the heart of a teacher. She also is very easy to get in touch with and encourages us to text her with any questions or concerns.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
For both IUIs Dr Zarek put me on Letrozole to help with stimulating follicle growth, and then Ovidrel to stimulate ovulation. Both times were correct and needed for the most successful ovulation possible. I did ovulate at the proper time and at the time IUI was completed.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Al of the nursing staff I have met have been so friendly and caring. They also do well explaining any processes or tasks to us that we may need to complete. They're written communication through the healthcare portal has also been excellent!
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The clinic atmosphere is very warm and welcoming, provides a calming environment. One weakness is that the waiting room is rather small, so it can be uncomfortable at more busy times, but overall they tend to get people moved out of the waiting room and into offices/exam rooms quite quickly. One of the other main weaknesses is that I usually have to leave a message at the office as opposed to someone answering, but they do always get back to me within the hour.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
My insurance covers office visits and imaging services, so IUIs cost ~ $500 (Ultrasound covered by insurance would have increased total cost for the IUI to $1000). My medication runs ~$160 per IUI cycle.
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Dr Zarek expressed to us that she strongly disagrees with multiple embryo transfer due to the increased chance of a multiples pregnancy, explaining that a multiples pregnancy significantly increases risks to the baby as well as the mother.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 43 - 44
IUI
1 IVF
Donor Eggs
European
Income $100K - $199K
Graphic Designer
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr Zarek is very knowledgeable, honest and compassionate. She was very encouraging throughout the entire process, always poised and grounded. I believe she LOVES what she does and it comes through in her meticulous work and in how she cared for me.
The clinic [at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] was very accommodating...always worked with us to set the appointment times which worked for us. Friendly and welcoming with every visit, very comfortable waiting room and positive atmosphere.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr Zarek is very knowledgeable, honest and compassionate. She was very encouraging throughout the entire process, always poised and grounded. I believe she LOVES what she does and it comes through in her meticulous work and in how she cared for me. My husband and I are very grateful to have met and worked with Dr Zarek:) I would recommend Dr Zarek to my closest family and friends.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
I would tell them to have trust in Dr Zarek's abilities.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr Zarek made me feel like I am her only patient; she was attentive and kind, I could reach out to her anytime with questions or concerns.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
The first step for us was the ovary stimulation and egg retrieval. We used Follistim, Menopur, Leuprolide, birth control pills and HCG prior to retrieval. We did 2 frozen transfers: 1st transfer- started with birth control pills, then Leuprolide injections and Estradiol pills. After the transfer I started progesterone injections and progesterone suppositories while continuing the estrogen pills. 2nd transfer: Dr Zarek adjusted the amounts of my medications, added estrogen patches and changed the type of suppositories I was using. During my donor egg transfer we used similar procedures but Dr Zarek adjusted my medication amounts. Dr Zarek monitored my blood test results regularly and adjusted my medications accordingly.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Patricia Casey)
Casey (her first name is Patricia but she goes by Casey) was superb in everything she did!!! She was available to take my text or call anytime I needed her, coordinated Everything with my insurance and made sure all my necessary medications were available on time. She always offered encouragement, has an excellent sense of humor and helped me through my challenging moments. I did not have to worry about prescriptions and availability of certain medication; she took care of it all!
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The clinic was very accommodating. We were traveling long distance (5 hours) to see the doctor and the clinic always worked with us to set the appointment times which worked for us. Friendly and welcoming with every visit, very comfortable waiting room and positive atmosphere.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Most of my monitoring appointments were scheduled for me and done at my clinic close to home. Being 5 hours away made it hard to drive to my morning appointments at Dr Zarek's office. I had two ultrasounds per cycle done at Dr Zarek's clinic and they were scheduled to accommodate our schedule; very pleasant experience each time and we were informed of all findings.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
We had separate hospital and doctor fees. The hospital fees included all lab work and transfer procedures; doctor fees covered all work done by Dr Zarek and her team. The cost of the entire process was approximately $35,000 plus an additional $15,500 for the donor eggs. Our insurance covered some of the medication and all blood tests; we paid for ultrasounds and everything else out of packet.
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
I agreed with Dr Zarek's approach: for the 2 frozen embryo transfers using my own eggs she implanted 2 eggs with each transfer and for the donor egg transfer she implanted one egg.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020, Successful
10
10
Age 25
PCOS
European
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
From the very first consult to the graduation of the program, Dr. Zarek was amazing...She was always kind and optimistic, but also very informative. We were very happy to chose her as our doctor. She was always easy to reach when we had questions, and was very passionate about helping us get our rainbow baby...She was always easy to reach when we had questions, and was very passionate...
Everything about the [Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] clinic was great! The only weakness is there was quite a gap in the billing from the visits. BUT, I do feel that is common in most hospitals/clinics, so it wasn’t a deal breaker for us...The nursing staff and ultrasound tech were great! They were extremely kind and helpful, and celebrated with us when we got pregnant with our rainbow baby.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
From the very first consult to the graduation of the program, Dr. Zarek was amazing. She explained everything with great detail and was very optimistic and confident in our journey to our rainbow baby. She has such a kind positive energy that is contagious and helped my partner and I to feel at ease with our infertility struggle.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
You can finally relax because you are in the best hands! It was such a relief to find Dr. Zarek for us and to have such a great team behind us!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek was great! She was always kind and optimistic, but also very informative. We were very happy to chose her as our doctor. She was always easy to reach when we had questions, and was very passionate about helping us get our rainbow baby.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The nursing staff and ultrasound tech were great! They were extremely kind and helpful, and celebrated with us when we got pregnant with our rainbow baby.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Everything about the clinic was great! The only weakness is there was quite a gap in the billing from the visits. BUT, I do feel that is common in most hospitals/clinics, so it wasn’t a deal breaker for us.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
When we started our journey with Dr. Zarek, we were set up with an appointment with a financial counselor that helped to explain the costs associated with IUI as well as the diagnostics. They were extremely helpful and even had the specific names of pharmacies that had the cheapest medicines associated with our treatment. It was so great to have a heads up of what we would be spending during our journey. They even called my insurance company to see what was covered and what wasn’t.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 26 - 28
1 Fertility Medications
Anovulation
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Other
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
My husband and I have been under the care of Dr Shvetha Zarek. We were referred to her after we experienced a miscarriage and couldn't become pregnant again. She has been very proactive about getting to the bottom of our fertility issues and she has always made us feel comfortable when moving forward with tests and procedures. She is an amazing doctor and her bright attitude is always reassuring.
I really don't have anything negative to say about [Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility]. It is a very calm and welcoming environment and the staff make you feel right at home. They are very prompt and work around your schedule...[the nurses] are so welcoming and reassuring at every appointment. They are excellent about communication and really want you to have success
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
My husband and I have been under the care of Dr Shvetha Zarek. We were referred to her after we experienced a miscarriage and couldn't become pregnant again. She has been very proactive about getting to the bottom of our fertility issues and she has always made us feel comfortable when moving forward with tests and procedures. She is an amazing doctor and her bright attitude is always reassuring.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Ask questions. This journey is a difficult one and you should be comfortable moving forward with every treatment option. Dr Zarek always answers our questions and makes sure that we are okay with moving forward.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr Zarek has always been very welcoming. From the moment I met her, I absolutely adored her and trusted her completely. She made it a point to reach out to me during my miscarriage and has also reached out during the Covid-19 pandemic. She is truly a caring person
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
I took a medication called Letrozole followed by an injection of Ovidrel for ovulation induction, then used times intercourse to conceive. Resulted in pregnancy and was monitored closely with vaginal ultrasounds. Pregnancy was not progressing as it should but I couldn't bring myself to end the pregnancy with the hopes that things would begin progressing normally. Dr Zarek respected my decision and continued to monitor us closely. I began to have bleeding and contacted Dr Zarek office. The were very accommodating and got us in very quickly to be seen. Unfortunately, that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage, but I wouldn't change how we handled it in anyway. During the miscarriage process Dr Zarek and her team were very supportive and I can't thank them enough for the compassion they showed. When we returned to the office to continue with treatments and get answers we were felt so loved and cared for. They are all on your side and will do what they can to make this process easy.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
I have so many great things I can say about all of them. They are so welcoming and reassuring at every appointment. They are excellent about communication and really want you to have success.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
I really don't have anything negative to say about the clinic. It is a very calm and welcoming environment and the staff make you feel right at home. They are very prompt and work around your schedule.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
I am unsure of exact costs. I know that I had 2 ultrasounds done between taking my Letrozole and getting my Ovidrel injection and each of those were 400$. Also, the ultrasounds monitoring my pregnancy were 169$ each. These were done every 2-3 days
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
I don't have comments on this at this point. We were scheduled for a consultation to discuss this process at the beginning of April, but that appointment has been postponed due to Covid-19
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 26 - 27
6 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
Endometriosis
Male Factor
PCOS
European
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
For the first transfer Dr. Zarek was pretty set on doing one embryo. When that transfer ended in a chemical pregnancy I asked about doing two embryos for the second transfer and she was agreeable to that plan... She is personable, caring, supportive, and upbeat. She gave me her personal cell phone number so I could text her any time I needed to - and always responded quickly! I even had to text her close to 10 pm one night due to some bleeding and she responded right away and helped calm my fears. She is without a doubt the best doctor of any kind I've ever had.
The clinic staff [at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] (front desk staff, ultrasound technicians, everyone) are all very friendly and compassionate. They all knew me by name and felt like friends taking care of me. The only area to be improved would be the finance department as they don't do a great job itemizing exact costs...always knew me and my husband by name and remembered parts of our life outside of fertility. I truly feel like we've built a friendship with everyone there.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
My experience with Dr. Zarek has been fantastic. I switched from a different doctor and I'm so glad I did. She is personable, caring, supportive, and upbeat. She gave me her personal cell phone number so I could text her any time I needed to - and always responded quickly! I even had to text her close to 10 pm one night due to some bleeding and she responded right away and helped calm my fears. She is without a doubt the best doctor of any kind I've ever had.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
If you're thinking about it, go for it! She's amazing and you won't be disappointed.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek and the entire staff at the clinic always knew me and my husband by name and remembered parts of our life outside of fertility. I truly feel like we've built a friendship with everyone there.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
I don't remember exact details but the injectable medications I used during my egg retrieval cycle were Lupron, Follistim, and Menopur. Then during frozen embryo transfers I used Lupron to prevent ovulation, estrogen (pills, patches, and injections) to build my lining, and of course progesterone starting 5 days before transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
I had two different coordinators during my time with this clinic. The first was very organized and thorough. The second was less organized but both were very friendly.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The clinic staff (front desk staff, ultrasound technicians, everyone) are all very friendly and compassionate. They all knew me by name and felt like friends taking care of me. The only area to be improved would be the finance department as they don't do a great job itemizing exact costs.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
We paid for a package that included all ultrasound monitoring, egg retrieval, and one embryo transfer that cost $8,000 (in April 2019, I believe this has since gone up in price) and my medications came to a total of about $3,600.
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
For the first transfer Dr. Zarek was pretty set on doing one embryo. When that transfer ended in a chemical pregnancy I asked about doing two embryos for the second transfer and she was agreeable to that plan.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Successful
10
10
Age 29
3 IUI
PCOS
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Zarek went above and beyond anything we could have asked for throughout the process. We had a direct number in which she encouraged us to reach out with any questions and also took time to reach out to us as well...took fantastic care of us...so personable and compassionate during such an emotional process. We couldn't have asked for a better doctor...I was diagnosed with PCOS. My husbands sperm was great. I had and abundance of eggs since I do not have a cycle/ovulate on my own. She put me on femara I think I started at 5 mg. The first iui failed. Then the second round of meds my body didn't respond so my dosage was upped to 7.5. After the 2nd failed iui I had a cyst show up with had to be drained. Mh 3rd iui cycle was our lucky cycle! Nurse
Every person I met throughout this process [at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] was great. The receptionist Vanessa, to the blood draws, and ultrasounds techs. I was able to converse with them and they remembered things from one visit to the next which was super comforting and helped with staying relaxed and actually enjoy the visits...She [nurse] was great at getting back to me via the patient portal and/or by phone with any questions I had
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek took fantastic care of us. She reached out to us personally through the achievements and setbacks. We were so blessed to have someone so personable and compassionate during such an emotional process. We couldn't have asked for a better doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
She works to learn about you and your wants as a couple. She really goes above and beyond to know her patients.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek went above and beyond anything we could have asked for throughout the process. We had a direct number in which she encouraged us to reach out with any questions and also took time to reach out to us as well.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
I was diagnosed with PCOS. My husbands sperm was great. I had and abundance of eggs since I do not have a cycle/ovulate on my own. She put me on femara I think I started at 5 mg. The first iui failed. Then the second round of meds my body didn't respond so my dosage was upped to 7.5. After the 2nd failed iui I had a cyst show up with had to be drained. Mh 3rd iui cycle was our lucky cycle!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jill)
We had Jill for majority of our time there. She was great at getting back to me via the patient portal and/or by phone with any questions I had
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Every person I met throughout this process was great. The receptionist Vanessa, to the blood draws, and ultrasounds techs. I was able to converse with them and they remembered things from one visit to the next which was super comforting and helped with staying relaxed and actually enjoy the visits
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
We froze my husbands sperm since he had good sperm. So I think it was only $20 to unthaw and wash for an iui. Each ultrasound was $370. The ovidrel shot was $100 and I want to say the actual iui was around $385
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 28
Fertility Medications
PCOS
Other
Prefer not to answer
Income $0 - $49K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Zarek really takes the time to explain everything—the procedures, the diagnosis, the process. She made sure that we can reach her at any time—she literally gave us her personal cell #. And also: you can really tell that she actually cares. I can honestly say that I’ve never had a doctor that is this personal! I was nervous going into this journey, but Dr. Zarek really put us at ease!... Dr. Zarek believes that it is best to transfer only one embryo at a time because multiples pose a greater risk
From what I’ve experienced so far, I have no complaints. The clinic [MO Ctr for Repro Med & Fertility] is organized, communicative, and treats me like a human being. It feels private, and has a calm environment. I would recommend this clinic to others....The nursing staff is great. They call to communicate anything that needs communicating, and are kind and compassionate in their care!... We have just begun, but when speaking about the costs, it seemed like the costs were around average.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
I have had a great experience with Dr. Zarek. 1. She is very knowledgeable—and is truly an educator at heart. She is great at explaining everything in a way that is easy to understand without making you feel stupid. 2. Honest and compassionate —she is very frank, but compassionate about what is going on and I really appreciate that. 3. Personal—I have never had a doctor who is as invested in me as Dr. Zarek. When she gave us her cell # at our first appointment, I was BLOWN AWAY.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
If you haven’t set up an appointment...just do it! Dr. Zarek is the best!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek really takes the time to explain everything—the procedures, the diagnosis, the process. She made sure that we can reach her at any time—she literally gave us her personal cell #. And also: you can really tell that she actually cares. I can honestly say that I’ve never had a doctor that is this personal! I was nervous going into this journey, but Dr. Zarek really put us at ease!
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
We are still in the testing phase.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The nursing staff is great. They call to communicate anything that needs communicating, and are kind and compassionate in their care!
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
From what I’ve experienced so far, I have no complaints. The clinic is organized, communicative, and treats me like a human being. It feels private, and has a calm environment. I would recommend this clinic to others.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
We have just begun, but when speaking about the costs, it seemed like the costs were around average.
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Dr. Zarek believes that it is best to transfer only one embryo at a time because multiples pose a greater risk for the health of mom and babies—and transferring multiple only increases your chances by a little bit, statistically. This also gives you the opportunity to save extra embryos for another transfer if the first doesn’t take. We haven’t gotten to that point in treatment, but I tend to agree with her rationale.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018 - 2019, Successful
10
3
Age 34 - 35
4 IUI
1 IVF
Donor Sperm
Male Factor
European
Income $100K - $199K
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Doesn't Recommend
Successful
Dr. Zarek was willing to speak with us candidly about IUI vs IVF and what might be in store for us with the different options. She was also willing to talk more in detail as we had different thoughts or wanted more information throughout the process. She made sure she was available for questions/urgent issues, which was comforting...We did IUI with sperm donor. Our first 3 cycles we did used letrozole to stimulate ovulation, Ovidrel to ovulate, and 2 weeks of progesterone (oral.) For the fourth, after discovering the Letrozole wasn't actually doing much, we did an unmedicated cycle with an Ovidrel shot to ovulate, 2 weeks of progesterone suppositories, and an Ovidrel shot a few days after the IUI to keep my body from trying to start my cycle over too early. This was the successful protocol.
The clinic staff [at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] were all amazing and so helpful and friendly. This is NOT one of those clinics where you go for the Dr but dread the other clinic staff. They were all great. The only "weakness" is that that despite saying on their website they are open until 5, they only seem to answer their phones until 4:30...Jill [nurse] was so helpful and willing to answer any questions...I appreciated Jill's bedside manner and willingness to talk...When I was graduating, I signed an ROI for my new OBGYN. When they called the day before my first appointment, they noted they hadn't received anything. So I printed out all my notes and brought them in.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek was willing to speak with us candidly about IUI vs IVF and what might be in store for us with the different options. She was also willing to talk more in detail as we had different thoughts or wanted more information throughout the process. She made sure she was available for questions/urgent issues, which was comforting.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Feel free to ask questions, even if you think they're stupid.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek and her team were always available to answer questions and were willing to sit with me and my husband to answer questions or discuss treatment plans.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
We did IUI with sperm donor. Our first 3 cycles we did used letrozole to stimulate ovulation, Ovidrel to ovulate, and 2 weeks of progesterone (oral.) For the fourth, after discovering the Letrozole wasn't actually doing much, we did an unmedicated cycle with an Ovidrel shot to ovulate, 2 weeks of progesterone suppositories, and an Ovidrel shot a few days after the IUI to keep my body from trying to start my cycle over too early. This was the successful protocol.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jill Karen)
Jill was so helpful and willing to answer any questions. I've had experiences in the past with clinics that have great doctors but nurses that are brusque or who act annoyed with your questions; this was NOT my experience at MU Health. I appreciated Jill's bedside manner and willingness to talk.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The clinic staff were all amazing and so helpful and friendly. This is NOT one of those clinics where you go for the Dr but dread the other clinic staff. They were all great. The only "weakness" is that that despite saying on their website they are open until 5, they only seem to answer their phones until 4:30.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
I can't remember specifically - I think it was about 375 for the ovulation ultrasounds (although my insurance changed at the end to pay for that) and about 375 for the IUI. We also had to pay for donor sperm but that isn't related to the clinic. I think Ovidrel was 125. The letrozole and progesterone were covered by my insurance.
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
We didn't get to the point of discussing it in depth, but in contrast to my previous RE clinic, it appears MU Health doesn't do PGS testing and is more comfortable with multiple transfers. I have no knowledge or opinion on which approach is "better" and this may not be a completely accurate representation of MU Health's approach as we never did IVF, only discussed it.
What specific things went wrong at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
When I was graduating, I signed an ROI for my new OBGYN. When they called the day before my first appointment, they noted they hadn't received anything. So I printed out all my notes and brought them in.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
3
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2019, Successful
10
9
Age 33
4 IUI
2 IVF
Unexplained
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Due to prior treatments with our first doctor whom had retired, Dr. Zarek started right at IVF since we had no frozen embryos. We immediately did the genetic testing for both my husband and myself...We went through birth control followed by Lupron and then Follistim...Our IVF transfer did not work out and Dr. Zarek called to talk about what we could do next and when. We immediately started an FET cycle. At our baseline ultrasound, I had 2 cysts as a result from the IVF cycle. At that moment we decided to stop the cycle because we didn't want to go through another procedure to drain the cyst. We started another cycle for a November transfer which was successful.
We have had excellent dealings with the entire nursing staff [at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility]. Jill was our nurse for the IVF cycle and Casey for the FET cycle. Both responded promptly on the patient portal. Casey even allowed us to text her which was beneficial after hours...IVF was around $8,000 for the procedure and ultrasounds. Medication was another $3,000-$4,000. Bloodwork was over $100 each time. FET was around $3,700...Christine was great about communicating prices and dealing with the hospital billing. The hospital billing sometimes didn't get our credits moved over and we would receive a bill. Christine always took care of it.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek is up front about everything. Since we were returning patients (our previous doctor had retired) she started with what we had ended with previously. We didn't have to go through the whole gamut of testing and procedures to get to the IVF point. She told us the plan and that's what we did. Dr. Zarek was always available and open to communication through texting. It was nice to have that line of communication since some questions/situations were more important than others. She always responded promptly. Dr. Zarek is continuously checking on me to see how I'm doing whether it was during the IVF or FET cycles and now pregnancy.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
I would tell any patient to not be afraid to ask questions. Dr. Zarek was always open to what we asked and always had an answer.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek was amazing to work with and always spoke to my husband and I as peers. She never spoke down to us and was always positive. She respected us and our wishes.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
Due to prior treatments with our first doctor whom had retired, Dr. Zarek started right at IVF since we had no frozen embryos. We immediately did the genetic testing for both my husband and myself. Luckily we had our first visit with Dr. Zarek before an IVF cycle and started immediately. We went through birth control followed by Lupron and then Follistim. We had ultrasounds and bloodwork to monitor embryo development. Before the retrieval, the HCG injection was administered. The embryologist called with the fertilization rate after the first day and I believe 3rd day. Our IVF transfer did not work out and Dr. Zarek called to talk about what we could do next and when. We immediately started an FET cycle. At our baseline ultrasound, I had 2 cysts as a result from the IVF cycle. At that moment we decided to stop the cycle because we didn't want to go through another procedure to drain the cyst. We started another cycle for a November transfer which was successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jill and Casey)
We have had excellent dealings with the entire nursing staff. Jill was our nurse for the IVF cycle and Casey for the FET cycle. Both responded promptly on the patient portal. Casey even allowed us to text her which was beneficial after hours.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
We had a great experience. The only downfall was pur insurance covered nothing. Christine was great about communicating prices and dealing with the hospital billing. The hospital billing sometimes didn't get our credits moved over and we would receive a bill. Christine always took care of it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
IVF was around $8,000 for the procedure and ultrasounds. Medication was another $3,000-$4,000. Bloodwork was over $100 each time. FET was around $3,700. The medication was around $1,000 and that includes through the first trimester. Bloodwork was again over $100 per time.
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Dr. Zarek recommended to only transfer one embryo, which is what we wanted, but was not against transferring two if that is what we had wanted.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 24
1 IUI
Male Factor
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
She [Keller-Tracy] was very friendly and upbeat. Great bedside manner. She took the time to explain everything and answered all of our questions. She even came in on her day off to do my SIS. So far everything has been going well. She set out a good plan of action and was honest with us regarding chances and about our infertility diagnosis...We have mild male factor.
[U of Missouri] Got me scheduled in quickly for our first appointment. Very accommodating and willing to squeeze you in. Not great at explaining my specific insurance claims and what they’re for. Friendly. My husband did complain that when he was giving his sample he could hear everyone laughing and being noisy.
How was your experience with Rebecca Keller-Tracy at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
She was very friendly and upbeat. Great bedside manner. She took the time to explain everything and answered all of our questions. She even came in on her day off to do my SIS. So far everything has been going well. She set out a good plan of action and was honest with us regarding chances and about our infertility diagnosis.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rebecca Keller-Tracy at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rebecca Keller-Tracy at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
She explained everything thoroughly but in a way we understood. She was empathetic with our struggle but hopeful for us to get pregnant.
Describe the protocols Rebecca Keller-Tracy used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
We have mild male factor. She recommended 4-6 cycles of IUI, before reevaluating and going to IVF. She said she was very hopeful and that we had really good chances of conceiving within those cycles. My current protocol is 5mg Letrozle CD3-7. I’m currently in my first cycle, 2 days from when period is due. I did not use a trigger shot as she had me confirm ovulation at home using digital OPKs. I was supposed to come in on CD12 for a follicle scan but I got a positive OPK CD9 and had IUI on CD11. I think next cycle I may want to opt for the trigger as testing at home is stressful. No positive HPT yet but will start next cycle with same plan if not successful.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Very nice and experienced
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Got me scheduled in quickly for our first appointment. Very accommodating and willing to squeeze you in. Not great at explaining my specific insurance claims and what they’re for. Friendly. My husband did complain that when he was giving his sample he could hear everyone laughing and being noisy.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rebecca Keller-Tracy at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Testing alone up until infertility diagnosis was $1,400 after insurance. IUI procedure still in processing with insurance. Letrozole prescription was $3 after insurance.
What specific things went wrong at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
I wasn’t told to take a pregnancy test before my SIS so I had to take one at the office and was charged an excessive amount. I also was never informed to have an empty or full bladder for SIS and IUI until I got to my appointment. I should’ve been told ahead of time.
10
Doctor
Rebecca Keller-Tracy
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Successful
10
10
Age 33
5 IUI
Endometriosis
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I saw him[ Dr. Danny Schust] more for RPL than infertility. We did several blood tests, a hysteroscopy, a total of 3 endometrial biopsies and I was treated for 30 days with antibiotics for chronic endometritis. I then took clomid, Started progesterone around day 18 of my cycle (or 3 days after positive ovulation predictor kit), and continued vaginal progesterone for about 12 weeks. I was fortunate enough to become pregnant with twins on the first try. He also stated that the biopsies were similar to endometrial scratching, which was shown to help the chance of pregnancy. Maybe it did.
There was a newer front desk person, Vanessa maybe, that didn't seem to have any answers whenever I called to check in [at MO Center for Reproductive Med]. Maybe that has since improved. I preferred to email the nurses directly. They have expanded their providers, which is great, due to the need for this medical experience in the area. They were usually very punctual and the clinic was clean and comfortable.
How was your experience with Danny Schust at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Schust got information back to me from lab results/pathology on days that I knew he wasn't even in his office. He spent over an hour with us at our consultation and helped me to understand every test we would be performing due to my recurrent pregnancy losses. He was kind and understanding and he had an answer to every question I had. I've read research papers of his and the man is extremely intelligent. It's pretty amazing to come across that type of intelligence along with a wonderful personality. I can't even imagine working in this field as the common (for good reason) anxiety from patients would be overwhelming to me. I truly hope that Dr. Schust is training doctors and residents in this field so his knowledge is shared and everyone can strive to be as good as he is. I only wish he could be my OB, too, as I was not ready to leave his care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Danny Schust at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Go to him, you won't regret it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Danny Schust at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Schust was not only very intelligent and knew all of the most current research based evidence, but he spent so much time with us on our initial visit and I never felt rushed at any appointment. He drew diagrams, he answered all questions, and he even made it a point to help me feel less guilt over my miscarriages. His calm demeanor and bedside manner were top-notch and I felt like he had a true passion for his job.
Describe the protocols Danny Schust used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
I saw him more for RPL than infertility. We did several blood tests, a hysteroscopy, a total of 3 endometrial biopsies and I was treated for 30 days with antibiotics for chronic endometritis. I then took clomid, Started progesterone around day 18 of my cycle (or 3 days after positive ovulation predictor kit), and continued vaginal progesterone for about 12 weeks. I was fortunate enough to become pregnant with twins on the first try. He also stated that the biopsies were similar to endometrial scratching, which was shown to help the chance of pregnancy. Maybe it did.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Christy was awesome, very compassionate and a good communicator. Deanna was an amazing US tech.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
There was a newer front desk person, Vanessa maybe, that didn't seem to have any answers whenever I called to check in. Maybe that has since improved. I preferred to email the nurses directly. They have expanded their providers, which is great, due to the need for this medical experience in the area. They were usually very punctual and the clinic was clean and comfortable.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Danny Schust at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Costly for testing for RPL ($2000), but this was not a surprise to us.
10
Doctor
Danny Schust
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017, Unsuccessful
2
6
Age 33
1 IUI
1 IVF
Male Factor
PCOS
European
Native American
Income $0 - $49K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr. Ahlering was very friendly and seemed genuinely concerned about us. However, he underplayed the risks of being unsuccessful...Dr. Ahlering likes to say that his protocols are individualized but they really aren't. My nurse mentioned that it was the "___" protocol - essentially one of a dozen options and one commonly used for people with PCOS. When my results were OK, but not stellar, during monitoring visits, Dr. Ahlering did very little to increase my dosages or change the path we were on which ultimately led to failure.
When we called to reschedule our retrieval time [at MCRM], Rachel was very rude - I have not spoken to her directly since as I began communicating with a different coordinator after that exchange....here were a few routine business office matters that were pretty frustrating, including issues with insurance...The discounts are OK - but very limited. I would personally like to see a needs based discount for couples with low income to allow those of us with a subsistence income to have the chance to have a baby too.
How was your experience with Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Ahlering was very friendly and seemed genuinely concerned about us. However, he underplayed the risks of being unsuccessful, even going so far as to say that with our numbers we were looking at at least one and maybe two live births. Needless to say, when I ended up with dramatically fewer eggs (10 not 20), embryos (2) and no live births, I was very disappointed/heartbroken and angry at myself for spending our life savings on something we were lead to believe was a pretty sure thing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Take his enthusiasm for your chances of success with a grain of salt. At the end of the day, he is selling a very expensive service.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
We had specifically requested a later retrieval because my husband has had a demonstrably lower count/quality in the mornings. We had also discussed a Sunday retrieval with Dr. Aubuchon (we saw her for our pre-retrieval appointment instead of Dr. Ahlering because he was busy). After this appointment we were scheduled for the very first 7 am appointment on Saturday. When we called in to ask why and how to get this changed, we were basically told that they could not and would not change it - like it or lump it! - and that they had 70 other patients and were too busy to accommodate our needs... even if we had spent $10000+ in patients to MCRM specifically for the treatment.
Describe the protocols Peter Ahlering used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
I purchased the IVF Gold package. Dr. Ahlering likes to say that his protocols are individualized but they really aren't. My nurse mentioned that it was the "___" protocol - essentially one of a dozen options and one commonly used for people with PCOS. When my results were OK, but not stellar, during monitoring visits, Dr. Ahlering did very little to increase my dosages or change the path we were on which ultimately led to failure.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rachel)
When we called to reschedule our retrieval time, Rachel was very rude - I have not spoken to her directly since as I began communicating with a different coordinator after that exchange. Overall, she did a good job before that and the decision to just squeeze us in was not hers. So, although we had a very heated exchange, overall she did an acceptable job.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Overall, MCRM is a marketing machine that is attempting to grow their clinic and attract new patients. They do offer relatively low prices and are interested in using newer technologies to improve success. I do think they believe they are doing good for people, however, it is hard to understand how any clinic can excuse charging such high prices to cash pay patients while giving huge discounts to insuranced patients (through their agreements with the insurance companies) but this is an industry-wide issue not specific to MCRM. Dr. Ahlering is knowledgable and wants a good outcome for his patients. Even so, they are actively building on to their facility with new construction, etc. The discounts are OK - but very limited. I would personally like to see a needs based discount for couples with low income to allow those of us with a subsistence income to have the chance to have a baby too.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
$10,000 for the Gold package with discounts $3500 for medication $2200 for PGS testing (we ultimately decided not to do this when we only had 2 embryos, we had been told we were likely to have 8+ when we started the process)
Describe Peter Ahlering's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
We had two embryos and he was more than happy to transfer two embyros. From what I have heard, he is willing to transfer more embryos if that means a successful pregnancy, regardless of risk of multiples. The clinic seems to have a relatively high number of multiples.
What specific things went wrong at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Pretty much the things already described - changing decisions after consulting with us and not allowing us to be involved in those changes. There were a few routine business office matters that were pretty frustrating, including issues with insurance, but while frustrating they did not impact our treatment in the end.
2
Doctor
Peter Ahlering
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
6
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015, Successful
10
10
Age 33
1 IVF
1 Egg Freezing
Endometriosis
Male Factor
Latinx
Income $500K
Only Doc Seen
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
The doctor performed an ultrasound to count my follicles and give me positive affirmations instead of a nurse. He took time to ask questions to make a personal connection and his staff was incredibly knowledgeable...
She [my nurse] was so quick on responding and making me feel like everything is going to be ok. When we met in person I felt like I knew her forever. I appreciated her knowledge and that she maintained unemotional yet compassionate
How was your experience with Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Not getting to meet the doctor in person was difficult but we trusted him from his reputation. He seemed to care about us and was positive he could help us get pregnant. Once we met in person I was thrilled. He is ridiculously smart but so personal. He was funny and confident. He earned my respect within in 5 minutes and that help ease my stress and panic since this was my first time with IVF.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
If you have the financial means go meet him in person first so that you can be at ease. Do your research on his clinic and ground breaking technology he has created. His staff will help you via phone and email.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
The doctor performed an ultrasound to count my follicles and give me positive affirmations instead of a nurse. He took time to ask questions to make a personal connection and his staff was incredibly knowledgeable
Describe the protocols Peter Ahlering used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
My husband took the hcg shot twice and I was on Lupron to prevent ovulation. Prenatal vitamins had begun. Birth control was first step the first day I started my cycle again to control my cycle. Then follistim was used to start to grow the follicles. Menopur was taken twice to help with ovarian quality. Hgh was also take twice to help mature the eggs and of course the HCG trigger shot was given 72 hours prior to retrieval. When the doctor did my ultrasound he wanted the follicles to be bigger so he added two more days of follistim. I went to see if the follicles had grown and they had to the perfect range he wanted. He scheduled my egg retrieval on a Sunday. He wanted to wait for 5 day fresh transfer be said he felt like my egg reserve was good and it was our 1st attempt. We transferred two embryos which was a mutual agreement given my age of 33 years old. One embryo stuck and we are now 12 weeks pregnant
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rachel Lowrie)
She was so quick on responding and making me feel like everything is going to be ok. When we met in person I felt like I knew her forever. I appreciated her knowledge and that she maintained unemotional yet compassionate
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Nothing too fancy. It's in Chesterfield, MO. He could use a interior designer but unthinking hey are so busy making dreams come true to worry about decor
Describe the costs associated with your care under Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Around $15k from A to Z Due to our income we didn't qualify for any prescription discounts and our insurance paid zero.
10
Doctor
Peter Ahlering
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2019, Unsuccessful
9
8
Age 44
2 IUI
Male Factor
Other
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr Zarek gave me her personal cell phone number and told me to call or text if I had any questions...[she] took the time to talk to us and find out what we wanted to try for treatment. She performed tests before treatment that others had not and explained the results in detail...In preparing for the IUI, I was originally given Letrozole 5 mg. When I went in for my ultrasound the follicle was small so they gave me additional Letrozole (7.5 mg) before doing IUI.
The doctor and nursing staff [of Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] were very informative and usually responded in a timely manner. I was not happy with the person that did the billing for office. I am still trying to get the billing correct...Most of the nursing staff was great. There were a few times that I would call or send a message and it took a while for someone to respond.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr Zarek took the time to talk to us and find out what we wanted to try for treatment. She performed tests before treatment that others had not and explained the results in detail. We really felt like she wanted to help us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
My advice is to do your own research before you see the doctor so that you can ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr Zarek gave me her personal cell phone number and told me to call or text if I had any questions.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
In preparing for the IUI, I was originally given Letrozole 5 mg. When I went in for my ultrasound the follicle was small so they gave me additional Letrozole (7.5 mg) before doing IUI. The second IUI I was given Letrozole 7.5 mg. I did an Ovidril trigger with both IUIs. We did not have a pregnancy with either IUI.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Most of the nursing staff was great. There were a few times that I would call or send a message and it took a while for someone to respond.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The doctor and nursing staff were very informative and usually responded in a timely manner. I was not happy with the person that did the billing for office. I am still trying to get the billing correct.
9
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016 - 2017, Unknown Success
9
10
Age 31 - 32
1 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
4th of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
We are currently preparing for an IVF cycle [with Dr. Ahlering]. My husband is taking clomid and ovidrel injections to help count and I am taking birth control to prepare for our medicated cycle next month...This doctor genuinely cares and has tried everything to help our male factor infertility as well as making sure that we are ready...From the start he has made us feel like our best interest is his priority and he wants to help us. He has even called us after hours to set up our appointment.
MCRM has many packages available to make things more affordable. He also works with a pharmacy program that offers discounts...MCRM has many packages available to make things more affordable. He also works with a pharmacy program that offers discounts...Everyone on the staff has been kind in returning emails the same day and calling as needed as we don't live in Missouri.
How was your experience with Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
This doctor genuinely cares and has tried everything to help our male factor infertility as well as making sure that we are ready. The clinic is half of the past clinic we have worked with and their success rates are much higher. We are very hopeful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Don't be afraid to ask questions and make sure you give them all the k formation they need.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
From the start he has made us feel like our best interest is his priority and he wants to help us. He has even called us after hours to set up our appointment.
Describe the protocols Peter Ahlering used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
We are currently preparing for an IVF cycle. My husband is taking clomid and ovidrel injections to help count and I am taking birth control to prepare for our medicated cycle next month.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jennifer A)
Everyone on the staff has been kind in returning emails the same day and calling as needed as we don't live in Missouri.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
We haven't yet visited the clinic as we don't live in Missouri. Everything has been done remotely.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Peter Ahlering at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
MCRM has many packages available to make things more affordable. He also works with a pharmacy program that offers discounts.
9
Doctor
Peter Ahlering
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Educational Resources
2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 28 - 29
8 IUI
2 IVF
Other
Income $0 - $49K
Sales Representative
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
Dr. Hsu treated both myself and my husband in a extremely professional manner...Recommended my husband to be placed on Clomid in an attempt to improve his sperm count. Which is actually working!...accommodated both me and husbands schedules as we live over 1 hour away and he in the military...providing hope but stressing the side of caution so as to not over expect the cycles to work in the case that they didn’t.
The clinic [Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] has all strengths...very user friendly and to my experience never rude or unprofessional. It speaks a lot when you are dealing with patients in fertility to continuously have an upbeat spirit and to do your best when dealing with patients while showing understanding and compassion...Very affordable...accommodated both me and husbands schedules as we live over 1 hour away and he in the military.
How was your experience with Albert Hsu at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Hsu is very patient when answering questions and very forthcoming. Recommended my husband to be placed on Clomid in an attempt to improve his sperm count. Which is actually working! We are hoping to continue our visits with Dr. Hsu as soon as the Coronavirus is over and we able too. Dr. Hsu has always accommodated both me and husbands schedules as we live over 1 hour away and he in the military.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Albert Hsu at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Understand that he does not sugarcoat anything.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Albert Hsu at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Hsu treated both myself and my husband in a extremely professional manner. Always providing hope but stressing the side of caution so as to not over expect the cycles to work in the case that they didn’t.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The clinic has all strengths. They are very user friendly and to my experience never rude or unprofessional. It speaks a lot when you are dealing with patients in fertility to continuously have an upbeat spirit and to do your best when dealing with patients while showing understanding and compassion.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Albert Hsu at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Very affordable.
10
Doctor
Albert Hsu
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2013 - 2014, Unsuccessful
0
0
Age 22 - 23
3 IUI
PCOS
Unexplained
Other
Income $0 - $49K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
She just kept send us through the same clomid cycle and iui never mentioned trying any other drugs. It was either try iui with clomid or IVF. She didn't ever recommend sending my husband for test[ing] until we had already failed a couple times.
The nurses [at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] were very helpful and caring and we're always willing to answer questions...The clinic never told use prices, and I always had to call about test results....The clinic not very good at going over insurance or cost.
How was your experience with Mira Aubuchon at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
We felt like if she had explain all our option and what was best we would have a baby. She just kept send us through the same clomid cycle and iui never mentioned trying any other drugs. It was either try iui with clomid or IVF. She didn't ever recommend sending my husband for test until we had already failed a couple times.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mira Aubuchon at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Don't go
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mira Aubuchon at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
The doctor always seemed rushed and we never felt like we got full and complete answers
Describe the protocols Mira Aubuchon used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
She started me at a low does of clomid and I would track my cycle and then come in for an iui and after each failure I would get my clomid bumped up.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The nurses were very helpful and caring and we're always willing to answer questions
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The clinic not very good at going over insurance or cost.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mira Aubuchon at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Each cycle was 500. Blood work if done at the hospital were very expensive so I went elsewhere
What specific things went wrong at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The clinic never told use prices, and I always had to call about test results.
0
Doctor
Mira Aubuchon
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
0
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 28 - 31
1 IUI
Male Factor
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Accountant
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
[Dr. Zarek] is caring, compassionate, understanding, thorough, and makes the process seem effortless! She is amazing at what she does while making you feel like you are her only patient in the world! She provided personal contact information and was always available for quick text questions and as hoc phone calls... After determining slight male factor, we decided to do IUI for the next cycle...This resulted in a pregnancy and I am currently 7 weeks with TWINS!!
Working with the doctor and nurses [at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] was a breeze...The front desk staff is also very helpful and responsive. Their follow through and follow up with the insurance company could have been a little better but it all ended up working out...[nurses are] Very thorough, great communication, and friendly!
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr Zarek is hands down the best doctor I have ever seen!! She is caring, compassionate, understanding, thorough, and makes the process seem effortless! She is amazing at what she does while making you feel like you are her only patient in the world! She provided personal contact information and was always available for quick text questions and as hoc phone calls! I have not see this kind of care and responsiveness from any other doctor, ever. She is by far the best!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Be ready for her to make your dreams come true, quickly!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek made me feel like I was her only patient!! Always kind, patient, understanding, and available!!
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
We used letrozole 5mg for the first cycle with timed intercourse. We did this to start so that we had time to have all testing done and results analyzed. After determining slight male factor, we decided to do IUI for the next cycle. This included letrozole 5mg, ovidrel trigger shot, IUI, timed intercourse, and progesterone. This resulted in a pregnancy and I am currently 7 weeks with TWINS!!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Cassie)
Very thorough, great communication, and friendly!
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Working with the doctor and nurses was a breeze! They are some of the best and I could not have asked for anything more! The front desk staff is also very helpful and responsive. Their follow through and follow up with the insurance company could have been a little better but it all ended up working out.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Letrozole was covered by insurance Ovidrel $150 out of pocket Progesterone $53 for 12 day supply (for whole first trimester) IUI procedure- $350 Outside ultrasounds $400 Appointments with Dr Zarek $350
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 24 - 25
2 Fertility Medications
Anovulation
PCOS
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Infertility is such an emotional stressful experience on its own, but I remember feeling so much better even after our first visit with her [Dr. Zarek]. She is a very positive person and reminded me of all of my options of care from the very beginning. I remember leaving her office and telling my husband I actually felt hopeful for once that we would end up pregnant. Communication is very prompt which is nice during fertility treatments. I would highly recommend her to anyone that I know who may be struggling with obtaining pregnancy.
The clinic [Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] from the receptionist to the nurses and ultrasound techs were wonderful. I never had to wait very long in the waiting room it seemed like. The receptionist were always good about working with me for appointments and would even move stuff around so it would work out for me...I did medication with injectables and timed intercourse X2. Letrozole 5mg on days 3-7 of my period followed up with a mid cycle scan around day 12-14. If i had any follicles that were of size I would inject myself with ovridrel. Five days after injection I would take progesterone twice daily for twelve days. I would then test after progesterone was complete or after I missed my period.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek was all around one of the most compassionate doctors I have ever encountered. She seemed very excited and eager to help me which I valued because I knew she had other patients besides me. Infertility is such an emotional stressful experience on its own, but I remember feeling so much better even after our first visit with her. She is a very positive person and reminded me of all of my options of care from the very beginning. I remember leaving her office and telling my husband I actually felt hopeful for once that we would end up pregnant. Communication is very prompt which is nice during fertility treatments. I would highly recommend her to anyone that I know who may be struggling with obtaining pregnancy.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Don't be nervous. Get excited and have faith because she will do everything she can to help you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Everyone from the receptionist to the whole care team always greeted me with a smile, and seemed as if they knew who I was.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
I did medication with injectables and timed intercourse X2. Letrozole 5mg on days 3-7 of my period followed up with a mid cycle scan around day 12-14. If i had any follicles that were of size I would inject myself with ovridrel. Five days after injection I would take progesterone twice daily for twelve days. I would then test after progesterone was complete or after I missed my period.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Nursing staff was wonderful and very attentive. Communication was quick and effective. I never had a nurse unable to answer any of my questions. They were always kind and supportive.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The clinic from the receptionist to the nurses and ultrasound techs were wonderful. I never had to wait very long in the waiting room it seemed like. The receptionist were always good about working with me for appointments and would even move stuff around so it would work out for me.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Around $5,000. Insurance covered a lot more then I expected.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 39 - 40
6 IUI
1 IVF
Donor Sperm
European
Income $0 - $49K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
I felt like I could always contact Dr Zarek with any questions and concerns. She would also text to find out how I was feeling after certain fertility treatments or changes to medication. I greatly appreciated her reaching out between appointments to find out how everything was going...would always go out of her way to explain different fertility treatments and there success rates. There were a couple times where I felt Dr Zarek had a preference on a type of treatment. I was always able to make the final decision, but sometimes felt a little pressure due to timing or other financial constraints.
The nursing staff [at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] were able to answer questions fairly quickly. There were times though when response was slower because they were dealing with other patients...Costs were reasonable when compared to other clinic costs...It is easy to get a hold of someone if you have questions. The front desk will always try to find an answer. There are 2 separate billing for procedures. It can be confusing and resulted in certain procedures being overcharged. I was able to work with front desk to fix billing issues.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr Zarek would always go out of her way to explain different fertility treatments and there success rates. There were a couple times where I felt Dr Zarek had a preference on a type of treatment. I was always able to make the final decision, but sometimes felt a little pressure due to timing or other financial constraints.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr Zarek is a great doctor who will listen to your concerns or questions. Don't be afraid to ask or have your concerns expressed. She will do her best to address them.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
I felt like I could always contact Dr Zarek with any questions and concerns. She would also text to find out how I was feeling after certain fertility treatments or changes to medication. I greatly appreciated her reaching out between appointments to find out how everything was going.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
I had IUI procedures with Dr Zarek. After miscarriage and negative pregnancy tests, I agreed to moving to IVF. Pre-treatment began with birth control to regulate cycle for IVF. IVF cycle began with taking fertility drugs which I responded well to and resulted in successful egg retrieval. First transfer was unsuccessful. Second transfer was successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jill Price and Casey Dodge)
The nursing staff were able to answer questions fairly quickly. There were times though when response was slower because they were dealing with other patients.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
It is easy to get a hold of someone if you have questions. The front desk will always try to find an answer. There are 2 separate billing for procedures. It can be confusing and resulted in certain procedures being overcharged. I was able to work with front desk to fix billing issues.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Costs were reasonable when compared to other clinic costs.
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Dr Zarek recommended no more than a 2 embryo transfer to improve chances without increasing chances of a multiples pregnancy.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 32 - 33
1 IUI
IVF
Tubal Blockage
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Zarek does a wonderful job getting to know you. She takes more time visiting with you than any other doctor I have experienced. Asking questions about your life and taking a real, genuine interest in who you are and how you are doing...It was evident from day one she really cares about her patients and their success. She even gives her personal phone number to you so you can text her with any updates or concerns. I also loved how present she was with our care; performing all procedures herself...met with us and told us ALL the possible treatment plans for someone with my diagnosis (Endometriosis and PCOS).
Part of the diagnostic protocol [at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] was for me to have an SIS done to make sure my tubes were clear. This was when they discovered they were blocked...[nurse] gave us her personal phone number so we could text her with questions or concerns. She worked tirelessly with Dr. Zarek to provide us the best plan. Her plan was then outlined on a detailed calander, which I loved! She also meet with us to discuss next steps after every doctors appointment or IVF ultrasound.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek is the best doctor I have ever seen! She is warm and inviting. It was evident from day one she really cares about her patients and their success. She even gives her personal phone number to you so you can text her with any updates or concerns. I also loved how present she was with our care; performing all procedures herself. She made us feel so loved!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
If you want to really be taken care of by a knowledgeable and caring doctor go see Dr. Zarek. I would recommend her to anymore! I meet people out in the community who have seen her too and they all talk so kindly of her as well!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek does a wonderful job getting to know you. She takes more time visiting with you than any other doctor I have experienced. Asking questions about your life and taking a real, genuine interest in who you are and how you are doing.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
When my husband and I first went to see Dr. Zarek we were coming off of a miscarriage from an IUI procedure with a doctor who took little to no time with us. I was apprehensive to say the least. Day one Dr. Zarek met with us and told us ALL the possible treatment plans for someone with my diagnosis (Endometriosis and PCOS). She then set up a time to begin performing diagnostic testing. This was one of the best parts of her treatment plan. It allowed us to get some real answers before going blindly into expensive and stressful procedures. Part of the diagnostic protocol was for me to have an SIS done to make sure my tubes were clear. This was when they discovered they were blocked. I could have wasted so much time, money, and energy with the last doctor doing IUIs that would have never successfully gotten me pregnant. DR. Zarek saved us from thst struggle. We then began IVF procedures. I am currently pregnant with Twins!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Casey )
Casey was wonderful! She too gave us her personal phone number so we could text her with questions or concerns. She worked tirelessly with Dr. Zarek to provide us the best plan. Her plan was then outlined on a detailed calander, which I loved! She also meet with us to discuss next steps after every doctors appointment or IVF ultrasound.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
Our clinic was amazing! This people work tirelessly for you, often coming in on weekends to make sure you are getting the care you need when you need it! I also, loved how they knew my name and personally greeted me everytime!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
5,000 for IVF meds, 8,000 for IVF procedure and ultrasounds, 1,500 for additional bloodwork.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 25 - 26
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
[Dr. Shvetha Zarek] was very honest and realistic regarding our situation and always made sure we understood what was going on. She was easy to get into contact with outside of office hours when we had questions or concerns and replied quickly. She made my husband and I feel comfortable and involved through the whole process...Dr. Zarek is very personable and easy to get along with. She keeps you up to date on everything and tells you results when she knows them.
All of the staff at [Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] were very warm and welcoming every appointment...The nurses and Dr. Zarek were amazing in helping us during our miscarriage. They answered all of our questions and gave us all the time we needed to process everything...They were wonderful in helping schedule appointments and making sure we had zoom links so we could speak with Dr. Zarek.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek was absolutely wonderful through our time with her. She helped us understand what could potentially be causing our fertility issues and addressed them accordingly. She was very honest and realistic regarding our situation and always made sure we understood what was going on. She was easy to get into contact with outside of office hours when we had questions or concerns and replied quickly. She made my husband and I feel comfortable and involved through the whole process. I would highly recommend Dr. Zarek to others.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek is very personable and easy to get along with. She keeps you up to date on everything and tells you results when she knows them. She's easy to get into contact with all hours of the day. She explains everything so that it's easy to understand and encourages questions if you have them.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
All of the staff at the clinic were very warm and welcoming every appointment. Dr. Zarek kept us informed and up to date on everything going on. She was very honest and realistic regarding our situation. The nurses and Dr. Zarek were amazing in helping us during our miscarriage. They answered all of our questions and gave us all the time we needed to process everything.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
When we first saw Dr. Zarek, she did general testing, such as ultrasound to check my reproductive organ structure and tested blood flow to my ovaries. She also drew blood to get a general idea of how everything was. Based on my results, she determined my thyroid hormones were imbalanced and was causing irregular cycles which made it difficult to know when ovulate and get pregnant. During our miscarriage, she did an ultrasound and blood tests to confirm and provided support throughout. When I became pregnant again, she drew beta levels three times to follow the upward trend and follow-up ultrasounds.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The nursing staff were always warm and welcoming when we called or had appointments. They were exceptionally amazing when we had our miscarriage. The nurse that confirmed my beta levels dropping and ultrasound was very sweet and compassionate. She gave my husband and I privacy afterward until we were ready to speak with Dr. Zarek. My husband and I were so greatful for them. When I became pregnant again, they were very supportive and positive.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
For the most part, the clinic was easy to get a hold of. Recently, it was hard to call the clinic. I'm not sure if something was wrong with their phones, but they returned my message quickly. They were wonderful in helping schedule appointments and making sure we had zoom links so we could speak with Dr. Zarek. I would highly recommend this clinic to anyone having fertility issues or wanted to get answers regarding fertility.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
We are thankful our insurance has been able to cover all costs associated with our care. We've had no issues associated with it
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
We did not use embryo transfer.
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2020, Successful
10
10
Age 31
1 IUI
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
[Dr. Shvetha Zarek] is extremely knowledgeable and wants you to be active and involved in your journey just as much as she is. She will work hard to find out what’s causing the infertility and then develop a game plan with you and your partner...From our first consultation to our successful IUI, We felt like Dr. Zarek was in this fertility journey with us. She was direct, compassionate, positive, honest, kind, and caring.
The entire clinic [Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine] was Timely, welcoming, warm, knowledgeable, and caring. From the clinic nurses to the front desk staff, everyone was amazing. The also were extremely professional with my nervous husband when he had to provide his samples. The little details that this clinic provides are very helpful.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
From our first consultation to our successful IUI, We felt like Dr. Zarek was in this fertility journey with us. She was direct, compassionate, positive, honest, kind, and caring. She was exactly what we were looking for in a fertility doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek is extremely knowledgeable and wants you to be active and involved in your journey just as much as she is. She will work hard to find out what’s causing the infertility and then develop a game plan with you and your partner.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek from the very beginning told us that even though many people experience infertility, everyone’s story was different. She took an active role In making sure my husband and I felt comfortable and supported along our journey.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
The first step was doing a simple blood test. Second was having my husband provide a sample to check his sperm counts and I received a sonohystogram to check for any abnormalities within my reproductive system. Next, I had some polyps so they were removed. Then, since my husbands sample was good and there was no obvious problem with me, we begin the first round of medication to prep for the IUI. I had US’s following the medications to see if there was a good sized follicle. Once this was achieved I took a trigger shot and 2 days later the IUI was performed.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
I think part of what makes Dr. Zarek great is her nurses. From the clinic nurses to the check in staff, everyone was kind, compassionate and considerate.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The entire clinic was Timely, welcoming, warm, knowledgeable, and caring. From the clinic nurses to the front desk staff, everyone was amazing. The also were extremely professional with my nervous husband when he had to provide his samples. The little details that this clinic provides are very helpful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
With my job, my insurance coverage is very good. The IUI process was not covered by insurance and was about $400.
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Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
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This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Successful
10
9
Age 28 - 29
2 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr Zarek was extremely personable, friendly, and caring. She was wonderful about answering any and all questions no matter weekdays or weekends. She was thorough in her explanations and talked us through any changes throughout our entire experience there...I moved from oral fertility medications with natural copulation, to injectable fertility medications with IUI treatment. Then Injectable fertility medications With IVF implantation...Sometimes it takes a while to figure out how to adjust treatment to your bodies ongoing struggles.
She [nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] was caring and expressive, while being very knowledgeable about the Fertility process...All the staffing was very kind and courteous, while greeting you by name when they saw you walk in. They were extremely helpful and would find the answers in time you need. If it was after clinical hours, the online messaging system was useful and staffing would respond as soon as they were able to...The staff and Dr. was very personable and generous with their time. They were happy to answer any and all questions I had. Even if those questions might have been awkward.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr Zarek was extremely personable, friendly, and caring. She was wonderful about answering any and all questions no matter weekdays or weekends. She was thorough in her explanations and talked us through any changes throughout our entire experience there.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Sometimes it takes a while to figure out how to adjust treatment to your bodies ongoing struggles.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
The staff and Dr. was very personable and generous with their time. They were happy to answer any and all questions I had. Even if those questions might have been awkward.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
I moved from oral fertility medications with natural copulation, to injectable fertility medications with IUI treatment. Then Injectable fertility medications With IVF implantation.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Casey)
She was caring and expressive, while being very knowledgeable about the Fertility process.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
All the staffing was very kind and courteous, while greeting you by name when they saw you walk in. They were extremely helpful and would find the answers in time you need. If it was after clinical hours, the online messaging system was useful and staffing would respond as soon as they were able to.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
There was significant financial and time costs, but my insurance payed for a large portion of the entire process and we knew this process would be time consuming when we looked into fertility treatments.
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Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
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Billing Department
Nursing Staff
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 32 - 33
3 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
PCOS
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Zarek gave me her personal cell and could be reached day or night with and questions or concerns I had...she was there every step of the way...She made me feel important and truly cared about me and my well being. I just cannot say enough great things about her...I met with her and we both discussed my previous history and then she let me know a plan of action. I love how each and every patient has their own personalized protocol to get the best results and not just one umbrella coverage for everyone... I truley feel like after all we have been through we are now friends. Clinic Nps
From the front receptionist to the nurses and ultrasound tech everyone [at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility] was always so nice to me and greeted me like a friend. I would recommend this office and doctor to anyone struggling with infertility...They are very good at advising you on the benefits and or complications that could happen and talk to you what is best for a successful pregnancy for each individual person...I have no negative things to say about them. The fronts staff are all so kind and caring. The nursing staff is wonderful and the ultrasound techs are very good at what they do.
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek has been the best doctor I have had the pleasure to work with. I truley feel like after all we have been through we are now friends. Though all of my infertility struggles she was there every step of the way. I had her cell number and she was always quick to reply to any of my questions or concerns day or night. She made me feel important and truly cared about me and my well being. I just cannot say enough great things about her or her staff. From the front receptionist to the nurses and ultrasound tech everyone was always so nice to me and greeted me like a friend. I would recommend this office and doctor to anyone struggling with infertility.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility?
Dr. Zarek gave me her personal cell and could be reached day or night with and questions or concerns I had.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility and their degree of success.
I met with her and we both discussed my previous history and then she let me know a plan of action. I love how each and every patient has their own personalized protocol to get the best results and not just one umbrella coverage for everyone.
Describe your experience with Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
The clinic as a whole is wonderful. I have no negative things to say about them. The fronts staff are all so kind and caring. The nursing staff is wonderful and the ultrasound techs are very good at what they do.
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility.
They are very good at advising you on the benefits and or complications that could happen and talk to you what is best for a successful pregnancy for each individual person.
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Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Missouri Center for Reproductive Medicine & Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere