Naval Medical Center

2 doctors work here

Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 73%Neutral: 27%9.3
73% strongly recommend
13 reviews
Operations
8.9
8.9
Operations

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Ratings of 10 indicate that a clinic operated very well.

Scheduling
7.5
7.5
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
9.2
9.2
Billing Department

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory billing department.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent billing department.

Nursing Team
8.4
8.4
Nursing Team

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory nursing team.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent nursing team.

Attention to Detail
9.7
9.7
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
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National Avg
738
This Clinic
National Avg
00%
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60%
<35
35-37
38-40
>40

Available Resources

Genetic counseling
Genetic counseling
Acupuncture is not offered
Acupuncture is not offered
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 is not offered
Providing backup medication is not offered

This clinic has 1 office

San Diego
34800 BOB WILSON DR
San Diego, CA 92134
(619) 532-5363

13 patient reviews

2021 - 2022, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 20 - 21
1 IUI
Male Factor
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Other
Income $50K - $99K
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
Dr Wittenberger did our IUI and my surgery...He called a few days after my surgery to ask how I was doing and answer the 100 questions I had about IVF with them...I did an IUI in Dec 2021 with 5mg of letrozole and a trigger shot. I produced one mature follicle. It was an ectopic pregnancy and ruptured. My Fallopian tubes were removed and now IVF is our next step for carrying biological children...
It takes a hot minute to be seen here [Naval Medical Center] solely because as of Jan 2022, it's only Dr. Healy & Dr. Wittenberger running the show and he plans to retire this summer. It also takes a while for them to answer to phone so I blow up their office phone when I need to get ahold of them...I was quoted $6990 for IVF and $1800 for a frozen transfer -the retrieval, creating the embryos, medicine, the transfer, and monitoring....
How was your experience with Michael D. Wittenberger at Naval Medical Center?
She was very good at explaining our plan for treatment. She was also really awesome at getting back to me by the end of the day when I had questions. We started with 5mg of Letrozole and an IUI. I ovulate on my won however when starting treatment I had ONE functioning Fallopian tube but my husband's motility does not allow us to get pregnant on our own. We did our IUI and I got pregnant! However it was ectopic and I lost my fallopian tubes when it ruptured at 5w+4d. Now we intend to move forward with IVF. Dr Wittenberger did our IUI and my surgery. He was so empathetic when it ended and even followed up with me in his personal time. I know it's not something doctors are particularly supposed to say but it made me feel so much better when he told me, "you're not going to leave this office without a baby". It made me feel so much more confident in our treatment and I am very confident he will finally give us our rainbow baby. I have had four miscarriages now.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael D. Wittenberger at Naval Medical Center?
I tend to guard my heart fiercely after our history of losses so I tend to prepare for the darker outcomes. If you come to NMC Balboa, prepare your bank account for the least favorable outcomes. Now on the happier side, you will have the most dedicated providers here and beside manner is always warm and kind
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael D. Wittenberger at Naval Medical Center?
I met with Dr. Healy as my initial doctor. She had to miss our cycle because she went TAD to Guam but when we did meet with her she ensured we understood all the medical lingo and the way she spoke to use made my husband and I feel like we were a team with our clinic. Our cycle was carried out by Dr. Wittenberger and he made sure I was comfortable with him performing our IUI, he even allowed my husband to insert the sample!
Describe the protocols Michael D. Wittenberger used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
I did an IUI in Dec 2021 with 5mg of letrozole and a trigger shot. I produced one mature follicle. It was an ectopic pregnancy and ruptured. My Fallopian tubes were removed and now IVF is our next step for carrying biological children. My follow up care was amazing. Dr. Wittenberger has taken over my overall care and he's just been awesome. He called a few days after my surgery to ask how I was doing and answer the 100 questions I had about IVF with them. Jan 2022 I was quoted $6990 for IVF and $1800 for a frozen transfer -the retrieval, creating the embryos, medicine, the transfer, and monitoring.
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
It takes a hot minute to be seen here solely because as of Jan 2022, it's only Dr. Healy & Dr. Wittenberger running the show and he plans to retire this summer. It also takes a while for them to answer to phone so I blow up their office phone when I need to get ahold of them
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael D. Wittenberger at Naval Medical Center.
My husband and I are AD military so our IUI and meds were covered. IVF as of Jan 2022 was quoted at $6990 and a frozen transfer is $1800. I assume our medication will be covered for IVF, we'll find out.
Describe Michael D. Wittenberger's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Naval Medical Center.
I haven't crossed this bridge yet
10
Doctor
Michael D. Wittenberger
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Naval Medical Center
San Diego
Operations
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Educational Resources
2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 27 - 28
2 IUI
Anovulation
PCOS
European
Other
Income $0 - $49K
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Laufer is wonderful. He takes his time, answers all questions, and makes sure you are comfortable with procedures...he gave us his cell number so we could reach him over the weekend...Letrozole with menopur was originally planned for my first IUI cycle...My next cycle we used clomid and ovidrel. That cycle was successful...We’re currently waiting to start a new cycle due to covid 19...
[nurses of Naval Medical Center] seem truly invested in the patients and they often learn enough about you to ask specifics about your life and treatments...[cost]Everything we have done so far has been covered by a grant for the military clinic or by TriCare...only weakness is how busy they are and how hard it can be to get a referral that they require...
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He’s wonderful. Ensures you understand everything, answers questions as many times as he needs to , listens to concerns and ideas from the patient, and overall just really seems to love his job and care for his patients.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Be willing to fight for a referral. Their clinic is busy and it can be hard to get in, but it’s so worth it!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Dr. Laufer is wonderful. He takes his time, answers all questions, and makes sure you are comfortable with procedures. Recently when we got pregnant during an IUI cycle and then had a miscarriage, he gave us his cell number so we could reach him over the weekend if I started having severe pain due to being concerned about an ectopic pregnancy. His bedside manner is wonderful and it’s clear he cares for his patients as more than just a number.
Describe the protocols Larry Laufer used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
Letrozole with menopur was originally planned for my first IUI cycle, but it wasn’t working so they added Gonal F and ovidrel. That cycle was unsuccessful. My next cycle we used clomid and ovidrel. That cycle was successful, but resulted in a miscarriage at 6 weeks. We’re currently waiting to start a new cycle due to covid 19.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Naval Medical Center.
They’re amazing! Each of them seems truly invested in the patients and they often learn enough about you to ask specifics about your life and treatments when they see you in the clinic.
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
The only weakness is how busy they are and how hard it can be to get a referral that they require. Appointments can be hard to get quickly as well, but they often use birth control to hold your cycle until you can get an appointment for a baseline sonogram.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center.
Everything we have done so far has been covered by a grant for the military clinic or by TriCare. We haven’t done IVF yet, but there is an out of pocket cost for that.
10
Doctor
Larry Laufer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Naval Medical Center
San Diego
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020, Consult
10
9
Age 30
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
European
Black or African-American
Income $100K - $199K
Doctor
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I am still in the testing phase. Dr. Laufer began with blood work and an HSG. I was unable to complete the HSG so we scheduled an SIS...I was schedule for a laparoscopy to check my uterus and tubes, but due to COVID 19 that was cancelled. The plan is to complete that to see what my options are (ie medicated cycles, IUI, or IVF)...He was always very concerned about my thoughts and feelings. He took his time in appointments and on the phone...has been very open and understanding of my needs. He is honest about his diagnosis and what my options are to increase my chances of pregnancy. He is willing to try what I want and not just what he believes I should do.
They [the staff at Naval Medical Center] have been really helpful in scheduling appointments and getting me answers to questions that come up. There have been times that I have to leave voicemails but they always seem to get back to me asap...They [nurses] are generally supportive, however, due to the complexity of my endometriosis I have also become very frustrated because they often say how "interesting" my case is which I do not find helpful...It has all been covered by Tricare. However, once I start IVF, it will be at least $6000 for egg retrieval, fertilization, and first transfer.
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Dr. Laufer has been very open and understanding of my needs. He is honest about his diagnosis and what my options are to increase my chances of pregnancy. He is willing to try what I want and not just what he believes I should do.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Have questions ready.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He was always very concerned about my thoughts and feelings. He took his time in appointments and on the phone.
Describe the protocols Larry Laufer used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
I am still in the testing phase. Dr. Laufer began with blood work and an HSG. I was unable to complete the HSG so we scheduled an SIS. Again, I was unable to complete that as well. I was schedule for a laparoscopy to check my uterus and tubes, but due to COVID 19 that was cancelled. The plan is to complete that to see what my options are (ie medicated cycles, IUI, or IVF).
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Naval Medical Center.
They are generally supportive, however, due to the complexity of my endometriosis I have also become very frustrated because they often say how "interesting" my case is which I do not find helpful.
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
They have been really helpful in scheduling appointments and getting me answers to questions that come up. There have been times that I have to leave voicemails but they always seem to get back to me asap.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center.
It has all been covered by Tricare. However, once I start IVF, it will be at least $6000 for egg retrieval, fertilization, and first transfer.
Describe Larry Laufer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Naval Medical Center.
I have not got that far in my treatments yet.
10
Doctor
Larry Laufer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Naval Medical Center
San Diego
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unsuccessful
7
7
Age 25 - 26
4 IUI
PCOS
Other
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 3 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr. Laufer is great for the most part. He is quick with the ultrasounds, sometimes too quick because i like to see the numbers and talk about it as we go where he likes to wait to talk. Not that big of a deal just different people different preferences. I always have a lot of questions and sometimes i feel he gets a little bothered by asking too many questions but sometimes he doesnt go into as much detail as i would like. They are great about getting me into appointments and they will always bring me back if they have any questions.
This [Naval Medical Center] is a military hospital so there are restrictions. Getting into appointments takes a long time. After each cycle, it's not an immediate start for the next cycle takes a few weeks. The medicine is covered and visits as well but the IVF procedure is not covered. So pricing is great here.... They are extremely kind. They are always willing to help and answer questions for me. If i want more detail on something they will get that for me.
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Dr. Laufer is great for the most part. He is quick with the ultrasounds, sometimes too quick because i like to see the numbers and talk about it as we go where he likes to wait to talk. Not that big of a deal just different people different preferences. I always have a lot of questions and sometimes i feel he gets a little bothered by asking too many questions but sometimes he doesnt go into as much detail as i would like. They are great about getting me into appointments and they will always bring me back if they have any questions. He always calls with the results and if you want specific numbers you have to ask. He is very funny and loves to make jokes which i like and he always makes my husband feel a little less awkward about being there. Overall, i would say he is great but if you have questions write them down prior because he doesnt ask if you have any questions and rushs through them.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Write your questions down so you aren't feeling pressured to leave after he gives you the treatment. When you go into his office to discuss the next steps I would maybe mention that you have a list of questions so he can shift his focus from the computer to you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
I felt like a human during the appointments, the nurses are fantastic and the doctor makes jokes. When he is explaining the treatment that is when I feel a little rushed.
Describe the protocols Larry Laufer used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
We used Gonal F, Ovidrel, and Endometrin. They give ultrasounds the beginning of the cycle and after getting blood tests they will adjust your Gonal F dose and when they are ready they will have you come in for follow up ultrasounds. This is so they can see how your eggs are going along. I did IUI and they would have you go in with a full bladder.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Naval Medical Center.
They are extremely kind. They are always willing to help and answer questions for me. If i want more detail on something they will get that for me.
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
This is a military hospital so there are restrictions. Getting into appointments takes a long time. After each cycle, it's not an immediate start for the next cycle takes a few weeks. The medicine is covered and visits as well but the IVF procedure is not covered. So pricing is great here.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center.
I have not had to pay for anything yet.
What specific things went wrong at Naval Medical Center?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Naval Medical Center.
Nothing went wrong at the clinic
7
Doctor
Larry Laufer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Naval Medical Center
San Diego
Operations
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Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
8
N/A
Age 28 - 29
1 IUI
Endometriosis
Male Factor
Prefer not to answer
Income $0 - $49K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
He’s [Dr.Laufer] friendly, thorough, and honest with recommendations. So far I’ve felt very comfortable at all of my appointments and knew what to expect next. ... He seems quiet at first but once you see him a few times he’s got a great sense of humor. ... We know what our next steps are if this isn’t successful and I feel confident in Dr. Laufer’s expertise and trust his judgment. ...
Dawn is so helpful. I never feel like I’m a bother and she’s quick to respond to any questions despite how busy she is. She’s thorough and very friendly. ... My appointments [Naval Medical Center] never feel rushed. ... We did Femara and Menopur plus Ovidrel for trigger for my IUI. I produced one follicle on the right side but my lining was thin from the medicines so I was put on estrace as suppositories for two days. My husband is working with urology for MFI.
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He’s friendly, thorough, and honest with recommendations. So far I’ve felt very comfortable at all of my appointments and knew what to expect next. We’re currently waiting to see if our IUI worked. We know what our next steps are if this isn’t successful and I feel confident in Dr. Laufer’s expertise and trust his judgment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He seems quiet at first but once you see him a few times he’s got a great sense of humor.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
My appointments never feel rushed. He takes his time.
Describe the protocols Larry Laufer used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
We did Femara and Menopur plus Ovidrel for trigger for my IUI. I produced one follicle on the right side but my lining was thin from the medicines so I was put on estrace as suppositories for two days. My husband is working with urology for MFI. Dr. Laufer agreed to try IUI before jumping into IVF with ICSI.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Naval Medical Center. (Assigned nurse: Dawn)
Dawn is so helpful. I never feel like I’m a bother and she’s quick to respond to any questions despite how busy she is. She’s thorough and very friendly.
Describe Larry Laufer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Naval Medical Center.
N/A
8
Doctor
Larry Laufer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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Explained risks
Adaptability
Nursing Staff
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Successful
9
10
Age 37 - 38
6 IUI
1 Embryo Freezing
IVF
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
care about their patients and their results. [Dr. Larry Laufer and colleagues] work day and night to help their patients grow their families...is extremely knowledgeable. He is compassionate, but practical. Sometime you may have to ask extra questions to get all of the details, but he is willing to explain everything in great length...extremely busy so it may take a while to get in...take their time with you...celebrate small victories, and grieve with you when you’re grieving.
Both doctors at this clinic [Naval Medical Center] genuinely care about their patients and their results. They work day and night to help their patients grow their families...This is a military facility, so meds were covered along with IUIs and sperm washing. They have a contract with SDFC for all IVF procedures, and those fees were a fraction of what we would pay with a civilian clinic. We paid for our IVF cycle along with PGT-a...This clinic is extremely busy so it may take a while to get in to see them! That being said, they take their time with you. They celebrate small victories, and grieve with you when you’re grieving. They are wonderful and kind.
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Dr. Laufer is extremely knowledgeable. He is compassionate, but practical. Sometime you may have to ask extra questions to get all of the details, but he is willing to explain everything in great length.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Ask the questions!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Both doctors at this clinic genuinely care about their patients and their results. They work day and night to help their patients grow their families.
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
This clinic is extremely busy so it may take a while to get in to see them! That being said, they take their time with you. They celebrate small victories, and grieve with you when you’re grieving. They are wonderful and kind.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center.
This is a military facility, so meds were covered along with IUIs and sperm washing. They have a contract with SDFC for all IVF procedures, and those fees were a fraction of what we would pay with a civilian clinic. We paid for our IVF cycle along with PGT-a.
9
Doctor
Larry Laufer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Naval Medical Center
San Diego
Operations
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Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Successful
10
10
Age 29
6 Fertility Medications
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He [Dr. Larry Laufer] has a good bedside manner and thoroughly explained each step of treatment as it came up. When I had concerns, he never made me feel like a burden or a "troublesome" patient, he addressed each concern promptly and ordered appropriate testing to ease my nerves. This was my first cycle taking injectable medication and he took adequate time to explain the process and demonstrate how to administer the injections.
The staff [at Naval Medical Center- San Diego] is helpful and kind. It's sometimes hard to get someone to answer the phone, but that is only because of how busy the clinic is. Calls are always promptly returned.... The waitlist for IVF is very long however.... This cycle included gonal-F and an Ovidrel trigger shot. I started the cycle after a monitoring sonogram to confirm I did not have any pre-existing issues that would interfere with the cycle. Mid-way through the injections blood work and sonogram were used to monitor progress, the medication doses were adjusted and I was called in again a few days later for a repeat scan.
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Dr. Laufer is a seasoned doctor with a wealth of knowledge regarding infertility treatment. He has a good bedside manner and thoroughly explained each step of treatment as it came up. When I had concerns, he never made me feel like a burden or a "troublesome" patient, he addressed each concern promptly and ordered appropriate testing to ease my nerves. This was my first cycle taking injectable medication and he took adequate time to explain the process and demonstrate how to administer the injections.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
I would recommend him thoroughly. Don't hesitate to ask him questions, he is well prepared to answer them and will do so in a professional and kind manner.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Dr. Laufer has always been very kind while treating me. He returns phone calls promptly to discuss my concerns and was very kind when clinical findings showed a recent miscarriage.
Describe the protocols Larry Laufer used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
This cycle included gonal-F and an Ovidrel trigger shot. I started the cycle after a monitoring sonogram to confirm I did not have any pre-existing issues that would interfere with the cycle. Mid-way through the injections blood work and sonogram were used to monitor progress, the medication doses were adjusted and I was called in again a few days later for a repeat scan.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Naval Medical Center.
The staff is helpful and kind. It's sometimes hard to get someone to answer the phone, but that is only because of how busy the clinic is. Calls are always promptly returned.
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
As a military installation, I was pleased to find the care I needed in network. The clinic is very busy but I always felt well taken care of and could get in quickly for follow-up visits as needed. The waitlist for IVF is very long however.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center.
Care was covered by insurance.
10
Doctor
Larry Laufer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Naval Medical Center
San Diego
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2018, Successful
10
10
Age 35 - 37
5 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
Other
Income $0 - $49K
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He's a great doctor, funny, and I had a great experience. I like the fact that he [Dr. Laufer] will work with your schedule so you don't miss a work or an important event. If I have questions about anything, he will answer it.... For IUI I've done gonal f and ovidrel. Most of the time I have to increase and sometimes decrease. I responded great but did not get pregnant. For my 1st IVF cycle, I was on antagonist protocol and had to take gonal f, menopur, ganirelix and ovidrel then patches and progesterone.
The clinic [Naval Medical Center] is great and very easy to find. Sometimes parking is very hard to find. I suggest that if you're new patient, it is best to come there early to give yourself time to find parking. Sometimes there's traffic at the gate to get in. Afternoon appointments are better because there's plenty of parking around that time.... IUI procedure and meds were free. IVF was not free and we had to pay to the one they had contract with but meds were free.
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He's a great doctor, funny, and I had a great experience. I like the fact that he will work with your schedule so you don't miss a work or an important event. If I have questions about anything, he will answer it.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Ask questions if you want to know your E2 level, follicles sizes, etc.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He's a great doctor and he works around my schedule so I don't miss work or miss an important event.
Describe the protocols Larry Laufer used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
For IUI I've done gonal f and ovidrel. Most of the time I have to increase and sometimes decrease. I responded great but did not get pregnant. For my 1st IVF cycle, I was on antagonist protocol and had to take gonal f, menopur, ganirelix and ovidrel then patches and progesterone. Dr. Laufer did the retrieval and retrieved 17 eggs, 10 fertilized, got 5 embryos of day 5/day 6. The first transfer (different doctor transferred the embryo), I got positive pregnancy but ended as a chemical pregnancy. For my FET (#2,#3,#4) I used patches and progesterone, but did not get pregnant.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Naval Medical Center.
They're all great and they know my name since they see me often. They always great you with a smile.
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
The clinic is great and very easy to find. Sometimes parking is very hard to find. I suggest that if you're new patient, it is best to come there early to give yourself time to find parking. Sometimes there's traffic at the gate to get in. Afternoon appointments are better because there's plenty of parking around that time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center.
IUI procedure and meds were free. IVF was not free and we had to pay to the one they had contract with but meds were free.
Describe Larry Laufer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Naval Medical Center.
My doctors explained single embryo transfer vs multiple embryo transfer and it depends on your age too.
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Doctor
Larry Laufer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Naval Medical Center
San Diego
Operations
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Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Unknown Success
8
9
Age 39
3 IUI
Donor Sperm
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Native American
Income $50K - $99K
Sales Representative
3rd of 3 Docs
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Larry Laufer is very kind and compassionate, and I feel that he is highly knowledable regarding the procedures and medications. I personally know a few people that were able to conceive after having them as their doctor, so that gives me hope. After each visit, he concludes your time there while visiting with you in his office, which is very professional.... Be prepared to ask questions that you want answered. He'll answer them, but if you don't ask, he doesn't always know what you don't tell him you don't know.
The thing to understand about using this clinic [Naval Medical Center] is that there are many patients, so there is a waitlist for the IVF procedure. The clinic is fantastic about prescribing the medications and then the convenience to pick up the medications immediately onsite.... As is the process with military hospitals, frequently it is a numbers game. I'm happy to be on the waitlist for IVF, meanwhile receiving treatment to try to conceive in the process. The staff is partially caring, and some of them are very serious, and non-empathetic.
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Dr. Larry Laufer is very kind and compassionate, and I feel that he is highly knowledable regarding the procedures and medications. I personally know a few people that were able to conceive after having them as their doctor, so that gives me hope. After each visit, he concludes your time there while visiting with you in his office, which is very professional.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Be prepared to ask questions that you want answered. He'll answer them, but if you don't ask, he doesn't always know what you don't tell him you don't know. Many of his patients have been TTC for a long time, and know a great deal about the process, so he doesn't know what questions you have unless you ask.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
As is the process with military hospitals, frequently it is a numbers game. I'm happy to be on the waitlist for IVF, meanwhile receiving treatment to try to conceive in the process. The staff is partially caring, and some of them are very serious, and non-empathetic.
Describe the protocols Larry Laufer used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
So far we have just done one cycle, beginning with blood draw for my AMH levels in June, and a semen analysis a few weeks ago. I had a baseline ultrasound completed several weeks ago, and then a IUI about a week ago. I used Gonal F injections and then a trigger shot the day prior. It's too early to know any results.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Naval Medical Center.
The nurse that was in the exam room while I had my ultrasound done was blatantly unengaged. She just stood there by the light, even yawning loudly several times. I don't think she even made eye contact once, nor did she ever ask if I was comfortable, or if I needed anything. The front desk nurse, and also the one that explained the processes and the way everything is supposed to work, were all amazing.
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
The thing to understand about using this clinic is that there are many patients, so there is a waitlist for the IVF procedure. The clinic is fantastic about prescribing the medications and then the convenience to pick up the medications immediately onsite.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center.
The only cost that wasn't covered was the sperm storage and associated fees which was necessary for the IUI procedure, due to my husband being deployed at the time of the procedure.
Describe Larry Laufer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Naval Medical Center.
No knowledge of this procedure
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Doctor
Larry Laufer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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Adaptability
9
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Naval Medical Center
San Diego
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This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2018, Successful
10
8
Age 27 - 28
5 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Tubal Blockage
Other
Other
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
He [Dr. Laufer] is very knowledgeable, gentle yet professional at the same time. He was confident in treatment every month and he really wanted to help us in getting pregnant which he eventually did. I never felt like just another patient to him.... We started with prediagnostic tests and moved on to laparoscopic surgery to clear out my tubes and check for other problems. This was successful and we moved right to IUI with medication. We used injections for this because it was similar to the meds used for IVF and there was a chance I’d have to use that.
Because it’s a military clinic [Naval Medical Center] there is a wait list for new patients and for IVF which is a downside. We were on the wait list for IVF for 8 months and never got called up. But we were still able to do other treatment (IUI) while we waited and thankfully fell pregnant during that time.... Everything was covered under our military insurance that we used... We started with prediagnostic tests and moved on to laparoscopic surgery to clear out my tubes and check for other problems.
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He is very knowledgeable, gentle yet professional at the same time. He was confident in treatment every month and he really wanted to help us in getting pregnant which he eventually did. I never felt like just another patient to him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Ask a lot of questions because he always answers them all and never rushes you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He was always kind and empathetic to our situation even though he sees several people a day in the same situation. I never felt like I was just another case.
Describe the protocols Larry Laufer used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
We started with prediagnostic tests and moved on to laparoscopic surgery to clear out my tubes and check for other problems. This was successful and we moved right to IUI with medication. We used injections for this because it was similar to the meds used for IVF and there was a chance I’d have to use that. After 5 IUI rounds I became pregnant with a healthy baby girl.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Naval Medical Center.
Kind and helpful
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
Because it’s a military clinic there is a wait list for new patients and for IVF which is a downside. We were on the wait list for IVF for 8 months and never got called up. But we were still able to do other treatment (IUI) while we waited and thankfully fell pregnant during that time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center.
Everything was covered under our military insurance that we used
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Larry Laufer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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Adaptability
8
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Naval Medical Center
San Diego
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This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unsuccessful
7
8
Age 38
2 IUI
European
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
He is not very aggressive, make sure you advocate for yourself. ... He is very nice and knowledgeable, however I preferred to see the other doctor in the clinic [Naval Medical Center]. It was just a personal preference. Dr Lauffer took the time to write down the list of medications and how they should be taken and at what times. He answered all questions and would call you back personally.
This is a naval hospital [Naval Medical Center] so getting an initial appointment can be lengthy. Once you are in they schedule you as needed. Opt to get on the IVF waitlist immediately because it can take up to a year to be called. ... [Nursing Staff] Wonderful and communicative. Was given an email address and always had a response by the end of the day. When I had a chemical pregnancy on my own, they still monitored me.
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He is very nice and knowledgeable, however I preferred to see the other doctor in the clinic. It was just a personal preference. Dr Lauffer took the time to write down the list of medications and how they should be taken and at what times. He answered all questions and would call you back personally.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He is not very aggressive, make sure you advocate for yourself.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He is very personal and kind
Describe the protocols Larry Laufer used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
Round 1 included letrozole and orvidel and resulted in 2 eggs on my right ovary. Unfortunately I don’t have a tube on that so it was unsuccessful. Round 2 included Gonal F and orvidel and resulted in 2 eggs on the left and 1 on the right. It was also unsuccessful.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Naval Medical Center.
Wonderful and communicative. Was given an email address and always had a response by the end of the day. When I had a chemical pregnancy on my own, they still monitored me.
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
This is a naval hospital so getting an initial appointment can be lengthy. Once you are in they schedule you as needed. Opt to get on the IVF waitlist immediately because it can take up to a year to be called.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center.
No cost associated with IUI
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Doctor
Larry Laufer
Humanity
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
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Naval Medical Center
San Diego
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This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2018, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 28 - 30
6 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
Latinx
Income $50K - $99K
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr. Laufer is an awesome doctor, he makes you feel at home and included me on every part of my treatments so I fully understood it. I love hearing his jokes which helped me feel more at ease when I am at the clinic.... We first tried iui with clomid, the other 5 iuis we did with injectibles. Unfortunately those didn't work so we switched to ivf.... Awesome nursing staff love them all ! Make you feel like family.
Weakness [for Naval Medical Center] is changing the location and prices. I would love to do another fet but it keeps getting pushed back. Strengths are all the staff and doctors are amazing I wouldn’t change a thing about them.... 4,000 for the ivf. For FET 1800$.... Awesome nursing staff love them all ! Make you feel like family.... Dr. Laufer is an awesome doctor, he makes you feel at home and included me on every part of my treatments so I fully understood it. I love hearing his jokes which helped me feel more at ease when I am at the clinic
How was your experience with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Dr. Laufer is an awesome doctor, he makes you feel at home and included me on every part of my treatments so I fully understood it. I love hearing his jokes which helped me feel more at ease when I am at the clinic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
Remember he is very quirky and funny.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center?
He is such a kind doctor and treats you with respect, and tells you super funny stories.
Describe the protocols Larry Laufer used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
We first tried iui with clomid, the other 5 iuis we did with injectibles. Unfortunately those didn't work so we switched to ivf.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Naval Medical Center.
Awesome nursing staff love them all ! Make you feel like family.
Describe your experience with Naval Medical Center.
Weakness is changing the location and prices. I would love to do another fet but it keeps getting pushed back. Strengths are all the staff and doctors are amazing I wouldn’t change a thing about them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Larry Laufer at Naval Medical Center.
4,000 for the ivf. For FET 1800$.
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Doctor
Larry Laufer
Humanity
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Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
10
Clinic
Naval Medical Center
San Diego
Operations
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Educational Resources
2016 - 2018, Successful
10
N/A
Age 31 - 33
2 IUI
2 IVF
Male Factor
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Successful
So caring and heartfelt. He [Dr. Wittenberger] listened to me and wanted me to feel well taken care of... He genuinely cares about you and tries to give you the best experience possible given the limitations of the military. I trusted his opinion and he appeared confident and helpful throughout the long process....You May have to work with Dr Laufer and other student drs. They’re all ok, I just always preferred Wittenberger’s bedside manner much much better
The military has certain ways they [Naval Medical Ctr] can and cannot do things so it can be frustrating....You May have to work with Dr Laufer and other student drs. They’re all ok, I just always preferred Wittenberger’s bedside manner much much better... He genuinely cares about you and tries to give you the best experience possible given the limitations of the military. I trusted his opinion and he appeared confident and helpful throughout the long process.
How was your experience with Michael D. Wittenberger at Naval Medical Center?
He genuinely cares about you and tries to give you the best experience possible given the limitations of the military. I trusted his opinion and he appeared confident and helpful throughout the long process.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael D. Wittenberger at Naval Medical Center?
You May have to work with Dr Laufer and other student drs. They’re all ok, I just always preferred Wittenberger’s bedside manner much much better
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael D. Wittenberger at Naval Medical Center?
So caring and heartfelt. He listened to me and wanted me to feel well taken care of
Describe the protocols Michael D. Wittenberger used in your cycles at Naval Medical Center and their degree of success.
The military has certain ways they can and cannot do things so it can be frustrating.
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Michael D. Wittenberger
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