Rated 8
Strongly recommend: 52%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 21%8
52% strongly recommend
86 reviews
Operations
8
8
Operations

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Scheduling
9.1
9.1
Scheduling

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Billing Department
6
6
Billing Department

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Nursing Team
8.9
8.9
Nursing Team

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Attention to Detail
7.2
7.2
Attention to Detail

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Annual Cycles
1,053
National Avg
635
This Clinic
National Avg
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60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
>42

Available Resources

Genetic counseling
Genetic counseling
Acupuncture
Acupuncture
Mental health counseling
Mental health counseling
Nutrition counseling
Nutrition counseling
Administration of shots
Administration of shots
Coordinating at-home nursing
Coordinating at-home nursing
Selling medication
Selling medication
Providing backup medication
Providing backup medication

This clinic has 2 offices

Charlotte
1524 East Morehead Street
Charlotte, NC 28207
888.551.0874
Cornelius
19475 Old Jetton Road
Cornelius, NC 28031
888-551-0874

19 patient reviews filtered by:

Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unsuccessful
10
8
Age 34 - 35
2 IVF
Donor Eggs
Endometriosis
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr. Katz has always taken adequate time to talk to my husband and I about treatments, we've had multiple one on one meetings with him, everytime I see him in the office he treats me like a friend and gives us hugs and well wishes...[he]strongly recommends ESET at this point but will discuss multiple if appropriate...Stimmed for IUI/TI with letrozole and gonal F - overproduced 8 follicles so switched to a egg retrieval + invocell cycle
[nurse of REACH]treats you like a friend, very receptive and accomodating...The strength is the people, we love the nurses, coordinators, PA and doctors...The main weakness is the billing department, bills are sporadic and last minute. It is not clear when something needs to be paid. We are paying out of pocket and have no infertility coverage so this is really difficult...I have spent almost 40k so far
How was your experience with Seth Katz at REACH?
Dr. Katz is clear and direct. He tells it like it is but not in a way that's scary for me. I can tell he wants the best for us and wants us to be pregnant. He is willing to work with me to find the best option.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Seth Katz at REACH?
Trust your doctor, don't expect warm and fuzzy but do expect honestly and truthfulness.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Seth Katz at REACH?
Dr. Katz has always taken adequate time to talk to my husband and I about treatments, we've had multiple one on one meetings with him, everytime I see him in the office he treats me like a friend and gives us hugs and well wishes
Describe the protocols Seth Katz used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
1. Stimmed for IUI/TI with letrozole and gonal F - overproduced 8 follicles so switched to a egg retrieval + invocell cycle (with Dr. Wheelan) -- Retrieved 8 eggs, 5 eggs went into the device, 3 fertilzed day 5 embroys, fresh transfer (failed) 2. Lupron protocol for FET, estrogen pills, PIO shots, day 5 blast failed 3. ReceptivaRX test positive for endometriosis 4. Stimmed for egg retrieval, GONAL F etc.. full stim cycle, only retrieved 4 eggs, 3 fertilized, 2 were normal, 1 made it to day 7 blast 5. PGS test on 1 frozen day 5 embryo and fresh day 7 embryo - both genetically abnormal 6. Looking into donor eggs at this point, will do Lupron Depot protocol for endo treatment before FET at some point 7. Since we are benched due to COVID at this point I am doing an unmonitored medicated cycle with 5 days of letrozole
Describe your experience with your nurse at REACH. (Assigned nurse: Leigh Redd, Stephane Hartell )
Leigh is wonderful, treats you like a friend, very receptive and accomodating. We just started working with Stephane (donor egg coordinator) but she has been great so far.
Describe your experience with REACH.
The strength is the people, we love the nurses, coordinators, PA and doctors. We have seen almost every doctor at this point for monitoring and they have all been kind and caring. The main weakness is the billing department, bills are sporadic and last minute. It is not clear when something needs to be paid. We are paying out of pocket and have no infertility coverage so this is really difficult. Need someone other than Diane to help.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at REACH.
No problems, sometimes it was busy but they ran everyone though well
Describe the costs associated with your care under Seth Katz at REACH.
I have spent almost 40k so far and I am not pregnant yet
Describe Seth Katz's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at REACH.
Dr. strongly recommends ESET at this point but will discuss multiple if appropriate
10
Doctor
Seth Katz
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unknown Success
8
7
Age 31
3 IUI
2 IVF
Donor Sperm
Poor Egg Quality
European
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
LGBTQ
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Katz treated me very well...very warm and understanding. He was very compassionate to the issues we had been having and our fears. We brought a long list of questions to our consult and he answered everyone without ever making us feel rushed. He also was very LGTBQ friendly...We went to Dr. Katz for our second IVF cycle after being diagnosed with poor egg quality and not liking our previous doctor.
The are terrible and communication and their financial department [at REACH] has no idea what they are doing. You have to look in to your own insurance coverage and investigate yourself or you will lose money. You must be a constant advocate for yourself...The team forgot that I was even supposed to start Ivf. So I ended up rushing to get meds last minute. They all were going on vacation during this time so while I struggled to get meds last minute and get meds approved I talked to a different nurse everyday and they never knew what was going on. That is one example. I would say they are starting to improve their communication. Now they always answer the phone but I have to be a real advocate for myself and really know h the plan to make sure mistakes don’t happen.
How was your experience with Seth Katz at REACH?
I found Dr.Katz to be very warm and understanding. He was very compassionate to the issues we had been having and our fears. We brought a long list of questions to our consult and he answered everyone without ever making us feel rushed. He also was very LGTBQ friendly.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Seth Katz at REACH?
Make the most of your time with him and don’t be afraid to ask to speak with him when you are having issues. He will fix whatever problem for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Seth Katz at REACH?
Dr. Katz treated me very well but sometimes the communication thru his practice was lacking which made me feel like a number
Describe the protocols Seth Katz used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
We went to Dr. Katz for our second IVF cycle after being diagnosed with poor egg quality and not liking our previous doctor. He was wonderful and decided to do a very aggressive med protocol to try and get us as many eggs and possible. We didn’t do birth control like our previous cycle instead we did Lupron. We did gonal f, Omnitrope, low dose HCG, cetrotide and HCG trigger. We ended up with 15 eggs, 11mature, 9 fertilized, they all grew slow after that so we ended up with one day six and one day seven. We sent for pgs because we had no pgs normal our first retrieval. This time the day seven ended up being pgs normal. We transfer it in October! Dr. Katz felt the Omnitrope would be the big help with pgs results being improved so I am hoping that is what made the difference.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at REACH.
The team forgot that I was even supposed to start Ivf. So I ended up rushing to get meds last minute. They all were going on vacation during this time so while I struggled to get meds last minute and get meds approved I talked to a different nurse everyday and they never knew what was going on. That is one example. I would say they are starting to improve their communication. Now they always answer the phone but I have to be a real advocate for myself and really know h the plan to make sure mistakes don’t happen.
Describe your experience with REACH.
The are terrible and communication and their financial department has no idea what they are doing. You have to look in to your own insurance coverage and investigate yourself or you will lose money. You must be a constant advocate for yourself
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at REACH.
Long wait times depending on when you arrive in the monitoring window of 7am to 830 am. Efficient once you are seen.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Seth Katz at REACH.
The cost ranged quite a bit because I had medical coverage.
Describe Seth Katz's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at REACH.
Dr. Katz was clear he would only transfer one embryo at a time.
What specific things went wrong at REACH?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at REACH.
The financial nurse told me to pay out of pocket for my meds to avoid using up my 10,000 max lifetime insurance coverage. Turns out she was wrong and it didn’t go towards it at all. We lost thousands. The nursing team forgot about me multiple times so I had delay in starting cycles or torture to get the right meds.
8
Doctor
Seth Katz
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Adaptability
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2019, Unsuccessful
10
8
Age 37 - 40
2 IUI
Male Factor
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Unsuccessful
L. Johnson is very is very knowledgeable. She reviewed all of my lab results and why she chose initial plan of treatment. She also brought me back in to talk about next steps after cycle failed...stimulation involved gonal F 450, land low dose HCG, then added cetrotide , then lupron trigger. Had to stimulate an extra day due to follicles on one side not growing as big. Then progesterone in oil prior to transfer. 4 eggs retrieved, 3 mature, 2 fertilized via ISCI. 1 embryo arrested on day one. 2nd embryo slow to develop and arrested on day 6. Transfer cancelled.
I could always get in touch with a nurse [at REACH] or at least a call back. I could always get an appointment pretty quickly even after failed cycle...I would really like to compare their lab to other facilities. I've seen a lot of reviews where people say they had for example, 13 eggs retrieved but cycle cancelled because none survived, however went to different clinic and almost all survived...1 ivf cycle was $12,295 plus about $5,500 for medications...
How was your experience with Lauren Johnson at REACH?
L. Johnson is very is very knowledgeable. She reviewed all of my lab results and why she chose initial plan of treatment. She also brought me back in to talk about next steps after cycle failed. I don't know why L. Johnson has a lower score. As a doctor she was great.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lauren Johnson at REACH?
Ask questions if you don't understand
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lauren Johnson at REACH?
The staff were very kind and took their time to explain the process to me. I could always get in touch with a nurse or at least a call back. I could always get an appointment pretty quickly even after failed cycle.
Describe the protocols Lauren Johnson used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
stimulation involved gonal F 450, land low dose HCG, then added cetrotide , then lupron trigger. Had to stimulate an extra day due to follicles on one side not growing as big. Then progesterone in oil prior to transfer. 4 eggs retrieved, 3 mature, 2 fertilized via ISCI. 1 embryo arrested on day one. 2nd embryo slow to develop and arrested on day 6. Transfer cancelled.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at REACH.
Nursing team was very helpful and always responded in timely manner. I had no issues with nursing team.
Describe your experience with REACH.
Financial team was bit of a hassle. It was hard getting someone on the phone. I was quoted a discount price for military veteran, however when looking over previous quoted price from year or two prior, it was the same price I was quoted before without the military discount. I would really like to compare their lab to other facilities. I've seen a lot of reviews where people say they had for example, 13 eggs retrieved but cycle cancelled because none survived, however went to different clinic and almost all survived.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lauren Johnson at REACH.
1 ivf cycle was $12,295 plus about $5,500 for medications. Had to order an additional gonal F pen because ran out with unforeseen additional stimulation day added
Describe Lauren Johnson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at REACH.
after failed cycle, I was told to try vitamin supplements and testosterone cream to help with egg quality due to being at advanced age I wish this was suggested prior to first cycle to see if it would have made a difference.
10
Doctor
Lauren Johnson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2019, Unsuccessful
8
8
Age 36 - 38
8 IUI
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Sales Representative
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr Wing is a great doctor. I felt like he answered all our questions particularly in the first consultation and did not rush.... The first two IUIs I did chlomid and trigger shot. I had a chemical pregnacy first IUI and miscarriage the 2nd. The next 6 IUIs we tried different medications and added in injectible meds. I am about to do IUI #9 before moving on to IVF and we are going back to just chlomid and trigger shot.
I think the wait time at REACH in the year plus that I have been going has increased significantly. Not sure why may because of the sheer volume of patients. I think the front desk could be a little more interactive with patients. The billing department has made a few mistakes in the my account but has fixed them in a timely manner. They are not always fast to respond though.
How was your experience with Richard Wing at REACH?
Dr Wing is a great doctor. I felt like he answered all our questions particularly in the first consultation and did not rush. When I did get pregnant he did both my ultrasounds and again answered all my questions. I really do not have a lot of negative things to say about him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Richard Wing at REACH?
Ask questions about both IUI and IVF and request different medications if IUI does not work the first time especially if you have unexplained infertility
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Richard Wing at REACH?
He was sympathetic to our situation especially after my miscarriage at 11 weeks. He was very thorough in explaining our options and what treatment would be like
Describe the protocols Richard Wing used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
The first two IUIs I did chlomid and trigger shot. I had a chemical pregnacy first IUI and miscarriage the 2nd. The next 6 IUIs we tried different medications and added in injectible meds. I am about to do IUI #9 before moving on to IVF and we are going back to just chlomid and trigger shot.
Describe your experience with your nurse at REACH. (Assigned nurse: Denise)
Denise was absolutely amazing and has made this whole experience tolerable. She is so sympathetic and really just treats me as if I am her only patient. I cannot say enough good things about her. I also saw and spoke with Diane a lot who is also fantastic.
Describe your experience with REACH.
I think the wait time at REACH in the year plus that I have been going has increased significantly. Not sure why may because of the sheer volume of patients. I think the front desk could be a little more interactive with patients. The billing department has made a few mistakes in the my account but has fixed them in a timely manner. They are not always fast to respond though.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Richard Wing at REACH.
the first few IUIs were covered by insurance but once we maxed out our benefits they were $1062 each
8
Doctor
Richard Wing
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2019, Unknown Success
7
7
Age 35
1 Fertility Medications
PCOS
European
South Asian
Income $50K - $99K
Marketer or PR
2nd of 4 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
he [Dr. Joseph Whelan] explains things very throuroghy and answers all my questions. There have been several appointments where he stayed past our appointment time so we got all our questions answered...He is very thorough and knowledgeable...He is very matter of fact and blunt, but does want the best for you. He isn't present at every monitoring visit and occasionally it may be hard to get a response...My body has responded and follicles have grown after the Clomid. My first round I did take a progesterone test and confirmed that I did ovulate which means the trigger shot did it's job.
[The nurse at REACH is] always friendly and responsive...One time I came in for a visit and they had it down as an embyo transfer visit. We are just doing medicated cycles. They fixed it right away and I was still seen..., my HSG was about $2,000 because I had to do it at a hospital...Billing can be a pain...But the hours are convenient. Monitoring can have a long wait, but I like that it's drop-in in the morning before I go to work. I also like that you can do everything in the building. Lab staff is also friendly. It is easy to schedule and I like using their online portal.
How was your experience with Joseph Whelan at REACH?
He is very thorough and knowledgeable. He will take the time to explain things. He will explain your options and give you time to decide what you want to do. He is very matter of fact and blunt, but does want the best for you. He isn't present at every monitoring visit and occasionally it may be hard to get a response.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Whelan at REACH?
Don't expect the warm and fuzziest, but expect honesty and answers.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joseph Whelan at REACH?
Leading up to the visit, it can feel like you're a number, but once I get to talk to my doctor, he explains things very throuroghy and answers all my questions. There have been several appointments where he stayed past our appointment time so we got all our questions answered.
Describe the protocols Joseph Whelan used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
I have done monitored medicated cycles with Clomid 50 mg and an Ovidrel trigger shot. We chose this due to our budget. Currently in my second cycle. My body has responded and follicles have grown after the Clomid. My first round I did take a progesterone test and confirmed that I did ovulate which means the trigger shot did it's job. However, we did not result in a pregnancy. So far this round, I had two mature follicles before triggering and now we're waiting for results. The doctor told us it may take 3-5 rounds to get pregnant using this method.
Describe your experience with your nurse at REACH. (Assigned nurse: Veronica)
She's always friendly and responsive.
Describe your experience with REACH.
It feels sterile when you first go and be prepared to talk about financing first. Billing can be a pain. And there have been some mix-ups at check-in for me like having me down for the wrong type of visit. But the hours are convenient. Monitoring can have a long wait, but I like that it's drop-in in the morning before I go to work. I also like that you can do everything in the building. Lab staff is also friendly. It is easy to schedule and I like using their online portal.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joseph Whelan at REACH.
It's been about $220 plus $220 for meds each monitored medicated round. That includes ultrasound and copays. Before treatment, my HSG was about $2,000 because I had to do it at a hospital.
What specific things went wrong at REACH?
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
Describe the specific things that went wrong at REACH.
One time I came in for a visit and they had it down as an embyo transfer visit. We are just doing medicated cycles. They fixed it right away and I was still seen. I was also awaiting results. When I got a call back, they started to give me protocol info and then added to come in for an IUI. We weren't doing an IUI which I said right away. She apologized and acknowledged that was incorrect.
7
Doctor
Joseph Whelan
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015 - 2018, Successful
7
8
Age 35 - 38
3 IUI
Anovulation
PCOS
Tubal Blockage
European
Income $0 - $49K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
I felt a little like a number in that I didn't really see the doctor [Dr. Lauren Johnson] very often (2 times in 6 months), they didn't ask or discuss with me before changing my treatment plan from medicated cycles to IUI, and then didn't discuss before perscribing injectable drugs... she is always compassionate, positive, and knowledgeable. She is very careful to move your treatment along in the least invasive but thorough fashion possible. She helped us conceive our son, and is currently working with us to conceive another. My only complaint is that I don't see her often in the course of treatment and scheduling a meeting with her can take awhile.
I generally like my nurse [at REACH], but when I had a chemical pregnancy I felt like she avoided speaking directly with me. Most of the time she is very excited for you when you get good results, and seems to care a great bit. My only complaint in general is that I often have to remind the nurse that I am allergic to latex and need a non latex ultrasound wand cover...A medicated cycle cost $675 I think, plus the cost of medication which added another $200 or so. IUI was about $1200 with about $600 in medication. There's also bloodwork that may be covered by insurance and the cost of HSG test which was covered by our insurance.
How was your experience with Lauren Johnson at REACH?
I love doctor Johnson, she is always compassionate, positive, and knowledgeable. She is very careful to move your treatment along in the least invasive but thorough fashion possible. She helped us conceive our son, and is currently working with us to conceive another. My only complaint is that I don't see her often in the course of treatment and scheduling a meeting with her can take awhile.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lauren Johnson at REACH?
Schedule ahead of time if you need a consultation! She's very busy!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lauren Johnson at REACH?
I felt like a human in that my nurse and doctor took the time to always ask how I am, they always took the time to explain everything and make sure I understood what was happening. I felt a little like a number in that I didn't really see the doctor very often (2 times in 6 months), they didn't ask or discuss with me before changing my treatment plan from medicated cycles to IUI, and then didn't discuss before perscribing injectable drugs. Also, when I had my chemical pregnancy, my nurse (who always called to relay info and make appts) basically refused to call me back to answer questions and would only answer through email as if she was afraid to interact with an emotional woman (even though I didn't act emotional) Also, the practice has switched from having doctors do monitoring ultrasounds to having PAs do it, and they are fairly cold. They don't share as much about what your ultrasound looks like as the doctors.
Describe the protocols Lauren Johnson used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
Our over all strategy for treatment was to be as minimal as possible because my partner and I are not high income. We did several medicated and monitored cycles with letrozole and clomid (during different cycles) we also used an ovidrel shot for each of those. When they didn't work we moved up to IUI with Clomid and Ovidrel. Our first try did not work, nor the second. Our third was cancelled because I only developed an egg on a blocked tube, but I actually got pregnant that cycle! This time around I tried 4 medicated cycles, then we moved up to IUI with letrozole, Gonal F, and Ovidrel. The first was a fail, the second we added progesterone and a higher dose of Gonal F. It resulted in a chemical pregnancy. We took a month off after, and are planning to do one more IUI before moving on to IVF because of my age.
Describe your experience with your nurse at REACH. (Assigned nurse: Becky)
I generally like my nurse, but when I had a chemical pregnancy I felt like she avoided speaking directly with me. Most of the time she is very excited for you when you get good results, and seems to care a great bit. My only complaint in general is that I often have to remind the nurse that I am allergic to latex and need a non latex ultrasound wand cover.
Describe your experience with REACH.
This clinic is generally very good, they are compassionate, thorough, and will keep your best interest in mind with everything they do, but they could use some changes in the financial department in how they take payment there's difficulty in getting in touch with the financial counselor and they could be more up-front with their prices.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lauren Johnson at REACH.
We were completely out of pocket with cost. A medicated cycle cost $675 I think, plus the cost of medication which added another $200 or so. IUI was about $1200 with about $600 in medication. There's also bloodwork that may be covered by insurance and the cost of HSG test which was covered by our insurance.
What specific things went wrong at REACH?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
Describe the specific things that went wrong at REACH.
My doctor would change protocol without discussing it first. Medicated cycles are significantly cheaper than IUI, and we would have liked more warning about needing to scratch together payment.
7
Doctor
Lauren Johnson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unknown Success
10
7
Age 31
1 IVF
Male Factor
PCOS
European
Latinx
Native American
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Not sure
I was so grateful that he [Dr. Whelan] was able to provide me with exact causation, through blood panels, to explain the physiological changes I had undergone since I had stopped taking my birth control... He has a great way of explaining things in such detail that you can tell he's really knowledgeable on the subject, but also isn't throwing jargon at you to make it confusing. I have had a pretty lengthy period of just getting from my first visit at REACH to the start of the stimulants for IVF, so I have seen Dr Whelan a decent amount of times, but not each visit is with him personally, which is okay because he doesn't necessarily need to be by my side for each ultrasound. Anytime we met with Dr Whelan, I never left feeling confused about our next steps.
She [nurse at REACH] always called when she said she would, always checked up when she said she would, provided great communication and assistance when needed (issue with billing)...The monitoring portion experience was really hit or miss. Sometimes I'd go in right when they'd open and have only a few people in front of me in line, and sometime's I'd go in and there'd be 25 people there
How was your experience with Joseph Whelan at REACH?
I'm so lucky that I was paired with Dr Whelan at my first visit to REACH! I honestly felt like I had done a ton of research on my PCOS condition before meeting with Dr Whelan, but he provided so much more information than I was able to find on my own online. I was so grateful that he was able to provide me with exact causation, through blood panels, to explain the physiological changes I had undergone since I had stopped taking my birth control . My regular OB wanted me to just keep trying naturally to have a baby, even after diagnosing the PCOS, but luckily I used my gut instinct and made an appointment at REACH because we found out that we also had a male infertility factor at play, and some of my hormones were so off the chart, that conceiving naturally just wouldn't have been an option. He has a great way of explaining things in such detail that you can tell he's really knowledgeable on the subject, but also isn't throwing jargon at you to make it confusing. I have had a pretty lengthy period of just getting from my first visit at REACH to the start of the stimulants for IVF, so I have seen Dr Whelan a decent amount of times, but not each visit is with him personally, which is okay because he doesn't necessarily need to be by my side for each ultrasound. Anytime we met with Dr Whelan, I never left feeling confused about our next steps.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Whelan at REACH?
He loves to talk. So make time in your schedule. Don't be rushed.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joseph Whelan at REACH?
When you get your office time with the Doctor himself, he is very thorough with you and doesn't seemed rushed to get to his next patient. He covers everything in so much more detail than you could find online. His bedside manner is such that he doesn't seem like he's babying you too much, but will give it to you straight.
Describe the protocols Joseph Whelan used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
IVF with Frozen egg transfer and ICSI Prescribed Gonal-F (150units to start then upped to 225 for the last 3 days), Cetrotide (used 6 boxes), and HCG (20ml). Ended up with 31 eggs retrieved, 15 mature, 8 fertilized with ICSI procedure.
Describe your experience with your nurse at REACH. (Assigned nurse: Two: Veronica and Melissa)
Dr Whelan had two nurses that I saw regularly, Veronica and Melissa. Veronica I saw more before we started the actual IVF procedures, as Melissa is Dr Whelan's IVF nurse. She always called when she said she would, always checked up when she said she would, provided great communication and assistance when needed (issue with billing).
Describe your experience with REACH.
Strengths - Dr Whelan, availability, location, good communication between Doctors and Nursing team Weaknesses - BILLING DEPARTMENT! If you look up any reviews online, all the negative ones are related to billing. Honestly, I'm still so confused about my standings with this company's billing department. It doesn't help that their billing department is not located here for me to just talk to someone, and my Financial Counselor was little help. The put a rush on you to pay for treatments to begin, which doesn't leave any time for your insurance company to get squared away with their existing claims. They tried to get me to overpay by almost $1000 for my services because their information on how much of my deductible I had already met was severely off. So instead they just said, just pay the "non-billable" portion and we'll get started. So I did. Then I requested an updated bill for my IVF cycle and they said, we'll just bill you at the end. I've asked twice now for the total cost so I can just pay it outright and they won't do it. They double billed me for my first visit and I paid the portion it said I owed. Then the insurance company ended up paying it and we were supposed to get a refund check, which I told them was fine if they wanted to just put it as a credit on the account, but I'm not sure that even happened. After I hear back about my first egg retrieval I'll be calling them again to get a detailed account report to explain where we stand.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at REACH.
The monitoring portion experience was really hit or miss. Sometimes I'd go in right when they'd open and have only a few people in front of me in line, and sometime's I'd go in and there'd be 25 people there. They only see people from 7-9 (sometimes I was quoted 8:30) to ensure they get same day results back (which I understand), but they should have more staff available to get people in and out. With my job, sometimes I didn't have the option to be at work past 8am, which made it difficult. My first visit I got there around 7:20 (as I thought they opened at 7:15) and didn't make it to work until 8:40am. They do things so quickly that I wish they had a little more time to be more personable about your visit. On my 13th day of stimulants,I was greeted by the same limp-wristed handshake of a PA and her standardized questions ("How are you today? I'm ____ and I'll be doing your ultrasound today. How are the medications going?"), and at that point, I just felt like crying. I didn't feel like a person but a number, and I was already stressed and uninformed about why I was not ready for my trigger shot for egg retrieval, and the fact that she didn't even pretend to remember who I was, since I had just seen her less than 24 hours before, was frustrating.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joseph Whelan at REACH.
My insurance coverage is 90/10 after a $1500 deductible. I spent almost $1200 out of my HRA account for all of my visits before even starting the first IVF cycle. I was originally quoted around $2900 for my out of pocket portion, including a $1K non-billable piece. However, what I was quoted as my coinsurance and remaining deductible was not correct. It should have been more around $1900. At this point, instead of correcting it before making the payment to start my treatment, they told me to just pay the $1K non-billable and they'll bill the rest, so I'll just owe a balance at the end. I was encouraged to pay for my medications out of pocket versus using insurance as they'd likely jack up the price on the meds, and I only have a $15K lifetime maximum on infertility treatments. The total cost of my medications was $2400 purchased from SMP Pharmacy.
What specific things went wrong at REACH?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at REACH.
1. Double billed for services. Have not received refund check. 2. Asked to pay more for services based on what they found as my deductible contributions as of that date. 3. Quoted strange figures related to a negative "balance" on my account. (I think they used my payment for the Non-Billable portion of the IVF treatments to start paying bills for services).
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Doctor
Joseph Whelan
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2018, Unsuccessful
7
7
Age 29 - 31
6 IUI
Male Factor
PCOS
European
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
My experience overall with Dr. Johnson has been good. I wish that she had performed all my IUI’s but only did 1 out of the 6. She was good at explaining the treatments but I really felt like she was not good at maneuvering through every Tilly treatment and that is not going according to textbook. I had polyps growing in my uterus that they were monitoring during the first 3 IUI’s and I think a lot fell through the cracks because it took 3 IUI’s to determine if the polyps were growing or not.
Strengths would be that they are up to date with research and their fertility treatments. They have a higher success rate as well. Weaknesses would be that your RE doesn’t usually perform your fertility treatments which is frustrating.... I feel the two nurses I had at REACH is what made my experience pleasant. They were caring and attentive. They cheered me on and rooted for me as we went through each IUI. They embraced me with a hug which made me feel like they truly cared about me. They were really good about providing me all the right imformation.
How was your experience with Lauren Johnson at REACH?
My experience overall with Dr. Johnson has been good. I wish that she had performed all my IUI’s but only did 1 out of the 6. She was good at explaining the treatments but I really felt like she was not good at maneuvering through every Tilly treatment and that is not going according to textbook. I had polyps growing in my uterus that they were monitoring during the first 3 IUI’s and I think a lot fell through the cracks because it took 3 IUI’s to determine if the polyps were growing or not. I feel like we wasted those 3 IUI’s. She also didn’t mention anything about an injectable IUI till we had done 5 IUI’s and were discussing with her about moving forward with IVF. I feel like some things fell through the cracks because she wasn’t there performing all my IUI’s. I see now how important that was to me. I think things would have been caught and resolved a lot sooner. She is very thorough when it comes to explaining all that the fertility treatments will entail. I would t say that she’s compassionate but more to the point. Very type A personality. During one of our appointments we had to wait for 2 hours because someone misscheduled our appointment with her to discuss IVF. They kept giving us he run around for 2 hours saying that she’s almost ready for us but they were just stalling us. I feel like that was more fault on the clinic and not the Dr. but it would’ve been nice for her to offer to not have us pay for our appointment since we had to wait so long.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lauren Johnson at REACH?
Do your research before going to see any RE because I feel once you know what the fertility treatments are all about then you can ask the right questions. I feel like I went in not knowing much and wish I did so that I could ask more targeted questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lauren Johnson at REACH?
I feel like I fall somewhere in between here. I don’t feel like Dr. Johnson treated me like a number but the clinic does. The front desk staff are not friendly but I’ve had wonderful, caring nurses that took great care of me. When I first started at this clinic I thought that Dr. Johnson would perform all my fertility treatments but that was not the case. Out of the six IUI’s we did she only performed one of them.
Describe the protocols Lauren Johnson used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
For the first 5 IUI’s we did the following protocol: clomid (only for the 1st IUI because both my husband and I had horrible dry eyes from it — they switched me to letrozole and my husband to anastrozole. I haven’t noticed any severe symptoms on these medications.) We both came into the clinic for bloodwork and I did an internal ultrasound. I came back into the clinic 2 more times for bloodwork and internal ultrasound before the actual IUI procedure. I would take the letrozole for 5 days and then do an ovidrel injection (trigger shot) 2 days before the IUI. They would call and tell me based on my bloodwork and ultrasound when I would need to come in for the IUI. For our last fertility treatment we did an injectable IUI. It’s like a regular IUI but with more injections. We had very similar monitoring but I had to keep coming back every other day for them to monitor my follicles because they were growing a little slower. They originally said that I would have 4 injections total but did 7 total because my follicles were growing slowly. I did 6 gonal-f infections at 50mg each and one ovidrel injection. All my IUI’s were unsuccessful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at REACH. (Assigned nurse: Becky and Salina)
I feel the two nurses I had at REACH is what made my experience pleasant. They were caring and attentive. They cheered me on and rooted for me as we went through each IUI. They embraced me with a hug which made me feel like they truly cared about me. They were really good about providing me all the right imformation.
Describe your experience with REACH.
Strengths would be that they are up to date with research and their fertility treatments. They have a higher success rate as well. Weaknesses would be that your RE doesn’t usually perform your fertility treatments which is frustrating especially if they find things that are wrong and not going according to their regular protocol.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lauren Johnson at REACH.
IUI — $1000 Ovidrel — $100 Letrozole — $10 or under Gonal-f — $300-400
What specific things went wrong at REACH?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
Describe the specific things that went wrong at REACH.
The biggest thing is when we had a scheduled appointment with Dr. Johnson to discuss IVF they gave us the runaround for two hours while we waited. We would ask them every 20 minutes or so and they kept telling us that she’s almost ready for us and they kept doing that for two hours. They also never told us reactions that I could have with certain medications and both my husband and I reacted negatively with Clomid.
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Doctor
Lauren Johnson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2018, Unknown Success
10
7
Age 34 - 35
8 IUI
Male Factor
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
She [Dr. Lauren Johnson] is a good balance of candid and compassionate. She maintains good eye contact and she really listens to what you are asking. The only drawback is usually they were running behind schedule.... She took the time to answer ALL my questions (and I ask a lot of them!). She was willing to make a specialized plan based on our personal goals and beliefs.... We tried several IUIs and none of them resulted in pregnancy, but she was open to whatever we wanted to try- IUI or IVF.
Strengths- Patient Portal Weaknesses-Their billing department is the biggest rain wreck I have ever seen. I have repeatedly been double-billed, billed for the difference between the total charges and the allowed amount by my insurance (pretty sure this is illegal?) and billed for things I do not really owe. Once, I count as a mistake. Repeated offenses start to feel like they are trying to take advantage of you. Their billing mess has repeatedly made me want to leave the practice, but they have an office close to my home so we have stayed with them.
How was your experience with Lauren Johnson at REACH?
She is a good balance of candid and compassionate. She maintains good eye contact and she really listens to what you are asking. The only drawback is usually they were running behind schedule.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lauren Johnson at REACH?
She is one of the more balanced providers at REACH, meaning not too blunt, but not too soft in her approach.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lauren Johnson at REACH?
She took the time to answer ALL my questions (and I ask a lot of them!). She was willing to make a specialized plan based on our personal goals and beliefs.
Describe the protocols Lauren Johnson used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
We tried several IUIs and none of them resulted in pregnancy, but she was open to whatever we wanted to try- IUI or IVF.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at REACH.
One who does the callbacks always sounds breathless and rushed. Which I am sure she is in a hurry, but the questions I am asking and the things we are discussing are literally life-changing for me, so I have been disappointed that she always tries to just be rushing to get off the phone with me.
Describe your experience with REACH.
Strengths- Patient Portal Weaknesses-Their billing department is the biggest rain wreck I have ever seen. I have repeatedly been double-billed, billed for the difference between the total charges and the allowed amount by my insurance (pretty sure this is illegal?) and billed for things I do not really owe. Once, I count as a mistake. Repeated offenses start to feel like they are trying to take advantage of you. Their billing mess has repeatedly made me want to leave the practice, but they have an office close to my home so we have stayed with them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lauren Johnson at REACH.
IUI is 1,026. Plus meds.
Describe Lauren Johnson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at REACH.
We have not done IVF yet (we will in a few months), but she said we will do a single embryo transfer for the first 2 attempts.
What specific things went wrong at REACH?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
Describe the specific things that went wrong at REACH.
Like I said before, the billing department is horrible.
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Doctor
Lauren Johnson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2011 - 2016, Successful
9
8
Age 29 - 34
5 IVF
Male Factor
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
The 3rd and 4th cycle [with Dr. Wing] were antagonist cycles, as well as the addition of omnitrope...is very professional and knowledgeable. He was not always sympathetic, but was always very honest. My husband and I always felt like we knew exactly what to expect, even though it was not always what we wanted to hear...he will always be honest with you, but he will not give up...We always did 2 embryos as until the last round, that is all that made it to transfer day.
Certain doctors at the practice [REACH] were better than others...I love Mary and Denise [nurses]. They were always there for me when I needed them. Mary had to often time deliver horrible news, and did so with love and sympathy. I can't imagine have to tell patients that all of their hard work was not successful.... I had to arrive at the clinic at least 45 minutes early to ensure I was either 1st or 2nd in line in order to make it to my job on time. This was one of the worst things about IVF.
How was your experience with Richard Wing at REACH?
Dr. Wing is very professional and knowledgeable. He was not always sympathetic, but was always very honest. My husband and I always felt like we knew exactly what to expect, even though it was not always what we wanted to hear.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Richard Wing at REACH?
That he will always be honest with you, but he will not give up.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Richard Wing at REACH?
It was dependent on who I was seeing. Certain doctors at the practice were better than others.
Describe the protocols Richard Wing used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
I cannot remember the first 2 cycles, which I know used Lupron. The 3rd and 4th cycle were antagonist cycles, as well as the addition of omnitrope.
Describe your experience with your nurse at REACH. (Assigned nurse: Mary)
I love Mary and Denise. They were always there for me when I needed them. Mary had to often time deliver horrible news, and did so with love and sympathy. I can't imagine have to tell patients that all of their hard work was not successful.
Describe your experience with REACH.
Billing and Finance department is TERRIBLE!!! They are horrible to work with. You can never get a straight answer, you wait forever to get a return phone call, and over all are not very friendly. This is a delicate time for all patients, both emotionally, physically, and financially. The billing/finance department are always very short and snippy.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at REACH.
I hated these appointments. I felt like a person on welfare waiting in line to receive their money. I had to arrive at the clinic at least 45 minutes early to ensure I was either 1st or 2nd in line in order to make it to my job on time. This was one of the worst things about IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Richard Wing at REACH.
I don't have an exact number, but we are somewhere around $95,000 total.
Describe Richard Wing's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at REACH.
He would always ask. We always did 2 embryos as until the last round, that is all that made it to transfer day.
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Doctor
Richard Wing
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016, Successful
8
7
Age 26
3 IUI
PCOS
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
She was kind but initially commented that my weight was the reason I couldn’t have a baby. I was 200lbs at the time and had already lost weight. It made me feel dismissed and judged. When I told her that and she did some more testing she became more understanding and kind in her treatment. ... Dr. Johnson initially was cold and distant but when I told her that was upsetting she changed her behavior and really listened to me.
I have asked for my records to be sent to multiple doctors since I left and they [REACH] never send them. ... It’s hard to get a person on the phone unless you know exactly who you are looking for. They are very efficient but kind of cold. They got me pregnant and listened when I told them I couldn’t afford more treatments. You really need to push to get them to explain things. I think because they do it so much they assume you know things that you don’t know.
How was your experience with Matrika Johnson at REACH?
She was kind but initially commented that my weight was the reason I couldn’t have a baby. I was 200lbs at the time and had already lost weight. It made me feel dismissed and judged. When I told her that and she did some more testing she became more understanding and kind in her treatment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Matrika Johnson at REACH?
Be clear about what you want and need.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Matrika Johnson at REACH?
Dr. Johnson initially was cold and distant but when I told her that was upsetting she changed her behavior and really listened to me.
Describe the protocols Matrika Johnson used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
We did a medication that started with an L, letrosol I believe. Did ultrasounds until I was ready ovulate and then did a trigger shot. After the first two failed IUI I told her we could not afford to have more than one more cycle so she added gonal f to the protocol and I got pregnant and had my son.
Describe your experience with your nurse at REACH.
My nurse was so compassionate when I had my chemical and always encouraged me to ask questions when I was confused. She was easy to contact and celebrated with us when we were released to my regular doctor.
Describe your experience with REACH.
The atmosphere is very much like a factory pumping out babies. It’s hard to get a person on the phone unless you know exactly who you are looking for. They are very efficient but kind of cold. They got me pregnant and listened when I told them I couldn’t afford more treatments. You really need to push to get them to explain things. I think because they do it so much they assume you know things that you don’t know.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Matrika Johnson at REACH.
Each IUI was roughly $1000 for the treatment and ultrasounds but the medication ranged from $300 to $600 on top of that cost.
Describe Matrika Johnson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at REACH.
Not applicable
What specific things went wrong at REACH?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
Describe the specific things that went wrong at REACH.
I have asked for my records to be sent to multiple doctors since I left and they never send them. I also struggled to get in touch with people when I had questions during my cycle if my nurse wasn’t available.
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Doctor
Matrika Johnson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
2016, Unsuccessful
7
7
Age 28
2 IUI
Donor Sperm
Black or African-American
Income $0 - $49K
2nd of 3 Docs
LGBTQ
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
I was more like a number because he [Dr. Richard Wing] had so many patients at one time that I was also being rushed when I had my appointments. And when tryinntk ask questions I felt like I wasn’t gettin straight forward answers... There was no treatment. All I did was keep giving blood, never giving meds to start my treatment, wasn’t even told when to start anything. I was just paying for stuff I wasn’t sure about. I was asking what I’m paying for but people wasn’t telling me much.
The clinic [REACH-Charlotte] was kinda confusing because the doctors offices were on one floor. Then the lab was on another floor. The clinic itself was confusing because of all the hallways and different counters to get paperwork from. So I truly didn’t kno who I was suppose to report.... The nurse team that was working with me was really nice and compassionate. They talked to me about my options and/or what route I wanted to take. They made me feel comfortable there. My nurse team just didn’t call back with results or notes on things. I had to call to follow up on everything
How was your experience with Richard Wing at REACH?
My experience was kinda of a lot due to the fact of a lot of patients were there at one time. Also my experience was rushed. Each appointment was rushed. Or I was just giving my chart and told to go somewhere to give blood. I was always giving blood and nothing else. I only saw Dr. Wing a total of twice. But I saw other people as well so the information was all confusing. The clinic was large. Two floors. A lot of workers.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Richard Wing at REACH?
Take all notes each appointment and get all the information you can about financial information if you need extra help. Get every bit of clarification.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Richard Wing at REACH?
I was more like a number because he had so many patients at one time that I was also being rushed when I had my appointments. And when tryinntk ask questions I felt like I wasn’t gettin straight forward answers
Describe the protocols Richard Wing used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
There was no treatment. All I did was keep giving blood, never giving meds to start my treatment, wasn’t even told when to start anything. I was just paying for stuff I wasn’t sure about. I was asking what I’m paying for but people wasn’t telling me much.
Describe your experience with your nurse at REACH.
The nurse team that was working with me was really nice and compassionate. They talked to me about my options and/or what route I wanted to take. They made me feel comfortable there. My nurse team just didn’t call back with results or notes on things. I had to call to follow up on everything
Describe your experience with REACH.
The clinic was kinda confusing because the doctors offices were on one floor. Then the lab was on another floor. The clinic itself was confusing because of all the hallways and different counters to get paperwork from. So I truly didn’t kno who I was suppose to report.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Richard Wing at REACH.
More then I felt it should be. It seems like I was payin for stuff I didn’t have done yet also double for things as well.
Describe Richard Wing's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at REACH.
We honestly didn’t talk about this. We only talked about IUI and IVF treatment when I met Dr. Wing the first day. Other then that he didn’t tell me anything about eSET or multiple embryo transfer.
What specific things went wrong at REACH?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Lost results
  • Lost or damaged samples
Describe the specific things that went wrong at REACH.
It’s was just so many people on a doctors team and it felt like nobody was on the same page. So when I would call for information, nobody knew or could find it.
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Doctor
Richard Wing
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unknown Success
7
7
Age 36
3 Fertility Medications
PCOS
Uterine Fibroids
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Katz was personable and positive. He was ready to answer all questions and layout our plan and made changes as we went. I was a little disappointed in the lack of follow up. After discovering I had a fibroid and removing it, I was unsure of next steps but had planned to start medication and never heard back from Dr. Katz.... After confirming my PCOS diagnosis, Dr. Katz started me on Metformin, got me prenatal vitamin samples, set up testing for my husband and saw something on an ultrasound so he set me up for an HSG. The HSG confirmed a fibroid in my uterus. He performed surgery to remove it and spoke of starting letrozole on my next cycle. He said that letrazole had better results for people than clomid.
They [REACH- Charlotte] provide coffee in the waiting area. They also offer free wifi. The main parking lot is very small but they do have an overflow lot that is slightly larger. The waiting area is nice but on the small side. It is a multi level office and can be a little confusing but there is signage to direct you. Also, staff is good about telling you at the time of setting an appointment what to do when you arrive.
How was your experience with Seth Katz at REACH?
Dr. Katz was personable and positive. He was ready to answer all questions and layout our plan and made changes as we went. I was a little disappointed in the lack of follow up. After discovering I had a fibroid and removing it, I was unsure of next steps but had planned to start medication and never heard back from Dr. Katz.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Seth Katz at REACH?
Ask all the questions you want and be prepared to reach out when needed.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Seth Katz at REACH?
Dr. Katz talked to me and my husband for an extended period of time each visit and answered all of our questions.
Describe the protocols Seth Katz used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
After confirming my PCOS diagnosis, Dr. Katz started me on Metformin, got me prenatal vitamin samples, set up testing for my husband and saw something on an ultrasound so he set me up for an HSG. The HSG confirmed a fibroid in my uterus. He performed surgery to remove it and spoke of starting letrozole on my next cycle. He said that letrazole had better results for people than clomid.
Describe your experience with REACH.
They provide coffee in the waiting area. They also offer free wifi. The main parking lot is very small but they do have an overflow lot that is slightly larger. The waiting area is nice but on the small side. It is a multi level office and can be a little confusing but there is signage to direct you. Also, staff is good about telling you at the time of setting an appointment what to do when you arrive.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Seth Katz at REACH.
HSG was about $750
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Doctor
Seth Katz
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016, Successful
10
8
Age 36
Fertility Medications
Tubal Blockage
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
Dr. Katz was very thorough in his explanations, and what the next steps would be if I made choices to proceed with treatment. He was a good listener to my concerns and answer any questions that I had, or questions my husband had. I never felt rushed at any of the office visits...Dr. Katz suggested laparoscopy in order to make a diagnosis for the infertility. Results were blocked fallopian tubes.
Strength [at REACH- Charlotte] is they are very knowledgeable and compassionate. Weakness is that you have to leave a message every time you call, and then you will receive a call back. You cannot call and reach someone. The nurse even told me this at my very first visit...Nursing staff was friendly. I was only with them briefly before seeing Dr. Katz. The front desk person was the person who took my blood...
How was your experience with Seth Katz at REACH?
Dr. Katz was very thorough in his explanations, and what the next steps would be if I made choices to proceed with treatment. He was a good listener to my concerns and answer any questions that I had, or questions my husband had. I never felt rushed at any of the office visits.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Seth Katz at REACH?
Come prepared with questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Seth Katz at REACH?
Dr. Katz was very informative, very upfront, and was willing to answer all of my questions.
Describe the protocols Seth Katz used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
Dr. Katz suggested laparoscopy in order to make a diagnosis for the infertility. Results were blocked fallopian tubes.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at REACH.
Nursing staff was friendly. I was only with them briefly before seeing Dr. Katz. The front desk person was the person who took my blood.
Describe your experience with REACH.
Strength is they are very knowledgeable and compassionate. Weakness is that you have to leave a message every time you call, and then you will receive a call back. You cannot call and reach someone. The nurse even told me this at my very first visit.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Seth Katz at REACH.
Cost was expensive. The bill I received did not reflect final insurance payment, so I had to call and discuss to get it refiled again.
Describe Seth Katz's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at REACH.
He gave his opinion that multiples were high risk, and the babies could be very sick. And that his clinic is actually "docked" (or would be in the future) for multiple transfers, since the medical cost after birth far exceeds single transfers.
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Doctor
Seth Katz
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018 - 2020, Unknown Success
9
7
Age 28 - 30
2 IUI
Unexplained
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
I felt like a human [with Dr. Wing]. He gave me two different in depth consults before and after treatments. He answered all of our questions...While I didn’t see Dr Wing often during treatments I loved his team. He was very thorough in the consults and data results meetings. It would have been nice to have him do the treatments instead of a doctor I didn’t know at all. I understand that’s how it’s done but that wasn’t explained upfront.
Each iui was about $500 plus medications [at REACH]...Strengths; you get seen pretty quickly. They have a great system about quickly getting bloodwork done in a timely manner. The online portal is great too. Weaknesses; communication! You try to call and call and it’s so hard to reach someone with answers...While I didn’t see Dr Wing often during treatments I loved his team. He was very thorough in the consults and data results meetings. It would have been nice to have him do the treatments instead of a doctor I didn’t know at all. I understand that’s how it’s done but that wasn’t explained upfront.
How was your experience with Richard Wing at REACH?
While I didn’t see Dr Wing often during treatments I loved his team. He was very thorough in the consults and data results meetings. It would have been nice to have him do the treatments instead of a doctor I didn’t know at all. I understand that’s how it’s done but that wasn’t explained upfront.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Richard Wing at REACH?
I would explain to them that he is going to try to explain everything going on but you probably won’t see him for your actual treatments. I would also tell them that he has a great nursing staff.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Richard Wing at REACH?
I felt like a human. He gave me two different in depth consults before and after treatments. He answered all of our questions.
Describe your experience with REACH.
Strengths; you get seen pretty quickly. They have a great system about quickly getting bloodwork done in a timely manner. The online portal is great too. Weaknesses; communication! You try to call and call and it’s so hard to reach someone with answers.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Richard Wing at REACH.
Each iui was about $500 plus medications.
What specific things went wrong at REACH?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
Describe the specific things that went wrong at REACH.
I can’t say for sure but I waited at the pharmacy for over an hour because Reach told me the sent my RX. The pharmacy never got it and she showed me her screen. I finally got a great nurse on the phone and she said she would send it over right then. It was only then that we got it at the pharmacy.
9
Doctor
Richard Wing
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2014 - 2018, Unsuccessful
6
7
Age 33 - 37
3 Fertility Medications
PCOS
Tubal Blockage
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Operations
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr. Katz always took his time to explain everything.... Dr. Katz has always answered my questions and put me at ease. He is good at what he does even if it's not always what you want to hear. I felt more comfortable knowing I was in capable hands whether it was just monitoring or my surgery.... Go in with an open mind and trust him. He will not stear you in the wrong direction.... I was scheduled for an appointnentnonce via phone that my husband and I both took off work for only to find out, it wasn't documented. We showed up for said appointment and the Dr. wasn't there because he didn't know about it.
Dr. Katz and his team are phenomenal. The billing department [REACH] however could use some major help. Just keep a close eye on what you are being charged for vs. What they bill your insurance for.... Always always use email to communicate. I was scheduled for an appointnentnonce via phone that my husband and I both took off work for only to find out, it wasn't documented. We showed up for said appointment and the Dr. wasn't there because he didn't know about it.
How was your experience with Seth Katz at REACH?
Dr. Katz has always answered my questions and put me at ease. He is good at what he does even if it's not always what you want to hear. I felt more comfortable knowing I was in capable hands whether it was just monitoring or my surgery.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Seth Katz at REACH?
Go in with an open mind and trust him. He will not stear you in the wrong direction.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Seth Katz at REACH?
Dr. Katz always took his time to explain everything.
Describe your experience with REACH.
Dr. Katz and his team are phenomenal. The billing department however could use some major help. Just keep a close eye on what you are being charged for vs. What they bill your insurance for. You don't want to end up over paying and we all know this process can get costly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Seth Katz at REACH.
Cycle monitoring $700. Laparoscopy $1200. Copay $55.
What specific things went wrong at REACH?
  • Lost appointments
Describe the specific things that went wrong at REACH.
Always always use email to communicate. I was scheduled for an appointnentnonce via phone that my husband and I both took off work for only to find out, it wasn't documented. We showed up for said appointment and the Dr. wasn't there because he didn't know about it.
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Doctor
Seth Katz
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016 - 2017, Unsuccessful
10
7
Age 31 - 32
2 IUI
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Accountant
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Unsuccessful
She [Dr. Lauren Johnson] has a great way of explaining things and balances her clinical knowledge with understanding of the emotional aspects of fertility treatments...I would like to see my doctor more. I've been to the clinic probably 20 times and seen her twice...Clomid 50mg for the first 2 IUIs. The first one I responded well with 2 follicles but only produced one good follicle with the second one. For the third IUI she upped my Clomid to 100mg days 3-7.
I would like to see my doctor [at REACH Charlotte] more. I've been to the clinic probably 20 times and seen her twice...$750 per session of iui...Utilize the patient portal...Clomid 50mg for the first 2 IUIs. The first one I responded well with 2 follicles but only produced one good follicle with the second one. For the third IUI she upped my Clomid to 100mg days 3-7.
How was your experience with Lauren Johnson at REACH?
She is excellent at communicating and making sure you understand exactly what you can expect. We felt very comfortable with the knowledge we walked away with. She wanted to make sure we start with the best choice for us given our unexplained diagnosis.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lauren Johnson at REACH?
Utilize the patient portal.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lauren Johnson at REACH?
She has a great way of explaining things and balances her clinical knowledge with understanding of the emotional aspects of fertility treatments.
Describe the protocols Lauren Johnson used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
Clomid 50mg for the first 2 IUIs. The first one I responded well with 2 follicles but only produced one good follicle with the second one. For the third IUI she upped my Clomid to 100mg days 3-7.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at REACH.
Great staff
Describe your experience with REACH.
I would like to see my doctor more. I've been to the clinic probably 20 times and seen her twice.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lauren Johnson at REACH.
$750 per session of iui
Describe Lauren Johnson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at REACH.
Na
10
Doctor
Lauren Johnson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018 - 2019, Successful
7
8
Age 37 - 38
1 IUI
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
He [Dr. Jack Crain] was very forward and very intelligent but did seem cold at times...He was a well trained and experienced doctor who I feel did all he could to help us have a baby. He was very straight forward and informative on what to expect. He did exactly as he said he would. We would use him again!...Two egg retrieval’s after rounds of fertility drugs. Had embryos frozen to take Lupron from enrodemetrosis for three months then did embryo transfer and had a full term healthy baby boy. :)
Had embryos frozen [at REACH] to take Lupron from enrodemetrosis for three months then did embryo transfer and had a full term healthy baby boy. :)...They [nursing staff] were amazing, compassionate and knowledgeable...They were fast [during monitoring] and you knew what to expect. They were respectful of your time...Great staff and friendly! Sometimes there was a bit of a wait but it all depended on the time you go. They all were understanding of how emotional the process can be. I would recommend this place to anyone!
How was your experience with Jack Crain at REACH?
He was a well trained and experienced doctor who I feel did all he could to help us have a baby. He was very straight forward and informative on what to expect. He did exactly as he said he would. We would use him again!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jack Crain at REACH?
Be ready to hear exactly what is going to happen and although he can be very forward he is a knowledgeable and well trained.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jack Crain at REACH?
He was very forward and very intelligent but did seem cold at times.
Describe the protocols Jack Crain used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
Two egg retrieval’s after rounds of fertility drugs. Had embryos frozen to take Lupron from enrodemetrosis for three months then did embryo transfer and had a full term healthy baby boy. :)
Describe your experience with your nurse at REACH. (Assigned nurse: Sue )
I love his nursing staff! They were amazing, compassionate and knowledgeable.
Describe your experience with REACH.
Great staff and friendly! Sometimes there was a bit of a wait but it all depended on the time you go. They all were understanding of how emotional the process can be. I would recommend this place to anyone!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at REACH.
They were fast and you knew what to expect. They were respectful of your time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jack Crain at REACH.
25,000
7
Doctor
Jack Crain
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2018, Unknown Success
8
8
Age 34 - 35
2 IUI
3 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Not sure
He [Dr. Seth Katz] has been great to work with and I would recommend him. However, there is so much uncertainty in my treatment plan to say if we will become successful. We are in another diagnostic phase due to having to failed transfers... He is doing everything in his ability to help us achieve our goal... Last protocol was mini stim... I think they [REACH- Charlotte] are great at what they do. However, we have not been successful at this time. I would prefer to see my dr more frequently and speak to him when we receive results. Currently the nurses call with results and we have to wait over a week to consult with the dr
I think they [REACH- Charlotte] are great at what they do. However, we have not been successful at this time. I would prefer to see my dr more frequently and speak to him when we receive results. Currently the nurses call with results and we have to wait over a week to consult with the dr.... Around $50,000 since we have begun.... He [Dr. Seth Katz] has been great to work with and I would recommend him. However, there is so much uncertainty in my treatment plan to say if we will become successful. We are in another diagnostic phase due to having to failed transfers... He is doing everything in his ability to help us achieve our goa
How was your experience with Seth Katz at REACH?
He has been great to work with and I would recommend him. However, there is so much uncertainty in my treatment plan to say if we will become successful. We are in another diagnostic phase due to having to failed transfers.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Seth Katz at REACH?
Be patient
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Seth Katz at REACH?
He is doing everything in his ability to help us achieve our goal
Describe the protocols Seth Katz used in your cycles at REACH and their degree of success.
Last protocol was mini stim
Describe your experience with REACH.
I think they are great at what they do. However, we have not been successful at this time. I would prefer to see my dr more frequently and speak to him when we receive results. Currently the nurses call with results and we have to wait over a week to consult with the dr.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at REACH.
Again, I wish I could have seen my dr more frequently.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Seth Katz at REACH.
Around $50,000 since we have begun.
8
Doctor
Seth Katz
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
REACH
Charlotte
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources