RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility

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Genetic counseling is not offered: Not OfferedAcupuncture: OfferedMental health counseling is not offered: Not OfferedNutrition counseling: OfferedAdministration of shots: OfferedCoordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not OfferedSelling medication is not offered: Not OfferedProviding backup medication: Offered
West Reading
301 South 7th Ave
West Reading, PA 19611
610-374-2214 x3071
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 65%Don't recommend: 35%7.2
10 assessments
  • 65% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 0% Neutral (7-8)
  • 35% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
Operated well
Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
Easy scheduling
Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
Nursing Team
Poor nursing team
Excellent nursing team
Attention to Detail
Low attention to detail
High attention to detail
2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
10%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
100
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
8.1
Average Doctor Score
2 doctors
10 assessments
10
Age
30 - 34
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
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One day before my retrieval [with RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF- Fertility], the West Reading area was hit with a blizzard...She [nurse] called multiple times to check in with my husband and I. I have never felt so cared for...I was not charged for any service until after my transfer. With the egg retrieval, transfer, and Icsi, the total cost was $8,000.00... The billing department isn’t overly pushy and they too are accommodating and friendly.
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Age
30 - 34
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
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Describe your experience with RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
The staff is friendly and accommodating when making an appointment. If you cannot reach someone after your first initial phone call, someone in the office returns your call by the end of the day. The receptionists are friendly and take the time to ask you about your own life. It is natural to build relationships with all of the women in that department. The billing department isn’t overly pushy and they too are accommodating and friendly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
After being under the care of another specialist prior to Dr.Pellegrini, I immediately felt a sense of relief. He was thorough, positive, and patient with our questions. Unlike our previous specialist, he took his time to answer all of my emotional questions. Not once had he ever made me feel as though I was taking up his time . In addition, Dr. Pellegrini took the time to hand-write a personal thank you card when I referred a friend.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Debra Schott)
Mrs.Debra Schott, the Fertility Coordinator was nothing short of amazing. She communicated so frequently that I actually missed talking to her once I was released from the clinic. She showed such a great deal of empathy and compassion with each phone call. One day before my retrieval, the West Reading area was hit with a blizzard. Yes, a blizzard! She called multiple times to check in with my husband and I. I have never felt so cared for. In fact, I still like to send her pictures of my twin sons to this day.
How was your experience with Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
After leaving Dr.Pellegrini’s office for the first time, I felt such a sense of comfort and relief. For years, my husband and myself became used to leaving each appointment feeling like we were on a rollercoaster ride that couldn’t be stopped. That was until now. Although this was the first appointment, I felt safe and confident that I would be given a family under his care. He immediately reviewed all of our previous records and tests. He was very honest and to the point. He didn’t give any sort of false hope; which is what I loved! He also gave me a voice when I felt as if I didn’t have one. After complications with my insurance, he called the insurance company while we were in his office and handled it. I could not believe it. I knew right then and there that I had someone fighting in my corner with me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
This is very easy for me simply because I have referred several friends. I have told each one of these couples struggling to not think about how much time has gone by; to stop worrying about what could have been and start looking with anticipation at what is yet to be. It’s a fresh start to an incredible journey.
Describe the protocols Vincent Pellegrini used in your cycles at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility and their degree of success.
I initially started with follistim injections prior to 2 iui’s that we’re unsuccessful. It was my decision to jump directly to ivf and Dr.Pellegrini understood and agreed. Once this occurred, I started with Lupron for 3 weeks followed by follistim and menopur leading up to two days prior to retrieval. I then needed an hcg injection. After the retrieval I was ordered to do progesterone injections until blood work and then 12 weeks following if pregnancy test was positive. I needed to increase my progesterone dose once during this period.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
Dr.Pellegrini’s billing department provided a itemized cost sheet including all services. They calculated a 20% global fee. I initially asked if they participated in similar payment plans as my previous clinic which gave reimbursement after 3 rounds of ivf. It was imply put that they do not participate in this because they want to get it right the first time! I was not charged for any service until after my transfer. With the egg retrieval, transfer, and Icsi, the total cost was $8,000.00
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Doctor
Vincent Pellegrini
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility
West Reading
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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5
Age
28 - 30
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
5
The nurses [at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility] have always been really nice to me when I have appts. I don’t spend a lot of time with them. Deb Schott is the IVF coordinator and she’s AMAZING. Love her. She is kind and seems to really care for the patients she deals with. I am happy that we get to deal with her on a daily basis during treatments. She returns phone calls and emails in a decent timing. She is blunt yet encouraging.
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Age
28 - 30
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
5
Describe your experience with RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
The clinic is very nice and clean. The check in/out staff are prompt and very pleasant to deal with. If you call and have to leave a message, the team is good at responding in a decent time. The nurses and ultrasound techs are als very kind and patient. The doctors are nice. As for most doctor offices, the place is busy and you might have to wait a little bit for the appt. but overall very nice clinic.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
I felt a little bit like both. He seems to care about you and answers the questions you have. Sometimes he may seem like he’s in a hurry. He can be very blunt and to the point, he doesn’t seem to dance around the issues which is what I like.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Deb Schott)
The nurses have always been really nice to me when I have appts. I don’t spend a lot of time with them. Deb Schott is the IVF coordinator and she’s AMAZING. Love her. She is kind and seems to really care for the patients she deals with. I am happy that we get to deal with her on a daily basis during treatments. She returns phone calls and emails in a decent timing. She is blunt yet encouraging.
How was your experience with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Dr. Minassian is a good & kind hearted doctor. He seems to want what’s best for his patients. Dr. Minassian answers the questions as best as he can and like any doctor, sometimes they don’t have the answers you are looking for. I have felt like nuisance once when I needed to call him over a weekend but later he apologized after checking my circumstance out. During my transfers, he seems rushed but I know that timing means everything.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Make sure to ask all the questions you want answered and listen closely because he does seem to talk fast and it’s okay to ask for a repeat. He cares what you have to say and he does his best to answer you. Be patient because he does run late for appointments sometimes so make sure you schedule enough time between jobs and other activities.
Describe the protocols Shahab Minassian used in your cycles at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility and their degree of success.
I had a laparoscopy from a previous doctor before Shahab to diagnose me with Stage 1 Endometriosis through an Endometrioma and she didn’t write too much for Minassian to go off of to start with us. He recommended another laparoscopy to see what he was dealing with. After the laparoscopy, we did a lot of blood work to check hormone levels. My husband had a couple semen analysis after some things were found wrong with him and Dr Minassian had my husband start on Vitamin E, CoQ10 & Selenium. We were told that IVF would be the best option for us. Through much blood work & testing I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and my prolactin levels were a bit high. I was told I have low egg quality & Ovarian Reserve. We have had a few set backs & all but we have accepted them because reality is infertility sucks! We started IVF last April 2017. We had our first transfer last May with two frozen embryos and a pregnancy did not occur. August 2017 we had our 2nd transfer with one frozen embryo. It resulted with a low HCG level. The numbers did not increase but lowered. I consider it an early miscarry because I felt the cramping & back pain when the little one was implanting. One of my babies was transferred, it’s still a life. I hate the term “chemical pregnancy.” It’s still losing a life. Dr. minassian wanted to do a Mock transfer to see how progesterone was affecting my body, we did get some results to know how much progesterone I needed, so that’s good I guess. We were planning to start back January 2018 but our clinic is temporarily closed due to an inconvenience on their end with much confusion on our end. We are still currently waiting to hear back from them. We have two frozen embryos left.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
My monitoring appts have been mainly for our IVF & transfer treatments. Usually they are scheduled for a particular time. I have a good job that works with my treatments and has not been an issue. Sometimes I need to go in for a random appt but they have been pretty good with setting them up when it conveniences me.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
Insurance doesn’t cover anything, we have to pay out of pocket. The costs are expensive as we knew it would be before starting any type of treatments. They have worked with us for payments and such. Everything is expensive.
Describe Shahab Minassian's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
Dr. Minassian said that he prefers to do single embryo transfers only due to the high possibility of multiples. My husband and I made a plan before going into IVF so that we don’t drain our bank accounts. We are okay with the decisions that he stuck to. We plan to do two embryos for the last round in future.
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Doctor
Shahab Minassian
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility
West Reading
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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1
Age
31 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Other
1
The hours [RHPN] were the only good thing. They need to work on their bedside manner and keeping policies consistent from the nurses to the front desk staff. There seeemed to be a big weakness of communication between the staff and I always felt like I had to restate my issues when talking to the dr, nurse or other staff... The nurses were always stiff and not very compassionate. Some seemed annoyed at questions I would ask or if I got upset in the office I was shrugged off
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Age
31 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Other
1
Describe your experience with RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
The hours were the only good thing. They need to work on their bedside manner and keeping policies consistent from the nurses to the front desk staff. There seeemed to be a big weakness of communication between the staff and I always felt like I had to restate my issues when talking to the dr, nurse or other staff
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
I was called to setup an appiyand the nurse argued with me, told me I was wrong and then called back to apologize because after we argued then she when and looked at my chart, realized who I was, my situation and that I was in the right. I never felt a connect with the doctor or any of the nurses, never got a warm welcome, was always talked to as if it was my first time being there
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses were always stiff and not very compassionate. Some seemed annoyed at questions I would ask or if I got upset in the office I was shrugged off
What specific things went wrong at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Dr. Minnassian was often very blunt and I feel did not do a good job of explaining everything to me. When I did question things it seemed to be swept under the rug and I felt like I didn’t know what I was talking about so my thoughts were not considered. He often seemed rushed and in 2 years only felt like we had two good conversations.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Do your own research and be an advocate for yourself. If it doesn’t feel right don’t agree to it.
Describe the protocols Shahab Minassian used in your cycles at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility and their degree of success.
We only did one cycle of clomid and trigger shot with him because he would not allow us to move forward. He was very intent on treating my endometritis (infection in uterus) with very heavy antibiotics and multiple biopsies. He felt that this was the only reason I was not getting pregnant and once we cleared it up we would have no issues
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
We have a $1500 deductible and a $50 copay every time I saw him
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Doctor
Shahab Minassian
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
1
Clinic
RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility
West Reading
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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10
Age
37
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
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Clinic [RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF] is with a regular gynecological office, which I view as a plus. They are also in a building that is part of a hospital system so it houses their own lab. It is basically a one-stop shop where you can have all of your testing done.... I have called the nurses countless times and they are always very patient and understanding of my stress. They give me the information I request and are very helpful.
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Age
37
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
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Describe your experience with RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
Clinic is with a regular gynecological office, which I view as a plus. They are also in a building that is part of a hospital system so it houses their own lab. It is basically a one-stop shop where you can have all of your testing done.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Dr Pelligrini is very matter of fact, which I prefer. I don't need things to be sugar-coated, I just need to know that facts and how I can proceed to have success. He is very knowledgeable and up front.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I have called the nurses countless times and they are always very patient and understanding of my stress. They give me the information I request and are very helpful.
How was your experience with Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Dr. Pelligrini is not exactly a "feel good" Dr, he is straight forward, which I prefer. He gives you blunt answers, and does not beat around the bush. He provides you with the information that you need to know. He is open to discussion and friendly, but you know what you are dealing with.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Don't expect to be coddled. Dr Pelligrini is a very good doctor, and he will give you the straight facts and tell you exactly what you need to do and how he can help. I much prefer his approach.
Describe the protocols Vincent Pellegrini used in your cycles at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility and their degree of success.
I had an HSG, which showed completely blocked tubes. He performed a laproscopy and a hysteroscopy during which he severed my tubes and cut as many lesions as he could (chronic PID). He discovered that I have auto-immune hypothyroidism and I am now on medication to get that regulated.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
25 copay each visit, 10% co-insurance for any procedure, 12-15000 for IVF
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Doctor
Vincent Pellegrini
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility
West Reading
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Both Sherri and Deb [at RHPN Women's Fertility Clinic and IVF] are warm, compassionate, thorough, trustworthy, and competent. Hearing a negative pregnancy test result is never easy, but they approached it with so much care and concern, they felt like members of the family. They were firm on the things they needed to be, and spent whatever amount of time you needed explaining and demonstrating to make you feel confident in your protocol.
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
They gave extensive personal attention to each patient. Dr. Pellegrini and the nursing staff (especially Deb and Sherri) were approachable, always available (by phone an email), and personable. They spent as much time with you as you needed. You never felt rushed or diminished.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Sherri for Injectible / IUI treatments and Deb for IVF)
Both Sherri and Deb are warm, compassionate, thorough, trustworthy, and competent. Hearing a negative pregnancy test result is never easy, but they approached it with so much care and concern, they felt like members of the family. They were firm on the things they needed to be, and spent whatever amount of time you needed explaining and demonstrating to make you feel confident in your protocol.
How was your experience with Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Dr. Pellegrini is incredibly thorough. He treats each patient and each case individually; you will never feel you're part of an infertility assembly line. We appreciated his conservative, calculated approach. He never rushed us to the next step, but explained all of our options and the pros and cons of each. He was a true partner to us in this difficult journey and we couldn't be happier with the process or the outcome.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vincent Pellegrini at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
You will not feel "schmoozed" at your first appointment. Dr. Pellegrini is very clinical and methodical in his approach; I would describe him as a perfectionist. This appealed immediately to my husband, but took me (the more warm/fuzzy type) a minute to get used to. In the end, we felt very well cared for by Dr. Pellegrini.
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Doctor
Vincent Pellegrini
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility
West Reading
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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10
Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
10
The doctors and nurses [at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility] are wonderful! I think the staff that works the desk and who answer the phones could be friendlier!! It’s an “old school” clinic so they didn’t have pictures available of our embryos which was a downfall however the amazing care we received made up for it!...They were attentive and always so quick to answer my questions and put my mind at ease!
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
10
Describe your experience with RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
The doctors and nurses are wonderful! I think the staff that works the desk and who answer the phones could be friendlier!! It’s an “old school” clinic so they didn’t have pictures available of our embryos which was a downfall however the amazing care we received made up for it!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
My experience was beyond great! The staff treated myself and my husband wonderful! They were attentive and always so quick to answer my questions and put my mind at ease!
Describe your experience with your nurse at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Debra Schott)
Deb not only was a great nurse, she was extremely compassionate and comforting!! She was so helpful and would answer any questions at any time! She was readily available and was so helpful during this time!
How was your experience with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
A very kind sweet doctor! He worked so hard to figure out exactly what was going to work best for us to have a baby! He was always very attentive and never rushed through appointments! He always showed compassion but in a professional manner!! He always explained things so well, and answered any questions! A very patient doctor!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
See him!!! He’s worth any time of travel and time out of your schedule! An older school practice but worth it!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
My clinic worked directly with a credit union called diamond credit union. This process was extremely simple to use. We had to go through the credit union in order to apply for a line of credit. Once we were approved the credit union paid our clinic directly. This took any pressure off of us when it came to making sure things were paid for! It was all taken care of prior too!
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Doctor
Shahab Minassian
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility
West Reading
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
34
Treated
2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
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They [RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertiliy] were great at doing things like returning phone calls quickly and being organized. They were respectful in person. The one thing I didn't like was that once I got pregnant, the nurse I spoke to by phone gave me a long list of all the fear-based things I should do (what to eat, what not to eat, etc.) and that seemed rather negative...Good at returning phone calls. Clean. Typical waiting room...We did an unmedicated IUI because that's what I wanted to do. I had no known fertility problems, just needed to do IUI because I have a female partner. He did recommend I take progesterone for the first trimester because I got pregnant while still nursing my first child and so my progesterone levels were a bit low.
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Age
34
Treated
2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
9
Describe your experience with RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
Good at returning phone calls. Clean. Typical waiting room.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
The clinic was very friendly-- returned phone calls, seemed organized. The nurses were friendly in person. Dr. M. took the time to answer my questions and seemed like a reasonable person to work with.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were great at doing things like returning phone calls quickly and being organized. They were respectful in person. The one thing I didn't like was that once I got pregnant, the nurse I spoke to by phone gave me a long list of all the fear-based things I should do (what to eat, what not to eat, etc.) and that seemed rather negative. I didn't want a fear-based pregnancy.
How was your experience with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
He was not in a rush-- sat down with me to have an in-depth conversation and answer my questions. He seemed respectful. I have a same-sex partner and he was respectful of that. We only did one IUI because I got pregnant on the first try.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Don't be afraid to ask any questions you want to ask or to ask if something is possible. He is realistic but also reasonable to work with.
Describe the protocols Shahab Minassian used in your cycles at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility and their degree of success.
We did an unmedicated IUI because that's what I wanted to do. I had no known fertility problems, just needed to do IUI because I have a female partner. He did recommend I take progesterone for the first trimester because I got pregnant while still nursing my first child and so my progesterone levels were a bit low.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
I don't remember the specifics. Probably under $1,000.
Describe Shahab Minassian's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
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Doctor
Shahab Minassian
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility
West Reading
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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0
Age
37
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
0
The satellite clinic [at RHPM- Reading Health] was very cramped and not comfortable. Wait times were well over 30 mins every visit. It was not a welcoming environment...[Nurse staff was...] Nice but disorganized. It was very hard to reach anyone (always playing phone tag). They messed up an appt. They sent me someone else's medical records. It was not a good experience...
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Age
37
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
0
Describe your experience with RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
The satellite clinic was very cramped and not comfortable. Wait times were well over 30 mins every visit. It was not a welcoming environment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
It seemed disjointed and disorganized. Doctor seemed fixated on invasive diagnostic procedures instead of interventions to assist with conception.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Nice but disorganized. It was very hard to reach anyone (always playing phone tag). They messed up an appt. They sent me someone else's medical records. It was not a good experience.
What specific things went wrong at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
How was your experience with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
The doctor focused on invasive diagnostic procedures instead of interventions to assist with conception. He also failed to explain how one test would lead to missing an entire cycle.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Go to another provider. I had much better success after one cycle with the fertility center.
Describe the protocols Shahab Minassian used in your cycles at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility and their degree of success.
I stopped going to this doctor after he kept focusing on endometriosis when there was no evidence for this. Rather than start me on medication or appropriate interventions, he kept trying to do more tests even though nothing showed up. Testing is useful to a point but not when valuable cycles are being lost for no good reason.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
Costs seemed consistent with rates in this area.
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Shahab Minassian
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RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility
West Reading
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Age
36 - 38
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage, Unexplained
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Teaching hospital, there are frequently students or residents in the exams. They always ask if you are comfortable w/ that before they come in...I live about 2 hours from this clinic, they allowed me to have all Bloodwork & ultrasound monitoring at my home obgyn office...Very patient w/ multiple questions and emails, returned calls & emails right away. Very compassionate during failed cycles. All the nurses willing to spend as much time as I wanted answering questions
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Age
36 - 38
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
Teaching hospital, there are frequently students or residents in the exams. They always ask if you are comfortable w/ that before they come in
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Always take time to answer questions, returned phone calls and emails within a few hours, very compassionate
Describe your experience with your nurse at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Deb schott)
Very patient w/ multiple questions and emails, returned calls & emails right away. Very compassionate during failed cycles. All the nurses willing to spend as much time as I wanted answering questions
How was your experience with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
He met with my husband & I each time we were there for a good amount of time, gave us ample opportunity to ask questions. Sometimes a bit rough w/ the tools however, some procedures were painful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Make sure to ask questions
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
I live about 2 hours from this clinic, they allowed me to have all Bloodwork & ultrasound monitoring at my home obgyn office
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
Base price $12000, cash customers (no insurance) got 30% discount, so we paid $8400, plus meds which were about $1200
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Shahab Minassian
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RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility
West Reading
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
7 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS
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I had no concerns. The staff [at RHPN Women's Clinic] was friendly and helpful. Wait times were usually not very long. I would use them again in a heartbeat...He's [Dr. Shahab Minassian] a little quirky but a pleasure to deal with. He was able to quickly diagnose me with a complication that was completely missed by my previous doctor. He answered all of my questions patiently and made sure I was comfortable before we moved on...I had two surgeries to remove blockages. When I conceived my daughter I had taken daily shots and was inseminated with IUI...
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
7 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS
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Describe your experience with RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
I had no concerns. The staff was friendly and helpful. Wait times were usually not very long. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
How was your experience with Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
He's a little quirky but a pleasure to deal with. He was able to quickly diagnose me with a complication that was completely missed by my previous doctor. He answered all of my questions patiently and made sure I was comfortable before we moved on.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility?
Ask questions!
Describe the protocols Shahab Minassian used in your cycles at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility and their degree of success.
I had two surgeries to remove blockages. When I conceived my daughter I had taken daily shots and was inseminated with IUI.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shahab Minassian at RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility.
The costs were high because my insurance covered nothing.
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Shahab Minassian
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Clinic
RHPN Women's Clinic and IVF-Fertility
West Reading
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