[Dr. Lekovich] was very confident and competent...We had a few issues trusting the process due to multiple unexplained losses that happened at another clinic, but [she] was very positive that we could carry to term and she was right....would not perform multiple embryo transfers though we did ask...As a lesbian couple who were also experiencing unexplained infertility, we felt like we were in good hands with [her]...
The admin staff at RMA is subpar, although I believe the doctors are highly skilled and trained...Appointments and monitoring in Brooklyn we're great. Even when crowded it was an easy process. At Madison it felt much more like a cattle call...We weren't thrilled with the communication for shipping sperm from our cryobank to RMA...some of their paper forms are outdated and use heteronormative language that should be replaced by more inclusive language
How was your experience with Jovana Lekovich at RMA of New York?
We would definitely see Dr. Lekovich again in the future if we decide to expand our family. She was very confident and competent. We had a few issues trusting the process due to multiple unexplained losses that happened at another clinic, but Dr. Lekovich was very positive that we could carry to term and she was right.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jovana Lekovich at RMA of New York?
Go to the Brooklyn office if possible. We did some monitoring at Madison because of a move and Covid, but the Brooklyn office is much more intimate and it's better to see your doctor regularly.
For our last cycle, we ended up driving over to Brooklyn and it was worth it to see Dr. Lekovich and discuss our concerns with her directly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jovana Lekovich at RMA of New York?
Dr. Lekovich is warm and always spoke to us like individuals. It was always so pleasant to see her and be reassured by her in person.
That said, RMA as a whole feels much more numbers driven, especially if you go to monitoring at the Madison location.
The Brooklyn office is much smaller and feels less like a factory.
Describe the protocols Jovana Lekovich used in your cycles at RMA of New York and their degree of success.
After our first cycle failed, we went with a "kitchen sink" approach, just in case I had some sub-clinical endometritis. While it was intense in terms of a medicated cycle, it ultimately worked for us.
How competent was Jovana Lekovich at LGBTQ+ care?
As a lesbian couple who were also experiencing unexplained infertility, we felt like we were in good hands with Dr. Lekovich. There were always other gay couples in the waiting room and we felt the doctor was very well versed in LGBT issues.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of New York. (Assigned nurse: Our coordinator was awful, but I believe she is no longer there)
The coordinator we were assigned was awful. She ordered the prescriptions incorrectly and then did not assist us with fixing the issue via insurance. lt was a nightmare that almost cost us $12,000. Fortunately, we were able to get legal involved on our own and fix it.
She also gave us incomplete information from the beginning and didn't respond to emails. We felt trapped because there was no one else to switch to and RMA makes it very difficult to escalate these problems or get someone on the phone.
We essentially had to do a lot of work on our own to go around her. If you do not have the energy or resources to do this, I can imagine losing more time and money.
That said, I believe she is no longer at the practice.
Describe your experience with RMA of New York.
RMA is a large clinic that serves a ton of clients in NYC. They don't have a patient portal and emails are very quickly deleted from their secure server. Overall, we liked Weill Cornell much better, but switched due to insurance. The admin staff at RMA is subpar, although I believe the doctors are highly skilled and trained.
As long as you're aware of their administrative short comings, you can still have success there, but you may have to do a lot of leg work. It all really depends on who you are assigned to for patient coordination.
We really liked Dr. Lekovich though and would work with her again.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at RMA of New York.
Appointments and monitoring in Brooklyn we're great. Even when crowded it was an easy process. At Madison it felt much more like a cattle call. Very full office and long waits.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jovana Lekovich at RMA of New York.
For our first cycle we were out of pocket for 50% and the second was fully covered.
Describe Jovana Lekovich's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of New York.
For our situation, Dr. Lekovich would not perform multiple embryo transfers though we did ask. However, having now gone through a pregnancy with a singleton, I'm glad for this policy.
How competent was RMA of New York at LGBTQ+ care?
We were treated well overall by this clinic. However, some of their paper forms are outdated and use heteronormative language that should be replaced by more inclusive language.
Describe your experience using 3rd party reproduction (donor eggs, donor sperm, or gestational carrier) at RMA of New York.
We weren't thrilled with the communication for shipping sperm from our cryobank to RMA. They will not confirm receipt and not respond to the email you need to send them to let them know vials are on the way. We had to jump through hoops to make sure our materials arrived and it did not help us with entrusting the clinic. (We had a totally different experience at Weill Cornell where everything was communicated so clearly and signed off on and we were expecting something similar.)
What specific things went wrong at RMA of New York?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Lost paperwork
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at RMA of New York.
As mentioned in previous comments we were disappointed with the adminstrative aspects of RMA. Although much of that is due to a coordinator who is no longer there.