San Diego Fertility Center

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SD - Carmel Valley
11425 El Camino Real
San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 794-6363
SD - Mission Valley
2020 Camino Del Rio N.
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 906-4471
Temecula
44274 George Cushman Court
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 303-0355
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend San Diego Fertility Center to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 39Neutral: 9Don't recommend: 19.3
49 assessments
  • 80% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 18% Neutral (7-8)
  • 2% Don't recommend (0-6)
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2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
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This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
916
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
49 assessments
10
Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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The strengths include the friendly staff [San Diego Fertility Center] and organized manner of how the clinic operates. Our biggest weakness is that we were not prepared for bad news or negative outcomes. We felt very blindsided when our first round of IVF didn't work.... $13,500 for an IVF cycle (medication not included)... Megan is amazing; she has the most positive attitude and is always looking on the bright side of the situation. Danielle is so understanding and asks about how I was doing along the process. They were both so amazing to work with.
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Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
The strengths include the friendly staff and organized manner of how the clinic operates. Our biggest weakness is that we were not prepared for bad news or negative outcomes. We felt very blindsided when our first round of IVF didn't work. We are in the middle of round 2 and are more hopeful, but also more prepared for different outcomes.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
The office is very kind and friendly. All the nurses know me by name and ask how I am doing. I never felt like a number, and I always felt like a patient.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Danielle and Megan)
Megan is amazing; she has the most positive attitude and is always looking on the bright side of the situation. Danielle is so understanding and asks about how I was doing along the process. They were both so amazing to work with.
How was your experience with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Kettle is very kind and compassionate. He gets to the point and goes over all of the details in a matter of fact way which I appreciate. He was honest with us and I felt very comfortable. I don't think he laid out the possible negative outcomes as much as I had hoped. We did feel blindsided when our IVF resulted in 0 viable embryos. We didn't discuss that possibility prior to treatment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Ask a lot of questions and have them written out before your appointments. Go over the treatment plan and ask about the best and worst possible outcome so you know what to expect no matter what happens.
Describe the protocols Michael Kettel used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Round 1 of IVF was menopur and gonal F standard protocol. We had 15 follicles and 8 mature eggs. All fertilized, but only 3 made it to blastocysts. All 3 went through PGS testing and came back abnormal. Round 2 we increased meds and had more thorough semen analysis done.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center.
$13,500 for an IVF cycle (medication not included)
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Doctor
Michael Kettel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Mission Valley
Nursing
Operations
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10
Age
33 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Michelle [nurse at San Diego Fertility Center] was always reachable and treated me well! We connected on a personal level and she always knew my name when I walked in. I felt like she was truly invested in my process and seeing me through the entire way...Driving to San Diego was tough, but luckily I was able to go to a satellite clinic in Temecula which cut my driving time down by half. They all took the time to get to know me and all staff, from the front desk, to the phlebotomist to the nurse and doctor, were all fantastic.
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Age
33 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Driving to San Diego was tough, but luckily I was able to go to a satellite clinic in Temecula which cut my driving time down by half. They all took the time to get to know me and all staff, from the front desk, to the phlebotomist to the nurse and doctor, were all fantastic.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Said Daneshmand at San Diego Fertility Center?
While I only met Dr. Daneshmand for the FET, he was personable and available by phone whenever I needed him. He walked me through several potential miscarriage scares and always put me at ease during the process.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Michelle Walsh)
Michelle was always reachable and treated me well! We connected on a personal level and she always knew my name when I walked in. I felt like she was truly invested in my process and seeing me through the entire way.
How was your experience with Said Daneshmand at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Daneshmand has found his calling and true passion in life. I was a surrogate under his care and he made me feel just as important as the intended parent and the embryos. He's a personable guy that makes you feel very important and at ease. Whenever I had a question he was only a phone call away and the day of the transfer I felt so comfortable in his care. He explained the procedure from start to finish before we even started. The intended parent had so many questions and he took the time to answer each and every one, as if he had all the time in the world.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Said Daneshmand at San Diego Fertility Center?
Get to know his assistant - she's the key to his calendar! :)
Describe the protocols Said Daneshmand used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Estradiol tablets and Progesterone in Fish Oil - very simple and effective protocol. Also, during transfer he had a great strategy for the procedure and made sure the location was just right. We transferred two embyros and I was pregnant with a singleton the first IVF cycle, having a beautiful baby boy in October of that same year.
Describe Said Daneshmand's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
He recommended 2-embryos be transferred with a 70% success rate that one would take (which is exactly what happened).
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Doctor
Said Daneshmand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
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10
Age
42 - 44
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
10
All of the staff members at San Diego Fertility are great. I have been working with Dr. Park off and on for a couple years. Even between treatments, I could email her nurse, Janette, and get an answer back within 24 hours....San Diego Fertility Center’s strengths: doctors work together every day to discuss patients’ protocols.... Weaknesses: not as affordable as other clinics. Website could use more information on it.
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Age
42 - 44
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Native American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
San Diego Fertility Center’s strengths: doctors work together every day to discuss patients’ protocols. Nurses and coordinators know what they are doing and communicate well. They have a few clinics around San Diego County, making everything more accessible. The clinics have been moved/upgraded in the past year. You feel like you are getting what you paid for. Staff seem happy to work there. Open to doing IVF patients at an older age. Weaknesses: not as affordable as other clinics. Website could use more information on it. If you want a boutique clinic, this one isn’t for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park has always been kind and positive during my appointments with her. After deciding that my husband and I were going to try IVF, I called several other clinics. Dr. Park was the most positive of the doctors I spoke with.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center.
All of the staff members at San Diego Fertility are great. I have been working with Dr. Park off and on for a couple years. Even between treatments, I could email her nurse, Janette, and get an answer back within 24 hours. I feel the communication between nurses and me, the patient, has been excellent. Another plus is that many of the nurses and the coordinators have been here for years. The staff seems very happy working for this clinic.
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park is a positive person. She made me comfortable about the entire process. I have been going to the clinic for over two years. My husband and I first started with IUIs. Those weren’t successful, but Dr. Park kept a positive attitude towards us going on with IVF with my own eggs (at age 43).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Keep in mind you won’t see her at every visit. However, the nurses are really nice.
Describe the protocols Susanna Park used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
For IUIs, I used Femara and a trigger shot. One IUI was canceled due to ovulating to soon while on Femara, and I did get pregnant that cycle. Unfortunately, the pregnancy didn’t stick. My IvF experience, which was my last cycle, I was first on birth control and the on Menopur and Gonal F and Cetrotide. I got 13 eggs, 8 were mature and fertilized. None of them made it to Day 5.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center.
San Diego Fertility Center gives you all the costs up front. Each IUI was $700, plus meds. For my IVF, I did the Success Guarantee Program. I had to qualify for it. It is $22,000 for egg Retrieval’s and any FETs after from the frozen embryos from that cycle. Being over 40, when it failed, I get 60% of that money back. I paid about $6,000 for my IVF meds. A cycle of IVF is about $12,000.
Describe Susanna Park's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
Dr. Park seems flexible with using 1, 2, or possibly 3.
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Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Mission Valley
Nursing
Operations
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10
Age
44 - 48
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing (cancer), Donor Eggs, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Other
10
Very modern and friendly clinic [San Diego Fertility Center]. The rooms are roomy and private and you feel that you are their only patient. The location is also great. One can have an IVF vacation as there is lots to do and see...She [nurse] was always quick to give us any updates and responded very quickly to our emails. She was a bit officious but not overbearingly so...Although it is one of the higher priced clinics, we felt we had value for money. We also were gifted some of our medication by the clinic which brought the costs down
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Age
44 - 48
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing (cancer), Donor Eggs, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Other
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Very modern and friendly clinic. The rooms are roomy and private and you feel that you are their only patient. The location is also great. One can have an IVF vacation as there is lots to do and see. I cannot fault it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
She listened to our story sympathetically and worked collaboratively with us about our treatment plan. She has continued to remain interested in our family and has always been warm and welcoming when we contact her. We have never felt like we were being a nuisance.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center.
She was always quick to give us any updates and responded very quickly to our emails. She was a bit officious but not overbearingly so
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Susanna is a very open, warm and knowledgable Physician who has her patients best interest at heart. She has always been available to talk with us, even when she was on maternity leave.She even sourced some of our medication free of charge! When you speak with Susanna, it is like speaking with a friend, she never tries to lord her knowledge over you.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Be open and honest with her. Let her know your worries and concerns, ask her to explain anything you don't understand as she will always give you a listening ear and take on board anything you suggest. She also will always break things down to a level that you can understand.
Describe the protocols Susanna Park used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
in addition to the hormones, she added phospholipids, Endometrial scratch and implantation HCG. This got us pregnant first attempt with her
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at San Diego Fertility Center.
As we lived far away we had our USS done local to us
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center.
Although it is one of the higher priced clinics, we felt we had value for money. We also were gifted some of our medication by the clinic which brought the costs down
Describe Susanna Park's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
She will discuss your options, the pros and cons and give you her preferred option to decide. She will leave you to make an informed choice.
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Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
This clinic is wonderful. I went through multiple rounds of IVF with my own eggs and now am moving to a donor- when I first moved to a donor I researched all of the clinics in the Us that had an in house donor program and SDFC is by far the best. This is a clean, friendly, high end clinic that treats you like an individual and a priority. I recommend this clinic to people whenever possible.... Each cycle is about $13k plus medications- my meds were over $10K per cycle.
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Age
37 - 38
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
This clinic is wonderful. I went through multiple rounds of IVF with my own eggs and now am moving to a donor- when I first moved to a donor I researched all of the clinics in the Us that had an in house donor program and SDFC is by far the best. This is a clean, friendly, high end clinic that treats you like an individual and a priority. I recommend this clinic to people whenever possible.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr Friedman is the best. She is committed to helping patients build their families, she is open to new suggestions and ideas if you have them from your own research. She is extremely supportive and knowledgeable and we felt confident in her ability to advise us.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: MJ )
Nursing staff was wondering. Always friendly and encouraging and professional.
How was your experience with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
I feel like this is a repetitive question as I just wrote an answer to this question about Dr Friedman. Dr Friedman has been very supportive through all of my fertility treatments. I was her patient for IVF only and she always made my husband and myself very comfortable in her knowledge of what we were going through. One of the first things she told us was that she was there to help us build our family and that really put our minds at ease. Dr Friedman was always open to discussing options that I had read about and was able to definitively give her opinions on the best course of action for me. Dr Friedman was also available to communicate with by email so if I had any questions I could ask her directly at any time. I would trust Dr Friedman with my life and recommend to anyone looking for an amazing fertility doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
Don’t be afraid to ask all of your questions even ones that seem crazy or far out there! Dr Friedman was really patient answering questions about many different protocols I had read about and it made me feel confident in the protocol we ended up going with because I understood and wasn’t second guessing myself.
Describe the protocols Brooke Friedman used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
My first cycle started with BCP and went on to add Menopur, Gonal F and then Cetrotide. I had 7 eggs retrieved with 6 mature. One highly graded blast and it was abnormal. For my second cycle we intended to prep with Estrace but I ended up with large ovarian cysts. My second cycle also resulted in one abnormal embryo but less eggs. For this one I wish we had waited longer to make sure the cysts were not affecting the cycle at all.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center.
Each cycle is about $13k plus medications- my meds were over $10K per cycle.
Describe Brooke Friedman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
My doctor will allow me to transfer 2 embryos if we want twins but we need to sign off that we understand the risks. Given her advice I think k we will only transfer one however for prospective parents that want twins. Dr Friedman will allow 2.
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Doctor
Brooke Friedman
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
33
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
8
This clinic [San Diego Fertility Center] sees a lot of patients which is positive in the sense that they have a strong reputation, but it can also be a weakness because you can sometimes feel like you have to be proactive to be heard. It's important to maintain strong lines of communication, either by phone or through email. Don't be afraid to voice your concerns because the doctors and nurses are receptive.
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Age
33
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
8
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
This clinic sees a lot of patients which is positive in the sense that they have a strong reputation, but it can also be a weakness because you can sometimes feel like you have to be proactive to be heard. It's important to maintain strong lines of communication, either by phone or through email. Don't be afraid to voice your concerns because the doctors and nurses are receptive.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Communication with Dr. Park was limited and it often took 2-3 weeks to get an appointment with her. However, when you did speak with Dr. Park she was informative and compassionate.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Barbara was particularly wonderful during the egg retrieval process, always showing a positive attitude about our prospects.
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
We met with Dr. Park for our first consultation to start IUIs, as well as prior to starting the IVF process. She performed one of my IUIs and my egg retrieval. We had phone conversations to discuss our fertility bloodwork and post-egg retrieval results. Whenever you meet with Dr. Park it is very comforting because she is knowledgeable and takes the time to address all of your questions. She has maintained a positive outcome about our prospects.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Arrange appointments with Dr. Park when you have questions, even if it is a few weeks out.
Describe the protocols Susanna Park used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
I took Gonal F, Menopur, Cetrotide, and the Lupron trigger for my egg retrieval. I took Clomid and Ovidrel for the IUIs. We opted for PGS testing, but unfortunately, it resulted in no euploid embryos. Dr. Park believes this could be an error.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center.
The egg retrieval ran just over $10,000 (pre-medications); IUIs were $700, or $500 for a canceled cycle.
Describe Susanna Park's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
I did not get to this stage.
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Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Mission Valley
Nursing
Operations
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
7
The facility [DC Fertility Center] is really new and clean, a very nice aesthetic. A lot of the problems I've had with the clinic is ...the headache of trying to deal with the wrong meds being ordered (despite written emails confirming quantities) or not realizing the facility/financial coordinators could handle the insurance billing. They also don't explain that you have to pay for everything up front - $17,000, and then get reimbursed as the procedures are submitted to the insurance company. They also didn't highlight that their egg retrieval operation procedure is 'out of network' AND that you not only have to pay the co-pay with your insurance, but you also have to pay whatever the difference is between the facility billed amount and what the insurance is willing to pay.
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
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Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
The facility is really new and clean, a very nice aesthetic. A lot of the problems I've had with the clinic is not knowing what I don't know, and thankfully it's only caused minor problems like the headache of trying to deal with the wrong meds being ordered (despite written emails confirming quantities) or not realizing the facility/financial coordinators could handle the insurance billing. They also don't explain that you have to pay for everything up front - $17,000, and then get reimbursed as the procedures are submitted to the insurance company. They also didn't highlight that their egg retrieval operation procedure is 'out of network' AND that you not only have to pay the co-pay with your insurance, but you also have to pay whatever the difference is between the facility billed amount and what the insurance is willing to pay. Say SDFC bills the insurance company $400 for the egg retrieval, and our insurance is only willing to pay $200. Our copay for out of network is 30%, so we are billed $120. But then we also owe SDFC $200 (the difference between the $400 they bill for egg retrieval and the $200 for what the insurance's negotiated rate is). Most of this has just caused unneeded stress - the problem is that the staff assumes you know what you're in for in a lot of situations when it would be a lot easier to start the process assuming we know nothing.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
When seeing Dr. Chuan I felt like she was empathetic and concerned about our welling being, both physically and mentally. She made sure all our questions got answered and made sure we were comfortable with the process.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jenn)
The primary nurse I worked with was difficult - she was cold, uncaring, going through the motions of her job. Upon our first meeting she made a rude comment about how large my file was - Dr. Chuan said that she sees patients like us a lot and knows that with a file that big, you're frustrated. The primary nurse had several issues with attention to detail (types and quantities of meds being ordered, getting my phone number wrong to her staff and the pharmacy), and was slow or non-responsive to emails that were time sensitive. That being said - the rest of the nursing team, including those handling financials, were easy to deal with and very helpful. The best way I can think to explain the rest of the team is this: When reporters went in to Cape Canaveral and asked the janitors to explain what their job was during the Apollo missions, they said it was their job to get the astronauts to the moon. Most of these nurses and support staff really care, it's just a few bad apples.
What specific things went wrong at San Diego Fertility Center?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan was very much in demand, and as such was often late to start appointments. She came into meetings informed about our recent and long term patient history and ready to hit the ground running.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Make sure you have direct access to her because it's difficult to get through her team if you have a question you'd like to get answered directly by her.
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
When Clomid/Menopur didn't work at another facility for 3 IUI cycles, she suggested trying Letrozole with IUI's before moving on to more aggressive treatments like IVF. When those 3 cycles didn't work, she was open to using Letrozole instead of Clomid in our IVF process because I had a better reaction.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
This is all out of pocket as they require payment up front, submitting claims to insurance later. Medical IVF: $6,100 Facility IVF: $1,836 (not sure the difference between these two line items) Lab IVF: $3,264 ICSI, AH Cryo: $1,750 Anesthesia: $550 PGS: $4,250 Medications: Gonal-F 450IU: 5 vials $2,010 Cabergoline oral tablet 0.5mg: 8 pills $140.54 Clomid 50mg: 5 tablets $51.76 Cetrotide Subcutaneous kit 0.25mg: qty 8 $438
Describe Sandy Chuan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
I haven't gone through that process yet, but from my understanding of the CDC reported statistics, for all age groups the facility transfers roughly 1.9 to something like 2.3 embryos per cycle.
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Mission Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
10 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
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As a clinic everyone there [at San Diego Fertility Clinic] is very friendly and patient and understanding. The only thing that kind of frustrated me a little bit is that you have to talk to a lot of different people rather than their be 1 liaison that you work with...The IUI cycles were around $700 per cycle. The IVF cycle if you do single cycle is around $13,500 and we chose to do success guarantee which was $22,465...On the plus side, they ALL use email (I love emailing rather than calling) so I was able to email all the coordinators about everything.
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Graphic Designer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
4th of 4 Docs
Treatment
10 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
As a clinic everyone there is very friendly and patient and understanding. The only thing that kind of frustrated me a little bit is that you have to talk to a lot of different people rather than their be 1 liaison that you work with. For example, you speak to coordinator to arrange your meds, 1 coordinator to arrange your insurance, 1 coordinator to arrange your financials and billing, 1 coordinator to train you on your meds, 1 coordinator to set up your calendar, and then the medical assistant to the actual doctor. There were times this was frustrating for me and I wished that I could just contact 1 person to take care of all of that and arrange with all those coordinators themselves. I'm not sure if this is usually how all clinics work or not. On the plus side, they ALL use email (I love emailing rather than calling) so I was able to email all the coordinators about everything.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Friedman really personalized my care and made me feel like she genuinely cared about my partner's and my goals, wants, and needs. I knew without a doubt that Dr. Friedman knew who I was and my case every time I had to contact her. She quickly responded to any questions I had as well as would call me to wish me luck on everything.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Some of them are fantastic, a couple of them weren't as warm in their bedside manner but then again that could be because we were spoiled by how lovely Dr. Friedman is. Some of them were a little disorganized and lost some of my forms but I made copies for myself so it wasn't a big deal to me.
What specific things went wrong at San Diego Fertility Center?
  • Lost paperwork
How was your experience with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Friedman is extremely bright and knowledgeable in her field. Right from the start she made us feel very comfortable (we are an LGBT couple) and we felt an immediate connection and trust with her. We had full faith in every decision or opinion she gave and could feel that she genuinely cared about us. She is also extremely warm and compassionate and is also very calming and reassuring. I wish that Dr. Friedman could be my doctor for everything, she is by far the best doctor I have ever seen.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
Being able to email her directly with questions was amazing. She not only answered everything I would ask (and I had a lot of questions), she responds in the same day which is HUGE when you are going through fertility treatment.
Describe the protocols Brooke Friedman used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
When we came to Dr. Friedman I had already tried 8 IUI's without a single one resulting in a pregnancy. I have PCOS, am a lesbian, and was using frozen donor sperm. I also had tried everything from fertility meds (clomid and letrozole) to injectables (follistim and hcg trigger shots) and progesterone suppositories. I had had some positive physical changes (ie: lost weight, less stress, more stable cycle) and wanted to try IUI at least once or twice before making the big plunge to IVF. Dr. Friedman was in full support of this, she believed there was the possibility that IUI could work and understood my reason for wanting to try. After the 2nd try when it did not work I appreciated that she was honest in telling me her opinion on why she thought the IUI's weren't working and why IVF would have a much better chance and she was supportive of either decision we made. We ended up deciding to go with IVF retrieval and FET instead of trying a 3rd IUI with her (would have been my 11th IUI total). She confidently believed we would get pregnant on our first FET. We had a minor road bump right before the transfer (I ended up having uterine polyps and had to have them surgically removed) but then everything went smoothly with our embryo transfer (we transferred 1 by choice) and I am happy to say we are currently almost 10 weeks pregnant after our first try.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center.
The IUI cycles were around $700 per cycle. The IVF cycle if you do single cycle is around $13,500 and we chose to do success guarantee which was $22,465.
Describe Brooke Friedman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
We were very adamant about not wanting to multiples, obviously if we somehow ended up with multiples we would not complain but we preferred to have a singleton. Other doctors I have seen push to transfer more than 1 embryo to increase your chances and Dr. Friedman was in complete and total support of us transferring only 1 embryo at a time. We are so grateful that her vision and ours were completely on the same page.
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Doctor
Brooke Friedman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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The Staff at SDFC were so supportive, respectful, kind and knowledgeable. They try their best to make you ivf journey much easier...I highly recommend having a consultation with Dr Friedman and I'm sure you will feel the difference from that moment...
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Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Middle Eastern
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
4th of 4 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Friedman is so kind and intelligent and truly cares for her patients. She makes sure you are comfortable with any decision through the process and keeps you informed about everything. She always answered all our questions and replied to all our emails and we feel very fortunate to have our treatment with her. She even called to give the results when I was told that a nurse from the center will call. And when I decided to see a nurse for an ultrasound as Dr Friedman was in the operation room and I choose not to wait, Dr. Friedman called me in the afternoon to congratulate me.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center.
The Staff at SDFC were so supportive, respectful, kind and knowledgeable. They try their best to make you ivf journey much easier.
How was your experience with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
Going through IVF is not easy but Dr. Brooke made our experience much better. Dr. Friedman is so kind and intelligent and truly cares for her patients. She makes sure you are comfortable with any decision through the process and keeps you informed about everything. She always answered all our questions and replied to all our emails and we feel very fortunate to have our treatment with her. She even called to give the results when I was told that a nurse from the center will call. And when I decided to see a nurse for an ultrasound as Dr Friedman was in the operation room and I choose not to wait, Dr. Friedman called me in the afternoon to congratulate me. We had to deal with 4 doctors for infertility and Dr Friedman was the sweetest and most dedicated doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
I highly recommend having a consultation with Dr Friedman and I'm sure you will feel the difference from that moment.
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Doctor
Brooke Friedman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
37
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 6 IVF, 6 Egg Freezing, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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We had several Skype appointments and it was amazing to see how well they [staff at San Diego Fertility Center] coordinated everything for us (medication, first appointments with a local doctor, tests, etc.). They were able to accommodate our schedules and help us with by being flexible around the logistics of our travel. I totally recommend Dr. Friedman and the SDFC to anybody going through this heart breaking journey, they were extremely professional, thorough and yet very warm, showing a great empathy for our situation. We are almost 12 weeks pregnant and we are still crossing our fingers so that all goes well, we are confidant that it will just because we know we were i
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Age
37
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
5th of 5 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 6 IVF, 6 Egg Freezing, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Great coordination between all the departments (nurse, doctors, finance, donor team)
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
After 6 years trying to build our family, 6 IVFs, two clinics in LA and several in Argentina where we live now, we were so lucky that somebody introduced us to Dr Brooke Friedman of the San Diego Fertility Center. We hesitated at first because of the long distance but once we decided to do a treatment with them we felt their complete support and we were sure that we made the right decision. We had several Skype appointments and it was amazing to see how well they coordinated everything for us (medication, first appointments with a local doctor, tests, etc.). They were able to accommodate our schedules and help us with by being flexible around the logistics of our travel. I totally recommend Dr. Friedman and the SDFC to anybody going through this heart breaking journey, they were extremely professional, thorough and yet very warm, showing a great empathy for our situation. We are almost 12 weeks pregnant and we are still crossing our fingers so that all goes well, we are confidant that it will just because we know we were in such great hands.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Megan)
Very profesional, flexible and understanding.
How was your experience with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
After 6 years trying to build our family, 6 IVFs, two clinics in LA and several in Argentina where we live now, we were so lucky that somebody introduced us to Dr Brooke Friedman of the San Diego Fertility Center. We hesitated at first because of the long distance but once we decided to do a treatment with them we felt their complete support and we were sure that we made the right decision. We had several Skype appointments and it was amazing to see how well they coordinated everything for us (medication, first appointments with a local doctor, tests, etc.). They were able to accommodate our schedules and help us with by being flexible around the logistics of our travel. I totally recommend Dr. Friedman and the SDFC to anybody going through this heart breaking journey, they were extremely professional, thorough and yet very warm, showing a great empathy for our situation. We are almost 12 weeks pregnant and we are still crossing our fingers so that all goes well, we are confidant that it will just because we know we were in such great hands.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
Trust her, you are in good hands.
Describe the protocols Brooke Friedman used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Fresh transfer, egg donor.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center.
Around 40k
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Doctor
Brooke Friedman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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Age
41 - 43
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
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Jenn [was my] medical assistant. She was always available to me after hours with my questions and helped me keep inventory of what medications I had or needed to order. She was my rock, she always had hope for me and would say "I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one" she gave me hope and encouragement. Michelle NP was so sweet she is very good at explaining what were looking at on the monitor and then explaining the process in a way that I can understand. She also spent the time answering all my questions. She too was hopeful for us.
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Age
41 - 43
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Beautiful office, staff is professional and tries to work with your work schedule. They are organized and always followed through with your questions. They all seem to know exactly what is going in with your case. It makes you feel like your in great hands!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
I felt I was treated very well, Dr Chuan was very straightforward with me and empathetic, called me personally and spent along time on the phone with explaining what the next step would be (aside from our lengthy consultation because I had so many questions and was very anxious and upset by this infertility diagnosis).
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jenn Hoffman )
Jenn Medical Assistant. She was always available to me after hours with my questions and helped me keep inventory of what medications I had or needed to order. She was my rock, she always had hope for me and would say "I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one" she gave me hope and encouragement. Michelle NP was so sweet she is very good at explaining what were looking at on the monitor and then explaining the process in a way that I can understand. She also spent the time answering all my questions. She too was hopeful for us.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan spent an extensive amount of time on our initial consultation because I was in shock by what I was being told and had so many questions and needed her to repeat to me again what she said . She explained all our options. She was very sincere and empathetic. She kept me focused and reminded me to take it day by day. I would highly recommend Dr. Chuan.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Read everything you can about your situation, I know it's hard because your depressed or like me in shock, but try to read up and come prepared with your questions, any question you have are important.
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
We did 1 cycle of injections d/t my age= no follicle response canceled 2nd cycle of high dose injections same as above no response from my body canceled. She gave me the option of trying Clomid pill; so far 3 cycles on this Cycle 1 ovulated before retrieval, she decided to keep a closer eye on me. Cycle 2 led to egg retrieval and 2 frozen embryos Cycle 3 ovulated 1 of the 2 follicles we decided to save our money instead of going after 1 egg and try another cycle Waiting to start my next cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
6,000 for medication 11,000 for cycles and egg retrieval
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Educational Resources
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Age
42 - 43
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
10
My nurse [at San Diego Fertility Center] was excellent taking my blood, which is not easy considering my veins. Would always answer any question I had. The care coordinator was so warm and caring, it's important how you are treated given the circumstances. It's so intimate and you feel very vulnerable, often are very emotional. They made it safe and very comfortable and I am very grateful for that. They made sure you get your medications at a competitive price. They always had my best interest in mind. The level of professionalism and care throughout the process is amazing.
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Age
42 - 43
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Extremely clean and very well organized. Everybody is very courteous and sharp. They are there to take great care of you, you can feel it instantly. Smiling and happy environment, reassuring and professional.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr Chuan is an extremely personable doctor, she makes you feel comfortable given those intimate and often painful circumstances. She is very professional and knowledgeable, yet very warm and inviting. She tries to answer all the questions in a very layman way and creates a very safe environment. Being a woman, I prefer to have a female doctor and she was exactly who I was looking for.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Michelle Kemp)
My nurse was excellent taking my blood, which is not easy considering my veins. Would always answer any question I had. The care coordinator was so warm and caring, it's important how you are treated given the circumstances. It's so intimate and you feel very vulnerable, often are very emotional. They made it safe and very comfortable and I am very grateful for that. They made sure you get your medications at a competitive price. They always had my best interest in mind. The level of professionalism and care throughout the process is amazing.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Being a woman I was looking for a female doctor, and found exactly what I was looking for. Professional, very personable, warm and caring, smart and funny. She would always make me feel at ease and safe. I knew right away I was in great hands. She creates the woman to woman connection, which is very comforting.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Trust the process and the doctor, she would do the best for you and would tell you exactly what your chances are.
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
It was suggested we do 2 cycles of frozen embryos, considering my age (42) and my test results. We retried 10 eggs total, 3 embryos and after the PGS testing got one good quality, male one, exactly what we wanted. Waiting on the transfer in 5 days, then positive pregnancy test!!!!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
around $23,000 for 2 rounds of frozen embryos transfer, $4,600 for genetic testing, $5,500 for meds
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
28 - 30
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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My husband is active-duty Military and was set for a deployment. We had to do a freeze-all cycle, with my eggs- as my husband has fertility issues & we were on a time crunch. The Clinic [San Diego Fertility Center] was very accommodating of our schedule and worked diligently to make sure I got into the next egg retrieval cycle- to ensure we could create the embryos, prior to his departure.
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Age
28 - 30
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
It's gorgeous! Clean, furnished nicely. Myrna at the front desk is so accommodating. After my second visit, you typically don't even sign in when you walk through the door, they greet you by name & let you know they'll get you back. The wait is never long and they are always pleasant and attentive.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
My experience with the SDFC office was very personable. Each appointment that we had, was obviously for the observation of a fertility procedure- but the conversation was always light and in regards to the on-going events of family, events, etc. I never felt like I was being shuttled around being poked and prodded with needles. It felt like a friendly stop-in to say hi to friends, give some blood/have an ultrasound etc. and go on my way.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jennifer Hoffman)
Jennifer "Jen", has been amazing. From day one, she gave me her cell phone number- and this poor woman. I contact her at all hours of the day, each time she responds within 10-15 minutes. When we started our egg retrieval cycle, it coincided with Thanksgiving Day, being my first shots- my husband and I were so nervous we were doing it right, we had to call Jen. She answered, on Thanksgiving and took the time to explain to us what we needed to do. She is always communicating with me and always right there when I need her.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Sandy is absolutely the best. She is warm, friendly and extremely knowledgeable of all procedures, medicine, outcomes, surgeries, etc. Each time she meets with you, you're greeted with a hug and she's always sincerely concerned with how your body is feeling and yourself mentally. I always felt very cared for and I never felt any form of anxiety, going through any of this. Something I can say is very comforting, considering this is an extremely emotional process to go through. I left everything in the hands of Dr. Chuan, having her definitely lifted a weight off of our shoulders- knowing we could count on everything to be taken care of, in the best way possible for myself, my husband & our future child.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Prepare to be hugged.
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
As I said previously, this is a very emotional process with a lot of moving parts. My husband is active-duty Military and was set for a deployment. We had to do a freeze-all cycle, with my eggs- as my husband has fertility issues & we were on a time crunch. The Clinic was very accommodating of our schedule and worked diligently to make sure I got into the next egg retrieval cycle- to ensure we could create the embryos, prior to his departure. During the course of my treatment, I was monitored closely for all of my levels doing blood work/ultra sounds continually. There were times my levels would go too high & we would adjust medications accordingly. I would always receive a call the evening of the change, prior to administering my medications to let me know how to proceed. The day of my 'trigger shot' prior for my egg retrieval, my levels again went a little high. So we had to change course and order a new trigger shot. We were able to go to a nearby pharmacy and adjust for my body. Dr. Chuan and her staff were always very informative as to why the change, what it would mean & how to facilitate.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
Again, she was great. During our egg retrieval cycle, we were out of the state. Due to being at a different clinic, we had to pay an 'offsite monitoring fee' payment to the OB/GYN clinic we attended. Dr. Chuan deducted what we paid to the other provider, off the balance at her clinic. It is obviously an expensive procedure, but they were very helpful with picking the plan that worked best for our family and our finances.
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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Age
35
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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The whole process is nerve-wracking but the staff is always so friendly and happy to help you that it makes you feel at home. I did have to wait over 45 minutes for my initial consultation which was a little off putting but all my other appointments have gone smoothly and quickly.
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Age
35
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
The whole process is nerve-wracking but the staff is always so friendly and happy to help you that it makes you feel at home. I did have to wait over 45 minutes for my initial consultation which was a little off putting but all my other appointments have gone smoothly and quickly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
The staff was very friendly and it was nice to be greeted by name as you walked in for your appointments.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff has been an awesome support group. I always have lots of questions after my ultrasound and they are always right there to help answer any questions.
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park was extremely friendly and really answered all of my questions I had going through IVF for the first time. When she called and had to leave me a message it was always detailed enough so I wasn't left with more questions as to what was going to happen next.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Don't expect to see the doctor at every visit, you can definitely schedule appointments around when she is in the office. All the staff is very friendly and it feels like a family.
Describe the protocols Susanna Park used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
The first shot at IVF I was on 150iu of Gonal-F for 13 days, I was only able to get 4 mature eggs so we converted that cycle to an IUI (#5). It resulted in a BFN so we decided to up my dosage of Gonal-F for the next IVF. I had never taken injectable medication before so we didn't know how I would respond. I did 300iu for 10 days and it resulted in 25 follicles retrieved during my egg retrieval. We are currently waiting for our FET (scheduled date is 3/23).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center.
Roughly $25,000 and that is included all the meds.
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Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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Dr. Sandy Chuan's office [at San Diego Fertility Center] was extremely professional, kind, and knowledgeable. They spent extra time with me answering all my questions and helping me to understand the process. Her and her staff are on call to help me with anything 24/7 and are always so kind about it. I have never felt like a number, and appreciate their sensitivity during such a confusing and difficult process.
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Age
31 - 32
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
New, clean, with the latest technology.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Sandy Chuan's office was extremely professional, kind, and knowledgeable. They spent extra time with me answering all my questions and helping me to understand the process. Her and her staff are on call to help me with anything 24/7 and are always so kind about it. I have never felt like a number, and appreciate their sensitivity during such a confusing and difficult process.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
All nursing staff were very kind and answered all questions and followed up after every appointment. I am also able to reach them 24/7 with any questions big or small and they are always so kind about it no matter what time.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
I was very lucky to find Dr. Sandy Chuan. Being a younger patient it was all very scary and confusing. When I first met her, she was so kind and professional. Her knowledge of my issues and her ability to explain it so my husband and I could understand was greatly appreciated. She took the extra time to help us and never made us seem like we were holding her up and she never tried to rush us, which is something we so greatly appreciated. She was not only professional and sensitive she was also willing to work with my work schedules so I did not have to take extra time off work. I would recommend her to anyone having issues with fertility.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
To get in ASAP because it will be the best decision you ever made.
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
I cannot remember the first part of treatment and what they were called, but I do know she tried two different methods that failed before moving to egg retrieval and embryo transfer. I have only done the embryo transfer once, and it was successful with one egg that split into identical twins, but I lost them at 16 weeks. I am in the process of doing my second transfer with Dr. Chuan now.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
$20,000 one time fee, success guaranteed or money back.
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
The facility [SD Fertility Center] was beautiful and the office front staff were so friendly and warm. Frankie is amazing (front desk). The facility location is very easy to get to, right off the freeway. The rooms are private and comfortable, the office is very clean & professional looking...I received personal care and frequent updates from the staff....I would have preferred more contact, direction & updates from the medical assistant. I felt like she treated me like just another patient she has seen a thousand times before, whereas this was my very first experience with fertility treatment and I had no idea what I was doing.
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
The facility was beautiful and the office front staff were so friendly and warm. Frankie is amazing (front desk). The facility location is very easy to get to, right off the freeway. The rooms are private and comfortable, the office is very clean & professional looking.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
I received personal care and frequent updates from the staff. I did occasionally feel like Dr. Hummel had forgotten about me because I mostly dealt with his MA and NP.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: His medical assistant)
I would have preferred more contact, direction & updates from the medical assistant. I felt like she treated me like just another patient she has seen a thousand times before, whereas this was my very first experience with fertility treatment and I had no idea what I was doing. Sometimes I felt like she was irritated when I would ask her to explain something more because I didn't understand, almost like she expected me to know.
How was your experience with William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Hummel was kind, knowledgeable & compassionate. I was somewhat disappointed in the infrequency with which I saw him. I was a patient of his for approximately 1 year an I think I saw him 3 or 4 times.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Be sure to ask questions if you become confused with the process or terminology. I have a medical background and struggled myself at times to understand the process, especially when it came to the explanation of the IVF treatment packages.
Describe the protocols William Hummel used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
I had 6 failed IUI cycles and 1 successful IVF cycle. During IUI I did 2 natural cycles, 2 with oral clomid and 2 with injectables (I can't remember the names). During the IVF I used several different injectable medications in a specific series as well as intravaginal estrogen suppositories after the implantation. The injectable series was complicated but with good organizational skills, was manageable. The vaginal suppositories were inconvenient & messy (twice a day for 2 weeks). However I was told the only other options were daily intramuscular injections of estrogen. I was tired of injections so I went for the suppositories which were effective in holding my pregnancy.
Describe the costs associated with your care under William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center.
Approximately $35,000 total with IUI, IVF & medications.
Describe William Hummel's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
Dr. Hummel gave me the option of single or multiple transfer. He explained the risks vs benefits and was ethical in that he would not consider transferring 3 or more embryos based on my personal story (single mom by choice). I felt he was being very responsible in his advice.
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Doctor
William Hummel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
34
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
7 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
10
Frankie, is the name of the person who answers the phone sometimes [at SD Fert Center - Carmel V]... She is so sweet! Whenever I told her who was whether she remembered or not she acted like she remembered who I was and was so kind and made me laugh! I never felt rushed with any of their staff! My husband and I were blown away on our first visit that they scheduled us to meet with the manager of each department that would be handling our treatment. We had never met with an embryologist before!...
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Age
34
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
5th of 5 Docs
Treatment
7 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Frankie, is the name of the person who answers the phone sometimes. She is so sweet! Whenever I told her who was whether she remembered or not she acted like she remembered who I was and was so kind and made me laugh! I never felt rushed with any of their staff! My husband and I were blown away on our first visit that they scheduled us to meet with the manager of each department that would be handling our treatment. We had never met with an embryologist before! She answered all her questions like how do you store the leftover embryos. Before she left the room she sincerely said that she was going to take really good care of us and our embryos! I believed her! And they did!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
This doctor was Honestly unlike any doctor we have ever Matt especially in the infertility world! He was immediately warm and friendly and unimposed by our questions and fears! It felt like we were his only patient!
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Danielle Miller)
You could tell that the kindness and warmth really trickle down from the doctors to the staff! But as most people know the person you have contact with on a regular basis is your nurse. She was amazing! For example in her communication with me she often took time to acknowledge my fears and reassure me! This is definitely not been the case with most of my clinics that we're mostly sterile and their communication as if I was a checklist. Then when we finally got the results of a positive pregnancy through blood work results, she encouraged me to take a pregnancy test. I asked her why since I knew the blood test was superior. She said because I deserved to see a positive sign! Wow! I'll never forget that! She was so sweet! I took a picture of the positive test an emailed it to her thanking her for encouraging me to do that!
How was your experience with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
On a day where we were full of anxiety and excitement at the same time, the day of our transfer, he was unbelievably kind and warm! For example, he knew that we had never gotten as far as an embryo transfer due to my egg quality, and immediately following the transfer of the embryo, he looked in my eyes and very sincerely said congratulations! I cried of course! He made it very personal like he understood!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Go in with high expectations because they will be met!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center.
They were very discreet and professional
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Doctor
Michael Kettel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
37 - 39
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Jenn [a nurse at San Diego Fertility Center] is the primary person I dealt with at every appointment. She was amazing. Very friendly, personable, and knowledgeable. During our first appointment she gave me her cell phone number and said I could text her with any questions, which I did. I had a lot of questions which she always answered quickly and thoroughly. Chris and Michelle did the bulk of my ultrasounds and they were both amazing. Both of them were very friendly and very knowledgeable. They each made me feel completely at ease.
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Age
37 - 39
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Most of my appointments, consultations, and ultrasounds were at the Temecula office while the egg retrievals and transfers were at the Del Mar office. The Temecula office is very lovely; well appointed and very clean. It was a pleasure to go here. And since I live in Murrieta, it was fantastic and convenient that most of my appointments were able to be done locally. The Del Mar office is just as nice. They have opened a new clinic in Del Mar that I haven't yet been to so I can't give an opinion of what it currently looks like but I'm sure it is even better than the last one!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
From our very first appointment, Dr. Chuan was completely invested in our journey.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jenn)
Jenn is the primary person I dealt with at every appointment. She was amazing. Very friendly, personable, and knowledgeable. During our first appointment she gave me her cell phone number and said I could text her with any questions, which I did. I had a lot of questions which she always answered quickly and thoroughly. Chris and Michelle did the bulk of my ultrasounds and they were both amazing. Both of them were very friendly and very knowledgeable. They each made me feel completely at ease.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
We could not have loved having Dr. Chuan as our doctor any more than we did. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for over two years by the time we first saw her. She was warm, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. She took the time to explain everything to us in terms that we could understand and relate to. The month before we were to start the IVF process we ended up pregnant naturally and I miscarried at 7 weeks. The first time I saw Dr. Chuan after she found out she couldn't have been more sympathetic and caring. We decided to skip IUI as an option due to my age, 37 at the time, and the fact that we had been trying to get pregnant for so long at that point, we all agreed that IVF would have a higher possibility of success. We initially were going to do just one retrieval due to the high cost of IVF (our insurance covered nothing of course) and ended up with 3 fresh blastocysts of poor quality. We transferred all three and received a negative result which was obviously emotionally devastating. My husband and I decided to try again and the clinic was amazing in working with us. They offer a discount if you buy a three retrieval package and they rolled over the money we spent on the single retrieval into the package so we saved a lot of money. We did two more retrievals back to back and froze everything. For every new cycle of treatment, Dr. Chuan changed the protocol to try to find what worked best for us. Our first retrieval she was only able to get viable eggs from one ovary so she changed our medications the next time and got better results. She tried a change to the medications for the third retrieval as well to try to give us the best odds. Our second transfer ended up as a blighted ovum miscarriage. Another devastation. Our third transfer resulted in a negative result. By this point I was pretty frustrated and concerned about the quality of my eggs. We spoke to Dr. Chuan about possibly using an egg donor even though we still had six of our own five day blastocysts frozen. She was very empathetic and understanding about our frustration but urged us to give it one more shot with our own eggs and to try transferring three (they normally only transfer a maximum of two) blastocysts. So, we gave it a shot and I honestly fully expected it to fail since I was pretty disheartened at this point. I couldn't be more thrilled to say that I am 24 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby girl! To say that I was shocked by the positive result would be an understatement. After all of our HCG numbers came back and we were where we were supposed to be, Dr. Chuan called me to congratulate me. At this point in the process generally the fertility doctor is done but she knew how much we had struggled and wanted us to know that she truly cared about us. I have never dealt with a doctor who cared more about me and everything I was going through. If Dr. Chuan could be my lifelong doctor for everything I would be thrilled.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Always be honest about your feelings. I am fully aware about what a serious process fertility treatment is but my husband and I always use sarcasm and humor to deal with stress. Because we joked around, Dr. Chuan adapted fully to our personalities and that really helped us through the process. Had we been super serious about the whole thing, she would have been also. We were able to be ourselves around her which made the process infinitely easier and more comfortable.
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
I remember that Dr. Chuan changed up our medications during each retrieval to try to get the best results but I don't remember exactly what she changed. I do know that I responded very badly to Estrogen during the egg transfer process and so she tried three different routes for me to take the medication to make me less ill, i.e. patches vs. orally. I was very grateful because taking the pills orally made me horribly nauseated.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
The IVF three egg retrieval package was $26,790. Our medications per cycle were about $6,000.
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
41 - 43
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
Both the Temecual and San Diego clinics [at San Diego Fertility Center] were efficient, professional, peaceful surroundings and staff was cheerful and kind. I'd like to mention Cecy, she went above and beyond for me and I am so grateful to her. Also, Myrna, the front desk staff, was always super helpful, friendly and cheerful. The staff made each appointment feel like a visit amongst friends and that is so appreciated since this process can be so daunting and stressful.
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Age
41 - 43
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Native American
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Both the Temecual and San Diego clinics were efficient, professional, peaceful surroundings and staff was cheerful and kind. I'd like to mention Cecy, she went above and beyond for me and I am so grateful to her. Also, Myrna, the front desk staff, was always super helpful, friendly and cheerful. The staff made each appointment feel like a visit amongst friends and that is so appreciated since this process can be so daunting and stressful.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Doctors and staff treated me with kindness, respect and genuine caring
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jenn Hoffman)
Jenn Hoffman was incredible. She, along with Dr.Chuan, showed a positive happy attitude throughout the years of treatment. She went above and beyond her duties for me.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan was one of the most compassionate doctors I have ever known. She treated me like you would a good friend, yet she remained professional. She was positive, kind and caring. I was extremely confident in her medical and fertility knowledge. We had to make several changes in my protocol over the 2+ years I saw her. She was always accommodating with my requests. I had some reactions with either birth control pills, hormone creams or injection medications that she would work with me to figure out new protocols to try. I felt like Dr. Chuan worked so hard to find the right protocols that would work with my body each cycle.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Stay patient and eliminate stress from your life as much as possible
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Dr.Chuan thought we would reach the best results if we started right away with an egg retrieval due to my age, 40. Our most successful retrieval was the first. After a month of birth control pills to suppress my ovaries, we then stimulated the follicles with injections and retrieved 6 eggs. My husband and I wanted to do genetic testing and the clinic charged same fee whether you had one or eight embryos, so over the next 2+ years we tried to retrieve enough eggs to fertilize into embryos so we could have eight embryos for the testing. It took 2+ years due to my body reacting to the protocols. The protocol that worked perfectly the first round did not work again. I think we tried around 6-10 different protocols over the whole process. The first egg retrieval resulted in the one embryo that genetically would be a viable pregnancy. We implanted the one embryo that was a success!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
Over the 2+ years the total cost of medications and clinic procedures was $60,000
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
Everything at the clinic [San Diego Fertility Center] is great except ins/billing dept. I checked my ins before starting treatment but ended up calling back a second and third time to verify info that was quoted differently to clinic...From day one she [Dr Chuan] made my husband and I very comfortable. She explained everything she planned on doing with risks and expectations. Every major procedure was done by her. Even though my husband and I had unexplained infertility she never gave up, wanted to make sure we got pregnant-and here I am, 6 1/2 months pregnant!
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Everything at the clinic is great except ins/billing dept. I checked my ins before starting treatment but ended up calling back a second and third time to verify info that was quoted differently to clinic
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
I was always acknowledged and spoken to with respect. This is a long hard process and time was always spent with me and questions were always answered.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
From day one she made my husband and I very comfortable. She explained everything she planned on doing with risks and expectations. Every major procedure was done by her. Even though my husband and I had unexplained infertility she never gave up, wanted to make sure we got pregnant-and here I am, 6 1/2 months pregnant!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Although she explains everything if there is something you don't understand don't be scared to ask. This is a big confusing time-she will go over everything so you understand
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
At first my husband and I did ever test possible to try and determine why we were unable to conceive on our own. We decided to skip IUI and go straight to IVF because there is a better chance of success. We did a normal protocol for egg retrieval and froze them to give my body time to recoup. For our first FET the protocol was normal and unfortunately neither of the two stuck. For our second FET we changed protocol to use drugs like an egg retrieval to try to use my own bodies hormones. It worked, of the two used one stuck.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
I would say that we were lucky having fertility coverage through our ins. So we only paid a co-pay for drugs and a small percentage for procedures because the center was out of network
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
37 - 39
Treated
2012 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
6 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
10
We did the "success guarantee" plan [at San Diego Fertility Center] which is supposed to give you money back if you use all of your embryos and have 3 rounds of IVF and do not have a live birth. This is not actually what happens- we ended up paying more money for each round and did not get anything back in the end. And the financial coordinator is difficult to work with- she does not answer phone calls or emails timely and then send you late payment warnings. This is the only part of the clinic that I did not like. They should not call it success guarantee, they should call it a discount plan for each additional cycle if you sign up for 3. It is misleading.
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Age
37 - 39
Treated
2012 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
This clinic is organized and structured in a way that you will feel taken care of and not lost in a sea of numbers. You have your ultrasounds in the morning and then the whole group meets for a midday meeting so they can discuss your case together. They call you with an update in the afternoon. That way everyone is on the same page and there is no confusion. The same nurse gives your ultrasounds (mostly) and the same nurse draws your blood each time. They are not pushy, and don't waste your time. And the office is clean and beautiful.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Hummel is incredibly caring and empathetic at all stages of the process.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Carrie )
Carrie did all of my ultrasounds- she was professional, caring, gentle, and a great resource for information. I cannot say enough about how much I appreciated her after I went to a different clinic where the nursing staff was not great.
How was your experience with William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Hummel was good at explaining the process of IVF in a caring and gentle manner. One thing that stood out was how he made a point of complimenting my husband which made him feel included (when sometimes I think husbands can feel left out). He is soft-spoken and thoughtful and made us feel like we were important to him. The only negative I can say is that he suggested moving on to donor eggs while I was on the table having the last embryo transferred. I thought the timing was not so good.
Describe the protocols William Hummel used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
All of our IVF cycles were long prototcol with either ganirelix or cetrotide as antagonist, Gonal-F/menopur stimulations, Ovidrel trigger shots with Lovenox for blood thinners. The first two cycles were fresh day 5 transfers, transferring 2 the first time and 3 the second. We froze the rest and transferred them after the fresh transfers did not work. The last 2 cycles were frozen transfers with PGS. We used ICSI in all cycles because of my husband's low morphology. None of the cycles worked.
Describe the costs associated with your care under William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center.
We did the "success guarantee" plan which is supposed to give you money back if you use all of your embryos and have 3 rounds of IVF and do not have a live birth. This is not actually what happens- we ended up paying more money for each round and did not get anything back in the end. And the financial coordinator is difficult to work with- she does not answer phone calls or emails timely and then send you late payment warnings. This is the only part of the clinic that I did not like. They should not call it success guarantee, they should call it a discount plan for each additional cycle if you sign up for 3. It is misleading.
Describe William Hummel's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
He was happy to transfer more than one embryo from the start, but I was 35 at the time that I started treatment and had low ovarian reserve. We discussed the possibility of twins- my husband is a twin and so we were up for it.
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Doctor
William Hummel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
29 - 30
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
Jen [a nurse at San Diego Fertility Center] was very compassionate and understanding. Her, having been a surrogate, new first hand how important it was for someone to have a baby of their own. Every time I had a negative result, she was there to tell me it was OK and that "we are going to get it next time." We are still in contact today on social media, where she can see my baby girl grow.
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Age
29 - 30
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Initially the clinic was a shared office, so I was somewhat confused when I first went in. I wasn't sure if it was a regular doctor's office or a lab. There were other nurses and front reception staff from the other provider, that were not very happy most of the time. But once I realized that was not SDFC, I looked past it and focused on my visit with Dr. Chuan.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
I felt like a human being because Dr. Chuan spoke to me as an individual instead of the "common" patient suffering from infertility.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jennifer Hoffman)
Jen was very compassionate and understanding. Her, having been a surrogate, new first hand how important it was for someone to have a baby of their own. Every time I had a negative result, she was there to tell me it was OK and that "we are going to get it next time." We are still in contact today on social media, where she can see my baby girl grow.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan is very dedicated to her profession. I appreciated the way she made me feel like that our dream of conceiving a child would come true. I had a really hard time going through everything, but thankfully Dr. Chuan always lifted my spirits when she entered the room. Her optimism kept me going!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Your journey started long ago, but now your future awaits you. Don't be scared of the process and take everything one step at a time. Ask whatever questions you have, even if they seem like silly ones. Dr. Chuan's experience and knowledge will help guide you through. Be confident that not only will she do her very best to handle your case delicately, but that you will meet you bundle of joy soon!!! My motto through everything was "Where hope grows, miracles blossom."
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
The only thing that stands out to me was my initial reaction to the progesterone tablets I tried. I told Dr. Chuan that they made me bleed uncomfortably, so she had me try progesterone in oil. Well, the needles in my backside didn't work either, because I don't have much muscle or body fat in that area and it hurt way too much! So, then she had me try the cream, which was way more comfortable and I was able to get through the entire length of dosage prior to my transfer.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
I believe we spent roughly $5,000.00 total in medication; Medication for the egg retrieval and 3 transfers. I did end up with a little more medication than I needed for my last transfer, and I donated it back to clinic. The overall cost was about $20,000.00.
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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0
Age
28
Treated
2013
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
0
Be prepared for more costs than you are initially told [at San Diego Fertility Center]. There were charges for every visit, monitoring visit and blood test for our clomid cycles. We ended up paying more than we would have paid for an IUI for a clomid cycle...Since we were young, I was prescribed clomid and tried at home. We had monitoring appointments every other day up until ovulation. We repeated the same exact protocol for the second month without any adjustments.
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Age
28
Treated
2013
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
0
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
The office is clean and professional. They were only open on certain days as the doctor worked in San Diego and Temecula, so if doing IVF here, you would need to sync your cycle to the clinic's availability.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
The doctor did not take us seriously since we were young (28) and no obvious issues showed on our initial testing despite the fact we were not pregnant after 18 months of trying to conceive. We were understandably concerned with the situation and the doctor really brushed off our concerns. After our cycles, we were called by a nurse with terrible bedside manner. She said " The test was negative. When do you want to start your next treatment?" There was not time for processing the situation or personal touch. We felt like we were being pushed down a conveyor belt.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jenn)
The nurse was very blunt and focused on pushing us into the next cycle. She did not seem to take the emotional aspect of fertility treatment into account when communicating with us.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan has very nice shoes. That is what I remember as she always seemed to talk about her very high end shoe collection and we certainly felt like we were paying for those shoes with each expensive visit. The clinic would give us pricing estimates on tests and we would receive invoices for thousands more than we were told. We were frustrated by our experience since we were not taken seriously and decided to move on to another specialist after a few months of working with Dr Chuan.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Be prepared for more costs than you are initially told. There were charges for every visit, monitoring visit and blood test for our clomid cycles. We ended up paying more than we would have paid for an IUI for a clomid cycle.
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Since we were young, I was prescribed clomid and tried at home. We had monitoring appointments every other day up until ovulation. We repeated the same exact protocol for the second month without any adjustments.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
We ended up paying about $12,000 for initial fertility testing since our insurance covered $0. The clomid cycles ended up costing about $2500 each due to all the monitoring appt
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
0
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
This clinic [SD Fertility Center] goes out of it's way to make sure they can find a timeslot that works with your schedule and is always ready with a friendly face to answer any questions you may have. The strengths of this clinic are it's strong staff of doctors and nurses and clinic coordinators.... The staff at the Mission Valley office was always very pleasant and willing to step in and help no matter the situation. They were reliable and always available for additional questions.
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Age
37 - 38
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Middle Eastern
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
This clinic goes out of it's way to make sure they can find a timeslot that works with your schedule and is always ready with a friendly face to answer any questions you may have. The strengths of this clinic are it's strong staff of doctors and nurses and clinic coordinators.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
The staff at the Mission Valley office was always very pleasant and willing to step in and help no matter the situation. They were reliable and always available for additional questions.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Janette Renteria)
Janette is an excellent addition to the team. She was always quick to provide a phone call back or a simple answer over email. She made sure I was well coordinated every step of the way.
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Susanna Park is an extraordinary example of someone who is an expert in their field, but also always shows compassion and understanding. As a patient at the Mission Valley clinic you always have access to top care and unlimited access to Dr. Park if you should have any additional follow up questions about next steps or any concerns.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park is an excellent listener and is never in a rush, make sure you come prepared with questions and she will stay with you until every last question is answered.
Describe the protocols Susanna Park used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
After going through basic blood testing and an HSG. Dr. Park met with me again to go over my results. Based on my overall age Dr. Park recommended Femara and Clomid on each cycle and suggested we start with 3 cycles of IUI to begin with and then reassess.
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Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Compassion
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Mission Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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7
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
7
Their weaknesses [San Diego Fertility Center] would be accessibility to the doctor and ability to work with the patient's work schedule...The nursing staff at SDFC always answer questions that I had and were kind and compassionate...IUS were $700, and a canceled cycle was $500. IVF retrieval & first transfer was around $14,000 before medication. Each additional transfer was around $4000...For my next transfer cycle, Dr. Park suggested an aggressive course of treatment including a double embryo transfer, endometrial scratch, antibiotics, and intralipid infusion.
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
7
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
If I had to label SDFC's strengths it would be their reputation and the personability of their staff. Their weaknesses would be accessibility to the doctor and ability to work with the patient's work schedule.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park has an excellent bedside manner and is good at taking time to answer your questions. It is difficult, however, to get an appointment to speak with her - for example, following the egg retrieval I had to wait three weeks to speak with her about the results.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff at SDFC always answer questions that I had and were kind and compassionate.
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park is knowledgeable and easy to work with - always clearly breaking down each step of the process. I will say that I wish I had more contact with her throughout the IUI and IVF process. She is very receptive to LGBT patients.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
As there are many patients that go to SDFC it is important that you at times advocate and speak up for yourself. If you have a concern, don't be afraid to schedule an appointment to speak with Dr. Park about your concerns.
Describe the protocols Susanna Park used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
For my next transfer cycle, Dr. Park suggested an aggressive course of treatment including a double embryo transfer, endometrial scratch, antibiotics, and intralipid infusion.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center.
IUS were $700, and a canceled cycle was $500. IVF retrieval & first transfer was around $14,000 before medication. Each additional transfer was around $4000.
Describe Susanna Park's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
Dr. Park suggested that I do an double embryo transfer at my age (37).
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Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Mission Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
Every staff member [at SD Fert Center - Carmel V] was great to work with. They made us comfortable and explained with great knowledge each step of the process and what to expect...The most amazing staff that treated us like family on every visit. They were invested in our success through every step of the process..The best clinic in San Diego by far! Every step of the way was clearly defined, open lines of communication was readily available, and couldn't be happier...
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
The best clinic in San Diego by far! Every step of the way was clearly defined, open lines of communication was readily available, and couldn't be happier
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
She was amazing and made sure we were aware of everything during the process. Couldn't have asked for a better doctor
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The most amazing staff that treated us like family on every visit. They were invested in our success through every step of the process
How was your experience with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr Friedman and the entire staff at SD Fertility was beyond amazing! After 2 years of trying to do this naturally we were recommended to this clinic and couldn't be happier! From start to finish we were always presented with the best options, greeted by warm staff, and know that they had personal interest in our success. We are happy to say that after one round we are expecting a baby in February and can't thank Dr Friedman enough. It was sad to leave them after 10 weeks, but they will always be in our hearts.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
She is amazing!
Describe the protocols Brooke Friedman used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
She is super knowledgeable and made every option very clear and understandable for a new patient. If anything occurred she would think of our best interest
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at San Diego Fertility Center.
Every staff member was great to work with. They made us comfortable and explained with great knowledge each step of the process and what to expect
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center.
Total cost of $25,000
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Doctor
Brooke Friedman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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9
Age
41 - 43
Treated
2010 - 2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
9 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids
9
I remember unmedicated IUI's [at San Diego Fertility Center] were about $200 and medicated IUI's were about $500. I paid up front for two IVF cycles and I think it was around $10k...Receptionist at the time (Frankie) was really great. Clinic was well organized and well run and appointments were pretty much always on time...There was one nurse or coordinator that I didn't like - I think her name was Chris but can't be sure. She was not very warm and did my first IUI, for which I was very nervous, and she had little compassion. The woman who always did the blood draws came in with me for that first IUI and was amazing - she was so positive and compassionate every single time I was there.
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Age
41 - 43
Treated
2010 - 2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
9 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids
9
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Receptionist at the time (Frankie) was really great. Clinic was well organized and well run and appointments were pretty much always on time
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeffrey Rakoff at San Diego Fertility Center?
Was always greeted by name by the receptionist and nurses and Dr. Rakoff made me feel like they really cared about me and the process.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Kendra, Tammy)
There was one nurse or coordinator that I didn't like - I think her name was Chris but can't be sure. She was not very warm and did my first IUI, for which I was very nervous, and she had little compassion. The woman who always did the blood draws came in with me for that first IUI and was amazing - she was so positive and compassionate every single time I was there.
How was your experience with Jeffrey Rakoff at San Diego Fertility Center?
I was happy with Dr. Rakoff. I felt like he was up front with me about everything but will willing to let me do the IUI's even when it was clear he felt I should go right to IVF. He explained things to me clearly and when I was nervous for my mock transfer he was great about calming me down and letting me relax without rushing it.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeffrey Rakoff at San Diego Fertility Center?
You have to have done your homework and know what you want. I knew I wanted to try IUI's first even though he felt I should just go to IVF.
Describe the protocols Jeffrey Rakoff used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
I did three cycles without anything and then 3 with clomid before moving to injections. I know he changed it up when I didn't have a lot of follicles but can't recall what was changed.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeffrey Rakoff at San Diego Fertility Center.
I remember unmedicated IUI's were about $200 and medicated IUI's were about $500. I paid up front for two IVF cycles and I think it was around $10k
Describe Jeffrey Rakoff's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
I had 3 excellent quality embryos and he asked if I wanted to transfer all three given my age. I said absolutely not but I was ok with 2 since I would be fine with having twins but not fine with having triplets. I have twin boys so I am really glad we didn't transfer 3. But it was my decision and he did not pressure me one way or another. Again, you have to know yourself well and stick to what you believe.
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Doctor
Jeffrey Rakoff
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation
10
Everyone at SDFC has been great!... The clinic is clean and beautiful, the staff are friendly, and their communication is great. They have gotten me into appointments really quickly and respond to emails and phone calls right away. I have not had any issues with anyone at this clinic so far.... [Cost Of Treatment] I have only had two appointments - the appointment with Dr Kettel was a $50 copay, and my SHG was around $300.
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Age
33
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
The clinic is clean and beautiful, the staff are friendly, and their communication is great. They have gotten me into appointments really quickly and respond to emails and phone calls right away. I have not had any issues with anyone at this clinic so far.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr Kettel took the time to review my case and clearly considered my specific situation when giving his recommendations.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Everyone at SDFC has been great!
How was your experience with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
I came to SDFC as a new patient after having my first IVF baby at another clinic across the country and then moving to San Diego. My former RE recommended Dr Kettel, and I have been pleased with him and SDFC so far. He gave me a thorough exam and consultation for our subsequent FET cycle, and was very amenable to working with my old clinic where my remaining embryos are located. I have only been there twice (once to see Dr Kettel and once for an SHG, which a tech did), but the clinic is really on the ball and great with communication.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Have a list of questions ready to ask him.
Describe the protocols Michael Kettel used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
We have not done a cycle yet, but he agreed to do whatever my former clinic wants, which is estrogen patches and crinone gel for a FET cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center.
I have only had two appointments - the appointment with Dr Kettel was a $50 copay, and my SHG was around $300.
Describe Michael Kettel's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
We would only ever do eSET with our PGS tested embryos, so I did not have this discussion with Dr Kettel.
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Doctor
Michael Kettel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
38 - 41
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
I absolutely love this clinic [San Diego Fertility Center]. Our experience there has been positive. We love the people and they are all organized and efficient....Every nurse or staff member at SD Fertility Center has been so kind and compassionate. Our experience there has been positive because of the people there. They all care.
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Age
38 - 41
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
I absolutely love this clinic. Our experience there has been positive. We love the people and they are all organized and efficient.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan always made us feel that she cared about us and our situation. We have always trusted her because we know she cares.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jennifer Hoffman )
Every nurse or staff member at SD Fertility Center has been so kind and compassionate. Our experience there has been positive because of the people there. They all care.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Our experience working with Dr. Chuan has always been very positive. I always tell anyone going through what we are what an amazing Doctor she is and how much she cares for us. I'm so thankful she has been our doctor through this whole experience.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan is an amazing Doctor and to trust her professional guidance and decisions. She always has your best interest in mind.
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
I don't remember all the meds but I do know it was important to take everything as directed so I did.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at San Diego Fertility Center.
Very easy to schedule and attend. No wait time at all.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
The costs were well communicated to us and that part was absolutely fine.
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
The clinic [SD Fert Center] is clean and comfortable. The clinic does not make you feel like you are in a doctors office and that was very comforting. From the person who checks you in to the person who inseminated me, I was met with such graciousness and genuine concern for my journey...Everybody was so helpful and warm. They were emphathic and compassionate....It was approximately $800 per cycle for the medication and the IUI. That does not include the price of donor sperm.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
The clinic is clean and comfortable. The clinic does not make you feel like you are in a doctors office and that was very comforting. From the person who checks you in to the person who inseminated me, I was met with such graciousness and genuine concern for my journey.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park was so warm and would explain these intimate and highly scientific procedures in an understandable way. She gave me realistic confidence about our prospects and the course of action that needed to be employed.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Everybody was so helpful and warm. They were emphathic and compassionate.
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park is so knowledgeable, but she made sure to make sure I was not overwhelmed with information. Dr. Park had a great demeanor that makes a very stressful situation seem routine. Dr. Park was empathetic when necessary, but always remained professional and positive.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Stay the course and never hold back with a questions - she will answer them all.
Describe the protocols Susanna Park used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Initially, Dr. Park waived my HSG test; however, after the first unsuccessful attempt at IUI, she made me take a month off and get the HSG Test so as to insure there was no glaring issues. Further, I was given cholmid and it did not help to produce multiple follicles. On my second IUI, my cholmid dose was doubled, but it did not produce a second follicle. However, I was able to conceive a singleton through to birth.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center.
It was approximately $800 per cycle for the medication and the IUI. That does not include the price of donor sperm.
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Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Mission Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
37 - 42
Treated
2006 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
I was always provided a quote for expected treatment. They [staff at San Diego Fertility Center] contacted insurance company as needed. Offered several options for payment. At times, did not keep track of billing and notify in a timely manner what was owed...Very pleasant, organized with appointments, accessible when needed, very caring and treated patients with great confidentiality. I felt the staff genuinely cared about me and my future children and were great cheerleaders. I felt like they were family.
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Age
37 - 42
Treated
2006 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Very pleasant, organized with appointments, accessible when needed, very caring and treated patients with great confidentiality. I felt the staff genuinely cared about me and my future children and were great cheerleaders. I felt like they were family.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Doctor cared about me and my future children. Goal was to get pregnant and as as patient, I was willing to do whatever it took to get there. Doctor was very transparent.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Tammy)
Tammy was my saving grace. She brought the reality into the picture and was very compassionate and caring.
How was your experience with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Doctor is pioneer, experienced with excellent results. Doctor has a great team of staff to assist every step of the way, who are excellent caregivers. SD Fertility Center is the only place I would go, they know me and the best care to achieve results.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Michael Kettel has great outcomes.
Describe the protocols Michael Kettel used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Dr. Kettel started with not as intensive treatments but adjusted protocol as needed based on results and age.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center.
I was always provided a quote for expected treatment. They contacted insurance company as needed. Offered several options for payment. At times, did not keep track of billing and notify in a timely manner what was owed.
Describe Michael Kettel's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
Dr. Kettel discussed strategies when it came time to decide on multiple embryos. Very open and honest.
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Doctor
Michael Kettel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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SDFC is super efficient. They get you in and out for appointments quickly so you do not have to miss much work. They worked with our insurance too. They are organized and professional - I never felt like I had to call to ask paperwork related questions or to advocate for myself - they totally had me covered...Megan was amazing - answered emails in off hours and truly showed compassion at every appointment. I felt so taken care of by the nursing staff.
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Age
31 - 32
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
SDFC is super efficient. They get you in and out for appointments quickly so you do not have to miss much work. They worked with our insurance too. They are organized and professional - I never felt like I had to call to ask paperwork related questions or to advocate for myself - they totally had me covered.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Megan was amazing - answered emails in off hours and truly showed compassion at every appointment. I felt so taken care of by the nursing staff.
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park is clear, articulate and knowledgeable while also being incredibly warm and compassionate. She's the perfect blend of "knows her stuff" and "I got you." I trusted her and the clinic completely and did not feel like I needed to advocate for myself - I felt like she was truly already my advocate. It was as stress free as this process can be. I was calm going into retrieval and transfer because Dr. Park had earned my trust through the whole process. She's wonderful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
See her!
Describe Susanna Park's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
She would only transfer a maximum of 2 embryos.
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Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Mission Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
38
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Tubal Blockage
10
Annette was the most amamzing nurse. She has the best follow up and will always try to find the answer. I love her!... Great follow up and follow through. They [SD Fertility Ctr] have the best nurses and staff. The seminars are so informative. The facility if very high tech, clean, and modern.... Dr. Kettle was interested in my background and gave me a thorough explanation of my diagnosis. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Age
38
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish, Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Tubal Blockage
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
This is by far the best clinic in San Diego. Great follow up and follow through. They have the best nurses and staff. The seminars are so informative. The facility if very high tech, clean, and modern.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Kettle was interested in my background and gave me a thorough explanation of my diagnosis. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Annette )
Annette was the most amamzing nurse. She has the best follow up and will always try to find the answer. I love her!
How was your experience with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr Kettle is very detailed oriented and professional. I would recommend him to anyone. He explains all issues to you so it may be easy to understand. He makes sure to address all questions and concerns. He has amazing follow up. He is an excellent listener.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr Kettle is a professional and truly cares for his patients
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center.
Costs of pgs labs retrieval and transfer. Plus meds.
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Doctor
Michael Kettel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 5 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
10
Clinic staff [San Diego Fertility] was wonderful amd they always had flexible appointments available. The PA Kristin was amazing and so down to earth. Del Mar Surgert Center was also very good. Overall I felt this was a great place to receive treatment even before i was able to get pregnant.... [Nurse] Annette was wonderful .... We were always treated with respect and never given false hope. Dr. Kettel always took the time to explain things to us,
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Age
37 - 38
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 5 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
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Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Clinic staff was wonderful amd they always had flexible appointments available. The PA Kristin was amazing and so down to earth. Del Mar Surgert Center was also very good. Overall I felt this was a great place to receive treatment even before i was able to get pregnant.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Kettel always took the time to answer our questions and explained things thoroughly.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Annette)
Annette was wonderful .
How was your experience with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
We were always treated with respect and never given false hope. Dr. Kettel always took the time to explain things to us, even multiple times if needed. He was very realistic about our chances and let us know what our options were at all times.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
I would tell anyone going through fertility treatments that it may take more than one cycle to produce a baby.
Describe the protocols Michael Kettel used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Dr. Kettel used a fairly aggressive dose of medication due to my age. He opted in most cycles to freeze all then transfer. I also required anesthesia for all transfers.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center.
I had some insurance coverage but had to pay out of pocket too
Describe Michael Kettel's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
In the beginning we only transferred two, as Dr. Kettel was conservative. Last few cycles we transferred 3 or 4 each time.
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Doctor
Michael Kettel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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7
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
7
Beautiful offices and in great locations [San Diego Fertility Center]. Everything was clean but sometimes receptionist and nurse communication was lacking..... The nurses were great too but the receptionist does not communicate well.... Wasn't called to let us know we were using my husband's fresh sperm and not his frozen sperm.... Two medicated cycles and then two medicated cycles with IUI. After that she wanted to move on to IVF.
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
7
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Beautiful offices and in great locations. Everything was clean but sometimes receptionist and nurse communication was lacking.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
No follow up after any of the treatments to see how I was doing or if it resulted in a pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jen Hoffman)
Very monotone and not very personable. She was available though when I had questions.
What specific things went wrong at San Diego Fertility Center?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Lost or damaged samples
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan is very knowledgeable and I trust her opinions. The nurses were great too but the receptionist does not communicate well. I felt comfortable with the doctor and nurse Michelle. I just wish I saw dr chuan more often instead of just when we were going over any test results.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
She is amazing but ask her nurses for clarification when needed.
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Two medicated cycles and then two medicated cycles with IUI. After that she wanted to move on to IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
$700 per cycle after initial testing was completed.
Describe Sandy Chuan's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
Not applicable. We haven't gotten to that point yet.
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
The staff [at San Diego Fertility Center] is always friendly, caring and they take the time to really explain things....Jenn is always available, friendly and always makes me feel comfortable in some not so comfortable situations.
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Great staff! Awesome office! Fabulous doctor!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
The staff is always friendly, caring and they take the time to really explain things.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jenn Hoffman )
Jenn is always available, friendly and always makes me feel comfortable in some not so comfortable situations.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Sandy is very caring and has always had our best interest in mind. She always explains what's going on and why. She leaves the decisions up to us but always gives us her honest feedback and advice. I trust her completely with our care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Trust the process and the doctor!
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Our first Stim cycle my body did not respond to the meds in the way the dr had hoped. She highly reccommended we cancel the cycle and give my body a chance to heal and produce better results. She put me on a new protocol and always talked me through the process.
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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7
Age
36
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
7
I was impressed that they [the nurses] were able to get their hands on the bloodwork from the lab so quickly. They also remember little details about me that aren't necessarily in the chart.
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Age
36
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
7
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
They remember me. Dr Park seems genuinely enthusiastic to have us there.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I was impressed that they were able to get their hands on the bloodwork from the lab so quickly. They also remember little details about me that aren't necessarily in the chart.
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
She's very personable while professional. I do wish she'd be more willing to get into the details with me and more willing to use proper medical terminology, diagnoses etc. I believe her bedside manner is so warm and sweet that she "dumbs down " the info a bit.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Ask questions if you like the details. But she is very warm and kind and will make you feel comfortable.
Describe the protocols Susanna Park used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Femara cd 3-8. Ultrasound cd 10. Follow up ultrasound , ovidrel trigger shot, IUI 36 hours later. Any of this may or may not be performed by Dr Park.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center.
$700 IUI cycle $150 ish for meds cash
7
Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
27 - 28
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
The nursing staff [at San Diego Fertility Center] was a bit cold at times. However they were very communicative and knowledgeable...The clinic was kind and successful. Would go again if needed. We are happy with the result of course and dr Park was amazing. We are thankful. Everyone helped us through this difficult time. Everything was troubleshooted as needed
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Age
27 - 28
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
The clinic was kind and successful. Would go again if needed. We are happy with the result of course and dr Park was amazing. We are thankful. Everyone helped us through this difficult time. Everything was troubleshooted as needed
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
She was warm and kind. I couldn’t have asked for better treatment
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was a bit cold at times. However they were very communicative and knowledgeable
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
She was absolutely wonderful! I have 0 complaints. She’s an angel. She was kind and caring. Dr Park was helpful and knowledable. She didn’t waste our money by moving onto things that wouldn’t work. I’m so thankful for her
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Listen to what she says and do it! She’s so smart and knows exactly what she’s doing
Describe the protocols Susanna Park used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Iui failed due to male factor infertility. Ivf worked the first time
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Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
12 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Immunological, Unexplained
10
The entire team at SDFC were amazing despite our negative outcome. After 9 cycles feeling like a number in Australia it was refreshing to have such personalized care from SDFC.
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Age
37 - 38
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
4th of 5 Docs
Treatment
12 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Immunological, Unexplained
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
The entire team at SDFC were amazing despite our negative outcome. After 9 cycles feeling like a number in Australia it was refreshing to have such personalized care from SDFC.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Barbara Tanaka)
Commitment to us as a couple from overseas. Constant communication through the entire process. Going above and beyond even offering to bring me dinner to my hotel after a rough day at the clinic.
How was your experience with William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
The most gentle and kind medical professional I've ever had the pleasure of dealing with. He was like a grandfather in his care with so much respect for us and what we had already been through. Extremely gentle, kind and compassionate but also was the one to say enough is enough. We can't get you pregnant and you need to look at other options such as surrogacy, adoption or being childfree. Amazing man.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
You are in the best hands possible. If anyone can get you pregnant he will do it.
10
Doctor
William Hummel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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8
Age
37
Treated
2013
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF, 2 Embryo Freezing, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
Very busy clinic [San Diego Fertility Ctr- Carmel Valley] and you have to be realistic of how many patients they have. With that said I was very happy with the nurses and staff at the clinic. The front office ladies always made me laugh and were great every time I called and or came in.... 5k for PGS testing. 495 for mock transfers, 24,000 for the first round, 32,000 for the second round.... Felt like he [Dr. Rakoff] was invested and was always honest in regards to how and why he would advise us .
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Age
37
Treated
2013
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF, 2 Embryo Freezing, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Very busy clinic and you have to be realistic of how many patients they have. With that said I was very happy with the nurses and staff at the clinic. The front office ladies always made me laugh and were great every time I called and or came in.
What specific things went wrong at San Diego Fertility Center?
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
How was your experience with Jeffrey Rakoff at San Diego Fertility Center?
Felt like he was invested and was always honest in regards to how and why he would advise us . There were many times we sided with his expertise in making some of the choices in care and we appreciated the transparency.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeffrey Rakoff at San Diego Fertility Center?
Be prepared that its more of a trial and error and numbers game .
Describe the protocols Jeffrey Rakoff used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Looking back first time was a test run, the second time was the same protocol other then switching the method of administration for meds for lining, injection vs patches.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeffrey Rakoff at San Diego Fertility Center.
5k for PGS testing. 495 for mock transfers, 24,000 for the first round, 32,000 for the second round.
Describe Jeffrey Rakoff's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at San Diego Fertility Center.
Doctor ensured we were informed but ultimately we made the decision .
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Doctor
Jeffrey Rakoff
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Dr. Chuan was so supportive at every visit. She always took the time to answer the many questions that I had and to thoroughly explain each process to my husband and I. I really felt like she always had my best interest....I felt like the doctor, nurses and receptionists [at San Diego Fertility Center] knew my name, knew our struggles and genuinely wanted this baby for us. We were dealt with with love and compassion throughout our whole process.
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
It was small, clean, organized and friendly
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
I felt like the doctor, nurses and receptionists knew my name, knew our struggles and genuinely wanted this baby for us. We were dealt with with love and compassion throughout our whole process.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jenn)
She was very caring and kind. I feel like she wanted this baby so much for us.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan was so supportive at every visit. She always took the time to answer the many questions that I had and to thoroughly explain each process to my husband and I. I really felt like she always had my best interest.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Don't give up!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
I believe our IUI were about $600 then we did them with injectables and it went to like $1100.
10
Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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8
Age
27 - 29
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
None, Unexplained
8
SDFC [San Diego Fertility Center] is expensive but I wouldn't go anywhere else. I feel the nurses and doctors truly care about me, my husband, and the family we desire...It's been two years since the IVF cycle where we conceived our son [and] every nurse and doctor remembered me.
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Age
27 - 29
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
None, Unexplained
8
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeffrey Rakoff at San Diego Fertility Center?
Kind, good bedside manner, sometimes late but otherwise always understanding and willing to explain everything in as much detail as we asked.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Lilly)
They're great, kind, caring, and truly want you to suceed in finding your family
How was your experience with Jeffrey Rakoff at San Diego Fertility Center?
It's been two years since the ivf cycle where we conceived our son every nurse and doctor remembered me. Sdfc is expensive but I wouldn't go anywhere else. I feel the nurses and doctors truly care about me, my husband, and the family we desire.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeffrey Rakoff at San Diego Fertility Center?
Be sure to always communicate what you want and what is important to you, in my experience if you do this the employees of sdfc will do everything possible to get it for you.
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Doctor
Jeffrey Rakoff
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
32
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
Myrna [a nurse at San Diego Fertility Center] is so organized & friendly! Jen was wonderful about giving us a detailed schedule about what was to come....Dr. Chuan treated my husband and I as if we were her only patients. She is warm and caring but also scientific and precise.
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Age
32
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Gorgeous!!!! I felt zen just sitting in the waiting room. It's calm, beautiful and inviting.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan's bedside manner is one of clinical empathy. She is part scientific, part maternal. Being a nurse myself, this combination is imperative. She gave me all of the medical information I needed and should know, yet her delivery was that of a dear friend.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jen)
Myrna is so organized & friendly! Jen was wonderful about giving us a detailed schedule about what was to come.
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Chuan treated my husband and I as if we were her only patients. She is warm and caring but also scientific and precise.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Don't give up hope in your quest to have children!
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Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
38 - 43
Treated
2009 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
It's normal once treatment starts that you no longer see the dr at each visit.... Which is fine because the staff are awesome and knowledgeable
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Age
38 - 43
Treated
2009 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
They always greeted me by my name when I walked in and we're all friendly. Doctor would call and do my consults by phone since I hD over a 2 hour drive to his office
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Annette)
She was efficient and had a great personality
How was your experience with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
He had great bedside manner. Seemed to genuinely care about helping us become parents.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
It's normal once treatment starts that you no longer see the dr at each visit.... Which is fine because the staff are awesome and knowledgeable
Describe the protocols Michael Kettel used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
Aggressive protocol due to being age 42. Used Bravelle and Menopure twice a day
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center.
We did a program they had where I could do two cycles using my own eggs then transfer to a guaranteed donor egg cycle. It seems like it ended up being approximately 50k
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Doctor
Michael Kettel
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
40
Treated
2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Other, Unexplained
10
Kendra [my nurse] was kind and patient and answered all of my questions.
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Age
40
Treated
2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Other, Unexplained
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Hummel was very caring and thorough, and I felt like my care was personalized. He also had a gentle touch
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Kendra)
Kendra was kind and patient and answered all of my questions.
How was your experience with William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
I had only two experiences with Dr. Hummel. The first was a telephone initial appointment to discuss my history and whether I was a candidate for donor egg IVF. The second was my embryo transfer. On both occasions, Dr. Hummel displayed kindness, intelligence and humor
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center?
He is terrific!
Describe the protocols William Hummel used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
I don't know the details of the protocol used because I was the recipient. I had to take Lupron, birth control pills, estrogen tablets and progesterone in oil injections during my cycle
Describe the costs associated with your care under William Hummel at San Diego Fertility Center.
I believe our donor egg IVF cycle cost $16,770, and our donor's fee was $7,500
10
Doctor
William Hummel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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8
Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
8
She was compassionate and caring.
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Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
8
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
She was compassionate and caring.
How was your experience with Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
There is nothing negative I can share about Dr. Friedman. She is compassionate, intelligent, and answers any question we had. We felt supported and had full trust in her ability to assist us in our journey.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brooke Friedman at San Diego Fertility Center?
Without a doubt I reccomend Dr. Friedman. She's a very caring, compassionate, and professional Dr.
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Doctor
Brooke Friedman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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9
Age
34
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
9
I had an issue with the assistant, early on. Initially I did not feel like the schedule and what was needed from me in order to start was communicated properly. Because of that I was set back about a month.
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Age
34
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
9
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park took the time to really explain the procedures and process. She also was warm and welcoming each time we saw her. Always asked if I had further questions.
What specific things went wrong at San Diego Fertility Center?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Susanna Park at San Diego Fertility Center?
Dr. Park is very knowladgeble and explains everything perfectly. She is very good at posing questions and allowing you to ask questions as well. There was never a time, with dr. Park, that I felt like I didn't know what was going on.
9
Doctor
Susanna Park
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
43 - 44
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
10
I was always treated like one of the family! My care could not have been better at SDFC!
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Age
43 - 44
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
I was always treated like one of the family! My care could not have been better at SDFC!
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Cindy Christensen)
She was so warm and caring! Gave us a hug when meeting us and was so timely and open in all communication!
How was your experience with Michael Kettel at San Diego Fertility Center?
I could not be happier with my care by Dr. Kettel. He is warm, compassionate, and honest. He has a great bedside manner and is extremely intelligent. I trust him 100% and highly recommend him!
10
Doctor
Michael Kettel
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
SD - Carmel Valley
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
32
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
We did 2 rounds of clomid and IUI.[with Dr. Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center]. After the second round I was pregnant with triplets!...She is a very caring person. She really wants to be able to give patients a baby and is very good about explaining every aspect of your treatment
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Age
32
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with San Diego Fertility Center.
Clean, friendly, warm
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
She is very warm, friendly and easy to get along with.
Describe your experience with your nurse at San Diego Fertility Center. (Assigned nurse: Jennifer)
Fantstic
How was your experience with Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
She is a very caring person. She really wants to be able to give patients a baby and is very good about explaining every aspect of your treatment
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center?
Go here first. Don't bother with anywhere else. It doesn't get better than this
Describe the protocols Sandy Chuan used in your cycles at San Diego Fertility Center and their degree of success.
We did 2 rounds of clomid and IUI. After the second round I was pregnant with triplets!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sandy Chuan at San Diego Fertility Center.
Not sure
10
Doctor
Sandy Chuan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
San Diego Fertility Center
Temecula
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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