Shady Grove Fertility

66 doctors work here

Rated 8.5
Strongly recommend: 66%Neutral: 22%Don't recommend: 12%8.5
66% strongly recommend
462 reviews
Operations
9
9
Operations

Ratings of 1 indicate that a clinic was poorly operated.

Ratings of 10 indicate that a clinic operated very well.

Scheduling
9.1
9.1
Scheduling

Ratings of 1 mean it was difficult to schedule appointments with this clinic.

Ratings of 10 mean it was easy to schedule appointments.

Billing Department
7.3
7.3
Billing Department

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory billing department.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent billing department.

Nursing Team
8.8
8.8
Nursing Team

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory nursing team.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent nursing team.

LGBTQ Care
4
4
LGBTQ Care

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory LGBTQ care.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent LGBTQ care.

Attention to Detail
7.6
7.6
Attention to Detail

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Annual Cycles
9,940
National Avg
635
This Clinic
National Avg
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60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
>42

Available Resources

Genetic counseling
Genetic counseling
Acupuncture
Acupuncture
Mental health counseling
Mental health counseling
Nutrition counseling
Nutrition counseling
Administration of shots
Administration of shots
Coordinating at-home nursing
Coordinating at-home nursing
Selling medication
Selling medication
Providing backup medication
Providing backup medication
66 doctors work here
8
Average Doctor Score
Robert Stillman
Shady Grove Fertility
100% strongly recommend
1 Review
Rated 10
Strongly recommend: 100%10
Isaac Sasson
Shady Grove Fertility
100% strongly recommend
21 Reviews
Rated 9.8
Strongly recommend: 100%9.8
Jeanne O'Brien
Shady Grove Fertility
90% strongly recommend
20 Reviews
Rated 9.6
Strongly recommend: 90%Neutral: 6%Don't recommend: 3%9.6
Anitha Nair
Shady Grove Fertility
86% strongly recommend
18 Reviews
Rated 9.5
Strongly recommend: 86%Neutral: 10%Don't recommend: 3%9.5
Celso Silva
Shady Grove Fertility
83% strongly recommend
13 Reviews
Rated 9.4
Strongly recommend: 83%Neutral: 8%Don't recommend: 9%9.4
Sunita Kulshrestha
Shady Grove Fertility
72% strongly recommend
4 Reviews
Rated 9.4
Strongly recommend: 72%Neutral: 28%9.4
Eric Levens
Shady Grove Fertility
86% strongly recommend
39 Reviews
Rated 9.4
Strongly recommend: 86%Neutral: 12%Don't recommend: 3%9.4
Nicole Banks
Shady Grove Fertility
72% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 9.4
Strongly recommend: 72%Neutral: 28%9.4
Anate Aelion Brauer
Shady Grove Fertility
91% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 91%Don't recommend: 9%9.3
Anish Shah
Shady Grove Fertility
84% strongly recommend
21 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 84%Neutral: 16%9.3
Tarita Pakrashi
Shady Grove Fertility
73% strongly recommend
12 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 73%Neutral: 27%9.3
Brianna Schumacher
Shady Grove Fertility
67% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 67%Neutral: 33%9.3
Tara Budinetz
Shady Grove Fertility
80% strongly recommend
12 Reviews
Rated 9.2
Strongly recommend: 80%Neutral: 20%9.2
Patricia McShane
Shady Grove Fertility
100% strongly recommend
1 Review
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 100%9
Ricardo Yazigi
Shady Grove Fertility
68% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 68%Neutral: 25%Don't recommend: 7%9
Joseph Doyle
Shady Grove Fertility
68% strongly recommend
18 Reviews
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 68%Neutral: 32%9
Geof Tidey
Shady Grove Fertility
64% strongly recommend
6 Reviews
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 64%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 9%9
Gilbert Mottla
Shady Grove Fertility
57% strongly recommend
17 Reviews
Rated 8.9
Strongly recommend: 57%Neutral: 43%8.9
Frank Chang
Shady Grove Fertility
62% strongly recommend
16 Reviews
Rated 8.9
Strongly recommend: 62%Neutral: 33%Don't recommend: 6%8.9
Andrea Reh
Shady Grove Fertility
74% strongly recommend
13 Reviews
Rated 8.9
Strongly recommend: 74%Neutral: 11%Don't recommend: 15%8.9
Shayne Plosker
Shady Grove Fertility
74% strongly recommend
16 Reviews
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 74%Neutral: 8%Don't recommend: 19%8.8
Cigdem (Cori) Tanrikut
Shady Grove Fertility
40% strongly recommend
2 Reviews
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 40%Neutral: 60%8.8
Erika Johnston-MacAnanny
Shady Grove Fertility
71% strongly recommend
14 Reviews
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 71%Neutral: 25%Don't recommend: 4%8.8
Shruti Malik
Shady Grove Fertility
62% strongly recommend
7 Reviews
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 62%Neutral: 30%Don't recommend: 8%8.8
Jason Bromer
Shady Grove Fertility
66% strongly recommend
47 Reviews
Rated 8.7
Strongly recommend: 66%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 7%8.7
David Saffan
Shady Grove Fertility
47% strongly recommend
13 Reviews
Rated 8.6
Strongly recommend: 47%Neutral: 47%Don't recommend: 6%8.6
Joseph Osheroff
Shady Grove Fertility
63% strongly recommend
7 Reviews
Rated 8.5
Strongly recommend: 63%Neutral: 37%8.5
Lauren Roth
Shady Grove Fertility
56% strongly recommend
8 Reviews
Rated 8.5
Strongly recommend: 56%Neutral: 44%8.5
Michael Levy
Shady Grove Fertility
70% strongly recommend
10 Reviews
Rated 8.5
Strongly recommend: 70%Neutral: 13%Don't recommend: 17%8.5
Ryan Martin
Shady Grove Fertility
65% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 8.4
Strongly recommend: 65%Don't recommend: 35%8.4
Kate Devine
Shady Grove Fertility
42% strongly recommend
8 Reviews
Rated 8.4
Strongly recommend: 42%Neutral: 52%Don't recommend: 6%8.4
Anthony Imudia
Shady Grove Fertility
77% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 8.2
Strongly recommend: 77%Don't recommend: 23%8.2
Melissa Esposito
Shady Grove Fertility
63% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 8.1
Strongly recommend: 63%Neutral: 25%Don't recommend: 12%8.1
Alex Polotsky
Shady Grove Fertility
56% strongly recommend
19 Reviews
Rated 8
Strongly recommend: 56%Neutral: 28%Don't recommend: 16%8
Eric Widra
Shady Grove Fertility
36% strongly recommend
25 Reviews
Rated 7.7
Strongly recommend: 36%Neutral: 52%Don't recommend: 12%7.7
Barbara Osborn
Shady Grove Fertility
19% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 7.5
Strongly recommend: 19%Neutral: 36%Don't recommend: 45%7.5
Brad Swelstad
Shady Grove Fertility
55% strongly recommend
18 Reviews
Rated 7.5
Strongly recommend: 55%Neutral: 17%Don't recommend: 27%7.5
Shona Murray
Shady Grove Fertility
53% strongly recommend
25 Reviews
Rated 7.3
Strongly recommend: 53%Neutral: 13%Don't recommend: 34%7.3
Michael Edelstein
Shady Grove Fertility
38% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 7.3
Strongly recommend: 38%Neutral: 30%Don't recommend: 33%7.3
Paulette Browne
Shady Grove Fertility
29% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 7.3
Strongly recommend: 29%Neutral: 57%Don't recommend: 14%7.3
Howard McClamrock
Shady Grove Fertility
44% strongly recommend
7 Reviews
Rated 7.2
Strongly recommend: 44%Neutral: 25%Don't recommend: 31%7.2
Kimberly Moon
Shady Grove Fertility
30% strongly recommend
15 Reviews
Rated 7
Strongly recommend: 30%Neutral: 34%Don't recommend: 36%7
Jeffrey McKeeby
Shady Grove Fertility
32% strongly recommend
13 Reviews
Rated 7
Strongly recommend: 32%Neutral: 23%Don't recommend: 45%7
Simon Kipersztok (retired)
Shady Grove Fertility
40% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 7
Strongly recommend: 40%Neutral: 40%Don't recommend: 20%7
Caleb Kallen
Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia
52% strongly recommend
10 Reviews
Rated 7
Strongly recommend: 52%Neutral: 1%Don't recommend: 47%7
Tomer Singer
Shady Grove Fertility
40% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 6.9
Strongly recommend: 40%Neutral: 19%Don't recommend: 40%6.9
Rachana Garde
Shady Grove Fertility
51% strongly recommend
10 Reviews
Rated 6.9
Strongly recommend: 51%Neutral: 17%Don't recommend: 32%6.9
Naveed Khan
Shady Grove Fertility
49% strongly recommend
8 Reviews
Rated 6.9
Strongly recommend: 49%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 24%6.9
Rebecca Chason
Shady Grove Fertility
33% strongly recommend
3 Reviews
Rated 6.7
Strongly recommend: 33%Neutral: 33%Don't recommend: 33%6.7
Stephanie Beall
Shady Grove Fertility
50% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 6.7
Strongly recommend: 50%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 23%6.7
Eugene Katz (retired)
Shady Grove Fertility
27% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 6.5
Strongly recommend: 27%Neutral: 50%Don't recommend: 23%6.5
Arthur Sagoskin
Shady Grove Fertility
23% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 6.3
Strongly recommend: 23%Neutral: 37%Don't recommend: 40%6.3
Lorna Timmreck
Shady Grove Fertility
23% strongly recommend
7 Reviews
Rated 6
Strongly recommend: 23%Neutral: 39%Don't recommend: 39%6
Paul Shin
Shady Grove Fertility
50% strongly recommend
2 Reviews
Rated 5
Strongly recommend: 50%Don't recommend: 50%5
Nancy Durso
Shady Grove Fertility
22% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 4.6
Strongly recommend: 22%Neutral: 7%Don't recommend: 71%4.6
Sandy Li
Shady Grove Fertility
0% strongly recommend
1 Review
Rated 3
Don't recommend: 100%3
Nicole Doyle
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
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Selma Amrane
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
Rated
Robert Setton
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
Rated
Jennifer Hsu
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
Rated
Emily Barnard
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
Rated
Cassandra Roeca
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
Rated
Nanette Santoro
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
Rated
Rachel Sprague
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
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Jessica Kanter
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
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Russell Hayden
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
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This clinic has 37 offices

Allentown
5018 Medical Center Circle, Suite 210
Allentown, PA 18106
484-640-5367
Annapolis
2000 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
410.224.5500
Arlington
901 N Stuart Street Suite 610
Arlington, VA 22201
703.574.3772
Baltimore
720 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
443.825.3340
Bel Air
201 Plumtree Road
Bel Air, MD 21015
410.569.0545
Brandon
515 South Kings Ave
Brandon, FL 33511
813-513-6794
Brooklyn
41 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
929.419.5123
Chesterbrook
945 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Chesterbrook, PA 19087
610.981.6000
Colorado Springs - Shady Grove
4125 Briargate Parkway, Suite 350
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
719-314-3333
Columbia
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
410.997.6999
Denver
8200 E. BELLEVIEW AVENUE, SUITE 615-E
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
720-704-8221
Fairfax
8501 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22031
703.876.0735
Fair Oaks
12011 Lee Jackson Mem. Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22033
703.246.0500
Frederick
165 Thomas Johnson Dr.
Frederick, MD 21702
301.631.1180
Fredericksburg
200 Executive Center Pkwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
877-455-2182
Glen Burnie
203 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 328-2304
Hagerstown
1165 Imperial Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
1.888.761.1967
Henrico
7607 Forest Ave
Richmond, VA 23229
804-256-2986
Leesburg
19500 Sandridge Way
Leesburg, VA 20176
703-723-1757
Manhattan
110 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022
212-203-4826
Marietta
61 Whitcher St
Marietta, GA 30060
678-540-1098
Norfolk
601 Colley Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23507
757-937-7955
Richmond
7607 Forest Ave
Richmond, VA 23229
804-256-2986
Rockville
9601 Blackwell Road, 4th and 5th floors
Rockville, MD 20850
301.340.1188
Salisbury
1647 Woodbrooke Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
1.888.761.1967
Sibley
5215 Loughboro Road, NW, Ste. 410
Washington, DC 20016
202.677.4720
Silver Spring
804 Pershing Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910
877-975-5529
Stony Point
9030 Stony Point Pkwy
Richmond, VA 23235
804-500-9999
Tampa Westshore
5016 West Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
813-321-0146
Towson
901 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
410.512.8300
Waldorf
3010 Crain Highway
Waldorf, MD 20601
301.705.9923
Warrington
865 Easton Road Suite 290
Warrington, PA 18976
1-888-761-1967
Washington DC
2021 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
202.296.2595
Wesley Chapel
2324 Cypress Cove
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
813-616-1442
Westminster
844 Washington Rd
Westminster, MD 21157
410.512.8300
Wexford
6400 Brooktree Ct
Wexford, PA 15090
412.785.1057
Woodbridge
13580 Groupe Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192
703-680-1770
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2016 - 2017, Unsuccessful
3
6
Age 33 - 34
3 IUI
Unexplained
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
We did not directly speak with Dr. Devine for about 2 months when starting the IUI process. We were assigned a nurse coordinator who would handle our questions and act as a liaison. I would come in frequently for monitoring and be seen by different technicians and nurses each time. There were many women lined up outside the clinic each morning waiting to be cycled through for blood work and ultrasounds. There were times when I just wanted to speak with the doctor directly because I didn't feel the nurse our technicians really knew me individually. I will say though that by the third cycle of IUI, Dr. Devine did a better job of calling me directly to discuss the results and options.
We just had a lot of times that we weren't sure what we were supposed to do next. And the decision was left to us and we didn't know what the best decision was and there was no one to talk it through on the weekend...We originally had a nurse coordinator [at Shady Grove], Allison, who responded to emails but never checked in on me after procedure or test results on her own. She eventually moved to another clinic and was no longer our coordinator, but she never emailed to tell us so much. We found out from Dr. Devine after the fact. Our new nurse was the same way in that she never reached out to check on me on her own. During our third cycle, it was over a weekend, and I didn't know what to do as far as refill the FSH medication again or not. It is expensive and I didn't want to do it if not necessary but I would absolutely do it if it would help. I was told, I could do it if I wanted to. There was no one to talk to since it was the weekend and it was so incredible stressful. I spoke with one nurse who was on call and she was very comforting but didn't have a great answer for me either. The whole day was filled with waiting for a phone call about the results of my monitoring that morning and stressing over whether or not to refill the prescriptions before the pharmacy closed. I emailed both Allison and Jennifer hoping for some guidance. I understand that they do not work on the weekend and so that's why I didn't hear back, but I also never heard from anyone on Monday or ever after that just to check in and see how it all turned out. Or just to say I'm sorry that was so stressful and we'll be in touch with next steps.
How was your experience with Kate Devine at Shady Grove Fertility?
I do feel that Dr. Devine is a good person. I just felt like there were maybe so many patients that I couldn't get the individualized care that I was hoping for. I had to be my own advocate. The first round of IUI was a fire drill. I came in for day 12 monitoring as scheduled and we realized we needed to quick give myself the trigger shot and come back for IUI the next morning. For the second cycle, I was asked to come in on day 12 again. I requested to come in on day 9 since it seemed I ovulate sooner than most people. They said okay and on day 9 I was ready for my trigger shot and were able to follow the typical schedule better by having a day between the trigger and the IUI. In addition, I also felt I had to be the one to ask questions about "is this the right medication for me?" The first round I took Clomid which produced multiple follicles, but thinned my lining. The second round the nurse did not mention anything would be different and I had to say that I did not want to do the exact same thing as it did not work well the first time. Dr. Devine may have already been thinking she would change the medicine too but this was not communicated to me and I had to make that request. The third round of IUI, I had to request again to come in even earlier. The plan was to give additional shots to help follicle growth if needed. I was asked to come in on day 8. Since previously I was ready to ovulate on day 9, I had to request to come in on day 6 so that we had time to give the shots if needed. It seemed like common sense to me (and all the monitoring was included in our price), but it felt like I was not be treated individually based on my previous responses to the medications and IUI. I felt frustrated a lot of times that I needed to be the one to raise questions and change the course rather than the experts helping guide me through the best course for me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kate Devine at Shady Grove Fertility?
Ask questions and request frequent communication with Dr. Devine. She eventually responded well to this and had better communication with us towards the end of our 3 months.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kate Devine at Shady Grove Fertility?
We did not directly speak with Dr. Devine for about 2 months when starting the IUI process. We were assigned a nurse coordinator who would handle our questions and act as a liaison. I would come in frequently for monitoring and be seen by different technicians and nurses each time. There were many women lined up outside the clinic each morning waiting to be cycled through for blood work and ultrasounds. There were times when I just wanted to speak with the doctor directly because I didn't feel the nurse our technicians really knew me individually. I will say though that by the third cycle of IUI, Dr. Devine did a better job of calling me directly to discuss the results and options.
Describe the protocols Kate Devine used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
As previously mentioned, my first round of IUI was using Clomid. It produced multiple follicles but it thinned my lining and resulted in a negative pregnancy test. There was a standard protocol for all rounds of IUI, which was ultrasound on day 3, medication day 3-8, and monitoring day 12, with usually IUI day 14. Because I seemed to ovulate early, I had to request to come in earlier than the protocol recommended. I also eventually (3rd IUI cycle) had to begin medication on day 2. For my second cycle I was switched to Letrozole. For my third cycle, I continued with the same dose of Letrozole, but gave myself FSH injections multiple times while being monitored each day. Both the second and third cycles of IUI resulted in only one follicle for ovulation and both resulted in a negative pregnancy test.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Alliosn Lofferdo and Jennifer Wood)
We originally had a nurse coordinator, Allison, who responded to emails but never checked in on me after procedure or test results on her own. She eventually moved to another clinic and was no longer our coordinator, but she never emailed to tell us so much. We found out from Dr. Devine after the fact. Our new nurse was the same way in that she never reached out to check on me on her own. During our third cycle, it was over a weekend, and I didn't know what to do as far as refill the FSH medication again or not. It is expensive and I didn't want to do it if not necessary but I would absolutely do it if it would help. I was told, I could do it if I wanted to. There was no one to talk to since it was the weekend and it was so incredible stressful. I spoke with one nurse who was on call and she was very comforting but didn't have a great answer for me either. The whole day was filled with waiting for a phone call about the results of my monitoring that morning and stressing over whether or not to refill the prescriptions before the pharmacy closed. I emailed both Allison and Jennifer hoping for some guidance. I understand that they do not work on the weekend and so that's why I didn't hear back, but I also never heard from anyone on Monday or ever after that just to check in and see how it all turned out. Or just to say I'm sorry that was so stressful and we'll be in touch with next steps.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
They are a clean facility with friendly front desk staff. They can get you in and out in the morning which is nice when you're trying to get to work. The weakness is that you don't particularly feel connected to anyone and when you have questions you may not have access to someone who can answer them. There is a MD on call, however you will be charged if you use them and its not an emergency.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kate Devine at Shady Grove Fertility.
$1800 for each IUI cycle + $50-150 for medications
Describe Kate Devine's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I know that Dr. Devine preferred single embryo transfer to reduce the risk of multiples and the complications that can occur with multiple births (prematurity, CLD, etc.)
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
We just had a lot of times that we weren't sure what we were supposed to do next. And the decision was left to us and we didn't know what the best decision was and there was no one to talk it through on the weekend.
3
Doctor
Kate Devine
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
6
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016, Unknown Success
6
6
Age 32
1 IUI
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
Marketer or PR
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Success w/ Doc Not sure
Dr. McClamrock is a man of few words unless you come to him with questions/concerns. My husband liked his personality since he was candid, and often referred to statistics - concrete information. I would have prefered more anecdotal information, as going through a fertility experience can be very isolating...I didn't feel as if he was reporting results to ME and MY case, but rather going through the motions of his evaluations.
Danielle [Nurse at Shady Grove Fertility] is very nice, and our communication is mainly when she provides test results...For my husband and I, the clinic location was a strong reason why we selected Shady Grove over Johns Hopkins. With the amount of visits that need to happen throughout a cycle it was very convenient for us. That being said, Shady Grove Harbor East is very easy to reach. Mersedie answers the phone, and is familiar with patients names and faces over time. This creates a less sterile experience.
How was your experience with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. McClamrock is a man of few words unless you come to him with questions/concerns. My husband liked his personality since he was candid, and often referred to statistics - concrete information. I would have prefered more anecdotal information, as going through a fertility experience can be very isolating. I would visit his office for my Day 3 bloods and monitoring throughout the cycle. He would enter the room, perform the U/S and tell me things looked good, and the number of follicles. I would need to ask if my number was sufficient, should it be more/less, etc. I would respond better to a physician that would be willing to sit and paint the picture of the appointment and the meaning. During the journey there is a lot to learn!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Ask questions to get answers. He won't overwhelm you with information if you don't seek it out.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. McClamrock is very candid and thorough when asked detailed questions. Without questions he will not dive into detail. I found if I didn't ask questions, he wouldn't offer explanation. I didn't feel as if he was reporting results to ME and MY case, but rather going through the motions of his evaluations.
Describe the protocols Howard McClamrock used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
My husband and I were both tested, and diagnosed with "unexplained fertility". The first line of treatment for us was IUI. This treatment with Clomid and trigger should ideally help the the sperm close to the egg, and result in pregnancy. We are hopeful it will work although we understand IUI cycles only have approximately a 20% chance of working.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Danielle)
Danielle is very nice, and our communication is mainly when she provides test results.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
For my husband and I, the clinic location was a strong reason why we selected Shady Grove over Johns Hopkins. With the amount of visits that need to happen throughout a cycle it was very convenient for us. That being said, Shady Grove Harbor East is very easy to reach. Mersedie answers the phone, and is familiar with patients names and faces over time. This creates a less sterile experience.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility.
My insurance is pretty good, so I pay a $20 co-pay per visit and all of our infertility testing has been covered 100%. If I ever had a billing issue Mersadie would resolve it right away.
6
Doctor
Howard McClamrock
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
6
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Baltimore
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016, Unsuccessful
0
0
Age 27
1 IVF
Anovulation
Male Factor
PCOS
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr. Katz refused to acknowledge that autoimmune issues play a role in fertility even after I brought him numberous studies he refused to treat my immune system as it pertained to my infertility. He was very cold as the cycles went on. I felt he gave up on me when he said we needed a surrogate but we never tried anything different. He would only stay on the phone for a brief period, it became obvious that my questions were a burden to him. He talked us out of PGS testing and refused to transfer two embryos when I requested it. He told me my children would have CP and hung the phone up on me.
Stephanie [a nurse at Shady Grove] was nice at first but became annoyed with my questions. Frequently she would send me "out the door" emails with less than desireable news at 5pm on Friday knowing she is leaving and will not return until Tuesday. I found this frustrating. Considering she has been through ivf and losses she was often not compassionate or empathetic to my anxieties.
How was your experience with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
At first Dr. Katz was warm and confident. He made us feel as though we were prime candidates for IVF and would be a simple fix. As we went on through our cycles and things came up we felt very mislead. Dr. Katz refused to acknowledge that autoimmune issues play a role in fertility even after I brought him numberous studies he refused to treat my immune system as it pertained to my infertility. He was very cold as the cycles went on. I felt he gave up on me when he said we needed a surrogate but we never tried anything different. He would only stay on the phone for a brief period, it became obvious that my questions were a burden to him. He talked us out of PGS testing and refused to transfer two embryos when I requested it. He told me my children would have CP and hung the phone up on me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Don't waste your time. If you are not a cookie cutter IVF patient he is not the Doctor for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
I felt like Dr Katz treated me as a number of a dollar sign. We wanted to PGS our embryos from the beginning but he talked us out of it say "oh, you are young. You'll have no problems" well I miscarried my first fresh 5 day transfer. My beta numbers were low and I got a quick see you in three days. Cycle two was a frozen cycle. I was never informed that my uterine lining thickness was not ideal for transfer but he had me transfer anyways. That cycle ended in a negative beta. Dr. Katz called me said I am sorry your beta is negative, next time. Goodbye and hung up. Less than a 2 min phone call. Cycle three my lining wouldn't thicken but my protocol did not change from cycle two when it didn't thicken either. Before this cycle stated I told Dr. Katz I wanted to transfer two embryos after they were PGS tested he told me my children would have CP and hung up on me. After an extended frozen cycle three and my lining never reaching 8mm Dr. Katz told me I would need a surrogate. I did not fit into a standard protocol and he refused to individualize one for me.
Describe the protocols Eugene Katz (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
For my stims I used garinerlix, menopur and folistim. Triggered with Lupron. Never received hcg. I had many follicles and was at risk for OHSS. After retrieval I took PIO and Estrace by mouth. I had 25 eggs retrieved 22 mature eggs. 22 fertilized with icsi day 3 I had 14 embryos day 5 I had 8 embryos grade 5AA After PGS we had 3 normal embryos would not reveal gender. For my frozen cycles I took IM delestrogen and PIO. Transfered 1 negative beta. Embryo had 100% cell survival My last frozen cycle we added vaginal estrace to delestrgen. No embryo transfer cycle canceled
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Stephanie Hernandez )
Stephanie was nice at first but became annoyed with my questions. Frequently she would send me "out the door" emails with less than desireable news at 5pm on Friday knowing she is leaving and will not return until Tuesday. I found this frustrating. Considering she has been through ivf and losses she was often not compassionate or empathetic to my anxieties.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
They typically did get you in an out quickly with the morning monitoring appointments but were not personal. The techs in the morning would not remember your name and after 10 hcg tests to trend my miscarriage the tech still said big day! when she say the hcg on the lab label...no remeber I was here two days ago and reminded you then I was miscarrying. The front desk twice forgot to add me to the schedule. Finance office was great. Wendi the PA also made me feel like I was burdening her, she made filing for my FMLA difficult it took 41 days to have that paperwork completed
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
We had insurance coverage so it was $2000 up front to meet my deductible. Medication costs with insurance co-pay was about $200. To freeze the remaining embryos $500 PGS was $2000 for Shady Grove and $2500 for FEC $600 "thaw" fee for each frozen cycle
Describe Eugene Katz (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. Katz was strongly against transferring multiple embryos even when requested. It was difficult to get statistics and risks out of him. He told us flat out no.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Lost appointments
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
I called for appointments was told I was added but when I showed up that morning for the appointment I was told I wasn't scheduled
0
Doctor
Eugene Katz (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
0
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Towson
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2016, Unsuccessful
0
0
Age 42
3 IVF
Unexplained
East Asian
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Retrieved 5 eggs and none fertilized. [Dr. Browne] Pushed donor eggs. Would do a 2nd IVF round but would not change the protocol...She is very thorough but blunt. She does not mince words. She is not cuddly. She is quick and to the point...You may do a consultation with your Dr but then only see them a few times. For all but 2 sonograms, it was a different Dr each time and even the egg retrieval was done by a different Dr. Then when you do bloodwork it is just in and out - no one talks to you or puts you at ease
Our nurse [at Shady Grove Fertility] was Ann and she was great. Absolutely loved her. However, when I had a question or concern, I would never get her. I would leave a message on her voice mail and another nurse would respond. Spoke to about five different nurses and it was extremely frustrating. It felt less of a relationship and more like I was just another cog in the wheel...Monitoring was done by bloodwork (drawn by a different nurse each time) and sono (done by a different doctor each time)... When you have your sonogram, it always be with a different doctor - whoever is one that rotation.
How was your experience with Paulette Browne at Shady Grove Fertility?
She is very thorough but blunt. She does not mince words. She is not cuddly. She is quick and to the point.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Paulette Browne at Shady Grove Fertility?
Data and statistics are very important to them. If you amh levels are too low and depending on your age, you may not get the answer you want. Be prepared for any scenario and to try not to have false hopes.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Paulette Browne at Shady Grove Fertility?
At Shady Grove, it feels like a cattle call. You may do a consultation with your Dr but then only see them a few times. For all but 2 sonograms, it was a different Dr each time and even the egg retrieval was done by a different Dr. Then when you do bloodwork it is just in and out - no one talks to you or puts you at ease
Describe the protocols Paulette Browne used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Gonal-F 300 / Menopur 150 with HCG trigger shot. Retrieved 5 eggs and none fertilized. Pushed donor eggs. Would do a 2nd IVF round but would not change the protocol. We went to get a second opinion.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Anne)
Our nurse was Ann and she was great. Absolutely loved her. However, when I had a question or concern, I would never get her. I would leave a message on her voice mail and another nurse would respond. Spoke to about five different nurses and it was extremely frustrating. It felt less of a relationship and more like I was just another cog in the wheel
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I went to Fair Oaks which the waiting area is nice. The bloodwork (7-8am) was usually very quick but no relationship. Always a different nurse. At one point, due to the snow, we had to go to the Annandale office because the Fair Oaks one was closed. The Annandale office is bigger but older - waiting room is drabby, the seats are uncomfortable. People were there from all over and you had to stand which eventually they took a number of us to a large conference room. It felt like a cattle call. When you have your sonogram, it always be with a different doctor - whoever is one that rotation. Each one has a different demeanor and outlook. Was given various scenarios - mostly positive. Dr. Browne was on vacation and our egg retrieval was done by a different doctor. That doctor showed more compassion. A third doctor is the one who monitored our eggs because De. Browne was on vacation. He was much more positive with the outlook even though nothing fertilized. When Dr. Browne returned three weeks later, she wanted to have a debrief. We had already decided to get a second opinion but I called. It was basically like a "I told you so" type scenario of her just saying that she knew this would happen. This is NOT the portrayal she gave in our initial consultation.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
Monitoring was done by bloodwork (drawn by a different nurse each time) and sono (done by a different doctor each time)
Describe the costs associated with your care under Paulette Browne at Shady Grove Fertility.
It was all handled by my insurance and we paid about $100 out-of-pocket. We actually never saw a bill.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
Different information and different outlook provided by different doctors. I barely saw Dr. Browne. It felt like there is no point person. They could not tell us what was wrong with the eggs. It felt very accusatory as if it were my fault. Each doctor gave conflicting information. Each nurse gave conflicting information. It felt as if no one knew you and no one really cared.
0
Doctor
Paulette Browne
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
0
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fair Oaks
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015 - 2016, Unsuccessful
9
5
Age 36 - 37
4 IUI
Male Factor
European
Ashkenazi Jewish
Middle Eastern
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr. Bromer is a sweet and gentle man. He will be honest in a compassionate way. He is understanding about financial limitations. He is a good communicator. He doesn't mind you emailing him and he will be timely about getting back to your emails.... He did paperwork for me so I could apply for grants. He emailed me about foundations that were offering grants when I couldn't even get the financial counselor to do that for me.
I did not like nurse Catalani [at Shady Grove-Frederick]. She seemed disorganized. She put me down for timed intercourse once when I told her we were doing IUI. She called me and left me a voicemail message once with another woman's test results. She never seemed compassionate toward me... The financial coordinator only got back to me once in a while when I called or emailed, although she is a nice woman.
How was your experience with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Bromer is a sweet and gentle man. He will be honest in a compassionate way. He is understanding about financial limitations. He is a good communicator. He doesn't mind you emailing him and he will be timely about getting back to your emails.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Bromer doesn't seem to see things as better than they are, like my first fertility doctor, so go to him if you want the truth.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Bromer has been such a nice, caring and honest Dr. He told me the sad truth but in a compassionate way. He always checks emails I send him in a timely manner and even if he is on vacation! He did paperwork for me so I could apply for grants. He emailed me about foundations that were offering grants when I couldn't even get the financial counselor to do that for me.
Describe the protocols Jason Bromer used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
The only strategy Dr. Bromer used for my IUI's was to put me on Letrozole.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Alison Catalani)
I did not like nurse Catalani. She seemed disorganized. She put me down for timed intercourse once when I told her we were doing IUI. She called me and left me a voicemail message once with another woman's test results. She never seemed compassionate toward me.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Some of the nurses are not compassionate and seem disorganized. The financial coordinator only got back to me once in a while when I called or emailed, although she is a nice woman. The financial coordinator was not realistic about my husband's infertility and my first fertility doctor, Dr. Esposito, was not realistic in the least about my husband's infertility.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility.
They charged about $350 for IUI. That was with sperm cleansing. They charged like around $250 I think for a transvaginal ultrasound.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
One time, I wasn't told by my nurse that my husband needed to sign a paper before I got IUI and it was such a hassle to get him to sign the paper bf the IUI. I talked to Dr. Esposito in 2014 about the antibodies attacking my husband's sperm bc he had a successful reversal but I still couldn't get pregnant. She said, " The Doctor I trained with didn't believe in them." So it sounded like Dr. Esposito didn't believe in antibodies attacking the sperm either. Dr. Bromer told me that the antibodies have attacked my husband's sperm and made the sperm unable to bind with and penetrate my eggs. I emailed the financial coordinator in 2017 about foundations that offer grants and she never got back to me so I asked Dr. Bromer instead.
9
Doctor
Jason Bromer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Frederick
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

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2016, Unsuccessful
1
1
Age 35
4 IUI
Donor Sperm
Unexplained
South Asian
Income $50K - $99K
1st of 3 Docs
LGBTQ
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Meet him [Dr. Bromer] 3 times to discuss options but never felt heard, he never made me feel comfortable and could not figure out why I was unable to become pregnant....I feel dismissed, never got an answer why I could not get pregnant, was not sympathetic with our jpurney. The last meeting he told us that his wife and him also had fertility issues. Would have been nice to have known upfront as that was the appointment he was relatable to.
[Shady Grove] Unorganized, rude, overpriced and charged you more than you were told and then would send you a refund after you advocated that your co-pay was not what was quoted. I called the financial department many times and I would not receive return calls for days....Lost paperwork, when I left Dr. Bromers office for a different clinic the paperwork was not sent. My results were not communicated to me in a timely fashion.
How was your experience with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
I feel dismissed, never got an answer why I could not get pregnant, was not sympathetic with our jpurney. The last meeting he told us that his wife and him also had fertility issues. Would have been nice to have known upfront as that was the appointment he was relatable to.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be your advocate, make sure your concerns are heard.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Meet him 3 times to discuss options but never felt heard, he never made me feel comfortable and could not figure out why I was unable to become pregnant.
Describe the protocols Jason Bromer used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Our 1st IUI was not medicated, 2 others were with Clomid, estrace, did a trigger but cannot remember the name.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Shady Grove Fertility.
Toni was my nurse, she was unorganized, did not really know what protocol we were going to do. She was out of the office on maternity leave for a couple months and no one told us and when she returned she snapped at me and said I was rude to her. She told me that her pregnancy was not planned and said that none of her 4 pregnancies were and it would happen for us also. That was not something to tell a same sex couple who are struggling with unexplained fertility.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Unorganized, rude, overpriced and charged you more than you were told and then would send you a refund after you advocated that your co-pay was not what was quoted. I called the financial department many times and I would not receive return calls for days.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Non medicated was cheaper, approximately $3000.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
Lost paperwork, when I left Dr. Bromers office for a different clinic the paperwork was not sent. My results were not communicated to me in a timely fashion.
1
Doctor
Jason Bromer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
1
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Frederick
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Verified

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2016, Unsuccessful
6
6
Age 27
1 Fertility Medications
Anovulation
PCOS
European
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Rachana was very informative and was able to answer any questions we had. She [Dr. Garde] was friendly, listened to put concerns and was supportive in our decisions whilst also advising on what she would recommend for our course of treatment and what testing was needed to track hormones abd other factors affecting our situation. ... We could not afford to switch to IVF so we cancelled the cycle without completing the IUI.
Strengths: they [Shady Grove Fertility] are organized and have a plan for everything. The staff are all friendly and I like the fact that there are numerous offices so if one was closed you could go to another for monitoring. Weaknesses: the cost. It is so expensive that we couldn't ever consider spending $20k to do IVF there. ... Ashley [nurse] was so compassionate and understanding. It was like having a good friend walk you through everything. She celebrated with us and hugged me when I cried. Definitely the kind of nurse I wanted in that situation.
How was your experience with Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility?
Rachana was very informative and was able to answer any questions we had. She was friendly, listened to put concerns and was supportive in our decisions whilst also advising on what she would recommend for our course of treatment and what testing was needed to track hormones abd other factors affecting our situation.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility?
Come prepared. She will ask what you know about your situation when you meet with her. Also don't be afraid to speak up for yourself and tell her what you want to happen.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility?
She took time to answer questions and say down with me to explain when the treatment wasn't working and what our options were.
Describe the protocols Rachana Garde used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We decided on an IUI cycle because previous unmonitored clomid and letrozole cycles resulted in no pregnancy. The protocol started with letrozole 5mg for 5 days, followed by ultrasounds every 3 days. This disagree had no effect on follicle growth so she added Gonal-F 75IU injected once a day for 4 days followed by another ultrasound. There was still no follicle growth so the dose was increased to 150IU and continued for another 3 days. The next ultrasound also showed no change so Dr Garde then informed us that in order to increase the dose any more would need to switch to an IVF cycle in case of OHS and maturing too many follicles. We could not afford to switch to IVF so we cancelled the cycle without completing the IUI.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Ashley Urben)
Ashley was so compassionate and understanding. It was like having a good friend walk you through everything. She celebrated with us and hugged me when I cried. Definitely the kind of nurse I wanted in that situation.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Strengths: they are organized and have a plan for everything. The staff are all friendly and I like the fact that there are numerous offices so if one was closed you could go to another for monitoring. Weaknesses: the cost. It is so expensive that we couldn't ever consider spending $20k to do IVF there.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility.
The cost for the IUI procedure was approx $3,500. We got a portion of that refunded because the cycle was cancelled. The medications totalled approx $1,500.
Describe Rachana Garde's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
N/A
6
Doctor
Rachana Garde
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
6
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Woodbridge
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016, Unsuccessful
4
5
Age 34
5 Fertility Medications
Unexplained
European
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr. Levins nice, but could be maybe a little bit more personable at times though.... he's good at explaining and drawing, he's nice, but we couldn't really feel a real connection to him. we got more attached to the coordinating nurse than to him, honestly. He is professional, he was there when he could during a procedure, but I don't know... we just couldn't find a spark. we're switching to a different clinic and hope to find a doctor that can help us get pregnant.
The clinic [Shady Grove Fertility] is very modern and they have top of the art offices, technology and so on... but they are extremely expensive and one of the reasons we won't be continuing with Shady Grove is because we won't be able to afford them any longer. we'd love to... but don't have the resources any more. In the conditions that now a days insurances cover zero to nothing for infertility treatments, it's just outrageous how they take advantage of patient's desperate wish to conceive. There are other more affordable options outside Virginia and we'll look into that.
How was your experience with Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility?
he's good at explaining and drawing, he's nice, but we couldn't really feel a real connection to him. we got more attached to the coordinating nurse than to him, honestly. He is professional, he was there when he could during a procedure, but I don't know... we just couldn't find a spark. we're switching to a different clinic and hope to find a doctor that can help us get pregnant.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be very clear what your goals are and don't be afraid to tell him if you want to jump straight to IVF. We regret not doing so and wasting lots of time and money on other procedures.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Levins nice, but could be maybe a little bit more personable at times though.
Describe the protocols Eric Levens used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
we tried timed intercourse, we did all tests on me and husband, we did also hysterscopy, we did hysterosalpingogram, we tested semen, done blood work, genetic testing ... we tried clomid and femara... we were diagnosed with "unexplained infertility", and didn't manage to get pregnant with what we tried unfortunately.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Layluma Hotaki)
Ms. Layluma Hotaki was a genuinely caring, war person, we loved having her as our coordinator.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic is very modern and they have top of the art offices, technology and so on... but they are extremely expensive and one of the reasons we won't be continuing with Shady Grove is because we won't be able to afford them any longer. we'd love to... but don't have the resources any more. In the conditions that now a days insurances cover zero to nothing for infertility treatments, it's just outrageous how they take advantage of patient's desperate wish to conceive. There are other more affordable options outside Virginia and we'll look into that.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility.
lost track, sorry
4
Doctor
Eric Levens
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fairfax
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016, Successful
10
3
Age 22
IVF
Donor Eggs
Poor Egg Quality
Other
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Business Executive
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Doesn't Recommend
Successful
Dr. Bromer always follows up with us even if he was not present at the visit. He has relayed information to us even while he was on vacation. He has called us personally even outside of his work hours to make sure that we were not worried or misunderstanding any information. He is compassionate and trustworthy and my husband and I have been very blessed to have him as our physician!...I do wish that it would have been Dr. Bromer who preformed the Embryo Transfer himself rather than a different doctor, However I certainly understand that this may not have been a possibility for him on the day that my transfer occured.
{re: Shady Grove] The donor egg billing staff was very rude with the exception of Jasmine who was phenomenal. Linda at the front desk seems often less than thrilled that you are there. The donor egg and gestational coordinator Leslie Polanco was not pleasant to speak with at all. She was rude over the phone on a number of occasions. She seemed consistently motivated to slow down the process and was often shocked at how quickly we were able to complete the tasks given to us. My husband, donor and myself all recall feeling like she did not want this process to be a success for us which was extremely discouragibg and highly unnecessary.
How was your experience with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Bromer always follows up with us even if he was not present at the visit. He has relayed information to us even while he was on vacation. He has called us personally even outside of his work hours to make sure that we were not worried or misunderstanding any information. He is compassionate and trustworthy and my husband and I have been very blessed to have him as our physician!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
I do wish that it would have been Dr. Bromer who preformed the Embryo Transfer himself rather than a different doctor, However I certainly understand that this may not have been a possibility for him on the day that my transfer occured.
Describe the protocols Jason Bromer used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We used donor egg and Embryo Transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Patti)
My nurse was awesome. Definitely compassionate and invested. I did at time feel that she may have had too full of a case load and for that reason there were times when we could not get in touch with her to review important details and this made us feel unprepared at times.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The donor egg billing staff was very rude with the exception of Jasmine who was phenomenal. Linda at the front desk seems often less than thrilled that you are there. The donor egg and gestational coordinator Leslie Polanco was not pleasant to speak with at all. She was rude over the phone on a number of occasions. She seemed consistently motivated to slow down the process and was often shocked at how quickly we were able to complete the tasks given to us. My husband, donor and myself all recall feeling like she did not want this process to be a success for us which was extremely discouragibg and highly unnecessary.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility.
19,500
Describe Jason Bromer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
He was supportive and steadfastly informative.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
We were seemingly always down to the wire rushing around to make sure medication was ready to be picked up etc. We did have to start a medication late due to medication not being called in on time. We had a sonogram although very early (because we had been misinformed by the Rockville office e to schedule our ultrasound what ended up being 1.week too early. The techs at our 5.5 week ultrasound seemed in constant disagreement with one another. I had to go to multiple different rooms to get two separate ultrasounds because it seemed like they did not know what they were doing. We were told that we may be having an ectopic pregnancy which we were later informed by our Dr. That this was not a concern. We had a very poor experience that day which was unfortunate because this was to have been a very exciting moment to see our baby for the first time. Instead we ended up leaving in tears unnecessarily.
10
Doctor
Jason Bromer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Adaptability
3
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Frederick
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2015, Unsuccessful
4
1
Age 38
1 IVF
Tubal Blockage
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
1st of 4 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr. Moon overall was a nice lady. I am a nurse and understood many of the things that were going on but my husband did not and he always felt dismissed. I saw her on my initial consultation and one other time. She did take time to come and give me an ultrasound while the regular staff was at lunch and I was having a miscarriage. Other than that she never performed one procedure. I saw a variety of other dr's. She did call after my miscarriage and I explained to her a complacation that I was having and she brushed me off. I had to be seen at an urgent care. She never even called after my failed transfer
They [Shady Grove] arw good at making appointments that work for you. The phlebotomist are super nice and they are the only ones who remember your name. The receptionist are very rude and unprofessional... I signed up for a certain type of plan where you pay for so many and if they arw unsuccessful then you get reimbursed. I should have had like 6 treatments. After the first one they started sending me bills for every little thing. When I inquired about it they claim that that was not what plan I was under and that I was a pay as you go pt. Meanwhile I provide them with all of the correspondance with my financial guy and got no where. They would not budge.
How was your experience with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Moon overall was a nice lady. I am a nurse and understood many of the things that were going on but my husband did not and he always felt dismissed. I saw her on my initial consultation and one other time. She did take time to come and give me an ultrasound while the regular staff was at lunch and I was having a miscarriage. Other than that she never performed one procedure. I saw a variety of other dr's. She did call after my miscarriage and I explained to her a complacation that I was having and she brushed me off. I had to be seen at an urgent care. She never even called after my failed transfer
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
Ask a lot of questions ans do not expect much
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
Many times when I would go in for my blood draws or scans there was only standing room because there were so many patients. It was very impersonal. Everyone there is nervous and scared and possibly desperate and they just chat about whats for lunch and what they did for the weekend. Very insensitive.
Describe the protocols Kimberly Moon used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I did a round of drugs for egg retrieval (injections, pills and vaginal suppository). Had a "practice" egg insertion, the actually incantation and then a frozen transfer. During the frozen cycle I participated in a clinical trial.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jennifer Wood)
Jennifer was very organized but she would mainly communicate via email. If you called you would never get an answer. When I was actively going through a miscarriage she never once said sorry or showed any sympathy she only told me to calm down
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
They arw good at making appointments that work for you. The phlebotomist are super nice and they are the only ones who remember your name. The receptionist are very rude and unprofessional
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility.
Around $10,000
Describe Kimberly Moon's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
She only suggested/recommended single transfer
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Lost or damaged samples
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
When I had my miscarriage, I passes the fetus at home and was told to bring it in when I arrived for my D&C. I was asked if I would like to have genetic testing done and I did. They did not send the fetus along with the other tissue and I got a bill for $600. I was not informed of the cost of the test and they lost the critical portion of the specimen so I got no actual results. Second: I signed up for a certain type of plan where you pay for so many and if they arw unsuccessful then you get reimbursed. I should have had like 6 treatments. After the first one they started sending me bills for every little thing. When I inquired about it they claim that that was not what plan I was under and that I was a pay as you go pt. Meanwhile I provide them with all of the correspondance with my financial guy and got no where. They would not budge.
4
Doctor
Kimberly Moon
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
1
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2014 - 2015, Unsuccessful
0
5
Age 35 - 36
4 IUI
Unexplained
European
Ashkenazi Jewish
Middle Eastern
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr. Esposito never took our infertility seriously. During my first time with her, she said, " You just need a little nudge." " It just takes longer in your 30's." I asked her about getting donor sperm b/c I knew there must be something wrong with my husband's sperm and she said, " It won't come to that." I told her about how the urologist told us that my husband's sperm has been attacked by his antibodies and Dr. Esposito said that the Dr. she trained with didn't believe in the antibodies attacking the sperm.
Some nurses [at Shady Grove-Frederick] were really nice and compassionate but I didn't feel that way about Allison Catalani. I felt like I was always telling her I wasn't pregnant and she didn't believe me. She never even said, " I am sorry," when I told her that I wasn't pregnant and I got my period. There was no compassion. She acted like she thought I would get pregnant soon. She was also disorganized. She put me down for timed intercourse once when the doctor and I knew that we were doing IUI. Once, she called my cell and left me a message with another woman's test results. She also forgot to tell me that my husband had to sign a paper before an IUI and it was a real hassle to have him get it done before the IUI could happen.
How was your experience with Melissa Esposito at Shady Grove Fertility?
I wrote a lot about Dr. Esposito in another earlier question. She also didn't pay attention to if the ultrasound showed old brown blood at the top of my uterus before an IUI. I found that that's not something the doctor's typically look for but it should be something the doctor's look for. I had one IUI where the nurse was about to do the IUI and she said, " You have some old blood at the top of your uterus." That should have been discovered days before the IUI and cleaned out. That wasn't the time to be told about it. The nurse did the IUI anyway but sperm don't do well trying to swim through old blood. Dr. Bromer finally told me that.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Melissa Esposito at Shady Grove Fertility?
She may under estimate your infertility. Don't go to her if you want IUI or if your husband had a successful reversal and you still can't get pregnant.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Melissa Esposito at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Esposito never took our infertility seriously. During my first time with her, she said, " You just need a little nudge." " It just takes longer in your 30's." I asked her about getting donor sperm b/c I knew there must be something wrong with my husband's sperm and she said, " It won't come to that." I told her about how the urologist told us that my husband's sperm has been attacked by his antibodies and Dr. Esposito said that the Dr. she trained with didn't believe in the antibodies attacking the sperm. So she was implying she didn't believe in it either. I asked her what my husband could take to help his sperm and she said, " Clomid." I thought that was really weird. After I broke away from Dr. Esposito and went to Dr. Bromer, I asked him the same question and he answered it quite differently. He said my husband should take a supplement with L-Carnitine in it. Dr. Esposito never told me about Letrozole. She only told me I could take Clomid to mature more eggs for the IUI. Dr. Bromer told me that Letrozole would be a good choice for me to mature more eggs for IUI. For my first IUI with Dr. Esposito, she didn't order a blood test to check my hormones. She only wanted to go by what the transvaginal ultrasound showed. So the ultrasound make it look like the right day was day 11, but my body was not ready then. I even had old brown chunks of blood come out that day. When I had IUI's with Dr. Bromer, he always ordered a blood test and those tests showed that the right day in my cycle was the 13th day. Dr. Esposito didn't tell me that my husband should lose weight to help the sperm. My husband's sperm back then ( 2014) had a motility of 1+/2 which is below normal. In 2015, my husband started exercising and lost about 20 lbs. After that, the motility gradually increased until it was 2+/3 at the best. Dr. Esposito should have made a big deal about the motility. It is important with IUI. Dr. Esposito never mentioned that there could be a problem with my husband's sperm binding with my eggs and penetrating them. When I saw Dr. Bromer, he told me there was likely a problem with my husband's sperm being able to bind with and penetrate my eggs.
Describe the protocols Melissa Esposito used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
She wanted to use the simplest treatment. She did my first IUI without having me get the blood test to check hormones. She just wanted to see what the ultrasound showed. She didn't have me take Letrozole or Clomid.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Allison Catalani)
Some nurses were really nice and compassionate but I didn't feel that way about Allison Catalani. I felt like I was always telling her I wasn't pregnant and she didn't believe me. She never even said, " I am sorry," when I told her that I wasn't pregnant and I got my period. There was no compassion. She acted like she thought I would get pregnant soon. She was also disorganized. She put me down for timed intercourse once when the doctor and I knew that we were doing IUI. Once, she called my cell and left me a message with another woman's test results. She also forgot to tell me that my husband had to sign a paper before an IUI and it was a real hassle to have him get it done before the IUI could happen. I would sometimes email her a question and she would email me back with as little words as possible. It seemed like she was just emailing as quickly as possible without really caring how she came across. Sometimes, she never got back to me at all and I finally found out from another nurse that I could email my doctor directly. Allison Catalani didn't tell me that. So then after that, I just emailed my doctor with questions rather than Allison Catalani.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Some nurses here are more compassionate than others. My nurse seemed to be on vacation a lot. Some doctors are better than others. Most nurses were more optimistic than they should be. Don't go into the fertility center thinking you will be successful unless you are willing to pay thousands for IVF. IUI doesn't usually work and the doctors and nurses won't tell you that.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Melissa Esposito at Shady Grove Fertility.
I think IUI was like $200. I think a transvaginal ultra sound was $250. I always had a bill of about $500 when I got IUI.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
I wrote about all the things that went wrong in the prior questions.
0
Doctor
Melissa Esposito
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Frederick
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2013 - 2014, Successful
7
3
Age 30 - 31
7 IUI
Donor Sperm
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
Consultant
Only Doc Seen
LGBTQ
Neutral
Doesn't Recommend
Successful
Know that even though he's not the warmest and seems very busy/rushed, he does care. Be prepared to have your primary relationship be with the nurses.
Most months, I would finish at the clinic around 11, meaning I missed half a day of work. This was frustrating, and it communicated to me that my time was less valuable than theirs.
How was your experience with Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Widra is a matter-of-fact communicator who tries to present a balanced view of options with accompanying benefits and risks. He is not very warm, but he's jovial and seems to care about his patients. Dr. Widra is very very busy, and as his patient, I felt rushed in communicating with him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
Know that even though he's not the warmest and seems very busy/rushed, he does care. Be prepared to have your primary relationship be with the nurses.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
They did not get to know me as a human, but they didn't confuse me with other patients. My nurse switched twice over the course of my treatment, and since in Dr. Widra's practice the RNs are the primary points of contact for a patient, those transitions affected my experience.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Laura Appling)
At SGF, the nurses are the primary caregivers. In general, they are good nurses. They are caring and organized. That said, because the nurses are the primary points of contact for patients, any turnover on the nursing team is more challenging for patients than it would be if Dr. Widra managed the relationships on his panel more closely. This was my experience.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
Wait times at both of the SGF facilities I visited - K Street and Rockville - were long and unpredictable. K street will not perform IUIs with donor sperm, so I had to go out to the Rockville location every month for that procedure. The earliest available IUI is at 9:30, and it literally never happened at 9:30 even when I had the earliest slot. Most months, I would finish at the clinic around 11, meaning I missed half a day of work. This was frustrating, and it communicated to me that my time was less valuable than theirs. More importantly, though, with fertility issues, I as a patient was very sensitive to making sure that when I did have control of a particular variable, like timing of insemination, I took that seriously. Making a patient wait an undisclosed amount of time for an insemination may not be clinically problematic, but it made me anxious that I was missing "the window" and gave me the sense that SGF cared less about my success than I did.
7
Doctor
Eric Widra
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
3
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2013 - 2014, Unsuccessful
6
6
Age 35 - 36
3 IUI
IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Uterine Fibroids
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Come with a list of questions because he [Dr. Geof Tidey] doesn’t offer up much without asking... Retrieval cancelled...Donor egg cycle with two donor egg embryos and that outcome was a negative pregnancy test. Then he decided a possible fibroid could be interfering with implantation and he removed two small fibroids...We went through an entire donor egg cycle that didn’t result in pregnancy and then he decided to take out a small fibroid that he felt might be causing the problem. I know this is lot of chance and statistics I just felt like I was a shot in the dark and didn’t receive proper workup and treatment.
[Nurses at Shady Grove Fertility were] Excellent!!! If it wasn’t for them I may have changed doctors!...Doesn’t seem to be up to date when I went there with current treatments and protocols. A newer partner joined and did one of my IUIs and he’s very forward thinking and open to new protocols and treatments...[Treatment] Not tailored for anyone with low egg reserve. Never made one follicle when I had 2-5 follicles on oral Med cycles. Retrieval cancelled Donor egg cycle with two donor egg embryos and that outcome was a negative pregnancy test. Then he decided a possible fibroid could be interfering with implantation and he removed two small fibroids.
How was your experience with Geof Tidey at Shady Grove Fertility?
I just didn’t feel like I received a proper pre treatment workup like others that were undergoing similar therapy and treatments. He never seemed to give me definitive choices and made me feel a little unsure about everything he told me. My husband felt like he was reactive to everything and not proactive and quickly jumped us to donor eggs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Geof Tidey at Shady Grove Fertility?
Come with a list of questions because he doesn’t offer up much without asking.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Geof Tidey at Shady Grove Fertility?
I never felt like he connected with me like one of his partners did. He was always like “let’s just see.” During my own egg IVF cycle did we learn about my low AMH and ELEVATED FSH. He didn’t really do much of a “fertility” workup that I read about many others routinely receiving. We went through an entire donor egg cycle that didn’t result in pregnancy and then he decided to take out a small fibroid that he felt might be causing the problem. I know this is lot of chance and statistics I just felt like I was a shot in the dark and didn’t receive proper workup and treatment.
Describe the protocols Geof Tidey used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Clomid with TRIGGER ANS IUI X2 Femara with trigger and iui x2 last one ovulated early IVF With own eggs with starting with BCP and injections. Not tailored for anyone with low egg reserve. Never made one follicle when I had 2-5 follicles on oral Med cycles. Retrieval cancelled Donor egg cycle with two donor egg embryos and that outcome was a negative pregnancy test. Then he decided a possible fibroid could be interfering with implantation and he removed two small fibroids.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Valerie )
Excellent!!! If it wasn’t for them I may have changed doctors!
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Doesn’t seem to be up to date when I went there with current treatments and protocols. A newer partner joined and did one of my IUIs and he’s very forward thinking and open to new protocols and treatments.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Geof Tidey at Shady Grove Fertility.
Spent a total of 30,000
Describe Geof Tidey's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
He made appropriate recommendations
6
Doctor
Geof Tidey
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
6
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Richmond
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2014, Successful
8
6
Age 42
IUI
IVF
Donor Eggs
Donor Sperm
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Business Executive
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Doesn't Recommend
Successful
Dr. Moon was used to working with SMCs and was recommended to me. She reviewed my file and gave me plenty of time to talk about my history and the potential options at her clinic. I knew what I wanted to do and she was quick to help me figure out next steps and also worked hard to help me determine which donor was the right one for me....She was kind, listened to my story, helped me pick an egg donor, and was very responsive when I had an issue with the RE that handled my transfer....
I think Shady Grove has a high quality lab and has high success due to this. The rest of the operation is large, I felt like a # and they had several major errors during my time there--for example failing to get an ultrasound on my egg donor on her last visit so they had her trigger without all of the necessary info...I had very little experience with the nursing staff due to using DE. The staff who were around during my transfer were fine....The clinic failed to complete the appropriate tests on the Egg Donor. The clinic gave me personal information about the donor which allowed me to know her name. ..
How was your experience with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Moon was used to working with SMCs and was recommended to me. She reviewed my file and gave me plenty of time to talk about my history and the potential options at her clinic. I knew what I wanted to do and she was quick to help me figure out next steps and also worked hard to help me determine which donor was the right one for me.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
I specifically sought out Dr. Moon on the recommendation of others due to the large size of the clinic and the factory feel of the operation. She was kind, listened to my story, helped me pick an egg donor, and was very responsive when I had an issue with the RE that handled my transfer.
Describe the protocols Kimberly Moon used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I got pregnant on my first DE transfer so I didn't have a rigorous protocol.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Shady Grove Fertility.
I had very little experience with the nursing staff due to using DE. The staff who were around during my transfer were fine.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I think Shady Grove has a high quality lab and has high success due to this. The rest of the operation is large, I felt like a # and they had several major errors during my time there--for example failing to get an ultrasound on my egg donor on her last visit so they had her trigger without all of the necessary info. The RE who handled my transfer was awful and I worried that he purposely botched my transfer due to his attitude. In the end, I luckily got pregnant that cycle and was done with any fertility treatments.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility.
I chose a guaranteed DE program and it was expensive. I think the cost was $30,500. I've tried to block out the cost but my daughter was well worth the money!
Describe Kimberly Moon's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic strongly prefers eSET for DE.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic failed to complete the appropriate tests on the Egg Donor. The clinic gave me personal information about the donor which allowed me to know her name. The RE who completed my transfer didn't know the quality of all of my specimens and tried to browbeat me into transferring one without the information. In the end, an embryologist was able to provide that information within a few minutes and we proceeded. But I was beyond distraught by the RE's attitude and the lack of embryos from a proven egg donor. My RE, who I had been working with, did respond appropriately when I contacted her with my concerns.
8
Doctor
Kimberly Moon
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
6
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2004 - 2011, Successful
5
5
Age 27 - 34
1 IVF
1 Egg Freezing
Donor Eggs
Surrogacy
PCOS
Unexplained
Native American
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Successful
I did not like his [Dr. Michael Levy] bedside manner- I thought he was callous and not compassionate to the emotional turmoil. However, he helped me to concieve my son (17 months of treament) and ultimately my daughter (donor egg and gestational carrier) and I will always be eternally grateful for his success. I don't think he is "nice" but I think he knows what he is doing...As the intended mother I was not always made aware of what drugs were being prescribed and timelines for procedures with my donor and my gestational carrier. This was very frustrating.
The whole process was very emotional and the office [Shady Grove Fertility] didn't always communicate clearly and when I called to inquire (usually about a medication or timing) I was once told "to just wait" and that he wasn't doing the transfer until HE [Dr. Michael Levy] was ready. m(He later apologized)...As the intended mother I was not always made aware of what drugs were being prescribed and timelines for procedures with my donor and my gestational carrier. This was very frustrating.
How was your experience with Michael Levy at Shady Grove Fertility?
I did not like his bedside manner- I thought he was callous and not compassionate to the emotional turmoil. However, he helped me to concieve my son (17 months of treament) and ultimately my daughter (donor egg and gestational carrier) and I will always be eternally grateful for his success. I don't think he is "nice" but I think he knows what he is doing.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Levy at Shady Grove Fertility?
Do not expect warm and fuzzy and don't take it personally.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Levy at Shady Grove Fertility?
The whole process was very emotional and the office didn't always communicate clearly and when I called to inquire (usually about a medication or timing) I was once told "to just wait" and that he wasn't doing the transfer until HE was ready. m(He later apologized)
Describe the protocols Michael Levy used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I spent seventeen months taking clomid and metformin until my son was concieved (2002) and then used an egg donor and a gestational carrer (3 transfers with 2 separate carriers) with my daughter born in 2009. I do not remember all the drugs used for the egg retrieval and insemination.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Shady Grove Fertility.
It was very hit or miss and some were definitely more compassionate than others.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I think the clinic is a reflection of the doctor. Sometimes as a patient I was made to feel my questions or concerns were an inconvienience.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Levy at Shady Grove Fertility.
Insurance covered my 17 months of infertility. Egg Donor and retrieval was about $20,000 Transfers were in the $10,000 range each if I remember correctly.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
As the intended mother I was not always made aware of what drugs were being prescribed and timelines for procedures with my donor and my gestational carrier. This was very frustrating.
5
Doctor
Michael Levy
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unsuccessful
1
6
Age 33
12 IUI
1 Embryo Freezing
IVF
Tubal Blockage
Unexplained
European
Latinx
Income $200K - $499K
Business Executive
3rd of 3 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
[Dr. Nancy Durso is] given zero autonomy. If you don’t fit into their data mold, they don’t know what to do with you...She is the only doctor at the Fredericksburg location and the level of care shows that. Her nurses make up for it, but you won’t feel like a priority with her...Know what you want from a treatment cycle and be prepared to push for what you want. Ultimately she only decides the course of treatment and you’ll rarely if ever see her after that...Lowest dosage of all medications and we quickly had to shift to a higher dose over a weekend which led to a poor retrieval count.
Lowest dosage of all medications and we quickly had to shift to a higher dose over a weekend which led to a poor retrieval count [at Shady Grove Fertility]...Andrea [nurse] was fantastic and 100% the only reason we kept seeing Dr. Durso for so long. She is quick to respond, organized, and knows exactly what to say during stressful cycles...From what I understand, there is no option. They only allow eset [single transfer]...is a revolving door powered by data. You are a number. Because I am data driven this seemed fine at first, but when anything throws off their calculations they have no power to pivot or try anything that hasn’t had years of research behind it.
How was your experience with Nancy Durso at Shady Grove Fertility?
She is ready for retirement, you can tell she is tired and ready for a break. She is the only doctor at the Fredericksburg location and the level of care shows that. Her nurses make up for it, but you won’t feel like a priority with her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Nancy Durso at Shady Grove Fertility?
Do your homework. Know what you want from a treatment cycle and be prepared to push for what you want. Ultimately she only decides the course of treatment and you’ll rarely if ever see her after that.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Nancy Durso at Shady Grove Fertility?
Shady grove doctors are given zero autonomy. If you don’t fit into their data mold, they don’t know what to do with you.
Describe the protocols Nancy Durso used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Lowest dosage of all medications and we quickly had to shift to a higher dose over a weekend which led to a poor retrieval count.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Andrea)
Andrea was fantastic and 100% the only reason we kept seeing Dr. Durso for so long. She is quick to respond, organized, and knows exactly what to say during stressful cycles.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove is a revolving door powered by data. You are a number. Because I am data driven this seemed fine at first, but when anything throws off their calculations they have no power to pivot or try anything that hasn’t had years of research behind it.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
Efficient. Check in, get a blood draw within minutes. There was usually a good 15min wait for the ultrasound but all in all you were there for maybe 30 minutes.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nancy Durso at Shady Grove Fertility.
100% covered by insurance
Describe Nancy Durso's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
From what I understand, there is no option. They only allow eset
1
Doctor
Nancy Durso
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
6
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
3
5
Age 30 - 31
3 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
She [Dr. Shruti Malik] was great and very detailed during one on one consultations, however, during treatment cycles she was MIA and we never heard from her directly. When she did call, we often would hear her typing in the background which often felt like she wasn't really paying attention...It doesn't feel like they take a good personal approach, rather, they try to apply the same to all.
The nursing staff [at Shady Grove] was great. They will end up being your primary points of contact. I could contact them on the phone and they would pick up as long as it was during business hours. I also had their e-mail address and they were very prompt to respond...They often provide papers with a list of instructions for medications, treatments, etc. If you look closely the some of the forms are dated years ago. It doesn't feel like they take a good personal approach, rather, they try to apply the same to all. The pros are that there are so many offices in the area, you can always go to one of the other locations if you aren't able to make it into yours for monitoring. There is also 24/7 phone lines and weekend monitoring, you just will likely deal with nurses and doctors you aren't as familiar with.
How was your experience with Shruti Malik at Shady Grove Fertility?
She was great and very detailed during one on one consultations, however, during treatment cycles she was MIA and we never heard from her directly. When she did call, we often would hear her typing in the background which often felt like she wasn't really paying attention.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shruti Malik at Shady Grove Fertility?
Advocate for yourself. Just because they recommended something doesn't mean you have to go through with it. Stick with your gut.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility.
The nursing staff was great. They will end up being your primary points of contact. I could contact them on the phone and they would pick up as long as it was during business hours. I also had their e-mail address and they were very prompt to respond.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
It feels like they try to fit everyone into the same mold. They often provide papers with a list of instructions for medications, treatments, etc. If you look closely the some of the forms are dated years ago. It doesn't feel like they take a good personal approach, rather, they try to apply the same to all. The pros are that there are so many offices in the area, you can always go to one of the other locations if you aren't able to make it into yours for monitoring. There is also 24/7 phone lines and weekend monitoring, you just will likely deal with nurses and doctors you aren't as familiar with.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call with results
3
Doctor
Shruti Malik
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fair Oaks
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
2
2
Age 29 - 30
2 IUI
Anovulation
Male Factor
PCOS
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Use of clomid to treat annovulation [protocol with Dr. Chason]. Completed two failed IUIs without much change to protocol...I was only seen by Dr. Chason a few times. I saw a different doctor or nurse almost every time I had an appointment...My husband and I have multiple factors effecting our fertility. We should have never been counseled to start with IUI first. It should have been recommended to go straight to IVF. She provided conflicting protocols, at first saying femara would be best because of my PCOS but then having me on clomid. The few appointments we did see her for she was always late and by more than 10-15 minutes.
You’re going to be doing a lot of waiting [at Shady Grove Fertility-Annapolis]...[Nurses are] Cold. No empathy. Not very understanding of all the factors going into this. Not considerate about the amount of time off required for all appointments...I had to constantly be on top of them to get results and get meds ordered and get appointments scheduled. It was exhausting...$2000 for two rounds IUI. Even though monitoring was basically the same every day, I had varying costs in bills due to how the procedures were coded to my insurance.
How was your experience with Rebecca Chason at Shady Grove Fertility?
My husband and I have multiple factors effecting our fertility. We should have never been counseled to start with IUI first. It should have been recommended to go straight to IVF. She provided conflicting protocols, at first saying femara would be best because of my PCOS but then having me on clomid. The few appointments we did see her for she was always late and by more than 10-15 minutes.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rebecca Chason at Shady Grove Fertility?
You’re going to be doing a lot of waiting. Make sure you ask about the chance of each procedure being effective for your situation and why she thinks the protocol is the best course of action.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rebecca Chason at Shady Grove Fertility?
I was only seen by Dr. Chason a few times. I saw a different doctor or nurse almost every time I had an appointment.
Describe the protocols Rebecca Chason used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Use of clomid to treat annovulation. Completed two failed IUIs without much change to protocol.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jennifer Lavy)
Cold. No empathy. Not very understanding of all the factors going into this. Not considerate about the amount of time off required for all appointments.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Strength: there are many clinics to chose from, and have pretty flexible monitoring appointment slots. Weakness: you’re just a number. You’ll hardly ever see the same doctor twice. They’re not very friendly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rebecca Chason at Shady Grove Fertility.
$2000 for two rounds IUI. Even though monitoring was basically the same every day, I had varying costs in bills due to how the procedures were coded to my insurance.
Describe Rebecca Chason's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
NA.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
I had to constantly be on top of them to get results and get meds ordered and get appointments scheduled. It was exhausting.
2
Doctor
Rebecca Chason
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
2
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Annapolis
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unsuccessful
2
2
Age 27
1 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
European
2nd of 3 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr. Browne never called us with results - either good or bad. The call we received to inform us that my beta test numbers were not good and I was miscarrying, was done so by a nurse. Dr. Browne didn’t follow up at all....Beginning with our first visit, we did not feel positive or hopeful after meeting with her. She conveyed a sense of bewilderment as to what our problems might be regarding our infertility. She also treated miscarriages with very little gravity.
Unfortunately after Dr. Greenhouse’s passing, the office [Shady Grove] became chaotic. The administrative team was in disarray. They made multiple mistakes when processing my insurance or updating my personal information in their files.... Laura was very kind and helpful. While she wasn’t the person who delivered all of my results, she was a fairly constant face.... Dr. Browne never called us with results - either good or bad. The call we received to inform us that my beta test numbers were not good and I was miscarrying, was done so by a nurse. Dr. Browne didn’t follow up at all.
How was your experience with Paulette Browne at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Browne was a fill in, as our original physician passed away unexpectedly. Beginning with our first visit, we did not feel positive or hopeful after meeting with her. She conveyed a sense of bewilderment as to what our problems might be regarding our infertility. She also treated miscarriages with very little gravity. She lacked compassion. In addition, after the front desk failed to process my new insurance, she made snide comments during future appointments about how hard her staff worked to fix the error (despite it being their error in the first place).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Paulette Browne at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be clear about your expectations of communication.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Paulette Browne at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Browne never called us with results - either good or bad. The call we received to inform us that my beta test numbers were not good and I was miscarrying, was done so by a nurse. Dr. Browne didn’t follow up at all.
Describe the protocols Paulette Browne used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
She recommended Clomid and IUI. She did not explain why she thought this protocol would work, other than she figured that producing two eggs would improve our chances. If it didn’t work, then she said she would recommend IVF.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Laura)
Laura was very kind and helpful. While she wasn’t the person who delivered all of my results, she was a fairly constant face.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Unfortunately after Dr. Greenhouse’s passing, the office became chaotic. The administrative team was in disarray. They made multiple mistakes when processing my insurance or updating my personal information in their files.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Paulette Browne at Shady Grove Fertility.
We paid $1800 for each IUI cycle, for a total of $3600.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Failed to convey critical information
2
Doctor
Paulette Browne
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
2
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fair Oaks
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

Unsuccessful
2
1
4 IUI
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
We met with him for our initial consultation and after that we essentially never saw him again during treatment....He [Dr. McKeeby] seems like a nice guy, but there was never any real follow up or interest in my case. He arrived to an appointment unprepared and clearly didn’t review my test results... as they were incomplete and required a follow up exam...Dr. McKeeby was supposed to follow up with me after our final meeting regarding the next steps and he never did...
They’d say they’d call and then they [Shady Grove Salisbury] wouldn’t. They’d forget to relay test results. Ordering medication was a nightmare thanks to no help on their part. The nurses/staff don’t seem to really make a connection with the patients because it’s always a different nurse calling with results, or communicating the doctor’s orders....Provided medication charts were halfway completed, failed to be informed of exam results... which ultimately delayed starting treatment, issues with prescriptions being called in
How was your experience with Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
He seems like a nice guy, but there was never any real follow up or interest in my case. He arrived to an appointment unprepared and clearly didn’t review my test results... as they were incomplete and required a follow up exam. This somehow slipped through the cracks (one of many times overall with this clinic). I’m still trying to figure out if this was the fault of Dr. Mckeeby, the nurses or the clinic’s organization. Either way, it’s super disappointing. Finally, Dr. McKeeby was supposed to follow up with me after our final meeting regarding the next steps and he never did...
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
We met with him for our initial consultation and after that we essentially never saw him again during treatment. During that time, I can 100% say he wouldn’t recognize me as a patient if he saw me in the waiting room.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Shady Grove Fertility.
They’d say they’d call and then they wouldn’t. They’d forget to relay test results. Ordering medication was a nightmare thanks to no help on their part. The nurses/staff don’t seem to really make a connection with the patients because it’s always a different nurse calling with results, or communicating the doctor’s orders. We are all just numbers.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I was so hopeful that SGF would help my husband and I. Words can’t explain how disappointed I am with their organization as a whole. If I would have gotten pregnant right away I’d be happy because a) I wouldn’t have experienced the many weaknesses of their organization after treating there for a year, and b) I’d have a baby. This clinic is for women who get pregnent within two cycles. Anything more than that, you’ll learn that you’re just a number. The only reason I stayed for so long is because I was desperate and there a few other choices in the area.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility.
Insurance covered most costs.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
Annapolis office - Provided medication charts were halfway completed, failed to be informed of exam results... which ultimately delayed starting treatment, issues with prescriptions being called in or lack thereof, was told by Nursing staff it wasn’t worth doing insurance appeal against doctor’s advice, getting in touch with nurses was difficult, lack of empathy from staff, lack of communication, etc, etc.
2
Doctor
Jeffrey McKeeby
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Adaptability
1
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Salisbury
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2017, Unsuccessful
10
5
Age 38 - 39
1 IUI
Donor Eggs
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr Doyle is absolutely amazing as a doctor and a person!!!! He really cares about his patients and he was always there for me when I needed him!... Dr Doyle is mild-mannered, friendly, carrying, informative, accomadating and more... He is always there for me! If I was not sure about something! ... I don't remember the first one but the second is called the Antagonist-Vivelle Protocol.
Now the nurses & staff on the other hand are not so friendly & flexible... We are all just a number in a very busy day for most people working at Shady Grove, Rockville!!! It's so upsetting to be going through all the stress & hormonal shots and to be dealing with inconsiderate people.... was unhappy with the nurse because she wasn't responding to my voicemails & emails!... Nice, clean and modern building with state of the art medical equipment!
How was your experience with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Doyle is mild-mannered, friendly, carrying, informative, accomadating and more.... :) He is always there for me! If I was not sure about something! If I was unhappy with the nurse because she wasn't responding to my voicemails & emails! If I was too scared!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust him! He's absolutely amazing!!!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Doyle is absolutely amazing as a doctor and a person!!!! He really cares about his patients and he was always there for me when I needed him! :) Now the nurses & staff on the other hand are not so friendly & flexible... We are all just a number in a very busy day for most people working at Shady Grove, Rockville!!! It's so upsetting to be going through all the stress & hormonal shots and to be dealing with inconsiderate people... :(
Describe the protocols Joseph Doyle used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I don't remember the first one but the second is called the Antagonist-Vivelle Protocol. It's slightly different from the first one
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: I've had 5 different nurses since last year! Non of them worth remembering!! :()
I was just a number for most of them! They were professionally kind of polite but too busy to really pay enough attention to my case or me!!! :(
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Nice, clean and modern building with state of the art medical equipment!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility.
Around $35,000 for two IVF cycles or a pregnancy
Describe Joseph Doyle's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
For my age he strongly recommended a single transfer!
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
A couple of times I had to remind my nurses to send my prescriptions
10
Doctor
Joseph Doyle
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017, Unsuccessful
5
6
Age 36
1 IVF
1 Egg Freezing
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
He has a pleasant personality but as far as feeling like an important patient we felt like just another couple. We had and still have many unanswered questions and no baby. My protocol was wrong for me and never adjusted...My protocol remained the same as anyone else’s even though I was showing clear signs of hyper stimulation. Despite my questions I was shook off and told to continue as prescribed
Customer service [at Shady Grove] is good...Billing needs to be easier to access and understand...Nurses and doctors need to listen up when a patient says something is wrong...It’s not a horrible place...Overall we all have the same end goal. We just need to get there together with more communication and a better understanding of what’s right for many isn’t always right for one...She [nurse] was very good about responding and answering questions.
How was your experience with Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
He has a pleasant personality but as far as feeling like an important patient we felt like just another couple. We had and still have many unanswered questions and no baby. My protocol was wrong for me and never adjusted and had dangerous post retrieval consequences.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
Ask questions and remind him that you are a person who is very important to someone not just another face in a practice. If you feel that something is wrong press the issue until you are satisfied with the answer.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
My protocol remained the same as anyone else’s even though I was showing clear signs of hyper stimulation. Despite my questions I was shook off and told to continue as prescribed As if my health and well being were less important than the money they were making. Sitting in the waiting room watching people come and go like a machine really set in how much money is involved in the process for each patient.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jackie)
She was very good about responding and answering questions.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Customer service is good Billing needs to be easier to access and understand Nurses and doctors need to listen up when a patient says something is wrong. It’s not a horrible place. Overall we all have the same end goal. We just need to get there together with more communication and a better understanding of what’s right for many isn’t always right for one.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility.
Out of pocket we have spent over $20,000.
Describe Jeffrey McKeeby's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
While he was reluctant to transfer 2 embryos he still supported it.
5
Doctor
Jeffrey McKeeby
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
6
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Annapolis
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017, Unsuccessful
1
2
Age 42
2 IVF
Male Factor
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
Black or African-American
Income $100K - $199K
Accountant
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
[Dr. Kimberly Moon] Treated me as if I was a younger patient. I am older, so treatments selection may have been too harsh on my eggs. She adjusted protocol which yielded more, poor quality eggs. She didn't listen to my concerns and my money went down the drain along with precious time.... THe first cycle was standard protocol- Gonal F , menopur, centrotide. HGH. The second included the previously mentioned but also a lupron stop..yielded more eggs then previous protocol. Overall, over 41 eggs retrieved but none were of quality.
[Shady Grove-Washington DC has] old standard conservative methods- resistant to alternatives. Acupuncture and yoga are now being encouraged. When I had mentioned it during my cycle, I was told that it wouldn't make a difference .... THe first cycle was standard protocol- Gonal F , menopur, centrotide. HGH. The second included the previously mentioned but also a lupron stop..yielded more eggs then previous protocol. Overall, over 41 eggs retrieved but none were of quality.
How was your experience with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
Treated me as if I was a younger patient. I am older, so treatments selection may have been too harsh on my eggs. She adjusted protocol which yielded more, poor quality eggs. She didn't listen to my concerns and my money went down the drain along with precious time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
IF you're older, find someone else. If you're younger, you may stand a chance conceiving.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
Eventhough my hormone levels and AMH were that of a younger person, my protocol was not tailored for a person of advanced age and I feel the "standard" protocols I was going through possibly fried my eggs, hence further issues with egg quality. I kept insisting for other options and it wasn't considered at all.
Describe the protocols Kimberly Moon used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
THe first cycle was standard protocol- Gonal F , menopur, centrotide. HGH. The second included the previously mentioned but also a lupron stop..yielded more eggs then previous protocol. Overall, over 41 eggs retrieved but none were of quality.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Kate)
There were issues in the beginning but overall I think it she was better.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
old standard conservative methods- resistant to alternatives. Acupuncture and yoga are now being encouraged. When I had mentioned it during my cycle, I was told that it wouldn't make a difference . Older patients should really seek elsewhere for treatment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility.
Over $25k
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
Slight issues with weekend nurses, but aside- clinic runs well.
1
Doctor
Kimberly Moon
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
2
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015 - 2016, Unsuccessful
0
5
Age 25 - 26
4 IVF
2 Embryo Freezing
Male Factor
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr Kipersztok always seemed rushed. It's not that I don't think he cared, it just seemed like he was often overwhelmed...He doesn't have much compassion when things go wrong, he fails to communicate vital information and then blames you for "not reading all the paperwork" that you ever got on this fertility journey. He claims he had know way to know there was a problem with your progress during a treatment when it was a hormone level that was regularly checked. He is quick to pass blame on anyone but himself and not quick to come up with helpful alternatives...
Shady Grove Waldorf has an excellent staff. Dana is a rock star who always is helpful and has answers. The rest of the ladies in the office are always great to interact with. Love all of the Waldorf Staff except Dr. Kiperzstok which is unfortunate since he's the only dr at this location...Not all Shady Grove doctors are the same. It's worth the added drive to another Shady Grove location (added over an hour to my drive when I switched locations) but it was well worth it to get a Doctor who had compassion, organization, and good communication...
How was your experience with Simon Kipersztok (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
I don't know what all else he has going on in his life, but Dr K is not a good doctor. He doesn't have much compassion when things go wrong, he fails to communicate vital information and then blames you for "not reading all the paperwork" that you ever got on this fertility journey. He claims he had know way to know there was a problem with your progress during a treatment when it was a hormone level that was regularly checked. He is quick to pass blame on anyone but himself and not quick to come up with helpful alternatives. My experience with him was frustrating and disheartening to say the least
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Simon Kipersztok (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Find a different doctor. Not all Shady Grove doctors are the same. It's worth the added drive to another Shady Grove location (added over an hour to my drive when I switched locations) but it was well worth it to get a Doctor who had compassion, organization, and good communication.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Simon Kipersztok (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr K always seemed rushed. It's not that I don't think he cared, it just seemed like he was often overwhelmed
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove Waldorf has an excellent staff. Dana is a rock star who always is helpful and has answers. The rest of the ladies in the office are always great to interact with. Love all of the Waldorf Staff except Dr. Kiperzstok which is unfortunate since he's the only dr at this location
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
0
Doctor
Simon Kipersztok (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Waldorf
Operations
Scheduling
Nursing Staff
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2009 - 2011, Unsuccessful
0
0
Age 37 - 39
4 IUI
6 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Operations
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
While I was pregnant, she [Dr Lorna Timmreck] ordered me to stop taking endometrin, because she did not think my Beta's were high enough and could not see the sack in my uterus. I begged her to give me more medication, but she refused. Shortly afterwards, I started bleding and lost the baby. Afterwards, I showed my Betas to two other fertility clinics - both were shocked at Timmreck's decision to stop a potentially viable pregnancy.
The good [at Shady Grove fertility of Columbia] : Lots of locations and (almost) convenient hours. Many doctors to choose from with pretty brochures in nice offices. The support groups are great. The bad: patients are just numbers - no individual treatment plans. Patients are mostly seen by nurses and rushed staff members.
How was your experience with Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
While I was pregnant, she ordered me to stop taking endometrin, because she did not think my Beta's were high enough and could not see the sack in my uterus. I begged her to give me more medication, but she refused. Shortly afterwards, I started bleding and lost the baby. Afterwards, I showed my Betas to two other fertility clinics - both were shocked at Timmreck's decision to stop a potentially viable pregnancy.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
Get a new doctor - I did and was treated MUCH better by someone else. Plus, I now have a baby!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
Despite being her patient for years, she did not even remember my husband's name and seemed to care more about my shoes than us, as human beings.
Describe the protocols Lorna Timmreck used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Started with a natural iui, then progressed to three standard iui's, then to two ivf's with ganeralix, gonal f and menopur. Second ivf resulted in a pregnancy, but Timmreck had me stop the endometrin due to low Betas, so I lost the baby.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Stephanie)
She was kind, but nervous. The staff was ok and there was one phlembotomist who was great. The other one I tried to avoid.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The good: Lots of locations and (almost) convenient hours. Many doctors to choose from with pretty brochures in nice offices. The support groups are great. The bad: patients are just numbers - no individual treatment plans. Patients are mostly seen by nurses and rushed staff members.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility.
I was mostly covered by insurance and had to only pay for medications, which ended up to be a few thousand dollars in total.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
I believe I lost a baby due to my doctor's decision.
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Lorna Timmreck
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Shady Grove Fertility
Columbia
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