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
00%
20%
40%
60%
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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
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Robert Setton
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
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Jennifer Hsu
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
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Emily Barnard
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
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Cassandra Roeca
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
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Nanette Santoro
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
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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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92 patient reviews filtered by:

2016 - 2018, Unknown Success
8
8
Age 36 - 38
2 IUI
6 IVF
6 Egg Freezing
6 Embryo Freezing
Endometriosis
Uterine Fibroids
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
3rd of 3 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Not sure
Strengths - good communication, optimistic, explains things in easy to understand terms, easy to get in contact with, compassionate Weaknesses - not fully understanding how adenomyosis affects fertility, however it is still an area where most RE's are not fully versed...He is kind and will clearly explain your protocol and all procedures. If you have questions or don't understand, ask so he will explain in a different way.
[Shady Grove] Strengths- quick to get an appointment, ultrasound and lab staff is caring and positive Weaknesses - monitoring appointments are not honored, it is a first come first serve cattle call type situation, front desk staff can be rude, billing and financial often seems confused about things...When my nurse was off for an extended time, her replacement forgot to order meds. When the financial coordinator calls they are often unsure of what I owe, what I have paid, etc.
How was your experience with Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
Strengths - good communication, optimistic, explains things in easy to understand terms, easy to get in contact with, compassionate Weaknesses - not fully understanding how adenomyosis affects fertility, however it is still an area where most RE's are not fully versed
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
He is kind and will clearly explain your protocol and all procedures. If you have questions or don't understand, ask so he will explain in a different way.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. McKeeby and his nurse, Ann, often call or email to check how I am doing on a cycle or after a cycle. They are responsive to calls and e-mails. They know me when I come in the office and seem to genuinely care. The staff that does blood work and ultrasounds are the same.
Describe the protocols Jeffrey McKeeby used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I have done 5 retrievals and 2 FETs with while under his care. The protocols for retrievals have been varied and were adjusted with my last retrieval producing the most eggs. He is very careful when he adjusts and always calls and explains the why. For FETs he has tried 2 different protocols. My most recent was 6 months of down-regulation. It resulted in a pregnancy but early miscarriage, most likely due to diffuse adenomyosis.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Ann )
Strengths- great communication, returns calls and emails even at night and on weekends, compassionate, explains things well Weaknesses - none
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Strengths- quick to get an appointment, ultrasound and lab staff is caring and positive Weaknesses - monitoring appointments are not honored, it is a first come first serve cattle call type situation, front desk staff can be rude, billing and financial often seems confused about things
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
Cattle call! As a teacher who had to be to work by a certain time, I would often need to show up at 6:45 just to guarantee I was among the first few patients seen when monitoring started at 7:30 even though I have had appointments.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility.
My insurance covers most of the retrieval process. I cover $600 and then cost to PGS test and freeze. They cover transfer up to 3 for live birth. My medicines are covered except for a co-pay.
Describe Jeffrey McKeeby's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. McKeeby has always recommended one embryo due to my age as well as the PGS tested quality of the embryo being transferred. I do not believe transferring multiple would have had a different outcome so I trust him with this decision.
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.
When my nurse was off for an extended time, her replacement forgot to order meds. When the financial coordinator calls they are often unsure of what I owe, what I have paid, etc.
8
Doctor
Jeffrey McKeeby
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Annapolis
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Unsuccessful
8
7
Age 26
1 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
Tubal Blockage
European
South Asian
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr. K [Kulshrestha] is extremely kind and understanding, very professional and always explained everything in detail to us. However I do not feel as though she was fully available to us. We saw a lot of other doctors in our IVF process and dealt more with the nurses than anything. ... She said it was a typical protocol though, and one they start out with for a lot of patients on the first go around since my numbers were in the normal range.
Sometimes the staff [at Shady Grove Fertility] would talk and gossip about other patients right out in the open, so you always wonder what they could be saying about you after you leave the office. Otherwise I have had pretty good experiences with my nurse Katrina or whoever was taking my blood that day. Dana, the financial specialist is nice too, but she doesn’t always have the answers you’re looking for so you feel like you’re figuring things out alone.
How was your experience with Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. K is extremely kind and understanding, very professional and always explained everything in detail to us. However I do not feel as though she was fully available to us. We saw a lot of other doctors in our IVF process and dealt more with the nurses than anything.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility?
To just be prepared to not get a lot of face time with her and to prepare all of your questions and concerns ahead of time since you may not get every opportunity to ask or speak with her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility?
The clinic sometimes felt like a factory, just rushing women in and out. I got more of that experience with my nurse, but you don’t get a lot of face time with the doctor.
Describe the protocols Sunita Kulshrestha used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Our treatment was one year ago so I don’t remember what our protocol was or the dosages Dr. K prescribed for me. She said it was a typical protocol though, and one they start out with for a lot of patients on the first go around since my numbers were in the normal range.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Katrina)
We started out with one nurse named Jennifer. I didn’t feel much compassion from her, she treated us as a number rather than humans with feelings. We talked to Dr. K and she allowed us to change our nurse to Katrina who was very kind and sweet and always helpful & communicative.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
It’s a smaller clinic so you’re more likely to get an appointment when necessary and be in and out fairly quickly. Sometimes the staff can be a bit short with you or, again, treat it more like a factory than a sensitive issue like infertility should be treated. Sometimes the staff would talk and gossip about other patients right out in the open, so you always wonder what they could be saying about you after you leave the office. Otherwise I have had pretty good experiences with my nurse Katrina or whoever was taking my blood that day. Dana, the financial specialist is nice too, but she doesn’t always have the answers you’re looking for so you feel like you’re figuring things out alone.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
This is a smaller clinic so it was pretty easy to walk in and out during monitoring hours and be seen in a timely fashion.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility.
Our health insurance covered majority of our first round of IVF, but it was typical of the treatment. Upwards of 10-12K for treatment and an additional 8K for medication I would say.
Describe Sunita Kulshrestha's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I don’t know if it’s shady grove fertility or our doctor, but we were highly advised to do a single embryo transfer and it felt like we didn’t have much say to do anything different.
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Doctor
Sunita Kulshrestha
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Waldorf
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2012 - 2017, Successful
8
8
Age 27 - 32
2 IVF
Donor Sperm
Male Factor
Other
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
We had special requests to only fertalize a few eggs at a time due to our religious beliefs and she [Dr. Esposito] was totally in board with it. She cares about us and wants to make us happy...she always heard me when I spoke though. She had time for me when I get an appt slot with her. She explains things very clearly and throughly. Highly recommend her. I just wish I was able to contact her more easily for a specific question...she Is very busy and hard to get to talk to but great bed side manner..
The sgfc [Shady Grove - Frederick] strengths are they are good communicators most of the time. The receptionists are fantastic!! ...My current nurse has good and bad days. After I brought light to the issue she has been much better if a communicator and more compassionate. I also thinks the nurses are expected too much off and are potentially over worked. The nursing staff as a whole I can't say enough good things about!!...there is a lot of financial options. Shared risk program which we did twice, shared help discount which we always received 25-30% off which can be combined with the shared tick program sometimes.
How was your experience with Melissa Esposito at Shady Grove Fertility?
We had special requests to only fertalize a few eggs at a time due to our religious beliefs and she was totally in board with it. She cares about us and wants to make us happy but also try's to seat us of making potential mistakes with decisions. She always heard me when I spoke though. She had time for me when I get an appt slot with her. She explains things very clearly and throughly. Highly recommend her. I just wish I was able to contact her more easily for a specific question. Sometimes it seems as if they have too much on each of their plates.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Melissa Esposito at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust her
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Melissa Esposito at Shady Grove Fertility?
She treated me good, she Is very busy and hard to get to talk to but great bed side manner
Describe the protocols Melissa Esposito used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
My first ivf was with my husbands sperm and it didn't take. I was in progesterone suppositories and estrace pills. My second cycle was with donor sperm. It much different but ended on miscarriage. Later the donor was recalled due to an issue with another pregnancy. My 3-7 cycles we did an implantation protocol consisting of progesterone in oil injections, estrodiol injections and lovenox blood thinner injections. I also did 1-2 endometrial scratches to help with implantation. 2 miscarriages, 1 live birth, and I'm still in my 2 week wait with my last cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Tony)
My current nurse has good and bad days. After I brought light to the issue she has been much better if a communicator and more compassionate. I also thinks the nurses are expected too much off and are potentially over worked. The nursing staff as a whole I can't say enough good things about!!
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The sgfc strengths are they are good communicators most of the time. The receptionists are fantastic!! I have. Even a patient for 7 or so years and have gotten to know most by first name basis and most are great. You also have to take into consideration that they all have lives too and they are allowed to have off days like the rest of us.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Melissa Esposito at Shady Grove Fertility.
Each cycle was different. The there is a lot of financial options. Shared risk program which we did twice, shared help discount which we always received 25-30% off which can be combined with the shared tick program sometimes. There is fertility finance that you can get loans through and the case foundation and savannah grants.
Describe Melissa Esposito's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
She prefers eSET however I have always transferred 2 (except once I transferred one due to online having one) she was willing to listen to my request and granted it after telling me the risks is twin preganancy
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
It's really only with the one nurse. The clinic as a while I have been fine with.
8
Doctor
Melissa Esposito
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Frederick
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015 - 2017, Successful
2
7
Age 34 - 36
2 IUI
1 IVF
Male Factor
European
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Successful
I almost never saw Dr. Widra. He has a protocol and wants no part of answering your questions or making any changes to that protocol for your preferences. He hated that I did research and had my own opinions. There are still questions he hasn't answered that his nurse promised he would call and answer...When i did speak to him about my protocol his answer was simply that is how we do it, when pressed about data i was told they had data i could not see. He had no desire to personalize anything.
Their [Shady Grove] embryologists have tons of experience. I trusted the lab completely. It was always easy to get the time you want for monitoring and generally they had that process down and things moved. The negative is they are not always organized. I received multiple bills for things i had already paid for...Although i had emailed my nurse and financial coordinator the exact paperwork that was needed they still failed to send it in. The result was a LOT of extra stress and work for me. They were very willing to accept the rejection and only agreed to do the appeal when i pushed
How was your experience with Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
I almost never saw Dr. Widra. He has a protocol and wants no part of answering your questions or making any changes to that protocol for your preferences. He hated that I did research and had my own opinions. There are still questions he hasn't answered that his nurse promised he would call and answer. The one time he did call he only wanted to talk about the good news from our retrieval even though i had been pressing to have a conversation about the transfer protocol. When things when wrong he never cared to discuss why or what could be done differently or to resolve the issue.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
If you don't want to understand why decisions are being made or to have any input in your care, or to ever see your doc (which honestly didn't matter to me as long as i got the info i wanted) i suspect he would be a fine choice. But if you want information I would probably choose someone else.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Widra has no idea anything about my care in the few times i actually interacted with him. When i did speak to him about my protocol his answer was simply that is how we do it, when pressed about data i was told they had data i could not see. He had no desire to personalize anything.
Describe the protocols Eric Widra used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I started with birth control which resulted in a cyst that we spent weeks watching grow (thankfully a PA suggested i push for a trigger shot to get rid of it!). After that i was on gonal-f 225 and 1 vial of menopur. After the first monitoring appointment they added cetrotide (1 injection) and doubled the menopur. I stimmed for 14 days (I think) then did a lupron trigger. My progesterone was too high for a fresh transfer so we had to do a freeze all. For the frozen transfer they tried birth control again, it didn't stop me from ovulating, which thankfully happened to coincide with our monitoring appointment and i got the natural-ish cycle i wanted. I did have to do progesterone suppositories (Dr. Widra refused to do the transfer without it and i was willing to give in since it was at least not the PIO injections).
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Carrie)
Carrie was generally good. She was very sweet. She would generally provide information if she had it. My main issue was many questions she didn't have the answer to and the doctor NEVER responded to questions i had that were outside of her knowledge. I did have a major problem with information getting to insurance at the beginning and I'm not sure how much of that was her fault. She generally didn't know me from any other patient. My biggest complaint was when my fresh transfer was canceled (which i was devastated about frustrated they were not interested in why it happened) she multiple times said we are just going back to the original freeze all plan (it was NEVER the plan to do a freeze all - in fact, once the initial insurance fiasco was resolved it was put in as a freeze all, which I was very clear was never my plan).
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady grove is a giant clinic which has its pluses and minuses. On the plus side they have a lot of patients, which means their embryologists have tons of experience. I trusted the lab completely. It was always easy to get the time you want for monitoring and generally they had that process down and things moved. The negative is they are not always organized. I received multiple bills for things i had already paid for (which always ended up working out but took time and effort to deal with). If you have insurance expect it to take a LOT of time and expect them to mess up the paperwork (my insurance company said they are notorious for that). For me their mistake resulted in my initially being rejected even though I should have been approved. Thankfully my insurance company had done a great job at the beginning of telling me what they needed so i knew right away something was wrong. Although i had emailed my nurse and financial coordinator the exact paperwork that was needed they still failed to send it in. The result was a LOT of extra stress and work for me. They were very willing to accept the rejection and only agreed to do the appeal when i pushed (thankfully the doctor was never required since my personally sending in the proper paperwork fixed the problem). They then put in for a freeze all even though i had multiple times made very clear i wanted a fresh transfer, which resulted in more stress and delay. They are very willing to accept bad news and very unwilling to look at what went wrong (from insurance to medical issues). You are a number, which for me was ok. There are people that actually care, but it's not most of the people.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
You scheduled a generally time (I think they were done in 15 minute increments), you sign in and then it was a first come first serve for bloodwork and ultrasound. It was generally pretty well run and was usually timely (only once was it particularly long - a little over an hour) most times i would be out in under 30 minutes.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility.
I was lucky enough to have insurance coverage so the rate i paid was the rate negotiated by the insurance company.
Describe Eric Widra's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
he suggested a single transfer especially since we were PGS testing but wasn't pushy about it.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
The biggest issue was with the insurance. Additionally I had a cyst which I think my doctor would still be watching grow had the PA not suggested i push for a trigger shot. My fresh transfer was canceled (which I honestly never got a good answer of why, it felt a lot like they wanted to pad their success rate by making me wait for PGS results).
2
Doctor
Eric Widra
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
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 - 2017, Unsuccessful
5
8
Age 36 - 37
3 IUI
1 IVF
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Unsuccessful
If you're looking for someone who will be overly supportive and involved in every way (complete every procedure, call you directly with monitoring appointment information, hand holding) that's not how he [Dr. Eric Widra] or the clinic operates. But if you're comfortable with a more formal manner, direct, thoughtful and respectful manner - then he'll be a good fit... He was not initially responsive to the additional testing I wanted to have done (Leiden V) or putting me on additional medications. But after the second miscarriage, he was amenable and willing to accommodate my requests. Through these difficult times he has been thoughtful, caring and respectful.
Shady Grove is a factory. And you have to know that and be 'OK' with that going into the process. You will not get a lot of attention or hand-holding from your primary RE. You will be seen for your monitoring appointments and procedures by whomever is on duty that day. Do not expect your primary RE to perform any of your procedures. He or she is there to oversee your 'case'. Your nurses are your rock. You are assigned one primary nurse and they do everything. And you have to be OK with that - otherwise Shady Grove is not the place for you.
How was your experience with Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
Eric is a smart doctor. And you'll see him for your until consultation to devise a treatment plan. But he's not a warm and fuzzy doctor. Neither is he's hands on, nor especially client interfaceing until things don't go as initially as planned. We barely saw him over the course of our three IUIs. He did not perform any of the monitoring appointments or procedures. Due to the clinic's large size, those tasks were performed by whichever doctor was available at the time. However, once we moved onto IVF cycles - we saw Dr. Widra more frequently. Still however, the procedures were completed by available daily doctors (not Widra). We finally got to experience Dr. Widra in a more hands-on and compassionate way after I began to experience unexplainable RPL of chromosomally normal embryos/fetuses. He took the time to meet with my husband and me as often as we felt we needed to come in and consult with him, and have him reassure us. He was not initially responsive to the additional testing I wanted to have done (Leiden V) or putting me on additional medications. But after the second miscarriage, he was amenable and willing to accommodate my requests. Through these difficult times he has been thoughtful, caring and respectful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
Make sure he's the right personality fit for you. If you're looking for someone who will be overly supportive and involved in every way (complete every procedure, call you directly with monitoring appointment information, hand holding) that's not how he or the clinic operates. But if you're comfortable with a more formal manner, direct, thoughtful and respectful manner - then he'll be a good fit.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
During the IUI process I felt like a number. We completed 3 unsuccessful cycles. We met with the doctor before we began the process but after that initial meeting we were passed off to nursing staff and whatever doctor was on call at the time to complete the IUI procedures.
Describe the protocols Eric Widra used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Diagnosed with PCOS and unexplained fertility issues. Completed 3 rounds of IUI with Clomid and ovidrel. Resulted in good egg stimulation for all three cycles but only one chemical pregnancy. He was not open to changing protocol as I requested to include metformin and femerra. Moved onto IVF. Egg stimulation and retrieval: Cetrotide 250mcg Gonadotropin FSH ( Gonal F 450 iu pen x 3) and 75 IU FSH&LH ( Menopur 75 iu vials x 15) Lupron 2 week kit with 1ml luerlock syringe, 27 g ½ “ needle - “Trigger” subcutaneous. Zithromax 1 gram - taken evening before egg retrieval Resulted in 18 eggs retrieved. 8 made it to 5-day blocyst; 5 remained after PGD testing. Froze all embryos. #1 IVF and FET Round: Birth Control Pills Prenatal Vitamins: 1 daily Del Estrogen injection (40 mg/ml; 1 vial has 5 ml; 6 mg = 0.15 ml): 0.15 ml IM every third evening Progesterone in Oil injection (50 mg/ml): 1 ml IM every night Resulted in pregnancy; SPL/miscarriage at 6 weeks; misoprostol abortion. Diagnosed as carrier of Liden V. Round #2 IVF and FET: Lovenox injections 40mg daily Prenatal Vitamins: 1 daily Del Estrogen injection (40 mg/ml; 1 vial has 5 ml; 6 mg = 0.15 ml): 0.15 ml IM every third evening Progesterone in Oil injection (50 mg/ml): 1 ml IM every night Resulted in pregnancy; SPL/miscarriage at 6 weeks; d&c abortion. Fetal tissue chromosomally normal. Diagnosed with PCOS and unexplained fertility issues. Completed 3 rounds of IUI with Clomid and ovidrel. Resulted in good egg stimulation for all three cycles but only one chemical pregnancy. He was not open to changing protocol as I requested to include metformin and femerra. Moved onto IVF. Egg stimulation and retrieval: Cetrotide 250mcg Gonadotropin FSH ( Gonal F 450 iu pen x 3) and 75 IU FSH&LH ( Menopur 75 iu vials x 15) Lupron 2 week kit with 1ml luerlock syringe, 27 g ½ “ needle - “Trigger” subcutaneous. Zithromax 1 gram - taken evening before egg retrieval Resulted in 18 eggs retrieved. 8 made it to 5-day blocyst; 5 remained after PGD testing. Froze all embryos. #1 IVF and FET Round: Birth Control Pills Prenatal Vitamins: 1 daily Del Estrogen injection (40 mg/ml; 1 vial has 5 ml; 6 mg = 0.15 ml): 0.15 ml IM every third evening Progesterone in Oil injection (50 mg/ml): 1 ml IM every night Resulted in pregnancy; SPL/miscarriage at 6 weeks; misoprostol abortion. Diagnosed carrier Liden V. Diagnosed with PCOS and unexplained fertility issues. Completed 3 rounds of IUI with Clomid and ovidrel. Resulted in good egg stimulation for all three cycles but only one chemical pregnancy. He was not open to changing protocol as I requested to include metformin and femerra. Moved onto IVF. Egg stimulation and retrieval: Cetrotide 250mcg Gonadotropin FSH ( Gonal F 450 iu pen x 3) and 75 IU FSH&LH ( Menopur 75 iu vials x 15) Lupron 2 week kit with 1ml luerlock syringe, 27 g ½ “ needle - “Trigger” subcutaneous. Zithromax 1 gram - taken evening before egg retrieval Resulted in 18 eggs retrieved. 8 made it to 5-day blocyst; 5 remained after PGD testing. Froze all embryos. #1 IVF and FET Round: Birth Control Pills Prenatal Vitamins: 1 daily Del Estrogen injection (40 mg/ml; 1 vial has 5 ml; 6 mg = 0.15 ml): 0.15 ml IM every third evening Progesterone in Oil injection (50 mg/ml): 1 ml IM every night Resulted in pregnancy; SPL/miscarriage at 6 weeks; misoprostol abortion. Diagnosed as carrier of Liden V. Round #2 IVF and FET: Lovenox injections 40mg daily Prenatal Vitamins: 1 daily Del Estrogen injection (40 mg/ml; 1 vial has 5 ml; 6 mg = 0.15 ml): 0.15 ml IM every third evening Progesterone in Oil injection (50 mg/ml): 1 ml IM every night Resulted in pregnancy; SPL/miscarriage at 6 weeks; d&c; fetal tissue chromosomally normal. Round #3 IVF and FET: Metformin 3 pills daily w/ meals Lexapro 10mg daily Lovenox injections 40mg daily Prenatal Vitamins: 1 daily Del Estrogen injection (40 mg/ml; 1 vial has 5 ml; 6 mg = 0.15 ml): 0.15 ml IM every third evening Progesterone in Oil injection (50 mg/ml): 1 ml IM every night Result: TBD
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility.
I've had two primary nurse coordinators over the past year and a half and they have both been phenomenal. They address all of my questions, calls, and emails promptly and thoughtfully. They get answers back from my doctor quickly. They are always on the ball - calling in all of my medications before I even ask. They are compassionate when breaking diasapointing news and never complain about being nagged by me or my husband. They do the daily hand holding and support needed during this process.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove is a factory. And you have to know that and be 'OK' with that going into the process. You will not get a lot of attention or hand-holding from your primary RE. You will be seen for your monitoring appointments and procedures by whomever is on duty that day. Do not expect your primary RE to perform any of your procedures. He or she is there to oversee your 'case'. Your nurses are your rock. You are assigned one primary nurse and they do everything. And you have to be OK with that - otherwise Shady Grove is not the place for you.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility.
Year 1: For 3 IUIs + shared risk IVF package + out of pocket meds + medical deductibles = ~$50,000
Describe Eric Widra's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
At first I was frustrated at my doctor's unwillingness to implant multiple embryos. But after he explained the potential risks and long term effects of the babies (developmental issues, under weight, early term, etc) I began to understand and agree with eSET.
5
Doctor
Eric Widra
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Sibley
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2014 - 2017, Successful
8
8
Age 33 - 36
3 IUI
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
Poor Egg Quality
Uterine Fibroids
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
Dr Osheroff knows his stuff and tells it to you straight up in a more scientific way. So I felt in the middle of number and human. He made sure you understand but wasn't warm, friendly, or comforting...Dr Osheroff was straight forward and to the point. He didn't have great bedside manner but made sure you understood everything going on from every angle. He was happy to answer questions and didn't make you feel rushed.
I liked this clinic [Shady Grove]. It was convenient to my house. They had many locations with different hours for monitoring appointments. I liked that I could go anywhere I needed to. They also had a support group lead by a psychologist where I met some great friends...My nurse was fine when she was there, she was out of the office alot. I talked to other nurses during those times who I liked as well.
How was your experience with Joseph Osheroff at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Osheroff was straight forward and to the point. He didn't have great bedside manner but made sure you understood everything going on from every angle. He was happy to answer questions and didn't make you feel rushed.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Osheroff at Shady Grove Fertility?
He said the best thing anyone ever said, "I can't tell you when, but I can tell you it will happen." I actually told a friend this right before she saw Dr o and he said the same thing.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joseph Osheroff at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Osheroff knows his stuff and tells it to you straight up in a more scientific way. So I felt in the middle of number and human. He made sure you understand but wasn't warm, friendly, or comforting.
Describe the protocols Joseph Osheroff used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I did 3 rounds of clomid by themselves. Then 2 rounds of clomid and IUI. All clomid rounds I took pills from days 3 to 7. All were negative. IUI #3 was injectibles, also negative. IVF #1 was the antagonist protocol. My progesterone was too high the day before transfer so that cycle became freeze all. 11 retrieved, 2 made it to freeze. IVF #2 was long lupron protocol. 9 eggs retrieved, 6 mature, 6 fertilized, 1 transfered and 4 frozen. This resulted in 1 live birth. Then FET #1 was estradiol and pio, 1 embryo transfered from IVF 1 batch, that resulted in live birth.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Natalie)
My nurse was fine when she was there, she was out of the office alot. I talked to other nurses during those times who I liked as well.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I liked this clinic. It was convenient to my house. They had many locations with different hours for monitoring appointments. I liked that I could go anywhere I needed to. They also had a support group lead by a psychologist where I met some great friends.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joseph Osheroff at Shady Grove Fertility.
I paid out of pocket for 2 clomid IUI. For IUI with injectibles I purchased secondary insurance. After IUI 3 and IVF 1, we met out of pocket max, so IVF 2 was 100% covered plus my monthly premium.
Describe Joseph Osheroff's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I really wanted to transfer 2 embryos during my first transfer (2nd retreival), even though my husband was against it. Drs protocol is under 38 and no negatives or miscarriages, then 1 is transfered. It is not just caring for multiples, but added risk to mom and babies. We transfered one and discussed that of it didn't work, we would look into multiple.
8
Doctor
Joseph Osheroff
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2014 - 2017, Unknown Success
6
7
Age 30 - 33
3 IVF
5 Egg Freezing
2 Embryo Freezing
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
Ashkenazi Jewish
Middle Eastern
Income $50K - $99K
Business Executive
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
We came prepared with questions and he took the time to patiently answer them, in person. Our treatment has not yet worked, but we've tweaked the process with Dr. Katz every step of the way. His phone manner is fine, not the best but also not the warmest. While it's hard to deliver bad news over the phone, he's got it down pat. It's hard to say whether the bad news affects my opinion of his phone manner.
The ordeal [at Shady Grove] took several weeks to resolve, escalating to the supervisor and then again to the financial manager. In the end as a compromise they allowed us to get one cycle at the lower rate. It was frustrating and disappointing to have this happen at the beginning of the year and we felt stuck until the following fall when we were able to switch insurance again. This wasn't so much the clinic's fault as much as one employee who did her job poorly and gave us wrong information which had long lasting effects on us.
How was your experience with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Eugene Katz is very knowledgeable in his field. He is a good doctor and knows what he's doing. Whenever treatment failed (i.e., miscarriage) he was patient at our follow up appointment explaining next steps and different options. At no point did we feel like he gave up on us or encourage us to do something we weren't interested in doing. We came prepared with questions and he took the time to patiently answer them, in person. Our treatment has not yet worked, but we've tweaked the process with Dr. Katz every step of the way. His phone manner is fine, not the best but also not the warmest. While it's hard to deliver bad news over the phone, he's got it down pat. It's hard to say whether the bad news affects my opinion of his phone manner.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
I would tell prospective patients to come prepared to appointments and be informed of your options going in, so that when the doctor brings something up you're not playing catch up. There is a lot of information at every appointment and it's ok to ask questions. Don't let being overwhelmed keep you from pursuing different options. Don't get bogged down with internet searches that make you second guess your medical professional. Specifically with Dr. Katz, be prepared to see different doctors (whoever is on call) for different procedures like egg retrieval or embryo transfers.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
The Shady Grove Towson office is a very busy place and it's often run like a factory. This is good and bad. Due to the sheer volume of patients they provide cycles all year round with monitoring every day of the week including holidays which is convenient. The downside is that the office is missing the "warm" component because they run the office like a business. They try to assign a specific nurse per patient to be your go-to contact in the office, but there is turnover in the nursing staff as well as days off where your assigned nurse isn't there. There is always someone available to answer questions and knows how to look up your chart to give you accurate information, but it doesn't feel they're invested in your success. Dr. Katz himself is a great doctor but he is very busy and not the best on the phone. In person he is very patient and caring, giving you the feeling he's on your side.
Describe the protocols Eugene Katz (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We used the antagonist protocol for all five IVF cycles using Menopur, Gonal-F, and Cetrotide. The dosage started out small (i.e., 75 menopur and 300 Gonal-F) and got increased as we got closer to egg retrieval. About six days before scheduled retrieval I started on Cetrotide once daily. For the first four FET and ERA protocols I was on delestrogen 0.2 every three days, PIO daily started after lining check, and prenatal vitamin daily. For the fifth FET protocol in addition to the deletrogen and PIO we added Prednison and Lovenox (anti-inflammatory and blood thinner) .
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Stephanie H.)
Since I've been with the clinic several years I have gone through three nurses as they move positions throughout the different Shady Grove offices. In Jan 2016 I was assigned my current nurse and she's been the best so far. When she is out for her scheduled days off she always has an away message on her email and someone monitoring her phone. Information is always relayed promptly and accurately. Emails and messages are always responded to promptly which I greatly appreciate. Beside for my regular nurse, all the backup nurses, lab technicians who draw blood, office staff, etc. are all knowledgeable and friendly. I've never had any issues with any of the nursing staff.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The Shady Grove Towson office has many strengths, including: The front office is organized; there is monitoring every day; the doctors take the time to answer questions; there is ample parking which is validated at the front desk; the location is convenient to me and right off the highway; scheduling is never an issue; professional staff; they are located upstairs from a specialty pharmacy (Austin) which has employees that are amazing to work with; the waiting room is spacious and clean. There are also several weaknesses, such as: long wait times for monitoring appointments sometimes, but especially during weekends or holidays; no "warmth" from staff in treatment. It feels like a sterile environment and that they're not so invested in your success; the financial aspect is difficult depending on which staff member you're talking to - make sure you understand everything and confirm in writing.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
Upward of $40,000 to date
Describe Eugene Katz (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. Katz was very adamant about transferring only one embryo. In his opinion the odds do not increase with multiple embryos transferred and that the risk of premature labor with twins/multiples was too great.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
When switching health insurance between 2015 and 2016 I confirmed with the financial counselor whether I would need to keep my old insurance to get the self-pay rate for out of pocket costs in case my new insurance gave me problems with coverage. I was told via email that as long as my husband was on the old insurance we would be eligible for the lower self-pay rate. Based on this information, I was removed from that insurance and once Jan 1 came around I asked the clinic to verify my new information. As expected, my new insurance had limitations so we wanted to move forward with the self-pay rate. We were told that the information we had received weeks earlier was incorrect and that I, as the patient, needed to be on the insurance to be eligible for the lower self-pay rate. Since I had the information from the financial counselor in writing via email I argued that I made decisions based on information I had received which affected us for the entire 2016 and that it was unfair to be penalized for their error. Had I known I need to be a patient I would have kept that insurance. The ordeal took several weeks to resolve, escalating to the supervisor and then again to the financial manager. In the end as a compromise they allowed us to get one cycle at the lower rate. It was frustrating and disappointing to have this happen at the beginning of the year and we felt stuck until the following fall when we were able to switch insurance again. This wasn't so much the clinic's fault as much as one employee who did her job poorly and gave us wrong information which had long lasting effects on us.
6
Doctor
Eugene Katz (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Towson
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015 - 2016, Unknown Success
8
8
Age 39 - 40
6 IUI
Unexplained
Latinx
Income $200K - $499K
Marketer or PR
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. [Joseph] Doyle is great and explains things well but in the end you speak to his nurse more than him. I would still return to him because he had a great sense of humor and when he felt that we were losing hope he did personally do one of the IUI procedures. I would and will be more insistent in communicating with him directly....Sheila and Jessica were Dr. Doyle's nurse and assistant. Both were on top of my treatment and would always be compassionate when they had to deliver bad news. I appreciated that.
Strength was the amount of success stories and their reputation. I never had to wait too long for an appointment and they were very responsive to emails and calls. A weakness was that it did, at times, feel like a factory.We are now taking a break from treatment just to clear our heads. My only real issue with the facility were some of the nurses. Dr. Doyle's nurse Sheila was great but some of the others were cold and not as friendly.
How was your experience with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
My husband and I attended a seminar held by Dr. Doyle. He was so nice and explained IUI and IVF clearly. We had 2 appointments with him and he did one of the IUI procedures. I felt completely comfortable with him but unfortunately there has been no success. He did warn us that nothing was guaranteed. We are now taking a break from treatment just to clear our heads. My only real issue with the facility were some of the nurses. Dr. Doyle's nurse Sheila was great but some of the others were cold and not as friendly.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Doyle is great and explains things well but in the end you speak to his nurse more than him. I would still return to him because he had a great sense of humor and when he felt that we were losing hope he did personally do one of the IUI procedures. I would and will be more insistent in communicating with him directly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
I loved Dr. Doyle and his nurse Sheila. Some of the other nurses and staff were just cold and not always friendly.
Describe the protocols Joseph Doyle used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
All of our tests were negative. We had unexplained infertility. Since we had nothing diagnosed as being "wrong" Dr. Doyle suggested we try IUI first since my insurance covered six cycles. Even though they were not successful I'm glad we tried it so we can be prepared for IVF.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Sheila O.)
Sheila and Jessica were Dr. Doyle's nurse and assistant. Both were on top of my treatment and would always be compassionate when they had to deliver bad news. I appreciated that.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Strength was the amount of success stories and their reputation. I never had to wait too long for an appointment and they were very responsive to emails and calls. A weakness was that it did, at times, feel like a factory.
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Doctor
Joseph Doyle
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
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Verified

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2016, Unknown Success
10
8
Age 26
4 IVF
2 Embryo Freezing
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Not sure
Dr. O'Brien is a busy person, to be sure, but I never had a day where I had a question or concern that I didn't at least get a return phone call by the end of the day. Her positivity is contagious and she was always ready with a plan b or c when plan A didn't work. As someone who despises going to the doctor it truly suprised me the day I realized that I saw here as more of a friend than a doctor. If you need someone in your corner, someone to keep faith that this will work even when you've lost all yours, Dr. OBrien is a great choice...
Shady Grove is a big clinic, so yes you sometimes feel a bit like a number, but if you find the right Doctor and Nurse, the long road of infertility suddenly doesnt seem so dark and lonely...Ask questions. You'll feel better knowing all the answers. And trust her when she says she'll make it work. She doesn't give up :)...While my nurse, Effie often called with day to day results, Dr OBrien always followed up with a phone call if the results were something important. She was very respectful of my feelings (and since I was on lots of hormones there were LOTS of feelings) and she always stayed hopeful...
How was your experience with Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
I went to Dr O'Brien after having a rather negative experience with a different doctor and it was like night and day. Our case was a little unconventional. Because of how far away we lived from Rockville, we didn't meet Dr O'Brien in person until the day of egg retrieval but we both felt like we already knew each other from various phone interactions. Dr. O'Brien is a busy person, to be sure, but I never had a day where I had a question or concern that I didn't at least get a return phone call by the end of the day. Her positivity is contagious and she was always ready with a plan b or c when plan A didn't work. As someone who despises going to the doctor it truly suprised me the day I realized that I saw here as more of a friend than a doctor. If you need someone in your corner, someone to keep faith that this will work even when you've lost all yours, Dr. OBrien is a great choice
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
Ask questions. You'll feel better knowing all the answers. And trust her when she says she'll make it work. She doesn't give up :)
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
While my nurse, Effie often called with day to day results, Dr OBrien always followed up with a phone call if the results were something important. She was very respectful of my feelings (and since I was on lots of hormones there were LOTS of feelings) and she always stayed hopeful. I felt very loved and cared for under her care
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove is a big clinic, so yes you sometimes feel a bit like a number, but if you find the right Doctor and Nurse, the long road of infertility suddenly doesnt seem so dark and lonely
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
10
Doctor
Jeanne O'Brien
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
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Educational Resources
Verified

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2016, Successful
7
7
Age 28
3 IVF
Male Factor
Prefer not to answer
Engineer
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
Dr. Kipersztok very much cared about me as a patient, but it didn't seem to show until after we failed a couple times. He personally made time to call me, even on his days off, with results and other important news during my cycles...Different REs did my retrievals and transfers, even though Dr. Kipersztok was my primary RE. For the third cycle, it felt much more like he personally cared about my case, especially since we had two miserable failures preceding this. He requested to personally do both my retrieval and transfer, and that was the cycle that worked.
The nurses [Shady Grove - Waldorf] sometimes assumed that you knew what you were doing when you had no clue...Billing can be frustrating to work with...It was very difficult to understand billing statements and procedure codes... I also had to call in to clarify conflicting information between my original med plan and voicemails left after monitoring to ensure that they meant to make a change...Perhaps due to its size, I often felt like a number rather than a patient...
How was your experience with Simon Kipersztok (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Kipersztok very much cared about me as a patient, but it didn't seem to show until after we failed a couple times. He personally made time to call me, even on his days off, with results and other important news during my cycles.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Simon Kipersztok (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Advocate for yourself. Don't be afraid to ask for the level of communication you need.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Simon Kipersztok (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
For the first two cycles, I felt very much so treated as a number. Different REs did my retrievals and transfers, even though Dr. Kipersztok was my primary RE. For the third cycle, it felt much more like he personally cared about my case, especially since we had two miserable failures preceding this. He requested to personally do both my retrieval and transfer, and that was the cycle that worked.
Describe the protocols Simon Kipersztok (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I started with the generic protocol (Menopur + Gonal-F) for the first cycle. We did an eSET on day 5 that was unsuccessful (chemical pregnancy) and didn't have any embryos that made it to the freezer. For the next cycle, we added Lupron to my protocol in addition to the Menopur and Gonal-F. That produced almost double the eggs of the first cycle. We transferred two embryos on day 5 and none made it to the freezer again. This cycle was also unsuccessful. For the third cycle, we kept the same medication protocol, but transferred two embryos on day 3 and had one embryo make it to the freezer on day 5. That was the cycle that worked.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Nikki)
The nurses sometimes assumed that you knew what you were doing when you had no clue. It was also a toss-up on when they would call you with test or monitoring results. For my second cycle, my nurse forgot to send my prescription for my medications to the specialty pharmacy. We didn't catch that until my baseline scan and I had to scramble to get my meds in time to start my cycle. Monitoring always seemed very rushed in the mornings and there wasn't always a lot of time for questions or personal care.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
This clinic has a wide network across my larger geographical area. My normal clinic was 45 minutes from my house. It was closed on the weekends, so I had to drive 90 minutes on the weekends for monitoring. Perhaps due to its size, I often felt like a number rather than a patient. Billing can be frustrating to work with, as it is in a separate office and my clinic's staff would simply tell me to call them. It was very difficult to understand billing statements and procedure codes. Since I had to pay a significant amount out of pocket, this was very frustrating.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Simon Kipersztok (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
We paid approximately $7500 per cycle for clinic costs plus approximately $3000 per cycle for medication. That was with insurance covering 50% of both the clinic costs and the medication.
Describe Simon Kipersztok (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. Kipersztok highly recommends eSET, especially for the first cycle. He will always recommend eSET, but will yield to your decision if you would like to transfer two embryos.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
The nurse forgot to call in my meds to the specialty pharmacy for my second cycle. After my baseline monitoring, I had to spend the day on the phone with the pharmacy and the clinic to make sure everything was getting ordered and approved by insurance in time to start my cycle. There was also a time or two where I was told that they would call that day with results and I didn't hear from them until the next day. I also had to call in to clarify conflicting information between my original med plan and voicemails left after monitoring to ensure that they meant to make a change. Sometimes the change was intentional and sometimes it was a mistake.
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Doctor
Simon Kipersztok (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Waldorf
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2013 - 2016, Unsuccessful
10
8
Age 36 - 39
2 IUI
2 IVF
Endometriosis
Income $0 - $49K
Professor
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Unsuccessful
She was kind, warm, cares about her patience in a genuine manner. ... Dr. O'Brien was empathetic. For example, when my procedures were unsuccessful, she genuinely cared about me as a person. She was a clear communicator, trustworthy. Instead of thinking about making the money for the clinic, she recommended the appropriate amount of times. She forewarned us about the maximum amount of treatment. She never gave false hope either.
When there were administrative mistakes, they [Shady Grove Fertility] made excuses instead of apologizing for their errors. Sometimes you had to wait too long in the waiting room, there were times it seemed like they forget about me. This is for blood work and ultra sound work there. This was distressing as I had a full-time job I needed to be at. ... Our first nurse had more compassion and we felt more a connection with her.
How was your experience with Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. O'Brien was empathetic. For example, when my procedures were unsuccessful, she genuinely cared about me as a person. She was a clear communicator, trustworthy. Instead of thinking about making the money for the clinic, she recommended the appropriate amount of times. She forewarned us about the maximum amount of treatment. She never gave false hope either. There was no negative experiences with Dr. O'Brien.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
She has a tremendous amount of experience, listen to her advice.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
She was kind, warm, cares about her patience in a genuine manner. For example, sometimes when I went in for an ultra sound at Shady Grove, I would see other doctors. While they were fine, Dr. O'Brien was the warmest.
Describe the protocols Jeanne O'Brien used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
There were so many treatment plans, each one was unique with the end goal being a baby. We immediately decided upon IFV treatment first after removal of cysts from my ovaries. Due to advance age and stage IV endometriosis, we felt it was the best route.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Melanie, then it switched)
Our first nurse had more compassion and we felt more a connection with her.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
When there were administrative mistakes, they made excuses instead of apologizing for their errors. Sometimes you had to wait too long in the waiting room, there were times it seemed like they forget about me. This is for blood work and ultra sound work there. This was distressing as I had a full-time job I needed to be at.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility.
16,000 a cycle with insurance covering about 90%
Describe Jeanne O'Brien's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
There is no comments to provide. She was often against multiple embryo transfer, but let us try it one time.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Lost appointments
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
I would suggest that the waiting room and blood, ultra sound team be better aligned.
10
Doctor
Jeanne O'Brien
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2014 - 2016, Unknown Success
8
8
Age 33 - 35
2 IUI
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
He [Dr Saffan] performed one IUI insemination. I rarely saw him during my monitoring appointments....During the consultation, Dr. Saffan, provided much more attention and gave sufficient explanation compared to my OB. He quickly went through the information and I had to ask clarifying questions to make sure I got everything. I felt less connected during the first consultation. After my miscarriages, I went back and he was much warmer and welcoming. His tone was very reassuring and gave me hope after a rough year.
They [team at Shady Grove in Annadale] are very organized and have a strong routine. For example, bloodwork and ultrasound monitoring is always done first thing in the morning. They do seems quite busy. I had to schedule my 3rd IUI with the Fair Oaks center because they were completely booked up. I have yet to be able to go in and out with a monitoring appointment. Instead I usually have to wait 20-30 minutes before they see me. I find it beneficial going in as early as possible when monitoring.
How was your experience with David Saffan at Shady Grove Fertility?
He performed one IUI insemination. I rarely saw him during my monitoring appointments.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Saffan at Shady Grove Fertility?
Despite not seeing much of him, I do believe he, as well as all of the nurses and technicians at Shady Grove, have my best interests at heart.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with David Saffan at Shady Grove Fertility?
During the consultation, Dr. Saffan, provided much more attention and gave sufficient explanation compared to my OB. He quickly went through the information and I had to ask clarifying questions to make sure I got everything. I felt less connected during the first consultation. After my miscarriages, I went back and he was much warmer and welcoming. His tone was very reassuring and gave me hope after a rough year.
Describe the protocols David Saffan used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
To preface, I was originally diagnosed with unexplained infertility, so how it was perceived to me was each IUI cycle is almost a shot in the dark since they don't know the cause for the infertility. The first IUI was just with Clomid and then Ovidrel for the trigger shot, followed by progesterone. The second time I was switched from Clomid to Braville. Both did not result in a pregnancy. After two miscarriages, I am in the middle of the 3rd IUI treatment and took Gonal f instead of Clomid or Braville. Dr. Saffan also recommended I take FABB (folic acid supplement) and baby aspirin, stating that he usually recommended those supplements to those that have had miscarriages.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Chelsea)
Chelsea is amazing. She responds quickly to emails and listens intently to my needs. When we go over the cycle's schedule, she is thorough and explains everything clearly. I feel more human with her than anyone else I've encountered during this process. She makes you feel like she's giving you her entire attention and support. I love it!
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
They are very organized and have a strong routine. For example, bloodwork and ultrasound monitoring is always done first thing in the morning. They do seems quite busy. I had to schedule my 3rd IUI with the Fair Oaks center because they were completely booked up. I have yet to be able to go in and out with a monitoring appointment. Instead I usually have to wait 20-30 minutes before they see me. I find it beneficial going in as early as possible when monitoring.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Saffan at Shady Grove Fertility.
My health care covers 50% of the costs associated with IUI procedures, which including medication, monitoring appointments, and IUI itself.
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Doctor
David Saffan
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fairfax
Operations
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Verified

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2015, Successful
8
8
Age 40
IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
European
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 3 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
He said, "he didn't want to put me through all of that" and that DE "was my best chance of a successful pregnancy." I don't know what could have happened, but we went with DE and our first is due in 2 weeks. Got lucky on shot #1. I will say for the very expensive money, if it doesn't work, you get it ALL back through their guarrantee program (6 shots). Dr. Mottla did genuinely care about me, I believe. I did not care for the other doctor and left the clinic the first time because of his demeanor.
Shady Grove: They always knew my name when I walked in. They were as prompt as they could be with the many appts they had. By the time I got to DE, I felt pretty special--maybe bc they knew I had coughed up $30k! I love the blood draw ladies...My first nurse (can't remember her name) answered my endless questions (and I had a lot). She was always kind and helpful, returning calls immediately. Penny was my DE nurse. She was kind of an "all business" lady and by that time, I did not need as much emotional support.
How was your experience with Gilbert Mottla at Shady Grove Fertility?
Not sure this site will let me review the other two docs, who I was NOT happy with. But he was my last stop--I thought I would get a chance to even try with my own eggs, but I wasn't. Even with my DOR status, I had gotten pregnant 3 times on my own. I think he knew that despite being at the end of my emotional rope, that I really wanted to use my OEs despite my intense fear of another MC. He said, "he didn't want to put me through all of that" and that DE "was my best chance of a successful pregnancy." I don't know what could have happened, but we went with DE and our first is due in 2 weeks. Got lucky on shot #1. I will say for the very expensive money, if it doesn't work, you get it ALL back through their guarrantee program (6 shots). Dr. Mottla did genuinely care about me, I believe. I did not care for the other doctor and left the clinic the first time because of his demeanor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gilbert Mottla at Shady Grove Fertility?
I'm not sure there is anything I would tell you about him specifically, only that the fertility road is exhausting, emotional, expensive, and really makes you question everything as a person and what kind of information you can trust. I think Dr. Mottla is completely aware of all this. In the end, I had to trust him. Had to trust somebody.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gilbert Mottla at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Mottla was the 3rd doc I saw. 2nd at Shady Grove. I did not like Dr. McKeeby (my first doc) and transferred up to Johns Hopkins. I did feel like a number there and had no real personal interaction. Dr. Mottla was my last stop and although I didn't like what I heard (and still don't totally believe the actual source of my issue was DOR), I am almost due with my first baby, through the use of DE and couldn't be happier.
Describe the protocols Gilbert Mottla used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Because he would not let me use my own eggs (my AMH was less than 0.01, despite getting pregnant multiple times on my own), none of the treatments I had researched were used. My DE treatment was pretty basic with estrogen/progesterone shots after my cycle had lined up with the donor's. At Johns Hopkins, we were doing natural, medicated cycles using Femara and then the ovidril trigger shot. Only 2 of my 4 cycles cooperated. They had terrible communication up there and I was always confused by what they were telling me. They would have treated me with my OE, but by then the 2 hour round trip ride and the complete lack of communication had thoroughly exhausted me. Mottla felt that while I could have a miracle baby, that any egg my body produced would be far superior to any eggs they could get from me artificially.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Multiple, but ended with Penny)
My first nurse (can't remember her name) answered my endless questions (and I had a lot). She was always kind and helpful, returning calls immediately. Penny was my DE nurse. She was kind of an "all business" lady and by that time, I did not need as much emotional support.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove: They always knew my name when I walked in. They were as prompt as they could be with the many appts they had. By the time I got to DE, I felt pretty special--maybe bc they knew I had coughed up $30k! I love the blood draw ladies. Johns Hopkins: So impersonal, not nice office, never saw the same doc twice. Much more cold hospital setting. JH is great if you have a rare illness (which I had and my care was great), but for fertility stuff, a specialized clinic is better.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gilbert Mottla at Shady Grove Fertility.
My insurance would have paid for 3 rounds of IVF with my own egg. But they wouldn't do it :( I used their most popular program: the 1:3 donor egg match (1 donor to three recipients). $30k for 6 cycles or all of your money back. We did get lucky on try #1.
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Doctor
Gilbert Mottla
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Annapolis
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2015, Successful
10
8
Age 32
8 IUI
2 IVF
Donor Sperm
European
Income $50K - $99K
Lawyer
4th of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
I felt like Dr. Moon individually took sufficient time to meet with me, answer my questions, go over my past history (and abysmal results) and talk about options. She personally called with the information on transfer day, which I greatly appreciated. She was great during appointments as well... I know I asked lots of questions at times, and all were answered patiently... thought she was reasonably realistic (given my numbers that gave no reason to think my results should be abysmal), and confident without being arrogant.
Call backs [at Shady Grove] were generally very late. It was nerve-wracking, because often you wouldn't get a call back until after phone lines closed - which made it difficult if you didn't get one to get ahold of someone...Nurses were hit or miss. Staff as a whole was a bit hit or miss, though more good than bad. Appreciated the splitting of blood draws from general nurses (keeping it with people who knew what they were doing). I'd describe things as generally efficient, and well run, on the nursing side.
How was your experience with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
I'm a fan - I imagine success has something to do with it, but the overall experience was good. I knew by the time I got to Dr. Moon that I was going to struggle conceiving, and that it wasn't for any identifiable reason. That helped temper my expectations I think. I thought she was reasonably realistic (given my numbers that gave no reason to think my results should be abysmal), and confident without being arrogant. I know I asked lots of questions at times, and all were answered patiently.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
Shady Grove is a bit of a factory, yes, but I felt like Dr. Moon individually took sufficient time to meet with me, answer my questions, go over my past history (and abysmal results) and talk about options. She personally called with the information on transfer day, which I greatly appreciated. She was great during appointments as well.
Describe the protocols Kimberly Moon used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Standard antagonist protocol - BCP followed by FSH, menopur and then cetrotide I think. Attempting to keep growth slow but steady, and keep all follicles in range. Aiming for fewer high quality follicles (as someone who could produce a fair number, but of poor quality). Standard trigger criteria, but we held off a day or two based on history, so things were slightly larger. On my FET, it was medicated, so BCP and then something (can't recall).
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility.
Nurses were hit or miss. Staff as a whole was a bit hit or miss, though more good than bad. Appreciated the splitting of blood draws from general nurses (keeping it with people who knew what they were doing). I'd describe things as generally efficient, and well run, on the nursing side.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I think the strength is in the solid lab, significant experience and range of doctors to choose from. They do seem to use standard protocols, but that was fine. I'm not crazy about the BCP use, but it's a must - there's not a lot of flexibility in that area. I was able to get some concessions on some policies by getting Dr. Moon on board, and it was frustrating to have to do so. The standard weekend hours and multiple locations was good - no worrying about timing there. They generally had a range of appointments available, though weekends could be hit or miss. Some things were very standardized which generally helped it run smoothly. But there were times things backed up, with waits of 45+ minutes. The financial people may have changed in the past 2 years, but that was the worst/most maddening part. It may be less so if you're not using insurance, but I had to do a significant amount of leg work on running down pre-authorizations and getting statuses and poking and prodding. It was incredibly frustrating, and I would say that's the part that is most off putting about the clinic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility.
Insurance covered in large part, so I don't recall.
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.
Call backs were generally very late. It was nerve-wracking, because often you wouldn't get a call back until after phone lines closed - which made it difficult if you didn't get one to get ahold of someone. I only failed to get a call back once, on a weekend - but I was able to get the information I needed via the answering service process. But there were days it was late enough I was wondering whether I'd been missed.
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Doctor
Kimberly Moon
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2012 - 2015, Successful
10
7
Age 31 - 34
3 IUI
1 IVF
Male Factor
PCOS
Tubal Blockage
European
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
When I met with Nair, she always spoke honestly but kindly. She clearly had reviewed my records before our meetings so we didn't need to explain things again. She always called after a failed cycle and was incredibly kind after a chemical pregnancy/missed carriage. She also left surgery to come down for our first ultrasound after our positive pregnancy test.
My nurse forgot to provide the trigger shot which resulted in less eggs retrieved. I still had plenty but was quite stressful... Shady Grove has multiple clinics in the DC metro area. Testing is very process driven, which I appreciated. I knew exactly what and when things were going to happen and I simply followed that process. Some folks might not appreciate being another cog in the fertility factory but I found it comforting...
How was your experience with Anitha Nair at Shady Grove Fertility?
I didn't find anything at fault with Nair. She always made sure we had appropriate information and we never left the office without either speaking with a financial person or nurse to answer any additional questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Anitha Nair at Shady Grove Fertility?
None.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Anitha Nair at Shady Grove Fertility?
When I met with Nair, she always spoke honestly but kindly. She clearly had reviewed my records before our meetings so we didn't need to explain things again. She always called after a failed cycle and was incredibly kind after a chemical pregnancy/missed carriage. She also left surgery to come down for our first ultrasound after our positive pregnancy test.
Describe the protocols Anitha Nair used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We did 3 IUI's even though they didn't work. It was frustrating but our insurance required it. The clinic was participating in a medical study that required less injections but we did not participate, though the early results seemed promising.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Heather Glass)
I had several primary nurses during my tenure at Shady Grove; some were better than others. I had one, who is no longer there, who did not like to communicate over email. Giving my busy schedule, email was much better than phone. My suggestion would be to establish which method you prefered communication when first meeting with your nurse coordinator.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove has multiple clinics in the DC metro area. Testing is very process driven, which I appreciated. I knew exactly what and when things were going to happen and I simply followed that process. Some folks might not appreciate being another cog in the fertility factory but I found it comforting; this is all very normal, well managed, and well understood.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Anitha Nair at Shady Grove Fertility.
My IUI and egg retrieval were covered by insurance. My FET's were not. Shady Grove has self-pay costs. Each FET was approximately $4000 plus cost of medications.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
1 - My nurse forgot to provide the trigger shot which resulted in less eggs retrieved. I still had plenty but was quite stressful. 2 - There was an active shooter near a clinic on a day I was scheduled for blood work and ultrasound. This resulted in the clinic closing. No information was provided to patients; the voicemail at the clinic was not even updated. I was not informed of what I needed to do until noon that day, which is after the clinics stop monitoring. I spoke to someone at the head office about lack of emergency preparedness and was not provided a satisfactory answer. For example, all retrievals and transfers are done in the Rockville office and I asked for plans if that office is closed. The response was simply, " we would never close that office."
10
Doctor
Anitha Nair
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2014 - 2015, Unsuccessful
8
8
Age 51 - 52
2 IUI
3 IVF
Donor Eggs
Donor Sperm
Surrogacy
Uterine Fibroids
Unexplained
European
Latinx
Income $100K - $199K
Marketer or PR
4th of 4 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
She [Dr. Barbara Osborn] is compassionate. She was also direct in providing answers to my questions. I never felt rushed with her like I did for the other 3 doctors I had worked with. I felt like she made time for me and didn't treat me like a number like other doctors have done...Ask whatever questions you have. It's difficult to get a hold of her and most other doctors at most clinics by phone. When they do call back, it could be when you're in a meeting or otherwise unavailable. Not many doctors will give out their direct phone number.
I rate the Nursing staff low. I rate dr Osborn high because of her bedside manner and interest in answering questions. I rate the administrative staff very low. Some are nasty. Most are unfriendly. You have to advocate for what you want/need and sometimes demand it from the administrative staff. In my case, I had to hold Shady Grove accountable for their responsibility in a contract and they were trying not to do it.
How was your experience with Barbara Osborn at Shady Grove Fertility?
She is compassionate. She was also direct in providing answers to my questions. I never felt rushed with her like I did for the other 3 doctors I had worked with. I felt like she made time for me and didn't treat me like a number like other doctors have done.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barbara Osborn at Shady Grove Fertility?
Ask whatever questions you have. It's difficult to get a hold of her and most other doctors at most clinics by phone. When they do call back, it could be when you're in a meeting or otherwise unavailable. Not many doctors will give out their direct phone number.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barbara Osborn at Shady Grove Fertility?
She has a good bedside manner.
Describe the protocols Barbara Osborn used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I was on heavy doses to build up my uterine lining. I was on injectible lovenox as a blood thinner.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Pennye Russell)
In general, most nurses at shady grove were pressed for time, didn't like to answer questions, were not authorized to answer certain questions and weren't compassionate in my opinion.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I rate the Nursing staff low. I rate dr Osborn high because of her bedside manner and interest in answering questions. I rate the administrative staff very low. Some are nasty. Most are unfriendly. You have to advocate for what you want/need and sometimes demand it from the administrative staff. In my case, I had to hold Shady Grove accountable for their responsibility in a contract and they were trying not to do it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barbara Osborn at Shady Grove Fertility.
About $50,000
Describe Barbara Osborn's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
One problem I had with shady grove is that they would only do eSet and frowned upon double embryo transfers. I'm not sure if I would have been successful by doing double transfers.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
On several occasions, it was up to me to call in you find out test results.
8
Doctor
Barbara Osborn
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2013 - 2015, Successful
10
8
Age 31 - 33
6 IUI
Unexplained
East Asian
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
He [Dr. Frank Chang] was amazing. Very thorough and pleasant. Listens to me and asked for my opinion and thoughts. Treated me with respect and remembered me when I went back to him for my 3rd child. He worked with me to ensure that I would have the best success and respected my wishes even when he didn’t necessarily agree and never made me feel like I didn’t know what I was talking about. He also gave me a lot of professional courtesy bc I work in the healthcare field.
There was a lot of turnaround with nursing staff [at Shady Grove Fertility- Rockville] They were all very competent, but each time I went back for another IUI, it was a different nurse. I didn’t really care though bc I had a plan set with a Dr Chang and that’s all that mattered. The nurses just followed our plan and it worked out great...Very busy office...Sometimes I feel like it’s jist all business, but ultimately I got what I wanted from them and that’s all that mattered. The office staff, nursing staff and medical staff made me feel that way. But never Dr. Chang.
How was your experience with Frank Chang at Shady Grove Fertility?
He was amazing. Very thorough and pleasant. Listens to me and asked for my opinion and thoughts. Treated me with respect and remembered me when I went back to him for my 3rd child. He worked with me to ensure that I would have the best success and respected my wishes even when he didn’t necessarily agree and never made me feel like I didn’t know what I was talking about. He also gave me a lot of professional courtesy bc I work in the healthcare field.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Frank Chang at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be direct, speak your mind. Listen to him as well. He knows what he’s doing and he would never intentionally steer you the wrong way.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Frank Chang at Shady Grove Fertility?
He listens to me and asked for my opinion and respected my wishes/thoughts on matters. He trusted that I knew what was best for me.
Describe the protocols Frank Chang used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Straight forward IUI using Follistism to grow my follicles to approx. 20-22mm. I get the best results once my follicles are nice and big. My other doctor didn’t thing i should wait that long for my follicles to grow and therefore i had unsuccessful IUIs before i had my successful ones. Ovidrel was used to trigger my eggs. After finding which protocol worked for me, we never steered from it and it resulted in 2 more successful pregnancies that led to 2 more healthy babies for me and my husband.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Shady Grove Fertility.
There was a lot of turnaround with nursing staff. They were all very competent, but each time I went back for another IUI, it was a different nurse. I didn’t really care though bc I had a plan set with a Dr Chang and that’s all that mattered. The nurses just followed our plan and it worked out great.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Very busy office. But it’s most convenient for me. It’s the closest location to where I live. Sometimes I feel like it’s jist all business, but ultimately I got what I wanted from them and that’s all that mattered. The office staff, nursing staff and medical staff made me feel that way. But never Dr. Chang.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Frank Chang at Shady Grove Fertility.
100% covered by I Durante. Only paid co-pays.
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.
Just office staff not relating important messages to my first doctor. Dr. Esposito in the Frederick, MD office was very difficult and they wouldn’t believe me when I told them my period had started. They insisted that it couldn’t have started already. I had to call the office manager to get them to schedule a day 3 appt. And if I didn’t do that I wouldn’t have gotten pregnant with my daughter. That’s why I switched doctors midway through my IUI treatment. Dr. Esposito didn’t listen to me, didn’t respect me and treated me like I was stupid. She talked down to me even though I told her I was a nurse and I was very familiar with medical jargon and understood procedural methods.
10
Doctor
Frank Chang
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2015, Successful
9
8
Age 32
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
While information was always factual, Dr. Munabi had a wonderful bedside manner. He also strongly encouraged us to try with our own eggs/sperm and never pushed using a donor....Dr. Munabi was gentle, but very candid in what we could expect. We paid for a multi cycle discount, and due to my diagnosis, he argued with the clinic to allow us to cycle a second time before transferring (despite our contract not allowing this.)...Know in advance that he a very thick accent!
Shady Grove’s lab and embryologists are incredible. I always received detailed information and daily updates. I think Shady Grove does an adequate job with difficult cases. Their success rates with diminished ovarian reserve are fairly low....Morgan and Melanie were the two nurses primarily managing my care. Morgan was gentle and kind when sharing information. Melanie was kind and very factual. They were an excellent team....$21,000 for two IVF cycles... $3000 for PGS testing
How was your experience with Abraham Munabi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Munabi was gentle, but very candid in what we could expect. We paid for a multi cycle discount, and due to my diagnosis, he argued with the clinic to allow us to cycle a second time before transferring (despite our contract not allowing this.)
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abraham Munabi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Know in advance that he a very thick accent! The nurses are great at reiterating what he says—but don’t be afraid to ask him to repeat himself!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abraham Munabi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
While information was always factual, Dr. Munabi had a wonderful bedside manner. He also strongly encouraged us to try with our own eggs/sperm and never pushed using a donor.
Describe the protocols Abraham Munabi (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Cycle 1: Antagonist Protocal. 450iu of Gonal F, 225iu Menopur, Ganirelix. 5 retrieved, 3 mature, 3 fertilized, 2 embryos, 1 PGS normal, 1 live birth. Cycle 2: Lupron Stop Protocol. 3 weeks Lupron, Gonal F 450iu, Menopur 150iu. 7 retrieved, 7 mature, 5 fertilized, 2 embryos, 1 PGS normal. Currently frozen.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Morgan )
Morgan and Melanie were the two nurses primarily managing my care. Morgan was gentle and kind when sharing information. Melanie was kind and very factual. They were an excellent team.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove’s lab and embryologists are incredible. I always received detailed information and daily updates. I think Shady Grove does an adequate job with difficult cases. Their success rates with diminished ovarian reserve are fairly low. That being said, I was a difficult case and had straightforward success through their Reading and Chesterbrook offices.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abraham Munabi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
$21,000 for two IVF cycles. $7500 for medication (purchased from Israel, would have been $13,000 domestically) $3000 for PGS testing
Describe Abraham Munabi (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I was inclined to transfer both embryos. My doctor recommended a single FET because the embryos were PGS tested.
9
Doctor
Abraham Munabi (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Chesterbrook
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2014 - 2015, Unsuccessful
6
8
Age 36 - 37
3 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Tubal Blockage
European
Income $0 - $49K
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Unsuccessful
We thought she [Dr. O'Brien] was a very compassionate and knowledgeable doctor.... I guess my feelings are mixed. She was a wonderful person and doctor, but I also feel like she was trying to get us to spend the most amount of money.... She said "since we could get pregnant" she thought the 3 IUIS should work. If not, she would suggest IVF. After the IUIS failed she basically said all of our numbers were excellent and we should have gotten pregnant. Therefore our "chemicals do not mix" so we should do IVF with ICI.
They [Shady Grove Fertility] have a lot of people coming in and out of there. They make things as quick and painless as possible. It is great to be able to do all of the procedures in the same building with the same people. I think they could make you feel like less of a dollar sign, if anything.... We had two or three different nurses. They kept quitting, so it was hard to keep tract. The one I remember, I believe her name was Effie was very sweet and helpful.
How was your experience with Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
We thought she was a very compassionate and knowledgeable doctor. We did not know at the time of our first appointment that we were actually already pregnant. Unfortunately that pregnancy ended in a partial mole. I think she then based her recommendations on what most people do. I guess my feelings are mixed. She was a wonderful person and doctor, but I also feel like she was trying to get us to spend the most amount of money. I am sure if we ended up with a baby my story would be different though.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
Take everything with a grain of salt and do your own research to be sure you are on the same page.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
She did a good job making us feel "human" at the time. Looking back, I feel like we were more of a number though. I feel like it is kind of scripted. They just want to make money, so the pick the most expensive option.
Describe the protocols Jeanne O'Brien used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
She said "since we could get pregnant" she thought the 3 IUIS should work. If not, she would suggest IVF. After the IUIS failed she basically said all of our numbers were excellent and we should have gotten pregnant. Therefore our "chemicals do not mix" so we should do IVF with ICI.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility.
We had two or three different nurses. They kept quitting, so it was hard to keep tract. The one I remember, I believe her name was Effie was very sweet and helpful.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
They have a lot of people coming in and out of there. They make things as quick and painless as possible. It is great to be able to do all of the procedures in the same building with the same people. I think they could make you feel like less of a dollar sign, if anything.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility.
I know the IUIS cost $4000 as we had to get a loan. I believe our insurance covered most of the pre testing. Clomid and other medications ran about $500.
6
Doctor
Jeanne O'Brien
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
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.

2013 - 2014, Unsuccessful
0
7
Age 40 - 41
6 IVF
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Income $500K
2nd of 10 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Unsuccessful
He [Dr Widra] is defensive and not open to listening to his patients. The whole time I had to push him to try something different. One cycle I called him a couple of times to let him know I felt the cycle was not going well, and he told me he thought it was going fine. I ended up with only one embryo. The next cycle he increased my meds I got four embryos. If he would have listened during the first cycle then I may not have need a second cycle.
Shady Grove has very convenient offices and flexible hours, which makes it convenient for pursuing fertility. However I think they could do more to customize for patients over 35 by having protocols set up for these patients....You always had to go through a nurse. And I was always having to suggest what should be done next. I should not have to manage the doctor. He should be up to date on research.
How was your experience with Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
He is defensive and not open to listening to his patients. The whole time I had to push him to try something different. One cycle I called him a couple of times to let him know I felt the cycle was not going well, and he told me he thought it was going fine. I ended up with only one embryo. The next cycle he increased my meds I got four embryos. If he would have listened during the first cycle then I may not have need a second cycle.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
Do not expect him to be proactive.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
You always had to go through a nurse. And I was always having to suggest what should be done next. I should not have to manage the doctor. He should be up to date on research.
Describe the protocols Eric Widra used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
IVF and frozen eggs and genetic testing of embryos. He insisted on doing frozen cycles until I pushed him into freezing the eggs and genetic testing of embryos. I did not want to continually go through miscarriages, and I had one previously. Not sure why he would have ever suggested fresh IVF cycle for anyone over 40.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Carrie)
Carrie was a wonderful nurse, but Eric Widra would have her call me instead of talking to me himself. He was reactive and uncomfortable approaching patients.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove has very convenient offices and flexible hours, which makes it convenient for pursuing fertility. However I think they could do more to customize for patients over 35 by having protocols set up for these patients.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady grove is fairly efficient with appointments and flexible. They have improved their scheduling and monitoring hours by opening up additional clinics to help with traffic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility.
All costs at shady grove are fairly uniform across.
0
Doctor
Eric Widra
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
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, Unsuccessful
0
8
Age 39
IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
European
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 3 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Unsuccessful
I am still annoyed that I wasn't allowed to try even 1 cycle with my own eggs--maybe because people with DOR don't typically get pregnant as easily as I did...Dr. McKeeby could only say "well, something else must have gone wrong" and looked at my #s and just said, "you need to do donor egg." There was no further discussion about any other possible solution. I just felt like they were trying to sell me something that I didn't want and left for a 2nd opinion at another clinic.
If you don't like him [Dr Jeffrey McKeeby] , just move on to Mottla. It was night and day...SG is a very organized clinic, compared to the other one I went to. It's pretty, clean, relaxing, maybe because it is a for-profit organization. I felt known and the people were very friendly....Jackie was my first nurse at SG. I almost didn't want to change docs bc I was so attached to her.
How was your experience with Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
I had a co-worker who had a rare uterine condition and he treated her for the 3 cycles that both of our insurances would have paid for. She really liked him and just described him as being "dorky". At a donor recipient support group, I also met another woman who also left SG because of McKeeby... so maybe he works for some people, but as I said, I ultimately left for a 2nd opinion at Johns Hopkins bc of this doctor. It took 4-5 months to see that doc and my numbers got way worse during that time period. I am still annoyed that I wasn't allowed to try even 1 cycle with my own eggs--maybe because people with DOR don't typically get pregnant as easily as I did.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
If you don't like him, just move on to Mottla. It was night and day. Also, the fertility world is filled with all sorts of natural remedies that could "possibly work for you". This made me into an obsessed person who was trying to make the perfect egg of my own. That wasn't to be, at least this time around. Even Mottla said that miracle babies do exist, but we needed at least to get a jump start on baby #1, given our ages (now 41 and 45, due in 2 weeks with our DE baby on first cycle).
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
Miscarriage #3 was my first baby with a heartbeat that we knew of. At 12w, I found out that the chromosomally-normal M had passed away at 10w. Dr. McKeeby could only say "well, something else must have gone wrong" and looked at my #s and just said, "you need to do donor egg." There was no further discussion about any other possible solution. I just felt like they were trying to sell me something that I didn't want and left for a 2nd opinion at another clinic.
Describe the protocols Jeffrey McKeeby used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Never got that far with him. Was so thrown by his only saying to use a DE.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Shady Grove Fertility.
Jackie was my first nurse at SG. I almost didn't want to change docs bc I was so attached to her. She was fantastic at answering calls and all my questions, including about how to improve egg quality. SG is not "alternative" sort of clinic in terms of using/recommending supplements, etc. which may be both good and bad, depending on what sort of person you are.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
SG is a very organized clinic, compared to the other one I went to. It's pretty, clean, relaxing, maybe because it is a for-profit organization. I felt known and the people were very friendly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility.
Didn't get that far.
0
Doctor
Jeffrey McKeeby
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Annapolis
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2010 - 2013, Unsuccessful
5
8
Age 32 - 35
7 IUI
Unexplained
Latinx
Income $50K - $99K
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr. Levens is a nice doctor and well knowledge but maybe he needs to works in the way how to talk to his patients in certain circumstances.... When I did my IUI with Doctor Chang and I got a positive pregnancy test my husband and I went to the Shady Grove in Rockville... Dr Levens was on charge that morning and when he saw us he looks surprise to see us but not like his patient. When we explain what was the reason of our visit (positive test pregnancy) he said to us very serious “well sometimes the home pregnancy test are false positive so we are going to do blood test to confirm if you are pregnant or not”.
The staff of Annandale [Shady Grove] office were so nice and very knowledge. Easy to make an appointment. They made my first appointment with dr Levens, I think it was the most available at that time. They always call me to reminder my doctor’s appointment. They always welcome to the office and make you feel comfortable. The only problem was the waiting room was a little small (I was there more than 7 years ago) and the area were they taken the blood sample was really small too.
How was your experience with Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Levens is a nice person but he made a comment that I didn’t like it. When I did my IUI with Doctor Chang and I got a positive pregnancy test my husband and I went to the Shady Grove in Rockville MD to do the blood test. We were so excited and nervous at the same time. Dr Levens was on charge that morning and when he saw us he looks surprise to see us but not like his patient. When we explain what was the reason of our visit (positive test pregnancy) he said to us very serious “well sometimes the home pregnancy test are false positive so we are going to do blood test to confirm if you are pregnant or not”. At that moment we felt really sad and nervous that could be a false positive, but luckily it wasn’t a false positive it was a BFP. I think that comment that Dr Levens made about the false positive (for a couple who were trying for almost 7 years to get pregnant) was a really bad one.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Levens is a nice doctor but I would you recommend dr Chang.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Levens is a nice doctor and well knowledge but maybe he needs to works in the way how to talk to his patients in certain circumstances.
Describe the protocols Eric Levens used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I did clomid and IUI. He did the hormones injections in the third or fourth day of my cycle and I have to go almost every day to the office to see is the medicine was working. In the 13 or 14 day of my cycle I did the trigger shot and next day I went to the office for the IUI. Sometimes dr Levens did the IUI other time a different doctor did the IUI.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility.
They were really nice nurses and always answered your questions and calling you back most of the time the same day.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The staff of Annandale office were so nice and very knowledge. Easy to make an appointment. They made my first appointment with dr Levens, I think it was the most available at that time. They always call me to reminder my doctor’s appointment. They always welcome to the office and make you feel comfortable. The only problem was the waiting room was a little small (I was there more than 7 years ago) and the area were they taken the blood sample was really small too.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility.
I don’t remember very well but I think it was more than $1500 per treatment.
5
Doctor
Eric Levens
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fairfax
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2019, Unknown Success
7
7
Age 34
IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Doyle had a good beside manner and has been responsive to our concerns and questions. ... He has made changes to our protocol from another clinic based on our input and results ... using autoimmune protocol, injectable progesterone. using known donor eggs. ... He was optimistic about our chances, provided updates to our protocol and was reassuring. ... Be candid and ask as many questions as you can when you see him
Our nurse and care coordinator [Shady Grove Fertility] have been very responsive. they are attentive to our scheduling and financial concerns and have been accommodating. they have helped us when we have issues with financial staff and helped coordinate all of our appointments and payments. ... The financial staff has been slow to respond to our concerns. ... they have so many patients under their care that they can deliver results and use science based protocols, yet can be lacking in personal touches smaller clinics can provide.
How was your experience with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Doyle had a good beside manner and has been responsive to our concerns and questions. We hope to have good results under his care. He has made changes to our protocol from another clinic based on our input and results
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be candid and ask as many questions as you can when you see him
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
He was optimistic about our chances, provided updates to our protocol and was reassuring. His clinical staff has been responsive to our concerns and questions, explaining reasoning for medical decision making.
Describe the protocols Joseph Doyle used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
using autoimmune protocol, injectable progesterone. using known donor eggs.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Vivian Oseni)
Our nurse and care coordinator have been very responsive. they are attentive to our scheduling and financial concerns and have been accommodating. they have helped us when we have issues with financial staff and helped coordinate all of our appointments and payments.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove is a leader in the field, but there are times where you are not an individual, but a client. they have so many patients under their care that they can deliver results and use science based protocols, yet can be lacking in personal touches smaller clinics can provide.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility.
we are using a shared risk model, which increases costs but provides us with money back guarantee
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.
The financial staff has been slow to respond to our concerns. They have failed to provide us with timelines of when payment will be due, making it hard to financially plan.
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Doctor
Joseph Doyle
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Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
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This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unsuccessful
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8
Age 41
3 IVF
Male Factor
Poor Egg Quality
Uterine Fibroids
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
We've had good experience [with Dr. Moon] albeit not the result we hoped for yet. I would appreciate more guidance with regards to use of supplements and alternative wellbeing eg acupuncture, but unless there is hard science and evidence she doesn't make recommendations. We would have liked to have been given the full pgs report after both lots of treatments as it would have helped us process the disappointment. On asking we received it, but you have to know to ask and be your own advocate.
[nurses at Shady Grove Fertility] Very kind. Always responded to emails and calls...Convenience of location, size of practice and data to support clinical judgement. I would rather it was my Dr doing transfer, retrieval but that comes down to timing of your procedure and their scheduling
How was your experience with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
We've had good experience albeit not the result we hoped for yet. I would appreciate more guidance with regards to use of supplements and alternative wellbeing eg acupuncture, but unless there is hard science and evidence she doesn't make recommendations. We would have liked to have been given the full pgs report after both lots of treatments as it would have helped us process the disappointment. On asking we received it, but you have to know to ask and be your own advocate.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
The more you ask her, the more info you'll get. She has also been through ivf herself and so understands from the patient point of view.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
After second retrieval ended with no pgs normal eggs she spent a long time with us explaining the problems and what options we had. Never any pressure.
Describe the protocols Kimberly Moon used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I think it was standard protocol with Menopur/Gonal f/ cetrotide and Lupron trigger. Good response, 5 embryos but only one normal. Fet failed. Second retrieval was Lupron Stop protocol with 375 Gonal f and 125 Menopur. Again good response, but all 4 embryos came back abnormal. Retrieval 3 starts tomorrow and back to first protocol. I took 2 months break and tried all the supplements etc of my own accord.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Alex)
Very kind. Always responded to emails and calls
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Convenience of location, size of practice and data to support clinical judgement. I would rather it was my Dr doing transfer, retrieval but that comes down to timing of your procedure and their scheduling.
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Doctor
Kimberly Moon
Humanity
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Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
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2019, Unknown Success
7
7
Age 38
IVF
Donor Eggs
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Doyle took a lot of time to meet with my husband and I prior to us selecting the clinic. He has also met with me and called me to answer additional questions....Dr. Doyle is a good and clear communicator. He backed up his recommendations and plans with data and research to explain what he was thinking and why. He took time to call me when I had additional questions. He ensure we were comfortable with the plan.
SG [Shady Grove] is a power house in the world of fertility....Really, all concerns relate to the financial department and a lack of communication there...We decided to proceed with SG because of their results and also because of their shared risk program, which is very unique...Because of this results-oriented approach, you do not get the same level of personalization and attention as you would at a smaller clinic.
How was your experience with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Doyle is a good and clear communicator. He backed up his recommendations and plans with data and research to explain what he was thinking and why. He took time to call me when I had additional questions. He ensure we were comfortable with the plan.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be prepared and come with a lot of questions in mind.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Doyle took a lot of time to meet with my husband and I prior to us selecting the clinic. He has also met with me and called me to answer additional questions.
Describe the protocols Joseph Doyle used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Dr. Doyle has recommended a my use of estradiol and injectable progesterone to prepare for transfer. I will also use an autoimmune protocol with prednisone.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
SG is a power house in the world of fertility. They do a lot of research and have many patients. Because of this results-oriented approach, you do not get the same level of personalization and attention as you would at a smaller clinic. We decided to proceed with SG because of their results and also because of their shared risk program, which is very unique.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility.
We paid to complete a shared risk with donor eggs program which costs about $30,000 not including medications but comes with a guarantee.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
Really, all concerns relate to the financial department and a lack of communication there. I felt like we had to be really on top of them in order to give them a lot of money. This shouldn't be the feeling and primary stressor during this process.
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Doctor
Joseph Doyle
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
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Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources