Shady Grove Fertility

65 doctors work here

Rated 8.6
Strongly recommend: 68%Neutral: 21%Don't recommend: 11%8.6
68% strongly recommend
508 reviews
Operations
9.1
9.1
Operations

Ratings of 1 indicate that a clinic was poorly operated.

Ratings of 10 indicate that a clinic operated very well.

Scheduling
9.2
9.2
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
7.4
7.4
Billing Department

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory billing department.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent billing department.

Nursing Team
8.9
8.9
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

Attention to detail is on a 1 - 10 scale, and is scored based on the rate, and severity, of errors committed by the clinic according to the patients.

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CDC Success Rates

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Annual Cycles
9,940
National Avg
635
This Clinic
National Avg
00%
20%
40%
60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
>42

Available Resources

Genetic counseling
Genetic counseling
Acupuncture
Acupuncture
Mental health counseling
Mental health counseling
Nutrition counseling
Nutrition counseling
Administration of shots
Administration of shots
Coordinating at-home nursing
Coordinating at-home nursing
Selling medication
Selling medication
Providing backup medication
Providing backup medication
65 doctors work here
8.2
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
22 Reviews
Rated 9.8
Strongly recommend: 100%9.8
Jeanne O'Brien
Shady Grove Fertility
88% strongly recommend
22 Reviews
Rated 9.6
Strongly recommend: 88%Neutral: 8%Don't recommend: 4%9.6
Joseph Doyle
Shady Grove Fertility
78% strongly recommend
21 Reviews
Rated 9.4
Strongly recommend: 78%Neutral: 22%9.4
Tarita Pakrashi
Shady Grove Fertility
80% strongly recommend
14 Reviews
Rated 9.4
Strongly recommend: 80%Neutral: 20%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
Celso Silva
Shady Grove Fertility
77% strongly recommend
21 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 77%Neutral: 21%Don't recommend: 2%9.3
Gilbert Mottla
Shady Grove Fertility
76% strongly recommend
18 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 76%Neutral: 24%9.3
Anish Shah
Shady Grove Fertility
84% strongly recommend
21 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 84%Neutral: 16%9.3
Eric Levens
Shady Grove Fertility
79% strongly recommend
40 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 79%Neutral: 14%Don't recommend: 6%9.3
Nicole Banks
Shady Grove Fertility
63% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 63%Neutral: 37%9.3
Sunita Kulshrestha (retired)
Shady Grove Fertility
89% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 9.2
Strongly recommend: 89%Neutral: 11%9.2
Tara Budinetz
Shady Grove Fertility
80% strongly recommend
12 Reviews
Rated 9.2
Strongly recommend: 80%Neutral: 20%9.2
Shayne Plosker
Shady Grove Fertility
80% strongly recommend
19 Reviews
Rated 9.1
Strongly recommend: 80%Neutral: 12%Don't recommend: 8%9.1
Erika Johnston-MacAnanny
Shady Grove Fertility
85% strongly recommend
17 Reviews
Rated 9.1
Strongly recommend: 85%Neutral: 10%Don't recommend: 5%9.1
Patricia McShane
Shady Grove Fertility
100% strongly recommend
1 Review
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 100%9
Ricardo Yazigi (retired)
Shady Grove Fertility
68% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 68%Neutral: 25%Don't recommend: 7%9
Geof Tidey
Shady Grove Fertility
64% strongly recommend
6 Reviews
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 64%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 9%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
Cigdem (Cori) Tanrikut
Shady Grove Fertility
40% strongly recommend
2 Reviews
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 40%Neutral: 60%8.8
Jason Bromer
Shady Grove Fertility
71% strongly recommend
50 Reviews
Rated 8.7
Strongly recommend: 71%Neutral: 22%Don't recommend: 7%8.7
Melissa Esposito
Shady Grove Fertility
80% strongly recommend
14 Reviews
Rated 8.7
Strongly recommend: 80%Neutral: 12%Don't recommend: 8%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
Shruti Malik
Shady Grove Fertility
59% strongly recommend
8 Reviews
Rated 8.4
Strongly recommend: 59%Neutral: 29%Don't recommend: 12%8.4
Andrea Reh
Shady Grove Fertility
60% strongly recommend
16 Reviews
Rated 8.4
Strongly recommend: 60%Neutral: 26%Don't recommend: 14%8.4
Anthony Imudia
Shady Grove Fertility
77% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 8.2
Strongly recommend: 77%Don't recommend: 23%8.2
Rebecca Chason
Shady Grove Fertility
75% strongly recommend
4 Reviews
Rated 8.1
Strongly recommend: 75%Neutral: 13%Don't recommend: 13%8.1
Tomer Singer
Shady Grove Fertility
63% strongly recommend
12 Reviews
Rated 8.1
Strongly recommend: 63%Neutral: 15%Don't recommend: 23%8.1
Caleb Kallen
Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia
70% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 8.1
Strongly recommend: 70%Neutral: 2%Don't recommend: 29%8.1
Alex Polotsky
Shady Grove Fertility
56% strongly recommend
19 Reviews
Rated 8
Strongly recommend: 56%Neutral: 28%Don't recommend: 16%8
Anitha Nair
Shady Grove Fertility
74% strongly recommend
19 Reviews
Rated 8
Strongly recommend: 74%Neutral: 7%Don't recommend: 19%8
Barbara Osborn
Shady Grove Fertility
19% strongly recommend
12 Reviews
Rated 8
Strongly recommend: 19%Neutral: 62%Don't recommend: 19%8
Naveed Khan
Shady Grove Fertility
53% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 7.9
Strongly recommend: 53%Neutral: 35%Don't recommend: 12%7.9
Eric Widra
Shady Grove Fertility
48% strongly recommend
27 Reviews
Rated 7.7
Strongly recommend: 48%Neutral: 26%Don't recommend: 26%7.7
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
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
Paul Shin
Shady Grove Fertility
15% strongly recommend
3 Reviews
Rated 7.1
Strongly recommend: 15%Neutral: 70%Don't recommend: 15%7.1
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
39% strongly recommend
14 Reviews
Rated 7
Strongly recommend: 39%Neutral: 23%Don't recommend: 38%7
Simon Kipersztok (retired)
Shady Grove Fertility
40% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 7
Strongly recommend: 40%Neutral: 40%Don't recommend: 20%7
Rachana Garde
Shady Grove Fertility
51% strongly recommend
10 Reviews
Rated 6.9
Strongly recommend: 51%Neutral: 17%Don't recommend: 32%6.9
Arthur Sagoskin
Shady Grove Fertility
15% strongly recommend
10 Reviews
Rated 6.8
Strongly recommend: 15%Neutral: 63%Don't recommend: 22%6.8
Michael Edelstein
Shady Grove Fertility
44% strongly recommend
12 Reviews
Rated 6.8
Strongly recommend: 44%Neutral: 13%Don't recommend: 43%6.8
Stephanie Beall
Shady Grove Fertility
50% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 6.7
Strongly recommend: 50%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 23%6.7
Brianna Schumacher
Shady Grove Fertility
56% strongly recommend
7 Reviews
Rated 6.2
Strongly recommend: 56%Neutral: 8%Don't recommend: 36%6.2
Lorna Timmreck
Shady Grove Fertility
23% strongly recommend
7 Reviews
Rated 6
Strongly recommend: 23%Neutral: 39%Don't recommend: 39%6
Eugene Katz (retired)
Shady Grove Fertility
20% strongly recommend
10 Reviews
Rated 4.8
Strongly recommend: 20%Neutral: 30%Don't recommend: 50%4.8
Nancy Durso
Shady Grove Fertility
22% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 4.6
Strongly recommend: 22%Neutral: 7%Don't recommend: 71%4.6
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
Rated
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
2590 Healing Way
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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508 patient reviews

Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
8
10
Age 32 - 33
1 IVF
Male Factor
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
He [Dr. Yazigi] was very good about explaining the process he understood when we didn’t want to use donor sperm yet and came up woth an alternative. He was very good at making us feel like it was not hopeless. He set us up woth urologist to see my husband and gave us positive anecdotes...He was very good about explaining the whole process and gave us options based on our failed cycle with reasons why..
They [Shady Grove] are busy! Make sure if you’re doing ivf make the first appt available All of the staff was good and everyone was knowledgeable and compassionate....First assigned Stefanie Hernandez and she was great! She got a new job and for my frozen transfer I was assigned Danielle bird a She was not good and was not organized and seemed annoyed with me... Be sure to ask about discounts because they have some for the scripts
How was your experience with Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
He was very good about explaining the process he understood when we didn’t want to use donor sperm yet and came up woth an alternative. He was very good at making us feel like it was not hopeless. He set us up woth urologist to see my husband and gave us positive anecdotes
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Ask questions because he has the answers and will spend the time needed with you
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
He was very good about explaining the whole process and gave us options based on our failed cycle with reasons why
Describe the protocols Ricardo Yazigi (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Gonal f and menopur, these were upped very quickly as I was not responding, but once upped I was responding fine. Started ganirelix and then did egg retrieval. Because of my progesterone level the doctor recommended a freeze all and do a frozen transfer. He called personally to tell me that only 2 embryos were made. It was later that one more embryo got made but only 1made it to 6 day blastocyst We then got ready for frozen transfer with estrogen and progesterone injections Frozen transfer did not work
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Stephanie hernandez)
First assigned Stefanie Hernandez and she was great! She got a new job and for my frozen transfer I was assigned Danielle bird a She was not good and was not organized and seemed annoyed with me
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
They are busy! Make sure if you’re doing ivf make the first appt available All of the staff was good and everyone was knowledgeable and compassionate. Don’t hesitate to do what they recommend and ask all the questions. Be sure to ask about discounts because they have some for the scripts
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
My insurance covered 90% but the prescriptions were what was expensive about $11000 total with insurance but my insurance has a 25k lifetime maximum
8
Doctor
Ricardo Yazigi (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Baltimore
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

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

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2011 - 2014, Successful
10
10
Age 34 - 37
3 IUI
1 IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Strengths: excellent clinician [Dr. Howard McClamrock], plenty of experience, great at getting back to me in a timely manner; in the end, we had 2 healthy babies!!! Weaknesses: not a super warm/fuzzy type; a little more humor could help lighten things up at times; there were times we had to dig a little to get answers or clarification (and he would happily clarify, but it wasn't always automatic)...Expect a matter-of-fact approach, don't expect a lot of joking or small talk, but do expect to be impressed by his knowledge, skill, and concern as a clinician. He will go as far down the fertility road as he can justify and his patients want--and he's very good at what he does.
Overall really pleased w/ the system they [Shady Grove] have in place. Over the years we were at Shady Grove for monitoring for a LOT of holidays--and in single one of them the staff was smiling, professional, and attentive...My nurses with Dr. McClamrock were amazing--one even cried with me! Dr. M got us our results! I very much trusted in his clinical knowledge and experience. I initially found him less warm than I would have liked, but he grew on us through the years that we were under his care. Whenever I initiated a phone call or email, he was quick to respond.
How was your experience with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Strengths: excellent clinician, plenty of experience, great at getting back to me in a timely manner; in the end, we had 2 healthy babies!!! Weaknesses: not a super warm/fuzzy type; a little more humor could help lighten things up at times; there were times we had to dig a little to get answers or clarification (and he would happily clarify, but it wasn't always automatic).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Expect a matter-of-fact approach, don't expect a lot of joking or small talk, but do expect to be impressed by his knowledge, skill, and concern as a clinician. He will go as far down the fertility road as he can justify and his patients want--and he's very good at what he does.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
My nurses with Dr. McClamrock were amazing--one even cried with me! Dr. M got us our results! I very much trusted in his clinical knowledge and experience. I initially found him less warm than I would have liked, but he grew on us through the years that we were under his care. Whenever I initiated a phone call or email, he was quick to respond.
Describe the protocols Howard McClamrock used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
IUI w/ injections. Given my numbers initially, he suggested we at least try more conservatively. After our response to the stim meds w/ our 3rd IUI, he then suggested we do IVF. 1 hysteroscopy w/ polypectomy. 1 IVF W/ retrieval (9, 5 fertilized, 2 day-3 transferred)--negative. 1 other cycle that was cancelled after 2 weeks of stims due to poor ovarian response. We were advised to consider donor egg. 1st DE transfer (single embryo) negative. This surprised everyone and Dr. M brought us in for a consult. Cyst found in uterus, surgical intervention discussed, but it did not show up on follow-up ultrasounds. 2nd DE transfer (single embryo)--first blood test positive, then numbers started to decline. Very early m/c. D&C done to ensure good uterine lining and remove likelihood of cyclic cysts. 3rd DE transfer--my spouse, doctor, and I agreed that we should transfer 2 embryos. They both took! 2 healthy babies!!!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Sonia Leasure)
Compassion, a hug when needed, available!
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Overall really pleased w/ the system they have in place. Over the years we were at Shady Grove for monitoring for a LOT of holidays--and in single one of them the staff was smiling, professional, and attentive.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility.
Oh wow. We had limited IUI coverage and no IVF coverage. We were able to take advantage of Shady Grove's shared risk program once we were using DE. Overall, w/ meds, through multiple IUIs and IVFs, and out of pocket costs associated with gynecological surgeries, it was about $70k. They also offer financing and education on different options for those patients who have poor or no insurance coverage.
Describe Howard McClamrock's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. M follows accepted professional guidelines. He took our history w/ multiple previous embryo transfers that did not result in pregnancy into consideration when we decided to transfer 2 on our 3rd attempt w/ DE.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
There was one incident where info from my RE was not sent over to my GYN prior to my visit. I showed up for a pre-op consult and there was no correspondence from my RE. This may have been a time issue. Adequate communication seemed to be in place after that was cleared up.
10
Doctor
Howard McClamrock
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Baltimore
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015, Successful
7
8
Age 31
1 IUI
3 IVF
Male Factor
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
2nd of 3 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
He [Dr. McClamrock] was very blunt and provided little explanation for things that went wrong. He would say, “it was a fluke”. .. he needs work in bedside manner...he was extremely blunt when it came to explanation of procedures and especially set backs. I did feel that he was extremely knowledgeable and would return to him again...He urged us to transfer only 1 embryo....I stimulated my ovaries on follistim and menopur. I used a shot to stop ovulation and a HCG trigger shot.
Shady Grove is a very large clinic. That comes with positives and negatives. They have lots of knowledge behind them. They also can make you feel like one in about 1000. Although this can be daunting, I feel the overall success of the clinic far outweighs the negativity of it being such a large facility....I loved my nurse. She was extremely compassionate. I felt she was a good offset to the bluntness of the doctor. I cried when I “graduated” the clinic.
How was your experience with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
As I said before, he was extremely blunt when it came to explanation of procedures and especially set backs. I did feel that he was extremely knowledgeable and would return to him again. Shady Grove is a huge clinic, so I think that had something to do with the feelings I had with the clinic being so large.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
He’s blunt. Don’t take it personal. He knows his stuff, so trust him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
He was very blunt and provided little explanation for things that went wrong. He would say, “it was a fluke”. I am forever grateful to him because he helped us make our son, but he needs work in bedside manner.
Describe the protocols Howard McClamrock used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I stimulated my ovaries on follistim and menopur. I used a shot to stop ovulation and a HCG trigger shot.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Pricilla )
I loved my nurse. She was extremely compassionate. I felt she was a good offset to the bluntness of the doctor. I cried when I “graduated” the clinic.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove is a very large clinic. That comes with positives and negatives. They have lots of knowledge behind them. They also can make you feel like one in about 1000. Although this can be daunting, I feel the overall success of the clinic far outweighs the negativity of it being such a large facility.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility.
My ivf cycles were covered under insurance.
Describe Howard McClamrock's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
He urged us to transfer only 1 embryo.
7
Doctor
Howard McClamrock
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Baltimore
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2013 - 2018, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 31 - 36
2 IUI
1 IVF
Surrogacy
PCOS
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
I have had very good experience with him [Dr. McClamrock]... He always covered everything and made sure I understood everything that was taking place during the time I was in the office. He also made my husband and I feel very comfortable even we were dealing with the miscarriages...He was very nice and explain everything to my husband and I to help us understand....Always there to help with any questions.
She [nurse at Shady Grove] was very nice. She treated me as if I was one if her own. She was very loving and kind. She also was there for my husband and I when we had the miscarriages. She was always rooting for us to complete the whole process. She was the best nurse I have ever had...Very welcome and friendly place. Always there to help with any questions. From the time we first started the process up until the day we took a break everyone is the office has giving up a great experience every time we showed up
How was your experience with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
I have had very good experience with him. He always covered everything and made sure I understood everything that was taking place during the time I was in the office. He also made my husband and I feel very comfortable even we were dealing with the miscarriages
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Stick with it until the end
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
He was very nice and explain everything to my husband and I to help us understand.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Priscilla)
She was very nice. She treated me as if I was one if her own. She was very loving and kind. She also was there for my husband and I when we had the miscarriages. She was always rooting for us to complete the whole process. She was the best nurse I have ever had
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Very welcome and friendly place. Always there to help with any questions. From the time we first started the process up until the day we took a break everyone is the office has giving up a great experience every time we showed up
Describe the costs associated with your care under Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility.
10,000
10
Doctor
Howard McClamrock
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Baltimore
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016, Successful
7
10
Age 38
1 IVF
Donor Sperm
European
Income $200K - $499K
1st of 2 Docs
LGBTQ
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. McClamrock is very matter of fact and direct, which can be a bit unsettling. But he knows what he is doing. He took time to answer all of my questions, although he did seem a little put out with all of the questions that I had....He recommended single embryo transfer....Although he can seem uncaring, he knows what he is doing....Dr. McClamrock is very matter of fact and direct....Easy to schedule, and calm inviting atmosphere.
Easy to schedule, and calm inviting atmosphere. Good sense of privacy. However, you cannot receive all services at the Baltimore Harbor office. You will go to Towson for certain procedures and for weekend monitoring visits....She [RN] was very caring and took time to answer all questions...we did shared risk, which was about $20,000, plus the cost of all tests before shared risk and medications for egg retrieval. In total, about $28,000.
How was your experience with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. McClamrock is very matter of fact and direct, which can be a bit unsettling. But he knows what he is doing. He took time to answer all of my questions, although he did seem a little put out with all of the questions that I had.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Although he can seem uncaring, he knows what he is doing.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. McClamrock is very matter of fact and direct.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility.
She was very caring and took time to answer all questions.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Easy to schedule, and calm inviting atmosphere. Good sense of privacy. However, you cannot receive all services at the Baltimore Harbor office. You will go to Towson for certain procedures and for weekend monitoring visits.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility.
we did shared risk, which was about $20,000, plus the cost of all tests before shared risk and medications for egg retrieval. In total, about $28,000.
Describe Howard McClamrock's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
He recommended single embryo transfer.
7
Doctor
Howard McClamrock
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Baltimore
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2013 - 2015, Successful
10
10
Age 30 - 32
6 IUI
1 IVF
Male Factor
PCOS
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr McClamrock is extremely caring - he checked in with me after my retrieval and always took the time to answer my questions...Dr McClamrock spent a lot of time with me answering my questions - I felt like my treatment was very personalized and I was very happy with the excellent care I received...Ask lots of questions - Dr McClamrock is happy to answer them!...
It is a large clinic [Shady Grove - Harbor], but Harbor is a small office. We went to Towson for major procedures...Priscilla was amazing - she was kind, funny and provided us with thorough instructions...
How was your experience with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr McClamrock spent a lot of time with me answering my questions - I felt like my treatment was very personalized and I was very happy with the excellent care I received.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Ask lots of questions - Dr McClamrock is happy to answer them!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Howard McClamrock at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr McClamrock is extremely caring - he checked in with me after my retrieval and always took the time to answer my questions.
Describe the protocols Howard McClamrock used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I had a freeze all cycle due to ovarian hyperstimulation.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Priscilla)
Priscilla was amazing - she was kind, funny and provided us with thorough instructions.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
It is a large clinic, but Harbor is a small office. We went to Towson for major procedures.
10
Doctor
Howard McClamrock
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Baltimore
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
9
1
Age 36 - 37
3 IVF
Donor Sperm
Tubal Blockage
Uterine Fibroids
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
Accountant
3rd of 3 Docs
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
As a patient I felt protected under her care. I felt that she [Dr. Stephanie Beall] had our best interest at heart. She was patient and kind. She made sure every question we had had a response. she was overall great. She made sure we left every appointment with a clear understanding of every step in the process...My protocol included Gonal F, Menepur, Progesterone and a trigger shot
at the Harbor location [of Shady Grove Fertility] while under the care of Dr. McClamrock we experienced discrimination from the receptionist/financial rep. We had appointment errors because the financial rep wasn't comfortable with us being a same sex couple. At the Harbor location our previous Dr., Dr. McClamrock wasn't interpersonal he was rude... She [coordinator] responds to voicemails and emails in a timely matter. If she doesn't know the answer to any concern you have she will find out.
How was your experience with Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility?
As a patient I felt protected under her care. I felt that she had our best interest at heart. She was patient and kind. She made sure every question we had had a response. she was overall great. She unfortunately spent a lot of time apologizing for the mistakes that a shady grove fertility location had when it comes to my care. She made sure we left every appointment with a clear understanding of every step in the process
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility?
No advice. She's a great doctor
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility?
Compared to my previous Dr. with Shady Grove Fertility who did not treat my wife and myself fairly. Dr. Beall was an angel.. In her care we felt like she had our best interest at heart
Describe the protocols Stephanie Beall used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
My protocol included Gonal F, Menepur, Progesterone and a trigger shot
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Tina Yingling)
Shes an amazing communicator. She responds to voicemails and emails in a timely matter. If she doesn't know the answer to any concern you have she will find out.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Strength is the location. Both the Towson and Harbor Locations are within 10 minutes of my home. Weakness: is at the Harbor location while under the care of Dr. McClamrock we experienced discrimination from the receptionist/financial rep. We had appointment errors because the financial rep wasn't comfortable with us being a same sex couple. At the Harbor location our previous Dr., Dr. McClamrock wasn't interpersonal he was rude. He blamed me for my eggs dying in a cycle. If I would refer Shady Grove Fertility to anyone I would say go to the Columbia MD or The Rockville locations
Describe the costs associated with your care under Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility.
My cost was covered under my insurance. I paid for donor sperm which was $600 each we purchased 3. I also paid for medication first cycle it was a few thousand 2nd and 3rd cycle it was covered
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Lost appointments
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
We had an Injection class error. Which led to me injecting myself with the wrong needles or an entire cycle. Discrimination from the receptionist/finaincial rep, Rude Dr. Dr. McClamrock yelled and completely destroyed my faith in the process. it was a very stressful time
9
Doctor
Stephanie Beall
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
1
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Baltimore
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unsuccessful
7
8
Age 37 - 38
4 IUI
1 IVF
Black or African-American
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr. Katz was friendly and talked to me like a real person...explained things well. He did seem kind of rushed at times. He did seem to want what was best for me, and was not worried about if I would stay a full patient with his clinic...We ended up keeping our embryos in KC and performing an ERA test and doing outside monitoring with Dr. Katz. During the ERA test, he had me on oral estrogen 3x/day and then progesterone in oil for 6 days prior to the biopsy. The test results were that my lining was normal receptive 6 days after beginning the progesterone.
Jenna [nurse at Shady Grove Fertility-Bel Air] was very friendly and compassionate. She would call and explain things to me and answer any questions I had. We did have some times when we were playing phone tag and I had a little difficulty getting in touch with her...It took a while for the initial consult though. The nurses and staff were friendly and seemed knowledgeable regarding their jobs. There was a little miscommunication when I became an outside monitoring patient and they had trouble figuring out where my results were and where they were going.
How was your experience with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Katz was friendly and explained things well. He did seem kind of rushed at times. He did seem to want what was best for me, and was not worried about if I would stay a full patient with his clinic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
He has an accent and talks kind of fast, so if you don't understand, ask him to repeat himself.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Katz was friendly and talked to me like a real person.
Describe the protocols Eugene Katz (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Dr. Katz was helping me determine if we should move our embryos to his clinic in Maryland or keep them in KC and just do outside monitoring with Shady Grove. He explained the pros and cons well, and genuinely seemed to want what was best for me. We ended up keeping our embryos in KC and performing an ERA test and doing outside monitoring with Dr. Katz. During the ERA test, he had me on oral estrogen 3x/day and then progesterone in oil for 6 days prior to the biopsy. The test results were that my lining was normal receptive 6 days after beginning the progesterone.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jenna)
Jenna was very friendly and compassionate. She would call and explain things to me and answer any questions I had. We did have some times when we were playing phone tag and I had a little difficulty getting in touch with her.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic is definitely busy, but they were able to schedule my follow-up appointments in a timely manner. It took a while for the initial consult though. The nurses and staff were friendly and seemed knowledgeable regarding their jobs. There was a little miscommunication when I became an outside monitoring patient and they had trouble figuring out where my results were and where they were going.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
Consultation was covered under my insurance. The ERA test/biopsy was $595. My ultrasound appointment as an outside patient were $295 (which was quite a bit more than the $187 my clinic in KC said they charge).
Describe Eugene Katz (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
NA
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Lost results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
When I became an outside monitoring patient, they did not know where my results were after my lab work and ultrasound, and then they did not send the results in a timely fashion.
7
Doctor
Eugene Katz (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Bel Air
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
9
Age 25 - 28
7 Fertility Medications
Anovulation
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Yazigi took time to listen to my concerns. At consultations and follow up appointments he would go through all of my medical history so that we could make the most informed decisions together. ... He didn't mind calling me for additional consultations or questions. ... There were times after monitoring appointments that the chart was not read completely or marked incorrectly that lead to weird instructions from Dr. Yazigi that I had to follow up on. ...
The [Shady Grove] offer in house procedures and work to get approval from your insurance company. You are also assigned a financial person who makes sure you know what is and is not covered ahead of time. As far as weaknesses, there have been times that information has not been properly relayed which is why it is important that you advocate for yourself in your treatment. ... It has been hard to have stability and effects some communication by being shuffled from nurse to nurse.
How was your experience with Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
There were times after monitoring appointments that the chart was not read completely or marked incorrectly that lead to weird instructions from Dr. Yazigi that I had to follow up on. Otherwise, he treated me with respect often referencing his own daughters which gave me confidence in his opinion when we had decisions to make.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Allow him to explain things to you as you go but also do your own research and don't be afraid to advocate for yourself.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Yazigi took time to listen to my concerns. At consultations and follow up appointments he would go through all of my medical history so that we could make the most informed decisions together. He factored in my desires for treatment and what would get us the best outcome. He didn't mind calling me for additional consultations or questions.
Describe the protocols Ricardo Yazigi (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
When I first saw him in 2016, I was treated for anovulation and was put on 100 mg of clomid with a trigger shot. I was a slow responder but after continual observation I did respond and had a positive outcome that resulted in our son. I came back in 2018 to grow our family and started with a similar protocol but no longer responded to clomid. We upped the dose without change. We then switched to femara in which I responded and got pregnant on the second cycle but miscarried. We started femara again a month post miscarriage but did not have success leading to a hysteroscopy to check for scar tissue. No scar tissue was found and Dr. Yazigi said we may be partially unexplained. He recommended moving onto IUI but since we were out of pocket we decided to pursue shared risk IVF instead.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility.
Since I have been with SGF I have had four nurses. Rebecca was my nurse for my first round in 2016 and I loved her. When I came back I was originally assigned to Kristin who soon left for an alternative job. I then was transferred to Kelli and was with her for six months before she took another position. I am now assigned to Tina. It has been hard to have stability and effects some communication by being shuffled from nurse to nurse.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic has multiple locations that make it easy to schedule appointments for all services. The offer in house procedures and work to get approval from your insurance company. You are also assigned a financial person who makes sure you know what is and is not covered ahead of time. As far as weaknesses, there have been times that information has not been properly relayed which is why it is important that you advocate for yourself in your treatment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
For timed intercourse, monitoring was covered by my insurance after copays were collected. I did pay for medications out of pocket. Shared risk IVF is costing 24,500 including PGS testing.
Describe Ricardo Yazigi (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I have not yet gotten to this point but I think eSET will be what is recommended due to my age. I am comfortable with this decision.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
I once had something marked in my chart as a follicle that was a cyst. This led to talks about selective reduction if a multiple pregnancy was the outcome. I also was told to trigger before I should have but could it prior to administering the medication.
10
Doctor
Ricardo Yazigi (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Bel Air
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2014 - 2017, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 29 - 32
3 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
PCOS
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Engineer
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
Dr Yazigi always has a pleasant demeanor and explains the processes in detail. He is never frustrated by all of my questions.... He made the whole process very comfortable, even for my timid and very private husband. He never treated us like we couldn't understand something he needed to explain... Dr Yazigi had me take Clomid. I had already tried Clomid 3 times but now we would monitor and do IUIs. We tried this twice and he told us that the odds of us getting pregnant were only getting lower, so we decided to try IUI once more with Clomid, and then move on. IVF was our next step because my hormone levels indicated a high response to injectibles, and trying for IUIs would likely result in cancelled cycles due to too many follicles. First round of IVF had poor fertilization but still resulted in a single day 5 embryo which was a live birth. Now that we are trying for our second child Dr Yazigi has decided to add ICSI to the regiment.
Excellent clinic [Shady Grove]. They have enough resources that anyone can start any type of cycle at any time. There are a lot of faces sometimes but they know exactly what they're doing.... Tina was excellent. She always kept me promptly up to date on what I was supposed to be doing, dosages and appointments I needed. She also made sure I had all of the donated medications she could get for me as a cash paying patient. Without her we would not have a son.
How was your experience with Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
He made the whole process very comfortable, even for my timid and very private husband. He never treated us like we couldn't understand something he needed to explain. Ultimately we had success and for that I am very grateful
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
He can be a little hard to understand but you get the hang of it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Yazigi always has a pleasant demeanor and explains the processes in detail. He is never frustrated by all of my questions.
Describe the protocols Ricardo Yazigi (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Dr Yazigi had me take Clomid. I had already tried Clomid 3 times but now we would monitor and do IUIs. We tried this twice and he told us that the odds of us getting pregnant were only getting lower, so we decided to try IUI once more with Clomid, and then move on. IVF was our next step because my hormone levels indicated a high response to injectibles, and trying for IUIs would likely result in cancelled cycles due to too many follicles. First round of IVF had poor fertilization but still resulted in a single day 5 embryo which was a live birth. Now that we are trying for our second child Dr Yazigi has decided to add ICSI to the regiment.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Tina)
Tina was excellent. She always kept me promptly up to date on what I was supposed to be doing, dosages and appointments I needed. She also made sure I had all of the donated medications she could get for me as a cash paying patient. Without her we would not have a son.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Excellent clinic. They have enough resources that anyone can start any type of cycle at any time. There are a lot of faces sometimes but they know exactly what they're doing.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
IUIs were a flat rate per cycle ($1600), plus the cost of medications. When it came time for IVF we qualified for a shared risk program, which was 6 fresh cycles and unlimited frozen transfers for $20,000, plus the cost of medications. For our second child we decided to pay for a multi-cycle discount, $18,500 for two fresh and unlimited FETs. Diagnostic testing was covered at 80% by our insurance.
Describe Ricardo Yazigi (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I would personally not choose to transfer more than one embryo so my doctor and I were on the same page about eSET
10
Doctor
Ricardo Yazigi (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Bel Air
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016, Successful
10
10
Age 33
3 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Marketer or PR
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
[Dr.] Yazigi was very welcoming, open and honest. He gave us the facts and statistics, he laid out our treatment options and literally said "here is your menu, I am your waiter". It felt like he was part of this team with us...He has an accent listen carefully...We did increase the medications because I didn't respond as fast as Yazigi was expecting. I retrieved 17 eggs, 15 were mature, 12 fertilized normally. We transferred one and froze 6. Right now I am 26 weeks pregnant...
Shady Grove is great. It is a very large network of doctors which in the beginning can seem like a lot but usually you will be at your smaller local office were things aren't overwhelming. The nice thing about being so large is you can have your monitoring at any office with in the practice. If you know one day you have an early work day and another office is closer to your office that's fine schedule your monitoring with them...
How was your experience with Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Yazigi was very welcoming, open and honest. He gave us the facts and statistics, he laid out our treatment options and literally said "here is your menu, I am your waiter". It felt like he was part of this team with us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
He has an accent listen carefully.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
I felt like a human because everyone knew my name when I got to the office in the morning. They didn't have to look up my chart before they new what I was there for. The weekend monitoring in the larger office could sometimes be a little more impersonal but usually there was someone there working on the weekend that was from my local clinic so I would always have a familiar face.
Describe the protocols Ricardo Yazigi (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I had 3 IUI cycles, two with clomid and one with another medication the name of which escapes me. I also took medication for lining thickening and to maintain the pregnancy after IUI. Then I did 1 IVF cycle. My IVF medications were pretty normal; Gonal-f, Menopur, Ganirelix, and HSG shot. We did increase the medications because I didn't respond as fast as Yazigi was expecting. I retrieved 17 eggs, 15 were mature, 12 fertilized normally. We transferred one and froze 6. Right now I am 26 weeks pregnant.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Tina)
Tina was my nurse for the majority of my treatments. Unfortunately she left the practice in between my egg retrieval and positive pregnancy test. While she was there is was amazing and I have always wanted to run into her and let her know It Worked! I'm pregnant.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove is great. It is a very large network of doctors which in the beginning can seem like a lot but usually you will be at your smaller local office were things aren't overwhelming. The nice thing about being so large is you can have your monitoring at any office with in the practice. If you know one day you have an early work day and another office is closer to your office that's fine schedule your monitoring with them.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
Monitoring appointments were really easy and fast for me. I usually wanted the earliest appointment, there was always someone there and I would get in and out fairly quickly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ricardo Yazigi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
My insurance covered most of our costs. We generally had $30 co pay but that was it. Insurance also covered most of the medication costs.
10
Doctor
Ricardo Yazigi (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Bel Air
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
9
9
Age 28 - 29
3 IUI
IVF
Egg Freezing
Embryo Freezing
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
For my first iui [with Dr. Katz], I used Chlomid and it took a long time and a second dose to get my follicles to grow. After it was a failed iui, for the next one he suggested that I use letrozole. I had a better outcome with my follicles the second round even though it resulted in a negative iui...He is a very person friendly doctor and was open to listening to everything I told him and trying to come up with a plan that specifically fit my husband and I
I absolutely love my nurse [at Shady Grove Fertility]! She is very compassionate and always available for when I have questions. She always is there when I need her and is super organized...Each iui cycle was $1,800. Not including the medicines which were about $200. The ivf I just paid for was $18,500. The medicines for one cycle came to $3,100...some of their weekend staff at Towson seem to not like their jobs and another negative about the company is their billing department. Sometimes it seems like they are only out to get your money.
How was your experience with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
He is a very knowledgeable doctor that has years of success under him and I would recommend him to any of my friends. When one thing doesn’t work, he always has another plan. I also like that he cares about your feelings and wants the best outcome for you.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be patient. Things may take time, but God didn’t build the earth in one day.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
He is a very person friendly doctor and was open to listening to everything I told him and trying to come up with a plan that specifically fit my husband and I
Describe the protocols Eugene Katz (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
For my first iui, I used Chlomid and it took a long time and a second dose to get my follicles to grow. After it was a failed iui, for the next one he suggested that I use letrozole. I had a better outcome with my follicles the second round even though it resulted in a negative iui.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jenna Kowalchek)
I absolutely love my nurse! She is very compassionate and always available for when I have questions. She always is there when I need her and is super organized
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
One strength I think they have is their success rates. Some negatives would be some of their weekend staff at Towson seem to not like their jobs and another negative about the company is their billing department. Sometimes it seems like they are only out to get your money.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
Unfortunately my insurance covered nothing. Each iui cycle was $1,800. Not including the medicines which were about $200. The ivf I just paid for was $18,500. The medicines for one cycle came to $3,100
Describe Eugene Katz (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I have not started my IVF cycle yet
9
Doctor
Eugene Katz (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Bel Air
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2019, Successful
8
8
Age 38
2 IVF
Donor Sperm
European
Income $0 - $49K
Teacher
1st of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Successful
Very knowledgeable and compassionate all the times meeting him [Dr. Katz]. Heard from him with negative preg tests, when no embryos created and also when I had 2 embryos the next round. He likes to call directly with that news so it meant a lot, especially with lots of nurse communication throughout the process. ... First protocol resulted in no eggs making embryo stage so Lupron cycle was done next two rounds with success. Also ERA done after first failed FET.
They [Shady Grove] are knowledgeable but there are a lot of patients at once. Sometimes feel like a number, especially after monitoring appointments. They try really hard to not make you feel this way. I trust they know what they are doing. ... All nurses have been amazing from the coordinator to the surgical nurses at the surgical center. So very understanding and compassionate.
How was your experience with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Very knowledgeable and compassionate all the times meeting him. Heard from him with negative preg tests, when no embryos created and also when I had 2 embryos the next round. He likes to call directly with that news so it meant a lot, especially with lots of nurse communication throughout the process.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Ask a lot of questions, he will answer them all
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Many patients in and out sometimes makes you wonder how personalized your care is
Describe the protocols Eugene Katz (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
First protocol resulted in no eggs making embryo stage so Lupron cycle was done next two rounds with success. Also ERA done after first failed FET.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jenna )
All nurses have been amazing from the coordinator to the surgical nurses at the surgical center. So very understanding and compassionate.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
They are knowledgeable but there are a lot of patients at once. Sometimes feel like a number, especially after monitoring appointments. They try really hard to not make you feel this way. I trust they know what they are doing.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
Hard to get there before work but they saw patients pretty quick. Weekends at Towson we’re a nightmare, too many people
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
Was not itemized
Describe Eugene Katz (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Doesn’t recommend multiple but will transfer multiple if you really want to
8
Doctor
Eugene Katz (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Bel Air
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2009 - 2012, Unsuccessful
9
9
Age 31 - 34
5 IUI
3 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr. Katz was a compassionate doctor, and despite not having a successful pregnancy I would recommend him as a physician to someone dealing with infertility....He communicates well the plan of treatment and changes throughout the course of the treatment. He demonstrated compassion after a failed egg retrieval and informed myself and my husband with the change in our plan....Bravelle, Menopur, Gonal F, HCG, ICSI....ask any and all questions you may have along the way.
Clinic [Shady Grove - Bel Air] was very profession and aesthetically appealing. The staff was courteous and kind during every visit. They demonstrated an interest in our personal journey and desire for success. They were saddened when we didn’t succeed and they want to stay in contact with us despite going to another fertility clinic for our last attempt....[Cost Of Treatment] $20000.00...Dr. Katz was a compassionate doctor, and despite not having a successful pregnancy I would recommend him as a physician to someone dealing with infertility.
How was your experience with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
He communicates well the plan of treatment and changes throughout the course of the treatment. He demonstrated compassion after a failed egg retrieval and informed myself and my husband with the change in our plan.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Take notes, and ask any and all questions you may have along the way.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Katz was a compassionate doctor, and despite not having a successful pregnancy I would recommend him as a physician to someone dealing with infertility.
Describe the protocols Eugene Katz (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Bravelle, Menopur, Gonal F, HCG, ICSI
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Clinic was very profession and aesthetically appealing. The staff was courteous and kind during every visit. They demonstrated an interest in our personal journey and desire for success. They were saddened when we didn’t succeed and they want to stay in contact with us despite going to another fertility clinic for our last attempt.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eugene Katz (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
$20000.00
9
Doctor
Eugene Katz (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Bel Air
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 35 - 36
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Plosker referred to us by name at each visit, he made arrangements to make a specific test (HSG) less anxiety-inducing for me given my history with pain...he verbalized the hardship that our 3 previous miscarriages had caused and acknowledged the difficulty and frustration that we were experiencing - something that NONE of my OB/GYN's (all female) ever acknowledged or provided support for during any of my 3 losses the last 2 years.
I have worked with [Shady Grove Fertility] at mainly the Brandon location, but have occasionally had to visit the Westshore location for specific tests. SGF clearly has procedures and practices in place that provide consistency among each location/staff members and professionalism in how they interact with patients...always received an email checking in with me after any procedure/surgery...emails were always compassionate and professional.
How was your experience with Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
While we interviewed another fertility doctor/clinic, we ultimately made the decision to work with Dr. Plosker, which was an easy decision for us to make. Given my complex reproductive history, it was clear from the first consult that Dr. Plosker had taken the time to review my history before our meeting, as he had a very good understanding of it - which was not my experience with other doctors. My husband appreciated his straightforward delivery of information, which was always discussed with optimism and a plan for next steps. I personally left each appointment in a better mood than when I arrived - he has a way of making each step seem less daunting without dismissing the difficulty of the process. I had 2 sedated procedures and a laparoscopy, each of which was done by Dr. Plosker, and had great experiences with each.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
Write any questions or concerns down and review at each appointment, he will take the time to go over them with you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
From the first consult to the several visits, tests, and a surgery (RPL panel, US, hysteroscopy and HSG, laparoscopy, semen analysis) I had with Dr. Plosker and his team to diagnose my recurrent miscarriages, my husband and I always felt that our questions, concerns and needs were heard and validated. Dr. Plosker referred to us by name at each visit, he made arrangements to make a specific test (HSG) less anxiety-inducing for me given my history with pain, and most importantly, he verbalized the hardship that our 3 previous miscarriages had caused and acknowledged the difficulty and frustration that we were experiencing - something that NONE of my OB/GYN's (all female) ever acknowledged or provided support for during any of my 3 losses the last 2 years.
Describe the protocols Shayne Plosker used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
N/A, we are not pursuing treatment at this time.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Tiana - care coordinator)
The care coordinator that we were assigned to was honestly one of the reasons I would recommend this doctor as much as I do. Having someone to easily contact with any questions or concerns made moving forward in the (complicated) process so much easier. I always received an email checking in with me after any procedure/surgery. Communicated was typically returned within 24 hours, and emails were always compassionate and professional.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
As Dr Plosker is now at Shady Grove Fertility, I have worked with this clinic at mainly the Brandon location, but have occasionally had to visit the Westshore location for specific tests. SGF clearly has procedures and practices in place that provide consistency among each location/staff members and professionalism in how they interact with patients. I have had no issues with this clinic or staff and have yet to find any weaknesses.
10
Doctor
Shayne Plosker
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Brandon
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 31 - 32
1 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
Middle Eastern
Income $200K - $499K
Sales Representative
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Silva prescribed an antagonist protocol with OCPs to prime...has been extremely caring and compassionate throughout our time with SGF. We went from an unexplained infertility diagnosis and a plan of trying a few IUIs to requiring IVF with PGT-M to avoid passing down a genetic disease. While it was devastating to find out that my husband and I are both carriers, Dr. Silva explained the diagnosis, our options, and came up with a treatment plan that made us both feel empowered and excited to move forward with the goal of a healthy baby.
My main nurse [at Shady Grove] is Emily and she is absolutely fantastic! Even though I'm sure she has multiple patients, I always feel like I am a priority. Her communication skills are excellent, whether it's through a portal message or a phone call she is always quick to respond and on top of whatever needs to be done. As a type-A, extremely organized person I'm so glad to have her on my team!!
How was your experience with Celso Silva at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Silva has been extremely caring and compassionate throughout our time with SGF. We went from an unexplained infertility diagnosis and a plan of trying a few IUIs to requiring IVF with PGT-M to avoid passing down a genetic disease. While it was devastating to find out that my husband and I are both carriers, Dr. Silva explained the diagnosis, our options, and came up with a treatment plan that made us both feel empowered and excited to move forward with the goal of a healthy baby.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Celso Silva at Shady Grove Fertility?
Everyone in the clinic from the front desk, to the phlebotomist, to my nurse and doctor always greeted me by name at every visit. In a busy clinic, that means a lot.
Describe the protocols Celso Silva used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Dr. Silva prescribed an antagonist protocol with OCPs to prime.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Emily)
My main nurse is Emily and she is absolutely fantastic! Even though I'm sure she has multiple patients, I always feel like I am a priority. Her communication skills are excellent, whether it's through a portal message or a phone call she is always quick to respond and on top of whatever needs to be done. As a type-A, extremely organized person I'm so glad to have her on my team!!
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I switched to SGF from another clinic in the area and I am extremely pleased with every aspect of the care I have received here. The only complaint I have is how long it took to get in for a consult. Even that is a strength though, since it speaks to how good the clinic is.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Celso Silva at Shady Grove Fertility.
We are 100% out of pocket. We chose to participate in the Shared Risk program.
10
Doctor
Celso Silva
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Brandon
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 35 - 36
Male Factor
PCOS
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Plosker exudes confidence and above all empathy during this process. His patience and determination has given us so much hope and encouragement during this hard road of infertility. We are so grateful to have found Shady Grove and have all the hope that Dr.Plosker will help guide us to the best possible outcome for our family. We are believing in him to provide us with our miracle baby
What drew us here was the program options and the financial programs to help us navigate. IVF is expensive so having opportunity to get medical costs reduced when our insurance doesn't cover is huge. We have heard nothing but great things from folks who have has success with Shady Grove. We drive 2 hours for every appointment because this is the best care we have found.
How was your experience with Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Plosker exudes confidence and above all empathy during this process. His patience and determination has given us so much hope and encouragement during this hard road of infertility. We are so grateful to have found Shady Grove and have all the hope that Dr.Plosker will help guide us to the best possible outcome for our family. We are believing in him to provide us with our miracle baby 👶
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
Come with questions and expect to get them fully answered!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Plosker took his time with us. Answering any and every question we had. His confidence to get us pregnant has given us hope again.
Describe the protocols Shayne Plosker used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We are awaiting to start mediation for our first egg retrieval. Our protocol was delayed due to Covid19.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility.
Excellent communicator, empathetic and passionate about her job
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
What drew us here was the program options and the financial programs to help us navigate. IVF is expensive so having opportunity to get medical costs reduced when our insurance doesn't cover is huge. We have heard nothing but great things from folks who have has success with Shady Grove. We drive 2 hours for every appointment because this is the best care we have found.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility.
Our cycle (which we are waiting to start) will cost 22,000 plus the cost of meds and genetic testing.
10
Doctor
Shayne Plosker
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Brandon
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2020, Consult
7
7
Age 37
European
Income $50K - $99K
Accountant
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
My only experience so far with Dr Plosker was a consultation but I liked him. He took the time to discuss my options for fertility preservation. He explained the process and took time to answer any questions I had. The one thing I did notice is that the consultation was approached with an assumption I had not made a final decision on pursuing the treatment and that I had not done thorough research so some information was repetitive to what I had already learned through my own research
There was some confusion as I thought the [Shady Grove Fertility] financial consultant who was out on the day of my appointment would be calling me but instead she sent all information through the patient portal. This was a miscommunication on how the process would happen and not bad but did delay in me getting the financial information initially. I do like their options for retrieval guarantees if you qualify and overall found the facility and the people in it very good
How was your experience with Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
My only experience so far with Dr Plosker was a consultation but I liked him. He took the time to discuss my options for fertility preservation. He explained the process and took time to answer any questions I had. The one thing I did notice is that the consultation was approached with an assumption I had not made a final decision on pursuing the treatment and that I had not done thorough research so some information was repetitive to what I had already learned through my own research. This did not upset me but I do feel the consultation would have been a little better if where I was in the decision and research process had been discussed before or at the beginning of the consultation.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
Early in the consultation discuss where you are in the process/decision to pursue fertility treatment and a general idea of your knowledge of the process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Plosker took the time to listen to my concerns and to discuss the various outcomes both short term and long term in the decision to pursue fertility preservation.
Describe the protocols Shayne Plosker used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Initial consultation so the discussion or treatment was primarily limited to options and discussions of the initial testing.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic in my experience was good. The worker at the front desk was extremely helpful and the case worker I met with after the doctor was very helpful. There was some confusion as I thought the financial consultant who was out on the day of my appointment would be calling me but instead she sent all information through the patient portal. This was a miscommunication on how the process would happen and not bad but did delay in me getting the financial information initially. I do like their options for retrieval guarantees if you qualify and overall found the facility and the people in it very good. I do plan to do a consultation with at least one other facility as I do not want to hastily decide on who to use for such an important process without first considering multiple options but this would be the case no matter what clinic I first visited. I believe I am likely to decide to pursue the fertility preservation process with Shady Grove Fertility.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility.
The only cost at this point was for the initial consultation visit.
7
Doctor
Shayne Plosker
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Brandon
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

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2017 - 2018, Successful
10
10
Age 24 - 25
2 IUI
1 IVF
Endometriosis
Male Factor
Unexplained
East Asian
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
When we received less than great news, he was the one who called us personally to share that news. ... Dr. Kallen is an incredibly talented, kind, compassionate doctor. He is up-to-date on the latest studies and values his patient's input. ... Due to our age (25 and 26) and this being our first pregnancy, he highly advised going with an eSET ... While he has a very calm and serious demeanor, he is incredibly caring and compassionate.
We had quite the time figuring out our insurance pharmacy coverage and she [Nurse Chrissie], without hesitation, sent multiple scripts to multiple pharmacies and filled out pre-authorization forms. ... There are global fees for procedures. Global fees for IVF is based on maternal age and they have 3 packages - one cycle, multi-cycle, Shared Risk money-back.
How was your experience with Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Kallen is an incredibly talented, kind, compassionate doctor. He is up-to-date on the latest studies and values his patient's input. He takes the time to educate, inform and listen to all of his patients. He works seamlessly with his nursing and clinical staff, which you can tell through their communication. While he has a very calm and serious demeanor, he is incredibly caring and compassionate. When we received less than great news, he was the one who called us personally to share that news. He listened to all of our concerns and worries and thoughtfully shared his thoughts, while never once pushing us in any direction. I fully trust Dr. Kallen and know that I am in good hands.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Look no further! We came to Dr. Kallen as a second opinion and knew we'd found the right doctor upon our first consultation with him. Bring any and all questions and concerns to him and he will guide you through everything.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Kallen makes you feel like you're his only patient. He spends as much time as needed with you and has never once made us feel rushed. I have always gotten an appointment when I needed one, even last minute.
Describe the protocols Caleb Kallen used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Since we had had diagnostic testing done at our previous clinic only a few months prior to coming to Dr. Kallen, we did not have to repeat our genetic blood screening. (I was not a carrier for any conditions the test screened for). My husband repeated his semen analysis and completed an infectious disease blood panel. I also repeated a complete blood work up. Prior to beginning our IVF cycle, I had an HSG done, a saline sonogram, and mock embryo transfer. This was our first IVF cycle, and we followed the Antagonist IVF Protocol. This entailed being on an active birth control pill for 21 days which commenced on the first day of my menstrual cycle. A few days before injections were to start, I came in for a baseline ultrasound and bloodwork. Once they verified that my levels were where they needed to be, 3 days later I started my injectible hormones. I began on 225 IU of Gonal F and 150 IU of Menopur daily. I came in 3 days later for my first monitoring appointment and my dosage of Gonal F was increased to 300 IU per day. Monitoring appointments became more frequent and my dosage of both Gonal F and Menopur increased. Once my follicles were large enough, I began Cetrotide and came in for monitoring almost daily. Then we got the go-ahead and exactly 36 hours before egg retrieval, we used an HCG injection. Egg retrieval was successful and we waited to see how many made it to Day 5 blastocyst. Since we were doing PGS testing, our blastocysts were biopsied and sent to the lab and embryos were frozen. PGS test results took about 2 weeks to come back, and in the meantime I waited for my next menstrual cycle to begin active birth control pills again to begin my frozen embryo transfer cycle. After we received our normal embryo results, I also began Estrace oral pills, three times daily. Then I began progesterone in oil injections five days before our frozen embryo transfer. Once the embryo was transferred, I continued both Estrace and PIO until 10 weeks gestation.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Chrissie Speca)
Chrissie was amazing to work with. She was caring and compassionate and knew her stuff. She communicated flawlessly with Dr. Kallen and never left any question unanswered. Whether I called or emailed, I knew I could expect a call from her almost immediately. Whenever she said she'd call, she always did. We had quite the time figuring out our insurance pharmacy coverage and she, without hesitation, sent multiple scripts to multiple pharmacies and filled out pre-authorization forms. This was definitely time consuming and she did it in a very timely manner. Thanks to her help, we managed to get our insurance to cover our medicine. She shared in the joy of our first positive pregnancy test.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove Fertility - Chesterbrook is like a well-oiled machine. The waiting times are minimal (10-15 minutes max, although it was usually closer to 5). When you first walk in the receptionist always greets you with a smile. The medical assistant/phlebotomist is extremely skilled and makes you feel at ease when getting blood drawn. When getting ultrasounds done, they are gentle and explain everything that they're doing and what you're seeing on the screen. I've always been able to get an appointment when needed, even on a last minute or emergent basis.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility.
There are global fees for procedures. Global fees for IVF is based on maternal age and they have 3 packages - one cycle, multi-cycle, Shared Risk money-back.
Describe Caleb Kallen's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. Kallen prefers eSET, as there are now studies that show that transferring multiples does not increase the chances of success, rather the chances of multiples which is risky. He explained the risk of multiples and the probability of an embryo splitting. Due to our age (25 and 26) and this being our first pregnancy, he highly advised going with an eSET. We were planning on doing an eSET anyway.
10
Doctor
Caleb Kallen
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Chesterbrook
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020 - 2021, Successful
10
10
Age 29 - 30
1 IVF
Tubal Blockage
Latinx
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He [Dr. Kallen] put me on the antagonist protocol. Started me off on a very low dose of gonal and menopur as he expected my ovaries to react well. They weren't initially responding the way he expected them to so he monitored me very closely and adjusted my doses as needed. I stimmed for about 13 days and ended up with 18 retrieved, 17 mature, 12 fertilized and 9 embryos. He was very confident that even though my ovaries didn't respond the way we initially thought the were going to we would still end up with good embryos (which we did!) I'm very happy I trusted him as we were very happy with the results.
Everyone at the chesterbrook location [Shady Grove Fertility] was great! From the staff to the nurses. They're compassionate, caring, friendly and never once rude. I will recommend this clinic to everyone. They were always answering my questions, always willing to help...Dr. Kallen was great. He always made me feel like I was more than just a number. From phone calls to emails I always felt like I was receiving excellent care...
How was your experience with Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Kallen is a very smart man. He knew from the very beginning what my problem conceiving was. He put me on the perfect protocol and even though I wasn't very sure at first I trusted him and sure enough everything turned out exactly as he expected it to. I felt confident I was under the right care from the very beginning. He is an excellent doctor!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust him, he knows what he's doing.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Kallen was great. He always made me feel like I was more than just a number. From phone calls to emails I always felt like I was receiving excellent care.
Describe the protocols Caleb Kallen used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
He put me on the antagonist protocol. Started me off on a very low dose of gonal and menopur as he expected my ovaries to react well. They weren't initially responding the way he expected them to so he monitored me very closely and adjusted my doses as needed. I stimmed for about 13 days and ended up with 18 retrieved, 17 mature, 12 fertilized and 9 embryos. He was very confident that even though my ovaries didn't respond the way we initially thought the were going to we would still end up with good embryos (which we did!) I'm very happy I trusted him as we were very happy with the results.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Laura )
Laura was awesome!!
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Everyone at the chesterbrook location was great! From the staff to the nurses. They're compassionate, caring, friendly and never once rude. I will recommend this clinic to everyone. They were always answering my questions, always willing to help.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility.
insurance coverage
Describe Caleb Kallen's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
His stance on single embryo transfers vs multiple embryo transfers is very clear and understandable. One healthy baby is the goal! If single transfers aren't working then he isn't opposed to transferring more than one.
10
Doctor
Caleb Kallen
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Chesterbrook
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unsuccessful
0
2
Age 46 - 47
2 IUI
Donor Eggs
Donor Sperm
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Uterine Fibroids
European
Income $100K - $199K
Consultant
3rd of 3 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
[Dr. Schumacher's] excitement over 2 embryos that resulted was also inappropriate. Only when those embryos were found to be abnormal did she approach the situation with the appropriate gravity...she apologized for not following her standard protocol in advising me to select a donor that had already been used by Shady Grove and that they knew would have good results. She did not know why she had failed to advise me since she said that was her standard protocol with patients.
I never really understood who to contact for what [at Shady Grove Fertility] and at what point the doctor came back into the picture...Working with her [Dr. Schumacher] team felt very impersonal and confusing...being handed off from one person to another with no crossover, essential checks and balances got lost. Ultimately, I lost 30K because of the lack of accurate information and the lack of attention to the process as a whole.
How was your experience with Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
In our initial visit, she made the complex topic of infertility and IVF very clear. She gave me her time, details, and sketched out diagrams, more than the two other fertility centers I had been to previously. With Brianna, I felt I would get the time and care you would expect given the nature and price tag of the treatment. She described how easy it would be to get plenty of healthy embryos with a Shady Grove egg donor. They had excellent and thoroughly evaluated egg donors. Just pick one of their fantastic egg donors and a sperm donor and voila! She was so confident about how easy it was to make healthy embryos with Shady Grove’s expertise and one of their egg donors. I saw very little of Dr. Schumacher after that appointment. I received a long list of items to complete and a few folks that were supposed to walk me through the process. It took me 6 months. I never really understood who to contact for what and at what point the doctor came back into the picture. One of the times I did see her, she said to work with her team, and they would handle everything and make sure I got what I needed. Working with her team felt very impersonal and confusing, and as it turned out, I was never getting all of the information I needed. And being handed off from one person to another with no crossover, essential checks and balances got lost. Ultimately, I lost 30K because of the lack of accurate information and the lack of attention to the process as a whole. Here are the details – I went with a 1:1 egg donor cycle with a 25-year-old Shady Grove egg donor. I had insurance for 2 transfers, and I planned on using it. All in all, it cost ~30K. And Shady Grove received about another 30K from my insurance company. The result: Instead of 18+ eggs retrieved, there were only 9. Only 4 were mature eggs. Those eggs resulted in 2 embryos with chromosomal abnormalities. 1 with Downs syndrome and 1 with Klinefelter’s (XXY). I was told to expect 8-12 mature eggs from a 1:1 pairing. This donor was originally a 1:3 that I asked to be converted to a 1:1. From that, they would expect 4-6 healthy embryos, worst case. Ideally, I could expect 6 or more. Dr. Schumacher was overly excited about the embryo with an AA rating (prior to PGS testing) and wanted me to be excited. She did not tell me the rating of the other one, even though I asked. I was not ready to get excited because most people who can do a simple internet search know that the rating does not correlate to the chromosomal health of the embryo. She should have counseled me to be cautiously optimistic until the results came back. Even in the beginning, she was advising me that I didn't have to do PGT-A testing because there normally weren't any problems with a 25-year old's eggs. I felt that Dr. Schumacher's advice, process, and attitude were reckless. She neglected our discussion that I am 47 years old, maybe had a chance left, and did not have any more money to try again. Had she considered that she would have been involved with the selection of a donor and advised me appropriately. I was never told that a 1:1 pairing “could go wrong.” They sold it to me as a guarantee. Hence, why I chose to spend the 20K for a 1:1. Nor was I told by the financial department or Dr. Schumacher that there is a guarantee with a 1:3 pairing of 4 mature eggs or your money back. When I asked, "So you can pay 10K and end up with nothing?" Heather’s response was, "Yes." This is incorrect. If you don't receive 4 mature eggs, you get your money back. If anything, the financial department’s job is to make sure you completely understand all the financial aspects of the contract. Prior to payment to secure my donor, I had several back and forth emails with Finance about how their documentation was confusing. There is no guarantee with a 1:1 pairing. Shady Grove just said - sorry we were wrong about this donor. It happens sometimes. And they accept no responsibility for requiring you to select from the egg donor list that they have hand-picked and evaluated. Shady Grove told me these details only after things went wrong. It took 2 weeks for Dr. Schumacher to call me with the PGT-A results. For 2 additional weeks, I did what she told me to do – be excited that there were 2 healthy embryos. She sent me an email with multiple exclamation points about how I should go out and enjoy the sun. “I just checked on your embryos and it looks like we have one BEAUTIFUL embryo frozen for you today (AA - the highest grade!). We have 2 more that we are still going to watch for 2 more days. :) Let me know if you have any questions!!!! Otherwise, have a great day! Enjoy this sunshine and warm weather - it's sooo nice out!” Finally, we connected so she could confirm that Shady Grove had set fire to my 30K. There were no healthy embryos. The AA rating embryo was found to have Down’s Syndrome. They have offered that if I pay an additional $38K, we can start over, and Dr. Schumacher will be personally involved this time. To be fair, this does include transfers. However, it means I won’t be able to use my insurance. She will review the donors with me to ensure that we are successful. We will only select from donors that have been used before and have produced healthy results. When I asked Dr. Schumacher why she didn’t review this with me the first time (I am 47, and this was the only 30K I had for treatment. I only had one opportunity with an egg donor.) She said, “ummm to be honest I normally do have this conversation with people .. it’s one of the first conversations we have when it comes down to selecting a donor, um I usually review all the donors and I have patients send them to me so I can go through them specifically, uumm I don’t remember specifically um the conversation that we had and it sounds like we didn’t have that conversation and so I apologize if it wasn’t um you know I mean usually we do have this conversation usually I’m very involved in the donor selection process, I’m not sure what happened um in your case.” In order to come up with that money, it will have to come out of my 401K. Take-Aways • DO NOT use an egg donor that is new and untested. With Shady Grove or any fertility center. Or you could end up in my situation. Choose an egg donor that has already been tested and ask what the results were. Know as many details as possible about the health of the eggs and embryos and living children from that donor. Let someone else play the lottery with a new donor. • Confirm with Finance and your doctor, your understanding of the contract and do it in writing. Make sure they reply back and confirm. • You are just a number with any center that you go to. It's up to you to make sure your doctor and your center are following an appropriate standard of care. • The profit margins on fertility treatment are significant. Do not accept a low standard of care. • Shady Grove is not any different than RMA or Main Line (Tangent – The most wonderful nurses in Dr. Gocial’s office.)
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
She will make you feel comfortable and explain everything in a way you will understand. She is very engaging and wants to get you excited about how amazing their treatment is and how easy everything will be in their hands. Unfortunately, to the detriment of the truth and reality. Then she will disappear.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
Number: Credit card number. Bank number. Human: At times, but often with inappropriate excitement. It made everything worse. I had to ask Brianna to stop calling me until she had news of the PGS results. Dr. Schumacher reached out personally via phone call/email only at the end of the donor egg retrieval process with inappropriate excitement over what we both knew was a poor result. 9 eggs retrieved, only 3-4 were mature. I felt she was trying to gloss over that it was a very poor result, thinking I might not know it was that bad. This is a poor result for a 25 year old egg donor. Her excitement over 2 embryos that resulted was also inappropriate. Only when those embryos were found to be abnormal did she approach the situation with the appropriate gravity. At that point, she apologized for not following her standard protocol in advising me to select a donor that had already been used by Shady Grove and that they knew would have good results. She did not know why she had failed to advise me since she said that was her standard protocol with patients.
Describe the protocols Brianna Schumacher used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We didn’t get that far since the 1:1 egg donor match from Shady Grove was unable to produce any healthy eggs or embryos.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Abbie)
Everyone was nice. But also gave incomplete information. And short email responses. I always felt that they had too many patients on their plate. I never had a clear understanding of what each person was responsible for and who to contact about what.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I had a very poor experience with Shady Grove. It started well but did not end well. It’s an assembly line, and they have more people on it than they can properly serve. They are so used to success that they are not giving their patients accurate or complete information or making sure that every step of the process is reviewed, discussed, and properly handled. I was very disappointed in the standard of care – they are supposed to be the best. Everyone was very flip about the whole process as well. Very little information … just give me your money. They are on it about collecting money, less so regarding delivering the service, you're paying for. When I asked about what I should purchase regarding a sperm donor, the response was, "Just one, the cheapest!" Now that the egg donor cycle failed, I have to start all over again, selecting a sperm donor. The one I found after weeks of researching was no longer available. When I received the devastating results of the PGT-A testing, the email was signed, "Have a great day!" Maybe now that COVID has slowed things down for everyone, Shady Grove will have the number of patients that they can adequately handle and deliver the standard of care that they are known for. It's easy for fertility centers to get caught up in the profit margins available to them and move cattle through. But as patients, we want to stay away from these.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility.
21K for a 1:1 egg donor retrieval, 5K PGTA testing. 5K for storage, surgery and sperm.
Describe Brianna Schumacher's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. Schumacher will not transfer more than 1 embryo at a time to my knowledge. Regardless of patient request.
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.
- Inaccurate information from the financial department regarding important specifics of their egg donor programs. - 2 week delay in knowing the results of PGT-A testing and that there were no healthy embryos. - Failure of my doctor to give me her standard practice care in selecting an egg donor. - Flippant and inappropriate responses to situations as things went wrong.
0
Doctor
Brianna Schumacher
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
2
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Chesterbrook
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 26 - 27
1 IVF
Anovulation
PCOS
Poor Egg Quality
Tubal Blockage
European
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
[Dr. Isaac Sasson] wants to get to the route cause of my infertility and has been very supportive and compassionate through the whole process. He tweaks protocols and walks me through each diagnosis in terms I can understand...in the baby making business but also wants to keep mom and baby healthy. He will only transfer a single embryo unless there is a particular reason why the patient is requesting 2...
Everyone [at Shady Grove Fertility] is friendly and compassionate. They are all rooting for you! They are sensitive to not allowing people to bring their children to appointments and they are always checking in on us to see how everything is going...[Nurse] answers all my questions and never sounds like she is a rush to get off the phone...For IVF, our shared risk with PGS testing was about $26,000 (not including meds).
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I highly recommend Isaac Sasson. He wants to get to the route cause of my infertility and has been very supportive and compassionate through the whole process. He tweaks protocols and walks me through each diagnosis in terms I can understand.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Book soon because it take a little time to see him. Everyone wants him to be their doctor
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Isaac explains things in a way that makes sense. He explains everything medically and then again in terms I can understand. He is the best!
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I started my first several rounds on clomid. Trying to get me to grow a few follicles and ovulate. Clomid effected my lining so we switched to Gonal F. I had the best results with this and it allowed my lining to grow as well. After almost a year, we decided to try IVF. Turns out I have poor egg quality so the protocol will be changing to a lupron, Gonal f, menopur cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Alicia)
Alicia is great. She answers all my questions and never sounds like she is a rush to get off the phone
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic is great. Everyone is friendly and compassionate. They are all rooting for you! They are sensitive to not allowing people to bring their children to appointments and they are always checking in on us to see how everything is going.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
For times intercourse cycles the cost was around $1500 a cycle (including meds). For IVF, our shared risk with PGS testing was about $26,000 (not including meds)
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Isaac is in the baby making business but also wants to keep mom and baby healthy. He will only transfer a single embryo unless there is a particular reason why the patient is requesting 2.
10
Doctor
Isaac Sasson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Chesterbrook
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
9
8
Age 29 - 30
1 IUI
Anovulation
PCOS
Other
Income $200K - $499K
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Sasson is very compassionate, yet direct and to the point. He was clear on my predicted outcome and shared our sense of urgency...has been wonderfully compassionate, thorough and insightful so far. We absolutely trust his clinical judgment and reccomendations. We will be moving into IVF as soon as we are allowed by the state (treatments are currently paused due to COVID19)...did tell us that the chances of pregnancy are the same whether you implant one embryo or two. Therefore, I believe we will just transfer one.
Nikki [nurse at Shady Grove Fertility - Chesterbrook] is fabulous and always replied to emails within an insanely fast time frame. She was clear, specific and always had the answers to our questions...The front desk staff could definitely be more friendly and welcoming. I also think that the clinic could use a facelift, especially given the amount of money we have spent there - you'd think they could update things a bit!...I have PCOS and am completely anovulatory. Unfortunately, my condition cannot be managed by exercise and diet. We completed 3 cycles using letrazole which were unsuccessful. Unfortunately, the fourth cycle I did not respond to either letrazole or clomid, so we moved onto Gonal F injections. Sadly, we were not successful on that cycle either. Since the cycles have become increasingly difficult for me emotionally, we decided that our best bet is to move forward with IVF.
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson has been wonderfully compassionate, thorough and insightful so far. We absolutely trust his clinical judgment and reccomendations. We will be moving into IVF as soon as we are allowed by the state (treatments are currently paused due to COVID19).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I believe you are in good hands! Though we haven't had success just yet, I am very hopeful that we will through IVF.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson is very compassionate, yet direct and to the point. He was clear on my predicted outcome and shared our sense of urgency.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I have PCOS and am completely anovulatory. Unfortunately, my condition cannot be managed by exercise and diet. We completed 3 cycles using letrazole which were unsuccessful. Unfortunately, the fourth cycle I did not respond to either letrazole or clomid, so we moved onto Gonal F injections. Sadly, we were not successful on that cycle either. Since the cycles have become increasingly difficult for me emotionally, we decided that our best bet is to move forward with IVF.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Nikki)
Nikki is fabulous and always replied to emails within an insanely fast time frame. She was clear, specific and always had the answers to our questions.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The front desk staff could definitely be more friendly and welcoming. I also think that the clinic could use a facelift, especially given the amount of money we have spent there - you'd think they could update things a bit!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
We have spent an average of $1,800 per cycle since we have a high deductible plan. For IVF, we will spent am additional approximately $26K
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
We have not gotten to that stage just yet, however, Dr. Sasson did tell us that the chances of pregnancy are the same whether you implant one embryo or two. Therefore, I believe we will just transfer one.
9
Doctor
Isaac Sasson
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
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Successful
10
10
Age 34
1 IUI
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
She [Dr. Brianna Schumacher] was very thorough in her explanation at the initial visit, and optimistic and supportive in our decision to go with IUI...She did our final US before graduating from the practice and explained everything well, answered any questions we had, encouraged us to send pictures of my growing belly and baby as the pregnancy progresses...She had reviewed my chart from my previous doctor, and felt my body responded well to clomid so we did cycles of clomid and ovidrel with IUI. My initial month, I over produced and had 11 follicles so she canceled for too high a risk of multiples. The second month she lowered my dose to where i had 4, and we had a successful first IUI treatment.
The office [of Shady Grove Fertility] called to check in on us often, lend an ear or medical advice when needed, emailed to congratulate us on our pregnancy. Never at any point did I feel like a number in that office...Everyone who would call to discuss things was well informed of our chart/history/plan...We struggled the first month when I had too many eggs with whether we should try timed intercourse and take our chances, and she was extremely professional and honest with her advice. Suggesting we think of life down the road, do we have room for triplets in the car? In our house? Can we feed them?
How was your experience with Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
She was very thorough in her explanation at the initial visit, and optimistic and supportive in our decision to go with IUI. Everyone who would call to discuss things was well informed of our chart/history/plan. She did our final US before graduating from the practice and explained everything well, answered any questions we had, encouraged us to send pictures of my growing belly and baby as the pregnancy progresses.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
The office called to check in on us often, lend an ear or medical advice when needed, emailed to congratulate us on our pregnancy. Never at any point did I feel like a number in that office.
Describe the protocols Brianna Schumacher used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
She had reviewed my chart from my previous doctor, and felt my body responded well to clomid so we did cycles of clomid and ovidrel with IUI. My initial month, I over produced and had 11 follicles so she canceled for too high a risk of multiples. The second month she lowered my dose to where i had 4, and we had a successful first IUI treatment.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Annika )
Annika called after any procedure we had, to go over the information with us again and see if we had any questions. We struggled the first month when I had too many eggs with whether we should try timed intercourse and take our chances, and she was extremely professional and honest with her advice. Suggesting we think of life down the road, do we have room for triplets in the car? In our house? Can we feed them? She put things into perspective and was the voice of reason I needed at the time. I was grateful for her honesty. I appreciate a blunt approach when it comes to my medical care. She was also compassionate when I needed her to be when we could t do IUI.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
They were always understanding and flexible. With traffic in the morning sometimes i would call if I would be late and they were always very understanding. Their receptionists knew you by name quickly. They offered very early appts which were helpful with our work schedules.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility.
Our IUI was 100% covered by our insurance
10
Doctor
Brianna Schumacher
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Chesterbrook
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources