Shady Grove Fertility

65 doctors work here

Rated 8.7
Strongly recommend: 69%Neutral: 21%Don't recommend: 10%8.7
69% strongly recommend
474 reviews
Operations
9
9
Operations

Ratings of 1 indicate that a clinic was poorly operated.

Ratings of 10 indicate that a clinic operated very well.

Scheduling
9.2
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

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Annual Cycles
9,940
National Avg
635
This Clinic
National Avg
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20%
40%
60%
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35-37
38-40
41-42
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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
Celso Silva
Shady Grove Fertility
91% strongly recommend
17 Reviews
Rated 9.6
Strongly recommend: 91%Neutral: 5%Don't recommend: 4%9.6
Jeanne O'Brien
Shady Grove Fertility
88% strongly recommend
21 Reviews
Rated 9.6
Strongly recommend: 88%Neutral: 8%Don't recommend: 4%9.6
Anitha Nair
Shady Grove Fertility
86% strongly recommend
18 Reviews
Rated 9.5
Strongly recommend: 86%Neutral: 10%Don't recommend: 3%9.5
Sunita Kulshrestha
Shady Grove Fertility
72% strongly recommend
4 Reviews
Rated 9.4
Strongly recommend: 72%Neutral: 28%9.4
Eric Levens
Shady Grove Fertility
86% strongly recommend
39 Reviews
Rated 9.4
Strongly recommend: 86%Neutral: 12%Don't recommend: 3%9.4
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
Anish Shah
Shady Grove Fertility
84% strongly recommend
21 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 84%Neutral: 16%9.3
Nicole Banks
Shady Grove Fertility
63% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 63%Neutral: 37%9.3
Brianna Schumacher
Shady Grove Fertility
67% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 9.3
Strongly recommend: 67%Neutral: 33%9.3
Tara Budinetz
Shady Grove Fertility
80% strongly recommend
12 Reviews
Rated 9.2
Strongly recommend: 80%Neutral: 20%9.2
Patricia McShane
Shady Grove Fertility
100% strongly recommend
1 Review
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 100%9
Ricardo Yazigi
Shady Grove Fertility
68% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 68%Neutral: 25%Don't recommend: 7%9
Joseph Doyle
Shady Grove Fertility
68% strongly recommend
18 Reviews
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 68%Neutral: 32%9
Geof Tidey
Shady Grove Fertility
64% strongly recommend
6 Reviews
Rated 9
Strongly recommend: 64%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 9%9
Gilbert Mottla
Shady Grove Fertility
57% strongly recommend
17 Reviews
Rated 8.9
Strongly recommend: 57%Neutral: 43%8.9
Frank Chang
Shady Grove Fertility
62% strongly recommend
16 Reviews
Rated 8.9
Strongly recommend: 62%Neutral: 33%Don't recommend: 6%8.9
Andrea Reh
Shady Grove Fertility
75% strongly recommend
14 Reviews
Rated 8.9
Strongly recommend: 75%Neutral: 9%Don't recommend: 16%8.9
Shayne Plosker
Shady Grove Fertility
74% strongly recommend
16 Reviews
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 74%Neutral: 8%Don't recommend: 19%8.8
Cigdem (Cori) Tanrikut
Shady Grove Fertility
40% strongly recommend
2 Reviews
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 40%Neutral: 60%8.8
Erika Johnston-MacAnanny
Shady Grove Fertility
71% strongly recommend
14 Reviews
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 71%Neutral: 25%Don't recommend: 4%8.8
Shruti Malik
Shady Grove Fertility
62% strongly recommend
7 Reviews
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 62%Neutral: 30%Don't recommend: 8%8.8
Jason Bromer
Shady Grove Fertility
66% strongly recommend
47 Reviews
Rated 8.7
Strongly recommend: 66%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 7%8.7
David Saffan
Shady Grove Fertility
47% strongly recommend
13 Reviews
Rated 8.6
Strongly recommend: 47%Neutral: 47%Don't recommend: 6%8.6
Joseph Osheroff
Shady Grove Fertility
63% strongly recommend
7 Reviews
Rated 8.5
Strongly recommend: 63%Neutral: 37%8.5
Lauren Roth
Shady Grove Fertility
56% strongly recommend
8 Reviews
Rated 8.5
Strongly recommend: 56%Neutral: 44%8.5
Michael Levy
Shady Grove Fertility
70% strongly recommend
10 Reviews
Rated 8.5
Strongly recommend: 70%Neutral: 13%Don't recommend: 17%8.5
Ryan Martin
Shady Grove Fertility
65% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 8.4
Strongly recommend: 65%Don't recommend: 35%8.4
Kate Devine
Shady Grove Fertility
42% strongly recommend
8 Reviews
Rated 8.4
Strongly recommend: 42%Neutral: 52%Don't recommend: 6%8.4
Anthony Imudia
Shady Grove Fertility
77% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 8.2
Strongly recommend: 77%Don't recommend: 23%8.2
Melissa Esposito
Shady Grove Fertility
68% strongly recommend
12 Reviews
Rated 8.2
Strongly recommend: 68%Neutral: 19%Don't recommend: 13%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
Eric Widra
Shady Grove Fertility
36% strongly recommend
25 Reviews
Rated 7.7
Strongly recommend: 36%Neutral: 52%Don't recommend: 12%7.7
Barbara Osborn
Shady Grove Fertility
19% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 7.5
Strongly recommend: 19%Neutral: 36%Don't recommend: 45%7.5
Brad Swelstad
Shady Grove Fertility
55% strongly recommend
18 Reviews
Rated 7.5
Strongly recommend: 55%Neutral: 17%Don't recommend: 27%7.5
Shona Murray
Shady Grove Fertility
53% strongly recommend
25 Reviews
Rated 7.3
Strongly recommend: 53%Neutral: 13%Don't recommend: 34%7.3
Michael Edelstein
Shady Grove Fertility
38% strongly recommend
11 Reviews
Rated 7.3
Strongly recommend: 38%Neutral: 30%Don't recommend: 33%7.3
Paulette Browne
Shady Grove Fertility
29% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 7.3
Strongly recommend: 29%Neutral: 57%Don't recommend: 14%7.3
Howard McClamrock
Shady Grove Fertility
44% strongly recommend
7 Reviews
Rated 7.2
Strongly recommend: 44%Neutral: 25%Don't recommend: 31%7.2
Kimberly Moon
Shady Grove Fertility
30% strongly recommend
15 Reviews
Rated 7
Strongly recommend: 30%Neutral: 34%Don't recommend: 36%7
Jeffrey McKeeby
Shady Grove Fertility
32% strongly recommend
13 Reviews
Rated 7
Strongly recommend: 32%Neutral: 23%Don't recommend: 45%7
Simon Kipersztok (retired)
Shady Grove Fertility
40% strongly recommend
5 Reviews
Rated 7
Strongly recommend: 40%Neutral: 40%Don't recommend: 20%7
Rachana Garde
Shady Grove Fertility
51% strongly recommend
10 Reviews
Rated 6.9
Strongly recommend: 51%Neutral: 17%Don't recommend: 32%6.9
Naveed Khan
Shady Grove Fertility
49% strongly recommend
8 Reviews
Rated 6.9
Strongly recommend: 49%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 24%6.9
Stephanie Beall
Shady Grove Fertility
50% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 6.7
Strongly recommend: 50%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 23%6.7
Eugene Katz (retired)
Shady Grove Fertility
27% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 6.5
Strongly recommend: 27%Neutral: 50%Don't recommend: 23%6.5
Arthur Sagoskin
Shady Grove Fertility
23% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 6.3
Strongly recommend: 23%Neutral: 37%Don't recommend: 40%6.3
Lorna Timmreck
Shady Grove Fertility
23% strongly recommend
7 Reviews
Rated 6
Strongly recommend: 23%Neutral: 39%Don't recommend: 39%6
Paul Shin
Shady Grove Fertility
50% strongly recommend
2 Reviews
Rated 5
Strongly recommend: 50%Don't recommend: 50%5
Nancy Durso
Shady Grove Fertility
22% strongly recommend
9 Reviews
Rated 4.6
Strongly recommend: 22%Neutral: 7%Don't recommend: 71%4.6
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
Rated
Emily Barnard
Shady Grove Fertility
strongly recommend
0 Reviews
Rated
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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474 patient reviews

Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2018, Successful
10
10
Age 34 - 36
2 IVF
Endometriosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Other
European
Income $200K - $499K
Lawyer
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sasson suggested that I go through the recurrent miscarriage bloodwork so that we could identify why I had now miscarried two PGS tested normal embryos in a row. He also suggested that I schedule a surgery at a local hospital so that we could do a full hysteroscopy and make sure there weren't any other lingering issues with my uterus that might be causing the problem...I went through with the ERA (Endometrial receptivity test) in order to gage if there was an issue with the timing of my transfers. The ERA showed that I was considered "pre-receptive" and Dr. Sasson then adjusted the timing of my next transfer accordingly.
It's hard to put into words the relationship that I developed with Lisa Russell and the entire nursing staff at Shady Grove Chesterbrook...Lisa is first and foremost an excellent nurse who understands the complications of infertility. She was an excellent communicator. It was very rare that I did not hear directly from her if important news had to be shared. On the off chance that another nurse called me and not Lisa, they were always extremely kind and warm in her absence. I felt as though I could call or email Lisa every day and I never felt like I was bothering her. When we suffered devastating miscarriages, she was an emotional support and a friend; yet, she also helped us to understand what was going on.
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
As I shared previously, I came to Dr. Sasson after many years of poor experiences with Doctors due to severe pelvic pain and pelvic floor issues. I had pretty much given up hope even after spending several years in pelvic floor PT. I had tried to reach out to another fertility clinic prior to Shady Grove, and felt immediately like they couldn't be sensitive to my health issues. However, that was not the case with Dr. Sasson. From the first moment we met him, he listened to us and treated us like individuals. He was very careful and sensitive about making sure I felt comfortable at all times. When we experienced devastating setbacks (miscarriages) he grieved with us but didn't let us give up hope. He helped us come up with a plan to diagnose what was going wrong and helped us execute that plan with positive support and empathy. I am now 15 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby and things are going well. It was hard to leave Dr. Sasson as he took such good care of us. He's a loving, kind and wonderful Doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust him fully. At the end of the day, we know our own bodies and we need to be our own advocates but we are not the Doctor. When and if setbacks occur, trust that he is going to help you figure out where you go from here. When a plan is given, have the courage to follow it to completion. It's the only reason why we are now expecting our son.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I came to Dr. Sasson ready to give up on giving birth to a child. We were already going through an adoption home study. I have been struggling with severe pelvic floor problems for many years now and was encouraged to go see Dr. Sasson by a pelvis floor physical therapist. Dr. Sasson treated me like an individual and treated my pain with care, sensitivity and kindness. I was used to feeling scared and ashamed at the doctor but I never felt that way under his care. Our IVF cycles had a few setbacks. My first transfer had to be cancelled a week prior as I ovulated through the medication. I then suffered two miscarriages within a 5 months window. I was devastated and depressed. Dr. Sasson helped us to come up with a plan and to execute that plan to get to the bottom of what was wrong. He cried with us and showed great empathy and warmth over our losses but he never let us lose hope. I chose to follow his advice and I underwent both surgery at the local hospital to potentially correct some pelvic issues and then underwent the ERA procedure to help with the transfer. After several months, we tried again. I am now 15 weeks pregnant and everything is going well. When we left Shady Grove, Dr. Sasson thanked us profusely for trusting him and we all felt very emotional.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
As a patient with severe pelvic floor problems, I really was not a good candidate for IUI so we went immediately to IVF. We learned quickly that although I had a normal follicle count on my ultrasounds, my follicles did not respond as well to the stimulation drugs. My first cycle, we only retrieved 5 eggs. A dominant follicle had sucked up a lot of the medication on the one side. Out of those 5 eggs, we wound up with 1 normal PGS tested embryo. The transfer was canceled one week prior to the procedure because we found that I ovulated through the delestrogen. I was then put on a different protocol for the next month wherein I had to take Lupron injections first to avoid the ovulation again. This was difficult but we fought through it. The transfer was successful and I became pregnant. We had a healthy heartbeat at 6 and 7 weeks; however, I then started to bleed and we sadly lost the baby shortly thereafter. At the Doctor's suggestion, I went through with a D&C procedure to ensure I would not get an infection. We went through our second egg retrieval a few months later after I healed from the miscarriage. This time, Dr. Sasson chose to start me on an estrogen patch to help prevent a dominant follicle like the time before. He also increased my dosages on the medication in the hope that we could get a few more quality eggs this time. This protocol worked and I had 9 more mature eggs retrieved at the retrieval surgery. Of those 9 mature eggs, 7 of them made it to 5 day blasts. Of those 7, 3 of them tested normal through PGS. We transferred the first of those embroyos (from the second batch) following the same transfer protocol as my first pregnancy. (Lupron injections to prevent ovulation.) Then we started on the del estrogen and the progesterone injections. Unfortunately, this pregnancy also resulted in a very early miscarriage (a chemical) after a positive pregnancy test at home. At this point, Dr. Sasson suggested that I go through the recurrent miscarriage bloodwork so that we could identify why I had now miscarried two PGS tested normal embryos in a row. He also suggested that I schedule a surgery at a local hospital so that we could do a full hysteroscopy and make sure there weren't any other lingering issues with my uterus that might be causing the problem. I went through with this procedure and we learned that, despite my years of pelvic pain, there did not appear to be anything in my uterus that was causing the miscarriages. The endo that was causing my pelvic pain was very deep in my pelvis, likely not a candidate to be ablated and not something that they should likely try to touch. Additionally, at Sasson's suggestion, I went through with the ERA (Endometrial receptivity test) in order to gage if there was an issue with the timing of my transfers. The ERA showed that I was considered "pre-receptive" and Dr. Sasson then adjusted the timing of my next transfer accordingly. Finally, my miscarriage panel bloodworked showed that I tested positive for one of the antibody clotting disorders and I was put in a daily baby aspirin to try and treat it. The panel also showed that I had elevated prolactin that might be contributing to my problems and I was put on Dostinex to attempt to treat this as well prior to transfer. My 3rd transfer (2nd embryo from the second retrieval) occurred after the results of my ERA and after I started the aspirin and Dostinex protocol. I did a lowered Lupron protocol this time to prevent ovulation and then started on my delestrogen injections per usual. We then adjusted the timing of my progesterone injections to match the results of the ERA. This transfer was a success and resulted in a healthy pregnancy. I was released from Shady Grove's care after 10 weeks and I am now under the care of a high risk OB that came highly recommended. I am now 15 weeks pregnant and all is going well.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Lisa Russell )
It's hard to put into words the relationship that I developed with Lisa Russell and the entire nursing staff at Shady Grove Chesterbrook. They became close friends and family and, even now, though we are so thrilled to be expecting a baby, I miss seeing him on a regular basis terribly. Lisa is first and foremost an excellent nurse who understands the complications of infertility. She was an excellent communicator. It was very rare that I did not hear directly from her if important news had to be shared. On the off chance that another nurse called me and not Lisa, they were always extremely kind and warm in her absence. I felt as though I could call or email Lisa every day and I never felt like I was bothering her. When we suffered devastating miscarriages, she was an emotional support and a friend; yet, she also helped us to understand what was going on. When I asked her for an honest opinion, she gave it to me. I always knew what we were doing, where we were going and what the goal was. She celebrated our triumphs and empathized with our tears. On the days when I was scheduled for a procedure, Lisa would always pop back to check on me. In addition to Lisa, there were other extremely caring and loving staff at Shady Grove that always showed us compassion and kindness. Even a simply blood draw was handled with the utmost care and a smile. The nurses and staff that are responsible for the surgical procedures (Rosemary, Erica, Mallory, Jaime etc) are also excellent in every way possible. I still never forget breaking down in tears on the surgical table before I had to undergo a D&C procedure and the nurses gathering around, telling me it was OK to cry and offering me love and support on this most difficult day. The Shady Grove Chesterbrook nursing staff is second to none.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
One of the first things you will notice when you step inside is that the front desk staff is kind and compassionate. This is extremely important to me as I believe approachability begins the minute you walk through the door. The nursing and medical staff is empathetic and wonderful from the person who draws your blood to the people who perform your procedures.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
We were lucky to be part of the shared risk program for IVF. At the time, I believe the cost for the shared risk portion of the treatment (not including medications or PGS testing) was $21,000. However, if we were going through this treatment now, the cost would be even lower as Shady Grove recently lowered their rates for shared risk.
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I believe that had I asked to transfer 2 embryos, Dr. Sasson would have respected my wishes; however, this was not something that I considered doing.
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.

2017 - 2018, Successful
10
10
Age 35 - 36
2 IUI
6 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sasson is very personable, knowledgeable & honest. He personally called to give updates on our embryos as well as emailed us when we received our PGS results (which was 3 days before Christmas) He also took the time to call us the following day (the Sat. before Christmas) to discuss PGS results & when we would proceed with our FET. We can’t thank him enough for everything he did for us on our journey to become parents.
All of the staff at Shady Grove Chesterbrook office were amazing & friendly! They have early morning hours which worked great for us since we had an almost hour long commute each direction. I would definitely recommend going to one of their many open houses that they offer throughout the year if you are thinking about seeing them for treatment, you will be offered a free consultation with one of their providers.
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson is very personable, knowledgeable & honest. He personally called to give updates on our embryos as well as emailed us when we received our PGS results (which was 3 days before Christmas) He also took the time to call us the following day (the Sat. before Christmas) to discuss PGS results & when we would proceed with our FET. We can’t thank him enough for everything he did for us on our journey to become parents.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust in him completely.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson spent over 1.5 hours face to face with me reviewing all of my past cycles & results from 2 previous fertility doctors. He took the time to explain my previous cycles & numbers with me which none of my other doctors had done in the past. He also gave his opinion on what he would have done different with my past cycles.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Our first retrieval with Dr. Sasson was actually our 6th retrieval. He decided to do a Lupron stop protocol (which I had never done before) during my stim period I was injecting FSH 325 in the AM & Menopur 325 in the PM. I stimmed for 12 days & had retrieval on day 14. We got 11 eggs, 9 were mature, 7 fertilized & we ended up with 5 day 5 blastocysts & 1 day 6 blastocyst. This was double the amount of blastocysts we had gotten from any of our previous cycles. We did PGS & ended up with 4 PGS normal embryos!!! We were beyond excited with our results at Shady Grove with Dr. Sasson!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Erica & Chrissie)
Erica & Chrissie are compassionate, prompt with communication & very knowledgeable.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
All of the staff at Shady Grove Chesterbrook office were amazing & friendly! They have early morning hours which worked great for us since we had an almost hour long commute each direction. I would definitely recommend going to one of their many open houses that they offer throughout the year if you are thinking about seeing them for treatment, you will be offered a free consultation with one of their providers.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
We were lucky enough to have some insurance coverage so we spent about $1800 for our FET since our deductible just renewed. PGS cost $3400 & our meds cost roughly $6000 for the whole cycle.
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. Sasson recommended that we transfer one embryo for best results & we got a positive pregnancy test 6 days after our FET!
10
Doctor
Isaac Sasson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
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.

2018, Unknown Success
9
10
Age 30
3 IUI
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
At our first appointment I thought that Dr. Kallen pushed doing IVF a little too hard, but once I explained I wasn't ready for that he was immediately okay with trying another IUI. He explained the process he wanted to try and what results he expected. When things didn't work out as planned, he reassured me that things could still work out, and if they didn't, we could change our course for the next cycle without moving onto IVF right away. He was personable and honest and I appreciated the fact that he did all of my ultrasounds and the actual IUI.
After almost every appointment [at Shady Grove of PA] I had a sit down with the nurse assigned to me and she explained exactly what I was to do. She showed me how to inject the meds and then emailed me several videos to help. She called with my blood tests and explained what they meant and all the next steps.... This is a very nice clinic! It's huge, and the exam rooms are large and have a large TV screen where you can comfortably lay back and watch the ultrasound happening. Sometimes in the morning there is a little bit of a wait
How was your experience with Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
At our first appointment I thought that Dr. Kallen pushed doing IVF a little too hard, but once I explained I wasn't ready for that he was immediately okay with trying another IUI. He explained the process he wanted to try and what results he expected. When things didn't work out as planned, he reassured me that things could still work out, and if they didn't, we could change our course for the next cycle without moving onto IVF right away. He was personable and honest and I appreciated the fact that he did all of my ultrasounds and the actual IUI.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Tell him what you're comfortable doing. Be honest.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
We started with a sit down appointment with Dr. Kallen, he spent over an hour talking about our options and what would be best for us. Every time I walk in the clinic I see Dr. Kallen and a nurse. They always explain what they're doing and what the next steps are.
Describe the protocols Caleb Kallen used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
My first cycle with Dr. Kallen for my IUI I took Clomid 100mg CD 3-7 and a 75mg follistim injection on CD 7. I started estrace vaginally twice a day on CD 8 because my last cycle with Clomid it thinned my lining and the follistim and estrace were to make sure my lining was where it needed to be. I ended up having only one follicle but it was a big one. I used ovidrel and 2 days later had my IUI. I'm still in the TWW.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Christine)
After almost every appointment I had a sit down with the nurse assigned to me and she explained exactly what I was to do. She showed me how to inject the meds and then emailed me several videos to help. She called with my blood tests and explained what they meant and all the next steps.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
This is a very nice clinic! It's huge, and the exam rooms are large and have a large TV screen where you can comfortably lay back and watch the ultrasound happening. Sometimes in the morning there is a little bit of a wait.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility.
I have a $70 copay every time I walk in the door except for bloodwork. I'm unsure of the actual cost of the IUI because I haven't been billed for it yet. They provided my follistim injection for free as long as I used their pharmacy for the ovidrel.
9
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
2017 - 2018, Successful
10
10
Age 26 - 27
6 IUI
1 IVF
PCOS
European
Latinx
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sasson goes the extra mile. He makes sure that we feel comfortable and ready for the next steps. He coordinates our daily lives with our treatments and adjusts everything to make it work for us. He's kind, patient and overall WONDERFUL!! I wouldn't have want to go through all of this with anyone else. He's been there for us every single step of the way and I wouldn't change anything!!
Erica was our first assigned nurse [at Shady Grove of PA]. She took care of us during our first IUI's and was wonderful. She made sure to call every time to check on us, including during the 2 weeks period of wait between IUI and pregnancy test. She then moved to being an IVF nurse and we were assigned Nikki to continue working with us. Nikki has been beyond wonderful as well. She taken care of absolutely everything, she's taken the time to call, email and make sure that we understand the process that we are going through. They have both been BEYOND AMAZING!!
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson goes the extra mile. He makes sure that we feel comfortable and ready for the next steps. He coordinates our daily lives with our treatments and adjusts everything to make it work for us. He's kind, patient and overall WONDERFUL!! I wouldn't have want to go through all of this with anyone else. He's been there for us every single step of the way and I wouldn't change anything!!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
You'll be in the BEST hands!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson goes above and beyond and makes my husband and I feel like his only patients. We know that he's busy and he still makes the time to call us and give us updates on our treatment.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We started with clomid and IUI's, when that didn't give the results we were expecting, Dr. Sasson called us for a meeting in the office and explained that we had many things to try before taking a step towards IVF, since we were nervous about that. We then started letrozole and more IUI's, every single failed IUI that we had, Dr. Sasson would take the time to call and let us know the results and make sure that we were ok. When the third or fourth IUI with letrozole didn't work, we sat in his office and he explained how IVF works and told us our plan of treatment. He was very through and explained in a manner that made us feel comfortable and sure that we understood every step of the way.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Erica and Nikki)
Erica was our first assigned nurse. She took care of us during our first IUI's and was wonderful. She made sure to call every time to check on us, including during the 2 weeks period of wait between IUI and pregnancy test. She then moved to being an IVF nurse and we were assigned Nikki to continue working with us. Nikki has been beyond wonderful as well. She taken care of absolutely everything, she's taken the time to call, email and make sure that we understand the process that we are going through. They have both been BEYOND AMAZING!!
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I loved the clinic. When we first entered Shady Grove in Chesterbrook we loved everything about it. The fact that we felt we were in a private area, lots of trees, very quiet place... we felt very comfortable and were greeted by Nina the receptionist so warmly that it really made a huge difference in our progress.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
Treatment is very expensive but that's what we expected when we first walked in. Dr. Sasson explained to us and assigned us to a financial counselor who in depth explained the cost of every single treatment we were going through at each time and also explained what was covered or not under our insurance.
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I think Dr. Sasson is very conservative and I really appreciate that because he gives us the re-assurance that we need. He is able to assure us that nothing bad will happen to us and I feel safe with his recommendations and opinions.
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.

2014 - 2017, Successful
10
10
Age 29 - 32
1 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I truly would recommend Dr Sasson to my best friends and family. I always felt like he cared, he made sure I understood every step of the process, plus- everything was successful while in his care! He wasn’t at every single appointment or procedure, but only due to scheduling and I was still in good care with the other doctors.... He understood that it helped me emotionally to mentally understand the process and details so he really took the time to educate me along with treating me.
Shady Grove offers a “shared risk” program to pay one fee that covered I think up to 6 IVF cycles and unlimited embryo transfers. Then if it didn’t work or at any point I wanted to back out, I could and get my money back. I believe the fee was $26k. Then the frozen transfer for my second pregnancy was about $4,600... One inconvenient thing is that consultative appointments are midday, but at the same time, they do this to save early morning appointments for patients needing day to day testing, etc. That part was very helpful- when going through the egg retrieval part specifically, there are so many check ups, and it helped to stop on my way to work without being late for my normal day.
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I truly would recommend Dr Sasson to my best friends and family. I always felt like he cared, he made sure I understood every step of the process, plus- everything was successful while in his care! He wasn’t at every single appointment or procedure, but only due to scheduling and I was still in good care with the other doctors.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Make your appointment as soon as you can. I can not recommend him enough.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I loved working with Dr Sasson. He understood that it helped me emotionally to mentally understand the process and details so he really took the time to educate me along with treating me.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Since no test my husband and I took was definitive, we never had a specific issue to treat. That said, getting pregnant on our own still wasn’t working. Dr Sasson recommended starting with IUI, but only doing 1-3 tries because it wouldn’t increase our odds much over doing it on our own. When the first IUI didn’t work, we moved straight to IVF. My ovary stimulation was so successful (I ended up with 21 mature eggs) that my hormone levels weren’t good for a fresh transfer. I ended up having to wait longer for my frozen transfer, but we transferred one embryo (of 17 that survived to day 5 and froze successfully) and it took! I had a daughter from that one transfer. When we were for a second, I went back to Dr Sasson and made a plan to prepare for another embryo transfer. We transferred only one embryo again, and it stuck again. I’m now due with #2 next week! (I do not remember the names of the drugs or dosage I took)
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Debbie Dancer)
I always felt welcome and cared for at Shady Grove. Whether my primary nurse/coordinator was there for a particular appointment or not, I always felt like the nurse I saw knew my situation and what I needed. Plus, everyone was so friendly and sensitive there.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I’ve always had a positive experience at Shady Grove. One inconvenient thing is that consultative appointments are midday, but at the same time, they do this to save early morning appointments for patients needing day to day testing, etc. That part was very helpful- when going through the egg retrieval part specifically, there are so many check ups, and it helped to stop on my way to work without being late for my normal day.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove offers a “shared risk” program to pay one fee that covered I think up to 6 IVF cycles and unlimited embryo transfers. Then if it didn’t work or at any point I wanted to back out, I could and get my money back. I believe the fee was $26k. Then the frozen transfer for my second pregnancy was about $4,600.
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
My doctor explained clearly that given my specific situation/age/etc, the likelihood that I became pregnant with one embryo was about the same as if two embryos were transferred- only then I’d be pregnant with twins! I was confident in his recommendation to transfer one embryo at a time.
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
2015, Successful
9
8
Age 32
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Successful
While information was always factual, Dr. Munabi had a wonderful bedside manner. He also strongly encouraged us to try with our own eggs/sperm and never pushed using a donor....Dr. Munabi was gentle, but very candid in what we could expect. We paid for a multi cycle discount, and due to my diagnosis, he argued with the clinic to allow us to cycle a second time before transferring (despite our contract not allowing this.)...Know in advance that he a very thick accent!
Shady Grove’s lab and embryologists are incredible. I always received detailed information and daily updates. I think Shady Grove does an adequate job with difficult cases. Their success rates with diminished ovarian reserve are fairly low....Morgan and Melanie were the two nurses primarily managing my care. Morgan was gentle and kind when sharing information. Melanie was kind and very factual. They were an excellent team....$21,000 for two IVF cycles... $3000 for PGS testing
How was your experience with Abraham Munabi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Munabi was gentle, but very candid in what we could expect. We paid for a multi cycle discount, and due to my diagnosis, he argued with the clinic to allow us to cycle a second time before transferring (despite our contract not allowing this.)
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Abraham Munabi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
Know in advance that he a very thick accent! The nurses are great at reiterating what he says—but don’t be afraid to ask him to repeat himself!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Abraham Munabi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility?
While information was always factual, Dr. Munabi had a wonderful bedside manner. He also strongly encouraged us to try with our own eggs/sperm and never pushed using a donor.
Describe the protocols Abraham Munabi (retired) used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Cycle 1: Antagonist Protocal. 450iu of Gonal F, 225iu Menopur, Ganirelix. 5 retrieved, 3 mature, 3 fertilized, 2 embryos, 1 PGS normal, 1 live birth. Cycle 2: Lupron Stop Protocol. 3 weeks Lupron, Gonal F 450iu, Menopur 150iu. 7 retrieved, 7 mature, 5 fertilized, 2 embryos, 1 PGS normal. Currently frozen.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Morgan )
Morgan and Melanie were the two nurses primarily managing my care. Morgan was gentle and kind when sharing information. Melanie was kind and very factual. They were an excellent team.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove’s lab and embryologists are incredible. I always received detailed information and daily updates. I think Shady Grove does an adequate job with difficult cases. Their success rates with diminished ovarian reserve are fairly low. That being said, I was a difficult case and had straightforward success through their Reading and Chesterbrook offices.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Abraham Munabi (retired) at Shady Grove Fertility.
$21,000 for two IVF cycles. $7500 for medication (purchased from Israel, would have been $13,000 domestically) $3000 for PGS testing
Describe Abraham Munabi (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I was inclined to transfer both embryos. My doctor recommended a single FET because the embryos were PGS tested.
9
Doctor
Abraham Munabi (retired)
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Chesterbrook
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 28 - 29
1 Fertility Medications
Anovulation
PCOS
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sasson was awesome. We learned exactly what to expect and next steps and how to proceed with treatments. We were confident that the decisions we were making were well thought out and executed. I felt safe and trusted him with our care and the expansion of our family...We used clomid 75 mg because I had significant follicles in each ovary. I had a monitored cycle and then administered a trigger shot and did timed intercourse. I got pregnant with our beautiful daughter during that cycle
The only issue I had [at Shady Grove Fertility] was when I was told to come in early for monitoring so I could get to work on time. I was told if I got there first I’d be taken first but this didn’t happen...Front desk staff was slightly grumpy at times. I was told to come in first then had to wait which was difficult because I was a teacher and had to get to class. I loved the team that drew blood but I am often difficult to get blood from so that was challenging for them
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson was awesome. We learned exactly what to expect and next steps and how to proceed with treatments. We were confident that the decisions we were making were well thought out and executed. I felt safe and trusted him with our care and the expansion of our family
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust him! He’s amazing! And bring someone with you to the HSG scan
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson was amazing. He told me what to expect and assured me that we would make things work. He was patient kind and explained everything throughly and slowly. We knew each step and exactly what we were getting into
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We used clomid 75 mg because I had significant follicles in each ovary. I had a monitored cycle and then administered a trigger shot and did timed intercourse. I got pregnant with our beautiful daughter during that cycle
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Emily)
Emily was AMAZING. I know she is no longer with shady grove.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Front desk staff was slightly grumpy at times. I was told to come in first then had to wait which was difficult because I was a teacher and had to get to class. I loved the team that drew blood but I am often difficult to get blood from so that was challenging for them
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
We spent about 3000 dollars from start to finish worth our daughter
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
The only issue I had was when I was told to come in early for monitoring so I could get to work on time. I was told if I got there first I’d be taken first but this didn’t happen.
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.

2018 - 2019, Successful
10
10
Age 22 - 23
IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Single embryo transfer, due to age and [Dr. Isaac Sasson's] high hopes...I felt like a human while under the care of Dr. Sasson because he was very personal. He called me after my appointments to check in. He basically held my hand through the whole process...He was brutally honest with me, which is exactly what I wanted...recommended that I moved to donor eggs, he almost guaranteed that I’d be come pregnant. Well.. he was correct. Nurse
The IVF process 1:2 ratio, shared donor eggs was $18,500 [at Shady Grove Fertility]. Medications were an additional $1,000...I’m currently paying $1,500 a year to store my embryos...I honestly cannot think of any weaknesses of the practice. They answer in a timely matter. Everyone seems to enjoy what they do, very passionate. Everyone was very knowledgeable if I had questions. They worked with me to schedule appointments. I cannot wait to go in for round 2.
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I wasn’t sure how I felt about Dr. Sasson after my initial consultation, until he called me that evening to check on me. I honestly can’t say I’ve ever had a dr take the time to call me, after office hours, to check in! He was brutally honest with me, which is exactly what I wanted.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
If you want the truth / a good treatment plan, have a consultation with Dr. Sasson.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I felt like a human while under the care of Dr. Sasson because he was very personal. He called me after my appointments to check in. He basically held my hand through the whole process.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I had to use vaginal extract, PIO, and injectable estrogen. Due to my diagnosis, Dr. Sasson recommended that I moved to donor eggs, he almost guaranteed that I’d be come pregnant. Well.. he was correct.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Abby)
They were EXCELLENT. Quick responses, and very passionate about what they do.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I honestly cannot think of any weaknesses of the practice. They answer in a timely matter. Everyone seems to enjoy what they do, very passionate. Everyone was very knowledgeable if I had questions. They worked with me to schedule appointments. I cannot wait to go in for round 2.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
The IVF process 1:2 ratio, shared donor eggs was $18,500. Medications were an additional $1,000. Nothing was covered by insurance. I’m currently paying $1,500 a year to store my embryos.
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Single embryo transfer, due to age and his high hopes.
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, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 33
IVF
Donor Eggs
Other
European
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
4th of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Schumacher is very personable, professional and clear with what to expect. She takes time to explain all procedures, options, benefits and risks in a way that is truly helpful. She reaches out to communicate directly and has been a very caring professional....She takes time to explain things and reach out personally via email and phone... We're using oral estrogen and PIO injections to prepare for a frozen embryo transfer via donor embryo.
SGF says their standard is almost always a single transfer to reduce the risk of multiples....However, they still evaluate each case to be sure eSET is best given the circumstances....Their strengths include a well organized team, friendly atmosphere, treatment backed by current evidence, and several options for treatment available.... Financial dept does sometimes need a little extra follow up but nothing excessive.
How was your experience with Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Schumacher is very personable, professional and clear with what to expect. She takes time to explain all procedures, options, benefits and risks in a way that is truly helpful. She reaches out to communicate directly and has been a very caring professional.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
Can't say I have any advice, she did everything I'd expect a caring doctor to do.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
She takes time to explain things and reach out personally via email and phone
Describe the protocols Brianna Schumacher used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We're using oral estrogen and PIO injections to prepare for a frozen embryo transfer via donor embryo.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Nikki )
Our nurse has been excellent at coordinating between me, doctor, pharmacies and even the financial coordinator.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Their strengths include a well organized team, friendly atmosphere, treatment backed by current evidence, and several options for treatment available. I can't think of any weaknesses at this team. Financial dept does sometimes need a little extra follow up but nothing excessive.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility.
We're doing a frozen embryo transfer via donor embryo program. The fees in total should be under $8k. Extremely reasonable.
Describe Brianna Schumacher's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
SGF says their standard is almost always a single transfer to reduce the risk of multiples. As a former preemie parent, I recognize the importance of reducing the risk of multiples given the increased risk of prematurity. However, they still evaluate each case to be sure eSET is best given the circumstances. In our case, both embryos we have are healthy and theres no reason to justify trying multiple transfer and risking multiples.
10
Doctor
Brianna Schumacher
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.

2014 - 2015, Successful
10
10
Age 32 - 33
2 IUI
2 IVF
Other
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
Doctor
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I can't recommend him enough. He takes time to explain every step of treatment and why he's making any recommendations. He's open to questions or suggestions and was able to honestly evaluate my condition (even as it changed). He was easy to reach when necessary-even promptly answering emails on the weekend. I felt he personally cared about our success and happiness.
The clinic staff is very kind. They run promptly (a big plus when there are so many appointments and you're trying to get to work!).
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I can't recommend him enough. He takes time to explain every step of treatment and why he's making any recommendations. He's open to questions or suggestions and was able to honestly evaluate my condition (even as it changed). He was easy to reach when necessary-even promptly answering emails on the weekend. I felt he personally cared about our success and happiness.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Sasson, Lisa and the rest of the staff answered emails and phone calls promptly I came to know them as people, not just medical professionals. I never felt like they had anything but my best health and a successful pregnancy as their goal.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
For our egg retrieval cycles we used a combination of injectables and growth hormone to provide a better egg quality. We did PGS testing to improve the odds of a successful transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Lisa Russell)
The nurses at SGF are wonderful. They are invested in the patient care, so much so, that I know they update each other on patient results even when someone is out of the office on vacation. I received medication updates and post-op check ins as expected. Lisa is very knowledgeable and is able to answer many of the questions that arose during the process. She helped make the process easier and less stressful.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic staff is very kind. They run promptly (a big plus when there are so many appointments and you're trying to get to work!).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
Pre-IVF: $30/copay per visit, IUI $50-copay IVF shared risk: $26,000
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

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2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 35
IVF
Endometriosis
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Sasson made me feel comfortable and a part of his medical family. He took my concerns into consideration and easily made them a part of my treatment plan. He knows each of his unique patients/families. I was impressed with his thorough review of my medical history and infertility issues... is very kind, welcoming and knowledgeable. He doesn’t just through medical terms at you but he breaks things down for you medically and personally so you can make sound decisions. He is able to tell you the good, bad, and unpleasant outcomes of your treatment using a thorough review of your medical history, ivf treatment plan and medical comparisons to similar fertility patients.
All of the nursing and care staff [at Shady Grove Fertility] are extremely nice, helpful and very informative. My personal nurse Lisa is like a friend of the family. She is only one call or email away to guide me through medications, answer questions and make me feel comfortable...The clinic is very modern and clean. It is in a great location. The office is always able to accommodate your schedule and get you the appointments you need once you start/are in your treatment cycle.
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson made me feel comfortable and a part of his medical family. He took my concerns into consideration and easily made them a part of my treatment plan. He knows each of his unique patients/families. I was impressed with his thorough review of my medical history and infertility issues.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Tell everything and do not hold back!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson is very kind, welcoming and knowledgeable. He doesn’t just through medical terms at you but he breaks things down for you medically and personally so you can make sound decisions. He is able to tell you the good, bad, and unpleasant outcomes of your treatment using a thorough review of your medical history, ivf treatment plan and medical comparisons to similar fertility patients.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Too early
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Lisa Russell)
All of the nursing and care staff are extremely nice, helpful and very informative. My personal nurse Lisa is like a friend of the family. She is only one call or email away to guide me through medications, answer questions and make me feel comfortable.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic is very modern and clean. It is in a great location. The office is always able to accommodate your schedule and get you the appointments you need once you start/are in your treatment cycle.
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
2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 29
Endometriosis
Tubal Blockage
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
it really seems like he [Dr. Sasson] cares about my case. He is patient, calm, and honest. He explained the different courses and provided his input on the best one, but in the end it was my decision to make and he supported it... recommended IVF due to tube blockage...He recommended eSET due to my age and the risk of a multiple pregnancy...The first consultation he sat down with my husband and I for an hour and reviewed all my medical documentations and explained the process and plan.
She [nurse at Shady Grove Fertility] frequently checked in using the patient portal and answered all my questions...has a risk program for IVF. With medications and the program probability around 25-30,000...Strengths: patient, understanding, sensitive. The doctor and all the nurses were wonderful. Weaknesses: financial department. They did not work with me on money I was getting from my husband’s work. It was very frustrating and made me feel like a number. However, the care the doctor and nurses provided is why I am still with my clinic.
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I am still under going treatment but so far it really seems like he cares about my case. He is patient, calm, and honest. He explained the different courses and provided his input on the best one, but in the end it was my decision to make and he supported it.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Fertility treatment is a very sensitive time & Issac Sasson respects that.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
The first consultation he sat down with my husband and I for an hour and reviewed all my medical documentations and explained the process and plan.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I am still undergoing treatment. Isaac recommended IVF due to tube blockage. I have not started IVF yet.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Nikki)
She frequently checked in using the patient portal and answered all my questions.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Strengths: patient, understanding, sensitive. The doctor and all the nurses were wonderful. Weaknesses: financial department. They did not work with me on money I was getting from my husband’s work. It was very frustrating and made me feel like a number. However, the care the doctor and nurses provided is why I am still with my clinic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady grove has a risk program for IVF. With medications and the program probability around 25-30,000
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
He recommended eSET due to my age and the risk of a multiple pregnancy.
10
Doctor
Isaac Sasson
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
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.

2018, Successful
10
10
Age 29
1 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
4th of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He [Dr. Isaac Sasson] would call me any time of day and talk for as long as needed. He knew everything about me, my goals, what I feared most in a treatment, and would explain how we were going to work together to make pregnancy possible... It’s hard to put in words what an exception physician he is. You can’t get anything better. He knows what he’s doing it and he does it well and with the upmost respect and care for you. When we finally got pregnant, HE kept thanking US “for trusting him”... but I literally can’t think of anyone I trust mo
Not all the nurses [at Shady Grove of PA-Chesterbrook] are excellent, but Victoria “Tori” is the best and I was lucky to have her looking out for me!... They are closing the Bala office which is a huge shame. Staff is coordinated, but they are trying to expand which has some drawbacks to the patients, such as having an US tech instead of physician.
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
It’s hard to put in words what an exception physician he is. You can’t get anything better. He knows what he’s doing it and he does it well and with the upmost respect and care for you. When we finally got pregnant, HE kept thanking US “for trusting him”... but I literally can’t think of anyone I trust more
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Don’t be afraid to open up with him. Tell him everything you are thinking because it will help him plan the best treatment plan for you
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
He would call me any time of day and talk for as long as needed. He knew everything about me, my goals, what I feared most in a treatment, and would explain how we were going to work together to make pregnancy possible
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Victoria Bennis)
Not all the nurses are excellent, but Victoria “Tori” is the best and I was lucky to have her looking out for me!
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
They are closing the Bala office which is a huge shame. Staff is coordinated, but they are trying to expand which has some drawbacks to the patients, such as having an US tech instead of physician.
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Always single at shady grove. Their studies have shown if the transfer is goin to result in pregnancy, it will do so regardless of quantity of embryo. So if you transfer 2, and get pregnant, you will have multiples.
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
2016 - 2018, Successful
10
10
Age 36 - 38
3 IVF
Unexplained
Other
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sasson is kind, gentle, and caring. He truly wants to help get his patients to a positive outcome. He is very honest and timely with all of his communication. During my initial consultation of 2 hours he took the time to explain things and to help me fully understand my treatment plan. He truly is an amazing human being....He used an antagonist protocol. We did one egg retrieval, PGS testing, and three frozen embryo transfers resulting in 2 live births.
The entire staff [Shady Grove Fertility] including the receptionist were extremely kind, friendly, and compassionate. Some visits were difficult for me, but I knew that I would always have a good experience at the clinic. They truly showed their support.... Each visit takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. The waiting rooms never overcrowded. You are assigned a nurse coordinator that is always accessible even on nights and weekends. You truly are treated like a human being.
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson is kind, gentle, and caring. He truly wants to help get his patients to a positive outcome. He is very honest and timely with all of his communication. During my initial consultation of 2 hours he took the time to explain things and to help me fully understand my treatment plan. He truly is an amazing human being.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust him. He wants to help you to expand your family and will always be there for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson always had time to see me and explain everything. He personally did every ultrasound and spoke to me with kindness.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
He used an antagonist protocol. We did one egg retrieval, PGS testing, and three frozen embryo transfers resulting in 2 live births.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Erica )
The entire staff including the receptionist were extremely kind, friendly, and compassionate. Some visits were difficult for me, but I knew that I would always have a good experience at the clinic. They truly showed their support.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Each visit takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish. The waiting rooms never overcrowded. You are assigned a nurse coordinator that is always accessible even on nights and weekends. You truly are treated like a human being.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
Approximately $40,000
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. Sasson encouraged me to transfer only one embryo per cycle.
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
2018, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 37
13 IUI
2 IVF
Male Factor
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
We are still early in our treatment with Dr. Sasson, however, he has given us hope that we didn’t receive at our previous clinic. He’s very blunt, but I like that. He gets straight to the point and is prepared to tackle the battles with us! He has met with us a few times, always for at least an hour! We never feel rushed... His protocol for our upcoming IVF cycle is high medication stims in order to make me produce as many eggs as possible. Our previous clinic always shot for a few eggs.
Shadygrove has not let me down yet. They’re attentive, organized and always seem to know me. I never feel like just a number there! They also have a wonderful shared risk program that makes me feel so confident in my desire to switch to them.... [Nurse] Chrissy is so sweet. She’s attentative and answers all my questions even if I think they’re stupid.... Dr Sasson was so welcoming when we came to see him. He has given us an amazing new protocol
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
We are still early in our treatment with Dr. Sasson, however, he has given us hope that we didn’t receive at our previous clinic. He’s very blunt, but I like that. He gets straight to the point and is prepared to tackle the battles with us! He has met with us a few times, always for at least an hour! We never feel rushed
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Listen to him and understand that he cares. He may be blunt with his details, but it’s better than sugarcoating!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Sasson was so welcoming when we came to see him. He has given us an amazing new protocol and seems so optimistic that he can help us achieve our dream of becoming parents.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
His protocol for our upcoming IVF cycle is high medication stims in order to make me produce as many eggs as possible. Our previous clinic always shot for a few eggs.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Chrissy )
Chrissy is so sweet. She’s attentative and answers all my questions even if I think they’re stupid.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shadygrove has not let me down yet. They’re attentive, organized and always seem to know me. I never feel like just a number there! They also have a wonderful shared risk program that makes me feel so confident in my desire to switch to them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
$27,500 for the shared risk program plus PGS testing
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
We are looking to transfer a single PGS tested embryo.
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.

2013 - 2014, Successful
10
10
Age 39 - 40
3 IVF
PCOS
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Marketer or PR
4th of 4 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He [Dr Sasson] is in a word - amazing. We had losses before him. This was our last chance and he understood the emotion. He was just as excited as we were when he saw our babies on u/s...He is very blunt - he doesn't sugar coat. But you are always his most important patient....I remember that after our loss done by one of his colleagues - he was very honest about why it failed and why a change in meds and protocol were necessary
They [the staff at Shady Grove Fertility in Chesterbrook] are very welcoming but busy. Thankfully you are never treated like a number...He [Dr Sasson] is in a word - amazing. We had losses before him. This was our last chance and he understood the emotion. He was just as excited as we were when he saw our babies on u/s...He is very blunt - he doesn't sugar coat. But you are always his most important patient....I remember that after our loss done by one of his colleagues - he was very honest about why it failed and why a change in meds and protocol were necessary
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
He is in a word - amazing. We had losses before him. This was our last chance and he understood the emotion. He was just as excited as we were when he saw our babies on u/s
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
He is very blunt - he doesn't sugar coat. But you are always his most important patient.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
He is amazing. We were not the easiest case. He answered all of our questions candidly, with respect and understanding.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I remember that after our loss done by one of his colleagues - he was very honest about why it failed and why a change in meds and protocol were necessary
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Morgan )
We are still friends with our Fertility nursing team. They were always available. They celebrated and cried with us.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
They are very welcoming but busy. Thankfully you are never treated like a number.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
We were very lucky and had ours covered by insurance/employer
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
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2013 - 2016, Successful
10
10
Age 32 - 35
1 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Other
Income $0 - $49K
Accountant
Only Doc Seen
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Sasson will always be in my heart. He has not only made my dreams of becoming a mommy true. But the way he treated me was even more welcoming. Made me trust every word he said. And felt very comfortable with every treatment I did... he was always up front with me and explained things the way I understood them...
Love the nursing staff at Shady Grove Chesterbrook...
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Sasson will always be in my heart. He has not only made my dreams of becoming a mommy true. But the way he treated me was even more welcoming. Made me trust every word he said. And felt very comfortable with every treatment I did.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust in him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I love Dr. Sasson, he was always up front with me and explained things the way I understood them. Best Dr. Hands down.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Lisa )
Love the nursing staff at Shady Grove Chesterbrook.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
Between my fresh and frozen I'd have to say almost 20k
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, Unknown Success
8
8
Age 29
3 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
The interaction with Dr. Schumacher is limited...During the IUI cycles Dr. Schumacher has me taking clomid after an unsuccessful IUI and a cancelled IUI she switched up the type of medication I was taking...also prescribed other medications during the screening process that would increase fertility...does her best to keep communication open via emails and through the patient portal...She is very knowledgeable and kind. I just wish there was more time with her
They have many locations [of Shady Grove] making appointments easy to schedule. The Chesterbrook location has a surgery center attached so any procedures are done at that location making it a more comfortable experience...Nikki is an excellent nurse!! She makes all the time and answered all my questions. Nikki was very thorough and organized throughout my treatments... has a large medical staff which is great because appointments run on time and you are not left waiting for a long time. However this is also a disadvantage because you may not see your primary doctor during any of your blood work or ultra sound appointments.
How was your experience with Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Schumacher is a great doctor! She is very knowledgeable and kind. I just wish there was more time with her! Dr Schumacher does her best to keep communication open via emails and through the patient portal.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Schumacher is great but you may not see her often.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
The interaction with Dr. Schumacher is limited. There is a large staff at shady grove Fertility, everyone is great but it would be nice to have more patient doctor time.
Describe the protocols Brianna Schumacher used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
During the IUI cycles Dr. Schumacher has me taking clomid after an unsuccessful IUI and a cancelled IUI she switched up the type of medication I was taking. Dr Schumacher also prescribed other medications during the screening process that would increase fertility.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Nikki Yeager)
Nikki is an excellent nurse!! She makes all the time and answered all my questions. Nikki was very thorough and organized throughout my treatments.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady grove has a large medical staff which is great because appointments run on time and you are not left waiting for a long time. However this is also a disadvantage because you may not see your primary doctor during any of your blood work or ultra sound appointments. They have many locations making appointments easy to schedule. The Chesterbrook location has a surgery center attached so any procedures are done at that location making it a more comfortable experience.
8
Doctor
Brianna Schumacher
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
2019, Consult
10
10
Age 38
Latinx
Income $0 - $49K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr Brianna [Schumacher] made me feel comfortable and I know for sure she will do the same to you. She is also a great listener and will give you great answers to all your questions...She gave us hope and explained procedures and possibilities and outcome in diagrams and self explained. Dr Brianna is a pleasent intellegent caring doctor.
[The nurse at Shady Grove Fertility was] a great listener...Great place, safe clean environment. As I walked it I felt good it look so nice and peaceful. The staff was respectful friendly and I felt as if everyone understood what I was going threw. I felt on my heart there compassion and trust. I never felt so comfortable and hopeful in another past clinic.
How was your experience with Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Brianna made us feel comfortable and gave us an answer to all of questions. She gave us hope and explained procedures and possibilities and outcome in diagrams and self explained. Dr Brianna is a pleasent intellegent caring doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Brianna made me feel comfortable and I know for sure she will do the same to you. She is also a great listener and will give you great answers to all your questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brianna Schumacher at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr Brianna was very good listener and self explained she gave me the hope I needed and the answers to all my questions. I knew God had put her in our direction for a reason. I hope to see her agin soon!
Describe the protocols Brianna Schumacher used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Overian Assessment Report, Baseline ultrasound, Saline Sonogram
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Bonnie )
Very Compasion and a great listener.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Great place, safe clean environment. As I walked it I felt good it look so nice and peaceful. The staff was respectful friendly and I felt as if everyone understood what I was going threw. I felt on my heart there compassion and trust. I never felt so comfortable and hopeful in another past clinic.
10
Doctor
Brianna Schumacher
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Chesterbrook
Operations
Scheduling
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Successful
10
10
Age 33
1 IVF
Male Factor
Prefer not to answer
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. sasson came in on his day off to perform embryo transfer because he knew it was important to me and he was the one that participated in my mock transfer. The transfer was successful and I think it had everything to do with continuity in care. ... Was treated like a human, never once felt like just a number ... Trust the professionals they really know what they are doing and have your best interest at heart
good communication, prompt, friendly. It was very easy to make appointments, especially around my busy work schedule. The receptionist knew you by name which meant a lot! Highly recommend this fertility specialist! ... [nursing staff] Very informative and response time was always quick ... Trust the professionals they really know what they are doing and have your best interest at heart
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. sasson came in on his day off to perform embryo transfer because he knew it was important to me and he was the one that participated in my mock transfer. The transfer was successful and I think it had everything to do with continuity in care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust the professionals they really know what they are doing and have your best interest at heart
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
Was treated like a human, never once felt like just a number
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility.
Very informative and response time was always quick
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
good communication, prompt, friendly. It was very easy to make appointments, especially around my busy work schedule. The receptionist knew you by name which meant a lot! Highly recommend this fertility specialist!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
22,000
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
2019, Successful
10
10
Age 41
1 IVF
Tubal Blockage
Black or African-American
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Kallen spent at least one hour for each of the two visits and discussions we had before beginning the IVF process. He was honest and straight forward, which we needed. Dr. Kallen also offered us hope. He was cautiously optimistic encouraging us to allow him to worry rather than us carry all of the stress of the IVF journey. We truly felt like we were on a team with Dr. Kallen... 90% of my visits was handled by Dr. Kallen, which is impressive given the number of appointments I needed and the travel between the two clinics. Additionally, Dr. Kallen did not rush our process...
The clinic [Shady Grove Fertility] staffs optimistic, upbeat, and loving people. I always felt comfortable in the space and believed that people cared about me even if they barely knew us. The ability to bring an acupuncturist was nice. The early hours were very helpful for me as a working educator with an early start time to the day...EVERYONE including the woman who worked at the front desk was kind. Our nurse Nikki helped me every single day even after I moved on to my OB/GYN doctors. She was always positive and answered by almost daily questions instantly. There were many days I felt insecure, and worried. On those days, Nikki accepted my messages and if necessary would call me to offer encouraging words. Her enthusiasm helped to keep me calm. I only wish I met or was able to see Nikki more often during my visits.
How was your experience with Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Kallen was always available when we needed him. When we had questions he would respond. Furthermore, I loved his direct approach, and encouraging words. We traveled between two clinics-one close to our home and the other close to my work. 90% of my visits was handled by Dr. Kallen, which is impressive given the number of appointments I needed and the travel between the two clinics. Additionally, Dr. Kallen did not rush our process. He was careful and thoughtful. For example, after my retrieval and genetic testing, I was left with one embryo. The original plan was for me to begin the transfer process of our one embryo. Instead, doctor Kallen decided that I should engage the medication as if transferring the embryo, but instead they would take a biopsy of my endometrium lining to determine whether or not the medication protocol (which originally is based on the average woman's needs) was appropriate for my body. This was a difficult decision because it met that I had to give myself injections and wait an extra month for the actual transfer. The biopsy returned indicating that my medication protocol needed to be different from the average woman. At that moment, I felt most grateful to Dr. Kallen for encouraging us to follow the medication/biopsy process before the medication/transfer process. The extra month was well worth the wait. Our lone embryo was transferred resulting in a positive pregnancy test. Dr. Kallen performed the transfer with optimism and was the one to call with the positive pregnancy test. I was surprised and afraid at the same time to hear his voice and relieved to hear his good news. He sounded as happy as we were, which affirmed my belief that we were all working as a team. He gave all the credit to us. I know that without Dr. Kallen, my positive mindset and our good results would not have been possible. He always helped me to feel powerful and in control. For example, he often told us that we were doing great and that he is impressed with us. This positive reinforcement helped me to remain sane throughout this journey.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Trust him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Kallen spent at least one hour for each of the two visits and discussions we had before beginning the IVF process. He was honest and straight forward, which we needed. Dr. Kallen also offered us hope. He was cautiously optimistic encouraging us to allow him to worry rather than us carry all of the stress of the IVF journey. We truly felt like we were on a team with Dr. Kallen.
Describe the protocols Caleb Kallen used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
My issue with fertility is blocked tubes-one resulting in removal of the right tube due to ectopic pregnancy the year before. I began with medication protocol: July: Birth Control for a set number of day and daily injections in my belly (Gonal F & Menopur) after blood work and ultra sound, retrieval was scheduled. Once eggs were retrieved this was the most challenging time for me. Waiting for results regarding the growth and development of the eggs, then waiting for the genetic testing results. After it all, i had one Embryo which developed for 5 days before freezing. The next phase began medication for biopsy of my endometrium lining. The protocol began in August including: Birth Control, Estrace tab 2 mg PO 3 for approximately two weeks, blood work/ultrasound, first day of Estrace, Progesterone in oil 50mg 1 mL in AM and PM, continued with Estrace and Progestrone shots in the buttock for 5 days. Biopsy followed. September we followed the same protocol adding an extra day of Estrace and Progestrone as the biopsy indicated I needed. Embryo transfer followed. October 10th blood test scheduled giving us a positive result. We continued with Shady Grove for weekly ultra sounds until 10 weeks. I then moved to my OB/GYN doctors for the remainder of my pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Nikki)
EVERYONE including the woman who worked at the front desk was kind. Our nurse Nikki helped me every single day even after I moved on to my OB/GYN doctors. She was always positive and answered by almost daily questions instantly. There were many days I felt insecure, and worried. On those days, Nikki accepted my messages and if necessary would call me to offer encouraging words. Her enthusiasm helped to keep me calm. I only wish I met or was able to see Nikki more often during my visits.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic staffs optimistic, upbeat, and loving people. I always felt comfortable in the space and believed that people cared about me even if they barely knew us. The ability to bring an acupuncturist was nice. The early hours were very helpful for me as a working educator with an early start time to the day.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility.
30,000
Describe Caleb Kallen's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. Kallen believed strongly that we only transfer one embryo for our first cycle. It would not have mattered for us anyway because I only had one embryo to transfer.
10
Doctor
Caleb Kallen
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Chesterbrook
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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Verified

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2018 - 2019, Successful
10
10
Age 36 - 37
1 IUI
1 IVF
Tubal Blockage
European
Income $100K - $199K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He [Dr. Caleb Kallen] was compassionate when things were tough, and honest about my obstacles. After 2 previous ectopics (separated by a successful IUI pregnancy), he was very clear with me that IVF would be the best option, and that IUI worried him because of the risk to my health with another ectopic...I had an extreme curve in my cervix from a previous C section that made the egg transfer extremely difficult. He was honest and said that it would be really difficult, maybe impossible to get into my uterus with the eggs.
We got PGS testing free [at Shady Grove Fertility] because we were part of a study...Sometimes the clinic was really crowded and I would wait 30-50 minutes for an ultrasound. This would happen maybe 25% of the time. Usually bloodwork was on time and quick. It was usually wasy to schedule appointments for times that were good for me...Elyse [nurse] was amazing. She was sweet, super knowledgable, and quick to help me or get anything i needed. I also had Emily, who I worked with primarily through email. I could get in touch with her any time easily, and she was great to work with too.
How was your experience with Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Kallen can be seen as a man of few words as I've seen in other reviews, and I agree with that. However, what he says is full of substance and gets to the heart of the issue. He was compassionate when things were tough, and honest about my obstacles. After 2 previous ectopics (separated by a successful IUI pregnancy), he was very clear with me that IVF would be the best option, and that IUI worried him because of the risk to my health with another ectopic. That made me feel more secure making the difficult decision to go forward with IVF even though we get pregnant with one IUI cycle before. I had an extreme curve in my cervix from a previous C section that made the egg transfer extremely difficult. He was honest and said that it would be really difficult, maybe impossible to get into my uterus with the eggs. That scared me, but I felt it prepared me for the possibility of not being able to get the egg into my uterus; a possibility I had never thought of. I could tell he was really focused on figuring it out, coming to my ultrasounds and trying to figure out what was going on. I felt like he really worked hard on helping me as an individual with specific needs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
nothing. He was great and I would highly recommend him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility?
I never felt like I was being pushed into making decisions that were not in my best interest.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Elyse and Emily)
Elyse was amazing. She was sweet, super knowledgable, and quick to help me or get anything i needed. I also had Emily, who I worked with primarily through email. I could get in touch with her any time easily, and she was great to work with too.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Sometimes the clinic was really crowded and I would wait 30-50 minutes for an ultrasound. This would happen maybe 25% of the time. Usually bloodwork was on time and quick. It was usually wasy to schedule appointments for times that were good for me.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Caleb Kallen at Shady Grove Fertility.
I think our costs were about 20,000 for one egg retrieval and 2 transfers. Our insurance covered all of this. We got PGS testing free because we were part of a study. The egg freezing was around $4,000 I think, and maybe another $1000 for medications that weren't covered.
Describe Caleb Kallen's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I asked Dr. about the idea of transferring multiple embryos. Dr. Kallen said it would not increase my chances, and explained the increased risks of multiples. Using one egg a time would make sure each embryo had it's best shot. This was my understanding of it. He sometimes would say, "If you were my sister, my advice would be..." That made sense to me, and I it made me feel like he was giving me real advice and feedback rather than just numbers and science. He did also mention that I could do 2 embryos if I wanted to, if I would be jumping at the idea of twins.
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.

2018 - 2019, Unsuccessful
2
0
Age 34 - 35
2 IUI
Unexplained
Other
Income $200K - $499K
Business Executive
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
[Dr. Lorna Timmreck] didn't seem to care about us as patients and was always very rushed. Her responses were passive at every meeting, which was only two or three times during my 3 attempts at Timed Intercourse...Dr. Timmerick was very passive and seemed more like she was going through a routine and reading off cue cards than actually listening, providing answers, and caring about me as a person.
My nurse [at Shady Grove Fertility] was a mess; she was my main contact at Shady Grove and never had any clue who I was, my history, or what treatment I was doing...they were to schedule weekend testing for me at Rockville but Rockville had no information on me having been scheduled when I arrived...The clinic staff in Columbia never had any clue who I was, my history, or what treatment I was doing. They actually sent me lab results from another patient with a similar name and were moving forward with treatment based on those results until I noticed it and had it corrected. I had a few experiences for testing at Rockville and Towson locations and they seemed better but would be too far a distance for me to go there regularly.
How was your experience with Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Timmerick didn't seem to care about us as patients and was always very rushed. Her responses were passive at every meeting, which was only two or three times during my 3 attempts at Timed Intercourse.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Timmerick was very passive and seemed more like she was going through a routine and reading off cue cards than actually listening, providing answers, and caring about me as a person.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Kim)
My nurse was a mess; she was my main contact at Shady Grove and never had any clue who I was, my history, or what treatment I was doing.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic staff in Columbia never had any clue who I was, my history, or what treatment I was doing. They actually sent me lab results from another patient with a similar name and were moving forward with treatment based on those results until I noticed it and had it corrected. I had a few experiences for testing at Rockville and Towson locations and they seemed better but would be too far a distance for me to go there regularly.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
Again, they tried to schedule treatments for me based on lab results they uploaded for me, which I noticed were for another patient and were just erroneously uploaded to my chart. There were two instances where my medications weren't called in; they claimed it was the pharmacy's error but I work with the same pharmacy with a different clinic now and have no issues so am inclined to believe it was their problem. There was also an instance where they were to schedule weekend testing for me at Rockville but Rockville had no information on me having been scheduled when I arrived.
2
Doctor
Lorna Timmreck
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
0
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2019, Unsuccessful
8
9
Age 42 - 44
2 IVF
Male Factor
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
The only other thing she [Dr. Timmereck] has done repeatedly is bring up my age. I’m 43, and it’s mentioned at EVERY SINGLE appointment I have with her. I know my age! That’s one of the reasons we are there, I don’t need constant reminders!! But overall, since that one phone call, everything has been great. Just don’t expect any unscheduled discussions with her!...don’t expect to feel like you’re her only patients. She is very kind and understanding and was supportive after our miscarriage, but Dr. Timmreck does not make it a secret that she’s extremely busy.
SGF in general is like a factory. The staff, including doctors are very kind, but the sheer volume of patients and wait times can be overwhelming...The first nurse they assigned me was horribly inexperienced, but Natalie has been wonderful. She is kind, compassionate, knowledgeable and I never feel rushed or that I am bothering her. She always responds to me in a timely manner and does exactly what she says she’ll do.
How was your experience with Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
Overall, she’s been really nice, but at the beginning of our first cycle, they assigned us to a very inexperienced nurse who couldn’t even answer questions on the phone without checking with a colleague. When I called Dr. Timmreck to discuss, she tried to rush me off the phone saying, “I have patients waiting for me” as if I wasn’t a patient myself! But she did reassign us to another experienced nurse. The only other thing she has done repeatedly is bring up my age. I’m 43, and it’s mentioned at EVERY SINGLE appointment I have with her. I know my age! That’s one of the reasons we are there, I don’t need constant reminders!! But overall, since that one phone call, everything has been great. Just don’t expect any unscheduled discussions with her!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
Just don’t expect to feel like you’re her only patients. She is very kind and understanding and was supportive after our miscarriage, but Dr. Timmreck does not make it a secret that she’s extremely busy.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility?
SGF in general is like a factory. The staff, including doctors are very kind, but the sheer volume of patients and wait times can be overwhelming.
Describe the protocols Lorna Timmreck used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
First cycle: I don’t remember the dosages, but we did BCP for 2.5 weeks, then Gonal-f and Menopur injections for 14 days, at some point, they added in cetrotide injections, but I don’t remember exactly when. I did a Lupron trigger shot, then egg retrieval and 5 day transfer Second cycle: we had the Gonal-f and Menopur injections with the added cetrotide again, I don’t remember the dosages, but I do remember that this time it went on for 16 days. Lupron trigger and then egg retrieval. No eggs fertilized in this cycle, so no transfer occurred :( Third cycle in progress: we are on day 7 of Gonal-f and Menopur injections. They increased the Gonal dosage so we hopefully can trigger earlier this time.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Natalie Eaton)
The first nurse they assigned me was horribly inexperienced, but Natalie has been wonderful. She is kind, compassionate, knowledgeable and I never feel rushed or that I am bothering her. She always responds to me in a timely manner and does exactly what she says she’ll do.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
This clinic is like a factory. The plus side: they have the system down pat, so you know exactly what to expect and can learn how to work the system to your advantage. The down side: it is EXTREMELY busy ALL THE TIME. They only have 2 blood draw chairs and 3 ultrasound rooms, so you could make an appointment for monitoring at 7:30am and not be seen until 9:00 or later. They do have several other locations in the area, so you can go to any of those locations to be seen if more convenient. But they are all just as busy!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Lorna Timmreck at Shady Grove Fertility.
They have a multi-cycle discount of $18,500 for 2 cycles. This not include the medications which can be another $5,000-7,000 per cycle.
Describe Lorna Timmreck's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
They did tell me that they would only transfer 2 embryos at a time. We only had 2 that were mature enough to transfer anyway, so it was fine.
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.
It was only the first inexperienced nurse we had that provided incorrect information about my husband’s fertility issue. She almost caused us to give up entirely until we requested a new nurse and a second opinion.
8
Doctor
Lorna Timmreck
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015 - 2019, Unsuccessful
7
7
Age 37 - 41
2 IVF
Donor Sperm
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Income $100K - $199K
Accountant
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr. Beall adjusted my medicines throughout the process, as needed, based on my hormone levels...Given my age, my doctor recommended transferring two embryos. I was in agreement with her...bedside manner is very kind and gentle...She gives unbiased information, details, and facts, which I like, without pushing you to choose a specific path or process. I do wish she proactively offered up information or additional facts without being asked, as sometimes I don't know what I don't know (or don't know what to ask).
My doctor decided to do a fresh transfer of my own embryos on Day 6 instead of Day 5. She told me the staff [at Shady Grove Fertility] (working the weekend, so not the normal staff) would call with a time to be at the clinic on Monday morning. I never received a call. So I had to talk to my doctor on Monday morning and she told me to just go in and they would be ready. However, I waited all day Sunday for a call to update me on the time to go in for my transfer - and no one ever called. That was frustrating, as I tried to reach someone Sunday afternoon and evening and was told that someone would call (they just never did).
How was your experience with Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Beall is very practical and candid with providing information, provided that you ask the appropriate questions. She doesn't often offer up additional information, but will answer all questions honestly. She gives unbiased information, details, and facts, which I like, without pushing you to choose a specific path or process. I do wish she proactively offered up information or additional facts without being asked, as sometimes I don't know what I don't know (or don't know what to ask).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be sure and have a list of questions and have done a little research on your own. Talk to others who have gone through this process. I've learned a lot of helpful tips or things to ask from other women who have used fertility doctors.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Beall's bedside manner is very kind and gentle. But SGF overall feels like a factory. They are efficient with visits and check all the boxes, generally, but you do feel like just one of many patients most of the time.
Describe the protocols Stephanie Beall used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I did two rounds of IVF with a sperm donor. Both treatments were very similar. I used birth control for three weeks before stopping and then starting daily injections. I injected menopur and follistum daily for approximately 10 days, and added in a daily injection of ganarillix for the last five days or so. I went into SGF for an ultrasound and bloodwork every other day until about day 7 or 8, and then went daily. My hormone levels responded well to the hormones, and the tests all went well. Dr. Beall adjusted my medicines throughout the process, as needed, based on my hormone levels. The final trigger shot, given 36 hours before egg retrieval, was pregnyl. Egg retrieval went smoothly, with no adverse reactions to the anesthetic. The first round of IVF, I did PGS testing on the two embryos that reached blastysis, and both were found to be abnormal and were not transfered. The second round of IVF, I chose not to do PGS testing and did a fresh transfer of the two embryos that reached blastysis. In preparation for that transfer, I took a daily pill and used suppositories three times a day for progesterone and estrogen (estrace and estridol I think were the names). I stopped all medicines two weeks after the transfer, when my blood test was negative for pregnancy. Currently, I am looking into using an embryo donor or egg donor.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Casey McNeeley)
Casey was very responsive to messages I left, and patiently answered any and all questions I had. She was quick to find out information from Dr. Beall, if needed, and also helped facilitate communication with the financial coordinator at SGF. She's been wonderful.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
SGF is very well-known in this area and has a good success rate. I have multiple friends and acquaintances who have used them for fertility treatments. That is why I chose to go with them. However, you do feel like another number at times. The staff has all been very friendly and personable! But it's a factory and you do feel like women and couples are constantly in and out.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
They were easy. I was in early and didn't have to wait long. No complaints.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility.
I paid for a multi-cycle IVF program, which gave a small discount for paying for two IVF cycles at once. That cost $23,500 including the PGS testing I elected to do ($18,500 without PGS). In addition, medications were approximately $4,500 per IVF round, or $9,000 total. And the sperm donor cost about $2,000 total (two vials). In addition, I had to pay for a therapist consultation ($300, insurance partially covered and I think my cost was $125) and a few other bloodwork and ultrasound tests that insurance generally covered. I also elected to do acupuncture during this whole process, and that was $45 per visit (found the practitioner on my own and not through SGF). Overall, the cost of two IVF rounds cost me about $37,000 out of pocket. I am not pursuing donor embryo or donor egg for my next step.
Describe Stephanie Beall's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
No. Given my age, my doctor recommended transferring two embryos. I was in agreement with her.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
My doctor decided to do a fresh transfer of my own embryos on Day 6 instead of Day 5. She told me the staff (working the weekend, so not the normal staff) would call with a time to be at the clinic on Monday morning. I never received a call. So I had to talk to my doctor on Monday morning and she told me to just go in and they would be ready. However, I waited all day Sunday for a call to update me on the time to go in for my transfer - and no one ever called. That was frustrating, as I tried to reach someone Sunday afternoon and evening and was told that someone would call (they just never did).
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Doctor
Stephanie Beall
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Columbia
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources