Shady Grove Fertility

66 doctors work here

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

Ratings of 1 indicate that a clinic was poorly operated.

Ratings of 10 indicate that a clinic operated very well.

Scheduling
9.1
9.1
Scheduling

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

Ratings of 10 mean it was easy to schedule appointments.

Billing Department
7.3
7.3
Billing Department

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory billing department.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent billing department.

Nursing Team
8.8
8.8
Nursing Team

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory nursing team.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent nursing team.

LGBTQ Care
4
4
LGBTQ Care

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory LGBTQ care.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent LGBTQ care.

Attention to Detail
7.6
7.6
Attention to Detail

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

For example, a severe error might be failing to inform a patient of critical information, while a small error might be failing to call a patient with results.

CDC Success Rates

This is the most recent data from the CDC. The CDC cautions that it should not be used to compare doctors and clinics.

For more information please see our FAQs.

Where you see a “?” on the chart, a clinic has done fewer than 20 cycles in this category and age range, so the CDC says showing percentages from this small data set would be misleading and unreliable.

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

Available Resources

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

This clinic has 37 offices

Allentown
5018 Medical Center Circle, Suite 210
Allentown, PA 18106
484-640-5367
Annapolis
2000 Medical Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401
410.224.5500
Arlington
901 N Stuart Street Suite 610
Arlington, VA 22201
703.574.3772
Baltimore
720 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
443.825.3340
Bel Air
201 Plumtree Road
Bel Air, MD 21015
410.569.0545
Brandon
515 South Kings Ave
Brandon, FL 33511
813-513-6794
Brooklyn
41 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
929.419.5123
Chesterbrook
945 Chesterbrook Boulevard
Chesterbrook, PA 19087
610.981.6000
Colorado Springs - Shady Grove
4125 Briargate Parkway, Suite 350
Colorado Springs, CO 80920
719-314-3333
Columbia
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
410.997.6999
Denver
8200 E. BELLEVIEW AVENUE, SUITE 615-E
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
720-704-8221
Fairfax
8501 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22031
703.876.0735
Fair Oaks
12011 Lee Jackson Mem. Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22033
703.246.0500
Frederick
165 Thomas Johnson Dr.
Frederick, MD 21702
301.631.1180
Fredericksburg
200 Executive Center Pkwy
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
877-455-2182
Glen Burnie
203 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
(410) 328-2304
Hagerstown
1165 Imperial Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21740
1.888.761.1967
Henrico
7607 Forest Ave
Richmond, VA 23229
804-256-2986
Leesburg
19500 Sandridge Way
Leesburg, VA 20176
703-723-1757
Manhattan
110 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022
212-203-4826
Marietta
61 Whitcher St
Marietta, GA 30060
678-540-1098
Norfolk
601 Colley Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23507
757-937-7955
Richmond
7607 Forest Ave
Richmond, VA 23229
804-256-2986
Rockville
9601 Blackwell Road, 4th and 5th floors
Rockville, MD 20850
301.340.1188
Salisbury
1647 Woodbrooke Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
1.888.761.1967
Sibley
5215 Loughboro Road, NW, Ste. 410
Washington, DC 20016
202.677.4720
Silver Spring
804 Pershing Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910
877-975-5529
Stony Point
9030 Stony Point Pkwy
Richmond, VA 23235
804-500-9999
Tampa Westshore
5016 West Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
813-321-0146
Towson
901 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
410.512.8300
Waldorf
3010 Crain Highway
Waldorf, MD 20601
301.705.9923
Warrington
865 Easton Road Suite 290
Warrington, PA 18976
1-888-761-1967
Washington DC
2021 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
202.296.2595
Wesley Chapel
2324 Cypress Cove
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
813-616-1442
Westminster
844 Washington Rd
Westminster, MD 21157
410.512.8300
Wexford
6400 Brooktree Ct
Wexford, PA 15090
412.785.1057
Woodbridge
13580 Groupe Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22192
703-680-1770
Show 35 more

456 patient reviews

Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 35 - 36
Male Factor
PCOS
Prefer not to answer
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Plosker exudes confidence and above all empathy during this process. His patience and determination has given us so much hope and encouragement during this hard road of infertility. We are so grateful to have found Shady Grove and have all the hope that Dr.Plosker will help guide us to the best possible outcome for our family. We are believing in him to provide us with our miracle baby
What drew us here was the program options and the financial programs to help us navigate. IVF is expensive so having opportunity to get medical costs reduced when our insurance doesn't cover is huge. We have heard nothing but great things from folks who have has success with Shady Grove. We drive 2 hours for every appointment because this is the best care we have found.
How was your experience with Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Plosker exudes confidence and above all empathy during this process. His patience and determination has given us so much hope and encouragement during this hard road of infertility. We are so grateful to have found Shady Grove and have all the hope that Dr.Plosker will help guide us to the best possible outcome for our family. We are believing in him to provide us with our miracle baby 👶
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
Come with questions and expect to get them fully answered!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Plosker took his time with us. Answering any and every question we had. His confidence to get us pregnant has given us hope again.
Describe the protocols Shayne Plosker used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We are awaiting to start mediation for our first egg retrieval. Our protocol was delayed due to Covid19.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility.
Excellent communicator, empathetic and passionate about her job
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
What drew us here was the program options and the financial programs to help us navigate. IVF is expensive so having opportunity to get medical costs reduced when our insurance doesn't cover is huge. We have heard nothing but great things from folks who have has success with Shady Grove. We drive 2 hours for every appointment because this is the best care we have found.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shayne Plosker at Shady Grove Fertility.
Our cycle (which we are waiting to start) will cost 22,000 plus the cost of meds and genetic testing.
10
Doctor
Shayne Plosker
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Brandon
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
8
8
Age 36 - 37
2 IUI
3 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Unexplained
European
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr.Doyle was open to feedback and was very kind and supportive. I enjoy working with him and his team, they work well together and make sure that I have everything that I need...He is communicative, would call me personally to check in...asks for my opinions/feedback...If you're not sure, ask questions, he will answer them. Advocate for yourself and do your own research...I also think that they sometimes thought I knew or understood terms during the beginning, so I would encourage people to ask questions and do your own research. I ended up working with a number of doctors, which can be off putting; so again make sure you ask them questions so you know what is going on.
Sometimes the wait is extremely long [at Shady Grove Fertility]. I also think that they sometimes thought I knew or understood terms during the beginning, so I would encourage people to ask questions and do your own research. I ended up working with a number of doctors, which can be off putting; so again make sure you ask them questions so you know what is going on...Dr.Doyle was open to feedback and was very kind and supportive. I enjoy working with him and his team, they work well together and make sure that I have everything that I need...He is communicative, would call me personally to check in...asks for my opinions/feedback...If you're not sure, ask questions, he will answer them. Advocate for yourself and do your own research...I also thi
How was your experience with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
He is communicative, would call me personally to check in. Dr.Doyle was open to feedback and was very kind and supportive. I enjoy working with him and his team, they work well together and make sure that I have everything that I need.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
If you're not sure, ask questions, he will answer them. Advocate for yourself and do your own research.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
He is very communicative and asks for my opinions/feedback.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Sometimes the wait is extremely long. I also think that they sometimes thought I knew or understood terms during the beginning, so I would encourage people to ask questions and do your own research. I ended up working with a number of doctors, which can be off putting; so again make sure you ask them questions so you know what is going on.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility.
Copays and out of pocket for egg freezing.
8
Doctor
Joseph Doyle
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unsuccessful
0
7
Age 34 - 35
1 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Latinx
Consultant
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Unsuccessful
The fact that she would leave me a voicemail with devastating news about the status of our embryos tested with PGT with no way to get in touch to learn more about why or details was HORRIBLE. She showed little compassion or care to leave news like that without talking to a patient directly. ... it was clear that she reviewed my file in prep for each conversation. no problem with that- more that the time we spent waiting exceeded amount of time actually spent with the doctor.
When I wanted to see a new doctor [at Shady Grove Fertility] ... I was able to get in with the new doctor within a week and the transition was easy and painless. ... We started with a protocol that included 450 iUs of GonalF daily, 150 IUs of Menopur, and then Cetrotide. That cycle resulted in a cancelled retrieval due to development of a dominant follicle. The 2nd cycle started with 10 days of birth control followed by 2 days of Lupron Injections (2x daily), 450 IUs daily of Gonal F and 150 IUs daily of Menopur. This resulted in 3 follicles with 2 eggs retrieved, 2 healthy high quality embryos, but one had genetic condition and other chromosomal issue.
How was your experience with Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility?
The fact that she would leave me a voicemail with devastating news about the status of our embryos tested with PGT with no way to get in touch to learn more about why or details was HORRIBLE. She showed little compassion or care to leave news like that without talking to a patient directly. My sister's doctor (also at Shady Grove) called her day of her retrival to see how she was feeling but I got no such call from Dr. Garde.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be prepared to have your expectation set and wait to see her. Also check and see if your insurance is covering what costs are for out of pocket meds and then filing a claim later. Insurance rates for medication were not "discounted" and my $15,000 lifetime benefit didnt cover all drugs for the first round, which was subsequently cancelled.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility?
While the care seemed personal, it was clear by the waiting time for each appointment (sometimes in excess of 30 minutes) it was clear that she reviewed my file in prep for each conversation. no problem with that- more that the time we spent waiting exceeded amount of time actually spent with the doctor. Felt like we got more from our nurse than the doctor. She also called me and left me a voicemail after her working hours to let me know that my embryos were not viable with no way to get in touch to learn more.
Describe the protocols Rachana Garde used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
. We started with a protocol that included 450 iUs of GonalF daily, 150 IUs of Menopur, and then Cetrotide. That cycle resulted in a cancelled retrieval due to development of a dominant follicle. The 2nd cycle started with 10 days of birth control followed by 2 days of Lupron Injections (2x daily), 450 IUs daily of Gonal F and 150 IUs daily of Menopur. This resulted in 3 follicles with 2 eggs retrieved, 2 healthy high quality embryos, but one had genetic condition and other chromosomal issue.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
When I wanted to see a new doctor due to Dr. Garde's poor bedside manner and communication style, I went with the Doctor that my sister sees and has been happy with. I was able to get in with the new doctor within a week and the transition was easy and painless.
Describe Rachana Garde's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
eSET is doctor and insurance preference
0
Doctor
Rachana Garde
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fairfax
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 32 - 33
1 IUI
1 IVF
Anovulation
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
Male Factor
Tubal Blockage
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Levens was up front about possible difficulties with getting enough eggs based off previous tests however never in a cold manner. ... He has always set realistic expectations with us and explained in detail his reasoning behind best treatment options. ... I never felt down to or made to feel dumb in his explanations. He talked my husband through a lot of the technical stuff (I’m in healthcare so have a small based of knowledge) without my husband feeling overwhelmed.
The Fairfax/Annandale clinic has good hours for working people. I’ve never had much of a wait with the monitoring appointments not had an issue getting a time. The office is always clean and organized ... Everyone has been great. Grace has always answered any and all questions I’ve had in a timely manner. I’ve never had an issue getting in contact with her (or any nurse covering her patients) ... Thus far approximately $3000 for timed intercourse, IUI and IVF medications ...
How was your experience with Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Levens was up front about possible difficulties with getting enough eggs based off previous tests however never in a cold manner. I never felt down to or made to feel dumb in his explanations. He talked my husband through a lot of the technical stuff (I’m in healthcare so have a small based of knowledge) without my husband feeling overwhelmed.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility?
Don’t put off getting an appointment with him!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Levens has been nothing but great. He has always set realistic expectations with us and explained in detail his reasoning behind best treatment options.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Grace)
Everyone has been great. Grace has always answered any and all questions I’ve had in a timely manner. I’ve never had an issue getting in contact with her (or any nurse covering her patients)
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The Fairfax/Annandale clinic has good hours for working people. I’ve never had much of a wait with the monitoring appointments not had an issue getting a time. The office is always clean and organized
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eric Levens at Shady Grove Fertility.
Thus far approximately $3000 for timed intercourse, IUI and IVF medications
10
Doctor
Eric Levens
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fairfax
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Successful
10
10
Age 34 - 35
2 IVF
South Asian
Income $100K - $199K
Engineer
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
We felt good in the hands of [Dr. Stephanie Beall] helping us...Communicative and very responsive in terms of risk. She changed her protocol in the second IVF cycle and it got successful, so we need to be patience. She is very empathetic listening to you and design the treatment protocol based on the individual rather than just getting generics...
A lot of cases [at Shady Grove Fertility]...set protocol and very very high standards. Most important being is their number of clinics in DMV area like a lot of them in MD and VA and its all centralized so you can get your monitoring done at any of Shady Grove's clinics...We felt good in the hands of [Dr. Stephanie Beall] helping us...Communicative and very responsive in terms of risk. She changed her protocol in the second IVF cycle and it got successful, so we need to be patience. She is very empathetic listening to you and design the treatment protocol based on the individual rather than just getting generics...
How was your experience with Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility?
Communicative and very responsive in terms of risk. She changed her protocol in the second IVF cycle and it got successful, so we need to be patience. She is very empathetic listening to you and design the treatment protocol based on the individual rather than just getting generics
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility?
be direct in answering your question and if you are working with her Denita please be responsive
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility?
We felt good in the hands of Dr Beall helping us.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
A lot of cases, set protocol and very very high standards. Most important being is their number of clinics in DMV area like a lot of them in MD and VA and its all centralized so you can get your monitoring done at any of Shady Grove's clinics
Describe the costs associated with your care under Stephanie Beall at Shady Grove Fertility.
mostly IVF and medicines costs
10
Doctor
Stephanie Beall
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Towson
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2020, Successful
9
9
Age 34 - 36
1 IUI
1 IVF
Other
European
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
Business Executive
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I was 33 at the time of my egg retrieval [with Dr. Reh], and had a good retrieval that resulted in 8 PGS normal embryos. The hardest part for me was preparing my lining. Dr. Reh tried multiple different protocols, including estrogen priming and a natural cycle. Dr. Reh also recommended a series hysteroscopies with a surgeon outside of SGF. That turned out to be a really excellent recommendation - I was able to get pregnant after that.
SGF is a very large clinic, which comes with advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages I experienced was my doctor presenting my case to her colleagues to get additional feedback. She came back with other recommendations for us to consider in my treatment. Of the disadvantages, the biggest one, for me, was that major procedures (retrieval and transfer) will be performed by doctors you don't know. I never had a bad experience with a doctor, but for people want their doctor for every procedure, it might not be possible.
How was your experience with Andrea Reh at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Reh is a very good doctor. She showed a lot of compassion for me as I was going through treatment and hit a lot of road blocks. She was also willing to try different approaches/med protocols when the typical approach didn't work for me. She also presented my case to her colleagues to get others feedback, which I feel like shows a lot of humility and willingness to go beyond to figure out what would work for me. Even though we got pregnant without IVF, Dr. Reh and her colleagues gave me the diagnosis and connected me to a surgeon who was able to help us and is probably the reason we got pregnant.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Andrea Reh at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be prepared with questions and don't be afraid to ask about alternative approaches.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Andrea Reh at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Reh was my doctor for about 2 years. I saw her very frequently in the Arlington office, even for lining checks and smaller check-ins. She definitely got to know me and always took time to ask me about myself. She also was very kind around giving bad news, and she gave me some good pep talks when we hit some road blocks.
Describe the protocols Andrea Reh used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I was 33 at the time of my egg retrieval, and had a good retrieval that resulted in 8 PGS normal embryos. The hardest part for me was preparing my lining. Dr. Reh tried multiple different protocols, including estrogen priming and a natural cycle. Dr. Reh also recommended a series hysteroscopies with a surgeon outside of SGF. That turned out to be a really excellent recommendation - I was able to get pregnant after that.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Ashley Wills)
The nursing staff were so excellent. I do not have enough good things to say about Ashley and the others at the Arlington office. They really made me feel like they were on my team. It was a bit bittersweet to "graduate" and say good bye.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
SGF is a very large clinic, which comes with advantages and disadvantages. One of the advantages I experienced was my doctor presenting my case to her colleagues to get additional feedback. She came back with other recommendations for us to consider in my treatment. Of the disadvantages, the biggest one, for me, was that major procedures (retrieval and transfer) will be performed by doctors you don't know. I never had a bad experience with a doctor, but for people want their doctor for every procedure, it might not be possible.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
I thought monitoring appointments were efficiently run. I frequently saw my primary doctor during these appointments. This was a benefit to the Arlington office. I also had the same nurses and techs at most appointments, so it was a comfortable experience.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Andrea Reh at Shady Grove Fertility.
I did SGF's Shared Risk Program with PGS. It was $19,500 + $5,000 for PGS. That included up to 6 retrievals and all FETs.
Describe Andrea Reh's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
We never discussed anything other than an eSET. I would not have wanted to transfer multiple.
9
Doctor
Andrea Reh
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Arlington
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2020, Successful
10
10
Age 33
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Reh is so kind and caring and is happy to help you understand all aspects of fertility testing and treatment. ... Dr. Reh was extremely knowledgeable, kind, caring and patient with us throughout the process. Although we ended up just going through testing, Dr. Reh explained everything thoroughly, was always open to questions, and made us feel confident in the process. We enjoyed working with her.
The clinic [Shave Grove Fertility - Arlington Branch] is very organized and clean. ... I believe they truly understand how hard this process can be for many people and try to make it as positive as possible. ... Don't be afraid to ask any question. ... The entire staff is welcoming, friendly and compassionate. ... Dr. Reh was extremely knowledgeable, kind, caring and patient with us throughout the process. Although we ended up just going through testing, Dr. Reh explained everything thoroughly, was always open to questions, and made us feel confident in the process. We enjoyed working with her.
How was your experience with Andrea Reh at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Reh was extremely knowledgeable, kind, caring and patient with us throughout the process. Although we ended up just going through testing, Dr. Reh explained everything thoroughly, was always open to questions, and made us feel confident in the process. We enjoyed working with her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Andrea Reh at Shady Grove Fertility?
Don't be afraid to ask any question. Dr. Reh is so kind and caring and is happy to help you understand all aspects of fertility testing and treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Andrea Reh at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Reh took her time with us at every appointment. She made connections and tried to get to know us as people. She was always open to questions and concerns.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic is very organized and clean. The entire staff is welcoming, friendly and compassionate. I believe they truly understand how hard this process can be for many people and try to make it as positive as possible.
10
Doctor
Andrea Reh
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Arlington
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
8
10
Age 30 - 31
1 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
Tubal Blockage
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Widra has many patients and isn't focused on day to day care. That being said, it's clear he knows who we are and the circumstances of our case. When we have worked with him directly he has not rushed us and been patient to answer all questions. Lastly, he has weighed all of our factors carefully as well as our financial planning, and helped us make decisions accordingly.... Dr. Widra is blunt and this is what you notice first and foremost about him. However he is compassionate in his own way
Shady Grove is a large practice and it is a business. They do their best to provide the best care but by nature because it is such a enormous practice you are constantly dealing with different people for all parts of the process. It would be easy to feel like a number but I actually don't. I think it does force you to realize you and your partner are in charge, and you must consistently speak up for yourself at every step. They appear to follow science to the enth degree and for that I respect them.
How was your experience with Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Widra is blunt and this is what you notice first and foremost about him. However he is compassionate in his own way and he is extremely knowledgeable. He is also a leader in a large practice. If you you are looking for a straight shooter with a strong research background, he is your guy.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
Don't be afraid to push back and ask questions. He is flexible and understanding but because he is a bit intimidating it can be a bit hard. But I think he respects and appreciates when you are your own advocate.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Widra has many patients and isn't focused on day to day care. That being said, it's clear he knows who we are and the circumstances of our case. When we have worked with him directly he has not rushed us and been patient to answer all questions. Lastly, he has weighed all of our factors carefully as well as our financial planning, and helped us make decisions accordingly.
Describe the protocols Eric Widra used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
First cycle (fresh) : Vivelle patch, then Cetrotide injection, then pre eval, initial Dosing: 300 IU Gonal-F and 150 IU Menopur (2 vials), monitored follicles and finished with HCG Trigger injection. Retrevial two days later (7 eggs--&gt; 2 embryos) and then 5 day transfer of 1 fresh and froze the other. Estradiol/Estrace and endrometrin during TWW. Negative preg test. Second cycle(ERA and FET): Estradiol/Estrace 2mg tablets 3 times a day, then lining check, then Progesterone in Oil 1 ml every third day, then 2 endometrin inserts 2x a day. ERA test showed late stage receptivity so timing of oil shots was shifted by 12 hours. Transfered 1 week ago and waiting for preg test.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Carrie )
Carrie is sweet, knowledgeable and typically available. She is our main POC and translates/communicates all information about our protocol. She has endless patience and is a treasure trove of information. She seems to always act on our behalf and has been a true reliable source of comfort and data. For monitoring, we see a revolving door of nurses and other medical staff. They are all nice, some more helpful than others, but haven't been dissatisfied with any. Just know that you really never have a singular person your dealing with on any given day, except our main nurse.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove is a large practice and it is a business. They do their best to provide the best care but by nature because it is such a enormous practice you are constantly dealing with different people for all parts of the process. It would be easy to feel like a number but I actually don't. I think it does force you to realize you and your partner are in charge, and you must consistently speak up for yourself at every step. They appear to follow science to the enth degree and for that I respect them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Eric Widra at Shady Grove Fertility.
In total for the fresch cycle, including meds, with 50% insurance we initially paid about $6000 for the first cycle. We were later reimbursed some of it due to a higher payout of the insurance. For the ERA and FET we paid I think around $2000 including meds with insurance.
Describe Eric Widra's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Strongly recommended against multiple transfers.
8
Doctor
Eric Widra
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 36 - 37
9 IUI
2 IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Marketer or PR
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
I'm out of state (I live in NC) and feel more connected to Dr. O'Brien than I ever did the doctor I worked with close to home. She's incredibly generous with her time and perspective. After my first transfer failed, she called me and we spoke for 20 mins. After the second failed and another retrieval was needed, she did the same. She was patient and answered my many (many) questions. I've had a lot of complications and challenges - a canceled cycle, DOR, slow response to meds, I can't follow the normal FET protocol (allergic to PIO), my lining doesn't thicken as it should.
We were hoping for 8 eggs but only got 4 [at Shady Grove Fertility]. Lucky for me, 3 fertilized and became AA embryos. One has been transfered (fresh) and resulted in chemical pregnancy. The other two were PGS tested and are normal...Shawn [nurse] has been amazing. I live out of state and she's patient and helpful with ensuring my orders are sent to clinics when I need to monitor and letting me know if results aren't in yet, etc. She's very attentive and answers all of my (many) questions promptly. She delivers bad news with compassion and shows genuine excitement with good news. For instance, when she called to tell me my two embryos were PGS normal, I think she was as happy as I was! You can't fake that. I'm grateful to her - she helps keep me sane in this mess of a process.
How was your experience with Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
I gush about Dr. O'Brien every chance I get - and I don't have a baby yet! She's a wonderful doctor. She's generous with her time and knowledge, she's innovative and persistent. She's also very honest and open with sharing her thought process. She advocates for her patients. On many occasions, I've been in for monitoring and end up getting a surprise visit. When my first retrieval attempt canceled, she came in and told me herself - and helped me feel ok about it. The next time around, I saw her in the hall and she pulled up my results to review them with me in real-time. She's taken time out of her day to call me to discuss next steps (answering all of my questions for 20+ minutes!) and never makes me feel like I'm not important. She's even emailed me with updates or to let me know she'd call at a certain time. I feel so lucky to have found her!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
Don't be afraid to ask questions - she'll answer thoughtfully and thoroughly! She is very transparent so that does mean she shares a lot of information and detail. The first time I spoke with her (phone consult) it was a little overwhelming but now that I know her and her style, I greatly appreciate that.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. O'Brien is the second doctor I've worked with. With the first, I felt like a number. I was worried that might be the case at Shady Grove as well given the size of the clinic. It couldn't be more untrue! I'm out of state (I live in NC) and feel more connected to Dr. O'Brien than I ever did the doctor I worked with close to home. She's incredibly generous with her time and perspective. After my first transfer failed, she called me and we spoke for 20 mins. After the second failed and another retrieval was needed, she did the same. She was patient and answered my many (many) questions. I've had a lot of complications and challenges - a canceled cycle, DOR, slow response to meds, I can't follow the normal FET protocol (allergic to PIO), my lining doesn't thicken as it should. She is innovative and unflappable. She always has a solve to help us get past the hurdle. I truly believe she wants me to be pregnant almost as badly as I do. Her belief in me and in our cause helps keep me going when I struggle to believe it myself. She's straight forward, honest, caring and persistent. With her on my side, I have hope that this will work. (And now I'm crying!)
Describe the protocols Jeanne O'Brien used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Retrieval attempt 1 - microflare. I took microdose Lupron for several days and then added in Gonal-F and Menopur. With only three follicles leading, she decided to cancel because she felt my ovaries could do better. Retrieval 1 - estrogen priming. This started with estrogen patches for several days. I added other meds later (forget the details!) and then Gonal-F and Menopur. The doses were pretty high, especially of Menopur. Towards the end I was taking 5 vials! Also added in Cetrotide to help extend the cycle and allow more follicles to grow. I ultimately had 6 retrieved, 4 mature. Retrieval 2- microflare - after the first cancellation on this protocol, she lowered the microdose lupron dose to ensure my follicles didn't grow too fast. This also allowed for lower doses of Gonal-F and Menopur. We were hoping for 8 eggs but only got 4. Lucky for me, 3 fertilized and became AA embryos. One has been transfered (fresh) and resulted in chemical pregnancy. The other two were PGS tested and are normal.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Shawn Thompson)
All of the nurses at Shady Grove are fantastic. Shawn has been amazing. I live out of state and she's patient and helpful with ensuring my orders are sent to clinics when I need to monitor and letting me know if results aren't in yet, etc. She's very attentive and answers all of my (many) questions promptly. She delivers bad news with compassion and shows genuine excitement with good news. For instance, when she called to tell me my two embryos were PGS normal, I think she was as happy as I was! You can't fake that. I'm grateful to her - she helps keep me sane in this mess of a process.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove is massive and I worried I'd be just a number with them. It's not the case. The entire staff is compassionate, helpful and caring. I also believe their size allows them to be cutting edge and have vast experience and expertise. Nothing seems to surprise them - probably because they see it all. I also love that they have a Wellness Center onsite with acupuncture! I participate in the Shared Risk program which gives me peace of mind. It's a wonderful option and is not something I've seen available at many other places. An exception to my high praise is the billing department. To be clear, I don't mean the financial counselors - April Jackson was wonderful. The billing department is unresponsive and challenging to work with. I had a really bad experience with them working with my insurance that caused me a lot of added heartache I didn't need. I mentioned this to my nurse, Shawn, and financial counselor, April, and they helped me escalate it to a senior person on the team to help get resolution.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeanne O'Brien at Shady Grove Fertility.
The majority of my first IVF cycle (actual procedure) was covered by my insurance. Dr. O'Brien did a lot to help ensure I was able to maximize that. Now I am doing Shared Risk which is EXPENSIVE - but it's worth it for the peace of mind. If you qualify, it's a great option if there's a likelihood that you'll have to do multiple retrievals and transfers.
10
Doctor
Jeanne O'Brien
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unknown Success
3
4
Age 34
1 Fertility Medications
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Professor
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
As unexplained infertility patients [of Dr. Swelstad], it was really a bummer that we didn't find any answers or did any extra tests to have a more accurate diagnosis. Although I really appreciated that we went into the IUI cycle in full immersion, trying everything from the beginning. I wish there was more interaction with him, also if it was just via email...There weren't extra tests done, just standard...when they realized I had too many mature follicles. The dr who saw the result (no Swelstad), called me and explain that there was a high risk of multiple pregnancy, so it was protocol to stop the cycle. If we decided to go ahead and have timed intercourse (IUI was out of the pics at this point), we should have consider the possibility of selective reduction in the future. We agree that that wasn't a problem and went ahead. We are now in the 2 weeks wait
I forgot my insurance card, but I had the app with all the important numbers. The clinic [Shady Grove Fertility] is not really digitalized, so couldn't just insert my patient numb, they had to make a paper copy of my card. In 2019 seemed weird. Financial person didn't contact us, but waited for us to contact him. I would have like to have somebody to talk to us right away...Nursing staff was nice and always understanding, also when I was crying really hard, due to my hormone imbalance.
How was your experience with Brad Swelstad at Shady Grove Fertility?
As unexplained infertility patients, it was really a bummer that we didn't find any answers or did any extra tests to have a more accurate diagnosis. Although I really appreciated that we went into the IUI cycle in full immersion, trying everything from the beginning. I wish there was more interaction with him, also if it was just via email
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Brad Swelstad at Shady Grove Fertility?
expect no special treatment
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Brad Swelstad at Shady Grove Fertility?
There weren't extra tests done, just standard.
Describe the protocols Brad Swelstad used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
we did day 3 to 7 of letrozole since I already tried clomid with my OBG with no success. It follow with Gonal f on day 7 and 9 and then we went in for blood work at day 11, when they realized I had too many mature follicles. The dr who saw the result (no Swelstad), called me and explain that there was a high risk of multiple pregnancy, so it was protocol to stop the cycle. If we decided to go ahead and have timed intercourse (IUI was out of the pics at this point), we should have consider the possibility of selective reduction in the future. We agree that that wasn't a problem and went ahead. We are now in the 2 weeks wait
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Shady Grove Fertility.
Nursing staff was nice and always understanding, also when I was crying really hard, due to my hormone imbalance.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Staff at the front desk wasn't extremely friendly. It didn't bother me too much, but it did bother my husband. I forgot my insurance card, but I had the app with all the important numbers. The clinic is not really digitalized, so couldn't just insert my patient numb, they had to make a paper copy of my card. In 2019 seemed weird. Financial person didn't contact us, but waited for us to contact him. I would have like to have somebody to talk to us right away. But it's all ok
Describe the costs associated with your care under Brad Swelstad at Shady Grove Fertility.
we didn't pay for the first appointment, only for the meds (around $300 +/-), second ultrasound and blood work ($150 +/-)
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
once they told us that the drugs were being ordered, I called my pharmacy, but they couldn't verify the doctor name. So it took an extra day before I could pick up the meds
3
Doctor
Brad Swelstad
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
4
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fair Oaks
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Successful
8
10
Age 38
3 IUI
1 IVF
Donor Sperm
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
1st of 2 Docs
LGBTQ
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Although we only saw Dr.Bromer a few times during treatment (our nurse was our main go to and was the absolute BEST!), Dr. Bromer took his time and answered our questions at the initial consult. He also checked in during a follicle check appointment to see how things were progressing and called us after PGS testing was complete, before and after egg retrieval, and before our embryo transfer. He was also there on the day of our first ultrasound to congratulate us, show us our baby, and her heartbeat! He was compassionate and we always felt like we were in good hands under his care.
Our nurse Toni made our experience [at Shady Grove Fertility] exceptional. We looked forward to hearing from her and actually miss her now that we are pregnant!...We chose the shared risk program ($22,500) through Shady Grove which included 6 stimulated cycles and unlimited transfers until 1 live birth. We also added the PGS testing for 5,000 for a total of $27,500...The clinic is well organized. From our first contact to set up a consultation, to financial counseling, to our final appointment before discharge, everything always ran smoothly and the staff had all bases covered. I really liked how patients get a patient portal online where you have direct access to your test results, monitoring and treatment schedule, and messaging for your doctor, nurse, front desk, or financial coordinator. If I had to name one weakness it would probably be that they are not open on weekends for monitoring or phone calls, so if one of your monitoring days falls on a weekend you have to travel to another office. For us, it was Rockville, MD which was an additional 30 minute drive.
How was your experience with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
We switched to SGF after a not so great experience with another clinic in Pittsburgh. We had heard so many wonderful things about Shady Grove and were so excited and full of hope to start treatment with them. Dr. Bromer is friendly, positive, and honest, but also to the point which we appreciated. He took his time with us at our initial in person consult. Prior to this, wewere even given a free of charge phone consult before scheduling our first office consultation since we lived 2 hours away from the clinic. Both times he was very knowledgeable, kind and answered our questions about treatment, PGS testing, ICSI, and medication protocols.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
If you are a self-pay patient as we were, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the financial options offered. You will meet with a financial advisor at SGF as well, and she is awesome. But we went with the “shared risk” plan and probably could have gone with the “multi cycle” plan to save some $. Hindsight is 20/20, but be sure to ask questions about chances of success based on your particular situation or diagnosis before making that big decision!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Although we only saw Dr.Bromer a few times during treatment (our nurse was our main go to and was the absolute BEST!), Dr. Bromer took his time and answered our questions at the initial consult. He also checked in during a follicle check appointment to see how things were progressing and called us after PGS testing was complete, before and after egg retrieval, and before our embryo transfer. He was also there on the day of our first ultrasound to congratulate us, show us our baby, and her heartbeat! He was compassionate and we always felt like we were in good hands under his care.
Describe the protocols Jason Bromer used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I was treated with a high responder antagonist protocol. I believe the reason for this was that I don’t have any diagnosed fertility issues (although I *may* have some underlying problems, read below) and Dr. Bromer was confident that he could retrieve eggs. I am in a same sex marriage, which was the primary reason my wife and I chose IVF to start a family. However, I also have a substantially sized endometrioma on my right ovary which was likely getting in the way of IUI success and most likely points to endometriosis elsewhere, although I’ve never had the lap surgery done. As far as the treatment plan goes, I was on birth control for 18 days prior to starting 150 IUs of Follistim/Gonal F daily (after my first follicle check this was increased to 175 daily) and 75 IU Menapur, daily. I started Ganirelix 1x per day once follicles were &gt;14mm. Triggered with Lupron. The results were: 16 eggs retrieved, 15 mature, 13 fertilized and 8 made it to 5 day blastocysts. Of those 8, 6 were PGS normal.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Toni)
Our nurse Toni made our experience exceptional. We looked forward to hearing from her and actually miss her now that we are pregnant! She was extremely organized, prompt, friendly, and positive. She made sure to call at a time that my wife and I would be available. She never treated us like a number even though I’m sure she was extremely busy. She always took her time when speaking to us and made sure to answer all of our questions...and we had a lot of questions! Shady Grove Frederick was a wonderful experience and the main reason was because of Toni and the staff there. We always felt like we were in good hands when we were there.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove Frederick is one of their smaller office in my opinion, so we always felt like we were getting individualized attention. We always saw the same friendly faces at each appointment which took a lot of the anxiety away. The clinic is well organized. From our first contact to set up a consultation, to financial counseling, to our final appointment before discharge, everything always ran smoothly and the staff had all bases covered. I really liked how patients get a patient portal online where you have direct access to your test results, monitoring and treatment schedule, and messaging for your doctor, nurse, front desk, or financial coordinator. If I had to name one weakness it would probably be that they are not open on weekends for monitoring or phone calls, so if one of your monitoring days falls on a weekend you have to travel to another office. For us, it was Rockville, MD which was an additional 30 minute drive.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Our treatment was not covered at all under insurance. We chose the shared risk program ($22,500) through Shady Grove which included 6 stimulated cycles and unlimited transfers until 1 live birth. We also added the PGS testing for 5,000 for a total of $27,500. We became pregnant on the first try, after 1 retrieval and 1 transfer, so we overpaid! BUT, we probably wouldn’t have changed our decision. Hindsight is 20/20, but I think we would have gone with the shared risk plan ultimately for peace of mind and not knowing if we would have failed transfers or not. To help compare the other plans available...1 cycle at SGF is $10,500. With PGS it’s 14,000. The “multi cycle” plan allows for 2 stimulated cycles with unlimited frozen embryo transfers for $18,500 or $23,500 with PGS.
Describe Jason Bromer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove Fertility in general has a strong stance on only transferring 1 embryo in most circumstances. Personally, we were totally on board with this.
8
Doctor
Jason Bromer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Frederick
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Successful
10
10
Age 32
1 IVF
Endometriosis
Other
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I liked Dr. Sasson because all our our treatment was customized to us. I didn’t feel like he just threw the same medications/ treatment at everyone. He worked with me when I ended up needed a second hysteroscopy for a septum. He was able to get it scheduled even though the clinic was overbooked with retrievals and transfers. We tried to be the one to preform all procedures as well and did both of our transfers. I liked that when we needed to make a decision about treatment he would give us the options, his opinion, and then let us make the final decision. Once the decision was made he fully supported whatever we wanted to do.
The absolute biggest strength of the Shady Grove Chesterbrook office is that they do everything there. Since this office has a lab, a surgery center, and weekend monitoring I never had to go anywhere else. I was in the surgery center at least 5 times and the staff always remembered us and was so comforting and nice. The same goes for monitoring, you see the same faces and they remember your case and don’t just treat you like a number.
How was your experience with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I liked Dr. Sasson because all our our treatment was customized to us. I didn’t feel like he just threw the same medications/ treatment at everyone. He worked with me when I ended up needed a second hysteroscopy for a septum. He was able to get it scheduled even though the clinic was overbooked with retrievals and transfers. We tried to be the one to preform all procedures as well and did both of our transfers. I liked that when we needed to make a decision about treatment he would give us the options, his opinion, and then let us make the final decision. Once the decision was made he fully supported whatever we wanted to do.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility?
I felt like a human because our treatment felt truly customized for us.
Describe the protocols Isaac Sasson used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
The first step was a hysteroscopy to correct a septum in my uterus. This surgery did not remove the full septum however. We were going to do IUI next but insurance wanted us to move right into IVF. We did IVF and frozen everything, then did another hysteroscopy for my septum. We did a frozen transfer of one embryo that failed followed immediately by a frozen transfer of two embryos that led to a successful singleton pregnancy. I was on Gonal F, Menopur, and cetrotide. I triggered with Lupron. For stims we started on low dose meds because I had a lot of follicles and did the lupron trigger for the same reason. This was successful in preventing OHSS. For frozen transfers I did del estrogen injections every 3 says and progesterone in oil injections daily until 10 weeks pregnant.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Nikki)
Nikki was truly amazing. She always responded quickly and always helped me resolve any issues I had. She even listened to all of my anxieties and was really compassionate.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The absolute biggest strength of the Shady Grove Chesterbrook office is that they do everything there. Since this office has a lab, a surgery center, and weekend monitoring I never had to go anywhere else. I was in the surgery center at least 5 times and the staff always remembered us and was so comforting and nice. The same goes for monitoring, you see the same faces and they remember your case and don’t just treat you like a number.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Isaac Sasson at Shady Grove Fertility.
I was extremely lucky to have insurance coverage. I had to pay my deductible up front before treatment. Embryo freezing wasn’t covered and that was $1,800.
Describe Isaac Sasson's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
At first he preferred we transfer one. When that failed he gave us the choice to transfer one or two. We chose two.
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, Unsuccessful
8
8
Age 32 - 33
2 IVF
Latinx
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
He gave us a realistic expectation, that it would take a few transfers to get a sticky embryo. ... One thing I struggle with is getting a thick lining and he changed up my medicine protocol unlike my previous doctor who just kept doing the same drugs and said I had a naturally thin lining. Dr. Mottla was able to get my lining at a 9. We've really enjoyed working with him. ... I know he has lots of patients and he's always been super compassionate and positive.
I've never had to wait that long at every appointment. Because its so big they work like a machine and are very organized and efficient when you are there. ... I was also able to do some monitoring at my GYNO locally and my doctors worked very nicely with them. ... We paid 30,000 for a package that includes 2 retrievals, as many transfers as we want and covers some PGS testing. ... Efficient well oiled machine. [monitoring appointments]
How was your experience with Gilbert Mottla at Shady Grove Fertility?
He gave us a realistic expectation, that it would take a few transfers to get a sticky embryo. We've had two transfers and still lost them both. One thing I struggle with is getting a thick lining and he changed up my medicine protocol unlike my previous doctor who just kept doing the same drugs and said I had a naturally thin lining. Dr. Mottla was able to get my lining at a 9. We've really enjoyed working with him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gilbert Mottla at Shady Grove Fertility?
Shady grove is a huge practice and the doctors are spread thin; however, when you are with your Doctor they give you 100 percent attention. I recommend CCing him on every email back and forth with nurses.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gilbert Mottla at Shady Grove Fertility?
I know he has lots of patients and he's always been super compassionate and positive. Eager to find a solution.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Sarah Townsend)
I haven't particularly loved my nurse at Shady Grove. My nurse at UNC fertility seemed to work around the clock. The nurses at shady grove check out and do not communicate via email or phone past 4pm (mon-Fri).
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I've loved the facilities, rockville and Annapolis. I've never had to wait that long at every appointment. Because its so big they work like a machine and are very organized and efficient when you are there. They are very knowledgeable and current with knew technologies and studies.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
Efficient well oiled machine. We live in Raleigh so I would fly in and out same day and they always accommodated me. I was also able to do some monitoring at my GYNO locally and my doctors worked very nicely with them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gilbert Mottla at Shady Grove Fertility.
We paid 30,000 for a package that includes 2 retrievals, as many transfers as we want and covers some PGS testing. Some tests are partially covered by insurance or we had to pay our deductible. Our medicines are very expensive and not covered through insurance and one thing that does frustrate me is that they over prescribe.
Describe Gilbert Mottla's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I haven't found a doctor that is pro multiple embryo transfer. Everyone has said its too dangerous.
8
Doctor
Gilbert Mottla
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Annapolis
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2019, Unknown Success
9
9
Age 28 - 31
4 IUI
Male Factor
Unexplained
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Bromer seems to be highly intelligent in his field. He does not “sugar coat” anything and he doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear. He is honest and has research and scientific reason to back up his methods. I was highly skeptical to use any fertility medications. He respected my choice and now that we are about to start IVF and I was worried about all the meds, he definitely eased my mind and made me feel confident about our chances with IVF as well as the safety of the medicine.
Good wait time. I never felt like I had to wait a long time for any appt. Staff [Shady Grover] is so helpful and encouraging. I feel like it’s such a big organization but they really try to make you feel important. ... Their IUI cost is reasonable without insurance and the shared risk IVF program is great. ... One person explained to me that low morphology meant that we would never conceive a normal child in our own.
How was your experience with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Bromer seems to be highly intelligent in his field. He does not “sugar coat” anything and he doesn’t just tell you what you want to hear. He is honest and has research and scientific reason to back up his methods. I was highly skeptical to use any fertility medications. He respected my choice and now that we are about to start IVF and I was worried about all the meds, he definitely eased my mind and made me feel confident about our chances with IVF as well as the safety of the medicine.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Ask a lot of questions. He is honest and will give you a medically researched answer. Do not expect a warm and fuzzy guy. However, you should expect someone who cares about the best way to give you and your spouse the baby you want.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Staff is warm and welcoming. Dr. Bromer validated my concerns and gave me intellectual, researched evidence to back up any answers to questions that I had.
Describe the protocols Jason Bromer used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
IUI with clomid was suggested but I refused meds and he very honestly told me that was fine but after so many IUIs it was time to possibly change protocol. Now after four failed cycles, he has respectfully advised us and with confidence- IVF is the best next step. We are getting ready to begin that soon.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Toni)
Very kind and encouraging. Very organized and helpful.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Good wait time. I never felt like I had to wait a long time for any appt. Staff is so helpful and encouraging. I feel like it’s such a big organization but they really try to make you feel important.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Regular co pays for office visits. Their IUI cost is reasonable without insurance and the shared risk IVF program is great. You basically pay the amount that 2 cycles costs and then you can do up to 6 cycles and back out anytime if need be to get money back if you don’t get a baby.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
One person explained to me that low morphology meant that we would never conceive a normal child in our own. I realized that this was an uneducated answer and I simply moved on.
9
Doctor
Jason Bromer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Frederick
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
6
Age 29 - 30
1 IVF
Donor Sperm
Male Factor
European
Native American
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Doesn't Recommend
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Bromer is kind, gentle and positive. He doesn't provide false hope but is genuine and truly works hard to help get the best outcome for each family. ... We have been thankful for his straight forward and thorough professional oppinions. He tends to encourage couple's to slow down for optimal outcome rather than rushing to treatments that haven't been fully thought through.
There's was 1-2 times when SA results were concluded and we waited over a week to hear from a nurse. ... They provide verbal and written instructions with the option to call at any time. They also provide video resources for additional support. The only challenge for us was have to drive out of town so frequently due to limited services provided at the Hagerstown SG [Shady Grove] office ... Jamie Dean- very thorough and quick to respond to patient portal emails and phone calls.
How was your experience with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Bromer quickly and easily established a rapport with my husband and I! He has a happy and genuine personality that keeps the mood positive during a very emotional time. We have been thankful for his straight forward and thorough professional oppinions. He tends to encourage couple's to slow down for optimal outcome rather than rushing to treatments that haven't been fully thought through. We love Dr. Bromer!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Take his word and trust him because he truly wants to see you and your spouse become parents it just may take time to come up with the best plan for you and your family!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Bromer is kind, gentle and positive. He doesn't provide false hope but is genuine and truly works hard to help get the best outcome for each family.
Describe the protocols Jason Bromer used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
We were referred to Dr. Shin (urologist) to further asses male factor complications. We worked thoroughly with Dr. Shin for almost 8 months . Dr. Bromer continued to keep up on our file and check in. We are about to begin IVF after egg retrieval and a male microdissection due to azoospermia, with donor sperm as a backup to insure IVF is completed. Dr. Bromer and Dr. Shin have worked phenomenally together and with us!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jennifer initially; Jamie Dean for IVF)
Jamie Dean- very thorough and quick to respond to patient portal emails and phone calls. She was available to answer my many questions and super helpful in a crunched timeline.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The process of fertility treatments can be super overwhelming. There's so much information provided but SG wants you to leave understanding it all. They provide verbal and written instructions with the option to call at any time. They also provide video resources for additional support. The only challenge for us was have to drive out of town so frequently due to limited services provided at the Hagerstown SG office which made things complicated with work and time off. I'd love to see more opportunities available in the Hagerstown office.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility.
$1900 for shared risk program, $8,500 microdissection, $1200 varicocele repair, $120 clomid, $3,000 genetic testing for me and my spouse, $1000 for donor sperm, this doesn't include thousands for copays for consultations, follow-ups and blood work.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
There's was 1-2 times when SA results were concluded and we waited over a week to hear from a nurse. Once I was able to reach them they were very apologetic and passionate.
10
Doctor
Jason Bromer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
6
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Hagerstown
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 36 - 39
4 IUI
Donor Sperm
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
When she broke the news that I have low ovarian reserve, she showed a lot of compassion, even when I got very emotional in her office. She also encouraged me to explore options (donor egg and donor embryo) that I wouldn't have considered; clearly, she cares about getting me to my end goal of a baby. ... I put a lot of stock in bedside manner, and Dr. Moon has absolutely exceeded my expectations since day 1.
Shady Grove feels like an institution, and that carries pros and cons with it. ... Also, because they are larger, they are able to offer additional resources like support groups (the one that I attend has been invaluable). ... Robin [nurse] has been great--extremely responsive and easy to get in touch with, very warm and friendly and helpful. I've always felt like she's in my corner and I could ask her anything.
How was your experience with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
I've been a patient of Dr. Moon's for about three years, and have seen her about seven times: once for an initial consultation, again for a second consultation two years later, three or four times during my monitoring for my four IUIs, and most recently for another consultation after my IUIs were not successful. Every time, she has been warm, empathetic, and helpful. I really appreciate how she writes out the details of my protocol--the protocol itself and the medical explanation behind it--on a separate sheet of paper so that I can take it home with me. While I saw her only occasionally during my monitoring, I never expected to see her every day, as my clinic is large and the nurses are very capable. When she broke the news that I have low ovarian reserve, she showed a lot of compassion, even when I got very emotional in her office. She also encouraged me to explore options (donor egg and donor embryo) that I wouldn't have considered; clearly, she cares about getting me to my end goal of a baby. I have referred multiple friends to her. While I haven't yet been successful in getting pregnant, I consider this a fault of my eggs, rather than Dr. Moon--she's not a magician! I feel lucky to have a doctor who is so supportive, particularly since I'm a non-traditional patient (as a single mom by choice).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
Also , it's helpful if you look through the clinic's website before seeing her, as it has a lot of good information on it; with a bit of background, you'll be able to ask informed questions and make the most of your time with Dr. Moon.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Moon has been warm, friendly, and empathetic throughout my treatment, from my initial consultation through my most recent IUI. She shared her own experience with infertility very early on, and established a good rapport with me, which was important to me as a single mom by choice. When I broke down sobbing in her office, she never made me feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. I put a lot of stock in bedside manner, and Dr. Moon has absolutely exceeded my expectations since day 1.
Describe the protocols Kimberly Moon used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Based on my initial testing, Dr. Moon diagnosed me with low ovarian reserve. She indicated that if cost was no object, she would recommend that I go straight to IVF. Because I have no insurance coverage for fertility treatment, cost is an object. She said I could try a few IUIs, and then decide to go to IVF, or then go to donor embryo. I appreciated that she didn't try to push one protocol over another, and left this very personal decision up to me. In terms of IUI natural versus medicated, she indicated that medicated IUIs would cost more and have a higher risk of multiples, without much of a payoff (ie, they would only raise my chance of a successful pregnancy by a few percentage points). After I did a first IUI completely unmedicated, she suggested that I use a trigger shot (Ovidrel) for my second IUI; I appreciated that she was looking at and thinking about my protocol and what would be most successful. I did three more IUIs, unmedicated except for a trigger shot, none of which were successful--but based on Dr. Moon's initial prognosis, I didn't really expect them to be. I did the IUIs because I needed to give using my own eggs a shot before I moved to donor egg or embryo. Dr. Moon understood and supported this decision. After four unsuccessful IUIs, she recommended that I move to another protocol, and I concurred.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Robin Peterson)
Robin has been great--extremely responsive and easy to get in touch with, very warm and friendly and helpful. I've always felt like she's in my corner and I could ask her anything.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove feels like an institution, and that carries pros and cons with it. I call it the "Bank of America" of fertility clinics, in the sense that they dominate the local market here. That said, while I usually prefer a more intimate, personal approach, I decided to stick with them because I love my doctor and nurse, and because I think they get results (even if I haven't yet been successful). Also, because they are larger, they are able to offer additional resources like support groups (the one that I attend has been invaluable).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kimberly Moon at Shady Grove Fertility.
I had insurance coverage for most of my diagnostic procedures and consultations, and for none of my actual fertility procedures. I paid $1200 for each IUI (actually, I paid $1140, as I had a 5% discount through their discount program).
Describe Kimberly Moon's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
N/a (though I think she usually recommends single embryo transfer).
10
Doctor
Kimberly Moon
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Washington DC
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

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

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 27 - 28
1 IVF
Male Factor
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. McKeeby has been extremely compassionate during our fertility treatment. He has been readily available to meet with me, unexpectedly, when issues have arose during monitoring appointments. ... Dr. McKeeby has a bit of a unique personality. ... He also took into consideration our insurance and financial situation. ... He has been very proactive and has never suggested that we try the same plan twice - if it doesn't work the first time, he makes changes or suggests something new entirely.
The Annapolis office [Shady Grove] is very welcoming. The front desk staff have learned my name and always greet me when I come in for an appointment. The wait time for monitoring is usually reasonable, but can sometimes be 30+ minutes past your appointment time if the clinic is very busy. The phlebotomists are very friendly and talkative. The ultrasound techs do a great job of explaining what they see on the ultrasound, and always offer to refer you to the monitoring nurse if you more questions than they can answer
How was your experience with Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. McKeeby has a bit of a unique personality. He was very welcoming when my husband and I attended our consultation in March of 2018. We felt that he took a detailed history, asked a lot of questions about our desires/goals, and allowed us to have input on what treatment would like. Dr. McKeeby is very knowledgeable about the science aspect of treatment and was able to explain our treatment options in detail. He was able to provide us to with statistics for success and gave us a recommendation, based on what was our best chance statistically. He also took into consideration our insurance and financial situation. We have, unfortunately, experienced a lot of unanticipated setbacks throughout treatment. We have had several FET cycles cancelled, for various reasons, but Dr. McKeeby has always been extremely compassionate in breaking the bad news to us - He always explains why the cancellation is necessary, and is always ready with a new plan. He has been very proactive and has never suggested that we try the same plan twice - if it doesn't work the first time, he makes changes or suggests something new entirely. Although we have not had success yet, I have been extremely satisfied with Dr. McKeeby and his management of our treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. McKeeby has been extremely compassionate during our fertility treatment. He has been readily available to meet with me, unexpectedly, when issues have arose during monitoring appointments. When my fresh transfer was cancelled due to OHSS, Dr. McKeeby called me personally to provide an update on our embryos. He always says "hi" when he sees me at the clinic for monitoring appointments, and treats me as an individual at follow-up appointments.
Describe the protocols Jeffrey McKeeby used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
For our IVF retrieval cycle we used Gonal-F 150IU, Menopur 75IU (increased to 150IU on stim day 7), Ganirelix, and a Lupron trigger. We used this protocol, which is pretty standard and low-dose, because our diagnosis is MFI and Dr. McKeeby did not anticipate any issue with follicle growth. For our 1st FET cycle we used oral Estrace 2mg, taken three times daily. Vaginal Estrace was added, due to thin lining - this cycle was cancelled. For our 2nd FET cycle we used a stimulated FET protocol, with Gonal-F 150IU and Ganirelix to prevent ovulation. This protocol was chosen due to prior difficulty with uterine lining - cycle was cancelled due to high follicle count. For our 3rd FET cycle we used Delestrogen .2 ML, every other day - cycle was cancelled due to ovulation. For our 4th FET cycle we used Delestrogren .2 ML, every other day and Estrace 2mg vaginally, twice daily - this cycle resulted in pregnancy, but pregnancy was not viable. For our 5th FET cycle we used the same protocol as the previous cycle, but lining did not respond the same and cycle was cancelled. Four our 6th FET we are using another stimulated FET protocol with Menopur 112 IU - this cycle is in process.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jackie Seibert)
Jackie has been extremely helpful throughout this process. She always returns my phone calls within the guidelines stated on her voicemail, and is very responsive to questions/concerns. She calls promptly with updates from monitoring appointments and answers all questions. She is obviously very knowledgeable. She has called to check-in when we have gone through difficult times.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The Annapolis office is very welcoming. The front desk staff have learned my name and always greet me when I come in for an appointment. The wait time for monitoring is usually reasonable, but can sometimes be 30+ minutes past your appointment time if the clinic is very busy. The phlebotomists are very friendly and talkative. The ultrasound techs do a great job of explaining what they see on the ultrasound, and always offer to refer you to the monitoring nurse if you more questions than they can answer.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeffrey McKeeby at Shady Grove Fertility.
Our treatment is covered by insurance. We receive a 5% discount, based on income, for all expenses not covered.
Describe Jeffrey McKeeby's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
Dr. McKeeby has recommended an eSET, due to our ages and quality of our embryos. We are agreeable.
10
Doctor
Jeffrey McKeeby
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Annapolis
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 43
1 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
Latinx
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Great bedside manner. Calls after a procedure (iui and failed transfer). She [Dr. Malik] is pregnant and going on maternity leave so my care will be handed off to another doctor. She did perform my iui, but I was under the care of Dr. greenhouse. When he passed then she took over my care.... The person who did your consultation, came up With your protocol isn’t the one who does the egg retrieval or transfers.... Microdose Lupron with birth control.
They [Shady Grove Fertility] have so many patients, everyone is put on the same cycle-for controlled cycles. The person who did your consultation, came up With your protocol isn’t the one who does the egg retrieval or transfers.... Weakness- financial dept. you have to stay on top of them.... Strength- my nurse, dr. Malik and all who work there.... Bet good nursing care. She always informed me, answered any questions i had
How was your experience with Shruti Malik at Shady Grove Fertility?
Great bedside manner. Calls after a procedure (iui and failed transfer). She is pregnant and going on maternity leave so my care will be handed off to another doctor. She did perform my iui, but I was under the care of Dr. greenhouse. When he passed then she took over my care.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shruti Malik at Shady Grove Fertility?
They have so many patients, everyone is put on the same cycle-for controlled cycles. The person who did your consultation, came up With your protocol isn’t the one who does the egg retrieval or transfers.
Describe the protocols Shruti Malik used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Microdose Lupron with birth control. I was on bcp for 2 weeks, had sono and blood after bcp. Then started Microdose Lupron 20 units BID, 3 days later I started Gonal F -450 and Menopur 150 at night. I stimmed for 12 days. I had no follicles on the left and 4 on the right. At my last sonogram they counted 7 follicle on the right. I had a cyst that was seen at day 5 monitoring. At retrieval they got 5 eggs, all 5 fertilized with ICSI. 1 out of 5 didn’t fertilize normally. Day 5, day of fresh transfer: 1 5 AA blastocyst, one was a day 4 and the other 2 they were watching. The ones they were watching didn’t make it to freeze. This cycle was a failed transfer.negative pregnancy test.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Patrice )
Bet good nursing care. She always informed me, answered any questions i had
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Weakness- financial dept. you have to stay on top of them. The dr who came up with your protocol probably won’t be the one doing retrieval or transfer. Strength- my nurse, dr. Malik and all who work there.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shruti Malik at Shady Grove Fertility.
I have coverage through insurance right now. 500 deductible and 200 for medication
10
Doctor
Shruti Malik
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fair Oaks
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 35
2 Fertility Medications
Tubal Blockage
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Black or African-American
Income $0 - $49K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Doctor Garde is one of the most patient and understanding doctors I have ever meet in my life. She is so nice and always loving and caring, more then willing to help or get me help. I could not have made a better choice in a doctor ever.... She is always very good at coming up with a plan and always making sure me and my husband are comfortable. She is very good at listening concerns and always will to try and coming up with a solution.
The team here [Shady Grove] is very good. Patience, understanding and effective. Your comfort and emotions are always taken into consideration. Making sure that you're comfortable and you understand is always key.... I'm a self pay so paying was not a problem. I was always told how much my next appointment payment would be. Most of the time it's a estimate price.... I had some blood work done at my Kaiser Permanente provider. Unfortunately no one from shady Grove called to explain the results.
How was your experience with Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility?
Doctor Garde is wonderful I can't believe how understanding and patience she is with me. I'm a strong person and even Dr.Garde has a was of bring the best out of a tuff day. She is always very good at coming up with a plan and always making sure me and my husband are comfortable. She is very good at listening concerns and always will to try and coming up with a solution. There are no words to describe her she is one of the best doctors I have ever had. Doctor Garde is truly my blessings and I can't wait to continue our journey. I truly believe that if any Doctor can help me with having a little angel it would be Doc.Garde.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be honest, trust her judgment and everything will just fine. Trust that she always has your best interest at heart.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility?
Doctor Garde is one of the most patient and understanding doctors I have ever meet in my life. She is so nice and always loving and caring, more then willing to help or get me help. I could not have made a better choice in a doctor ever. There are no words to describe the kind of doctor Dr.Garde is I'm more then happy to call her my doctor. She is a true blessing.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rachel Kelly)
Daniell Kelly is the best ever ❤️❤️ I was so sad when I got my new nurse I cried. I will truly miss Danielle Kelly
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The team here is very good. Patience, understanding and effective. Your comfort and emotions are always taken into consideration. Making sure that you're comfortable and you understand is always key.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rachana Garde at Shady Grove Fertility.
I'm a self pay so paying was not a problem. I was always told how much my next appointment payment would be. Most of the time it's a estimate price.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
I had some blood work done at my Kaiser Permanente provider. Unfortunately no one from shady Grove called to explain the results. But the doctor Garde did make sure the other doctor from Kaiser did explain to me my blood results.
10
Doctor
Rachana Garde
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Fairfax
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2019, Unsuccessful
7
7
Age 31 - 34
2 IVF
Male Factor
European
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Egg retrieval treatment protocol [with Dr. Arthur Sagoskin] included birth control for almost three weeks. Then we did 900 IU Gonal-F plus 150 ml of Menopur everyday for 12 days as I have a slightly higher FSH and a middle of the road AMH. The Menopur was increased to 225 in the last three or four days because my follicles needed a little extra boost to get to the desired size (they were kinda stuck around 18mm-20mm). Cetrotide was given at day 5 or 6 for the rest of the stimulation cycle to keep me from ovulating. HCG was used for the trigger, and I took an (crazy) antibiotic the day before my retrieval.
You do not see the doctor enough [at Shady Grove Fertility- Rockville]. For as much as these procedures cost, you'd think you'd see your doctor at least once during your monitoring. But you don't. You see other doctors who someones come in to help you understand your monitoring. The billing department is literally impossible to deal with. It doesn't matter if you contract says specifically what they will and won't cover based on your fee, if they have another list (a list you haven't been provided) that says your fee doesn't cover a particular service - even if that service seems completely logical to the IVF process (not something special), you will be charged extra. That said, their shared risk program is pretty amazing if you think you have a chance of not getting pregnant on your first try.
How was your experience with Arthur Sagoskin at Shady Grove Fertility?
Overall, I like him. If someone were to go to Shady Grove, I'd recommend him. My problems are more with how the clinic is run as a whole (which as a founding doctor of the clinic, I guess means that I disagree with Dr. Sagoskin's approach in that regard.)
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Arthur Sagoskin at Shady Grove Fertility?
Write down all your questions beforehand. Do not leave until you've had them all answered. He is willing to answer, but you have to ask.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Arthur Sagoskin at Shady Grove Fertility?
We first starting meeting with Dr. Sagoskin a few years ago but my husband really didn't like his bedside manner. I kind of didn't care, but he did somewhat treat us like a number in our first consultation with him. Plus, Shady Grove is quite expensive so we tried a different doctor/clinic for our first round, which proved unsuccessful. We decided to come back to Shady Grove and meet again with Dr. Sagoskin. It was like he was a different person. He was warm, he answered all our questions, we didn't feel rushed. He was great, and has been great when it comes to the side of making us feel "human" since we started seeing him again in 2018.
Describe the protocols Arthur Sagoskin used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Egg retrieval treatment protocol included birth control for almost three weeks. Then we did 900 IU Gonal-F plus 150 ml of Menopur everyday for 12 days as I have a slightly higher FSH and a middle of the road AMH. The Menopur was increased to 225 in the last three or four days because my follicles needed a little extra boost to get to the desired size (they were kinda stuck around 18mm-20mm). Cetrotide was given at day 5 or 6 for the rest of the stimulation cycle to keep me from ovulating. HCG was used for the trigger, and I took an (crazy) antibiotic the day before my retrieval. (That thing was terrible and gave me the worst stomach cramps and diarrhea.) Egg retrieval resulted in 8 eggs, of which only 6 were mature. 5 eggs were fertilized, but only 2 made it to day 5. I began using Endomentrin progesterone inserts 3 times per day, the day after the retrieval through the transfer and up until the pregnancy test. I also took Estrace (Estradiol) daily. One embryo was transferred, and the other was frozen. The fresh transfer resulted in a negative pregnancy test 13 days later. The frozen embryo transfer treatment protocol: I began with birth control for two weeks, after which I began taking Estrace (Estradiol) three times per day. On day 16, after they checked my uterine lining which was 12mm, I began using 1mL of progesterone oil once every three days. I also started Endometrin inserts twice daily. On day six of injecting and inserting progesterone, I had one frozen embryo transferred that used assisted hatching. That was yesterday so I will have to update in 13 days as to the results.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Tina)
Initially I was no pleased with the nursing/care coordinators in Dr. Sagoskin's staff. They seemed annoyed by questions or overwhelmed by patient load. At one point I was foisted off of one care coordinator who abruptly left the office for another one in the Shady Grove family, and I had no one helping me, which was super frustrating because I was starting my first fresh cycle with Shady Grove in two weeks. Finally, I got frustrated and worried about some medication issues I was having and went straight to the clinic without and appointment, requesting to see Tina (as she had been my sort-of contact without actually having been assigned my case.) She took care of me, she was kind and patient. She got me some samples when I ran out of medication and she listened to me when I told her how scared I was about all the costs running up. I had spent so much money and didn't know what to do. She helped. Then she gave me her direct number and told me that she was officially adding me as her patient, that way there would be no more confusion. Tina has been amazing.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
You do not see the doctor enough. For as much as these procedures cost, you'd think you'd see your doctor at least once during your monitoring. But you don't. You see other doctors who someones come in to help you understand your monitoring. The billing department is literally impossible to deal with. It doesn't matter if you contract says specifically what they will and won't cover based on your fee, if they have another list (a list you haven't been provided) that says your fee doesn't cover a particular service - even if that service seems completely logical to the IVF process (not something special), you will be charged extra. That said, their shared risk program is pretty amazing if you think you have a chance of not getting pregnant on your first try. Keep in mind, though, that the shared risk program does not cover the injection class (even though it is not stated in the contract that it is not covered, and since it is held at the clinic by clinic staff, should logically be covered by the shared risk program). Also, meeting with your doctor after a failed IVF cycle under the shared risk program to discuss next steps (also seems like a necessary visit that should logically be included in the cost) is also NOT covered in the shared risk program. So basically, you pay your $20,000+ and still have to pay extra to see your doctor throughout your failed attempts. That's super annoying. A strength, though, is that they do have very good medication specialists to figure out your medication coverage through insurance. My first fresh cycle with Shady Grove was with a different health insurance, so it wasn't covered. However, my insurance changed and they have been appealing my insurance denials, and winning! So, if I need to go through another fresh cycle, I will probably have much smaller payments for medication. Fingers crossed. Their care coordinators are great and incredibly responsive.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Arthur Sagoskin at Shady Grove Fertility.
The costs for diagnosis were pretty expensive, especially since some weren't covered by insurance. Many were, but most weren't. And if you lapse by three years, you have to redo everything. Semen analysis is $150/time. My husband has had to do this four times. The female diagnosis (mock embryo and HSG were...$800(?) with Shady Grove). The medication costs for egg retrieval were nearly $6000. The Shared Risk Program was $19,500.
Describe Arthur Sagoskin's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
He has told me flat out that he will not transfer more than one embryo for me. I do not know his stance on multiple embryo transfer in general, but he said that I was too thin to chance having multiples. (I'm not that thin. I'm 5'7" and weigh 140lbs.) This is one of the few issues I've had personally with Dr. Sagoskin as this wasn't even allowed a discussion.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
Again, the billing department is difficult. They keep charging me for things that should be covered under the Shared Risk program contract, like meeting with my doctor to go over next steps after a failed cycle, and the injection class which our care coordinator said we needed to take. The front desk has also failed to check me into my monitoring appointments TWICE. I've sat in the waiting room for a half hour watching all these people go through who have come in much later than me. It wasn't until I went and asked if I had come to my appointment early, that they went "Oh! So sorry, you weren't checked in. We'll figure that out right now." So an appointment early in the morning that usually only takes 30 minutes from check in to check out is now over an hour. Not great when you need to get to work on time.
7
Doctor
Arthur Sagoskin
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 35 - 36
IVF
Donor Eggs
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Prefer not to answer
Income $200K - $499K
Marketer or PR
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
It was clear that Dr. Bromer was always cognizant of our specific situation; he wasn't giving blanket/general recommendations when he spoke to us...I was personally looking for a doctor to be realistic versus optimistic but also to offer his point of view on the best option for us (own eggs vs. donor). I vetted four clinics and he was the first to deliver on my expectations. He called us several times while he was on vacation to personally review some unexpected setbacks and his recommendations for moving forward.
We participated in the shared risk donor program [at Shady Grove Fertility] in which we were one of three recipients (so we shared the cost). The total was about $26K...operates like a well-oiled machine. Their process for out-of-state patients is pretty seamless, and they really work to streamline the number of visits for those who live far away. They did get a few of our appointment times mixed up during our visit, which meant we were left sitting in the lobby for an extended period of time and my husband had to do his SA while we were supposed to be meeting with a social worker, but that was the only hiccup. While not a hugely important factor, their Rockville office is gorgeous. We also visited Fredrick and Towson, both of which
How was your experience with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
I was personally looking for a doctor to be realistic versus optimistic but also to offer his point of view on the best option for us (own eggs vs. donor). I vetted four clinics and he was the first to deliver on my expectations. He called us several times while he was on vacation to personally review some unexpected setbacks and his recommendations for moving forward. He was willing to consider my thoughts on how to proceed; he offered an expert opinion but was not overly prescriptive. He is kind, compassionate and invested in your success. Aside from a new patient consult, in-person consult and various phone conversations, we had much more interaction with our nurse than our doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
Be up front on what you're hoping he can help with.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility?
It was clear that Dr. Bromer was always cognizant of our specific situation; he wasn't giving blanket/general recommendations when he spoke to us.
Describe the protocols Jason Bromer used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Since I am a donor egg recipient, my protocol was related to an embryo transfer only and was pretty standard (Lupron, progesterone, estrogen). I responded well to what he prescribed.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Vivian )
Vivian was always pleasant and to-the-point. There were a few small admin-type mix-ups, but nothing that affected my protocol. She was quick to respond to questions and always kept me up to date on my donor's status.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
Shady Grove Fertility operates like a well-oiled machine. Their process for out-of-state patients is pretty seamless, and they really work to streamline the number of visits for those who live far away. They did get a few of our appointment times mixed up during our visit, which meant we were left sitting in the lobby for an extended period of time and my husband had to do his SA while we were supposed to be meeting with a social worker, but that was the only hiccup. While not a hugely important factor, their Rockville office is gorgeous. We also visited Fredrick and Towson, both of which were nice but not on the same level. I do wish Towson had onsite wellness (acupuncture, etc.) like Rockville, but they were able to refer me out to a local clinic. The donor coordinator team was on the ball - very communicative and gave lots of personal attention when needed. One frequent criticism I hear is that their financial department is difficult to work with, but that was not our experience.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jason Bromer at Shady Grove Fertility.
We participated in the shared risk donor program in which we were one of three recipients (so we shared the cost). The total was about $26K.
Describe Jason Bromer's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
N/A
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
My only complaint is that my nurse forgot to write stat on a bloodwork order which resulted my beta not being available the same day.
10
Doctor
Jason Bromer
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Frederick
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unknown Success
10
10
Age 28
5 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Other
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Silva treated us like normal human beings. He explained things thoroughly when it was obvious we didn’t know. He gave us several different options for treatment and ultimately left the decision up to us. He also explained programs offered to help financially with any of the treatments!... I will be completing another cycle for IUI and Dr. Silva will be changing medications used- different from Clomid and Ovidrel.
My primary nurse at Shady Grove has been amazing so far. She spent time going over everything after the consultation with the doctor and help set me up on the online portal. She communicates with me often and has assured me I can call her anytime with questions.... The staff, including doctor and nurses, are kind and compassionate. They explain things and genuinely seem like they want to help you. IVF is also less expensive than my previous facility. IUIs however are more expensive, so I’d say that’s the only weekends I can give them at this point
How was your experience with Celso Silva at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Silva treated us like normal human beings. He explained things thoroughly when it was obvious we didn’t know. He gave us several different options for treatment and ultimately left the decision up to us. He also explained programs offered to help financially with any of the treatments!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Celso Silva at Shady Grove Fertility?
Give Dr. Silva a shot before you try any other fertility doctor in the Tampa Bay Area. There’s a good chance it’ll be worth it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Celso Silva at Shady Grove Fertility?
So far my husband and I have only met with Dr. Silva for our initial consultation. He spent an hour with us going over health records and previous treatment plan. He immediately changed the action plan and provided explanations as to why. He stopped by to say goodbye to us and his office has been in touch with me since giving me details on the action plan and what to do next. We genuinely feel they are there to help.
Describe the protocols Celso Silva used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I have not started treatments with Dr. Silva just yet but next month I will be completing another cycle for IUI and Dr. Silva will be changing medications used- different from Clomid and Ovidrel.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rebecca)
My primary nurse at Shady Grove has been amazing so far. She spent time going over everything after the consultation with the doctor and help set me up on the online portal. She communicates with me often and has assured me I can call her anytime with questions.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The staff, including doctor and nurses, are kind and compassionate. They explain things and genuinely seem like they want to help you. IVF is also less expensive than my previous facility. IUIs however are more expensive, so I’d say that’s the only weekends I can give them at this point
Describe the costs associated with your care under Celso Silva at Shady Grove Fertility.
One IUI is $1,600. This includes ultrasounds and procedure but not medications. One round of IVF is $10,500. Medications and freezing of the eggs are additional cost. You can pay more to have this included... there are options! There are also different options for financial assistance if needed.
Describe Celso Silva's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
N/A
10
Doctor
Celso Silva
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Tampa Westshore
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 31
Fertility Medications
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Stentz is approachable, which was important to me. She didn’t laugh at my questions and she never made me feel like my questions and concerns were irrelevant. She told me what to expect and has communicated changes in the plan effectively and in a timely manner.... During my consultation she informed me that I would be a good candidate for IUI or IVF and she told me we would wait for my test results to make a final decision. During my ultrasound she could tell I was in pain and gave some helpful suggestions to make future vaginal ultrasounds more comfortable.
The office [Shady Grove Fertility] is warm and inviting. The receptionists are sweet and do their best to answer questions. They make you feel like you’re part of a family. They have multiple locations and everyone I’ve encountered has been pleasant. They make small talk to get to know you so you and help calm your nerves.... Kaylee explained the process and what I needed to do to get the ball rolling. When I called in with questions she was quick to get answers and schedule follow up appointments.
How was your experience with Natalie Stentz at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Stentz is approachable, which was important to me. She didn’t laugh at my questions and she never made me feel like my questions and concerns were irrelevant. She told me what to expect and has communicated changes in the plan effectively and in a timely manner.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Natalie Stentz at Shady Grove Fertility?
Take a list of questions with you during the consultation. She may answer most of your questions before you ask, but she’s always willing to further explain and address the patients concerns/inquiries.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Natalie Stentz at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Stentz was welcoming and spoke to me like we were friends. She gave facts and made recommendations without being rude or condescending.
Describe the protocols Natalie Stentz used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
I haven’t completed my cycle. During my consultation she informed me that I would be a good candidate for IUI or IVF and she told me we would wait for my test results to make a final decision. During my ultrasound she could tell I was in pain and gave some helpful suggestions to make future vaginal ultrasounds more comfortable. She explained why and how the use of dilators would help reduce my discomfort and gave a few suggestions of places to purchase them.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Kaylee)
Kaylee explained the process and what I needed to do to get the ball rolling. When I called in with questions she was quick to get answers and schedule follow up appointments.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The office is warm and inviting. The receptionists are sweet and do their best to answer questions. They make you feel like you’re part of a family. They have multiple locations and everyone I’ve encountered has been pleasant. They make small talk to get to know you so you and help calm your nerves. I’ve heard that not all of the Doctors are as receptive to including the patients opinions/desires, but all of my interactions with Shady Grove personnel have been pleasant.
10
Doctor
Natalie Stentz
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Marietta
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2019, Unknown Success
9
9
Age 37 - 39
7 IUI
4 IVF
Donor Eggs
Donor Sperm
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
As we transitioned from iui to ivf to reciprocal ivf we got to know him [Dr. Jospeh Doyle] more. He tries to do our procedures when possible. Says hi and comments on our cycle when we see him in the hallway.... Natural iui, 3 cycles. Medicated iui with clomid 3 cycles upping dose each time. 1 iui with clomid and gonal f. One ivf microdose lupron, had 6 embryos, but nothing made it to blast. 2nd ivf did estrogen priming. Had 16 eggs retrieved nothing made it to blastocyst, but transferred 2 that were almost blastocysts. 3rd ivf did lupron stop protocol. Had best response yet. 18 eggs retrieved. 2 made it to blastocyst. Had freeze all due to higher prpgesterone. Switched to reciprocal ivf. First retrieval for my wife was estrogen priming. Had 8 eggs retrieved. 3 fertilized and 3 made it to blastocyst. Preparing for my wife’s second retrieval in the coming months. Planning lupron stop.
It [Shady Grove Fertility- Rockville] is a large clinic. Sometimes it feels like a factory, however the staff knows you and interacts with you pn a human level. No one talks in the waiting room. The medical assistants are very personable. The nurse practitioners in monitoring are great.... Effie is a wonderful nurse and great communicator. We started with her on our 9th cycle of treatment. Our first nurse was Alana. Her comminication was lacking.
How was your experience with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
He is very personable and knows us as patients. He is kind and compassionate. Serious, but also has a sense of humor. We appreciate that he has done many of our procedures. He calls after procedures and after big tests like beta tests.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Let him know what youbare thinking. Ask for his opinion.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility?
Felt like numbers in the beginning. As we transitioned from iui to ivf to reciprocal ivf we got to know him more. He tries to do our procedures when possible. Says hi and comments on our cycle when we see him in the hallway. He really treats us as humans.
Describe the protocols Joseph Doyle used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Natural iui, 3 cycles. Medicated iui with clomid 3 cycles upping dose each time. 1 iui with clomid and gonal f. One ivf microdose lupron, had 6 embryos, but nothing made it to blast. 2nd ivf did estrogen priming. Had 16 eggs retrieved nothing made it to blastocyst, but transferred 2 that were almost blastocysts. 3rd ivf did lupron stop protocol. Had best response yet. 18 eggs retrieved. 2 made it to blastocyst. Had freeze all due to higher prpgesterone. Switched to reciprocal ivf. First retrieval for my wife was estrogen priming. Had 8 eggs retrieved. 3 fertilized and 3 made it to blastocyst. Preparing for my wife’s second retrieval in the coming months. Planning lupron stop.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Efrat “Effie” Inbar)
Effie is a wonderful nurse and great communicator. We started with her on our 9th cycle of treatment. Our first nurse was Alana. Her comminication was lacking.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
It is a large clinic. Sometimes it feels like a factory, however the staff knows you and interacts with you pn a human level. No one talks in the waiting room. The medical assistants are very personable. The nurse practitioners in monitoring are great.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joseph Doyle at Shady Grove Fertility.
$50,000
Describe Joseph Doyle's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
He discussed eset in the beginning. After nothing made it to blast in first and second cycles transferred 2 in 2nd and 3rd cycles-because they weren’t blasts on 2nd and because I was 38 for the 3rd cycle.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Lost paperwork
9
Doctor
Joseph Doyle
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Rockville
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources