STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)

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St. Louis
555 N. New Ballas Rd
St. Louis, MO 63141
(314) 983-9000
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 87%Neutral: 5%Don't recommend: 8%9.2
64 assessments
  • 87% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 5% Neutral (7-8)
  • 8% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
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9.4
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Scheduling
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9.4
Scheduling

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Billing Department
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Billing Department

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Nursing Team
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9.2
Nursing Team

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Attention to Detail
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8.2
Attention to Detail

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Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
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This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
530
Annual Cycles National Avg.
635
9.2
Average Doctor Score
3 doctors
64 assessments
10
10
Age
31 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2020
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. Dayal is so warm and compassionate and makes us feel like we are her only patients. She spends much quality time and makes sure we fully have and know everything we need...During the miscarriages and hard times she would reach out personally to make sure we were okay and made us feel like her only patients. She makes the treatment processes much easier to handle...After doing an ERA last summer she found that I would potentially benefit from a day 6 transfer instead of a day 5 with the next FET.
After doing an ERA last summer [at SIRM] she [Dr. Dayal] found that I would potentially benefit from a day 6 transfer instead of a day 5 with the next FET...Amy [nurse] is fantastic! She is always there with answers to questions we may have and understands my need for communication...The only issue I had was during a staff change the new employees did not know our history and our protocols. We were getting conflicting info from person to person. Everything worked out!
Age
31 - 35
Treated
2016 - 2020
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal has zero weaknesses. She is the most compassionate and intelligent doctor I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. During the miscarriages and hard times she would reach out personally to make sure we were okay and made us feel like her only patients. She makes the treatment processes much easier to handle.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Keep up with communication with your nurses, etc. Do not be afraid to ask questions and make sure you have everything you need.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal is so warm and compassionate and makes us feel like we are her only patients. She spends much quality time and makes sure we fully have and know everything we need.
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
During the IUIs I was placed on letrozole and did a pregnyl injection to release the egg(s). Egg retrieval for IVF was Gonal F, Lupron, Menopure. At the time this was the best course of treatment. After doing an ERA last summer she found that I would potentially benefit from a day 6 transfer instead of a day 5 with the next FET.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amy Albertson)
Amy is fantastic! She is always there with answers to questions we may have and understands my need for communication. She has always been there for us during the tough times. She is extremely organized!
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
My only comment about weakness is that they recently had a change in staff. There was a time where I got lost in the shuffle, but with so many new employees it is understandable when trying to get settled and trained. It's also understandable since I have been coming to this clinic for 5 years.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The costs have been uniform since our first visit. With each cycle we knew what our costs would be and there were no surprises. We were able to secure a loan to help us.
What specific things went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The only issue I had was during a staff change the new employees did not know our history and our protocols. We were getting conflicting info from person to person. Everything worked out!
10
Doctor
Molina Dayal
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
44 - 45
Treated
2019 - 2020
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
10
10
I started IVF [with Dr. Schulte]...I only had one egg, so we canceled retrieval and I did the trigger shot and timed intercourse. No success...I know she prefers a single embryo transfer, I know that in my case if we’d been lucky enough to get two, she’d have done both, but normally she only does one...She took the time to get to know me personally. She treated more like a friend then a patient. She made it seem like we were really in this together...She was candid, yet comforting in advising me on my road to conceiving with and without the use of an egg donor. She spent as much time with me as I needed when any set backs occurred.
I think this clinic [SIRM] is absolutely wonderful and I’d highly recommend them. The only issue I faced was with the financial department. My insurance was covering some of it and it took a long time to get the amount, and then when we were finally told we needed to pay, it was immediate and we almost missed our cycle window because of the delay. It took like 2 weeks for insurance verification. Luckily we didn’t miss the window (not that it mattered), but it was added stress.
Age
44 - 45
Treated
2019 - 2020
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
10
10
How was your experience with Maureen "Moe" Schulte at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
From the moment I met her she was warm and friendly. She treated me like a new friend and she was very open and honest about my course of treatment. She was candid, yet comforting in advising me on my road to conceiving with and without the use of an egg donor. She spent as much time with me as I needed when any set backs occurred.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maureen "Moe" Schulte at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Be ready to hear the good and the bad news because she’ll be open and honest about your possibilities. In theory we may want a doctor to tell us we’ll all get a baby, but we need the ones who are honest about how likely that really is.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Maureen "Moe" Schulte at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
She took the time to get to know me personally. She treated more like a friend then a patient. She made it seem like we were really in this together.
Describe the protocols Maureen "Moe" Schulte used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
We did an ultrasound to see my egg quantity (3). I then started birth control. At my next cycle I started IVF drugs (Lupron, Gonal, & Menopur). I went in for a blood test and ultrasound the first week. It didn’t look great and we decided that if we were lucky enough we’d do a fresh vs frozen transfer since they wouldn’t have a lot to test. I continued the drugs for another week. Went back in for blood work and ultrasound. I only had one egg, so we canceled retrieval and I did the trigger shot and timed intercourse. No success. Covid-19 cancelled current treatments, but when we have the money our next step will be using an egg donor.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Merry Kay)
Merry Kay was wonderful, she always seemed happy to answer my questions and respond to my emails.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I think this clinic is absolutely wonderful and I’d highly recommend them. The only issue I faced was with the financial department. My insurance was covering some of it and it took a long time to get the amount, and then when we were finally told we needed to pay, it was immediate and we almost missed our cycle window because of the delay. It took like 2 weeks for insurance verification. Luckily we didn’t miss the window (not that it mattered), but it was added stress.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maureen "Moe" Schulte at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
$3400 was my portion after insurance, $580 for anesthesia (didn’t use and still waiting for refund), plus additional copays for specialist office visits.
Describe Maureen "Moe" Schulte's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I know she prefers a single embryo transfer, I know that in my case if we’d been lucky enough to get two, she’d have done both, but normally she only does one.
10
Doctor
Maureen "Moe" Schulte
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
43
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
10
10
Dr Witten was pretty blunt with me during one of the initial appointments. I ended up leaving in an embarrassing mess of tears. The next time I came into the clinic, he offered me one of the most sincere apologies I have ever experienced. From then on he was compassionate and sensitive. Also his exams/procedures were as comfortable as they could be...Due to my age, poor egg quality and low reserve, my only choice was donor egg. First I had a saline ultrasound. I found out on my own about frozen egg banks and chose to use a frozen egg lot
I felt like a number when I was a part of a batched cycle [at SIRM St. Louis]. I also felt like a number when I was waiting for financing to come in and there was not much communication. I felt like a human when I had appointments with the doctor...She [nurse] was kind and extremely positive from the first time I met her. She was extremely helpful in my getting my medication at the best possible price. She was extremely organized. I wish there had been better education on how to do the injections and more information about potential side effects.
Age
43
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
10
10
How was your experience with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr Witten was pretty blunt with me during one of the initial appointments. I ended up leaving in an embarrassing mess of tears. The next time I came into the clinic, he offered me one of the most sincere apologies I have ever experienced. From then on he was compassionate and sensitive. Also his exams/procedures were as comfortable as they could be.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
I guess this doesn’t apply now that he is retired.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
I felt like a number when I was a part of a batched cycle. I also felt like a number when I was waiting for financing to come in and there was not much communication. I felt like a human when I had appointments with the doctor.
Describe the protocols Barry Witten (retired) used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
Due to my age, poor egg quality and low reserve, my only choice was donor egg. First I had a saline ultrasound. I found out on my own about frozen egg banks and chose to use a frozen egg lot. After the eggs arrived at the clinic, I was started on birth control, then transitioned to lupron injections. Then I started steroids and injected estrogen. Close to transfer I started progesterone in oil and antibiotics. I chose to use the acupuncturist who came to the clinic on transfer day. Then after transfer and confirmed pregnancy I stayed on all of those meds until 10 weeks except for the antibiotics. I was then released to my obgyn.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amanda Tayon)
She was kind and extremely positive from the first time I met her. She was extremely helpful in my getting my medication at the best possible price. She was extremely organized. I wish there had been better education on how to do the injections and more information about potential side effects.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Strength: office and parking are easy to access. The office was peaceful and organized. Appointments were easy to make and convenient. The phlebotomists were amazingly kind. The embryologists took great care with my frozen donor eggs. Transfer day was so special. Weaknesses: I had to do everything with obtaining the donor eggs and sperm with no guidance from the clinic. I felt very alone in that. I also had a lot of questions about my protocol that I had a hard time getting answered. The ultrasound tech was much more rough than Dr Witten with the internal ultrasounds.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
It’s hard to say. I paid the donor egg bank for up to six cycles and then they paid the clinic for all my treatment.
Describe Barry Witten (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I was only interested in eSet so it was never a discussion.
What specific things went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
Describe the specific things that went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I had some miserable but non life threatening side effects from the meds and when I asked about them I was kind of told just to deal with it.
10
Doctor
Barry Witten (retired)
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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3
5
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
3
5
My treatment plan was not tailored to my needs. I went through 1 embryo transfer that failed and nothing was changed for the second (which also failed). Going into the 3rd nothing was going to change and no additional testing was going to be completed. ... I was walking away from Dr. Witten with no help and an unexplained diagnosis. We had went through some terrible loss and did not feel anything was going to change, therefor, we had to make the change.
Strengths: -This clinic [SIRM] is very compassionate towards their patients. After our first loss, everyone signed a card and sent it to us to let us know they were all thinking about us. This is one of the reasons it made it very hard to leave. ... Weaknesses: -Communication! There were a lot of times that the communication was not great. Either miscommunication between the doctors and nurses or miscommunication to us. Someone would tell me one thing and then turn around and tell me something else. If you choose this clinic, make sure you are clear with everyone and confirm everything twice. -I felt I was treated just like any other patient in terms of care plan. I did not feel they tailored the care to our needs. It was the same thing they were doing for everyone.
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
3
5
How was your experience with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
While I decided to leave the clinic, I still hold a special place in my heart for Dr. Witten. He is very compassionate and follows probably what most other doctors follow. I felt that he had my best interest at heart. I had to switch clinics to try a different treatment plan and regain some hope. I was walking away from Dr. Witten with no help and an unexplained diagnosis. We had went through some terrible loss and did not feel anything was going to change, therefor, we had to make the change.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Fight to change your treatment plan if it is not working. Also, try not to schedule Friday appointments. They seem to be very busy on those days and wait times can be long!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
My treatment plan was not tailored to my needs. I went through 1 embryo transfer that failed and nothing was changed for the second (which also failed). Going into the 3rd nothing was going to change and no additional testing was going to be completed.
Describe the protocols Barry Witten (retired) used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
I have been off birth control for 4 years and we really tried to start conceiving in January 2017. We started in November 2018 with Sher and did one round of medicated timed intercourse. We then proceeded with an IUI in January and February. Had a HSG performed in February 2019 that came back normal with no blockage. In May we attempted our first IVF cycle but was cancelled due to low number of follicles. During this cycle Lupron, Gonal F, Menopur and the HCG trigger shot was used. During June we went through another retrieval and used the same medicine but added Cetrotide and increased the dosages on the other. They retrieved 11 eggs, 10 fertilized and 6 made it to day 5. We then did PGS testing and 3 came back normal; 2 males and a female. The abnormal ones had the following issues: one of the embryos was missing a chromosome on chromosome 1, one had an additional on chromosome 8, and the other had an additional on 11 and 13. We then went through a transfer in August 2019. Lupron and E2V were used to prepare. My lining was above 9mm. We did have to use Viagra suppositories to get my lining to thicken. We transferred on 8/22 and used Progesterone and Progesterone suppositories along with E2V after transfer. Blood tested on 9/1 and came back with a negative. During October, an ERA was performed. Again, used the same medicine regime. The ERA came back receptive. During November, we prepared again for another transfer in December. A few differences during this cycle was that they did test for blood clotting disorders and I do have a single mutation for the blood clotting disorder MTHFR. For this round they added Lovenox daily. We also did a scratch during the fluid ultrasound. My lining was at 10.4mm 5 days before transfer (last ultrasound) and we transferred on 12/13 and embryo glue was used during this transfer. A blood test was done 12/23 and came back negative. We have transferred both our male embryos and have the female embryo left.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I did not have the same nurse all the way through with this clinic. They switched me back and forth a few times. I thought the communication could have been better. They would tell us one thing and then the next minute (literally) would tell us something different. I would say they had compassion and would understand what we were going through.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Strengths: -This clinic is very compassionate towards their patients. After our first loss, everyone signed a card and sent it to us to let us know they were all thinking about us. This is one of the reasons it made it very hard to leave. -Wait times are typically not long. The only time I would have to wait was on Friday's. -They follow the standard protocol that most doctors follow (could be good and bad) Weaknesses: -Communication! There were a lot of times that the communication was not great. Either miscommunication between the doctors and nurses or miscommunication to us. Someone would tell me one thing and then turn around and tell me something else. If you choose this clinic, make sure you are clear with everyone and confirm everything twice. -I felt I was treated just like any other patient in terms of care plan. I did not feel they tailored the care to our needs. It was the same thing they were doing for everyone.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
We have insurance coverage right now so i cannot help much here. If i were to get this grant, I am giving it to my close friend that is also going through the same thing as we are.
What specific things went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
During our first attempt at retrieval, everyone kept telling us the follicle size and count looked great and that we were "over-achieving." When it came to the last scan and the day we should have taken the trigger we heard the same thing. We did the scans and no concerns. We waited to talk to our nurse. She came in and started talking about how to do the trigger shot and when. But then 30 seconds into the conversation she said she would call us later to give final details because the doctor wanted to look at the scans again to confirm everything was good and then in the next breath she was telling us the retrieval was cancelled. We were very confused how we go from over-achieving to the retrieval being cancelled in matter of minutes.
3
Doctor
Barry Witten (retired)
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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9
10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
10
Prior to egg retrieval, I used Lupron. I had two retrievals with Dr. Dayal which were much more successful than the retrievals I had with another RE. I felt Dr. Dayal carefully considered the best approach given my history, age, etc. For the FETs I have had under Dr. Dayal's care we have used both medicated and a semi-natural/gentle stim cycle...I have only done single embryo transfers, which Dr. Dayal is strongly in favor of...is extremely warm and caring - you can tell she really cares about her patients and thoughtfully thinks about each case and the best approach.
I used an Attain shared risk plan [at SIRM St Louis]...This clinic makes you feel like a person and I have seen Dr. Dayal at nearly every appointment. This is very much in contrast to the approach I had at another clinic where I rarely met the RE and procedures were performed by the RE on service that week. Dr. Dayal performed every embryo transfer and FET I had under her care personally...Nursing staff is great at SIRM! Very thorough and great attention to detail. I have had very few issues with them, which is in contrast to my experience at another clinic.
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
10
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal is extremely warm, intelligent, and thorough. Despite the fact that I have still not achieved the outcome I want, I completely trust her and believe she has left no stone unturned. I would recommend her wholeheartedly to anyone going through infertility.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal is incredibly thorough and explains everything well but certainly feel free to ask her questions, which she will always answer!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal is extremely warm and caring - you can tell she really cares about her patients and thoughtfully thinks about each case and the best approach.
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
Prior to egg retrieval, I used Lupron. I had two retrievals with Dr. Dayal which were much more successful than the retrievals I had with another RE. I felt Dr. Dayal carefully considered the best approach given my history, age, etc. For the FETs I have had under Dr. Dayal's care we have used both medicated and a semi-natural/gentle stim cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amy Albertson)
Nursing staff is great at SIRM! Very thorough and great attention to detail. I have had very few issues with them, which is in contrast to my experience at another clinic.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
This clinic makes you feel like a person and I have seen Dr. Dayal at nearly every appointment. This is very much in contrast to the approach I had at another clinic where I rarely met the RE and procedures were performed by the RE on service that week. Dr. Dayal performed every embryo transfer and FET I had under her care personally.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I used an Attain shared risk plan.
Describe Molina Dayal's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I have only done single embryo transfers, which Dr. Dayal is strongly in favor of.
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Doctor
Molina Dayal
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. Dayal always greeted me by name. She would ask questions that were more than just a "how are you doing?" nature to really get to know you...has always been very straight forward with us. She tells us what treatment options are best for our situation. When a cycle failed, she changed things up so things looked different the next time. She genuinely cares about me as a patient and always weighs the risks and benefits of each treatment option.
It [SIRM St Louis] is newly renovated and easy to find. They just added a third doctor to their practice. At this time they do batched IVF cycles, which is both good and bad. I'd love to see them stop that and do the IVF based on where their patient is in their cycle...The nursing team work together to make sure your needs are met. You are assigned a specific nurse, and she is the one who makes your schedule and fields the majority of your questions. But almost every nurse there knows me by name and can answer any question I have regarding my treatment if my nurse is not available.
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal has always been very straight forward with us. She tells us what treatment options are best for our situation. When a cycle failed, she changed things up so things looked different the next time. She genuinely cares about me as a patient and always weighs the risks and benefits of each treatment option.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Be prepared to never want to see another doctor again! Dr. Dayal will warm your heart and give you confidence that you'll walk out of that office pregnant.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal always greeted me by name. She would ask questions that were more than just a "how are you doing?" nature to really get to know you.
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
We attempted a timed intercourse cycle with a low dosage of stimulation drugs. I have a high number of eggs so she wanted to start with a low dose so as not to overstimulate me. That cycle was unsuccessful, but it did give Dr. Dayal an idea on how my body would react to a full stim IVF cycle. We moved straight forward with IVF, choosing the skip IUI as the issue was annovulation, not a sperm issue. She monitored me very closely as I did produce a very high quantity of eggs. Due to the large number of eggs we had to freeze all of our embryos and do a frozen cycle. Our first frozen cycle failed. After that cycle Dr. Dayal added on a bag of intralipids and had us do an ERA to determine our optimum window for implantation. Our second cycle also failed, and I will be speaking with Dr. Dayal tomorrow on what we can change for our next cycle to try to be successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amy Albertson)
The nursing team work together to make sure your needs are met. You are assigned a specific nurse, and she is the one who makes your schedule and fields the majority of your questions. But almost every nurse there knows me by name and can answer any question I have regarding my treatment if my nurse is not available.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
This clinic has some of the best doctors around. It is newly renovated and easy to find. They just added a third doctor to their practice. At this time they do batched IVF cycles, which is both good and bad. I'd love to see them stop that and do the IVF based on where their patient is in their cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I do not remember the costs. I know that my insurance did cover 85% of the total costs of treatment.
Describe Molina Dayal's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Dr. Dayal did recommend only transferring one embryo because of my younger age. She told us that transferring two embryos doesn't really increase your chance of getting pregnant, just your chance of having multiples.
10
Doctor
Molina Dayal
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
25 - 26
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Unexplained
10
10
He [Dr. Barry Witten] spends so much time with me each appointment and I never feel like he’s rushing to see the next patient. He’s also always been on time and I’ve never had to wait past my appointment time to see him. He has also done very cool things like let me see the sperm sample through the microscope so I am convinced that my husbands sperm are swimming correctly!...He has always been the one that does my ultrasounds. We have previously done 3 IUI’s three months in a row with no positive results.
The IUI’s [at SIRM St Louis] were out of pocket for us and were $1000...have called several times to ask about my bills or appointment times and they never make me feel like I’m wasting their time, even though I know how busy they are. The office staff is literally the most incredible staff I have ever dealt with...They [nurses] are always on time and organized. They always remember me and ask about me and how work is going. They spend a lot of time in the room with me and answer any and all questions I have. They always have a smile of their faces and make me feel so comfortable. Working as a nurse myself I know how important it is that your patients feel comfortable with you and I feel that 100%
Age
25 - 26
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
I have had over 20 visits to this clinic and have seen Dr. Witten every single time besides once, when he was out of town. I have several friends who see different fertility Dr.’s and none of them have actually gotten to see they doctor as much as I’ve seen him. I feel like that says a lot about the care he provides his patients. He is always on board with any new idea I have or something new to try. He spends so much time with me each appointment and I never feel like he’s rushing to see the next patient. He’s also always been on time and I’ve never had to wait past my appointment time to see him. He has also done very cool things like let me see the sperm sample through the microscope so I am convinced that my husbands sperm are swimming correctly! Being able to do that was beyond one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen a doctor do for a patient and I’m a nurse and work with doctors on a daily basis.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Let him know everything about how your feeling or any issues you have with anything. He’s a very good listener and always wants to know how you’re feeling throughout each cycle. Be very open to him about your feelings.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
He has been very compassionate and understanding of my feelings. He takes the time to talk and listen. He listens and responds to all of my concerns, and since I work in healthcare, I feel that I probably have a lot more concerns than others.
Describe the protocols Barry Witten (retired) used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
Every cycle I have a baseline ultrasound to check for cysts, then I start my (cycles with IUI’s was 5 mg) 7.5 mg of femara on cycle days 3-7. I come back around cycle day 11 or 12 or another ultrasound to see how my follicles are responding. He has always been the one that does my ultrasounds. We have previously done 3 IUI’s three months in a row with no positive results. However, I did handle those cycles just fine with no issues. Before the first IUI he checked my cervical mucus to check for sperm. He was not able to find any so we thought IUI should work. Since the failed IUI’s he upped my dosage from 5mg to 7.5 to allow more eggs to produce to see if that would help. Before I was producing one egg each time. I also give myself a trigger shot every cycle with or without doing the IUI’s. Unfortunately I have not received a positive test from any cycles yet. This cycle we are currently on he’s checking my ph and we are trying a baking soda douche the night before I ovulate. He checked my cervical mucus again this cycle and there was living sperm in it which is better than when he checked before.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The overall nursing staff is amazing. I have dealt with mostly the same two but throughout my visits have dealt with all. They are always on time and organized. They always remember me and ask about me and how work is going. They spend a lot of time in the room with me and answer any and all questions I have. They always have a smile of their faces and make me feel so comfortable. Working as a nurse myself I know how important it is that your patients feel comfortable with you and I feel that 100%
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The clinic is very clean and organized. They just remolded and have a very updated look and feel to it. They are amazing at communicating. They call just to make sure you know what office your going to or just anything little like that. I have called several times to ask about my bills or appointment times and they never make me feel like I’m wasting their time, even though I know how busy they are. The office staff is literally the most incredible staff I have ever dealt with.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The IUI’s were out of pocket for us and were $1000. Femara and trigger shots are also out of pocket but they providing me with the cheapest pharmacies for me to get them through. All of the ultrasounds were run through insurance and we covered the rest out of pocket. Roughly around $250 per month.
10
Doctor
Barry Witten (retired)
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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9
9
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
9
9
We started with Femera and Ovidrel and moved on to IUI. We’re perfect on paper, but just can’t get pregnant. Dr. Witten saw a fibroid, but performed a test that showed it was not inside the wall and decided it was not an issue. After a 2nd failed IUI we went in to discuss moving to IVF. Instead of just taking our money and starting IVF, he referred us to a surgeon to remove the fibroid. He didn’t want any obstacles when we finally start treatment. This will delay our treatment 3 months, but we will at least know that we did everything possible. We feel that he genuinely cares about us and our outcome and we continue to trust his treatment plan. New Patient Advice
We really like this clinic [Sher Fertiltiy of St. Louis]. Appointments are relatively easy to get at the time you want and I never have to wait long to be seen. Parking is also free :) Everyone knows our names and always greet us when we come in. They also have blood draws on site so you don’t have to go to an outside lab...Holly and Jamie [nurses] are great! They are very efficient during appointments and quick to respond to messages...My first prescription from this clinic was mistakenly not called in. The pharmacy was able to get a hold of the nurse at home and I was able to get my prescription.
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
9
9
How was your experience with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
We came to Sher and Dr. Witten after a bad experience elsewhere. He is very thorough and really took the time to run every test and go through every potential obstacle before recommending treatment. We started with Femera and Ovidrel and moved on to IUI. We’re perfect on paper, but just can’t get pregnant. Dr. Witten saw a fibroid, but performed a test that showed it was not inside the wall and decided it was not an issue. After a 2nd failed IUI we went in to discuss moving to IVF. Instead of just taking our money and starting IVF, he referred us to a surgeon to remove the fibroid. He didn’t want any obstacles when we finally start treatment. This will delay our treatment 3 months, but we will at least know that we did everything possible. We feel that he genuinely cares about us and our outcome and we continue to trust his treatment plan.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
He is very sweet, but no-nonsense in his approach. Sometimes he can be very direct. My advice would be to ask as many questions as it takes so you understand exactly what is happening.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Witten may be a little blunt and no-nonsense, but he definitely treats his patients well. He has called me personally to make sure I understood everything and always seems disappointed when a treatment fails.
Describe the protocols Barry Witten (retired) used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
We started with Femera and the trigger shot with timed intercourse for several months. We did our first IUI, went back to Femera during the holidays and did a 2nd IUI two months later. He performed many tests including HSG and a saline ultrasound. Most recently we have been referred to a surgeon for fibroid removal. The surgeon seems to think this could be causing our issues. We will resume treatment with Dr. Witten after recovery.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Holly and Jamie are great! They are very efficient during appointments and quick to respond to messages.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
We really like this clinic. Appointments are relatively easy to get at the time you want and I never have to wait long to be seen. Parking is also free :) Everyone knows our names and always greet us when we come in. They also have blood draws on site so you don’t have to go to an outside lab.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
IUI cost 1,000, but ultrasounds are included
What specific things went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
Describe the specific things that went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
My first prescription from this clinic was mistakenly not called in. The pharmacy was able to get a hold of the nurse at home and I was able to get my prescription.
9
Doctor
Barry Witten (retired)
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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Operations
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10
10
Age
27 - 29
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
10
The thing I love the most about working with Dr. Dayal is I feel like we're part of a team. I can always ask her questions, mention concerns, and we work on a plan together. I never feel rushed with her in my appointments, even when I have a ton of questions. With both of my losses Dr. Dayal was incredibly compassionate and when I was ready mentioned procedures/tests we might consider to get to the bottom of the issue.
Nurse Tayon [at SIRM STL] is great to work with. I definitely feel comfortable asking her any questions I have and she is always quick to respond. When she went on maternity leave Merry Kay took over as my nurse and she was equally as great. I feel like I always get the information I need. If I have concerns or inquiries about our cycle she is always willing to listen and ask Dr. Dayal if needed.... Overall the clinic is great. The best care I have ever received. When we first started their financial adviser for patients was hard to get a hold of and seemed very unorganized but she is no longer at the clinic. Everyone is so friendly, accommodating, and I love that I never feel rushed.
Age
27 - 29
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, Native American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
10
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
The thing I love the most about working with Dr. Dayal is I feel like we're part of a team. I can always ask her questions, mention concerns, and we work on a plan together. I never feel rushed with her in my appointments, even when I have a ton of questions. With both of my losses Dr. Dayal was incredibly compassionate and when I was ready mentioned procedures/tests we might consider to get to the bottom of the issue.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Ask all the questions you have. It isn't a reflection on Dr. Dayal or her staff because they are great with communication, more being your own advocate and not being afraid to ask any and all questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
The entire staff at SIRM is incredible and they always know exactly who I am, the laugh with me, joke with me; which makes the overall experience much more positive. Dr. Dayal is highly involved in my care and I see her every appointment I have which I really appreciate.
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
The first IVF cycle I did with Dr. Dayal was canceled. We had agreed to do a low dosage protocol and my follicles simply stopped growing at the mid-way point. Dr. Dayal suggested a low dose protocol because she was worried about hyper-stimulation due to my PCOS. We tried to work with the cycle but it just wasn't working so we wound up canceling it. Our second IVF we did complete and did a freeze all instead of doing a fresh transfer. We used a "middle of the road" dose protocol and it worked perfectly. She was still worried about hyper-stimulation and warned me if this occurred we would have to do a freeze all. While I didn't hyper-stimulate I did have a rough recovery with egg retrieval due to past abdominal surgeries, completed unrelated to Dr. Dayal, and we wound up having to do a freeze all anyway. With each of our 3 frozen embryo transfers (FETs) we used the same protocol because even though the first one was unsuccessful with a negative beta, my body responded exactly as wanted to the medication protocol. My 2nd and 3rd FETs resulted in positive betas but ended in miscarriage, both at 5 weeks 1 day. After learning this Dr. Dayal highly recommended doing an ERA test to make sure we were transferring on the right day.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amanda Tayon)
Nurse Tayon is great to work with. I definitely feel comfortable asking her any questions I have and she is always quick to respond. When she went on maternity leave Merry Kay took over as my nurse and she was equally as great. I feel like I always get the information I need. If I have concerns or inquiries about our cycle she is always willing to listen and ask Dr. Dayal if needed.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Overall the clinic is great. The best care I have ever received. When we first started their financial adviser for patients was hard to get a hold of and seemed very unorganized but she is no longer at the clinic. Everyone is so friendly, accommodating, and I love that I never feel rushed.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I don't specifically remember costs because my Husband and I are very lucky to have health insurance that helps with infertility treatments. However, they do use an anesthesiologist who does not accept insurance and their cash/check payment cost is $500 which is due at time of service.
10
Doctor
Molina Dayal
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
31
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
5 Eggs Frozen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing (cancer)
Diagnosis
Cancer
10
10
All I knew was that I had aggressive cancer and we had one shot to have a family genetically...Dr. Moe [Maureen Schulte] took on my case as if we were long-time friends or immediate family members. Absolutely every single interaction was heartfelt, honest and meaningful. During the 10-day hormone injection period, Dr. Moe sent daily text messages of encouragement, support and love. To be honest, I often felt like I was Dr. Moe’s only patient during our egg retrieval because she was genuinely concerned about our health journey. It was extremely obvious that our situation was just as important to her as it was to us. Dr. Moe called to inform us that we had genetically normal embryos waiting for us when I was cancer free. To be Dr. Moe’s first “rescue retrieval” was a gift.
Every single time I walked into the clinic [SIRM St Louis], I felt like the only patient. The level of compassion and care was obvious and much needed...Knowledgeable. Compassionate. Caring. Loving. Having been recently diagnosed with cancer, the team of healthcare professionals at SIRM made me feel like having a family was not a dream but a reality someday post cancer. They provided me with a level of confidence I lost after I was diagnosed. Every interaction was positive and refreshing... Although booked solid, Andrea opened Dr. Maureen Schulte’s schedule for us to arrive the next day as a “rescue retrieval” case. We drove there in silence. The fear was palpable. We needed a win, however small, that day. Insert Dr. Moe. I arrived at SIRM with little to no hope. I did not understand the
Age
31
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
5 Eggs Frozen
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing (cancer)
Diagnosis
Cancer
10
10
How was your experience with Maureen "Moe" Schulte at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
The entire staff at SIRM was a complete Godsend for my husband and I in 2019. I was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer at the age of 31. Just 48 hours before, I had been playing with my wiggly and growing nephews with the desire to be a mom. Before my diagnosis, I thought our pregnancy journey would begin just a few months later in summer 2019. Our “normal” life was stripped from us. We met with my radiation oncologist, oncologist and surgeon. For the first time in my life, I felt extremely hopeless when we were informed that I would very likely become infertile from radiation and chemotherapy. Our only option was invitro fertilization (IVF) and then surrogacy. Seeing that I had almost a complete obstruction in my rectum, my healthcare team was hesitant to allow fertility treatment to proceed. However, given my age and my current childless state, I was given the green light with specific instructions that I had three weeks to undergo IVF and then cancer treatment started. Following referral from a close friend, I contacted SIRM the next day. I felt battered, beaten down and extremely fragile. In all honestly, I had an extremely negative attitude and felt powerless to my situation. Andrea McClain answered the phone. From the first interaction, we felt relief. Although booked solid, Andrea opened Dr. Maureen Schulte’s schedule for us to arrive the next day as a “rescue retrieval” case. We drove there in silence. The fear was palpable. We needed a win, however small, that day. Insert Dr. Moe. I arrived at SIRM with little to no hope. I did not understand the IVF process. I had no idea if I was fertile. All I knew was that I had aggressive cancer and we had one shot to have a family genetically. Five hours later, I left SIRM rejuvenated with hope and encouragement that I was being taken care of by the best doctors before cancer treatment started. Dr. Moe took on my case as if we were long-time friends or immediate family members. Absolutely every single interaction was heartfelt, honest and meaningful. During the 10-day hormone injection period, Dr. Moe sent daily text messages of encouragement, support and love. To be honest, I often felt like I was Dr. Moe’s only patient during our egg retrieval because she was genuinely concerned about our health journey. It was extremely obvious that our situation was just as important to her as it was to us. Dr. Moe called to inform us that we had genetically normal embryos waiting for us when I was cancer free. To be Dr. Moe’s first “rescue retrieval” was a gift. When I had little hope and the possibility of having a family felt like it was slipping away, I received encouragement, love and tons of hugs from every single member of the SIRM family. Every individual, from the front desk, to lab technicians, to our administrative gurus and Dr. Moe, made our world seem a little less scary. When I wanted to quit during my six months of chemotherapy, our future family kept me going more times than I can count. We dreamt of our family more in the last six months than ever before. That dream will one day become a reality because of Dr. Moe and her talented team. Dr. Moe is living her calling in life. It is insanely obvious that she fully invests in her patients through her witty and adorable bedside manner, personal touch and follow-up interactions. As a past patient and cancer survivor, I highly recommend SIRM for all your fertility needs. Make the right choice. Choose SIRM today.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Maureen "Moe" Schulte at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Do not be intimidated by the process. You are with the best. She will make you feel taken cared of and do everything in her power to help you start your family.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: MerryKay Montgomery)
Every single time I walked into the clinic, I felt like the only patient. The level of compassion and care was obvious and much needed.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Knowledgeable. Compassionate. Caring. Loving. Having been recently diagnosed with cancer, the team of healthcare professionals at SIRM made me feel like having a family was not a dream but a reality someday post cancer. They provided me with a level of confidence I lost after I was diagnosed. Every interaction was positive and refreshing.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Maureen "Moe" Schulte at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Roughly $5,000 for certain medications and genetic testing. My insurance covered the rest of the costs.
10
Doctor
Maureen "Moe" Schulte
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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0
Age
36 - 39
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
0
0
Dr. Dayal was always gentle in all of her procedures that she performed and took care to minimize pain....Unfortunately my last experience with Dr. Dayal is the reason why I cannot recommend her as a doctor.... My gynecologist's office had to chase her down to get the records they needed and only through their efforts was I able to get my D&C. A miscarriage is awful enough, but having a doctor that you worked with for years abandon you in the middle of it is just unconscionable
There was a real deficit of caring at this clinic [SIRM St. Louis]. Overall the staff here doesn't care about their patients very much. For example a nurse made a joke about my memorial necklace after I returned to treatment after a stillbirth... The staff frequently forgot that I had stillbirth and kept asking me how the baby I lost was doing.... myself and another patient's charts were mixed up during our monitoring appointments and I was told to trigger far too soon.
Age
36 - 39
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
0
0
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal was always gentle in all of her procedures that she performed and took care to minimize pain. She was generally good about explaining everything and was upfront if a certain test or procedure did not have a lot of research. Dr. Dayal was open to trying new procedures and medications. Unfortunately my last experience with Dr. Dayal is the reason why I cannot recommend her as a doctor. I went into her office for a D&C after a miscarriage and unfortunately her nurse anesthesiologist was not able to place an IV despite many tries so the procedure was cancelled. This is obviously a terrible experience, but Dr. Dayal told me she would see if either the other anesthesiologist team she worked with would be available and also took the name of my gynecologist to see if she could get me set up to have it done with them and that she would call me later that day. She never called. I called my gynecologist's office the next day who said they had not heard from Dr. Dayal. My gynecologist's office had to chase her down to get the records they needed and only through their efforts was I able to get my D&C. A miscarriage is awful enough, but having a doctor that you worked with for years abandon you in the middle of it is just unconscionable
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal tends to phrase things in a very optimistic manner. Please do your own research and take any statistics she quotes you with a large grain of salt.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
There was a real deficit of caring at this clinic. Overall the staff here doesn't care about their patients very much. For example a nurse made a joke about my memorial necklace after I returned to treatment after a stillbirth in front of Dr. Dayal and the Dr. didn't say anything to her. The staff frequently forgot that I had stillbirth and kept asking me how the baby I lost was doing.
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
Long lupron protocol with fresh transfers of a single embryo (against Dr. Dayal's recommendation) then double embryo transfer. Did natural killer cell testing after the first fresh transfer failed and when this came back elevated, she added intralipid infusions to future transfers. Also did two medicated frozen embryo transfers.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The nursing staff here in general were unprofessional. My first IVF cycle almost went down the drain, because myself and another patient's charts were mixed up during our monitoring appointments and I was told to trigger far too soon. This didn't match what Dr. Dayal had discussed with me, but the nurse refused to listen to me. I had to argue with her for quite awhile before she reluctantly went to double check with a lot of attitude and then she didn't even apologize when she slinked back to give me the correction instructions. I'd been chewed out by the nursing staff for not scheduling my appointment (I had) and for them not being able to get an IV in to me. Overall the nurses were pretty good at getting back to me if I had a question and for the most part were responsive and correct in getting appointments, orders to pharmacies, updated calendars and there was a lot less waiting to hear back at this clinic than my experience with other clinics.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Getting on the schedule is very easy and not a lot of waiting. Their monitoring starts at 8am and tends to take awhile, which sucks if you are trying to juggle IVF and work. But your RE is there at every appointment and you know the next steps and have your next appointment scheduled before you leave which is great . The financial counselor there was completely useless, but they do send itemized bills which were easy to understand.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Had insurance coverage
Describe Molina Dayal's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Due to my age, she recommended transferring two day 5 embryos. I do think Dr. Dayal downplays the risks of a pregnancy of multiples.
What specific things went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I've had a few minor issues such as they forgot to call in prescriptions and I wasn't on the schedule once when I had made an appointment. I had a much more critical near miss where they mixed my chart up with another patient's and they almost screwed up both of our IVF cycles by telling me to trigger when I wasn't ready and telling the other patient to continue stims when she was ready to trigger and it took a lot more arguing from me than it should have for them to double check. The biggest issue I had there was the nurse anesthesiologist not able to place an IV for a D&C procedure that Dr. Dayal failed to follow up after this procedure was cancelled. The clinic as a whole does not accept responsibility for their errors and tends to blame patients or anyone else for their mistakes.
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8
8
Age
34
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Immunological
8
8
Dr Dayal is very compassionate and seems to truly care. I have had issues that I have brought forward and she listens well and has attempted to make them right. I really appreciate that she is in every appointment, she answers all my questions and I have felt like I have a say in my care ...Dr Dayal and all of the staff [Sher] do a wonderful job of making you feel like a person.
The office [Sher] is nice, staff is great, they are responsive to your needs. However they are a large clinic and like anywhere else you need to continue to advocate for yourself and your needs. I recommend having a note book with questions and be prepared with it at every visit ... had a scan done at another location and the report stated I had a septate uterus. ... I was not notified of report and the embryo transfer proceeded. My septate uterus was offically diagnosed 2 years later and I had surgery immediately.
Age
34
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Immunological
8
8
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr Dayal is very compassionate and seems to truly care. I have had issues that I have brought forward and she listens well and has attempted to make them right. I really appreciate that she is in every appointment, she answers all my questions and I have felt like I have a say in my care
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Advocate for yourself, have questions prepared and don’t be afraid to adk
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr Dayal and all of the staff do a wonderful job of making you feel like a person. They remember personal information and make you feel so comfortable
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
We have tried several different protocols. I did not stun well my first try at egg retrieval and we started making changes after that
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amy A)
The nursing staff is amazing. They answer my questions, are very responsive to emails or calls, and have been supportive through some really hard times and helped celebrate through some big wins
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The office is nice, staff is great, they are responsive to your needs. However they are a large clinic and like anywhere else you need to continue to advocate for yourself and your needs. I recommend having a note book with questions and be prepared with it at every visit
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I am not sure we had some coverage but each cycle seemed to be about 7000.00 prior to medications
Describe Molina Dayal's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I had a uterine anaomly and will always do a single transfer
What specific things went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I had been previously diagnosed with a bicornuate uterus and had a scan done at another location and the report stated I had a septate uterus. This was prior to my 3rd embryo transfer. I was not notified of report and the embryo transfer proceeded. My septate uterus was offically diagnosed 2 years later and I had surgery immediately. I then had another transfer that resulted in pregnancy however it ended in miscarriage
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Molina Dayal
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8
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STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
8
Age
29 - 31
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
8
Dr. Dayal is very warm and compassionate. She remembers details about you when you visit (both medical and personal). While we were seeking a second opinion before doing IVF she called to get a check-up on our progress. Although she will give her medical opinion and guidance, she is 100% supportive of OUR decisions through the process. She treats us as intellectuals and explains ideas that need elaboration, but doesn't overexplain ideas that we've "got." She has never once rushed an appointment with us. She has made it clear that us having a successful pregnancy is her priority.
My experiences with the clinic [Sher-STL] have been the only thing that has not been great about the process. Everyone is VERY warm and friendly, and a lot of the staff gets to know you personally, but they honestly can be a bit disorganized at times. Nothing major so far, but things like calling to cancel/reschedule an appointment and it not getting noted. Sometimes I feel like I am responsible for reminding them of details that I think the should have recorded. Like I said, not horrible! But there have been a few moments.
Age
29 - 31
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
8
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal is very warm and compassionate. She remembers details about you when you visit (both medical and personal). While we were seeking a second opinion before doing IVF she called to get a check-up on our progress. Although she will give her medical opinion and guidance, she is 100% supportive of OUR decisions through the process. She treats us as intellectuals and explains ideas that need elaboration, but doesn't overexplain ideas that we've "got." She has never once rushed an appointment with us. She has made it clear that us having a successful pregnancy is her priority.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Is it possible for a doctor to be too kind? I am struggling to come up with anything except that maybe at times I wish she was a little more forceful with her advice (ok, not really). But we may have made some different decisions to move quicker if she had guided us to. So have an idea of what your goals are when meeting with her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal is very warm and compassionate. She remembers details about you when you visit (both medical and personal). While we were seeking a second opinion before doing IVF she called to get a check-up on our progress. Although she will give her medical opinion and guidance, she is 100% supportive of OUR decisions through the process. She treats us as intellectuals and explains ideas that need elaboration, but doesn't overexplain ideas that we've "got." She has never once rushed an appointment with us. She has made it clear that us having a successful pregnancy is her priority.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amy Albertson)
We've only met with Amy once so far (just starting out) but she seems kind, competent, and organized. I am relieved that she is our nurse.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
My experiences with the clinic have been the only thing that has not been great about the process. Everyone is VERY warm and friendly, and a lot of the staff gets to know you personally, but they honestly can be a bit disorganized at times. Nothing major so far, but things like calling to cancel/reschedule an appointment and it not getting noted. Sometimes I feel like I am responsible for reminding them of details that I think the should have recorded. Like I said, not horrible! But there have been a few moments.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
If I remember correctly, IUIs were somewhere around $1,000 a piece (roughly), and we've been quoted about $10,000 for the first round of egg retrieval, $5,000 if we have to do a second round, $3,000-6,000 for meds (ours is $4,250), $450 for anesthetic, and approximately $5,000 for transfers.
Describe Molina Dayal's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
We have not yet gone through the process of IVF, but in our preliminary discussions, she has mentioned the odds of success for single vs. multiple and does seem to have a medical bias towards single. It seems like she would allow us to do two if we chose two, but she is definitely recommending one (which we will likely follow!)
What specific things went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Doctor
Molina Dayal
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8
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STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
33 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage
10
10
I have nothing but positive things to say about Dr. Witten. He was very thorough in explaining the process. He was great about changing our course of treatment as needed as different issues came up with my endo. I had an endometrioma pop up during the time I was getting shots. He decided he would do the egg retrieval but may need to delay the transfer for me to have surgery to remove the endometrioma. He knew how upset this made me as I had already had 2 laparoscopic
Everyone in the clinic [SIRM St. Louis] was super helpful and supportive. We felt like they were all rooting us on which was great to have such a wonderful support team in people we had only met a couple months earlier.... Our nurse coordinator was AMAZING! If I had any questions or concerns I could email or call her and she would get back to me right away. She never made me feel like I was nuisance or that I asked too many questions.
Age
33 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage
10
10
How was your experience with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
I have nothing but positive things to say about Dr. Witten. He was very thorough in explaining the process. He was great about changing our course of treatment as needed as different issues came up with my endo. I had an endometrioma pop up during the time I was getting shots. He decided he would do the egg retrieval but may need to delay the transfer for me to have surgery to remove the endometrioma. He knew how upset this made me as I had already had 2 laparoscopic surgeries that year to remove the endo. He wanted to do everything he could to avoid me having another surgery for the year. As he did my egg retrieval he was able to rupture the endometrioma so we could complete transfer right away!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Do EVERYTHING by the book. They lay out everything you need to know and do to achieve best results. Even though it may be hard or inconvenient it pays off.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Witten and his staff treated us like family. He made us feel super comfortable through out the process. We knew that he would always be honest with us even if it was something we didn't want to hear. I appreciated how he delivered any road blocks. He'd present it in a delicate way with solutions to follow.
Describe the protocols Barry Witten (retired) used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
Due to my diagnosis of endometriosis and low ovarian reserve, we used a higher dose of the follistim. During my treatment, an endometrioma began growing again. It caused a lot of discomfort as my ovaries were very enlarged from the meds. After retrieval I began to feel much better after about a week. My ovaries were going back to normal and Dr. Witten ruptured my endometrioma during retrieval. Because of the aggressive nature of my endometriosis, Dr. Witten recommended transferring 2 embryos. We now have 8 month old boy/girl twins!!
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amanda)
Our nurse coordinator was AMAZING! If I had any questions or concerns I could email or call her and she would get back to me right away. She never made me feel like I was nuisance or that I asked too many questions.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Everyone in the clinic was super helpful and supportive. We felt like they were all rooting us on which was great to have such a wonderful support team in people we had only met a couple months earlier.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The cost was between $10,000-$15,000
Describe Barry Witten (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
My husband and I completely trusted Dr. Witten's advice on how many embryos to transfer. He recommended we transfer 2 due to the aggressive nature of my endometriosis. We understood the risks involved with multiples and decided to take his advice. We are very glad we did.
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Barry Witten (retired)
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10
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STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
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0
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage, Unexplained
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0
My experience with Dr. Witten spans about a 2 year time frame and if I had to do it all over again, I would most definitely choose a different RE.... He waited over a year to even attempt any medication, even after telling us that we had to rush because I have very low ovarian reserve.... His treatments are very reserved, not an aggressive go getter type.... I felt like we needed medication but he wouldn't even discuss it.
They [Sher Fertility of St. Louis] did not offer late appointments available for those of us that work. Latest appointments were 3pm. When you live 60 miles away and work, it made it very frustrating for my employer to work around this doctor's schedule. The receptionist was very loud when talking about my appointment when I would arrive. Which I found very embarrassing.... There were so many nurses running around. I had a different nurse at every appointment...
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage, Unexplained
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0
How was your experience with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
The right Reproductive Endocrinologist for you can be the difference between success or heartache. Therefore, I want my review to be as honest as possible so others can make an educated choice. My experience with Dr. Witten spans about a 2 year time frame and if I had to do it all over again, I would most definitely choose a different RE. We were struggling to conceive so I was instructed to see a RE by my Ob-Gyn. She gave me a list of RE's that came recommended but I settled on Dr. Witten, who was not on her list. We wanted to be seen by an older RE, thinking his years of experience would be an advantage. Under Dr. Witten's care, I received an HSG, which revealed one of my fallopian tubes was not spilling any dye. Dr. Witten said that he thought the other one was fine He recommended a laparoscopy surgery. Dr. Witten does not do surgery, he did not tell me this, I just figured it out after he advised me to have my Ob-Gyn do the surgery. My Ob-gyn said she preferred him to do the surgery so they went back and forth. I had been complaining for the majority of my life how awful my periods were but no one would ever listen. After 2 months in lingo, Dr. Witten referred me to the gynecological surgeon he apparently sends all of his patients to. So off I went to surgery with a different doctor, who ultimately discovered endometriosis and a damaged tube. He removed the tube and removed the endometriosis and sent me back to Dr. Witten. Dr. Witten continued to monitor me, we'd do ultra-sounds constantly but not much direction was given, other than he kept wanting us to do timed intercourse, which is what we'd been doing for the past 1.5 years with no luck without a RE. I felt like we needed medication but he wouldn't even discuss it. It took so many ultrasounds-2-3x a week, traveling 60 miles one way to his office and leaving work early just to hear the same old spiel. One day, during an ultrasound he mentioned IUI but he said I needed to do it right away because I was about to ovulate. I had not been on any medications but trusted him so I received 1 trigger shot and had an IUI the next day. It failed. I was told at his office that the IUI would cost $525 but once I got to Sher Institute, which is where he does the IUI, they told me the price was $1000. They did honor the original price I was told but informed me any future IUI's would be $1000 a piece. Then the next 2 cycles he put me on clomid, with no pregnancy resulting. He then suggested IVF, which is not in our budget no matter how bad we want to have a child. We were devastated and felt as though he did not give us enough time on medication early on to try an IUI again. He waited over a year to even attempt any medication, even after telling us that we had to rush because I have very low ovarian reserve. We are devastated and haven't been back. We are currently doing research to find a RE that better fits us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Ask questions and demand answers. Do research before your appointments and ask about medication and treatment options starting with your first appointment and everyone thereafter. I regret that we didn't push harder, wasting valuable egg quality time.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
I usually was made to feel like a human being. There were times he was busy and I felt somewhat rushed but that was not the norm.
Describe the protocols Barry Witten (retired) used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
IUI, with 1 trigger shot. Clomid with timed intercourse. His treatments are very reserved, not an aggressive go getter type.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
There were so many nurses running around. I had a different nurse at every appointment, especially once he permanently moved his office to Sher Institute. I had no idea who was coming and going in my room.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
They did not offer late appointments available for those of us that work. Latest appointments were 3pm. When you live 60 miles away and work, it made it very frustrating for my employer to work around this doctor's schedule. The receptionist was very loud when talking about my appointment when I would arrive. Which I found very embarrassing. She was also very loud when asking for my payment at each appointment. Anyone sitting in the waiting room could hear the receptionist utter things like, 'So, we need your full payment for your 'IUI' or 'oh, you are here for your vaginal ultrasound?'. That's jus awful to blurt it all out right there. She never seemed to know what was going on and everytime Dr. Witten would tell me to schedule another appointment she had to ask me what it was for. I would think most places would just read the chart and make the appointment without asking 20 personal questions in the reception lobby for all to hear. Also, the clinic is extremely busy. Nurses speed walking everywhere, seems disorganized, phones ringing and only one person answering. Hard to get anyone's attention...
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
At least $5000, maybe more for just doctor appointments, very little medicine and 1 IUI.
What specific things went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
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Doctor
Barry Witten (retired)
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STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
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10
10
Age
35 - 38
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
10
I knew she [Dr. Molina Dayal] was in the trenches with us and wanted us to have a child. She was sympathetic and understanding to our needs. She never made us feel like we were anything but family. I can not speak highly enough about her or her staff. These people created my twins and will forever hold a spot in our hearts.... She would hug you on a bad day and be a cheerleader on a good day. She never made us feel like a patient but more like family. She cared whether we got pregnant or not.
They [nurses at SIRM-STL]never sugar coated which I greatly appreciated. I am a "give it to me straight" and they always did this. I formed relationships with all of the staff and I would get excited to see them during my appointments. I coined MaryKay "my woobie" she was my security blanket and she always made me feel calm and relaxed. Also Jamie was fantastic to my husband and I. She gave me her cell number because I was such a worry wart and would let me text her whenever.
Age
35 - 38
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Fantastic, compassionate, smart doctor. She would hug you on a bad day and be a cheerleader on a good day. She never made us feel like a patient but more like family. She cared whether we got pregnant or not.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Take each step of the fertility treatment one step at a time. I found it worked best for us by taking each hurdle of this process one at a time versus having everything thrown at you at once. Dr. Dayal always did this for us.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
I knew she was in the trenches with us and wanted us to have a child. She was sympathetic and understanding to our needs. She never made us feel like we were anything but family. I can not speak highly enough about her or her staff. These people created my twins and will forever hold a spot in our hearts.
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
We did interlipid treatments before each transfer. When we had two miscarriages we added longer Interlipid treatments and more meds to ensure a positive test.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: MaryKay)
Fantastic!! They never sugar coated which I greatly appreciated. I am a "give it to me straight" and they always did this. I formed relationships with all of the staff and I would get excited to see them during my appointments. I coined MaryKay "my woobie" she was my security blanket and she always made me feel calm and relaxed. Also Jamie was fantastic to my husband and I. She gave me her cell number because I was such a worry wart and would let me text her whenever.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
My biggest complaint would be that it was bought out by Intermed and was ran a little more aggressively when it came to money. This was not anyone at the clinics fault and you would never know they were switched to a more corporate type place.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I want to say around 10,000.00 for a fresh cycle and 3,500 for a frozen.
10
Doctor
Molina Dayal
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
24 - 26
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
10
Dr Witten is a pleasure to work with through this difficult life journey. Compassionate, knowledgeable, and personal he made this entire process so much better. He is dedicated to ensuring both my husband and I understand every step, but always makes sure we don't get ahead of ourselves. He is a rock during a very difficult time and I would recommend him to anyone... I have PCOS and annovluation. I was not responding to clomid so he immediately switched me to low dose femara where we had great follicle growth. When he found out we weren't ovulating he adjusted our protocol by adding an hcg trigger shot to force ovulation. He performed all tests to ensure we didn't have any other problems but felt an IUi would still improve our chances of a positive cycle so we proceeded with that. After numerous failed cycles (just not the right genes!) he took us into the next step where we used follistim. He was very in tune with my bodies reactions and while we ultimately had 3 great eggs, none took and I showed signs of OHSS which has led us to begin ivf.
The clinic [SIRM-STL] is great, the appointments have good timing always doing ultra sounds and blood work before 10 am allowing me to get to work no problem.... I've only had one meeting with Amanda [a nurse] (since we just moved onto ivf) but she was extremely organized and prepared. Alerting us of all our choices and answering all of out questions. She presented us with a calendar of medications and other appointments bringing some serious organization and dependency to this chaotic life challenge. She is positive and bubbly which makes a big difference!
Age
24 - 26
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
10
How was your experience with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr Witten is a pleasure to work with through this difficult life journey. Compassionate, knowledgeable, and personal he made this entire process so much better. He is dedicated to ensuring both my husband and I understand every step, but always makes sure we don't get ahead of ourselves. He is a rock during a very difficult time and I would recommend him to anyone.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr Witten not only ensures timely and personal appointments, but he is committed to explaining the processes to both my husband and I - always ensuring we are both invested.
Describe the protocols Barry Witten (retired) used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
I have PCOS and annovluation. I was not responding to clomid so he immediately switched me to low dose femara where we had great follicle growth. When he found out we weren't ovulating he adjusted our protocol by adding an hcg trigger shot to force ovulation. He performed all tests to ensure we didn't have any other problems but felt an IUi would still improve our chances of a positive cycle so we proceeded with that. After numerous failed cycles (just not the right genes!) he took us into the next step where we used follistim. He was very in tune with my bodies reactions and while we ultimately had 3 great eggs, none took and I showed signs of OHSS which has led us to begin ivf.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amanda)
I've only had one meeting with Amanda (since we just moved onto ivf) but she was extremely organized and prepared. Alerting us of all our choices and answering all of out questions. She presented us with a calendar of medications and other appointments bringing some serious organization and dependency to this chaotic life challenge. She is positive and bubbly which makes a big difference!
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The clinic is great, the appointments have good timing always doing ultra sounds and blood work before 10 am allowing me to get to work no problem. They have been able to answer all of my questions and have also assigned a doctor for my monitoring.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
$10,000 is our estimated total cost to date which was composed of co pays, medications not covered by insurance, iui (also not covered by insurance).
Describe Barry Witten (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Dr Witten is open to a single or double embryo transfer because I am young, have an optimal body weight, and in overall good health. We haven't made our decision yet but he has provided information so we feel very informed
10
Doctor
Barry Witten (retired)
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
23 - 24
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
10
I absolutely loved my doctor and am so thankful to have found Dr. Witten and the other ladies at the Sher Institute. They truly have been a blessing to me and my family & have made this process so much easier...Don't be afraid to ask questions. He will tell you everything and anything you want to know...I was very sore and in pain after my retrieval but Dr. Witten gave me antibiotics and pain meds that helped. I healed for the next month and started back on birth control and now I'm starting my transfer meds. Dexamethazon, Lupron again, Estrace, Prenatals, Folic Acid.
They [Sher Fertility] are like family. They knew who we were every time and remembered things we told them. Just made us feel comfortable and relaxed...They are friendly and kind...They all communicate with me, not just my nurse. They all know me and what I'm going through. They have taken great care of us, I couldn't be any more blessed...[The nurse at Sher was] Friendly. Loving. Informative. There whenever I needed her
Age
23 - 24
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
10
How was your experience with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
I was so scared and nervous to start the IVF process. As soon as I walked into my first appointment I knew that The Lord put Dr. Witten and his team in my life for a reason. They made me feel comfortable and happy every time I saw them. This is a very hard and long processto go through but I always felt so much better and so hopeful after every appointment. It's like I have a extended family that knows me and greets me like they see me everyday even when I haven't seen them in weeks. I absolutely loved my doctor and am so thankful to have found Dr. Witten and the other ladies at the Sher Institute. They truly have been a blessing to me and my family & have made this process so much easier.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Don't be afraid to ask questions. He will tell you everything and anything you want to know.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
They are like family. They knew who we were every time and remembered things we told them. Just made us feel comfortable and relaxed.
Describe the protocols Barry Witten (retired) used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
I started on birth control and Lipton gonal f and menopur for my egg retrieval. My dosage was very low because I'm so young and my body reacted fast and well. I had my egg retrieval and Dr. Witten retrieved 24 eggs. 15 made it to fertilization then we were able to freeze 8 day 5 blastocyst. I was very sore and in pain after my retrieval but Dr. Witten gave me antibiotics and pain meds that helped. I healed for the next month and started back on birth control and now I'm starting my transfer meds. Dexamethazon, Lupron again, Estrace, Prenatals, Folic Acid. My embryo transfer is scheduled for the end of this month. I couldn't be more excited and anxious.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amanda )
Friendly. Loving. Informative. There whenever I needed her
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I love Sher. They are friendly and kind. They greet me just like family when I walk in. They all communicate with me, not just my nurse. They all know me and what I'm going through. They have taken great care of us, I couldn't be any more blessed
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
My insurance told us that I was covered until two days before I started medication. We were going to cancel the entire thing but my mom decided to pay it on a credit card. She paid $8,000. Luckily my insurance paid most of my medication fees, we only paid about $200 out of pocket for those and probably less than $500 all together for other tests like bloodwork and ultrasounds. We live 3 hours away from clinic and it's the closest one so we did have to stay in hotels so that is about $500 in hotel costs through the entire process.
Describe Barry Witten (retired)'s approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I agree with what Dr. Witten wants to do. If he feels like he should just do one I trust him.
10
Doctor
Barry Witten (retired)
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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Operations
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9
9
Age
27 - 28
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Unexplained
9
9
He [Dr. Witten] is very thorough and wants to make sure his patient understands fully what is happening inside their body. He was always very optimistic and had just a great overall energy about him. He was extra caring and accommodating for different circumstances that arose along the way...He wanted to make sure I was ovulating so we started out the first few cycles with just clomid and timed intercourse. Those all resulted in negative pregnancy results
They [Sher Fertility of St Louis] are very compassionate and caring. Great communication. Negatives are it's a very very small clinic in a large hospital...[Nurses] they were all very accommodating to my needs and requests. They got back in touch with you very promptly and with the answers you needed...$50 for each visit. $89-110 for each trigger shot About $400 to test for tubal blockage....He [Dr. Witten] is very thorough and wants to make sure his patient understands fully what is happening inside their body.
Age
27 - 28
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Unexplained
9
9
How was your experience with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
He is very thorough and wants to make sure his patient understands fully what is happening inside their body. He was always very optimistic and had just a great overall energy about him. He was extra caring and accommodating for different circumstances that arose along the way.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
He does have an accent because he is from New Zealand I believe so just keep that in mind. But I don't think it negatively affects his communication.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
He always remembered my name and the name of others who came with me and the recreational activities I talked about during small talk from the previous visits. He always asked how each of my family members were doing.
Describe the protocols Barry Witten (retired) used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
He wanted to make sure I was ovulating so we started out the first few cycles with just clomid and timed intercourse. Those all resulted in negative pregnancy results, but after the first few cycles of my body not responding, he decided to do a tubal X-ray to make sure my tubes were open. He determined they were open and I was in fact ovulating. So the 4th cycle I was on clomid and timed trigger shot. This was also negative. The next three cycles have been clomid, timed trigger shot, and IUI. The first two resulted in negatives and I am currently in the last cycle in the two week waiting period. If this results in a negative he wants to move on and do other tests and for me to lose weight.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
They were all very accommodating to my needs and requests. They got back in touch with you very promptly and with the answers you needed.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
They are very compassionate and caring. Great communication. Negatives are it's a very very small clinic in a large hospital.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Barry Witten (retired) at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
An IUI costs $525 there and it was not covered by our insurance. It could be covered under another's. $50 for each visit. $89-110 for each trigger shot About $400 to test for tubal blockage.
9
Doctor
Barry Witten (retired)
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
30 - 32
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
7 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Immunological, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. Fatal [Molina Dayal] suffers from infertility herself so that alone ups the "human factor." She's so thorough and body language and communication skills truly make you feel like you are her only patient for the whole day. There is no rushed feeling.... She's open to input on cycles from her patients and makes sure everyone in on the same page at each step in the process. I never left confused or frsutrated; she talked through every step.
It's a smaller office [SIRM-STL] and everyone is so caring. You really feel like you're the only patient. They after hours call back is fast and they answer email on the weekends. A NA, Jamie, at the clinic even started a Facebook group for our clinic as a extra place to get support. They go above and beyond!!... I love that they offer discounts for law enforcement and teachera. I love the small office feel and how quickly you can get an apppintment. I love that Dr Dayal does all the ultrasounds and procedures herself. Sometimes the lady in the finance department can be a bit harsh. I also wish we could get bloodwork done in the office
Age
30 - 32
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
7 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Immunological, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
It sounds cliche, but you can just tell she wants the best for you. She's quiet and thorough without being worrisome. She's open to input on cycles from her patients and makes sure everyone in on the same page at each step in the process. I never left confused or frsutrated; she talked through every step.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Sit down and talk with her! Ask questions and get her opinion.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Fatal suffers from infertility herself so that alone ups the "human factor." She's so thorough and body language and communication skills truly make you feel like you are her only patient for the whole day. There is no rushed feeling.
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
Before we started out FET ahe redid most testing which I appreciated. She redid the saline sonogram, blood Work, and did a new test for natural killer cells. Based on results I had polyps removed again, did intralipids, baby asprin, lovonox, etc. We ended up having to move to a fresh cycle and based on previous success and test results we did a micro-ivf cycle. We did lower doses of meds gonal-f and menopur.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amy)
It's a smaller office and everyone is so caring. You really feel like you're the only patient. They after hours call back is fast and they answer email on the weekends. A NA, Jamie, at the clinic even started a Facebook group for our clinic as a extra place to get support. They go above and beyond!!
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I love that they offer discounts for law enforcement and teachera. I love the small office feel and how quickly you can get an apppintment. I love that Dr Dayal does all the ultrasounds and procedures herself. Sometimes the lady in the finance department can be a bit harsh. I also wish we could get bloodwork done in the office
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Everyone had an appointment and everything was quick and on time!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
With the discount for teachers, our FET was $2995. Our mini was $7995 (plus meds). Our next cycle, without help, is about $9000
Describe Molina Dayal's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I appreciated that a 5dt of 2 embryos was pretty much a given!
10
Doctor
Molina Dayal
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
36 - 40
Treated
2013 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
Dr. Dayal takes the time to sit and talk to you before your appointment. Very personable!...really cares about us and wants to do whatever she can to help us succeed in becoming parents. She is very knowledgeable, but also takes our ideas and feelings into consideration. She will always do what is best for us...She is very knowledgeable and she herself has been through Infertility.
MerryKay is our primary nurse [at Sher Fertility] and she has always shown compassion during our cycles. Recently with finally coming to the terms of making the decision to use donor eggs, she us been nothing short of excellent in helping us and making us feel comfortable!...They will give you a package price, you pay a deposit to hold your place for the cycle...The whole SIRM -St. Louis staff is amazing, they ask about how you are doing personally.
Age
36 - 40
Treated
2013 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
4th of 4 Docs
Treatment
5 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
I feel like Dr. Dayal takes the time to get to know my husband and I and really cares about us and wants to do whatever she can to help us succeed in becoming parents. She is very knowledgeable, but also takes our ideas and feelings into consideration. She will always do what is best for us!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Listen to her! She is very knowledgeable and she herself has been through Infertility.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
The whole SIRM -St. Louis staff is amazing, they ask about how you are doing personally. Dr. Dayal takes the time to sit and talk to you before your appointment. Very personable!
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
My first protocol with Dr. Dayal was very aggressive, inhave endo, adeno, fibroids, blocked tubes & DOR, so she went aggressive. Unfortunately there were only 2 eggs not even mature enough to retrieve. Our cycle was cancelled. We tried again, she went with a different protocol of low and slow and we ended up getting 5 eggs, but only 4 mature and fertilized. Day 5 nothing good enough to transfer and they said we could wait one more day. They called and our one little fighter had gone to a pre blast, so we got to transfer! Thought it was our miracle, but again ended in a negative outcome. We now are currently in the process of a Donor cycle that we will hopefully be retrieving in June!
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: MerryKay)
MerryKay is our primary nurse and she has always shown compassion during our cycles. Recently with finally coming to the terms of making the decision to use donor eggs, she us been nothing short of excellent in helping us and making us feel comfortable!
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I truly love this clinic. I have been tonothers and here is where we have felt the most comfortable and actually like they care about us, from the receptionists all the way to the Dr!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
They will give you a package price, you pay a deposit to hold your place for the cycle.
Describe Molina Dayal's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I have never had this option
10
Doctor
Molina Dayal
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
30
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
10
She [Dr. Zarek] is up front and honest about every possibility...She always asked me questions to really make sure I was doing ok and how my husband and I were doing. Very personal care. You can really feel that she wants you to have a successful cycle...She genuinely cares about her patients...At my second appt I bawled my eyes out while she hugged me because I had gotten upsetting news about a family member. The next time I came in she had gotten a card and had the staff sign it. She texts me to make sure I'm doing ok too.
PGS testing [at Sher Institute]. Its 1625 for biopsy and freezing, 385 for the first embryo and 250 for every embryo after that...The fresh retrieval and transfer was 8284, plus anesthesia, plus freezing, plus meds. The FET normally is 3700...My husband was scheduled for a semen analysis outside their normal time but they accommodated his schedule due to traveling through the area. But they forgot to put him on the schedule. They still fit him in though
Age
30
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
10
How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr Zarek is amazing. She genuinely cares about her patients. She always asked me questions to really make sure I was doing ok and how my husband and I were doing. Very personal care. You can really feel that she wants you to have a successful cycle.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Ask her questions about anything and everything. Utilize her helpfulness. Be prepared to have hard conversations. She is up front and honest about every possibility.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
When i had the phone consultation we spent the first 20 minutes talking about life. She was asking qurstions about me, not just my medical histoey. The first time I met her she gave me a huge hug. At my second appt I bawled my eyes out while she hugged me because I had gotten upsetting news about a family member. The next time I came in she had gotten a card and had the staff sign it. She texts me to make sure I'm doing ok too.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
I started with lupron and prednisone. Then swapped lupron for Ganirelix. The day I started stims I added folic acid, 450 follistim (for just 2 days then 300 after that), lovenox and kept Ganirelix and prednisone. On day 3 of stims I added .5ml of menopur. I was on all of that until trigger. The day of my first ultrasound I also had 1 bag of intralipids.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amy)
Everyone is very sweet and caring. My nurse wasn't always that responsive. I sent her an email while she was on vacation and it wasn't all an urgent matter (the part that was I just text dr zarek). So I waited to hear from her. It's been over a week since she got back and I still haven't heard from except that she sent me my paperwork for my fet.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The staff is their biggest strength. They all are wonderful and very friendly. Weaknesses are that they are so busy that they sometimes seem very rushed.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The fresh retrieval and transfer was 8284, plus anesthesia, plus freezing, plus meds. The FET normally is 3700 but because a freeze all was medically necessary and I did not have a transfer with my paid cycle they are not charing me. We also added PGS testing. Its 1625 for biopsy and freezing, 385 for the first embryo and 250 for every embryo after that.
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
My dr was very straight forward ND said she usually only ever recommends 1 embryo. That way if it doesn't work you have the most chances to do everything you can. I.e. adding meds, changing meds,doing an era test, etc.
What specific things went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
  • Lost appointments
Describe the specific things that went wrong at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
My husband was scheduled for a semen analysis outside their normal time but they accommodated his schedule due to traveling through the area. But they forgot to put him on the schedule. They still fit him in though
10
Doctor
Shvetha Zarek
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
10
Age
35
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS, Tubal Blockage
10
10
Dr Zarek went over every past treatment with our previous doctor and she went in depth as to what treatments we would be doing under hercare, what tests we'd undergo, how the process goes for an IVF cycle, we met with her nurse and the financial coordinator all in our initial appointment with her so we knew what to expect. She's warm and friendly and has an amazing bedside manner. After my unsuccessful HSG, and very painful fluid US, she hugged me and told me it will be ok, we will be successful. She told me to be positive, even after finding out my tubes are closed. She has such faith in what she does, plus her success in the past truly speaks for itself.
We feel so at ease and welcome when we go in [to Sher Fertility] for appointments. Everyone from the receptionist to the doctor are so friendly and call you by name. You never have to wait for an appointment like at some offices, and our very first appointment Dr Zarek came to the waiting room herself to take us to her office. That is true customer service...Merry Kay [nurse] was so warm and compassionate. She further explained what we would be going through and how the process works. She's called promptly with lab results, and really took the time to listen to us. My husband and I are both nurses ourselves, but this is new territory for us and we were glad to have her as our nurse.
Age
35
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS, Tubal Blockage
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How was your experience with Shvetha Zarek at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr Zarek went over every past treatment with our previous doctor and she went in depth as to what treatments we would be doing under hercare, what tests we'd undergo, how the process goes for an IVF cycle, we met with her nurse and the financial coordinator all in our initial appointment with her so we knew what to expect. She's warm and friendly and has an amazing bedside manner. After my unsuccessful HSG, and very painful fluid US, she hugged me and told me it will be ok, we will be successful. She told me to be positive, even after finding out my tubes are closed. She has such faith in what she does, plus her success in the past truly speaks for itself.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Shvetha Zarek at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
I've had no negative experience under her care, so I'd say my advice would be to expect to sit down for a lengthy meeting with her and it's not a fast process, it takes time to get your plan together.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Shvetha Zarek at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr Zarek sat down with my husband and I and went in depth with us about our history, our previous fertility treatments, and our options and plan for further treatment under her care. We never felt like a burden, or that she wasn't interested. She is warm and has a positive outlook for our care.
Describe the protocols Shvetha Zarek used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
Currently, she is treating me for critically low Vit D levels and I'm taking 50,000 Units once a week, also my thyroid is low so I'm on 75 mcg Synthroid once a day. We are finishing up initial testing so we can start an IVF cycle in July. We just found out that my tubes are closed, so my only option to ever carry my own child is via IVF. So we will start further meds in a couple months.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Merry Kay )
Merry Kay was so warm and compassionate. She further explained what we would be going through and how the process works. She's called promptly with lab results, and really took the time to listen to us. My husband and I are both nurses ourselves, but this is new territory for us and we were glad to have her as our nurse.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
This clinic is amazing g. This is our 2nd fertility clinic, and compared to the last one, we are over the moon happy with our plan to have a baby. We feel so at ease and welcome when we go in for appointments. Everyone from the receptionist to the doctor are so friendly and call you by name. You never have to wait for an appointment like at some offices, and our very first appointment Dr Zarek came to the waiting room herself to take us to her office. That is true customer service.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Shvetha Zarek at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
As of currently, we've paid $50 per appointment under our insurance and we've went to facilities appropriate for our labs and HSG testing, meaning no out of pocket costs yet. As far as IVF costs, we will have $4000 lifetime covered by insurance and we will put $4000 down as deposit, with the rest of costs to be discussed as we go through the process.
Describe Shvetha Zarek's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
We have not done this yet, however, she does prefer to only transfer 1 embryo the first try, but will transfer 2 if we desire, but no more than that.
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Shvetha Zarek
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Trustworthiness
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
Age
34
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
10
Dr. Dayal is so compassionate and personable. She seems more like a friend and someone you can confide in than a doctor. Dr. Dayal is truthful and won't steer you in the wrong direction. You always feel like she has your best interest at heart. Our first round with IVF, our embryos were not viable enough to transfer. Of course this is heartbreaking but she called a few days later to check on us and wanted us to know that she was thinking about us and wanted to go over everything. Then, on our second round, right be our transfer she hopped up on the bed next to me and asked how I was feeling and discussed the transfer before going into the operating room. I love that she is so relate-able!
The clinic [Sher Fertility of St. Louis] is very organized and good with time management when dealing with patients. They take the time to answer any questions and make sure you understand what is going on. I would highly recommend anyone to use this clinic!... Amy is very down to earth and welcomes any questions you have. All of the nursing staff are very helpful and more than willing to help in any way possible.
Age
34
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
10
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal is so compassionate and personable. She seems more like a friend and someone you can confide in than a doctor. Dr. Dayal is truthful and won't steer you in the wrong direction. You always feel like she has your best interest at heart. Our first round with IVF, our embryos were not viable enough to transfer. Of course this is heartbreaking but she called a few days later to check on us and wanted us to know that she was thinking about us and wanted to go over everything. Then, on our second round, right be our transfer she hopped up on the bed next to me and asked how I was feeling and discussed the transfer before going into the operating room. I love that she is so relate-able!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Trust in Dr. Dayal! She is truthful and will give you great advise. She will treat your issues with the best of her abilities.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr. Dayal is very personable and easy to relate to. She takes the time to explain everything in terms you can understand and takes the time to answer any questions you have.
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
I was on various injections and oral medications. The progesterone in oil injections were the worst because they burned horribly because the shot is like a jelly substance. On our second cycle, Dr. Dayal increased my dosages of Follistim and added another medication to hopefully get more eggs, which it did.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis). (Assigned nurse: Amy)
Amy is very down to earth and welcomes any questions you have. All of the nursing staff are very helpful and more than willing to help in any way possible.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
The clinic is very organized and good with time management when dealing with patients. They take the time to answer any questions and make sure you understand what is going on. I would highly recommend anyone to use this clinic!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Our medical bills with Dr. Dayal were probably around $3,000 to $4,000 with our insurance paying the majority of our bills. Our major costs were the medications. We probably spent around $7,000 total for our two cycles.
Describe Molina Dayal's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Dr. Dayal did inform us of the pros versus cons on a single versus a multiple embryo transfer. She gave us her opinion and we made a decision to go with her educated opinion.
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Molina Dayal
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Clinic
STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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10
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
10
Dr Dayal was very compassionate and had great bedside manner. She always explained everything in great detail. Spent an hour with us on our first consult visit...Dr Dayal had us try ourselves first with just meds since the success rate was similar with IUI and waiting on insurance. That was not successful. We then moved to IVF due to my age and history and my husband's sperm issues. First time was a lower protocol to see how my body reacted to it. It did not succeed. We then moved to a very high protocol since we didn't get very many eggs at all with low one. 2nd time we did not succeed either due to egg quality. 3rd time we tried with high protocol, acupuncture, and reduced stressed and we where successful. Dr Dayal did suggest acupuncture and that my stress levels were to high.
They [the nurses at Sher Fertility] always called with results as soon as they got them from the lab. Always answered emails or messages I left if I had issues or questions quickly. Only bad thing was our nurse/case coordinator moved away so we were left in limbo for a little bit without a direct point of contact...Sometimes the front desk staff didn't answer the phone and would have to leave a VM which could get annoying. The staff was always very nice and helpful wether it's the front desk, insurance ladies or the embryologist (first babysitter).
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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10
How was your experience with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Dr Dayal was very compassionate and had great bedside manner. She always explained everything in great detail. Spent an hour with us on our first consult visit. We conceived on our 3 IVF try and we never felt like just another statistic with her like with other clinics we had used.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
Ask questions if you don't understand a procedure or the course of treatment. She is great about explaining everything.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)?
When we came in for our first meeting with her she spent a long time with us and went over everything including what haooens to your eggs over your lifetime. Our previous infertility doctor would only spend 5 minutes with us and let his staff do everything else.
Describe the protocols Molina Dayal used in your cycles at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis) and their degree of success.
Dr Dayal had us try ourselves first with just meds since the success rate was similar with IUI and waiting on insurance. That was not successful. We then moved to IVF due to my age and history and my husband's sperm issues. First time was a lower protocol to see how my body reacted to it. It did not succeed. We then moved to a very high protocol since we didn't get very many eggs at all with low one. 2nd time we did not succeed either due to egg quality. 3rd time we tried with high protocol, acupuncture, and reduced stressed and we where successful. Dr Dayal did suggest acupuncture and that my stress levels were to high.
Describe your experience with your nurse at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
They always called with results as soon as they got them from the lab. Always answered emails or messages I left if I had issues or questions quickly. Only bad thing was our nurse/case coordinator moved away so we were left in limbo for a little bit without a direct point of contact.
Describe your experience with STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Sometimes the front desk staff didn't answer the phone and would have to leave a VM which could get annoying. The staff was always very nice and helpful wether it's the front desk, insurance ladies or the embryologist (first babysitter).
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
Since we lived over 90 mins away I liked to be there first thing in the morning and they almost always got me in then. It never felt like a "cattle call".
Describe the costs associated with your care under Molina Dayal at STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis).
I have insurance which covered most of my treatment. Still waiting to figure out my out of pockets/deductibles from insurance.
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Doctor
Molina Dayal
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STL Fertility (formerly SIRM St. Louis)
St. Louis
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