How was your experience with Alexis Greene at WestMed Medical Group?
Dr. Greene is young, intelligent, and extremely personable. I trust her cutting edge knowledge in ART and appreciate her ability to speak to me clearly about what our treatment plan will entail. I am currently having some issues getting my lining to be where it needs to be for our first frozen transfer and I fully trust Dr. Greene’s ability to change course and try different forms of medicine to create the best environment for our transfer.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alexis Greene at WestMed Medical Group?
To ask as many questions as they want! Dr Greene is extremely engaging when it comes to communicating with both me and my husband, and is always willing to clarify, explain, and discuss our concerns.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alexis Greene at WestMed Medical Group?
The practice is part of a large medical group so it is often difficult to bypass the automated messaging service. Dr. Greene was truly concerned about my OHSS following egg retrieval and gave me her personal cell phone in order to contact her if needed.
Describe the protocols Alexis Greene used in your cycles at WestMed Medical Group and their degree of success.
I first tried a few clomid cycles to try and overcome my pcos and to pinpoint left-ovary ovulation (I lost a tube to an ectopic pregnancy)— I was started on a very low dose which seemed to work well, but did not result in a pregnancy . However, the second cycle I had no response, and appreciated Dr. Greene’s suggestion to take another round of Clomid immediately. When that second cycle of pills still did not cause any follicles to grow, she immediately upped my dosage and I was able to continue with the cycle without canceling and starting over. After 3 failed clomid cycles (I only ever ovulated on my tubeless side), we started IVF. Dr. Greene was very informative about what to expect and was very supportive of PGS testing our embryos. She was also very cautious about handling my pcos and placed me on a very low protocol. In order to ward of any serious OHSS, I triggered with Lupron, was given Cabergoline, and even took several Cetrotide shots following retrieval. I was very pleased with how thorough she was with making sure to avoid any serious OHSS!
Describe your experience with your nurse at WestMed Medical Group. (Assigned nurse: Teresa Berardi)
The IVF Coordinator, Teresa Berardi, is extremely knowledgeable and very thorough. My husband and I have had 2 medication tutorials with her for retrieval and transfer and she is the best! I also primarily deal with Greene’s nurse, Jennifer. Jennifer is very communicative by phone and email, and I really enjoy interacting with her whenever I’m at the office (which is often!).
Describe your experience with WestMed Medical Group.
Dr Greene practices together with a more senior RE, Martin Keltz. If one of the doctors is unavailable, you may be scheduled to see the other, especially when cycling appointments are frequent during and IVF cycle. I truly appreciate Dr Keltz’s experience, but do found him to be very blunt and dismissive, which can sometimes be upsetting during this emotional process.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alexis Greene at WestMed Medical Group.
Each visit is generally billed for 3 services, Ultrasound, doctor visit, and lab work, totaling approximately $400-600 per visit. We have an IVF maximum benefit with our insurance, so it’s easy to eat up that amount if you require a lot of monitoring.
Describe Alexis Greene's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at WestMed Medical Group.
Dr Greene will only transfer a single PGS normal embryo, given my age. This seems to be standard among REs and I am supportive of this practice!
What specific things went wrong at WestMed Medical Group?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
Describe the specific things that went wrong at WestMed Medical Group.
There was a single issue of the incorrect trigger shot prescription being sent to the pharmacy we were using for egg retrieval medicine. As it turns out, this was a blessing in disguise, as we then needed to get the medicine overnighted from a different pharmacy where this particular medicine was cheaper!