Being a patient of Dr. Elassar has been my best experience with any doctor ever...She reminded me of a great scientist (which she is) trying to solve a case...Dr. Elassar’s expertise and persistence to help her patients is finally leading to me getting some answers! Dr. Elassar found a doctor for me to go to get the fibroid removed. When the first available appointment to have initial consult was 3 months away, Dr. Elassar personally called and asked if I could be seen any earlier and I was pushed up a month. Having my doctor on my team has been a blessing.
My nurse [at New York City IVF], Tamar, is Dr. Elassar’s right hand woman. And she is brilliant. And sweet. And compassionate. There were many times I felt embarrassed or thought I had a stupid question and Tamar assured me that there was nothing to feel embarrassed about or scared to ask. She created a calendar for me to remember when take my medications. She explained to me timing of everything and helped schedule procedures. I feel like she is not just a nurse but a friend...
How was your experience with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
My first meeting with Dr. Elassar was not what I expected. I had been to fertility doctors before and it was always the same routine: bloodwork, sonogram, etc. before I even spoke to anyone. Rushed around and not listened to. Over and over I was told “you’re young, you’re just overthinking it.” It was quite infuriating. Despite my setbacks and disappointments, I met with Dr. Elassar for the first time in November 2021. We sat in her office and had a long conversation about my history, my trials and errors with fertility, the fact that I have been trying to get pregnant for 5 years, my partner, my goals. She explained what is involved in fertility, things no other doctors had discussed, she even used diagrams. Dr. Elassar explained step by step what was involved and what my options were. Then we got to work. Ever since my very first ob/gyn visit as a teenager I was told I have a fibroid. Every fertility doctor I’ve seen has said, “you have a fibroid,” then moved on. Dr. Elassar, upon my first sonogram with her, also noted my fibroid. Our first attempt at IUI gave a positive hcg result. But the hcg level decreased rather than increase and the pregnancy did not take. Round 2 of IUI did not work at all. Dr. Elassar had me in for a saline sonogram to investigate the fibroid further. She reminded me of a great scientist (which she is) trying to solve a case. She suspected the fibroid may be causing a problem. She sent me for an MRI. I had never had an MRI. I found out I’m quite claustrophobic. I ran out of the MRI facility and went to Dr. Elassar and told her I couldn’t do it. She calmed me down, explained it will give the best image of the fibroid and gave me pointers on how to get through it. I did it! My first MRI successful thanks to Dr. Elassar. Not one doctor prior had ever mentioned that a fibroid may affect fertility. Dr. Elassar’s expertise and persistence to help her patients is finally leading to me getting some answers! Dr. Elassar found a doctor for me to go to get the fibroid removed. When the first available appointment to have initial consult was 3 months away, Dr. Elassar personally called and asked if I could be seen any earlier and I was pushed up a month. Having my doctor on my team has been a blessing. I am going for my post-op visit this week and the fertility journey will continue from there. For the first time in my life I feel hopeful that at least I have a doctor who cares.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Don’t wait to see Dr. Elassar. She will help you and you will be happy you met her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF?
Being a patient of Dr. Elassar has been my best experience with any doctor ever. She and her staff make me feel like I am the only patient they are taking care of because of how detailed, sympathetic and on top of their game they are. Dr. Elassar has accommodated my work schedule which is a huge stress relief. Going to the office, I am greeted by name and with a smile. The nurses take me right in, no waiting around. Dr. Elassar and her nurses have been very thorough and explain everything to make sure I understand. During a saline sonogram in her office I got nauseous and got sick. Her nurse, Tamar, helped take care of me and put me in a recovery room. Gave me juice and Tylenol. Dr. Elassar herself came by my side to comfort me and gave me a blanket. They told me to stay there as long as I needed. Thinking about their kindness makes me teary (and no, I’m not on hormones right now =]). I have had many bad experiences with many doctors in the past and it is undoubtedly clear that Dr. Elassar and her team do what they do because they love it and really care about their patients. I feel at home when I am at Dr. Elassar’s office, something I never thought I’d say about any doctor. I am grateful.
Describe the protocols Alyaa Elassar used in your cycles at New York City IVF and their degree of success.
I have had treatment for 2 cycles so far with Dr. Elassar. Because my thyroid levels were slightly off, she prescirbed Synthroid 50mcg daily. And each cycle I took Femara 2.5 mg tablets 2 tablets at 7pm each day for 5 days. This was to help induce ovulation. Then based upon my bloodwork I got an Ovidrel 250 mcg/0.5mL subcutaneous injection 2 days before IUI to help trigger ovulation. After IUI the first round, I started progesterone 100mg capsules twice a day to supplement my progesterone levels and help ensure the pregnancy. I did not take progesterone for round 2 if IUI because it didn’t make it that far.
Describe your experience with your nurse at New York City IVF. (Assigned nurse: Tamar B. )
My nurse, Tamar, is Dr. Elassar’s right hand woman. And she is brilliant. And sweet. And compassionate. There were many times I felt embarrassed or thought I had a stupid question and Tamar assured me that there was nothing to feel embarrassed about or scared to ask. She created a calendar for me to remember when take my medications. She explained to me timing of everything and helped schedule procedures. I feel like she is not just a nurse but a friend!
Describe your experience with New York City IVF.
The clinic is impeccably clean and welcoming. The front desk receptionist checks you in and, because of covid, takes your temperature. The waiting area always has plants or fresh flowers. They offer water if you need. There is a private conference room where Dr. Elassar and/or Tamar will discuss things. It has a nice round white table and is carpeted. Dr. Elassar’s office has a comfortable couch, her computer and big glass windows. The procedure rooms are also clean, comfortable and private. And the bathrooms are very clean. I think first impressions are important and the appearance of this office upon first visit is definitely one of it’s strengths. Besides the appearance, the office is so well run. The appointments are seamlessly scheduled, emails and phones are answered within a hour if not right away, insurance billing and/or out of pocket costs are discussed in person and written out and given to the patient in a folder. Alejandra, in charge of billing, explained costs/billing insurance with me more than once because I didn’t understand. This office has many strengths: appearance, operation, humane approach to health care, compassion and determination. The only weakness I can think of is that parking, unless it’s in a garage, is hard to find. But public transportation is closeby.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Alyaa Elassar at New York City IVF.
Dr. Elassar is out of network with my insurance but she billed them for all appointments and procedures. Any amount the insurance reimbursed the office accepted and I paid out of pocket for visits until my deductible was met. The cost of each IUI was $2,000 out of pocket from myself.