How was your experience with Amber Cooper?
Dr Cooper was the single reason I kept going to Vios Fertility. She truly seemed like she cared and I completely trusted her with my care. She never rushed me out of an appointment, listened to all my concerns, answered all of my questions, and helped me to feel as comfortable as possible. She wasn’t always on time, but I was ok with that because I knew when I had her time that it was solely devoted to myself and my husband and our treatment.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amber Cooper?
She’s probably going to be late a lot, but you can trust her and she won’t take advantage of you. She’s honest, very intelligent and very compassionate.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I went to other doctors before Dr. Cooper and felt very much like I was just another number. Dr. Cooper really listened to us, remembered details even about our personal lives not related to infertility, and gave us hugs and encouragement throughout the process. She answered my emails personally and she called me herself whenever things were not going well, as well as to tell me about the success of my first embryo.
Describe the protocols Amber Cooper used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We tried IUI first and it was not successful. We had done medicated cycles prior to ever seeing her. When IUI failed, we had issues with insurance. Insurance would not cover any other IUI cycles so we decided to do IVF. I did a lot of different injectables before my egg retrieval in August. I had 17 eggs retrieved, of which 11 were the right maturity. We did ICSI and all 11 fertilized. We had 3 make it to stage 5 blastocysts. My estrogen levels spiked too high so I was advised to freeze the embryos instead of doing a fresh cycle. Then my next three cycles we tried to thicken my uterus using estrogen pills and viagra and nothing worked to thicken it. Finally four months after retrieval, we got to the thickness level dr Cooper was advising by using injectables for ovarian stimulation and my body’s own estrogen. We then did our transfer of one embryo (she let us choose between transferring one or two) and it was successful. I’m currently 13 weeks pregnant and seeing an OB now.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Our main nurse, Amie, seemed to be a newer nurse. She was young and her professionalism and sense of empathy came across as lacking in comparison to our doctor. The other nurses and ultrasound techs were all much more professional and nice. Amie did not show much enthusiasm when telling me we had two more embryos, did not teach me about medication injections until I requested it, and was chewing gum during my first IUI. She did always answer my emails but often did not seem very concerned about anything I was concerned about.
Describe your experience with Vios Fertility Institute.
Billing was really difficult to navigate. We still have not received many of our bills and the billing coordinator has not been easy to communicate with. I was often able to do blood work or ultrasounds early in the morning before I went to work which was really helpful. The front desk person was always kind, but she was new and sometimes confused about when I needed to have a copay. It’s a small clinic location that I went to, which was nice because it felt more personal. They started a patient portal toward the end of my treatment which was helpful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amber Cooper.
Still waiting to find out really. We had some insurance coverage.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
- Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
- Failed to call with results
- Failed to send your chart to another clinic
- Provided conflicting information
- Failed to convey critical information