How was your experience with Collin Smikle at Laurel Fertility Care?
Dr. Smikle is approachable and easy to talk to, he seems to genuinely listens and cares about his patients. Though, there are times that he missed important info about my infertility status that I wished he would take more time during my appointments. He also does not perform investigative procedures like ERA and doesn't seem to believe in it. Overall, Dr. Smikle is competent, kind and wants his patients to succeed. But if you are the kind of patients that wants to know every step, you might get frustrated because sometimes he rushes through appointments and not as thorough in explanations.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Collin Smikle at Laurel Fertility Care?
Be proactive, most of the online communication goes through his nurses rather than him. So if you have questions for Dr. Smikle, he might take a few days to get back to you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Collin Smikle at Laurel Fertility Care?
Dr Smikle has good bedside manner and seems to genuinely cares about his patients. Although, I think because of the volume of the clinic, there were many times information about my health status, were missed. He seems rushed during appointments. Overall, he is very knowledgeable.
Describe the protocols Collin Smikle used in your cycles at Laurel Fertility Care and their degree of success.
I had 1 procedure with progesterone suppositories and estrace and FET transfer which resulted in a chemical pregnancy due to a variety of unforeseen problems ( a degenerative fibroid and fluid in the uterus). Then after we stablized the fibroid and I had surgery to remove my fallopian tubes, I had a stimulated transfer with Gonal-F, PIO and Estrace. The FET failed and we are trying to figureout the reason.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff is very orgainized and efficient. They were very efficient with prompt communication. I have no complaints about the nursing staff.
Describe your experience with Laurel Fertility Care.
The clinic runs very efficiently, so be on time for appointments. They are located in a busy part of SF, but there are ample street parking. You have to pay before any procedure. All the staff are very nice and friendly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Collin Smikle at Laurel Fertility Care.
18K for eggs retrieval, FET, ICSI,PGT-A to the clinic with a 5% discount for paying cash. 1-2K for the company that performs the PGT-A. 4K for meds. to first cycle costs around 23K. Each FET costs arouns 3.5-4K not including meds.
Describe Collin Smikle's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Laurel Fertility Care.
Dr. Smikle suggested eSet to prevent premature birth. He did agreed to implanting 2 embryos, though we ultimately implanted 1 the 2nd transfer