How was your experience with Daniel Kort at Neway Medical?
Dr. Kort is compassionate, kind, patient and thoughtful in his patient care. The things I value in a physician, but more specifically a RE, are knowledge/skill, availability/responsiveness, empathy, and being non-judgmental. Dr. Kort has all of these things.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Daniel Kort at Neway Medical?
Dr. Kort is great in that he doesn’t talk down to you. Ever. The only place this might leave a gap in knowledge is that he may assume you know more about your body and the reproductive system than you do. Don’t feel intimidated to ask the most basic questions if you need to. He is happy to fill in facts and information. I was embarrassed with how little I actually knew about my own reproductive system and how it worked, but he never made me feel self conscious about it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Daniel Kort at Neway Medical?
Everyone at Neway knows your name and is extremely welcoming and kind. Dr. Kort always made himself available via email and phone for any questions or concerns we had and spoke with me and my partner multiple times throughout our treatment plan and as our plans evolved. Instead of focusing just on getting me pregnant now (my main concern), Dr. Kort took the time to ask us about our larger plans for our family and to make sure we had all the information we needed to put a plan in place and try to acchieve those goals. As a couple, we waivered at times with some of our decisions about treatment and Dr. Kort was always there to get on the phone with us, help discuss the options and potential risks and benefits with no judgment. We’re both a big fan of his approach and never felt pressured or uncertain about our decisions once we (re)discussed things with him.
Describe the protocols Daniel Kort used in your cycles at Neway Medical and their degree of success.
For PCOS/endometriosis/annovation/ male factor:
We started treatment with a low dose of leterozole and monitoring. 2 follicles matured that month but no pregnancy.
Dr. Kort gave us the option to proceed with leterozole or IUI or IVF. Due to our timeline I chose to go straight to IVF. He did not push this decision.
Because I had a case of OHSS after egg retrieval at my previous fertility center, Dr. Kort Recommended IVM. Neway is one of only a handful of centers that offers IVM for specific patients who may not be able to tolerate IVF. This treatment offered lower doses of medicine for a shorter number of days. We did stim meds for four days and a trigger shot. I had 28 eggs retrieved, and the embryologist was in touch every other day with an update on how the eggs were maturing. Eventually, after ICSI, we had three healthy embryos. I had a fast recovery from retrieval and no OHSS. I would absolutely choose IVM again in the future.
Dr. Kort encouraged me to give my body a month long break after egg retrieval since I had so many mature follicles and my ovaries were swollen. This was not what I wanted to hear at the time, however, for my health and to give us the best chance at a successful embryo transfer he encouraged a conservative approach and rest.
At the end of the month I came in for monitoring again expecting to start my frozen embryo transfer. Dr. Kort saw my ovaries had returned to normal but two follicles were ready to release naturally. He took bloodwork and sent me home to try to conceive on our own that week.
Two weeks later I got a positive pregnancy test.
I’m now 10 weeks pregnant and we feel great that we took the steps to help put our future dreams of our family in place. We will be seeing Dr. Kort again after this pregnancy, and I wouldn’t have changed anything about my course of treatment.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff is a small team who knows your name. They are always happy to see you and make you feel good about coming in for your appointments. They are super responsive to emails and phone calls and more importantly help you with all your preauthorizations (and denials). The nursing staff made my time at Neway better and less stressful.
Describe your experience with Neway Medical.
I’m trying to make this review evenhanded but I can’t think of many/any weaknesses. They are a small team who caters to their patients. My appointments were always on time, the staff is responsive and genuinely care, and everyone is easy to communicate with. There’s no red tape at this office and I never got frustrated with billing or insurance issues. The clinic takes as much stress out of the process as they can. They even have an app for you to check all your blood results and appointments.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Neway Medical.
Monitoring hours were in the morning 7:30 to 10 am. I never had to wait more than 5 minutes and was usually in at 7:30 and out by 8:15 (bloodwork and ultrasound) to make it to work on time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Daniel Kort at Neway Medical.
I think IVM including ICSI and genetic screening was around 14-16k. My medication thorough insurance was $175. The costs were clearly laid out ahead of time and there were no surprises along the way.
Describe Daniel Kort's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Neway Medical.
Dr. Kort encourages SET, however, it varies patient to patient. Given this was our first time with embryo transfer, and we had no real reason to think I couldn’t carry a pregnancy, he encouraged SET. Ultimately it was up to us, but we were coached on the risks of multiples before making a decision. I’d also note that we were counseled early about single vs double transfer and had time to discuss as a couple. We didnt have to make any quick decisions. Ultimately we ended up pregnant naturally before having to decide.