Rated 9.5
Strongly recommend: 77%Neutral: 23%9.5
77% strongly recommend
6 reviews
Humanity
9.8
9.8
Humanity

Ratings of 1 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a number."

Ratings of 10 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a human."

Communication
9.7
9.7
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
7.8
7.8
Frequency Seen

Ratings of 1 mean patients only saw this doctor once or twice during treatment.

Ratings of 10 mean patients saw this doctor at every appointment.

Responsiveness
8.2
Good
Responsiveness

Scale is "poor, ok, good, excellent" and measures how responsive a care team was when patients needed to speak to them.

Education

Medical School
Loma Linda University Medical School
Residency
Wayne State University/Hutzel Hospital
Fellowship
University of Illinois/Michael Reese Hospital

How Doctor Communicates

doctor, nurse available by email
doctor, nurse available by directline
doctor, nurse available by directline
doctor available by personal cell phone
doctor available by personal cell phone
Debra Schell works at

Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Rated 8.8
Strongly recommend: 72%Neutral: 18%Don't recommend: 10%8.8

At 1 office

Gurnee
30 Tower Court
Gurnee, IL 60031
(847) 662-1818
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6 patient reviews

Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2022, Successful
10
10
Age 39
1 IVF
Unexplained
Other
European
Income $200K - $499K
Sales Representative
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
she [Dr. Schell] treated me like a patient, not just a body to get pregnant. She spent an extensive amount of time talking with me and I never felt she was in a rush to brush me off. She answered any questions I had and never treated me like it was a dumb question. She took seriously any concerns I communicated and it impacted the course of treatment she recommended...She gave me her personal cell phone number and email. She and her team were accessible...
I loved all of the nurses [at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago] I interacted with. They were all warm, responsive and competent...Compassionate, communicative and competent team...I only wish their Downer's Grove office was open 7 days a week -- driving to Gurnee was a hike...The call center they route you to to make your first appointment was the worst part of the process. Waited over 24 hours for a call back and not the best communication...
How was your experience with Debra Schell at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
She was very accessible, and very willing to talk with me and answer any questions I had. She really listened to my concerns and let it guide the recommendation for treatment. I felt heard and seen as an individual. Her explanations made sense and were really helpful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Debra Schell at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Be open about any concerns and ask any questions you have -- she is very receptive to hearing them.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Debra Schell at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago?
Dr. Schell was a radical improvement over the last fertility doctor I saw. She was an OB for many years and I could tell -- she treated me like a patient, not just a body to get pregnant. She spent an extensive amount of time talking with me and I never felt she was in a rush to brush me off. She answered any questions I had and never treated me like it was a dumb question. She took seriously any concerns I communicated and it impacted the course of treatment she recommended. I had concerns about taking Clomid for IUI (due to impact on my mental health as I have a history of anxiety and depression) and asked her about IUI without Clomid. She was open to it if that is how I wanted to proceed, but also candid about the chances of success. I started out feeling pretty resistant to IVF, as it seemed like a really tough process, but she really sold me on the idea. She explained that the hormones for that process were unlikely to affect my mental health, the benefits of being able to do genetic testing (especially as me and my husband are a bit older) and explained the IVF process in great detail. I felt completely comfortable with her by the end of the call. And that continued on through treatment. She gave me her personal cell phone number and email. She and her team were accessible. She had an hour long conversation with me when I wanted to implant two embryos rather than one, even though one was the official recommendation. I felt in control of my care with an expert guiding me. I also wanted to avoid taking birth control (as that adversely affects me emotionally), and unlike my last doctor, they were willing to make that work and planned everything around my regular cycles.
Describe the protocols Debra Schell used in your cycles at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago and their degree of success.
Folistim twice per day, HCG once per day, then Ganorelex later in the cycle one per day in prep for egg retrieval. In prep for transfer (and continuing through early pregnancy), estrogen pills 4 times a day, progesterone in oil shot once per day, medrol and doxycycline leading up to the transfer, plus progestorone capsule the morning of injection. As well as low dose aspirin and pre natal vitamins.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
I loved all of the nurses I interacted with. They were all warm, responsive and competent. Great team!!
Describe your experience with Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
The call center they route you to to make your first appointment was the worst part of the process. Waited over 24 hours for a call back and not the best communication. I'm really glad I didn't let that put me off (although I considered it!), as everything from them afterwards was outstanding. They may want to rethink that process. Otherwise, everything was excellent. Compassionate, communicative and competent team. I could not have asked for anything more than I received. I only wish their Downer's Grove office was open 7 days a week -- driving to Gurnee was a hike!
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
Having to do monitoring is inconvenient, for sure, but the process was relatively smooth. I think only once did I experience any real delays in waiting for my monitoring appointment. Otherwise it was a pretty well oiled machine! And the nurses were really great to interact with.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Debra Schell at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
In excess of $20,000
Describe Debra Schell's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago.
One embryo was the "official" recommendation, but I wanted to do two as I felt comfortable having twins. I wanted a candid conversation with her about the risks of doing two and becoming pregnant with two, and she spent an hour discussing it with me. She told me about the risks, but didn't use scare tactics and ultimately let me make the decision.
10
Doctor
Debra Schell
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Advanced Fertility Center of Chicago
Gurnee
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2015 - 2018, Successful
10
10
Age 37 - 40
1 IUI
3 IVF
PCOS
Unexplained
Other
European
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr Schell was compassionate...She took the time to explain the results of our tests and to go over our options. As opposed to the other Drs I saw, Dr. Schell helped me to understand my condition and what we could do...closely and personally monitored me throughout my cycle and my high risk pregnancy...she insisted on being the one to deliver our baby, regardless of whether she was on call or not.
Corrissa [nurse at Milwaukee OBGYN] was amazing. My insurance was a real pain and she was always on top of things and made sure I was informed of everything... I am very detail oriented and Corrisa was extremely busy. Still, she never made me feel rushed and always spent whatever time I needed to understand a procedure, my medications, or anything else about the process.
How was your experience with Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
Dr She'll is compassionate and knowledgeable. She always took time to thoroughly explain things. I am so happy I found her to manage my fertility journey. After moving to the area from out of state, I needed to find a new Dr., one with fertility expertise. After seeing three other Drs, I was referred to Dr. Schell. None of my previous Drs had been able to explain why my husband and I were unable to conceive after nearly two years of trying. Dr Schell was compassionate and knowledgeable. She took the time to explain the results of our tests and to go over our options. As opposed to the other Drs I saw, Dr. Schell helped me to understand my condition and what we could do to maximize our potential for having a baby. Given my advanced age and a condition that was diagnosed with Dr Schell that would make it extremely difficult to conceive naturally, we decided to move to IVF. We were successful on our very first attempt with DR Schell. Throughout the heart wrenching process, Dr Schell remained steady, optimistic, encouraging, and grounded. She gave me her personal mobile number that I could call or text any time I had a question (which was often). She always responded even on nights and weekends. Dr Schell is an extremely dedicated Dr who continually sacrificed her own time to accommodate my busy travel schedule for work. I've spoken to other friends that have gone through IVF in the Milwaukee area and when I tell them my experience and close relationship with my Dr they are so envious. They often only see their Dr for their initial consult, the retrieval, and the transfer. Dr Schell closely and personally monitored me throughout my cycle and my high risk pregnancy. And, when I gave birth, she insisted on being the one to deliver our baby, regardless of whether she was on call or not. We now have a beautiful baby girl and are in the middle of working with Dr Schell for number two. I would highly recommend Dr Schell for anyone looking for an OBGYN, particularly if you are having any difficulties conceiving. I wish I had found her sooner as she would have diagnosed me sooner and I would not have lost so many years trying to start our family. The office wait times sometimes run long (10-20 mins after scheduled time) but I don't mind that. That has been my experience in just about every Drs office and I know it not always the Drs fault. And, when I am with Dr Schell, I never feel rushed. She always takes as much time as I need to answer my questions and thoroughly explain whatever is happening in our cycle. I find that so refreshing when in so many other places Drs rush through their appointments in order to see more and more patients to meet quotas. I
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
She always takes as much time as needed to answer my questions. She gave me her personal mobile number and always answered my questions even on nights and weekends.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Milwaukee OB-GYN. (Assigned nurse: Corrisa)
Corrissa was amazing. My insurance was a real pain and she was always on top of things and made sure I was informed of everything.
Describe your experience with Milwaukee OB-GYN.
Milwaukee OBGYN is a small private practice. You receive excellent personalized care. As a small practice, DR Schell conducts her retrievals and transfers in Midland, WI. All other appointments are conducted in her West Allise office. My care coordinator Corrissa was outstanding. She was extremely compassionate and understanding of the emotional rolarcoaster that is the IVF process. I am very detail oriented and Corrisa was extremely busy. Still, she never made me feel rushed and always spent whatever time I needed to understand a procedure, my medications, or anything else about the process.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN.
Most of my care was covered by insurance
Describe Debra Schell's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Milwaukee OB-GYN.
Dr Schell explained the risks related to multiple embryo transfers and let my husband and I decide what was right for us. I appreciated her honestly explaining to us the pros and cons and letting us decide what was right for our family.
10
Doctor
Debra Schell
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Milwaukee OB-GYN
Wauwatosa
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2016, Unknown Success
7
7
Age 29
3 IUI
2 IVF
Endometriosis
European
Income $100K - $199K
Accountant
1st of 3 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Not sure
I liked how Dr. Schell was ready to go on to treatment, though we had only been trying 7 months. Each month we tried a progressively more aggressive treatment. After 3 months of failures, including an IUI with injectibles, we decided it was time for IVF or a laproscopy to check for Endometriosis. We talked about our options and pros/cons for a while and decided to do the Lap. Dr. Schell performed the surgery within 3 weeks and was able to remove mild endo. I don't really have any complaints and I liked Dr. Schell. The only reason we choose to change doctors is because her clinic for IVF didn't take our insurance (which fortunately had some IVF coverage).
Dr. Schell is part of Milwaukee OBGYN and she is the only reproductive endocrinologist. Overall the office and equipment looked a little old, but it was more than sufficient for what we needed. For IVF, she uses a clinic in Madison.... The nurse did most of the calling with information and prescriptions but she always returned my calls the same day or next day.... Her office is a little outdated and appointment times aren't available super early or late like big clinics, but she is quicker to get into and will work to get all the necessary testing done quickly.
How was your experience with Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
I liked how Dr. Schell was ready to go on to treatment, though we had only been trying 7 months. Each month we tried a progressively more aggressive treatment. After 3 months of failures, including an IUI with injectibles, we decided it was time for IVF or a laproscopy to check for Endometriosis. We talked about our options and pros/cons for a while and decided to do the Lap. Dr. Schell performed the surgery within 3 weeks and was able to remove mild endo. I don't really have any complaints and I liked Dr. Schell. The only reason we choose to change doctors is because her clinic for IVF didn't take our insurance (which fortunately had some IVF coverage).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
Her office is a little outdated and appointment times aren't available super early or late like big clinics, but she is quicker to get into and will work to get all the necessary testing done quickly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
Dr. Schell was friendly and kind, and took time during our intitial consult. Though we had only been trying 7 months and were "young" (28), took our concerns seriously and started doing testing that same day. Throughout treatment, we even had her cell phone to call or text with questions.
Describe the protocols Debra Schell used in your cycles at Milwaukee OB-GYN and their degree of success.
The first child we did clomid and ovidrel with time intercourse. The second cycle we did clomid, trigger and IUI. The third cycle we did injectibles with trigger and IUI. Each cycle we had multiple follicles and very good sperm count, so after these cycles didn't work we knew it was time to move on to IVF or a laproscopy to see if anything else was going on. We also did an HSG test and all the other normal bloodwork (TSH, AMH, etc) to make sure nothing else was wrong.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Milwaukee OB-GYN. (Assigned nurse: Abby)
The nurse did most of the calling with information and prescriptions but she always returned my calls the same day or next day.
Describe your experience with Milwaukee OB-GYN.
Dr. Schell is part of Milwaukee OBGYN and she is the only reproductive endocrinologist. Overall the office and equipment looked a little old, but it was more than sufficient for what we needed. For IVF, she uses a clinic in Madison.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN.
I have insurance that covers infertility up to a life time max, so everything was processed through insurance after hitting a high deductible/OOP.
7
Doctor
Debra Schell
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Milwaukee OB-GYN
Wauwatosa
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Successful
10
10
Age 35
IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
PCOS
European
Income $100K - $199K
1st of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Schell always takes the time to answer all of my questions, she’s accessible and very personable.... I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Schell! It didn’t work out for me with IVF but she was clear about the odds, she had a plan of how to alter treatments if we tried again and we had an alternative presented to us.... Due to my PCOS and low egg reserve we started on higher doses of follistem and menopur, and increased dosage once during process.
Clinic [Milwaukee OB-GYN] does not look to be the newest and up-to-date with decor, but I was able to handle most of the appointments there. The actual retrieval and transfer were at a partner clinic near Madison. All of the staff were welcoming.... Full cost for one IVF cycle was roughly $30k, but I needed additional meds, some additional ultrasounds, and we did genetic testing.... Nursing staff was very friendly, easy to work with and helpful in answering questions.
How was your experience with Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Schell! It didn’t work out for me with IVF but she was clear about the odds, she had a plan of how to alter treatments if we tried again and we had an alternative presented to us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
Don’t expect to be in and out, Dr. Schell is thorough and personable so it takes time.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
Dr. Schell always takes the time to answer all of my questions, she’s accessible and very personable.
Describe the protocols Debra Schell used in your cycles at Milwaukee OB-GYN and their degree of success.
Due to my PCOS and low egg reserve we started on higher doses of follistem and menopur, and increased dosage once during process. I produced 8 eggs, 2 made it to day 5 and 1 was generically normal. Moving into transfer everything looked really good, just did not take. Had we tried another round Dr. Schell did have some ideas about how to adjust the medications.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Milwaukee OB-GYN.
Nursing staff was very friendly, easy to work with and helpful in answering questions.
Describe your experience with Milwaukee OB-GYN.
Clinic does not look to be the newest and up-to-date with decor, but I was able to handle most of the appointments there. The actual retrieval and transfer were at a partner clinic near Madison. All of the staff were welcoming.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN.
My insurance did not cover anything. Full cost for one IVF cycle was roughly $30k, but I needed additional meds, some additional ultrasounds, and we did genetic testing.
Describe Debra Schell's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Milwaukee OB-GYN.
N/A
10
Doctor
Debra Schell
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Milwaukee OB-GYN
Wauwatosa
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2012 - 2016, Unsuccessful
10
10
Age 30 - 34
2 IUI
1 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
European
Income $50K - $99K
3rd of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr Schell was amazing and treated me like I imagine she would treat her own daughter during treatment. Our appointments were always lengthy and she described everything in detail while also asking how I was holding up and genuinely listening. When our IVF failed she even offered donor embryos she had from a previous patient. In the end she ended up connecting us with the birth mother of our adopted son.
Her nursing staff is what kept me coming back [to Milwaukee OB-GYN] after we decided to postpone any further treatment. They are amazing... The clinic is very calming and welcoming.... She provides her cell phone number and I was able to text her directly any time I had a question... She is known for going after the root cause. She may order a lot of tests and consult with other REs to find the best protocol for you. My body did not respond to Lupron so she consulted and came up with an alternative.
How was your experience with Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
Dr Schell was amazing and treated me like I imagine she would treat her own daughter during treatment. Our appointments were always lengthy and she described everything in detail while also asking how I was holding up and genuinely listening. When our IVF failed she even offered donor embryos she had from a previous patient. In the end she ended up connecting us with the birth mother of our adopted son.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
Be prepared to spend a lot of time there during an appointment getting to know one another as well as learning about the procedure.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
She provides her cell phone number and I was able to text her directly any time I had a question
Describe the protocols Debra Schell used in your cycles at Milwaukee OB-GYN and their degree of success.
She is known for going after the root cause. She may order a lot of tests and consult with other REs to find the best protocol for you. My body did not respond to Lupron so she consulted and came up with an alternative.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Milwaukee OB-GYN. (Assigned nurse: Corissa )
Her nursing staff is what kept me coming back after we decided to postpone any further treatment. They are amazing.
Describe your experience with Milwaukee OB-GYN.
The clinic is very calming and welcoming.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN.
We were provided a cost breakdown of the IVF, ICSI and ultrasound/blood work monitoring. We paid exactly as quoted.
Describe Debra Schell's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Milwaukee OB-GYN.
She informs you of the risks involved with multiple births but ultimately leaves the decision up to you with no judgement.
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Doctor
Debra Schell
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Milwaukee OB-GYN
Wauwatosa
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017, Unknown Success
8
8
Age 47
18 Fertility Medications
Uterine Fibroids
Other
Income $50K - $99K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Not sure
[Dr. Debra Schell] Very open...blunt discussion of odds and prices/pros and cons... Called and visited at the hospital to personally check up after fibroid removal....discussed different options for ivf very honest about low odds of using own eggs at 47... Recommended egg donation but did not insist...She gave undivided attention. I never felt rushed for time. She texted me results immediately and was open to me texting her at any time
looking at 20,000 for egg donation and about 5-10,000 for ivf [at Milwaukee OB-GYN] ...Cassie is very organized and has responded to all of my requests regarding coding for insurance billing and assistance with communication for short term disability due to surgery...fibroid removal.... I did have bloodwork, uterine ultrasound, hysterogogy.... Dr schell decribed everything she was doing every step of the way
How was your experience with Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
Very open...blunt discussion of odds and prices/pros and cons...took extra effort to address concerns with use of medications and anesthetics when concern of becoming physically sick was brought up.... Called and visited at the hospital to personally check up after fibroid removal....discussed different options for ivf very honest about low odds of using own eggs at 47... Recommended egg donation but did not insist
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
Be ready for honest odds even though it may be disappointing
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN?
She gave undivided attention. I never felt rushed for time. She texted me results immediately and was open to me texting her at any time
Describe the protocols Debra Schell used in your cycles at Milwaukee OB-GYN and their degree of success.
I have not had treatments yet... Only fibroid removal.... I did have bloodwork, uterine ultrasound, hysterogogy.... Dr schell decribed everything she was doing every step of the way
Describe your experience with your nurse at Milwaukee OB-GYN. (Assigned nurse: Cassie)
Cassie is very organized and has responded to all of my requests regarding coding for insurance billing and assistance with communication for short term disability due to surgery
Describe the costs associated with your care under Debra Schell at Milwaukee OB-GYN.
Insurance covered my fibroid removal and other pteliminary procedures.... In the process of looking to get ivf started working with egg donation coordinator looking at 20,000 for egg donation and about 5-10,000 for ivf
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Doctor
Debra Schell
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Milwaukee OB-GYN
Wauwatosa
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere