Gregory Starks

Midwest Health (HCA)

Rated 8.6
Strongly recommend: 64%Neutral: 28%Don't recommend: 8%8.6
64% strongly recommend
27 reviews
Humanity
8.5
8.5
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
8.4
8.4
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
4.6
4.6
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
8.3
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
Thomas Jefferson
Residency
Case Western
Fellowship
Case Western

How Doctor Communicates

doctor, nurse available by email
doctor, nurse available by directline
doctor, nurse available by directline
not available by personal cell phone
not available by personal cell phone
Gregory Starks works at

Midwest Health (HCA)
Rated 8.6
Strongly recommend: 62%Neutral: 27%Don't recommend: 11%8.6

Explore Clinic
Kansas City
2340 East Meyer Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64132

27 patient reviews

Verified

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2021 - 2022, Unsuccessful
NPS
8
NPS
8
Age 32 - 33
5 IUI
Endometriosis
European
Native American
Income $100K - $199K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
4 IUI With Other Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr Starks is very direct...Be prepared for his frankness. He speaks bluntly, which again I actually appreciate...He saw that my cycles were odd and I spotted a lot - he said that that was not normal, did investigation and diagnosed me with endometriosis (after an SHG and laparoscopy/d&c). After 6 years of unexplained infertility, I had a reason why.
[Midwest Health (HCA)] is an OB office with lots of Drs, and Dr Starks is the only fertility doctor. The front office seems to be often understaffed...Brandi is the nurse practitioner that I’ve seen for many appts. She has planned all of my IUI meds and has done the IUIs. She is kind and thoughtful and willing to answer any questions
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr Starks is very direct. That doesn’t offend me - I prefer directness instead of sugar-coating or talkikg around things. I trust him because he’s been an RE for decades and he knows what he’s doing. He is confident without being arrogant. I always feel listened to. He was also very clear on risks of twins/triplets with certain treatments.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Be prepared for his frankness. He speaks bluntly, which again I actually appreciate, because I felt he was being honest.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
The first fertility doctor i went to made me feel like a number. They didn’t care to investigate why I wasn’t getting pregnant. They swiftly offered IVF and I felt like they just wanted me to spend a lot of money with them. The first visit with Dr Starks I felt listened to. He saw that my cycles were odd and I spotted a lot - he said that that was not normal, did investigation and diagnosed me with endometriosis (after an SHG and laparoscopy/d&c). After 6 years of unexplained infertility, I had a reason why.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
After “cleaning out” endometriosis (aka surgery), we tried Femara 5mg with IUI x3. I responded well (had 2-3 follicles each time) but no pregnancy. Then we did IUI with Femara 2.5mg + injectables and IUI x2. We could have done another IUI with Femara and injectables but decided to instead make an IVF consult appt with Dr Starks, which will be in a few weeks.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Midwest Health (HCA).
Brandi is the nurse practitioner that I’ve seen for many appts. She has planned all of my IUI meds and has done the IUIs. She is kind and thoughtful and willing to answer any questions. Karen is a nurse that works with Dr Starks also and she is kind and efficient, although she does seem to have a lot on her plate as she’s a nurse for other Drs too. They both make sure to get back to me via email usually within 24hrs.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
This is an OB office with lots of Drs, and Dr Starks is the only fertility doctor. The front office seems to be often understaffed - very busy and often overwhelmed, but they’re kind. Dr Starks’s straightforward personality has been exactly what i needed after going to a clinic that seemed to not care to learn about me or personalize anything, but I understand that that is not for everyone.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
My insurance does not cover fertility treatment. They do help with labs and ultrasounds. With insurance, labs were less than $20/cycle; ultrasound $50/cycle. Uncovered by insurance: IUI $205/cycle, Femara less than $10/cycle I think, injectable meds $400-600/cycle.
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
We have not had a consult for IVF yet, so I do not know.
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Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
2 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
8
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2020, Unsuccessful
NPS
9
NPS
10
Age 32 - 34
1 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
Poor Egg Quality
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr. Starks is straight-forward with a sense of humor that enlightens infertility appointments and treatments. He is very knowledgeable and approachable, and as a patient, I felt very valued and cared for. I felt very knowledgeable with our diagnosis and our recommended next steps...Dr. Starks protocol was that they wouldn’t transfer more than 2, but recommended 2 if able to - we agreed with this approach
She is excellent at communicating and responds almost immediately, she is very empathetic and knowledgeable! We loved and appreciated the follow ups we received from the embryologist after egg retrieval leading up to transfer...Our IVF cycle cost around $15000 total with little to no insurance coverage...
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks is straight-forward with a sense of humor that enlightens infertility appointments and treatments. He is very knowledgeable and approachable, and as a patient, I felt very valued and cared for. I felt very knowledgeable with our diagnosis and our recommended next steps!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Don’t wait! He’s well liked and it takes a couple months to get a consultation appointment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Love Dr. Starks and his staff! The treatment was very personable and I didn’t feel like we were just another number or them wanting our money, like we had felt with a previous fertility dr and clinic
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
IVF cycle with ICSI - we had an unsuccessful round that resulted in one embryo that didn’t implant. I don’t recall any specific protocols for this cycle but he had confirmed due to diminished ovarian reserve and concern with egg quality, that if we proceed with cycle #2 there will be a different protocol used
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi Weaver )
Brandi is amazing! She is the main reason we will stay with Dr. Starks for future treatments. She is excellent at communicating and responds almost immediately, she is very empathetic and knowledgeable! We loved and appreciated the follow ups we received from the embryologist after egg retrieval leading up to transfer!
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
I can think of any major weaknesses at the moment. Even though we didn’t have a successful fertility cycle with IVF, we haven’t considered changing clinics. There is one nurse that isn’t well liked as she comes across very rude and isn’t sympathetic, that’s really the only complaint we have.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
Our IVF cycle cost around $15000 total with little to no insurance coverage. Unfortunately I don’t have the exact cost of each treatment available at the moment.
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
Dr. Starks protocol was that they wouldn’t transfer more than 2, but recommended 2 if able to - we agreed with this approach
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Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
2 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
4 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2020, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 26 - 28
2 IUI
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
3 Fertility Medications With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Starks is very knowledgeable. He interacts with patients mostly at important junctions, and not at typical appointments, but his team staffs with him regularly. We really appreciate is complex understanding of the various conditions, testing, and treatment options...Dr. Starks tried a variety of protocols on us from the use of steroid and hormone pills to various hormone injections....
This clinic's [Midwest Health (HCA)] strengths include timeliness, compassion, and knowledge base. Their weakness would be less time spent with the doctor (if you prefer to speak directly to him, but we didn't mind)...provided discounts for in-office visits if you didn't have insurance which would cover it. They also helped get discounts on medications, and were knowledgeable about the prices at various pharmacies.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks is very knowledgeable. He interacts with patients mostly at important junctions, and not at typical appointments, but his team staffs with him regularly. We really appreciate is complex understanding of the various conditions, testing, and treatment options. We've learned so much in the past couple of years, and were misinformed by our previous doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Be prepared to undergo surgeries to give your body the best chance to conceive prior to starting a cycle with him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks and his team are both knowledgeable and compassionate. We didn't get the results we wanted, but that was because of my body, not his treatment.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
Dr. Starks tried a variety of protocols on us from the use of steroid and hormone pills to various hormone injections. I don't remember specifics, but I do remember that he was able to narrow down what worked for us and why others didn't very quickly and accurately.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi)
Dr. Starks's nursing staff were very coordinated and kind. They handled the IUIs and spent time talking with us about our specific situation. The only negative thing was that we had to remind the team about a protocol that they wanted us to do that Dr. Starks had previously ruled out (which is kind of scary considering it would messed up that cycle and we would have lost the money we spent), but you have to be aware of your own body and advocate for yourself at any clinic as we are all human and can forget things with so many patients. Overall, I love the nursing staff and their understanding and compassion.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
This clinic's strengths include timeliness, compassion, and knowledge base. Their weakness would be less time spent with the doctor (if you prefer to speak directly to him, but we didn't mind). If we could start over, we would start with him from the beginning.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
This clinic provided discounts for in-office visits if you didn't have insurance which would cover it. They also helped get discounts on medications, and were knowledgeable about the prices at various pharmacies. What we paid for treatment at this clinic are comparable to most other clinics.
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Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
2 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
1 of 5
Billing Department
3 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
3 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2018 - 2020, Unknown Success
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 21 - 23
1 IVF
Anovulation
Male Factor
PCOS
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Starks gets right down too it- no bs. If you’re “sensitive” or you’re feelings are easily hurt, he’s not for you...We have PCOS and severe male factor...Dr. Starks told us from the get go that it would be a waste of our time and money to attempt any medicated cycles or IUI’s and he suggested we start IVF as soon as we were ready....communicate very well with patients too...Dr. Starks is VERY knowledgeable...
I love my clinic [at Midwest Health].The only thing I didn’t like about the clinic...patient check-in/intake area is shared...almost always going to see children or other very pregnant women which can be a huge trigger to some women/families who are struggling with infertility...Since patients are batched together everyone goes to an initial IVF injection class. In that class everyone gets their individualized protocols.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
I love my clinic. I have used only 1 other doctor to help me get started but that was just an OB/GYN. Dr. Starks is VERY knowledgeable and has many many years of experience. He doesn’t cut corners nor does he sugar coat things. Personally, that is how I like it. We have PCOS and severe male factor...Dr. Starks told us from the get go that it would be a waste of our time and money to attempt any medicated cycles or IUI’s and he suggested we start IVF as soon as we were ready. We were not shocked with that information, we almost expected it, and we did just that. Brandi, his nurse, was able to get us into the next group of IVF which was less than a month away. The staff he has have been with him for quite a long time as well which made me feel better. When staff have good communication, usually, they are able to communicate very well with patients too. Unfortunately my transfer has been postponed due to COVID-19 but my clinic has been pretty good about keeping us updated or answering any questions we have in the meantime. I have a few friends who have been looking for RE recommendations and I am NOT hesitant about giving them Dr. Starks name.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Do not assume he is mean. Dr. Starks gets right down too it- no bs. If you’re “sensitive” or you’re feelings are easily hurt, he’s not for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
This clinic does batch patients together so in that since I felt like a number but once it got down to the actual care it was very individualized and made me feel a lot better.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
Since patients are batched together everyone goes to an initial IVF injection class. In that class everyone gets their individualized protocols. Our specific protocol was the Lupron protocol so I took birth control, Lupron, Follistim, Micro dose HCG, Pregnyl, and Progesterone in oil. He chose that protocol for us when we weren’t around so I couldn’t tell you exactly why he chose that specific protocol but I’m sure if I would have asked they would have told me. At egg retrieval: 20 retrieved 14 were mature 11 fertilized 1- day 5 blast 4- day 6 5 sent to be frozen all together Waiting to transfer due to COVID-19
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi Weaver )
Our nurse Brandi was excellent. She knew what she was doing and was no stranger to the game. If we EVER had a question it was answered and answered very quickly.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The only thing I didn’t like about the clinic was that the patient check-in/intake area is shared with what I believe is an OB/GYN office so once you’re checked in you are almost always going to see children or other very pregnant women which can be a huge trigger to some women/families who are struggling with infertility so I do wish they had a separate area for those who are coming to see Dr.Starks. Other than that, I have no complaints.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Midwest Health (HCA).
No complaints about monitoring appointments. They were quick and easy. In the beginning I was having issues with my cervix lining thinning out so I was easily able to get an extra monitoring appointment for 2 days later at the last minute.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
I had insurance so everything was billed through them first but we were billed for everything like a normal visit would be with any other doctor. Visit, labs, ultrasound, etc. I haven’t noticed anything “wrong” with my billing thus far.
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
I am 23. My husband is 25. Dr. Starks suggested we transfer one but he was not SUPER opposed to transferring 2. He did, however, say that he did not suggest having our embryos PGS tested because we were young and healthy individuals. He had a chart explaining why or when he would recommend PGS testing so we did opt not to PGS test.
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Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
3 of 5
Communication
3 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Successful
NPS
9
NPS
9
Age 30
1 IVF
Endometriosis
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
2 IUI With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I have some uniqueness attached with my endometriosis that he [Dr. Gregory Starks] and I did not agree on in our first visit. However, he did eventually listen to me. I realize my case is rare but it was odd to not be listened to initially. He also kind of talked at me and didn’t really seem appreciative of me asking questions...Then next few times I saw him during treatments, he was very warm and kind and got the job done
The [Midwest Health] clinic is nice and quaint. They do share the waiting room with general OB’s so you will see many young women waiting with their parents who are quite pregnant...The secretaries are very nice...As long as you were there on time, they got you in and out without any hiccups. It was nice to not spend a lot of time waiting around...cost us around 12-15 thousand dollars for an IVF round
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
I appreciated his level of expertise and years of experience. I truly felt like he incorporates as many new treatment options as possible and I felt that he had the end in mind of helping us get pregnant. In my initial consultation he came off as arrogant, but I appreciated that because it meant he was going to do all he could to ensure we got pregnant. Then next few times I saw him during treatments, he was very warm and kind and got the job done. I am incredibly thankful to him and his amazing staff.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Don’t expect him to give you warm-fuzzy feelings if something is wrong. He will tell you how it is, but he follows up with alternative plans that are still aligned with yours. I loved this about him because I knew I was going to get a straight answer from him and he wasn’t going to sugar coat anything.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
I have some uniqueness attached with my endometriosis that he and I did not agree on in our first visit. However, he did eventually listen to me. I realize my case is rare but it was odd to not be listened to initially. He also kind of talked at me and didn’t really seem appreciative of me asking questions.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
We did a cycle of IVF. We used birth control pills, started me on thyroid meds and low dose aspirin, Dexamethasone, estradiol, follistim, HCG, ganirelix, and progesterone in oil. Since this was our first cycle and I had a decent AMH I believe I was put on a generic protocol. I believe if/when we do another round, it would be more tailored to what they now know about me and my body.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi Weaver)
I love Brandi and consider her to be more than our nurse. She was incredibly patient with me and very quick to answer emails and phone calls. She educated us on injections, timing, amounts, you name it. She was open about her own fertility. When the hormones were high (along with my anxiety) she made me feel incredibly at ease. Seeing her at the clinic just brought on a sense of calm. Also, she delivered the best news we could have ever received in the most wonderful way. I’ll never forget that phone call.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The clinic is nice and quaint. They do share the waiting room with general OB’s so you will see many young women waiting with their parents who are quite pregnant. This can be a bit of a trigger for women going through infertility treatments. The secretaries are very nice. Ultrasound room is quite small but honestly, you don’t need a spacious room for that but I did feel a bit like an animal being processed through the clinic during the tracking phase. I don’t think this is much different however than just going through IVF. The doctor and nurse’s offices were warm and inviting along with staff.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Midwest Health (HCA).
It was like a cattle-call but it was a very well oiled machine. As long as you were there on time, they got you in and out without any hiccups. It was nice to not spend a lot of time waiting around.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
Without any insurance benefits associated with infertility treatments, it cost us around 12-15 thousand dollars for an IVF round.
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
I felt that they strongly suggested that people implant two embryos. However, by the grace of God, we had two “textbook embryos” so I was told if we put one in, the chances of it taking were very good. They absolutely let you choose as long as it is a safe choice for your body.
What specific things went wrong at Midwest Health (HCA)?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Midwest Health (HCA).
Since they share a waiting room with general OB’s, there was an issue when I had a positive pregnancy test through blood draw. I was told that I wouldn’t ever see Dr. Starks again and that I needed to immediately contact my general OB. It really I was supposed to be tracked by Dr. Starks for an additional 6 weeks. With some calling around, and an email to Brandi, we got it figured out. It was not an issue on Dr. Starks team.
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Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
3 of 5
Communication
3 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
4 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
9
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unknown Success
NPS
6
NPS
6
Age 33
3 IUI
Unexplained
Income $100K - $199K
Doctor
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
We are on our 4th IUI and I have only seen Dr. Starks once (during my consult) and never again since. The nurse practitioner does our process. She is very detailed and involved but I do wish Dr. Starks was more involved...she [nurse] will be doing the IUI and communication for Dr. Starks. She runs protocols and labs by the doc but overall performs for him...He claims within 3x IUIs he will achieve pregnancy rates of 66%. I am truly hesitant to believe this based on national statistics.
[Midwest Health (HCA)] is NOT open on weekends...this makes my trips harder...Dr. Starks claims he can get 66% women pregnant in 3 months of IUI. I can not vouch for this as we are month 4 with unexplained infertility...Our nurse was fanatic and quite frankly the only reason we are sticking it out at this clinic. I’ve met the doc once at consult, which was disappointing. But overall the nurse is my easy access to information, hands on IUI, and protocol. She relays everything to the doc but she is basically in charge. We love her
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks initially does a consult with his patients... after that the norm is that his nurse practitioner takes over named Brandi. Brandi is amazing but she will be doing the IUI and communication for Dr. Starks. She runs protocols and labs by the doc but overall performs for him. We’ve developed our relationship 99% due to Brandi, the nurse practitioner. She is punctual, quick with response in email, and has 100% bed side manners while still contributing to the bluntness this situation involves. She strives to meet the patient at their level too - being I am in the medical profession I really want this. I didn’t expect to see Dr. Starks so absent in our journey but then again, I’m not opposed to his nurse taking it over either. I 100% trust her with all of me. I feel like I cannot accurately review Dr. Starks at this time. He claims within 3x IUIs he will achieve pregnancy rates of 66%. I am truly hesitant to believe this based on national statistics.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Ask questions at your consult. Join a Facebook group for infertility so that you can acquire such questions. Make sure you have easy access to communication with SOMEONE, likely a nurse. I wish I asked this question, “are you open on weekends?” Because my clinic is NOT open on weekends this makes my trips harder. Another good question, “Are labs and ultrasounds scheduled anytime due a day?” In my case, no. They are not. They are only allowed M-F from 8:30am-11:30am. So guess what? Very inconvenient for me as a business owner serving my own clients with last second switching of my schedule. Luckily I can do that... but expect at minimum one ultrasound a month and another appointment for IUI procedure. Since we are now more invasive, our protocol currently involved 2-3 ultrasounds and then another appointment for IUI.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
We are on our 4th IUI and I have only seen Dr. Starks once (during my consult) and never again since. The nurse practitioner does our process. She is very detailed and involved but I do wish Dr. Starks was more involved.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
So... we are unexplained but the norm of PCOS and endometriosis typically follows. You need a consult to begin anything. After that you obviously need a workup on both you and your spouse - in other words - blood, semen analysis. Some (we did) involves scoping out more detail exams such as HCG (are your tubes blocked? Do you have a unique uterus?) and SHG (do you have polyps?). Next is a protocol - typically this involves IUI the least invasive possible. Dr. Starks claims he can get 66% women pregnant in 3 months of IUI. I can not vouch for this as we are month 4 with unexplained infertility. So there is that. Take meds, do IUI. This typically involves two appointments a month - one for ultrasound on progress and one for the actual procedure.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Yes Brandi )
Our nurse was fanatic and quite frankly the only reason we are sticking it out at this clinic. I’ve met the doc once at consult, which was disappointing. But overall the nurse is my easy access to information, hands on IUI, and protocol. She relays everything to the doc but she is basically in charge. We love her
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The clinic is actually pretty smooth. So basically you will check in and get in within 15-20 minutes (EXCEPTION - I am a morning scheduled ONLY! So this means I have no idea what the afternoon shift does). They even will make room for the ultrasound tech to come in at 8:30am if needed. CONS: no freedom to schedule follicle scans (ultrasounds) and lab before 11:30am. No weekend appointments allowed. As far as I know, no emergency line on weekends to call in. Ultrasound tech was a little too diagnostic during a scan because I came in too quick on my cycle (talking I needed a D&C for cancer or I was pregnant when neither was the case — I just needed clarify on my cycle day in my first round of multiple follicle scans prior to starting follistim.)
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
We suck... literally the only coverage we had was basically that our ultrasounds were $67 because that is the allowable for blue cross. The IUI was technically about $250. We had coverage for pharmacy for clomid making it $10 a month. Follistim are about $500 and trigger $72-$80 depending on which company the nurse suggests. Listen to her because she truly knows the cheapest route. Some months involve 2-3 follicle scans whereas our first 3 IUIs meant one, semen analysis was approximately $100. We started labs at the office and we are unsure of costs on those as we have a work nurse practitioner that did them previously.
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
N/A
6
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
2 of 5
Communication
3 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
4 of 5
Compassion
2 of 5
Explained risks
3 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
6
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
4 of 5
Billing Department
2 of 5
Nursing Staff
4 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
3 of 5
Educational Resources
5 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 29 - 30
2 IUI
Endometriosis
Male Factor
Uterine Fibroids
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
He [Dr. Gregory Starks] exhibits a kind, caring attitude. My family was also extremely impressed with his bedside manner...explains everything in great detail. I’m an RN and wanted to thoroughly understand my diagnoses, and I always left with a thorough understanding. If questions came up after I left the office, a quick phone call would answer them...Did 1 round of IUI with letrozole and HCG trigger shot. Found a polyp on U/S during that cycle. Put on birth control again and had a sonohysterogram. Had surgery to remove polyp. Did another round of IUI with letrozole and HCG trigger shot, and found a low/declining sperm count. Seeing urologist for male factor infertility now.
My phone calls are always returned [by nurses at Midwest Health] and questions answered. They’re quick to respond to calls and emails. Both nurses that I have had experience with have gone through infertility too, I believe, so they’re very understanding...They run like a well-oiled machine and value you and your time as much as their own. They’re easy to get ahold of and work with. They do their best to save the patient money and not waste your time. Highly recommend them!
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
He’s kind and explains everything in great detail. I’m an RN and wanted to thoroughly understand my diagnoses, and I always left with a thorough understanding. If questions came up after I left the office, a quick phone call would answer them.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
I was told that “if you can get pregnant at all, Dr. Starks is the one who can assure you leave his office pregnant.”
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
He exhibits a kind, caring attitude. My family was also extremely impressed with his bedside manner.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
I was put on birth control, then had surgery for endometriosis (stage 4). Also had a fibroid removed at that time. Got a high dose of Lupron in the recovery room. 5 months of menopause. Did 1 round of IUI with letrozole and HCG trigger shot. Found a polyp on U/S during that cycle. Put on birth control again and had a sonohysterogram. Had surgery to remove polyp. Did another round of IUI with letrozole and HCG trigger shot, and found a low/declining sperm count. Seeing urologist for male factor infertility now.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Midwest Health (HCA).
My phone calls are always returned and questions answered. They’re quick to respond to calls and emails. Both nurses that I have had experience with have gone through infertility too, I believe, so they’re very understanding.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
They run like a well-oiled machine and value you and your time as much as their own. They’re easy to get ahold of and work with. They do their best to save the patient money and not waste your time. Highly recommend them!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
We were without insurance and have spent roughly $18,500 out of pocket.
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
N/a
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
2 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
4 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Successful
NPS
9
NPS
10
Age 26 - 27
1 IVF
Male Factor
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Middle Eastern
Income $0 - $49K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Starks suggested that we transfer one embryo at the time claims that it is easier for the mom to carry and give birth for one instead of two, however, we want to transfer two... was very straightforward with diagnosing. He Answered all of our concerns even the small once patiently since English isn't our mother language so my husband & I needed more explanation with some medical terms. Since the first visit, he could reduce my stress about IVF.
The front desk workers [at Midwest Health] are very welcoming and answer our questions over the phone. Very clean. Sometime we would wait between 10-30 mins to enter after the checkout even that we come on the time of our appointment...We mostly deal with nurse Brandi Oude. We had some issue with our insurance covering the cost, she help us very much and she was very patient with us. She also responded to our emails very fast before and during the treatment.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks was very straightforward with diagnosing. He Answered all of our concerns even the small once patiently since English isn't our mother language so my husband & I needed more explanation with some medical terms. Since the first visit, he could reduce my stress about IVF.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
To book the appointments time ahead.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
He was very straightforward.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
In February's period (2\22\19), Nurse Oude told to start taking BCP along with prenatal & folic acid & baby aspirin. I asked If I can take fish oil and Vitamin D3, she approved. we had 5 sono&lab from 2\27 through 3\13. On 2\21 stopped BCP. On 2\22 through 3\13 My husband was on Doxy, I was on Dex& Lupron. On 3\3 I started taking Follistim & low dose HCG. The egg retrieval day was on 3\15. The empires(our babies) are frozen. We did not do the transfer yet.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Midwest Health (HCA).
We mostly deal with nurse Brandi Oude. We had some issue with our insurance covering the cost, she help us very much and she was very patient with us. She also responded to our emails very fast before and during the treatment.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The front desk workers are very welcoming and answer our questions over the phone. Very clean. Sometime we would wait between 10-30 mins to enter after the checkout even that we come on the time of our appointment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
We were lucky and the treatment was covered by the insurance.
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
Dr. Starks suggested that we transfer one embryo at the time claims that it is easier for the mom to carry and give birth for one instead of two, however, we want to transfer two.
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Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
4 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
5 of 5
LGBTQ
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018 - 2019, Unsuccessful
NPS
0
NPS
0
Age 38 - 39
3 IUI
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Donor Sperm
LGBTQ
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
We only met with Dr. Starks for our initial consultation. Never saw him after that. Dr. Starks nurse Brandi [Midwest Health] called all the shots. ... I don't feel like my care is based around my needs. They have an order set that they set for all patients. ... I don't feel like I had a doctor caring for or about me. ... IUI#1 letrozole 5mg at bedtime cycle day 3 for 5 days. Trigger shot same day as insemination=BFN IUI #2 letrozole 5mg at bedtime cycle day3-7. Insemination 24hrs after trigger shot. =BFN IUI#3 Clomid 50mg at bedtime cycle day3 for 5days. Insemination 36hr after trigger. =BFN *I had a low Progesterone of 5 after IUI and they would NOT prescribe progesterone supplements.
Non of the team [Midwest Health] is warm and inviting. Just take a number and wait your turn for service is how I feel at this clinic. ... I'm just not happy with this clinic. ... The clinic is dated and I feel like their care is too. ... I never knew what my plan of care entailed, what the next step was, or given other options. ... They are not patient specific, don't seem like they care, don't explain methods or why we are doing what we are doing, treat you like a number, and just seem like the are not working hard on my case.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
We only met with Dr. Starks for our initial consultation. Never saw him after that. Dr. Starks nurse Brandi called all the shots. She prescribed medications, performed my 3 IUI's, and answered questions. I don't feel like I had a doctor caring for or about me. Just a nurse practitioner who sometimes came across nonchalant.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
I'd say just have a plan B if things are not going as you would like at this clinic.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
I don't feel like my care is based around my needs. They have an order set that they set for all patients. We are NOT THE SAME!
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
IUI#1 letrozole 5mg at bedtime cycle day 3 for 5 days. Trigger shot same day as insemination=BFN IUI #2 letrozole 5mg at bedtime cycle day3-7. Insemination 24hrs after trigger shot. =BFN IUI#3 Clomid 50mg at bedtime cycle day3 for 5days. Insemination 36hr after trigger. =BFN *I had a low Progesterone of 5 after IUI and they would NOT prescribe progesterone supplements.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Midwest Health (HCA).
Karen is Karen. You'd have to meet her to understand. Brandi the NP is nice but comes across nonchalant. Non of the team is warm and inviting. Just take a number and wait your turn for service is how I feel at this clinic.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The clinic is dated and I feel like their care is too. The clinic is clean, but doesn't feel warm and inviting. I never knew what my plan of care entailed, what the next step was, or given other options. Just call if you get a positive pregnancy test or call when your period starts so you can get prescribed more medication.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
Cost were reasonable,but you get what you pay for.
What specific things went wrong at Midwest Health (HCA)?
  • Failed to call with results
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Midwest Health (HCA).
I'm just not happy with this clinic. They are not patient specific, don't seem like they care, don't explain methods or why we are doing what we are doing, treat you like a number, and just seem like the are not working hard on my case.
0
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
1 of 5
Communication
2 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
1 of 5
Compassion
2 of 5
Explained risks
2 of 5
Adaptability
1 of 5
0
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
3 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
3 of 5
Nursing Staff
2 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
3 of 5
Educational Resources
1 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2016 - 2018, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 30 - 32
6 IUI
Endometriosis
Unexplained
European
Income $0 - $49K
Consultant
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Gregory Starks has been absolutely wonderful! He means business and is blunt - I like that! He wont waste your time with treatments that aren't going to work for you. When I had my miscarriage - he held me while I cried.... He has never tried to push me out or make me feel like my concerns aren't valid.... First 3 IUI - Letrozole, Dexamethasone, HCG trigger shot IUI 4-6 - 150 IU Stim shots, Dexamethasone, HCG trigger shot
The clinic (Midwest Health) is awesome! The front desk workers are really awesome. The phlebotomist has become my friend. They treat you like family....The only thing I would change is the location.... Consultation with Dr. Gregory Starks $300 IUI: $200 each Ultrasound/sonogram: $250 each... Brandy is absolutely awesome!!!! She really cares about her patients and loves each of them. She is awesome at returning messages and emails.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Gregory Starks has been absolutely wonderful! He means business and is blunt - I like that! He wont waste your time with treatments that aren't going to work for you. When I had my miscarriage - he held me while I cried. I truly feel like he cares and wants to help me become a mom.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Listen to him. Don't take offense to how honest and blunt he is. It is refreshing and I like it. He is the best of the best.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
I have absolutely loved working with Dr. Gregory Starks. From our very first consultation to our miscarriage - he has always taken the extra time with me. When we found out we didn't have a heartbeat - he held me and let me cry. He has never tried to push me out or make me feel like my concerns aren't valid. He has been amazing and always addresses my questions very honestly, and I like that. Not only that - he takes some extra time to get to know me and my husband. Who we are and where we come from. It is really refreshing to meet with him and I totally trust him with my care.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
First 3 IUI - Letrozole, Dexamethasone, HCG trigger shot IUI 4-6 - 150 IU Stim shots, Dexamethasone, HCG trigger shot Attempted IUI 7 but too many cysts to proceed treatment. I have unexplained infertility and Dr. Starks told me that normal/healthy couples that can get pregnant on their own should get pregnant with the oral med (letrozole) and IUI. We did not expect it not to work for me. IUI 4-6 - I responded really well to the stim shots and got pregnant on the 5th IUI but miscarried.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandy)
Brandy is absolutely awesome!!!! She really cares about her patients and loves each of them. She is awesome at returning messages and emails. She is also really great at explaining the procedure and what to expect from medication.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The clinic is awesome! The front desk workers are really awesome. The phlebotomist has become my friend. They treat you like family. I have really enjoyed going to this clinic. The only thing I would change is the location. It is in kind of a sketchy part of town and I get nervous when I go down by myself.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
Consultation with Dr. Gregory Starks $300 IUI: $200 each Ultrasound/sonogram: $250 each
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
I will have experience this summer. I have only done IUI
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
4 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2017 - 2018, Unsuccessful
NPS
8
NPS
7
Age 26 - 27
3 IUI
Anovulation
PCOS
Tubal Blockage
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
European
Income $50K - $99K
Marketer or PR
2nd of 2 Docs
8 Fertility Medications With Other Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr. Starks is clearly knowledgeable and set in his ways when it comes to treatments. He has a funny/sarcastic humor about him which I like but he is also very blunt with you. ... Though as time went on and 4 rounds of letrozole failed, we began to introduce Follistim and IUI to the protocol. Since my ovaries are "stubborn" as they said, they gave me a decent dose of Follistim & letrozole together. My first round of this resulted in a canceled cycle and a canceled IUI due to overstimulation.
On a few occasions, they [Midwest Health (HCA)] have forgotten to call in some very timely prescriptions. ... They are not open on weekends, this makes scheduling IUI's, medicated cycles, and beyond very difficult. They only have one ultrasound tech/machine which causes some serious waiting room tension. The waiting room is also shared with an OBGYN's office, so pregnant women are EVERYWHERE. ... Brandi [nurse] runs the show at this office, she knows her stuff! Her counterpart, Karen, however, is a little rough around the edges.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks is clearly knowledgeable and set in his ways when it comes to treatments. He has a funny/sarcastic humor about him which I like but he is also very blunt with you. I don't mind though, I'd rather have the facts!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
To go in prepared, if you have questions that he doesn't like, prepare yourself with WHY you are asking those questions. Have some thick skin because he'll probably tell you something you don't want to hear at some point. But he means well.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Although I have been a patient of Dr. Starks for 13 months, I have not physically seen him for 10 months. His Nurse Practioner takes care of everything and she can never remember my name, which is fine. I get it, they have a lot of patients. But during IUI when I'm in the office every other day, you'd think she'd remember. The Ultrasound tech is great though, she chats with me every time and always remembers me.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
After I had surgery with Dr. Starks the plan was to use Letrozole since I had previously gotten pregnant from that. Though as time went on and 4 rounds of letrozole failed, we began to introduce Follistim and IUI to the protocol. Since my ovaries are "stubborn" as they said, they gave me a decent dose of Follistim & letrozole together. My first round of this resulted in a canceled cycle and a canceled IUI due to overstimulation. Birth control was recommended to keep my ovaries from getting cysts. After that, 2 more attempts at IUI and both resulted in negative pregnancy tests.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi)
Brandi runs the show at this office, she knows her stuff! Her counterpart, Karen, however, is a little rough around the edges. Not the kindest bedside manner, and she's a bit rude if your cycle is "inconvenient." I'm happy I get to work with Brandi.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
A few things I dislike about this clinic. They are not open on weekends, this makes scheduling IUI's, medicated cycles, and beyond very difficult. They only have one ultrasound tech/machine which causes some serious waiting room tension. The waiting room is also shared with an OBGYN's office, so pregnant women are EVERYWHERE. Which sucks when you are going through infertility.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
Every follicle scan cost $200, every IUI cost $205. Injections classes cost $75.
What specific things went wrong at Midwest Health (HCA)?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to order appropriate test
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Midwest Health (HCA).
On a few occasions, they have forgotten to call in some very timely prescriptions. Also, my insurance does not cover my treatments and I am expected to pay upfront upon arrival of my appointments. But sometimes people at the front desk don't know and they don't charge me, even though I ask them to. So I'll get a bill that ends up costing more because they sent it to my insurance. It's happened multiple times and is very frustrating having to constantly call the billing number to fix it.
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Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
3 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
2 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
3 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
7
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
3 of 5
Scheduling
4 of 5
Billing Department
2 of 5
Nursing Staff
3 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017, Unsuccessful
NPS
7
NPS
10
Age 34
2 IUI
Male Factor
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 3 Docs
2 Fertility Medications With Other Docs
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr Starks, is a very blunt and to the point person. He wants to make sure that every test that could give him a clear picture is done, and if it was done before he wants to do it again to ensure that nothing was missed or nothing changed. While his bedside manner is a bit blunt, he is very knowledgeable and will try and figure out a solution to most every problem...Be prepared to be told the good, bad and the ugly, Dr Starks does not sugar coat if you are overweight and he feels you need to loose weight.
She [nurse at Midwest Health] would call me as many times needed or email me to answer all of me questions, and would get back to me within a few hours. When we ran into an issue on one of my cycles she was honest, frank and caring about the possible miscarriage that I had experienced, she was there when I needed someone the most in this situation...Iui was 350...The clinic is in the hospital so labs can be done fast, any procedure that needs to be done can be done on campus and there is ample parking. The only weakness is the fact that they do not have weekend hours, which made me feel like we were rushing one iui so we didn't miss my ovulation that would have likely taken place on Saturday or Sunday.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr Starks, is a very blunt and to the point person. He wants to make sure that every test that could give him a clear picture is done, and if it was done before he wants to do it again to ensure that nothing was missed or nothing changed. While his bedside manner is a bit blunt, he is very knowledgeable and will try and figure out a solution to most every problem.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Be prepared to be told the good, bad and the ugly, Dr Starks does not sugar coat if you are overweight and he feels you need to loose weight.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
I felt like my situation was addressed as a one on one, what we were going through, with the suddenly added male factor was thought out by Dr Starks and he used several approaches when things didn't pan out as we hoped during the cycle.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
I did two cycles, one with gonal f 175 for 5 days and femara 5mg for 5 resulting in an IUI which failed and a second iui with gonal f for 10 days and femara 7.5 for 5 days with an iui which failed.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi Oude-Alink)
Brandi was amazing, she was always trying to tell me what to expect and prepare me in case we reached worst case scenario. She would call me as many times needed or email me to answer all of me questions, and would get back to me within a few hours. When we ran into an issue on one of my cycles she was honest, frank and caring about the possible miscarriage that I had experienced, she was there when I needed someone the most in this situation.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The clinic is in the hospital so labs can be done fast, any procedure that needs to be done can be done on campus and there is ample parking. The only weakness is the fact that they do not have weekend hours, which made me feel like we were rushing one iui so we didn't miss my ovulation that would have likely taken place on Saturday or Sunday.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
Iui was 350 for just the iui, which was not covered by my insurance. Everything else, including monitoring was covered by my insurance so I am unsure of the price of much else.
7
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
2 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2014 - 2017, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 34 - 37
1 IUI
1 IVF
Endometriosis
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Starks is honest and to the point...he doesn't sugar coat anything and if it's not going to work he will tell you. He won't dance around tough subjects and always made me feel very hopeful. I feel lucky to have found him for our care... feel that Doctor Starks and I really bonded through the process and I feel like he cared about my family and our success. Sure, he sees a lot of patients and I'm not sure he remembered everything about my history every single time we spoke but he was always honest and kind in his approach.
[Midwest Health] Weaknesses: The waiting room. This has always been a struggle for me since they share a waiting room with a regular OB. This means a lot of pregnant women and teens (on several occasions complaining loudly about being pregnant), sometimes kids/babies present, and an office staff that isn't always as understanding of the delicate needs of an IUI/IVF/FET patient. It would be a much more pleasant experience if they had their own private waiting room with resources dedicated just to their patients.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks is honest and to the point. He was recommended to me by another patient of his who had twins through IVF. She warned me that he doesn't sugar coat anything and if it's not going to work he will tell you. He won't dance around tough subjects and always made me feel very hopeful. I feel lucky to have found him for our care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Ask questions, research and go in ready to get to work. The process is long because he only schedules IVF procedures every other month. This can make waiting very hard. Know this going in though to save some of the headache.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Personally, I feel that Doctor Starks and I really bonded through the process and I feel like he cared about my family and our success. Sure, he sees a lot of patients and I'm not sure he remembered everything about my history every single time we spoke but he was always honest and kind in his approach.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
I'm not 100% sure about everything we used for our initial round of IVF in 2014. I believe it was just a typical protocol. I did need a laparoscopy prior to my IVF cycle which held up the process. For my current FET cycled we've added blood thinners and additional estrogen due to my previous loses.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi)
Brandi is great and is very thorough. I believe she cares and is always very quick to answer any questions either by phone or email. The calendar she puts together for you is detailed which makes staying on top of all of the meds a little easier. She's an asset to the practice!
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
Strengths: I believe Dr. Starks is the best in the area! Brandi is also amazing and I believe the two of them are the reason that we had success back in 2014. Weaknesses: The waiting room. This has always been a struggle for me since they share a waiting room with a regular OB. This means a lot of pregnant women and teens (on several occasions complaining loudly about being pregnant), sometimes kids/babies present, and an office staff that isn't always as understanding of the delicate needs of an IUI/IVF/FET patient. It would be a much more pleasant experience if they had their own private waiting room with resources dedicated just to their patients.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
Total for IVF we spent a bit over $15,000 and that includes that laparoscopy that I needed. For our FET's they were around $5,000 each.
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
Initially, I was encouraged to do two embryos because of my age. We put in two and only one took. We currently have a perfect 2 year old. For our next FET cycle I was encouraged to only put in one due to risk of twins. We listened and it took but sadly we lost that baby pretty early. I'm currently in the middle of an FET with our last remaining embryo.
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2016 - 2017, Unknown Success
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 34 - 35
3 IUI
1 IVF
1 Egg Freezing
Endometriosis
PCOS
Income $100K - $199K
Operations
2nd of 2 Docs
4 IUI With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
Dr Starks was excellent at explaining in details why something did or didn't work. He also clearly covered nextbsteps so that they could be understood.He made every visit comfortable and gave hope when it was needed most.... We started with surgery to remove my endometriosis and cysts on my ovaries.. also to make sure my tubes were open. I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis. We started with 3 rounds of IUI and they were unsuccessful.
The front desk staff [at Midwest Health] was helpful for the most part. The location of the office wasn't always convenient but well worth it. The back office staff was amazing and always helpful as mentioned previously. I can't say enough positive things about the NP, Brandi.... Brandi, the NP, was amazing. Always very quick to respond and help with everything. Karen was awesome.. always honest and super caring. Kristi, sonographer, was always very caring and spent the time needed.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr Starks was excellent at explaining in details why something did or didn't work. He also clearly covered nextbsteps so that they could be understood.He made every visit comfortable and gave hope when it was needed most.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Go to his clinic first.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
If ever I had concerns or questions I could rely on all back office staff members.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
We started with surgery to remove my endometriosis and cysts on my ovaries.. also to make sure my tubes were open. I was diagnosed with stage 4 endometriosis. We started with 3 rounds of IUI and they were unsuccessful. Eggs were produced but the damage from the endo prevented them from connecting with sperm. From this point we moved on to IVF.. upon pre-testing found a polyp in my uterus and chose to go ahead and start meds and retrieve eggs.. freeze them.. and have polyp removed before implanting. We agreed frozen eggs would give us the best chance versus surgery, meds, retrieval and implant. Implant of 2 embryos was successfull and we welcomed twins 9 months later.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Midwest Health (HCA).
Brandi, the NP, was amazing. Always very quick to respond and help with everything. Karen was awesome.. always honest and super caring. Kristi, sonographer, was always very caring and spent the time needed.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The front desk staff was helpful for the most part. The location of the office wasn't always convenient but well worth it. The back office staff was amazing and always helpful as mentioned previously. I can't say enough positive things about the NP, Brandi.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
It was very reasonable compared to other clinics.
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
4 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2016 - 2017, Unknown Success
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 32 - 33
3 Fertility Medications
Endometriosis
Latinx
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
[Dr. Gregory Starks] Tested hormones and ca-125 after looking at a very in depth medical history questionnaire. He suspected endometriosis right away just looking at my medical history, though. Laperoscopy (dx and cleaning of Endo)and Lupron-depot(hormone suppression) for a clean slate to start fertility procedures. Laperoscopy confirmed stage 4 endometriosis...Dr Starks is a straight shooter and I believe, honest. He definitely has a plan which is comforting and doesn't waste time. He only does what is necessary. So far everything he's done has been on point and has made sense.
His nurses and staff [at Midwest Health (HCA)] are great, too! They have always promptly returned calls. They are all very genuine people...So wonderful! After IUI she [nurse at HCA Midwest] gives a good luck ritual tummy air rub and she is honest and upfront if she has concerns or needs to deliver advice. She quickly answers calls even though she is busy and once she looked up if supplements I was on were safe, even though she didn't have to and called me after she found the answers.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr Starks is a straight shooter and I believe, honest. He definitely has a plan which is comforting and doesn't waste time. He only does what is necessary. So far everything he's done has been on point and has made sense. But that's what we wanted. We wanted a Dr. with a plan and explanation for it. We have done 3 IUIprocedures and hoping for a positive this last round as I had 3 mature follicles on letrozole, but thankful we have a diagnosis from The previous "unexplained infertility" by a previous R.E. Worth that second opinion and enhanced quality of life since my Laperoscopy and Lupron-depot for stage 4 endometriosis
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
If you're looking to have a counseling session or be babied, he's probably not going to do that. When you go see him, be ready to hear the truth. He's there to get the job done, not drag things out, and knows his stuff. His nurses and staff are great, too! They have always promptly returned calls. They are all very genuine people.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
He met with us and went over my medical history. He listened and found a reason before just jumping into treatment. He had a plan!
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
Tested hormones and ca-125 after looking at a very in depth medical history questionnaire. He suspected endometriosis right away just looking at my medical history, though. Laperoscopy (dx and cleaning of Endo)and Lupron-depot(hormone suppression) for a clean slate to start fertility procedures. Laperoscopy confirmed stage 4 endometriosis. My body restarted from hormone suppression with "the pill", slowly but surely.(3 months) Birth control pill to build lining, have a "period" and then I started IUI with letrozole. I was happy he doesn't just offer every patient clomid as I've learned it's not the best for my smaller frame.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi )
So wonderful! After IUI she gives a good luck ritual tummy air rub and she is honest and upfront if she has concerns or needs to deliver advice. She quickly answers calls even though she is busy and once she looked up if supplements I was on were safe, even though she didn't have to and called me after she found the answers.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
This office just charges what is necessary. Our iui's were way cheaper than the last RE quoated us.
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
2 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2014 - 2016, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 30 - 32
5 IUI
Endometriosis
Tubal Blockage
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
European
Income $50K - $99K
Operations
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Starks is very knowledgeable about all things infertility, but he sees a lot of patients so it's not as "personalized" as I would have liked. He's VERY compassionate and easy to talk to but you have to be ready to ask questions and take notes or he'll breeze right through what he's telling you...Dr. Starks will always start you on a medicated cycle without treatment (clomid/letrozole without an IUI) first. He only let me go 3 rounds since I have stage 4 endometriosis and didn't want to risk the stuff he cleared out building back up. He cleared me out with surgery first. Then, we went on to injectable cycles with IUIs. I much preferred this because it generally produces more follicles and is more controlled. When you go in to check how large your follicles are, if they are any where above 30mm he'll cancel your cycle because it puts you at risk. I had to cancel an IUI once which was frustrating but I was glad he was keeping my safety a priority.
The clinic [Midwest Health] is a general woman's clinic, not an infertility clinic so you'll constantly see pregnant women going in and out for appointments. That's pretty rough when you're in there going through cycle after cycle...Brandi and Karen (Dr. Starks' nurses) were the best part of that clinic. They are generally very kind and compassionate and always answer your crazy questions with grace...IUI medications cost around $500 IUI procedure cost $205 Meeting with Dr. Starks cost around $300 (each consult)
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks is very knowledgeable about all things infertility, but he sees a lot of patients so it's not as "personalized" as I would have liked. He's VERY compassionate and easy to talk to but you have to be ready to ask questions and take notes or he'll breeze right through what he's telling you (probably because he talks about it all day long). I wasn't very knowledgeable going in to a lot of the appointments so in hindsight I wish I would have researched a bit more so I knew exactly what he was talking about. His nurse Brandi is literally the best - you can call or email her and she'll respond the same day almost always. That was a relief when you're in the middle of a cycle freaking out over something. You'll usually see her for most appointments, so it's great she's so personal.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Research a bit before coming so you understand terms he uses.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
There are a TON of patients that come through that clinic, so I know Dr. Starks doesn't remember me personally. His nurse, Brandi, however definitely knows her patients and treats every one special.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
Dr. Starks will always start you on a medicated cycle without treatment (clomid/letrozole without an IUI) first. He only let me go 3 rounds since I have stage 4 endometriosis and didn't want to risk the stuff he cleared out building back up. He cleared me out with surgery first. Then, we went on to injectable cycles with IUIs. I much preferred this because it generally produces more follicles and is more controlled. When you go in to check how large your follicles are, if they are any where above 30mm he'll cancel your cycle because it puts you at risk. I had to cancel an IUI once which was frustrating but I was glad he was keeping my safety a priority.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi)
Brandi and Karen (Dr. Starks' nurses) were the best part of that clinic. They are generally very kind and compassionate and always answer your crazy questions with grace.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The clinic is a general woman's clinic, not an infertility clinic so you'll constantly see pregnant women going in and out for appointments. That's pretty rough when you're in there going through cycle after cycle. They are always pretty nice here.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
IUI medications cost around $500 IUI procedure cost $205 Meeting with Dr. Starks cost around $300 (each consult)
What specific things went wrong at Midwest Health (HCA)?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
3 of 5
Communication
3 of 5
Frequency Seen
2 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
3 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
3 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2014 - 2020, Successful
NPS
8
NPS
9
Age 32 - 38
2 IVF
PCOS
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Lawyer
3rd of 3 Docs
3 IUI With Other Docs
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Successful
He is straight forward, but also optimistic when talking to his patients...Dr. Starks only utilizes proven treatment. If you read internet blogs and have a list of things that other women have done, he may not be receptive to them all. If it’s experimental or unproven, he won’t use it...We transferred two embryos our first fresh transfer, which resulted in twins. He’s more conservative with us now, and recommends eSET. He would likely allow a multiple transfer if we pressed , since we’ve had a couple of failed transfers. I don’t think he allows multiple transfers if the embryos are PGS tested.
She’s [Midwest Health nurse] always available via email. She’s very knowledgeable and is patient and understanding...The clinic is in an OB/GYN clinic. It hasn’t bothered me, because I generally do not get upset seeing pregnant women. But if a patient was pretty emotional around pregnant women, this could be an issue...Dr IVF fee $2850 Hospital fee $4000 ($5500 with PGS) Anesthesia $440 PGS lab $2170 Medication $3,500
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
I like Dr. Starks. He is straight forward, but also optimistic when talking to his patients. We’ve been with for several years. We were successful on our first fresh transfer. There have been more hiccups while trying to have more children. My body can be complicated, but he’s not giving up yet!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks only utilizes proven treatment. If you read internet blogs and have a list of things that other women have done, he may not be receptive to them all. If it’s experimental or unproven, he won’t use it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
The clinic is small, and you can email your nurse anytime. She’s fantastic.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
I don’t really remember.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi Weaver)
Honestly, Brandi is one of Dr. Starks biggest assets. She’s fantastic! She’s always available via email. She’s very knowledgeable and is patient and understanding.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The clinic is in an OB/GYN clinic. It hasn’t bothered me, because I generally do not get upset seeing pregnant women. But if a patient was pretty emotional around pregnant women, this could be an issue.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
Dr IVF fee $2850 Hospital fee $4000 ($5500 with PGS) Anesthesia $440 PGS lab $2170 Medication $3,500
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
We transferred two embryos our first fresh transfer, which resulted in twins. He’s more conservative with us now, and recommends eSET. He would likely allow a multiple transfer if we pressed , since we’ve had a couple of failed transfers. I don’t think he allows multiple transfers if the embryos are PGS tested.
8
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
4 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
3 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
9
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
NPS
10
NPS
8
Age 29 - 30
1 IUI
Endometriosis
PCOS
European
Income $200K - $499K
Sales Representative
2nd of 2 Docs
1 IUI With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
He treated me after he listened to my issues and concerns. Whereas former doctors just put me on the same protocol as they do with their other infertility patients. Dr. Starks treats my issues and caters a protocol that works for my body....He is blunt but caring. He is clear on instructions and feedback. My experience as a patient has been very positive and I feel that I’m receiving the best care possible.
It [Midwest Health] is a efficient clinic. It is clean and they have always been on time. Make sure to have all your information and paperwork completed prior to your appointment so it makes the check in process faster.... Brandi is amazing and makes the infertility process much easier. She’s extremely compassionate, informative and helpful. She explains everything very clear and is a great communicator.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks is a great, confident doctor. He made my surgery as easy as possible and has treated me accordingly to my issues. He is blunt but caring. He is clear on instructions and feedback. My experience as a patient has been very positive and I feel that I’m receiving the best care possible.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Be ready to accept the facts because dr. Starks is blunt and tells you exactly how it is.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
He treated me after he listened to my issues and concerns. Whereas former doctors just put me on the same protocol as they do with their other infertility patients. Dr. Starks treats my issues and caters a protocol that works for my body.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
He completed a surgery that removes any cysts and endometriosis. He then put me on clomid with injections to help make my follicles big enough for ovulation.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi weaver )
Brandi is amazing and makes the infertility process much easier. She’s extremely compassionate, informative and helpful. She explains everything very clear and is a great communicator.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
It is a efficient clinic. It is clean and they have always been on time. Make sure to have all your information and paperwork completed prior to your appointment so it makes the check in process faster.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
We have insurance so that covers some of the ultrasounds and doctor visits. I believe the ultrasounds are normally about $300.
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
2 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
8
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2019, Unsuccessful
NPS
9
NPS
7
Age 29
1 IVF
Endometriosis
Tubal Blockage
European
Black or African-American
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr.starks is very informative and makes sure he reviews all options to know what will be best for the patient. He takes his time to answer all your questions and ensures your comfortable with everything before getting started. He is pretty blunt and doesn't sugarcoat anything...We only had two embryos and we decided to transfer them both. I wish we would've done one at a time because when my transfer failed I was devastated and didn't have any more embryos to try again. I think this is something that should be discussed with the patient.
[Midwest Health nurse] was awesome and is very quick to respond to emails and voice-mail. She also does everything she can to ensure you're getting the cheapest meds if possible...There were fees for meds which went to an outside company. Fees for retrieval, the transfer, insisted and monitoring...I wish they had a separate waiting area for ivf patients vs obgyn patients. It was so hard for me to sit in the waiting room full of babies and pregnant moms knowing I had just lost my 2 embryos and didn't have the means to try again right now.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr.starks is very informative and makes sure he reviews all options to know what will be best for the patient. He takes his time to answer all your questions and ensures your comfortable with everything before getting started. He is pretty blunt and doesn't sugarcoat anything.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Be ready for blunt answers. Dr. Starks doesn't try and spare your feelings in stead he gives accurate and straightforward facts to ensure you know what could happen during the process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks was very attentive and answered all my questions truthfully.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandy)
Brandy was awesome and is very quick to respond to emails and voice-mail. She also does everything she can to ensure you're getting the cheapest meds if possible.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
I wish they had a separate waiting area for ivf patients vs obgyn patients. It was so hard for me to sit in the waiting room full of babies and pregnant moms knowing I had just lost my 2 embryos and didn't have the means to try again right now.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Midwest Health (HCA).
Kathy is so sweet and is very quick and thorough. She always used small talk to pass the time. She great!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
There were fees for meds which went to an outside company. Fees for retrieval, the transfer, insisted and monitoring.
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
We only had two embryos and we decided to transfer them both. I wish we would've done one at a time because when my transfer failed I was devastated and didn't have any more embryos to try again. I think this is something that should be discussed with the patient.
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Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
7
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
3 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2011 - 2012, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 38 - 39
1 IUI
Endometriosis
Male Factor
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Starks was patient,thorough and kind. He really listened and was very reassuring. He always gave us options and respected our choices. ... He gave us options, discussed pros and cons, and respected our decisions. He responded quickly with answers to our questions....I had surgery for stage 4 endometriosis in 12/2011. We did our first cycle of IUI in January 2012. Dr. Starks recommended Follistim to help with follicle production due to my advanced maturnal age. ...
Wonderful clinic [HCA Midwest] . Recently remodeled. Conveniently located. We also got care from an OB/GYN at this clinic and we delivered our twins at Research Medical Center. I have nothing but good things to say about everyone. ... The nursing staff was wonderful. Helpful, friendly, kind, understanding, ready to help, always very professional, and so caring! ... Write down your list of questions before each appointment and take notes so you don’t forget.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks is a wonderful, compassionate doctor. I felt very comfortable in his care- both for my endometriosis surgery and for our IUI treatment. He gave us options, discussed pros and cons, and respected our decisions. He responded quickly with answers to our questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Hang in there during this difficult time in your life. Write down your list of questions before each appointment and take notes so you don’t forget.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks was patient,thorough and kind. He really listened and was very reassuring. He always gave us options and respected our choices.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
I had surgery for stage 4 endometriosis in 12/2011. We did our first cycle of IUI in January 2012. Dr. Starks recommended Follistim to help with follicle production due to my advanced maturnal age. We only needed 1 cycle of IUI because I got pregnant and we ended up with beautiful twin girls!!!!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Midwest Health (HCA).
The nursing staff was wonderful. Helpful, friendly, kind, understanding, ready to help, always very professional, and so caring!
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
Wonderful clinic. Recently remodeled. Conveniently located. We also got care from an OB/GYN at this clinic and we delivered our twins at Research Medical Center. I have nothing but good things to say about everyone.
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2005 - 2012, Unsuccessful
NPS
7
NPS
6
Age 27 - 34
9 IUI
PCOS
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Teacher
1st of 2 Docs
1 IVF With Other Docs
Neutral
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
He [Dr. Gregory Starks] was a caring doctor but I felt not aggressive enough. We did so many cycles and kept getting the same results with the same treatment. Would have much rather gone on to ivf then keep spending money on a protocol that wasn’t working for us. ... We did iui with Injectables ... I felt they [Midweest Health HCA] needed to give you more options if the current treatment wasn’t working after several cycles
I felt like they [Midweest Health HCA] didn’t know who I was when I called and asked questions after being a patient for many years ... I was told to do something that had catastrophic results by one of his nurses and when I came in the nurse had zero compassion about the situation. ... I felt they needed to give you more options if the current treatment wasn’t working after several cycles
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
He was a caring doctor but I felt not aggressive enough. We did so many cycles and kept getting the same results with the same treatment. Would have much rather gone on to ivf then keep spending money on a protocol that wasn’t working for us.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Ask lots of questions
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
I felt like they didn’t know who I was when I called and asked questions after being a patient for many years
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
We did iui with Injectables
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Midwest Health (HCA).
I was told to do something that had catastrophic results by one of his nurses and when I came in the nurse had zero compassion about the situation.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
They did try very hard to get results but ultimately that never happened with this clinic and I feel they didn’t take an aggressive enough approach . I felt they needed to give you more options if the current treatment wasn’t working after several cycles
What specific things went wrong at Midwest Health (HCA)?
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
7
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
2 of 5
Communication
3 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
3 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
3 of 5
6
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
4 of 5
Billing Department
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
2 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
2012, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 28
Endometriosis
Tubal Blockage
Uterine Fibroids
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Income $0 - $49K
Only Doc Seen
Fertility Medications With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
When we went for our initial consult, Dr. Starks at with us an be talked to us, not at us. He used graphs, charts and pictures to help depict what was going on and what needed to happen. His verbiage was not overly excessive to where we couldn't understand him either....Dr. Starks is a fantastic doctor with a great bedside manner. He listed to our concerns and made us feel comfortable with what the next steps were. We never felt rushed or like another dollar to him. He was personable and down to earth.
My treatment [at Midwest Health (HCA)] was fairly simple. I had a clubbed tube with the other tube being partially blocked. He performed a laparoscopic, out patient, procedure to remove the clubbed tube and clean out the remaining tube. That was the end of October and after 6 years of infertility and miscarriages​, we delivered a full term, healthy baby girl the following December!
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks is a fantastic doctor with a great bedside manner. He listed to our concerns and made us feel comfortable with what the next steps were. We never felt rushed or like another dollar to him. He was personable and down to earth. Would definitely return if further treatment was ever needed!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
When we went for our initial consult, Dr. Starks at with us an be talked to us, not at us. He used graphs, charts and pictures to help depict what was going on and what needed to happen. His verbiage was not overly excessive to where we couldn't understand him either.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
My treatment was fairly simple. I had a clubbed tube with the other tube being partially blocked. He performed a laparoscopic, out patient, procedure to remove the clubbed tube and clean out the remaining tube. That was the end of October and after 6 years of infertility and miscarriages​, we delivered a full term, healthy baby girl the following December!
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
Very responsive.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
Around $10,000
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2015, Unsuccessful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 33
Endometriosis
PCOS
Tubal Blockage
Native American
Income $0 - $49K
Nurse or HC Services
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr. Starks informed my husband and I after receiving the results from my primary care physician and after running a few tests determined that I would need to have a surgery due to a dermoid tumor on my ovary when that was taking place...he was able to forcefully shoot dye into my only tube to able to determine what steps we were going to need to take after the surgery was completed
The clinic [Midwest Health] is very informational very resourceful and very compassionate. they treat their patients like family members when it comes to making everything and anything as easy and comfortable as they can possibly do...offers financing availability as well as payment plans as well takes part in the affordable care ACT
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks showed my husband & I nothing less than politeness and respect as his Patients however he shown compassion most of all to a couple who would love and do anything as well as deserve to be able receive Gods most precious gift of all, and at least a potential chance of being someones mommy and daddy.. Dr. Starks was very considerate to my husband and I, as well as people very close to us. Doctor Starks treated us fairly and without discrimination. He truly is in our opinion the very best Physician for treatment.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Just be open and willing to recieve all news, regardless of any outcome.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Good doctors are what one may call "humble doctors", and Dr. Starks is just this. He is willing to listen to his patients and gather together all of the appropriate resources— such as; medical, human, social, and spiritual—that will contribute & potentially fullfill all and each of his patients' healing, and outcomes..
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
Dr. Starks informed my husband and I after receiving the results from my primary care physician and after running a few tests determined that I would need to have a surgery due to a dermoid tumor on my ovary when that was taking place, Dr Starks proceeded to try and unblock my tube which is my one and only tube now, due to previously losing my right tube as well as being pregnant in that tube all at the same time so with that being said, I have the one tube he was able to forcefully shoot dye into my only tube to able to determine what steps we were going to need to take after the surgery was completed. Results ended up being the only possible way to be parents ever in life is to have IVF due to the blocked tube, discovery of having severe endometriosis, which is very upsetting, we have tried for over 12 years now and this new news was devastating to me and saying that is an understatement, however Dr star kept my husband and I very informed of everything and he was very confident and is very confident in the procedure of IVF do to my eggs are healthy my uterus is 100% good given the circumstances and with the surgery being prior to this we would have been able to have had IVF treatment which has never had actually happened still at that time we received the bill from Doctor starts office and since it and submitted it to our insurance company which was actually through my husband's employer and all at the same week or two weeks we lost our insurance and due to that we were unable to pay the remaining balance of our bill.I would give anything to go back into time and fix any mistakes or steps repeated again or just time so it may in fact result in at least a chance of being a mom. I just want it so bad, and time isent slowing down which everyday passing makes it harder and more devastating for me knowing i may never be able to share or take part in knowing what unconditional love from mother and child is like or will ever be like.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Midwest Health (HCA).
Every medical team member and Dr Starks staff members we're very pleasant and more than willing to explain any information in detail and take extra steps to make sure that we were comfortable as a couple and as their patients while we were in their care very nice team
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The clinic is very informational very resourceful and very compassionate. they treat their patients like family members when it comes to making everything and anything as easy and comfortable as they can possibly do.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
Dr. Starks office offers financing availability as well as payment plans as well takes part in the affordable care ACT
Describe Gregory Starks's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Midwest Health (HCA).
Dr. Starks mentioned to my husband and I that he believed no I'm sorry that he was 100% certain that IVF would take it the first time that we ever tried which was very reassuring and promising at the time
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
1 of 5
Communication
1 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
1 of 5
Compassion
1 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
1 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2018, Unknown Success
NPS
9
NPS
8
Age 29
2 IUI
Unexplained
Income $50K - $99K
2nd of 2 Docs
3 Fertility Medications With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
Dr. Starks was very professional and straightforward during our consultation. Dr. Starks is very high recommended. Dr. Starks allowed my husband and I to skip a month of IUI to start injectables with IUI. Dr. Starks was able to listen to our wants and needs...If you want to have Dr. Starks perform your procedures, all you have to do is ask. You might have to wait a little longer but you just need to ask.
Brandi [nurse at Midwest Health] has been the one to complete both of my IUI's. Brandi is very professional and is very kind. Brandi has responded to all my calls and emails within a few hours. Brandi talked with me when I had a breakdown over the phone...You might have to wait a few months to get in to see Dr. Starks. Once you are in though, the staff is very kind and professional. It is easy to make appointments and everyone will listen if you have anything on your mind.
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks was very professional and straightforward during our consultation. Dr. Starks is very high recommended. Dr. Starks allowed my husband and I to skip a month of IUI to start injectables with IUI. Dr. Starks was able to listen to our wants and needs.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
If you want to have Dr. Starks perform your procedures, all you have to do is ask. You might have to wait a little longer but you just need to ask.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks and his nurse Brandi have been amazing. I have mainly dealt with Brandi and she has always been very professional and straightforward. Brandi has always returned my phone calls and emails within a few hours.
Describe the protocols Gregory Starks used in your cycles at Midwest Health (HCA) and their degree of success.
During my first IUI, I was on letrozole for 5 days and trigger shot. Negative test. My second IUI, I was on letrozole for 7 days, dexamethasone for 30 days, and trigger shot. Negative test. I will be starting letrozole again tonight for five days, dexamethasone for 30 days, and injectables in two days for five days
Describe your experience with your nurse at Midwest Health (HCA). (Assigned nurse: Brandi )
Brandi has been the one to complete both of my IUI's. Brandi is very professional and is very kind. Brandi has responded to all my calls and emails within a few hours. Brandi talked with me when I had a breakdown over the phone.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
You might have to wait a few months to get in to see Dr. Starks. Once you are in though, the staff is very kind and professional. It is easy to make appointments and everyone will listen if you have anything on your mind.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA).
All of my ultrasounds and bloodwork were mostly covered by my insurance. The IUI was $200
9
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
8
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
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2019, Consult
NPS
10
NPS
5
Age 29
PCOS
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Doesn't Recommend
Successful
Dr. Starks was kind and patient with all my questions. He didn’t sugar coat things but left me feeling hopeful and understanding the plan moving forward. He was kind in talking with us during an emotional time. I felt he was very knowledgeable as he determined things happening that my OBGYN hadn’t even considered or discussed with me...The office isn’t anything fabulous but I didn’t mind because I knew Dr. Starks was highly respected and had a great reputation in his field...
The nurses [at Midwest Health (HCA)] were amazing and provided excellent communication. They were accessible through email and quickly responded...The office isn’t anything fabulous but I didn’t mind because I knew Dr. Starks was highly respected and had a great reputation in his field. The office staff were friendly and even called to get me in earlier when they had an opening come up...
How was your experience with Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Dr. Starks was kind and patient with all my questions. He didn’t sugar coat things but left me feeling hopeful and understanding the plan moving forward. He was kind in talking with us during an emotional time. I felt he was very knowledgeable as he determined things happening that my OBGYN hadn’t even considered or discussed with me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Gregory Starks at Midwest Health (HCA)?
Know that he will not sugar coat things but knows his stuff which is what matters in the end.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Midwest Health (HCA).
The nurses were amazing and provided excellent communication. They were accessible through email and quickly responded.
Describe your experience with Midwest Health (HCA).
The office isn’t anything fabulous but I didn’t mind because I knew Dr. Starks was highly respected and had a great reputation in his field. The office staff were friendly and even called to get me in earlier when they had an opening come up.
10
Doctor
Gregory Starks
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
5
Clinic
Midwest Health (HCA)
Kansas City
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
3 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5