How was your experience with Jessie Dorais at University of Utah?
From my first visit with Dr. Dorais, I felt comfortable in her care, confident in her knowledge and abilities, and so grateful to have her as my doctor. She personalized every step of treatment and adjusted it as needed. She was direct with odds, risks, next steps for treatments. She gave professional opinions, but also constantly checked in on how I was feeling and what I wanted to do. She is positive, but realistic, and approaches everything optimistically. I had a few setbacks and complications during my treatment (through no fault of Dr. Dorais) and when things were especially difficult, she would call to check in on me or just to touch base and see how I was doing. When I thought I was miscarrying, she offered to meet me in the ER if I decided to go in. When that miscarriage was confirmed in her office, she sat with us as we cried together, knew the right things to say, and helped us through it. She was so compassionate while we grieved, and later shared in our joy when we were finally pregnant. She made our journey bearable, when at times it felt like it wouldn’t have been otherwise. She was my advocate, my cheerleader, and also a voice of reason. She is simply the best.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jessie Dorais at University of Utah?
Make an appointment with her ASAP.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jessie Dorais at University of Utah?
Dr. Dorais was always very warm and kind. She knew everything about our case all the time, without checking my chart during the visit. We felt like she was our teammate and wanted success for us as badly as we wanted it for ourselves. She would sit down and speak directly with us, never acting like she was rushed or had to go, even though I’m sure she always had other things she could have been doing. If our visit was over and I thought of a question as she was walking out, she’d come back and sit down and talk us through anything. She never rushed us. She followed up with me after hours and called me personally a few times when there had been good or bad news.
Describe the protocols Jessie Dorais used in your cycles at University of Utah and their degree of success.
3 rounds Letrazole
3 IUIs (with Gonal-F)
1 round IVF: 25 eggs retrieved, resulting in 13 frozen embryos. Converted to freeze-all due to OHSS
First FET: 2 embryos, 1 implanted, miscarried at 7 weeks
Second FET: 2 embryos, resulted in twins (now 14 months old)
Describe your experience with your nurse at University of Utah. (Assigned nurse: Megan)
Megan communicated well and kept me informed. She also relayed info to Dr. Dorais when I needed, and responded to things quickly.
Describe your experience with University of Utah.
The front desk staff (now changed) was not the most helpful or friendly, but they did keep things scheduled and on track. I saw most of the doctors there at one time or another, and liked all of them. The nurses abt helped with my sedated procedures were great and so helpful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jessie Dorais at University of Utah.
IUI around $700 (x3)
IVF- guarantee cycle, 2nd tier- $17,500 (covered IVF, retrieval, both FETs)
Meds- around $3500 total for all procedures
Our total for all procedures, meds, etc was about $30,000
Describe Jessie Dorais's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at University of Utah.
She strongly encouraged single embryo transfer, but let us make our own decision about transferring one or two embryos. She was very clear about the risks of transferring multiple embryos and her rationale for her recommendations.