Jill Attaman

Harvard Vanguard

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Medical SchoolMichigan St
ResidencyOhio St
FellowshipHarvard
Burlington
20 Wall Street
Burlington, MA 01803
781-221-2500
Peabody
2 Essex Center Drive
Peabody, MA 01960
978-977-4000
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Jill Attaman to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 69%Neutral: 8%Don't recommend: 22%7.8
10 assessments
  • 69% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 8% Neutral (7-8)
  • 22% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
Communication
Poor communication
Excellent communication
Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Harvard Vanguard to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 54%Neutral: 24%Don't recommend: 21%7.8
40 assessments
  • 54% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 24% Neutral (7-8)
  • 21% Don't recommend (0-6)
10 assessments
2
Age
43
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
2
Jill Attaman was very nice. However, I felt like I wasn't given any attention. I felt confused who to call and ask questions to. She only has one nurse at the Burlington location. I felt like she didn't care and didn't answer my questions easily. I'm not sure if them merging with Boston IVF was playing a role in this...We did Gonal F, which is very expensive. There was one other injection to but I can't remember. We did the trigger shot and the retrieval in Lexington. We did genetic testing this time which is costly. Unfortunately the three embryos that did test came back all abnormal.
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Age
43
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
2
How was your experience with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Jill Attaman was very nice. However, I felt like I wasn't given any attention. I felt confused who to call and ask questions to. She only has one nurse at the Burlington location. I felt like she didn't care and didn't answer my questions easily. I'm not sure if them merging with Boston IVF was playing a role in this.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Ask questions, and ask her to be direct.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Jill Attaman was too busy for me. Even her staff commented several times on how busy she was. Also they are merging with Boston IVF, so I felt I was always being shifted around.
Describe the protocols Jill Attaman used in your cycles at Harvard Vanguard and their degree of success.
We did Gonal F, which is very expensive. There was one other injection to but I can't remember. We did the trigger shot and the retrieval in Lexington. We did genetic testing this time which is costly. Unfortunately the three embryos that did test came back all abnormal.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Harvard Vanguard. (Assigned nurse: Chris)
At the Burlington location it was Chris. She was lovely but all by herself so it was often left leaving messages. I often got routed to the Wellesley location to speak to others to. It was very confusing who to call. Then on weekends it was to call Kenmore location to, which was odd and very hard to get through.
Describe your experience with Harvard Vanguard.
I felt that burlington office was nice, but the schedule was inflexible. I thought it was confusing to have to go to other locations. I went to Welseley only because I didn't want to drive into Boston.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard.
This part was the nightmare! We were denied from Blue Cross Blue Shield. They denied me on an old test from another doctor I was not seeing. The very information they denied me for was from a past cycle they approved. Jill Attaman although supported me I feel should could have worked harder to help appeal the decision. The cycle was incomplete because we did the genetic testing . We had no transfer, which would have cost more. When I paid for the cycle the accountant said I was all Set but the transfer was never paid for and I thought it was because she said I was all paid in full.
What specific things went wrong at Harvard Vanguard?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Doctor
Jill Attaman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
1
Clinic
Harvard Vanguard
Burlington
Nursing
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8
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
She [Dr. Jill Attaman] always took the time to make sure if we had any questions, that she tried to answer to the best of her ability. We didn't feel rushed at appointments. We felt like she genuinely cared about us...We started with 2 IUI's, then moved onto IVF. She allowed us to gradually try increasing doses of the fertility drugs rather than jumping in to the highest levels. She didn't push us to do more expensive (and not covered by insurance) testing, but offered them as an option for our consideration. In the end we conceived naturally on a month between IVF cycles.
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Age
38 - 39
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Architect
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
How was your experience with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Dr. Attaman was great to work with. She was kind and compassionate, and due to all our trouble conceiving, she was thinking about us and always searching for other options or second opinions from her peers if she didn't know what the best next steps were. She occasionally called me directly to review test results.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
She always took the time to make sure if we had any questions, that she tried to answer to the best of her ability. We didn't feel rushed at appointments. We felt like she genuinely cared about us.
Describe the protocols Jill Attaman used in your cycles at Harvard Vanguard and their degree of success.
We started with 2 IUI's, then moved onto IVF. She allowed us to gradually try increasing doses of the fertility drugs rather than jumping in to the highest levels. She didn't push us to do more expensive (and not covered by insurance) testing, but offered them as an option for our consideration. In the end we conceived naturally on a month between IVF cycles.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
After we met with Dr. Attaman and agreed on next steps, the nurses then met with us separately to review the next steps in detail and answer any specific questions about the drugs I had to take or the process and next steps. hey were very thorough an understanding and took as much time as we needed to get our questions answered.
Describe your experience with Harvard Vanguard.
I liked that the IVF patients had early appointments so I could do the ultrasounds and bloods tests before work. They are very busy though and getting in for the first appointment took a long time. They also have several locations that you can go to in combination during a cycle, so I could pick whichever location was most convenient on any given day.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard.
Our insurance covered just about all of our treatments and testing, and fertility medications. Co pays varied but were not too expensive.
What specific things went wrong at Harvard Vanguard?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
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Doctor
Jill Attaman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Harvard Vanguard
Burlington
Nursing
Operations
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10
Age
29 - 30
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
To be honest I think I only saw her [Dr. Jill Attaman] once or twice. She was nice and knowledgeable but I didn’t get the majority of my info from her. She did explain the tests that I was getting and next steps but she was not overly friendly or talkative, which is fine with me...I only used letrozole for 2 cycles. I got pregnant both times but the first time my numbers dropped quickly.
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Age
29 - 30
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
How was your experience with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
To be honest I think I only saw her once or twice. She was nice and knowledgeable but I didn’t get the majority of my info from her. She did explain the tests that I was getting and next steps but she was not overly friendly or talkative, which is fine with me
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Ask as many questions as possible
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
She and her nurses were genuinely invested in our success. They were SO excited to call and tell me I was pregnant. They squeezed in ultrasounds before office hours if they couldn’t get me in when I needed one based on my cycle.
Describe the protocols Jill Attaman used in your cycles at Harvard Vanguard and their degree of success.
I only used letrozole for 2 cycles. I got pregnant both times but the first time my numbers dropped quickly.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were simply amazing. They explained everything very well and were so sweet and helpful. I felt like they were 100% committed to helping me
Describe your experience with Harvard Vanguard.
The front desk staff was super helpful and there were several locations so I was able to get my appoitments in when I needed them. They also sent me to more local clinics whenver possible so I could avoid a nasty commute
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard.
Everything was covered by my insurance. I just had to pay copays
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Doctor
Jill Attaman
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Harvard Vanguard
Burlington
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
Age
33 - 34
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
What really stood out was that during our process, she [Dr. Jill Attaman] spent extra time researching and then ultimately filing a request with insurance for us to skip the IUI's that are typically required and go straight to the IVF treatment because of our past history. This no doubt was extra effort on her part to describe our situation and make a case for us to move forward quickly...Ask all the questions you want, she is very eager to answer and give her true feelings on the matter.
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Age
33 - 34
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
How was your experience with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Dr. Attaman was clear and honest with us throughout the process. She did her best to reassure us along the way. What really stood out was that during our process, she spent extra time researching and then ultimately filing a request with insurance for us to skip the IUI's that are typically required and go straight to the IVF treatment because of our past history. This no doubt was extra effort on her part to describe our situation and make a case for us to move forward quickly.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Ask all the questions you want, she is very eager to answer and give her true feelings on the matter.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Dr Attaman got to know us, and spent time understanding our history. When we met with her, she was always aware of everything past and present that was going on and it make us feel like she truly cared.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses approached the treatment steps in a very organized and easy to understand format. They printed out calendars with all the key info, then discussed them to ensure we understood what needed to be done. This was very helpful since we didnt have to take notes - the notes were already there
Describe your experience with Harvard Vanguard.
Nice private waiting area that is relaxing
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard.
Copays for visits and medicines only... everything else was covered by insurance.
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Doctor
Jill Attaman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Harvard Vanguard
Burlington
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
10
Dr. Attaman takes the time to explain everything to help us understand and to feel comfortable. She changed our plan and was creative after the first two unsuccessful cycles. She is very compassionate and positive, but also direct with her information...[Harvard Vanguard] Nurse Christine is very caring and helpful. She takes the time to explain everything to you and will answer any questions you have. She made the process less stressful and helped explain what to expect to decrease nerves.
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Age
37 - 38
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
10
How was your experience with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Dr. Attaman takes the time to explain everything to help us understand and to feel comfortable. She changed our plan and was creative after the first two unsuccessful cycles. She is very compassionate and positive, but also direct with her information.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Be patient. She is creative with the protocols to meet each individual's needs.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Dr. Attaman spent as much time with us as we needed to help us feel comfortable with our plan and the results.
Describe the protocols Jill Attaman used in your cycles at Harvard Vanguard and their degree of success.
3 different protocols, all based on the prior results. ICTSI the second time and soon to be the third.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Harvard Vanguard. (Assigned nurse: Christine French )
Christine is very caring and helpful. She takes the time to explain everything to you and will answer any questions you have. She made the process less stressful and helped explain what to expect to decrease nerves.
Describe your experience with Harvard Vanguard.
Ultrasound tech Jen is willing to come in early to prevent patients from driving to kenmore or Wellesley. Call center is very helpful, patient and reliable. Hard to know when the nurse will call back and have to go through the call center to return calls; while they are extremely nice/helpful, it's hard to manage working and getting the calls. Overall, my experience has been great working with this clinic.
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Doctor
Jill Attaman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Harvard Vanguard
Burlington
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
She was always caring and compassionate and in the end was correct in why I kept having recurrent miscarriages.
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Architect
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
How was your experience with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Dr Attaman listens well and was willing to try things that I brought up while speaking with her (testing me for gene mutations, etc), whether or not they would be any help in the long run. Not that she would test me at random, but after her long list of tests I brought up a few and she was willing to indulge me.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Dr Attaman was always very caring and was able to answer or at least try to answer any and all questions and ideas I had. She was willing to test me for things that I came across in my hours of online research. She was always caring and compassionate and in the end was correct in why I kept having recurrent miscarriages.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Harvard Vanguard.
Just how sensitive and caring they all were....I left feeling like they really truly care about me as a person...not just one patient among many.
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Doctor
Jill Attaman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Harvard Vanguard
Boston
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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0
Age
34 - 36
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
0
Dr. Attaman is a nice person and clearly works hard and did help me get pregnant (yeah!) but if I had it to do again I would have seen someone else...Dr Attaman did not appear to have reviewed my chart before any of our appointments, guess it would have been a much longer wait if she had.
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Age
34 - 36
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
0
How was your experience with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
I think this clinic just takes on too many patients, they don't have the time and energy to address each one personally. Dr. Attaman is a nice person and clearly works hard and did help me get pregnant (yeah!) but if I had it to do again I would have seen someone else.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Find another fertility doctor.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Care team never remembered me other than one awesome nurse. Office was always so backlogged and ran late for every appointment. Dr Attaman did not appear to have reviewed my chart before any of our appointments, guess it would have been a much longer wait if she had.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Harvard Vanguard. (Assigned nurse: Chris French)
Chris was awesome, she helped me work through a bunch of logistical challenges, like traveling during treatment, she remembered details about my specific situation and was great at answering my 100s of questions. The rest of the nursing staff was ok but a few times they forgot to call me with test results or didn't return my calls when I left messages.
What specific things went wrong at Harvard Vanguard?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
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Doctor
Jill Attaman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
Harvard Vanguard
Boston
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Educational Resources
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10
Age
36 - 39
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
8 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
We had conversations not only about my treatment but how I was doing and how my family was doing. She [Dr. Jill Attaman] and her nurses [at Harvard Vanguard] remembered me from visit to visit...Dr Attaman was amazing and we plan to work with her again. She is compassionate and direct, a rare mix in anyone. I appreciated that she treated me as a whole person...Everyone was upbeat and positive without being blind to the emotional drain this process takes.
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Age
36 - 39
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
8 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
How was your experience with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Dr Attaman was amazing and we plan to work with her again. She is compassionate and direct, a rare mix in anyone. I appreciated that she treated me as a whole person. I'm not sure what else is necessary but need to get to 200 words. .
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Be patient and ask the questions you need answered.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
We had conversations not only about my treatment but how I was doing and how my family was doing. She and her nurses remembered me from visit to visit.
Describe the protocols Jill Attaman used in your cycles at Harvard Vanguard and their degree of success.
Specifics were answered in prior survey questions.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Harvard Vanguard. (Assigned nurse: Christine)
Everyone was upbeat and positive without being blind to the emotional drain this process takes.
Describe your experience with Harvard Vanguard.
The clinic was exactly as expected.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard.
Covered by insurance after deductible was met.
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Doctor
Jill Attaman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Harvard Vanguard
Burlington
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
IVF, 2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
She [Dr. Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard] was thoughtful and took the time to explain the options. Seemed genuinely sympathetic...Risks were we'll explained and the optimism was helpful. But I wish I had better understood the various potential outcomes with Ivf - i.e. Not having any viable embryos. I never realized that could be an issue until I hit the Ivf message boards.
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF, 2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
How was your experience with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Risks were we'll explained and the optimism was helpful. But I wish I had better understood the various potential outcomes with Ivf - i.e. Not having any viable embryos. I never realized that could be an issue until I hit the Ivf message boards. All the different things that might not work weren't really part of the conversation. Although I can see the benefit of that - keeping patients positive. But it made a negative outcome that much more heart breaking.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
She was thoughtful and took the time to explain the options. Seeemed genuinely sympathetic.
Describe the protocols Jill Attaman used in your cycles at Harvard Vanguard and their degree of success.
Clomid then into ivf due to recurrent miscarriages
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard.
All covered under insurance. Amount billed to insurance for meds was like $50k for three Ivf rounds. Not counting the procedures.
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Doctor
Jill Attaman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Harvard Vanguard
Burlington
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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9
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
She [Dr. Attaman] is just the nicest person. We really loved her style. The only downside is that she seems relatively inexperienced, so when you ask her input, she can't really draw on a lot of personal cases (it's more what she has learned). I found that difficult - she didn't guide us as much as I would've liked.
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Age
36 - 37
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 4 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
How was your experience with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
She is just the nicest person. We really loved her style. The only downside is that she seems relatively inexperienced, so when you ask her input, she can't really draw on a lot of personal cases (it's more what she has learned). I found that difficult - she didn't guide us as much as I would've liked.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Don't see anyone else in her group. The other doctors are evil. Dr. Attaman is so sweet, but be prepared to go to her clinic in Burlington and avoid the doctors in Quincy. Also, go if you are looking for someone compassionate but want to leave options of treatment open.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Jill Attaman at Harvard Vanguard?
Dr. Attaman is super compassionate, sweet and patient. She is very empathetic and will spend as much time as you need to answer questions.
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Doctor
Jill Attaman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Harvard Vanguard
Burlington
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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