Rated 8.5
Strongly recommend: 49%Neutral: 30%Don't recommend: 21%8.5
49% strongly recommend
5 reviews
Humanity
9.6
9.6
Humanity

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

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

Communication
9.1
9.1
Communication

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Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
6.5
6.5
Frequency Seen

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

Responsiveness
8
Good
Responsiveness

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Education

Medical School
U of Missouri
Residency
UT Southwestern
Fellowship
U of Louisville

How Doctor Communicates

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Kara Ehlers works at

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5 patient reviews

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2019, Successful
10
10
Age 28
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Other
European
Income $100K - $199K
Engineer
1st of 3 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Kara Ehlers is very intelligent and knowledgeable in her field...She always remembered our past conversations. She never rushed through the appointments...I have PCOS with anovulation... I had been through fertility treatments elsewhere before using Letrozole, HCG shot, and progesterone so she agreed that it made sense to stick with that protocol at first...During our initial scans and ultrasounds, she noticed a polyp in my uterus
They [staff of Vios Fertility Institute] all had great bedside manner, were efficient at their job when drawing blood and doing any appointment prep, and they were always responsive on the portal and phone calls...Each medicated cycle was $1,500 for baseline, mid-cycle, and post-ovulation monitoring and bloodwork...Dr. Ehlers was able to keep me level-headed the entire time with all her information and willingness to discuss anything that I wished.
How was your experience with Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
Dr. Kara Ehlers is very intelligent and knowledgeable in her field. I am a scientific person and I appreciate her understanding of the medicine and the treatment that she was suggesting. I felt that she was always very upfront with us about what our expectations should be and what issues that we could have. She allowed us to be hopeful in the process while also assessing any risks and possible failures along the way. Fertility treatment is a roller coaster of emotions and I felt that Dr. Ehlers was able to keep me level-headed the entire time with all her information and willingness to discuss anything that I wished. My husband is much more of a blind optimist and felt that, at times, she was too blunt, however, I always appreciated her being straight forward and not sugar-coating the information. I attribute the success with Dr. Ehlers to her knowledge, confidence, and "no fluff" attitude to getting the result that we all desire.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
Ask as many questions as you want! She is willing and able to answer them and if she can't at that time, she will reach out to you in the messenger later to make sure that you always feel comfortable with the plan.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
She always remembered our past conversations. She never rushed through the appointments and talked me through every step and every decision that she was making. When we went through the miscarriage, she spent extra time with me that the appointment to console me and make sure that I was okay before leaving her office.
Describe the protocols Kara Ehlers used in your cycles at Vios Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
I have PCOS with anovulation. Dr. Ehlers knew that the first step was for me to simply ovulate. I had been through fertility treatments elsewhere before using Letrozole, HCG shot, and progesterone so she agreed that it made sense to stick with that protocol at first. During our initial scans and ultrasounds, she noticed a polyp in my uterus. Since we had already started that first medicated cycle, she was okay with waiting on any possible surgery until we see the result of that cycle. That cycle eventually ended in a miscarriage and we scheduled the surgery for polyp removal. Dr. Ehlers did it herself and gave me reassurance that everything went great. We used the same protocol for the next cycle after my surgery was the cycle since it had been successful the last time. During that cycle, I conceived my current baby--I am 34 weeks along now.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Vios Fertility Institute.
The nursing staff at Dr. Ehlers office was fantastic! They all had great bedside manner, were efficient at their job when drawing blood and doing any appointment prep, and they were always responsive on the portal and phone calls.
Describe your experience with Vios Fertility Institute.
The clinic was wonderful! From simple things like always having water, coffee, tea, and snacks available to the bigger things like good equipment and their commitment to improving and expanding the facility.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute.
Each medicated cycle was $1,500 for baseline, mid-cycle, and post-ovulation monitoring and bloodwork.
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Kara Ehlers
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Vios Fertility Institute
Milwaukee
Operations
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Consult
2
2
Age 39
Male Factor
Latinx
Income $50K - $99K
Doctor
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
[Dr. Kara Ehlers] was comfortable and relaxed in her chair as she spoke with us...I was not impressed that I had to go over my chart with her after I had took the time to fill it out online and again with the RN. Then we had to go thru the same stuff with her. It was a waste of time and felt like a time filler. I’d prefer the chart to be read the highlights to be touched on and let’s get to figuring out a plan...We do not have a [protocol] strategy at this time.
The lab order was not complete and there was a lot of miscommunication [at Vios Fertility Institute]...The price varies. We have already spent over $1000 for the consult my husbands bloodwork my bloodwork a ultrasound and a HSG...The office is nicely decorated and private. Then consultation room is very comfortable with plush chairs and sofas. Staff is nice when you are in the office visiting. A lot is discussed to bring a notebook and make sure to take notes. This will keep you on top of your care.
How was your experience with Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
Dr Kara Ehlers was very comfortable and demonstrated it in her posture during our consultation. I was not impressed that I had to go over my chart with her after I had took the time to fill it out online and again with the RN. Then we had to go thru the same stuff with her. It was a waste of time and felt like a time filler. I’d prefer the chart to be read the highlights to be touched on and let’s get to figuring out a plan.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
Make sure you bring a folder and write down notes. What is told to you in the consult might be be what the RN tells you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
Dr Ehlers was comfortable and relaxed in her chair as she spoke with us
Describe the protocols Kara Ehlers used in your cycles at Vios Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
We do not have a strategy at this time.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Vios Fertility Institute.
I was told more than once different pricing when checking out. Twice I paid at time of service and then received a bill. I’d ask for a lab order request and it was missing labs. The staff said my husband needed semen analysis and genetic testing but we are suing a donor. It always seemed like there was miscommunication and no one was reading my chart before responding to questions.
Describe your experience with Vios Fertility Institute.
The office is nicely decorated and private. Then consultation room is very comfortable with plush chairs and sofas. Staff is nice when you are in the office visiting. A lot is discussed to bring a notebook and make sure to take notes. This will keep you on top of your care.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute.
The price varies. We have already spent over $1000 for the consult my husbands bloodwork my bloodwork a ultrasound and a HSG. We are looking to spend close to $10000 depending on how quickly I become pregnant.
What specific things went wrong at Vios Fertility Institute?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Vios Fertility Institute.
The lab order was not complete and there was a lot of miscommunication
2
Doctor
Kara Ehlers
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
2
Clinic
Vios Fertility Institute
Milwaukee
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
2018, Successful
10
10
Age 25
3 Fertility Medications
PCOS
European
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
We had a ton of testing done that revealed that I hade a thyroid issue and some vitamin deficiency’s. Dr. Ehlers is so smart And was always very personable and kind. When a cycle didn’t work she always switched it up just a little bit to see if I would respond to something a little better....She is so smart and always explains the evidence behind why she is doing something....At one appointment I was very upset and she was very understanding and sympathetic.
They [Vios] are always very prompt when you need something from them. The whole team works so well together. They are always checking with our insurance to make sure there and no supprises. Treatments weren’t covered by my insurance but If a test wasn’t covered by insurance we always received a call to make sure there were no surprises. It was always easy to contact the office....The nurses were so sweet and always made sure all of our questions were answered.
How was your experience with Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
When I had my first consultation with her she was very confident she could help us get pregnant quickly. We had a ton of testing done that revealed that I hade a thyroid issue and some vitamin deficiency’s. Dr. Ehlers is so smart And was always very personable and kind. When a cycle didn’t work she always switched it up just a little bit to see if I would respond to something a little better. Before the last cycle I had we had a conversation with her about plans going forward and she decided to put me on a steroid for about 10 days durring this cycle. I had never heard of that before but we tried it. That cycle everything went so perfectly and my body responded a lot faster than All of the previous cycles and we ended up pregnant! We received really good care durring my pregnancy and when we graduated I was actually sad to leave.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
Trust her when she adjusts your medications. She is so smart and always explains the evidence behind why she is doing something.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
At one appointment I was very upset and she was very understanding and sympathetic.
Describe the protocols Kara Ehlers used in your cycles at Vios Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
We first did a lower dose of letrizol and my body respond slowly to it so the next month me upped the dose a little bit. My body responded really slowly to that dose as well. So the third month we went in to talk to her about plans going forward And this time she wanted to lower my dose back down but actually add a steroid into the treatment for 10 days. I had never heard of using steroids with fertility treatments but that month everything went so perfectly. My body had never responded so well to the medication and we ended up getting pregnant!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Vios Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Molly)
She communicated so well. If I had any questions I always had answers very quickly. She was very sweet and caring. If she wasn’t there I did have some of the other nurses and they were all so nice. I have only good things to say about all of them
Describe your experience with Vios Fertility Institute.
They are always very prompt when you need something from them. The whole team works so well together. They are always checking with our insurance to make sure there and no supprises. Treatments weren’t covered by my insurance but If a test wasn’t covered by insurance we always received a call to make sure there were no surprises. It was always easy to contact the office. The nurses were so sweet and always made sure all of our questions were answered. On our last cycle our trigger shot had not come in the mail yet and we had to trigger that day. So Molly the nurse went to the back and gave us an extra shot that they had. We were so greatful to her for that! I also can’t even explain enough how smart Dr. Ehlers is an how comfortable she made us feel while we were seeing her. I was actually sad when we had to leave this clinic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute.
Timed intercourses cycle was $800 which included as much monitoring and blood work as you needed. Didn’t end up doing IUI but was quoted $1800 for monitoring blood work and insemination. Medications were under $100 per cycle
10
Doctor
Kara Ehlers
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Vios Fertility Institute
St. Louis
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unsuccessful
6
7
Age 35
3 IUI
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Teacher
2nd of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral
Unsuccessful
Dr Ehlers is always smiling and appears positive. I didn’t appreciate that each time we had an IUI, she told me what she would do next month (sounded as she was assuming it wouldn’t work) while I was still on the procedure table. ... You better have tough skin ... Used letrozole 5mg for First two and 7.5 mg for last one. Triggered with ovidrel each time. Took progesterone suppositories after each
Friendly, flexible with scheduling. Quick to response on the patient portal. We struggle with getting them to bill insurance and have been right about supposedly uncovered claims on a few occasions ... Getting them to bill insurance was nearly impossible. Nurse and doctor weren’t always on the same page ... [nurses] Always positive, answered questions but felt like they sometimes contradicted Dr Ehlers
How was your experience with Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
Dr Ehlers is always smiling and appears positive. I didn’t appreciate that each time we had an IUI, she told me what she would do next month (sounded as she was assuming it wouldn’t work) while I was still on the procedure table.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
You better have tough skin
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
Took time to answer personal questions
Describe the protocols Kara Ehlers used in your cycles at Vios Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
Used letrozole 5mg for First two and 7.5 mg for last one. Triggered with ovidrel each time. Took progesterone suppositories after each
Describe your experience with your nurse at Vios Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: Lindsay)
Always positive, answered questions but felt like they sometimes contradicted Dr Ehlers
Describe your experience with Vios Fertility Institute.
Friendly, flexible with scheduling. Quick to response on the patient portal. We struggle with getting them to bill insurance and have been right about supposedly uncovered claims on a few occasions
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute.
$1200 per IUI mPlus meds
What specific things went wrong at Vios Fertility Institute?
  • Provided conflicting information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Vios Fertility Institute.
Getting them to bill insurance was nearly impossible. Nurse and doctor weren’t always on the same page
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Kara Ehlers
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Vios Fertility Institute
Milwaukee
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2019, Unknown Success
8
8
Age 41
7 IUI
Unexplained
Other
Other
Income $50K - $99K
4th of 4 Docs
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
I had to have a uterine ultrasound, full blood panel and my husband had to be tested [by Kara Ehlers]...I had to have a uterine ultrasound, full blood panel and my husband had to be tested...compassionate and took great detail about explaining things...seemed to be more progressive than the last physicians I had...She was direct and gave me some hope...I did feel a little more compassion and hope would have been better for my own personal situation.
The nurses were great [at Vios Fertility Institute] but I struggled with navigating insurance and things fell through at times and I had to reach out myself. I sat down with someone who personally told me they would help me navigate my insurance. I was disappointed as I feel they did not help as much as I expected...They are a newer clinic and a satellite office and I believe they are working out the kinks. You would have to go to Chicago to have ivf performed which was a struggle for me. Overall, the staff was friendly but I would have liked more hand holding and contact and guidance.
How was your experience with Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
I did feel a little more compassion and hope would have been better for my own personal situation. I wanted to be more aggressive with my plan and a ton of tests were required from other physicians. I felt it was redundant.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
Ask for compassion and hope. Tell her directly what you want. I felt extremely insecure about the entire process and was riddled with sadness.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute?
The staff along with a Dr. Kara Ehlers were compassionate and took great detail about explaining things. We had a plan in place but I recently had to switch doctors due to a new job and insurance. Dr. Ehlers seemed to be more progressive than the last physicians I had in Florida. I was glad to have a female doctor as well. She was direct and gave me some hope.
Describe the protocols Kara Ehlers used in your cycles at Vios Fertility Institute and their degree of success.
I had to have a uterine ultrasound, full blood panel and my husband had to be tested.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Vios Fertility Institute. (Assigned nurse: I cannot remember her name. )
The nurses were great but I struggled with navigating insurance and things fell through at times and I had to reach out myself. I sat down with someone who personally told me they would help me navigate my insurance. I was disappointed as I feel they did not help as much as I expected.
Describe your experience with Vios Fertility Institute.
They are a newer clinic and a satellite office and I believe they are working out the kinks. You would have to go to Chicago to have ivf performed which was a struggle for me. Overall, the staff was friendly but I would have liked more hand holding and contact and guidance.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kara Ehlers at Vios Fertility Institute.
$20-$30,000 minimum. $5,000 PSG.
Describe Kara Ehlers's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Vios Fertility Institute.
I did not get to that phase with my physician as I had to switch doctors due to insurance. But due to my age we were going to try for two embryos possibly with IVF. It depended on grading of eggs.
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Kara Ehlers
Humanity
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Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
8
Clinic
Vios Fertility Institute
Milwaukee
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources