How was your experience with Mark Leondires at RMA of Connecticut?
Dr. Leondires is a very good communicator, he's approachable and always keen to answer questions. He's very knowledgeable about LGBTQ patients' specific needs and you feel supported in your desire to build a family without judgment. He went through it himself, he's a gay dad and I liked that. He's also quite conservative when talking about IVF (SET vs. twins etc.), and I relate to it.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mark Leondires at RMA of Connecticut?
Ask all the questions, even the ones that sound stupid. He can sometimes get carried away and do all the talking. The clinic he's built seems up to high standards and that will prove very important when making quality embryos.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Mark Leondires at RMA of Connecticut?
Dr. Leondires has a warm bedside manner and, even if he's busy, always takes his time with his patients. I never felt rushed. He likes to talk and during my initial visit, spent over on hour getting to know my personal situation, my goals and explained every step that I would have to go through to achieve them. I felt I was in good hands with him, and that he was very knowledgeable about the process. He also called me personally to let me know about results when needed.
Describe the protocols Mark Leondires used in your cycles at RMA of Connecticut and their degree of success.
Going through egg donation and surrogacy, the process has been pretty straight forward:
- I got tested for any STI's, got cleared, then gave my sperm specimen. It was analyzed then cryopreserved.
- I chose a donor through the clinic bank. Attorneys (outside RMACT) drafted an agreement, which took about one month.
- My egg donor followed her treatment for about 10 days then eggs were retrieved, fertilized, PGS testes, then cryopreserved. From 17 eggs retrieved, I ended up with 5 PGS tested high quality ones. (3 embryos didn't pass the genetic test).
- I am now waiting to match with a surrogate to continue my journey.
Describe your experience with your nurse at RMA of Connecticut. (Assigned nurse: Rachel Leto)
Most of my communication with my assigned Nurse were through emails. Though I didn't feel a lot of compassion from her, I found her efficient, knowledgeable, and I was able to reach her through email easily. Getting in touch by phone wasn't as easy (which is the case with all the staff in this practice).
When I visited RMACT, the nursing staff was very friendly, and I felt well cared after.
Describe your experience with RMA of Connecticut.
- The facility is modern, have good results and to me the lab has high standards, which was the most important for me when selecting a clinic.
- They have a lof staff and you feel you're in good hands
- LGBT friendly
- Easy to reach for New-York residents
- Good doctors!
- Might be more pricey than other clinics when considering inclusive plans (watch for additional fees for consults)
- The billing department is the weakest part of that clinic. It seems communication could be improved within the clinic staff to avoid mistakes and misunderstanding regarding billing. They could be more friendly and more transparent. Getting itemized bills wasn't automatic and it's sometimes hard to know towards which procedure your money is going.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mark Leondires at RMA of Connecticut.
RMACT In-House Egg Donor, Gestational Carrier, Surrogacy Plan: $46.825
Donor fees: $16,281
Gestational Carrier Fees: $2,819
Surrogacy plan with PGS: $27,725
Describe Mark Leondires's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at RMA of Connecticut.
Dr. Leondires is a strong advocate for eSET. I am not sure whether he would accept to transfer more than one embryo.