How was your experience with Michael Levy at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Levy is a wonderful doctor. I appreciate that he made time for me during the harder moments of the IVF process. He has called me from vacation and returned my calls when medication made me feel sick.
He is a self-possessed doctor and balances that with compassion. I have felt heard throughout my treatment and took a lot of comfort knowing he was managing my care, even when I didn't speak with him or see him for a long duration of time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Levy at Shady Grove Fertility?
Advocate for yourself. This process is so hard. When medications made me feel ill, when procedures felt like unnecessary torture, I let him know and he took the time to rework my protocol and make changes to make the process less miserable. When changes couldn't be made, he took the time to explain their necessity. He has many patients and is in high demand as a doctor so you really need to advocate for yourself, even if through your nurse.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael Levy at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. Levy treats me like a patient. He has the right balance of compassion and kindness coupled with an ability to make me feel reassured along the way when I had hesitations about the process.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Nicole Astorga)
I've worked with 3 nurses at shady grove. I liked all of them but sometimes wonder if they are all completely overworked because it can be difficult to get in touch with them. When I had a miscarriage, I was surprised not to have more regular contact with my nurse. I don't blame her because I imagine she has a long list of clients to follow but it was noticed. There have been a few times in my treatment where shady grove felt more like a factory than a personal, attentive practice.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
I went to 3 sites. I primarily went to Rockville office where the wait times are terrible. I have waited hours for monitoring and have let the staff know how unacceptable it is. I will say, in recent visits, it has shown improvement. I try to go to the K street D.C. Office when possible because it is incredibly efficient. I have also been to sibley but their carrier leaves pretty early so blood work is more challenging there.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Levy at Shady Grove Fertility.
We were fortunate to have insurance coverage (we are carriers for a genetic disease so this was for disease prevention). Still, I'm sure we have spent at least 15K between medications, copays and embryo preservation/freezing and thawing.
Describe Michael Levy's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I appreciate that Dr. Levy uses evidenced based interventions. Single embryo is the current recommendation for someone in my position and that is what we did.