Peter Uzelac

Marin Fertility

Rated 8.3
Strongly recommend: 61%Neutral: 21%Don't recommend: 18%8.3
61% strongly recommend
21 reviews
Humanity
8.2
8.2
Humanity

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Communication
9.1
9.1
Communication

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Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
8.3
8.3
Frequency Seen

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

Responsiveness
8.3
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Education

Medical School
St. Georges
Residency
Loma Linda U.
Fellowship
U. of Louisville

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Peter Uzelac works at

Marin Fertility
Rated 8.2
Strongly recommend: 61%Neutral: 22%Don't recommend: 17%8.2

At 3 offices

Greenbrae
1100 S. Eliseo Drive
Greenbrae, CA 94904
415-925-9404
Napa Valley
3250 Beard Rd
Napa, CA 94558
707-259-1955
Santa Rosa
990 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
707-523-1768
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2021, Unsuccessful
3
3
Age 27
Egg Freezing
3 Embryo Freezing
Unexplained
European
Income $100K - $199K
Investor
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
all of my procedures are preemptive...when I would as questions, Dr. Uzelac often seemed annoyed or even defensive...We retrieved 7 eggs, 7 mature, 7 fert (all ICSI) and 4 day 5 blasts. Only 1 PGT Normal...each time I would go in for a scan I felt like I was fighting for details about how my follicles were progressing, how many there were, if this was an expected/unexpected outcome etc...
The office [Marin Fertility] was clearly at capacity with patients and I often felt rushed and even at times pressured to move forward with decisions that may have kept the office "on schedule" but likely weren't right for my body....My pharmacy would blame marin fertility and vice versa but at the end of the day there were several instances where I had to scramble or pay out of pocket because no one at the clinic communicated to me that my trigger shot was rejected by insurance and wasn't being delivered, among other hiccups...
How was your experience with Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility?
Dr. Uzelac was compelling and informative at the initial consult and I felt like we would be in good hands. However, my case is somewhat unique - I'm 27, with an unexplained AMH of 0.4, normal FSH and average initial AFC of 15. Moreover, I'm in a committed relationship and able to make embryos, but not actively trying to conceive to "test" the embryos so all of my procedures are preemptive. During my first cycle - I felt like I was constantly seeking information and trying to understand my treatment plan. It felt important to know the why behind my dosages, days of stim etc. but getting thoughtful detail out of Dr. Uzelac was like pulling teeth. As the process progressed, each time I would go in for a scan I felt like I was fighting for details about how my follicles were progressing, how many there were, if this was an expected/unexpected outcome etc. Most upsetting, when I would as questions, Dr. Uzelac often seemed annoyed or even defensive. By my second round it was more of the later which was a massive red flag for me. There are a lot of unknowns in fertility, but you deserve a doctor who is willing to have an active dialogue with you about your specific case and not fall back on repetitive statements like "we just won't know" or "there just aren't explanations" etc. Particularly after I had my second round, which was somewhat different in protocol and very different in outcome, I felt like I couldn't get Dr. Uzelac to dialogue with me at all about learnings, findings or what we might do for round 3. It was at this point that I knew I needed to find a doctor who would be committed to this level of care. And let me tell you - it exists! It is not normal for your Dr. to get defensive when you ask questions or want to understand the reasoning behind your particular treatment plan. IVF/egg freezing is a tremendous emotional and financial investment and you have the right to decide who you want on that journey with you. If you are someone who has a nuanced situation and likes to ask questions - I'd recommend going elsewhere.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility?
Trust your gut. I gave feedback to the head nurse after my first round with the clinic and truthfully, it didn't change much. Ask tough questions in your evaluation phase and see if you resonate with the way he responds.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility?
The office was clearly at capacity with patients and I often felt rushed and even at times pressured to move forward with decisions that may have kept the office "on schedule" but likely weren't right for my body.
Describe the protocols Peter Uzelac used in your cycles at Marin Fertility and their degree of success.
I didn't get a ton of explanation on the "why" behind my first protocol except that I was young and likely quantity would be a bigger issue than quality. During the 1st round I started with an AFC of 10 & stimmed for 12 days (225 Gonal F/150 Menopur/10 mg Provera/+Cetrotide/Pregnal trigger). We retrieved 11 eggs, 8 mature (4 ICSI, 4 Norm) - 8 fertilized & 6 went on to become 5 blasts. Only 2 were PGT normal and subsequently frozen. Clearly my biggest drop-off came from egg quality revealed by PGT testing. For round 2, Dr. Uzelac reasoned that my body responded well enough to stims and perhaps a larger dose would help with quantity. I primed with Estrace & had a cyst on one ovary which Dr.Uzelac was not worried about and cleared right before we started. However, I started w/ an AFC of 7 - which was lower than both my AFC off 15 at my initial consult and my AFC of 10 during the last round. Here's where I wish I would have been louder. I felt in my gut that I should skip this month due to the cyst and the lowered AFC - I felt that Dr.Uzelac pressured me to move forward and I didn't feel comfortable pushing back. I stimmed for 10 days (300 Gonal F/150 Menopur/10 mg Provera/+Cetrotide/Ovadril). I only used Ovadril because we couldn't work out how to get a trigger shot through my insurance after working with the clinic for month -this was frustrating but I will add that context to the clinic review. We retrieved 7 eggs, 7 mature, 7 fert (all ICSI) and 4 day 5 blasts. Only 1 PGT Normal. One last thing - I had several tests done as a part of this process - not just embryo testing but also genetic screening, hormone testing, infectious diseases etc and had to repeatedly ask to receive a copy of the results. I Actually never received a paper copy of a detailed embryo report with the quality ranking etc and had to schedule time with Dr. Uzelac to hear the results over the phone and write them down.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Marin Fertility.
The nurses were all extremely kind individuals whom I enjoyed being around and being in the care of while in the office. However, I repeatedly had issues getting the medication I needed by the time in the treatment that it would be used. During my first round my trigger shot was never delivered because my pharmacy rejected the order via insurance and the clinic never ordered an alternative, moreover, I ended up stimming longer than planned and ran out of medication. I know both of those things sound like something that I, as the patient, would catch but this was my first time being a patient and I put all of my trust in Dr. Uzelac and the nursing staff to communicate to me if there was anything I'd need to do on my end. I ended up paying for several last minute medications out of pocket because my pharmacy couldn't stock them in time. Additionally, when I flagged the fact that I didn't have a trigger (happened both rounds) a nurse was going to give me an "extra" trigger shot they had on hand at the clinic until I opened the package to see that the medication had been mostly used and was likely expired. Had I waited to open that medication until I went home I would have been without a trigger shot at 2 in the morning.
Describe your experience with Marin Fertility.
Strengths - Kind-hearted nurses Dr. Uzelac commitment to running every appointment Accepted my fertility benefit, Progyny Weaknesses - Organization/coordination with insurance and making sure that the burden of logistics doesn't fall on the patient Dr. Uselaz's bedside manner and openness to questions General communication - appointment times, when to expect what, who to contact after hours, copies of your testing/results
Describe the costs associated with your care under Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility.
I am fortunate to have a fertility benefit via Progyny, which covered everything after I'd paid $2.5k out of pocket.
What specific things went wrong at Marin Fertility?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Marin Fertility.
During both rounds I had tremendous issues getting the necessary medication. My pharmacy would blame marin fertility and vice versa but at the end of the day there were several instances where I had to scramble or pay out of pocket because no one at the clinic communicated to me that my trigger shot was rejected by insurance and wasn't being delivered, among other hiccups. It was such a horrible thing to stress about while I was already in the thick of this process. I also felt in the dark during my IVF ultrasounds and would literally have to ask repeatedly about the status and size of my follicles. Once, when prompting Dr. Uzelac for answers about how best to think about planning for a family of 3 with my existing outcomes, he seriously suggested the best way for me to find out the quality of my embryos would be to try to conceive with them today. So tone deaf to the fact that the entire reason I'm doing IVF/embryo freezing is to not conceive today.
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Marin Fertility
Greenbrae
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Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2021, Consult
6
4
Age 36
6 IUI
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
East Asian
Income $200K - $499K
2nd of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Dr. Uzelac was very knowledgeable and understanding. I appreciated that he used a white board to explain the process to us, as I'm a visual learner. He also sympathized with us and gave us an option to do 2 IVF cycles for a slightly reduced rate (rather than paying for each cycle individually)...
I only had an initial consultation with Dr. Uzelac and liked him based on that virtual meeting. I would have continued on with treatment with this [Marin Fertility] clinic but unfortunately, one support staff made me feel like I wouldn't get the full support if I asked too many questions. I am someone who needs to know the details of my treatment and what to expect in order to feel comfortable moving forward.
How was your experience with Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility?
Dr. Uzelac was very knowledgeable and understanding. I appreciated that he used a white board to explain the process to us, as I'm a visual learner. He also sympathized with us and gave us an option to do 2 IVF cycles for a slightly reduced rate (rather than paying for each cycle individually).
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility?
Always advocate for yourself and ask questions - you never know what you can get until you ask.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility?
I only had a consultation with Dr. Uzlec and he took the time to explain the process. We met virtually and it was really helpful for us when he used the whiteboard to draw out the process and options. He answered all of our questions and described all the options.
Describe the protocols Peter Uzelac used in your cycles at Marin Fertility and their degree of success.
The plan was to do 2 IVF cycles to bank as many embryos as we could before transferring.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Marin Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Maria Castillo)
Maria the support staff was helpful in the beginning. She gave me the treatment estimate and answered my many questions. When she answered them, I would have more questions since this was earlier on in my research on different clinics and IVF in general. When I started to ask questions about the treatment cost, she would answer some of my questions, but not all of it. When I called her because I thought it would be easier than emailing back and forth, she said something along the lines of, How serious are you with moving forward with us? Because many people tend to just shop around so I'm not sure how serious you are. I said to her that I am indeed shopping around, as any patient who is concerned about finances would be, and that asking these questions would help me decide. I felt so bad after that I decided not to continue with them. I felt unsupported and feared that if I was getting push back for having questions before I got started, it might be the same once treatment began. I believe dr. Uzelac was helpful based on my consutlation with him, but because I knew I would have so much interaction with the support staff, I knew I needed to feel good working with them as well.
Describe your experience with Marin Fertility.
I only had an initial consultation with Dr. Uzelac and liked him based on that virtual meeting. I would have continued on with treatment with this clinic but unfortunately, one support staff made me feel like I wouldn't get the full support if I asked too many questions. I am someone who needs to know the details of my treatment and what to expect in order to feel comfortable moving forward. If I can't ask questions without feeling like I'm bothering someone, I won't feel comfortable doing such an emotionally and physically challenging procedure with them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility.
I didn't go past the initial consultation, but the treatment estimate I was provided was for 2 IVF cycles for about $45,000 which includes 1 FET, 2 rounds of medication estimate, PGTA and ICSI. Each FET after the 1st would be $4000.
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Doctor
Peter Uzelac
Humanity
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
4
Clinic
Marin Fertility
Greenbrae
Operations
Clinic Atmosphere
2018, Successful
4
5
Age 39
1 Embryo Freezing
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Middle Eastern
Income $100K - $199K
Engineer
Only Doc Seen
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Successful
I didn’t receive enough information about my case [from Dr. Uzelac] , I feel the Ivf protocol wasn’t specialized for me , I had 2 medications cycle with them and all the medications was the same as the first cycle and I asked few times if they’re going to do any changes to the medications , I never get the clear answer They retrieved 4 eggs and 1 of them got fertilized and end up No embryos... After our IVF cycle failed we had a appointment and the dr went over all the options we have I felt like why before we started the IVF I didn’t get these information after I wast lots of money and time
She [the nurse at Marin Fertility] responded to my email and concerns in few hours and mostly were very nice...It was a clean facility , i feel like they place is kind of small since they’re doing all the procedure and inside lab at the same office but overalls was nice and clean and didn’t have any issues with it...they got 4 eggs and one of them fertilized and the only reason they said my overian reserves are diminished
How was your experience with Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility?
I feel like the IVF cycle was not specialized for me and was not clear on the procedure and why they didn’t change the proton on the second round of medications After our IVF cycle failed we had a appointment and the dr went over all the options we have I felt like why before we started the IVF I didn’t get these information after I wast lots of money and time
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility?
Ask as much as questions they can because they will not explain all the fact and risk about your case
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility?
I didn’t receive enough information about my case , I feel the Ivf protocol wasn’t specialized for me , I had 2 medications cycle with them and all the medications was the same as the first cycle and I asked few times if they’re going to do any changes to the medications , I never get the clear answer They retrieved 4 eggs and 1 of them got fertilized and end up No embryos
Describe the protocols Peter Uzelac used in your cycles at Marin Fertility and their degree of success.
I wasn’t helpful, I had two cycle of medications and both are quite the same , they got 4 eggs and one of them fertilized and the only reason they said my overian reserves are diminished
Describe your experience with your nurse at Marin Fertility.
She responded to my email and concerns in few hours and mostly were very nice
Describe your experience with Marin Fertility.
It was a clean facility , i feel like they place is kind of small since they’re doing all the procedure and inside lab at the same office but overalls was nice and clean and didn’t have any issues with it
Describe the costs associated with your care under Peter Uzelac at Marin Fertility.
$39,000
Describe Peter Uzelac's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Marin Fertility.
They have preferences on transfer of one embryo
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Doctor
Peter Uzelac
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
Marin Fertility
Greenbrae
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources