Richard Chetkowski

Alta Bates

Rated 7.6
Strongly recommend: 25%Neutral: 75%7.6
25% strongly recommend
4 reviews
Humanity
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Humanity

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Communication
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Responsiveness
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Education

Medical School
UCSF
Residency
Yale
Fellowship
UCSF

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Richard Chetkowski works at

Alta Bates
Rated 7.1
Strongly recommend: 40%Neutral: 40%Don't recommend: 20%7.1

At 1 office

Berkeley
2999 Regent Street
Berkeley, CA 94705
510-649-0440
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2016 - 2017, Unsuccessful
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9
Age 25 - 26
3 IUI
Male Factor
European
Income $0 - $49K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Unsuccessful
Dr. Chetkowski very clearly explained each procedure before hand, and all potential risks. We decided as a team what was best for our next step, and how to acheive it. We have done three IUI's with him, and each one, made new adjustments according to our changing situation. We trust him, and feel comfortable asking for advice and his opinion on what step we should take next. We had a pleasant and great experience working with Dr.C and his staff.
Strengths [of Alta Bates] would be the Dr.'s and nurses. They have a great staff that make you feel right at home and very comfortable in their clinic. A weakness would be that their equipment is a little outdated, and the office could use a remodel in a few years...IUI's cost around $300.00, and the sperm washing around $150. Ultrasound check-ups were around $250.00 each.
How was your experience with Richard Chetkowski at Alta Bates?
Dr. Chetkowski very clearly explained each procedure before hand, and all potential risks. We decided as a team what was best for our next step, and how to acheive it. We have done three IUI's with him, and each one, made new adjustments according to our changing situation. We trust him, and feel comfortable asking for advice and his opinion on what step we should take next. We had a pleasant and great experience working with Dr.C and his staff.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Richard Chetkowski at Alta Bates?
One piece of advice would be to ask him to talk slowly if you have trouble understanding him, as he has an accent. He is always happy to repeat himself.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Richard Chetkowski at Alta Bates?
Dr. C was very understanding to our situation and listened to all our concerns. He always made sure we had a clear understanding of what was going on and what was to come. He was curious about our lives outside of fertility, and was really genuine that he wanted to help us.
Describe the protocols Richard Chetkowski used in your cycles at Alta Bates and their degree of success.
Our treatment strategry was to focus on our initial diagnosis of male factor infertility, and go from there. We started with an unmedicated IUI cycle, which unfortunately ended with a negative pregnancy test. Our second and third cycle, my wife was on Clomid, and took a trigger shot to ensure ovulation. Again, we unfortunately found no success with any of our IUI's, but understood that there was no guarantee and understood the risks. Ultimately, Invitro will be our best bet to try for our circumstances. Dr.Chetkowski was very supportive of letting us try what we felt was right, combined with his medical advisement.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Alta Bates.
Nothing but great things for the nursing staff! They were caring, compassionate, clear on explaining procedures and instructions, and most of all, friendly.
Describe your experience with Alta Bates.
Strengths would be the Dr.'s and nurses. They have a great staff that make you feel right at home and very comfortable in their clinic. A weakness would be that their equipment is a little outdated, and the office could use a remodel in a few years.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Richard Chetkowski at Alta Bates.
IUI's cost around $300.00, and the sperm washing around $150. Ultrasound check-ups were around $250.00 each.
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Richard Chetkowski
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Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
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Adaptability
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Clinic
Alta Bates
Berkeley
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2016, Successful
9
9
Age 35
1 Egg Freezing
Black or African-American
Income $100K - $199K
Business Executive
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Chetkowski is a great doctor; I am glad I did my freezing with him. Positives: He has been doing this for decades so really understands what he is doing and how to course correct to make things work. He is through and makes sure that he does what is best for you and your body, not what would be fastest/ make the most money for the clinic...Make sure that his tone works for you (and your partner if applicable). If you need an emotive doctor, he may not be a good fit for you...
Dr. Chekowski's nurses are excellent; personable, kind and helpful. They take time to work with you so that you can learn what you need to do and remember you and your unique situation so you dont have to re-explain every time you come in. They are also very communicative and take great care in coordinating with you, pharmacies and insurance companies. I really enjoyed working with them...
How was your experience with Richard Chetkowski at Alta Bates?
Dr. Chetkowski is a great doctor; I am glad I did my freezing with him. Positives: He has been doing this for decades so really understands what he is doing and how to course correct to make things work. He is through and makes sure that he does what is best for you and your body, not what would be fastest/ make the most money for the clinic. For example, right before I was going to start treatment, I became ill for an unrelated reason and he insisted that we not move ahead with the treatment so that I could get the other issue addressed. Weaknesses: Dr Chetkowski is not an overly emotive person. I am OK with that, as I value my doctors expertise over all other things but if you need a "warm and fuzzy" doctor, he may not be the right person for you. For example, it took a while for my follicles to develop and he called them "sluggish." I remember thinking if were more sensitive, this might have been hurtful but I realized that he was just telling the truth about my follicles!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Richard Chetkowski at Alta Bates?
Make sure that his tone works for you (and your partner if applicable). If you need an emotive doctor, he may not be a good fit for you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Richard Chetkowski at Alta Bates?
Dr. Chetkowski respected my intelligence and made sure I understood the details and risks of the procedures I had under him. He took time to answer my questions and I never felt rushed when I was meeting with him.
Describe the protocols Richard Chetkowski used in your cycles at Alta Bates and their degree of success.
I had egg freezing with Dr. Chetkowski. I took both pills and injections to get my eggs mature and then had them retrieved at Pacific Fertility Center in SF. I initially was on lower doses of the drugs but after it was clear my follicles were not responding quickly, I was increased to max dosage for about 7 days of my treatment. Dr. Chetkowski and his staff were very throughout about tracking my follicle growth progress.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Alta Bates.
Dr. Chekowski's nurses are excellent; personable, kind and helpful. They take time to work with you so that you can learn what you need to do and remember you and your unique situation so you dont have to re-explain every time you come in. They are also very communicative and take great care in coordinating with you, pharmacies and insurance companies. I really enjoyed working with them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Richard Chetkowski at Alta Bates.
I had about $700 of drug payments to make out of pocket; the rest of the drugs and procedures was covered by my insurance
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Doctor
Richard Chetkowski
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
9
Clinic
Alta Bates
Berkeley
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources