Sheeva Talebian

Sheeva Talebian

CCRM New York

Strongly recommend: 89%Neutral: 8%Don't recommend: 3%9.6
89% strongly recommend
30 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
9.5
9.5
Communication

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Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
7.7
7.7
Frequency Seen

Ratings of 1 mean patients only saw this doctor once or twice during treatment.

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

Responsiveness
5
OK
Responsiveness

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Education

Medical School
Mount Sinai
Residency
NYU
Fellowship
NYU

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Sheeva Talebian works at

CCRM New York
Strongly recommend: 95%Neutral: 2%Don't recommend: 3%9.7

At 2 offices

New York
810 7th Ave
New York, NY 10019
212.290.8100
Chelsea
122 West 26th St
New York, NY 10001
212.290.8100
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3 patient reviews filtered by:

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6
Age 42
Treated 2019
Success w/ Doc No
5 IUI
3 IVF
Immunological
Unexplained
East Asian
Other
Income $100K - $199K
Business Executive
2nd of 2 Docs
Neutral
Doesn't Recommend
Dr. Talebian carefully read through my files and history before our first consultation which I appreciated. There is no good way to deliver bad news, but she called me with my PGS results when she seemed busy at a conference. She told me I was the only person that did not have at least one chromosomally normal egg in the batch of results she received that day. Not sure why she told me this but it didn’t make me feel better. Also she said the abnormalities were consistent with advanced maternal age. She said if I did another round there is a 30% chance I would have a normal embryo.
At CCRM you have a private area to wait, and the wait is not long. In addition, my retrieval was painless...My only complaint about CCRM was after my retrieval my husband waited in the lobby for 45 minutes. No one told me he was here waiting and no one told him I was done and waiting for him! That was a bit frustrating because the whole time I was angry because I thought he was late! However, with all these strengths I still regret going to CCRM. Weaknesses: They are extremely expensive and don’t take insurance. In retrospect, all the conveniences with scheduling appointment times and a nice waiting room are worthless if you don’t have good results. After receiving a phone call with
How was your experience with Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York?
After 3 failed IVF cycles at Cornell including 2 FET of PGS normal embryos I looked into other clinics for one last attempt at IVF since Cornell said they wouldn’t do anything differently. I considered SIRM where I underwent further testing and learned I had elevated NK Cells, because of their experience treating immune issues but after seeing their low success rates for women over 40 I did not feel comfortable proceeding. I also considered NYU but they never called me back when I asked about their prices. Based on reviews for CCRM I thought this was definitely the best clinic in NYC. When I called to make an appointment Dr. Talebian and Dr. Knopman had appointments available soon. I chose Dr. Talebian based on her reviews. I enjoyed our consultation. She was smart, confident and prepared for our meeting. She took the time to explain what she would recommend that was different than Cornell. Based on my bloodwork she recommended the Microflare Lupron protocol which she expected to provide better quality than the antagonist protocol which I used 3 times at Cornell. Unfortunately, this protocol did not work as well as I had hoped. It took me much, much longer to produce follicles and eggs. I did not produce as many eggs (16 vs 11) and none were genetically normal. Frankly, I regret changing the protocol when the standard antagonist protocol had worked so well for me at Cornell. She also reviewed the long list of supplements I was taking. She said they were good but she recommended I lower the dosage of DHEA to 25mg a day since my levels were off the charts high after she tested my levels. I am not sure if lowering the DHEA dosage was the right call or not because I had a better result at Cornell when I was taking 75mg a day of DHEA. Because of my repeated IVF failures and miscarriage, Dr.Talebian said she would also recommend an immune protocol during the transfer including Lovenox and a steroid to suppress the immune system. She said she does not administer intralipids but if I wanted to, I could go to Dr. Jonathan Scher for further immune testing and she would work with him and incorporate his immune protocol into my plan. She said for some of her patients they have finally had success after treating immune issues. Dr. Talebian’s experience and success with hard cases gave me comfort and confidence. I like that she is open to treating immune issues. My RE at Cornell did not “believe” in immune issues at all. Unfortunately, I never had any embryos to transfer so I cannot really elaborate on the immune protocol. Another way CCRM differs from Cornell is that they recommend PGS for all blastocysts. At Cornell on my last cycle, I had a fresh transfer of my two best untested Day 5 embryos (3AB and 2.5AB). That transfer failed. Dr. Talebian would not transfer untested embryos. She says that it “tells us nothing.” In retrospect I wish we had tested all of my blastocysts at Cornell before transferring.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York?
I found very few doctors that are willing to use alternative therapies for immune issues but Dr. Talebian was one of them. However, I personally regret doing a cycle with her and changing my protocol because my results were not as good as expected.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York?
Dr. Talebian carefully read through my files and history before our first consultation which I appreciated. There is no good way to deliver bad news, but she called me with my PGS results when she seemed busy at a conference. She told me I was the only person that did not have at least one chromosomally normal egg in the batch of results she received that day. Not sure why she told me this but it didn’t make me feel better. Also she said the abnormalities were consistent with advanced maternal age. She said if I did another round there is a 30% chance I would have a normal embryo.
Describe the protocols Sheeva Talebian used in your cycles at CCRM New York and their degree of success.
Started estrogen patch 6 days before injections. Started 20 units of Microdose Lupron on first night of injections, then 20 units in AM and 20 units PM after that. On day 3 of injections added 150 units Menopur in the AM and 300 units Gonal F at night. Took a combination of microdose Lupron, Menopur, Gonal-F and Dexamethasone for about 13 days before trigger shot. (In my previous IVF cycles, I took meds for about 10 days. I think my follicle growth was slowed down a bit by the Microdose Luprom.)
Describe your experience with your nurse at CCRM New York. (Assigned nurse: Julie Kane)
After 3 cycles at Cornell the experience at CCRM was a breeze. Appointments are made for monitoring. I think only once I had to wait and it was less than 5 minutes. Amazing - after having to wait on 2 lines at Cornell - one for bloodwork and 1 for ultrasound. At CCRM, they quickly take your blood right before the ultrasound. Nurses are easily accessible by phone or email in their online portal. Instructions are emailed in the portal. At Cornell, you had to leave a voicemail and hope someone would call you back when you were free. Once, I called the after hours line because I had a question about the medication. A doctor called me back in minutes!
Describe your experience with CCRM New York.
Strengths: CCRM is a well run clinic with a boutique environment. You will not feel like a number or feel like you are part of a factory or cattle call. For pre-op, you make an appointment to have have a one on one with a nurse. (At Cornell, the Pre-op was a group class at 6 or 6:30am the day after your trigger shot.). The retrieval experience is much nicer at CCRM as well. At Cornell you sit around for hours in your gown in a waiting room full of people. At CCRM you have a private area to wait, and the wait is not long. In addition, my retrieval was painless. After my last retrieval at Cornell I was in severe pain like I had never experienced in my life. My only complaint about CCRM was after my retrieval my husband waited in the lobby for 45 minutes. No one told me he was here waiting and no one told him I was done and waiting for him! That was a bit frustrating because the whole time I was angry because I thought he was late! However, with all these strengths I still regret going to CCRM. Weaknesses: They are extremely expensive and don’t take insurance. In retrospect, all the conveniences with scheduling appointment times and a nice waiting room are worthless if you don’t have good results. After receiving a phone call with my PGS results, I never heard from them again —except regarding bills. I did call them to inform them I would not be continuing treatment and requested a refund for the embryo transfer and other services which were pre-paid and they sent me a check relatively quickly. I also received separate bill for anasthesia which was expected. But here is the shocker - a couple of days ago, around 2 years after my failed cycle, my husband received a bill for $2400 for two years of sperm storage, which we never asked for and were never notified about. To say I was angry and upset to get this bill was an understatement. I sincerely hope this was sent in error as there is no way in hell we would have consented to store sperm for $1200 a year when we decided we would not be doing another round of IVF and my husband has zero issues that would require this preservation. However, it’s been two days and the billing department has not called me back. Receiving this bill admittedly brought back painful memories and prompted me to warn others and update my review. I know CCRM is owned by a private equity company and if this is a tactic to squeeze money out of patients then this is totally disgraceful. If it was simply an error I will give them credit and update my review again.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York.
So far close to $29k out of pocket. $350 for consultation. $22,000 for IVF including CCS and FET which I have not done yet. $300 for sperm freeze. $5,000 for medication payable directly to pharmacy. There may be additional costs that could come up including $1,400 for anasthesia. Sometimes insurance covers anasthesia-waiting to find out. Less than $200 for lab work. Some of the lab work was covered by insurance. I exhausted my IVF insurance coverage so was paying out of pocket. I looked into the pricing at Cornell, NYU, RMA and SIRM as well and I think CCRM was about $7k more than the others. At the time I thought it was still worth it to go with CCRM. But in retrospect, I regret the decision.
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Sheeva Talebian
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
6
Clinic
CCRM New York
New York
Operations
Scheduling
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5
Age 44 - 45
Treated 2017 - 2018
Success w/ Doc No
4 IUI
3 IVF
3 Egg Freezing
2 Embryo Freezing
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $100K - $199K
3rd of 3 Docs
Neutral
Doesn't Recommend
Felt like a human because Dr. Talebian always took time to explain things to us...I had gone through a bunch of FET's already that hadn't worked and had had a 2nd trimester loss so I really needed optimism. Dr. Talebian is full of optimism; but I really got my hopes up and they were dashed as we did not have success. Also now sense we're being directed to frozen donor eggs, not fresh, and there aren't many donors in the frozen egg database so it's discouraging.
[CCRM New York has] gotten busier but what I loved was that it was calm, there was always a water machine available, and things seemed to run smoothly. The clinic was very concerned about marketing and making money and this didn't bother me at first but did later. People will go the extra mile to explain things but with financials and some prescriptions, there were miscommunications re why I had to pay out of pocket and I spent a lot of extra time making spreadsheets for medications before learning that they were being prescribed for off label use. So communicating that to me via a nurse and not a finance person may have been better/easier.
How was your experience with Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York?
I had gone through a bunch of FET's already that hadn't worked and had had a 2nd trimester loss so I really needed optimism. Dr. Talebian is full of optimism; but I really got my hopes up and they were dashed as we did not have success. Also now sense we're being directed to frozen donor eggs, not fresh, and there aren't many donors in the frozen egg database so it's discouraging. I think she really cares but maybe should be more realistic about options and about underlying issues that area already known. Really wish we could have seen all the implantation failure doctors before this latest cycle as they had great suggestions after 4 embryos didn't implant elsewhere. But we are out of money and CCRM is very pricey.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York?
Take optimism with a grain of salt. Advocate for yourself a lot in terms of timing that you prefer for an FET and learn more about changes re the treatment of other existing conditions that are maybe being changed during course of a cycle.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York?
Felt like a human because Dr. Talebian always took time to explain things to us and it was at the time a small clinic. Also, the monitoring was done by appointment so there were no hourslong waits.
Describe the protocols Sheeva Talebian used in your cycles at CCRM New York and their degree of success.
I don't remember a lot about the retrieval except it was more medication than I had ever used in other retrievals and that it involved lots of estrogen patches that were very expensive; I did have lupron for weeks and ovulated through that (I think it was meant to suppress ovulation) -- and I was upset about that but we stayed almost on course. It was upsetting when numbers weren't going right and I wasn't comfortable ultimately with doing the transfer then if I'd ovulated but I really trusted her and was super optimistic at the time.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at CCRM New York.
Some were much better than others about communicating but I had a panic attack the day of my transfer because they had written conflicting instructions and I thought I had taken progesterone shot on wrong day at last minute.
Describe your experience with CCRM New York.
It's gotten busier but what I loved was that it was calm, there was always a water machine available, and things seemed to run smoothly. The clinic was very concerned about marketing and making money and this didn't bother me at first but did later. People will go the extra mile to explain things but with financials and some prescriptions, there were miscommunications re why I had to pay out of pocket and I spent a lot of extra time making spreadsheets for medications before learning that they were being prescribed for off label use. So communicating that to me via a nurse and not a finance person may have been better/easier.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York.
It came to almost $30,000 for the procedures and medications. Medications were particularly expensive. I ended up getting back less than 1/3 of that from my insurance. This was for egg retrieval cycle that included one FET.
Describe Sheeva Talebian's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at CCRM New York.
I only had one that tested healthy so not an option for 2.
What specific things went wrong at CCRM New York?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
Describe the specific things that went wrong at CCRM New York.
I needed regular thyroid checks but it was hard to get them; had to remind them all the time. Miscommunication re dosage in two parts of the protocol so I was taking the wrong dose of prednisone and wrong dose/timing of progesterone. It would have been nice to have fewer nurses managing care or to have been assigned one. Not all of the nurses were equally helpful.
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Sheeva Talebian
Humanity
Communication
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
5
Clinic
CCRM New York
New York
Operations
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10
LGBTQ
Age 35
Treated 2018
Success w/ Doc No
5 IUI
Donor Sperm
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Unexplained
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
2nd of 5 Docs
LGBTQ
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
She [Dr. Talebian] was diligent and careful with recommendations and screening. Fertility doctors and treatments are stressful and her bedside manner made it seem like less of a stress. She was encouraging and resourceful. ... She remembers details well and is easy to get in touch with. She explains results and procedures well and utilized the current literature in her approach and explanations. ...
Great, clean facility [CCRM New York] that is super helpful and organized. They do not take insurance which is the only reason we switched clinics. ... I think they also have a more aggressive treatment approach for lesbian couples than in retrospect I would have elected for (or medicated cycles before natural) however given my age (35) I understand this is reasonable approach. They also would have been amenable to changing protocols if I insisted.
How was your experience with Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York?
She was diligent and careful with recommendations and screening. Fertility doctors and treatments are stressful and her bedside manner made it seem like less of a stress. She was encouraging and resourceful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York?
This is a process with many steps. Be patient with the diagnostics and try to understand why they are important to your care.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York?
She remembers details well and is easy to get in touch with. She explains results and procedures well and utilized the current literature in her approach and explanations.
Describe the protocols Sheeva Talebian used in your cycles at CCRM New York and their degree of success.
1st IUI. Letrizole, ovidrel, frozen donor sperm 2nd IUI letrizole, ovidrel, progesterone, estradiol, frozen donor sperm 3rd IUI, letrixole, ovidrel, progesterone, estradiol, frozen donor sperm
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at CCRM New York.
They were great at relaying information in a timely manner.
Describe your experience with CCRM New York.
Great, clean facility that is super helpful and organized. They do not take insurance which is the only reason we switched clinics. It was becoming to much of a financial burden. I think they also have a more aggressive treatment approach for lesbian couples than in retrospect I would have elected for (or medicated cycles before natural) however given my age (35) I understand this is reasonable approach. They also would have been amenable to changing protocols if I insisted. Also loved the sparkling water machine and the office ambience. I know that sounds silly but it was more like a spa then a clinic which helps during stressful procedures.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sheeva Talebian at CCRM New York.
Approximately 3000 per Iui cycle.
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Sheeva Talebian
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Clinic
CCRM New York
New York
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