Sunita Kulshrestha

Sunita Kulshrestha

Shady Grove Fertility

Strongly recommend: 72%Neutral: 28%9.4
72% strongly recommend
4 reviews
Humanity
9
9
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

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
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

Scale is "poor, ok, good, excellent," and measures how responsive a care team was when patients needed to see or speak to them.

Education

Medical School
U. of Pennsylvania
Residency
U. of Virginia
Fellowship
U. of Pennsylvania

How Doctor Communicates

doctor, nurse available by email
nurse available by directline
nurse available by directline
not available by personal cell phone
not available by personal cell phone
Sunita Kulshrestha works at

Shady Grove Fertility
Strongly recommend: 65%Neutral: 22%Don't recommend: 13%8.5

At 1 office

Waldorf
3010 Crain Highway
Waldorf, MD 20601
301.705.9923
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4 patient reviews

10
10
Age 31 - 32
Treated 2017 - 2018
Success w/ Doc ?
6 IUI
Male Factor
Latinx
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
My husband suffers from male factor infertility. Dr. K [Kulshrestha] recommended he take vitamins (conception XR Theralogix). ... Dr.K is a very knowledgeable and compassionate doctor. Before each procedure she always draws a diagram of what will occur. We like it because we can know what to anticipate. She also explains any possible side effects that could occur during the procedure. She is honest but very reassuring and positive regarding any of the procedures.
There was one occasion when they forgot to tell us to update our blood work. Unfortunately this did mean we had to miss one IUI cycle until the results were received. ... The clinic in Waldorf [Shady Grove Fertility] is small so they do not do IVF there but they can perform IUI's, sonograms, and blood work. For larger procedure there are several other offices you can go to such as Rockville and Fairfax. The facilities there are also very nice and calming. Everything is always extremely clean and very pleasant. They are also typically quiet and peaceful which is nice. ...
How was your experience with Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr.K is a very knowledgeable and compassionate doctor. Before each procedure she always draws a diagram of what will occur. We like it because we can know what to anticipate. She also explains any possible side effects that could occur during the procedure. She is honest but very reassuring and positive regarding any of the procedures. Lastly, the best thing is she always welcomes you with a smile. She is extremely kind and always makes you feel like you are her only patient.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility?
Make sure to book your appointments well in advance. She is very popular and can get booked up quickly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility?
The staff is incredibly kind. The nurse we have been given is always willing to answer phone calls and emails. They try to work with us in any way they can. The doctor is very honest and always tells us what to expect. She is very sweet and you can tell she cares about her patience's.
Describe the protocols Sunita Kulshrestha used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
My husband suffers from male factor infertility. Dr. K recommended he take vitamins (conception XR Theralogix). The vitamins helped increase his semen sample and give it a thinner viscosity. His numbers did rise which was great. She recommended natural cycle IUI treatments. We did 5 IUI cycles all of which failed. She gave us the option to try IVF right after the 5th one but we asked to do a 6th cycle. She complied but unfortunately it did not take. Now we are working towards IVF treatments. I have been put on birth control to prevent any abscess growths on my ovaries.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Alexis Jordan)
Alexis has been wonderful through out this whole process. Every single email I write or phone call I make she responds too. She knows this is a difficult process and never pushes anything on us. Whenever she can she finds a way to find us a discount or coupon towards our medications. There was a time when I was very down and emotional. She told me I could take the time I needed to heal. She also said the team and herself were there to get us through this. She truly a sweet person and we are so lucky she is our nurse!
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
The clinic in Waldorf is small so they do not do IVF there but they can perform IUI's, sonograms, and blood work. For larger procedure there are several other offices you can go to such as Rockville and Fairfax. The facilities there are also very nice and calming. Everything is always extremely clean and very pleasant. They are also typically quiet and peaceful which is nice.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility.
Each IUI was around $300. For IVF we qualified for one of their 50/50 programs. We get up to 6 cycles from this program. However, if at any time we decide to stop treatments the procedure does not work we will receive our money back. The medications are not included in this procedures. The nurse gave us to different pharmacies which happen to be rivals. They also helped us get discounts for the medications required.
Describe Sunita Kulshrestha's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
We are going to try for a single embryo transfer which I am comfortable with.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility?
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility.
There was one occasion when they forgot to tell us to update our blood work. Unfortunately this did mean we had to miss one IUI cycle until the results were received. The nurse admitted to the mistake and they waived did waive our fee for one of out appointments.
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Sunita Kulshrestha
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Waldorf
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
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7
Age 26
Treated 2018
Success w/ Doc No
1 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Male Factor
Tubal Blockage
European
South Asian
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Dr. K [Kulshrestha] is extremely kind and understanding, very professional and always explained everything in detail to us. However I do not feel as though she was fully available to us. We saw a lot of other doctors in our IVF process and dealt more with the nurses than anything. ... She said it was a typical protocol though, and one they start out with for a lot of patients on the first go around since my numbers were in the normal range.
Sometimes the staff [at Shady Grove Fertility] would talk and gossip about other patients right out in the open, so you always wonder what they could be saying about you after you leave the office. Otherwise I have had pretty good experiences with my nurse Katrina or whoever was taking my blood that day. Dana, the financial specialist is nice too, but she doesn’t always have the answers you’re looking for so you feel like you’re figuring things out alone.
How was your experience with Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility?
Dr. K is extremely kind and understanding, very professional and always explained everything in detail to us. However I do not feel as though she was fully available to us. We saw a lot of other doctors in our IVF process and dealt more with the nurses than anything.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility?
To just be prepared to not get a lot of face time with her and to prepare all of your questions and concerns ahead of time since you may not get every opportunity to ask or speak with her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility?
The clinic sometimes felt like a factory, just rushing women in and out. I got more of that experience with my nurse, but you don’t get a lot of face time with the doctor.
Describe the protocols Sunita Kulshrestha used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility and their degree of success.
Our treatment was one year ago so I don’t remember what our protocol was or the dosages Dr. K prescribed for me. She said it was a typical protocol though, and one they start out with for a lot of patients on the first go around since my numbers were in the normal range.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Katrina)
We started out with one nurse named Jennifer. I didn’t feel much compassion from her, she treated us as a number rather than humans with feelings. We talked to Dr. K and she allowed us to change our nurse to Katrina who was very kind and sweet and always helpful & communicative.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility.
It’s a smaller clinic so you’re more likely to get an appointment when necessary and be in and out fairly quickly. Sometimes the staff can be a bit short with you or, again, treat it more like a factory than a sensitive issue like infertility should be treated. Sometimes the staff would talk and gossip about other patients right out in the open, so you always wonder what they could be saying about you after you leave the office. Otherwise I have had pretty good experiences with my nurse Katrina or whoever was taking my blood that day. Dana, the financial specialist is nice too, but she doesn’t always have the answers you’re looking for so you feel like you’re figuring things out alone.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility.
This is a smaller clinic so it was pretty easy to walk in and out during monitoring hours and be seen in a timely fashion.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility.
Our health insurance covered majority of our first round of IVF, but it was typical of the treatment. Upwards of 10-12K for treatment and an additional 8K for medication I would say.
Describe Sunita Kulshrestha's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility.
I don’t know if it’s shady grove fertility or our doctor, but we were highly advised to do a single embryo transfer and it felt like we didn’t have much say to do anything different.
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Sunita Kulshrestha
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
7
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility
Waldorf
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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10
10
Age 26 - 28
Treated 2015 - 2017
Success w/ Doc Yes
1 IUI
1 IVF
Unexplained
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income $200K - $499K
2nd of 2 Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Dr K. [Kulshrestha] was there for me every step of the way. One example: the nurse told me I would probably need a frozen transfer and I completely broke down in tears. Minutes later, Dr. K herself called me (well after 5pm) to talk through it and reassure me we would do everything possible to have a fresh transfer...Dr. Kulshretha treats every patient like her top priority. She tells you what she thinks is best, listens to your concerns, and works with you to make the treatment be as best as it can for you. She never rushes you, and is always aware of your treatment. She'll let you know if another physician will be monitoring you for a particular day.
[Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia] Does not allow children in office - personally I think that's important in a clinic. Small location - you will know all the staff (I love Haley, the girl that takes your blood) You will have to go to Chesterbrook for the procedures and on weekend...(nursing staff] they are very kind and experienced...Egg retrieval, day-5 fresh embryo transfer. Continued endometrin for a long time into the pregnancy...
How was your experience with Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia?
Dr. Kulshretha treats every patient like her top priority. She tells you what she thinks is best, listens to your concerns, and works with you to make the treatment be as best as it can for you. She never rushes you, and is always aware of your treatment. She'll let you know if another physician will be monitoring you for a particular day.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia?
Allow her to get close with you. Think of her as a good friend. It will help her be on your page for treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia?
Dr K. was there for me every step of the way. One example: the nurse told me I would probably need a frozen transfer and I completely broke down in tears. Minutes later, Dr. K herself called me (well after 5pm) to talk through it and reassure me we would do everything possible to have a fresh transfer. She still checks in on me and has met the baby a couple times!
Describe the protocols Sunita Kulshrestha used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia and their degree of success.
Im sorry but I dont remember specifics. I took 3 shots a day, 1 in the am and 1 in the pm. Egg retrieval, day-5 fresh embryo transfer. Continued endometrin for a long time into the pregnancy...
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia. (Assigned nurse: Daniella - not with practice anymore)
I recently met the new nursing staff and believe they are very kind and experienced. I have not yet undergone treatment with them so cannot comment.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia.
Does not allow children in office - personally I think that's important in a clinic. Small location - you will know all the staff (I love Haley, the girl that takes your blood) You will have to go to Chesterbrook for the procedures and on weekends
Describe Sunita Kulshrestha's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia.
Did a SET (she felt very strongly about it). The embryo split into two (identical twins) but I lost one.
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Sunita Kulshrestha
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia
Center City
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
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10
10
Age 33 - 35
Treated 2014 - 2016
Success w/ Doc No
6 IUI
3 IVF
Donor Sperm
Unexplained
Black or African-American
Income $50K - $99K
1st of 2 Docs
LGBTQ
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Dr. K[ulshrestha] was absolutely amazing. She was very kind and genuinely seemed invested in our family creation. She answered our questions, was very personable, gentle and respectful. She genuinely seemed just as disappointed when we didn't get pregnant with IUI and she also appeared to try everything she could with clomid stimulation to assist...Dr. K also did two saline sonograms to ensure my uterine cavity was normal. I had an HSG prior to starting w/ Dr. K and at the time, my tubes were open and the dye passed through without incident.
[Shady Grove Fertility] does not do a great job at conveying when you would be dis-enrolled from their shared risk program. They push the "you get up to six tries and you either get a baby or your money back" jargon but they do not highlight that low response following grief can make them kick you out which adds insult to injury. This is a delicate process only complicated by losses of pregnancies or negative test results. That, was not handled delicately and we absolutely felt like we were just a number or just statistical odds rather than people.
How was your experience with Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia?
To be honest, it was great to work with a physician who identifies as a woman. We feel comfortable at Shady Grove however, all the doctors are male while all the nurses are female. It was nice to have a woman who was kind, gentle and knowledgeable. She was truly wonderful and I wish we had the opportunity to work with her when we transitioned to IVF. Dr. K relocated to the Maryland office after our last round of IVF. We saw Dr. Martin after that who is also great (I did a review for him already). After we lost our twin daughters (Dr. Martin did that embryo transfer), both he AND Dr. K called me to express their condolences. That meant a lot and showed that even though I wasn't currently a patient of hers (because she had relocated), she was still keeping an eye on my treatment and invested in our success. I absolutely adore Dr. K.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia?
It's ok to be vulnerable. Ask your questions and trust that she will spend the necessary time with you to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible when leaving the office.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia?
Dr. K was absolutely amazing. She was very kind and genuinely seemed invested in our family creation. She answered our questions, was very personable, gentle and respectful. She genuinely seemed just as disappointed when we didn't get pregnant with IUI and she also appeared to try everything she could with clomid stimulation to assist.
Describe the protocols Sunita Kulshrestha used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia and their degree of success.
We did the IUI portion of our treatment with Dr. K. Initially, I think we just did the monitoring with no additional stimulation. We eventually added the clomid at 50 mg and towards the end, increased it to 100 mg. I believe I also did birth control protocol prior to starting the clomid 100 mg on our last 2 tries. Monitoring was every other day or everyday as we got closer to insemination. Dr. K also did two saline sonograms to ensure my uterine cavity was normal. I had an HSG prior to starting w/ Dr. K and at the time, my tubes were open and the dye passed through without incident.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia. (Assigned nurse: Daniella Pellicioti)
Daniela had her challenges in that she sometimes seemed a bit scattered. Initially, I was not a huge fan because of this. Having said that, Daniela was actually my FAVORITE nurse. She too, left the agency towards the end of our IUI trials but she was present for all of our inseminations. When we had a IUI w/ a different doctor, she was in the room and she really went to bat for me when I had a narrowing of the cervix. The doc (Dr. Munabi) attempted to use dilators which was extremely painful and Daniela really was amazing with me and him. She advocated for me, helped to calm me and genuinely made me feel like she had my back. I really valued her for all she did.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia.
As mentioned in my other review (of Dr. Martin), Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) is a very well-run, well-organized facility. The staff is kind, personable, friendly and knowledgeable. Though you have a primary physician, all of the doctors tend to make you feel very comfortable and cared for. I don't have any other facility to compare it to however, sharing stories with other people having fertility challenges, I am very grateful for feeling like a human rather than a number more often than not. The one issue I have with SGF is their shared risk program. It's a great option but they do not do an efficient job at talking to you about what constitutes dis-enrollment from the program. We felt extremely blindsided by this decision from the review board and felt like they did not take into account that we experienced a loss and that grief can effect med response. Instead, we were put in a situation where we have to make very difficult decisions about moving forward because of the financial burden. I will say that through this hard time, my doctors have been kind and understanding. The decision seems to be above their heads and I think it would be helpful for there to be some kind of appeals process.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sunita Kulshrestha at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia.
We exclusively did IUI with Dr. K. We paid for our co-pays and for the medication. I estimate we spent between $300-$400 total on those expenses.
Describe Sunita Kulshrestha's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia.
Dr. K had conversations with us twice about the possibility of multiples. On our last two tries of IUI, I made 8 eggs and 7 eggs (with the clomid for both). She spoke to us about eSET from a safety perspective. We were honestly a bit uncomfortable with this idea and didn't know what we would do if I did get pregnant with more than two babies. I didn't want to risk the entire pregnancy by doing the reduction procedure. When I worked with Dr. K, it was not IVF so the embryo transfer was not the issue. It was whether all the eggs I made actually fertilized.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia?
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia.
As mentioned previously, SGF does not do a great job at conveying when you would be dis-enrolled from their shared risk program. They push the "you get up to six tries and you either get a baby or your money back" jargon but they do not highlight that low response following grief can make them kick you out which adds insult to injury. This is a delicate process only complicated by losses of pregnancies or negative test results. That, was not handled delicately and we absolutely felt like we were just a number or just statistical odds rather than people.
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Doctor
Sunita Kulshrestha
Humanity
Communication
Frequency Seen
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility of Philadelphia
Center City
Operations
Scheduling
Billing Department
Nursing Staff
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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