Amanda Skillern

Fora Fertility

Rated 7.2
Strongly recommend: 62%Neutral: 12%Don't recommend: 26%7.2
62% strongly recommend
17 reviews
Humanity
7.4
7.4
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
7.8
7.8
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
6.7
6.7
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.

LGBTQ+ Care
10
10
LGBTQ+ Care

Ratings of 1 indicate an unsatisfactory LGBTQ+ care.

Ratings of 10 indicate an excellent LGBTQ+ care.

Responsiveness
7.1
OK
Responsiveness

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

Education

Medical School
Texas Tech U.
Residency
Baylor
Fellowship
UCSF

How Doctor Communicates

doctor, nurse available by email
doctor, nurse available by directline
doctor, nurse available by directline
doctor available by personal cell phone
doctor available by personal cell phone
Amanda Skillern works at

Fora Fertility
Rated 7.8
Strongly recommend: 68%Neutral: 12%Don't recommend: 20%7.8

Explore Clinic
Austin
715 W 34th St
Austin, TX 78705

17 patient reviews

Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2022, Unsuccessful
NPS
0
NPS
0
Age 37
1 IVF
Unexplained
1st of 2 Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
There is very little contact with the actual doctors [Dr. Skillern]. We had a 30 minute consult online and I saw her a few times for monitoring appointments (about 2 minutes each). I saw her about 2 minutes before the egg retrieval. Unfortunately, there is little contact with the doctors...Protocols and general timelines weren't provided, even when asked. I was left wondering what protocol I would be on and what medicine I would be putting into my body. I only found out what I'd be taking when the medicine was actually delivered...
All of your care is handled through the 2 nurses. They do all communication through messages and ask that you don't call. I did not receive protocols, timelines, medicine information until the last minute. It was a very frustrating experience...Protocols and general timelines weren't provided, even when asked. I was left wondering what protocol I would be on and what medicine I would be putting into my body. I only found out what I'd be taking when the medicine was actually delivered...
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
There is very little contact with the actual doctors. We had a 30 minute consult online and I saw her a few times for monitoring appointments (about 2 minutes each). I saw her about 2 minutes before the egg retrieval. Unfortunately, there is little contact with the doctors.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Do not expect any hand holding or to be walked through the protocol options, medicine options or the procedures.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
You see the actual doctors for about 2 minutes during the monitoring appointments and then you're left to communicate with the nurses via portal messages only. My nurse specifically asked that I do not call with questions which I found to be odd. If I am taking powerful meds and spending a large amount of money, I want to be informed about the process and protocol chosen . I was showing little response to the meds so they cancelled a monitoring appointment but they did not adjust the dosages or add additional meds. I did not feel like the success of my cycle was a priority.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
Protocols and general timelines weren't provided, even when asked. I was left wondering what protocol I would be on and what medicine I would be putting into my body. I only found out what I'd be taking when the medicine was actually delivered. I did not receive any rational for why certain meds were prescribed and others, that I anticipated taking, were not prescribed. For 12 days, I took 300 IU Follistim and I showing little response (my e2 bloodwork was only 200 after stimming for 12 days). I asked why my dosage wasn't being adjusted or why Menopur wasn't added and I simply told that wasn't the protocol I was on. A few days later, they added in menopur for two days and my e2 went up to 500. I had a AFC of 20 so I expected my e2 to be much higher since it is thought that 1 egg = approximately 200-400 e2. I was told to trigger when my e2 was 500. I was told by Dr. Crawford that nobody wants to be a unicorn but maybe my E2 blood tests weren't pulling correctly. When you are spending 20k on a procedure, I would prefer to follow the facts instead of hoping the tests were wrong. I was never provided the option to cancel my IVF round due to my poor response on a low dosage. About 2/3 were not mature as my bloodwork indicated would be the case.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki and Melissa)
All of your care is handled through the 2 nurses. They do all communication through messages and ask that you don't call. I did not receive protocols, timelines, medicine information until the last minute. It was a very frustrating experience.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
There is a clear conflict of interest with the "Fora Pharmacy" program and providing care that is in your best interest. If you do not use all of your meds, you have to give your unused meds to them. If you use more meds than they planned for, then they will supply meds. I used more meds than what they anticipated but when I showed very little response to the meds, they did not increase my dosage accordingly (as it would be a cost to their clinic). Fora does not provide a discount for additional rounds as well. I did not have any embryos from the IVF cycle and was not given a discounted rate for another round. I did not see any strengths in their clinic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
$16,250 for retrieval $4,290 for the transfer $508 saline ultrasound (mock) $616 for doctors visits if pregnant TOTAL: $21,664 + meds which are generally 5k-9k
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fora Fertility.
We didn't end up with any embryos. 2/3 of my eggs were not mature at the time of the retrieval.
What specific things went wrong at Fora Fertility?
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Lost results
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Fora Fertility.
-I was not informed about timelines, medicines, and protocols, even when asked. -The nurse I was assigned asked me not to call with questions. -They failed to adjust the meds when I wasn't responding. -I was provided with leftover meds to use that were not packaged and were once used by someone else. -My bloodwork showed that the current med/dosage was ineffective and they still scheduled me to retrieval and did not give the option to cancel the cycle due to poor response. Instead, I was told maybe I'm a unicorn and my bloodwork is wrong. -The clinic its very run down. -2/3 of my eggs were not mature and unusable. I did not get any embryos from the round. - I was not provided a discount for another round, even though my first round yielded zero embryos.
0
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
1 of 5
Communication
1 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
1 of 5
Compassion
1 of 5
Explained risks
3 of 5
Adaptability
1 of 5
0
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
1 of 5
Scheduling
3 of 5
Billing Department
1 of 5
Nursing Staff
1 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
1 of 5
Educational Resources
4 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2021, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 30 - 34
1 IVF
Anovulation
PCOS
European
Income $200K - $499K
Engineer
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Skillern was encouraging and direct when it came to my individual obstacles and tweaked our protocol accordingly to give me the best possible chance at conceiving...Dr. Skillern was very invested in my personal journey to motherhood and listened to all of our concerns. Her explanations for treatment were thorough and direct...Dr. Skillern strongly advocates for single embryo transfer...
Fora was extremely easy to schedule with...Billing was simple. I never had an issue with the clinic and would recommend them to anyone wanting a more individual experience...Rikki [nurse] was my angel throughout the ivf process and was incredibly easy to communicate with...Dr. Skillern was encouraging and direct when it came to my individual obstacles and tweaked our protocol accordingly to give me the best possible chance at conceiving...
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern has been through IVF herself which is an immense advantage… she knows exactly how it feels to be on the other side of the table. When luck was not on my side, Dr. Skillern was encouraging and direct when it came to my individual obstacles and tweaked our protocol accordingly to give me the best possible chance at conceiving.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Do not expect someone who is going to give you false hope - Dr. Skillern will tell you information in a forthright manner which was greatly appreciated by me. If I was going to spend the money/time/energy to pursue IVF, I wanted to know that the information I was getting was data-driven and realistic.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern was very invested in my personal journey to motherhood and listened to all of our concerns. Her explanations for treatment were thorough and direct, which I appreciated.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
I was put on a typical egg retrieval protocol for PCOS and had great results (29 eggs retrieved, 23 mature, 18 fertilized, 9 developed to 5-day blast stage, 8 were found to be euploid after PGS testing. When my first two transfers ended with negative pregnancy tests, Dr. Skillern suggested a “tickle” procedure to help my lining and also prescribed vaginal viagra. My 3rd transfer was successful. For my second child, Dr. Skillern suggested completing an ERA analysis before transferring an embryo to check progesterone levels and receptivity. My ERA came back pre-receptive, and my protocol was updated to account for additional progesterone. My 4th transfer was successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki Richardson)
Rikki was my angel throughout the ivf process and was incredibly easy to communicate with.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
Fora was extremely easy to schedule with, even considering the craziness of the pandemic. Billing was simple. I never had an issue with the clinic and would recommend them to anyone wanting a more individual experience.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
I don’t remember.
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fora Fertility.
Dr. Skillern strongly advocates for single embryo transfer which I appreciate and support. There are so many complications that can arise from carrying multiples that the risk is not worth it in my opinion.
10
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017 - 2019, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 37 - 39
4 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Poor Egg Quality
Tubal Blockage
European
Income $100K - $199K
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr Skillern really promotes single embryo transfer. ... She was available on nearly every visit. ... She does not sugar coat things, but she shows compassion. She is relatable, trustworthy, honest. Many tests to determine reasons for infertility. 4 egg retrieval’s. Genetic testing on embryos. Biopsy of my uterus to determine correct day of implant. 2 embryos implanted. 3 frozen embryos.
They [Aspire Fertility] respect your time with visits. Their facility is immaculate. Their team is spot on. They are a bit more expensive than other, but I’d pay it all again after my experience. Post baby they invite you back in for a foot print ceremony. They personalize the entire experience. Having the acupuncture in the office is a plus as well! Misty is wonderful.,
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Dr Skillern is brilliant. She does not sugar coat things, but she shows compassion. She is relatable, trustworthy, honest. She was available on nearly every visit. She set realistic expectations and gave us a game plan for each cycle .. making modifications to get better results each time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
She’s a professional. She is busy, but she treats your case as though it is important. She gets excited when good things happen for you and is genuinely sad when things don’t go as planned. She is wonderful.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
The clinic always knew my name- from when I entered at the front desk to the women who took my blood. I never had to wait more than 8-10 minutes. They respected my time.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Aspire Fertility Austin and their degree of success.
Many tests to determine reasons for infertility. 4 egg retrieval’s. Genetic testing on embryos. Biopsy of my uterus to determine correct day of implant. 2 embryos implanted. 3 frozen embryos.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Aspire Fertility Austin. (Assigned nurse: Mellisa, Natalie. )
All nursing staff is great. Diana, Ricki is the best, Melissa and Natalie whom are no longer there.
Describe your experience with Aspire Fertility Austin.
They respect your time with visits. Their facility is immaculate. Their team is spot on. They are a bit more expensive than other, but I’d pay it all again after my experience. Post baby they invite you back in for a foot print ceremony. They personalize the entire experience. Having the acupuncture in the office is a plus as well! Misty is wonderful.,
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin.
RMA is on the expensive side... but worth every penny.
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Aspire Fertility Austin.
Dr Skillern really promotes single embryo transfer. Pre-consultation I always envisioned implanting more than one embryo. After listening to her reasons, I agree with her decision to implant one at a time.
10
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Aspire Fertility Austin
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2018, Unsuccessful
NPS
0
NPS
0
Age 37
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Uterine Fibroids
Unexplained
Latinx
1st of 2 Docs
Fertility Medications With Other Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
Despite being diagnosed with fibroid (which are a KNOWN cause of infertility), she [Dr. Amanda Skillern] wanted us to move forward with IUI or IVF. I asked about surgery to remove them to which she replied, "No, we'll leave them in. That would be a bloody mess." She only wanted money from us and didn't care about the outcome.... She was candid about me having fibroids but completely focused on getting us to move forward with IUI or IVF. She never provided any other alternatives and was just matter of fact in saying that I had "unexplained infertility" -- which was most definitely not the case after a second opinion
They [Aspire/RMA of TX] don't provide you much information, even if you ask for it regarding IUI or IVF pricing and procedures. That's a huge life decision that you don't just jump into blindly. After two weeks of calling every other day, the info they provided was only high level pricing and zero details. They need to get their stuff together!... When seeking a second opinion, a records request was sent 3 weeks in advance. My new doctor never received any records. While sitting in the doctors office, we called them about this and they blatantly lied to us telling us it had been sent, but they'd send it over now. Still to this day, it was never received by the new doctor.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
She was candid about me having fibroids but completely focused on getting us to move forward with IUI or IVF. She never provided any other alternatives and was just matter of fact in saying that I had "unexplained infertility" -- which was most definitely not the case after a second opinion. She's a second rate doctor that should find another profession.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Go somewhere else and don't waste your time with her!! She's awful!!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Despite being diagnosed with fibroid (which are a KNOWN cause of infertility), she wanted us to move forward with IUI or IVF. I asked about surgery to remove them to which she replied, "No, we'll leave them in. That would be a bloody mess." She only wanted money from us and didn't care about the outcome.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Aspire Fertility Austin and their degree of success.
N/A
Describe your experience with the nursing staff at Aspire Fertility Austin.
They were very nice, but not organized. I got passed off to 3 different nurses for a simple blood draw. VERY weird!!!!!
Describe your experience with Aspire Fertility Austin.
They don't provide you much information, even if you ask for it regarding IUI or IVF pricing and procedures. That's a huge life decision that you don't just jump into blindly. After two weeks of calling every other day, the info they provided was only high level pricing and zero details. They need to get their stuff together!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin.
Initially just copays. But ended up having to pay out of pocket because they fraudulently coded my consultation as "infertility". All I went to them for was diagnostics!!! She never did ANY procedures or treatments on me.
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Aspire Fertility Austin.
N/A
What specific things went wrong at Aspire Fertility Austin?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Aspire Fertility Austin.
When seeking a second opinion, a records request was sent 3 weeks in advance. My new doctor never received any records. While sitting in the doctors office, we called them about this and they blatantly lied to us telling us it had been sent, but they'd send it over now. Still to this day, it was never received by the new doctor. They also fraudulently coded my consultation as an "infertility" visit. Took months of working with my insurance company and back and forth with the practice manager, but was never able to get it fully resolved. Ended up having to pay out of pocket for what would have been fully covered by insurance for diagnostics because they used the word "infertility".
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Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
1 of 5
Communication
3 of 5
Frequency Seen
1 of 5
Trustworthiness
1 of 5
Compassion
1 of 5
Explained risks
1 of 5
Adaptability
1 of 5
0
Clinic
Aspire Fertility Austin
Austin
NPS
Operations
1 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
1 of 5
Nursing Staff
1 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
1 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2017, Unsuccessful
NPS
4
NPS
3
Age 36
2 IVF
Male Factor
Graphic Designer
2nd of 2 Docs
1 IUI With Other Docs
Doesn't Recommend
Doesn't Recommend
Unsuccessful
We thought everything was being check with our blood draws and come to find out she [Dr. Skillern] never tested our husband's testosterone levels. We found this out after 2 retrievals and couldn't believe this wasn't done before hand. We wasted two potential cycles and hard earned money as insurance didn't cover IVF. Extremely disappointed.
A year after we were called by RMA that we owe money for the storage of our abnormal embryos, never once contacted about this until they asked for money. It was resolved but couldn't believe it when we got the invoice. They offered us a discount for a third cycle and never discussed time restraints when when asked. We had some unfortunate medical issues arise and we unable to commit until a year after. Now the discount is no longer available! A few months ago it would of cost $3,000 with insurance covering upto $10,000 and we're being told $17,000+ out of pocket.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
We thought everything was being check with our blood draws and come to find out she never tested our husband's testosterone levels. We found this out after 2 retrievals and couldn't believe this wasn't done before hand. We wasted two potential cycles and hard earned money as insurance didn't cover IVF. Extremely disappointed.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
I would seek several other opinions before choosing your doctor.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
She was always so busy with patients, you only get to talk with her if you schedule an appointment after that you only get to email with your nurse and she's busy too. It's such a stressful experience would have hoped they'd be there for you.
Describe your experience with Aspire Fertility Austin.
We had two unsuccessful retrievals when we were trusting in Dr. Skillern to have our best interest at heart. We went to RMA with Male infertility issues and couldn't believe after the two cycles that she never tested my husband's testosterone levels which is a key factor in three success of IVF. We spend over $30,000 without help from insurance and are still trying to work off that debt. A year after we were called by RMA that we owe money for the storage of our abnormal embryos, never once contacted about this until they asked for money. It was resolved but couldn't believe it when we got the invoice. They offered us a discount for a third cycle and never discussed time restraints when when asked. We had some unfortunate medical issues arise and we unable to commit until a year after. Now the discount is no longer available! A few months ago it would of cost $3,000 with insurance covering upto $10,000 and we're being told $17,000+ out of pocket.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin.
$30,000+ for 2 retrievals
What specific things went wrong at Aspire Fertility Austin?
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
4
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
2 of 5
Communication
2 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
2 of 5
Compassion
2 of 5
Explained risks
3 of 5
Adaptability
2 of 5
3
Clinic
Aspire Fertility Austin
Austin
NPS
Operations
3 of 5
Scheduling
4 of 5
Billing Department
2 of 5
Nursing Staff
4 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
5 of 5
2016, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 32
1 IVF
Male Factor
Income $100K - $199K
Sales Representative
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
She [Dr Amanda Skillern] was very honest and transparent. No sugar coating. She knew me and my husband and made me feel very comfortable. I never felt like their office was extremely busy and they were getting me in and out. I always had great conversation and she answered all my questions. She even gave me her email address if I needed anything.
I was fortunate enough to have insurance that covered IVF [at RMA of Taxas in Austin]. I only had to pay 20% after my deductible was met. I did pay for CCS services and that was $2,500 I think cash payment of IVF ranged from 10k-25k...All the staff were fantastic! I had a fertility coach who helped guide me with our plan and medications. She was great at helping and always was available to answer questions.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Got pregnant on our 1st round of IVF with RMA under her care. She was fantastic and I highly recommend. She always set expectations and was in every appointment besides blood draws. Loved her!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
She will be very frank with you and not sugar coat. She does not talk to much about the future and talks about today and the next step. I'm a huge planner, so it took me awhile to adjust to this, but with infertility it was the best for me. You can't plan to far ahead with this. You need to be in the moment and think about today and the next appointment and what needs to be done between then.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
He was so great with our care. She was very honest and transparent. No sugar coating. She knew me and my husband and made me feel very comfortable. I never felt like their office was extremely busy and they were getting me in and out. I always had great conversation and she answered all my questions. She even gave me her email address if I needed anything.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Aspire Fertility Austin.
All the staff were fantastic! I had a fertility coach who helped guide me with our plan and medications. She was great at helping and always was available to answer questions.
Describe your experience with Aspire Fertility Austin.
Great! Clean and modern. Staff was fantastic and felt like home. I was kind of sad to be released to my OB because I had been ther so often.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin.
I was fortunate enough to have insurance that covered IVF. I only had to pay 20% after my deductible was met. I did pay for CCS services and that was $2,500 I think cash payment of IVF ranged from 10k-25k
What specific things went wrong at Aspire Fertility Austin?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Aspire Fertility Austin.
The only hiccup we had was the insurance coordinator forgot to send over the results from my husbands SA to the urologist for his appointment. It ended up not mattering as it was unexplained MFI.
10
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Aspire Fertility Austin
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2015, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 28
1 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $50K - $99K
Lawyer
2nd of 2 Docs
3 IUI With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Skillern is not the most touchy-feely, but she is very honest and pretty easy to talk to. She was completely up-front with us from the get-go, and seemed to communicate with myself and my husband as equals. Also, did every appointment except for blood draws, and was always willing to answer a call or email if I had questions...I always felt like a human, the practice seemed relatively small, never a long wait or crowded waiting room, and the doctors, nurses, and staff were always warm and friendly and answered any questions I had quickly and thoroughly...
The [RMA - Austin] clinic is small and cozy. It is well decorated and relaxing and there was never more than one other person in the waiting room in all my visits. Also I never waited more than 5 minutes for an appointment and the doctor was never double-booked for an appointment time (unlike other clinics in town we tried). The clinic staff is also well organized and easy to deal with in case of insurance issues or other admin questions...
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Dr. Skillern is not the most touchy-feely, but she is very honest and pretty easy to talk to. She was completely up-front with us from the get-go, and seemed to communicate with myself and my husband as equals. Also, did every appointment except for blood draws, and was always willing to answer a call or email if I had questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
I always felt like a human, the practice seemed relatively small, never a long wait or crowded waiting room, and the doctors, nurses, and staff were always warm and friendly and answered any questions I had quickly and thoroughly.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Aspire Fertility Austin and their degree of success.
I used the antagonist protocol, with a couple weeks of birth control pills before starting stims. Because of my large follicle count, and risk of OHSS, we planned a freeze-all cycle from the beginning. I started off with relatively conservative dosage amounts of Menopur and Follistim and did reduce as we moved forward. Also, since we did a freeze-all, I triggered with Luperon instead of HCG. I started with 24 eggs retrieved, 20 were mature, and 17 fertilized with ICSI. After six days, I had six remaining embryos for transfer. I was able to transfer my next cycle, after a hysteroscopy to double-check my uterus. Because of the grades of my embryos, we transferred one and it was successful.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Aspire Fertility Austin.
I had one primary nurse who took care of my case and scheduling, she was very organized and good at explaining all the steps. She was also very thorough at our IVF class where we discussed my calendar and medications. Also, the rest of the staff including the other nurses and those who took blood and helped out with my retrieval and transfer were great. They make you feel welcome and I remember during my transfer having nearly all the nurses who worked with me while I was being treated in the room keeping my company and wishing me well.
Describe your experience with Aspire Fertility Austin.
The clinic is small and cozy. It is well decorated and relaxing and there was never more than one other person in the waiting room in all my visits. Also I never waited more than 5 minutes for an appointment and the doctor was never double-booked for an appointment time (unlike other clinics in town we tried). The clinic staff is also well organized and easy to deal with in case of insurance issues or other admin questions.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin.
Unfortunately I did not have insurance coverage for IVF. The clinic offers a service that provided a "bundle price" for the procedure plus medications that was lower than the "list price." For all meds, plus IVF, plus a frozen transfer I paid roughly $16,000. The clinic does a good job billing what they can to insurance and they helped me out writing care summaries and letters to insurance to get me a couple claims covered that were originally denied.
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Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Aspire Fertility Austin
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

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2018 - 2019, Unknown Success
NPS
7
NPS
8
Age 35 - 36
2 IVF
Middle Eastern
Marketer or PR
Only Doc Seen
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Too early to know
She [Dr. Amanda Skillern] is very blunt. I do appreciate this but prefer more compassion than I got from her. She did not do both of my egg retrieval’s which I didn’t appreciate. She set realistic expectations on how many eggs I should expect and viable embryos after testing. I haven’t done the transfer yet so can’t review that process.... She prescribed - Lupron 10 ml while taking birth control pill then I moved on to Follistim 300 IU, menopur , omnitrope 50 ml. Then Pregnyl shot.
[Aspire Fertility/RMA of TX is a] Very nice clinic. All facilities onsite including where you do the egg retrieval. Clean and parking is covered. My husband said the male quarters could be enhanced. Very small room with little frills.... Full IVF $17,000 after slight discount Egg retrieval $11,000. Testing covered under insurance since we are CF carriers.... Since I did two retrieval’s I have worked with two different nurses who were both great!
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
She is very blunt. I do appreciate this but prefer more compassion than I got from her. She did not do both of my egg retrieval’s which I didn’t appreciate. She set realistic expectations on how many eggs I should expect and viable embryos after testing. I haven’t done the transfer yet so can’t review that process.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Don’t expect warm and fuzzies. She is to the point and you won’t have a ton of interaction with her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
The nurses and front desk staff are very attentive. When with Dr. Skillern she seems rushed at times.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Aspire Fertility Austin and their degree of success.
She prescribed - Lupron 10 ml while taking birth control pill then I moved on to Follistim 300 IU, menopur , omnitrope 50 ml. Then Pregnyl shot.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Aspire Fertility Austin. (Assigned nurse: Charlotte Purdy & Ricky Richardson )
Since I did two retrieval’s I have worked with two different nurses who were both great!
Describe your experience with Aspire Fertility Austin.
Very nice clinic. All facilities onsite including where you do the egg retrieval. Clean and parking is covered. My husband said the male quarters could be enhanced. Very small room with little frills.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin.
Full IVF $17,000 after slight discount Egg retrieval $11,000. Testing covered under insurance since we are CF carriers.
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Aspire Fertility Austin.
She will only do a single embryo transfer. I don’t have many viable embryos so I am ok with this method. If I had more and wasn’t doing PGD and PGS testing I may feel different.
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Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
4 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
4 of 5
Compassion
2 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
8
Clinic
Aspire Fertility Austin
Austin
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
4 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

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2017 - 2018, Successful
NPS
8
NPS
10
Age 35 - 36
2 IVF
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Endometriosis
European
Income $200K - $499K
Marketer or PR
2nd of 2 Docs
1 IUI With Other Docs
Neutral
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Skillern was great, but at times I felt she was rushed or didn't take time to reassure me in the midst of concerns. She did everything right though, and I'm pregnant now. Compared to experiences I've heard at other clinics, she is a lot more on top of potential complications and preventing them. I didn't mind her blunt personality... My protocols seemed to be fairly standard. They do use birth control to start your cycle at the best time for them to manage office visits, but that actually helped my cycles to go by the book.
[RMA-Austin is] Small, stay on schedule, quick in and out, all services done in house, but they do keep everyone on a similar schedule so it can feel like an assembly line if you let it. I didn't mind it and appreciated that they started on time.... My protocols seemed to be fairly standard. They do use birth control to start your cycle at the best time for them to manage office visits, but that actually helped my cycles to go by the book.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Dr. Skillern was great, but at times I felt she was rushed or didn't take time to reassure me in the midst of concerns. She did everything right though, and I'm pregnant now. Compared to experiences I've heard at other clinics, she is a lot more on top of potential complications and preventing them. I didn't mind her blunt personality.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Be patient and trust her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Lots of patients in and out in a short period of time
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Aspire Fertility Austin and their degree of success.
My protocols seemed to be fairly standard. They do use birth control to start your cycle at the best time for them to manage office visits, but that actually helped my cycles to go by the book.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Aspire Fertility Austin. (Assigned nurse: Melissa Harmon)
They were busy so responses were sometimes delayed, but overall they were great.
Describe your experience with Aspire Fertility Austin.
Small, stay on schedule, quick in and out, all services done in house, but they do keep everyone on a similar schedule so it can feel like an assembly line if you let it. I didn't mind it and appreciated that they started on time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin.
Covered under work benefits
What specific things went wrong at Aspire Fertility Austin?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
Describe the specific things that went wrong at Aspire Fertility Austin.
Just prior to a surgery there was some confusion on whether the post op meds would be called in before or after. It was resolved with one phone call.
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Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
2 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
10
Clinic
Aspire Fertility Austin
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
2017, Unknown Success
NPS
8
NPS
8
Age 43
2 IVF
Poor Egg Quality
Income $50K - $99K
Only Doc Seen
IUI With Other Docs
Donor Sperm
Neutral
Neutral
Success w/ Doc Not sure
She [Dr. Amanda Skillern] is pretty frank in the chances of conception. She does seem to go through a planned script but I imagine that is intentional to be sure all details are in order...Dr. Skillern is not chatty and no nonsense. There is no time for banter. Come prepared...The baseline examinations are very quick. If you have questions during a procedure, be sure to let them know you have questions and they need to be answered.
[The nurses at RMA of Texas] Very thorough in answering of questions and timely in getting back to me during stimulation cycle...the self pay price with genetic testing is about $20,000 + medication...They seem very organized and centrally located...16 eggs produced, 9 fertilized, 2 made to embryo stage, 1 was normal Lupron = 20 units for 10 days / 10 units during stimulation phase Follistim = 150 IU for 11 days Menopur = 150 IU for 11 days Omnitrope = 25 IU for 11 days I had a failed cycle before where the embryo was not normal. Omnitrope was added to the protocol and not covered by insurance.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Be sure to come prepared with any questions you have in advance. The baseline examinations are very quick. If you have questions during a procedure, be sure to let them know you have questions and they need to be answered.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
Dr. Skillern is not chatty and no nonsense. There is no time for banter. Come prepared.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
She is pretty frank in the chances of conception. She does seem to go through a planned script but I imagine that is intentional to be sure all details are in order.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Aspire Fertility Austin and their degree of success.
16 eggs produced, 9 fertilized, 2 made to embryo stage, 1 was normal Lupron = 20 units for 10 days / 10 units during stimulation phase Follistim = 150 IU for 11 days Menopur = 150 IU for 11 days Omnitrope = 25 IU for 11 days I had a failed cycle before where the embryo was not normal. Omnitrope was added to the protocol and not covered by insurance.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Aspire Fertility Austin. (Assigned nurse: Melissa Harmon)
Very thorough in answering of questions and timely in getting back to me during stimulation cycle.
Describe your experience with Aspire Fertility Austin.
They seem very organized and centrally located.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin.
I have insurance so that changes things but the self pay price with genetic testing is about $20,000 + medication
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Aspire Fertility Austin.
Doctor has strong preference for eSET
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Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
4 of 5
Communication
4 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
4 of 5
Adaptability
4 of 5
8
Clinic
Aspire Fertility Austin
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
4 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
6 of 5
2022 - 2023, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 43 - 44
7 IVF
Unexplained
Income $200K - $499K
2nd of 2 Docs
12 IUI With Other Docs
1 IVF With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr Skillern is incredibly smart and honest. With google at our fingertips, she is readily able to expel or support any information we brought to a visit. Even with her own research studies she personally conducted. I am 9 weeks tomorrow, all because of her brilliance...so incredibly smart. She takes the time to answer any/all questions we have, often before we even ask. 10/10!!!!!!
Dr Skillern and her [Fora Fertility] staff are incredibly smart and honest. With google at our fingertips, Dr Skillern and Rikki are readily available to expel or support any information we brought to a visit. Dr Skillern has conducted her own research studies and shared results. I am 9 weeks tomorrow, all because of her brilliance. My only regret is not finding Dr Skillern sooner!
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr Skillern is incredibly smart and honest. With google at our fingertips, she is readily able to expel or support any information we brought to a visit. Even with her own research studies she personally conducted. I am 9 weeks tomorrow, all because of her brilliance.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Run to Dr Skillern!! Go now. Don’t wait!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr Skillern is so incredibly smart. She takes the time to answer any/all questions we have, often before we even ask. 10/10!!!!!!
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
I am 43, with unexplained infertility. The clinic I was with previously had me over medicated. Which, as I’m sure most know, is a costly and wasteful endeavor. Dr Skillern had a systemic protocol, specifically for me (Menopur, Gonal and Omnitrope; followed by a trigger).
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki❤️)
Rikki is by far one of the best humans I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. She is so helpful (again, with my incessant googling or when I missed a dose of estrogen). She is heaven-sent!
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
Dr Skillern and her staff are incredibly smart and honest. With google at our fingertips, Dr Skillern and Rikki are readily available to expel or support any information we brought to a visit. Dr Skillern has conducted her own research studies and shared results. I am 9 weeks tomorrow, all because of her brilliance. My only regret is not finding Dr Skillern sooner!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
I don’t recall, exactly.
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fora Fertility.
We transferred one embryo and she’s progressing nicely. The risk of multiples isn’t worth it (imo). Infertility is so hard already.
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Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2021 - 2022, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 41 - 42
5 IVF
Surrogacy
Poor Egg Quality
Unexplained
European
Income $500K+
Consultant
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Skillern keeps it real - balance deep knowledge of science, statistics and options with the experience of a human who’s been through this herself...We were able to make healthy embryos but my body wouldn’t accept the transfer, so we turned to surrogacy, which was successful the first time...I am writing this review on Mother’s Day with a profound sense of gratitude for this team that helped me become a mother. Dr. Skillern and Dr. Crawford are incredible - a mix of smart, kind, determined, funny and HUMAN. They keep it real.
[Fora Fertility is] Personal, smart, innovative. Easy to access for many, many visits. Treat their patients like individuals. Always made the time. Ultimately led to a successful outcome. A team that’s like a family, helping other families...I am writing this review on Mother’s Day with a profound sense of gratitude for this team that helped me become a mother. Dr. Skillern and Dr. Crawford are incredible - a mix of smart, kind, determined, funny and HUMAN. They keep it real.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
I am writing this review on Mother’s Day with a profound sense of gratitude for this team that helped me become a mother. Dr. Skillern and Dr. Crawford are incredible - a mix of smart, kind, determined, funny and HUMAN. They keep it real.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Take time to ask all your questions. But also trust the process, which may be filled with twists and turns.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern keeps it real - balance deep knowledge of science, statistics and options with the experience of a human who’s been through this herself.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
I don’t remember the specifics. We were able to make healthy embryos but my body wouldn’t accept the transfer, so we turned to surrogacy, which was successful the first time.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki)
Rikki gave me peace of mind - always. She became like a family member.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
Personal, smart, innovative. Easy to access for many, many visits. Treat their patients like individuals. Always made the time. Ultimately led to a successful outcome. A team that’s like a family, helping other families.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
Partly covered by my insurance
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Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
LGBTQ+
2019 - 2020, Unknown Success
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 38 - 39
1 IVF
1 Egg Freezing
Unexplained
Latinx
Black or African-American
Income $0 - $49K
Only Doc Seen
Donor Sperm
LGBTQ+
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Success w/ Doc Not sure
[Dr. Amanda Skillern] is straight forward. She explains and she tells you what is best but still allows you to make the choice. She was always avilable or someone on the team was to answer any questions I had. I would recommend Dr Skillern. However my first transfer did result in pregnancy. I felt horrible and questioned myself but after meeting with the Dr she made me feel its not my fault and even put her own personal story out there.
Everyone [at Aspire Fertility] is helpful and does their best to accommodate you. From when you walk in the door until you leave. From the front desk to financial desk to the treatment room you feel special. I would refer this clinic because I always felt like I left knowing everything I needed to know and if I disnt I could always call or email.... [Dr. Amanda Skillern] is straight forward. She explains and she tells you what is best but still allows you to make the choice.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
She is straight forward. She explains and she tells you what is best but still allows you to make the choice. She was always avilable or someone on the team was to answer any questions I had. I would recommend Dr Skillern. However my first transfer did result in pregnancy. I felt horrible and questioned myself but after meeting with the Dr she made me feel its not my fault and even put her own personal story out there.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
She will be honest and straight forward.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Aspire Fertility Austin?
She has always been awesome and explained
Describe your experience with Aspire Fertility Austin.
Everyone is helpful and does their best to accommodate you. From when you walk in the door until you leave. From the front desk to financial desk to the treatment room you feel special. I would refer this clinic because I always felt like I left knowing everything I needed to know and if I disnt I could always call or email.
10
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Aspire Fertility Austin
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

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2020 - 2021, Successful
NPS
9
NPS
10
Age 36 - 37
2 IVF
European
Income $200K - $499K
Marketer or PR
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I thoroughly appreciated that Dr. Skillern would tell us the honest facts about each step in our journey. She never sugar coated the truth when it came to our chances for success along the way. I didn't want someone to feel bad for me or treat me like a number, but rather a partner to reach an end goal - a baby for us!...She knew we didn't want to chance having additional miscarriages but rather "have a baby" in the most direct way possible.
Fora was much smaller than the other clinics we looked at, much to our preference...we were willing to pay a bit more for the hands-on care we received. The clinic itself was brand new when we started with Dr. Skillern so they were still getting organized around paperwork and protocols, but never to the detriment of us as the patient. They were excited to be doing their jobs and creating this space for women.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Strengths: Direct, clear communication of expectations, realistic, compassionate while still focused on the end goal, motivated to succeed for each individual patient. Weaknesses: None! Overall: I thoroughly appreciated that Dr. Skillern would tell us the honest facts about each step in our journey. She never sugar coated the truth when it came to our chances for success along the way. I didn't want someone to feel bad for me or treat me like a number, but rather a partner to reach an end goal - a baby for us!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
She's very clear and direct. If you want a lot of emotion surrounding your situation you may not appreciate her because she's down to business. Her bedside manner is fantastic if you are goal-driven and focused.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern and Dr. Crawford have created a fantastic environment at Fora Fertility. The staff has worked for them for years and it felt like they really cared about my progress and our personal journey. Everyone knew who we were and were invested in our success.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
Given my consecutive losses, Dr. Skillern immediately ruled out IUI. I had an "ok" number of eggs but bad quality, so quickly she recommended IVF and explained why. She knew we didn't want to chance having additional miscarriages but rather "have a baby" in the most direct way possible. We started with a typical protocol for egg retrieval - birth control to normalize followed by the hormone injections. Unfortunately, we got only 3 embryos and none were normal. We decided to proceed with a second round, adding HGH. We ended up with 6 embryos, 4 normal. Since I had no uterine issues we forewent a mock transfer in favor for the frozen embryo transfer after genetic testing.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki)
Rikki was amazing!! She has worked with Dr. Skillern for 10 years and you could tell their relationship was easy and beneficial for the patient.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
Fora was much smaller than the other clinics we looked at, much to our preference. The other main option in town (Texas Fertility) felt like a fertility factory and we were willing to pay a bit more for the hands-on care we received. The clinic itself was brand new when we started with Dr. Skillern so they were still getting organized around paperwork and protocols, but never to the detriment of us as the patient. They were excited to be doing their jobs and creating this space for women.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
Each egg retrieval totaled ~$25K with medications and the embryo transfer was ~$8K with medications.
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fora Fertility.
Dr. Skillern would not have done a multiple embryo transfer and we were 100% in favor of that approach, never wanting to chance multiples. She was clear that there were only a handful of edge cases during which she would consider it, and if so, she would require counseling for the patient.
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Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
4 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2022 - 2023, Successful
NPS
9
NPS
10
Age 33 - 34
1 IVF
Unexplained
Income $200K - $499K
Graphic Designer
Only Doc Seen
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Skillern was just what my husband and I needed throughout this journey. We wanted someone data-driven, thorough, and straight-forward with her prognosis and treatment plan. If you are looking for someone to hold your hand and be your emotional support during this, she may not be for you. She always answered all our questions and has a great sense of humor that gets you to feel calm during monitoring sessions/procedures. Dr. Skillern never made us feel hopeless about our situation and we left every appointment feeling excited about our next steps. My experience with Dr. Skillern was incredibly positive and we had a wonderful IVF experience with great results with her.
This clinic [Fora Fertility] is truly a boutique so keep that in mind. If you are looking for a big, well-oiled machine, they might not be for you. We liked the small, intimate feel of this practice and appreciated that everything for us was tailored to our specific needs. You truly get to know all the staff like family since this practice is so small...Rikki was my primary nurse and I loved her. She was so thorough, kind, and a great communicator. She never made me feel like I was asking too many questions, or being a pain and I really appreciated that. She took the time to genuinely listen to anything we had to say and would explain everything in great detail.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern was just what my husband and I needed throughout this journey. We wanted someone data-driven, thorough, and straight-forward with her prognosis and treatment plan. If you are looking for someone to hold your hand and be your emotional support during this, she may not be for you. She always answered all our questions and has a great sense of humor that gets you to feel calm during monitoring sessions/procedures. Dr. Skillern never made us feel hopeless about our situation and we left every appointment feeling excited about our next steps. My experience with Dr. Skillern was incredibly positive and we had a wonderful IVF experience with great results with her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to speak out about your anxious thoughts/protocol/treatments with her. She always took the time to listen and explain whenever we needed it.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr. Skillern was incredibly thorough with me and I felt as though my case was specifically tailored for me and my needs. All my medications/dosages/etc were continuously monitored throughout my treatment and was altered as needed. Everyone was so kind and really listened to me and my husband throughout this process.
Describe the protocols Amanda Skillern used in your cycles at Fora Fertility and their degree of success.
For my treatment plan, I used Gonal for about 12/13 days. I responded perfectly, with lots of follicles and was closely monitored throughout the process. Towards the end, my dose was altered to achieve the results we wanted based on bloodwork results. I eventually added in Ganirelix to prevent ovulation. Since I was a high responder, I triggered with Lupron and had an incredibly successful egg retrieval. 32 eggs retrieved, 27 were mature, 20 made it 5 day blastocysts (and subsequently PGT tested), and 13 embryos were chromosomally normal.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki)
Rikki was my primary nurse and I loved her. She was so thorough, kind, and a great communicator. She never made me feel like I was asking too many questions, or being a pain and I really appreciated that. She took the time to genuinely listen to anything we had to say and would explain everything in great detail.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
This clinic is truly a boutique so keep that in mind. If you are looking for a big, well-oiled machine, they might not be for you. We liked the small, intimate feel of this practice and appreciated that everything for us was tailored to our specific needs. You truly get to know all the staff like family since this practice is so small.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
I had insurance which was helpful, but overall, it was still really expensive. For one cycle of IVF (egg retrieval, PGT testing, anesthesia, monitoring all included) it was 10K. With insurance all my meds only cost me $500. Embryo transfer was around 2K with subsequent OB ultrasounds costing around $300. In total, the costs were around $12,900.
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fora Fertility.
Dr. Skillern really only transfers a single embryo unless some other medical reason to transfer multiple. This was perfectly ok with us.
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Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
3 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
3 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
4 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
4 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2022, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 37
1 IVF
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Marketer or PR
1st of 2 Docs
2 IUI With Other Docs
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
I was extremely nervous going into IVF and immediately felt like I was on the right path when I met Dr. Skillern. She was direct and took the time to educate me, and answer our questions. She also brought a wonderful sense of humor, which is so needed in this process to keep your spirits up...She is not a Dr. who just tells you what you want to hear, which can be hard for people looking for certain answers. She will not sugar coat the state of your fertility or your options – so if you're ready for the truth, go see her.
Loved the boutique feel of this clinic, think that helps you feel like a human and not a number. Unlike a lot of offices, Fora feels cool and modern vs. old, cold, sterile and ugly. While it's not necessarily a weakness, it would be nice for them to be able to do treatments under the same roof...This was my first experience going into a clinic and not caring who I saw because everyone was so amazing. I felt equally at home with Rikki and Mel and actually ended up seeing one for most of my clinic visits and one for my transfers so there was some consistency there. Excellent communicators, I never wondered what was going to happen next and they answered all my questions.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
I was extremely nervous going into IVF and immediately felt like I was on the right path when I met Dr. Skillern. She was direct and took the time to educate me, and answer our questions. She also brought a wonderful sense of humor, which is so needed in this process to keep your spirits up.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
She is not a Dr. who just tells you what you want to hear, which can be hard for people looking for certain answers. She will not sugar coat the state of your fertility or your options – so if you're ready for the truth, go see her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
They genuinely acted like they were excited to see me during my visits. The communication was clear and kind. The care was so good I didn't want to go back to my OB!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki and Mel)
This was my first experience going into a clinic and not caring who I saw because everyone was so amazing. I felt equally at home with Rikki and Mel and actually ended up seeing one for most of my clinic visits and one for my transfers so there was some consistency there. Excellent communicators, I never wondered what was going to happen next and they answered all my questions.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
Loved the boutique feel of this clinic, think that helps you feel like a human and not a number. Unlike a lot of offices, Fora feels cool and modern vs. old, cold, sterile and ugly. While it's not necessarily a weakness, it would be nice for them to be able to do treatments under the same roof but going to Aspire was also a great experience and close by so just something to be aware of.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
Mine were covered by my benefits
Describe Amanda Skillern's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Fora Fertility.
Obviously at my age (38) I would've liked the option to transfer more than one embryo but I understood why she only recommended one.
10
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
5 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5
LGBTQ+
Verified

This patient has provided documentation of treatment at this clinic.

2020, Successful
NPS
10
NPS
10
Age 38
2 IVF
2 Embryo Freezing
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
Unexplained
European
Income $200K - $499K
Professor
2nd of 2 Docs
2 IUI With Other Docs
Donor Sperm
LGBTQ+
Strongly Recommends
Strongly Recommends
Successful
Dr. Skillern provided all possible options for my wife and I and helped us make the best choice for our LGBTQ family...completely patient-centered care specific to our particular situation and needs, guided by our goal for our family...We chose to do reciprocal IVF...Our first transfer from our first retrieval resulted in our perfect daughter...We are moving back to California next month, but will be back in Austin without question for Baby #2. We couldn't imagine trusting our future with anyone else.
Fora was welcoming, respectful, and knowledgeable about our needs and desires for our family as a queer couple...you are treated as an individual patient, with unique goals and circumstances and plans. You're also treated as a whole person, going through a difficult process, who deserves to be informed and cared for throughout it. I would recommend Fora to anyone looking for a careful, conscientious place to do IVF.
How was your experience with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
I could not recommend Fora Fertility more. Dr. Skillern and Rikki Richardson were a team made for us; they were consistently honest, careful, thorough, and patient-centered throughout our entire process. My wife and I met Dr. Skillern April of 2020. She did thorough testing and guided us through the options for us, laying out statistical likelihoods of each path and leaving the decision up to us. We chose to do reciprocal IVF and began the first cycle in the summer. Dr. Skillern proscribed our meds and monitored everything to make sure all was aligned for the retrievals and transfers. Our first transfer from our first retrieval resulted in our perfect daughter, born in summer 2021. We are moving back to California next month, but will be back in Austin without question for Baby #2. We couldn't imagine trusting our future with anyone else.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility?
Dr, Skillern provided completely patient-centered care specific to our particular situation and needs, guided by our goal for our family.
How competent was Amanda Skillern at LGBTQ+ care?
Dr. Skillern provided all possible options for my wife and I and helped us make the best choice for our LGBTQ family.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Fora Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Rikki Richardson)
Rikki is amazing. She was so organized, coordinated everything, cared for us deeply, and made sure everything went as smoothly as possible. Everyday for months, we came in for Rikki's injection clinic, building not only confidence in our path but a beautiful friendship along the way. Our first retrieval resulted in one embryo and our second resulted in three because Dr. Skillern and Rikki assessed and adjusted based on the results from the first retrieval, always working as hard as possible for the best outcome for each patient. Every day with our daughter is a gift and we will forever be grateful to Fora Fertility and our dream team Dr. Skillern and Rikki for making our most beautiful dreams materialize.
Describe your experience with Fora Fertility.
At Fora, you are treated as an individual patient, with unique goals and circumstances and plans. You're also treated as a whole person, going through a difficult process, who deserves to be informed and cared for throughout it. I would recommend Fora to anyone looking for a careful, conscientious place to do IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Amanda Skillern at Fora Fertility.
$36,000
How competent was Fora Fertility at LGBTQ+ care?
Fora was welcoming, respectful, and knowledgeable about our needs and desires for our family as a queer couple.
10
Doctor
Amanda Skillern
NPS
Humanity
5 of 5
Communication
5 of 5
Frequency Seen
4 of 5
LGBTQ+ Care
5 of 5
Trustworthiness
5 of 5
Compassion
5 of 5
Explained risks
5 of 5
Adaptability
5 of 5
10
Clinic
Fora Fertility
Austin
NPS
Operations
5 of 5
Scheduling
5 of 5
Billing Department
5 of 5
Nursing Staff
5 of 5
LGBTQ+ Care
5 of 5
Clinic Atmosphere
6 of 5
Educational Resources
7 of 5