Describe your experience with Associates in Family Care.
Associates in Family Care of Olathe has several doctors, though I only go to Dr Herrick. We have spoken with one of the other doctors when we called the physician on call with a question about our son, and they were very kind. The reception staff are all very kind and helpful as well - they all know who I am now and remember me when I come in.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Both Dr Herrick and his nurses mourn with you during your losses and celebrate with you when there is something to celebrate. They always take the time to make sure you understand what is going on and any decisions that have be made. I always feel like they care about me and want what was best for me and my family.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I love Amanda and Susan!! They are both so kind, helpful, and go above and beyond to help me. I live an hour away from Dr Herrick's office, so I often go to my local hospital to get blood tests. They frequently have to fax the orders multiple times before my local hospital receives it. Amanda and Susan are so patient and make sure I get what I need at all times.
How was your experience with Patrick Herrick?
We first visited Dr Herrick when I was pregnant for the first time and was worried about miscarrying. He did everything he could to help us keep that baby. He even had my blood tested for a few rare problems that most doctors don't think of to make sure we had the best chance to keep our baby. Despite our efforts, we did lose that child. When it was time for us to try again, Dr Herrick ordered numerous blood tests to help discover the problem. It took months, two very early miscarriages (4 weeks and 6 weeks), and several different medications to figure out what the problem was and how to fix it, but Dr Herrick put the puzzle pieces together and made it possible for our sweet little son to be born. Dr Herrick always explained the significant results of the tests he ordered for me, and he was very good at taking the time to answer my questions. If it weren't for him, I think it would have been a long time before I would have been able to have children.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Patrick Herrick?
He doesn't always have a super warm fuzzy bedside manner, but he is a very good, straightforward, honest, professional man and he is always sympathetic to what you are going through. Don't plan to be somewhere soon after your appointments because they often take a long time, but it is worth the inconvenience of the extra 30 or so minutes because you receive excellent care. When I have called that morning, begging them to squeeze in an appointment for me, they almost always figure out a way, so when they run behind I figure that they are just going out of their way to help every patient just as much as they always help me.
Describe the protocols Patrick Herrick used in your cycles and their degree of success.
First, the blood tests Dr Herrick ran showed that I had elevated androgens and prolactin. He gave me a medication (cabergoline) to lower the prolactin, which helped - I was able to conceive - but I miscarried immediately, so we knew that wasn't the whole problem. He then added Clomid a few months later, which helped - I conceived again! - but I miscarried that baby a few weeks later. He ran more blood tests and discovered that I have insulin resistance and PCOS. He gave me Metformin to help the insulin resistance and was also planning on giving me another round of Clomid for the best chance of success, but before I could start taking the Clomid, I conceived again. He kept me on Metformin throughout the pregnancy to help me keep the baby, and he also had me getting progesterone shots to help me keep the baby as well. I stopped getting the shots at 15 weeks as my levels were fine on their own by then. As a result of this treatment, I delivered a healthy baby!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Patrick Herrick.
I always pay a copay for an office visit, and I pay for the medications he puts me on. My insurance usually covers blood tests. He is also my OB, so I paid a general fee for all his OB care over the course of 6 months.