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Avon
33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.
Avon, OH 44011
440-695-4000
Beachwood
26900 Cedar Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
216.839.3100
Cleveland
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
216-444-6601
Solon
29800 Bainbridge Road
Solon, OH 44139
440-519-6800
Strongsville
16761 S Park Center
Strongsville, OH 44136
216-444-6601
Twinsburg
8701 Darrow Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087
330-888-4000
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 11Neutral: 2Don't recommend: 38.6
16 assessments
  • 69% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 13% Neutral (7-8)
  • 19% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
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Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
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Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
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2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
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35-37
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43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
664
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
16 assessments
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Age
29 - 30
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, PCOS
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The nursing staff [at the Cleveland Clinic] was wonderful! They went above and beyond to make everything easier for me. The nurses explained everything to me during ultrasounds, bloodwork, etc...Monitoring appointments were always scheduled in the morning so that all results were in by the lunch meeting that all doctors/nurses would discuss each case and determine course of action. I would always get a call in the afternoon with updates and information.
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Age
29 - 30
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, PCOS
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
All retrievals and transfers are done at the Beachwood location. The doctors/nurses meet as a team and divide your case together each day to ensure that you are receiving the best course for your treatment. They contact you after every ultrasound, bloodwork to tell you the updated treatment plan including when to start/stop meds, etc.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He took time to listen to my list of questions and explain everything to me.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nursing staff was wonderful! They went above and beyond to make everything easier for me. The nurses explained everything to me during ultrasounds, bloodwork, etc.
How was your experience with Tomasso Falcone?
He was very nice and listened to all of my questions and concerns. He was willing to try other more conservative methods before IVF. He answered my emails promptly. He allowed me to use eastern medicinal practice along with treatment.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Tomasso Falcone?
Have a list of questions and concerns when going to appointments, do research to know what is the best course of action for you I cling what you and your partner are ready and willing to try (i.e.: clomid vs IUI vs IVF). Always ask questions and for him to explain everything so you can understand.
Describe the protocols Tomasso Falcone used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Femara after I changed around my diet and vitamins based on my own research. After a miscarriage (first under his care) he suggested IVF with a freeze-all cycle and PGS testing. He felt that the miscarriages weren't by chance and was hopeful that the additional testing would give us answers and the best/healthiest embryos for transfer. He wanted to do a freeze-all cycle due to PCOS and to allow my body a break before transfer.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
Monitoring appointments were always scheduled in the morning so that all results were in by the lunch meeting that all doctors/nurses would discuss each case and determine course of action. I would always get a call in the afternoon with updates and information.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Tomasso Falcone.
Medicine, procedures, freezing embryos, monitoring embryo growth, PGS testing, transfer, monitoring, bloodwork
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Doctor
Tomasso Falcone
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Cleveland
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
35
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
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Strengths [at Cleveland Clinic]: Efficiency, respectful, kind, compassionate, clean, honest, great communication (email and phone calls answered either that day or next business day). Weaknesses: Some days/ times are quite busy in the lobby. Can take some time to get registered/ signed in (arrive early).... I have worked a lot with 2 nurses, Susan and Mary. They are both kind, compassionate, and quick to respond. They have often called back well after normal business hours in order to answer questions or provide test results. Every staff member at Dr Falcone's office was friendly and treated us with highest regards.
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Age
35
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Native American
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
Strengths: Efficiency, respectful, kind, compassionate, clean, honest, great communication (email and phone calls answered either that day or next business day). Weaknesses: Some days/ times are quite busy in the lobby. Can take some time to get registered/ signed in (arrive early).
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Everyone was nice and went out of their way to accommodate. They are very caring and empathetic.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I have worked a lot with 2 nurses, Susan and Mary. They are both kind, compassionate, and quick to respond. They have often called back well after normal business hours in order to answer questions or provide test results. Every staff member at Dr Falcone's office was friendly and treated us with highest regards.
How was your experience with Tomasso Falcone?
I absolutely love Dr Falcone and would highly recommend him. No we didn't get the outcome we wanted so far, but he is not able to control that. He has done everything that he can do for us. He is very honest and can be matter of fact. He does not sugar coat or give false hope. He also does not take away hope. Most improtantly he is very knowledgeable and using cutting edge treatments, attempting to find better ways to treat women with infertility, specifically those with Endometriosis.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Tomasso Falcone?
Take something to write with. Be prepared with questions. Know what you are expecting and discuss that with him and know that reality and expectations may not align, but he will be honest and up front with you about that. Don't expect warmth and emotions. While he is very kind, he is also very straight forward and sticks very much to the facts.
Describe the protocols Tomasso Falcone used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Excision surgery, Clomid, IUI, recommended IVF, but we could. Or afford it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Tomasso Falcone.
Total with surgery was over $50000
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Doctor
Tomasso Falcone
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Cleveland
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
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[Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center is on a] Large hospital campus so it makes it a little hard to find parking and the correct building. I was always called early for my appointments and never had to wait more than 10 minutes. Doctor and nurses came into the room quickly.... [the nurses] Were very aware of how difficult this situation is and how hard it is to hear a diagnosis. Always compassionate. Talked on the phone often and always responded to my emails. Very patient and answered any questions I had.
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
Large hospital campus so it makes it a little hard to find parking and the correct building. I was always called early for my appointments and never had to wait more than 10 minutes. Doctor and nurses came into the room quickly.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Time was taken to answer all of my questions, even follow up questions on the phone after appointments. I never felt like my appointments were being rushed.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Were very aware of how difficult this situation is and how hard it is to hear a diagnosis. Always compassionate. Talked on the phone often and always responded to my emails. Very patient and answered any questions I had.
How was your experience with Tomasso Falcone?
Always gave plenty of detail about treatment options and cause of infertility, being endometriosis. Waited patiently while my husband and I thought through things during appointments to answer our questions. Spoke to me directly after surgery to explain how it went and what was found. He was always prepared and seemed to know exactly what was going on with us at each visit.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Tomasso Falcone?
Have questions prepared before appointments.
Describe the protocols Tomasso Falcone used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Surgery for a septate uterus to remove septum to lower chances of miscarriage. During surgery, also performed laporoscopy and removed all endometriosis. 3 rounds of IUI with Clomid as I appear to be ovulating normally on my own, he didn't think anything stronger than clomid would be necessary.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Tomasso Falcone.
One cycle of IUI was $495.00 includes procedure and sperm washing.
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Doctor
Tomasso Falcone
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Cleveland
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Age
29 - 30
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
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I felt Cleveland Clinic was unaware of how much their procedures really cost their patients. They always provided estimates but were so far off it was shocking. Their billing department was unable to help me predict costs and even my own insurance company wasnt much help. They quoted IUI as costing $460 plus meds but it really cost $3000 once scans and blood work were factored in. The IVF cycles ran anywhere from 18,000-30,000, but whatever their quotes were it always cost at least a couple thousand more.
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Age
29 - 30
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
I think the biggest strength of the Cleveland Clinic is it's cutting edge technology and labs. They were able to do all tests and labs right in office. They had on-staff people to do everything from the surgery to HSG to the blood word to embryo assessment, etc. This made getting results quick and efficient. I also think have multiple specialists on staff os great. There were several IVF specialists, male infertility specialists, etc. They also have great appointment times. I was able to do 6:30 a.m. appointments for all my scans and bloodwork which allowed me to still get to work on time daily. They also are open every day of the year except Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Weaknesses... The biggest weakness of Cleveland Clinic was their knowledge on how much things would cost. Many patients pay out of pocket, like myself and while they did provide cost break downs they were so far from accurate it was shocking. They quote you for an IUI around $460 but after the meds, scans and bloodwork that insurance doesn't cover it was more like $3,000 each time. The billing department was unable to help you figure out what was covered by your insurance as well. I was able to get the codes but even my insurance company was unsure until after the fact about what each scan would cost. Another weakness is the pharmacy. Barron's is the pharmacy they recommend using. It is a wonderful place with super helpful people, but they are not the cheapest. I wish I would have known that by I had trust CC with they said it was the cheapest. Overall I felt they had no idea what their procedures were really costing patients. At times I wanted additional tests done, like vitamin D or FSH, but CC was unwilling. They were also unwilling to try estrogen priming and other procedures that sometimes work for patients with low AMH. I felt they were very rigid in their views and treatments. The last weakness may be more personal but still... after my 4th failed IVF I decided to move on to donor eggs. I searched the 2 donor egg banks CC recommends but was unable to find any donors I liked. I searched for several weeks before eventually branching out and looking at other donor egg banks. Eventually I found a donor I loved but it brought me under the care of a different lead RE. The RE was located in California where I'd be traveling for my transfer but I still needed all my monitoring done at Cleveland Clinic. The second I was no longer under Dr. Austin's care, they stopped helping me. Dr. Austin even met with me to say she could no longer answer questions for me because she didnt want to step on toes. I completely understood this. What I didnt understand is why I could no longer use their lab for blood work or get the appointment times that I had been using for 3 years. After I switched doctors my blood work had to be done at the main lab where I would wait for an hour at times. Then the blood would have to be sent to an external lab to be processed and results would sometimes take 1 or 2 days to come in. They even sent me to a whole other branch of the Cleveland Clinic to do a procedure they had done on my twice before, but they would no longee due since Dr. Austin wasn't my primary. I was confused by this since they were still receiving my money for these appoinyments. I felt like I was just a number to them at that point. Prior to this I had not felt that way though, but I felt it needed to be mentioned.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
The staff at Cleveland Clinic Beachwood learned my name and never forgot it. From the receptionist to the doctor, everyone was very friendly and compassionate. Even at times when I was less than happy, they kept a smile on their face.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I actually did not get assigned a primary nurse but I really liked working with Nicole and requested her for everything. She was wonderful and friendly and positive and everything you could want in a nurse. The other nurses I worked with were also great. The ultrasound techs were proficient and quick as was the blood lab. Both secretaries at the front office were so helpful and kind.
How was your experience with Cynthia Austin?
I did not get to see Dr. Austin very often. I think I only met with her three times. When we did meet she was very straight forward and honest. I did feel a little like she would get confused about my diagnosis or issues. Sometimes I had to remind her that we had borderline low morphology or endo. Although she is hard to get a meeting with, she personally called me after each failed cycle to discuss the next steps. She also was always very good at responding via My Chart, Cleveland Clinic's messaging system. I definitely got to know my nurses better than her, but I felt like she was available if I needed to contact her.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cynthia Austin?
She is very straight forward which can be difficult to take when you are so emotional already. Still she was very understanding about all my worries and concerns and took the time to address them.
Describe the protocols Cynthia Austin used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I was diagnosed with Diminished Ovarian Reserve with an AMH of 0.131 at age 27. I also had an abnormal HSG which lead to a laproscopy where they found that my right ovary had the tube twisted around it and was atrophied. After many cycles we found that my right ovary never produced. They also found endo on my left ovary which they removed. After my surgery, I was given the option to move straight to IVF or start with IUI first. Dr. Austin was honest that I needed to move quickly considering my AMH levels, but gave me the option of IUI or IVF. Because we were paying out of pocket, we decided to try IUI with clomid first. After 3 unsuccessful rounds we moved on to IVF. My first round of IVF was an Antagonist protocol. Dr. Austin referred to it as the most aggressive protocol. I did not respond well to the meds and also had a cyst emerge so that cycle was converted to an IUI. The next 2 cycle I did mini IVF which both were canceled due to a lead follicle emerging. The last cycle I did with Austin was an micro flare lupron cycle. They retrieved 7 eggs, 6 mature, 4 fertilized but all stopped growing by day 3. Dr. Austin suggested donor eggs at this point (though she had mentioned it to me before) and I decided to pursue this route. I found an egg bank with a donor I liked that was outside of the Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Austin stopped being my primary at that point althought I still did testing there.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
Quick and easy monitoring appointments at convenient times. The lab techs were proficient and quick.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cynthia Austin.
I mentioned this in the weakness portion but... I paid put of pocket for everything. I felt Cleveland Clinic was unaware of how much their procedures really cost their patients. They always provided estimates but were so far off it was shocking. Their billing department was unable to help me predict costs and even my own insurance company wasnt much help. They quoted IUI as costing $460 plus meds but it really cost $3000 once scans and blood work were factored in. The IVF cycles ran anywhere from 18,000-30,000, but whatever their quotes were it always cost at least a couple thousand more.
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Doctor
Cynthia Austin
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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Age
34
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
6 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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I loved Sally [nurse at Cleveland Clinic]. She is very thorough and spent time making sure I completely understood the plan. I knew that if I called her, she would always call me back. I drove up from 2 hours away and every time i was there, she offered me something to drink for the ride home and told me to have a safe trip back. Sally truly cared about me and my treatment.
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Age
34
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
I think just to start, when I called to make my appointment, I think they offered one within one week; I expected to wait much longer. Cleveland Clinic at Beachwood was easy to find and it was also easy to park. The waiting room was spacious and had a television screen with information about IVF as well as pictures of success stories. The area where procedures were completed was like a mini hospital floor. The nurses there were very kind and I never questioned their knowledge or experience. Everything was kept very clean, which was not what I had experienced before. For me, I was just impressed that they sedated me for the egg retrieval (I had been wide awake at the other clinic I went to and that was terrifying). At the embryo transfer, my husband had to put on scrubs and I needed to be in a gown-- both of us needed to cover our feet and hair as well. The lab technicians were also professional and knowledgeable.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Austin was always very responsive to my e-mails and phone calls. After my first failed IVF with Dr. Austin (2 embryos transferred, neither were successful), I met with her and she appeared truly disappointed and sympathetic to my concerns and devastation. Dr. Austin answered my questions and concerns clearly and did not give me false hope, but she was always kind and sensitive to my feelings. She truly was amazing.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I loved Sally. She is very thorough and spent time making sure I completely understood the plan. I knew that if I called her, she would always call me back. I drove up from 2 hours away and every time i was there, she offered me something to drink for the ride home and told me to have a safe trip back. Sally truly cared about me and my treatment.
How was your experience with Cynthia Austin?
When I met with Dr. Austin, I was very frustrated with my other treatments at a different clinic. I had many questions regarding the failure of that clinic and the possibility for success at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Austin never promised anything and never said anything against the former clinic. At my first visit, she was kind, but very professional. (I am sure that physicians are extra cautious when they are meeting with someone who was upset with a former clinic-- as they do not know if being frustrated is warranted). However, as my treatments progressed, Dr. Austin became so much warmer and appeared personally invested. She never gave me false hope, but also listened to my concerns, explained treatment options and allowed my husband and I to determine what was best for us based on those options. Even after my first failed IVF, I felt confident that even if the treatments did not work for us, we had done everything possible.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cynthia Austin?
I think that when I first met Dr. Austin, I felt that she was professionally kind, but not warm. However, after my first meeting with her, this changed and she became much warmer. I would not worry if at first Dr. Austin does not appear as warm.
Describe the protocols Cynthia Austin used in your cycles and their degree of success.
My first treatment involved doing injectibles (I believe Gonal-F and Menopur and Ganirelix--this was used briefly). The goal of this was to increase the number of eggs, but I only had 4 eggs and 3 were retrieved, I believe. My second cycle I think they called the Antagonist-Agonist cycle and it began with Lupron the cycle before my IVF cycle. I then used Gonal-F, Menopur and Ganirelix. I was told this is not used as frequently and is not a plan that 'makes sense' on paper, but they have used this almost as a last effort to increase the number of embryos and had good success with patients who have not had success with other treatments. With this cycle, I had 6 eggs and 4 retrieved-- 3 were mature and fertilized. Following each egg retrieval, I used an estrogen patch and progesterone.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cynthia Austin.
I do not remember the costs
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Doctor
Cynthia Austin
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Age
29
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
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The nursing staff [at Cleveland Clinic- Beachwood] was very friendly. I lucked out and had the same nurse for 4 of my 5 IUI cycles, and a different nurse for one.... A huge weakness is the phone system. I can't think of a single time I called where I was able to talk to the secretary in less than 10 minutes of being on hold. The longest I had ever waited to get a hold of someone was 18 minutes.
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Age
29
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
Overall, I feel as if I were treated more as a number than a patient, which is very unfortunate. In the end they did deliver me results, but with a lot of frustration along the way. A huge weakness is the phone system. I can't think of a single time I called where I was able to talk to the secretary in less than 10 minutes of being on hold. The longest I had ever waited to get a hold of someone was 18 minutes.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Every time I had to call with a question or concern, I was treated as if I were an annoyance to not only the staff, but to the doctor as well. For the amount of time and money spent trying to get pregnant, I wanted to make sure I was not only doing this right, but optimizing every chance I had to ensure success.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was very friendly. I lucked out and had the same nurse for 4 of my 5 IUI cycles, and a different nurse for one.
How was your experience with Cynthia Austin?
As a single woman trying to have a child on her own, I knew going into this I would end up meeting people that didn't fully agree with my decision. During the initial consultation Dr. Austin asked me, "What on Earth would make you consider this at the tender age of 29 years old?" Tender age of 29... As if 29 was way too young to be considering having children. She did do a good job explaining the process of IUI and what to expect very well and let me know up front that I would not be seeing her often, since the nurses run the show and perform the IUI's. During the entire process (5 IUI's) and after each negative, I voiced my concern that no fertility testing had been done. No HSG to check for blocked tubes, no blood test to check ovarian reserve. I was continually told, I'm "young and healthy" and they aren't necessary. Same thing happened with medicated cycles. We started off with un-medicated cycles. After two negatives, I had to more or less stress I wanted to try a medicated cycle. After getting the doctor to agree, we started letrozole. After timing issues, I once again had to suggest trying the HCG trigger shot and trying monitored cycles with ultrasound. I called and voiced my frustration to the secretary and tried to schedule a meeting with Dr. Austin before my next cycle. The secretary told me she didn't have anything open for the next 2 months, but would pass the message along to the doctor. Luckily, Dr. Austin did call me back very promptly and offered to squeeze me in for a meeting. At the meeting, she did apologize for my frustration, and we discussed each negative cycle. I once again voiced my concern that we don't even know if my tubes are open. She still wasn't on board with doing an HSG, but said if I really wanted it, she would order it. She more or less told my next steps were moving to IVF. We discussed the difference between IUI and IVF, what it involves and the cost and I left with paper work on IVF, and the decision to make weather to use my remaining vials for IUI or save them for IVF. I decided to do one more IUI and save my last vial for IVF. In the end, it did work out since I did get pregnant with my last IUI attempt, but felt there was a lot of unnecessary frustration along the way.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cynthia Austin?
If you have any concerns or questions about procedures/meds/timing, be insistent on making sure the nurses pass the information along to the Doctor. I had some timing issues with IUI and voiced my concerns to the secretary/nurses, and it appears the doctor was never notified.
Describe the protocols Cynthia Austin used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I did 5 IUI's. The first two were completely un-medicated, due to my younger age and no know health issues. Both unmedicated cycles were negative. The third IUI was medicated with Letrozole 2.5mg. Letrozole was used because my cycles tended to be on the longer side and I wasn't ovulating until day 20-23 of my cycle. This cycle was negative. The fourth was letrozole 2.5mg, HCG trigger shot, and monitored ultrasounds for follicle count. HCG trigger shot and ultrasound were used to better pin point ovulation timing. This cycle was negative. The fifth was Letrozole 2.5mg, HCG trigger shot, monitored ultrasounds, and progesterone 200mg suppositories since my luteal phase was a bit on the short side. The 5th IUI resulted in a positive pregnancy.
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Doctor
Cynthia Austin
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
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Sally [nurse at Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center] is a much more experienced nurse and while I appreciate her compassion, the customer service is a bit to be desired. I work in a place where it is difficult to take private phone calls. She never checks my medical records prior to calling and then asks questions that are very difficult to answer in a public environment. I eventually got so frustrated with this that I had to give my patient husband the responsibility of corresponding with her.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
Very thorough lab and I really enjoyed the retrieval and transfer process immensely. It was difficult to predict communication such as calls, lab results, etc. Some of the doctors were better about introducing themselves to us than others. And it seems that they are still a little bit behind as far as using binders and paper but you do have decent access to labs and can communicate through MyChart. I felt like everyone genuinely cared. I only had one that ultrasound tech who wasn't friendly at all. Again, it's a more expensive clinic than most and you'd expect customer service expectations to reflect that cost. The only other comment is that I had asked for Endometrial Scratch Biopsy early in the process but when I confirmed whether we could schedule it, we were too far along in the transfer process. Also, similar to this, we had an erratic thyroid issue and Dr Austin seemed less concerned than other medical professionals involved in my care but could have led to miscarriage had we done the transfer. As a result, it was postponed.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
While we only met 2 or 3 times with Dr Austin (the rest of the appointments were usually bloodwork, ultrasounds, appts with nurses), she definitely made us feel like this is possible and she listened. She also was very patient, had zero ego and she gave us confidence in the lab as well as answered questions.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Sally is a much more experienced nurse and while I appreciate her compassion, the customer service is a bit to be desired. I work in a place where it is difficult to take private phone calls. She never checks my medical records prior to calling and then asks questions that are very difficult to answer in a public environment. I eventually got so frustrated with this that I had to give my patient husband the responsibility of corresponding with her. She has a heart of gold and I appreciate all that she has done. I'm sure it's not an easy job but when you pay so much money for something, you want excellent service.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Cynthia Austin?
Dr Austin was thorough in our initial meeting and provided some education for my husband who was not as familiar with the various options. She is very responsive through My Chart but I really didn't see her or talk to her more than a few times throughout our journey.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cynthia Austin?
After hearing about some of my other friends experiences at other clinics, their doctor is more hands-on and communicates through phone and text more frequently providing a more personal experience.
Describe the protocols Cynthia Austin used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We discussed all strategies but we had already tried Clomid and due to my age, we decided that it may be more efficient to go straight to IVF. Dr Austin felt confident that we'd have good results with the microdose Lupron protocol and gave us the pros/cons of PGS. We decided to do that in combination with the retrieval. After only having 5 eggs retrieved (all 5 made it Day 5 blasts), we were disappointed to only have 1 PGS normal embryo. Since we had paid for the PGS to have 8 embryos tested in total and we wanted to have more than 1 embryo, we did a second retrieval right away (similar protocol but slightly more aggressive). We had 6 embryos make it to Day 5/6 blasts and 2 were PGS normal (1 didn't have enough DNA). We've had one successful FET (single embryo) but it's still very early in the process (week 6). We did have some issues with regulating my thyroid which I had to push a little to explore more with a different endocrinologist and I wish I had pushed harder for Endometrial Scratch Biopsy.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cynthia Austin.
We paid around $35k for 2 retrievals/PGS/drugs and one FET.
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Doctor
Cynthia Austin
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
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The only downside to working with Dr. Flyckt is having to deal with the billing department at the Cleveland Clinic. Their billing department is known to lose checks, misallocate payments, etc. Dealing with their department is a hassle but is worth it because I trust Dr. Flyckt and feel like she cares for me both as a person and as a patient.
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
The only downside to working with Dr. Flyckt is having to deal with the billing department at the Cleveland Clinic. Their billing department is known to lose checks, misallocate payments, etc. Dealing with their department is a hassle but is worth it because I trust Dr. Flyckt and feel like she cares for me both as a person and as a patient.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Flyckt showed compassion and interest. She worked around my schedule. She was honest about my chances of pregnancy but talked in a kind way.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I haven't worked with the nurses much but I'm sure once my IVF cycle starts I will more. They have been responsive by email and phone.
How was your experience with Rebecca Flyckt?
I have met with Dr. Flyckt three times and have a lot of respect for her. She is honest, caring and open to her patient’s opinions. She was upfront about the fact that she thinks my chances for another pregnancy are slim. She admitted that she was not sure of which medication protocol would work best so she asked if she could present my case to the rest of her team for opinions. I don’t think many doctors would do that and I appreciate that she cares enough to ask for others’ opinions.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rebecca Flyckt?
She is well respected and seems to treat every patient as important.
Describe the protocols Rebecca Flyckt used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I will start IVF with her clinic next month. If that doesn't work she suggested donor eggs.
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Doctor
Rebecca Flyckt
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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Age
26 - 29
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation
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The nurses were all excellent but at this practice [Cleveland Clinic], know that you’ll be dealing with nurses (not your doctor) 95% of the time....Financially disorganized. Example - I paid for an embryo transfer in full yet the clinic still sent it out to a collections agency! Also, stay with the same nurse and ultrasound tech so they can have a consistent history....Very hard to get into touch with Dr. Flyckt even though she was my doctor.
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Age
26 - 29
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
Financially disorganized. Example - I paid for an embryo transfer in full yet the clinic still sent it out to a collections agency! Also, stay with the same nurse and ultrasound tech so they can have a consistent history.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Very hard to get into touch with Dr. Flyckt even though she was my doctor. I often got pushed off to nurses or other doctors unfamiliar with my case.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nurses were all excellent but at this practice, know that you’ll be dealing with nurses (not your doctor) 95% of the time.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Rebecca Flyckt?
Dr. Flyckt was very kind and knowledgeable, but it seemed like she was too busy and away from the clinic too much. Far too many times I felt like she wasn’t making the decisions in my care while other doctors on the team who didn’t know me personally were acting for her. I wish she could have spent more time communicating and being committed to our treatment and success. I feel she genuinely cared yet was too out of reach when we really needed her.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rebecca Flyckt?
Be a clear communicator. Get all of your questions answered the few times you see her or get her on the phone because they are few and far between.
Describe the protocols Rebecca Flyckt used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Dr. Flyckt used some of the same protocols over and over while seemingly expecting different results. When we pressured her to change it up, we started seeing results.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rebecca Flyckt.
$1000 IVF $5000 meds for IVF $500 per visit to Dr Flyckt $3000 per embryo transfer
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Doctor
Rebecca Flyckt
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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9
Age
35
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
10 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS, Unexplained
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[The nurse at Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center is] Very attentative. Always takes your phone call or calls you back if she is unavailable...Cleveland Clinic is one of a kind, you feel like you’re getting the best treatment. State of the art equipment (such as ultrasound equipment, labs, etc.). Beacheood is conveniently located and there’s a mall next door if you need to waste time between appointments/tests.
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Age
35
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
4th of 4 Docs
Treatment
10 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
Cleveland Clinic is one of a kind, you feel like you’re getting the best treatment. State of the art equipment (such as ultrasound equipment, labs, etc.). Beacheood is conveniently located and there’s a mall next door if you need to waste time between appointments/tests.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Goldberg takes the time to explain everything and makes a specific plan for your needs.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Very attentative. Always takes your phone call or calls you back if she is unavailable.
How was your experience with Jeffrey Goldberg?
Dr. Goldberg takes the time to listen to your concerns and makes a plan specific to your goals. He also was able to adjust his schedule to accommodate a procedure I needed done (same day) because he knew I had a long drive home.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Jeffrey Goldberg?
Have a realistic plan and time table and convey said time frame to Dr. Goldberg.
Describe the protocols Jeffrey Goldberg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
First we tried provera cycles with intercouse at home. We then moved on to IUI with provera and trigger shots. The fourth IUI resulted in a positive pregnancy test, with a ectopic pregnancy. I had to have two rounds of methotrexate and I was monitored closely. Dr. Goldberg suggested we move on to IVF because of the risk of ectopic (I had two prior to this one).
Describe the costs associated with your care under Jeffrey Goldberg.
I’ve seen three doctors before Dr. Goldberg and the costs are average for fertility treatments.
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Doctor
Jeffrey Goldberg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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10
Age
32
Treated
2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
18 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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She [Dr. Austin] treated us like family. [The nurse at Cleveland Clinic] was always reachable and willing and ready to help in any way she could. Very compassionate and caring.
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Age
32
Treated
2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
18 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She was very thorough at our Consult and went over a detailed plan of care and all the possibilities that might come up and how to make the changes needed to make our cycle a successful one. He nurse was always reachable and compassionate. She came and spoke to me before my retrieval and was there to talk to us when it was finished.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
She was always reachable and willing and ready to help in any way she could. Very compassionate and caring.
How was your experience with Cynthia Austin?
She was wonderful! She was very understanding and compassionate. She even pointed out mistakes that other Fertility MD had made and explained to us why they were not for us and how she could help us to get a successful cycle. She treated us like family. She was always available and if she could not speak with us she made sure that someone else was. She even called to tell us that she was not going to be able to do our Frozen transfer and told us who would and gave us her number to speak with her beforehand!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cynthia Austin?
Enjoy the time you have with her. Ask questions.
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Doctor
Cynthia Austin
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
31
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
The nurses [at Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center] were awesome. Everyone was helpful, called me back quickly, provided answers to every question, reassured us along the way....We really only met with Dr Austin twice, so much of my review is meant for the Clinic in general. But Dr Austin was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. We felt very comfortable with her and her experience....Great success rates for IVF. A little more expensive than other ones, but worth it.
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Age
31
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
Great success rates for IVF. A little more expensive than other ones, but worth it.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
While we did not work with Dr Austin all that much, we were assigned to a nurse and she was almost always available to take our calls and questions. Or she would call us back in a short time period. She walked us through every step.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nurses were awesome. Everyone was helpful, called me back quickly, provided answers to every question, reassured us along the way.
How was your experience with Cynthia Austin?
We really only met with Dr Austin twice, so much of my review is meant for the Clinic in general. But Dr Austin was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. We felt very comfortable with her and her experience.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cynthia Austin?
Have all your questions written down and ready to ask... The first consultation is overwhelming.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cynthia Austin.
About $17,000
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Doctor
Cynthia Austin
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
29 - 31
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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IUI [at Cleveland Clinic] is around $300 IVF is around $10,000 Both costs are without medication..She [the nurse] made sure I was taken care of both while in the office and at home, with all questions answered, everything understood, and was very kind...I like that it is a smaller facility for easy accessibility. The receptionists are very friendly. They don't do ultrasounds based on who arrived first however. If more than one person arrives at the same time, it's whomever's file gets picked up first.
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Age
29 - 31
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
I like that it is a smaller facility for easy accessibility. The receptionists are very friendly. They don't do ultrasounds based on who arrived first however. If more than one person arrives at the same time, it's whomever's file gets picked up first.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She emailed me directly back and forth when I had questions. She understood my concerns and was very direct in a way I could understand.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
She made sure I was taken care of both while in the office and at home, with all questions answered, everything understood, and was very kind.
How was your experience with Cynthia Austin?
Dr. Austin is extremely knowledgeable in her field. She takes the time to explain not only what the steps will be, but what is happening in the body, with diagrams and all. She listens to concerns, emails back and forth, and has a calming demeanor. She is trustworthy and you know she is capable in her field.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cynthia Austin?
Know the time commitment it will take, especially if not local.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cynthia Austin.
IUI is around $300 IVF is around $10,000 Both costs are without medication
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Doctor
Cynthia Austin
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
35 - 37
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Other
10
One of the best in the country, but it [Cleveland Clinic-Beachwood] is a big hospital. Be prepared for scheduling out on appointments and sometimes needing to do follow-up. Billing is a headache, so watch that as well, stay on top of the claims from your insurance.... Spent a lot of time following up with the nursing staff, felt that the organization was lacking slightly.
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Age
35 - 37
Treated
2013 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Other
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Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
One of the best in the country, but it is a big hospital. Be prepared for scheduling out on appointments and sometimes needing to do follow-up. Billing is a headache, so watch that as well, stay on top of the claims from your insurance.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
We were never rushed, she was always available to answer questions/ concerns whether via email, phone, or in person. Dr. Flyckt truly cares about her patients.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Spent a lot of time following up with the nursing staff, felt that the organization was lacking slightly.
How was your experience with Rebecca Flyckt?
Incredible doctor, truly one of the best at the Cleveland Clinic. Compassionate but realistic, she made a difficult process easier. I recommend her to everyone I encounter who suffers from infertility - she's that good.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rebecca Flyckt?
Know that you are in very good hands. Don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Doctor
Rebecca Flyckt
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
Egg Freezing, IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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She [Dr. Flyckt of Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center] is very kind and relate-able. She humanized a hard, complicated and emotional process.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Egg Freezing, IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
How was your experience with Rebecca Flyckt?
She is very kind and relate-able. She humanized a hard, complicated and emotional process.
10
Doctor
Rebecca Flyckt
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Beachwood
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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2
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
2
Results for my tests were posted through Mychart but I never received a call from the office. I had to call them and didn't speak to someone for three days. All I wanted was someone to explain the results to me...$300 out of pocket for blood work and Dr. Time...Appointments were fairly easy to get.
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Age
37 - 38
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
2
Describe your experience with Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center.
Appointments were fairly easy to get.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Student came in first - without asking me if I was ok will ring with a student. She came in at the very end and answered a few of my questions in a very vague fashion.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Factual
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Julierut Tantibhedhyangkul?
It may be too early to fully ealuate but I can tell you that I have worked with her nurses and students more than her. During all the interactions I did have she was vague and lacked compassion.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Julierut Tantibhedhyangkul?
Don't be afraid to ask all questions.
Describe the protocols Julierut Tantibhedhyangkul used in your cycles and their degree of success.
She ordered tests that my previous physician had not, like the AMH SCREENING.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Julierut Tantibhedhyangkul.
$300 out of pocket for blood work and Dr. Time.
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Doctor
Julierut Tantibhedhyangkul
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
2
Clinic
Cleveland Clinic Fertility Center
Avon
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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