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477 Glen Lakes Drive
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 363-5965
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7777 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75230
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910 East Southlake Boulevard
Southlake, TX 76092
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 27Neutral: 2Don't recommend: 29.2
31 assessments
  • 87% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 6% Neutral (7-8)
  • 6% Don't recommend (0-6)
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2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
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This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
622
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
31 assessments
10
Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
They [DFW Fert Assoc] are pretty accommodating in terms of time. I never have waited past 10 minutes of my scheduled appointment time. One suggestion would be that if you have a procedure on the weekend, a heads up of who will be doing the procedure would be best...I have never had a bad experience. They [nursing staff] aren't rushed and explain everything, even sometimes twice if I leave and have to call back to re-explain!... IUI procedure was $300
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Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
They are pretty accommodating in terms of time. I never have waited past 10 minutes of my scheduled appointment time. One suggestion would be that if you have a procedure on the weekend, a heads up of who will be doing the procedure would be best.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Lee always took the time to come speak to me, even if she wasn't the one doing my sonogram, bloodwork etc. She took the time to get to know my husband and I and jokes around with us in times of serious anxiety!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I have never had a bad experience. They aren't rushed and explain everything, even sometimes twice if I leave and have to call back to re-explain!
How was your experience with Karen Lee?
Dr. Lee is always very informative with me. One experience that's stands out is when they found cysts. The nurse was trying to explain to me "how big" they were. Now keep in mind I only have one ovary and had the other removed due to cysts so naturally this scared me. She overheard her explaination and made sure to come in and clarify and put it into perspective! She had a treatment plan ready and it was taken care of within the next month. I trust her and she is very honest about possible options. I much prefer that to beating around the bush.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Karen Lee?
Come in with questions. She is patient and will answer all questions. I have never felt rushed.
Describe the protocols Karen Lee used in your cycles and their degree of success.
My first IUI I did the Gonal F and Ovidrel and my second they did the Gonal F and Letrozole. I had a negative result each time but with the second attempt I had more follicles that were larger.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Karen Lee.
I have only done IUI which some of the services were covered by insurance. Medication cost approximately $500 and the IUI procedure was $300
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Doctor
Karen Lee
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
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10
Age
37
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
[DFW Fert Assoc] Strengths: Excellent Care, Lab is top notch Weaknesses: The clinic doesn't offer their own refund option for IVF...Deborah and Gayla our donor coordinator were fantastic. They always made sure I understand my medicine protocols and dosage and my test results. They were very efficient with communication and used email a lot. Gayla was exceptionally friendly and helpful...$15,000 - Fresh IVF transfer using an in house donor. Clinic splits the eggs with patient.
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Age
37
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
Strengths: Excellent Care, Lab is top notch Weaknesses: The clinic doesn't offer their own refund option for IVF
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
It never seemed liked he was rushing. He always answered questions and gave us lots of information. He was professional but friendly and honest. He even called me after normal office hours.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Deborah and Gayla our donor coordinator were fantastic. They always made sure I understand my medicine protocols and dosage and my test results. They were very efficient with communication and used email a lot. Gayla was exceptionally friendly and helpful.
How was your experience with Samuel Chantilis?
He was thorough, but not afraid to try different protocols. He was candid and always told the truth even if it wasn't what I wanted to hear. He did come across as a yuppie, but a very nice one. We never had to wait very long to see him. He was up front about our chances of success, and didn't seem to worry about messing up his clinics statistics.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Samuel Chantilis?
Trust him with what his recommendation is on how many embryos to transfer.
Describe the protocols Samuel Chantilis used in your cycles and their degree of success.
He suggested we use Lupron for both of my cycles, but wasn't opposed to not using it. We used oral estrace and progesterone injections prenatal vitamin and baby aspirin for first cycle. Second cycle we added lovenox, and he tested for immunity issues since I miscarried my fresh donor egg transfer, when the tissue was tested and came back normal. Also I have a genetic blood clotting disorder already known from years before the cycles, but I did wind up being borderline on my immunity testing for one of the tests. He also had us do a mock cycle before my transfer and a hysteroscopy for both cycles. During the first hysteroscopy a lot of endometrial polyps were found on one side of my uterus. He said for best success with implantation they should be removed by way of D&C surgery, so we did that.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Samuel Chantilis.
$15,000 - Fresh IVF transfer using an in house donor. Clinic splits the eggs with patient. This included all donor costs, and IVF transfer and monitoring but didn't include my medication or my hysteroscopy, or annual storage for any embryos resulting from the cycle that were quality enough to freeze and store, or any surgeries needed on the uterus to make the uterus the best possible environment for an embryo to implant. Medication was coordinated through the clinic and the specialty pharmacy (Mandell's pharmacy out of New Jersey) they dealt with did appear to be the cheapest when I called around.
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Doctor
Samuel Chantilis
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
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10
Age
39 - 40
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
The entire office [DFW Fertility Associates] knew me by name. It took a while to find the right treatment to get my embryos implant, and when they were negative or cycles cancelled, they hugged me, encouraged me, and comforted me. It was way beyond what had to be done, I felt like a part of a team all working together to get my miracle family started.... The only downside is the procedures are in Dallas, about an hour drive from the clinic.
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Age
39 - 40
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
The only downside is the procedures are in Dallas, about an hour drive from the clinic. Everything else was absolutely fantastic. I'm willing to drive to have the best care
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
The entire office knew me by name. It took a while to find the right treatment to get my embryos implant, and when they were negative or cycles cancelled, they hugged me, encouraged me, and comforted me. It was way beyond what had to be done, I felt like a part of a team all working together to get my miracle family started.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Nancy, Shelley and the entire staff were like family to me. They hugged and comforted me when things didn't go well. When I did get my positive they yelled and celebrated with me. I absolutely love everyone in the office. I couldn't have asked for better support through a difficult process
How was your experience with Ravi Gada?
My husband and I both work in analytical fields. Dr. Gada was so patient and dove deep into the data with us, answering all our questions, giving us supporting data. When there was a problem at the lab, he helped make it right quickly and assured us it would go as planned or we wouldn't pay. He was caring when we hit frustrations and I felt like he cared deeply about our results too. My husband and I truly loved Dr. Gada as our doctor
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ravi Gada?
Make your appointment now, don't wait. He really cares deeply about his patient, and is so kind to his staff. I felt I was among family. Bring your questions and worries, Dr Gada will address them all
Describe the protocols Ravi Gada used in your cycles and their degree of success.
My egg retrieval was straight forward. 12 eggs, 8 fertilized, 4 healthy 5 day. My lining was really troublesome. The lining would get close, but not reach a good number. We ended up using letrozole in the cycle and my lining went from average of 6.5 to 7.5mm. We had to adjust progesterone a few times with that, but we eventually got there.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ravi Gada.
My insurance covered the majority of the costs (so blessed). I fought hard to have the lab portion covered and I did eventually win
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Doctor
Ravi Gada
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
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0
Age
38 - 40
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
7 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
0
My meeting with Dr Thomas were great and I could feel her compassion. But the practice [DFW Fertility Associates] is extremely busy. I rarely was able to meet with Dr Thomas. Often when I met with her (for visits we paid cash for - 100% out of pocket) she would be getting paged or interrupted so the visits were unsatisfactory or disjointed because she was distracted. She would often be running late. Sonographers did all of my ultrasounds and they were frequently not sure of what they were seeing, which would cause me to have to return to the office for an additional ultrasound (which I had to pay for because we were out of pocket). The doctors, nurses and sonographers did not communicate well, which resulted in confusion in my protocol for my last two IUI cycles.
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Age
38 - 40
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
7 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
0
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
The clinic is very busy - I felt like a number at this clinic. I saw a sonographer more than my doctor. I did not feel like I received sufficient care from my doctor.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
My meeting with Dr Thomas were great and I could feel her compassion. But the practice is extremely busy. I rarely was able to meet with Dr Thomas. Often when I met with her (for visits we paid cash for - 100% out of pocket) she would be getting paged or interrupted so the visits were unsatisfactory or disjointed because she was distracted. She would often be running late. Sonographers did all of my ultrasounds and they were frequently not sure of what they were seeing, which would cause me to have to return to the office for an additional ultrasound (which I had to pay for because we were out of pocket). The doctors, nurses and sonographers did not communicate well, which resulted in confusion in my protocol for my last two IUI cycles.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Nurses didn't check the web portal, were hard to reach via phone and didn't have good communication with Dr Thomas. I constantly had to ask about meds, clarify dosage and have them follow-up with Dr Thomas. Additionally, I often felt like I was bothering them with questions.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Mika Thomas?
This practice is very busy and centered around seeing as many patients as possible vs patient care. Sonographers did all of my ultrasounds. Dr Thomas frequently didn't communicate changes in protocol to nurses so I was constantly having to advocate for myself and ask about medications Dr Thomas wanted me to take. I reminded Dr Thomas every single IUI that I spotted and she would need to have me on progesterone, yet each time she forgot and I had to ask about it. Dr Thomas was frequently distracted when we had consultations and was often being paged.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mika Thomas?
I would get opinions from several clinics and also ask how involved Dr Thomas will actually be involved in patient care vs sonographers. Ask about her communication of protocol changes to nurses.
Describe the protocols Mika Thomas used in your cycles and their degree of success.
2 IUIs with femera, 1 with injectables. No pregnancy. Multiple ultrasounds because she frequently thought something was wrong with my uterus but never found anything.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mika Thomas.
about $1k/IUI
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Doctor
Mika Thomas
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0
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
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Age
32 - 39
Treated
2009 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
7
This clinic [DFW Fertility Associates] is one of the best in the DFW area, so the staff is professional, the facility is clean and organized, and they address all requests and questions you have. I had some billing issues but eventually they were resolved. Dr. Lee is also willing to coordinate with other doctors when it comes to surgery so that really helps...The nurses are professional, however sometimes I feel some may lack a personal touch. Some may sound more formulaic than caring. Sometimes I feel afraid to ask too many questions
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Age
32 - 39
Treated
2009 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
East Asian
Income
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
This clinic is one of the best in the DFW area, so the staff is professional, the facility is clean and organized, and they address all requests and questions you have. I had some billing issues but eventually they were resolved. Dr. Lee is also willing to coordinate with other doctors when it comes to surgery so that really helps.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Lee has been always like a big sister to me and she talked to me like so, because she would say, "if you were my sister, I would ..." Even I do not have any success with her, she has been a kind and caring doctor to me. She did most of the ultrasounds by herself unless there is scheduling challenges, and address all my questions, even though sometimes it's after I sought a 2nd opinion. She put patient's interest first, not her ego.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nurses are professional, however sometimes I feel some may lack a personal touch. Some may sound more formulaic than caring. Sometimes I feel afraid to ask too many questions
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
How was your experience with Karen Lee?
Dr. Lee cares about her patient and has been very accommodating. Even now that I seek IVF care at CCRM, I still have her clinic do local monitoring. At the same time, I feel her approach more often may fall on the relatively more conservative side. I am not sure if this is due to me or due to her. I have always preferred a natural pregnancy and natural/herbal treatment over western treatment because I think western treatment is much more aggressive and hard the woman's body more. The process of finding what went wrong with me not being able to conceive was long, partially due to my resistance to have a hyrasalpinx tube removal after being diagnosed at the end of 2009. But after removal I was still not able to conceive and I insisted to have my progesterone on Day 7 post ovulation tested and turns out it's &lt;10. I wish Dr. Lee has this tested much earlier so I can also react accordingly. Dr. Lee said the progesterone level couldn't be completely trusted due to the level can vary a lot in a day. I found this progesterone testing was used by another doctor as a more standard way of determining ovulation quality. Anyways, after I tried 3 clomid cycles, 1 ivf and 1 fet with Dr. Lee, I lost confidence about getting pregnant at her clinic, although she and her staff have been courteous and kind.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Karen Lee?
She is more conservative in her approach, and you may want to explore a little more about possible testing and options.
Describe the protocols Karen Lee used in your cycles and their degree of success.
clomid from 50mg to 50mg to 75mg, ovidrel trigger each cycle, 2 natural intercourse, 1 IUI IVF: lupron 5+ menopur75+ follistim 300 for 9 days, twoeard day 8 and 9 there are changes in the specific meds but I don't remember the details. HCG ovidrel as trigger, 15 oocytes retrieved, 4 day5 embryos, no PGS, 2 fresh transfer, 2 frozen, progesterone oil injection post transfer until HCG test. FET: 2mg estrodial+baby aspirin, only 1 out of 2 embryos survived unfrozen, the transfer resulted in failure. Progesterone injection for all days post transfer
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
they are able to schedule the appointments timely, at least this was what I was told, if I have another doctor's order, they can schedule the next day's ultrasound for me.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Karen Lee.
The IVF cost about 12k back in 2012, FET about $1300 in 2015.
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Doctor
Karen Lee
Communication
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Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
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Age
35
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IVF, Embryo Freezing, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Other
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One thing I found odd was the pictures of babies all over the waiting room [at DFW Fert Assoc ]...[Nursing Staff] I don't really remember. The truth is that we dealt mostly with Dr. Lee directly (which I liked)...I remember spending about $400 on medications for the one medicated cycle that we did and maybe another few hundred dollars for some ultrasounds that were not covered during this cycle....I vastly preferred this practice to the other practice I went to in Dallas.
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Age
35
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 5 Docs
Treatment
IVF, Embryo Freezing, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Other
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Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
I vastly preferred this practice to the other practice I went to in Dallas. One thing I found odd was the pictures of babies all over the waiting room. However, I did like the big window looking out onto a tree. Anyway, Dr. Lee is great. She is really kind and thoughtful and I totally recommend her.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I had a bad experience with another fertility doctor in the Dallas area before I came to Dr. Lee as a patient. I told her why I didn't like the other Dallas-based doctor - I felt like he didn't make eye contact with me or talk directly to me but instead focused on my husband during important discussions. I also didn't feel like other Dallas-based doctor wanted to partner with another doctor we had been seeing in California to get a second opinion on how to handle my diagnosis of Asherman's Syndrome (intrauterine scarring caused by a D&C following a miscarriage) and was defensive and weird about taking suggestions from other doctors. As a result, Dr. Lee was a total dream. She made so much eye contact with me and always spoke directly to me and made sure I understood everything. She was also really happy to work with the California doctor and have us go to him for hysteroscopies and then come to her for fertility drugs when we got the green light to conceive. Dr. Lee definitely made me feel like a human.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I don't really remember. The truth is that we dealt mostly with Dr. Lee directly (which I liked).
How was your experience with Karen Lee?
I went to Dr. Lee after I left another Dallas-based fertility doctor's practice. I was in the process of being treated for Asherman's Syndrome by a doctor in California. Dr. Lee agreed to partner with the California doctor on the treatment of my Asherman's Syndrome and then when the California doctor said it was okay to move forward, Dr. Lee was going to give us fertility drugs and help us actually get pregnant since I also have PCOS and wasn't ovulating regularly. So basically she just held our hand in Dallas while I was having my Asherman's Syndrome treated in California (two hysteroscopies followed by estrogen therapy), and then provided a protocol for trying to get pregnant once it was okay to try again. I only did only one cycle with Dr. Lee because I got pregnant that first try - yay! It was quite the experience though: I took letrozole and follistim and then did a trigger shot plus timed intercourse. At the time of the trigger shot, I had a lot of mature looking follicles (10+) BUT my lining was very thin (only around 4mm). Dr. Lee was a little concerned about the risk of multiples, but thought it was extremely unlikely that I would get pregnant because my lining was so thin and she actually thought I should have yet another hysteroscopy to figure out what was going on. I think the idea had been to do an IUI or a fresh IVF transfer but that plan got called off because of the thin lining and we didn't want to freeze embryos because we were about to move to yet another city. Anyway, we did the timed intercourse with the thin lining and lots of follicles and I got pregnant with di-tri triplets (identical twins sharing a placenta plus a singleton). I think Dr. Lee felt bad that this was the result since she knew it would be a really complicated pregnancy with an uncertain outcome and to reduce the risks, I would have to choose a multi-fetal pregnancy reduction of the identical twins (I remember what she said at the ultrasound: "I've seen this work out" - not what you want to hear). I opted for the multi-fetal pregnancy reduction of the identical twins (this was done with a MFM doctor in New York City, not Dallas). Multiples like this when you already have fertility issues can be very emotionally painful - I'm still sad about what happened. So that really sucked. HOWEVER, I do have a beautiful daughter who is almost 2 and is doing great and I have Dr. Lee in part to thank for that! She was a really tiny baby (3 pounds 11 ounces) and had to come out early due to intrauterine growth restriction either caused by the Asherman's Syndrome or by the triplet pregnancy. Anyway, yes - I got the result I wanted: one healthy child and on the first try with this doctor! But, no, it was not an easy experience. I still really like Dr. Lee though, obviously. She has great bedside manner.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Karen Lee?
I don't have any. She's great.
Describe the protocols Karen Lee used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I think I already described it above. We did one cycle of letrozole, follistim, trigger shot and timed intercourse. In retrospect, this was probably too aggressive. See the multiples issue described above. But on the other hand it worked!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Karen Lee.
I remember spending about $400 on medications for the one medicated cycle that we did and maybe another few hundred dollars for some ultrasounds that were not covered during this cycle. I think everything else was covered by our insurance and I only paid co-pays. I really don't remember though.
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Doctor
Karen Lee
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
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Age
30
Treated
2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Tubal Blockage
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This clinic [Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates] is clean, and professional. However, I never felt that the lady that checked me out after my appts was that friendly. She wasn't very warm. But, the environment aside from her was friendly...Monitoring appts went smoothly...The nursing staff was very friendly, professional, compassionate, and encouraging...While I liked her [Dr. Lee] as a person and doctor, I just feel that sympathy was missing.
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Age
30
Treated
2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Tubal Blockage
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Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
This clinic is clean, and professional. However, I never felt that the lady that checked me out after my appts was that friendly. She wasn't very warm. But, the environment aside from her was friendly.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I felt like both a number and human in that she didn't really show any emotion or encourage when I was saddened by an unsuccessful cycle or ectopic miscarriage. However, she was pleasant.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was very friendly, professional, compassionate, and encouraging.
How was your experience with Karen Lee?
Karen Lee is a very pleasant doctor. She was very thorough and honest with me about my diagnosis, treatment, and what to expect. She's very professional and gives attention to detail. However, I didn't feel that she was in tune with my emotions. It kind of felt like she was afraid to get a little emotionally invested in what I was feeling as a patient. I don't recall her ever giving me words of encouragment on those tough days I found out I had an ectopic miscarriage. While I liked her as a person and doctor, I just feel that sympathy was missing.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Karen Lee?
Let her know that you not only need her to sympathize on those tough days; you need her to acknowledge your pain, and not quietly walk away.
Describe the protocols Karen Lee used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I can't remember specifics of my protocol as it was 5 yrs ago, but I do remember during my iui had to use egg stimulating hormones, have my follicles monitored and checked every other day, and triggered with ovudriel when it was time. During my IVF protocol I again used egg stimulating hormone injections such as lupron, and progesterone in oil (PIO). I also used the trigger shot when it was time.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
Monitoring appts went smoothly. It wasn't uncomfortable. Dr. Lee was very gentle. None of the appts conflicted with my schedule.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Karen Lee.
I don't remember the exact cost, but I do remember paying little to nothing for my mefication and treatment as my insurance covered the majority of my treatment and medication bills.
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Doctor
Karen Lee
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
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10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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The nursing staff [at DFW Fertility Associates] are very prompt with lab/monitoring results and what the next step is. There are never any answers they can't answer themselves. They are very aware of my individualized plan of treatment...I have been able to bill majority of my treatment through insurance besides some of the medications. When comparing IUI/IVF treatments, this group has competitive pricing with others in the area.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
It's in a great location in Dallas but on the 2nd floor of office building with limited parking and no elevator available. For those individuals that are obese, this may be difficult for them. Otherwise, the clinic is very nice.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Thomas has been very "present" during each appointment whether it's a face-to-face consultation, monitoring or lab work. She has a calm and friendly, yet professional bedside manner and has a great intellect related to fertility. I trust her medical opinions and know she has my best interest in mind during all times of treatment.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff are very prompt with lab/monitoring results and what the next step is. There are never any answers they can't answer themselves. They are very aware of my individualized plan of treatment.
How was your experience with Mika Thomas?
Dr Thomas was very alert and interested in our story from the first consultation. Although she didn't seem to write much information/history down, she could summarize everything in great detail at the end of the consult. She was very humble by sharing what worked for her conception and very professional at all times. She was strictly business, no emotional therapy given, which may not work for some people. Since I am in the medical field, I greatly appreciated the medical jargon and non-emotion consultation to decide the best plan of care. She has not once recommended we jump straight to IVF, instead recommending more cost-effective therapies for a few months. I highly recommend her to others who may been seeking this type of RE.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mika Thomas?
I would say they should be aware that Dr. Thomas closely monitors you during your treatment so expect to be monitored, have labs drawn, have consultations frequently.
Describe the protocols Mika Thomas used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Letrazole 2.5mg x 5 days CD 5-9 for 3-4 months
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mika Thomas.
I have been able to bill majority of my treatment through insurance besides some of the medications. When comparing IUI/IVF treatments, this group has competitive pricing with others in the area.
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Doctor
Mika Thomas
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Poor Egg Quality
10
Timely, easy billing, compassionate, treated you like a human [at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates]...Receptionist a little rude...She [Dr. Karen Lee] did all 3 egg retrievals, she took time to talk with me after the first sonogram of our second pregnancy when things didn't look good, she called me after our 3rd retrieval to let me know that the pgs tested embryos were abnormal. She was available for all consultations...She was great. The only thing I would say is that I had to recommend treatment to her sometimes. For example after my second loss, I asked about coq10, dhea, and estrogen priming protocol. I felt like she should have mentioned these things.
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Age
37 - 38
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Poor Egg Quality
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
Timely, easy billing, compassionate, treated you like a human Receptionist a little rude
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She did all 3 egg retrievals, she took time to talk with me after the first sonogram of our second pregnancy when things didn't look good, she called me after our 3rd retrieval to let me know that the pgs tested embryos were abnormal. She was available for all consultations
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Wonderful and compassionate
How was your experience with Karen Lee?
She was great. The only thing I would say is that I had to recommend treatment to her sometimes. For example after my second loss, I asked about coq10, dhea, and estrogen priming protocol. I felt like she should have mentioned these things.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Karen Lee?
Do your own research and ask questions
Describe the protocols Karen Lee used in your cycles and their degree of success.
First cycles- lupron with bc, 150 menopur, 350 Follistim - 2 eggs, 1 embryo, 3 day transfer, 16 weeks miscarriage with abnormal chromosome Second cycle - bc, 150 menopur, 350 follistim, ganarelix- 7 eggs, 2 embryos, 5 day transfer with both, 10 week miscarriage Third cycle - same as 2nd cycle but added pgs testing. I had been taking coq10, dhea, acupuncture, herbs- 9 eggs, 2 embryos to day 6 PGS. Both came back abnormal I have a very fertile uterus and abnormal embryos are likely to attach and miscarry. Suggestions is to always pgs test
Describe the costs associated with your care under Karen Lee.
Insurance paid 100% after my deductible was met
10
Doctor
Karen Lee
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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3
Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 5 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
3
[DFW Fert Associates] Strength: Runs mostly on time, sweetest phlebotomist (Diana?) and sonographer (Candice?) Weaknesses: I didn't know this until after I stopped going here, but they don't treat same-sex couples...Everyone in the office was very caring- especially the phlebotomist Diana....I didn't have much communication with my nurse so I can't say much. I would just get an afternoon call with my results....Around $10,000 for a fresh retrieval/transfer and ICSI
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Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 5 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
3
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
Strength: Runs mostly on time, sweetest phlebotomist (Diana?) and sonographer (Candice?) Weaknesses: I didn't know this until after I stopped going here, but they don't treat same-sex couples. This doesn't seem right to me. If you're a doctor, how can you deny treatment to people who want to start a family? This is the #1 reason I won't recommend this clinic to friends.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Everyone in the office was very caring- especially the phlebotomist Diana. The doctor seemed to care, but it was not as easy to contact her compared to my previous doctor who would personally call me with results.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I didn't have much communication with my nurse so I can't say much. I would just get an afternoon call with my results.
How was your experience with Karen Lee?
I felt like the doctor was caring and confident. She disagreed with my previous RE and I really trusted her opinion. She told me my concerns were nothing to be worried about. Upon reviewing my case with 2 other REs, they both disagreed with Dr. Lee's course of treatment and said my concern was valid and probably the biggest reason by 2 transfers failed. This has made me view my experience differently.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Karen Lee?
If your concerns are blown off, don't give up. Get different opinions and don't assume the doctor's confidence means that their opinion is the right one.
Describe the protocols Karen Lee used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Antagonist protocol with Follistim, Menopur, and Ganirelix. The trigger shot was Pregnyl. We used ICSI.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Karen Lee.
Around $10,000 for a fresh retrieval/transfer and ICSI
6
Doctor
Karen Lee
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
3
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
10
Wait time [at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates] can be an issue. But the staff are very helpful and friendly...Dr Chantilis was very good. He was honest and candid about treatments. The staff were also very warm and welcoming...Be honest with your objectives and expectations. He is willing to be as aggressive as you want in treatments but he is also willing to slow things down if you need a break. We started with monitored clomid cycles. They were unsuccessful so we then changed to injections of fsh and iui which was one cycle and was unsuccessful. He then suggested hsg to see if there were any blockages in Fallopian tubes. The next month we tried letrezole and fsh injections with IUI because the clomid alone and fsh alone had failed. This time I had too many eggs for the IUI so dr Chantilis switched it to a IVF where they would retrieve eggs and do an embryo transfer. It resulted in a successful twin pregnancy
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
Wait time can be an issue. But the staff are very helpful and friendly
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Chantilis was very good. He was honest and candid about treatments. The staff were also very warm and welcoming
Describe your experience with your nurse.
She was precise and very knowledgeable. Also always delivered results on time.
How was your experience with Samuel Chantilis?
He is very thorough and experienced. He is knowledgable about procedures and covers all options.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Samuel Chantilis?
Be honest with your objectives and expectations. He is willing to be as aggressive as you want in treatments but he is also willing to slow things down if you need a break
Describe the protocols Samuel Chantilis used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We started with monitored clomid cycles. They were unsuccessful so we then changed to injections of fsh and iui which was one cycle and was unsuccessful. He then suggested hsg to see if there were any blockages in Fallopian tubes. The next month we tried letrezole and fsh injections with IUI because the clomid alone and fsh alone had failed. This time I had too many eggs for the IUI so dr Chantilis switched it to a IVF where they would retrieve eggs and do an embryo transfer. It resulted in a successful twin pregnancy
Describe the costs associated with your care under Samuel Chantilis.
Medications were costly but I was given samples a few times as I was a cash patient. They also gave me discounts every cycle because I was a cash patient. They also have a standard cost for types of cycles and do not break down per visit for example it was a set amount for IUI excluding meds, but it would include all the scans and labs
10
Doctor
Samuel Chantilis
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
They [DFW Fert Assoc] are great about working you in when needed. Front desk/ check out staff are friendly and helpful...All monitoring appts are in the morning between 8:30-10:30 so the blood results (if needed) could be done same day....Brittany is wonderful!! She is willing to spend time to explain things, is caring and so empathetic to our situation!...I felt my first egg retrieval was rushed due to the Christmas holiday. In that instance, someone should have suggested my cycle Be pushed until the new year to avoid a lab member having to work on Christmas Day.
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Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
They are great about working you in when needed. Front desk/ check out staff are friendly and helpful.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I felt my first egg retrieval was rushed due to the Christmas holiday. In that instance, someone should have suggested my cycle Be pushed until the new year to avoid a lab member having to work on Christmas Day.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Brittany is wonderful!! She is willing to spend time to explain things, is caring and so empathetic to our situation!
How was your experience with Mika Thomas?
Dr Thomas was great at considering our long term and short term goals for our family. She took into account all variables to make recommendations and had great bedside manner. Besides the one incident where I felt our egg retrieval may have been rushed due to the holidays, I have nothing but good thing to say about her.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mika Thomas?
You're in good hands
Describe the protocols Mika Thomas used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Dr. Thomas used specific stimulation protocols to target our diagnosis and tailored the treatment to us.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
All monitoring appts are in the morning between 8:30-10:30 so the blood results (if needed) could be done same day.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mika Thomas.
I don't remember exactly buur cycles were between 13,000-18,000 each
9
Doctor
Mika Thomas
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Other, Unexplained
10
There was one nurse [at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates] I didn't care for. She wasn't compassionate and didn't seem to enjoy her job. She is no longer with the clinic. All the other nurses were wonderful...She [Dr. Mika Thomas] listened to me every step of the way. When I had my miscarriage, she held my hand and then gave me a hug before I left the clinic. After I had my daughter, she remembered me when I came back to see her. She remembers who I am in settings outside the clinic.
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Age
32 - 33
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Other, Unexplained
10
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She listened to me every step of the way. When I had my miscarriage, she held my hand and then gave me a hug before I left the clinic. After I had my daughter, she remembered me when I came back to see her. She remembers who I am in settings outside the clinic.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
There was one nurse I didn't care for. She wasn't compassionate and didn't seem to enjoy her job. She is no longer with the clinic. All the other nurses were wonderful
How was your experience with Mika Thomas?
If possible, she cares too much about her patients. It can sometimes cause her to run behind but when you need the extra time, she is always there for you. I had an issue with her nurse and she personally called me to discuss what happened and our next treatment plan. She is an amazing person and doctor
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mika Thomas?
Educate yourself so you can ask educated questions
Describe the protocols Mika Thomas used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We did a quick start cycle because I can't take birth control pills. She managed the increase in meds accordingly and we had a great outcome
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mika Thomas.
I hav insurance coverage so I only had to pay my coinsurance. I do know they were willing to work with me and my insurance to ensure coverage
10
Doctor
Mika Thomas
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
The clinic [Dallas-Forth Worth Fertility Associates] is organized, low wait times, fantastic nurses for blood draws, always calls in a timely manner with results.... THE MOST INCREDIBLE STAFF! They know how to hire qualified, compassionate staff who honestly care about you as a patient. I miss going in and seeing them.... My total cost of IVF with ICSI was around $15,000... We had male factor infertility. I was put on Lupron, Menopur and Follistim followed by Progesterone Injections after embryo transfer. Resulted in 19 eggs which is almost exactly what he predicted.
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Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
The clinic is organized, low wait times, fantastic nurses for blood draws, always calls in a timely manner with results.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I have never had a doctor more involved in my well-being and fighting to us to have a child.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
THE MOST INCREDIBLE STAFF! They know how to hire qualified, compassionate staff who honestly care about you as a patient. I miss going in and seeing them.
How was your experience with Ravi Gada?
Dr. Gada is absolutely incredible. He took the very scary experience of going through IVF and made it manageable. He took the absolute best care of me. I ended up in the ER at 8 weeks pregnant due to my ovary flipping over due to the injections. Dr. Gada was at the ER to treat me, on a Saturday, in less than an hour of receiving the call. He is the ONLY fertility doctor I trust.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ravi Gada?
Be calm and know you are in the best hands as possible.
Describe the protocols Ravi Gada used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We had male factor infertility. I was put on Lupron, Menopur and Follistim followed by Progesterone Injections after embryo transfer. Resulted in 19 eggs which is almost exactly what he predicted.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ravi Gada.
My total cost of IVF with ICSI was around $15,000
10
Doctor
Ravi Gada
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
32
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Other, Unexplained
10
Everyone [at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility] was great. There was a bit of a wait on our first visit, but after that it seemed like we were always in and out fairly quickly...They were all very professional and nice...After initial tests and scans she first recommended starting with medication. Chlomid had not worked for me so she recommended using Letrozole. After that did not work on it's own we upped the dose and added Ovidrel. We had one failed IUI. We were repeating the treatment, but were out of town when the IUI would need to happen and we ended up conceiving without it.
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Age
32
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Other, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
Everyone was great. There was a bit of a wait on our first visit, but after that it seemed like we were always in and out fairly quickly.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She was always very warm and seemed open and honest.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were all very professional and nice.
How was your experience with Mika Thomas?
I found her to be very knowledgeable. She had a warm and kind manner, but she also seemed to have a sense of humor. I felt she was trustworthy and honest about our treatment and her recommendations. I felt she took the necessary steps to test and review our fertility situation and make recommendations that felt comfortable to us. There was no pressure to do anything we were uncomfortable with at any time.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mika Thomas?
Follow her advice and don't wait to move forward with treatment.
Describe the protocols Mika Thomas used in your cycles and their degree of success.
After initial tests and scans she first recommended starting with medication. Chlomid had not worked for me so she recommended using Letrozole. After that did not work on it's own we upped the dose and added Ovidrel. We had one failed IUI. We were repeating the treatment, but were out of town when the IUI would need to happen and we ended up conceiving without it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mika Thomas.
Insurance covered some but not all
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Doctor
Mika Thomas
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
10
Some of the office staff [at DFW Fertility Associates] recognized us by name/face. It was nice to see that they remembered us when we were there....[Nurse] Deborah is great! I love her professionalism. She responds to my emails super fast. She listens to my concerns and addresses them immediately. I know she must be an incredibly busy woman, but she was always right there when I needed something from her.
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Age
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
10
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I know my doctor is busy, but I felt like he took the time we needed to sit and talk. I didn't feel rushed by him, and I felt like we had his full attention while we were meeting with him. Some of the office staff recognized us by name/face. It was nice to see that they remembered us when we were there.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Deborah is great! I love her professionalism. She responds to my emails super fast. She listens to my concerns and addresses them immediately. I know she must be an incredibly busy woman, but she was always right there when I needed something from her.
How was your experience with Samuel Chantilis?
I felt like Dr. C really cared about us as patients. And he really wanted the best for us. He was always honest with us, but had a gentle way of sharing his thoughts if it didn't necessarily align with mine.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Samuel Chantilis?
This doesn't apply specifically to Dr. Chantilis. I would advise this to anyone - always make sure you "click" with your doctors. I've had several over the years, and it's important to find one you work well with.
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Doctor
Samuel Chantilis
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
31
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
Chandler [nurse at DFW Fertility Associates] seemed to be a bit standoffish when I first met her but when she found out how nervous and anxious I was she was great. She was super helpful and always went above and beyond to answer my questions/ease my mind. She was so sweet when she called to give my positive pregnancy test results too. Loved her!
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Age
31
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Chantillis is so knowledgable and gave us his honest professional opinion. He is calm, patient, and trustworthy. Absolutely loved him and will use him again for any necessary future fertility treatments.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Chandler seemed to be a bit standoffish when I first met her but when she found out how nervous and anxious I was she was great. She was super helpful and always went above and beyond to answer my questions/ease my mind. She was so sweet when she called to give my positive pregnancy test results too. Loved her!
How was your experience with Samuel Chantilis?
Loved Chantillis! He is smart, gentle and patient. We are currently 18 weeks pregnant with our baby boy thanks to Dr Chantillis!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Samuel Chantilis?
Book your appointment ASAP and trust Dr Chantillis. He knows what he is doing! Heirs personality can be a bit odd (think a quirky professor) but he is so smart and a fantastic doctor.
10
Doctor
Samuel Chantilis
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI, 5 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
10
Strengths - small clinic [DFW Fert Assoc], takes time with patients. Weaknesses - can run behind schedule because they really take their time with patients....Kelly is amazing. She really takes time with her patients, and gets to know them through the process. She knows her stuff, and has been doing fertility for a while so she can answer many quick questions....We used the ARC 3 cycle success plan to finance our treatment....Dr. Lawrence is a great doctor.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 5 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
Strengths - small clinic, takes time with patients. Weaknesses - can run behind schedule because they really take their time with patients.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Lawrence is awesome! She gets the fertility challenges because she has been through several of the procedures herself. She is compassionate and a great doctor, and really takes the time to listen to you.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Kelly is amazing. She really takes time with her patients, and gets to know them through the process. She knows her stuff, and has been doing fertility for a while so she can answer many quick questions.
How was your experience with Laura Lawrence?
Dr. Lawrence is a great doctor. We have not started our IVF procedure yet with her but we are already impressed. She really took the time with us learning our history and reading our records. She made us feel important, and was making sure we understood where we were in the process. I highly recommend her.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laura Lawrence?
Ask questions...if you don't understand why she wants to do something. Ask her to explain why and show research to prove what she wants to do.
Describe the protocols Laura Lawrence used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Estrogen priming and microdose Lupron. Max dose of Follistim and Menopur.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Laura Lawrence.
We used the ARC 3 cycle success plan to finance our treatment.
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Doctor
Laura Lawrence
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
40 - 41
Treated
2010 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
Due to my age, we tried fertility pills and IUI. the first IUI [at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates] was successful but ended up being a possible tubal pregnancy. After 2 additional failed IUI's Chantilis suggested IVF in order to get the best quality eggs possible. We implanted 3, had 2 taken but lost on along the way. Ended up with a beautiful healthy baby boy...I think after all was said and done we paid 20-30K for 3IUI and 1 IVF treatment
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Age
40 - 41
Treated
2010 - 2011
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
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During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Chantilis and his staff were informative and made you feel like they cared about the outcome and your mental and physical well being.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Always helpful and open with communication
How was your experience with Samuel Chantilis?
Chantilis kept us well informed and explained the procedures and the reasonings of why he recommended what he did. He did not sugar coat the process or the possible outcomes.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Samuel Chantilis?
Do what he says! He helped us conceive when I never thought it was possible.
Describe the protocols Samuel Chantilis used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Due to my age, we tried fertility pills and IUI. the first IUI was successful but ended up being a possible tubal pregnancy. After 2 additional failed IUI's Chantilis suggested IVF in order to get the best quality eggs possible. We implanted 3, had 2 taken but lost on along the way. Ended up with a beautiful healthy baby boy
Describe the costs associated with your care under Samuel Chantilis.
I think after all was said and done we paid 20-30K for 3IUI and 1 IVF treatment
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Doctor
Samuel Chantilis
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
39 - 40
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
[Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates is] clean, modern, comfortable, warm and friendly. Every member of the staff is outstanding...[They] failed to provide specific instructions about re-starting medication.
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Age
39 - 40
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
Clean, modern, comfortable, warm and friendly. Every member of the staff is outstanding.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Personalized, customized approach with constant communication.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
How was your experience with Mika Thomas?
Dr Thomas is an outstanding professional who communicated very clearly information, risks, and benchmarks. She allowed time for any questions I had and was very interested in my state of mind and overall well being throughout. I appreciate her candid, straight forward approach.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mika Thomas?
Don't hold back with questions or concerns, and don't hesitate to contact her with additional questions or concerns.
10
Doctor
Mika Thomas
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
31
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
They [the staff at Dallas Fort Worth Fertility Associates] are available 7 days a week so you do not have to worry about ovulation. The weekends they have an on call doctor that may or may not be your doctor, overall I never had a problem with that. They have a sperm analysis place next door...try 1: 75 Clomid, injectable 50 iu's, HCG, IUI try 2: 50 clomid, 100 iu's, HCG, IUI Try 3: Same, IUI...I paid about 1000 per cycle
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Age
31
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 4 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
They are available 7 days a week so you do not have to worry about ovulation. The weekends they have an on call doctor that may or may not be your doctor, overall I never had a problem with that. They have a sperm analysis place next door.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She took time to see me every time and answered all of my questions. Her nurses were also always available for questions
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They returned calls within 15-20 minutes. Answered all my questions
How was your experience with Karen Lee?
She was readily available, was very nice and considerate. Always gave me hope
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Karen Lee?
Don't be afraid to ask questions
Describe the protocols Karen Lee used in your cycles and their degree of success.
try 1: 75 Clomid, injectable 50 iu's, HCG, IUI try 2: 50 clomid, 100 iu's, HCG, IUI Try 3: Same, IUI
Describe the costs associated with your care under Karen Lee.
I paid about 1000 per cycle
10
Doctor
Karen Lee
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
36 - 40
Treated
2011 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
9 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
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[Nurses at DFW Fertility Associates] nurses changed so frequently it was hard to keep up... Pharmacy never received /filled the prescription...The nurse finally called me back on the 3rd day and insinuated that I never tried to pick up the med on day 1.
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Age
36 - 40
Treated
2011 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
5th of 5 Docs
Treatment
9 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
10
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I felt that Dr. Thomas herself took a personal interest in my case. Always seemed excited to see me. She always offered hope and positivity. She shared personal experiences. Sometimes she would personally call to deliver news or answer questions. I have complete faith in her knowledge and expertise in her field.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Dr. Thomas has had several nurses. I basically made sure to ask Dr. Thomas as many questions as I could when I had appointments with her directly. Her nurses changed so frequently it was hard to keep up.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with Mika Thomas?
I can't say enough good things about her. Because of her I have my son after 12 yrs of trying. I've referred several people to her and they've had success as well.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mika Thomas?
Be patient and trust her course if action.
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Doctor
Mika Thomas
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
38
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, 3 IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
[The staff at DFW Fertility Associates are] very nice people, would answer all questions or ask the doctor. But again...know how the process...works, be informed of what is going on and ask questions.
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Age
38
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Native American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
5th of 5 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 3 IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Kind, caring and compassionate but with a Professional manner. Treated staff and patients well. Truly a good dr.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Very nice people, would answer all questions or ask the dr. But again patients know how the process and how it works, be informed of what is going on and ask questions.
How was your experience with Karen Lee?
Very good practice, location and atmosphere is comfortable as doctors assist people, they even often check on you as you go in to general sono. Always there with a comforting touch and kind words- Karen was one of the best ivf drs- texas can offer.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Karen Lee?
Ask questions. ask about details, and how things work- don't ever assume. Treatments are expensive and most people leave the dr to choose. But research your condition prior to the apt and discuss her thoughts.
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Doctor
Karen Lee
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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7
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
7
There is a lot of volume [DFW Fert Assoc - Dallas], and you have to be an advocate for yourself. Brittany, Dr Thomas' nurse, and the sonogram tech are wonderfully kind and helpful. While I've heard negatives about other physicians at the clinic, Dr Thomas' team has been terrific....$9000 for full stim cycle $7000 for mini IVF...Make follow up appointments to speak with her - don't miss the opportunity and only work with the nurses...I've been through two cycles
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
7
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
There is a lot of volume, and you have to be an advocate for yourself. Brittany, Dr Thomas' nurse, and the sonogram tech are wonderfully kind and helpful. While I've heard negatives about other physicians at the clinic, Dr Thomas' team has been terrific.
How was your experience with Mika Thomas?
She is extremely compassionate and solutions- oriented. She has been a Godsend after my first experience with a RE who had terrible bedside manner. I've been through two cycles with her, and the second cycle her adjustments resulted in a considerable increase in both eggs retrieved and embryos at the blastocyst stage.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mika Thomas?
Make follow up appointments to speak with her - don't miss the opportunity and only work with the nurses
Describe the protocols Mika Thomas used in your cycles and their degree of success.
First cycle - full stim IVF with 75/day Menopur and 300/day Gonal F - resulted in 3 eggs and one blastocyst Second cycle - mini IVF with Clomid, 75/day menopur and 100-150/day Gonal F - resulted in 5 eggs and two blastocysts
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mika Thomas.
$9000 for full stim cycle $7000 for mini IVF
9
Doctor
Mika Thomas
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
48 - 49
Treated
2009 - 2010
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
10
My husband would always give me my Progesterone shots. He was OOT [out of town] on night and she [my nurse] met me at a restaurant and gave me my shot. What a sweet lady!
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Age
48 - 49
Treated
2009 - 2010
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
10
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Chantilis has such a calm, sweet, disposition. It was so refreshing after the hell I had gone through with two unsuccessful cycles with Brian Barnett. He spoke to me like a human being and made us understand that we would probably never succeed with our own eggs and suggested donor eggs.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
My husband would always give me my Progesterone shots. He was OOT on night and she met me at a restaurant and gave me my shot. What a sweet lady!
How was your experience with Samuel Chantilis?
Kind, caring, compassionate. A wonderful doctor.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Samuel Chantilis?
Use him first!
Describe the protocols Samuel Chantilis used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Honestly, it's been too long. I have since burned any paperwork as to not be reminded of what I went through over a four year period.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
Never much of a wait, individual attention.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Samuel Chantilis.
$5k for drugs, $10-15k for procedure.
10
Doctor
Samuel Chantilis
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
41 - 42
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
10
I don't have a negative comment. Dr Thomas [at DFW Fertility Associates] makes an anxiety-prone process as simple and comforting as possible. She treats you like a long time friend and always had a plan ready...Dr Thomas has a very personal approach to care. She makes you feel like she is as emotionally invested in you success as you and your spouse.
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Age
41 - 42
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
10
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Thomas has a very personal approach to care. She makes you feel like she is as emotionally invested in you success as you and your spouse.
How was your experience with Mika Thomas?
I don't have a negative comment. Dr Thomas makes an anxiety-prone process as simple and comforting as possible. She treats you like a long time friend and always had a plan ready.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mika Thomas?
Fertility treatment in general is a process that takes commitment and pateince.
10
Doctor
Mika Thomas
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
26 - 27
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
10
It is just Dr. Lawrence in her office [at DFW Fert Assoc - Med City], so if she is out you have go to the main office. However, the sonographers at the main office are amazing too! With Dr. Lawrence she did all of my ultrasounds, unless she was unavailable...Everything was told to us upfront. There wasn't any hidden fees or last minute charges. The only thing we didn't know off hand was the cost of the medications because they varied...
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Age
26 - 27
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
It is just Dr. Lawrence in her office, so if she is out you have go to the main office. However, the sonographers at the main office are amazing too! With Dr. Lawrence she did all of my ultrasounds, unless she was unavailable.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She would hug me every time I saw her in the office. She called me at 9pm with her kids in the background the night of my retrieval to make sure I was ok. During my pregnancy she called to check on me. My husband is a phyisician also, and never once did she talk over my head and she explained EVERYTHING to us. Even with the million questions I asked every visit. She never seemed like she needed to have me hurry up and leave. I could not have gone through IVF without her. She's amazing!!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
She only had one nurse and she was great, extremely informative.
How was your experience with Laura Lawrence?
She is amazing. She was understanding and compassionate. I never felt like I was just a number. She has incredible bedside manners!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laura Lawrence?
You will not go wrong! Be ready with questions so will answer every one!
Describe the protocols Laura Lawrence used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I honestly can not remember, I do know she was cautiously aggressive with my treatment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Laura Lawrence.
Everything was told to us upfront. There wasn't any hidden fees or last minute charges. The only thing we didn't know off hand was the cost of the medications because they varied.
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Doctor
Laura Lawrence
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas - Forest Lane
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
10
The location [of DFW Fertility Associates] is centrally located and easy to get to. Parking is easy but the only downfall is you have to pay like $1.00, which is not uncommon. The clinics staff works well together and its evident that they communicate between each other often. They interacted with each other like family. It was a very comfortable environment.... the drugs varied depending on the protocol anywhere between $2000-$5500. Doctor fee was about $2500 and lab fee was about $3500.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
The location is centrally located and easy to get to. Parking is easy but the only downfall is you have to pay like $1.00, which is not uncommon. The clinics staff works well together and its evident that they communicate between each other often. They interacted with each other like family. It was a very comfortable environment.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Laurence treated me like a friend. She went out of her way to let me know I was important to her. It was obvious that she had my best interest in mind. She called me numerous times to check on me or to let me know she was disappointed about our failed cycles.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
She was very compassionate and knowledgeable about the IVF process. She never missed a beat. Always on top of everything.
How was your experience with Laura Lawrence?
Dr. Lawrence is very knowledgeable and went out of her way to make sure i understood every detail of the treatment. I always felt like I was the only patient she had that day. She never made me feel rushed.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Laura Lawrence?
Be honest with her. She is very open to listening and accommodating to your needs.
Describe the protocols Laura Lawrence used in your cycles and their degree of success.
First cycle we used max drugs because of my low ovarian reserve. I only produced 2 eggs that round. The next 2 cycles we used less drugs. It was more successful. We added ICSI to help with the fragmenting.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Laura Lawrence.
the drugs varied depending on the protocol anywhere between $2000-$5500. Doctor fee was about $2500 and lab fee was about $3500.
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Doctor
Laura Lawrence
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Dallas - Forest Lane
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
31
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
They are 99% on time and get you in and out in a timely manner. They work hard to get you in at a time that works best for you. I have a crazy schedule and they are amazing about trying to work with me... the staff has been amazing, so nice and caring...They have many strengths. They are so helpful and have a wonder bedside manner. I am a little worry wort and they always know how to relieve my anxiety...They always remember who we are and take the time to find out how we are feeling.
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Age
31
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
They are 99% on time and get you in and out in a timely manner. They work hard to get you in at a time that works best for you. I have a crazy schedule and they are amazing about trying to work with me. I love them. They always have a smiling face and the thing I love the most is they treat you like family. I was transferring our one embryo that was inconclusive and when I left their clinic to go and get the paperwork as I walked out she said " go and get your children". Seems silly, but it meant a lot to me!
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
For the first time a doctor sat with me while I cried and told me that it may take a while, but there is no reason why you shouldn't get you pregnant. Then at every appointment we have been to in the Southlake office, the staff has been amazing, so nice and caring. The first appointment I had with Dr. Gada he sat with us for over an hour and a half, to answer any and every question we had. His nurses go above and beyond to help us to understand what it is that they are telling us, no matter the amount of time it takes. They always remember who we are and take the time to find out how we are feeling. They are amazing!
Describe your experience with your nurse.
They have many strengths. They are so helpful and have a wonder bedside manner. I am a little worry wort and they always know how to relieve my anxiety. They treat me with compassion and make sure I understand each step. The only thing I would say negative wise is from their Dallas office. They a little more business upfront, less warm and fuzzy. All in all though they are amazing, and I would recommend them again and again.
How was your experience with Ravi Gada?
Dr. Gada has a wonderful beside manner. He makes you feel comfortable and confident in his decision for treatment. He goes above and beyond to reassure you when things are going well, and comfort you when there is bad news or a set back. Dr. Gada is very personable. He is willing to give you a lot of time and never makes you feel rushed. There really is no "dumb" question and he takes the time to answer each of them. He will tell you like it is, but in a very respectable manner.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ravi Gada?
If you have a question, ask it.
Describe the protocols Ravi Gada used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I am on an agonist protocol because of the PCOS. They had me on 10 unit of lupron for 10 days then took that down to 5 units. Then I take Menopur every morning and Lupron and Gonal f at night. I started off with 150 gonal f until my first blood work and have now been on 225 gonal f. Everything else has stayed the same. I am having to stim for a couple days longer, but I should be retrieving in the next few days.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ravi Gada.
$16,000 for ICSI, Retrieval, all sono, bloodwork, genetic testing, and meds. I will have to pay another $4,000 for the transfer.
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Doctor
Ravi Gada
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Southlake
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
29
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Endometriosis, PCOS, Tubal Blockage
10
My only complaint about this clinic [Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates] is that they are a bit disorganized. I never got reminder phone calls about appointments. Once I was called while I was on my way to my appointment and told that my appointment time was actually early than I'd been told. They didn't care that much that I was late, but I'm not sure who was right in that situation. I had a surgery before my FET cycle started and at the post-op appointment, the doctor said he wanted to see me on the first couple days of my next cycle for a scan and we could get started after that. Turns out that was my baseline sono to start our FET cycle and I got all of my cycle paperwork that morning and had to pay our fees. I was not expecting that, but maybe I'd misunderstood at previous appointment. If I hadn't been through IVF and FETs at a previous clinic, I think the lack of preparedness would have stressed me out. But as a veteran infertility patient, it didn't bother me too much. I knew what questions to ask and more or less what to expect in each step of the process.
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Age
29
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Endometriosis, PCOS, Tubal Blockage
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
My only complaint about this clinic is that they are a bit disorganized. I never got reminder phone calls about appointments. Once I was called while I was on my way to my appointment and told that my appointment time was actually early than I'd been told. They didn't care that much that I was late, but I'm not sure who was right in that situation. I had a surgery before my FET cycle started and at the post-op appointment, the doctor said he wanted to see me on the first couple days of my next cycle for a scan and we could get started after that. Turns out that was my baseline sono to start our FET cycle and I got all of my cycle paperwork that morning and had to pay our fees. I was not expecting that, but maybe I'd misunderstood at previous appointment. If I hadn't been through IVF and FETs at a previous clinic, I think the lack of preparedness would have stressed me out. But as a veteran infertility patient, it didn't bother me too much. I knew what questions to ask and more or less what to expect in each step of the process.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Gada was very attentive and treated me and my husband like people, not just numbers.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I loved all of the nurses and nursing staff. They were knowledgeable and helpful with all questions.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
How was your experience with Ravi Gada?
I love Dr. Gada. He was always willing to answer all of my questions, no matter how silly I thought they were. He explained everything as clearly as possible, but still providing a lot of the science behind decisions, which I liked. He ran whatever tests I asked for, even though some he warned probably wouldn't yield any usable findings. He really seemed well-educated in the most recent IVF techniques and research, willing to try different things to create a better outcome.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ravi Gada?
Go see him and at least listen to his ideas on how to proceed. Be prepared for him to answer a quick text while he's in with you, but that just means he'll do that for you later on too.
Describe the protocols Ravi Gada used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Dr. Gada seemed satisfied with our remaining frozen embryos from our first IVF cycle at a different clinic. (We'd seen another doctor just before in our attempts to get second opinions who said our embryos weren't good after two chemicals and we should fork up the money for a new round of IVF at their clinic). He explained that there will always be about half of the embryos that don't work because of genetics and whatnot. He said lupron was not needed for our frozen transfer prep, so we skipped that and went straight to estrogen pills twice a day for a few weeks. I also added vitamin D and baby aspirin to the protocol because, while they have not been proven to help, they don't hurt anything. After about two weeks on the estrogen pills, I had a lining check and started progesterone in oil nightly (at a higher dosage than I'd used before). Transfer was in the lab facilities in a clean, operating room attached to the lab itself. We transferred two embryos because of my previous chemical pregnancies; he said we'd been cautious before and would be comfortable doing either one or two embryos. I continued on estrogen and progesterone until week 12. I am currently 13 weeks pregnant with twins.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ravi Gada.
The FET was $3000. We transferred our embryos to their lab also, and that fee was about $400 I think.
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Doctor
Ravi Gada
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Southlake
Nursing
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Age
31
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
They [Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates] are very busy and there is a long wait to get in...$1000 MRI $1800 Surgery $310 IUI $160 semen analys with wash (every IUI) $85 Injectible Ovidrel $0 Ultrasounds and blood work -covered by insurance...They are very warm and conversational. They remember me when I walk in and I don't have to say my name which is nice..The nurses are clear in communication during my ultrasound and explain everything they see.
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Age
31
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.
They are very busy and there is a long wait to get in. I would recommend calling right away for your new patient meeting versus thinking and waiting to take the next steps. You should live/work close to the clinic because you have to go quite often. This clinic is in southlake and very easy to get to. The offices are very clean as well
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He always takes the time to ask how we are doing -outside of fertility-. He remembers our hobbies and what we talk about so when we go in we feel immediately comfortable and like we are with a friend who happens to be our Dr. in this overly difficult time. It also helps that my husband really likes him to. They can chat about sports for 10 minutes after our appt easily.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
They are very warm and conversational. They remember me when I walk in and I don't have to say my name which is nice (sad also). The nurses are clear in communication during my ultrasound and explain everything they see.
How was your experience with Ravi Gada?
I had a septated uterus and Dr Gada immediately acted on this to get it corrected. I had a out patient surgery within 2 weeks of getting my results. Dr Gada understands we want a baby as soon as we can so he pushes/encourages us to the next steps. WIth that said he also understands that some steps we need to take longer in than others. We only did one round of clomid but we have done 3 rounds of iui's. We may end up doing up to 5 before considering IVF. Dr. Gada completely supports that decision. He keeps us informed about every step we are taking and he helps manage my expectations - which I need. IUI only has a 15% chance of success but when I am going through it my heart believes that its a 15% chance of not working. I would recommend Dr Gada to other people trying to start a family. He is not only professional and personable he and his wife have gone throught this as well. They went through IVF to have their son which tells me he knows how hard this can be.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ravi Gada?
Tell him everything. Any thing you can think of. Even if you think something may/may not be related to infertility he will confirm this with you. I had all these fears of what I thought was wrong with me and causing me to be infertile and I listed them off to him. He listened and explained away all my concerns. I have unexplained infertility at this point - so there is not rational reason that we can find - yet which is a hard pill to swallow.
Describe the protocols Ravi Gada used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I had the HSG test and my Dr saw a heart shaped uterus and pointed it out to me. He explained what this was/could be and that we would need to explore this further. I then had to have an MRI with iodine to determine what kind of heart I had septated or bicorniate. I had septated which was good news because he had told me this is the version that he can repair with surgery. I was told that this was not a cause of infertility but would be a cause of frequent miscarriages and that we needed to repair before under going fertility treatments. 2 weeks later I had Dr. Gada performed the surgery. The surgery was fast and was exactly how Dr. Gada described. I healed well and my uterus was fixed. I had to take a month off of trying after the surgery. When I got my first period Dr. Gada told me to call and he would start me on Clomid. He was very candid about his results working with clomid. He recommended going to IUI right away just to have all the odds in our favor but understood if we were not ready. After 1 month of Clomid we moved on to IUI. The initial appt was with Dr. Gada to go over the process but all other follow up ultrasounds and blood work was done through the nurse practitioner. The actual IUI was performed by Dr. Gada. We have now had 3 failed rounds of IUI. Dr. Gada wants to meet to re-evaluate. I am taking a month off due to travel and also I just think I need it. This has been a lot harder emotionally and even physically than I imagined.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ravi Gada.
$1000 MRI $1800 Surgery $310 IUI $160 semen analys with wash (every IUI) $85 Injectible Ovidrel $0 Ultrasounds and blood work -covered by insurance
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Doctor
Ravi Gada
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates
Southlake
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
– Read less