Santa Barbara Fertility Center

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Genetic counseling: OfferedAcupuncture is not offered: Not OfferedMental health counseling: OfferedNutrition counseling is not offered: Not OfferedAdministration of shots: OfferedCoordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not OfferedSelling medication: OfferedProviding backup medication: Offered
Santa Barbara
536 East Arrellaga
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 965-3400
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Santa Barbara Fertility Center to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 310
3 assessments
  • 100% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 0% Neutral (7-8)
  • 0% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
Operated well
Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
Easy scheduling
Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
Nursing Team
Poor nursing team
Excellent nursing team
Attention to Detail
Low attention to detail
High attention to detail
2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
10%
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<35
35-37
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43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
103
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
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Average Doctor Score
1 doctor
3 assessments
10
Age
27 - 30
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing, IVF, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
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This clinic [Santa Barbara Fertility Center] is VERY organized , they are always updated with every step of your process and get things done flawlessly . The clinic is located in beautiful Santa Barbara and is very welcoming . It’s a very clean clinic with all the essentials. It has expanded and allows for in house procedures which makes the whole process a little more intimate . You never feel rushed .
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Age
27 - 30
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Egg Freezing, IVF, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
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Describe your experience with Santa Barbara Fertility Center.
This clinic is VERY organized , they are always updated with every step of your process and get things done flawlessly . The clinic is located in beautiful Santa Barbara and is very welcoming . It’s a very clean clinic with all the essentials. It has expanded and allows for in house procedures which makes the whole process a little more intimate . You never feel rushed .
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Since day one Dr. Allen turned a scary experience into something we can be hopeful about. He always called us by our name and knew exactly what we were there for , never did he really have to look at a chart , he just knew us . He was very good at giving us real life results and possibilities in a way that kept us calm and hopeful for the future . He is an amazing doctor .
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff has remained the same since I started with Dr. Allen . It is always a warm welcoming when walking into the office . I have communicated with different nurses and all of them are up to date with our status and know exactly how to direct us when needed. I have never had to explain myself twice to anyone as they are all always on the same page and know exactly how to answer any question . They have been there through the good and the bad and showed compassion as well as excitement when needed .
How was your experience with Rene Allen?
Dr. Allen is incredible . He manages to always be accessible and answer ANY question we have . He is always thorough when explaining treatments and following procedures . He has always been attentive with us and has made us feel important . Never has he rushed us . He is very compassionate and is able to be honest without adding more to the already stressful and painful situation we have been experiencing . He always has a solution and is quick to act on anything to get the process moving along . He is also a great surgeon , my recovery was quick and not as painful as I imagined . Overall, Dr. Allen is just an amazing person , you can tell he loves what he does and treats everyone like family.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Rene Allen?
Trust the process , you are in GREAT hands .
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rene Allen.
12k egg retrieval 3-4K transfer Other Additional costs
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Doctor
Rene Allen
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Santa Barbara Fertility Center
Santa Barbara
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
Age
28 - 31
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
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Dr. Allen was very polite and knowledgeable. He did a great job explaining what to expect for each treatment/procedure. I felt comfortable asking questions regarding any concerns I had. I felt supported after the loss of my first pregnancy. He was very patient and understanding of the whole process. I returned for another attempt and was able to get pregnant right away and gave birth to my first child.
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Age
28 - 31
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Showed interest in personal life, had a sense of human, responded positively when asked any questions (both regarding treatment and personal questions).
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very compassionate and personable. Always available for personal questions and supportive advice.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Lost appointments
How was your experience with Rene Allen?
Dr. Allen was very polite and knowledgeable. He did a great job explaining what to expect for each treatment/procedure. I felt comfortable asking questions regarding any concerns I had. I felt supported after the loss of my first pregnancy. He was very patient and understanding of the whole process. I returned for another attempt and was able to get pregnant right away and gave birth to my first child.
Describe the protocols Rene Allen used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I seeker out fertility treatment not knowing that I had a condition. Dr. Allen was very patient and we went through my medical history. After a few tests, I was diagnosed with pcos. I was prescribed clomid at the lowest dosage and slowly we moved up.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Rene Allen.
With our previous insurance (before my husband change jobs), fertility costs were covered. However, with our next attempt with our (hopefully soon to be) second child, my husband's new insurance covers 0% of fertility coverage. We've paid around $6,000-$7,000 so far.
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Doctor
Rene Allen
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Santa Barbara Fertility Center
Santa Barbara
Nursing
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10
Age
25
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
10
Everyone [at Santa Barbara Fert Ctr] is friendly and very understanding as to why you are there. Only hard part is sharing the clinic with already pregnant ladies....[nursing staff] Very friendly...[Dr. Wong] Very skillful and knew what he was talking about. But did not show compassion towards us. Did not see him every visit. But he is very smart...Not very friendly. Very blunt but looked at results and computer while talking to us instead of looking at us and understanding our feelings
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Age
25
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Latino
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Santa Barbara Fertility Center.
Everyone is friendly and very understanding as to why you are there. Only hard part is sharing the clinic with already pregnant ladies. Happy for them but does make us ttc ladies sad......................
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Not very friendly. Very blunt but looked at results and computer while talking to us instead of looking at us and understanding our feelings
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very friendly.
How was your experience with Kenneth Wong?
Very skillful and knew what he was talking about. But did not show compassion towards us. Did not see him every visit. But he is very smart and I do trust him and know that his job is to just help us get pregnant and not a therapist.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kenneth Wong?
Be prepared. Go in hoping for the best but know that it is a process.
Describe the protocols Kenneth Wong used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Clomid for 10 days beginning on day 3. Scans every week and iui on the day after trigger shot. Progeaterone while the two week wait. No pregnancy achieved.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kenneth Wong.
Insurance covered 50% of meds and visits. still paid a total of $800 per cycle
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Doctor
Kenneth Wong
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Santa Barbara Fertility Center
Santa Barbara
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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