Boston IVF - Albany Center

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Genetic counseling: OfferedAcupuncture: OfferedMental health counseling: OfferedNutrition counseling: OfferedAdministration of shots: OfferedCoordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not OfferedSelling medication is not offered: Not OfferedProviding backup medication: Offered
Loudonville
399 Albany Shaker Road
Loudonville, NY 12211
518.434.9759
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Boston IVF - Albany Center to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 6Neutral: 3Don't recommend: 28
11 assessments
  • 55% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 27% Neutral (7-8)
  • 18% 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
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Attention to Detail
Low attention to detail
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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
194
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
11 assessments
3
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
7 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Unexplained
3
At the time I was treated the Albany clinic was undergoing some upheaval while transitioning to becoming part of Boston IVF...I felt the coordination of care and tailoring of treatment was poor, but this may have changed. Monitoring visits started at 7am so I was often able to get in without missing any time at work. The financial side of things was frustrating. I
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Engineer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
7 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Unexplained
3
Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
At the time I was treated the Albany clinic was undergoing some upheaval while transitioning to becoming part of Boston IVF. I felt the coordination of care and tailoring of treatment was poor, but this may have changed. Monitoring visits started at 7am so I was often able to get in without missing any time at work. The financial side of things was frustrating. I did not have any insurance coverage except for diagnostic testing and often received conflicting information from different staff members on how much to pay and whether I needed to pay upfront or wait for a claim to be processed by insurance. They have a clean-looking practice with reasonably up to date equipment such as the ultrasound machines. It looks similar to any other doctor's office.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I saw the actual doctor very little. I ostensibly had a nurse coordinator but she was often out during my treatment cycles and I was bounced around to other nurses to get answers. By the end of the 7 IUI cycles I pursued I did not feel like treatment had been very tailored for me- after several failures little was done to adjust my protocol. Staff were reluctant to switch me from Femara to Clomid, told me injectables were not a good option since monitoring showed I was responding already. They refused changes such as trying a different trigger timing or two IUI in one cycle, telling me that it was not necessary, while not offering a satisfying explanation for my continued failed cycles (other than "chances are worse with frozen donor sperm" which they did not emphasize up front). I felt like the like the doctor and nurses continued to inflate my chances. I didn't totally feel like a number as on paper treatment was appropriate, but felt the staff could have had better bedside manner and could have helped me avoid more failed treatment by being more realistic about my chance for IUI vs IVF.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I was assigned a coordinator but she was out of the office during at least part of the cycle for the majority of my cycles so I struggled to get information from other staff. The nursing staff were polite and professional, but I felt coordination could have been improved. Most of the time the nurses I saw did not have any time to familiarize themselves with my record ahead of time, so while they always attempted to answer questions they were often not able to really tailor answers. Bloodwork and ultrasound were done by separate staff members so I sometimes had to wait additional time for one or the other. The practice had an online patient portal but did not really use it. I was generally able to reach nurses by phone within a few hours but occasionally had to bug them for results.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Sonia Elguero?
I only met with Dr. Elguero a few times (initially met with a different doctor who was temporarily handling the practice). She was nice but not extraordinary. She was not as familiar with my history at our visits as I would have liked and she seemed to have a standard educational "spiel" that she gave me when we got to the point of her explaining and recommending moving on to IVF. During my IUI cycles I did not really communicate with her and the nursing staff seemed to run the show, so I feel that I can't evaluate Dr. Elguero very well as she was so uninvolved in my treatment.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sonia Elguero?
Ask lots of questions and clarify your next steps so you are not left waiting.
Describe the protocols Sonia Elguero used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Medicated, monitored IUI 7x using frozen donor sperm. 6 Femara cycles, 1 Clomid cycle. Most cycles with HCG trigger and IUI 36h later, unless bloodwork/ultrasound indicated ovulation was occurring already by about CD16.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sonia Elguero.
About $25k total - $6k for donor sperm, and then roughly $5k for testing and $14k for treatment with Albany IVF. Each IUI cycle was about $2000 total for multiple monitoring visits, sperm preparation and IUI. I had insurance coverage only for certain diagnostic testing and had a high-deductible plan so nearly all costs were out of pocket.
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Doctor
Sonia Elguero
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
3
Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
Nursing
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Age
31
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
8
Often the phone [at Boston IVF] just rings and rings and you have to leave a message. Often the portal questions go without answer for days. I would have appreciated more updates on embryo status during those nailbiting days after retrieval. This clinic batches retrievals which is annoying - so you have to take BCP to line up your period with everyone else... cost us about $8500 for everything (excluding drugs) - retrieval, transfer, ICSI, anesthesia, etc.
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Age
31
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
This clinic batches you so you have to take BCP to line up your period with everyone else. Everyone retrieves the same week, etc. The portal is great for getting test results, but phone communication is weak... often rings and rings and hard to get someone on the phone.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr Elguero actually took the time to have read through a mountain of information provided PRIOR to my arrival so she was completely prepared to discuss my case. It seemed like she took a real interest in my case and seemed like she really wanted to help us. She was compassionate but also straightforward and didn't sugarcoat anything for me.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Often the phone just rings and rings and you have to leave a message. Often the portal questions go without answer for days. I would have appreciated more updates on embryo status during those nailbiting days after retrieval. This clinic batches retrievals which is annoying - so you have to take BCP to line up your period with everyone else.
How was your experience with Sonia Elguero?
She was excellent and I felt like she was really going to tailor treatment to me. In prior experiences it seemed like doctors were just guessing and throwing everything at me to see what stuck, rather than looking at my case as individual. At one point she heard that I was on the phone with a nurse and she actually took the time in the middle of her day to get on the phone with me without scheduling. She never rushed me. I wish that I had seen her more often and I wish that I had direct access to her through a portal.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sonia Elguero.
I had no insurance, but I think it cost us about $8500 for everything (excluding drugs) - retrieval, transfer, ICSI, anesthesia, etc.
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Sonia Elguero
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
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Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
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Age
29
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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The ultrasound technicians [at Boston IVF] were great and so knowledgeable. I felt like I always trusted what our nurses and techs told us. I would say the clinics weakness would be that their IVF cycles are in batches and not driven towards the specific patient. You had to do your retrievals for IVF the same time every other patient was doing their retrieval...I had a two main nurses during our time at Albany IVF. They were both fantastic. They were always there to answer all of my questions, and I always had a lot of those! The nursing staff, ultrasound technicians, and my two nurses were great and so nice to work with. Michelle was there to even just let me cry to her on the phone. She was amazing!
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Age
29
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
This clinics strength is their staff. They are always so helpful, they were always there to answer any questions, and always worked with you to get in when you needed to. The ultrasound technicians were great and so knowledgeable. I felt like I always trusted what our nurses and techs told us. I would say the clinics weakness would be that their IVF cycles are in batches and not driven towards the specific patient. You had to do your retrievals for IVF the same time every other patient was doing their retrieval.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I felt very comfortable with my time at Boston IVF The Albany Center with Doctor Elguero. She was always very thoughtful, sensitive, and straight forward with us. She helped us get through very hard times.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I had a two main nurses during our time at Albany IVF. They were both fantastic. They were always there to answer all of my questions, and I always had a lot of those! The nursing staff, ultrasound technicians, and my two nurses were great and so nice to work with. Michelle was there to even just let me cry to her on the phone. She was amazing!
How was your experience with Sonia Elguero?
Doctor Elguero was great. She was always wonderful at explaining our previous failed cycles, what could have gone wrong, and what she would recommend we do to fix it for the next cycle. She always answered any questions we had. We felt more like family at this office with Doctor Elguero than just a number.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sonia Elguero?
Ask questions! When in doubt or when you are wondering about ANYTHING during this crazy rollercoaster, ask as many questions as you can! Stay on top of things and always be prepared for anything.
Describe the protocols Sonia Elguero used in your cycles and their degree of success.
For our first three IUI treatments we were on Clomid. Clomid thinned out my lining and we were unsuccessful with those IUIs (one was a chemical pregnancy). We moved onto Antagonist protocols for our IVF Cycles. Our First IVF cycle, we stimmed with Follistim, Menopur, Ganirelix and triggered with Ovidrel. We had 8 eggs result in that IVF cycle however our eggs were delayed in fertilization (we did not do ICSI the first round) so we had no embryos to transfer this round. Our 2nd IVF cycle we stimmed with the same protocol as the first. This resulted in 9 eggs retrieved. Of those 9 we ended with 2 very fragmented / poor quality embryos by day 3 and did a fresh transfer of the two embryos. Resulted in a negative pregnancy test. Our 3rd cycle we actually started as a Gonadatropin IUI (stimmed with Follistim only and then Ganirelix) and converted to IVF. We triggered with Ovidrel and we retrieved 14 eggs that time. We transferred 2 embryos on day 5 (two morulas so not full blasts). This resulted in a chemical pregnancy. Our 4th cycle of IVF we also did Follistim only plus Ganirelix. We triggered with Lupron and Ovidrel and retrieved 18 eggs. Of those we ended with 1 day 5 4AA embryo blast and 1 other embryo that was a little behind on day 5 but we gave it a shot and transferred both embryos on day 5 fresh. This resulted in a negative pregnancy test. We also tried one more (our 4th) IUI with Follistim and Ganirelix, triggered with Ovidrel, and this resulted in a negative test as well.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sonia Elguero.
We were covered for one round of IVF with our insurance but we hit that lifetime max after our 1st IVF. The cost of IVF was around $13,000 after that and we also had to pay out of pocket for our medication, about $4k.
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Sonia Elguero
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
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Age
29
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS, Tubal Blockage
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communication [Boston IVF - Albany] needs to be better, if you know your patient has access to lab results through your office and you don’t call until late in the afternoon, you should expect them to look at the patient portal....Our lab work was put into the patient portal wrong, we received a very late phone call with our pregnancy results and for almost 3 hours we thought that we were pregnant when we were not
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Age
29
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS, Tubal Blockage
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Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
communication needs to be better, if you know your patient has access to lab results through your office and you don’t call until late in the afternoon, you should expect them to look at the patient portal. The mistake should have been told when the phone call was made. When I told Dr. Bauer about the mistake he had excuse for the nurse instead of apologizing right away for the mistake
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I was out of state he was very nice and professional
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Our clinic was in the middle of a merge when we did our fresh egg donor cycle. Amy Alix/Jenna Horton was my nurse and she made me feel like I was her friend. When we came to do our frozen embryo transfer Michelle was my nurse, she made me feel like just another patient. When it came to our pregnancy test our labs were put in the system wrong so I’m the patient portal it said that I was pregnant but it was actually my progesterone levels. She didn’t call until late in the afternoon and said that we weren’t pregnant and it wasn’t until I called back that we were told that our labs were put in wrong. For almost 3 hours we were under the impression that we were pregnant but we really weren’t.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Steven Bayer?
I only did a phone consultation with him because I was out of state, I never met him in person. But in the phone he was very positive, let me ask questions and answered them fully. I wish I had met him in person but it didn’t happen
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Steven Bayer?
Make sure you are heard
Describe the protocols Steven Bayer used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We used an egg donor at this facility (it didn’t give me that option for this review)
Describe the costs associated with your care under Steven Bayer.
We only paid $12,000 for our egg donor cycle and we had one from frozen embryo transfer
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Doctor
Steven Bayer
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Trustworthiness
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Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, PCOS, Tubal Blockage
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The clinic [Boston IVF] is very organized. Everything is very clean. The waiting room is comfortable. All the staff are kind and thorough in explaining things. They're helpful and supportive...All the nursing staff at the clinic were incredibly kind and supportive. Blood draws were always quick and relatively painless...Everyone starts their cycle at the same time each month. I couldn't start my second IVF cycle earlier because I was told "this month's cycle is starting in 2 days and you wouldn't get your meds in time." In the long run, waiting another month wasn't a big deal but it was frustrating that I had to fit into the herd's timeline.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, PCOS, Tubal Blockage
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Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
The clinic is very organized. Everything is very clean. The waiting room is comfortable. All the staff are kind and thorough in explaining things. They're helpful and supportive. I was actually sad to be released from the office and sent to my new OBGYN.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Everyone starts their cycle at the same time each month. I couldn't start my second IVF cycle earlier because I was told "this month's cycle is starting in 2 days and you wouldn't get your meds in time." In the long run, waiting another month wasn't a big deal but it was frustrating that I had to fit into the herd's timeline.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
All the nursing staff at the clinic were incredibly kind and supportive. Blood draws were always quick and relatively painless. The ultrasound techs were all very friendly and thorough in their explanations. Everyone in the office was always friendly. Some of the staff have also gone through fertility treatments themselves, which added an extra layer of comfort when they discussed the process with me.
How was your experience with Sonia Elguero?
Dr Elguero seems almost nervous or awkward when she talks to you, which made me feel less confident in her knowledge/abilities when I first met her. After more appointments with her, I was less worried about it. It's just her personality. She's pretty upfront with her explanations of things, and has no issue explaining things in simpler terms to ensure you understand. One thing that *really* bothered my husband was that as soon as she was reminded we were paying out of pocket instead of with insurance, she adjusted the protocol and plans for possible future protocols. It seemed like she would have experimented more loosely if we weren't so concerned about the cost, which makes us wonder if the successful cycle would have been several cycles later instead.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sonia Elguero?
Make sure you are prepared with all of your questions ahead of time and make sure she takes the time to answer them.
Describe the protocols Sonia Elguero used in your cycles and their degree of success.
For our IUI cycle, we used meds typically used for IVF to see how my body woild respond. We were under the impression the IUI would not be successful because of my endometriosis and blocked tubes. Menopur and Follistim were used, along with Ganirelix. For the first IVF cycle, we used Menopur, Follistim, and Ganirelix again. We used a higher dose of Follistim and lower dose of Menopur. It was a very unsuccessful cycle. There were 12 follicles, but only 2 eggs were retrieved. Most follicles were such low quality or not fully matured, and they broke apart when she tried to retrieve eggs. Only one egg was good quality, it was transferred on day 3, and ended in a chemical pregnancy. The second IVF cycle, Dr Elguero decided to "flipflop" the meds. We used a higher dose of Menopur and a lower dose of Follistim. The meds were increased at a slower rate so that follicles would have a better opportunity to mature and develop. 10 eggs were retrieved, 8 fertilized. 6 developed into embryos, 1 was transferred and the other 5 are currently frozen. I'm 18 weeks pregnant from that cycle and things seem to be going smoothly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sonia Elguero.
For IUI, meds and procedure were covered by insurance and we only had to pay our $10 copay. For IVF, nothing was covered by insurance. Meds cost $3000, procedure cost $6500, and freezing embryos that weren't transferred cost $1000
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Sonia Elguero
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
Nursing
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
15 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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[The nurse at Boston IVF is] Very efficient and effective great communication. She knows what she is doing and I never questioned that...The cycles are controlled unlike other clinics so there is a waiting period you can't just get started right away the stim and transfers...$20 copayment, 8k for gententic testing and $1400 for medications.
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
15 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
The cycles are controlled unlike other clinics so there is a waiting period you can't just get started right away the stim and transfers.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She was warm, kind and considerate. While meeting with her everything thing was throughly explained.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Very efficient and effective great communication. She knows what she is doing and I never questioned that.
How was your experience with Sonia Elguero?
She was always honest, kind, and considerate, she always takes the best evidenced based practice and applied it to my case. I never had to question or worry about if I was doing the best protocol because I trust her so much.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sonia Elguero?
She's very smart but it's hard to get in contact with her you have to go through your nurse.
Describe the protocols Sonia Elguero used in your cycles and their degree of success.
My first cycle was 250 gonalf 75 menopur and .25 cetrotide. I triggered with 80units of lupron. I was disappointed with our results 15 eggs retrieved 8 mature 6 fertilized 2 made it blastocyst and to pgs testing 1 normal. We wanted to do another round to get a few more gentically good.embryos for a the future before transfer so Dr. Sonia was a little more aggressive.. 300 gonal f 75 menopur .25 cetrotide I triggered with the 80u of lupron and 5000u of hcg. 29 eggs retrieved 22 mature 19 fertilized 9 made it blastocyst and 5 were gentically good and frozen. Transfer is May 3!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sonia Elguero.
$20 copayment, 8k for gententic testing and $1400 for medications.
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Sonia Elguero
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
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Age
39
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 5 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Although the Clinic [Boston IVF - Albany] was very “Clinic” like it was reassuring we came from a center that was very spa and meditation like but it didn’t work for us. It was nice feeling like they knew what they were doing...Her [Dr. Elguero] staff were great and when we went in to start our current procedure they remembered everything about us. They even remembered when we tried to do a uterine biopsy and I couldn’t do it bc of the pain
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Age
39
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Native American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 5 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
Although the Clinic was very “Clinic” like it was reassuring we came from a center that was very spa and meditation like but it didn’t work for us. It was nice feeling like they knew what they were doing
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Quick call back time and quick reply to messages with questions from me, honest with myself and husband
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Her staff were great and when we went in to start our current procedure they remembered everything about us. They even remembered when we tried to do a uterine biopsy and I couldn’t do it bc of the pain
How was your experience with Sonia Elguero?
The biggest factor was that she was honest she told us when she would and wouldn’t take embryos based on their grades and we didn’t feel that we were dollar signs. I would say the only weakness is not doing our actual egg retrieval. But she choose to be aggressive with medications which worked bc I never had so many eggs ready
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sonia Elguero?
Be prepared for honest answers.
Describe the protocols Sonia Elguero used in your cycles and their degree of success.
She put me on birth control then had me monitored via ultrasounds then we started the menopur then we did estrace pills orally and vaginally along with IM progesterone oil
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sonia Elguero.
This was the first time we didn’t have to self pay, our insurance covered everything so we never even asked just signed the paper work, it was amazing
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Sonia Elguero
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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Need more clinics [Boston IVF] in the upstate region. Weakness was distance drive 2 hours to get there. New patient needs to know to order kicker shots on their own for the 2nd round so that it arrives on time, give yourself two days and call to find out that order was placed...20$ copays. 200 IUI costs, 200 lab test....[Nursing Staff] Upbeat...You are in good hands. Ask as many questions as you need to.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
Need more clinics in the upstate region. Weakness was distance drive 2 hours to get there. New patient needs to know to order kicker shots on their own for the 2nd round so that it arrives on time, give yourself two days and call to find out that order was placed. Freedom Pharmacy lagged.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She was very interested in making sure she followed up on my questions, she spoke to me in passing and took the time to ask questions to follow up as she made sure I understood the process.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Upbeat.
How was your experience with Nina Resetkova ?
She asked alot of questions, required medical tests and followed up with phone calls. She took the time to listen and offer options. We are not well off so she worked with our insurance to do what was covered.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Nina Resetkova ?
You are in good hands. Ask as many questions as you need to.
Describe the protocols Nina Resetkova used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We stuck to Clomid as it had less chance of multiple babies. IUI was performed twice and now looking into invitro as we knew the odds of husbands sperm not being effective were very very low. If we cannot get assistance with the cost then we will go with donor sperm. We had spent 10k on adoption that failed when court turned over children to the father. Husband is jail guard and Im an author and pet groomer. We make enough to pay the mortgage and bills but not alot more than that. Cost is what is keeping us from invitro but that would be the more ideal route. Huband wants to be the father.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nina Resetkova .
20$ copays. 200 IUI costs, 200 lab test.
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Doctor
Nina Resetkova
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
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Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
9 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
9
The nurse I dealt with [at Boston IVF] had terrible follow-up on questions, very little compassion, and gave unsolicited advice...She failed to send in prescriptions in a timely manner and lost files I sent from a previous clinic...The US techs are amazing!...My insurance covered all but copays for visits and ultrasounds. I paid for medications out of pocket...My treatment needed to be tweaked following a chemical pregnancy and then non response.
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Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
9 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
9
Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
My nurse was a problem, but she is gone now. The US techs are amazing!
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Very personalized conversation, where my needs and concerns were addressed.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurse I dealt with had terrible follow-up on questions, very little compassion, and gave unsolicited advice. I believe she is no longer with the practice.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost paperwork
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Sonia Elguero?
My treatment needed to be tweaked following a chemical pregnancy and then non response. Dr. Elguero was thorough and gentle in her discussion regarding our path forward. It was a negotiation rather than a forced plan.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sonia Elguero?
Be prepared for a thorough history each time.
Describe the protocols Sonia Elguero used in your cycles and their degree of success.
My body has a lack luster response to letrozole, so a booster was needed and we discussed moving on to a highly monitored, low dose injectable cycle if I still did not respond. Dr. Elguero was very concerned about over response to injectables.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sonia Elguero.
My insurance covered all but copays for visits and ultrasounds. I paid for medications out of pocket.
10
Doctor
Sonia Elguero
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
10
Everyone [Boston IVF- Albany] was so personable. Cared about Your every need. Knew you by name when you walked in the front door. They always asked how you were feeling and if you needed anything and how your drive was. And how everything was. Knew everything about you.... Amazing. Cared about you like you were family.... She [Dr. Elguero] made it all about us. All about what we were going through. All about what I needed to be able to have a baby.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
10
Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
Everyone was so personable. Cared about Your every need. Knew you by name when you walked in the front door. They always asked how you were feeling and if you needed anything and how your drive was. And how everything was. Knew everything about you.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She made it all about us. All about what we were going through. All about what I needed to be able to have a baby.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Amazing. Cared about you like you were family.
How was your experience with Sonia Elguero?
She is amazing. Very personable. Very blunt. The only adjective was us trying to have a baby. She didn’t just want to jump into the IVF treatment if it wouldn’t take. She started from the beginning and treated me and what was wrong with me with what was wrong with me after battling ovarian cancer and wasn’t concerned with making money on jumping right into the IVF treatment. She treated my blockage first didn’t push anything on us. Listened to everything we had to say.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sonia Elguero?
She has the best ententions and gives the the best chances to reach your end goal.
Describe the protocols Sonia Elguero used in your cycles and their degree of success.
She wanted to remove the blocked Fallopian tube and make sure that it was clear to have a baby. That nothing could hurt our chances.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sonia Elguero.
Reasonable.
10
Doctor
Sonia Elguero
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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7
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
The clinics [Boston IVF-Albany Center] weakness is that It feels like a doctors office. Not a comfortable setting. I feel a strength is the nurses who give monitoring. They are very friendly and informative at the office. The usually took linger than expected to call you into your appointment.... I used clomid for 4 cycles, and an injection for one of those cycles with iui.... The monitoring was around $300. Iui with sperm was about $500
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
Describe your experience with Boston IVF - Albany Center.
The clinics weakness is that It feels like a doctors office. Not a comfortable setting. I feel a strength is the nurses who give monitoring. They are very friendly and informative at the office. The usually took linger than expected to call you into your appointment.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I felt like i was a patient usi g their services. They were nice.
How was your experience with Sonia Elguero?
I dont recall seeing her alot. I felt she was professional but not as compassionate as i thought she would be. The techs were very nice. I do believe she initially did my iui, but unfortunately it failed.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Sonia Elguero?
To be prepared to have little information and be treated like a patient.
Describe the protocols Sonia Elguero used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I used clomid for 4 cycles, and an injection for one of those cycles with iui.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Sonia Elguero.
They wer very high. The monitoring was around $300. Iui with sperm was about $500
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Doctor
Sonia Elguero
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Boston IVF - Albany Center
Loudonville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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