Fertility First

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Genetic counseling is not offered: Not 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
Fertility - Louisville
6420 Dutchman’s Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40205
502-749-6420
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Fertility First to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 2Neutral: 2Don't recommend: 37.6
7 assessments
  • 29% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 29% Neutral (7-8)
  • 43% 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%
20%
30%
40%
50%
60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
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Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
7.5
Average Doctor Score
1 doctor
7 assessments
6
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
6
Since it [Fertility First] is a very small office, the same staff was there most of the time. One of the nurses was friendly and always remembered me. The other nurse was somewhat abrasive in personality and seemed to get annoyed easily by patients...Dr. Archer is the only doctor. That can make it feel very personalized at times. However, it doesn't feel as private as it should. It's hard not to hear what's going on with other patients who are being seen before you, and there's no separate entrance or exit for men who are, ahem, giving their samples....so it can be very awkward and, I'm sure, embarrassing for the men.
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
6
Describe your experience with Fertility First.
This is a very small office, as Dr. Archer is the only doctor. That can make it feel very personalized at times. However, it doesn't feel as private as it should. It's hard not to hear what's going on with other patients who are being seen before you, and there's no separate entrance or exit for men who are, ahem, giving their samples....so it can be very awkward and, I'm sure, embarrassing for the men.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Archer seems to genuinely care about her work and her patients. However, she does tend to rush through appointments and keep her eyes on the chart unless you stop her to talk or ask questions.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Since it is a very small office, the same staff was there most of the time. One of the nurses was friendly and always remembered me. The other nurse was somewhat abrasive in personality and seemed to get annoyed easily by patients.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
How was your experience with Johanna S. Archer?
My overall experience with Dr. Archer was that she genuinely loves what she does and wants to help everyone she can. She seems very dedicated to helping people have the children that they desire so badly, and is very flexible with scheduling and payment. And my husband and I would like to go back to her when we get in a position to afford IVF. That being said, she seems to spread herself too thin with too many patients. Our appointments with her rarely lasted more than 5-10 minutes, and she seemed to rush through the information and plan for the next step. Even after seeing her multiple times a month for over a year, she always had to review my chart during appointments like she didn't remember me. I know it's hard for a doctor to keep up with all the details of every patient's treatment, but it felt a little more impersonal than this process should feel.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Johanna S. Archer?
Ask questions, get her to slow down when she's explaining things to you so you completely understand your treatment, and be open and honest with her about what you want and what your limitations are (financial, physical, emotional).
Describe the protocols Johanna S. Archer used in your cycles and their degree of success.
My first cycle, we used Clomid and Dr. Archer monitored follicle growth with ultrasounds every few days. She increased the dosage as we went if she wasn't seeing the growth she needed to see. After Clomid was not effective, we switched to Femera and followed the same strategies of monitoring follicle growth with ultrasounds and increasing the dosage as we went if needed. When at least 2 follicles reached the right size, we did a trigger shot to make me ovulate, and then timed intercourse. After 3 cycles of this not being effective, we moved to Femera with a trigger shot and IUI. The second cycle resulted in a chemical pregnancy. After the 3rd cycle failed, we decided to take a break from treatments.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Johanna S. Archer.
Around $1000 per IUI cycle
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Doctor
Johanna S. Archer
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
Fertility First
Fertility - Louisville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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6
Age
26 - 29
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
8 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS, Unexplained
6
This [Fertility First] is a small office. I'm not sure if the staff was a nursing staff or office staff. Dr. Archer did all the medical procedures, except those related to IVF. I went to an office in Evansville to the IVF, even though I was technically Dr. Archer's patient....since it is so small, I hated that I had to go somewhere else for the IVF.... Dr. Archer's office was GREAT with billing. That was probably the best thing about their office.
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Age
26 - 29
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
8 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS, Unexplained
6
Describe your experience with Fertility First.
It is a small office. That is nice when you think about how well people get to know you. However, since it is so small, I hated that I had to go somewhere else for the IVF. That procedure was so grueling emotionally and physically that it was difficult to go so far away and work with so many new people.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Every time I went to the office, Dr. Archer and her staff recognized me and called me by name.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
This is a small office. I'm not sure if the staff was a nursing staff or office staff. Dr. Archer did all the medical procedures, except those related to IVF. I went to an office in Evansville to the IVF, even though I was technically Dr. Archer's patient.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with Johanna S. Archer?
I think that Dr. Archer did what she thought was right for us, but it didn't work. I wonder if we would be more successful with a different set of eyes looking at the situation. She always seemed to care about us, but we repeatedly the same process over and over and over.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Johanna S. Archer?
Be your own advocate and if you want to try something else push for it.
Describe the protocols Johanna S. Archer used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We tried ovulation stimulating medications (Clomid & Letrozole) with intercourse. Then we tried ovulation stimulating medications with IUI. Then we tried injectable ovulation stimulating medications with IUI. Then we moved on to IVF. We did over two years with medications and IUI until we moved to IVF.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
This was an easy experience. I was always given a window in which to make an individual appointment. I was always seen individually and discretely.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Johanna S. Archer.
Dr. Archer's office was GREAT with billing. That was probably the best thing about their office.
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Doctor
Johanna S. Archer
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
Fertility First
Fertility - Louisville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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10
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Other
10
I remember the IUI being around $450 per cycle [at Fertility First]. Meds cost about $500...At the time of us seeing Dr Archer she had a very small office staff. But her staff was always respectful, polite and if you called with questions were always helpful..he 2nd cycle we use letrozol and Follistim. The same as before she seen us in the office several times and more frequently closer to ovulation time and adjust meds as necessary. We also used progesterone with both cycles. The 2nd cycle resulted in a full term pregnancy.
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Age
31 - 32
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Other
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Describe your experience with Fertility First.
At the time of us going to her clinic it was small but clean, neat, and calming. Everyone worked together for us.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She was wonderful, made us feel like we were her main priority. She always gave her condolences when the result was not what we were hoping for.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
At the time of us seeing Dr Archer she had a very small office staff. But her staff was always respectful, polite and if you called with questions were always helpful
How was your experience with Johanna S. Archer?
I cannot say enough nice things about her. She was caring, understanding, informative, she listened and provided her feedback with our best interest at hand. NEVER did we feel like a number in her office. We wholeheartly believe she's the reason for us being parents.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Johanna S. Archer?
Talk to her. Tell her how you feel. Always ask question. Never be afraid to say what you need/want because you are your own advocate on this journey.
Describe the protocols Johanna S. Archer used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We used letrozol on the 1st cycle with her and she seen us in the office several time during the cycle and more frequent closer to ovulation time. This time resulted in pregnancy but ended in a miscarriage at around 6 week. The 2nd cycle we use letrozol and Follistim. The same as before she seen us in the office several times and more frequently closer to ovulation time and adjust meds as necessary. We also used progesterone with both cycles. The 2nd cycle resulted in a full term pregnancy.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Johanna S. Archer.
I remember the IUI being around $450 per cycle. Meds cost about $500. Somethings were covered by our insurance due to having met our deductible for the year.
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Doctor
Johanna S. Archer
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Fertility First
Fertility - Louisville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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Age
31 - 32
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
small office [Fertility First], may take time to get your first appointment...[nursing staff] They treated me like a friend. Always knew me by name, even when I called, they knew my voice...Dr. Archer was very cost effective. She truly understands how financially straining fertility treatments can be....Dr. Archer would call personally to talk to us about any results we were waiting on. She always took the time to explain things, especially when we didn't understand the first time; she never seemed frustrated with us.
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Age
31 - 32
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
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Describe your experience with Fertility First.
small office, may take time to get your first appointment
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She was always available, day or night. It feels very personal with her and I always know she cares.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They treated me like a friend. Always knew me by name, even when I called, they knew my voice.
How was your experience with Johanna S. Archer?
Dr. Archer would call personally to talk to us about any results we were waiting on. She always took the time to explain things, especially when we didn't understand the first time; she never seemed frustrated with us.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Johanna S. Archer?
She is the only Dr. in the office, so you know who you are dealing with every time.
Describe the protocols Johanna S. Archer used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We started with clomid and IUI and switched to letrozole with IUI. We started with IUI's due to me having endometriosis. We then moved to injectables as my body started to grow and immunity to clomid and letrozole. Lastly, we moved to IVF. We had 5 day 5 embryos and we transferred 2 embryos in January of 2016, resulting in a negative pregnancy test. Then in June of 2016 we did another transfer of 2 embryos, but this time we added "egg glue" which resulted in a pregnancy. Twins, well one vanishing twin. I ended up miscarrying a few weeks later. Nothing was found wrong with the embryos after my D&C. Possible blood clotting disorder but I had inconclusive results form that test. One remaining frozen embryo waits for us.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Johanna S. Archer.
Dr. Archer was very cost effective. She truly understands how financially straining fertility treatments can be.
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Doctor
Johanna S. Archer
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Fertility First
Fertility - Louisville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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7
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
7
Both nurses in the [Fertility First] office were easy to talk to and very responsive to phone calls and emails. We actually miss seeing/talking to them...It is a solo-practice, so if Dr. Archer goes out of town (very rarely), your cycle might have to be adjusted...For our IUI cycles, we tried one round of Clomid and three rounds of Letrozole. All were also accompanied by patches to increase my lining and progesterone after the fact. For our IVF cycle, we used a combination of Follistim and Cetritide, with a Pregnyl trigger...
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Age
34 - 35
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
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Describe your experience with Fertility First.
It is a solo-practice, so if Dr. Archer goes out of town (very rarely), your cycle might have to be adjusted.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Archer and her staff got to know us over the year that we sought treatment. Always easy to talk to -- never felt uncomfortable.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Both nurses in the office were easy to talk to and very responsive to phone calls and emails. We actually miss seeing/talking to them.
How was your experience with Johanna S. Archer?
Great bedside manner. She was easy to talk to and explained everything very clearly. She had very positive outlooks on us, but we never achieved a pregnancy with her. However, now that we have moved onto another clinic, they've assessed that our protocol during IVF was so low as to be considered a placebo level.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Johanna S. Archer?
Nothing.
Describe the protocols Johanna S. Archer used in your cycles and their degree of success.
For our IUI cycles, we tried one round of Clomid and three rounds of Letrozole. All were also accompanied by patches to increase my lining and progesterone after the fact. For our IVF cycle, we used a combination of Follistim and Cetritide, with a Pregnyl trigger.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Johanna S. Archer.
Very reasonable. I don't remember the exact number.
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Doctor
Johanna S. Archer
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Fertility First
Fertility - Louisville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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8
Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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It seemed as if Dr. Archer’s nurses [at Fertility First- Louisville] had a high turnover or there were just different faces. Some were pleasant, some acted as if they had no idea what they were doing. The one that seemed to not know what she was doing wasn’t there long. Overall, they were pleasant.... I went to two different clinics- Dr. Archer did not to the egg retrieval or embryo transfer. That was completed in Evansville, In. The clinic in Evansville was very nice, up to date, very friendly atmosphere and staff. I felt as if I was in great care in evansville. Dr. Archer’s office was very nice as well. It was a basic doctors office.
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Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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Describe your experience with Fertility First.
I went to two different clinics- Dr. Archer did not to the egg retrieval or embryo transfer. That was completed in Evansville, In. The clinic in Evansville was very nice, up to date, very friendly atmosphere and staff. I felt as if I was in great care in evansville. Dr. Archer’s office was very nice as well. It was a basic doctors office.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Archer was very compassionate about our failed IVF cycle.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
It seemed as if Dr. Archer’s nurses had a high turnover or there were just different faces. Some were pleasant, some acted as if they had no idea what they were doing. The one that seemed to not know what she was doing wasn’t there long. Overall, they were pleasant.
How was your experience with Johanna S. Archer?
I felt like Dr. Archer explained everything in detail to my understanding. She always explained the levels of the blood draws- always adjusted levels as we went along. When our cycle failed, she seemed very compassionate.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Johanna S. Archer?
I would recommend Dr. Archer. She covered all the bases that I needed and wanted to know about. I felt as if I could reach out to her if I was having issues/questions. The only thing I would e changed is the outcome of our cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Johanna S. Archer.
Egg retrieval/ embryo transfer $8,000 Dr. Archer’s services- $1,500. Medications $2,200
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Doctor
Johanna S. Archer
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Fertility First
Fertility - Louisville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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6
Age
27 - 30
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS, Other
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[Fertililty First clinic staff is...] Not organized or on same page with each other and sometimes the doctor...Take notes. Ask questions. Double check all appointments and dosages...
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Age
27 - 30
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS, Other
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During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
They get me in and out which I like. Normally there is not much waiting in the waiting room.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Not organized or on same page with each other and sometimes the doctor.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
How was your experience with Johanna S. Archer?
Good doctor. Works solo in the clinic 7 days a week as needed. Support staff is not much support. Miscommunications were mostly due to receptionist error.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Johanna S. Archer?
Take notes. Ask questions. Double check all appointments and dosages.
Describe the protocols Johanna S. Archer used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Oral meds and suppositories for all iuis, all negative results. Follistim, ganrilex, Lupron, progesterone, Estrace for IVF, negative result.
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Doctor
Johanna S. Archer
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
Fertility First
Fertility - Louisville
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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