Michigan Reproductive Medicine

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Bloomfield Hills
41000 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
(248) 593-6990
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Michigan Reproductive Medicine to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 18Neutral: 2Don't recommend: 19.5
21 assessments
  • 86% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 10% Neutral (7-8)
  • 5% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
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Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
Easy scheduling
Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
Nursing Team
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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
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Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
9.3
Average Doctor Score
2 doctors
21 assessments
10
Age
30 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
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Donna [the nurse] is the most wonderful woman, and Chris the phlebotomist is hilarious. Many of the staff were treated by Dr MB and are very open about it. I haven't had a single bad experience with them in the 1.5 years I've been seeing Dr MB... I wish it was a kid-free zone. Kids aren't there often but when they are it's hard. Otherwise the offices are beautiful, clean and well-appointed, not sterile or cold.
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Age
30 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
I wish it was a kid-free zone. Kids aren't there often but when they are it's hard. Otherwise the offices are beautiful, clean and well-appointed, not sterile or cold.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He's very sweet and friendly. His kindness doesn't feel faked. You don't see him much during a cycle (only for ER and transfer, really) but his staff is absolutely wonderful! I love them all.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Donna is the most wonderful woman, and Chris the phlebotomist is hilarious. Many of the staff were treated by Dr MB and are very open about it. I haven't had a single bad experience with them in the 1.5 years I've been seeing Dr MB
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
His only weaknesses in my opinion are that I'm not as touchy of a person- he likes hugs- and you really don't see much of him between the planning meeting through retrieval. But I didn't feel neglected. I think he's just wonderful- and after 2 unsuccessful IVF cycles the fact that I still like him is pretty great, I think! ;)
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
Ask questions and bring up ideas if you want to try something he hasn't mentioned! Be ready for hugs and "dad jokes"
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
IUI- started with femara, added injectable Bravelle to up responses, 1 big follicle, BFN. IVF 1- 75 bravelle/ 75 menopur for I think 8 days, 10 eggs retrieved, 8 mature, 5 fertilized normally, had 2 morulas on day 5 ad transferred them both- BFN. IVF 2- 150 bravelle/ 75 menopur for 8 days, 20 eggs retrieved, 16 mature, 8 frozen and 8 fertilized. Of those 8, 5 fertilized normally, 2 made it to day 5 an AA and an AB grade, transferred both, BFN. (Next cycle is donor sperm at our request)
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
Planning meeting- $300 Monitoring with US and bloodworm are around $150 each I think? IUI procedure is about $200 IVF (the retrieval, transfer, ICSI, assisted hatch, embryologist fees etc) was over $8000 They don't sell meds. $40 extra fee for monitoring or procedure appointments on weekends and holidays. $700 cycle management fee for IVF $300 cycle manage my fee for IUI I think $1200 cycle management fee for IVF with frozen sperm and eggs
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
10
[Michigan Reproductive Medicine - Bloomfield Hills is...] Inviting, clean, serene...Fortunately, our insurance covered quite a bit of our treatment up until starting the IUI or IVF processes. So co-pays prior to that were reasonable. $25 office visits...This team is so well trained. Every one of the team members I came into contact with were compassionate and knowledgeable. If I had a question, I was almost always given an answer. If it was something that needed to be run by the doctor, it was done in a timely matter...
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Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Doctor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
Inviting, clean, serene.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
From the very first appointment and on, I was treated as if I was the only patient in the office. From the front desk team all the way to Dr. Mersol-Barg, I felt like I had individualized attention and care.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
This team is so well trained. Every one of the team members I came into contact with were compassionate and knowledgeable. If I had a question, I was almost always given an answer. If it was something that needed to be run by the doctor, it was done in a timely matter.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
Coming to a fertility doctor is both exciting and terrifying all at once. The unknown...will we ever get pregnant...that's all that goes through your head. Dr. Mersol-Barg not only took the time to sit down and talk to me, but more importantly he listened to me. Every day, every hour he is working with couples and individuals dealing with different levels of infertility...one of the most delicate subjects to a woman. I never doubted his knowledge and abilities. Most importantly, I felt I could trust him 100%. I knew from day one that I was in good hands and I was hopeful.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
Take this process day by day. Learn to ride the emotional waves and stay positive. Never doubt that you should be under any one else's care. Dr. Mersol-Barg shows such compassion that there is no doubt in my mind that he is genuinely trying to get each and every patient of his pregnant in the best way for a healthy pregnancy for both mom and baby.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I had multiple tests completed to try to explain my infertility. With a family history of PCOS, I did show some signs of PCOS myself. My husband and I wanted to be pregnant, but were also wanting to be sure we did this in a way that was safest for both myself and our future baby. We started a cycle of Femara for stimulation for IUI but cancelled mid-cycle due to overstimulation and lack of maturity of follicles. We were going to move on to IVF due to recent test findings. But, we didn't have to go that far as I learned later that month that I was expecting our first child together!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
Fortunately, our insurance covered quite a bit of our treatment up until starting the IUI or IVF processes. So co-pays prior to that were reasonable. $25 office visits.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
33 - 34
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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The day I went in my first beta test following IVF, Dr. Mersol-barg called with his entire staff [at Michigan Reproductive Medicine] and announced together over speaker phone, "You're PREGNANT!" It was such a special moment, I'll never forget it. Dr. Mersol-Barg also took a video of our 9.5 week ultrasound and the heartbeat on his personal phone and sent it to us. Mersol- Barg put me on the short protocol with no birth control or lupron prior to IVF cycle. He believed in the "less is more" philosophy for my scenario. I was prescribed 225mg? of Gonal F and 75mg of Menopur to stimulate egg production. He also prescribed Cetrotide for 5 days leading up to my retrieval to avoid premature ovulation . I triggered with Ovidrel. I used Crinone as a progesterone supplement for the first 10 weeks of my pregnancy
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Age
33 - 34
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
Clean, modern, state of the art equipment all in house for retrieval, ultrasounds, transfer, etc.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Mersol-barg took the time to explain everything thoroughly with us. He was very caring and supportive and gave me a big hug every visit! The nurses and office staff at MIchigan Reproductive were extremely friendly and helpful. The day I went in my first beta test following IVF, Dr. Mersol-barg called with his entire staff and announced together over speaker phone, "You're PREGNANT!" It was such a special moment, I'll never forget it. Dr. Mersol-Barg also took a video of our 9.5 week ultrasound and the heartbeat on his personal phone and sent it to us. When we graduated from his practice the staff sent us off with preggo magazines and an inscribed baby spoon as a gift. There were so many personalized little touches that Michigan Reproductive Medicine did that made feel cared for as a special person.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were wonderful! Informed and friendly, encouraging and caring! They were always available for questions if I was unsure about something. They had daily meetings at lunch with Mersol-Barg to catch on clients needs, issues and statuses. I liked that there was so much communication and teamwork amoung the staff. They were like a family.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
You're in good hands. Trust in Dr. Mersol-Barg's knowledge and experience and there's a good chance you'll be meeting your miracle soon!
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Mersol- Barg put me on the short protocol with no birth control or lupron prior to IVF cycle. He believed in the "less is more" philosophy for my scenario. I was prescribed 225mg? of Gonal F and 75mg of Menopur to stimulate egg production. He also prescribed Cetrotide for 5 days leading up to my retrieval to avoid premature ovulation . I triggered with Ovidrel. I used Crinone as a progesterone supplement for the first 10 weeks of my pregnancy.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
Prices were expensive but were layed out up front when meeting with office staff. ARC financing was available for IVF packages so we took advantage of that.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
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10
Age
39
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
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Meeting with Dr. Mersol-Barg [at Michigan Reproductive Medicine] was personal, private and he gave you his full attention. He offered hope and a strategy to find a solution. He was compassionate about infertility and trying to help patients overcome there infertility issues...I highly recommend Dr. Mersol-barg. I came to him after having numerous early reoccurrent miscarriages. I was emotionally distraught and desperate for answers. My husband and I underwent a multitude of tests. Although we weren't able to pinpoint an actual diagnosis, we were able to try a medicine combination that worked for us on the first try. I am now currently pregnant at 17 weeks with a healthy baby girl. It's obvious to me how much he cares about helping people overcome infertility an
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Age
39
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss
10
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
I think the strengths are with the experience, success and bed side manner.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Meeting with Dr. Mersol-barg was personal, private and he gave you his full attention. He offered hope and a strategy to find a solution. He was compassionate about infertility and trying to help patients overcome there infertility issues.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I was frustrated with my situation of infertility and the staff was always nice, caring and supportive. The staff was truly wonderful!
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
I highly recommend Dr. Mersol-barg. I came to him after having numerous early reoccurrent miscarriages. I was emotionally distraught and desperate for answers. My husband and I underwent a multitude of tests. Although we weren't able to pinpoint an actual diagnosis, we were able to try a medicine combination that worked for us on the first try. I am now currently pregnant at 17 weeks with a healthy baby girl. It's obvious to me how much he cares about helping people overcome infertility and he is genuinely excited when a successful pregnancy is achieved. I am truly grateful for him instilling hope and helping us get this miracle!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
I would ask as many questions as you can and do your research. It is impairitive that you feel confidante with the process and with your options. I believe in having an open mind and I think that's good to keep in mind when meeting with him. He may have an idea you didn't know existed or previously considered.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We had a number of tests run. We did not use ivf, or any other fertility treatment. We stuck to a medicine regiment. In our case that worked well.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
Payments are upfront then they bill the insurance company. I had a credit at the end.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Other
10
We paid $10,000 for 6 donor eggs and another 10,000 for first embryo transfer [unfortunately didn't work out) [at Michigan Reproductive Medicine]. But were able to freeze one embryo. Paid around 4,000 for 2nd transfer which was successful...They are excellent. On time, organized, and I never had to wait for more than 10 min before called in...Very clean , pleasantly decorated, and spacious.
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Age
36
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
IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Other
10
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
Very clean , pleasantly decorated, and spacious.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He is very kind, compassionate, and took great effort and time to explain things to us in detail. He never rushed us and took our emotions in to consideration very well. Has great personality and sense of humor.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are excellent. On time, organized, and I never had to wait for more than 10 min before called in. Loved every one.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
My husband and I made our decision to go for IVF with egg donation even before we walked in to Dr Michael office because over last 3 years we were told by three other doctors that this is the only option we have. I was little disappointed and sad about it and wrestled with the decision. But after meeting with him for the first time, I can tell he is different from the other doctors we met before. It was the same information but the way he presented it was different. He didn't waste our time and money with more testing. The way he explained things and the way he changed our perspective about the whole process was great. He is not at all pushy but very gentle, respectful towards my emotions, gave us great medical information that eased my mind. He is definitely passionate about his work.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
First of all, I am sorry if you are having difficult time. Please do not loose hope and try to have a balanced view about every option and every decision you have to make. If you already made a decision to see Dr Mersol-barg, one thing I can assure is that you are in good hands medically speaking. Try to relax and let the God who rules this universe and medical science help you reach your destiny. All the very best. May peace of god rule your hearts.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I was on estrogen and progesterone supplements, underwent endometrial scratching.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
We paid $10,000 for 6 donor eggs and another 10,000 for first embryo transfer ( unfortunately didn't work out). But were able to freeze one embryo. Paid around 4,000 for 2 nd transfer which was successful.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
Age
41
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
10
I like that everything that you needed to get done was there at their office [Michigan Reproductive Medicine]. Every procedure, ultrasound and blood work. Very convenient...All of the nursing staff is compassionate about their job. They are real sincere, I always felt welcomed not like I was getting in their way or causing them an inconvenience...Fertility treatments are not cheap but I find that Dr. Mersol-Barg's office charges about the going rate for these types of costs.
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Age
41
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
10
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
I like that everything that you needed to get done was there at their office. Every procedure, ultrasound and blood work. Very convenient.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Mersol-Barg and his staff were very nice every time I came in or called. Very pleasant and very compassionate. I enjoyed going to their office and I miss seeing them all.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Every time I went into the office they were always pleasant. All of the nursing staff is compassionate about their job. They are real sincere, I always felt welcomed not like I was getting in their way or causing them an inconvenience.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
Dr. Mersol-Barg is very passionate about his job sometimes I felt like he looked at me with sad eyes but it was because he could relate to what I was going through. That was just when I got bad news. He cares about his profession. He doesn't see you as a number, he sees you as someone needing help to achieve their goal in becoming parents. I never felt like I was taking up too much of his time or that he was in a hurry to see the next patient. He is the best doctor I have ever seen and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a fertility clinic.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
If you want a doctor who is passionate about their job and cares about you as a patient, I would set up an appointment with Dr. Michael Mersol-Barg.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
After our initial testing I was advised that my egg reserve was low but I wanted to try IVF with my own eggs first. I went through the shots and the egg retrieval but unfortunately the eggs did not survive the fertilization process. Dr. Mersol-Barg called me himself and waited for me to finish crying before saying another word. He made sure I was ready to talk before telling me our next move. Our next step was egg donor. That decision was not easy but one that I am happy we chose. With this I didn't have any shots to take. I just had estrodal and progesterone vaginal inserts for 10 weeks. We implanted two embryos and I am happily pregnant with 1.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
The most expensive part was the medications when I was doing the shots. Fertility treatments are not cheap but I find that Dr. Mersol-Barg's office charges about the going rate for these types of costs.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
Age
33 - 35
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
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[The nurses at Michigan Reproductive Medicine were] Absolutely amazing...Couldn't ask for a better team. Even during our miscarriage, the level of sensitivity was so high. They really and truly cared for us and our success...Beautiful clinic...it is nice that it is a comfortable place to be. Hours were good and they were very accommodating to our work schedules...We were always treated like family and Dr. Mersol-Barg was always very sensitive to our feelings as well as the financial strain this process could take. There was never any pressure to do anything more than we could afford or any quicker than we were ready to.
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Age
33 - 35
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
Beautiful clinic. Obviously not somewhere that you would ever really want to spend a lot of time at, but since going through all of the testing and procedures often means a lot of visits, it is nice that it is a comfortable place to be. Hours were good and they were very accommodating to our work schedules.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
We were always treated like family and Dr. Mersol-Barg was always very sensitive to our feelings as well as the financial strain this process could take. There was never any pressure to do anything more than we could afford or any quicker than we were ready to.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Absolutely amazing and seeet angels. Couldn't ask for a better team. Even during our miscarriage, the level of sensitivity was so high. They really and truly cared for us and our success.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
Going through infertility was never something I even considered as a possibility. When we finally reached the point that we knew we needed to do something, we found we were very comfortable with Dr. Mersol-Barg. He was very compassionate and understanding and never made us feel uncomfortable or gave us false hope. There was never any pressure to do more than what was necessary. He explained everything well and clearly.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
Meet with him and ask any and all questions you might have. Once you meet with him, you'll know why he is so loved.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I have PCOS so getting my eggs to be fully mature and release was the issue. I was put on femara and ovidrel and a 2 step IUI process. We had 4 attempts. My body responded well to the medicine each time. First attempt - negative. 2nd - missed miscarriage (chromosomal issue). 3rd - negative. This was normally where the recommendations may have changed as to considering IVF however since we knew my body responded well to the medicine and this was likely our last attempt (due to finances and emotional strain) we did a 4th IUI attempt with same protocol - got pregnant with twin girls who are healthy 9 month olds now.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
Some of the testing was able to be ran under insurance. I remember $20 blood tests and some additional charges. Can't remember exact totals but I think they were around what we would have imagined paying.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
24
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
12 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
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The nursing staff [at Michigan Reproductive Medicine] was amazing. Everyone is knowledgeable and compassionate. They also made me feel very comfortable and open to ask any question I had without judgment...The cost was fair and comparable to any other clinics in Michigan that I researched. The care provided make every penny worth it...The clinic is organized and clean. The front office staff are all very helpful and knowledgeable. The MA's are the greatest and make the whole process run smoothly. The nurses and both doctors are some of the best I have ever seen. This clinic spends a lot of time making sure the patients have the best experience possible.
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Age
24
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
5th of 5 Docs
Treatment
12 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
The clinic is organized and clean. The front office staff are all very helpful and knowledgeable. The MA's are the greatest and make the whole process run smoothly. The nurses and both doctors are some of the best I have ever seen. This clinic spends a lot of time making sure the patients have the best experience possible.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Mersol-Barg took over an hour with my husband and I to answer all of our questions and inform us with infertility treatment options that were relevant to us. He took the time prior to our appointment to come up with a plan based on our history which allowed him more time to listen to our needs and to respond effectively. We felt like he put 100% of effort into our case which made us feel like we were most certainly not just a number.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nursing staff was amazing. Everyone is knowledgeable and compassionate. They also made me feel very comfortable and open to ask any question I had without judgment.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
He is upbeat and loving. I felt like he wanted me to find success as much as a family member would. He validated every question and concern I had going into this process. He also has a great sense of humor which makes this hard process a little better.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
Don't try to rush the process! He knows his stuff and it is important to take each step without trying to jump through any loop holes.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
To treat my PCOS, I went on Metformin for a month as well as met with the nutritionist, Nancy. I then began 50 mg of Femara and was monitored to indicate my follicles were developed to a point of ovulation. I took Ovidril (a trigger shot) and then came in a few days last for a post-ovulatory monitoring appointment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
The cost was fair and comparable to any other clinics in Michigan that I researched. The care provided make every penny worth it.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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10
Age
41 - 42
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
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Beautiful, spa-like atmosphere [at MI Repro Med]. Very caring staff members who are willing to spend as much time as it takes to answer your questions and address your concerns. (This includes the medical staff as well as the finance/billing teams.) We had a wonderful experience here, even though it took a couple tries before we were successful. Throughout our treatment here we were well aware of our chances for success as well as the treatment options that were available to us...
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Age
41 - 42
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Writer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
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Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
Beautiful, spa-like atmosphere. Very caring staff members who are willing to spend as much time as it takes to answer your questions and address your concerns. (This includes the medical staff as well as the finance/billing teams.) We had a wonderful experience here, even though it took a couple tries before we were successful. Throughout our treatment here we were well aware of our chances for success as well as the treatment options that were available to us. One thing I would say is that the clinic has recently added a second doctor, and he and Dr. Mersol-Barg are now performing endometrial scratching and embryo transfers on alternate weeks. I understand that this is better for them operationally, but do think it detracts a little from the personalized experience that makes this clinic so wonderful. That being said, they do give you the option of requesting your regular doctor if you are more comfortable with that.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Mersol-Barg's demeanor is incredibly warm and compassionate. We felt that he really was with us when things did not go well, and that he truly rejoiced with us when we finally achieved success. We consistently had access to him and his staff when we needed support.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was small enough that we got to know most of them pretty well. All were responsive, willing to answer questions, and very caring.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
Dr. Mersol-Barg explained things very thoroughly and made us feel that we had a voice in our treatment plan. For example, after two unsuccessful cycles, there was no clear reason why we hadn't achieved a pregnancy--though there were a couple factors that raised some questions. Dr. Mersol-Barg explained different treatment options thoroughly and then let us choose how to proceed. (In the end, we decided to go ahead with a third cycle rather than treating these possible-but-unlikely causes--and did achieve success in that cycle.)
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
I would wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Mersol-Barg and his clinic! You will be treated like an intelligent person. I would also add that other fertility doctors and OBGYNS we saw during our course of treatment often made my husband feel like a third wheel. Dr. Mersol-Barg made a real effort to include him in the treatment process, which was something he really appreciated.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I did three cycles using Michigan Reproductive Medicine. s in-house donor egg bank. Each cycle followed the same protocol: * Endometrial scratching * Estrace twice a day beginning on the first day of my period and up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. * Crinone twice a day beginning on the day the eggs were inseminated and up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. Our first two cycles were not successful and did not result in any embryos for freezing. Our third cycle resulted in pregnancy, as well as four frozen embryos.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
The cost of 6 donor eggs from their in-house egg bank was $9,995. After two unsuccessful cycles, the clinic gave us a huge financial break and gave us half off all out-of-pocket expenses (including the cost of the donor eggs). I think that the cost of the medicines/lab work/transfer/scratching, etc. would have been somewhere around $7,000-$9,000. However, I was fortunate to have insurance that covered most of these costs--so I wasn't completely in tune with the exact numbers.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
29 - 32
Treated
2011 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Other
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We had seamless support from all of the nurses in the clinic [Michigan Reproductive Medicine]. They were always pleasant and quickly returned phone calls to answer questions. They shared encouraging words and shared your highs and lows during the process. The care Dr. M-B provides wouldn't be as good as it is without the skilled nursing team...I never had an issue with monitoring appointments. They've tried it different ways over the years. They've done open hours in the morning from 7-9am. Then they had changed it to assigned times/assigned windows and days to avoid having long waits for patients. Both ways worked fine and I was always able to make it work on time.
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Age
29 - 32
Treated
2011 - 2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Other
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Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
This clinic is highly integrated with technology which enables patients to see videos about their care, and diagrams and care plans with ease. The clinic has also improved processes to better ensure that patients aren't kept waiting. Appointments run on time and if there happen to be delays they are not long and you are kept updated on the status. They only employ knowledgeable, friendly, helpful people here so it's a positive interaction with everyone. They strive for continual improvement which I view as a fantastic quality to have when in the business of patient care. You're in good hands here.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Mersol-Barg is in this business to help those in need have a family or grow a family. He's extremely smart and well versed in his profession, he's also smart enough to assemble the best team of embryologists, RNs, techs and front office staff to ensure his patients have the best experience they can while going through something as awful as infertility. Before Infertility support groups were a thing, Dr. M-B started a support group for patients and non-patients in the community to come speak about their infertility journey. He genuinely wants his patients to experience parenthood regardless of your sexual orientation or socio-economic status. He and his staff are genuinely happy for your success and equally as devastated for your disappointments in the journey to parenthood. Dr. M-B will take the difficult cases that other clinics won't because they don't want to risk messing up their stats- you don't have to worry about that with Dr. M-B. The high level of communication received during both our fresh and frozen IVF cycles was great. The processes they have in place are also very high-touch and ensure you know what's happening every step of the way. You're encouraged to ask questions throughout the process.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
We had seamless support from all of the nurses in the clinic. They were always pleasant and quickly returned phone calls to answer questions. They shared encouraging words and shared your highs and lows during the process. The care Dr. M-B provides wouldn't be as good as it is without the skilled nursing team.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
Dr. Mersol-Barg is a very intelligent man. He's empathetic and compassionate. He makes eye contact when speaking with you. He speaks slowly and clearly so you can understand him. He's known to offer a hug to patients and he does have a sense of humor that can be defined as quirky. You won't find a friendlier doctor in the infertility world as many are too cerebral, technical and stiff. That is not the case with Dr. Mike.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
just go and see him, you won't regret it.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I had two failed IUIs before we decided to move onto IVF. I am a cancer survivor with only one working ovary and in my case, Dr. M-B took a conservative approach to how many stimulating hormones and the dosage to put me on. I responded well. I didn't have many eggs retrieved, but they were all mature and that's what truly matters. I had a successful fresh IVF cycle with both embryos implanting which ultimately resulted in one live birth. One year later we were back in the office discussed a frozen IVF cycle. One of the two frozen embryos stuck and resulted in another live birth.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
I never had an issue with monitoring appointments. They've tried it different ways over the years. They've done open hours in the morning from 7-9am. Then they had changed it to assigned times/assigned windows and days to avoid having long waits for patients. Both ways worked fine and I was always able to make it work on time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
Our costs associated with our care were within the going rate within the market. We had insurance coverage for ultra-sounds and blood work as well as 50% coverage for infertility medications. The billing department was knowledgeable in the appropriate way to bill for such services. We didn't experience any billing issues. The clinic does offer a percentage of discount in care costs for Firefighter, Police and Teachers which was very much appreciated. They will work with you in spreading the out of pocket cost across several credit cards if you need to pay that way. I never felt judged at all for asking any financial questions or having to juggle funds around to pay for care.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
40
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
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[The nurses at Michigan Reproductive Medicine are] One of THE BEST ATTRIBUTES to this office. I loved each and every one of them. The worked with me and my worries/concerns every step of the way...Beautiful clinic and amazing staff. No complaints! Strengths: lots of staff on hand so messages were answered promptly. They truly care. They make time for you. They have great knowledge. The lab was great too. The office is beautiful.
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Age
40
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Doctor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
Beautiful clinic and amazing staff. No complaints! Strengths: lots of staff on hand so messages were answered promptly. They truly care. They make time for you. They have great knowledge. The lab was great too. The office is beautiful.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He is very unique and I love that about him. Of course he is incredibly intelligent and he has a great bedside manor. It was such an emotional process for us and he was so great with all the tears I shed. I trusted him and his staff. Amazing people!!!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
One of THE BEST ATTRIBUTES to this office. I loved each and every one of them. The worked with me and my worries/concerns every step of the way. ABSOLUTELY THE BEST STAFF ON THE PLANET!!
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
Dr. Mersol-Barg was excellent as well as office and staff. He really took the time to get to know our family and our needs. I felt safe in his care. He did an amazing job and I would not hesitate to refer him to friends and family. I am a physician myself and can assure you that I would recommend him without reservation.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
He explains the science of infertility/fertility treatments both verbally and with pictures. It is helpful. He is down to earth and really caring. Just trust in the process. He can help you.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I had stimulation techniques to aid in egg production. I had egg retrieval and frozen embryo with genetic testing steps done due to age. 41 when IVF was done and successful with first attempt!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
I had to pay cash for all treatments. Insurance did not cover anything prior to pregnancy diagnosis.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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8
Age
46
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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The clinic staff [MI Repro Med] were very supportive and understanding. They made sure to answer my questions. I always received a call back from the nurse in a timely manner....The staff was great. The only issues I had with the clinic were 1. I would have preferred a total cost of services at the beginning of treatment. Instead, they gave me a bunch of individual costs for services which made it difficult to figure out what the bottom line would be. 2. I had to pay up front before being able to view egg donors
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Age
46
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
It's conveniently located, private, and the appointments are very timely.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
The clinic staff were very supportive and understanding. They made sure to answer my questions. I always received a call back from the nurse in a timely manner. They were all very excited when I became pregnant.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The staff was great. The only issues I had with the clinic were 1. I would have preferred a total cost of services at the beginning of treatment. Instead, they gave me a bunch of individual costs for services which made it difficult to figure out what the bottom line would be. 2. I had to pay up front before being able to view egg donors and was concerned I would spend the money and not find one that I liked. Fortunately, I did. I did mention that it would be a nice option to be able to have a picture to keep of the egg donor (this isn't an option), so that my child would have this. I also told the nurse that many clinics now offer the option for donors and donor children to share information once they are 18 years old. I think this is important for donor children and purposely chose a sperm donor with this option. However, this is not an option with the egg bank that Dr. Mersol-Barg uses. I was told the donors do this out of the "goodness of their heart" when I mentioned this, which I believe most do. However, I don't see how that makes any difference in what I had asked for. Children of donors will inevitably have questions about their biological roots, and I believe they should be given the option to know the donors once they reach adulthood, if both parties agree.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
Dr. Mersol-Barg was extremely compassionate and, as a patient, I really felt like he wanted the best for me. I was a single person and felt absolutely no judgement from him. The only thing I questioned was when it was time to transfer an embryo, I was told there was only one surviving embryo, and I wondered what had happened to the others since I was told they had been growing ok at the previous discussion. So, I would have liked a little better explanation of their growth arrest.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
His services are a bit expensive and aren't given as a lump sum, so it's hard to gauge the total cost at onset of treatment. While he is a wonderful doctor and I got pregnant with my first IVF attempt, there are definitely clinics that are more affordable.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
The doctor performed a test to check the patency and structure of my Fallopian tubes and uterus. He performed a procedure where he "scratched" the surface of my uterus prior to embryo transfer in order to facilitate implantation. I was also prescribed oral estrogen and vaginal progesterone. The medications were not covered by insurance and were very costly, but the office was able to obtain some samples for me as well as a manufacturers coupon, which helped with cost.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
I think it was around $25,000 when it was all said and done, but the costs were assessed as I went and it made it difficult to know total cost.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
39 - 43
Treated
2008 - 2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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Clinic [MI Repro Med] was warm and cozy. Waiting room was rather uninspiring. During the second cycle, they moved offices. The new offices seemed rather cold...Ultrasound monitoring was done in a cattle call, first come, first serve. However, the wait time was never extraordinary....the nursing staff was wonderful. You felt like part of a team. Everyone treated you like their dear friend, and wanted to get the best outcome possible...I thought that the manner of billing for every little thing appeared to be a money grab.
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Age
39 - 43
Treated
2008 - 2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
10
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
Clinic was warm and cozy. Waiting room was rather uninspiring. During the second cycle, they moved offices. The new offices seemed rather cold.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Michael Mersol-Barg cares deeply for his patients and the infertility journey they are experiencing. He takes as much time as each patient needs. Sometimes, this caring is to his detriment, because his appointments are not always on time. But, when it is you that he is giving the extra attention to, his demeanor is appreciated.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
the nursing staff was wonderful. You felt like part of a team. Everyone treated you like their dear friend, and wanted to get the best outcome possible.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
One of the most caring doctors I have experienced. He really likes what he does and it shows. He cries with his patients. He cheers with his patients. It was a good experience during a very painful time of my life.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
Take charge of your own fertility. Do your research. Asks questions. He is willing to listen and explain to you why you should or shouldn't pursue a certain course of conduct. It avoids the "what if" questions. Also, always have a plan B. If the first treatment isn't successful, where are you going next.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Started with 3 IUIs, before 2 rounds of IVF. Following a live birth, we did two more rounds of IVF.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
Ultrasound monitoring was done in a cattle call, first come, first serve. However, the wait time was never extraordinary.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
The costs were expensive, but not out of line with what other clinics appeared to be charging. However, I thought that the manner of billing for every little thing appeared to be a money grab.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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8
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF, 2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
8
It’s a great location and nice space. They [MI Reproductive Medicine] have a state of the art surgical facility located on site which is super convenient. It’s never too busy which is a plus. The decor is fine but perhaps a bit outdated. Overall it’s a nice clinic.... Certain nurses really go above and beyond in their care. I have only had one nurse speak to me in a way that made me feel unimportant and belittled - especially as a woman going through such a harrowing struggle.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, Other
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF, 2 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
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Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
It’s a great location and nice space. They have a state of the art surgical facility located on site which is super convenient. It’s never too busy which is a plus. The decor is fine but perhaps a bit outdated. Overall it’s a nice clinic.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
For the most part, the doctors and Staff are incredibly warm and truly seem to care about you as a human, not just another case.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Certain nurses really go above and beyond in their care. I have only had one nurse speak to me in a way that made me feel unimportant and belittled - especially as a woman going through such a harrowing struggle. But this was a one off instance and I wouldn’t hold it against the team. Overall they are very kind and compassionate and readily available to speak. However they always defer to dr MB for any major questions.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
Dr. MB is a very experienced and knowledgeable RE. He seems to truly care about your goals and has a big focus on “having hope.” He never guarantees any success and doesn’t like to give specific “chances of success” which can be somewhat challenging. He has a quirky personality that might be a turnoff for some. He is set in his ways but does seem to Explore new tactics and apprpatches . He’s very well respected in the community.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
Listen more to questions and concerns.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Two IVF cycles with the same protocol - antagonist protocol with follistim and menupor. Primed with estrogen due to DOR. Similar results from both cycles - resulting in one “normal” blast each.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
I would say about 25k per IVF cycle with ICSI
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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5
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
5
I dont think they [MI Reproductive Med- Bloomfield Hills] completely explain costs and it seems they have a few unnecessary required fees or consults which are not covered by insurance. Staff are always friendly and make you feel welcome. The wait time is reasonable and you usually can get appointment times you want. Early morning appointments fill up quick.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
I dont think they completely explain costs and it seems they have a few unnecessary required fees or consults which are not covered by insurance. Staff are always friendly and make you feel welcome. The wait time is reasonable and you usually can get appointment times you want. Early morning appointments fill up quick.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He took the time to explain my test results and condition. My first appointment with him was very informative and I felt I finally understood what was happening with my body and what options I had going forward. He was honest and showed compassion and hope.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Kind, compassionate, and made you feel comfortable. They kept you informed and were always helpful. They called you back the same day if you had questions or needed help.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
He is very knowledgeable and really takes the time to explain things so you understand. He is kind and truly cares for his patients. I feel he needs to be more firm if he knows a procedure isn't going to work instead of continuing anyway because his patient may be hesitant to change direction. He is the subject matter expert, not the patient. Don't waste their time and money. He needs to have a better understanding for when to cancel a cycle and the dosage of medication to prescribe. My last two IUI cycles shouldn't have gone on as long as they did. He prescribed too high of doses for too many days and I overstimulated both cycles. He basically followed the same instructions both times with the same failed results.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
Be your own advocate and do your research. Don't be afraid to question the doctor or request other care or change/stop the process. Find fertility or IVF groups such as on Facebook and ask for recommendations for clinics and doctors. You learn so much from others who are experiencing the same. You learn about things the doctors don't tell you and you have a support group.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
For 3 IUIs cycles, I was doing Gonal F and Menopur injections, usually 75 units each per day. When progress stalled, doctor increased Menopur up to 150 units daily. Only one cycle, the first, I actually got to the IUI procedure and took the Ovidrel injection the day before the back to back IUIs. I had injections about 8 days for this cycle and then did the IUIs. The IUIs were not successful. The second cycle same medication for 17 days; I overstimulated and the cycle was cancelled. The third IUI cycle I took one Femara pill for 5 days and then 21 days of Gonal F and Menopur shots. I overstimulated and the 3rd cycle was cancelled. I stopped seeing Dr. Mental Barg at that point.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
Each IUI cycle cost me approximately $3,500 including medications. My insurance only covered a portion of the monitoring after my deductible. I do not ovulate on my own so needed to take hormone injections with each cycle. The majority of my costs were for bloodwork and ultrasounds throughout cycles (approx $380 each visit; may need up to 6 or more each cycle). IUI procedure was approx $360 each.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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9
Age
27
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
It's [Michigan Reproductive Medicine] a very warm and comforting environment, they make a lot of effort to help you relax and feel at home. I really liked the woman who worked in the insurance and financing area, she was awesome at looking at our plan with us and helping us understand payment. I felt like I was always in capable hands, and that I was listened to and cared for as an individual.
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Age
27
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, Native American
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
It's a very warm and comforting environment, they make a lot of effort to help you relax and feel at home. I really liked the woman who worked in the insurance and financing area, she was awesome at looking at our plan with us and helping us understand payment. I felt like I was always in capable hands, and that I was listened to and cared for as an individual.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He was very empathetic but clear when explaining our test results and what numbers meant, why he ordered certain tests, etc. I felt like he was good at fielding my questions and not rushing to get through anything.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Everyone there is very polite and helpful. There was a time that we weren't sure if someone was coming back to get us or if we were supposed to leave the exam room and meet them somewhere, so we waited a long time before wandering out to see what was going on. Other than that, I felt like everyone was organized.
How was your experience with Manny Singh?
He is clear at explaining the testing process, what each bloodwork panel will reveal, and wrote it all out while talking as well to make sure we had plenty to look back at to remember. He did a good job of pointing out what was on the ultrasound screen and explaining each step of the SIS process, and then explaining what the next step would be at any given time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Manny Singh.
My insurance plan doesn't cover anything infertility-related, we've mostly done diagnostics so far -- I think my SIS was around $500, everything seemed pretty average.
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Doctor
Manny Singh
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
40 - 42
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IUI, 7 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
10
Their [Michigan Reproductive Medicine] prices are a bit high but it correlates to the level of care you receive. Every person there treats you as they would a member of their own family.... Approximately 8000-9000 plus cost of PGS not including transfer fee... They [the nurses] are wonderful, caring, knowledgable and compassionate.... Trust in the people who are caring for you but never be afraid to ask questions and always advocate for your care if you are unsure about anything.
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Age
40 - 42
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI, 7 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
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Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
Their prices are a bit high but it correlates to the level of care you receive. Every person there treats you as they would a member of their own family.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He is extremely compassionate and goes through the positive and negative emotions with you and really wants you to have success and is genuine.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are wonderful, caring, knowledgable and compassionate.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
He's an exceptional physician, very intelligent and very open to answer questions and for you to give input on your treatment. He works with you and considers it a team effort. He is very compassionate and supportive.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
Trust in the people who are caring for you but never be afraid to ask questions and always advocate for your care if you are unsure about anything.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
PCOS protocol for IVF: antagonist protocol with FSH drugs (i.e. Bravelle or Gonal-F and Menopur) with antagonist Ganirelix added once follicles got to certain size and then trigger and egg retrieval. Did ICSI and PGS and ended up banking PGS embryos to prepare for frozen transfer. Frozen transfer protocol with oral estrogen and vaginal progesterone.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
Approximately 8000-9000 plus cost of PGS not including transfer fee
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
Communication
Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
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Age
46 - 47
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
9 IUI, 7 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
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very nice atmosphere and location! Love everything about the clinic [MI Repro Med]...I would say be clearer about how much the medications cost. We had no idea the medications would be so much more above and beyond the cycle cost. Also there are ways to save substantial money on the medications, if they could be more informative with alerting people to look into that, that would be helpful, the cycles can be overwhelming at first.
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Age
46 - 47
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
9 IUI, 7 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
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Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
very nice atmosphere and location! Love everything about the clinic
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
literally we felt like they were invested in this along with us the whole way!! They truly care and are in this fir the right reasons!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
very compassionate and caring. I feel like they truly all care about my husband and me.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
Dr. Mersol Barg is a truly compassionate Dr. who is very talented. You can tell this is his calling. He is knowledgeable and takes time to talk to you in a caring way. He wants to make sure you are comfortable with the course of action.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
Possibly at times be more direct or clinical about statistical advice with how to move forward.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
They do a really good job of helping you understand the cycle protocols. I would say be clearer about how much the medications cost. We had no idea the medications would be so much more above and beyond the cycle cost. Also there are ways to save substantial money on the medications, if they could be more informative with alerting people to look into that, that would be helpful, the cycles can be overwhelming at first. they are always there to help if needed
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
after reviewing another clinic they were very fair
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
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Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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Beautiful place [MI Repro Med], relaxing waiting room, late evening hours on Wednesday. Always on time....The nurses/staff are very professional and easily approachable. When calling I was promptly connected to a nurse for questions or my phone call was returned within the hour...Not once did I have a negative experience...[Nursing Staff] AMAZING - excellent communication, very compassionate not once a bad experience... I never waited longer than 10 min for anything - blood, ultrasound, appointments with the doctor.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
Beautiful place, relaxing waiting room, late evening hours on Wednesday. Always on time. I never waited longer than 10 min for anything - blood, ultrasound, appointments with the doctor. easy access from woodward ave. The office is very accommodating for appointment schedule and weekend appointments if needed. Not once did I have a negative experience.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He is a very humble and quiet doctor. He is quite clear of his plan but listens and works with patient.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
AMAZING - excellent communication, very compassionate not once a bad experience
How was your experience with Manny Singh?
I am very involved in my care and would ask a lot of questions, he always answered respectfully and completely. The nurses/staff are very professional and easily approachable. When calling I was promptly connected to a nurse for questions or my phone call was returned within the hour.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Manny Singh?
He is very humble and certainly is not like the "cool" doctors full of themselves. I have met a lot of physicians who have some sort of narcissist personality. He is the opposite!
Describe the protocols Manny Singh used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I went through IVF before and did not want to have another one. Donor eggs were not an options for our family. Since there was no true reason for us not to get pregnant - we choose IUI. Dr. Singh was open about it and said we would try 3 times. It worked at the first time!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Manny Singh.
Reasonable and comparable to other place I went to
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Doctor
Manny Singh
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Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
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Age
30 - 34
Treated
2011 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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Dr. Mersol-Barg [of Michigan Reproductive Medicine] is very warm and caring....Because of our circumstances, Dr. M-B suggested we go straight to IUI. He was very upfront that he only likes to do it 3 times and depending on the results move on to other treatments or try IUI again...The nursing staff is friendly, helpful and great at getting back with you on questions...There is a cycle management fee paid on your first cycle visit that is not covered by insurance. You are also responsible for a co-pay for each ultrasound and blood work visit in addition to the cycle management fee.
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Age
30 - 34
Treated
2011 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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Describe your experience with Michigan Reproductive Medicine.
All treatments are done in the same building.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff is friendly, helpful and great at getting back with you on questions.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
Dr. Mersol-Barg is very warm and caring. He loves babies! The only draw back is that sometimes he can be a bit cheesy.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
He's cheesy.
Describe the protocols Michael Mersol-Barg used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Because of our circumstances, Dr. M-B suggested we go straight to IUI. He was very upfront that he only likes to do it 3 times and depending on the results move on to other treatments or try IUI again.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael Mersol-Barg.
There is a cycle management fee paid on your first cycle visit that is not covered by insurance. You are also responsible for a co-pay for each ultrasound and blood work visit in addition to the cycle management fee.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
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Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
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Age
40 - 41
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IUI, 2 IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
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It is a very caring clinic where they treat you like family.
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Age
40 - 41
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI, 2 IVF, Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
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During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
It is a very caring clinic where they treat you like family.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very attentive and informative and caring.
How was your experience with Michael Mersol-Barg?
He is very smart and thorough. He is also very compassionate.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael Mersol-Barg?
Ask questions, and know that any testing that need to be done is in order to better prepare for a cycle.
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Doctor
Michael Mersol-Barg
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Trustworthiness
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Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Michigan Reproductive Medicine
Bloomfield Hills
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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