ART Fertility Program of Alabama

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Birmingham
2006 Brookwood Med. Ctr. Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35209
800-476-9784
Huntsville
401 Lowell Drive Southeast
Huntsville, AL 35801
800-476-9787
Montgomery
7209 Copperfield Dr
Montgomery, AL 36117
800-476-9787
Northport
650 Energy Ctr Blvd
Northport, AL 35473
800-476-9790
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend ART Fertility Program of Alabama to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 11Neutral: 2Don't recommend: 28.9
15 assessments
  • 73% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 13% Neutral (7-8)
  • 13% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
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Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
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Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
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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
399
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
15 assessments
3
Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Unexplained
3
I felt like since I had to go to a satellite office (since it was the closest of their offices to me), I had a lot of ultrasounds with no discussion at all about what was going on. If I wanted to see the Dr., I either had to schedule a video conference, which took over a month...
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Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Unexplained
3
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
No, I felt like since I had to go to a satellite office (since it was the closest of their offices to me), I had a lot of ultrasounds with no discussion at all about what was going on. If I wanted to see the Dr., I either had to schedule a video conference, which took over a month, or I had to drive an additional 2 hours to the main office, which still took over a month to get in. During the video conferences, I felt like nothing was discussed in depth and I was given short answers, if any at all. We never got to the bottom of the problem of what was wrong with me, I was just always encouraged to do iui, even though my husbands' sperm was tested and proven to be more than good two times. Even though I felt that I had endometriosis and was told there might be a polyp in my uterus, I was still told to try iui until I pushed hard for exploratory laparoscopic surgery. I was not even told the lap was an option until I was 6 months into the treatments. I initially thought they would study my case individually, not just push me into a treatment that was not specifically designed to treat my condition.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
They had one nurse practitioner at the Montgomery satellite office. Her name was Sarah and she was the only person who would give you medical information or evaluate your records and ultrasounds. Most of the time they would not schedule you with her. They would schedule you with the regular nurse, Sheena, who would not even look at your ultrasound or tell you anything about it. She would not volunteer info about test results. You had to ask her and pull it out of her. All she did was look at the plan Dr. Houserman created for you and ask you if you were ready for her to put the prescription in to the mail order pharmacy. So, unless you saw Sarah, there was really no point in even having an ultrasound. Unfortunately, as of last week, Sarah is no longer there and it is only Sheena.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman?
Strengths were that I did eventually get in to do an exploratory laparoscopic surgery to evaluate the structure of my reproductive organs. Weakness - Although I had already been trying for over year and a half to get pregnant before I came to Houserman, it still took her over 7 months to give me any kind of diagnosis and she was willing to suggest I do costly fertility treatments, even if my problem could have prevented them from having any chance of working. I went to Dr. Houserman the first visit and gave her a comprehensive list of my health problems (heavy, long periods; back pain; pelvic pain; pain during intercourse; bowel trouble and bleeding bowel). What I know now is that all of these symptoms were reason to look into whether my problem was endometriosis. Instead, she prescribed me fertility medications which contained estrogen, which makes endometriosis worse and increases the inflammation, which decreases the chance of an egg getting fertilized and implanting. I feel like the 7 months and the hundreds of dollars I spent on fertility injections were a complete waste of time and money. Weakness - they do not do excision surgery on endometriosis and perpetuate the false information that burning off endometriosis with a laser will treat it and increase your chances of fertility. In reality (there is scientific evidence to back this up), the endometriosis can grow back as soon as the month after the surgery, so there is no guarantee that you have any period of better fertility. Instead of referring endo patients to an excision specialist, they continue to prescribe fertility meds and recommend iui and/or ivf without telling you anything about your decreased chances in those working if the endo grows back. Weakness: Do not give you any information on the possibility of any of your problems being cancerous. I went in the month after my lap surgery and was told I had a 7 cm cyst on my ovary and not given any information on the type of cyst, the precaution I should take to not increase the chances of the cyst growing bigger, or given any reason as to why a cyst that large popped up in a mere 3 weeks after my lap.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman?
Do your research on all possible infertility problems before you visit her and if you think you might have a particular problem that they have not looked into or diagnosed, push for the specific tests that can diagnose that problem. Also, set your boundaries with her up front to let her know if you do not have the financial means to do iui or ivf. That way, she knows to be honest with you and tell you there is nothing more she can do to help you besides doing one of those procedures. It will eliminate wasting more time and money.
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Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
3
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
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8
Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
7 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
8
out of pocket they [IUIs] were around $400 per cycle. IVF starts around $11,000 per individual cycle [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama]...The Montgomery clinic is a small satellite clinic for the main office in Birmingham. The doctor is only at the satellite office when visiting a new patient. All interactions with the doctor from the satellite clinic are via video conference. The Montgomery office is small, but I've never had to wait more than just a few minutes to get back to a patient room.
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
7 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
8
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The Montgomery clinic is a small satellite clinic for the main office in Birmingham. The doctor is only at the satellite office when visiting a new patient. All interactions with the doctor from the satellite clinic are via video conference. The Montgomery office is small, but I've never had to wait more than just a few minutes to get back to a patient room.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Tracy is a very good listener. She's honest, compassionate and optimistic, which is exactly what you need when you're going through this process. She, too, has gone through treatments, so she understands the whole process from the patient's side.
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman?
Dr. Houserman is very realistic, without being overly blunt. She will answer any questions you may have, but over my entire course of treatment, I've only seen her a few times. Almost all of my interactions have been through the Nurse Practitioner. If I do "meet" with Dr. Houserman, it's a teleconference. If I want to meet in person, I have to drive to Birmingham, which is over 2 hours away. When she comes to the Montgomery clinic, it's only for new patients. It makes me feel like a level of personal understanding of my needs and goals is not being met.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman?
She is practical and realistic. She is not overly soft & sensitive, so if you're looking to be hugged and coddled, she is not the doctor for you. She is warm and kind but matter-of-fact when it comes to prognosis, treatment, etc.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I have PCOS. I initially went to Dr. Houserman years ago, but my follicles would never grow to maturity to do a trigger shot. I was concerned about my weight, and I wasn't having cycles on my own. She told me it was a non-issue, as my treatments were essentially controlling my hormones and their roles for me. I took a break for over two years. I lost 40 pounds, and came back to her for treatment again. When I visited her for a new consult, she said they weightloss was great, but another 40 pounds would be even better. I was confused because years earlier, it seemed to be a non-issue. Anybody who's ever gone through fertility treatments knows what a difficult task it is to lose weight while injecting all of these meds. I didn't lose any weight during the next 7 months of treatment, but I didn't gain any either. My follicles definitely responded better this time, as I was ready to trigger just 10 days in! I went through 7 months of treatments, each ending with a negative beta. I started out with clomid+menopur for a couple of cycles, then just menopur, then increased menopur, then follistim+menopur. The longer I continued with treatments, the slower my follicles began to grow. It's as if my body was just tired, and nothing was working. I met with her a couple of months ago, where she told me I had made a 'valiant effort', but it was time to move on to IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman.
Insurance did not cover IUIs, so out of pocket they were around $400 per cycle. IVF starts around $11,000 per individual cycle.
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Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
Nursing
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Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
Phone system/voicemail system for a nurse to call you back [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] is a little confusing and frustrating at first, but then get the hang of it...They are a wonderful, amazing group that really care for their patients...After a failed cycle he [Dr. Long] would readjust medicines. After several failed he decided to do a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy to see about endometriosis. After readjusting meds and trying IUIs and injectables moving on to IVF.
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Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Phone system/voicemail system for a nurse to call you back is a little confusing and frustrating at first, but then get the hang of it.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He took our individual situation into consideration for our treatment not just what the clinic does for every couple.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
These reviews are for the Montgomery Satellite clinic. They are a wonderful, amazing group that really care for their patients.
How was your experience with Cecil Long?
As we are currently still in the process of Fertility treatment and about to start the IVF process we have been very pleased with Dr. Long. He has been approachable and candid on our situation. Hopeful, but not making guarantees that he can't accomplish.
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles and their degree of success.
After a failed cycle he would readjust medicines. After several failed he decided to do a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy to see about endometriosis. After readjusting meds and trying IUIs and injectables moving on to IVF.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long.
I would say reasonable for what they are. Unfortunately insurance does not cover much.
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Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
Nursing
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10
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Tubal Blockage, Other, Unexplained
10
Everyone we have encountered at both Birmingham and Huntsville have been nothing short of amazing. They will walk you through the entire process and are always willing to answer any question you may have. Communication is excellent. So far I have no weaknesses to speak of, only praises....Dr. Honea is obviously passionate about her patients and genuinely wants to help them reach their goal of parenthood. She spent more than our allotted time with us and listened to all of our concerns and responded to each one. I trust her decision making and plan for us. Regardless of the outcome of our journey I will forever be greatful we landed in her office.
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Tubal Blockage, Other, Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
We had our first visit in the Birmingham office so I'm not sure what initial visits in the satellite offices are like but here is what I will say. You will be in the office for at least 3 hours between the consult with your physician and all the necessary testing. Everyone we have encountered at both Birmingham and Huntsville have been nothing short of amazing. They will walk you through the entire process and are always willing to answer any question you may have. Communication is excellent. So far I have no weaknesses to speak of, only praises.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Honea has an actual conversation with my husband and I instead of just talking at us in medical terms. She made us feel like people who were important to her and she took the time to listen to our concerns. We went to her as a second opinion after several failed cycles with a previous doctor and she was willing to try new things and tests that had either been dismissed previously or never mentioned. Can't say enough positive things about Dr. Honea.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Nancy is absolutely amazing. She is serious when she needs to be but lighthearted when the time calls for that as well. She is passionate about her patients. Explains everything in great detail and makes sure you understand the protocol. Mary and Terri are awesome as well and make the entire experience as undaunting as possible.
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea?
Dr. Honea is obviously passionate about her patients and genuinely wants to help them reach their goal of parenthood. She spent more than our allotted time with us and listened to all of our concerns and responded to each one. I trust her decision making and plan for us. Regardless of the outcome of our journey I will forever be greatful we landed in her office.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea?
Don't feel scared to ask questions. Also, I promise you will leave with a plan and a peace about the direction she is taking you.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We have only completed one cycle but we did 5 days of Letrazole cd 3-7 then 3 planned days of Gonal-F and had to add a day due to slightly less than acceptable response. Cd 11 monitor with preganyl trigger cd 12. Post coital test cd 13 with IUI the next day. Progesterone suppositories day 15 (i think) till negative beta cd 26. The above plan was put in place based on 3 previously failed IUI with just Letrazole to achieve a better response. In those 3 I had only ever had 1 lead follicle that never was larger than 18mm 2 days before IUI. In this one cycle we had 1 over 20, 1 at 18, and 1 at 17 at time of trigger with ultrasound and blood work confirmed ovulation.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea.
Each visit was $35 including all monitoring and scan visits. IUI was roughly $400 out of pocket. Meds (letrazole, Gonal-F, preganyl, and progesterone suppositories) were around $150 with insurance and overnight shipping.
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Kathryn Honea
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Huntsville
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10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other
10
[ART Fert of AL -H'ville] Strengths: quick and efficient appointments, always on time, on site labs, clean, friendly and caring staff (ALL three of them). Weaknesses: Huntsville office is a bit small and has a little dated decore...The nurse practitioner is great. She is always so positive. ...Dr. Allemond took a lot of time with my husband and I. He was our second opinion doctor and we fell in love with him. He took time to review our past records and discuss his thoughts about the future plans. He went over in detail what to expect and percentages.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other
10
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strengths: quick and efficient appointments, always on time, on site labs, clean, friendly and caring staff (ALL three of them). Weaknesses: Huntsville office is a bit small and has a little dated decore
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Allemond took a lot of time with my husband and I. He was our second opinion doctor and we fell in love with him. He took time to review our past records and discuss his thoughts about the future plans. He went over in detail what to expect and percentages.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nurse practitioner is great. She is always so positive. She not only remembers your name but also your family information and most all quirky details you may have shared with her. (Huntsville location)
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand?
Dr. Allemand was second opinion for my husband and I. My husband is two years status post a vas reversal. We had another doctor before who never changed our meds or our plan. My husband and I became pregnant with our first doctor and IUI. However we miscarried at eight weeks. We went through two additional IUIs and the doctor stated we needed to move to ivf. We felt pressured and did not have a clear understanding as to why that should be our path if an IUI was successful once already. We then saw Dr. Allemand. He reviewed our records, discussed his opinions, and we all made a plan together. He understood our concerns for not wanting to move forward so abruptly with ivf. We will soon be working on our third IUI with Dr. Allemond but he has changed our meds each cycle to help assure he is doing all he can before fully discussing the possibility of ivf.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand?
Go into your consult appointment with an open mind. Do some research and have your list of questions. Dr. Allemand is a great listener and answers all your questions.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Month number one: letrozole 2.5 my for five days, trigger injection, IUI. Month two: 5mg leteozole for five days, trigger, IUI. Month three (current cycle): 5 mg letrozole for five days, gonal f 75 iu for three days, trigger injection, and IUI.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand.
Regular specialist co-pays anytime I see the MD or nurse practitioner, co-pays for injectables through prime therapeutics, and about $350 for each IUI
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Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Huntsville
Nursing
Operations
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS
10
Tracey Mendelson [a nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] (of the Montgomery office) and her entire staff became family. I cannot recommend them enough!!... I took the same dose of Letrozole and then did three consecutive days of 75 IU of Follistim. The second cycle was successful and we became pregnant. Unfortunately, after 7 weeks we miscarried. They had to perform a D&C to test the tissue for what may have cause this. The pregnancy was perfectly normal. They did a full thrombosis work up and discovered that I have a blood clotting disorder
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Age
30
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The clinic is always clean and organized. The building is a little difficult to navigate but not too much of a problem.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
The staff have always been eager to answer all of our questions around the clock. They took our concerns seriously.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Tracey Mendelson (of the Montgomery office) and her entire staff became family. I cannot recommend them enough!!
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman?
Dr. Houserman does not beat around the bush, which I greatly appreciated. If you want someone to be direct with you, but also kind and empathetic then she will be a perfect choice. Sometimes I feel she got our hopes up a little too soon, but that also could have been our own interpretation of her information. She was always professional and gave us the good, bad, and the ugly so we could make an educated decision. I never felt that she forced us into a plan that we did not like and she always answered all of our questions.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman?
Ask questions. Sometimes I wouldn't have received as much information as I needed in order to make a decision or process, but I always felt comfortable asking questions and she always gladly answered them without hesitation.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles and their degree of success.
In the beginning my infertility was unexplained and we had already had one miscarriage after getting pregnant using Clomid and under the care of my regular Gyno. They began with two cycles of Letrozole (5 mg per day), but they were unsuccessful. They then moved to letrozole and follistim injections. I took the same dose of Letrozole and then did three consecutive days of 75 IU of Follistim. The second cycle was successful and we became pregnant. Unfortunately, after 7 weeks we miscarried. They had to perform a D&C to test the tissue for what may have cause this. The pregnancy was perfectly normal. They did a full thrombosis work up and discovered that I have a blood clotting disorder. After I recovered from the miscarriage and surgery we continued with the same treatment, but were unsuccessful after two months of the letrozole/folllistim combo. We then moved to straight injections for 2 months and I took 75 IU every day for 6 days. We were unsuccessful in this method as well.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman.
My insurance covered most of my appointments and procedures. I never felt that there were unnecessary or extreme charges.
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Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
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Age
31
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor
10
The nurses and nurse practitioners [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] are all wonderful. They are very knowledgeable. They have a large staff and I did see several different nurses but they were all very helpful and knew what they were doing. They are so friendly and compassionate. I can't imagine going through this process without their support.... I dealt with every department at some point and they were always very helpful...The IVF procedure was about $11,000.00. The medications were going to be about$5000.00 but the billing person gave me a packet of information where I could apply for assistance with my medication. It saved us about$1500.00.
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Age
31
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor
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Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The entire staff is wonderful. Everyone is so friendly and kind. I have read some of the reviews that mention that the office and staff are very large, but I can't imagine how they would accomplish all this with a smaller staff and office. I dealt with every department at some point and they were always very helpful.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
She was always kind, caring and compassionate. I never felt rushed while in her office. I think her own experiences with Infertility give her a different perspective than other doctors.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses and nurse practitioners are all wonderful. They are very knowledgeable. They have a large staff and I did see several different nurses but they were all very helpful and knew what they were doing. They are so friendly and compassionate. I can't imagine going through this process without their support.
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman?
When I met Dr.Houserman, I had previously seen a different specialist. To be honest, I was a mess. She had reviewed all of my records before my first visit! She knew about our previous treatment and failures. We discussed my options. It was so refreshing to have someone actually explain the options available in so much detail. She told us IVF was our best option due to previously failed inseminations and my husband's sperm issues. I really didn't want to do IVF but once I understood why it was the best option, I agreed. I sure am glad that I did!!!! We have a beautiful baby boy and we are so grateful to this wonderful doctor and her staff!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman?
Make an appointment and go see her!!
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Our plan was to do IVF with ICSI. We did discuss that I might have to do a frozen transfer if my blood levels began to rise.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman.
The IVF procedure was about $11,000.00. The medications were going to be about$5000.00 but the billing person gave me a packet of information where I could apply for assistance with my medication. It saved us about$1500.00.
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Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
10
This clinic is efficient and well run. The staff is sincere and act like they really want to be there. The staff is willing to answer your questions and work with you. Their answering service is very efficient. They are truly there for you in the most chaotic time of some of our lives...I cannot say enough kind things about the nursing staff. Everyone I have come in contact with has been kind, helpful and loving...
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
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Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
This clinic is efficient and well run. The staff is sincere and act like they really want to be there. The staff is willing to answer your questions and work with you. Their answering service is very efficient. They are truly there for you in the most chaotic time of some of our lives.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
In our first meeting she made connections with my story. She repeated back parts of my medical history. She made sure that she had all the details correct. She did it tell me what to do, she asked what I thought.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I cannot say enough kind things about the nursing staff. Everyone I have come in contact with has been kind, helpful and loving.
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman?
Dr. Houserman was kind and direct. I normally do not like to see women doctors, but I was pleasantly pleased with our initial meeting. She was very educated on *studies* and statistics which I found helpful. She laid out options and I told her what I wasn't comfortable with and we moved forward. Overall, I was so pleased and will continue to see her as my doctor.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman?
I would know where you draw the line in fertility treatments. How far down the fertility treatment path do you want to go? You need to know what you are and aren't comfortable with.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles and their degree of success.
This is my first cycle with Dr. Houserman so I do not know if I am pregnant. This cycle i had to have an HSG test performed. I also used follistim {8 days of 75 UI}, ovidrel trigger shot, and IUI. Progesterone was also prescribed to take after my IUI. She actually wanted to go straight to IVF considering the amount of years we have been without conceiving but we took a step back. I am satisfied and happy with our protocol and steps we've taken this cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman.
My blood work/ultrasound visits were about $30. My IUI was was $395. The meds were about $125 total.
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Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
8
It [ART Fertility Program of AL] is a large clinic with multiple doctors so sometimes I have felt like just a number when traveling to the main Birmingham office. I understand they are busy, but I have encountered mistakes and miscommunication between myself and some of the staff members. It was pretty discouraging even with how much we love our doctor.
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Native American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
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Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
It is a large clinic with multiple doctors so sometimes I have felt like just a number when traveling to the main Birmingham office. I understand they are busy, but I have encountered mistakes and miscommunication between myself and some of the staff members. It was pretty discouraging even with how much we love our doctor.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I have been lucky to *mostly* speak with the same nurse, Lauren. However, at such a large practice I have had to speak to other nurses. I️ always feel way more comfortable just speaking with the same nurse because it feels more personal. I have come across some nurses that are not very compassionate and it feels like they’re just scooting me along or I have asked a stupid question. I’ve often told my husband that just because the nurses deal with so many patients everyday and have probably become custom to all of the weird questions, they should still try to show more compassion, sometimes the bluntness is a little harsh.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea?
We love Dr Honea. She has always treated me like a human being, not just another number. She is very experienced and compassionate. She has personally called us when problems have arose and when I found out I miscarried. She is straight forward and always tells us what our next step is.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea.
We started with an IUI and I️ think the cost was around $300. But we did a sperm freeze as well so I believe that was another $300. I don’t exactly remember how much the medicine cost. For IVF we decided to try the Shared Risk refund program where payment is due upfront and 3 IVF cycles are included. We paid $18,800 for 3 cycles, which doesn’t include the stim meds or monitoring office visits. The IVF cycles include egg retrieval and transfers and if ICSI is needed as well. We have had two egg retrievals so that means two rounds of shots each time costing around $1,400. Normally I pay $35-75 per office visit when an ultrasound is needed, which is every week after a positive pregnancy test is confirmed.
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Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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Age
26
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
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With Dr. Long [at ART Fertility of Alabama], I started with letrozole. I responded perfectly the first month taking it, but got a negative blood pregnancy test. I tried letrozole for a second month and did not respond/ovulate at all. Dr. Long amped the plan and prescribed gonal-f injections. I did the injections for 18 days, going to the doctor to check in every 3 days and upping the dose of Gonal-f after each appointment. Finally, I began responding to the injections and had several mature follicles. We decided to go ahead with trigger shot (pregnyl) at home and iui 2 days later. I found out 2 weeks later I was pregnant and a couple weeks after that we found out it was twins!
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Age
26
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
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During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Long didn't treat you like a number. Every time I met with him, he was very personal to our situation and gave us a very clear plan of where we would go next.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Fantastic!
How was your experience with Cecil Long?
Dr. Long did not string me along, which I appreciated very much. I did not respond to letrozole and he then changed the plan to final-f injections and iui which my body finally responded to and I got pregnant with twin girls!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long?
Listen and trust him! He knows his stuff!
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles and their degree of success.
With Dr. Long, I started with letrozole. I responded perfectly the first month taking it, but got a negative blood pregnancy test. I tried letrozole for a second month and did not respond/ovulate at all. Dr. Long amped the plan and prescribed gonal-f injections. I did the injections for 18 days, going to the doctor to check in every 3 days and upping the dose of Gonal-f after each appointment. Finally, I began responding to the injections and had several mature follicles. We decided to go ahead with trigger shot (pregnyl) at home and iui 2 days later. I found out 2 weeks later I was pregnant and a couple weeks after that we found out it was twins!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long.
Gonal-f injections were expensive. Insurance paid half, but still paid over $200 for each vial, and it took several in just one cycle for me. IUI was covered by my insurance completely!
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Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
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Age
28 - 31
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Male Factor, Other
10
I love the IVF coordinator [at ART Fertility Program], Janet. She's an asset to the clinic...I was sad that we didn't have her during our frozen cycle. She has been the BIGGEST support on this journey. She helped coach me through medications and shots, she put my anxious mind at ease, she became more like family to us...She really made the experience bareable...For IVF, TESA, Laser Assisted hatching, ICSI, we payed close to $13,000 per cycle...
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Age
28 - 31
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Male Factor, Other
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Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I love the IVF coordinator, Janet. She's an asset to the clinic, and I'm unsure if I would be as willing to reccomend the clinic had I had another coordinator. She really made the experience bareable. Ava takes the blood and she is incredible! Typically nurses have a difficult time finding my veins, but she works some kind of magic and ALWAYS does it with ease.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Long made sure to spend as much time with us as we needed. He was personable, we never felt rushed, and he answered every question we had.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Janet was absolutely amazing! I was sad that we didn't have her during our frozen cycle. She has been the BIGGEST support on this journey. She helped coach me through medications and shots, she put my anxious mind at ease, she became more like family to us.
How was your experience with Cecil Long?
Dr. Long has been incredible. He makes us feel like we're the only patients he sees. He is compassionate, caring, and really spoke to us more like friends than patients. He has done everything possible to accommodate us and help us on this journey.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long?
Be prepared. Ask questions.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long.
For IVF, TESA, Laser Assisted hatching, ICSI, we payed close to $13,000 per cycle. So, right at $40,000 total.
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Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
4
It was a very large clinic [ART Fertility Program of Alabama] and we often were seen by multiple nurses and at their satellite clinic as well. I felt like it was a well oil machine, and we were not any different than their other patients.... The clinic was very organized and operations seemed very smooth. However, this made me feel like another number and not like a unique patient with unique needs. This was our first cycle and it seemed we should have known more.
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Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
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Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The clinic was very organized and operations seemed very smooth. However, this made me feel like another number and not like a unique patient with unique needs. This was our first cycle and it seemed we should have known more.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
It was a very large clinic and we often were seen by multiple nurses and at their satellite clinic as well. I felt like it was a well oil machine, and we were not any different than their other patients.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. However, we were seen at the main office and satellite office, so we saw various nurses.
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand?
He was very compassionate and always responded to our questions/needs in a timely manner. Sometimes we felt that we did not fully understand what was expected of us or what we could be doing to improve our success. I also found out that my Vitamin D was very low during that time and maybe should not have continued with the cycle.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand?
Ask questions and be your own advocate.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I took birth control for a month then was on stimulation medications (gonal-f and menopur) for about 2 weeks. We triggered with HCG. Following transfer I was put on crinone.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand.
The procedure itself cost around $12,000- medications and monitoring appointments not included.
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Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
4
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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Age
35
Treated
2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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Dr. Long [of ART Fertility Program of Alabama] is one of few doctors with no arrogance to his demeanor....I am in the medical field and he entertained all of my questions and concerns....Dr Long is one of the most laid back physicians I've ever been around. You can talk to him about anything and it's like talking to an old friend. When going through something as stressful as Fertility [treatment], having a doctor that can put you at ease is everything!
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Age
35
Treated
2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Caring staff
How was your experience with Cecil Long?
Dr. Long is one of few doctors with no arrogance to his demeanor. He is pleasant, conversational, interested to get to know you, your spouse, and you situation. He has a calming spirit and he can talk to you in a way that puts you at ease. I am in the medical field and he entertained all of my questions and concerns. I couldn't have been happier to have been referred to him. Dr Long is one of the most laid back physicians I've ever been around. You can talk to him about anything and it's like talking to an old friend. When going through something as stressful as Fertility Trx, having a doctor that can put you at ease is everything! I've recommended him to many friends and acquaintances and Everyone has felt the same I way about their experience with Dr. Long as my husband and I did. He's a scientist and will explain as much as you need him to.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long?
Trust him and the staff. They do genuinely care about you!
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Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
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Billing
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10
Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, PCOS
10
He [Dr Cecil Long] was exactly what we were looking for. He never gave up on us. He took you back to his office to discuss what happened and what the next treatment was going to be. He is a very compassionate man....Everyone there [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] is great. No complaints here....He tried a high dose of follistim first with my body only producing 1 follicle. Then he tried follistim with menopur and still I only produced 1 follicle. He increase the dosage everything but my body just hasn't responded well to the meds. Now we have to decide if using donor eggs is right for us.
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Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, PCOS
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Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Everyone there is great. No complaints here.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He is very compassionate about what he does and when I had my surgery to remove endometriosis, he made sure I was ok before going in and after coming out.
How was your experience with Cecil Long?
He was exactly what we were looking for. He never gave up on us. He took you back to his office to discuss what happened and what the next treatment was going to be. He is a very compassionate man.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long?
Trust him.
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles and their degree of success.
He tried a high dose of follistim first with my body only producing 1 follicle. Then he tried follistim with menopur and still I only produced 1 follicle. He increase the dosage everything but my body just hasn't responded well to the meds. Now we have to decide if using donor eggs is right for us.
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Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Uterine Fibroids
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My insurance covered 80% of everything [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] except injections. Their office works with you if you do not have insurance. It is very affordable for what you get. IUI was out of pocket of course but wasn't an arm and a leg.
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Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Uterine Fibroids
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During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Honea is great, she talks to you like she is your friend. She is honest and tells you like it is, but isn't harsh. My husband loved her as well and she made him feel so comfortable!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea.
My insurance covered 80% of everything except injections. Their office works with you if you do not have insurance. It is very affordable for what you get. IUI was out of pocket of course but wasn't an arm and a leg.
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Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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