Fertility Partnership

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Genetic counseling: OfferedAcupuncture is not offered: Not OfferedMental health counseling: OfferedNutrition counseling is not offered: Not OfferedAdministration of shots: OfferedCoordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not OfferedSelling medication is not offered: Not OfferedProviding backup medication: Offered
Saint Peters
5401 Veterans Mem. Pkwy.
Saint Peters, MO 63376
636.441.7770
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Fertility Partnership to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 3Neutral: 2Don't recommend: 17.7
6 assessments
  • 50% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 33% Neutral (7-8)
  • 17% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
Poorly operated
Operated well
Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
Easy scheduling
Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
Nursing Team
Poor nursing team
Excellent nursing team
Attention to Detail
Low attention to detail
High attention to detail
2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
10%
20%
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40%
50%
60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
199
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
8.2
Average Doctor Score
1 doctor
6 assessments
7
Age
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
Be prepared for an non-traditional clinic experience [at Fertility Partnership] from his personality to the manner in which questions are asked. His patients are often overbooked, so wait time was up to 3 hours for some appointments...They're very busy, but they seem to know what they're doing...Super busy. Plan to wait. Try to not have your first appointments on Mondays...
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Age
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
Describe your experience with Fertility Partnership.
Super busy. Plan to wait. Try to not have your first appointments on Mondays.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He was very set on facts. Your weight is this. You have this condition. You need to be treated for this to get that outcome. But he was also very adamant he understand your personality. If he ever got a "she's crazy" vibe, he would continue discussions until he felt either he knew you better or would refer you to a different Doctor.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
They're very busy, but they seem to know what they're doing.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Canceled a cycle due to clinic error
How was your experience with David Simckes?
He is rough with the ultrasound probe. He is very candid. He is very crass. He is obviously knowledgeable, but he comes off more casual to make you more comfortable. Some people would be bothered by the profanity, but I'm not one. He edged the line of innapropriate but never crossed it. I felt very comfortable in his care. He went above and beyond to ensure my cycle needs were met (including performing an IUI on a holiday, because that's where my cycle fell).
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Simckes?
Be prepared for an non-traditional clinic experience from his personality to the manner in which questions are asked. His patients are often overbooked, so wait time was up to 3 hours for some appointments.
Describe the protocols David Simckes used in your cycles and their degree of success.
He insisted on metformin, 1000 mg 2x per day, but not the extended release. I did 1 round of clomid. 2 rounds of clomid mixed with bravelle. I ended up on an antagonistic IVF cycle, to better compliment my PCOS. He was adamant about progesterone gel after IUI and PIO Injections with transfer.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Simckes.
The billing moved from in house to 3rd party mid cycle. I had to battle that transition. In house had a lot of issues clearly conveying cost. 3rd party was a medical billing company.
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David Simckes
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Fertility Partnership
Saint Peters
Nursing
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10
Age
45
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
I was able to email or telephone or text my coordinator [at Fertility Partnership]. I had responses in real time...We initially chose to go to this clinic because of a personal recommendation of a friend who was successful but also because of their stated goal to reduce costs. Our entire bill for IVF including medications was under $13,000
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Age
45
Treated
2014
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Fertility Partnership.
Fertility Partnership's clinic is a long a major highway in St. Peter's. There is easy access. It is not in a big building and so access is phenomenal. It is clean and modern looking.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He took his time with us, he used humor to calm us down He asked questions about who we were and we felt like he actually cared.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I was able to email or telephone or text my coordinator. I had responses in real time.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call with results
How was your experience with David Simckes?
The doctor made us feel very cared for. He explained thoroughly and we felt that his knowledge base was excellent. The worst thing I can say is that he had a tendency to run late but by the time he was done with us We always felt it was worth the wait
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Simckes?
Fertility Partnership is the place to go if you want to be treated with compassion and expertise. You might have to be a bit forgiving about lateness but that's not every visit
Describe the protocols David Simckes used in your cycles and their degree of success.
After failed iuis The doctor recommended IVF as the next course of action. My wife got birth-control pills, gave her and self injections for approximately 10 days and then she underwent the retrieval of the eggs I remember she used two kinds of stimulating drugs, one in the morning and one in the evening. And she got an injection to "ripen" the eggs for retrieval. Not all the eggs were mature but we still managed to get seven good embryos and have five frozen remaining.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Simckes.
We initially chose to go to this clinic because of a personal recommendation of a friend who was successful but also because of their stated goal to reduce costs. Our entire bill for IVF including medications was under $13,000
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David Simckes
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Fertility Partnership
Saint Peters
Nursing
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2
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
2
[Fertility Partnership's] Weaknesses: There is only one doctor at this clinic so he has no one on site to really discuss treatment with and get any other opinions. So many people go here and they are never one time. Strengths: it is the cheapest option in the St. Louis region....IUI's were covered under insurance. I believe the IVF was $9k, meds were about $3-4k. A FET was $3k.
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Age
31 - 32
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
2
Describe your experience with Fertility Partnership.
Weaknesses: There is only one doctor at this clinic so he has no one on site to really discuss treatment with and get any other opinions. So many people go here and they are never one time. Strengths: it is the cheapest option in the St. Louis region.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
I think by the end of our care there, he knew our story, but then again there are so many people that go there at the beginning he couldn't remember anything about us and we would have to refresh his memory.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The staff seemed to care about my situation, although the nurse did get attitude with me a few times.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with David Simckes?
Dr. Simckes is very personable, but he also has poor bedside manner. Crude jokes, etc. Just depends on if you can handle it all. He was also never on time. Like we were the first patient of the day and he was 30 minutes late one time. I also didn't like his answers to my issues (cancelled transfers). The first time he just said to take a few month break before we try again. The next time he told me to go ask a sister to be my gestational carrier (like it would be that easy).
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Simckes?
Be prepared to wait....he will never be on time. Also, be wary of his humor and jokes.
Describe the protocols David Simckes used in your cycles and their degree of success.
After the three IUI's didn't work (did natural, and two with meds), we moved on to IVF. His clinic was a batch clinic - so they would do all their IVF retrievals/transfers during one week of the month. So depending on when your cycle is, you will have to be on X amount of BCP's so that you line up with the timetable. For the IVF, we did follistim, menopur and ganirelix with an ovidrel shot. I got OHSS (retrieved 35 eggs) so no fresh transfer. We had issues getting my lining thick enough for a FET so it was cancelled 3 times. Finally did one transfer and it did not work. In the end, he told me that he didn't know what to do to grow my lining and to consider a gestational carrier. I didn't feel like he did any research or reached out to anyone for help.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
It was a cattlecall - started at a certain time and you had to get their first if you didn't want to be waiting for a long time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Simckes.
IUI's were covered under insurance. I believe the IVF was $9k, meds were about $3-4k. A FET was $3k.
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Doctor
David Simckes
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
2
Clinic
Fertility Partnership
Saint Peters
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9
Age
24 - 29
Treated
2010 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
9
As patients the staff [at Fertility Partnership] were very kind & knew us individually every time we went in. Our main nurse as well as Dr. Simckes were warm & outgoing... There were also a few times where we were told about our protocol but because no one had sat down to discuss the details of our upcoming cycle together, we were getting conflicting information.
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Age
24 - 29
Treated
2010 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
9
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Simckes was the first doctor we seen who wasn't all about making money. He was making a living of course but he was offering lower cost treatments. We had lost hope by the time we heard of him but after speaking with him just over the phone we started seeing possibilities again. We knew we had to try once more using him as our doctor. As patients the staff were very kind & knew us individually every time we went in. Our main nurse as well as Dr. Simckes were warm & outgoing. They were people we could see ourselves getting together with outside of the office; people we could have as personal friends.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
They were laid back & very involved
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with David Simckes?
Towards us, Dr Simckes was always positive & upbeat. He definitely likes to chat with you, tell jokes, & even sing on occasion! He keeps it interesting & fun. He always told us when we should be concerned or if there was no reason to be. And for our case, each time he was completely spot on. I will say since he spends so much time with each patient there were plenty of appointments we waited long periods of time. As a waiting patient it's definitely an inconvience but once it's your turn you appreciate the time he's taking with you.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Simckes?
You know your body so don't be afraid to ask questions regarding it. With any case gather your own medical information beforehand & discuss alternative treatments/procedures. You are your own advocate.
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Doctor
David Simckes
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Fertility Partnership
Saint Peters
Nursing
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10
Age
55
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IVF, 3 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor
10
The clinic [Fertility Partnership] is a small clinic as compared to the other ones we went to. Perfect place for us after the Cattle Call of the University or the Business atmosphere of the other place. After a short time everyone knew our name....[nurse] denise was a good compliment to Dr Simckes, quiet and soft spoken. She is also very caring completely serious at all times....[Cost Of Treatment] $9700...He personally called us. We had his cell phone number for texting only.
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Age
55
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Engineer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 4 Docs
Treatment
3 IVF, 3 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor
10
Describe your experience with Fertility Partnership.
The clinic is a small clinic as compared to the other ones we went to. Perfect place for us after the Cattle Call of the University or the Business atmosphere of the other place. After a short time everyone knew our name.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
he always made an effort to connect with us, usually in a humorous way. He personally called us. We had his cell phone number for texting only.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
denise was a good compliment to Dr Simckes, quiet and soft spoken. She is also very caring completely serious at all times.
How was your experience with David Simckes?
Dr Simckes is clearly a brilliant doctor. he goes out of his way to explain things and present options. He has a quirky sense of humor which I found endearing but others may not. I believe he employs that humor like a tool to put you at ease.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Simckes?
Be prepared to laugh even though you are stressed out of your gourd.
Describe the protocols David Simckes used in your cycles and their degree of success.
He used a combined protocol of Follistim and menopur. he added Ganirelix later when the follicles were bigger.
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Simckes.
$9700
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David Simckes
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Trustworthiness
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Fertility Partnership
Saint Peters
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8
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Unexplained
8
The first day I arrived the front desk staff [at Fertility Partnership] mixed up my file with someone else’s. All of our medical records were mixed together & I had to tell them that they had the wrong file. I think that was my most unimpressed moment with this clinic...they [nurses] have a lot on their plate but they always make sure I have what I need...My husband has still yet to take a SA analysis at this clinic. He has done them in the past but never here. We were supposed to do one the first visit but the text was never ordered
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Unexplained
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Describe your experience with Fertility Partnership.
The first day I arrived the front desk staff mixed up my file with someone else’s. All of our medical records were mixed together & I had to tell them that they had the wrong file. I think that was my most unimpressed moment with this clinic.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
From my first appointment on I have been in constant contact with Dr. Simckes and his staff. My first appointment Dr. Simckes spent a good 2 hours answering all of my questions. He made sure I was comfortable during all of my tests and even made jokes to ease the awakwardness. He listened to what I was concerned about and taking action on my thoughts. I’m not following a basic protocol and I feel like my treatment is tailored to me.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Great, they have a lot on their plate but they always make sure I have what I need
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to order appropriate test
How was your experience with David Simckes?
I do believe that Dr. Simckes is a great doctor. I think they may have a few too many patients and he definitely has 1000 things on his mind at once. I have always felt welcomed and not like a hassle
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of David Simckes?
Just be patient. Everything will happen in time.
Describe the protocols David Simckes used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I am still undergoing my first treatment
Describe the costs associated with your care under David Simckes.
My cost with out meds is roughly $7,950
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Doctor
David Simckes
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
Fertility Partnership
Saint Peters
Nursing
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Scheduling
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