Pacific Fertility Center LA

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Genetic counseling: OfferedAcupuncture: OfferedMental health counseling is not offered: Not OfferedNutrition counseling is not offered: Not OfferedAdministration of shots: OfferedCoordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not OfferedSelling medication: OfferedProviding backup medication: Offered
Bakersfield
2031 17th St
Bakersfield, CA 93301
3107730478
Encino
16055 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
3107730478
Glendale
1808 Verdugo Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208
8186595394
Los Angeles
10921 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
3107730478
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Pacific Fertility Center LA to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 10Don't recommend: 28.8
12 assessments
  • 83% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 0% 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
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Attention to Detail
Low attention to detail
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2013 CDC Success Rates
Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
10%
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<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
417
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
9.6
Average Doctor Score
2 doctors
12 assessments
10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
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Maggie [nurse at the Pacific Fertility Center] is great! She gave me her personal cell number, and would take my calls and text at all hours and weekends. Great bedside manner as well...Waiting rooms and exam rooms are very clean, appts are easy to make with the front desk, parking in the building is easy. I can't think of any weaknesses -- compared to other clinics/ drs offices, they are a dream!
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Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
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Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
Waiting rooms and exam rooms are very clean, appts are easy to make with the front desk, parking in the building is easy. I can't think of any weaknesses -- compared to other clinics/ drs offices, they are a dream!
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Amazing bedside manner; she really cares about her patients. She always remembered what we'd talked about in my previous appointments, so it's easy to tell you're not just a number to her.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Maggie is great! She gave me her personal cell number, and would take my calls and text at all hours and weekends. Great bedside manner as well.
How was your experience with Nurit Winkler?
Loveley, extremely positive bedside manner. She put any worries or doubts about my fertility at ease. She was thourough in explaining exactly what to expect. I loved that she was always the one to see me during appointment, never putting a nurse in her place.
Describe the protocols Nurit Winkler used in your cycles and their degree of success.
During one FET cycle I was on 2 2mg estrace pills per day. During my second cycle I was on 1 2mg estrage pill per day, as well as a .03? shot of E2 valerate every 3rd day. This second protocol increase the thickness of my uterine lining compared to the estrace pills alone.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Nurit Winkler.
As of October 2017, it was just under $25K and included the following: Ultrasound Blood Panels Egg Retrieval Surgical Procedure Normal Fertilization 1 Preg Test Anesthesia ISCI Freezing Chromosomal Testing Facility Fee Medications Medications made up about $8K of the total cost.
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Doctor
Nurit Winkler
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Encino
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10
Age
39
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
8 IUI, 5 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS
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So far, no complaints [of the staff at Pacific Fertility Center in Los Angeles]. Arielle has been prompt, organized and very responsible in making sure we understand our protocol. She has been good at explaining how to use the medications and has answered questions. She organized a genetic test for our donor (he lives out of state). She is also warm and friendly.
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Age
39
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
7th of 7 Docs
Treatment
8 IUI, 5 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
I've been to two locations. Both are very nice, clean, peaceful. The Encino location has incredible views. The location in WLA has a bit of a feminine touch. Is a bit more upscale. I like it.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Marc Kalan has a beautifully warm nature. He is very caring and compassionate. Additionally, he is equally professional, methodical and thorough. He is up to date with the latest in science as well. Each and every visit my wife and I have, we feel seen and heard. We never had a long wait and were treated with the up most respect.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
So far, no complaints. Arielle has been prompt, organized and very responsible in making sure we understand our protocol. She has been good at explaining how to use the medications and has answered questions. She organized a genetic test for our donor (he lives out of state). She is also warm and friendly.
How was your experience with Marc Kalan?
Again, he is very warm, friendly, kind and overall he seems like a great guy. He treated my wife and I with the up most respect. Additionally, he is equally professional, methodical and very thorough. He is also up to date with science. He patiently explains every detail and answers all questions never leaving you feeling rushed. He has gone above and beyond what my wife and I expected from a doctor. We are very grateful to him.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marc Kalan?
Be prepared to be well taken care of. Marc Kalan is an exceptional doctor.
Describe the protocols Marc Kalan used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We used a total of 4 medications not including the trigger shot. Because I have PCOS, we decided early on to use medications that would be conducive to someone with PCOS. Example, the trigger shot is pure lupron allowing for ovulation to occur without promoting further growth of the follicles. This reduces the risk of hyper stimulation. We also decided that we are using a frozen embryo transfer in place of fresh. Marc has seen better results this way. In my research, I agree with this approach. We also are using a human growth hormone to minimize fragmentation of embryos. In past, my embryos while not severely fragmented has some fragmentation. This is an entirely new approach from all other doctors I have seen. I'm mid cycle now and have about 40 possible eggs to retrieve however Marc and I decided it best not to push to get 40. Our goal is to get 15-20 not compromising quality for quantity.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marc Kalan.
Dr. Kalan offered us a discount as we have been through a total of 9 IVFs between my wife and I, not counting the IUI's and donor sperm. I believe in total our treatment for 1 IVF cycle is adding up to be $18,000 including PGD. We used a non-profit to cover the cost of our medications.
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Doctor
Marc Kalan
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
Nursing
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Age
35 - 38
Treated
2011 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
8 IUI, 5 IVF, Egg Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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They [the staff at Pacific Fertility Center in LA] were disorganized... It was utter chaos... I called and cajoled and begged and then when they were sick of me bothering them, they finally emailed me the chart and I forwarded it on to the other clinic... In fertility, one can't wait a month for information to be passed along.
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Age
35 - 38
Treated
2011 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
8 IUI, 5 IVF, Egg Freezing, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
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During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. DeUgarte was absolutely the most lovely and loving human being. I had her cellphone number and she was always receptive to my calls. I feel like she genuinely cared for me and that she still does. She ran into a patient who I referred to her and she asked after me. Her care team there was a little chaotic. I zoomed in on 2 techs (the office seems to call them nurses but they aren't nurses) whom I liked and requested them with every visit and felt very well taken care of by them.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
It was utter chaos. I don't believe any of the nurses were actually nurses, but were techs. They were young and didn't seem professional. I did better once I identified the 2 I liked and requested them for every visit.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
How was your experience with Catherine DeUgarte?
She is a wonderful human being and I believe a good doctor. I don't how aggressively she looks for modifications to a treatment plan. We did 3 fresh transfers. I didn't know much about FET until after I had switched doctors. After 2 failed transfers, why didn't we try an FET the 3rd time? I had 3 blasts, so they should have been able to freeze them. This option was never even discussed. As a person, I really care about her but I don't believe I would refer anyone to her given that we did 3 retrievals and 3 transfers and had no pregnancies. She did get a friend of mine pregnant with twins (the friend who referred me to Dr. D.)
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Catherine DeUgarte?
To join an infertility support group like I did. This was where I learned everything I've learned. That they can better direct their own care and procedures since Dr. D. didn't behave like a detective to figure out what was wrong and how she could change up the protocol for better results.
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Doctor
Catherine DeUgarte
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
1
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
Nursing
Operations
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Age
40
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
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I think that this is a newer practice [Pacific Fert Ctr LA] of only two doctors and they were experiencing growing pains in the beginning. I think that the nurses are getting better and better and my nurse- Amber, is so sweet and trys her hardest to get me what I need. She is available via email and most always gets back to me on the same day... I think that their weakness is ordering meds on time and in the right amounts for my insurance to approve in time. I also think its best to stay on top of the financial coordinator.
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Age
40
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 4 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality
10
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
I think that Dr Kalan is the biggest strength. I know that Dr Winkler is great as well, from other patients. I think that their weakness is ordering meds on time and in the right amounts for my insurance to approve in time. I also think its best to stay on top of the financial coordinator.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He is down to earth and has wonderful interpersonal communication skills. He cares and has shown me that he really wants to help me have a baby.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I think that this is a newer practice of only two doctors and they were experiencing growing pains in the beginning. I think that the nurses are getting better and better and my nurse- Amber, is so sweet and trys her hardest to get me what I need. She is available via email and most always gets back to me on the same day.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
How was your experience with Marc Kalan?
I believe that Dr. Kalan is smart and has the experience to have successful outcomes. He is open to my ideas and feelings about various treatment plans. He doesn't like to do the same type of protocol over and over again. He has changed my protocol with every round. Most importantly, I know that he cares for my well-being and genuinely wants me to have a baby in the end. I've had four miscarriages since I started treatments with him, but I look at it like he is the one that has helped to get pregnant in the first place, after a year and a half of trying. I respect his opinion and I have faith that he will do his best to give me the best outcome possible. I'm not sure if this is important, but my husband likes him just as much as I do.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Marc Kalan?
I would tell them that he is smart, listens and wants to help them. Just stay on top of billing and nurses when they order meds.
Describe the protocols Marc Kalan used in your cycles and their degree of success.
HSG Clomid- one month, but had to stop due to blurry vision. Got pregnant, then miscarried, had to have a D&C- result Chromosomal issue. Letrozol- nothing Letrozol- following cyclye- had to stop due to cyst. Pregnant the following month. Used Misoprostol. IUI w/ Letrozol, ectopic. Took Methtrexate. IVF #1- 7 eggs retrieved, 2 sent to PGS, none passed IVF#2- 6 eggs retrieved, 2 sent to PGS, none passed IVF#3- 7 eggs retrieved, 3 sent to PGS, 1 passed Transfer- pregnant, beta levels dropped, chemical IVF#4- 11 eggs retrieved, 5 sent to PGS, 1 normal. HSG #2 to detect growths of fibroids Hysterscopy scheduled this week. Transfer next cycle - hopefully
Describe the costs associated with your care under Marc Kalan.
can't remember exactly pgs 7k ivf-14k biopsy for pgs 1000 pgs $250/ add'l embryo after 8 embryos tested transfer 3k
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Doctor
Marc Kalan
Communication
Compassion
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
Nursing
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10
Age
40 - 41
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
For my first IUI [at Pacific Fertility Center] I did it naturally (i.e. no drugs), when that didn't work, we moved to using Clomid for my second cycle with a trigger shot -- that was AWFUL, at least for me -- I have chronic depression and was off all of my meds to get pregnant (and planned on being off them throughout the pregnancy), and I had a severe depressive episode in reaction to the Clomid (a known side-effect). For my final try, my third cycle, I believe I went back to no drugs. Again, I was unsuccessful though.
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Age
40 - 41
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
The clinic itself is *gorgeous* -- obviously there's a lot of money in being a fertility doctor! I started treatment just as they were completing renovations, and that was a few years ago, so can't speak for how it is now in terms of aesthetics, but they have a coffee machine available in the waiting room, fully stocked restrooms, and everyone from the receptionists to the accounting people are very welcoming and compassionate.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. DeUgarte and her staff were always so welcoming, warm and kind. No question was too awkward or stupid, and they all were very professional, but in a lovely, personable manner.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
It was a while ago, so I can't remember specific details, but I always felt very comfortable, welcome and in good hands with the nursing staff. They all appeared to really enjoy their jobs and had great chemistry together (respectful communications, laughing, etc.) while staying attentive to my needs.
How was your experience with Catherine DeUgarte?
I liked Dr. DeUgarte from the moment I met her. Although she was very busy, I never felt rushed out of her office and she even gave me her mobile number so that I could contact her with any questions or concerns in her off-hours. I rarely used it, although I did a couple of times, as I wanted to respect her time off.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Catherine DeUgarte?
I don't think any advice needs to be given... she's a wonderful doctor, kind, caring, compassionate, and I haven't hesitated to recommend her to others in the past.
Describe the protocols Catherine DeUgarte used in your cycles and their degree of success.
For my first IUI I did it naturally (i.e. no drugs), when that didn't work, we moved to using Clomid for my second cycle with a trigger shot -- that was AWFUL, at least for me -- I have chronic depression and was off all of my meds to get pregnant (and planned on being off them throughout the pregnancy), and I had a severe depressive episode in reaction to the Clomid (a known side-effect). For my final try, my third cycle, I believe I went back to no drugs. Again, I was unsuccessful though.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Catherine DeUgarte.
Unfortunately it was a while ago, so I don't remember. However, Dr. DeUgarte worked with my insurance with regard to blood tests, genetic testing, and other tests that were required so that I paid little out of pocket for those services. My insurance did not cover the IUI procedures themselves, and the clinic offered "packages" to help reduce the cost of each procedure. I elected to pay for each IUI separately, as I didn't expect to have any trouble getting pregnant, but in the end I was unsuccessful and would have saved some money if I purchased a package.
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Doctor
Catherine DeUgarte
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
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Age
43 - 46
Treated
2007 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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Every time I walked in the PFC I felt welcome. From Nicole at the front desk, to the nursing and cycle coordinators. Some days I left like they wanted it to happen for me more than I did - lol. They were amazing...The clinic as organized, rarely if ever behind schedule, everyone was always on top of their game. I spent a LOT of time there and don't ever remember feeling stressed or bothered.
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Age
43 - 46
Treated
2007 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
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Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
The clinic as organized, rarely if ever behind schedule, everyone was always on top of their game. I spent a LOT of time there and don't ever remember feeling stressed or bothered.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Sahakian was always kind, aware of my feelings. He took time to explain where we were in the process, and field questions with patience and grace.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Every time I walked in the PFC I felt welcome. From Nicole at the front desk, to the nursing and cycle coordinators. Some days I left like they wanted it to happen for me more than I did - lol. They were amazing.
How was your experience with Vicken Sahakian?
Dr. Sahakian was my second Doctor after I spent a year at a different clinic. The Dr. at the first clinic was very kind, but not aggressive in his approach. I spent a year doing 6 shots a day, 3 different drugs, garnering one egg each cycle. Nowhere did he say let's step this up and use an egg donor. In my first meeting with Dr. Sahakian he got right to the point, which I loved, but his delivery was very kind. After 3 failed IVF's with my first set of donors (one miscarriage), he diligently shifted to having me go through immunology testing in order to find out why I wasn't getting pregnant with donor eggs. We then switched donors and lead to my successful pregnancy and delivery of my twin girls.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vicken Sahakian?
Expect Dr. Sahakian to be direct with his approach, yet kind in his delivery. You will always know where things stand, and what's around the bend.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vicken Sahakian.
I recall he offered a package plan for 3 IVFs. If you did not get pregnant to 12 weeks (not sure of time frame it's been 9 years) he would refund tou $12k. I wished I used it! I got pregnant on the third IVF and lost the baby at 9 weeks. I signed up for the package deal with my second set of donors and Murphy's law would have it that I got pregnant with my twins on the first IVF in that package. I would encourage anyone to use the deal. It ends up saving you money no matter what.
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Doctor
Vicken Sahakian
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
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Age
34 - 36
Treated
2005 - 2007
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
10
The clinic [Pacific Fertility] was clean and organized and centrally located. We had positive experiences there with all of our visits...it was a positive experience and we felt that the nurses that we worked with were compassionate and knowledgeable...we paid for three IVF procedures rather than one at a time. I think the cost of the time for three was around $18- 20,000. If a successful pregnancy did not result, the percentage of the money would've been returned .
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Age
34 - 36
Treated
2005 - 2007
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, East Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF, Donor Eggs, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
The clinic was clean and organized and centrally located. We had positive experiences there with all of our visits.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He met with us and was candid and personable through the entire process.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Our experience with the nurses was over 10 years ago, so it is difficult to remember other than it was a positive experience and we felt that the nurses that we worked with were compassionate and knowledgeable.
How was your experience with Vicken Sahakian?
Dr Sahakian was candid, knowledge and personable through the whole process. He was able to explain the process and different alternatives to us in a language that we understood. Although we had two unsuccessful IVF attempts, when we finally did get pregnant on the third attempt, we were, and are happy with the results and our now nine-year-old triplets !
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vicken Sahakian?
Don't be afraid to ask questions and take notes, Dr Sahakian was able to answer all of our questions and we felt confident in his abilities as our fertility doctor.
Describe the protocols Vicken Sahakian used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We are a gay male couple and used a surrogate for IVF. Our first attempt using fresh embryos resulted in a miscarriage early in the pregnancy. Our second attempt with the use of leftover frozen embryos did not result in a pregnancy at all. We then changed egg donors, and used the same surrogate. Our third and final attempt, with fresh embryos that we allowed to go to blastocyst, resulted in triplets. They were carried 33 weeks and 3 days and were born healthy and did not need to go to the NICU.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vicken Sahakian.
It's been over 10 years, honestly I don't remember the exact costs I believe we paid for three IVF procedures rather than one at a time. I think the cost of the time for three was around $18- 20,000. If a successful pregnancy did not result, the percentage of the money would've been returned .
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Doctor
Vicken Sahakian
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
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Age
41 - 42
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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The location [of Pacific Fertility Center] in LA is challenging to park. Since they are usually very late park your car somewhere with plenty of time on the meter if you drive to your appointments. The parking lot at the clinic in Westwood is a rip off...They [Nurses] were caring and showed a lot of compassion every step of the way...My treatments were 75% covered by the insurance. One of the treatment I was not charged for, I only paid for the cost of the Anesthesiologist.
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Age
41 - 42
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
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Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
The location in LA is challenging to park. Since they are usually very late park your car somewhere with plenty of time on the meter if you drive to your appointments. The parking lot at the clinic in Westwood is a rip off.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Vicken truly showed care and attention during my treatments as well as his staff. Warm and thoughtful.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
They were caring and showed a lot of compassion every step of the way.
How was your experience with Vicken Sahakian?
Dr. Vicken has a great personality. He was very positive and hopeful and at the same time, straight to the point. I appreciate his honest and candid attitude.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vicken Sahakian?
The wait is very very long and he is usually late so be patient and plan to be gone for a while if you work or have other commitments.
Describe the protocols Vicken Sahakian used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We tried IVF 3 times. The fist time the cycle was canceled, my ovaries were not really responding to the meds. I was on Follistim 375 and Menopur 150 for about a week. The second time, he put me on Birth control for 21 day. He added a 3 medication in addition to the Follistim and Menopur he also put me on Lupron 15U. The egg retrieval was not successful he could not inseminate my eggs, the quality was very poor. My third time and last time was basically the same as the previous protocol. During the egg retrieval he realized that my eggs were already out of my ovaries, he did an IUI immediately after but we were not successful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vicken Sahakian.
My treatments were 75% covered by the insurance. One of the treatment I was not charged for, I only paid for the cost of the Anesthesiologist.
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Doctor
Vicken Sahakian
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Pacific Fertility Center LA
Los Angeles
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Age
24 - 26
Treated
2008 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Poor Egg Quality
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They [nurses at Pacific Fertility Center] were all very nice and were sensitive to what I was going through. When they had to cancel my cycle I just started bawling. They were there to comfort me and helped me feel better...The clinic is very nice. They also had a special waiting area for moms who had kids with them. I liked that a lot. I always felt bad bringing my kids to appointments with people who were trying to get pregnant. This way we had a special room with toys and we didn't have to distract other patients.
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Age
24 - 26
Treated
2008 - 2010
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Poor Egg Quality
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Describe your experience with Pacific Fertility Center LA.
The clinic is very nice. They also had a special waiting area for moms who had kids with them. I liked that a lot. I always felt bad bringing my kids to appointments with people who were trying to get pregnant. This way we had a special room with toys and we didn't have to distract other patients.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Sahakian was just super busy and had so many patients I think it was hard for him to remember everyone. He was nice and had okay bedside manner just too many patients.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were all very nice and were sensitive to what I was going through. When they had to cancel my cycle I just started bawling. They were there to comfort me and helped me feel better.
How was your experience with Vicken Sahakian?
I really liked Dr. Sahakian. He was the first doctor that could really diagnose me and suggest IVF. I was very young so I felt like prior doctors didn't think I'd have to do IVF. He didn't waste any more time which I was grateful for. He is a busy man and had lots of patients but was a great doctor.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Vicken Sahakian?
Just know that he's good at what he does.
Describe the protocols Vicken Sahakian used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I remember he had a hard time at first figuring out what dose of the meds he should give me. I reacted almost too well and so I wish he was a little more conservative at first with my meds. One cycle I ended up making hundreds and hundreds of follicles so we had to cancel the retrieval. It was really hard for me to go through.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Vicken Sahakian.
This was a long time ago now but we did receive a discount because we didn't make that much money. I think we only had to pay around 7,000.
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