Joel Brasch

Chicago IVF

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Medical SchoolU. of Illinois
ResidencyU. of Cincinnati
FellowshipRush U. Med Ctr
Lincolnwood
3725 West Touhy Ave
Lincolnwood, IL 60712
866-483-2446
Orland Park
10811 West 143rd Street
Orland Park, IL 60467
866-483-2446
Munster
8840 Calumet Avenue
Munster, IN 46321
866-483-2446
Valparaiso
1610 Pointe Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383
866-483-2446
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Joel Brasch to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 3Neutral: 1Don't recommend: 65.1
10 assessments
  • 30% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 10% Neutral (7-8)
  • 60% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
Communication
Poor communication
Excellent communication
Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Chicago IVF to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 10Neutral: 2Don't recommend: 67.6
18 assessments
  • 56% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 11% Neutral (7-8)
  • 33% Don't recommend (0-6)
10 assessments
10
Age
30 - 38
Treated
2010 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, Male Factor
10
Dr Brasch is very compassionate. He takes care to not only make sure you are well informed of your options, but also sees to the emotional needs of a couple. When I found I had additional questions after a consultation, Dr Brasch was quick to take a phone consultation with me to further inform me...As I suffer from annovulatuin & a progesterone deficiency, Dr Brasch recommended the use of Clomid to assist in ovulation. My husband suffers from Varicocele, which can cause his sperm count to fluctuate or be unpredictable. So to further asssist in conception, Dr Brasch offered us the option of monitored IUI rounds.
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Age
30 - 38
Treated
2010 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation, Male Factor
10
How was your experience with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Dr Brasch is very compassionate. He takes care to not only make sure you are well informed of your options, but also sees to the emotional needs of a couple. When I found I had additional questions after a consultation, Dr Brasch was quick to take a phone consultation with me to further inform me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Come prepared to ask questions & be ready to partner with Dr Brasch. He is as invested as you are in a favorable outcome!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Dr Brasch & each member of his staff have treated us like family. They are exceptionally warm & welcoming at each visit. You can feel they are as hopeful for success as you are!
Describe the protocols Joel Brasch used in your cycles at Chicago IVF and their degree of success.
As I suffer from annovulatuin & a progesterone deficiency, Dr Brasch recommended the use of Clomid to assist in ovulation. My husband suffers from Varicocele, which can cause his sperm count to fluctuate or be unpredictable. So to further asssist in conception, Dr Brasch offered us the option of monitored IUI rounds. I was prescribed progesterone suppositories to assist in ensuring my progesterone levels stayed up through the end of each cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Chicago IVF. (Assigned nurse: Ashley )
Tammy C was so compassionate, well informed & personable. She was willing to discuss natural forms of supplematation with me, for prenatal vitamins and such. Ashley has been a breath of fresh air! She treats me as though we are BFF’s & in this together.
Describe your experience with Chicago IVF.
Chicago IVF is so convenient in that they have several locations available in both IL & IN. Their same-day lab is phenomenal, in that you know you are receiving top care & priority in being notified of your next steps.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF.
Costs seemed industry appropriate. Being that my husband & myself were self-pay, due to no fertility coverage though our instance, the office offered to assist, where possible, with our injectibles medications via donated or sample medicines.
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Joel Brasch
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Chicago IVF
Valparaiso
Nursing
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8
Age
26 - 28
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
8
Dr. Brasch, at every visit, reviews the least to most invasive interventions as well as the cost associated, as we are dealing with a lack of insurance coverage because fertility treatments are not covered by our insurance plan. He is reassuring but also honest, straight-forward, and realistic. He expresses his professional opinion in a way that still allows us the freedom to make decision moving forward with treatment. He is sure to explain things in a way that we understand and answers questions thoroughly.
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Age
26 - 28
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
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How was your experience with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Dr. Brasch, at every visit, reviews the least to most invasive interventions as well as the cost associated, as we are dealing with a lack of insurance coverage because fertility treatments are not covered by our insurance plan. He is reassuring but also honest, straight-forward, and realistic. He expresses his professional opinion in a way that still allows us the freedom to make decision moving forward with treatment. He is sure to explain things in a way that we understand and answers questions thoroughly.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Do not hesitate to ask questions or for clarification.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Answered every question and clarified anything we did not understand, gave advice both professional and personal, never felt rushed nor had to wait very long for appointments
Describe the protocols Joel Brasch used in your cycles at Chicago IVF and their degree of success.
Dr. Brasch prescribed me the lowest dose of Clomid and my body reacted very well to the medication, without severe side effects. My first IUI treatment, I had overstimulation and created 6 eggs. It was left up to us to continue with treatment due to the risk of a high-order multiple pregnancy. We felt the risks were well explained to us and we decided to move forward with the IUI procedure. We completed inseminations on back-to-back days, to improve our chances of conceiving. Our first round of IUI was unsuccessful. We decided to move forward with another round of IUI the following month, with the same medication doses and back-to-back inseminations and again the procedure was unsuccessful. The treatments occurred in May and June 2017. Presently (March 2018), we have not had any further treatment and instead attempted to investigate and treat what we believed to be the cause of infertility (male factor). My husband was diagnosed with multiple varicoceles and had surgical repair in July 2017. Numerous post-surgery semen analysis showed no improvement in sperm count. We again consulted with Dr. Brasch who suggested we investigate surgically on myself and I completed a laparoscopy in November 2017 and results came back normal. It was at that point that we decided if we attempt any further treatment, we would proceed with IVF. Due to the financial burden of IVF without insurance coverage, we are unable to proceed with treatment at this time.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
We have had interactions with many nurses from Chicago IVF as we have visited the offices in Valparaiso, Munster, and Orland Park. All were very kind, understanding, and helpful.
Describe your experience with Chicago IVF.
The clinic is always clean, well-maintained, with friendly staff. Weaknesses included the requirement to travel depending on when treatment was needed. For example, our IUI fell over a weekend and we were required to travel from Valparaiso, IN to Orland Park, IL in order to proceed with treatment during that time. This was not problematic for us as we had family nearby, but for someone who does not, it would possibly be a challenge.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF.
Our insurance covered many of the tests, procedures, and office visits under Dr. Brasch's care, but did not cover the cost of fertility treatment. We had numerous $40 co-pays for office visits. My husband's varicocele surgery costs approximately $1000 out of pocket, my laparoscopy cost approximately $600 out of pocket. Each IUI procedure cost $1,850 so for us we paid a total of $3,700 since we completed 2 IUIs. In addition to that expense, we also paid approximately $120 for medication each cycle. We have spent approximately $6,000 since we began seeing Dr. Brasch in the fall of 2016.
Describe Joel Brasch's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Chicago IVF.
I cannot comment on this as we have not experienced our doctor's approach to eSET vs. multiple embryo transfer.
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Doctor
Joel Brasch
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Chicago IVF
Munster
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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5
Age
33 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage
5
I saw Dr. Brasch twice. At each of those visits, I waited at least one hour to be seen...Each time I got the same explanation of the fertility process and options, even though what we knew about the cause of my fertility issues had changed by the second visit....Dr. Brasch has an interesting personality which may come off as weird to some people. He explains things in an appropriate way that most should understand....We had an IUI the first round. It was clearly explained by his NP, Nancy.
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Age
33 - 34
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage
5
How was your experience with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
I saw Dr. Brasch twice. At each of those visits, I waited at least one hour to be seen. As a healthcare provider, I understand that you can run behind, but this seems to be a recurrent issue rather than a random occurrence. I had significantly adjusted my work schedule for each visit. I actually had been asked to come in 30 minutes early for one of the appointments which I waited past my original appointment time. I got the same "talk" about the fertility process at each appointment with the different options for my next step in care. Dr. Brasch has an interesting personality which may come off as weird to some people. He explains things in an appropriate way that most should understand.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Educate yourself before you go, so that you have questions ready. The appointment can be emotional and feel overwhelming. Write things down so you remember.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
I saw Dr. Brasch twice. Each time I got the same explanation of the fertility process and options, even though what we knew about the cause of my fertility issues had changed by the second visit.
Describe the protocols Joel Brasch used in your cycles at Chicago IVF and their degree of success.
We had an IUI the first round. It was clearly explained by his NP, Nancy. During that round, an ovarian cyst was found and needed to be addressed prior to moving forward. I had an appointment with Dr. Brasch who recommended removal of the cyst with a D&C, hysteroscopy, and check of my fallopian tubes. Due to insurance coverage, I had these procedures done with my OB/Gyne doctor. I followed up with Dr. Brasch afterwards having found that my tubes were blocked. We were given the option of a procedure to open my tubes up then do IUIs or start IVF. After having one IUI and no guarantee that he could open up my tubes, we will be starting IVF in May.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Chicago IVF. (Assigned nurse: Ashley)
Ashley is our IVF nurse and she has been amazing thus far and we have yet to start the actual process. As far as other staff in the office, we had a "new " nurse who wasn't familiar with the IVF cycle at our last appointment. Due to her not being familiar with the IVF process hence mishandling our visit, we could not start IVF in March as we had been told we could. This was very upsetting. During our IUI, I was going in for my monitoring i.e. labs and US. The first time I went in for the US the technologist (Mia) did not explain the procedure prior to inserting the US probe. At that time I had not had an US previously so was taken aback by her bedside manner. She then nonchalantly mentioned the large cyst on my ovary and how it may interfere with going forward with the IUI but it was not cancerous. Again being a healthcare provider, I was shocked at how she addressed this situation. I later spoke with the manager about her due to how upset she made me at this visit. The other staff are friendly and overall nice.
Describe your experience with Chicago IVF.
The biggest strength for me is the multiple locations with one being super convenient for me when going to work. A weakness is the office hours. It was hard to find a time for an appointment that worked with my work schedule. Overall, be your own patient advocate. Ask the questions. Ask to speak with someone if needed. I pay out of pocket for everything and I want to feel like I am getting the care I deserve.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF.
The initial visit was $300; I forget the exact amount. Each subsequent visit was $155. IUI was $1200 plus medications which were clomid $25, trigger shot *99, and progesterone suppositories $500. Our quote for IVF is $12,800 for all the Chicago IVF services, $1700 for the surgical center, $645 for embryo freezing, $345 for sperm freezing, plus medications which are estimated about $4000.
What specific things went wrong at Chicago IVF?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Joel Brasch
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Trustworthiness
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Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
Chicago IVF
Valparaiso
Nursing
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4
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
4
It seemed like everytime I saw [Dr. Brasch] he had a rehearsed speech to give me. He said the exact thing everytime I saw him. I didn’t feel like he tailored his speech to fit where we were at in our treatment.3 iui cycles with letrozole. Because letrozole was supposed to work best for pcos. The first 2 cycles failed and we canceled the 3rd bc I was not responding to the medication at all. 3 more cycles with iui and clomid. All 3 failed.
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Age
28 - 29
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
4
How was your experience with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Dr Brasch was very sympathetic. Very kind, but it also seemed like he said the same thing to every patient. I only saw him twice in my entire two years with the clinic. And each time he said the exact same words. Drew the exact same picture and told us to do the exact same thing. Now looking back I would’ve appreciated him being more blunt and pushing us to try something different, instead of saying that he thinks what we’re doing is good.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Write down all your questions, and all of his answers. Push for what seems right for you and your future.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
It seemed like everytime I saw the dr he had a rehearsed speech to give me. He said the exact thing everytime I saw him. I didn’t feel like he tailored his speech to fit where we were at in our treatment.
Describe the protocols Joel Brasch used in your cycles at Chicago IVF and their degree of success.
3 iui cycles with letrozole. Because letrozole was supposed to work best for pcos. The first 2 cycles failed and we canceled the 3rd bc I was not responding to the medication at all. 3 more cycles with iui and clomid. All 3 failed.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Chicago IVF. (Assigned nurse: Angela)
Angela was the sweetest nurse around. She has such compassion, knows just the right things to say and I looked forward to seeing her everytime I was there. I’m a very anxious person, and she made me feel completely calm.
Describe your experience with Chicago IVF.
The clinic is very small, maybe a little on the outdated side,but very organized. It seemed that everyone worked well together. Never waited for my appointment, always received calls back in a timely manner.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF.
Each iui was $1350 I believe. After each iui I’d get a bill anywhere from 200-400 for random labs and whatnot. And then the medications would cost me anywhere from $200-900 each cycle.
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Joel Brasch
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
Chicago IVF
Munster
Nursing
Operations
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2
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
2
The only time I talk to him [Dr. Brasch] is if I set up a meeting that I have to pay for...I feel that he is likely to jump to doing IVF or donor eggs before any other procedure. I also feel that for being a patient at his clinic for almost 3 years, I should have more contact with him. I have only had contact with him a few times...I did not talk with him about any treatment strategies. It is basically left up to me what I would like to do next. I speak with the nurses, not him.
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Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
2
How was your experience with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
I feel that he is likely to jump to doing IVF or donor eggs before any other procedure. I also feel that for being a patient at his clinic for almost 3 years, I should have more contact with him. I have only had contact with him a few times. My initial visit, and if I call to set up an appointment to talk, in which I have to pay for. I have done 5 IUIs and one of those included a miscarriage. Not once during any of these procedures did I talk with him. Also, after my surgery for endometriosis, he was going on vacation and I was not going to get to talk to him about my results for weeks. I had to bed the receptionist to at least read my the report so I knew what my condition was. I have not done IVF because at his clinic we have to be put on birth control so that all IVF patients are done at the same time. This is simply for easiness on their part, and not the best interest of the patient.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
I feel that for as much money and time I have spend doing fertility treatments, I was never checked on or contacted by him. The only time I talk to him is if I set up a meeting that I have to pay for. I feel that we as fertility patients should be checked on and followed up on, especially since he was not the one I dealt with during my IUIs. His nurses did all the work and they were the ones to deliver the bad news.
Describe the protocols Joel Brasch used in your cycles at Chicago IVF and their degree of success.
I did not talk with him about any treatment strategies. It is basically left up to me what I would like to do next. I speak with the nurses, not him.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Chicago IVF. (Assigned nurse: Angela )
Angela was the nurse I dealt with for all of my IUIs. She is caring, compassionate, and patient. I felt as if her heart was just as much in the treatments as mine was. She was excellent.
Describe your experience with Chicago IVF.
Strengths- great office staff. They try their best to donate any extra fertility medicine to you if they have extras. They are compassionate about what you are going through and dealing with . Weaknesses- I do not hear from Dr. Brasch often. I do not agree that patients need to be put on birth control before doing and IVF cycle.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF.
Appointments with Dr. Brasch were a couple hundred. IUIs were around $1300.
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Doctor
Joel Brasch
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
5
Clinic
Chicago IVF
Munster
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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0
Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
0
I feel that I was given a "cookie-cutter" plan. The research shows that people with diminished ovarian reserve should not be put on birth control prior to a cycle (long protocol). Dr. Brasch put me on birth control anyway. Dr. Brasch was 15 minutes late for my egg retrieval, which is very time sensitive. I had four follicles, all of which were good size, two of which were quite large. I ended up with two eggs, and only one embryo. After our poor results and failed IVF cycle, Dr. Brasch strongly encouraged moving on to donor eggs. In addition, he suggested that if I wanted to continue with my own eggs, we could try a different protocol (micro flare lupron). When I mentioned that I had read that that particular protocol affected egg quality, and that he had mentioned concerns with the quality of my eggs, he said "Well, feel free to email me about other protocols," as he stood up and open the door for us to leave. Needless to say, I left there in tears, and made an appointment with a new doctor in the parking lot.
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Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF, 2 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis
0
How was your experience with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Dr. Brasch is obviously very knowledgeable. He is strong in what he believes and believes what he recommends to his patients; however, he can be rather pushy in his recommendations. He was late to my retrieval and transfer. The wait for any office visit was well over 30 minutes each time. He performed the laparoscopic surgery and diagnosed my endometriosis, and I was happy with that. When he came in prior to the retrieval and transfer, he had no idea about my history. I really felt he could have at least looked at a chart or something before meeting with us. I felt like I was a new patient every time I saw him.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Do your own research, and bring in many questions. Before you commit to any protocols or treatment, go home and do your own research again. Don't let him talk around your questions. Demand a straight answer.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
I feel that I was given a "cookie-cutter" plan. The research shows that people with diminished ovarian reserve should not be put on birth control prior to a cycle (long protocol). Dr. Brasch put me on birth control anyway. Dr. Brasch was 15 minutes late for my egg retrieval, which is very time sensitive. I had four follicles, all of which were good size, two of which were quite large. I ended up with two eggs, and only one embryo. After our poor results and failed IVF cycle, Dr. Brasch strongly encouraged moving on to donor eggs. In addition, he suggested that if I wanted to continue with my own eggs, we could try a different protocol (micro flare lupron). When I mentioned that I had read that that particular protocol affected egg quality, and that he had mentioned concerns with the quality of my eggs, he said "Well, feel free to email me about other protocols," as he stood up and open the door for us to leave. Needless to say, I left there in tears, and made an appointment with a new doctor in the parking lot.
Describe the protocols Joel Brasch used in your cycles at Chicago IVF and their degree of success.
Long protocol. I was on birth control for a month prior to starting injections. When the cycle failed, he could not give me a rationale for why he chose that protocol versus a protocol better suited for diminished ovarian reserve. I started with the same dosage of medication that I have used for my IUIs, which was very successful with both of my IUIs. I had very little to no growth during the first several follicle checks. I was soon place on the maximum dosage of injections. I had four large follicles at my last ultrasound before by egg retrieval. Two eggs were retrieved. One became an embryo that we were able to transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Chicago IVF. (Assigned nurse: Anglea)
Angela was fantastic! She was the one who did the majority of my monitoring during all of my treatment cycles. She also did the two IUIs in the office. Nancy, the nurse practitioner, was also very friendly and helpful. I only met with her one time, but she was the one who first mentioned endometriosis to me. Other nurses that I encountered were also nice. I just did not have as good of a relationship with them, as I did not see them as often as I saw Angela.
Describe your experience with Chicago IVF.
Most of my appointments were in the Valporaiso clinic. They have other offices in Illinois. The Valporaiso office is clean. The wait time was always at least 30 minutes. See clerical staff was very helpful. The retrievalS and transfers were done at a surgical center, so IVF was not all that they encountered, and it seemed a little impersonal.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF.
Visits to be diagnosed/laparoscopy follow-up: $30 copay (x3?) IUI: $1850 (x2) IVF: $12800 Surgicenter Retrieval: $800 Anesthesia: $400 Surgicenter Transfer: $500 Approximate total without medications: $18290
Describe Joel Brasch's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Chicago IVF.
We did not run into this issue, as we only had one embryo. Had we had two embryos, we would have implanted both.
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Doctor
Joel Brasch
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
2
Clinic
Chicago IVF
Lincolnwood
Nursing
Operations
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2
Age
26 - 27
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
2
I only saw Dr. Brasch like twice during my 6 treatments, I felt like a number. And every treatment it didn't work I felt like a failure. When I was finally able to conceive, I lost my twins at 19 weeks and when I returned to try again my loss was ignored...They weren't willing to change the protocol after it didn't work, I was just told I was young and we will try again...the doctors hardly ever saw me and I can guarantee they couldn't pick me out as one of their patients
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Age
26 - 27
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
2
How was your experience with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
I only saw Dr. Brasch like twice during my 6 treatments, I felt like a number. And every treatment it didn't work I felt like a failure. When I was finally able to conceive, I lost my twins at 19 weeks and when I returned to try again my loss was ignored.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Be your own advocate, ask questions and ask about other options.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
They weren't willing to change the protocol after it didn't work, I was just told I was young and we will try again. I loved the nurse Angela, but the doctors hardly ever saw me and I can guarantee they couldn't pick me out as one of their patients
Describe the protocols Joel Brasch used in your cycles at Chicago IVF and their degree of success.
I did 6 IUI rounds with injectables one resulted in a twin pregnancy (#3 out of 6 cycles) The first round started with clomid, it did nothing for me so with switched to follistim and was watched. It started with a small dose under 100 and we ended up doing 225 units for 13 days on average for each cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Chicago IVF. (Assigned nurse: Angela )
Angela was amazing, she was very invested in my success. My positive test was her positive test and my loss was her loss. She is the sweetest and kindest nurse I have had. Another plus... she was great at getting blood out of my tiny veins that like to roll and collapse.
Describe your experience with Chicago IVF.
They were conveniently located and the front office staff and the nurse was great. Driving to the Munster clinic to get procedures done was ideal but I understand it's a small office that offers monitoring.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF.
I don't remember
Describe Joel Brasch's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Chicago IVF.
we only did IUI
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Doctor
Joel Brasch
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
3
Clinic
Chicago IVF
Munster
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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Age
31
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage, Other
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Joel Brasch told me I was an "easy case" and made it very clear that I was going to get pregnant without any issues using IVF. When I had 2 IVFs fail, I went to him and asked what was next, and he said "another IVF". I asked about an ERA test, and I was told "that is not part of our protocol." I was treated as a number - he did not care if I got pregnant or had a baby. He cared about how much money he made from me.... I had surgery at this clinic, and I had to get the entire surgery redone because it was incorrect the first time.
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Age
31
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage, Other
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How was your experience with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Joel Brasch told me I was an "easy case" and made it very clear that I was going to get pregnant without any issues using IVF. When I had 2 IVFs fail, I went to him and asked what was next, and he said "another IVF". I asked about an ERA test, and I was told "that is not part of our protocol." I was treated as a number - he did not care if I got pregnant or had a baby. He cared about how much money he made from me.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Switch doctors before you start.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Same process always - was told “that’s not part of our protocol” when I asked about an ERA
Describe your experience with your nurse at Chicago IVF. (Assigned nurse: Mia)
The best nurse at CIVF is Ashley. She has compassion and care.
Describe your experience with Chicago IVF.
The front desk has a lot of decision making power which is terrible. The communication at CIVF is excellent - if they say they are going to call you back, they will. The nurses are just ok - Ashley is by far the best and most caring.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF.
$32K for one full IVF, $26K for surgery that didn't work
What specific things went wrong at Chicago IVF?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Doctor
Joel Brasch
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
0
Clinic
Chicago IVF
Valparaiso
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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He [Dr. Brasch] was always straight forward with us. He was able to answer every question we had and was caring when I was upset about having to do treatment. I would recommend going to him if you think you need fertility help.... My strategy was to do 3 IUI's. If that did not work, which didn't, we'd do IVF.... You might not always see the Dr but I think the nurses and other staff make up for that and you never feel like you're being left in the dark.
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Age
28 - 29
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS
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How was your experience with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
He was always straight forward with us. He was able to answer every question we had and was caring when I was upset about having to do treatment. I would recommend going to him if you think you need fertility help.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
Keep your head up. You are so much stronger then you know. The Dr is there to help you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
The staff and dr we're always nice and personable.
Describe the protocols Joel Brasch used in your cycles at Chicago IVF and their degree of success.
My strategy was to do 3 IUI's. If that did not work, which didn't, we'd do IVF.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Chicago IVF.
All staff was welcoming and caring. They always we're nice even when I needed things repeated to me.
Describe your experience with Chicago IVF.
They are truly kind here. If you have questions they are very willing to answer them. You might not always see the Dr but I think the nurses and other staff make up for that and you never feel like you're being left in the dark.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF.
I was lucky that my insurance covered most of the cost but I did have co pays. Each visit was $50 which was hard to pay as you have to be seen every few days. It is a huge financial burden.
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Doctor
Joel Brasch
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Chicago IVF
Valparaiso
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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10
Age
27
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
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He [Dr. Brasch] was very thorough with explaining our treatment plan options. He was able to answer all questions I had. He was very personable and didn't make me feel like I was just another patient... Go into the appointment open minded to treatment options.
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Age
27
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
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How was your experience with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
I found Dr. Brasch to be an excellent doctor. He was very thorough with explaining the treatment process and was able to answer all of my questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
To go into the appointment open minded to treatment options.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Joel Brasch at Chicago IVF?
He was very thorough with explaining our treatment plan options. He was able to answer all questions I had. He was very personable and didn't make me feel like I was just another patient.
Describe the protocols Joel Brasch used in your cycles at Chicago IVF and their degree of success.
We did two cycles of iui with Clomid and trigger shots.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They seemed to be somewhat unorganized. I went in for my cycle day 10 blood work and ultrasound and I had to ask the nurse for a specimen cup. She said they had in the system that we were doing timed intercourse. Which was not the case.
What specific things went wrong at Chicago IVF?
  • Lost appointments
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
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Doctor
Joel Brasch
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Chicago IVF
Orland Park
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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