Blue Sky Fertility

Available Resources

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
Brookside Location
6675 Holmes Road, Suite 680
Kansas City, MO 64131
816-301-5506
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Blue Sky Fertility to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 7Neutral: 19.8
8 assessments
  • 88% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 13% Neutral (7-8)
  • 0% 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%
30%
40%
50%
60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
?
Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
9
Average Doctor Score
1 doctor
8 assessments
10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
10
I mainly have seen Jennifer [a nurse at Blue Sky Fertility], and she is SO compassionate and kind. She’s very reassuring and listens to my concerns. Every time she calls to give me results, she stays on the phone as long as I need to. They’re also really good about calling back, or sometimes when I call the clinic, they just send my call through to them if they’re not busy! ... The nurses and the staff are all so sympathetic and kind and willing to talk about all of my questions as long as I need to.
+ Read more
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European, East Asian
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Professor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
10
Describe your experience with Blue Sky Fertility.
Strengths- personal approach, staff is AMAZING- Misha and Maddy are so kind and patient with all the crazy frantic scheduling calls I make. Puts me at ease. Weakness- location difficult to get to (but they are opening a second, closer to highway location soon!) and can be difficult to get an appointment with.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Riggs took the time to explain every detail to us, and was also extremely careful with details with my case. In addition to Dr. Riggs, the nurses and the staff are all so sympathetic and kind and willing to talk about all of my questions as long as I need to.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I mainly have seen Jennifer, and she is SO compassionate and kind. She’s very reassuring and listens to my concerns. Every time she calls to give me results, she stays on the phone as long as I need to. They’re also really good about calling back, or sometimes when I call the clinic, they just send my call through to them if they’re not busy! Can’t think of any negatives, I literally just want to be friends with all of them.
How was your experience with Ryan Riggs?
Dr. Riggs has been very careful and thorough with my case. In our first meeting, he said he doesn’t think there really is “unexplained infertility,” but there are answers that need to be found. He found a small hydrosalphinx in an HSG that had been missed earlier by another lab. While it means more difficult treatment, I’m glad he found it.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Riggs?
See him as soon as possible. While others may have discussed my case because I am young and healthy, he took me seriously and found the issues.
Describe the protocols Ryan Riggs used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Originally recommended medicated IUI with Femara and a trigger shot, monitored with ultrasound. However, after finding my tubal problems, he’s changed his recommendation to IVF which we have not yet started.
10
Doctor
Ryan Riggs
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Blue Sky Fertility
Brookside Location
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
– Read less
10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Overall, it was wonderful working with Blue Sky and I am so happy we found them. They made us feel warm and welcome from the very beginning. The only weakness I found was the attitude of one staff member, the front desk clerk. She plays an important role in the clinic and can definitely push people away from using this clinic. I was disappointed, but the help, professionalism, compassion from all the other staff made up for it.
+ Read more
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
Describe your experience with Blue Sky Fertility.
Overall, it was wonderful working with Blue Sky and I am so happy we found them. They made us feel warm and welcome from the very beginning. The only weakness I found was the attitude of one staff member, the front desk clerk. She plays an important role in the clinic and can definitely push people away from using this clinic. I was disappointed, but the help, professionalism, compassion from all the other staff made up for it.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Riggs is compassionate and very knowledgeable. He explained the process very well. I did feel at times like we were rushed around and had many “pre” appointments. We live an hour away so it would have been nice to have the opportunity to combine appointments. Overall, I felt valued.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
The nursing staff is so easy to work with. We had so many questions and the nursing staff never hesitated to ask or call around and help us through the process. They took time to ease our worries and concerns. The staff was definitely the best part of the experience.
How was your experience with Ryan Riggs?
Dr. Riggs treated my wife and I as individuals and was not accepting of our same-sex marriage. He helped us find a lawyer for legal advise for our situation. He took the time to meet with us and it didn’t feel as though he had to look through our medical chart to remember us. He is very personable and I would recommend him and his office to everyone.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Riggs?
Don’t feel afraid to ask all of your questions. Dr. Riggs is knowledgeable and wants to ensure you know exactly what is happening throughout the IVF process.
Describe the protocols Ryan Riggs used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We are starting the stimulation phase in a couple of weeks and Dr. Riggs has wrote out a plan for our IVF meds. We have not started this yet.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Riggs.
The cost is estimated at $17K to include medications. The staff informed us of different programs to aid in the cost such as Baby Quest grants, medication discount programs and veterans program discounts.
10
Doctor
Ryan Riggs
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Blue Sky Fertility
Brookside Location
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
– Read less
10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
I was happy to hear that Dr. Riggs [at Blue Sky Fertility] wanted to put me on some antioxidants and other supplements prior to another cycle. I was frustrated with my previous clinic that they didn't suggest taking anything - especially things that may help and couldn't hurt...So far, the nursing staff has been great. I had a hysteroscopy, which I was terrified for, and both Dr. Riggs and the nurse were completing understanding and patient with me. The rest of the nursing staff has been great as well.
+ Read more
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
Describe your experience with Blue Sky Fertility.
I think that Blue Sky has a lot of strengths. The way they treat their patients and their overall philosophy and approach. I also think they have very high success rates. The only weaknesses I've noticed are the long wait times to get into an IVF cycle and the fact that they are a new clinic and may have some kinks to work out - nothing that would stop me from going there or recommending to someone else.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
At our initial consultation, Dr. Riggs sat with us and went through our history for almost an hour. My previous RE would never have spent that much time with us, and if she did, we would have felt like a huge inconvenience. Dr. Riggs answered more questions for me than my previous clinic did in all my time with them. I also felt like Dr. Riggs wanted to try a more personalized approach versus just applying a standard protocol to my situation.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
So far, the nursing staff has been great. I had a hysteroscopy, which I was terrified for, and both Dr. Riggs and the nurse were completing understanding and patient with me. The rest of the nursing staff has been great as well.
How was your experience with Ryan Riggs?
We have not been through an IVF cycle with Dr. Riggs yet, but even through our preliminary appointments and some follow up testing, he has been incredibly personable and kind. I don't need or want a doctor to sugarcoat the truth for me, but I do want to be heard, and I do want things explained to me, and I feel like both of those needs have been met at Blue Sky.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Riggs?
Go now! Because Dr. Riggs is developing a good reputation in KC, his schedule fills up fast, at least for IVF cycles. He cycles his IVF, so you can't just start at any time. When we started seeing him in January of 2018, he already had a waitlist for his July IVF cycle.
Describe the protocols Ryan Riggs used in your cycles and their degree of success.
We are still in the early stages of planning for our next IVF cycle, and protocol is going to be discussed in more detail next week. However, after a failed IVF cycle at another clinic, I purchased the book "It Starts with the Egg." I understand that some of the book's suggestions may not be completed proven, but I was happy to hear that Dr. Riggs wanted to put me on some antioxidants and other supplements prior to another cycle. I was frustrated with my previous clinic that they didn't suggest taking anything - especially things that may help and couldn't hurt.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Riggs.
We haven't paid for our IVF cycle yet, but from the information we have been provided, the cost seems comparable to our previous clinic. We did make a $500 deposit to get an IVF slot reserved.
10
Doctor
Ryan Riggs
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Blue Sky Fertility
Brookside Location
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
– Read less
10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
The clinic [Blue Sky Fertility] is easy to call and get ahold of someone to talk to. It is easy to get to. First time patients will have about a two month wait, but then everything else can move pretty quickly once you get in.... Christina is absolutely amazing. She emails back within thirty minutes, she takes my call every time I call, she celebrates successes with me, she is compassionate and empathetic with upsets. She has been a rock through this whole process.
+ Read more
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
Describe your experience with Blue Sky Fertility.
The clinic is easy to call and get ahold of someone to talk to. It is easy to get to. First time patients will have about a two month wait, but then everything else can move pretty quickly once you get in.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
When I walk into the office everyone in there knows me by name and knows me very well. I can email or call and get answers right away. Dr. Riggs, so far through the process, has understood different concerns my husband and I have and is good about talking us through every step of the process.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Christina is absolutely amazing. She emails back within thirty minutes, she takes my call every time I call, she celebrates successes with me, she is compassionate and empathetic with upsets. She has been a rock through this whole process.
How was your experience with Ryan Riggs?
Dr. Riggs is good at communicating with my husband and I and making sure we understand everything. He is compassionate and understands that infertility is a very tough situation that he is dealing with and he is a gently but straightforward communicator. Our main infertility issue is male factor so Dr Riggs suggested having us look into donor sperm. We tried, but it was something we decided we couldn't do. Dr. Riggs did not try to push it on us. He explained that if My husband's sample does not have enough on egg retrieval day, then they will just freeze my eggs until we have enough. It was nice that he found a solution for that.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Riggs?
This advice would go to anyone that is seeing a fertility specialist, you have to trust your doctor. If you go into it and you're skeptical, you don't feel like they have your best interest in mind, or you feel like they aren't good at what they're doing then you're not going to have a successful experience. You have to trust who you're working with and believe that they want the same end result as you do.
Describe the protocols Ryan Riggs used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I am currently on an antagonist protocol. I am on stims two times a day for ten days. I will have 5 appointments to monitor my egg growth and my egg retrieval will be on day 12, 13, or 14. Dr. Riggs does PGS testing on the embryos, so I will have them genetically tested and frozen. My transfer will be in two months.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
I had my appointments in the morning and I was seen right away.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Riggs.
My insurance does not cover anything so I have paid everything out of pocket. Our IVF cycle is $15,540. That does not include the cost of the appointments, because those are also not covered under insurance.
10
Doctor
Ryan Riggs
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Blue Sky Fertility
Brookside Location
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
– Read less
10
Age
31
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
10
The nurses at Blue Sky are amazing! They always know me by name and remember my unique situation...They have always been able to get me an appointment when I needed one. The clinic is small, which I like. The location is not the best but worth the drive for the care you receive. They don't do HSG in the office....When I left a voicemail for them I always got a response within 2 hours. When I would email I would get a response within 2 hours. They had so much patience with me and always reassured me. They made me feel important.
+ Read more
Age
31
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
10
Describe your experience with Blue Sky Fertility.
They have always been able to get me an appointment when I needed one. The clinic is small, which I like. The location is not the best but worth the drive for the care you receive. They don't do HSG in the office.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
The nurses at Blue Sky are amazing! They always know me by name and remember my unique situation.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I cannot say enough good things about the nurses at Blue Sky. They are so compassionate and really want to do everything they can for you. They always asked about our lives and took a real interest in us personally. When I left a voicemail for them I always got a response within 2 hours. When I would email I would get a response within 2 hours. They had so much patience with me and always reassured me. They made me feel important.
How was your experience with Ryan Riggs?
Dr Riggs is extremely smart and has a lot of experience. My husband loves him but I feel I need more compassion. He sees these 'issues' every day so they seem like no big deal to him but when I was first going through this process every 'set back' was a broken heart for me and he said everything so casually. Dr Riggs is great at explaining ultrasounds and what he is looking for. I felt like when I would ask questions they wouldn't be answered, he would just talk around my question. I am happy to be a patient of his and would recommend him.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Riggs.
Our insurance did not cover anything so these are cash prices: IUI - Sperm Isolation $250 plus Insemination $250 Baseline Ultrasound $270 Follicle Check Ultrasound $300 Hysteroscopy $850
7
Doctor
Ryan Riggs
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Blue Sky Fertility
Brookside Location
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
– Read less
10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
10
The staff [at Blue Sky Fertility] is very friendly and knowledgeable. My husband and I always feel like they are a part of our family...My care coordinator and nurse have been wonderful throughout my care! They give me all the information I need and return phone calls in a timely manner. I cannot say enough good things about them!...They would work with my schedule to ensure I never had any conflict.
+ Read more
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
10
Describe your experience with Blue Sky Fertility.
Appointments are set as soon as possible and wait times are very short. We have been seeing Dr. Riggs since September and have not experienced any weaknesses this far! Everyone at Blue Sky is extremely knowledgeable and friendly!
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. My husband and I always feel like they are a part of our family.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
My care coordinator and nurse have been wonderful throughout my care! They give me all the information I need and return phone calls in a timely manner. I cannot say enough good things about them!
How was your experience with Ryan Riggs?
Dr. Riggs explains everything in detail giving you caution where needed. He is hinest and genuinely cares for his patients. We have have had a great experience with him and would recommend him to our friends and family.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Riggs?
Make a list of all of your questions before your appointments. Most of the time, he will answer them before you ask!
Describe the protocols Ryan Riggs used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I started birth control about 2 months before treatment to ensure my cycles were regular and then I was on the Antagonist Protocol using Menopur, Gonal F and doxycycline. My antrical follicle country was on the higher end so I was monitored closely to prevent OHSS. I did not have any complications from my eggs retrieval.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments.
It was always convenient for me. They would work with my schedule to ensure I never had any conflict.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Riggs.
Our care cost us about 15 thousand after insurance.
10
Doctor
Ryan Riggs
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Blue Sky Fertility
Brookside Location
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
– Read less
8
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
8
My only complaint [about Blue Sky Fertility] is some breakdown in communication. Was under the impression that after we cancelled our retrieval, we would start right away at start of my cycle. I moved up my appointment in hopes of starting soon, but was still told to “wait to hear from nurse” which was 5 days because she was gone and no one covers her email?
+ Read more
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality
8
Describe your experience with Blue Sky Fertility.
Very nice clinic, well kept, in a quiet area. Would recommend “back up” for staff when they are gone to cover. That has been my only complaint thus far is a breakdown in communication. Also, have received a few different answers so need further clarification but overall great place.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
He personalizes care and refers not only to his past experience with patients but also with what research has to show
Describe your experience with your nurse.
Overall, everyone has been very genuine, kind and compassionate to me and my husband.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
How was your experience with Ryan Riggs?
He is very kind. You can tell he is passionate about what he does. I do wish I had a more direct communication relationship with him. I prefer to know the bad and good and all the details in between, it puts my mind at ease the more I know. I feel that is opposite for a lot of patients and haven’t quite found the right communication that I am looking for.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Riggs?
Go in with direct questions and make sure you understand answers prior to leaving.
Describe the protocols Ryan Riggs used in your cycles and their degree of success.
He uses a spreadsheet to keep track of all lab tests, lab results, last testing and will create or adjust treatment based on this spreadsheet. It is very helpful to see and reassuring in moving forward with care.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Riggs.
Estimated costs for everything were about $11-16,000 without medications
8
Doctor
Ryan Riggs
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Blue Sky Fertility
Brookside Location
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
– Read less
10
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS, Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
10
She [nurse at Blue Sky Fertility] is amazing. I can email her anytime and have a response within minutes. She is always there when I need her. She held me when I cried and made me feel so much better...$10,000 Dr Riggs $5000 Hospital $500 Anesthesia $1000 tests and consultation $5000 medicine for egg retrieval...Scheduling is so easy, staff is welcoming. Communication is great.
+ Read more
Age
Treated
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS, Poor Egg Quality, Tubal Blockage
10
Describe your experience with Blue Sky Fertility.
Scheduling is so easy, staff is welcoming. Communication is great.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
The whole staff made me feel like family. I have never experienced such amazing care at such a difficult time.
Describe your experience with your nurse.
She is amazing. I can email her anytime and have a response within minutes. She is always there when I need her. She held me when I cried and made me feel so much better.
How was your experience with Ryan Riggs?
Dr. Riggs was extremely thorough and made me feel so at ease. He went over every procedure with me and my husband. He also let me make every single decision...with his medical advice of course. His compassion made such a impact on me during such a difficult time. He truly is one of a kind!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Ryan Riggs?
The process is not easy, but Dr Riggs and his staff make it so much easier.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Ryan Riggs.
$10,000 Dr Riggs $5000 Hospital $500 Anesthesia $1000 tests and consultation $5000 medicine for egg retrieval
10
Doctor
Ryan Riggs
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Blue Sky Fertility
Brookside Location
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
– Read less