Innovative Fertility Center

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Genetic counseling is not offered: Not OfferedAcupuncture is not offered: Not 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 is not offered: Not OfferedProviding backup medication is not offered: Not Offered
Manhattan Beach
3500 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310-648-2229
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Innovative Fertility Center to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 1Neutral: 18.5
2 assessments
  • 50% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 50% 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%
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40%
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60%
<35
35-37
38-40
41-42
43-44
This Clinic
National Average
Annual Cycles for this Clinic
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Annual Cycles National Avg.
344
8.5
Average Doctor Score
1 doctor
2 assessments
7
Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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This office [Innovative Fertility] is small, 2 nurses, 1 doctor, 1 embryologist, 1 girl at the front desk, 1 business manager and 1 financial coordinator. You see the exact same people every time you are in for an appointment, so they get to know you pretty rapidly.... Cost of one round of IVF was 9,500. Ultrasounds before hand were $250 each, we had 3. IUI cost was 2,000. Anesthesiologist =$350 they are doing a mock transfer for about $350 (not included in cost). I believe to freeze embryos is 600-800$ per year. Blood work is not included, genetic screening is 5,000 (not included).
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Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
Describe your experience with Innovative Fertility Center.
Strengths-small, conveniently located, personal, amazing anasthesiologist Weaknesses-hours are strange, sometimes there is long wait time before appointment, compared to other clinic we worked with the technology and facility are a bit dated and could use a refresher and deep cleaning (lots of files and boxes everywhere)
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
This office is small, 2 nurses, 1 doctor, 1 embryologist, 1 girl at the front desk, 1 business manager and 1 financial coordinator. You see the exact same people every time you are in for an appointment, so they get to know you pretty rapidly.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Communication is pretty good, emailing for clarification is helpful to have things written down to go back to. Otherwise they give instructions verbally. They know who you are, their calls are on time and they are easy to get on the phone. The nurses are great with blood work which is helpful when they take blood multiple days in a row.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Mark Rispler?
Dr. Rispler sees you at every visit, so you get to know him quickly. He isn't a "warm and fuzzy" doctor, and for the most part he tells it like it is. If you ask questions he will answer them, but if you don't k ow what to ask you may leave a bit confused. His office hours are a little strange (he doesn't work on Wednesdays, and the office closes early on Friday). These hours (9-4:30) can make it a challenge to manage a work schedule with your doctor appointments.
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mark Rispler?
1) Be prepared with questions 2) have things written down 3) get the nurses email addresses 4) expect him to work very conservatively-he is the "better safe than sorry" type rather than experimental
Describe the protocols Mark Rispler used in your cycles and their degree of success.
I had 2 iui clomid cycles that were unsuccessful. We tried IVF with another clinic unsuccessfully and are now working with this clinic again. I have used Gonal-f and menopur during my atom cycle. Dr. Rispler does not like to do fresh cycles so we are waiting for a FET. Additionally, without previous failures he is not open to transferring more than 1 embryo. FET will be preceded with Lupron.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mark Rispler.
Cost of one round of IVF was 9,500. Ultrasounds before hand were $250 each, we had 3. IUI cost was 2,000. Anesthesiologist =$350 they are doing a mock transfer for about $350 (not included in cost). I believe to freeze embryos is 600-800$ per year. Blood work is not included, genetic screening is 5,000 (not included).
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Doctor
Mark Rispler
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Innovative Fertility Center
Manhattan Beach
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
Age
39 - 40
Treated
2008 - 2009
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
4 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
10
The clinic [Innovative Fertility] is small, with Dr. Rispler being the only RE there, and I felt like that was a bonus, with a lot of personal attention from Dr. Rispler himself. The staff (aside from the nurse) were all very pleasant and it looked like they enjoyed working there. I was very pleased with my care there...the nurse misinformed me about the insurance situation, saying the clinic did not take my insurance, when they did.
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Age
39 - 40
Treated
2008 - 2009
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids
10
Describe your experience with Innovative Fertility Center.
The clinic is small, with Dr. Rispler being the only RE there, and I felt like that was a bonus, with a lot of personal attention from Dr. Rispler himself. The staff (aside from the nurse) were all very pleasant and it looked like they enjoyed working there. I was very pleased with my care there.
During treatment, did you feel like you were treated like a number or a human?
Dr. Rispler is a very kind and caring doctor. He took the time to thoroughly explain what he felt was the best course of action and why, while at the same time listening to what I wanted and taking that into consideration as well. I felt like we were a team!
Describe your experience with your nurse.
I did not care for the nurse at the time, who I believe no longer works there. She was cold and misinformed, telling me that my insurance was not taken at the clinic, when it fact it was, and all I needed to do was switch medical groups.
What specific things went wrong at this clinic?
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
How was your experience with Mark Rispler?
Dr. Rispler is very knowledgeable about fertility issues and I felt I could trust his judgment. However, he was willing to take into consideration my wants and needs when they differed from his recommendations. For example, he recommended using Clomid simply because of my age, 38 at the time. I was concerned about having multiples and he agreed to start with unmedicated IUIs (I got pregnant after the 4th one). He also recommended having a fibroid removed that he found on my first ultrasound via hysteroscopy. I decided against it at first, not wanting to do anything invasive, but after the third failed IUI I asked him to remove it, and I got pregnant on the very next IUI!
What one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Mark Rispler?
Listen to his recommendations, but also advocate for yourself.
Describe the protocols Mark Rispler used in your cycles and their degree of success.
Unmedicated IUIs with trigger shot on the first and last (successful) IUI, along with ultrasound monitoring with every IUI. I requested and received a prescription for progesterone supplementation after every IUI as I had a borderline low progesterone level.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Mark Rispler.
I believe $100 per ultrasound and $200 per IUI.
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Doctor
Mark Rispler
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Innovative Fertility Center
Manhattan Beach
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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