ART Fertility Program of Alabama

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Genetic counseling: Offered
Genetic counseling
Acupuncture: Offered
Acupuncture
Mental health counseling: Offered
Mental health counseling
Nutrition counseling: Offered
Nutrition counseling
Administration of shots: Offered
Administration of shots
Coordinating at-home nursing is not offered: Not Offered
Coordinating at-home nursing
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Selling medication: Offered
Selling medication
Providing backup medication: Offered
Providing backup medication
Birmingham
2006 Brookwood Med. Ctr. Dr.
Birmingham, AL 35209
800-476-9784
Huntsville
401 Lowell Drive Southeast
Huntsville, AL 35801
800-476-9787
Montgomery
7209 Copperfield Dr
Montgomery, AL 36117
800-476-9787
Northport
650 Energy Ctr Blvd
Northport, AL 35473
800-476-9790
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend ART Fertility Program of Alabama to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 82%Neutral: 12%Don't recommend: 7%9.2
61 assessments
  • 82% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 12% Neutral (7-8)
  • 7% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
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9.3
Operations

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Scheduling
Difficult scheduling
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9.1
Scheduling

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Ratings of 10 mean it was easy to schedule appointments.

Billing Department
Incompetent billing dept.
Competent billing dept.
8.8
Billing Department

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Nursing Team
Poor nursing team
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9.3
Nursing Team

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Attention to Detail
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8.5
Attention to Detail

Attention to detail is on a 1 - 10 scale, and is scored based on the rate, and severity, of errors committed by the clinic according to the patients.

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Live births per fresh IVF cycle by age range
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Annual Cycles for this Clinic
405
Annual Cycles National Avg.
635
61 assessments
7
8
Age
30
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
8
She [Dr. Honea] would advise us to have intercourse following trigger shot. We would come a week later for a progesterone check and then a week later for a pregnancy check. She also said we would be a candidate for IUI when we decided we wanted to go forward with that treatment...I felt like she listened to what we were struggling with and then came up with a game plan for us...She explained that we may not have success right away but assured us that she would walk with us and change treatment action according to what the outcome was and what our preference was.
She [nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] has always made me feel at peace and is so compassionate. She asks about my husband any time he is not able to make appointments and also remembers little details about us...I have really had no complaints from them. They are very accommodating and very reliable...They are very organized and work with my schedule. They walk with me as they are going through every step, every time we are there. Not only do they make sure I understand everything, they take the time with husband and makes sure he is understanding of all that we are doing this round. I
Age
30
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
8
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She sat with us after gathering all the data and came up with a game plan. She explained that we may not have success right away but assured us that she would walk with us and change treatment action according to what the outcome was and what our preference was.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Relax. She has your best interest at heart.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I felt like she listened to what we were struggling with and then came up with a game plan for us.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
We went on Femara from days 5 to 9 of each cycle. And then would receive a trigger shot around day 14 of the cycle. She would advise us to have intercourse following trigger shot. We would come a week later for a progesterone check and then a week later for a pregnancy check. She also said we would be a candidate for IUI when we decided we wanted to go forward with that treatment.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Mary is her primary nurse. And I love her. She has always made me feel at peace and is so compassionate. She asks about my husband any time he is not able to make appointments and also remembers little details about us.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
They are in the middle of a construction zone right now in the Huntsville office, which is not their doing but a little hard to get to considering. They are very organized and work with my schedule. They walk with me as they are going through every step, every time we are there. Not only do they make sure I understand everything, they take the time with husband and makes sure he is understanding of all that we are doing this round. I have really had no complaints from them. They are very accommodating and very reliable.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Between office visits, medications and procedures we have spent well over $1,000 in the last 2 months.
7
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Huntsville
Nursing
Operations
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7
9
Age
24 - 26
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Unexplained
7
9
We did many rounds of of timed intercourse and only one was successful but ended in miscarriage [protocol with Dr. Houserman]. We’ve also done two IUIs which were both unsuccessful. We used follistem injections and letrozole to help me have more follicles and better chances of conceiving...is very caring, and personalized a treatment plan specifically for my husband and I. She is somewhat straight forward, but we like that. We definitely feel like she genuinely cares for us.
My main nurses [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] were wonderful! They helped me through every process, answered my millions of questions, and gave me hope. They are beautiful ladies with hearts of gold!...there was just one time that I wasn’t called with lab results, only they documented that they did call. Not a big deal in the long run...Overall, the clinic is run pretty well. The staff is friendly, and they all seem to truly care about their patients. Labs come back properly and calls are returned promptly, most of the time. I enjoy the ladies that work there.
Age
24 - 26
Treated
2017 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Unexplained
7
9
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Overall, Dr. Houserman and my experience have been very positive. I like how caring and positive she is. However, she is also very straight forward, which is something I don’t mind. She also is only willing to try treatment plans that we are comfortable with. She doesn’t try to push certain treatments or procedures we aren’t ready for. We very much enjoy her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Some people might think that her being straight forward is harsh, but she’s very genuine and has a good heart. So, don’t mistaken that for her being rude or uncaring.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Houserman is very caring, and personalized a treatment plan specifically for my husband and I. She is somewhat straight forward, but we like that. We definitely feel like she genuinely cares for us.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
We did many rounds of of timed intercourse and only one was successful but ended in miscarriage. We’ve also done two IUIs which were both unsuccessful. We used follistem injections and letrozole to help me have more follicles and better chances of conceiving. So far it just hasn’t been our time. However, we are still trying.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Tracy/ Chasity )
My main nurses were wonderful! They helped me through every process, answered my millions of questions, and gave me hope. They are beautiful ladies with hearts of gold!
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Overall, the clinic is run pretty well. The staff is friendly, and they all seem to truly care about their patients. Labs come back properly and calls are returned promptly, most of the time. I enjoy the ladies that work there.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I have pretty good insurance. It covered most of my treatments and procedures. But I definitely wouldn’t be able to afford everything without the insurance I have now.
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Failed to call with results
7
Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
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5
6
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, Male Factor, Unexplained
5
6
Dr. Allemand is very kind and listens to your concerns. While he is patient and seems like he cares, he doesn't tailor your care to your specific needs. He wanted me to pursue IVF after 2 IUI cycles (only on follistim and HCG) and one bad semen analysis after all the other SA's have been within normal limits. It concerned me that he was pushing IVF without doing ANY baseline bloodwork on my husband.
Very busy clinic [ART Fertility of Birmingham], but efficient. The longest I ever have waited was about 30 minutes. The front desk is amazing and very welcoming. The lab staff are top notch, they never miss a stick and they get it over with quickly:) It takes ALOT to get a nurse on the phone and normally takes a while for them to return your calls, but they answer all my questions when I do speak with them. Ultrasound techs and NPs perform ultrasounds and are very considerate and are sure to tell you exactly what they see. Communication is poor between the patient, NPs and my MD.
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, Male Factor, Unexplained
5
6
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Allemand is very kind and listens to your concerns. While he is patient and seems like he cares, he doesn't tailor your care to your specific needs. He wanted me to pursue IVF after 2 IUI cycles (only on follistim and HCG) and one bad semen analysis after all the other SA's have been within normal limits. It concerned me that he was pushing IVF without doing ANY baseline bloodwork on my husband.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Be an advocate for yourself! Do your research and prepare questions prior to your visit, and write them down as soon as you get your answers, that way you don't forget:)
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
During visits (baselines, follicle ultrasounds) you do not see your MD and see a NP, which is ok, but you do not see the same NP each time. I felt like my treatment plan was not personalized for my specific needs.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Letrozole and HCG cycles (3x, 1 IUI all with negative beta HCG) Letrozole, Follistim 75u (Resulted in me ovulating early) (x1) Follistim 150u, HCG and IUI (x1 negative beta HCG) Follistim 150u, HCG, IUI canceled due to low sperm count
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I have never seen the seem nurse more than twice. Most of the nurses I encounter are nice and friendly, others seem to be "over it".
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Very busy clinic, but efficient. The longest I ever have waited was about 30 minutes. The front desk is amazing and very welcoming. The lab staff are top notch, they never miss a stick and they get it over with quickly:) It takes ALOT to get a nurse on the phone and normally takes a while for them to return your calls, but they answer all my questions when I do speak with them. Ultrasound techs and NPs perform ultrasounds and are very considerate and are sure to tell you exactly what they see. Communication is poor between the patient, NPs and my MD.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
IUI with semen prep $395 NP visit $45 MD visit $25 Letrozole $20 Follistim $200 HCG $130
Describe Christopher Allemand's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
n/a
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
5
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
6
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
27 - 28
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
She [Dr. Houserman] is so smart and does a great job at explaining things in detail. She is friendly and makes you feel welcome...At first she seems cold and like she’s talking in a different language. But once you start talking to her she is super friendly and open to any questions or concerns and addresses them...I did iui’s with clomid and then she switched me to letrazole just to see if my body would react better. Same reaction. So then we did a pure shot cycle with iui. Used follistim and HCG shot. Ovaries reacted very well. But my emotions were horrible i was super angry all of the time. Then i quit working and decided to go to IVF. did follistim menopur progesterone hcg leuprolide. Did egg retrieval with good results froze the unused embryos and am currently waiting to see if i am pregnant from the fresh transfer.
Love ALL of the nurses at both Montgomery and Birmingham [offices of ART Fertility Program of Alabama]. They all are so positive and make it as nice of an experience as possible. We never even have to wait very long either which is awesome...Only twice the nurses forgot to give me a prescription. One time it was for progesterone but the nurse at Birmingham asked about it and got it for me immediately and did not affect that cycle at all. And the other time the nurse forgot to give me the prescription for antibiotics that we had to take before the egg retrieval but once again it did not effect the cycle bc i got home and looked at my calendar and saw i was supposed to get the prescription.
Age
27 - 28
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
At first she seems cold and like she’s talking in a different language. But once you start talking to her she is super friendly and open to any questions or concerns and addresses them. She is just so smart it’s hard for her to tell us things in our way and not the medical way. But if you ask she will clear any confusion up! She’s a great dr.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
To trust her. At first we weren’t sure of her so we questioned her decisions a lot. But she knows what she’s doing.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She is so smart and does a great job at explaining things in detail. She is friendly and makes you feel welcome
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I did iui’s with clomid and then she switched me to letrazole just to see if my body would react better. Same reaction. So then we did a pure shot cycle with iui. Used follistim and HCG shot. Ovaries reacted very well. But my emotions were horrible i was super angry all of the time. Then i quit working and decided to go to IVF. did follistim menopur progesterone hcg leuprolide. Did egg retrieval with good results froze the unused embryos and am currently waiting to see if i am pregnant from the fresh transfer.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Love ALL of the nurses at both Montgomery and Birmingham. They all are so positive and make it as nice of an experience as possible. We never even have to wait very long either which is awesome.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Be prepared to be overwhelmed and when you get home write down any questions you have. Bc you will forget them by the next visit. Trust the dr and the nurses but also understand that they do this all day everyday and that sometimes you have to ask why are you doing this what are you doing, what is my next appt for.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Prob around $25,000-30,000 in all
Describe Virginia Houserman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
We thought really hard about this. We chose to transfer 2 embryos instead of just one because of me having unexplained infertility. We still don’t know what the problem is so we wanted as much of a chance that was possible just in case implantation has been the problem. We asked dr Houserman and she was immediately onboard with it. I thought she was going to push to do just one bc of the risks but given my age and all of my bloodwork and everything always looking amazing and promising she decided it would be worth it for us.
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
10
Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
Nursing
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10
10
Age
23
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
10
Any question he [Dr. Allemand] will answer honestly...I am 23 years old. He sat with my mom and I and explained everything that was going on. For once, someone actually understood and made me not feel crazy about the pain I was feeling. He went through options and was very caring through the entire process. I felt like he took me very seriously which I appreciated...He recommended IVF & surgery beforehand! I had my surgery April 12th. I meet with him again on the 25th to discuss beginning my IVF treatments! I’m only 23, And in my first 6 months of marriage IVF is a scary / expensive thought but he put me at ease that it was the best option for me to have a family even if we have to work more for it!
I just had an operation removing endometretomas / adhesions / etc [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama]...[nurses are] Very sweet. Very helpful. Answer any questions. Only complaint is you get a different nurse everytime and I feel like they never completely know you or your situation and having to re explain / Re ask same questions is frustrating...After blood work I had two nurses tell me two different things about blood work! Then I called another and she said everything was perfect. Not sure if it was a mix up or just misinterpretations or if I asked the questions wrong! Clinic Nps
Age
23
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I had a hard time filling this out. I have yet to start my treatments so sorry if my answers are wrong or confusing. I have had a major endometriosis surgery at age 20. I have stage 4 endo! I’m constantly in pain, no sex life, not much quality of life. I got married 2 years later and instantly met with him! The endo is back, I had present tumors on ultra sounds. He recommended IVF & surgery beforehand! I had my surgery April 12th. I meet with him again on the 25th to discuss beginning my IVF treatments! I’m only 23, And in my first 6 months of marriage IVF is a scary / expensive thought but he put me at ease that it was the best option for me to have a family even if we have to work more for it!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Ask questions! Any question he will answer honestly.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I am 23 years old. He sat with my mom and I and explained everything that was going on. For once, someone actually understood and made me not feel crazy about the pain I was feeling. He went through options and was very caring through the entire process. I felt like he took me very seriously which I appreciated.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
We haven’t started yet. I am meeting to begin the IVF process Thursday April 25th! I just had an operation removing endometretomas / adhesions / etc.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very sweet. Very helpful. Answer any questions. Only complaint is you get a different nurse everytime and I feel like they never completely know you or your situation and having to re explain / Re ask same questions is frustrating
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Ask questions! Write things down. Make sure to ask the doctor more important questions because there are so many nurses sometimes they will tell you different things! Sometimes you really have to pry informations / results out because they take a second getting back to you.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The IVF could range anywhere between 15-20 thousand for one try. I’m not sure how many times it will take given my ovarian reserve.
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to convey critical information
10
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
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10
10
Age
39 - 40
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
The 1st month [with Dr. Allemand] we used clomid with trigger shot, 2nd-5th months we added added follistim to the plan to help produce more mature eggs. Then next step is to add another shot (can’t remember the name) and then IVF...I loved that he didn’t make me feel like I was too old to be wanting to have a baby. He made my husband and I feel at home discussing such intimate things with him. He has a great bed side manner and really cares about you as a patient.
I absolutely ADORE all of them [staff at ART Fertility Program of Alabama]. As soon as I walk in the door I am greeted by the best scheduling coordinator Ashley!!! Then to see Mildred or Lynn for bloodwork!!! Off to ultrasound with Brandi that most women dread but she just chats with you and it’s over before you know it. Then to see the nurse practitioners Tracey or Chasity. They are always both great at explaining what the next step is and Chasity is alway there for a big hug when you need it. Especially since I’m a crier!!! I love the staff!!!
Age
39 - 40
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
First of all I loved that he didn’t make me feel like I was too old to be wanting to have a baby. He made my husband and I feel at home discussing such intimate things with him. He has a great bed side manner and really cares about you as a patient.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Be patient!!! It might work the first month and then it might take a while!!! Keep your head up and stay positive.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I absolutely love his staff. They made my husband and I feel like family. They always make sure when they called with result of test that it’s ok to talk and make you feel comfortable with any questions you might have.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
The 1st month we used clomid with trigger shot, 2nd-5th months we added added follistim to the plan to help produce more mature eggs. Then next step is to add another shot (can’t remember the name) and then IVF.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
OMG!!! There are no words!!! I absolutely ADORE all of them. As soon as I walk in the door I am greeted by the best scheduling coordinator Ashley!!! Then to see Mildred or Lynn for bloodwork!!! Off to ultrasound with Brandi that most women dread but she just chats with you and it’s over before you know it. Then to see the nurse practitioners Tracey or Chasity. They are always both great at explaining what the next step is and Chasity is alway there for a big hug when you need it. Especially since I’m a crier!!! I love the staff!!!
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strengths-they excel in everything. I couldn’t ask for a better office to go to. They make me feel at home and everyone is so friendly. They treat you like family!!! Weaknesses-NONE!!! Just make sure you take a notebook and write everything down where you can understand it. Keep it with you to write questions down for your next appointment. And don’t be afraid to ask!!!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
IUI $395 IVF meds $5,000 then retrieval and all up to $15,000
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Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
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10
10
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. Honea was someone I was not afraid to open up to. She always explain the dos and don't to the T no short cuts. She even explain her life stories that related to me. She even convinced my partner to stop smoking and I thank her for that. She always explain why things would be hard to work because of my past illnesses such as previous STD. She performed a surgery on me to remove a polyp, and I can asure I was in good hands it was a sucess. Whenever I had a question she would always make time to call me back. If I cried she would smile and tell me my baby is coming.
[ART Fertility Program of AL's] Strength: Friendly, open arms, listening ear, positive vibes, trustworthy, and very respectful. Weaknesses: Some treatments are prices. Could not be seen again until I paid off balance. That is the only reason I stop going is because I am still trying to pay off my balance. I used all my money on IUIs and could not pick up what the insurance didn't cover. Other than that everything is great at ARTs.
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Honea was someone I was not afraid to open up to. She always explain the dos and don't to the T no short cuts. She even explain her life stories that related to me. She even convinced my partner to stop smoking and I thank her for that. She always explain why things would be hard to work because of my past illnesses such as previous STD. She performed a surgery on me to remove a polyp, and I can asure I was in good hands it was a sucess. Whenever I had a question she would always make time to call me back. If I cried she would smile and tell me my baby is coming.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
No matter what it takes her goal is to get the job done.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
The staff was loving treated me like family no me by name me and my partner. I was always giving a wake up call for my morning appointments because I worked nights. Throughout bad news they would hug me and tell me everything is going to be alright and your baby will come! I love them
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Checking my lining every cycle before I take my clomid, charting body temperature for the first 3 cycles to see if I was ovulating, trigger shots, 3 cycles of IUIs. I stopped at 3 because I had used all of my saving in my account.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Ms. Naccy)
Everyone was kind and sweet. Once you get there the nurse draws your bleed. It's not a in and out thing she ask me how was work last night and how was I feeling at all times. Nurse Nanccy is very loving I even call her mom sometimes. She is never I a hurry she will always say I'm ready when you are my dear lol especially shot time! If I'm 5 minutes late they would call to make sure I was up or on the way, they never cancelled on me they always waited on me, they would say we gotta get this baby in the oven! 😍
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strength: Friendly, open arms, listening ear, positive vibes, trustworthy, and very respectful. Weaknesses: Some treatments are prices. Could not be seen again until I paid off balance. That is the only reason I stop going is because I am still trying to pay off my balance. I used all my money on IUIs and could not pick up what the insurance didn't cover. Other than that everything is great at ARTs.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
My blue Cross blue shield insurance was not the best but it did ok cause some of my visit was no more than 20.00 or sometimes it would be free on my end because I would have a balance. The IUIs was a bit pricey it was 495 and my insurance did not cover those, so yes I went broke doing 4 rounds of IUI, but it's OK all I wanted was a baby😥
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Not sure what that is.
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Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
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10
10
Age
30
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
10
10
We are doing IVF due to an inherited genetic disorder we do not want to pass to our children. Dr Honea listed to our story and supported us. She is very blunt and gives her honest opinion so if you can’t handle honesty she is not for you. For example, she is very honest about her opinion to not want to discard unused viable embryos.... Menopur/follistim, then monitored every other day until cetrotide was added. One embryos were 1.8cm HCG trigger shot 36hrs before retrieval. Her rationale was it was the same successful plan used my first cycle so why change.
They [the staff at ART Fertility Program of AL] are very efficient and all staff is wonderful. No one wastes your time which I appreciate. I’ve never waited longer than 15 minutes. Only negative is the clinic is older. It is however kept very clean.... Everyone on the staff has been so sweet and really makes you feel comfortable going through such an uncomfortable time. Even the lady who draws your blood is amazing. The ultrasound tech is such a sweetheart too! I love them all!
Age
30
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Engineer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
We are doing IVF due to an inherited genetic disorder we do not want to pass to our children. Dr Honea listed to our story and supported us. She is very blunt and gives her honest opinion so if you can’t handle honesty she is not for you. For example, she is very honest about her opinion to not want to discard unused viable embryos.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Give her all the details you expect out of your care. She has 30+ Years of experience so has seen it all and will know how to tailor your cycle.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
My first experience with another doctor I was 100% just a number and that was horrible. I wasn’t given an appointment and just had to wait in line. Dr Honea sat us in her office from day one and listened to our needs. I always have an appointment time and very little waiting to see someone. Follow up calls are always made frequently.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Menopur/follistim, then monitored every other day until cetrotide was added. One embryos were 1.8cm HCG trigger shot 36hrs before retrieval. Her rationale was it was the same successful plan used my first cycle so why change.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Janet )
Everyone on the staff has been so sweet and really makes you feel comfortable going through such an uncomfortable time. Even the lady who draws your blood is amazing. The ultrasound tech is such a sweetheart too! I love them all!
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
They are very efficient and all staff is wonderful. No one wastes your time which I appreciate. I’ve never waited longer than 15 minutes. Only negative is the clinic is older. It is however kept very clean.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
12,100 for IVF cycle. 2200 for FET
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I respect her opinion for a single embryo transfer. A multiples pregnancy is higher risk so why try and achieve that first.
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Kathryn Honea
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Trustworthiness
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
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8
8
Age
37 - 40
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, PCOS, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
8
8
She [Dr. Kathryn Honea] also had to remove a large fibroid on my uterus that was causing me pain and maybe the cause of me not getting my periods... She would then start me on cycles of estrace, progesterone, and a round of metaformin because my blood glucose was extremely high and they thought that I might have PCOS...After about 2 years Dr. Honea came to the conclusion that I was pre-menapausal, and that I may not get my period again,but she continued wit the estrace and progesterone in order to build my lining for the donor eggs; because she said that would be our best option for having children.
The Birmingham nurses [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] are the main points of contact, and are in charge of the nursing line. I don't get to talk to the nurses in Huntsville unless I schedule an appointment. I think that her nursing staff are pretty nice, but I would like to be able to speak directly with the nursing staff at her Huntsville office since I deal with them more often than the Birmingham nursing staff. Both nursing staff are very helpful.
Age
37 - 40
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, PCOS, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
8
8
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
My experience as a patient with Dr. Honea has been pretty good. I think that she is very knowledgeable and I respect that she is easy to talk to. I really respect her that she has gone through a similar process to conceive her children, and that she was very understanding when we had to re-start our the process because my dad passed unexpectedly prior to us being the donor egg transfer; which put a lot of stress on our family. She makes you feel like you are not crazy for your feelings, and that you are not broken but just have to find a different way to become a mom. She has been our doctor for more than three years, and we would recommend her to other people. She has a personality that makes you feel comfortable and at ease, and makes you feel like become parents. She makes me feel comfortable and at ease, and answers any questions that I might have. I really appreciate her honestly, and I really like the fact that she is spiritual as well. She has made my husband and I experience pretty good, and help answer our questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
A piece of advice that I would give a patient coming to Dr. Honea would be to come with any questions that you may have. Don't be afraid to ask your questions, and don't think that any question you ask are weird or not right to ask. You want to make sure that you questions and concerns are addressed, and don't be afraid to ask again if you don't understand. Don't be afraid that your questions are stupid or that you may have asked them more than once.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I think I feel like a number sometime because I don't have a direct contact with her office. I have to call the nurses line, and then wait all day or even sometimes two days to hear from them. I think because her practice is so large that you feel like a number because there are some many patients. Also, with her main practice being in Birmingham; its hard a lot of the time to get in touch with her even though she has an office in Huntsville. Moreover, I am a patient at the Huntsville office. The staff at the Huntsville office are amazing, but I don't have direct contact with them if I have any questions, and everything is funneled through the Birmingham office, which makes it difficult. Sometimes, it feels like being a number because I don't have someone directly that I can call with questions. I think that if my care was designed specifically for me and they would stay in contact with me more, I wouldn't feel so much like a number.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
When I first started with Dr. Honea, I believe some of the first strategies that she used involved trying to get my period started. She used clomid, and birth control pills to try and get my period started, but I wasn't able to get my period started. She also had to remove a large fibroid on my uterus that was causing me pain and maybe the cause of me not getting my periods. After the surgery, she still continued to try and start my period, and I did get my period at least twice, but then it stopped. She would then start me on cycles of estrace, progesterone, and a round of metaformin because my blood glucose was extremely high and they thought that I might have PCOS. Moreover, when I would go for a uterine lining check, it was not thick enough, and my levels were not were they needed to be, so they would start the process over again. I continued on the cycles for about 2 years, switching my medicine out from estrace and progesterone to metaformin. After about 2 years Dr. Honea came to the conclusion that I was pre-menapausal, and that I may not get my period again,but she continued wit the estrace and progesterone in order to build my lining for the donor eggs; because she said that would be our best option for having children. However, I had to stop my cycles when my dad passed away unexpectedly in 2016, and I wasn't able to really start again until January of 2017. When I started treatment again, she also tried a round of Lupron shots for about 2 months in to get my lining and numbers up to par in order to get ready for the frozen egg transfer. She stopped the lupron shots because I still didn't get a period, but my lining was adequate and she ordered a SIS, and HSG back in October of 2017 which came back normal, as she wanted to make sure that my body would be ready to receive the donor eggs. I have continued to be on the metaformin, estrace, and progestrone for now until do select a donor from MyEggBank.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I think that the Nursing staff at her Huntsville office are great. I don't have that much direct contact with the nursing staff at Dr. Honea main office in Birmingham. I think that her nursing staff in her Huntsville office are so nice and compassionate, and I really enjoy her staff there. The nurses at the Birmingham office I have only spoken to over the phone, and they seem pretty nice. The Birmingham nurses are the main points of contact, and are in charge of the nursing line. I don't get to talk to the nurses in Huntsville unless I schedule an appointment. I think that her nursing staff are pretty nice, but I would like to be able to speak directly with the nursing staff at her Huntsville office since I deal with them more often than the Birmingham nursing staff. Both nursing staff are very helpful.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I would describe the ART of Program of Alabama strengths as follows:Knowledgeable and caring physicians and nurses; More than one location;Welcoming staff; Some weekend appointments offered;Lots of resources available regarding infertility; Answers your questions and helps you understand the processes involved with the ways you can become parents. Another strength would be the scheduling process. I would say that some of their weaknesses would be not being able to email the office with questions, not being able to speak with nurses at your designated clinic directly, and not having a specific nurse assigned to you.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
My insurance did not pay for any of my expenses with Dr. Honea; however, my husband's insurance did pick up some of the cost. Moreover, I was still responsible for payments that our insurace didnt cover such as medications such as Lupron that cost $179.00. Exams that would cost between $200 to $250. I have come out of pocket for medications, office visits/exams SIS, HSG, and the our psychological consult that we did prior to registering with MyEggBank. In total we have spent roughly $6,500 out of pocket.
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Dr. Honea will be doing a single embryo transfer which I am okay with since this is our first time doing it, and we wanted to make sure that if it didn't work on the first try, that we had another embryo to try.
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Lost paperwork
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Doctor
Kathryn Honea
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Trustworthiness
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
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9
8
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
9
8
We love Dr Honea. She has always treated me like a human being, not just another number. She is very experienced and compassionate. She has personally called us when problems have arose and when I found out I miscarried. She is straight forward and always tells us what our next step is... For IVF we decided to try the Shared Risk refund program where payment is due upfront and 3 IVF cycles are included. We paid $18,800 for 3 cycles, which doesn’t include the stim meds or monitoring office visits. The IVF cycles include egg retrieval and transfers and if ICSI is needed as well.
It [ART Fertility Program of AL] is a large clinic with multiple doctors so sometimes I have felt like just a number when traveling to the main Birmingham office. I understand they are busy, but I have encountered mistakes and miscommunication between myself and some of the staff members. It was pretty discouraging even with how much we love our doctor.
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Native American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
9
8
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
We love Dr Honea. She has always treated me like a human being, not just another number. She is very experienced and compassionate. She has personally called us when problems have arose and when I found out I miscarried. She is straight forward and always tells us what our next step is.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I have been lucky to *mostly* speak with the same nurse, Lauren. However, at such a large practice I have had to speak to other nurses. I️ always feel way more comfortable just speaking with the same nurse because it feels more personal. I have come across some nurses that are not very compassionate and it feels like they’re just scooting me along or I have asked a stupid question. I’ve often told my husband that just because the nurses deal with so many patients everyday and have probably become custom to all of the weird questions, they should still try to show more compassion, sometimes the bluntness is a little harsh.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
It is a large clinic with multiple doctors so sometimes I have felt like just a number when traveling to the main Birmingham office. I understand they are busy, but I have encountered mistakes and miscommunication between myself and some of the staff members. It was pretty discouraging even with how much we love our doctor.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
We started with an IUI and I️ think the cost was around $300. But we did a sperm freeze as well so I believe that was another $300. I don’t exactly remember how much the medicine cost. For IVF we decided to try the Shared Risk refund program where payment is due upfront and 3 IVF cycles are included. We paid $18,800 for 3 cycles, which doesn’t include the stim meds or monitoring office visits. The IVF cycles include egg retrieval and transfers and if ICSI is needed as well. We have had two egg retrievals so that means two rounds of shots each time costing around $1,400. Normally I pay $35-75 per office visit when an ultrasound is needed, which is every week after a positive pregnancy test is confirmed.
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Dr Honea has strong opinions on multiple births. I have gathered because of my age that she prefers to transfer just one embryo at a time. After this miscarriage we may move onto two embryos next transfer. But she is very weary of multiples and the risks of carrying multiples.
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Lost appointments
  • Failed to inform you of changes in protocol
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Scheduled the wrong procedure
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Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
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Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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9
N/A
Age
29 - 30
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
9
N/A
1st time we met [with Dr. Virginia Houserman] it was just to discuss what was going to happen. 1st IUI was unmedicated just monitor and trigger shot. Negative. So we had to see the dr again she said I have PCOS without the cysts that I don't ovulate on my own so she recommends letrazol was it's less likely to make me crazy. So IUI #2 we monitor and add letrazol days 5-10 trigger shot in office I ovulate! Everything looks great this time they do an ultrasound to show I ovaulated and everything looked great but again negative. So they tell me we are going to do the same thing over so IUI #3 monitor letrazol days 5-10 trigger shot in office only this time no ultrasound. And once again a negative.
They [ART Fertility Program of AL- Birmingham] are very kind and compassionate made an uncomfortable situation as comfortable as possible. Negatives would be you see so many different nurses you get lost. Sometimes they are so busy they forget things always question should i be getting this done as I was told I wouldn't have to pee in a cup one time then after I peed I had to pee in a cup! I feel like they could do more to make sure it's as successful as it can be I feel like I'm dishing out all this money and sometimes I got ultrasounds sometimes I didn't.
Age
29 - 30
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Native American, Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
9
N/A
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She is always up front telling me you know you shouldn't be discouraged but then would say something optimistic behind it like I know your going to be a mother I just know it. Which was nice but also hard every time I got negative after.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Ask any questions you have don't be afraid
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
They were always kind and took time to know me although I'm sure it's because I was there so much. Everyone was extremely kind and never made me feel out place. They made a very awkward situation not awkward at all.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
1st time we met it was just to discuss what was going to happen. 1st IUI was unmedicated just monitor and trigger shot. Negative. So we had to see the dr again she said I have PCOS without the cysts that I don't ovulate on my own so she recommends letrazol was it's less likely to make me crazy. So IUI #2 we monitor and add letrazol days 5-10 trigger shot in office I ovulate! Everything looks great this time they do an ultrasound to show I ovaulated and everything looked great but again negative. So they tell me we are going to do the same thing over so IUI #3 monitor letrazol days 5-10 trigger shot in office only this time no ultrasound. And once again a negative. So we go back to see the dr get told everything looks good on paper but because we use don't sperm we are ok to be more aggressive. So for IUI #4 we did letrazol days 3-7 then follistim shots till I my follicles were the right size then I triggered at home that night then went to the dr 36 hours later for Insemination . No ultrasound or anything this time and once again a negative!!! Now we are trying to raise money to try again.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Thy are very caring but not very informative
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
They are very kind and compassionate made an uncomfortable situation as comfortable as possible. Negatives would be you see so many different nurses you get lost. Sometimes they are so busy they forget things always question should i be getting this done as I was told I wouldn't have to pee in a cup one time then after I peed I had to pee in a cup! I feel like they could do more to make sure it's as successful as it can be I feel like I'm dishing out all this money and sometimes I got ultrasounds sometimes I didn't.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
For the 4 IUI we paid approximately $8000
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Provided conflicting information
9
Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
Nursing
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8
10
Age
25 - 28
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
5 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Poor Egg Quality
8
10
I felt that she [Dr. Houserman] was very open to answering our questions and addressing our concerns. She understood our frustrations and our emotions and gave us numerous options without making us feel overwhelmed. ... She also always did what was in our best interest, even if we felt like rushing things or taking things too slow. ... But if my ovaries were too large or I had cysts, she would make us wait a month.
I think their strengths is their team work and communication [ART Fertility]. They always worked together to keep the flow of the clinic going well. ... The nurses and nurse practitioner at the Montgomery office were great. They work very efficiently and always understood my time frame and respected that. ... Tracey Mendelson and the other nurses always answered all of my questions.
Age
25 - 28
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European, Native American
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 4 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 2 IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, Poor Egg Quality
8
10
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
My experience with her was great. She always told us all of our options and never encouraged us to give up. She also always did what was in our best interest, even if we felt like rushing things or taking things too slow. And she never discouraged us from getting second opinions or talking to other people. She was secure in her knowledge but also knew her limits.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
To not necessarily expect a lot of warm and fuzzies. She is super nice and very smart and compassionate. But she is not a “touchy felt” type, which just happened to work for my husband and I.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I felt that she was very open to answering our questions and addressing our concerns. She understood our frustrations and our emotions and gave us numerous options without making us feel overwhelmed.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
We went through 5 rounds of IUIs and 2 rounds of IVF over the past 3 and a half years. Dr. Houserman seemed to find a good balance between aggressive and safe. She knew that we did not want to half do things, so she allowed us to keep increasing medications and the protocols when she felt like it would help. But if my ovaries were too large or I had cysts, she would make us wait a month.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Tracey Mendelson)
The nurses and nurse practitioner at the Montgomery office were great. They work very efficiently and always understood my time frame and respected that. They were always friendly and ready to help, even when it was early in the morning. Tracey Mendelson and the other nurses always answered all of my questions.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I think their strengths is their team work and communication. They always worked together to keep the flow of the clinic going well. They never made us wait that long in the waiting room and always did things to use their time wisely.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Everything was very expensive because our insurance did not cover any testing or procedures. I don’t think they were necessarily better or worse than any other clinic or doctor. The medications and the procedures are what cost the most.
8
Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
She [Dr. Honea] always made sure we felt comfortable with the next steps and made sure we knew the risks that accompanied each treatment. She wanted me to gain weight so that I had a good chance of getting pregnant and was clear in her expectations of what we needed to do. She made sure my husband was on the best medication to help the Male factor issue and had him come back for more testing if she wasnt seeing results she wanted.
The clinic [ART Fertility Program of Alabama] is really clean and organized. The front staff are very kind and helpful. They are really quick to get you an appt as soon as possible and work with your schedule when possible. The techs are really kind and really good at drawing blood. They make sure you feel ok afterward and give Sprite and crackers when they see you need it. The nurses are knowledgable and are very prompt in orderjng your medication. They are also really supportive and encouraging when doing an iui procedure.
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Her strengths are that she is compassionate, accomplished in this field and a great communicator. She always made sure we felt comfortable with the next steps and made sure we knew the risks that accompanied each treatment. She wanted me to gain weight so that I had a good chance of getting pregnant and was clear in her expectations of what we needed to do. She made sure my husband was on the best medication to help the Male factor issue and had him come back for more testing if she wasnt seeing results she wanted. She never made us feel silly for wanting c hi children of our own and works her hardest to help us grow our family. I never felt she was too quick with surgery or anything else that seemed risky. She is very cautious with her words and actions. I tell people all the time how lucky we are to have a doctor we trust.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Be prepared to wait a little bit for an appointment. She is very busy.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She took time to explain everything to us. She really cares about her patients and wants to do what Is best for each individual couple
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
She had us do 3 subsequent Iuis with the assistance of letrozole and injectables. Our last iui will also use frozen semen in addition to fresh to give us the best chance this month. If this IUI fails, we move to IVF
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were very kind to us. They would let me lie down to give blood. They always call us back in a reasonable amount of time.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The clinic is really clean and organized. The front staff are very kind and helpful. They are really quick to get you an appt as soon as possible and work with your schedule when possible. The techs are really kind and really good at drawing blood. They make sure you feel ok afterward and give Sprite and crackers when they see you need it. The nurses are knowledgable and are very prompt in orderjng your medication. They are also really supportive and encouraging when doing an iui procedure. They want their patients to feel loved and cared for. They wish for us to have a healthy pregnancy and are disappointed along with us when a treatment doesn't result in pregnancy. They dont have any weaknesses that i have seen. Very professional and kind.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
My costs range from 500-1000 a month with medication. IVF is 10,000
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
She does eSET to eliminate a risky pregnancy. I found that impressive, she wants her patients to be healthy.
10
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
38
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
10
10
I personally havent noticed any weakness. She [Dr. Honea] was very attentive she listen to me. She made sure to elaborate and explain things to me. If i seemed confused she noticed it from my expressions. She knows of my financial difficulties so she sent me paperwork and information on a least expensive procedure when i received it in the mail it gave me more hope. She's very understanding. I wish i had of came to her first before my prior doctor
Only weakness in my eye site was im cold nature the clinuc [ART Fertility Program of AL] is very cold but i had to understand there are some hormonal women there. Now the clinic was very clean they had water coffee and little snacks in waiting area The waits to be seen where never long did not take hours at a time i really loved that everything flowed smoothly... They all was greetable very informative an on task they called or text me for appointment and what i would be looking forward to having done that visit
Age
38
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I personally havent noticed any weakness. She was very attentive she listen to me. She made sure to elaborate and explain things to me. If i seemed confused she noticed it from my expressions. She knows of my financial difficulties so she sent me paperwork and information on a least expensive procedure when i received it in the mail it gave me more hope. She's very understanding. I wish i had of came to her first before my prior doctor
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
If you want an understanding time taking option giving fertility doctor she is the go to never seems to be in a rush never just pushing one procedure at you she sits and explains them to you in ways that you will understand so please consult with her first.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She was very considerate she elobarated on things i didnt understand she gave me options and didnt just brush me off she didnt just treat me and never followed up
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
We had a consult first. She requested for my prior records first. She viewed them then i came back she discuss what ahe possibly seen and gave me "options" on what i could do but she first wanted to look at the tubes herself. We schedule for the procedure to look. We checked for possible causes endometriosis cysts and other things. Then we look to see if i was still producing enough eggs. Everything was on the up and up until the procedure to look of course the tubes where still blocked after having them reversed...yet disappointed again. Once again she gave options on other procedures but i am still paying for the reversal so i can't afford another loan that extensive for IVF or to attempt another tubal reversal. So then i received the paper/ flyer in the mail about invocell little less expensive but the company i have medical loan with they dont accept which os care credit and i cant get another loan from else where but i still have hope and she does also. So i recieved an email about a grant and i had to give this chance a try because i refuse to give up
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They all was greetable very informative an on task they called or text me for appointment and what i would be looking forward to having done that visit
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Only weakness in my eye site was im cold nature the clinuc is very cold but i had to understand there are some hormonal women there. Now the clinic was very clean they had water coffee and little snacks in waiting area The waits to be seen where never long did not take hours at a time i really loved that everything flowed smoothly
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Some labs and procedures were covered under my insurance others i had to pay out of pocket
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
No she just informed me that they will take several eggs and i can emplant up to 2 or 3 i think she said and informed me of the cost to keep them or to donate them still leaving it as my choice
10
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
37 - 39
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
10
Dr.Allemand is easy to talk too and never rushes you through your appointment or questions.... When I first started seeing him it was after I had a miscarriage at 12 weeks. So, after speaking to him we took a slow approach as my husband and myself were hoping to avoid the “big stuff”. He put me on a sister drug of clomid and we tried a natural cycle for the first two times, it all kind of runs together.
They are kind and put up with me asking a ton of questions. When I was in the office [ART Fertility Program of Alabama] today one knew I was there and she came and knocked on the door and gave me a hug because she hadn’t seen me in a while. I thought that was so sweet! They are all very nice and thorough.... Strength - they always return your call. Always nice and pleasant. Weaknesses - the office is very outdated and the girls in the lab aren’t the best I’ve had. They are super nice but when they draw blood it hurts more often than not.
Age
37 - 39
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Native American
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He’s been great and it’s been a relief to me. I was nervous about having a male doctor as all of my other doctors are female. But, he’s been very nice and easy to talk to and takes his time with us which we appreciate.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He’s does run a little behind but just be patient because he will give you the same care and opportunity as he’s given the other patients seeing him. We have Beverly felt rushed when speaking with him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr.Allemand is easy to talk too and never rushes you through your appointment or questions. I was hesitant to have a male fertility doctor as all of my other doctors are female, but he’s very nice and my husband and I both really like him.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
When I first started seeing him it was after I had a miscarriage at 12 weeks. So, after speaking to him we took a slow approach as my husband and myself were hoping to avoid the “big stuff”. He put me on a sister drug of clomid and we tried a natural cycle for the first two times, it all kind of runs together. I’m pretty sure we did this twice. Then when it didn’t work we started with Follistem and still nothing. So, that brought us to IUI. I was on follistem and a clomid type drug with zero results. My husband and I took a much needed break and we picked up again. We did IUI for the second time with only follistem and it did not work. We tried for our third IUI with a higher dose of Follistem but my body reacted too well to the drugs that cycle so he had to cancel it. Now, after taking a break we are back and proceeding with IVF.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are kind and put up with me asking a ton of questions. When I was in the office today one knew I was there and she came and knocked on the door and gave me a hug because she hadn’t seen me in a while. I thought that was so sweet! They are all very nice and thorough.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strength - they always return your call. Always nice and pleasant. Weaknesses - the office is very outdated and the girls in the lab aren’t the best I’ve had. They are super nice but when they draw blood it hurts more often than not.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
It’s a fertility clinic so it’s going to cost money and more than likely be expensive. Our insurance covers some stuff so our out of pocket isn’t high. But, with IVF it will be much higher.
10
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
10
Both of us have infertility issues. Dr. Allemand wanted to start with me first since I was not ovulating. After we removed fibroid rumors found during HSG and stimulating me with a moderate dose of Clomid, he was able to make me ovulate 2 to 3 mature eggs each cycle. He recommended IUI due to male factor infertility to increase our possibility of pregnancy. He also did multiple things to increase my husbands sperm count.
Friendly and Knowledgeable staff [ART Fertility Program of AL]. very Thorough. Easy to work with during scheduling conflicts. Helped to continue billin insurance when claims were not paid appropriately, rather than make it the patients problem. Extremely busy, be prepared to wait.... [nurses] Well educated. Thorough. Kind and compassionate.... IUiS were very affordable compared to previous fertility specialists.
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Doctor
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Very thorough in descriptions of treatments and diagnostics. Always willing to readjust plan based on diagnostics. Completely honest with us even when we may not have liked the answer. Willing to think outside the box when presented with many what if situations.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Be prepared to be blown away by his level of professionalism and knowledge base.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
As a fellow doctor, he was able to answer all questions that’s i had which have been more in depth than others would consider. He never minded when I asked to explain why.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Both of us have infertility issues. Dr. Allemand wanted to start with me first since I was not ovulating. After we removed fibroid rumors found during HSG and stimulating me with a moderate dose of Clomid, he was able to make me ovulate 2 to 3 mature eggs each cycle. He recommended IUI due to male factor infertility to increase our possibility of pregnancy. He also did multiple things to increase my husbands sperm count.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Well educated. Thorough. Kind and compassionate.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Friendly and Knowledgeable staff. very Thorough. Easy to work with during scheduling conflicts. Helped to continue billin insurance when claims were not paid appropriately, rather than make it the patients problem. Extremely busy, be prepared to wait.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Office visits were covered under our insurance except for co-pay. hSG and SIS were billed as outpatient services. Significant deductible were owed to the hospital for surgery. IUiS were very affordable compared to previous fertility specialists.
10
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
29 - 30
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Unexplained
10
10
We started with monitoring a natural cycle [with Dr. Allemand]. Then, we moved to Letrozole cycles and Letrozole/FSH cycles with IUIs. After a pregnancy was not achieved, we did IVF and transferred a single embryo with a live birth...takes so much time to explain exactly what is he is testing for and what the options are. He allows you to be as aggressive or reserved as you feel comfortable with. He is very empathetic and he and his staff go above and beyond for their patients.
ART is fantastic. They always get you in whenever you need to be seen. The NPs do a great job in clinic seeing patients and helping with coordinating care. The nurses are in constant communication with patients about their results and what the next steps in care are. The ladies in the office are always friendly and smiling...All communication went the the IVF team [of nurses]. They were very available if questions or concerns came up (even after hours). They were very knowledgeable and helpful. They also were very empathetic and explained what each step was and what needed to happen next with meds, ultrasounds etc.
Age
29 - 30
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Allemand is an excellent communicator. He does a great job explaining the medical aspects of the treatments and medications. He is extremely compassionate and understands what his patients are going through on an emotional and physical level.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Make the appointment! This was one of the hardest parts. Also, verbalize what your reservations and expectations are to him and the staff
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Allemand takes so much time to explain exactly what is he is testing for and what the options are. He allows you to be as aggressive or reserved as you feel comfortable with. He is very empathetic and he and his staff go above and beyond for their patients.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
We started with monitoring a natural cycle. Then, we moved to Letrozole cycles and Letrozole/FSH cycles with IUIs. After a pregnancy was not achieved, we did IVF and transferred a single embryo with a live birth.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Janet/Rene)
All communication went the the IVF team. They were very available if questions or concerns came up (even after hours). They were very knowledgeable and helpful. They also were very empathetic and explained what each step was and what needed to happen next with meds, ultrasounds etc.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
ART is fantastic. They always get you in whenever you need to be seen. The NPs do a great job in clinic seeing patients and helping with coordinating care. The nurses are in constant communication with patients about their results and what the next steps in care are. The ladies in the office are always friendly and smiling.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I cannot remember specifics
Describe Christopher Allemand's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
He follows the current guidelines and we were in agreement the eSET was best for us.
10
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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7
10
Age
24 - 31
Treated
2010 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
7
10
Cycles 1&2 [with Dr. Cecil Long], Clomid with monitoring. Cycles 3-5, Gonal-f, Menopur, and hcg trigger with IUI. Rational was to try and produce one quality egg each cycle. Quality over quantity. None of the cycles were successful... we wish he would have been a bit more aggressive...There were several cycles where we used injections, which are very expensive, and rather than up the dose or change the medication protocol, he would have me taking injections for more than two weeks. Honestly, we believe that contributed to late ovulation and therefore lack of success with our IuI procedures.
The greatest strength of ART in my opinion is their timeliness. They are very quick and very thorough. Everyone is so friendly, but not over the top. The lab people are amazing, and results are called in as soon as possible, sometimes expedited. Each nurse takes their time with the patient and doesn’t rush through anything. Every doctor is the same. They truly care about helping families expand!...These nurses have cried with us on many occasions. Always helpful, pleasant, and encouraging.
Age
24 - 31
Treated
2010 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
7
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Long has excellent bedside manner. He is very thorough, though not as aggressive as we would have liked at times. He’s very conscious of the cost of treatment, but sometimes can ignore that fact. Hence, we wish he would have been a bit more aggressive with out treatments. There were several cycles where we used injections, which are very expensive, and rather than up the dose or change the medication protocol, he would have me taking injections for more than two weeks. Honestly, we believe that contributed to late ovulation and therefore lack of success with our IuI procedures.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Ask him to be aggressive with treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He always had my most recent information and never had to search back through my chart. He remembered my details and asked about our life outside of infertility. He laughed and cried with us. He encouraged us and was honest with us.
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Cycles 1&2, Clomid with monitoring. Cycles 3-5, Gonal-f, Menopur, and hcg trigger with IUI. Rational was to try and produce one quality egg each cycle. Quality over quantity. None of the cycles were successful.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
These nurses have cried with us on many occasions. Always helpful, pleasant, and encouraging.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The greatest strength of ART in my opinion is their timeliness. They are very quick and very thorough. Everyone is so friendly, but not over the top. The lab people are amazing, and results are called in as soon as possible, sometimes expedited. Each nurse takes their time with the patient and doesn’t rush through anything. Every doctor is the same. They truly care about helping families expand!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Each cycle cost us between $2500 and $4000.
7
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
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0
0
Age
25
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
0
0
[Dr. Christopher Allemand] was not compassionate about our failed ivf. I felt more like a number & they only wanted our money. No other options where giving about next steps etc when we received the call that none of our eggs made it...I was put on a basic ivf protocol...I did speak with him regarding transferring two embryos he did not like the idea We didn't get that far into our IVF since sadly none of our embryos made it to transfer...
The nursing staff [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] was okay.If I had questions I had to call a number and leave a voicemail and wait for them to call back at the end of the day...I had blood work go missing and had to redo the same blood work more then twice...I had to go in for monitoring appointments when they scheduled them...Strengths- None, Unfortunately I do not have a comment for any strengths. Weaknesses- Show more compassion,Make your patients feel like a human not a number, Better communication, Be more organized.
Age
25
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
0
0
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr.Allemand was not compassionate about our failed ivf. I felt more like a number & they only wanted our money. No other options where giving about next steps etc when we received the call that none of our eggs made it. There was no rhyme or reason Infertility is so sensitive and people that work in the field should show huge compassion twords the ppl they are "helping" I felt no compassion from Dr. Allemand When in passing threw the drs office he would just nod his head as if he was saying hello and wouldn't stop and speak to even ask how things where going.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Do your research on the clinic. Be your own advocate! Everyone is different and has different expectations for things This is not the clinic for me I wouldn't consider being a patient here again
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
When working with this Dr office they knew we where traveling 4 hours to the office and back home each time we came. We wouldn't be told that we needed to come back the following day until we got back home. It took forever for me to get a hold of anyone if I ever had any questions. I also wasn't taught how to give my shots.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I was put on a basic ivf protocol When I received my meds I did not no how to administrate them After speaking to other infertile women that have went threw the ivf process they stated that their drs office did a class with them on home to prepare the shots etc None of that was done for us I felt like we where on our own threw everything.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was okay.If I had questions I had to call a number and leave a voicemail and wait for them to call back at the end of the day. Not very convenient when you are spending thousands of dollars you should be able to get top of the line care and be able to speak to someone whenever they are needed.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strengths- None, Unfortunately I do not have a comment for any strengths. Weaknesses- Show more compassion,Make your patients feel like a human not a number, Better communication, Be more organized.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I had to go in for monitoring appointments when they scheduled them.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
$10,000
Describe Christopher Allemand's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I did speak with him regarding transferring two embryos he did not like the idea We didn't get that far into our IVF since sadly none of our embryos made it to transfer
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Lost results
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Doctor
Christopher Allemand
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Birmingham
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0
0
Age
32
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Male Factor
0
0
I only saw Dr. Honea twice throughout my entire IVF cycle.... When I asked a question about an upcoming appointment, trying to verify that I wasn’t messing anything up, she stopped me mid question and dorected me to ask the IVF coordinator.... When I first met Dr. Honea I fell in love with her personality.... By the end of the IVF cycle, I felt worthless and irrelevant.... With the lack of communication to the failure to discuss lab results which would have greatly effected the results of the IVF cycle.
They [ART Fert of AL] seem to be a popular clinic. The waiting room was always packed. HGTV was always playing in tv. Coffee was available in the waiting room even though majority of us had been told not to drink caffeine.... If you had question you had to call and leave a voicemail. There was always someone new returning your call, and you never knew when they were going to call you back. If you left a message before 2:00, it would be returned that day. Any messages left after 2:00 wouldn’t be returned until the next day.
Age
32
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Male Factor
0
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How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
When I first met Dr. Honea I fell in love with her personality. She was relaxed and funny. I left my consultation with assurance that she could provide the best treatment for my husband and me. We chose to use her over another doctor. By the end of the IVF cycle, I felt worthless and irrelevant. Reflecting on everything after the fact is when I realized how little my family meant to her. With the lack of communication to the failure to discuss lab results which would have greatly effected the results of the IVF cycle. I know that there are no guarantees and that IVF is a prayerful plee for positive results, but Dr. Honea took our ability to choose how we went forward. After consulting with a different doctor, we realized that I had a low AMH which would have been the reason I had a low number of eggs retrieved. Dr. Honea only said my labs were good. At the time, I believed her. Now, I wish she would have talked to me about my labs and my options.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Make your own decision, but I would steer clear of ART Fertility.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I only saw Dr. Honea twice throughout my entire IVF cycle. I met her at our consultation and again at my embryo transfer. I spoke on the phone with her twice. The first time when she called to discuss my husband’s genetic screening. When I asked a question about an upcoming appointment, trying to verify that I wasn’t messing anything up, she stopped me mid question and dorected me to ask the IVF coordinator. The second phone call was when she called to tell me that my pregnancy was nonviable and i had to either stop my Progesterone shots and have a natural miscarriage or continue the shots and schedule a D&C. The third phone call never happened. We were scheduled for a phone conference at 8:30 in the morning. She called at 9:00. I was unavailable. She rescheduled the phone conference for 2:30. Her secretary called to reschedule it for 3:30. No one ever called back. No one. Not Dr. Honea, not the secretary, no one from the clinic called me back.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I was prescribed Gonal-F, Menopur, and Cetrotide for 10-12 days. I took Pregnyl (HCG) before the retrieval and Progesterone in Oil after. The Centrotide was added after my first scan after my baseline, around Day 3 or 5 perhaps. It caused a small reaction at the injection site that lasted for about 30 minutes, not painful. The Progesterone in Oil started causing hard knots in my muscle and itching on the skin after a couple of days. The nurse suggested warming the medicine a little before injecting. It helped a little.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I met a new nurse with every visit. They seemed to smile and nod and go about their day to day routine. I had one nurse call me and tell me that my schedule was wrong and I was going to have to wait. After I got upset someone called and apologized for her miscommunication. There was one or two nurses that I spoke to several times and actually learned their names. They were great. Hailey and Lauren. Everyone else is a blur.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
They seem to be a popular clinic. The waiting room was always packed. HGTV was always playing in tv. Coffee was available in the waiting room even though majority of us had been told not to drink caffeine. I always found that ironic. The wait time was never more than 30 minutes. They were very quick to get you in and seen. They have a large staff so there was never a friendly face to greet you at the door. If you had question you had to call and leave a voicemail. There was always someone new returning your call, and you never knew when they were going to call you back. If you left a message before 2:00, it would be returned that day. Any messages left after 2:00 wouldn’t be returned until the next day. I never felt like I knew what was going on even after asking the same questions every time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
We had to pay a little over $13,000 for the egg and sperm retrieval, fertilization, and the embryo transfer. Other labs and monitoring fees cost a few thousand.
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I only had 1 embryo available for transfer. Out of the 6 eggs retrieved, 5 matured, 4 fertilized. 3 embryos fragmented which left us with 1 embryo available to transfer. Besides only having 1 available embryo, nothing was ever mentioned about an eSET.
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to send your chart to another clinic
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
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Kathryn Honea
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9
10
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS
9
10
Dr. Houserman does not beat around the bush, which I greatly appreciated. If you want someone to be direct with you, but also kind and empathetic then she will be a perfect choice. Sometimes I feel she got our hopes up a little too soon, but that also could have been our own interpretation of her information. She was always professional and gave us the good, bad, and the ugly so we could make an educated decision. I never felt that she forced us into a plan that we did not like and she always answered all of our questions.
Tracey Mendelson [a nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] (of the Montgomery office) and her entire staff became family. I cannot recommend them enough!!... I took the same dose of Letrozole and then did three consecutive days of 75 IU of Follistim. The second cycle was successful and we became pregnant. Unfortunately, after 7 weeks we miscarried. They had to perform a D&C to test the tissue for what may have cause this. The pregnancy was perfectly normal. They did a full thrombosis work up and discovered that I have a blood clotting disorder
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS
9
10
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Houserman does not beat around the bush, which I greatly appreciated. If you want someone to be direct with you, but also kind and empathetic then she will be a perfect choice. Sometimes I feel she got our hopes up a little too soon, but that also could have been our own interpretation of her information. She was always professional and gave us the good, bad, and the ugly so we could make an educated decision. I never felt that she forced us into a plan that we did not like and she always answered all of our questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Ask questions. Sometimes I wouldn't have received as much information as I needed in order to make a decision or process, but I always felt comfortable asking questions and she always gladly answered them without hesitation.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
The staff have always been eager to answer all of our questions around the clock. They took our concerns seriously.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
In the beginning my infertility was unexplained and we had already had one miscarriage after getting pregnant using Clomid and under the care of my regular Gyno. They began with two cycles of Letrozole (5 mg per day), but they were unsuccessful. They then moved to letrozole and follistim injections. I took the same dose of Letrozole and then did three consecutive days of 75 IU of Follistim. The second cycle was successful and we became pregnant. Unfortunately, after 7 weeks we miscarried. They had to perform a D&C to test the tissue for what may have cause this. The pregnancy was perfectly normal. They did a full thrombosis work up and discovered that I have a blood clotting disorder. After I recovered from the miscarriage and surgery we continued with the same treatment, but were unsuccessful after two months of the letrozole/folllistim combo. We then moved to straight injections for 2 months and I took 75 IU every day for 6 days. We were unsuccessful in this method as well.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Tracey Mendelson )
Tracey Mendelson (of the Montgomery office) and her entire staff became family. I cannot recommend them enough!!
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The clinic is always clean and organized. The building is a little difficult to navigate but not too much of a problem.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
My insurance covered most of my appointments and procedures. I never felt that there were unnecessary or extreme charges.
Describe Virginia Houserman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
We have not had any discussions about either of these because we have not reached this point in our plan.
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Virginia Houserman
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10
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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8
10
Age
31
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
8
10
Dr. Houserman was kind and direct... She was very educated on *studies* and statistics which I found helpful. She laid out options and I told her what I wasn't comfortable with and we moved forward. Overall, I was so pleased and will continue to see her as my doctor...In our first meeting she made connections with my story. She repeated back parts of my medical history. She made sure that she had all the details correct. She did it tell me what to do, she asked what I thought.
This clinic is efficient and well run. The staff is sincere and act like they really want to be there. The staff is willing to answer your questions and work with you. Their answering service is very efficient. They are truly there for you in the most chaotic time of some of our lives...I cannot say enough kind things about the nursing staff. Everyone I have come in contact with has been kind, helpful and loving...
Age
31
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
8
10
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Houserman was kind and direct. I normally do not like to see women doctors, but I was pleasantly pleased with our initial meeting. She was very educated on *studies* and statistics which I found helpful. She laid out options and I told her what I wasn't comfortable with and we moved forward. Overall, I was so pleased and will continue to see her as my doctor.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I would know where you draw the line in fertility treatments. How far down the fertility treatment path do you want to go? You need to know what you are and aren't comfortable with.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
In our first meeting she made connections with my story. She repeated back parts of my medical history. She made sure that she had all the details correct. She did it tell me what to do, she asked what I thought.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
This is my first cycle with Dr. Houserman so I do not know if I am pregnant. This cycle i had to have an HSG test performed. I also used follistim {8 days of 75 UI}, ovidrel trigger shot, and IUI. Progesterone was also prescribed to take after my IUI. She actually wanted to go straight to IVF considering the amount of years we have been without conceiving but we took a step back. I am satisfied and happy with our protocol and steps we've taken this cycle.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I cannot say enough kind things about the nursing staff. Everyone I have come in contact with has been kind, helpful and loving.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
This clinic is efficient and well run. The staff is sincere and act like they really want to be there. The staff is willing to answer your questions and work with you. Their answering service is very efficient. They are truly there for you in the most chaotic time of some of our lives.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
My blood work/ultrasound visits were about $30. My IUI was was $395. The meds were about $125 total.
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Virginia Houserman
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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7
8
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
7 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
8
I was concerned about my weight, and I wasn't having cycles on my own. She [Dr. Houserman] told me it was a non-issue, as my treatments were essentially controlling my hormones and their roles for me. I took a break for over two years. I lost 40 pounds, and came back to her for treatment again. When I visited her for a new consult, she said they weightloss was great, but another 40 pounds would be even better... I was confused because years earlier, it seemed to be a non-issue. Anybody who's ever gone through fertility treatments knows what a difficult task it is to lose weight while injecting all of these meds. I didn't lose any weight during the next 7 months of treatment, but I didn't gain any either. My follicles definitely responded better this time, as I was ready to trigger just 10 days in! I went through 7 months of treatments, each ending with a negative beta.
out of pocket they [IUIs] were around $400 per cycle. IVF starts around $11,000 per individual cycle [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama]...The Montgomery clinic is a small satellite clinic for the main office in Birmingham. The doctor is only at the satellite office when visiting a new patient. All interactions with the doctor from the satellite clinic are via video conference. The Montgomery office is small, but I've never had to wait more than just a few minutes to get back to a patient room.
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
7 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
7
8
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Houserman is very realistic, without being overly blunt. She will answer any questions you may have, but over my entire course of treatment, I've only seen her a few times. Almost all of my interactions have been through the Nurse Practitioner. If I do "meet" with Dr. Houserman, it's a teleconference. If I want to meet in person, I have to drive to Birmingham, which is over 2 hours away. When she comes to the Montgomery clinic, it's only for new patients. It makes me feel like a level of personal understanding of my needs and goals is not being met.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She is practical and realistic. She is not overly soft & sensitive, so if you're looking to be hugged and coddled, she is not the doctor for you. She is warm and kind but matter-of-fact when it comes to prognosis, treatment, etc.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I have PCOS. I initially went to Dr. Houserman years ago, but my follicles would never grow to maturity to do a trigger shot. I was concerned about my weight, and I wasn't having cycles on my own. She told me it was a non-issue, as my treatments were essentially controlling my hormones and their roles for me. I took a break for over two years. I lost 40 pounds, and came back to her for treatment again. When I visited her for a new consult, she said they weightloss was great, but another 40 pounds would be even better. I was confused because years earlier, it seemed to be a non-issue. Anybody who's ever gone through fertility treatments knows what a difficult task it is to lose weight while injecting all of these meds. I didn't lose any weight during the next 7 months of treatment, but I didn't gain any either. My follicles definitely responded better this time, as I was ready to trigger just 10 days in! I went through 7 months of treatments, each ending with a negative beta. I started out with clomid+menopur for a couple of cycles, then just menopur, then increased menopur, then follistim+menopur. The longer I continued with treatments, the slower my follicles began to grow. It's as if my body was just tired, and nothing was working. I met with her a couple of months ago, where she told me I had made a 'valiant effort', but it was time to move on to IVF.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Tracy)
Tracy is a very good listener. She's honest, compassionate and optimistic, which is exactly what you need when you're going through this process. She, too, has gone through treatments, so she understands the whole process from the patient's side.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The Montgomery clinic is a small satellite clinic for the main office in Birmingham. The doctor is only at the satellite office when visiting a new patient. All interactions with the doctor from the satellite clinic are via video conference. The Montgomery office is small, but I've never had to wait more than just a few minutes to get back to a patient room.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Insurance did not cover IUIs, so out of pocket they were around $400 per cycle. IVF starts around $11,000 per individual cycle.
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Virginia Houserman
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Trustworthiness
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
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10
10
Age
27
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS, Other
10
10
She [Dr. Virgina Houserman] took the time to cover everything to expect with us. We only met with her twice because our first cycle with this clinic was successful. She does have a dry personality but at the same time was very caring when I needed it.... Took the time to sit down with us and answer any and all questions we had at our first appointment. Was very honest on what she thought needed to be done on our part for our treatment to be successful. Was willing to do what we were most comfortable with.
The nursing staff [at ART Fertility Program of AL-Birmingham] was very kind and attentive. I went to the satellite office in Tuscaloosa often. Beth (the NP there) can be a hard read at times, but I feel like she gets much friendlier when she gets to know you. I did have new hires draw my blood a few times and you could tell they were new to the procedure, but still very very kind people. (Everyone has to learn at some point!)
Age
27
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS, Other
10
10
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She took the time to cover everything to expect with us. We only met with her twice because our first cycle with this clinic was successful. She does have a dry personality but at the same time was very caring when I needed it.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Go in ready to ask questions and be honest on what you want for treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Took the time to sit down with us and answer any and all questions we had at our first appointment. Was very honest on what she thought needed to be done on our part for our treatment to be successful. Was willing to do what we were most comfortable with.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Treatment was monitored medicated cycles with a trigger shot and possible IUI. She did a PCT to determine if IUI would be needed. IUI was recommended for us, but we elected not to on our first cycle. We took letorozle instead of clomid because I had serevel failed clomid cycles with my previous doctor. I had irregular cycles due to PCOS (she discovered my PCOS) so that was why we did monitored cycles. The plan was to get more aggressive with treatment each cycle but our first cycle with Dr. Houserman was successful.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was very kind and attentive. I went to the satellite office in Tuscaloosa often. Beth (the NP there) can be a hard read at times, but I feel like she gets much friendlier when she gets to know you. I did have new hires draw my blood a few times and you could tell they were new to the procedure, but still very very kind people. (Everyone has to learn at some point!)
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Very kind staff. Very thorough in their testing, found issues that my last doctor did not. Great system in place for scheduling, messages, etc. Satellite offices were convenient for me being from Tuscaloosa.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Someone went over what our insurance would and would not cover at our first appointment. We knew exactly what the cost would be for us, and it was much more affordable than we expected. They have their out of pocket prices listed on their website as well.
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Virginia Houserman
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor
10
10
She [Dr. Virginia Houserman] was always kind, caring and compassionate. I never felt rushed while in her office. I think her own experiences with Infertility give her a different perspective than other doctors...When I met Dr.Houserman, I had previously seen a different specialist. To be honest, I was a mess. She had reviewed all of my records before my first visit! She knew about our previous treatment and failures. We discussed my options. It was so refreshing to have someone actually explain the options available in so much detail. She told us IVF was our best option due to previously failed inseminations and my husband's sperm issues. I really didn't want to do IVF but once I understood why it was the best option, I agreed. I sure am glad that I did!!!! We have a beautiful baby boy and we are so grateful to this wonderful doctor and her staff!
The nurses and nurse practitioners [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] are all wonderful. They are very knowledgeable. They have a large staff and I did see several different nurses but they were all very helpful and knew what they were doing. They are so friendly and compassionate. I can't imagine going through this process without their support.... I dealt with every department at some point and they were always very helpful...The IVF procedure was about $11,000.00. The medications were going to be about$5000.00 but the billing person gave me a packet of information where I could apply for assistance with my medication. It saved us about$1500.00.
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor
10
10
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
When I met Dr.Houserman, I had previously seen a different specialist. To be honest, I was a mess. She had reviewed all of my records before my first visit! She knew about our previous treatment and failures. We discussed my options. It was so refreshing to have someone actually explain the options available in so much detail. She told us IVF was our best option due to previously failed inseminations and my husband's sperm issues. I really didn't want to do IVF but once I understood why it was the best option, I agreed. I sure am glad that I did!!!! We have a beautiful baby boy and we are so grateful to this wonderful doctor and her staff!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Make an appointment and go see her!!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She was always kind, caring and compassionate. I never felt rushed while in her office. I think her own experiences with Infertility give her a different perspective than other doctors.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Our plan was to do IVF with ICSI. We did discuss that I might have to do a frozen transfer if my blood levels began to rise.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses and nurse practitioners are all wonderful. They are very knowledgeable. They have a large staff and I did see several different nurses but they were all very helpful and knew what they were doing. They are so friendly and compassionate. I can't imagine going through this process without their support.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The entire staff is wonderful. Everyone is so friendly and kind. I have read some of the reviews that mention that the office and staff are very large, but I can't imagine how they would accomplish all this with a smaller staff and office. I dealt with every department at some point and they were always very helpful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The IVF procedure was about $11,000.00. The medications were going to be about$5000.00 but the billing person gave me a packet of information where I could apply for assistance with my medication. It saved us about$1500.00.
Describe Virginia Houserman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
We trusted her judgement and experience when it came to deciding to just transfer one embryo.
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Virginia Houserman
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
30
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other
10
10
Dr. Allemond took a lot of time with my husband and I....He reviewed our records, discussed his opinions, and we all made a plan together. He understood our concerns for not wanting to move forward so abruptly with ivf. We will soon be working on our third IUI with Dr. Allemond but he has changed our meds each cycle to help assure he is doing all he can before fully discussing the possibility of ivf...Dr. Allemand is a great listener and answers all your questions.
[ART Fert of AL -H'ville] Strengths: quick and efficient appointments, always on time, on site labs, clean, friendly and caring staff (ALL three of them). Weaknesses: Huntsville office is a bit small and has a little dated decore...The nurse practitioner is great. She is always so positive. ...Dr. Allemond took a lot of time with my husband and I. He was our second opinion doctor and we fell in love with him. He took time to review our past records and discuss his thoughts about the future plans. He went over in detail what to expect and percentages.
Age
30
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Other
10
10
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Allemand was second opinion for my husband and I. My husband is two years status post a vas reversal. We had another doctor before who never changed our meds or our plan. My husband and I became pregnant with our first doctor and IUI. However we miscarried at eight weeks. We went through two additional IUIs and the doctor stated we needed to move to ivf. We felt pressured and did not have a clear understanding as to why that should be our path if an IUI was successful once already. We then saw Dr. Allemand. He reviewed our records, discussed his opinions, and we all made a plan together. He understood our concerns for not wanting to move forward so abruptly with ivf. We will soon be working on our third IUI with Dr. Allemond but he has changed our meds each cycle to help assure he is doing all he can before fully discussing the possibility of ivf.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Go into your consult appointment with an open mind. Do some research and have your list of questions. Dr. Allemand is a great listener and answers all your questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Allemond took a lot of time with my husband and I. He was our second opinion doctor and we fell in love with him. He took time to review our past records and discuss his thoughts about the future plans. He went over in detail what to expect and percentages.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Month number one: letrozole 2.5 my for five days, trigger injection, IUI. Month two: 5mg leteozole for five days, trigger, IUI. Month three (current cycle): 5 mg letrozole for five days, gonal f 75 iu for three days, trigger injection, and IUI.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The nurse practitioner is great. She is always so positive. She not only remembers your name but also your family information and most all quirky details you may have shared with her. (Huntsville location)
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strengths: quick and efficient appointments, always on time, on site labs, clean, friendly and caring staff (ALL three of them). Weaknesses: Huntsville office is a bit small and has a little dated decore
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Regular specialist co-pays anytime I see the MD or nurse practitioner, co-pays for injectables through prime therapeutics, and about $350 for each IUI
Describe Christopher Allemand's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Not applicable to me at this time
10
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Huntsville
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10
10
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
He [Dr. Long] first made it clear that we would go at the speed I wanted to go and whatever I didn't want to do we wouldn't. We started off with routine labwork and ultrasound. I was someone who didn't respond well to clomid so he put me on Letrazole 5 mg....Dr. Long was so compassionate when I suffered my miscarriage....Everyone in his office and himself included made me feel completely comfortable, easing my anxious mind and making me feel incredibly hopeful!
Everything there runs like a well oiled machine. From the front desk, to the lab, to the nurses and doctors. I've never had a long wait, they were prompt on calling you back.... His office [ART Fert of AL] makes you feel like you're a part of one big family and they along with you want you to succeed in becoming a parent and will do everything in their power to make it happen...They made me feel so comfortable immediately!
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I went into my first NP meeting not knowing what to expect and being scared to death! My sister used Dr. Long for in vitro and conceived and I've had other friends use him. Everyone in his office and himself included made me feel completely comfortable, easing my anxious mind and making me feel incredibly hopeful! His office makes you feel like you're a part of one big family and they along with you want you to succeed in becoming a parent and will do everything in their power to make it happen. Although, I haven't reached my goal of carrying a child and becoming a parent, I feel extremely confident that Dr. Long and his staff will make that happen for me one day! I'm not giving up and I know they aren't giving up either! Dr. Long was so compassionate when I suffered my miscarriage. It was gut wrenching but he made me believe that it was just the beginning and I would get my miracle child and I truly believe with his help I will.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Don't give up! Trust in him and the work he does. Patience is key.
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
He first made it clear that we would go at the speed I wanted to go and whatever I didn't want to do we wouldn't. We started off with routine labwork and ultrasound. I was someone who didn't respond well to clomid so he put me on Letrazole 5 mg. If I responded well we would continue with either our first IUI or he told us we were free to try naturally. The first time around we tried ourselves and we're unsuccessful. Next cycle, same thing Letrazole 5 mg and we did our first IUI and got pregnant. I feel like with me being older in age, he felt time was of the essence so let's do the IUI and proceed from there right off the bat. Unfortunately I miscarried at 8 weeks and my next 2 iui's were unsuccessful so I'm waiting for my next meeting with him in a couple days to come up with a new gameplan.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They made me feel so comfortable immediately! Very caring, compassionate staff that will pray with you and for you and they are such a comfort.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Everything there runs like a well oiled machine. From the front desk, to the lab, to the nurses and doctors. I've never had a long wait, they were prompt on calling you back which to me is important considering my patience isn't what it should be considering my circumstances. I'm always so anxious so them not keeping me waiting is nice
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
As I'm still going through the process, this is a hard question to answer. I consider myself to have really good insurance so all I've paid is my copay except for the iui's which are covered so I pay for those out of pocket.
Describe Cecil Long's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I haven't yet experienced this yet. I know when my sister was going through in vitro he would not implant more than 2 embryos at a time. After speaking to other friends who use Dr. Long, I'm under the impression he only implants 2 which is what I would want.
10
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. Honea is warm, smart and leaves no stone unturned to help families achieve their dreams of a family. She personally called me numerous times when there were setbacks to discuss changes in my treatment plan.... My biggest hurdle was getting my uterine lining thick enough in order to transfer my frozen embryos. So for six months we tried different dosage of medicines and shots to achieve this. While it was a difficult process Dr. Honea assured me we would get there it would just take time to find out what dosage of medicine my body needed in order to produce a thick lining. And of course, a thick lining is essential to have for successful embryo transfer.
The only drawback I can think of is the Huntsville office only offers a satellite office meaning the doctors are only on site by appointment a few times a month. So, if you want an appointment you will have to drive to Birmingham to see them. But weekly appointments can all be done in Huntsville. All retrieval’s and egg transfers also must be done in Birmingham. This is why I initially chose a different clinic and boy did I make the wrong choice. The drive I made a few times was a small price to pay for the care I received.
Age
36
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Honea is warm, smart and leaves no stone unturned to help families achieve their dreams of a family. She personally called me numerous times when there were setbacks to discuss changes in my treatment plan.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She will help you achieve the family you so desperately desire, but she will explain it takes time and patience to do things right.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I spent 12 months at the wrong clinic and after my first appointment with Dr. Honea and her nurses I knew I was at the right place. They were thorough, caring, honest and compassionate.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
My biggest hurdle was getting my uterine lining thick enough in order to transfer my frozen embryos. So for six months we tried different dosage of medicines and shots to achieve this. While it was a difficult process Dr. Honea assured me we would get there it would just take time to find out what dosage of medicine my body needed in order to produce a thick lining. And of course, a thick lining is essential to have for successful embryo transfer.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Nancy)
I can’t say enough amazing things about the Huntsville office staff. They were so wonderful and always made me feel comfortable and involved in the process every step of the way.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The only drawback I can think of is the Huntsville office only offers a satellite office meaning the doctors are only on site by appointment a few times a month. So, if you want an appointment you will have to drive to Birmingham to see them. But weekly appointments can all be done in Huntsville. All retrieval’s and egg transfers also must be done in Birmingham. This is why I initially chose a different clinic and boy did I make the wrong choice. The drive I made a few times was a small price to pay for the care I received.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Fortunately my insurance covered a small amount, but we still spent $15k or so between the treatment and medicines.
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
In my case with my advanced age and the number of years we had been trying Dr. honea said she would transfer 2 embryos at most and that was her suggestion. We fully trusted her.
10
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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9
9
Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
9
She [Dr. Virginia Houserman] was very thorough and explained everything to us very well. We knew and understood everything that was going on. Everything was laid out to us. When we left the first day from our visit with her, we were excited and ready to get started. She made us feel comfortable talking about things you normally would not like to discuss with others. We put our total faith in her.
Clinic [ART Fertility of AL] is very organized and thorough. I usually did not have wait very long to be seen. On days that would just go to get blood work, I was in and out in 15 minutes. The up front receptionist was very sweet and would work with you on payments etc.... The nurses at the clinic were all wonderful. I usually would see a different nurse each time and they were all great. They were all very compassionate about what they do. Also a very caring and understanding on the subject matter.
Age
32
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
9
9
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She was very thorough and explained everything to us very well. We knew and understood everything that was going on. Everything was laid out to us. When we left the first day from our visit with her, we were excited and ready to get started. She made us feel comfortable talking about things you normally would not like to discuss with others. We put our total faith in her. She is very well educated on infertility and discussed several things with us about the matter. She is compassionate about what she does and expresses that through the whole process. We were very pleased with her and at the clinic. I would highly recommend her to anyone that is going through infertility. We, however did not get the results we wanted, but hope to be able to go back in the near future and try again.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She is very thorough and educated on infertility. Ask her all of your questions and be sure you know everything you feel you need to know to get started.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Everyone was very friendly and welcoming at the clinic. They all made you feel at home.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses at the clinic were all wonderful. I usually would see a different nurse each time and they were all great. They were all very compassionate about what they do. Also a very caring and understanding on the subject matter.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Clinic is very organized and thorough. I usually did not have wait very long to be seen. On days that would just go to get blood work, I was in and out in 15 minutes. The up front receptionist was very sweet and would work with you on payments etc.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Monitoring appointments were very convenient. Several appointment times were available to my choosing.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
$10,975 was due at suppression check. We paid about $4000 for screenings and monitoring.
Describe Virginia Houserman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Dr. Houserman recommended transferring 2 embryos. She did however recommend not transferring anymore than 2.
9
Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Tubal Blockage, Other, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. Honea is obviously passionate about her patients and genuinely wants to help them reach their goal of parenthood. She spent more than our allotted time with us and listened to all of our concerns and responded to each one. I trust her decision making and plan for us. Regardless of the outcome of our journey I will forever be greatful we landed in her office....Dr. Honea has an actual conversation with my husband and I instead of just talking at us in medical terms. She made us feel like people who were important to her and she took the time to listen to our concerns. We went to her as a second opinion after several failed cycles with a previous doctor and she was willing to try new things and tests that had either been dismissed previously or never mentioned. Can't say enough positive things about Dr. Honea.
Everyone we have encountered at both Birmingham and Huntsville have been nothing short of amazing. They will walk you through the entire process and are always willing to answer any question you may have. Communication is excellent. So far I have no weaknesses to speak of, only praises....Dr. Honea is obviously passionate about her patients and genuinely wants to help them reach their goal of parenthood. She spent more than our allotted time with us and listened to all of our concerns and responded to each one. I trust her decision making and plan for us. Regardless of the outcome of our journey I will forever be greatful we landed in her office.
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Tubal Blockage, Other, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Honea is obviously passionate about her patients and genuinely wants to help them reach their goal of parenthood. She spent more than our allotted time with us and listened to all of our concerns and responded to each one. I trust her decision making and plan for us. Regardless of the outcome of our journey I will forever be greatful we landed in her office.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Don't feel scared to ask questions. Also, I promise you will leave with a plan and a peace about the direction she is taking you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Honea has an actual conversation with my husband and I instead of just talking at us in medical terms. She made us feel like people who were important to her and she took the time to listen to our concerns. We went to her as a second opinion after several failed cycles with a previous doctor and she was willing to try new things and tests that had either been dismissed previously or never mentioned. Can't say enough positive things about Dr. Honea.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
We have only completed one cycle but we did 5 days of Letrazole cd 3-7 then 3 planned days of Gonal-F and had to add a day due to slightly less than acceptable response. Cd 11 monitor with preganyl trigger cd 12. Post coital test cd 13 with IUI the next day. Progesterone suppositories day 15 (i think) till negative beta cd 26. The above plan was put in place based on 3 previously failed IUI with just Letrazole to achieve a better response. In those 3 I had only ever had 1 lead follicle that never was larger than 18mm 2 days before IUI. In this one cycle we had 1 over 20, 1 at 18, and 1 at 17 at time of trigger with ultrasound and blood work confirmed ovulation.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Nancy Scott)
Nancy is absolutely amazing. She is serious when she needs to be but lighthearted when the time calls for that as well. She is passionate about her patients. Explains everything in great detail and makes sure you understand the protocol. Mary and Terri are awesome as well and make the entire experience as undaunting as possible.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
We had our first visit in the Birmingham office so I'm not sure what initial visits in the satellite offices are like but here is what I will say. You will be in the office for at least 3 hours between the consult with your physician and all the necessary testing. Everyone we have encountered at both Birmingham and Huntsville have been nothing short of amazing. They will walk you through the entire process and are always willing to answer any question you may have. Communication is excellent. So far I have no weaknesses to speak of, only praises.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Each visit was $35 including all monitoring and scan visits. IUI was roughly $400 out of pocket. Meds (letrazole, Gonal-F, preganyl, and progesterone suppositories) were around $150 with insurance and overnight shipping.
10
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Huntsville
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1
3
Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Unexplained
1
3
Do your research on all possible infertility problems before you visit her and if you think you might have a particular problem that they have not looked into or diagnosed, push for the specific tests that can diagnose that problem. Also, set your boundaries with her up front to let her know if you do not have the financial means to do iui or ivf.
I felt like since I had to go to a satellite office (since it was the closest of their offices to me), I had a lot of ultrasounds with no discussion at all about what was going on. If I wanted to see the Dr., I either had to schedule a video conference, which took over a month...
Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Unexplained
1
3
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Strengths were that I did eventually get in to do an exploratory laparoscopic surgery to evaluate the structure of my reproductive organs. Weakness - Although I had already been trying for over year and a half to get pregnant before I came to Houserman, it still took her over 7 months to give me any kind of diagnosis and she was willing to suggest I do costly fertility treatments, even if my problem could have prevented them from having any chance of working. I went to Dr. Houserman the first visit and gave her a comprehensive list of my health problems (heavy, long periods; back pain; pelvic pain; pain during intercourse; bowel trouble and bleeding bowel). What I know now is that all of these symptoms were reason to look into whether my problem was endometriosis. Instead, she prescribed me fertility medications which contained estrogen, which makes endometriosis worse and increases the inflammation, which decreases the chance of an egg getting fertilized and implanting. I feel like the 7 months and the hundreds of dollars I spent on fertility injections were a complete waste of time and money. Weakness - they do not do excision surgery on endometriosis and perpetuate the false information that burning off endometriosis with a laser will treat it and increase your chances of fertility. In reality (there is scientific evidence to back this up), the endometriosis can grow back as soon as the month after the surgery, so there is no guarantee that you have any period of better fertility. Instead of referring endo patients to an excision specialist, they continue to prescribe fertility meds and recommend iui and/or ivf without telling you anything about your decreased chances in those working if the endo grows back. Weakness: Do not give you any information on the possibility of any of your problems being cancerous. I went in the month after my lap surgery and was told I had a 7 cm cyst on my ovary and not given any information on the type of cyst, the precaution I should take to not increase the chances of the cyst growing bigger, or given any reason as to why a cyst that large popped up in a mere 3 weeks after my lap.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Do your research on all possible infertility problems before you visit her and if you think you might have a particular problem that they have not looked into or diagnosed, push for the specific tests that can diagnose that problem. Also, set your boundaries with her up front to let her know if you do not have the financial means to do iui or ivf. That way, she knows to be honest with you and tell you there is nothing more she can do to help you besides doing one of those procedures. It will eliminate wasting more time and money.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
No, I felt like since I had to go to a satellite office (since it was the closest of their offices to me), I had a lot of ultrasounds with no discussion at all about what was going on. If I wanted to see the Dr., I either had to schedule a video conference, which took over a month, or I had to drive an additional 2 hours to the main office, which still took over a month to get in. During the video conferences, I felt like nothing was discussed in depth and I was given short answers, if any at all. We never got to the bottom of the problem of what was wrong with me, I was just always encouraged to do iui, even though my husbands' sperm was tested and proven to be more than good two times. Even though I felt that I had endometriosis and was told there might be a polyp in my uterus, I was still told to try iui until I pushed hard for exploratory laparoscopic surgery. I was not even told the lap was an option until I was 6 months into the treatments. I initially thought they would study my case individually, not just push me into a treatment that was not specifically designed to treat my condition.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Sheena)
They had one nurse practitioner at the Montgomery satellite office. Her name was Sarah and she was the only person who would give you medical information or evaluate your records and ultrasounds. Most of the time they would not schedule you with her. They would schedule you with the regular nurse, Sheena, who would not even look at your ultrasound or tell you anything about it. She would not volunteer info about test results. You had to ask her and pull it out of her. All she did was look at the plan Dr. Houserman created for you and ask you if you were ready for her to put the prescription in to the mail order pharmacy. So, unless you saw Sarah, there was really no point in even having an ultrasound. Unfortunately, as of last week, Sarah is no longer there and it is only Sheena.
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to order appropriate test
  • Lost results
  • Provided conflicting information
  • Failed to convey critical information
  • Failed to consider drug intolerance
1
Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
3
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
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10
10
Age
35 - 38
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
Dr. Honea has been wonderful for us. Warm bedside manner, knowledgeable, and so very kind. She took the time to really get to know us and spent time praying with us multiple times during our treatments.... Dr. Honea helped us through some of our most difficult decision and days. I always felt she listened to us. When our IVF cycle was unsuccessful, she was heartbroken with and for us. She had guided us through so much and we are forever grateful.
The wonderful nurses and NPs at ART make us feel like family. I enjoy chatting with them during visits and feel like I receive the best possible care.... I like the patient message center as a way to share information because it is hard for me to answer during regular business hours. The nurses and doctors all work very well together to meet your needs. The on-site lab has early hours and is extremely convenient!
Age
35 - 38
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Honea helped us through some of our most difficult decision and days. I always felt she listened to us. When our IVF cycle was unsuccessful, she was heartbroken with and for us. She had guided us through so much and we are forever grateful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I am so sad to say she is retiring, so there will be no prospective patients.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Honea has been wonderful for us. Warm bedside manner, knowledgeable, and so very kind. She took the time to really get to know us and spent time praying with us multiple times during our treatments.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
We tried many different combinations and amounts of medications throughout our treatments trying to achieve results. During times when we were deciding about more expensive treatments we tried IUIs because those are covered by my insurance.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The wonderful nurses and NPs at ART make us feel like family. I enjoy chatting with them during visits and feel like I receive the best possible care.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I like the patient message center as a way to share information because it is hard for me to answer during regular business hours. The nurses and doctors all work very well together to meet your needs. The on-site lab has early hours and is extremely convenient!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Treatment payment is due at the beginning of a cycle. My insurance covers some things, so office visit fees for me were based on copays for visits and labs.
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Unfortunately we only had one embryo to transfer, so we did not have experience with the different approaches.
10
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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8
8
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
8 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
8
8
I've enjoyed working with Dr. Allemand thus far. He is a good communicator and thoroughly addresses my concerns and answers my questions. He is obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about his patients. I have not identified any concerns about his care.... He is logical and works in a stepwise fashion, wanting to avoid any unnecessary treatment. This philosophy aligns with my goals, but may not align with every patient's goals.
I have generally enjoyed working with Tracey and the ART team in Montgomery. They are caring and compassionate and provide patient-centered care.... I did have one situation in which an appointment I had scheduled was not recorded in their system. However, this was because they had recently hired a new front-desk clerk and the error occurred in training. I have had no other such issues.... Strengths: small and reasonably efficient; you're usually able to get in and out efficiently for normal monitoring appointments
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
8 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
8
8
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I've enjoyed working with Dr. Allemand thus far. He is a good communicator and thoroughly addresses my concerns and answers my questions. He is obviously very knowledgeable and passionate about his patients. I have not identified any concerns about his care.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He is logical and works in a stepwise fashion, wanting to avoid any unnecessary treatment. This philosophy aligns with my goals, but may not align with every patient's goals.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Allemand had reviewed my information prior to my visit, was very responsive to my questions, and comes up with a personalized plan. He may not be as warm/outgoing as some other doctors, he was personable and related to me well.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
letrozole only letrozole + Follistim combo cycle for more flexibility with dosing and to assist with thickening of my endometrium Follistim only due to timing and to facilitate thickening of endometrium
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Tracey Mendelsohn)
I have generally enjoyed working with Tracey and the ART team in Montgomery. They are caring and compassionate and provide patient-centered care. My only critique about Tracey is that sometimes there ends up being small detail-related issues about scheduling or follow-up.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strengths: small and reasonably efficient; you're usually able to get in and out efficiently for normal monitoring appointments, staff is generally nice and personable Weaknesses: none that come to mind
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
My copays for general visits are ~$60 for the clinic, which includes ultrasound and labs.
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Lost appointments
8
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
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8
10
Age
24 - 32
Treated
2010 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
8
10
We liked how matter of fact Dr. Long is when explaining treatments and risks/benefits. He is very thorough, without overwhelming you with data. We like that he is optimistic but realistic. The only thing that really bugged us is that we felt that for all the money we were spending, he wasn’t being as aggressive as we would like....Expect a slow and steady course of treatment. Always erring on the side of caution. It can be frustrating, but he has your best interest in mind.
This clinic [ART Fertility Program of Alabama] is vast in size, but very small town minded. Nurses, doctors, and staff all took the time to get to know us. Appointments are made quickly and blood work is returned quickly. Everyone seems to want to make sure their patients know they are the priority....Same nurses every visit, so very little turn over. All were compassionate and hopeful for us as future parents. All shared tears with us upon receiving negative results.
Age
24 - 32
Treated
2010 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
8
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
We liked how matter of fact Dr. Long is when explaining treatments and risks/benefits. He is very thorough, without overwhelming you with data. We like that he is optimistic but realistic. The only thing that really bugged us is that we felt that for all the money we were spending, he wasn’t being as aggressive as we would like.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Expect a slow and steady course of treatment. Always erring on the side of caution. It can be frustrating, but he has your best interest in mind.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He always took care to ask about my life outside of fertility treatments. Even when visiting a satellite office, he would ask for video conferences so I could see and speak with him during my visits.
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Our cycles were IUI with donor sperm. Medication protocol was 10-16 days of ovulation stimulation, HCG trigger, followed by IUI 12 hours later. In three cycles, we used Follistim, Gonal-f, Menopur, and HCG. Progesterone supplements followed each IUI until pregnancy test.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Same nurses every visit, so very little turn over. All were compassionate and hopeful for us as future parents. All shared tears with us upon receiving negative results.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
This clinic is vast in size, but very small town minded. Nurses, doctors, and staff all took the time to get to know us. Appointments are made quickly and blood work is returned quickly. Everyone seems to want to make sure their patients know they are the priority.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Typically, $2,500-$4,000 per cycle.
Describe Cecil Long's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Does not apply
8
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
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10
10
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
She continues to make our treatment specialized based on our needs. She gives us what she recommends for us to do but then let’s us choose our own route within her recommendations. ... She answers all of our questions honestly and shoots it straight. ... She gave us a list of routes. Medications alone being the first then adding the IUI in. She did is this way to be the safest and most reasonable to begin with
From everyone [ART Fertility Program of Alabama] At the main desk being super friendly, to the lab techs being talkative , the nursing staff really caring and getting to know you, we well as the Drs always wanting to treat you and not the number. ... Each nurse that I delt with has been through fertility as well so they understood what I was going through. Through every negative test they were there for a shoulder to cry on and encouraging words.
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
we are still currently seeing her and have enjoyed her so far! She answers all of our questions honestly and shoots it straight. Though we haven’t gotten any results yet our hopes are high. She continues to make our treatment specialized based on our needs. She gives us what she recommends for us to do but then let’s us choose our own route within her recommendations.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She is a caring and compassionate doctor who will try every route to help you have a family !
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Do was treated like a human for sure. She is very personable and gets to know us on a personal level!
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
She gave us a list of routes. Medications alone being the first then adding the IUI in. She did is this way to be the safest and most reasonable to begin with. She did not suggest we jump straight into IVF and risk getting pregnant with twins and having a higher risk for a miscarriage
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Each nurse that I delt with has been through fertility as well so they understood what I was going through. Through every negative test they were there for a shoulder to cry on and encouraging words.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The clinic is a very welcoming place. From everyone At the main desk being super friendly, to the lab techs being talkative , the nursing staff really caring and getting to know you, we well as the Drs always wanting to treat you and not the number.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The IUI cycle each time we 295$. For lab work it was usually 35-50 depending on my insurance. For anything else I believe 85$
10
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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9
9
Age
40
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF, Donor Sperm, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
9
9
My wife and I had an issue with the billing department being respectful regarding our sexual orientation as a couple. Dr. Houserman made sure to address the issue with the individual in billing. Dr. Houserman apologized to us and said it wouldn’t happen again...She’s very matter of fact, but courteous. We had to ask specific questions about certain things that weren’t obvious, but she answered our questions/concerns without hestitation...
Tracey was/is great. So is the sweet little lady that takes care of the blood work [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama]. Anytime I called with questions or concerns, they would jump right on it... sometimes it may be confusing to have information at several clinics, but they would figure everything out...Monitoring appointments were scheduled to my liking...I’m 40, so multiple embryos being transferred was discussed...Strengths: Caring, Flexible, Informative Weakness: Sometimes unable to synthesize information from bith clinics. They do try though. Also check back after an appointment to make sure information was relayed accurately.
Age
40
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, Donor Sperm, Surrogacy
Diagnosis
Tubal Blockage
9
9
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She’s very matter of fact, but courteous. We had to ask specific questions about certain things that weren’t obvious, but she answered our questions/concerns without hestitation. Hopefully our first cycle will be successful.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She’s blunt, don’t take offense. Ask questions no matter what.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
My wife and I had an issue with the billing department being respectful regarding our sexual orientation as a couple. Dr. Houserman made sure to address the issue with the individual in billing. Dr. Houserman apologized to us and said it wouldn’t happen again.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I don’t remember the overall strategy, but some of my meds included Ovasitol, Menapur, Follustim, and a trigger shot before retrieval. We retrieved 10 eggs, all 10 were mature and frozen. My wife is currently doing a “down-regulation” protocol with BCP, Lupron, Estrace, and Progesterone.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Tracey)
Tracey was/is great. So is the sweet little lady that takes care of the blood work. Anytime I called with questions or concerns, they would jump right on it... sometimes it may be confusing to have information at several clinics, but they would figure everything out.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strengths: Caring, Flexible, Informative Weakness: Sometimes unable to synthesize information from bith clinics. They do try though. Also check back after an appointment to make sure information was relayed accurately.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Monitoring appointments were scheduled to my liking.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Around average. Meds and monitoring were covered by insurance with copay.
Describe Virginia Houserman's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I’m 40, so multiple embryos being transferred was discussed.
9
Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
24 - 26
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
4 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
10
The first prescription I was prescribed [by Dr. Long] was bravelle my body didn't react to that at all, after that I did a round of Clomid, I ovulated but it just wasn't good enough. I'm now trying letrazole so we're seeing how this goes... always treated me kind, he also makes me feel comfortable around him he's very understanding...very direct and humble at the same time. I would recommend him to anyone with fertility troubles. I wish I could just pack him up and bring him home with me, he gives me so much hope
Art fertility was nice and homelike but sometimes too crowded and you have to wait all day but the staff always apologize for the wait. The nurses and doctors were very educated and you can tell they have lots of experience...They [nurses] were understanding, compassionate and they made sure I understood everything that was happening and made sure I knew how to take my medicine right. They overall made me feel comfortable.
Age
24 - 26
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
4 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
My experience with Dr long is wonderful, he makes sure I understand everything fully before I leave his office. Dr. Long is very direct and humble at the same time. I would recommend him to anyone with fertility troubles. I wish I could just pack him up and bring him home with me, he gives me so much hope
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Just be patient and everything else will fall in place
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Long has always treated me kind, he also makes me feel comfortable around him he's very understanding and he knows exactly what he's doing
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
The first prescription I was prescribed was bravelle my body didn't react to that at all, after that I did a round of Clomid, I ovulated but it just wasn't good enough. I'm now trying letrazole so we're seeing how this goes.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They were understanding, compassionate and they made sure I understood everything that was happening and made sure I knew how to take my medicine right. They overall made me feel comfortable.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Art fertility was nice and homelike but sometimes too crowded and you have to wait all day but the staff always apologize for the wait. The nurses and doctors were very educated and you can tell they have lots of experience. Dr long has his own location now and he is well organized and his nurses are like a spark of light, I love it there and the thought that they won't stop til I get pregnant with my first child.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
It would be expensive but my insurance is making it very affordable
Describe Cecil Long's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
N/A
10
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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7
9
Age
25 - 27
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
7
9
Plan to be an active part of your fertility journey [with Dr. Christopher Allemand]...he started on letrozole to try to get me to ovulate. We had to increase the dose twice to get my body to ovulate. Once we got that problem solved and didn't get pregnant he decided to do a seen analysis on my husband. So that he covered all bases. Then we found out his sperm count was low, so we decided to do IUI woth donor sperm samples. We did that 2x with no explanation as to why it didn't work. According to my lab values and ultrasounds, it should have worked. So at this point my husband and i decided to take a break. When we start back we will do an IUI with donor sperm adding hormone shots to the routine.
Strengths [at ART Fertility of Alabama] : Usually got called back within a reasonable amount of time, very friendly staff, answered all questions, worked appointments into my schedule the best they could. Nurses knowledgeable. No weaknesses...[nurses were] Very friendly, answered all questions, made sure they didn't expect me to not have questions even though I am a nurse myself...Donor Semen sample $1000 IUI $350 Appts $35 Lab/us $80+
Age
25 - 27
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
7
9
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Allemand had a great bedside manner. Talking to him was very easy. He individualized our plan according to our results. He also let us choose the path we wanted to take and did not pressure us to jump to IVF.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Plan to be an active part of your fertility journey
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I felt like he individualized our plan of action and didn't just try the same plan on each person
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I had already tried Clomid with my primary OB/GYN. So he started on letrozole to try to get me to ovulate. We had to increase the dose twice to get my body to ovulate. Once we got that problem solved and didn't get pregnant he decided to do a seen analysis on my husband. So that he covered all bases. Then we found out his sperm count was low, so we decided to do IUI woth donor sperm samples. We did that 2x with no explanation as to why it didn't work. According to my lab values and ultrasounds, it should have worked. So at this point my husband and i decided to take a break. When we start back we will do an IUI with donor sperm adding hormone shots to the routine.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very friendly, answered all questions, made sure they didn't expect me to not have questions even though I am a nurse myself
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strengths: Usually got called back within a reasonable amount of time, very friendly staff, answered all questions, worked appointments into my schedule the best they could. Nurses knowledgeable. No weaknesses
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Donor Semen sample $1000 IUI $350 Appts $35 Lab/us $80+
Describe Christopher Allemand's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
We did not do this
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Failed to call in prescriptions to pharmacy
7
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
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10
10
Age
26 - 27
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
10
Dr. Long didn't treat you like a number. Every time I met with him, he was very personal to our situation and gave us a very clear plan of where we would go next...Dr. Long did not string me along, which I appreciated very much. I did not respond to letrozole and he then changed the plan to final-f injections and iui which my body finally responded to and I got pregnant with twin girls!..Listen and trust him! He knows his stuff!
With Dr. Long [at ART Fertility of Alabama], I started with letrozole. I responded perfectly the first month taking it, but got a negative blood pregnancy test. I tried letrozole for a second month and did not respond/ovulate at all. Dr. Long amped the plan and prescribed gonal-f injections. I did the injections for 18 days, going to the doctor to check in every 3 days and upping the dose of Gonal-f after each appointment. Finally, I began responding to the injections and had several mature follicles. We decided to go ahead with trigger shot (pregnyl) at home and iui 2 days later. I found out 2 weeks later I was pregnant and a couple weeks after that we found out it was twins!
Age
26 - 27
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Long did not string me along, which I appreciated very much. I did not respond to letrozole and he then changed the plan to final-f injections and iui which my body finally responded to and I got pregnant with twin girls!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Listen and trust him! He knows his stuff!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Long didn't treat you like a number. Every time I met with him, he was very personal to our situation and gave us a very clear plan of where we would go next.
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
With Dr. Long, I started with letrozole. I responded perfectly the first month taking it, but got a negative blood pregnancy test. I tried letrozole for a second month and did not respond/ovulate at all. Dr. Long amped the plan and prescribed gonal-f injections. I did the injections for 18 days, going to the doctor to check in every 3 days and upping the dose of Gonal-f after each appointment. Finally, I began responding to the injections and had several mature follicles. We decided to go ahead with trigger shot (pregnyl) at home and iui 2 days later. I found out 2 weeks later I was pregnant and a couple weeks after that we found out it was twins!
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Fantastic!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Gonal-f injections were expensive. Insurance paid half, but still paid over $200 for each vial, and it took several in just one cycle for me. IUI was covered by my insurance completely!
10
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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9
8
Age
31 - 34
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor
9
8
He [Dr. Cecil Long] is familiar to the infertility journey within his own family and makes him relatable.... In preparation for IVF, I had lots of blood work and ultrasounds along with an SIS and a HSG done. We did an IVF cycle in which I produced 8 eggs. Eggs and sperm were fertilized and we ended up with 5 healthy embryos. A fresh transfer was performed ~5 days later with 2 embryos. Two weeks later, we had a negative pregnancy test. After 1 year, I began taking Estrace to stimulate estrogen production for preparation of frozen embryo transfer. An endometrial scratch was performed to increase thickness of endometrial lining. After 30-45 days on estrase, we had a frozen embryo transfer performed. Two weeks later, another negative pregnancy test. Two years later. I got back on estrase and had a hysteroscopy performed.
The staff [at ART Fertility Program of AL- Birmingham] is somewhat friendly but no different than any other urgent care or general doctor’s office. We never felt very much warmth and empathy for the sturggles we had physically, mentally, emotionally or financially,.... In preparation for IVF, I had lots of blood work and ultrasounds along with an SIS and a HSG done. We did an IVF cycle in which I produced 8 eggs. Eggs and sperm were fertilized and we ended up with 5 healthy embryos. A fresh transfer was performed ~5 days later with 2 embryos. Two weeks later, we had a negative pregnancy test. After 1 year, I began taking Estrace to stimulate estrogen production for preparation of frozen embryo transfer. An endometrial scratch was performed to increase thickness of endometrial lining. After 30-45 days on estrase, we had a frozen embryo transfer performed. Two weeks later, another negative pregnancy test. Two years later. I got back on estrase and had a hysteroscopy performed.
Age
31 - 34
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF, 1 Embryo Freezing
Diagnosis
Male Factor
9
8
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Very likeable - explained things in detail - relatable to our situation. Willing to help in any way. Personable and never felt rushed or hurried in consultations. Tried many avenues for a successful outcome.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He is familiar to the infertility journey within his own family and makes him relatable.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He was very down-to-earth and always willing to answer any questions.
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
In preparation for IVF, I had lots of blood work and ultrasounds along with an SIS and a HSG done. We did an IVF cycle in which I produced 8 eggs. Eggs and sperm were fertilized and we ended up with 5 healthy embryos. A fresh transfer was performed ~5 days later with 2 embryos. Two weeks later, we had a negative pregnancy test. After 1 year, I began taking Estrace to stimulate estrogen production for preparation of frozen embryo transfer. An endometrial scratch was performed to increase thickness of endometrial lining. After 30-45 days on estrase, we had a frozen embryo transfer performed. Two weeks later, another negative pregnancy test. Two years later. I got back on estrase and had a hysteroscopy performed.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Janet)
Very disappointed in the overall staff and the lack of empathy felt throughout the office.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The staff is somewhat friendly but no different than any other urgent care or general doctor’s office. We never felt very much warmth and empathy for the sturggles we had physically, mentally, emotionally or financially,
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
~$24,000
9
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
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7
9
Age
28 - 30
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
9
She [Dr. Honea] seemed to take interest in us personally and understood that with my medical background, I had more in depth questions...She will answer anything you need her to....I was diagnosed as unexplained infertility so IVF was our best option...There are specific nurses assigned to IVF patients. They are familiar with the process and any questions....they were confident with their answers, which eased my fears...
It's busy. Be aware you might be there [ART Fert of AL] for awhile. Also, parking is a hassle. It was nice that there are satellite clinics closer to me so that I didn't have to schedule an entire day around travel...There are specific nurses assigned to IVF patients. They are familiar with the process and any questions. It helps that when I did have questions, they were confident with their answers, which eased my fears... She [Dr. Honea] seemed to take interest in us personally
Age
28 - 30
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
7
9
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She was very candid about the uncommoness of our success. She seemed to take interest in us personally and understood that with my medical background, I had more in depth questions and had a better understanding of what and why things were happening
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Don't be afraid to ask questions. She will answer anything you need her to.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She took personal interest in me. She understood with my pharmacy background that I understood the science behind every decision made and the process. As a Christian, she even prayed with us during both transfers!
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I was on clomid for eight months before seeing her. We did one last challenge then began a stimulation cycle for IVF. I had several mature follicles with clomid, so my risk of multiples was very high though my chance of pregnancy was not improving. I was diagnosed as unexplained infertility so IVF was our best option
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
There are specific nurses assigned to IVF patients. They are familiar with the process and any questions. It helps that when I did have questions, they were confident with their answers, which eased my fears
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
It's busy. Be aware you might be there for awhile. Also, parking is a hassle. It was nice that there are satellite clinics closer to me so that I didn't have to schedule an entire day around travel
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Costs for medications Costs for procedures Costs for labs Embryo storage
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Based on my age, number of embryos, and other criteria, I was a candidate for single blastocyst transfer. Dr Honea suggested this as she is a strong proponent of decreasing multiples risk
7
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Kathryn Honea
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Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
9
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Endometriosis, PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
He [Dr. Long] is always willing to answer my questions and does things very quickly. ... He did not give me clomid like former doctors did. I loved that. He also made sure to regularly do ultrasounds and explain as he did bloodwork, ultrasounds, and any other paperwork needed. ... They [ART Fertility Program of AL] tend to stimulate for 3-4 for the patients best results due to hormonal issues.
So friendly!!!! They [ART Fertility Program of AL] have always been kind and answer questions and try to get you in as early as possible. ... Everyone in his clinic have always been very kind and thoughtful. ... I have had questions on the weekend and after surgery and they [nurses] immediately answered or called back. .... They try to give clear directions and have even hugged me when I had bad results and lost my pregnancy. They always smile and are professional.
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Endometriosis, PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He is absolutely the best doctor out of all the doctors I have seen. He is absolutely amazing and I recommend him to everyone. He is always willing to answer my questions and does things very quickly.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Feel free to ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Everyone in his clinic have always been very kind and thoughtful. They even give hugs if you are having a bad day.
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
He did not give me clomid like former doctors did. I loved that. He also made sure to regularly do ultrasounds and explain as he did bloodwork, ultrasounds, and any other paperwork needed. He thoroughly explained surgery for the fibroid and endometriosis.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Karen)
They always answer questions in person or the phone no matter when you call or how often you call. I have had questions on the weekend and after surgery and they immediately answered or called back. They are always kind and patient
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
So friendly!!!! They have always been kind and answer questions and try to get you in as early as possible. They try to give clear directions and have even hugged me when I had bad results and lost my pregnancy. They always smile and are professional.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Much better than at UAB! He was reasonable.
Describe Cecil Long's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
He will do either one. They tend to stimulate for 3-4 for the patients best results due to hormonal issues.
10
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
28 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
6 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation
10
10
Dr. Hoiserman builds relationships with her patients and takes the time to get to know them and truly help them.... She's a blessing and so reassuring that my family will be complete. She goes beyond to make sure i am informed aware. and the best treatment option to help me achieve my deeams of having a baby. Her kindness is sincere and loving.... I was monitored closely and was allowed to try naturally however that resulted in a miscarriage twice, then i was treated for vitamin deficiency...
The clinic [ART Fertility Program of Alabama] was very professional I think one of the weaknesses is that sometimes they're understaffed but overall they're a great place to go to receive treatment for fertility everyone is very knowledgeable and friendly... Dr. Hoiserman builds relationships with her patients and takes the time to get to know them and truly help them.... She's a blessing and so reassuring that my family will be complete.
Age
28 - 32
Treated
2014 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
6 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Anovulation
10
10
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She's a blessing and so reassuring that my family will be complete. She goes beyond to make sure i am informed aware. and the best treatment option to help me achieve my deeams of having a baby. Her kindness is sincere and loving.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Be open to her opinions
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Hoiserman builds relationships with her patients and takes the time to get to know them and truly help them.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I was monitored closely and was allowed to try naturally however that resulted in a miscarriage twice, then i was treated for vitamin deficiency for progesterone and needed to use those for extra help 3x day 100mg, i was given folgard and told to take d3 5000. I was put on clomid 100mg 2xday for cycle days 5-9 and did the trigger early am. I did the tww and by urine and blood test i was told i was pregnant.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are wonderful
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The clinic was very professional I think one of the weaknesses is that sometimes they're understaffed but overall they're a great place to go to receive treatment for fertility everyone is very knowledgeable and friendly
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I think its pretty affordable
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Failed to call with results
10
Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
28
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
10
Dr. Honea is very kind and compassionate with me and my husband, she always asks for our opinions and makes sure we know what’s going on with our fertility plans. She quickly got us in treatments and going towards the baby goal! ... My cycles are very predictable so I haven’t had to do much medicine other than trigger shots to make sure I ovulate right for IUI’s. She prescribed me a thyroid medicine to get that straightened out. She prescribed my husband a motility support medicine for his sperm count.
I fell in love with the clinic [ART Fertility Program of Alabama] as soon as I was greeted by the staff! They are very effective at getting you going towards your goals! The clinic staff keep you involved in every step of treatment and stay in contact throughout your cycle. ... The staff and doctor are very personal and they treat you like they know you and care about your fertility. ... They are always friendly and compassionate towards me and my husband! They feel like family!
Age
28
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Entrepreneur
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Honea is very kind and compassionate with me and my husband, she always asks for our opinions and makes sure we know what’s going on with our fertility plans. She quickly got us in treatments and going towards the baby goal!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She’s very quick to help you achieve your baby plans!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
The staff and doctor are very personal and they treat you like they know you and care about your fertility.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
My cycles are very predictable so I haven’t had to do much medicine other than trigger shots to make sure I ovulate right for IUI’s. She prescribed me a thyroid medicine to get that straightened out. She prescribed my husband a motility support medicine for his sperm count.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Nancy)
They are always friendly and compassionate towards me and my husband! They feel like family!
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I fell in love with the clinic as soon as I was greeted by the staff! They are very effective at getting you going towards your goals! The clinic staff keep you involved in every step of treatment and stay in contact throughout your cycle.
10
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
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10
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Huntsville
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10
10
Age
27 - 28
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, Male Factor
10
10
He [Dr. Allemand] was very caring and willing to spend time with me and my husband. He makes us feel as though we have options.... He is willing to answer any questions we might have. I love that he gives us more than one option. He always lets us know what to expect next. He only wanted us to try IUI twice before reevaluating and deciding on our next steps. He gave us the option on whether or not to move on to injectables. He sees us himself at least every other month.
They [ART Fertility Program of Alabama] are always helpful getting you in on the day you need to come. They understand if you don’t need to take off work, etc. Sometimes you have to wait a while- especially on an IUI day.... The nursing staff is very accommodating. If you want info- you have to ask! I think sometimes they assume if we’re there we know what to expect. That isn’t always the case. Overall, they’re great.
Age
27 - 28
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis, Male Factor
10
10
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He is willing to answer any questions we might have. I love that he gives us more than one option. He always lets us know what to expect next. He only wanted us to try IUI twice before reevaluating and deciding on our next steps. He gave us the option on whether or not to move on to injectables. He sees us himself at least every other month.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He was very caring and willing to spend time with me and my husband. He makes us feel as though we have options.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff is very accommodating. If you want info- you have to ask! I think sometimes they assume if we’re there we know what to expect. That isn’t always the case. Overall, they’re great.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
They are always helpful getting you in on the day you need to come. They understand if you don’t need to take off work, etc. Sometimes you have to wait a while- especially on an IUI day. If I ever wait over 30-40 minutes, I usually go up to the counter and ask how much longer and they take me back within minutes. Try to go as early in the day as you can!
10
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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7
7
Age
35
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
7
7
I was on the antagonist protocol With my first cycle [with Dr Allemand], it wasn’t as hoped for. I’m going to do the Lupron flare with my second cycle... Felt like he rushed through the embryo transfer. Made me very nervous. My transfer was delayed an hour Due to another surgery. He always gives us plenty of information and options based on what we can afford. He seems to be knowledgeable about my problems and what we can do for them.
[ART Fertility Program of Alabama] Failed to do my husband sperm analysis the day we were there and he had to go back for a separate day And hour away and take off of work...IVF $12,000, other Monitoring and tests $10,000...Ask what your specific diagnosis is and why you cannot get pregnant and what else can you do such as supplements and extra medications. They told me after the first cycle that I could be on vitamins that could increase my egg quality. I would’ve known that I would’ve been taking the vitamins to begin with.
Age
35
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Poor Egg Quality
7
7
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Felt like he rushed through the embryo transfer. Made me very nervous. My transfer was delayed an hour Due to another surgery. He always gives us plenty of information and options based on what we can afford. He seems to be knowledgeable about my problems and what we can do for them.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Be sure to ask what your other options are before making decisions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
The doctor knew about our specific information. Always gave us options.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I was on the antagonist protocol With my first cycle, it wasn’t as hoped for. I’m going to do the Lupron flare with my second cycle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Renee)
Always called To inform me of any changes or questions that we had an a reasonable amount time. Came and talked to me after the retrieval.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Ask what your specific diagnosis is and why you cannot get pregnant and what else can you do such as supplements and extra medications. They told me after the first cycle that I could be on vitamins that could increase my egg quality. I would’ve known that I would’ve been taking the vitamins to begin with.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
IVF $12,000, other Monitoring and tests $10,000
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Failed to order appropriate test
7
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Compassion
Adaptability
7
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
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10
10
Age
28 - 32
Treated
2013 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Male Factor, Other
10
10
Dr. Long made sure to spend as much time with us as we needed. He was personable, we never felt rushed, and he answered every question we had...He makes us feel like we're the only patients he sees. He is compassionate, caring, and really spoke to us more like friends than patients. He has done everything possible to accommodate us and help us on this journey...IVF, TESA, Laser Assisted hatching, ICSI,
I love the IVF coordinator [at ART Fertility Program], Janet. She's an asset to the clinic...I was sad that we didn't have her during our frozen cycle. She has been the BIGGEST support on this journey. She helped coach me through medications and shots, she put my anxious mind at ease, she became more like family to us...She really made the experience bareable...For IVF, TESA, Laser Assisted hatching, ICSI, we payed close to $13,000 per cycle...
Age
28 - 32
Treated
2013 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Male Factor, Other
10
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Long has been incredible. He makes us feel like we're the only patients he sees. He is compassionate, caring, and really spoke to us more like friends than patients. He has done everything possible to accommodate us and help us on this journey.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Be prepared. Ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Long made sure to spend as much time with us as we needed. He was personable, we never felt rushed, and he answered every question we had.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Janet Robinson )
Janet was absolutely amazing! I was sad that we didn't have her during our frozen cycle. She has been the BIGGEST support on this journey. She helped coach me through medications and shots, she put my anxious mind at ease, she became more like family to us.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I love the IVF coordinator, Janet. She's an asset to the clinic, and I'm unsure if I would be as willing to reccomend the clinic had I had another coordinator. She really made the experience bareable. Ava takes the blood and she is incredible! Typically nurses have a difficult time finding my veins, but she works some kind of magic and ALWAYS does it with ease.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
For IVF, TESA, Laser Assisted hatching, ICSI, we payed close to $13,000 per cycle. So, right at $40,000 total.
10
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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4
4
Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
4
4
He [Dr. Christopher Allemand] was very compassionate and always responded to our questions/needs in a timely manner. Sometimes we felt that we did not fully understand what was expected of us or what we could be doing to improve our success. I also found out that my Vitamin D was very low during that time and maybe should not have continued with the cycle.... I took birth control for a month then was on stimulation medications (gonal-f and menopur) for about 2 weeks. We triggered with HCG. Following transfer I was put on crinone.
It was a very large clinic [ART Fertility Program of Alabama] and we often were seen by multiple nurses and at their satellite clinic as well. I felt like it was a well oil machine, and we were not any different than their other patients.... The clinic was very organized and operations seemed very smooth. However, this made me feel like another number and not like a unique patient with unique needs. This was our first cycle and it seemed we should have known more.
Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
4
4
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He was very compassionate and always responded to our questions/needs in a timely manner. Sometimes we felt that we did not fully understand what was expected of us or what we could be doing to improve our success. I also found out that my Vitamin D was very low during that time and maybe should not have continued with the cycle.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Ask questions and be your own advocate.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
It was a very large clinic and we often were seen by multiple nurses and at their satellite clinic as well. I felt like it was a well oil machine, and we were not any different than their other patients.
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I took birth control for a month then was on stimulation medications (gonal-f and menopur) for about 2 weeks. We triggered with HCG. Following transfer I was put on crinone.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. However, we were seen at the main office and satellite office, so we saw various nurses.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The clinic was very organized and operations seemed very smooth. However, this made me feel like another number and not like a unique patient with unique needs. This was our first cycle and it seemed we should have known more.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The procedure itself cost around $12,000- medications and monitoring appointments not included.
Describe Christopher Allemand's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
We were able to decide between 1 or 2. However, we only had 1 poor quality embryo to transfer.
4
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
4
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
27 - 28
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis
10
10
Dr. Honea is very nice and explains why things are happening.... She takes care of any doubts you might have. When she looked through my file she noticed some discrepancies from my previous doctor and decided to do her own investigation to find out what my real diagnosis is. She gave my husband and me a better chance than previous doctors.... Nancy does all of my ultrasounds in the Huntsville office. She is very kind and provides you with a very comforting feeling.
At the Huntsville clinic [ART Fertility Program of Alabama], you will have the same nurse and staff each time which I love mainly because I never have to wonder who someone is . It is a small clinic but you never wait more than a few minutes.... Nancy does all of my ultrasounds in the Huntsville office. She is very kind and provides you with a very comforting feeling.... The entire staff is super friendly and on a first name basis. Dr. Honea is very nice and explains why things are happening.
Age
27 - 28
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Endometriosis
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She takes care of any doubts you might have. When she looked through my file she noticed some discrepancies from my previous doctor and decided to do her own investigation to find out what my real diagnosis is. She gave my husband and me a better chance than previous doctors.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Be open-minded. I was super skeptical due to a previous doctor giving me no chance at having children. Dr. Honea will do whatever she can to help you achieve your dreams.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
The entire staff is super friendly and on a first name basis. Dr. Honea is very nice and explains why things are happening.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Nancy)
Nancy does all of my ultrasounds in the Huntsville office. She is very kind and provides you with a very comforting feeling.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
At the Huntsville clinic, you will have the same nurse and staff each time which I love mainly because I never have to wonder who someone is . It is a small clinic but you never wait more than a few minutes.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
IUI $390 without insurance coverage
10
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Huntsville
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8
9
Age
29
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
7 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
8
9
She [Dr. Houserman] answered all of our questions and explained things very well to the both of us. During the hsg test she was gentle and comforting. She also experienced infertility so I think she truly has a heart for her job.... I had labs drawn for PCOS and no one has really told me the results other than my vitamin d level is low.... Letrozole was our drug of choice. US were done for my first cycle 3 times a week. Monitoring follicles. Hcg trigger shot was done and progesterone
The nursing staff [ART] have been some of the friendliest people I have dealt with in the medical field... Strengths- everyone from the ladies that check you in to the lab tech to the nurse practitioner are all so sweet and friendly. Weakness- I’ll be honest I haven’t been there long enough to know weaknesses... I had labs drawn for PCOS and no one has really told me the results other than my vitamin d level is low.
Age
29
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
7 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
8
9
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She answered all of our questions and explained things very well to the both of us. During the hsg test she was gentle and comforting. She also experienced infertility so I think she truly has a heart for her job.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
When in doubt ask questions
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
She took the time to explain things to me and my husband and seemed very hopeful for us.
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Letrozole was our drug of choice. US were done for my first cycle 3 times a week. Monitoring follicles. Hcg trigger shot was done and progesterone was checked a week after ovulation. Labs were drawn with every visit.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff have been some of the friendliest people I have dealt with in the medical field
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strengths- everyone from the ladies that check you in to the lab tech to the nurse practitioner are all so sweet and friendly. Weakness- I’ll be honest I haven’t been there long enough to know weaknesses
What specific things went wrong at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Failed to convey critical information
8
Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
He [Dr. Long] took our individual situation into consideration for our treatment not just what the clinic does for every couple...He has been approachable and candid on our situation. Hopeful, but not making guarantees that he can't accomplish...After a failed cycle he would readjust medicines. After several failed he decided to do a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy to see about endometriosis. After readjusting meds and trying IUIs and injectables moving on to IVF.
Phone system/voicemail system for a nurse to call you back [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] is a little confusing and frustrating at first, but then get the hang of it...They are a wonderful, amazing group that really care for their patients...After a failed cycle he [Dr. Long] would readjust medicines. After several failed he decided to do a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy to see about endometriosis. After readjusting meds and trying IUIs and injectables moving on to IVF.
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
As we are currently still in the process of Fertility treatment and about to start the IVF process we have been very pleased with Dr. Long. He has been approachable and candid on our situation. Hopeful, but not making guarantees that he can't accomplish.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He took our individual situation into consideration for our treatment not just what the clinic does for every couple.
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
After a failed cycle he would readjust medicines. After several failed he decided to do a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy to see about endometriosis. After readjusting meds and trying IUIs and injectables moving on to IVF.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
These reviews are for the Montgomery Satellite clinic. They are a wonderful, amazing group that really care for their patients.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Phone system/voicemail system for a nurse to call you back is a little confusing and frustrating at first, but then get the hang of it.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I would say reasonable for what they are. Unfortunately insurance does not cover much.
10
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
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8
10
Age
26 - 30
Treated
2012 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
8 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS, Unexplained
8
10
He [Dr. Christopher Allemand] is very detailed in his speaking. Takes time to answer questions. He was open to listening about what we thought we wanted. He took our concerns seriously. During surgery to remove endo there was a complication (scraped ovary). He said it wasn’t a big deal and moved on but I wish more details would have been given.... Iui- a cycle of clomid, global f, leterozole, progesterone, trigger shot. No resulted pregnancies
Scheduled appointments are sometimes late but it’s just due to the nature of the office. Both offices we went to, Birmingham and Montgomery are very clean and well maintained. My husband said the male collectionrooms were always clean and well stocked... Iui- a cycle of clomid, global f, leterozole, progesterone, trigger shot. No resulted pregnancies
Age
26 - 30
Treated
2012 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
8 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS, Unexplained
8
10
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He is very detailed in his speaking. Takes time to answer questions. He was open to listening about what we thought we wanted. He took our concerns seriously. During surgery to remove endo there was a complication (scraped ovary). He said it wasn’t a big deal and moved on but I wish more details would have been given.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Don’t be hesitant to ask questions
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He took time to get to know our history and spoke to us by name each visit
Describe the protocols Christopher Allemand used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Iui- a cycle of clomid, global f, leterozole, progesterone, trigger shot. No resulted pregnancies
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very well mannered, patient, genuinely cared
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Scheduled appointments are sometimes late but it’s just due to the nature of the office. Both offices we went to, Birmingham and Montgomery are very clean and well maintained. My husband said the male collectionrooms were always clean and well stocked
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
All infertility is expensive. I would say they are right on board with all other clinics
Describe Christopher Allemand's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
N/a
8
Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
35
Treated
2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
Dr. Long is one of few doctors with no arrogance to his demeanor....I am in the medical field and he entertained all of my questions and concerns....Dr Long is one of the most laid back physicians I've ever been around. You can talk to him about anything and it's like talking to an old friend. When going through something as stressful as Fertility [treatment], having a doctor that can put you at ease is everything!
Dr. Long [of ART Fertility Program of Alabama] is one of few doctors with no arrogance to his demeanor....I am in the medical field and he entertained all of my questions and concerns....Dr Long is one of the most laid back physicians I've ever been around. You can talk to him about anything and it's like talking to an old friend. When going through something as stressful as Fertility [treatment], having a doctor that can put you at ease is everything!
Age
35
Treated
2012
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Long is one of few doctors with no arrogance to his demeanor. He is pleasant, conversational, interested to get to know you, your spouse, and you situation. He has a calming spirit and he can talk to you in a way that puts you at ease. I am in the medical field and he entertained all of my questions and concerns. I couldn't have been happier to have been referred to him. Dr Long is one of the most laid back physicians I've ever been around. You can talk to him about anything and it's like talking to an old friend. When going through something as stressful as Fertility Trx, having a doctor that can put you at ease is everything! I've recommended him to many friends and acquaintances and Everyone has felt the same I way about their experience with Dr. Long as my husband and I did. He's a scientist and will explain as much as you need him to.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Trust him and the staff. They do genuinely care about you!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Caring staff
10
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, PCOS
10
10
He [Dr Cecil Long] was exactly what we were looking for. He never gave up on us. He took you back to his office to discuss what happened and what the next treatment was going to be. He is a very compassionate man....Everyone there [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] is great. No complaints here....He tried a high dose of follistim first with my body only producing 1 follicle. Then he tried follistim with menopur and still I only produced 1 follicle. He increase the dosage everything but my body just hasn't responded well to the meds. Now we have to decide if using donor eggs is right for us.
He [Dr Cecil Long] was exactly what we were looking for. He never gave up on us. He took you back to his office to discuss what happened and what the next treatment was going to be. He is a very compassionate man....Everyone there [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] is great. No complaints here....He tried a high dose of follistim first with my body only producing 1 follicle. Then he tried follistim with menopur and still I only produced 1 follicle. He increase the dosage everything but my body just hasn't responded well to the meds. Now we have to decide if using donor eggs is right for us.
Age
30
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Endometriosis, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He was exactly what we were looking for. He never gave up on us. He took you back to his office to discuss what happened and what the next treatment was going to be. He is a very compassionate man.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Trust him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He is very compassionate about what he does and when I had my surgery to remove endometriosis, he made sure I was ok before going in and after coming out.
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
He tried a high dose of follistim first with my body only producing 1 follicle. Then he tried follistim with menopur and still I only produced 1 follicle. He increase the dosage everything but my body just hasn't responded well to the meds. Now we have to decide if using donor eggs is right for us.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Everyone there is great. No complaints here.
10
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
Dr. Honea is great, she talks to you like she is your friend. She is honest and tells you like it is, but isn't harsh. My husband loved her as well and she made him feel so comfortable!...My insurance covered 80% of everything except injections. Their office works with you if you do not have insurance. It is very affordable for what you get. IUI was out of pocket of course but wasn't an arm and a leg.
My insurance covered 80% of everything [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] except injections. Their office works with you if you do not have insurance. It is very affordable for what you get. IUI was out of pocket of course but wasn't an arm and a leg.
Age
33
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Male Factor, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Honea is great, she talks to you like she is your friend. She is honest and tells you like it is, but isn't harsh. My husband loved her as well and she made him feel so comfortable!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
My insurance covered 80% of everything except injections. Their office works with you if you do not have insurance. It is very affordable for what you get. IUI was out of pocket of course but wasn't an arm and a leg.
10
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Other
10
10
Im currently on mini ivf cycle also known as invocell cycle ... with Dr Long and Dr Hammond you are known by your name and they already know everything about you they all make you feel as if you are a part of their family ... I decided to go back to Dr Long who immediately did test and found hydrosalpinx in my right tube and immediate removed and clearly stated that I would’ve never gotten pregnant with that fluid dripping in my uterus
Im currently on mini ivf cycle also known as invocell cycle and good is it a blessing because it’s makes ivf affordable for all women ... They [nursing staff] are awesome they never leave you in the blind and loves you like a relative and for sure understand what we are going through ... the love the office Ora [ART Fertility Program of Alabama] and definitely the doctors dedication to you as a patient
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Other
10
10
How was your experience with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr Long came in after I had already had an full ivf cycle from a “CENTER OF EXCELLENCE “ that ended up depressing me with the low quality experience being that I had a retrieval(15eggs), 3 transfers, and still no baby and I was tired of driving out of state just to be even broker and even more devastated so I decided to go back to Dr Long who immediately did test and found hydrosalpinx in my right tube and immediate removed and clearly stated that I would’ve never gotten pregnant with that fluid dripping in my uterus fast forward a month he did and hsg and found that everything is fine now and I got pregnant the same month and I’ve been trying since 2015 of course it ended in miscarriage and then We got set up for invocell the newest accomplishment for us fertility patients that don’t want to keep spending all of their life savings and he I am currently starting meds and waiting for my chance I’m so 100% guaranteed that he and Karen will make this happen for me because they have done more for me in 3 months than my previous RE did in almost 2 years
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Don’t doubt his options they really work
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
First of you go to these other clinics and all you are is a number with Dr Long and Dr Hammond you are known by your name and they already know everything about you they all make you feel as if you are a part of their family
Describe the protocols Cecil Long used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Im currently on mini ivf cycle also known as invocell cycle and good is it a blessing because it’s makes ivf affordable for all women
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are awesome they never leave you in the blind and loves you like a relative and for sure understand what we are going through
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
There are no weaknesses they are all strengths because all of their patients are satisfied, the love the office Ora and definitely the doctors dedication to you as a patient they are determined to make sure that your dreams are their commands
Describe the costs associated with your care under Cecil Long at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Everything covered by Insurance but definitely everyone can afford the affordable ivf on 3500 for all patients now that’s a milestone that
Describe Cecil Long's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
They explain all risks and let you decide which is how it should all work
10
Doctor
Cecil Long
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
5 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
10
10
Dr. Honey has excellent bedside manner and makes sure you understand every aspect of the infertility process. She shows such caring and support especially during those times I couldn’t help but cry. She has truly been the best physician I have dealt with thus far. Love her and highly recommend!!!... I have done fertility medication and also had a lap procedure to try and open everything up but it did not work so IVF is the only option for more.
The only thing I can say about the whole staff [at ART Fertility Program of AL- Birmingham] is they are all amazing and so caring!... I do no think I can come up with a weakness other than I wish there was a closer office to me but otherwise it is a fantastic facility with an amazing staff. They have always treated me with respect and kindness.
Age
31 - 32
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
5 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Endometriosis
10
10
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Honey has excellent bedside manner and makes sure you understand every aspect of the infertility process. She shows such caring and support especially during those times I couldn’t help but cry. She has truly been the best physician I have dealt with thus far. Love her and highly recommend!!!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Go in with and open heart and open mind. As hard as your situation may be, know that you are in good hands!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr. Honey and her staff have been the most caring professionals I have had the blessing of working with. My diagnosis broke my heart, but they have been so understanding and encouraging. I still have hopes to proceed with IVF. We just have to overcome the financial barrier.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I have done fertility medication and also had a lap procedure to try and open everything up but it did not work so IVF is the only option for more.
Describe your experience with your nurse at ART Fertility Program of Alabama. (Assigned nurse: Tracy)
The only thing I can say about the whole staff is they are all amazing and so caring!
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I do no think I can come up with a weakness other than I wish there was a closer office to me but otherwise it is a fantastic facility with an amazing staff. They have always treated me with respect and kindness.
10
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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10
10
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
10
Dr.Houserman was a very good Doctor she talked to us like we were her family she went over every step each time that I seen her she told me stories about how she went thru the same thing herself and it really touched my heart cause it helped me realize that she really care about what she was doing...I went every week to get blood work to make sure that everything was good I then started taking pill for about three weeks after that I had to take shots for about three week that was very challenging at time I cried ever Day but I just kept praying and pushing hard I was so sore everyday but I had my mind and heart set on me having my first baby that would do anything the trigger shot was the worst but when want what you want you can handle all pain
Very nice people [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama] best clinic in Birmingham I seen other people before going here but they are the best very caring outgoing people who make you feel like they care always very nice and make sure you know what is going on...I felt like a human because they knew me by name they treated me like family...[the nurses are] Very nice people alway provided great service...Dr.Houserman was a very good Doctor she talked to us like we were her family she went over every step each time that I seen her she told me stories about how she went thru the same thing herself and it really touched my heart cause it helped me realize that she really care about what she was doing...I went every week to get blood work to make sure that everything was good I then started taking pill for about three weeks after that I had to take shots for about three week that was very challenging at time I cried ever Day but I just kept praying and pushing hard I was so sore everyday but I had my mind and heart set on me having my first baby that would do anything the trigger shot was the worst but when want what you want you can handle all pain
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF, 1 Egg Freezing
Diagnosis
10
10
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr.Houserman was a very good Doctor she talked to us like we were her family she went over every step each time that I seen her she told me stories about how she went thru the same thing herself and it really touched my heart cause it helped me realize that she really care about what she was doing
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
To trust her she has your best interest at heart cause she at one time was sitting and your seat
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
I felt like a human because they knew me by name they treated me like family
Describe the protocols Virginia Houserman used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
I went every week to get blood work to make sure that everything was good I then started taking pill for about three weeks after that I had to take shots for about three week that was very challenging at time I cried ever Day but I just kept praying and pushing hard I was so sore everyday but I had my mind and heart set on me having my first baby that would do anything the trigger shot was the worst but when want what you want you can handle all pain
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very nice people alway provided great service
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Very nice people best clinic in Birmingham I seen other people before going here but they are the best very caring outgoing people who make you feel like they care always very nice and make sure you know what is going on
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
I spend about 15000 when it was all done!!
10
Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
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10
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ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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9
9
Age
24 - 25
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
9
9
she [Dr. Honea] has made our experience very personable. When you see her she focuses only on you & your partner & answers every question. When she needs to call she calls you along with nurses...Endometrium Follistim 225 iu Menopur 75iu Genorelix HCG...
Nurses were very educational & stayed with you 100% of the time during the retrieval & transfer [at ART Fertility Program of Alabama]. I was a little disappointed when it came to our last trigger shot, i was told to just read the instructions & when we got back in the office we were wrong...Everyone is super friendly & knowledgeable... Some nurses have to run the information back & sometimes can’t answer your question. Sometimes i got the run around & wasn’t too sure of what to do. Every time i called the IVF dept it took longer for them to contact me back.
Age
24 - 25
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
9
9
How was your experience with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Nurses are very personable. Some nurses have to run the information back & sometimes can’t answer your question. Sometimes i got the run around & wasn’t too sure of what to do. Every time i called the IVF dept it took longer for them to contact me back.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Patience & Bring questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Because she has made our experience very personable. When you see her she focuses only on you & your partner & answers every question. When she needs to call she calls you along with nurses.
Describe the protocols Kathryn Honea used in your cycles at ART Fertility Program of Alabama and their degree of success.
Endometrium Follistim 225 iu Menopur 75iu Genorelix HCG
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Nurses were very educational & stayed with you 100% of the time during the retrieval & transfer. I was a little disappointed when it came to our last trigger shot, i was told to just read the instructions & when we got back in the office we were wrong.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Everyone is super friendly & knowledgeable. Bring questions & don’t hesitate to ask questions to understand your procedures, medications if possible bring them w you. Ask your doctor questions & ask them to walk you through what they are doing to best understand.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kathryn Honea at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Over the last years we pay every time we visit. Cost for IVF with insurance coverage was around $1150.
Describe Kathryn Honea's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Single embryo transfer it’s like a 50/50 chance rather multiple gives us a higher chance as well as multiples
9
Doctor
Kathryn Honea
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
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9
10
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Unexplained
9
10
Dr Houserman can be very business and then personal at times as well. Dr Houserman seems very intelligent and helps to ease the nerves knowing she’s knowledgeable in what she is doing. She has always exhausted all options when doing treatments.... [ART Fertility Program of AL- Montgomery's] Strengths are they are all very friendly and make you feel good even when things are going good. Weakness is the clinic is small so sometimes it’s not always as private as you would like because you can most things said in there.
[ART Fertility Program of AL- Montgomery's] Strengths are they are all very friendly and make you feel good even when things are going good. Weakness is the clinic is small so sometimes it’s not always as private as you would like because you can most things said in there.... Dr Houserman can be very business and then personal at times as well. Dr Houserman seems very intelligent and helps to ease the nerves knowing she’s knowledgeable in what she is doing. She has always exhausted all options when doing treatments.
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Unexplained
9
10
How was your experience with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Dr Houserman can be very business and then personal at times as well. Dr Houserman seems very intelligent and helps to ease the nerves knowing she’s knowledgeable in what she is doing. She has always exhausted all options when doing treatments.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
To ask a lot of questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Listens to what you have to say.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very nice
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Strengths are they are all very friendly and make you feel good even when things are going good. Weakness is the clinic is small so sometimes it’s not always as private as you would like because you can most things said in there.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Virginia Houserman at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
At times expensive.
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Doctor
Virginia Houserman
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Montgomery
Nursing
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10
10
Age
28 - 30
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
6 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
10
He [Dr. Allemand] was great. He really took his time listening to our concerns and answered every question that we had. We both came up with a game plan and he kept us informed on everything every step of the way. I really appreciate everything that he did for us and our little girl.... I came into the clinic [ART Fertility Program] with all the info that I researched but nothing compared to there information. All of the staff listened to me and went out of there way to make sure that I was comfortable.
I came into the clinic [ART Fertility Program] with all the info that I researched but nothing compared to there information. All of the staff listened to me and went out of there way to make sure that I was comfortable.... Everyone communicated and called back as soon as they could.... He was great. He really took his time listening to our concerns and answered every question that we had. We both came up with a game plan
Age
28 - 30
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Other
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
6 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He was great. He really took his time listening to our concerns and answered every question that we had. We both came up with a game plan and he kept us informed on everything every step of the way. I really appreciate everything that he did for us and our little girl.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
Just listen. He knows what he is talking about.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama?
He was great. He cared about me as a patient.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Everyone communicated and called back as soon as they could.
Describe your experience with ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
Just listen to them. I came into the clinic with all the info that I researched but nothing compared to there information. All of the staff listened to me and went out of there way to make sure that I was comfortable.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Christopher Allemand at ART Fertility Program of Alabama.
The clinic cost was not bad at all.
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Doctor
Christopher Allemand
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
ART Fertility Program of Alabama
Birmingham
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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