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Arlington Office 4040 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203
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10215 Fernwood Road
Bethesda, MD 20817
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Dominion Fertility to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 74%Neutral: 24%Don't recommend: 2%9.1
31 assessments
  • 74% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 24% Neutral (7-8)
  • 2% Don't recommend (0-6)
Operations
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9.9
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Scheduling
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9.6
Scheduling

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Billing Department
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8.5
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9.8
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8.9
Attention to Detail

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Annual Cycles for this Clinic
1,439
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8.9
Average Doctor Score
3 doctors
31 assessments
9
9
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
9
9
Dr. Sarajari recommended we do IVF within six months after seeing mine and my husband's diagnostic test results...recommended we use ICSI for fertilization, which resulted in 100% of our eggs being fertilized...She strongly recommended we do single transfer...always took the time to answer my questions (and invite questions as well). She made me feel that she was invested in my treatment and my success... I emailed her my concerns one night at 11:45pm, and she called me back personally at 9:15am the next morning, waited patiently for me to conference in my husband, and helped us talk through our options. I know that this included some information she'd told us before, but she still took the time to rehash it for us. It helped us make the most informed decision and made us feel empowered and confident that we were doing so.
One thing I think that is unique to Dominion is that the offer an in-home injection teaching. My coordinator sat with me and my husband for +1 hour at our kitchen table teaching us how to mix the meds, practice using the needle with a tester to get a feel for things. As someone nervous with needles, this was HUGE. Dominion clearly cares about their patients and staff - we had a big snowstorm in DC one weekend, and they put up their staff at the hotel across the street so there'd be no chance they'd miss work! Another strength of Dominion is that they have a very knowledgeable finance department. Critical when undertaking a large financial commitment like IVF.
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Consultant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
9
9
How was your experience with Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
I was randomly assigned to Dr. Sarajari when I decided to pick Dominion Fertility - I am glad that I was! Of all the doctors (who are all very kind), I always felt the most comfortable with her. I like to know and understand all details, so I had a fair amount of questions. She always took the time to answer them, and she also gave me her email address to contact her when my husband and I were wrestling with doing IUI or IVF. I emailed her my concerns one night at 11:45pm, and she called me back personally at 9:15am the next morning, waited patiently for me to conference in my husband, and helped us talk through our options. I know that this included some information she'd told us before, but she still took the time to rehash it for us. It helped us make the most informed decision and made us feel empowered and confident that we were doing so.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
If you're like me and need to know every detail - I'd always make sure to have a notepad with you. And, when asking questions, I found it very helpful to have them at hand for a productive conversation. I think this would apply to most doctors though!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Sarajari always took the time to answer my questions (and invite questions as well). She made me feel that she was invested in my treatment and my success.
Describe the protocols Susan Sarajari used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
Dr. Sarajari recommended we do IVF within six months after seeing mine and my husband's diagnostic test results. We waited on it (last ditch effort to try naturally) for three months, then started on Estrace, Gonal F (Follistim), Menopur and Ganirelax. My trigger shot was Lupron. Dr. Sarajari recommended we use ICSI for fertilization, which resulted in 100% of our eggs being fertilized. So far, that's where we are in the process!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Holli Simon)
I have said on more than one occasion that I wouldn't be able to go through IVF without Holli! She is patient, thorough, accessible, and kind. You can't really ask for anything more. It is very evident (and so very appreciated) that she cares about her patients. I went through IVF during a particularly busy time of the year for Dominion and she still got back to me in a timely manner when I had questions (a lot of them) and helped coordinate every detail.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
The staff is very friendly here. And competent (which sounds like a given, but at many doctor's offices sometimes I wonder). I never have to worry that I will not receive a call back when I have to leave the nurse or finance dept a message. One thing I think that is unique to Dominion is that the offer an in-home injection teaching. My coordinator sat with me and my husband for +1 hour at our kitchen table teaching us how to mix the meds, practice using the needle with a tester to get a feel for things. As someone nervous with needles, this was HUGE. Dominion clearly cares about their patients and staff - we had a big snowstorm in DC one weekend, and they put up their staff at the hotel across the street so there'd be no chance they'd miss work! Another strength of Dominion is that they have a very knowledgeable finance department. Critical when undertaking a large financial commitment like IVF. They helped battle my insurance on multiple occasions - even getting on a three-way call with me and them a few times to resolve matters. My only criticism (which honestly is slight) is that sometimes the morning monitoring hours can feel like a revolving door. With so many people coming in and out, the time with the doctors can be very fast. You need to speak up and ask question (how am I progressing, how many follicles do you see) otherwise you may not have a ton of information volunteered for you. Also, my retrieval fell on a Sunday AM, so my doctor was not there to do the procedure as I had hoped. I imagine that would have been different if it was on a week day.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
Monitoring was relatively efficient. A few times it was busy (for example for people arriving the last ~20 min of the weekend AM window), but most of the time I was in and out in about 30-40 minutes.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility.
Under my insurance (so far!) costs have been about $5k to the clinic and $500 for meds (but we've reached our max for fertility drugs). We will incur additional fees for genetic testing (TBD). Since more drugs will be out of pocket, Dominion said they'd help me shop around for the best prices.
Describe Susan Sarajari's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
She strongly recommended we do single transfer
9
Doctor
Susan Sarajari
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
Nursing
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10
10
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
we used Natural Cycle IVF [with Dr. Kay Waud]- just my natural egg produced in a cycle without fertility medication prior...She spent so much more time discussing our test results [than previous doctor] and providing some new insights as to why we may be having trouble (particularly pertaining to some male infertility issues)...did not perform any of the major procedures in our Natural Cycle IVF treatment...my experience with her as a patient in consult and diagnostics was very positive.
Every nurse [at Dominion Fertility] at every visit is kind, friendly and eager to make you feel comfortable. Being poked with needles for blood draws and having sonograms every other day during follicle monitoring can be unpleasant, but the nurses remain positive and calm - and they all seem to know how to draw blood very delicately...Prior to starting treatment, we did a mock embryo transfer and a water sonogram, which cost us a total of $650. Most everything that occurs during a Natural Cycle IVF treatment (monitoring, egg retrieval, semen collection, fertilization, embryo transfer, etc.) is covered under a package price of $4900.
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Kay did not perform any of the major procedures in our Natural Cycle IVF treatment (Dr. DiMattina did that), but my experience with her as a patient in consult and diagnostics was very positive. She is clearly invested in the best possible outcomes for her patients, and was very candid about treatment options that she did not feel would be good for us (for example, IUI treatment because of our particular challenges would have been a wasted effort in her opinion). I felt very trusting of her opinions and recommendations.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Kay is extremely thorough, and I feel compassionate and kind, but I do think that some might perceive her to be a little bit colder at first conversation. I don't believe this is the case, but you might want to be prepared for that possibility as you consult with her. She will definitely answer your questions, listen to you, and provide you with as much information as you'd like.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Kay is extremely thorough in her consultations. Not only this, but a few years ago, I had a miscarriage, and she was the doctor to confirm it (even though she was not my primary doctor at Dominion at the time). I didn't immediately remember this, but she did and was very kind a compassionate about it. Our original doctor at Dominion had since left the practice, and Dr. Kay become our new primary. She spent so much more time discussing our test results and providing some new insights as to why we may be having trouble (particularly pertaining to some male infertility issues).
Describe the protocols Kay Waud used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
Baby Aspirin once a day to help the lining of my uterus, and then progesterone and estradiol once my embryo was fertilized prior to egg retrieval. Limited activities during the two week wait after transfer. These are all designed for the best possible outcome - successful implantation of the fertilized embryo.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Amy (called me the most))
I can't say enough about the incredible nursing staff and coordinators at Dominion Fertility Arlington. Every nurse at every visit is kind, friendly and eager to make you feel comfortable. Being poked with needles for blood draws and having sonograms every other day during follicle monitoring can be unpleasant, but the nurses remain positive and calm - and they all seem to know how to draw blood very delicately. I have always felt very comforted by the staff at Dominion.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
This clinic is wonderful. The offices and lobby are always neat and clean, and the waiting area is comfortable. The front desk staff will always greet you with kindness and a smile. Appointments are made very efficiently over the phone, and I have never been kept waiting past an appointment time before seeing the doctor. Billing is even around the corner and incredibly helpful - they will answer any and all questions you have about costs of treatment on the spot. If I had just one issue, and it's a slight one, it would be that you can almost never reach a nurse directly in real time - you'll have to leave a voicemail at the nurses' desk, and they will return your call. At times, this can take a few hours, but they never make you wait more than a day for a return call, so it's really a minor issue.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility.
Because Virginia doesn't have a mandate for fertility treatment coverage through health care, patients pay for all of treatments out of pocket. Prior to starting treatment, we did a mock embryo transfer and a water sonogram, which cost us a total of $650. Most everything that occurs during a Natural Cycle IVF treatment (monitoring, egg retrieval, semen collection, fertilization, embryo transfer, etc.) is covered under a package price of $4900. We also paid for assisted hatching of the embryo at $500. Anesthesia for the egg retrieval is an additional separate cost of $500, and then there is the cost of medications, which for us was around $300. All in all, our treatment cost us around $6850.
Describe Kay Waud's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
This does not apply to me because we used Natural Cycle IVF - just my natural egg produced in a cycle without fertility medication prior.
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Doctor
Kay Waud
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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10
10
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
10
[Dr. DiMattina] is very kind, calm, and confident. From the first time he came in to monitor me, he was asking me personal questions about my career and interests. He remembers details about those little things on each visit. He definitely exudes a command over these procedures, but does so in a very reassuring way...My egg retrieval went perfectly. Embryo fertilization went perfectly. My embryo transfer also went perfectly. I kept sharing with my friends and family that the entire process from the start of my cycle to the transfer was so straight forward and easy - which I did not expect it to be!
This clinic [Dominion Fertility] is wonderful. The offices and lobby are always neat and clean, and the waiting area is comfortable. The front desk staff will always greet you with kindness and a smile. Appointments are made very efficiently over the phone, and I have never been kept waiting past an appointment time before seeing the doctor. Billing is even around the corner and incredibly helpful - they will answer any and all questions you have about costs of treatment on the spot. If I had just one issue, and it's a slight one, it would be that you can almost never reach a nurse directly in real time - you'll have to leave a voicemail at the nurses' desk, and they will return your call. At times, this can take a few hours, but they never make you wait more than a day for a return call, so it's really a minor issue.
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
10
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. DiMattina is, as I mentioned before, kind, calm, controlled and clearly an expert in his field. As he was monitoring my follicles for retrieval, he was able to assess almost instantly whether or not we were ready for the procedure. My egg retrieval went perfectly. Embryo fertilization went perfectly. My embryo transfer also went perfectly. I kept sharing with my friends and family that the entire process from the start of my cycle to the transfer was so straight forward and easy - which I did not expect it to be! I believe Dr. D played a huge role in that. I also believe that Dr. D genuinely is invested in helping families like ours create a life together, and although we weren't successful with this treatment, we intend to try again.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
I would recommend that you try to allow yourself to trust that he will give you the information that you need, but if you want more details (like the size of your ovarian follicles on each visit, for example), you should ask him questions. I have no doubt that he is happy to answer them.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. D is very kind, calm, and confident. From the first time he came in to monitor me, he was asking me personal questions about my career and interests. He remembers details about those little things on each visit. He definitely exudes a command over these procedures, but does so in a very reassuring way.
Describe the protocols Michael DiMattina used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
I was put on a daily dose of baby Aspirin to help with the lining of my uterus. Once our embryo was fertilized, I began taking supplemental progesterone and estradiol to prepare my body further for planned implantation. I also was to refrain from certain activities after my embryo transfer to attempt to secure implantation. The rationale for all of these is that combined, they offer the best possible chance for an embryo to implant into the uterus for pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Amy (called me the most))
I can't say enough about the incredible nursing staff and coordinators at Dominion Fertility Arlington. Every nurse at every visit is kind, friendly and eager to make you feel comfortable. Being poked with needles for blood draws and having sonograms every other day during follicle monitoring can be unpleasant, but the nurses remain positive and calm - and they all seem to know how to draw blood very delicately. I have always felt very comforted by the staff at Dominion.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
This clinic is wonderful. The offices and lobby are always neat and clean, and the waiting area is comfortable. The front desk staff will always greet you with kindness and a smile. Appointments are made very efficiently over the phone, and I have never been kept waiting past an appointment time before seeing the doctor. Billing is even around the corner and incredibly helpful - they will answer any and all questions you have about costs of treatment on the spot. If I had just one issue, and it's a slight one, it would be that you can almost never reach a nurse directly in real time - you'll have to leave a voicemail at the nurses' desk, and they will return your call. At times, this can take a few hours, but they never make you wait more than a day for a return call, so it's really a minor issue.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
Monitoring appointments happen in the mornings every day of the week, starting slightly later on the weekends. You can come in anytime during the window of about three hours. They almost always see you within ten minutes of your arrival time, and I was never there more than 20 minutes or so. For my personal schedule (I work afternoons and nights), it is a little challenging because I must be in there before 9 AM, but for most people working in jobs during the day, I imagine it's a very convenient process.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
Because Virginia doesn't have a mandate for fertility treatment coverage through health care, patients pay for all of treatments out of pocket. Prior to starting treatment, we did a mock embryo transfer and a water sonogram, which cost us a total of $650. Most everything that occurs during a Natural Cycle IVF treatment (monitoring, egg retrieval, semen collection, fertilization, embryo transfer, etc.) is covered under a package price of $4900. We also paid for assisted hatching of the embryo at $500. Anesthesia for the egg retrieval is an additional separate cost of $500, and then there is the cost of medications, which for us was around $300. All in all, our treatment cost us around $6850.
Describe Michael DiMattina's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
This particular question is not applicable to us for this treatment, because we did a Natural Cycle IVF (there was only one egg produced by my body naturally for retrieval).
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Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
Nursing
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4
7
Age
31
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
4
7
If you're the kind of patient who wants your hand held and wants to understand in detail every step of this process, he [Dr. Dimattina] may not be your guy...We only got 1 PGT-A normal embryo in the first cycle, so we did another one...Despite repeated attempts, Dr. D. consistently refused to answer questions specific to my case. When I would ask, he would either resort to flattering platitudes or tout his own expertise, but he would not give me details when I was trying to better understand my own treatment.
I love the clinic [Dominion Fertility] as a whole. It's very convenient, clean, easy to schedule appointments, and organized. I feel very well taken care of by all of the staff...All of the nurses I have dealt with have been very competent and compassionate. There is only one nurse who is not very good at drawing blood, and I wince every time it's her turn because she has trouble doing it and it's very painful...During my first cycle, I was told three different numbers at various points regarding how many of my eggs were mature.
Age
31
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
4
7
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
I fully trust Dr. D's medical expertise - that is why we stayed with him when we had to do a second cycle. However, I found it incredibly frustrating that when I would ask specific questions about my case, like why do you think our results were below expectations, or why are you choosing the same medical protocol when it didn't work that well before, or how many follicles do you see (during a monitoring appointment), he would never give me specific answers and often seemed to take offense that I was asking questions at all, like I was questioning his ability or something.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
If you're the kind of patient who wants your hand held and wants to understand in detail every step of this process, he may not be your guy.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Despite repeated attempts, Dr. D. consistently refused to answer questions specific to my case. When I would ask, he would either resort to flattering platitudes or tout his own expertise, but he would not give me details when I was trying to better understand my own treatment.
Describe the protocols Michael DiMattina used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
I used an antagonist protocol with estrace starting on Day 19 before the IVF cycle, then 150 of Follistim and 150 of Menopur nightly until starting Ganirelex around mid-cycle. We only got 1 PGT-A normal embryo in the first cycle, so we did another one.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Holli)
All of the nurses I have dealt with have been very competent and compassionate. There is only one nurse who is not very good at drawing blood, and I wince every time it's her turn because she has trouble doing it and it's very painful.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
I love the clinic as a whole. It's very convenient, clean, easy to schedule appointments, and organized. I feel very well taken care of by all of the staff. I felt less like a fertility factory than Shady Grove.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
Pretty efficiently run. I was usually in and out between 30-45 minutes.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
I chose a package that included up to two retrievals (embryo banking) and up to two transfers as needed until a live birth. The total cost was around $28,000, which included the retrievals, all monitoring, ICSI, assisted hatching if needed. That cost did not include IVF meds ($5-9k), anesthesia for egg retrieval ($500), PGT-A testing ($150/embryo).
What specific things went wrong at Dominion Fertility?
  • Provided conflicting information
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Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
Nursing
Operations
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10
9
Age
34
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
10
9
He [Dr. Dimattina] almost always only does single embryo transfers...is very knowledgeable and explained everything in person. I cried during our testing results appt and he immediately stopped, asked how I was doing, and if we wanted to stop and whether I wanted to come back...After our testing results appt, Dr D told us to call him with any questions. We called him a few days later...called me back only a few minutes later. I also was able conference call my husband into the call and Dr D. answered all of our additional questions.
Everyone in the office [of Dominion Fertility] were friendly and welcoming. Very personable and they all seem to genuinely care about you...our current plan is to do traditional IVF with our own eggs and sperm...Holli is my primary point of contact...She's my nurse and will be there with us through the whole process. I'm able to contact her via the phone or email and so far she's been great...There's only metered street parking, but there are tons of spaces so you don't have to worry about driving around the block multiple times. The clinic itself is clean, updated, and modern. The receptionists are very helpful and there are dedicated financial coordinators who are there to deal with all of the insurance and payment stuff.
Age
34
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
10
9
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Dr D is very knowledgeable and explained everything in person. I cried during our testing results appt and he immediately stopped, asked how I was doing, and if we wanted to stop and whether I wanted to come back. He is not an overly emotional dr, but I didn't want that. I wanted and needed someone who could show compassion but also focus on the plan and the future and that's exactly what he does.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
It's ok to be nervous going into the appt and to be overwhelmed with all of the information you're getting. After our testing results appt, Dr D told us to call him with any questions. We called him a few days later and recalled me back only a few minutes later. I also was able conference call my husband into the call and Dr D. answered all of our additional questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Everyone in the office from the receptionist to Dr Dimattina were friendly and welcoming. Very personable and they all seem to genuinely care about you.
Describe the protocols Michael DiMattina used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
We're still early in the process but our current plan is to do traditional IVF with our own eggs and sperm. I'll be starting the injections soon. I have low ovarian reserve despite my age, so we're doing this as soon as possible to get as many good eggs from me as possible. My husband's sperm has morphology issues so we'll probably end up doing ICSI. Dr D only does FET because the outcomes are much better than the fresh embryo transfers, and we'll be doing PGS since my ovarian reserve is low. I'll be sure to update as I progress through everything.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Holli)
Holli is my primary point of contact with Dr D's office. She's my nurse and will be there with us through the whole process. I'm able to contact her via the phone or email and so far she's been great.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
There's only metered street parking, but there are tons of spaces so you don't have to worry about driving around the block multiple times. The clinic itself is clean, updated, and modern. The receptionists are very helpful and there are dedicated financial coordinators who are there to deal with all of the insurance and payment stuff.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
We're lucky that our insurance covers infertility treatment. They do all of the pre-authorizing and tell us what is and is not covered by insurance.
Describe Michael DiMattina's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
He almost always only does single embryo transfers, I think they are very rare cases where he might do multiple. With the technology today, especially the PGS there isn't the need to do multiple with the hope that at least one will take.
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Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
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9
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Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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10
10
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
10
10
Every question was always answered [by Dr. Sarajari]. She provided very detailed explanations of every process. I met with her at every visit. She examined me at every visit. She did not hesitate in recommending we move on to IVF given our diagnoses. She did not waste our time or money with interventions that were not likely to work...Our plan is to do an egg retrieval and freeze for future use with frozen embryo transfer.
There are three facilities in the area [for Dominion Fertility] and only the Arlington office is available for weekend and holiday monitoring. Arlington starts at 6:30 during the week and the other two offices start at 7. You will have to pay for parking at the Bethesda office. Strengths: they get you in and out in a timely manner. Weaknesses: appointment options can be limited if you need an early appointment.
Age
30 - 31
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
Every question was always answered. She provided very detailed explanations of every process. I met with her at every visit. She examined me at every visit. She did not hesitate in recommending we move on to IVF given our diagnoses. She did not waste our time or money with interventions that were not likely to work.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
Bring questions that you have and write them down before appointments.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Sarajari is the only doctor to see me at this practice. She is thorough and provides information regarding every step of the process.
Describe the protocols Susan Sarajari used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
I am just starting my first IVF cycle with Dr. Sarajari. Our plan is to do an egg retrieval and freeze for future use with frozen embryo transfer. I will have a couple of weeks on birth control pills to get my body back to baseline before starting the medications needed to do the transfer. She supported my and my husband’s decision to have him freeze sperm prior to starting secondary to him having extremely low normal morphology. We wanted to make sure there some good ones available prior to my surgery.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Holli Simon)
Our care coordinator is excellent. She is always available by email or phone. She updates us on test results promptly. She is empathetic to our needs and concerns.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
There are three facilities in the area and only the Arlington office is available for weekend and holiday monitoring. Arlington starts at 6:30 during the week and the other two offices start at 7. You will have to pay for parking at the Bethesda office. Strengths: they get you in and out in a timely manner. Weaknesses: appointment options can be limited if you need an early appointment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility.
$10,000. This included out of pocket max that remained for the year, as well as a few items that were not covered by insurance.
Describe Susan Sarajari's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
For our age we will be doing a single embryo transfer. I am 31, so I support this plan.
10
Doctor
Susan Sarajari
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Bethesda
Nursing
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10
10
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS, Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
There are times the doctors travel between their multiple offices, and you may have to wait a few minutes, but she [Dr. Sarajari] is worth the wait... was the first doctor to explain things to me in a way that felt not only healing, but manageable. She was an answer to many worries and frustrations...makes us feel heard and valued. When she discovered my uterine fibroids or polyps (still waiting for the surgery/results), it was a busy day and I know she had other places to be, but she sat with me and my husband and very empathetically answered all of our questions and calmed our concerns. I'm sure the same will continue as we move on to our next steps.
any blood draws, monitoring, or discussions with the nurses [at Dominion Fertility- Bethesda] has been so wonderful. I really enjoy each of them. All of them have been compassionate, and eager to help in anyway...We are hoping to do the guaranteed program which is about 26k, includes many things, but medications and such are outside of this cost... Overall, we are very satisfied and feel like we are in good hands.
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
Anovulation, Male Factor, PCOS, Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
How was your experience with Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Sarajari has been extremely beneficial to me and my husband. We are still waiting to start IVF, but trust we are in good/capable hands. I was frustrated and bummed and honestly scared about so many things before our first consult, but when you walk into the office there is a sign that says, "the only thing strong than fear is hope," and from the first handshake with Dr. Sarajari her hope was contagious. Dr. Sarajari is a compassionate expert who makes us feel heard and valued. When she discovered my uterine fibroids or polyps (still waiting for the surgery/results), it was a busy day and I know she had other places to be, but she sat with me and my husband and very empathetically answered all of our questions and calmed our concerns. I'm sure the same will continue as we move on to our next steps.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
Be patient. There are times the doctors travel between their multiple offices, and you may have to wait a few minutes, but she is worth the wait.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Sarajari was the first doctor to explain things to me in a way that felt not only healing, but manageable. She was an answer to many worries and frustrations.
Describe the protocols Susan Sarajari used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
We are at the very beginning phases and waiting for all of this info for our particular case.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Holli)
So far it everything for our situation is in the initial stages, but any blood draws, monitoring, or discussions with the nurses has been so wonderful. I really enjoy each of them. All of them have been compassionate, and eager to help in anyway.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
The doctors and nurses I have worked with are wonderful. They each take time to make you feel at ease, and cared for. The office staff is also wonderful and organized. If I need to be constructive and provide an area for growth/weakness...we did had a few issues with the billing department. In my opinion, they were very minor and nothing that would make us choose another practice. Overall, we are very satisfied and feel like we are in good hands.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility.
We are hoping to do the guaranteed program which is about 26k, includes many things, but medications and such are outside of this cost.
Describe Susan Sarajari's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
I believe this clinic prefers eSET, but I am new to the process.
10
Doctor
Susan Sarajari
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Bethesda
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8
7
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Other, Unexplained
8
7
Dr. Waud is very on top of recent research...One thing I most appreciated about her is she gave me her phone number, and I could text and speak with her directly and immediately about any concerns...I think Dr. Waud would agree that our case turned out to be more complicated than it appeared, resulting in a misdiagnosis which ultimately led us to change clinics...She also teaches at a med school, and she has very clear views on the science of reproductive challenges, which she communicates very clearly.
[The nurses at Dominion Fertility were] All great, sweet women. I had a missed miscarriage which showed itself in a monitoring ultrasound, and in retrospect I could not have been surrounded by nicer people...When we were transferring to the next clinic, we requested our medical records. A crucial report showing the karyotype of our miscarriage was left out of this paperwork, and it took a lot of back and forth and non-responsiveness to resolve.
Age
34 - 35
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Other, Unexplained
8
7
How was your experience with Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Waud is very on top of recent research. She also teaches at a med school, and she has very clear views on the science of reproductive challenges, which she communicates very clearly. One thing I most appreciated about her is she gave me her phone number, and I could text and speak with her directly and immediately about any concerns. I have seen two other doctors since then, neither of whom provided that. Unforunately, science does not always match what happens in human existence, and I think Dr. Waud would agree that our case turned out to be more complicated than it appeared, resulting in a misdiagnosis which ultimately led us to change clinics.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Ask her to go over all details of your case with a fine tooth comb, examining all contingencies, and not necessarily deciding that the simple answer is the best answer.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Waud is definitely empathetic. We’ve been through several losses, which was not something she was dismissive of. We experienced one loss and one hysteroscopy under her care, and her bedside manner at surgery was the mix of humane and confident that I want in those stressful situations.
Describe the protocols Kay Waud used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
We arrived at Dr. Waud’s office having already lost one single and one twin naturally conceived pregnancy. Dr. Waud thought there was a good independent explanation for each, but nonetheless order some other diagnostic testing. She thought none looked indicative of an inability conceive and carry, so we were sent on our way to try on our own. While we did conceive again relatively quickly, this too resulted in another karyotypically normal loss. To Dr. Waud’s credit, she seemed as sad and stumped by this as we were.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
All great, sweet women. I had a missed miscarriage which showed itself in a monitoring ultrasound, and in retrospect I could not have been surrounded by nicer people.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
The waiting room is beautiful, as are all the facilities. The billing folks are not super clear, but having encountered others at other clinics, that seems to be par for the course. I saw Dr. Waud for every step - consultations, diagnostic testing, and, unfortunately, D&C and follow-up hysteroscopy procédures.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility.
Our costs ended up being all diagnostic or pregnancy related, and therefore we had pretty good insurance coverage.
Describe Kay Waud's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
N/a
What specific things went wrong at Dominion Fertility?
  • Lost paperwork
  • Lost results
8
Doctor
Kay Waud
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
Nursing
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9
10
Age
37
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
9
10
Dr. Gordon comes out to greet you in the waiting room. He understands that we are seeking answers and options and he is clear about his expectations. I never felt that he didn't take my concerns seriously or that he did not understand how difficult it is to start to try and conceive again after having a stillborn a year ago.... Dr. Gordon's hopeful and optimistic attitude combined with his frankness when describing expectations and risks was very much appreciated. I wanted to feel like he understood and cared about my history and that any course of treatment that he prescribed was carefully tailored to my case.
Arlington location [Dominion Fertility] - clean, nice relaxing environment, modern, organized. Receptionists are kind and not rude, which is HUGE. I feel that so many times, doctors' offices have rude receptionists. The wait time is relatively insignificant... [Nursing Staff] Very nice and very responsive over email, which is good for me, especially during the business hours. If I ask a question over email before 2pm, I can expect an answer same day. They are all pleasant in person and seem to run a tight ship.
Age
37
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
East Asian
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 Fertility Medications
Diagnosis
PCOS
9
10
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Even though we are dealing with the stressful topic of infertility after having a stillborn, Dr. Gordon's hopeful and optimistic attitude combined with his frankness when describing expectations and risks was very much appreciated. I wanted to feel like he understood and cared about my history and that any course of treatment that he prescribed was carefully tailored to my case. So far, 3 rounds of letrozole/novarel/timed intercourse failed and we are hopefully to do IVF once we get tests and finances straightened out. I will be nervous, of course, given that I have lost a son at 32 weeks due to unknown causes. I appreciated that he was direct and confident in his approach and very knowledgeable. As someone who is seeking answers, he has done his best to give us answers to the extent that he could and if he couldn't, he would explain why. As for a con, I wish I could have more time to ask more questions and talk to him more about my concerns. It's not like he rushes us out, but I think consultations should be longer than 30 minutes.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
write down all the questions you have ahead of time. Be informed about your own case and be your own advocate.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon comes out to greet you in the waiting room. He understands that we are seeking answers and options and he is clear about his expectations. I never felt that he didn't take my concerns seriously or that he did not understand how difficult it is to start to try and conceive again after having a stillborn a year ago.
Describe the protocols John David Gordon used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
After being dx'ed with lean PCOS, he prescribed Metformin, which I didn't want to take/didn't tolerate too much. He said I could stop taking it if that was the case; I am not insulin resistant. I took Letrozole from days 5-9 of my cycle, then we would do u/s monitoring and then take Novarel to force ovulation. We did this timed intercourse for three months, which did not work for us for whatever reason. His advice was that we should try a different approach after 3 times of trying this, and I agree. He also knew that as someone who had a stillborn, I am not able to handle the disappointment each month and I would not want to be trying w/o success (or likelihood of success) each month w/o a plan. We discussed IUI and IVF options; he didn't push either. We chose IVF. We start next cycle.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Very nice and very responsive over email, which is good for me, especially during the business hours. If I ask a question over email before 2pm, I can expect an answer same day. They are all pleasant in person and seem to run a tight ship.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
Arlington location - clean, nice relaxing environment, modern, organized. Receptionists are kind and not rude, which is HUGE. I feel that so many times, doctors' offices have rude receptionists. The wait time is relatively insignificant.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility.
$600 so far for 3 rounds of letrozole/novarel/progesterone pills
Describe John David Gordon's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
Dr. Gordon does not encourage multiple embryo transfer because it is more high risk. I agree with this approach. After suffering a major loss, I do not want to add more risk to pregnancy -- something that is riskier than I had ever expected.
9
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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8
8
Age
38
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
8
8
Dr. Gordon was very warm and understanding during the process, but provided us with a frank assessment of our situation and potential courses of action.... Dr. Gordon is an excellent fit who will show empathy to those who need it. Our process was particularly difficult because my partner and I had experienced a stillbirth following difficulties becoming pregnant. Dr. Gordon did not shy away from referencing our history and showed sympathy for our situation in addition to factoring it into our treatment.
The clinic [Dominion Fertility] is very clean and well-organized. The staff is very professional and they have a nice large waiting room. It is a comfortable place to receive treatment. They have available clinic hours for weekend visits to obtain certain treatments or tests. The place seems well-run and we have never had to wait too long to be seen. Sometimes there has been no wait at all. Scheduling appointments has been easy and hassle-free.
Age
38
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI
Diagnosis
PCOS
8
8
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon has been very helpful and understanding for us throughout the process, and I have trusted the medical advice he has provided and the course of treatments he has recommended. He has been supportive and has given us good advice that enabled us to make an informed decision in deciding whether to continue with IUI treatments or to move on to more aggressive treatment measures, such as IVF.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon is an excellent fit who will show empathy to those who need it. Our process was particularly difficult because my partner and I had experienced a stillbirth following difficulties becoming pregnant. Dr. Gordon did not shy away from referencing our history and showed sympathy for our situation in addition to factoring it into our treatment.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon was very warm and understanding during the process, but provided us with a frank assessment of our situation and potential courses of action.
Describe the protocols John David Gordon used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
Dr. Gordon recommended a 3 month course of IUI given that we had solid and healthy fertility factors for our age (I'm 38 and my partner is 37). After that was not successful, he allowed us to make an informed decision as to whether to pursue more aggressive (and more expensive options). I appreciate that I did not feel any pressure from him to pursue the more aggressive option. He presented the options and let us make the decision.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff was very prepared and professional at all times. They were helpful in answering questions they were able to answer, and telling us which questions should be directed to the doctor.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
The clinic is very clean and well-organized. The staff is very professional and they have a nice large waiting room. It is a comfortable place to receive treatment. They have available clinic hours for weekend visits to obtain certain treatments or tests. The place seems well-run and we have never had to wait too long to be seen. Sometimes there has been no wait at all. Scheduling appointments has been easy and hassle-free.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility.
It was a few hundred dollars for our first few rounds of IUI. We are considering options for IVF that range from about $16,000 to $26,000.
8
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
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Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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9
9
Age
35 - 37
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
9
9
I think he’s a good doctor. Very caring and he’s tried as much as I think he can at this point. He’s been empathetic with us and has met with us to discuss our options. He doesn’t seem like he’s in it only for the money and is invested in us being successful with whatever decision we choose.... Dr. Gordon explained that I may want to consider other avenues (child-free, adoption or donor egg) since we were spending so much money and time and not getting the results that we wanted.
I like the clinic [Dominion Fertility]. It’s easy to get to and it’s clean. I like the Arlington clinic for aesthetics only. They’re very organized and I like that the staff a talk to each other so it’s less chance of miscommunication.... The monitoring appointments are scheduled during convenient hours when you’re typically on your way to work. I’ve never seen more than 2 women waiting to be seen here. Everything is kept confidential and sign-in and sign-out is easy.
Age
35 - 37
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
9
9
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
I think he’s a good doctor. Very caring and he’s tried as much as I think he can at this point. He’s been empathetic with us and has met with us to discuss our options. He doesn’t seem like he’s in it only for the money and is invested in us being successful with whatever decision we choose.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Ask a lot of questions and come prepared with options to try.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon explained that I may want to consider other avenues (child-free, adoption or donor egg) since we were spending so much money and time and not getting the results that we wanted. I appreciated him saying this, but I also think I was in the right headspace to receive it unlike before when another fertility doctor said the exact same thing.
Describe the protocols John David Gordon used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
Tried stimulating me even though my prognosis was that I wouldn’t be a high responder. I wish we hadn’t wasted the time and money on this and tried the other option which was a modified natural IVF. This would help to control my early ovulation. The modified cycle produced one egg, but it wasn’t viable. The stimulated treatment didn’t produce any egg in my follicle.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Christina)
The nursing staff here is amazing!! Hey really take the time out to educate you on the treatment, how to administer the treatment, and just being very personable.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
I like the clinic. It’s easy to get to and it’s clean. I like the Arlington clinic for aesthetics only. They’re very organized and I like that the staff a talk to each other so it’s less chance of miscommunication.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
The monitoring appointments are scheduled during convenient hours when you’re typically on your way to work. I’ve never seen more than 2 women waiting to be seen here. Everything is kept confidential and sign-in and sign-out is easy.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility.
For the stimulated IVF, it was around $24,000. For the modified IVF, it was the same cost as the natural cycle at around $5,000, but with increased cost of meds which wasn’t covered by my insurance for over $1,000. Consultation visits were $250/visit.
Describe John David Gordon's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
Dr. Gordon said he’d only transfer one depending on my age.
9
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
9
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Fairfax
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10
10
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
10
Dr Kay was there with a hug and willing to help me move forward in any way that I wanted to... I also struggle with extreme anxiety and Dr Kay understood that and always made sure to calm my fears... I went to her thinking I had a bicornuate uterus and I had no idea why I wasn’t getting pregnant. It didn’t take her long to realize I actually had a septate uterus. She performed surgery to fix it and I got pregnant on my first FET.
I went to Dominion’s Fair Oaks office and had the pleasure of working with Christina and Lisa. They are both amazing! They always kept me calm and were there to answer any questions I had...Doninion does have a variety of [cost] packages to choose from which is helpful...offices are wonderful! Clean, modern and up to date technology. They keep up with all the latest research and science. I was seen mostly at the Fair Oaks office but also had some treatments at the Arlington location.
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
10
How was your experience with Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Dr Kay is an amazing Dr and I would recommend her to anyone struggling with infertility. I went to her thinking I had a bicornuate uterus and I had no idea why I wasn’t getting pregnant. It didn’t take her long to realize I actually had a septate uterus. She performed surgery to fix it and I got pregnant on my first FET. Unfortunately I miscarried my first two babies. Dr Kay was there with a hug and willing to help me move forward in any way that I wanted to. I am currently 14 weeks pregnant with my little girl! I also struggle with extreme anxiety and Dr Kay understood that and always made sure to calm my fears. I can’t say enough good things about this Dr. She is truly one in a million!
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Ask Dr Kay any questions you have regarding treatment. She is very upfront and honest.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility?
Dr Kay is extremely personable and always remembered every detail of my case.
Describe the protocols Kay Waud used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
Since my infertility was really just due to the septate uterus my egg retrieval and transfers were pretty standard I think.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I went to Dominion’s Fair Oaks office and had the pleasure of working with Christina and Lisa. They are both amazing! They always kept me calm and were there to answer any questions I had.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
Dominion’s offices are wonderful! Clean, modern and up to date technology. They keep up with all the latest research and science. I was seen mostly at the Fair Oaks office but also had some treatments at the Arlington location.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Kay Waud at Dominion Fertility.
Well, IVF isn’t cheap! Doninion does have a variety of packages to choose from which is helpful, but between your package, additional testing and medication it adds up quick!
Describe Kay Waud's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
At Doninion they will only transfer one embryo at a time. At first I thought maybe it would be nice to have twins but now I’m reallh glad that one at a time is their policy.
10
Doctor
Kay Waud
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Fairfax
Nursing
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0
8
Age
36 - 38
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
0
8
His [Dr. Michael DiMattina] bedside manner is very blunt, and he seemed personally offended by any questions I had about the process, like he expected me to have blind faith since he was the expert. I understand that he is, but strongly feel given the nature of this science, patients will have questions and it’s only professional to answer them willingly. I am by no means a pushy person, but he made me feel I was by rolling his eyes when I’d ask questions or sarcastically saying things like, “someone’s been doing research.” He told us many times that he’d “get me pregnant” and when that didn’t happen, he just kept repeating that most people do; he seemed more frustrated than compassionate and didn’t have much to offer in terms of how we might do things differently.
I like the clinic [Dominion Fertility] a lot. It’s a nice facility that is easy to get to with ample parking. The financial counselor is clear and upfront about costs, and she has been very helpful with communicating with the insurance company on my behalf. I have never had a billing issue. Appointments run on schedule. My calls and emails are always returned that day, and the nursing staff and IVF coordinators are wonderful people. The clinic does have fairly rigid rules about only doing frozen transfers and they almost mandate PGS testing. This may not work for all patients.
Age
36 - 38
Treated
2016 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
0
8
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
His bedside manner is very blunt, and he seemed personally offended by any questions I had about the process, like he expected me to have blind faith since he was the expert. I understand that he is, but strongly feel given the nature of this science, patients will have questions and it’s only professional to answer them willingly. I am by no means a pushy person, but he made me feel I was by rolling his eyes when I’d ask questions or sarcastically saying things like, “someone’s been doing research.” He told us many times that he’d “get me pregnant” and when that didn’t happen, he just kept repeating that most people do; he seemed more frustrated than compassionate and didn’t have much to offer in terms of how we might do things differently.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
I would say have a very thick skin and be prepared to advocate for yourself.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
He personally called to give me the news after both transfers, which I appreciated. His manner is brusque, and he said to me many times that he would have expected me to be pregnant by now as most of their patients are within two transfers. He seemed frustrated that I fell outside what works for the rest of the practice, but he didn’t offer many suggestions of things to do differently for me next time.
Describe the protocols Michael DiMattina used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
I was on the antagonist protocol for both IVF cycles. I do not know the rationale for this, but it seems to be a common protocol. I ended up with one genetically normal embryo from each retrieval.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Jen Machovina)
The nursing staff is compassionate, organized, friendly, and helpful. I loved all of them.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
I like the clinic a lot. It’s a nice facility that is easy to get to with ample parking. The financial counselor is clear and upfront about costs, and she has been very helpful with communicating with the insurance company on my behalf. I have never had a billing issue. Appointments run on schedule. My calls and emails are always returned that day, and the nursing staff and IVF coordinators are wonderful people. The clinic does have fairly rigid rules about only doing frozen transfers and they almost mandate PGS testing. This may not work for all patients.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
Most monitoring appointments were fairly quick, and I was able to get to work on time afterwards. On weekends they took longer because only one of their three clinics is open on weekends and it wold be more crowded because of that. Still though, it wasn’t bad.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
I was lucky enough to have insurance coverage at 60% with a $2500 out of pocket max.This means I paid that plus fees to have embryos genetically tested and stored.
Describe Michael DiMattina's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
My doctor would only transfer one genetically tested embryo at a time, which I was comfortable with.
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Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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10
10
Age
31
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
10
Dr. D [DiMattina] was always upfront about the treatment. Natural IVF is not offered at many clinics, but Dr. D takes the time educate his patients and select the best option for treatement. I never had any doubts about his knowledge and experience...Since I was younger (30) when I started treatment and I was doing fertility treatment due to male factor, I was recommended the Natural IVF cycle. This was great because it was the quarter of the cost of one cycle, and there were little use of extra hormones. I came to the office about 4-5 times fir blood test and ultrasounds (to track the growth of my egg). With Natural IVF there is only one egg produced at a time. Then when my egg was mature enough I was told to do a trigger shot (which speeds up the maturity). Within 36 hours I was in the office for an egg retrieval. I came back 5 days later for transfer. While waiting for my transfer I was prescribed progesterone and estrogen.
Since I was younger (30) when I started treatment [at Dominion Fertility] and I was doing fertility treatment due to male factor, I was recommended the Natural IVF cycle. This was great because it was the quarter of the cost of one cycle, and there were little use of extra hormones...The nurses are amazing! They are your cheerleaders all the way thru!..We used Natural Cycle IVF. It took three treatment cycles to be successful (2 did not reach the egg transfer stage). In total we spent 16,500...The Arlington office is the best! Get there early for monitoring hours.
Age
31
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Business Executive
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
10
10
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. D was always upfront about the treatment. Natural IVF is not offered at many clinics, but Dr. D takes the time educate his patients and select the best option for treatement. I never had any doubts about his knowledge and experience.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. DiMattina will recommend the best treatment for you. Though the initial test seem daunting they help develop the picture of what is the best path to conceive. Never be afraid to ask questions, Dr. D will always take time talk to you.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. D was awesome! He was encouraging and made me feel confident about the treatment plan (NC-IVF).
Describe the protocols Michael DiMattina used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
Since I was younger (30) when I started treatment and I was doing fertility treatment due to male factor, I was recommended the Natural IVF cycle. This was great because it was the quarter of the cost of one cycle, and there were little use of extra hormones. I came to the office about 4-5 times fir blood test and ultrasounds (to track the growth of my egg). With Natural IVF there is only one egg produced at a time. Then when my egg was mature enough I was told to do a trigger shot (which speeds up the maturity). Within 36 hours I was in the office for an egg retrieval. I came back 5 days later for transfer. While waiting for my transfer I was prescribed progesterone and estrogen.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses are amazing! They are your cheerleaders all the way thru!
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
The Arlington office is the best! Get there early for monitoring hours.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
We used Natural Cycle IVF. It took three treatment cycles to be successful (2 did not reach the egg transfer stage). In total we spent 16,500
10
Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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10
10
Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
10
Dr. Sarajari did not want to perform IVF until I was in better health physically...We opted for natural cycle IVF since my menses are regular...was very pleasant with us but also blunt and straight to the point. She listened to my concerns to help us make educated decisions. Once pregnant, she allowed me to stay in here care a little longer while I continued my search for an OB/GYN. Dr. Sarajari’s bedside manner is professional and warm.
Weakness [at Dominion Fertility]: very busy so you may not always be with your doctor as long as you'd like. May wait a few minutes longer than expected. Strengths: organized, friendly staff and nurses. Overall I'd refer others to DF and I actually have in the last three years since giving birth...She [nurse] was always pleasant and professional. Other nurses I've met briefly or spoken to on the phone were also pleasant and professional...
Age
33
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
10
How was your experience with Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
I honestly cannot think of any weaknesses displayed by Dr. Sarajari. Her facility is very busy and did a great job of not rushing through our appointments. Most Dr’s are not very compassionate and that's understandable because they must remain objective. Dr. Sarajari is pleasant and east to converse with.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
Come prepared with questions and concerns.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Sarajari was very pleasant with us but also blunt and straight to the point. She listened to my concerns to help us make educated decisions. Once pregnant, she allowed me to stay in here care a little longer while I continued my search for an OB/GYN. Dr. Sarajari’s bedside manner is professional and warm.
Describe the protocols Susan Sarajari used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
When my blood tests revealed that I was hypothyroid, she had me retest to be sure. I was then put on a three month plan to treat the disease. We were not able to move forward until the three months and I has more bloodwork completed. My sonogram showed growths within my uterus so she referred me to have a hysteroscopy performed. Once both issues we're treated, we moved forward with natural-cycle IVF. Dr. Sarajari did not want to perform IVF until I was in better health physically
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility.
She was always pleasant and professional. Other nurses I've met briefly or spoken to on the phone were also pleasant and professional.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
Weakness: very busy so you may not always be with your doctor as long as you'd like. May wait a few minutes longer than expected. Strengths: organized, friendly staff and nurses. Overall I'd refer others to DF and I actually have in the last three years since giving birth.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Susan Sarajari at Dominion Fertility.
We spent approximately $13,000
Describe Susan Sarajari's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
We opted for natural cycle IVF since my menses are regular. NCIVF uses less or no hormonal medications. Decreases the chance of multiple births. One egg is retrieved for fertilization.
10
Doctor
Susan Sarajari
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Bethesda
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10
10
Age
34
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
10
He [Dr. Gordon] tells you like it is but is clearly compassionate and invested in the process with you. We saw Dr. Gordon during most of our visits during monitoring, and he did all our procedures, so we really felt we got to know him and were sad he couldn't be with us through the whole pregnancy. I haven't had such a good experience with a doctor putting us at ease yet patiently answering all our questions in a long time...
We were generally in and out with about half an hour [at Dominion - Arlington]. Each visit they asked when we usually come for monitoring, so they can be prepared for staffing at peak hours. We were always promptly seen. No complaints...The clinic as a whole walks you through every step of the process, so there's nothing to tell a new patient. They'll help you as you go along. They were always prompt with paperwork and everything we needed. We were assigned a coordinator who helped order medicine and checked in with us on setting up appointments. The whole process was very smooth...
Age
34
Treated
2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Accountant
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
10
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon was always very clear that he didn't have all the answers. He tells you like it is but is clearly compassionate and invested in the process with you. We saw Dr. Gordon during most of our visits during monitoring, and he did all our procedures, so we really felt we got to know him and were sad he couldn't be with us through the whole pregnancy. I haven't had such a good experience with a doctor putting us at ease yet patiently answering all our questions in a long time.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
I'll still remember some of his advice and pass it on to friends who are in similar situations, but when we were struggling to decide whether we wanted to do IVF and then if we wanted to do natural or stimulated, he agreed that it was a hard decision, helping us understand pros and cons with all options. He also said if you had cancer, you would never question trying to get the best care for yourself. In this situation, you can think of it the same way, but people struggle because cancer really never spontaneously cures itself whereas infertility can. Not sure if that was the intention, but that put it in perspective for me that this was a medical issue that we were treating not some failure on our part.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
At Columbia Fertility, I felt like a number. I could never get over how many people were processed there each time I went in for monitoring, and it felt very impersonal, but at Dominion, they said hello to me by name at check-in. They asked what time would be best for monitoring, so they could have enough staff at peak hours, resulting in us usually be in and out within half an hour. During my egg retrieval, I was very emotional, and the nurses and Dr. Gordon took the time to answer all my questions and comfort me, following up with a call later that day to check in. When we heard the heartbeat for the first time, I cried, and so did our nurse. I always felt like they were all just as invested as we were, hugging us both after our last appointment. We were sad to have to go to a new doctor and wanted to stay with them for the whole pregnancy!
Describe the protocols John David Gordon used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
We had already done a failed IUI at another clinic and went to Dr. Gordon wanting to learn more about natural cycle IVF as we were still unsure about stimulated IVF. Having talked through our options, he thought we were good candidates for both natural and stimulated. However, it was our decision to do stimulated in the end because we knew our insurance only allowed us to do one round, and we decided it was best in our situation.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Besides Dr. Gordon, this is the best part about Dominion. Every single nurse we met was wonderful, and we felt they truly cared for us and were invested in the best results for us. They were so caring and made us feel so at ease. I was very emotional after the egg retrieval, and the nurse helping us that day let me cry on her shoulder and called me later to check up on me. The nurse with us the last few appointments was so happy when she heard that I'd had a positive home pregnancy test and cried when I cried hearing the heartbeat for the first time. There's no doubt in my mind that we weren't just numbers. They all really cared for us.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
The clinic as a whole walks you through every step of the process, so there's nothing to tell a new patient. They'll help you as you go along. They were always prompt with paperwork and everything we needed. We were assigned a coordinator who helped order medicine and checked in with us on setting up appointments. The whole process was very smooth.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
At Columbia, monitoring was absolutely a cattle call, but at Dominion, it was a well oiled machine. We were generally in and out with about half an hour. Each visit they asked when we usually come for monitoring, so they can be prepared for staffing at peak hours. We were always promptly seen. No complaints.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility.
Our insurance covered most costs, but we do pay for embryo storage, the injection teaching, visits after I was pregnant and couple other things. Overall, we did spend a lot, but it wasn't nearly as much as it would have been without insurance.
10
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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10
10
Age
31 - 36
Treated
2011 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
10
10
If you need hand holding, he's [Dr. DiMattina is] not for you. However, for us it was more important to feel we were receiving the best medical treatment and he is highly competent. He's blunt and gets right down to business but in the end he actually opened up and grew on us a bit. He's progressive (first to offer PGS and PGD along with natural cycle IVF, which worked for us on our 2nd pregnancy). He will try different approaches quickly if something is not working...
[Dominion -Arlington clinic is] Very organized, convenient locations and hours, accommodating and competent medical staff. We had a few bumps in the road with billing and some communications that weren't clear. This wasn't typical for them...They had a long time window for monitoring so you can easily pick a time convenient for you. Wait times varied greatly depending on patients that day. I've gotten in 5 minutes, but sometimes waited up to 30...
Age
31 - 36
Treated
2011 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Engineer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Male Factor
10
10
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
If you need hand holding, he's not for you. However, for us it was more important to feel we were receiving the best medical treatment and he is highly competent. He's blunt and gets right down to business but in the end he actually opened up and grew on us a bit. He's progressive (first to offer PGS and PGD along with natural cycle IVF, which worked for us on our 2nd pregnancy). He will try different approaches quickly if something is not working.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Trust him.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
The staff and doctors knew us by name, especially the nurses whom you see a lot during monitoring.
Describe the protocols Michael DiMattina used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
First pregnancy- egg retrievals using hormone injections. First cycle was a fresh transfer (unsuccessful). He believed my body did not want to get pregnant while having the drugs in my system so we waited a month and next cycle was a natural cycle frozen transfer which resulted in a baby. 2nd pregnancy- 4 yrs later had diminished ovarian reserve. Got fewer and less quality eggs; 2 transfers, no pregnancy. Switched it up to natural cycle IVF. Pregnant on first try.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Fantastic.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
Very organized, convenient locations and hours, accommodating and competent medical staff. We had a few bumps in the road with billing and some communications that weren't clear. This wasn't typical for them.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
They had a long time window for monitoring so you can easily pick a time convenient for you. Wait times varied greatly depending on patients that day. I've gotten in 5 minutes, but sometimes waited up to 30.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
First 3 cycles covered by insurance. Paid out of pocket for last 2. They would not offer us a guarantee package due to my low ovarian reserve even though I was only 34.
What specific things went wrong at Dominion Fertility?
  • Failed to call with results
10
Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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7
7
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
7 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids
7
7
He [Dr. DiMattina] was always available by phone or message. After every disappointing result, he'd ask us in for follow up personal visit with a hug and a smile. When we did conceive, Dr. D (as he's called), called the little dot on the sonogram our "baby". Every other doctor called that the "embryo."...His approach is one of minimal drugs and truly adhering to nature – only transferring the number of embryos naturally conceived without any drugs. The doctor's job is to simply monitor your natural cycle. If and when it does not work out, the solution is always to try again the next month...
Monitoring [at Doninion - Arlington] is by default a disorganized event. Some days there are very few women in the waiting room and other days it is packed with a line out the door. Typically at this clinic, they see you quickly. However, they separate the blood draw from the sonogram and you are forced back into the waiting room a second time in between the two. It is an aggravating experience where you wish they would just combine it all into one visit...
Age
36 - 37
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$500K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
7 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Tubal Blockage, Uterine Fibroids
7
7
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. D was a warm and caring Doctor. After the third or fourth cycle failed, however, the answer was always the same: come in for a chat. But talking was not going to ever change the outcome of our failed fertility cycles. By the time it was over, I wanted to only see Dr. Gordon. He was younger, fresher and seemingly more up to date on the latest medical studies
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Use all the doctors at Dominion. If you're going the natural cycle route, that's what they will do anyway because no doctor can be in seven days a week. Read up on Dr. Gordon and his publications online before selecting a doctor at Dominion
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
He was always available by phone or message. After every disappointing result, he'd ask us in for follow up personal visit with a hug and a smile. When we did conceive, Dr. D (as he's called), called the little dot on the sonogram our "baby". Every other doctor called that the "embryo."
Describe the protocols Michael DiMattina used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
Dominion fertility is a "natural cycle" IVF clinic pioneer in the field. Dr. D led this revolution on the East Coast after studying in Europe for sometime. His approach is one of minimal drugs and truly adhering to nature – only transferring the number of embryos naturally conceived without any drugs. The doctor's job is to simply monitor your natural cycle. If and when it does not work out, the solution is always to try again the next month. That is very much in line with nature and God's creation. However, it all falls apart after the sixth cycle failure and $40,000 gone... However, most women will probably conceived with Dr. D in 1, 2 or maximum 3 cycles ... so this is not an issue
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Nurses were amazing - like family. They felt your highs and lows with you. Called at all hours and were available to you the same. Each morning was a ray of sunshine with the nurses even though you'd just seen them and were stressed in general about IVF
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
I choose Dr. D Matina because he was the longes running partner at the clinic and natural cycle IVF pioneer in the US. However, in hindsight I would have done some more homework and selected Dr. Gordon as my primary endochronologist for a variety of reasons
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
Monitoring is by default a disorganized event. Some days there are very few women in the waiting room and other days it is packed with a line out the door. Typically at this clinic, they see you quickly. However, they separate the blood draw from the sonogram and you are forced back into the waiting room a second time in between the two. It is an aggravating experience where you wish they would just combine it all into one visit
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
The cost quoted is not exactly the same as the cost billed per natural cycle IVF. There are additional hidden fees that are not self evident as part of the process, so the monthly bill is roughly $1,000 to $2,000 higher than what is quoted to you for a natural cycle. Heads up!
What specific things went wrong at Dominion Fertility?
  • Failed to convey critical information
7
Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
7
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
10
Age
35 - 41
Treated
2009 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
I stayed with him for 10 treatments because I knew he was doing the best he could... He can be really blunt, he won't hold your hand and cry with you. He will be very honest and not sell you a procedure or a statistic that won't work.
Natalie Sophia (who runs the donor egg program) was one of the most ethical and professional nurses I have ever met. She answered every single once of my many emails and questions within 24 hours. She was also hopeful and optimistic when I was not.
Age
35 - 41
Treated
2009 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 4 IVF, Donor Eggs
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
I consulted with multiple groups before undergoing fertility treatments. Dr. Gordon was the right fit from the beginning. He was straightforward, blunt, and gave just the right amount of sympathy without making me feel more sorry for myself. We had a lot of procedures that did not result in a pregnancy, and he was there for my pregnancies that ended in miscarriage. I always appreciated his personal phone calls and follow up with my OB. We also came to value his approach to trying again (or not) and was always willing to try (or at least discuss) some of my own ideas. Over multiple years I used up several lifetime limits on different insurance programs. Once I had decided to use an egg donor and knew I would be paying out of pocket for 100% of the cost of treatment, there was no question that I would be going to Dominion Fertility and Dr. Gordon. Once I finally had success and brought home a real live baby, I felt like I was bringing the baby to visit the "family" who made him possible.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
He can be really blunt, he won't hold your hand and cry with you. He will be very honest and not sell you a procedure or a statistic that won't work.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Natalie Sophia)
Natalie Sophia (who runs the donor egg program) was one of the most ethical and professional nurses I have ever met. She answered every single once of my many emails and questions within 24 hours. She was also hopeful and optimistic when I was not.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
Monitoring was from 7 to 9 am. I could be out of there within 35 min (even when the waiting room was full). The nurses even gave me the advice that if I was more flexible on leaving, 8:30 would mean a less full waiting room.
10
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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10
10
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
One cycle [with John David Gordon] was natural cycle ivf, so there were no injectable medications used. This cycle produced a viable embryo transferred on day 5, but no pregnancy...Very personal care with Dr. Gordon...very honest and is great at explain procedures and what to expect with each procedure. He also works slowly and gently during procedures, so it does not feel rushed. He talked to my husband and I throughout the transfers to explain what was going on. He always took the time to explain things during meetings when a transfer did not work.
They [staff at Dominion Fertility] are very honest and forthcoming with any information about my history and future cycles. Dr. Gordon explains everything very well so that one can understand. There is so much to take in during an ivf cycle but they all do a great job to help you not to feel overwhelmed...They [nurses] were all very caring and compassionate. They work very early hours and see a great deal of patients each day, but I always felt they were there to listen and take care of me.
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2012 - 2013
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Latino
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 3 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon is very honest and is great at explain procedures and what to expect with each procedure. He also works slowly and gently during procedures, so it does not feel rushed. He talked to my husband and I throughout the transfers to explain what was going on. He always took the time to explain things during meetings when a transfer did not work.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Trust in the protocols he prescribes. He will change what needs to be changed if a protocol does not work.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Very personal care with Dr. Gordon, his staff and all of the nurses. They all had great bedside manner and care about their patients. I always felt they were doing what was best for me and my husband.
Describe the protocols John David Gordon used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
I do not remember the specific protocols used. I know that I always produced enough eggs to create embryos. One cycle was natural cycle ivf, so there were no injectable medications used. This cycle produced a viable embryo transferred on day 5, but no pregnancy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Sam)
They were all very caring and compassionate. They work very early hours and see a great deal of patients each day, but I always felt they were there to listen and take care of me.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
They are very honest and forthcoming with any information about my history and future cycles. Dr. Gordon explains everything very well so that one can understand. There is so much to take in during an ivf cycle but they all do a great job to help you not to feel overwhelmed.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
Monitoring was during early morning hours, before work, which worked for me. The nurses were very quickly during this time to see all of the patients they needed to see.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility.
My employer covered fertility treatments 100% so I was very fortunate not to have paid anything except for the cryopreservation of embryos.
Describe John David Gordon's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
They strongly recommended transferring 1 embryo during my second and third transfer. My first transfer was from natural cycle ivf, so it only produced one egg. On my third transfer, I wanted to transfer two embryos, and they very specifically warned me that I could end up with twins, which is high-risk.
10
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Trustworthiness
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Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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8
8
Age
41 - 42
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids
8
8
Dr. Gordon always cared about me and answered every question I have with a lot of patience....Dr. Gordon seems to be a good professional and a very nice person. He is patient and willing to help you throughout the entire process. I was lucky that my egg retrievals were during the week so he was able to do them. If the egg retrievals had been during a weekend when he was not working, another doctor would have done them. I don't like that. Fortunately, I was lucky.
The clinic [Dominion] is well organized and everybody is very polite. The team of nurses are very skilled and nice. Everybody seems ready to help you and answer your questions. It is not difficult to get an appointment with your doctor; however, doctors don't provide you their emails. If you have questions, you have to contact the nurses. When you call the nurses, you always have to leave a message and then they will call you back. I would prefer that they pick up the calls. I used to get nervous that I would miss their calls and then I would have to leave another message and wait for their call again.
Age
41 - 42
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Latino
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Endometriosis, Uterine Fibroids
8
8
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon seems to be a good professional and a very nice person. He is patient and willing to help you throughout the entire process. I was lucky that my egg retrievals were during the week so he was able to do them. If the egg retrievals had been during a weekend when he was not working, another doctor would have done them. I don't like that. Fortunately, I was lucky.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Get informed about the process and ask as many questions as you can.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon always cared about me and answered every question I have with a lot of patience.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility.
The nurse always answered my emails the same day. It was more difficult to reach on the phone.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
The clinic is well organized and everybody is very polite. The team of nurses are very skilled and nice. Everybody seems ready to help you and answer your questions. It is not difficult to get an appointment with your doctor; however, doctors don't provide you their emails. If you have questions, you have to contact the nurses. When you call the nurses, you always have to leave a message and then they will call you back. I would prefer that they pick up the calls. I used to get nervous that I would miss their calls and then I would have to leave another message and wait for their call again.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
The monitoring is "first come, first served". The monitoring hours start early and end at 9AM. I think the time frame is very convenient.
8
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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10
10
Age
40 - 41
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
10
I felt that my care [with Dr. John David Gordon] was very personalized... He was very realistic and honest yet presented things in an optimistic manner. He was willing to try when no other doctor would. He was communicative therefore I never had questions...The strategy he used that ultimately led to pregnancy for me was putting me on birth control pills to reset my hormones. This was after my third monitoring cycle which lasted over three months. The BCP reset worked.
I love the nurses at Dominion. They treated me as if I was their only patient. They were always supportive, always positive, and even sprinkled me with fairy dust...My monitoring experience was good...The clinic’s strengths are communication and individualized care. I have found no weaknesses. Things to know are the same for all fertility offices - be prepared to pay prior to receiving services. The costs are high, although I found Dominion to be less expensive than other practices.
Age
40 - 41
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
5th of 5 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
10
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
I love Dr. Gordon. He was the perfect doctor for me. He was very realistic and honest yet presented things in an optimistic manner. He was willing to try when no other doctor would. He was communicative therefore I never had questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Don’t wait! Infertility is stressful. You need a doctor who will also be a cheerleader and team member with you. Dr. Gordon is that doctor!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
I felt that my care was very personalized. Dominion uses a team approach but Dr. Gordon was very involved the entire time. They treated me more like a member of their family.
Describe the protocols John David Gordon used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
The strategy he used that ultimately led to pregnancy for me was putting me on birth control pills to reset my hormones. This was after my third monitoring cycle which lasted over three months. The BCP reset worked.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I love the nurses at Dominion. They treated me as if I was their only patient. They were always supportive, always positive, and even sprinkled me with fairy dust.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
The clinic’s strengths are communication and individualized care. I have found no weaknesses. Things to know are the same for all fertility offices - be prepared to pay prior to receiving services. The costs are high, although I found Dominion to be less expensive than other practices.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
My monitoring experience was good. The nurses were fantastic.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility.
I do not remember specifics. My insurance covered doctor visits.
10
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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8
10
Age
33 - 36
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
10
Dr. Gordon has had to delivery both good and bad news to us over the last few years. He has celebrated with us in the good moments and has been very supportive when our results haven't been what we wanted. It's all felt like a very human experience...Dr. Gordon is definitely a character and has a big personality. He can be blunt and very matter of fact. That doesn't bother me but any potential patients should know that as if you need a kinder touch, he may not be the right fit.
It [Dominion Fertility] is well organized, well run, and easy to work with. Our experience was nothing but positive...It was expensive but the finance department was great about reaching out proactively to discuss upcoming treatments...Best best best nursing staff around. Friendly, caring, gentle...Dr. Gordon is definitely a character and has a big personality. He can be blunt and very matter of fact. That doesn't bother me but any potential patients should know that as if you need a kinder touch, he may not be the right fit.
Age
33 - 36
Treated
2014 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$500K
Occupation
Operations
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
8
10
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon is definitely a character and has a big personality. He can be blunt and very matter of fact. That doesn't bother me but any potential patients should know that as if you need a kinder touch, he may not be the right fit. He's lovely and very kind, he just often says what needs to be said. Most importantly, I found Dr. Gordon very good about recommending to us a wide variety of options for treatment. He might suggest how we proceed, but he was always very clear about our options and totally open to our preference. He also often references research and what medical studies say about increased rates of success (for example, recommending endometrial biopsy in order to increase the chance of successful subsequent FETs) which we liked a lot. Made us feel like we were dealing with a true professional.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon has had to delivery both good and bad news to us over the last few years. He has celebrated with us in the good moments and has been very supportive when our results haven't been what we wanted. It's all felt like a very human experience.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Best best best nursing staff around. Friendly, caring, gentle.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
It is well organized, well run, and easy to work with. Our experience was nothing but positive.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
Quick and convenient.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility.
Our insurance covered a great deal of the costs (minus the medications unfortunately). It was expensive but the finance department was great about reaching out proactively to discuss upcoming treatments.
8
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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9
10
Age
29
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
9
10
He [Dr Michael DiMattina] was very direct and honest, which I appreciated. Bedside manner was good enough - I was not trying to find a new best friend, rather the best doctor that would give me the results I wanted, and he was definitely the one. He is a leader in the industry and treated my case with the attention I desired.
I appreciated being able to email with the nurses [at Dominion Fertility]. They also emailed me with the protocol each day, which was great so that I didn't have to write it down from a voicemail. They answered all questions promptly and candidly...I selected a package that allowed 2 retrievals and unlimited implantations. It also included assisted hatching, ICSI, etc. therefore making it almost equivalent to the cost of doing everything a la carte. I luckily didn't need the 2nd round, but don't mind that I paid a bit more for the peace of mind.
Age
29
Treated
2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European, Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
9
10
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
He was very direct and honest, which I appreciated. Bedside manner was good enough - I was not trying to find a new best friend, rather the best doctor that would give me the results I wanted, and he was definitely the one. He is a leader in the industry and treated my case with the attention I desired.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Know that you aren't going to get a lot of warm-fuzzies, but will ideally get the results you desire.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
He remembered me each time and spoke to me like a person. The nurses were very responsive.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Natalie)
I appreciated being able to email with the nurses. They also emailed me with the protocol each day, which was great so that I didn't have to write it down from a voicemail. They answered all questions promptly and candidly.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
On time appointments, clean office, organized billing, caring nurses, successful results.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
I went in for monitoring first thing in the morning when they opened. A nurse would take my blood and then I would see one of the 3 doctors for the ultrasound. I would say I had to wait 10-20 maximum, sometimes only 5.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
I selected a package that allowed 2 retrievals and unlimited implantations. It also included assisted hatching, ICSI, etc. therefore making it almost equivalent to the cost of doing everything a la carte. I luckily didn't need the 2nd round, but don't mind that I paid a bit more for the peace of mind.
9
Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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10
10
Age
35 - 37
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. DiMattina was very clear in his explanation of the need to try IVF with genetic testing to avoid another miscarriage...He is very candid and some may find him too blunt, but I liked his straight forward explanation...gonal-f and menopur for 9 days triggered on day 10 and froze embryos and 3 came back normal. I have 2 left for a sibling for my son...They are a great team and they provided the support and compassion I needed
the weekends [at Dominion Fertility] get pretty busy and you have to wait...They open very early in the Arlington office M-F...the nurses are amazing, especially Sam and Natalie, but the whole staff really is invested in their patient's success. I had some really wild mood swings and they talked me off the roof more than once...They are a great team and they provided the support and compassion I needed especially day 5-6 of stims when I had a minor meltdown.
Age
35 - 37
Treated
2015 - 2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Sales Representative
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 4 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
the nurses are amazing, especially Sam and Natalie, but the whole staff really is invested in their patient's success. I had some really wild mood swings and they talked me off the roof more than once.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
He is very candid and some may find him too blunt, but I liked his straight forward explanation.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. DiMattina was very clear in his explanation of the need to try IVF with genetic testing to avoid another miscarriage.
Describe the protocols Michael DiMattina used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
gonal-f and menopur for 9 days triggered on day 10 and froze embryos and 3 came back normal. I have 2 left for a sibling for my son.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: natalie sofia, Sam)
They are a great team and they provided the support and compassion I needed especially day 5-6 of stims when I had a minor meltdown.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
I wish they had better parking, but I used metro for most early morning visits. the weekends get pretty busy and you have to wait.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
They open very early in the Arlington office M-F, but weekends get busy and the wait time increases.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
I was lucky to have some coverage for IVF, but ICSI/PGS was separate charge
Describe Michael DiMattina's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
Strong preference for transferring one.
10
Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
Compassion
Frequency seen during appointments
10
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Dominion Fertility
Arlington
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10
10
Age
34
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
10
I have had an amazing experience with Dr Gordon. After going off my birth control medicine, I had experienced rapid and unexplained weight gain over the past 18 months, and had seen almost a dozen specialists and had been tested for everything from thyroid disease to brain tumors, without being able to identify the cause. Within 5 minutes of meeting Dr Gordon he suggested that it was PCOS, and he was correct. I'm now mediciates for PCOS and have been losing the weight.
The clinic [Dominion - Fairfax] runs like a well oiled machine, with everyone (including the finance folks) right on site...Expensive but worth it. $24,500 for the guarantee program, which guarantees a live birth or you get the money back, and covers 4 IVF cycles and all transfers...I have had an amazing experience with Dr Gordon...Come with questions - he is very patient and has spent a lot of time answering all of mine!...Because of both PCOS and male factor infertility, Dr Gordon did not recommend trying Clomid.
Age
34
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
I have had an amazing experience with Dr Gordon. After going off my birth control medicine, I had experienced rapid and unexplained weight gain over the past 18 months, and had seen almost a dozen specialists and had been tested for everything from thyroid disease to brain tumors, without being able to identify the cause. Within 5 minutes of meeting Dr Gordon he suggested that it was PCOS, and he was correct. I'm now mediciates for PCOS and have been losing the weight.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Come with questions - he is very patient and has spent a lot of time answering all of mine!
Describe the protocols John David Gordon used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
Because of both PCOS and male factor infertility, Dr Gordon did not recommend trying Clomid. He did suggest IUI, but we decided to skip right to IVF since the success rates are so much higher
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
The clinic runs like a well oiled machine, with everyone (including the finance folks) right on site
Describe the costs associated with your care under John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility.
Expensive but worth it. $24,500 for the guarantee program, which guarantees a live birth or you get the money back, and covers 4 IVF cycles and all transfers
Describe John David Gordon's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
Dr Gordon strongly encourages single transfer, since it is safer and has a much higher success rate. His office does offer a "guarantee program" that we qualified for, so there is no extra expense to us to do one at a time.
10
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Fairfax
Nursing
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10
10
Age
48
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
10
10
He's [Dr. DiMattina]older so he is very blunt and direct, but I think it's because he knows what he's doing. He prefers to do his own monitoring and procedures, but I saw the other doctors as well. He is the medical director and it's clear the others look to him for guidance...Be prepared to do more listening than asking questions....Dr D is very blunt, and sometimes arrogant, but he knows what he's doing...They only transfer one embryo.
They [Dominion are well run, but we did have to travel some distance to Bethesda and then you have to go to Arlington for procedures. It was worth the travel, and they were flexible about monitoring time due to traffic....We did have to wait on the weekend in Arlington, but the Bethesda office was very efficient....All the nurses we interacted with were good, as well as the whole staff....They only transfer one embryo.
Age
48
Treated
2018
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 4 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Poor Egg Quality, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
He's older so he is very blunt and direct, but I think it's because he knows what he's doing. He prefers to do his own monitoring and procedures, but I saw the other doctors as well. He is the medical director and it's clear the others look to him for guidance.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Be prepared to do more listening than asking questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Dr D is very blunt, and sometimes arrogant, but he knows what he's doing.
Describe the protocols Michael DiMattina used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
Stop Lupron protocol with max drugs starting on day 2, retrieval was day 11.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Dominion Fertility. (Assigned nurse: Natalie Sofia)
All the nurses we interacted with were good, as well as the whole staff.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
They are well run, but we did have to travel some distance to Bethesda and then you have to go to Arlington for procedures. It was worth the travel, and they were flexible about monitoring time due to traffic.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
We did have to wait on the weekend in Arlington, but the Bethesda office was very efficient.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
We did financial guarantee plan for 24k plus the cost of medications.
Describe Michael DiMattina's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
They only transfer one embryo.
10
Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
Compassion
Adaptability
10
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Dominion Fertility
Bethesda
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6
4
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
6
4
Dr. Reh constantly reminded me how young I was (around 31 at the time) and that I had plenty of time. I guess she thought it would work out soon for me. But it didn't. I was coming at the problem aggressively, but she encouraged me that this approach wasn't necessary. Because of this I kind of felt like a number. Most of their patients go on to get pregnant. And I eventually did, but it was difficult and the endometriosis had time to do a lot of damage.
Dr. Reh [of Dominion Fertility] was nice enough. I didn't feel like a number but at the same time, I didn't feel too special....I saw Dr. Reh during the very beginning of my infertility journey. I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Later, after I had moved out of state and gotten a new clinic, we found out that I have endometriosis. I guess Dr. Reh couldn't have know that I had it at the time, because it's somewhat difficult to diagnose, but I can't help but think that maybe she could have caught it early before it did too much damage.
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2013 - 2014
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
6
4
How was your experience with Andrea Reh at Dominion Fertility?
I saw Dr. Reh during the very beginning of my infertility journey. I was diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Later, after I had moved out of state and gotten a new clinic, we found out that I have endometriosis. I guess Dr. Reh couldn't have know that I had it at the time, because it's somewhat difficult to diagnose, but I can't help but think that maybe she could have caught it early before it did too much damage. Dr. Reh constantly reminded me how young I was (around 31 at the time) and that I had plenty of time. I guess she thought it would work out soon for me. But it didn't. I was coming at the problem aggressively, but she encouraged me that this approach wasn't necessary. Because of this I kind of felt like a number. Most of their patients go on to get pregnant. And I eventually did, but it was difficult and the endometriosis had time to do a lot of damage.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Andrea Reh at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Reh was nice enough. I didn't feel like a number but at the same time, I didn't feel too special.
What specific things went wrong at Dominion Fertility?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
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Doctor
Andrea Reh
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
4
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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10
10
Age
36 - 38
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
8 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
10
We had an excellent experience with Dr Gordon.We had been trying to get pregnant for almost 10 years and thanks to Dr Gordon, we are now the parents of two children. He was compassionate, caring,honest...we really had a wonderful experience with him. In our journey to get pregnant, we saw many fertility doctors and Dr Gordon was by far the best one....I had a natural cycle IVF...Do not hesitate to ask any questions.He will respond honestly .
The doctor and the nurses [at Dominion - Fairfax] were all very caring...The nurses were great.They were very caring and competent....We had an excellent experience with Dr Gordon.We had been trying to get pregnant for almost 10 years and thanks to Dr Gordon, we are now the parents of two children. He was compassionate, caring,honest...we really had a wonderful experience with him. In our journey to get pregnant, we saw many fertility doctors and Dr Gordon was by far the best one.
Age
36 - 38
Treated
2014 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
8 IVF
Diagnosis
Other
10
10
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
We had an excellent experience with Dr Gordon.We had been trying to get pregnant for almost 10 years and thanks to Dr Gordon, we are now the parents of two children. He was compassionate, caring,honest...we really had a wonderful experience with him. In our journey to get pregnant, we saw many fertility doctors and Dr Gordon was by far the best one.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Do not hesitate to ask any questions.He will respond honestly .
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
The doctor and the nurses were all very caring.
Describe the protocols John David Gordon used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
I had a natural cycle IVF
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses were great.They were very caring and competent.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
They are caring, competent .
10
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Fairfax
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
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10
10
Age
40 - 41
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
10
We had done two failed cycles at another clinic and I had 3 miscarriages so Dr. D [Dr. Michael DiMattina] suggested IVF with PGS...He is very direct and explains things like a scientist...The staff at Dominion Fertility always knew my name and situation at every monitoring appt.
All the nurses I dealt with were kind and knowledgeable...It was busy on weekends, but they [Dominion Fertility] open at 0630 during the week and I was able to get in and to work on time...The billing staff was very helpful with my insurance which luckily covered most of my treatment...They are true to their slogan, they provide personalized care. The only negative is the parking, it's hard to find a spot.
Age
40 - 41
Treated
2014 - 2015
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Middle Eastern
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 3 Docs
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
He is very direct and explains things like a scientist.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
Write down your questions so you don't forget them during a consult.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility?
The staff at Dominion Fertility always knew my name and situation at every monitoring appt.
Describe the protocols Michael DiMattina used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
We had done two failed cycles at another clinic and I had 3 miscarriages so Dr. D suggested IVF with PGS.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
All the nurses I dealt with were kind and knowledgeable.
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
They are true to their slogan, they provide personalized care. The only negative is the parking, it's hard to find a spot.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Dominion Fertility.
It was busy on weekends, but they open at 0630 during the week and I was able to get in and to work on time.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Michael DiMattina at Dominion Fertility.
The billing staff was very helpful with my insurance which luckily covered most of my treatment.
10
Doctor
Michael DiMattina
Communication
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Arlington
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
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7
8
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
7
8
Dr. Gordon seemed really busy and we felt ever so slightly rushed through our first appointment but only because we had so many questions. I didn’t like that he seemed to have a “default method” that would have required useless sperm testing for my husband (confirmed by a second opinion from a urologist)...Ask all your questions while you have him in the room!...listened to our challenges and unique scenario as I am fertile but the issues lie with my husband.
The nurses [at Dominion Fertility] were super friendly and worked to make sure we understood every next step...A lot of the testing is done off site and there are a lot of steps. There’s a lot of information to remember and they give you a packet, but more follow ups would be helpful...Dr. Gordon seemed really busy and we felt ever so slightly rushed through our first appointment but only because we had so many questions. I didn’t like that he seemed to have a “default method” that would have required useless sperm testing for my husband (confirmed by a second opinion from a urologist)...Ask all your questions while you have him in the room!...listened to our challenges and unique scenario as I am fertile but the issues lie with my husband.
Age
28 - 29
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor
7
8
How was your experience with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon seemed really busy and we felt ever so slightly rushed through our first appointment but only because we had so many questions. I didn’t like that he seemed to have a “default method” that would have required useless sperm testing for my husband (confirmed by a second opinion from a urologist)
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Ask all your questions while you have him in the room!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility?
Dr. Gordon listened to our challenges and unique scenario as I am fertile but the issues lie with my husband.
Describe the protocols John David Gordon used in your cycles at Dominion Fertility and their degree of success.
TBD- haven’t begun full cycle
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses were super friendly and worked to make sure we understood every next step
Describe your experience with Dominion Fertility.
Expensive and not covered by United health care insurance. A lot of the testing is done off site and there are a lot of steps. There’s a lot of information to remember and they give you a packet, but more follow ups would be helpful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under John David Gordon at Dominion Fertility.
Still under treatment. Diagnostic tests alone were a couple hundred dollars I think
Describe John David Gordon's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Dominion Fertility.
Na
7
Doctor
John David Gordon
Communication
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
8
Clinic
Dominion Fertility
Fairfax
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
Billing
Clinic Atmosphere
Educational Resources
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