Desiree McCarthy-Keith

Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta

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Medical SchoolU. of North Carolina
ResidencyDuke
FellowshipNational Inst of Health
Sandy Springs
5445 Meridian Mark Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
404-843-2229
Alpharetta
3400-A Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30005
404-843-2229
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Desiree McCarthy-Keith to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 92%Don't recommend: 8%9.4
11 assessments
  • 92% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 0% Neutral (7-8)
  • 8% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
9.2
Humanity

Ratings of 1 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a number."

Ratings of 10 mean patients felt this doctor treated them as "a human."

Communication
Poor communication
Excellent communication
9.5
Communication

Ratings of 1 mean poor communication.

Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
Always saw at appts.
8
Frequency Seen

Ratings of 1 mean patients only saw this doctor once or twice during treatment.

Ratings of 10 mean patients saw this doctor at every appointment.

Responsiveness
Poor response time
Excellent response time
OK
Responsiveness

Scale is "poor, ok, good, excellent," and measures how responsive a care team was when patients needed to see or speak to them.

On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 75%Neutral: 4%Don't recommend: 21%8.6
35 assessments
  • 75% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 4% Neutral (7-8)
  • 21% Don't recommend (0-6)
11 assessments
10
10
Age
30 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS
10
10
We chose 3 embryos for PGS and they came back normal. When it is time for FET [Dr. McCarthy-Keith] starts with birth control that overlaps with lupron (and at sometime before lupron around day 5 of cycle she will do an endometrial scratch). She then adds estrogen slowly and when your lining is good you start progesterone...Because of my age, she did eSET...has never once came into my treatment room without a hug or kind and compassionate words. She never stopped praying for me!
I have been with this clinic since they were called Georgia Reproductive Specialists (now called Shady Grove- Atlanta). At first it was difficult to contact anyone via phone and email was always easier. However, since they made the change they have always had the phone answered and I could still reach someone by email if I chose that method of contact. They have always been attentive to their patients and they always return calls. I will always refer to this clinic either for myself or for other looking for fertility help.
Age
30 - 33
Treated
2016 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, PCOS
10
10
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
OMG! Dr. MK there aren't any words to fully describe the love I have for this woman. From the never ending prayers to rotting me on each transfer/ cycle. She NEVER gave up on me and wouldn't let me give up on myself. She is the definition of compassion and care. I don't know if she has any weaknesses because she is my superhero! If anyone needed IVF of fertility services, you can best believe I will refer her.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Trust in God, but also TRUST IN HER. She is very knowledgable and she isn't a quitter. If something doesn't work she will continue to try until it's right!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Dr. MK has never once came into my treatment room without a hug or kind and compassionate words. She never stopped praying for me!
Describe the protocols Desiree McCarthy-Keith used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta and their degree of success.
Dr. MK starts with menopur and gonal f. Once your follicles are ready she will add an HCG shot of 10,000 units. 36 horus later she is retrieving your eggs while your husband is giving his sperm sample. When the eggs are checked for maturity she then chose ICSI to fertilize the 10 eggs we had. We chose 3 embryos for PGS and they came back normal. When it is time for FET Dr. MK starts with birth control that overlaps with lupron (and at sometime before lupron around day 5 of cycle she will do an endometrial scratch). She then adds estrogen slowly and when your lining is good you start progesterone. 5 days later you will transfer and take a pregnancy test with in 10 days. She has since changed my protocol to no lupron.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta. (Assigned nurse: Lisa Hyatt)
I had more than one nurse on my team- Lisa H was my main nurse; however, Devon M and Rita C were also part of my team. These nurses were beyond compassionate and caring. They continuously rooted for me and made sure I didn't give up on myself. They counseled me and helped my doctor facilitate new protocols. There aren't enough words to describe my love for them and I will always support them in anything they may ever need.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
I have been with this clinic since they were called Georgia Reproductive Specialists (now called Shady Grove- Atlanta). At first it was difficult to contact anyone via phone and email was always easier. However, since they made the change they have always had the phone answered and I could still reach someone by email if I chose that method of contact. They have always been attentive to their patients and they always return calls. I will always refer to this clinic either for myself or for other looking for fertility help.
Describe your experience with your monitoring appointments at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
Monitoring appts were on time, quick and easy. The provider monitoring at the time was always very informative.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
My cost was a whopping $14,000!!! It included 1 IVF cycle and covered all FET cycles/ transfers as long as I didn't have a continuing clinical pregnancy or a failed transfer. This did not include medications I had to buy for stimulation, down reg and transfers
Describe Desiree McCarthy-Keith's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
Because of my age, she did eSET which I had no issues about
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Desiree McCarthy-Keith
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta
Sandy Springs
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10
10
Age
28
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
10
Dr. McCarthy-Keith is super knowledgeable, thorough, and kind! When she called with my pregnancy test results I could hear the pure joy in her voice. She really cares about her patients and that is so crucial when you work in such a sensitive field...I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome so I do not ovulate on a regular basis. So we decided to do a medicated IUI to be able to better time my insemination. If I remember correctly, I took 2.5mg of letrazole for 7 days starting on the third day of my cycle. On cycle day 11/12 I believe (I don't quite remember) I went in for an ultrasound and had 1 follicle measuring at 24mm. That same evening as my ultrasound at 10pm I took a trigger shot of Ovidrel to force ovulation. My IUI was 36 hours later. 11 days past insemination I had my first positive pregnancy test. I was blessed enough to conceive on my first attempt!
The clinic [Shady Grove Fertility Altlanta] is beautiful, well designed, and clean. You never have a long wait. Refreshments are available in the waiting room. I would definitely recommend this facility to anyone ready to start a family...I will definitely be returning to Shady Grove Fertility when I am ready to conceive my second child...staff will make you feel comfortable and guide you through the process...They returned phone calls and emails promptly to address any of my concerns.
Age
28
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$0 - $49K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
10
10
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Dr. McCarthy-Keith is super knowledgeable, thorough, and kind! When she called with my pregnancy test results I could hear the pure joy in her voice. She really cares about her patients and that is so crucial when you work in such a sensitive field. I will definitely be returning to Shady Grove Fertility when I am ready to conceive my second child.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
First, come prepared with all of your questions written down. She will be able to answer them. Second, just breath I know this can be a stressful journey but try to relax. Dr. MK and her staff will make you feel comfortable and guide you through the process.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Dr. McCarthy-Keith is so kind and personable. She is attentive when you're speaking and is genuinely invested in you starting the family you desire.
Describe the protocols Desiree McCarthy-Keith used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta and their degree of success.
I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome so I do not ovulate on a regular basis. So we decided to do a medicated IUI to be able to better time my insemination. If I remember correctly, I took 2.5mg of letrazole for 7 days starting on the third day of my cycle. On cycle day 11/12 I believe (I don't quite remember) I went in for an ultrasound and had 1 follicle measuring at 24mm. That same evening as my ultrasound at 10pm I took a trigger shot of Ovidrel to force ovulation. My IUI was 36 hours later. 11 days past insemination I had my first positive pregnancy test. I was blessed enough to conceive on my first attempt!
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta. (Assigned nurse: Lisa )
The staff is professional and helpful. They returned phone calls and emails promptly to address any of my concerns.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
The clinic is beautiful, well designed, and clean. You never have a long wait. Refreshments are available in the waiting room. I would definitely recommend this facility to anyone ready to start a family.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
I had a $50 copay for each visit including my IUI. My donor sperm which i got from California Cryobank cost about $2000 for 2 vials that is including shipping. My genetic testing was partially covered by insurance but still left me with a responsibility of about $900 in total I probably spent about $3500
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
  • Provided conflicting information
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta
Alpharetta
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10
10
Age
24 - 25
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
5 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS, Tubal Blockage, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. McCarthy-Keith was an amazing RE. She's the type of person you hope to meet every time you walk into a RE's office. She is very patient, understanding, detailed and provides a wealth of knowledge to her patients. As cycles 1-3 failed, she explained the need to be slightly more aggressive with our treatment plan. Even so far as when we were at risk for a cancelled cycle due to having too many follicles, explaining how with our history she would consider continuing, but ensuring that we understood the risk.
There is a parking garage that they [Shady Grove] share with the rest of the building, Please be mindful to arrive earlier that 15 minutes to allow yourself time to find parking and still make it up to your appointment early. Also, there is a parking fee. For self-pay patients like myself, every little dollar counts.... They [nurses] are all friendly and caring. I think they take notes whenever they speak with someone so that helps keep communication flowing if someone is absent.
Age
24 - 25
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS, Tubal Blockage, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Dr. McCarthy-Keith was an amazing RE. She's the type of person you hope to meet every time you walk into a RE's office. She is very patient, understanding, detailed and provides a wealth of knowledge to her patients. As cycles 1-3 failed, she explained the need to be slightly more aggressive with our treatment plan. Even so far as when we were at risk for a cancelled cycle due to having too many follicles, explaining how with our history she would consider continuing, but ensuring that we understood the risk. She explained the different options available, follicular reduction and the dreaded potential of having to terminate. She explained it as though we were sitting on her couch. It didn't feel like we were in school and needed to take notes, we didn't need google translate or a dictionary to have a conversation.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Trust the process. Don't be afraid to ask questions, she is always willing to answer any questions. Also with that, don't overfill your head with so much that you challenge every decision made.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
I always felt like I was important with her. She always made sure to greet us in the hallways, and it would even be by name. I see a number of patients in the office just on the days I visited, I feel it would be hard for anyone to keep up with but Dr. MK makes it look like a breeze. She always made sure I was comfortable with what she was doing, if she had someone new in the room she would introduce and even ask if I was ok with that person being present. With 5 failed cycles you start to feel like its never going to happen but Dr. MK never gives up on you and is always thinking of the next step, not just for what we are doing that day.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta. (Assigned nurse: Devin)
They are all friendly and caring. I think they take notes whenever they speak with someone so that helps keep communication flowing if someone is absent.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
There is a parking garage that they share with the rest of the building, Please be mindful to arrive earlier that 15 minutes to allow yourself time to find parking and still make it up to your appointment early. Also, there is a parking fee. For self-pay patients like myself, every little dollar counts.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
$6,000-$7,000 for 5 cycles of IUI
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Desiree McCarthy-Keith
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Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta
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10
10
Age
40 - 41
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
10
After our first meeting with Dr. MK [McCarthy-Keith] I was in tears, tears of joy. For the first time in a long time I could see a little light in this darkness we were in. We connected instantly! We not only talked about why we were there, but she wanted to know about us. She made things feel so much more at ease and less stressful.... She has written me several reference letters for grant applications. She is truly a blessing. Having Dr. MK in our lives, has shown us how we should be treated and what the expectations should be.
The clinic [Shady Grove] is located in a good area and they have two offices. The strengths of the clinic the staff and doctors are very knowledgeable about everything. Very helpful and willing to go the extra mile for you.... Insurance did not cover any fertility treatments. The cost of our IUI's were significantly cheaper than we thought it was going to be. IUI cycle and treatment it was under $1,500 this included meds, copay, gas etc....
Age
40 - 41
Treated
2016 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
5 IUI
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve
10
10
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Our Experience with Dr. MK, where do I begin? As I previously stated I was diagnosed with Uterine Fibroids and my Uterus was enlarged. The doctor told me I needed to get a hysterectomy, the option to remove my fibroids were never discussed. I had no idea exactly what all that meant. We moved from Virginia to Tennessee and I figured we would get another opinion. To tell a newly married couple they had no chance of starting a family was devastating. Words really can't describe the feeling.... I was numb. We moved to Knoxville, TN from Virginia and I was getting the same diagnosis. I went online and found a holistic gynecologist in Atlanta that was willing to remove my fibroids. This is the same doctor that recommended Dr. MK. After our first meeting with Dr. MK I was in tears, tears of joy. For the first time in a long time I could see a little light in this darkness we were in. We connected instantly! We not only talked about why we were there, but she wanted to know about us. She made things feel so much more at ease and less stressful. I always looked forward to my appointments. When things didn't go as planned she always was quick to devise a new course of action. I went through 5 failed IUI cycles, she recommended that we go on to a more aggressive course of action with IVF. We moved from Knoxville to Durham, NC. I wasn't happy about the move at first, I wanted to continue my treatments with Dr. MK. We told Dr. MK about our move, she was happy for us. She immediately recommended a clinic and doctor to us. Since our move a few months ago we have stayed in contact with her keeping her updated. I'm not sure how many doctors would take the time to do that. She has written me several reference letters for grant applications. She is truly a blessing. Having Dr. MK in our lives, has shown us how we should be treated and what the expectations should be. Dr. MK always responded to emails, voice mails, etc..... I never felt like we were getting the run around. Dr. MK is at the top of her field.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Be patient through out your journey. I know it's easier said then done, but she (Dr. MK) has helped us with this.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
My first encounter with Dr. McCarthy-Keith was like no other. She was recommended to me after I had my Fibroids removed, she was very welcoming and made my husband and I feel very comfortable. The doctors I saw before her all told me I needed to get a hysterectomy and that I had no chance of conceiving. My husband and I had only been married for two years and the thought of not getting pregnant was never an option. I would travel 3 hours to Atlanta from Knoxville, TN to see her. She was very accommodating and very patient with us.
Describe the protocols Desiree McCarthy-Keith used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta and their degree of success.
I'm not particular sure about specific protocol, however after my first visit with her she explained that I would be a good candidate for IUI. She explained everything to us and what it would entail. I started my first IUI treatment and I was on Letrozole and Gonal F. As I continued with the IUI's she changed my medication and dosage due to how my body responded from the previous cycle, I went from Gonal F to Follistim. Sher also added Ovidrel as well, I went from 2 pills to 4 pills in one cycle. We believed we were getting closer to getting pregnant. DR. MK finally decide that we needed to move to a more aggressive approach.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
The clinic is located in a good area and they have two offices. The strengths of the clinic the staff and doctors are very knowledgeable about everything. Very helpful and willing to go the extra mile for you. The only weakness I would say, I lived in Knoxville, TN and had to drive three hours to and from. Some days I would get back on the road right after my appointment.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
I had health insurance, I was pleased that even though I was out of network insurance covered some things. I lived in TN and was receiving treatment in GA. Insurance did not cover any fertility treatments. The cost of our IUI's were significantly cheaper than we thought it was going to be. IUI cycle and treatment it was under $1,500 this included meds, copay, gas etc....
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Doctor
Desiree McCarthy-Keith
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta
Sandy Springs
Nursing
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10
10
Age
41
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
Dr. McCarthy-Keith treated me husband and I like we were her only patients during each visit. She empathized with our situation and let us know that her goal was to help us get a baby.... Dr. McCarthy-Keith has recommended that we pursue a donor egg IVF cycle since our funds are limited and this would give us a better chance of conceiving versus using my eggs with a 20% chance.
They [nurses at Georgia Reproductive Specialists] are all very responsive. If I have questions or need a help with an injection, they are very good about walking through the steps and keeping you encouraged throughout the process. They all have a friendly demeanor.
Age
41
Treated
2017
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Marketer or PR
Order & Number of Docs Seen
4th of 4 Docs
Treatment
4 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Poor Egg Quality, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
I was referred to Dr. McCarthy-Keith from another friend who raved about her. She is exceptional at what she does and clearly communicates prognosis, test results and recommendations with compassion. She never seems too rushed or busy to answer questions.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Don't be afraid of asking her to explain all of your options for fertility treatments and any questions (small or large). She is very willing to answer any and all.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Dr. McCarthy-Keith treated me husband and I like we were her only patients during each visit. She empathized with our situation and let us know that her goal was to help us get a baby.
Describe the protocols Desiree McCarthy-Keith used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta and their degree of success.
Dr. McCarthy-Keith has recommended that we pursue a donor egg IVF cycle since our funds are limited and this would give us a better chance of conceiving versus using my eggs with a 20% chance. We are currently saving up to go down this route.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
They are all very responsive. If I have questions or need a help with an injection, they are very good about walking through the steps and keeping you encouraged throughout the process. They all have a friendly demeanor.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
Georgia Reproductive Specialist is one of the top clinics in the the Atlanta area. I was first drawn to them because their prices for IVF were more reasonable. It is easy to get an appointment relatively quickly and all of the doctors in the practice work together. The front office staff is also extremely helpful.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
The clinic recently merged with Shady Grove so the donor egg cycle costs changed some from our first visit. They now have two options that start at $28k.
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10
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Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta
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3
4
Age
30 - 37
Treated
2010 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
12 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
3
4
When we first started, it was great. I thought we would get pregnant. She [Dr. McCarthy-Keith] already had an action plan. With IUIs, the protocol didn't change, meaning the outcome (negative pregnancy test) didn't change either. We decided to move to donated embryos. After the first transfer (chemical), we were devastated but had some joy because we did get a positive pregnancy test. For the second transfer, a different doctor did the procedure. That transfer was a negative pregnancy test. We didn't know what the next step would be and were told that Dr. McCarthy-Keith would follow-up with us with a phone call. We never heard back from anyone at the clinic.
Be prepared to wait! They [SGF-Atlanta] have two waiting rooms and sometimes it feels as though you are waiting in the main one just to wait again before you can be seen. The clinic is very busy. At times I felt rushed as there is always someone else right after you to see the doctor or nurse.... I talked more with the nursing staff than my doctor. If I can a question, they always answered it as soon as they could.
Age
30 - 37
Treated
2010 - 2017
Success with this Doc
No
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
12 IUI, IVF, Donor Eggs, Donor Sperm
Diagnosis
PCOS, Uterine Fibroids, Unexplained
3
4
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
When we first started, it was great. I thought we would get pregnant. She already had an action plan. With IUIs, the protocol didn't change, meaning the outcome (negative pregnancy test) didn't change either. We decided to move to donated embryos. After the first transfer (chemical), we were devastated but had some joy because we did get a positive pregnancy test. For the second transfer, a different doctor did the procedure. That transfer was a negative pregnancy test. We didn't know what the next step would be and were told that Dr. McCarthy-Keith would follow-up with us with a phone call. We never heard back from anyone at the clinic.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Stay on top of the communication!!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
My protocol never changed. I was always given the same meds at the same time during all my cycles. It was always "I don't know what happened" after a negative test, but no additional tests were conducted to try to find out more information about what was happening with my body or if the protocol needed to be changed. There were plenty of times that the nurse would say that the doctor would call to follow-up and then she never did.
Describe the protocols Desiree McCarthy-Keith used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta and their degree of success.
I don't remember much of anything with regard to the protocols and meds used, except that they were all the same for IUI. Nothing changed until we decided to go with IVF and embryo adoption.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
I talked more with the nursing staff than my doctor. If I can a question, they always answered it as soon as they could.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
Be prepared to wait! They have two waiting rooms and sometimes it feels as though you are waiting in the main one just to wait again before you can be seen. The clinic is very busy. At times I felt rushed as there is always someone else right after you to see the doctor or nurse.
What specific things went wrong at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
  • Failed to call with results
  • Provided conflicting information
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Doctor
Desiree McCarthy-Keith
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
4
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta
Sandy Springs
Nursing
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10
10
Age
38 - 41
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
10
10
She [Dr. McCarthy- Keith] always greeted me by name and had clearly reviewed my file or remembered me from previous treatment. I never felt there were too many patients or rushed at any of my appointments....I felt she was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job explaining everything to me. Always made me feel comfortable even when delivering bad news.... Because I had unexplained infertility she started off with a round of IUI. After that it was determined that IVF would likely be our best bet.
The clinic [GA Repro Specialists] has a wonderful staff and the atmosphere at the Meridian Mark Office is fantastic... They always worked with me on my schedule. I was always seen at my scheduled time which helped since I was working. I felt very at ease, even when things were not going as planned.... A nurse was also always available to answer questions when I called, and if I had to leave a message the call was returned promptly.... The nurses seemed to be very knowledgeable and always able to answer questions.
Age
38 - 41
Treated
2013 - 2016
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Prefer not to answer
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Lawyer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
I felt she was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job explaining everything to me. Always made me feel comfortable even when delivering bad news. She was always able to answer my questions and she always listened to my concerns.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Don't be afraid to ask questions.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
She always greeted me by name and had clearly reviewed my file or remembered me from previous treatment. I never felt there were too many patients or rushed at any of my appointments.
Describe the protocols Desiree McCarthy-Keith used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta and their degree of success.
Because I had unexplained infertility she started off with a round of IUI. After that it was determined that IVF would likely be our best bet. I was given a plan and the first round I had to stop due to a polyp on my uterus. I had the surgery to remove that and then we proceeded with our round. I began the medications and had the egg retrieval which produced 18 eggs. After fertilization we had 13 eggs fertilize to create embryos but only 6 lasted until day 5. Because of our ages we had the genetic testing done. Of the 6 embryos only one was viable. We transferred the one embryo and received a positive pregnancy test. At our ultrasound appointment it was determined that I had a blighted ovum and in fact was not pregnant.
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
The nurses seemed to be very knowledgeable and always able to answer questions. They were always aware of the circumstances surrounding my treatment and care. A nurse was also always available to answer questions when I called, and if I had to leave a message the call was returned promptly.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
The clinic has a wonderful staff and the atmosphere at the Meridian Mark Office is fantastic. I was unable to visit their other campuses. They always worked with me on my schedule. I was always seen at my scheduled time which helped since I was working. I felt very at ease, even when things were not going as planned.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
My insurance covered the testing. All of my procedures were paid out of pocket. Total for all of my treatment was $20,247.01, not including the medications.
Describe Desiree McCarthy-Keith's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
I think her approach was perfect because based on the results from the genetic testing it was the only viable option for us.
10
Doctor
Desiree McCarthy-Keith
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta
Alpharetta
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
10
Age
36 - 39
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
10
10
I felt like a human because when I hurt Dr. McCarthy-Keith hurt as well. It shows she has a passion for what she does. She personable & willing to ensure as a human you’re comfortable. She’s upfront & straightforward.... She’s personable informative straightforward & tells it like it is. She gives stats & will inform you as a patient if the process will work. What she says for the ,ost part is correct & she looks out for the best interest of the patient.
The clinic [Shady Grove Atlanta] is great! Nice staff & very friendly environment. It’s a clean environment and very welcoming. Any questions one may have anybody is there to answer. They all are caring & make sure to tend to the needs of the patient.... The nurse was great. Whenever I call she was there to answer all my questions. Very nice and pleasant.... I felt like a human because when I hurt Dr. McCarthy-Keith hurt as well. It shows she has a passion for what she does.
Age
36 - 39
Treated
2015 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1st of 2 Docs
Treatment
1 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Tubal Blockage
10
10
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
She’s personable informative straightforward & tells it like it is. She gives stats & will inform you as a patient if the process will work. What she says for the ,ost part is correct & she looks out for the best interest of the patient.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Listen to what she says. She’s looking out for your best interest. She’s honest and will give the best treatment to whoever she comes in contact with.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
I felt like a human because when I hurt Dr. McCarthy-Keith hurt as well. It shows she has a passion for what she does. She personable & willing to ensure as a human you’re comfortable. She’s upfront & straightforward.
Describe the protocols Desiree McCarthy-Keith used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta and their degree of success.
After reviewing my med list from other IVF doctor, she said she will increase my dosage and recommended DHEA & CoQ10 to increase my egg quality due to my 1st retrieval being 10 eggs with only 2 fertilizing. She also stated I should continue acupuncture & change my diet and incorporate exercise.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta. (Assigned nurse: Rita Christopher )
The nurse was great. Whenever I call she was there to answer all my questions. Very nice and pleasant.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
The clinic is great! Nice staff & very friendly environment. It’s a clean environment and very welcoming. Any questions one may have anybody is there to answer. They all are caring & make sure to tend to the needs of the patient.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
Meds-$500
Describe Desiree McCarthy-Keith's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
She wants to transfer 1 embryo as opposed to 2 due to my age. I understand her logic & am in agreement with her.
10
Doctor
Desiree McCarthy-Keith
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta
Alpharetta
Nursing
Operations
Scheduling
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10
10
Age
39 - 40
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Treatment
IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
She [Dr. McCarthy-Keith] was great loved how she was straight forward with us and regards to our treatment plan. She also made sure we was informed on all options that was available to us. And if we suggested anything she would go over it with us and advise if it was available or a good option for us to do.... She told me of supplements I needed to take a vitamins daily. I don’t know the doses but I to follistims, menopure, extagine, and progesterone oil.
The clinic [Shady Grove] is all is great, from the front desk to the blood draw nurses. I don’t like how the call in line it sometimes take forever for someone to come to the line and their is days that you can call right on and get someone on the line.... The nursing staff was great and had great communication with me and made sure that I was informed on what and when I needed to do during my cycles
Age
39 - 40
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
No
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Unexplained
10
10
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
She was great loved how she was straight forward with us and regards to our treatment plan. She also made sure we was informed on all options that was available to us. And if we suggested anything she would go over it with us and advise if it was available or a good option for us to do.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Be patient and go the process
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Dr. MK spoke to me in regards to my care and made sure I understood and agreed with the process. The staff was great and assisted with any and all concerns I had.
Describe the protocols Desiree McCarthy-Keith used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta and their degree of success.
She told me of supplements I needed to take a vitamins daily. I don’t know the doses but I to follistims, menopure, extagine, and progesterone oil.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta. (Assigned nurse: Rhonda I think)
The nursing staff was great and had great communication with me and made sure that I was informed on what and when I needed to do during my cycles
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
The clinic is all is great, from the front desk to the blood draw nurses. I don’t like how the call in line it sometimes take forever for someone to come to the line and their is days that you can call right on and get someone on the line.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
All together we have spent about 5k. I had insurance at the time to cover my services.
10
Doctor
Desiree McCarthy-Keith
Communication
Trustworthiness
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta
Sandy Springs
Nursing
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10
10
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
7 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
She [Dr. Desiree McCarthy-Keith] was amazing! Very knowledgeable, caring, compassionate and smart. We felt like she was 100% on the same page as we were. She explained all the options clearly, and helped us make the choice that was right for us..... Three IUI cycles with no success. One egg retrieval and two transfer cycles, the second of which resulted in a pregnancy and delivery of healthy baby boy.
Everyone [at Georga Reproductive Specialists] was super helpful and nice, from the front desk people to the lab techs. Everything was done in a timely manner and we were in and out quickly.... Rita [the nurse] was super sweet and helpful. She communicated clearly and with much compassion and tact.... The doctor knew my name as well as my partner's. She even remembered a joke my husband made. Was always welcoming and knowledgeable about our specific situation.
Age
38 - 39
Treated
2015 - 2016
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish, Middle Eastern
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
7 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
PCOS, Uterine Fibroids
10
10
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
She was amazing! Very knowledgeable, caring, compassionate and smart. We felt like she was 100% on the same page as we were. She explained all the options clearly, and helped us make the choice that was right for us. She was always sweet and patient, and made us feel more positive about the whole experience. We our sooo grateful for her help and the huge role she played in the birth of our son.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Go see her!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
The doctor knew my name as well as my partner's. She even remembered a joke my husband made. Was always welcoming and knowledgeable about our specific situation.
Describe the protocols Desiree McCarthy-Keith used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta and their degree of success.
Three IUI cycles with no success. One egg retrieval and two transfer cycles, the second of which resulted in a pregnancy and delivery of healthy baby boy.
Describe your experience with your nurse at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta. (Assigned nurse: Rita and Devon)
Rita was super sweet and helpful. She communicated clearly and with much compassion and tact.
Describe your experience with Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
Everyone was super helpful and nice, from the front desk people to the lab techs. Everything was done in a timely manner and we were in and out quickly.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
IUI's ran about $800, IVF, including all meds about $20,000
Describe Desiree McCarthy-Keith's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
No comments.
10
Doctor
Desiree McCarthy-Keith
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
10
Clinic
Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta
Sandy Springs
Nursing
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10
N/A
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
N/A
McCarthy-Keith went the extra mile when I need a medication. The medication was called the day before and the date of the medication it was not available. She made an extra step contacted the pharmacist personally and had my medication ready with in minutes. On the date of my IUI she had a planned family trip, she push back her flight time just to do it for me. She stated she promised that she was going to be there very step of way and she is doing just so.
[The nursing staff at Shady Grove Fertility- Atlanta's] Strength return calls as soon as possible, polite and friendly didn’t rush me while questions... McCarthy-Keith went the extra mile when I need a medication. The medication was called the day before and the date of the medication it was not available. She made an extra step contacted the pharmacist personally and had my medication ready with in minutes. On the date of my IUI she had a planned family trip, she push back her flight time just to do it for me. She stated she promised that she was going to be there very step of way and she is doing just so.
Age
35 - 36
Treated
2017 - 2018
Success with this Doc
?
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
3rd of 3 Docs
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Unexplained
10
N/A
How was your experience with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Strength-warm and welcoming, informative, understanding, flexiable in scheduling weakness time management, more available afternoon hours, doesn’t do every lab possible such anti ovarian antibodies lab, did not let me try IVF with my own eggs
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
Tell her what you want done
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Desiree McCarthy-Keith at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta?
I fell like a human. McCarthy-Keith went the extra mile when I need a medication. The medication was called the day before and the date of the medication it was not available. She made an extra step contacted the pharmacist personally and had my medication ready with in minutes. On the date of my IUI she had a planned family trip, she push back her flight time just to do it for me. She stated she promised that she was going to be there very step of way and she is doing just so.
Describe the protocols Desiree McCarthy-Keith used in your cycles at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta and their degree of success.
For the Low Ovarian Reserve, letrozole with Ovidrel was used
Describe your experience with the nursing staff.
Strength return calls as soon as possible, polite and friendly didn’t rush me while questions
Describe Desiree McCarthy-Keith's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta.
I was not educated on eSET
10
Doctor
Desiree McCarthy-Keith
Communication
Trustworthiness
Compassion
Explained risks
Adaptability
Frequency seen during appointments
Nursing
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