Yelena Dondik

NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York

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Medical SchoolStony Brook
ResidencyNYU-Winthrop
FellowshipU of Louisville
Brooklyn
16 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11241
(718) 935-9766
On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend Yelena Dondik to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 100%10
5 assessments
  • 100% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 0% Neutral (7-8)
  • 0% Don't recommend (0-6)
Humanity
Treated like a number
Treated like a human
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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
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Ratings of 10 mean excellent communication.

Frequency Seen
Rarely saw at appts.
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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.

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Poor response time
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On a scale from 0-10, how likely are you to recommend NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York to a friend?
Strongly recommend: 62%Neutral: 28%Don't recommend: 10%8.6
57 assessments
  • 62% Strongly recommend (9-10)
  • 28% Neutral (7-8)
  • 10% Don't recommend (0-6)
5 assessments
10
9
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Poor Egg Quality
10
9
Dr. Dondik is very kind and takes her time to explain everything to me and answer all of my questions. I do a lot of research and bring ideas and concerns to the table based on my research. She never feels threatened or annoyed by this. Rather, she engages me on my ideas or concerns, and walks me through her recommendations and shares research as to why she recommends specific things. I have had four transfers and so far four miscarriages.
My clinic is the smaller offshoot office which means it is generally the same staff each and every visit. I love this about the RSNY Brooklyn office. It feels like a family.... They get me appointments ASAP and always help me book them in the early mornings so I can make it to my school and classroom on time. Because it is so small, sometimes it can run very behind (especially if the usual nurse or doctor is away). Other than that, it is always a wonderful experience.
Age
32 - 33
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
?
Race
European
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Teacher
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
3 IUI, 2 IVF
Diagnosis
Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Poor Egg Quality
10
9
How was your experience with Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
Dr. Dondik does a good job at looking at the individual rather than throw you into a routine because that is how it is usually done. For example, I make excellent progesterone. I make it each month and don't need help making it or keeping it elevated. Because of this, Dr. Dondik suggested I do a cycle without synthetic progesterone at all. I felt confident in this decision because it not only addressed my need but also allowed me to take a more "natural" path (as natural as IVF and FET can get, anyway). Dr. Dondik is also very understanding and considerate. She talks through options with me based on her recommendations and also what I can do realistically financially. She is kind and compassionate. For example, because I suffer from recurrent miscarriage she comes into every OB ultrasound so that she can tell me right away if there is a problem. I appreciate this because there isn't a pause where the ultrasound tech has to go get her. Dr. Dondik is also supportive during difficult times (like my miscarriages). I was having a lot of pain and was struggling to cope with it. She walked me through different pain management plans and let me choose the one that sounded the best for me personally. I do wish Dr. Dondik did all of my procedures (such as egg retrieval and FET). However, my clinic is set up so that doctors take turns rotating on the OR and it depends on which day you need for which doctor you get.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
Don't be afraid to advocate for yourself with challenging questions, ideas, or concerns. Also, don't be afraid to show your emotions. Dr. Dondik is capable and handles it all with grace and care.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
Dr. Dondik is very kind and takes her time to explain everything to me and answer all of my questions. I do a lot of research and bring ideas and concerns to the table based on my research. She never feels threatened or annoyed by this. Rather, she engages me on my ideas or concerns, and walks me through her recommendations and shares research as to why she recommends specific things. I have had four transfers and so far four miscarriages. When she diagnosed me with the last miscarriage, she actually got a little bit teary herself. It showed me that she really cares for me as a woman who is struggling - not just as a name on a chart or as a statistic. Also, during my egg retrieval cycle, there was some frustrating news that came up with my blood work. Dr. Dondik took the time to call me herself and make sure I understood what it meant and my next steps. I felt very respected and seen.
Describe the protocols Yelena Dondik used in your cycles at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York and their degree of success.
Dr. Dondik had be doing an agonist protocol. It started with birth control for about two weeks. Then I started injections of Gonal-F and Menopur. In my previous cycle, my estrogen level got too high too fast so she started me on a much lower dose. This helped with my estrogen. Over the course of 13 days my doses increased slightly. On my last day of stims, my estrogen jumped from about 2000 to 5500 overnight. She called to tell me that with estrogen that high before a trigger and retrieval, I was at serious risk for OHSS and that we would move this cycle to a freeze all. I appreciated her being so upfront with me so I could prepare myself for a freeze all. Dr. Dondik had be trigger with lupron to help avoid the estrogen spike that would come with an hcg trigger. On the day of retrieval I had 21 eggs retrieved, 17 mature, and ended up with four 5 day blastocysts. One was "good" and the other three were "fair".
Describe your experience with your nurse at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York. (Assigned nurse: Elena )
Elena is calm, caring, and extremely efficient. At first, she can come off as a little cold and distant. However, when you need her to be there for you she is as warm, kind, and caring as possible. She is supportive of schedules (I am an educator and need early appointments and she does that whenever possible and explains to me when she can't and why). She knows me and my history and is extremely delicate with beta hcg results. She is also good at answering my many questions, calls me back (or sends a portal message) within 24 hours (but almost always the same day), and never minds me taking care of my needs (whatever they may be). I trust her with my information, my medicine, and my treatments whole heartedly.
Describe your experience with NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York.
My clinic is the smaller offshoot office which means it is generally the same staff each and every visit. I love this about the RSNY Brooklyn office. It feels like a family. Everyone knows me, that I am a teacher, my history of pregnancy loss, my husband, etc. They know this and are considerate and kind. They get me appointments ASAP and always help me book them in the early mornings so I can make it to my school and classroom on time. Because it is so small, sometimes it can run very behind (especially if the usual nurse or doctor is away). Other than that, it is always a wonderful experience.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York.
I have insurance that covers monitoring appointments, some tests (not PGT or sperm fragmentation), and two retrievals (but not transfers). So out of pocket costs for me in total is around 14,000$. This includes diagnostic cycles, three IUI, two retrievals, embryo/embryologists costs (including insemination, freezing, storage), and four transfers.
Describe Yelena Dondik's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York.
Dr. Dondik recommends one embryo if they are tested and test normal. However, in my two cycles I did not do PGT testing becuase my insurance didn't cover it. My first transfer with her I did one embryo. It resulted in a chemical pregnancy. In my second transfer I transferred two untested embryo. It resulted in a singleton pregnancy that miscarried at around 7 weeks (but it wasn't viable from the first scan at 5 weeks).
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9
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NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York
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10
10
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Unexplained
10
10
Dr. Dondik took time with us, always explaining her recommendations in as much detail as we asked for. She was warm and empathetic and responded to our concerns with reassurance and helpful context. She also conveyed her passion for the field to us and inspired not just hope but also fascination in the science of reproductive medicine....As I didn't ovulate in the first cycle we tracked, I was given Femara (Letrozole) to stimulate ovulation. We did that for two cycles, inseminating during both. I got pregnant the second time.
Elena and the rest of the nursing and reception staff [at Reproductive Specialists of New York] were unfailingly kind, knowledgeable, responsive, helpful, and professional...We enjoyed and appreciated our time at the clinic. It's well run, clean, efficient, and beautiful. It's much smaller and more intimate than the previous clinic we went to in Park Slope. And the views are amazing!...There was some sort of mistake in scheduling our initial appointment, where the clinic had no record of the appointment that was made. They handled it very smoothly though and happened to have an opening, so I was able to be seen as planned.
Age
36
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IUI
Diagnosis
Anovulation, PCOS, Unexplained
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10
How was your experience with Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
We loved Dr. Dondik! She exemplified warm, caring professionalism and we wished we could have stayed with her and the clinic throughout the pregnancy. She was up to date with the current science and could coherently explain it, and was emotionally intelligent as well.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
Appreciate the time you've got with her!
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
Dr. Dondik took time with us, always explaining her recommendations in as much detail as we asked for. She was warm and empathetic and responded to our concerns with reassurance and helpful context. She also conveyed her passion for the field to us and inspired not just hope but also fascination in the science of reproductive medicine.
Describe the protocols Yelena Dondik used in your cycles at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York and their degree of success.
As I didn't ovulate in the first cycle we tracked, I was given Femara (Letrozole) to stimulate ovulation. We did that for two cycles, inseminating during both. I got pregnant the second time.
Describe your experience with your nurse at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York. (Assigned nurse: Elene Longoria)
Elena and the rest of the nursing and reception staff were unfailingly kind, knowledgeable, responsive, helpful, and professional.
Describe your experience with NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York.
We enjoyed and appreciated our time at the clinic. It's well run, clean, efficient, and beautiful. It's much smaller and more intimate than the previous clinic we went to in Park Slope. And the views are amazing!
Describe the costs associated with your care under Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York.
We were fortunate enough that my insurance covered nearly everything.
What specific things went wrong at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
  • Lost appointments
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10
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
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10
I received IVF treatment with a frozen transfer [with Dr. Dondik]. I was placed on injections to help produce eggs in a natural cycle...Dr Dondik and her staff will do what it takes to ensure each patient receives the appropriate care every step of the way...approach to embryo transfer was based on my age as well as successful outcome of pregnancy...always displayed good bedside manner each and every time she entered the room. She ensured to answer all questions in a clear, precise manner and with clarity and understanding. Dr Dondik as well as her staff greeted each patient with a warm welcome greeting as well as ensured all questions and concerns were addressed in a timely manner.
[The nurses at Reproductive Specialists of New York are] Professional, friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and compassion...eager to help and assist any way they could. The clinic environment was well kept, clean and provided a warm friendly atmosphere...staff will do what it takes to ensure each patient receives the appropriate care every step of the way...I received IVF treatment with a frozen transfer. I was placed on injections to help produce eggs in a natural cycle. I had one cycle of egg retrieval and one cycle of egg transfer which resulted in a positive pregnancy
Age
37 - 38
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$50K - $99K
Occupation
Order & Number of Docs Seen
2nd of 2 Docs
Treatment
2 IUI, 1 IVF
Diagnosis
10
10
How was your experience with Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
Dr Dondik was an amazing doctor, she always displayed a caring, welcoming, friendly, professional demeanor. She took the time to speak with patients and addressed all concerns with a clear understanding. Dr Dondik always displayed compassion and made you feel comfortable. As a patient I felt confident, comfortable, understood and reassured about all treatments and procedures under Dr Dondik care
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
Dr Dondik and her staff will do what it takes to ensure each patient receives the appropriate care every step of the way. You can trust your care with Dr Dondik
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
Dr Dondik always displayed good bedside manner each and every time she entered the room. She ensured to answer all questions in a clear, precise manner and with clarity and understanding. Dr Dondik as well as her staff greeted each patient with a warm welcome greeting as well as ensured all questions and concerns were addressed in a timely manner.
Describe the protocols Yelena Dondik used in your cycles at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York and their degree of success.
I received IVF treatment with a frozen transfer. I was placed on injections to help produce eggs in a natural cycle. I had one cycle of egg retrieval and one cycle of egg transfer which resulted in a positive pregnancy
Describe your experience with your nurse at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York. (Assigned nurse: Elena Longoria)
Professional, friendly, knowledgeable, understanding and compassion.
Describe your experience with NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York.
The Clinic was staffed with friendly, professional, welcoming, knowledgeable staff. Who was eager to help and assist any way they could. The clinic environment was well kept, clean and provided a warm friendly atmosphere.
Describe Yelena Dondik's approach to eSET (elective single embryo transfer) vs. multiple embryo transfer at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York.
Dr Dondik approach to embryo transfer was based on my age as well as successful outcome of pregnancy
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Yelena Dondik
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10
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NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York
Brooklyn
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10
Age
29 - 30
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
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10
My husband and I initial visit with [Dr. Yelena Dondik] was very comfortable. Based on our medical history by the end of the visit Dr.Dondik made a plan for us, explaining every step of the process. She did an excellent job with her knowledge, confidence and patience...I felt like a human because of Dr.Dondik's Compassion towards my husband and I situation as a young couple trying to conceive naturally but was unable to do so.
[NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists is a] Very clean and well organized office. I never waited more than 10 mins after my appointment time. They were very flexible if I was running late, just call or they will...the view was amazing in the waiting area. Each and every one of them [staff] was courteous, professional, and made my visit as comfortable as they possibly could. This experience would not have been the same without (Nurse) Elena, she was very knowledgeable with my plan of care and consistently answers all my questions before and after all my appointments.
Age
29 - 30
Treated
2018 - 2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Black or African-American
Income
$100K - $199K
Occupation
Nurse or HC Services
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
2 IVF
Diagnosis
Male Factor, Unexplained
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10
How was your experience with Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
My husband and I initial visit with Dr.Dondik was very comfortable. Based on our medical history by the end of the visit Dr.Dondik made a plan for us, explaining every step of the process. She did an excellent job with her knowledge, confidence and patience.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
If you're anything like myself, write down all the questions you may have before going to your appointment so when you leave the office you'll be satisfied all your questions were answered.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
I felt like a human because of Dr.Dondik's Compassion towards my husband and I situation as a young couple trying to conceive naturally but was unable to do so.
Describe your experience with your nurse at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York. (Assigned nurse: Elena Longoria)
I cannot begin to express my satisfaction with the staff at Dr.Dondik's office.From the front desk, Medical assistance, Sono Tec. to the Nurse's (especially Elena).Each and every one of them was courteous, professional, and made my visit as comfortable as they possibly could. This experience would not have been the same without (Nurse) Elena, she was very knowledgeable with my plan of care and consistently answers all my questions before and after all my appointments.
Describe your experience with NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York.
Very clean and well organized office. I never waited more than 10 mins after my appointment time. They were very flexible if I was running late, just call or they will. Completely off topic but the view was amazing in the waiting area.
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Yelena Dondik
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10
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NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York
Brooklyn
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10
10
Age
38
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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10
Dr. Dondik is professional, well versed in the recent research, and seems genuinely invested in patient outcomes. We came after six months of trying and were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Dr. Dondik recommended IUI medicated with Clomid, and we were lucky enough to get a positive pregnancy test on the first round. We "graduated" with a healthy eight week ultrasound.
I loved that the office [NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York] was small and efficient, and most of the time extremely warm and friendly...The clinic is clean, conveniently located (with a nice view, which is a bonus), and efficiently run. I loved how small it was, because it made it easy to deal with, and they were very understanding when travel delays made me quite late one day.
Age
38
Treated
2019
Success with this Doc
Yes
Race
Ashkenazi Jewish
Income
$200K - $499K
Occupation
Writer
Order & Number of Docs Seen
1 Doc Seen
Treatment
1 IUI
Diagnosis
Unexplained
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10
How was your experience with Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
Dr. Dondik is professional, well versed in the recent research, and seems genuinely invested in patient outcomes. We came after six months of trying and were diagnosed with unexplained infertility. Dr. Dondik recommended IUI medicated with Clomid, and we were lucky enough to get a positive pregnancy test on the first round. We "graduated" with a healthy eight week ultrasound.
What's one piece of advice would you give a prospective patient of Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
Go see her.
During treatment, were you treated like a number or a human with Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York?
I was so grateful to find Dr. Dondik's office after an arduous search to find someone who took our insurance. I loved that the office was small and efficient, and most of the time extremely warm and friendly. Dr. Dondik herself couldn't have been kinder or more patient.
Describe the protocols Yelena Dondik used in your cycles at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York and their degree of success.
Dr. Dondik prescribed Clomid to start out. When she noticed a thinner uterine lining, she prescribed estrogen suppositories. We used our own genetic material.
Describe your experience with NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York.
The clinic is clean, conveniently located (with a nice view, which is a bonus), and efficiently run. I loved how small it was, because it made it easy to deal with, and they were very understanding when travel delays made me quite late one day.
Describe the costs associated with your care under Yelena Dondik at NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York.
Our insurance covered everything but an $85 trigger shot.
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Brooklyn
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