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Do NOT go to this doctor!!!! I know you have to take these reviews with a grain of salt since infertility is such a sensitive subject, but please read on!!
I do not need a doctor too hold my hand. I want a doctor who looks at the whole patient and the problem at hand. Because of this, I looked past his poor bedside manner. I quickly discover his true intentions of practicing medicine..... MONEY!! I went to him for unexplained infertility. Instead of running a multitude of tests to determine the problem, he pushed for the most invasive and costly IVF. When asked what I would do if I had triplets, I looked at my husband and said "I guess we would deal!" Because I was not willing to abort one of the fetus, and because I was "too small" to carry triplets, he was not comfortable doing IUI (a far less invasive and affordable option). My later research showed there was only a 3% chance of triplets with IUI....not a statistic he shared with us. I don't know his % of successful IVF, but if you want IVF and no other options he may be your guy. Just expect to be treated as a paycheck instead of a whole person.
Amazing team! Achieved pregnancy with 1 cycle! I now have boy/girl twins! We will always have a special bond with this office. They were caring, professional, organized, etc. they were extremely good about keeping contact with me thru my roller coaster of emotions! Love them!
Dr. Smikle and his staff are incredibly intelligent and wonderful people. My wife and I felt very comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Smikle. His knowledge, bedside manner, professionalism and his sincere interest in helping people create a family are some of the reasons that lead me to believe he is the best doctor for ivf treatment.
Dr.Smikle's office staff was not organized. They had me do lab work 4 separate times, rather than using a simple checklist to insure all tests were complete. One test result came in day of retrieval, rather than being done prior to starting cycle. Turned out I had thyroid disease. It was not something I wanted to leave untreated before embarking on IVF, let alone after plunking down my $10k plus $4k for meds. I wasn't given the opportunity to treat my own health problem prior to cycle due to the organizational mix up. Office staff didn't know why my husband was at office, asked if they were freezing or analyzing sample. Left him with insecure feeling about where his sample would end up. The question was asked in front of numerous waiting visitors, which he felt violated his privacy as well. Embryologist and nursing staff were very professional and nice to work with.
Dr. Smikle and the Laurel team are truly the best!!!! As a direct result of the excellent care and treatment my husband and I received, we now have a daughter born in October 2008 as proof of such. Dr. Smikle and his team are diligent, compassionate, dedicated, persistent, outline realistic expectations for patients and partner with patients. I always felt that I was receiving the utmost in "Nordstom" quality care unlike in any other fertility practice (I had been to several other doctors/fertility clinics previously and was both heartbroken and disappointed at the impersonal and horrible care I received). Dr. Smikle, Dr. Engle (the embryologist), the anesthesiologist and his team were devoted to ensuring we had a successful outcome and althought it took us three attempts at Laurel ( minor compared to our previous attempts elsewhere with ai/iui), we are now proud parents of a healthy and precious baby and again can't say enough good things abotu Dr. Smikle and the practice!
Dr. Smikle and his coordinator had poor communication with each other which led to confusion for the patient. We had to keep asking questions to find out how to proceed because they were so disorganized. After expressing how the first office visit made us feel anxious rather than feeling like we were in good hands, Dr. Smikle and his coordinator did not follow-up with us as Dr. Smikle said they would in order to rebuild trust. Infertility is already a very stressful and sensitive health issue, but to have a doctor and his staff make you feel like you are just another car coming into the shop is not a place you want to ever go.
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