We have just completed an IVF/PGD cycle at the Washington Center for Reproductive Medicine with Dr. Kustin. I am currently 4 days post-transfer of 2 embryos and waiting to see if I am pregnant. Probably best to give you guys my opinion of the clinic before I am biased by the pregnancy outcome!
We were happy with our overall experience. We are a Canadian couple requiring IVF to conceive who opted to go down to the States because they don't let you gender select in Canada (we already have a boy who was also conceived through IVF). I found the process to be more intense than last time, but that is just the difference between how things are done in the States vs. Canada (many more injections, egg retrieval was a bigger deal surgery, etc.). We paid $14000 (they give Canadians $1000 off as a grant for travel expenses). I tried to get my meds up here so they would be covered by my plan, but there was a mix up with the quantities I was given, and I ended up purchasing about $1500 additionally in meds down there. Not sure if my plan will cover those but, again that has nothing to do with the clinic specfically, just the logistics of coordinating from out of country.
Dr. Kustin is by no means a warm & fuzzy doctor, but he seems to know he stuff - and the nurses and office staff were all exceptionally kind and caring.I am okay with a doctor who is all business and getting some TLC from the nurses anyways. They coordinated what they could for me by phone and e-mail ahead of time. The IVF coordinator Hannah was prompt with e-mail replies and very helpful.
We had 15 eggs retrieved and 12 fertilized. By Day 4 all 12 were still viable, which was impressive. Our bad news came when 10 of the 12 came back abnormal in the PGD testing. This most likely has to do with our ferility issues. We were left with only 2 normal - one girl (which they said looked strong) and one boy (so-so quality). We were faced with the difficult decision of what to transfer, as we had specifically chosen to go to the States to PGD for a girl. In the end, we decided to transfer both embryos back, as it is so difficult for us to get pregnant period. Both Dr. Kustin and the embryologist took the time to sit down with us and talk through this decision before the transfer.
I would recommend the clinic, they were very accomodating to us as out of town patients.We had a good outcome of 15 eggs and 12 fertilized embryos. The poor outcome of 10 abnormal was out of their control. They quoted us 75% chance of pregancy; 20% chance of twins. I will let you know what happens!
Good luck with your decisions - I would love to hear about others experiences if you decide on the using this same clinic.