My husband and I got a referral for Dr. Smike from my OB, and come to find out he is the same doctor that helped my cousin conceive twins about 5 years ago. She had nothing but good things to say about her experience with Dr. Smikle and his team, so this reduced our anxiety a little bit and we decided to proceed with a mini IVF. Our overall experience was exceptional! There was a lot of information to learn and medication to take and the whole team made sure we were clear about everything, every step along the way. Ursula, the nurse we communicated regularly with, was very though and prompt with email responses. Even the receptionists were attentive and informative. Unfortunately this cycle was unsuccessful for us, but the staff was very supportive and reassuring. If we consider another cycle in the future, it is without a doubt we will go back to Laurel Fertility Care.
After today’s experience with Dr. Smikle, I feel like it’s only fair if I write a few words of appreciation about him. Today Dr. Smikle went above and beyond to accommodate me (given my crazy work schedule), so I can get my appointment. We communicated via emails and he kept offering solutions to my problems throughout the day, demonstrating great problem solving skills.
Also, I started off on the wrong foot with my IVF cycle, but Dr. Smikle was very reassuring and supportive, and again, offered alternatives and solutions, based on “what will work best for me”. If this doesn’t show that he cares, I don’t know what will. He is very honest and direct in his communication and I truly appreciate that. Another thing, he is really good with his hands. He always verbally prepares me for the procedure, but I never feel pressure or discomfort during the exams and the ultrasounds.
This place is amazing and I went to two other fertility clinics previously that I did not like. This place was positive and optimistic about my chances even though I was 43 years old. Previous places had been so negative and horrible about it like I was a crazy person for even thinking I had a chance to get pregnant. And I GOT PREGNANT here!!!! They worked with me and let me do natural IUI’s and did not treat me like I was crazy. I got pregnant on the first one. Have a 1.5 month old beautiful baby girl now.
I believe this place is the reason why. I cannot recommend it enough. All of the doctors were amazing.
Thank you all for everything you have done for us over the past year and a half. You have made an otherwise trying time, very pleasant. Your extraordinary kindness, compassion and patience, were appreciated every step of the way. You all feel like family…thank you!
Thanks for all of your help through this process. Your team has been wonderful and has made an otherwise stressful and trying event, enjoyable. You have been wonderful.
“I just wanted to personally thank you for all the behind the scenes support you provided us…from ordering meds, to emailing schedules, to answering my random questions. You have made this whole process run smoothly and made it as stress free as it possibly could be. It is just such a blessing to have people on your side and watching out for you!”
“I can’t thank you enough for making what was, for me, an overwhelming experience, a positive and hopeful one. You were so nice and supportive!”
“Today I am 25 weeks pregnant. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think of how you have helped us- Your hard work, skill and nurturing has changed my whole life!”
“Thank you for the wonderful job you did with my surgery. I feel very fortunate to have had you as my surgeon specialist. You and your fabulous staff were a total “class act” from day one with you. Again, I’m very thankful for your part in getting me back to normal again.”
“To the fabulous woman of the front office – Thank you for being so incredibly awesome at your jobs. You made my visits to Dr. Smikle’s so much easier because of your wonderful professionalism and great personalities. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You were great!”
“On June 27, 2008, our blessing, Miguel Anton, arrived. We would not have been blessed with such a beautiful baby boy without your help. Not only have you made our dream come true, but you have completed our family. The experience was unnerving, but you made it so easy for us. The staff – from Dr. Smikle to the nurses – were very personable and very inspiring. Again, thank you and we could not have done this without your help. God Bless!”
“Thank you so much Dr. Smikle! Your staff has been wonderful throughout the whole process, we really enjoyed our interactions with them and with you. Thanks!”
“My husband and I came to Laurel Fertility Care very despondent by my prognosis of infertility, which I received just after turning 40. My OB/GYN was fairly negative about my chances of having a child but I tried to approach the whole situation with an open mind. I met Dr. Smikle, a quiet calm doctor, filled with anxiety but he put me at ease and immediately renewed some hope by telling is that there were several options to try, including IUI (did that once) and IVF. While the whole process was very stressful on both my new husband and myself, Dr. Smikle and his wonderful staff was very helpful. Seeing one doctor was stabilizing and his nurse, Lara was so patient. Front desk staff were wonderful and Jeanne listened to me moan endlessly. I am now 4 and a half months pregnant with a boy and VERY grateful. Thanks LFC!”
“I was pretty nervous at the start of my IVF cycle. Not because of the IVF, but because I was used to my old doctors detail and attention during my last IVF cycle 5 years ago. With pending health problems, my husband and I jumped into a new cycle quickly without interviewing as many IVF facilities as we would have liked.
What an amazing and honestly wonderful surprise. Not only are the nurses and staff incredibly thorough, caring and make you feel like you are the most important to them but the entire feeling goes all the way up to the top with Dr. Smikle’s top-notch care. What a wonderful doctor and experience. I can not recommend his care more strongly. This facility has only gotten better over the years. To sum it up….Amazing medical care and even better people.”
“Dear Laurel Fertility Care, Thank you so much for your patience and support during such a difficult time. Dr. Smikle and Charles were to thoughtful and helpful during all our decision making. We were so delighted to finally conceive without drugs, it seemed like a miracle! Our baby is due in November.”
“My husband and I would like to thank Dr. Smikle and his staff for helping us bring our two beautiful boys into the world. Our lives are complete.”
“Dr. Smikle, Lara and Iris make a tough situation manageable and sometimes almost enjoyable. Furthermore, their methods are successful!”
“To the patients of Laurel Fertility Care,
After a full year of extensive tests, my OB/GYN informed me in June of 2006 that I would never conceive a baby. And that IVF wouldn’t even work for me. July 2006, still heartbroken with the news, I managed to be strong and decided to seek a second opinion. I decided to call Laurel Fertility Care, which was recommended to me by a dear cousin who now has a son because of Laurel Fertility. Four months later, Dr. Smikle called me with the most exciting news we have ever heard. POSITIVE! I am now about 6 months pregnant, busy preparing for the incoming arrival of one baby girl in about 3 months. My husband and I would like to thank Laurel Fertility Care for the greatest gift we have ever had. I have never been so happy. With much gratitude.”
“Laurel Fertility Care~ After going to 3 places in the city and feeling like you are a number in a factory, it was so nice to finally find Laurel Fertility Care. I can’t tell you what a difference the attention and quality of care. You can actually talk to your doctor when you call, you see the same doctor, he calls you with information. The entire experience was so nice there, especially when it’s sucks a difficult time anyway. I highly recommend them.”
“Greetings! I’m now 15 weeks along with our first baby. It was a long journey for us to get here and I’m very grateful to Dr. Smikle and all the staff at LFC for helping us get here. Thank you and your warm caring attitude and the personal attention I received from everyone at LFC.”
“Thank you Dr. Smikle for making a dream come true. I am 25 weeks pregnant with a baby boy. We are so excited! You have a wonderful and compassionate staff that made our experience as pleasant as possible. We will be forever grateful.”