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This past month, Allyson celebrated her first Mother's Day. At 51, she is savoring her new status and knows she is lucky to be cuddling her precious baby.

Allyson used the donor egg program at HRC Fertility after undergoing one cycle of IVF with her own eggs. When she married a few years ago, she and her husband understood she would likely have challenges because of her age, so she was not surprised this option would be necessary. She found an anonymous donor and was referred to Dr. Robert Boostanfar's Encino office.

After several diagnostic tests were completed, Allyson was able to start IVF treatment. The rest of the process moved along very quickly.

Said Allyson, "Staff communication was great, especially when it came to the medications and injections. With the frequent office visits, I really got to know the staff. I felt like it ws important to have a close relationship with the providers since this was such an important process."

Fortunately, Allyson the happy news she was pregnant after her second cycle. Though she is currently getting much less sleep, Allyson is figuring out how to make motherwood work and relishing her new role. She advises other "older" moms to not let age limit their life. "All the staff at HRC Fertility were judgment-free about my age, which I really appreciated," she recalled. "They honored my wanting to fulfill my dreams. I felt I was in a safe place and would refer other women to seek treatment at Dr. Boostanfar's office."

Though Mother's Day 2017 has officially passed, every day feels like Mother's Day to Allyson, who is only feeling joy about a dream that has been realized.

Monday, 05 June 2017

We are so grateful to Dr. Boostanfar, Jennifer, Leticia and all the HRC Encino staff for making our parenting dreams come true. After our very first meeting, I knew he was the right doctor for us.  He put us at such an ease with the very overwhelming processes we were about to go through.

After three failed IUI's and one successful IVF cycle, we got the positive test we were looking for and now we have a very healthy (now 3 month old) baby boy!  They really make you feel safe and cared for, especially through the difficult times.

We traveled 2.5 hours, one way, for each appointment and they could not have been more accomodating with appointment times and such. If we decide to go for another I can't imagine going through this with any other staff or doctor.  They are the BEST! Thank you HRC, Dr. B and all the staff!

Sari Eriksen
Thursday, 09 February 2017

Dear Dr. Boostanfar, Jennifer, Latisha, Shinise and the entire staff at HRC Encino.

We wanted to say "Thank You" for making our dreams come true.  You have truly given us the hope we needed to build our little family.  We are so thankful to have met you and have been in your care. We are so happy with our experience and can't wait to welcome our little baby into this world.

Thank you again!!

Proud Encino Patient
Wednesday, 30 November 2016

I would like to thank Dr. Boostanfar and his staff. I came across Dr. B through a friend, we went with first round of IVF without waiting anytime. Today I am blessed with a beautiful, healthy and happy baby girl.

Dr. B adviced me to freeze my embryos and that was one of the best decisions we ever made. Please listen to your Dr's. I got pregnant right after first round of IVF.

They took such a good care of me. Dr. B is very friendly and has an amazing smile that makes anyone comfortable. I felt sad and didn't want to graduate from HRC. Lol I love this place and would return for another baby. If a chicken like me who is scared of needles and dr's can go through IVF so easily, anyone can. Dr Boostanfer is the best and his Asst nurse Leticia and acupuncturist Dr. Shin Di . Thank you all!

Dr Boostanfer
Saturday, 14 May 2016

After three miscarriages and trying to get pregnant for more than a year, I came to HRC. I was 32 and so grateful to meet Dr. Tourgeman. He's an awesome doctor! From the very beginning, he made us feel comfortable and was straightforward with us about our options. Luckily for me and my husband, I got pregnant with our first IUI.

I have to say that everyone at HRC was FANTASTIC--from the front desk to the nurse practitioner, everyone was so kind and caring. The entire staff was upbeat, supportive and encouraging. Dr. Tourgeman's nurse practitioner is truly a gem. She was very knowledgeable and caring. I remember calling her one afternoon, distraught and very upset after some light bleeding. She told me to come in immediately to put my mind at ease. She is great!!

We are so blessed with our baby son, and are already thinking about baby #2!!

Erin Reynoso
Monday, 03 August 2015

My baby twins are a miracle!

After 10 years of trying to conceive, we found Dr Boostanfar and HRC and that was the day our life changed from sad to happy! Dr Boostanfar understood perfectly our problem and designed a treatment for our success!  We can proudly said that we are a very happy couple that enjoy their beautifull baby twins ( Boy and Girl) and that we will we gratefull with Dr Boostanfar and HRC for all our life!

Thanks for this amazing Happiness!  

Mary and Frank
My baby twins
Thursday, 08 January 2015

Everytime I look into my baby's eyes, I am reminded of the journey we went on to get him and I smile. I smile for all the tears shed, all the time and energy and all the strength we mustered up to start our dream family.  And all through that time, Dr. Boostanfar held our hands, gave us hope and kept us strong.  I am eternally grateful to Dr. Boostanfar and the HRC staff for their loving care and incredible medical expertise. In a difficult situation, I felt like I had true friends at HRC, whom I miss dearly, that always wanted the best for us and our family.  Thank you a million times and more. 

Lisa Levy
Friday, 12 September 2014

My partner and I were seeing another doctor in another infertility facility and went through 3 unsuccessful cycles of IUI.  We never had a connection firsts ur first fertility doctor.  Then, a friend of mine recommended me to look into HRC in Encino.  She had gotten pregnant twice by IUI with her doctor at HRC, so I figured it was worth looking into.  I attended one of the free seminars and Dr. Feinman was the presenter.  He explained everything so clearly and he was very informative about infertility treatments.  Right away my partner and I knew we have found the right doctor for us.  We scheduled a consultation with Dr. Feinman.  We saw Dr. Feinman for a consultation and we decided to go through the IVF process.  A month later, my pregnancy test came back positive.  I couldn't believe it!!  My dream finally came true. I would highly recommend seeing Dr. Feinman.  Not only is he the best infertility doctor, he's also very caring and genuinely cares about his patients.  The HRC staff is also great.  

Excited Mom to Be
Thursday, 29 August 2013

My Story: My husband and I had beent trying to have a child for five years and we had not been successful. During the last three years I had done artificial insemination several times and they had failed. According to the doctor (not Dr. Tourgeman) my husband and I did not have any medical reason as to why I was not getting pregnant. The last procedure that I had left would be IVF. I waited until I was 35 years old as I thought I would get pregnant on my own. At the beginning of 2012 I researched online and came across great recommendations for Dr. Tourgeman at the Encino office. I made an appointment we met him and we felt very comfortable talking to him. He is very restpectful and caring and he told us the game plan and we agreed. I did one round of IVF with two inseminations. I did not get pregnant at that time but 3 months later I got pregnant. I wanted to let Dr. Tourgeman know that I think that the IVF procedure and the uterine scraping helped my body to get a jump start to get pregnant. My baby was born January 29, 2013. Thank you for helping us to start up our family!      

Darda Velasco
Friday, 31 May 2013

Looking Forward to a New Life, A New Future and A New Family

I was referred to Dr. David Tourgeman at HRC in Encino by my gynecologist in Santa Monica, who strongly recommended him to me as I am 45 years old, and finally made the decision to attempt to get pregnant. Her explanation as to why I should go to him: "He gets women pregnant."  I knew it was a long-shot, but honestly, I came in with some hope and a dream.

After the initial consultation with Dr. Tourgeman, I felt quite comfortable with his demeanor, tone and the way he spoke to my partner and I. He was informative and clearly interested in helping us.  I felt the chemistry was right. And that's critical to the process as you will be working with the physician for months, even longer. Infertility treatment is a solid commitment. It is also taxing and emotionally difficult, not just for the woman, but for the partner, as well.  You need to find a doctor whom you feel comfortable, and we felt it was right with Dr. Tourgeman. (At first, I wasn't crazy about a male doctor, but all those concerns soon disappeared as the visits rapidly progressed).

I also felt that the HRC office was quite accessible.  When I left messages for a call back, or even emails to my nurse Teresa, my questions were always answered the same or next day - never longer.

Although I didn't know at the time, HRC has a high, live birth success rate.  IVF clinics, by law, must report these rates.  You can find these statistics at:, or on HRC's website at:  At the SART website, look for the "cycles resulting in live births."  (What you need to know is not how many women get pregnant at the clinic, but how many took home a baby).  Under the age of 35, the live birth rate at the top clinics nationwide is 50% or above. As you will see, HRC's percentage is higher than that.

Additionally, the HRC clinic in Encino has the surgery center a floor below, the place where the procedure(s) will take place, and the place where the labs are located (where the prep work for insemination is done, as well as the transfer of embryos). It's most convenient; you don't have to go to one office, and then drive down to another to get this done.  The Encino facility also has on-site acupuncture services.

I have read some of other reviews online about HRC and I can completely understand the woman who wrote that the doctor didn't call her to tell her that she wasn't pregnant - the nurse did.  However, to be fair, if you are reading this review, you are doing your homework, and if you want the doctor to make that call, then you simply ask him/her.  I wasn't aware of the process, and the nurse called me (I didn't mind, though) - with outstanding news. I was pregnant!!!  The chances for my pregnancy being that I am 45 year old, almost 46 - was under 4% through IVF. And we did it on our first try. So, as Dr. Tourgeman said, "it was monumental."  With that said, doing your homework is key to this process. We felt HRC had good quality control and strong ethics. Yes, there is always that worry that you would end up as the next statistic - you hear stories of embryos ending up in the wrong womb or ugly, legal disputes over someone's frozen eggs.  But, in the end, you have got to trust the facility, the staff, and the doctor who is treating you. And we trusted Dr. Tourgeman and HRC.

Also, be aware that many insurance plans do not cover infertility treatments. It can be costly and stressful.  We spent over an hour with the financial consultant at HRC, asking her specific questions about all the procedures and costs, as well as the medications, which we came to find out were more expensive than we first thought because of my age and the amount I needed to take. But, I do believe HRC does offer a low-cost payment cycle, which you will have to inquire about. All financial options are listed on their website. The important thing to know is if you have questions or concerns, they are there to answer them and make you feel as much at ease as possible.

When we last saw Dr. Tourgeman not too long ago in our last appointment with him before we begin our OBGYN visits, we thanked him profusely for his work, and most importantly, for his professionalism, honesty, compassion and just plain caring for us and the outcome.  His main goal: to get you pregnant. And he will do all he can in the medical field and with the advanced technology that he has to do so. I can't tell you enough that all this comes through when you first meet him.  

We are truly blessed to have been referred to him, to have met him, and to have had him conduct the procedures for us.  We are sincerely thankful and grateful for all that Dr. Tourgeman has done.  I highly and sincerely recommend his services to you. 

Recently, we found out we are going to have a baby boy. We are so thrilled as we are looking forward to a new life, a new future and a new family.

We wish good luck to all of you who are seeking pregnancy! 

A Very, Very Happy Patient
Monday, 03 December 2012