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:  http://www.SART.org, or on HRC's website at: http://www.havingbabies.com.  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

HRC Highly Recommended
Huntington Reproductive was highly recommended to me by a friend who had a son with HRC. I went in and within three years, I had three kids, all beautiful and healthy and I couldn't be more blessed. Dr. Boostanfar is the most amazing Doctor -- he genuinely cares about every aspect of your experience. I sent a couple friends there just to get advice about options and they loved it.
Love HRC
Monday, 22 October 2012
Great Experience with HRC in Pasadena

My Husband and I are returning patients.  Back in 2008, we were successful with our first IUI.  We have a wonderful 3 year old boy, Tristen!  After an unsuccessful year of trying to conceive again, we decided to come back to HRC because the staff are so supportive and Dr. Kolb is  so compassionate about what he does as well as making sure his patients are comfortable every step of the way.  I am so thankful for places like HRC, the environment is so loving. 

Ita Mixon
Wednesday, 04 April 2012

Huntington Reproductive Was Highly Recommended!

Huntington Reproductive was highly recommended to my by a friend who had a son with HRC. I went in and within three years, I had three kids, all beautiful and healthy and I couldn't be more blessed. Dr. Boostanfar is the most amazing Doctor -- he genuinely cares about every aspect of your experience. I sent a couple friends there just to get advice about options and they loved it.

happy mother of three
Saturday, 22 May 2010