Met with Dr Gill In Houston- Review of HFI IVF Center

Met with Dr Gill In Houston- Review of HFI IVF Center

Joined: February 6th, 2011, 8:23 pm

March 27th, 2011, 10:56 pm #1

Thought I'd post more for informational purposes for people who might be searching for info on Dr Jimmy Gill and HFI.

I originally was scheduled to meet with Dr Williams but called to reschedule with Dr Gill per Jamie's advice.

Positive points:
All info including medical history and insurance info was put into the online Patient Portal before I ever arrived, saving me tons of paperwork in person and really cut the wait time. I was seeing the doc within 15 mins. I saw other couples there that went back quickly as well.

Nurses appeared to know most patients by name and this is not a small practice AT ALL.

Very friendly, very accommodating, from the nurses to the Doc.

Dr Gill let me speak first and after I told him that I'd already had the "we are only born with a certain number of eggs" info speech, he skipped over all the patronizing speeches and talked to me plainly. He pretty much asked me what I wanted to do, asked me how much research I'd done and listened to me without cutting me off or hurrying me up, and said that if I'd like to try one approach over another, he'd be open to it.

He appeared to be very calm and laid back, but knowledgeable. They were very knowledgeable about FSH, and very used to doing out of town monitoring. He even instructed me on how to find a local lab and wrote me the lab slips to take back to Dallas.

He's the first one to ever agree to do the RPL testing, even SIRM hasn't done this yet despite their insistence for immune testing.

I have to say Jamie is the reason I'm trying IVF OE at all instead of moving to DE. I have to give her huge credit for that.

These are the labs he's running this first week after one single visit.

Blood Test (Prolactin, CBC With Differential/Platelet, Prothrombin Time (PT), Antibody Screen, ABO Grouping and Rho(D) Typing, Rubella Antibodies, IgG, HBsAg Screen, Chromosome, Blood, Routine, Panel 083824, Varicella-Zoster V Ab, IgG, HBV Core Ab, IgG/IgM Diff, Fibrinogen Antigen, Protein C-Functional, Chlamydia/GC Amplification, Anticardiolip Ab, IgA/G/M, Qn, Protein S-Functional, ANA w/Reflex if Positive, Cystic Fibrosis Extended Panel, Factor V Leiden Mutation, MTHFR, Lupus Anticoagulant Panel, TSH+Free T4, RPR, Rfx Qn RPR/Confirm TP-PA, HCV Ab, Homocyst(e)ine, Plasma)
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Joined: February 24th, 2011, 10:09 pm

March 27th, 2011, 11:01 pm #2

Lauren - this sounds like it could be really promising...how did you feel when you left?

I'm especially glad to hear how respectful it sounds like he was to you.

Keep us updated if you feel comfortable on your tests. Sending lots of postive thoughts your way.
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Jamie
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March 27th, 2011, 11:10 pm #3

Thought I'd post more for informational purposes for people who might be searching for info on Dr Jimmy Gill and HFI.

I originally was scheduled to meet with Dr Williams but called to reschedule with Dr Gill per Jamie's advice.

Positive points:
All info including medical history and insurance info was put into the online Patient Portal before I ever arrived, saving me tons of paperwork in person and really cut the wait time. I was seeing the doc within 15 mins. I saw other couples there that went back quickly as well.

Nurses appeared to know most patients by name and this is not a small practice AT ALL.

Very friendly, very accommodating, from the nurses to the Doc.

Dr Gill let me speak first and after I told him that I'd already had the "we are only born with a certain number of eggs" info speech, he skipped over all the patronizing speeches and talked to me plainly. He pretty much asked me what I wanted to do, asked me how much research I'd done and listened to me without cutting me off or hurrying me up, and said that if I'd like to try one approach over another, he'd be open to it.

He appeared to be very calm and laid back, but knowledgeable. They were very knowledgeable about FSH, and very used to doing out of town monitoring. He even instructed me on how to find a local lab and wrote me the lab slips to take back to Dallas.

He's the first one to ever agree to do the RPL testing, even SIRM hasn't done this yet despite their insistence for immune testing.

I have to say Jamie is the reason I'm trying IVF OE at all instead of moving to DE. I have to give her huge credit for that.

These are the labs he's running this first week after one single visit.

Blood Test (Prolactin, CBC With Differential/Platelet, Prothrombin Time (PT), Antibody Screen, ABO Grouping and Rho(D) Typing, Rubella Antibodies, IgG, HBsAg Screen, Chromosome, Blood, Routine, Panel 083824, Varicella-Zoster V Ab, IgG, HBV Core Ab, IgG/IgM Diff, Fibrinogen Antigen, Protein C-Functional, Chlamydia/GC Amplification, Anticardiolip Ab, IgA/G/M, Qn, Protein S-Functional, ANA w/Reflex if Positive, Cystic Fibrosis Extended Panel, Factor V Leiden Mutation, MTHFR, Lupus Anticoagulant Panel, TSH+Free T4, RPR, Rfx Qn RPR/Confirm TP-PA, HCV Ab, Homocyst(e)ine, Plasma)
Yes, Dr. Gill really is great . . . he's smart but nice, and very common-sense. If he asks you to do something there's probably a very good reason for it. My results there (at my oldest age, no less) compared to what happened at the three REs prior were just so superior that I have really come to believe in what they are doing. They are organized and very easy to deal with. I never waited more than 15 minutes for any appointment.

Maybe my favorite thing about Gill is that he LISTENS to what you have to say and what you have learned about your own case and really takes it into account. He suggested I do BCPs prior to my IVF, I said that I didn't want to because I'm easily oversuppressed, and he said fine, no BCPs. I have not had that experience anywhere else.

Good luck, keep us posted!
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Joined: February 6th, 2011, 8:23 pm

March 27th, 2011, 11:21 pm #4

I felt very much at peace when I left- I wasn't even sure that I needed to go in at this point because I expected the same old approaches and the same old speech. I can't tell you how many docs now have sat me down to explain how AMH works and how the thyroid functions, which is great when it's your first visit, but they known I've seen 5 other docs for this specific issue in the last 2 months, and they must have decided I'm completely ignorant despite all that. What patient seeks out specialists and doesn't settle for one answer, but must be ignorant about how many eggs we're born with or how many eggs we use a month?

Incidentally, I had labs rerun this week in Dallas because I just wasn't trusting my AMH tests from my previous idiot doc. I posted earlier that Dr Sher was questioning my results since I seem to have antrals and ovulate just fine. The results came back the same day I saw Dr Gill. My original test said .29, and the new test said 1.1

Um. Thats not normal. They were less than 60 days apart too. But I'm sure the old RE would ever say that he switched labs and made an error.

So I might have double hope working for me right now- A doc that is extremely organized, came out in the top 25 Docs in the nation on the SART list for 2009 (#24) while refusing to turn away any patient including incredibly high FSH patients (some with levels over 100). And I have possibly more egg reserve than my initial testing showed.
http://fertilitysuccessrates.com/report ... /data.html

Financially, I have to say that the prospect of having the 2nd IVF free is really appealing as well.

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Joined: February 6th, 2011, 8:23 pm

March 27th, 2011, 11:25 pm #5

Jamie, do you have an email? I'd love to ask you a few things offline about Gill and so on.
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Mrs. A
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March 28th, 2011, 12:01 am #6

Thought I'd post more for informational purposes for people who might be searching for info on Dr Jimmy Gill and HFI.

I originally was scheduled to meet with Dr Williams but called to reschedule with Dr Gill per Jamie's advice.

Positive points:
All info including medical history and insurance info was put into the online Patient Portal before I ever arrived, saving me tons of paperwork in person and really cut the wait time. I was seeing the doc within 15 mins. I saw other couples there that went back quickly as well.

Nurses appeared to know most patients by name and this is not a small practice AT ALL.

Very friendly, very accommodating, from the nurses to the Doc.

Dr Gill let me speak first and after I told him that I'd already had the "we are only born with a certain number of eggs" info speech, he skipped over all the patronizing speeches and talked to me plainly. He pretty much asked me what I wanted to do, asked me how much research I'd done and listened to me without cutting me off or hurrying me up, and said that if I'd like to try one approach over another, he'd be open to it.

He appeared to be very calm and laid back, but knowledgeable. They were very knowledgeable about FSH, and very used to doing out of town monitoring. He even instructed me on how to find a local lab and wrote me the lab slips to take back to Dallas.

He's the first one to ever agree to do the RPL testing, even SIRM hasn't done this yet despite their insistence for immune testing.

I have to say Jamie is the reason I'm trying IVF OE at all instead of moving to DE. I have to give her huge credit for that.

These are the labs he's running this first week after one single visit.

Blood Test (Prolactin, CBC With Differential/Platelet, Prothrombin Time (PT), Antibody Screen, ABO Grouping and Rho(D) Typing, Rubella Antibodies, IgG, HBsAg Screen, Chromosome, Blood, Routine, Panel 083824, Varicella-Zoster V Ab, IgG, HBV Core Ab, IgG/IgM Diff, Fibrinogen Antigen, Protein C-Functional, Chlamydia/GC Amplification, Anticardiolip Ab, IgA/G/M, Qn, Protein S-Functional, ANA w/Reflex if Positive, Cystic Fibrosis Extended Panel, Factor V Leiden Mutation, MTHFR, Lupus Anticoagulant Panel, TSH+Free T4, RPR, Rfx Qn RPR/Confirm TP-PA, HCV Ab, Homocyst(e)ine, Plasma)
I had posted to you on the DE board as anon at the time (although did mention I was a member of this board) because I wasn't ready to come out yet on the DE boards. That was about a month or so ago? But I had mentioned to you about forgetting about your old RE and just consulting with your OB about getting the thrombo panel done. I'm so glad to see that you're finally getting it done!!!
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Joined: February 6th, 2011, 8:23 pm

March 28th, 2011, 12:10 am #7

I 10000% remember that message too. That message was what made me come back over here and start reading again and just thinking about it in general. Jamie kept pointing me to Gill since I live in Texas, so those coupled together pushed me back towards trying OE at least once before we move on
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Jamie
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March 28th, 2011, 1:01 am #8

Jamie, do you have an email? I'd love to ask you a few things offline about Gill and so on.
Wow, 1.1 AMH is great! I'd say there was definitely a lab error!

Yes, email me at jnelson0612 at (the email type that starts with a synonym for "heat" followed by mail if that makes sense). Let me know if that is not clear.
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KerriA
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March 28th, 2011, 2:06 am #9

Thought I'd post more for informational purposes for people who might be searching for info on Dr Jimmy Gill and HFI.

I originally was scheduled to meet with Dr Williams but called to reschedule with Dr Gill per Jamie's advice.

Positive points:
All info including medical history and insurance info was put into the online Patient Portal before I ever arrived, saving me tons of paperwork in person and really cut the wait time. I was seeing the doc within 15 mins. I saw other couples there that went back quickly as well.

Nurses appeared to know most patients by name and this is not a small practice AT ALL.

Very friendly, very accommodating, from the nurses to the Doc.

Dr Gill let me speak first and after I told him that I'd already had the "we are only born with a certain number of eggs" info speech, he skipped over all the patronizing speeches and talked to me plainly. He pretty much asked me what I wanted to do, asked me how much research I'd done and listened to me without cutting me off or hurrying me up, and said that if I'd like to try one approach over another, he'd be open to it.

He appeared to be very calm and laid back, but knowledgeable. They were very knowledgeable about FSH, and very used to doing out of town monitoring. He even instructed me on how to find a local lab and wrote me the lab slips to take back to Dallas.

He's the first one to ever agree to do the RPL testing, even SIRM hasn't done this yet despite their insistence for immune testing.

I have to say Jamie is the reason I'm trying IVF OE at all instead of moving to DE. I have to give her huge credit for that.

These are the labs he's running this first week after one single visit.

Blood Test (Prolactin, CBC With Differential/Platelet, Prothrombin Time (PT), Antibody Screen, ABO Grouping and Rho(D) Typing, Rubella Antibodies, IgG, HBsAg Screen, Chromosome, Blood, Routine, Panel 083824, Varicella-Zoster V Ab, IgG, HBV Core Ab, IgG/IgM Diff, Fibrinogen Antigen, Protein C-Functional, Chlamydia/GC Amplification, Anticardiolip Ab, IgA/G/M, Qn, Protein S-Functional, ANA w/Reflex if Positive, Cystic Fibrosis Extended Panel, Factor V Leiden Mutation, MTHFR, Lupus Anticoagulant Panel, TSH+Free T4, RPR, Rfx Qn RPR/Confirm TP-PA, HCV Ab, Homocyst(e)ine, Plasma)
I sincerely feel you have a great shot - just maybe a special case who needs an expert who cares, and it sounds like you have found that!
best of luck,
kerri
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Joined: August 30th, 2009, 6:49 pm

March 28th, 2011, 2:22 am #10

Thought I'd post more for informational purposes for people who might be searching for info on Dr Jimmy Gill and HFI.

I originally was scheduled to meet with Dr Williams but called to reschedule with Dr Gill per Jamie's advice.

Positive points:
All info including medical history and insurance info was put into the online Patient Portal before I ever arrived, saving me tons of paperwork in person and really cut the wait time. I was seeing the doc within 15 mins. I saw other couples there that went back quickly as well.

Nurses appeared to know most patients by name and this is not a small practice AT ALL.

Very friendly, very accommodating, from the nurses to the Doc.

Dr Gill let me speak first and after I told him that I'd already had the "we are only born with a certain number of eggs" info speech, he skipped over all the patronizing speeches and talked to me plainly. He pretty much asked me what I wanted to do, asked me how much research I'd done and listened to me without cutting me off or hurrying me up, and said that if I'd like to try one approach over another, he'd be open to it.

He appeared to be very calm and laid back, but knowledgeable. They were very knowledgeable about FSH, and very used to doing out of town monitoring. He even instructed me on how to find a local lab and wrote me the lab slips to take back to Dallas.

He's the first one to ever agree to do the RPL testing, even SIRM hasn't done this yet despite their insistence for immune testing.

I have to say Jamie is the reason I'm trying IVF OE at all instead of moving to DE. I have to give her huge credit for that.

These are the labs he's running this first week after one single visit.

Blood Test (Prolactin, CBC With Differential/Platelet, Prothrombin Time (PT), Antibody Screen, ABO Grouping and Rho(D) Typing, Rubella Antibodies, IgG, HBsAg Screen, Chromosome, Blood, Routine, Panel 083824, Varicella-Zoster V Ab, IgG, HBV Core Ab, IgG/IgM Diff, Fibrinogen Antigen, Protein C-Functional, Chlamydia/GC Amplification, Anticardiolip Ab, IgA/G/M, Qn, Protein S-Functional, ANA w/Reflex if Positive, Cystic Fibrosis Extended Panel, Factor V Leiden Mutation, MTHFR, Lupus Anticoagulant Panel, TSH+Free T4, RPR, Rfx Qn RPR/Confirm TP-PA, HCV Ab, Homocyst(e)ine, Plasma)
I think it is 1/2 the battle when the doc listens to us and helps us achieve our dreams and we don't leave feeling like an idiot. I had one doc say, "You look 30 but your eggs are 50." Nice job doc.

I have decided to go w/ HFI (I am in SA) in the future to do a shared DE cycle if my OEs do not work out. So please keep posting your story as I will be following.

Best wishes,

Jenna

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