COVID-19 is placing stress on Canada's public health system. Our clinic is starting to offer virtual care to make sure that we can continue to care for our patients safely and effectively. This means that we will be using video and audio technologies for some patient visits rather than asking all patients to come into our office. Some of these technologies are provided by the Province. Others have been provided by vendors like Google, or Apple to help make discussions with your care provider as easy as possible during these difficult times. Some health concerns can be addressed with virtual care alone, but in some cases your doctor may ask you to visit a hospital or other health care facility if necessary, for a physical examination.

We do our best to make sure that any information you give to us during virtual care visits is private and secure, but no video or audio tools are ever completely secure. There is an increased security risk that your health information may be intercepted or disclosed to third parties when using video or audio communications tools. To help us keep your information safe and secure, you can:

Understand that emails, calls, or texts you receive are not secure in the same way as a private appointment in an exam room.

Use a private computer/device (i.e., not an employer's or third party's computer/device), secure accounts, and a secure internet connection. For example, using a personal and encrypted email account is more secure than an unencrypted email account, and your access to the Internet on your home network will generally be more secure than an open guest Wi-Fi connection.

You should also understand that electronic communication is not a substitute for in-person communication or clinical examinations, where appropriate, or for attending the Emergency Department when needed (including for any urgent care that may be required).

If you are concerned about using video or audio tools for virtual care, you can ask our office to arrange for you to visit a different healthcare provider or other health care center where you can be seen in person. However, please note that visiting a health care provider in person comes with a higher risk of coming into contact with COVID-19 and the possibility of spreading the virus.

By providing your information, you agree to let us collect, use, or disclose your personal health information through video or audio communications (while following applicable privacy laws) in order to provide you with care. In particular, the following means of electronic communication may be used (identify all that apply): email, videoconferencing (including Skype, Facetime, etc.), text messaging (including instant messaging), website/portal, OnCall.

Update About Our Office During This Outbreak of Corona Virus : March 15, 2020

On the advice of the Ministry of Health we are changing our office protocols to ensure minimization of risk to our patients and our staff.

Starting the week of March 16, 2020 we will try to change as many patients visits as we can to virtual electronic visits. Initially most will be by phone. There are some patients who have already made arrangements to come to the office and, if they do, we will see them, once again minimizing risks by using frequent hand washing and minimized personal contact.

For the majority of scheduled patients we will set up visits through OnCall Health. One of the problems with phone visits is that each person requires individualized attention and some visits unexpectedly may take longer than others. We will make every effort to keep on schedule but at times we may be delayed.

Dr Lawrence Komer
Medical Director
The Komer Clinics

COVID-19 Annoucement | Office Updates

Testosterone Levels | Dr. Lawrence D. Komer Medical Professional Corporation

Dr. Lawrence D. Komer Medical Professional Corporation

Testosterone Levels

Q: I heard your message on the radio this afternoon. I found that I answered most of the questions you asked on the subject positive. I was checked for testosterone levels and was told that it was within range. I am concerned about the problems I am having and would like to make an appointment with your clinic as soon as possible.

A: We have had many messages like yours. The blood tests are very misleading. We look forward to meeting you.

Q: I have been inquiring about HRT and I was given your name by another doctor. I am 33 years old and I have low testosterone levels. I believe I have always had low testosterone levels and having surgery for Bilateral Torsion Testicles when I was 16 I believe may have compounded the problem. Low testosterone levels run in my family and my father has been on HRT for several yesrs. I spent several years trying various things to raise them naturally, proper nutrition, training, proper vitamins/minerals/fats in my diet and i have tried products like tribulus with natural estrogen blockers with no success. For a long time I thought that it might have been stress or some kind of depression… got rid of the stress in my life and the times in my life when I was happy things were still the same. I spoke to two family doctors in my life about this and they both said “you look healthy”.

A: We would be happy to see you. If you cannot make it to Burlington in person, we soon will be offering an online consultation from our website. Blood work tells only part of the story. Much of our assessment is based on a unique assessment questionnaire that we have developed entitled the Masters Andropause Assessment Index (MASI). I am sure that we could help.