Subject: June 2022 Updates

News from the desk of Dr. Biemer

June 2022 Newsletter to Patients


It’s been too long since I’ve communicated and for that I apologize. Who among us would have predicted this pandemic would last so long? Early information was confined somewhat, to professional medical communications, and now information is simply everywhere. Hopefully you’ve all found trusted, favorite sources of information. Though imperfect, the Oregon Health Authority website and their regular email communications are very helpful.

   Some office updates:

  • We have recently hired Amy Gardner as a medical assistant. Amy worked for years at the world-renowned Cooper Clinic in Dallas then as lead medical assistant at a local internal medicine clinic. We are thrilled to have Amy with all of her experience. Say hello when you’re in. 

  • Summer Hours will be pretty much as they are year-round, closing at 2 pm on Friday. 

  • We are now contracted to receive and give Covid vaccines through the office. Since these vaccines generally must be given in a short period of time after opening, and come in multi-dose vials of 10, we will need to schedule “immunization days” for the shots. These will likely begin in late summer or early fall. 

Referrals, we're here to help!

We can assist you, and you can assist us in making the referral process smoother and more efficient. Many of you have seen first hand, the extreme stress medical offices are under as a result of the pandemic and staffing shortages. Our staff is involved more than ever with assisting our patients with scheduling specialty appointments, therapy, imaging studies, and other testing. We are curating a list of the very best specialty offices in multiple areas.

Focus on Mental Health

We’re starting with the most difficult, Mental Health referrals. If you have had a good experience with a counselor, therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist, especially one with an open practice, please pass this information on by responding to this email directly. It will not go to the full group. In our next letter I will publish some of the results and will keep this list available and updated it in the office. In future letters we will ask about physical therapy, integrative medicine such as chiropractors and naturopaths and acupuncturists, and then surgeons and physicians.

Lastly, a few notes about the ongoing Covid situation. What we're seeing, what we know, and how you can help us learn more.

  • There is a LOT of Covid out there now, far more than the published data, as many are now being diagnosed at home or choosing not to test. The volume of inquiries to our office feels very similar to or higher than last summer during the “Delta Wave” of Covid. 

  • There is relatively wide availability of the anti-viral combination called Paxlovid, which in studies reduced the risk of hospitalization or death by 90%. Consider requesting the drug if you become sick, especially if over 50 or with medical conditions that put you at risk. It is generally well tolerated but with a number of important drug interactions that should be considered.

  • Although still not understood, long covid is being studied and is clearly a very real condition that may leave those with severe or even mild Covid infections with brain fog, shortness of breath, taste or smell disturbances, gastrointestinal symptom and more. Symptoms can last for months to more than a year after recovery from the initial infection. Read from New York Times.

  • Because we will be tracking these symptoms, please let us know if you have a known Covid infection, even if you think it is mild and may not require treatment. 

  • I hope you’ve chosen to go about living your life as we enter the third year of the pandemic. But know that travel comes with some risk. We have seen four couples in the past two months extend trips to Europe, the Middle East, and Hawaii due to Covid infections while traveling. All of these were immunized (and recovered well!).

  • Immunization does not prevent you from getting infection but still has an important role in keeping you out of the hospital and likely significantly reduces the chance of long Covid symptoms. 

Stay safe, be in touch, and I hope all of you have a terrific summer! Please get a hold of us if we can help in any way. We also are open to new referrals, and would very much appreciate your thinking of us with friends and family. 


Jim Biemer, Julia Jones and the staff. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out to our office at any time and look for our next update by mid summer.

Thank you for allowing us to serve you.