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Very abrupt and rude, will not take the time to explain your situation and suggest routes of action. I ended up not returning to see him as it felt there was no point. I would ask your GP to refer you to someone else.
I was also told that there was no treatment for my back pain except to lose weight and exercise. Easy to say but impossible to do when you are in severe pain. I couldn't afford to keep going to physio where I really got no relief. I was a walker all my life. I gained weight recently when I was in such pain when I walked. Where can I get relief?
I've never had a problem with Dr. Sommer. I'm an athlete and went to him with a neck injury after physio stalled out on me. He was polite, thorough (probably more so than the neurologist I saw), but also blunt. I can see why some might have a difficult time when he tells them to lose weight and get active instead of prescribing meds. That's a tough pill to swallow. But it doesn't make him a poor doctor.
There are several words I could use to describe Dr. Sommer but if I had to pick one word it would be narcissistic. I have never in my life met anyone as rude and arrogant as this man. It's like he is on a power trip. You will note that on his door it states "Pain Management". If you are in pain DO NOT go to this man as he does not have a sympathetic bone in his body. When I went to Sommer his response to me was I needed to get off of all pain medication. To loose weight, exercise and eat properly and he guaranteed me that I would be in less pain. When I asked him what I would use for pain during the day and when I couldn't sleep because of the pain, his response was "suck it up". That is Sommers interpretation of "pain management". Sommer told me and put in writing that I needed surgery. On my last visit he told me I didn't need the surgery. When I asked him why he said "cause I changed my mind". When I asked for a referral he declined. I have been in pain over 4 years.
Dr. Sommer is by far the most unsympathetic, uncompassionate doctor I've ever encountered. Dismissive of pain and suffering, unable to give you any kind of rationale for the "advice" he's giving. Half an hour late, completely unapologetic.
Dr Sommer is very professional, intelligent, patient and nice!This was my first visit to him. I was referred to him by my family physician following a serious back injury that was healing really slow for some reason. First of all, his staff is super nice and he was on time (even a couple of minutes earlier!). He listened patiently to my story, checked my back and answered ALL my questions (and I had a lot!). He presented me with possible solutions, and instructed me regarding what should I do in order to heal faster. The appointment was very helpful for me. It was worth waiting a couple of months to see Dr. Sommer. I strongly recomend him!!!
Yes, he does work for insurance companies. If you Google his name, you will see that he also attends and lectures at insurance company functions. More startling, you will see the numerous cases he has worked on for Manitoba Auto where he always finds in favour of Manitoba Auto. He always finds that the accident victims injuries are never caused by the auto accident....or the work accident..He shouldn't be able to practice. He has destroyed lots of lives, like that of your husband, and also a friend of mine who was in a car accident, and he should be ashamed. So much for the Drs creed "Do No Harm." This guy makes a living off of harming people, and gets paid by insurance companies to do so. Can only hope that what goes around, comes around. I'm sorry to hear about your husband, and to all the others posted here who he has caused harm to. CBC or W5 should do an investigation on him and expose him for what he is. People giving him good ratings aren't dealing with insurance or WCB I bet.
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