Frequently Asked Questions
What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive and natural approach to improving health and treating illness. It is a distinct profession of primary health care providers who emphasize preventative medicine and the promotion of optimal health through patient-centred education and individualized treatment.
The primary goal of naturopathic medicine is to address the cause of illness, rather than simply treat or suppress symptoms. Naturopathic doctors (NDís) view their patients from a holistic perspective, and therefore consider the emotional, spiritual, mental and physical aspects of a person when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.
What are the kinds of treatments that naturopathic doctors use?
Naturopathic doctors are trained to use a variety of natural therapeutics including:
* Clinical Nutrition
* Botanical/Herbal Medicine
* Acupuncture and Traditional Asian Medicine
* Physical Therapies
* Lifestyle Counselling and Stress Management
For more information on each of these modalities, please click here.
How are naturopathic doctors trained?
Naturopathic doctors (ND's) obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of conventional medical doctors. In total, NDís are required to complete a minimum of 7 years post-secondary schooling, including 3 years of pre-med undergraduate education, plus 4 years of full-time study at an approved college of naturopathic medicine.
The four-year naturopathic program incorporates basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as more than 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience. Following the completion of their program, NDís must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario. NPLEX is the standard examination used by those provinces and states across North America that licence and regulate the practice of naturopathy.
Are naturopathic doctors regulated in Ontario?
Naturopathic doctors are the only regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine in Ontario. NDís are regulated in Ontario under the Drugless Therapy Act and are licensed by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDTN). The mandate of the BDDT-N is to ensure that naturopathic doctors are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice.
Naturopathic doctors are also regulated in Canada in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan and various states across the USA.
What can I expect from my first visit to a naturopathic doctor?
Most first visits with a naturopathic doctor average one hour or more in length. The goal is to obtain a holistic picture of the patient and the factors that impact on her/his life. A detailed history is taken from the patient (eliciting information about physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health) and a complaint oriented physical exam is performed if necessary. The naturopathic doctor may then suggest further specialized testing and, if equipped to do so, may perform on-site standard laboratory tests if required. With the patient's input, a personalized treatment plan is created to help facilitate achieving their health goals.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions will
vary from person to person depending upon their individual health concerns, as
well as the type of therapies being used in their treatment plan. For example, a
patient receiving acupuncture treatments often comes in more regularly than a
patient whose treatment is mainly based on dietary or lifestyle modifications.
Regardless of the therapy being used, routine follow-ups are encouraged and are
usually done on a monthly basis.
What will the cost be?
Please click on the FEES link on the left hand side navigation bar for information about my patient visit
Will there be any additional costs?
In addition to my fees for services, vitamins and other supplements are sometimes recommended for a period of time, which the patient pays for separately.
Is naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP?
At present, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover naturopathic services. Fortunately however, most employment insurance providers have naturopathic medicine coverage in their extended health care packages. Insured patients may wish to contact their employer or individual health insurance agent to see if they are covered for naturopathic services.
What is my next step if I wish to book an appointment?
Please feel free to contact me directly via email or phone to set up an appointment for either my Toronto or Brampton locations. For convenience, you can download the appropriate intake form (adult or pediatric) by clicking on the RESOURCES link on left hand navigation sidebar and fill the appropriate form out prior to your visit.
Please feel free to direct any questions or inquiries to
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