Naturopathic doctors are highly trained as primary healthcare providers, treating the same conditions as medical doctors, but instead of prescribing pharmaceuticals, our treatment strategy involves using a broad range of natural therapies. That means you can come see us for all of your acute and chronic health care needs.
See a naturopathic doctor if:
- You are interested in a holistic and patient-centred approach to address your health concerns.
- You need help managing chronic conditions that are affecting your quality of life.
- You have health concerns that are difficult to address via the conventional medical system, e.g., weight loss, frequent infections, fatigue, etc.
- You have concerns regarding prescription medication, e.g., unsure about starting, experiencing problematic side-effects, anxious about long-term side-effects, etc.
- You would like to be educated on what you can do to attain and maintain health.
- You are in search of a health care professional who will take the time to listen to your concerns and acknowledge the expression of health that is unique to you.
Naturopathic Medicine blends the best of modern medical science and traditional natural medicine to treat disease, prevent illness and, most importantly, restore health.
The principals can be summarized as the following:
- All people have innate healing capabilities.
- The patient is a person, not a disease.
- All aspects of a person’s life are addressed including genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.
- Healing involves the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
- Treatment involves fixing the root cause of the condition, not just alleviating the symptoms.
Treatment services offered:
- Clinical Nutrition
- Botanical Medicine
- Physical Medicine
- Acupuncture & Asian Medicine
- Homeopathic Medicine
- Lifestyle Counselling
The combination and types of therapies used will depend on an individualized assessment of your situation, needs and preferences.
In line with conventional medical training, training in naturopathic medicine requires a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education before registering as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) in Ontario. Enrolment in an accredited, 4-year naturopathic medical program requires a Bachelor’s degree, premedical courses in the sciences, and a competitive GPA.
Naturopathic education encompasses basic medical and diagnostic sciences – including anatomy, clinical physiology, biochemistry, pathology, embryology, immunology, pharmacology, physical and clinical diagnosis, and lab diagnosis – as well as comprehensive study of conventional and naturopathic therapies. Altogether, that amounts to 3000 hours of classroom training. A 12-month internship equates to 1200 hours of supervised clinical training with a minimum of 450 patient contacts.
Graduates must past two national licensing exams to be considered for the Naturopathic Doctor Licensure. In Ontario, where Naturopathic Doctors are a regulated profession, graduates must also pass a series of board examinations that are both written and practical. A month-long application process follows, which includes a police background check and character reference check.
To keep their registration current throughout their career, NDs are required to complete at least 60 hours every two years of approved continuing education.
Naturopathic doctors are highly-trained health care providers.
The goal of the first visit is to gather as much information from the patient as possible. Because naturopathic medicine operates from a holistic framework, an extensive patient intake will elicit information about your physical, mental, emotional, and social health.
Specific areas covered:
- Health Goals
- Medical & Family History
- Home & Work Environment
- Diet & Lifestyle Habits,
- Social Support System
- Stressors & Obstacles to Health
It is important that you bring the following:
- Completed Consent and Intake Form
- List of Current Medication and Supplements (including dosages)
- Diagnostic Reports & Most Recent Lab Results (if available)
- Phone and Fax Number of Medical Doctor
After careful assessment and research, a personalized treatment plan will be developed, with the patient’s input, to offer solutions to help you achieve your health goals.
Absolutely not. Ideally, naturopathic doctors and medical doctors work collaboratively to form a comprehensive health care team, providing valuable, complementary services to patients.
Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated, primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. As such, they are an integral part of the health care team.
Sustainable change requires a commitment to healthy habits. This isn’t always easy. That is why having a naturopathic doctor to guide and monitor your progress is extremely valuable.
While an ND will be the one to offer solutions, ultimately, the person to implement the changes is you. Think of your long-term goals. Remind yourself of why you want to lead a healthier life. Envision what it will look like to finally achieve your health goals.
No doubt, you will face obstacles and challenges. They key is to stay committed and focused. Fortunately, part of your NDs responsibility is to keep you motivated and to offer solutions that are effective and achievable.
Yes, most extended healthcare insurance plans provide coverage for services provided by naturopathic doctors. However, please check with your insurance provider for the amount and percentage of coverage.
You are provided with an official receipt upon payment to submit to your insurance provider. Depending on your coverage, the clinic may be able to directly bill your insurance provider.