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Will my visits be covered by OHIP or health insurance?
Naturopathic visits are currently NOT covered by OHIP, however most extended care plans do cover the cost of the visit.
Please check with your extended health care provider for coverage. Naturopathic Doctors have access to medical labs to requisition blood work, however, this service is also not covered by OHIP.
What kind of training do Naturopathic Doctors receive?
Naturopathic doctors have a minimum of 3 years of University education followed by 4 years at an accredited Naturopathic college.
Naturopathic Doctors receive training that is similar to medical doctors, with the addition of naturopathic clinical modalities that include nutrition, supplements, botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling, physical medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy.
The first 2 years of the program, Naturopathic doctors study advanced medical and clinical sciences like those studied by medical doctors. In the final 2 years we learn medical diagnostics such as laboratory diagnostics, clinical diagnosis, differential diagnosis and naturopathic assessment, as well as natural medical therapies and a 1-year internship to gain clinical experience.
What can I expect in my first visit?
Naturopathic Initial visits are an hour in length and include a thorough health history as well as a physical exam in order to make a diagnosis.
Lab tests may also be requisitioned from your family doctor. Two full visits are usually needed to provide a proper assessment and prescribe a complete personalized treatment plan. Follow up appointments are typically 30-60 minutes long.
Your first visit will involve a complete history and a physical exam. Treatment is not always provided on the first visit to ensure that adequate information is collected.
Is Naturopathic Medicine different from homeopathy?
Homeopathy may be used as one modality amongst many that a Naturopath is trained to use.
Naturopaths are general practitioners who are able to diagnose and treat disease and have a number of modalities at their disposal, including nutrition, botanical medicine, lifestyle counseling, physical medicine, acupuncture and homeopathy. Furthermore, Naturopathic Medicine is regulated and licensed in Ontario, whereas homeopathy is not.
Can Naturopaths work with my family doctor?
Definitely! The goal of our integrative approach is to present the most appropriate care options…
Striving to employ natural and less invasive therapies whenever possible, while at the same time ensuring that important and proven conventional treatments are not excluded. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to work with all health care providers and to be a part of your health team. In our experience, the patient benefits when their health care team works together to provide balanced and comprehensive treatment solutions. Safety is a key component to patient care. Naturopathic doctors are expertly trained to assess nutrient depletions and potential conflicts between pharmaceutical treatments and natural therapies.
Do I have to discontinue my medications?
No, your Naturopathic Doctor can work with your current medication regime.
Naturopathic doctors have the most training of all primary care providers to properly assess and avoid potential herb-supplement-drug interactions. Depending on your health goals, naturopathic medicine can improve your health outcomes while taking prescription