FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Is naturopathic medicine covered by my insurance?
Most extended health insurance plans cover naturopathic treatments. Please contact your employer or individual insurance broker to determine the extent of your naturopathic coverage.
How are naturopathic doctors different to medical doctors?
While medical doctors employ pharmaceutical and surgical interventions to treat physical symptoms and health conditions, naturopathic doctors focus on addressing the root cause of illness through non-invasive and natural therapies. Whether you would like additional help managing a chronic disease or symptom, or would like to learn more and optimize your health, I can work with you to improve your overall health. Naturopathic therapies can often be used effectively on their own, but may also be used to enhance the effects of conventional medical treatments, or to help manage the side-effects of conventional treatments.
How are naturopathic doctors trained?
Naturopathic doctors obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of medical doctors. Naturopathic doctors require a minimum of three years of pre-med postsecondary education, plus four years of fulltime study at an approved college of naturopathic medicine. The four-year naturopathic medical program incorporates over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
Graduates from an accredited naturopathic college receive the designation Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND). Following the completion of their program, Naturopathic doctors must successfully complete the Entry-to-Practice exams in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario. Naturopathic doctors practising in Ontario are regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. Registration with a regulatory body ensures we have the knowledge, skills and judgment necessary to care for our patients safely and effectively. Naturopathic doctors are also required to earn continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their registration and good standing with the regulatory body.
Do naturopathic doctors work with other health care providers?
Naturopathic doctors work in an integrative care model, combining naturopathic and conventional treatments for the best patient health outcomes. Naturopathic doctors often consult with medical doctors, chiropracters, specialists, and other healthcare professionals on cases, and I am happy to work with your anyone on your health care team to help your health goals..
When can I expect when I visit a naturopathic doctor?
The initial appointment is 75 minutes in length. During this time, I will get to know your healthy history in more detail and we will set health goals for our time together. My goal is see you less over time, not more.
Follow-up visits are between 30-60 minutes in length. We will check in on your ongoing plan and assess how you have been doing. We will make adjustments where needed. We may also address any new concerns that may have come up since our last appointment together. I want to make sure that you feel supported throughout this entire journey. I will work with you as a partner in your journey to health and well-being.