What conditions do Naturopathic doctors commonly treat?
Since Naturopathic Doctors are primary care physicians, we are able to treat people with ANY condition or symptom, either as a primary care provider or in collaboration with other health care professionals on your team. If your condition is out of our scope of practice or you require emergency treatment, you will be referred to the appropriate practitioner. To find out more about my programs & services, click HERE.
Does my health insurance cover the fees?
You may be eligible for reimbursement of services from your health insurance provider. Many extended health insurance policies include an annual amount for naturopathic services, under the title "complimentary and alternative medicine". Contact your insurance provider for more information.
Do I need a referral from a Medical Doctor in order to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
No. Clients are able to book appointments with a Naturopathic doctor whenever they require their services.
What kind of training is required to become a Naturopathic Doctor?
- Bachelor's Undergraduate degree
- Four year naturopathic medical program at an accredited school, which includes more than 3000 hours of classroom training and more than 1200 hours of clinical experience
- Licensing examinations through the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE) in addition to state/provincial board examinations
Is Naturopathic medicine evidence-based?
Yes. Many of our modalities have been studied and are found in reputable peer-reviewed journals, such as Natural Medicine Journal. However, the scientific community regards the randomized placebo-control trial (RCT) as the gold standard, where one constituent is being compared to a placebo and typically has a singular effect on the body. In the case of natural remedies, such as herbs, an RCT might not be the most relevant way to study the effect, as herbs are not one single constituent - they are a synergistic blend of constituents that may have multiple effects on the body. Also, if a product can not be patented, such as herbs, there is a less likely chance that it will receive funding to conduct relevant research. As NDs, we evaluate the current research, whether an RCT or traditionally used, and we evaluate the risks and benefits of the remedy before using it with a patient.
What can I expect from my appointments?
- Initial appointment - 90 minutes typically, with lots of questions about your chief concern(s), your personal medical history, a physical assessment, and a review of all of your body systems. I try to understand all of the physical, mental, and emotional variables affecting your health.
- Follow-up appointments - usually 30-60 minutes, these are used to implement/review treatment strategies, re-evaluate physical symptoms, and/or complete physical therapies or acupuncture.