What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of healthcare that addresses the root cause of illness and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. The focus of naturopathic medicine is on optimizing health and well-being through individualized patient care and public education.
Naturopathic medicine involves therapies which are gentle, non-invasive, and designed to support the body’s own healing mechanisms. These therapies include: clinical nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture, botanical (herbal) medicine, physical medicine, and lifestyle counselling.
What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.’s) are primary care providers with a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education. N.D.’s are required to complete three years of pre-med university education followed by four years at an approved college of naturopathic medicine. Following graduation from the naturopathic program, candidates must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario.
Naturopathic Doctors work in partnership with other regulated healthcare providers to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible.
Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated in Ontario?
Yes, N.D.’s are regulated in Ontario under the 1991 Regulated Health Professions Act and are licensed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). The CONO functions to ensure that Naturopathic Doctors are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine, and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice.
What conditions can be treated by a Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors are trained as primary healthcare practitioners who provide treatment for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. Examples include but are not limited to: allergies, colds and flu, skin conditions, weight problems, stress, depression, digestive disturbances, addictions, arthritis, headaches, ear infections, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and pain.
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP?
Naturopathic medicine is not currently covered by OHIP. However, many insurance companies offer “Naturopathic Coverage” as part of the extended health benefits. Check with your insurance provider for more information.
What services do you offer?
- b-12 injections
- pelvic exams
- well-baby visits
- botanical medicine
- lifestyle counselling
- lab testing
Every patient I work with gets an individualized, custom treatment plan. I feel fortunate to have so many safe and effective tools in my Naturopathic toolkit, because there is never just one answer to a health puzzle.
How do I book an appointment
Just click on this link to begin or continue your journey to wholesome family health!
Do I need to do anything before I come to see you?
Yes! Please fill out one of these intake forms – whichever best aligns with the reason for the appointment.
Is Naturopathic Medicine helpful during pregnancy?
Pregnancy and the post-partum time are extremely important and special stages in the life of your family. Naturopathic medicine has so much to offer you to complement the excellent care you are receiving from your Midwife or OB.
During pregnancy and post-partum, I can:
• Help decide what foods to eat and what vitamins to take to support healthy development of your child
• Provide safe, natural solutions for common concerns in pregnancy such as: nausea/vomiting, heartburn, constipation, hypertension, back pain, gestational diabetes and post-dates
• Assist with breast-feeding concerns such as: low milk supply, difficulty latching, sore/cracked nipples, blocked ducts and breast infections
• Help you heal and recover, emotionally and physically, from your labour and birthing
Do you provide treatment for babies and children?
I am passionate about raising healthy, well-rounded children. My additional training and experience with children make me a valuable resource for parents as they help their children achieve optimal health.
Examples of concerns that can be safely treated with Naturopathic Medicine include:
• Allergies, eczema
• Asthma & other respiratory concerns
• Colic, constipation, and other digestive concerns
• colds, flus, and ear infections
• anxiety and mood disorders
• slow weight gain
• sleep problems
I provide regular well-child check-ups which include a physical exam of your baby, and a discussion of all things relevant at that particular stage of life. You can also bring your child for an acute concern such as a fever or ear infection, and I can perform an examination and help you decide what type of treatment will be most effective and appropriate for your child.