Your first appointment with one of our naturopathic doctors is approximately 1 hour long, with subsequent appointments being 30 minutes in length depending on your specific health concern.
Over the course of the initial two visits, a detailed history of your current and past health concerns, a complaint-oriented physical exam, and the use of information from laboratory tests will be used to make our assessment, diagnosis, and to develop your treatment plan.
You can download and complete the required forms prior to your appointment here.
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Both provide primary care and both types of doctors are similarly trained in medical background. The primary differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine are the philosophical approach and the therapies used. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat patients as individuals by addressing the physical, environmental, lifestyle, attitudinal, and emotional aspects of health. This allows Naturopathic doctors to find and treat the cause of the disease using natural, non-invasive therapies. Conventional Medical doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery.
Naturopathic medicine treats all forms of health concerns — from pediatric to geriatric clients, from chronic illness to acute conditions and from the physical to the psychological. Naturopathic medicine is beneficial for the following types of people:
A Naturopathic Doctor first completes 4 years of pre-medical studies at a university. The naturopathic student then enters into a four-year, full-time medical program at an accredited school of naturopathic medicine. Training includes medical and clinical science, diagnostics, naturopathic principles and therapeutics, and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of licensed Naturopathic Doctors. Graduates receive the title “N.D.” or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathic Doctors must also pass rigorous board exams, both internationally and provincially, and must be registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
Most extended health insurance plans in Canada cover naturopathic treatments. We encourage you to contact your employer or individual insurance broker to determine if you are covered or to request that your policy be extended to include naturopathic services if it does not already do so.