Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the difference between naturopathic doctors (ND) and conventional doctors (MD)?
Both are primary care providers. Naturopathic doctors do not prescribe antibiotics or medications that treat acute concerns that require immediate attention. Otherwise, naturopathic doctors treat the same conditions as your family medical doctor. Naturopathic doctors take an integrative approach meaning they use conventional and alternative methods to formulate their treatment plan.
- What education and training do naturopathic doctors receive?
To be a candidate for Naturopathic Medical School applicants must complete a three or four year degree with the prerequisites required by the college as well as meet all other admission criteria.
This four year degree includes extensive medical training in biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, diagnostic testing and assessments, treatment options in botanical medicine, nutrition and nutritional supplementation, counseling, lifestyle modifications, hydrotherapy, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics. Their fourth year is an internship where students see patients under the supervision of licensed Naturopathic Doctors.
Upon completion of the degree in good standing, students are eligible to write the required licensing exams. This involved a board examination testing practical skills, two written examinations and a jurisprudence exam. On successful completion applicants must then apply for a license number and move through a thorough process with the Naturopathic licensing body in the regulated province they wish to practice in.
- Can Naturopathic Doctors order lab work?
Yes, Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario are licensed to order laboratory testing within the scope determined by the regulatory body, College of Naturopathic Doctors of Ontario.
Laboratory assessments are not covered under OHIP and therefore patients are required to pay for the ordered testing agreed upon with their Naturopathic Doctor.
- Can Naturopathic Doctors prescribe any pharmaceuticals?
Yes, with further education and testing. In Ontario Naturopathic Medicine is regulated, therefore to have a license allowing for the in scope pharmaceuticals Licensed Naturopathic Doctors must complete an extra course in addition to their schooling on prescribing pharmaceuticals designed by a pharmacist and medical doctors. With completion, eligibility to write an extensive prescribing exam containing written and oral sections is obtained. Upon successful completion, the Naturopathic Doctor has prescribing rights for pharmaceuticals within scope.
Currently a Naturopathic doctor is able to prescribe bio-identical hormones, desiccated thyroid and the ability to compound personalized prescriptions.
- Can I see a Naturopath Doctor even if I am also seeing other health care professionals for the same concern?
Absolutely! You don’t need to wait until you feel your worst, or try a list of other options before booking an appointment. That is the beautiful flow of what us Naturopathic Doctors do and something I take pride in, we are integrative! That means you can see an acupuncturist, osteopath, medical specialist, family medical doctor or whichever health care professional is a part of your health team while you see a Naturopathic Doctor! Whether your goal lies in optimization, prevention or treatment I am equipped with the tools to be an integral part of your health team.
- How much does each visit cost?
Prices to be determined.
- How much of my visit is covered by my insurance?
Every company varies what they offer. I would suggest calling prior to your first visit if you are unsure.
Concern often lies with patients if laboratory assessments are covered, the insurance company must be contacted for the information.
- Do you do direct third-party billing?
Information to be determined.
- How do I prepare for a visit?
Upon booking your initial visit, an intake form will be emailed to you. Please do your best to fill it out and submit it prior to your appointment.
Medication & Natural Health Products
This includes name of medication/brand of natural health product as well a current dose you are taking
Recent lab work
Dynacare and life labs have online portals where your previous lab work can be accessed. Please bring a print out on your first visit.
- Do you do phone or virtual consults?
Yes. Consultation services are provided in-person, over the phone or virtually. Cost of service is the same as in-person consultations and is billed according to time.
- How do I cancel or reschedule my appointment?
Life gets busy, we get it.
If you are unable to make your appointment, please notify us at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment to avoid a “Missed Appointment Fee”.