Naturopathic doctors are provincially-regulated primary care providers. With extensive education, including a pre-med degree and four years of training at an accredited naturopathic college, NDs integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. NDs are eclectic, each with a slightly different approach, but they all believe that balancing the mind, body and environment is the path to optimal health because it supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Naturopathic doctors are also experts at early detection, prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and their personalized treatment plans work with each individual patient’s lifestyle and body chemistry.
During the first visit, your ND wants to get to know you as a person, what your health goals are and how you have managed your health in the past. Expect to be there for an hour or more to give your ND adequate time to complete the picture. As well as performing a physical exam based on your health complaints, your ND will also ask you about your mental, emotional and spiritual health, your diet and lifestyle, and treatments you may be receiving from other health care providers. By the end of the visit, your ND will present an individualized treatment plan and may suggest further testing.
Are visits covered?
Currently, OHIP does not cover visits to a naturopathic doctor. However, most extended healthcare plans include naturopathic medicine, so check with your provider to see the amount of your coverage. You pay upfront and then submit your visit to your extended health care plan.
NDs are primary healthcare practitioners, and can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including acute concerns and chronic health conditions. In the event that an ND is unable to treat your condition, he or she will consult or refer appropriately.
How do I confirm a Naturopathic Doctors Qualifications?
Anyone seeing an ND should expect to be dealing with a highly trained professional, one who has met comprehensive standards in order to practice. As regulated professionals, NDs are accountable for their conduct and practice.
ND, Naturopathic Doctor and Naturopath are protected titles. That means that only people who have demonstrated the education and qualification to practice can use the title. It’s important that you know who is delivering your care. Anybody found using a protected title without belonging to that profession’s regulatory college is considered an illegal practitioner, engaged in unauthorized practice. The appropriate college will investigate.
Naturopathic doctors must be registered and fully licensed to practice in Ontario. To verify that a naturopathic doctor is registered contact the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.
What forms of payments are accepted at the clinic?
Cash, Debit & Credit (Mastercard & Visa). We offer DIRECT BILLING at the clinic for most extended health care plans!