Q. What should I expect from my appointments?
A. Depending on the age of your child, and the reason for seeking naturopathic care, your initial visit with the ND is between 60-90 minutes long and includes a thorough health history with a basic physical exam. The information that you provide during this visit, along with the results of any laboratory or diagnostic testing, is then used to create a personalized treatment plan. This detailed plan is then explained during your second, 45-60 minute visit. Subsequent visits, including routine well-child exams, are generally 30 minutes.
Acute 15 minute, walk-in appointments are also available for established patients regarding issues that may be addressed quickly and immediately. These visits may include treatment for colds, flu, ear infections and fevers, as well as yeast and urinary tract infections.
Q. Does my child still need a pediatrician?
A. Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary care providers in Ontario and are qualified to perform routine screening exams for children’s health and developmental issues. However, it is not currently in our scope of practice to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs or provide vaccinations. If you are planning on vaccinating your child, you should establish a relationship with a medical doctor.
Q. Do you treat adults as well?
A. Yes, absolutely. However, just as I have additional training and experience in treating infants and children, many naturopathic doctors have other areas of special interest. You may be referred to a trusted colleague if I feel that they are better suited to address your specific condition.
Q. What is the cost?
A. Visits are billed at $140 per hour.
Q. What is the difference between homeopathy and naturopathy?
A. Homeopathic medicine is a system of medicine based on the law of similars, using very dilute potencies of natural substances. It is only one of the many therapies that may be used by naturopathic doctors as part of an individualized treatment plan.
Q. Do you work with other healthcare professionals?
A. Yes. Naturopathic doctors may function as part of a team of practitioners to help you achieve your best possible health. Working in a clinic alongside physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists and registered massage therapists makes communication about your progress and treatment seamless.
Q. Can I still take my prescription medication?
A. Yes. Naturopathic doctors have training in pharmacology and drug-nutrient-herb interactions and your current medications will be considered when developing a treatment plan. We can help manage the side-effects as well as work to reduce or eliminate the need for prescription medications. Improving your overall health may result in a decreased need for your medication, however the decision to reduce or discontinue medication is up to you and the prescribing physician.
Q. Do I need a referral to see a naturopathic doctor?
A. No, you do not need a referral.
Q. Does Ontario health insurance cover naturopathic medicine?
A. At the present time, naturopathic medicine is not covered by OHIP. However, most extended healthcare plans cover naturopathic treatments. Insured patients are encouraged to contact their employer or insurance provider to determine the level of coverage provided. Naturopathic visits are also tax deductible as medical expenses.