What to expect

Our work together begins with me listening attentively and with compassion to your story. This will feel different and take longer than interactions you’ve had with other doctors.

I have the luxury of time to perform a thorough assessment of your health concerns in the context of your full medical history, lifestyle, diet and eating habits, environment, mental and emotional factors, and your family history.

My diagnostic workup includes conventional blood tests and may include functional medicine testing used to identify underlying problems in your digestive tract (i.e. breath testing to diagnose SIBO).

If you have a complicated history I will review your medical records, lab results and imaging reports shared by your family doctor and specialist.

By taking the time to ask the right questions, perform the right tests and really think about you as a whole person, I gain the necessary insight to create a personalized plan for your care.

Treatment may be initiated to some extent during your initial visit. In many cases your full care plan is laid out in your second visit at which time we review the results of laboratory testing needed to inform our decision making about your options.

I recommend treatment that is integrative, evidence based, generally safe and well tolerated. I will inform you of both the anticipated benefits as well as any known risks such as the possible aggravation of preexisting symptoms, known side effects and the potential for drug-herb-nutrient interactions. I will also advise you of any associated costs and alternative courses of action so that you feel confident in making an informed decision about your care every step of the way.

It is important that you return for occasional progress visits so I may monitor your response to treatment, make necessary adjustments to your care plan and support you in maintaining improvements and staying well. The frequency of progress visits depends on the individual; in some cases I see people once or twice per year, in other cases I see people monthly or quarterly.

Naturopathic Medicine Fast Facts

  • Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary healthcare integrating standard medical diagnostics with complementary and alternative therapies.
  • Naturopathic doctors receive a minimum seven years of post-secondary education with training, licensing and continuing education similar to that of family doctors.
  • Naturopathic medicine is a regulated healthcare profession in Ontario and many other provinces and states. Naturopathic doctors must be licensed in order to practice, follow a code of ethics, and must maintain a high level of continuing education in order to stay up to date on best practices.
  • Naturopathic treatment is aimed at correcting the underlying cause of a health condition rather than masking the signs or symptoms of that condition.
  • Naturopathic therapies are generally safe, non-invasive and well tolerated. Working with a naturopathic doctor allows you to safely and appropriately incorporate natural therapies into your healthcare.
  • Naturopathic treatment is tailored to the individual. One size dose not fit all.
  • Naturopathic treatment includes a combination of clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling, nutritional supplementation, herbal and botanical medicine and mind-body techniques.
  • Naturopathic doctors will refer you to and collaborate with other practitioners, including your family doctor when your needs require attention that is beyond the scope of naturopathic medicine.
  • Naturopathic medicine complements conventional healthcare. Working with a naturopathic doctor does not interfere with the care you’re receiving from your family doctor or specialist. In some cases naturopathic therapies can be used to decrease medication side effects and allow you to better tolerate conventional treatment.
  • Naturopathic services are not covered by OHIP but are covered by most extended health benefits. If you have coverage for chiropractic, massage therapy, dental etc. you likely have coverage for naturopathic care. Please check with your employer or insurance provider for details.
  • When you see a licensed naturopathic doctor you’ll receive official receipts that can be submitted to your insurance provider for coverage or may be used as a medical expense deduction on your income tax return. If you would like me to direct bill for your care please have your policy details with you at your appointment time.
  • To make an appointment please call 705-446-2200 or book online.
  • After you book an appointment please check your email. You will receive a confirmation message with a link to access my new patient questionnaire. Please ensure you complete this form online and submit it for my review prior to your appointment time. If you need help accessing this please contact the clinic.
  • Please review my 2021 Policies, Fees Schedule and Consent Form prior to your visit.

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