What to expect

strawberry heartOur work together begins with me listening attentively and with compassion to your story – usually over a cup of tea. This will feel different from interactions you’ve had with other doctors. I take the time to perform a thoughtful, thorough assessment of all your health concerns in the context of your lifestyle, diet and eating habits, environment, genetics and mental/emotional factors.

My diagnostic workup includes conventional blood tests as well as more sophisticated, functional medicine tests used to identify underlying problems related to your digestion, microbiome, hormones, immune system and environmental exposures. By taking the time to ask the right questions, perform the right tests and really think about you, I gain the necessary insight to create your personalized care plan.

Treatment is often initiated during your initial visit. When dependent upon the results of laboratory testing, treatment options will be discussed and implemented in your second visit after I review and explain your results.

I will recommend treatment options that are 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 aggravation of preexisting symptoms, known side effects and the potential for drug 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 effectively monitor your response to treatment, make necessary adjustments to your care plan and support you in maintaining your results and staying well.

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 your concerns rather than masking disease symptoms.
  • 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.
  • 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 when needed, including your family doctor if your needs require their attention.
  • 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 fact, naturopathic therapies can 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.
  • When you see a licensed naturopathic doctor you’ll receive official receipts that can be submitted to your provider for coverage or may be used as a medical expense deduction on your income tax return.
  • For information about fees please refer to Financial Policy found within New Patient Forms.
  • To make an appointment please call 705-446-2200 or book online here.

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