WHAT TRAINING DOES A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR (ND) HAVE?
An ND has obtained a University degree (with pre-medical sciences course requirements) and has received a Doctor of Naturopathy degree from an accredited college. This encompasses a full-time 4 year program, with a one year internship of 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience. That amounts to 8 years of post-secondary education! In order to practice, NDs have completed two sets of standardized North American exams and provincial examinations. To maintain their license, NDs must complete yearly Continuing Education courses.
IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE COVERED BY OHIP?
No, naturopathic services are not covered by OHIP but many extended health insurance plans provide coverage.
IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE REGULATED?
Yes, NDs in Ontario are regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario under the Naturopathy Act, 2007 as outlined in the Regulated Health Professionals Act, 1991.
I HAVE A MEDICAL DOCTOR. WHY SHOULD I SEE A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR?
Naturopathic medicine can fill in some of the gaps that conventional medicine doesn’t address well, and vice versa. It can also provide answers to your ‘vague and peculiar’ symptoms that haven’t been explored or explained. MDs and NDs have different training so their approach and treatment varies, but can work in harmony to address your symptoms. Like most things in life, two heads are better than one.
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO SEE A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR?
It depends. Generally, appointments are more frequent in the beginning, and as health outcomes improves, visits become less frequent- more like check-ups.
CAN I JUST COME FOR ACUPUNCTURE OR CUPPING?
Yes. I understand not everyone wants to dive into a complete health assessment. For those just wanting cupping or acupuncture for specific symptom relief, I've created a shorter Initial appointment (45min) that will allow me to do a brief intake and provide treatment on that first visit.
IS A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR THE SAME AS A HOMEOPATH?
No. Homeopaths practice solely homeopathy whereas NDs are trained in clinical medicine, nutrition, acupuncture, etc. in addition to homeopathy. Although many NDs incorporate homeopathic medicine into their treatments, please note, Michelle does not use a lot of homeopathy in her practice.
DO I NEED A REFERRAL TO SEE A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR?
No. Other health care providers may recommend the services of an ND, but a formal referral is not required.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY FIRST TREATMENT?
Be prepared to discuss your health history and current goals/concerns in depth! If you have any recent blood work, that's always helpful to bring in addition to 1 week of food tracking to give Michelle a sense of your dietary habits.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY FIRST SESSION?
The first appointment is all about getting to know each other, gathering a full health history, and determining next steps. General advice is provided throughout this appointment, but the second appointment is where treatment options are discussed and a plan is put in place.