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Professionals can offer referrals to the clinic. To assist in making a referral to our office we have conveniently provided an professional referral form to fill out and send back to our office with supporting documentation. Doctors will correspond with the referring provider to ensure they are aware of the recommendations made for the patient and what follow up care is required.
Frequently asked questions
Both provide primary care and both types of doctors are similarly trained in medical background. The primary differences between naturopathic and conventional medicine are the philosophical approach and the therapies used. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat patients as individuals by addressing the physical, environmental, lifestyle, attitudinal, and emotional aspects of health. This allows Naturopathic doctors to find and treat the cause of the disease using natural, non-invasive therapies. Conventional Medical doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease and use pharmaceutical therapies or surgery.
Naturopathic medicine treats all forms of health concerns — from pediatric to geriatric clients, from chronic illness to acute conditions and from the physical to the psychological. Naturopathic medicine is beneficial for the following types of people:
- People wanting to address a health concern
- People who have a range of symptoms that they have been unable to address on their own or with the help of other medical practitioners.
- People who have been diagnosed with an illness, often serious or chronic and are looking for alternative treatments. Naturopathic medicine is very effective for improving quality of life for those with serious and life threatening illnesses.
- People who are looking to combine conventional and naturopathic treatments.
- People who are looking for disease prevention and health promotion strategies.
- People wanting alternatives to medications.
A Naturopathic Doctor first completes 4 years of pre-medical studies at a university. The naturopathic student then enters into a four-year, full-time medical program at an accredited school of naturopathic medicine. Training includes medical and clinical science, diagnostics, naturopathic principles and therapeutics, and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of licensed Naturopathic Doctors. Graduates receive the title “N.D.” or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathic Doctors must also pass rigorous board exams, both internationally and provincially, and must be registered with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy in Ontario.
Most extended health insurance plans in Canada cover naturopathic treatments. We encourage you to contact your employer or individual insurance broker to determine if you are covered or to request that your policy be extended to include naturopathic services if it does not already do so.