Q: What training do Naturopathic Doctor's have?
A: Like a conventional doctor, dentist, or chiropractor, the naturopathic doctor first completes pre-medical studies at university. The naturopathic student then enters into a four-year, full-time medical program at an accredited school of naturopathic medicine. Training includes basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; naturopathic principles and therapeutics; and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of qualified naturopathic doctors. Graduates receive the title "N.D." or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
A qualified naturopathic doctor is one who practices in a regulated province or state or, if practicing in an unregulated province or state, has obtained and maintains his/her registration in a regulated province/state and has completed a four-year, full-time program at an accredited school of naturopathic medicine. Following the completion of an accredited program, NDs must successful complete standardized North American Board exams known as the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for regulation/licensing. To find out if a naturopathic doctor is qualified, either check with the naturopathic regulatory board of your province or contact the CAND.
Regulation in Ontario: On October 19, 2009 an amendment to the Naturopathy Act, 2007 was approved that will allow NDs to prescribe, dispense, compound or sell “drugs” that are designated by regulation. The Transition Council of the College of Naturopaths is in the process of developing regulations that are required to proclaim the Naturopathy Act – expected for early 2013. Until the Act is proclaimed, The Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy will continue to regulate the profession.
Q: Do I need a referral to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
A: Naturopathic services do not require a referral from a medical doctor.
Q: Are visits to a naturopath covered by OHIP?
A: Treatment by a Naturopathic Doctor is not covered by OHIP, however most extended health care plans (Third Party Insurance Plans) do cover the cost of your visits. Check at your workplace to find out whether your benefits package includes naturopathic medicine.
Q: What is naturopathic medicine?
A: Naturopathic medicine encompasses a wide range of therapeutic modalities including Clinical Nutrition, Botanical Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Emotional & Lifestyle Counselling, and Physical Medicine. It supports the healing power of nature to encourage the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Q: What happens during an initial visit?
A: Your initial appointment will take approximately ninety minutes and include a focused history of your health concern(s) as well as a complete health history. Dr. Elvira uses Quantum Biofeedback testing to help prioritize areas of concerns and treatments necessary. The frequency of follow-up appointments are based on individual needs. Discussion, explanation and understanding are key components to empower patients to take control of their health with the support of their Naturopathic Doctor.
Q. What forms of payment are accepted?
A: We accept cash, MasterCard, Visa and American Express.