The most common challenge for myself as a naturopath is that patients will often come to see me at a time of last resort, when most conventional therapies have not produced results. That being said, I tend to thrive in these situations because I like to think outside the box.
As a naturopath I am very fortunate to be trained in many different modalities of care so there’s lots of tools in my toolbox. The most commonly used are: Nutrition and nutritional supplements, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, and intravenous therapy.
No matter the condition or goal I always start with the fundamental building blocks of health and wellness; Diet, Gastrointestinal Health, Exercise, Mental Health and Sleep. I have found that optimizing these key areas is the most important predictor of treatment success.
Some of my most common therapeutics are: Food Sensitivity Testing, Nutritional Supplementation, Dietary Counselling and CBD Oil.
Absolutely! One of the fundamental principles of naturopathic medicine is to teach preventative medicine. There is always opportunity to optimize ones health and health habits.
There is not usually a long wait to get an appointment. I can typically see a new or returning patient within a week of booking.
Some of the most common things that I see are: Gastrointestinal issues, Eczema and other skin conditions, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Epilepsy, Anxiety, Allergy and General supplement advice.
Initial consults are typically 60 minutes and a follow up typically ranges from 15 to 30 minutes.
It is not necessary to see another clinical as naturopaths are primary care physicians. However, in many situations the patient will benefit from a circle of care with a variety of specialists. In these situations the appropriate referrals are made.
Unless the patient is coming in regularly for a physical treatment such as acupuncture or IV therapy, I will usually schedule a follow-up 3-4 weeks after the initial appointment and then every 3-6 months after that.
An initial visit will usually begin with a health history including a discussion of the current concerns. A short physical exam will follow unless the appointment is by phone or virtual. Finally there is a discussion of the recommended treatment protocol and any lingering questions. Once the appointment is complete I will email the patient a thorough summary of the treatment protocol along with any product recommendations, recommended tests and dosages.
Yes, while services are not covered under OHIP, most extended health insurance providers have coverage for naturopathic services.