Frequently Asked Questions
What training do Naturopathic Doctors have?
NDs obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of medical doctors. NDs require three to four year Bachelors degree from a University with certain prerequisites plus four years of full-time study at an approved college of Naturopathic Medicine. The four-year Naturopathic program incorporates over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and Naturopathic therapies, as well as 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
Graduates from an accredited Naturopathic college receive the designation Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND). Following the completion of their program, NDs must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all regulated provinces and states across North America. NDs are also required to earn continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their registration and good standing with the regulatory body.
What conditions does Naturopathic Medicine treat?
Naturopathic Doctors are primary health care practitioners, which means that they can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including both acute concerns and chronic health conditions. In the event that an ND is unable to treat your condition, they will refer appropriately.
What can I expect from my first visit to a Naturopathic Doctor?
Is Naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP?
No, Naturopathic medicine is not currently covered by OHIP. However, it is covered by most extended healthcare plans. Many companies such as Manulife, Sunlife, Claim Secure and others provide health benefits that cover naturopathic medicine, medical compression stockings and orthotics. Please feel free to bring your health insurance booklet to your appointment so that we may help you identify the extent of your coverage. Or simply call your insurance provider to find out more details.
How much do appointments cost?
The costs vary depending on the length and type of appointment. Please call or email us for specific pricing.
What is the difference between a Naturopath and a Homeopath?
Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are general practitioners of natural medicine. They are trained to treat ailments using clinical nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, physical medicine, lifestyle counseling and homeopathy. Homeopaths, on the other hand, are trained to practice in one discipline - homeopathy. So while a homeopath would prescribe a homeopathic remedy, a Naturopathic Doctor would use any of the approaches listed above, including homeopathy in their treatments. In addition, homeopathy is not a regulated or licensed health profession in Ontario. Naturopathic Medicine is regulated and licensed in Ontario.
How do I book an appointment?
Appointments may be booked by calling us directly at (416) 966-4106 or emailing us at [email protected]