What can I expect?
Ill health is often a progressive process rather than an overnight occurrence and so it may take a little bit of time and attention to resolve your health concerns. Here is a brief overview of how our appointment together might progress:
The first appointment is one hour long and the focus is on
- What being in great health would be for you.
- Identify possible blocks to good health you may be facing.
- Talk about the health challenges you face and how they are impacting your life.
The second appointment is 45 minutes and generally scheduled a couple of weeks later. At this appointment:
- I will do a screening physical examination, noting any physical signs that can be used for tracking improvement
- Address any “I forgot to mention …”, which do come up.
Follow-up appointments are usually 30-45 minutes and are usually scheduled every 4 – 6 weeks. At these appointments:
- Evaluate how you are responding to your treatment plan and make adjustments, as required.
- We may spend the rest of the visit doing in office assessments/treatments such as acupuncture, physical examination and lifestyle counselling.
I expect that, as you are incorporating the suggestions into your lifestyle and your health is improving, the time between appointments lengthens.
Since, no two people are alike, each treatment is tailored to the individual person – You. After our in-depth consultation that focuses on you and your health goals, a treatment approach is developed that is individual to you and designed to address your specific health concern(s). Your treatment approach could include one or more of the following therapies:
- Clinical Nutrition Diet changes and nutritional supplementation to provide optimal nutrition to help the body maintain balance and aid in the healing process.
- Homeopathic Medicine uses very small amounts of natural substances to stimulate the self-healing abilities of the body.
- Acupuncture & Asian Medicine. Fine needles inserted in specific locations on the body to balance the Chi (energy) within the organs and other areas of the body.
- Physical Therapy involves the therapeutic use of light, hot and cold water, and naturopathic manipulation, as examples.
- Botanical Medicine Plant substances from around the world are used for their healing effects and nutritional value.
- Lifestyle Counselling. Mental attitudes and emotional states often influence physical health. Stress management techniques and lifestyle modifications (sleep, exercise, etc) are often suggested.
Am I covered by OHIP?
In Ontario, Naturopathic doctor’s fees are not covered by OHIP. Many extended health care plans do provide coverage for Naturopathic Medicine. Check your benefit plan or contact your health insurer to inquire about your coverage.
Naturopathic visits may also be claimed under ‘medical expenses’ in Ontario. See the following link to Canada Revenue Agency’s chart of authorized medical practitioners.