Naturopathy Frequently Asked Questions
What is the training of naturopathic doctors?
NDs undergo 4 years of medical school from an accredited naturopathic school and must have a Bachelor’s degree before entering. ND med school has a lot of overlap with conventional med school in that the first two years of schooling involve in-depth training in biomedical sciences eg. Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pathology, etc. 3rd and 4th year are clinically focused and more hands on with a 12-month internship seeing patients in the 4th year of the program. Throughout the 4 years, NDs undergo over 3000 hours of classroom training and 1,200 hours of clinical experience. In order to be a licensed ND in Ontario, 2 regulatory exams (NPLEX) must be completed along with a provincial exam at the end of the NDs schooling. A Naturopathic Doctor is a protected title in Ontario which means only an individual who has completed schooling from an accredited college, passed all regulatory exams and is registered with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario(CONO) can call themselves a Naturopathic Doctor(ND).
What does a typical session with your ND look like?
NDs help patients set up a roadmap that will guide them through their health goals. The initial appointment with a ND is typically a longer session (up to 90min) so that they can learn who you are, your health history and gather information to get a comprehensive understanding of your health and how to move forward. Follow-up appointments are usually 30-45min in length to go over treatment plans and check-in with patients along with any new concerns that may have arisen.
Can you see both a ND and MD?
Yes. In fact it is encouraged patients see both MDs and NDs to ensure the most wholistic care. NDs and MDs both have their strengths in patient care and working together as an integrative system ensures the patient is getting the best treatment on their wellness journey.
What’s the difference between acupuncture from a ND & a Registered Acupuncturist?
NDs differ from Registered Acupuncturists in that they are trained in additional modalities and not just acupuncture alone, eg botanical medicine and nutrition to name a few. NDs are taught Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture and use it when they see fit for their patient’s treatment plan and to optimize their healing.
Are services covered by OHIP/Insurance?
Visits with your Naturopath are not covered by OHIP but are covered by most insurance plans.
What conditions can NDs treat?
NDs can treat a variety of conditions, ranging from digestive concerns and hormonal health to chronic migraines and sleep disorders. We are best at the treatment and continued care of both acute and chronic conditions, with a focus on health promotion and disease prevention.
Do I need a referral to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
You do not need a referral to come see an ND! We operate independently from the government-run health care systems and therefore you are able to book an appointment without any referrals or paperwork from your family doctor.