What is a Naturopathic Doctor exactly? What do we do?
We’re regulated, registered health care professionals in the province of Ontario. We go to medical college after university, very similar to GPs, but our training involves stuff like herbs, vitamins, healthy eating, acupuncture, and energetic ways of healing. We do a lot of basic health stuff (think breast exams, PAPs, blood work), but we’re less about prescribing drugs and more about treating the cause of disease naturally.
We’re part of a private health care system, so we aren’t covered by OHIP. Many people have coverage for our services under their private insurance plans (got coverage? Use it!). We bill directly at PPHC in Cambridge.
We spend a LOT of time with each patient, and we offer a ton of testing (hormones, food sensitivities, genetics, adrenal fatigue, vitamin levels, detoxification, & more). We see a lot of people who haven’t been given answers for the way that they feel, and who expect more from their health care providers than being prescribed a drug for life and not having anything explained to them.
What do I treat the most? My Top 7:
-Hormone imbalances (thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, etc.)
-Heavy/irregular periods, fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, PCOS, PMS – all things women’s health
-Chronic pain, whether you know what’s causing it or not
-People who aren’t sleeping well
-Digestive: constipation, diarrhea, loose stools, cramping, nausea, bloating
-Skin: acne, psoriasis, eczema
Headaches, low energy, and mental health concerns (like anxiety) are right up there too. And people love coming to see us for vitamin injections.
In a nutshell, health is our passion. We’re wellness experts. I absolutely live and breathe current health information. But I also use ancient healing methods that have been around for centuries. It’s the best of both worlds.
And we aren’t hard to find. I offer visits both in person and online. Message me if you need this or share this with someone who does.