What type of education does a Naturopathic Doctor have?

How is visiting a Naturopathic Doctor the same as visiting a Medical Doctor?

How is visiting a Naturopathic Doctor different from visiting a Medical Doctor?

What happens during my first visit?

What should I bring with me?

How many visits will I need?

Who pays for a visit to a Naturopathic Doctor?

How popular is Naturopathic Medicine?


What type of education does a Naturopathic Doctor have?

Naturopathic Medicine is a regulated profession in many provinces and states in North America. Naturopathic Doctors (N.D.s) must complete at least three years of undergraduate training followed by four years of graduate training at an accredited institution. Only two such institutions exist in Canada. N.D. candidates must then pass two sets of North American board exams followed by board exams of their respective province or state. In Ontario, all Naturopathic Doctors with a valid license are listed on the government's
website. N.D.s must regularly pursue Continuing Education Credits to maintain their license.

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How is visiting a Naturopathic Doctor the same as visiting a Medical Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors are trained in medical sciences and may use the same scientific resources your family physician uses to diagnose and treat your condition. During your visit with an N.D. you may undergo a physical exam, be referred for laboratory testing, and be referred to another medical professional when appropriate. Naturopathic Doctors are family doctors who may treat all members of your family.

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How is visiting a Naturopathic Doctor different from visiting a Medical Doctor?

The basic medical training for a Medical Doctor and for a Naturopathic Doctor is similar, however the application of this information is different. A typical visit with a Naturopathic Doctor may last one hour or more so that you may discuss how your physical health is connected to your mental, spiritual, and environmental health. The key to finding treatments that work is taking the time to integrate all systems in your body so that the root cause can be discovered and addressed.

Prevention and education are also key components of a Naturopathic prescription. For example, you may have many female relatives who have had breast cancer. A Naturopathic Doctor may help you evaluate your risk of developing breast cancer and teach you how to make lifestyle changes that will help you lower this risk.

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What happens during my first visit?

Your first appointment is an opportunity for you and Dr. Nobbe to discuss your health goals and determine the best way to achieve results. She may offer you recommendations for symptom relief, as well as strategies for corrective and preventative care. A physical exam and laboratory testing may be necessary to help determine the root cause of your symptoms. Initial consultations generally last one hour.

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What should I bring with me?

To make your visit as efficient as possible, please bring a completed intake form and copies of any recent bloodwork results or medical reports. You may download the intake form
here, or obtain a copy from the front reception desk at least 20 minutes prior to your first scheduled visit. Please note that the intake form contains questions regarding medications and supplements you are taking or have taken in the past,, and contact information of healthcare providers you have recently consulted. Learn more..

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How many visits will I need?

The frequency of your office visits depends on the nature of your health concerns and goals. You and Dr. Nobbe may determine this together when forming your healthcare plan. Follow-up appointments generally range from 15 to 60 minutes each.

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Who pays for a visit to a Naturopathic Doctor?

OHIP does not cover the cost of visiting a Naturopathic Doctor, though many extended healthcare providers do. For example, students and employees of Queen's University receive some coverage through their healthcare provider.

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How popular is Naturopathic Medicine?

According to a Statistics Canada report, approximately one quarter of all Canadians with a post-secondary education and one quarter of all Canadians with a chronic health condition consulted an alternative or complementary healthcare practitioner in 2003. In 2005, the Health Canada Standing Commitee on Health determined that 71% of Canadians use a natural health product. It is apparent that Canadians are searching for healthcare options in addition to the care provided by their mainstream practitioner. In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors are the only practitioners recognized by the government as doctors who may diagnose and treat health conditions with natural health products and therapies.

The Greater Toronto Area hosts nearly half of the 1200 licensed Naturopathic Doctors in Canada. Though only 6 such professionals practice in Kingston, Naturopathic Medicine is slowly gaining ground here as the ideal way to prevent disease and treat serious health concerns.

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