Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors offer a variety of treatment options. Our NDs have extensive training in each of the treatment modalities and will usually combine the 2 or 3 modalities that will be most effective for your condition. The Naturopathic Doctor’s mission is to effectively address the cause of the problem rather than cover up symptoms. If the leaves of your plant were turning brown, you wouldn’t fix them by painting them green! You would go to the root of the problem and water the plant. It makes sense to approach your health in the same way!
What Can I Expect When I Visit A Naturopathic Doctor?
The goal of our Naturopathic Doctors is to understand the patient and all the factors that impact his/her health. An initial visit will last approximately 1 hour depending on the doctor. The ND will take an in-depth patient history providing ample time to fully explore your condition. In addition, the information from a physical exam and lab tests may assist in making an assessment and diagnosis. A personal treatment plan will then be created to help facilitate your healing process.
How many visits do I need?
It is essential that contact be maintained between the doctor and the patient to ensure that healing is maximized. As each situation is individual, the frequency of follow-up visits will change depending on the type of condition and treatment modalities chosen. An acute painful condition may require visits to be more frequent that a chronic condition.
We have found over the years, that most people will come in for 3 visits over the first 3 months to make sure they are healing and their health concerns are being addressed properly. Then our focus will move to further teaching why the condition arose and how to prevent and stay healthy in the long run. Patients will often come in 1-2 times a year to refocus and we book an appointment as needed if and when new issues arise. If we teach you properly, you should need us less in the future!
How are Naturopathic Doctors trained?
A licensed Naturopathic Doctor must complete 4 years of post-graduate training at an approved naturopathic medical school. Pre-admission requirements are equivalent to those of conventional medical schools. Training includes basic medical and clinical sciences, naturopathic philosophy and therapeutics. Graduating students receive a doctoral degree (ND), Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto), The National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland), Bastyr College (Seattle) and Southwest Naturopathic College (Arizona) are accredited educational institutions. One is legally recognized as an ND only when he or she has passed the required licensing exams approved by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners. Be aware that there are people in Alberta appearing to represent Naturopathic Doctors who do not have the appropriate education, nor do they belong to a regulating body. Dr. Tocher-Richmond, Dr. Richmond, Dr. Vojtisek and Dr. Kawai are properly trained and belong to both the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta and Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. Their qualifications are recognized by insurance companies for coverage.
What is the cost to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
The initial visit fee is $190. Follow-up visits are $85. Call the clinic to speak to our receptionist if you would like more information about the complete fee schedule.
Is there coverage Naturopathic Medicine?
At the present time, Alberta Health does not compensate for visits to a Naturopathic Doctor.
Most extended health insurance plans will cover visit fees, in-office therapies and occasionally even herbs and vitamins up to $500 or $1000 per year. Contact your insurance company and see your level of coverage for a Naturopathic Doctor today!
Is Naturopathic Medicine safe?
Naturopathic Medicine as a primary health care profession is unusually safe, as indicated by malpractice data, insurance statistics and favourable safety records. Natural does not always mean harmless, so skill and knowledge are required as with any diagnosis and treatment of health conditions.