What can I expect when I visit my Naturopathic Doctor?
The Naturopathic Doctors at Nature Doctors offer a holistic approach to health where they adequately assess mind, body and spirit. Each appointment will include an in-depth look at how you are progressing and will allow time for you to speak to your doctor about any concerns you may have. The ND will collect a patient history, will perform a physical exam and may offer laboratory tests so that they are able to create an individualized treatment plan. Please bring any recent lab work you have to your first appointment if you are able.
What range of conditions does a Naturopathic Doctor treat?
Naturopathic Doctors treat on a broad range of concerns and are able to treat most conditions. We commonly treat concerns such as gastrointestinal, hormonal, immune system, food sensitivities, fertility, allergies, pregnancy and cancer. An ND is trained to treat conditions from an integrated perspective that focuses on natural processes.
How is a Naturopath Trained?
Naturopathic medical schools are four-year post-graduate degree programs recognized by the department of health as accredited institutions that grant the doctoral degree of Naturopathic medicine. A naturopath takes the same basic medical sciences as an MD, the difference being they specialize in natural medicine. Some of the modalities an ND uses are vitamins, supplements, homeopathic medicine, acupuncture, bowen therapy, nutrition, lifestyle counselling. Naturopathic doctors have access to regular lab work as well as specialty test ie. Allergy tests, hormone panels etc.
Graduates of the four accredited Naturopathic medical colleges in North America must pass numerous Board Exams to receive their license of Naturopathic Medicine and/or acupuncture. The doctors at the Centre for Natural Medicine are board certified and licensed in the province for Manitoba.
Will my insurance cover your services?
Most insurance companies provide some sort of coverage for naturopathic care. You will need to look into your specific plan for details. We will provide you with a detailed invoice that has your doctor’s licensing information on it; it is your responsibility to submit the invoice to your insurance company. It is important to note that your coverage may not be enough to cover all of the appointments you will need to reach your fullest health potential.
What if I need to get a hold of my doctor in between appointments?
If you have a simple, clarification question, you can email your doctor at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, they will only get back to you through email if you are looking for a yes/no answer. If you need to speak with them about anything more involved, please call our front desk to book in for a short phone consult. If your matter is urgent and we are unable to schedule you with your Doctor, there are several other practitioners who are available and we will do our best to book you in.
What can I do if I am having a hard time with the diet my doctor has prescribed me?
You are welcome to let your doctor know that you are having a difficult time changing your diet. We know it can be an overwhelming undertaking at times. Your doctor and/or our front desk can give you recommendations and point out some resources.
Can I pick up refills of products my doctor prescribed me?
Yes. Please bring in your treatment note and we will be glad to re-fill a prescription. If a number of months have passed since the last time you saw your doctor, and you decide you would like to re-start taking a product you were prescribed, we may require you to have a follow-up with your doctor before selling you more products.
How do I go about booking in follow-up appointments?
You are welcome to call our office any time to book appointments. It is best for us to re-book you at the end of each appointment if possible. Also, we do require two full business days to change or cancel an appointment. Otherwise we will charge you for the full cost of the appointment.