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What is Naturopathic Medicine ?


It is a regulated healthcare profession that focuses on diagnosing and treating the underlying cause of the illness with evidence-informed medicine & safe & effective natural therapies.

 

The goal is to relieve your symptoms & improve your health by supporting the body to heal itself through a nutritious diet, lifestyle changes, supplements, acupuncture, herbs, & naturopathic counselling (including stress management techniques). 

FIRST VISIT

In the 70 minute initial visit,  we will discuss your diet, sleep, stress, digestion, energy, hormones, medical history, goals and much more to get to the root cause.

I will do a complaint orientated physical exam & if needed, order relevant lab work (hormone panels, food sensitivity, stool analysis & serum blood test – not covered under the visit).

I make sure you understand your health condition and then, I will recommend a basic treatment plan including lifestyle changes for symptom relief. We will discuss and consider other modalities such as supplements, herbs & acupuncture in future visits.

Depending on your situation, I may give homework to track your symptoms (diet/headache/period/weight) using a chart. 

What to bring with you:
– current medications & supplements (dose / name / company)
– recent blood work or diagnostic testing
– patience and an open mind

 

Second visit

Usually, 2-3 weeks after the first visit, we will monitor the progress of your current treatment plan, review lab results (if applicable). We may alter supplement dosages and/or start therapies as indicated by results with evidence-informed personalized treatment options.

We may also conduct more relevant physical exams, if necessary.

FOLLOW UP VISITS

I recommend a follow up visit every 4 weeks for the first 3 months, to make sure we are continuing to progress towards your health goals and address any new health concerns to keep you feeling well. 

The treatment timeline and the expected number of visits will vary depending on your condition, preferences, commitment and resources. 

Overtime, we will work together to build a growth mindset & focus on making healthy habits to reach your short & long term goals

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Fee Schedule

F.A.Q.

There is no such thing as a silly question. So, if you have any other questions, get in touch!

Watch this video for more info.

Telemedicine consult is only available to patients located in Ontario, as per Naturopathic Regulation in Ontario.

Simply head to the online booking platform and select a service from the virtual visits available.

Once scheduled, an email with a link will be sent 30 mins before your appointment.

Treatment plans will continue to be delivered via digital prescription and necessary supplements can be ordered through FullScript, online health store or you can buy them safely from a local store near you. 

The question of whether or not you can benefit from virtual naturopath sessions depends on what your needs are.

If you’re a new patient with a chronic medical condition that requires a physical examination, you can still book an appointment for the initial consultation over telemedicine.

Diet and lifestyle strategies are key for the majority of chronic health conditions. I will focus on education about your health condition as well as diet and lifestyle-based treatment protocol. So, we will be starting your health goals without delay. I will support you virtually, and as effectively as she would if you were in person.

Virtual naturopathic visits can be used to review lab work results or discuss changes to your diet, supplement, or lifestyle regimen.

If you’re unsure if your health concerns can be addressed through virtual consultations, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to clarify.

Your appointment time is reserved just for you. A late cancellation or missed visit leaves a hole in the therapists’ day that could have been filled by another patient.

As such, we require 48 hours notice for initial visit and 24 hours notice for follow up visit cancellations or changes to your appointment.

Patients who don’t provide adequate notice, or miss their appointment, will be charged 50% of the visit fee.

We do not offer direct billing.  However, we do provide a stress-free and safe option of making the payment via our secure Square system or etransfer. After the visit is completed, you will receive an electronic copy of your invoice receipt through your email. It will have the information required by your insurance company, which you can submit and get reimbursed. If you have any questions, feel free to call at 289 315 4032 or drishand@gmail.com.

Naturopathic Doctors do not charge HST for Naturopathic Visits or lab fees.

The costs for supplements and labs which are determined by patient needs are not included in the cost of your visit fees. However, Dr. Bhatoa, ND, will always provide reliable options (online/stores), where you can get them from.  

No, they are not. Most extended health care plans cover naturopathic medicine services. Check with your private or workplace health insurance plan for coverage details.

No, you do not need a referral. You can book now. 

Naturopathic doctors complete three years of pre-medical undergraduate studies (usually four) with the completion of a Bachelors degree, and another four years at a recognized college of naturopathic medicine (I went to Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in North York).

At a naturopathic college, naturopathic doctors study some of the same things medical doctors do, including anatomy (yes, cadavers!), physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology and more.

We also have 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.

No, they are different from naturopathic doctors.

Healthcare practitioners who are experts in and use only homeopathy in their treatment plan are called homeopaths. 

Naturopathic doctors are trained in many modalities, including traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine and homeopathy.  They may utilize it as a part of their treatment plan, along with a number of other modalities.

“ND”, “naturopathic doctor” and “naturopath” are protected titles. That means only people who are qualified to practise can use the title. Anyone seeing a naturopath should expect a highly trained professional who has met comprehensive standards. 

I am pleased to work with your medical doctor, according to your preferences. My goal is to ensure you receive the best health care possible.

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