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

I will do a complaint orientated physical exam (if in person) & order testing (may include food sensitivity, stool analysis, saliva/urine – hormonal panels & blood test).

We will talk about your symptoms are connected. The treatment plan will include diet, lifestyle changes and supplements for symptom relief. We will discuss and consider other modalities such as herbs & acupuncture as well.

 

Second visit

Usually, 4-6 weeks after the first visit, we will follow up to assess the progress of your current treatment plan and may start supplements/diet as indicated by lab testing results. 

FOLLOW UP VISITS

I recommend a follow up visit every 4-6 weeks for the first 3-6 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 make healthy habits to reach your short & long term goals.

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virtual Fee Schedule

*as of July 30th 2022*

F.A.Q.

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 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. However, if it’s an urgent concern, for example – if you have a rash that we need to see, an ear infection, a concern about your heart, blood pressure, or your breathing, I would need to see you in person to perform the appropriate physical assessments. You can view the in-person visit options here

Diet and lifestyle strategies are key for the majority of chronic health conditions. I will focus on educating you about your health condition as well as the roles that diet, lifestyle and supplements in improving your health. So, we will be starting your health goals without delay. I will support you virtually as effectively as I would if you were in person.

Your follow up visits can be done over the phone or online. 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 (2 days) notice for visit cancellations or changes to your appointment. Two days before your appointment, you will get a reminder via email and text message. 

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.

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.

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.  

In order to perform any lab testing, you must be an existing patient. We cannot order lab testing for individuals who are not patients of our clinic.

Blood tests for your thyroid, iron, vitamins, hormone levels, vitamin D, blood sugar/insulin, liver or cholesterol panel, etc. are available through our office. However, if the naturopath orders these tests, the costs are not covered by OHIP. If such tests would be helpful or necessary, we will recommend which tests you need. You can do them through your medical doctor or a walk-in clinic, or you may pay to have them performed by us.  Lab blood markers vary in prices, I will inform you about the importance of the tests and provide an estimated cost prior to any testing.

Naturopathic doctors can order a variety of specialized testing such as food sensitivity testing, Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis, SIBO testing, DUTCH urine hormone testing and saliva hormone testing. 

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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