Q: What is a Naturopathic Doctor?
A: Naturopathic doctors are provincially-regulated primary care providers. With extensive education, including a pre-med degree and four years of training at an accredited naturopathic college, NDs integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. NDs are eclectic, each with a slightly different approach, but they all believe that balancing the mind, body and environment is the path to optimal health because it supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Naturopathic doctors are also experts at early detection, prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and their personalized treatment plans work with each individual patient’s lifestyle and body chemistry.
Q: Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated in Ontario?
A: Yes. Naturopathic doctors are regulated in Ontario under the RHPA (Regulated Health Practitioners Act) and are licensed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. CONO’s mandate is to ensure that Naturopathic Doctors are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice. Registration with the governing body helps ensure that NDs have the knowledge, skill and judgment to carry out their role.
For information on the requirements to practice in Ontario, please visit the websites of the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, or the College of Naturopaths of Ontario
Q: What is the training required for a Naturopathic Doctor?
A: Naturopathic medical training closely parallels that of medical doctors. Candidates are required to complete three years of pre-med post-secondary education before being accepted into an accredited four-year program at an approved college of naturopathic medicine. [link to page that lists schools]
The four-year program is comprised of over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as 1,500 hours of supervised clinical practicum. Graduates from an accredited naturopathic college receive the designation Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND).
Following the completion of their courses and training, NDs must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) to become licensed in Ontario. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all regulated provinces and states across North America. A naturopathic doctor cannot practice in Ontario without completing the training and passing the exam.
NDs are also required to earn continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their registration and good standing with the regulatory body.
Q: What conditions can Naturopathic Doctors treat?
A: NDs are primary healthcare practitioners, and can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including acute concerns and chronic health conditions. In the event that an ND is unable to treat your condition, he or she will consult or refer appropriately.
Q: What does a visit look like and how do I proceed?
A: Please see our What to Expect page.
Q: How often do I have to see a Naturopathic Doctor?
A: After a treatment plan has been initiated, variables that will influence how often you see your Naturopath include your compliance to the protocol, how complex your health concerns and health goals are, and how your body responds.
Unfortunately, there is not a set pattern to treatment plan, as every person is unique, and responds differently to treatment – in Naturopathic Medicine, we respect a person’s inherent individuality and attempt to work in harmony with it.
As a general rule, treatments are more frequent initially, and as your health improves, frequency of visits diminish.
Q: How do I book an Appointment?
A: Please contact us by calling 416-466-4438 at Don Valley Health and Wellness