Naturopathic medicine is a unique form of healthcare that combines modern scientific research with traditional and natural medicines. The guiding principles of naturopathic medicine embody treating the root cause of the disease and working with individuals to overcome disease. Naturopathic doctors are medically trained health professional that use natural therapies to treat both acute and chronic conditions. In addition, they work to prevent the return of diseases and promote health in all aspects of your family's life. See why I chose naturopathic medicine, or continue reading
to see what makes naturopathic doctors unique in their treatments.
First, do no harm
Utilize the most non-invasive methods of treatment to heal, while minimizing the risk of harmful side effects.
Treat the root cause
Take a detailed patient history to determine the underlying cause of the illness. Comprehensive medical training in addition to the use of laboratory and physical exams are used to diagnose health conditions, and use a holistic approach to treat the cause of disease rather than suppressing symptoms.
teach healthy living & preventative medicine
The principle of "Doctor as Teacher" encourages education on healthy living and preventative medicine in order to empower patients to help themselves and their families, to live a healthy life, and make informed decisions about their health.
Heal the whole person through individualized treatment
Disease presents differently in each person, therefore, consideration of mental, physical, emotional, environmental, and social influences on the disease are vital in treating each individual. All contributing factors to the disease are considered in creating a customized treatment plan for each patient.
Disease prevention & health promotion
Assess individual risk factors and work to remove any barriers to healing; execute strategies to maintain health and prevent illness.
Support the healing power of the body
Work with you to remove obstacles to healing and implement therapies that help to support the body’s natural and inherent ability to heal.
To provide quality healthcare for families, through individualized patient-centered care,
that is naturally focused and result-oriented.
Training & Regulations
Naturopathic doctors are medically trained professionals that must complete a bachelor's degree at an accredited university before receiving acceptance to an accredited naturopathic college, of which there are only two in Canada.
Acceptance to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine is based on academics, a personal essay, community involvement, work experience, references and an interview. The Doctor of Naturopathy degree is a four-year program consisting of more than 3000 hours of classroom training and 1200 hours of clinical experience.
To become licensed a licensed naturopathic doctor, both North American Naturopathic Physician Licensing Exams (NPLEX) and location specific Board Exams must be written. After passing these exams, registration with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) allows the Licensed Naturopathic Doctor to practice in Ontario. Laura is also a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND)