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Information about naturopathic medicine as a profession

Regulation. A registered Naturopathic Doctor (ND) practicing in Ontario has completed a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education and rigorous entry-to-practice exams, prior to registration as a Naturopathic Doctor in Ontario. As of July 1st 2015, all NDs practising in the province of Ontario became regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).

Registration with a governing body such as CONO helps ensure that NDs have the knowledge, skill and judgment to carry out safe, ethical and competent care; therefore, “CONO’s main responsibility is to regulate the profession of Naturopathic Medicine in the public interest”(source: Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, 2018). “Anyone seeing an ND should expect to be dealing with a highly trained professional, one who has met comprehensive standards in order to practice” (source: College of Naturopaths of Ontario, 2018).

Education includes a minimum of three years of undergraduate coursework, and a four-year, accredited, naturopathic medical education. Graduates must pass two sets of provincial licensing board exams.

To maintain an active registration, Naturopathic Doctors complete at least 70 hours of accredited continuing medical education courses every three years to keep up with medical and naturopathic advancements, and to better serve their patients.

It is important that you know who is delivering your care. Did you know that “ND”, “Naturopathic Doctor” and “Naturopath” are protected titles? Only those individuals who have demonstrated the education and qualification to practice can use these titles. 

Resources for additional information

Common questions about Naturopathic medicine, such as “How does naturopathic medicine compare to conventional medicine?” can be found by visiting the CAND. The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) is the national non-profit professional association representing regulated (or, in unregulated jurisdictions, those who meet the criteria for regulation) naturopathic doctors.

Also from the CAND, advantages of naturopathic care: from health promotion to disease prevention, and the treatment of a range of health concerns, including chronic and severe illnesses. Find out how NDs can help you.

Frequently asked questions about naturopathic medicine, including “Do naturopathic doctors have specialties?” and “How do I confirm a naturopathic doctor’s qualifications?” can be found by visiting the OAND.

You have the right to receive safe, competent and ethical naturopathic care. A short 5 minute video made by The college of Naturopaths of Ontario, The College and You, discusses this by answering several important questions.

Dr. Stefania Tiveron ND

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Evidence based medicine

It is a misconception to think that naturopathic doctors do not practice evidence based medicine.

What is evidence based medicine?

The philosophy that medical practice should be guided by the best available research data, balanced with a doctor’s judgment and the patient’s values.

Dr. Joshua Goldenberg, ND

Listen to Dr. Joshua Goldenberg, ND talk about evidence based medicine and naturopathy at The ND Update by clicking here.

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What to expect when you see a Naturopathic Doctor

Initial virtual visits are 90 minutes. A fundamental principle to naturopathic care is the commitment to treat the whole person. This requires a thorough initial consultation.

While everyone’s goal might be to feel healthier, I will ask you about your specific goals and expectations. Be prepared to be specific. What does it mean to you to be healthier? What does that look like in your life right now? ​

Food will be a focal point. I will ask you specific questions about your diet, such as how you feel after eating certain foods. To prepare for your first appointment, I strongly suggest keeping a food journal for a few days leading up to your first visit. ​

Health history. I spend a lot of time gathering and then analyzing critical information from all aspects of life that may impact health and well-being, including sleep and dietary patterns, stress and energy levels, physical activity, pelvic and sexual health, mental health, digestive function, bowel habits, menstrual history, medication and supplement use, as well as personal and family medical history.​

What about physical exams? Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary care providers; therefore, it is within our scope to perform physical exams. However, this is not possible online. If indicated, I will recommend that a physical examination be performed by your family physician.

What if I already have a doctor? NDs collaborate closely with other healthcare professionals through consultation and referral. NDs are trained to provide collaborative care and work with referring physicians on the progress of care.​

Treatment. Using the information obtained from your initial consultation, such as health history, objective evaluation, and relevant diagnostic testing or investigations, I will formulate an individualized treatment plan that may include botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, physical activity/movement, hydrotherapy, traditional Chinese medicine, lifestyle counselling, and emotional counselling.

Naturopathic medicine is for everyone. Naturopathic Doctors treat people of all ages, and all forms of health concerns – from acute to chronic, and from physical to psychological. If you are interested in improving your overall health, as well as building the foundation to prevent future disease, then I can help. I want to help you become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself!

If you’re looking for more information on what is Naturopathic Medicine, send me a message at info@drstefania.com or book a FREE 30 minute consultation. This gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about therapy and naturopathic medicine, and to ensure that we are the right fit for working together.

Still not sure what to expect? Check out this infographic from the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges. It will help prepare you for your first appointment.