What to expect when you see a Naturopathic Doctor

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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.