FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will you work with my medical doctor? 

It can be frustrating and confusing to hear opposing recommendations from various trusted care providers. I strongly believe you do better when your healthcare team is aligned.  My recommendations are based on the same body of scientific evidence your medical doctor relies on, however, because the tools we each have access to are different, we may suggest different evidence-based routes to help you achieve your goals.  In most cases, our therapies work synergistically.  If you have any doubts, I will ask for your consent to communicate directly with your doctor to ask questions and discuss your treatment strategy.  Know that my priority is to provide effective evidence based integrative care within my scope to help you reach your goals and this is best accomplished through a positive working relationship with your other trusted care providers.    

Are you going to make me eliminate gluten, dairy, meat, or (gasp) coffee???? 

Let me set the record straight.  I do NOT think gluten is the devil, dairy is evil, coffee is bad for you, or that everyone should be on a vegan diet.  I follow the evidence, and research shows there is not one diet that is right for every human.  At the same time, the evidence is clear that what we do eat can powerfully affect our health in various ways.  Any nutritional recommendations I make are not based on some misguided dogma, but will consider the evidence, your body-wisdom, and your goals.  At the end of the day, you are always in charge of what you eat.

What testing can you do?

Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario have a lot of testing options at our disposal, however, testing will only be requested when the results could potentially change the course of your treatment.  Options include testing through conventional labs like LifeLabs (blood, stool, urine), as well as other specialty labs that are in accordance with the Ontario government’s Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act. 

Are your treatments and prescriptions covered by insurance? 

Currently naturopathic medical care and prescriptions are not covered by OHIP, however several benefit packages do cover naturopathic medical services and will sometimes also cover lab tests and prescriptions.  Check with your insurance provider for coverage details.  

 

What if I can't afford it?

Just like time, money is a limited resource for all of us.  Where we spend our money, like how we spend our time, reflects what we value.  When you invest in your health, the return is twofold.  You get your health, and you get more time.  More time feeling good in your body, more time to do what you love, and more time to be present with the people who matter in your life.  It’s a win-win.  That said, I always invite a transparent conversation around foreseeable costs and potential financial barriers throughout your health journey.   

 

In addition, my group educational programs are designed to save you money without compromising your quality of care by independently supporting your overall health, as well as complementing your one on one care to improve all health outcomes. 

 

Furthermore, I know all women (some much more than others) face inequities that uphold a devastating gender gap in health care.  For this reason, please ask me about my Pay What You Can fee option for anyone truly motivated to take charge of their health with extremely limited financial flexibility. 

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