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What to Expect?
The initial consult is a comprehensive assessment of your current health
concerns, along with a review of other variables such as: diet,
lifestyle, stress, and exercise. These variables are addressed to
identify factors in your lifestyle that may be contributing to
your current illness. A physical exam, specific to your complaint may be performed.
Follow up visit:
A comprehensive, individualized treatment plan will be given at the
beginning of your follow up visit. A discussion regarding further
testing will also occur during this visit, such as: routine blood work,
saliva testing, or food sensitivity testing. As the treatment plan
progresses, follow up visits usually last about 30
minutes. Acupuncture appointments, if necessary, are 45 minutes.
What should I bring to the initial consult?
Please fill out the Naturopathic intake form online before you come for your initial visit. Although the form is lengthy, it gives Dr. Deol a
solid understanding of your health concerns. Any recent blood work or diagnostic assessments should be brought in to
address any physiological abnormalities and preventable illnesses.
What makes Naturopathic Doctors primary health care providers?
Naturopathic Doctors are certified to diagnose and treat any illness. They are trained to read lab reports, and recommend any
other diagnostic testing that may be required to assess the root cause
of your illness. In addition, they can perform a full physical
exam on all patients (ie. Ear exam, eye exam, cardiovascular exam,
pap smears, prostate exam, breast exam, etc.).
How to become a registered Naturopathic Doctor?
Naturopathic Doctors complete eight years of training: Four years of pre-medical sciences in University (Bsc.), followed by 4
years at an approved Naturopathic Medical Institute.
For the first 3 years, the naturopathic curriculum strongly resembles
the training given to medical students. Although, the emphasis is on treating the cause of illness, and how to enhance
the body's natural ability to heal. There is extensive training in a variety of natural
therapies to emphasize this philosophy. A mandatory 1,200 hours
of clinical experience is required to complete the doctorate program.
After achieving the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
(ND), licensing is required in Alberta. ND’s must successfully complete the
Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam. Once the exam is passed, they are able to
practice in Alberta.
Doctors are also required to complete a number ofcontinuing education
courses per year to maintain their registration
with the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA).
Is Naturopathic care covered by Alberta Health?
Naturopathic care is not covered by Alberta Health Services. However,most health insurance companies will have coverage for Naturopathic
Medicine, acupuncture and health spending accounts (Naturopathic care
falls under health & wellness). Please don't hesitate to call before
your initial visit if you have any questions/concerns.
What lab tests and/or diagnostic tests are NDs certified to perform? Costs?
Doctors are certified to perform a wide array of diagnostic testing.
Since Alberta Health Services does not cover visits, common
tests (i.e. complete blood count, cholesterol, glucose levels, B12,
hormone testing, etc.) are also not covered. Naturopathic Doctors can
send a requisition for these tests, however, the patient pays directly
for each test at discounted cost.
It is common for Naturopathic Doctors to be in contact with the
patient’s Medical doctor to recommend any additional testing. Specific
tests, such as food allergy tests or stool tests, are specific to
naturopathic practices and do come at a cost to the patient. These
tests are extremely beneficial in the diagnostic process. Please call
the clinic for more information on testing.
Is Naturopathic Medicine for you?
Naturopathic Medicine focuses on a comprehensive approach and addresses
all aspects of your health: mental, emotional, physical, and
spiritual. All treatment is based on the intent to treat the
cause of the illness and focus on prevention.
Naturopathic Medicine can be
beneficial for you if you are:
Looking for health promotion strategies to maintain and reach your optimal health goals
- Looking for alternative treatments for your illness with a focus on lifestyle changes with minimal side effects.
- Looking for a fresh treatment plan after no success with previous treatments.
to combine conventional medicine with naturopathic medicine tominimize
side effects of treatment, increase healing after surgery, and/or wean
your current medications.