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.
I'm already overloaded, how much time will this take?
Ignoring your symptoms now is akin to ignoring your growing credit card bill: the longer you avoid dealing with it, the worse it will be when you finally have no choice but to face it. Believe me, I get it, life is busy, and it’s hard to prioritize yourself among all of your other responsibilities. The good news is the biggest impact on your health doesn’t always come from adding things in, but a lot can be achieved by swapping out old strategies for different ones that have the power to change the course of your life dramatically. So it’s not about adding to your already full plate, it’s about making sure what is on your plate is actively putting you where you want to be, today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life.
What if I can't afford it?
Healthcare is an investment, not an expense. 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.