Frequently Asked Questions

Naturopathic medicine is where modern scientific knowledge and natural forms of medicine come together to target the direct cause of illness to help you feel your best. Naturopathic Medicine incorporates many different treatment modalities such as botanical medicine, lifestyle modification, nutraceutical supplementation, nutritional and dietary counselling, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Each individualized treatment plan draws from a variety of these modalities based on the patient’s needs. Naturopathic treatment plans are also designed to work collaboratively alongside any current medical prescriptions.

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic Doctors are provincially regulated primary care providers with an extensive education in health, including a four year undergraduate degree as well as four years of training at an accredited Naturopathic College. Naturopathic Doctors incorporate standard diagnostics with a wide range of natural treatment options. They are skilled in developing personalized treatment plans that treat the whole body and have a keen interest in disease prevention. Every Naturopathic Doctor has their own practice and treatment style, so it is important to find the right fit for you! I am all about patient education and empowerment, meeting people where they are at, and helping set realistic and attainable goals that are sustainable. If you are curious about learning more about my practice style and if we would be a good fit – book a 15 min complimentary meet and greet with me! It is a perfect way to get to know each other!

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

What conditions can Naturopathic Doctors treat?

Naturopathic doctors are trained as primary health practitioners, and can treat a variety of different concerns. Some common conditions seen in practice are:

  • Digestive concerns
  • Stress and burnout
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Headaches
  • Skin related issues
  • Thyroid support
  • PMS and periods
  • Perimenopause and menopause
  • Reproductive health and fertility
  • Disease prevention
  • General health maintenance and optimization
  • Digestive concerns
  • Stress and burnout
  • Low energy and fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Headaches
  • Skin related issues
  • Thyroid support
  • PMS and periods
  • Perimenopause and menopause
  • Reproductive health and fertility
  • Disease prevention
  • General health maintenance
  • Health optimization

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YES! Naturopathic Doctors can order a variety of testing, including bloodwork and many comprehensive tests. NDs LOVE analyzing testing and making sure that your levels are optimal! Functional testing gives us important and unique insight into what is going on in your body, allowing us to tailor your treatment plan to meet your specific needs. It also allows us to track your progress as you start to implement changes on the road to optimal wellness.

Some of the most common testing includes the following:
  • General bloodwork (customized to patient depending on health concerns)
  • Thyroid Function Panel
  • Fertility Hormone Testing
  • Food Sensitivity Testing
  • Comprehensive Gut Analysis
  • SIBO Testing

NOTE: Bloodwork and lab testing is not covered under OHIP and therefore is an additional charge. Some extended health insurance plans cover the cost of bloodwork and lab testing so be sure to inquire with your insurance company about this. The cost of testing depends on what is ordered and will be discussed during your appointment.

Can Naturopathic Doctors order lab tests?

Is it OK if I'm currently taking pharmaceutical medication?

YES! This is a common misconception with naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic Doctors are NOT against medications that are necessary for your health. I have a collaborative practice style and work WITH other members in your healthcare team, whether that is a medical doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist, physiotherapist, counsellor, etc. There are many things that Naturopathic Doctors can do to help support the body while you are taking necessary medications, such as address any nutrient deficiencies caused by that medication or treat common side effects. If you have any questions, let’s chat!

Book a 15 min complimentary meet and greet with me to discuss your unique situation in more detail.

Visits with Naturopathic Doctors are not currently covered under OHIP. However, naturopathic services are included in the majority of extended health care plans. Be sure to check if you have coverage with your insurance provider.

Are Naturopathic Doctors covered under OHIP?

Are Naturopathic Doctors regulated in Ontario?

YES! Naturopathic Doctors are both nationally and provincially regulated and undergo both national and provincial board exams to make sure we hold the upmost standards of care! If you ever want to double check my credentials, check out the College of Naturopaths of Ontario at

Your initial naturopathic visit is 45-60 minutes in length. During this visit a detailed health history will be taken, we will discuss your current health concerns, your health goals and conduct any relavent physical examinations. Lab testing may be recommended as a tool in assessment and diagnosis, depending on the case. We will also discuss your current medication/supplement list and go over any lab testing you may have had previously done and may have brought to your appointment.

Based on the information gathered during your initial assessment and personalized research I conduct outside of the visit, a comprehensive individualized treatment plan is developed and implemented during your first follow up visit.

Follow-up visits vary in length depending on the case, and are used to implement appropriate naturopathic treatment modalities, monitor progress, and re-assess the treatment plan.

What should I expect from my first visit?

Can Naturopathic Doctors do acupuncture?

YES! Naturopathic Doctors undergo four years of training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. Acupuncture involves the gentle insertion of fine needles at designated acupuncture points along specific acupuncture meridians. Acupuncture promotes the smooth flow of energy through the body which is used to treat numerous health concerns, such as pain management, stress relief, digestion complaints, sleep concerns, period regulation, PMS support, anxiety, headaches, fertility, muscle tension, and so much more.

Acupuncture sessions are booked as either a 30 min or 45 min subsequent visit and require an initial assessment prior to your first acupuncture session.

YES! Virtual visits are only available to current residents of Ontario. All appointment types are available as a virtual option. Virtual visits are awesome for last minutes changes, if you are short on time, if your child care fell through, or the weather took a turn for the worse.

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Brock Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

Kawartha Theraputic Centre

26 Church Street South Sunderland, ON

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265 Kent Street West Lindsay, ON

t: 705-878-0463

f: 705-357-2930

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Virtual Visits Available

Virtual Visits are available to current residents of Ontario for all appointment types with the exception of acupuncture.

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