What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of primary care that addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes health and healing using natural therapies. Treatment modalities may include clinical nutrition, botanical (herbal) medicine, homeopathic medicine, physical treatments, acupuncture and Asian medicine and lifestyle counselling.

The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of the illness rather than simply treating or suppressing symptoms. While naturopathic care helps to alleviate specific symptoms, NDs are primarily concerned with addressing the root cause of an illness: the focus is more on the why of a disease than the what.


What is the difference between naturopathic medicine and homeopathy?
Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are general practitioners of natural medicine. They are trained to treat ailments using clinical nutrition, acupuncture, botanical medicine, physical medicine, lifestyle counselling and homeopathy.

Homeopaths, on the other hand, are trained to practice in one discipline – homeopathy.
So while a homeopath would prescribe a homeopathic therapy, a naturopathic doctor would use any of the approaches listed above, including homeopathy, in their treatments.
In addition, homeopathy is not a regulated or licensed health profession in Ontario. Naturopathic medicine is regulated and licensed in Ontario.


What is a naturopathic doctor?
Naturopathic doctors are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies.


What can I expect from my first visit to a naturopathic doctor?
Your first visit with Dr Andréa Proulx ND will be 1.5 hours in length. A very extensive patient history eliciting information about your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health is taken and a complaint-oriented physical exam performed. Included in your first visit is a screening blood test and urinalysis.  Further specialized lab testing may be requested.
With your input, Dr Proulx will propose a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your health goals.

For more info on what to expect and how to prepare for your first visit, visit ‘Your First Appointment’ page.


How do I pay for a visit to a naturopathic doctor?
Visits to an ND are currently NOT covered by OHIP. Most extended health care plans do cover the cost of seeing an ND. It’s important to check with your extended health care provider to determine the amount of your naturopathic coverage.


What is the coverage for Public Servants?
80% of each visit up to 300$ per calendar year.  Minus deductible of 60$ for individuals or 100$ per family.


Do naturopathic doctors have specialties?
NDs may have ‘special interests’ in health conditions in which the ND has had extensive treatment experience or holds keen interest, or a modality used preferentially with a high degree of success. Dr Proulx’s focus in active living and sports medicine as well as having a general practice ranging from anxiety to weight loss.


Does Andréa Proulx, ND, have any special area of focus?
Dr Proulx treats a wide variety of health concerns using clinical nutrition, lifestyle counselling, acupuncture & Chinese medicine, hydrotherapy, botanical medicine and homeopathy.
Her special interests include, but are not limited to, the following;
-Sports medicine & sports nutrition
-Weight loss
-Digestive concerns
-Female health issues
-Overall health and detox
-Mental and mood health
-Stress management


Can naturopathic doctors treat __________?
Yes. NDs are primary health care practitioners, which means that they can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including both acute concerns and chronic health conditions. In the event that an ND is unable to treat your condition, they will refer appropriately.


Are naturopathic doctors regulated in Ontario?
Naturopathic doctors are the only regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine in Ontario. Naturopathic doctors are regulated in Ontario under the 1925 Drugless Therapy Act and are registered (licensed) by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDTN). The BDDTN functions to ensure that naturopathic doctors are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine and that they follow the appropriate standards of practice.

Ontario’s new Naturopathy Act received final approval in June, 2007 and will come into full effect following an extensive transition process. The Naturopathy Act will move the regulation of naturopathic doctors under the Regulated Health Professions Act, joining all other regulated health professions. The Naturopathy Act also confirms the current scope of NDs as primary care practitioners who are able to provide diagnoses and have access to key controlled acts.

Naturopathic doctors are also regulated in Canada in the provinces of British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.


How can I tell if someone is qualified as a naturopathic doctor?
In Ontario, the public can call the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy Naturopathy (BDDTN) at 416-866-8383 to verify that a naturopathic doctor is registered to practice in the province. The BDDTN is the regulatory body that registers naturopathic doctors to practice in Ontario.


What is the training of an ND?

What is the training process to become a registered naturopathic doctor in Ontario?
NDs obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of medical doctors. NDs require three years of pre-med postsecondary education, plus four years of fulltime study at an approved college of naturopathic medicine.

The four year program incorporates over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.

Graduates from an accredited naturopathic college receive the designation Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND).

Following the completion of their program, NDs must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all regulated provinces and states across North America.

NDs are also required to earn continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their registration and good standing with the regulatory body; the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy – Naturopathy.
Are there any distance education courses I can take to become an ND?
No. As outlined in the educational requirements above, becoming a naturopathic doctor requires intensive and rigorous training comparable to that of medical doctors. Although correspondence courses can be effective in many disciplines, they are not adequate for preparing students to practice as licensed doctors of naturopathic medicine.


Where can I find more information on accredited schools in Canada?
There are two accredited naturopathic medical schools in Canada.  One is located in Toronto Ontario; Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) whilst the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) is located in Vancouver British Columbia.
More information about the academic and clinical programs can be found at their respective websites.


Where can I learn more about naturopathic medicine?
You can visit the sites for the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors or the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.


Where can I locate Dr. Proulx?
Dr Proulx practices in two clinics in Ottawa. The Active Health Institute in Barrhaven, 2900 Woodroffe Avenue just South of Fallowfield. The Naturally Well Naturopthic Clinic, 2211 Riverside Drive Unit 201, at Bank street.

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