Natural Medicine

What to Expect

If you're looking for a more functional solution to your pain, chronic disease, or merely seeking to look and feel better, then you have found the right spot. Our combined medical training with expert knowledge in functional treatment therapies provides you with the answers to improved health.

What We Treat

  • ​​Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases 

  • Weight loss and Weight Maintenance programs

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders and Optimizing Digestion

  • Thyroid disorders 

  • Cardiovascular Disease 

  • Chronic Pain management  

  • Athletic Performance and Injury Management 

  • Osteoporosis and Musculoskeletal care

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  • And Many More! 

What is Natural Medicine? 

Naturopathic Medicine is the blending of medical sciences with natural treatment approaches.

 

"Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals' inherent self-healing process" 

- American Association of Naturopathic Physicians 

Some important things to note within this definition is that:  

(1) Naturopathic doctors are primary health care professionals. Instead of bouncing you around on the health care assembly-line going from doctor, to the specialist, pharmacist, hospital, and back around, we do it all in one. Our patient (person) centered approach to care can help you with your health care needs by utilizing physical exams, diagnostic procedures, laboratory testing, prescriptions (as needed), as well as naturopathic treatment plans. 

 

 

(2) ND's focus on curing and preventing disease by identifying and treating the root cause. By focusing on the underlying cause of disease we eliminate the need to suppress or mask symptoms with unbunounced prescription medicines. Not only do Naturopathic Doctors treat disease, but we also focus on preventing it by optimizing your health. Naturopathic doctors understand that living in the absence of disease does not guarantee good health and thus we guide you in improving your health, regardless of where you're starting from.

3) We use therapeutic methods and substances as a part of our treatments. Naturopathic doctors have an array of tools in their tool kit that allows us to pick and choose the right combination for each individual patient. For example, one naturopathic treatment plan may include a botanical medicine prescription, acupuncture treatments and IV therapy, another nutritional counselling, exercise prescriptions and supplementation. There are many different methods and combinations, but what is important is knowing that you have options

(4) We encourage the individuals inherent self-healing process. As naturopathic doctors it is not our job to heal, but rather to help you set up the conditions necessary for health and healing. A simple example of this would be getting a small cut on your hand and placing a bandaid over it. The bandaid does not close and heal the cut, your body's natural healing abilities do that. The bandaid merely protected the cut from infection and further injury, thus aiding in creating the conditions necessary for the body to heal, much like Naturopathic doctors do in treating disease. 

What is a Naturopathic Doctor?

A licensed naturopathic doctor, sometimes referred to as naturopathic physician, is regulated at the federal level to practice naturopathic medicine (read: natural medicine). Please be aware that while the terms "Naturopath", and Naturopathic doctor may be used interchangeably, they are not the same. Licensed Naturopathic doctors attend accredited Naturopathic medical schools for four-years, in-residence, where we study biomedical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, and pharmacology. Unlicensed naturopaths do not attend the same accredited schools, nor do they have the license to practice naturopathic medicine. 

 

Naturopathic doctors must pass rigorous professional board exams prior to being licensed or regulated in a province that regulates the practice of naturopathic medicine. Licensed naturopathic doctors also maintain a commitment to lifelong learning through continuing education.

 

For more information on the training and regulation of naturopathic doctors please visit the AANP website. 

What are some of the treatments we offer? 

  • Laboratory testing and Diagnostic Procedures

  • Standard blood labs including metabolic ​panels

  • Hormonal panel including cortisol and estrogen

  • Fecal occult testing

  • Nutritional counselling

  • Detoxification Programs

  • Weight-loss Programs

  • Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement

  • Food sensitivities and Allergies

  • Botanical Medicine prescriptions

  • IV Nutrients

  • B12 injections

  • Acupuncture

  • Cupping

  • Hydrotherapy

  • Intra-muscular stimulation

  • Prolotherapy injections

  • Lidocaine and Neural Prolotherapy

  • Pharmaceutical prescriptions

Can Natural Medicine Help Me?

From the common cold to menopausal symptoms, Natural medicine can help acute and chronic conditions at all stages. Natural medicine is for everyone and anyone looking to take control over their own health and improve it at any age or stage of life. It is never too early or too late receive naturopathic care! 

 

Some focuses include, but are not limited to:

  • Cardiovascular Disease 

  • Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases 

  • Weight loss and Weight Maintenance

  • Osteoporosis and Musculoskeletal care

  • Chronic Pain management  

  • Athletic Performance and Injury Management 

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders and Optimizing Digestion

    • Acid reflux (GERD) ​

    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

    • Crohn's and Colitis 

    • Diverticulosis 

  • Hypersensitivity Disorders

    • Asthma ​

    • Allergies 

    • Dermatitis 

  • Autoimmune Diseases

    • Celiac​

    • Hashimotos and Graves 

    • Lupus 

  • Skin Disorders

    • Eczema

    • Acne

    • Psoriasis

  • Chronic liver disease 

  • Alzheimers and dementia 

  • Menopause symptoms 

  • Pregnancy and neonatal care 

  • PMS and fibrocystic breast 

What does a typical appointment look like?

A typical appointment with a naturopathic physician can be quite different that what you have experienced with your GP in the past. So here's what you need to know:

  • First off, the appointment lengths are much longer, typically lasting 30 minutes or longer. You can expect your first appointment to be the longest, usually about 1 hour, and most appointments thereafter anywhere between 15-45 depending on the treatments/case. The first appointment is mainly to:

    • (1) get to know each other and establish a doctor patient relationship

    • (2) gather a comprehensive health history, and history of present illness,

    • (3) to do any pertinent physical examinations, and lastly,

    • (4) to order any lab work for follow up diagnostics. 

  • In each appointment you will have an opportunity to not only discuss one primary health concern, but many. ND's believe in treating the person, not the disease, so giving us all of your health history helps us connect the dots and ultimately treat more holistically. Therefore, all information is relevant and welcomed in your time with us. 

  • Naturopathic Doctors are hands-on. This means that if you come in concerned with recurrent headaches, for example, that we will likely actually palpate or feel your neck and surrounding tissue. Many patients may not be used to this type of hands on experience from their doctors, however this is an extremely useful and important diagnostic (and treatment) tool at our disposal. 

  • You may learn a thing or two about your health, or even get sent home with homework. This is possibly the most valuable aspect of your time with your doctor. ND's strive to educated and empower patients to take control over their own health, giving you the tools and resources that you need to succeed.

How long are the appointments?

As stated above, the initial appointments may be 45 minutes to an hour. The first few appointments are crucial in order for the doctor to get enough information in order to create a timeline of symptom onset. This helps find the true root of the disease. Without knowing this, we'll nearly be chasing symptoms. As well, we are not looking to find the cure-all-pill that will suppress symptoms over night. We are working hard at at assessing, adjusting, and reassessing your health to make gradual, yet significant changes over time.

"Health is not a state, but a process, thus we work together in this dynamic system towards progress." 

How many appointments will I need? 

Depends. This depends both on the treatments you are receiving and the complexity of the case. If it is a simple acute case (cold or flu), once or twice may be enough. However if its a chronic case, something that has present for years or even decades, it can take many more. As a general rule, we wait no more than 2-3 visits to see improvement before either changing the treatment plan, re-evaluating the diagnosis, or referring out for a second opinion. 

How frequently do I need to come in?

Depends. A pretty common format is coming in weekly initially (when we make the most changes and get the most movement), then you will be visiting less and less as your health improves. For general health maintenance we recommend coming in every 6-8 months or 2-3 times per year. Being proactive rather than reactive about your health helps prevents bigger, more time and energy exhaustive health concerns down the road keeping you living your life the way you want to. 

How long will it take to notice a difference? 

Again, depends. This varies greatly case to case. Acute conditions (onset less than 3 weeks) usually respond much faster, while chronic conditions (greater than one month duration) usually take longer, although there may be exceptions.  As a general (very loose) rule: for every year that you have had a chronic disease, it will take at least 1 month to see improvement. For example: a patient with Irritible bowel disease for the last 5 years can expect it to take at least 5-8 months to see a significant reduction is symptoms. Why so long? True health improvements take time. We are looking to reduce pathology, improve physiology and do it with the least invasive, most cost effective methods. 

Will it be covered under my  health insurance?

Naturopathic Medicine is an out-of-pocket health service, outside of government funding. Some extended health care plans with "Supplementary Benefits" will either have a designated amount for Naturopathic services, or it will be clumped under "Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)". Being outside of the insurance model frees the practitioner and patient to pursue alternative treatments. Thus, being outside of the insurance model liberates complimentary practitioners to do what is needed and required by the patient, acting in their best interest, rather than that of the insurance companies. Note that in most circumstances partial compensation for Naturopathic services are available for most health care plans. 

Yes. Most ND's have prescription rights in BC, and may prescribe certain drugs as needed. As Doctors we understand that the patients' health is much more important than a philosophy. The first and foremost naturopathic principle is Do No Harm, thus when appropriate to avoid significant harm to the patient, drugs and/or surgery may be the number one treatment option. 

Do ND's use drugs?

What if I already have an MD? Can I see an ND at the same time?

Yes. The question is not either-or, but both-and. Both professions provide great value within the medical system, and thus when working together we can create better patient-centered care. We would happily work alongside your current medical doctor in order to ensure true continuity of care, to benefit you, the patient. 

How do I book an appointment?

Randi is not currently practicing, and is unable to see patients at this time. In the meantime, you can watch her graduation countdown here, and sign up to be first in line as a patient! 

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