Frequently Asked Questions
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What training do Naturopathic Doctors have?
In order to become a naturopathic doctor, students must undergo at least 7 years of post-secondary education including a rigorous 4-year program at an accredited school for Naturopathic Medicine in North America. This training encompasses 4,100 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, naturopathic principles, and therapeutics, as well as 1,200 hours of supervised clinical practicum. All licensed Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario must have completed 2 sets of North American Standardized Examinations and an Ontario Clinical Exam. NDs are also required to complete ongoing continuing education.
What can I expect a visit with Dr. Mallory to look like?
Your initial naturopathic assessment will be approximately 60-90 minutes in length, and includes a detailed health history review, discussion of your present health concerns, health goals, and relevant physical examination. Lab testing may be recommended to aid in assessment and diagnosis, and preliminary treatments are outlined.
During your second visit, a comprehensive individualized treatment plan is discussed, as well as the results of any recommended lab tests.
Follow-up visits are between 30 and 45 minutes in length. These are used to implement appropriate naturopathic treatment modalities, monitor progress, and re-assess the treatment plan.
Are visits covered by OHIP or Health Insurance?
Naturopathic visits are not covered by OHIP. Depending on your private health insurance plan, visits may be fully or partially subsidized. It is recommended to contact your insurance plan ahead of time to see what coverage is provided.
What should I bring to my first visit?
If you have copies of lab work performed within in the last year, please bring this to your visit. A list of current medications and supplements (including brand and dose) would also be helpful during your initial assessment.
Can I meet the doctor before committing to an appointment?
Dr. Mallory offers FREE 15 minute consultations if you would like to meet the doctor and see if Naturopathic Medicine is right for you. There will be no medical advice given during this time, but you can discuss with the doctor the reason you are seeking naturopathic care, and she can answer any questions you may have about the process. This can be done in person or by telephone.
Where can I learn more about Naturopathic Medicine?
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