Toronto Naturopathic doctors are general practitioners of natural medicine.
The naturopathic medicine can be used to treat, manage or prevent a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions.
The following is only a small sample of how Toronto naturopathic doctors can help you:
- Lower high blood pressure and cholesterol
- Relieve or reduce the symptoms of PMS and hormonal imbalances
- Detoxify toxins from your body
- Improve conditions for pregnancy
- Prevent or manage cancer
- Manage diabetes and blood sugar
- Plan or fine tune your fitness or diet regime
- Reduce the Candida overgrowth
- Reduce or eliminate allergies
- Naturally treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne
- Stress management
- Help deal with depression and anxiety
- Improve your immune system
- Manage autoimmune disease such as Multiple Sclerosis, Celiac Disease, Graves’ Disease, and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
What To Expect:
Your initial naturopathic visit in our Toronto clinic is 90 minutes, and will consist of obtaining a comprehensive health history including present, past, and family. Diet and lifestyle are also vital components in getting to know the patient. Focused and/or complete physical exams will be performed in the initial visit, and any laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging that is deemed necessary will be arranged as needed. Naturopathic treatments and prescriptions will be prescribed when appropriate. If you have access to your most recent lab work, it is recommended that you bring these to your first visit. Follow-up naturopathic appointments are most often shorter than the initial visit, ranging from 15-45 minutes in length.
The naturopathic services in Toronto are covered by most employee benefits. Direct insurance billing available!
Initial Naturopathic Visit (approx. 90 min.)
- Comprehensive intake based on information from patient forms, including immediate health concerns
- A brief discussion of possible treatment plans A complaint-oriented physical exam
- Goal setting
Second Naturopathic Visit (approx. 60 min.)
- A complete general physical exam
- Laboratory testing recommendations (when applicable)
- Thorough investigation of diet and lifestyle
- Detailed treatment plan
Follow-Up Naturopathic Visit (approx. 45 min.)
- Follow-up on recommended treatment plans, modifying as necessary
- Identifying of any remaining concerns and potential treatment plans
- Reviewing lab work (when applicable)
Mini Follow-Up Naturopathic Visit (approx. 15 min.)
- Follow-up on recommended treatment plans, modifying as necessary
- Identifying any remaining obstacles to cure
- Consistent and regular monitoring to ensure effectiveness of treatment plans
- Re-evaluating goals
Phone Consult Follow-Up (approx. 15 min.)
- For existing patients only
Featured Toronto Naturopath
Dr. Bianca Drennan, BSc, ND
BSc in Nutritional Sciences
Bianca has been an advocate of long-term health and wellness for much of her life. Growing up in an Italian family gave her an appreciation for how food and lifestyle are connected. From planting a garden with her grandfather to cooking traditional Italian dishes with her grandmother, Bianca learned early on that diet had a significant impact on health.
Bianca followed her passion for diet and health to McGill University, where she
graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences. Specializing in sports nutrition,
Bianca moved her passion into a career by studying the relationship between what we eat and
how our bodies perform through the lens of science. Read more…
Dr. Bianca Drennan, BSc, ND is registered with Rocky Mountain analytical to requisition specialized laboratory testing for a more in-depth analysis of your health.
- Adrenal Function Panel
- Female Hormone Panel
- Male Hormone Panel
- Thyroid Hormone Panel
- and more…
Our naturopathic doctor, Dr. Bianca Drennan is currently offering a 5 week whole body detoxification program at the Pacific Wellness Institute. The beginning of a new season is the perfect time to reset your body and help restore balance. During the 5 week program, Dr. Drennan will monitor you regularly to ensure a safe and effective detox. Read more..
Frequently Asked Questions About Naturopathic Medicine
1) What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a holistic approach to healthcare. Toronto naturopathic doctors are the general
practitioners of natural medicine who deliver healthcare using the following naturopathic principles:
- Diagnose and treat illness with the least amount of force, side effects and symptom suppression
- Identify and treat the root cause of illness
- Teach the patient about healthy lifestyle choices in order to prevent disease
- Individualize treatment to unify and balance the person’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
- Focus on prevention
- Help and use the body’s natural ability to heal itself
Naturopathic treatments are based on age old traditions and modern science such as:
- Clinical nutrition
- Botanical/herbal medicine
- Asian Medicine
- Physical medicine including exercise
- Lifestyle counseling
2) What kind of training does a naturopathic doctor receive?
Naturopathic doctors are a regulated profession in Ontario. A licensed and registered ND has received at least 4 years of post-graduate training from an accredited naturopathic medical institution. Pre-admission requirements include three years of pre-medical studies at a university.
Training includes basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; naturopathic principals and
therapeutics; and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of licensed naturopathic doctors.
Graduates receive a Bachelor of Naturopathy and the title “N.D.” or Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
Graduates must pass rigorous board examinations to be eligible to practice as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario are regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).
3) Can a naturopathic doctor treat me if I already have a medical doctor?
Yes. Ideally, healthcare professionals should work together in the best interest of the patient. Each healthcare profession has its own area of specialty and defined scope of practice. It may be necessary for the ND to request information from your other healthcare professionals in order to determine the best approach to your treatment.
4) Can a naturopathic doctor treat me even if I’m on prescription medication?
Yes. In fact, it is more often the case that a patient is on prescription medication. A licensed ND has received training in pharmacology and has knowledge of drug-nutrient-herb interactions that could possibly harm the patient.
An ND will not require you to stop medication if doing so will be harmful (for example, Type 1 diabetic patients require insulin). ND’s can help you manage side effects of medication, identify ways to help you benefit most from your medication, and in appropriate cases, possibly lower your dose of prescription medication.
5) What does a visit to a naturopathic doctor involve?
Before the initial visit with the ND, you will be required to complete a comprehensive intake form with questions designed to give the ND a well rounded profile about you–including work, diet, emotions, stress, exercise, and exposure to environmental hazards. All information given is confidential.
During the initial visit, the ND will ask further questions based on the information on the intake form. The ND will also perform a physical exam using standard diagnostic instruments and laboratory tests and may refer you for blood and urine tests if necessary. Treatment may be prescribed during the first visit, but not always. The patient will gain better insight about his or her health and health related goals.
6) How often would I need to visit the naturopathic doctor?
It varies on the needs of the patient. Patients needing more healthcare support may need to see the ND weekly. Others may only need to see the ND once every few weeks, month, or few months. Frequency of visits is part of the individual treatment plan and is discussed together with the patient in the initial visit.
7) Why does naturopathic treatment cost so much?
At first glance, naturopathic treatment may seem much more expensive than current conventional medicine because it is not covered by OHIP. But in the long run naturopathic treatment can afford you a life with lower medication costs, fewer days affected by illness and pain and less dependence on a healthcare system.
Naturopathic Medicine in Ontario is not covered by OHIP, but is often recognized by extended healthcare plans. Be sure to check with your specific provider to determine what kind of coverage you may be entitled to. Also note that Naturopathic services are HST exempt. It is important to remember that Naturopathic Medicine is an investment into your health and long-term wellness. The primary focus is on prevention and achieving optimal health, in addition to treating the root cause of disease.
A naturopathic visit is typically longer and more comprehensive than a typical visit with your MD.
Naturopathic Medicine views each person as truly individual, and treatment will target the root cause of illness. All treatment decisions will be made based on clinical experience, leading research, and specific goals of the patient. This results in a comprehensive and individualized treatment protocol.