Naturopathic doctors are primary health care practitioners, trained to handle a broad range of health issues and concerns. These health issues include (but are not limited to):
STRESS & ANXIETY
Women's / Men's / Children's Health
A naturopathic doctor’s role is to help guide patients on the path to feeling their best, by focusing on early diagnosis and treatment of chronic conditions. Naturopaths are committed to understanding the root cause of a condition or illness, and supporting the body’s ability to heal. The goal is for the naturopath to determine underlying causes rather than managing or suppressing the symptoms of the patient. The cause of the illness could be due to such things as diet, lifestyle habits, life events or environment.
Naturopathic doctors have a wide range of therapies at their fingertips, allowing them to provide comprehensive and individualized care with the patient – rather than the illness – as the focus. They will provide an understanding of the factors that affect your health and assist you in balancing and becoming more capable of maintaining your own health. The bottom line is to help patients achieve an optimum level of health and to support patients along the way.
Naturopathic doctors offer a wide range of services to patients of all ages to assist with diagnosis and treatment: including acupuncture, ordering bloodwork, and prescribing and dispensing drugs.
Naturopathic medical training closely parallels that of medical doctors. A candidate must complete a minimum three year undergraduate degree before being accepted into an accredited four-year program at an approved college of naturopathic medicine (such as the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine).
The four-year program is comprised of over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as 1,500 hours of supervised clinical practicum. Following the completion of their courses and training, Naturopathic doctors must successfully complete the Entry to Practice Examinations (ETP) to become licensed in Ontario. A naturopathic doctor cannot practice in Ontario without completing the training and passing the exam.
Naturopathic doctors must then be registered to practice in Ontario with the regulator, the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO). Naturopaths are also required to earn continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their registration and good standing with the regulatory body. “Naturopath”, “ND”, and “Naturopathic Doctor” are all protected terms, meaning that only those that are licensed to practice can use these titles. Anyone seeing a naturopath should expect a highly trained professional who has met comprehensive standards.
South Simcoe Physiotherapy is pleased to be able to offer naturopathic services
in order to assist our clients with achieving your health goals.
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