Naturopathic medicine is a distinct form of primary health care focused on an individualized, patient-centered approach emphasizing prevention and treatment of disease, as well as optimization of health. Naturopathic Doctors support the body’s inherent ability to heal through the use of non-pharmaceutical, evidence-based therapies.

Naturopathic Doctors focus on treating the root cause of disease and not only the symptoms caused by the disease. They address and minimize preventable risk factors, which are known to lead to the development of chronic disease. Naturopathic assessment, diagnosis and treatment is individualistic in nature and draws from a number of therapies. Treatments may include clinical nutrition, nutraceutical, supplementation, botanical medicine, hydrotherapy, homeopathic medicine, physical treatments, acupuncture and Asian medicine, and lifestyle counseling.

Naturopathic medicine is for people of all ages at any stage of health. All of our NDs are primary care providers, each with a different clinical focus. For more information, please see our Team Bios under About Us.

Naturopathic Doctors have completed a minimum of seven years of post-secondary education, including a premedical undergraduate degree, and a four-year naturopathic medical degree from an accredited naturopathic medical school. Prior to obtaining a license to practice in Ontario, NDs must successfully write two rigorous North American wide entry-to-practice exams plus an additional set of provincial licensing board exams. Naturopathic Doctors are required to maintain their competency throughout their career by completing at least 70 hours of accredited continuing medical education courses every three years.

Naturopathic Principles:

Naturopathic medicine is based on six fundamental principles:

  • First, to do no harm, by using therapies that are minimally invasive and least -at risk of producing harmful side effects.
  • To identify and treat the root causes of disease, by removing the underlying causes of illness, instead of only treating the symptoms.
  • To act as teacher, by educating patients on the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine in order to empower them to take charge of their own health.
  • To treat the whole person, through individualized treatment that is tailored to unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social conditions.
  • To emphasize disease prevention and health promotion, by assessing risk factors and recommending appropriate naturopathic interventions to optimize health and prevent chronic disease.
  • To support the healing power of the body, by identifying and removing obstacles to the body’s innate self-healing process.