Why Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine offers the chance to tell your health story in detail.
Naturopathic philosophy states that the primary goal is to get to the root cause, rather than focus on symptoms.
It is about being proactive, empowered and taking charge of your health
To achieve these goals, the primary focus is to work with each person on an individual level, creating a plan using natural medicines and lifestyle guidance to help them achieve their health goals for the long term.
How are naturopathic doctors trained?
Naturopathic doctors (ND’s) obtain comprehensive and rigorous training in an educational structure similar to that of conventional medical doctors. In total, ND’s are required to complete a minimum of 7 years post-secondary schooling, including 3 years of pre-med undergraduate education, plus 4 years of full-time study at an approved college of naturopathic medicine.
The four-year naturopathic program incorporates basic medical science courses, clinical sciences and naturopathic therapies, as well as more than 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience. Following the completion of their program, ND’s must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for licensing in Ontario. NPLEX is the standard examination used by those provinces and states across North America that license and regulate the practice of naturopathy.
Is naturopathy the same as homeopathy? No. Homeopathy is an energetic healing method that stimulates the body’s vital force to improve health – it is only one aspect of naturopathic medicine. Naturopathic medicine is a coordinated healthcare approach that uses recognized methods of diagnosis and several treatment methods – including homeopathy – to treat the causes of disease and support the body’s innate healing ability. Because of their qualifications, treatments by licensed NDs are covered by many health insurance plans.
What does a typical Naturopathic visit involve?
- The initial visits are 1 hour and return visits are 15-45 minutes in length
- A thorough review of your health history and goals
- An in-depth assessment of diet, nutrition and lifestyle practices
- A physical exam if indicated
- Ordering of any lab tests if needed
- Creation of a comprehensive treatment plan to begin to work on your health goals.
Can we review multiple health concerns that I have?
Yes! In fact, we welcome as much information as possible so we can build a complete picture of your “whole” health as Dr. Viinberg believes in the principle that all is connected in the body.
How many visits will I need?
It depends on your concerns and health goals. For new patients, Dr. Viinberg may see them more frequently initially, then work on the creation of a long term plan for patients in which they come and check in, once, maybe twice per year as needed.
Will I have the chance to ask questions?
Of course! The success of your treatment depends on each person taking an active role in their health plan. You are in charge of your wellness so it is of the utmost importance that you understand fully your treatment plan and what you need to do to achieve your goals.
Can I have both a ND and MD?
Yes, most of the patients Dr. Viinberg sees has both a Naturopathic Doctor and a Medical Doctor. She believes in open and honest collaboration with all health care providers to ensure the best care and choice for each patient. It definitely doesn’t have to be one or the other!
What concerns do you treat and what general health services do you offer?
Dr. Viinberg has a strong focus on weight management and sports nutrition, but also sees a lot of patients for:
- Fertility and Pre-Conception
- Menopausal symptoms
- Thyroid health
- Pain Management
- Digestive concerns
- Low Immunity
- Post-surgical healing
A sampling of the services Dr. Viinberg offers are:
- Full Physical exams
- Diet and nutritional guidance
- Exercise prescription
- Laboratory testing for general blood work, hormones, food allergies, nutrient status and heavy metal status.
- Supplementation when needed
Dr. Viinberg wants to make this experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible, and she welcomes feedback.
Patients see great value in naturopathic care as visits allow adequate time to discuss, ask questions and gain a thorough understanding of the body and its processes.
Is naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP health insurance?
Although naturopathic services are not covered by OHIP, many private health insurance plans will provide coverage. Since NDs use alternatives to costly techniques and drug therapies, more insurance companies are beginning to investigate expanding coverage of this cost-effective healing method. Check your benefits package or contact your health insurer for details.