What is a Naturopathic Physician (ND)?

Naturopathic Physicians (NDs) are primary care practitioners trained to address a wide range of health concerns using both advanced natural and conventional therapies. They emphasize individualized medicine, taking into account physical, environmental, lifestyle, and emotional aspects of health to uncover the root cause of illness. NDs practice with a unique philosophy that integrates various modalities to promote healing and well-being.

For more information please visit the national and provincial associations for naturopathic physicians in Canada:

Naturopathic Care: A Holistic Approach to Health

Preventative Medicine

NDs focus on preventing illness and maintaining wellness through proactive healthcare strategies tailored to individual needs.

Alternative Treatment Methods

Many individuals seek naturopathic care as an alternative to conventional medicine, exploring natural approaches to healing.

Chronic Illness Management

NDs provide support and treatment for chronic conditions that may not have been effectively addressed by conventional medicine.

Combining Conventional and Natural Therapies

NDs offer guidance on integrating conventional medical treatments with natural therapies to optimize health outcomes.

Patient-Centered Care

Naturopathic physicians prioritize building strong patient-provider relationships, taking the time to listen to concerns and develop personalized treatment plans.

Lab Testing

NDs can run most lab tests offered by medical doctors and have the advantage of offering more comprehensive panels to get a deeper understanding of your health.

Principles of Naturopathic Medicine

— NDs prioritize minimally invasive therapies and follow a therapeutic order that starts with lifestyle interventions before considering drugs or referrals.

— Naturopathic medicine values critical appraisal and consciousness, ensuring that practitioners stay up-to-date with both traditional and modern medical knowledge.

— There is a time and place for symptom suppression, however most naturopathic patients will benefit from identifying the underlying causes of illness and removing obstacles to cure.

— Naturopathic medicine harnesses the healing properties of nature, utilizing remedies that work synergistically with the body’s physiology to promote self-healing.

— NDs approach healthcare holistically, recognizing that symptoms may be interconnected and addressing the individual as a whole.


You do not need a referral to see an ND, but collaborative care with other healthcare practitioners is encouraged.

Initial consultations typically last one hour, and involve a thorough medical history review and evaluation of your health goals. Follow-up appointments are generally 30 minutes.

Only extended health insurance may provide coverage for visits and laboratory testing.

Your physician, unless otherwise stated, will provide you with enough prescriptions to last until your next follow-up visit. Should you require a prescription refill prior to your follow-up, have your pharmacy fax a prescription renewal request to 604-357-5256.
Allow at least 3 business days for faxed refills to be processed.

There is a $40 fee for prescription refills outside of an appointment.