What is a Naturopathic Doctor? Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are regulated and licensed primary healthcare providers who combine the latest evidence-based medical knowledge with safe and effective natural therapies. They have at least 7 years of postsecondary education, including 4 years at an accredited school of naturopathic medicine, followed by rigorous North American and provincial board examinations.
What can I expect on my first visit? Prior to your first visit, you will be asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire about your health history and present concerns. The questionnaire is available online at both locations, but you can also arrive 30 minutes before your first appointment to fill it out. The first visit is usually 1-1.5 hours, during which Dr. Tamar will discuss the questionnaire with you, go over your chief concerns and medical history, and conduct a complaint-oriented physical exam. Additional lab tests may be ordered if required. Some recommendations may be made on the first visit, but a thorough treatment plan will be put together and discussed with you in the second visit.
How long and how frequent are follow-up visits? The first follow-up visit is generally 30-45 minutes long, and is usually scheduled 1-3 weeks following the first visit. During this time, Dr. Tamar will discuss your treatment plan with you. For the following visits, 30 minutes is usually sufficient, depending on the condition and health goals. As a general rule, the longer you have had a certain condition, the longer it will take to treat.
Are naturopathic visits covered by OHIP? Naturopathic visits are not covered by OHIP. However, most extended health insurance plans cover the cost of visits. Check with your insurance provider to find out what is included under your particular plan. In addition, some drug plans may cover the cost of high dose Vitamin D, bio-identical hormones, desiccated thyroid, or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) drops, so check your coverage.
Dr. Tamar offers Naturopathic Services in Nepean and Orleans:
LiveWell Family Health Centre 100 Centrepointe Drive Ottawa, Ontario K2G 6B1 613-225-3339
In Balance Acupuncture and Health Centre #4-2034 St. Joseph Blvd. Orleans, ON K1C 1E6 613-837-8885