Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect during my first visit with my ND?

In the one-hour initial visit we ask you about your health history, complete necessary physical exams and discuss our approach and plan for your care. If you have any recent lab work or imaging we ask that you please bring this with you to your first appointment.

Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP?

Visits with a Naturopathic Doctor are not covered by OHIP but many extended healthcare plans provide coverage for Naturopathic appointments. Contact your extended healthcare provider to determine if your benefits include Naturopathic medicine.

How does Naturopathic Medicine differ from Conventional Medicine?

Naturopathic Medicine differs from Conventional Medicine in treatment principles, philosophies and therapies. Naturopathic Medicine looks to the root cause of disease and focuses on prevention whereas Conventional medicine mainly deals with presenting symptoms and disease management. Naturopathic treatments do not include pharmaceutical drugs or invasive therapies. Naturopathic Doctors are trained to refer to a specialist or medical doctor if necessary. It is our goal that Conventional Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine be used in conjunction with one another to provide the most comprehensive patient care.

How are Naturopathic Doctors trained?

Before attending an accredited Naturopathic Medical School you must have completed three years of pre-medical sciences at a University.

Naturopathic Doctors have successfully completed a 4-year-full time program at an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience. Upon graduation, students write their second NPLEX board Exam. The first NPLEX board exam is written after the second year of study at an accredited Naturopathic Medical School. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic doctors in North America.

To stay licensed as a Naturopathic Doctors (ND) – NDs must meet the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as required by the provincial regulatory boards on an ongoing basis.

In Canada, the Naturopathic medical professions infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research. For more information on how Naturopathic doctors are regulated click here.

What does Integrative Medicine mean?

Integrative means that we are able to work with, and refer to, a network of other trusted healthcare professionals. Having a diverse group of medical professionals under one roof is quite rare and something that is so important when it comes to your health.  We are able to collaborate and work together on patient cases and create the most compressive plan for each individual patient.

What does "Abaton" mean?

Rooted in Greek Mythology, Abaton is the healing temple to the ancient Greek God of Medicine, Asclepius.  As the name suggests, clinic owners, Denise Handscomb and Ashley Masri, have created a space where various health care professionals can collaborate to provide optimal and individualized care.

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