Vancouver Naturopathic Doctor
Dr. Marni Ross, ND

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

1) Is Naturopathic Medicine safe?

Yes.  Naturopathic Medicine involves natural and safe therapies
for treating patients.

2)  Is Naturopathic Medicine scientific?

Yes.  There continues to be studies done to assess the benefits,
side effects and interactions of nutritional supplements, herbal
medicines and acupuncture.

3)  Do Naturopathic Doctors consult with other
health professionals?

Definitely.  A Naturopathic Doctor will consult with or refer to
other health care professionals when it is in the patient's best
interest to do so.  

4)  What can I expect during a Naturopathic visit?

The initial visit is usually about 1 - 1 1/2 hours long.  During this
time, the doctor would go through your intake form in detail.  He
or she would review your main concerns, go through your family
history, your health history, complete a complaint-oriented
physical exam, run any necessary lab tests and discuss a
suitable treatment plan.  Follow up visits are usually between
30-45 minutes long and the frequency of visits depends on what
conditions are being treated and the treatments that are being
implemented.

5)  Are naturopathic visits covered by insurance?

At the present time, naturopathic visits are not covered by the
BC Medical Services Plan (MSP), however, many extended health
care plans do cover naturopathic care.  Check with your
insurance provider to see if you have coverage.

6)  What qualifications do Naturopathic Doctors
have?

Naturopathic Doctors are required to take numerous pre-medical
science courses before attending a Naturopathic college.  They
are then required to take a 4-year intensive medical program at
an accredited Naturopathic college.  After completing the ND
degree, Naturopathic Doctors write rigorous licensing exams in
order to begin practicing in Canada.