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Naturopathic Health Care

Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are primary health care providers that blend modern scientific medical knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Yaworsky will strive to understand all aspects of your health in order to implement safe and effective therapies. These therapies will address the root cause of your health concerns to help you achieve sustainable health and wellness. Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive, prevention-based approach to health, which considers physical, mental, and emotional aspects of your life to both treat and prevent illness. NDs collaborate closely with other healthcare professionals, including medical doctors and chiropractors, through consultation and referral.

NDs must complete an undergraduate degree, followed by an intensive four-year naturopathic medical program at one of 7 accredited schools in Canada or the United States. NDs receive extensive training in a variety of disciplines, with over 4,100 hours of classroom training in medical science, naturopathic principles, and therapeutics, as well as 1,200 hours of supervised clinical practicum. All NDs in Ontario have written the North American Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEXI &NPLEXII), as well as the Ontario Board examinations, and are licensed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA).

Naturopathic medicine benefits nearly all chronic and acute health conditions. The focus is not only on treatment, but also on prevention, so it can be used by people of all ages with varying levels of health. As an ND, Dr. Yaworsky treats the same conditions as a family doctor, and in the event that she is unable to treat your condition, she will be happy to consult or refer appropriately.

During her 4 years at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Yaworsky gained experience and training in various treatment modalities. These modalities include:

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Lifestyle Counseling & Stress Management
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture
  • Botanical Medicine
  • Homeopathic Medicine
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Physical Medicine

Overview of Treatments Provided

Clinical Nutrition

Food acts as a foundational medicine—although sometimes slower to take effect, positive dietary changes profoundly affect all systems of the body. The connection between diet, and health has been well established, and it is known that a healthy diet can help prevent chronic disease, as well as treat active illnesses. We will work with your current diet, and within your comfort zone, to implement dietary changes that will provide a lasting positive impact on your health. Depending on your concern, special diets may be used to identify food sensitivities and treat a variety of illnesses. In addition to dietary changes, individualized nutritional supplementation may be recommended when appropriate.

Lifestyle Counseling & Stress Management

Lifestyle counseling is a fundamental naturopathic modality that encompasses a wide array of strategies. This includes, but is not limited to; addressing sleep, physical activity level, and stress level to remove obstacles to health and support the healing process. Strategies may involve sleep hygiene, an exercise prescription, and mindfulness exercises.

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) focuses on re-establishing the proper flow of energy (known as Qi) in the body, to restore balance and bring you to a healthy state. Thin needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points to influence the underlying Qi and treat your health concern. From the perspective of Western Medicine, acupuncture acts by stimulating the body to release endorphins, relaxing muscles, and increasing circulation in the area needled. In some cases Chinese herbal formulas may be used along with acupuncture to support self-healing and alleviate symptoms. Cupping and acupressure may be used as part of your treatment as well. Acupuncture can be used for virtually all health concerns, including pain, digestive issues, and mental/emotional concerns.

Botanical Medicine

The use of plants to improve health and relieve suffering is as old as medicine itself and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. Botanical preparations including teas, tinctures, tablets and topical creams may be recommended to alleviate symptoms and support healing.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy is an energetic form of medicine based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. Homeopathic remedies may be indicated for acute or long term health concerns, and act by stimulating your body’s own self-healing potential.

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy involves the use of water as an agent to assist with detoxification and to stimulate the healing powers of the body. This includes gentle application of hot and cold water to help regulate circulation and promote healing.

Physical Medicine

Physical medicine therapies include stretching and range of motion exercises, trigger point therapy, and massage. These function to reduce pain, decrease inflammation, strengthen muscles and correct structural problems.

If you would like more information on Naturopathic care in Ontario, please visit the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) website, located here: http://www.oand.org/

What to Expect

Your first appointment is all about getting to know you! Your first appointment is all about getting to know you! This includes discussing your health history, where detailed information will be gathered about your current and past health concerns. To properly assess your health, a complaint-oriented physical exam is also included. Please bring a list of all current medications and supplements that you are taking, including the dosageā€”it may be easier to bring in the bottles! Copies of recent lab work and imaging results are important to bring with you if you have access to them. Your health goals will also be discussed, and you will begin working with Dr. Yaworsky to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for future visits. Although some treatment recommendations may be given at your first visit, the majority of your treatment plan will be discussed and implemented on your second visit.

During your second visit (1-2 weeks after your initial consultation) you will continue to discuss factors that affect your physical, mental, and emotional health to help guide treatments, and Dr. Yaworsky will initiate your individualized treatment plan.

During subsequent 30 minute visits, Dr. Yaworsky will continue to monitor and carry out your treatment plan. The timing of these visits will depend on your individualized treatment, and may include acupuncture. Acupuncture treatments are usually every 1-2 weeks, depending on your diagnosis.

Acupuncture visits
Acupuncture treatments will typically start on your second visit if part of your treatment plan. Please bring a pair of shorts or dress in loose fitting clothing if possible.

All consultation fees include your time spent with Dr. Yaworsky in the office, as well as the time required for her to research your specific health needs after your appointment. The fees include treatments provided during your visit (including acupuncture, cupping, massage, stretches/exercises and hydrotherapy). The fees do not include the cost of supplements, botanicals, or homeopathic remedies that may be recommended, as these are determined on an individual basis. Any laboratory testing is also an additional cost. While Dr. Yaworsky does carry some supplements in the clinic and through an online dispensary for your convenience, you are not obligated to purchase products from her. Dr. Yaworsky will gladly help you find comparable supplements at the location of your choice whenever possible.

A note on insurance coverage
Currently, the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) does not cover naturopathic visits. However, many private health insurance plans offered through your employer or school do provide coverage for naturopathic care. To find out what services are covered for you, and how much coverage you have per year, you can contact your health insurer. It is important to know your annual amount, amount covered per visit (often based on length of treatment), if there is a co-pay and when the coverage renews. Whether you have naturopathic coverage or not, Dr. Yaworsky will work with you to create a treatment plan that takes your budget into consideration.

Please note that you do not require a referral from your medical doctor to seek naturopathic care, you may book an appointment with Dr. Yaworsky directly.