Frequently Asked Questions

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Naturopathic candidates are required to complete four years of post-secondary education plus pre-requisite courses before being accepted into an accredited four-year program at a CNME-approved college of naturopathic medicine.  The four-year naturopathic program includes over 4,500 hours of classroom training in basic medical sciences, clinical sciences, pathology, pharmacology, and naturopathic therapies, as well as 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience in a teaching clinic.

Graduates from an accredited naturopathic college receive the designation “Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine” (ND). To be fully licensed, NDs must successfully complete the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) & Ontario Naturopathic College board exams. Once licensed, naturopaths are required to complete continuing education credits on an ongoing basis to maintain their license and registration.

For more information please visit:

The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM)

Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND)

Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND)

Naturopathic doctors have been a self-regulated profession in Ontario under the Drugless Practitioner’s Act since 1925.  Naturopathic doctors currently fall under the Regulated Health Professions Act, the same legislation that recognizes MD’s, dentists, chiropractors and physiotherapists.  They are governed through the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.

For more information please visit:

The College of Naturopaths of Ontario

At your first visit, your health concerns will be assessed by your doctor through a comprehensive health history.  To have a completed understanding of your health concerns, your doctor may perform a tongue and pulse or iridology assessment and recommend specific lab tests. Initial treatment recommendations will be provided.
At your first appointment, we let you speak to us about your concerns and past medical history.  At your second appointment, we let the body talk to us.  Your physical exam is an investigation of the signs and clues that help your doctor to understand what is going on inside your body.  Sometimes your protocol and diagnosis may change based on what your doctor finds on the physical exam.  It is also very important to screen for disease processes that may have been missed.
We are all unique.  You may feel better right away or it may take you weeks or even months before you feel significant change. There are many factors that affect the length of time it will take to achieve the improvements you are looking for. That said, the stronger your commitment is to your treatment plan, the quicker you will see results.
Absolutely. Great results can be achieved with a “best of both worlds” approach.  Naturopathic doctors are trained to collaborate and integrate treatments with the recommendations of conventional medical doctors.  They also check for potential drug/supplement/herb interactions and nutrient depletion .  The advantage of having an integrative health care team is that you benefit from each practitioner’s strengths, experience and knowledge.
Although Ontario Health Insurance does not cover naturopathic medicine, most extended health care benefit plans offer considerable coverage for naturopathic services and some lab tests.  Prescribed vitamins and supplements are not covered by extended health care plans.  Sometimes treatments and testing can be costly.  Naturopathic medicine is an investment in your health and longevity.  If you are working within a budget or require spacing of treatments talk to your Naturopath and they will develop a protocol and timeline that is appropriate for your needs.
Your time is valuable and we respect that and try our best to always be on time for you. Because of the unpredictability of healthcare, unfortunately it’s not a guarantee.  We want to make sure that you are completely heard on your visit. Sometimes that means we have to take extra time that wasn’t planned for. Here is our guarantee; We will always try our best to let you know we are running late by giving you a courtesy call or text. Of course sometimes there are emergencies that occur which we can’t predict and we cannot give you a heads up. We ask that you be patient with us and remember that if it were you, we would give you the same level of attention and care.
This is standard in all healthcare offices. Please respect our time and the time of other patients who want to get in sooner rather than later. If for some reason you can’t make your appointment, kindly give us a minimum of 48 hrs notice so we can reschedule a patient who is anxiously waiting.  We ask for this courtesy cause it’s just the right thing to do, otherwise you will be charged the full price of the visit.  Of course emergencies happen and there are always exceptions to the rule.
The privacy of your health information is important.  That is why we follow the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act, which sets out rules for the collection, use and disclosure of personal health information.  We recognize that your personal health information is one of the most sensitive types of information and respect your right to privacy.  We obtain your consent before collecting or disclosing your health information to anyone.  Sometimes, because our naturopathic doctors work as a team they will consult with one another on your case as two brains are better than one.
Naturopathic doctors are trained to be primary care providers, meaning that we can treat a broad range of patients from pediatric to geriatric, and a broad range of medical conditions.  You can see your naturopathic doctor for many of the same concerns you would see your family GP.  You can feel confident that you are in good hands. You will be treated using natural based therapies from our naturopathic toolbox. We also recognize when it is appropriate to refer you to another practitioner or to the hospital.
Your body works like an efficient eco system, constantly processing, using and eliminating the things it is exposed to through food, water, air and absorbed through the skin.  Some of these things are important nutrients and vitamins, while others are toxins, chemicals, heavy metals and bad bugs.  The process of speeding up and enhancing your body’s elimination of toxins is referred to as detox or cleansing. Sanas Health Practice is a cleansing and detox centre. You will be guided expertly and safely through your cleansing/ detox program and can feel confident that you are in the most qualified of hands.