1) What should I expect in the first visit?
Your first visit with our Naturopathic Doctor can be up to 1.5 hours as we like to give you the time and respect to tell your health story, as often there are important clues scattered throughout your case, and only the full picture will allow us to determine the root cause. We will review your medical history, family history, energy, stress, diet, digestion, sleep, mood, hormones, etc. We will then perform a quick general physical exam (usually no need to disrobe), a urinalysis, and then we’ll review our goals together to be sure that we’re both on the same page. Commonly new “minor” issues arise during our investigation, and those must be included on the overall list of goals. We then work together to formulate a treatment plan that is manageable within your lifestyle.
2) What should I bring to my first visit?
Please bring along the patient intake forms found on the “New Patient” page, including the contact information for you medical doctor, as well as any medications or supplements that you are currently taking.
3) Is naturopathic care covered by OHIP?
Unfortunately not yet. Currently NDs are categorized under the private health care umbrella, and are covered by most extended health plan offered by employers. After the visit we will give you a full receipt with a breakdown of the charges and the ND’s license number, and you will then be able to submit this receipt to your insurance provider for reimbursement.
4) Can I see my medical doctor at the same time, or do I have to choose one or the other.
Of course! Naturopathic Doctors are part of your complete health care team, and they work in synergy with your family doctor. At the end of your first visit we will fax a release of records (with your permission of course) to your family doctor to receive a copy of the results of your recent blood work or imaging studies. We will never ask you to alter any treatment you are receiving via your MD without their agreement. Medical Doctors are essential for emergency situations and for very extreme disease. Our role as your ND is to address chronic disease, prevent future illness, and resolve non-life threatening acute illness. A good MD-ND relationship involves the referral back and forth to optimally care for the patient.
5) How long until I see results?
Well it depends. As each patient is different, having a different baselines and different life conditions and resources available for them, every individual will vary in their road to recovery. The goal is to keep the treatment duration as short as possible, while still being effective.
6) What types of health concerns do NDs treat?
You name it, NDs treat it. NDs are primary care physicians so they address all of the concerns that you would bring to your medical doctor. Some examples include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Menstrual pain
- Irregular periods
- Fertility concerns
- Common cold or flu
- Fungal/yeast infections
- Prenatal support
- Menopausal symptoms
- Digestive concerns (including IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis)
- Sports performance enhancement
- Pain management
- Among many more…
7) How does Dr. Goulding’s practice compared to MDs and other NDs?
Dr. Goulding describes herself as a “plain jane modern ND”. This means that she uses diagnostic techniques that a modern medical doctor would use (thorough intake, physical exam, blood work and imaging), but instead of using pharmaceuticals as a first line intervention, she uses natural therapies to bring about a cure to the illness. “Plain jane” makes reference to her foundation in traditional medicines (such as acupuncture and herbs) and to supplements strongly supported by Evidence-Based Medicine. Some other NDs use therapies not as well studied, and are founded in a more energetic realm, but Dr. Goulding prefers to rely on modern science and ancient wisdom to formulate her treatment plans.
8 ) What about confidentiality?
At Nickel Ridge Natural Health privacy and confidentially is not only important for us, but we are mandated to maintain rigorous standards by the provincial naturopathic licensing board. Your information is in safe hands.