What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors are government recognized general practitioners with special training in Natural Therapies. They are fully trained in the conventional medical sciences, pathology and diagnosis similarly to medical doctors (MDs) but they are also trained to recognize and treat functional conditions that may accompany, precede or be a consequence of a disease.
Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) use therapies including Nutritional Education & Therapies, Botanical Medicine/Herbs, Homeopathy, Physical Medicine, Counseling, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine. NDs focus on treating Individuals, not their labels/diagnoses.
Not only do Naturopaths take the time to look at the whole person; physically, emotionally, and psychologically, they take the time to look at how that patient’s nutritional status, stress, genetics, potential toxicity and other factors may be contributing to their particular disease/condition, affecting their health and compromizing how they feel.
After taking all of this into account, NDs use approaches that are best suited for each patient toward achieving their individual goals. Initial visits are thorough and typically include reviewing the full history of a patients presenting concern, past medical history, review of relevant lab work, and physical examination.
The goal of our medicine is to identify, address, and treat the root cause of disease, not simply to suppress the symptoms.
Naturopathic medicine is effective in treating many if not all health problems whether Acute or Chronic. Naturopathic physicians cooperate with all other branches of medicine, referring patients to other practitioners for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate.
Frequently Asked General Questions
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered on my extended health insurance/ benefits plan ?
There are a variety of extended health/ insurance plans available via MSP, Greenshield, Blue Cross, Great West Life, Sun Life Financial, Manulife Insurance and more. Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most of these plans. Some of these plans have a maximum number of treatments per year, others have a maximum dollar amount per year. You should check with your provider to confirm your coverage.
I have a complicated or personal health question. Can I speak directly with Dr. Katarine Holewa over the phone ?
Yes, you can speak in confidence with Dr Holewa over the phone (however specific treatment advice is not offered by phone or email). Whether you have a personal health concern or a question that hasn't been answered on this website. You can call either clinic (see the contact page for phone numbers) and leave a message with your contact information and she will return your call or email as soon as she can (usually within 2-3 business days).
Does Dr Holewa use a lot of supplements ?
Herbal preparations, vitamin and mineral supplements may be recommended but are not the primary source of treatment. Dr. Holewa use clinical nutrition and lifestyle modifications for long term results. Your ND will discuss all treatment options to come up with the best approach for your individual needs including alternatives to supplementation if appropriate.
I'm interested in Lab Testing. How does that work ?
Naturopathic Doctors are able to requisition labs from lifelabs, however these are not covered by MSP or most other insurance providers. Many labs can be done through your family physician but Dr. Holewa can help to recommend which lab tests may be important and determine with you what the best option is for testing. All of this will be discussed during your initial consultation.
What other testing does/can Dr Holewa do?
There is a wide range of testing available. Some examples include salivary hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, etc), salivary cortisol levels (a key stress hormone), vitamin/mineral balance, toxic elements, candida, celiac, etc. The necessity and value of any particular test for your case will be discussed during your appointment, and if you have a specific test you are interested in that isn't listed anywhere here, please don't hesitate to call the clinic to inquire about it.
Can Dr Holewa prescribe medications and Bio-Identical Hormones?
Yes, Dr Holewa does have prescriptive rights for the majority of pharmaceuticals as well as Bio-Identical Hormone therapy.
I have another question that was not answered on your website.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if your question wasnt addressed (http://www.drkatarineholewa.com/#!contact/c1gzt). We will be happy to anwer any questions you may have. Dr. Holewa also offers a free 15min consult either in person or over the phone, in order to help you decide if naturopathic medicine is the most appropriate treatment method for your health concerns.