Naturopathic Medicine is a an approach to health care that bridges traditional and natural forms of medicine with modern scientific knowledge. The practice of naturopathic medicine involves assessment and diagnosis of disease followed by treatment and prevention using diet, lifestyle, and natural medicines. While the diet and lifestyle recommendations are the core of therapy to be expected, the following may also be used as needed: vitamins, minerals, botanicals, hydrotherapy, naturopathic manipulations, traditional Chinese medicine / acupuncture, etc.
ABOUT NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
A Naturopathic Doctor is trained in a similar fashion to your medical doctor, with expertise in anatomy, physiology, assessment, diagnosis, etc. There are a few notable differences in how we practice, however. First, where MD's primarily provide pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, ND's provide natural and traditional approaches. Second, ND's practice is guided by the principles and philosophy found in our Naturopathic Oath. The approach commits us to:
- seeking to restore and maintain optimum health by emphasizing nature's inherent self-healing process.
- viewing the individual from a wholistic perspective, incorporating the physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors affecting the patient.
- understanding and treating disease as a process, rather than disease as a state. This charges us with a primary goal of treating the underlying cause of the disease by selecting treatments that are unique to the individual, as well as the acute symptoms.
In Newfoundland and Labrador, the practice of Naturopathic Medicine is not currently regulated, which means, the responsibility lies with you to ensure that your practitioner is fully trained. In other provinces, licensed Naturopathic Doctors have at least 7 years of post-secondary education, must graduate from an accredited educational institution, receive their professional licensing from their provincial regulatory body, as well as complete and pass international licensing exams (NPLEX).
WHAT TO EXPECT
FIRST VISIT: Comprehensive Intake Interview
The initial intake will be just over 75-90 minutes in length and will include a detailed history of your present concern as well as your overall health and wellbeing. At the end of this visit, you will leave with some "homework" and initial treatment instructions. If required, a release of records form will need to be signed in order to obtain copies of any previous medical reports or diagnostic testing.
SECOND VISIT: Physical Exam & Initial Treatment Plan
The initial followup and physical exam appointment is 75-90 minutes in length also. We will review the homework from your first visit, complete a physical exam, and go over your comprehensive treatment plan, with a focus on short term actions that will get you on track to feeling better quickly.
FOLLOW UP VISITS:
All follow up visits are 45 minutes in length. They will be scheduled as needed dependant on your health concerns and care requirements. As a guideline, patients who are healthy and on a maintenance schedule typically check-in with their Naturopathic Doctor 1-2 times per year.
Naturopathic medicine can treat both acute and chronic conditions, and ND's are trained to conduct general practice. Many go on to specialize in particular conditions.
OFFICE INFORMATION FOR DR. LAURA NURSE, ND
At Avalon Laser Health, Dr. Laura Nurse, ND runs a general practice with particular experience and
interest in treating:
- chronic pain: fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, migraines, etc.
- women's and hormonal health: PMS, menopause, infertility and pregnancy, endometriosis, fibroids, menopause, PMS, thyroid, acne, etc.
- digestive health concerns (dietary sensitivities, IBS/IBD, celiac disease, chron's disease, lazy bowel, etc.
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Dr. Nurse has consults with patients by appointment only during the following hours:
THURSDAY : 10am - 5pm
FRIDAY : 10am - 5pm
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Laura Nurse
Visits with a Naturopathic Doctor are covered under private health insurance if you have naturopathic services as part of your policy's benefits. Please consult your policy before booking to be certain. Insurance contracts change regularly, so Dr. Nurse does not offer direct billing at this time. After your visit, you will be issued a receipt that you may submit with your claim.
Dr. Nurse does not draw blood or do other lab testing on site. During the appointment, Dr. Nurse will give the patient the appropriate referral to have these tests done with their M.D. or with other specialized practitioners.
Billing and Fees:
Dr. Nurse's fee schedule is as follows:
- Initial Consult (75 min), $150
- Initial Follow Up Consult & Physical Exam (75 min), $150
- Follow Up Consult (45 min), $100
- Quick Check-In Consult (20 min), $50
As is customary in any business, payment is due at the time of service.
Methods of payment accepted: cash, cheque, interac, visa, and mastercard.
Rescheduling And Cancellation Policy:
Dr. Nurse's time and appointments are in high demand. In an effort to serve as many patients as possible, Dr. Nurse asks that you please give her a minimum of 24 hours notice to cancel or change your appointment to give appropriate time to offer the opportunity to someone else.
- How To Cancel/Change Your Appointment: Contact us by 10 a.m.one working day before your scheduled visit. If your appointment is on a Monday, call by 10 a.m. the previous Friday.
- Late Cancellations: Not cancelling your appointment or late cancellations can be costly. When
you miss a scheduled medical appointment, or if you cancel it after 10 a.m. one working day
before your appointment, we consider it as "no show". As per clinic policy for all practitioners,
please be advised that we will:
- Record it as a missed appointment in your medical chart.
- Send you an email about your missed appointment.
- Charge you 50% of the fee for the missed appointment.