Naturopathic Medicine is a primary health care model that focuses on whole person wellness. It emphasizes prevention and teaching patients about their health. Naturopathic Doctors use mainly natural therapies to address the root cause of disease. Many Naturopathic Doctors in British Columbia are also trained in pharmaceutical prescribing, acupuncture, and many other healing modalities.
Education & Training
It takes a lot of work, dedication, brilliance, and passion to become an ND. All Naturopathic Doctors must first complete an undergraduate university degree before entering an accredited naturopathic medical school. The naturopathic medical program consists of 4 years of training in basic medical sciences, naturopathic treatments and principles, and over 1200 hours of supervised clinical experience. They are truly experts in whole-person, natural health and healing and are a fabulous addition to your family's healthcare team.
Regulation & Licensing
To be eligible for licensing, Naturopathic Doctors must pass North America wide standardized examinations and provide proof of ongoing continuing education. In BC, the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia is responsible for licensing NDs.
Philosophy & Treatment
Naturopathic Medicine is centred on the following guiding principles:
- First, do no harm.
- Support the healing power of nature.
- Treat the cause of disease.
- Health the whole person through individualized treatment.
- Teach the principals of health.
- Emphasize prevention, as it is the best cure.
NDs use a variety of treatments to address your specific concerns. Each treatment plan is individualized and may consist of a combination of the following:
- Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Botanical medicine
- Lifestyle counselling and stress management techniques
- Clinical nutrition
- Laboratory testing
Dr Stephanie is AltaVie's naturopath and we are so excited to have her on our team. She is an expereinced practitioner with advanced training in acupuncture and mindfullness medicine with a special focus in pediatric and maternal care. She works with families from preconception and fertility support, through pregnancy and onward. She helps mamas keep up with "the load" of life with a little one (and EVERYTHING else).
Book in to put Kelowna's pediatric and maternity Naturopath to work for you and your family!