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About Naturopathic Medicine

treatments Jun 01, 2017


What is Naturopathic Medicine?

 Naturopathic Medicine: a distinct system of primary health care that addresses the root cause of illness or disease and promotes health using natural therapies.

  • Therapies used include, but are not limited to: dietary and lifestyle counselling, clinical nutrition/supplements, botanical medicine, acupuncture and asian medicine, homeopathy, and physical therapies.
  • The heart of the naturopathic approach is guided by the principles and philosophy found in the Naturopathic Oath. The approach commits us to:
    • seeking to restore and maintain optimum health by working with your body's inherent self-healing processes.
    • viewing the individual from a wholistic perspective. This means incorporating the physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors affecting the patient, among others.
    • understanding and treating disease as a fluid process, rather than as a set 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.


Naturopathic doctors: are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies.

  • A Naturopathic Doctor (ND) is trained in a similar fashion to your medical doctor, with expertise in anatomy, physiology, assessment, blood work and testing, diagnosis, etc. There are a few notable differences in how we practice, however. Primarily provide pharmaceutical and surgical approaches, ND's provide natural and traditional approaches.
  • In Newfoundland and Labrador, the practice of Naturopathic Medicine is not regulated, which means, the responsibility lies with YOU to ensure your practitioner is fully trained. In other provinces, regulated and licensed Naturopathic Doctors have:
    • Approximately 3-4 years of university education to complete pre-requisites in basic sciences
    • 4 year intensive naturopathic medical education at an accredited institution recognized by the Council for Naturopathic Medical Education (www.cnme.org)
    • Licensing exams set by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (www.nabne.org)
    • Licensing exams as set by the regulatory board of that province
    • Membership in a provincial + national association (NLAND + CAND)
    • Ongoing continuing educational courses.




What Does Naturopathic Care Help With?

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. The key is finding a naturopathic doctor who specializes in your concerns.

Dr. Laura Nurse, ND is our naturopathic doctor at Avalon Laser Health. She 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: dietary sensitivities, IBS/IBD, celiac disease, Crohn's disease, lazy bowel, etc. 


What to Expect At Your First Visit

For naturopathic care, the new patient enrollment process happens over a series of 2-3 visits.

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.

All follow up visits are either 20 or 45 minutes in length. They will be scheduled as needed dependent 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.






Dr. Laura Nurse, ND is our naturopathic doctor at Avalon Laser Health. She 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.

Lab Testing:
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), $225
  • Initial Follow Up Consult & Physical Exam (75 min), $225
  • Follow Up Consult (45 min), $150
  • Quick Check-In Consult (20 min), $75

As is customary in any business, payment is due at the time of service. Methods of payment accepted: cash, cheque, interac, visa, and mastercard.

Naturopathic visits 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. 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.

Rescheduling And Cancellation Policy:
In an effort to serve as many patients as possible, we require a minimum of 24 hours notice to cancel or change your appointment. This allows us to maximize service to our patient community and 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.

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