At Tonume Integrated Health, our naturopathic treatments are based on the the individual needs of the patient. Our three Naturopathic
Physicians, Dr. Gina Bouros, Dr Elena Fenske and Dr Matthew Nagra will work with you to design a custom plan to and help you achieve your goals and to educate you along the way to ensure you are a full participant in your healthy lifestyle.
The Naturopathic Doctor Core Tool Kit:
Botanical (herbal) medicine
Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine
Lifestyle Improvement Stress management
Other therapies offered by our Naturopathic Doctors:
Weight Loss Therapies
Physical exam, PAP exam and various laboratory testing may be performed.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR VISIT:
Your first visit will be 60 minutes in length. Please feel free to download the intake forms provided and fill them out in the comfort of your home or arrive at the clinic 15 minutes early to do so. If you are able, please bring in any medications/supplements you are taking, including the dosing as well
as any recent lab work/medical reports you have. During your visit, we will discuss your health concerns, goals and general health history in depth.
A focused physical exam will be conducted and recommendations will be given based on your specific needs.
Regular follow-up visits will be 30-60 minutes in length. The focus of these visits is to monitor your progress and make modifications to your treatment plan as needed. Acupuncture visits will be 45 minutes to 1 hour in length. The flow of these visits include a brief (5-10 min) follow-up,
followed by a treatment.
Please feel free to ask questions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a primary health care system that focuses on safe and effective natural forms of medicine.
Naturopathic doctors are trained in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease using the following natural therapies: botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, traditional oriental medicine/acupuncture, mental/emotional and lifestyle counselling.
What training do naturopathic physicians have?
To obtain a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, an undergraduate degree is required before commencing a 4 year program at an accredited naturopathic college. Licensing is required in BC and this is granted with the successful completion of Naturopathic Practitioner Licensing Exams (NPLEX) and additional provincial regulatory board exams.
How does naturopathic medicine compare to conventional medicine?
Both offer primary medical care and are similarly trained in the core sciences and both study physical, clinical and laboratory diagnosis to identify a disease state. The difference lies in the philosophical approach and the therapies used. Naturopathic doctors treat patients as individuals by addressing all aspects of their health (not only their physical health, but also their emotional health, their lifestyle and any aspect that is unique to them) and treat them using natural therapies. Conventional medical doctors most commonly treat the symptoms of a disease and generally use pharmaceutical therapies.
Are Naturopathic visits covered by extended medical benefits?
Naturopathic medicine is covered under most extended medical plans and a portion is covered if you are using premium assistance through MSP (see supplementary health care benefits).
For more information on naturopathic medicine see the CAND website.
The Six Principles of Naturopathic Medicine
Primum No Nocere ~ First, do no harm
Vis Medicatrix Naturae ~ The healing power of nature
Tolle Causam ~ Identify and treat the root cause
Tolle Totum ~ Treat the whole person
Docere ~ Physician as teacher
Praeventio ~ The best cure is prevention
Naturopathic Medicine is covered by most extended health care plans.
Check with your plan and take advantage of this opportunity.
Meet our Naturopathic Doctors