North Bay Naturopathic Clinic

FAQ

  1. Are nutritional supplements always necessary? 
  2. Where can I buy products recommended by Dr. Giustra, ND? 
  3. Can I tell my MD that I am seeing an ND? 
  4. Do I need a referral to see an ND? 
  5. Do I need to have a specific concern, or can I just make an appointment to discuss my health? 
  6. How does billing/payment work? 
  7. Do you have a missed appointment policy? 
  8. Are Naturopathic Doctors Regulated in Ontario? 
  9. Is naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP?

Are nutritional supplements always necessary?

Unfortunately, in today’s world, a lot of food we eat does not contain the necessary vitamins and minerals needed to have an optimally functioning body. Thanks in large part to the processing of foods and preparation methods that are popular, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain adequate levels without supplementation. Dr. Giustra, ND will make recommendations based on information gathered. Supplements may or may not be prescribed, however, it is ultimately the patients’ decision on whether to take them or not.

Where can I buy products recommended by Dr. Giustra, ND?

North Bay Naturopathic Clinic is pleased to offer a select dispensary of professional line supplements and products.

For your convenience, the clinic is pleased to offer:

  • Custom-made herbal medicines
  • Professional lines of nutritional supplements
  • Homeopathic remedies
  • Chinese herbs and medicines
  • Dried herbal teas
  • And more……

If we do not carry a product you are interested in, we can accommodate special orders, or refer you to a reliable source.

Please Note: The cost of supplements is not included in your visits.

You are under no obligation to purchase any products from our clinic while under our care.

The clinic receives no incentives from any companies whose products we carry. The dispensary exists only to provide you with the purest, high-quality professional supplements available for your convenience.

Our prices are competitive. You will find that our supplements are both higher-quality and less costly than most products sold on the market today in Canada.

Can I tell my MD that I am seeing an ND?

Definitely!  Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated primary care providers who integrate standard medical diagnostics with a broad range of natural therapies. We work in partnership with other regulated health care providers to ensure that patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible.

Do I need a referral to see an ND?

No, you do not need a referral to see a Naturopathic Doctor.

Do I need to have a specific concern, or can I just make an appointment to discuss my health?

Many of our patients simply want to optimize their health, so there’s no need to feel that you have to have a specific concern. We can all improve our internal balance – that’s what naturopathic medicine is all about!

How does billing/payment work?

NEW! We now accept electronic submissions! If your private health care plan provider is listed below, we can now submit claims for payment electronically, immediately following your appointment.  No more paying up front!

Great-West Life, Desjardins Insurance, Standard Life, Johnson Inc., Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance, Industrial Alliance, Maximum Benefit or Johnston Group, Cowan Insurance Group

Otherwise, our receptionist will process your payment in cash, cheque, by credit card or debit, immediately following each consultation.  You can then submit your receipt to your private insurance provider.

Your initial consult lasts between 60-75mins and is a comprehensive visit involving:

  • a detailed questionnaire
  • a brief physical exam (fully clothed)
  • Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) (if needed)
  • Laboratory work (if needed)

Your 2nd consult lasts approximately 45min and involves:

  • Individualized treatment plan
  • Reviewing test results

Half-hour consults thereafter last approximately 30min.

Telephone/Skype consults are also available upon request

Fees

Initial appointment (60-75min)

$150

Initial appointment (pediatric, senior, and student)

$130

2nd appointment (45min)

$95

2nd appointment (pediatric, senior, and student)

$85

Follow-up appointment (30min)

$55

Follow-up appointment (15min)

$30

 

Testing

The clinic offers a number of tests that can be very helpful in assessing underlying dysfunction/imbalance in the body.  Prices for these test vary and will be discussed with you prior to completing.

Do you have a missed appointment policy?

This time is reserved for you.  Due to the demand of our services, if you cannot make your scheduled appointment please NOTIFY US 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.  Failure to do so may result in a charge of 50% of the missed appointment.  Thank You

Are Naturopathic Doctors Regulated in Ontario?

Naturopathic Doctors (ND’s) are the only regulated health professional in the field of natural medicine in Ontario. ND’s are regulated in Ontario under the 1925 Drugless Therapy Act and are registered (licensed) by the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy-Naturopathy (BDDT-N). The BDDT-N functions to ensure that NDs are properly qualified to practice naturopathic medicine and that they follow appropriate standards of practice.

To find out if a naturopathic doctor is licensed, please contact the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors found on our Links page

Is naturopathic medicine covered by OHIP?

While naturopathic medicine is not covered by OHIP, it is covered by many extended healthcare benefit packages. We encourage you to request that your policy include coverage of all naturopathic services.