Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic medicine plays an important role in integrative health care, and treatments can be used singularly or in conjunction with conventional medicine. Naturopathic treatments are as individual as the patients, and are based on their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environmental and lifestyle factors. Naturopathic medicine addresses the root causes of illness and works by supporting the body’s own healing ability using treatments and prevention techniques.
Who Can Benefit from Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is for people of all ages and health histories who want to take their health into their own hands. Naturopathic Doctors are highly educated primary health providers and are qualified to see and treat everyone. Dr. Connolly has an interest in women’s health, infertility, paediatrics, digestive health.
What Conditions Do Naturopathic Doctors Treat?
As primary health-care providers, Naturopathic Doctors are able to manage a variety of conditions. Dr. Cass has experience in treating the following conditions/ailments:
Note: This list is not exhaustive, so please don’t hesitate to call or email the clinic (902) 407-3347 if you would like to inquire about Dr. Cass’s experience with a specific condition or ailment.
What Kind of Training Do Naturopathic Doctors Have?
Naturopathic doctors are highly educated primary care providers who must have an undergraduate degree with pre-requisite courses in anatomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, organic chemistry, introductory psychology and humanities, before applying to Naturopathic Medicine School. The Naturopathic Medical program is a rigorous 4 year-full time program that encompasses medical sciences, Naturopathic principles and therapeutics and includes more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience. The first two years follow a standard medical school curriculum, branching thereafter into naturopathic disciplines. Graduates must pass two sets of North American standardized Naturopathic Medicine provincial licensing board exams, attain and remain in good standing with their licensing/ regulatory bodies as well as maintain ongoing, continuing education.
What Are Naturopathic Principles?
Naturopathic Doctors are guided by the six following principles:
First, to do no harm, by using methods and medicines that minimize the risk of harmful side effects.
To support the healing power of the body, by recognizing and removing obstacles to the body's inherent self-healing process.
To treat the causes of disease, by identifying and removing the underlying causes of illness, rather than suppressing symptoms.
To teach the principles of healthy living and preventative medicine, by sharing knowledge with patients and encouraging individual responsibility for health.
To heal the whole person through individualized treatment, by understanding the unique physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors that contribute to illness, and customizing treatment protocols to the patient.
To emphasize prevention, by partnering with the patient to assess risk factors and recommend appropriate naturopathic interventions to maintain health and prevent illness.
WHAT WILL MY TREATMENTS BE LIKE?
Every person will get an individualized treatment plan catered specifically to their needs. Your treatments will depend on your specific current health concerns, your general health history, your tolerances and intolerances, and what you have the ability to do at home as well as in the office.Sometimes people with longstanding chronic conditions require more time in order to see improvements in their conditions. Naturopathic medicine aims to address the source of a condition, rather than simply applying a band-aid fix, you may need frequent visits in the beginning.
WHAT IS A NATUROPATHIC APPOINTMENT OR VISIT LIKE?
New patients should account for 1 hour and 15 minutes for their initial consultation. Your first visit will include an in-depth overview of your health history, a complete exploration of your chief complaint(s), and an evaluation of factors contributing to your wellness. Return visits/follow up visits are typically 15-60 minutes in length depending on the concern being addressed. Appointments may include physical exams, laboratory and diagnostic testing (if required), test analysis, blood work review and various naturopathic treatments. Your Naturopathic Doctor will create a treatment plan tailored to your needs.
WHICH LABORATORY SERVICES ARE OFFERED?
DUTCH Complete Hormone Testing $525
DUTCH Adrenal Testing $ $300-$625
DUTCH Menstrual Cycling Testing $ 625
IgG Food Sensitivity Testing- $300- $425
SIBO Testing $175
GI Map (Digestive) Stool Testing $600
Carroll Testing (Food Sensitivity Testing) $115
Vitamin D Blood Test $120
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Please provide recent blood work and imaging reports, and list of your medications/ supplements in advance of your first appointment. Please complete the Naturopathic Intake Form and submit it before arrival.
DO I HAVE TO BE REFERRED BY MY FAMILY DOCTOR?
No, although we often see patients that are referred by their MD, naturopathic doctors can assess and treat you without a referral by your doctor.
WILL MY APPOINTMENT BE COVERED BY MSI OR INSURANCE?
Naturopathic Medicine is not included in the provincial MSI program. Nova Scotia residents with extended health plans typically receive coverage through their insurance provider (Blue Cross, Manulife, Great West Life, etc). We encourage prospective patients to contact their insurance company regarding their personal coverage limit for Naturopathic services. We offer direct billing to your insurance provider at the time of your appointment.
HOW DO I REFILL SUPPLEMENTS?
You can refill your supplements at any time during our clinic hours. If more than six months have passed since your last naturopathic visit we recommend that you book-in for a 30 minute follow-up consult to review your health and supplement regime in order for changes to be made if necessary.
WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?
Your scheduled appointment is time that has been reserved for you and your health concerns. In order to accommodate patients on the waiting list we require 24 hours notice for cancelled appointments to avoid the cancellation fee.