Friday, December 18, 2009
How do I choose the right ND?
So you've been thinking about seeing a Naturopath, but just don't know where to start.
You have a set of criteria that are important to you - you want someone in your area of town, you want someone who deals with Gastrointestinal issues, or fertility, or headaches, you want someone you can connect with and can talk freely to.
You don't know anyone who can give you a referral and you don't want to go see just anyone - where do you go next??
In Canada, Naturopathic Medicine has Federal and Provincial associations that may help point you in the right direction.
In Canada you can go to: www.cand.ca and from there follow the links to 'find an ND' by first choosing your province.
So now you have a list of licensed Naturopaths in your city - but if you are from a big city, this list can be extensive!
Some ND's have websites attached to their profiles. You can check there to get more information - or perhaps you look through the list to find someone close to your work or home.
The most important thing you can do if you ask me, is to make sure you connect with your ND.
Most Naturopaths will offer a free 15 minute 'meet & greet' where you can discuss your concerns, ask questions and get a feel for whether you are comfortable working with that person.
You will know when you get the right fit! Trust yourself and take your time.
In good health,
Dr. Stacey Welton, ND