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Naturopathic Doctors are regulated healthcare providers with a broad scope of practice and offer a wide range of naturopathic medical services to patients. ND’s are trained to provide comprehensive and holistic healthcare with a focus on natural and alternative therapies. ND’s use the standards of care guidelines set out by governing bodies with the addition of treatment options outlined within their scope of practice. To learn more about controlled acts a Naturopathic Doctor can perform, please click here.

“ND”, “Naturopathic Doctor” and “naturopath” are protected titles meaning only people qualified to practice can use these titles. It is important to ensure you are working with a regulated healthcare professional when making informed decisions regarding your health. 

All ND’s are unified by the professions guiding principles: 

  1. First Do No Harm 
  2. The Healthing Power of Nature 
  3. Identify and Treat the Cause 
  4. Treat the Whole Person
  5. Doctor as Teacher
  6. Prevention

All licensed Naturopathic Doctors must begin their education by  completing  a 3-4 year university level degree followed by a 4-year naturopathic medical degree at an accredited educational institution. Naturopathic Doctors practicing in Ontario are regulated by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO) which is a regulatory body ensuring that ND’s meet competency and have the necessary knowledge, skills and judgments to care for patients safely and effectively. Post graduation from an accredited institution, ND’s must complete licensing exams to ensure competency and are only eligible for registration after successful completion of these exams.

Yes, under the Laboratory and Specimen Collection Centre Licensing Act, 1990 (LSCCLA), Naturopathic Doctors are authorized to requisition collections. Lab requisitions provided by a Naturopathic Doctor are not covered under OHIP, therefore the requisition is paid by the patient at their visit. They can then bring the requisition to LifeLabs to have the collection completed.  Your Naturopathic Doctor can then assess those results. Some insurance providers do cover the cost of diagnostic testing.

Yes, many private insurance companies cover the cost or a portion of the cost of naturopathic visits.  Depending on your insurance provider and specific policy, the coverage will vary. If you have questions about your coverage, please reach out to your insurance company for clarification. At this time NWC does not provide direct billing. After your appointment, you will receive an emailed copy of your receipt that you can submit to your insurance company. Naturopathic visits are not covered under OHIP.

At NWC Dr. Kelsey Hroch, ND has a clinic focus on perinatal care, including fertility, pregnancy and postpartum health. Naturopathic Doctors can treat a wide range of health conditions, including women’s health concerns, digestive disorders, cardiovascular health, mental health, autoimmune conditions, endocrine disorders, chronic pain, skin conditions, and much more. 

Booking an appointment with Dr. Kelsey Hroch, ND, at Northern Wellness Collective is accessible at your fingertips with our online booking system. You can easily schedule your appointment or discovery call by clicking here, which will direct you to our online booking platform, Jane.

The initial assessment with Dr. Kelsey Hroch, ND usually lasts around 60-90 minutes. This allows ample time for a thorough review of your medical history, current health concerns. Follow up appointments can be between 30-60 minutes in length.

Our clinic is conveniently located at 391 Pim St, Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Click here to get directions now!