Naturopathic medicine is a diverse system of primary healthcare that involves the use of natural therapies to prevent disease. The main purpose of Naturopathic medicine is to stimulate the natural healing ability of the body to address the root cause of illness. Naturopathic Doctors believe that each individual is unique and, therefore, each treatment plan should be tailored to that patient.
Who are Naturopathic Doctors?
Naturopathic Medicine is regulated under the Ontario provincial law. Similar to other family doctors, a registered Naturopathic physician must have at least 7 years of postsecondary education and training. This includes completion of 3 or more years of pre-medical sciences at a University followed by completion of 4 years post-graduate training at an accredited Naturopathic medical school. Every licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor completes multi-step North American Board and licensing exams and holds good standing by maintaining continuing education credits.
Naturopathic Medicine relies on 6 principles:
- First do no harm (Primum Non Nocere)
- The healing power of nature (Vis Mediatrix Naturae)
- Identify and treat the cause of disease
- Treat the whole person through individualized treatment (Tolle Totum)
- The physician as a teacher (Docere)
- Prevention is the best cure
GET ON THE PATH TO RECOVERY, BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY!
Cambridge Naturopath New Patient Forms
If you would like to book an appointment with a Naturopathic Doctor, please download, print and fill out the Naturopath intake form along with Naturopath Informed Consent located below. YOU MUST HAVE THESE COMPLETED FORMS BEFORE YOUR FIRST VISIT.
“Meet the Doctor”: 15-minute complimentary Visit
Become acquainted with the Naturopathic Doctor! Dr. Vesich offers a 15 minute complimentary session to give you a chance to ask how naturopathic medicine can help you improve your health concerns – before committing to any treatment plan.
Please Note: this session will not provide any official diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations – it is solely for informational purposes and for you to meet the practitioner.
Book a complimentary 15-minute consultation with Dr. Vesich today!
Our Services Include
Natural Medical Therapies
- Clinical Nutrition
- Botanical Medicine
- Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Health Psychology & Lifestyle Counseling
- Laboratory Tests
Most of the conventional medical laboratory tests are used to help diagnose and manage the patients’ health. In addition to basic laboratory tests, the following are also available: (please contact the clinic for more specific tests)
- Hormone lab Testing
- Food Allergy/reactions and Immunology lab Testing
- Environmental/Nutritional Laboratory tests
- Healthy Diet and lifestyle
- Healthy Gut and Digestion
- Healthy Weight and Detoxification
- Cold and Flu Prevention and Immunity Boost
- Progressive Healthy Fertility
- Healthy Hormones
- Heart and Vascular Health
- Integrative Smoking Cessation Program
Programs are designed to help manage conditions effectively over time. These programs address the root cause of disease and offer a guide to a healthier lifestyle. Contact the clinic at (519) 624-8000 to book an appointment and to start taking control of your health.
The following is a brief list of conditions and concerns that Marwa Dabbagh treats as a Naturopathic Doctor (Please note: this is NOT an exhaustive list! Your health concern may not be listed here but could very well benefit from Naturopathic Medical care):
- Autoimmune disorders
- Bell’s Palsy
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Cold and Flu prevention and treatment
- Detoxification programs
- Fatigue (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
- Food Intolerances
- Gas and bloating
- Heart Burn/Acid Reflux
- Heart Disease
- High cholesterol
- Hormonal imbalances
- Hyper and Hypothyroidism
- High Blood Pressure
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Infant colic
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis)
- Low Libido/Erectile Dysfunction
- Menopausal concerns
- Menstrual complaints – premenstrual syndrome, dysmenorrhea, breast pain (fibrocystic breasts), menstrual irregularity
- Panic attacks
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ringing in the ears (Tinnitus)
- Skin Conditions
- Smoking cessation
- Tinea Versicolor
- Thyroid Conditions
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
- Uterine conditions – fibroid, endometriosis
- Weight loss programs
- Women’s Health concerns
Pain (Acute or Chronic)
- Ankle/Heel pain
- Elbow pain
- Knee Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Arthritis (Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid)
- Muscle Spasms
How do I know if my “Naturopathic Doctor” is licensed and registered?
Any licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Ontario is required to have at least 3 years of undergraduate study experience, have completed an accredited 4-year program at an accredited Naturopathic Medical School and have successfully passed a rigorous 2-step licensing exam. Also, Naturopathic Doctors go through rigorous provincial written and clinical exams to assess their competency level. Once these requirements have been met, they are eligible to apply for licensure with the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy (BDDT-N) and must be registered in order to practice in the province of Ontario.
What can I expect on my first visit?
A typical first visit with a Naturopathic Doctor will be around an hour and will include a full health history intake and a relevant screening physical exam. It will consist of information gathering session where your Naturopathic Doctor will use to draft a full individualized treatment plan to better address your health.
What types of conditions do Naturopathic Doctors treat?
Naturopathic Doctors treat many types of illnesses and concerns. However, certain Naturopathic Doctors choose to focus on certain populations or health concerns. Click here (add hyperlink to Diseases/Health Concerns tab) to see a list of conditions that Dr. Tamara Vesich, ND focuses on.
Is Naturopathic Medicine covered by OHIP?
No. However, most extended healthcare plans cover visits to Naturopathic Doctors. Check your benefits package or contact your insurance company for more information.
MEET OUR WILSON HEALTH SERVICES Naturopathic Doctors
Dr. Heather McRae, ND Naturopathic Doctor
Heather MacRae is a graduate of the University of Guelph, and 20 years later graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. In her ten years of practice as an ND, Heather has developed special passions for Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine and Nutrition.
Trained in three styles of Acupuncture Heather enjoys supporting people with pain, anxiety, insomnia, addiction recovery, weight loss, digestive distress, auto-immune and neurodegenerative disorders, PMS, peri-menopause and much more. (Time on the table can also be time to discuss how diet, nutritional supplements, and Botanical Medicines can complement treatments. Body work, nutritional and botanical medicines can all be adjuncts to any other care you are under.)
A resident of Guelph for 30 years, Heather has been committed to accessibility of Naturopathic Medicine for all and offers compassionate, trauma-informed care for individuals and families. As well as being active in the community, Heather works with people with disabilities and has gained a great deal of experience and insight regarding health in all walks of life.
Heather’s love of alternative medicine began with the warm, holistic nurturing of midwifery care and naturally led to Naturopathic medicine. A strong pre-occupation with seeds, growing, harvesting and making medicines with plants fits beautifully with Heather’s models of care which include life with lots of movement, whole foods, and a healthy relationship with natural surroundings.
Heather lives with one of her three grown children, and four four-legged creatures! Radical self-care has healed her through some difficult years. Photographing nature, writing poetry, playing music and growing/harvesting/cooking/eating food bring her a joy and whole health that she is eager to share.
Heather is happy to offer free 15-minute consultations to discuss the possibilities that Naturopathic Medicine has to offer you.