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Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are primary care practitioners, meaning they treat a wide variety of health concerns, similar to family physicians.

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic doctors (also known as NDs) provide health care to people of all ages, focusing on the use of natural therapies to support and stimulate healing processes.

Naturopathic doctors (also known as NDs) provide health care to people of all ages, focusing on the use of natural therapies to support and stimulate healing processes.

Licensed NDs complete a minimum of three years of university-level training, including pre-medical courses, then four years at an accredited college for naturopathic medicine. Training includes basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; naturopathic principles and therapeutics; and extensive clinical experience under the supervision of qualified naturopathic doctors. 

After completing an accredited program, NDs must write and pass standardized North American board exams known as Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for regulation/licensing. 

Anyone seeing an ND should expect to be dealing with a highly trained professional who has met comprehensive standards in order to practice.

Commonly treated conditions include:

Fertility concerns, PMS, dysmenorrhea, menopause
Colds and flus
Allergies
Arthritis
Chronic pain
Thyroid conditions
High cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes
ADD/ADHD, autism
Depression, anxiety, insomnia
Back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
Digestive concerns, weight loss
Skin conditions
and many more

What to expect from a visit

The first appointment with an ND may last 60-90 minutes. Subsequent appointments will be from 20 to 60 minutes in length depending on your specific health concerns and the naturopathic doctor you are working with. Typically, during the initial visits your ND will take a detailed history of your current and past health concerns, conduct a physical exam and possibly order laboratory tests to make an assessment and diagnosis. With the patient’s input, a personalized treatment plan will be proposed to help facilitate achieving his or her health goals. Your treatment plan will include suggestions using any or all of the therapies employed by NDs, including nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, physical therapies and lifestyle counselling.

Diagnostics and examinations

The foundation of naturopathic diagnosis is an extensive patient history, physical examination, review of medications, and evaluation of appropriate laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging. NDs use the conventional medical diagnostic framework, but are also trained in Chinese medical diagnostic skills and spend time looking for contributing factors in patient’s lifestyle, habits, attitudes and constitution.

Health insurance coverage

Most extended health insurance plans in Canada cover naturopathic treatments. Insured patients are encouraged to contact their employer or individual insurance brokers to determine if they are covered and/or to request that their policy be extended to include naturopathic services if it does not already do so. 

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Dr. Valerie Penton MSc, ND

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Dr. Valerie Penton, ND is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Newfoundland. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master’s degree in Medicine and Doctor of Naturopathy degree.

Dr. Penton has an evidence based approach, using natural therapies to help her patients optimize their health. She advocates for an individualized and collaborative approach to healthcare. She grew up in rural Newfoundland and Labrador and is passionate about educating and empowering her patients in their health and well-being. She has a firm belief that naturopathic medicine works well alongside conventional medicine. She does not aim to replace those therapies or interfere with patient’s existing medications.

Fertility/Prenatal care and hormonal health are Dr. Penton’s focus areas, along with thyroid conditions and mental health. She is also a certified Naturopathic Birth Doula, and has experience working with midwives, obstetricians, family physicians and nursing staff to assist women during and after birth.

Outside of private practice, Dr. Penton loves spending time with her family near the ocean, and enjoys finding new trails to hike.

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