Dr Maria Shapoval

Naturopathic Doctor

“Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.”

~ Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors

Frequently Asked Questions

No, however, most extended health benefits plans do include naturopathic medicine in their coverage.

The short answer is it depends. As a naturopathic doctor, my training is to approach the condition as part of the whole, rather than focus on it exclusively. The recommendations I make aim to improve your overall health and stimulate your body’s natural healing processes. This can help improve the condition in question. Please see “Neurological Conditions & Other Health Concerns” for more details. 

Yes I can do injections. I have successfully completed the therapeutic prescribing exam, which grants ND’s the license to inject regulated substances. However, at this time, I am not pursuing further training in intravenous therapies and will refer patients to practitioners specializing in this treatment, should there be a need.

Yes! The clinic offers full laboratory services, which includes IgG and IgE food allergy panels. OHIP does not cover these test. Most insurance coverages do not provide coverage either. 

Not necessarily. While this is often a personal goal, the overarching goal is to maintain health and prevent disease. Depending on the condition, medication may be the very best option, while lifestyle modification and alternative therapies may offer additional support to minimize side effects and optimize the drug’s efficacy.

This answer also depends on the nature of the condition. In general, acute conditions tend to require fewer visits overall, though more frequent, while chronic conditions do tend to require more time with more space between visits to allow the treatment to take effect.

The first visit (60 minutes) is $160. Follow up visits (40 minutes) are $82.

There are several differences with education and regulation being two key variables. Naturopathic doctors must complete 4 years of undergraduate education before applying to the naturopathic medicine programs. The program itself involves 4 years of intensive study with a 1-yr full time clinical internship under the supervision of a licensed naturopathic doctor. Licensing involves successful completion of 2 licensing exams (NPLEX) and continuous professional development, which is monitored by the regulating body. Training of naturopathic doctors includes homeopathy and holistic nutrition, in addition to nutrition, acupuncture. botanical medicine, and physical medicine.

Homeopaths are also regulated in Ontario and are required to meet the standards of their regulatory body. Holistic nutritionists currently have no regulation in Ontario.

Yes. The College of Naturopaths of Ontario regulates and provides license to ND’s in Ontario.

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