On this website, you will be able to find information regarding Naturopathic medicine,
what to expect at a Naturopathic appointment, contact information and helpful links,
as well as information for healthy living.
Naturopathic medicine treats all forms of health concerns for all ages and populations.
It is particularly beneficial for the following types of patients:
Individuals that are looking for disease prevention and health promotion strategies.
Individuals that have a range of symptoms that they have been unable to resolve, either on their own or with additional help.
Individuals looking to combine allopathic and naturopathic medicine to minimize drug side effects, surgery or conventional treatments.
Individuals that have been diagnosed with an illness, often serious or chronic, and are looking for alternative treatments. Naturopathic medicine is very effective for improving quality of life for those with serious and life threatening illnesses.
About Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathy is a unique type of medicine within the primary health care system. It blends modern scientific knowledge and techniques with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The foundation upon which Naturopathic medicine is built is the healing power of nature, which a Naturopathic physician supports and stimulates for each individual who seeks their service.
Naturopathic medicine focuses on disease diagnosis, individualized treatment, and most importantly, illness prevention, using natural therapies including: botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, as well lifestyle counselling.
Like conventional (also known as allopathic) medical doctors, Naturopathic doctors (NDs) provide primary care and undergo similar rigorous training. The primary differences between Naturopathic and conventional medicine are the philosophical approach and the therapies used. Naturopathic doctors treat patients as individuals by collecting an in-depth history and then addressing the physical, environmental, lifestyle, and emotional aspects of health. This enables an ND to find and treat the cause of the disease using natural, non-invasive therapies. Allopathic doctors generally address and treat the symptoms of disease with the use of pharmaceutical therapies or surgery.
Jennifer Johrendt BHSc, ND
Like a conventional doctor,dentist,
or chiropractor, Jennifer, along with
all other Naturopathic physicians,
first completed pre-medical studies
She attended the University of Western Ontario where she received an honours bachelor degree in Health
From there, she moved to Toronto to attend the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, which is one of only two accredited Naturopathic medical schools in Canada. At this institution, Jennifer received further training in basic, medical, and clinical science; diagnostics; and Naturopathic principles and therapeutics.
A one year internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic provided her with extensive clinical experience under the supervision of licensed Naturopathic doctors. During that year, Jennifer also spent four months intern-ing at the Sherbourne Health Centre treating individuals with HIV and AIDS. She also preceptored at the Newman Breast Feeding Clinic, which provided her with insight to the difficulties that many new parents face.
Upon successful completion of her schooling and intern-ship, Jennifer graduated with the title of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND). She then underwent intense examinations to obtain licensure.
Jennifer grew up in a small town located near Windsor, Ontario. She then lived in both London and Toronto for four years each as she earned her education. After finish-ing her schooling in Toronto, she decided to relocate.
The hustle and bustle of the city didn't appeal to her as much as the quiet country-side. Jennifer now resides in Carleton Place and is happy to call the
Naturopathy encompasses a variety of non-toxic, non-pharmaceutical treatments. All Naturopathic physicians in Canada are trained and licensed in the following natural therapies:
Clinical Nutrition — examines the relationship between diet and health. Special diets, food elimination, variations in dietary habits or the use of nutritional supplements may be recommended.
Botanical Medicine (Herbalism) — the use of plants for healing dates back to the beginning of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. The use of herbs in many forms, such as teas, tinctures or capsules, are used for their healing effects and nutritional value.
Homeopathic Medicine (Homeopathy) — Homeopathic medicine uses minute amounts of natural substances to stimulate the body's 'vital force' and the self-healing abilities of the body. It is based on the principle of "like cures like", meaning that, certain diseases or symptoms can be cured by giving very small doses of of a homeopathic, which in a healthy person and in a large dose, would produce the same symptoms or disease as the ill person experiences.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Acupuncture — based on balancing the flow of energy (referred to as Qi/Chi) through meridian pathways under the skin. TCM includes the use of herbs and acupuncture to regulate and release Qi in order to bring the body into balance.
Physical Medicine — this includes a variety of hands-on techniques for the spine, joints, and soft tissues. The most commonly utilized techniques are: hydrotherapy, therapeutic massage, naturopathic manipulation of muscle, bone or the spine, gentle electrical impulse, ultrasound, diathermy, and exercise therapy.
Prevention and Lifestyle Counselling — NDs examine all aspects of a person's life in order to identify and address the impact that physical, emotional, nutritional and environmental factors have on their health. Lifestyle counselling and patient education helps patients make informed choices to reach and maintain their optimal health, as well as prevent future illness.
First, Do No Harm – use remedies and therapies that are safe and effective to increase health and decrease harmful side effects.
Healing Power of Nature – restore and support the powerful and inherent healing abilities of the body, mind and spirit.
Identify and Treat the Cause – the primary goal of Naturopathy is to determine and treat the underlying cause of disease.
Treat the Whole Person – take into account not only the physical symptoms, but also mental, emotional, genetic, and environmental.
Doctor as Teacher – assist individuals in understanding health and illness and teach them to become capable of maintaining health.
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion – application of all principles in a proactive form of disease prevention and health promotion.
Individualized treatment is the number one service a Naturopathic physician can provide to their patients.
Each patient has a unique story, history, genetics, dietary habits, lifestyle and associated health concerns and therefore should be treated as such.
A Naturopathic doctor will work to determine the underlying cause(s) and create an individualized treatment plan to stimulate that person's innate healing ability. Patients are also actively involved in their health program and are educated to be able to make effective self-care decisions that can prevent future health problems.
The first appointment with a Naturopathic doctor is about 1 – 1.5 hours and subsequent appointments will be from 15 to 60 minutes in length depending on your specific health concerns. Typically during the initial visit, a detailed history of your current and past health concerns is taken, a full or partial physical exam is conducted, and necessary laboratory tests are performed. This information is used collectively to make an assessment and diagnosis. A personalized treatment plan will then be formulated to help facilitate the achievement of appropriate health goals.
Diagnostics and Examinations
The basis of Naturopathic diagnosis is an extensive patient history, physical examination, review of medica-tions, and evaluation of appropriate laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging. Naturopathic physicians 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, and constitution.
A referral is not required to see a Naturopathic doctor. NDs work well with conventional medical doctors, and are trained to refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.
Health Insurance Coverage
Most extended health insurance plans in Canada cover all or partial cost of 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. Naturopathic medicine is currently not covered by any of the provincial health plans.
2 Costello Drive,
Carleton Place, Ontario
Phone: (613) 253-2112
Fax: (613) 253-3564
Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors — www.cand.ca
Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors — www.oand.org
The Heritage Community Fitness Centre — www.heritagefitness.ca
Peak Centre for Human Performance — www.peakcentre.ca