It has crossed my mind multiple times that the general public doesn’t always know a.) what naturopathic doctors do (another post for another time) and b.) which doctor to go see at which clinic. In the end, each person must make the best decision for them, with the knowledge that different NDs and different clinics will operate differently with different resources. Essentially, naturopathic medicine is a vast field and you want to find the doctor that resonates with you. That is when healing can happen.
And this can be incredibly daunting! Especially when your search begins with google and you cannot tell from an online review if the doctor you are considering will be able to help you, which is particularly important considering the fees you will be paying to see them. Trust me, I have been there……multiple times.
The solution? Research. But beyond the constraints of google. Call the clinic, ask around; grill the receptionist (nicely, I’ve been the receptionist too) about the philosophy of the clinic and the services they offer. See if you can meet the doctor for a free 15 minute consult to see if their approach to your concern is one you like. Step into the clinic space; do you like the vibe? Is this a place you can see yourself coming to heal? Was the commute to the clinic manageable? All of these pieces come into play in different proportions for different people.
What to Expect Upon Visiting the Roberts Schad Naturopathic Teaching Clinic for Your Naturopathic Medical Care
The Roberts Schad Naturopathic Clinic is a teaching clinic in North York Toronto (at the intersection of Sheppard and Leslie) that is attached to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Once you book an appointment, you will be met in reception by our front staff, and given an intake form to fill out in the waiting room. At the beginning of your appointment time, a 4th year intern will appear around the corner, call your name and warmly greet you. This intern will be in charge of your case and will direct care and treatment. You will be guided to a treatment room where you and your intern will sit down and discuss your reasons for coming in. Sometime into the visit, there will be a knock on the door and a supervisor will step into the room. The supervisor is a highly trained, licensed naturopathic doctor who will oversee the intern’s conduct of your case. They will step into every visit to check in on you and will discuss your case with the intern before and after your visit to ensure the treatment plan is on the right path.
Why Visit the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic?
#1.) Lower Cost.
The RSNC charges ~$45.00 for each hour long appointment. This is much lower than typical rates to see a naturopathic doctor. *Note, extra charges may apply for certain services such as peet baths and Intravenous Vitamins drips.*
#2.) Access to a Variety of Services.
Because the RNSC is designed to train interns in a variety of modalities, there are many options for treatments at the clinic. To name a few: Onsite blood draw and laboratory facility, Botanical dispensary (for custom made teas and tinctures), IV suite, Infrared Sauna rooms, Peet bath suites, Supplement dispensary, as well as treatment rooms designed for gynecological exams and hydrotherapy treatments. Interns are trained in many therapies from Acupuncture, Massage, Spinal adjustments, Nutritional & Lifestyle Counseling, Homeopathy, Botanical Medicine, IntraMuscular B12 Injections, Hydrotherapy, Cupping, Trigger Point Release, to conducting primary care exams such as breast exams, gynecological exams, well child checks, male genito-urinary exams and annual physicals.
#3.) Specialty Shifts.
The RSNC offers 5 different specialty shifts in which the interns are overseen by a specialized supervisor and are given extra training in that field. The specialty shifts include: Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, Cancer Care, Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, and Fertility & Reproductive Health.
#4.) 2 + Doctors for the Price of 1; Collaborative Care.
Due to the teaching, collaborative nature of the RSNC, your case will be looked at by your primary intern, your supervisor and will be anonymously presented to 5-6 other interns each shift. This way, you have a team of up to 10 minds working on your specific case and with these 10 collaborative perspectives, you get the best possible care.
*Note: if you wish for your case to be kept confidential, you may request that and only your primary intern and supervisor will discuss your case. All files are kept confidential and only your intern or supervisor may see them.
#5.) The Hub of New Research and Advances in Medicine.
The RSNC is adjunct to the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, the college that will have trained your intern, and often your supervisor, before they begin working at the RSNC. CCNM is a leader in research in the naturopathic field, and must remain up-to-date on all things medicine, thus, the care you receive from the RSNC will be guided by the latest standards and research. If something new comes out, say a breakthrough treatment, it will be known here. No stagnancy and stale medical practices at the RSNC! We have the sharpest minds working together to find the best answers.
#6.) We Educate.
One of the core naturopathic tenants is Docere, Doctor as Teacher. We take that very seriously at the RSNC and focus on empowering our patients through education. We give our patients the tools to foster healthy habits for a lifetime. Come in with a list of questions; our interns and supervisors welcome it and will be happy to answer them in as much depth as you want. Being sick, for however long, can be scary, and both your intern and your supervisor will be your advocate through that journey back to health.
#6.) We Acknowledge our Limits.
The RSNC is an incredibly safe and trustworthy clinic to guide your naturopathic care. As much as we know what we can do for you, we also know what we can’t, and with our connections in the medical field we can make appropriate referrals for you when necessary. We enjoy collaborating with your medical doctor / specialists as well, and reach out often.
#7.) We Care.
Above all, the interns and the supervisors at the RSNC care about you and your health so very much. Interns have spent years in post-secondary education and are chomping at the bit to help patients – you will have a fighter in your corner. I have personally been a patient of the RSNC for the past 2 1/2 years and cannot say enough about the care I have gotten there. It has changed my life and made me a better intern for my future patients.
–> #7.) Part a) We’re on the subway line! 1 minute walk from Leslie station.
If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment here, contact me or contact the RSNC.
My hours at the RSNC beginning in May 2016:
Thursday 8am -2pm
Friday 2pm – 8pm