NDs as Primary Health Care Practitioners

 Naturopathic Doctors, NDs, are trained as primary health care providers. Our educational training requires us to have a minimum of seven years post-secondary education, including three to four years of university pre-medical sciences accompanied by a subsequent successful completion of an accredited four-year naturopathic medical program. We are Medically Trained, Naturally Focused.


Naturopathic Education

 North American wide standardized licensing exams are necessary in order to secure proper board certification, registration and licensing within the Naturopathic Profession.

NDs are licensed to assess, diagnosis, prevent and treat disease and illness using a variety of modalities. Our scope of practice includes laboratory testing in order to confer a clinical diagnosis.

Naturopathic Medicine is the art and science of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease using natural therapies. Our unique training allows us to bridge the gap between eastern and western medicine, art and science, and traditional and conventional practices. We can act independently or along side in conjunction with your medical practitioners. No referral to Naturopathic Medicine is required.

In order to graduate as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, NDs must complete:

 3800 Hours of Classroom Training

1500 Hours of Clinical Training

37 Courses

9 Semesters

8 Modalities

4 Years

2 NPLEX Board Examinations

1 Naturopathic Doctor


 The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well


The Naturopathic Medicine Scope of Practice

Once the naturopathic diagnostic work-up is completed, a selection, fusion or integration of some of the following Naturopathic modalities will be used as therapeutic tools covered under the naturopathic scope of practice:  

Herbal Remedies & Botanical Medicine

Homeopathy & Homeopathic Medicine

Clinical Nutrition & Dietary Analysis

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture


Physical & Orthopaedic Assessments

Naturopathic Body Work

Lifestyle Counselling

Laboratory Diagnosis

Naturopathic Prescribing & Dispensing

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Additional Training & Certifications

 Dr. Cheryl D'Costa, BPHE, ND, R.Ac

Advanced Bowen Therapy~ Bowtech The Original Bowen Therapy

Master Certificate in Homeopathy For the Terrain~ A Miasmatic Approach - Dr. Gerard Gueniot

Registered Acupuncturist, R.Ac- CTCMPOA

CranioSacral Therapy Level 2~ The Upledger Institute

Cosmetic Acupuncture Certification- TCM Medica

Visceral Manipulation Level 1~ The Barral Institute

Bach Flower Essence Training~ The Bach Institute

Reiki Level 2- Usui Shiki Ryoho