Naturopathic Medicine2018-05-09T11:00:39-06:00

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a gentle, yet supportive blend of science and nature. Our doctors are registered with the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Practitioners.



What is Naturopathic Medicine?

Naturopathic medicine can help you find true health and all that comes with it:

  • Comfort and peace from poor health
  • Energy and vitality
  • Restful sleep
  • Understanding and dedication from a passionate health care provider
  • Safe, drug-free treatment plan customized with and for you
  • With side-effects of surgeries, cancer therapy or medications
  • Wishing to find greater wellness or preventative care
  • Looking to find an experienced guide in the ever-expanding field of alternative health

What can I expect?

To feel better than you ever knew you could. This gentle, yet supportive blend of science and nature is changing the face of Canadian healthcare.

Naturopathic doctors strive to spend adequate time with patients to fully understand their concerns, and also to follow-up and monitor patients to best guide and motivate them – a patient should never feel forgotten. The first consultation is 60 minutes to discuss your concerns and assess your body inside and out. By the end of that visit, a treatment plan is laid in place. Checkups are scheduled, usually for 30 minutes, when needed, according to your plan.

Your plan may include dietary changes, herbs or supplements to take, acupuncture, homeopathy, and lifestyle changes. Often it is a balance of quick-acting remedies to get relief and long-term treatments to address the root cause. These remedies are usually combined with things you can do to engage in your treatment plan and take an active role in your well-being.

In addition, naturopathic medicine is often used by those:

  • Unable to get diagnosed with a conventional diagnosis
  • Unable to find a family doctor
  • With side-effects of surgeries, cancer therapy or medications
  • Wishing to find greater wellness or preventative care
  • Looking to find an experienced guide in the ever-expanding field of alternative health

Testing Available

Currently, the following tests are available to patients of Backbones:

  • Food Allergy
  • Hormones
  • Hair Mineral Analysis

These are the most commonly used and requested tests. Other tests are available from this lab, and are available upon request. See for a full listing of tests.

Conditions Naturopathic Doctors Can Treat

  • Allergies
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Ear infections
  • Hair loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Incontinence
  • Nerve issues
  • Reflux disease
  • Incontinence
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Nerve issues
  • Children’s health
  • Eczema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Cancer
  • Digestive concerns
  • Fertility
  • Headaches
  • High cholesterol
  • Insomnia
  • Pre- and Post-natal
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Joint pains
  • Prostate health

PDF Click here to download our Naturopathic Intake Form.

Frequently Asked Questions


What training does a naturopathic doctor have?2018-04-15T14:21:00-06:00

Naturopathic doctors have a minimum of 3 years of premedical sciences, following by 4 full‑time years of naturopathic medicine at one of two accredited institutions in Canada. After graduating, naturopathic doctors must write and pass rigorous board examinations to get a license to practice, and keep valid registration with the Alberta Association of Naturopathic Practitioners through continuing education.

Can I still see my medical doctor and take my prescriptions?2018-04-14T22:09:40-06:00

Yes, absolutely. Safety is the main concern, in addition to meeting patient goals, whatever they may be. Naturopathic doctors are experts in alternative health and how to safely use natural remedies. Options and education will be provided, but a patient will never be told to disregard the advice of other qualified health care providers.

Are you currently accepting new patients?2018-04-15T12:33:46-06:00

Yes, we try to leave room open for new patients to get in within 3 weeks.

How much will it cost?2018-04-15T12:35:21-06:00

Although Alberta Health does not cover naturopathic medical services, most extended health care plans do. Please check your plan. You will be provided with a detailed receipt to submit to your insurance provider. For adults, the rate is currently $150 for the initial naturopathic medicine consultation, $90 for the initial acupuncture-only session, and $65 for all naturopathic and acupuncture follow-ups. These prices do not include GST. Please note there is $25 fee for missed appointments (cancellation is required 24 hours in advance). Fees are subject to change without notice.

Are evening appointments available?2018-04-15T12:36:49-06:00

Yes, upon special arrangement with the naturopathic doctor. Please call the clinic for available appointments.

What should I do prior to meeting the naturopathic doctor?2018-04-23T16:19:56-06:00

Gather your health information – prescription information, lab tests, past illnesses/surgeries, current supplements – any information pertaining to your health history.

In addition, start contemplating your health goals. What are your goals and what are willing to do to accomplish them? How good to you want to feel? What are your expectations of your healthcare providers? Are you ready for the journey to optimal health?