What you need to know about your naturopath's credentials

By: Dr. Janet McKenzie, Oct 06, 2012

How can I be sure that my naturopathic doctor has the right credentials?

Once licensed, there are ongoing requirements for continuing education that must be met.

Find out where they were educated and what their education consisted of. For example, in Ontario, naturopathic doctors must complete a minimum of 3 years of pre-requisite university education. This is followed by 4 years at an accredited college of natural medicine where they receive extensive training (over 4500 hours) in medical sciences (pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, laboratory diagnosis, etc.) and naturopathic therapies (acupuncture, nutrition, botanical medicine, and others), along with over 1500 hours of supervised clinical practice. Graduates must then successfully complete 2 series of Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations in order to obtain their license to practice in Canada. In order to practice in Ontario, yet another set of written and practical exams must be successfully completed. Once licensed, there are ongoing requirements for continuing education that must be met.

In Ontario, the practice of naturopathic medicine is regulated and there is a licensing body that ensures the protection of the public by setting standards for both training and professional practice.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of British Columbia.  I have several years of work experience in nursing covering such specialty areas as gastroenterology, plastic surgery, gerontology, ophthalmology, sexual health and family planning.

I am a member in good standing with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and I am licensed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).

As a naturopathic doctor, I work with many treatment modalities, some of which you will find described on this site, but have a special interest in clinical nutrition and orthomolecular medicine. Dr. McKenzie's practices at the Summit Natural Health Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario. http://www.summitnaturalhealth.ca/