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Becoming a Patient

You can choose to use naturopathic medicine at any time:        no referral is necessary.

Simply call Dr. Penny on (250) 361-9888 for an appointment time, and either download the Health Questionnaire, leave your e-mail address for Dr. Penny to send it to you or, if neither of these is possible, leave your mailing address for Dr. Penny to mail it to you. Fill the form in and bring it with you to your first appointment. Please see Map and Directions on the contact details page, for how to get to my clinic.

This first appointment lasts 1¼ hour. You should schedule an hour and a half for the visit plus the time needed to complete making payment and arranging the next appointment.

It may then be advisable to return soon after for some specific testing in order to get a well-rounded treatment protocol started, depending on your condition and needs.

After that, follow-up visit are generally thirty to fifty minutes long and four to six weeks apart, until you are better. This may vary at times, depending on the treatments used and how fast results are expected.

Supplements and remedies recommended for you are usually to be taken over a period of weeks of months, until they have fulfilled their function in helping you get well.

Can I use naturopathic treatment in addition to, or instead of, standard medical treatment?

Because Naturopathic Physicians are trained in standard western diagnosis they can work with any diagnosis from your M.D. or specialist. You can choose to use a natural treatment plan that will not interfere with, and will usually complement, any treatment you are already using, or you can choose to use only natural treatments to address your diagnosis.

Many people use Naturopathic medicine because the standard treatments cause unpleasant side-effects for them, and others find that the Western medical system has helped to some degree, and they want to find out what additional benefits natural treatments can offer.

Because Naturopathic Physicians are trained to treat the person rather than the disease, it is not necessary to have a diagnosis from an M.D. or specialist for your Naturopathic Doctor to be able to help your health concerns. Indeed many patients see Naturopathic Doctors because they do not have a standard diagnosis despite having had all tests available through the Western medical system, and despite their suffering from symptoms which may vary from minor to debilitating.