Frequent Questions

Q?Which NDs Can Perform IV Therapy?
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After graduating from an accredited naturopathic college in North America and passing the NPLEX exams, NDs who perform parenteral IV therapy in Ontario must hold additional certification in IV therapy and pass the Ontario Prescribing Exam for naturopathic doctors in Ontario. Dr. Allison Freeman ND has completed all of the above and practices IV therapy from her office in Toronto.

Q?What is the Level of Medical Training for NDs?
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Naturopathic doctors are primary care doctors. Our training involves a 4-year graduate level training at an accredited college in North America. Naturopathic medical training programs incorporate conventional medical sciences (i.e. anatomy, pathology, differential diagnosis), specialized courses in cardiology, EENT, gynecology, gastroenterology, etc), with additional assessment tools, and gentle therapies with a unique naturopathic philosophy. Naturopathic doctors in Ontario are licensed by NPLEX exams and governed by the College of Naturopaths of Ontario. Additional training is available for additional credentials including IV therapy and the Therapeutics Prescribing exam.

Q?New ND Regulation in Ontario
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In Ontario, Naturopathic Doctors are the only regulated health professionals in the field of natural medicine. Since July 1, 2015, Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario are regulated  under the College of Naturopaths under the Regulated Health Professions Act, joining all other regulated health professions. The Naturopathy Act also confirms the current scope of NDs as primary care practitioners who are able to provide diagnoses and have access to key controlled acts.

Q?How do I get to the office? Is there parking?
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  • There is free street parking directly in front of the office. South Side of Dundas is available all day, after 9am. North side of Dundas is available 7am-4pm, and 6pm onwards.       

  • By Transit: Exit Dundas West Station. Take the Junction 40 bus. The bus stop is Indian Grove. The office will be across the street from the bus stop.

  • By Car: We are located North-East of High Park, on Dundas St. West. We have free public parking in front of the building on Dundas and more parking is available on the residential streets of the neighbourhood.

  • From North: From Hwy 401, take ‘Black Creek Drive’ Southbound to Keele and turn left (east) on Dundas.

  • From Gardiner Expressway: Take the Jamieson St. exit and transfer immediately to Lakeshore Boulevard. and exit at Take the first exit, Parkside Drive. Continue Northbound until you reach Dundas West, and turn right. Continue on Dundas for 1.5 blocks.

  • From South Mississauga: Take the Gardiner Expressway to the Queensway-Humber Exit. Head north along Parkside Drive. Parkside will follow the East side of High Park. Continue along Parkside Drive until you reach Dundas St West at the top of the hill, and turn right.

Q?Can I see Dr Freeman for primary care?
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If you have long waiting times with your GP, you can see Dr Freeman for primary care including a range of standard screenings and tests: breast exams, gynecological exams and PAP tests, strep throat testing, blood tests, and urine tests. Whenever appropriate, Dr. Freeman will recommend natural remedies and therapies, to assist with healing (i.e. nutrition, herbal remedies, acupuncture, IV therapy, and nebulized inhalation therapy). She does not prescribe narcotics, antibiotics, or other pharmaceutical medications, and would refer to a prescribing physician if necessary. Dr. Freeman can work in partnership with your GP and other members of your healthcare team.

Q?How does the treatment process differ than with my regular GP?
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The naturopathic doctor applies natural principles of healing to promote the healing responses of the body. The assessment process will seek to evaluate the root causes of the concern, review interactions between your pharmaceutical drugs and the natural treatments prescribed and create short and long-term health planning for your longevity. Treatments can involve acupuncture, botanical medicine, homeopathy, spinal manipulation, hydrotherapy, clinical nutrition and counseling.

Q?How are my visits covered?
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While Naturopathic medicine is not covered under OHIP, the visit costs are covered by most extended health care insurance plans. Patients are encouraged to consult with their insurance providers to determine annual coverage policies. The cost of supplements, custom tinctures, herbal medicine and laboratory testing is not typically included with insurance plans.  To maintain affordability, Dr Freeman can discuss the possibilities of referring to your medical doctor for tests that may be covered by OHIP.