Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should i expect on my first visit?
A: Dr. Iverson requires time to get to know your history and compile the important information to treat the root cause of your concern. Appointments are usually 45-60 minutes in length. Be prepared to be asked more questions then at your GP's office. You will also have more time to explain your concern/s in full. Depending on the nature of the initial visit you may be sent home with a treatment plan, require further lab/diagnostic testing, or be emailed a plan within the next 24 hours if Dr. Iverson feels she needs to do a bit more research for your case.
Q: What should i bring to my first visit?
A: Please arrive 15 minutes before your first appointment to fill in our intake form, as well as, bring any recent/relevant lab work and diagnostic imaging reports.
Q: wHAT TYPE OF TRAINING DOES A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR HAVE?
A: In order to be certified as a Naturopathic doctor you must first retain a 4-year undergraduate degree before applying to a 4-year accredited Naturopathic medical school. Dr. Iverson attended the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. The first 2 years are similar to conventional medical school and are more focused on clinical sciences (anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and pathology). At the end of second year it is mandatory to attend a 6 day intensive anatomy dissection lab. Throughout the 4 years, Dr. Iverson has attended over 3500 hours of classroom studies in many Naturopathic topics (Tradition Asian medicine/acupuncture, nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, orthopaedic assessments, Naturopathic manipulation, counselling, and orthomolecular medicine. Dr. Iverson has completed over 1200 clinic intern hours which includes, interviewing and treating patients under a supervised Naturopathic physician, as well as over 125 hour shadowing Naturopathic physicians in their own practices.
Q: wILL MY VISITS BE COVERED UNDER HEALTH INSURANCE
A: Unfortunately Naturopathic care is not yet covered under MSP, but some extended healthcare plans cover a specific yearly amount that can cover patient visits, supplements, or diagnostic labs, depending on the plan.
Q: Are naturopathic doctors licensed and regulated in bc?
A: Yes, Naturopathic doctors are tightly regulated by the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia, CNPBC. To be licensed as a Naturopathic physician you must pass two sets of licensing boards regulated by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examinations, NABNE, as well as graduated from 1 of the 7 accredited schools in North America.
Q: CAN NATUROPATHIC DOCTORS PRESCRIBE PHARMACEUTICALS in bc?
A: Yes, as long as the Naturopathic doctor has passed the pharmacy exam that is regulated by the CNPBC. There are standards and limitations on the categories of prescriptive drugs a Naturopathic doctor can prescribe.