Naturopathy

Registered naturopathic doctor Laura Tummon Simmons, ND, offers consultation and treatment appointments at Queen Street Yoga. Please book ahead using Laura's online scheduler.

 

About Laura Tummon Simmons, ND:

Laura is a registered naturopathic doctor in the province of Ontario. As an ND, she is an evidence-based practitioner who is fundamentally dedicated to treating the whole person. She works with people who come with unique health challenges and uses a wide variety of tools including acupuncture, botanical medicine, nutrition, lifestyle changes, and counselling. She has an interest in women’s health management including but not limited to; menstrual regulation (PCOS, uterine fibroids, endometriosis), fertility/prenatal care, menopause, breast cancer prevention and adjunctive care.

Laura obtained her Honours Bachelor of Science from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Following this she completed a four-year Bachelors in Naturopathy degree from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. This degree involved a clinical internship year at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, the Brampton Naturopathic Teaching Clinic, as well as Parkdale Community Health Centre. She also in her internship year completed a shift on the Adjunctive Cancer Care shift and did an additional externship at the Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre. Currently, while not at Queen Street Yoga, she’s completing a two-year accredited Clinical Residency program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine acting as a teaching assistant and supervisor to students as well as completing research in integrative care.

 

What is naturopathic medicine, anyways?

Naturopathic medicine or naturopathy is a field of health care which involves the treatment of individuals with natural therapies and behavioural changes which aim to support each patient’s condition uniquely. Some of these various treatments may include: acupuncture, botanical medicine, nutrition/diet, lifestyle changes, and counselling. Ultimately the goals of treatment are to help in identifying causes of disease in a whole-person model, provide you with sustainable changes and education to help manage symptoms more easily with or without medication, and potentially prevent future harm.

A licensed ND will have received at least 3 years of undergraduate education, as well as a diploma/degree from an accredited program. They also have had to pass two sets of licensing exams (NPLEX), as well as regulated board exams in the province of Ontario. Naturopathic doctors are a self-regulated profession under the College of Naturopaths of Ontario.

 

What should you expect?

In an initial visit, Laura will listen to your medical history and do a physical examination. During this time, Laura will discuss with you those factors in your life which influence your health as a whole person. If possible, you should bring a list of your medications and any natural health products you are taking as well as any copies you have of bloodwork or recent testing as these play a large part in your health management. With your permission, these labs can also be requisitioned from your medical doctor. After your case has been evaluated, depending on your condition and individual needs, relevant evidence-based treatment options/recommendations will be discussed with you. Generally, after the first appointment a follow up is required between the first 2-6 weeks to ensure treatment is being tolerated. Please be aware, none of this is a dogmatic process nor is exactly the same from person to person; naturopathic medicine is designed to be based and tailored to your health needs as an individual. If at any time, a recommendation is not the right fit for you, please do not hesitate to let Laura know.

 

Services and fees:

By appointment Wednesdays and Saturdays:

  • 80-minute initial appointment: $145.00
  • 45-minute follow up appointment: $75.00
  • 30-minute follow up appointment: $50.00
  • 15-minute follow up appointment: $25.00
  • 45-minute naturopathic acupuncture appointment: $60.00
  • 15-minute complimentary "meet and greet" consult

All appointment fees are free of HST. College/University students (with valid ID), seniors (65+), and children (under age 18) receive 10% off appointment costs. Many benefit plans involve coverage for naturopathic medicine, though it is not OHIP covered.

Complimentary “meet and greet” consults allow you to meet Laura, discuss naturopathic medicine and how care works with a naturopathic doctor. These are a way to ensure a good fit before you invest in care.

Please note, acupuncture follow up appointments will be scheduled on the basis of acupuncture being applicable to you, and involve approximately a 10 minute follow up and treatment within the 45-minute visit.

 

How to book an appointment:

 

Paperwork required:

Once you have booked an initial appointment online, an intake form and consents will be emailed to you directly. If you would prefer to print and fill them out by hand to bring to your initial appointment, please contact us at bookings[at]lauratummonsimmons.com.

 

Have more questions?

If you have any other questions about the practice of naturopathic medicine or booking, please do not hesitate to contact Laura either through telephone, email, a complimentary 15-minute consult, or check out her website at lauratummonsimmons.com.

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