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Hormone Testing

Hormone testing can be a helpful way to evaluate menopausal symptoms, PMS, fatigue, weight challenges, and mental health concerns. They are also a useful pre-requisite for bio-identical hormone prescriptions from your Naturopathic Doctor.

Digestive Function

The digestive tract contains more than 70% of our immune system function and directly interacts with our nervous system. Poor digestion will impact our entire body and quality of life. 

Metabolic Testing

Identify where your metabolism requires support to encourage weight loss, improve energy levels, and reduce chronic inflammation.  Your Naturopathic Doctor will help you choose the most relevant test for your health concerns.

Dr. Sonya Nobbe, BScH, ND

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Clinic Director

 

Following completion of a 4 year degree in Biology at Queen’s University, Sonya completed another four years of professional graduate study at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, which is one of two schools in Canada eligible to grant the designation of Naturopathic Doctor (ND). She maintains membership with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors, and is licensed by the College Of Naturopaths of Ontario.

Sonya regularly contributes health articles to various local and national publications. You may read some of her articles on her website here. Sonya has participated in several government healthcare initiatives, including Health Canada’s Health Professional Information on Climate Change Advisory Committee, and the South East Local Health Integration Network Citizen’s Panel on healthcare.

For more information about Sonya’s practice and naturopathic medicine, please visit her website: www.KingstonNaturopath.com. You may also contact her directly at DrSonya@kihc.ca

Medical Testing

Laboratory services available to patients through OHIP can be limiting. As licensed healthcare providers, Naturopathic Doctors may access not only mainstream laboratory services, but also services provided by advanced laboratories throughout Canada and the United States. These thorough assessments are invaluable tools that will help you understand your current health status and monitor your improvement during treatment. Blood, urine, saliva, and stool analysis is available to analyze food allergies, digestive health, nutritional status, hormone balance, and more. For more information, including about our in-house laboratory testing, please view our website, here.

Medication Therapy Management Clinic

The Medication Management Therapy Clinic is managed by our Clinical Pharmacist, Tarek, and runs on Tuesdays at KIHC.

Consultations with Tarek are designed to provide you with a comprehensive review of your medications, including over-the-counter and natural products, with a resultant action plan that you can use to track your progress in self-management. Goals of your consultation might include:

  • Identification of medication and natural product side-effects or interactions;
  • Suggestions for using medications more effectively to reach your treatment goals (e.g. improved blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood glucose levels);
  • Exploration of medication alternatives, adjuncts, or changes to your current medication doses or schedule;
  • A summary letter for your physician, for information purposes or to take a certain action, if required.

 

Initial MTM sessions typically last 30 to 45 minutes. Follow-up sessions can be scheduled at a mutual time frame and are often shorter in duration. Please note that in Ontario, changes to a medication prescription must be ordered by the prescribing physician or family physician. A Medication Therapy Management session is designed to greatly facilitate this process, with your health and safety in mind.

Additional services available include:

  • Pre-travel health advice and administration of travel vaccines;
  • On-site testing of blood sugar, HbA1c, cholesterol, and thyroid hormones;
  • DNA testing (pharmacogenetics) to identify which medications are most suited to your health conditions, and which ones might pose additional risk of side-effects;
  • Smoking cessation advice and treatment;
  • Wellness and lifestyle counselling;
  • Anti-coagulation therapy monitoring and testing, for people taking blood-thinning medications.

CranioSacral Therapy

Our central nervous system is comprised of our brain and spinal cord. Their optimal function depends significantly on the quality of the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes them. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a very gentle manual therapy that addresses the central nervous system by releasing restrictions in the tissues that surround the spine and brain. CST may be an effective adjunctive therapy for chronic pain or neurological conditions such as migraines, back pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and concussions. It is safe and effective for a variety of pediatric conditions, such as constipation and colic.

CranioSacral Therapy at KIHC is offered by Joel Ackerman, Registered Massage Therapist. It can be incorporated into an existing appointment or as an entire treatment unto itself, with the client fully clothed and lying comfortably on a treatment table.

Homeopathy

Homeopathic medicine is a complete system of medicine, with origins dating back to late 18th century Europe. Homeopathic medicine views the symptom expression in the individual as the guide from the inner healing mechanism of the body.  Symptoms tell the homeopath how the body is attempting to rid itself of the disease influence, and so the homeopath looks for a remedy that will support that natural process, thus facilitating the person in completing their own self-healing.  Homeopathy is useful in all ages and conditions, but due to its safety and non-toxicity, it is known as particularly beneficial for children, in pregnancy, the elderly, and those who are particularly sensitive to their environment- both energetically and physically.

Homeopathy is a regulated health profession in Ontario, under the College of Homeopaths of Ontario, and is recognized by the CRA as a medical expense.  Many extended health plans cover homeopathy when practiced by a licensed homeopath or naturopathic doctor.  An initial appointment for homeopathy is approximately 2 hours, and follow-ups range from 15-60 minutes.  At KIHC, homeopathic services are offered by Sarah Hutchinson, Hom.

Holistic Nutrition

holistic nutrition

Holistic nutrition services differ from other dietary counseling approaches by more deeply exploring your unique biochemistry, your beliefs and relationship with food, and the impact of food on your physical, mental, and emotional health. Consultations often include individualized screening for nutrient deficiencies, lifestyle assessment, and practical advice for shopping for and preparing nutritious, family-friendly meals. Holistic nutrition practices are a critical foundation of all health plans.

Physiotherapy

Each individual has a unique way of moving that they have learned throughout their life. If one is missing movement, flexibility or strength in an area, another area will adapt and compensate. Throughout one’s life we accumulate these movement errors and they will eventually cause pain.

Physiotherapists offer manual therapies, therapeutic exercise prescriptions, and other treatments to prevent injury and disability, and to address acute and chronic injury and pain. The benefits of Physiotherapy also often include improved strength, coordination, flexibility, and heart and lung function.

At KIHC, Physiotherapy services are offered by Christine Campbell. She enjoys exploring individual movement problems, like piecing together a puzzle, so that a person’s true whole body movement pattern is discovered and addressed.

Physiotherapy is a regulated health profession in Ontario. It is covered by most extended health insurance plans.

Counselling

Counselling is a process involving a therapist and a client working together to help the client form a better understanding of who they are, as well as the circumstances that currently face them. Counselling involves the client learning new skills and gathering resources in order to help them move towards a resolution to a current problem. Counselling also empowers the client to come up with creative solutions to future problems all on their own.

The counselling process is individualized depending on the client’s specific needs, and length of treatment varies depending on the goals of each individual. At all times, your counsellor will act as your non-judgmental support person, guiding you at each step along the way towards becoming a more resilient and resourceful version of yourself.

Counselling can be a great option for those feeling overwhelmed with everyday life concerns including relationship problems, breakups, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, life transitions, stress, or symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is generally distinguished from the regulated practice of psychotherapy in Ontario, which is primarily focused on the treatment of more serious mental disorders.

Homeopathy

Sarah Hutchinson, Registered Homeopath

 

SERVICEDURATIONRate
Introductory meeting15 minutesComplimentary
First consultation (Adult, 16 years and older)90 minutes$180
First consultation (Youth, 2-15 years)60 to 90 minutes$135
First consultation (Infant, 0-2 years)60 minutes$90
Follow-upCheck-in$30
Standard$45
Extended$90
Acute$50

Reiki & Bioenergy

Reiki and Bioenergy therapies are non-invasive techniques for addressing blockages and imbalances of energy that underlie many physical, emotional, and mental ailments. This type of work is gentle yet deep, and can be beneficial for any condition, including general stress relief, acute and chronic pain, emotional imbalances such as depression, and diseases including those of the immune system. During a treatment, the therapist uses their hands to clear, charge and balance energy. The treatment can be conducted with the client sitting, standing, or lying down as is comfortable, and the client remains fully clothed throughout.

Reiki and Bioenergy therapies at KIHC are conducted by Sarah Knight, who completed her training in Ireland with Plexus Bio Energy Ireland and Nikki Cutlar, Reiki Master. Sarah uses a combination of Reiki and Bioenergy techniques during treatments, which she tailors individually to suit the needs of the client.

For more information, please visit Sarah’s website, www.bioenergy-therapy.com.

Reiki and Bioenergy

Sarah Knight, PhD, RM, EuBP

 

SERVICEDURATIONRATE
Introductory meeting15 minutesComplimentary
First assessment and treatment75-90 minutes$115
Follow-up treatment60-75 minutes$90
Family Constellations105-120 minutes$150

Counselling

Lindsay Dupuis, MA

 

SERVICEDURATIONRate
Introductory meeting15 minutesComplimentary
First consultation50 minutes$95
Follow-up consultation50 minutes$95