Dr. Jyl Bishop Veale, ND
Naturopathic Medical Training & Licensing
After completing a pre-med degree, naturopathic medical students attend a four-year, accredited naturopathic medical school. The curriculum includes:
- basic, medical, and clinical sciences
- interpretation of lab tests (blood, radiology, etc.)
- naturopathic therapeutics such as clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and lifestyle counselling
- clinical internship
Upon graduation, naturopathic doctors must pass 2 sets of international North American board exams (NPLEX) in order to obtain a license to practice naturopathic medicine. Their extensive training positions naturopathic doctors as highly educated natural health professionals.
Accredited naturopathic medical programs
The following naturopathic medical programs are recognized by government-appointed naturopathic regulatory boards:
- The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine
- The National College of Naturopathic Medicine
- Bastyr University
- Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences
- Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine
(New Westminster, BC)
- University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine
- National University of Health Sciences
Additional practice requirements
NDs practicing in Nova Scotia must:
- hold a doctor of naturopathic medicine degree/diploma conferred upon him/her by an accredited or candidate school of naturopathic medicine, legally chartered to grant a four year degree or diploma;
- have written and passed NPLEX (Naturopathic Physician Licensing Examinations), the recognized, standardized North American board examination;
- maintain membership in the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND);
- maintain continuing education requirements outlined by NSAND and CAND.
Today, more people than ever before are seeking naturopathic medical care. In accordance, the number of naturopathic doctors in Canada growing at record rates to accommodate this increased demand. The principles that guide Naturopathic Doctors include:
1- First, Do No Harm (Primum non nocere)
Naturopathic physicians choose the most non-invasive and least toxic treatments necessary for each patient.
2- The Healing Power of Nature (Vis medicatrix naturae)
Naturopathic doctors recognize the body’s inherent ability to heal itself.
3- Identify and Treat the Causes (Tolle causam)
Naturopathic doctors identify, address and remove the underlying causes of disease.
4- Doctor as Teacher (Docere)
Educating and supporting patients on personal health management is an important role for naturopathic doctors. They empower patients to take responsibility for their own health. They also acknowledge the therapeutic value inherent in the doctor-patient relationship.
5- Treat the Whole Person (Tolle totum)
This is a holistic concept that recognizes the body as an integrated whole. Naturopathic doctors treat the patient, not the disease. A naturopathic assessment addresses the nutritional status, lifestyle, family history, physical, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental and social factors in a person’s life.
6- Prevention (Praevenic)
Naturopathic doctors promote a focus on overall health, wellness and disease prevention.
What is Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Medicine is a unique primary health care system that combines modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural medicine. It is based on the healing power of nature and the ability of the body to heal itself when supported and stimulated.
What are Naturopathic Doctors?
Naturopathic Doctors, or NDs, are primary health care physicians trained in natural medicine. They are trained in Clinical Nutrition, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Supplementation, Botanical Medicine, Homeopathy and Lifestyle Counseling.
How much education does a Naturopathic Doctor need?
In order to become a Naturopathic doctor, students must first obtain an undergraduate education from an accredited University with a focus on various science pre-requisites, including biology, chemistry, organic chemistry, and psychology. Prospective students must then apply and be accepted to one of four diploma-granting institutions in North America. The Naturopathic medical curriculum is an incredibly rigorous four-year full-time program, involving extensive study of traditional medical sciences such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology, in addition to natural healing methodologies like diet & nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture, botanical/herbal medicine, vitamins/supplements and homeopathy. Licensed Naturopathic Doctors must write and pass two sets of North American Standardized Board Examinations and fulfill others continuing education credits to be able to register as part of a governing Provincial body.
What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and a Naturopath?
A Naturopathic Doctor has graduated from a four-year graduate level accredited naturopathic college after completing a minimum of 3 years of pre-medical studies. A Naturopathic Doctor is educated in all of the basic sciences but also studies holistic and nontoxic approaches. A licensed ND belongs to a regulatory body that oversees standards of practice, complaints and discipline. Naturopathic doctors must have malpractice insurance and practice ethically and professionally. Although the terms are often erroneously used interchangeably, the term naturopath refers to a non-medically trained natural health provider, often from correspondence/long distance programs or short-term naturopathy schools. It is common for naturopaths to practice in unregulated provinces such as Nova Scotia.
What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and other holistic practitioners?
Training and treatment. Naturopathic Doctors are general practitioners in natural medicine. They receive a minimum of 3 years pre-medical training at University, then 4 years at an accredited naturopathic medical college. They are primary health care practitioners using a variety of therapies in their treatment. An ND may use homeopathy, botanical medicine, physical medicine, traditional Chinese medicine & acupuncture and clinical nutrition or a combination of any of these to treat the patient. In Nova Scotia, you are legally required to have passed this rigorous training, in addition to North American Standardized Board Exams, to be able to use the term Naturopathic Doctor and be registered as part of NSAND (Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors). See www.nsand.ca for more information.
Is a visit to a Naturopathic Doctor covered by MSI?
Naturopathic Medicine is not covered by MSI at present. But most extended health care plans cover naturopathic visits. Call your health plan provider (private plan through your employer) and find out your particular coverage for naturopathic medicine. Our clinic is set up to direct bill Blue Cross. For all other insurance companies, you may submit on your own using the receipt we provide for you upon payment.
How do NDs diagnose?
When you visit an ND they will take an extensive health history, do a physical examination, review your medications and evaluate laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging.
Do I need a referral to see an ND?
No you don’t need a referral.
How do I become a client at Wolfville Naturopathic Clinic?
Call (902) 542-5560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment. Link to First Appointments.
Is there parking at Wolfville Naturopathic Clinic?
There is ample parking right at the clinic location, including one accessible parking spot.
Is the clinic building accessible?
We are pleased to be in a fully accessible building, with an accessible spot in the parking lot.
How do I refill my supplements?
Any supplements that were prescribed for you and dispensed from the clinic can be refilled by calling to arrange for pick-up during regular business hours (902) 542-5560.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require the courtesy of 24 hours notice for cancellations. The time slot you had reserved was set aside specifically for you and we may not be able to fill it late notice. This said, we understand that life can sometimes be unpredictable. Please re-book your missed appointment right away to avoid any missed appointment fees.
Jyl is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Class of 2000 (CCNM), past co-president and current member of the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND), the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND), and the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA). Jyl is a founding member of Wolfville Integrated Health Care and is pleased to share a multidisciplinary clinic in Wolfville with Bodyworks Massage & Laser Therapy, Fundy Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, Lee-Ann Cudmore Acupuncture, and Kelly Davison Counseling.
”Instead of saying “that’s too expensive” try saying “my health isn’t worth the investment” and see how that sounds.”
Wolfville Integrated Health Care Centre
189 Dykeland St.
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Mon, Wed & Thu: 9am to 4pm
Tue: 12pm to 7pm | Fri 9am to 12pm
*hours are subject to change