If you are looking for a naturopath downtown Victoria who offers a personalized approach to your health, if you would like more face time with your doctor and to get to the root of your health concern, then naturopathic medicine at Geometry may be the right fit for you. Dr. Lovink is thorough in her assessment, compassionate in her approach, and evidence-based in her diagnosis and treatment.
Naturopathic medicine is a comprehensive form primary care that endeavours to identify and treat the root cause of a patients symptoms rather than merely treating symptoms themselves. Where as conventional medicine generally addresses the symptoms of disease with pharmaceutical prescriptions and invasive surgery naturopathic medicine employs a a multi faceted approach that involves many tools and treatments. These tools range from traditional medical tests and lab-work to an in depth analysis of lifestyle choices and diet.
“Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of medicine. The naturopathic philosophy is to stimulate the healing power of the body and treat the underlying cause of disease. Symptoms of disease are seen as warning signals of improper functioning of the body, and unfavourable lifestyle habits. Naturopathic Medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.”
By assessing the biological, psychological, and environmental factors impacting a patients health a naturopath can design an individualized treatment plan targeted at the root causes of a patients symptoms. Treatment plans can include but are not limited to dietary and lifestyle interventions, targeted nutrient and mineral supplementation, botanical medication, and IV / injection therapy. Naturopathic doctors also carry prescriptive authority and may prescribe pharmaceutical drugs when necessary.
Dr. Lovink—Geometry’s naturopathic doctor—holds certification in Prescriptive Authority & Intravenous Therapy, which allows her to both manage & prescribe certain medication and administer intravenous nutrient therapy.
Naturopathic medicine is well suited to treating a wide range of health concerns including digestive health problems and female hormone imbalances. While seeing a naturopathic doctor is often prompted out of a health concern, naturopathic medicine is also uniquely suited for those who simply want to optimize their health. Naturopathic medicine can help increase energy, wellbeing, and longevity, and reduce future risks of disease.
In seeing a Naturopathic Doctor you can expect a thorough assessment (initial visits are 60 minutes in length), an evidence-based approach to diagnosis and treatment, and a treatment plan that involves an individualized blend of nutrition, supplements, botanicals, and lifestyle counselling.
Your initial visit is a 60-minute appointment during which Dr. Lovink will take a thorough health history.
Since objective data is an important aspect of getting to the root cause of your health concern, Dr. Lovink will also discuss what laboratory testing would be most appropriate.
Basic laboratory testing (through Lifelabs) is a key component of your health assessment, therefore if you have had any laboratory work done in the past 6 months please bring these to your first appointment.
Initial 60-minute appointments are $175. Follow-up appointments vary in cost depending on the nature of the health concern.
Naturopathic visits are covered under your extended medical insurance. The amount varies depending on your provider; please contact them directly to determine your coverage.
We offer direct billing for most insurance companies—click here to view list of eligible providers. Please inquire at the front desk to confirm we are set-up for your provider.