What is the difference between Dr. Marianne and a regular MD? Is she covered by Medicare?
Since 2012, Alberta Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) are licensed primary health care providers, with self regulation through the College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (www.cnda.ca).
To hold an ND license in Alberta, a candidate must spend four years in an accredited post-graduate naturopathic medical program, which includes over 1000 hours of supervised clinical training. In North America, NDs also have to write certifying Board Exams in both Basic and Clinical Sciences and keep up to date with continuing naturopathic education courses on a yearly basis.
NDs are trained in family medicine and practice as primary care doctors in several US States. In Alberta, NDs are moving towards a broader scope of practice–including prescribing and procedures–while preserving their unique patient-focused model. This process is continuing.
People are often pleasantly surprised to find out that ND care is usually covered by their Extended Benefit Plans, so that they may have to pay very little out of pocket for the extra time it can take to get to the bottom of their health care concerns. Or a second opinion on which therapy will be most effective for them.
Naturopathic doctors are quite different from one another. What kind of care can I expect from Dr. Marianne?
Dr. Marianne’s practice blends conventional medicine with science-based nutrition, botanical and homeopathic medicines. She prefers natural therapies that have been studied by researchers whenever possible, with consistent and reproducible results. She also uses laboratory and diagnostic testing from accredited labs where they are needed. The point is to provide patients with better health by using a targeted, problem-solving approach.
Dr. Marianne believes that evidence-based and naturopathic models of medicine can and should work in harmony with one another. Having practiced in BC for many years, she is experienced in prescriptive therapies, and comfortable with the use of many compounded prescription medicines, including hormone therapies, and pain-relieving topical medicines.
How can I make an appointment to see Dr. Marianne? Will I have to wait a long time?
Dr. Marianne is committed to being available for her patients, which means you should be able to make appointments within a few days, or same day if your problem is urgent.
To make an appointment, you can either:
- for Calgary: call her direct line at (403) 630-7452.
- for Airdrie: call Optimum Wellness at (403) 948-4800.
- email her directly at [email protected]
A confidential Online Portal for bookings in available for for the Calgary office for continuing patients. Ask Dr. Marianne about this at your first appointment and she will send you a personal invitation via Clinic Server.
Will Dr. Marianne’s visits be covered by my Extended Health Benefits?
Most likely yes in whole or in part, although we encourage patients to check their coverage. Many plans are also eligible for direct billing through electronic claims submission, so we ask patients to bring their Plan cards in at their first appointment so we can check status and add their member plan and ID numbers to our system.