ABOUT

Dr. Elly Jenkyns ND

I obtained my Bachelor of Science from Brock University in 1997, combining a degree in Biology and Psychology. I then went on to complete the 4-year, full-time program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2002. I’m a licensed, regulated Naturopathic Doctor and a proud member of the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND) and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). In 2009 I completed post-graduate certification courses with the OAND in Environmental Medicine and Mind-Body Medicine. In 2017 I updated my Environmental Medicine education, as the research in this field continually grows. I have a special interest in helping my patients assess their toxicity and providing medically safe detoxification protocols to help them reduce it.

My passion is empowering patients to take responsibility for their own health with a focus on education and prevention. I regularly attend continuing education and professional development workshops. I’m committed to on-going research and learning in order to meet the variety of needs of all of my patients.

A FOCUS ON HEALTHY FAMILIES

As a mom, I have a special interest in healthy family dynamics. I know firsthand the challenges of achieving balance in the home, and its importance for our health and happiness.

I work in collaboration with other regulated health care professionals to ensure that my patients receive the most comprehensive and effective care possible.

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TO BETTER HEALTH

DR. ELLY JENKYNS ND

LICENSED NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR

Naturopaths use natural therapies to support and stimulate healing processes. They are highly trained, regulated professionals and must meet and maintain comprehensive standards in order to practice.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Naturopathic Medicine?


Naturopathic medicine is a unique & holistic approach to improving health and treating illness. Focusing on prevention and using natural substances and treatments, naturopathic doctors (NDs) work with their patients to support and stimulate the body’s innate ability to heal itself. The primary goal of naturopathic medicine is to address the cause of illness rather than suppression of symptoms or disease management. The patient is seen as a whole person as the ND strives to take their physical, mental, spiritual & emotional dimensions into account when developing a treatment plan. In Canada, the naturopathic medical profession’s infrastructure includes accredited educational institutions, professional licensing, national standards of practice, participation in many federal health committee initiatives, and a commitment to state-of-the-art scientific research.




How are Naturopathic Doctors trained?


NDs have at least seven years of post-secondary education, including a university degree followed by a 4-year full-time post-graduate program at one of four accredited naturopathic institutes in North America. NDs learn conventional and naturopathic diagnostics, basic medical sciences, and natural approaches to addressing body-mind illness. NDs complete 1500 hours of supervised clinical internship treating patients. Graduates must then pass rigorous provincial and international examinations before obtaining a license to practice naturopathic medicine.




What is the difference between Naturopathic Medicine & Conventional Medicine?


While conventional medical physicians often prescribe pharmaceuticals to alleviate symptoms, NDs ask why those symptoms are happening and consider the whole health picture of that person. Naturopathic Doctors work to educate people about health and give solutions to help people feel their best and prevent illness. Improved health and vitality leads to a better quality of life and overall feeling of wellness.




What kind of health issues can be treated?


Naturopathic medicine covers all aspects of family health from prenatal to geriatric care. Virtually all conditions can benefit from naturopathic care, including women’s and men’s health issues, chronic illness, and acute conditions.




What can be expected at a visit to an ND?


The first visit is 90 minutes long to take an in-depth health history and identify health concerns and goals. A physical exam may be performed and laboratory tests may be used to assist in making an assessment and diagnosis. After researching your case, a personal treatment plan will be proposed at the second visit, which takes 45 minutes. 30 minute follow up visits are done as needed to ensure your health is improving as expected, and to allow for modifications in the treatment plan.




What Treatments Will Be Used?


Clinical Nutrition: Individualized dietary guidelines will be recommended based on your health concerns. Treatment may include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, probiotics, amino acids, enzymes, etc. Supervised cleanses may be used to detoxify the body and return it to optimal health. Herbal Medicine: The use of plants as medicine dates back to the beginnings of civilization and is the foundation of modern pharmacology. The use of plant products in naturopathy for their healing and nutritive properties is based on both traditional practices and modern scientific research. Stress Management & Lifestyle Counselling: Exercise recommendations, stress management, relaxation techniques and other counselling interventions are often used to address the various factors that affect an individual’s health.




What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor & a Homeopath?


A Naturopathic Doctor has a broader scope of practice than a Homeopath. Nutrition, Lifestyle Counselling, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, Botanical Medicine and Homeopathy are all part of the Naturopathic Doctor's scope of practice, whereas the Homeopath is only trained in the use of homeopathic remedies. A homeopathic remedy is composed of a natural ingredient, or combination of ingredients, in a diluted preparation that makes it different from botanical remedies, vitamins or minerals.




Is Naturopathic Medicine Covered?


Although naturopathic medicine is not covered under O.H.I.P., most private health insurance plans reimburse for naturopathic consults.





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