WHAT DOES IT COST TO SEE DR. PINCOTT ?
WHAT DOES MSP COVER AND HOW DO I RECEIVE PAYMENT ?
WILL MY EXTENDED HEALTH PLAN COVER ANY OF THE FEES ?
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WHY HAS DR. PINCOTT OPTED OUT OF THE MEDICAL PLAN ?
Dr. Pincott requires at least 30 minutes with each patient and MSP only
covers for a 12 minute visit.
HOW MANY VISITS WILL I REQUIRE ?
This of course depends on the health condition. The word doctor means to
teach, and Dr. Pincott will teach you how to take care of yourself. It
usually takes 4-6 visits to educate you, and it is recommended that you check
in once or twice a year for a "TUNE-UP".
WHAT CAN NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE DO FOR MY CONDITION ?
Naturopathic medicine can optimize anyone's health. It may not be possible to
cure every ailment but, by following a naturopathic maintenance program, you
will live a longer and healthier life as well as help prevent chronic
diseases from robbing you of your health.
IS IT SAFE TO COMBINE MY MEDICATION FROM MY MEDICAL DOCTOR WITH
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINES ?
For the most part it is quite safe, but it is important to let Dr. Pincott
know all medications that you are taking.
WHY DOES DR. PINCOTT SELL MEDICINES IN HER CLINIC. CAN'T I GET
EVERYTHING I NEED FROM THE HEALTH FOOD STORE?
Dr. Pincott encourages her patients to shop at health food stores,
particularly for food items such as organically grown produce, free range
meat, organic legumes and grains. Naturopathic treatments, however, require
specialized medicines. Dr. Pincott sells remedies which she has come to know
and to trust over the years. She knows what works and what doesn't. In
addition, these professional products are more hypoallergenic and of much
higher quality. If an unknown brand is not effective for you, its quality may
be in question, not the choice of treatment.
WHAT DO I DO WHEN I RUN OUT OF MY MEDICINES ?
Dr. Pincott suggests that you maintain the program she has outlined for you
until your next visit. She would be happy to send you medicines by mail or
courier, or you may pick up what you require during your next visit.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A BRIEF QUESTION OR A COMPLAINT ?
Dr. Pincott is happy to answer brief questions of anyone she has previously
seen as a patient. She does not offer free phone advice for non patients. If
you have a complaint Dr. Pincott wants to hear from you to help as much as
possible. You may also call the Association of Naturopathic Physicians of
B.C. of which she is a member in good standing.
ARE YOU A MEDICAL DOCTOR AS WELL ?
No. The term N.D. refers to Naturopathic Doctor, not Medical Doctor.
WHAT IS DR. PINCOTT'S EDUCATION BACKGROUND ?
Dr. Pincott graduated from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in
1985. She received her nursing license from the Royal Jubilee Hospital in
1979, and her pre-med at the University of Victoria. She has been practicing
full time in Vancouver since Oct. 1985 and started her practice in Campbell
River Jan. 1996.
IS NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE REGULATED IN B.C.?
Yes there is an Association of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C. that is self
regulated. Entrance exams must be passed to practice in B.C. and continuing
education hours are required on a yearly basis to maintain one's license.
This is the disciplinary body so any complaints should be directed to them in
addition to speaking to the doctor. Their number in Vancouver is
ARE NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIANS MEMBERS OF A UNION ?
Yes there is a union called the British Columbia Naturopathic Association.
The membership is voluntary and provides doctors and their patients with
educational support. Their number is 1-604- 736-6646. You may contact this
office if you want to support our profession, learn of other N.D.'s in your
area, if you are interested in studying naturopathy, or if you just want to
know more about the profession.
WILL DR. PINCOTT WORK WITH MY OWN GP ?
Yes, naturopathic medicine is complementary to the practice of traditional
medicine. It is optimal if you have the best of both worlds. M.D.'s take good
care of the horizontally ill and N.D.'s take good care of the vertically ill.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A “NATUROPATHIC PHYSICIAN” AND A
A licensed “naturopathic physician” attends a four-year graduate
level naturopathic medical school after a minimum of 3 years of a pre med
program. After graduating from this accredited school, the candidate must
pass rigorous professional board exams to obtain the license to practice in
his or her state or province.
A “naturopathic physician” is educated in all of the same basic
sciences as an M.D. but also studies natural therapeutics with a strong
emphasis on disease prevention and optimizing wellness. In addition to a
standard medical curriculum, the naturopathic physician is required to
complete four years of training in natural therapeutics: clinical nutrition,
homeopathic medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, and counseling. A
licensed N.D. belongs to a regulatory body that oversees standards of
practice, complaints and discipline. Naturopathic physicians must carry
malpractice insurance, maintain continuing education and practice ethically
The term “naturopath” has been around for over 100 years and the words
“naturopathic physician” and “naturopath” have frequently been used
interchangeably. It is a term often used by the general public and the
medical profession to inaccurately refer to what more accurately is a
naturopathic physician. The term “naturopath” has been applied to
non-medically trained natural health providers from correspondence/long
distance education programs, short term naturopathy schools, and
grandfathered in practitioners of varied backgrounds. Typically,
“naturopaths” practice in unlicensed, unregulated jurisdictions and do
not have the same training or privileges as those of a “naturopathic
physician”. The public has generally not been aware of the differences
between the two groups, even though large differences exist. In Canada, only
“naturopathic physicians” are licensed, regulated and able to practice
legally in the provinces that acknowledge naturopathic medicine.