Naturopathic Doctors are highly trained health care professionals with a minimum of 8 years post-secondary education. In order to obtain an ND license in the province of Ontario, naturopathic doctors must have graduated from an accredited naturopathic educational institution that includes in the curriculum over 4500 hours of classroom training in biomedical sciences and naturopathic disciplines and 1500 hours clinical experience in diagnosis and treatment. They must also successfully complete rigorous, standardized licensing exams, maintain malpractice insurance and keep current with continuing education requirements.
My goal in practice is to teach and to learn everyday, with each patient I meet, in a spirit of care and non-judgment. It is my hope that together we can journey to that integrated centre of good health inherent in each one of us.”
—DR. LISA-ANN BILINSKY, ND
Naturopathic Medicine is a form of primary health care that addresses the root cause of illness with the use of safe, non-invasive, natural therapies. Suitable for treatment of both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic medicine blends scientific knowledge with ancient healing wisdom.
Working in collaboration with their patients and other health care practitioners, naturopathic doctors operate under the following principles:
Not unlike a labyrinth itself, my own personal journey to becoming a naturopathic doctor was one full of twists and turns. Raised by a mother who was a pioneer of the “health food revolution” and by a father who taught me the wonders of the natural world, I learned at an early age the value of natural medicine and healthy living. However, as a young adult I found myself more influenced by the realm of the spirit and mind and pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies and Psychology at the University of Waterloo. I followed this with a more intense theological education and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Toronto.
The career in ministry that followed led me to a number of privileged experiences as chaplain to children and educators in the school system, as assistant in an inner city mission community and as “padre” to the youth of the Canadian Cadet corps. While this work inspired me with the enthusiasm of youth, I was also witness to the struggles inherent in cultures of peer pressure and family conflict, and to the sobering injustices and inequalities of poverty. Moreover, working in the context of religion, I often found it difficult to navigate the tension between doctrines and dogmas and peoples’ personal experience.
These challenges helped clarify for me that a healthy spirit was deeply interconnected with a healthy body, a healthy mind, a healthy community environment and a healthy earth. I began looking for a way to integrate all of these aspects of our lives into my work, believing that it is this integration that is at the core, or centre, of good health and healing.
When I discovered naturopathic medicine, I knew that this was the answer to my quest. Here was a career that spoke of ideals close to my heart: “root cause”, “whole person”, “healing power of nature.” I enrolled in and completed the pre-requisite science courses and then began the Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine programme of study. Through it I was able to add the wisdom of the naturopathic elders, the teachings of traditional Chinese medicine and the processes of modern science to my background in arts, social science and ministry. It was truly a holistic education. My goal in practice is to continue that holistic education everyday, with each patient I meet, in a spirit of care and non-judgment. It is my hope that together we can journey to that integrated centre of good health inherent in each one of us.
“Let food be your medicine and medicine
be your food!" - HIPPOCRATES
The safest and gentlest way to effect optimal health is to create a nutritious eating and moderate exercise plan that most benefits each individual's need and situation. Education in nutrition and lifestyle can improve weight management, assess for food sensitivities and allergies, strengthen the physical body in resistance against pathogens and generally be a solid guide toward prevention of disease.
In Asian Medicine philosophy, the root of all vitality and energy is Qi. Disease results from the obstruction or deficiency of Qi flow throughout the body. In acupuncture, the insertion of thin solid needles into acupuncture points in the body can correct imbalances in the flow of Qi and lead to reduced pain, speedier healing and greater energy.
Water, when applied to the body at the appropriate temperature, can be an effective tool for stimulating circulation and the immune system. Hydrotherapy treatments may be offered in office or as a suggested home practice.
Naturopathic medicine can offer support in the areas of fertility, pregnancy care, labour preparation, and post-partum healing. A combination of counselling, mind-body techniques, acupuncture and nutritional supplementation can serve to lessen anxiety and to promote greater Mom and Baby health. Lisa-Ann also has additional training in doula services and is available to attend births to provide emotional support and natural pain management techniques or remedies.
The use of plants as medicine is as old as the practice of medicine itself. Naturopathic medicine uses whole plants and isolated herbal constituents in a variety of forms, including tinctures, teas, supplements and topical preparations, to treat a variety of conditions in a safe, effective way.
Good vitality requires addressing both the physical and mental-emotional aspects of disease and dysfunction. As such, treatment may include the introduction of meditative or cognitive-behavioural techniques that will aid in maintaining healthy balance and reducing stress.
Working on the principle of "like cures like", homeopathy involves administrating very dilute doses of a substance with the intention of ridding a diseased person of a symptom picture that the substance would actually create in a healthy person in its original form. Homeopathy can be used for the treatment of very specific conditions or as a constitutional aid toward full body-mind and spirit health.
Labyrinth Holistic Healthcare provides comprehensive health care that includes yearly check ups, treatment for acute conditions, prevention and lifestyle counselling. Naturopathic doctors are trained in the requisition and analysis of standard lab tests and imaging.
Payment is due at the end of each in-person appointment, or within 2 business days of a phone/email consult. Cash, cheque, email money transfer, Visa, MasterCard accepted. Naturopathic medical services are now HST exempt.
Please provide 24 hours notice of any cancellation. Same day cancellations and missed appointments may be subject to a $20 cancellation fee.
*As much as possible the ND and patient will honour the scheduled appointment duration. Occasionally, circumstances will require the appointment to be extended upon mutual agreement of the ND and the patient. In such a case, no extra fee will be charged. However, should both the ND and the patient agree that the scheduled appointment duration is not required the full fee will still apply.
**No new diagnosis will be communicated over the phone or email. The ND reserves the right to refuse a phone/email consultation in the event that she feels an in-person visit would allow for a more thorough assessment. In such a case, no phone/email fee will be charged. Phone/email communication for the purposes of general inquiry or clarification of an already established treatment plan is complimentary.
In the event of a change in any of the above noted fees, the ND will inform the patient in advance of the appointment.
Initial Visit (90 min)* – $160
Second Visit (60 min) – $95
Annual Wellness Visit (60 min) – $95
Follow-up (45 min) – $78
Acupuncture (45 min) – $52
Phone/Email consults** (per 15 min) – $20
“Meet the ND” (15 min) – complimentary
Doula services – please call or email
Pediatric Visits (Age 14 and under)
Initial (60 min) - $120
All other visits - $50