New Patient Information
Welcome to The Vancouver Island Naturopathic Clinic Inc.
Thank you for choosing us to support you along your path to wellness. Our integrated health care team consisting of Naturopathic Doctors, Registered Massage Therapists, Registered Clinical Counsellors and Acupuncturists will work with you as a team to help you achieve your personal goals. Our clinic is located located in the Royal Oak Shopping Centre located on the second floor above Life Labs. The entrance to the second floor is located beside Vision 2000 travel. To Tour Our Clinic- click here
To book an initial consultation with one of our practitioners, please contact reception at 250-881-1806. Our friendly reception staff will help you find the practitioner best suited to your needs, provide you with instructions on how to fill out our new patient intake forms, give you directions to our clinic and make sure to answer any questions you may have regarding our services. We offer care for infants, children, women, men and seniors.
Many of our services are covered by many extended health care plans. Please check with your provider directly to verify the details of your coverage. You will be responsible for payment at the end of each visit; we do not offer direct billing. We will provide you with an invoice after each visit which you can then submit to your plan. We do offer a reduced rate for seniors 65 and older, college and university students with a valid ID card and those on income assistance (documentation required). We are not covered by MSP however some coverage may be available to you if you are on MSP income assistance or if you are first nations. MSP may cover up to $23 per visit for a combined annual limit of 10 visits each calendar year for the following services: acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy, naturopathy, physical therapy and/or non-surgical podiatry for those whom are eligible. Please click here for the MSP claim website.
We ask that you arrive 10-15 minutes early to your first appointment so that our Practitioners can review your intake forms and provide you with enough time to complete the required patient consent forms. We also invite you to browse our natural product store and enjoy a warm cup of tea. Free parking is located at the clinic.
Becoming a Naturopathic patient is a two step process involving an initial and second consultation. Your initial consultation with one of our Naturopathic Doctors will be up to 1 hour and fifteen minutes long for adults, 1 hour for children 2 yrs-14 yrs and up to 1.5 hours for infants up to 2 yrs of age. During your initial consultation, your Naturopathic Doctor will complete a thorough personal, medical and family history and review with you all medications and supplements that you are currently taking. We ask that you please bring any relevant laboratory results, medications or supplements to this appointment. Your Doctor may recommend laboratory testing if relevant to your care.
Your second visit will be booked about 1-2 weeks from your initial consultation and consists of a complete physical exam followed by the commencement of your individualized treatment plan. For female patients, complete breast and gynecological exams are offered if relevant or as a part of routine health care if you are not up to date. We support the BCCA Pap Screening Program. For male patients, testicular and prostate examinations are offered for regular age appropriate screening or if clinically relevant to your care. For infant visits only, both the patient consultation and physical exam are both completed during the initial consultation.
Our Naturopathic Physicians work with you to devise an individualized treatment plan customized to fit your specific condition and needs. Follow-up visit length and frequency rate varies depending on your case and any treatments that are required and can range from 15 minutes and up.
Your initial counselling appointment with Joyce Barwis, RCC will be 60 minutes in length and your initial consultation with Laurie Moniz, RCC is 90 minutes. All couples counselling sessions are 2 hours in length. All follow-up appointments are one hour in length with the exception of couples appointments. Longer sessions are available upon request. We provide evidence-based approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, and Art Therapy. We offer individual counselling, couples and family counselling, and therapeutic groups and workshops. Our Counsellors are covered by many extended health care and employee assistance plans. We are also registered to provide service to clients covered by the Crime Victim Assistance Program.
Your initial massage therapy appointment with your massage therapist may range from 45 minutes -1.5 hours in length. Included in your first visit is a postural assessment and possibly muscle and range of motion testing and observation. This will help to pinpoint the cause of any chronic pain and also identify areas that could be troublesome in the future. For this reason its best to come dressed in loose comfortable clothing such as shorts and a tank top. Follow-up visits range between 30-90 minutes. We also offer massage therapy packages which offer 10-20% off each visit. Ask our reception today.
Your Initial consultation with our acupuncturist is 1.5 hours. Your initial consultation will consist of a health intake, Chinese tongue and pulse diagnosis and an acupuncture treatment session. All follow-up appointments will be one hour in length. We also offer facial renewal acupuncture.
Your initial consultation will be 45 minutes. During the initial consultation, your health goals, medical history, diet, symptoms and lifestyle will be assessed. The first consultation is purely informational gathering. Time will then be spent outside of your appointment to transfer the nutritional and lifestyle analysis into an individualized 7 day meal plan and health program custom tailored to your needs that will be presented to you during your initial follow up appointment.
Your second visit is 30 minutes and should be scheduled a week after your initial appointment and is geared towards thoroughly discussing your personally modified nutritional program. A customized 7-day meal plan and recipes to suit your nutrient needs will accompany your health goals worksheet. You will leave with the tools necessary to make realistic changes as we co-create a daily nutrition and lifestyle program that encourages nourishing yourself with whole foods that will make you feel your best.
If you need to cancel or change your appointment we would be happy to assist you in rescheduling however, if a cancellation is received without 24 hours notice you will be automatically invoiced our cancellation fee as this time has been specially reserved for you.