How do I book an appointment?
Dr. Tassone is currently seeing patients at West Kelowna Integrative Health Centre, #406 - 2330 Highway 97S in West Kelowna, BC. To book an appointment please call 778-754-7644.
What can I expect from my first appointment?
Two of the important principles of Naturopathic Medicine are to treat the whole person and to identify and treat the root cause of illness. Therefore, your initial visit is 60 minutes in duration. This ensures that Dr. Tassone can get to know you, take a thorough medical history, address your current health concerns, perform a focused physical exam, answer any questions, and develop an individualized treatment plan.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
In order to get the most out of your appointment, Dr. Tassone asks that you complete the Intake Form, which will be emailed to you prior to arriving for your first visit. If you have any issues with the online intake form, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment so that you can fill out a printed copy in office.
It is also helpful to bring in a copy of any recent lab work or diagnostic imaging that you may have had that pertains to your health concern, as this will be useful in forming your individualized treatment plan and avoid having to run any unnecessary tests.
What conditions can benefit from Naturopathic Medicine?
Naturopathic Doctors are licensed primary healthcare providers, and as such, can address any health concerns from the common cold to chronic conditions. Dr. Tassone has a special interest in sports medicine, hormonal imbalances, and auto-immune conditions, just to name a few.
Will my appointment be covered by my health insurance?
Most extended medical plans provide coverage for Naturopathic visits, supplements, and/or diagnostic testing. However, it is important to check with your insurance provider to determine the extent of coverage prior to your visit.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
You may cancel your appointment up to 24 hours in advance, after which 50% of the visit fee will be charged for any missed or canceled appointment.
What is the difference between a Naturopathic Doctor and a homeopath?
Homeopathy is just one of the many treatment modalities Naturopathic Doctors are trained to use. In BC, Naturopathic Medicine is a regulated profession just like MD's, nurses, chiropractors and other healthcare professionals. At present, homeopathy is not a licensed or regulated health profession in BC.
What kind of training does a Naturopathic Doctor require?
Naturopathic Doctors are licensed primary healthcare providers that require a minimum of 8 years post secondary education including a Bachelors degree with specific medical prerequisites, 4-years at an accredited Naturopathic College, and approximately 1200 hours of extensive clinical training. There is one accredited Naturopathic Medical school in Western Canada: Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine (BINM) in New Westminster, BC.
Are Naturopathic Doctors licensed and regulated in British Columbia?
Yes, Naturopathic Doctors are licensed and Naturopathic Medicine is a regulated profession in BC. To become licensed, Naturopathic Doctors must successfully graduate from an accredited Naturopathic Medical school and complete standardized board examinations from both the North American Board of Naturopathic Examinations (NABNE) and the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC).