Dr. Shirley J. Heinen graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1992. She also attained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 1988. Dr. Heinen has worked in several different settings over her last 19 years, from private practice, to working in a medical office, to multidisciplinary centers including her own in Toronto. She has lectured to large and small groups alike, from Microsoft to Mom's groups. Dr. Heinen has lectured at Community College and her own CCNM. She has also enjoyed teaching continuing education on Naturopathic Medicine and Homeopathy, and has been on television and radio to speak on the benefits of Naturopathic Medicine.
Training of Naturopathic Doctors
Registered and licensed N.D.s must have a minimum of 3 years university premedical education. They must also have completed the 4 year professional training at a recognized college of naturopathic medicine. The intensive training includes medical clinical sciences, diagnostics, naturopathic philosophy, therapeutics, extensive clinic experience and the passing of the rigorous international Board exams.Naturopathic medicine is a patient-centered primary care approach that uses natural means to restore and optimize health. It is a distinct system of health care: an art, science, philosophy, and practice of diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease. Naturopathic medicine emerges from six principles of healing.
The Healing Power of Nature
The body has the inherent ability to establish, maintain, and restore health. The healing process is ordered and intelligent; nature heals through the response of the life force. The physician's role is to facilitate and augment this process, to identify and remove obstacles to health and recovery, and to support the creation of a healthy internal and external environment.
Identify and Treat the Cause
Illness does not occur without cause. Underlying causes of disease must be discovered and removed or treated before a person can recover completely from illness. Symptoms are expressions of the body's attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease.
First Do No Harm
Therapeutic actions that are complementary to and synergistic with the body's innate healing process prevent harm to patients. Naturopathic physicians use methods and medicinal substances which minimize the risk of harmful effects, and apply the least possible force or intervention necessary to diagnose illness and restore health and whenever possible, avoid symptom suppression as it can interfere with the healing process.
Treat the Whole Person
Health and disease are conditions of the whole organism, involving a complex interaction of physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, genetic, environmental, and social factors. The physician must treat the whole person by taking all of these factors into account.
The Physician as Teacher
Beyond an accurate diagnosis and appropriate prescription, the physician works to create a healthy, sensitive interpersonal relationship with the patient. A cooperative doctor-patient relationship has inherent therapeutic value. The naturopath's major role is to educate and encourage the patient to take responsibility for his or her own health.
The ultimate goal of naturopathic medicine is prevention. This is accomplished through education and promotion of lifestyle habits that foster good health. The physician assesses risk factors and hereditary susceptibility to disease and makes appropriate interventions to avoid further harm and risk to the patient. The emphasis is on building health rather than on fighting disease.
Homeopathy is a scientific method of treatment that is based on the application of the law of similars. Homeopathy consists of treating sick people with remedies that, in crude doses, would produce in healthy people symptoms similar to those of the disease needing to be overcome. Remedies used by homeopathic physicians come from natural sources and are prepared in such a way that they are devoid of all chemical toxicity. In homeopathy, the unique remedy is given to provoke a healing reaction of the organism. Since only the living organism can heal itself, the homeopathic remedy is merely an influence used to provoke a reaction to bring about recovery. The greater the degree of similarity between the symptoms that are provoked by the remedy on a healthy person and the symptoms displayed by the person who is sick, the greater will be the recovery reaction. In homeopathy we do not treat diseases, but the person who is sick. The goal of the physician is to recognize through the unique expression of symptoms of a patient the pattern of disturbed energy and identify among a great number of remedies available the one most homeopathic, or most similar to the patient's disease. Homeopathy is medicine of the individual. Since homeopathic remedies are devoid of all chemical toxicity, homeopathy is the ideal medicine for people of all ages, even the most sensitive like a newborn baby. Difficulties during pregnancy and the delivery or its aftermath as well as all the problems experienced by the newborn can be dealt with very effectively and without side effects with homeopathy.
NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE IS COVERED BY MOST EXTENDED HEALTH CARE BENEFITS
Initial Consultation 15 min FREE
Adult 1st Visit up to 90min $180
Adult 2nd Visit up to 60min $110
Adult Subsequent Visit up to 45min $90
Child Visit $130
Child Subsequent Visit $69
Live Cell Video Microscopic Analysis $95 +HST
Urine Testing $15
Hair Analysis $90
Blood Typing $10
IgE, IgG Food Sensitivity price varies
Neurochemistry Testing price varies
Salivary Hormone Testing price varies
Cancellation Policy: We require 24 hours notice so that a $20 cancellation fee need not apply.
Please bring a complete list of all prescriptions and supplements you are taking to your appointment. In addition, please bring any blood work or pertinent medical results.