Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect in my first visit with Dr. Romi?
During the first visit, Dr. Romi wants to get to know you as a person, what your health goals are and how you have managed your health in the past. This requires adequate time to complete the picture, and thus the initial visit is usually 1 hour. As well as performing a physical exam based on your health complaints, Dr. Romi will also ask you about your mental, emotional and spiritual health, your diet and lifestyle, and treatments you may be receiving from other health care providers. By the end of the visit, your ND will present an individualized treatment plan and may suggest further testing.
What conditions does Dr. Romi treat?
NDs are primary healthcare practitioners and can treat the same conditions as a family doctor, including acute concerns and chronic health conditions. Common conditions that Dr. Romi treat include:
Digestive problems (Constipation, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Acid Reflux)
Anxiety and Depression
In the event that Dr. Romi is unable to treat your condition, he will consult or refer appropriately to ensure you get the best care possible.
Does MSP cover Naturopathic Medicine? Is there Coverage for Naturopathic Medicine?
MSP does not cover Naturopathic Medicine at this moment. Only those MSP beneficiaries with premium assistance status qualify for MSP coverage of naturopathic services. Payment for naturopathic services insured under MSP can claim $23 per visit for a total of 10 visits. To verify eligibility for these benefits, please enquire and verify with Dr. Romi.
Most extended health insurance plans cover naturopathic medicine as we are regulated health professionals. Check with your provider to see how much you are covered for. No referral is necessary.
Is a Naturopathic Physician a regulated health care profession in BC?
Yes. Naturopathic physicians are a self-regulated profession like medical doctors, and the regulatory body is The College of Naturopathic Physicians of BC (CNPBC). Naturopathic Physicians are required complete a strict medical education and to pass licensing exams in order to practice in BC. They are also required to obtain regular continuing education hours in order to maintain their license.
Can Dr. Romi order lab tests?
Yes. Dr. Romi can requisite routine lab tests that your Family Practitioner can do. However, tests done by Dr. Romi are not covered under MSP and thus will be out-of-pocket.
Dr. Romi also has access to functional lab testing that can provide a clearer treatment plan for your health goals. Some of these tests include Food Sensitivity Testing, Salivary Cortisol Testing, and Heavy Metal Testing. These will only be ordered by Dr. Romi if indicated to further understand your case.