Naturopathic Medicine & Testing

Naturopathic medicine is a primary-care system that emphasizes illness prevention while promoting our inherent self-healing capability.  By approaching each patient as a unique individual, naturopathic doctors strive to address the underlying causes of disease, not just the symptoms. 

Treatments combine research-based scientific knowledge with traditional, natural therapies to stimulate the healing power of the body.  Naturopathic medicine treats people of all ages, and can address both chronic and acute (recent) illnesses.

Areas of Focus

Ssupport while undergoing conventional treatments (side effect reduction/management, low blood counts, supplement safety during treatments), cancer prevention, immune support, post-treatment care.  Dr. Lee focuses on integrative/adjunctive cancer care in tandem with conventional treatment.

gynecological cancer treatment support, fertility, prenatal planning, pregnancy support, PMS & cramps, menopause & hot flashes, etc.

Frequent colds & ear infections, allergies, eczema

Constipation/diarrhea, IBS, heartburn/reflux, bloating

Headaches, muscle/nerve/joint pain, acute and chronic injuries, arthritis

Fatigue, insomnia, healthy living support, disease prevention, weight management, stress, detoxification, immune support, cold/flu prevention

Is your specific issue not listed? Please contact us for more information.

Treatments

  • Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
  • Facial Rejuvenation acupuncture
  • Botanical/herbal medicine
  • Clinical nutrition
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Nutraceuticals/Supplements (e.g. vitamins, minerals, etc)
  • Homeopathy
  • Reiki (Energy work)

Naturopathic Specialty Testing

What – Unlike IgE Food Allergy testing, which assesses for potentially serious, acute reactions to foods (e.g. anaphylaxis from peanuts), IgG Food Sensitivity testing assesses for delayed immune reactions to foods. This type of reaction can take months to develop, and can trigger inflammation that can persists for weeks or months.

Who – Anyone who is curious about possible food sensitivities, particularly those who have experienced symptoms such as: digestive issues (e.g. IBS, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc.), joint pain, skin conditions (e.g. acne, psoriasis, eczema), headaches, general sluggishness, depression, inability to lose weight…. Determining what foods are contributing to these symptoms can greatly impact the sense of overall well-being, and improve function in the affected areas.

How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & a FST-specific treatment plan will be reviewed during a  follow-up appointment.  The test requires a blood sample, which can be collected via finger-prick at the office, or at a lab via a blood draw.  FST results typically only take 7-10 days to come in after the lab receives the blood sample.  *Note – Possible trigger foods will not show up as positive on testing if you have not eaten them in the past few weeks or months.

What – Hormone imbalances can affect many areas of life, including mood, the stress response (Adrenal panel), irregular menstruation/PMS/fertility (Female panels), and male symptoms (Male panel).

How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  The tests require 1-11 tubes of saliva collection, which patients will collect at home, freeze & ship to the lab via a pre-paid Fed-Ex envelope. Results take approximately 10 days to arrive after the lab receives the samples.

What – Most Canadians are deficient in Vitamin D. This ‘sunshine’ vitamin is essential in regulating over 200 different genes, and supports bone health, immune strength, and mental functioning. Deficiency is associated with increased risk of conditions such as depression, osteoporosis, cancer, and multiple sclerosis (MS).

How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  The D-spot test examines serum levels of 25-OHD3 via a blood sample, acquired via finger prick in-office. Results take approximately 10 days to arrive after the lab receives the samples.

What – Essential fatty acids are part of cell membranes. They are necessary for proper cell function and communication.  Fatty acid imbalance can impact cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation, depression, behavioural and mood disorders, and early dementia.  This test measures omega-3, omega-6, mono-unsaturated, saturated & trans fatty acids, and provides an Omega-3 Index, Omega-3 Whole Blood Score and AA to EPA ratio.

How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  The Fatty Acid Profile is done via a small blood sample, acquired via finger prick in-office; no fasting is necessary. Results take approximately 10 days to arrive after the lab receives the samples.

What – We can measure levels of 45 different elements in the hair. Testing for toxic elements such as heavy metals can detect excessive exposure, while testing for essential elements such as iron and copper may give insight into nutrient absorption & assimilation.

How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  Hair Element testing requires a measured sample of clean hair (at least 1 hr after washing with a mild shampoo, and no application of hair products) to be sent to the lab. Results take approximately 10 days to arrive after the lab receives the samples.

What – This tests looks for excessive exposure to toxic elements, such as heavy metals. It also reveals quantities of essential elements, such as iron and copper, that may give insight into nutrient absorption & assimilation.

How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  A test kit will be taken home at the end of the initial appointment. A urinary sample will be collected, packed with ice packs and then sent to the lab via pre-paid FedEx envelope. Results take approximately 10 days to arrive after the lab receives the sample.

What – Nutrigenomix® analyzes genetic variants in seven genes, which can affect our responses to nutrients in our foods and supplements. The genes that are tested for influence weight management, nutrient metabolism, cardiovascular health, diabetes risk, eating habits, food intolerances (gluten & lactose), and even physical performance and injury risk.

How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  The tests require 1 tube of saliva collection, which patients collect at home & ship to the lab via a pre-paid Fed-Ex envelope. Results take approximately 3-4 weeks to arrive after the lab receives the samples, and a personalized booklet can be made available in an additional 5-8 weeks.

What  Hormones affect the processes in the body such as mood, sleep, appetite, growth and development, sexual function and reproduction. When an imbalance occurs it can result in sleep disturbances, stress, anxiety, irritability, low libido, weight gain, fertility issues. Women also often experience mood disturbances, headaches, hot flashes and night sweats, memory lapses, fatigue, acne/oily skin and weight gain. Men often experience apathy, reduced sex drive, grumpiness, loss of sense of humor, aggressiveness, poor exercise tolerance, fatigue, male pattern baldness, erectile dysfunction and excess belly fat  when their hormones are not balanced. The CHI Assessment provides details on hormone production and metabolism in order to get a complete overview of your hormone health. 

How – During your initial Naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. You will be given sample collection materials and instructions to collect your sample at home. You will be required to fill four test tubes with urine over a 24hr period. Once collection is complete, samples will be frozen and then mailed via a prepaid FedEx envelope to the lab. About ten days after the lab has received the results they will be available for discussion with Dr. Lee during your follow up appointment.

Testing typically involves 2 or more visits: health review + sample collection during the initial visit, and results review + plan at the second visit. Further follow-up may be recommended to monitor and support your progress.

Our Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Vanessa Lee, BSc, N.D. is a Naturopathic Doctor registered with the College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC). She is also a member of the British Columbia Naturopathic Association (BCNA), Canadian Association of Naturopathic Medicine (CAND), and Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP).

Dr. Lee works with adults, children, seniors, cancer patients, and healthy individuals interested in disease prevention. Phone consultations are available. 

Payment is collected at the time of your visit via credit card, cheque, or cash. Many extended health benefit plans include coverage for naturopathic medicine; receipts issued at the time of payment can be submitted towards this coverage, if applicable.  24-hour notice is required for all cancellations, and missed visits without adequate notice will be billed as above.

Naturopathic Medicine services are covered under most insurance plans. Please contact your insurance plan to check if you are covered for the above services.

We offer direct billing to these insurances:
  • First Canadian Group of Companies
  • Pacific Blue Cross
  • CINUP
  • Johnson Insurance
  • Manulife
  • Great-West Life
  • Chambers of Commerce Group insurance plan
  • Desjardins
  • Cowan Insurance Group
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Industrial Alliance
  • Green Shield Canada
Please note: In case we are not able to direct bill for your appointment (due to issues with individual benefits plan, portal issues, or any other concern), clients are required to pay upfront and submit the receipt to their insurance.

Consultation Rates

  • Initial consultation: $185 (60 minutes; includes detailed history taking & appropriate physical examination)
  • Cancer Care Initial Consultation: $235 (75 minutes; as above, plus review of oncology records & history)
  • Second visit: $140 (45 minutes; detailed discussion of your initial naturopathic plan)
  • Follow-up consultations: $185/60min, $140/45min, $100/30min, $60/15min.
  • Acupuncture-only or Reiki-only follow-up visits: $80 (30 min)
  • Acupuncture-only or Reiki-only package: $450 for 6 prepaid 30-minute sessions
  • Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture package: $140 (45 min) each session, or $800 for 6 prepaid sessions
  • Phone consults: billed as above

Naturopathic Specialty Testing Rates

  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • Basic (125 foods) – $275
  • Enhanced (220 foods) – $379
  • Vegetarian (160 foods) -$315
  • Additional foods – $25 for each food
  • Candida add-on – $59 (Candida alone – $89)
  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • Month Long Hormone Assessment (11 tubes) – $373.75
  • Female Panel (1 tube) – $220
  • Female Panel + Bed time cortisol – $275
  • Female Panel + Cortisol curve – $385
  • Male Panel (1 tube) – $187.50
  • Male Panel + Bed time cortisol – $242.50
  • Male Panel + Cortisol curve – $330
  • Adrenal Function Panel (4 tubes) – $220
  • Two-Point Cortisol (morning & bed time collection) – $110
  • Individual hormones – $55
  • Specialty hormones (estriol, estrone) – $66 per hormone
  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • D-spot test – $85
  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • Fatty acid profile – $179
  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • 45 toxic element analysis – $99
  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • 39 toxic and essential elements analysis – $110
  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • 45 gene nutrition analysis – $449
  • 45 gene sports analysis – $449 (primarily for professional athletes) 
  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • CHI Assessment- $375