Dr. Ali McMillan ND
About The Process
What to Expect?
Booking An Appointment
Booking an appointment is the first step in initiating care. Appointments can be booked online by clicking any "Book now" button from this website, or calling the office and leaving a message. All patients should start with a "New Patient Visit" as this gives us time to discuss your health in detail.
After booking your appointment you can fill in the Intake and Consent Forms, which must be signed before treatment can begin. Forms can be brought to the first appointment or filled out in the office before the appointment.
For patients under 16 years of age, a legal guardian must also sign the consent forms.
Your First Appointment
Your first appointment is all about information gathering. We will talk in depth about your current and past state of health. Often in this appointment some physical exams are done and if necessary, we may decide to order some lab work.
Most patients begin treatment with the first appointment. More complex conditions require more involved plans and will be provided at a future appointment (usually the second).
It is really helpful to bring the following to your first appointment...
A list of any drugs or supplements you are currently taking
Recent lab work (blood test results) or imaging reports if you have them
A list of all your health concerns, it's easy to forget a few in the appointment.
Your Second Visit
The second visit is variable but typically we will go over your treatment plan if we have not already or discuss progress and obstacles to the plan. Input from you is important, if you have tried something already or feel an option is not right for you for any reason, you are encouraged to talk about it as plans need to be revised to best suit your needs.
Your Third Visit and Future Follow Ups
In follow up visits we address problems in the plan or build on successes. If you tried the plan and could not make it work, this is a chance to dive into why, address any obstacles or discuss alternatives. If you are moving through the plan and feel better, wonderful! It might be time to move to the next step.
What Types Of Treatments Are Offered?
Dr. Ali provides the following treatments to her patients.
Mindfulness, Meditation and Breathwork
How Much Does All This Cost?
Naturopathic Medicine is private medicine and thus is not covered by MSP (there are some exceptions). Patients pay for their appointments at the end of each appointment. Debit, Mastercard, Visa, Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted.
Naturopathic care is covered by most extended health care plans, either completely or in part. Direct billing is available through Telus Health.
The rates are as follows...
New Patient Initial Visit: Takes between 60-75 minutes
Follow up Visits: Takes 45-60 minutes
Recurring Weekly Appointments or Acupuncture: Takes 45-60 minutes
Usually requires an intake appointment first to ensure acupuncture will be right for you..
If lab work or imaging is needed, that is paid for by the patient as well. Prices are determined by the lab and vary based on what is being tested. Dr. Ali will tell you how much the lab will charge for any tests considered before they are run so there are no surprises. Most tests are quite affordable. Labs must be paid for before they are run.
Dr. Ali uses Fullscript or online supplement providers for medicinal herb and supplement prescriptions because it seems the most convenient for patients. Fullscript offers patients a 10% discount on MSRP but charges shipping. Dr. Ali does not receive any compensation from any dispensary and patients are welcome and encouraged to seek out better pricing at other stores if they like.