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By Dr. Justin Gallant
Hidey ho neighbours, I would like to introduce myself as your new local Naturopathic Doctor. I know what you’re thinking: What the heck is a Naturopathic Doctor (ND)? In general, a ND is trained as a primary care physician, meaning I am trained to serve as your Family Doctor but I prefer my patients to have both an MD and an ND. ND’s and MD’s both have their limitations and if you’re seeing both of us, the majority of those limitations can be covered. ND’s take a holistic approach so we look at every aspect of your life including dietary, supplementation, stress, emotions, sleep, digestion, to name a few. The main treatments I use are dietary and lifestyle guidance, proper supplementation, herbal medicine, acupuncture and a few others. One of my favourite and most important things that I do is trying to figure out the root cause of what is ailing my patients. I see people from all walks of life: pregnant women, babies, kids, teens, adults and elderly with any condition you can imagine.
A little bit about me: I grew up on Belmont Street and went to Memorial Public School. I moved to Edward Street for a short while and then to Selkirk, Ontario where I commuted to Cathedral High School. Once finished at Cathedral, I moved to St. Catharines to attend Brock University, where I received a degree in Kinesiology. After that, I moved to Toronto to attend the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine for another 4 years to become a Naturopathic Doctor. I am now living and working in Hamilton and loving it.
A little bit about my clinic, Advantage Chiropractic: We’re located at 59 Dunsmure Road, and by “we,” I mean me, Dr. John Millett, our Chiropractor (who’s not just your average Chiropractor), our Registered Massage Therapist, Katrina Bem, and our receptionist, Mary. We’re in a big, old beautiful Victorian home. You should come check it out! We have free parking too.
What to expect: The first visit is an hour long and consists of a thorough health history intake including past medical history, medications and supplements, family history, etc. The second hour-long visit is a physical exam and we will go over a review of systems as well as a diet diary with you. I usually start treatment within the first or second visit. I like to see my patients twice within the first couple of weeks and then once every couple of months for 30-minute follow-up appointments. Some patients like to come see me more often than that which is totally fine with me. A referral is not needed. Most people who have benefits are covered, and I try to stay within that range. Please visit my website to read more about what to expect or feel free to email or call me.
In the future, I will be writing a health column for the Hub. If you have anything in particular you would like me to write about please contact me. Feel free to check out my website www.DrJustinGallantND.com and don’t forget to check out my blog!
If you have any questions, comments or would like to book an appointment with me please call the number listed below or email me.
Thanks for reading!