Top 5 Ways to Make Your Naturopathic Practice Accessible
What does accessibility in healthcare mean to you? My journey to providing accessible healthcare began shortly after attending the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). During my first year I learned about the affordable healthcare model that has been successfully practiced at The Herbal Clinic and Dispensary.
This resonated with me strongly based on my family’s history and background (you can read more about my family’s story here. I couldn’t stop thinking about this business model and was excited to implement it in my own practice. In fact, it felt wrong and inauthentic not to practice this way.
Throughout the program I thought a lot about providing affordable Naturopathic Medicine. It wasn’t until after graduation that I took the necessary steps to truly learn how to implement this model. I sent dozens of emails connecting with like-minded practitioners and set up meetings to discuss their practice, what worked for them, what didn’t work for them, and got their suggestions on how to make accessible healthcare possible.
I focused heavily on making Naturopathic Medicine financially accessible. However, through several meaningful conversations, I learned that there are so many other ways we can make high quality healthcare accessible (read about what this means to me by clicking here).
The purpose of this post is to share what I have learned through multiple conversations about the considerations of starting a naturopathic practice, and how we (as a profession) can help remove barriers to wellness. Let’s take a look at 5 changes you can make in your practice to reduce barriers to naturopathic care.
1. Know Your Product
With any business, it is important to know your product. You should know who you are, what you are doing, what you are trying to achieve, and who it is for. You should always ask yourself if you are here to solve a problem. In this case, the problem is the high number of people who are unable to access high quality health