Dr. Jessica Cardona
"Take Time for Health Now... OR Make Time for Disease Later."
Dr. Jessica Cardona completed the four-year Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM) in Toronto. She also holds an Honors Degree in Biomedical Biology from Laurentian University. Dr. Cardona is fluent in both English and Spanish as well as proficient in French and Italian. She has pursued additional training in Fist Line Therapy, Biotherapeutic drainage and Cosmetic Acupuncture. She is in good standing with the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO), and is an active professional member of both the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND) and Ontario Associations of Naturopathic Doctors (OAND).
While she has developed an eclectic practice, she has cultivated particular expertise in women's health, digestive wellness, weight loss, preventative health care, & anti-aging medicine. With a treatment grounded in Naturopathic philosophy and evidence-based research, she uses a wide array of modalities ranging from Acupuncture & Botanical Medicine to Nutraceuticals, Diet & Lifestyle Counseling.
Dr. Cardona integrates the art and science of Naturopathic medicine, largely driven by her background as a trained ballet dancer and piano teacher and believes our bodies need to be mentally, physically and emotionally balanced in order to achieve optimal health. In February 2008, Dr. Cardona took part in a medical brigade and volunteered her time in Nicaragua servicing the medical needs of under-privileged communities on the island of Ometepe.
Dr. Cardona’s vision is to promote individualized patient care through a natural, evidence-based and comprehensive approach. As an active speaker and guest lecture in Northeastern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area, Dr. Cardona is passionate about educating and empowering individuals to better understand their health and its role in providing a superior quality of life.
What to Expect During Your Visits
Free 15 Minute "Meet-and-Greet":
This is optional for those who want to assess how Dr. Cardona, ND can meet their needs, prior to booking a full appointment. Finding the right practitioner is key for your success with Naturopathy, and this is a good way to evaluate that.
The first Naturopathic visit consists of a complete and comprehensive assessment which will be about 85 minutes in length. During this visit your health concerns are thoroughly discussed along with a review of lifestyle variables such as diet and nutrition, stress management and exercise strategies. A complaint-specific physical exam may also be performed.
The second visit is normally 45 minutes in length. At this time any remaining information that is relevant to the diagnosis will be obtained and you will be given the primary components of your treatment plan.
Visits are later performed as needed to assess progress. These can last anywhere from 15 - 60 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
About Naturopathic Medicine
A: Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and treating illness. Focusing on prevention, and using natural substances and treatments, naturopathic doctors support and stimulate the body's ability to heal itself.
The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of illness, rather than simply treat or suppress symptoms. The patient is seen as a whole person and the naturopathic doctor takes the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions into account when diagnosing and developing a treatment plan.
A: Naturopathic doctors take a minimum of three years pre-medical studies at university, followed by four years at one of four recognized colleges of naturopathic medicine. The only two in Canada are the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (North York, ON) and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic medicine (British Columbia).
The education encompasses basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics, and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
In regulated (or licensed) provinces and states across North America , graduates must also pass rigorous standardized exams to qualify to practice. In Canada, naturopathic doctors are regulated in British Columbia , Manitoba , Ontario and Saskatchewan . Legislation is pending in Alberta and Nova Scotia.
A: The difference is twofold: First of all homeopaths only use homeopathy as a treatment tool, whereas Naturopathic doctors use homeopathy as one of several treatment tools.
The second major difference is that homeopaths are not regulated and licensed in the province of Ontario . Therefore anyone can call themselves a homeopath regardless of training, whereas only those individuals following the steps outlined above can call themselves Naturopathic Doctors.
A: A Doctor of Natural Medicine (DNM) is not regulated and licensed in Ontario.
Anyone, regardless of training and education, can call themselves a Doctor of Natural Medicine in this province. There is no independent regulatory body that ensures that these individuals have appropriate training, or that standards of practice are being maintained. If a patient/client has any concerns their only recourse is a court of law. Most insurance companies only cover practitioners that are licensed.
The regulatory board for Naturopathic Doctors in Ontario is the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapy - Naturopathy (BDDT-N) see www.boardofnaturopathicmedicine.on.ca/. This board is a government-appointed board that is independent of any of the naturopathic associations and its job is to protect the rights of the public and to ensure a standard of patient care.
A: The Board of Directors or Drugless Therapy maintains an up-to-date list of registered naturopaths in the province of Ontario at: http://www.boardofnaturopathicmedicine.on.ca/doctors_list.html
About Dr. Cardona, N.D.
- Clinical Nutrition
- Botanical Medicine
- Natural supplementation
- IV Injection Therapy
- Physical Medicine
- Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine
- Lifestyle Counseling
- Facial Cosmetics / Mesotherapy
A: Various tests can be utilized to investigate the cause behind your particular health concerns. These include:
- Blood lab tests
- Salivary hormone testing
- Hair mineral analysis
- Toxic urine analysis
- Neurotransmitter testing
- Food sensitivity testing
- Physical exam
Requests are often made for various ultrasound/x-ray images
A: Virtually all chronic and most acute conditions may benefit from treatment by naturopathic doctors. People of all ages can be helped.
Concerns treated very effectively by Jessica include; chronic colds and flu's, digestive problems, high blood pressure, depression and anxiety, PMS, menopause, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, weight loss, arthritis, soft tissue/muscle injuries and acute/chronic pain.