APPOINTMENTS

Please Note: Due to maternity leave, Dr. Nurse will not be seeing patients until JAN 2019. Established patients are asked contact her via email for direct support in the interim:laura@drlauranurse.ca

PATIENT INFORMATION

Find the answers to commonly asked questions for new patients.

Clinic Location
AVALON LASER HEALTH
PHYSIOTHERAPY + WELLNESS 
40 Airport Heights Dr. 
St. John's, NL A1A 4Z7 
(709) 753-0155
info@avalonlaserhealth.ca

How To Become A Patient
Since 2012, I've worked with over 300 Newfoundlanders. I've made it my mission to help Newfoundlanders learn to use natural medicines to get relief, avoid and reduce the need for medications, and start living in a way that creates a healthy body for years to come.

If you'd like to work together, you'll want to know a few things first...

What's it like working with me?
As a naturopathic doctor, I am trained as a "primary care provider", and function similarly to your GP. I am trained to help with everything from colds, flus, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy, kids... etc.

​Where I differ from your GP, is in the therapies I offer:

  1. Diet & Lifestyle. This is the "meat and potatoes" of what I do, and I *will* hold you accountable. Not to be too blunt, but if you are not ready for these kind of changes, I am not the right Naturopathic Doctor for you. I actively avoid the latest on-TV health fad and weight loss diets, and focus on doing diet and lifestyle right with a straight-forward approach. In this manner, I help get my patients relief and often help them reduce their need for medications. I will work with you to make sure that we start with a plan that you can stick to and get real results with.
  2. Natural Medicines. I am trained in a variety of therapies that I pull from as needed to help you when it makes sense. The key ones I focus on in my practice are: High-dose Clinical Nutrients. i.e. vitamin and mineral supplements; Botanicals. Everything from supplements, to cooking with herbs, to teas, tinctures, and even poultices; Traditional Chinese Medicine. i.e. TCM diagnosis, herbals, and acupuncture.

Team Approach:
Naturopathic medicine can be a game changer for your health, I see it clinically all the time. But it's not an either/or approach between this and conventional medicine/medication. Understand that I work alongside your other healthcare team members. I often refer my patients back to their GP for medications and blood work/lab testing when necessary, as well as many other practitioners as needed for specialty therapies.

Special Interests:
I run a general practice and see just about everything. That said, I have a passion for treating women's health/hormonal concerns and digestive complaints, and focus much of my professional efforts on these topics.

New Patient Enrolment:
It's easy to get started. Patient enrolment happens over two intake visits. The first visit is 60-90 minutes in length and is a chance for me to get to know you and what's going on. I'll probably ask you more health questions in one sitting than you've been asked in you life! (I promise we'll only do this once!) After the first visit, you will have some initial instructions and homework.

​We will follow up in roughly a week's time to review it with a second intake visit. During this 60-90 minute visit we will do a basic physical exam, discuss my assessment and recommendations for your care and then focus your first steps to a new you!

If this approach appeals to you, I'd love to see you at the clinic!

If you'd like an appointment, please click here. 

Insurances:
My consults are covered under private health insurance if you have naturopathic services as part of your policy's benefits. Please consult your policy before booking to be certain. After your visit, you will be issued a receipt that you may submit with your claim. I do not offer direct billing.

Lab Testing:
I do not offer conventional lab testing on site. If tests are required, during the appointment, I will give you an appropriate referral to have these tests done with your M.D. or with other specialized practitioners.

I do offer some specialized testing at the clinic. If I think you require these tests, they will be discussed with you at your first appointment.

Billing and Fees:
As of April 1 2017, my fee schedule is as follows:

  • First Consult (75 min), $225
  • Second Consult & Physical Exam (75 min), $225
  • Follow Up Consult (45 min), $150
  • Quick Check-In Consult (20 min), $75

As is customary in any business, payment is due at the time of service.

Methods of payment accepted: interac, visa, and mastercard. Please note we do not accept cash or cheques.

Rescheduling And Cancellation Policy:
In an effort to serve as many patients as possible, I ask that you please give the clinic a minimum of 24 hours notice to cancel or change your appointment to give appropriate time to offer the opportunity to someone else.

How To Cancel/Change Your Appointment:
Your appointment confirmation email contains all the links you need to re-schedule your appointment using my online booking system.

If your appointment is inside the 24 hour notice window, you will not be able to re-schedule online. Please contact us by 10 a.m. one working days before your scheduled visit. If your appointment is on a Monday, call by 10 a.m. the previous Friday. (Avalon Laser Health: 709-753-0155)

Late Cancellations: Not cancelling your appointment or late cancellations can be costly. When you miss a scheduled medical appointment, or if you cancel it after 10 a.m. one working day before your appointment, we consider it as “no show”. Please be advised that we will:

  • Record it as a missed appointment in your medical chart.
  • Send you an email about your missed appointment.
  • Charge you 50% of the fee for the missed appointment.
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