This is the first step in working together.
Initial visits with Dr. Haavaldsen are usually 90 minutes long and involve a comprehensive look at your health history.
You’ll have an opportunity to share your story and your health goals. Dr. Haavaldsen will perform any necessary physical exams and from here you will create a treatment plan together that is specific to your concerns and values. Follow-up consultations range from 15-60 minutes are intended for reviewing progress and adjusting treatment plans as needed. Consultations are available in-person and through secure telemedicine (when appropriate). Please note that a consultation is required before the initiation of any testing/treatment.
Lab testing is an important part of getting to the root of what is happening. Dr. Haavaldsen offers extensive lab testing that includes bloodwork through your local lab, vitamin D testing, allergy testing, PAP tests and more. During consultations she will have a detailed conversation with you about what lab testing is recommended for you.
Intravenous injection therapy is the delivery of vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream, bypassing the gastrointestinal system. I.Vs. are tailored to address the unique health needs of the individual patient. Common nutrients that are used are vitamin C, B-vitamins and magnesium.
(not currently available in Hinton)
This the injection of a small volume of B-vitamins into a muscle (commonly in the arm). Similar to I.V. therapy, this is a quick and efficient way to deliver nutrients, bypassing the digestive tract. B-vitamin injections are tailored to meet your specific concerns.
Dr. Haavaldsen offers acupuncture, cupping, and moxa for a variety of conditions include hormonal issues, migraines and pain management. Her approach to acupuncture is rooted in the Traditional Chinese Medicine model.
Diet & Lifestyle Counselling
Dr. Haavaldsen extensively works with patients to address their health concerns with diet and lifestyle. Her approach is rooted in the belief that changes need to be sustainable and do no harm. She encourages nourishment over deprivation and wants her patients to have a healthy relationship with food and their bodies.
Herbal/botanical medicine is a mainstay of Dr. Haavaldsen’s practice. Herbs can be an effective and gentle way to address a wide variety of health concerns. She will often create custom blends of tinctures/teas specific to patient’s health concerns.
Dr. Haavaldsen will regularly use nutritional supplements to address a particular health goal with the belief that use of supplements should be specific, targeted, and generally short term. She enjoys helping patients understand why they would (or wouldn’t) take any specific supplement and how to appropriately take it.
Hydrotherapy is essentially “water-therapy”. Dr. Haavaldsen offers constitutional hydrotherapy which is a traditional naturopathic treatment that involves the application of alternating hot and cold towels to the abdomen. This promotes blood and lymphatic flow to our vital organs. This treatment is often recommended for digestive issues, immune conditions or as a general treatment to improve overall wellness.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct system of medicine that combines scientific knowledge with traditional wisdom in order to offer effective, patient centred care using natural therapies. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Haavaldsen looks at your body as a whole and how your concerns could be connected.
Click here for a more detailed explanation of the principles and approach of naturopathic medicine.