The Virtual Naturopath: Providing Distance Based Care


Providing naturopathic care at a distance offers many advantages to patients, but it’s not without risk.  Many naturopathic doctors are unaware of the regulatory or legal requirements of providing telemedicine and virtual care, and may not be clear on the ways that they can reduce common risks in their practice.


This course was created for Canadian Naturopathic Doctors to help them understand their regulatory and ethical obligations for using distance-based technologies to leave them feeling prepared and confident to incorporate virtual care into practice for the benefit of their patients.

Learning Objectives

This 2 hour course will help naturopathic doctors to:

  • understand the professional obligations of providing care by email, telephone and virtual technology

  • analyze jurisdiction, privacy, and prescribing issues

  • recognize the most common concerns and red flags in providing distance-based care

  • review tips to improve practice and reduce regulatory and legal risks

Approved Continuing Education

This course has been pre-approved by the following regulators:

  • The College of Naturopathic Doctors of Ontario (CONO) for 2 Category A Jurisprudence Credits

  • The College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC) for 2 Category G Ethics Credits

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Course Platform Features

    • Learning Objectives

  • 2

    Distance Based Care

    • An introduction to distance based care

    • Jurisdictional Issues

    • Email & Electronic Communications

    • Information and Privacy Commissioner: Communication Personal Health Information by Email

    • Telephone and Virtual Platform Based Care

    • Quiz

    • Boundaries, Consent & Emergency Planning

    • Telemedicine Checklist

  • 3

    Post-Course Survey (required for CE credit confirmation)

    • SURVEY - The Virtual Naturopath: Providing Care at a Distance

Meet the Instructor

Dr. Sylvi Martin BScN, RN, ND

Sylvi Martin is a Naturopathic Doctor and a Registered Nurse who has been practicing in the field of professional regulation for over a decade.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Laurentian University in 2004, Sylvi practiced acute care psychiatric nursing at a busy inner-city hospital in Toronto where dealing with high-risk clinical scenarios was a daily occurrence.

Sylvi went on to pursue studies in naturopathic medicine, graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2009. Since then, in addition to her naturopathic practice in Toronto, she has been practicing in professional regulations as an investigator for an Ontario health regulatory college, and as a professional member of a statutory Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee for another Ontario regulator. Since 2016, Sylvi has been instructing continuing education courses in ethics and jurisprudence for various associations and educational institutions in Canada.

When she’s not furthering her training in mindfulness and clinical nutrition or working on her latest workshop or course, she can be found nibbling blueberries and feeding the “trust fund squirrels” in her garden, perfecting her chocolate savouring skills, swimming at the cottage, or on the hunt for more scarves in some corner of the world with her infinitely patient partner Dave.

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