The first visit with a Naturopathic Doctor is often an hour long and involves gathering as much information about the patient as possible. The Naturopathic Doctor will go over your intake form with you and ask questions to help better understand your current health status and your health goals. A focused physical exam will be performed and standard diagnostic tests may be recommended if they have not been done recently. From there a treatment plan will be discussed with the patient, which will have been designed based on the specific needs of the patient and their health. Follow up visits are shorter in length and their frequency depends on the treatment goals as determined by both the patient and the practitioner.