Complementary and Alternative Medicine

(CAM) Health Care Practitioner Vetting Process

 

My Well Self is a platform where Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Health Care Practitioners can differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace.

To help our public make safe and better informed decisions, the public will be able to see whether or not a CAM Health Care Practitioner has been vetted. This means that the CAM Health Care Practitioner has submitted a request to vet their profile and has met predefined levels of accreditation and/or certification, training and good standing to participate on the My Well Self platform.

The following lists details for those CAM Health Care Practitioner who have submitted a request to vet their profile and what standards My Well Self follows to approve the vetting process.

All Complementary and Alternative Medicine Health Care Practitioner on My Well Self must:

Maintain good standing

Professionals must accurately represent their qualifications, credentials, memberships, and patient testimonials. To protect our public members, we may deny participation, suspend activity, or entirely remove professionals should their standing with licensing agencies, associations, boards change or have open complaints.

Participate responsibly

My Well Self offers trained CAM Health Care Practitioners a unique opportunity to help the public make informed decisions. Participation is strictly aligned with board certification, specialty, licensing, training and good standing. It’s not a place for CAM Health Care Practitioners to self-promote for commercial motivation unless authorized to do so by My Well Self.

Meet minimal regulatory and/or accreditation

Regulatory certifications, accreditation, licensing, training and good standing are verified via relevant online resources after submission by the CAM Health Care Practitioner. Additional verification may be requested to determine eligibility. Only after verification will a CAM Health Care Practitioner’s profile show a vetted feature on their profile for the public to see.

Listing criteria are verified in Canada ONLY. The requirements include, but are NOT limited to (as of June 17th, 2019):

Regulatory accreditation and/or association requirements:

Naturopathic Doctor

A qualified naturopathic doctor is one who has completed a four-year, full-time program at an accredited school of naturopathic medicine. Following the completion of an accredited program, NDs must write and pass standardized North American board exams known as the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations (NPLEX) in order to qualify for regulation/licensing.

Provinces with Regulatory Boards:

Provinces without Regulatory Boards:

Although not regulated, My Well Self or any public members on My Well Self and outside of My Well Self can confirm the training and good standing of a Naturopathic Doctor through the noted provincial Association as well as cross referencing licensing with the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors.

Acupuncturist

In order to practice as a Registered Acupuncturist an individual must complete a 3 year program at an accredited college, successfully complete the Pan-Canadian Written and Clinical Case-Study Examinations issued across all five provinces by the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA). CARB-TCMPA is the national organization of provincial and territorial regulatory bodies that govern and monitor the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners, Acupuncturists and/or Herbalists.

Provinces with Regulatory Boards

Provinces without Regulatory Boards

Although not regulated, My Well Self or any public members on My Well Self and outside of My Well Self can confirm the training and good standingof an Acupuncturist through the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada , Acupuncture Canada (formerly AFCI) and McMaster Medical Acupuncture Program

Massage Therapy

A Registered Massage Therapist is an individual who has completed competency-based education at educational institutions recognized by the Government of Ontario, studied anatomy, physiology, pathology, physical assessment, neurology, treatments, ethics and other subjects, completed a minimum of 150 clinical hours and successfully completed examinations from and have been “registered” by a regulatory body

Provinces with Regulatory Boards:

Provinces without Regulatory Boards:

Although not regulated, My Well Self or any public members on My Well Self and outside of My Well Self can confirm the training and good standing through the Canadian Massage Therapy Association and/or Natural Health Practitioners of Canada

Alberta– Practitioners must be a Registered Massage Therapist with one of the appropriate provincials: Alberta Association of Therapeutic Masseurs , Certified Registered Massage Therapist Association , Massage Therapist Association of Alberta , Natural Health Practitioners of Canada and Remedial Massage Therapists Association

SaskatchewanMassage Therapist Association of Saskatchewan or as noted for provinces without Regulatory Boards

Manitoba– Practitioners must be a Registered Massage Therapist with one of the appropriate provincial associations: Massage Therapy Association of Manitoba Natural Health Practitioners of Canada and Remedial Massage Therapists Society of Manitoba

Quebec – Massage Therapists are assigned a registration number by a noted number of association as confirmed by My Well Self.

Nova ScotiaMassage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia or as noted for provinces without Regulatory Boards

Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island Massage Therapy Association or as noted for provinces without Regulatory Boards

Northwest TerritoriesNorthwest Territories Massage Therapists’ Association or as noted for provinces without Regulatory Boards

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In order to practice as a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner or Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an individual must complete a 4 year or 5 year program respectively at an accredited college, successfully complete the Pan-Canadian Written and Clinical Case-Study Examinations issued across all five provinces by the Canadian Alliance of Regulatory Bodies of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists (CARB-TCMPA). CARB-TCMPA is the national organization of provincial and territorial regulatory bodies that govern and monitor the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners, Acupuncturists and/or Herbalists.

Provinces with Regulatory Boards:

Provinces without Regulatory Boards:

Although not regulated, My Well Self or any public members on My Well Self and outside of My Well Self can confirm the training and good standing of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner through the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada

Manual Osteopathic Therapy

The regulation of Osteopathy in Canada is not straight forward. The main complication is due to the recognition of Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) versus Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP).

Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) are physicians (MDs) who have additional qualifications in osteopathy. They are regulated and certified by a provincial College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Diploma in Osteopathic Manual Practice (DOMP) have osteopathic manual training but are NOT members of any regulatory agency recognized by the government. Some DOMPs have additional credentials such as massage therapy or physiotherapy.

Although not regulated, My Well Self or any public members on My Well Self and outside of My Well Self can confirm the training of an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner through a provincial association.

Holistic Nutritional

Holistic Nutritionists are not regulated in Canada. Training to become a Holistic nutritionist varies across Canada and some training programs are more stringent than others. There are noted approved/accredited schools known throughout Canada.

There are three main professional associations, the Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals (CAHN-Pro) the Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners ,(CANNP) and the Canadian Association for Integrative Nutrition (CAIN) that provide post-graduate membership opportunities. Both associations provide professional membership after successfully completion of board certification exams for industry recognition and/or a screening intake process through interviews and verifications

Chiropractic Doctor

Licenced chiropractors practicing in Canada have completed a rigorous academic and practical education (including national standardized educational requirements) and have passed a licencing examination (by province) to become a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). Chiropractic education also requires hands-on clinical experience under the direct supervision of highly-qualified faculty. This experience includes clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and referral protocols.

Provinces with Regulatory Boards:

Provinces without Regulatory Boards

Although not regulated, My Well Self or any public members on My Well Self and outside of My Well Self can confirm the training and good standing of a licensed Chiropractic through the Canadian Chiropractic Association

  • Prince Edward Island – As noted for provinces without Regulatory Boards
  • North West Territories – As noted for provinces without Regulatory Boards

Homeopaths 

Homeopathy is a system of medicine used around the world and based on the principle of “let likes be cured by likes.” Patients who exhibit symptoms of disease are treated with administration of minute doses of substances to stimulate the individual’s natural healing process in order to restore and maintain health.

Provinces with Regulatory Boards

In Ontario, only members of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario are regulated and authorized to use the title “Homeopath” or “HOM.” Individuals who are not members of the College are prohibited from using this professional designation or from holding themselves out as qualified to practise as a homeopath. 

College of Homeopaths of Ontario

Provinces without Regulatory Boards

The Canadian Society of Homeopaths is a recognized stakeholder in consultation with several provincial governments regarding legislated regulation of the profession.  They maintain that regulation is not advisable at this time due to inconsistencies within the profession and insufficient numbers of full-time practitioners.

As a condition of membership, Registered and Associate members of the Canadian Society of Homeopaths agree to practice in accordance with the Society’s Professional Standards of conduct, competency, and accountability and to continue to maintain their own professional development according to Society guidelines.

British Columbia 

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Ontario

Quebec

New Brunswick

Nova Scotia