Katia Bailetti is a mother and licensed naturopathic doctor. Her focus is in pediatric health
as well as supporting families through pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood.
Before studying naturopathic medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Katia completed a degree in biology at the University of Ottawa and a paramedic diploma at Humber College. Katia continuously pursues additional training in fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, post partum care and pediatrics, however, what has furthered her understanding of these topics is her recent transition into motherhood. Recent continuing education activities include:
- Breastfeeding Clinic observation (Dr. Jack Newman MD - pediatrician and breastfeeding specialist)
- Acupuncture in Pregnancy training (Jean Levesque LAc - acupuncture in pregnancy and delivery specialist)
- Birthing Medicine Conference and monthly lectures on fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, post partum care and pediatrics (Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors)
- Healthy Breast Teacher training (Dr. Sat Dharam Kaur ND - breast health specialist)
- Clinical internship (Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic - naturopathic teaching clinic)
- Clinical apprenticeship (Dr. Katherine Willow ND - Ecowellness community founder)
- Suikodo Therapy training (Dr. John MacIntosh ND - Natural Pain Therapy Clinic)
- Spirituality and Health International Multidisciplinary Conference (University of Toronto Continuing Medical Education)
Katia regularly provides lectures on children's health issues such as childhood vaccinations, ear infections, antibiotics, and natural baby care. She has previously delivered lectures and workshops on various health and healing topics at the The Informed Parent, The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Carp Ridge Natural Health Clinic, the American Music Therapy Association Conference and the Energy Medicine & Vibrational Sciences Conferences.
She is currently writing a book titled Childhood Vaccinations - Making Informed Decisions which will be available in the fall of 2007.
Katia is an active member of the Association of Perinatal Naturopathic Doctors , where she recently served on the executive, as well as the Ontario Association of Naturopathic Doctors and the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors. She is licensed to practice naturopathic medicine through the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapies - Naturopathy.
The Canadian Association of Naturopathic Medicine recently published Dr. Bailetti's article "Applying Naturopathic Principles to Clinical Practice" in The Vital Link, the naturopathic profession's newsletter.
Katia's volunteer and community building initiatives were recognized by her peers and by the educational institutions she attended. She received various awards including the Community Spirit Award (2004), Most Appreciated Student Award (2002), Initiative Award (2002) and the Student Appreciation Award (1999).
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About naturopathic medicine
Naturopathic medicine supports your body's ability to heal itself using a variety of safe and natural therapies without suppressing symptoms. Traditional wisdom and modern research are combined to assess the health of each client and to develop individual treatment plans. Treatment plans may include any of the following:
- Herbal medicine (plant products to restore the body's ability to heal itself based on both traditional practices
and modern scientific research)
- Homeopathic medicine (very gentle
remedies that stimulate the body's overal ability to heal itself)
- Nutritional medicine (nutritional supplements and dietary modifications to provide the body what it needs to function optimally)
- Acupuncture and acupressure (fine needles or pressure used to enhance the natural flow of energy in the body, stimulate healing and restore organ balance)
- Massage and joint manipulation (hands-on therapies to adjust the soft tissues and joints of the body to facilitate optimal body function and decrease pain)
- Hydrotherapy (water treatments that enhance circulation and detoxification)
- Counselling and lifestyle coaching (support during life transitions and gentle guidance while moving towards a more balanced life)
- Mind-body medicine (breathing, relaxation, visualization and other techniques to stimulate the relaxation response to improve digestion, immune function, hormone balance, decrease anxiety and decrease pain)
How are naturopathic doctors trained?
Licensed naturopathic doctors in Ontario have achieved the following training:
University degree, including various medical prerequisites in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics and psychology
4,100 hours of academic and clinical training and a diploma from a four-year full-time accredited naturopathic medical college including one year clincial internship
Successful completion of North American licensing exams including basic sciences, (anatomy, biochmistry, microbiology, immunology, physiology and pathology), as well as clinical sciences (physical and clinical diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis and diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, emergency medicine, clinical nutrition, physical medicine, botanical medicine, psychology, traditional chinese medicine and acupuncture and homeopathy)
Successful completion of Ontario licensing exams including practical exams, (physical and clinical diagnosis, acupuncture and manipulation), as well as Ontario jurisprudence
Continually updating skills through annual continuing medical education requirements
Valid license from the Board of Directors of Drugless Therapies - Naturopathy
What are naturopathic doctors trained to do?
Naturopathic doctors are the only licensed primary care providers in the field of alternative medicine. Naturopathic doctors are trained very similarly to conventional medical doctors except NDs focus is on using safe and natural therapies to support your body's ability to heal itself, instead of suppressing of symptoms of disease. NDs are trained to:
Perform complete physical exams and take complete medical histories: We suggest that all clients obtain a complete physical exam once a year (including prostate, breast and/or gynecological) by your medical doctor or your naturopathic doctor. Depending on your current symptoms and medical history, your naturopathic doctor may recommend additional assessments, (e.g. orthopedic, stress or nutritional assessments).
Perform and interpret naturopathic and conventional medical laboratory test: We recommend that every client undergo a standard blood tests once a year. Depending on your current symptoms and medical history, your naturopathic doctor may recommend additional testing, (e.g. hormone, toxicity or allergy testing)
Diagnose naturopathic and conventional medical conditions: Naturopathic diagnosis is based on identifying imbalances in body systems. This helps naturopaths treat the cause of the disease, not just the symptoms, as well as catch disturbances in the early stages, before they become full blown conditions.
Prescribe and carry out naturopathic treatment plans: Your individual treatment plan can include any combination of naturopathic treatments including: acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal medicine, homeopathic medicine, clinical nutrition, counselling, lifestyle counseling, massage, hydrotherapy, physical therapy and spinal manipulation.
Monitor your progress: You will be reassessed in a follow up visit at the end of your treatment plan in order to monitor your progress.
- Work collaboratively with other health care professionals: Naturopathic doctors often refer to and work with medical doctors, massage therapists, chiropractors and psychologists to provide high-quality integrative healthcare.
What is the naturopathic philosophy of care?
First, do no harm (your health is our top priority, we use safe and natural treatments)
Strengthen each individual's self-healing ability (we do not override your body's natural healing mechanisms)
Find and treat the cause of the disease (instead of only suppressing symptoms)
Heal the whole person (including mind, body and spirit) through thorough assessments and individualized treatment plans
Teach the principles of prevention and healthy living
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