Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I choose Dr. Levy as my “Integrative & Functional Medicine Doctor” ?

There are many “certified” functional medicine practitioners out there from “Holistic Nutritionists” to “Health Coaches”  that have completed an online course in Functional Medicine from unaccredited agencies or colleges.  These self-proclaimed “experts” are not regulated health care professionals and are not part of the RHPA (Regulated Health Professions Act).

Dr. Levy is currently the only Canadian Doctor that has completed extensive training in BOTH Conventional Medicine (M.D.) in addition to Naturopathic Medicine (N.D.) and Chiropractic Medicine (D.C.).  All three degrees are first professional doctorate degrees with clinical internship-clerkship requirements. This equates to well over 16 years of university level education. Furthermore, Dr. Levy has pursued numerous post-doctoral programs in Functional Medicine, Nutrition, Clinical Homeopathy and Medical Acupuncture. In addition Dr. Levy is a regular guest lecturer for numerous professional associations and was featured in several journals, magazines and TV segments. 

Aren't all Naturopaths trained in Functional Medicine ?
The short answer for this question is no.  Functional Medicine is taught in only a few of the American Naturopathic Medical Colleges and is an extensive post doctoral program.
Can Chiropractors practice Functional Medicine ?
In Ontario, Chiropractors can not order labs and can only address conditions or dysfunctions that pertain to the NMSK systems (Nerves, Muscles, Joints). Ontario Chiropractors that claim to practice Functional Medicine do so (knowingly or unknowingly) illegally.  
How much does it cost to become a patient of Dr. Levy's?
Dr. Levy’s hourly rate is $300.  Initial visit and follow up visits might be anywhere from half hour to an hour depending on the case.

  • 60 minutes session : $300
  • 30 minutes session : $150 
Does Dr. Levy practice as a family doctor ?

Dr. Levy’s current practice focuses primarily on chronic conditions. He treats children, adults and seniors alike implementing and integrating diverse natural therapeutic modalities from Chiropractic Physical Medicine to Nutraceuticals, Botanicals, Acupuncture, Homeopathic and Lifestyle medicine. 

While many of Dr. Levy’s class alumni are practicing conventional medicine (family doctors and specialists) in North America, Dr. Levy decided to focus his practice on Integrative and Functional Medicine. 

Does Dr. Levy offer Skype or phone consults ?
Yes, we have many patients from overseas and, or patients that can not visit our clinic regularly due to geographical or other limitations. The initial encounter preferably, should be in person, in order for Dr. Levy to complete a comprehensive physical examination. Routine follow up appointments and lab reviews could be via Skype or phone consults as needed. 
Are Dr. Levy's services covered under OHIP or insurance plans ?

Since Dr. Levy is licensed and registered to practice in Ontario under three separate and distinct health care professions namely Chiropractic, Naturopathic Medicine and Homeopathy. These professions are usually covered under most insurance companies and health spending accounts. 

OHIP covers basic medical and standard of care type services (urgent care or acute type medicine). As Integrative and Functional Medicine services are not considered standard of care and are not “medically necessary”, these services would not be covered under OHIP. It is important to note that doctors offering “Functional Medicine” or any other alternative services under OHIP are doing so against the guidelines set by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and are potentially jeopardizing their medical license(s).

For a list of services that are covered under OHIP please visit the Ministry of Health webpage

How much do laboratory tests cost?
Costs vary depending on the type of tests Dr. Levy recommends. This will be established after the initial intake as Dr. Levy will have to review your past medical history, complete a full head-to-toe examination and then decide which conventional tests, imaging and/or functional labs will be necessary.

Please Note: As a patient of Dr. Levy you will enjoy wholesale Lab tests at cost. (Patients can pay most lab companies directly.) This is another cost-saving feature that we implement in our clinic.  Functional and Nutritional tests are not covered under OHIP, but might be covered under your Health Spending Account (HSA), insurance benefits or extended health care plans.

What should I do before my initial visit?

Please bring all recent (past 2 years) lab results, consult reports and medical imaging reports to your initial appointment. For your convenience patients can now schedule their appointments and complete the intake form online.