Frequently Asked Questions
Bright Almond (“Bright Almond”), a division of Garrison Health Technology Ventures Inc., presents practitioners that have attested to, and shown proof of, achieving the highest possible educational and regulatory standards available to each eligible profession.
Q: What is a Regulated Health Professional?
A: Regulation ensures that a health professional adheres to a common set of professional standards, a code of ethics, and participates in ongoing professional development. A regulated Health profession is regulated by it’s college. The college is mandated to protect the public by holding its members accountable and by investigating any complaints.
Q: What types of health professionals are on the Bright Almond network?
A: Consumers want to know that they are establishing a relationship with a health professional who possesses experience and has undertaken the necessary steps to be recognized by their association or regulatory body. Currently, we have the following types of complementary and alternative medicine professionals on the Bright Almond Network:
- Naturopathic Doctors
- Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners
- Homeopaths (Full regulation in Ontario expected soon)
- Osteopathic Manual Practitioner (Must hold a secondary license in a regulated profession such as massage therapy, chiropractic, etc…)
- Registered Massage Therapists
- Holistic Nutritionists
Q: How do I know that a health professional is licensed or regulated?
For regulated health professions, Bright Almond requires that practitioners provide us with proof of their registration from their respective regulatory college. In the case of holistic nutritionists, we require proof of their graduation from an accredited school and registration with one of the following bodies, RHN, CNPCC and the IONC. Profiles of our Health Professionals display their education background, additional accreditation and areas of clinical focus.
Q: What qualifications do you require for holistic nutritionists?
A: Bright Almond requires that holistic nutritionists who are registered on our site, be eligible for certification from the Certified Nutritional Practitioners Council of Canada (CNPCC) and The International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC). The designation RNCP (Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner) and ROHP (Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner) is governed by the IONC. (Whoa that is a lot of acronyms). Holistic nutritionists do not perform controlled acts as set forth by any Regulated Provincial Health Acts.
Q: What is a regulatory college?
A: Although called colleges, regulatory colleges are not schools. The colleges (or other regulatory bodies depending on your provincial jurisdiction) are established by the government to ensure safe, competent and ethical healthcare. This is accomplished by holding healthcare providers accountable to a standard of care and practice. The colleges or councils are directed by a board consisting of professionals (elected by peers) and members of the public (appointment by the government). Collectively the board represents the interest of the healthcare consumer.
Q: What is the inclusion criterion for a healthcare provider on Bright Almond?
A: To join the Bright Almond Network, health professionals must declare and consent that they:
Are registered and in good standing with their regulatory or licensing body.
Show proof of registration.
Be a member of the following professions: Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor, Holistic Nutritionist, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner, Acupuncturist, Homeopath, Registered Massage Therapist and Osteopathic Manual Practitioner.
Q: What if a professional on your site is part of a profession that is not regulated in my province or jurisdiction?
A: Wow, that is a good question. Canada is a complicated place. Many complementary health professions are not regulated in each province. Registered Massage Therapy, for example, is only registered in 3 Canadian provinces. Our chart below has been created to help define which professions are regulated in each provincial jurisdiction. In the event that a profession is not regulated in a particular province, we require that they provide us with their proof of registration from another jurisdiction.