Hi! My name is Samantha Bell - I am a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND), practicing at the Charleswood Medical Clinic.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, I’m passionate about bridging the gap between conventional and complementary medicine. Growing up, I sought both. With acne that wreaked havoc on my self-esteem, I was desperate to gain control.
I was (and honestly still am) grateful for the help of topical medications that were prescribed to me. Yet, I simply could not wrap my head around the fact that I couldn’t be more proactive in preventing the acne. At the height of my frustration, I saw an ND and the rest is history. Quite simply, I was educated and equipped to make (albeit, tough) changes that would give me that control over my own skin. I value and respect conventional and complementary medicine, and truly believe that they can go hand-in-hand. In my own role as an ND at the Charleswood Medical Clinic, I understand, value and respect both systems of medicine, and believe that together, we can offer patients comprehensive care.
I completed a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology at the University of Winnipeg and went on to complete my Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto, ON). Prior to my undergrad, I completed a Deaf Studies Certificate at the University of Manitoba & Red River College (joint program).
During my clinical internship at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, I worked with patients on the Adjunctive Cancer Care shift. In a complementary role to conventional medicine, we worked to support patients who were either actively in cancer treatment or in remission. The Adjunctive Cancer Care shift has now transitioned into the Integrative Cancer Centre, see more information here.
As an intern, I also had the pleasure of providing care to patients at Unison Health & Community Services, located in Lawrence Heights (Toronto, ON).
Additionally, as a child of two deaf adults, I am fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and I hope to extend my services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
As a Naturopathic Doctor, I have a particular interest in working with:
Hormones (men and women)
Reproductive health (men and women, including fertility, prenatal/postnatal care)
I have additional certifications in the following:
Environmental Health: An Integrative Approach (University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; 2016)
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (Two Circles Acupuncture; 2017)
Naturopathic Approaches in Integrative Oncology (CCNM; 2017)
Naturopathic Doula (York Region Naturopathic Doulas; 2018)