Samantha Zahavi is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing primary care medicine in Toronto and the GTA. She is a certified Birth Doula passionate about supporting women and families throughout pregnancy, labour and post-partum.
She has also developed unique and effective natural protocols for infants and babies through her combined journey as a Mom and Naturopathic Doctor.
Her expertise lies in the natural management of gastrointesintal diseases, especially Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s and Colitis). Samantha has spent additional time studying and taking part in research studies in this area. She strongly believes in the gut-brain connection and enjoys working one on one with patients to improve their immunity, mental health, gastrointestinal integrity and overall sense of well-being.
Therefore, areas of interest and specialty include:
- Gastrointestinal health and disease (IBD, IBS, Celiac, Food Sensitivities)
- Autoimmune Disease, Allergies & Eczema
- Women’s Health, Hormones & Fertility
- Pregnancy and Postpartum care
- Paediatric Health (prevention of autoimmunity, allergies, asthma)
- Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, Mental Clarity)
- Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
- Samantha is also certified in Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and Massage
Samantha is an advocate for prevention of disease and believes that Naturopathic Medicine is a unique field that aims to educate individuals on health and wellness while providing an array of modalities to treat patients naturally and holistically. She uses her medical training to assess each individual thoroughly in order to identify the true root cause of illness. She emphasizes the use of research-based treatments in her practice and enjoys creating individualized treatment plans that are effective and realistic. Samantha recognizes the importance of both naturopathic and conventional medicine and aims to work as closely as possible with her patient’s physicians in order to provide comprehensive and sustainable medical care.
While using all modalities under the scope of Naturopathic Medicine, Samantha finds herself most passionate and skilled in nutritional assessment and education, supplementation and botanical medicine, lifestyle counselling and acupuncture.
She is known for her ability to listen, understand and communicate with patients, her empathetic and kind nature. It is evident that she truly enjoys working with patients one on one. She places great importance on patient education as she believes that understanding one’s own illness allows for better personal care. Most of all, she loves that she is able to spend adequate time with each patient to better understand their full health picture based on all aspects of their life.
Samantha graduated with an Honours Double Major Degree in Physiology and Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. This sparked her interest in the mind-body connection. In dealing with personal chronic illness, she found Naturopathic Medicine the only avenue that improved her health. These two factors led her to study at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.
At CCNM, Samantha was involved in a research study dedicated to understanding the symptoms and response to natural therapies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. During her clinical study, she practiced at Brampton Civic Hospital, Sherbourne Health Centre and Queen West Health Centre providing free naturopathic medical care to those in need. She also travelled to Nicaragua, living with and treating local conditions. She found this to be one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experiences to date.
As a proud member of the OAND and CAND, Samantha participates in continued education courses as she enjoys learning and is interested in constantly staying up-to-date with the most recent medical research and natural therapies.
While not in practice, Samantha enjoys living life to the fullest as a Mom and wife. She is happiest when spending time with her family and friends. Hobbies include walking her dog, cooking, spinning, golf and any sport that gets her heart rate up even if she isn’t very good.
She’ll read anything but fiction as she believes a good story is better watched on the big screen.