About Dr. Lisa Samet
Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York and for the first half of her professional life worked in marketing for Procter and Gamble. After ten years with them, in Cincinnati and then Japan, she had to face the fact that her side hobby of homeopathy and natural medicine had become far more interesting and satisfying to her than the work she was doing fifty or more hours per week. So, it was in her mid-thirties that she went back to school full time to become a naturopathic doctor. Sheís never looked back as the work she imagined doing is as wonderful and gratifying as she had hoped and she was able to find what she felt was missing in her previous career Ė accomplishing something of value. And what that is for her is to help people achieve a greater level of health. This represents truly meaningful work and a real source of passion and enthusiasm for her.
Dr. Sametís practice attracts patients who have not been satisfied with their results using the conventional medical system. She sees patients with chronic diseases, including autoimmune diseases, menstrual and fertility problems, migraines, arthritis, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, allergies, thyroid dysfunction, depression, chronic fatigue, inflammatory bowel disease. She also sees many children with eczema, allergies and asthma, a famous triad, as well as warts, behavioral and developmental disorders, chronic ear infections.
Of the many different natural healing modalities Dr. Samet studied, she uses relatively few. Naturopathic doctors typically donít specialize in body systems or parts as conventional doctors do, but often in treatment modalities, such as herbal medicine or homeopathy, and develop their expertise there. In her practice, Dr. Samet uses primarily homeopathy (see linked article Ď
What is Homeopathy?í), sometimes supported by nutritional or immune-boosting therapies. Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. This can seem quite miraculous when deep-seated or long-standing problems are actually eradicated as the body, under stimulation from the homeopathic remedy, starts to rebalance itself and regain its health. Most of the frustration with conventional medicine today is that although the drugs can take away many of the effects of a disease (pain, inflammation, etc), they donít actually effect the disease process itself. This is evidenced by the fact that people usually take drugs for chronic illness indefinitely, and even after say, twenty years, if they would go off the medicines, they would likely be in the same place they started or worse off. Frankly, this can also be true in the Ďnatural medicineí world, where supplements and herbs can help the symptoms but never seem to address the chronic susceptibility to a problem. Homeopathy has the potential to do this. Dr. Samet sees it daily in her practice.
It is not easy to master the art of homeopathy. Actually, it is far more difficult to prescribe a good homeopathic remedy for someone than to write a prescription for prednisone or antibiotics, for example, or suggest a mixture of herbs or some vitamin supplements. While some relief may be experienced from any of these therapies, deep healing will not occur in any comparable way to what is experienced with the correct homeopathic prescription. The challenge comes in that we are prescribing for the individual, not for the disease. In the conventional world there is a drug protocol for the disease name that one has, but in the world of homeopathy, we prescribe on the individualís personal manifestation of the symptoms of the disease, not on the disease name itself. This is because we are treating people, not disease. What this means is that two people with the same disease, for example, rheumatoid arthritis, would likely get two completely different homeopathic prescriptions. This is because even though it is the same disease name, the type of pain, the location of the pain, the factors that influence the pain, etc., will most likely be different from one person to the next and these specifics are what the homeopath uses to prescribe on. Sometimes it is challenging for the patient to accurately express what they experience. Because people are complex beings, making a correct prescription may not always be achieved on the first attempt. The good news is, there are rarely any negative side effects with homeopathy, so it is worth being patient as the results from the correct remedy will be worth your wait.
Due to the difficulty of mastering the art of homeopathy, it is imperative to find a practitioner who is well trained as a Ďclassicalí homeopath. This is someone who takes a very thorough case at the initial interview, often lasting up to three hours for an adult with a chronic illness, and then proceeds to prescribe one remedy, not a mixture of remedies or alternating different remedies, that best matches the patientís total symptom picture. In this way, a successful result has the highest chance of being achieved.
Dr. Samet has been studying homeopathy since 1989 and more formally since 1996. She considers herself fortunate that she has been trained by some of the best in the field. She has seen terrific results in her practice although she cannot say she has helped everyone who has walked through her door. Dr. Samet practices in a small private clinic with two other naturopathic doctors who also specialize in homeopathy.
Dr. Samet is also trained in the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT is a very quick and simple method of reducing the intensity of traumatic memories and releoring emotional blockajes and healing!
Even the first few minutes after you try it, you are likely to find the intensity of your traumatic recollections rapidly dropping. There are many scientific studies of EFT for depression, anxiety, and other psychological problems. They show that people who use EFT recover very quickly, often in just a few sessions.
Not only can EFT improve pschychological problems, it can improve physical symptoms too.
There is a strong association between emotional stress and disease. Numerous studies have found that those who had the highest rate amount of emotional trauma as children had higher rates of many diseases as adults. Those diseases included cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
That's not to say that physical disease is entirely psychological in origin. What it does indicate is that a lifetime of carrying the burden of trauma takes a toll on our bodies. When people use EFT for physical problems, they are releasing the emotional memories associated with the symptoms. Once those memories don't hurt anymore, the stress response is reduced, and the body has a chance to heal.
Dr. Samet brings extensive knowledge and experience to the fields of naturopathy and homeopathy.
Naturopathic Medicine is a unique and comprehensive approach to improving health and addressing illness. Focusing on prevention and using natural approaches, naturopathic doctors (NDís) support and stimulate the bodyís ability to heal itself. The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the cause of illness, rather than simply treat or suppress symptoms. The patient is seen as a whole person and the ND takes the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions into account when making an assessment and developing strategies for recovery of health.
The principles of naturopathic medicine provide the foundation for its practice. They are:
The Healing Power of Nature ( Naturopathic medicine recognizes an inherent self-healing process in the person that is ordered and intelligent. Naturopathic doctors act to identify and remove obstacles to healing and recovery and to facilitate and augment this inherent self-healing process.
Vis Medicatrix Naturae):
Identify and Address the Causes of Disease ( The naturopathic doctor seeks to identify and address the underlying causes of illness, rather than merely palliate or suppress symptoms.
First Do No Harm ( The naturopathic doctor uses remedies that are non-toxic and naturally based which minimize the risk of harmful side effects. Since iatrogenic disease (medically induced disease from prescription drug interactions or medical error) is the fourth cause of death in North America, this point becomes particularly meaningful.
Primum Non Nocere):
Doctor as Teacher ( Naturopathic doctors educate their patients and encourage self-responsibility for health. They also recognize and employ the therapeutic potential of the doctor-patient relationship.
Address the Whole Person: Naturopathic doctors address the whole person by taking into account individual physical, mental, emotional and spiritual factors. They do not address only the part of the person that is ill, but the whole being, taking into account all factors to improve the patientís health.
Prevention: Naturopathic doctors emphasize prevention of disease by assessing risk factors, heredity and susceptibility to disease and recommending appropriate interventions in partnership with their patients to prevent illness.
The goal of the naturopathic doctor is to understand the patient and all the factors which impact on his or her health. The ND will take an in-depth patient history. In addition, the information from a physical exam and laboratory tests may assist in making an assessment. A personal health plan will then be proposed to help facilitate the healing process. We treat people, not diseases.
Virtually all chronic and most acute conditions may benefit from naturopathic care. People of all ages can be helped. The most common health conditions people consult NDís for are:
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Allergies and environmental illness
Digestive problems including Crohnís, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Colitis
Eczema, Psoriasis, Acne, Warts
Cystitis, Prostatitis, Impotence
Colds and Flu
Ear, throat and sinus infections
PMS, Menstrual disorders
Complaints of pregnancy
Endometriosis, Uterine fibroids
The training of an ND is very thorough. There are six accredited schools in North America which offer doctorate degrees in naturopathic medicine: Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (Toronto), Bastyr University (Seattle), National College of Naturopathic Medicine (Portland, OR), Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (Scottsdale), University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine (CT) and Boucher University of Naturopathic Medicine (Vancouver). NDís must have a minimum of three years of premedical studies at university, followed by four years at one of the above-recognized colleges of naturopathic medicine. The education encompasses basic medical sciences, naturopathic principles and therapeutics equaling on average 4500 hours of study, plus an additional 1500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
In licensed provinces and states across North America, graduates must also pass rigorous standardized exams to qualify for practice. In Canada, NDís are regulated in BC, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Legislation is pending in Alberta and Nova Scotia. There are just over a dozen NDís who graduated from accredited schools practicing in Quebec and our association is working hard to obtain licensing here. Licensing is important because it defines who a naturopathic doctor is by specifying the types of training required to merit the title and also the scope of practice we are entitled to. Currently in the province of Quebec as a result of the lack of legislation, any practitioner is allowed to call themselves by any title, with no standard or supervisory board differentiating those who have a four-year medical training from those that have completed a weekend course in naturopathy. This is unfortunate for the patient who may not be savvy enough to ask these pertinent questions.
The safety record for naturopathic medicine is excellent. This makes sense given the emphasis on non-toxic, natural source medicines and gentle, non-invasive treatments. Side effects are rare and NDís are knowledgeable about contraindications between naturopathic remedies and conventional medicines. Notably, less than 1% of NDís have been sued for malpractice versus about 20% of MDís. NDís are trained to recognize conditions outside their scope of practice and refer to other health professionals when appropriate.
Naturopathic medicine has a lot of science behind it. Thousands of modern clinical studies have validated a variety of natural medicines used by NDís: Echinacea for the immune system and St. Johnís Wort for depression are just two examples. Homeopathy also has many studies behind it, which validate its effectiveness. It is important to note that since most naturopathic remedies are not patentable, manufacturers find little financial incentive to do costly scientific studies. Thus, funding from independent sources is essential for further scientific validation of naturopathic treatments.
Naturopathic doctors are frequently covered by private health insurance. This is smart business for insurance companies as studies have shown that long term medical care costs are lower in patients who use preventative and alternative medicines versus conventional medicine.
We hope you now have a complete overview of naturopathic medicine and homeopathy and a little bit of Dr. Sametís own background and interests. Choosing a naturopathic doctor to work in partnership with to improve your health is a worthwhile endeavor. If we can be of any further help, please feel free to contact us.
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"I first saw Lisa for digestive issues that caused me incredible discomfort. Altough I was unsure of homeopathy from a scientific perspective, I was willing to try something other than the limited options I currently had. In spite of my uncertainty, Lisa hit the nail on the head and over the next weeks and months I began feeling much better. I credit my ability to function with a healthy digestive tract to her. Because of her homeopathic and naturopathic training, her strong interpersonal connection and her logical advice, I know I am in good hands with Dr. Samet."
- M.C., 31 y.o., Nevada
"Our son has been under Dr. Samet's care for the last two years. We met her when my then two year old was suffering from recurrent ear infections and delay in speech developpement. From the very beginning we were very reassured by her calmness, her ability to listen and her insightful questions about our child's development and behavior. Along with the remedies, she provided very clear guidelines of what to watch for and how to expect progress to happen. Our son has been thriving under her care. He is now a gregarious four year old who is never lost for words! One of the most impressive aspects of interacting with Dr. Samet, has been her openness and willingness to demystify the process of homeopathy. Her workshops are very helpful in enabling a better understanding of remedies and the field in general - for us, she stands way out from the rest of the crowd!"
- mother of R.R., 5 y.o. Montreal
"I have been working with Lisa as my go to medical advisor for almost two years now. She helps my whole family get throught allergies, infections, injuries, and even mood imbalances. This is a service I value and believe in. Making the decision for my family to follow homeopathic medicine with Lisa has been one of the most rewarding decisions in my life. This creates a lifestyle for us that allows us to reach our physical, mental and emotional potential. We do not get sick when others catch the seasonal bugs so we are able to spend our time healthier and happier. I enjoy seeing the wonders of this form of medicine with every passing ailment. I am learning more and more how to use it on my own, which brings me a proud sense of empowerment. I would, and often do, recomment Lisa'a services to everyone seeking better health."
- K.M., 32 y.o., Montreal
"Dr. Samet has been our family doctor for at least 10 years... We are so grateful, her expertise, caring and homeopathic prescriptions have genuinely helped myself, my husband and our children in countless crises - big and small!"
- GG., 40 y.o., Montreal
"Over 10 years ago, I went from medical doctor to medical doctor complaining of several ailments-migraine headaches, horrible menstrual cramps, extreme fatigue, dry skin, just to name a few. I was on the highest level of pain killers for the cramps and headaches (which were not having any effect) and there was nothing to be done for the extreme fatigue. It was supposedly normal because I was a mom and had a full-time job.
After seeing Lisa Samet, N.D., my life changed forever. She asked me questions that no one ever had before and that were specific to my type of headache, my type of cramps, etc. This led her to choose a remedy that cured most of my ailment. My menstrual cramps and headaches were gone-no more drugs were needed for either of those things. My energy started to pick up and I was a different person altogether.
My entire family has been treated homeopathically ever since and we have not looked back. It's always our first line of defense. With Lisa tending to us we had a fabulous success rate and have been spared from taking anti-biotics and other drugs which have potential side effects. Lisa has an ability to listen to her patients, zero in on the key points and prescribe the right remedy. She follows up and makes herself available to her patients. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a good naturopath/homeopath.
- J.M, 47 y.o., Montreal
"When I saw Lisa for the first time mid-July 2011, I was basically at the end of my rope. I had been newly diagnosed with 80+ food allergies and was suffering from headaches/migraines as well as sinus and digestion issues. I had also been on antibiotics for about 2 years for a misdiagnosed infection. Within a couple of months, I no longer suffered from headaches/migraines, I was off all over-the-counter medication as well as the antibiotics, my sinus and digestion issues had settled down, and the eczema I suffer from on my scalp was controlled. My immune system has improved over the past year and I have not had a cold, an infection, or the flu since I saw Lisa. Prior to starting to work with homeopathic remedies, I would catch everything that went around the office. I have only used 1 tylenol in 14 months. Thank you for helping me get my life back!"
- G.R. 48 y.o, Montreal
"Dr. Samet helped me with a difficult issue regarding my daughter. Her behavior was beginning to ruin family events, trips, her social life and her self-esteem. I was worried about her causing irreparable damage to her self-image as well as to her relationships at school. My heart ached when I watched and felt helpless about what to do. You could sense that she was also miserable but did not know what to do about her behavior. I contacted Dr. Samet about homeopathy and based on her thorough case-taking she was able to find her remedy. Shortly after taking this homeopathic remedy the daughter that I always knew was in there was revealed to my husband's and my delight. She is now kind, self assured, enjoying her social life, pleasant to be around and most importantly really thriving in middle school. I have worked with another homeopath that did not have the same credentials and the result was the opposite - no change whatsoever. It is Dr. Samet's training and 14 years of experience that differentiates her from the other lay homeopaths that one could consult, she is thorough and committed to finding the solution. Without Dr. Samet we would be struggling rather than thriving. Thank you so much!!"
- M.S., 44 y.o., Colorado
"I went to see Dr. Samet after having spent years seeking help for both insomnia and constipation problems. I tried both conventional and alternative methods to no avail. Not only was Dr. Samet able to solve both these issues, she was also able to correct my mood, energy levels, eczema, ravenous appetite and allergies. All this with one remedy! I'll never forget the experience or the continued care she offers."
- L.K, 54 y.o., Montreal
"I suffered with asthma for over 30 years and was prescribed a multitude of different inhalers from a multitude of different doctors. Dr. Samet was able to solve the problem with one visit to her office. In addition I have been coughing for many years due to lung secretions (seen many specialists to no effect). The remedy and diet changes suggested by Dr. Samet have almost completely cured this long standing problem."
- T.N., 58 y.o., Montreal
"My entire family has worked with Dr. Samet for the past nine years. She has treated each of us chronically as well as acutely with great skill - and with great success. There are many who call themselves homeopaths - there are few as well trained as Dr. Samet."
- P.G., 56 y.o., Connecticut