About the Clinic
On January 1, 2021, Dr. Brody moved her clinic from SW to a beautiful new space on her property in close-in SE. She set out to create a peaceful and safe environment filled with natural materials and lots of light.
The new construction includes an energy efficient ventilation system that brings in a full exchange of 100% fresh air 4x an hour. Additionally, it is equipped with a MERV13 filter which cleans and conditions the air before it enters the clinic.
Each room has its own free standing medical grade air purifier that we run during visits. And each room has a medical grade UV-C sterilizing light which is used to sanitize the air and surfaces between patients.
We feel confident you're not going to find a safer option for your naturopathic and acupuncture care.
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About Our Team
Dr. Samantha Brody
Licensed Naturopathic Physician • Acupuncturist • Founder of ENHC
“It is my job to use a combination of knowledge, experience and intuition along with an understanding of each patient’s individual values to offer an approach that is truly unique to that patient.”
Have you always known you wanted to be a doctor?
I’ve always thought that I could have had any number of different careers because my interests are so varied. In college I was in a performance group called Rhythm & Shoes, ostensibly an early ‘90s Glee. I loved it. If I’d had a bit more talent I might have pursued that route for a career (and when I say a bit, I mean a lot.) But then again, I adored numbers and I couldn’t just ignore that. My geek claim to fame is that I truly loved and enjoyed studying for for and taking the SATs. I even took them a third time for fun.
My first major in college was economics and at that time I thought I’d follow in my father’s footsteps and go to business school. I studied psychology as my second major in college and was on the verge of becoming a therapist before I learned of Naturopathic medicine. Once that happened, it was a done deal. I knew without a doubt that I had found my career. Well, almost. I had been getting acupuncture for several years by that point and when I realized I could combine them, the picture was complete.
What is your health and healing philosophy?
I believe that the best approach is the one that is least likely to cause harm and the most likely to heal. Sometimes that may mean a medication while you make lifestyle changes that will ultimately resolve your concerns. Other times it may mean dietary changes and supplements. Two people can walk into my office with the same medical diagnosis, yet walk out with completely different treatment plans. It is my job to use a combination of knowledge, experience and intuition along with an understanding of your individual values to offer an approach that is truly unique to you. Your values. Your life. Your choices.
What makes your approach unique?
My philosophy holds that health is not merely the absence of disease, and there is no one thing that health should look like. It cannot be achieved with a cookie-cutter approach.
Each person that walks through the door of my clinic is unique, so I take the time to carefully develop an individualized treatment plan, addressing you as a whole person and recognizing that all aspects of your health—physical, emotional, and mental—are inseparably related.
At your first appointment, I listen. We talk about you, your history and your health goals. At your own pace, we will challenge, “I can’t,” and explore what is in your control. I use my knowledge, expertise, and 25 years of experience to give you the tools to implement changes in your life. It is my job to not only identify what is out of balance, but also to walk you down the path of regaining balance.
You will never be presented with a laundry list of things you "shouldn't" eat or supplements you have to take. I work with you to educate not only about what I think is going on in your body, but about why I am making each and every recommendation. (And I take one step beyond that: coaching how to implement the changes I may recommend.)
Sometimes we cannot make a condition go away entirely. But by decreasing the overall stress on the system, we can decrease symptoms and discomfort, while increasing your energy and improving your outlook at the same time.
What do you like to do for fun?
Once a neighbor asked my husband where I’d been since she hadn’t seen me in a while. He responded that I just prefer being inside organizing. It’s true, kind of. I do love having a clean and organized space around me. It keeps my head clear and allows me to be able to focus on whatever task or activity is at hand. That might include watching the Great British Bake Off with my husband and 14-year-old, curling up and reading a book of short stories, or going to watch one of my kid’s soccer games (not during quarantine, of course.)
Prior to Covid I was an avid traveler. I have a hobby of “miles hacking” where I use tips and tricks to accrue airline miles for free travel. In the last 8 years I’ve traveled to Guatemala, Mexico, Turkey, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Japan, and Belize, as well as a number of other places in the US without paying a dime!
And photography. I love taking photos. The one to the left was taken was from the White temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Come on by and follow me on Instagram @DrSamanthaND!
I heard you wrote a book, is it true?
Yes! I’m proud to say that my book Overcoming Overwhelm—Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out was published by one of my favorite publishing houses, Sounds True, on 1/1/19. This book was a labor of love and to have it out in the world is everything to me. If you want to learn more, or get a copy, you can do that right here.
What do you do for ENHC?
Since our covid pivot and Dr. Brody's move to her new clinic, I am working from home answering the phones, assisting patients, carrying out daily operations, overseeing billing, and doing my best to make sure that the office is running smoothly.
What brought you to ENHC?
What do you like to do when you're not working with Dr. Brody?
As a virtual receptionist I answer phones, assist with billing, and generally take care of all of our patients needs.
What brought you to ENHC?
I came to interview for a small work-study position at ENHC, but the day I came in Dr. Brody and Stephanie mentioned that their other receptionist had just given notice 15 minutes before I got there. When I heard they were hiring for a part-time position I said “stop the car! Let’s talk about that instead!” I was excited by the philosophies of the clinic and the energy that Dr. Brody works to cultivate. It turned out to be the perfect fit and I’ve valued every minute of it.
As a graduate student at NUNM, you’ll usually find me studying nutrition and healing. I adore learning, and these topics, in particular, keep me curious! Singing and dancing (badly) are some of my absolute favorite pass-times! Show tunes and a Capella music have a particularly special place in my heart. Hopping between creative activities is one of my oldest hobbies, from cooking to crochet to writing and anything in between. I also love hiking, gardening, or otherwise spending time with nature. I feel most at home among the trees.