Linda Nguyen, “insta-blogger” behind @DoctorLinda and founder of LINDERMA is a General Physician with extra training in Dermatology who drops skin care gems to keep you looking gorgeous, also has impeccable style and an impressive handbag collection to match. In her Q&A (below) Linda shares how instagram helps her connect with new clients and allows her to showcase that Medicine doesn’t have to be one dimensional. It can be multi-dimensional and full of colour!


Linda Nguyen

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Where did you go to school and what did you study?

My educational history is pretty long … but here is the quick summary:

I started off my undergraduate training at the University of Waterloo in the competitive Health Science program. This grew my interest in medicine and led me to successfully attain my Medical Doctorate and graduate with Summa Cum Laude. During my medical clerkships at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, I found my passion in preventative health, general surgery and dermatology. This pinnacle realization led me to start residency in general surgery at University Hospitals Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio, and further my training back in Canada at the University of Western Ontario in Preventative Health, Family Medicine and Dermatology. Since completing almost two decades of medical training, I use my extensive educational and research background as an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, staff in the Surgical Department at Humber Hospital, and Lead Physician at my busy preventative medical practice in downtown Toronto. In addition, I am the founder of LINDERMA, an aesthetic clinic, which targets individuals who have an active, vivacious, and busy lifestyle but want to continue looking refreshed and youthful.

How long you have been doing what you do?

I have been a medical doctor for almost 6 years now and practicing in Toronto for almost 2 years.

When did you start “insta blogging” and why did you start?

Recently in May I started my @doctor.linda instagram and really enjoyed the creative outlet. I was inspired when my family, friends and patients were frequently asking me medical questions after they were concerned with what they found on, LOL! Medicine can be very one dimensional, black or white, but I believe having a healthy life is multi-dimensional and full of color!! It has been an amazing forum for me to express and showcase that to my followers/friends 💕.

Has your use of instagram helped you be more effective at your career? Has it hindered you in any way?

Instagram has opened up opportunities for me to work with brands I believed in, connect with a wider audience who have turned into my patients/clients and build rewarding relationships.

It is sometimes difficult to separate your personal life with social media. I am really fortunate because a majority of my supporters are so kind and encouraging. But at times, some can be very critical and personally invasive. But, I guess that is life 💁🏼‍♀️
What advice would you give to someone considering blogging or insta-blogging as a side hustle?

It is a great way to connect to a wider audience and spread your message out there. Just stay true to who you are and remember followers is just monopoly money. Don’t let that define you!! Do whatever makes you happy without being caught up with who many likes/followers you have.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Our skin is the largest organ in the body, and if we nourish it from within, physically, mentally and spiritually, than it will radiate outwards!!

Thanks Linda!

TorontoShay xo 

Collage designed by Quinnie Mason


  1. Linda
    March 17, 2018 / 2:14 am

    Which institution did she obtain her MD from?

    • Lin-DUH
      November 8, 2018 / 6:55 pm

      University of Sint Eustatius. It is a bottom-of-barrel medical school where people go after they have exhausted all other options. She intentionally does not state this in her bio because she is likely quite embarrassed. She didnt have the grades or personality to land a spot in one of the 13 Canadian schools.

  2. Ana
    March 20, 2018 / 3:15 pm

    She’s doing well for herself but her ego is through the roof! She’s not even a good family doctor, and on top of that to be specialized in dermatology it takes 5 years not 1-2 year fellowship. She couldn’t even do her med school in Canada let alone specialize in dermatology.

    In my opinion, she should focus more in fashion than medical care.

  3. Sandra
    March 22, 2018 / 7:30 pm

    She couldn’t even get in to a Canadian Med school and she actually did apply to derm but just never got in (yes we know all the secrets, linda).

    Linda, you should spend more time trying to be a better doctor and focus less on choosing your insta filter for the selfie you took with your handbag.

  4. Nguyen
    March 22, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    According to the Ontario College of Physicians, she went to a Caribbean “medical school”. Her statement in this article is strangely vague about where she did her MD.

  5. LN
    April 13, 2018 / 1:10 am

    According to the college of physicians and surgeons of Ontario directory, she attended the “University of Sint Eustatius”. This is a for profit “medical school” in the Carribean that doesn’t even exist any more.

  6. Diane
    April 13, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    Don’t people do background checks before interviewing “impressive” instagram babes? She is a fake doctor with a purchased degree. Please media people, learn your lesson from things like the Belle Gibson scandal. Fake cancer survivor with great instagram. As long as they look good, all is to be believed, correct? Dr. Linda Nguyen or Linderma or Linda Ma or whatever she is posing as these days is a con. There are people out there who know the truth about her. She is making a mockery of the medical profession.

  7. Sandra
    May 25, 2018 / 8:38 am

    How does a collage of of her posing for posing and photos of her Chanel bags have anything to do with providing medical care?
    A Dermatology residency is 5 years long, is intensive and highly competitive. She comes nowhere near being a good physician, let alone dermatologist.
    Linda you are a disgrace to the medical profession and you are an embarrassment to real doctors. You have gone in to medicine for all the wrong reasons.

  8. MN
    July 7, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    LOL Is she a brand model or a doctor??l What legit MD finds the logic or need to advertise their belongings on instagram and then turns around to promote good health??
    Oh, not bad enough? Read her MD reviews…

  9. Lin-DUH
    November 8, 2018 / 6:48 pm

    Read her bio on this “blog” and then read her credentials online. Too embarrassed to name the lowly Caribbean med school she attended because they were the only ones who would take her.

    Linda, you are a joke of a person and a disgrace to the medical profession. I feel for those who fall for your phony clinic and who think they are getting better medical care. They are actually paying to get worse care.

    Also, shame on you Toronto Shay for being so low to interview this person and pin her on your site. Read her reviews below and then go stand in the corner and think about what you have done.

  10. Lisa
    May 3, 2019 / 9:18 pm

    She seems good to me. Very nice and Kind Straight to the point which I appreciate. Time is money and I wouldn’t want a DR to beat around the bush with me and waste my time. NO…her and I are not friends and I have met her only once.

    The link below shows GREAT REVIEWS for her and her team at her clinic:

    Keep up the great work Dr Linda! Everyone will always have their own opinions.

    • DrLindasGpClient
      September 24, 2019 / 12:47 pm

      All of her great reviews refer to her facials and cosmetic treatments. Very few actually give her good reviews as a doctor, two very different practices.

      I liked her in my first two visits then switched doctors as fast as I could after poor response to any of my non cosmetic health concerns

  11. Lynda
    July 28, 2019 / 1:04 am

    Linda probably paid TorontoShay for this interview. She’s making a mockery of the entire physician profession. She should be reported to the CPSO for misrepresenting herself as having extra training in dermatology from UWO.

  12. Jo
    July 2, 2020 / 8:54 am

    Impressive achievements on all fronts. Dr. Nguyen is clearly a determined woman with a great education and a creative mind! I love that she has combined her passions for medicine and beauty in a meaningful way.

    Obtaining a medical degree is always hard work, despite the criticisms in the other comments here. What’s even more difficult are the board exams to practice in Canada.

    Well done!!!

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