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What is SAFER SIX?


SAFER SIX is a safe space designed for all individuals, regardless of gender and sexual orientation to encourage more sexual testing and normalizing treatment as a part of regular everyday health screening for all individuals.  

We felt there was a service lacking for the citizens of West Toronto and want to fill that void.

SAFER SIX offers tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. Where possible, we’ll treat you at your first visit. However, not all infections can be diagnosed immediately – sometimes samples need to be sent off to laboratories and if we find any infection, we’ll contact you immediately to ask you to follow-up for treatment.

Our Doctors
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Andrew Bennett, MD CCFP

Medical Director, Lead Physician



Originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, "Dr. B" moved to Toronto after completing his residency in Family Medicine at Memorial University. With a passion for sexual health medicine & giving back to his LGBTQIA2S+ community, SAFER SIX was created as a way to fill the need for more STI testing & treatment in a city with limited access to physicians and accessible, inclusive clinics.

Kyle Gould, MD CCFP (EM)

Dr. Gould grew up in rural Newfoundland and first moved to Toronto to complete his Family Medicine training at St. Michael's Hospital. His residency program was based at an inner city clinic where he gained experience in providing LGBTQIA2S+ care. He currently practices both emergency and community medicine and has a long standing interest in sexual and LGBTQIA2S+ health.


Nurse Practitioners
Emily Parkinson, MD CCFP

Dr. Emily was born and raised in downtown Toronto. She returned after 11 years of living and studying in Montreal to complete her Family Medicine residency at St Michael’s Hospital. With a background in inner city health and health equity, Dr. Emily understands the importance of creating safe, inclusive, and non-judgemental spaces as the foundation for quality care. She’s excited to be part the SAFER SIX community and to meet all you beautiful people!


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Nurse Nejane, NP 

Spending seven years immersed in the bustling environment of the emergency department as a registered nurse, Nejane dedicated herself to refining her skills and fostering a deep commitment to patient welfare. Now, as a nurse practitioner, she has transitioned to a new phase, propelled by an unyielding passion for sexual health. At every turn, her goal is to empower individuals to prioritize their health and adopt a comprehensive approach to wellness. 


We are very excited to have Suellen as part of our team. She has a vast healthcare background as a previous practical nurse in Women's Health for many years in Brazil, and always goes the extra mile to assist patients.  


Merissa brings over 7 years of dedicated research experience delving into the intricacies of human sexuality. She continues to develop her skills as PhD student at the University of Guelph and now as part of the Safer Six admin team! Guided by values of inclusivity, authenticity, and empowerment, Merissa is committed to nurturing a culture of sexual efficacy in all her endeavours. She is delighted to be a part of the team providing sex positive healthcare to the vibrant Toronto community!

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