Meet Dr. Smith – Dr. Smith is a dedicated learner and an enthusiastic teacher of all things related to the body and to health. Click here to learn more about her qualifications, background, medical philosophy and personal hobbies. In the video below, Dr. Smith talks about acupuncture and bridges the gap between Eastern and Western medicine at the Integrate Chicago conference.


I am in the process of retooling my website. In the past, it has been tailored to being in private practice (Chicago Healing Center). I have closed my private clinic as of February 2019. I am working on making the site more appropriate for my current work as Director of Integrative Medicine and Director of Culinary Medicine at SIU School of Medicine, for lecturing and teaching, and for publications or other forms of information dissemination. Please be patient with me while I make this transition but feel free to poke around the content in transition.

The old contact information (773-609-3520) now connects to Uptown Acupuncture, run by Sarah Bartle LAc, who was for a time my receptionist and then a clinician in the Chicago Healing Center’s Community Acupuncture Clinic before becoming the clinic manager there. Sarah has also taken over the space at 4753 N Broadway, Suite 812 (the CAC space), which was right next door to my office. I have given up my lease from Suite 810 and am no longer seeing patients in Chicago.

If you wish to see me in clinic, please call Michelle Goodman at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield IL: 217-545-4692. If you need to reach me, I have installed another Google voice line (773-217-0567) which is private and seen by me only or you can reach me via email (

Dates for Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture clinic at SIU School of Medicine (Center for Family and Community Medicine) are always on Thursdays 1:00 – 4:00 PM. You do not need an appointment and can just walk in. As you enter from the front door, come to the left-sided reception desk. Dates for Fall 2019 are:

  • Aug 1, 8, 15 (not 22, 29)
  • Sept 12, 19, 26 (not 5)
  • Oct 3, 10, 24, 31 (not 17)
  • Nov 7, 14, 21 (not 28)
  • Dec 5, 12, 19 (not 26)

Thanks for checking in!

–C Leslie Smith, MS, MA, LAc, MD, DABMA, DNCCAOM


Acupuncture in Chicago by Leslie Smith, MD



Note: Sept 13, 2019

I’m delighted to announce that we are hiring a full-time acupuncturist/TCM practitioner at SIU School of Medicine in Springfield, IL to support the work we are/I am doing here in Integrative Medicine. This position offers paid vacation and benefits in addition to a good salary. The TCM practitioner will have the opportunity to collaborate with, refer to/from, and educate a wide variety of medical providers (including medical students, residents, and faculty). The medical school has a full herbal pharmacy, and I use moxa, cupping, and gua sha every day in clinic: you will be able to use the full scope of your practice, not just acupuncture. This environment is incredibly open and eager to have alternative providers. Bonus: we are serving under-served populations and are very focused on access to care. Please share, re-post, and apply!

Center for Family Medicine
Southern Illinois University Center for Family Medicine
Springfield, IL

The Center for Family Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is seeking a licensed Traditional East Asian medicine practitioner/acupuncturist (LAc) to work in a integrative care clinic which is a federally qualified health center and family medicine residency training program. The acupuncturist will have the opportunity to practice within the full scope of their training (including moxibustion, cupping, gua sha, etc.) and will have access to the Center’s Chinese herbal and nutraceutical pharmacy for prescribing and dispensing medicinal herbs. This position will treat patients with a variety of physical and psychological issues and/or for maintenance of general health. In addition, this position will develop treatment plans based on symptoms and diagnosis and build relationships with primary care and specialty providers to enhance their understanding and utilization of acupuncture. Opportunities will exist to teach family medicine residents in training and other medical providers about acupuncture, medicinal herbs, and other aspects of traditional Asian medicine. Qualified applicants must be licensed, or eligible to be licensed, as an Acupuncturist in the State of Illinois with minimum of 2 years of experience in practice. Competitive salary and fringe benefits. For more position-specific information, and to complete the on-line application materials, visit our website at: (Employment -> apply for a job -> NP/PA/Other providers -> keyword search “SMS-2805”).

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and provides equal employment and educational opportunities for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, protected veteran status or marital status in accordance with local, state and federal law.