Meet Dr. Smith – I am a dedicated learner and an enthusiastic teacher of all things related to the body and to health. Click here to learn more about me.

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.

In the video below, I talk about acupuncture and bridging the gap between Eastern and Western medicine at the Integrate Chicago conference. This lecture is framed in 5 Element Theory and provides a brief overview into how the Elements interact with each other.

Old Contact Information

The old contact information (773-609-3520) now connects to Uptown Acupuncture, run by Sarah Bartle LAc. 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.

New Contact Information

I am now seeing patients exclusively at SIU School of Medicine (Center for Family and Community Medicine) in Springfield, IL. If you wish to make an appointment to see me in clinic, please call Michelle at 217-545-4692 (HIPPA compliant) to schedule an appointment. I’m sorry for any inconvenience, but I am not able to make appointments for myself: please use the number for Michelle if this is what you would like.

If you have an urgent issue and are an established patient, you may contact my nursing team at  217-545-8000.

If you need to reach me personally for some other reason, I have created a Google voice line (773-217-0567) that is seen by me only (but is not HIPPA compliant) or you can reach me via email (LeslieTCM@gmail.com) (also not HIPPA compliant). It may also take me 48 hours to respond as this does not go to a nurse or receptionist, but directly to me. You can also reach me through the SIU patient portal: FollowMyHealth.

Note that beginning August 2020, I will be seeing patients in person and via telehealth, so options for long distance visits will be available. I will also be seeing patients for Functional Medicine evaluation beginning mid-August 2020.

Acupuncture Team at SIU

I now have a team of two other acupuncturists working with me at SIU. They both have advanced degrees in traditional Asian medicine (Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, DAOM) and are superb clinicians: Tanuja Arany and Corry Meyers. Appointments with either of them are available through our scheduler Michelle at the same number as above: 217-545-4692 (HIPPA compliant).

Special Welcome

My acupuncture team and I would like to give a special welcome to any patients from Moon Hill Acupuncture, and to thank Ashlie Martin, LAc for trusting us with your care!

To recap:

Thanks for checking in!

–C Leslie Smith, MS, MA, LAc, MD, DABMA, Dipl.Ac.


Acupuncture in Chicago by Leslie Smith, MD