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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 2:00 – 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