About Dr. Smith

About Leslie Smith, MD

Leslie Smith, MD in a treatment roomDr. C. Leslie Smith is a dedicated learner and an enthusiastic teacher of all things related to the body and to health.  She believes in the integration of different healthcare modalities and chooses the techniques that will enhance each individual person’s healing process and promote their health and vitality. Dr. Smith listens tenderly and thoroughly to her patients.  Her touch is gentle, intuitive, and knowing and she uses Asian medical modalities, laser therapies, nutritional supplements and medicinal herbs, osteopathic release techniques, and nutritional counseling in her practice approach.

She is a physician (MD), licensed to practice allopathic/western medicine and Traditional Asian Medicine in Illinois and California. She completed medical school at the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Medicine in 2004.

Dr. Smith initially trained as a general surgeon before a repetitive stress injury prevented her from completing her final year of training in surgery. Acupuncture was the only modality that was effective for her pain, and she became deeply interested in Asian medicine as a consequence. She completed several years of coursework at the renowned Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles, and also studied Structural Acupuncture (Kiiko Matsumoto’s Japanese style) through Harvard Medical School, completing that training in June 2012.  Since then, she has been focusing her acupuncture studies on the lineage of Sensai Masakazu Ikeda, including Sensais Edward Obaidey and Noriko Nagato. She is board certified in medical acupuncture and serves on the executive board of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.

Dr. Smith has two additional post-graduate degrees.  She obtained a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics because she was passionately curious about understanding the way they body works. She obtained a Master of Arts in Medical Education and Leadership and completed a year-long Fellowship in Surgical Education because she wanted to develop expertise in communicating her knowledge to others. She is currently working on a scholarship-supported, two-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Smith is a dedicated educator.  Her lectures provide continuing education credits to healthcare practitioners of many types (nurses, emergency medical personnel, other physicians).  Dr. Smith is frequently invited to speak at medical conferences and has taught medicine to acupuncture students at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.  She currently has a clinical faculty appointment in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois Chicago, College of Medicine, where she teaches alternative therapeutic courses to medical students and was recently asked to give Grand Rounds.

Dr. Smith is happily married with two rescue dog-children, Grace and Heidi.  She loves playing in her spice cabinet, changing her hair color, and developing blisters on the dance floor.