Dr. C. Leslie Smith’s post-baccalaureate education began by obtaining a Master’s in Physiology and Biophysics, focusing on the hormonal influences of estrogen and progesterone on angiogenic factors. She then became a physician (MD) through her study at the University of Illinois, Chicago, College of Medicine.
After completing 4 years of residency in General Surgery, she became interested in Asian modalities and attended Yo San University in Los Angeles to learn Chinese medicine: acupuncture, Chinese medical theory, and medicinal herbs. She completed her LAc (licensed acupuncturist) in Chicago at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. She further completed Harvard Medical School’s “Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians” to learn Japanese-style acupuncture. She continues to attend many conferences on acupuncture and integrative medicine and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.
Dr. Smith has over 25 years of experience in adult education, including a Master’s in Medical Education and Leadership–specializing in curriculum design and performance assessment–and a Fellowship in Surgical Education. She teaches Japanese acupuncture to other healthcare practitioners and lectures nationally on the utility of acupuncture and the scientific basis for it. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine in both the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Surgery. Further, Dr. Smith teaches continuing medical education coursework in a variety of venues for medical professionals of various types throughout the country.
It has been an ongoing dream of hers to develop an integrative practice with a talented group of professional colleagues from a myriad of backgrounds. This dream was the birth of Chicago Healing Center. Dr. Smith herself uses allopathic medicine in combination with acupuncture, medicinal herbs, cupping, Tui Na, Qi Gong, moxibustion, nutritional counseling, medical lasers, osteopathic manual therapies, craniosacral techniques, and kinesiotaping. Her approach to holistic, modern medicine puts the patient’s collaboration at the center of the treatment decisions, and emphasizes nutrition, lifestyle tweaks, and listening.