Meet Alicia Smith, Acupuncturist!

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Aliciapic Fast facts Specialties: pediatric conditions, women’s health Styles: Five Element acupuncture, pediatric acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Where are you from? My home town is Appleton located in Central Wisconsin. Although, I feel I am from northern Michigan too.

Where do you live currently? I live in St. Paul in the same neighborhood as the clinic with my husband Rudy and dog Chewie.

Tell us a little about your education. I completed my premed course work at Northern Michigan University and earned an Associates Degree. Then I studied at Bastyr University in Seattle and completed a Bachelors of Science in Natural Health and a Masters of Science in Acupuncture. I have completed specialized trainings in pediatrics and women’s health, and other complementary modalities such as hypnotherapy and flower essences.

I love my school, Bastyr! It is so fun to work with fellow Bastyr Alumnae here at Health Foundations.

Why did you become an acupuncturist? To offer healthcare that I feel is needed to balance out the healthcare system. It is my mission to provide my clients with a broader understanding of health and a more lasting sense of wellbeing. Instead of the traditional disease-centered approach of conventional medicine, natural medicine applies a client-centered approach that addresses the whole person rather than simply her symptoms.

Tell us about your practice. I specialize in pediatrics and women’s health. This means that as an acupuncturist I am intuitive and gentle. If you are needle-shy or just need to feel supported and comfortable, I am your practitioner.

What do you enjoy most about your work? I love seeing my many kids and their mamas laugh and enjoy their treatments. I also deeply respect the practitioner-client relationship.

When I am not in the clinic, I do a lot of public speaking and writing articles. Currently, I am working on creating a radio show.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture? Acupuncture is not for kids! Acupuncture hurts! Acupuncture can’t help with that.

You treat kids? Yes! I trained in non-needle techniques and gentle natural medicine that works great for the kiddos. Believe it or not, most kids really look forward to their sessions.

How do you stay healthy in your own life? I try to stay happy! I first realize that I am human. We can be our best friend that is understanding and compassionate or we can be a judgmental and negative. When I start hearing negativity in my thought process, I make it a point to stop. Then say a couple of positive things.

I love to dance. I am looking into getting back into some local dance classes. Lastly, being by water is healing for me. Water on my skin, watching rolling waves or feeling the rainwater does it for me!

Learn more at www.acupuncture-office.com. Make appointments online or call  651-239-5856!