Dr. Nell Smircina graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. She became interested in acupuncture and Chinese Medicine while working in the physical therapy field. With many of her patients seeing results with acupuncture, she saw an opportunity to expand her scope of practice and help patients more holistically.
Dr. Smircina began her master’s education at Tri-State College of Acupuncture and finished it at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, a top program in the country. After completing this four-year medical program, she went on to complete her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine (DAOM), a designation only the top 1% of acupuncturists hold.
Her doctoral research centered around acupuncture for post-surgical patients to optimize their recovery. During this process, she applied the healing principles of acupuncture specifically for post-surgical patients, thereby decreasing anesthesia side effects, wound healing time, scar tissue and post-operative inflammation and pain. She has been successfully utilizing her research to help patients optimize their recovery ever since.
Dr. Smircina constantly adds to her education. She has done extensive functional medicine training with Apex Energetics, a leading resource in functional medicine education, and frequently seeks additional training to enhance her skills and knowledge base, especially in her areas of specialty: post-surgical healing, pain relief and athletic recovery.
Dr. Smircina teaches orthopedics for future acupuncturists and is frequently a guest lecturer for practice management at various Masters programs. She serves as a consultant for companies in the Integrative Medicine arena and is constantly working to expand awareness of the benefits of Integrative Medicine through her advocacy work. Dr. Smircina participates annually in the congressional fly-in for the American Society of Acupuncturists and currently serves on the board of CSOMA, California’s oldest state acupuncture association.
Dr. Smircina holds the following licenses, degrees and certificates:
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac)
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (B.S.), James Madison University
Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM), Emperor’s College
Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Oriental Medicine (DAOM), Emperor’s College
Mastering Blood Chemistry, Apex Energetics
Mastering Brain Chemistry, Apex Energetics
Mastering the Thyroid, Apex Energetics
Fundamentals, Advanced and Mastering Certificates in Electro-Acupuncture Medicine
Microneedling and Nanoneedling, SD Cosmetic Acupuncture