Melissa Smith is a nationally board certified physician in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is a Diplomate with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is licensed through the Florida Board of Health.  Melissa graduated from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, one of the top schools in the country, renowned for its apprentice style and clinical training for Acupuncturists and Chinese Herbalists. Melissa joined the Jacksonville community in 2004 moving from Seattle, Washington. She has been practicing Chinese Medicine in Jacksonville since the fall of 2004.

Melissa’s Background and Story

Being a healer has been a lifelong calling for me. As a child, I set my intention to be a doctor, and did everything I could in each phase of my life to have the experiences and education to make that dream a reality.

I volunteered at local hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, shadowed physicians and participated actively in Medical Explorers.  In my undergraduate education, I majored in biology with a focus on pre-medicine and continued my volunteer work as well as assisting in a major research study with the head of the clinical psychology department at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. With the intention of gaining more experience and exposure to medicine, I completed a summer of intensive nursing assistant training and went on to work at Sacred Heart Hospital as a nursing assistant and EKG technician on a telemetry floor which at that time was the step down unit of the acute coronary unit and the intensive care unit.

After working full time in a very busy and stressful medical setting, I realized in my heart that I wanted to be able to spend more time with the patients than was possible for me in the current medical model. Maintaining my heart in medicine is very important to me. I came to realize the importance of taking the time to really sit, listen and care for each patient as being essential in their healing process. I feel passionately about being able to take the time to truly care for those individuals who come to me for healing. After taking a class on the philosophy of Chinese Medicine in undergrad and studying and experiencing the healing power of Chinese Medicine first hand while attending the naturopathic medical program at Bastyr University, I realized, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) had everything I wanted to offer to patients in my practice.

I graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, a four year liberal arts college founded in 1867. After which time, I studied for three years at Bastyr University, a Naturopathic Medical school in Seattle Washington, where I focused on doctorate level western sciences, whole foods cooking, nutrition, diet therapy, acupuncture, Qi gong, Tai Chi, Swedish massage, and Tuina, which is Traditional Chinese massage. Two of those three years were spent studying western sciences on a doctorate level. Following that, I graduated from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM) in 2004, one of the top schools in the country, renowned for its apprentice style and clinical training for Acupuncturists and Chinese Herbalists.  My focus at SIOM was herbal medicine and acupuncture in the treatment of gynecological disorders, specifically the treatment of infertility and endometriosis, as well as the treatment of fibromyalgia and skin conditions. I also spent five years translating Medical Chinese. In partnership with Evergreen Methadone Clinic in Seattle, WA, I became a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association.

NCCAOM Profile of Melissa

I am certified with the National Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, which includes proficiencies in Acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Biomedicine, and Traditional Chinese and Five Element theory and diagnositics.


I am passionate about plants, gardening, cooking with local organic ingredients. I am a Slow Food Member and active supporter in any way I can of local growers and farmers. Diet Therapy and supporting patients with recipes and guidance is a big part of my practice. I am actively writing a Diet Therapy Guide and Cookbook with a focus on wholefoods and local ingredients as well as using food to support our constitution and path to wellness and balance in each moment in time.



Patient confidentiality is honored and maintained in all aspects of Melissa's practice.

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Melissa B. Smith, AP

1609 Thacker Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32207
(Near the San Marco Branch Library)
Appointments & Information: 904-477-2825
Medical Records can be faxed to Melissa B. Smith, AP at 904-396-9215