Acupuncture Physician, Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Dr. Adrianne Smith
Dr. Adrianne Smith is a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. She graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. During her various veterinary experiences, she was exposed to the use of acupuncture on horses, dogs, and cats. The positive results from using acupuncture and other holistic health treatments steered her career in a different direction.
Finding East West College of Natural Medicine located in beautiful Sarasota, Florida gave her a break from the snow and a chance to learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from this 5-year graduate program. During her program, she had multiple internships covering a wide variety of treatments and patient demographics. Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital gave her experience working with severely debilitated patients from stroke, trauma, and/or surgery. Other experiences focused on alleviating the side effects of medications, dealing with depression and other emotional issues, correcting digestive discomfort, and most of all, pain management. In Tampa, she interned with a sports medicine acupuncturist who exposed her to trigger point therapy and expanded her knowledge of musculoskeletal anatomy in relation to pain associated with osteoarthritis, bulging discs, pinched nerves, post-surgery complications and more.
She interned at the Traditions School of Herbal Therapies in St. Petersburg where she was able to formulate individually-based prescriptions using Eastern and Western herbal theories. In Sarasota, she interned with a fast-paced private practice and, for over a year, she was a paid acupuncture assistant at a different private practice increasing her understanding of laboratory tests, nutritional counseling, high-quality supplements, and various energetic therapies. She received her certification in acupuncture point injection therapy allowing her to inject botanical, homeopathic and vitamin-based remedies that can expedite the healing process and boost immunity.
As a member of the Florida State Oriental Medicine Association, she advocated at the state capitol for using acupuncture for pain management over the use of opioids or the use of acupuncture synergistically with opioids. She has a passion to treat acute and chronic pain. Her treatment specialties also include digestive disorders, and pediatric care. Her passion for healing has lead her to Lakewood Ranch Acupuncture and Wellness.