Jennifer Smith is a Naturopathic Physician, who has extensive training in complex chronic disease, Lyme disease and chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS). She is a Lyme literate physician and member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS). She is certified by Dr Ritchie Shoemaker for the treatment of biotoxin-mediated illness and certified in environmental medicine.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from Arizona State University. She completed her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. After graduating she completed a 6-month internship with Dr Deborah Ardolf ND in immunology and autoimmune disease, and then was granted a one-year residency at the American Center for Biological Medicine with Dickson Thom, DDS, ND and Jeoffrey Drobot, NMD. Due to her dedication and passion to continually learn and help her patients, she is presently in the process of obtaining certification with Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD.
Dr. Smith chose to become certified by Dr Shoemaker in biotoxin mediated illness after her best friend became deathly ill due to an exposure to mold. It took almost 2 years before her friend was able to find a physician that could help her. This physician, a certified “Shoemaker” physician, was able to restore her health.
This experience compelled her to attend a conference where Dr. Shoemaker lectured on CIRS and the bio-toxin pathway. The lectures and stories presented resonated with her and inspired her to become certified in the Shoemaker protocol. This was the missing piece she was witnessing in many of her patients and completely translatable to Lyme disease. Lyme disease and mold illness tend to go hand in hand because they both activate the same biotoxin pathway. With each presenting similar set of signs and symptoms, she has learned it is necessary to take a step back and look at the inflammatory response during treatment. With this approach she has found that many of her Lyme patients are able to regain their health without the use of long-term antibiotic therapies.
With a blend of naturopathic approaches and conventional treatment styles, Dr Smith incorporates treatment not only to address physical ailments but also to address the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of her patients. Her drive and compassion to get to the underlying cause of illness is what keeps her constantly searching for innovative ideas and solutions to help her patients regain their health.