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Innovate Acupuncture 

Karissa Smith Licensed Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist, and RN

Innovate Acupuncture offers a natural and holistic approach to medicine.  Karissa Smith is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and registered nurse based in Boulder, Colorado. She believes in the power of healing through natural and healthy alternatives or complements to western medicine. Karissa tailors her practice towards sports acupuncture and believes that regular physical activity and nutrition should be a part of any treatment plan. 



The gentle insertion of fine needles into certain areas of the skin allows for direct communication into the body’s inner energy pathways.

Acupuncture is the method of mobilizing the body’s energetic system to stimulate self-healing. 


Chinese herbal formulas are uniquely formulated to your specific needs. Chinese herbalism is a comprehensive form of medicine that can effectively address a wide variety of conditions.

In the hands of a well-trained herbal practitioner, Chinese herbs are effective and safe.


Uses glass cups that create a suction when placed on the body. 

Cupping moves qi and blood and releases toxins.

It can be used for many conditions including muscular pain and the common cold. 

The technique may temporarily leave small round red marks on the skin. Typically the marks will clear within a few days.


Please print and complete the patient info paperwork and bring it with you to your first appointment.

About Karissa


Karissa Smith is a Colorado-licensed acupuncturist, clinical Chinese herbalist and registered nurse. She holds a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Northern Colorado.  She is board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado (AAC). Karissa holds a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine.

The four-year Chinese medical training curriculum included over 2500 hours of didactic and clinical education and over 1100 hours of clinical practice. In addition, Karissa has practiced for 23 years as a registered nurse in critical care and emergency/trauma settings. 

She came to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) after many years of working in health care and caring for people experiencing the long-term effects of chronic illness and acute disease and injury. She is drawn to treating with acupuncture and herbs because they are noninvasive, have minimal to no side-effects, nutrition and emotions are taken into account when formulating treatment plans, and most importantly, they work by accessing and stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself! 

Karissa incorporates TCM modalities such as fire cupping, guasha, Shiatsu, moxa, nutritional counseling, electrical stimulation (e-stim) and herbal therapies into her treatments. She believes strongly that regular physical activity is imperative to wellness and should be part of any treatment plan. 

 At Southwest Acupuncture College she specialized in sports acupuncture, taking classes in orthopedic anatomy, orthopedic testing, sports acupuncture, specialty sports clinics, Tui Na and Shiatsu bodywork. She completed a clinical internship at the University of Colorado’s Dal Ward Athletic Center treating collegiate runners, soccer players, and volleyball players, as well as other athletes. 

Conditions Treated

Conditions associated with all organ systems of the body such as: high blood pressure, acne, disc problems, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, Meniere’s Disease, peripheral neuropathy, Reynaud’s Syndrome, arthritis, muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness, sciatica, low back pain, sprains, strains, tendonitis, arthritis, asthma, common cold, rhinitis, sinusitis, allergies, toothaches, constipation, IBS, colitis, GERD, PMS, irregular menstruation, infertility, menopause, anxiety, depression, insomnia, OCD, PTSD, weight reduction, smoking cessation, etc.

In addition, Karissa is specialty trained in sports acupuncture and tailors her practice towards this. Treating: Plantar fasciitis, ankle sprain, shin splints, patello-femoral joint dysfunction, patellar tendonitis, MCL or medial meniscus injury; IT band syndrome, hamstring injury, bursitis or arthritis of the hip; low back pain; carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis or golfer's elbow; shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, biceps injury, acromial-clavicular joint injury; neck pain, and a many other sports related injuries and conditions.

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  • Open House at CNE Gym!
    Fri, Feb 28
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    Feb 28, 2020, 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    4770 Pearl St, 4770 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
    Come and meet the trainers and practitioners! Frozen margaritas, appetizers and socializing to enjoy! Enter to win a free acupuncture treatment from Innovate Acupuncture!
  • Grand Opening
    Tue, Oct 15
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    Oct 15, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Innovate Acupuncture, 4770 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
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Innovate Acupuncture

4770 Pearl Street Suite A

Boulder, CO 80301


phone: 303-506-1043

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