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, 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  and a member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado. Karissa holds a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine.


The four-year Chinese medical training curriculum included over 3000 hours of didactic and clinical education and over 1100 hours of clinical practice. Karissa has worked for 23 years as a registered nurse in critical care and emergency/trauma settings. 

Karissa came to Traditional Chinese Medicine 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 ability to heal itself! 


Karissa incorporates TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) modalities such as fire cupping, guasha, Shiatsu, moxa therapy, nutritional counseling, electrical stimulation and herbal therapies into her treatments.


She believes strongly that regular physical activity is imperative to wellness and is an important part of any treatment plan.

At Southwest Acupuncture College she specialized in sports acupuncture, taking additional classes in orthopedic anatomy and testing, sports acupuncture, and specialty sports clinics. 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.