Our Team

Drew Smith, D.O.MDrew Smith D.O.M., The Tortoise Clinics’ Medical Director:

Graduated from the Tai Sophia Institute (TSI), the oldest and only Middle States accredited acupuncture school in the United States. The education at Tai Sophia is unique in several ways, one of which is the fact that it is the only school that forces its students to study Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine separately. The curriculum is 5.5 yrs. instead of the usual 3-3.5 yrs. This is important to you the prospective patient because you can rest assured that our physician has been fully steeped in both of the major traditions of Chinese Medicine instead of trying to learn two huge fields at the same time.

Since graduating from TAI, Drew has studied extensively with some of the most famous practitioners of the modern era including a two year clinical rotation course with Lonny Jarrett, the most famous practitioner of 5 element acupucture alive today. Drew has studied with Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Taoist priest and chinese medicine master. He has spent multiple hours with Li-Chun Huang, the world’s leading authority on Auricular Medicine. Dr. Huang has treated the Presidint of China, the President of Italy as well as Fidel Castro. Currently, he is studying with Susan Johnson, a direct disciple of the most revered acupuncturist in American history, Miriam Lee.

Yoshiko SmithYoshiko Smith,

Yoshiko hails from Tokyo, Japan. She and Drew met while in undergraduate school while in their early twenties and have been together ever since. She works in the herbal dispensary at the clinic and greets each patient with a caring smile.

A lover of plants since childhood Yoshiko enjoys both watching herbal medicine change lives and working in her ever-expanding garden at home. When not at work she can usually be found researching plants online, walking in the woods or perhaps enjoying some live music here on the emerald coast.

Michele TortoiseClinic

Michele TortoiseClinic

Michele Yoshikawa,

Originally from Michigan, Michele has lived in the Emerald Coast area since 1992. She first came to the Tortoise Clinic as a patient and was immediately taken with the peaceful atmosphere.

It wasn’t just the success of the treatment that kept her coming back but also Drew and Yoshi’s gentleness and genuine caring. She loves the positive energy and serene feeling at the clinic and hopes to provide the same experience for everyone she comes in contact with.


Vicky - Massage TherapistVicky Karr, (License #MA39999)

Vicky is a licensed massage therapist and worked in several boutique spas before joining the staff of Ritz Carlton Hotel and Spas in 1998. While with Ritz Carlton, she worked as a departmental trainer, spa manager, spa therapies manager, and corporate trainer. As corporate trainer, she assisted in the pre-opening training of therapists at 12 Ritz Carlton spas, and her training services were also utilized in pre-existing Ritz Carlton spas. In late 2005, she left Ritz Carlton to begin her own business, Spa Success, LLC and now offers her training and consulting experience and knowledge to various spas and individuals around the US. Previously, she also had a contract with Sandals Resorts International as their massage therapy trainer. She not only has extensive spa therapies background, but also a passionate spirit training and education.

Vicky is approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB #450546-07) as a Continuing Education Approved Provider, as well as numerous states in the US (FL #50-9422). She also has achieved Master Certification Level in Reflexology (RCB231), is currently licensed in FL as a massage therapist (MA39999) and as a facial specialist (FB9744275).

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    "After 1.5 years of trying to conceive, I had been diagnosed with unexplained secondary infertility. All of my blood work (as well as my husbands) came back normal, but we still failed to get pregnant. We were thrilled to eventually conceive only to suffer a miscarriage a month later. This was devastating. After hearing from a friend about her success with acupuncture, I made an appointment with Drew. I will admit to being a bit skeptic at first. I thought, "how could needles and drinking tea be effective?" I had the consultation and based on all of my information Drew recommended a custom blended herbal tea and acupuncture sessions. I drank the tea and went to my acupuncture appointments consistently. On the 3rd month I was pregnant. Experience trumps skepticism and I'm now a firm believer in the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I credit Drew for helping us to conceive our little girl. If anyone is on the fence about trying this for fertility or any health issues, I highly recommend visiting Drew. I feel that we are lucky to have someone in our community who is one of the best in his field." T.B.

    "I was told by my G.I. doctor that I would be dead in less than a year (without a transplant) from cirrhosis compounded by hepatitis.... that was five years ago! Doc Drew gave me hope and the herbs that seem to keep my liver happy. Chinese medicine not only works well, it makes a great deal of sense." F. J.

    "I am a nurse and I am astounded. After a Lymphoma diagnosis, I decided to not do chemo/radiation and look to Chinese Medicine. After six months of herbs and acupuncture my IgM number dropped 500 pts... after six more months it has dropped another 700 pts... This is fantastic stuff!" M.J.

    "I was in and out of the hospital with Ulcerative Colitis and had lost tremendous weight. I am now back in the dojo, fit, and strong and able to continue my education. God bless this acupuncture." A.V.

    "I am an 88 yr. old woman and have been dealt more than my share of back pain. I have done chiropractic and massage for decades. I tell you, I love this kid. I will always have pain but I have less than ever before and consider him my grandson." M.B.

    We can't thank Drew and Tortoise Clinic enough. We came for secondary infertility after husband was diagnosed with low sperm count and I with low ovarian reserve, luteal phase defect and possible endometriosis. Being in the military with constant deployments definitely made a bad situation worse. I had heard great things but didn't know if acupuncture could really work for us.

    In our first consultation Drew said that he thought I would be pregnant in 3 to 6 months of treatment. Exactly 3 months later I was pregnant with our beautiful daughter after acupuncture and herbals and he had my husband drink a special tea which raised his sperm count to great levels. Our Dr couldn't believe it when she saw his results after he had been on the tea!

    I definitely believe that we found Dr Drew Smith and the Tortoise Clinic for a reason! We started going back again and I am now pregnant with baby number 3! Anyone having infertility issues should come here first despite what traditional drs. tell you, you may realize you don't need invasive treatments after all! Thank you Drew, Yoshi, and Michelle for all your instrumental help in growing our family! "Jill"

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**Waterside Business Center**

2441 US Highway 98 W Unit 111 Santa Rosa Beach FL 32459 (850) 267-5611
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Emerald Coast’s Best of…..

tortoise clinic best ofThanks to all of our patients and loyal followers, we have once again (6th year) won the coveted Best of the Emerald Coast. Every patient at Tortoise Clinic receives not only their specific acupuncture but also dietary advice based on 3,500-year-old Chinese dietetics, as well as hot and cold therapy. The clinic also makes its own pain relief liniment based on a 600-year-old formula.