Dr Quah-Smith is an independent medical researcher with a focus on optimal wellbeing. At RWG she is constantly exploring and refining protocols for improving health outcomes. She developed her interest in mind-body medicine during her many years in general practice where she observed the effects of environmental stressors on physical symptomatology in patients. 

In 2000, she subspecialised in medical acupuncture and became a Fellow of the Australian Medical Acupuncture College (AMAC). She furthered her studies in acupuncture in Lyon, France at GLEM, the home of modern ear acupuncture, training under Dr. Raphael Nogier and achieving her diploma in auriculotherapy and auriculomedicine. Merging her knowledge on acupuncture in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and her neuroscience studies into acupuncture, Dr. Quah-Smith has developed strategies in healing and maintaining wellbeing in the individual. Her Masters in Family Medicine was based on laser acupuncture (LA) in depression. Her doctorate furthered the evidence base for LA using functional MRI.

Her academic duties include reviewing for many peer reviewed scientific journals and she is on the editorial committees of both Medical Acupuncture (Med.Acup.) in New York, USA and Acupuncture and Related Therapies (ARTHE) in Germany. To date, she is privileged to have been given the opportunity to participate in international medical research with many well -respected leaders in TCM and acupuncture, neuroscience, psychiatry, primary health care and paediatrics.

A strong advocate for preventative medicine and mind-body medicine in patient well-being, she runs Roseville Wellness Group (RWG) dedicated to helping patients understand their illnesses better and to empower them to heal and maintain well-being. Her current projects in 2015-2017 include the quantification of optimal laser delivery in acupuncture (“how much is enough?”), fostering human resilience, auriculotherapy into reducing trauma for the newborn in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and battlefield acupuncture (BFA).



Quah-Smith JI, Tang WM, Russell J. Laser acupuncture for mild to moderate depression in a primary care setting—a randomised controlled trial. Acupunct Med 2005; 23:103–11.

Schockert T, Schnitker R , Boroojerdi B, Quah Smith I , Yamamoto T et al. Cortical activation by YNSA in the treatment of patients with stroke: a sham –controlled study using functional MRI. Acupunct Med doi:10.1136/aim.2010.002683

Quah-Smith I, Sachdev P, Wen W, et al. The brain effects of laser acupuncture in healthy individuals: a functional MRI investigation. PLoS One 2010;5:e12619.

Quah-Smith I, Wen W, Chen X, et al. The brain effects of laser acupuncture in depressed individuals: an fMRI investigation. Med Acupunct 2012;24:161–71

Quah-Smith I, Suo C, Williams M A, Sachdev P S. The Antidepressant Effect of Laser Acupuncture: A Comparison of the Resting Brain’s Default Mode Network in Healthy and Depressed Subjects using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Med Acup: 25, Nr 0, 2013. DOI: 10.1089/acu.2012.0901

Quah-Smith, I., Smith C, Crawford J, Russell J. Laser acupuncture in depression: A randomised double blind controlled trial using low intensity laser intervention. Journal of Affective Disorders (2013), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2012.11.058i

Quah-Smith I, Williams M A, Lundeberg T, Suo C, Sachdev P S. The differential effects of laser and needle acupuncture at LR8 using functional MRI. Acupunct Med 2013;31:282-289 doi:10.1136/acupmed-2012-010297

Quah-Smith, I. Laser Ear Acupuncture: How much is enough? A prospective observational study on laser dosages required in the healing patient during posturology and during the treatment of mental distress. Acupunct Med 2014; 26, nr 3: 138-146.


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