Dr Im Quah-Smith
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).
Im Quah-Smith, MD, PhD.
1975 – 1980 Graduate Medical School, University of Sydney, Australia.
1980 – 1982 Royal North Shore Hospital and North Coast NSW Hospitals,
Intern, Resident and Senior Resident.
1983 – 1985 Family Medicine Programme, NSW.
1984 – 1994 General Medical Practice, Lindfield, NSW, Australia.
1984 – 1994 General Medical Practice, Balmain, NSW, Australia.
1995 – 2011 Co-Director Albert Medical Acupuncture, Roseville, NSW.
2006 – 2012 Visiting Medical Officer, Acupuncture, Balmain Hospital.
2012 – current Founding Director, Roseville Wellness Group, NSW.
Post Graduate Degrees and College Fellowship.
1993 -1994 Graduate Diploma in General Practice, Monash University.
1993 – 1995 Fellow Australian Medical Acupuncture College (FAMAC).
2002 – 2005 Master of Family Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne.
2002 Diploma in Auricular Medicine, Lyon, France.
2007 – 2013 Doctor of Philosophy by publication, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, Australia.
2005 - current Research Associate, Centre for Healthy Brain Aging (CHeBA), UNSW Medicine.
2012 - current Editorial Board, Medical Acupuncture,
Mary Ann Liebert Press.
2013 - current Editorial Board, Acupuncture and Related Therapies, Elsevier.
2015 – 2016 Research Associate under Prof. Mark A Williams.
Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Sciences. The MRI
evidence for Battlefield Acupuncture ( BFA) in PTSD and pain.
2015 – 2017 Research Associate under A/Prof JuLee Oei, Auriculotherapy to Alleviate Trauma and Reduce Opioid Delivery to Neonates in Neonatal Intensive Care: The MAGNIFIC project.
2015 - current Editorial Board, Integrative Medicine International,
2016 – current Editorial Board, Medicines, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland.
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.
Quah-Smith, I. Auriculotherapy: Alleviating Pain and Distress in Neonates in the Intensive Care Unit. Acupunct.Med.2015; 27,Nr.6: 409-410. **
KL Chen, I Quah-Smith, GM Schmolzer, R Niemtzow, JL Oei: Acupuncture in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit-using ancient medicine to help today’s babies: a review. 2016. J. Perinatology 2016; 00:1-8. doi:10.1038/jp.2016.227 **
** See published papers under ‘Research’ tab
Public Office/Management Roles
1993 – 1995 AMAC NSW Secretary
1995 – 1997 AMAC NSW Vice President
1997 - 2000 AMAC NSW President
2003 - 2006 AMAC Federal Secretary
2004 Organising Committee International Research Congress
International Council on Medical Acupuncture and Related
Techniques, ICMART, Sydney.
2013 - 2014 Organising Committee GLEM. The 8th International
Symposium on Auriculotherapy, John Hopkins University Maryland, USA. May 2014.
2013 – current Editorial Committee, Integrative Medicine Newsletter,
National Faculty Special Interests (NFSI), Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP).
2014 - 2017 President, 9th International Symposium on Auriculotherapy
Singapore 2017. “ Advances in Auricular Acupuncture”.
Karuna Medical International (KMI): Mission 2.
Thrange Monastery Health Clinic, Namobudaya, Nepal. November 2012.
Dr Quah-Smith and Dr Tan (Auckland) and a group of Monash University medical students under the patronage of the Abbott of Thrange Monastery, attended to the villagers in the middle levels of the Himalayas – general practice and medical acupuncture practice to tackle the many health issues of the local villagers. Local novice and ordained monks interested in health care were taught “barefoot doctor” style acupuncture to help treat the hundreds of patients who queued for treatments and to continue the basic care of the locals.
Promoting well-being, conducting retreats in Mind/Body Medicine
July 2012 Women’s Winter Wellness Retreat, Roseville Wellness Group.
Meditation, Qigong, Art Therapy and Herbs for Well-Being.
July 2013 Winter Wellness Retreat, Roseville Wellness Group, Roseville.
Meditation, Qigoing, the Intelligence of the Body, Warming Herbs.
July 2014 RWG Wellness Retreat in Byron Bay.
Meditation and Qigong Retreat by the Sea.
Aug 2014 Meditation, Qigong, The Body’s Intelligence, Clearing a Space for
Oneself, Herbs for stress management.
Invited Speaker 2015
May 22-24 The 2nd Annual World Congress of High-Tech Acupuncture
and Integrative Medicine (HTA&IM-2015) Hangzhou, PRC.
June 15-17 Annual International Conference on Fostering Human Resilience June 15-17, 2015 Las Vegas, USA.
Nov 2014 The use of laser acupuncture in neonatal abstinence syndrome,
A/Prof. Julee Oei, UNSW.
Nov 2014 The use of Battlefield Acupuncture protocol for pain management in The Emergency Room, Doctoral candidate, UWA, Dr Andrew Jan.