A Few Testimonials…

  • review rating 5  Absolutely the best! Knowledge with a remedy for a cure! 20 years I have been very satisfied with the Tortoise clinic!

    thumb Gary Kemper
  • review rating 5  Drew Smith, acupuncturist is compassionate,fantastic listener, extremely knowledgeable and explains all treatment and treatment goals in a very understandable manner. I’m a 40 Registered Nurse, 30 year NursePractitioner.

    thumb Carol Ince
  • review rating 0  Drew is an amazing healer. He has such a unique holistic approach to what I would call your overall state of being. I wouldn’t have my baby boy if it weren’t for his acupuncture treatment and personal blend of tea created especially for me. I’m lucky to have found him!!!!

    thumb Megan Parks
  • review rating 5  Best experience ever! Would recommend to everyone to try 😉

    thumb Kimberly Sebastian
  • review rating 5  Very knowledgeable about the workings of the body and how to unlock the body's ability to heal

    thumb Donnie Lunsford
  • review rating 5  Vick Carr has the gift of healing, sharing positive energy and creating well being through her Hands and Spirit. She creates a safe and renewing environment for complete relaxation and rejuvenation! Thank you.

    thumb Katherine Kay Marshall
  • review rating 0  amazing experience every time!! i always feel so welcomed and heard during my appointments! 🤗

    thumb Miller Hayes Elliott
  • review rating 5  Vicky is fantastic! Getting a regular massage by her is not a luxury, it is one of the best health investments you can make. I will be sure to get on her books the next time I'm in the area.

    thumb Vladi Barraza
  • review rating 5  I've been there for acupuncture and many massages. Peaceful environment and good care given to me each time I go. I am so lucky to have Vicky as my massage therapist!

    thumb Celia Houtz Kenney
  •   I waited a few days before reviewing the Tortoise Clinic, because you can't really tell this stuff works until it works, you know? Anywho, stuffs about to get personal. But,... read more

    thumb Noelle T.
  •   Drew and his staff are amazing and can work miracles.  My entire family goes regularly for good health and cures for ailments.  My husband has not had an antibiotic in... read more

    thumb Suzanne H.
  •   I made an appt to see Drew because I was on day 12 of an upper respiratory infection & still had a productive cough & lots of nasty looking sinus... read more

    thumb Laura S.

“the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – Lao Tsu

Chronic Pain is perhaps the biggest health concern in the world today. The good news for you is that you may just have found the place that can help you with yours. Since the early 1990’s The Tortoise Clinic has treated thousands of people in our area and helped to ease their pain. We offer several time tested and effective options to help including: acupuncture (think of healing the nerves, altering blood flow in a beneficial way, decreasing inflammation ect),  herbal medicine (yes herbs can be wonderful for pain and we have a vast array of them at Tortoise Clinic), and Massage Therapy (We have two highly qualified therapist on staff). 

 We also will take the time to show you possible stretches and self care strategies to keep you free from pain after the acute phase is over. We have seen that certain books and videos are extremely helpful and will happily refer you to them. The trick to pain is to get out of it and to have a game plan in place for the long term. We aim to help you with both. So whether it be back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches or something else, the odds are great that we have seen it before and have experience in aiding in the resolution of it. Book your appointment below today and let’s get started feeling better!

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“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.

“Taking care of my health needs through acupuncture with Drew and his staff has been one of the best experiences. They are kind, friendly, insightful, knowledgeable, and professional. Vicky, the massage therapist, is one of the very best i have ever known. The healing space they have created is relaxing and safe, I leave feeling nurtured, with my wellbeing restored.” – D.D.

“MOTHER: The Most Beautiful Word On The Lips Of Mankind” – Kahil Gibran

  We at Tortoise Clinic are proud of our track record in regard to women’s Health and Fertility. To be honest, helping people in this arena is probably my very favorite thing to treat. Why? You may ask…Well, simply put, it’s a huge deal. I always say to my patients that fixing elbows is fun but it is nowhere near as rewarding as helping someone to bring a new soul into the world. When young mothers bring their new bundle of joy in for us to meet it is a natural high for all of us in the office. What I know for sure is that acupuncture and herbal medicine (which is critically important in fertility/obgyn) simply help people have babies. It’s that simple. Don’t take my word for it, look at a map….The places where the populations have always used acupuncture and herbs also have the most people! At the Tortoise Clinic we aim to balance the whole person as a path to greater fertility.  Stress management, diet, exercise and many other factors will be discussed during your first session. 

  Other related conditions we treat are Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS (herbs can be wonderful for this!), Uterine Fibroids, Poly-cystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS and conditions related to Menopause such as night sweats and hot flashes. 

 We would love to be of service to you in this area and look forward to hearing from you! 

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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.

“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are Anxious, you are living in the future. If  you are at Peace, you are living in the present”  – Lao Tsu

Emotional wellbeing is one of the cornerstones of a healthy life. The problem seems to be that modern times don’t seem to engender emotional wellbeing in many of us. Some current statistics show that 20% of us claim to experience depression and anxiety regularly and a full 50% of us at some point have difficulty sleeping. The good news is that acupuncture can help to lower cortisol (“fight or flight” hormone) and calm an overstimulated nervous system. In fact, the most universal response I have seen from people receiving acupuncture is profound relaxation.

Acupuncture helps the brain become more balanced and new lifestyle practices such as breathwork and meditation  help the changes become more permanent. 

  Another benefit that cannot be overemphasized, is that acupuncture seems to re-awaken the observer in people. In other words, patients get better at noticing the comings and goings of mental states and get better at staying out of the extremes if you will. People get better at managing feelings while they are still subtle and therefore more changeable.  

  Come in and talk to us. Let’s envision the possibilities of a world big enough for you to not only live in, but to thrive in!

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“This place is a source of healing! I have struggled with drug addiction and depression and they have truly helped me heal and I am very grateful! Drew is so funny and very professional and Yoshi is amazing! The tea is wonderful! Vicki is an excellent massage therapist and I always feel amazing after. Michelle is always kind and welcoming! I highly recommend this place to anyone who needs healing in there body and soul!” – K.M.

“I always look forward to my Drew time. Whatever ails me at my appointment, from my mood to my surgery toe, I always feel better after my session. I’m “addicted” to his healing capabilities!” – C.Y.


“A man is as strong as his stomach” – Japanese Saying

Digestive trouble plagues many people the world over. During my time as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine it has certainly been one of the more common complaints I have heard. G.I. issues are by their nature more complex than many other conditions owing to the number of organs and physiological functions involved. This is where the consultation is key. During your initial visit we will sit down, have a cup of tea and gather the answers to many questions. Every patient at Tortoise Clinic will leave with customized dietary advice on the very first day. 

Some of the labels that we have treated successfully at Tortoise Clinic include:

  1. Acid Reflux
  2. Bloating
  3. Colitis
  4. Constipation
  5. Crohn’s Disease   
  6. Diarrhea
  7. Excessive Flatulence 
  8. Abdominal pains


Acupuncture and Herbs treat these syndromes by helping the body reestablish Homeostasis. In simple terms for now…If it is hot, cool it. If it is cold, warm it. If it is in excess, sedate it. If it is damp, dry it. If it is dry, moisten it.   If it is weak, strengthen it. 

It would be my privilege to be of service to you as you strive to realign your digestive system. Click the book my appt tab below to get started, I look forward to it.

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“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 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.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”Ben Franklin

Regular maintenance of a body is a must if we are to feel good while in it. As I myself get older I am more aware of this time honored idea more than ever. It has always mystified me that so many of us perform more maintenance on our cars than on our truest vehicle, our bodies.  Regular acupuncture seems to give us what we need. Examples abound….I have patients that in the past would catch 3-5 colds per year that have not had an antibiotic in a decade. I have met people in recovery that if they get acupuncture from time to time they report that the cravings to return to the addictions of the past are not there. Busy executives have told me over the years that a weekly acupuncture treatment helps the stress of life more than anything they have ever tried.  I have known many older athletes that through regular acupuncture have been able to return to the sport they love with far less joint pain.

I have found over the years that many of the most well people I know have a very clear idea of what wellness means to them. When we know exactly what we are looking for in life, it seems far easier to find. Acupuncture is the original Holistic Medicine and has effectively tended the body, mind and spirit of millions of people over thousands of years….Give us a call and let’s find out  what wellness means to you, and perhaps more importantly how to manifest it!

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“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.”

“This was my first experience with acupuncture. I had an upper respiratory infection for 2 weeks and needed immune support. After one treatment, which was very relaxing— getting herbs to make tea, I was much better by the next day. Thank you so much for your professional services!!!” – L.S.