Christine Smiley D.O. finished her medical school from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California in 2003. She was awarded the President's Award for her academics and community service. She did her residency at The University of Colorado in Denver, CO in Family Medicine. There she was elected and served as Chief Resident at Swedish Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center in Denver. Dr. Smiley received her bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and received the Jacob Van Ek Award, the highest academic award given at CU. Dr. Smiley did Developmental Neurobiology Research for the University of Colorado while earning her bachelor's degree. She was published in Society for Neuroscience Abstracts, October 1997, Vol. 23. She then moved to Los Angeles, California and worked on a research project for the Children's Health Study at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. She worked with the Department of Preventative Medicine at USC to study the potential long term effects of air pollution exposure on the respiratory health of children.
Dr. Smiley grew up on a ranch in Pleasant Hill, Iowa where she was an avid horse woman and barrel racer. While in college in Boulder, she volunteered at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center - teaching disabled children to ride horses for physical and psychological therapy. She has alway been drawn to smaller communities and rural areas. Dr. Smiley has practiced rural emergency medicine for the past 8 years in Colorado. During that time she was fortunate enough to spend her winters working in the medical centers at the base of the world class ski resorts of Winter Park & Breckenridge. From those experiences she gained a special interest in orthopedic injuries and sports medicine. She has a special interest in acute care, pediatrics and sports medicine. Dr. Smiley has a special place in her heart for our precious little ones and very much enjoys making pediatric patients feel comfortable in the doctor's office. She encompasses a holistic approach to healthcare and embraces the osteopathic tradition of incorporating mind, body & spirit for treating her patients.
She enjoys the snow much more now as a ski vacation than a daily occurrence! Dr. Smiley moved to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida for the warm climate and amazing coastline after vacationing here several times. She enjoys paddle boarding, swimming and biking with her family which consists of the other Dr. Smiley (J.T.) and 6 year old daughter (Jade) who started first grade this fall. Family is very important to her and she wanted a family friendly place where her child could thrive and be raised similar to her upbringings in Iowa. She fell in love with the emerald blue water and the friendly spirit of the southerners who reside in Santa Rosa Beach!