Skilled hands. Refined technique. Deep expertise. Ryan Smith is a licensed acupuncturist with experience interning or working at some of the world’s leading health centers, including the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. As the founder and director of 5 Point Acupuncture, he utilizes the precision and power of acupuncture as part of a holistic, integrative approach to health and well-being.
Ryan’s acupunctural subspecialties include oncology, sports medicine, detoxification, and post-surgical recovery, and he has five certifications to his credit. Known for his warm demeanor and compassionate approach, Ryan uses both Traditional Chinese Medicine and leading-edge motor point and trigger point dry needling to identify and relieve acute and chronic pain and internal dysfunction.
In addition to leading the team at 5 Point Acupuncture, Ryan serves as an instructor at the Manhattan campus of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the largest Oriental Medicine college in the U.S. Previously, he served as Lead Acupuncturist and Program Developer at the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. There, he led the successful integration of acupuncture into a major western medical facility setting, spearheaded the Oncology Acupuncture Externship Program, and collaborated with occupational therapists from famed Rusk Rehabilitation to create an optimal care plan for head and neck cancer patients.
A frequent and passionate speaker, Ryan has shared his expertise with audiences at Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and CancerCare events, and has delivered presentations at NYU Langone, Mount Sinai Hospital, Jacobi Medical Center, and at international conferences. While guiding students as an instructor and clinical supervisor at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture, his alma mater, Ryan created popular curriculums, including courses on Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment Principles and the Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders.
Ryan earned his certificate in Advanced Oncology Acupuncture from the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He achieved his M.S. in Acupuncture from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture and has a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. A lifelong learner with a commitment to advancing patient care, Ryan is currently exploring the use of technology to promote effective self-care techniques.