Heidi Smith, DC
Life Chiropractic is a family wellness office that serves patients of all ages, including newborns and pregnant moms. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from Azusa Pacific University, Dr. Heidi Smith earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles, graduating cum laude. Dr. Smith worked as an associate chiropractor in Torrance before she moved her practice to Redondo Beach and merged with Life Chiropractic in 2019.
Why did you choose to go into this career field?
Growing up, I took hours of ballet classes every week. The first time I visited a chiropractor was to tune up my body after years of injuries that resulted from ballet. I also had a positive experience with chiropractic and healing after a major car crash when I was in high school. It was fascinating how much my chiropractor knew about my injuries without me having to verbalize it. Chiropractic helped me heal without a lot of residual effects.
What is the best advice you’ve heard?
That life is not a competition. It’s OK to be competitive, but it’s you vs. YOU, not you vs. others. Honor the commitments to yourself and stand strong in your convictions to YOU, or you’ll be unable to lead anyone else! Things will test you … we’ve seen that in the last few years, but having a victim mentality only hurts yourself.
How has your work performance exceeded your expectations?
I enjoy seeing my patients thrive! I ask about their goals—not just about health but the whole picture. I’ve had patients who gave up trying to do the things they enjoy because of injury or fear of injury. We work together to unlock their potential. Their body heals, and they can continue doing things that bring them joy. I have a great team of assistants who have the same mindset—helping people realize their health potential.
What role does your family play in your career?
They play a huge role. When I was going through chiropractic school, my mom and in-laws were supportive and watched my daughters while I was in class. I saw firsthand how chiropractic affects pregnancy, birth and postpartum, which was motivation for me to get additional chiropractic education regarding pregnancy and birth.
Chiropractic has helped my kids—from the time they were toddlers to the present—grow into happy, healthy humans ready to thrive on the field or in the classroom. They are great walking testimonials! My older daughter just started filling in at the front desk at my practice and will (hopefully) continue to do so until she graduates next year.
My husband is very supportive of my practice. His teaching job allows him to drop our kids off at sports practices and start dinner most nights.
If you could begin again, what would you want to “do over” in your career?
I would have gotten a mentor early! When I graduated, I knew nothing about how to run a business. I was passionate about helping people, I just didn’t know how to market myself and my practice. It was a long time before I was able to shift my mindset and have confidence as a business owner. I invested in myself and joined a great group of chiropractors who have the same heart to help people but also have balance in life.
How do you balance work and play?
This is something I am still working on! There are weeks where there is very little downtime unless I’m intentional about setting it up and scheduling it. It sounds counterintuitive to schedule downtime, but even though I enjoy being social, if I don’t get time to recharge I can get burned out. I usually schedule something fun to look forward to: a concert, a staycation or a trip. If there’s a weekend full of kids’ activities, we enjoy the time spent cheering them on and hanging out with other sports parents. If Weezer is playing, I’m likely in the pit dancing and singing along!
Tell us about a few of your passions.
I love dance and anything that keeps me active. I work on maintaining flexibility at home and even when teaching patients certain stretches and exercises—a nice perk of my profession! I like strength training, Pilates, yoga, waterskiing, walking my dogs and playing with my kids.
What is your advice for trying to stay positive?
Our thoughts change our physiology. So when you speak with positive intention, your brain (both consciously and subconsciously) will work toward that. For example, if you say, “I am bad at kicking the soccer ball with my left foot,” your brain will “believe” you and you will always be weak in that area. If you say, “I am learning and working on making my left foot stronger,” your brain will work out how to increase coordination and strength on your left side and even increase balance on the right side. I’m a firm believer in positive affirmations and encouraging others to view things positively.
Disclaimer: This is for informational use only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Health is individualized, and it is recommended you seek direct advice from a qualified health care provider if you have questions regarding a medical condition or treatment.