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Dorinda A. Smith, MS, FNP

Autoimmune Research Scientist 

Functional Nutrition Practitioner

true wellness today


“My ultimate purpose—my God-given mission—is to alleviate suffering with the TRUTH:  Chronic illness is preventable and reversable using the scientific medical breakthroughs of Functional Medicine.  There is hope!”


Armed with her Master’s in Immunology and Environmental Toxicology from Virginia Tech in 1998, Dori set out to help others through medical science.  She continued her specialized PhD studies in Autoimmunity while working at Duke University Medical Center and Duke Veteran’s Affairs Hospital, and completing a prestigious PhD Fellowship at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (a branch of the NIH). During her training Dori won first place at Virginia Tech’s science fair for her NIH funded research developing new immunotoxicology assays, and co-authored five papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including a review of “Immunology and Autoimmunity” in Environmental Health Perspectives.

13 years into her career as a research scientist, Dori suffered a major life crisis:  Her own autoimmune disease.  Within a few years she was diagnosed with Systemic Sclerosis and Fibromyalgia, and later developed Arthritis, Addison’s Disease, Thyroiditis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Osteopenia, Polymyositis and Lupus antibodies, eventually succumbing to debilitating disability.  Dori lost her career, and it seemed her life’s purpose, for over 10 years.

But that’s not the end of her story. 


Through a truly miraculous spiritual event, Dori found the science of

Functional Medicine, and it completely changed her life.

To watch her complete story, visit

A self-professed geek at heart, Dori voraciously researched the new medical breakthroughs of functional medicine for nearly three years, all while applying the validated scientific protocols to her own healing.  With the help of her dedicated team of functional medicine practitioners, Dori is on her own path to true wellness, with remarkable results.  She has nearly completely reversed all her autoimmune conditions

and now has her life and career back... so she can help YOU!

Dori founded her company, true wellness today, to alleviate suffering. 

Her mission:  To make functional medicine affordable for everyone. 


She speaks publicly and uses telemedicine consultations to educate people in how to prevent and reverse chronic illness and autoimmune disease and to walk with others on their journey to vibrant health.  If you'd like to interview Dori for your podcast, Facebook group, or show, book a prep call here.

Dori lives on a small ranch in Ramona, California with her granddaughter, Jana Lynn, her friend Kristen, 15 crazy goats, two dogs, four cats and a flock of chickens.  Music is her other life-long passion, and she is an accomplished vocalist and church worship leader.  She enjoys creating with fiber arts,

is very active in her local church, and believes strongly that she was created to suffer from chronic illness

in order to learn how to heal and then serve others.   


To hear Dori’s complete story and learn how she healed,

simply visit

760-314-1270 or 949-355-5549


Ongoing Training & Goals:

School of Applied Functional Medicine

Board Certified Functional Nutrition

The Institute for Functional Medicine

IFMCP – Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner

Maryland University of Integrative Health

DCN - Doctor of Clinical Nutrition Program 


Board for Certification of Nutrition Specialists

CNS - Certified Nutrition Specialist Program

Prior Studies:

Duke University Medical Center &

National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

1998 – 2002

PhD Fellowship – Autoimmunity and Environmental Toxicology


North Carolina State University

1998 - 2002

PhD Candidate - Immunology  

Emphasis:  Autoimmunity and Environmental Toxicology


Virginia Tech

1996 - 1998

Master of Science – Immunotoxicology


Virginia Tech

1992 – 1996

Bachelor of Science – Immunology and Microbiology

Minor:  Chemistry



Current Experience:


2017 - Current

True Wellness Today


Scientific Health Coaching and Education to private clients, specializing in optimizing health to reverse chronic illness & autoimmune disease.


2018 - Current

Arthritis Care & Research Center

Functional Nutritionist

Private and group consultations in Functional Nutrition, Gut Health, and Detox.

2018 - Current

Cabrillo Center for Rheumatic Disease

Functional Nutritionist

Private consultations in Functional Nutrition, Gut Health, and Detox

2018 - Current

The Evolution of Medicine Functional Forum San Diego


Educating health practitioners in the latest science and best practices of Functional and Integrative Medicine.  


Prior Experience:

Human Genome Sciences, Rockville Maryland

Research Scientist

Beckton-Dickenson, Raleigh, North Carolina

Research Scientist

Duke Veteran's Affairs Hospital, Durham, North Carolina

PhD Candidate - Research Scientist