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“The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind.” 

Welcome!  I’m so glad you’re here.  I’m Larissa "Dr. Lara", licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and Traditional Chinese Medicine nerd. I help my patients address stress, pain, and chronic diseases by utilizing a variety of modalities, treating the root cause of their health issues, and giving them the tools and advice they need to improve and maintain their health.  You deserve to live the best life possible!

My attraction to natural medicine has been lifelong and beginning in the 3rd grade, I developed a strong appreciation for Japanese & Asian cultures. These two interests of mine combined when I enrolled in acupuncture school at East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida. Now, every day I get to help people to get out of pain, cut their dependencies, adopt better lifestyle habits and live an optimal life...and I absolutely love it!


The Mission of my practice, Golden Phoenix Acupuncture

Golden Phoenix Acupuncture was founded by Larissa Smith, AP, DOM. It serves the community by offering sliding scale community-style acupuncture, as well as private one-on-one sessions. Natural, drug-free healing is attainable by using acupuncture, herbal medicine, fire cupping, moxibustion, ear seeds, gua sha, injection therapy, homeopathic medicine, and more!

The phoenix is a universally known symbol of immortality, rebirth, and a new beginning.  This legendary bird lives in paradise and is associated with the golden sun.  It is beautiful, powerful, highly intelligent, and cannot be out-witted.  The tears of the phoenix are known to have the ability to heal any wound or illness.  Giving people the opportunity to heal and come back better than before in mind, body, and spirit is the mission of my practice.  It is my belief that when Eastern and Western medicine work together harmoniously, patients can benefit the most from their healthcare rather than being given "band-aids" to manage their sickcare.


6161 9th Street North

Suite 100

St. Pete, FL 33703


Monday 9am-3:30pm

Tuesday 9am-3:30pm

Wednesday 9am-3:30pm

Thursday 9am-3:30pm

Friday 9am-3:30pm


Phone: 727-222-6980

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