On June 11, 2013, Governor David Paterson of New York quoted Dr. Smith's writings in his keynote address to the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society. Her biography has been profiled in the book The Feminine Touch: History of Women in Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Smith received her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from the Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She has a Masters in Business Administration in Treasury Management and a Masters of International Health Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelor degree in International Economics from Youngstown State University. She served her residency in Public Health & General Preventive Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta GA. She has trained at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and completed the summer program in Tropical Medicine and Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health.