Suzanne R. Smith, NP

Suzanne R. Smith, NP

  • Integrative Medicine|
  • Gastroenterology
Westwood Digestive Diseases | 100 Medical Plaza, Suite 205, Los Angeles, CA 90024


Patients Can Be Seen With a Referral From a UCLA GI Physician

Suzanne is a nurse practitioner with extensive experience in clinical care and research of digestive disorders and the brain-gut connection. She graduated with a master of science in nursing from UCLA in 2004. She has been with the UCLA G. Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience since 2005, where she is involved in chronic pain research and investigating the gut-brain-microbiome axis.

Suzanne is a certified mindfulness teacher by the International Mindfulness Teachers Association and trained to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and mindfulness facilitation. She facilitates MBSR for brain imaging research as an approach to chronic pain disorders.

She completed the UCLA integrative therapist program in 2012 where she received training in yoga, breath awareness, Reiki and essential oils. She trained in the neurosciences, philosophy, and psychology of stress and wellbeing with Amit Sood, MD at Mayo clinic.

Suzanne's background in patient care, research and mindfulness drives her passion to empower patients, to move beyond coping and to thrive.

She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the California Association of Nurse Practitioners.





MSN, UCLA School of Nursing, 2004


Supporting Patients with Chronic Abdominal Pain
Diaphragmatic Breathing
Case presentation: Patient with IBS-D symptoms and POTS 2023
Case presentations: Managing a patient on prolonged restrictive diet with persistent symptoms and managing DGBI and coexistent psychological disorder 2023


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