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Rooted in Rolla: Lori Smith, MD, Joins Phelps Health Medical Group

Dr. Lori Smith with patient
Lori Smith, MD, a family medicine physician, joined the Phelps Health Medical Group in January 2019.

Published on September 5, 2019

Lori Smith, MD, a family medicine physician who joined the Phelps Health Medical Group in January, decided she wanted to become a doctor in her early teenage years.

"I knew I wanted to be a physician in the eighth grade," she said.

Dr. Smith grew up in the Vichy area, north of Rolla. After graduating from Rolla High School in 1980, she began pursuing her medical education.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Missouri- Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, graduating from the six-year combined BA/MD program in 1986. She completed her residency training in 1989 at the University of Missouri Department of Family and Community Medicine in Columbia.

Dr. Smith has over 30 years of experience practicing medicine. She is certified with the American Board of Family Practice. As a family medicine doctor, she is trained to treat and care for a wide range of medical conditions, diseases and illnesses in patients of all ages.

"I see a diverse patient population, from birth through the elderly," she said.

Patients who have a variety of routine issues, from the common cold and high blood pressure to ear infections and lower back pain, can make appointments with Dr. Smith.

Her special interests include women’s care as well as care of the senior population, preventive medicine and weight management. She also has experience performing minor procedures in a clinic setting.

Establishing care with a primary care provider, such as a family medicine physician, is important for many reasons, according to Dr. Smith.

"Your family medicine doctor can help orchestrate your care," she said. "Your primary doctor also can assist you with finding the right resources you need to manage your condition."

As a doctor, she treats her patients with compassion. "I try to always use the Golden Rule (treating others as you wish to be treated)," Dr. Smith said. "People have told me that I am very down-to-earth, and I really do care about my patients."

Since finishing her residency, Dr. Smith has consistently practiced emergency and family medicine as well as urgent care throughout her career. While she helped patients as a physician at some medical clinics in the western half of the United States, she also has cared for patients at several hospitals and medical centers around Missouri. She even served as a medical director with area ambulance districts.

However, Dr. Smith is no stranger to Rolla, having previously worked in the Phelps Health Emergency Department as recent as 2017.

Her love of healthcare runs in the family. Dr. Smith’s mother was a Registered Nurse (RN) in the Pediatrics Unit at Phelps Health. Her father was a professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology for 37 years.

Dr. Smith is currently accepting new patients at Phelps Health Medical Group Vienna, Mondays and Fridays, and at the Phelps Health Medical Office Building in Rolla, Tuesdays through Thursdays.

To make an appointment with Dr. Smith, or to establish care with a Phelps Health primary care provider, please call (573) 364-9000.

Get to Know Lori Smith, MD

  • Dr. Lori Smith’s husband, Phil, is a licensed professional counselor with Missouri University of Science and Technology. Phil also is a falconer.
  • Together, the couple has three children and several pets.
  • Dr. Smith’s hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading and music.

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