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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Michelle Smekens, ND, FABNO

Naturopathic Oncology Provider

CTCA Chicago

"I am impressed with the expertise of the physicians at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the technology and tools available, the friendliness of other stakeholders and the diversity of patients. I also like that patients get adequate face time with their care providers. Patients can ask as many questions as they like during their appointments with their providers, and have them answered."

- Michelle Smekens, ND, FABNO


  • Doctorate, Naturopathic Medicine - Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ
  • BS, International Studies - University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • Fellow, American Board of Naturopathic Oncology

Practicing since: 2010

Michelle Smekens is a naturopathic oncology provider at Cancer Treatment Centers of American® (CTCA), Chicago. She works side by side with doctors and other clinicians from several disciplines, all of whom are focused on fighting cancer and helping support cancer patients' quality of life.

Her training includes coursework and supervised clinical practice in oncology, homeopathic, nutritional and botanical medicine. Smekens provides cancer patients with personalized naturopathic recommendations for natural therapies (e.g., vitamins, minerals, herbal medicines) that are safe and appropriate to pair with conventional cancer treatments.

A Fellow of the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology (FABNO), Smekens received a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated with honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona, with a doctorate degree in naturopathic medicine, then completed a two-year naturopathic oncology residency at CTCA®.

Smekens is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians and the Illinois Association of Naturopathic Physicians, where she also serves on the board.

Smekens' published works include:

“Clinical Implications of Delay in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Stage Breast Cancer,” World Journal of Psycho-Social Oncology

“Successful Surgical Treatment of a Patient with a Solitary Asymptomatic Cardiac Metastasis from Breast Cancer, Identified by Elevated Tumor Markers and Circulating Tumor Cells,” The American Journal of Cancer Case Reports

Smekens grew up in suburban Milwaukee (Delafield, Wisconsin), which is about an hour away from the hospital. She loves to spend time with her husband and their three children. Her hobbies include cooking, traveling, gardening, skiing, playing tennis and just about any kid-related activity (e.g., swim lessons, karate, snowman building, play dates).

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Star ratings and comments are only available for medical, radiation and gynecologic oncologists. Gynecologic surgical offerings are not included at this time due to a different survey tool required to evaluate these services. CTCA uses a validated Press Ganey® survey, which captures patient experience feedback for the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys.

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