Dr Smith is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. She earned a PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical and public health microbiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.
Dr Smith serves as technical director for Routine and Esoteric Microbiology in the Atlantic Division and the Center for Esoteric Testing in Burlington, North Carolina. Additionally, she is a co-discipline director for Esoteric Microbiology. Her areas of expertise include routine bacteriology, mycology, and mycobacteriology.
Dr Smith is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and the Southeastern Association for Clinical Microbiology. She has authored peer-reviewed publications and abstracts as well as educational webinars.