Medical-Spa Service Remains Big Island Strong!

As featured in Hawaii Tribune Herald

When Dr. Joanna Smith was a child, she’d often climb aboard her father’s fishing boat and travel to waters off O‘okala, a small community located on the Hamakua Coast. There, she and her dad would find several spots from which to launch their fishing lines, both fully confident that by day’s end, their haul would be great. Most times, their faith was greatly rewarded. 

“The fish weren’t the brightest,” recalls Dr. Smith, chuckling at memories from days gone by. “They were always easy pickings for us.” 

Thus began a love affair between father, daughter and Big Island waters. 

“My dad and I had this deep relationship with the ocean,” says Smith of her doting father, Francis Smith Sr., a retired fire chief who recently passed away. “He had many fishing vessels over the years, but the one I remember the most was the ‘Imi ‘Ia, which means ‘fish seeker.’” 

When Dr. Smith decided to open her medical-spa practice Integrated Medicine Institute — or IMI Clinics — in 2018, naturally, she chose to name it after her father’s boat. Even the wave design and aquatic 

colors within her business logo carefully reflect both her connection to the ocean and commitment to island residents. 

“I am very tied to the island,” says Dr. Smith, who competed as a swimmer in high school and whose first job was as a lifeguard. “I’m born and raised Big Island; I’m Big Island strong!” 

These days, Dr. Smith operates the island’s premier business for esthetic, wellness and preventative health issues. Clients may continue to access wellness options at the Hilo-based office, including hydrafacials, microneedling, neurotoxin fillers, dermaplaning and skin tag removal. For more information, call 657-4644 or visit imiclinics.com. 

These days, Dr. Smith operates the island’s premier business for esthetic, wellness and preventative health issues. Clients may continue to access wellness options at the Hilo-based office, including hydrafacials, microneedling, neurotoxin fillers, dermaplaning and skin tag removal. For more information, call 657-4644 or visit imiclinics.com.