After graduating high school Oley Smith enrolled at Educating Hands School of Massage in Miami Florida where he began his love affair with the structure and function of the human body. He found that the study of the microsystem of the body was a vehicle for understanding the macrosystem of the universe, and upon completion of his massage therapy training he set out to learn more.

He studied the history of art and culture of Western civilization at the Florida State International University in Florence, Italy, traditional Eastern arts at the Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, modern society at the New School for Social Research in New York City, and biological science at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon in order to better understand the human condition before finally enrolling at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, Oregon.

Oley had the opportunity to practice in several different fields during his clinical internship. He was able to work alongside western medical doctors at the Richmond Center for Family Medicine, treat addiction, detoxification, and withdrawal at the Washington County Correctional Facility, and assist the elderly at the Hollywood Senior Center.

In 2005 he graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine and is a NCCAOM certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine with a focus in Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture. After graduation from OCOM, Oley had the opportunity to travel to Nanjing, China and participate in a clinical internship at the Nanjing International University of Traditional Chinese Medicine where he was able to work in a Chinese hospital alongside the famous doctor “Flying Needle” Wang Ning Sheng. During this time in China Oley became certified by the World Health Organization in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Oley has continued his study of Chinese Medicine within the Classical lineage of the Jade Purity School of Chinese Medicine and the Liu family lineage of Qi Gong. During his study within the Liu Family lineage of Qi Gong Oley has been certified to teach several forms of Qi Gong and offers several Weekend Qi Gong Intensives through out the year.