Debbie Vaughn, L.Ac.
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners License AC01014
Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Instructor at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
Becoming an acupuncturist has been my dream since I was 15. I went to an acupuncture clinic for the first time then, and it was love at first sight. Something about the smell of the ointments, the wall full of medicinal herbs and the fascinating poster on the wall of how energy travels through each organ all over the body. I was ready to sign up right then, but was disappointed to find out that I would have to finish high school and college first. With that in mind, I graduated with Honors with degrees in Applied Learning and Development and Spanish Language from the University of Texas, Austin. I completed my last class in Costa Rica to solidify my Spanish.
From there I moved to Colorado where I served a one year term of service with Americorps. I was a Maternal/Child Health Educator and Doula (birth coach) working mainly with pregnant Spanish speaking women. I worked under a midwife who taught me all about pregnancy, natural childbirth, and helping women through labor.
When my term was complete, I followed my long time dream of becoming an acupuncturist and moved to San Diego. I began my 4 year Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at PCOM, a school known for its strength in biomedical sciences. After school I apprenticed under a talented and respected acupuncturist who taught me a tremendous amount about treating pain, nutrition and how to make treatments really comfortable for the patient.
2 years later, I transferred to AOMA in Austin for my clinical internship and herbal training. I loved every minute of treating patients as an intern. I was missing working with pregnant women and births so I took a part-time job a birthing center. I helped women through natural childbirth and provided mothers and newborns with their 1st 6 hours of postpartum care.
After I graduated from acupuncture school I started a practice out of my home. There is nothing more exciting and satisfying than seeing my patients do well and get relief from their problems. I am always learning ways to enhance my practice just as I have been doing since I was 15. Currently I am earning my doctorate in acupuncture and oriental medicine and will graduate June 2015. I have also begun teaching at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. This is truly my life’s passion and love. This work is a living dream for me and never feels like work at all. I look forward to treating you and would like to warmly welcome you as a patient!