Debbie Vaughn, L.Ac.
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners Lic: AC01014
Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Instructor at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (2015)
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 from the University of Texas, Austin with a double major. I completed my last class in Costa Rica to solidify my Spanish speaking skills.
From there I moved to Colorado where I completed a term of service with Americorps. I was a Maternal/Child Health Educator, medical translator and Doula (birth coach) working primarily with underserved pregnant women. I worked under a midwife who trained me in pregnancy health and natural childbirth. When my term was complete, I moved to San Diego to begin 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 well respected acupuncturist who taught me a tremendous amount about treating pain, nutrition and how to make treatments comfortable and effective for the patient. I completed my oriental medicine degree at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin. 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 at 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 take charge of their health and find 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 July 2015. I have also begun teaching the master's degree classes at AOMA. 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!