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Portrait of Dr Dustin Vaughan

Dustin L. Vaughan


Dr. Vaughan is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), the highest degree awarded in the US for acupuncturists. He is a NCCAOM National Board Certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and licensed Acupuncture Physician. He is also a licensed paramedic with experience in emergency departments, trauma centers, and as a first responder with the fire service. After 15+ years practicing emergency medicine, he retired from the fire service to pursue a dream of blending his experience in western medicine with eastern medicine to provide an integrative, holistic approach to health and wellness.


Dr. Vaughan enjoys working with athletes and providing healthcare to help them achieve their goals, maintain wellness, and recover from injury and trauma to perform at their best. However, his practice is not exclusive to athletes because injuries and the need for mobility are not exclusive to athletes. His background and certifications emphasize movement and mobility, which can be a concern for anyone at any age.

“I chose to focus my practice on movement and sports medicine, leveraging my knowledge and experience as both an athlete and a coach. For years I competed in youth and high school sports, CrossFit and in the Firefighter Combat Challenge, and I know what it means to strive for health and wellness as an athlete and what it requires to recover from injury. I have had my fair share of injuries, and I am sure I can relate to what you’re going through!”



  • Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM)

  • Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM)

  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Health Studies 

  • Florida State Oriental Medical Association (FSOMA) 

  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

  • Florida Homeopathic Society

  • North American Society of Homeopaths 



  • NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl.O.M.)

  • Florida State Acupuncturist (A.P.) 

  • Florida State Paramedic (PMD)

  • NCCAOM Chinese Herbal Compounding & Safety (CHCS)

  • Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy (APIT)

  • Reiki Master-Teacher

  • FMT Blades: Advanced – Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)

  • FMT Movement Specialist, Advanced

  • Fascial Movement Taping (FMT), Advanced

  • Nutrition

  • Sports Nutrition

Professional Experience:

  • Firefighter for 11 years

  • Paramedic in Level 1 Trauma Center

  • Emergency department EMT and Paramedic

  • Florida Task Force 4 - Heavy Rigging & Search Specialist


Vaughan, D. L. (2023, August 14). Assessing and treating the root cause of low back pain with acupuncture. Acupuncture Today. 

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