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Elizabeth R. Vaughan, MD

Short Biography - CV

Dr. Vaughan has been a licensed physician since 1979. During the first third of her medical career, she practiced Emergency Medicine in Galax, VA, Lexington, NC, and Martinsville, VA. In 1991, she left the emergency room and opened the first urgent care ambulatory medical practice in Martinsville. This quickly expanded into a thriving holistic practice. She relocated this practice to Greensboro, NC in December 2002.

She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1975, with Distinction in Chemistry. She earned her medical degree at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1979. She then completed a flexible internship and a residency in Internal Medicine at Southwestern Michigan Area Health Education Center in Kalamazoo, MI in 1982.

Fourth Generation Physician

Dr. Vaughan is the daughter of two physicians and is a fourth generation physician on both sides of her family. Her great-grandfather, Victor C. Vaughan, M.D., was president of the American Medical Association, and dean of the University of Michigan Medical School from 1891-1920. He led the movement to admit females to medical school, and was a leading proponent of the germ theory. He worked with Dr. Walter Reed on the study of Yellow Fever among American troops in Cuba.

Dr. Vaughan's grandfather, Dr. Warren Taylor Vaughan, wrote the first textbook on allergies published in the Western Hemisphere. Environmental physicians continue to quote him today.

Her uncle, Dr. Victor C. Vaughan III, was a founding Member of the American Board of Pediatric Medicine, and editor of the renowned Textbook of Pediatrics - the Bible of Pediatrics.

Medical Interests

While trained in traditional, allopathic medicine, Dr. Vaughan developed a more holistic approach to healthcare as a result of her own life experience and close observation of patient's response to various treatments.

She had struggled with her weight since puberty and finally got control of her weight with aggressive exercise--specifically running 5K and 10K races--in her mid-twenties. When she left the emergency department, her urgent care practice quickly expanded into a health and wellness program that focused on treatment of obesity in the mid-1990s.

The patients who were the most interesting to Dr. Vaughan were those who did everything right but still couldn't lose any weight. That was when she learned that food sensitivities could cause weight retention, mercury could inhibit thyroid function, Candida could trigger intense carbohydrate cravings, neurochemical imbalances could trigger fat and carbohydrate cravings, and magnesium deficiency could trigger chocolate cravings.

She had not learned any of this in medical school. She then began a new course of learning, focused on nutrition, exercise, body-mind-spirit health, environmental toxins, and neurochemical and hormonal imbalances.

From this, her practice now encompasses the treatment of individuals with a broad spectrum of illnesses as well as the treatment of healthy people who want to maintain their vitality throughout life or to regain the energy they once enjoyed before they started "feeling their age."

Special areas of interest are nutritional therapy, alternative and complimentary medicine, autoimmune disorders, sexual health in men and women, how to age gracefully, weight control, vibrational and energy medicine, food sensitivities, heavy metal toxicity, detoxification, and the prevention of disease using genomic testing. She does not treat cancer, but provides supportive nutritional and detoxification therapies for individuals receiving primary cancer treatment at other facilities.


Dr. Vaughan was born in 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and grew up in Bon Air, near Richmond, Virginia. She enjoys her family, a close circle of friends, and her cat. Her personal interests include ballroom dancing, healthy international cooking, the Arts, hiking, meditation, travel, gardening, and jazz and classical music.


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