Meet Harrison Vaughan


PT, DPT, OCS, Dip. Osteopractic, FAAOMPT


Dr. Harrison Vaughan is a physical therapist who specializes in treating musculoskeletal injuries and spinal pain, both acute and chronic.  He has particular expertise in the treatment of orofacial and craniocervical disorders, including TMJ.

His goal is to assist you in avoiding invasive surgeries, expensive injections and medications by treating you in a natural way to improve pain and movement.  He has developed the “Feel it to Heal it” approach to painful movement that allows him to treat the areas in your body that are painful but get down to the reason why you are having trouble — which is to minimize compensation of the painful joint or muscle and use more natural and efficient muscles.  The knowledge and expertise he brings to your treatment is intended to help you navigate the unpredictable, rocky, and sometimes disabling waters of pain.

He and his wife, Danielle, set up their practice to spend the entire session with their patients to provide them the attention needed to constantly evaluate, diagnosis and provide treatment. He utilizes his foundation of being a movement specialist alongside specific manual therapy approaches to provide appropriate bodywork and corrective exercises to amplify the effects of treatments.

His clinical interests are concentrated in manual therapy and specific therapeutic exercise of spinal disorders.  He has extensive post-graduate training in manipulation of the spine and extremities, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization and dry needling.  Specifically, he has a Diploma in Osteopractic Physical Therapy, which involved an 18 month post-graduate training regimen in dry needling and manipulation.  Additionally, he furthered his career by graduating as a Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy in 2015.

His goal is to tackle the complex issues of pain, acute and chronic, with a combination of education, therapeutic exercise and specific orthopedic manual therapy. His focus on patient care includes giving you rapid relief of pain, but just as important, furnishing you with the tools to consistently give yourself relief and self-management in meeting your goals.

Whether your need is Pain Relief or Improving How you Move,  he is ready to assist you in achieving your goals.

Dr. Harrison Vaughan teaches an advanced Cervico-Sensorimotor Approach, alongside his wife Dr. Danielle Vaughan, in their course “Diagnosis & Management of Cervicogenic Dizziness” nationally and internationally to other healthcare professionals.

He resides in Wake Forest, NC with his wife, Danielle, and two children, Reagan and Cora.  In his free time, he enjoys reading, traveling and every bit of extra time with his wife and children, who are growing up too fast!

Professional Education

Fellow (FAAOMPT), American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (2015)

Osteopractor, Diploma in Osteopractic, American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (2014)

Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS), American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities, Orthopaedics (2009)

Doctor of Physical Therapy, Old Dominion University (2008)

Bachelor of Science, Education with emphasis of Exercise Science, Old Dominion University (2005)

Professional Organizations, Certifications

Diploma in Osteopractic, American Academy of Manipulative Therapy (2014)

Certification in Dry Needling (Cert. DN), Dry Needling Institute (2012)

Certification in Spinal Manipulation (Cert. SMT), Spinal Manipulation Institute (2009)

Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (2009-present)

Member, American Physical Therapy Association, Orthopaedic and Sports Subsection (2008-present)


Vaughan H. BPPV recurrence factors: clinical considerations for the vestibular therapist. Independently published. 2021. 

Harper B, Miner E, Vaughan H.  Proposing a new algorithm for premanipulative testing in physical therapy practice.  J Phys Ther Sci. 32: 775-783. 2020.

Vaughan H, Vaughan D. How to Diagnose Cervicogenic Dizziness with the Optimal Sequence Algorithm. Independently published, 2020.

Vaughan H. Why the vestibular therapist should learn cervical manual therapy. Independently published. 2021.