Dr. Debra Voulgaris received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and a Masters of Arts degree from the City University of New York at Hunter College. She went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Ross University School of Veterinary medicine in 2005 completing her final clinical year at Louisiana State University. After completing a 6 month internship in equine medicine in Ontario, New York, she accepted a 1 year anesthesia internship at the University of Georgia in 2005. She then went back to her New York City roots, and worked at a progressive, holistic general practice in Brooklyn, during which time she became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) in 2007.
After 2 years in general practice, Dr. Voulgaris decided to pursue further academic training and accepted a 3 year anesthesia and pain management residency at the University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville. During this appointment, in addition to her duties as a resident, she participated in creating an integrative medicine department for both small and large animal patients, gave numerous lectures on integrative medicine for canine, feline, equine, camelid, and porcine patients, became the sole equine acupuncturist for the university and taught within UT’s equine rehabilitation certification program. Dr. Voulgaris was trained and certified by the University of Tennessee in canine rehabilitation (earning a CCRP) and is also a certified Tui-na Practitioner, having studied with the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. She has additional training in Food Therapy through the Chi Institute, Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM) having trained with Dr. William Inman and is certified in medical ozone therapy, having studied under Dr Margo Roman DVM and Dr. Frank Shallenberger MD through the American Academy of Ozonotherapy. Dr. Voulgaris is also Certified in Clinical Thermography, by the American College of Clinical Thermology (ACCT).
Dr. Voulgaris has been practicing pain management, animal rehabilitation and integrative medicine exclusively since 2011. She is a seeker of effective, progressive and non-invasive modalities that can help improve the lives of her patients. Dr. Voulgaris has published peer reviewed articles in Anesthesia and Analgesia, The Canadian Journal of Veterinary Medicine and The American Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She remains actively involved with IVAS and continues to teach and give lectures on veterinary pain management, acupuncture, rehabilitation, ozone therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine throughout the country.