Justine Vaughen, M.D.: Spirit of Gainesville nominee
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 4:18 p.m.
Association memberships, civic groups, church involvement, other community organizations and offices held
Category: Community Service
About Justine Vaughen, M.D.
Years in Gainesville: 50+
Spouse: Richard M. Fry, M.D.
Children: Martha and Amanda, plus 5 grandchildren
• Altrusa House Board of Trustees
• 1st woman President of the Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
• Altrusa Club-held several officer positions over the years
• 1st Presbyterian Church
• Girl Scouts, Women Who Make a Difference Award Recipient
• Santa Fe College, Women of Distinction Award Recipient
• Florida Physiatrist Association
• Free Speech Forum
• Photography, computer, book and garden club member
• Graduate of the Temple University School of Medicine
• 1971-1998 Chief of Rehabilitative Medicine at the VA Medical Center in Gainesville
• First female physiatrist north of Orlando
• Operated her own private practice
• First consultant to Vocational Rehabilitation
• Chair of the Physical Therapy Department at Alachua General Hospital
• Medical Director of Upreach Rehabilitation Hospital in Gainesville
Why Justine should be selected?
It is not surprising that Dr. Justine Vaughen is admired and respected by those who know her. Dr. Vaughen truly exemplifies what it means to be a community advocate locally and abroad. Throughout her impressive career, she is also a wife, mother, educator, motivator and leader in the community. She not only devotes countless hours of her time to various organizations but also encourages others to do so as well and pushes people to reach their highest potential.
Dr. Vaughen is not only an active gardener, scuba diver, photographer and book lover, she is also an active force in the inception, formation and development of Altrusa House of Gainesville. As the first woman physiatrist north of Orlando, Dr. Vaughen saw a need in the community for a place where adults could go while they were rehabilitated that allowed them a way to be social and interactive while still getting the quality care they needed all without burdening their caregiver. From this idea, Dr. Vaughen and others started work on Altrusa House in 1987. Through numerous hours, fundraisers, and donations, Altrusa House opened in 1998 in a half million dollar building with no mortgage. Dr. Vaughen still serves today on the Altrusa House Board of Trustees and donates much of her time and resources to the cause. Looking for yet another way to contribute to the success of Altrusa House and as an avid photographer, Dr. Vaughen donates the sale of her works to Altrusa House and has exhibited in such places as the Springs Arts Festival, Arts 4 the Senses, Community Bank & Trust of Florida, among many others.
Through her involvement with Altrusa International of Gainesville, Dr. Vaughen has founded, participated, organized, or been a driving force behind many of its annual events such as Stuff the Bus, Trading Closets, Silence is Golden, and Arts 4 the Senses. She is also a patron and great supporter of the arts.
In her professional life, Dr. Vaughen has served many individuals with their rehabilitative needs as well as those seeking to enhance their skills. Dr. Vaughen has contributed a tremendous amount of hours as a community resource to many medical organizations providing education, training, facilities and expertise. She has also taken her community service globally by providing medical care in Haiti in the 1950s.
Throughout her vast career and community involvement, Dr. Vaughen has opened her heart and home to many organizations and friends and is always willing to help whenever and wherever she can to make Gainesville a better community. For this and many other reasons, the Altrusa House Board of Trustees proudly nominates Dr. Justine Vaughen for the Spirit of Gainesville award.
Submitted by Margaret U. Fields, Ph.D.