Meet the Doctors


Nationally Certified, Florida Licensed Acupuncture Physicians

2003 Florida’s Acupuncturist of the Year

Florida State Oriental Medical Association Members
Acupuncture Diplomats (NCCAOM)
National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Barbara Thurman, DOM, A.P., C.C.T.
Nationally Certified Acupuncture Physician
Certified Clinical Thermographer
Barbara Thurman, A.P., C.C.T., and she the co-owner and founder of The Acupuncture & Natural Healing Center in Stuart, Florida. As the first Nationally Certified Acupuncture Physicians in the Stuart – Port St. Lucie area, she and her partner, Ronald Mullen, A.P., opened their private practice here in 1996.Barbara has taught graduate courses to Acupuncture Physicians for many years, and has served as guest lecturer at Indian River Community College, Keiser Career Institute, the Blake Library, the Women’s Health Center/Martin Memorial Hospital, and many public forums. She is a Certified Clinical Thermographer and has opened the area’s first, and only, Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging Lab for the early screening of breast disease. She was recently honored by the American College of Clinical Thermography for her outstanding dedication to the advancement of women’s health.

Barbara’s undergraduate degrees were earned at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, and she received her graduate degree as an Acupuncture Physician from Florida’s oldest school of Oriental Medicine, the Southeastern Institute of Oriental Medicine in Miami, Florida. She has a specialty in Acupuncture Injection Therapy.

Barbara was honored as Florida’s Acupuncture Physician of the Year in 2003 by the Florida State Oriental Medical Association.  She was appointed to the Florida Board of Acupuncture by Governor Charlie Crist in 2008 and  served for 8 years as a board member, Continuing Education Liaison and as the Vice Chair.

Ronald M. Mullen, DOM, A.P.
Nationally Certified Acupuncture PhysicianRonald M. Mullen, A.P. is a Nationally Certified (NCCAOM) and Florida Licensed Acupuncture Physician. As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, he utilizes Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, manual therapies, and homeopathy in his clinical practice.For more than two years he served as the resident Acupuncture Physician at the world famous Upledger Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He is also co-owner and President of the Acupuncture and Natural Healing Center established in 1996, and serving both Martin and St. Lucie areas.Ron has been featured on TV and radio and has had many news articles published on his patients and treatments over the years.

He specializes in the treatment of pain, especially knee, back, shoulder and neck pain, as well as sports injuries. He has developed his pain relief techniques based on ancient methods paired with current anatomical knowledge. He is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Balance Method, Korean Hand Therapy, Scalp and Auricular Therapy, and the Five Element Style. He has also studied many types of manual therapy and specialty Chinese herbal formulas.

Ron received his degree as an Acupuncture Physician from Southeastern Institute of Oriental Medicine in Miami, Florida. He is specially trained in Acupuncture Injection Therapy as well as Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM).