Practitioner Bio

Practitioner Biography

Paul De Lucia is an Acupuncture Physician (AP), a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM).  He is a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (the highest certification), which means he is Nationally Board Certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) to practice both Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. Diplomate in Oriental Medicine indicates that Paul De Lucia has passed all four boards:  Acupuncture, Foundations of Chinese Medicine, Biomedicine, and Herbal Medicine.  The state of Florida only requires passing the first 2 examinations to practice acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Paul De Lucia graduated from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, with a 4.0. He was Clinic Intern of the Year in 2007 and Student of the Year in 2007 and 2008.

Paul comes from a medical family.  His father , brother and son are all Osteopathic Physicans. His mother is a Registered Nurse.

He has an M.A. in Writing from Norwich University and a B.A. in Literature from the University of South Florida (Cum Laude). He is a veteran of the US Army and a graduate of the Defense Language Institute (Russian Language). He served in Military Intelligence and held a Top-Secret Security Clearance.

Prior to becoming an Acupuncture Physician, Paul taught writing and literature at Nova High School, Dixie Hollins High School, St. Petersburg Catholic High School, and St. Petersburg Junior College.

Paul De Lucia has been a professional musician in the Tampa Bay area.  He has been a student of the martial arts since 1974, and achieved the rank of San Dan, 3rd Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Karate, the traditional teaching rank (Sensei).

Paul has six children:  Anthony, Michael, Gina, Michael J.,  Nico, and Aria, and is happily married to Ping De Lucia, DMD.

He is a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) and the Florida State Oriental Medical Association (FSOMA).

In His Own Words:  “I first became interested in herbal medicine by watching the original Kung Fu series (1972-1975).  I was mesmerized by the exotic Shaolin Temple, the monks (especially Master Po) and their philosophy and powerful animal movements, and I was intrigued by Caine’s (aka Grasshopper) herbal medicine bag.  He used herbs to treat himself and others, and continued to learn and add new herbs to his medicine  bag as he encountered Native Americans and settlers in this new land. 

About this same time (1973) my father, Dr. Eugene R. De Lucia, D.O., was the first doctor in Pinellas County to learn and practice acupuncture.   He even hired his teacher, Dr. K. C. Chan, to work at his office and further his studies.  People came from from around the state to be to treated by this new (to most Americans) and exciting medicine. At 16 I had several beneficial acupuncture treatments that piqued my interest in this holistic medicine.

Also, my father was a great role model: He was a small-town family practitioner (in Ohio) who delivered babies, performed minor surgery, made housecalls, and took care of generations of families.