Making healthcare affordable and simple in North Georgia

Freedom Orthopedic is a novel, third-party free orthopedic practice. It has eliminated the middle man- health insurance and government payers- in order to focus entirely on the patient. Patients get undistracted attention, leading edge orthopedics at a transparent, affordable all-inclusive price.

Our Story

Freedom Orthopedic was formally opened February 2015. Frustrated by the distractions, costs and waste of the standard medical system, Founder Thomas Joseph, MD decided to take a different path. Now succeeded by Christopher Vaughn, MD, our journey led to the creation of Freedom Orthopedic. It is a unique orthopedic practice in the USA, giving patients the best care without the costs, risks and waste so common in this country’s medical system. In May of 2019 we moved our offices to Toccoa GA however we still serve patients from the Atlanta area and all across North Georgia.

Our Promise

  • We promise to provide quality orthopedic care at one low, fixed rate.
  • We promise to see all of our patients in a timely manner. You will never be shuffled from room to room,wondering when a doctor might appear.
  • We promise to obtain only the information we need to provide the best possible treatment.
  • We promise to treat you like a person, not a file.

Freedom Orthopedic Staff

Dr. Christopher M. Vaughn, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon — Brown University, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Dr. Christopher Vaughn is an orthopaedic surgeon who joined Freedom Orthopedic, taking over for founder Dr. Thomas N. Joseph, MD in 2016. After completing his residency in 1996, Dr. Vaughn served two years as the Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Winn Army Community Hospital at Fort Stewart, just outside of Hinesville, Georgia. He then spent 10 years practicing at Coastal Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center in Hinesville before moving to North Georgia.

Dr. Vaughn completed his undergraduate work at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, with a B.A. in Biomedical Engineering in 1985. He completed medical school at University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1989. Dr. Vaughn did his internship and residency at Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas from 1990 to 1996.

Mikaela Vaughn

Office Operations and Special Projects — Thomas Edison University

Mikaela is from Toccoa, Georgia.  She is a graduate of Thomas Edison University in New Jersey, where she studied music.  Mikaela is the daughter of Dr. Christopher Vaughn, Freedom Orthopedic’s chief orthopedic doctor and surgeon. She is responsible for operations and special projects for Freedom Orthopedic in Atlanta, and North Georgia Orthopedics in Toccoa. In her time outside of Freedom Orthopedic, Mikaela is an accomplished harpist, teaches music, and is an active member of her church.

Dr. Thomas N Joseph

Founder — Georgetown University, Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Joseph, a native of South Carolina, completed his undergraduate degree Magna Cum Laude at Georgetown University. He earned his medical degree with AOA honors from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. His internship and residency were performed at NYU/Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York City. During that time, Dr. Joseph was involved with direct patient care of victims of September 11th. After his residency, he completed a foot and ankle specialty fellowship in Baltimore, Maryland. He is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, and South Carolina Orthopedic Association.

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Freedom Orthopedic is a free market-medical facility in North Georgia (Toccoa). We believe in providing our patients with world-class orthopedic care with an emphasis on a personal doctor-patient relationship outside of the insurance bureaucracy.


“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
John 8:32