My journey began as a poor little boy who was raised in St. Louis, Missouri where I learned that failure is not determined by one’s setbacks, but by one’s unwillingness to fight back. I was born into poverty and was raised by my single-parent mother as the second youngest child out of eight. I dreamed of being a doctor who would help people heal. That is where I started 47 years ago.

Today, I am the only doctor in my family and have extensive training and experience in trauma recovery, resilience building and empathy development.  I have treated, trained and coached over 30,000 individuals, couples, families, parents and leaders from around the world.

I exchanged a lifestyle filled with hardship and trauma to a lifestyle filled with prosperity and happiness.

My Story 

Where I came from…

  • Second youngest of eight children
  • Raised by my single-parent mother in St. Louis, MO in the Ghetto
  • My once a month visiting father told me that I was not his son when I was 10 years old; never saw him again
  • Grew-up in a one-bedroom apartment without hot water or heat
  • Did not have a bathtub
  • Used a woodstove and kerosene heater to keep warm
  • Wore secondhand clothes
  • Witnessed the negative aspects of violence and mental illness
  • Shared my sleeping space with rats and roaches
  • My mother passed due to cancer when I was 17 years old
  • Financial Hardship – did not have two pennies to rub together
  • Totaled my car after falling asleep while driving on the highway headed to college my freshman year
  • Was robbed at gunpoint while visiting the library during college break my sophomore year
  • My 17-year-old nephew, 35-year-old cousin and 22-year-old friend were murdered while I was in college


My Accomplishments 


What I did…

  • Beat the odds
  • Managed to graduate from Jackson State University, Michigan State University
  • Became a doctor so that I can help people overcome their hardships.
  • Became a successful businessman so that I can help other mental health professionals do the same while also creating a financial legacy for my children.
  • Won 2012 Senior Social Worker of the Year from United States Public Health Service.
  • Received 6 United States Air Force Commendation Medals.
  • Received a National Defense Service Medal.
  • Received a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
  • Received a Presidential Unit Citation in response to the Ebola outbreak.
  • 2017 DMV Entrepreneur of the Year from Wes Adams’ State’s Attorney Office

My Business Acumen


What I Own…

  • CEO, Buckingham Consulting Group, LLC
  • CEO, The Empathy and Resilience Center, Inc. 501 (3) (c)
  • Founder, Business Academy for Social Workers & Counselors (BASWC)
  • Founder, You Deserve More Community
  • Founder, R.E.A.L Therapy
  • President, R.E.A.L. Cleaning Solutions
  • Author x 12
  • Filmmaker x 4


My Personal Life

Why I Fight the Good Fight…


  • Married to my God-sent wife, Sandia
  • Father to my “Whys’ – Dwayne Jr. and Layla

My Impact 


How I Give Back…

The Empathy and Resiliency Center is my nonprofit 501(c) (3), faith-based organization that provides easily accessible and donation-based behavioral health services to active duty military members, veterans, African Americans, Latino Americans, Hispanic Americans and other disadvantaged adults and youth suffering from emotional distress.

My Service 


Awards & Medals for Serving…

  • 2020 – COVID-19 Pandemic Campaign Medal
  • 2020 – NEPA
  • 2017-2019 – 4 Unit Citations
  • 2017 – Outstanding Unit Citation
  • 2016 – Outstanding Unit Citation
  • 2015 – Presidential Unit Citation
  • 2015 – Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • 2014 – Response Service Award
  • 2013 – Joint Service Achievement Medal
  • 2013 – Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • 2012 – USPHS Commendation Medal
  • 2012 – USPHS Unit Commendation
  • 2010 – USPHS Regular Corps Ribbon
  • 2010 USPHS Special Assignment Award
  • 2009 USPHS Unit Commendation
  • 2009 USPHS Crisis Response Service
  • 2009 USPHS Commendation Medal
  • 2006 USPHS Training Ribbon
  • 2006 – USAF Commendation Medal
  • 2005 – Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • 2005 – USAF Commendation Medal
  • 2004 – Air Force Overseas Ribbon
  • 2004 – USAF Commendation Medal
  • 2003 – National Defense Service Medal
  • 2002 – Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • 2002 – Air Force Overseas Ribbon
  • 2002- USAF Commendation Medal
  • 2001 – Global War on Terrorism Medal (Service)
  • 2001 – Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
  • 2000- USAF Commendation Medal
  • 1998- Air Force Training Ribbon

CAPT Dwayne L. Buckingham

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