WHO WE ARE
Akhil Kumar Kaplan MSOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
Akhil Kumar Kaplan, a long time resident of Vermont, is a nationally board certified acupuncturist and herbalist. He holds a Bachelors degree in Marketing from Babson College and he graduated with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO, one of the highest accredited Chinese Medicine colleges in the U.S. While working on his 3000-hour degree, he completed a 3-year intensive apprenticeship with Jack Schaefer of Mountain West Wellness to further develop his skills and knowledge as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine. Prior to moving back to Vermont, Akhil had a very successful practice in Boulder, CO, specializing in difficult to treat ailments as well as chronic pain, sports related injuries, stress, mens and womens health issues, and internal Medicine. Akhil also practices a Chinese body/energy work system from the lineage of Yin Style Ba Gua. As a system, it dates back to the Qing Dynasty and is taught in a lineage format, thus not offered in large institutional settings. This system involves healing with acupuncture, massage, breath and qi gong.
Akhil has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 12 years and
has been teaching for the past 6. He practices yoga and meditation
from the lineage of Ananda Marga, a spiritual organization dedicated
to promoting yoga, meditation and social service throughout the world.
He is a member of the Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team, a group
that provides food, shelter, and healthcare to areas hit by natural
disasters. He is also an active member of several other non-profit
environmental and alternative Medicine boards. Formerly, Akhil was
a competitive ski racer and played professional tennis until the age
of 20 when a back injury ended his career prematurely. After years
of pain, he finally discovered acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and
now he helps others to remedy similar aches, pains and illnesses that
keep them from living the life they dream.
Akhil has a strong passion for teaching Chinese Medicine, yoga, and meditation to promote lifestyle changes that result in optimal individual health in the physical, mental and spiritual realms. His combination of insight, humor and practical daily applications allows his patients and students to grasp the powerful subtleties offered through these modalities of healing. He firmly believes the patient should be involved to the fullest extent during treatments to optimize results. This is accomplished through breathing techniques, dietary journaling, as well as a number of practical assignments he will ask the patient to complete between treatment sessions.