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Aram A Akopyan, M.D. LAc

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Eastern Medicine Department


Current Position

  • Position: Associated Faculty


With a dynamic career bridging Medicine, Technology, and Business, Dr. Akopyan accumulateed over 34 years of combined expertise in technology, business entrepreneurship and medicine. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Computer Science (1986) and earned a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the esteemed Yo San University of Los Angeles (2006). Dr. Akopyan is an NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and a Licensed Acupuncturist (CA). He completed his clinical residency at the Sichuan Academy of TCM in Chengdu, China.

In 2012, Dr. Akopyan achieved the qualifications for Medical Doctor (MD - 2012) with a specialization in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). He operates private practices in Europe and the United States, while also serving as an educator at several TCM and allopathic medical universities. Furthermore, Dr. Akopyan serves as the field Clinical Director for a Swiss NGO, Nepal Pain Relief, providing Acupuncture and TCM services to regions affected by earthquakes and floods.

Notably, he is the elected head of Communications for the European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ETCMA) with over 13,000 practicing acupuncturists in Europe. Dr. Akopyan has a rich publication history, with research papers in Pharma journals and a textbook on the Biomedical and TCM applications of Elemental Nutrition (ISBN 979-8727972175).

Dr. Akopyan has demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit by successfully launching two internet startups, his own line of Herbal Chocolates (healingbeans). His innovation in the practice of TCM and Acupuncture has yielded the MTrejuvtm an integrative aesthetic rehabilitation protocol, perioSTIMtm an innovative rehabilitation protocol for bone remodeling, and plaSTIMtm Neuroplasticity game therapy for Stroke rehabilitation. He contributed to the global launch of an EMG based medical robotic rehabilitation device, a wearable exoskeleton, a mobile tongue app, and an integrated ICD11 Coding app specifically designed for TCM practitioners.



M.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation PM&R, Yerevan Haybusak University of Medicine, Yerevan , Armenia


M.A., Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yosan University of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United StatesDissertation: Circle of Wellness and the role of the Qi Mechanism in maintaining homeostasis


B.Sc., Compute Science, Yerevan Polytech , Yerevan, ArmeniaDissertation: Machine Learning Algorithms

Professional Licensures (Healthcare)

LAc, California, United States, AC11517, Inactive, 2006, September 2014, 1619193695

MD, NA/Non-US, Armenia, 090406, Active, 2016, March 2014

NCCAOM Diplomate OM, Washington, United States, 29125, Active, 2006, February 2026


Integrative Rehabilitation, Neuroplasticity, acupuncture and Game Therapy, Fellowships in integrative hospitals

Integrative Anatomy and Physiology, MRI FMRI of acupuncture procedures

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I chose SCU when looking for a PA program because of their Integrative Medicine approach. I am from Michigan, and not many programs focus on this Integrative, Holistic approach when it comes to patient care in the Midwest, and I felt that was very important for me to learn as a future provider. My transition to semi-virtual learning has been very smooth and quite enjoyable. My favorite part about attending SCU is how tight-knit and diverse the community is. Coming from a large undergrad university and moving so far, it was very important for me to have a PA program that made me feel valued and invested in my success. At SCU, they do a great job of making you feel that.


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MSPA Class of 2022

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One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.

My favorite part of SCU is the collaboration from our beginning terms. We were working alongside chiropractor students, PA students, and ayurvedic students. It's a unique community where we get to learn about these different fields and sit in classrooms with them and work with them in the clinic. It allows you to get an understanding of all the different fields and how they can work together, and what is unique about your field. I think that is a wonderful aspect that I didn't think was going to be as prominent as it is here; even now, in my upper term classes and I am not in class with chiropractic students, I can still reach out to them about a certain aspect I may not understand or if I am working on a case. I want another perspective I know I have them to reach out to, so that has been a great networking community to have resources for.

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"There are a lot of things that I love about the program at SCU. The first one is that the faculty come from a long line of Ayurvedic knowledge deeply rooted in ancient classical text. They studied Ayurveda, but they also lived it. When you learn from people who embody this wisdom, it's much easier to grasp this knowledge. The second thing I love is the camaraderie within the cohort. The combination of the training, supportive faculty, and the support of my peers and classmates has given me the confidence I need to start my own practice."

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Some of my favorite courses at SCU have to be the chiropractic procedure classes; those are the classes you get to hone in on your chiro skills, your palpation skills and ultimately work on the adjustments that make you a chiropractor. Those are the classes I feel enhance my knowledge the most and are some of the reasons I chose to become a chiropractor here are SCU.

On top of chiropractic procedures classes, my favorite is the cadaver lab experience. The cadaver classes opened up my perception of what the human body is made up of. It allowed me to get an in-person perspective of how the body works and looks on the inside. I am genuinely thankful for those experiences because they opened and broadened my horizons to the human body and anatomy in general.

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