“The suffering caused by injury and illness that I saw as a teenager made me realize I wanted to be in the medical profession.”

Aksel helps athletes and patients in pain realize their full physical potential. He is particularly passionate about athletes at the middle and high school level, and donates his time helping with injuries and offering his services for physicals.

Aksel began studying medicine not long after his dream of retiring as a professional soccer player was cut short. He came to the United States to escape civil unrest in his native Turkey and to pursue a new career helping athletes heal and regain their strength after injury. He learned English, adapted to a new culture, and after graduating from ODU, went on to receive his Master of Physician Assistant (PA) degree from EVMS.

For the next 8 years he worked his way up to high level functioning PA and PA leader positions in emergency medicine. He was drawn to SMOC because of our “strong effort to treat our patients as if they are one of our family members.” Today, Aksel has a young family of his own, and is excelling in his career, with the turbulent memories of his youth serving to motivate him to do the best he can on behalf of his patients.

Sports Medicine related to hip, knee and shoulder injury

Master of Science: Master of Physician Assistant, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Bachelor of Science: Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology and Advanced Nutrition, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA

Professional Certifications
NCCPA Certified Physician Assistant
Licensure by VA Health Department
ACLS Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support
BLS Basic Life Support for Healthcare professionals

Related Experience
PA /Emergency Medicine – Emergency Physicians of Tidewater, Virginia Beach, VA
PA program – Eastern Virginia Medical School clinical rotations at medical hospitals/facilities in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and Suffolk, VA

Volunteer Experience
Physical Therapy Department: Chesapeake General Hospital
Special Olympics: Virginia Beach
School Athlete Physicals: high and middle schools in Chesapeake
Athletic Training: Norfolk State University athletes
Norfolk Naval Base: Fitness training for military personnel, competitive race management

Professional Organizations
AAPA American Association of Physician Assistants
VAPA Virginia Academy of Physician Assistants

What Sets SMOC Apart?
One of the best features of treatment at SMOC is that it is truly a “one stop shop.” From diagnosis to treatment, surgery to physical therapy, you receive a continuum of care with each provider working closely together to help you heal and get back to your life.

Emerging Treatments
Aksel is particularly excited about the implementation of Mind Controlled Prosthetics, especially on military personnel.


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