About Dr. Kaplan
Dr. Leonard Kaplan combines the holistic approach of an osteopathic physician with the expertise of a nonsurgical spine and sports medicine specialist. He will take the time to help you understand how your body can safely heal itself. Dr. Kaplan’s single goal is to provide you the best and most comprehensive wellness environment that empowers you to return to activities you enjoy doing.
Dr. Kaplan has been a leader in the care of nonsurgical spine and sports care in Western New York for more than 10 years. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as pain medicine. As an osteopathic physician, he focuses on providing holistic care that is centered on his patients. Dr. Kaplan is one of the few clinicians in Western New York who is extensively trained in Prolo and PRP therapy for all regions of the body, including complicated chronic cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine conditions.
As a musculoskeletal expert, Dr. Kaplan is a pioneer in using ultrasound technology to diagnose and treat complicated spine, nerve and joint conditions in Western New York. He uses X-ray guidance and visualization for injections of spine disc and nerve injuries. Working closely with some of the top physical therapy groups in the region, Dr. Kaplan creates innovative programs to treat chronic spine and limb conditions. He maximizes patients’ healing potential by incorporating wellness counseling, including modalities like mindfulness stress reduction techniques. Dr. Kaplan oversees the only physician-supervised yoga program in Western New York.
- Graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994.
- Spent four years serving in the United States US Army as a Battalion Surgeon. After completing a surgical internship year at Madigan Army Medical Center, he was stationed in Germany from 1995 to 1999. He was deployed to Bosnia from 1995 to 1996 where he took care of his battalion and established medical clinics for the local Bosnian and Serbian populations.
- Graduated from a top rated Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program in 2003 and moved to Buffalo to complete a Spine and Sports fellowship at Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine where he was a partner of the group from 2003 to 2014 and served as a Medical Director of the practice from 2013 to 2014.
When not helping patients recover from spine and joint injuries, Dr Kaplan enjoys travel, hiking, cycling, running, skiing and fencing. Most of all Dr Kaplan enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters and son.
- Osteopathic structural examination and manipulation
- Sports medicine examination, rehabilitation and exercise prescription
- Chronic migraine headache management
- X-ray guided steroid injection procedures for painful spine and joint conditions
- Cosmetic Botox treatment
- Botox therapy for headaches
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy
- TENEX microtenotomy
- Ultrasound evaluation and diagnosis of muscle, tendon, nerve and joint injury
- Ultrasound guided injections techniques for spine, nerve and joint condition
- 1999-2002: University of Washington | Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- 1994-1995: Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA | Transitional Surgical Internship
- 1990-1994: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago | Doctor of Osteopathy Medical Degree
- 2003-2014: Partner and Medical Director of Buffalo Spine and Sports Medicine
- 2002-2003: Spine and Sports Fellowship at Buffalo Spine Sports Medicine
- 1999-2002: Occupational and Sports Medicine at U.S. Health Works Urgent Care Center
- 1995-1999: Primary Care and Sports Medicine at Baumholder US Army Health Clinic in Baumholder Germany
- 1995-1996: Infantry Battalion Surgeon with Operation Joint Endeavor, Bosnia-Herzegovinia
- Board specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Sub-board specialized in Pain Medicine
- Fellowship trained in non-surgical spine and sports medicine
- Registered in Diagnostic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
- Muscle Energy I & II, High Velocity, Sports Medicine and Peripheral Joint Play | Michigan State University
- ART ( Active Release Technique): Lower Extremity
- Neuromobilization Upper limb, Neuromobilization Lower Limb and Explain Pain | David Butler
- Chain Reaction, Functional Manual Reaction | Gary Gray
- Building the Ultimate Back | Stewart McGill
- American Osteopathic Association
- American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehab
- North American Spine Society
- International Spinal Injection Society