Akshaya obtained her Master of Physical Therapy degree from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals, Boston, and holds a Bachelor of Physical Therapy from M.G.M College of Physiotherapy, Mumbai, India.
Following her undergraduate degree, Akshaya worked at TATA Memorial hospital, India, which sparked her interest in Oncology Physical Therapy. Inspired to continue focusing on her passions, Akshaya moved to a surgical care unit at Asian Cancer Institute to be one of the founding therapists of their Physical Therapy department. Her experiences as a student observer at outpatient facilities in Boston’s Financial District and suburbs motivated her to pursue a career with outpatient facilities. Before joining Spear, Akshaya gained experience treating in a variety of outpatient settings, including geriatric patients, young adults, and the post-operative population. She also worked as a Research Assistant to study the impact of obesity on balance in adults and would like to continue utilizing her research in further improving patient outcomes. Akshaya believes in the importance of patient education and preventive care and has conducted several sessions for adolescent females regarding the importance of scoliosis and preventive exercises. Akshaya is currently learning Spanish because she believes that patient values and language are important aspects of care.
Currently, Akshaya volunteers with Alzheimer’s Association as a Community Educator. She has presented virtual sessions during the pandemic to spread awareness about the support, care, and warning signs for Alzheimer’s. She is also connected to APTA Oncology Student and New Professionals as a volunteer and her experiences have been featured on their website.
During her free time, Akshaya likes to read, care for her plants, and travel. She enjoys exploring beaches and enjoys hiking with her family. A coffee connoisseur, Akshaya often tries to explore new and quirky coffee shops where she travels.