Conventional medicine has been thinking about chronic pain and depression in entirely the wrong way. After years of research, we now know that conditions such as Chronic Pain Syndrome, Chronic Migraine, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Chronic Lyme Disease, PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus), chronic back pain, depression, anxiety, and PTSD are not diseases in themselves, but actually symptoms of an underlying inflammation of the brain – a neuroinflammatory disease causing a “brain on fire.”

The Foundation for Total Recovery, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to help find a cure for to help better understand, diagnose, treat, and ultimately prevent the progression of neuroinflammatory disease. In addition, the foundation offers important resources to help educate and support patients suffering from chronic pain, as well as their caregivers and doctors, and those involved in researching chronic pain.

The Foundation for Total Recovery, Inc. is a organization, all U.S. donations to the Foundation for Total Recovery are tax-deductible.


gary-kaplanGary Kaplan, D.O. is the founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, and author of Total Recovery: A Revolutionary New Approach to Breaking the Cycle of Pain and Depression (Rodale, 2014). A pioneer and leader in the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Kaplan is one of only 19 physicians in the country to be board-certified in both Family Medicine and Pain Medicine. He is also board-certified in Medical Acupuncture and has studied and practiced Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Herbal Medicine. Dr. Kaplan is also certified by The American College for Advancement in Medicine in the practice of Chelation Therapy.

Dr. Kaplan graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his residency training at Georgetown University/Providence Hospital’s Family Practice Residency Program and was trained in acupuncture at the UCLA School of Medicine Extension. Dr. Kaplan currently serves as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is a fellow of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture.

Dr. Kaplan created the Kaplan Center to offer patients suffering with chronic pain and illness a more effective model of medical care. Utilizing a broad range of conventional and alternative medicine strategies, the Center’s physicians, nurses, psychotherapists, and physical therapists collaborate closely on patients’ progress, sharing insights and treatment recommendations to ensure the best outcome for each case. This multidisciplinary approach has proven to be highly effective — especially for patients suffering with complex and longstanding medical problems. Dr. Kaplan and his team offer an individualized treatment program to each patient, integrating, as appropriate, both conventional and alternative medical approaches, providing evidence-based medical care that supports and enhances each patient’s natural ability to heal.

He has worked with the National Institutes of Health to establish acupuncture as a medically effective treatment for a range of chronic pain problems. Additionally, Dr. Kaplan has trained physicians in medical acupuncture through the Helms Institute for Medical Acupuncture, sponsored by the UCLA School of Medicine, and has written and lectured extensively on acupuncture and the integration of complementary and alternative therapies in the treatment of pain and chronic illness. In 2015 he established the Foundation for Total Recovery in order to help find a cure for all who suffer with chronic pain and depression by educating patients, and partnering with leading researchers, academics and innovators, and studying data to find a baseline approach to diagnosing and curing neuroinflammation.

Dr. Kaplan’s work has been featured in TIME magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Fox News 5, ABC’s Good Morning AmericaCNN News, BBC Radio, and NPR’s Diane Rehm Show. He writes a regular column for MindBodyGreen and US News and World Report, and can also be found on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit