Ozben Felek is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, Dipl. OM, with a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS) in Oakland, California. Currently, she is a Doctoral fellow at ACCHS.
Prior to her Chinese Medicine education, Ozben studied industrial engineering ( Galatasaray University, Istanbul). Although she enjoyed working to optimize complex systems and processes, her career path was missing something unidentifiable until her arrival to the United States. There Ozben was introduced to Asian philosophies and their emphases on the human. She then became an ardent student of tai chi chuan, Aikido, and gong fu cha. After receiving certification to practice Tui Na massage, a branch of Chinese Medicine, Ozben pursued a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Ozben’s approach to acupuncture is strongly influenced by the practice of Aikido and by the approach of palpation based Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture (She holds a first-degree black belt in Aikido). As a noncompetitive martial art, Aikido utilizes the opponent’s force—rather than one’s own strength—to guide both sides to a safer position. Similarly, instead of fighting with disease using strong and painful needling methods, Ozben prefers a gentle needling method that helps the body find balance and restore homeostasis.
She has been practicing Kiiko Matsumoto style acupuncture where she utilizes a systematic, easy to learn, palpatory method which is designed to provide instant feedback. When using this system, she follows a palpation sequence which both establishes a diagnosis and suggests several treatment options that might be effective for treating a particular patient. For more details about this style, please visit: http://www.kiikomatsumoto.com/kiiko-style-acupuncture.html
As a Chinese Medical practitioner, Ozben applies an engineer’s awareness of optimized systems to her concern for the human. Through multiple treatment modalities, she guides and transforms the well-being of patients in order to optimize their health and happiness.
When she is not at her clinic or at her doctorate classes, she loves practicing Aikido, doing Contact Improvisation, surfing and enjoying her time with her dog (Tarzan) and cat (Karakiz).
Doctorate in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS), Oakland, CA, 2017-current
Master’s Degree, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences (ACCHS), Oakland, CA, 2012-2015
Bachelor’s Degree, Industrial Engineering, University of Galatasaray, Turkey, 2003-2009
LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION
California Licensed Acupuncturist, AC 16974
NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, National Board Certification (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
Certified Massage Practitioner License, California Massage Therapy Council, 2011
Externship with Kiyofuji and Miyawaki Sensei, Osaka, Japan, March 2019
Internship, Robert Levine, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Albany, CA, 2014-current
Internship, John Nelson, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Berkeley, CA, 2017-current
Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture Seminar by Kiiko Matsumoto & Monika Kobylecka, Portland, OR, September 2017, May 2018
Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture Seminar by Monika Kobylecka, Oakland, CA, February & August 2017
Internship, Dr. Steven Finkbine, Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Fairfax, CA, 2015-2016
Massage Education Program, Tui Na & Acupressure, Acupressure Institute, Berkeley, CA, 2009-2011