Gabriella Biase

Gabi is a licensed acupuncturist, with a Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She specializes in musculoskeletal problems. She did her undergraduate study in the biomedical sciences, focusing on pre-med, which gave her a strong foundation with which to approach the alternative health field. She has had a passion for bodywork for many years, and her approach reflects her diverse study and influences. “Eastern” modalities such as tui na and acupressure, and also “western” modalities such as Alexander Technique, orthobionomy, and pilates help shape her practice. She is committed to the idea that the treatment of the whole person is the point of departure for having success with any treatment, no matter the condition that is present.

Welcome new Practitioners, Gabi and Ozben!

We have the good fortune to welcome several new highly skilled practitioners to the Octagon team. This means we are extended our evening treatment hours on Wednesdays, and have massage therapists available on more shifts. An appointment is always recommended, especially for massage sessions.

Gabriella Biase has been a substitute acupuncturist here for a while, and she is starting a regular shift on Wednesday evenings, from 530 to 8 (last appointment just after 7). She is an experienced acupuncturist and herbalist, and a mother of two beautiful children.

Ozben Martini will be available for Tui Na therapeutic massage on Mondays from 1 to 4, and on Saturdays from 10 to 12.  You can make appointments on-line with our scheduling software to experience her healing touch.

Herman Hung Mou Chen is another recent addition, whose bodywork skills are receiving rave reviews from our patients.  He is also available for massage therapy several days a week.

Herman Hung Mou Chen

Herman Hung Mou Chen is a California Certified Massage Therapist. (C.M.T).  Coming from Taiwan, he has always been interested in acupressure and Chinese style Tui-Na massage.  He began his formal education at ACCHS in Oakland at the end of October 2010, whilst working full time to obtain his 500-hour certification. He has formal working experience in the modalities of deep tissue, tuina, hot stones, dry wraps, Swedish and reflexology.   Since obtaining his certification, he has provided massage sessions to friends, family, and at least 40 clients per week. He has a busy practice and loves sharing the gift of these ancient techniques with others.

Ozben Felek

Prior to her Chinese Medicine education, Ozben studied industrial engineering. Although she enjoyed working to optimize complex systems and processes, her career path was missing something unidentifiable. Upon her arrival to the United States, Ozben was introduced to Asian philosophies and their emphases on the human. She became an ardent student of Tai Chi Chuan, Aikido, and Gong Fu Cha (traditional Chinese tea service and ceremony). Her appreciation for Eastern arts steadily deepened. After first receiving certification to practice therapeutic Tui Na massage, Ozben also completed her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She holds rank of first-degree black belt in Aikido.
Ozben’s approach to acupuncture is strongly influenced by the practice of Aikido and by the approach of palpation-based acupuncture. 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.