Born in Polatlı, Ankara in 1977, Prof. Özkaplan completed her primary and secondary education in Samsun. She graduated from Ondokuz Mayıs University Medical School in 2001 as the fourth-highest-performing student. After a period of work at the Suşehri State Hospital in Sivas, she started her specialty training in obstetrics and gynecology at İnönü University in 2003.

Qualifying as a specialist in 2008, she completed her compulsory service at Gaziantep İslahiye State Hospital. Since October 2009 she has been working at the private Sani Konukoğlu Hospital.

Prof. Özkaplan joined SANKO University as an assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology in 2014. She has published many papers in international journals on the subject of perinatology (high-risk pregnancies), her special area of interest. She is also highly experienced in fetal echocardiography, fetal doppler techniques and second level ultrasound scanning. She is married, has 3 sons, and has an excellent command of English.