The laws in the state of Washington are very stringent, requiring extensive clinical training and educational training in both western and Chinese medical theory. In order to be granted a Washington State License to practice acupuncture (L.Ac, EAMP), the candidate must first take and pass a national boards exam given by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. Each practitioner at the Community Acupuncture Project holds a Washington State License to practice acupuncture.
Our practitioners are proud to be a part of the Community Acupuncture Project of West Seattle. While you will only see one practitioner working each shift, we work together as a team, sharing notes and ideas together. We encourage clients to frequent not one specific practitioner, but to come often enough to really improve your health on the days of the week that are most convenient for you. Our shared focus is to support clients coming as often as necessary to best suit their specific condition, health and well-being. Each of the CAP practitioners has valuable skills and expertise to share with you on your healing journey. All practitioners at CAP are experienced treating children and adults of all ages. We are all experienced in treating fertility issues and pregnancy related concerns. Our education and clinical experience has prepared us for the wide array of health concerns that our patients present.
Sonja Sivesind started needling people in 2004 and has been loving acupuncture’s simple power ever since. As a queer, anti-racist activist, she was looking to learn a skill that could support the health of the community. She found hope in acupuncture’s expansive healing possibilities, and the values of economic justice and inclusion that the community acupuncture movement prioritize. Having first hand experience with multiple health concerns including dermatological, autoimmune, cancer, gynecological, surgeries gone wrong, MVAs, nerve damage, tendonitis, Workers Compensation struggles, surgeries gone right… Sonja brings deep understanding of western medicine, the systems and institutions surrounding health care in this country, and the challenges of bringing our bodies back to optimal health.
Sonja grew up with sheep, chickens, goats and many siblings in a big, blended family in Bellevue, WA. She began studying acupuncture and Chinese herbs at Touro College in Manhattan and then moved back home to Seattle, graduating from Bastyr University in 2008. Sonja’s passion is social justice and she has practiced acupuncture in many public health and community settings in Seattle, including several Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Clinics, Harborview’s Chronic Fatigue and Internationals Clinics, Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center, Providence Mount St. Vincent, and Highline Cancer Medical Center in Burien.
Sonja staffed the Alternative Health Care Access Campaign (www.ahacseattle.org) for two years, coordinating the efforts of Naturopathic physicians, massage therapists and acupuncturists in providing free health care to homeless and low income people. She was the staff acupuncturist at a methadone clinic for two years focusing on addiction and detoxification. Sonja is part of the Clinic Success leadership circle for the People’s Organization of Community Acupuncture (www.pocacoop.com), supporting and strengthening the movement for affordable acupuncture nationwide.
Before following the path of Chinese medicine, Sonja worked in several social justice organizations focusing on issues of prison abolition and education; lesbian, gay, bisexual, two spirit, gender non-conforming, transgender, queer (LGBTSTQ) justice; anti-globalization struggles and international solidarity. After working to initiate the Direct Action Network and supporting the Seattle fight against the WTO and neoliberalism in 1999, Sonja went on to help form the collectively run, Sylvia Rivera Law Project (www.srlp.org) in New York City. She is grateful for this opportunity to merge economic justice with community health care and is excited to be working with so many great community acupuncturists and strengthening the momentum of a community acupuncture movement in Seattle and nationally.
Sonja lives with her awesome partner in a backyard farm with a jungle of raspberry bushes and a rambunctious puppy and kitten in the Westwood neighborhood of West Seattle.
Hi! My name is Cynthia Gorsuch. I grew up in the Fairwood Greens neighborhood outside of Renton in unincorporated King County. It may be the greatest neighborhood in the world for trick or treating.
I am a first generation Colombian-American and was raised speaking English and Spanish. My dad worked for the Boeing company and served in the United States Navy reserves for 20 years. My mom got a Masters degree in Education while raising 4 kids and worked as a public school Spanish teacher. I am the youngest of four kids.
I started having undiagnosed panic attacks at the age of 17. My mom happened to meet an acupuncture student who encouraged her to bring the whole family to the Bastyr University student clinic in Seattle. I was very confused and skeptical about trying acupuncture. I was treated with respect and kindness and noticed that I felt a lot better. To this day, I use acupuncture to manage my stress and various health issues.
I graduated from Bastyr University in 2011 with a degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as well as a Chinese herbal certificate. I attended the Community Acupuncture 101 seminar two months after graduating at Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, OR. That’s when I figured out how I wanted to practice. I have worked as an employee, independent contractor or a substitute at 6 different community acupuncture clinics in the Seattle area since becoming licensed.
My continuing education has included two national community acupuncture conferences, where I learned more about trauma informed care, liberation acupuncture, and giving effective distal treatments using Tan and Tung points. I specialize in treating people aged 2 months to 95 years and older in a community clinic setting, making sure they are as comfortable as possible while providing effective, individualized, gentle treatments for many different health concerns as often as needed.
I have been at CAP regularly since April 2015. I feel very lucky to work at an amazing clinic with great co-workers, lovely volunteers and a fabulous community of patients.
I live with my husband and son in the White Center neighborhood outside of Seattle in unincorporated King County. I’m an acupunk with a young kid so I don’t have hobbies outside of my chores. If I had hobbies, I think they would be roller skating regularly at Southgate Roller Rink (where I would finally learn how to stop), gardening and growing beautiful things (instead of weeding twice a year until I give up), and writing graphic novels (instead of doodling in my Bullet Journal). I hope to be an acupuncturist for 40 more years because I love it.
Nhung Viet, AKA V, holds a strong belief in natural healing. She grew up in a household that embraced
and practiced both traditional Vietnamese and Chinese medicine. She understands the importance of having good health.
V earned her Naturopathic Doctorate and Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine at Bastyr University. She completed her residency at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Chicago and is certified as a Fellow in the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology.
V has worked in several community clinics and traveled around the globe to practice and study natural medicine and acupuncture. While in China, she witnessed the positive effects of increased frequency of acupuncture treatment on patients and realized the importance of making acupuncture easily accessible and affordable in America.
V likes that acupuncture is simple, effective, and feels that everyone could benefit from it. She is excited to be a part of Community Acupuncture Project of West Seattle where she can provide affordable, quality, and individualized acupuncture treatments to people of all means and backgrounds.
V is bilingual (English/Vietnamese) and also sees patients at Federal Way Naturopathy. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and being out doors.
Noha Ghaly is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in both the state of New York and Washington. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City in 2013 and has been living there for the last 7 years. This past August, she moved to Seattle to pursue her career on the opposite coast and explore the outdoor beauty of the pacific northwest.
She has performed acupuncture and other treatment modalities in community settings while traveling in Peru and in her own practice in Brooklyn. She has worked alongside other practitioners and strongly believes in an integrative care setting. She currently lives on Vashon Island.