Queer Healthcare Accountability Coalition

Sonja Sivesind


Community Acupuncture Project of West Seattle

4545 44th Ave SW



This provider is accepting new patients at this time


This provider accepts the following insurances:

Does this provider accept Medicaid?


Does this provider accept Medicare?




Acupuncture in a community setting


gay/bi/queer men, lesbian/bi/queer women, bisexual people, trans women, trans men, genderqueer folks, people of color, people in recovery, people with disabilities, active drug users, sex workers


Gender Identity


Sexual Orientation


Training and Practices

Gender Neutral Restrooms?


Comprehensive intake forms that include a patient's chosen name and gender pronouns?


Clinic uses a patient's chosen name (as opposed to their legal name) on their chart?


Trans standard of care used:

Informed Consent Model

Staff Trained in LGBTQ Issues?



Joey Pickering, MA LMHC conducted a Gender 101 for all acupuncturists at our clinic. The training included education, terms, language, pronouns, respectful ways to respond to questions, best practices, issues of education and responsibility; problem solving specific instances, how to support queer and trans practitioners and patients; as well as how to increase accessibility and offer education and safe spaces. Name tags for all staff with pronouns listed is one example of a change in clinic policy that arose from the training.

Staff Trained in Racial & Cultural Issues?




What does your clinic do to make the space welcoming and inclusive for LGBQ-identified patients?

All Gender restroom - sign and reality; Stickers, mugs and reading materials throughout waiting room, including We heart Gay Love; Gender Unicorn scale; Trans Ally Workbook; Pronouns listed on name tags of practitioners; All clinic paperwork includes lists of pronouns to choose from as well as name you'd like to be called.

What does your clinic do to make the space welcoming and inclusive for trans- and genderqueer-identified patients?

See above.

Please describe the ways in which you are involved in LGBTQ community outside of your practice (ex: Do you attend conferences on working with LGBTQ clients? Are you involved in local organizations that serve these communities? etc).

Over the past seven years, our clinic has tabled at Rainbow Health Fairs; and been active in queer and trans health organizing in Seattle with various community members and health organizations working to increase accessibility and competent care. Since inception in 2009, CAP has been actively providing quality, sliding scale acupuncture to trans, gender queer and LGBTSTQ patients. As a member of this community, I strive to create a clinic space where my community feels welcomed, loved and cared for

What else do you want potential patients to know about you or your clinic?

We do not bill any insurance plans directly. We offer patients receipts to submit to their own insurance providers. Our sliding scale rates are the equivalent of most co-pays. You are welcome here!