About Our Acupuncturist
Susie Sabunciyan, EAMP
I got my first acupuncture treatment for a stomach illness while I was studying yoga in India. It was very informal - a friend of mine gave me a treatment while I rested on her floor, but the impression was so great and the needles so effective that I decided to become an acupuncturist.
While attending school a fellow student introduced me to Working Class Acupuncture, the first community acupuncture clinic in Portland, Oregon. They provided group treatments to keep the cost low. This really resonated with me. I had been in India studying yoga because of my interest in low cost, preventative medicine. Plus I was angry at a health care system that did not include me. I never had job that offered insurance, nor one that paid me enough money to be able to afford it on my own. How was I to practice a medicine that I myself could never have gotten? Community acupuncture was a perfect fit.
I graduated from Bastyr University in December 2008 and was trained in both acupuncture and herbs. Within a few months I started working at The Pin Cushion, a community acupuncture clinic in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. In 2014, I opened my own clinic, U-District Community Acupuncture. In 2017, I put together a board of directors and became a registered 501c3 nonprofit with the new name City Garden Community Acupuncture.