Sita Symonette

Sita Symonette

Board Member

Sita is a health equity advocate who is passionate about serving her community. She is also currently a board member for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and previously sat on the Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette board, where she was the first Black woman and queer person to serve as chair in the organization’s 54-year history.

She is the owner of Black Pearl Acupuncture and co-owner/founder of Black Pearl Wellness clinic. Both Sita’s acupuncture practice and clinic provide culturally responsive health care with the goal of making acupuncture and East Asian, chiropractic, and naturopathic medicine more accessible to all people of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, and other historically excluded people. She opened Black Pearl with her wife, fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Sita studied biological psychology with a pre-med focus at Western Washington University, where she published studies funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Upon earning her undergraduate degree, she went on to attend the Oregon College of East Asian medicine to earn a master’s degree in acupuncture and East Asian medicine. She currently lives in Vancouver.

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