Your Care Team

The practitioners at ASCENT are experts in their fields.  All of our providers take a whole systems, “you” centered approach to your care.

All of our Acupuncturists are certified by the Minnesota Board of Medicine and hold national certifications through the NCCAOM.

Angie Clifford, Lic.Ac, MsOM

Growing up a dancer, Angie keenly understands the importance of a body in balance.  After securing her Yoga and Pilates instructor certification, Angie went on to earn her post rehab spine training certification in Pilates. Following her evolving passion for integrative health care, Angie earned her Master of Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University and secured an advanced study internship at The First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Tianjin, China in 2012. Angie also applied her command of integrative therapies at the University of Minnesota Fairview Hospital in the post surgical and Cancer units. Angie has been a core member of the Ascent team evolving as a leader in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries.

“I cannot say enough good things about my acupuncturist Angie Clifford. As someone with a lifelong fear of needles, and no significant prior experience with eastern medicine, my first visit was a real leap of faith. I am so glad I made that leap! Angie has helped me with issues including gout, migraines, sinus congestion, neck and shoulder pain, and general wellness/well-being. She is a caring practitioner, with a calming manner. I have found all of my sessions with Angie to be informative, relaxing, meaningful, and effective. I recommend her without hesitation.”B.B.
“I was suffering from terrible foot pain, I could barely walk on it. Angie assessed not only my foot but my low back and tight hamstrings. (I had back surgery a year earlier and was very nervous and protective of this area).Her expertise and gentle approach put me at ease. After one treatment my foot pain had resolved by 90%!! I can’t begin to tell you my surprise, joy and gratitude!”K.O.
“I have suffered with chronic low back and shoulder pain for years. I work long days on my feet and thought I would just have to live with this pain. When my doctor suggested I try Acupuncture, I was skeptical and a little fearful. Angie’s gentle and professional approach alleviated my concerns and alleviated my pain! In addition to the pain relief, I was surprised to find that I got the added benefit of better sleep and much better mood. I highly recommend both Acupuncture and Angie!”D.O.

Elizabeth Williams, Lic.Ac, MsOM

Elizabeth has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2010. A supervisor and teacher at Northwestern Health Sciences University and Courage Kenney Transitional Rehabilitation Program, Elizabeth treats a wide range of disorders. She has developed her expertise in treating stress and emotional disorders, including depression, anxiety, migraines, insomnia and digestive complaints.  Elizabeth believes that a collaborative approach and empowerment through education are essential foundations of any healing process.

“The health benefits and results that I’ve experienced have been dramatic and fast, helping me regain my edge after suffering from respiratory and congestion problems. Since that time I’ve received acupuncture, herbal therapy, cupping and Tui Na massage. These treatments may seem unusual compared to Western Medicine, but once you experience how effective it can be, I’m sure you’ll soon discover how incredible it really is. I really can’t say enough for all Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine have done for me.”D.F.
“Thank you Elizabeth! I have been seeing Elizabeth and what a difference it has made! My migraines are much less frequent and now managed. The acupuncture has helped with my stress levels as well. I cannot thank her enough for her wonderful care!”L.B.
“After getting acupuncture I was able to see considerable results in many areas such as digestion, focus/attention, circulation, PMS, and muscle pain. I was able to come in and talk about what was going on in my life (ranging from work to exercise to relationships) that might be contributing to the pain, and Elizabeth was able to interpret how they were connected physiologically. I wish everyone knew about this wonderful practice.”K.N.
“My main areas of concern were digestion and colon related issues. Elizabeth determined that much of my issues were related to stuck Qi energy related to emotions and diet. She was able to focus her treatment to bring about a wonderful change in not only my areas of concern, but other related bonuses like more energy, higher sex drive and a much calmer perspective on life. I’ve been able to listen more fully to what my body is telling me and feeling very healthy because of that. I really can’t say enough great things about her and would recommend her to anyone!”D.R.
“I have been seeing Elizabeth for migraines. I was a bit skeptical about acupuncture but my neurologist recommended it. Elizabeth consistently demonstrates professionalism, compassion and empathy that instantly put me at ease.”M.P.

Carrie Boe, Health & Diabetes Coach, CHC, INHC, HHP, PN1, CPT
Reiki Practitioner

Diabetic herself for nearly 25 years, Carrie Boe knows first-hand the unique struggles someone with diabetes encounters daily.

After experiencing her own amazing journey by achieving a significant weight loss and creating a fit, healthy and strong life, Carrie continues to remain complication-free, tightly manages her blood sugars, maintains a low A1c and even eliminated her need for daily insulin injections. Her coaching practice is now dedicated to helping others achieve similar success. Although she possesses diabetes expertise, her services benefit clients of all types and ages by supporting a wide variety of health and wellness needs ranging from weight management to improving overall life balance to practicing better self-care. Finally, she also practices Reiki, and is thrilled to offer this powerful healing energy work to our patients. It complements her coaching nicely yet stand-alone sessions are available as well.

Carrie Boe received her Certified Health Coach (CHC) and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach (INHC) trainings from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and earned her Board Certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) from the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She holds a Level 1 Sports and Nutrition Certification from Precision Nutrition (PN1). She is a member of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (earning their ADCES ParaProfessional Certificate), the American Diabetes Association (Professional) as well as Diabetes Influencers. She has also completed both her Reiki I and Reiki II degrees. And finally, Carrie is a Personal Trainer, certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness). 

Our Coach Carrie has been chosen as one of Diabetic Living magazine’s Diabetes Champions (Fall issue, 2019).


“Carrie is helping me define what my goals are, what the benefits are, and the steps needed to reach them. We began discussing the WHY and not just the HOW. What a difference this made. No more ‘diets’ for me. I want to change, to be a healthier, stronger, fitter and happier me. With Carrie’s guidance, I am on that path. I’ve learned the importance of looking at the ‘whole picture’…all the different aspects of my life. Carrie is super supportive, always positive, and finds what will work for me. She is also persistent, keeping me on track. I have learned a lot from her and look forward to continuing this journey with her help.”Kathleen B.
“I had no clue where to begin. It all seemed just too overwhelming. That’s where Carrie really helped. Small steps, positive incentives, changing habits. Working with Carrie has really changed the way I think about how I deal with my issues surrounding health; be it emotional eating, implementing an exercise program, or understanding my motivations towards food. Carrie’s insights, understanding, gentle persuasion, and pain-free accountability have all been a joy to work with and given me a different way to think about all the changes I want to make. I can’t begin to tell you how thankful I am that Carrie and her services came into my life. It truly is one of the most positive experiences I’ve ever had.”Christine S. (85 lbs. lost)
“Carrie makes any health concern seem less daunting. With her knowledgeable, accepting, and encouraging style; I have managed to make much progress with a variety of medical conditions that plagued me. With Carrie’s guidance, I have assembled a health care “Dream Team” that supports and assists me in my desire to grow in health and wellness. Carrie brings an “X” factor to difficult health situations that make them seem doable and manageable. With her support I’ve been able to see some real improvement in controlling my blood sugars by better managing my nutrition and exercise. I’ve lost some weight but I’m most thrilled with the shift in my body composition (less fat, more muscle) and the loss of several inches. I even had to buy new jeans!”Dee M.
“I was pulling into the driveway this morning…coming home from a meeting. And whom should I spot but Mary Katherine herself…just back from a walk. A walk! Without anyone telling her. If you are having a bad day sometime, come back to this and know that you have made a difference in someone’s life — the way she views her health and her body — for the REST of her life. Wow!”Julie K. plus: “Carrie Boe is a rock star! I'm buying Brussels sprouts EVERY WEEK now!” ~Dick F. (Mom & Dad to client Mary Katherine; teen and previously a non-walking, anti-veggie gal)


“I am so grateful for Carrie’s amazing Reiki skills, especially since I can now see her remotely! Since the pandemic, I have been feeling completely off center with random moments of panic. Once our session started, I felt an immediate shift in my body, even more strongly than I have in previous “in person” sessions. I could feel my tension unwinding, and a gentle returning to self. I loved being able to receive Reiki in the comfort and safety of my own home, without any worry of traveling or social distancing. Since my session, I have continued to feel calmer, and more peaceful. The anxiety is gone, and I can now respond calmly to challenges instead of reacting out of fear. Carrie has wonderful intuition and sees very clearly. She is a gifted healer, with gentle humor and great integrity.”Elizabeth W.
“I love how thorough Carrie is during a Reiki session. It never feels like she is just going through the motions. She is 100% invested in me during a treatment. It’s very relaxing and the unique intuitive coaching component she offers is always affirming and so interesting. Plus doing Reiki virtually allows this to be a technique that doesn’t have to be affected by social distancing. I also love that doing our sessions via Zoom is such a time-saver. I definitely recommend seeing Carrie for her Reiki services.”Tracy P.
“It was so interesting to feel the chronic pain in my left toe/leg/hip shift during my last Reiki session. And I noticed my hip feeling better by the weekend. I was moving more and able to be more active. I did quite a bit of walking and it didn’t bother me. Trying Reiki remotely via Zoom was so interesting. I’ll definitely be scheduling another session with Carrie again soon!”Kathleen B.
“I honestly didn’t have any specific expectations before my first Reiki treatment. I’d been experiencing lower back pain and some hormonal issues. I’ve found Reiki to be another very valuable tool, like meditation, to calm and center myself. It places you squarely in the moment, tuning into your body. I especially liked the intuitive reading/coaching part at the end of session the best. Several of Carrie’s follow-up impressions were spot on!”Lisa L.

Rebecca Hopper, Intuitive & Psychic Medium

Rebecca is a Minneapolis psychic medium. She has developed her abilities over the course of 25 years working within the psychic field. She provides psychic readings that are grounded in authenticity and integrity. Rebecca offers client specific information, spoken with compassion and objectivity. She is clear that she does not have your answer. What she does is provide information involving the energetic aspects that allow you to feel your truth.

Psychic readings can open up new information that can offer you more support on your life path. These intuitive psychic sessions may also bring more clarity, self-insight, and perspective that can connect you with your voice and your inner sense of direction.

For more information and to schedule a session with Rebecca, please visit

“Rebecca’s readings are honest, descriptive, and incredibly enlightening. She’s able to tap into your core fundamental traits and values as a way of shedding light on how to move forward and find acceptance within your current situations. Rebecca is kind, caring, and truly a healing presence. Whether you’re confused or certain, Rebecca offers a new perspective that forces you to pause and reevaluate where you are and how you’re approaching life. She is truly a one-of-a-kind gem.”E.R.
“Rebecca is an extremely gifted intuitive. I feel extremely blessed to have been able to work with her on several occasions when I was seeking guidance. She teaches you how to access your truth in a very effective way. She provides a sense of calm and teaches you how to ground yourself and listen. If you are seeking help in any area of your life, look no further than Rebecca.”M.R.
“Rebecca is a highly skilled and trusted guide and teacher. Because of her ability to so clearly read what my soul is saying (whether on the phone or in person), she is one of the first people I turn to when I need clarification about my direction and higher purpose or when making an important life decision. Her humor, honesty, and integrity only add to her intuitive talents. I can’t recommend Rebecca highly enough.”E.W.

Dr. Jill Larsen, Lic.Ac, MsOM, DAOM

 A seasoned practitioner of patient-centered acupuncture, Jill was the original founder and former lead clinician of Ascent Acupuncture. We are deeply saddened by her passing and share her memorial information: Please also visit her CaringBridge site: