Your Care Team
THE PRACTITIONERS AT ASCENT WELLNESS ARE EXPERTS IN THEIR FIELDS.
All of our providers take a whole systems, “you” centered approach to your care.
All of our Acupuncturists are licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medicine and hold national certifications through the NCCAOM.
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.
Elizabeth also practices at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee Wednesday-Friday. All insurance plans are accepted at that location, including Medicare. Please call 952.428.3690 to schedule an appointment with Elizabeth at St. Francis.
Elizabeth has been practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2010. In addition to treating patients, she has taught and supervised students at Northwestern Health Sciences University and Courage Kenney Transitional Rehabilitation program.
Colleen LaSota specializes in the treatment of injuries and chronic pain, insomnia, and digestive and emotional health.
Colleen began studying acupuncture at Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City in 2006 and started her own practice three years later. In her studies at Tri-State, they spent the majority of their clinical studies focusing on treating pain conditions.
Treating pain has always been central to Colleen’s practice.
“Each acupuncture treatment can be approached in an infinite number of ways, and one of the most fulfilling aspects of my work is discovering which styles and approaches allow each patient to not only feel the best short-term results, but also experience profound shifts that support a sustained state of thriving health.
Working in Chinese Medicine, I’m extremely passionate about sharing with others the wealth of information it provides around maintaining health and wellness. Simple changes to our lifestyle can make a world of difference in how we feel.”
There are two specific styles of acupuncture Colleen uses: Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) and a Japanese style developed by Kiiko Matsumoto.
Although Five Element acupuncture was not a core course of study at Tri-State, Colleen was also instructed by Lorie Dechar, who introduced her to how this addresses Qi blockages on the psycho-spiritual level.
“To this day, Lorie continues to be the most influential teacher of Chinese Medicine that I have been blessed to learn from. Mentorship from Lorie over the past ten years has refined my practice to be what it is today: a place where I can allow space for alchemical healing to occur in every treatment, and for the work with acupuncture points to eliminate blockages while empowering patients to tend their health and vitality through the framework of Chinese Medicine.”
MASSAGE + BODYWORK
I strive to provide a nurturing and supportive environment of healing for every body. I take care to work on your area of focus from a specific and whole body perspective.
A myriad of massage and bodywork techniques will be used to create a session that is specific to your needs. Your feedback is encouraged throughout the session and you will always be listened to.
My hope is that you leave every session feeling more grounded and at ease in your body.
A Note From Angie Clifford
We are sad to announce that our beloved co-owner Angie Clifford will be leaving Ascent as of July 2022. While we are heartbroken to lose such an amazing friend, colleague, and healer, we are so proud and happy to watch this beautiful soul fly away on her next adventure. We will miss her shining light, her deep wisdom, her strength, her curls. She goes with our best wishes and full support.Here’s what Angie has to say to all of you:
To my clients, my friends,
I am both saddened and excited to announce that my husband, Patrick, and I will be moving to the Pacific Northwest come July 2022. This crazy world continues to poke, prod and nudge, offer and reject, entice and repulse… so we decided if the world was going to keep doing crazy things, so were we.
I want to express my gratitude to all of you for your trust and kindness over the years. My heart swells… You have become a part of my life. You have come to know my family and I yours. Because of your influence, the lens from which I view this world has become vast, has become full of endless potential. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will miss you.
As I shape this new life adventure, I want you to know that I leave you in the loving care of the amazing team of acupuncturists at Ascent. I have been lucky enough to have their healing hands on myself, and they all come with my highest recommendations. I consider them all my mentors and my friends. Please continue to take the great care of yourselves as you do now, and always feel free to reach out to the folks at Ascent if you have questions or need care.
With whole-hearted love and admiration,
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: http://www.startribune.com/obituaries/
What Customers Are Saying
“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!”
“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.”