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.

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

JillA seasoned practitioner of patient-centered acupuncture, Jill is the founder and lead clinician of Ascent Acupuncture. With a Doctorate of Acupuncture Medicine (DAOM) from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, the top acupuncture school in the country as rated by U.S. News & World Report, Jill is a leader in women’s health, pain management and integrative treatment strategies. A former faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Jill conducted clinical rotations on post-operative pain management at the University of Minnesota’s Fairview Hospital. In addition, Jill  worked with the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital to develop an integrative care model for pediatric patients. A frequent speaker, consultant and leader in integrative health care, Jill has mentored 100s of holistic health care experts in the Minneapolis area and beyond.

“I’ve been going to Dr. Jill for over 15 years. She’s my sensei, my therapist, and my go-to health advisor. And my kids think the needles are cool.”J.D.

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

ElizabethElizabeth 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, Diabetes Coach, CHC & HHP

CarrieDiabetic herself for over 20 years, Carrie Boe knows first-hand the unique struggles someone with diabetes encounters daily. Following a long and successful corporate career, Carrie became a diabetes-focused, certified health coach to fulfill her true passion: empowering others to better manage their disease while also encouraging them to discover their own strength in mind, body and spirit.

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 and maintains an A1C below 6.5. Her coaching practice is now dedicated to helping others achieve similar success.

Carrie utilizes a unique approach to guiding significant lifestyle changes by incorporating individualized concepts into her patient work. She finds these generate greater success than strictly focusing on diet, exercise and the scale. Each patient’s plan is personalized to meet their own unique needs, challenges and goals. Her expertise includes one-on-one and group coaching, offering diabetes support, nutrition guidance, weight management and life balance recommendations.

Carrie Boe received her Certified Health Coach (CHC) training 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 is a member of the American Association for Diabetes Educators, the American Diabetes Association (Professional) as well as Diabetes Influencers.  

“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)
“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)

Melissa Davies,   QiGong Master  Energy Therapist

MelissaMelissa began teaching in the intuitive arts in the early 1990’s, practicing with licensed acupuncturists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and chiropractors in clinical and hospital settings. She has studied indigenous spiritual traditions and healing practices, and assimilates her knowledge of chakras and hands-on healing into her work. Her work illuminates the layers of physical as well as genetic, emotional and psychological history, allowing the body “to tell its own story.” Melissa incorporates her unique approach to energy healing by “rooting” traditional Qi Gong (the origins and foundation of Chinese medicine) with the earth-based systems to which she is deeply connected. She utilizes her intuitive ability to read a body and move energy blockages, while explaining to the client the meaning behind the blockages and what is needed to move through them toward healing.

“Melissa’s healing Qi Gong energy work has been a tremendous force for positive change in my life. I initially went to Melissa because of minor physical discomfort, which quickly dissipated after one Qi Gong energy session. However, I continue to see Melissa because of the enormous shift in energy I experience during our sessions, and for several days following each session. Melissa’s detailed explanation of the energy patterns she sees in and around my body, in tandem with teaching me energy practices I can do at home, has helped me to consciously change and heal physical and psychological patterns that no longer serve my best interest. My Qi Gong energy healing sessions with Melissa have been truly physically, spiritually, and emotionally transformational.”Mary Ann
“When one feels at the end of her rope, it’s hard to believe that there is any relief. But it was precisely at that moment that I turned to you to help me understand the causes of my gastrointestinal disorder. Prior to meeting you, I had no idea of the capability of Qi Gong, or even, the capabilities within me to heal. The shifting and clearing of the emotional energy in my body gave me immediate relief of my physical symptoms, and moreover, gave me greater awareness of how my emotions affect my physical well-being. This awareness has been and will continue to be a vital aid and force in how I live my life. If I have any regret, it is that I didn’t work with you sooner. Today, not only do I no longer take any medication (hoorah), I am able to deal with my experiences with greater equanimity and grace.”Suzanne
“I was referred to Melissa by my family therapist. I have anxiety as well as a young son who suffers from severe separation anxiety. There have been many changes in my life over the past year and a half and working with Melissa has helped me to decrease my anxiety, focus on my energy and ways that I “spend” my energy on sometimes useless, destructive behaviors. Prior to meeting Melissa, I was at times hopeless about life and focusing on the negative aspects of my problems. Melissa taught me how to meditate, slow down and listen to what is important. She has helped me to create a change in myself that will not easily come undone.

Melissa has also done energy therapy on my 6-year old son who has suffered from severe separation anxiety his whole life. This year, upon his entrance into first grade, his separation anxiety became so bad that he was unable to assimilate into school comfortably. My son had numerous therapy appointments with our family therapist and a pediatric neuropsychologist but he never enjoyed any of them as much as he enjoyed going to see Melissa. She was able to make him feel comfortable enough to work on him and gave us lots of good information that we used in getting him treatment for his anxiety.

I work in healthcare as a pharmacist and I have seen the extent to which patients sometimes go in order to feel better. I strongly believe that alternative therapies should be added to the arsenal of treatments available. Melissa’s work is an excellent source of personal empowerment that can make living with a chronic illness of any kind more tolerable.”Jen and Luke

“I’ve lived several of the past years in a great fog…ambivalent in my relationship, stuck in my past, and uncertain of my future. Depression and anxiety took over my body. Conventional counseling helped me in the initial stages of sorting through the mess, but I found myself intellectualizing my way around issues I didn’t want to address, wasn’t ready to accept, or refused to admit. It was difficult for me to feel I was making any progress, as I was keeping myself closed and suffocating any opportunity for a “breakthrough”. Energy therapy has transformed my path to a healthier life. I see myself climbing out of the pit of despair I’ve been wandering through for so long. I feel stronger, more grounded, and finally whole. In individual and group sessions I have learned several techniques that have helped me to harness my energy, ground myself, sort through emotions, and open myself up to the universe. I have learned to become cognizant of my energy levels in a way that has allowed me to be more proactive in the face of adversity versus reactive. I have also learned how to bring energy into my body and experience its healing properties.”Melinda, Special Education Teacher