New Rates + Updated Insurance Policy


Our new policy has been updated to bring this office in full compliance of what is required by various insurance contracts and national insurance standards. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding our new policies.

IN NETWORK INSURANCE PLANS/ TRIWEST/ WORKER’S COMP: If you have an insurance policy in which Elevate is an in-network (IN) provider, we will be collecting all charges that are established by our contracted rate with the plan. We are required to submit charges and bills directly to each insurance carrier and the patient will be responsible for all charges including co-pays and deductibles.

OUT OF NETWORK INSURANCE PLANS/ PERSONAL INJURY: If you have an insurance policy in which Elevate is out-of-network (OON), you will be responsible for all charges of what is deemed reasonable and customary for our location, by your insurance company. You have the option of paying at the time of service in which we will provide a 20% discount off of our OON rates and provide a superbill in which you can then submit to your insurance company. If you have met your deductible and would like for us to submit the bill, we can can do so but you will be responsible for any co-insurance amount in full.

CASH/NON-INSURED: Our new rates for acupuncture services for people paying at the time of service without use of insurance is as follows:

● New patient evaluation and acupuncture session (90 min): $135

● Established patient re-evaluation and acupuncture (60 min): $85

● New patient evaluation and acupuncture session (child under 10 yrs old): $110

● Established patient re-evaluation and acupuncture (child under 10 yrs old): $55

● Pre-pay 5 pack for follow up visits acupuncture: 5% discount ($80.75 per session after initial)

Functional Medicine appointments with Melinda:

● New patient evaluation, health history, timeline, labs, and plan (60 min): $200

● Established patient, follow up, lab review, and plan (30 min): $100

Pain Management Tea Time: October 3rd, 6.30pm

More Americans suffer from pain than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. If you are one of them and are looking for a non-pharmacologic approach to pain management, please join us for this open and in-depth discussion led by our various Elevate providers. Get insight and inspiration into a holistic approach to pain management.

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Reno to Tahoe and Back Again segment from Mountain Resort Television.

Want to get a closer look inside Elevate Wellness Center? Check out our segment on Reno to Tahoe and Back Again with Megan Burke. We had a great time filming this and they were able to capture the essence of our beautiful clinic and all its' offerings. Unfortunately, H2uP has found a new home inside of Mont Blue and will no longer be available at Elevate. All other offerings remain the same. 


The Crossing Holiday Mall Crawl & Holiday TEA party

Don't miss the inaugural Holiday Mall Crawl at The Crossing on Sat, Dec 9, 11am -5pm. Elevate will have our herbalists and health providers on staff that day to help customize healthy holiday gifts for your loved ones. We'll be providing chair massages to wipe away the shopping tension! The Crossing businesses are coordinating to host Santa at Verde from 12-4, Lake Tahoe AleWorx will host cookie and gingerbread decorating from 2-4 with each location offering all sorts of savings that day. We'll also be hosting a scavenger hunt to find Santa's 9 reindeer through the mall to have a chance to enter into a raffle for some wonderful prizes. We look forward to seeing you there! Please call (530) 541-9355 for any questions!

TEA party May 15, 6:30 pm

Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness Method: Come join us for this lively discussion and learn all the things you had wished you learned about your reproductive system and hormones in your high school sex ed class. We will teach how to understand your reproductive hormones and patterns and learn a physiological approach to tracking your menstrual cycle to achieve or avoid pregnancy. 


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Breastfeeding- Just because it's natural doesn't mean it's easy

Most mothers in the U.S. intend to breastfeed their children exclusively for at least three months, but only a third of them reach their goal. Low breastfeeding outcomes are not due to lack of desire; it is usually because of lack of support.

One question I am asked: Aren't we suppose to know how to nurse our babies instinctively? When we think about it, most of us do not see babies being nursed daily. So how are we supposed to know how to troubleshoot? Just because breastfeeding is natural doesn't mean it's always easy!

Some lucky moms are indeed able to breastfeed their babies easily but a large majority struggle with it at some point in small or big ways. You may have read books about it or even attended a breastfeeding class, but there might be issues that were not addressed:

Your baby might have been born early and needs some time and help "learning" and getting strong enough to suck, swallow and breathe properly.

Janine Blanchard, RCST is a German Osteopath and Craniosacral therapist practicing at Elevate Wellness Center.

Massage therapy can enhance prenatal wellness

Relax as stress is melted away by techniques that conform to the many changes experienced during pregnancy. Lying on her side with the supported cushion system, the mother to-be can rest knowing her and her baby are getting the prenatal care that is needed to ensure a healthy pregnancy, labor and maternal care.



Modern investigation and research has shown that prenatal massage therapy can be an instrumental ingredient in women's prenatal care and should be given careful consideration. Seeking a trained prenatal therapist is important to ensure safety to uterine ligaments and address the specific pregnancy and maternal needs. In this way the prenatal therapist can work with one's midwife or OBGYN to increase overall wellbeing.



Over the past 10 years studies have repeatedly shown that hormone levels associated with relaxation and stress are significantly altered when massage therapy is introduced to women's prenatal care.

Furthermore, in a study done by Field (2004), women who received bi-weekly massages for only five weeks saw a reduction in hormones such as norepinephrine and cortisol (hormones associated with stress) and dopamine and serotonin levels were increased (low levels of these hormones are associated with depression).

These changes in hormone levels also led to fewer complications during birth and fewer instances of newborn complications, such as low birth weight.

The evidence strongly suggests there are maternal and newborn health benefits when therapeutic massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care.

The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement, massage therapy is shown to improve pregnancy outcome and maternal health.



At Elevate Wellness we take pride in providing the expecting mothers with prenatal care that is both holistic and researched. As trained prenatal massage therapy specialist, we understand the emotional and physical needs of this special time. With a combined experience of 15 years, we have been providing prenatal massage to expecting mother seeking stress relief to enhance their prenatal care. We look forward to the opportunity to help begin your journey of good health and wellbeing into motherhood.

Nicole Vandehurst
Elevate Wellness Center

Balance can bring a healthier life

Does it just seem like we need more than 24 hours in a day? I often think if I had eight more hours in a day that I could get so much more done. I realize this is an illusion and, in reality, the items on my list are never-ending. But for some reason the cultural message is that we are superhumans. We can do it all, get everything done, and look good while doing it.

I see this illusion in my patients. Many deal with chronic stress. Initially, the stress is addicting. It feels good to have adrenaline coursing through our bodies. Many of us find identity and identify accomplishments by how busy we are.

Unfortunately, there's a downside to this behavior. Chronic stress taxes the endocrine system and creates a constant stream of cortisol, a stress hormone excreted by the adrenal glands. This initially provides strength to get through an emergency situation, but frequent signals to the system can cause a cortisol imbalance leading to weight gain, reproductive issues, insomnia, chronic inflammation and digestive disorders. This can eventually manifest into chronic illnesses such as heart disease, metabolic syndrome, depression, autoimmunity and chronic fatigue.

Keep Tahoe Healthy

For Elevate Wellness Center's owner Melinda Choy, good health is about more than eating your veggies and chugging orange juice when you feel a cold coming on — it's about listening to what your body is telling you and searching for long-lasting lifestyle solutions over treating symptoms.

"We don't have a health culture that's built into our lifestyles; it's more like you take this medicine when you're sick. There is no real concept of how to bring that into your daily life," said Choy, perched on a stool at the "Communi-Tea" area of the center's new location in The Crossing.

New Location / February Special

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We have expanded services and Elevated
products that include the following:

  • Ohana Medicinals Apothecary: a medicinal product line created by our in house herbalist Misty McBride, LMW & Herbalist
  • Chinese Bulk Herbs
  • Medicinal Herbal Tea and Tonic Blends
  • 30 Minute Herbal Consults by Appointment
  • Janine Blanchard, RCST® our fabulous new Craniosacral Therapist
  • Expanded Elevate Farmacy


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Please stop by for a tea or tonic and call soon to book your next
appointment at our beautiful new space at The Crossing. 

2034 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Next to Bass Shoes)
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Focus On Women's Health

As a mom, a wife and a working woman, I know how challenging it is to create balance in my busy life. We are inundated by the messages from society to keep doing more and you CAN do it ALL! I don’t find this to be true. I think it’s not about doing it all. I think it’s about making healthy choices for you and your family. Last week I had the honor of speaking at the first Living Earth Symposium hosted by The Woods Apothecary. The title of my talk was “Being Yin in a Yang Society: 8 Lifestyle tips on how to cultivate more Yin in your life.” Women are Yin beings and it’s important to learn how to stay nourished and balanced as we become mothers, as we are in the workforce and how we manage our busy lives in this fast-paced society. Ultimately I think it’s important to honor ourselves as Yin beings, as women. This month's newsletter is all about women. We just so happen to have a clinic full of female providers right now and each one has a talent that is worthy for you to check out. We look forward to seeing you soon.