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.

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!

Rise to Spring

Rise to Spring

It is time to let go of winters storage and let your spring energy shine! Spring brings with it feelings of rising expansion, growth, and activity. It is a very active time of year with strong and abundant energy. Use it to your advantage; be creative, make plans, and play! This is a time of rebirth and rejuvenation.

In Chinese Medicine spring is associated with the Liver and it is the time when its energy is the strongest. Understanding the energetic and structural functions of the liver enables us to keep it well nourished and healthy so that it can maintain balance within the body. Liver imbalances most frequently show up with symptoms such as menstrual irregularities including PMS, menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, fatigue, low sex drive, infertility, erectile dysfunction, emotional lability, skin problems, and allergies.

A commonly encountered Chinese proverb is said that when our Qi is flowing there is no pain and when our Qi is stagnant there is pain. The main energetic functions of the Liver are to keep our Qi or vital energy and emotions flowing harmoniously, and to store and cleanse our blood. When out of balance, the Liver Qi has a tendency toward stagnation; meaning the Liver is unable to maintain harmonious flow of Qi in the body which leads adverse emotional and physical manifestations. Stress and repressed emotions of frustration, anger and resentment greatly impact the Liver and are the most common causes of Liver Qi stagnation. Some other common cause of Liver Qi stagnation are over-working without adequate rejuvenation and restoration, deficient diet and lack of physical activity. Long standing Liver Qi stagnation also leads to feelings of depression, constant resentment and frustration. Commonly, the Liver is over worked and underpaid. We do not consistently do our mental and physical hygiene to support the Liver so that it can support us.  When the Liver is in harmony it helps us to set, plan and attain goals, express our emotions in an effective manner, have flexibility in life and make decisions easily.

In Western physiology a healthy functioning liver is essential to our overall health in preventing inflammation and maintaining hormonal balance. On a structural level the liver is our primary detoxifying organ. It is responsible for cleaning up and filtering out environmental pollutants and toxic chemicals that enter the body, preventing them from causing problems. When these substances, know as endocrine disruptors are inadequately cleared from the body they will create inflammation by accumulating and most commonly pose as hormones in the body.

The second most important detoxifying organ in the body is the colon. It is essential to be having regular and satisfying bowel movements. Gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea are all symptoms worth paying attention to and figuring out the cause. These can all be symptoms that your digestion is compromised and negatively impacting the health of your liver, which will ultimately lead to inflammation. There are many ways to maintain bowel health including adequate intake of Probiotics via foods and supplements, consuming a diet high in fiber and eliminating any ‘trigger’ foods that disrupt your digestion.

Keeping the liver healthy will also help with seasonal allergies by detoxifying the body of environment pollens and pollutants so that they don’t become excessive. An accumulation of environmental allergens can make our immune system over reactive due to being bombarded with “invaders.” These invaders cause the immune system to respond by producing excessive histamine leading to symptoms such as excessive sneezing, watery, itchy and red eyes, and runny nose.

Below are suggestions for ways of keeping your liver healthy and functioning efficiently and supporting your “drainage system.” Living and eating clean and simple will help to free up the liver and fight inflammation so that it can detoxify our bodies to maintain overall health and balance. Getting rid of systemic inflammation allows us the ability to listen and connect to our bodies in learning what fells good and nourishing to our bodies and what does not.


8 Ways to Nourish Your Liver and Restore its Balance

vStay active- moving your qi will make you happy!  Ideally be active outside-be amongst the beauty of spring, blooming flowers, singing birds…The lungs are also detoxifiers; with exhalation we release harmful chemicals and gases from the body. Exercise can induce sweating which is another way of detoxifying via the skin.

1)  “Lively up yourself” (Bob Marley) - Be creative, dance, sing, do art, listen to music…all ways of moving your Qi! (

2) Express yourself! Do your mental hygiene. As mentioned above the liver is very susceptible to emotional stagnation and repressed emotions such as resentment and frustration can have a negative impact on its functioning.

3) Connect with the world around you-come out of hibernation and into spring. Socializing is an effective and rewarding way to keep our spirits high and energy flowing.

4)  “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” (Hippocrates)-some foods and herbal cleansers to support a healthy liver include broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, lemon, hawthorn fruit, red dates, milk thistle seeds, dandelion, mint, mung beans, green beans and peas, burdock root, bitters, chlorophyll, chlorella, greens-green vegetables and fruit in general. Pungent foods (a little goes a long way) such as ginger, spring onions, horseradish, black pepper, radish, chamomile.  In moderation these will help the natural detoxifying function of the liver without extreme side effects. We are looking to support the liver versus shock it. Unless you have been diagnosed with liver disease, with gentle guidance and support the liver should be able to restore balance and function optimally. Eat simple, clean and light-we no longer need to store resources to make it through winter.  Briefly cook vegetables before eating, rendering as much of their nutrients as possible. Buy organic. Avoid processed and refined foods that will only put more work on the liver. Purchase wild caught fish, free-range and organic poultry, and grass-fed meat without additives such as nitrates. Avoid alcohol and caffeine-use only in moderation as the liver is responsible for processing them and in excess they compromise the livers ability to detoxify the body.

4)  Dry Skin Brushing-to help rid the body of harmful toxins. The skin is the largest organ in the body and our first line of defense. Dry brushing can keep it healthy and functioning optimally. It stimulates the lymphatic system which plays a vital role in our immune system health. (

5) Clean living- We cannot always avoids toxins in the environment, but when possible it is imperative to avoid chemicals that cause endocrine disruption/hormonal imbalances. Over the counter hygiene products, house hold cleaners, plastics and pesticides are among the common culprits. Refer to the Environmental Working Group website for up-to-date and detailed information regarding clean living guidelines. (

6)  Chill out and relax! -Stress management is essential to keeping the liver healthy. Taiqi, qigong, meditation, restorative yoga, gentle exercise such as walking.  Don’t get caught up in spring’s energy-take it slow and remember to engage in restorative exercises from time to time.

Jessica Cerasoli, Licensed Acupuncturist at Elevate Wellness Center

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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Come join us for our Elevate TEA parties!

Elevate TEA parties are free community gatherings where you will have some Time, Energy and Attention (TEA) from not only our providers but from other health specialists in the community. We will be mixing up some adaptogenic tonics and herbal teas and casually discuss featured topics. Contact us at to share some of your ideas of what you would like to see as a TEA party.

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.