VAST - Offering Acupuncture, Somatic Therapy, Chinese Herbs and Nutrition, Healing Arts in Palmer, Alaska.

Our Reviews

VAST is one of a kind. I have had experience with other acupuncturist but nothing compares to Vessel. The acupuncturist, Elissa, truly and deeply cares for you. She is committed to helping you and goes above and beyond. The environment is spa-like and very zen. I always feel amazing walking out of each session. I highly recommend this company.


I took a leap of faith in going to VAST for treatment for some of my ailments and and one word comes to mind and that word is WOW!!!!!!! Let me say Acupuncturist Elissa McAlpine is absolutely incredible, Elissa is a big supporter of veterans and as a combat veteran I can tell you that since I have been under her amazing, incredible care the results that I have seen for myself in my health and well being have been LIFE SAVING. The setting at VAST is peaceful, serene, calming and I always leave the sessions feeling at peace and with renewed hope. The service that Elissa provides is a truly, truly valued service that is extraordinary and I would highly recommend anyone to see Elissa with VAST.


Elissa is an incredible acupuncturist that truly cares about healing at the root of the problem. You will never be just another client with her. She loves what she does and it can be felt in treatments!


I have been seeing Elissa for over 5 months. I am so grateful to have found such an astute practitioner so vested in my health care. Our collaboration has greatly enhanced my overall health and well-being. She is patient and persistent and I always look forward to our appointments!


Elissa is a skilled, intuitive practitioner whose treatments are the reason I encourage friends and family to seek out acupuncture as a healing modality in their own lives. Her care made a profoundly positive impact on my core health and wellness. Elissa is highly trained, deeply well-read, and in touch with the spirit, mind, and heart of Five Element medicine. This is easy to understand from the first meeting with her. As a healer, her kind, warm attention invited openness from me as a client and overtime, it became clear that her natural gifts for listening leads the way into her healing art. She sought to understand the picture of my health from the outside in at a pace that was truly comfortable for me, respecting my boundaries and feelings, valuing them as integral to the process of building relationship. The time and focus she brought to the acupuncture treatments guided me in understanding my anxiety, depression, and emotional states—she is a great seeker/teacher to work with. Elissa is a great communicator, too, frequently checking in post-treatment and happy to take feedback that brings treatment in new directions. The healing knowledge and self-understanding I gained from working with her is truly priceless. She is really a gem in the world.


From the outset it was presented to me the goal was to become more wholly myself again. Elissa worked diligently with the team of 5 element practitioners to balance my system. My case was particularly tenacious with menopause, hospital work stress and chronic neck pain at play. The entire person is considered-Elissa spent many hours talking with me and listening to my pulses. Her commitment and attentiveness exceeded my expectations. She genuinely cares about and wholeheartedly works with her patients to achieve their goals. In the end the headaches did not go completely away, but were diminished and interestingly my core life spirit was invigorated. My connection to art was rekindled/remembered and a general sense of wholeness felt.


The was my first acupuncture experience.  I came to Elissa in a moment of desperation with excruciating tooth pain and jaw pressure.  I was a little nervous to try needles, but Elissa was very comforting and it was not at all painful. Within about 30 minutes, I was blown away that the pain was gone.  Over the weekend, Elissa helped keep the pain at bay until I could get to a dentist.  In the process of this event, I was introduced to the beauty and efficacy of Chinese Medicine. I highly recommend Elissa and Chinese Medicine.


I came to see Elissa with neck pain so severe that I could not turn my head.  From just one treatment, the pain was greatly reduced and I felt very relaxed. The hot stone therapy felt amazing and was a great complimentary therapy with the needles.


Elissa was able to help when traditional medicine did nothing for me. After talking to a couple of acupuncturists that were very conservative in their ability to help me, I called Elissa. She said that she had not treated my specific ailment before, but was confident she could help me. About 36 to 48 hours after her initial treatment, my symptoms had significantly abated. With in a week and after the second treatment, I felt like a new person. I quit taking the medication that had been prescribed (but did nothing to relieve my symptoms). I was a pessimist before, but am a believer now. The doctor I was seeing ordered many expensive tests and barely even talked to me about my problem. Elissa talked with me for at least 45 minutes before she even started treatment. I cannot sing her praises enough. She comes highly recommended by me.


I've been working with Elissa for about six months now. During our initial visit she needled my hip to relieve the tingling and numbing from wearing a heavy backpack (i assumed the nerve was pinched by the hip belt) and immediately fire shot up and down my leg. I had feeling back in my thigh almost immediately for the first time in over a year. What started as a search for immediate pain relief from overuse injuries has turned into a beautiful journey together to get to the root of my chronic exhaustion and general lack of chi. Cannot recommend her highly enough for people struggling with past traumas (that means just about everyone), people who work their bodies hard (for work or play), and anyone looking to let go of something so they can build something better. It's more than a physical experience and she treats so much more than your symptoms.  She has been incredibly professional, warm, creative, and intuitive in each of our sessions and I can't wait to see where the next treatment leads.