Our Story

Elysia LifeCare was created by Joseph Asa Clarke, Maria Grazia Villella, and Carla Victoria Vidor:  ashtangis, yoga teachers, meditators, healthcare innovators, and passionate Integrative Medical Clinicians.

Elysia represents a lifestyle.  It’s a realization of the promise of Yoga, Chinese Medicine and wellness – a center that empowers you with tools to address the root cause of dis-ease, dysfunction, and discomfort and free yourself from the habits of mind and body that support them – a community for those seeking to lead lives that express the human capacity for joy, productivity and longevity.

Elysia’s east-west wellness clinic is a merger of two systems of care: the ancient medical modalities of the east designed to keep the body and the mind flexible, calm, and vital and the modern medical sciences of the west designed to identify and address acute health concerns. 

Our Practice

At Elysia LifeCare (ELC), we believe in restoring the body to health naturally. We do this by identifying and treating the root cause of disease or imbalance and not just treating the symptoms.

We are more than an acupuncture practice. Acupuncture is just one of the modalities we offer. Other treatment methods we use are Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional medicines and yoga therapy. We can further evaluate patients with targeted assessments or by running preventative blood work. We don’t have a one size fits all protocol. Each person’s needs are addressed individually and his or her health care is specifically customized. And most importantly, we believe in empowering patients with knowledge, so the can make the best healthcare and lifestyle choice with confidence.

Our practice is unique because we combine eastern medical care with a western science approach. Lab testing for adrenals/hormones, toxicity issues, minerals, and inflammation may be necessary to assess the cause of the condition. Our goal is to find the CAUSE of the disorder and achieve correction, thus health.


Our Specialties Include:

Our Specialties (1)

Stress management

Our Specialties (2)

Fertility/pregnancy/ postpartum
Women’s health

Our Specialties (3)

Men’s health

Our Values

What makes Elysia’s clinicians unique is their steady commitment to the practice of mind/body fitness and discipline. The lifelong dedication to the practice of yoga, qi gong, and meditation informs every aspect of our clinical approach and allows us to treat each of our practice members with the utmost respect and care.

Clinically, the applicable benefits of these disciplines are:

  • Increased mental and emotional stability and focus
  • Increased ability to regulate the stress response
  • A fundamental understanding of the internal processes of stress, tension, and resistance to change and growth
  • A strong commitment to see a process through to it’s completion


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Our Mission

Our mission at Elysia is to help as many people as possible in their quest for optimal health and to educate them about wellness, so they may, in turn educate others. We achieve this by treating the underlying cause of the condition, not just masking symptoms.

This mission is reflected in our name: Elysia, the feminine form of the word for heaven in Roman society. Elysia for us, represents a sense of peace and vitality, where the mind maintains a naturally calm, yet aware sensibility and the body expresses strength and flexibility throughout the life process.


Our Purpose

At Elysia LifeCare, our purpose is to help you get well and keep you well. We do this by doing a thorough diagnostic workup and then applying supportive protocols to restore proper function. While doing this, we teach you what you need to know to live a healthy lifestyle through our educational curriculum. We want you to be able to do the things you want to do – with the ones you love.

Our approach is different because we focus on treating the cause of the problem in your body, not just making a symptom with a drug, herbal compound, or acupuncture. We take an integrative, comprehensive approach and can treat many conditions simultaneously. Because the body functions together as a whole, when one area isn’t functioning properly, other areas are also affected. Nothing in your body works in isolation – you are a whole being with all your “parts” working together to give you energy, strength, restorative sleep, and a clear mind.

If you are experiencing any chronic discomforts or symptoms, your body is not functioning properly, and probably hasn’t been for some time. Symptoms are not normal; they are our body’s way of trying to communicate with us that something is wrong, like the check engine light on your dashboard. We wouldn’t ignore that dashboard light, so it’s important that you listen to your body and pay attention to your symptoms.