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Ascent Wellness PT OT LMT PLLC is a bodymind rehabilitation and wellness company that specializes in the integration of modern therapeutic techniques and energetic bodymind practices. Our mission is to create and offer services and programs that attune the body for optimal physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. We invite our clients to choose exceptional health and vitality by empowering them to trust in their body’s inherent wisdom, and supporting them through their own transformational process.

131009 - NEW Headshots- 0460Ani Anderson, MS, OT/L, LMT, CEMP believes that everyone is capable of enjoying a meaningful, joy filled life and feeling intimately connected with those around them. As an Occupational Therapist since 2000, Ani specializes in using bodymind energy medicine for skill building with clients dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and pain. She especially enjoys working with clients who are ready to start making conscious changes, connecting with life and finding purpose and meaning after unexpected life challenges.


  • Transformational Life Coach
  • NY/ VT Occupational Therapy Licensure
  • NY Massage Therapy Licensure
  • Advanced CranioSacral Therapist
  • Reiki Master
  • Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner
  • Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor

131009 - NEW Headshots- 0472-webBrian Trzaskos, PT, LMT, CSCS, CMP, MI-C has been a practicing Physical Therapist for over 20 years.  After graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Brian worked at the prestigious Craig Hospital for spinal cord and brain injuries in Englewood Colorado.  While living in Denver, Brian earned a massage therapy degree and strength and conditioning certifications, leading to work with semi-professional soccer and cycling athletes.  Taking his experience in neurological rehabilitation, physical conditioning, and body working back home to Upstate New York, Brian launched himself into the outpatient orthopedic setting earning his manual therapy certification as a Mulligan Practitioner.  After 16 years of practicing under the constraints of managed care, Brian began experiencing a deep discontentment with the health insurance system and its inability to place quality of care above costs.  Notably, this time of frustration was accompanied by a series of stress-related illnesses which had a seriously impacted Brian’s life, prompting him to delve more deeply into himself and strengthening his commitment to serve others.  Being a long time practitioner of Tai Chi for physical health, Brian began rediscovering the power of both Tai Chi and Qigong for personal cultivation and inner strength.  A period of personal and professional rebirth found Brian stepping into the arena of private practice where you will find him today.  He is the founder of Ascent Wellness PT OT LMT PLLC, a holistic health and wellness company that focuses on personalized care, combining modern therapeutic techniques with subtle energetic practices.


  • NY/ VT Physical Therapy Licensure
  • NY Massage Therapy Licensure
  • Neuromuscular / Deep Tissue Specialist
  • Connective Tissue Release Specialist
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Mulligan Practitioner
  • Certified Meditation Instructor
  • Certified Therapeutic Tai Chi Instructor
  • Sun Style Tai Chi Instructor
  • Certified Integral Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor


History of Ascent Wellness

Originally founded in 2008, Ascent Wellness began as a private physical therapy practice in a small basement room.  Over the past five years, we have grown and served thousands of clients locally in the Champlain Valley of Upstate New York, as well as eight states and two Canadian Provinces.  In 2011 we co-founded Live Well, a holistic wellness center in Essex NY offering all of the services that can be found on our “Services” pages (Services), plus a newly renovated fitness space with environmentally friendly strength and cardiovascular equipment.  From the beginning, we have consulted nationally for Graymont Inc., a forward-thinking mining company that places great focus on employee health and wellness.  Along with Graymont we created the “Industrial Athlete’s Dynamic 8-minute Work Warm-Up”, a practice proven to prevent sprains and strains.

In 2012, we merged with Simplicity Healing Arts to become Ascent Wellness PT OT LMT PLLC, adding Integrative Occupational Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, and Energy Medicine services to our offerings.  Today we continue to develop bodymind techniques and educational programs, empowering clients to access their own highest states of health and consciousness. Our home office is located at NEW Health in Essex, NY.

I sought treatment at Ascent Wellness when months of conventional PT failed to alleviate the pain and dysfunction caused by a torn meniscus in my knee. Through Brian’s holistic approach combining strengthening, massage, taping and Qigong I was able to regain full function and return to vigorous high level exercise and activities.
Bea D.

Ani has helped me in ways I have only dreamed and read about.
Susan G.

In 30 years of successful searching I’ve encountered a few teachers, Shamans, High Priests/Priestesses and Medicine persons that move as comfortably in universal wisdom. Totally empowered by the best of the sacred feminine, Ani embodies the path offered to all as spiritual beings having a human experience.
T. Millet

Brian Trzaskos is the most gifted physical therapist I know. Working with him has helped me heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Through his Tai Chi and Qigong workshops, among others, as well as through his exercise and massage programs, I have learned to bring a new sense of balance to my life.
Carole S.

Qigong is very relaxing and easy. It’s totally flexible to fit in your day – even if you just have a few random minutes you can always do a tiny bit to help yourself. My mind is always full and noisy and racing with hundreds of real and perceived commitments and worries. Qi Gong quiets and calms your mind to stillness, clarity, and focus. It makes your whole body feel better.
A. Connor

A “Thank You” is inadequate. I am euphoric about the way that I feel. How I appreciate the degree to which you are facilitating changes in me and by body.
Sue R.

Ani has worked successfully with our family to treat a variety of issues including sleep problems, injuries, and chronic pain.  She’s our “go-to” girl.
Kristin F.

I’ve made a commitment to good health, and I know Ascent Wellness has my back. …Alright, bad joke, but true in fact. Whether it’s rehabing an injury, getting a great cardio workout, or stepping into the amazing world of Qi Gong, Brian, Courtney and all are remarkably caring, knowledgeable and devoted to the whole person.
Scott G.

I feel better than I have in years!

Brian becomes a partner in the healing process. Knowing there is no one-size-fits-all approach to healing, he assisted me in integrating the physical, emotional and spiritual through his expertise in PT, fitness and Qigong.
Margaret G.

Brian Trzaskos has helped me recover from a shoulder injury amazingly fast because he teaches you how to help heal yourself with simple exercises you can do at home between our appointments. He is also one of the warmest and most supportive people I know.
David R.

I think our session was the most challenging and the most productive bodywork session I’ve ever had.
Emily A.