L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), MAOM

Dr. Ayla Wolf is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in neurological disorders, chronic pain, and concussion recovery.  She is a faculty member of the Carrick Institute and adjunct faculty for the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is an international speaker on topics in applied clinical neuroscience, functional neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, and biomedical mechanisms of acupuncture.

Dr. Wolf is a contributing author to the award-winning book Concussion Discussions: A Functional Approach to Recovery After Brain InjuryShe was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by Northwestern Healing Sciences University in 2022. During her time in Dallas, Texas she was the team acupuncturist for the UFC and Legacy fighters training out of Fortis MMA and Octagon. She currently treats patients in her private practice in Stillwater, MN.


Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Masters of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness

Licensed Acupuncturist

Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)

Carrick Institute: Clinical Neuroscience Program

Carrick Institute: Traumatic Brain Injury Program

Carrick Institute: Mastering Migraine Program

Carrick Institute: Vestibular Rehabilitation Program

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I am a Boxer and Mixed Martial Artist and I've been competing professionally since 2009. As much as I try to train hard but also train smart I'm always going to sustain some type of damage or injury in this sport. Since I've been receiving treatment from Ayla Wolf at Healing Response I notice immediate relief in the new injuries I sustain. She's also been working on my old injuries and over time I've noticed that I have less pain and more mobility in those particular areas as well. Adding this treatment to my routine has been a blessing to my career and life.

~ Sean Spencer

I have been thrilled with my experience with Ayla and Healing Response Acupuncture.  Ayla is one of the most knowledgeable people I have met, and I fully trust her with my health.  As opposed to many practitioners who treat one specific aspect of a person's pain or disorder, Ayla sees the person as a whole system, and works to heal underlying causes of any issue.

~ Tasha

Ayla Wolf is an exceptional practitioner. I have seen several acupuncturists for repetitive use injuries associated with my training as a competitive Crossfit athlete over the last 5 years. I found some relief, but it wasn't until I began seeing Ayla this year, that I was finally able to heal some long term afflictions that no other acupuncturist, chiropractor, or naturopath could help me with.

~ Jonna P

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L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), MAOM

Sophia is a licensed acupuncturist with an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and post-graduate training in functional neurology through the Carrick Institute. With a strong educational background in neuroscience and her own personal experience with traumatic brain injury, Sophia is passionate about helping support others to optimize their brain health, traumatic brain injury recovery, neurodegenerative disorders and finding relief from pain.


With a focus on the nervous system, Sophia is motivated by exploring and strengthening the relationship between an individual’s conscious experience of their body, and the body’s deeper operative systems. She seeks to work with patients to discover how to harness this relationship for control and precision in athletic pursuits, overall wellbeing and everyday life.

Her appreciation and passion for acupuncture came from using it to heal her own nervous system first from nerve damage following a mild snowboarding injury, and later after a life-threatening car accident resulting in a severe traumatic brain injury, from which she had to relearn how to walk, swallow and dress. She is now dedicated to helping others experience the same profound impact of acupuncture and applied clinical neuroscience to bring freedom and ease into their lives.


In December, 2018, I underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor. The tumor was benign, but far from harmless. It left me with a host of lingering symptoms, from intense pain in my left hip to depression and anxiety to chronic digestive trouble. 

Across the entire spectrum of these problems, the acupuncture I’ve received from Sophia Bouwens has provided dramatic assistance, both physical and psychological. As someone who has herself experienced a brain injury from a car accident, she possesses an intuitive and experiential understanding of the connection between my now excised tumor and the rest of my physical and neurological systems. She is not just an outstanding practitioner of this powerful form of treatment, she is also a thorough, patient, insightful and empathetic individual. Sophia excels at making it clear that she and her clients are engaged in a personal as well as professional relationship in our mutual quest for relief and well-being.

~ Rich B.

I did not believe in Acupuncture until I experienced it first hand with Sophia.  Ever since I was young, I have always been afraid of needles.  I tried Acupuncture for the first time with Sophia and she helped me get over that needle anxiety as well as believe in the power of Acupuncture.  Sophia helped address my work stress and tension in my neck from sitting at a desk and staring at a computer all day. I recommend Acupuncture with Sophia to anyone looking to address work stress and the tension/neck pain associated with it.

~ D. J.

Sophia is an amazing practitioner! I first received acupuncture in the hospital following hip surgery. I was a complete skeptic but thought I should give it a try. After the first treatment I was convinced that it is real! 
Last summer I hurt my back working on a retaining wall. I could barely walk or straighten up. Sophia did two treatments on me and it helped me heal greatly. Soon the pain had left my back and I was able to function again. 
The last treatment I had with Sophia was for a sciatic nerve pain. I had had pain for 2 weeks. I was going to be leaving the country to go to South Africa and could not bear the thought of a 23 hour plane ride in this condition. I called Sophia and asked if she could do anything. She said she could. She was very good to work with and willing to help without making me wait. I came over immediately. She treated me which lasted 10 minutes and only 5 needles. The pain was completely gone and did not return again. I can't tell you how amazed I am by the results. 
Sophia is a very talented acupuncturist and a very caring person. I recommend her completely without reservation.

~ Rick