* Disclaimer: Michelle Drains, N.D. is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. She is a member of the AANP (American Association of Naturopathic Physicians) and of the NCANP (North Carolina Association of Naturopathic Physicians). While naturopathic physicians are licensed in other states, no such provision currently exists in the Carolinas. Therefore, in North Carolina, Michelle Drains, ND is not functioning as a medical physician, she does not profess to be a medical physician, and she does not diagnose or treat diseases. She functions as a wellness provider using a holistic approach where the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical aspects of a person are recognized to be interrelated for optimum health. She practices healing arts that rely on the body’s inherent healing capacity and utilizes a wide range of therapeutic systems to work with the body to assist healing.

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Michelle Drains, ND the owner and founder of Riverbirch Holistic Health, sees the body as a cohesive system with an innate ability to heal itself.  As such, it’s just as important to address the immediate symptoms as it is to examine the underlying causes of a health complaint; there’s no sense in applying a band aid if the wound won’t heal.  As her client, you’re promised a passionate and supportive partnership to understand your daily habits and support your long-term health goals. Riverbirch Holistic Health treats all acute and chronic health complaints with special interest in Gastroenterological complaints, pain management,  Stress Management, Arthritis, weight loss, and Metabolic Disorders.

​Your first visit with  may last 1 1/2 - 2 hours and follow up visits typically range from 30-60 minutes/vary depending on the purpose. Why the long time? Michelle does a full health history and intake and review of recent labs. She requires sufficent time to ask questions and understand your health goals. She may also recommend additional assessments to fully understand your current health status. She may recommend specialized nutritional, genetic, or other functional assessments to help better determine how the body is functioning and where it requires help.

Your second visit typically involves reviewing and presenting your individualized wellness plan (which may include any of the following modalities), tailored to you and compiled from the information gathered in the previous visit and evaluation. 

Michelle uses an ecclectic style of care drawing upon one or several modalities for each client. In addition to the physical, exploration of mental, emotional and spiritual health is always a part of a holistic and balanced investigation into your individual state of wellness
Such therapies may include but are not limited to:

  • Botanical medicine   
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Therapeutic Nutrition
  • ​Homeopathy
  • Mind/Body Medicine
  • Lifestyle Change
  • Detoxification
  • Environmental Medicine
  • Ayurveda
  • Acupressure​
  • Bach Flower Concentrations
  • Aromatherapy
  • Functional Medicine


​Changes are Slower, but Longer lasting...

​Natural Medicine takes time. Because the influence of Naturopathic treatments can be subtle and gradual, it may take weeks or months to feel a significant difference in some cases. After all many chronic ailments don't develop overnight (why would they leave as much?). Your Naturopath works gently with your body to bring about long-lasting wellness.



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