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. When you work with her, you’re promised a passionate and supportive partnership to understand your daily habits and support your long-term health goals.
Your first visit lasts about 90 mins and follow up visits typically range from 30-60 minutes depending on the purpose. Why the long time? Dr. Drains does a full health history and intake and review of recent labs. She requires sufficient 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.
She uses an eclectic 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:
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?). We work gently with your body to bring about long-lasting wellness.
Not quite sure if Naturopathic is right for you? Still have questions, concerns? Or simply tour our facility, meet the ND? Inquire about our Discovery Session Virtual Consult .
Also known as herbal medicine, botanical medicine is the use of plants as medicine. Many plant substances are powerful, safe, and effective medicines when used properly.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" Food is one of our most powerful tools to use to maintain health, prevent and rid disease. There are vast applications for food and pharmaceutical-grade nutrients, and this is a common therapy used at RHH. A cornerstone of naturopathic medicine, clinical nutrition is the practice of using food to maintain optimal health.
Homeopathy treatments is to locate the root of your health issues and reverse them naturally. Homeopathy can address many chronic and acute health complaints, rather than managing or suppressing them. Our doctors are able to provide a deeper healing of mental, emotional, and physical complaints.
Ear seed therapy, also known as auricular therapy, is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine which observes the ear as a microcosm of the body. It’s based on the principle that the ear represents the body as a whole, with parts of the ear corresponding to other areas and organs in the body. Auricular therapy uses points of the ear, along with small round seeds which are modestly taped on areas of the outer ear, which the client may press over the course of 3-4 days as additional stimulation for the points.
Ear Seed Therapy is widely used for many conditions, including addiction treatment, smoking cessation, mood disorders, obesity, pain, and much more. The points found on the ear help to regulate the body's internal organs, structures, and functions.
Each Session takes approximately 15-20 minutes
Cleansing stimulates specific organs within the body that enables healthy detoxification and fat loss. These cleanses are a gentle process that emphasizes organic whole foods (fruits and vegetables) while limiting high calorie, refined foods and saturated fats. In addition to the food you will eat during your cleanse, you will be given some whole food nutrition supplementation that will assist infusing the body with nutrients and rid itself of toxins.
Involves the application of alternating waves of light to the soft tissues of the body. This helps to ease stress and muscular tension, decrease inflammation, relieve pain from injuries and aid in speed recovery.
We work closely with your overtime to help ensure your success.
Empowering people to become more informed about their health options, more involved in decisions made about their health, and more capable of maintaining their own good health can lead to better health outcomes and lower costs.
Also known as "Nutrigenomics" We can utilize strategies that take into account each person’s genetic variations, environment, and lifestyle. Using Nutrigenomics we can help you figure out which foods you should eat or avoid, which type of physical exercise you are most likely to benefit from, and which supplements you need to take to address deficiencies or imbalances, all based on what best suits the your particular biological makeup.
We are passionate about healthy living, nutrition, holistic healing and optimal lifestyles. Through our talks and workshop programs we aim to empower people to optimal levels of health and wellness. Interested in learning simple ways to keep a healthy weight? Natural techniques to help with sleep and stress? How about Women’s health or Holistic Allergy relief? There are dozens of topics we can teach, just ask! Those who attend always leave with practical information they can put to use to improve their lives. We love to share! (That is what knowledge is all about!).
Contact us to schedule a workshop for your school, church, business, health fair or corporate event!
Our most comprehensive solution for Holistic Personalized care
Still have questions? Meet with Dr. Drains ask questions about your specific health concerns. Learn what it's like to be a client at our office and if natural medicine is right for you. We also do a 12 point systems assessment which helps us discover which areas meet attention and discuss a few options for your next steps
Simple. wellness centered visits focused on healthy weight and/or detox
AKA "Ear Seeds or reflexology of the ears
Includes your first seed application
Add a custom blend of aromatic oils to your session
Application of up to 3 areas
Our goal is to eliminate confusion and help you streamline your choices toward optimum health! Bring your big bag of supplements and we'll help you figure out what is absolutely necessary and what isn’t.
Currently, North Carolina health insurance does not cover alternative medical services. However, most Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts cover office visits.
Due to the individualized nature of our recommendations, supplements and or any labs are not included in the price of consultation. However we make sure you are getting the best quality, the best forms and the best potencies of recommended supplements, both new supplements we may recommend as well as those you are currently taking. Out of convenience and assurance of quality, you may choose to purchase your nutritional supplements from us, but you are not required to.
Cancellations/Missed appointments: All sessions are by appointment only. We are happy to change your appointment with 24 hours notice. Missed appointments without 24 hours notice (by phone, email or in person) will be charged the full session fee. Late Cancellations, that is appointments missed or cancelled with less than 24 hrs notice are subject to late cancellation fees.
Insurance: Naturopathic medicine is not routinely covered by insurance in North Carolina at this time. Some Health Savings Accounts/Flex Spending Plans can be used to pay for our services. We recommend you contact your plan directly to see what they will or will not cover. Because there is no insurance coverage at this time for our alternative medical services and most must pay out of pocket, we do offer various discounts and packages available to work within your budget. Please ask us for more details.
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) and maintains a Naturopathic license in New Hampshire and Oregon. 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.