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Achieving optimal health, naturally.

Combining the power of nature with modern day science.

You can achieve optimal health that Mother Nature intended for you.

Our wellness approach is based on Lifestyle Medicine.

Lifestyle Medicine involves the use of evidence-based lifestyle therapeutic approaches, such as a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, regular physical activity, adequate sleep, healthy relationships and a sense of community, stress management, avoidance of risky substance use, and other non-drug modalities, to prevent, treat, and, often times, reverse the lifestyle-related, chronic disease that's all too prevalent.

We offer many natural wellness modalities such as herbal remedies rooted in ancient cultures and Native American medicine, aromatherapy, Ayurvedic medicine, Shaman healings, massage therapy, reiki, yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

 
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About

Find out about our philosophy,
mission, and the ancient wisdom applied to modern day, healthy living.

 
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Our Location

In the heart of downtown, historic, Portsmouth, NH, overlooking the Piscataqua, our location offers a serene ambiance for healing and wellness.

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Natural Medicine and Wellness Services

Natural Medicine

Lifestyle Medicine Consultation with Dr. Chris Scianna, DO, PhD.

Wellness Consultation

Joy Curth
60 minute initial consultation

Experience an Ayurvedic wellness and clinical herbalist consultation. This includes a custom healing tea and herbal tincture, White Birch signature essential blend and tree essence, tea ball and mug.

Herbalist Consultation

Experience a clinical herbalist consultation and 3 week protocol. This includes a custom healing tea and herbal tincture, White Birch signature essential blend and tree essence, tea ball and mug.

Wellness

50 Minutes Signature Customized Massage

The needs of our bodies fluctuate with the changing seasons. Our customized massages are designed to help maintain balance and wellness throughout the year. All services include a consultation to focus on areas of need and aromatherapy to enhance your experience.

$125

Hot Stone Massage 50 Minutes

Our signature massage with hot stones to enhance your healing.

$150

Thai Yoga Massage

60 minutes $125

Thai Yoga Bodywork combines restorative yoga postures, slow stretching, compression massage, and targeted acupressure to dramatically release tension in the body and mind. It’s performed on a cushioned mat wearing comfortable clothing, like one would wear to a yoga class. No experience with yoga or other types of massage is necessary. The practitioner gently guides the recipient into passive stretches and applies rhythmic pressure, while the recipient lies effortlessly on the mat.

Reiki Healing

50 minutes $125

Reiki is a Japanese energy healing technique for relaxation and stress reduction that also promotes balance in the body. Reiki can benefit anyone, regardless of age, situation or state of health.

Crystal Healing

60 minutes $125

Experience the energetic benefits of a chakra crystal healing.

Meditation, Yoga & Mat Pilates

$20 per class/unlimited monthly $125

Yoga, meditation and mat pilates classes for all levels of experience.

We have a sacred space where you will both improve strength and flexibility.

Meditation and mindfulness practices awaken your creativity, increase mental, physical and emotional health.

EFT Tapping

60 minutes $125

EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a body/mind self-help method once learned. It combines a gentle touch together with mindful and vocal attention to thoughts and feelings.

EFT involves tapping with our fingertips on acupuncture points on the hands, face and body while focusing (temporarily) upon an issue we wish to resolve. EFT allows us to release and transform the way uncomfortable feelings like hurt, guilt, fear, or anger may be affecting our experience. EFT can also be used to help transform the thoughts and beliefs behind our emotional experiences. After just a few rounds of tapping, people often report feeling lighter and calmer and able to breathe more easily.


Memberships

Healing modalities to improve your health, relax your body, soothe your mind, and nourish your skin. White Birch memberships support your optimal wellness lifestyle.


Birch Forest | $150 Month

★ Your choice of $150 of healing modalities

★ 10% off Société herbal products


River Essense | $300 Month

★ Your choice of $300 of healing modalities

★  10% off all Société herbal products

★  10% off yoga, pilates and meditation classes

★  Five yoga class passes for friends + family


Four Seasons | $450 Month

★ Your choice of $450 of healing modalities

★ 10% off all Societe herbal products

★ Priority booking
★ Monthly healing tea subscription
★ Unlimited yoga membership
★ Five yoga class passes for friends + family

About the Founders

 
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Dr. Chris Scianna

Dr. Scianna earned his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM). He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, New York. He is board certified through the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) and recently became boarded in Lifestyle Medicine through the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM). He has also earned a Ph.D. in Natural Medicine through Kingdom College of Natural Health (KCNH). He currently practices in New Hampshire.

Dr. Scianna relocated to Portsmouth, NH from Ithaca, NY in 2016. He spent four years living at Ecovillage in Ithaca, an intentional living community, creating positive solutions to the social, environmental, and economic crises our planet faces. His passion for wellness has come to fruition by the creation of White Birch Natural Medicine & Wellness.

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Joy Curth

Joy has a passion for helping you awaken to the power of healing  naturally.  Her own experience dealing with the negative side effects of long-term medications took her on a journey (literally around the world!) to unlock the power of nature to heal.  She immersed herself in the sciences of herbal medicine, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, flower essences, yoga, and meditation, and now enjoys making that knowledge easily accessible so that you can transform your own lifestyle habits and achieve ideal health.  When you work with Joy you will learn how to incorporate this natural, ancient wisdom to experience the joy of mind-body healing.

 Joy is a clinical herbalist having studied at the Self Heal School in San Diego, CA, and an aromatherapist from the Natural Healing Institute, also in San Diego.  Joy became an Ayurvedic wellness coach & meditation teacher at the Chopra Center,  and is also a certified reflexologist, yoga and pilates teacher.  While in Australia she became a Reiki master, learned how to give crystal and chakra healings, as well as becoming an Australia Bush Flower Essences Practitioner.

Joy brings all of these beautiful healing modalities to her work, providing you with customized remedies using the power of nature to help you experience your own best health.

 
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SociÉtÉ

Our sister business, Société, a healing tea and apothecary shop, is co-located at 51 Ceres Street. Offering a variety of 100 healing teas, 200 high-quality herbs, handmade herbal products, and many kinds of CBD. We are always expanding our products and will be offering tinctures, which will complement the wellness consultations provided.

 Customer Testimonies

I loved that - the negative energy “be gone”. I’m definitely coming back. You can feel it. I’m going to sleep good tonnight!
— Karen Mullings
I was delighted to have celebrated my birthday with 40 friends and family at White Birch last week.
Such a fabulous warm heart felt space to gather such wonderful women. Joy helped put together an evening that I’ll always treasure. It was a perfect combination of spirit, mindfulness and shear pleasure. Oh and lots of laughter too. I think her private events are perfect for a birthday, office mixer, bridal shower or ladies night out.
Perfect in every way. Thank you so very much Joy.
— Andra Welch
I just wanted to say that this space is wonderful and I so enjoyed attending the open house. I also purchased three wonderful tea blends that I’m LOVING. I’ve been drinking the tea of tranquility every morning and it is such a great start to my day!
— Molly Braden
This is a wonderful healing center... As soon as you step in, you’re “home”... Thank you Joy and Suelane
— Kristen Johnson
Grace and I loved discovering your beautiful space last week and meeting you Joy ! We live in Maine but will be making trips back regularly; thanks!
— Susan Butler Reno