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Dr. Michelle Bouton, DACM

It has been a great joy to provide healthcare for my community since moving to the mountains of East Tennessee in 1999. 


I encourage patients to share their unique health story, then together we create a treatment plan to meet their healthcare goals. Patients have described my style of care as 'relaxed yet action-oriented'.


I incorporate my knowledge of acupuncture, herbal medicine, diet, massage, and lifestyle modifications so that each person is supported in becoming healthier and happier. I make every effort to provide consistent care through pain or illness, which can be a difficult journey. 

I am particularly passionate about treating women's issues and have specialized in fertility support, both natural and during reproductive medical care. 


As excited as I am about using natural therapies to restore balance, I am also a firm supporter of Western Medicine. I encourage my patients to use BOTH modalities, each when most appropriate, and to be grateful we have these options. I enjoy communicating with patients' physicians when possible, to foster an integrated care approach.

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My Approach

Formal Studies & Education

My formal studies include a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapy certification, Yoga Teacher certification, along with several herbal study programs.

Herbal medicine is one of my passions, and my childhood in middle Tennessee was blessed with a grandfather who took me on adventures such as wild mushroom hunting and making dandelion wine. The peach doesn't fall far from the tree, and in 2016 I founded HERBalachia, a local herbal medicine school which teaches local plant identification, ethical harvesting practices, and traditional hands-on medicine making.


2022 - Doctorate of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine,

Daoist Traditions; Asheville, NC

2016 - Founded HERBalachia School,

Erwin, TN

2014 - Founded Appalachian Acupuncture

Johnson City, TN

2012 - Master of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine, 

Daoist Traditions; Asheville, NC

2004 - Yoga Teacher Certification

1999 - Massage Therapy Certification

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