Steamboat wellness clinic Brainwash offers IV infusions
May 7, 2017
Steamboat Springs — Back in November, Amanda Buckner was feeling a little under the weather.
"I had the crud that was going around, and this just kicked it," Buckner said, as she relaxed in one of the leather chairs inside Brainwash, a full-service, walk-in wellness clinic specializing in infusions and other services.
The clinic, located at 1915 Alpine Plaza in Steamboat Springs, opened its doors Tuesday.
"I didn't have to go to the doctor; I didn't have to take antibiotics or anything,” Buckner said of her first intravenous therapy session. "I was better that afternoon, and I was back to work that next day."
Dawn Cook, who opened Brainwash with partner Scott Borden, said she got started administering IVs a year ago, after her previous employer asked her to provide that service for her clients.
"After all the research and training, I quickly learned how beneficial this is," Cook said. "I learned how great people could feel, so I wanted to expand the service."
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Cook is a registered nurse who has practiced in Steamboat for more than 10 years. Her background is in surgical nursing, urology, pain management and regenerative medicine. She said she hopes to use that experience as she moves into a new area of wellness in Steamboat.
The clinic, which has the feel of a high-end salon, offers a number of wellness options that fill a school-room sized chalk board posted on a wall in the entrance of the clinic.
The infusions menu includes the Recovery IV, the Recovery Plus IV ($175), the Anti-Aging IV ($199), the Immunity IV ($199), the Wellness IV ($175), the Myers IV ($175) and the Powerhouse ($199).
Cook also offers an a la carte menu, which includes more basic infusions. Prices range from $80 for the most basic to $199 for more complex infusions.
The clinic also offers an oxygen bar, Lipotropic Injections, B12 injections, NAD cellular detox and an infrared sauna. On this day, Buckner was expanding her use of infusion treatments with a wellness IV formulated to boost her overall health.
"She wasn't having a whole lot of symptoms, and the wellness IV is simply to help you maintain overall health," Cook said.
Cook said, infusion therapy got its start more than 30 years ago through the work of a physician named John Myers, based in Maryland. Cook formulated an IV containing vitamin C, magnesium and calcium; it also included other vitamins, such as B5, B6, B12 and B-complex, which he used to successfully treat a number of chronic issues, including fatigue and stress.
He also used it to treat fibromyalgia, chronic asthma and upper respiratory tract infections. Cook said that, in the past five to 10 years, the idea has grown in popularity.
"The idea behind IV therapy is that we can deliver these nutrients and fluids directly into your bloodstream. We can bypass the Gi (gastrointestinal) tract, where a lot of the nutrients and fluids are lost if taken by mouth," Cook said. "This way, we can activate higher concentrations of these nutrients in the blood, and if the IV is given at the right rate, and with the correct osmolality, we can coax the nutrients into the powerhouse of the cells better."
Brainwash is part of a growing wellness trend across the United States, with wellness clinics offering treatments covering number of ailments, ranging from migraines to a hangover.