Dr. Katherine Birchenough was the fourth physician in South Carolina to be board-certified in functional medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine. She is also certified in peptide therapy, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. Dr. Shawn Birchenough is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in breast surgery and aesthetics. At OptimalSelf MD, we offer IV nutrient therapy for men and women in Greenville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and the surrounding communities in South Carolina.
WHAT IS IV NUTRIENT THERAPY?
IV Nutrient Therapy (IVNT) is a way to introduce vitamins and other therapeutic agents directly into the bloodstream to correct deficiencies, enhance immunity, increase energy, and achieve and maintain optimal health. The benefit of IVNT over oral nutrition is that the digestive system is bypassed, which allows for greater absorption into cells and tissues. It is estimated that only 20–40% of vitamins and minerals taken orally get absorbed. By delivering nutrients directly into the bloodstream, you feel the effects immediately and distribution to the cells that are deficient is more rapid and complete. Additionally, in the setting of chronically impaired digestion and intestinal absorption, a person can become very deficient, and IVNT helps “bridge the gap” until the gut can be healed.
HOW MUCH DOES IV NUTRIENT THERAPY COST?
At OptimalSelf MD, we understand that you want to feel good about yourself, yet cost may be a primary consideration. We recommend that you schedule a consultation as a first step. Phone consultations are complimentary, and we charge a fee for an in-office consultation. As part of the consultation, we explain the price of your IV nutrient therapy treatments, and payment can be made by cash, check, and credit card. We also work with CareCredit® and Alphaeon® to offer our patients financing options.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR IV NUTRIENT THERAPY?
You don’t have to be chronically ill to benefit from IVNT. You may need energy before or after a business trip, vacation, or a long week. Maybe you feel like you’re coming down with a cold or the flu, or you’ve got an Ironman this weekend, or you’ve been training hard and need to boost your recovery. That’s where IV nutrient therapy benefits can make a big difference. Vitamins, minerals, and amino acids given intravenously are much more effectively and quickly absorbed and can restore intracellular micronutrient deficiencies much faster than oral replacement.
WHAT TYPES OF IV NUTRIENT THERAPY ARE RECOMMENDED?
The physician-supervised IV therapy offered at OptimalSelf MD delivers the optimal difference. Dr. Katherine offers customized IV drips based on your health screening and goals, along with the “classics” — Myers Cocktail, Vitamin C, and glutathione.
- Fast VitaminIV™ is made with a core selection of nutrients and it is delivered quickly to maximize absorption
- BrainRefuel™ (NAD) is formulated with a molecule that is found in the human body and used for cellular energy production and reducing oxidative stress
- Myers Cocktail contains B vitamins, ascorbic acid, minerals, electrolytes and other nutrients, and you can include add-ons, such as a relaxation boost, vitamin C boost, or immune boost
- Vitamin C to help your body manage infections and fight cancer
- Glutathione to detoxify and provide powerful antioxidants
- LipoBoost for unwanted fat that is eliminated through a combination of choline, methionine, and inositol
- Vitamin B12 to boost metabolism of carbohydrates and fat to give you energy
- Vitamin D3 that works as a vitamin and a hormone in the body
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY IV NUTRIENT THERAPY?
Because of the personalized nature of our IV nutrient therapies, we kindly ask that you complete a brief health screening form to let us know your specific health goals. At OptimalSelf MD, you never have to worry about safety or an ineffective infusion. All of our drips are created within a couple of hours of your appointment and are made specifically for you. Dr. Katherine’s IV treatments will revitalize your health.
CAN I SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION FOR IV NUTRIENT THERAPY?
Dr. Katherine loves to talk to men and women about IV nutrient therapy and other types of functional and wellness medicine that is offered at our wellness center. You can set up a complimentary 15-minute phone consultation with her or schedule a consultation in our health and wellness center for a fee.
OptimalSelf MD is the first center in South Carolina to offer plastic surgery, aesthetics, and wellness for men and women in Greeneville, Simpsonville, Greer, Spartanburg, and the nearby areas of South Carolina. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your IV nutrient therapy treatments at our wellness center.
“You can rest assured that I try everything myself before recommending it to my patients. IV therapy really works, is very safe and can be used for maximizing energy, detox support, cognitive health, immune support, and even to optimize your cosmetic surgery results!” —Dr. Katherine Birchenough