Vitamins In Your Veins



Newlyweds Connor and Elyse Newth are healthy 20-somethings from Overland Park. Normally, they take their vitamins with a glass of water. But on Nov. 1, they took them while tethered to IV poles.

“We’re newbies,” says Elyse, who received her first intravenous therapy with a side of water and a granola bar while propping her legs up in a recliner.

Above: Infusion Express CEO Don Peterson strives to have his office environment feel as much like home as possible for patients.
Below: Infusion Express nurse Faye Coughennower prepares Connor and Elyse Newth for their “Myers’ Cocktail” infusions.

The pair didn’t squirm a bit as peppy Infusion Express nurse Faye Coughennower hooked them up with their first “Myers’ Cocktail” via the veins in their arms.

“I feel like I should try anything that makes me feel better,” says Connor, who watched “The Price Is Right” on a flat screen from his perch on another leather recliner while receiving his infusion. “And this is more relaxing than I would feel at home.”

“Home” is the feel that Infusion Express is going for, says the company’s chief executive officer, Don Peterson, who wants his office environment to mimic the “Cheers” theme song, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name.”

Peterson maintains his hope that Infusion Express will help take the fear out of intravenous therapy with a peaceful atmosphere and family feel that far surpasses the cold ambience felt in some hospital infusion facilities. He wants patients with chronic conditions to have a choice when it comes to infusion facilities, along with the folks that come in for 45-minute vitamin and nutrient cocktails.

“I met a patient with a chronic GI condition who couldn’t go to the hospital for infusions because she had to miss a half a day of work every single time,” says Peterson.

Infusion Express is open evenings and weekends to serve more patients.

“Patients shouldn’t have to make the choice between being healthy and losing their jobs.”

Although customers such as the Newths don’t have chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or Crohn’s disease that may necessitate regular intravenous therapy, they do have a desire to “detox” and stay healthy.

Coughennower says that the Myers’ Cocktail is essentially the same blend of magnesium, calcium and vitamins that you would take in a pill form. However, she says that a person would have to take three times the amount of pill vitamins to mimic what is absorbed in the system with one Myers’ Cocktail. Following the Myers’ Cocktail, patients like the Newths are given the option to receive an injection of vitamin B-12. According to Coughennower, vitamin B-12 injections help with energy and metabolism, along with fighting anemia.

A Kansas City mom of three boys, Laura Reese was “totally intrigued” by the Myers’ Cocktail and the concept of Infusion Express after meeting Don Peterson. Reese is physically active and takes a daily multi-vitamin. However, she wants to stay well to keep up with her sons.

“I heard that it boosts your immune system, so I thought it was great timing to come in and get one this fall,” says Reese, who is normally a little wary when it comes to needles but was surprisingly calm during her first Myers’ Cocktail infusion. “This wasn’t bad at all.”

Myers’ Cocktails, which cost an average of $100 per infusion, have been on the alternative medicine scene for a few years, but they are new to Kansas City. Celebrities such as Rihanna and Madonna are rumored to receive the infusions to balance their pop star lifestyles.

Although reviews of the efficacy of the Myers’ Cocktail vary, Peterson and Coughennower maintain that the vitamin and mineral infusions are safe for most people who need to offset their busy lifestyles and bad habits with something good.

“For some people, this is a luxury,” says Coughennower. “For some, it’s a need.”

Getting Infused

To make an appointment at Infusion Express, you must call ahead to explain your condition and need, says Peterson. Then you must obtain or have an order from a physician before arranging for an infusion. If applicable, your insurance company will be contacted regarding payment plans and coverage.

Also, patient support programs will be contacted if needed for coverage and financial aid.

Visit infusionexpress.com for more information, or call the Overland Park location at 13340 Metcalf at (913) 948-2020. Call the Lee’s Summit location, located at 3483 NE Ralph Powell Rd., at
(816) 272-0174.

photos:  Laurel Austin