CLARKSVILLE, TN (NOW CLARKSVILLE) – When the COVID-19 pandemic was rampant in the area, Registered Nurse Onquinette Hayslett saw a need in Clarksville for people to have access to alternative immune-boosting health options.
“I’ve been a registered nurse for eight years,” she said, noting that she already practiced IV therapy as a contractor for an area health group. So she decided to start her own business, called I-Concierge, which opened in April. 2020.
“I’m really into health and wellness, (and I’ve) done a lot of house calls (when) everyone wanted to boost their immune system (during COVID-19),” she said. . “I mostly did mobile visits where I was going to administer IVs (at home),” she said.
Intravenous therapy involves injecting the client with fluids from an intravenous bag. The bag usually contains a saline solution with a combination of vitamins and minerals.
“Clients don’t need to have a prescription (to receive IV bag therapies), but I’ve had clients who have come with doctors’ orders,” Hayslett said. “I have a client who has cancer and her doctor has written down a detailed list of things she needs (including) 50,000 milligrams of vitamin C every two weeks,” she said.
Hayslett said that while she doesn’t claim to cure any disease, she can treat many symptoms using IV therapy. “I’ve had clients come in and tell me they have a migraine, and I’m just saying I know exactly what to give you to get rid of it,” she said.
Getting started with her IV therapy clinic wasn’t easy, and Hayslett said there was an application process to follow. However, she was able to find a Michigan-based medical director for her medical salon and soon owned not one, but two clinics.
“Dr. Chris Seitz, part of the Guardian Group, has chosen to oversee the clinic(s),” she said.
group of guardians is located in Grosse Ile, Michigan, and oversees various clinics and medical practices.
Different IVs for different needs
Among Hayslett’s most popular intravenous therapies are The Terminator and Stella Rose.
“(The Stella Rose) has everything but the kitchen sink,” she said. It is a 500ml saline bag containing vitamin C, B-complex, glutathione, amino acids, calcium and magnesium, according to the I-Concierge website.
“The Stella Rose is a bag that can be used if you’re someone who wants to maintain overall health. … It’s for someone who already takes vitamins and supplements daily and just wants something extra” , she said.
The Terminator is an immune booster, she said. “People get this bag when they are about to travel or returning from travel, after illness or during illness like COVID, colds or allergies. It contains B-complex, magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc, NAC and vitamin C,” Hayslett said.
Another favorite therapy is Malibu Breeze, formulated to treat fibromyalgia; it acts on nerves and inflammation.
Hayslett said she did a lot of research. “I’m always looking at the next evidence-based best practice,” she said. “That’s why I have the clientele I have,” she said, noting that she’s grown from 20 clients in 2020 to more than 300 currently.
Different IV bags are designed to meet different needs, and some are gender-specific, like The Incredible Hulk.
“Men and women need different vitamins, minerals and antioxidants at different stages of life,” she said. “The combination of ingredients was chosen to meet these needs.”
The Incredible Hulk promotes energy and recovery. It is a 500ml saline bag that contains vitamin C, B-complex and amino acids.
I-Concierge also offers cryotherapy, a skin cooling process that causes vasodilation.
“It cools the skin to -4 degrees and causes blood vessels to open up, allowing collagen to be produced,” she said. “It’s stretching the skin, but not really stretching the skin. It’s just cold process toning,” she said.
Hayslett said this therapy firms the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
She also offers a certified lymphatic drainage treatment. “A lot of times we have a lot of waste and stuff in our body that builds up in our (lymph nodes),” she said.
With locations in Clarksville and Dyersburg, Hayslett said she’s staying busy.
Although her services are charge-only, she accepts payments from Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts.
I-Concierge is located at 319 Dover Road, Suite A, and is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, visit The I-Conciergerie website or call 931-802-8006.