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Mobile IV therapy venture launches

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A pair of friends and Springfield natives are bringing a mobile IV therapy business next month to the Queen City.

Home-based venture Ozark Mountain Hydration LLC is set to launch Jan. 14, said co-owners Kathryn Barber and Madi Sheppard. The company was founded to bring IV wellness therapy to clients wherever they are most comfortable, Barber said, declining to disclose startup costs.

“We will provide mobile services in people’s homes or workplace – honestly, wherever we can best serve our clients,” she said, noting Ozark Mountain Hydration will employ five registered nurses to administer the IV therapy.

With IV therapy, hydration and vitamins are delivered directly to the bloodstream and are more quickly and easily absorbed than fluids or vitamins taken by mouth, according to the company website. Ozark Mountain Hydration offers IV services for hydrating and increasing energy levels with a liter of saline filled with electrolytes and B vitamins, or a drip that boosts the immune system with vitamin C, zinc and electrolytes. Some of the ailments for which IV therapy provides aid include dehydration, headaches, nausea and fatigue, according to the website.

“We thought there’s nothing like that in Springfield,” Barber said of mobile IV therapy. “With my background, I’ve seen firsthand many, many times when people come into the hospital and they’re dehydrated, that IV fluids really make the biggest impact to make people feel better.”

Barber and Sheppard say Ozark Mountain Hydration is a “labor of love” and their first business ownership venture. Sheppard said she has a background in accounting and will do bookkeeping for the company, while Barber has 10 years of nursing experience. Each plan to maintain full-time jobs in addition to their new company but declined to disclose their current place of employment. Sheppard’s LinkedIn profile notes she is a trauma nurse practitioner with CoxHealth.

Ozark Mountain Hydration’s first IV session costs $100 with future services ranging $140-$200, according to the website. Monthly and bimonthly memberships also are offered with prices ranging $75-$250. Sessions last 30-45 minutes.

The owners say appointments will initially run Friday through Monday but could be expanded based on demand. In addition to the mobile service, Barber said a brick-and-mortar clinic is a future goal.

“We don’t have a definite plan for that,” she said. “With this being a new service, we’ll kind of see how we can best meet our clients’ needs and see what that demand looks like once we’re up and running.”

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