Boutique infusion clinic offers IV treatments outside hospital
Morning sickness to migraines are treated

By Mary Reardon - Special to Conley News Service

July 18, 2018

 Dr. Alia Fox on July 10 at H2O Health Hydration Oasis, an “urgent care for IVs” clinic on
Greenfield Avenue in Brookfield.
Mary Reardon/Special to Conley News Service

BROOKFIELD — Dr. Alia Fox has opened what she believes to be the only doctor-owned infusion boutique in the Milwaukee area.

H2O Health Hydration Oasis, 17110 W. Greenfield in Brookfield, offers custom IV therapy for people with serious health conditions and those without.

“We are essentially like an urgent care for IVs,” Fox said.

Among users of the clinic are people suffering from migraines, cluster and tension headaches, morning sickness, nausea and intestinal ailments such as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Cancer patients struggling with chemo, athletes seeking recovery or a pre-training boost and folks battling chronic fatigue also frequent the clinic. Some get referrals from their doctors, while others come on their own.

Fox, an anesthesiologist who has a background at the Cleveland Clinic and practices at an area hospital system, says she went for a “Starbucks feel” at the Brookfield clinic, which she opened in October 2017. The place is actually swankier than most Starbucks, filled with metallic wallpaper, shag carpet, chandeliers, leather chairs and large TVs.

Fox decided to open the clinic after noting a lack of relaxed places to get IV treatments outside of a hospital. The service is not “weird” or alternative, she says.

“This is a service that happens every single day millions of times throughout the country in our hospitals,” she said.

Kate Weinstein, 35, of Milwaukee, comes to the clinic around once a week.

“I’m surprised at what a substantial difference this has made in my health,” she said. “It’s truly been life-changing,”

 H2O Health Hydration Oasis, an “urgent care for IVs” clinic in Brookfield.
Mary Reardon/Special to Conley News Service

New to U.S.

“Infusion clinics have been here in the U.S. for five to 10 years,” Fox said. She says they’ve been present in Europe for decades. They fall on a spectrum, from the Hangover Heaven bus in Las Vegas to offices taking insurance.

“It’s very important to me to maintain the highest educational and skill set standard that you get in a hospital without having to be in a hospital,” Fox said. “Everyone who works here is either an RN or a nurse practitioner. We don’t have any techs or assistants.”

Fox says her clinic uses a hepa-filtration hood and sterilely custom-mixes all the infusions as hospitals do.

“We don’t buy prepackaged,” she said. The IV needles “are little tiny baby ones” used for 2-year-olds, she says.

 Dr. Alia Fox works Tuesday at H2O Health Hydration Oasis, an “urgent care for IVs”
clinic on Greenfield Avenue in Brookfield.
Mary Reardon/Special to Conley News Service

The most basic offering is Invigorate: a saline infusion with calcium, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins.

“A lot of people are deficient in B vitamins,” Fox said.

Among the other treatments at the clinic are infusions dubbed Social Survivor (hangovers, dehydration), Brain Boost, Body Detox, Core Restore, Calorie Crusher and Immune Ultra Boost. Targets include wound-healing, cold and flu, allergies, anti-aging, high stress, chronic inflammation, post-addiction health, body aches and general malaise.

The clinic doesn’t infuse pain medication or narcotics.

The typical infusion costs around $130, Fox says. Insurance often pays; if not, the clinic offers a membership providing discounts.