What a great innovative way to look at healthcare! I went to The Biostation to learn ways in which I could live a more healthier lifestyle. I'll be honest, at first the IV therapy thing reminded me of the hangover doctors in Las Vegas, but I soon learned it was a completely different mindset. Instead of feeling terrible and needing an IV, The Biostation uses IV therapy to keep you well balanced and always feeling well! Tell that to my martini! I still wished they would offer a hangover IV I sure could use them from time-to-time!
My first impression, was that the building was very yellow, there was plenty of parking, there's some salt therapy place next door (go in and take a look mighty interesting stuff), and it's right by an Orange Theory Fitness....how convenient. The office is uber modern and decorated very nicely with blues, silvers, and purples, very high-end, very relaxing & calming, and very inviting.
I set up an appointment early in the am after a good 10 to12 hour fast. Walked into the office, rather early in the morning, and was greeted by Kasey who was the man responsible for drawing my precious blood. Now, I do have a fear of needles and blood for that matter, no nurse material here. I've even been known to faint in doctor's offices before, I let Kasey know all this and he made sure he kept me talking.
Turns out him and I went to college together (Go Gators) and had a lot of mutual friends. I think he just kept talking to me so I wouldn't think too much about the fact that I was bleeding (not to death but I would say maybe) and there were needles involved! Man oh man, did he take a lot of blood...I've never seen that much blood come out of me... eeeks....this was no normal LabCorps blood workup here, this is serious stuff. After my initial consult with Dr. Bloom I soon realized why they took so much blood.
After you have your blood drawn, you have to wait for the blood workup to come back, when they get the report back your "patient advocate" will give you a call and set up an appt to speak to Dr. Bloom. I would highly suggest you leave a good amount of time for this. The Dr. is extremely thorough and goes through every hormone in your body, what it does, what it's responsible for, why you have too much, why you have too little etc. Asks you a lot of questions about your diet, exercise, what else is going on in your life., etc. What are ways in which we can increase this or decrease it depending on the optimal level.
He also does an exemplary job of learning about your family history (drinkers and heart attacks here-I'm sure you all are shocked) and how that may play a role in what's going on. After about a good hour with Dr. Bloom I felt like I had a crash course in AP medicine, take me to Jeopardy I'm ready to play! He prescribed some therapies for me that did require a RX; however, they have a partnership with a company that will send them to your house. Additionally, he advised me on some regular old vitamins that I should be taking to help supplement my, um..."diet", red wine is dinner, no?
I've been back a couple of times, am indeed feeling better, and really enjoyed my learning experience here. They also now offer a wide variety of services from facials to hormone replacement therapy.
“If you had asked me three months ago which of Snow White’s dwarfs I resembled, I would have said Sleepy, Grumpy, Dopey, and Sneezy! I was experiencing all of the typical symptoms of menopause, fearing that this is what life had in store for me at “This Age.” I was exercising and eating healthy, but my waistline continued to grow, lack of sleep made it difficult to function, and between my allergies and hot flashes, I was miserable. After 90 days of following Dr. Bloom’s protocol, I was a new woman. My husband was so amazed by my progress that he is planning a visit to the biostation, too!”