By Julie Henning

Oasis Hydration Station is a passion project that became a reality in January 2023 when Oregon native John Yochanan Russell purchased Hydrate Bar and re-branded the business. He turned it into the only holistic wellness facility in Eugene and Springfield that specializes in IV infusion therapy, a method of delivering vitamin fluids and compounded minerals directly into the vein. Russell describes Oasis Hydration Station as “a place where you can come and optimize your wellness potential to awaken the healing intelligence of the body through IV therapies.”

Although Oasis Hydration Station is already popular with University of Oregon students — in part due to the proximity of the 1414 Orchard Street location to the eastern edge of campus — Russell says infusion therapy is for anybody and everybody. 

“The best way to prepare for your first visit is to do a little background education to understand what it means to have intravenous direct hydration delivered into the vein,” he says. “You don’t have to fast or be on a particular diet. Receiving the drips is the most effective thing you can do for your body.”  

New clients are asked to complete an intake form so Russell and his staff can customize the drips to meet the unique needs and preferences of each person — adding extra zinc or vitamin C, for example. Plan to spend about an hour receiving a typical drip and budget about $175 to $200 for a single visit. The facility can accommodate both walk-ins and scheduled appointments. 

While Oasis Hydration Station does not accept health insurance, individuals requesting a nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) drip must first receive a prescription from their primary care doctor. NAD is a coenzyme found in living cells that plays a vital role in many cellular processes, including energy production, DNA repair, and cell signaling. Russell says NAD IV therapy has been shown to have a number of health benefits, ranging from improved energy levels to boosted immunity, accelerated wound healing, and slowed aging. 

“We’re a holistic wellness facility for your own alternative independent health care and maintenance, and not a medical spa,” Russell explained. “We have a naturopathic doctor on staff, and they can coordinate with and talk to your physician to help assist with the NAD prescription or any additional questions you may have about IV infusion therapy.” All IV technicians employed at Oasis Hydration are required to complete a six-month specialized training focused on inserting catheters into the vein. 

Russell says the drip people choose determines what they should expect to feel from IV infusion therapy. “If they are getting a Quench compound, which is our compound that is meant to replenish your fluids and rehydrate you if you are severely dehydrated from a night of drinking or a long weekend of activity, you can immediately feel your energy become restored,” he explained. “If you have any headaches or pains and aches in the body from dehydration, that goes away immediately.”

Oasis Hydration Station offers both student and senior discounts on drips, intramuscular injections, and additional therapies. You don’t need a membership to visit the business, but there is a tiered membership option with extra perks for members. Special deals and promotions are sent out to email newsletter and text message subscribers every few weeks. 

Russell says Oasis Hydration Station is about to launch a new cultural equity initiative aimed at benefiting Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities. “The initiative is going to provide more access to the people in the community who have less financial support to afford IV infusion therapy on a regular basis. No one should be turned away if they want to receive treatment, and the initiative will be structured into a sponsorship tier where current members can help sponsor others in the BIPOC community.” He says the program can also “tremendously help” individuals with serious substance addictions get “back on track, detox, and repair their bodies.” 

Oasis Hydration Station, 1414 Orchard Street, 541/357-0772, oasishydration.org