I do 6 figures giving private IV drip therapy

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  • Mary Youssef, 25, is a pharmacist and mobile IV infusion therapist based in New York City.
  • She administers IV drip treatments for hydration, hangovers, inflammation, etc.
  • This is what her job is like, as freelance writer Jenny Powers recounted.

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This narrated essay is based on a conversation with Mary Youssef, a mobile IV drip therapist, about her career path. It has been edited for length and clarity.

Five days a week, I probe the arm of a Wall Street executive, professional athlete, celebrity, socialite, or rich kid who’s partied too much, looking for a healthy vein to give him the IV drip therapy of his choice, to help everything from dehydration to hangovers.

Prior to becoming one of HealthIV’s 20 mobile intravenous infusion therapists in New York City last year, I worked as a pharmacist at the local drive-thru counter at a national drugstore chain.

After spending six years earning my PhD at St. John’s University and ending up with six-figure debt because of it, I ended up feeling more like a fast food waiter. glorified than anything else.

I wanted to find a better work situation, so I took an IV therapy course. Initially, I thought I would go into the infusion pharmacy, but after spending almost three months getting my IV certification, I came across HealthIV, a company that hires qualified pharmacists and registered nurses to prepare and administer. IVs on demand.

I soon ended up quitting my drive-thru job to become a full-time IV therapy therapist.

Nowadays, preparing, infusing and administering a multitude of medications while keeping patients safe in a fast paced environment is only part of an average 12 hour workday for me.

On weekdays my alarm goes off at 4 a.m., giving me plenty of time to get ready, meet our van driver near my home in Queens, and visit clients in Manhattan, New Jersey and Connecticut. .

Most of the time my first appointment starts between 6:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. and for many patients I’m the first person they see in the morning.

A HealthIV van in which Youssef goes to get to his appointment.

A HealthIV van in which Youssef goes to get to his appointment.

Mary Youssef / HealthIV


It takes about five infusions a day to earn a six-figure salary, starting from a base salary plus commission based on the number of treatments. On average, I give between 6 and 10, and on cold days during flu seasons or on weekends, that number can easily increase to between 12 and 15. (Editor’s note: HealthIV treatments start at around $ 129 per session.)

There is always a certain level of vulnerability between the two parties involved in home visits. One minute we’re strangers, the next minute you invite me to your place to do some delicate work on you. I think the most surprising part of the job is the privacy of it all – there’s always a bit of awkward silence in the air when I start.

In the case of high profile patients, I am often forced to leave my phone and electronic devices at the door and sign non-disclosure and confidentiality forms to ensure confidentiality.

There is no place to be a starstruck in this job, despite the fact that in many cases I come face to face with someone I have idolized.

Sometimes I have to watch my own breathing carefully so as not to appear anxious or nervous. A little voice in my head said to me, “Stay calm, find a vein, don’t shake and hold their hand too long or they will become suspicious.”

After inserting the IV, people sit down and let the therapy do its work for 30 to 45 minutes.

Marie Youssef

Youssef giving IV treatment to an anonymous client.

Mary Youssef / Health IV


Some read or watch TV or listen to music while others talk on the phone as if I am not there. Time and time again I have been aware of conversations bordering on national secrets, but my lips are sealed.

Celebrities usually put on a sleep mask and lie down to avoid conversation.

I usually just find a quiet corner to hang out so as not to disturb them. I can’t leave the room or go too far as I have to watch them throughout the process to make sure everything is going well.

Often times, I sit and look around, amazed by those lavish settings and penthouses that I could never afford, and I just enjoy it all.

Our two most popular therapies are for hydration and hangovers.

We also offer a variety of other therapies targeting everything from inflammation and stomach flu to chronic diseases such as migraines, fibromyalgia and


asthma

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One of my busiest days of work recently was following the Met Gala last month, although we don’t charge celebrities because we rely on their word of mouth to bring us visibility and business. additional. During the holidays, I get a lot of bookings from customers hungry for a post-hangover brew.

I also visit patients with debilitating illnesses who require long-term therapy prescribed by their doctors. Most of them cannot perform the most basic daily activities, but they are relentlessly striving to improve and therefore undergo weekly intravenous treatment.

These are the types of patients that make my long days most worth it. They often tell me stories about their grandchildren and invite me to sit with them and drink tea.

My average weekday ends around 6 or 7 p.m., but on weekends it’s common to work until midnight. Every day I get my shift schedule for the next day, so no two days are the same.

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