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Inside The Drip Room: Scottsdale's First Foray into the Multi-Layered World of IV Vitamins

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Leslie Zelisko is getting an intravenous vitamin treatment. The 50-year-old, who looks fresh-faced and boasts about her "good veins," has been receiving these therapies at The Drip Room since the business opened its doors last November. Though her face may have betrayed some initial apprehension at the prospect of being poked with a needle, Zelisko, who is married to Valley concert promoter Danny Zelisko, says she routinely drops by to get the clinic's energy, immunity, and detox treatments -- anywhere from once a week to once every 10 or 14 days.

Marketed as the Valley's first IV vitamin hub, The Drip Room, located at 4251 North Brown Avenue, is hidden within the folds of Old Town Scottsdale -- directly around the corner from Firehouse, an anchor in the club scene where, on even the most average of Friday or Saturday nights, it's far from surprising to see women in heels stumbling on sidewalks and men in button-ups clinging to bottles of beer. Look down the street in either direction to see bars like Shotgun Betty's hiding in plain sight among unassuming businesses.

The interior beyond The Drip Room's camouflaged façade looks like any number of day spas in the area. Six large massage chairs line the walls -- one mirrored, one taken up by a large television screen, two adorned with white faux moose and deer heads. Four colorful oxygen bar tanks occupy a crisp white table in front of the big screen, which today splays highlights from sporting events and celebrity exploits.

But the experience is inherently a social one, explains Shirley Kelly, a registered nurse who founded and co-owns The Drip Room. Kelly, whose background is in the field of cosmetic surgery, likens the atmosphere to that of a salon and refers to her clients -- she prefers the term "client" over "patient" -- as "early adopters, ahead of the curve."

Kelly opened the business in late 2013 with the help of Dr. Cameron, a naturopathic physician who also operates a private practice in Gilbert, and her husband, Ross Cobb.

The venture is licensed under Cameron, and all potential recipients of the treatment must provide their medical history and undergo blood work and a physical exam before their first dose. Despite the comfortable vibe, it becomes immediately and abundantly clear: This is a treatment program based in an alternative form of medicine. This is not a business attempting to profit off of an alleged trend.

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