Good Neighbor Podcast: Winston-Salem

EP#2: Stephanie Miles on Transforming Lives with Hydration

January 31, 2024 Magella Cantara & Stephanie Miles Episode 2
Good Neighbor Podcast: Winston-Salem
EP#2: Stephanie Miles on Transforming Lives with Hydration
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What makes Stephanie Miles with IV Smiles Hydration and Wellness a good neighbor?

Have you ever considered that the secret to vibrant health might just be a drip away? My guest, Stephanie Miles of IV Smiles Hydration and Wellness, joins me to unravel the layers of IV hydration therapy, a wellness strategy that's much more than a quick fix for the morning after. Stephanie, a nurse practitioner and entrepreneur, is not only an expert in her field but also a testament to the power of perseverance, having transformed her life from a teen mother to a thriving business owner. Her incredible journey is as invigorating as the vitamin-packed infusions she administers.

During our conversation, Stephanie illuminates how her wellness practice is pioneering the path to optimal health for those dealing with everyday stressors to chronic health issues. The essence of self-care is woven through her narrative as she emphasizes the necessity of balance—be it through travel, relaxation, or cherishing moments with loved ones. If you're curious about how a holistic approach to wellness can be seamlessly integrated into your life, or if you're inspired by entrepreneurial spirit and the role it plays in community health, Stephanie's insights are an energizing wellspring of knowledge. Join us and explore the transformative impact of IV hydration therapy, both on the body and the entrepreneurial spirit.

To learn more about IV Smiles Hydration and Wellness, go to:
https://www.ivsmileshydration.com/

IV Smiles Hydration and Wellness
(336) 396-7399

Speaker 1:

podcast. The place where local businesses and neighbors come together. Here's your host, majella Cantara.

Speaker 2:

Welcome to the Good Neighbor podcast. Are you in need of IV hydration and wellness treatment? They're maybe one closer to you than you think. Today, I have the pleasure of introducing your neighbor, stephanie Miles, with their company IV hydration and wellness. Stephanie, how are you doing today? Good, how are you? I'm great. We're excited to learn all about your business. So, stephanie, please tell us what you do.

Speaker 3:

So I own IV Smiles, hydration and Wellness. It is an alternative wellness practice here in Winston-Salem. So basically I give you basic IV fluid and I infuse vitamins into it. So magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, b complex, a number of vitamins and minerals and antioxidants to help with a variety of things. So it can help boost your immune system, it can help give you energy, it can help with chronic inflammation, arthritis pain and, of course, hydrating you because a lot of people are dehydrated. So it's just an alternative way of getting your fluid and your vitamins by biopassing that digestive tract and going straight to the source, to your cells.

Speaker 2:

That's awesome. It's very interesting to know. I'm sure a lot of people aren't familiar with it, so how did you get into this business?

Speaker 3:

So I heard about IV hydration many years ago but I kind of dismissed the idea because it was really celebrities, the rich and famous, even like bigger cities and states like California and Texas and Florida very popular there, but here not so much. But January 2021 came and I kept seeing it, I kept thinking about it, I was dreaming about it and that's usually God pushing you. So I just jumped out there and it took off, even though there was only one other person doing it in Winston-Salem when I started and she wasn't like full time with it, so it was still very unknown.

Speaker 3:

But, what I was fortunate about was people were receptive to it and tried it out, and I ended up leaving my full time job to pursue it further.

Speaker 2:

That's awesome. What are some myths or misconceptions in your industry?

Speaker 3:

So the biggest thing I hear all the time and it's unfortunately from other healthcare professionals. But they'll say, oh, what a billion dollar scheme. No, I'm not a billionaire. Yeah, close. Or they'll say what a waste of time. Just drink your water, just take your vitamins, and at the end of the day, most of us are not drinking as much fluid or the recommended water intake anyway, and you're definitely not wasting your time. When you take a vitamin orally, you get maybe 20%, 10 or 20% of what it's worth by the time it goes to your digestive tract. By me skipping that and going straight into your bloodstream, I'm going straight to the source. You're getting nearly 100% bioavailability of that vitamin. I've also heard oh, you're just doing hangover. It's a hangover bar Hangover bar yeah.

Speaker 3:

No, do I offer hangover drips? Yes, I do. Is that my most utilized drip? Not even close, it's the least utilized drip. So I really have people coming in here with autoimmune disorders, with malabsorption disorders. I have clients with cancer. So this is really helping the community. It's really more on a health and wellness standpoint and not a party drip bar. That's not what I am.

Speaker 2:

Right, that's great. I'm glad you can clear that up for a lot of people. I'm sure you have a lot of questions. So, outside of work, what do you like to do for fun?

Speaker 3:

So 2024 was my year of self-care, because I've worked so hard and worked all the time.

Speaker 2:

As you should. Yes.

Speaker 3:

So for fun, I've started me a membership at Hand in Stone, so I'm getting my monthly massages or facials now. I am traveling a lot this year, so I have vacations playing with my family, my husband, my children, my sorority, sisters, like I'm out here in these streets yes, good for you, as you should, that's my fun, I was traveling with one out to eat. Of course I always make time for my you know my girl's dates, or whatnot. I'm just unwinding and not talking about the business.

Speaker 2:

Yes, understandable. It could be a very stressful thing, I'm sure. So let's change gears a little bit. Can you describe one hardship or life challenge that you rose above and can now say because of it, you're a better and stronger person? What comes to mind for you?

Speaker 3:

So probably my journey of becoming a nurse. So the summer started in college I found out I was pregnant with my oldest son, so I was 18. He was doing April and I had tried to make plans with my professors at the time to take my exams early. Some were very discouraging, like, oh, just drop out and start over after you had the baby, you know, not a lot of support there. But when you try to make plans you know stuff happened.

Speaker 3:

So I ended up, my placenta abrupted it, which is, you know, emergency, so we ended up moving prematurely. So I did end up withdrawing, having him and all of that, but I did not let that stop me. I didn't let the discouraging words of just all you know drop out. Try again. Later I enrolled, I got transferred to Winston-State University the best nursing program and transferred there and kept on going, became a nurse. So the person that you see today, that people meet today, it is, you know, it's from all of that I wouldn't be who I am today, I wouldn't have this drive, I wouldn't be such a boss if it wasn't for, you know, teenage pregnancy, overcoming it, withdrawing, re-enrolling in a different school, getting my degree kept on going.

Speaker 3:

Now I'm a nurse practitioner and I own two businesses, so I didn't let that situation make me a statistic. I didn't let people put me in a bubble or you know, or judge or try to just put me in a box. So that was something that has definitely motivated me through all of this and definitely have made me stronger, and I know I wouldn't be who I am today if it wasn't for you know, all of those things.

Speaker 2:

That's great and it's good. It was always good to have that motivation to keep you pushing and, you know, proving people wrong. So what about one thing you wish our listeners knew about? Iv, hydration and wellness?

Speaker 3:

I want listeners to know that it's not a medical necessity. You don't have to get it. Your doctor's not gonna prescribe it to you. This is a choice, it is a alternative service. So Ivy's Mouth is the first black-owned, female owned business in Winston-Salem. We are nothing but licensed professionals and we can guide you through. So I want everyone who kind of knocks it or, you know, have their doubts, to just give it a try. The next time you are battling a cold or you feel like something or you're about to travel, come get a drip so I can put some zinc in there and some vitamin C and some B12 and B complex and see how you feel, see how it helps you fight those germs and things that you're exposed to, and just give it a try. Don't knock it till you try it.

Speaker 2:

Right, absolutely so. How can your listeners learn more about you?

Speaker 3:

So you can find me on all social media platforms, so at IvySmiles Hydration, that is, on Instagram, facebook, tiktok, youtube. I also have a website, wwwivsmileshydrationcom. And then, of course, I'm in Winston-Salem, right off of Silas Creek Parkway, so we're for Sci-Fi, tech, community Colleges, right in between there at State Employees Credit Union, those brick office buildings. I'm in the back of there. So 2200 Silas Creek Parkway, suite 6B, and you'll see the sign IvySmiles Hydration and Wellness. Come check us out.

Speaker 2:

All right. Well, Stephanie, I really appreciate you being on the show and we wish you and your business the best moving forward.

Speaker 1:

Thank you. Thank you for listening to the Good Neighbor podcast. To nominate your favorite local businesses to be featured on the show, go to GNPWinston-Salemcom. That's GNPWinston-Salemcom, or call 336-777-7373. Prince Idaho.

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