From the first moment I walked into Thrive, I could feel that I was in a different kind of doctor’s office. There is a feeling of peace and calm there that I have never experienced, and that natural healing attitude is consistent throughout all my experiences there. From B12 Fridays to nutritional IV therapy, every treatment I have experienced has left me feeling vibrant and totally supported. The three doctors who own the practice are gracious and knowledgable, and all of the healers with whom I have interacted there are equally skilled. I can’t imagine looking for healing support in any other medical office now, there really is no comparison.
Z.M. – Santa Cruz
Dr. Rios and the staff at Thrive literally saved my life!!! (22F, no preexisting conditions)
2 years ago my mom passed away and it was very traumatic and unexpected. I saw my PCP and was put on a series of different antidepressants. After trying a sample pack of a new prescription drug, I woke up a few days into the treatment in EXTREME PAIN. My entire body was sore and I could not stand straight due to the stiffness in my legs. This ended up progressing to the point where I needed assistance bathing and had to use a cane due to constantly collapsing from the weakness in my body. My PCP said it “would go away on its own”.
I ended up visiting Dr. Rios for B12 Happy Hour (it’s VERY easily accessible and affordable there!) after not being able to walk for 12 weeks. I did b12 shots weekly and noticed improvement, but I was still weak and in severe pain. Dr. Rios offers a FREE 15 minute consultation to anyone so I made an appointment and brought in a whole list of questions/concerns. He seemed concerned and asked for copies of my medical records to review. Dr. Rios reviewed my records for no additional cost and said he would contact me in a few days. I received a call from Dr. Rios later that week informing me of a treatment that could help me. He explained how certain prescription drugs could cause extra pyramidal symptoms and movement disorders! (Also guess what was one of the first severe side effects for Latuda? You guessed it! Movement Disorders!)
At this point Dr. Rios had given me answers after 4 different doctors could not. He warned me that NAD is pricey and would take AT LEAST 10 sessions. He also did not charge me for any of this footwork he had done, besides my discounted happy hour b12 shot.
On February 19th I paid $250 for 100mg of NAD to be infused into my blood via an IV Drip. I walked in that morning tired, exhausted and in intense pain. The girls up front, Clover and Alexa, immediately got me checked in and cozy in the IV lounge. You can choose to sit or stand and they have hot tea, water, heating packs, pillows and blankets! Dr. Rios got me hooked up and I started dripping. Some moments were uncomfortable but there was always someone to help me move around or even just chat with me! I knew the chances of seeing any improvement after 1 drip was slim and I most likely would not be running around anytime soon. But after that first treatment things improved significantly!!!
Treatment #1 Stopped using a cane
#2 Rode a bike
#3 Go up 2 flights of stairs while carrying items
#4 Drove a tractor all day and did work around the farm
#7 Walk longer distances, return to work part time with accommodations
#13 Able to jog short distances
I have now done over 15 treatments and feel my body is almost back to its old state!
Nov 2019 – March 2020 I could not walk or stand, could not bathe or even grip objects
I now do all the cooking, cleaning and organizing in our household. I have begun to enjoy life again and enjoy going outdoors! I am becoming more comfortable in my body every single day and relearning how to balance, walk, run and be human! I highly recommend seeing what Dr. Rios could do for your health. I no longer see my old doctors and will be a very loyal patient to Dr. Rios for as long as possible! He has taught me so much about my body and health. Treatments aren’t cheap, but you shouldn’t skimp on your health anyways! Make coffee at home a few days a week and at least stop in for a $15 B12 shot! They’re even doing it Covid Style with a drive thru shot option!
Thank you to everyone at Thrive! You make my week brighter every time I come in and have improved my life so much!
– Catalina M.
“Dr. Carlos Rios is an amazing doctor. Recently I had COVID really bad and suffering from post covid syndrome for the last 5 months. His treatment plan has changed my life with all the vitamin shots + IV & peptide shots. He has also helped my with a treatment plan for an infectious disease that took about a year to get better. Will always recommend him to all patients suffering from illness. He also does a happy hour with b12 shots that is a nice boost of energy when you’re real tired from the day to day stuff.”
– Julie T.
“I went for my first B12 shot last week. I noticed a sign advertising B12 and was encouraged to purchase after seeing their Groupon. Of course I verified via yelp before purchasing! They offer $5 add-on’s with B complex, Niacin, or other options. I opted to add Niacin. It was a super small needle and I felt that it was painless. The Dr. recommended to have the shots weekly for 4 weeks until the body’s B vitamins are up to par. Then, come as needed. With the Group on for 4 sessions, this is a perfect match. I am excited to see how I feel after the 4th sesh.”
– Cynthia B.
“Got my first ever B-12 shot the night before I ran the half Wharf to Wharf and I turned in my fastest mile times in 7 years! Also took 2nd in my age group. Not to mention I felt great. I’m now a believer!”
– Andrew S.