Dr. PocurullDr. Pocurull is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. His years in Rheumatology have taught him to master injectables. Dr. Pocurull also has a degree in Psychology with his area of expertise as a trained counselor in relational therapy and boundaries.
Dr. Pocurull has had an interest in wellness for many years, much of it fueled by his experience in clinical practice. During these years, many of his patients have frequently asked, “How can I prevent arthritis?” This is a loaded question especially since there are over 100 forms of arthritis.
While we have no way of preventing the development of arthritis, research has identified that patients who are physically fit are less likely to experience more severe consequences of arthritis. In some cases exercise may be protective against osteoarthritis. One study found that people who engaged in recreational running were less likely to develop osteoarthritis of the knees.
Similar concepts apply to most chronic illnesses. Healthy dieting reduces cholesterol and blood pressure. Tai Chi helps improve chronic pain in patients with osteoarthritis. Yoga and Tai Chi help alleviate headaches in patients with lupus. Meditation helps increase activity in the “joy center” of the brain in patients with depression. The list goes on. The bottom line is that people who engage in a healthy lifestyle have a lower incidence of chronic illness, recover quicker from sickness, and are generally happier. They are also less likely to self-medicate with things like alcohol, tobacco, sweets, etc.
Also, our nation’s healthcare crisis can be mitigated if more people are healthy. In the words of Dr. Len Barry, “The only way we are going to cut healthcare cost is to have a healthier population.”
So why aesthetic medicine? Dr Pocurull’s research and experience has led him to realize that our sense of what is beautiful is based on our sense of what is healthy. So putting it simply:
Healthy skin is beautiful,
A Healthy body is fit and resilient,
A Healthy mind is at peace,
A Healthy spirit is close to God
In our Aesthetics Practice, we are not looking to “cover up flaws” as much as we are looking to make the skin and body healthy. We want to take a comprehensive approach, and the skin is where we chose to start. We then incorporate state-of-the-art scientific research. An example is our use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)and hyaluronic acid.
PRP is derived from our own blood. This product is then injected into the skin and stimulates the body’s own repair and healing process. Also, the dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid use a substance made by healthy collagen. It attracts moisture and helps restructure the skin matrix. We can apply these two treatments and get a dramatic effect on the appearance the skin.
So is this vanity? Ask the survivor of a facial burn if trying to look beautiful is vanity. Ask the survivor of childhood abuse who has facial scars as a daily reminder of her tormentor. Is it vanity that they may want to improve their appearance? I think not. And in my opinion, anyone who is trying to improve their appearance or stay fit or learn how to manage stress better, is simply engaging in self-nurturing.
In counseling many patients over the years, one of the first observable signs a person is recovering and “feeling” better are when they begin to nurture and take care of themselves. Our mental state shows in how we take care of ourselves. Artisan’s seeks to be the premier choice in self-care when it comes to aesthetics and wellness.
Jennifer PocurullPAINTINGS CAN COME TRUE!
When adding the opposing elements of water to fire both are transformed into a nourishing and soothing mist. One day as artist Jennifer Pocurull was writing a story this metaphor came to mind reminding her that sometimes the most fulfilling experiences in life are those that come from opposing forces. Jennifer being like water and her husband like fire. Jennifer grew up with a rich exposure to the arts. Her a mother who was a tole painting instructor and loved other artistic projects like refurbishing furniture, candle making and so much more often taught and encouraged the arts with Jennifer. As an adult, Jennifer followed in her family’s footsteps in real estate and marketing when she joined her mother’s brokerage and all but forgot about her passion for the arts until Ricardo came along and saw some old sketches Jennifer had stored in the back of her closet. He encouraged her to take more art classes when they married and moved to Miami, FL. Soon after that, Jennifer began getting requests for commissioned paintings and murals in the early 2000s. In 2002, Jennifer and Ricardo moved to College Station. Many of Jennifer’s public art pieces can be seen around town such as the paintings, installations and entry mural at Mad Taco, her work done as a fundraiser in collaboration with the Arts Council of Brazos Valley and now located at these businesses: BCS Heart, BV Plastic Surgery, Fortis Nursing Home and of course AOCBV. Previous projects have also been seen as an aquatic mural at University Pediatric, the “Foo Foo Choo Choo” sponsored by David Gardner’s Jewelers and signed by President George H. Bush and later housed at the Children’s Museum to raise funds for the Geo. Bush Museum. In 2013, Jennifer decided to combine her love of psychology with her passion for the arts in becoming certified as a Master Intuitive and Expressive Arts Facilitator certified under the esteemed depth-psychologist Chris Zydel of The Creative Juices Arts. And continuing that education later under the late Natalie Rogers, founder of the Person-Centered Expressive Arts Therapy® and daughter of one of the most influential psychologists in American History, Carl Rogers. Jennifer continues her studies with the PCEA® program founded by Ms. Rogers out of Monterey, California with Meridian University and will finish certification in 2017. During Jennifer’s earlier expressive arts training, she had the rare opportunity of taking an expressive arts visioning workshop with friend and colleague Julie Stuart. Julie Stuart founder of “Making Ideas Visible” is a graphics facilitator and visual strategist and typically works with large corporations such as Victoria’s Secret, GE, the CDC, Duke University and Skype. Julie helped Jennifer to see and paint the full potential of her abilities and to use her expressive arts, marketing, real estate and creativity combined with her husband’s talents as a Doctor, specialist, scientist, psychologist and their shared dream of creating a wellness center. As soon as Jennifer left the workshop she had to share the vivid vision she had put into a painting of their fully formed Wellness Center with her husband. YES, PAINTINGS REALLY CAN COME TRUE!
During the summer of 2016, Amber Pierce joined Artisan’s Rejuvenation Med Spa and helped build the brand and great reputation in the Brazos Valley for state-of-the-art aesthetics. In addition to that, she hand-picked the skin care lines. Amber is well known in the aesthetic and med spa community for her passion for the industry and is greatly sought after as an aesthetic instructor. She has earned the title of Lead Aesthetician and Laser Professional and has 10 years of Esthetic experience with a background in Chemical Engineering and Applied Sciences. As Amber was going to chemical engineering school, she realized her heart was just not in it and made the decision to follow her dreams and passion for aesthetics. When you make an appointment with Amber though, you will find that her background in chemical engineering comes in handy when you want to know about the various ingredients in your current home, skin-care line in comparison to other skin care lines. She can tell you which ingredients are useless, which ones really work and how they react to different types of skin as well as how they react when combined.
Amber came to Artisan’s after having worked in a variety of different esthetic environments from destination spas to franchises. But she loves team Artisan’s which she helped to build, and she is here to stay! She is passionate about compliance with state and national regulations, ensuring safety of your treatments and product efficacy. Amber’s mission is putting you first by showing her unconditional positive regard toward you, actively listening to your concerns, and being honest and authentic.
Amber has an insatiable need to learn. As of now, she is furthering her education to become a certified Medical Assistant as well as learning about oncological skin care, the Ayurvedic Technique and nutrition.
On a personal note, Amber enjoys travel and even briefly lived in Japan. She is a bit of a white wine connoisseur, and enjoys the loving companionship of her husband who is a Conroe High School history teacher and coach. On a funny note, she likes to put goofy pajamas on her dog Thor, whom she claims to have given birth to.
Don’t wait to make your appointment with Amber, as her schedule gets booked up fast.