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.
In August of 2018, fortune smiled on Artisan’s Rejuvenation MedSpa when Nurse Practitioner, Ellie Ferris, MS, APRN, FNP-C joined the rejuvenating Artisan’s team. Ellie joins us as a native of Bryan/College Station and graduated from A&M Consolidated High School in 2002.
Ellie is proud of coming from a family of Aggies with a mom who worked for Texas A&M and her stepdad, sister, and other extended family members who graduated from the University. You may find any member of Ellie’s family at the Aggie football games! Whoop! Since Texas A&M did not yet have a nursing program, with much sadness Ellie had to move away, but found an excellent nursing school at Midwestern State University and graduated in 2009 with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She came back to the Brazos Valley and began her career as a Registered Nurse in the emergency room at our very own St. Joseph Regional Healthcare Center. Realizing she wanted to go further in her career, Ellie then moved to Houston, and in 2016 she graduated with a Master’s in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University in the Medical Center, beginning her career as a Nurse Practitioner in family practice focusing on women’s health and chronic disease management.
As destiny would have it, Ellie always manages to find her way back home where she joins the Artisan’s team as our new Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner. Ellie will be providing you with her expertise in all injectables adding feminine rejuvenation to the Artisan’s menu; differentiating herself in the Brazos Valley as one of the few aesthetic practitioners to bring the O-shot© as well as minimally invasive breast and buttocks lifts to her patients. Experiencing struggles with weight and body image over the years, Ellie has become very passionate about helping her patients improve their body images through her body contouring services.
Ellie has always had the soul of an artisan and a love of creativity, so she will fit into the Artisan’s team wonderfully. She worked for our local Arts Council of Brazos Valley right after high school, following in her mother’s footsteps who was a past Art’s Council president. Ellie loves shopping, cosmetics, gardening, and cooking. She even makes organic doggie meals & wholesome treats for her cocker spaniel Molly! One of Ellie’s favorite activities is traveling. In college, she studied abroad in London, where she researched the National Healthcare System in comparison with privatized medicine in the United States. She then spent time in Paris, Scotland, Rome, and Ireland. Ellie loved her past travels so much in 2018, she made a New Year’s resolution to travel some place new, interesting, or educational once a month. Unlike many of our resolutions, Ellie kept hers. She rang in the new year of 2018 in the Bahamas and later went to Grand Cayman, New Orleans, Florida, and Washington D.C., where she attended a women’s health conference in April of 2018.
We are so excited to have such a fascinating and dynamic WOMAN joining us at Artisan’s Rejuvenation MedSpa! We invite you to come and book your next appointment with Ellie!
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.
Missee Mora is the Operations Manager for Artisan’s Rejuvenation Med Spa by day and a local DJ specializing in karaoke events around College Station by night. She is also a mom to four awesome kids: Kirby, Kayla, Christopher and Isabella. Missee has earned an Associate of Arts and an Associate in Science Degrees from Blinn College.
Artisan’s Rejuvenation Med Spa is blessed by the fact that Missee has a wealth of knowledge in office management experience coming from 2-1-1 and NRG call centers as well as directing Kindercare Learning Center in Bryan. She loves to plan and execute events and is a master at building rapport with customers and business partners.
Missee enjoys being involved in the Bryan College Station Community with service on The Pride Community Center Board, Leadership Brazos and as a member of the BCS Chamber Ambassadors.
During any free time she becomes a cruise junkie and enjoys trips to various tropical paradise destinations with her favorite being Grand Cayman. Singing and crafting are great joys in her life.
Missee is celebrating her one-year anniversary with Artisan’s in January 2019 and we are looking forward to many more years with her expertise.