Dr. 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.
Artisan’s Rejuvenation Med Spa came to fruition after a vision Jennifer Pocurull had and presented to her husband, Dr. Ricardo Pocurull about a wellness center. Jennifer’s training as an Expressive Arts Facilitator guides the red carpet service you will receive as one of our valued guests.
The full story on how Artisan’s Rejuvenation Med Spa came to BE, takes place while Jennifer was attending training workshops during her Creative Juices Expressive Arts education when she took a“Visioning” course. At the end of this workshop the goal was for her to be able to see or envision herself at the very zenith of her Expressive Arts career. The class started out with a guided meditation to help students see their full potential. In the workshop Jennifer could visualize her expressive arts workshops, combined with her husband, Dr. Pocurull using his healing expertise in trauma, boundaries and couples therapy. The next step was to paint this vision. Jennifer was so excited as she painted, she finished quickly and had time to spare. So as she sat staring at her painting suddenly she had an epiphany, and thought… ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to add my own personal spa to this wellness center?” She had no idea what this little epiphany would inspire.
After coming home from this workshop, Jennifer presented to her husband her vision of the wellness center and as a side-note quickly glossed over the personal spa…expecting her husband to laugh. Dr. Pocurull, never mentioned the spa and saw this wellness center as a way to spend more time with his patients. What Dr. Pocurull later began researching the idea and found was that at the heart of most successful wellness centers was a medical spa.
When Ricardo came back to Jennifer with his findings of the spa being the foundation she had to laugh at just how the vision was taking on a life of its own. Jennifer and Ricardo knew where to start, their next task was to define what their mission would be and what they stood for. Jennifer had been trained in Person-Centered®️ Expressive Arts by the late Dr. Natalie Rogers, daughter of the esteemed Dr. Carl Rogers (father of American Psychology). Jennifer says: ‘She wanted to bring knowledge of her therapeutic training in the Person-Centered®️ philosophy into the medical spa by treating you, the patient more like a guest in her home rather than a specimen or a sick person seeking for someone to cure them. Instead she wants you to be an empowered part of the decision making process when it came to your aesthetics and wellness’. This is why in the consultation room you will never be “told” what you need done. Instead the doctor, nurse and all providers are trained to hand the you a mirror. The provider then proceeds to ask a series of open ended questions, listening carefully to your needs and wants. And then customizes a plan based on your concerns. Once suggestions are made again you are empowered to make choices as to what you want based on your age, goals, medical background in regards to safety, and efficacy and finally your budget.
Jennifer reminds all of team Artisan’s of our brand which is to use synergistic, state-of-the-art treatments which are applied artistically or in other words are customized to every individual and their unique needs and wants, as well as delivering those treatments with a Person-Centered®️ philosophy; meaning each of our guests is viewed with positive-unconditional regard, empathy, is listened to (not preached at) and is given a plan of action that will result in an authentic & natural look customized to fit their needs and lifestyle.
Jennifer’s believes her vision has come true at Artisan’s Rejuvenation Med Spa.
“Paintings can come true, after all!” …Jennifer Pocurull
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.
Nicole Mize, MA
Nicole Mize joined Artisan’s Rejuvenation Med Spa during the Summer of 2019 and has built a reputation for being extremely lovable and knowledgeable about the aesthetics industry. She grew up in College Station, TX, but has lived in multiple other cities to advance her career and education. She is a Certified Aesthetic Medical Assistant with a 12-year working background as a Medical Assistant in family practice, as well as a PCT for DaVita® Inc.
She found her way back to College Station, where she has created a beautiful family with her loving husband and two adorable daughters. During her free time, she enjoys running, traveling, and visiting the beach with friends as often as possible. She joined Artisans after years of looking for a job that helps fulfill her love for aesthetics and beauty. Nikki feels passionate that everyone should feel beautiful inside and out. Her favorite part of working at Artisan’s is not the outward transformation she sees in patients, but the inward transformation of a boost in confidence and self-appreciation.
Her specialties in aesthetic rejuvenation include being a certified laser technician, ZO® Skin Health expert, skincare treatments, and most importantly – body contouring using machines such as CoolSculpting®, Cooltone®, and BTL Vanquish Me™. She is our “Coolsculpting® Queen” and if you are looking to transform your body, she is our go-to gal!
Morgan Hein, NRCST
Morgan Hein, NRCST was born in College Station, Texas, and is a graduate of Texas A&M University. She is a Nationally Registered Certified Surgical Technician, with Senior Laser Professional and ZO® Skin Health Care Expert certifications. Morgan has over ten years of experience in dermatology. Her specialties at the spa include skincare, lasers, micro-needling, medical-grade facials, and vitamin IV drips; just to name a few. In addition to being a provider, she is our spa’s Clinical Coordinator, who takes pride in making each client feel welcomed and taken care of to the best of our medical and professional knowledge. Morgan enjoys life with her two dogs, Si Martin and Sissy. She finds joy in being creative and spending time with family and friends.
Emily Atkinson our Operations Manager is a proud Aggie who comes to us with a BA from our very own Texas A&M where she attended Mays Business School. WHOOOOOP! Her degree is in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing Analytics. Throughout college, Emily always had her eye on the aesthetics industry. One of her favorite case studies was for the Fashion Scholarship Fund where she wrote about the beauty industry and how to transform it to better meet the challenges of the changing world.
You don’t get to see a lot of Emily because she is mostly behind the scenes, but whenever you see a happy Artisan’s employee, a cohesive team and a well-run establishment know it was Emily behind the scenes orchestrating the red-carpet-treatment and a happy Artisan’s team.
Emily is a self-proclaimed “bookworm” and loves to edify herself with continued education by getting additional business certifications. Other things Emily loves to do are attending Country & Western concerts, checking out local breweries with friends, gardening, and yoga. But the prickly-little-love of her life is Waffles…her pet hedgehog. That’s right, you read this right, Waffles the hedgehog. Emily says he is “a little grump” but when he is behaving himself she will dress him up in funny little hats just for kicks.
We asked Emily what she loves most about Artisan’s. Emily said she loves meeting a client for the first time and find out what bothers them. It may be acne scars, aging, sun-damaged skin, or other aesthetic concerns they are looking for help with. Oftentimes it shows in a client’s face and demeanor without even the use of words how much their perceived problem bothers them. What Emily loves is when Artisan’s can help our clients with their aesthetic concerns and they come back months later transformed not just on the outside but the inside as well. With their aesthetic concerns out of the way, their renewed confidence often shows in their face and body language. They can then more easily focus on other important areas of their life while putting their best face (literally) forward. Emily says: “I think self-care is the number 1 component to good mental health.” We at Artisan’s agree!