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 that she presented to her husband, Dr. Ricardo Pocurull about a wellness center. Jennifer’s background in marketing as well as her training as an Expressive Arts Facilitator where she learned about Patient-Centered®️ counseling, that teaches the cultivation of empathy, active listening, authenticity and unconditional positive regard guides the red carpet service you will receive as one of our valued guests.
Artisan’s Rejuvenation Med Spa came to be when Jennifer was attending training workshops during her Expressive Arts education when she took a “Visioning” course. At the end of this workshop the goal was for her to 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, in partnership with her husband, Dr. Ricardo Pocurull using his healing expertise in trauma, boundaries and couples therapy. The next step was to paint this vision. So after finishing the painting she sat staring at her painting when suddenly she had an epiphany, and thought… ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to add my very own personal spa to this wellness center?” She had no idea what this little epiphany would inspire in her husband.
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 him to laugh. Dr. Pocurull saw this wellness center as a way to spend more quality time with his patients; something that has mostly disappeared from modern medicine, with the current demands from insurance companies and government mandates. Dr. Pocurull later began researching the idea and found that at the heart of most successful wellness centers was a medical spa.
Jennifer and Ricardo decided to start by defining their mission 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 wants 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 broken person seeking for someone else to fix them. Additionally, she wants you to be an empowered part of the decision making process when it comes 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 you a mirror. The provider will then proceed to ask a series of open ended questions, listening carefully to your needs and wants; customizing 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 (you) are viewed with positive-unconditional regard, empathy, is listened to (not preached at) and you are given a plan of action that will result in an authentic & natural look, customized to fit your 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
Catherine ‘Catie’ Cotrupe is a Certified Physician Assistant and one of our amazing Aesthetic Injectors. She comes to our spa all the way from Buffalo, New York. Catie realized that she had a passion for aesthetics while on her elective Dermatology and Plastic Surgery rotations. Receiving her Masters degree from D’Youville College in December of 2020, she is delighted to be a part of the team at Artisan’s Rejuvenation Med Spa. What Catie loves most about aesthetics is revitalizing and rejuvenating folks to help them feel their best, both on the outside and on the inside, while boosting self-love and confidence. She also likes having the ability to influence the aging-process with medical grade skin care, the use of neurotoxins, collagen and elastin-boosting treatments, and skin-tightening technology. “Graceful aging” is a request she often hears, and she has the tools to do exactly that. Catie’s goal is to help everybody feel their best self!
Outside of the med spa, Catie enjoys hiking, gardening, and line dancing. She also enjoys animals of all sizes, and has a hamster named Brussel Sprout who keeps her company when she is not surrounded by friends and family. Catie’s eventual plan is to own a home with a lot of land where she can have a large garden, plenty of animals, and raise a family.
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.
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!