Dr. Pocurull, MD
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. 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.
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
Emily Atkinson – Operations Manager
Emily Atkinson ,our Operations Manager, is a proud Aggie who comes to us with a Bachelors Degree 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. 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 and she said she loves meeting a client for the first time and finding 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. She loves when Artisan’s can help our clients with their aesthetic concerns and they come back months later transformed not just externally, but internally 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!
Catherine Cotrupe, PA-C
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!
Krystel Underwood – Front Desk Manager
Krystel Underwood is our amazing Front Desk Manager, who has kept our schedule in tip-top shape since she started with us October of 2020. Prior to working at Artisan’s, Krystel earned her Medical Assistant Certification in 2013 and worked as a Certified Medical Assistant in Podiatry for 4 years and in Spine and Neuro for 4 years. She was drawn to the medical field and pursuing a career in it due to the variety of pathways she could work and the opportunity to help others lead a healthier lifestyle. When not in the office, Krystel loves working out – specifically roller blading or scootering with her husband, trying new restaurants around town, and laying out poolside (Of course with SPF)! She also enjoys spending time with family and friends or relaxing at home with her mini schnauzer, Marty.
Elvia Garcia – Medical Facialist – LVN
Elvia Garcia is our sweet and caring Licensed Vocational Nurse and Medical Facialist. She is training in all other aesthetics here at Artisan’s and as conscientious, empathetic and smart as she is we know she will be fantastic! Elvia is pursuing her degree as a Registered Nurse from Excelsior College of Nursing in May of 2022.
Elvia speaks English, Spanish and some American Sign Language. She is the mother of two fun-loving and crazy girls. Her husband is her anchor and her everything…she says he is fun-loving and crazy too of course! He is the owner of Somo’s “family owned” Used Car Dealership located in Bryan, TX. Somo’s, in case you’re wondering, is Spanish for “We are…”. Elvia and her family have two loyal and loving German Shepards.
Some other fun facts about Elvia are she loves to read and her favorite author is Carlos Cauhtemoc-Sanchez. Carlos is a Mexican philosophical poet and writer for adults and adolescents whose subject matter is on sexuality and the difference between love verses passion. Elvia also loves Grey’s Anatomy and music of all genres.
Chloe Clowdus – Front Desk Trainer
Chloe Clowdus has been a part of our front desk team since January of 2021 and has become such an instrumental team member when it comes to our social media and training of new employees. When Chloe isn’t at work, she is busy with school at Texas A&M University where she will be graduating with a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Urban Planning in May of 2023 (WHOOP)! You’ll know Chloe is working when you enter the spa and are delightfully overwhelmed by her angelic singing and dancing!