About PuraVida

Founded over 10 years ago by Dr. Leslie Apgar, PuraVida (inspired by the Costa Rican term “The Good Life”), has earned accolades and praise as one of Howard County’s Top Medical Spas and Cosmetic Laser Centers.

 Featured in national publications, the PuraVida team specializes in advanced aesthetic and anti-aging procedures led by the expertise of Dr. Apgar.

 Our goal is simple - to enhance your natural beauty utilizing the most minimally invasive and painless techniques; to customize your entire treatment to your specific needs; and to make your life changing experiences at PuraVida positive, relaxing, luxurious and exciting.

 
 

OUR TEAM

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LESLIE APGAR, M.D.

Medical Director/Owner

Dr. Apgar is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Apgar graduated from the Honors Program at Washington State University, then attended Penn State University for medical school. She moved to Western Howard County in 2000 after completing her residency in OBGYN at Penn State University, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

After caring for so many women with skin and hair complaints, Dr. Apgar decided to fill an obvious void in the community by expanding into aesthetics. PuraVida was born in 2008 and Dr. Apgar became the sole owner and medical director in 2013. A skilled minimally invasive surgeon, she divides her time between PuraVida and her roles as Medical Director at Greenhouse Wellness, a medical cannabis dispensary in Ellicott City, and Founder of Blissiva, a medical cannabis product company designed specifically for women.  Embracing the work-life balance, you can find her spending as much time with her teenage kids as they will tolerate and traveling wherever and whenever she can.

 
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CAROLYN ASCOLI

Patient Coordinator

Carolyn joined PuraVida in 2012. Her solid experience in the healthcare environment results in her ability to deal successfully with the demands of a busy and diverse patient base. Carolyn oversees all aspects of the patient experience. Her primary purpose is to ensure that your every need is met, your every question answered and that your PuraVida experience is fabulous. Born and raised in Maryland, her mission work in Haiti is her passion and she loves spending time with her husband and three great kids.

 
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CRYSTAL RICHARDSON

Aesthetician

Crystal Richardson is the newest member of our PuraVida team. Prior to joining PuraVida, Crystal practiced as a nail technician for years before spending time at home raising her two wonderful kids. After making the decision to turn her passion into a profession, she decided to pursue a career in esthetics. She received her training and licensing at Von Lee International School of Aesthetics. Crystal delivers a relaxing spa experience that addresses the unique skin needs of each client. She is highly skilled in all areas of skin care. Promoting relaxation and comfort during any service is what Crystal strives for with each individual. Crystal enjoys spending time with family and friends; she is an amazing cook and a passionate sports fan.

 
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CINDY WOLEK

Aesthetician

Cindy’s a veteran in the beauty industry, having performed around 7,000 facials! She graduated from Von Lee International School of Esthetics in 2011, the foremost esthetics school in the United States and recently was the Esthetic’s Director and Trainer for five spas in a national spa chain. As a licensed Esthetician, Cindy enjoys building a connection with her clients. She communicates with her clients about their skin care concerns and establishes a trusting and personal relationship, making their visit to PuraVida Med Spa an enjoyable, relaxing and pleasant experience. Cindy’s facial specialties include age management, hyperpigmentation and acne.

 
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Lauren Murray

Patient Coordinator

Lauren joined the Puravida team this year after sending her youngest child to college.  She loves getting to know the wonderful clients and using her skills to ensure that each client feels welcomed and has a great experience. 

 
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LyNNE BOWMAN

Patient Coordinator

Lynne is our patient coordinator. She owned her own hair salon for years and is a proud member of the Howard County Community.

 
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Lara Hansdottir

Permanent Makeup Artist

Lara has been in the beauty industry for over 15 years. By using the latest in innovative technology, Lara can customize your permanent makeup to your face shape and desired look. She specializes in waxing, microblading, and eyelash extensions.