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.





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.


Lauren Corsiglia, CRNP

Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner

Lauren completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in 2009. As a Registered Nurse, Lauren worked at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore in the adult ICU and then transitioned to hospice and palliative care nursing. She worked on an inpatient hospice unit at Northwest Hospital and was a part of the Palliative Care team at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Her passion for the healthcare of adults lead her to pursue her Masters Degree in Adult/Geriatric Primary Care. Lauren received her Masters of Science degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing where she graduated cum laude. She is board certified in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Lauren has always had a passion for all things beauty and aesthetics was a natural path for her to follow in her career as a nurse practitioner. She is a member of the International Academy of Aesthetics and received injectable certification from Aesthetic Medical Educators Training (AMET). She has a passion for injecting dermal fillers and can perform all of the medical services provided at PuraVida. We are happy to have Lauren on board with us!


Karen DiCocco, Registered nurse

Aesthetic Nurse

Karen has been a registered nurse for 4 years, earning her degree from Carroll Community College (her third degree, but she finally knows what she wants to be when she grows up!). As a single mother of 3, she relied on her strong work ethic and drive to place her at the top of her graduating class in nursing school. She then began her career at Northwest Hospital on the medical/surgical unit, working closely with surgeons. After 2 years on the floor, she shifted gears and began working for one of the plastic surgeons private practice. Although she feels she’s always had an eye for all things aesthetics, while working for the plastic surgeon, her passion really grew. She has been trained by Allergan, Galderma, Sciton lasers, and the plastic surgeon herself on laser hair removal, profractional lasers, injectables, RF microneedling, PRP, and body sculpting procedures to name some of her favorites. She believes her aesthetic eye, coupled with her continuing education help cultivate into the best possible outcomes for her patients. 

Fun fact, Dr Apgar actually delivered two of her children. Karen entered nursing school to work in Labor and Delivery, and now finds herself in aesthetics.  



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.


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. 


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.