The Good Life

Inspired by the Costa Rican term, "PuraVida", meaning "The Good Life” Dr. Apgar and the staff at PuraVida have created a tranquil oasis to treat the mind, body and soul. PuraVida is a state-of-the-art Medical Spa Facility embodied in pure elegance offering the privacy of a luxurious retreat.




Best of Howard County

PuraVida is honored to be the recipient of Howard County's Best Medspa Award.

About PuraVida

Our modern, Costa Rican inspired suite is comprised of our private relaxation room, five beautiful treatment rooms, and a private consultation room all equipped with state of the art technology. PuraVida Medspa specializes in advanced aesthetic and anti-aging procedures led by the expertise of Dr. Leslie Apgar who is the supervising on-site physician.

Our goal is simple - to enhance your 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, and exciting.

The PuraVida Professional Team
Professionalism. Excellence. Experience

Hand Selected Industry Leaders

Dr. Apgar and her highly skilled professional staff are dedicated to providing their patients with the most advanced and technically sound face, laser and body care services in a tranquil, safe, and professional environment.

Linda Bell

Linda Bell
RN/Aesthetic Nurse

Born and raised in Maryland, and a native of Columbia, Linda joined the PuraVida team in 2012 bringing 22 years of RN experience. Linda enjoys the aesthetic side of medicine which allows her to combine her artistic talents with her professional expertise to provide the highest level of patient satisfaction. She has undergone extensive training in cosmetic medical services, laser treatments, body contouring and numerous other procedures. When not helping others look and feel their best, Linda loves to travel with her family and enjoy the outdoors.

Susan Cole

Susan Cole
Office Manager

Born and raised in Erie, PA, Susan’s passion for the medical aesthetics industry is a perfect match for PuraVida. Having graduated from Clarion University with a marketing degree, she coordinates all patient relation functions, business operations, public relations, and sales and marketing efforts. In addition to providing the oversight and daily management of PuraVida she strives to ensure that every patient's experience at PuraVida is the best it can be. A mother of three and an avid tennis player, Susan has been part of the PuraVida team since 2011.

Carolyn Ascoli

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.

Kim DeBoy

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.

Grace Choe

Grace E. Choe, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac (NCCA)
Licensed & Board Certified Acupuncturist

Grace is a wonderful addition to PuraVida MedSpa as we continue to expand our wellness services. Grace has been practicing in the healing arts since 1997 when she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her working experiences in Medical/Surgical nursing at Johns Hopkins Hospital and treatment planning at Mt. Manor Drug Treatment Center in Maryland make her a great asset to her patients.

Grace then completed her Masters of Science degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs at Maryland University and is also a member of Maryland Acupuncture Society. She is a member of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) and has received training and has been certified as a practitioner for smoking cessation with her acupuncture program. Grace is also a fourth generation practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She brings all of the strengths of her background into her acupuncture treatment as she treats and addresses a multitude of issues of body, mind, and spirit as a holistic medicine practitioner.