All our staff are highly experienced and licensed therapists.
Magdalen is originally from Nairobi, Kenya. Her Kenyan name is Karugi Karanja. Karugi means "Little Cook" (she loves to cook and is very good at it). Karanja is her father's family name. She has always been very passionate about skin care. While growing up in Kenya, with an abundance of tropical fruits and vegetables, Magdalen made her own creams and masques for her mini-facials. When she arrived in the United States and realized that there were schools to provide formal training for skin care therapists, she enrolled at Yvonne De Vilar Scientific Skin Care in Vienna, Virginia. She graduated in 2004, obtained her Esthetics license and immediately went to work for a spa in Arlington, Virginia. Three years later she began working for another upscale spa in Bethesda, Maryland. However, Magdalen always dreamed of having her own spa where she could share with her clients the benefits and results that could be achieved from proper skin care treatment. In 2008, she was able to open her own mini-spa by leasing space in a dental office. She soon realized that she needed more space for her clients and wanted to offer additional services. In 2010, she opened her present location at 966 Hungerford Drive in Rockville, Maryland. Magdalen currently offers the Obaji, Vivant and Magdalen's Pure Skin Care product lines. All the therapists at Magdalen's Pure Skin Care including Magdalen are highly trained and attend continuing education classes. Magdalen has received extensive additional training in waxing techniques. They also participate at various trade shows to ensure they can incorporate the changing trends in skin care, new products and treatments.
Carmel Buckley (Esthetician)
Carmel has more than 15 years of experience as an Esthetician and is licensed in both Maryland and Massachusetts. She has extensive training in various techniques including Lymphatic Drainage, Clinical Aromatherapy, Glycolic peels and make-up. She has more than 300 hours of advanced training with the International Dermal Institute. Carmel is ready to welcome her clients and provide a relaxing and rejuvenating skincare experience.
Dee Robinson (Esthetician)
Dee is a bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish languages, Maryland State Licensed Esthetician. She has a passion for people, skin care, and makeup so it only made sense to blend all three. She put herself through school at the Aesthetics Institute of Cosmetology along with an extension of classes at the International Dermal Institute. Her professional training includes Deep Pore Cleansing, Skin Hydration, and working with Sensitive and Acne prone skin. Her family and friends are very happy with her career choice because they benefit from her relaxing facial treatments. For her the only thing better than receiving a relaxing facial, is giving one.
Victor is a graduate of the Central Maryland School of Massage. Originally from El Salvador, he specializes in massage that heals while it relaxes, focusing on therapeutic techniques. Victor is passionate about the healing power of massage, and has a special interest in the treatment of chronic and acute muscle pain caused by stress, overuse or injury. His calm and even temperament puts clients at ease. Victor is a certified member of the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. He uses a combination of massage techniques picked with care for each individual client's needs, including Swedish and Deep Tissue. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Jacquelyn.
Louis Williams (Massage Therapist)
Louis is a graduate of the Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage. He is nationally certified by the NCTMB and licensed in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. He is experienced in Deep Tissue, Swedish, Healing Stone and Aromatherapy Massages. Receiving body work from Louis will leave you relaxed and refreshed. His massage style and technique have been described as strong yet gentle.
Alex, originally from Ghana, has a BS degree in wildlife biology from University of Ibadan. He is a Maryland licensed massage therapist with interests in providing therapeutic, wellness and relaxation massage. He receives many compliments concerning his muscular relaxation and stress relieving massage techniques and treatment.
Alex is also currently a certified Respiratory Therapist in a local hospital.
Therese Banag (Massage Therapist)
Therese has been practicing massage therapy for 10 years. It is a privilege for her to be a facilitator of healing, and overall well-being, and positive change to people. Trained in various modalities such as Swedish massage, Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular therapy, Foot Reflexology, Chair massage, Hot stone, Salt glow incorporating non-invasive techniques such as healing touch, cranio-sacral therapy, basic shiatsu. She loves to be a massage therapist, and has a strong desire to help and educate others and herself through massage. She has been always committed to enhance the lifestyle of people.
She is a graduate of Blue Cliff College in New Orleans Louisiana. Since then she successfully met clients' needs and helped them feel healthy. She believes strongly in the benefits of therapeutic massage. She is continuously seeks new knowledge and is always willing to enhance her skills and abilities with continuing education.
Marlon Scipio (Massage Therapist)