Pure Aesthetica, LLC
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The Natural Way of Skincare and Beauty

About Us

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Pure Aesthetica's philosophy is to help clients look and feel beautiful on the outside, while promoting well-being on the inside. Pure Aesthetica strives to provide the highest level of customer service to ensure that each and every client feels pampered and relaxed.

Staff Profiles

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After earning a doctorate in psychology, Catherine enjoyed a career as a university professor and eventually led academic departments in Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Her marriage to a Foreign Service officer enabled her to pursue training in massage therapy (completed in 2008) and bring a new skill set and her spirit of adventure to living and working in Africa. As she and her husband and dog have recently resettled in Northern Virginia, Catherine still works with diplomacy and development projects overseas while also pursuing her desire to ease pain and promote wellness through massage.

As a psychologist, athlete, and yoga practitioner, Catherine is acutely sensitive to the ways the body, heart, and mind interact to keep us whole—or throw us off balance. She believes massage is a powerful means to promote optimum health—whether for reducing anxiety and stress, facilitating recovery from injury, improving posture and mobility, or simply enhancing the sense of well-being. Catherine specializes in integrative massage, tailoring the session to the client’s history and current needs, and incorporates Swedish, deep tissue, myofascial, orthopedic, and sports massage techniques.


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After nine years of child care jobs, including a behavioral health profession, and two years of studying Early Childhood Education Desiree felt a different vocation. Desiree decided to pursue the holistic health field. She graduated from a Massage Holistic Program in Maine. The program also included polarity therapy (a form of energy work), reflexology, crystal work, and polarity yoga. Desiree offers a unique integration of polarity therapy, massage, and Divine intuition to help support clients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The modalities she uses play a vital role in helping clients create space in their lives to heal and evolve. She is currently working the front desk at Pure Aesthetica and studying to get licensed for massage therapy in Virginia.

In order to have a more harmonious world Desiree believes it takes change, balancing, and healing on an individual level. Innate intuition, creativity, and compassion are her strongest assets. Desiree strives for sustainable, and healthy living. She is a bike-riding vegan minimalist who enjoys her herbal remedies. She spends most of her free time outdoors being active, and self-studying. She is passionately involved in environmental, human, and animal rights movements.


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Farewell to Jeanne, we wish her great success and happiness in all her endeavors. Hugs from all Pure Staff!


JodeyProfessional Background
Upon graduating from College with an Engineering degree in the mid 1990's, Jodey entered the corporate world to the explosive growth of the Internet. During her corporate tenure she sought out alternative healing modalities to relieve the stresses caused by the fast-paced industry. Eventually, Jodey realized her true calling to the Healing Arts in the form of Aesthetics. She exchanged the science of Engineering for the science of Aesthetics. Jodey keeps current by taking additional training from the International Dermal Institute.

Jodey is a Raw-Food Enthusiast who has experienced juice fasting, colon hydrotherapy sessions, acupuncture treatments, Rolfing® series, and numerous face & body beauty treatments. She attended The Ann Wigmore Foundation in New Mexico, The Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico, and The Optimum Health Institute in San Diego and Austin. Jodey is a certified [Raw] Living Food Lifestyle™ Coach and Total Well-Being Education, Kinesis™, Reconnective Healing® Levels I/II, and she is attuned Usui Reiki Master.


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Besides graduating from Potomac Massage Training Institute in DC, John has been a volunteer at the Living Light House in Santa Monica, CA where local and visiting body workers have open exchanges on Thursday evenings with demonstrations. He has also attended workshops at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. In his travels he has received bodywork in Asia, Africa, Europe, Central and South America as well as Australia and New Zealand. He has spent time in training rooms with physical therapists and fellow athletes from the soccer fields and tennis courts. John is a USPTA Certified Tennis Instructor and a Professional Photographer from a large family so he understands the diversity of demands we put our bodies through on a daily basis.

John is a Raw-Foodist (since 1993) who has experienced many different healing treatments on his quest of health and athleticism. John’s growth towards wellness has steered him to work at 2 natural health institutes (The Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico and The Optimum Health Institute in San Diego) and a yoga studio in Malibu. John is certified in [Raw] Living Food Lifestyle™ Total Well-Being Education, Reconnective Healing® Levels I/II, Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, and he is attuned Usui Reiki Master.


KellyProfessional Background
Kelly studied Journalism in Costa Rica before coming to the US as an Au Pair 11 years ago.   Complementing her natural affinity towards caretaking and healthy living, Kelly went on to study massage therapy at Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage.  Kelly is a compassionate bodyworker who listens empathetically to clients in order to understand their individual therapeutic needs.   She has experience working in Day Spas, Wellness Centers, and giving back to the community through volunteer work.

The motto of Kelly's native Costa Rica is Pura Vida which means Pure Life and its the only way she knows how to live.   Kelly believes regular bodywork and exercise improves sleep, mobility, increases energy, and decreases stress.  She grew up in a household utilizing natural remedies and continues adhering to these values to this day.   When not at work, Kelly enjoys teaching Zumba and spending time with her husband and son.   Kelly is attuned Usui Reiki Master.

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Professional Background
Margarita has her MBA in Marketing and Hospitality from the University Martin De Porres in Lima, Peru. Upon arriving to the US, Margarita became a certified medial assistant because she enjoys assisting and helping people in need.  Margarita has always been interested in skincare, and in 2013 decided to pursue her passion.  She graduated from the Esthetic Institute in Vienna, Virginia earning her Master Esthetician License.  Margarita continuously takes courses at the International Dermal Institute to keep current with the latest procedures and products.

Margarita believes a healthy nutrition habit and balance between the mind and body is key to longevity and wellness. She improves her body’s energy while decreasing stress with daily exercise and fitness routines.


NelyProfessional Background
Nely has been in the service/hospitality industry since 1999. Nely has always had a passion for skincare and in 2010 made the decision to follow her passion and enroll in Aesthetic class. In 2012 she graduated from the Dermal Science Institute and earned her Master's Esthetician License. Nely is constantly taking advanced classes at the International Dermal Institute to keep current with the latest methods and products available. She strives to give her clients the best treatment and most accurate advice possible. Nely is bilingual (English/Spanish) and brings a level of service to Pure Aesthetica that will solidify her name in Aesthetics.

Nely believes to look good on the outside we must take care of our insides. Proper nutrition and daily moderate exercise are keys to achieving our goals. Also being conscious of our spiritual needs will bring us much happiness.


2212 Mount Vernon Avenue
Second Floor Suite
Del Ray Neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia


There is ample parking on Mount Vernon Avenue, and the many side streets. We have two reserved parking spaces (PARKING PASSES REQUIRED) in our shared parking lot in the back of our building, please park in space #16 or #32.  Parking Passes are available at the Front Desk upon check-in.  Please return your Parking Pass after your service.  Please note there's one flight of stairs (no elevator).
* We are less than 1 mile from the Braddock Road Metrorail Station *

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