Meet MINT

Mint's Success

In July of 2001, AesthetiCare opened with 2 employees and 1100 SF. Today wehave 21 employees and 8500 SF. We have experienced 15 consecutive years of double-digit growth, exceeding $4M in annual revenue in 2016. AesthetiCare is now one of the most successful aesthetic centers in North America. Running a successful clinic has taught us the value of having a highly trained and educated staff. The majority of our Mint trainers are also providers at AesthetiCare, and are national trainers for many manufacturers, including Allergan and are A.R.R.A. Board Certified Laser Instructors.

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Our team of experts

  • Kathy Metcalf-Taranto
    CMLI, CMLT, Managing Partner

    Kathy’s love for skin began in 2000 when she started working with a French cosmeceutical

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  • Matt Taranto
    Partner

    Matt entered the field of Aesthetics in 1996 as an independent rep for non-surgical aesthetic

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  • Julie Holding
    MD

    Dr. Holding offers her expertise in advanced procedures like perforator flap breast reconstruction. She also

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  • Rachel Fuhrman
    Manager

    Rachel is a 2007 graduate of Kansas State University. She brings 10 years of retail

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  • Judy Sanders
    RN, CLT, CANS, Trainer

    Judy Sanders has over 21 years experience as a nurse in aesthetics. She worked for

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  • Ardeth Arman
    RN, BSN, MS,CANS, Trainer

    Ardeth started her nursing career as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse working for  five years

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  • Megan Lynch
    RN, BSN, MSE, Trainer

    Megan graduated from the University of Kansas in 2001 with a Masters in Science Education

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  • Jessica Tapusoa
    LT, LMT, Trainer

    Jessica is a true Midwestern girl, born and raised in the Ozarks. Growing up, her family

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  • Jennifer Kennedy
    LE, Trainer

    Jennifer graduated in 1989 from the University of Kansas and worked for the University of

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  • Laura Madsen
    LE, Trainer

    Laura started her career at 17 as a professional Makeup Artist before obtaining her Aesthetics

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  • Laurie Morrissey
    Marketing Consultant

    With over 20 years in top positions in the Marketing and Public Relations industry, Laurie

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  • Noreen Bollinger
    RN, Trainer

    Noreen Bollinger graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

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  • Brett Houston
    Team Member

    As a 16-year veteran of the aesthetic device industry, Brett seeks to be a resource

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Kathy Metcalf-Taranto

Kathy Metcalf-Taranto

CMLI, CMLT, Managing Partner

Kathy’s love for skin began in 2000 when she started working with a French cosmeceutical company.  Like wine and cheese, it was an instant fit.  For the next 7 years she worked with Aesthetic Centers in the Southwest developing treatment menus, training staff and implementing marketing programs.

In 2007, Kathy was certified in laser aesthetics and quickly became a laser trainer at multiple laser institutes in Arizona.  In 2011 she developed laser curriculum and opened the first ARRA laser certification course in Arizona.

Over the last 15 years, Kathy has been fortunate enough to work in almost every position within the industry including; retail sales, front desk, laser technician, laser trainer, sales rep, event coordinator, sales consultant and manager.  She has been awarded both Rep of the year and Presidents Club.  Kathy started MINT in 2013 and is thrilled to now partner with ACG.  Kathy loves to run, travel (especially back to Arizona), and spend time with her favorites (Matt, Emmy and Jax)!
Matt Taranto

Matt Taranto

Partner

Matt entered the field of Aesthetics in 1996 as an independent rep for non-surgical aesthetic equipment focusing mainly on plastic surgeons and dermatologists. He developed a territory in the Midwest that was consistently in the top 3 regions in the country in laser sales during this time. In 2001 he opened AesthetiCare MedSpa in Kansas City. AesthetiCare, is now one of the most successful stand-alone MedSpas in the country with over $4 Million a year in revenues. He opened his second location in February of 2012 in Lawrence, Kansas.

In 2005, Matt transformed Cosmetic Surgery Consultants into Aesthetic Consulting Group (Now MINT). MINT continues to sell equipment in the Midwest, and also works with 50-60 clinics a year in the US focusing on advanced training for lasers and injectables as well as consulting for marketing, performing consultations, retail sales, equipment evaluation and price negotiation, personnel, etc. Matt speaks at 50 aesthetic meetings each year throughout the country and is considered one of the top authorities in non-surgical aesthetics.
Julie Holding

Julie Holding

MD

Dr. Holding offers her expertise in advanced procedures like perforator flap breast reconstruction. She also performs some of the most popular aesthetic procedures, including breast enhancement, tummy tuck, and liposuction. Dr. Holding attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, where she participated in the Medical Honors Program. In 2005, she graduated magna cum laude in plastic surgery. Later, Dr. Holding completed a plastic surgery residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch Plastic Surgery and graduated in 2011. The following year, she completed a reconstructive microsurgery fellowship at the University of Washington Medical Center.
Rachel Fuhrman

Rachel Fuhrman

Manager

Rachel is a 2007 graduate of Kansas State University. She brings 10 years of retail management experience working for Nordstrom. During her tenure at Nordstrom, Rachel immersed herself in the advanced customer service programs that has made Nordstrom famous.  She brings this experience to Mint Aesthetics, and it goes hand-in-hand with how Mint treats its clients.  At Nordstrom, Rachel was responsible for hiring, increasing sales, strengthening customer relationships as well as delivering exceptional customer service.  Rachel handles each Mint client with an extraordinary amount of care and thoroughly enjoys watching Mint’s clients succeed.
Judy Sanders

Judy Sanders

RN, CLT, CANS, Trainer

Judy Sanders has over 21 years experience as a nurse in aesthetics. She worked for a prominent plastic surgeon from 1996-2001. In 2001 she joined AesthetiCare as their first employee. Judy is now the lead provider of AesthetiCare, one of the largest and most successful aesthetic centers in the United States. Judy has established herself as an expert injector of neurotoxins and dermal fillers, as well as an expert in a wide variety of lasers. Her reputation with injections has lead her to be one of the most respected trainers in North America. Judy has trained well over 500 physicians, PAs, NPs, and RNs in beginning to advanced techniques in injectables. Her artistic eye and calming demeanor are truly amazing. Judy has patients fly from as far away as Florida for her injections, as she builds deep relationships with all her clients. Judy is dedicated to teaching safe and effective techniques and she truly loves sharing her vast knowledge.
Ardeth Arman

Ardeth Arman

RN, BSN, MS,CANS, Trainer

Ardeth started her nursing career as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse working for  five years with fragile infants and their families.  In 2006 Ardeth transitioned to an independent clinical setting performing the technical and meticulous art of sclerotherapy. In addition to sclerotherapy Ardeth is now proficient in all Facial Aesthetic Injectable Agents and has undergone extensive laser training. Further,  Ardeth was awarded the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) certification, an advanced certification validating her specialty knowledge through a rigorous national examination.

Ardeth is passionate and enthusiastic about sclerotherapy and is grateful for the opportunity to get to  teach others how to perform this very specialized treatment. Ardeth is both a patient and gracious instructor happily sharing the "pearls of wisdom" she has learned in the 10 plus years she has been a practicing sclerotherapist. Ardeth's passion and enthusiasm for the practice of sclerotherpy is evident as she gently guides each new trainee through the treatment process and is genuinely thrilled to see them succeed.

Megan Lynch

Megan Lynch

RN, BSN, MSE, Trainer

Megan graduated from the University of Kansas in 2001 with a Masters in Science Education and from William Jewell College in 2005 with her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She has over 15 years of medical experience; 5 years instructing at the collegiate level and 10 years in the OB/GYN field. She currently practices as a nurse injector and laser technician at the Lawrence AesthetiCare office. She brings a strong passion for education to the Mint team and is excited to be a part of your training experience.
Jessica Tapusoa

Jessica Tapusoa

LT, LMT, Trainer

Jessica is a true Midwestern girl, born and raised in the Ozarks. Growing up, her family moved around the heartland before settling in Wellington, Missouri.   Graduating with honors from The Missouri High-Tech Institute, Jessica studied intensely under Dr. Julie Kay Attchison.

Jessica takes a deep interest in the well being of her clients, believing communication is vital to understanding any current limitations as well as developing long term goals. As well as massage, Jessica specializes in multiple treatments that result in skin tightening and fat reduction for the body and face.

For over three years, Jessica has taken pride in being a clinical trainer for BTL Industries and their Exilis device, covering the Midwest to help other aesthetic clinics to understand the technique and science behind being a success in treating their clients.  At AesthetiCare, Jessica uses her knowledge to deliver results to those desiring to help minimize cellulite, unwanted fat, and loose skin.
Jennifer Kennedy

Jennifer Kennedy

LE, Trainer

Jennifer graduated in 1989 from the University of Kansas and worked for the University of Kansas Endowment Association before starting her family. Jennifer attended JCCC’s Esthetic program and received her license in 2004. She began her aesthetic career at an Aveda concept salon and spa. She worked there for 3 years before jumping to the medical aesthetic side in 2008, when she came to work at AesthetiCare. Jennifer’s advanced training includes Sciton, Inc. certified laser technician, advanced aesthetics, certification in Micro Needling, and CoolSculpting University. Jennifer’s true passion is to provide the highest quality of client care and to leave a lasting impression on everyone who visits AesthetiCare. She considers it a blessing and privilege to work with people, to educate them and help them achieve their skincare goals for a healthy, beautiful skin.
Laura Madsen

Laura Madsen

LE, Trainer

Laura started her career at 17 as a professional Makeup Artist before obtaining her Aesthetics License in 2000. Laura now specializes in Advanced Medical Aesthetics and Laser Rejuvenation. In addition to her 16 years of experience in Aesthetics she has also managed the day-to-day operations of both Salon and Medical Spa. Today Laura spends an extensive amount of time researching and testing new products and Aesthetic treatments. She believes strongly in continuing education and hands-on training. Laura loves to share her knowledge and passion for everything skin!
Laurie Morrissey

Laurie Morrissey

Marketing Consultant

With over 20 years in top positions in the Marketing and Public Relations industry, Laurie has a lot to offer Mint Aesthetics​ clients.​ She specializes in all facets of marketing from advertising, social media engagement, consulting and strategizing, branding, business ​partnerships​​, ​networking and event planning, and creating and promoting online training courses. Laurie can ensure her experience will make every Mint client feel ​more marketing savvy​ after training with her.​ Laurie graduated from the University of Kansas and is happily multi-tasking at home with her husband, three kids and two dogs. ​
Noreen Bollinger

Noreen Bollinger

RN, Trainer

Noreen Bollinger graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She began her career as a registered nurse in 2008 and is licensed in Kansas and Missouri. She serves as an Aesthetic Nurse Injection Specialist and trainer. Noreen is an expert injector that utilizes neurotoxins to relax wrinkles and soften facial lines. She is also skilled at injecting dermal fillers to soften lines, folds, wrinkles and to correct age-related volume loss. Noreen is experienced in injecting the following dermal fillers: Juvederm (Ultra, Ultra Plus, Voluma, Vobella, Vollure), Restalyne (Silk, Lyft, Refyne, Defyne), Radiasse and Beletero. She is also a certified Radiasse hands injector which allows her to correct volume loss in the back of the hands. Noreen is certified in injecting Kybella, which is a non-surgical treatment to reduce submental (double chin) fat. She is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses (ASPSN) and has completed the EPIC Advanced Injector training program. She also attends numerous advanced training courses and seminars annually as she believes on-going education is important to mastering the most current injection techniques. Noreen is dedicated to making her patients look natural, refreshed and beautiful.
Brett Houston

Brett Houston

Team Member

As a 16-year veteran of the aesthetic device industry, Brett seeks to be a resource for medical aesthetic providers to offer value and guidance. In his role as a consultant with MINT Aesthetics, it is his utmost focus on helping customers achieve revenue maximization.