Meet MINT

Mint's Success

In July of 2001, AesthetiCare opened with 2 employees and 1100 SF. Today we have 24 employees and 10,000 SF. We have experienced 17 consecutive years of double-digit growth, exceeding $6.2M in annual revenue in 2018. 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, opening Aesthetic Consulting Group as an independent

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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
    Sales Director

    With 10 years of retail management experience working for Nordstrom, Rachel immersed herself in the

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  • Claire Wolfe
    Office Manager

    Claire Wolfe joined the MINT team in 2018 with a background in luxury retail management,

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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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  • 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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  • 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 from the University of Kansas in 1989 and worked for the University of

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  • Laura Madsen
    LE, Trainer

    Laura started her passion for her career in Aesthetics at 17 as a professional Makeup

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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 has had the opportunity to

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  • Karen McLeese
    Marketing Director

    50% graphic design - 50% marketing,  but yet somehow still 100% FUN.  With a Bachelors degree

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  • Laurie Morrissey
    Marketing Consultant

    With more than 20 years in top positions in the Marketing and Public Relations industry,

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  • Amy Sullivan
    Project Manager

    Born and raised in Kansas City, Amy earned her undergraduate degree in Human Resources from

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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.  MINT Aesthetics models Arizona's strict guidelines for laser safety and certification.  Kathy has worked with several technologies from companies including;  Deka, Alma, Palomar, BTL, Lutronics, Coolsculpting and Sciton.  She has had the opportunity to speak at laser conferences and regularly speaks for AMSPA.

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.  Currently, Kathy is also a Partner at AesthetiCare Medical Spa in Leawood, Kansas.  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, opening Aesthetic Consulting Group as an independent rep group for non-surgical aesthetic equipment. He developed a territory in the Midwest that was consistently in the top 3 regions in the country in sales during this time. Matt has been a laser trainer for 21 years.  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 $5 Million a year in revenue in 2017. AesthetiCare has experienced double-digit growth 17 consecutive years.

In 2005, Matt transformed Aesthetic Consulting Group to Mint Aesthetics, partnering with his wife, Kathy Taranto. Kathy has 20 years of experience in aesthetics.  Mint has now worked with well over 1000 clinics in North America. Mint focuses on beginning to advanced training for virtually all med spa treatments including lasers and injectables. Matt spends the majority of his time consulting clinics in marketing, personnel, performing consultations, retail product sales, equipment evaluation and price negotiation, etc. Matt and Kathy also speak at 40+ aesthetic meetings each year throughout the country and are considered one of the country’s top authorities in the business of 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

Sales Director

With 10 years of retail management experience working for Nordstrom, Rachel immersed herself in the advanced customer service programs that have 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.  Rachel is a Kansas State University graduate and lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kiddos.
Claire Wolfe

Claire Wolfe

Office Manager

Claire Wolfe joined the MINT team in 2018 with a background in luxury retail management, and hospitality. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 2009 with a degree in Merchandise Product Development. With a love of high-end boutiques, Claire spent the next few years as a buyer and store manager. She has a passion for making all clients feel special, comfortable and leaving with a smile. After moving back to her Kansas City roots, she was excited for the opportunity to explore a career in the Medical Aesthetics industry working for MINT as Training Coordinator. The boutique charm that MINT offers is a perfect fit!
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 over 13 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.
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.
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 from the University of Kansas in 1989 and worked for the University of Kansas Endowment Association before starting her family.
In 2004 she received her esthetics license from Johnson County Community College. She began her esthetics career at an Aveda Concept Salon and Spa. In 2008 she made the leap to the medical side of esthetics and came to work at AesthetiCare. Jennifer is an educator on the MINT training team. She shares her advanced knowledge of esthetics and Broad Band Light therapy. She considers it a blessing and privilege to work with people, to educate and help them achieve their skincare goals.
Laura Madsen

Laura Madsen

LE, Trainer

Laura started her passion for her career in Aesthetics at 17 as a professional Makeup Artist before obtaining her Aesthetics License in 2000. In addition to her years of clinical experience in Aesthetics she has also managed the operations and sales of a successful Medical Spa. In 2015 Laura was one of four experts asked to participate as an Ambassador for a high-end global skin care line, loaning her input and expertise to the board. Laura now specializes in Advanced Medical Aesthetics, Body Sculpting and Laser Rejuvenation. Laura spends an extensive amount of time researching and testing new products as well as new Aesthetic treatments. She believes strongly in continuing education and hands-on training. Laura is a perfectionist when it comes to her patients' skin!

Laura’s Advanced Training: Laser Physics, Safety and Tissue Interaction, MINT Laser Physics, Microlaser Peel and Profractional, SkinTyte, Halo, Exilis, Laser Hair Removal, Sciton Laser User Summit, Forever Young BBL and Skin Tyte Preceptorship with Dr. Patrick Bitter, Dermatology for Non-Derms with Dr. Chris Robb

Certifications include: CoolSculpting University, Microneedling Dermapen, Eclipse & Rejuvapen, HydrafacialMD, SaltFacial, PCA Advanced Peels, Dermaplaning, Sciton Lasers, Clarity, BBL, Forever Young BBL, SkinTyte, Halo

“I absolutely love what I do! “
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 has had the opportunity to work for several leading-edge medical laser and energy-based companies prior to joining MINT. With his broad knowledge of the 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.
Karen McLeese

Karen McLeese

Marketing Director

50% graphic design - 50% marketing,  but yet somehow still 100% FUN.  With a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, Karen is able to fully execute projects from creative inception to finish.  Skills include: being a team player, dedicated marketing consultant, fresh ideas, creating memes to make you LOL, positive attitude and making new connections.  Karen originates from Milwaukee, Wisconsin — so if you're into beer and cheese, you've already won her over!
Laurie Morrissey

Laurie Morrissey

Marketing Consultant

With more than 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. ​
Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan

Project Manager

Born and raised in Kansas City, Amy earned her undergraduate degree in Human Resources from the University of Kansas. Her professional work experience is with Hallmark Cards, Inc. until she decided to stay home with her 3 children. Amy joined AesthetiCare in 2011 and has been doing marketing for both AesthetiCare and MINT in various capacities since then. In her spare time, she can be found volunteering, exercising and on the tennis court and golf course.