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Our Story

Making History

In July of 2001, AesthetiCare opened with 2 employees and 1100 square feet. We currently have 24 employees and 10,000 square feet and continue to grow. We have experienced 17 consecutive years of double-digit growth, and exceeded $6.1M in annual revenue in 2018. AesthetiCare is now one of the most successful non-surgical aesthetic centers in North America.  Everything we teach at MINT is practiced everyday at AesthetiCare.  As the industry changes and grows, so do we!

Running a successful clinic has taught us the value of having a highly trained and educated staff. At AesthetiCare, we budget $50,000 per year for advanced training.  We want to make sure our team continues to grow and lead the industry.  Our MINT trainers are also providers at AesthetiCare, are national trainers for many manufacturers, and are AARA Board Certified Laser Instructors.

 

Our Philosophy

We have found that most consultants in the aesthetic industry have very little real knowledge of running a successful and profitable business based on medical aesthetics. We realized there was minimal high-quality consulting and training available for people looking to enter the business or grow their current one. It became very clear to us through our observations of the many failed endeavors in the industry that just buying expensive equipment and hanging a sign wasn’t nearly enough to succeed in this competitive market.

 

Our Goal

In order to offer MINT clients the best training and consulting, we needed to first be successful ourselves in owning and operating a medical aesthetic clinic. In other words, we needed to teach ourselves before we could effectively teach others. We are dedicated to being the best in the field. This means we must continually look for new technology and advanced techniques, while maintaining the highest level of customer service. We are committed to helping you succeed!

Our Experts

Our team has more than 229 years of combined staff experience.  It sounds like a lot, because it is!  Our experts are not only well-versed in aesthetics but also in management, finance, marketing, high-end retail and customer service.  We have put together a team of professionals to help you in every aspect of your business.  Don’t recreate the wheel, you are MINT to work with us!

  • Kathy 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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  • Amy Carter
    MD

    Amy Carter, DO, is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in private practice. Dr. Carter...

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  • Rachel Fuhrman
    Sales Director

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

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  • Laura Madsen
    LE, Trainer

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

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  • Jennifer Kennedy
    LE, Trainer

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

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  • Amy Taylor
    LE, Trainer

    Amy has an extensive aesthetics background since first receiving her Esthetician license in...

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  • Meredith Keller
    RN, BSN, Trainer

    Meredith graduated from Kansas State University in 2003 with a degree in communications and...

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  • Noreen Bollinger
    RN, Trainer

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

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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 with...

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  • Claire Wolfe
    Office Manager

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

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  • Karen Naugle
    Marketing Director

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

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  • Brett Houston
    Director of Sales and Equipment

    As a 16-year veteran of the aesthetic device industry, Brett has had the opportunity to work for...

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  • Laurie Morrissey
    Marketing Consultant

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

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  • Amy Sullivan
    Project Manager

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

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Kathy 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 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.

Amy Carter MD

Amy Carter, DO, is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist in private practice. Dr. Carter received her undergraduate degree in biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and was awarded her medical degree from Des Moines University in 2003. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2007. Dr. Carter is a partner in the practice Ferns, Matile, Perryman and Moore and founder of Kansas City Wellness Center and Medical Spa.

Dr. Carter opened Kansas City Wellness Center and Medical Spa in 2015 to serve as a comprehensive healthy aging and aesthetic center. Kansas City Wellness Center focuses on education and enhancing each client’s natural beauty in a relaxed, comfortable and private setting. Dr. Carter has had extensive training in aesthetic injectables, lasers, radio frequency and more!

Dr. Carter is a strong believer that a healthy diet and exercise are fundamental for overall wellness of mind and body. Kansas City Wellness Center offers weight loss options, body contouring technology, and noninvasive procedures that can be done to turn back time to help clients feel their absolute best.

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.

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! “

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.

Amy Taylor LE, Trainer

Amy has an extensive aesthetics background since first receiving her Esthetician license in 2004.  She now specializes in all Sciton Platforms, Lasers, Coolsculpting, Chemical peels, Melasma, Acne, Microneedle and Intracell.

Amy began her AesthetiCare career in 2008 before moving to Central Florida.  There she worked for a nationally recognized Plastic Surgeon for 8 years allowing to expand her knowledge base on the surgical side, as well as aesthetics.  Feeling the pull to live closer to family, Amy decided to move back to Kansas City and AesthetiCare quickly welcomed Amy back into the staff family.  Her many advanced certifications in medical aesthetics makes Amy an invaluable staff member at AesthetiCare, as well as a perfect fit at Mint Aesthetics as a National trainer.

 

 

 

 

Meredith Keller RN, BSN, Trainer

Meredith graduated from Kansas State University in 2003 with a degree in communications and leadership. After college, Meredith worked in promotions production and education for KCPT PBS. To pursue her passion for health awareness and health education, she completed a BSN from Research College of Nursing. She brings a wide variety of nursing experience and skills to AesthtiCare with a nursing career in medical surgical and critical care float nursing. One of her favorite roles as a nurse was as a clinical instructor for Saint Lukes College of nursing. Meredith transitioned to aesthetic nursing in 2016. She is laser and injectable trained in advanced laser technology and injectable techniques. Her passion for research and learning advancements in the industry and skin care help keep clients informed and educated.

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.

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.

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!

Karen Naugle 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!

Brett Houston Director of Sales and Equipment

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.

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 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.

Testimonials

From Our Clients

“I hired Matt with MINT to visit my practice in Florida and help my staff and I maximize our potential.  The return on my investment has been nearly immediate.  Our improved staff efficiency, new product offerings, and expansion of services has greatly increased income and market share and we have introduced multiple new revenue streams that were not previously being taken advantage of.  Matt and his staff are consummate professionals with an incredible breadth of knowledge in the field of aesthetics.  I would highly recommend both new and established practices take advantage of the services available through Aesthetic Consulting Group.” 
 Dr. Jacques LeBeau LeBeau Clinic – Pensacola, FL

Dr. Jacques LeBeau

Tuscany, WI

I am a Board Certified plastic surgeon in Boca Raton, FL and have owned my own MedSpa for 15 years. I speak at Aesthetic meetings with Matt Taranto and I use his clinic as a business model and training site for my staff. It is without a doubt the best aesthetic center I have been associated with and one we try to emulate.

-Jason Pozner, MD, FACS
Sanctuary Plastic Surgery and MedSpa – Boca Raton, FL

Jason Pozner, MD

“I was already impressed by Matt  Taranto after initially meeting him at a local meeting.  But after visiting his medispa and having the customized training tailored to our specific needs, I am convinced that anyone considering opening a medical spa or anyone trying to improve their existing business, should utilize the consulting services available through his Aesthetic Consulting service. We learned so much in that 48 hours including business structure, marketing , practice building ideas, cost saving strategies, as welll as receiving clinical training and experienced tips in order to get the best results from our equipment.” Dr. Lisa Liberatore
, Lexington ENT – New York, NY

Dr. Lisa Liberatore


Electric Ave, NY

I flew my staff to Kansas City for a full day of training with Matt and his staff. The knowledge Matt has in invaluable and I appreciate his willingness to share it with other offices like mine! Matt and his staff are impressive, professional, and also fun and energetic! It is obvious that Matt is passionate about his work!! I am sending my staff back up to Mint soon for advanced laser training! Thank you Matt and everyone at Mint!!!!

-Kim Kelley, Partner @ Bella MD Dallas,TX

Kim Kelley