AesthetiCare has been serving Kansas City since 2001 and in that time has grown to become one of the largest aesthetic centers in the country. Our success is based on a very simple philosophy: offer the most effective treatments available, performed by highly trained staff, all layered with customer service that far exceeds expectations. AesthetiCare is very unique in that we are also a national training center for Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments, and general aesthetics.

  • We own 37 FDA approved aesthetic devices including lasers, radio frequency, ultrasound, microwave, acoustic wave, and cryotherapy devices.
  • Medical direction provided by Monarch Plastic Surgery.
  • Our staff includes 6 Registered Nurses with over 50 combined years experience in aesthetics and 6 licensed aestheticians with a over 55 combined years experience in aesthetics.
  • We have one of the most thorough menu of services available in today’s aesthetic market.

We want you to be an AesthetiCare client for life! Come experience our passion, knowledge, and advanced technology. We truly love what we do and look forward to taking amazing care of your skin and body!

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At AesthetiCare, we offer all new clients a complimentary one hour consultation and skin evaluation with a skin care professional.  It is the first step to achieving your skin care goals. On your first visit to AesthetiCare we:

  • Offer a thorough history of our clinic, our staff, and treatments.
  • Educate you about the largest organ in the human body, your skin.
  • Ask you about your skin care concerns.
  • Present an individualized evaluation and photo analysis of your skin.
  • Review before and after photos from clients who have received the services we offer.
  • Provide a comprehensive long-term skin care plan including products and treatments.

Our goal is to provide service through education, so you are able to make informed decisions about your skin care.

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Leawood Office

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    Ardeth Arman, RN, BSN, MS, CANS
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    Tarah Heath, RN, CANS, LE
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    Judy Sanders, RN, CLT, CANS
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    Amber Vaughn, RN, BSN
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    Sammy Jo Frisch, LE
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    Jennifer Kennedy, LE
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    Laura Madsen, LE
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    Jessica Tapusoa, LT, LMT
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    Elisa Kay, LE
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    Mindy Epstein, Team Member
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    Lacinda Fritter, Team Member
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    Taylor Nelson, Team Member
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    Lisa Wiles, Team Member
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    Matt Taranto, Managing Partner
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    Kathy Taranto, Partner
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    Rick Dunn, Manager
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    Sally Jones, Marketing Manager
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    Amy Sullivan, Marketing
ardeth.[sans]Arman, RN, BSN, MS, CANS[/sans]

ardeth.Arman, RN, BSN, MS, CANS

Ardeth started her nursing career as a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse working 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 and now a national sclerotherapy trainer.  Additional training includes PALETTE Facial Aesthetic Training for Injectable Agents and extensive laser training. Ardeth was awarded the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS), an advanced certification to validate her specialty knowledge through a rigorous national examination.

​Ardeth's patients value her honesty, compassion and attention to detail as well as her ability to relate to them individually offering understanding and comfort. Ardeth has a passion for excellence and a genuine heart for her clients. The sole focus of Ardeth’s nursing career has been articulated and expressed with the belief that even small positive changes can often dramatically improve your quality of life.

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tarah.Heath, RN, CANS, LE

Tarah graduated with an esthetics degree in 1999. She worked in the day spa industry for five years, then decided to expand her career into medical aesthetics and earned her RN degree in 2004. Tarah left the day spa in 2009 and joined AesthetiCare to combine her passion for skin care with her advanced training in medical aesthetics including laser and light technology and injections. Tarah was awarded the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS), an advanced certification to validate her specialty knowledge through a rigorous national examination.

Tarah enjoys working closely with her clients and carefully designing personalized treatment programs. She gives clients the most effective approach to treat their specialized skin care needs. She also educates her clients on the importance of good skin care in order to achieve the most desirable results  Tarah truly loves her job, everyday striving to make people feel and look their best.

Outside of work, Tarah loves being active with her husband, Austin, and two sons, Brayden and Noah.

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judy.[sans]Sanders, RN, CLT, CANS[/sans]

judy.Sanders, RN, CLT, CANS

Judy Sanders, RN has over 19 years of experience in medical aesthetics. She began her aesthetic career working for a well-known board certified plastic surgeon. She advanced to Clinical Director of AesthetiCare from 2001-2004 then Clinical Director for another med spa in the Johnson County area. She returned to AesthetiCare in 2009 to continue her specialization in non-surgical aesthetics. Judy is a national trainer for cosmetic injectables and laser treatments. She is dedicated to helping others look and feel their best.

Judy has gone through very thorough training including Lasers and Light Technologies, the Art and Science of Volume Replacement and Contour Enhancement of the Face, Facial Enhancement & Anti-Aging Treatments. Judy was awarded the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS), an advanced certification to validate her specialty knowledge through a rigorous national examination.

Judy enjoys spending time with her friends and family including two children and five grandchildren. She loves travel and is passionate about animal rescue.

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amber.Vaughn, BSN

Amber loves doing injections and educating clients on all things related to the skin. Amber was born and raised in Nebraska. After college, she worked for an aesthetic office as a patient care coordinator where she developed her love for learning all she can about skincare. She graduated in the top 10% of nursing school at UMKC and now calls the KC area home, as she met her husband here.

Amber's advanced training includes Laser and Light Technologies and Facial Injections.

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sammy.Frisch, LE

Sammy Jo Frisch, Licensed Esthetician, has always had a passion for the beauty industry and aesthetics. Sammy has a Family Studies and Human Services Bachelor Degree from Kansas State University. After graduating she received her aesthetics license from B-Street Design in Overland Park, KS.

Sammy loves working one on one with people and truly cares for her clients' skin health. Sammy's advanced training and education includes CoolSculpting, Sciton lasers (Halo and Forever Young BBL), Chemical peels, Dermaplaning, HydraFacial, Microneedling and a variety of skincare and mineral makeup products.

"I love when people choose me, to help them, improve their skin. It makes me feel so amazing when I can help someone feel at ease and beautiful during important times in his or her life."

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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, 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.

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laura.[sans]Madsen, LE[/sans]

laura.Madsen, LE

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 15 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 is a perfectionist when it comes to your skin!

Laura’s Advanced Training and Education includes Sciton Laser User Summit, CoolSculpting University, and Microneedling Certification. Laura is also a National Trainer for Mint Esthetics specializing in Advanced Medical and General Esthetics.

“I absolutely love what I do! “

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jessica.Tapusoa. LMT

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 in an Associates of Applied Sciences degree in 2006 from HTI, Jessica started her career in massage therapy and other cutting-edge body treatments.  In 2008 she started working at AesthetiCare, offering services in massage therapy and cellulite treatments. In 2010, Jessica became one of the first technicians in the country to offer Exilis treatments.

Since then, she has been a lead national clinical trainer for the Mint Esthetics and BTL Industries in body sculpting and skin tightening.  She is also certified by CoolSculpting University. Jessica is currently in the process of completing her Bachelors in Nursing degree and looks forward to advancing her knowledge and experience in the Aesthetics field.

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.

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elisa.[sans]Kay, LE[/sans]

elisa.Kay, LE

Elisa graduated from the University of Kansas in 1991 with a degree in communications. She began her career in the skin care industry in 1998 working at Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center. Elisa received her esthetics license in 2005 from Johnson County Community College and has enjoyed providing patients with laser skin care treatments ever since.  Elisa’s advanced training and experience includes laser and light technologies and advanced aesthetics.

Elisa takes pride in providing her clients with services that are thorough and of the highest quality, educating each client about how to care for their skin, the treatments available and how these treatments will improve not only their skin but how they feel about themselves. She believes that each client is unique and deserves a customized skin care plan designed specifically for them.



Mindy Epstein, RN, has been a nurse for over 30 yrs. She worked in the hospital, working neurology, cardiology and then pulmonary research. She joined our staff in 2015 supporting our front desk.


Lacinda is passionate about visually pleasing results. She began her journey with a degree in photography emphasizing in fashion. Upon graduation, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue certification in make up for beauty, film, print and runway. After establishing a business in LA, she moved back to the Midwest to be near family and built a career as successful wedding make up artist.

She joined our team in 2012 as a product specialist and currently purchases and manages our retail product and medical supplies. This year she will complete her transition to a full time aesthetician. Currently she is certified and specializes in our CoolSculpting and HydraFacial treatments.


Taylor is a Kansas City native and graduated with a BBA in Marketing from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. She had a career in communications and retail sales before branching out to do freelance design where she split her time between illustrating, marketing, and wardrobe design. Outside of AesthetiCare, you can find Taylor working on a freelance gig, spending time with her husband, and getting ready to welcome a baby girl to the family in the spring.


Lisa Wiles moved to KC with her two fabulous sons in 2002 from NYC. She came to AesthetiCare with many years of experience in the beauty industry and customer service. Lisa worked as a counter manager for Laura Mercier cosmetics for 5 years. Since branching out on her own to do freelance makeup, she has worked on photo shoots, special occasion makeup & weddings as well as freelancing for Laura Mercier, Nars, Giorgio Armani, Dior & Lancôme for their Special Events.

When not working at AC, you can find Lisa on either side of a camera.


Matt is a 1987 graduate of the University of Kansas. After spending 10 years in sales, marketing, and product development, Matt incorporated Aesthetic Consulting Group in 1998, now Mint Aesthetics. Mint has become one of the country’s leading aesthetic training and consulting companies with over 800 clients in nearly all 50 states. In 2001, Matt opened AesthetiCare Medspa, a full-service aesthetic center offering exceptional customer service and results-oriented aesthetic treatments. It is now one of the largest aesthetic centers in the country with annual revenues of nearly $4M. AesthetiCare boasts one of the most highly trained staff of nurses and aestheticians in the country, as well as owning 37 FDA cleared lasers and aesthetic devices.


Kathy started working in the aesthetic industry while attending University of Utah. In 2000, she managed product sales, education and marketing new products throughout the southwest with a cosmecuitical company. As the industry shifted to medical aesthetics, so did Kathy. In 2007, she was certified as a laser technician and soon became a laser trainer. In 2010, Kathy and her business partner became the 1st in Arizona to teach and certify students under new state regulations. In 2014, Kathy started MINT Aesthetics. MINT became an industry leader in the Southwest, offering training, consulting and equipment sales. MINT and ACG merged in 2015.




Sally is a Kansas City native and received her Masters Degree and undergraduate from Vanderbilt University.  Her extensive business experience includes human resources, training and development, technical recruiting, marketing and management.  Sally joined AesthetiCare in 2009 and continues to develop her knowledge and passion for the health and beauty industry and marketing best practices.  When not at work, you'll likely find Sally outdoors with her family or on the tennis court.


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 the clinic in various capacities since then. In her spare time, she can be found volunteering, exercising and on the tennis court.