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Dr. Tholen - Owner, Medical Director

Dr Tholen is a owner of Medspa Institute Professional PLLC, which over sees the laser and injectable programs. He is also a co owner at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, LTD. With over 30 years of experience in providing the highest-quality, innovative cosmetic surgery available in the Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota area and beyond, Dr. Richard H. Tholen has strived to develop Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, LTD. into one of the premier destinations for in-office, outpatient aesthetic plastic surgery in a nationally-accredited (AAAASF) on-site office surgical facility. Thousands of patients seeking not only skill and experience, but also artistry and a caring personal touch in their plastic surgeon have placed their trust and well-being in the skilled hands of Dr. Richard H. Tholen.

While Dr. Tholen’s education, experience, teaching, writing, presentations, and awards attest to his plastic surgical qualifications, the satisfied patients for whom he’s operated serve as the true testament to his reputation, expertise, and dedication as an American Board of Plastic Surgery-certified plastic surgeon whose practice has been devoted to aesthetic plastic surgery excellence for the majority of his 3-decade career. Tholen teaches injection classes and has helped with the laser curriculum.

3 fun facts

-My first job (age 13) was working for my dad as a janitor at his Optometry practice. My first real job at age 16 was at a meat packer plant taking 50 pound beef boxes out of freezers and loading them into customers’ cars for $1.60 per hour. That job lasted until I got the job I really wanted at a major burger joint at $1.00 per hour. But free food meant I got burgers and fries too, and that seemed a step forward!

-I held that job and worked 50-70 hours a week through the rest of high school, college with two degrees, and getting married. Oh, and then I got into medical school and finished in 2 years, 364 days before completing General Surgery residency and Plastic Surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.

-I love wristwatches, but my grandpa was a jeweler, optician, and watchmaker. Full circle, two generations!

Carly - President, AP Esthetician, Laser and esthetics Instructor

Carly Williams opened the first laser and Injection school in Minnesota and the Midwest. She travels across the United States and Australia speaking and demonstrating advanced skincare techniques, as well as self love and empowerment. Carly works side by side with RNs and Doctors as national trainers for lasers and many advanced modalities. She was asked to be an official laser trainer for Candela, the Midwest Territory for Plasmapen and BB Glow Academy. Carly went to Empire Beauty School to get her esthetics license, and received her Laser Certification from American Laser. Years. later she then went on to receive her Esthetics Instructors License. Carly has been in the field since 2010 and has helped many people be successful in the laser and medspa industry. While she travels a lot for work, she loves to travel with her husband and their Aussie Doodle Tinley. As she had a hard time getting into this field at the start, she created a course so it doesn't have to be hard for you!

3 fun facts:

- Carly is on the Advisory Board at the Shakopee's woman's prison, helping guide women back into life as they get out

- Carly's husband is Australian and her favorite food is pickles!

- After dancing on LDT, Carly got into a NYC dance school right out of High school doing all styles but mostly hiphop! Modeled in dance spirit magazine, Kelley costumes and JFK. Danced at glamour and detail magazine awards and a couple small music videos.

Katy - Director of Education, Admissions, Laser and CPR Instructor, AP Esthetician

Katy is so excited to meet you and help you along your journey in becoming the next best technician!

Katy Baldry has over 19 years experience in the esthetics field. She is well-versed in all aspects of the industry as she has worked as a treatment provider, laser technician, manager, mentor, and educator. Working in spas, doctor’s offices, laser clinics, and schools has given Katy the opportunity to immerse herself in all aspects of the indsutry. She is well-versed in the latest trends, technologies, sales, management, business-building strategies, in the ever-evolving esthetic field. Katy is OSHA Laser Safety, HIPAA Security and OSHA Medical Hazards certified. She holds an Aesthetic License with the Minnesota Board of Cosmetology and is a Certified Laser Technician. She has attended numerous education seminars, classes and events during her career tenure.

Bora - DSM, AP Esthetician Instructor and Esthetics Instructor

Bora started her journey into the esthetics world while attending Oliver Thein for cosmetology in 2000. She fell in love with skin and facials while I was in school. After graduating she went to work at a salon in Mahtomedi and continued my education into skincare and esthetics. In 2007, she moved to Utah and started her own business. While she was in Utah she obtained my Master Esthetics license and was introduced to laser treatments and more of the medical side of esthetics. In 2011 she got into teaching, while still maintaining a small business on the side. She. fell in love with teaching and helping others in their journey into esthetics. She eventually returned home to MN where I continued to teach and help others with their skin. In 2019, She had the opportunity to attend the Luxury Laser program and further my knowledge in aesthetics and lasers. She believe's in always learning and strive to help others achieve their best.

Tisha - Laser Instructor and AP Esthetician

She is a Licensed AP Esthetician, Certified Laser Technician, and Eyelash Extension Technician. She received her Esthetics License from Empire, and her Laser Certification through Luxury Laser Education. Tisha loves helping people feel comfortable and confident in themselves!



In her free time she loves to have family BBQ's and travel with her kids.

Amanda - RN, Injection Specialist and instructor, Certified Laser Technician

Amanda is excited to meet you and she can't wait to help you feel beautiful inside and out!

Amanda completed her Registered Nursing degree at Rasmussen College in 2018. She then went on to obtain her Luxury Laser Certification and Luxury Injection Training through Medspa Institute of America. Shadowing some of the industries top Injectionists has given her a unique and vast understanding of the best practices in Aesthetics. She continues to attend training seminars to learn more and meet new people in the industry. Her favorite part about being in this industry is the personal connections she makes with each and every client. Amanda works Mondays and Fridays.

Amanda enjoys being outdoors, cooking, and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Bobbi - Injectionist RN, Laser Technician Instructor

Bio coming soon!




Daisha - Cosmetologist and Esthetics Instructor

Daisha, attended Regency Beauty Institute in 2012 where she obtained her Cosmetology License, she also has her Managers License and Educators License. She is a freelance makeup artist and hairstylist, who owns her own business. Finding inspiration in music, fashion, nature, and this ever changing world of social media, Daisha is also a huge advocate on body positivity and being confident in your own skin. Multi-faceted, Daisha specializes in haircutting, hair coloring, full body waxing, facials, and makeup. In her leisure time, she enjoys watching the Vikings and going to live concerts.

Cassandra - Microblading Instructor and AP Esthetician

Bio coming soon!




Alita - Esthetics Instructor

Alita has been a licensed Esthetician and Wax Specialist for the past 7 years.
She graduated from the Esthetics program from Empire Beauty school in 2012. In 2015 Alita made the move to Texas in hopes of building a business. In January 2018 She successfully opened her first business Honey bare skin in Austin, Texas.
After moving back home to Minnesota, she decided to put her business on hold to continue her growth in the Esthetics world. In 2019 she furthered her education by becoming a Licensed Laser Technician and Esthetics Instructor at Luxury Laser Institute in Edina.
Alita loves revealing one’s self beauty from within and encouraging others that anything is possible. She loves to build relationships with people and definitely has a skill of making sure that a guest’s experience is enjoyable with each visit.
In her free time, she enjoys being a foodie across the twin cities, creatively writing, and traveling whenever she can.

Kelly - Elleebana USA Master Trainer

Kelly Rhode has been in the beauty industry for over 12 years. She is a licensed Cosmetologist, Salon Owner, Master Educator and Elleebana distributor. She found her passion in lash and brow enhancements, and dedicates her time to teaching as well as taking clients behind the chair. She is a Twin Cities resident and is happy to be part of the Luxury Laser team!