Meet our staff
The Metropolitan staff consists of the most qualified, trained and passionate experts in anti-aging, beauty and plastic surgery to ensure your experience is personalized and positive. Our staff listens, educates and then guides you toward the service(s) and product(s) that are right for you and your desired results.
Suzanne St. James
Suzanne St. James is a licensed Certified Instructor in Cosmetology, Permanent Cosmetics, Skin Care analysis and application. She is certified in cosmetic Injections, Botox, Dermal Fillers and Laser Technology. Suzanne with 30 years of experience and over 3500 clients in the aesthetic world is a leading practitioner in the Metropolitan area. Suzanne has taught some of the best technicians and instructors in the Twin Cities and has served on the Board of Laws and Rules for Cosmetology. St. James has developed specialized techniques, with a soft touch, expert eye and keen aesthetic sense to give you a natural look. Suzanne believes as we journey through the process of aging, we should strive to restore our youthful radiance inside and out, without looking artificial, but rather as a refreshed version of ourselves.
Clinical Director, Aesthetic Injectable Specialist, Semi Permanent Makeup Technician, Clinical Esthetician and Laser Technician
Dr. Christopher Tolan
Dr. Tolan is a 1991 graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is board certified in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology. He is active in the Minnesota Medical Association and nationally serves on the Infectious Disease Committee for the American Academy of Otolaryngology.
With over two decades of experience, Dr. Christopher Tolan knew that he wanted to start a different kind of facial plastic surgery clinic. One, which respected that the health and vitality of our appearance is multifaceted, and thus, deserved a multidimensional approach. A clinic that offered patients the empowerment of education and choice, and truly put their best interests at heart. As a result, Midwest Facial Plastic Surgery was born, and has quickly become one of the most respected and prominent surgical clinics in the Midwest.
Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon/Medical Director
Dr. Garrett Griffin
A lifelong love of drawing was the catalyst that led Dr. Garrett Griffin to pursue his medical specialty. Being able to combine artistry with science and surgical skill attracted him Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and he firmly believes the two are complimentary. This philosophy transcends throughout his work as all cosmetic surgeries must include a reconstructive component to ensure that the results are natural and long-lasting. Likewise, the goal of any facial reconstructive surgery is to fully restore the patient’s appearance and beauty.
Dr. Ronald Schroeder II
Dr. Ron Schroeder was initially drawn towards a career in medicine after witnessing the intense love and passion his father-in-law, a doctor specializing in infectious diseases, had for his profession. Wanting to one day experience a similar sense of career fulfillment, Dr. Schroeder decided to follow a comparable educational pathway. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Madison in Wisconsin, he went on to earn his medical degree from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Ohio as a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society.
Ryan has been with the Metropolitan since its inception. Ryan’s many talents helped to create the stylish, yet comfortable setting at the Metropolitan. From the wall color, to the furniture and accessories, Ryan had a hand in it all. Ryan’s background in the Anti-Aging, Beauty and Wellness industry began in 1998, working as the Assistant Director of the ANARA spa at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. From there, Ryan returned to Minnesota and continued his career in the industry as the Spa Manager of the flagship location of the Sanctuary Salonspa in Eden Prairie, MN. Ryan went on to become the Assistant GM at Spalon Montage in Edina, later moving to the Chanhassen location before moving on to the Ivy Spa at the Hotel Ivy in Downtown Minneapolis, as Operations Manager. Ryan’s passion is working with staff and clients to create an overall experience that is above and beyond. Ryan loves working with the clients of the Metropolitan because “they feel like family, so every day at work feels like you are home visiting with family, catching up on life stories, and helping them on their Metropolitan journey, each step of the way.” Whether a client’s goal is to look refreshed, to relax, or to create a new look, Ryan’s goal is that the entire staff of the Metropolitan provide each and every guest with an experience and to provide the information necessary for the guest to make an informed and educated decision, while feeling safe and comfortable in our surroundings. Ryan wants all clients to feel that their personal care at the Metropolitan is above and beyond all others.
Laura is a registered nurse, specializing in dermal fillers, neuromodulators, and all things skincare. With a dual degree in psychology and nursing, and an extensive background in mental health, Laura’s main priority is to guide each of her patient’s towards a treatment plan equipped to help them look and feel their best! She has extensive training, which includes in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy, and utilizing some of the most advanced techniques; Laura is continually seeking to evaluate new information about the latest procedures and products. As a cancer survivor, Laura has used aesthetic injectables for reconstructive purposes, and understands the importance of patient-centered care. With a key eye for detail, Laura is sure to listen and educate, and is excited to help her patients achieve all their aesthetic goals!
Registered Nurse, specializing in dermal fillers, botox, and all things skincare.
Ashley Swanson is an Advanced Practice Esthetician, Laser Technician, and Botox Injector. Ashley loves transforming clients' skin utilizing various treatments such as St. James chemical peels, micro-needling (Skin Pen), HydraFacial MD, as well as various lasers: Halo, Forever Young BBL, Contour, and more. What Ashley wants for her patients is to feel their very best inside and out! Her extensive product knowledge and skill with Botox and Lasers are the keys to achieving your desired skincare results. Our procedures give you that jump-start with amazing results, but home care is just as important to bring the treatment full circle. Ashley will listen to your concerns and recommend what she believes are the best products to maintain all your hard work!
Licensed Clinical Esthetician, Certified Anti-Aging Technician
Tiffany is an Advanced Practice Esthetician, certified Anti-Aging Technician and Make-Up Artist, with over 20 years of experience in the skin care industry. Tiffany is certified in various lasers such as Halo, Forever Young BBL, Contour, Venus Viva, Laser Hair Removal, as well as being certified in microneedling (Skin Pen). HydraFacial MD, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and St. James medical peels. Tiffany has had advanced HydraFacial MD training, attending the HFX Experience in Chicago. She also provides outstanding waxing and tinting services. You will find Tiffany's skincare treatments to be extremely results driven, yet relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time. She provides all of her clients with excellent product knowledge so that they are aware of what is being used during the treatment, as well as what products they will be using at home. Tiffany is exceptionally knowledgeable in mineral makeup and has been a master of the craft for over 20 years. Tiffany enjoys working with all skin types and achieving outstanding results!
Advanced Practice Esthetician, Certified Anti-aging Technician and Makeup Artist
Holly Kane is the Metropolitan's Advanced Practice Esthetician Team Lead, with over 13 years of experience in the skincare industry. Holly strives to help her clients, as well as her team (and their clients) get the results they seek through customized treatments. She approaches skin health as a whole by taking a close look at lifestyle along with at-home regime. Holly has experience working with and treating various skin types and tones with incredible results. She feels that education is the key to the success of skin health. Her list of services include: Anti-aging laser procedures (ie. Halo, Forever Young BBL, Contour, Venus Viva, etc.), HydraFacial MD, medical grade chemical peels, microneedling (Skin Pen), laser hair removal, phlebotomy, dermablading, full body waxing and brow and lash tinting. Holly feels the human body is fascinating and complex and loves having the privilege of guiding clients through the process of positive changes that occur. Holly has her Bachelors degree in Healthcare Management and is Nationally certified in Phlebotomy.
Advanced Practice Esthetician, Certified Anti-aging Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician
Ericka Kotten started her journey at The Metropolitan as Customer Service Representative in April 2018.
She has a varied background in industries such as retail, transportation and logistics. While her
background has mainly resided in administrative support, joining The Metropolitan has given her an
opportunity to further her customer service skills. Ericka has always had a great interest in skincare and
anti-aging, as well as the vast array of other services that The Metropolitan Clinic has to offer. She
enjoys helping clients from the moment they enter the clinic to the time they leave. “One of the best
parts of being here is to witness clients before and after an appointment. So many people leave The
Metropolitan with pure joy and happiness and I like being a part of making that happen.”
Customer Care Representative
Milly Versalles is an Advanced Practice Esthetician and Laser Technician with over 12 years of experience in the industry. Milly specializes in skin care treatments that focus on skin conditions such as hyperpigmentation/melasma, and problematic/acneic skin. She is certified in various laser treatments such as Halo, Forever Young BBL, Venus Viva, Laser Hair Removal, etc. Milly is also certified in microneedling (SkinPen), HydraFacial MD, St. James chemical peels, and many other anti-aging and scar revision treatments. Milly loves to educate guests in order to achieve the long lasting results they are searching for, which includes recommending the perfect customized products that will continue their skin care journey at home. Being a part of her client's amazing skin transformation and seeing how great they look and feel, is the greatest reward! Milly believes that truly listing to her client's needs, in order to create a customized plan, is the key to long lasting, successful results.
Licensed Clinical Esthetician, Certified Anti-aging Technician and Makeup Artist
Customer Care Representative
Erin Haack joined The Metropolitan Family in September of 2020 as a Customer Care Representative. She has many years of Customer Service experience in areas ranging from Orthodontics to Veterinary Care. She also has a degree in Marketing from the University of Minnesota. Since her journey began at The Metropolitan, her passion for skincare has only continued to grow. She truly enjoys watching every client's skincare journey and the pure happiness on their faces as they come and go for their appointments.
Customer Care Representative
Nathan is a licensed clinical esthetician with over 4 years of experience in the health care industry. He is certified in skin care and Laser Technology and is advancing his knowledge as he progresses towards completion as a RN. He has experience working with lasers on all skin types and tones with fantastic results. Every skin care and laser treatment is custom tailored to meet the specific needs of the client. Nathan’s dedication and caring personality allows the client to feel comfortable as he helps them look their very best.
Licensed Clinical Esthetician, Certified Anti-aging Technician and Phlebotomy Technician