About Us

The Metropolitan brings together the most talented experts, the most desired services and the most effective products to offer the Twin Cities’ most complete anti-aging, beauty and wellness experience. A luxurious, state-of-the-art center for the mind, body and soul, the Metropolitan offers a personalized and positive experience that allows you to discover your best self and live your best life. Learn more about our educational, no-cost, no-obligation consultations.

Meet our staff

The Metropolitan staff consists of the most qualified, trained and passionate experts in anti-aging, beauty and wellness 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.

Dr. Christopher Tolan

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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.

Medical Director

Dr. James Ackelson

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Dr. James Ackelson received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College. Dr. Ackelson is a primary health care provider who has spent the past 20 years as clinic director for Eagan’s Care Chiropractic Body Wellness Center. He has worked with post-doctoral programs in orthopedics, nutrition, pediatrics, sports injury as well as injuries to the spine from work and auto accidents. Dr. Ackelson is proficient in Gonstead, Diversified, Activator and Palmer Package techniques. Dr. Ackelson speaks regularly to both patients and doctors on the benefits of chiropractic care in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Chiropractor

Suzanne St. James

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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

Sharon Miller

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Sharon Miller, Clinic Coordinator at the Metropolitan has a passion for beauty, health and wellness, and it shows with her 15 years of experience in the field of elective surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. She also has an extensive background in marketing and PR and will be utilizing this experience with the Metropolitan in those areas. Sharon will be interacting with all new and existing clients to ensure they have the utmost in customer care and are fully aware of all the services the Metropolitan has to offer, all under one roof. “I love being an active participant in discovering a beautiful new you”. Sharon has a B.A. in Communications -Advertising and a minor in Public Relations from Augsburg College/University of St. Thomas. She also has had advanced education and training: Anti-Aging Symposium at the Longevity Institute International in Newark, NJ; Practice Development and Anti-Aging at Cenegenics in Las Vegas, NV; Hormone Replacement and Optimization of Anti-Aging Medicine at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine in Las Vegas, NV; specialized physician training on MedSpa implementation, procedures and techniques at Medical Spa Conference in San Antonio, TX; and VIP training of Swiss Skin Care at Methode Physiodermie in Montreal, Canada.

Clinic Coordinator

Ryan Jensen

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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.

Operations Manager

Ashley Archer

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Ashley Archer is a Licensed Clinical Esthetician and Laser Technician. Ashley’s passion is making people feel good about themselves. Her goal is to have patients look in the mirror and love who they are, inside and out. Ashley provides her patients with excellent results! She also provides extensive product knowledge so that her patients know what products she is using during the treatment, as well as what she is recommending for at-home care, in order for them to continue to achieve outstanding results. Ashley is excited to be training on Permanent Cosmetics under Suzanne St. James where she can utilize her attention to detail and love of makeup.

Licensed Clinical Esthetician, Certified Anti-Aging Technician and Semi Permanent Makeup Technician

Tiffany Gagstetter

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Tiffany Gagstetter is a licensed clinical esthetician with over 10 years of experience in the skin care industry. Tiffany is also certified in microdermabrasion and provides outstanding waxing and tinting services. You will find Tiffany’s skin care treatments to be extremely results driven, yet relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time! Tiffany provides all of her clients with excellent product knowledge so they are aware of what she is using during the treatment as well as what they are taking with them for at-home care. Tiffany is also certified in Laser Technology, and enjoys working with all skin types & achieving outstanding results! Tiffany has been doing makeup for 10+ years and is truly a Master of the craft. Tiffany is exceptionally knowledgeable regarding mineral makeup and its skin care benefits!

Licensed Clinical Esthetician, Certified Anti-aging Technician and Makeup Artist

Dr. Randi Hartley

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Dr. Randi Hartley received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Dr. Hartley previously practiced her chiropractic work in Dublin, Ireland prior to joining Care Chiropractic. She is proud to say she has helped people of all ages obtain a better quality of life through chiropractic care. Dr. Hartley utilizes Gonstead, Diversified and Activator techniques. She is also certified in Graston® technique which involves muscle and fascial rehabilitation.

Chiropractor

Nathan Jesh

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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

Ami Johnson

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“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Pablo Picasso. This is Ami’s motto. Growing up in the salon business, Ami realized she had a natural talent. This lead her to pursue her passion at the Aveda Institute in Minneapolis. Licensed since 2008, Ami utilizes her education and salon experience to create new looks with a color and cut, or maintaining a style for you. Ami loves precision cutting, especially asymmetrical bobs, pixies, and your basic blunt cuts. She loves perfecting these cuts and complimenting them with color, leaving you with gorgeous hair and a smile on your face. Ami was awarded a top colorist award in 2013. Ami also works with extensions to add length and/or fullness.

Stylist

Holly Kane

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Holly Kane is a Licensed Clinical Esthetician with many years of experience in the skin care industry. Holly strives to help her clients get the results they are seeking through customized treatments. She approaches skin health as a whole by taking a close look at lifestyle along with at-home regime. Holly feels education is key because “How do you know, if you don’t know?”. Her other lists of services includes microdermabrasion, chemical peels, dermablading, full body waxing, and mineral makeup application. Holly is also certified in Laser Technology. She has experience working with and treating various skin types and tones with incredible results. Holly is also a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist with training in Cranial Sacral Therapy, Spring Forest Qigong, Deep Tissue, Pre and Post Natal, Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage, and Sports Massage using advanced techniques. Holly has a passion for Cranial Sacral Therapy and Energy Bodywork. She completed her training in 2004 through the Upledger Institute. 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.

Licensed Clinical Esthetician, Certified Anti-aging Technician, Certified Massage Therapist and Phlebotomy Technician

Justine Lauren

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Justine Lauren takes her creativity and fashion sense to great heights to meet and exceed your fashion needs. Her passion is evident in her desire to work with you to find the perfect look. Whether it is organizing and editing your current wardrobe, or helping to create a whole new look for you that will see that you are set for work and play, Justine will assist you from start to finish. Her skilled eye allows her to access the broadest range of body types and ages and find the most flattering styles that suit you. Your initial consultation involves creating a personal image planning session. This will help determine the goals you would like to reach. Justine is a graduate from Iowa State University and has a major in Communications Studies and a minor in Psychology. Her passion for fashion will help you discover your personal look as well as simplify your life. Bring any concerns, from a frantic wardrobe to a special event or a new look you are exploring. She will take you step-by-step to help create the look and feel of your personal style that not only suits you, but helps simplify your life.

Image and Fashion Consultant

Maarissa Mason

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Maarissa Mason is a Phase Two graduate from Paul Mitchell The School Rexburg. She has lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming for 6 years, and recently moved to the twin cities in April of 2017. She is trained in all aspects of hair and skin, and is a stylist, medical aesthetician, laser technician and makeup artist. While in school, Maarissa was fortunate enough to be named a winner of Beacon 2016, an award only the top 100 cosmetology students in the country are lucky enough to win. She enjoys creating new styles and looks for her hair clients, especially with color! She also enjoys the medical background of skincare, and truly believes in transforming her clients skin with proper education and treatment in their skincare routines. In her free time, Maarissa enjoys riding her horses, playing with her dogs, or riding snowmobiles and fourwheelers.

Licensed Clinical Esthetician, Certified Anti-aging Technician, Stylist and Makeup Artist

Erin Morningstar

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Erin Morningstar is an experienced stylist with years of education in her background. Erin believes that continuing education in this industry is key to technical excellence. Being a color and cutting educator both in the salon and at academies, she has a wide range of technical abilities allowing her to provide a wide array of options to her clients. Erin has experience styling for weddings, photo shoots, and fashion show. As a guest of The Metropolitan, when you sit in Erin’s chair, you will be provided with an exceptional experience. She will give you the best education on products and how to use them in styling your hair at home, as well as different options for your hair style and color to best match your face shape and skin tone.

Lead Stylist

Ariel Monfore

Ariel Monfore is a Semi Permanent Makeup Technician, as well as a professional makeup artist. Ariel has specialized in makeup for weddings and photography for the past 6 years.
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Ariel Monfore is a Semi Permanent Makeup Technician, as well as a professional makeup artist. Ariel has specialized in makeup for weddings and photography for the past 6 years.

At a young age, Ariel was mesmerized watching her mother get beautified at her cosmetics counter. As Ariel got older, she started to personally experiment with makeup, which soon became her passion.

Ariel began her journey in the makeup industry by attending the Aveda Institute to study skin and hair. After receiving her cosmetology license (in skin/hair), Ariel began freelance artistry working with high-end makeup brands. She continued her education by attending advanced courses in makeup at Faces Etc., studying makeup for photography and film.

Ariel then decided it was time to take her makeup expertise to the next level and ventured into Permanent Makeup. Ariel joined the Metropolitan and was personally trained in the Metropolitan's technique. She completed extensive training, including performing permanent makeup on numerous models, in order to graduate and to attain her Permanent Cosmetics license through the State of Minnesota.

Ariel loves that she gets to share her passion with others every day at the Metropolitan.

Semi Permanent Makeup Technician

Jayme Pronger RN

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Jayme is an Licensed Registered Nurse, Licensed Clinical Esthetician and Laser Technician. She also specializes in corrective makeup application. Jayme graduated from Aveda Institute’s Esthiology program in 2005, and has 10+ years of experience. Her passion for the industry gave her the drive to continue her education in the field of Esthetics to become a nurse injection artist. She pursued a Associate of Arts degree in 2014 and a Registered Nursing degree at Anoka Ramsey Community College in 2016. Through her extensive training in various different skin types, Jayme can confidently, effectively, and safely analyze the skin and treat many skin conditions. She is trained in chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser, dermaplaning and corrective makeup application. “Making people feel better about themselves brings me pure joy, this is one of the many reasons I love what I do”.

Clinical Esthetician and Laser Technician

James Stolz, LICSW

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James Stolz is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, a certified Wellness Coach, and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. James has a private psychotherapy practice in Minneapolis where he treats anxiety disorders, addictions and eating disorders through a combination of traditional mental health approaches and motivational enhancement. In addition, James is currently the Clinical Director for Assistance in Recovery and an adjunct faculty member at the School of Social Work for St. Thomas and St. Catherine’s Universities. He is also one of the founding faculty for the Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal services at St. Thomas University.

Certified Wellness Coach

Emily Swanson

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Emily, with her outgoing, fun and positive personality, has been doing hair since 2012. Formally trained at Aveda, Emily loves constructing cuts and colors for her guests, whether it's a new style or a current one. Emily, along with her extensive color and cut training, has also had specialized training in hair extensions, Keratin treatments, make-up and waxing.

Stylist

Milly Versalles

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Milly Versalles is a licensed clinical esthetician, laser technician, certified massage therapist and make-up artist. Having vast experience and knowledge in both the skin care and body work industries, Milly loves to educate guests in order to achieve the long lasting results they are searching for, which includes suggesting products that will continue to work for them at home. Being a part of their journey to physically and emotionally feeling and looking their best is the greatest reward! Milly’s passion is to help guide her guests to appreciate and love the skin and body that they are in. In addition to Swedish (Relaxation) Massage, Milly is also trained in Thai, Lomi Lomi, Pre and Post Natal, Reflexology, Therapeutic, Deep Tissue, and Adolescent Sports Massage with a special emphasis on Migraine Relief Work. Milly believes that truly listing to her guest’s needs, in order to create a customized plan, is the key to long lasting, successful results.

Licensed Clinical Esthetician, Certified Anti-aging Technician, Massage Therapist and Makeup Artist

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