Advanced Esthetics (AE): Our Qualified Team
Dr. Ruth Rustad is the medical director of Advanced Aesthetics (AE). As Medical Director of AE, Dr. Rustad provides AE’s patients with the most current, medically-proven cosmetic treatments available. She keeps up-to-date with the latest technological advancements and treatments. Dr. Ruth Rustad has taught cosmetic procedure courses to the Advanced Esthetics staff, as well as other dermatologists and PAs in the community.
Our team of certified cosmetic specialists consists of physicians, specially-trained medical assistants, nurses, and certified physician assistants. All of our Certified Cosmetic Specialists (CCS) have received careful and extensive training in the various cosmetic procedures offered at AE.
Our physicians have broad and widespread training well beyond their medical school and residency training. They also continue to seek out and complete specialized continuing medical training courses for the various cosmetic procedures offered at AE. Our PAs have a mix of continuing medical education courses, as well as specialized AE in-depth courses. Our nurses and our other cosmetic specialists have received extensive training from in-depth and extensive courses and testing protocol required at Advanced Esthetics.
All of AE’s Certified Cosmetic Specialists have over 1,000 hours of training, which includes lectures, demonstrations, practice sessions, written and practical tests, periodic reevaluations with review of information, uniform standards for evaluation and verification, and additional practice sessions to maintain and increase their expertise. Our advanced and rigorous training provides you with the best medically-proven procedures for cosmetic dermatology in Minneapolis, MN.
Cosmetic Care Specialists
Meghan Rinartz, LPN, CDT
Meghan obtained her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse from Chippewa Valley Technical College in 2020. She has previously worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant, providing behavioral therapy for kids with special needs. Meghan has been with ADC since 2020, working with medical and surgical patients, and began providing cosmetic treatments in 2022, after completing her training as an AE Cosmetic Care Specialist. In Meghan’s free time, she enjoys going camping, and kayaking with her husband and their yellow lab, Rusty. In the winter she enjoys playing hockey with her family.
Rachel Wallace, APLE
Rachel graduated from Aveda Arts & Sciences Institute of Minneapolis in the fall of 2020, achieving an Esthiology License. She graduated from Med Spa of America in Edina 2021, achieving her Advanced Esthetician License. She worked at Ulta Beauty as a skin care service and marketing manager, which is where her passion for the skincare field grew, ultimately leading her to enroll in school for skincare practices.
Tammy Figueroa, CNA, CDT
Tammy grew up in Forest Lake and graduated from Cottey College with an Associate’s in Liberal Arts degree. She has worked as a florist in a garden center, and has worked as a Nursing Assistant in a nursing home for 22 years. She has been with Advanced Dermatology Care for over three years, and works here as a Medical Support Staff, Mohs Tech, Certified Dermatology Technician, and is a Lead Support Staff at ADC. She is the Mohs Lab Compliance Officer, and is active on the Marketing Committee. She enjoys helping people with their skin problems, and helping people live their best life. Tammy is married and has two kids, and two dogs. She enjoys reading, crafting, kayaking, hiking and traveling. Tammy was a youth group leader at her church for 12 years, and loved taking teens on mission trips.
Jackie Vargas, CNA, CDT
Jackie moved to Minnesota from Southern California to go to school at St. Catherine University for her bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Jackie started working at ADC at the beginning of 2021 as a Medical Support Staff. Jackie has enjoyed her time at ADC and all the loving patients she interacts with on a daily basis. Jackie wanted to branch out into the cosmetic practice to explore her passion for helping others feel good about themselves. In Jackie’s free time, she likes to cook different cuisines with her boyfriend, explore the outdoors, and spend time with family and friends. Fun fact: Jackie ran track and field for 12 years.
Nic Rolph, CDT
Nic graduated from the University of North Dakota in May of 2020 obtaining a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a professional health emphasis, and a Bachelor’s of Art degree in French Studies. He started working in patient care as a psychiatry technician in an acute care facility. After moving to Minneapolis, Nic started working on the medical and surgical practices at ADC. His interest in cosmetics and skin care began while working at Sephora throughout college. He is excited to be able to combine his knowledge from both the medical and cosmetic worlds to help clients with their skin concerns. In his free time, Nic enjoys cooking, trying new restaurants, going to the theater, and spending time with friends and family. He also enjoys being at his parents cabin in the summer, and traveling to new places.
Sarah Nelson, DLSM
Sarah obtained her Cosmetology License in 1990 from Northeast Metro Technical College. In 2003, she obtained her Designated Salon Manager License, and has held that license ever since. In 2016, she received her Associate’s for Medical Administrative Assistance degree. Sarah has been with ADC since 2018, and is a Lead Support Staff, and has been the Advanced Esthetics Cosmetic Manager. Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, motorcycling, cooking and baking, gardening, playing softball and watching her grandchildren play the sports that they love!