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Why Choose MedSpa Institute of America?

Carly Williams, the president of MedSpa Institute of America invented the first laser training program in 2015 and created a license with the Office of Higher Education.

Many employers trust us and our students with the network and longevity of our school which makes it easier for our students to gain quality careers. Medspa Institute is the only all-in-one clinical skincare career college that solely gives you the opportunity to grow in this field of esthetics.

We are innovative and teach you the latest techniques, and there really is no other school out there like us. Whether you are a beginner or looking to advance your skincare license there are so many avenues you can take here at this Institute.

see what our students have to say

“The best and only Medspa school in the state ranging from Esthetics, AP esthetics, injections, laser and microblading courses! One stop shop for all your licensure goals. Definitely would not have been able to find my dream job without this school and the hands on training. Thank you Carly and team you guys are truly THE best!”

Jalyn E.

“I attended Medspa Institute of America for both my esthetician and AP license. Both programs are hands on which I loved! I also loved how the class sizes are small! The staff is wonderful! They are always there for you during your time at school and even after you graduate! You also get the opportunity to use some really nice products and technology that you wouldn't get to use at other schools!”

Megan L.

“This school is very good at teaching you so much in such a short amount of time. We were always learning hands on and I never felt like I misunderstood anything. Everyone here is really nice and helpful. I really enjoyed it and was so excited to come to school everyday and learn something new. I would definitely recommend coming to school here for any of their classes!!”

Jamie E.

“From the first day here at Medspa, the atmosphere was very inviting and all of the instructors and students were very nice and welcoming. I feel as though I got a quality education In Laser treatments and I am confident to take clients and educate them as well.”

Clarisse T.

“I started the Esthetician program in August 2021 and will soon be graduating from the Advanced Esthetics program. The faculty here (Ly, Bre, Brittney) are so insanely knowledgeable and talented- I feel so lucky to have had the pleasure to learn from them. If you have the opportunity to learn from successful practitioners, you will be sure to follow in their footsteps and become a success yourself.”

Allie H.

“I attended Medspa Institute of America in 2019 for the laser course. It was an awesome experience being able to learn hands on and get the best education. I was able to get a job at a medspa shortly after graduating. A lot has changed since 2019 with new classes and new treatments being taught. I would highly recommend!”

Marina S.

Dr. Tholen

Medical Director of Medspa Institute of America

Dr. Tholen is the Medical Director of Medspa Institute of America. 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 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. He has trained people in lasers for many years and is extremely smart in skin. Dr. Tholen is very well known in the industry for being a great trainer, doing great work, and being very kind!

Carly Williams

President of Medspa Institute of America

Carly Williams is the President of Medspa Institute of America. She is a board Certified Esthetics Instructor, Medical Laser Safety officer, Phlebotomist, and part of Associated Skincare Professionals. Carly’s school was the first laser school to come to MN in 2015 previously known as Limitless Laser Certification. Still, with the popular Luxury Laser Education Program, the school has grown with many other licenses over the years adding the umbrella name Medspa Institute of America. Carly is known for creating the laser licensure in the state of MN with the Office of Higher Education. Carly is a national esthetic speaker to beauty schools across the country. She held the highest sales at American Laser Skincare Centers and holds many certifications in laser safety officer and HIPAA Security, CPR, and OSHA Medical Hazards. She has previous experience working in Medspas and surgery offices before expanding her laser school. She has been in the field since 2010 and loves sharing her network with staff and students! Carly is a huge reason the Medspa industry has grown so much in the Midwest and is well known for helping others!

Learn From Experienced Instructors

Even though our company is widely known, we are a small, family-owned company. Our teachers have heaps of actual skincare experience from their careers such as dermatology offices, plastic surgeon clinics, spas and medspas. Also, most of our teachers have owned their own salon at one point or still do!

Having a doctor owner, and one that is so involved, gives the school and students more opportunities to learn from experienced professionals who know what works and what doesn’t! We look forward to getting to know you and helping you change your life!

Hear from Dr. Tholen, our medical director and a licensed plastic surgeon to learn more about what makes our school unique!

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