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Meet Our Aesthetic Experts, Clinical Providers and Master Medical Aestheticians

Life is full of milestones, some to celebrate and some to survive: You're getting married. You had a baby. You finally lost that weight. You hit the big 4-0. You hit the big 5-0! Any one of these major events—and countless more—may inspire you to make a change to your look so the you other people see is the best you possible, the you that reflects how you truly feel about yourself.

But here's the thing: You shouldn't have to navigate these changes and choices alone—and you don't have to! The aesthetic experts at the Bengtson Center in Grand Rapids are ready to join you in celebrating each victory, overcoming each challenge, and helping you achieve your vision for how you want to look.

Contact our Grand Rapids office today! Request your consultation online or call 616.588.8880.

You may be a patient, but we will treat you like family. Our aesthetic experts and master medical aestheticians are looking forward to meeting you in person and helping you start your journey of personal transformation.

Our Aesthetic Experts

Amanda Gorter, RN-BSN

Introducing Amanda

Aesthetic Expert, Master Injector

"My patients deserve to look their personal best, and it’s my passion to help them achieve that with the most advanced fillers and non-surgical technology available."—Amanda

Amanda has been a registered nurse and aesthetic expert with the Bengtson Center since 2009, offering BOTOX®, dermal fillers and laser treatments, and more. Amanda is motivated by the strong conviction that each and every patient look as good on the outside as they feel on the inside. Among her many accomplishments:

  • Proficient and skilled techniques complement the work of Dr. Bengtson, and assist those wanting a nonsurgical approach to looking their personal best.
  • Graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with her bachelor of science degree.
  • Her professional affiliations include the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses.
Ashley Kerkstra, RN

Introducing Ashley

Aesthetic Expert, Master Injector

"It's so important to develop a bond with each patient to get them the best results possible, and I love that aspect of passion and care in my work."—Ashley

Ashley joined the Bengtson Center in 2011 and has been building on her abilities and knowledge as a nurse ever since, in order to give her patients quality care that emphasizes both beauty and safety. Since 2014, after getting her associate's degree in nursing, she's provided clinical care, and specializes in BOTOX®, dermal fillers, Ultherapy®, and ThermiVa®. Among her many accomplishments:

  • Extensive hands-on PALETTE® Injection training, as well as her continuous training with two National Trainers at the Bengtson Center.
  • Her professional affiliations include the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses and American Nurses Association.
Katrina, PAC

Introducing Katrina

Aesthetic Expert, Master Injector

"I believe that every patient deserves to feel beautiful and I aim to provide that by using the most advanced technology to highlight their best features, so they can feel confident in every venture they take. Seeing the excitement of a patient when they see their results is the best part of my job and it never grows old!"—Katrina

A Board-Certified Physician Assistant, Katrina joined the Bengtson Center in 2018. She specializes in aesthetic treatments including miraDry®, THERMIsmooth®, THERMIva®, BOTOX®, dermal fillers, Kybella®, Laser Skin Treatments and NeoGraft®. Among her many accomplishments:

  • Graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science as well as a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.
  • Trained in Reconstructive/Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology.
  • Member of: American Academy of Physician Assistants, Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
  • NeoGraft Hair Restoration Expert.
Kortne Custer, PA-C

Introducing Kortne

Aesthetic Expert, Master Injector

"I believe in building long-lasting relationships with patients so we can work together to get the best results today and into the future."—Kortne

Kortne joined the Bengtson Center in 2009, and specializes in BOTOX® and injectable and dermal fillers. With her extensive cosmetic and clinical-dermatology expertise, Kortne serves a vast array of patients, ensuring they look and feel their absolute best. Among her many accomplishments:

  • Earned a master's degree as a physician assistant from Western Michigan University in 2008.
  • Spent three years working at a dermatology and skin surgery practice.
  • Member of Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants and American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Lisa Postlewaite, RN-BSN

Introducing Lisa

Aesthetic Expert, Master Injector

"I work to meet my patients' unique needs as I encourage them to express their natural beauty."—Lisa

Lisa joined the Bengtson Center in 2015. She specializes in microneedling, ThermiVa®, BOTOX®, injectable dermal fillers, and Ultherapy®. Lisa's varied and enriching experiences have helped her to develop a technical knowhow. She is devoted to her patient's safety and satisfaction. Lisa’s aesthetic focus draws on her belief in encouraging in the expression of each person's natural beauty and meeting his or her unique needs. Among her many accomplishments:

  • Extensive hands-on PALETTE® Injection training, as well as her continuous training with two National Trainers at the Bengtson Center.
  • Received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Aurora University before attending the Biofusion Institute.
  • Her professional affiliations include the International Society of Plastic and Aesthetic Nurses and American Nurses Association.

Our Master Medical Aestheticians

Luba Samrick

Introducing Luba

Licensed Medical Aesthetician and Laser Light Technician

"Customized aesthetics and color cosmetics can lead to an amazing skin transformation."—Luba

Luba joined the Bengtson Center in 2012. She has traveled the world and built a career focused on reaching the pinnacle of skin care and makeup application techniques. Among her many accomplishments:

  • Studied at the Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics near Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Served as an aesthetician, instructor, and brand ambassador for the Artistry Beauty Institute.
  • Her professional affiliations include Society for Plastic Surgery Skin Care Specialists, American Society of Lasers.

Introducing Maria

Licensed Medical Aesthetician and Laser Light Technician

"Good skin care is meant to enhance the beauty that already exists."—Maria

Joining the Bengtson Center in 2017, Maria has a background in makeup artistry and cosmetology. As a Licensed Aesthetician, she has a passion for patient education. By listening to her patient's needs, Maria helps to develop a customized to each and every patient. Among her many accomplishments:

  • Received her Cosmetology License 2004 from Clover Park technical College & went on to receive her Aesthetics license in 2006
  • Extensively trained in makeup application with Jane Iredale

Our Clinical Providers

Alicia Loucks, MA

Introducing Alicia

Certified Medical Assistant, CoolSculpting®, Ultherapy and THERMIsmooth® Specialist

"Our nonsurgicals offer the most cutting edge methods of maintaining or preserving your youth. Patient care is of utmost importance to me, and I enjoy being a resource for patients looking for ways to restore, improve, or maintain their appearance. I am passionate about the aesthetics industry and enjoy being able to discuss opportunities and solutions with my patients."—Alicia

Alicia joined the Bengtson Center in 2012, specializing in nonsurgical customized treatments plans with eye for predictable, outstanding results. She specializes in CoolSculpting®, ThermiSmooth®, and Ultherapy®.

Her sweet and sincere disposition, coupled with serious results and compassion, are a winning combination! Both male and female patients leave satisfied, nurtured, and with a renewed sense of confidence. Among her many accomplishments:

  • Received her Elite Provider Status, having graduated from CoolSculpting University.
  • Continuing education with advanced Ultherapy® training.
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