KATHERINE VESSENES

JD, CFP®, RFC / President, Financial Advisor

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(888) 256-6855 ext.4

 Katherine@MDFinancialAdvisors.com

As an attorney and nationally known financial advisor, Katherine is uniquely qualified to work with doctors and their numerous, complicated financial issues.

Katherine grew up in a medical family. “I observed my own parents moving from being extremely comfortable financially to almost bankrupt, after my parents made a few bad financial choices,” Katherine said. 

“The first thing I learned,” she explained, “Was no matter how educated you are, we all need help with issues outside our area of expertise.”  The second thing: “I wanted to make sure other doctors and their families, didn’t suffer the way mine did when the bottom fell out of our finances.”

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“America’s best known authority on the legal and ethical issues facing financial advisors today.”
— Bloomberg Press

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Katherine uses her legal background to address issues of concern to many doctors: how to protect their assets from frivolous suits and how to reduce their taxes now, during retirement and for their heirs.

“The statistic I am proudest of is our referral rate,” Katherine explained. “Last year over 90% of our new clients came as referrals from our existing clients. We know that doctors don’t refer their colleagues to just anyone, so we are very grateful for their vote of confidence and the trust they have placed in us.”

A Certified Financial Planner®, Katherine has written three books and almost 100 Published articles.  She has received the 5 Star Professional Wealth Manager Award (1) six times!

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“Medical Economics had named her a
Top Financial Adviser for doctors in
2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017” (2)

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In 1989 Katherine became Vice President and Officer of the IDS Mutual Fund Group, where she was legal counsel to the independent directors, including former POTUS President Gerald Ford. Later she created two ethics programs for American Express. She has also served on the CFP® Board of Ethics.

Some of the top financial firms in the country have engaged Katherine to help their advisors. That list includes: American Express, ING/Voya, Merrill Lynch, H&R Block, Financial Planning Association, Northwestern Mutual, Charles Schwab, State Farm, LPL, John Hancock and others.

Katherine and her husband/business partner, Peter, have three adult children with whom she loves to spend time. Katherine is also dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and enjoys activities such as kickboxing and kettlebells to stay in shape.

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“Top Women in Finance.” (3)

 

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JOSH LANTZ

CRPC® / Chief Investment Officer, Financial Advisor

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(888) 256-6855 ext.3

 Josh@MDFinancialAdvisors.com

With over a decade of financial planning experience, Josh has worked on more than 450 doctors’ financial plans. “It’s very hard to find a doctor’s situation I haven’t seen before,” says Josh.  This is only a snapshot of the expertise Josh brings to MD Financial. When he is not meeting with doctors Josh oversees the portfolio management for the firm.

 

Josh is committed to helping all of our doctors feel more secure about their financial future. “In order to do that I know it takes not only the educational training of my profession, but also attention to detail, an understanding of the unique circumstances and stressors our doctors face, and clear communication of a complex financial world. A strong level of service is very important to our doctors, and we are happy to help them,” Josh explains.  With sharp organizational skills and a critical eye to detail, Josh works diligently with all of our teams to coordinate and deliver that exceptional level of service.

“Medical Economics has named him a Top Financial Adviser for doctors in
2017 and 2018!” (2)

Josh previously worked with Ameriprise Financial Advisor’s #2 nationally ranked team. He recently got recognized in Medical Economics for Financial Adviser for Doctor’s in 2017-2018, as well as Dental Products Report’s Best Financial Adviser for Dentists in 2019. When not working, Josh enjoys skiing, getting out on the lakes, mountain biking, and doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to stay in shape.

 

Tara Miller

Lead Client Service Manager

(888)256-6855 ext.7

tara@mdfinancialadvisors.com

Intrigued by the specialization and expertise of MD Financial, Tara joined the team in March 2017. She graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance as well as minors in Financial Planning and Psychology. While attending school, she was the Co-President of UMD’s Financial Planning Club. 

 

Tara is also pursuing the CFP® Designation in order to further her expertise in the Financial Planning Industry. She has a passion for education planning and being an advocate for women in the financial industry. In her spare time Tara enjoys traveling, relaxing at her cabin in Northern Wisconsin, and spending time with her family and pets. 

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Alex messer

Client Service Manager and Trader

(888)256-6855 ext.433

alex@mdfinancialadvisors.com

Alex joined MD Financial in May 2019. He was drawn to our great team atmosphere and commitment to helping clients. He graduated from the University of Iowa in May with a Bachelor’sdegree in Finance and Economics.

Alex is currently studying to get his Series 65 designation. He is passionate about helping clients achieve their financial goals. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, and cheering on Minnesota sports teams.

 
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Ben Kirchner

Client Service Manager

(888)256-6855 ext.8

ben@mdfinancialadvisors.com

Ben started his career working with two Fortune 100 companies in a financial advisory capacity. Impressed by the process driven approach to serving the medical market, he made the switch to MD Financial in May of 2018.

Ben brings with him a history of integrity and commitment to delivering clients a top-notch experience. He is passionate about empowering clients to achieve their financial goals and life ambitions. Ben holds his Series 6, 63, and 65 as well as Life and Health Insurance licenses.

Ben earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication with a minor in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He is a Chanhassen native and moved back to Minnesota after 6 years of living and working in Wisconsin.

In his free time, Ben enjoys anything outdoors, any sport that
involves a board, and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings.

Ian Schneider

Client Service Manager

(888)256-6855 ext.6

ian@mdfinancialadvisors.com

Ian joined our team in July 2019 after graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Financial Planning. He was drawn to MD Financial because of our dedication to ethics and serving clients with integrity.

Outside of work and studying for his Series 65 designation, Ian likes to be outdoors hiking, camping, or out on the lake, as well as spending time with his dogs, friends, and family.

 
 
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Kaitlin brandt

Administrative Assistant

(888)256-6855 ext.0

kaitlin@mdfinancialadvisors.com

Kaitlin, interested in the team atmosphere of MD Financial, joined the firm in November of 2018. In her role as an administrative assistant, Kaitlin creates individualized experiences for clients and sees that their expectations are met from the moment they finish a meeting with our advisors until they meet with our advisors again.

She earned bachelor’s degrees in English and Advertising from Drake University in May of 2018 and desired to learn something new which landed her here. Her favorite thing about MD Financial is the willingness of her co-workers in helping her learn and grow in the finance industry. Out of the office, Kaitlin enjoys being outdoors with her two dogs, traveling, and watching sports.

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Alyssa Miranda

Office General Manager

(888)256-6855 ext.1

alyssa@mdfinancialadvisors.com

Alyssa is the backbone of MD Financial. Her exceptionally high standards ensure consistent progress toward company and employee goals, but most importantly our clients’ financial goals. 

Alyssa graduated from Rasmussen College with a degree in Business Management. Beyond work, she loves to spend time with her husband, two boys, and the rest of her family.

 
 

CHRIS MINNIHAN

Client Service Manager Supervisor

(888)256-6855 ext.2

chris@mdfinancialadvisors.com

Chris joined the firm with 20 years of experience in client services, efficiencies excellence, operations and multi-million dollar inventory management.  She was drawn to MD Financial because of our passion and dedication to improving and protecting the livelihood and financial security of our clients.  Chris joined MD Financial in December 2016 as an intricate part of our insurance team while assisting with all aspects of client support. 

Chris loves to spend her personal time with her husband, children, and grandkids.  She also enjoys traveling, reading, and as much time boating as our Minnesota summers allow.

Victoria Schwartz

Finance Controller

(888)256-6855 ext.5

Impressed by the high caliber of talent on the MD Financial team and the client-focused (not product-focused) views of the company, Victoria came on board in 2012. As Finance Controller, she manages all of the company’s financial matters. With 20+ years of financial management experience, Victoria has played an essential role in MD Financial’s thriving business.

In her free time Victoria loves spending time at her cabin in Northern Minnesota with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends.

 
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Karen Mathwig

Accountant / Administrative

Karen came to work at MD Financial in December of 2018. Looking for a workplace to call her second home and utilize all the education she was amassing, she was really impressed by the family feel at MD Financial.

Currently, Karen is finishing her Master’s in Accounting through Saint Mary’s University of MN and graduates October 2019. She graduated from Minnesota School of Business with her Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting.

Karen is also training to hold a Series 65 license and planning on acquiring CPA designation in the future.

Free time is something Karen has little of as it’s consumed by 5 children, 3 cats, 1 dog, and a husband. When she does have the time, she enjoys music, board games, fishing, PS4, crafting, and making chainmail jewelry.

Sarah Baxter

Marketing Coordinator

  

Sarah joined the MD Financial family in March of 2018, attracted by MD Financial’s passion for success with their clients. She was completely blown away by the immense background of knowledge within the company’s employees, and the wide variety of services they provide. 

Sarah graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor’s in Communications, emphasizing in Marketing, as well as a Visual Arts degree. In her free time, Sarah loves playing board games with her husband, drawing, and spending time with her family. 

 

 

See the MD Financial team competing in the 2018 Tough Mudder

Our team is not afraid to get their hands dirty! They work hard in and out of the office.

(1) To receive the Five Star Wealth Manager award, a wealth manager must satisfy 10 objective eligibility and evaluation criteria that are associated with wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients. Factors taken into account include assets under management and client retention rate. Candidates also undergo a thorough regulatory and complaint review. 

Five Star Professional:

  • Conducts comprehensive research

  • Recognizes service professionals

  • Partners with leading city/regional magazines

  • Helps award winners gain the recognition they deserve


(2) This paid directory is a yearly feature. It grants Medical Economics readers access to advisers with special experience in meeting the unique financial goals and challenges of physicians.


(3) Finance & Commerce has been honoring Minnesota’s Top Women in Finance each year since 2001.The honors recognize the outstanding efforts of women in Minnesota who are making noteworthy contributions to their professions, their communities and society at large.