Faculty & Staff


[framedbox title=”Arla Markael, Registar”]

Arla Markael purchased North Idaho Massage Academy because she fell in love with the students and staff there while her sweetie, Christopher Kalinowski, was giving instruction in the Pathology 102 class. Christopher, also a phenomenal Medical Massage Therapist, was part of the reason Arla fell in love with massage and wanted to be a part of the process of learning.  Arla gets excited at how this education helps heal people physically and emotionally.  An educator herself, with her Bachelors in Secondary Education from Univeristy of Idaho, Arla deeply appreciates the educational process that students go through as massage therapists, and seeks to make it as beneficial as possible.  Arla loves that students can graduate from NIMA debt free, and with a skill that changes lives, and can bring in a good income.  She also came into this school having owned several businesses in the past so is a well rounded part of the team.


[framedbox title=”Susan L. McClellan LMT, Instructor”]
Susan is a licensed massage therapist and a 2010 graduate of the American Institute of Clinical Massage. She was an assistant teacher along-side Jeane Plastino-Wood, the founder and former owner of the American Institute for Clinical Massage (AiCM). Susan has worked at the Highlands Day Spa since 2010, and is passionate about therapists knowing and being able to effectively use the tools and skills acquired in the industry of massage. She is employed there as the lead therapist and works with training and evaluating new therapists.

Susan (Susie as she prefers) trained as a CNA at a local hospital at at age18. Later she spent 2 years teaching all 8 grades at a private elementary school. She then went on to marry and have four children, while living in North Idaho. It was after her fourth child that Susie pursued an education in the field of Massage Therapy. There, she once again fell in love with the study of the human body and the amazing preventative and therapeutic benefits of massage.

Her career was further enhanced while assistant teaching with Jeane, and sharing her passion for the industry with future massage therapists. With these skills and working beside seasoned and skilled massage therapists, Susie is excited to continue her career by providing an opportunity for others to join the industry.

[framedbox title=”Dr. Hans Steidl, Faculty”]
Hans grew up in in the San Francisco Bay Area and attended high school on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Hans then attended Oregon State University and received an undergraduate degree in Fisheries Biology. Working in the Fisheries field was his first career. This involved stints working at sea in Alaska and off the pacific coast as a scientist and once as a commercial fisherman.  After meeting his beautiful wife Jessy who grew up in Sandpoint, Idaho, he was introduced to the beautiful Inland Empire. With the desire to start a family, be home more and pursue a health related career, he found chiropractic. He attended University of Western States in Portland, Oregon and received his Doctor of Chiropractic. After graduation they decided the best place to raise their kids was North Idaho. He loves the strong sense of community here and all the outdoor recreational activities. Aside from his interest in natural health therapies and wellbeing, his hobbies include live music, skiing, travel, ethnic foods, power sports, hiking, hunting and fishing.


[framedbox title=”Jennifer Molina, Faculty”]
Jennifer MolinaJennifer Molina, LMT has been practicing massage since 2009 and graduated from American Institute of Clinical Massage, in Post Falls, Idaho.

She is passionate about the many benefits of massage and finds it a privilege to be an integral part of her clients health and wellness.

She continually pursues education to deepen and broaden her abilities so that she may pair the many modalities she is trained in, to the specific needs of her clients; Sweedish, deep tissue and trigger point also in sports, pregnancy and La Stone therapy.

She feels honored in caring for each individual and their needs, within her care.


[framedbox title=”Krystle Shapiro, Faculty”]
Krystle_ShaprioKrystle graduated from the University of Redlands in 1968 with a BA in English Literature. In December 2002 she graduated from the American institute of Clinical Massage as a Licensed Massage Therapist. She opened her practice Touchstone Massage Therapies in 2003 providing specialties in Lymphatic Drainage, Positional Release Therapies, Geriatric and Oncology massage therapies along with relaxation, sports injury, Reiki, and Integrated Energy Therapies.
In 2012 Krystle earned her Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition and provides nutrition education classes through her business NewTritionally Yours!
She especially enjoys teaching and helping people be or become their optimal best every day.


[framedbox title=”Christopher Michael Kalinowski, Faculty”]

Christopher started massage at age 14  when his dad purchased a massage table for him to practice on family and friends.  His dad loved his natural abilites and encouraged him to pursue Massage Therapy.  Christopher graduated from Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2008 and was already so great at massage that his professors went to him for massage for themselves after Graduation!  Christopher did an additional internship in the medical field, working with doctors, osteopaths, surgeons, and chiropractors, learning and every growing in his craft.  He also became certified to help people with TMJ Dysfunction, Sports Massage, and many other modalities.  He truly has a healing touch and currently serves as the Massage Basics and Path 102 instructor, as well as oversees student work in the clinic.



Experienced to help guide you

North Idaho Massage Academy’s faculty have over 35 years of combined experience in the massage and spa industries. Each faculty member has at least 3 years teaching experience and/or 3 years of massage therapy experience.