Faculty & Staff

Arla Markael purchased North Idaho Massage Academy because she fell in love with the students and staff. Arla, who is heart centric, gets excited at how this education helps heal people physically and emotionally.  An educator herself, with her Bachelors in Secondary Education from University 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, while providing great income for the therapists.  She also came into this school having owned several businesses in the past, so is a well rounded part of the team.



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; Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, sports massage, pregnancy and La Stone therapy are her specialties.

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




Christopher started massage at age 14  when his dad purchased a massage table for him to practice on family and friends.  His dad loved Christophers natural abilities 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 growing in his craft.  He 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.




Hannah is a graduate of North Idaho Massage Academy. She has been a licensed massage therapist for 4 years and is the head therapist at the Highland North Day Spa. Hannah chose massage therapy because she wants to help her clients, friends and family live a life with less pain, quicker recovery time after injuries, and overall better health with less anxiety!





Nova is a graduate of North Idaho Massage Academy. She has been a licensed massage therapist for 4 years. She teaches Spa Treatments classes and enjoys sharing the benefits that these wonderful treatments bring the body.








Experienced to help guide you

North Idaho Massage Academy’s faculty include many different therapists and educators from the massage and spa industries. Each faculty member has at least 6 years teaching experience and/or 6 years of massage therapy experience.