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Northwest Laser Institute Staff::

Ryanna McMillen :: Trainer/Educator

Patty Ernst :: Vice President/Marketing

Dr. Mary Hunstman :: Medical Director

Brooke Thayer, RN :: Educator/Trainer

Heidi Smith :: Educator/Trainer

Nadia Bixler :: Educator

Kristi Russ :: Admissions Director
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631 W. Antler Avenue
Redmond, Oregon 97756

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(208) 888-7831
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3969 E. Overland Road
Meridian, ID 83642

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Ryanna McMillen Ryanna McMillen

Ryanna has worked in the Laser Aesthetics industry for more than 8 years. She is extremely dedicated and passionate about her career and clients. For this reason, she worked to continue with her education and training, continually taking classes to stay on top of the latest information and technology the industry has to offer.

Ryanna has extensive experience in skin rejuvenation, tightening, body contouring and hair removal using a variety of technologies including laser, pulsed light, and radio frequency. In addition, her experience in the Medi Spa Industry allowed her to change focus to the most valuable aspect in the business - properly educating aestheticians and RNs on the most up-to-date information, knowledge and understanding of laser technology so that they can be the best at what they do. Her most recent accomplishment is becoming a National Trainer for BTL Aesthetics. Ryanna's integrity, passion and drive are the reason for Northwest Laser Institute.

Brooke ThayerBrooke Thayer, RN

Brooke is a Registered Nurse with over ten years of experience.  She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing in 2003 from Linfield College-School of Nursing, in Portland, Oregon. She has a passion for nursing and loves to teach as well. She has an extensive background in teaching which includes working as a Clinical Educator for St. Charles Hospital and a Clinical Nursing Instructor for Central Oregon Community College. She currently works as a Nurse Injector here, in Redmond, Oregon and in Meridian, Idaho at Northwest Laser Institute and Medi Spa. She is experienced in working with the many different injectables including Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Juvederm, Restalyne, Perlane and Radiesse. Brooke feels that it is critical to maintain continuing education and incorporates the latest injection techniques and up to date information in her dermal filler and Botox class. It is her mission to provide you with the best customer experience possible and help you succeed with your future career in facial aesthetics.

Heidi SmithHeidi Smith

Heidi has been practicing advanced skincare since 2007 after receiving her Master Esthetics certificate. She is a firm believer that a continued education and advancing ones skills is imperative for building a successful career in this industry. She spent her previous time working for a very successful laser center in Las Vegas as the primary clinic trainer. She routinely held training seminars to update the staff on new or changing protocol, as well as overseeing all new employee’s initial training period. This is where Heidi discovered her love and talent for educating others.

Heidi Specializes in Laser hair removal, foto facials, skin tightening, chemical peels, and body contouring, among others. She is excited to be a part of Northwest Laser Institute, because she is confident that the training students receive will enhance each individual’s career.

Heidi SmithNadia Bixler

My name is Nadia Bixler, I have worked as a licensed esthetician and licensed educator in both Canada and Idaho for the past 14 years. I have written curriculums for undergrad programs in esthetics as well as taught advanced training classes. I am currently a business owner, educator, product & equipment representative for several skincare companies. I have taught both undergrad and advanced education for the past six years. I am passionate about skincare and most of all education! Technology, skin treatments and product formulations are constantly changing, and I want to share my knowledge with as many skin professionals as possible. I enjoy learning the latest and most popular spa, skincare and medical treatments that are results driven. I believe that knowledge is power, information is at our fingertips and becoming an expert is all about how you educate yourself and others.