About us


Ryanna McMillen, LE and Brooke Thayer, RN are business owners with a passion for education.  Northwest Institute of Idaho was established in 2012 in Redmond, Oregon by Ryanna McMillen. She saw a need for education in Central Oregon and her passion as a laser technician inspired her to open a training facility. 

In 2013, Brooke Thayer moved to the Boise, ID which is what ultimately brought Northwest Institute to Idaho.  Brooke is a practicing RN with experience in education as a clinical educator for Central Oregon Community College. Her passion for people and education made Northwest Institute of Idaho a perfect fit for her lifestyle. The two joined forces, brought Northwest Institute of Idaho to the Treasure Valley, became business partners and best friends.

Together they have expanded Northwest Institute of Idaho into a fully State licensed school, growing their educational programs into a more medical focused direction. Northwest Institute of Idaho currently offers programs in Medical Assisting, Phlebotomy, Medical Billing and Coding and Medical Aesthetics.

“The mission of Northwest Institute of Idaho is to offer quality, state of the art education in a small classroom like setting. We want you to feel like family when you enter our doors and leave with a certificate in your hand and the confidence you need to achieve your success.”