3281 Transit Rd., Elma, NY 14059 • (716) 656-7600

Meet the Staff

Rachel Derenda

Rachel Derenda Buffalo MassageRachel is the proud new owner of Relaxation Station and native of WNY residing in Cheektowaga NY. She is a 2008 graduate of Trocaire College with a A.A.S. with honors. She was given awards for achievements in academic excellence and professionalism (PHI THETA KAPPA and Most Professional in a Clinical Setting). Coming from a career in outside and inside sales she is personally aware of how stress can cause “disease” to the physical and mental aspects of the human body.

Now devoting her time fully to her business in massage therapy and the wellness of others, she focuses on new ways to help her clients, through additional education and networking with other health care professionals. Like a chiropractor, physical therapist, nutritionist, or physician to aid in the recovery of each individual. She is professionally trained in western massage and eastern modalities, specializing in therapeutic Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, and sports massage. Rachel has taken additional CEU courses receiving certification in reflexology, pre-post natal massage, reiki and aroma touch techniques. Rachel feels that massage is not just for relaxation but research has shown over the years that at a cellular level the structure changes completely during a massage, that massage therapy is medicine. More and more people are recognizing this traditional practice of wellness and she is excited to help them along the journey.

Rachel can be reached by contacting The Relaxation Station or by calling (716)462-9233.

Valerie Kowalenko

Valerie has been an employee at Relaxation Station since January 2015. She graduated from Lancaster High School in 2011 and started college at Erie Community College where she graduated in 2013 with an associate’s degree in general studies. She is now a graduate from Trocaire College where she received her degree in Massage Therapy. Valerie’s goal while practicing is to ensure the client leaves knowing and feeling they received the attention they needed on the areas of concern. While being a LMT she is interested in learning further into multiple modalities such as reiki, reflexology, and cranial sacral therapy and much more.Valerie can be reached by calling Relaxation Station.

Luisa Bruzga, Independent Contractor

Luisa BruzgaLuisa received her NYS License in Aesthetics in 2010 providing holistic skin care and rejuvenation programs; is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College with a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition and trained as a Health Coach at Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She also received her Doctorate in Hypnosis from American Pacific University and is a Certified Consulting Hypnotist through the National Guild of Hypnotists. Luisa is also a certified energy medicine practitioner of Reiki and Quantum Touch as well as an iridologist and herbalist. In addition, she has completed numerous continuing education programs and certifications each year to stay on the cutting edge of holistic wellness and skin care.

Luisa has a life steeped in Holistic Wellness with over 20 years experience. Her personal and professional journey into the world of complementary and alternative approaches to healing and wellness began as an outgrowth of her own health challenges. She became highly motivated to share her knowledge with others, pursuing advanced education in a variety of healing modalities and deepening her studies of the connection between mind, body and spirit. This background enables her to help others whereby a customized program is developed tailored to the individual’s needs.
Luisa can be reached by calling Relaxation Station.

Daisy Swaydis

Daisy
Daisy graduated from Trocaire College with her A.A.S degree in Massage Therapy and currently resides in the Elmwood Village. Incorporating her natural soft demeanor with her passion for stretching, her massages have a balanced mix of relaxation and medical massage while clients feel muscle tension ease away. Growing up vegan and around marathon runners she finds herself drawn to sports massage and joint mobility as she further advances in her career. Daisy tends to be open minded and loves hearing her clients insight and stories. She truly is passionate about helping clients reduce tension to better the quality of life and their body.
Daisy can be reached by calling Relaxation Station

David Milazzo

David

In October 2013, David graduated from New York Institute of Massage in Williamsville. He learned a variety of Massage techniques and modalities including Swedish, Deep tissue, Pregnancy, Sports, and Reflexology Massage. After passing the New York State board exam and obtaining a massage therapy license, he went on to practice Massage therapy at Spa at Falling Waters in Orchard Park. Working there for over two years, he developed a regular clientele, helping treat them with trigger point and myofascial therapy mixed with Swedish massage techniques. Using a client focused approach, he uses the skills necessary to relax and rejuvenate tired and achy muscles.

Ally Barber

Ally has had a deep interest in the healing benefits of massage therapy since a young age. Graduating from The New York Institute of Massage in October of 2016, she learned a vast array of techniques and modalities. Ally loves to integrate medical massage therapy techniques into Swedish massage to give her clients relaxation as well as to aid in treating soft tissue injuries. She sees massage as a way to heal and treats each client specific to their needs. She will work on specific areas of focus as well as full body relaxation to ensure that each client not only feels loose and relaxed, but also has treated their pain and tightness. She has studied how to perform techniques such as medical massage, prenatal massage, hot stone massage, deep tissue, sports massage, AIS stretching, myofascial release, and myofascial technique. Ally will ensure that the individual receives the best massage and the best treatment techniques for their muscle pain.

Christine Young

David

In the beauty industry since 2007, Christine is a licensed cosmetologist as well as a licensed esthetician. In addition, she is a certified eyelash extension technician and a MUD certified makeup artist. Christine has graduated top three of her class in esthetics from The Salon Professional Academy. Aside from committing to her clients at Relaxation Station, she also enjoys her part-time position as a hair stylist. Her goal is to make every client look and feel their absolute best. Christine believes that every client is unique and deserves the treatment that will benefit them most. It is also her strong belief that the mind, body, and spirit all contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Christine specializes in facials, waxing, manicures, pedicures, and eyelash extensions