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

Meet the Staff

Rachel Derenda

Rachel Derenda Buffalo MassageRachel is the proud 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 associates 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.

 

Anne Penepent

Anne Penepent

Anne graduated Leon Studio One in June 2011 with a license in Cosmetology. I worked in Supercuts doing haircuts, waxing, and styling for men and women. While working there, I was also working on my degree at Trocaire College. I graduated from Trocaire in May 2013 with my degree in Applied Science, and took the boards for Massage Therapy. I scored the top 15% in NYS for the boards, and became licensed in August 2013. After leaving Supercuts I worked at a local spa doing massage, facials, waxing, hair, and nails.

I love what I do because I can help assist in healing others, which ultimately heals myself. Massage therapy has opened my eyes to exploring different philosophies, and walks of life. In my sessions, I allow a space for my clients to let their 9-5 guard down and relax. There is nothing more satisfying for myself then knowing that I assist in my client’s physical, and mental healing.

Whats next?

While working in massage I have realized that I very much enjoy the holistic side of healthcare, and want to pursue more. I am currently enrolled in the Nursing program at Trocaire College, and plan to go on further to become a Nurse Practitioner. Through all the schooling and working you can find me in the forest, hanging out by a creek, or at home with my two cats. I love to explore and see new places, so ask me about my latest adventures!

“The earth has music for those who listen”

Christine Young

Christine Young

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.

Alexis Chinn

Alexis has a passion for skincare and makeup. She strives to make every client feel great. She ventured on her own as a freelance makeup artist and skincare specialist traveling to clients homes for makeup and skin. Growing her career she attended New York Fashion Week 2016-2018 and also had a makeup gig as an assistant at MTV working on set and gaining more skill. She also worked for companies like Loreal and The Glam App. She decided to venture into film and TV where she filmed commercials for NSBC, worked on TV shows like “Fever” as well as received an IMBD for her work. In 2017 Alexis got an honorable mention for her work at Cineplay  award ceremony, spa leader award and certification in Microdermabrasion.  As a member of Relaxation Station she is excited to have you walking out feeling like royalty.

Jill Mazur

 I’m Jill Mazur, LMT – After graduating from New York Institute of Massage, I’ve spent the last couple years working in the Lancaster/Cheektowaga area. I’m very excited to begin my career now at Relaxation Station.  I offer traditional techniques of Swedish massage, deep tissue, as well as medical massage. I especially love helping people that suffer headaches/migraines due to neck and shoulder tension.
Whatever hurts you, I would love the opportunity to help you!

Samantha Rutski

Hello! My name is Samantha Rutski and I am a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist and the newest member of the Relaxation Station team. I received my license in 2008 and have been working in the Western New York area for 5 years now. My areas of interest within massage include Swedish relaxation massage, massage for back, neck, and shoulders, and work with sciatic issues. I am also educated in prenatal massage (2nd and 3rd trimester), reflexology, lymphatic drainage, and deep tissue techniques. I am excited to start my new adventure with the Relaxation Station family and look forward to seeing you on my table soon!