Our Staff

Left: Doris Rogalla
Center: Rebecca Lerner , Dean Lerner, Katie Bechtel,
Becky Rumbel, Kate Marshall-Chase, Amy Rumbel,
Donna Richards, Kelly Kennedy
Leigh Herbert, Jean Sanders

Not Pictured: Jenny Hwozdek


Staff-Biographical Information:

Kate Marshall Chase, MS, CMT, Director of Massage since 1983, is a co-owner of the Center for Well-Being. Kate integrates her training in Yoga, natural foods cooking and athletics to assist her clients through her use of deep tissue and shiatsu massage. Kate is an avid cyclist and nature lover! Kate is also a Certified Introductory II Iyengar Yoga instructor.

Dean Lerner, MS, is a co-owner of the Center for Well-Being and began practicing yoga in the mid-1970's and teaching since 1980. He is an Advanced Jr Certified Iyengar Yoga instructor and studied numerous times in India with B.K.S. Iyengar. Dean served four years as president of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States and teaches at the Center and workshops nationally and world-wide.

Rebecca Lerner: co-director of the Center and an Intermediate Senior I Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor, has been practicing and teaching yoga since the 1970's. Rebecca has studied five times in India with Shri B.K.S. Iyengar.  In addition to public classes at the Center, Rebecca conducts private yoga therapy sessions giving students individualized yoga programs to suit their personal needs.  Rebecca has been the resident yoga teacher at the State College Friends School (k-8) since 1992.  Rebecca is also a professionally trained Bradley Method® Natural Childbirth educator. She also teaches yoga workshops nationally.

Donna Richards, Office Manager Extraordinaire

Doris Rogalla
, BA,LMT, has been practicing massage since 1995. She tailors each session to meet her clients' needs, interweaving Deep Tissue and Swedish massage with Reflexology and Lymph Drainage Therapy. One of the greatest rewards of her job is witnessing her clients' overall improvement. Recently she completed her CranioSacral Therapy II training through The Upledger Institute. Doris considers energy-work a lifelong pursuit.

Doris' recipe for her own health includes spending a lot of time in nature, sauna, weight-lifting, hiking with her German Shepherd dog, plus plenty of sleep and solitude. She loves music, movies, and taking photos of water.

Leigh Herbert, MS, brings extensive experience in counseling and the healing arts to her work. She has worked as a psychotherapist for over fifteen years and holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Leigh is also a graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing. She specializes in Brennan Healing Science for psychological and physical wellness.

Jean Sanders, an art professor at PSU, has been studying Yoga with Dean and Rebecca and with other senior teachers as well, since 1993. She began teaching yoga in 1995. Jean is known as a very competent, generous, and caring teacher..

Jenny Hwozdek, Cerified Homeopathic Consultant is a graduate of the Pacific Academy of Homeopathy in San Francisco. Her practice of Homeopathy is supported by her extensive experience in natural health care. This includes studying with herbalists in the Pacific Northwest as well as working in herbal/naturopathic pharmacies for 5 years. Her background also includes serious study of flower essences, nutrition, and holistic animal care. Jenny is pleased to return to her hometown to establish her practice. Call Nittany Mountain Homeopathy for more information, workshops, or an appointment at 867-3703.


Call: (814) 237-3042