Our Staff

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CMBM certified (Center for Mind Body Medicine)
Founder/ Executive Director

Wellness Within is the realization of a dream for Patti. After 20 years in private practice as a psychotherapist, she decided to honor the tugging at her heart and open a grass roots organization to serve a community dealing with cancer and its aftermath.  It is her life’s work to teach, support, and mobilize the body and mind for healing.

Patti actively incorporates her training in mind-body medicine to support a community of people struggling with a cancer diagnosis. The Center’s belief is based on honoring the integration of medical treatments with mind body practices that enhance one’s quality of life with dignity and hope.  As the founder of Wellness Within, she understands the profound impact a life threatening illness brings, and the significance of pulling together a caring, loving community to provide support, comfort and healing.

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Marilyn lapkass

Office Manager/Administrative Assistant

After many years as a software engineer and manager, Marilyn desired to use her management and analytical skills to serve the community. She has found she has been able to utilize her skills working with a variety of nonprofits. Having witnessed family and friends navigate the journey that follows diagnosis of cancer she has seen how important it is to have a strong support system She feels fortunate to be joining the Wellness Within team to help others find comfort and healing.


Gayle Rideout, MS, CCHT Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

Program Coordinator; Hypnotherapy Instructor

Her new journey began with her education at the Hypnotherapy Training Institute in Corte Madera and certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.

Gayle is passionate about the benefits of hypnotherapy and excited to share this fascinating avenue for personal growth, change and relaxation. Hypnosis is a natural relaxed state, which allows the subconscious mind freedom from the critical mind. Focusing the subconscious mind while in this relaxed state can assist in reducing stress, anxiety, phobias, sleep disturbance and pain levels, and provide a general sense of well-being. Gayle combines her over twenty years of counseling experience and hypnotherapy training to explore the lifestyle and employment challenges brought about by a cancer diagnosis.MS,


Elizabeth Klein

Director of Community Relations and Outreach

Elizabeth is excited to join Wellness Within as the Director of Outreach and Community Relations. In 2014, mourning the death of her sister and tackling a second cancer diagnosis of her own, Elizabeth discovered Wellness Within. Here she found a nourishing community and a place to re-balance her soul while she navigated her cancer journey. Now, after helping her husband run their Roseville brewpub, The Monk’s Cellar, she returns to the center eager to apply nearly 20 years of corporate management experience to her new position. She is a mother of two boys, and when not driving her boys around to their various activities, she enjoys cooking, gardening, playing her flute, and riding her recently adopted thoroughbred, Brooklyn.