Business People | Oct. 6

From CDT staff reportsOctober 5, 2013 

Timothy Sissler, CEO of Reliance Bank in Altoona, was named vice chairman of the bank’s board of directors.

Sissler has worked in the field for more than 40 years, according to the bank.

A press release said Sissler is a graduate of Penn State. He is the past chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association and serves on the PBA Board of Directors.

He and his wife have three grown children and live in Hollidaysburg.

Dennis Doll, of Hollidaysburg, was named president of Reliance Bank.

According to the bank, Doll began his career in 1981 working in various lending and management positions with Central Counties Bank, Mellon Bank, United Federal Bank and PNC. He joined Reliance Bank in 1995.

In 2004, Doll was named executive vice president after working in the lending and branch administration areas.

Last year, Doll completed the Executive Leadership Program from the Pennsylvania Bankers Association; National Graduate School of Real Estate Finance from Southern Methodist University; Executive Leadership Program at Vanderbilt University and the Academy for Financial Executives at Ohio State University.

Doll is additionally a graduate of Leadership Centre and Blair counties, according to the bank.

Jeanine Pohlhaus has joined Mount Nittany Physician Group.

Pohlhaus is a licensed aesthetician.

She is a graduate of Temple University and the Lancaster School of Cosmetology.

Lori Eckley, of Bellefonte, was given the Hall of Fame award presented by the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators at a conference in Harrisburg.

Eckley is a 1988 graduate of South Hills School of Business and Technology school and has been employed by Geisinger Health System for 15 years.

Eckley has served on the advisory board of South Hills’ medical assistant program, has been actively involved in the school’s internship program and teaches at the school, a press release said.

Thomas Bowen, Geisinger Health System fellowship-trained orthopedic oncology surgeon, was reportedly the first physician in Pennsylvania to use the Renaissance system — a computer assisted surgical system to perform bone biopsies, according to the health system.

Geisinger Medical Center is the only hospital in Pennsylvania using the robotics device.

According to the health system, the Renaissance system is used to treat the area of bone within 1 mm accuracy using a computer system.

Dr. Larry Assalita attended the American Podiatric Medical Association’s National Educational Seminar in Las Vegas this summer.

Assalita said in addition to more than 21 hours of lecture credits focusing on sports medicine and diagnostic studies, he is a five-year American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine participant in the fifth annual team APMA 5K run to benefit the APMA Educational Foundation Student Scholarship Program.

Scholarships are awarded annually to eligible third- and fourth-year Podiatric Medical Students and have raised more than $40,000.

Assalita has a private podiatrist/optometrist practice in State College.

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