Our Instructors and Presenters
Wiser Health and Fitness includes an array of talented professional instructors and guest presenters: from yoga to creative writing, cardio dance to seated exercise, Pilates to Pam's Pretty Good Book Club, music to meditation, Friday Fun Nights, and more! There is something for everyone.
This gallery provides bios and contact information, with class descriptions, past and present.
DR. PAUL ANASTASIO
Standing Tall with Dr. Paul
Dr. Paul Anastasio has more than 25 years of chiropractic experience and is founder and owner of Harwich Health Center. Dr. Paul brought the Sky Hook to Wiser Health and Fitness and got our community standing tall with simple exercises that fit naturally into our day. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife, Ruby, their beautiful children and animal menagerie. Info: (508) 432-7855, ,
Fun with Writing | Open Peace
Sue is an award-winning artist, mental health advocate, motivational speaker and author of How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me: One Person’s Guide to Suicide Prevention. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Social Work degree. Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, being of service, and building community are central to Sue’s life, as is a vibrant, creative imagination. Sue lives in western Massachusetts with her dog, Fiona, where she creates fabric art, large-scale paintings, and makes recycled jewelry. She is now working on a memoir. Info:
Gentle Pilates/Barre Fusion with Marcy
Marcy brings more than 20 years of experience teaching private and group fitness to The Wiser Community. Gentle Pilates/Barre fusion is appropriate for all levels and is a good all-over workout with emphasis on building core muscles and stability. Marcy applauds anyone who exercises despite his or her physical challenges and wants to bring fitness to all. Marcy, herself, has fibromyalgia, six herniated discs and other physical limitations. Marcy is a Certified Pilates Instructor, Certified Barre Above Instructor, Certified Water In Motion Instructor. Info: Instagram—@fitnessforfibro
CAPE COD HOME REMEDIES
Sabrina Ewing and Heather Swett
Sabrina and Heather grew Cape Cod Home Remedies from a shared commitment to keep their families healthy the natural way. This Dynamic Duo has developed the highest quality products from the purest of ingredients and deliver the very best nature has to offer. Sabrina and Heather did a special 45-minute presentation for The Wiser Community and shared their expertise about the healing power of nature, using pure, simple and organic ingredients. Sabrina is a life-long Cape resident and Heather is a South Shore transplant Info:
Mindfulness Meditation | Mindfulness on Paper: A Journaling Practice
Pete is founder and executive director of The Awareness Project, Inc., a nonprofit that seeks to demystify, promote and increase access to mindfulness practices through collaborations and art-making. Pete has a certificate in mindfulness and received mindfulness training at the UMass Memorial Health Care Center for Mindfulness founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn and at Calmer Choice. Pete has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, a Master of Nonprofit Management degree and a Ph.D. in Education. He is a former adjunct professor at Lesley University and Worcester State University where he taught courses for the nonprofit sector. Pete lives on Cape Cod. Info: (978) 855-8160, ,
Friday Fun Night
Donna Cutting is an active participant of Wiser Health and Fitness and the proud founder and Chief Experience Officer of Red Carpet Learning Systems, LLC, employee engagement training for top-notch customer service. Donna is the author of three books, including 501 Ways to Roll out the Red Carpet for Your Customers: Easy-to-Implement Ideas to Inspire Loyalty, Get New Customers, and Leave a Lasting Impression. Donna led us through virtual icebreakers, trivia, interactive games and hijinks, to keep our minds active. It was a night of laughter and getting to know our Wiser Health and Fitness community. Donna joined us via Zoom from Asheville, N.C., where she lives with her husband Jim and two dogs Moxie and Tonks. Info: (828) 772-4848, ,
Pam's Pretty Good Book Club
Wish you had a great book to read? In addition to being an active Wiser Health and Fitness participant, Pam is a retired humanities teacher with a love for reading and talking about books since childhood. Pam introduces you to “Pam’s Pretty Good Book List” with titles that deserve attention and encourages you to bring suggestions to create a book list that will spark literature appreciation for avid and half-hearted readers alike. The group chooses a book each month then meets the following month to share thoughts and impressions. Pam emails group members during the month with helpful questions to prompt discussion. So, make yourself a cuppa, come listen and join in conversation!
BARBARA ROGERS, RN, BSN
Yoga with Barbara
Barbara Rogers has been a yoga practitioner for 30 years, a yoga teacher since 2001 and a registered nurse for 44 years. “My career in healthcare has certainly fostered a tremendous sense of understanding of both the physical and emotional benefits of a yoga practice.” Barbara tells us, “Especially as I aged, I was very drawn to the Viniyoga style of practice, learning to be calm and mindful on those stressful days.” During Barbara’s class, participants adapt poses to suit his or her needs and abilities, using the connection between breath and moment to make the movement more powerful. The movement warms up the body and prepares it for the longer holds and Viniyoga uses sequencing to prepare and release the body from each pose. Barbara lives in East Falmouth with her husband Dave. She enjoys gardening, golf, cooking, reading, and being in nature.
DR. MATTHEW SCINTO
Maestro Matt serves as music director for the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra (CCCO), which he founded in 2018. Matt earned his Ph.D. in Musical Arts from Boston University, where he received the conducting department award for excellence. Recently, Maestro Matt has developed a curriculum that helps individuals in memory care facilities reconnect with loved ones through fun movement to music. Maestro Matt taught a conducting class with Wiser Health and Fitness where we listened to famous classical music selections and then learned about basic conducting techniques and how to feel and experience the music. Matt lives in Yarmouth with his wife Cara and daughter Sophia. Info: (508) 348-9202, ,
JENNY WOOD, M.Ac., Lic. Ac.
Afternoon Energy Reset with Jenny
Jenny is a five element acupuncture practitioner with more than 25 years’ experience in the field. She began studying Tai Chi and Qigong more than 30 years ago. Jenny is also a Chinese herbalist, Plant Spirit Medicine practitioner and a certified Bach Flower Essence practitioner. She loves to share the magic of Qi (vital life force energy) with others and taught gentle—but transformative—Qigong movements to our community, helping our Qi flow with harmony. Jenny combines her passion for healing and passion for travel into Jenny Wood Wellness, where she creates introspective online opportunities and destination retreats for women. Jenny lives in Chatham, Mass., with her husband, two sons and young pup, Trixie. Info: (774) 994-0206, ,
Drums Alive! | Go for the Goal | Lighten Up
Maria is a certified weight loss coach from The Life Coach School, whose mission it is to help individuals learn to love their bodies, and in the process, end the weight struggle for good. Maria lost roughly 35 pounds without dieting. She is Precision Nutrition certified, Nutritious Life certified and a certified Drums Alive! instructor. Maria says, “You deserve to have a body and a life you love. Let’s do this and make it happen!” Maria’s Instagram for motivation and a healthy lifestyle is: The Living Lighter Life. Maria is a Cape Cod native and mother of two. Info: