Mary Hoadley –New Manager of North Country Hospital’s Wellness Center
North Country Hospital gave birth to the Wellness Center in 1982. That same year Gary and Sarah (Kipp) Hoadley welcomed their daughter Mary into the world.
Twenty-eight years later the Wellness Center, which is located at the intersection of the Crawford Farm Road and the I-91 Access Road in Newport, is going strong, offering up a vast array of healthy living and fitness classes. As for baby Mary, she is now a vibrant, energetic young lady, who after several years of college and travel, has returned to this area. On June 27 she became the manager of the Wellness Center, only the third in its almost 30 years of providing health and fitness classes.
“I am so thrilled to be taking on this position,” Mary said. “Rarely in life do you get to do what you love for a living and thanks to this opportunity I do. I am so invested in this position and taking the Wellness Center to new heights. It’s really been life changing for me.” She takes over for Mary Perkins who moved to Florida earlier this year.
“I’m excited to be working with Mary,” Merrilyn Barry said. “She brings new ideas and new energy to the Wellness Center. It is great to have her here.” Merrilyn is Director of Volunteers at the hospital and the Business Manager of The Wellness Center.
Although Mary is new to the position, she is far from new to the area or even to the Wellness Center. The region was home to her mother’s Abenaki ancestors long before European settlers arrived here. At one time her grandfather, Fred Kipp, was a wellknown and respected city clerk and treasure of the city of Newport. Mary has been a personal trainer with the Wellness Center since 2009 and an instructor there since 2010. In addition she has been associated with a number of other health and fitness facilities.
A 2000 graduate of North Country Union High School in Newport, Mary went on to earn an associate’s degree in Theater from Dean College in Massachusetts. That was followed by a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. While pursuing her degrees she also took a number of science courses including Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree she lived in Manhattan and worked at a gym called “Sports Club LA/NYC on the Upper East Side.” She also explored the theater opportunities the city had to offer. Soon after leaving New York City she worked as the sole make-up artist for soap opera pilots, award shows and such. “I actually did make up for Tito Nieves,” Mary said. Tito is a renowned Salsa singer. Between 2005 and 2008 she lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she worked with a theatre company. She was the leading lady in the Spring 2007 series.
In addition to her theater degrees, she is certified with the American Fitness Professionals as a personal trainer, and nutrition and wellness consultant. She is also a licensed Zumba instructor and PIYO instructor. As a side note, when she married her husband, Nathan R.. Sargent on July 2 of this year, she said she loves Zumba so much she made those who attended their wedding reception do the dance exercise.
Some people are intimidated about joining a gym or signing up for a health and fitness class because they worry they might be the only person there in less than ideal shape. That isn’t the case at the Wellness Center, Mary said. “All walks of life, men and women, and people of all sizes come here. All are welcome. There is something for everybody.”
When she thinks about wellness and fitness she often thinks about a quote by Dr. Wayne Dyer, a well-known self-help advocate. “If I don’t take care of my body, I won’t have any place to live.”
“I agree with that,” Mary said. “It’s our responsibility to be responsible for ourselves. Our bodies are a product of how we treat them. If we want to look good and feel good later, we decide that by the actions we take now. I also like to say to people ‘You rest, you rust.’”
However, she emphasized that health and fitness doesn’t have to be boring and painful. As a personal trainer and an instructor she uses humor to keep the people she is working with laughing.
Mary also brings with her a strong vision for the Wellness Center.
“My vision for the Wellness Center is to take it to new heights,” she said. “I want to get the Wellness Center to be a household name and a go-to place. I would like to increase our offerings and expand our Outreach Programs. At the end of the day we have a responsiility to serve the community and I am willing to do what it takes to make sure we uphold that responsibility.”
Mary plans to continue the “Healthy You” column in the Newport Daily Express that Mary Perkins started during her tenure as manager of the Wellness Center. The column is designed to educate the public about a wide variety of health and wellness topics.
Welcome to North Country Mary Hoadley!