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STAFF PHOTO/C.J. MARSHALL Dr. Paul Herbener stands next to the Community Toy Box in his office at 112 River Street in Tunkhannock. People wishing to donate toys to Interfaith may do so at his office, or at other businesses located throughout the area.

Local chiropractor Dr. Paul Herbener has filled a fitness gap that occurred in the community when High Energy Fitness and Karate closed its doors in August.

Located on 112 River Street, Tunkhannock, Herbener has brought in a number of specialists and programs to the area of the building previously occupied by High Energy Fitness. These programs are geared to providing a healthier lifestyle for its participants.

“I originally moved there in 1999,” Herbener explained about his chiropractic practice. “I bought the building in 2001.”

Along with providing his services as a chiropractor, Herbener initially offered a series of fitness programs out of that section of the building. He stopped the fitness programs when High Energy Fitness moved in seven years ago. After High Energy ceased operations, Herbener decided to reestablish those programs.

“We are now a Silver Sneakers approved program, which is a supplemental program for seniors on Medicare,” Herbener explained.

As of December, Herbener explained, more than 100 fitness classes are being offered - including body toning, body sculpting, Gentle Yoga, Power Yoga, Pilyo Sculptor, and kickboxing.

“We have group fitness classes,” he said.

Another program is yoga with bars, which offers more flexibility benefits to participants.

“We offer different classes to fill different needs,” he said.

All classes are taught by certified instructors who provide assistance to participants in various areas.

“Right now our staff is more focused on the group classes,” Herbener explained.

This is due to time constraints. But in 2018, more classes and more options will be made available.

As an example, Herbener said that in January, staff member Laura Maxson will be offering her services as a registered dietician.

Anyone interested in what classes are available may call the facility at 570-836-5305.

Folks going to Herbener’s office to obtain treatment or participate in a fitness program are also provided an opportunity to make a child smile this Christmas. Located in the front office is a large barrel labeled ‘Community Toy Box.’

People wishing to donate a toy to Interfaith can do so by dropping it in the barrel.

“The Community Toy Box has been around since 2000,” Herbener explained. “They’re drop-off boxes that are placed in a lot of different businesses.

Last year, they collected 1,111 toys throughout the town which was thrilling, because the first year they collected 46 toys.”