About Us

Meet the Paragon team

LCK

Founder +
ceo of awesome

  • she/her, IG: @lauriechristineking
  • Bachelor of Science: Food, Nutrition, Dietetics
  • Former CrossFit Gymnastics Seminar Staff
  • CrossFit Regionals – 2016
  • 13+ Years Experience in Both Nutrition and Fitness Coaching
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1, Nutritional Coaching Institute L1, Future Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (class of May 2021)
  • CrossFit-L1, CrossFit Gymnastics L1, CrossFit Gymnastics L2, USA Weightlifting L1
  • Website/Blog (lauriechristineking.com) voted “Best Website” by Paleo Magazine
  • Featured on 3 Live TV segments with Fox News
  • Voted and recognized as Austin’s 2019/2020 #1 Best Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Virtual Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Running Coach, & Health/Fitness Ambassador
  • Featured in Austin Fit Magazine Print across multiple pages alongside Paragon as “Workout of the Month” 

Steve Doodian

cofounder +
Operations

  • he/him, IG: @sdoods
  • Bachelor of Arts: Economics
  • Division 1 Lacrosse – Hobart College 
  • 7+ years E-commerce & Business Experience
  • CF-L1, CF-Aerobic Capacity, CF-Strongman
  • Cofounder: Flex Brands
  • Operations: LCK Coaching + Brand

Bryan Boorstein

cofounder +
Programming

  • he/him, IG: @bryanboorstein
  • Bachelor of Science: Exercise Physiology and Sports Management 
  • CrossFit Games Coach, CF-2, CF-Mobility
  • 3X CrossFit Regional Athlete 
  • 22 Years Training; 12+ Years Coaching
  • Featured on ESPN Radio + Numerous Podcasts

Bryan Boorstein

Marcos Ortega

coach + community
group admin

  • he/him, IG: @paragon_marcos
  • Located in: California
  • Marine Corps: Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt)
  • CrossFit-L1, CF-Strongman
  • 10+ Years Fitness Coaching Experience
  • Black Belt Instructor Trainer: Marine Corps Martial Arts
  • Command Physical Fitness Representative

Erika Elko

Nutrition
coach

  • she/her, IG: @erikaelko
  • Located in: Austin, TX
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • ACE Certified PT + Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • 10+ Years Experience in Nutrition/Fitness Coaching
  • Yoga YTT 200 Hour
  • Road Runner Club of America Run Coach
  • IIN Holistic Health Coach
  • Boston Marathon 3:14
  • CrossFit-L1 Certified

Alex Maclin

Nutrition
Coach

  • he/him, IG: @alexqmaclin
  • Located in: Austin, TX
  • Masters in Science: Biomedical Engineering
  • 7+ Years Experience in Nutrition/Fitness Coaching
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 & 2
  • GGS-1 (In Progress)
  • CrossFit-L1 Certified
  • As seen on Barbell Shrugged (:

Alex Marshall

Nutrition
coach

  • she/her, IG: @alexnmarshall
  • Located in: Boise, ID
  • Bachelor of Science: Food & Nutrition, with Psychology minor
  • Associates Degree of Applied Science: Culinary Arts
  • 7+ years of Nutrition Coaching
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Former Dietetic Technician 

Natalie Higby

Nutrition, fitness,
and movement Coach

  • she/her, IG: @natalie.higby
  • Located in: Austin, Texas
  • Bachelors of Science: EC-6 Education
  • 10+ Years Experience in Nutrition/Fitness Coaching
  • Co-founder of Durable Athlete
  • Precision Nutrition L1 
  • Nutritional Coaching Institute L1
  • Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
  • Fascial Stretch Therapist
  • Onnit Academy Certified: Foundations, Durability, Steel Club
  • CrossFit-L1 Certified

Maria Carmela Martens

nutrition coach +
Paragon athlete

  • she/her, IG: @hla.blsd.too
  • Located in Oakland, CA
  • Masters of Social Work
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Black Iron Nutrition Nutrition Coaching Mentorship
  • Future Nutritional Therapy Practioner

Kelly Wright

Nutrition, Fitness, and movement coach

  • she/her, IG: @kellywright.co
  • Located in Reno, Nevada
  • Bachelor of Science: Nursing 
  • Founder of Kelly Wright Coaching + Concepts
  • Transport/Flight/Emergency Registered Nurse 
  • CrossFit-L1 Certified
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Future Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (12/21)
  • Currently studying for both NSCA-CPT + CSC
  • Dog mom, Badass Mountain Backpacker, & Paddleboarder of Alpine Lakes

Tara Pettas

nutrition +
fitness coach🏳️‍🌈

  • she/her, IG: @tarapettas
  • Located in: Pasadena, CA
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Lululemon Store Manger
  • Gym Manager & Head of Operations: Resistance Athletics 
  • 7+ Years Experience in Nutrition/Fitness Coaching
  • CrossFit-L1 Certified
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1

Dean Xu

graphic design, creative director, photography + videography

  • he/him, IG: @deanxu
  • Located in: Dallas, TX
  • Founder of XuLab Design Studio
  • 25+ years of experience in Media & Design
  • Former CrossFit HQ Level-1 Instructor
  • 13+ Years Experience Coaching in Fitness
  • Lover of all energy drinks (:

David Swanson

Graphic Design +
Screen printing

Thomas Garanzuay

PHOTOGRAPHY +
VIDEOGRAPHY

  • he/him, IG: @thomas_garanzuay
  • Located in: Austin, TX
  • One of the creative geniuses behind the Paragon pictures and videos ♥️ 

Beau Basinger

Photography +
Videography

  • he/him, IG: @beaubasinger/
  • Located in: San Diego, CA
  • Creative director behind our Youtube videos and media ♥️ 

Shante' Cofield

Paragon Athlete🏳️‍🌈

Maria Guagliardo

Paragon Athlete

  • she/her
  • IG: @strong_asfuh
  • Located in Roseville, California
  • Proud Dog Mom & Wife
  • Customer Service Manager in Automotive Industry

Elena Warren

Paragon Athlete

  • she/her
  • IG: @elena_w68
  • Located in Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  • Proud Dog Mom (:
  • Former Collegiate Golfer
  • Mechanical Engineer in the Oil and Gas Industry

Natalie Herbig

Paragon athlete

Janie Ippolito

Paragon athlete

  • she/her
  • IG: @janieippolito
  • Located in Point Pleasant, NJ
  • Badass Wife + Momma of 4
  • Hair stylist with a passion for fitness, health, and making others feel their best