Nate Taylor, Coach & Owner

Nate had always been a competitive athlete so when introduced to CrossFit in 2007, he never looked back!  “This seemingly less superficial or organic approach to fitness is what grabbed my heart.  I loved knowing that the aspirations were to improve speed, strength and just to be a better athlete.” In 2008, Nate took a complete leap of faith and opened the 10th CrossFit in the state of Georgia…. CrossFit Paragon.  Recognizing that group exercise was accessible at a number of different gyms, Nate has made it his goal each day to provide his members with the most knowledgeable staff in the business and to have more fun in class than ANY other gym around!  When not coaching, you’ll most likely find Nate twerkin’ on the dance floor..what what? Nate competed in the 2017 CrossFit Games and as a team member of CrossFit Paragon at CrossFit Regionals in 2011, 2012 and 2013.


  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Burgner Olympic Lift
  • CrossFit Gymnastics
  • Carl Paoli Gymnastics
  • International Sports Medicine Association
  • EMT-B/ G-Paramedic TC
  • 2nd Degree Black Belt KB Taekwondo
  • USCF cat-2


Maryam Tabassian, DDS

Maryam found her passion in fitness in her late thirties.  In search for a solution to address the fatigue from the physical demands of her profession as a general dentist,  Maryam found Crossfit.  Simply after one month, there was no turning back.

“Crossfit truly changed my life.  Having a caring, knowledgeable,  and inspiring coach as well as a community to push me, motivate me, and hold me accountable for my fitness was what got me hooked on Crossfit.  Now this is my opportunity to give back and to make a positive lasting impact on other people’s lives.  Fitness is a journey and a privilege for all to truly enjoy.”


  • Crossfit Level I
  • Crossfit Level II
  • Crossfit Olympic Lifting
  • Crossfit Gymnastics
  • Carl Paoli Gymnastics
  • OPEX Program Design
  • OPEX Nutrition
  • OPEX Life Coaching
  • Bergeron Business of Excellence
  • CPR Certified



Katy Galli

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Katy Galli is the Founder of the online media studio, The Keep Moving Forward (KMF) Collective, she is a CrossFit L2 Trainer, and she is a former NCAA DIII Track & Field Athlete and Coach. For as long as she can remember, Katy has resonated with this Walt Disney quote, so much so that she adopted “keep moving forward” as her personal motto and applies it to every area of her life.

To learn more about Katy and The KMF Collective, you can connect with her on Instagram and Facebook. 


  • CrossFit Level 2
  • CrossFit Kids
  • USA Track & Field Level 1


Allison Wright

Alison Wright started CrossFit in 2013 when she asked her brother for a gym membership as a Christmas gift. Little did she know, the gift of CrossFit would play a big role in transitioning her to a healthier and more fulfilling life. Ali immediately fell in love with the community and the workouts, and a year later, she got her L1 and started coaching classes on a regular basis. An AP Psychology instructor and cheerleading coach by day, Ali is a teacher at heart, and she loves spending her evenings at Paragon as an athlete and coach. Ali is very passionate about people, and her main goal at the gym is to create a safe, welcoming environment, relying heavily on the mindset that focusing on the needs of individuals leads to results. When she’s not at the gym, you can find her cooking up a storm, advocating for clean and safe beauty as a Director with Beautycounter, or hanging out with her husband Rich and their fur baby Hershey.


  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CPR Certified


Brian Merrell

As a former Collegiate athlete, Brian has “Worked Out” for most of his life.  It wasn’t till he found Crossfit in 2012 that fitness became FUN!  “Using fitness as a way to stay active, mobile, and energetic has really made a difference in my life! The social aspect of walking into the gym each day, has been an added bonus!!”  When Brian is not at the gym he enjoys playing and watching almost every sport imaginable, College Football being the most important.

“ My Main goal as a Coach is to help people achieve their fitness goals, learn proper technique, be safe, and most importantly HAVE FUN!! “