Mercer alum helps others with holistic coaching

Former Mercer student Meghan Dorman has turned her interest in how the body works into a career by helping others discover how to take full control of how they feel. Dorman is a certified functional nutrition therapy practitioner, fitness trainer, blogger, speaker, and entrepreneur.

She started studying at Mercer in 1999 as a pre-medical major, but after struggling with chemistry, she realized she needed to steer her studies in a different direction. She moved on to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, graduating in 2003 with degrees in communications and Spanish. At Mercer, she learned collaborative skills, learned the value and power of language, and practiced using those skills to help and empower others, she said.

After interning with a local news channel in St. Petersburg, Florida, Dorman took a job at a small public relations firm and found she really enjoyed that kind of work. She then worked for Tech Data Corporation in Clearwater, Florida, first as a writer in the corporate communications department, then as a business development manager for Cisco Systems.

During this time, Dorman was also pursuing his passions for health and fitness and his interest in entrepreneurship. She earned a CrossFit, CrossFit Kids, and Prenatal Coach certification and started the first CrossFit Kids branch on the West Coast of Florida.

Wanting to leave the corporate world behind, she quit Tech Data in 2011 when her first child turned one. She continued to teach exercise classes and began leading quarterly nutrition challenges, which she found she enjoyed even more than the fitness work.

“It’s really cool to teach someone that their body is more capable than they think,” said Dorman, who now has two children with husband Eric. “I loved that part of fitness, coaching and training, but nutrition is where people’s lives change.”

Dorman enrolled in a holistic nutrition program and graduated in 2016 as a Certified Practitioner in Functional Nutrition Therapy. She started doing holistic wellness coaching with individual clients, while continuing to coach adult CrossFit classes, and has seen her business grow and evolve since then.

Meghan and Eric Dorman with their children.

“People come to me for a myriad of reasons,” Dorman said. “Most of them want to lose weight, but usually there is something else going on. I like working alongside their medical practitioners to support them from within.

As a wellness coach, she serves as a “supportive guide” as she educates clients on how their bodies work and how food works, she said. She works with them to create new habits and strategies that can change the way they feel and live.

Dorman and her younger sister, Haley, who is a licensed mental health therapist, found that their two areas of expertise often went hand in hand when working with clients. They hosted a weekly podcast titled “Nourish Joy” in 2019, and now they’re set to launch a joint venture this year. In addition to their own private practices, they will co-run a business focused on treating the body holistically. They hope to offer large-scale events, digital courses and e-books that will help people reconnect with their own bodies and learn to reintegrate this autonomy into their daily lives.

“What I love about my job is getting people to come back into themselves, go home, and fully inhabit their bodies,” Dorman said. “There is an awakening that comes when you realize you have full control of how you feel. You have all of this within you. My favorite part of the job is showing people it’s true and how to access it themselves.

Meghan Dorman, right, and her sister, Haley.

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