On the Rise: Women in Business With Kryn McClain & Paulina Colonna of Paragon Behavioral Health Services: Episode 63
Paragon Behavioral Health Services started in December of 2017 as a small, women-owned behavioral health company with co-owners, Kryn McClain and Paulina Colonna as the sole providers. Paragon is defined as a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality. If one thing was clear when they discussed how they named their business, it was that they were striving to build something that would be a model of excellence, so “Paragon” fit perfectly. Since 2017, they have grown from 2 employees to 76, from 1 service modality to 5, and from $400k gross revenue to a projection of $3 million annually in just under five years.
Today, Paragon offers a range of mental health services: traditional outpatient therapy, autism diagnostic evaluations, immigration evaluations, and autism individual and group community services. Where they really shine is in their philosophy of caring for the caregiver. Too often, caregivers found themselves working in the drudges of healthcare where the providers are overworked, burned out, and underappreciated. Having both grown up in rural towns has made Kryn and Paulina acutely aware of the shortfalls of mental health services, access to care, and the limitations that bind decision-making for many organizations. Paragon takes their people-first philosophy into the core of the company because they believe if you take care of your people in healthcare, they can all work together in reaching their mission.