Deanna Flaherty

Deanna Flaherty




My name is Deanna but most folks around the gym call me Mama D. As the name implies, I am a mother and grandmother to many who the Lord has placed in my life journey. I am also a Registered Nurse and Registered Echo/Vascular Technician who is actively employed by Mercy Southeast . 

In 2020, Kweku and I opened our first gym. This was when COVID was at an all time high and a lot of small businesses were closing.  But we felt God had opened a door of opportunity for us to start a gym, so we stepped out in faith and moved forward.  To say that it was a challenge would be an understatement, but we persevered and remained in good financial standing. 

In late 2023, another opportunity came to merge our business with another local privately owned gym. So in January 2024 we became BE Chosen Fitness at River City. What a blessing it has been to join forces with such a group of talented people.

3 lessons I have learned in this journey:

  1. God will put unexpected opportunities in front of you. He will open the door but you must have the faith in Him to walk through that door. Don’t let fear steal your opportunity. 
  2. Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean you made a wrong decision by trying it. It is in the struggle that we grow the most . The struggle develops perseverance and strength to overcome.
  3. You are never too old or too set in your circumstances that you cannot learn new things. As long as you are alive, you have opportunities to better yourself and this world we live in. Stay active in your mind, body and spirit. 

My Love and Blessing to each of you,

Mama D