Screen Shot 2019-10-06 at 8.43.43 PMRevamp your breakfast routine with the help of                                 Clean Juice West Side Village. From 100%-organic juices like     The Immunity One with carrot, orange, and turmeric (pictured), to heartier options like sprouted hummus toast, Açaí bowls, and nutrient-packed salads, this new outpost is a destination for healthy food fast.

Details: 2260 Marietta Blvd. NW., Ste. 105, Atlanta;

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Screen Shot 2019-10-06 at 9.01.20 PMKnown for his flavorsome and nutritious eats, Mitchell Anderson (pictured below) has opened a second location of MetroFresh. At the 1,900-square-foot restaurant inside One Midtown Plaza, diners can expect a rotating array of soups, salads, sandwiches and after-work small plates. Aside from delectable dishes such as coconut and octopus ceviche, the establishment will also showcase live music and have a full cocktail bar with seasonal signature beverages using farm fresh ingredients—making it the perfect pit stop before an evening at the nearby High Museum of Art. Plus, don’t feel like cooking after a long work day? Snag one of the restaurant’s takeaway dinner entrées. A weekly menu will be posted so busy bees can place orders in advance.

Details: 1360 Peachtree St. NE., Atlanta;

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Screen Shot 2019-10-14 at 2.31.46 PMQ: What is TransFirm®?

A: TransFirm® is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive treatment process. This comprehensive approach to facial restoration harnesses the power of nitrogen plasma.

Q: Why is TransFirm® unique?

A: Unlike a traditional surgical facelift, the TransFirm® process stimulates collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin fibers are naturally produced by your body to provide skin with structure and support, but their production naturally declines over time. The combination of treatments may be used to enhance facial or jawline contours, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, target and destroy stubborn pockets of facial fat, and tighten loose skin.

Q: What can I expect from the treatment process?

A: While there may be some discomfort associated with treatment, numbing creams are utilized to promote your comfort. Although there is minimal downtime, you should be able to resume your normal daily activities! However, you may experience some bruising or general discomfort in the treatment area. Results achieved will vary for each person and their specific concerns. But, most people enjoy initial results within a few weeks, and results gradually improve as your body produces new collagen and elastin.

Screen Shot 2019-10-14 at 2.32.20 PMHolly Burman, CEO/Owner of New You Aesthetic, is a board-certified nurse practitioner with more than 14 years of gynecology experience and over 25 years of healthcare experience specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement, botulinum toxin injections, and nonsurgical facial aesthetics. Holly is a graduate of Emory University and resides in Marietta with her husband, Bill.

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Tregaye Fraser

Tregaye Fraser

Atlanta-based chef and the first African-American winner of “Food Network Star,” Tregaye Fraser is known for putting a fresh spin on tried-and-true recipes. Here, Fraser, who also works with the Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness program at Piedmont to develop fresh, healthy recipes, shares easy enhancements to chicken and corn on the cob, and showcases her new line of plant-based spreads.


For the chicken

• 4 boneless chicken breasts
• 2 tablespoons granulated onion
• 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
• 4 tablespoons Chef Tregaye’s Garlic Spinach Butter (substitute, 1 cup spinach blended with 1 cup butter and 2 tablespoons granulated garlic)
• 1 tablespoon pink Himalayan salt
• 1 tablespoon dry parsley
• 1 teaspoon black pepper

Grilled Spinach Garlic Chicken with Spicy Street Corn by Tregaye Fraser

Grilled Spinach Garlic
Chicken with Spicy
Street Corn by Tregaye Fraser

For the corn

• 8 ears of corn
• 2 cups almond milk
• 5 cups grated Parmesan cheese
• One 8-ounce container of Chef Tregaye’s Spicy Chilli Garlic Butter (substitute, 1 cup butter with chili sauce/paste, as desired)
• ó cup cilantro (roughly one bunch)
• 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
• salt and pepper to taste
• 8 wooden skewers


For the chicken

Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, granulated onion, dried parsley, and granulated garlic.

Add chicken to a smokeless grill or indoor grill. Grill chicken for about 2 minutes on each side. Add 1 tablespoon butter to each chicken breast. Rotate chicken breast for 8 to 10 minutes, until completely cooked.

For the corn

Fill half of a large pot with water. Add almond milk and bring to a boil. Add corn and boil for 10 minutes, then turn off heat.

Melt butter in a pan. Pour melted butter into a shallow dish. Add Parmesan cheese to another shallow dish. Place skewers into corn. Roll corn into butter, then roll buttered corn into Parmesan cheese and sprinkle with cilantro. Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to each ear of corn and enjoy.


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By Jennifer Colosimo

Photography by Krys Alex Photography LLC

Photography by Krys Alex Photography LLC

When Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry opened in Sandy Springs this summer, Dr. Azy Esfandiari and her team had one goal—to strive for quality. They envisioned a small, privately owned boutique setting that would enable them to focus on the needs of each patient, keeping their well-being at the forefront of every decision. The practice embodies those initial elements of excellence, including highly individualized patient care, cutting-edge cosmetic dentistry services and compassionate, general dentistry that allows every patient to feel good about their results.

“We invest in the best, most up-to-date technology, and we care about quality, not quantity,” says Dr. Azy. “We are one of the very few offices here in the Atlanta area that offer Digital Smile Design—a service that allows patients to explore the idea of altering their smile before treatment begins. We can design a smile for our patients, and show them exactly what it will look like before they make any commitments.”

Dr. Azy’s success is also in part to the influence of important mentors throughout her career.

IMG_5255_rt“Every person has that one mentor they look up to,” says Dr. Azy. “I am extremely blessed to have one so close to me who I can call, email, see at any time, and from whom I have learned so much.”

Dr. Ronald E. Goldstein, often called “The Father of Esthetic Dentistry,” has been her support system since before dental school into the present, offering tips and advice from who she considers to be the best in the industry. He invited her to contribute to the third edition of his book, “Esthetics in Dentistry”—a once-in-a-lifetime experience, she says, to be amongst many other colleagues that are experts in the world of cosmetic dentistry.

She pays it forward, expending the expertise she’s gained to general dentistry, including routine cleanings, teeth whitening, composite fillings and more, as well as cosmetic dentistry, including the latest technology for smile makeovers, Invisalign®, and Botox®, to name a few. Her five-person team is purposeful in its size, creating an intimate setting to provide dedicated attention to each patient’s wants and needs.

“We believe the best outcomes come from achieving our patient’s goals. It is always about the patient—what makes them feel their best,” she says. “We listen to what our patients want, before telling them what they need, and our entire team is invested in the patient’s progress.”

As a result, it’s no surprise her patients are invested in her, too.

IMG_5298_rt“As mentioned in my chapter [of Dr. Goldstein’s book], I believe successful dental treatment is measured not only by the doctor, but also by the patient. The inability to fulfill my patients’ expectations and needs results in a failure—even if it’s the most beautiful smile to everyone else. I treat every patient as I would my own family member, and their comfort puts me at ease.”

Dr. Azy lives in Sandy Springs with her husband, Arash, and 2-year-old daughter, Sophia. They love traveling, music and local restaurants—a few favorites being Brooklyn Cafe, Rumi’s Kitchen, and Kaiser’s Chophouse. 

21st-Century Dentistry

IMG_5232_rtDigital Smile Design isn’t just changing smiles—it’s letting patients pick them out. The new treatment allows dentists to map out a patient’s cosmetic dentistry plan by illustrating their vision through 3D imagery and predicting its success.

“With DSD, we’re able to digitally create a new smile that you can also physically ‘try on,’” says Dr. Azy. “This technology allows us to create a mock-up of your new smile that you can actually wear before committing to any specific treatment.”

Patients can design a new smile and begin treatment in the same day, and achieve their desired results in as little as three to four weeks., Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry,
5975 Roswell Rd., Ste. D-229, Sandy Springs, 678-701-6753.

The content for this article is brought to you by Boutique for Cosmetic Dentistry. 

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court-prather-FALrwN_MpeE-unsplashDistance. Accuracy. Consistency.

Those are goals that every golfer strives to achieve, yet so often, seem unattainable.

The average golfer is inundated with advertisements and commercials for new swing aids that guarantee improved distance, accuracy, and consistency. But all too often, these products collect dust in a golfer’s closet.

Why? Because it’s neither the club that makes the movements nor the swing aid that controls the club. It’s the human body that performs the work.

In an average 18-hole round of golf, a player using a cart may walk 1.5 to 2.5 miles and burn 800 calories; a player walking all 18 holes may cover 5 to 6 miles and burn 1,400 calories (Golf Digest, 2012). Couple this with swinging a golf club 300 or more times (practice swings included) at an amateur’s average speed of 94 mph, and the game can take a toll on the body.

The golf swing, lasting approximately a half-second, results from 3D, sequential movements of the body. If timing is off, even by a fraction of a second, it can mean the difference between birdie and bogey. Through 3D analysis of the golf swing, physical therapists can identify three areas of kinematic sequencing that most affect the swing: hips/ pelvis, spine/thorax, and shoulders/arms (Greg A. Rose, 2013). Just one bodily restriction or dysfunction along this kinetic chain can cause major swing flaws that will limit distance, accuracy, and consistency.

The problem could be related to mobility (movement of the joints), strength, flexibility, coordination or some combination of the four. To discover the underlying physical restriction that plagues their swings, golfers often seek the help of physical therapists, specifically ones who are certified golf fitness professionals.

An appointment with one of BenchMark’s skilled physical therapists will include a head-to-toe evaluation to identify weaknesses and to design a customized exercise program to t that golfer’s needs.

Here are some examples of what that program can include:

  • Strengthening exercises to increase power and endurance.
  • Dynamic strengthening and agility exercises to improve explosive power.
  • Flexibility and mobility exercises to enhance accuracy and consistency.
  • Cardiovascular exercises to increase endurance for a four- to five-hour round of golf.

Consider a golfer who can’t rotate his/her hips inward (hip internal rotation). This will cause increased slide or sway (Greg A. Rose, 2012), causing the golfer to fade the golf ball (move left to right for a right-handed golfer), lose accuracy and distance. A physical therapist may prescribe hip mobility exercises to promote an increased range of motion and rotational strengthening/ coordination exercises kinematic sequencing backswing length.

If you are looking to better your golf game, we’re happy to help get you on the path to your best golf swing. 

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 5.05.30 PMBenchMark Physical Therapy is a family of physical therapists, occupational therapists, and hand therapists committed to inspiring and empowering people to reach their full potential. Its providers know that connecting with patients on a personal level helps to build trust. This trust is crucial in allowing patients and therapists to work together to make the best use of advanced certifications and re ned techniques. A focus on proven methods and a hands-on approach help the BenchMark team achieve the goals of the patient in a safe and effective manner.

BenchMark Physical Therapy • • 1-844-264-5307

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By Michael D. Williams, MD, FACS & Brendon Curtis, MD

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 4.59.44 PMHave you been monitoring what you eat and how much you eat, along with exercising regularly but don’t seem to be losing any weight? Or, have you gotten really motivated and committed to becoming healthy, made some lifestyle changes, which resulted in weight loss but then struggled to maintain your new low weight? That’s because weight loss and maintenance are much more complex than simply dieting and exercising. There are multiple hormonal, physiological and environmental factors that determine weight loss.

Researchers have discovered the “set point” concept. There is information to suggest that
the body tries to maintain a particular weight depending on the genetic, biological, and environmental factors it’s exposed to. Somewhat like the way a thermostat sustains the temperature of your home, the body seems to maintain a particular weight range. Each time you go on a diet or significantly reduce daily caloric intake, the body goes into reserve or “starvation mode” in order to conserve energy and maintain weight. What makes it even worse is whilst reducing caloric intake, many people simultaneously start aggressive exercise programs, which naturally increases one’s daily energy requirements. Dieting and exercise collectively create a negative energy balance.

This creates the desired effect of driving the body to burn reserve energy, resulting in weight loss. However, in keeping with the set point theory, physiological mechanisms are then activated to conserve energy and return the body system back to its previous set point weight. Consequently, patients may experience increased hunger, slowing down of the basal metabolic rate, fatigue and lack of energy. These biological, counteractive mechanisms can easily discourage patients and drive one back to old habits and subsequent weight regain.

Adopting a diet low in processed foods, carbohydrates in particular, and high in fiber, vegetables, fruits, whole nuts, and lean meats, may help to establish a lower set point and assist in weight loss and maintenance. Recommendations from the American Heart Association of getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week also help to keep a lower set point. Other lifestyle changes, such as stress management, getting six to eight hours of restful sleep per night, and avoiding late-night meals and snacks, may also be beneficial in reducing weight set point.

Finally, weight loss surgery activates numerous hormonal and physiological pathways that help to reduce and maintain weight loss. Numerous research studies have shown that bariatric surgery, such as the sleeve gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, currently are the best-known mechanisms in producing and maintaining a lower set point, resulting in a more rapid and sustained weight loss.

At Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery Institute, we are committed to the treatment of being overweight and continue to keep up with current research, including manipulation of hormones, bacterial gut flora, new endoscopic devices, and medicines that enhance energy expenditure and set point management. We do this to continue offering patients excellent care using both surgical and nonsurgical options.

Please give us a call to discuss this topic further and to see if you are a candidate for
weight loss surgery.

Laparoscopic & Endoscopic Surgery Institute • • (770) 500-3660

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By Daryl R. Kimche, D.D.S. & Luke K. Presley, D.M.D.

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 4.50.49 PMTongue scrapers can be found at most pharmacies. This tool can help reduce bad breath when used correctly. The ideal technique is to scrape the tongue from back to front, loosening up the bacteria and debris left behind after eating.

If you have a coated tongue—a buildup of bacteria and debris—you will benefit from a tongue scraper. A coated tongue can be caused by cigarettes, dry mouth, or as a side effect of medication.

Even though scraping the tongue can reduce bad breath, other techniques include:

• Brushing your teeth at least twice a day

• Using mouthwash

• Preventing dry mouth by staying hydrated

• Seeing your dentist at least twice a year

• Using dental floss at least once per day

Kimche & Presley Cosmetic & Sports Dentistry •

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By Azi Nia, DMD

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 4.45.54 PMWe all know that our children will lose their baby teeth and that they will happily give all 20 of them to the tooth fairy in exchange for a buck; but keeping these temporary teeth healthy is imperative to the overall health of your child.

Baby teeth help with the alignment and position of permanent teeth. Baby teeth save the space for our adult teeth and assist in guiding the adult teeth into their respectful positions. If the child loses a baby tooth too early due to tooth decay, the neighboring teeth can drift into that space, resulting in less room for the permanent tooth or even preventing the permanent tooth from erupting.

Healthy baby teeth protect permanent teeth. Permanent teeth develop within millimeters to the root of baby teeth. Baby teeth are smaller and have thinner enamel, which allows cavities to spread very quickly. If cavities are not treated, the baby tooth can develop an infection or an abscess. Infection and abscesses can hinder tooth development and cause damage to the permanent tooth underneath.

Baby teeth help with your child’s overall health and nutrition. Healthy teeth help your child chew and digest food without any difficulty. Cavities often result in tooth pain. The pain caused by cavities is sometimes so severe that it impedes your child’s ability to chew, which could lead to nutritional deficiencies.

Baby teeth help support your child’s speech development. The tongue, lips, and cheeks deflect off teeth when forming sounds. The presence and proper positioning of baby teeth assist in the formation of correct pronunciation during speech. The tooth structure also provides support for the developing facial muscles and gives shape to your child’s face.

Healthy baby teeth can help your child’s concentration and self-esteem. The pain resulting from tooth decay can also interfere with your child’s ability to concentrate in school, at home, in church, etcetera. A hurting mouth or decayed tooth can cause a poor taste in his/her mouth or cause a foul odor on his/her breath. This could result in your child feeling less confident about his/her smile and deter smiling.

Azi Nia, DMD, is a board-certified pediatric dentist. Dr. Azi (as her patients call her) attended Georgia State University and continued on to the Medical College of Georgia to earn her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. In order to become a specialist in pediatric dentistry, she completed a 3-year residency at Colorado Children’s Hospital, where she also served as chief resident. Dr. Azi is dedicated to providing excellent pediatric dental care and building confidence in her patients. Creating a positive dental experience customized to each young patient is central to her practice’s philosophy.

Nia Pediatric Dentistry • (770) 479- 9999 •

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By Paul E. Cox, MD, MS

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 4.37.23 PMToo often, those of us in our late 30s, 40s and 50s are told by our physicians that our experiences with our mind and bodies are just “normal parts of aging.” Fortunately, it may not just be aging that has you feeling different. It might be your hormones and that means there is something we can actually do to change how you feel and what is happening to your body for the better.

I was taught as a resident (training) physician that when someone in this (my) age range complained about lack of energy, poor sleep, decreased concentration, increased anxiety, weight gain, muscle loss, etcetera, that the patient might be depressed, have anxiety, insomnia or just signs of normal aging. The reality is that all of these symptoms and more (worsening premenstrual syndrome for women, lack of sex drive in men and women, and irritability, just to name a few) are very often the direct result of hormonal changes in our bodies.

The good news is that these changes are easily detectable in blood work and easily treated with hormonal therapies directed at the specific imbalances. Make no mistake, this is not your grandmother’s hormone therapy of an estrogen patch or pill without any labs to follow the results. It’s also not the old-time testosterone therapy for men, which was usually a shot of testosterone every two weeks without any labs.

No, state-of-the-art hormonal therapy is based on sound scientific evidence and labs that tell us which hormones your body and brain needs, how much of these hormones your body and brain needs, and when your body and brain needs them.

Notice, I said brain. There is a growing body of literature that demonstrates that the human brain needs these hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid hormones) to function at its best. Better brain and better body function simply means a better you.

So, before you give in to “normal aging,” get your hormones checked. You may not have suddenly become depressed, anxious or fatigued for no reason. There could be a biological reason that you don’t feel like yourself anymore. You may not need an antidepressant, AMBIEN®, or ADDERALL® for your new problems. You may just need to get your hormones right.

Let’s be honest, hormones are not the cause of every problem we encounter through the aging process. But, I am convinced that they can be a large part of why we feel, think and look different as we age. If they are a part of that problem, why not find out what is going on and fix that first? As someone who has experienced hormonal deficiency first hand and thought it was depression, I can tell you that there isn’t a medication in the world that can make up for a hormonal deficiency. And what is more natural than giving our bodies and our brains the natural molecules they need for us to function and feel our best?

Screen Shot 2019-10-11 at 4.38.44 PMThank you for your time. If this article is resonating with you, please let us talk to you more about how your hormones might be an issue.

Board certified in antiaging and family medicine, Paul E. Cox, MD, MS, is an expert at turning back time. Firmly rooted in a scientific approach, Vital Living Healthcare focuses on early detection, prevention, and innovative treatments to reverse age-related decline. By using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, along with focusing on all aspects of your health (mind, body, spirit, and surroundings), Dr. Cox will create a comprehensive and personalized design for maintaining or reclaiming your health and vitality. Experience the healthcare you deserve and schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Cox today.

Paul E. Cox, MD, MS • Vital Living Healthcare • (404) 843-3636 •

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