Wednesday, 29 May 2019 16:50

My Best Self: Bill Thorn


On July 4, Bill Thorn and thousands of Atlantans will start their day with the same goal in mind—to finish the AJC Peachtree Road Race. The only difference? This will not only be the 50th anniversary of the race, but also Thorn’s 50th time running it.01 BILL-THORN-MIZUNO-5-25-17---151

The 88-year-old has not missed a single race since its inception in 1969.
This grandfather has battled traffic, sprained ankles, prostate cancer and more, but year after year he has shown up and crossed the finish line of the world’s largest 10K. The age-proof athlete gives us his insight about the race and his routine.

What are some of your favorite AJC Peachtree Road Race memories?
I remember all the way back to that first race when there were no T-shirts and
they didn’t even clear the roads. I was running with my two sons, Bill Thorn Jr. and Terry Thorn, who were 10 and 6 years old at the time, in the smog of the passing vehicles! It was a mess, but I am happy that we were part of the original 110 participants who finished.
By the third year, the race had grown and the roads were closed off. We used to race past Rich’s and Davison’s [department stores] and finished down the hill across from the [former] Equitable Life Insurance building on
Peachtree Street where there was a nice fountain in the front. On that hot July day, we would all jump in and cool off—a relaxing end to the race. Nowadays, I just love being a part of the event and crossing the finish line. Longevity has
always been important to me and I have made it my mission to start and finish each year. I am proud to have done that for nearly 50 years now—that’s over 300 miles covered!

What do you like about the Peachtree in particular?
I look forward to the routine. I get up early and do a stretching sequence followed by eating something protein-rich or having a juice drink. The whole family then drives to a MARTA station and we ride the train up to Lenox Square mall before walking to the starting line. The Atlanta Track Club puts me up in the first start wave every year, which is great and I usually get to say a few words on the stage after the race. Then, my family and I head home and have a cookout. My favorite post-victory meal is a hamburger (without the bun) with pickles and onions.

What’s your secret to staying healthy?
I am intentional about working out every day, sticking to my morning routine, and doing the best for my body. When it comes to my diet, I don’t eat anything specifically organic but I also don’t go berserk. I generally stay pretty consistent with what I eat week to week. Each morning, it is either half of a grapefruit and a bowl of cereal with rice milk, or half of a bagel or some type of muffin with coffee or herbal tea. As for dinner, we are big into home-cooked vegetables. At least once a week we will have wild salmon, asparagus, and baked potato. I stick to water or a natural drink, like grape juice. It’s not all healthy though—I love indulging in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups occasionally.

Who helps you be your Best Self?
My family. I have four kids and a wonderful wife, Patty Thorn, whom I have been married to for 64 years. I couldn’t ask for anything more from them. They support me so well, from getting me to the race and cheering me on to doing it with me. My granddaughter, Kenzie Bayman, who has run it with me for 14 years, even helped me cross the finish line a few years ago when I had some problems with my balance. Race attendees were motioning me off the course but my granddaughter knew how important it was to me to finish the race and encouraged me as we completed the last leg together. Without my family, none of this would be possible.

To learn more about the AJC Peachtree Road Race and its 50th anniversary, visit


An Off-The-Grid Getaway

Close to an hour southwest of Atlanta sits the ultimate outdoor escape that is Foxhall Resort. Located on a former horse farm that also housed horses for the 1996 Olympics, the off-the-grid getaway has quickly become a sought-after venue for weddings, corporate events, and beyond. On the property’s 1,100 acres are accommodations for more than 180 guests—ranging from luxury homes that are ideal for an extended family gathering to intimate villas and lakefront suites for romantic retreats.

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The Best Self Atlanta team recently had a Team Activity Day (TAD) outing at the locale just outside of the perimeter. More than just a nearby sanctuary from the city, Foxhall Resort is a bona fide outdoor sports lover’s paradise that offers fishing, hunting, swimming, kayaking, tennis, golf, hiking, and so much more. For our group of thrill-seekers, our day was action packed with sporting clays, ATV riding, and archery.
As soon as you enter the grounds, which are also home to 16 lakes, it’s easy to see why Atlantans flock to its beauty. Rolling hills with green grass and lush trees stretch almost as far as the eye can see. Ducks and horses greet you with a glance from afar as you drive along the gravel roads.
Once all 13 of our team members arrived, we kicked off the day by sitting down for lunch at The Paddock. Its menu by executive chef Jeremy Swofford is inspired by the Southern landscape surrounding it—from the new rich smoked collard dip with housemade chips to the BLT featuring corncob smoked bacon, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes on heaping slices of Texas toast.

Once our bellies were full, we headed to the sporting clay area where all of our activities were conveniently located. From there, we separated into three groups and our guides John Murphy and Caleb Carson helped each group get the hang of its activity. For those interested in skeet shooting with shotguns, Caleb took them to a pavilion that overlooked the bottom of a hill. There, five stations were set up for shooters. And although our team varied in experience with gun familiarity, Caleb provided easy-to-understand instructions and safety information that made all feel comfortable. He even helped first-time shooter, art director Dona Halliday, hit a clay on her first try! At the same time, other team members were taking the wheel of ATVs and exploring trails with the guidance of John. From splashing through puddles to maneuvering tight curves and rocky pathways, the roughly 30-minute ride got us up close and personal with some of the site’s 03 Team ATVs
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We wrapped up with archery. Along with compound bows and longbows with easy arrow guides, the resort also offers a 3D archery course with
lifelike rabbits, deer, and even bears. After just a few hours of fun at Foxhall Resort, our team was giddy from the excitement of an afternoon filled with adventure. We all cherished a chance to unplug and get outdoors for some grown-up playtime. If you’re in need of your own respite, consider a day trip filled with activites or check-in to one of the property’s cottages to extend the unforgettable experience.

Details: 8000 Capps Ferry Rd., Douglasville;


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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:47

2019 Over 40 & Fabulous! Winners

Forty and beyond is looking better than ever
thanks to our 2019 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest winners. 
From volunteerism to advocacy, business to broadcast media, 
our winners reflect the energy and enthusiasm that makes this season of life extra special. Meet them all—and the contest’s Advisory Board members—on the following pages.

Go To Fab 5

Go To Inspiration Award

Go To Give Back Award


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While enduring struggles with infertility, Tonya Renee Guillory never lost hope. The 47-year-old vice president of sales for Georgia for BenchMark and Drayer Physical Therapy brings that inner strength to everything she does. Not one to let any mountain stand in her way, the adventurous mom can also be found shredding the slopes.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?My little girl, Lily. 
My husband, David, and I spent eight long years trying to conceive. Doctors finally diagnoseith the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s, and with the proper medication, I was able to give d me wbirth to our perfect baby at 42.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?Giving back is one of the most important parts of my life. It allows me to show my daughter how important it is to help others. I am on the advisory board of Atlanta Women’s Empowerment, which was created by one of my best friends, Lisa Driggers Milam, to uplift professional women and mentor younger women. Dr. Eric Steenlage and I hold annual events at Union Hill Polo Club that raise thousands of dollars for veteran and animal charities such as Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. BenchMark and Drayer Physical Therapy are also committed to giving back and we have our own organization called Pillars with Purpose that raises money for various causes. In 2018, we raised $301,000 for the American Heart Association. I have also gotten my co-workers involved with the  Adopt-a-Senior program through Neighbor Love.

What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work?When I was trying to get pregnant, our dogs literally saved me. My work with veterans is inspired by my father’s service as a lieutenant in Vietnam and watching him live with post-traumatic stress disorder. I have a soft spot for the elderly because I took care of my grandparents, who suffered from Alzheimer’s and numerous health issues, for the last four years of their lives. 
It was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but one of the most rewarding as well.

What is your favorite way to work out?We have a complete home gym and I work out four to five times a week. My workouts are a stress relief for me.

What is your favorite healthy meal?I love to cook different kinds of fish. Salmon is my favorite.

How do you maintain the balance between self-care, family, work, and giving back?Learning to achieve and maintain balance in my life is a work in progress. I work hard because I love what I do and want to set the example for our daughter that hard work, dedication, and giving back will be rewarded.

What is your favorite getaway?
Beaver Creek, Colorado is where we can truly unplug. My husband is a lifelong all-mountain skier. I wanted to take up his passion, but skiing never clicked with me. So, at 40 I started snowboarding. In just a few years, I’ve made it to Level 6, with Level 7 being the highest. I love shredding down the mountain. We are even teaching Lily to snowboard!

Who are the experts who help you be your best self? The therapists at BenchMark, Max Sanchez at White Salon and Spa (for updos), and Trenton Witherspoon at Day Makers Salon (the best blowouts). Dr. Suzanne Ferree Turner of Vine Medical keeps me healthy with a holistic approach. I am forever grateful to Dr. Andrew A. Toledo at Reproductive Biology Associates for helping us bring our miracle child into the world.


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Terri Ellis-Ewing

After overcoming hearing loss caused by a traumatic head injury, Terri Ellis-Ewing, 54, has made it her mission to get hearing aids and implants into the hands of those who need them. The charming co-founder of Wade Ford car dealerships in Smyrna is an advocate for the Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc. What is your favorite way to work out? Three to five times a week, I power walk up to 3 miles with my dogs at the Chattahoochee River or a park while listening to an amazing music playlist. One song I love is "Beginnings" by Chicago. That’s also when I create all of my positive thoughts and aspirations for the week. I also love going to Club Pilates to keep my body aligned, flexible, and strong.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I am passionate about working as a board member for the Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc. (AVC) because when I was 11 years old I was hit by a car, which damaged my hearing by way of a traumatic head injury, and my hearing has been degenerative each year since the accident. I remember being in school and not being able to hear lectures and conversations and being too embarrassed to let people know that I couldn’t hear them. Once I received my hearing aids, it changed my life tremendously.  Most of the children we work with at AVC are on Medicaid, have no health insurance, or simply cannot afford hearing aids or implants. So our mission is to raise as much money as we can to help these children and young adults have a better quality of life.

Where do you go for “me” time?
I travel twice a year to Miraval in Tucson, Arizona. It is a place to recharge through spa treatments, classes, healthy eating, yoga, meditation, hiking, and much more. I love its program because at the end of your stay, you write a letter to yourself that the staff then mails to you three to four months later to remind you of your goals and the things you learned during your visit.

What is your favorite quote? 'The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.' —Alice Walker. I pride myself on 'never losing my power' by staying healthy, being a great mother, wife, mentor, loyal friend, and always staying true to myself. I believe I should never stop learning, giving back, and bettering myself in every way that I can.   

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?
Club Pilates in Sandy Springs; Life Time Athletic, Sandy Springs; Massage Envy; Massage Heights; Salon NP Hair Design by Nathalie DeLoach; Dr. Chynna Steele Johnson of Steele Dermatology; Makeup By Kimaris; Lush Nails & Spa; Dr. Michael A. Cone of ChiroZone Wellness, Inc.


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Bridgitte Ferraro Hatfield

Service truly is at the core of who Bridgitte Ferraro Hatfield, 44, is. When the wife, mother, and business co-founder felt called to take her giving back up a notch, she launched and has touched thousands of lives ever since.

How has your perception of this age changed since you were younger?
I have always admired people in their 40s. Their style, demeanor, and attitude are a reflection of the life they have lived. My grandparents were great examples—they were loving, vibrant, stylish, successful, and family oriented.

What is your favorite getaway?Spending time with my husband, six children, and our furry babies at our little mountain house in Blue Ridge enjoying comfort food, music, board games, and sunsets.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?

My favorite way to give back to the community is by working locally, nationally and globally. Locally, I volunteer weekly at public schools. I work in the media center at Crabapple Crossing Elementary School (CCES) and Milton High School. I also organize and implement a monthly themed appreciation event to celebrate the 85 staff members of CCES. I also work with the Junior Beta Club in Roswell and volunteer monthly at the CHRIS 180 group home in Atlanta. I make a homemade dinner—from appetizer to dessert—complete with flowers, table setting items, and a host gift. I spend the afternoon and evening with the girls and staff talking, taking pictures, laughing, and encouraging. Our family is also a licensed foster family and we serve local children from infancy to 12 years old. We currently have two brothers that are under the age of 2.
On a national level, I support and raise money and awareness for Autism Speaks, Best Buddies International, Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, CURE Childhood Cancer, Food Allergy Research & Education®, Feeding America, Atlanta Humane Society, Parkinson’s Foundation, Project Linus, Walk MS®, and Refuse To Do Nothing.
On a global level, in 2018, my husband and I funded and built eight sustainable, clean water wells in Uganda. I also worked with eight schools in the country to provide clean water, latrines, meals, and clothing to students in need. Since 2015, I have made and gathered close to 3,000 pillowcase dresses through Pillowcase Dresses for Missions. I added Britches for Boys this past year with the help of Rachel O’Neill from Little Dresses For Africa. These items have gone to eight countries and have been hand-delivered by myself or someone I know personally. The mission began by helping one girl cover her body to aid in achieving confidence and dignity and has exploded into giving to clinics and shelters for the patients to go home in a clean new dress at discharge. I also make shoe patterns, raise money, provide education about the jiggers parasite, and have been a short-term missionary and am on the board of directors for Sole Hope.

What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work?I am constantly inspired by others and want to do my part by 'Refusing To Do Nothing' to honor my Biblical stewardship. I want my children to notice that random acts of kindness can be in our own zip code or 6,000 miles away. We do not have to be directly affected to do something. Each act of service that we make locally, nationally, or globally, makes a profound ripple effect toward the greater good.

Name something on your bucket list.
Tandem base jumping at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve® in San Diego.

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Eileen Rosencrants has never been scared to take the road less traveled. The vivacious Keller Williams Atlanta Perimeter realtor, 67, finds joy in lifting up those around her.

Did your parents look and act the way you do when they were over 40?
Not at all. We were a very traditional Irish-Italian Catholic family. Every Sunday, we went to church, had dinner at 1 p.m., and went to visit our grandparents or cousins. That tradition created a strong family bond that still exists today. At the time, I yearned to spread my wings. After college, I did that by being the first person in my family to move away from Massachusetts and come to Atlanta.

What do you love most about this stage of life?
With each decade comes more wisdom, acceptance, and perspective. I don’t take things as personally anymore and realize it’s not about me, but somebody might just be having a bad day.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?
There are many wonderful organizations in Atlanta supporting the arts, and that fight illnesses that affect my family or friends. I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering in various capacities for numerous charities for over 30 years. The Arthritis Foundation has been a primary focus for the past 10 years, from chairing several balls, to being a committee member, or on the Leadership Council.

What is your favorite way to work out?
I start each day at Hard Exercise Works - Roswell. It’s a high-intensity boot camp with amazing people. I also take private ballroom dance lessons with the fabulous Melbin De La Cruz. This feeds my soul and creative expression, which we all need.

What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40?
There is always an opportunity to learn. Keep an open mind for other interests and opportunities to continue to develop. One career path does not mean another won’t come your way.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?
Su So-Longman; Dr. Alissa Marzetti - DPT; Melbin De La Cruz; An Mai of Lovely Nail; Jeffrey Frost of Frost Hair Salon; the coaches of Hard Exercise Works - Roswell.



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When it comes to living life after 40 to the fullest, Michelle Falconer serves fabulosity in a major way. The tennis player, 43, who founded Bailey & Hunter Realty, focuses on being an energetic and thoughtful role model for youth and more.

What is your favorite way to work out?I was part of a traveling dance company when I was a teenager and I like working out to be fun. Through tennis, I get to hang out with friends and be active at the same time. I’ve even convinced my husband to come play doubles. #TeamFalconer

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?Raising four beautiful, caring, sweet, and amazing children is by far my best accomplishment. It has been a wild ride but they all make me proud.
What is your favorite way to give back to the community?If there is something I can do with kids, I’m in. The thing I’m most proud of is sponsoring a triage room at Hughes Spalding hospital with my extended family. When my youngest daughter was treated in that room and asked why our name was on it, I was able to explain how a triage room makes a difference for families of sick children. The second thing that stands out as a special giving moment was taking my oldest daughter to Swaziland [Eswatini] twice with an organization called Beyond the Game. This organization provides food to over 1,000 orphans in Swaziland daily! I’m also regularly involved with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. where I work with teens.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?Tracie Edmonds of Tracie Edmonds Signature Salon is my go-to hair and makeup artist. And my dear friend Maja Sly always dresses me out of her closet for my photo shoots.

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Kristin Andree

This multifaceted mother, 48, helps business owners and executives take their companies to the next level as a strategist. Not only is Kristin a powerful speaker, author, and podcaster, she also knows how to throw a mean punch.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?As a single mom, raising three independent, strong and beautiful girls will always be my No. 1 accomplishment.

What is your favorite way to work out?I love anything martial arts related. I get quite an adrenaline rush from kicking and punching a bag (or a person!). I hold a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and won the bronze medal in sparring at the ATA World Championships in 2017.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?
I focus my charitable endeavors on organizations that educate and empower women and girls. I am co-president of the Atlanta chapter of Ellevate Network, a global professional women’s network. I am also actively involved in organizations in the financial sector such as Females and Finance, and Women in Insurance & Financial Services.

What is your favorite getaway?
Anywhere with white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and the sun shining.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?I credit God (the ultimate expert) for the strengths he has entrusted to me, and my friends and family who keep me motivated, grounded and always feeling loved. Professionally, my podcast producers (Liger Partners) always support me. In terms of feeling and looking my best, Amy Nelson (Style Design, LLC) is a gift! I’ve always loved fashion, and since meeting Amy, I have learned how to best enhance my look. I also rely on the team at Anderson Aesthetics in Alpharetta, and my chiropractor Dr. Michael Zoeller of Synergy Release Sports.


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For over two decades, Engle R. Coulter has proudly served in the United States Air Force. The 45-year-old has learned how to turn obstacles into opportunities for growth.

What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40?I have learned that taking ownership when I fail is a good thing. It helps me grow as a wife, mother, employee, and leader.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I currently serve in an activated reserve status at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. There, I have served as the president of the Dobbins Top 3, which is an organization that mentors rising leaders in the Air Force through an acronym we created called T.E.S.T. (Train, Empower, Support, Trust). We also provide financial assistance when an Airman is in an extremely challenging situation.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Professionally, my greatest accomplishment is obtaining the grade/rank of E-8 (Senior Master Sergeant). I surpassed my father, who was an E-7 (Master Sergeant) when he retired. I remember the proud look on his face when he first saw me in my promoted rank.  

What inspires you to give back to your fellow servicemen?
I watched my dad enjoy his work every day. He enjoyed not just serving his country, but serving others. He thrived on being better and making others better around him. I wanted to be a part of that kind of team atmosphere. He was my first example of how to be a servant leader.

Who helps you be your best self?
My husband, Roy, and kids, Jordyn and Cameron, my mother, Earnestine, my father, Bill, and my sister, Sarah. Plus, my mentors, retired Chief Master Sergeant Suzy Clemons, and Lil Palmer, one of my former rock-solid bosses.



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You could say that Julie Rogers Turner is paws-itively passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. The 55-year-old animal lover and Ivy Lane Boutique owner helps rescue pets and people from hopelessness.

What makes you laugh?I have eight rescue animals and they all make me laugh. In the past, I have rescued about 35 cats and 20 dogs. I am a huge animal lover! Whether they are relaxing or posing for the camera, they are a great comic relief for me every day.

What do you love most about this stage of life?Seeing my three children learn and become independent young adults is by far the most rewarding aspect of my life as a mother. Being able to use my engineering degree from Georgia Tech to pursue a different career path has been an unexpected life surprise. Opening Ivy Lane has allowed me the opportunity to combine and share my passions—fashion and service to others.

What is your favorite way to give back?For the past three years, Ivy lane has hosted charity fashion shows. The shows have raised $23,000 for Sources of Strength (SOS) programs at Lassiter, Pope, Sprayberry and Kell high schools and $13,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. SOS trains teachers and student volunteers on how to identify students at risk for suicide and provide appropriate intervention. It is so exciting to see the great things happening at these schools through this organization.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?My longtime friend Dr. Blaine Minor helps me successfully manage my autoimmune issues. Chiropractic care is essential to my well-being and Dr. Karla Renee Kale De Pena and Dr. Gerald Kraus have been treating me for years. My personal trainers encourage me and help me stay fit. I regularly work out with Tracey Prinzbach at Elite Health & Fitness Tang Soo Do, and Mary Beth O'Reilly at Attitude Fitness. Leslie Brothers, at Health and Beauty Boutique, helps me keep my skin looking its best. I am a firm believer in taking care of your skin!




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You could say that Julie Rogers Turner is paws-itively passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. The 55-year-old animal lover and Ivy Lane Boutique owner helps rescue pets and people from hopelessness.

What makes you laugh? I have eight rescue animals and they all make me laugh. In the past, I have rescued about 35 cats and 20 dogs. I am a huge animal lover! Whether they are relaxing or posing for the camera, they are a great comic relief for me every day.

What do you love most about this stage of life? Seeing my three children learn and become independent young adults is by far the most rewarding aspect of my life as a mother. Being able to use my engineering degree from 
Georgia Tech to pursue a different career path has been an unexpected life surprise. Opening Ivy Lane has allowed me the opportunity to combine and share my passions—fashion and service to others.

What is your favorite way to give back? For the past three years, Ivy lane has hosted charity fashion shows. The shows have raised $23,000 for Sources of Strength (SOS) programs at Lassiter, Pope, Sprayberry and Kell high schools and $13,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. SOS trains teachers and student volunteers on how to identify students at risk for suicide and provide appropriate intervention. It is so exciting to see the great things happening at these schools through this organization.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self? My longtime friend Dr. Blaine Minor helps me successfully manage my autoimmune issues. Chiropractic care is essential to my well-being and Dr. Karla Renee Kale De Pena and Dr. Gerald Kraus have been treating me for years. My personal trainers encourage me and help me stay fit. I regularly work out with Tracey Prinzbach at Elite Health & Fitness Tang Soo Do, and Mary Beth O'Reilly at Attitude Fitness. Leslie Brothers, at Health and Beauty Boutique, helps me keep my skin looking its best. I am a firm believer in taking care of your skin!


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After a psychogenic disorder diagnosis flipped her world upside down, Portia Bruner, 45, transformed her life with mindfulness and meditation. Today, the Fox 5 Atlanta anchor/reporter’s mission is to remain in service to God by helping others.

What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous?Let go of self-doubt, drop the pity parties, and stop comparing yourself to others. Trust that God really is in control.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I work with two DeKalb County churches to coordinate “pop-up closets” stocked with free clothing for families in need. I also visit nursing homes with my two young sons to teach them the importance of nurturing our elders. My mother worked in nursing homes and I remember feeling sad for patients who never had visitors. We also clean up parking lots and sidewalks in our south DeKalb neighborhood. It's a humbling way to remind my sons Dr. King went to Memphis to fight for garbage workers and that we must remain humble enough to do whatever God calls us to do in service to others.

Where do you go for “me” time?Stone Mountain’s peak for prayer and meditation, or my sunny arts-and-crafts room where I paint, and thrift stores for retail therapy.

Who are the experts who help you be your best self?Emory Speech pathologist Paula Klingman-Palk helped me get back on track after I was diagnosed with a psychogenic stuttering disorder in 2017. Norma Harris at Atlanta Shambhala Center taught me the value of peace of mind and how to meditate. Nathalie Ellis of ESTEEM Counseling and Consulting Services improved my stress management skills and helped me break through years of depression and 'Pastor Buddy's' sermons carried me through some of the toughest days of my life. Linda Tiger Bell of Tiger Talent Management suggested a great vitamin regimen and maximized the glamour of my natural hair.








11 FAB FIVEVoting results were so close that we wanted to recognize these next in line Fab Five.
They enhance the lives of those in their communities through health, fitness and more.

(L to R): Kristen Marotte, Dr. Tannaz Modaresi, Leta Brooks, Caren Cohen, Kwavi Agbeyegbe.



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Whether carving out her own path while trail running or discovering new opportunities for giving back, blogger and business owner, Leta Brooks, 41, isn’t afraid to go the extra mile.

What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40?  
I spent my 20s more concerned with what people thought of me and where I was in life. With age, I have realized that none of it matters! I now live my life with more confidence and authenticity than when I was younger.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?My kidney donation to my dad. The gift of life is the greatest gift I could give.

What is your favorite way to work out?I could run all day. Put me on a trail and daily stresses disappear from my mind. The only worry is tripping on roots or sliding in the mud, but that is also part of the fun.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I use the platform of my store and design firm, Status Home, LLC and Status Design Studio, Inc., to help the community any way I can. Each time there is a national disaster, Status becomes a donation center. We have collected backpacks for the homeless in Atlanta andfilled them with supplies. Last September, we hosted a car show for Eli’s Cruise For A Cure, which raised money for Tay-Sachs disease. I have a dedicated employee at Status whose job is to be on the lookout for any way we can help our community. She works with churches and other nonprofits to make sure they know Status is here to help.

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Tannaz Modaresi, DC

When she’s not calling the shots at her chiropractic office, you can find Tannaz Modaresi, DC, on the basketball court. The volunteer coach, 41, is always up for a good laugh and a new adventure.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I’d have to say becoming a mother to my beautiful twins, Arta and Atousa. And being able to free people from pain through my chiropractic practice, Injury & Wellness Specialists of Georgia, is also one of the most amazing feelings.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?
I enjoy helping others in any way possible. This year, I have volunteered with the Fulton Science Academy Private School by providing them with chiropractic care for their athletic team, helping to keep young growing spines healthy. This season, I have had the privilege of coaching an i9 Sports® basketball team, which I really enjoyed.

What is your favorite way to work out?I love cycling, barre workouts, and dancing.

Who makes you laugh?Iranian-American stand-up comedians Max Amini and Maz Jobrani.

Name something on your bucket list.I want to learn to fly an airplane.


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Caren Cohen is an avid reader and outdoorswoman. At 47, this youthful yogi and mother of two helps people push past their limitations. Plus, she has a soft spot for aiding families in need.  

What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40?I have learned that happiness is really about how you look at things. I take pleasure in the small things now and I stopped waiting for something big to happen.

What is your favorite way to work out?I love anything that makes me sweat and clears my head. Yoga is one of my favorites, but I also run and work out at F45 Training regularly.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I like to help families. For the past several years, I have volunteered with Second Helpings Atlanta and Family Promise, which are both organizations that support families in crisis. I also volunteer a lot at my children’s schools. Our schools literally can’t function without parent volunteers. This is one of the most important ways I can give back to my community at this point in my life.

What is your favorite healthy meal?Don’t laugh—but it’s mixed vegetables cooked with tuna and Parmesan cheese. Everyone else thinks it’s gross but I could eat that every day!

What is your favorite book?I love to read. It's hard to narrow it down but a favorite is "Until the End of the World" by Sarah Lyons Fleming.



15 Kristen-Marotte- 6x10Kristen Marotte

Whether inspiring her fitness class attendees at Life Time Athletic, Sandy Springs or her nearly 20,000 Instagram followers to live a healthier lifestyle, Kristen Marotte, 52, is always seeking opportunities to help others flourish.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?I have traveled to nearly 60 countries, and my experiences overseas have done more for my personal development than all the education I have received from books or schools. I’ve had so many meaningful personal accomplishments, but my greatest came when I put more focus on family. I’m super proud of how close we are and of the choices my kids make on a daily basis. That’s worth its weight in gold, and no accomplishment will ever outweigh connection!

What is your favorite healthy meal?Grilled salmon, sautéed veggies, and a fresh caprese salad.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community?For the past 15 years, my husband and I have spent two to three hours every week helping engaged couples build strong foundations for their marriages based on our experiences as a blended family. I also spend a lot of my time motivating others to be fit and active. I teach restorative yoga classes for the high school sports teams, as well as conduct free classes and workshops at local athletic stores to inspire people of all ages to stay active.

What is your favorite quote?'Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.' —Charles R. Swindoll.



Kwavi Agbeyegbe16 Kwavi-Agbeyegbe- 6x10

As a midlife coach, Kwavi Agbeyegbe is passionate about spreading the message that the second half of a woman’s life can be the best half. Human rights issues and competing in marathons are no match for this 51-year-old.

What do you love most about this stage of life?It’s a stage overflowing with an abundance of possibilities. Society, some cultures, and the media sometimes paint an unpleasant picture of midlife for women and I’m determined to change that narrative for the better. My goal is for women to unapologetically live midlife on their own terms.   

What is your favorite way to work out?I ran and completed marathons for years but in 2018, I developed pain in my right knee. I decided to take up racewalking and haven’t looked back. I participated in the 2019 Publix Atlanta Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K in March and racewalked all the way.

What is your favorite way to give back to the community?I created the Kwavithon 5K walk/run to support various charities locally and worldwide. For the past two years, the Kwavithon 5K has supported the Mirabel Centre. The Mirabel Centre is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) based in Lagos, Nigeria, my country of origin. The Kwavithon 5K event has been a platform to bring awareness of the prevalence of rape and sexual assault in the community and open up the conversation on what can be done to reduce the incidence of rape and sexual assault. The 3rd Annual Kwavithon 5K will take place in Lagos later this year.

 To read the full winner Q&As, visit


For nine years, the Over 40 & Fabulous! contest has been an experience that creates a family-like bond for those who are a part of it. This connection often turns into long-lasting friendships, charitable partnerships, and opportunities for professional collaboration. In honor of this unity, we invited the past Cover, Give-Back, and Inspiration-award winners of this fabulous family to join in the fun for this year’s winner photo shoot at Summerour Studio.



 Over 40 & Fabulous!









(Back row, L to R): Kim Vaughn ('13 Cover winner), Dr. Debra Carlton ('12 Cover winner), Kim Bearden ('11 Cover winner), Lynne McDonald ('18 Cover winner), Lisa Mohager ('18 Inspiration award winner), Michelle Hodgson ('15 Cover winner), Tom Sullivan ('16 Top 10 winner), Tran Bui Smith ('17 Inspiration award winner); (Front row, L to R): Kevin Avery ('16  Cover winner), Steve Hightower ('17 Give-Back award winner).



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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 20:27

The Magic of Matcha

Local Supplement and Matcha Companies
Join Forces to Help Atlantans Live Well

MatchaGi and HiveFit are the perfect blend. Combine this nutrient-packedtea and clean fitness supplement for increased energy, a boost in antioxidants, and help achieving your wellness goals.

By Jennifer Colosimo

You already know about the reported benefits of green tea: weight loss, mental alertness, long-lasting energy, etc. But do you know about matcha, a powdered form of specially grown green tea leaves?

It's an antioxidant powerhouse, packing a high concentration of the natural calorie burner and hunger suppressant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Matcha's combination of caffeine and amino acids improve concentration and energy levels without giving you the jitters, and it boasts much larger amounts of chlorophyll than other green teas to make it a mighty detoxifier.

But here's what's important to note. "While steeping dried green tea leaves reaps about 30 percent (one-third) of the plant's nutrients, matcha is grown differently and the entire leaf is ground into a rich, fine powder that
provides versatility for consumption to unlock nearly 100 percent of the nutrients from the leaf," says Cal Supik, chief operating officer and co-founder of MatchaGi (MA-cha-Gee). Ceremonial grade matcha—the highest grade matcha made from the youngest tea leaves and manufactured by tea sommeliers in Japan—is why Cal Supik and Arya Suprayogi invested in the company in 2016 and flew to Nishio, Japan to begin their own wellness journey with MatchaGi.

P1"Our mission is to educate people on what high-quality ceremonial matcha is," Suprayogi says. "We believe that matcha is a great 'fuel' alternative for your body to avoid caffeine overload, jitters and the crash that you would typically get from coffee and energy drinks. 'Gi' is Japanese for uniform. Just as a samurai wears a 'gi' during training or battle, we realized that every individual wears their own unique 'gi' while pursuing their goals and passions. MatchaGi provides the fuel to help you focus and achieve your goals."

The passion to deliver high-quality products is why they blend well with HiveFit, an Atlanta-based supplement company that is also committed to 100-percent ingredient transparency. HiveFit offers clinical doses of pure supplements made without fillers, genetically modified organisms, added sugars, artificial flavors, hormones or antibiotics.

"I knew their standards aligned with my own business practices, and it's very comparable to what we're doing—trying to provide a better, healthier product for consumers," says Raul Hiteshew, co-founder of HiveFit. "We have the same vision, we're fighting the same things, so we knew we could make a bigger impact if we did something together."
"There is this 'high-end' life, in terms of health, that most people don't understand," Hiteshew explains. "Most people don't know what feeling optimal means. But when we mix these companies' products together and start replacing things like matcha for your coffee, HiveFit protein shakes for your snacks, etcetera, then people can begin to access that next level of health."

"We believe in it because we've been there," says Supik, who hopes to grow MatchaGi grassroots-style in the community. "We know how much better we feel and how we're better versions of ourselves, and we really want to share that with other people."

"Sandy Springs is the ideal spot for us to do that," adds Suprayogi. "There are tons of gyms, natural food stores, and influencers with a general awareness of what it means to be healthy. If we can start here, we know it will radiate outward.

Join the movement at F45 Sandy Springs during various vendor pop-up events where you can try products, including the natural EnerGi drinks (also sold regularly at the gym), and learn how to start making changes. When the MatchaGi and HiveFit guys aren't busy attending events, they're grabbing a bite at Chipotle or Zoës Kitchen nearby.
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P3Wellness Warrior

With plenty of trendy ways to detox, HiveFit and MatchaGi make it easy to cut through the fat to what makes a positive, lasting impact on your health. Their tasty products deliver increased levels of wellness without the high costs.
Here's proof: Blend this quick and simple smoothie for a powerhouse
pick-me-up whether you require on-the-go nourishment, a low-carb snack or workout recovery drink. Something that goes with everything? Sounds like the best kind of uniform.

• 1 teaspoon MatchaGi
• 1 scoop HiveFit vanilla protein powder
• 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
• Ice
Blend ingredients until smooth.


Wednesday, 27 March 2019 19:26

Liz Carlile

My Best Self: Liz Carlile

Like so many new mothers, Liz Carlile struggled balancing caring for her family, herself, and her career. As she felt less connected to those around her and ultimately not as happy, she knew something had
to change.

By Alex McCray

In 2017, Liz launched the blog Motherhood Unstressed to share how she gained control of her life and created her own joy. Today, the certified health coach and founder of her own cannabidiol (CBD) supplement company shows her 20,000 monthly blog visitors how they can do the same through self-care and holistic living.

So many mothers struggle with trying to juggle too much and placing unrealistic expectations on themselves. How were you able to let go of that perfectionist mindset?

That is something I definitely struggled with! My emancipation from that way of thinking came when I realized I wasn't living the life I wanted. The majority of my mental space was taken up by resentment and martyrdom while also feeling like I wasn't doing or being enough. I decided that my happiness needed to be the priority in order for me to fully give to my children, my marriage, and my work.

I started to carve out nonnegotiable time for myself for yoga, journaling, running, and meditating. It was a shift that completely changed how I felt about myself, and how I interacted with everyone in my life. I was no longer a victim of my circumstances—I was actively running my life, making joy an everyday occurrence, and providing a positive example of self-love to my family.

Holistic living is a big part of your message. What are some of your favorite holistic living practices that you encourage people to try, and why?

I am a big proponent of setting the tone for the day. Carving out space for yourself to connect with who you really are and to the bigger world around you is crucial in feeling loved, supported and connected. Some of my favorite ways to start the day are by drinking a large glass of lemon water, meditating in front of my Joovv red light, journaling for at least three pages, and doing some gentle stretching. How you start the day is dependent on what works best for you, but the ultimate goal should be that when you're done, you feel strong, happy, and grateful to be alive.


What's your go-to quick and easy healthy meal?

My favorite way to incorporate a ton of nutrition quickly is to blend a smoothie! I can put a ton of nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables in, plus some of my favorite adaptogens like ashwagandha and reishi mushrooms, and take it with me. And I typically make more than I need so that I can freeze the rest in Popsicle molds for my kids. It's so easy and everyone loves it.

You also have a top-rated podcast that is an extension of your blog and you've featured big names such as Primal Blueprint founder Mark Sisson. What episode is your favorite and why?

I have had so many amazing guests, and each one has taught me something new and life changing. One of my favorites though was my conversation with Danish actress and author, Marie Tourell Søderberg on the topic of hygge ("hoo-gah"). Hygge is a Danish word for that warm feeling you get when you are comfortable and happy, whether reading a book by the fire with some tea, or having an intimate dinner party with friends. It's about slowing down and focusing on what really matters. That conversation changed how I spend time with my kids and how I create more opportunities for hygge to occur in my own life.

Who helps you be your best self?

My husband, Sam, is a huge partner in my success. I trust his opinion and his strengths complement my weaknesses insanely well. I also have to say that I help myself be my best self. I make the decision every single day to make self-care the priority in my life, so that I can accomplish my goals and dreams from a place of strength and love.

To learn more about Liz Carlile and Motherhood Unstressed, visit


Wednesday, 27 March 2019 18:48


Atlanta Nonprofit Brings Sustainable Farming to African Countries

Development in Gardening co-founder and Grant Park resident Sarah Koch helps African communities harvest crops and so much more.

As a bright-eyed College of Charleston graduate, Sarah Koch didn’t know what she was getting herself into when she applied for the Peace Corps. It was 2004, and she wanted a change of pace and scenery that a more traditional graduate school route couldn’t provide. Koch had two choices in front of her: continue on to a Ph.D. program to pursue her art history endeavors or choose a different path. She opted for the latter. Little did she know, her choice would change her life forever.  

P3In 2005, Koch was sent to Senegal in West Africa to work in rural health education in a village 13 hours from the capital of Dakar. She recalls, “I lived in a village that had no cellphone service, no phone, no electricity, and no running water. I really had to confront a lot of my notions of comfort, and who I was. I had gone into the Peace Corps thinking, ‘This is just going to be a fun experience.’ And I pretty quickly realized that’s not what this is about.”

As she trudged through an unfamiliar landscape and culture, Koch felt herself changing. “As I stayed there, it slowly wore on me—in both good and bad ways—and shifted what I wanted to do. It became an opportunity. It shaped how I was going to move forward with my life and my career.”

Eventually, Koch connected with Steve Bolinger, another Peace Corps volunteer. Bolinger was stationed in Dakar working on urban agriculture. On her rare visits to the city, Koch would find herself lending a hand. “Steve was building this garden for the Infectious Disease ward, which had been experiencing a significant challenge where they couldn’t get their HIV patients to maintain their antiretroviral drugs,” she explains. “Because the drugs are so physically hard on their bodies, nutrition is a critical component to their well-being.” The garden became an integral part of the hospital’s success. Bolinger’s garden flooded the kitchen with fresh, healthy produce, and patients were able to improve their diets and therefore, their ability to absorb their medications.

Something clicked in Bolinger and Koch. The pair realized replicating the garden elsewhere could potentially have long-lasting, far-reaching impacts. Development in Gardening, aptly known as DIG, was born in 2006.

The Atlanta-headquartered nonprofit works with African communities to teach local residents how to produce working, sustainable, income-generating gardens. Koch explains, “We talk about cultivating the land, growing produce for their unique nutritional vulnerability, how they can incorporate that produce into their diet, how that food is affecting their health, the impact it’s having on their bodies, how that food can be used to generate additional income, and how to manage that income for the betterment of their families.”
The idea is that through farming, a practice that is already generationally familiar and ingrained in day-to-day life, the participants will improve their health, their knowledge, and their income. “We’re just trying to help them shift to more sustainable long-term practices,” says Koch. Today, DIG’s mission has expanded beyond a strictly HIV focus to bring other people with nutritional vulnerabilities into its fold. The 37-year-old says, “Nutritional vulnerabilities are defined by people who have a heightened need to maintain a nutrient-dense diet. We work a lot with children who have been diagnosed as malnourished, and we still work a lot with people who are HIV positive.”
DIG has also held projects in nine nations. This year, the group is continuing their mission in Kenya and Uganda, where in 2018 they worked with 760 beneficiaries through 12 demonstration gardens in Kenya and 170 farmers from 16 groups in Uganda.

While Bolinger has since stepped into an advisory role, Koch continues her work with DIG today as the executive director. Her staff, small but mighty, includes two
full-time and two part-time team members in the United States, seven full-time Kenyans in Kenya and six full-time Ugandans in Uganda, and the results of their hard work and dedication are incredible. The organization found that a year after “graduating” from the program, on average, a family who was spending roughly $4 a week on food before DIG programming, cut their spending to 40 cents after it. Further, many more than tripled their income by shifting their farming to grow a variety of unique, nutritious produce instead of simply relying on common, familiar crops like sugarcane. Koch says that impact is all about broadening horizons. “They now know how to grow for the market, access the market, and save and utilize that income to help continue their farm and their farming activities.”

P1Perhaps the biggest impact, however, is DIG’s community cultivation, particularly for people coping with an often stigmatized disease. “We worked with several HIV groups in Senegal who were not at all open about their HIV status,” Koch explains. “And that farm or that garden was the only place in their daily life that they could go and actually talk about what it’s like to live with HIV.”

As DIG grows, Koch, who resides in Grant Park, says she desires to replicate the program in many communities—even right here in Atlanta. “My hope is that we can create a scalable model that can be taken anywhere in the world, and anybody could ask us [about it], and it would make sense. My immediate dream is to have centers of excellence in Kenya, Uganda and Senegal where if you want to see our program in its full, robust quality, you could go there and see that. You could understand what’s possible with our program.” And with DIG, the possibilities of hope and impact are endless.


Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:24

Today’s Top Treatments for Infertility

The Modern Path to Parenthood

From Brooke Shields to Chrissy Teigen, the topic of infertility is no longer off the table in Hollywood—or at home. With an ever-increasing wealth of information regarding infertility now available, more hopeful parents are having conversations about this hurdle to having a family. Not only has this new level of openness lifted some of the emotional burden associated with fertility issues, it has also helped dispel myths related to this medical issue, as well as shine light on the many treatment options available today.

P1Myths vs. Facts

One of the most prevalent myths swirling around fertility issues is that it’s a woman’s problem. The reality is, infertility affects women and men equally, approximately 40 percent each, with the remaining  20 percent resulting from a combination of male and female factors or just plain unexplained.
Other myths with no footing in reality include whether men wear boxers or briefs, being healthy or having a healthy sex drive means you can’t be infertile, and an orgasm is required to get pregnant.
The simple reality is fertility and infertility issues, like many other medical concerns, don’t play favorites and can affect anyone at any time.

True Causes

Although there are a variety of medical causes of infertility, some health issues are more common with regard to fertility. For instance, dysfunction of the ovulation process quite often disrupts a woman’s ability to get pregnant. Women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may have irregular menstrual cycles or not ovulate.
Endometriosis, when uterine-lining tissue develops outside the uterus, can also vastly impact fertility.
Structural problems with the female reproductive tract, such as fibroids, polyps or scarring, may also negatively impact fertility.
On the male side, low sperm number, low sperm motility and low testosterone all can affect fertility. “When it comes to male fertility, it’s all about the number of healthy sperm—easily demonstrated with a simple lab test,” says Scott D. Miller, MD, of WellStar Urology and WellStar North Fulton Hospital. For both men and women, increased age also plays a pivotal role in fertility, because the older we get, the less fertile we become.
The key to resolving fertility issues is for both partners to get tested. “You can’t predict infertility,” says
Carolyn R. Kaplan, MD, of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Group. “There may be more than one problem.”

Today’s Treatments

While there are many “old wives’ tales” regarding how to improve fertility, for the most part, they have no effect at all. Instead, some of the easiest steps men and women can take to improve their fertility are simple lifestyle changes.
“Do not smoke,” says Natalie Stentz, MD, MSCE, of
Shady Grove Fertility. “The rate of infertility is approximately twice as high in male and female tobacco smokers.” Those who use vaping products are not exempt. “There is ample evidence that cigarette smoke contains carcinogens and has negative effects on sperm motility and function. There is evidence that e-cigarette flavors contain toxicants (or toxic substances) and carcinogens and may damage male fertility,”
Dr. Kaplan says.
Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and reducing stress also will aid in improved fertility.
Of course, there are a number of medical treatments available to treat infertility.
Intrauterine insemination (IUI) is one of the most common treatments for a number of fertility problems, and involves placing washed sperm (which involves removing dead sperm, white blood cells, and seminal fluid, and concentrating the sperm into a very small volume of fluid so it can be used for intrauterine insemination) directly into the uterus at the time of ovulation. In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a more aggressive treatment, and consists of taking eggs and sperm from the female and male partners and combining them in a lab. The fertilized egg is then implanted in the female partner. Success rates with IVF are usually higher than IUI, but cost is much higher. If the woman’s tubes
are blocked or the sperm count is very low, then IVF is the best option.
“IVF has come a very long way,” says Obehi A. Asemota, MD, of Aspire Fertility Atlanta. “It’s a very good way to conceive for the right patient.” She goes on to say the technology involved has improved substantially, leading to very good success rates. “It has become more affordable with the possibilities of grants and discounts of medications that can help alleviate the costs of IVF,” she says.
For some women, hormone treatments can be a viable option as well. “Oral fertility medications work by helping your body increase its own production of the hormones that encourage your ovaries to develop eggs,” Dr. Stentz says. “Injectable fertility medications contain the same hormones that your body makes to develop eggs, but are delivered in concentrated doses. It is important to know that studies have shown that fertility medications do not increase a woman’s risk of cancer.”
On the male side, hormone manipulation also can be effective in treating infertility. “The goal is to get the testicle to maximize production,” says
Ronald E. Anglade, MD, of Georgia Urology P.C. “When they produce more testosterone, that may lead to more effective sperm production.”
Surgery could be another option for men. For instance, they may want to consider vasectomy reversal or need microscopic reconstruction to bypass a blockage.


Because many women and couples are waiting later in life to have children, there are a growing number of women who are freezing their eggs. “This is due to changes in educational and career opportunities for women as well as changes in social norms,” Dr. Stentz says. “As such, more women are freezing their eggs early as insurance against an uncertain future.”
More and more LGBTQ couples also are utilizing
fertility treatments to start their own families. For instance, a female couple will come in for donor insemination; another scenario would be with one partner donating the eggs and the second partner receiving the egg implants, says Dr. Asemota. Male couples are using egg donors and surrogates, she adds.

P2Tough Topics

When faced with the stress and uncertainty of fertility issues, it can be easy to buckle under the pressure, pressure from one another and from family and friends. However, it’s important to stay focused on the goal. “Don’t blame one another,”
Dr. Asemota says. “Infertility is just like any other medical diagnosis. The good news is there are treatment options. For most couples, there is hope.”
In addition, keep in mind this is you and your partner’s private medical business and yours alone. “There are many resources and support groups for those struggling with infertility. That said, you do not owe anyone, even family or close friends, an explanation about your attempts to conceive or struggles with infertility,” Dr. Stentz says.
Overall, it’s important to know two key facts about fertility issues. First, you are not alone, and, two, there are options available. “A lot of infertility patients feel they are the only ones suffering from this. One in eight couples suffer from infertility,” Dr. Asemota says. “There are good treatment options, and they should seek help. They should not suffer alone.”


Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:00

Amazing One-Hour Makeovers

Best Self Atlanta's popular Amazing One-Hour Makeovers event returned for a third year on Feb. 20. Some of Atlanta's best makeup artists, hairstylists, and beauty and fashion experts transformed 17 lucky readers in just one hour. Onlookers nibbled on light bites from Chicken Salad Chick and sipped the signature "Berry Beautiful" cocktail created by Hendrick's Gin. Guests lined up for five-minute makeovers with Beautycounter products and perused fashion finds from Bloomingdale's and Stella & Dot. Models also received finishing touches for their "after" looks courtesy of the fashion companies.

The night's give-back initiative was Development in Gardening (DIG), an organization working to implement sustainable farms in African countries, which guests were encouraged to donate to and were able to experience what it is like to work on a farm in the Batwa community in Uganda by way of a virtual reality tour, making this beauty event more than skin deep. For all the final page-turning looks and every gorgeous detail, read on.

P1Beautiful Brows

Model: Sydney Vogt
Makeup Artist: Theresa Stone, Theresa Stone Makeup Artistry
“My favorite part of what I do is getting to know people on a different level, inspiring them to feel like the best version of themselves through the makeup, and teaching them that obtaining that feeling at home is in their abilities.”

The Before: Theresa wanted to frame the face of this busy mom and highlight her bright smile.
The After: By filling in Sydney's eyebrows with a shade closer to her hair color, the stunning shape of them stands out. Soft blush on the cheeks and a classic mauve lip balance the brows and complete this mommy makeover.
Trusted Tool: "The Iconic London highlighter—it's gorgeous! It's liquid and looks so sunny on the skin, catching the light to bring out parts of your face you want to pop," Theresa says.



Model: Karen Villa
Makeup Artist: Heather Petty-Harris, Beauty & The Brow
“I love the transition a woman goes through in my chair, making her feel beautiful.”
The Before: Heather noticed Karen's eyes first and knew that she immediately wanted to draw attention to them.
The After: Heather created a neo-soul look with brown eye shadows and an unexpected electric blue liner that made the eyes really stand out. She kept the lips soft and neutral ... with a little glimmer. The perfect finishing touch for this busy mom turned glamazon.
Trusted Tool: "My Chanel bronzer may be a little bit more expensive, but it's worth it. The quality is incredible—it lasts all day and it's perfect on any skin type. You can also use it all over the face," Heather says.


P3Elevated Elegance

Model: Casey Ehlers
Makeup Artist: Richie Arpino, Richie Arpino Salon
Hairstylist: Maxx Holmon, Richie Arpino Salon
“I get excited about doing makeup because often it gives women an opportunity to change their look in a way they didn’t know they could before,” Richie says. Maxx adds, “I was a former hair and makeup director for Miss Universe for 10 years. I don’t know how to do anything else.”

The Before: Richie and Maxx wanted to create something that would enhance Casey's natural beauty and showcase her spunky personality.
The After: With the help of Bumble and bumble products, Maxx added voluminous curls to Casey's hair and created an elegant and romantic look. Richie complemented that with a dramatic eye and a bold hue on the lips.
Trusted Tools: Richie touts blendSMART®, a revolving makeup brush that makes it easy to apply foundation. Maxx always carries his Champion flat iron because it can curl, flatten and smooth to add shine.


P4Romantic Waves

Model: Evelyne DaSilva
Makeup Artist: Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency
Hairstylist: Dakota Sue, Salon Red Candler Park
@nyssag;; @hypnotic_heartistry;
"We hold a lot of expectations in our hair," says Dakota. "It's something we see every day. I like to help people feel beautiful, and you can greatly affect somebody by giving them a great hairdo. I love being able to help other people bring out something in themselves."

The Before: DaSilva has rich, healthy hair but said she doesn't do a lot with it. Dakota decided to transform her locks with a style that was romantic and classic.
The After: Dakota teased and curled DaSilva's hair big, uniform S-waves that showed off her hair's natural shine, then swept it to the side for a dramatic, glamorous effect. Nyssa echoed the timeless hair look with a modern spin on a retro cat eye and red lip.
The Trusted Tool: "I love Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray," Dakota says. "The hold is so light and you get a great build off of it, which is perfect to give curls airiness and movement."


P5Sparkling in Silver

Model: Kseniya Conniff
Makeup Artist: Mimi Johnson, The Glamatory
“Outside of being able to create art, I love the reaction that my clients have when I do their makeup. Some of the women have never felt so pretty, or worn makeup, and it makes them happy.”
The Before: Mimi wanted to highlight Kseniya's beautiful eyes and bring out her cheeks.
The After: False lashes and metallic eye shadow in the inner corners of the eyes, plus a little glitter eyeliner make the eyes sparkle. A light contour also adds dimension to Kseniya's face, while a slightly dark lip color defines her mouth.
Trusted Tools: "I'm all about glowing skin, so I love Becca's Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation and the brand's highlighters," Mimi says. "The foundation is water based, so it's not heavy and it makes someone's skin look exactly like skin."

P6Bright and Beautiful

Model: Kera Dupree
Makeup Artist: Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency
“I love the instant gratification of making a change in someone’s life that they can see immediately,” Nyssa says.
Hair Stylist: Alicia Igess, The Green Room Agency
The Before: Nyssa zeroed in on Kera's flawless deep complexion and knew she could make it truly glow.
The After: "So many people do black makeup wrong," Nyssa says. "I wanted to do it right, and make sure I showed off her gorgeous skin tone." A smoky eye with metallic green and blue undertones and a punchy purple lip made her features bright and vibrant. A modern fishtail braid gave her a look that was purposefully messy, perfect for day or night.
Trusted Tool: "Great brushes are a must-have item. I'm an artist and I use a brush to create my art," notes Nyssa.

P7Dark and Divine

Model: Jude Fox
Makeup Artist: Leigh Carroll, Van Michael Salon
Hairstylist: Portia Rutherford, Van Michael Salon
@leigh.mua; @portia_rutherford; @VanMichaelSalon;
"It's nice to impact people's lives in a very personal way," Portia says. "Sometimes I can change their whole day in a short period of time just by changing their look." Leigh adds, "I love making people feel pretty. You don't necessarily have to follow any set of rules, but the result is making someone see a version of themselves they hadn't before."
The Before: With bold eyebrows, dark eyes and beautifully thick, dark hair to match, Portia and Leigh wanted to soften up Jude's look to enhance the natural beauty of her striking features.
The After: Leigh used a romantic palette of rose gold to show off Jude's eyes and brows. Portia added a side braid and a soft wave to Jude's hair for a classic, romantic look that made an understated impact.
Trusted Tools: "The new Aveda brow pencils go on really creamy, but they're waterproof and sweat resistant, so they last all day," Leigh says. Portia swears by the same brand's Smooth Infusion™ Nourishing Styling Creme, which she says is like, "ChapStick for hair—it feels as good to our locks as a balm does to our lips."
ACCESSORIES: Juliana Statement Studs The Always Cardigan - Black Eric Javits Squishee Brigitte Crossbody


P8Beachy Waves and Bold Lashes

Model: Jessica Walters
Makeup Artist: Nisha Lagana, A Glamour Affair
Hairstylist: Kristen Collins, A Glamour Affair
“I was studying architecture in school so I am used to building things,” Kristin says. “Now, I’m inspired to build looks on people that can last all day long because I know that’s something that will help them feel beautiful.” Nisha adds, “Makeup is powerful. It can literally transform or simply enhance your look to give you that extra boost of confidence needed to tackle the day ahead of you.”

The Before: The duo set to work accentuating Jessica's eyes and eyebrows.
The After: Kristen added soft beach waves that can hold volume for a more refined look that will last several days. A toned-down lip color and natural-looking false eyelashes allow Jessica's eyes to be the focal point.
Trusted Tools: "I love anything from Make Up For Ever," Nisha says. "You can build on it and it lasts all day." Kristen's favorite tool is the Little Wonder Teasing Brush by Spornette, because it gives hair awesome volume.

P9Ageless Beauty

Model: Bhimi Cayce
Makeup Artist: Ashley Smith, Ashley Ann Glam
“My favorite part of a makeover is when my clients look in the mirror and love what they see staring back at them. I like to help them feel beautiful in their own skin. Plus, because my style is a more natural look, it’s usually not heavy and reveals a version of themselves they hadn’t seen before.”

The Before: Ashley wanted to create a cohesive look that would frame Bhimi’s face.
The After: To brighten Bhimi’s eyes, Ashley used a palette of brown eye shadows with a hint of shimmer and increased depth to her lash line by adding a lash strip.
Trusted Tools: "I can’t live without Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. I swear it makes your makeup waterproof, so it’s essential for long-lasting looks.”


P10Beautiful in Berry

Model: Nissa Elliott
Artist: Thomasina Moyer, TM Beauty
“Being a makeup artist is my calling. ... I get to empower, encourage and motivate women.”

The Before: Thomasina wanted to sculpt Nissa’s features to help them stand out.
The After: Thomasina used shimmering berry-hued eye and lip colors to complement the rich color of Nissa’s skin.
Trusted Tools: “Having the right brushes is key,” Thomasina says. “Real Techniques offers quality options that are affordable.”
ACCESSORIES: Bowie Fringe Earrings Bowie Lariat necklace


P11Standard to Stylistic

Model: Michael Allan
Hairstylists: Moriah Anderson and Ruskin Seabrook, Van Michael Men
@moriahandersonhair; @ruskinseabrook; @VanMichaelMen;
"The variety of men’s hair is so interesting,” Moriah says. “It can be edgy and specific or soft and conservative. It’s easy to make it different with all of the products that are out there, and I love that creativity.”

The Before: Michael already had healthy hair, and a lot of it, so Moriah wanted to focus on giving him a style that would do more for him.
The After:A soft fade enhanced the versatility of his style, giving his hair more shape to allow for a sophisticated, finished look.
Trusted Tools: The combination of Moriah's go-to Wahl Magic Cordless Clippers and Andis Clipper Comb give her freedom to do precision haircuts anywhere.


P12Day-to-Night Diva

Model: Lynn McCray
Makeup Artist: Crystal Ngozi, Authentic Beauty, LLC
“My goal in makeup is to let every woman be her authentic self.”

The Before:Crystal wanted to focus on letting Lynn's inherent beauty show through her makeup. She also taught her how to elevate her look from day to night.
The After: Crystal started with a neutral eye and finished with a bold red lip for a super natural yet glam look that brightened up Lynn's features.
Trusted Tool: "The Sonia Roselli Water Balm moisturizer is everything. This product moisturizes really well, and gives me a clean base on all ages and shades of skin," Crystal gushes.
ACCESSORIES: Francis Hoops Ren Slouchy Knit Top Engravable Getaway tote


P13Purposeful Panache

Model: Sean Monahan
Hairstylists: Moriah Anderson and Ruskin Seabrook, Van Michael Men
@moriahandersonhair; @ruskinseabrook; @VanMichaelMen;
“A lot of men have had the same cut for a very long time and I get to make it better. I love showing them that potential,” Moriah says.
The Before: Sean was comfortable with his style, but it was one-note and he was unsure of how to switch it up.
The After: The duo trimmed the sides of his hair to give him something more purposeful—a stronger contrast to define his existing haircut and the versatility of a hairstyle that looks finished whether he does nothing or works hard to style it.
Trusted Tool: Both Moriah and Ruskin love the Aveda Men Pure-formance™ Grooming Clay because its matte finish doesn't look like you've used too much product. A little goes a long way for natural-looking hold and texture.

P14Noteworthy Nails

Model: Marian Kelly
Manicurist: Alyce Keys, Keys2Beauty
@moriahandersonhair; @ruskinseabrook; @VanMichaelMen;
“I absolutely love the field of cosmetology! ...
There is literally nothing better than making clients feel good about themselves.”

The Before: Marian revealed to Alyce that manicures were not part of her regular routine.
The After: After shaping Marian’s nails, removing excess skin, and caring for her cuticles, Marian received a moisturizing hand and arm massage. The relaxing service ended with applying CND Creative Play’s Life’s a Cupcake nail color.
Trusted Tool: “I can’t live without a good base coat and top coat,” Alyce says. “I have been using Orly Bonder Basecoat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat for 10-plus years.”



Sparkling Eyes

Model: Kawain Lane
Makeup Artist: Amber Wade, Amber Wade Makeup
“I love it when the base of the skin looks really good. It’s fun pulling out what someone maybe couldn’t see before and giving them tips for things that might change their life in terms of how they feel about themselves.”
The Before: Amber wanted to brighten Kawain's eyes and make them appear larger.
The After: Gold sparkle and warm eye shadow colors illuminate Kawain's entire face while showcasing her eyes.
Trusted Tool: "Brows are the one thing you can enhance to dramatically impact someone's look," Amber notes. "I like the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pro Palette because it gives you two tones in each compact."




Modern Maturity

Model: Vanya Borisova
Makeup Artist: Kaniz Rashid, Blo Blow Dry Bar
Hairstylist: Kaya Glenn, Blo Blow Dry Bar
@blobuckhead; @bloponce;
“Hairstyling is a form of art,” Kaya says. Likewise, Kaniz sees makeup as a form of self-expression.

The Before: The pair wanted to showcase Vanya's great eyebrows and freshen up her long-standing hairstyle.
The After: Kaya added a soft, modern wave to Vanya's hair, while Kaniz filled in her brows and highlighted her incredible complexion. The overall look was trendy and fresh, yet still within Vanya's comfort zone.
Trusted Tools: Glo Skin Beauty (formerly glominerals) Pressed Base Powder Foundation works like a liquid foundation for incredible, smooth coverage on all skin types. UNITE's versatile 7SECONDS™ Leave-in Detangler is a must-have for big styles or something subtle.


P17A Clear Complexion

Model: Elena Taylor-Bagger
Makeup Artist: Nicole Ivery, Simply Nicole I. Makeup Studios
“I’m all about you looking like your most beautiful authentic self, so I like to emphasize good skin care.”

The Before: Elena was concerned about masking the dark circles under her eyes and wanted to make her face appear more vibrant overall.
The After: Nicole applied a concealer/highlighter duo under the eyes using the one-stop shop MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette to illuminate her skin.
Trusted Tool: "I love how Thayers Witch Hazel hydrates and plumps the skin," Nicole says. "It's a toner so I use it to hydrate the skin to give your base a good glow."



As we grow older, it’s not uncommon to experience various aches and pains as our bodies age. That applies to our eyes as well, which also suffer the effects of getting older. We find it harder to read things up close, our vision starts to cloud and our eyes start to dry out more now than ever before. These all are indicators of age-related eye problems that become more common after the age of 40. A family history of eye disease and a past need for glasses play a vital role in prescribed eye exam frequency to screen for these everyday issues, but thankfully, in most cases, easy-to-implement treatments are available.

In simple terms, refractive error means the shape of your eye doesn’t bend light correctly, resulting in nearsightedness and farsightedness. For most people, this starts before 40, but can worsen with age. As a result, people would need reading or regular glasses or contacts.  

A cataract occurs when the natural lens of the eye becomes cloudy over time. “Cataracts can cause people to have more trouble reading the restaurant menu because there is not enough light,” 
says T. Chris McCurry, MD, refractive specialist at Woodhams Eye Clinic. 
“It can also cause driving at night to be very difficult because of glare from the car lights and street lights.”
Although it cannot be prevented, wearing sunglasses to reduce ultraviolet exposure can help slow down development as can controlling blood sugar and not smoking.
Currently, surgery is the most common treatment to remove cataracts. “It has been done with ultrasound energy traditionally, but laser technology has become a part 
of the picture,” says Andrew Feinberg, MD, partner at 
Georgia Eye Partners and medical director at 
Eye Surgery Center of Georgia. “It’s thought to be gentler to the eye, and we can do specific things like correct astigmatism.”

Simply put, glaucoma is the increased pressure within the eyeball, usually from fluid, that can reduce or eliminate sight. Common treatments for glaucoma are topical medications in the form of eye drops, laser surgery or incisional surgery.

As the name implies, dry eyes result when the eyes do not stay lubricated. This issue can be caused by not producing enough tears but, more commonly, happens because the body does not produce good quality tears, especially as we age. “It can manifest as burning, irritation, foreign body sensation (like something is in the eye), intermittent blurry vision and even tearing,” McCurry says.
Certain steps can help prevent dry eyes. “Symptoms can be prevented by controlling environmental conditions such as drafts, smoke, low humidity and allergen exposures, avoiding prolonged uninterrupted computer or screen sessions, consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and by engaging in regular exercise to optimize cardiovascular health and improve blood flow,” says 
Anisa B. Threlkeld, MD, physician/owner of 
North Atlanta Eye Care.
Treatments range from over-the-counter drops, gels, and ointments, to prescription drops, and sometimes to minor procedures depending on the cause, says 
Jonathan Woolfson, MD, president and founder of Woolfson Eye Institute.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a condition that damages the macula, which is the center of the retina and is responsible for detail vision. This damage can cause distorted, blurred, or severe loss of vision in the central visual field. Those who smoke, are over the age of 60, and have a family history of AMD are at risk.
The condition occurs in two basic forms, dry and wet, explains Paul Kaufman, MD, and Jessica McCluskey, MD, of Thomas Eye Group. Dry AMD results in bare patches of vision because the macula is no longer getting the proper nourishment and support it needs. Whereas wet AMD may create rapid central vision loss caused by bleeding or leaking abnormal blood vessels that grow under the macula.
Recently, medications have been developed that can be injected into the eye of someone with active wet AMD, often resulting in the shrinking of the abnormal vessels. With adequate treatment, most patients will experience stability or improvement in their vision. So far, treatment to reverse dry AMD has been unsuccessful, although much research is being performed in this area. Early detection through exams at least once a year can increase the chances of treating AMD successfully.

Presbyopia is the natural aging process of the eye. 
“The natural lens becomes less flexible, making it harder to perform near tasks,” Threlkeld says. “If uncorrected, it can lead to fatigue or headaches.” Unfortunately, there’s nothing to be done to prevent it.
For most patients, glasses or contacts are required to counteract the effects of presbyopia. Laser refractive surgery, commonly known by brand names like LASIK, PRK and SMILE, is another treatment option.
Another, newer option is PreLex™ surgery. “PreLex™ works by removing your natural lens with any degree of hardening and/or cloudiness, and replacing it with special lenses that give you a range of vision without glasses,” McCurry says.

As with all medical research, treatments for these and other eye ailments continue to change and evolve, leading to more effective treatments in the future. One such treatment involves stem cell therapy, but experts caution against using these treatments this early in the process.
Currently, there has been a lot of discussion about it, which leads to a lot of hope for the future, Woolfson says. However, at the moment, there are no proven treatments. “We’ve been very careful to stay with treatments with proven science behind them,” he says. “[Stem cell therapy] makes a lot of sense, but we don’t know how long it will take until it’s proven and effective.”
For now, the best step those age 40 and older can take to keep their eyes healthy is to have regular eye screenings to monitor for early signs of these ailments. “Those with diabetes or other similar systemic medical conditions, or a family history of such conditions may need more frequent screenings,” Feinberg says.


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