Wednesday, 26 September 2018 19:55

Midtown’s Hidden Gem

In the eyes of this celebrity jewelry designer, beauty can be found in the most unexpected materials.

By Melanie Preis

Mark Edge's obsession with hunting down vintage materials, like 1920s Parisian coins, for his renowned Mark Edge Jewelry line extends to his own, unique collection of art, antiques and objects that evade proper classification. This talented creator recognizes the beauty of the past and celebrates its importance by taking special materials and objects and presenting them in fascinating, new ways.

"The materials that I find sort of dictate what I will be designing," Edge says. Described as "ecovintage," Edge's jewelry focuses on the reclaimed, recycled and reinvented. And his ability to repurpose materials in inventive and exciting ways isn't something that just fell in his lap—he's been honing his skills for more than 30 years.

SB2Edge found his passion for jewelry all the way back in junior high school, in his native Birmingham, Alabama, when his father offered him two options that summer: attend a silversmithing class in a local mall or escort his father to the family's lumber company. The answer was easy.

"For 15 hours over the course of a month, I learned jewelry," Edge says. "By the end of that class, I had the best piece of jewelry [a sterling turquoise ring]. I then started selling to boutiques and I couldn't even drive. I was 'the kid at school with jewelry' and sold it from eighth through 11th grade."

While at the University of Alabama, Edge put the jewelry business on hold. However, in 1994, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to launch Mark Edge Jewelry.

SB1Today, Edge creates his wearable art, popular with celebrities such as Jane Fonda and Courteney Cox, based on the available materials that dictate the look. Though the materials may change by the season, there usually are some common themes between collections—for example, there are always opposites in his work; perhaps shiny, dressier beads are paired with a dark pendant. He may come across interesting metals or coins at antique shops, estate sales or other random places and then let the pieces permeate his psyche until he's ready to start working.

"Getting started is the hardest part," says Edge. "I'm slow to start but once the ideas happen, they're just pouring out of my head. By the end of the process, I'm like a jet engine and it takes a while for me to stop. It's a bizarre process that becomes really easy and exciting." Edge is a man who values authenticity and integrity at its highest form—both in his work and the art and antiques he collects.

His Midtown residence is filled with more than 100 pieces of art, from mostly local artists, as well as unique knickknacks like antique globes, oddball lamps and midcentury, gothic accessories. Anyone who walks into his eclectic home is greeted by its welcome wagon, which comes in the form of a Chihuahua named Jack.

The friendly dog isn't only Edge's companion, he also helps him be his "best self" by getting him out and about. The two enjoy walking in Piedmont Park and visiting the Atlanta BeltLine. Edge also stays fit by exercising about three times a week at LA Fitness and following a low-carbohydrate, organic diet.

"I used to drink a Coke a day, which is basically toxic," Edge admits. "Sugar is like rust on a steel pipe, so I try to be good." Being "good" involves eating healthy, getting educated on nutrition and asking chefs and waiters what exactly is in a meal he orders. He swears by the book "Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?" by Mark Hyman, MD, for helping him understand and address what food choices to make.

All that healthy eating, which he mostly does at his beloved MetroFresh, as well as at other Midtown hot spots like The Optimist, Better Half, and Farm to Ladle, added to his workout routine help Edge stay healthy and energized for future projects. Oh, all that combined with his secret weapon: weekly 20-minute chair massages at Highland Spa. ("That 20 minutes is amazing and rejuvenating—I can solve all of my problems!")

Creating a vision for his jewelry company isn't on that list of problems, though. "I love what I do for a living," Edge says confidently. "Humans need a purpose and something to get up for every day, even if it's volunteering for a charity that they support." Edge works with Open Hand Atlanta and donates jewelry to numerous charity auctions.

It's hard for him to describe upcoming collections (though Fall/Winter will feature those lovely French coins from the 1920s) because much of his design originates from what he discovers at places like Scott Antique Markets. However, he knows the special quality of something when he comes across it.

"Being picky is almost a burden," says Edge. "The benchmark is set so high for me to like something. I'm an artist. It's all about having love for what you do—I can't imagine having a job I didn't love."


Thursday, 23 August 2018 19:43

"Best of 2018" Category List


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Best Athletic Club

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Best Kids' Fitness Facility

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Best Restaurant Patio

Best Upscale Healthy Restaurant

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Friday, 27 July 2018 14:50

Man of the Hour

Chris Hadermann brings excellence to every pursuit. From his many business ventures, personal health and fitness goals to philanthropy that feeds the soul, he is the ultimate entrepreneur.

By Wyndi Kappes
Photography by CatMax Photography

One evening out with the boys changed Chris Hadermann's life in 1996. Tired of the Buckhead party scene, the recent Florida State University grad and friends decided to create East Andrews Café, an upscale yet unpretentious hangout for fellow 20-somethings. With a bachelor's in finance and marketing, Hadermann possessed book smarts, passion, and a natural ability to recognize a glaring gap in Atlanta's social landscape. "East Andrews Café was such an incredibly fun and rewarding springboard for me," he says. "But I eventually realized I was more passionate about creating fun concepts centered around food, wine and conversations than the bar and nightclub industry."

Next up? Hadermann co-founded the popular Southwestern chain Tin Lizzy's Cantina. He then joined forces with Mike Evertsen and John "JP" Piemonte to launch Southern Proper Hospitality Group, an award-winning restaurant firm. Well-known brands such as The Big Ketch Saltwater Grill, Milton's Cuisine & Cocktails, The Blind Pig Parlour Bar, The Southern Gentleman Gastropub, Chido + Padre's, and Gypsy Kitchen took the city by storm.

If you have ever been to the Spanish-Moroccan tapas restaurant Gypsy Kitchen, you know it's hard to miss the iconic metal bull at the bar. Much like the bull, Hadermann, 46, is determined in his efforts to not only elevate Atlanta's restaurant scene, but also to stay fit, give back, and constantly strive for what's next.

The self-described serial entrepreneur can always be found exploring new real estate opportunities or brainstorming up-and-coming business concepts. His most recent endeavors include becoming a local franchisee for the California-based hair salon sensation, Drybar, and the owner of the historic Monte Vista Hotel near Asheville. How does he keep up with it all? Not only is Hadermann intentional about his professional moves but he's also deliberate about his fitness and health.

"I get up in the morning to get some fitness activity in. I have a routine that I at least try to go to Flywheel twice a week, do yoga at Thunderbolt Power Yoga once a week, and lift twice a week at The Forum Athletic Club, and that's like the bare minimum just to keep me sane," Hadermann says.

His latest fitness goal? Mastering the art of meditation. "Many successful people meditate and it's just really good for you, spiritually and metaphysically. So I'm trying to quiet my active mind and do more of it whenever I can," he says.

When it comes to nutrition, Hadermann admits that when he's sampling cuisine for new eatery concepts in New York, California, or most recently, in Mexico, calories don't count. Not all of these excursions are filled with decadent meals though. As a matter of fact, a healthy restaurant is up next on his launch list! All of Southern Proper Hospitality Group's restaurants are designed to be "experiential," so it's natural that much of the inspiration for new concepts and existing ones come from Hadermann's own worldly experiences. "Travel has become my favorite hobby. I love exploring new places, meeting interesting people and the conversations that come along with that. And of course, experiencing the local culture through the food and drink from the area," he says. "My friends describe me as fun and adventurous."

But when the enterprising foodie is home, he focuses on eating clean. His meals consist of lean meats or fish and he will often chow down on salads and other nutrient-packed roughage. "Also, once a quarter, I do a bone broth cleanse where all I eat is bone broth for four days," Hadermann says. "The collagen in the bone is really good for your stomach and your gut bacteria. Plus, it is a calorie restriction and helps me reset my system."

Outside of traveling, day-to-day duties, and practicing mindfulness, you can find the laid-back businessman exploring the cuisine along Buford Highway or venturing to Edgewood to check out its quirky bar scene.

The ambitious executive recruits friends, family, and colleagues to join his philanthropic efforts such as the Southern Proper Hospitality Golf Tournament. Hadermann began the annual event as part of his campaign to be the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man of the Year in 2016. This year's tournament will take place on Oct. 1 with 100 percent of the proceeds supporting the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Giving back is huge for Hadermann. His advice for budding entrepreneurs? "The hardest part is finding the thing that you're going to do," he says. "Once you hone in on what you are passionate about, then you must find the courage to take that first step and just do it. More often than not when people finally do step out and get started they often look back and say they wish they would have done it earlier."

Friday, 27 July 2018 14:32

Lunches to Love




By Megan McCarthy



Whipping up a wholesome and delicious lunch for you and your family doesn't have to be hard or time consuming. Here, award-winning chef, healthy lifestyle consultant and cooking coach (corporate lunch and learns, private classes) Megan McCarthy shares five simple recipes that are ideal for the office and the classroom. From filling proteins to hearty grains, learn how these meals can fuel your focus throughout the day as McCarthy explains why these are her top go-tos.



01 CurryCurry Chicken Salad

"Chicken salad is one of the best lunch options for those looking to keep carbohydrates low while enjoying a satisfying and delicious meal," says McCarthy. "This chicken salad is full of healthy curry spices, including turmeric, which gives it a fabulous yellow color, and apple for added fiber. Be sure to find a curry spice blend that suits your palate, as some tend to be sweeter and others are spicier."

Serves: 4

  • ½ cup plain, whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons avocado mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon local honey
  • 2 broiled or grilled chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 apple, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

In small bowl, stir together yogurt, mayonnaise, curry powder and honey until blended.

In large bowl, combine diced chicken, apples and celery. Mix in curry yogurt dressing and season with salt and pepper.

Serve on flatbread or wrapped in bibb lettuce.


03 KaleKale and Asparagus Farro Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

"If you are looking for an alternative to white rice or other refined grains to incorporate into your meals, then the ancient grain called farro is your new friend! It's an excellent source of protein, fiber, magnesium, zinc and even B vitamins," notes McCarthy. "You can pair this farro salad with a plain protein like chicken or salmon but it can certainly stand on its own for a delightful lunch."

Serves: 4-6

For salad:

  • 1 cup farro, uncooked
  • 3 cups water
  • 12 stalks asparagus, trimmed and chopped on the bias
  • 1 cup raw kale, chopped with stems removed
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • Spritz of extra-virgin olive oil

For lemon vinaigrette:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Bring 3 cups water and 1 cup farro to a boil and cook until tender (about 25 minutes). Drain farro and transfer to large mixing bowl.

In separate mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle vinaigrette over farro and toss.

Spritz small amount of olive oil in a sauté pan on medium-high heat. Toss in chopped asparagus and cook for about 2 minutes or until bright green. Add kale and cook for additional 2 minutes.

Add asparagus and kale mixture to farro. Toss farro with feta cheese and fresh thyme and serve.


02 TurkeyTurkey Cheese Wrap with Cucumber and Avocado

For the kiddos, McCarthy offers this easy turkey and cheese wrap as a simple way to sneak in veggies. "Sliced cucumbers, avocado or other produce favorites add a delicious upgrade to wraps for a quick and healthy packable lunch," she says.

Serves: 1

  • Tortilla wrap
  • Sliced turkey
  • Sliced colby jack cheese
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Sliced avocado
  • Mayonnaise, hummus or mustard if desired

Slice, layer and roll ingredients.

Wrap the wrap in parchment paper to secure.



04 CreamyCreamy Roasted Beet Hummus

"By far one of the prettiest lunch options ever—this Creamy Roasted Beet Hummus is made without the beans so kids actually dig it! They tend to love the natural color and creaminess from the Greek yogurt," McCarthy notes. "Plus, it can also be used as a lunch on the go for grown-ups, too. Dip in fresh veggies—snap peas are my favorite!—or pita chips, or smear it on a sandwich for a colorful addition that also packs a nutrient punch. I think this is a win-win option that will surprise you!"

Serves: 4-6

  • 3 large beets
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 cup plain, whole milk Greek yogurt
  • ½ fresh lemon, squeezed
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnish
  • Edible flowers for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 F. Wash and trim beets.

Place beets on sheet of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil to coat. Fold and seal foil and place on baking sheet. Roast beets until tender (about 50 minutes-1 hour).

Remove from oven and let cool (about 20 minutes) before peeling with small paring knife.

In food processor (can substitute for blender, if desired), mince garlic cloves with S-shaped blade.

Change to grating disc and shred peeled beets.

Switch back to S-shaped blade and add tahini, yogurt, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, and blend.

Transfer hummus to serving bowl. Add chopped parsley and edible flowers to serve. Pair with pita chips and vegetables of choice.


05 GardenGarden Eggplant Ratatouille

"Garden Eggplant Ratatouille is quite a versatile dish—as you can pair it with rice or noodles or serve over a bed of fresh spinach to keep those carbs lower," McCarthy advises. "The key to good ratatouille is to make sure the eggplant is cooked well and that the dish is seasoned with a bit of red chili flakes and a splash of aged balsamic vinegar to bring out its richness."

Serves: 4

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 large eggplant, peeled and cubed
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced (half moon)
  • 2 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • One 14.5-ounce can of diced and fire-roasted organic tomatoes with chilis
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • Pinch of crushed red chili flakes
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces crumbled goat cheese (optional)

Heat olive oil in heavy-bottomed pot on medium and add cubed eggplant. Sauté eggplant for 5-7 minutes, adding water if needed.

Add onions and sauté for another 3 minutes or until soft.

Add zucchini, bell pepper and garlic and cook for 2 minutes before adding Roma tomatoes and fire-roasted tomatoes, red chili flakes, salt and pepper. Let simmer for 10 minutes.

Stir in balsamic vinegar and fresh chopped basil.

Top with crumbled goat cheese and chopped basil to garnish to serve on bed of fresh spinach, pasta, rice, polenta or grits.



Thursday, 26 July 2018 21:36

Atlanta Men on The Move

5 Atlanta men take leading a healthy and active lifestyle seriously and, as a result, have never felt better or accomplished more. They share how they make taking care of themselves a top priority and provide insight into overcoming life's many curveballs that try to get in the way. From sticking with a plant-based diet to setting a new Mount Everest record, these guys author a plan for every minute of every day. Take a page from their book.



02 PUnstoppable Outdoorsman

Life for John Sloan has always been one big adventure. Beginning with a whitewater rafting trip at age 11 to breaking two toes while surfing on his wedding day, the excitement hasn't stopped.

The 32-year-old thrill-seeker is right at home sending people out on new adventures as co-owner of Atlanta-based outdoor gear and travel stores, High Country Outfitters. Since his workweek extends beyond the traditional Monday through Friday, Sloan has to juggle administrative work, exercise, and unwinding on a daily basis.

"Since I don't have the chance to recoup on Saturdays and Sundays (often busy days at the shop), every minute counts during the week," he says.

01 PHis favorite way to combine fitness and fun? Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. "It gives you a low-impact workout that leaves you feeling great the next day," says Sloan. "I was a little overweight seven years ago. When I discovered SUP, it started changing the shape of my body, which opened up a whole new window of outdoor activities for me."

While Sloan mixes up his fitness routine with plenty of activities (running, mountain biking, climbing), he admits that he sometimes falls into a fitness slump. His most effective catalyst for getting back into the swing of things—having a race to look forward to like the 100-mile Six Gap Century cycling ride through the North Georgia mountains he'll tackle in September. Plus, encouragement from his wife, Caroline, always helps. "If I've had an exhausting week, she will set up a run with a friend or pack the car with climbing gear and say, 'Let's go. We're having fun today!'"


04 PEverest Trailblazer

As a kid, Jermaine Middleton would come home after school and make a beeline past the TV to play in the dirt or rain. "I'm one of those weird people that just enjoys being physically active," says Middleton. His usual exercise routine consists of two to three runs and two to three bike rides a week.

At 30, he's been through Marine Officer Candidates School, raced motorcycles semiprofessionally, completed multiple half-Ironman triathlons, and is gearing up to become the first American-born black man to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2019. Then it's off to graduate school.

03 PClimbing Mount Everest has been a dream of his since childhood, when he'd spend hours watching the Discovery Channel and TLC. When it comes to making his dream a reality, Middleton is prepared to take his training to new heights. Before the death-defying feat, he'll make practice climbs on mountains such as Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Aconcagua in Argentina. He also plans to complete a full Ironman triathlon and two marathons. The event itself, Middleton is fond of saying, is the easy part. It's the training leading up to the event that becomes increasingly more rigorous and, ultimately, unsustainable. "I'll typically train between four and six days a week," he says. Most days, that's a swim, followed by a run or a ride. The weekends are reserved for long training days with 3-mile swims, trail runs, and 100-mile bike rides. An added motivator? One-hundred percent of the proceeds (minus expedition costs) for Jermaine's climb will be donated to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta Dream Center, and the Four Corners Group, Inc.

For the everyday person, the businessman offers this advice for finding more time to stay in shape. "Get an understanding of how you spend your time and look for areas where you can squeeze in a workout. Instead of sitting in rush hour traffic for hours, find a park or trail close to where you work. You can work out and then head home when there's less traffic."
To follow Middleton's journey, visit


06 PHealth Food Ambassador

Fitness has always been a part of Roi Shlomo's life—from playing soccer and basketball as a youngster to hitting the gym in his teens to working with a personal trainer as the successful entrepreneur he is today.

"Thanks to my workouts, I'm more focused, I'm more clear, and it just mentally keeps me in shape," says the 40-year-old founder of superfood café franchise Kale Me Crazy.

05 PHe admits there is sometimes the temptation to cancel a workout when life gets too hectic, "but once you stop, it's so hard to get back into the rhythm." The memory of how invigorated he feels post workout is often motivation enough.

In 2012, he saw the documentary "Food, Inc.," which takes a deep dive into corporate farming in the United States. "I found out that a lot of the food I was eating that I thought was healthy wasn't really healthy," he says.

He ditched the processed foods and began juicing, making smoothies, and cooking at home. "I was amazed at how much better I felt after incorporating real food choices into my daily diet," he recalls.

Little did he know that the lifestyle change would result in a new career opportunity. "It was difficult to find casual places to eat out that offered healthy options. What became clear, almost immediately, was that a lot of people want to eat healthy foods but don't know where to start and where to go," Shlomo says.

He set out to change that with the creation of Kale Me Crazy. Today, the eatery has 17 locations around the country that reflect Shlomo's own plant-based eating philosophy.


08 PPound-Shedding Chef

Michael Patria, executive chef at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, has struggled with weight the majority of his life. But with a family history of diabetes and heart disease looming and his own tests revealing high cholesterol, hypertension and hyperglycemia, he knew it was time to make a serious change.

In early 2018, the culinary mastermind embarked on a journey to lose 60 pounds. "It was my resolution for the New Year," he says. "I realized that it was time to start leading a healthier life so that the same health issues that have affected my family would not impact me."

07 PHe started by cutting back on fried and high-sugar foods and limiting his intake of bread and red meat. Now, the 39-year-old fills his plate with fresh vegetables and lean proteins.

"Portion control is a big one for me," Patria concedes. "When I first started the diet, one of the things I did was use a couple of different meal plans so I could see what their portions were like. I realized that even when I was eating healthy foods, I was eating too much."

Not eating after 9 p.m. helped, as did choosing more fiber-rich foods, like oatmeal, for breakfast, and adding grains such as quinoa, farro, and freekeh to salads and vegetable dishes to make them more filling.

Adding to the challenge, however, is Patria's profession. "It's difficult because you have so many bad foods available to you and my work schedule is very hectic," he says. Luckily, he can always count on other chefs in the kitchen to prevent him from doing something he'll regret later.

Patria also incorporated a new fitness routine with the help of his personal trainer, Steve Roberts, at Life Time Athletic Sandy Springs.

Roberts also conducted a metabolic test, which was crucial for Patria to understand how to most efficiently and effectively burn fat while building muscle.

The culinarian has already dropped 35 pounds since February and is hoping to hit the 60-pound mark by the end of 2018.


10 PFitness-Focused Father

Juggling the responsibilities of a husband, father, and a demanding job means
Paul Cox often has to get creative when it comes to keeping active. "I'm trying to ride my bike to work more and run from my front door instead of driving to run on trails," he says.

He's a big proponent of planning ahead and has found seemingly little things like setting exercise clothes out the night before and keeping a pair of sneakers in the car to be great incentives to get out and get moving.

09 PThe metro Atlanta area offers a plethora of beautiful outdoor spaces, and Cox, 48, can often be seen climbing Stone Mountain, kayaking on the Chattahoochee River, mountain biking at Blankets Creek, and cycling through the Eastside of Atlanta and Decatur.

Cox's kids have also been a huge source of motivation. "I'm really trying to get my kids active," he says. "They don't need to be endurance athletes or anything, but it's important for them to challenge themselves and have some appreciation of the outdoors."

Ideally, Cox will get in his exercise at the beginning of the day by cycling 12 hilly miles to work and then get in a workout at his office gym. Sometimes, instead of hitting the gym in the morning, he'll spend time kayaking after work. Both options leave his evenings open for time with family.

He notes the importance of flexibility when it comes to making activity a priority. "I'm always the first one to wake up on the weekends—leaving to go paddle, bike or run before the rest of the family wakes up," he says. "Anybody with kids knows that the best made plans can change at any time. So, you just have to be super flexible with your personal exercise or activity time and use your time wisely."




Thursday, 26 July 2018 18:29

Man, You’re Looking Good!

By Wyndi Kappes
Claudio Avilla photographed by Richie Arpino

Nowadays, it seems as if women aren't the only ones who have taken a dip in the fountain of youth. More men are taking a personal interest in grooming and fighting the effects of aging. It is a trend that is skyrocketing and there's no better time than now to hop on board. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over one million men received minimally-invasive procedures (think laser hair removal, fillers, and chemical peels) in 2017. So, ladies, tell your man it's more than okay to spend a little extra time in front of the mirror. And for the men who already do, you're in good company.

Looking Good
Men’s Grooming and Aesthetics

Tame the Mane
01 PAfter making over Atlantans for nearly 40 years, it's easy to see why Richie Arpino has made national headlines for his haute hairstyles. At Richie Arpino Salon in Buckhead, his clients, of which roughly 50 percent are men, turn to him to provide a hairdo that complements their personality, profession and
much more.

Today, an increasing number of men are saying goodbye to big-box chops and hello to personalized cuts. When it comes to finding the perfect 'do for you, Arpino says, "Hairstyles are really determined by lifestyle, profession, and self-confidence."

02 PEven though Arpino believes that every haircut should be personalized to the man receiving it, he does offer a couple of rules of thumb for men dealing with gray or thinning hair:

Don't dye it all one color. When men start to notice gray hairs, their first instinct is to usually dye their hair all one color. Instead, sweep through "streaks" of darker color versus all over darker color, which can age men even more.

Do cut thinning hair shorter. While this seems counterintuitive, the closer cut makes thinning spots less prominent.

01 SBThe go-to trendy haircut for men these days is easy to spot. Long on the top and shorter on the sides with a trimmed beard, the "high and tight" has clearly taken over. From Atlanta United players to A-listers like Brad Pitt, this style is flattering on various ages and blends seamlessly from the boardroom to bachelor pad.

A full head of hair comes easier to some more so than others. For those who crave that look but can't naturally achieve it, Ken Anderson, MD, FISHRS, of Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics is your man. Exclusively for over 15 years, he has helped men regain their youthful hairstyle. His practice specializes in the use of the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Restoration system, providing a permanent solution for hair loss. "This isn't your father's hair transplant. In fact, with the advent of bio-enhanced hair restoration surgery in the last few years, it isn't even your older brother's hair transplant anymore," he says. Today's options include state-of-the-art remedies like the use of a laser light cap, which stimulates cells to increase hair growth, and platelet-rich plasma injections, which work like fertilizer for the hair follicles. With plenty of methods to choose from, there's no reason to be unhappy with a receding hairline.

Beards and Body Hair

The hair on your head isn't the only thing you should consider when taking your look into account. A favorite on the red carpet, the runway, running trails and more, facial hair is hotter than ever. So much so that freelance journalist Christopher Oldstone-Moore recently penned "Of Beards and Men," a book that dives into the history of beards—what many would call a symbol of masculinity.

"The beard is a portal into self-improvement. Use it as a way to invest in yourself. The attention you give to your facial hair can parlay into your hair, skin, and overall style as well," says Lauren Rachel, men's grooming expert at Boardroom Salon for Men.

Have facial hair covered? Are you the Bigfoot of your friends? The "Modern Man" has a solution for that as well—waxing. While the idea of waxing might seem intimidating, Bobbiegail Simpson, owner of Waxing the City in Alpharetta, says there's nothing to fear. "This is nothing like 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' the more you wax, the sparser the hair becomes and the longer the results last."

Simpson has seen a large increase in the number of men getting waxed. If you're tired of battling stubborn hair, start small with an eyebrow or chest wax. Simpson recommends first-timers use numbing cream and ibuprofen 30 minutes before their appointment. More adventurous guys can opt to go below the waistline with a Brazilian (100-percent hair free under the briefs), a choice that Simpson notes is growing among her male clientele.


Men aren't just dipping their toes into waxing and hair care, cosmetic procedures are increasingly on their radar. Elizabeth Whitaker, MD, FACS, founder of Atlanta Face & Body Center, would know. Dubbed "The Queen of Faces," she has performed over 4,000 face-lifts and has noticed the uptick in male patients. "There are more men seeking out injectables, noninvasive procedures, and facial plastic surgery than ever before," she says. "The stigma of aesthetic procedures has lessened and men realize that looking their best can help them maintain a competitive edge," she notes.

03 POn any typical day, you can find Dr. Whitaker applying her careful technique, which focuses on a natural look, to men requesting fillers such as Botox® and Kybella®. "Men's faces are structured differently and placement of the filler reflects that, so that the enhancement preserves a masculine look. That is why seeking out an experienced injector is so important."

Brian Maloney, MD, founder of the Maloney Center for Plastic Surgery notes that men often come to him looking for a way to look less tired or angry. "As men age, their eyebrow muscles tend to weaken, causing them to look heavy and slant down. This slanting or looming brow often makes them look worn or bothered when they are otherwise fine. To correct this, an eyebrow lift or fillers usually do the trick," he says.

02 SBDr. Maloney explains that while men still typically hide their cosmetic procedures (much like women) they have gained confidence over the years in asking for what they want upon their initial consultation. "Men used to come in for a consultation under the guise of a different issue and then ask about fillers or injectables. Now, we are experiencing an influx of bookings from men who openly want to talk about their cosmetic concerns."

04 PWhile some men struggle with wrinkles, others struggle with body weight. Body contouring is becoming an increasingly popular method to try to tackle this issue. According to Monte Slater, MD, FACOG, ABAARM, Dream Body Sculpting is a treatment that uses multiple modalities including ultrasonic cavitation and radio frequency to permanently destroy fat cells, remove toxins, and tighten the skin. Always happy to assist his male clientele, the founder of Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging, recently helped a U.S. Airman. In need of a smaller waist measurement to meet his final physical assessment, the lean service member utilized body contouring to shave off six inches.
Whether you're ready for a makeover from head to toe or just want to update your look, these expert tips and treatments will get the job done.

Feeling Good
Men’s Health by the Numbers

Take Action

Taking care of your body from the inside out is sure to reflect in the mirror. Making health a priority is one of the easiest ways to maintain a youthful appearance and have lasting energy. Keeping weight in check is a fantastic first step. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015-2016, 40 percent of American men between the ages of 40-59 were obese. The organization also notes that obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, are some of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States.

Body mass index (BMI) is a commonly used estimate for body fat percentage and can be a helpful tool in regard to finding a healthy weight for your body. Men should aim to have a BMI between 18.5 to 24.9. G. Alan Binkley, MD, FACS, FAAOS, orthopedic surgeon at Northview Orthopaedic Associates, suggests that men engage in a minimum of 150 minutes of at least moderate aerobic exercise per week. And Chris Romano, owner of Atlanta Strength & Conditioning, notes the importance of maintaining a lifelong exercise routine saying, "Inactive men over the age of 30 lose three to five percent of their muscle mass per decade." He adds that even with the natural aging process, it is still possible to gain strength and muscle.

05 PMatters of the heart are also crucial for men. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the U.S. When it comes to the disease, the most important thing Tara Hrobowski-Blackman, MD, of Piedmont Heart Institute advises is knowing your numbers for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and weight, and limiting sweet treats, trans fats and saturated fats.

Numbers to Know

High blood pressure usually has no warning signs and the risk for high blood pressure increases with age. According to recommendations by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, normal blood pressure readings for adult men should be less than 120/80. Men older than age 40 should have their blood pressure checked once a year.

Decrease your risk of having a heart attack and stroke by annually measuring your "bad cholesterol" (LDL). According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a healthy LDL cholesterol level for men over the age of 20 is below 100.

Excluding skin cancers, the American Cancer Society (ACS) notes that colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men in the United States. The organization recommends those with average risk begin regular screenings at age 45.

The American Diabetes Association recommends adults 45 and older
or those with high risk (at least a 33 percent chance of developing diabetes over the next 10 years) be screened for type 2 diabetes every 3 years.

Starting at age 40, all men should learn about their best approach for prostate cancer screening and prevention based on their individual risks and health needs. Scott D. Miller, MD, of WellStar Medical Group, explains that many urologists recommend a baseline PSA test at age 40 in order to use for future comparison.

Eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, and not smoking are 3 simple ways you can ward off erectile dysfunction says Dr. Miller.

06 PPutting Bedroom Problems to Rest
By Scott D. Miller, MD

It's all about blood flow When it comes to our body working like a well-oiled machine, it's all about blood flow. Nothing could be more true for erectile function. Since the vascular channels supplying this male part are more susceptible to damage than blood vessels elsewhere in the body, erectile dysfunction can be the first sign of a more serious problem to come. What could be better motivation to keep ourselves healthy?

Obesity makes you soft

Of all the preventable causes of erectile dysfunction, obesity tops the list. Being overweight is associated with quite a few conditions that contribute to erectile dysfunction, including:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • 03 SBDecreased testosterone
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

How to live "longer"

  • Regular exercise
  • A well-balanced diet
  • Don't smoke
  • Wellness visits with your doctor
  • Seek medical advice for any decreased ability to obtain or maintain an erection

Use it or lose it

Distance may make the heart grow fonder, but other parts might see distance as a "growing problem." Men have nocturnal erections in order to maintain good vascularity in the penis during periods of prolonged inactivity. In fact, if you start to notice a decrease in erection quality, actively increasing the frequency of erections can help combat future decline. You're welcome, men!


Ken Anderson, Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics,
Richie Arpino, Richie Arpino Salon,
G. Alan Binkley, Northview Orthopaedic Associates,
Tara Hrobowski-Blackman, Piedmont Heart Institute,
Brian Maloney, Maloney Center for Plastic Surgery,
Scott D. Miller, WellStar Medical Group,
Lauren Rachel, Boardroom Salon for Men,
Chris Romano, Atlanta Strength & Conditioning,
Bobbiegail Simpson, Waxing the City,
Monte Slater, Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging,
Elizabeth Whitaker, Atlanta Face & Body Center,


Thursday, 26 July 2018 18:07

My Best Self: Sean Palani

Foodie philanthropist Sean Palani talks about his social club, the Atlanta Guy's Dinner Group, and why you'll want to show up with your boys.

By Annie Paschal

Laughter fills the air and enticing entrées are sprawled across the table. This is a typical Monday night for Sean Palani, founder of the Atlanta Guy's Dinner Group. After the restaurateur moved to Atlanta in 2011 to open the Inman Park Barcelona Wine Bar and the city's three bartaco locations, he began exploring the local culinary scene with his buddies. The popular outings turned into the Atlanta Guy's Dinner Group, which hosts monthly get-togethers that invite men to dine at restaurants like Gypsy Kitchen and Crispina while supporting local charities such as the Midtown Assistance Center and BeLoved Atlanta.

What is the Atlanta Guy's Dinner Group experience like? What can a newcomer expect?
You can expect to be surrounded by a group of wonderful guys, all of whom have hearts as big as their appetites. We have men from all walks of life—lawyers, carpenters, nonprofit business owners and more. We arrive, socialize, make introductions and then eat. Before we pick up our forks, I like to make a toast to thank the guys for their generous efforts, as well as officially welcome any new members to the table. We order and eat communal-style, which is my favorite way to eat. It is usually sheer gluttony! It's not uncommon to see the guys waving their napkins in surrender.

How do you select the charity the group will support?
We like to select charities that are local and help those in our city. We are very partial to organizations that support children, women, families, and the displaced. The guys bring donations (food, clothing, checks, etc.) with them to the dinner and I give them to the recipient the next day, unless a representative from the charity we are supporting is at the dinner (I always invite them as my guest). We also make online donations.

Is there an experience with the group that is a sentimental favorite?
My wonderful friend, Michelle Hodgson, founder of the nonprofit Children Helping Children, connected us with a young man who was organizing a food and shoe drive for the less fortunate. He came to the dinner group and shared the struggles his mother faced as a single parent. He felt compelled to give back because of the generosity he and his mother received when they were in need. I think we all had lumps in our throats. He is going to do great things.

How do you spread the word about the group and how can people find out how to join?
I tell and invite everyone and I have the guys do the same. I had cards made and I hand them to everyone. Standing in line behind me at the grocery store? You're getting a card! We also have a Facebook page and people can reach out to me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Who helps you be your "Best Self?"
First and foremost, my family. My wife, Dina, and boys, Keoki and Frankie, are my everything. Also, Glen Jackson, my wife's boss at Jackson Spalding. It's the way he carries himself, treats and respects his employees, and his generosity to numerous causes in our city. The guys in the group push me, as well. They are amazing men who take the time out of their busy schedules to come join me on a monthly basis to eat and give back. These guys are the epitome of what I hope my boys will grow up to be.

To find out more about the Atlanta Guy's Dinner Group, visit

Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:54

Fall/Winter Good-for-You Getaways

Great Destinations in the Southeast to Rejuvenate, Relax and Have Fun!

By Jennifer Colosimo

Once the temperatures dip, the allure of indoor fun intensifies, and a short drive from the city opens up countless opportunities to avoid cabin fever and keep the entire family loving life and each other while staying adequately entertained. Here's your guide for where to go in the Southeast and what to do when you get there.

Start by checking off the state's best museums with a stroll through the High Museum of Art, the Children's Museum of Atlanta, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History. You'll also want to tour the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville or experience the Cumberland Island National Seashore Museum in St. Marys. You often don't have to go far to include these educational stops on your vacation itinerary.

01 PCelebrate on the Lake

In Georgia, the lake life doesn't stop when the weather turns cooler. In fact, if you've got the right itinerary and a dose of holiday spirit, the entertainment actually ramps up.

Lake Lanier (and its surrounding towns) includes numerous family-friendly farms with pumpkins, hayrides and u-pick crops along with petting zoos and craft tables and plenty of rentable cabins to cozy up in during seasonal festivals. Plus, the entire family can enjoy holiday highlights during Magical Nights of Lights at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands.

Find a bevy of fall fun around Lake Allatoona, with costume contests, parades, avid bird watching and more surrounding its 12,000 acres of lake. Nearby Barnsley Resort provides a season full of fun such as signature holiday dining, lights and wreath-making workshops in December, as well as horseback riding through the changing leaves, toasting s'mores over an open fire, enjoying football, lawn games and craft brews in the outdoor Beer Garden or joining in on a Saturday Artisan's Workshop, featuring a different local artisan every weekend.

Just outside of Athens, Georgia in historic Greene County, Lake Oconee offers cozy campgrounds, golfing, nature walks, a renowned food and wine festival, a fall Rhythm & Brews concert and more. Christmas at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee includes breakfast with Santa Claus, holiday lights on the lake and a life-sized gingerbread house.

In North Georgia, revel in picturesque fall-hued vistas, don coats and grab hot chocolate mugs when strolling through the holiday lights festival at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee or indulge in the holiday buffets and craft shows at Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa.

Cooler on the Coast

Just because the swimsuits are packed away doesn't mean the beach is out. In fact, much of the drivable coastline for Georgians offers plenty of cool-weather calendar choices.

Alabama's beaches serve up small-town charm with ample entertainment. From Orange Beach and Gulf Shores to Perdido Key, soak up a vivid arts scene, maritime history, and adventure parks. End any day at the famous Flora-Bama Lounge for cocktails and five stages of live music and fun.
Along Florida's 30A, you'll find some of the most sought-after residences in spots like Destin and Sandestin, Panama City Beach and Grayton Beach, Seagrove and Seaside. Attend one of the food, wine or holiday festivals, or play a round of golf.

Often the holiday season inspires a sense of giving, and several resorts have answered the call for a growing voluntourism trend. Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Fla. offers Disney-faring families a way to give back during their trip, helping in a storybook resort created for sick children and their own families.

Escape to the Mountains

Snow or shine, valleys and peaks, day hikes or the Appalachian Trail, the mountains provide bucket-list-worthy stops to schedule any vacation around.

Small-town vibes draw travelers to cities like Blairsville, Helen, and Hiawassee in Georgia, North Carolina's Hayesville, Franklin and more. Apple picking runs into the early part of the fall in North Georgia, with stops like Mercier Orchards.

Ski, board and tube throughout North Carolina at Sugar Mountain, Beech Mountain Resort and Appalachian Ski Mtn.

Trade equipment for hiking boots to explore picturesque hikes, such as North Georgia's easy uphill Brasstown Bald trek.

Off the hiking path, Asheville invites you to fill your itinerary with eclectic eats, brewery tours and the Biltmore Estate. Nearby, Chattanooga is a classic destination with stops like Lookout Mountain and Rock City.

If do-it-yourself is the key to holiday happiness, start your Christmas tree trimming from scratch and visit Hunter's Christmas Tree Farm in Milton or take a trip to North Carolina to cut down your own.


Where to Go

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
(706) 896-4191
Located along the shores of Lake Chatuge, the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds offers beautiful fall foliage in view of the various events held on the grounds—from the nine-day Fall Festival with live music and a Pioneer Village to the Mountain Country Christmas In Lights Show with caroling and crafts.

Henderson Park Inn
Destin, Florida
(888) 836-1105
At Henderson Park Inn, an adults-only, gulf-front boutique hotel in Destin, Florida, privacy seekers will find the ultimate sanctuary for rest, relaxation, and romance. With serenity and style, the Inn boasts 36 intimate rooms, luxury amenities, and gulf-front terraces. Enjoy complimentary beach chairs/umbrellas, bicycles, chef's gourmet breakfast, picnic-style boxed lunches, happy hour drinks at the "Tiki" bar, as well as wine, chocolates, and roses upon arrival.

The Inn at Brevard

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
St. Simons Island | (912) 638-3631
Enjoy upscale poolside
rooms, spectacular villas with ocean-view balconies and more, providing the entire family with a comfortable home away from home, just steps away from plentiful beach recreation, rich history and natural beauty on the island.

Noontootla Creek Farms
Blue Ridge | (706) 838-0585
Noontootla Creek Farms offers first-rate quail hunting, more than 2 miles of water with high-quality trout, and 12 sporting clay shooting stations. During a guided fly-fishing experience, each member of your party will be outfitted with boots, rods, reels and flies. Besides the activities, outdoor enthusiasts will adore taking in the 1,000-plus acres of beautiful landscape here.

The Pearl Hotel
Rosemary Beach, Florida | (855) 969-3303
This award-winning boutique hotel boasts private balconies with views of the Gulf of Mexico, contemporary décor, upscale spa products, and amenities including complimentary beach setups, in addition to a menu comprised of locally sourced food.

Ducktown, Tennessee | (423) 799-2354
The best in safety and fun, this group of expert guides has grown up battling the rapids, and as a result, delivers unmatched adventures during an unforgettable white-water rafting trip down the Oconee River.

RBM of Alpharetta
(404) 925-3318
Elevate your next road trip with a sophisticated spin on the classic way to travel. The Airstream Touring Coach by Mercedes-Benz offers four luxurious models equipped with all the bells and whistles, or you can build your own.

Tennessee Valley Railroad
Chattanooga, Tennessee
(423) 894-8028
The only regularly scheduled, fully operating train ride in the state, this railroad museum offers a standout day of interactive history to entertain and educate people of all ages. All aboard!


Body Plastic Surgery Expert

Dr. Stanley Okoro

Founder and Lead Surgeon
Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

1a BKR 4465 ppAWhen Dr. Stanley Okoro was a medical student, he observed numerous reconstructive surgeries. He experienced pure awe during procedures where the patient had previously undergone breast tissue removal. Dr. Okoro was amazed at how talented surgeons could skillfully make something out of nothing. In fact, it sparked his interest in breast reconstruction as a field of study.

1d Quote"Little did I know that it would open the door to an interest in cosmetic procedures from head to toe," says Dr. Okoro, who is the founder and lead surgeon at Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Today, he performs everything from his famous Brazilian Butt Lift to a Mommy Makeover, breast enhancements to liposuction and more. But Dr. Okoro's treatment plans look different than perhaps other plastic surgery offices. They include a personal experience on a powerful journey from before to after, unique to his professional personality, resulting in many patients' shared sentiments of pride in their courage to seek out their best self.

1b Scarlet"Many people think plastic surgery is all about vanity and that each patient is vain, but honestly, the first thing everyone does when they wake up in the morning is do something to make themselves look better. Plastic surgery is a permanent or semipermanent way of elevating your current appearance. The most satisfying part about my job is that I can help enhance patients' looks so they can enjoy their lives," he says.

Dr. Okoro's passion for improving people's perspective of life extends beyond his U.S. surgical center. He has participated in several mission trips to Africa in the last 15 years, goes to Nigeria biannually for medical and surgical missions, and serves as the Georgia chair of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas.

"I live a purpose driven life," Dr. Okoro says. "I want to be the best version of myself, the best plastic surgeon, and provide the best care for my patients."


Make the Most of Your Surgical Experience
Dr. Stanley Okoro offers advice for maximizing your investment in yourself.

Choose Wisely
"Always pick a board-certified plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons have more training and, most importantly, can treat any complications that arise from their procedures."

An Atlanta patient had this to say about Dr. Okoro and his or her search for the right physician. "I had already interviewed two other board-certified plastic surgeons before I met you [Dr. Okoro]. I even went to a follow-up appointment with both. Afterward, I didn't feel like I received all the information I needed. I continued to search for the right surgeon for me, one that I felt completely comfortable with. My search ended when I met you. You spent over an hour in the consultation and even asked if I had more questions at the end. You are caring and understanding Dr. Okoro."

Spend Carefully
"In the long run, if patients look for the cheapest cosmetic option, they often end up paying more because they need revisions."

Think Efficiently
Procedures such as a Mommy Makeover are efficient because they target multiple issues at once, including breasts, tummy, stretch marks and sagging skin.

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2a BKR 5981-3 pp2REVFeminine Rejuvenation Expert

Dr. Monte Slater

Medical Director, Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging

Dr. Monte Slater was already a successful ob-gyn when he decided to focus his practice on the kind of medicine that would specifically benefit older patients. Now, 11 years later, aesthetic and antiaging medicine are the main focus of the practice. And Dr. Slater is helping more and more women gain control of their bladders and get back to normal, healthy and active social lives, truly thriving both internally and externally.

2b Quote"How enjoyable and rewarding it is to help people to not only feel good physically but to help them to feel good about how they see themselves," says Dr. Slater, whose influencers—a myriad of medical professionals, even outside his own field—have helped him develop a unique approach to the relationships he maintains with his patients.

"I feel that if you treat people with respect and provide a high level of competency and pride in what you do, then the business aspect will take care of itself," Dr. Slater says. "I also think it is important that we treat patients how we would like our daughter, sister and mother to be treated. We want the best for our family and that is what we strive for with our patients."

2c TeamWorking alongside his wife of 36 years, Dr. Slater does this in two ways. One, he has created a comfortable and happy environment in which patients can easily feel like family. Two, he's thrown the idea of a one-size-fits-all approach out the window, instead addressing each patient as an individual, from consultations and diagnosis to treatment plans and procedures. This way, he can address the extremely personal physical, mental and emotional issues that aging inevitably brings, truly optimizing a patient's entire well-being.

"It is amazing the impact you can have in that person's life and just how much you can turn back, or at least mitigate, the aging process [for them]," he says.
"We get to do things that change people's lives! That is a really great feeling to experience."


Feel Beautiful Again

At our clinic, we love to make our patients look and feel their best! In addition to providing feminine rejuvenation, we are also a full-service antiaging and aesthetic clinic. We offer all-natural, BioIdentical Hormone Replacement therapy and state-of-the-art procedures. And we offer The ABS Clinic Non-Invasive Body Contouring System with guaranteed results. It is painless and not only does it trim off inches, it tightens skin! We were first to feature The Vivace Experience™, the skin treatment that has people raving about it on the internet. Vivace combines microneedling with thermal heat to tighten and contour the face, neck, and hands. We really can turn back the hands of time and restore your youthful glow. Also, we were first in Georgia to offer the Motus AX Alexandrite, the first pain-free laser hair removal treatment for all skin types. Come see us and we will help you to love the skin you are in!

A patient had this to say about her feminine rejuvenation experience, "Thank you, Dr. Slater, for giving me my life back. After having back surgery in 2010, I was having problems with incontinence. ... I made an appointment with your office for the V-Lase® in September. I was very nervous, but your kind and considerate staff made me feel very comfortable and put my fears to rest. The results were immediate!"

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3a KFoley-Photography-by-Daithan-KitchensFitness Expert

Karen Foley

General Manager, Windy Hill Athletic Club

Karen Foley is the kind of person who will tell you that age is just a number. And as the general manager of Windy Hill Athletic Club, she works every day to help people feel whatever number they want. She makes it look easy, but it wasn't always a no-brainer for her. As her own "number" started to increase, she realized she could keep doing the things she loved to do if she stayed active and implemented movement into those activities. Little did she know that her decision would lead to a career change.

3b Quote"I believe active, social people lead happier, healthier lives," Foley says. "As long as you are moving and having fun, you are a better version of yourself each day." With this mantra, and Jeff Jones as her fitness coach, she found herself unexpectedly inspired to teach that attitude to others. "I remember going to one of his small group trainings and seeing how much fun everyone was having—I knew that this had to be the way to a fun career," she says.

3c 1A1A3417eeeeAs general manager, Foley can motivate and inspire others (4,000 and counting), as Jones did for her. "Not only is the fitness industry always changing, but overall, the concept of fitness is changing," Foley says. The facility's standout staff, many of whom are over the age of 40 themselves, share Foley's goal to encourage members through movement, community and personal attention. Sales Manager Jeff Williams, Tennis Manager Trip Baisden, Facility Manager Mark Goffi, Mind Body Coordinator Susan Walker, and Children's Programming Manager Shannon Lindsay are just a few of these talented team members.

3d 1A1A3529eeeeeWindy Hill Athletic Club's activity list can keep you busy, but above all, they've created a safe place where your workout buddies are your family, offering members a huge support system throughout their fitness journey ... and—if we're still talking numbers—that's priceless. "Knowing that we are transforming people's lives, that's what keeps me motivated," Foley says.


In Their Own Words
Windy Hill Athletic Club members and staff share why they love being a part of its community.

Jennifer Phillips, member
"I joined Windy Hill Athletic Club 10 years ago after having my daughter because I needed to lose the rest of the baby weight. At first I would do my own quick 30-minute thing but soon learned the value of attending group classes. The group classes became my go-to and I haven't stopped taking them since. ... Windy Hill Athletic Club is my haven to build a strong body, be inspired and have fun with friends."

Susan Walker,
Mindy Body Coordinator
"For me, being fit over 40 means freedom. Freedom to continue with the activities I love because my body will allow it. I feel lucky that I am in an environment that supports my lifestyle. Windy Hill Athletic Club has been a steady, strong force that challenges me physically and mentally."

Daniel Grider, member
"I've put a deliberate focus on trying to live a healthy and active lifestyle since college. ... As I've gotten older, I've learned it's a better experience when you mix family and a little fun into a fitness journey. ... When I moved to Atlanta in 2011, I was lucky to find a fitness home at Windy Hill Athletic Club, which has a contagious attitude toward self-improvement. Someone once said, 'Age does not define you, but attitude does.'"

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4a BKR 4200 pp2Vein Expert

Dr. Louis Prevosti

Owner and Chief Physician

For 25 years, heart surgery was at the center of Dr. Louis Prevosti's medical career. As healthcare evolved, he shifted his clinical interest and expertise to venous disorders. Dr. Prevosti founded VEINatlanta in 2011, where he serves as medical director and dedicates 100% of his time to helping patients with venous problems.

"I have always been interested in the cardiovascular system, physiology and physics," Dr. Prevosti says. "Helping people motivates me to be my best. Vein medicine and surgery are ways I can use my medical knowledge and surgery skills to improve lives."

4b QuoteKnowing that venous disease affects 25 million people in the U.S. and is twice as common as heart disease, it's no surprise why Dr. Prevosti shifted his focus. "Venous disease is all too common, yet it is frequently overlooked or ignored," he says.

4c photo1"I want VEINatlanta to deliver the best possible vein care in the world," he says. "If you suffer from leg or foot pain, leg cramps or swelling on a daily basis, it can often impair your physical and emotional well-being," Dr. Prevosti says. "The symptoms of venous insufficiency can diminish your activity and energy levels, while extensive surface veins can make you feel self-conscious. But correcting these issues can improve your quality of life and get you back to feeling and looking your best," he adds.

"Nothing is more rewarding to me than a satisfied patient—a mom who can keep up with her young children, or a woman who can finally get a good night's sleep without suffering from night cramps. I love hearing patients tell me that their legs feel better, that they no longer suffer from pain and that they're more confident about the appearance of their legs," notes Dr. Prevosti.


4d BnAThe VEINatlanta difference

VEINatlanta goes beyond treating the unsightly signs of venous disease, such as spider veins or varicose veins, it also treats the underlying symptoms. These symptoms can include leg pain or legs that are tired, achy, heavy or swollen. Some people may even experience these symptoms without any visible signs.

VEINatlanta provides comprehensive vein care, including accurate diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment methods. Its team of full-time, board-certified surgeons exclusively treats venous problems.

Most treatments are considered medically necessary and are therefore covered by insurance. VEINatlanta accepts all major insurance providers, including Medicare.
If you experience leg discomfort or have unsightly veins, call (404) 662-3407 today for a free screening.

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1100 Johnson Ferry Rd. NE., Ste. 165, Atlanta, GA 30342

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3886 Princeton Lakes Way, Ste. 140, Atlanta, GA 30331



5a BKR 4391-2 pp2Hair Expert

Ming Matthews

Luxe Level 10 Hairstylist
Bob Steele Salon

Ming Matthews always knew she would be a hairstylist. Dating back to the days she spent watching her aunt make people look and feel beautiful, she's always felt a connection to seeing people experience a burst of confidence from getting a new look.

Today, she's driven by a yearning to make a positive impact on an individual's happiness and do more than just cut and color from behind the chair. In an industry that is constantly changing, Ming has capitalized on her ability to truly listen to a client's needs, overcoming a language barrier to understand those desires, both on the inside and out. It's no wonder she has hundreds of happy clients. "It always brings me joy to see people look in the mirror and be confident and happy with their look," Ming says.

5b QuoteShe goes even deeper—to the root, you might say—of why a fantastic hairstyle can truly make a difference in someone's life. When one of her favorite clients, who had recently been through a divorce, came to her depressed and with an outdated look that was lackluster, Ming seized the opportunity to suggest a fresh 'do. She saw it as a chance to introduce the client to something fun and positive to focus on during an otherwise difficult chapter of life. The result was a boost in self-assuredness and an enhanced perspective on what life could look like moving forward. And it all started with simply changing her look.

5c Photo1Her life has been full of excitement and adventure as she's lived all over the world, Ming is now at the top of her profession and loves it. She says, "It's so exciting to be on the cutting edge of fashion and change peoples lives."

She's been doing just that at Bob Steele Salon for almost two decades—almost as long as she's been in America—where she's motivated by a team who shares her passion for listening to a client's needs, is trained by professionals from all over the world and works together to ensure every single client leaves feeling happy, refreshed and confident.


5d Photo2Trusted Talent

The Bob Steele Salon team is made up of superstars just like Ming Matthews. Learn more about its top talent.

• Education is extremely important to Bob Steele Salon. By being committed to the ongoing education of their stylists, the salon ensures that guests will continue to receive high-quality service at every visit.

• Many of the stylists begin as cosmetology school graduates and must complete an extensive internship after they are hired and before they can begin working with clients.

• At the Verge level, stylists work through a demanding graduate course and refine their skills until they achieve the level of Elite stylist. Those with many years of experience and high demand move on to the salon's Luxe levels.


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Tom Sullivan

TV Host and Corporate Emcee

It's hard to live in Atlanta and not know who Tom Sullivan is. Locally, he's been a well-known voice on the radio, a familiar face on television and an emcee at many of the events you may have attended over the decades. He's known around the country for discovering Ryan Seacrest, being nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on "Atlanta & Company," being a five-time semifinalist on "Survivor," rubbing shoulders with Kelly Ripa and Oprah, and even appearing in a few Hollywood films and TV shows.

6b QuoteIt's all part of the daily grind for Sullivan to add exciting things like hosting the first annual CyberHub Summit and working with Robert Herjavec from ABC's "Shark Tank" to his résumé.

Sullivan truly does it all, but he doesn't do it for fame.

"I am blessed with a career that changes all the time, so every company or event is different and there are always new people to meet and connect with. I'm constantly discovering new opportunities and ways to grow and improve what I do," he says. Despite a busy calendar, Sullivan stays laser focused on strengthening his relationship with God and nurturing his health before anything else. In 2015, he met Beau Lotz, founder of Buckhead Elite Training Studio, and began a workout program. "Combined with Cryo Elite Therapy, I'm in the best shape of my life," Sullivan says.

Don't believe that it's easy, though. Sullivan will be the first to tell you that the only reason he's where he is today is because of the years of hard work he put into getting there. And it's hard—physically and mentally. "I had to keep believing in myself and boosting my self-confidence," he says. "When I first started in radio, I was the 'Quixie Quacker' mascot for WQXI radio. Years later, I decided to hang up the duck costume and grow as a disc jockey. I conquered my fear! Change is scary but necessary."

Part of that change includes Sullivan's dream to be a part of a television show that empowers people, not surprising from a guy who's passionate about local charity work with SafeHouse Outreach and Buckhead Thriftique, as well as traveling to do mission work with SERV International. "Watching people experience joy in all forms lifts me up," Sullivan says. "Using your talents and gifts to help others is something each of us can do."


Tom's Top 3 Moments

Throughout his multidecade career, there are three events that Tom Sullivan will always remember.

6c TomOprah111 "I was invited [to 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'] by Harpo Studios because I was an 'ultimate' viewer—having watched all 25 years. I was then invited onstage by Sally Lou Loveman (audience producer) to warm up the crowd. I was floating!"

6d ThePriceIsRight-72 "'The Price is Right' is one of my favorite shows. The unexpected joy that you feel from being selected is exhilarating. Time literally stood still. [In this photo,] I just found out that I was the correct bidder and headed onstage to play."

6e Tom Jaguar 19863 "I won a Jaguar XJ-S from a local radio station. Here I am [photographed] in front of the famous Swan Coach House. I sold the car and bought a condo. Radio stations later changed contest rules to exclude other local radio employees from winning their contests."



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Dr. Ken Anderson

Founder and Director, Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics


Hair Restoration

Dr. Ken Anderson is a motorcycle enthusiast. On a sunny day, he can often be found taking his cruiser along winding mountain roads in North Georgia, the sun on his face and appreciating helmet hair more than you might know. Yearning for the latter is the reason hundreds of patients come to see him at Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics.

7b QUOTESurprisingly, loving to run his fingers through his hair wasn't why he got into the field of hair restoration. No, in fact, Dr. Anderson grew up loving art, actually, and constantly exploring his creative side, pursuing a degree in facial plastic surgery instead. But once he was in that field, his hopes to blend his intrinsic loves with his medical degree weren't fully satisfied. The technical practice of facial plastic surgery wasn't creative enough. Hair restoration—what he calls, "a perfect combination of art and science"—became his new passion.

7c Photo"I had never seen happier patients before, which was something I didn't expect," Dr. Anderson says. "They were so excited and happy about their new hair; I knew I had found the perfect place to practice in the medical field."

The positive reinforcements of his change of career continued coming, too. Dr. Anderson found himself surprised at how genuinely life-changing hair restoration could be for his patients, transformational even.

7d BnA"I've had actors tell me they owe their career to me, but it's really just the increased confidence and self-esteem they experience," he says. "I expected they would be happy, like most plastic surgery patients, but it was so much more for so many of them."

"We all embrace a philosophy of being the best version of ourselves," Dr. Anderson continues. "When my patients feel good about how they look, it makes them more confident, more outgoing, and it changes how other people perceive them because it has changed how they perceive themselves."

With the new, exciting advancements in technology and procedures used for hair restoration, Dr. Anderson's team works together toward a common goal of helping people enjoy a more positive self-image. Every day, he gets to use the things he's most passionate about to restore vibrancy and confidence to a huge part of the population. It's no secret why this is his dream job.


The Best in Hair Restoration Technology

Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics offers several revolutionary hair restoration services performed by a staff of highly trained experts.

ARTAS® Robot-Assisted Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Method: This noninvasive method involves removing hairs from the back of the head and placing them into sites on top of the head.

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): This nonsurgical treatment option focuses on the stabilization of hair loss. Anderson offers patients the Capillus® and Lasercap® brand devices, which are convenient and cover the entire scalp at once. When used, the therapy can increase cell metabolism, halt the progression of hair loss and more.

Stem-Cell Therapy: Anderson will soon begin offering stem-cell therapy for the treatment of hair loss. Another nonsurgical option, this therapy delves into the molecular realm and can help stimulate hair growth.


7e CatMax-Photography-Best-Self-Dr-Anderson-0213Skin Care

Dr. Ken Anderson opened the first location of Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics in 2012. It was, in large part, due to his inspiration to help patients replace their self-confidence through hair restoration procedures. However, he also wanted to utilize his skills and knowledge as a facial plastic surgeon. As a result, offering patients an opportunity to restore the same vitality to their skin that he was delivering on top of their head was a natural addition to the services he already offered.

7f Quote"I love everything about what I do," Dr. Anderson says. "It really is my dream job. I am able to take the things I am passionate about and help others fight Father Time, help them feel young, vibrant, and confident again."

That confidence starts with the experience he offers patients from the moment they walk in the door. He's created a luxurious, uniquely equipped medical spa with the latest technology for procedures like laser skin treatments such as the Photofacial and TempSure™ Envi Skin Tightening.

7g BnA"We work to restore youth and self-esteem with the services we offer, helping every patient discover cosmetic outcomes that are not only natural, but also uniquely perfect for their age and skin type," Dr. Anderson says.

The most satisfying part about his job is that he gets to see the results of his work even after the patient has left the office. Because he's focused on making patients feel comfortable in his care, they'll often send pictures showing off their new look, or share how they've developed new personal relationships with others.


4 Treatments That Rejuvenate

Turn back time and refresh your skin at Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics with these top-notch treatments.

TempSure™ Envi Skin Tightening
Using radio-frequency waves, this FDA-approved device tricks the body into thinking it has been injured, thus spurring it to create new collagen. The result is skin that is firmer and has fewer wrinkles.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments (PRP)
PRP treatments, such as the popular Vampire Facial, use platelets from your own blood to encourage cell turnover. This natural procedure features no downtime and can leave you with rejuvenated skin.

For improved skin tone and texture, turn to this procedure. Deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and fusion are combined to create a facial that simultaneously purifies the skin while infusing it with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides.

ThreeForMe™ Laser Treatment
Say goodbye to dull skin with this two-step procedure. The first phase targets discoloration and facial veins. The second phase utilizes fractional laser technology to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Results can be seen after one treatment and continue to improve over time.

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Monday, 11 June 2018 15:22

2018 Over 40 & Fabulous! Winners

Forty and beyond is looking better than ever thanks to our
2018 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest winners. From medicine to media, volunteerism to fitness, 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.



Lynne McDonald

Lynne McDonald, 49, wears many hats as a writer, editor, artist, and business consultant. The Type 1 diabetic is determined to never let her illness prevent her from living life on her own terms.

What is your favorite way to work out? I love to dance. Give me a good song and I don't care how tired I am.

01 Lynne-McDonald--9x12What is your favorite healthy meal? My son and I love to make a delicious and healthy version of ice cream with frozen bananas, cherries and dark chocolate chips.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I am a Development Committee Member and Co-chair of the PR/Marketing Committee with Camp Kudzu, which is an organization dedicated to educating and supporting children with Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when your pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. It's a complex problem to have while you're also figuring out who you are. Becoming Type 1 diabetic as a teenager was a struggle for me and I ended up doing some damage until I started learning more about nutrition in my 20s. I hope to shorten that learning process for the campers, be a role model and show them that they can do anything they want.

I'm also on the board of Hands Across Atlanta, an organization working to improve the lives of homeless people in our community. Marcus Acosta, the nonprofit's president, has been organizing volunteers at Hurt Park every second Sunday of the month. It's a great way for everyone, including children, to get involved in charity.

What advice do you have for someone who isn't yet over 40 and fabulous? Look at who you want to be in 10 or 20 years and be that person now.

What is your favorite getaway? I absolutely love going up to Asheville. My perfect day would be to go hiking, go to the River Arts District, and then come back and be pampered at The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn.

Name something on your bucket list. I want to learn how to fence.

Who are the experts/professionals who help you be your best self? Christa Burton, who is an artist, model and friend, is my fashion and beauty expert. She makes beautiful jewelry. Salon Brookwood is a fantastic hair salon in West Cobb. I always walk out feeling gorgeous. Maryan Aiken is a powerhouse promoter. Denise Jackson is an amazing art curator and consultant. Dr. Jonathan Ownby is my go-to endocrinologist at Atlanta Diabetes Associates. And Michel Fontaine, the CEO of TransacXion Technologies, is one of my biggest cheerleaders and gets me to step outside the box and get uncomfortable. He hired me to create a go-to-market strategy for his finance technology company.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I don't know. Maybe there will be a Sexy Over Sixty contest then!


Inspiration Award
Lisa Mohager

02 Lisa-Mohager-IMG 0004 8-favorite-6x10Once a single mother on public aid, Lisa Mohager, 41, turned her obstacles into opportunities. Today, she empowers thousands of women through her health and fitness business, The Drab to Fab Life.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Picking myself back up when my life seemed hopeless. As a bankrupt and overweight single mom, I made the decision that enough was enough.

In 2009, while working full-time as a secretary, I decided to start my own online marketing company in the health and fitness industry. At the time, I had no idea where the opportunity would lead me. I honestly only hoped to earn an extra $100 or so a month just to help keep food on the table for my daughter and I. There were so many times I would come home from work to find the power or water turned off or a foreclosure/repossession notice on my door. Through my business, I quickly discovered my purpose in life—helping other women find hope again. I lost 60 pounds. After moving my daughter and I to Atlanta, I met and married the love of my life, Paj.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? My grandparents always taught me that it's a greater blessing to give than to receive. I volunteer at Senior Services North Fulton and have worked with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, as well as Junior Achievement. Currently, I am an Image Consultant at Dress for Success Atlanta.

What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work? Dress for Success is very near and dear to my heart. As a young, single mom I used to live in public housing and was on public aid. I know the feeling of wanting to get ahead but not knowing where to start. To help support and encourage women who may be in a similar situation that I was in, is an incredible opportunity.

What is your most embarrassing moment? While working full-time, I was also attending night classes for my bachelor's degree. I would often freshen up my makeup while driving to class. One day, I was running extra late and when I walked in, my girlfriend quickly pulled me aside. I had accidently grabbed my black eyeliner instead of my lip liner!

What is your favorite book? "Awaken the Giant Within" by Tony Robbins. I read it for the first time about 10 years ago. I was struggling to find my place in the world. I always knew I was meant for more and this book really helped me to take control of my life.


Give-Back Award
Danielle S. Beverly

03 Danielle-Beverly-IMG 0010 8-favorite-6x10As a co-founder of The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation, Danielle S. Beverly, 44, is committed to making sure breast cancer patients have access to the care they need.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Beating breast cancer three times by the age of 33. I was 29 the first time I was diagnosed, 31 the second time, and I was 36 weeks pregnant when I received a third breast cancer diagnosis. The biggest blessing—a beautiful, smart and amazing daughter who is now 10 years old—came out of the third diagnosis.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I am very passionate about the underserved breast cancer community. Throughout my battles with the disease, my husband, Eric, and I were very fortunate to be able to focus on my treatment while not having to concern ourselves with how we would pay for it and keep a roof over our heads. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many individuals.

In 2006, we founded The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation. We work to help people diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, keep the lights on, keep food on the table, and get them to treatment. Nobody should have to choose between going to work or receiving care.

Name something on your bucket list. My husband is a former Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions player, and I played college basketball. So it's probably no surprise that most of my bucket list items are sports related—like completing the Grand Slam in tennis as a spectator. I am a sports junkie!


Brenda Hall, DDS, MD

04 Brenda-Hall--IMG 0001 19--6x10Being a strong role model for her 14-year-old daughter is priority No. 1 for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Brenda Hall, DDS, MD, 45. The travel enthusiast also has a heart for animals.

What is your favorite healthy meal? I'm a simple girl. One of my go-tos is Dave's Killer Bread toasted with avocado.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I donate my time to care for the oral needs of the majestic animals at Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium. ... I also fundraise for and donate my time and money to animal rescue groups, particularly for pit bulls. The main one I support is Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc. They are the largest and most committed group to this breed that I have ever heard of. Studies estimate that up to 1 million pits are euthanized per year, or 2,800 per day.

Name something on your bucket list. Traveling through Europe, Asia, and South America and living with families there and getting to experience their cultures for months at a time. I spent time in Russia with my family, as well as local families, and that was an amazing experience. I learned so much more about the culture and the day-to-day lifestyle and philosophies than if I had stayed in a hotel in a large city.

Who are the experts/professionals who help you be your best self? Nutrition guru Michael Bronte, hair balayage wizard Ron Massey, Karen Filos Hair and Makeup Design, chiropractor Dr. Edward Cordovado, dentist Dr. Dina Giesler, coach Chris Romano, holistic health coach Dr. Lauren Polivka, medical esthetician Lauren Bays, lash expert Rin Sangmalee, Juan Dowling at LaVida Massage in East Cobb, and Skin Matters.


Craig Michael Logan, MD

Wisdom isn't the only thing that has come with age for Craig Michael Logan, MD, 47. The Chief of Radiology for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente has learned to love himself just as much as he loves others.

05 Craig-Logan-IMG 0003 17-favorite--6x10What is the best thing you've learned since turning 40? Perseverance pays off. I'm the first person in my family to finish college. During my medical training, I worked up to 120 hours a week.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I have packaged medical supplies for MedShare with my Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. brothers for eight years. We have assisted in packing tens of thousands of pounds of surplus medical equipment destined for multiple underdeveloped countries. I have also served on committees for March of Dimes, the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, and more. In the past, I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Hands On Atlanta, and SafeHouse Outreach.

Name something on your bucket list. I want to see the great apes in Africa. A few years ago, I went on a mind-blowing safari in South Africa, and got within 20 yards of a wild male lion. I'm hooked on wildlife.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? In 20 years, I will be spending my retirement traveling the world. I am committed to expanding my mind with new life experiences and ideas. Part of working toward that goal is meeting people in new places and learning from different perspectives.


Dawn Skok

06 Dawn-Skok-IMG 5786--6x10Master stylist and colorist, Dawn Skok, 40, is a fighter. After winning the battle against cancer 13 years ago, she now throws punches at poverty and sex trafficking through her volunteer efforts.

What is your favorite way to work out? I love weight training, which I have done since the age of 13. Pushing myself, staying healthy, and feeling strong mentally and physically are all very important to me.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Surviving cancer! In August 2005, I was diagnosed with an 'incurable' viral form of cancer and given six to nine months to live. My daughter was 3 months old at the time. I made the firm decision to make my health a priority and fight the cancer so I could be alive and healthy to raise my daughter.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Hands-on volunteering and donating salon services to various charities, women's conferences, Lou Gehrig's disease events and the Charity Guild of Johns Creek are my favorite ways to give back. I have participated with Fashion for Freedom, for victims of sex trafficking in Atlanta. I have volunteered at Meals By Grace and local churches for food distribution. I have also spent time at City of Refuge.

What is your favorite quote? "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." —Mother Teresa

What advice do you have for someone who isn't yet over 40 and fabulous? When we forgive, love and cherish ourselves, it is then that we can conquer anything in life.


Tracye Hutchins

07 Tracey-Hutchins-MG 5568--6x10CBS46 News anchor Tracye Hutchins is more than just a pretty face. When she's not in front of the camera, she's putting in work by serving others. The avid gardener, 49, can be found mentoring today's youth and supporting local nonprofits.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My daughter is by far the best thing I've created and molded. Now that she's 20 and out on her own, I'm confident that she has the tools to find her way and create her own success.

What is your favorite book? "Traveling Light" by Max Lucado. It's an inspirational book about how to let go of the baggage we carry around from day to day—like worry, fear and doubt. It's a quick read that gives me hope when life gets a little rough.

What is your favorite way to work out? Working in my yard. I can get a full-body workout by clearing leaves, pruning trees and planting shrubs. And I see immediate results ... at least in my yard!

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I've worked with Doggies on the Catwalk for the last seven years. The event helps support Canine Assistants. I've had an opportunity to see the great work they do to provide services for people with disabilities. I'm also proud of the work I do with community organizations like the Boy Scouts of America [Atlanta Area Council] and the countless area schools I work with to read to students and act as a mentor.


Marquetta J. Bryan, Esq.

08 Marquetta-Bryan-IMG 0006 11--6x10Marquetta J. Bryan, Esq., 42, uses her legal skills and writing talents to help others find their voice.

What is your favorite healthy meal? These pizza-stuffed mushroom bites prepared by raw vegan chef, Crystal Shae. They are amazing and by far, my favorite!

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I understood very early in life that I was blessed to be a blessing, and that I had a responsibility to give back and make life better for others. Accordingly, I founded the nonprofit Girls Speak, Inc., which is committed to helping girls develop the power of their written and oral voice.

I am also a board member of and involved with many initiatives including the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia Legal Services Program, Leadership DeKalb, American Cancer Society Georgia, American Diabetes Association® [Georgia], Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project, and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. I have been a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. for over nine years and have held leadership roles the majority of that time. I also volunteer regularly with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.

Where do you go for "me" time? To my journal. One thing I have learned in my 40s is to not be apologetic about my emotions or who I am. Without fail, writing improves my mood and leaves me feeling calm, centered and capable. It also allows me to examine my feelings and be honest with myself.


Maryam Aytac

09 Maryam-Aytac--IMG 0007 20--6x10Owner of four Café Istanbul locations, Maryam Aytac, 43, is proud to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, especially those coming to America in search of a better life.

How would your friends and family describe you? Fun and busy. My schedule is always jam-packed with family, friends, and work responsibilities. But at the end of the day, I manage it all pretty well.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Community and giving back are huge parts of my life. I am Persian and moved to the U.S. when I was 6. My parents had to build our beautiful life from nothing. That is why I now dedicate my extra time and resources to any refugee family that needs help starting their new life in America. I work closely with the International Rescue Committee and the Refugee Women's Network to help collect clothing, kitchen items, furniture, money and more for families that are arriving.

What is the best thing you've learned about yourself since turning 40? I have become so much more confident in the woman that I am, and the choices I make every day for myself, my family and my community.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My family and my children. I live for them.

What is your favorite book? "The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne.

What is your favorite way to work out? I love to go walking and to do yoga.

What is your favorite getaway? I love going to Europe and Istanbul, in particular.


Lisa Gabrielson

10 Lisa-Gabrielson--IMG 0008 8--7x10Lisa Gabrielson, 49, hit her career stride later in life and couldn't be happier about it. As the owner of Lisa Gabrielson Design, she gets to put her passion to work day after day.

What is the best thing you've learned since turning 40? It's never too late to figure out what you want to do when you grow up. Although I always had a love for interior design, it took me a few decades to finally make it my career. There is a time for everything—studying, raising children, making mistakes, trying new things—and if you follow your passion, work hard, stay positive and never give up, success and happiness is possible at any age.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I donate to charity events chaired by friends, such as ShamRockin' For A Cure, which raises money for those with cystic fibrosis. And recently, I started mentoring young interior designers. I am a self-taught designer, so much of what I know has been learned through the school of hard knocks. It is gratifying to assist them on their journeys, and hopefully make things a little easier for those with talent and drive.

What inspired you to do this particular kind of work? My children, actually. They are embarking on a new chapter in life and are looking for internships and mentors. It is up to our generation to help pave the way for younger folks.

What is your favorite way to work out? Yoga, hands down.

Name something on your bucket list. An African safari for my 50th birthday and riding camels in Morocco for my 51st. Traveling is my favorite thing to do!







Tammy McGarity von Nordheim

11 Tammy-von-Nordheim-IMG 0009 8--favorite--6x10As a mental health therapist and the owner of Tammy McGarity Photography, 48-year-old Tammy McGarity von Nordheim helps people realize their inner and outer beauty every day.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Pushing through the pain of a broken tibia and relearning how to walk while completing my graduate schoolwork and finishing with all A's would be one major accomplishment.

Professionally, starting a women's empowerment group called Girl in the Glass and a nonprofit called iEmpower Me, Too have allowed me to pour into others a sense of "self" that they had been unable to see for themselves. ... Also, being a self-taught photographer and having clients cry tears of happiness as I show them the essence of who they are through my lens gives me great joy.

Marriage and parenting are two of the most complex relationships you can have. Being married for 18 years and raising two amazing girls while furthering your education and running three businesses is not for the weak. There have been many days of exhaustion, but I am passionate about what I do and I love my family.


Kenisha Q. Coleman

12 Kenisha-Coleman-IMG 0008 3---favorite--6x10Orangetheory Fitness head coach Kenisha Q. Coleman, 41, maintains her youthful energy by staying active and encouraging others to chase their dreams.

What is your most embarrassing moment? Splitting my pants back in college while I was dancing my heart out.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I recently found a new church home at Victory World Church and have begun participating in the youth and fitness departments, which are two areas that mean the most to me.

What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work? I really wanted to work with teens because I have one. I also know how vital it is for them to have positive examples around in an effort to keep them from becoming a negative statistic. I want to show them that their dreams may not be "traditional" but that does not mean that they are unattainable, especially if they are willing to put in the work.

It was also important to me to volunteer with the fitness ministry so that I could assist people through their journey.


Leila Taylor Jankowski

13 Leila-Jankowski--IMG 0009 15--6x10Leila Taylor Jankowski, 43, founded the online resource Grit & Soul to enhance the mind and body. As a yoga instructor and public servant, she has found purpose through action.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I recently served as a small group leader for high school ministry for four years. During that time, I also led several groups of high school students on mission trips around the world serving at-risk women and children. 410 Bridge, based in Alpharetta, is my favorite charity to support and serve with. They do so much incredible work in Africa and Haiti.

What inspired you to do this kind of charity work? I overcame a childhood that was littered with trauma. By the grace of God, I was able to thrive and I believe that there was a reason I overcame it—to serve others. I never feel more alive, whole, or connected than I do when I'm serving. It's been life-changing and very healing.


Kamran L. Kurani

14 KamranKurani LolaLandPhotography 2018 headshots DSC 0928The son of immigrants who came to America with less than $200 to their name, Pizza Hut franchise owner and investor Kamran L. Kurani, 42, cherishes every opportunity he is given and always makes giving back a priority.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My two sisters have grown up to become wonderful adults and one has made me the proud uncle of two beautiful kids. At a young age, my father passed away and I had to step into a parental role.

What is your favorite way to work out? I've tried many workouts but none fit me better than Jiu-Jitsu. It is an intense full-body workout and the technique requires as much mental activity as it does physical. It has played a powerful role in my life.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Giving back is a huge part of my life. I am blessed to be where I am today and sharing with others is a joy of mine. There are five organizations/missions that I truly believe in. These include the program iMentor, wellness nonprofit Park & Roll, international community assistance organization Aga Khan Development Network and the Aga Khan Foundation National Walk/Run, and Thanksgiving Love Feast where my family and team give out free meals during the holiday.


Mia Van Wagenen

15 Mia-Van-Wagenen-IMG 0014--2--6x10As a busy wife, mother and the founder and CEO of MVO Marketing, Mia Van Wagenen, 47, loves her fantastically full life but also believes in the importance of balance.

What is the best thing you've learned about yourself since turning 40? In your 20s, things are often overwhelming. In your 30s, you figure out who the best people to learn from are so by the time you're in your 40s, you know how to get it done. I feel both professionally and personally, I use my experience to look for solutions every day and learn from both successes and failures. I never say, "I can't," anymore.

How do you maintain the balance between self-care, family and work responsibilities, and giving back? Prioritizing the most important things that need to be done, which means sometimes letting other things go. Oh, and wine.

Who are the experts/professionals who help you be your best self? I love Blo Blow Dry Bar at Shops Around Lenox for my hair, Nyssa Green for my makeup when I need to look extra pretty, Orangetheory Fitness for a quick workout, and my amazing team for producing all the great work we do at MVO Marketing.


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Laura Janelle Downey

16 Laura-Downey-IMG 0003 5-6x10Laura Janelle Downey is every woman. The 40-year-old magazine editor is just as meticulous about every word that you'll find on the pages of Atlanta Best Media's eight publications as she is about her other leadership roles. Giving each task 110 percent, she puts her heart into everything she does.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My career, hands down. I've worked at People, Southern Accents,,, been a magazine journalism professor and more. It's a dream come true.

What is the best thing you've learned about yourself since turning 40? I love to love people. And should they not love me back, I have learned that I am strong, I am soft, I am shy, I am funny, I am happy, and sometimes I am sad but one thing is for sure—I will always love again—I am unapologetically me.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I do a lot of volunteer work through Mount Paran Church, like feeding the homeless at SafeHouse Outreach. And for the past two years, I have led short-term mission trips to India and Indonesia, which upon returing to the U.S., helps me be a better servant for my community.

What is your favorite way to work out? I love running through my Midtown neighborhood. People-watching, perusing street art and breathing the fresh air invigorates me.

What advice do you have for someone who isn't yet over 40 and fabulous? Live every day in the moment and help others along the way. There is no greater joy than to bless someone and not expect anything in return.



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