Friday, 01 March 2019 13:09

2019 Diet Review

Navigating diet trends can be overwhelming. There are plant-based diets, elimination diets, fat-heavy diets, "caveman" diets, points-based diets, carb-based diets, and the exhaustive list goes on. If you're finding yourself in uncharted diet waters, reflect on your objectives before setting sail. Then, determine which way of eating—like any of the trends below—will get you to your destination.

Elimination Diet
An elimination diet, like Whole30, is best described as emphasizing clean foods while eliminating sugar, grains, legumes, soy, and dairy. It can also leave individuals with a wealth of knowledge about their bodies. Expert
Sonza Curtis, ND, PAC, IFMCP, of
Three D Wellness, agrees. "An elimination diet empowers individuals to discover which foods work best for them," Curtis says. However, she also notes preparing for a diet like Whole30 might be its demise. "It takes more time to prepare meals and pay close attention to food labels when shopping." Another con might be your social calendar. "Individuals can feel left out or isolated during social outings when eliminating alcohol, sugar, gluten, and dairy from their meals," she explains. The most important pro, however? "Consuming 'real' food in place of processed foods. Whole foods decrease toxic burden, which improves overall health and makes people feel better."

P1Ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic diet (keto) is perhaps the buzziest diet on our list. Dubbed as 2018's most Googled diet, keto is a low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat diet that puts the body in a metabolic state known as ketosis—a ketones-producing, fat-burning zone. Most participants eat 50 grams (or fewer) of carbohydrates, but some adhere to an even tighter carbohydrate count. O'Neil says, "We've had a version of the ketogenic diet for decades. It's something that really does work—even in a medical or weight management supervised setting—to jump-start fat burning." However, despite popularity, O'Neil cautions about its longevity. "It's not something that you can continue for the long haul because it's not a natural state of affairs to stay in a state of ketosis," she explains.

P2Plant-based diets
Plant-based diets, sometimes more widely known as veganism, are expected to continue to trend. Leslie Graham, owner of 3:8 Juice & Eatery, says there are two schools of thought here. "Veganism is abstaining from any animal products such as dairy, meat, shellfish, and eggs, as well as purchases of leather products due to animal cruelty. A whole food
plant-based diet is the vegan diet but limited to no oil and no processed foods and is more for your health." The concept of eliminating processed foods is an integral part of distinguishing between vegan and plant-based diets, especially for weight loss. "Going vegan, you may not experience a significant amount of weight loss because vegan food is heavily processed and full of oil and sugar. Oreos are vegan," she says. Instead of veganism, Graham suggests focusing on the whole foods plant-based approach.

P3Intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting is defined as a specific window of time when zero to a few calories are consumed. This period could range from a few hours to a full day, but it is ultimately a cycle of alternating eating with fasting. While participants will inevitably be taking in fewer calories,
Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD, says that intermittent fasting also encourages mindfulness. "It gives you pause. When you do eat, you're really paying attention, and it's going to matter more," she says. The downside? "Experts say when you fast, and then you eat again, your body thinks you may be in a state of starvation. The fear is that when you do begin eating again, your body holds onto every single calorie," O'Neil explains. If you think you might want to give it a try, consider this: most of us are already practicing intermittent fasting naturally—through sleep.

P4Mediterranean
Another popular way of eating that is not so much a diet but more of a
nutrition-focused lifestyle is the Mediterranean approach. Continually noted for its ability to not only lead to weight loss but to also aid in the reduction of diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and stroke risks, this approach promotes the consumption of primarily
plant-based foods. Its followers are encouraged to load their plates with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Fish and seafood should appear a few times a week, while meats and sweets are limited. Butter, coconut and palm oils get the boot for healthy fats such as extra-virgin olive oil, nuts, and seeds. O'Neil notes, "This is not a vegetarian diet because it includes fish and meats, but enjoyed in moderation with plant foods as the star of the plate."

Whether you're seeking weight loss for medical or cosmetic reasons, there is certainly a course for you. Curtis says it best. "The key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle is to take a personalized approach. The days of one size fits all are over. It's time for people to discover what works for them to achieve
long-lasting results."

Sources
Three D Wellness | ThreeDWellness.com
3:8 Juice & Eatery | 38Juice.com
Carolyn O'Neil, MS, RD | CarolynONeil.com

 

Thursday, 28 February 2019 20:26

Clean Beauty

For nearly a century, few legislative steps have been taken to ensure that personal care products in the United States are safe. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an activist organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the area of toxic chemicals, this means that chemicals linked to cancer, damaging reproductive systems, and beyond, can easily wind up in the items we use every day.
As awareness of this issue grows, more shoppers are turning to cleaner beauty and skin care products made with safer ingredients. With an increase of untainted options to choose from online or in stores, ridding your vanity of toxin-filled products doesn't mean sacrificing quality. Here is a snapshot of resources to help you make the change.

P1Makeup

The EWG makes it easy to know what's in the products you use and how potentially dangerous they may be. Its Skin Deep® database allows you to search for items and see safety and ingredient ratings assigned by scientists for over 70,000 products and 2,000 brands. There's also a handy EWG app that allows you to scan barcodes quickly at the store.
Brands like Beautycounter offer high-quality cosmetics that are free of 1,500 questionable chemicals such as butylated hydroxy anisole and butylated hydroxytoluene, which extend the shelf life of products like lipsticks but are likely carcinogens and may cause liver damage. The company also advocates for legislative change says Ashley H. Monk, an Atlanta Beautycounter consultant.
Sephora has jumped on the bandwagon too. The makeup mecca recently launched its Clean at Sephora seal. This makes it easy to browse for skin care, makeup, hair care, and fragrance items without sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, mineral oils, and more both in-store and online.

P2Skin Care and Body Care
For this category, controversial ingredients can often be found in deodorants, moisturizers, bath products and more. When it comes to using natural skin care and body care products, Dirty Beauty founder, 
Samantha Dickey says, "Natural skin care performs and delivers extraordinary results when used in the correct application."
Her local line of farm-based products combines the best of science and nature for true effectiveness. One of Dirty Beauty's most popular products demonstrates this harmonious unison perfectly. "STRIP is both a makeup remover and one-step cleanser," says the professional engineer. "Oil and water don't mix but oil and oil do. With STRIP, you are using the oil cleansing method to gently remove makeup and grime that accumulates on your skin."
Along with other Atlanta-based green beauty and body care brands such as 
Sally B's Skin Yummies and Little Barn Apothecary, there are local stores such as 
Fig & Flower that you can visit to test-drive products in-person to see which ones work best for you.
Removing harmful products from your daily beauty routine can seem daunting but today's resources are making the switch easier than ever. Try a safer brand and let us know what you think about it by tagging us on Instagram: @BestSelfAtlanta.
Details: Beautycounter.com/AshleyMonk; DirtyBeauty.com; EWG.org; LittleBarnApothecary.com; 
SallyBSkinYummies.com; Sephora.com/Clean-Beauty-Products

P3Steer Clear of:
•Aluminum
•Triclosan
•Phthalates
•Fragrance
•Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)
•Formaldehyde
•Propylene glycol
•Synthetic colors

 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 23:10

Finding Your Happily Ever After

Midlife dating is a testament to love's battle scars—divorce, children, time-intensive careers. As we age and our life experiences increase, so too do our hearts wrack up both wonderful and not-so-wonderful moments of love. But that's the great thing about hearts—no matter the age, the capacity to love and find love always exists.
The stories of these local couples will entertain and inspire you, reminding us all that love is always waiting to be discovered.

P1-MariaTeresaRodriguez-Curtis-KeithCurtis-CatMaxMarried for 10 years
Maria Teresa Rodriguez-Curtis, 42, and Keith Curtis, 51
Met through Single Atlanta

Prior to meeting in 2007, Maria and Keith were each newly divorced with five young children among the two of them. Frustrated with the bar-hopping dating scene, they each sought out nontraditional methods of meeting that special someone, and eventually landed on matchmaking service Single Atlanta. Keith became known as the service's pickiest client and Maria participated on a whim with a free trial. The stars eventually aligned, somewhat, as Maria became Keith's fourth match and Keith became Maria's second match. Once the two waded through earlier matches, they met each other and it was love at first sight. Literally.
"Single Atlanta offered its clients the option to see a picture of their potential dates; Keith and I both opted not to see pictures," says Maria. "We were perfectly comfortable, for the most part, being matched based on non-aesthetic qualities of a potential match. We both trusted the matchmaking counselors and the process."
They both bonded over the love for their children and God, as well as their desire to find soul mates. About two years after their first date, Keith and Maria married in front of their newly blended family, and their marriage has withstood the test of time over nearly 10 years.


"We both chose to be very intentional about dating; we sought a relationship that would last forever," says Maria. "As a thirtysomething woman, I found it difficult to find a potential partner that didn't mind when I talked about my kids. I struggled with putting myself out there, opening up to someone, and I feared rejection."
Not trusting her own dating instincts is what pushed Maria toward a matchmaking service, like Single Atlanta. Her journey toward true love was guided by a professional agency that could help her fulfill her dreams and fill the voids left in her heart by past relationships. "[Single Atlanta] opened our minds to try new things and meet new people,"she continues. "They offered a sense of security while also offering a sense of exploration. Dating can be fun and exciting at any age!"

 

P2-AdamGhali-JacklynGhali-RichieArpinoMarried 2 years
Adam Ghali, 68, and Jacklyn Ghali, 64
Met on Match.com

Jacklyn Ghali's love life seems to be straight out of a romance novel—a hair color specialist, divorced for 30 years, catches the eye of a glamorous man with a sexy foreign accent. The two fall in love and eventually get married in his native Egypt, taking a spectacular cruise down the Nile River, where both their families meet in Alexandria. The couple sails off into the sunset, back to the United States and eventually celebrates their nuptials with their friends and families back in Atlanta.


So there may not be any dastardly pirate or a menacing vampire, but Adam and Jacklyn Ghali's love story is primed for novelization. The two first met on Match.com after this "happily divorced" woman decided it was time to get back on the dating train. Instead of filling out the questionnaire with her standard responses, she decided to think outside the box and target a relationship that didn't fit the usual men she looked for. She opened her heart to love and the perfect man stepped in.
"The first time I saw him at Villa Christina, he came running down the stairs and I kept thinking, 'This person enters a room like a member of the Rat Pack!'" Jacklyn says. "I was so busy looking at his feet and legs, it took me a second to realize he was headed straight toward me. When he got close to me, he said my name in a beautiful accent, put his hands on my face and kissed me on my cheek three times. I thought, 'Oh my God, this will be the one!'"


The eye-catching moment led her to a flourishing, healthy relationship, where each partner respects and appreciates each other. He loves to cook elaborate dishes and she brings home lovely flowers, as they ignore generic gender roles and celebrate his and her strengths and wants. Though at times, Jacklyn loves the "old-fashioned rules" of courting, where the man holds the door, helps put on her coat and lovingly pursues her. "We listen to what each other has to say," she says.
When it comes to dating, she credits her realization looking beyond what she had always sought in a potential partner. "My dating advice to people, whether male or female, is not necessarily opposites attract, but maybe try a different path."

 

P3-AdrienneAllen-FloydAllen-CatMaxMarried almost 2 years
Adrienne Allen, 44, and Floyd Allen, 46
Met at work

Sometimes you actively seek out love and sometimes it just pops up out of nowhere, even at the watercooler. That's what happened for Adrienne and Floyd Allen—their work lives coalesced into their love lives, eventually leading to a wedding in May 2017.
Adrienne, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and a mother of three from her first marriage, admits it wasn't love at first sight, or rather sound, when she started at her job in 2016, where Floyd had already been employed for eight years.


"He did not like me at first and told his mom that the 'loud girl' at work wouldn't leave him alone. He had been single for eight years and wasn't interested in a relationship at all," she says. But she was persistent about going out with him. The two talked more at work, grabbed lunch and, over time, started conversing and socializing away from the office. When he found out that his mom, who is also originally from Baltimore, shares the same birthdate as Adrienne, it became a bonding moment the two couldn't ignore.


The couple may be opposites—in fact, one of Adrienne's favorite things about her husband is his "quiet power"—but it's this celebration of each other's differences that she credits to the strength of their relationship. They each enjoy their own space while being together—he has his man cave; she has the living room. But they continue to come together, still dating and eating lunch together.
"Dating requires effort from everyone involved," Adrienne says. "Go to your favorite spots and pay attention to the people that make your heart smile; those are the people you want to keep around. After 40, people don't have time for the games—stay in your truth and don't waiver. The best is yet to come!"

 

P4-MargaretHayes-TimDuff-CatMaxDATING 6 MONTHS
Margaret "Garet" Hayes, 48, and Tim Duff, 54
Met through Eight at Eight Dinner Club

Whereas politics have been known to tear relationships apart (especially in today's turbulent climate), politics is what brought new couple Tim and Garet together. The two met through Eight at Eight Dinner Club, seated next to each other at one such dinner. When the topic of politics popped up, Garet joked that perhaps the group should avoid such a sensitive subject; Tim interjected with a clever quip about easing into any subject matter. That was it. As Garet puts it, "He had me at politics."
Garet, divorced for six years, and Tim, divorced for seven years with two children, each turned to Eight at Eight Dinner Club after trying, unsuccessfully, online dating. "I hated online dating because I felt like I had to convince someone that I was a decent person before I could even get a response," says Tim. "I really liked Eight at Eight because it allows you to meet someone in person and see who they are right up front. While anyone can act differently in person too, it still gives you a much better way to gauge your interest and compatibility."


Tim and Garet have been together for six months and they both credit timing and communication as the key factors to finding the right partner, and flexibility and fun to keeping the bond strong. Garet also advises that any singles over the age of 40 invest in themselves, learning about what makes you happy and what you want out of life. She also says that every relationship, failed or successful, has something to teach: make strong friendships and if one way of meeting singles isn't working, keep trying other ways.


Tim agrees with Garet, adding that dating at an older age creates a different set of rules. "I am looking for a partner but I'm not willing to be with the wrong person just to avoid being alone," says Tim. "I think at our age, it's easier to know what you are looking for in a relationship. When you are in your 20s, there's this goal of finding someone to marry and start a family. While I don't need anyone in my life to make it fulfilled, I want someone to share my life with."

 

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 13:28

Advanced Urology

Monday, 26 November 2018 20:55

Best of 2018 Contest Winners

 

 

 

After tens of thousands of votes, you have chosen this year's best for fitness, beauty, health, fun, and food!

On Oct. 25, Best Self Atlanta hosted a celebratory photo shoot and party to honor our "Best of 2018" contest winners. Honorees gathered to mingle and enjoy fantastic food from Under the Cork Tree.

While there, attendees received hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency before being photographed by Dan Sawyer of Sawyer Photography.

 

 

 

 

Best Ballroom Dance Studio
International Dance Studios
IntDanceStudios.com

Best Bookstore
Phoenix & Dragon
PhoenixAndDragon.com

Best Charity Ball/Gala
Smiley for Kylie
SmileyForKylie.org

Best Charity Race
Georgia 2-Day Walk
for Breast Cancer
ItsTheJourney.org

Best Comedy Club
The Basement Theatre
TheBasementTheatre.com

Best Community Garden
Oakhurst Community Garden
WyldeCenter.org/Oakhurst-Garden

Best Continuing Education Program for Adults
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw.edu

Best Cooking Classes/School
The Cook’s Warehouse
CooksWarehouse.com

Best Dance Club
MJQ Concourse
Facebook.com/MJQConcourse

Best Doggy Daycare
Puppy Haven
PuppyHavenAtl.com

Best Gardening Classes
Taproot Hydroponics
TapHydro.com

Best Groomer
Swanky Paws Pet Spa
SwankyPaws.com

Best Hidden Gem
for Live Music
MadLife Stage & Studios
MadLifeStageAndStudios.com

Best Life Coach
New Perspectives for Life
NewPerspectivesForLife.com

Best Marriage Counseling/Therapy Practice
CURA Couples and Family Therapy Center of Atlanta
CuraForCouples.com

Best Museum
Waffle House Museum
WaffleHouse.com/
Waffle-House-Museum

Best Pet Rescue Organization
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue
AngelsRescue.org

Best Pet Trainer
Peach on a Leash
PeachOnALeash.com

Best Pet Walker/
Sitter Service
CutiePaws Pet Sitting
CutiePawsAtl.com

Best Staycation
The St. Regis Atlanta
Marriott.com

Best Team Building Event
Urban Escape Games
UrbanEscapeGames.com

LIFE ENRICHMENT

P 001Best New Give-Back Initiative
Fab Women Over 50 Flower Power Calendar
Adorned in blossoms, 12 of Atlanta's finest were photographed by Richie Arpino, of Richie Arpino Salon. In support of
breast cancer fighters, proceeds from each calendar purchase go to local treatment centers. RichieArpinoPhotography.com, 404.231.5092

 

 

P 002Best Pet Store
Hollywood Feed
Hollywood Feed offers a wide selection of natural, holistic, American-made pet food and premium products, and supports local rescues through regular pet adoption and community events. HollywoodFeed.com, 888.816.8691

 

 

ƒP 003Best Financial Planning/Services
Faye Sykes, Scarlet Oak Financial Services
Leading an award-winning, financial planning team, Faye brings 14 years of experience as a financial and retirement planner, wealth advisor and business benefit consultant to clients. Her team provides group, one-on-one, and digital education options. ScarletOaksFS.com 800.871.1219

 

 

P 004Best Animal Clinic„
Baranik Animal Care
A licensed and experienced veterinarian, Dr. Baranik blends owner education with the latest vet technologies and compassionate patient care to provide an excellent pet experience, including routine visits, boarding and grooming, emergency and urgent care and more. BaranikAnimalCare.com 678.869.5469

 

 

ƒP 005Best Active Senior
Living Community Village Park Senior Living
Staying active and engaged as you age is easy and enjoyable through a wide range of activities, social events, health and wellness programs, restaurant-style dining and more—everything needed to live a full, vibrant, and well-balanced life. VillageParkSeniorLiving.com 678.677.8900

 

 

 

 

 

Best Barre Studio
Barre3-East Cobb
Barre3.com

Best Boot Camp
BodyJump Fitness
BodyJumpFit.com

Best Boxing Workout Facility
Fitbox Training Perimeter
FitboxTraining.com

Best CrossFit Gym
CrossFit Vesuvio
AtlantaSC.com

Best Cycling Shop
Outback Bikes
Outback-Bikes.com

Best Dance Fitness Facility
Dance 101
Dance101.org

Best Fitness Apparel Store
Lululemon Athletica
Shop.Lululemon.com

Best Fitness Equipment Store
Play It Again Sports
PlayItAgainSports.com

Best Golf Instruction
Jon Veldhuis, Capital City Club
CapitalCityClub.org

Best Gym
SculptHouse
SculptHouse.com

Best Indoor Cycling Studio
TURN Studio
TurnStudio.com

Best Kid Fitness Facility
Kinetic Sports Elite
KineticSportsElite.com

Best Martial Arts Training
Team Octopus Fitness
MMAAtl.com

Best Outdoor Sports Instruction
REI Co-op
REI.com

Best Rec Sports League
Atlanta Flying Disc Club
AFDC.com

Best Running/Walking Gear Store
Big Peach Running Co.
BigPeachRunningCo.com

Best Senior Fitness Facility
Family Life Center,
Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church
SPDL.org/FLC

Best Tennis Facility
Life Time Fitness
LifeTime.Life

Best Water Sports Instruction
20,000 Leagues Scuba and Aquatics
20000LeaguesScuba.com

FITNESS/WEIGHT LOSS

‚P 006Best Athletic Club
Windy Hill Athletic Club
Whether you’re looking for industry-leading tennis instruction, innovative group fitness classes, restorative spa services, exceptional social activities, a family-friendly atmosphere, or even a delicious meal, you’ll find it at Windy Hill’s 11-acre fitness oasis.
WindyHillClub.com, 770.953.1100

 

 

P 007Best Outdoor Gear Store„
Mountain High Outfitters
Mountain High Outfitters is an active outdoor lifestyle brand offering apparel, footwear, gear and accessories. The staff there can outfit you for everyday life or your next adventure. Visit the store’s Buckhead, Ponce City Market or new Alpharetta City Center location. Get out. Get active. Be inspired. Live your passion. MountainHighOutfitters.com

 

 

P 008Best HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) Facility
FIT9
Use science and superior fitness to reach a new personal best with an expertly balanced, comprehensive workout that pushes your limits. Attendees can achieve maximum results through enthusiastic empowerment and community motivation.
Fit9Atl.com, 404.310.2965

 

 

ƒP 009Best Personal Trainer
Pamela Molinari, Atlanta Fitness Diva
Pamela uses her 30 years of fitness knowledge and extensive research on the science of a woman’s body to help every female reach their fitness goals. Her methods include personalized workouts, and boot camps using strength training and cardio intervals. AtlantaFitnessDiva.com, 404.531.5000

 

 

ƒP 010Best New Boutique Fitness
Studio Bungee
This unique workout delivers a personalized approach to help you reach your fitness potential without harming your joints. Expect to burn up to 1,200 calories in one workout and ramp up your metabolism for the next 24 hours. StudioBungee.com 770.693.2630

 

 

P 011Best Personal Training Facility„
Stellar Bodies
With a combination of resistance-driven moves on a megaformer machine, this class provides a 50-minute, low-impact, high-intensity workout that strengthens and lengthens every muscle in your body. StellarBodiesAtl.com, 404.467.1060

 

 

P 012Best Yoga Studio
Thunderbolt Power Yoga
Whether veteran yogi or curious novice, Thunderbolt classes empower yoga students to discover their practice in a community infused with supportive energy. Led by studio owner, Carly Grace Milyo, a team of encouraging instructors awaits you. ThunderboltPowerYoga.com 404.556.1605

 

 

P 013Best Pilates Studio„
Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy
The experienced physical therapists and Pilates instructors at Stability provide expert fitness guidance through customized programs that meet every individual’s needs. Whether it is for general fitness, returning from an injury or even to improve your golf game, Stability will provide quality instruction in a welcoming environment for all levels of physical fitness. StabilityAtlanta.com, 404.303.9153

 

 

 

 

Best Hair Salon for
African-American Hair
Alicia Igess,
Urban Tangles
UrbanTangles.com
Best Hair Salon
for Women
Steve Hightower
Hair Salon &
Day Spa
SteveHightower.com
Best Lashes
Sweet & Lashful
SweetAndLashful.com
Best Makeup Artist
Leslie Crowell, Three-13 Salon,
Spa & Boutique
Three-13.com
Best Manicure
and Pedicure
Sugarcoat Nail
& Beauty Bar
SugarcoatBeauty.com
Best Med Spa
Amachi MedSpa
AmachiMedSpa.com
Best Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation (Microneedling, Microdermabrasion) Practice
Pure Aesthetics
& Skin Care
PureAestheticsSkinCare.com
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Buttocks
Dr. Asaf Yalif,
Y Plastic Surgery
YPlasticSurgery.com
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Tummy/Midsection
Dr. Stanley Okoro, Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
GeorgiaPlastic.com
Best Vein
Treatment Practice
VEINAtlanta
VeinAtlanta.com

COSMETIC/ANTIAGING/BEAUTY

ƒP 014Best Cosmetic Dentistry Practice
Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Led by Dr. Debra Gray King, this team of world-class dentists offer a full menu of preventative and restorative services, extensive options for cosmetic procedures and reconstructive surgery, spa-like amenities, and impeccable service for a beautiful smile. AtlantaCenterForCosmeticDentistry.com 404.994.4509

 

 

ƒP 015Best Hair Salon for Men
Salon Skanda
A top salon for years, men get pampered and polished with expert consultation and services including conditioning treatments and coloring. Here, new expanded hours help you look your best on a powerhouse schedule. SalonSkanda.com 678.705.1052

 

 

P 016Best Brows„
Sarah Powell, Authentic Beauty, LLC
Revel in brow beauty that is expertly tailored to every client inside a full-service salon boasting eco-friendly products, a distinguished staff, and the common goal to empower women toward finding their authentic self. MyImageJourney.com, 404.849.0443

 

 

ƒP 017Best Fillers
A New You Skin and Body Clinic
Whether pampering, rejuvenating or unveiling something new, enjoy high-quality, nonsurgical treatments with proven results. The well-trained team here curates a menu of services just for you. ANewYouClinic.com  678.739.0040

 

 

ƒP 018Best Hair Extensions
Jutta Blase, Carter Barnes
A guru in all things hair and beauty, extensive knowledge and training provide clients with realistic, natural-looking locks. You’ll walk away with hair that is smooth, textured and styled to your exact expectations for a manageable and effortless look. CarterBarnes.com, 404.848.0047

 

 

P 019Best Permanent Makeup „
Janet Wix, CPCP
Achieve permanent, natural-looking beauty with subtle, artful touches that can highlight your best features. Following an expert consultation, Janet, who has over 14 years of permanent makeup experience, will use safe and proven techniques to achieve a result you’ll love. JanetWix.com, 404.933.8140

 

 

P 020Best Blowouts
Blo Blow Dry Bar
No cuts, no color: just wash, Blo, and go! Blo will curl and tame that mane so you can focus on the good stuff. Their expert stylists will get you tressed to impress for any occasion. BloMeDry.com, 404.390.3552

 

 

ƒP 021Best Sunless Tanning
Opulence Spray Tan Club
Named a winner for the third year in a row, Opulence provides clients of all skin types with gorgeous long-lasting color for a natural and realistic looking tan. The company offers award-winning organic formulas, body contouring certification, and accommodating mobile in-home service. OpulenceSprayTan.com 678.480.6742

 

 

P 022Best Esthetician„
Anderson Aesthetics
Reveal the most beautiful version of you through a unique, comprehensive medical program that provides permanent, natural results for hair, skin, brows, chin, eyes, lips and more, via an interactive online consultant and two convenient locations. AndersonAesthetics.com, 404.256.4247

 

 

ƒP 023Best Body Sculpting Practice
Aesthetic Specialty Centre Plastic Surgery and Dermatology
Inside a gorgeous, upscale facility, the ASC team of expert providers offer the latest treatments and technologies available to help patients meet their individual goals. Transform the way your body looks with noninvasive and surgical options and look your best from every angle!             ASD-PSD.com, 770.393.9000

 

 

P 025Best Hair Replacement/Restoration Practice
Anderson Center For Hair
Men and women trust the extensive knowledge and medical training that make Dr. Ken Anderson and Dr. Daniel Lee esteemed professional resources on leading restoration technologies. The duo delivers permanent, beautiful, natural-looking results to their patients. AtlantaHairSurgeon.com, 404.256.4247

 

 

ƒP 024Best Botox
Dermatology Center of Atlanta
For beautiful, healthy skin, this team of board-certified dermatologists and medical professionals blend unmatched service with expert medical and cosmetic dermatology services, including antiaging and skin-care treatments, reward programs, and products. Dermatology-Atlanta.com, 770.497.0699 

 

 

ƒP 026Best Plastic Surgery Center for Nose
Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco, DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery
An award-winning doctor dedicated to providing a superior level of service through cutting-edge technology and unmatched patient interaction,    Dr. DiFrancesco delivers results tailored to the wants and needs of each patient. DrDiFrancesco.com, 404.377.3474

 

 

P 027Best Plastic Surgery Center for Breasts„
Dr. Patricia Yugueros, Luna Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa
Extensive experience, international medical training and the most advanced practices in a comfortable and compassionate atmosphere ensure patients receive the best results for beautiful, natural-looking breasts and much more. LunaPlasticSurgery.com, 678.892.7820

 

 

P 028Best Plastic Surgery Center for Facial Plastic Surgery„
Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker, Atlanta Face & Body Center
As a renowned facial plastic surgeon, noted by peers and patients alike, Dr. Whitaker brings a personalized approach to her work. For patients pursuing everything from minor nonsurgical procedures to intensive reconstructive surgery, she effortlessly delivers natural and optimized results. AtlantaFaceAndBody.com, 678.726.5755

 

 

ƒP 029Best Plastic Surgery Center for Eyes
Dr. Burke Robinson, Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery
Voted a top doctor among his peers, this Atlanta surgeon has 25 years of experience. In this vital niche of plastic surgery, he celebrates the eyes and reveals the best version of them through modern practices and technology. RobinsonFPS.com, 770.667.3090

 

 

ƒP 030Best Waxing
WAXXPOT Sandy Springs
From brows to Brazilians, WAXXPOT is the industry leader in fast, full-body waxing for men and women. This chic waxing salon is conveniently located in the Whole Foods Shopping Center in Sandy Springs. Waxxpot.com, 404.303.9500

 

 

ƒP 031Best Laser Hair Removal Facility
Timeless Aesthetics Medspa of Atlanta
Specializing in FDA-approved laser hair removal for light and dark skin tones, this spa offers Candela and Cutera lasers. The patented cryogen cooling system of the lasers allows for maximum comfort while treating unwanted hair. TimelessMedspaAtl.com, 404.400.6222

 

 

 

 

Best Addiction Care Facility
Talbott Recovery
TalbottCampus.com
Best Arthritis Practice
Arthritis & Rheumatology
of Georgia
ARGMD.net
Best Audiology/
Hear Practice
Atlanta Hearing Associates
HearAtlanta.com
Best Bariatric
Surgery Practice
Dr. Christopher Hart, Atlanta Bariatrics
AtlantaBariatrics.com
Best Cancer Care Facility
TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
MyTurningPoint.org
Best Chiropractic
Care Practice
Excel Chiropractic
ExcelAtl.com
Best Diabetes Care Practice
Dr. Rachel Derr, Endocrine Specialists of Atlanta
EndocrineAtlanta.com
Best Eye Care Practice
EyeSouth Partners
EyeSouthPartners.com
Best Healthy Getaway
(in Atlanta or within
driving distance)
The Woodhouse
Day Spa
WoodhouseSpas.com
Best Heart Health Facility
Piedmont
Heart Institute
Piedmont.org/Heart
Best Hormone
Therapy Practice
New Vitality Medical
NewVitalityMedical.com
Best Integrative/Functional Medicine Practice
CentreSpringMD
CentreSpringMD.com
Best Joint Surgery/Replacement Practice
OrthoAtlanta
OrthoAtlanta.com
Best Massage
Therapy Practice
Warrior Body Spa
WarriorSpa.com
Best Mental
Health Care Practice
Atlanta Center
for Wellness
AtlantaCenterForWellness.com
Best Neurology Practice
Douglas Neurology Associates, P.C.
DouglasNeurology.com
Best OB/GYN Practice
North Atlanta Women’s Care
NAWCare.com
Best Pediatric Practice
Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates
MyPedsOrtho.com
Best Physical
Therapy Center
PT 360
PT360Atl.com
Best Podiatry Center
Village Podiatry Centers
VillagePodiatryCenters.com
Best Reproductive/
Fertility Practice
Reproductive Biology Associates
RBAIVF.com
Best Senior Care Facility
Parc Communities
ParcCommunities.com
Best Weight Loss Clinic
Sparkle Wellness
SparkleANewYou.com

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

ƒP 032Best Brain Health Treatment Center
LearningRx
This organization’s variety of mental workouts through one-on-one brain training has helped more than 100,000 adults and children strengthen their cognitive skills, nourish their brain, raise their IQ, and begin to learn easier, think faster and perform better. LearningRx.com, 404.252.7246

 

 

P 033Best Allergy Practice„
Center for Allergy & Asthma
Here, adults and children have access to multiple treatment approaches for a wide range of allergy conditions. This team of award-winning medical professionals provides careful diagnosis, individualized treatment and patient education. CAAGeorgia.com, 404.994.3574

 

 

ƒP 034Best Back and Spine Care Practice
Resurgens Spine Center
Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from neck and back pain, the expert physicians offer both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options to get patients back to doing what they love. They are one of Georgia’s leaders in minimally invasive spine procedures with more locations to serve you better. No referral needed. ResurgensSpine.com

 

 

ƒP 035Best General/Family Dental Practice
Maple Drive Dentistry
Dr. Louisa Berman and her team offer a comprehensive dental practice, providing custom cosmetic veneers and implants, same-day crowns and porcelain fillings, as well as additional cosmetic services like Botox® and fillers. MapleDriveDentistry.com 404.237.0497

 

 

P 036Best ENT Practice
ENT Institute
Advanced technologies, cost-effective procedures and unmatched patient care make this the bar for excellence for treating ear, nose and throat conditions. ENTInstitute.com, 678.206.2555

 

 

ƒBest Gastroenterology Practice
P 037Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
As one of the largest gastroenterology practices in the country, patients receive expert digestive healthcare from an extensive team of diverse, board-certified physicians, including diagnosis, treatment, outpatient procedures and more. AtlantaGastro.com, 866.468.6242

 

 

ƒP 038Best Maternity Hospital
Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion
From maternity education to diagnostic services, as well as newborn intensive care, this designated Baby-Friendly® metro Atlanta hub provides a calming environment for women of all ages to enjoy trusted medical care. GwinnettMedicalCenter.org/MaternityServices, 678.312.4790

 

 

P 040Best Dermatology Practice‚
Dermatology Consultants
For more than 75 years, this practice has been a trusted source for treating skin conditions and providing both medical and aesthetic resolutions. Its top technology and equipment, board-certified dermatologists, expert consultation, and diagnosis and treatment are the springboard for quality care. DermatologyConsultants.org

 

 

ƒP 039Best Urology Practice
Dr. Scott D. Miller, WellStar Health System
With Dr. Miller’s more than 20 years of experience and expertise in robotic and laparoscopic surgery added to the trusted WellStar family, patients receive the best quality of care and service through advanced techniques and proactive treatment plans. ScottDMillerMD.com, 470.956.4230

 

 

Best Stroke Rehabilitation Facility„
Shepherd Center
P 041Shepherd Center’s stroke program focuses on multidisciplinary and individualized services, including treatment for young stroke patients in the prime of their lives. With the patient and family’s involvement, Shepherd Center’s healthcare providers collaborate to deliver high-quality clinical care. Shepherd.org/Patient-Programs/Stroke, 404.350.2020

 

 

P 043Best Pediatric Dentistry„
Nia Pediatric Dentistry
Healthy teeth at an early age start here. Dr. Azi Nia provides a selection of services including pediatric dentistry and preventative care as a board-certified pediatric dentist that is gentle, patient and trained to make young, bright smiles last forever. NiaDentistry.com, 770.479.9999

 

 

P 042Best Primary Care Practice
GMC Primary Care & Speciality Center
You can conveniently tap into expert medical care from Gwinnett Medical Center through in-office, comprehensive and personalized primary care options for the entire family, including diagnostics, treatment and more. GwinnettMedicalCenter.org/Suwanee 678.312.8400

 

 

P 044Best Medical Imaging Center„
OutPatient Imaging
The Atlanta location serves patients with the latest in technology and patient care. Patients benefit from a highly trained staff of registered techs and radiologists, high-quality scans, cost-saving programs and a comfortable, pleasant atmosphere. OutpatientImaging.net, 404.CALL.OPI

 

 

ƒP 045Best Foot and Ankle Care Practice
Resurgens Foot & Ankle Center
The foot and ankle specialists at Resurgens Orthopaedics are all board certified and fellowship trained, serving patients across metro Atlanta with comprehensive and compassionate care. From diagnosis to treatment, they offer surgical and nonsurgical options to help patients feel their best. No referral needed. Resurgens.com/Foot-Ankle

 

 

P 046Best Urgent Care Facility„
WellStreet Urgent Care
As a part of Georgia’s premier urgent care group, Piedmont Urgent Care is redefining the urgent care experience with its unique approach to patient-focused service and commitment to high-quality care for the whole family. WellStreet.com

 

 P 047

Best Orthodontics Practice„
Braces Braces
This experienced team is focused on helping you achieve the smile of your dreams through careful planning and execution. With multiple locations, a family-friendly environment, technology, and caring experts, the staff is confident that they can create a beautiful new smile for you.
Braces-Braces.com

 

 

 

 

Best CSA Program
Soulful Cafe by Soulful Yoga & SUP
SoulfulYogaAtl.com
Best Farm-to-Home Delivery
Nature’s Garden Express
NaturesGardenExpress.com
Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant
The Mill Kitchen and Bar
TheMillKitchenAndBar.com
Best Farmers Market
Your Dekalb Farmers Market
DekalbFarmersMarket.com
Best Food Festival
Taste of Alpharetta
AwesomeAlpharetta.com/Taste-Of-Alpharetta
Best Food Truck
Vego Bistro
VegoBistro.com
Best Health Food Store
Nuts ‘n Berries
NutsNBerries.com
Best Juice Bar
{SAMA} Food for Balance
SamaFoodForBalance.com
Best New Healthy Restaurant
Flower Child
IAmAFlowerChild.com
Best Nutrition Counseling/Coach
Chris Romano
AtlantaSC.com/Coaches
Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant
Lucky’s Burger and Brew
LuckysBurgerAndBrew.com
Best Restaurant Patio
True Food Kitchen
TrueFoodKitchen.com
Best Vegan Restaurant
Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine
LovingHut.us
Best Vegetarian Restaurant
Green Love Kitchen
GreenLoveKitchen.com 

FOOD AND NUTRITION

ƒP 048Best Craft Cocktails
Atlas
Tucked into one of the city’s most luxurious hotels, the ever-evolving, seasonal and hand-shaken cocktail menu is served alongside an elevated curation of tasty small plates in the Tavern at Atlas. Guests can also expect a rotating selection of artfully made entrées in the dining room. AtlasRestaurant.com 404.600.6471

 

 

ƒP 049Best Prepared Healthy Meal Delivery
Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine
Experience delicious, chef-prepared meals delivered to your door or picked up from over 120 locations around metro Atlanta. Whether you’re trying to lose weight, eat healthy or just don’t have time to cook, Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine makes it easy for you to do it all. FreshNFitCuisine.com, 678.208.0341

 

 

P 050Best Upscale Healthy Restaurant„
Upbeet
Savor delicious, clean food without sacrificing nutrition through flavorful, vibrant meals and snacks. Expert chefs and people who are passionate about whole, organic food that’s good for you curate the selection here. Upbeet.com, 404.347.1071

 

Monday, 26 November 2018 17:50

Cleaning Up How We Eat

 

 

 

By Jennifer Colosimo

 

In the last decade or so, thinking about what we're putting into our bodies has gotten a lot more on trend. We seek out whole grains and lean meats, and we avoid processed and preserved foods. We take our health seriously and know that feeling good starts with the fuel we're using; and the kind we're using is getting a little ... cleaner.

Unfortunately, it's tricky to eat clean with misleading marketing strategies that make you think what you're consuming is healthy. How can you get healthier and feel better when the food industry makes it so hard? It starts with knowing how to read labels, learning what to avoid and not being afraid to ask questions. The result is an enjoyable, manageable lifestyle—free of junk—that we can maintain forever.

 

What It Means to Eat Clean

P 1According to fitness competitor, radio personality and passionate healthy lifestyle advocate Madison James, the first key to taking clean eating to the next level is knowing where your food comes from.

"If you get meats, fruits and vegetables produced here, in Georgia, you know it's cleaner because nothing had to be added to keep those foods fresh for the trip from the farm to your table," James says. "Then, it's important to know what kind of practices a farm uses on your produce. Think about an organic apple versus a nonorganic apple in the grocery store. The nonorganic apple is vibrant, shiny and looks like a brand-new car. The organic one doesn't, but, it's not supposed to. It took doing something to that nonorganic apple to get it that way—and then that is what goes into our bodies."

SB1"The same goes for restaurants," she adds. "Clean eating doesn't mean you can't go out to eat, but you do have to ask questions. Ask where their foods came from—most of the time they're proud to tell you it came from somewhere local. When it does, and you know that the farm where it came from doesn't use hormones, or inject other chemicals into their animals, then you know what you're eating is clean."

Flower Child, in Buckhead and Sandy Springs, is one of those restaurants where you can trust what's on your plate hasn't been pumped with extra additives.

"People tend to think that eating 'clean' means eating food that's bland in taste," says Flower Child brand chef Peder Bondhus. "Each of our wraps, salads, bowls and plates are built upon simple and fresh ingredients that work together to create a flavorful and delicious dish rich in colorful fruits and veggies."

 

How Things Get Dirty

The bigger problem is in additives like sodium, sugar and manufactured flavorings. Even chicken—Americans eat an average of 87 pounds of chicken per person every year, and about a third of it has been synthetically saturated with water, salt and other additives via needles and vacuums to make it juicier, tastier and more tender, according to Cooking Light. In its 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the U.S. government recommends adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day. This means you can potentially rack up about a fifth of your daily allotment of sodium with "enhanced" poultry before you even think about adding your own pinch.

P 2Tammy Stokes, a California transplant and founder of Cafe West Express, West Coast Workout, and author of "Live Your Healthiest Life," offered her (dirty) laundry list of things to look out for. We already know to buy high-quality, grass-fed meats, organic eggs, small, cold-water fish that are low in mercury and natural sweeteners like honey, coconut nectar, molasses, maple syrup and stevia to boost eating for your health, but scary chemicals and additives are in a lot of foods we don't think about. She pointed out some of the places where we don't expect to see additives:

  • Chlorine and aluminum: bleached table salt
  • High fructose corn syrup: breads, candy, salad dressing, yogurt, cereal, ketchup
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG): Chinese food, chips, lunch meats, soups, broths
  • Trans fat: fried and fast foods, margarine, baked goods
  • Artificial sweeteners: gum, toothpaste, breath mints, chewable vitamins, tea
  • Sulfur dioxide: beer, dried fruits, juices, vinegar,
  • potato products
  • Nitrates: lunch meats, bacon, ham, cured meats, smoked fish
  • Food dyes: The worst ones are Blue No. 1 and No. 2, Red No. 1, Yellow No. 6

P 3"I call it eating for your health," says Raul Hiteshew, a self-named nutritarian, competitive bodybuilder and founder of HiveFit All Natural Supplements. "By avoiding artificial sweeteners, colorants, synthetic preservatives or anything that wasn't intended by nature, clean eating naturally sets up our bodies to prevent illness and live a vibrant life."
SB2But sometimes, those additives are even in products customers are buying to actually "get healthier."

"You are not required to list an ingredient in a supplement if it's under half a gram (500 milligrams), or even list the amount used if it's a nonactive ingredient," Hiteshew says. "Some of these ingredients, a little goes a long way, and even half a gram is actually very unhealthy. Grab any protein powder and read the 'other ingredients' below the nutrition label. You will see fillers, anticaking agents, flowing agents and preservatives—and this is assuming you're drinking a healthy product that doesn't use artificial colorants and sweeteners."

Our lesson? Look at the labels, and check the ingredients to reveal exactly what's about to go in your body. If you're opting for something packaged, choose those made with whole ingredients you'd be able to find in your own pantry.

 

How Eating Dirty Makes Us Feel

Why does it matter if we eat clean? When we're overloaded on sodium, we retain water, making us feel sluggish, bloated, maybe even fatigued and depressed. It can give us headaches, muscle cramps and keep us from feeling like the best version of ourselves. Too much sugar can lead to skin problems, diabetes or obesity, even heart problems. Too much fat leads to high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and potentially serious heart issues. Many chemicals and additives have been associated with increasing the risk of cancer. In general, toxins lead to inflammation, and inflammation prevents our bodies from fighting disease, staying healthy and operating the way they were meant to.

"When you eat foods that are clean, like fresh produce and simply prepared proteins, you feel an energy that lifts you up and is more consistent over time," Bondhus says. "Foods that are not clean have the opposite effect, weighing you down and taking away energy. Your body actually has a harder time processing all of the extra ingredients that it's not familiar with and aren't natural," he adds.

"Clean eating is based on the foundation of eating foods that create health not deteriorate it," says Stokes. "Food is either good medicine or a bad drug, and eating clean is the first step to better health."

 

How to Beat the Tricks and Train Your Palate

"The technology and psychology behind making packaged foods is shockingly advanced. You can control taste, reactions and emotions by modifying it genetically or simply adding sugars, MSG, phosphate salts, etcetera," says Hiteshew. "It can get overwhelming quickly, but if you start reading labels before something goes into your shopping cart, you can beat the sneaky marketing strategies and fill your pantry with the right foods."

P 4"Once you stop eating so much sugar, salt and unnecessary fat in your food, you'll actually be able to taste fresh, delicious pure flavors," says Nancy Waldeck, a healthy chef and "partyologist" who turned her love for food and entertaining into a healthy lifestyle. "When eaters realize that they can make food at home that is delicious and tastes better than the food they have been ordering out, it opens up the possibilities to feel and look better.

"Being a label detective is the best way to shop," she adds. "I often use a box of organic mac and cheese to illustrate this. That 'organic' product contains excess sugar, salt and loads of preservatives, even though you thought you were buying something healthy. When you make mac and cheese at home, you can make it super delicious and you get to be in charge of the ingredients."

Stokes adds, "Clean food tastes real and delicious, because most of the time it is made with fruits and vegetables that are fresh and in season, so the flavors are at their peak."

"Real clean eating doesn't mean you have to eliminate whole food groups or never go out to eat again," James says. "It's simply about eating real, whole foods, and eliminating the junk that doesn't belong in our bodies. It takes work and commitment, yes, but the people who do it have never felt better."

 

Resources:
Peder Bondhus, Flower Child, IAmAFlowerChild.com
Raul Hiteshew, HiveFit All Natural Supplements, HiveFit.com
Madison James, Instagram.com/MadisonJames404
Tammy Stokes, Cafe West Express, West Coast Workout, WestCoastWorkout.com
Nancy Waldeck, Taste and Savor, TasteAndSavor.com

Monday, 26 November 2018 17:17

Dare to Dream, Again

By Jennifer Colosimo

If Megan Callihan had been a teacher from the start, she’d have a road map already perfected by her mother, aunt, grandmother, and even her sister. She’d already have tenure and she’d probably be debt free. But the 31-year-old wanted to be different. She pursued a career where she could stand out from her family, climbing the corporate ladder in hospitality management.

If Megan Callihan had been a teacher from the start, she’d have a road map already perfected by her mother, aunt, grandmother, and even her sister. She’d already have tenure and she’d probably be debt free. But the 31-year-old wanted to be different. She pursued a career where she could stand out from her family, climbing the corporate ladder in hospitality management.
“We spend our childhoods dreaming of what we want to be when we grow up,” Callihan says. “But often once that era arrives, we’ve winded our way down a different path. The doctor or astronaut dreams are forgotten, and whatever job we get becomes life. … At a certain point, my priorities began to shift. My husband and I started talking about our future and it became apparent that the career path I was on didn’t line up with what we wanted for our family.”

Callihan’s path is a familiar one for many people, one that starts to get bumpy somewhere along the line and introduces a yearning to do something different. Thus, a large part of adult society is going back to the classroom. This guide offers encouragement to adults who are looking to find their “thing,” a field they’re passionate about, happy in and proud of.

1. Figure out why you want to change careers.

In 2020, nearly 20 percent of college and graduate students are expected to be over the age of 35, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. If you’re going to be one of that growing number, make sure you know the reasons behind your restlessness.

The most common reasons to go back:

  • Seeking a change in work-life balance
  • Re-entering the workforce after raising a family
  • A result of early retirement and the need to keep doing something
  • To open doors for advancement opportunities in a current field
  • To establish job security in a current position
  • To do something different

Amanda Young, director of admissions and student services at Belhaven University-Atlanta says, “The decision to change careers or go back to college has a lot to do with [individuals] being at a point in their life where they feel the freedom to pursue what truly interests them.”
But, buyer beware. Hone in on those reasons before you quit your current job, or pay for more schooling. Debbie Aiken, director of extended learning in the Office of Admission at Oglethorpe University says, “Changing careers can be a very personal decision, but it can take time for a person to discover their true passion, or pinpoint their professional strengths.”

2. Start asking questions.

According to “USA Today” and HuffingtonPost.com, in 2025, employers will need roughly 23 million more workers with degrees than the country’s colleges and universities are producing at their current rate. With the right credentials, you could be a hot commodity when it comes to filling those positions. Start prepping now by seeking out professionals who are already in your field of interest and ask a lot of questions.

  • How did they get to where they are?
  • What kind of schooling did they go through?
  • What is their current experience like?
  • What is the average starting salary? How much can you make in their field?

3. Do a lot of research.

Based on the answers to those questions, find out where you can go to get the training, certifications or degree that is required for your potential new job. And even before you apply, look for ways to immerse yourself in that new field so that you can get hands-on exposure and a reality check on how committed you are to a career change.

  • Check out The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the O*NET Resource Center to survey expected skills required for the job you want
  • Attend events or seminars to expand your knowledge
  • Get an internship that offers face time and hands-on experience with professionals in your new field

4. Make connections.
Networking not only provides a resource for asking questions, but it will help you meet the people you need to make connections with in hopes that they can assist you with landing a job later.

  • Get to know your teachers/instructors
  • Meet and harbor relationships with pros already in the field
  • Join professional groups related to your career

5. Get trained.

Whether it’s attending college and taking courses, a weekend-long certification, or any type of training program in between, you’ll have to develop the skills to become a competitive candidate for a new position. Consider the following:

  • Online schooling
  • Continuing education programs
  • Certification courses

P1Michelle Girage, assistant dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University says, “Employers value the time, effort and commitment individuals make through continuing education programs that provide students with practical, hands-on experience.”

It might be impossible for you to attend traditional school hours; instead, seek out institutions that offer programs created specifically for working adults.

Deciding where to take classes is important, but getting organized for your second go-round can make the end result a perfect fit.

  • Dig up transcripts to credit toward your new degree, if applicable
  • Get to know your adviser, so you take only the courses you need
  • Map out your schooling, so you know how long it will take to graduate
  • Know what you need; in some cases, a degree isn’t necessary. When a candidate already has an understanding of the subject matter, a professional certificate program can get you job-qualified, in some cases, without stressful (and expensive) semesters

6 Make sure you can afford it. 

According to Student Loan Hero, Americans owe over $1.48 trillion in student loan debt.
“It’s important for students to do their research about salary expectations and managing student debt,” Aiken says.
That said, there are several options adults can seek out when paying out of pocket is just too expensive.

  • Look for employer-paid tuition
  • reimbursement options
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Check eligibility for alumni discounts
  • Pay attention to education benefits from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Ask about flexible payment plans
  • Research the various types of state and federal aid available and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Taking advantage of the resources around you can help make your career transition a successful one. And while juggling school, life, and expenses can be challenging, putting time into thoughtfully planning your entrance into a new profession can make all the difference.

 

Resources:
Debbie Aiken, Oglethorpe University, Oglethorpe.edu
Michelle Girage, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw.edu
Amanda Young, Belhaven University-Atlanta, Atlanta.Belhaven.edu

Friday, 05 October 2018 18:21

Best of 2018 Contest Winners

2015 General RIBBON Thank you to

everyone who voted!

Here are the results

of your votes.


Announcing the

"Best of 2018"

Contest Winners:

 

Fitness/Weight Loss Section

 

 

Best Athletic Club Windy Hill Athletic Club
Best Barre Studio Barre3-East Cobb
Best Boot Camp BodyJump Fitness
Best Boxing Workout Facility Fitbox Training Perimeter
Best CrossFit Gym CrossFit Vesuvio
Best Cycling Shop Outback Bikes
Best Dance Fitness Facility Dance 101
Best Fitness Apparel Store Lululemon Athletica
Best Fitness Equipment Store Play it Again Sports
Best Golf Instruction Jon Veldhuis, Capital City Club
Best Gym SculptHouse
Best HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) Facility FIT9
Best Indoor Cycling Studio TURN Studio
Best Kid Fitness Facility Kinetic Sports Elite
Best Martial Arts Training Team Octopus Fitness
Best New Boutique Fitness Studio Bungee
Best Outdoor Gear Store Mountain High Outfitters
Best Outdoor Sports Instruction REI Co-op
Best Personal Trainer Pamela Molinari, Atlanta Fitness Diva
Best Personal Training Facility Stellar Bodies
Best Pilates Studio Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy
Best Rec Sports League Atlanta Flying Disc Club
Best Running/Walking Gear Store Big Peach Running Co.
Best Senior Fitness Facility Family Life Center, Second-Ponce De Leon Baptist Church
Best Tennis Facility Life Time Fitness
Best Water Sports Instruction 20,000 Leagues Scuba and Aquatics
Best Yoga Studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga

 

Cosmetic/Antiaging/Beauty Section

 
Best Blowouts Blo Blow Dry Bar
Best Body Sculpting Practice Aesthetic Specialty Centre Plastic Surgery and Dermatology
Best Botox Dermatology Center of Atlanta
Best Brows Sarah Powell, Authentic Beauty
Best Cosmetic Dentistry Practice Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Best Esthetician Anderson Aesthetics
Best Fillers A New You Skin and Body Clinic
Best Hair Extensions Jutta Blase, Carter Barnes
Best Hair Replacement/Restoration Practice Anderson Center For Hair
Best Hair Salon for African-American Hair Alicia Igess, Urban Tangles
Best Hair Salon for Men Salon Skanda
Best Hair Salon for Women Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
Best Laser Hair Removal Facility Timeless Aesthetics Medspa of Atlanta
Best Lashes Sweet & Lashful
Best Makeup Artist Leslie Crowell, Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique
Best Manicure and Pedicure Sugarcoat Nail & Beauty Bar
Best Med Spa Amachi MedSpa
Best Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation (Microneedling, Microdermabrasion) Practice Pure Aesthetics & Skin Care
Best Permanent Makeup Janet Wix
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Breasts Dr. Patricia Yugueros, Luna Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Buttocks Dr. Asaf Yalif, Y Plastic Surgery
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Eyes Dr. Burke Robinson, Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Facial Plastic Surgery Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker, Atlanta Face & Body Center
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Nose Dr. Lisa DiFrancesco, DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Tummy/Midsection Dr. Stanley Okoro, Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Best Sunless Tanning Opulence Spray Tan Club
Best Vein Treatment Practice VEINAtlanta
Best Waxing The Waxxpot

 

Health and Wellness Section

 
Best Addiction Care Facility Talbott Recovery
Best Allergy Practice Center for Allergy & Asthma
Best Arthritis Practice Arthritis & Rheumatology of Georgia
Best Audiology/ Hear Practice Atlanta Hearing Associates
Best Back and Spine Care Practice Resurgens Spine Center
Best Bariatric Surgery Practice Dr. Christopher Hart, Atlanta Bariatrics
Best Brain Health Treatment Center LearningRx
Best Cancer Care Facility TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
Best Chiropractic Care Practice Excel Chiropractic
Best Dermatology Practice Dermatology Consultants
Best Diabetes Care Practice Dr. Rachel Derr, Endocrine Specialists of Atlanta
Best ENT Practice ENT Institute
Best Eye Care Practice EyeSouth Partners
Best Foot and Ankle Care Practice Resurgens Foot & Ankle Center
Best Gastroenterology Practice Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
Best General/Family Dental Practice Maple Drive Dentistry
Best Healthy Getaway (in Atlanta or within driving distance) The Woodhouse Day Spa
Best Heart Health Facility Piedmont Heart Institute
Best Hormone Therapy Practice New Vitality Medical
Best Integrative/Functional Medicine Practice CentreSpringMD
Best Joint Surgery/Replacement Practice OrthoAtlanta
Best Massage Therapy Practice Warrior Body Spa
Best Maternity Hospital Gwinnett Women's Pavilion
Best Medical Imaging Center OutPatient Imaging
Best Mental Health Care Practice Atlanta Center for Wellness
Best Neurology Practice Douglas Neurology Associates, P.C.
Best OB/GYN Practice North Atlanta Women's Care
Best Orthodontics Practice Braces Braces
Best Pediatric Dentistry Nia Pediatric Dentistry
Best Pediatric Practice Pediatric Orthopaedic Associates
Best Physical Therapy Center PT 360
Best Podiatry Center Village Podiatry Centers
Best Primary Care Practice GMC Primary Care & Speciality Center
Best Reproductive/Fertility Practice Reproductive Biology Associates
Best Senior Care Facility Parc Communities
Best Stroke Rehabilitation Facility Shepherd Center
Best Urgent Care Facility WellStreet Urgent Care
Best Urology Practice Dr. Scott Miller, WellStar Health System
Best Weight Loss Clinic Sparkle Wellness

 

Life Enrichment Section

 
Best Active Senior Living Community Village Park Senior Living
Best Animal Clinic Baranik Animal Care
Best Ballroom Dance Studio International Dance Studios
Best Bookstore Phoenix & Dragon
Best Charity Ball/Gala Smiley for Kylie
Best Charity Race Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer
Best Comedy Club The Basement Theatre
Best Community Garden Oakhurst Community Garden
Best Continuing Education Program for Adults Kennesaw State University
Best Cooking Classes/School The Cook's Warehouse
Best Dance Club MJQ Concourse
Best Doggy Daycare Puppy Haven
Best Financial Planning/Services Faye Sykes, Scarlet Oak Financial Services
Best Gardening Classes Taproot Hydroponics
Best Groomer Swanky Paws Pet Spa
Best Hidden Gem for Live Music MadLife Stage & Studios
Best Life Coach New Perspectives for Life
Best Marriage Counseling/Therapy Practice CURA Couples and Family Therapy Center of Atlanta
Best Museum Waffle House Museum
Best New Give-Back Initiative Fab Women Over 50 Flower Power Calendar
Best Pet Rescue Organization Angels Among Us Pet Rescue
Best Pet Store Hollywood Feed
Best Pet Trainer Peach on a Leash
Best Pet Walker/Sitter Service CutiePaws Pet Sitting
Best Staycation The St. Regis Atlanta
Best Team Building Event Urban Escape Games

 

Food and Nutrition Section

 
Best Craft Cocktails Atlas
Best CSA Program Soulful Cafe by Soulful Yoga & SUP
Best Farm-to-Home Delivery Nature's Garden Express
Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant The Mill Kitchen and Bar
Best Farmers Market Your Dekalb Farmers Market
Best Food Festival Taste of Alpharetta
Best Food Truck Vego Bistro
Best Health Food Store Nuts 'n Berries
Best Juice Bar {SAMA} Food for Balance
Best New Healthy Restaurant Flower Child
Best Nutrition Counseling/Coach Chris Romano
Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant Lucky's Burger and Brew
Best Prepared Healthy Meal Delivery Fresh 'N Fit Cuisine
Best Restaurant Patio True Food Kitchen
Best Upscale Healthy Restaurant Upbeet
Best Vegan Restaurant Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine
Best Vegetarian Restaurant Green Love Kitchen
   

Thursday, 27 September 2018 18:22

Atlanta’s Tooth Fairy

Dr. Azi Nia creates a whimsical wonderland for her
patients at Nia Pediatric Dentistry.

By Katherine Michalak

For Dr. Azi Nia, board-certified pediatric dentist, establishing a practice in the heart of East Cobb was a natural extension of her commitment to serve the families of her beloved community. "This is home for me," Dr. Azi (as her patients call her) says. "Being here makes perfect sense." She moved to East Cobb over 20 years ago. She and her family transitioned easily thanks to the welcoming environment of their new neighborhood. For years, Dr. Azi could be found working part-time at the Parkaire Kroger pharmacy while attending Georgia State University and developing the customer service expertise she'd bring with her as she studied pediatric dentistry and established her own practice.

Dr. Azi attended the Georgia State University, graduating with her undergraduate degree in mathematics and chemistry. She continued on to the Medical College of Georgia where she earned her Doctorate of Dental Medicine. In order to become a specialist in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Azi completed a three-year residency at Children's Hospital Colorado where she also served as chief resident. During these three years, Dr. Azi treated a diverse population of medically compromised patients and people with special healthcare needs and was an active participant with the craniofacial lip and palate team. Shortly thereafter, she received the status of Diplomate by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

P1Dr. Azi is dedicated to providing excellent pediatric dental care and building confidence in her patients. Creating a positive dental experience customized to each young patient is central to Dr. Azi's practice philosophy. She believes in supporting her patients and their families by finding realistic solutions and preventing problems before they arise. Dr. Azi's greatest goal is helping a child overcome their fear and anxiety, getting them to a point where they enjoy their appointments. "We want to change [the typical child's] fear of dentistry." We focus on preventative care using the latest technology and a fun friendly environment that takes that fear away. We want kids to have fun in a relaxing environment. Our goal for our office is to be far from the traditional dental offices." In addition to standard pediatric dental services, Dr. Azi also offers hospital dentistry and laser treatment for lip/tongue ties to help infants with breastfeeding and toddlers with speech issues.

Her mission becomes evident the moment visitors walk through the front door of Nia Pediatric Dentistry and into the whimsical wonderland of Dr. Azi's fully-customized clinic space (or possibly prior to that if they've spotted the hippo-emblazoned vehicle parked outside). More than bright colors or thematic displays, this entire office feels like a giant playroom—life-sized cartoon animal figurines perch throughout, lively murals feature impish creatures to spark the imagination, game and video terminals hover above exam chairs, baskets of toys and books delight curious little ones, and there's even a quiet private work area for parents. Every element of the design incorporates the child's perspective and caters to their needs while boasting the most advanced technology and involving parents in the treatment whenever desired. "A lot of times I think the kids read the fears of their parents," Dr. Azi reveals. "And parents always ask me, 'Where were you when I was growing up?' and 'Can you see me as well?'"

P2The amusement at the office carries over into Dr. Azi's personal life as well. "We have such a haven here in East Cobb. Great schools, true family-focused environment, parents who stay really involved with their children, and a strong community." Dr. Azi and her husband, Dr. Farshid Nia DMD, MSD, who is the clinical director at BB Braces Braces and an advisory board member at North American Dental Group, spend time enjoying a variety of activities that include their two children, Shervin and Leena, and their three family dogs. "We go to East Cobb Park," Dr. Azi says. "And there are so many wonderful places to eat too! We love Camps Kitchen & Bar and Moxie Burger in Paper Mill Village, or Tijuana Joe's for Mexican P3food, or Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar for seafood." NiaDentistry.com, 1111 Johnson Ferry Rd., 770-479-9999. The content for this article is brought to you by Nia Pediatric Dentistry.

 

Words of Wisdom fromDr. Azi Nia

Dr. Azi (as her patients call her) strives to teach kids superior dental care, and she enlists parents to aid. "Parents should supervise brushing until kids can tie their own shoes and write in cursive," Dr. Azi asserts. Adults should monitor the process to make sure the child brushes at least twice a day for two minutes each time. "Also, floss every day," Dr. Azi instructs. "Rinses are good but they don't replace flossing." And what treats make her naughty list? "Drinking soda and juice constantly is soaking teeth in acid and sugar. Drink water! Kids need to snack on crunchy fruits and vegetables more and sticky candy less!"

Dr. Azi says,"A pediatric dentist is the pediatrician for overall oral health. All kids should see a pediatric dentist by age 1."

 

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 21:02

whole body health guide A-Z

 

 

 

Fitness & Movement

 

p19Round 30 Min Kickbox Fitness
2899-B N. Decatur Rd.
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 343-0286
9Round.com/DecaturGAN
9Round is the ultimate 30-minute, total-body, kickboxing circuit! We don't waste a minute of your time. It's the END of boring cardio and the first workout is ALWAYS free! 9Round is dedicated to providing a unique, fun and proven workout that guarantees results!

 

p2Atlanta Fitness Diva
855 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE., Ste. 200 Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 531-5000
AtlantaFitnessDiva.com
Atlanta Fitness Diva in Sandy Springs is the premier training studio for women. Strength training, sculpting workouts, specialized lower body stations and personal attention to the client is what makes them unique. Owner Pamela Molinari is a 32-year veteran trainer whose achievements include being voted Best Fitness Facility 2018 by My Sandy Springs magazine.

 

 

 

The Center for Integrative Yoga Studies
1924 Clairmont Rd., Ste. 140
Decatur, GA
(404) 217-7453
IntegrativeYogaStudies.com

 

p3Club Pilates
5968 Roswell Rd.
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 588-2500
ClubPilates.com
We believe Pilates is the best workout in the world, so we're bringing it to the masses! Increase your strength, flexibility, and stamina no matter your fitness level or injury history. Whether you're a fine-tuned pro athlete or you've had 3 ACL surgeries, Pilates is for every body!

 

Concourse Athletic Club
8 Concourse Pkwy.
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(770) 698-2000
ConcourseClub.com

 

p4F45 Training Sandy Springs
6125 Roswell Rd., Ste. 1000
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 268-3345
F45Training.com
F45 Training, the fastest growing fitness network is now in Sandy Springs! Team-based, functional training workout that places emphasis on motivation, innovation and results. HIIT-style workout using combinations of strength and cardio, the 45-minute sessions are designed to burn upwards of 750 calories. (directly across from Rumi's Kitchen)

 

 

p5Giving Tree Yoga
1295 W. Spring St., Ste. 120
Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 626-1559
YogaSmyrna.com
Giving Tree Yoga is a mindful studio located in the Smyrna Market Village. Our classes are perfect for both beginner and advanced students. Our teachers will guide you through your practice and offer modifications for all levels of experience. We offer Vinyasa Flow, Gentle Flow, Yoga Basics, Yin/Restorative Yoga classes.

 

GYMGUYZ of North Alpharetta-West Roswell
(678) 258-7555
GymGuyz.com

 

Midtown Trainers
2115 Piedmont Rd. NE., Ste. 106
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 348-6377
MidtownTrainers.com

 

p6Next Age Fitness
1610 Lavista Rd. NE., Ste. 1
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 998-4432
NextAgeFitness.com
Next Age Fitness understands busy professionals! We use cutting-edge equipment that challenges specific muscle groups and provides a safe, effective and *efficient* method of strength training. Grow muscle mass and improve bone density with our 20-minute workout. Experience the future of exercise now! Call today for your Free Demo.

 

 

SculptHouse
3167 Peachtree Rd. NE., Ste. Q
Atlanta, GA 30305
(470) 553-0080
SculptHouse.com

 

Sculpted Body
1205 Johnson Ferry Rd., Ste. 133
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 971-9999
SculptedBodyAtl.com

 

Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy
5975 Roswell Rd., Ste. C-33
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 303-9153
StabilityAtlanta.com

 

Thunderbolt Power Yoga
3872 Roswell Rd. NE., Unit C4
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 556-1605
ThunderboltPowerYoga.com

 

Windy Hill Athletic Club
135 Interstate N. Pkwy. NW.
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1100
WindyHillClub.com

 

 

Food & Nutrition

 

Arden's Garden
13 Locations Across Metro Atlanta
(404) 209-1200
ArdensGarden.com

 

Betsy Thurston Registered Dietitian
813 Burning Tree Ct. SE.
Marietta, GA 30067
(404) 295-1415
BetsyThurstonRD.com

 

Bowl Lab
3621 Vinings Slope SE., Ste. 1110
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 371-2695
AtlBowlLab.com

 

Cafe Sunflower
2140 Peachtree Rd. NW.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 352-8859
CafeSunflower.com

 

Your Dekalb Farmers Market
3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-6400
DekalbFarmersMarket.com

 

dtox juice
3850 Roswell Rd. NE., Atlanta, GA 30342
(855) 981-3869
DtoxJuice.com

 

Dulce Vegan Bakery & Cafe
1994 Hosea L. Williams Dr. NE.
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 624-7417
DulceVegan.com

 

Flower Child
3400 Around Lenox Rd., #207
Atlanta, GA 30326
(678) 668-2271
IAmAFlowerChild.com

 

Fresh 'N Fit Cuisine
6080 Parkway North Dr., Ste. 200
Cumming, GA 30040
(678) 208-0341
FreshNFitCuisine.com

 

p7Good Measure Meals
181 Armour Dr. NE.
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 815-7695
GoodMeasureMeals.com
As Atlanta's Local Kitchen on a Mission, Good Measure Meals cooks and delivers fresh, healthy meals across Metro Atlanta and Athens. "With the Good Measure Meals Fuel plan, I've finally found a great balance with protein and carbs. The food is amazing—better than a restaurant!" — Tina T., Atlanta

 

hCG Weight Loss Atlanta
6667 Vernon Woods Dr., Ste. B-40
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 968-9642
HCGWeightLossAtlanta.com

 

p8HiveFit Supplements
Alpharetta, GA 30004
HiveFit.com
Truly the purest and healthiest supplements in the market. A science-based company with a holistic approach offers high quality, yet affordable products for the whole family and all fitness levels. This Alpharetta-based company was started after seeing the current supplement industry sacrifice quality for profits. "We are recovering and saving the supplement industry," says owner and formulator, Raul Hiteshew.

 

 

 

 

 

Kale Me Crazy
3167 Peachtree Rd., Ste. F
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 975-3487
KaleMeCrazy.net

 

Loving Hut
220 Hammond Dr., #302
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 941-7992
LovingHut.us

 

MetroFresh
931 Monroe Dr. NE., Ste. A106
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 724-0151
MetroFreshAtl.com

 

{SAMA} Food For Balance
56 E. Andrews Dr. NW., Ste. 17
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 500-3550
SAMAFoodForBalance.com

 

Sublime Tree
10971 Crabapple Rd., Ste. 1900
Roswell, GA 30075
(678) 373-3518
SublimeTree.com

 

True Food Kitchen
3393 Peachtree Rd. NE., Ste. 3058B
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 481-2980
TrueFoodKitchen.com

 

Upbeet
1071 Howell Mill Rd., Ste. A
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 347-1071
Upbeet.com

 

 

Wellness & Prevention

 

Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging
4840 Roswell Rd. NE., Bldg. D, Ste. 100 Atlanta, GA 30342
(770) 777-7707
SlaterMD.com

 

p9Atlanta Smiles & Wellness
4405 Northside Pkwy. NW., #110
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 262-7733
AtlantaSmiles.com
At Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, we are committed to your overall health! We are helping save lives by designing oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea patients. The three main factors that impact obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are age, anatomy, and weight. Untreated OSA has been shown to take almost seven years off your life—it is a matter of life and death.

 

Center For Weight Management At Gwinnett Medical Center
3215 McClure Bridge Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 312-6200
GwinnettMedicalCenter.org

 

p10CentreSpringMD
1401 Dresden Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30319
(404) 814-9808
CentreSpringMD.com
At CentreSpringMD, our team of eight board-certified providers use an integrative approach to get to the root cause of your symptoms. Led by Dr. Taz Bhatia, MD, our team has brought healing to more than 14,000 adult and pediatric patients. From thyroid to food sensitivity, weight loss to ADHD—our team is committed to helping your whole family thrive.

 

 

p11Dermatology Consultants
Covington (770) 784-0343
Buckhead (404) 351-7546
Marietta (770) 971-3376
DermatologyConsultants.org
Although we tend to spend less time outdoors during the winter, the Georgia sun is a constant presence. In fact, by neglecting to apply daily sunscreen during the colder months, our skin is often more susceptible to harmful radiation than it is during the spring and summer. Schedule your yearly skin checks today!

 

Excel Chiropractic
285 Mt. Vernon Hwy. NE.
Atlanta, GA 30328
(770) 743-4393
ExcelAtl.com

 

Medical Creations Integrative Medicine
4840 Roswell Rd. NE., Bldg. A, #200
Atlanta, GA 30342
(678) 732-9065
MCIMAtlanta.com

 

Medical & Sports Massage
220 Sandy Springs Cir., #157B
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 295-7040
LiveLifePainFree.com

 

p12Medical Weight Loss by Healthogenics
2286 Peachtree Rd. NW.
Atlanta, GA 30309
1-800-668-5211
MDWLS.com
Medical Weight Loss by Healthogenics has helped thousands of clients lose millions of pounds with our proven, successful, and guaranteed weight loss programs. We offer customized weight loss programs for children, teens, men, and women, and specialize in helping those that have high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.

 

 

p13Medi-Weightloss, Woodstock
12195 GA-92, #144
Woodstock, GA 30188
(678) 540-7827
MediWeightloss.com/Locations/Woodstock
The Medi-Weightloss® Program is not a diet; it's a lifestyle change! Get off the dieting roller coaster and rejuvenate your life, learning to live healthy and lean for a lifetime. Our trained professionals help make your weight loss journey stress free and uncomplicated. Initial consultation
is FREE! Now accepting insurance.

 

p14Morrow Family Medicine
Located in Cumming and Milton
(770) 781-8004
MorrowFamMed.com
Morrow Family Medicine is a technologically advanced "Old-Fashioned" family practice. Are you looking for providers who care? You will find a home with us! We have two locations: Cumming and Milton. Our walk-in hour from 7:30am to 8:30am is very popular. Morrow Family Medicine ... bringing care back to healthcare.

 

 

 

North Atlanta Dermatology
3850 Pleasant Hill Rd.
Duluth, GA 30096
(770) 814-8222
NADerm.com

 

Progressive Medical Center
4646 N. Shallowford Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30338
(770) 676-6000
ProgressiveMedicalCenter.com

 

Revive Atlanta MD
2786 N. Decatur Rd., Ste. 230
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 835-2637
ReviveAtlMD.com

 

The Saul Clinic of Chiropractic
6667 Vernon Woods Dr. NE.
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 252-0014
AdjustCause.com

 

Three D Wellness
555 Sun Valley Dr., Ste. C1
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 621-8100
ThreeDWellness.com

 

p15TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
8010 Roswell Rd., Ste. 120
Atlanta, GA 30350
(770) 360-9271
MyTurningPoint.org
TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation is a unique nonprofit organization that improves quality of life for breast cancer patients by providing, promoting and advocating specialized and evidence-based rehabilitation. Services include physical therapy, massage therapy, counseling, exercise classes, and education programs. TurningPoint is located in a clinic off Roswell Road in Atlanta.

 

WellStar Kennestone Hospital
677 Church St.
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 793-5000
WellStar.org

 

 

Relaxation & Clarity

 

Art It Out Therapy Center
4300 Paces Ferry Rd. SE., Ste. 357
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 989-1300
ArtItOut.com

 

Clinical & Forensic Psychology Services
2751 Buford Hwy., Ste. #410
Atlanta, GA 30324
(770) 396-2206
ClinicalForensicPsychSvs.com

 

Creative Solutions Through Hypnosis
2470 Windy Hill Rd., Ste. #159
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 822-6411
CSHypnosis.com

 

Empower Rehab & Wellness
1708 Peachtree St. NW., #103
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 597-7308
AtlantaEmpower.com

 

Gedalia Healing Arts
(678) 357-3443
GedaliaHealingArts.com

 

p16Hypnotherapy of North GA
110 Samaritan Dr., #212
Cumming, GA 30040
(678) 353-3243
HypnosPro.com
Hypnotherapy of North Georgia is a provider of hypnotherapy services for the Metro Atlanta area. Hypnotherapist, Raymond Berger helps people struggling with Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Confidence issues, Insomnia and PTSD. Medically, Hypnosis can help clients with: IBS/Crohn's, chronic pain, drug-free childbirth, smoking cessation, permanent weight loss and more.

 

 

 

p17JeJu Sauna & Spa Home of Wellbeing
3555 Gwinnett Pl. Dr. NW.
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 336-7414
JejuSauna.com

 

Perspire Sauna Studio
322 Pharr Rd. NE.
Atlanta, GA 30305
(678) 718-7732
PerspireSaunaStudio.com

 

Presents of Mind Hypnosis
1963 Hosea Williams Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 449-9266
PresentsOfMindHypnosis.com

 

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
3376 Peachtree Rd. NE., Fl. 3
Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 995-7526
MandarinOriental.com

 

Warrior Body Spa
2298 Brockett Rd.
Tucker, GA 30084
(404) 994-4498
WarriorSpa.com

 

 

Life Enrichment

 

AR Workshop Smyrna
1675 Cumberland Pkwy. SE., Ste. 406
Smyrna, GA 30080
(404) 946-9343
ARWorkshop.com/Smyrna

 

Atlanta Humane Society
981 Howell Mill Rd. NW.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 875-5331
HumaneSociety.org

 

Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Rock Climbing Gym
1019 Collier Rd. NW., Ste. A
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 351-3009
AtlantaRocks.com

 

Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta
Atlanta (404) 897-5556
Duluth (678) 417-7555
MyBallroomDanceClub.com

 

Bowlero
2749 Delk Rd., Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 988-8813
Bowlero.com

 

Callaway Gardens
17800 US-27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822
(844) 512-3826
CallawayGardens.com

 

p18Château Élan Winery & Resort
100 Rue Charlemagne Dr.
Braselton, GA 30517
(678) 425-0900
ChateauElan.com

 

Chefs for Seniors
(404) 914-7252
ChefsForSeniors.com

 

 

Habitat for Humanity
824 Memorial Dr. SE., Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 223-5180
Habitat.org

 

iFLY
2778 Cobb Pkwy. SE., Atlanta, GA 30339
(678) 803-4359
IFlyWorld.com

 

Intown Salt Room
563 Memorial Dr. SE., Unit CU-A
Atlanta, GA 30312
(678) 974-7867
IntownSaltRoom.com

 

Lisa Washington - Health and Wellness Life Coach/Reiki Practitioner
(770) 598-6493
BtyliWellnessAndBeauty.com

 

Sips n Strokes
230 Hammond Dr., Bldg. 400
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 272-0156
p20SipsNStrokes.com

 

Treetop Quest
4770 N. Peachtree Rd.
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 365-0356
TreetopQuest.com

 

Urban Explorers of Atlanta
245 N. Highland Ave. NE., Ste. 230-189
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 636-9310
UxAtl.com

 

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