Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 2.55.40 PMDR. DINA GIESLER & DR. MARIANNA KOVITCH




With a new year just around the corner, many of us are thinking of ways to improve our lives and ourselves. And whether you have personal, romantic, health or professional goals in mind for the upcoming year, having the dream smile you have always wanted can help you gain the confidence you need to achieve your goals. Atlanta Smiles & Wellness, a top cosmetic dental practice serving Atlanta and the surrounding area, has helped many patients transform their smiles and improve their confidence with smile makeovers. Here, our cosmetic dentists discuss your smile makeover options.

A smile makeover is a multistep treatment that consists of two or more cosmetic dental procedures. It can address the following:

• Yellow or dull teeth

• Stains or discoloration

• Chipped, cracked teeth

• Silver (amalgam) fillings

• Gaps and spaces between teeth

• Crooked teeth

• Unusually shaped or sized teeth

• Missing teeth

• Excessive gum tissue (“gummy” smile)

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 2.57.49 PMBecause no two patients are alike, our dentists will tailor your smile makeover so that it addresses your unique needs and goals. Your mouth and teeth will be evaluated thoroughly, using advanced diagnostic tools. These tools allow us to plan your course of treatment accurately as well as help you “preview” your results thanks to innovative imaging technology. Depending on your case, your smile makeover may include any of the following:

• Teeth whitening to lighten teeth several shades (we offer both in-office professional supervised whitening and at-home whitening trays)

• Tooth-colored fillings to replace old and conspicuous metal fillings.

• Dental bonding to conceal stains, gaps between teeth, cracks and chips

• Porcelain veneers to mask stains, gaps between teeth, cracks, chips and eroded enamel

• Dental crowns to restore a normal and attractive appearance to damaged teeth

• Dental implants to replace missing teeth

• Gingival recontouring to address a “gummy” smile and create a more harmonious smile

• Orthodontics to straighten misaligned teeth (we offer traditional braces and Clear Image Aligners)

(404) 262-7733 4405

Northside Pkwy. NW., Ste. 110 Atlanta, GA 30327

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Dr. Daniel Lee

Dr. Daniel Lee




Daniel Lee, MD, FACS, is a member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery and a tenured surgeon at Anderson Center for Hair. His expertise with the ARTAS® robotic hair restoration system is second only to that of Dr. Ken Anderson in the state of Georgia.

Dr. Lee’s years of experience performing hair restorations and his many phenomenal reviews make him an easy choice for patients wanting to restore their hair. His outstanding reputation for delivering compassionate care has followed him through his long, surgical career and serves him well when consulting and treating patients. His genuine demeanor and attention to detail truly set him apart from other surgeons.

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 2.35.03 PMPrior to joining the Anderson Center for Hair, Dr. Lee was Chief of Surgery at Piedmont Hospital with over 20 years of surgical experience. Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate studies in pharmaceutical sciences at Rutgers University and his medical training at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he earned membership to the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

After receiving an Air Force scholarship, Dr. Lee completed his surgical training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, followed by a stellar surgical career as an Air Force major and Chief of Surgery in Warner Robins, Georgia.

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 2.34.41 PMWhen he’s not operating, you can find Dr. Lee at SunTrust Park watching the Atlanta Braves. He also enjoys traveling, swimming, watching movies, and spending time with friends, family, and his rescue pup, Hero.

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What mind/body programs does Windy Hill Athletic Club offer?

We currently offer Power Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Inversion/Handstand Class, Hatha Yoga, Beginner Yoga, Restorative classes, Yin Yoga, and 15-minute guided meditation classes. One-on-one yoga sessions are also available for those who want to learn more. Many of the teachers that work here have been recognized by the yoga community. We also have a beautiful Pilates studio and offer small group classes and one-on-one sessions. This department is a favorite among members.

We have some of the best teachers in Atlanta! Our teachers have done extensive research and training to give our members the very best experience. We offer mat classes along with Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, barrel, MOTR® classes, and one-on-one sessions. Also, be on the lookout for workshops and weekly classes on how to improve better range of motion.

What benefits can be gained through mind/body fitness?

A healthy body needs both strength and flexibility. Just as bones crave space, muscles crave contraction. Working Pilates and yoga into your weekly routine can give you strength and also allow your bones and joints to thrive. With strength and flexibility comes protection against the breakdown of cartilage and bones, increased blood flow, immunity, lung health, and more. Plus, the release of dopamine, endorphins, oxytocin, and serotonin in the brain, leaves us happy and relaxed. This helps to reduce stress, which also benefits overall health and disease prevention.

Susan Walker

Susan Walker

Susan Walker, Mind/Body Program Director Susan has worked in the fitness industry since 2006 and has certifications and continuing education in personal coaching, group exercise, cycling, strength training, water aerobics, Pilates, and yoga. She is certified with Yoga Alliance RYT-300 and certified with Tim Miller of the Ashtanga Yoga Center, and holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

She was a teacher at Kennesaw State University in the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education for six years. Her coursework covered wellness and health, functional movement, yoga, and Pilates. Susan found yoga and Pilates around 11 years ago. She noticed what a profound feeling and sense of calm she received after class. Susan eventually went through yoga and Pilates training and went deeper into her yoga practice. After dealing with a chronic back injury, she went on a quest for answers on anatomy and how to not only do yoga safely, but to also make it accessible for everyone. During this time, she worked with some of the most knowledgeable teachers of our time. Susan believes that yoga is accessible to all of us and can be a healing modality if we use it in that capacity.

Windy Hill Athletic Club • • 770-953-1100

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By Eli A. Finkelstein, MD

0819-0919-Resurgens-PIH-BSA-FP_PHOTOIn Atlanta and its neighboring communities, tennis continues to be a popular sport athletes at all competitive levels turn to in order to remain healthy and maintain an active lifestyle. At Resurgens Spine Center, we applaud this attitude and strive to educate athletes on how to fulfill their passion for sports safely.

Tennis is a sport that has the potential to cause injury to any portion of your spine. Commonly, shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries can occur. However, between 20 to 25% of all sports-related injuries affect and include the spine. Tennis, in particular, causes repetitive impact to your spinal column. Serving, forehand, and backhand strokes all require a large degree of acceleration and deceleration in the body, as well as trunk and spine rotation. These movements typically require quick positional changes that put stress on the small joints of the neck and low back, compress disks, and overwork the muscles, ligaments, and soft tissues that aim to support your spine.

Here are three tips to keep you on, versus off, the tennis court.


Prevent spinal and other orthopedic injuries by performing proper warmup and cooldown exercises to prepare and recover your body. By stretching and loosening up muscles, joints, disks, and other soft tissues, you are less likely to experience strains, joint sprains and spinal injuries. For the best results, consult your doctor to assist in finding the best routines for you. Assure that your racket works for you. A more rigid racket with less string tension will reduce spine torque and trunk rotation, whereas a flexible tennis racket frame will require more trunk rotation and potential spinal pain and injury. It is important to have the correct racket handle size, not only to avoid “tennis elbow,” but also to prevent changing the biomechanics of your swing, which will ultimately stress your spine.


Use proper form when playing. Serving, in particular, creates significant stress to your spine. Consider a slice serve in place of a kick serve to reduce risk. A coach or tennis “pro” can be an excellent source of education to assure your technique is matched up with your physical attributes and to avoid the onset of new or worsening of chronic injuries.


The type of court you play on can have an immense impact on how much punishment your spine will take while playing. Hard courts require more agility, speed, reaction time, and most importantly, absorb less shock. Soft courts may be a better choice when available. In addition to absorbing the abrupt start-and-stop nature of tennis, clay and grass surfaces allow you more time for proper body positioning, therefore assuring better technique and less risk of injury.

Tennis is a game that tests your agility, endurance, and ability to think quickly on your feet. Because of this, injury prevention must remain in the forefront to any athlete wishing to participate. To reduce your chances of causing injury to your spine, follow the tips above.

Resurgens Spine Center • Non-surgical & Surgical Spine Care • 24 Convenient Atlanta Locations •

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By Paul E. Cox, MD, MS

Discussing healthcareConcierge medicine is a type of medical practice that offers an enhanced physician-patient relationship resulting in improved accessibility to medical information, treatment, and quality care.

Why would I choose this type of practice? I have great medical insurance.

Primary care doctors that rely only on insurance or Medicare payments must see an average of four patients per hour or use physician extenders such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants in order to produce the revenue needed to keep the practice open. Therefore the patient [you] is no longer the primary concern of the practice. The payment system is the primary driving force behind this type of practice model.

How is the concierge model different?

The concierge model allows you to make a personal contribution to your health (usually less than the cost of three or four monthly car payments) that results in a more personal relationship with your physician. In this model, the physician-patient relationship again becomes the driver of medicine instead of insurance payments.

How is Vital Living Healthcare different from other concierge practices?

We are the only place in Atlanta where you can receive your annual physical and a facial in the same facility on the same day. We also provide you with a yearly blueprint/design for improved health based upon what you want to accomplish, what the available data (from advanced laboratory testing) tells us, and the time you have to devote to the plan. We also periodically revisit and revise the plan to make sure we take advantage of victories, while pivoting when circumstances change.

What services do you offer?

In addition to the personalized health blueprint/design, I am also well known for my skills with BOTOX® and fillers, and bioidentical hormone optimization. I also have skilled estheticians who offer facials, laser, intense pulsated light (IPL), and radio-frequency microneedling treatments to keep you looking as good as you feel.

I have heard a lot about hormones lately. Are they really that important?

Yes! There is sound scientific evidence that shows hormones greatly affect our mood, thoughts, sleep, energy levels, weight, lean muscle mass and athletic performance, and how we look. Hormone imbalance or deficiency commonly begins in our 40s and 50s and is frequently dismissed by most physicians as normal aging, depression or anxiety. So before you start that antidepressant, give up on your workouts, start the anxiety medication or give in to the ‘personal summer’ of hot flashes and night sweats, please get your hormones checked by me. There is a reason I am known as Atlanta’s ‘hormone whisperer.’

Is there anything else I need to know?

My practice is founded on the principles of listening, caring, and serving. My team will always strive to do those things for you no matter what. That’s why your first meeting with me is complimentary. I need to listen to make sure my practice can meet your needs to provide truly personalized medical care.

Paul E. Cox, MD, MS

Paul E. Cox, MD, MS

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

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

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

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 1.03.06 PMDiabetes

Patients with poorly controlled diabetes are at a greater risk for dental problems. Because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to the gums, diabetic patients are more likely to have infections in their gums and the bones that hold their teeth in place. High blood sugar may also cause dry mouth and increase the patient’s number of cavities.


Smoking can have a number of negative effects on dental health. Examples include increased loss of bone within the jaw, risk of leukoplakia (white patches inside the mouth), and risk of developing gum disease—a leading cause of tooth loss. Smoking can also delay the healing process following a tooth extraction, periodontal treatment, or oral surgery.

Unhealthy Diet/Sugar

An unhealthy diet coupled with an increased intake of sugar may increase caries (cavities). Dental caries and obesity are strongly linked due to common dietary risk factors. Dental diseases and tooth loss have a considerable impact on self-esteem, ability to chew, nutrition and health in people of all ages.

Kimche & Presley Cosmetic & Sports Dentistry.

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If you experience feelings of dizziness or the sensation that the room is spinning, you could be a candidate for vestibular therapy at BenchMark Physical Therapy.

The inner ear controls the body’s balance. Many people endure debilitating inner-ear problems. Vertigo and fear of falling disrupt the ability to perform at work and at home.

Fortunately, vestibular therapy can help. Conducted by physical therapists with specialized training, vestibular therapy is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear de cits. This program helps patients learn to manage, or even heal, their conditions. BenchMark has over 40 vestibular-trained clinicians in the state.

A Benchmark Therapist works with a patient. The inner ear’s three semicircular canals are filled with a thick fluid called endolymph. At the bottom of each canal are hair cells topped by crystals. As we turn our bodies, the crystals and hair cells shift accordingly, signaling to the brain that we are, perhaps, turning left or right, or looking up or down.

When those crystals become dislodged, they circulate unmoored in the endolymph and send incorrect information to the brain—signaling inaccurately that we are turning, or causing the impression that the body is spinning.

These misimpressions can have serious consequences. Sufferers can be prone to falling. Drivers who look over a shoulder can lose equilibrium. Workers can have accidents on the job.

The most common inner-ear conditions:

• Meniere’s disease: Patients experience vertigo, often with hearing loss, pain, and the ringing in the ears known as tinnitus. It becomes more prevalent with age but can also occur across a life span

• Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV): Patients feel a spinning sensation, even if they’re just turning their head. This spinning sensation can simply appear for no reason or be because of a blow to the head that dislodges those all-important crystals. Once BPPV happens, it is likelier to recur.

• Vestibular hypofunction: In a properly functioning vestibular system, both sides operate in synchronization. When right and left ears fall out of sync, vestibular hypofunction results with feelings of spinning and vertigo. Hypofunction can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection, aging, reaction to medications, tumor, or brain injury.

Many patients also experience disruptive secondary symptoms, including nausea, blurry vision, and anxiety. Their fear of falling could cause them to become sedentary, exacerbating physical problems through inactivity.

Anyone experiencing dizziness or vertigo should call a doctor because the same symptoms can signal a cerebellar stroke.

Once a brain scan rules out a stroke, the patient will be referred to an ear, nose, and throat specialist who will test for vestibular system functioning. Vestibular- condition patients should ask their ENT specialist for vestibular rehabilitation referrals.

While certain medications can help the dizziness and nausea of inner-ear problems, vestibular rehabilitation therapies target the causes, offering dramatic progress without drugs.

Certified vestibular therapists are trained in specific exercises that minimize symptoms and restore patients to normal functioning.

Available treatments include:

• Canalith repositioning procedure

• Gaze stabilization

• Habituation

Treatment sooner, rather than later can help minimize damage. The capable, highly trained therapists of BenchMark Physical Therapy are skilled at helping vestibular patients regain control and restore balance to their lives.

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

BenchMark Rehab Partners • • 1-866-577-7342

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

Obese person being measured by a doctor.The condition of being overweight has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that two out of three Americans are overweight to varying degrees. Consequently, weight loss is an issue that many people struggle with. Becoming overweight may be multifactorial. This includes a complex interaction between genetics, environmental factors, a high-calorie diet, reduced physical activities, stress, poor coping mechanisms, and poor sleeping habits. Excess weight can negatively impact every organ system in your body and may eventually lead to an early death. These ill effects can be manifested in common diseases and issues such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke and heart attack, fatty liver disease, gallstones, and increased risk of many cancers.

One can therefore appreciate that weight loss and the maintenance of an overall healthy lifestyle is critical and requires a multidisciplinary approach. In our practice, a major focus is assisting patients in their weight loss journey and helping them maintain a healthy lifestyle. We incorporate a multidisciplinary approach in the weight loss options available to our patients.

Treatment options include the use of pharmacological agents such as phentermine, Qsymia, BELVIQ, CONTRAVE, and Saxenda, along with close clinical follow up. Pharmaceuticals may be combined with noninvasive procedures such as the intragastric balloon. This is an office-based procedure with anesthesia for the patient’s safety and comfort. The balloon remains in place for six months. During this time, patients undergo an intense period of medical supervision and lifestyle coaching. Our physicians work in concert with psychologists, dietitians and fitness trainers to accomplish the health goals of patients. These minimally invasive approaches lead to a quicker recovery, less pain, and improved cosmetic results.

We are in the process of introducing a new endoscopic technique in which patients can undergo a procedure like the sleeve gastrectomy without the invasive component.

For patients who may not have achieved their desired goals with lesser invasive means, or who may desire a more durable, ambitious approach, we offer the traditional laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and duodenal switch using laparoscopic and robotic techniques.

Screen Shot 2019-07-29 at 12.00.52 PMIn our practice, we realize that weight loss is truly a lifelong journey. Your success and achievements are very important to us. Therefore, we stress the importance of long-term follow-up and monitoring. Through this process, we have enjoyed many lifelong relationships with our patients.

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

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

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By Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates

Child sitting on toiletStarting a new school year can bring lots of excitement to children, but for those with chronic gastrointestinal (GI) issues like Crohn’s disease, it can also trigger anxiety and stress. Embarrassing symptoms can sometimes occur without warning. As a parent, here are some tips to help make your child’s back-to-school experience a little smoother.

Tip #1: Notify Teachers and Administration

Identify any special needs your child may have during the school day and share these with your child’s teacher. These may include dietary restrictions, additional bathroom breaks, or frequent check-ins with the nurse.

Tip #2: Prepare an Accident Kit

Lessen the stress of an occasional accident by preparing a kit for your child to keep in his or her locker or cubby. Include items such as a change of clothes, underwear, flushable wipes, a discreet air freshener, and plastic bags for soiled clothes.

Tip #3: Be Supportive

As you know, how you react to your child’s symptoms influences the way he or she feels about his or her condition. It is important to offer a sense of understanding and support, especially after experiencing an episode at school.

The Pediatric and Adolescent Division of Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates helps children and their parents navigate all types of digestive conditions and concerns. Learn more about our physicians and six area locations by visiting

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Screen Shot 2019-08-14 at 9.30.51 AMBy Scott D. Miller, MD

Having a strong family and social network makes our lives more enjoyable and fulfilling. But did you know that having these meaningful connections can lead to a healthier and longer life? For instance, men with satisfying marriages and marital-type relationships have a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, parenthood—with all of its trials and tribulations—is linked to longevity. Now that school is back in session, here is some homework for a healthier family.

First period—Math

We are often overly optimistic when we estimate our daily accomplishments. Here are some tips for looking at the eye-opening numbers:

• Identify empty calories, such as those in beverages

• Track exercise and other activity—make it a family game or competition (for example, number of goal-reaching days each week)

• Record number of hours of sleep

• Schedule enough time for a morning routine that accommodates breakfast, a stress-free departure, and a timely commute

Second period—Biology

Good eating habits, regular exercise, and a full night’s rest are the foundation to keeping the human machine running smoothly. Here are some other tips to ace your health exam:

• Handwashing between every activity

• Good dental hygiene (reduces the risk of heart disease, especially when started early in life)

• Minimize antibiotic use, which can cause resistant bacteria to develop (most upper respiratory infections are caused by viruses rather than bacteria)

• Recognize declining emotional health

Third Period—History

Your family health history can be essential for early identification, prevention, and treatment of such conditions as heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and depression. The initial signs of many common adult ailments often go unrecognized early in life. It is never too early to identify and thwart these health threats.

Fourth Period—Recess

You know what they say about all work and no play. Daily demands seem to be increasing for all age groups. Break the daily rut with new routines such as:

• A family walk or other physical activity

• Regular family mealtime—a lot can be accomplished around the dinner table

• Dedicated weekend family activities

Fifth Period—English

Communication is the key to any relationship. Although teaching by example leaves a lasting impression, don’t be afraid to state the obvious or ask those difficult questions. We all can fall into bad habits and can sometimes use a loving reminder to put us back on track. Keeping an open dialogue also encourages your loved ones to communicate their needs.

Sixth Period—Physics

Accidents are the No. 1 cause of death early in life. Take these preventative measures:

• Seat belts for everyone in the vehicle

• Helmets not only while riding a bicycle, scooter, or motorcycle, but also while roller skating, climbing, or engaging in other potentially risky sporting or other activities.

• Life vests during all water sports

• No alcohol consumption during any of the above (loving reminders are never too frequent)

• All family members should carry emergency contact numbers

You are now ready for your final exam. No. 2 pencil not needed. Here’s to a future of straight A’s when it comes to a healthy family.

Look for my article on “What Women Can Do for Men’s Health” in the next issue.

Scott D. Miller, MD, is the Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He is a urologist with WellStar Urology in Roswell and has practiced in Atlanta for over 20 years. WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers the Know Your Heart Screening that can determine your risk of heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Scott D. Miller, MD WellStar North Fulton Hospital • (470) 956-4230 •

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