By: Dawn DeSantis

Click here to watch our Facebook Live with the Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging.

Click here to watch our Facebook Live with the Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging.

Name of treatment center: Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging

Name of treatment: Lip Fillers

Name of aesthetician performing treatment: Dr. Monte D. Slater

Treatment length: 1 hour

How should you prep for the treatment?
Dr. Slater requested that I did not take any aspirin or ingest alcohol before my appointment. I also removed all my makeup prior to this treatment and took arnica before and after the treatment to reduce swelling and bruising.

What was the treatment like? How did your skin feel before, during, and after?
My lips had some fine lines at the top and I wanted a fuller look throughout the top and bottom. When I smiled, part of my top lip would sometimes disappear, so this treatment really helped with that. Before the injections, Dr. Slater made sure to numb my lips so that during the treatment, I would be comfortable. I was surprised how little pain I actually felt during the treatment. I was asked me to rate my pain on a scale from one to five and I said one. I didn’t feel much after, maybe a little tender in a few small spots.

Are there any precautions that need to be taken before or after the treatment? (sunscreen, specific face wash, discontinue use of retinol, etc.)
No specific precautions. I was able to apply lip gloss after and go to a meeting.

Who is this treatment ideal for?
This treatment is ideal for anyone wanting to shape their lips or give them a fuller, “pouty” look. It also helps reduce fine lines around your lips.

What was your favorite part of the treatment?
My favorite part of the treatment was definitely the result! The change was very subtle and natural. I was pleased that Dr. Slater listened to my wishes on not going bigger. It was important to me to be heard and to have my feelings respected.

How often should someone go back for optimal results?
Results can last from 10 to 12 months or longer depending on how full you go.

For more information, watch our Facebook LIVE at the Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging by clicking above!

Details: 4840 Roswell Rd., Bldg. D, Ste. 100, Sandy Springs, GA 30342; SlaterMD.com

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By: Dawn DeSantis

Paige Conner Owner of Luxury Lash Beauty.

Paige Conner Owner of Luxury Lash Beauty.

Name of treatment center: Luxury Lash Beauty by Paige Conner

Name of treatment: Hybrid Lash Extensions

Name of aesthetician performing treatment: Paige Conner

Treatment length: 1.5-2 hours

How should you prep for the treatment?
Wash your face before your appointment and arrive with no makeup on your eyes.

What was the treatment like? How did your skin feel before, during, and after?
I had a little trouble blinking at the beginning because I’m sensitive around my eyes. Paige adjusted the tape holding down my bottom lashes so that it was comfortable. The whole procedure is very relaxing. While it takes place, you lie down in a comfortable chair with a warm blanket and music playing in the background. I just kept my eyes closed and even almost dozed off a couple of times while it was happening.

Are there any precautions that need to be taken before or after the treatment? (sunscreen, specific facewash, discontinue use of retinol, etc.)
I couldn’t get my lashes wet or work out for 12-24 hours after the procedure to let the glue dry properly. Paige also gave me little lash brushes to brush through the lashes.

Who is this treatment ideal for?
Anyone who wants to look amazing. The extensions make me feel very glamorous and gave my lashes a big wow factor. I feel like a movie star.

Click here to watch our Facebook Live with Luxury Lash Beauty.

Click here to watch our Facebook Live with Luxury Lash Beauty.

What was your favorite part of the treatment?
Paige saw that I have blue eyes and she put little hints of blue lashes here and there. Very subtle but everyone is commenting about how blue and vivid my eyes look. They really pop.

How often should someone go back for optimal results?
Every 3 weeks to fill lashes that you naturally lose.

For more information watch our Facebook Live at Luxury Lash Beauty by clicking above!

Details: 6160 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Ste. B100, Atlanta, GA 30328; LuxuryLashLounge.com

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Back for its ninth year (May 30-June 2), the city’s top food fest is just days away. And with co-founder Dominique Love passing the torch to fellow co-founder Elizabeth Feichter and team, it’s all systems go. From the new Historic Fourth Ward Park tasting tents location to a fun barbecue in a brewery, bigger is better.

We sat down with Elizabeth to chat about everything from life without Dominique right by her side and what this year’s guests can expect to how she juggles planning the festival to what she’s learned about herself and this journey called life.

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival co-founder Elizabeth Feichter

Atlanta Food & Wine Festival co-founder Elizabeth Feichter

By Laura Janelle Downey

Atlanta Best Media: Where you are since the transition? What is different?

Elizabeth Feichter: It feels like half of me is missing but Dominique is doing wonderful things. So the transition has been a whirlwind—there is never really downtime after you start working on the Festival. It just kind of increases in intensity. I have people say to me all the time, ‘Oh, this must be so much easier now that you are nine years in’ and I am like, ‘Not sure that it’s easier, there are just more expectations.’

But of course, we miss Dominique a lot. I am excited that she is taking this time to explore her next great things in life but after being in such a close partnership with someone for so long, I do feel like a part of me is gone. This is so much a passion project for the both of us, that I know she is still tied to it in her heart. I get satisfaction out of being able to carry the baby a little further.

ABM: Do you find yourself texting or calling her since she has been gone?

EF: Ha-ha yes, always. But you know we were very complementary of one another’s skills so it has been interesting trying to find ways to bridge that gap.

We have had the good fortune of keeping some of the key people who have been involved in the Festival since the beginning. And we have also found such amazing new team members to complement that group. It’s nice to be able to have a core group around that we can depend on.

And you learn lessons from your past. It’s been interesting to watch some of the other festivals that are coming to the scene and be like, ‘Oh, I remember that. Do it this way! No, not that way!’

ABM: Nine years is huge.

EF: It is. It still feels like year two to me to a certain extent.

ABM: You mentioned more expectations…

EF: The Festival has been a very deep and rich experience and so creating opportunities for learning and enjoying has always been at the core of what we do. It is fun to see talent from across the Southeast come up with new things every year. We want to be a place that you keep coming back to because you love the experience and because you are guaranteed a delicious meal. We started saying we want guests to see it first, experience it first, and taste it first, and that still holds true. We are calling this year’s advisory council Off the Eaten Path. It speaks to the undiscovered talent or places you might not have thought about or traveled to in a while.

Raftermen Photography 1 - Atlanta Food & Wine FestivalABM: Why switch the location of the Tasting Tents to Historic Fourth Ward Park?

EF: It is a beautiful park. You have to be thoughtful about providing the guests with a new and different experience. Old Fourth Ward provides us with an opportunity for a better setup for a larger crowd of people.

ABM: Will the new location be a deterrent to people who are used to everything being near Loews Atlanta Hotel?

EF: The Piedmont Park location was about a mile-and-a-half away and the Old Fourth Ward location is maybe 2 miles. It’s not that much farther and we have built in a significant amount of time between our classes and the Tasting Tents. It is such a convenient location—you have Ponce City Market right across the street and it’s just off BeltLine, which is such an attractive component to our city.

ABM: What about the Connoisseur Dinner Series? Will there be anything unexpected?

EF: We are doing a higher-end event in the cafeteria of the nonprofit CARE that is called Family Meal. It is going to be really fun by taking this cafeteria idea and making it a fancy, multicourse meal served by award-winning chefs. We’ll use that setting to tell the story about how important the true backbone of any kitchen is and how those diverse and multicultural teams are so integral to any restaurant’s success. And then we are doing a much more casual kind of barbecue—a white tablecloth barbecue in the Atlanta Bicycle Barn. These events provide guests with an unexpected setting.

ABM: Let’s talk food.

EF: There are 55 classes to choose from. And as for the Tents, we want it to be a real exploration of the South. Some of the ones we are doing include a Southern Sweet and Savory tent, a Southern Farm tent, and a Southern Fizz tent where you will have four different bubbles every day and that will be paired with one spicy and one fried food.

ABM: What do you want a person who has never been to the festival to know?

Raftermen Photography 3 - Atlanta Food & Wine FestivalEF: There is something for everyone. It’s the opportunity to sit and eat and fill our bellies with good food and drink, and beyond that, to nourish our souls from the conversations being had at a table or in a tent.

ABM: This is a big undertaking. What are you doing to stay sane?

EF: My husband and I were talking and I was like, ‘We have to find a time for me to have an hour in the morning with no one touching me. I don’t need the dog on me, or the kids pulling at me or anybody asking me for anything.’ I walk every single morning—rain or shine—with my two pit bulls, Owen and Zoey. It’s amazing to have quiet time and sit on the back porch with a cup of coffee and take time for yourself.

ABM: Who helps you be your best self?

EF: My close friends and my community. It goes back to why we started the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. The idea of sitting at a table for hours and just talking with the people you love the most—I love that time I get to spend with my community and my tribe. I have a really close group of people that lift me up and support me and help me through crazy times. They center me and keep me balanced. I am grateful for those people.

ABM: What have you learned about yourself through this whole process?

EF: I have learned that staying grounded, staying connected, and staying true to what I am passionate about is the most important thing for me to feel fulfillment and like I have done what I am supposed to do in the world.

AtlFoodAndWineFestival.com

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By Paul R. Jeffords, MD

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods returned to major championship form this weekend at Augusta National Golf Club, winning the 2019 Masters Tournament. Tiger’s victory came two years after undergoing spinal fusion for a painful disc in his lower back in April of 2017 after being plagued with back problems since 2014. Tiger’s recovery after spinal fusion surgery and impressive victory is proof that patients can return to a high level of athletic performance following spinal fusion, especially when done minimally-invasively.

Woods underwent an anterior lumbar interbody fusion (ALIF) of his L5-S1 disc after the painful disc continued to cause chronic back and leg pain. The operation was performed by Dr. Richard Guyer of the Texas Back Institute where I completed my spine surgery fellowship in 2005, training under Dr. Guyer.

Interbody fusion involves removing a degenerated painful disc, eliminating the source of back and leg pain. The disc segment is then stabilized by replacing the disc with a device that keeps the space between the bones open while the bones fuse together over time, restoring the stability. Although there is loss of motion at the fused level, the result is a reduction in pain since there is no longer stress or motion on a worn-out disc. There are several different minimally-invasive techniques for performing interbody fusion. In the ALIF technique, a small incision is made in the lower abdomen, and the disc is approached from the front. This allows the surgeon to avoid cutting through any of the muscles in the lower back, preserving their strength.

This is the fourth back operation that Woods has undergone for the painful L5-S1 disc. He first had a lumbar microdiscectomy after the disc herniated prior to the 2014 Masters, then two more surgeries for recurrent disc herniations in the fall of 2015.

In the majority of patients, microdiscectomy surgery is very effective minimally-invasive option for relieving back and leg pain caused by herniated discs. A microdiscectomy removes the ruptured disc material that is putting pressure on the spinal nerves. The surgery takes 30-45 minutes, can be done through a less than one inch incision, and is done as an outpatient. Patients typically return to office work in less than one week and can return to golf and tennis in six weeks. In the majority of patients, returning to athletic activities following a microdiscectomy does not cause issues. However, Tiger Woods’ career as a professional golfer meant that he was subjecting his disc to repetitive, high-energy forces on an almost daily basis following his microdiscectomy surgery. These stresses can sometimes cause the disc to re-herniate, as was the case with Tiger.

Woods sat out the entire 2015-2016 PGA season, but returned in December of 2016. He began 2017 with the announcement of an ambitious schedule that included four tournaments in a five-week span, but wound up only playing in two. There was talk that Woods might return for the 2017 Masters, but he officially pulled out the Friday before, saying he was “not tournament ready.” It was the third time in four years that Woods didn’t play in the season’s first major championship. It was shortly after the 2017 Masters that Tiger announced that he had undergone the spinal fusion operation.

According to Woods, his previous surgical and rehab attempts were never able to entirely eliminate the back pain that had plagued him for several years. Just two years ago, Woods thought he was “done” with golf.

“I could no longer live with the pain I had. We tried every possible non-surgical route, and nothing worked,” he wrote. “I had good days and bad days, but the pain was usually there, and I couldn’t do much. Even lying down hurt. I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope.”

One month after his fusion surgery, Tiger Woods offered an optimistic outlook in a blog post. “It is hard to express how much better I feel,” Woods wrote. “It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years.”

After recovering from the surgery and allowing the fusion to heal, Tiger began his training to return to the PGA tour in late 2017. Woods played 64 rounds and a total of 18 tournaments in 2018, finishing the year with five top-six finishes, including September’s win of the 2018 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. He twice contended at majors, including a runner-up finish at the PGA Championship. Sunday’s win at Augusta was Tiger’s fifth green jacket and his 15th major victory. His last major win was the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines.

My patients are often able to return to a high level of activity following a successful recovery from minimally-invasive spinal fusion. Many patients are under the false notion that having a spinal fusion means that you are forced to leading a sedentary lifestyle and unable to return to athletic activities. In fact, many of my patients have returned to golf, tennis, kayaking, and even martial arts.

Dr. Paul R. Jeffords

Dr. Paul R. Jeffords

Dr. Paul R. Jeffords is a board-certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic spine surgeon and an expert in minimally-invasive spine surgery, including endoscopic and laser spine surgery. As part of Resurgens Orthopaedics, the largest orthopaedic practice in Georgia, and former co-medical director of Resurgens Spine Center, Dr. Jeffords combines his compassion for his patients with his skills in the latest spine care technology to improve the lives of thousands of patients suffering from back pain, neck pain, herniated discs, stenosis, and sciatica. ResurgensSpine.com

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You voted and we are happy to present the 2019 Over 40 & Fabulous winners! Read on to learn more about the winners as they are described by their nominators.

See below the Top 10 and Fab 5 in no particular order.

The Top 10

Tonya Guillory 

Why is your nominee fabulous?

Tonya Guillory

Tonya Guillory

For your 2019 “Over 40 and Fabulous” Contest, I am nominating my wife Tonya Guillory.

Tonya is fabulous for so many reasons. The value of family that she has and puts first in her life is incredible. As a wife, mother, and daughter she is amazing. Her loyalty and love for us are unmatched. Being together for 18 years, she never ceases to amaze me with her ability to show us how much she cares about us and loves us with all of her heart.

She has spent the past 18 years making sure that we put our marriage first and nurtures it to ensure that it continues to get better each and every day. Her ability to push me to be better is outstanding. As a mother, Tonya is always making sure that our 5-year-old daughter Lily knows how much she is loved, how amazing she is, and is always boosting her confidence with positive affirmations no matter how long of a day she had. As a daughter, she has more compassion, forgiveness, and love for her family than anyone. Her ability to always see the positive in them no matter the situation is incredible.

Tonya is a fitness fanatic. She always finds time to fit in a workout during her busy days no matter how tired she is. Tonya is one of the most successful business people I know. She truly is a Champion. Tonya’s accomplishments, dedication to her company and loyalty are second to none. When we moved to Atlanta in 2003 she went to work for Benchmark Physical Therapy as a sales and marketing rep. When they interviewed and hired her they told her that they were not performing well in Georgia and they were depending on her to grow the market quickly or they were going to close the Georgia Region. This was a huge undertaking, but she did not quiver or back down from the challenge. When hired she was the only rep in Georgia. There were only 5 clinics open and they needed business to sustain operations in Georgia. They hired the perfect candidate. Fast forward 15 years, and what she has accomplished in her career and for the company with Benchmark Rehab Partners is unbelievable. There are now 180 clinics in Georgia, she has 10 Reps as direct reports to her, she is Vice President of Sales and Legal for Georgia, and because of the immense growth and success within the medical and legal community in Georgia, she has enabled the company to grow nationally into the 3rd largest Physical Therapy Provider in the country and growing. She is an amazing leader of her team and within the company. She is highly regarded and respected within the Physical Therapy, Medical, and Legal communities. As an executive myself, I can speak to the fact that she has a work ethic that is unrivaled in any industry. Tonya is a highly qualified candidate for your Best of 2019 “Over 40 and Fabulous” competition and she will represent you with pride.

How does your nominee give back to the community?

Tonya supports the community through volunteer and sponsorships with many organizations in and around the City of Atlanta. Including:

Angels Amongst Us Pet Rescue
ASPCA
The Alzheimers Association
Wounded Warrior
Mercy Care
Adopt-A-Senior

Portia Bruner

Portia Bruner

Portia Bruner

Why is your nominee fabulous?

I also would like to nominate my good friend Portia Bruner of Fox 5 Good Day Atlanta.

She is an amazing single mom, she’s seen in television daily, but Portia came down with a weird condition that affected her vocal cords, she had to get off the air and take care of herself. The way she moved through this time as a single mom inspired me so much.

How does your nominee give back to the community?

She is heavily involved in her church, she supports numerous charity organizations through service and she is always inspiring others to live their best self on and off the air. She works tirelessly now to raise awareness about psychogenic stuttering (the condition that changed her life).

Terri Ellis-Ewing

Why is your nominee fabulous?

Over 40 and fabulous is everything our mother is! She is smart, funny, youthful, and beautiful. She is the hardest working woman I have ever known. She began her life graduating from Rutgers University with a BA in Broadcast Journalist. After graduation, she worked corporately for many fortune 500 companies like IBM, Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi Winthrop Pharmaceuticals. She mastered being a large systems Sales Executive to a Cancer Sales Specialist. She did really well but decided that she wanted to pursue her passion which was in the Television Entertainment industry. Later, after she got married to our Dad and moved to Pennsylvania and she co-starred in a children’s television show on a local network TV station. She also did commercials and voice-overs for many companies. She also became a Certified Fitness

Terri Ellis-Ewing

Terri Ellis-Ewing

Instructor. But the best and most rewarding job is her motherhood expertise! She used all of her life experiences in the corporate world, and the entertainment industry and put all of her talent into being an amazing Mom! We were told that before my mom gave birth she even took classes on how to be the perfect mom, read a great deal of books on parenting, and even joined the La Leche League International meetings to master the art of nursing, because it was important to her to give us the best nutrition possible early on in life. So for as long as I can remember my mom worked 24 hours a day 7 days a week taking care of all of our needs including my Dad and 2 dogs! She never ever complained and always had a smile on her face no matter what! If we were sick all night or had to stay up all night doing homework she was always there for us. She taught us how to read at an early age, how to dress ourselves, personal hygiene, how to swim, how to study, and also how to drive! She is the most amazing and patient person I have ever known. Even now that we are out of the house she still devotes a great deal of time making sure all is well in our lives, she loves pilates, volunteering, gardening. Our Mother is definitely the CEO and President of the Ewing family and totally deserves to be the winner of the most fabulous and beautiful woman over 40 years old.

How does your nominee give back to the community?

Terri Ellis- Ewing does over 200 hours a year doing various community service projects. She is a member of The Links Inc where she volunteers for several nonprofit organizations, Atlanta Mission helps feed, cloth and mentor homeless woman, and sits on the Board for the Auditory Verbal Center Inc helping to raise money for the deaf and hearing-impaired children. We help children learn to speak and listen again WITHOUT the use of sign language or lip reading. This is her passion because she herself is hearing impaired!

Eileen Rosencrants

Eileen Rosencrants

Eileen Rosencrants 

Why is your nominee fabulous?

Eileen is not only physically one of the most beautiful women I have ever met at the young age of 66, but she is also the most giving, caring, and selfless person. She has volunteered for numerous charities and chaired several fundraiser Galas for the Arthritis Foundation and Meals on Wheels. She also had the first nationally televised interior decorating show in 70′; she is a magnetic force to be reckoned with!!

How does your nominee give back to the community?

She has volunteered for numerous charities and chaired several fundraiser galas for the Arthritis Foundation and Meals on Wheels. Eileen and her husband also donate to all of the causes involving animals, children, and senior citizens.

Bridgitte Hatfield

Why is your nominee fabulous?

Having known Bridgitte for over 20 years, I can say she is one of the most honest, inspiring, generous souls out there. She founded and ran a dance studio for several years

Bridgitte Hatfield

Bridgitte Hatfield

in Dayton Ohio while raising her family of 6 kids. After a few years in Savannah, she and her family now reside in Atlanta and their two oldest are in College. She travels as a judge for dance competitions, while working side-by-side with her husband renovating houses. Just recently, she became a foster parent for two small children. She is a loyal member of her local church and somehow finds time to participate in all her kid’s school functions. She is truly and without a doubt an inspiration to me and all her friends.

How does your nominee give back to the community?

There are literally so many ways! She holds a yearly ‘party’ creating shoe soles for Sole Hope. She creates Pillowcase Dresses for those girls who need them in Uganda, Poland, Rwanda, Guatemala, Ecuador, India, and Zimbabwe. In addition, she organizes a yearly “Celebrating Cross” gala to honor her youngest son who survived an allergy attack a few years ago, with all proceeds going to FARE. Just recently, she and her husband were honored to join the FARE board. In addition, she does fundraising for Alzheimer’s Association, ALS, Childhood Cancer, Humane Society, and more! In addition, she and her family personally funded the building of wells as part of the Clean Water Project in Uganda. To bring all this together, she created the organization Refuse to do Nothing to give people a place to find out how they can help and where to donate. Please consider as one of the 10 finalists – I can assure you she deserves this honor!

Stella Ringer

Why is your nominee fabulous?

Stella Ringer exudes being fabulous. Stella is a fashion diva that looks fabulous and makes a statement on a daily basis. Stella has an active lifestyle and stays fit. When Stella enters the room, she commands attention. With her keen fashion sense, she is a sweet compassionate soul. She sees the best in everyone and wants success for all that she

Stella Ringer

Stella Ringer

touches. She is s natural leader and others love to emulate her style, grace, and presence. Listed below are many reasons why Stella would be a Flawless nominee for the Over 40 & Fabulous campaign:

Stella is a wife to Al and mother to Peyton
A graduate from The University of Alabama and Kennesaw State (MBA)
A corporate executive with The Coca-Cola Company working with marketing The Essence Festival, BET Awards, The Grammys, Black Girls Rock, National Commercials and solidifying various musical acts for Coke’s National Campaigns to name a few. She is a Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. A Dior Maven
Top Executive Business Women of Atlanta
and the list goes on.

How does your nominee give back to the community?

Fundraising Co-Chair Jack and Jill of America, Inc. for the inaugural  “Heels and Wheels”  fundraising event, raising over $10,000 for leadership development, community and civic programs for African American children. Sponsorship Chair for The Goode Foundation raising over $250,000 for the inaugural year of the Goode Strong Gala Committee Member for Mercy Care Foundation’s Mercy Ball (Committee raised $400,000 for Healthcare of the homeless and underserved community in Atlanta)

 

Kristin Andree

Why is your nominee fabulous?

Kristin is a corporate performance coach, writer, speaker, business strategist and mom of 3 very active girls. Her company is the Andree Consulting Group.

Kristin Andree

Kristin Andree

She is like me, in that she calls it like she sees it and is relentless in helping people attain their goals. She currently has a podcast called #nolimits on which I was a guest on one of her shows. It broadcasts every week. Kristin also holds a second-degree black belt in taekwondo and has won State and District titles in form, weapons, combat weapons and sparring. She also authored the book, “Don’t Make Me Pull This Car Over: A Roadmap for the Working Mom.”

How does your nominee give back to the community?

While Kristin is a badass in business and on the mat, she also has a soft heart for helping others; she sits on the board as the co-president of Ellevate Atlanta, a global organization that focuses on women development and empowerment. She also sits on the board of a financial services group called NAIFA. An active member of North Point church, she volunteers consistently there, focusing on the development of women and girls.

But, more than anything else, Kristin is a genuine person, a positive spirit, and someone I am proud to call my friend.

Engle Coulter 

Engle Coulter

Engle Coulter

Why is your nominee fabulous?

A Wife, Mother, and US Airforce Officer, Engle represents everything that is strong, beautiful, and wonderful about being a woman. After coming back from a deployment in Iraq the University of Alabama Graduate and current Airforce Officer decided to try her hand at pageants. A natural when it came to strength and confidence after learning the tricks of the trade and Engle went on to win Mrs. Paulding County. She would later go on to be the second runner-up in the Mrs. Georgia Participant proving that you don’t have to choose between being pretty or being strong, you can be both. Engle has been a part of the Airforce for 26 years working her way up in the ranks. After a long and spectacular journey, she will retire next year.

How does your nominee give back to the community?

Engle gives back to the community in a variety of different ways but most notably she is an advocate of the Wounded Warrior Project. Lucky to return from all of her deployments unscathed she has made it her mission to help those in need.

Michelle Falconer

Why is your nominee fabulous?

My wife Michelle is absolutely fabulous and embodies the strength, balance, and resilience of the consummate Atlantan. She wears many hats as a business owner, developer, author, community servant, political confidant, wife, mother, and friend of the city. A native of Denver, Colorado, she is a 1998 graduate of Clark Atlanta University. Michelle is the CEO of Bailey and Hunter, a metro Atlanta real estate and property management company with offices in Georgia and Florida, that is celebrating their 18th year. Michelle recently completed her development of a dilapidated historic building in downtown College Park

Michelle Falconer

Michelle Falconer

into a multi-level mixed-use work live development, improving the aesthetics of the historic city and the property values of the city. She plans to open an ice cream shop with our children as the owners to instill the business experience for the youth of the community.
She is presently negotiating new development projects for Southwest Atlanta and the West End area and champions the affordable housing challenges within the city limits. Michelle has recently published her 1st book, Entrepreneurship in the Next Level.
She is president-elect of the Atlanta chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a global network of business owners and entrepreneurs. She is the proud parent of our four children, sons Hunter(20) and Bryson(18) and daughters Ryan(16) and Devin(11). She is a political activist and has served and volunteered on many local, statewide and national campaigns. She is an active and physically fit person who enjoys a healthy lifestyle of exercise, smart food choices, proper sleep, yoga, and massage. She has participated in several triathlons and presently is an active tennis partner in the Atlanta Lawn and Tennis Association. Michelle simply enjoys traveling and experiencing new countries and cultures. Exploring the globe both professionally and personally, she has traveled to over 50 countries in 6 continents. She is an avid supporter of local and national government and believes in building longstanding relationships locally, nationally and globally while investing in our community and nation. She is an absolutely beautiful person physically, emotionally and spiritually. She possesses the most pleasant smile and it is rare to find a picture that does not capture her genuine smile. She is absolutely fabulous and I truly like her as a person. I always say that if I were not married to her that we would still be the best of friends!! She is so committed to the relationships in her life and she is loved by most people that know her. She is really a true friend to her friends. I believe she embodies all of the attributes of what an Over 40 and Fabulous person should represent. I hope that you will consider her for your contest.

How does your nominee give back to the community?

Michelle’s service to the community has been a broad combination of civic leadership, community volunteerism, public service, and philanthropy. She presently serves as a board member of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, which is authorized to construct, equip and maintain recreational and sports facilities for the city of Atlanta. She also serves on the City of Atlanta Zoning Board, which is responsible for permitting and zoning of new projects and developments in the city with the consideration of traffic, safety, crime, and environmental concerns. She serves on the board of the National Black Arts Festival and chaired the Mayor of Atlanta Inauguration celebration event, the Mayor’s Masked Ball post-ball reception, and the Mayor’s Super Bowl reception. She serves on the College Park Main Street Development Association and the Maynard Jackson Youth Foundation. She has served on the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta(CHOA) ELC Board and orchestrated the Falconer Family gift to Hughes Spaulding Hospital for the named ER Trauma room. She serves as Teen Coordinator of the Atlanta chapter of Jack and Jill of America, a national child empowerment organization. She is the former president of the Auxiliary of the Atlanta Medical Association and is active in community development of the Southwest Atlanta Corridor. Michelle has served as team mom of several of our children’s sports teams over the years. She remains a surrogate mother to many is our children’s friends over the years and a caring aunt to our 25 nieces and nephews. Even on Election Day, she transported her friend Kay, who is visually impaired to the polls to vote followed by her monthly grocery shopping excursion. Michelle has coordinated significant philanthropic donations to a multitude of local and national charities and programs on behalf of our family and her unselfish commitment to give back to the community is tireless. She believes that a combination of service, time and resources is what is necessary to fully support our causes. It is extraordinary that a mother of four has the time, energy, balance and desire to serve more than just our family, but she truly does. I am so proud of her and the example she sets for our children and our community. As a citizen, I am the beneficiary of her love of community as well. She is truly a good citizen of the city. I recommend the fabulous Michelle Falconer, without reservation and feel that she is an excellent candidate for representation and inclusion in your contest.

Julie Turner

Why is your nominee fabulous?

It is my pleasure to introduce to you someone who truly exemplifies the type of person the Best Self Over 40 & Fabulous contest strives to honor. Julie Turner has overcome adversity while tirelessly giving back to the community at every opportunity. She is a role model who balances the challenges of family, entrepreneurship, and being integrally involved with her church charities, as well as dealing with not only one, but two chronic illnesses.

Julie Turner

Julie Turner

I first met Julie at our local gym. My first impression was that she was friendly and outgoing. I got to know Julie better when I had the opportunity to teach her daughter runway modeling. When she opened her boutique, Ivy Lane, six years ago, Julie asked me to model for her new store. Very few people who know Julie know she has Sjögren’s Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. She deals with the daily challenges of debilitating pain and discomfort but never complains about her condition. I know only because we both share these chronic conditions. Julie is genuinely generous in spirit. No matter what she goes through, she is constantly thinking about how she can give back to those around her.
Below is a list of her community involvement. I personally have witnessed her generosity with a fundraiser that my husband and I host annually for the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation. Every year she is one of our largest silent auction donors. Not only does she donate but she and her family attend the event. When I produced the annual Walton High school fashion show to benefit its choral program, Julie allowed us to use clothing from her boutique for the girls to model.

Julie is such an inspiration to those with whom she comes in contact. Balance is one of the things we all struggle with, and yet somehow, Julie balances being a mother to three children, a business owner at Ivy Lane, a premier boutique in East Cobb, her discipline of self-care by taking the time to invest in herself, and her goal of keeping herself strong so that she may give of herself to others. She is a Sunday school teacher, a leader, a fundraiser, Georgia Tech graduate, and a brilliant member of our Cobb County community.I could not be prouder to nominate this powerful, beautiful, humble, giving woman who I am so grateful to call my friend.

How does your nominee give back to the community?

Church
-Sunday school teacher at Johnson Ferry Church
-Serves on the children’s committee
-Served on the Pastor’s nominating committee
-Mission trip leader (3 years) to Alaska
-Mission trip sponsor
-Family group leader
-Craft leader for a youth mission trip
-The yearly leader of vacation bible school
-Donated to Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Saint Jude Catholic church, Sewell Mill Baptist, Daybreak Widows ministry, East Cobb Presbyterian Church

School
-Major sponsor for the Annual Blessed Trinity Gala
-Committee member on the board of the Blessed Trinity Gala
-Sponsor of several basketball/baseball high school teams; Pope and Lassiter
-Sponsor for several booster clubs Lassiter, Kell, Etc.
-Member on the Dance Committee for Mt. Bethel
-Sponsor at least 10 different schools at Ivy Lane for “spirit nights”
-Sponsor for GA Tech dance team
-Donations to Pope, Mill Springs Academy, Lassiter, Mountain View Elementary, Garrison Mill Elementary, East Cobb Presbyterian, Mt. Bethel, Sprayberry, Legacy Christian School, McCleskey Elementary, Nicholson Elementary, Addison Elementary, Keheley Elementary, Saint Francis, Timber Ridge Elementary School

The Fab 5

Caren Cohen

Why is your nominee fabulous?

Caren Cohen

Caren Cohen

Caren Cohen is Amazingly Fabulous. She lightens up every room she enters and her “fun” personality draws people in. She’s an incredible mother to 2 teens and a supporting wife that holds it all together for our family. Plus she’s a personal yoga instructor that has built a loyal following over the last 7 years. Caren is a natural beauty with an incredible taste for fashion and a style all her own.

How does your nominee give back to the community?

Caren has been heavily involved in volunteer work in the metro Atlanta area. She is constantly volunteering at our synagogue as well as both of our kids’ schools. She has served on numerous committees and boards. A few include “Second Helpings” to support food donations to the less fortunate and “Family Promise” which offers temporary housing for homeless families of single mothers as they save money to afford a home or rent.

Kwavi Agbeyegbe

Why is your nominee fabulous?

50 years bold and loving it. Midlife Matters – Health & Wellness|Fashion|Travel

Kwavi Agbeyegbe is a Lifestyle Coach that specializes in weight loss and healthy living. She is also an International Motivational Speaker. She founded Kwavi.com to help smart, ambitious women over the age of 40 lose weight and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Kwavi inspires women all over the world to transform their lives and bodies.

Kwavi Agbeyegbe

Kwavi Agbeyegbe

She received her B.Sc. in Information Technology from the Thames Valley University in the United Kingdom and obtained a Masters in Medical Informatics degree from Northwestern University in Chicago. She trained with the Well Coaches School of Coaching; a program endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine and is a Certified Weight Coach through the Life Coach School.
Kwavi is a wife and mother to 2 teenage boys. She has been featured on NBC, CBS, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Best Self and is a blogger with the Huffington Post.

How does your nominee give back to the community?  She also believes in giving back and works tirelessly to combat childhood obesity. She ran the Chicago marathon in 2012 to raise money for childhood obesity and in 2013 organized a 5K race in collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Physicians in Americas – Georgia Chapter to raise money to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. She is an International Health Motivational Speaker, Zumba Instructor, and Marathoner.

Dr. Tannaz Modaresi

Why is your nominee fabulous?

Dr.  Tannaz Modaresi

Dr. Tannaz Modaresi

Tannaz Modaresi is a loving individual who has a heart of gold. She is a woman of strength, kindness, thoughtfulness, caring and willing to go the extra mile to make sure everyone around here is content. No matter the circumstance she is always looking out and reaching out to anyone that she knows. Everyone that knows her, knows that she has a loving and caring soul and that this is why I think she would be a fabulous nominee.

How does your nominee give back to the community?

She attends Health Fairs, she is a part of the Georgia Chiropractic Association, she volunteers as a basketball coach as well as she donates and sponsors school sports teams in her county.

Kristen Marotte

Why is your nominee fabulous and how does she give back to the community?

MAKING MARRIAGES STRONGER: For the past 15 yrs, my husband & I have spent 2-3 hrs/wk helping engaged couples build strong foundations for their marriages. We are a blended family, & that comes with challenges. Our goal is to give engaged couples proper expectations & obtain the necessary tools needed to navigate through their own challenges in marriage. We work with first-time marriages, blended families, multicultural couples, mixed racial couples, unequally yoked couples – You name it! We have tackled a range of complex issues including various addictions, infidelity & homosexuality. It’s so rewarding to know that our strengths, as well as our failures, can be used to help others succeed, & it’s amazing to witness the growth of the couples during our time together. (We are also team leaders for many other mentor couples.)

MAKING SCHOOLS STRONGER: I give a tremendous amount of time, talent & energy to

Kristen Marotte

Kristen Marotte

the local schools. Every year I plug in deeply to the elementary, middle & high schools in our cluster. One year I single-handedly made 115 costumes for a school play, & I don’t even sew! (#hotgluequeen) For almost over 8 years now I have spent countless hours designing, building and painting stage sets and props for school musicals. I love to watch the kids come alive on stage as they interact with my vision of the scenes! The days of our own kids being in plays are long over, but I continue to volunteer my time in making the plays in our cluster amazing and inclusive for all kids. In Title 1 schools, sometimes I find just being there, looking into the kids’ eyes and telling them they matter is the best use of my time. I have designed 12 yearbook over the years (cover to cover, every square inch, including the sales and design of all the ads). In 2016 I chaperoned 350 kids on a week-long trip to New Orleans – another chance to bond with kids from all backgrounds! I sit on PTA boards and advisory boards for schools as well as Buckhead Church. From 2005 to 2017 I acted as lead photographer & publicity manager for community schools covering dances, talent shows, musicals, sporting events and everything in-between. I’ve painted murals on school walls and designed incentive programs (ranging from reading to nutritional and health) for kids to push them towards being their best. Generally, I stay involved in the community in wherever ways I can offer my talents. People tend to underestimate volunteer work sometimes, but I believe one can make the biggest impact in a community by just getting out there, connecting and offering one’s personal gifts. The light that guides the way usually comes from within.

MAKING PEOPLE STRONGER: These days most of my volunteer time is spent motivating others to be fit and active. I orchestrated a field day event at the local elementary school in the fall for over 200 mothers and sons. What a fun day that was! I teach restorative yoga classes for the high school sports teams as well as conducting free classes and workshops at local athletic stores to inspire people of all ages to stay active and keep balance in their lives. A couple of years ago I started a social media platform to raise awareness on how to live an active & healthy lifestyle. My goal is to inspire women and men from ages 14-108 with a “can do” attitude. I credit doing my first full split at the age of 47 as the moment I knew I was being called to motivate others. I tend to rise to a leadership position wherever I plug in. Aside from my personal time, I also donate monetarily to local schools, churches, and universities that have touched my life. My dedication is to my family first, but I do find that I am happiest when I am pouring into others in my free time.

Leta Brooks

Why is your nominee fabulous?

Leta Brooks is the perfect choice for your “Over 40 & Fabulous!” contest. With the understanding that feeling good, looking good and doing good are the specific criteria to be measured, Leta excels in all three areas beyond compare! She is successful in every aspect of her life. Her drive to make the most of every single day is unmatched and contagious to all of those fortunate enough to know her.
A description of Leta starts with an understanding of her impeccable character. That character and willingness to do anything for the ones she loves was the motivation for a life-changing decision she made that not many would make. On April 6, 2017, Leta donated a kidney to her father as he was facing complete kidney failure and his inevitable death. This sacrifice came without hesitation. It has been a long road to recovery for both of them, but she would make that same choice again today. Since the surgery, she has given her time to speak to several other kidney donors and recipients to guide them on the path as they prepare for their surgeries. Those contacts and pep talks still happen whenever the opportunity arises. Leta is never too busy to share her story and encourage others to do the same.

Leta Brooks

Leta Brooks

At the time of Leta’s kidney donation, she was a regular participant in competitive 10k, 15k and 50k races. These races spanned other states, road surfaces and off the beaten path nature trails. Her weekly training routine and healthy diet provided her with a body any professional athlete would strive to achieve. She knew that one less kidney would bring additional challenges moving forward, but that never made her shy away from the work necessary and the determination required to eventually lace up the running shoes again.
As the recovery from the kidney donation surgery continues, Leta is set to resume her running in races the first weekend in March 2019 in Destin, FL. She has dusted off the running shoes again (ahead of schedule for most) and has been preparing for several weeks to meet another goal by running a half marathon. Her strength amazes her running partners and motivates them all. As if running again is not enough, Leta will also be hiking portions of the Appalachian Trail in a couple of months, including carrying a backpack and camping for several nights.
Leta is also a loving and compassionate single mother of 2 elementary age children – a son and a daughter. They live with her over 90% of the time. They are encouraged by her love, blanketed with her affection and led by her tireless example. They have never been secondary to a career that can be very demanding as Leta has created the perfect balance that maximizes their time together and allows lots of “mommy time” spent making memories. Her days start with making their breakfasts and packing lunches for school and then, end while sitting on their beds listening to them read to her and saying their prayers together.
Next, Leta is a multi-business owner. She owns an interior design company, Status Design Studio, and a 70 vendor booth retail store, Status Home Design, in the Hamilton Mill area of Gwinnett County. With a degree in Interior Design from the University of Georgia, she has changed lives by changing spaces for many years. Her services are sought by many and the results are incredible! Her interior design company, Status Design Studio, Inc., has just been voted a “Best Interior Design Company” in the Best of Gwinnett voting done by Gwinnett Magazine. Her store was also voted “Best Furniture Store” in the same magazine. This is an honor that signifies her business savvy and her ability to manage the pressure that comes with many employees and multiple demands.
Leta’s interior design talent is reflected in the long list of very happy clients over the years. These clients have come from all areas of metro-Atlanta and neighborhoods such as Chateau Elan and Sugarloaf Country Club in Gwinnett County. No matter the budget for a project, she makes the most of every space and her clients love to show off the results. She has even been recently contacted to decorate a home featured on HGTV.
As another phase in her business plan, Status Home Design is launching an online store in 2019 under Leta’s direction. The online marketplace will feature many items of décor and wonderful gift ideas for any occasion. Leta’s goal is to make Status Home Design a go-to place for any home decorating, furniture, or gift need. There has been tremendous interest from her customers and clients to get this going, so its success will be nearly guaranteed.
Leta also writes a blog. It is described as “A Journey of Life- Following Faith, Love & Design”. Her stories range from a firsthand account of her kidney donation to her father to a special story about a young boy fighting a life-threatening disease. The blog has opened the door for Leta to expand her brand even more as companies have reached out to her to review their products and write reviews. Her talent for telling stories and inspiring others makes her blog a must read.
Finally, Leta’s vision for her children, her faith, her brand, her companies, her blog and her life are an example for everyone! Although her looks clearly do not show her 40+ years, her birth certificate proves it. She really is “Over 40 & Fabulous”. She has achieved tremendous success in all aspects of her life and just keeps setting the bar even higher. To choose Leta as a winner of your contest is to honor the sacrifices, the commitment to excellence, the desire to succeed, the motivation to jump over any hurdle life can throw her way, the ability to go the extra mile (or several miles in running shoes), the ultimate go-getter, and the “I will not settle for half effort” attitude she exemplifies!
Leta Brooks truly is “Over 40 & Fabulous!”

How your nominee give back to the community?

Leta Brooks has given back to her community for years and continues to do so today. Most recently, she held a Car Show in the parking lot of her store to raise money for a young boy suffering from a life threatening disease called Tay-Sachs Disease. The Car Show raised more money than any other event the family had attended. The Car Show brought out approximately 50 vintage and collectible cars, musical entertainment, and several events for families. Leta wrote about the family and the young boy, Eli, in her blog. The story also raised additional money to help the family with the enormous expenses related to his treatment. This event was Leta’s idea after being inspired by the story, the cost were paid by her, the money raised went directly to the family, and everyone learned more about this rare condition that currently has no cure. Although this is only one example, it is a common thing for Leta. She participates and many community related fundraisers, charitable programs, and offers her store whenever she can to help provide a service for those in need. In addition to her business contributions to her community, Leta also makes the most of her love of running, too. She has participated in fundraising as part of most of her races throughout the years. There is no way to calculate the exact amounts raised by her, but she has inspired many people to get involved that may never have donated before.

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The cover of Ty Pennington's new book.

The cover of Ty Pennington’s new book.

Atlanta native Ty Pennington has penned his first personal book. Set to be released on May 14, in “Life to the Extreme: How a Chaotic Kid Became America’s Favorite Carpenter,” Pennington details everything from building his first tree house to being diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and achieving television fame.

Details: https://www.zondervan.com/

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Nyssa Green

Nyssa Green

Making people feel beautiful each and every day is the best part of this Emmy Award-winning makeup marvel’s job. Her team primps and preps everyone from TV stars to brides-to-be.

What exciting new projects have you been working on since you were previously on the Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board in 2017?

I’m working with a new brand of fun, long-lasting lip products that I’m sure will be in “Nyssa’s Nods” soon! Also, I’ve developed a training program for beginner makeup artists and I’m super excited about that because it means The Green Room Agency will be able to
serve more clients.

As a makeup artist, are there any misconceptions about what you do?
So many people believe that you can learn everything about professional makeup from the internet, but that is not true at all.

What are five makeup must-haves for every woman over 40?

1. Good makeup brushes
2. Cleansing oil
3. A great red lipstick
4. The phone number of a trusted makeup pro
5. Sunscreen

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Tom Sullivan

Tom Sullivan

As a corporate host and TV emcee, Tom Sullivan doesn’t just live to entertain. He lives to connect with people and create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. His decades-long career is marked with Emmy-award nominations, mentorship, and more.

What has happened in the last year since we caught up with you for Over 40 & Fabulous?

I’ve been traveling around the country hosting various events, including a few trips to Las Vegas and one where it was snowing on the Strip!

What does a typical day in the life of Tom Sullivan look like?

Having worked on a radio morning show, I’m used to getting up early. I say, ‘Good morning, God,’ before I even get out of bed. I listen to calming, relaxing music while I have breakfast—leaving the TV off so I can be mindful of what I’m listening to or watching while eating. I also soak in a devotional from “The Word For You Today,” out of Alpharetta. In my studio, I’ll work on voice-over projects or editing photos and videos for clients, as well as organizing work with new clients as their host and emcee.

During your career, you’ve seen the media world change drastically. What advice do you have for others in regard to adapting as their field changes or they face career setbacks?

When I left radio and TV back in 2010, I learned that those jobs don’t define me. God cleared my plate and helped me realize who Tom Sullivan is and what really matters in life. That book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” by Richard Carlson is so true! I am grateful for every opportunity and look at every experience as a life lesson. When I worked in radio, I made myself valuable by doing every job there was and I did it with a winning attitude. Also, be mindful!

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Melanie Poole

Melanie Poole

EVOQ Town Flats at Johns Creek is revolutionizing the world of community living. For mature working professionals, this new neighborhood provides high-end living amenities in an environment free of children.

What makes EVOQ Town Flats at Johns Creek different from other active adult communities?

The concept for EVOQ is really the first of its kind anywhere in the Atlanta market. The EVOQ brand was conceived to serve a much different client, one that isn’t being served today. Yes, the first resident will need to be 55 but the second occupant can be as young as 45. Every inch of this community was carefully thought out to ensure it would be an amazing experience for the residents. We offer 23 floor plans, which is unheard of in multifamily development. Most communities offer four to eight floor plans at the most. We wanted our residents to be able to pick a floor plan that meets their needs, like they did before with a homebuilder.

What is one thing that challenges you most about your industry?

Educating the general population about what midlife community living truly means is a challenge. This community was designed around the needs of mature working professionals. The apartments feature details such as gas cooking, wine refrigerators, and his-and-hers vanities. As soon as people hear that we are age-restricted, they think we are independent living but what we offer is exactly like any other conventional apartment community, just without kids or teenagers running around.

EVOQ Entrance Rendering

EVOQ Entrance Rendering

5 Ways Midlifers Can Make the Most of EVOQ Town Flats at Johns Creek

  • Join friends in the Taproom and take advantage of self-pour beer and wine
  • Learn to cook a special dish in the event kitchen with guidance from local chefs
  • Entertain outside by the fire pit and get grilling on the Big Green Egg or at the gas grill station
  • Work with a personal trainer in the fitness studio or jump on a Peloton® and ride
  • Take a dip in the saltwater pool or just lounge on the sun shelf

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Radiance MDBy getting to the root of hormonal imbalances caused, Dr. Naureen Adam and Dr. Nazanin Jafarian are helping men and women feel their best.

Did you always know you wanted to be in this field? What inspired you to pursue this path?

Dr. Adam: I knew I wanted to be a physician since I was a teenager. In medical school, I decided to go into anesthesia and ultimately interventional pain medicine. The theme was making people feel better and enabling them to do the things they wanted to do without pain. From there, for Dr. Jafarian and I, it became directly related to, ‘OK, let’s go a step beyond traditional pain medicine and see what we can do to make people feel better from the inside.’

Dr. Jafarian: As an anesthesiologist and interventional pain physician, I saw my patients suffer from chronic diseases. As we age, our hormones decrease and our medical problems increase and I knew there was a safer and more natural solution to help patients regain their vitality and slow the aging process.

What is one thing that challenges you most about your industry?

Dr. Adam: Educating people is a large part of what we do. The average person does not know that hormone changes do happen over 30 and you can fix them. For example, one of my former personal trainers, who is 36 years old, called me saying, ‘I just don’t have the vigor and the drive I used to have. I’m just not as clear [mentally].’ You think this is something that happens at 40 or 50 but here’s somebody that was the perfect example. He works out every day and he doesn’t feel as good as he used to and it’s likely due to a decline in his testosterone levels.

Dr. Jafarian: Each patient is unique and developing a customized treatment plan for everyone is challenging but that is what will provide the best results. Our treatment plans allow us to fine-tune your body to perform optimally. When your hormones are balanced, you are reaching your body’s full potential. I enjoy the challenge because nothing is more gratifying than seeing my patients discover a new lease on life. As Deepak Chopra said, “If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want, instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.”

Signs Your Hormones May Be Out of Balance

Men:

  • Don’t have the zest for life they used to
  • Decreased libido
  • Less energy during the day
  • Decreased mental clarity
  • Irritability

Women:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sometimes there are menopausal symptoms like hot flashes
  • Decreased drive
  • Decreased libido
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Decreased energy

Dr. Adam: There’s some overlap, but as you get older and you start to experience these things, it’s a sign to investigate further.

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