We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

This year for the first time, we engaged an Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out their editorial contributions at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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Haines, Nicole_credFoster coordinator of the Atlanta Humane Society Nicole Haines shares her best advice for fostering an additional dog.

Why should dog owners consider fostering an additional dog in their home? 

Fostering is truly an opportunity to be a hero and save a life. You already know how wonderful you are at being a pet parent, and it’s so rewarding to be able to able to share all that love and expertise you have with an animal that needs time to heal and grow outside of the shelter environment.

Which dogs are best suited for welcoming a foster dog into their home? 

Big dogs, small dogs, quiet dogs and playful dogs. Any well-balanced pup that gets along with other dogs and people can be an awesome foster brother or sister.

What are your favorite things about fostering? 

Fostering gives us a change to share your home pups truly in need. It gives our dogs an opportunity to socialize and enjoy the company of a wide variety of breeds and canine personalities, making us an even better pet family.

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IMG_6474 high resDr. Tara Frix 

Dr. Tara Frix had no doubts about where her career was headed. “I always wanted to be a doctor,” she says. But she always knew that a patient’s health can’t just rely on one provider. “Early on, I was drawn to the multi-disciplinary approach of having sports medicine doctors non-surgical orthopedists, chiropractors and physiotherapists that all have the same goal for the patient.”

“My best life advice for anyone is to get to the gym three to five times a week. Our bodies recover better when we are strong and have fewer injuries.” 

Today, she’s living her vision at Total HealthCare, helping patients eliminate joint pain without relying on the all-too-common cortisone injections and join replacements. “I love giving patients their life back and getting them active again,” she says. totalhealthmed.com

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BSA - Best Bulletin JCI FoundationThe JCI Foundation’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference expands the horizons of young female golfers beyond the fairway and into the conference room. Held on June 24 this year, the conference can now accommodate 1,000 young Atlanta women and will provide them with positive mentorship and education through speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities, all focused on becoming leaders in their budding business careers. Registration is free for high school and college students with ID.

Details: McCamish Pavilion at Georgia Tech, 965 Fowler St, NW, Atlanta, GA, jcifoundation.org

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Portofino Wine Cellar Photo Credit Heidi GeldhauserOn the third Sunday of every month, Portofino’s wine tasting series will lead you through wine country without ever leaving town. Twelve wines will be paired with appetizers chosen by Portofino’s executive chef, and the themes take you on flavorful visits through southern and northern Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. Other themes focus on specific grapes, such as this month’s tasting on June 21, themed “Father’s Day Cabernet.” Whichever you choose, tastings begin at 6:30 p.m., range in price from $35 to $55, and continue through November.

Details: 3199 Paces Ferry Place NW, Atlanta, GA, (404) 231-1136, portofinobistro.com

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

This year for the first time, we engaged an Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out their editorial contributions at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

 

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

This year for the first time, we engaged an Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out their editorial contributions at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

 

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IMG_6509 high resDr. Brian Maloney 

Dr. Brian Maloney grew up in rural Ohio, with parents who were “hard-working, salt of the earth people,” he says. They instilled in him an appreciation for giving back, which manifests itself in his involvement with the Atlanta Day Shelter and even through his early work in reconstructive surgery. “As I went through my residency,” he remembers, “I would rebuild faces from scratch after car accidents and gunshot wounds, taking bone from the rib and hips and skull.” Those years reconstructing every part of the face gave him an intimate understanding of the nuances of facial surgery and honed his skills.

“My best life philosophy is to live every day to the fullest. Tomorrow is promised to no one.”

Eventually, he began to focus on cosmetic surgery. He compares the two, saying, “With reconstructive surgery, we’re taking an abnormal feature and trying to make it look normal, with cosmetic surgery, we’re taking a normal feature and trying to enhance it.” And with each kind of surgery, Dr. Maloney says, he encountered overwhelming gratitude from his patients. “It’s neat to have patients writing letters to share how the surgery changed their lives.” maloneycenter.com

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Champlin, Eric_larger versionFounder and Editor of Atlanta Trails Eric Champlin shares his best advice when hiking with your pet.

Why should dog owners bring their pet hiking with them? 

Just like us, most dogs love an adventure! With so many new sights, sounds and smells, a great afternoon hike can be as much fun for your dog as you.

Which dogs are best suited for this activity?

Dog breeds vary in size and athletic ability, but they all need exercise. If your dog is new to hiking, explore a few easy, short trails before working up to more difficult and longer trails. Pack a water dish and water bottle to keep them hydrated.

What are you favorite trails to bring your own dog?

Sweetwater Creek State Park offers a great canine adventure just outside the I-285 perimeter on Atlanta’s west side. Sweetwater Creek’s four trails range in difficulty and length and explore a beautiful creek valley filled with whitewater rapids, small waterfalls and the ruins of a Civil War-era mill. Or check out Arabia Mountain on Atlanta’s east side, with trails that scale a mountain summit for stunning views.

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Orange rosemary chickenThis slow-cooker entree recipe comes from Brittany Woodard, author of local food blog “Britt’s Blurbs.” It cooks for four to five hours but only take an easy 15 minutes to prep, and the refreshing citrus and rosemary add a flavorful punch to your summer dinner plate. Enjoy!

Ingredients 

4 organic chicken thighs

1/2 cup organic chicken broth

1 large orange

1 small orange

2 fresh rosemary twigs

Instructions 

Spray a slow cooker with organic, non-stick cooking spray. Lay the chicken thighs on the bottom of the slow cooker.

Pour in the chicken broth. Zest the small orange over the chicken thighs. Squeeze the fresh juice of the oranges into the slow cooker.

Cut the rosemary twigs in half and lay in broth. Season with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Cook on low for four to five hours.

- Courtesy of Brittany Woodard at “Britt’s Blurbs,” bblurbs.com

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