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 maloneycenter.com or by watching the video below.

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2015 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board Dr. Dina Giesler 

Dr. Giesler’s career in dentistry began during her senior year in high school in Houston, Texas. “I was fascinated with the whole field,” she says. She started working for an orthodontist and multidisciplinary practices, and her passion led her to the two-year dental hygiene program at the University of Texas dental school. “I wasn’t even thinking at the time about becoming a dentist,” she remembers. “It was after becoming a hygienist that God told me I was meant to do more. I worked for over 75 dentists and in all positions within the dental office prior to going back to dental school. “The insight and work experience was invaluable, and Dr. Giesler was able to serve as class president and student delegate to the ACA throughout her graduate training.

“Work harder than anyone else. Stay focused, never give up, and never ever forget who you serve!” 

After graduation and a residency at the Oklahoma Medical Center, Dr. Giesler ran a public health clinic in Plainview Texas. “I’ve always practiced health and wellness and I strive every day to talk the talk and walk the walk!” After selling her practice in Houston, to move to Atlanta in 1997, she started Atlanta Smiles and Wellness.

Dr. Giesler’s Atlanta Smiles Foundation provides pro-bono dentistry and plastic surgery to domestic violent survivors. “Your smile is the universal language and goes with you everywhere you go, and I know I am blessed to be a cosmetic dentist and help others achieve the smile they deserve.” atlantasmiles.com

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IMG_6546 high res (1)Diana Hofsommer 

When Diana Hofsommer started her role as Camp Horizon’s Director of Development, she quickly realized the inherent challenges compared with a traditional for-profit business. She explains, “Even though Camp Horizon has been around since 1982, the external climate changed significantly over those three decades. As foundations and large corporations have made their giving programs more sophisticated, many small charities have struggled to keep pace. Most grantors will not provide continuing support, while more formal fundraising events are expensive.

“To live my best life, I aim for being true to myself, especially when that means sticking up for what I believe. I like being a part of making the world a better place, even if it means pushing through difficult situations to get there.” 

As a former foster youth herself, Hofsommer has worked to help overcome those challenges in her volunteer role. “My goal has been to facilitate increased awareness and better relationships in our community to benefit  Camp Horizon’s programs for abused and neglected youth,” she explains. “Matching people’s passions with worthwhile causes is an ever-present challenge but worthwhile endeavor. Most small charities are perpetually underfunded. I’d like to see more people donating in general to support good causes but also specifically on a local level. In addition to wherever else they choose to give.” camphorizon.net 

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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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ANderson Cooper and Andy Cohen AC2Hard hitting news and late-night drinking games might not have much in common, but the men who bring you both are joining forces for an event at Cobb Energy Centre this month. For one evening only, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Bravo talk show host Andy Cohen will interview each other and take audience questions. This unique, unscripted show will take place on June 20, when their “Deep Talk and Shallow Tales” tour stops in Atlanta. Tickets start at $75 and are available through Ticketmaster, the Cobb Energy Centre’s box office and on the phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Details: 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA, (770) 916-2800, ac2live.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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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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