Thursday, 28 May 2020 06:57

Pat Mitchell: A Dangerous Woman


How taking risks shaped the life and career of one of media’s most prolific women

By Amy Meadows

Pat Mitchell was uncharacteristically wavering. She had spent decades telling people’s stories, first in front of and behind the camera as a renowned journalist and award-winning documentary producer and then as the first female president of legendary organizations such as Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), CNN Productions and The Paley Center for Media. Yet, she wasn’t sure that she was ready to commit her own story to paper. She certainly had considered writing a memoir, but something kept stopping her in her tracks.
“I didn’t want to feel like I was writing about the past and not living in the present. I also couldn’t find the time, and I struggled with the focus,” Mitchell reveals. More importantly, though, she worried that telling her story, complete with recollections of all of the incredible work she has done during her highly successful career, would be tantamount to bragging. Fortunately, a good friend pulled her aside one day and said exactly what she needed to hear. “She said, ‘Pat, it’s not bragging if you did it.’ Women struggle with not wanting to praise our own risk-taking, and I had to get past that,” she says. “And I realized during the writing process that I needed to write my memoir to shine a light for those who are following me. Women are still facing so many challenges, and my dream is to help women and girls everywhere
break those barriers and achieve.” Today, women of all ages can be inspired by Mitchell’s new book, “Becoming a Dangerous Woman: Embracing Risk to Change the World,” which was released in October of 2019. In it, she delves into her life as a journalist and an activist, taking readers on a journey through all of the ups and downs she experienced as she forged an uncharted path to become one of the most influential and acclaimed women in media. And at age 77, even as she looks back on everything she has accomplished, she has no plans of slowing down, as she realizes that there is still much work to do.

Following Her Curiosity
“Unlike a lot of people, particularly men, I did not come into my career with a plan from A to B to C to D. What I did throughout my career was follow my curiosity. I took risks. I may not have known how to do a job, but it was about believing in my own ability to figure it all out,” Mitchell observes. “If you can’t risk failing, then you’ll never have success.” Growing up near and in the small town of Swainsboro, Georgia, Mitchell always felt a certain pull toward academia—a pursuit encouraged by her eighth grade English teacher, Miss Shirley Rountree Reid, who went so far as to help then-high school senior Mitchell secure acceptance and a full drama scholarship to the University of Georgia (UGA). And while Mitchell thrived and planned to go to graduate school, an unexpected pregnancy and subsequent marriage altered her plans. She began teaching, and a divorce not long later transformed her into a single mother with a toddler. She did move on to graduate school, ultimately becoming an English instructor at UGA and then Virginia Commonwealth University. Yet, she reveled at the opportunity to move into journalism and work for
LOOK magazine—until the publication suddenly went bankrupt, leaving Mitchell jobless in New York City. On a whim, she decided to “try television,” and thus began her true ascent as a bona fide media powerhouse.
In fact, Mitchell’s credentials are as impressive as they are copious. She began by working with the media team for John V. Lindsay’s 1972 presidential campaign, and while the bid was unsuccessful, it led Mitchell to begin her television news career in earnest at WBZ-TV in Boston. Her love of telling stories, particularly those of women, paved the way for her to burst onto the scene with such positions as host of the midday talk program “Panorama”; creator, producer and host of the Emmy-winning syndicated female-driven talk show “Woman to Woman,” which was produced through her own independent production company; and as a regular on the “Today” show and an international reporter for NBC. Those experiences eventually brought her back to Atlanta and to Turner Broadcasting in 1992, where she moved into the executive position of president of Turner Original Productions and CNN Productions.
By 2000, she was named president and CEO of PBS, followed by an appointment as president and CEO of
The Paley Center for Media in 2006. Today, she is the co-founder and editorial director of TEDWomen and the chair of the Women’s Media Center and Sundance Institute.
“Everything you do prepares you for something else, even if it isn’t in your plan,” Mitchell says. “With every job, no matter how different they were, I took something forward. Women are fast learners and adapters to new environments. We have to trust ourselves and believe that we can learn as we do.”  PAT MITCHELL P1

At the Intersection of History
Throughout what Mitchell calls her “zig-zaggy career,” her proclivity toward activism has been as important to her as her professional success. Her involvement with both the Civil Rights Movement and the Women’s Movement is an integral part of her own story, dating back to 1961 when UGA was first integrated and she became friends with Charlayne Hunter-Gault, the first African-American female to attend the institution. As a budding journalist, Mitchell also faced sexism in the workplace. And as a single mother, she realized how few rights she actually had. All of this led her to boost her own efforts as a feminist activist, fighting for everything from equal pay to reproductive rights. From attending marches to working with an array of well-known humanitarians and activists, including good friends Jane Fonda and Eve Ensler, she has become part of a conversation that continues to this day.
“I feel fortunate to have come of age as those big changes were happening. I was at the intersection of historical changes,”
she notes, adding that many of the struggles from yesterday have come full circle and are continuing to be fought today. “We are living in dangerous times. Much of the progress that has been made—there have been rollbacks in those areas. Women have advanced and have greater representation, but it’s far from complete equality. It’s going to take a different kind of commitment, bravery and boldness to meet the challenges of these dangerous and disconnected times, to build common ground and to work toward a more just world.”
To achieve that end goal, Mitchell has dedicated herself to creating a platform of opportunity to help elevate other women.
For instance, she began working with Ronda Carnegie and The Rockefeller Foundation in 2019 to convene the
Connected Women Leaders (CWL) Forum, which brings women together to problem-solve the issues facing females from all backgrounds around the world. “In many ways, the most important thing to do is to build alliances and coalitions. We have to reach out to other women and show up for one another. I believe that showing up for each other is the biggest game changer of all,” Mitchell says. “In fact, my friendships are my renewable source of energy and power.” Recently, Mitchell moved from serving on corporate boards to dedicating all of her time to the boards of nonprofit and service organizations. For her, it’s a powerful choice. And while she has declared herself “a dangerous woman” in these times, she looks at that phrase differently than most people. “I have become braver and bolder. I want to carry the torch higher and brighter to encourage others to be bold and brave and to take risks,” she concludes. “Each of us can make a difference. Each of us can help create a better world where everyone has more equal opportunity. It’s possible. But you have to take risks. You have to step forward and imagine the future you want and go for it.”


Thursday, 26 March 2020 17:55



Facial Plastic Surgery:
Brian Maloney, MD, FACS, of Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery

Fitness and Well-Being:

Suzanne Cypert of Concourse Athletic Club

Nonsurgical Facial Aesthetics:
Monte Slater, MD, FACOG, ABAARM, of Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging

Hair Care:
Amanda Hair of Bob Steele Salon

Body Plastic Surgery:
Alan N. Larsen, MD, of Buckhead Plastic Surgery

Hair Restoration:
Ken Anderson, MD, FISHRS, ABHRS, of Anderson Center for Hair


Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS, of Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center

Nonsurgical Body Aesthetics:
Renee Smith, Robbie Spence & Dr. Alan Larsen of Slim Studio



AB 01 MaloneyFacial Plastic Surgery
Dr. Brian Maloney
Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery

That you might not know about Dr. Brian Maloney, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is that growing up in rural Ohio he wanted to be an old time family doctor. Fortunately for his many patients today, he found a passion in facial plastic surgery and built his business to be a standard in the industry—in terms of both quality treatment and unmatched patient care.

Patient-Centered Philosophy
“We view our role with our patients similar to the old-fashioned family practitioner who really got to know their patients and was their guide on the journey of life,” says Dr. Maloney. “We have a very private, intimate setting at the Maloney Center. Our patients are like family, and we treat them that way.”
In fact, the relationships Dr. Maloney and his staff work to build and maintain reflect the character of their overall business philosophy—one based on prioritizing the patient. As a result, patients travel from all over the world to be treated at the Maloney Center, and the customer service is only the icing on the cake of an exceptional patient experience.

Continuum of Care
Dr. Maloney, who has written more than 80 book chapters and scientific articles on cosmetic surgery and participated in multiple FDA studies, works to educate patients so that together they can make the best decisions for treatment. This, in turn, helps him provide results that are exactly what the patient wants and leave them feeling more confident and ready to be 
their best self.
That includes helping patients understand how to take care of the skin they’re in right now. From sun protection and sunscreen education to eating and sleeping well, as well as getting regular exercise to boost overall health, reduce stress and increase self-esteem, he works with patients to help them understand how to care for their skin before moving onto facial cosmetic procedures.AB 01B Maloney
“Electing to have a facial cosmetic procedure when your face begins to show some signs of sadness or fatigue can help you feel your best on the inside as well as looking your best on the outside,” says Dr. Maloney.
The center also uses the most advanced forms of anesthesia for patient safety, comfort and convenience. Lastly, he provides the latest in technologically advanced procedures, including options that let a patient see potential changes in their appearance before treatment and introducing minimal-incision procedures that are less invasive and require less downtime than in years past.

The content for this article is brought to you by the Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.

AB 01C MaloneyMaloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
(770) 804-0007 |
6111 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Bldg. E, Ste. 201
Atlanta, GA 30328



AB 02 Suzanne-CypertFitness and Well-Being
Suzanne Cypert
General Manager
Concourse Athletic Club

Suzanne Cypert has been in the health and fitness industry since she graduated from college. Realizing she could help people feel better, look better and perform better for a living was all it took to pursue turning a passion into a career. Now, as general manager of the Concourse Athletic Club in Sandy Springs, she exercises that passion by inspiring wellness through a complete fitness experience for her clients—and it’s changing the way people view their gym experience.

Knowing Your Needs
Exercise was a way of life for Cypert’s family growing up. So the fact that there are so many people in today’s world who are unconditioned and inactive stays at the forefront of her mind.
“People just don’t know how good they would feel if they incorporated wellness into their lives,” she says. “Each person is different and, therefore, [Concourse has] a multitude of amenities and programs that will fit their profile. We go one step beyond and engage with them through their entire experience.”
According to Cypert, everything you’re capable of doing to improve your overall well-being, which is probably more than you think, is up to you. Understanding that is the first step to a healthier and happier life.
At Concourse, Cypert and her staff preach five steps to discovering that version of you. It begins with mindfulness, an integral part of wellness and happiness, that refers to understanding how your emotions are connected to your physical state. Secondly, getting moving aids in creating that better state of being. Simple things such as choosing to take the stairs or parking farther away make a difference. Next is being consciously aware of what you eat and drink, which not only changes your physiological function, but can also alter your mood. Understanding how your system works is essential to getting the most out of what you consume. Fourth, the simple act of giving back can increase feelings of self-love and soul-satisfaction. Lastly, regular checkups and physical exams highlight areas that may need attention and emphasize great results from healthy habits.AB 02B Suzanne-Cypert

Real Results
Cypert and her team know this process works because they can tangibly see their clients’ results.
“We get to witness the feeling people get when they know they’ve accomplished their goals,” says Cypert. “The most satisfying part of my job is seeing people improve their lives and inspiring them to continue to live their best lives. I’ve heard the statement ‘This place saved my life’ numerous times in my career. It’s the best thing in the world!”

The content for this article is brought to you by Concourse Athletic Club.

AB 02C Suzanne-CypertConcourse Athletic Club
(770) 698-2000
8 Concourse Pkwy., Sandy Springs, GA 30328








AB 03 SlaterNonsurgical Facial Aesthetics
Monte Slater MD, FACOG, ABAARM
Medical Director
Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic
& Center for Anti-Aging

There are many scary rumors to face when it comes to improving the way you look. But for metro Atlantans, Dr. Monte Slater, who is double board certified in OB-GYN and Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, debunks the lot and redefines what it means to want to look younger. With a big heart for patients and a philosophy founded in quality treatment and customer service, he’s been changing lives for almost 13 years.

Younger-Looking Truth
Dr. Slater sees every day how men and women age 40 and beyond are wanting to look younger but they can’t afford the time off for surgery, and so they turn to him for his expertise in nonsurgical alternatives and anti-aging procedures that require little to no downtime. He offers, for example, a CO2 laser peel after which patients can wear makeup and be back at work the next day! 
Dr. Slater can tighten, lighten and brighten their faces, and the results, as well as his patients’ boost of confidence, is incredible. He is constantly receiving feedback from clients, especially those in the corporate world who are competing with younger colleagues, about how happy they are with the work his does to help them achieve their desired goals.
Dr. Slater’s practice is centered around enchancing a patient’s natural appearance rather than changing it. And that means staying on the cutting edge of current treatments while sifting through what really works and what doesn’t. Which is just one of the things that makes his work at Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging stand out.
“At ABS Clinic, we strive to provide top-quality service not only in treatments, but also in the overall experience that patients receive from our entire team,” says Dr. Slater. “Our staff is amazing and fun. It’s a very happy environment, and I think patients feel very welcome and comfortable.”AB 03B Slater

Trending Toward Technology
Having a finger on the pulse of new technology also plays a big role in being able to deliver great results. The office employs, for instance, treatments using the Discovery Pico Laser for tattoo removal, the Subnovii Plasma Pen for reducing deep lines and Hydrafacials to promote cell stimulation. Another treatment combining the Vivace/CoolPeel performed using high-energy radio-frequency energy with gold standard C02 skin resurfacing requires only one day of downtime. Each new procedure helps patients see better results without being invasive.
Furthermore, says Dr. Slater, “There are so many new pharmaceutical-grade, scientifically grounded skin care products available that use advanced technology for better penetration into the skin, that better stimulate regenerative cells and that accelerate the release of your own healing growth factors, reversing years of sun damage and aging.”

A Renaissance Man
When Dr. Slater isn’t busy taking care of his patients, he likes to hang out at Maple Street Guitars, where he says “the people are friendly and they let me play around with my dream guitars.” He also enjoys partaking in the British cuisine and culture at The Ship & Anchor Pub in Sandy Springs, and taking in concerts with Gail, his wife of 
40 years. “We share a love for music and are avid rockers,” he notes.

The content for this article is brought to you by Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging.

AB 03C Slater

Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging
(770) 777-7707
4840 Roswell Rd. NE.
Bldg. D #100
Atlanta, GA 30342
(478) 225-2379
400 Corporate Pte.
Warner Robins, GA 31088

AB 04 AmandaHairHair Care
Amanda Hair
Owner and CEO
Bob Steele Salon

Amanda Hair has always loved all things beauty and fashion, but as she honed in on a career as a stylist, her colleagues at Bob Steele Salon saw something else in her. And the rest is a long, stylish history.

Tressed for the Top
“I knew I could provide more value supporting our talent rather than being the talent after many years of watching the skill, care and passion our stylists take with each client in their chair,” says Hair, now the owner and CEO of 
Bob Steele Salon.
Running a top brand in the industry, she focuses mostly on attracting and retaining top talent. She’s helped solidify 
Bob Steele Salon’s reputation and ability to grow through managing the operational systems and by hiring people who fit the culture and core values. She also invests in training stylists, managers, guest relations and administrators to execute the services Bob Steele provides.
“Our continuous education courses help our stylists shine and find what truly fuels their passions,” says Hair, motivated by her drive to impact women and their professional growth. “I love forming connections with the team and seeing them create relationships with their peers and clients.”
Her philosophy for harboring those connections? Each voice is equally important, there’s power in numbers and collaboration is key. Now in her nineteenth year at Bob Steele Salon, Hair loves her job more than ever—something clients can see and feel from their own experience inside the stylists’ chair (and at home, in the mirror).
Building the Best
“We [purposely] hire people who live our core values in and out of the salon and are truly caring and relatable,” says Hair. “[Our stylists receive] education and training from successful, in-house educators before they even touch a paying client for the first time,” ensuring our newer talent is watching and learning from the best.AB 04B AmandaHair
The best delivers the best, including keeping their fingers on the pulse of the latest trends by offering color hazing, feather extensions, babylights and balayage in addition to expert traditional cuts and color services. In addition, clients enjoy fringe benefits including complimentary bang trims and brow tinting with paid services, a retail rewards program, convenient online and mobile booking, and access to top salon products.
Selfies popping up on clients’ social media pages after a visit are a big motivator for Hair, but she’ll tell you that the most satisfying part of her job is watching her “creatives” grow during their tenure with the company. It’s a passion that continues to fuel her drive to give both employees, and therefore clients, the very best.

The content for this article is brought to you by Bob Steele Salon.
AB 04C AmandaHair

Bob Steele Salon 
(404) 262-9499 |

2500 Old Milton Pkwy., Ste. 130, Alpharetta, GA 30009

4403 Northside Pkwy., Ste. 160, Atlanta, GA 30327

2960 Shallowford Rd., Ste. 202, Marietta, GA 30066

625 W. Crossville Rd., Ste. 122, Roswell, GA 30075

1265 W. Spring St., Ste. C, Smyrna, GA 30080



AB 05 LARSONBody Plastic Surgery
Dr. Alan N. Larsen
Buckhead Plastic Surgery

Dr. Alan N. Larsen took a roundabout journey to plastic surgery. By way of astronaut dreams and admiration for the surgeon who saved his life afer falling ill as a young child.  
Dr. Larsen is a Double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon who is known for his outstanding surgical results in both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. For over 22 years at Buckhead Plastic Surgery, Dr. Larsen has been providing a comprehensive array of surgical and non-surgical procedures.

A Goal of Perfection
What helps Dr. Larsen stand out from his competition in a competitive, fast-paced world is that he is a self-proclaimed perfectionist. With a persistent “pursuit of perfection,” he spends ample time with his patients to ensure not only individual customization but a successful outcome through realistic expectations. This attention to detail is what keeps client referrals coming, and patient satisfaction rates consistently high.
Dr. Larsen is well respected in the medical field in Atlanta and sharpens his skills with the latest technology and methods through continuing medical education and plastic surgery conferences throughout the years. He is revered in the Atlanta area and Southeast for his impeccable facial surgeries, body lifts, mommy makeovers, and breast surgeries.
Dr. Larsen is a pioneer in some of the most challenging yet life-changing procedures in plastic surgery, like the body lift (belt lipectomy). Along with the tummy tuck, a body lift in a single operation can rejuvenate the entire abdomen and waistline and is one of the most transformative and life-changing plastic surgery procedures.

Debunking the Past
The past is also where Dr. Larsen has to work from, and misconceptions are plenty.
“People often think that plastic surgeons can accomplish and do more than we actually can. So sometimes it can be hard to meet their expectations if their expectations are unrealistic,” he says. “My staff and I do thorough preoperative counseling, where we educate our patients on realistic outcomes of the procedures we offer, which increases the likelihood that they’ll be happy with their results.”
Practicing his craft perfectly and treating his patients with honesty and respect are huge drivers of Dr. Larsen’s business philosophy. That genuine doctor-client relationship blended with his expertise and experience delivers great outcomes every time. Which, for Dr. Larsen, makes it worth giving up his one-time dream of being an astronaut.
“One of the things that keeps me motivated is that I love what I do,” says Dr. Larsen. “I’ve picked a profession that is what I want to do every morning I wake up.”AB 05B LARSON
Dr. Larsen has a unique medical complex. This complex is made up of three boutique-style practices and now an exceptional AAAASF accredited surgical center all in one location and allows for an individualized, intimate experience. Enjoy non-surgical face and body treatments at LUX Med Spa and non-invasive body sculpting at Slim Studio. 
This complex fulfills Dr. Larsen’s vision of personalized, whole-body care in a private and luxurious environment.
Dr. Larsen values giving back and helping others in the community. He devotes a significant amount of time providing breast reconstructive surgery for breast cancer patients. For years he has helped women restore their confidence. 
He partners with the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Fund and BRADay USA, through ASPS (American Society 
for Plastic Surgery).
Whatever your aesthetic goals may be, they can be achieved by Dr. Larsen and his professional, dedicated staff, who will provide a thorough client education process to help you make your decision with the utmost confidence.

The content for this article is brought to you by Buckhead Plastic Surgery.







AB 06 ANDERSONHair Restoration
Dr. Ken Anderson
Founder and Director
Anderson Center for Hair

In 2003, Dr. Ken Anderson discovered the field of 
hair restoration surgery as the perfect combination of his love for both art and medicine. He left the field of facial reconstructive surgery and has since worked to change both lives and the reputation of the niche anti-aging field, to the tune of some of the happiest patients he’s ever seen.

A Growing Reputation
Even with some of the most pleased patients in the medical field, he continues to battle the excess of misinformation that both men and women initially have when they come to see him about hair loss.
“Because hair restoration is immensely private and personal, it is not shared and talked about like other cosmetic procedures,” says Anderson. “There are a lot of unknowns and fears that can cause hesitation or anxiety. We work hard to educate our patients about hair loss and hair restoration options to overcome those things.”
Educating their clients is how Anderson and his staff work to stand apart from their competition. In addition, with hair restoration surgery as their sole focus, rather than amongst a long menu of cosmetic procedures, the 
triple-board-certified surgeon can work on honing his expertise and techniques. That includes bringing the first ARTAS™ Robotic Hair Restoration system to Georgia, followed by the iX ARTAS™  Robotic Hair Restoration system. Through robotics, regenerative medicine and more, he’s worked with the industry to evolve hair restoration into an anti-aging agent that delivers 100% natural results, debunking those prior misconceptions, and inspiring people to start talking about it.

Unlocked Potential
“When you lose your hair, it can have serious psychological effects. Restoring hair restores youth, confidence, and self-esteem,” said Anderson. “Patients will style their new hair and send me pictures of their new look. Patients find themselves in new relationships or tackling new professional challenges with newfound self-esteem and self-image. They’re always shocked at how easy the entire process is.” AB 06B ANDERSON
Delivering that feeling through a philosophy founded on being the best version of yourself at any age, is what drives Anderson.
“I love everything about what I do—it is a dream come true,” said Anderson. “I am able to take my passions and help others regain their confidence. When our patients feel good about themselves and how they look, they are more confident, more outgoing. It changes how other people perceive them because it has changed how they perceive themselves.”

The content for this article is brought to you by Anderson Center For Hair.



Anderson Center for Hair
 (404) 256-4247 |

2710 Old Milton Pkwy., Suite 170, Alpharetta, GA 30009

5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Suite 106, Atlanta, GA 30342





AB 07 YellinInjectables
Seth A. Yellin, MD, FACS
Founder and Director
Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center

One of the biggest challenges for facial plastic surgeons is that altering someone’s face is an enormous responsibility. Dr. Seth A. Yellin, who is inspired to solve problems with creative, 
artistic solutions, is up to the task. As a facial plastic surgeon with 25 years of experience, including founding 
Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center nine years ago, and formerly as Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at Emory Healthcare for 12 years, his reputation as a meticulous, talented surgeon has brought him national recognition.

One in a Million
“I am a healthcare provider first, so I take the time to delve into my patient’s medical history and really listen to their concerns,” says Dr. Yellin. “I have a unique and comprehensive way of evaluating faces and explaining the aging process and how it specifically relates to them. I frequently recommend solutions that my patients aren’t expecting, and deliver results that far exceed what they ever thought possible.”
Technology helps with that. New advancements lift and tighten skin and sculpt faces, necks and bodies. Dr. Yellin does extensive research to find the treatments that deliver real results, such as Profound® RF, which uses microneedle delivery of radiofrequency energy to stimulate elastin production, tightening skin and enabling improved neck and jawline contours, and the long-lasting, artistically demanding Injecta-Lift™ procedure that can balance left-right facial symmetry and create a more idealized facial shape, making the face appear more youthful and beautiful.AB 07B Yellin
Today, self-improvement is more accessible than ever before. It’s also more effective, safer, less invasive and requires less downtime for recovery. In combination with scientifically proven skin care, patients can often look great without major surgery.

Feeling Great About Your Face
“For many people, as their appearance noticeably changes due to the march of time or if there’s dissatisfaction with a particular facial feature, it can be emotionally difficult and chip away at their self-esteem,” says Dr. Yellin. 
“The confidence we have in our appearance matters. I am in the business of wellness, and one’s appearance is a vital component to that sense of well-being. Maintaining a positive outlook, especially during these trying 
times, is critical.”
Dr. Yellin notes that getting an early start with treatments such as Botox, fillers and skincare will lead to fewer lines and issues to deal with in the long run, thus keeping us looking fabulous longer. “Properly reshaping faces with injectable fillers is an art form,” he says. “Fillers should always create an appearance that looks beautiful, natural and undetectable.”
Creating a natural look is a hallmark of Dr. Yellin’s practice. “Patients always tell me that they love how people comment that they look beautiful, but can’t figure out what was done,” he says. “They ask them, did you change your hairstyle? Come back from a vacation? They just can’t figure it out.”

The content for this article is brought to you by Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center.

Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center
(770) 425-7575 |
111 Marble Mill Rd. NW., Marietta, GA 30060

AB 08 SlimNonsurgical Body Aesthetics
Renee Smith, Robbie Spence
& Dr. Alan Larsen
Slim Studio

Renee Smith and Robbie Spence along with Dr. Alan Larsen own 
Slim Studio BodySculpting and together have decades of experience in aesthetic medicine. 
They’re passionate about delivering amazing results that can be produced by the combination of science and medicine. How that synergy improves self-confidence and boosts an individual’s overall well-being inspires them to provide the best nonsurgical body sculpting in Atlanta.

Expertise with Concierge Service
“We thrive on delivering amazing results and providing the highest level of patient satisfaction,” says Smith. “We follow very specific guidelines and only treat the best candidates to obtain optimal results. We became leaders in nonsurgical body sculpting through our extensive experience, concierge service and specific product offering.”  
Slim Studio exclusively performs EmSculpt and CoolSculpting. These noninvasive body sculpting procedures serve different purposes. CoolSculpting reduces unwanted fat in areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. EmSculpt builds muscle fibers and muscle volume, resulting in increased strength and more defined and toned muscles. By building core muscles with EmSculpt some clients are even experiencing reduced back pain, improvement in posture and diastasis recti and are even achieving longer distances with their golf swings!
“EmSculpt and CoolSculpting are the most highly sought-after nonsurgical body sculpting procedures available for men and women of all ages,” says Spence.They are very appealing to individuals over 40, including busy moms, dads and professionals who find it difficult to find the time for self-care.  
In March 2020, 
Slim Studio was determined by Allergan Medical AestheticsTM to be the #1 provider of CoolSculpting by volume in the state of Georgia. AB 08B Slim
“Experience matters. Our staff has an incredible breadth of experience and tenure in performing these treatments. They have all had advanced training and are truly Atlanta’s body sculpting experts,” says Spence.
Look Good, Feel Great
Patients are raving about the experience and 
the results they receive from their treatments at 
Slim Studio. Renee, Robbie and Dr. Larsen share a passion for helping patients achieve their personal fitness goals and agree that self-care and well-being will ultimately lead to feeling great.

The content for this article is brought to you by Slim Studio.
AB 08C Slim
Slim Studio

4684 Roswell Road, NE., Atlanta, GA 30342








Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:21

Honoring Foster Moms

Atlanta’s foster families give children
 in crisis the hope and love they need

By Amy Meadows

The statistics are as staggering as they are heartbreaking. “Foster care is a desperate crisis in Georgia and in the U.S.,” says Lynette Ezell, adoption and foster care advocate for Send Relief and creator and co-host of the podcast “Adopting and Fostering Home.” “We have approximately 14,300 [children] in the state’s foster system. There has been an 
88 percent increase in the number of children in the system over the past five years. In Georgia, 700 of those age out of the system each year without a family. Today, in Fulton County alone, there are 757 foster children and 515 additional foster homes needed to help protect them. Sixty-eight percent of them had to be placed outside of their known communities because there weren’t enough available homes in Fulton County. We have to accept the reality that brokenness is all around us, and our state’s foster children are our responsibility.”

Since 2018, Ezell has helped train foster families through FaithBridge Foster Care, a private agency that partners with local churches to work toward solving the foster care crisis. It’s one of several comparable organizations across Atlanta that is striving tirelessly to find safe temporary homes for children in need, matching welcoming families to young people of all ages who require both respite and ongoing care. In many cases, those children are waiting for reunification with their biological families; in others, they may be looking for forever homes through an eventual adoption. Whatever the situation, they have to have open arms that can give them support and love as they prepare to move in the future.

“The rewards of opening one’s life to a hurting child are immeasurable,” notes Ezell, who became an adoptive mother 18 years ago and saw great need in the foster community after moving to Georgia from Kentucky a decade ago. “If we’re lucky, we all have about 70-plus years to do something significant, something that is eternal. To make a difference in the life of a child is to change a part of the world, to truly change their 
future forever.”

In honor of National Foster Care Month, which takes place in May, and Mother’s Day, Best Self Atlanta spoke with local foster mothers about their own experiences of navigating the challenges and reveling in the rewards of giving children in need a safe place to land. These are their stories.

FosterMom 01Bridgitte Ferraro Hatfield
A Servant’s Heart
It was a mission trip to an African orphanage in 2017 that really got Bridgitte Ferraro Hatfield considering foster care. The concept had always been on her mind and her heart, particularly having worked in Catholic social services in the early 2000s and as the co-founder of the nonprofit organization 
Refuse To Do Nothing. Yet, as a wife, mother of six and business leader, the timing never seemed right. Then she took that fateful journey and everything changed. She returned home on a Tuesday, and by that Sunday, she and her husband, Craig, developed a partnership with FaithBridge Foster Care.

“We consulted within our family because it wasn’t about me being a foster mom—we had to be a 
foster family. We all had to be on the same page and on board,” Bridgitte recalls. Soon, the Hatfields, who include children ranging in age from 10 to 21, began the meetings and intensive training that are required to be certified in the state to foster young children. They also sold their home so they could purchase a larger one to accommodate foster sibling groups. Then they bought a car that could fit up to 14 people. With everything in place, they were ready, knowing that they planned to serve strictly as a reunification home, which comes with the primary goal of keeping children safe and happy until they can reunify with their biological parents. 
And not long later, they received their first placements: sibling brothers ages 4 months 
and 15 months.

“That beginning stage is the honeymoon stage. You have three days to get them to the doctor and the dentist, and there’s so much paperwork. The kids are learning a brand new environment, and there are so many emotions going on. You just have to be present. You want to stay in the moment and love on them so hard,” Bridgitte explains. And as she and her family cared for the brothers over the next 11 months, she also came to know their mother well, mentoring her as she strived to retain custody of her children. At that nearly year mark, though, state law required the Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS) to find a more permanent arrangement for the boys. With their mother still unable to bring them home, DFCS found “fictive kin,” or a family friend, to take the siblings. “That was heart-wrenching,” Bridgitte admits. “It was difficult because you fall in love with them. You know their schedules, and they call you ‘Mama.’ And when they go, there is a grieving process.”FosterMom 01B

However, Bridgitte continues to be a part of the boys’ lives and mentor their mother. The Hatfields are currently housing their second sibling placement. “I’m a boy magnet,” Bridgitte muses about the 7-year-old and 20-month-old brothers who have joined the household.
“Foster care stretches and shapes you and puts you back together,” Bridgitte concludes. “I have a servant’s heart, and our children are also able to have a servant’s heart. They’ve opened their hearts and their home to children they’ve never met before. As a family, we’ve always been a tight group, but this has elevated us. The bar has been raised.”

FosterMom 02Sharon Koerber

An Unexpected Blessing
Sharon and Michael Koerber were surprised when they were told they would not be able to have any more children. After she gave birth to their first son, they planned to expand their family as soon as possible. However, her doctor told her that it was a miracle their first child was born. And Sharon simply could not imagine not having another child in their home.
“We both have good relationships with our siblings, and we love having kids in our home,” Sharon says. “We love a full house.”
The couple had considered becoming a foster home before, but the medical news accelerated their desire to become involved. They have friends who have fostered, so they decided to begin the process with a local private agency and completed all of the training and preparation. Unfortunately, that agency was more focused on adoption, and the Koerbers wanted to foster only. So they transitioned to Giving Children A Chance of Georgia (GCAC) in 2010. By January of 2011, they received news that a newborn baby boy needed a foster home. They brought him home—and he became their second son.
“We adopted that baby,” Sharon recalls through tears. “It was the greatest gift. We wanted to provide for children in need, and while adoption wasn’t a motivator for us to foster, we were so grateful.” That baby boy is now 9 years old, and he is one of three sons, as Sharon soon found out after the adoption that she—miraculously—was pregnant again. And although they ended up with the full house they had always dreamed about, the Koerbers continued to be part of the foster community, taking in girls predominantly under the age of 3.
“We have had five to seven long-term placements and 20 to 30 respite situations,” she says. And no matter how long the children remain with the family—from a few days or weeks to several months—the family strives to provide as much comfort as possible. “We always want the child to feel safe and part of the family,” Sharon continues. “They are welcomed into the family. And we make sure to ask each of our kids individually how they feel about each foster scenario before we welcome them into our home. They are valued in this. We do this together, and it gives us a unified purpose.”

Of course, when the foster children are either reunified with their biological families or receive new forever families, there is always a feeling of sadness and grief. So the family often takes a bit of time off between each foster placement, as sustainability is very important to them. The Koerbers feel that it is a great learning experience for their boys, and they plan to continue fostering for as long as they feel called to serve. As Sharon says, “This is what our family does. I’m hoping that my children will have love and empathy for all people. I want them to see a need and act. And they’re seeing that through what we do. It gives them a sense of responsibility, and as much as it hurts to let go, the benefit is greater.”FosterMom 03

FosterMom 04Mary Kathryn Kaye

A Complete Family
Mary Kathryn Kaye was surprised when a foster care trainer from Giving Children A Chance of Georgia (GCAC) said to her, “Families that come into fostering to adopt often have heartache. They may be placed with foster child after foster child and never have one who is in a position to be adopted. And many of those who come in just to be fosters will end up adopting.”  
Mary Kathryn never expected to be in that latter group. She and her husband, Wes, along with their son, who was born when Mary Kathryn was 39, planned to be a foster family only. But in October of 2016, they received a call about a five-pound, three-week-old baby girl. The plan was to reunify her with her biological grandmother, the primary caregiver, at some point. But the child was ill and required a great deal of medical attention. The Kayes happily brought her into their home as a foster and cared for her, supporting her through an array of medical issues, including a frightening bout with respiratory failure at seven weeks old. After about a year, Mary Kathryn, now 54, was told that the little girl would need to find a forever home, as being restored to her biological family was no longer an option.
“In October of 2018, she became a legal member of our family,” Mary Kathryn says. 
“Our son is 16, and now he has a 3-year-old sister. Fostering changed our lives in the most wonderful way when most families, at this age, start going in different directions with children becoming more independent. But for us, it wasn’t just like two parents fostering because our son was so committed. We all really worked together. And it added so much to our lives that we didn’t know we were lacking. We didn’t realize how much we would benefit from this.”
Today, the Kayes serve as a respite family for GCAC, usually accepting infants who need a temporary home. And she credits the agency with their ability to navigate the foster process so seamlessly. “Private agencies are skilled at working with DFCS and the system. It can be overwhelming,” she notes. “As foster parents, it’s easier to have an advocate and someone who can be the bridge to guiding the family and working with the state. And Giving Children A Chance of Georgia is the best—they prepared us in the most practical and realistic way.”
Mary Kathryn and her family, including her now healthy daughter, plan to continue fostering for as long as it’s possible. “It’s scary to take in a child, but it puts life in perspective,” she concludes. “To foster a child is something positive I am able to do in the world. It makes me feel good, and I’m able to participate in the world in a meaningful way. It’s just the greatest thing we’ve ever done.”FosterMom 05

Division of Family & Children Services,
FaithBridge Foster Care,
Giving Children A Chance of Georgia,


Wednesday, 25 March 2020 23:19

The 4th Annual Amazing One-Hour Makeovers


At Best Self Atlanta, we’re the biggest fans of the ultimate before-and-after transformation. At our fourth annual Amazing One-Hour Makeovers event on Feb. 27, some of our favorite makeup artists and hairstylists worked their magic on lucky reader attendees. These creative talents had an hour to transform their lovely models, with the help of Atlanta clothing designer Tracy Nicole, who brought racks brimming with her fabulous pieces.
Onlookers, friends and family witnessed the amazing makeovers while enjoying bubbles and bites from Under The Cork Tree restaurant. Read on to see how our gorgeous readers revitalized their style and unleashed their inner diva.


MO 01 BAMakeup: Olivia Gagne, assisted by MO 01BCrystal Archibald, Authentic Beauty
Hair: JazmenGlory Kelly,
Authentic Beauty

Olivia:“I like helping women find their authentic look that represents how they feel on the inside.”

JazmenGlory:“My favorite part of this whole process is having the client turn around, look in the mirror and see their reaction to the makeover and what they envisioned.”

Beach Babe

Model: Jennifer Prins
Before: Jennifer wanted a look that was different from her everyday, simplistic style yet still celebrated the things she loves, like being outdoors. The team decided to go with a sassy, beach look that was sexy, playful and fun.
After: JazmenGlory created tussled, beachy waves with a volumizing spray. Olivia stuck with bronzes, peaches and gold shimmers to create that sun-kissed beach goddess look.
Trusted Tools:
JazmenGlory: “I love Mizani 25 Miracle Milk because it works for every hair type.”

Olivia: “Everyone should own Organic Spa Rosehip Oil. You put it on in the morning and evening, before moisturizer, and it creates the most beautiful glow.”
Model is wearing the Tracy Nicole Lisa top paired with matching Camille skirt, both in sage.









Makeup and hair: MO 02A

Crystal Ngozi, 

Crystal Ngozi Beauty


Earth MotherCrystal: “Self-care ties into self-image. I really enjoy being able to help my clients feel better about themselves, to become their own motivators.”

Model: Veronica Stewart
Before: Though Veronica reported there were no real problem areas she wanted to focus on, she did request to look like a “breath of fresh air.”
After: Crystal turned Veronica into spring incarnate with a bright, “amped-up” look that included a soft, nude eye and color on her cheeks
and face. Crystal completed the “Nubian goddess” makeover with a flower crown.
Trusted Tools: Crystal: “I’m big on skin care, so my go-to is a really good cleanser and moisturizer, like Sonia Roselli Water Balm Skin Prep.”
Model is wearing jewelry by L George Designs.   









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Makeup: Heather Petty-Harris, MO 03B BABeauty and the Brow
Hair: Byron Evans, Urban Tangles

Heather: “I’m an artist and I put my work on faces—my canvas. This developed my pursuit of making people feel good about themselves.”

Miami Cool

Model: Grace Diffly
Before: Heather wanted to give Grace a new take on the power of cosmetics and how someone else’s vision can transform you. Grace wanted to make sure to address her “dark circles and hollow temples.”
After: “I love a Miami glow and bronze,” says Heather. Much of the attention went to create the smoky bronze eye, with the help of Stila liquid glitter eyeshadow. Byron completed the fun look, perfect for date night, with a cool side braid and loose curls.
Trusted Tools: Heather: “My specialty is eyebrows. You just need brows and lashes to make your face look alive.
Smith & Cult mascara is the best on the market, and Anastasia Beverly Hills is the mother of eyebrows.”
Model is wearing the Simple by Tracy Melia dress in red.




MO 04 BAMakeup: Renelyn Thomas,
Makeup by Ren Ren
Hair: Adriana Zamudio,
Artist A Hair Studio

Renelyn: “I love what I do because I can really bring joy to somebody. And it’s more than just the physical. Being a part of a big moment, like a wedding, is so special for them and me too.”

Hollywood Glitz

Model: Farah Khan
Before: Farah is a busy wife and mother of young kids, so she doesn’t get a lot of chances to show off a high-glam look.
After: Renelyn and Adriana wanted to create a classic Hollywood look, with big waves, a bold red lip and a style that screamed total transformation.
Trusted Tools:
“I love Laura Mercier. All of their products make you look lit from within.”
Adriana: “I love the soft hold of Monat Studio One Refinish Control Hairspray and the finishing look of Redken Triple Pure 32 Hairspray.”
Model is wearing the Tracy Nicole Elle top paired with the Dina wide-leg pant in black.MO 04B








MO 05A Makeup: Nisha Lagana,
A Glamour Affair
@aglamouraffair @nishalagana
Hair:  Byron Evans,
Urban Tangles

Nisha: “[The Amazing One-Hour Makeovers event] is one of my favorite events of the year because I get to hang out with makeup artists and help women look and feel their best. I love the before and
after photos!”

Soft Glam
Model: Lauralyn Mustaki
Before: “Lauralyn has the most beautiful, icy-blue eyes that I’ve ever seen, so we focused on them,” says Nisha.
After: Because of Lauralyn’s vibrant blue eyes, Nisha used gold, a complementary color, to truly make the hue pop. She went with a gold shimmer on the lids, adding Anastasia Beverly Hills’ bronzer as another layer of depth. Byron’s hair added to the soft, elegant look with fun body curls.
Trusted Tools:
Nisha: “A must for me is a nice set of false lashes. It can make anything glam.”

Model is wearing the Tracy Nicole Kristian top paired with the Ebony long shorts, both in teal.MO 05B






MO 06A Makeup: Raya Johnson, The Glamatory
@theglamatory @rayaroxmakeup
Hair: Alicia Igess Jones, Urban Tangles
@theurbantangles @aliciaigess

Raya: “I try and encourage clients to step out of their comfort zone with a bold lip or color on the eye to make their features pop.”

Alicia: “A hair consultation is always first [when I work with clients]. A lot of our discussion is centered on the client’s wants, but I’m always going to suggest what I think is best.”

Girls Night Out
Model: Sonya Slaton
Before: Being open to anything is the perfect way to go into a makeover, and Sonya was ready for whatever Raya and Alicia wanted to do. Sonya, who admits to splurging on weekly hairstylist visits, wanted a bold and vibrant makeover.
After: Both stylists worked together to create a girls-night-out look.
Raya created a gold smoky eye and a pop of burgundy on Sonya’s lips to celebrate her youthful spirit.
Trusted Tools: Raya: “I’m obsessed with mascara, especially Too Faced Better Than Sex. I also need to have Glamatory’s lip potions. They’re all matte shades and they’re amazing.”

Alicia: “I love the whole Olaplex line. I can use it on just about anybody’s hair and they can get success. Also my own product, Urban Tangles’ Urban Curl,
is a curl amplifier and definer that’s amazing.”MO 06B







MO 07A Makeup and hair:
Thomasina Moyer, TM Beauty

Thomasina: “I have a passion for people. To me, makeup artistry is more of a ministry to encourage and empower women—both on the outside and inside.”

Model: Chloe Cruz
Before: Eighteen-year-old student Chloe spends most of her time in sweats and leisurewear and is still dealing with acne and acne scars. She wanted to address her skin’s problem areas and “look like a different person.”
After: Thomasina took Chloe to full glamazon mode with a bronzy, brown, smoky eye and a nude lip. The look completely played up Chloe’s stunning curly hair, adding lots of volume and drama.
Trusted Tools:
Thomasina: “I typically use my own line of eyeshadow sticks: Glamour Sticks. They’re really easy to use, either as a primer for eyeshadow or alone.”
Model is wearing the Gail wide-leg jumper in powder blue.MO 07B










MO 08A


Makeup: Maria Dowling, Blo Blow Dry Bar
Hair: Kaya Glenn, Blo Blow Dry Bar

Maria: “It can be hard to see women who put themselves down. I try to uplift them and remind them they’re beautiful inside and out.”

Kaya: “I have a passion for hair. My favorite part of my job is the transformation. It changes a client’s demeanor and confidence in such a short period of time.”

Springtime Fresh
Model: Lauren Loper
Before: Lauren wanted a fresh look that would also cover up her age spots.
After: This fresh, bright look that screams springtime was created by sticking with bright pops of color on Lauren’s cheeks. Says Maria: “I used bright but neutral eye colors and made sure to keep all dark colors in the crease and not on the lid, which can age and darken your face.” Maria also used a foundation that provides great coverage without looking cakey and aging skin. The look was finalized with a basic blowout featuring soft curls.
Trusted Tools: Maria says her go-to is “Glo Skin Beauty, a line of natural, mineral makeup that helps with skin care and doesn’t have any adverse effects.”
Kaya swears by Unite 7Seconds leave-in conditioner, which she says anyone from a busy mom to a professional hairstylist can use every day and have wonderful results in seven seconds.
Model is wearing the Tracy Nicole Chloe dress in fuchsia.MO 08B.








MO 09A.Makeup: Tabitha Dove,
Beauty and the Beat
Hair: Renata Williams, Drybar
@thedrybar @rn_beauty87

Tabitha: “I’m more into the natural look. Even when I try to be extreme, it always comes back to natural glam.”

Soft Romance
Model: Melanie Whitten
Before: Melanie enjoys wearing her hair natural and wanted to style it accordingly, while learning how to find the right makeup for her complexion. Though her style is classic, she likes to push the envelope too with a few
avant-garde pieces.
After: Tabitha went for a natural glam, romantic look with a bridal-type theme for Melanie. She evened out her complexion and added shimmer on the eyes. Renata left her hair curly for a simple, soft updo, adding a few accessories to create a crown halo.
Trusted Tools:
Tabitha: “Skin prep is important so makeup lays as smoothly as possible and gives you a flawless face. I love Milk Makeup’s Vegan Milk Moisturizer.”MO 09B.









Special thanks to

MO 10A.Tracy Nicole
A true makeover happens from head to toe. Good thing Atlanta fashion designer Tracy Nicole was on hand to dress each of our readers-turned-models in her beautiful clothing. Her designs offer classic, versatile looks for women to dress up and feel sexy, comfortable and confident. Tracy Nicole creates pieces for women of all body types and for a variety of events. She understands how we look on the outside completely impacts how we feel on the inside. This award-winning designer has many titles—mother, author, breast cancer survivor, activist, entrepreneur—and tirelessly works to help women of every shape and size look and feel their best.

 Tracy Nicole Clothing

Simple by Tracy
@simplebytracyMO 10B.



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