Wednesday, 22 June 2016 14:54

July 2016 Digital Issue

Friday, 27 May 2016 13:06

Best Self Atlanta June 2016 Issue

Atlanta is becoming the next Hollywood and a major city for personal branding. Between selfies, digital media images and everyday social demands, your personal brand begins with your skin and hair. You have your own style, your own hairstylist/barber, but do you have direct access to a personal dermatologist to maintain the face of your brand? Clear, healthy, glowing skin emits health and translates that you are in control.

What if you could reach your personal dermatologist with the push of a button? Imagine having a personal dermatologist who is available to you 24/7 by phone, email, FaceTime, or other modality to answer your questions and treat your skin. What if your dermatologist could come to you and keep you in your everyday routine without skipping a beat?

We are SOCAH Center Concierge Dermatology Service. We put you and your brand first, providing comprehensive, personalized dermatology and hair loss care where you want it and when you need it. We allow 24/7 access to your personal dermatologist, 24-hour guaranteed appointment scheduling for virtual, home or office visits, and we keep your skin pampered with complimentary cosmetic treatments.

Whether you need to treat a condition or you value prevention and maintaining your skin, we will make sure to keep the face of your brand ready for all of life's events.


Dr. Nikki D. Hill, MD, FAAD
Concierge Dermatologist and Hair Loss Specialist

Dr. Nikki Hill is a board-certified dermatologist, hair loss specialist and founder of Atlanta's first and only concierge dermatology practice, the SOCAH Center, which brings quality care to you—conveniently.


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My dear readers,

I would like to bring your attention to the importance of transvaginal ultrasounds (TV U/S). While standards of care do not include the performance of the transvaginal ultrasound, the ultrasound allows doctors to look through the pelvic structures in order to identify pathology undetectable by pelvic examination alone.

Over the past four years, our gynecology practice has diagnosed 10 asymptomatic patients with cancers of stage 1A, and over 150 patients with endometrial polyps. As requested by one of my patients, I would like to present a portion of her testimonial to you. Her full testimonial can be found on our web-site. I am deeply thankful to her and to my other patients for their kind words and desire to highlight the urgency of this issue.

"...I married late in life and never had children, so when she said something was there in my ovary, I was glib and said, "It's not a baby, is it?" She didn't laugh.

"Would you want it to be?" she asked. I said I guess not and laughed the way one does when it's still a possibility even though not a good idea.

She explained that she did not like the way something looked and she thought it should come out immediately.

She spent a good deal of time with me that morning (and I shall forever after be patient in a doctor's office, for you never know what someone else is dealing with in the next room).

Within a matter of days, I was at Northside Hospital in Atlanta for a laparoscopic surgery in which Dr. Stepanian removed the mass without disrupting it. Subsequently, I was diagnosed with Stage 1A ovarian cancer, a rare diagnosis since most ovarian cancers are not found until much later. Too much later.

Ovarian cancer will be diagnosed in approximately 22,000 women this year. Approximately 14,000 are expected to die from it. The survival rate for those whose cancer is found in Stage IA is around 94 percent. I'm one of those survivors, thanks to my doctor and the transvaginal ultrasound."


With much love,

Assia Stepanian


Dr. Assia Stepanian

Dr. Assia Stepanian grew up in Moscow, the daughter of two illustrious physicians. In fact, much of her training was supervised by her mother, Dr. Leila Adamyan, the developer of some of the most advanced techniques used today in the practice of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

Dr. Stepanian has authored and coauthored articles, book chapters and classifications in gynecology. She has presented nationally and internationally. Her devotion to women's health was exemplified by her 2001 creation of the first and the leading media resource with the focus of teaching minimally invasive gynecologic surgery worldwide.

Dr. Stepanian is quite candid about her devotion to her patients. "My focus is always on learning about the total woman," she says. "I spend a great deal of time talking with each patient, and I find that I am both teacher and student. It can be an emotional experience for us both. Our visits invariably end with a warm hug. I am extremely fortunate."


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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 16:30

Nonsurgical Facelift



This term describes a variety of techniques from injectables to minimally invasive procedures that add volume or tighten skin to "lift" the face.



This term refers to using injectables to lift the facial tissues. Early aging can be shown through hollowing under the eyes and loss of volume in the cheek area. Injectables—most commonly hyaluronic acid (JUVÉDERM, VOLUMA®, Restylane®)—can restore some of the lost volume and highlight the cheekbones. There is an art to this type of injection to achieve a natural, pretty look not just big cheeks, which is why I perform these injections personally at Atlanta Face and Body Center.



Several technologies, typically radiofrequency (Pellevé®), heat the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin formation, inducing skin tightening. Ultherapy®, a unique ultrasound technology reaches the same deeper tissues of the face and neck otherwise only reached with a facelift. Therefore, it is the only noninvasive technology that can say it "lifts" the neck. I perform Ultherapy® treatments personally, for optimum outcome and comfort.



Sometimes labeled as "nonsurgical," but more accurately "minimally invasive," these treatments use a laser fiber (PrecisionTx™) or a radiofrequency probe (Thermi™) to deliver energy under the skin to better define the jawline, lift the neck and tighten skin.



A facelift remains the gold standard to address significant jowling and neck laxity. I focus on natural looking facelift techniques performed with relaxation and local anesthesia to minimize recovery and downtime. Technological advances have created many nonsurgical and minimally invasive options for younger men and women who don't want to just sit by and wait until they need a facelift. And best of all, having smaller treatments over time may delay needing a surgical facelift!


Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker
Atlanta Face & Body Center

Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker brings to her patients the benefits of a world-class education combined with unparalleled experience. After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine from Duke University, she was the first woman to complete her specialty residency training program at Emory University. Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker elected an additional year of advanced fellowship training focused exclusively on cosmetic surgery of the face at Tulane University. These exclusive and competitive fellowships are offered to only 38 candidates internationally each year, and only a handful of surgeons in Atlanta have this specialized training.

Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker is Double Board Certified and a Fellow of both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Having performed thousands of facial procedures, including 4000 facelifts alone, she is one of the most experienced Facial Plastic Surgeons, not just in Atlanta, but the entire country.


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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 15:52

A Family Affair

By Amy Meadows


Moss Robertson knows he made the right choice when his seven-year-old grandson visits him at work. "He's ready to be a trainer," beams the proud grandfather, who decided against retirement in 2014 to open metro Atlanta's first location of The Exercise Coach®, a revolutionary personal fitness franchise that is changing the industry's approach to traditional exercise regimes. When Robertson was introduced to the concept a few years ago, he had recently closed his first successful family business: Moss Robertson Cadillac-Mazda in Gainesville. But something about The Exercise Coach, a burgeoning national brand, spoke to him.

"I spent 30 years in the retail business selling a physical product that solved people's transportation needs. But this business model gave us the opportunity to literally be able to change people's lives for the better, regardless of age," says Moss, who opened the first local Exercise Coach location in Buckhead with his wife, Tricia, a North Atlanta orthodontist. "That was the biggest value to me. That's what makes me so enthusiastic about it. I wake up every morning passionate about this real solution for people who want real results."

Only a few months after the Robertson's opened the first franchise, Moss's daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Jason Sanders, opened a second location in Johns Creek. Now the family has expanded the business to include two more locations in Sandy Springs and West Roswell. As the exclusive franchisees for the Atlanta area, they plan for even more growth, with at least four more locations on the horizon. "It's wonderful to be able to do this as a family," Moss notes. "This is the next big wave in the fitness industry. It's the nation's smartest workout."

fitnessCoach-019eThe Exercise Coach, founded in 2000 by personal training expert Brian Cygan, uses patented exercise machines that require clients to work out only twice a week for 20 minutes each session, and create a digital output that shows clients how to move more effectively. The concept, known as Right Intensity Training™, leads to better muscle quality. It's an ideal workout for people of all ages, but it is particularly appealing to the "unlikely exerciser" who may be too busy for long workouts, who doesn't like the gym atmosphere or who hasn't exercised in years.

"It is a safe and effective workout because of the way it can adapt to your muscles," Tricia explains. "We have a broad spectrum of clients who come in, get on the machines and can't believe how they feel after doing just one workout. With the machines, we're building quality muscles, which are the engine of your body." What's more, the equipment offers clients concentrated cardio, providing the same benefits in five minutes that can be achieved in 45 minutes of jogging. The exercises, coupled with a nutritional component based on the Whole30® diet program, comprise a whole new lifestyle for clients—one that the Robertson's and Sanders enjoy themselves.

"I'm a real life example," says Moss, a former athlete who prescribed to the "no pain, no gain" method of exercising for years. "I stopped doing everything that I had done before and started doing two workouts a week for 20 minutes. And I turned my own health situation around." Diagnosed as pre-diabetic before beginning an Exercise Coach program, Moss now shows no risk factors and feels stronger and healthier than ever before. "I'm in the best shape of my life," he continues. Tricia adds, "We partake of everything The Exercise Coach has to offer. We love the workout and we eat intentionally. It's part of our lives."

"Working out is hard, and our job is to inspire clients," Moss says. "We not only have to show them the proper form and technique, but we have to inspire them to activation. We have to inspire them to come back again, to work out again and to enjoy it."

SB-1One way to help clients get motivated is to offer great value in addition to a great workout. Moss notes that The Exercise Coach includes personal coaching during every session and nutritional advice for a fraction of the cost of most personal training programs. Additionally, the franchises, which boast a streamlined and comfortable boutique feel, require no long-term contracts and allow clients to try four sessions for free before making a decision about whether or not it's the right exercise program for them. For the Robertsons and the Sanders, though, the results speak for themselves.

"We have people tell us how much we've helped them. They may be able to do something as simple as walk to their car better or pick up their granddaughter easily for the first time. We've had people who haven't worked out in 40 years. This workout helps people of all ages and all different physiques," Tricia says. "This is the cutting edge of technology in strength training."

"When you combine our strength training program with the nutritional component, you're going to reach optimum health," Moss concludes. "Our only reason for being here is to get results for our clients. And as a family, we're here to change people's lives."

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016 14:06


By Amy Meadows

Say hi to ..." Her voice trailed off. "Your buddy!" She chirped a moment later.

I knew what my grandmother was trying to say as we exchanged goodbyes on the phone. But she couldn't remember my husband's name. She couldn't even remember the word "husband." It was the first time I had experienced her symptoms directly, and it was frightening. It's hard not to feel helpless when someone you love is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Although it's such a prevalent affliction, there still seems to be so much mystery associated with the progressive neurological disorder, which affects an estimated 5.3 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer's Association. That's because, while memory loss is the symptom most correlated with the disease, there is so much more to it.

"There are a lot of misconceptions about the disease," explains Allan Levey, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Neurology at Emory University and director of the Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. "Most of the time, the first symptoms are those of memory loss—forgetfulness, losing things and repeating stories, conversations or questions." However, the indicators go far beyond those initial, well-recognized symptoms. Other early clues can include everything from loss of appetite and trouble writing to a change in sleeping habits and lack of bladder control or even spacial disorientation and depression. And those myriad symptoms often lead to a misdiagnosis. In fact, many people assume that their symptoms can simply be chalked up to the aging process. "It's the accumulation of those events, the frequency and persistence, that distinguishes age-related changes from those that really are the onset of symptoms of Alzheimer's disease," Levey notes.

SB-1Alzheimer's or Dementia?

It's not uncommon for people to use the words "Alzheimer's" and "dementia" interchangeably, but they're actually two different things. "'Dementia' is the general term for changes in cognitive abilities that are severe enough to impair the ability to function," Levey elaborates. "Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia."

A variety of diseases and ailments can cause dementia, including Parkinson's disease, multiple strokes, frontal temporal degeneration, Huntington's disease, Lewy body dementia and other conditions. According to Lisa Kaufman, MS, CTRS, CMC, Certified Professional Aging Life Care™ Manager and owner of SeniorCare Options, getting a proper diagnosis—and an early one at that—is key. "Some of the treatments for these different diseases may be similar, but it is so important to know why someone is having memory loss so you know what you're really dealing with," she says.

Causes and Treatments

"Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease," explains Kajal Patel, MD, adult psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine psychiatrist with WellStar Psychology and Psychiatry Services. "It is characterized by the development of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary or tau tangles, the loss of connections between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain and the death of these nerve cells."

SB-2Why this happens is the issue at hand. Patel explains that, while there is no single gene mutation that is known to cause Alzheimer's, some evidence now shows that there may be a hereditary component involved. This is particularly true when it comes to early-onset Alzheimer's, which Patel says "is caused by a mutation in one of three genes inherited from a parent."

According to Cristiane L. Fukuda, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, clinical specialist, NICHE coordinator and Transitions of Care leader for Northside Hospital, Alzheimer's can go undetected for many years as it begins to develop. "Changes in the brain start happening much earlier than the onset of symptoms," she notes. "Some of the early signs are sometimes missed because the person is able to carry on simple activities of daily living as long as their routine is maintained."

However, once symptoms are identified and a diagnosis is given, treatment must begin. Unfortunately, there really is no treatment—or cure—for the disease itself. "Alzheimer's disease is one of the leading causes of death for which we don't have a single effective treatment to slow the disease," Levey reveals. "So, the treatments are aimed at symptoms rather than, at this point, slowing the disease process." And, medications can provide a better quality of life as patients—and their caregivers—try to manage the disease.

Shifting Gears

For Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers (who most often are family members), the focus eventually must be on managing the disease as it progresses. "Persons living with Alzheimer's gradually, but progressively, lose their ability to guide their own way through daily life. The illness causes losses in all of the ways the brain allows us to act autonomously," says Ken Hepburn, PhD, education core director for the Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Navigating the many changes can be overwhelming. Kaufman suggests that caregivers begin by consulting an aging-life-care expert, who can lead families through the twists and turns and ups and downs of daily life with Alzheimer's. "An aging-life-care expert can tell you what types of things you'll see at what stages," she explains. "The road map may be different for different people, but some of the stops along the way will be the same."

There are a number of services and options available as you and your loved one take the Alzheimer's journey together. Costs vary, but can be expensive, yet necessary. Some will be relevant right away, while others will be more useful during the later stages of the disease's progression.

In-Home Health Care

When you choose to have a loved one with Alzheimer's live with you (or if your loved one still lives alone in their own home), you need support. For many families, in-home health care can be invaluable. The level of service needed depends on how far the disease has progressed in the individual.

As the Alzheimer's Association explains, services available can include:

  • Companion services—supervision and basic activities
  • Personal-care services—assistance with bathing, dressing, eating and more
  • Homemaker services—housekeeping and shopping
  • Skilled health care—wound care, injections and other medical needs

Day Services

"Helping an individual feel included in everyday life and focusing on their abilities and not on their impairments is very important to helping manage the disease on a daily basis," says Georgia Gunter, executive director of Adult Day of Dunwoody. "We need to give them the opportunity to participate in things that give them back a sense of self-worth."

SB-3Adult day services can help individuals stay physically, mentally and spiritually alert with exercise programs, and group activities as well as offer everything from medication administration and meal assistance to physical, occupational and speech therapy. The services also give caregivers a bit of respite from the daily routine of attending to a family member with Alzheimer's.

Assisted-Living Facilities and Memory Units

While difficult to imagine, there may be a time when finding another permanent living arrangement for your loved one will be the best option for both of you. According to Fukuda, that time comes "when poor cognition is jeopardizing their safety and ability to care for themselves." Give yourself time to research your local options and find the right facility for everyone involved, so that you make a move at the right time. "It is likely that most caregivers wait too long to think about this question, and when they do, the question about placement in a facility is asked with some urgency," Hepburn states.

In cases of moderate to severe Alzheimer's, a memory-care unit may be needed. "As the symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia progress, it may become difficult to meet a patient's everyday care needs," Patel explains. "A patient's behavior may become difficult to manage and they may start to wander, 'sundown' [a term for behavioral issues intensifying in late afternoon to evening hours] or become more aggressive and pose a danger to themselves or others. In these situations, a higher level of care, such as a memory-care unit, dementia-care unit or nursing home should be considered." Some assisted-living facilities feature a memory-care unit onsite; if a person is already living in such a facility, a move to the new unit can be seamless.

Caregiver Support Services

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's can be exhausting and draining. It's easy to lose perspective and feel defeated by the ongoing strain. "Self-care is so important. The number-one thing is to keep yourself sane and healthy. You have to rest and exercise," Kaufman says. "You have to take care of yourself because, if you don't, you will not be able to take care of someone else." Personal counseling or Alzheimer's caregiver support groups can provide an outlet for sharing feelings and serve as a place to gather resources as your loved one moves through the stages of the disease.

As Hepburn advises, be aware of what is happening in your relationship with your loved one. "Recognize that you are in a new role," he says. "What is happening in front of you is not personal—it is a disease at work.
This new role—caregiving—is likely not one for which you have been trained ... recognize that you need to learn new skills. Get information from reliable sources."

What Lies Ahead

Ongoing research is providing hope for everyone who currently lives with Alzheimer's and for those who may be touched by it in the future. "The breakthroughs in Alzheimer's research over the last several years have shown us that the disease starts decades before symptom onset, so that has really changed our frame of thinking—to recognize the importance of early detection," Levey notes. "We have to identify people as early as possible and begin treatment as early as possible."

In the meantime, it's crucial to support those currently in the midst of the struggle. "We need to look at the individual who has received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease as still living—not suffering or demented or victimized," Gunter says. "The term 'person living with dementia' acknowledges that this person is living and can still love, laugh and grow every day."

"Alzheimer's disease is frightening and powerful, but there are blessings there," Kaufman concludes. "There can be great days. Those are the moments you can treasure—those moments of providing care for another person. You just have to look for them."

Editorial Resources:
Adult Day of Dunwoody,
Alzheimer's Association,
Atlanta Home Care Partners,
Emory Alzheimer's Disease Research Center,
National Institute on Aging's Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center,
Northside Hospital,
SeniorCare Options,
WellStar Psychology and Psychiatry Services,

When found and treated early, melanoma can have a cure rate of nearly 100%. If allowed to grow, melanoma can spread rapidly to other parts of the body and sometimes turn deadly.

Dermatologists believe that the number of deaths from melanoma would be much lower if people:

  • Knew the warning signs of melanoma.
  • Learned how to examine their skin for signs of skin cancer.
  • Took the time to examine their skin.
  • Had a full body exam once yearly with their dermatologist.

Skin cancer screening: If you notice a mole that differs from others or one that changes, bleeds, or itches, see a dermatologist.

Preventing skin cancer

The following can help everyone reduce their risk of getting skin cancer:

  • If you tan, stop. Research shows indoor tanning increases a person's melanoma risk by 75%.
  • Plan to spend time outdoors when the sun is less intense, such as before 10 a.m. and after 2 p.m.
  • Be sure to wear sunscreen every day. Even on cloudy, rainy and snowy days.

What to look for in a sunscreen:

  • A Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30
  • UVA and UVB protection

Wear sunglasses that have UV protection as well. Melanoma can develop in the eyes.

How to apply sunscreen:

  • Apply at least 20 minutes before you go outside.
  • Put sunscreen on all skin that will not be covered by clothing.
  • If you spend time outside, reapply the sunscreen every 2 hours.


Weston Waxweiler, MD

A Duluth native, Dr. Waxweiler recently joined North Atlanta Dermatology after completing his training in Colorado and Southern California.


Sponsored by: North Atlanta Dermatology | Offices in Duluth, Suwannee, Buford & Cumming | 770-814-8222

Friday, 22 April 2016 16:39

Is Your Hair Loss Reversible?

Alopecia is a chronic hair loss condition that may be caused by treatable underlying inflammation; it may also be reversible. The 20+ different types of alopecias fall into 2 categories—scarring and non-scarring. Scarring alopecia destroys the hair follicle and leaves behind shiny, smooth scar tissue. Non-scarring alopecias leave the follicle intact allowing the hair to regrow. If you are experiencing alopecia, time equals follicles and I specialize in diagnosing and managing hair loss. I treat scalp conditions by various methods, including injections, topical cortisone creams, compounded solutions, oral medications, and initiating an anti-inflammatory diet.

A few techniques used in our practice are:

PLATELET RICH PLASMA (PRP): This procedure uses stem cells from your blood, along with certain growth factors, and injects them into the scalp to stimulate hair regrowth. This is not an option for scarring alopecias, which may become worse from the trauma of injections.

MEDICAL SCALP MICROPIGMENTATION (SMP): This is a great camouflaging technique for men and women. In men, we duplicate the appearance of follicles on the scalp. This can redefine the hairline and create the "shaven" head look. In women, SMP can shadow their scalp to match the color of their hair thereby creating the perception of thicker, denser hair. SMP is a more permanent alternative to using hair fibers or topical camouflaging powders.

Read more about hair loss at If you are experiencing balding or thinning hair, schedule your consultation to discuss which treatment options are right for your specific hair loss condition.


Dr. Nikki D. Hill, MD, FAAD

Dr. Nikki Hill is a board-certified Dermatologist who is nationally recognized for the diagnosis and management of medical hair loss conditions and creating personalized skin care regimens that prevent and reverse aging. Her concierge style practice helps keep you out of the doctor's office and in your everyday life.


Sponsored by: SOCAH Center | 2256 Northlake Parkway Suite 300A | Tucker, GA 30084
Phone: (404) 474-2301 | | Instagram/Twitter: @DrNikkiHill | Facebook: Socahcenter


Friday, 22 April 2016 16:06

Changing Lives Inside and Out

The 2016 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board members share memorable client and patient success stories.


Crown of Glory

Steve Hightower is proud to serve all types and ages of clients, including those with fine and thinning hair. He tells us: "I'm happy to be known for special cutting and styling techniques and products designed for fine and thinning hair. Also, my salon is the only salon in Atlanta that offers Laser Hair Regrowth Therapy. Clients have actually cried with joy when I finished their hair because it looks better than they dreamed possible."

"Hair is your crown of glory. I've seen women lose breasts to cancer and they were more upset about losing their hair than their breast—I've seen them so excited when I showed them how to style their problem hair. The products, the growth treatments, I've studied it all so I can help people. "

Steve has had clients that are loyal to him for decades. Sometimes when one passes away, the last thing he can do for her is her hair at the funeral home. Steve says, "These women aren't just clients---they're family. It's sad that younger stylists can think that kind of work is 'dated.' Only five salons in Atlanta do roller sets, and I'm one of them. I'm proud of that—these are grand ladies, they're someone's grandmother and they like to look a certain way. I give them a cup of tea, fix their hair and they feel beautiful. It's so special that I can show someone of any age how beautiful they are and make them feel beautiful."




4-AlexanderUse Your Natural Strength

TaraHammPlatelet-Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP) is a game-changer for facial rejuvenation. Tara Hamm, clinical and PRP coordinator at Artisan Plastic Surgery says, "What I love about this technique is that the PRP stimulates new collagen and blood vessels, thereby helping to repair and regenerate damaged skin and reverse the signs of aging. The growth factors and platelet gel help rejuvenate the skin from the outside in and the inside out with a totally natural, soft, beautiful result. Over the last 12 years of using PRP, I have seen hundreds of fresh faces and happy patients!" Tara goes on to say, "I have used PRP to treat patients for varying cosmetic issues, including facial rejuvenation, collagen volumizing, acne-scar removal, improvement of scars and stretch marks and even hair loss." PRP is a natural approach—using your own natural tissues and growth factors to rejuvenate and heal your body. Artisan Plastic Surgery is very excited to offer this program to enhance patient anti-aging programs.




AnnaPareMDBest Face Forward

Does your chin have you seeing double? This isn't the case anymore for Leslie Avery, who struggled with her double chin for years. This area had become increasingly bothersome for Leslie and it was all she could think about when speaking with friends, family and coworkers. Her self-esteem was dwindling, but her solution was right around the corner.

LeslieAveryIn February of this year, Leslie came to Dermatology Consultants for her annual skin exam with Dr. Anna Paré. While in the waiting room, she saw a brochure for a new injectable treatment called Kybella that is used to reduce submental chin fat. Leslie explains, "I started reading the brochure and learned that Kybella was a permanent solution to my double chin! As soon as Dr. Paré walked through the exam-room door, I asked her how I sign up. Dr. Paré explained to me that fat under the chin sometimes is influenced by genetics and is unrelated to a person's weight. I am active and not heavy and could not understand why this part of my body would not decrease with diet and exercise. I am three weeks out of my second injection and my results are incredible! I couldn't be happier."

"Leslie was a perfect Kybella candidate," says Dr. Paré. "We are thrilled with her results and are so happy to have been able to make a difference."




2-WhitemanA Healing Journey

DeniseWithHerSonKenneyDr. David M. Whiteman recalls a patient, Denise, who first came to Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) after successfully battling breast cancer. "She had undergone a double mastectomy and was ready to take on reconstruction to restore her breasts," he says. "As a mother of three adult children and with a zest for life, Denise knew that she had much for which to be thankful. With a passion for triathlons, Denise led an active lifestyle and wanted to improve her overall health well beyond her procedure. Denise's SPS experience didn't end after breast reconstruction, but continued as she chose to refine her thighs with liposuction, rejuvenate her face with laser treatments and facials, and partner with our in-house NESTA Weight Management Specialist during her recovery. Today, Denise is feeling great and continues to focus on healthy eating and regular exercise—enjoying life and refusing to take anything for granted."




9-FrixRenewed Hope

HowardKristler"I often hear from patients who are grateful to find relief from their pain," says chiropractor Dr. Tara Frix. "Recently, I heard from Howard Kristler, a patient who had suffered from the lingering effects of a whiplash injury he sustained in a car accident. He told me he felt so fortunate to have come across Total HealthCare, explaining,'Everyone in the practice is a compassionate, caring and knowledgeable professional; they are there to help. The staff takes pride in watching me get better.' He told me he was impressed that we listened to him and reacted to his concerns. He was no longer frustrated and was feeling better than he had since the accident—actually, better than he had ever expected to feel again. He trusted our process and his attitude is so positive. Providing that level of care and helping to change a patient's life is truly rewarding work."




7-HrobowskiCheck the Stress

Cardiologist Dr. Tara N. Hrobowski remembers her patient, Ana Browning: "She came to us with a history of fatigue and shortness of breath. She was stressed, worked long hours and couldn't spend much time with her husband and son. We diagnosed her with cardiomyopathy (where pumping of the heart is severely reduced). I felt it could've been the result of a flu-like illness she'd had earlier, compounded by the enormous stress in her life. I told her that she should invest in herself and her family, not just her work.

AnaBrowningWhen I saw her later, she told me, 'I feel so much better with the medications you prescribed. I walk in the evenings with my husband now and we feel more connected as a couple.' She said that while she was recovering and off work, they replaced her and moved her to a different department. She smiled, though. 'I'm sorry this had to happen for me to see what I was doing to myself and my family, but it made me realize what's important. I feel like I have a story to tell!' She stated that she wanted to counsel women in the workplace about the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance. She added 'I want this experience to mean something.'"




5-FoleyDaily Rewards

Karen Foley, general manager of Windy Hill Athletic Club, loves her job. She says:"When I come to work each day, it's a joy to talk to some of our members who have been with us for over 25 years. Don Rooks is one of those members. Every day, I ask him, 'How are you doing today?' And he responds with, 'Great today, but I'll be better tomorrow!' When asked about his personal motivation, he says that working out is about being positive both physically and mentally. He wants to keep moving every day.

DonRooksOne of the most touching encounters I've had was when I was teaching swim lessons and there was a lady who was 83 years old. She came to me and said, 'I don't know how to swim, and I want to be able to swim with my grandchildren.' So every week she took a swim lesson with me and went from not being able to blow bubbles in the water to being able to swim across the pool. That was such a rewarding experience for me—to be able to help someone in that way."




3-KingA Bright New Future

BeforeAndAfter"We're fortunate to be in a field where our work has a powerful impact on a person's life," says Dr. Debra King. One of her favorite patient success stories involves a patient's unique family trait—a gap between their two front teeth. Three generations in the family shared this trait and embraced it as their "special quirk." As she advanced in her career, she discovered her gap was holding her back. When the opportunity arose for a high-level promotion at work, she was overlooked because her appearance was described as "unprofessional and unintelligent." Motivated to overcome this, she booked a consultation at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. She was shown her custom imaging and was brought to tears by the potential of her new smile. After completing the recommended treatment, she was thrilled with the results. She then headed to her family reunion, nervous about how they would receive her new smile. They commented on how beautiful she looked. It was as if her smile was always meant to be this way! Her story has two happy endings: not only did this young lady land the next promotion, she also met her future husband a few months later!




6-Madison-JamesEmpower Each Other

AtlantaBeltLineJamboree2015"As we grow, more things become important to us," says Madison James. "For me, it was giving back—the positive effects are so rewarding. When I'm advising 40-somethings about ways to get inspired and to find meaning in life, I suggest starting with looking at the world around them. A lot of them don't know where to start. I tell people, 'Look at your children's school, your place of worship or research an issue that has impacted your life and the lives of those you care about.' It is so rewarding to help people find ways to volunteer and get behind a cause. I tell people to make it a group event and invite friends and family—it's a good tool to teach selflessness. The BeltLine has great opportunities for everyone to connect with the community and has partnered with Hands On Atlanta. Volunteer with different charitable organizations in your community to feel really connected. The BeltLine is committed to connecting communities!"