Monday, 28 March 2016 14:45

SculpSure® Q&A


SculpSure is the first FDA cleared laser for noninvasive lipolysis treatment to eliminate up to 24% stubborn fat in areas like the abdomen and flanks in just 25 minutes.


As a light-based treatment, SculpSure preferentially heats the fat cells to the target temperature that destroys them, so the fat loss is permanent. Over time, the body eliminates them with results evident in 6-12 weeks.


Most non-invasive body contouring treatments on the market either only reduce the size of fat cells or reduce abdominal circumference and require multiple treatments to be effective. SculpSure is the latest of only two technologies that can permanently eliminate a significant percentage of fat cells in a one-time treatment. The potential advantages of SculpSure over freezing fat (cryolipolysis) is the speed of treatment (25 minutes vs. about an hour), comfort (no suction/vacuum), and truly no downtime (no incidences of post procedure pain or numbness). I have literally had patients go to the gym that afternoon or run a marathon that weekend!


Since SculpSure is the lastest technologic advance in body contouring on the market in many years, many people are not yet familiar with it...but you will be! It has been featured on "The Doctors," "The Dr. Oz Show, " and "Real Housewives." Atlanta Face & Body Center is the FIRST plastic surgery center to bring SculpSure to Atlanta and one of only a handful of locations in metro Atlanta that offers this game-changing treatment.


SculpSure is safe, fast, and effective with no surgery or downtime. With the speed of the treatment, I can treat more of your problem areas in a shorter amount of time. Most people also find the treatment very comfortable and the satisfaction rate is over 90%. It may also have some off-label skin tightening benefits. Additionally, I and all of my staff have had the treatment, so we speak from personal experience not just statistics. I look forward to introducing more Atlantans to this breakthrough new technology!


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.

Sponsored by: Atlanta Face & Body Center | 3200 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Suite 205 | Atlanta, GA 30339  |  Phone: (678) 888-FACE (3223) |


Monday, 28 March 2016 14:39

Strawberry Laser Inch Loss

I can't count the number of times patients have said "feel free to take some fat out" or "can you do lipo while you have me open?" right before I perform surgery on them. Well, we've found Strawberry Laser Lipo. This technology aligns with my philosophy because, in order to have lasting results, you have to engage in aerobic exercise soon after each treatment to mobilize the liquefied fat out of your body through the lymphatic system. I am all for anything that will get you moving.

Your Strawberry Treatment and What To Expect:

After an initial consultation and completion of the necessary forms, you will then be weighed, measured and the treatment area photographed (no faces). These details will be recorded so you can see your results.

Strawberry-Cream-logo-bevel-white-smlAfter you feel comfortable on the exam table, the Strawberry laser paddles will be fitted over the area to be treated and held in place with a Velcro® strap.
Once the paddles are secured, the practitioner will place two Cluster probes close to the area and the painless treatment will begin. You will feel a very slight warmth which can be quite relaxing.

The technician will measure you with a self-tightening tape measure prior to the procedure and will remeasure you immediately following it. You will be informed of your inch loss at that time.


Dr. Felecia L. Dawson

Dr. Dawson practices holistic, integrative and functional medicine. She has special interest in holistic methods of treating uterine fibroids, menopause and HPA axis dysfunction ("adrenal stress/fatigue"). Dr. Dawson is skilled in outpatient options to hysterectomy including endometrial ablation and hysteroscopic myomectomy.

Dr. Felecia L. Dawson was acknowledged by Essence Magazine as one of the leading black female obstetrician gynecologists in the nation.

Sponsored by: Women For Women Holistic Gynecology  |  1 Baltimore Place NW, Suite 350  |  Atlanta, Ga 30308  |  Phone:  404.733-6334  |

Kaiser Permanente offers women access to physicians who specialize in caring for their bodies.
Dr. Joye K. Lowman is double board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

Lowman, who oversees Kaiser Permanente of Georgia's urogynecology program, helps women deal with sensitive medical issues that impact their quality of life—from incontinence to pelvic organ prolapse. Her primary goal is to ensure that every woman who enters her exam room feels comfortable talking about her symptoms and leaves knowing that she has a partner in her health care.

Whether it's educating other doctors on the latest in hormone therapy or conducting research on treatments for medical conditions impacting the pelvic floor, Lowman is a true advocate for women's health. She is passionate about providing her patients with individualized, coordinated care, which is why she joined Kaiser Permanente's integrated health care system.

doc-talking-to-womanAt Kaiser Permanente, specialists work in concert with primary care physicians, pharmacists and labs technicians to care for patients. Health care teams are connected through an electronic medical record system that provides a patient's complete medical history, enabling physicians to make informed decisions and provide higher quality care. In fact, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia has been recognized by J.D. Power and Associates for leading health plans in member satisfaction in the South Atlantic region.

Kaiser Permanente physicians are committed to helping women thrive. To learn more about Dr. Joye K. Lowman and Kaiser Permanente, visit


Joye K. Lowman, MD

Dr. Joye K. Lowman practices at Kaiser Permanente's Glenlake Comprehensive Specialty Center in Atlanta. She completed medical school at the University of Pennsylvania before earning a master's in public health from Columbia University. She also completed a fellowship in female pelvic medicine and reproductive surgery at Indiana University, the first accredited program of its kind in the country. Learn about Lowman's approach to care at staff.

Sponsored by:  Joye K. Lowman, M.D., Urogynecologist  |  Kaiser Permanente of Georgia  |



Friday, 25 March 2016 17:34

Wigwam Wellness

By Katherine Michalak

ACS BirthdayCampaign LAPIDphotoEveryone has that voice in their head that whispers, "What if?" once in a while. Most of us sit with that question, but Jennifer Lester Lingvall usually answers it—out loud—by declaring "Well, c'mon. Let's see!" She actively pursues life in the present tense. "Yeah, I'm ALL about experiences ... jumping out of planes ... trying something new," she admits. Jennifer proudly proclaims that she lived a bit of a nomadic lifestyle in her 20s. A "Happy Wanderer," she has always moved with the ebb and flow of an inner tide. She heeds the pull, guided by a curious soul and a compassionate heart.

Her wanderings eventually led her to Atlanta in 2008, where, just as in the other places she'd lived, she quickly made a tight group of friends. With her natural energy and enthusiasm, she always seemed to turn any occasion into a celebratory event and she found a way to use that talent, coming together with a few friends to start planning events professionally. They launched their business, A Social Mess, and began creating parties and festivals throughout the city.

Wigwam WellnessOne Saturday night in January 2012, Jennifer relaxed at home, watching a movie with her then-boyfriend-now-husband Erik Lingvall. Fidgeting on the sofa, she stretched, shifted in her seat, scratched the side of her chest and stopped. She felt something "weird"—a lump that she'd never noticed before. She examined herself further and started to panic. This was a holiday weekend, Martin Luther King Jr. Day on that Monday, so she couldn't get in to see a doctor for several days. Once she did, they immediately scheduled the diagnostics that confirmed breast cancer: Stage one infiltrating ductal carcinoma, at age 31.

SB1As Jennifer gathered her strength for the fight ahead of her, she began talking to friends and asking questions. She'd spread so much joy and love to others over the years that now her community rallied around, ready to support her. It seemed that everyone could connect her to something or someone who could offer some kind of help or guide her toward new information. From doctors and therapists to gifted healers and nutritionists, her friends helped her build a network of resources, and they often anticipated her needs before she recognized them herself. In a little over a year, she'd conquered the cancer.

Once she'd fully recovered and allowed herself time to process all the different ways various people had accompanied her on this dramatic journey, she sat in awe of the displays of kindness, concern and generosity shown to her again and again. She pondered the mystery of how we form friendships, how we gravitate toward one another in a manner that seems arbitrary but becomes meaningful, how we choose our community—how we create our tribe.

It was that idea of a "tribe" that resonated most powerfully to her. She'd been graced by this network of dynamic people surrounding her and nurturing her when she'd needed strength. They'd been her spiritual shelter ... her wigwam.

By 2014, Jennifer decided to share her "wigwam" with others. She wanted a broader circle of people to come together to share knowledge and expertise with others. She wondered what other new ideas were out there to which she hadn't been introduced and what other experiences could heal someone else. She mapped out an idea to put together a festival that would allow others to learn about different types of activities, philosophies and treatments—all with the overriding goal of encouraging each participant to become, as Jennifer says, "the best version of yourself."

Once again, all Jennifer had to do was to ask. Her tribe was eager to help throw this new kind of party she was planning. This one would be a celebration of life and learning and encouragement. Word spread and soon the vision was realized. In 2015, the inaugural event unfolded at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and returns to that Roswell location again this year on April 22 through 24.

The setup of the festival might feel familiar—as at a typical music festival, there are various stages to visit and audiences enjoy being introduced to a variety of new artists; at a food festival, different chefs and restaurants present a variety of foods and guests enjoy tasting new flavors. However, at Wigwam, the talent is completely unique. This is a festival of experiences with wellness experts and inspirational speakers, foodies and fitness instructors, artists and adventurers, all with spots on the agenda. Participants and presenters alike wander from stage to stage, workshop to workshop, activity to activity customizing their own schedule to suit their interests and curiosity. Finding new facets of their best selves ... and meeting new members of their tribe.

Wigwam Wellness



Friday, 25 March 2016 16:21

Make Yourself a Priority

A big part of living your best life is setting personal goals that define your priorities. Have you left your health off that list? The Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board offers some tips to help you make sure your agenda includes a renewed focus on self-care.



Radiate Positive Energy

Greet sunny days with a sunny smile. It's truly better for your overall health. Dr. Debra Gray King notes that, "Smiling releases endorphins, which naturally fight stress and increase overall wellness. Problems with your mouth can lead to problems with your whole body, so keeping a healthy smile is vital to staying fabulous." In addition to physical health, Dr. King's cosmetic dentistry can also lead to healthier self-esteem as patients gain a positive outlook along with their new

"Smiling releases endorphins which naturally fight stress and increase overall wellness ... keeping a healthy smile is vital to staying fabulous."




Dr-Michele-JuneauBe Skin Smart

Spring is the perfect time to check in with a dermatologist. The weather's getting warmer and we're all heading back outside—often with skin exposed as we wear shorts or sleeveless tops or swimsuits for spring break vacations. Take a closer look at your skin. Pay attention to spots or discolorations. Dr. Juneau advises making a dermatology appointment for a full comprehensive evaluation and a customized treatment plan addressing your age, skin type and specific concerns. When it comes to living your best life, she says,"Slow down, enjoy the ride and don't forget the sunscreen."

"Slow down, enjoy the ride and don't forget the sunscreen."




4-AlexanderGlow from Inside Out

Aging gracefully and beautifully is about more than just how your skin appears on the outside. It's about overall health, explains Dr. Diane Alexander. "I can work on the appearance of the skin and the contour of the face, but if you are eating and sleeping well, exercising and drinking lots of water, your skin will be beautiful—you're going to glow! You may actually delay facial surgery because you will have healthier skin and collagen and you will look younger."

"If you are eating and sleeping well, exercising and drinking lots of water, your skin will be beautiful—you're going to glow!"




7-HrobowskiFind Your Passion

Fear can be a powerful emotion and one that Dr. Tara Hrobowski understands well. "I think my mother was afraid when I told her what I wanted to do with regard to being an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist.

I was such an emotional child and had a hard time dealing with death, so I think she believed that it would be emotionally overwhelming for me," she says. Hrobowski advises channeling that fear and using it to find your calling. "I think you should sometimes let your fear drive you. You know, that was her fear for me and, honestly, a fear for myself. However, once I began this journey, as mentally and emotionally exhausting as it is at times, I knew that it was my passion. This was what I was supposed to do."

"Once I began this journey ... I knew this was my passion. This was what I was supposed to do."




6-Madison-JamesDiscover Your City

Atlanta may be known for traffic, but the Atlanta BeltLine Project offers an alternative to that time stuck in a car. BeltLine Ambassador Madison James champions the progress. "I applaud Atlanta for seeing the importance of putting focus on urban development. On the BeltLine, along the Eastside Trail, there are restaurants and Ponce City Market. You can make a day of it with the family and pets and kids riding bikes and there are activities happening all the time. If you want to get more active, be a part of the things that the BeltLine has going on."

"I applaud Atlanta for seeing the importance of putting focus on urban development. If you want to get more active, be a part of the things that the BeltLine has going on."




2-WhitemanFind Your Style

Dr. Whiteman gets fulfillment in seeing the response patients have after their procedure. His goal is to help patients look their best, and he most enjoys seeing clients gain confidence. "Patients come in later after surgery [and] they've totally changed their look and their clothing style to enhance their look. Their personality reflects a new, improved sense of self." However, Dr. Whiteman always reminds clients that plastic surgery isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. To get the best results, you must find the best look for you and embrace it.

"Patients come in later after surgery [and] they've totally changed their look and their clothing style to enhance their look. Their personality reflects a new, improved sense of self."




5-FoleyMake a Move

Karen Foley recognizes a change in the way the fitness industry is viewed as more people begin to understand that exercise is not just for losing weight. Getting strong and staying healthy impacts your whole life. "It's a big shift, " she says, "it's about feeling comfortable in your skin and making a goal for yourself, no matter what that is. We find a pathway to help you get there. Exercise is just movement. Find which way you like to move and make that a priority in your life."

"Exercise is just movement. Find which way you like to move and make that a priority in your life."




9-FrixHeal Your Pain

The desire to ease aches and pains as soon as possible can be overwhelming. But, healthcare isn't one size fits all, what works for some might not work for you. When it comes to choosing a course of treatment Dr. Tara Frix encourages patients to explore all their options to find what is best for them before making a decision. "Our office is unique in that we have a team of caring osteopathic physicians, medical doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists that work to create a comprehensive and personalized plan for each individual patient."

"We have a team... that work to create a comprehensive and personalized plan for each individual patient."




8-HightowerAccentuate Your Assets

An honest hairdresser can be just as valuable as a trusted friend, especially when it comes to finding a look that is most flattering for you, explains Steve Hightower. "The biggest mistake hairdressers make is when a client comes in with pictures of famous people and says, 'I want this.'
I'm very honest. What works for one person will not necessarily work on another. It is the hairdresser's responsibility to be honest with you. I have upset many people by saying no. I tell them when their hair texture will not do what is in the picture or will not accentuate their best features and will draw attention to problem areas. In the end they respect me for it."

"I'm very honest. What works for one person will not necessarily work on another. It's the hairdresser's responsibility to be honest with you."



Friday, 25 March 2016 15:57

The Hormonal Rollercoaster

by Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland


You feel run-down and tired, no matter how much you rest. You feel anxious or depressed. Your weight fluctuates, your libido disappears and your skin, hair and nails don't look the same. Something doesn't feel right, but you can't quite put your finger on what. Like millions of others, you may be experiencing hormonal imbalance.

Hormonal imbalances affect women and men, and while they tend to increase with age, even young people may exhibit symptoms. Women may experience hormonal fluctuations due to PMS, perimenopause and menopause, but men also notice age- and lifestyle-related changes to their hormone levels. These imbalances dramatically impact quality of life, affecting everything from weight to mental health to reproductive health. Treatment, and a better life, may be just a test away.


Hormones play important roles in regulating body chemistry, so problems with one area can cause a domino effect for others. "All hormones are interconnected, so one being imbalanced can throw off all of your other hormones," says Christina Connors, Certified Nurse Practitioner with CentreSpringMD.

Estrogen, progesterone, androgens (such as testosterone), thyroid hormones and cortisol are all hormones that must work in harmony for optimal health. Each of these hormones, even those related to reproduction and secondary sex characteristics, are produced by both men and women in differing levels throughout their lives. They each have distinctive functions within the body:



Hormone imbalances can have a number of causes, and these may vary from person to person. Some are a result of a chronic, but treatable, disorder, while others stem from environmental and lifestyle factors. Diet, daily routines and, particularly, stress can also play a role. As a matter of fact, one of the major causes of hormonal imbalances includes long-term or constant states of stress. Other common triggers that can cause irregularities include pregnancy, genetics, medications, illnesses, autoimmune diseases, increases in weight and a sedentary lifestyle.

Dr. Rhett Bergeron of Real Health Medical, an Atlanta-based integrated medical treatment center, attributes many hormonal imbalances to "chronic stress, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies and increased exposure to environmental toxins." Dr. Eva Arkin, an OB-GYN with Premier Care for Women, says, "Hormonal imbalances can come from many causes, most of which are common life occurrences, while others are medical issues, such as thyroid disease. Any changes in one's pattern of eating, exercising or sleeping can contribute to changes in hormonal production. Medical issues, many originating with the endocrine system, can be a cause as well."

Connors agrees and further explains how the system gets out of whack. "Hormones are constantly changing in our bodies in order to help you react to different situations. They can vary based on your stress level, amount of sleep and any physical demands you are putting on your body. When you are under physical or emotional stress, your body increases production of cortisol and decreases or limits the production of thyroid hormones and progesterone. This is commonly known as the "fight-or-flight" reaction.


Most hormonal imbalances can be easily diagnosed through lab tests administered by your care provider. The majority of problems are correctable with hormone replacement therapy (HRT)—taking supplemental hormones through one or more delivery methods. Effective HRT may come from synthetic hormones, which are manufactured in a lab to replicate naturally occurring hormones, or bioidentical hormones, which are produced using plant-derived hormones.

"Your healthcare professional may need to place you on medication that will help to either increase or decrease hormonal production," says Dr. Fonda Martin, an OB-GYN with Northwest Women's Care. "There is evidence that suggests that being placed on a bioidentical hormone, which is derived from plants but has similar structures to the hormones produced by your body, may help to keep those hormones in check. However, not all patients are candidates for bioidentical hormones, so please make sure that you ask your provider before initiating these medications."

Dr. Bergeron prefers using bioidentical hormones in his practice for several reasons, both because he feels they typically contain fewer additives and because they can be offered in a wider range of delivery methods. "The bioidentical approach [is available in] more forms—such as a lozenge, cream, vaginal suppository or even a pellet that goes under the skin," says Dr. Bergeron. He stresses the importance of evaluating each individual's needs, rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment.

Certain hormonal imbalances may result from chronic conditions that require additional treatment. Graves' disease, for example, is an immune-system disorder that results from an overproduction of thyroid hormone. Cushing's Syndrome is an overproduction of cortisol and may result from a pituitary tumor. These conditions, and some others that affect the reproductive systems, may require surgery or other treatment for a return to optimal health.

No matter what your concerns, discuss all your treatment options—including the pros and cons of HRT—with your care provider. Also, consider any lifestyle changes you can make to improve your overall health.

Editorial Resources

Eva Arkin, MD, Premier Care for Women —
Rhett Bergeron, MD, Real Health Medical —
Christina Connors, MSN, FNP-C, CentreSpringMD—
Fonda Martin, MD, WellStar Medical Group, Northwest Women's Care —

Friday, 25 March 2016 15:48

Eyewear Trends

By Taylor Arnold


Traditionally, glasses have been purely a tool to enhance vision or protect the eyes from the glare of the sun. But these days, eyewear has become an essential fashion accessory as well. From oversized aviators to exaggerated cat eyes, the chic opticals of 2016 project a sophisticated viewpoint.

According to personal stylist and wardrobe consultant Sue DeVos, glasses are in. "Some people are putting neutral lenses in the frames just to wear a style they love," she says. This year, the possibilities for frames include everything from translucent plastic to more natural elements, like wood frames or plastic that mimics bamboo. "Metal frames are also popular, but the metals are a soft-brushed finish in gold, silver or aluminum," she says.

Fashion Week looks featured pearls, leather and tweed as some of the materials of the moment. "The legs of the sunglasses were embellished with the classic mademoiselle chain and pearls in between," says Veronica Cornish, a fashion journalist and marketing manager at Alexis Suitcase. "We are also seeing materials like marble, tweed, mother of pearl, embellishments, rockstuds and even fur. And, of course, the extremely exaggerated and oversized colorful frames from Prada, Fendi and Miu Miu."

SB-1According to Morgan Ramage and Evans Moore, fashion and accessories managers with the Atlanta Apparel Market, sunglasses trends place a heavy focus on the brow line. Popular shapes include round sunglasses in small and oversized frames, as well as square frames. Retro styles continue to be popular, particularly the cat eye and classic aviators.

When it comes to choosing the right eyewear to suit your face, check your brows—choose frames that fall just below, follow along or lift slightly above your eyebrow line. "Frames far above your eyebrow line are too large for your face," DeVos explains. If you have a round face, opt for an oversized pair with strong details, wider lenses and nose pads to keep sunglasses off your cheeks. "Square faces look good in round shapes and thin frames because it will bring balance to the face," Cornish says. "The oval face can opt for bold shapes and colorful frames and textures—the cat eye or wayfarer style is very popular among this type of face."

Because it is such an "anything-goes" era with eyewear right now, it may be overwhelming to find the most flattering style. When in doubt, remember that medium- to dark-toned frames look good on most people and that the classic aviator style flatters faces of all ages. The biggest misstep you can make is simply sticking with the same frames year after year. "Styles and materials change, especially the finish on metals," DeVos points out. "If someone has worn the same frames for more than a couple of years, chances are those frames are aging the wearer." For sunglasses, Cornish notes, the dark lens shade will make you look older, while gradient brown lenses or light pinks will bring a fresher look.

Men's styles parallel women's with round frames, brow-line frames, aviators, natural elements and exposed hardware. But for the guys, translucent frames are darker tones of grey, olive, black and brown. "On the Prada 2016 runway, we saw men wearing eyewear that women can wear as well," Cornish says. "The square tortoise-shell frames are very popular right now. The aviators are also shapes that both men and women wear all the time. There is a certain fluidity between men and women when it comes to eyewear."

Whatever your selection, keep your lifestyle in focus and choose frames that fit your needs. The options available offer enough variety to put your best self in prime view every day.


Editorial Resources

Sue DeVos —
Alexis Suitcase —
Atlanta Apparel Market —


Wednesday, 23 March 2016 18:36

Need a Shrink?

By Carrie Whitney

Ladies (and gents) with a tummy roll, love handles, muffin top, chubby knees, back fat, double chin ... or any other pesky little feature, you may have been told that reducing fat in one area is not possible. That sounds like yesterday's news. Now, with a variety of non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures, you can battle the bulges that even a healthy diet and exercise regimen could not defeat. Atlanta doctors, dermatologists and medspas offer the latest and greatest fat-reduction treatments that require little to no downtime and just might have you pulling out that bikini this summer.




Wednesday, 23 March 2016 16:41

April 2016 - Digital Issue

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 22:16

How To Be Fabulous Over 40

Dr. Candance Kimbrough-Green, of Dermatology Consultants, speaks about areas of concern she sees among most aging women in her practice. "Many patients who come to my office for cosmetic concerns are interested in the disappearance of minor fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin—just not feeling as good as they did about their appearance during their 30s, particularly about their face." When asked why signs of aging often make an appearance in the eye area first, Dr. Kimbrough-Green explains, "People look at you in your eyes—that's where you express yourself. I equate the problem to pumping iron. You're constantly using those muscles to frown or raise your brow. Some people have those lines between their brows because they use those muscles so much that they are ingrained with wrinkles. They end up looking angry even though they are at rest." Dr. Kimbrough-Green says that there is an easy solution. "Most women do not need any major procedures done; we use Botox in the upper face to relax those muscles. It makes the patient look and feel so much more pleasant and rested."

Dr. Candance Kimbrough-Green is a board-certified dermatologist and has been practicing for over two decades. After her undergraduate studies at Yale University, she returned home to the University of Michigan for her medical and dermatology training. Dr. Green is a partner at Dermatology Consultants in Metro Atlanta. She is designated as an Expert Injector, ranking in the top 1% of lead injectors nationally.



2-WhitemanDr. David Whiteman notes that, over the years, many of the clients who walked through the doors of Southern Plastic Surgery have devoted so much time to family, friends, work and charitable organizations, that they have been unable to carve out time to work toward their personal improvement goals. Dr. Whiteman loves nothing more than helping his patients build the dream body they have always wanted, on their terms—when the time is right for them and their lifestyle. He points out that surgical options to make someone feel young and vibrant are more affordable and accessible than people think. "We actually see a number of women who come into the office considering tummy tucks. Sometimes they combine those with breast procedures; some people will call those kind of procedures a 'mommy makeover.' These patients have had kids, they're working and now they want to do something for themselves."

Double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Whiteman has performed an extensive range of breast, facial and body procedures for over two decades. With a focus marked by a dedication to patient education and awareness, he wants every patient to be comfortable and confident in their goals and his abilities as their surgeon.


3-KingDr. Debra Gray King and her team at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry believe in the power of a great smile. A wide grin instantly brightens the face and shows the world your spirit. Giving people their smile back is one of the most rewarding facets of Dr. King's career. "Just being able to make people love their smiles and feel confident—so many people hide their smile or don't smile in family photos. They have teeth that aren't very white or have old dentistry. One of the services we provide is anti-aging dentistry. So frequently when you get to be our age [over 40], you've had dentistry done over the years, so it doesn't all match. We call that 'middle-aged mouth,' and it can actually make you look older. When we do smile designs, we take the approach of giving you beautiful, healthy and natural looking teeth. Because your smile can really take years and years off of your whole aging process!"

Dr. Debra Gray King is regarded by many as one of the nation's leading female cosmetic dentists and is recognized by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry as one of 47 Accredited Fellows worldwide. She has been featured on The Doctors and Extreme Makeover, as well as in The Wall Street Journal and various news media outlets. With over 100 years of combined experience and thousands of smiles transformed, the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry attracts patients from all over the nation and all walks of life. The Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry is a distinguished dental practice known for world-class smile transformations, with an emphasis on porcelain restorations. They strive to deliver the highest standard dental care in their one-of-a-kind, world-renowned dental spa.


4-AlexanderDr. Diane Alexander, co-founder of Artisan Plastic Surgery, an all-women-physician practice, views plastic surgery as an intimate art form—one she uses to help patients enhance their beauty and restore their self-esteem. "One of the first signs of aging that we see is around our eyes. Patients in their 40s are concerned about looking old, tired, angry or sad. I love doing the eyelid surgery because there's very little pain involved, the scars heal beautifully and we do it in a natural way that refreshes the face! It doesn't change how the face looks or the shape of the eyes. The patient is rejuvenated, but doesn't have to explain anything to anyone because they still look like themselves, just better and more youthful." She advises people in their 40s to start thinking about aging and health. "In addition to surgical procedures and injections, I emphasize the health of your skin in my practice, because healthy skin is youthful and beautiful. We encourage lifestyle changes for our patients that will enhance your beauty from the inside out."

Atlanta plastic surgeon Diane Z. Alexander, MD, FACS, specializes in cosmetic facial surgery, body contouring, breast rejuvenation, mommy-makeovers and breast-cancer reconstruction. In September 2000, she co-founded the first all-women-physician plastic surgery practice in Atlanta, Artisan Plastic Surgery. The practice now has four plastic surgeons and 25 staff in two offices. Artisan is the largest all-female-physician plastic surgery practice in the United States.


5-FoleyGeneral manager of Windy Hill Athletic Club Karen Foley considers her number-one mission to be helping members achieve their fitness goals, no matter how big or small. She explains that fitting exercise into daily life is a challenge at any age, but for those who are over 40 it can be especially daunting. She encourages members to create an exercise regime that's right for them and their lifestyle. Foley's philosophy is to focus less on asking them to stick to a tedious routine and more to push them to simply keep moving. Foley says there's been a big shift in the fitness industry toward working out to feel comfortable in your own skin. "My job in general is to inspire, lead and coach my team of managers, coaches (Pilates, Group, Personal Trainers, Massage Therapists, Tennis, Aquatic), hospitality associates, Kidtown associates, café staff and membership advisors to inspire and create the right environment for all of our members to move in any way that they want. Our promise to the members is that WE INSPIRE YOU THROUGH MOVEMENT, COMMUNITY and PERSONAL ATTENTION. We call our clients 'members' because they are part of our family and community."

Karen Foley has been the General Manager at Windy Hill Athletic Club for the past four years. Prior to Windy Hill, she worked for 12 years at Athletic Club Northeast. A fitness enthusiast, Karen loves to bike, cross-train and play tennis. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and hiking.


6-Madison-JamesWhen BeltLine Ambassador and Multimedia Personality Madison James became heavily involved with nonprofits close to her heart, like the Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and AID Atlanta, one of the most rewarding discoveries she made was that her work inspired others to get involved and give back to organizations in their communities. When advising 40-somethings on ways to find inspiration and meaning in their lives, she suggests starting with what's around them—look to your children's school, your place of worship, or research an issue that has impacted your life or the lives of those you care about. "Volunteer! If you want to get connected, maybe do it just for yourself or get the kids involved. Teach kids that life isn't just about them. If you're single, get your friends involved. Maybe you weren't directly affected by a cause, but maybe you have friends who were. By the time you're 40, so many things have happened to you or others around you—your experiences should inspire you to get involved and make a difference."

Madison James is a Multimedia Personality and Lifestyle Enthusiast. Madison hosts the top-rated afternoon-drive radio show on B98.5/Atlanta, is a featured reporter for the syndicated entertainment magazine "Hot Topics" and hosts WSB-TV's "460". Madison is the Ambassador for the Atlanta BeltLine, one of the country's largest urban development projects. She is also deeply involved with Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta.


7-HrobowskiWhen Dr. Tara Hrobowski of Piedmont Heart Institute worked in a research lab after college, she realized that, although she loved the science involved, she craved a more personal interaction with patients. Now, as an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist, she finds the biggest reward in her job is that she gets to give people a second chance. "In the appropriate candidates, we are able to provide access to cardiac assist devices and transplantation, each of which can give a patient a new lease on life. I have seen patients come to us at Piedmont, have advanced heart failure therapies, whether medical or surgical, and a few months later be back to enjoying the things that they love. That's amazing." And she treasures the relationships she develops with the families of her patients. Her advice to someone in their 40s is, "Make sure your loved ones know how you feel about them every single day. It's the little things that you do for people that lets them know you love them." She counsels her patients to take action. "I tell my patients that we are partners on their journey to good health. They have to be held accountable in order for healing to take place."

Tara N. Hrobowski, MD, is an advanced heart failure and heart transplant cardiologist at Piedmont Heart Institute. She is board-certified in internal medicine, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Hrobowski is a member of the American Heart Association, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, Heart Failure Society of America and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT).


8-HightowerSteve Hightower, owner of the award-winning Steve Hightower Hair Salon, has dedicated his life to building his salon business, studying and working as a stylist in New York, Chicago, Dallas and Paris. He explains his philosophy, "If you look good, you're going to feel good." He begins with the premise that your hair is your crown of glory. "I cut your hair according to your features—your body type, lifestyle, facial features. I want you to feel glamorous, but I try to make it realistic. It's important to feel self-confident when you do your hair at home." He explains that his clients who are over 40 are concerned about thinning hair and assume they should go lighter to camouflage and blend in any gray. "That's just not true. Hair needs to match skin tones, not age. Hair needs to have depth to it. If it's been bleached to death, it isn't going to style well or have shine. Most thinning hair is fine and cannot take a lot of lightening without breaking. If you tone it down, it'll look thicker and won't accentuate things we don't like to see, like crow's feet. Light reflects light. It's the integrity of the hair that's important."

Steve Hightower is recognized as one of the finest hairdressers in Atlanta. Steve never went to beauty school. His mother taught him hair in their kitchen. For nearly three decades Steve has been an Atlanta salon owner and fine and thinning hair specialist. Steve sculpt cuts hair to the shape of the face and density of the hair. Steve assists celebrities and everyday people achieve their personal best look.


9-FrixEvery day, Dr. Tara Frix sees patients who suffer from joint pain, whether it's caused by injury or age-related problems like osteoarthritis. She describes the impact of those problems, noting that "most patients are just looking to be happy and able to live their lives again without being miserable or depressed from their pain. My job allows me to see a patient begin to feel better and live a happier life—I love that I can change people's lives." Her practice, Total Healthcare, offers patients a diagnosis from a team of specialists all under one roof—like osteopathic doctors, medical doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists. The team seeks to identify the root cause of a patient's pain and eliminate it with a non-surgical approach, avoiding the use of painkillers and steroids and instead using a combination of bio-therapeutic injections and therapy. When asked what advice Dr. Frix would give a 40-something who comes to her about spine or joint pain, she says, "It always surprises me to learn how quickly surgery has been recommended. We focus our effort on avoiding surgery if at all possible and, a lot of times, it is!"

Tara Frix, DC, completed her undergraduate, earning a BS in Nutrition and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University. Her postgraduate studies include extremity adjustment technique and modalities, making her well-versed in treatment protocols for the entire body. Dr. Frix is originally from South Carolina and enjoys studying new languages in her spare time.