Monday, 22 June 2015 15:12

Hair Apparent

By Amy Meadows

It was 1988, and Ken Anderson was talking to the father of a friend. The young man knew he wanted to be a physician, but he also had a passion for art. He had always been the class artist in grade school, and his parents purchased a drafting table for him in the eighth grade. He seriously considered pursuing art as a career, but "I didn't want to be a starving artist," he says. That's when his friend's father opened his eyes to an interesting option. "He said, 'You want to be a doctor, and you like to draw. You should consider being a plastic surgeon,'" Anderson recalls. It sounded like a perfect fit: the ability to have a career in medicine while enjoying the artistic nature of facial plastic surgery.

Anderson received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He then completed seven years of specialty surgical training, including a residency in ENT surgery and a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan Medical Center. But the double board-certified plastic surgeon realized something. "Facial plastic surgery is not very artistic. It's technical," he reveals. "All facial plastic surgery – from facelifts to nose jobs – is landmark-based surgery. There's a certain place to start the incision, you go skin deep and then you focus on how much tension you are putting on the suture. It's very technical, but I felt it just was not artistic."

In 2003, though, everything changed for Anderson, who today is the founder and director of the Anderson Hair Sciences Center. "I discovered hair restoration," he says. "It required a sense of artistic talent in terms of designing hairlines. A man who is losing his hair loses the frame to his face. With hair restoration, I have to look at the shape of the face. There are no guideposts. Without any landmarks, I have to draw a hairline. I have to look at it and get creative. And people are like snowflakes. No two hairlines are the same, and no two hair loss patterns are the same." What's more, hair restoration allowed Anderson to employ his many years of surgical training, thanks to the technical nature of the non-invasive Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method; it involves removing hairs from the back of the head, which are immune to the molecular receptors that cause balding, and placing them into sites on top of the head, where those permanent hairs will continue to grow as if they are still in the permanent hair zone. The challenge is not only to make sure that the relocated hair looks as if it has always been there, but also that any scars on the back of the head from the hair removal are virtually undetectable.

002For several years, Anderson practiced hair restoration in Beverly Hills. During that time, he also worked as a commissioned medical illustrator, designing and creating detailed pen-and-ink medical illustrations for scholarly book chapters and journal articles. In 2008, Emory Healthcare recruited him as Division Chief of Hair Restoration in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. And in 2011, he opened the Anderson Hair Sciences Center, a state-of-the-art boutique practice that is dedicated to the field of hair restoration surgery. What makes the center so unique is that, unlike other plastic surgery practices, hair restoration is the sole offering. "This is not a menu item on a website for us. This is all we do," Anderson states. "I am the only board-certified plastic surgeon in Georgia who does hair restoration full time. I am a surgeon and artist who has a dedicated career and practice to treat hair loss in men and women with an emphasis on natural, full results, patient comfort and overall patient care."

Anderson is supported by a full-time staff of highly trained technicians, who have a combined 45 years of experience. "It gives me tremendous peace of mind to have such an experienced staff," he says. Together, the staff uses the most cutting-edge technology, which Anderson says has changed hair restoration surgery. "People are reluctant to come to a doctor for hair restoration because they're afraid of bad hair transplant jobs," he notes. "But this is not your father's hair surgery. These are not hair plugs. There have been quantum leaps in technology that have come onto the scene. It's worth an hour to come down and check it out. And patients meet with me every time they come in. I personally show them how we apply traditional medical principles and today's technology to hair restoration surgery."

Anderson's concentration on hair restoration surgery has allowed him to stand out in the field. In 2004, he set a world record for the most single follicles extracted in one hair restoration procedure using a small biopsy punch. He also has become a sought-after lecturer and, in 2012, received the Okinawa Award for a presentation about FUE procedures delivered to the Japan Society for Clinical Hair Restoration. Additionally, Anderson is the only surgeon in Georgia to offer the ARTAS Robot Assisted FUE System, which his practice received in 2013 after a rigorous interview process and with which he is able to transplant hair without any linear or noticeable scarring, using no scalpels or stitches and providing a dramatically shorter recovery period for patients. Most recently, Anderson was nominated for the 2015 Doctors' Choice Award for Plastic Surgery.

"I love the artistic demands and creativity of this job," Anderson concludes. "Most of all, I love how happy the patients are. We all have hair, and when you lose it, it's distressing – for men and women. There's a psychology behind hair restoration. It's absolutely transformational. When you give a man or a woman back their hair, when you give them back their natural appearance, it brings such happiness. I've never seen happier patients. And I enjoy doing the procedures. It's a fun career that I've created for myself."

Monday, 22 June 2015 14:46

My Best Self: Rich Kenah

Every year on July 4, the Atlana Track Club hosts the world's largest 10K: the Peachtree Road Race. Executive Director Rich Kenah heads up this organization and brings years of Olympic-level running experience to the planning and execution of this fantastic event. Kenah's event was the 800, and he brought home the bronze in the 1997 World Indoor Championships and World Championships in Athens. He went on to run in the 2000 Olympics held in Sydney. After retiring from the track, Kenah says, "I spent most of my days marketing fast athletes and events that featured Olympic-caliber athletes." Now, he's settled down in Atlanta to encourage people who simply run for fun and fitness. We caught up with him about his vision for the ATC and what keeps him going in the sport after all these years.

What is the most rewarding part of working in the running world?
Helping people at every stage of the runner life cycle enjoy the sport, from beginner runners to Olympic athletes.

Since joining the Atlanta Track Club, what are you most proud of?
I am most proud of our staff and the effort they put forth to ensure all of our programs align with our mission of making people more active and fit through running and walking.

What developments do you envision for Atlanta Track Club's future?
We are in the final stages of a new real estate purchase, and the building we are acquiring will allow us to create a destination for all of our runners. Whether you are looking to sign up for a race, attend a running clinic, pick up a race number or simply go for a run, our address will be on the "must visit" list for runners.

What can our readers expect from this year's Peachtree Road Race?
They can expect the world's largest gathering of runners celebrating a 10K like only Atlanta can. Some of the new things participants should look out for include: The Verizon Wireless Family Fitness area at the Peachtree Expo on July 2 and 3, a new style for the all-important Peachtree participant shirt and the inaugural Peachtree Cup elite team competition.

Do you ever struggle to stay motivated with running?
I don't struggle to stay motivated, but I do struggle to make time to run as much as I would like. The great irony of working for a running organization is that I am generally working on the days and at the times that most people get the chance to run, so it takes discipline to guard my "run time."

What is your favorite place to run in Atlanta?
Cochran Shoals. Flat, shade covered, cinder doesn't get any better.

What do you look for in a running shoe?
I look for something fairly simple, lightweight and performance oriented. I wear the Mizuno Wave Rider.

What's your number one tip for a beginning runner?
Don't overthink it. Your body can accomplish more than you ever imagined as long as you don't let your mind convince you otherwise.

Thursday, 18 June 2015 15:28

Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D


by Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland

Vitamin D is an essential component in absorbing calcium to the body and preventing several serious health problems. Our own bodies actually produce this vitamin, yet vitamin D deficiency has become widespread in the United States. Vitamin D deficiency has no reliable symptoms, either, so an inadequate amount of vitamin D could go undetected for years. Learn what you might be risking if your levels are low, and be sure to get a vitamin D test – a simple blood test – at your next annual check-up.

The Dangers of Deficiency

Vitamin D is a vital component for health. Without it, the body cannot absorb calcium. Rickets – a condition where the bones don't have adequate calcium and become deformed and at increased risk of fracture – is one major condition that can result from a lack of vitamin D. Dr. Richard Hansen, Director of Primary Care at Emory Specialty Associates, also lists kidney disease and psoriasis as conditions with strong evidence linking them to vitamin D deficiency. While studies have not yet shown a significant link, researchers are also examining possible correlations between vitamin D and autoimmune diseases, cancer prevention, cognition, fertility, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, mood disorders, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, stroke and diabetes.

Dr. Richard Ellin, a primary care physician with Kaiser Permanente, says other studies are exploring links between vitamin D deficiency and "certain vaginal infections in pregnant women, fetal loss, cognitive decline, seasonal depression, and increased gastrointestinal and ear infections in children, among other things." Though these studies are only preliminary, they do strongly suggest that vitamin D deficiency can have an impact on the entire body.

Risk Factors

Some risk factors for deficiency are beyond our control. Because melanin offers natural protection against the sun's UVB rays, darker skinned individuals absorb less sun and thus produce less vitamin D. Age is another factor; as we age, less vitamin D is absorbed in the intestines from food or supplementation.

Seasons and location also play a role in vitamin D production; our bodies are less able to manufacture vitamin D in the winter and at higher latitudes, due to the angle of the sun's rays.

Some risk factors can be influenced and changed, such as weight. Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient, meaning that excess body fat can absorb vitamin D and prevent it from going where it's needed. Reducing body fat can help you better use the vitamin D you take in.

Even something as simple as an increase in indoor activities and can put you at risk. "With group fitness classes and boutique specialized gyms on the rise, more and more people are working out indoors rather than outside," says Jennifer McGlown, Inpatient Clinical Nutrition Coordinator at Northside Hospital.

Whether your risk factors can be changed or not, vitamin D deficiency can be reduced in several ways, many of them as simple as taking a short walk outside or making small, but important, alterations to your diet.

Let the Sun Shine In... Safely

What is one of the greatest factors in our natural trend toward vitamin D deficiency? The answer may be a surprise: sunscreen. In our quest to prevent skin cancer, we've cut ourselves off from the most significant natural source of vitamin D: the sun.

"The major source of vitamin D for humans is exposure to sunlight," says Kathy Taylor, the director of nutrition services at Grady. "Anything that decreases the penetration of solar radiation into the skin will affect the synthesis of vitamin D. Sunscreen and sun protection when applied properly decrease the penetration of solar radiation, thus decreasing synthesis of vitamin D."

"People are more diligent about applying sunscreen, and at any SPF greater than 8, you are blocking UVB rays," adds Dr. Sharon Bergquist with Emory Healthcare. She also notes that because of the sun's cancer-causing effects, recommending more sun exposure is a controversial issue for health care providers.

SB-001If consistent sunscreen use is partially to blame for the rise in vitamin D deficiency, but failure to use sunscreen increases the risk of skin cancer, how can we safely intake enough vitamin D to keep us healthy? Luckily, concerns over sun exposure and vitamin D intake don't have to be mutually exclusive.

"Early morning sunlight is the best way to get exposed to Vitamin D. It's safe and not harmful to the skin," says Dr. Saju Mathew, a Family Medicine specialist with Piedmont Physicians. Dr. Zach Cohen, with the Atlanta Center For Holistic & Integrative Medicine, agrees that safe sun exposure can make a significant impact on vitamin D levels.

"If we all got about 15 minutes of unfiltered (no sunscreen) sunlight to the arms, hands and trunk 2-3 times per week, I think the incidence of vitamin D deficiency would decrease," says Dr. Cohen, who added that he doesn't recommend unfiltered sunlight to the face or scalp, suggesting a wide-brimmed hat and SPF-protective clothing, and reminds us to cover up after our 15 minutes of sun.

From the Inside Out

Many doctors and nutritionists also recommend oral supplementation as the safest and most reliable way to ensure an adequate vitamin D level. The first step in knowing if supplementation is needed (and if so, how much) is the blood test performed by your primary care physician. The normal range for vitamin D is between 20 and 50 nanograms per milliliter.

In the case of patients who turn out to have a slight deficiency or whose vitamin D levels are on the low side a normal, a daily dose of 2000 IU of vitamin D is the common course of treatment.

Along with supplementation, vitamin D can be improved through diet. Cold-water fish like salmon, mackerel and tuna contain vitamin D in their naturally occurring oils. Many commercially available dairy products have been supplemented with vitamin D, including varieties of milk, yogurt and cheese. Vitamin D can also be found in egg yolks and beef liver. If diet and sun exposure alone are enough to bring your vitamin D levels within a normal range, supplementation shouldn't be necessary.

Enough is Enough

If a yearly blood test indicates normal, healthy vitamin D levels, supplementation typically isn't necessary. In fact, while higher-than-recommended levels of vitamin D aren't toxic, taking too much vitamin D can have negative long term effects on health.

"Because we've done a decent job trying to get message out, people are taking supplements and we're starting to see the opposite problem, with too high a level of vitamin D," says Dr. Bergquist. "There's a sweet spot, probably between 30 to 50 nanograms per milliliter. When you go above 50, it can start to work against you!" So before supplementing on your own, altering your diet or basking in the sun too long, check with your doctor about your current vitamin D levels and the best course of action.


Editorial Resources

Sharon Bergquist, MD, Emory Healthcare –

Zach Cohen, MD, Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine –

Richard Ellin, MD, Kaiser Permanente Alpharetta Medical Center –

Richard Hansen, MD, FACP, ESA Primary Care Division –

Jennifer McGlown, RDN ,LD, CDE, Northside Hospital –

Saju Mathew, MD, Piedmont Physicians –

Kathy Taylor, Grady Health System –



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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 16:15

Aging, Depression and Anxiety

We all know that chronic stress can leave the body feeling exhausted and worn out. But what if the truth went one step further? Chronic stress, depression and anxiety can all cause major havoc with our physical wellness and actually speed up the aging process.

Research shows that depression and phobic anxiety accelerate the aging process at the molecular and chromosomal level. Telomeres, the caps at the ends of chromosomes, get smaller every time a cell divides and are markers of aging – those with depression have significantly shorter telomeres than unaffected individuals. Also, depression can cause inflammation and dysregulation in the body's stress and immune responses, leading to more frequent illness and premature aging. The good news is the damage may be reversible once the depression is treated.

Depression can also affect your heart health. New studies from Intermountain Healthcare found that for those with moderate to severe depression, taking antidepressants reduces the risk of heart disease more than taking a cholesterol-lowering drug. By treating depression, individuals can reduce their risk of a heart attack and improve their overall health.

Chronic stress and the resultant inflammation in the brain can contribute to Alzheimer's disease. Some scientists believe that greater stress may be the reason some women's brains age more prematurely than men's. Additionally, the production of the stress hormone adrenaline can lead to temporary vision and hearing loss.

shutterstock 154397297Aside from these changes, when people are depressed or anxious, they don't take care of themselves the way they should; individuals struggling with their emotional health tend to eat poorly, exercise less and self-medicate with drugs and alcohol. These behaviors only accelerate the aging process.

Individuals who believe that their chronic stress may actually be depression or anxiety should seek a diagnostic evaluation from a qualified psychiatrist who can determine if a physical, chemical brain imbalance is affecting their overall health and provide the appropriate treatment. By taking care of your brain health, you can be your best physical self!

About Dr. Sheila Namanworth

Sheila Namanworth, D.M.D, leads business development and community outreach efforts at the Institute for Advanced Medical Research. She is passionate about using innovation, creativity and teamwork to help individuals and organizations reach their highest potential. Committed to mental and physical wellness, Dr. Namanworth enjoys supporting others improve their lives and health in meaningful ways.

Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Medical Research | 5895 Windward Parkway, Suite 150 | Alpharetta, GA 30005 | Phone: (770) 817-9200 |


Growing older is a gift. Looking older…well, not so much. Here’s the good news: 2015 is an exciting time for facial plastic surgeons and the patients we serve. We have never had such a wide variety of tools and techniques available to help you look your best:

  • Scientifically formulated skin care products
  • Lasers to treat redness, brown spots, unwanted hair and wrinkles
  • Non-surgical tightening techniques
  • Long-lasting fillers to replenish facial volume and return your face to a more youthful shape
  • Minimally invasive surgical procedures that can be done in the office under local anesthesia
  • When necessary, complete surgical facial rejuvenation

shutterstock 124995839These can all take years off your appearance and allow you to look just as good as you feel. But with so many new treatments, patients are often confused. Whom should I see? What should I do? What can I afford? These are all real issues that must be considered.

First, find a surgeon who not only has lots of experience but a genuine interest in your concerns, whose aesthetic you share and judgment you trust. Second, remember to stay within your budget. Be careful when choosing a doctor solely based upon price, as there is truth to the statement, “You get what you pay for.” Aesthetic procedures should make you look naturally more beautiful after treatment. Otherwise, the procedure has not served you well. Understand that it is absolutely necessary for your treating physician to be knowledgeable and skilled, but just as important, they must also have an artist’s eye for detail, proportion and symmetry. Your face is your public persona, so remember, excellent facial aesthetic care goes unnoticed. Be sure to seek out expert care because your face is worth it.

In partnership with Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center, serving the greater Atlanta area since 1970.

Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Seth A. Yellin is founder and director of Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center. As one of Atlanta’s most well-respected and sought after facial plastic surgeons, he has treated thousands of patients for more than 20 years in practice, with the goal of making each and every patient happy. Dr. Yellin is nationally renowned for his expertise in creating a natural look when performing cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery and 3D facial volumization. He was Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at Emory Healthcare from 1999 to 2011, and he has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox Television News to discuss facial aesthetic procedures.

Sponsored by:  Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center  |  (770) 425-7575  |
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Thursday, 21 May 2015 20:02

Anti-Aging Defined

By Kathy Kantorski

Aging sucks – we all know it. An entire industry has been built to resist it and try to reverse its effects on the body. Skin care is likely the largest niche of the anti-aging industry, yet surprisingly, it is mostly unregulated. "Most people assume that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates skin care and cosmetic products like it does for food, but the truth is that there are very few regulations imposed on personal-care manufacturers," says Sally Larsen, founder, owner and formulator of Sally B's Skin Yummies. "It is a self-regulated industry."

To note, the FDA does govern pharmaceutical-grade skin care products to ensure the quality of their active ingredients, according to Dr. Erica D. Anderson, a plastic surgeon with the Emory Aesthetic Center. "These ingredients have been rigorously tested to ensure their claims are substantiated by research," she explains. Still, the products many of us purchase to care for our skin are called "anti-aging," but if no one's regulating their effectiveness, how can we know what those products are really doing? The answer: we have to educate ourselves.

Lessons on Aging Skin

To begin, Dr. Leslie Gray, dermatologist and founder of the Dermatology Center of Atlanta and the Advanced SkinCare Center, explains, "There are two types of aging: intrinsic aging, which is how you are genetically preprogrammed to age, and extrinsic aging, which includes external factors that affect the skin, such as sun exposure, stress, illness and smoking. We can only really affect the extrinsic factors, but some products are great at helping to improve the appearance of aging skin."

Further breaking down intrinsic and extrinsic aging, Sara Lamond, founder of Fig & Flower Natural Beauty, points to four factors: moisture, collagen/elastin, inflammation and free radicals. The first two – moisture and collagen/elastin – are affected by intrinsic aging. As we grow older, our bodies produce fewer natural oils, and the collagen and elastin in our skin begins to break down. The second two – inflammation and free radicals – are related to extrinsic aging. High stress, a poor diet, exposure to pollutants and more can cause us to develop chronic, low levels of inflammation. Chronic inflammation displays externally as redness, rosacea, dermatitis and breakouts. Internally, this inflammation leads to the release of cortisol, which, when consistent, slows wound healing and breaks down collagen.

SB1And finally, what is likely the worst enemy of our skin: free radicals, which are technically atoms with unpaired electrons (hence the term "free"), making them highly reactive and unstable. "These little jerks attack vital nutrients for our skin, essentially leading to the loss of moisture, breakdown of collagen and elastin, and inflammation," Lamond says. "Factors that contribute to the creation of free radicals include UV rays, pollution, smoke, a poor diet and stress."

Men's Skin Care

According to Linda Silber, co-owner of Woo Skincare and Cosmetics, "Men's skin care is one of the fastest-growing segments in health and beauty." That said, a
man's skin is different than a woman's. "It is thicker, retains more moisture and loses collagen at a much slower rate," Larsen explains. "But while a man's skin appears to be hydrated and does not age as quickly, skin care is still vital for its health. Dirt, bacteria and other environmental influences affect a man's skin as it does a woman's, so while he might not need collagen-producing ingredients, he should use products with antioxidants. This will keep free radicals at bay, which can lead to the signs of aging or, in a worst case scenario, cancers."

Don't be jealous, ladies. Men don't have it all – their skin's pores are larger than women's. This means men should avoid heavier creams, which can clog their pores. But for anyone interested in anti-aging, some of the same ingredients are best across the board.

The Best in the Bottle

To address the issues related to aging skin, a myriad of products are available – almost too many to navigate effectively. Don't fret – we've polled local experts for their recommendations.

For those of us interested in natural, organic products, HollyBeth Anderson, founder of HollyBeth Organics, says, "Keeping your skin ageless requires ingredients that deliver a balance of nutrients that heal, protect and nourish the cells. These nutrients can be found naturally in organic oils such as camellia, pomegranate and carrot seed, which work to soften the skin while protecting from free radical damage." She adds, "I'm a big fan of camellia seed oil. It has UV protection properties and the ability to soften and diminish wrinkles with the help of polyphenols, antioxidants and vitamins." A tip: Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals, so ensure your skin products are rich in these.

SB2Dr. Alan Gardner from Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa also encourages keeping an eye out for antioxidants, adding that a few other key anti-aging ingredients are tretinoin, retinols and sunscreen.
But even if you check out the ingredient label, how can you be sure a product is organic if there are no regulations on cosmetics? Larsen advises, "Look for safety indicators, like the Certified Organic seal or Leaping Bunny certification (no animal testing or cruelty in the formulation process). You can also reference the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database, which provides third-party testing and safety information on products." Anderson also points to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) list as a great resource for researching unknown ingredients.

Silber says a favorite of hers is hyaluronic acid. "It's an oil-free humectant that is like a drink of water for the skin," she says. "It will not only hydrate the skin, but also plump it up to reduce the appearance of wrinkles." She goes on to tout a new ingredient emerging in the market: resveratrol. "When it's formulated properly, it has shown to drastically increase collagen levels in the skin."

SB3The beneficial ingredients don't stop there, though. Julian Reynolds, owner of Julian's Cosmetics and Skincare, recommends hexamidine, explaining that it restores the top layer of skin, thus retaining the skin's moisture. "It's now being used in serums, creams and lotions," he adds. Anita Vadria from Fountain of Youth MD points to the benefits of peptides. "Peptides are proteins that help stimulate cell turnover and production," she explains.
And of course, vitamin C is a time-tested standby. Just keep in mind when purchasing products with high concentrations of vitamin C, these products must be stored in a way that protects them from air and sunlight. Lisa Washington from B'Tyli Natural Skin Therapies says if the product is stored on a shelf in a clear glass or plastic bottle, take caution of its effectiveness. She recommends buying vitamin C products in dark bottles that are not stored under fluorescent lights.

Ingredients to Avoid

In the "buyer beware" category, Larsen says mineral oil tops the list. A common ingredient in skin products, "Mineral oil is a known carcinogen and petroleum byproduct that Johns Hopkins University touts as the number two cause of aging," she says. "It creates a barrier on your skin, which can give the illusion that it is moisturizing (it will block in moisture underneath it); however, it dehydrates the skin and slows the rate of cell reproduction, which ultimately damages collagen, elastin and connective tissues. The barrier it creates can also block pores and the skin's natural respiration, while at the same time trapping dirt and bacteria."

Other common ingredients to avoid include parabens (the word "paraben" appears within a chemical compound) and benzophenone and its derivatives BHA and BHT. Also, avoid products that include retinol mixed with other anti-aging ingredients. "A retinol will 'eat' other active ingredients in the same bottle," Silber says, adding that you're better off purchasing retinol as a separate product and layering the retinol below another anti-aging product.

SB4An Investment for Today

To find a product with all the right elements and none of the wrong ones, you may have to spend a little more. If you can afford it, Silber recommends opting for a higher-end product. "You get what you pay for," she says, noting that there are expensive brands that don't work, but then pointing to the brand SkinCeuticals, which has very stringent testing methods, including testing through ultrasounds and biopsies for significant objective improvement in the skin. "You're not going to get that level of proven efficacy from the products you purchase at discount, grocery and drug stores," she says.

And it's never too early to start making that investment. "Think about anti-aging before you have wrinkles," Larsen says. "You can delay the process by maintaining proper skin health from an early age." The "early and often" recommendation is shared by every skin care expert, yet consumers – specifically women – tend to get impatient. "Too many women give up too quickly on a good skin care program because they don't feel like they are seeing changes fast enough," notes Dr. Gray. "A good anti-aging program doesn't need to be expensive or complicated. It just needs to be done consistently, over time, and it will pay off greatly in the long run."


SB5Editorial Resources

Dr. Erica D. Anderson, Emory Aesthetic Center

HollyBeth Anderson, HollyBeth Organics

Dr. Alan Gardner, Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa

Dr. Leslie Gray, Dermatology Center of Atlanta and the Advanced SkinCare Center

Dr. Alex Gross, Georgia Dermatology Center

Sara Lamond, Fig & Flower Natural Beauty

Sally Larsen, Sally B's Skin Yummies

Julian Reynolds, Julian's Cosmetics + Skincare

Linda Silber, Woo Skincare and Cosmetics

Anita Vadria, Fountain of Youth MD

Lisa Washington, B'Tyli Natural Skin Therapies


Thursday, 21 May 2015 17:57

2015 Over 40 & Fabulous! Contest Winners






During this year's Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, you voted these contestants as the most fabulous of Atlanta's over-40 crowd. They're fitness studio owners, nonprofit CEOs, doctors, moms and more. Meet them all – and the contest's Advisory Board members – on the next pages!






001Michelle Fabulich Hodgson

As the mom of five kids, 42-year-old Michelle Hodgson has full hands and a fuller heart. She's also the CEO and founder of the nonprofit organization Children Helping Children, which she began in honor of her third son, Cole, who passed away in 2007. CHC's ongoing service activities include assembling and donating "Be Well Bears" to support other local children, holding a teen-led service-based festival each October, and encouraging children to identify the ways they can share their unique gifts to help the community. Michelle's loving attitude pervades the organization and the rest of her life, which includes fun family adventures and a focus on the truly important things in life.

"True youth comes from a youthful spirit. I still act like a kid – take risks, learn new things as much as possible and remember the joy of feeling alive."

What is the best thing you've learned about yourself since turning 40? It's more important to be peaceful than right. Ultimately even the most aggressive problems have spiritual and peaceful solutions.

How has your perception of this age changed since you were younger? Forty did seem so old when I was young, but true youth comes from a youthful spirit. I still act like a kid, take risks and learn new things as much as possible.

What is your favorite way to work out? Marathon running, surfing and yoga. My workout goal this year is to be half as good at rock climbing as my older son is.

What is your favorite healthy meal? Constantly changing concoction of raw vegetables, fruits and nuts blended in my Vitamix.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Pretty much any organization that supports children, women, education, human and civil rights, animal protection and the environment tugs on my heartstrings. But Children Helping Children definitely gets the lion's share of my attention. Children Helping Children inspires kids to give back to other kids in Atlanta, and our roots are based deeply in diversity and celebrating the uniqueness of each child. We connect children from different socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, religions and abilities and put them in the driver's seat by providing a platform for their ideas that ultimately create service projects that benefit nonprofits in Georgia, such as Kate's Club, Camp Sunshine, Atlanta Mission, Stand Up For Kids, CHOA and Emmaus House to name a few.

What is your favorite getaway? Surfing at the beach, silent retreats, Jeep excursions, camping, hiking and getting lost in nature.

How do you maintain the balance between self-care, family and work responsibilities, and giving back? I can write on and on about multitasking, delegating, exercise, eating right and being organized, but the irony is that all of those things can fill up a day and create their own kind of chaos. There is only one true way for me to find complete balance, and that is connecting to source. If I do that, the rest of the day is in harmony.

What advice do you have for someone who isn't yet over 40 and fabulous? Live every day fully in the moment. Pretend like it's your last day on the planet. We come from love, so be love and give love. Love is really all there is.


002Debora Carrier

Not one to stop working when she clocks out, Debora is always striving to realize her next vision. She is the founder and CEO of Twice as Nice Uniforms, a company built on a better concept for medical scrubs, and the co-founder of The CPR Sisters. She’s 55 and doesn’t plan to slow down any time soon!

“I can accomplish anything I set out to do. Life continues to get better and better!”

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My son, Jordan, is by far my best accomplishment. He is an Eagle Scout, graphic designer and a wonderful young man who is wise beyond his years.

What is your favorite healthy meal? Salmon and asparagus with a nice glass of Cabernet.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I have been a leader in CPR/AED education for over 15 years, and I volunteer my time educating the public about the necessity of AED placement in the community and the importance of learning basic life support skills. I have been a volunteer with the Nader Parman Memorial Fund. Nader was a young boy who suffered sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 7 and did not survive. His mother, Sherri, is very active in educating people as to why we need AEDs wherever children play.
Another passion of mine is working with adults with disabilities. In college, I worked to devise toothbrushes that physically handicapped people could use. In the dental practice that I currently work in, I have patients with both physical and mental disabilities, and they are all a true inspiration to me.

What makes you laugh? The funny things my pug Miriam does, fun nights out with friends, and a really smart joke!

What is your favorite quote? “An optimist is someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, but more like a cha-cha.”

What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous? Be mindful of your diet, exercise daily, take very good care of your skin and put your family first. These are very hard things to do when you are younger, but the earlier you learn this, the happier you will be.


003Desireé McCarthy-Keith, MD

This 43-year-old fertility specialist works with Georgia Reproductive Specialists to build families and educate women about their health. She is also helping launch the local chapter of Fertility for Colored Girls this spring to improve fertility education and awareness for women of color. Desireé is also a mom of two who uses creative workouts and plant-focused meals to stay healthy and energized.

"Create your own definition of fabulous, and don't be afraid to show your authentic self."

What is the best thing you've learned about yourself since turning 40? At over 40, I have truly gotten in touch with who I am and what I want out of life. I feel healthier and more beautiful than ever in my life!

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? I am most proud of my two sons. They are smart, funny, polite and compassionate boys who are going to change the world.

What is your favorite book? "Beloved" by Toni Morrison

What is your favorite way to work out? I do 400 reps with my weighted hula hoop a few times a week. It's great for my core. I use a body bar for upper body, choose stairs over elevator and roller skate with my boys every chance I get.

What is your favorite healthy meal? I start my day with a green smoothie of spinach, chard, avocado, flax meal and banana. I love to cook, and I can veganize almost any dish!

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I am a huge advocate for women's health education. So many women tell me that they wish they had been educated about their reproductive options at a younger age, and I want to increase that awareness. I devote my time to health fairs and speaking engagements whenever I can, and I am excited to help launch the Atlanta Chapter of Fertility for Colored Girls support group this spring.

Name something on your bucket list. Meet Stevie Wonder, make a guest appearance on Sesame Street, and go on an African safari with my sons.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I will still be working hard in my practice and living each day to the fullest. It is such a privilege to help build families through my work, and I look forward to watching my babies grow up in the coming years.


004Nancy Nusbaum

At age 45, Nancy Nusbaum serves as an assessment coordinator at GIVE Center West Campus, Gwinnett County Public Schools. Outside of school, though, she's an open-water swimmer and a triathlon coach for underprivileged kids.

"You are only as old as you feel. Defy age expectations!"

What is the best thing you've learned about yourself since turning 40? I've learned to stop apologizing. I'm comfortable in my own skin and the way I live my life. Also, you are only as old as you feel. Defy age expectations!

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Whether counseling and assisting students in being successful or coaching children to compete in their first triathlon, empowering children to realize their full potential is my best accomplishment.

What is your favorite book? "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho. It reminds me not to discount my journey and that what I seek may have been under my nose the entire time.

What is your favorite way to work out? My favorite workout is open water swimming, preferably in the ocean.

What is your favorite healthy meal? Right now, a heaping salad of organic greens and veggies topped with a salmon is my go-to meal.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? As head swim coach of Tri Kids Atlanta, I have collaborated with the other coaches and conducted the Tri Kids swim workouts the past five years. The organization provides training, equipment and financial support to kids interested in competing in triathlons. I have also volunteered with Urban Perform, chaired the Ovarian Cycle annual fundraising event and worked with Team Legacy Youth Triathlon Camp. I get inspired by seeing others succeed at something they thought was impossible.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Diana Nyad swam from Cuba to Florida when she was 64 – so the possibilities are endless!


005Michelle Ellis

At age 53, Michelle is a health and fitness coach and a mom to 11-year-old Trey. As a volunteer with multiple organizations, she works hard to share the love and empathy her family instilled in her, and she takes great care of herself along the way.

"I've learned to focus my time and energy on the truly valuable things in life: faith, family and friends."

What is the best thing you've learned about yourself since turning 40? The value of material items pales in comparison to the things that really matter.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment has been giving birth to a healthy son after being told my chances of conceiving after 40 were slim-to-none. He is now a healthy, happy 11-year-old.

What is your favorite way to work out? Kickboxing and weight training three to four times per week.

What is your favorite healthy meal? Grilled fish and veggies with a salad or rice.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I regularly host cooking classes to teach women how to integrate nutrition into their lives. I further pour into the
hearts of women and children through my volunteer service with The Atlanta Women's Foundation, The C5 Foundation, Jack & Jill and AAMO boys (African American Manhood Organization).

What is your favorite quote? "When your desire to change is greater than your desire to stay the same, great things happen."

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Hopefully I can inspire Best Self to create a new competition: "Stunning over 70!"


006Trina Floyd

At 47, Trina works with her husband at Flawless Painting and is a regular volunteer at the Aflac Cancer Center. Inspired by her own mother's cancer journey, she's always on the lookout for ways to support cancer patients and keep herself healthy along the way.

"Life is precious, and every day is a gift!"

What is the best thing you've learned about yourself since turning 40? There are several: I cannot change another human being. I am growing and developing into the best version of myself. Happiness is a choice.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My daughter, Kalea, is my best accomplishment and greatest, gift for sure! I raised her as a single parent 14 out of 22 years – challenging, yet incredibly rewarding.

What is your favorite book? "The Gifts of Imperfection" by Brené Brown. It encourages each of us to embrace being beautifully imperfect and living wholeheartedly. My copy is all marked up, dog-eared, circled and starred with my favorite parts!

What is your favorite way to work out? With my trainer Julian at SFX Fitness. He reminds me I'm capable of more than I realize.

What is your favorite healthy meal? Grilled fish and my husband's delicious Brussels sprouts.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Every Wednesday since 2006, I volunteer at the Aflac Cancer Center. I give blankets and pillows to the children, play games with them, grab Starbucks for the parents, transport patients in wheelchairs or be a shoulder to lean on – basically whatever needs to be done that day. My philosophy is to treat every family the way I would want to be treated if my daughter was the patient. My daughter and I also created a business called Bead a Blessing, and we donate 10 percent of our sales to help meet the practical needs of families going through cancer.

What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work? Experiencing my mom's cancer journey forever changed my life and the lives around me. Life is precious, and every day is a gift!


007Julie White

At 55, Julie is the owner of Fit: To Be fitness studio and a supporter of local Urban Perform, which provides fitness programs to underserved children in Atlanta. Her journey of self-acceptance and living life to the fullest has culminated in her own fitness studio and all-around healthy lifestyle.

"I used to be so hard on myself, but the truth is that I'm just fine the way I am."

What is your favorite way to work out? My favorite workout is the one I developed in my backyard – seriously – and what I teach: it is a combination of what I've learned over the last 20 years and what works for me.

What is your favorite healthy meal? A delicious green smoothie makes me feel great.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I donate 100 percent of the proceeds of one Fit: To Be class per month to Urban Perform, which provides fitness programs to help fight obesity in underserved Atlanta neighborhoods. I think it's important to keep it local and to find ways to help people in our own communities.

What makes you laugh? John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Over the last 10 years, the most consistent laughs I've gotten are from those guys. Don't ask me how I feel about John Stewart retiring. OMG.

Who helps you be your best self? My wonderful Fit: To Be colleagues, especially Bryn Chafin, who is my right hand, and Karen Snider, Claudia Marcela, Marshall Harbison and Ashley Marrone, who bring their best and most innovative teaching to my studio. Above all, Kimberly Stewart. Not only is she my best friend and love, she believes in me. She challenges me to go for what I want most in my life. She inspires, loves and supports me, no matter what.

What advice do you have for someone who isn't yet over 40 and fabulous? Realize that you are good enough.


008Jackie Madison

At 46, Jackie Madison is a lifestyle and weight management specialist. She provides her services through Southern Plastic Surgery, P.C., and her own business, Glamour Girl Fitness. She's also mom to two kids and an advocate for healthy living at every age.

"Age ain't nothing but a number. Embrace it!"

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My best accomplishment is giving birth to a beautiful baby girl at age 43 after being considered high risk for my age. This inspired me to share my story and start my business/network Glamour Girl Fitness to motivate women particularly of a mature age to improve their overall health and fitness through a lasting lifestyle change.

What is your favorite book? "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" by Joseph Murphy. It provides the tools you need to unlock your mind to obtain the things you desire in life.

What is your favorite way to work out? My favorite way to workout is with my husband doing cardio combined with strength training exercises.

What is your favorite healthy meal? I really love grilled chicken and broccoli.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? My favorite way to give back is participating in health fairs within the community by educating on lifestyle and weight management. I annually support and participate in Relay For Life, volunteer on my son's school council and work with the health and wellness ministry at New Life Church.

What is your most embarrassing moment? When I was supposed to be listening in on a conference call for a meeting, I accidentally unmuted my phone, and the other participants could hear me placing an order for fast food.

Name something on your bucket list. To appear on a nationally syndicated daytime talk show.


009Kara Martin, MD

This 44-year-old doctor is an internist and lead hospitalist for the Kaiser Permanente hospitalist team at Piedmont Hospital. She is also a mom of two and a past pageant winner who gives back through the pageant organizations that gave so much to her.

"There are always ups and downs to every phase of life, and the ups of this age are fantastic!"

What is the best thing you've learned about yourself since turning 40? We all have a purpose, and my purpose has become very clear to me as I have become older, which has led to a sense of happiness and peace.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My family. We have two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, and my hope is to raise them to feel the same unconditional love that I grew up with.

What is your favorite healthy meal? I am particularly fond of breakfast and love starting the day with almond milk, gluten-free waffles and an egg.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I love everything the Miss America Program stands for, and the scholarships I won through competing completely paid for medical school. Since winning Miss Georgia 1993 and placing first runner-up to Miss America, I have prioritized giving back to this fantastic organization whenever I can. I have judged numerous local and state pageants throughout the years. It is quite a time commitment, but I have met so many wonderful people.

What makes you laugh? When my children laugh, I laugh! We enjoy sitting down as a family and watching old "Three's Company" reruns.


010Kat Spivey

Busy as a UXD / Customer Experience Consultant at Slalom Consulting by day, Kat Spivey still makes time to serve on the board of the Mark Carroll and Friends foundation and help organize toy drives and fundraisers each year. At 44, her adventurous spirit keeps life fun and fabulous.

"Being healthy and working hard are important, but so is eating your favorite dessert or staying up way too late with friends. It's all about balance."

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? My favorite way of giving back is during the holidays, helping to provide funds and toys for families in need. It breaks my heart to think of a child waking up Christmas morning without gifts or a family meal. I became a board member of the Mark Carroll and Friends charity the year I turned 40, and it has been some of the most rewarding work I have ever experienced. Last year we raised 2,000 toys and $42,000 dollars that we donated to various organizations to help those families in need. With Mark Carroll's vision, our goal is to double that in 2015.

What makes you laugh? Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres – no one makes me laugh like those two.

Name something on your bucket list. Number one item on my bucket list is to meet and spend time with an elephant. I am intrigued by their high intellect, beauty, grace and the emotional connection they have with people.

Who helps you be your best self? I enjoy Core Fusion classes at exhale Spa and weight training at LA Fitness. Alyson at Vis-à-vis Salon is my amazing hair colorist, and Rachel Jenniges at Coleman Alexander Salon is my fabulous hair stylist. I enjoy facials and skin treatments at Blue Med Spa.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I see myself traveling all over the world with my siblings and my dear friends.



Fabulous Five Contest Winners
This year's nominees were so wonderful and the contest itself so close in votes that we couldn't stop at the top 10. Here are the next fabulous five winners, who teach fitness classes, support Atlanta charities and look great doing it.


011Jocelyn A. McCarthy

As an indoor cycling "Cycologist" at the new Cyc Fitness Buckhead, Jocelyn McCarthy is fit at 47. She's also an independent brand partner at Nerium International, a wife and mom of four who enjoys travel, giving back and staying active.

How has your perception of this age changed since you were younger? Now I realize that with every year I am blessed with, I gain exponentially. Wisdom is a precious gift that only comes with age.

What is your favorite way to work out? My favorite workouts have always involved a combination of intense cardio with focused strength training – and it has to be fun!

What is your favorite healthy meal? Broiled salmon, sautéed asparagus and wild rice. Yum!

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Our family is keenly aware of the world around us. Being so incredibly blessed, we are always looking for ways to give back, especially to those less fortunate than ourselves. Together we've served at The Nicholas House (a transitional housing center for the homeless) and Sheltering Arms Early Education & Learning Center, and we regularly donate to nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping those in need such as Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Heifer International, Samaritan's Purse, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Vietnam Veterans of America and Hope House.

What advice do you have for someone who isn't yet over 40 and fabulous? Pay the closest attention to what goes on inside your own mind, heart, body and soul. Most of the answers we seek from others already exist within us.


012Claire Pearson

As a wellness and lifestyle coach and musician at age 40, Claire Pearson is always looking for ways to stay passionate and give back.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? I learned to play the guitar in my 30s as a stress reliever and have since released two albums as Pearson Perry and started a songwriters group, Atlanta Intown Songwriters, that has over 500 members. I'm pretty proud of that!

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I use my passion for music as a way to give back. I regularly perform at no charge or I donate 100 percent of the proceeds to nonprofit causes I believe in, such as Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition Fund, Children's Restoration Network and 500 Songs for Kids.

Name something on your bucket list. I'd really like to sing at least one song on stage with the Indigo Girls!


013Collette L. McDonald

At 45, Collette McDonald is a single mom of two boys, a real estate agent, and neighborhood fitness instructor.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Around the time the recession hit, my neighbor was overweight, had twins at home and couldn't afford to join a gym, so I decided to open up my workouts to a few people in the neighborhood. That is how our Fit Club started, and eight years later, they are still coming. I lead anywhere from 20 to 35 people in a 45-minute workout at 5:45 in the morning in our neighborhood for free. I'm thankful to have these amazing people in my life as workout partners and friends.

What is your favorite healthy meal? Sushi or a Caprese salad – simple and delicious!

What is your favorite quote? "In order to be irresistible, one must always be different." – Coco Chanel



014Hope Knosher

As the founder of Hope's Yoga, Hope Knosher is a yoga teacher, writer, speaker and healthy living enthusiast. At 52, she is also a cancer survivor who finds her inspiration to give back in her own survival story.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? I have two beautiful teenage daughters that I am so proud of. As I made my way through cancer, I found myself in a yoga studio in the hope that it would in some way help me to heal. I felt directly called to teach, write and to share my story about how yoga and mindfulness, along with a healthy diet, can help others to live a more connected and meaningful life. That is when I founded Hope's Yoga and began teaching, speaking and writing. I consider both having my daughters and founding Hope's Yoga as callings from my heart. I am deeply touched and transformed by both.

What is your favorite book? "The Untethered Soul" by Michael A. Singer

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I have had the privilege of working with the 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer for the past few years, and I will be leading a free yoga class on the lawn at Avalon on October 1 to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


015Karen Burns

At age 44, Karen is a commercial photographer and branding specialist. She and her husband are even expanding into filmmaking, with their debut documentary airing this month on PBA30. When she's not busy working, she volunteers as the photographer for Camp Horizon.

What is your favorite way to give back to your community? My husband and I have volunteered for Camp Horizon as camp photographers for 16 years. Through this we learned that nearly 70 percent of children in foster care will be homeless or in prison in their lifetime. In more cases than I would like to believe, the only pictures some of these children have are the images I have taken of them at camp.

What makes you laugh? I love silly comedies like Monty Python.

What is your favorite quote? "Never look down on anyone unless you are helping them up."

What advice do you have for someone who isn't yet over 40 and fabulous? Do not worry so much about your age. Life gets richer with every year, awakening you to new experiences and a better self then you were before.




Thank you to everyone who supported this year's Over 40 & Fabulous! contest! From our Advisory Board members and prize package contributors to the people who made the photo shoot and party a success, we couldn't have done it without you.

2015 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board

  • Dr. Dina Giesler, Atlanta Smiles and Wellness
  • Madison James, B98.5
  • Amanda Hair, Bob Steele Salon
  • Diana Hofsommer, Camp Horizon
  • Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker,
  • Livi Rae Lingerie
  • Dr. Brian Maloney, Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Dr. Tara Frix, Total HealthCare

Prize package contributors

  • Escape to Blue Ridge
  • Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Livi Rae Lingerie
  • Bob Steele Salon
  • Atlanta Smiles and Wellness
  • Anderson Hair Sciences Center
  • Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery
  • Natural Health Solutions
  • Slender Spa Med
  • Dermani Med Spa
  • Elements Massage - Buckhead
  • Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta
  • Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa
  • Midtown Athletic Club
  • Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta
  • 4 Ever Young Aesthetics & Wellness

Photo shoot contributors

  • Host Venue – Le Fais do-do
  • Photographer – Dan Sawyer,
  • Sawyer Photography
  • Stylist – Eboné Smiley, The Smiley Effect
  • Hair and Makeup – Nyssa Green and Brandi Mallory from The Green Room Agency, and Alicia Benton, Noelle Boyd, Ashlenn Hollingsworth, Lauren Simpson and Alex Daniel from Aura Hair & Makeup
  • Catering – Tammie Brooks, The Event Salon

Party contributors

  • Host venue – Le Meridien
  • Master of ceremonies – Madison James,
  • B98.5