Thursday, 23 July 2015 19:05

Lotus Medical Wellness, LLC

Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:29

The 411 on Family Vaccines

Staying up to date on vaccinations is about more than protecting yourself against illnesses. It also protects those around you – whether it is your child, spouse, co-worker or simply the person standing nearby when you sneeze. Many of the diseases that vaccines prevent can be dangerous, sometimes deadly. Vaccines reduce the risk of infection by working with the body's natural defenses to develop immunity to disease. Vaccines have been extensively monitored and are safe and effective. So, what immunizations are recommended for your family?


Starting at birth, vaccinations shield children from a long list of illnesses, ranging from chickenpox and polio to Hepatitis A and B. Talk to a pediatrician about all of the recommended immunizations, the risks of not vaccinating and the health benefits of the following vaccinations for your children:

Diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis (Dtap/Tdap) – protects against serious infections including pertussis (whooping cough), which can be life threatening, especially in infants.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) – protects against several strains of HPV, which can lead to cancer of the cervix, mouth and throat. Recommended for both males and females, this vaccine is most effective when given during the pre-teen or teenage years.

Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) – protects against measles, which is a highly contagious and life-threatening disease. Between 2013-2014, U.S. measles cases tripled, largely due to unvaccinated individuals.


Many vaccinations now routinely provided to children – including chickenpox, Tdap, and MMR – are also beneficial to adults who never received them. Have a conversation with your primary care doctor about which immunizations are right for you based on your age and health condition. Also consider getting these important vaccinations:

Influenza (flu shot) – protects against seasonal influenza - a highly contagious viral disease that can cause coughing, fever and severe illness. Pregnant women, young children and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk and should get vaccinated annually.

Pneumococcal (PPV) – protects against several types of infections, including meningitis and pneumonia.

Shingles – protects against a painful skin rash (often with blisters), triggered by the same virus that causes chickenpox. The vaccine is recommended for people 60 years or older.



David W. Jones, MD
Kaiser Permanente
Sandy Springs Medical Office

Dr. David W. Jones is assistant chief of pediatrics for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, the state's largest not-for-profit health plan serving 280,000 members through 26 medical centers across Metro Atlanta and Athens. Read more about Dr. Jones at staff.

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Thursday, 23 July 2015 15:16

Abnormal Vaginal Bleeding

My Dear Readers,

With this article, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you my beginning series of editorials to discuss minimally invasive approaches to women's health. We will begin by addressing a condition that I see affecting many women tremendously: abnormal vaginal bleeding. It creates anemia, associated fatigue, and if left unattended, can be life threatening.

What are the main objectives of treatment? Safety and quality of life. If pregnancy is present, urgent attention is needed. For young ladies, the possibility of experiencing a blood clotting disorder, presence of ovarian cysts, or potential hormonal disbalance (along with other concerns) must be taken into consideration. Further in reproductive years, such bleeding can signal uterine fibroids, adenomyosis (glands of the uterus within the muscle of the uterus), uterine polyps, cervical or vaginal problems and overgrowth of the lining of the uterus that can lead to malignancy.

For some, you may not realize the heaviness of your bleeding, so we always check your hemoglobin at the time of annual visits. Initial evaluation for vaginal bleeding (in addition to history and examination) includes a pain free Transvaginal (TV) ultrasound that can be performed during a first visit. This ultrasound results in an abundance of information on the structure of your uterus, the endometrial lining and cervix, and confirms the normal architecture of the ovaries.

From here, it is determined whether or not a biopsy needs to be performed, non-invasive approaches are applicable or minimally invasive procedures or outpatient surgeries must be performed. There are many options in medicine to help you, and they each start with listening to what is happening in your life now, and what course can be taken to move you back to the joys of life easily, freely and fully.

Be brave and believe that everything will be OK.

With much love,

Assia Stepanian

P. S. In my September letter I will be sharing my thoughts on Urinary Incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.


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

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


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


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Thursday, 23 July 2015 14:57

My Best Self: Julia and Eugene Smookler

By Beth Carter

They say marriage is hard work, and Julia and Eugene Smookler will celebrate their fifth anniversary this year by working up a sweat – literally. They were the first couple to be chosen for CNN's "Fit Nation," a program that proves even regular, busy adults can reach their health and fitness goals with determination and hard work. In this case, the fitness goal is to complete the Nautica Malibu Triathlon next month. Julia and Eugene were hand-selected by host Dr. Sanjay Gupta and CNN producers and have spent the entire year training. We caught up with them to hear about their progress and what it means for their whole family's health.

What motivated you to sign up for the "Fit Nation" challenge?

Julia: A few years ago, I was a new midwife, pregnant, and my dad was dying of cancer, so I started emotional eating. After my daughter was born I had back surgery and couldn't work out, so I put on more weight. One of my patients told me about "Fit Nation," so I decided to apply for the show for the motivation and challenge.

Eugene: We've both gained weight since our daughter was born. Obesity runs in our family, so we wanted to make a conscious effort to show our daughter a healthier lifestyle.

Have you done a triathlon before?

Julia: No, and I didn't really know how involved it would be. I love recreational bike riding
but didn't know about competitive biking.

Eugene: I've played sports my entire life but have never done a triathlon. This is something out of my comfort zone. I'm a natural swimmer and biker, but the running has been a challenge. My legs are like jelly after swimming, biking and then running. We did a mock triathlon in May with the four other "Fit Nation" participants, and I finished first and Julia came in second place. I was so proud of her!

What is your average workout schedule?

Eugene: We both work out six days a week. In the beginning, it was really hard to figure out a schedule that worked for both of us.

Julia: I was doing two-hour sessions initially, but it was a bit much, so now my max is an hour or hour and a half. I'm always trying to find a balance between training and my everyday life. Eugene and I have the challenge of who's working out when because someone has to watch our daughter. We're getting into a better balance with that.

What support has CNN given you for the triathlon?

Julia: During the January kick-off weekend they gave us our gear: bike, shoes, helmets, a Garmin watch, wetsuits and Oakley sunglasses. They brought in nutrition experts, checked our body mass index (BMI), heart rate zones and evaluated our health. We also have check-in calls every two weeks with our CNN producer, trainer and other participants. I wouldn't have been as successful, motivated and happy if I didn't have their support.

Eugene: It's like a family and the "Fit Nation" alumni have been so supportive. Jeff Dauler from "The Bert Show" was a participant before and gave us bracelets that said "Keep Moving Forward."

What have you learned about yourself while preparing for the triathlon?

Eugene: The hardest part of my training is the eating. I'm doing the workouts, but I like cheeseburgers and pizza! I haven't lost weight, but I've put on muscle and my heart rate has gotten much stronger from when I started.

Julia: I've learned that I can do anything I put my mind to. I've always wanted a quick fix for my weight, but now I have more patience – this is my lifestyle. I'm going to stay active and be healthy. I'm eating smaller portion sizes, healthier carbs and teaching my daughter that this is a normal way to live.

Have you found a new favorite meal since beginning the Challenge?

Eugene: I'm eating a lot more fish tacos. I make them at home, and they're healthier. It's fish, avocado, salsa and a little cheese.

Julia: I love Whole Foods' power kale salad. I was not an egg person before, but now I love hard-boiled eggs; it's good protein.

How do you relax when you're not training?

Julia: There's not a lot of down time, but I love to spend time with family. I take our daughter to the pool and have quiet time for myself. I want to get back into yoga, which I loved doing in college.
Eugene: When I'm not training, I like to listen to music and take long walks in the parks.

Has training together strengthened your relationship?

Eugene: Yes, it's the best thing we could ever do together. It takes dedication, communication and sacrifice so the other person can work out. It's strengthened our marriage because we both have more energy and a healthier lifestyle. Couples who work out together stay together.

Julia: It has brought us closer together because we both have the same goal. We're on the same page with getting healthy and not bringing bad food in the house. The competition has been healthy for us, and he's inspired me to do better. It's more fun together.

Has the Fit Nation challenge helped you to become your best self?

Julia: 150 percent, yes! It was exactly what I needed to get the ball rolling. I've lost 25 pounds, and my heart rate has improved drastically. I had the realization before I started that 'I'm a midwife, I'm overweight and I'm teaching about diet and exercise to my pregnant moms.' It was important for me to get fit and be a good role model for my patients and my daughter.

Eugene: This has been a life changer, and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity. I've changed my whole lifestyle by making better food choices and working out. It's baby steps and celebrating small accomplishments. Instead of just "talking the talk," we're living it.



Event Information

Calling all runners, walkers and joggers and everybody who likes to move in a fun atmosphere. If you're looking for a great way to improve your fitness, build a bond with your fellow co-workers or meet new friends, join the largest organized corporate fitness event in the Southeast: Atlanta's 2015 Kaiser Permanente Corporate Run/Walk & Fitness Program.

Under the leadership of U.S. Olympian and America's running coach Jeff Galloway, this workplace-organized fitness program has become an annual, beloved tradition in the Atlanta business community since its start in 1983. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Kaiser Permanente in Georgia, the 2015 event is looking to be even more spectacular than in the past. This year's 5K Corporate Run/Walk & Company Party takes place Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Downtown Atlanta.

happy-participantsWhat's included?

A unique 8-week training program for registered participants, featuring:

  • Walking and running training schedules from Jeff Galloway for beginners and seasoned walkers and runners.
  • Ongoing weekday walks and runs with pace groups at Phidippides stores, Atlanta's premier running/walking specialty stores (Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m. in Sandy Springs, Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Ansley Mall and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. at Ansley Mall).
  • Saturday morning running and walking training program with pace groups – Begins August 1, 8 a.m., Phidippides-Ansley Mall.
  • Kaiser Permanente Boot Camp on Saturday, August 8, 15, 22, 29 and Saturday, September 12 and 19 (limited to 500 participants) – The boot camp will begin at 7 a.m. at the Piedmont Park Athletic Field and end at 8 a.m. Celebrity Fitness Tammie Leady will lead the KPCRW boot camp. Paid parking is in the SAGE parking deck, and participants are encouraged to carpool, use MARTA, walk or bike to the activity if possible.
  • Fitness and nutrition tips e-mailed weekly.
  • Discount coupons on fitness items and services.
  • Complimentary, personalized 30-Day Workout Fitness Pass to all LA Fitness area locations. Kick-start the training program at your own pace.

corporate-funThe Main Event: September 24

Here's what to expect on race day:

  • The 5K (3.1 miles) run/walk winds through the streets of Downtown Atlanta, with thousands of participants and spectators celebrating the day.
  • Access to the popular Best Self Atlanta Health & Fitness Expo, in which numerous companies exhibit their products and services.
  • A Finish Line celebration where participants receive the 2015 commemorative T-shirt, pose for team and candid photos, enjoy live music by The Rupert's Orchestra and attend the awards ceremony.
  • The "World's Largest Office Party" with company teams consisting of employees, family and friends gathering under illuminated tents for hundreds of picnics and a good time. (Individuals who may not have a company team are encouraged to register and will have the option of purchasing a boxed dinner from Jason's Deli at registration.)
  • Corporate Can Contest benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Back on My Feet and the Atlanta Braves Foundation. Greystone Funding Corporation is the reigning champion and challenger, donating 20,000 pounds of food!

Run/Walk Details

There will be separate, monitored start areas for elite runners, CEOs, runners/joggers and walkers.
Seeded runners must include a qualifying event on the registration form, and elite category runners must submit official 2014 – 2015 documentation for qualifying times.

  • Open Men – 6 minutes/mile
  • Open Women – 7 minutes/mile
  • Masters Men (40 +) – 6:15 minutes/mile
  • Masters Women (40 +) – 7:15 minutes/mile

Awards will be given to the top Overall and Masters Men and Women, fastest team times, highest overall participation and the winner of the T-shirt design contest. CEO Cups will be awarded to the fastest male and female CEOs. The Kaiser Permanente Corporate Cup is presented to Atlanta's "Most Fit" companies in four categories, based on the number of full-time employees. Participation awards are also given to companies in each of 38 industry categories.

Profile-picRacing for 32 Years

Jerry Dubner has participated in the KP Corporate Run/Walk with his PricewaterhouseCoopers team for 32 years – since 1984! Hear what this KP race veteran thinks about all aspects of the event:

On his team's improved physical fitness: "We have seen a number of employees who have participated in the event as walkers in the past who are now runners."

On one of the best parts of the race: "Free food!"

On his most memorable KP event: "Two years ago, I participated in the event after being diagnosed (and cured) of lung cancer the year before. It meant a lot to me to be able to continue to participate."

How do I sign up?
Visit or call (404) 843-8727. Follow the program on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015 20:07

2015 Best Pet Selfie Contest Winners

In the last few years, the age of technology has brought with it an era of selfies. We snap them everywhere and with everyone: with friends at dinner, during fun events, and – you guessed it – with our pets. For our annual photo contest, our readers submitted their Best Pet Selfies with the goal of raising money for local pet charities. Through votes from their friends, family and the Best Self community, the top three contest winners were able to win cash prizes for Friends of DeKalb Animals, Atlanta Humane Society and Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue. Get ready to meet these selfie stars!

In the last few years, the age of technology has brought with it an era of selfies. We snap them everywhere and with everyone: with friends at dinner, during fun events, and – you guessed it – with our pets. For our annual photo contest, our readers submitted their Best Pet Selfies with the goal of raising money for local pet charities. Through votes from their friends, family and the Best Self community, the top three contest winners were able to win cash prizes for Friends of DeKalb Animals, Atlanta Humane Society and Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue. Get ready to meet these selfie stars!


01First Place

Anna Bettina and Glaukos the Gargoyle
Friends of DeKalb Animals

We've all seen pets with fitting names, like a fur ball named Fluffy or a Chihuahua named Tiny, but no name paints a picture quite as vivid as "Glaukos the Gargoyle." This 170-pound guy – who's still growing! – is a gray, wrinkly Neopolitan Mastiff. And even though the name describes his physical appearance well, his owner Anna Bettina has made sure there's no hint of "gargoyle" in his personality. Bettina is a certified dog trainer with Atlanta's Happy Healthy Pup and holds a Masters of Animal Science, so she trained Glaukos well from day one. "With a lot of training, they can be really fun, easy-going companions," Bettina says of large breed dogs like Glaukos. Because he's so well behaved, he accompanies Bettina on plenty of outings around town, including lots of pet-friendly restaurant patios. "Our favorite is Saltyard on Peachtree. Chef Nick always cooks Glaukos' steaks perfectly!" Bettina says. The only drawbacks to a pup this big? "They eat a lot," Bettina says. "They also snore and are horrible bed hogs," she jokes. But who could resist that wrinkly face?
Bettina and Glaukos' first-place prize money will go to Friends of DeKalb Animals to help other pets feel that same love in their forever homes. "They've saved everything from special needs dogs to moms with litters," Bettina explains. To keep up with Glaukos and his adventures, follow his Facebook page at Glaukos the Gargoyle.


02Second Place

Al Longman and Jolie Petite
Atlanta Humane Society

For Al and Su Longman, the process of bringing home Jolie Petite was not a short one. They went through a thorough six-month process with her breeder to make sure they were fit pup parents. Not only that, but during the process, the Longmans were checking out the breeder as well. Su says, "Always check with other clients to make sure the pets are bred without any harm," if you're going to go the breeder route. Ultimately, the Longmans were deemed a great match for Jolie, and they brought her home in 2007. She has made herself at home, zooming around the house every afternoon and always settling her head lovingly on Su's lap afterward. The Longmans' second-place prize money will go to the Atlanta Humane Society. "I just finished hosting a fundraising event for AHS and have seen their dedication firsthand," Su says. "Their love for animals is admirable."



03Third Place

Amber Rathburn and Baby Girl
Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue

Amber Rathbun has always had a soft spot for geriatric pets. She's also a vet tech, so she knows the value of high-quality pet care throughout an animal's life. So when Rathbun saw an ad about fostering older ferrets with health challenges, it really spoke to her. "My pet rat passed away prior to me seeing the ad, so I had a huge unused cage with supplies. It seemed like a sign." She responded to Kindness Matters Ferret Rescue's ad and soon, Baby Girl was hers. "Baby Girl is blind from cataracts, so coming to a new household was a little difficult at first," Rathbun says, but she has since learned to navigate the house with ease, even running up the stairs, scratching at the back door when she wants to play in the yard, and waiting by the pantry for her treat of raisins. And despite Baby Girl's health challenges, Rathbun says KMFR has been very helpful and informative, so they will receive her third place prize money. "I think rescue is the way to go," Rathbun says. "I've enjoyed every minute of it!"









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Wednesday, 22 July 2015 19:28

Spin Through Summer

By Amelia Pavlik

Imagine the feeling of a cool breeze whipping past your cheeks as you fly down a hill on a bike. Whether you're 7 or 70, this energizing feeling never gets old.

Now that summer is in full swing, what better way to enjoy the warmer temperatures – and squeeze in a workout – than by going for a bike ride?

"Not only is cycling a great way to explore the outdoors, but it is also low impact, and you can make the ride as hard or as easy as you want," says Jody McDanal, senior mechanic at Peachtree Bikes. McDanal has worked behind the scenes at professional races and competes in races himself. "I can't think of many other ways to burn as many calories as I do when I'm on the bike."

Gerry Halphen, a spinning instructor at Concourse Athletic Club and a triathlon coach, adds that whether you're prepping for a race or looking for an engaging workout, you can't beat riding outdoors. "An outdoor ride provides more realistic preparation," he says. "Plus, when you're outside, there is more stimuli, which makes the ride more of a mental challenge than riding a stationary bike in an indoor cycling class."

If you're new to riding outdoors, Halphen has the following tips to set you up for success:
Buy the right gear. This includes cycling shorts with built-in padding and cycling shoes with cleats that will help you pedal more steadily.

Learn from the veterans. Connect to experienced cyclists through local cycling shops. "Most are enthusiastic about the sport and are willing to help others get into it," says Halphen. "They are also often willing to loan or give away some of their old gear."

Go slow to go fast. "It takes time for the body to adjust, so don't overdo it and decide you're going to ride 100 miles five days in a row," he says. "That will likely result in significant discomfort, soreness or even injury."

And for those days that you don't have time to head outside, McDanal and Halphen add that indoor cycling is a great alternative. "You don't have to worry about traffic or weather," says Halphen. "And from a coach's perspective, the lack of obstacles like stop signs allow you to pedal continuously, enabling you to focus on a goal like a heart rate target." Many of Atlanta's indoor cycling options will show your metrics right on the bike or an overhead screen, helping you meet your fitness goals. Some even offer an upper-body component to ensure that you're getting a full body workout.
Read on for a list of spots where you can get a great outdoor or indoor ride in Atlanta and beyond.



Hit the Trail


PATH400 Greenway Trail

The first phase of what will be a 5.2-mile path through the Buckhead area opened earlier this year, from Old Ivy Road to Tower Place. Eventually, the trail will extend from Loridans Drive south to the Atlanta BeltLine's Peachtree Creek spur trail. When complete, this paved trail will wind through the North Buckhead, Peachtree Park and Lindmont LaVista neighborhoods. It will also give cyclists, skaters, walkers and runners plenty of room to share, with a path width of 10 to 14 feet.



Ride Inside


Cyc Fitness

Classes incorporate two-pound beanbag weights and a variety of movements from more than 20 different sports, including boxing and swimming. Childcare is available, and when taking a Cyc class, you also have complimentary access to The Forum facilities and amenities two hours before or after class. Hop on one of their 50 bikes for $25 per class for adults or $20 for students.

Details: Lenox Mall, inside The Forum Athletic Club, 3393 Peachtree St., Atlanta GA, (404) 698-4343,


Flywheel Sports

This popular studio incorporates arm work with weighted bars and regularly has themed rides so you can work out to music you love. They offer complimentary cycling shoes for riders and showers with Bliss hair and body products. If you can't reserve a spot on one of their 52 Buckhead studio bikes, try their Midtown or Alpharetta locations. Your first class is $28.

Details: 102 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta GA, 678-702-5684,


Roc House Fitness Spa

In addition to 25 bikes for cycling classes, the women's only Roc House also offers customized personal training, more than 45 group fitness classes a week, a full-service spa and cafe. The first class is free for Buckhead residents.

Details: 3402 Piedmont Road, Atlanta GA, (404) 500-1621,



Hit the Trail


Atlanta BeltLine

This project utilizes an existing 22-mile historic rail corridor that encircles the City of Atlanta as its foundation. Pedestrian-friendly rail transit and 33 miles of multiuse trails will follow this corridor and stem off of it. "I ride the BeltLine all the time," said Madison James, BeltLine fitness ambassador, B98.5 radio personality and AJC fitness blogger. There are currently four active trails – the Eastside Trail, the Northside Trail, the Southwest Connector Spur Trail and the West End Trail – and more in the works. Check out the map pictured to find your nearest BeltLine access point, and hop on your bike today!

James continues, "If you want a safe place to ride with your kids, it's perfect. Plus, there are bike tours and classes for first time riders."
Check out the temporary art installations that can be found along the trail, or take one of the free fitness classes offered in various locations that range from yoga to aerobics.

Details: Visit for details on upcoming expansion and an interactive map.


Ride Inside


Exhale Spa

Core Cycling is one of a suite of classes offered at exhale, including barre, boot camp and yoga. You can also enjoy a detoxifying coed hammam, sauna and steam rooms after your ride. Pay $25 for a cycling class, or sign up for the Week of Transformation for $30, which includes unlimited classes for a week and discounts on spa therapies and private training sessions.

Details: Loews Atlanta Hotel, 7th floor, 1065 Peachtree St., Atlanta GA, (404) 720-5000,


Torq Cycle Atlanta

Classes incorporate light weights for a total body workout, and all 30 bikes show an accurate display of power and RPM output to help you track and meet your training goals. Cool off post-ride with chilled eucalyptus hand towels, and enjoy showers stocked with Malin+Goetz products. Try your first class for free.

Details: 935 Marietta St. NW, Atlanta GA, (404) 606-6931,

VIBEVibe Ride

At Vibe Ride, which opened this April, 35 bikes use a performance IQ/class metrics system to track your heart rate, calories burned and power. The fun comes in with the instructors' rhythmic riding style that encourages you to "dance on the bike." The studio also offers boot camp and barre classes, so if you enjoy your first free cycling class, you can round out your routine with their other offerings.

Details: 950 West Peachtree St. NW, Suite 225, Atlanta GA,


Outside the Perimeter


Hit the Trail


Big Creek Greenway Trail

This trail spans 13.5 miles through Roswell, Alpharetta and Forsyth County. Currently, there are two sections to the trail. The Forsyth County portion extends from Bethelview Road to McFarland Parkway. The Alpharetta portion extends from Marconi Drive to just south of Mansell Road in Fulton County. There are plans to connect the trails, but nothing has been solidified yet.

Details: Find directions, parking and maps at


Silver Comet Trail

This 61.5-mile trail was build along an abandoned railroad line. It starts at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna and ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line, near Cedartown. It is a quiet, non-motorized, paved trail for walkers, hikers, cyclists, horses and dog walkers. It is also wheelchair accessible.




Ride Inside



Concourse Athletic Club

In addition to a 42-bike cycling studio, this club offers a variety of other classes ranging from yoga to Zumba. Members also have access to indoor/outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, and a restaurant and cafe.

Details: 8 Concourse Parkway, Sandy Springs GA, (770) 698-2000,



Life Time Fitness

Life Time Fitness' class offerings vary by location, but they range from EDGE Cycle, which provides an individualized experience to push riders, to Cycle Sculpt, which incorporates an upper-body workout. The Alpharetta and Johns Creek clubs also offer outdoor cycling programs for the best of both worlds. Classes are complimentary for gym members, and nonmembers can pay a guest fee, which varies by club.

Details: Locations in Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, Alpharetta, Norcross, Woodstock and Johns Creek,


Editorial Resources
Gerry Halphen, Concourse Athletic Club –
Madison James, Atlanta BeltLine –
Jody McDanal, Peachtree Bikes –


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DSC 8882-2Symptoms of tennis elbow include:

Pain slowly increasing around the outside of the elbow. Less often, pain may develop suddenly.

Pain experienced when shaking hands or squeezing objects.

Pain from stabilizing or moving the wrist with force. Examples include lifting, using tools, opening jars, or even handling simple utensils such as a toothbrush or knife and fork.

Tennis elbow can be relieved through the advanced TENEX HEALTH TXTM procedure. This procedure was developed in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic and is a minimally invasive treatment option. The procedure uses ultrasound to locate the damaged tendon tissue. Once the source of pain is located, our physicians numb the area locally and use gentle ultrasonic energy to safely breakdown and remove the damaged tissue. The ultrasonic energy is applied with the TX MicroTipTM, which requires only a tiny incision to reach the damaged tissue. Because the incision is so small and the ultrasonic energy precisely treats only the damaged tendon tissue, the surrounding healthy tissue is left unharmed. When the procedure is completed, the doctor applies a small adhesive bandage (like a Band-Aid); no stitches are required and there is minimal downtime and less discomfort compared to open surgery.

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015 18:03

Body Symmetry MD