Friday, 21 November 2014 20:30

Caring for Aging Parents

These days, your mother struggles to remember small parts of her daily routine. Maybe your dad seems like himself, but he can't manage the daily task of cooking dinner. Or perhaps your parents are still doing great on their own, but they need some backup navigating the financial side of retirement.
No matter the details, the common denominator is an aging parent. Not only is this stage of life new for them, but caring for them is new territory for you too – after all, you're used to them having the answers.

To help you navigate your new role and your parents' changing needs, we've compiled a list of local resources that will come in handy. Their informative websites and top notch services can ensure that you and your parents get the care and support you need.

Your parents need . . .
In-home care. Your parents are still fairly active, but they could use an extra hand with errands or housekeeping.

Reach out to . . .
Synergy HomeCare. This organization provides non-medical home care. They can help with things like meal preparation, housekeeping, medication reminders and transportation to errands. They can also provide pleasant conversation and companionship, which are helpful for overall well-being and quality of life. Details:

Your parents need . . .
An accessible home. Sometimes your parents may require modifications to their existing living space or additions, such as ramps, in order to be able to maneuver the house more easily.

Reach out to . . .
A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) worked with AARP to develop a training designation for remodelers and contractors: the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS). These specialists can do a room-by-room assessment of your parents' home and make recommendations for modifications, such as increased lighting, additional railings, walk-in bathtubs or showers, ramps and even home elevators.
Details: Visit and browse the NAHB CAPS directory, which lists more than 50 certified specialists in the Atlanta area.

Your parents need . . .
Transportation. Past a certain point, it's safer to let someone else take the wheel, but you aren't always free to drive Mom or Dad. It helps to have an extra car and an attentive driver to get your parents to their errands or a special occasion, like a family wedding, and safely back home.

001-SidebarReach out to . . .
Atlanta Senior Assistant. Karen Adams created Atlanta Senior Assistant solely to provide companionship and chauffeur services for seniors in the Atlanta area. Many other care organizations may include transportation among their offered services, and the National Center on Senior Transportation can provide additional information and creative solutions.

Your parents need . . .
Healthy meals. Rising food costs, a lessened appetite and even simple forgetfulness can cause seniors to miss out on healthy, regular meals. Even if they do eat regularly, studies show that on average, seniors get too many of their calories from fat, alcohol and added sugars.

Reach out to . . .
Project Open Hand. This charitable organization provides freshly cooked, nutritious meals and snacks to a variety of clients, including seniors. Whether your parents need a specially formulated menu (such as the diabetic menu, the dialysis menu, the low-fat menu or a variety of meatless menus) or standard meal options, Open Hand offers many choices. Clients can also customize the number of meals they receive: as few as two per week, and as many as 21. Your parents may qualify for Open Hand's free services, but if they are not eligible, Open Hand does offer an option to pay for the service and still enjoy the convenience and nutritional benefits.

Your parents need . . .
Hearing or vision services. When your parents consistently ask you to repeat yourself, respond with shorter answers than normal or struggle to carry on their usual telephone conversations, they may be struggling with hearing loss. Additionally, risk of eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration all increase with age.

Reach out to . . .
Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired (GACHI). Through this statewide nonprofit organization, seniors can receive special equipment to make their telephones more hard-of-hearing-friendly. Find out if your parents are eligible and apply online.

Omni Eye Services of Atlanta. Specializing in the treatment of age-related vision problems, this practice is full of board-certified surgeons and optometrists who can ensure that your parents will be in experienced hands.

002-SidebarYour parents need . . .
To stay engaged. Several local therapeutic practices can keep seniors mentally active and help them cope with the transitions of aging.

Reach out to . . .
Happy Tails Pets. Since 1991, Happy Tails has been taking volunteers and their pets to Atlanta senior centers for animal-assisted therapy and activity. The organization's president, Linda Bolterstein, shares, "We have experienced firsthand the incredible effect that pet therapy has on that population." Throwing a ball for a puppy can help with motor skills, brushing a cat can help with coordination, and the cheerful presence of any pet can help combat depression and loneliness. Details:

Mindful Transitions. Beyond the needs of social engagement, seniors also need a chance to process the transitions of aging. As with many life changes, aging can prompt feelings of worry, depression, low energy, grief and more. Mindful Transitions is a group practice that provides counseling of this type to seniors. "Once clients begin services, we typically see them become more involved in their new communities with peers and activities, and their families report improved mood and general well being," says Linda Jalbert, the practice's owner. A physician's order is not necessary to set up a visit with a therapist, and Medicare covers more than half of each session.

000-Bogey-Rugby-WorkingYour parents need . . .
Financial support. Updating documents and protecting assets in today's technological world can be a challenge.

Reach out to . . .
Financial Innovations, LLC. Owner Laura Schilling offers a senior scam and identity theft seminar to arm seniors against today's frequent online scams. She can also guide you and your parents through a discussion about their investments and Last Will and Testament so you stay informed.

Your parents need . . .
You to understand what they're going through.
This transition is tough on them too, particularly if one or both of your parents has Alzheimer's or dementia.

Reach out to . . .
Second Wind Dreams. This organization offers a Virtual Dementia Tour, which guides you through completing simple tasks that simulate the challenges of dementia. Using the loss of fine motor skills, increased confusion, pain of arthritis and other difficulties, the virtual
experience will show you just how tough it is to be in a senior's shoes. Once you understand firsthand, you can approach this phase of life and your new caregiving role with more compassion, patience and love.

Atlanta Home Care Partners, Inc. This full-service, family-owned and
operated non-medical home agency's area of expertise is caring for those who have been diagnosed with cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease.

Your parents need . . .
You to take care of yourself. No matter how much help they need during this phase of life, they're still your parents, which means they want you to be happy and healthy too. The task of caring for dependent family members takes a mental, emotional and physical toll, so don't neglect your own needs during this time.

Reach out to . . .
Illumination Counseling and Coaching. Latasha Matthews, LPC, offers the Adult Children of Aging Parents Support Group beginning this month. The group will meet in person each month and will also offer an online webinar to discuss coping strategies, uncertainty about the future and other challenges that come hand in hand with the shifting roles of caring for your parents. The cost is just $25 per class.


Editorial Resources
Atlanta Home Care Partners –
Atlanta Senior Assistant –
Financial Innovations, LLC –
Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired (GACHI) –
Happy Tails Pets –
Illumination Counseling and Coaching –
National Association of Home Builders –
National Center on Senior Transportation –
Omni Eye Services of Atlanta –
Project Open Hand –
Second Wind Dreams –
Synergy HomeCare –

Friday, 21 November 2014 20:11

Get to the Core of Back Pain

From dull muscle aches to severe, sharp pains, issues with your back or neck can be extremely uncomfortable – even debilitating. According to the Mayo Clinic, back pain is the second most common reason Americans visit our doctors, and we spend an estimated $193.3 billion annually trying to treat it. The good news? The right types of exercises can have you walking tall in no time.

Know Your Pain
Back pain is a complex, individual experience, but it's generally classified in one of two categories: acute or chronic pain.
Acute pain: pain lasting less than three to six months. It is the most common type of back pain and can often be traced back to a single event causing tissue damage.

Chronic pain: pain lasting longer than six months. Causes typically include arthritis, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and untreated or improperly treated acute injury.

001-Gina-MinyardPreventative Solutions in Atlanta
One of the best ways to prevent back and neck pain is to keep your back muscles strong. Weight loss can also help relieve pressure and strain. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends participating in back strengthening and stretching exercises at least two to three times a week to prevent back pain.

But if you have an existing injury or are already in pain, what can you do? Atlanta spine specialist Dr. Krystal Chambers recommends light stretching, especially if your injury is a simple strain. "Once the pain is gone, then strength training can be introduced," she says. Dr. Chambers also recommends preventative core strengthening to protect the spine from further injury.

So whether your goal is to resolve or prevent back or neck pain, stretching and core strength are your best bets, and you can find classes to help right around the corner.

Straighten Up
It seems simple, but good posture can work wonders for relieving pain. Gina Minyard, co-director of Yoga Collective in Atlanta, believes in the power of stretches found in alignment-based yoga. This approach works to balance and align the musculoskeletal system, and that alignment "is the basis for recovering from chronic tension and establishing good posture long term," she says.

002-SidebarTo that end, Yoga Collective offers "therapeutic alignment" classes that help you understand and achieve a natural spinal curve. This means the head sits over the shoulders, which sits above the hips. The tops of the thigh bones stay back over the center of the ankles, and abdominals support the front to stabilize the core. Shoulder blades stay drawn toward each other and slightly down to support healthy neck alignment. If you find you need more targeted help for your pain, Yoga Collective offers specialty yoga workshops for low back and neck pain.

For instant relief, Gina suggests lying on your back with a yoga block under the upper back and some support under the head. From here, lie with the arms by your sides, palms up, letting the upper back and chest open over the block. This can clear up neck, upper back and even lower back tension in about five minutes.

003-svelte-high-res-3Hit the Bar
Well, the barre. Studios offering barre workouts have been springing up all over Atlanta, and for good reason: this fitness program incorporates low impact, isometric movements to strengthen the entire body. Because of the emphasis on small, safe motions, barre workouts are an excellent option for those with pre-existing back and neck issues.

Pure Barre, a studio with 12 Atlanta-area locations offering these workouts, encourages a "neutral spine" throughout their classes. By keeping hips "tucked under," any major curve of the lower back is removed, improving posture and alleviating any strain. "Many of our clients spend much of their day hunched over computers. Our teachers are trained to correct each client's form hands-on to ensure proper alignment throughout class," says Katy Bayless Gibson, teacher and owner of Pure Barre's Virginia Highlands location.

This is a particularly good option for people of all pain levels or fitness levels because numerous modifications are offered for each exercise. That means even if your back hurts, you can work toward better alignment and less pain while getting a great workout.

004-IMG 3380Just Keep Swimming
"A body in motion is less prone to chronic back and neck pain," says Kathleen Butcher, the director of Concourse Athletic Club. She says, "Movement is key. A body at rest will not only stay at rest, but also stay in pain." With this in mind, Concourse Athletic Club offers aqua classes and deep water classes. These options, Butcher says, "are a great way to allow the body to move freely in an immersed and supportive medium with minimal impact to the joints. Deep water classes add an extra core-strengthening component to them."

Many local YMCA locations, LA Fitness locations and other fitness centers also offer Aqua Zumba, which brings the fun, upbeat movements of Zumba to the much lower impact environment of the pool. No matter which class you choose, the resistance of the water adds an extra element to improve your fitness over time.

Call in the Experts
If you are suffering from chronic neck and back issues, or have suffered a recent injury with pain lasting over a week, you may want to consider a visit to a rehabilitation specialist or orthopedist. If you are looking to become an active participant in your recovery and are hoping to avoid spinal surgery, check out options such as Resurgens Orthopaedics, whose team of physiatrists specializes in treating spine pain without surgery.
Thankfully, simple strains can usually be treated at home with rest, ice, heat and over-the-counter medications for pain and inflammation. But as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so never underestimate the power of staying active, eating healthy food, staying hydrated and getting plenty of rest. Taking care of yourself in general is the first step to taking care of your back and neck pain.


Editorial Resources
Kathleen Butcher, Concourse Athletic Club –
Krystal Chambers, MD, Resurgens Orthopaedics –
Katy Bayless Gibson, Pure Barre Virginia Highlands –
Mayo Clinic –
Gina Minyard, Yoga Collective –
U.S. Department of Human Services –


Friday, 21 November 2014 16:40

2014 “Best of 2014” Contest Winners



 After more than 1,500 nominations and 47,000 votes, you have chosen this year’s best!






Best Large Fitness Facility
Adrenaline Group Xercise
With a dedicated, experienced team and a variety of fitness offerings – from CrossFit and Les Mills classes to Zumba and their own AGX classes – this facility has it all.


Best Small/Medium Fitness Facility
Sports Fitness Experience
Located in Roswell, this facility includes free weights, functional training equipment, a cardio area with treadmills, a running track and a turf field. Plus, they offer a variety of personal training opportunities and unique fitness

"Julian and his crew are awesome!" – Debbie B.

001-BallsBest Rec Sport League
Atlanta Sport and Social Club
Tap into your competitive side by joining a basketball, softball or kickball team. You can also compete in sillier sports such as "bubble soccer," cornhole and even bar games.

Best Workout
Cardio Dance Funk at Dance It Off
You don't have to be a ballerina to enjoy a workout at Dance It Off. This Sandy Springs studio invites all adults to get moving in classes such as Zumba, lyrical dance, tap, and this calorie-blasting class taught by studio co-owner Jason Cohen.

"[Jason] turned my two left feet into a dancing set of feet that can keep up with
his routines!" – Brenda T.


Best Personal Trainer
Justin Davis
Justin Davis trains clients at Atlanta's Inman Park location of Snap Fitness, which provides 24-hour access to cardio equipment and free

"Great trainer. He watches and makes sure you do the movements correctly, and he can modify exercises if you have certain conditions that would be injured during a movement." – Zachary J.

002-BootCampBest Boot Camp
Minister of Muscle
Led by certified personal trainer and sports nutrition consultant Vincent Casey, this Marietta-based boot camp program trains everyone from beginners to advanced athletes. Boot camps are open to adults, third through fifth grades, and sixth through 12th grades.

"Nobody brings it like the Minister!" – Trenna B.

Best CrossFit Gym
CrossFit Perimeter
Open all week in Sandy Springs, this gym boasts seven coaches with over 25 years' combined CrossFit experience. They can adapt the workouts to any fitness level.

003-CrossFitBest CrossFit Instructor
Nicole McMinn
Nicole teaches CrossFit classes and hosts Weekend Warrior events with CrossFit Breaking Boundaries, a CrossFit gym located in Roswell.

Best Barre Instructor
Katie Otto
As the lead teacher at Pure Barre Virginia Highlands, Katie Otto guides her class members to discover their inner strength and confidence while getting fit. Katie has also toured America and China as a hip hop dancer and loves sharing her dance passion with Atlanta.

004-StabilityBest Barre Studio
SVELTE challenges clients with isometric holds, low impact movements and a vigorous pace at the barre. This Brookhaven studio offers five different class styles as well as a free community barre class once per month.

"SVELTE is the best barre studio in Atlanta! Great location, very reasonable prices, many class options and excellent instructors." – Becky B.

Best Indoor Cycling Studio
Flywheel Sports
This nationwide cycling studio has three locations in Atlanta: Buckhead, Midtown and a newly opened studio in Alpharetta. Their combination of challenging rides and upper body weight training – not to mention the motivating leader board and upbeat music – will have you fit and fly in no time.

"My second home." – Cindy L.

Best Indoor Cycling Instructor
Dani Pallo
Dani Pallo, a cycling instructor at Flywheel's Buckhead location, has had her cycling certification since 2010. She holds an industrial engineering degree from Georgia Tech and also enjoys practicing yoga.

005-YogaBest Yoga Studio
Stillness Yoga and Meditation Center
Founded by Stephanie Clement, a yoga and meditation teacher as well as a certified yoga therapist, this Marietta studio offers yoga at all levels, Grounded Kids & Tweens classes, meditation and QiGong.

"Stillness is a nurturing yoga atmosphere at all times, and it is a privilege to be able to practice there." – Gail L.

Best Yoga Instructor
Astrid Santana
Astrid teaches at studios across the Atlanta area, in private sessions, on international retreats and on outdoor adventure retreats. Her next yoga and hiking retreat takes students to Montana's Glacier National Park in August 2015.,

"You are one of the best, Astrid. Thanks for being a good yoga teacher on and off the mat." – Carrie V.

Best Pilates Studio
Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy
Specializing in Pilates and physical therapy, this studio employs fully licensed therapists, massage therapists and, of course, Pilates-trained instructors. Stability also offers private sessions and Pilates workouts on the mat, the Reformer and on the Stability Chair.

Best Pilates Instructor
Michelle Wade
As a Pilates devotee since college, Michelle loves the practice and completed her certification for mat Pilates in 2009. Catch her classes at Atlanta Hot Yoga, Total Fitness Revolution, Ember Yoga and Decatur Yoga and Pilates. She also offers private lessons.

006-ZumbaBest Zumba
Dance Stop Studios
While they offer classes in jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop, creative movement and more, it's the Zumba at Dance Stop Studios that really gets the party started. Plus, you can pay for classes on an individual basis or pre-pay for a class card with no expiration date, making it easy to maximize your moves.

"Super fun fitness classes with talented teachers. Very reasonable class fees, given the amount of caring and friendliness included as a bonus!" – Susan H.

Best Zumba Instructor
Kandice Shelton
After corporate life resulted in her weight rising to above 200 pounds, Kandice knew she wanted to change some things. She lost over 60 pounds and discovered a passion for teaching fitness. Today she is the founder of Zenergy Fitness, which offers a variety of fitness programs, including Zumba, Aqua Zumba and Zumbatomic fitness parties for kids.

"She is amazing! Her Zumba classes are a great workout." – Cozena S.

007-DBBest Group Fitness Class
Rowbot Fitness
Get a full-body workout by boating – out of the water! This unique fitness studio specializes in indoor rowing, educates you on technique and customizes the resistance for any fitness level.

Best Group Fitness Instructor
Charles Anderson
Owner Charles Anderson teaches multiple indoor rowing classes each day at Rowbot Fitness. Most recently, he and fellow rower Stephen Ebbett rowed one million meters to raise money for Open Hand Atlanta and Kidney Research UK.

008-DanceBest Dance Instructor
Desiree Nathanson
This certified group exercise instructor strives to make fitness fun for her clients by sharing her passion for health, fitness and dance. Catch her cardio dance, jazz and 80s-inspired dance classes at Dance 101.

Best Dance Studio
Dance Tonight Atlanta
Learn ballroom dance at this studio, where world champions Rex and Rachel Jones offer private and group lessons.

"Great dance floor, instructors, parties and dance lessons!" – Rita C.


Best Martial Arts/Boxing Gym
Buckhead Jiu-Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a martial art that gained popularity in America in the 90s, is effective for self-defense and fitness. This studio, led by second degree black belt Sam Joseph, teaches the technique to women and men of all ages and also offers a Fitin45 interval training

Best Running/Walking Gear
Big Peach Running Co.
With seven locations around Atlanta, Big Peach Running Co. is dedicated to supporting Atlantans in their active lifestyles. In addition to offering a range of footwear and apparel, the store's "We Have It or We'll Get It" policy means they'll help you access any running or walking gear you need.

009-ClimbBest Running Club or Group
West Stride
Offering group runs on Saturdays, Wednesdays and special events throughout the month, this store's active running groups make it easy to start a running routine. This month alone, they'll be running the Hope for Orphans race, the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside 10K and a Holiday Red Brick Run.

"I would not be running without their knowledge and support." – Kathy G.

Best Hiking Club or Group
Atlanta Outdoor Club
Established in 2000, Atlanta Outdoor Club caters to active Atlantans 21 and up. Their hikes take them everywhere from urban Atlanta to Jekyll Island.

Best Outdoor Gear
High Country Outfitters
Gear up for your next hike, camping trip or river excursion at High Country Outfitters in Buckhead and East Cobb. And this team doesn't just talk the talk – they also host adventure trips and the annual Stand Up for the Hooch SUP race.

010-BIKEBest Cycling Shop
Atlanta Cycling
With two locations in Atlanta, Atlanta Cycling offers professional bike fittings, informed advice about cycling brands, repair and coaching services, as well as an online directory of local cycling events and groups.

Best Tennis Store

Your Serve Tennis
All of Your Serve's eight Atlanta locations provide full-service racquet maintenance and the opportunity to test a racquet at home before you purchase.

Best Rock Climbing Wall
Atlanta Rocks!
Tackle more than 12,000 square feet of climbing space at Atlanta Rocks!, where friendly and experienced staff can teach you everything from basic climbing technique and safety to the skills needed for lead climbing.

"Everyone is friendly and welcoming, so you don't have to be afraid to dive right into something new! The climbing is great and challenging." – Amy F.

Best Swim Instructor
Katy Jo Schroer
Teaching swimming to kids six months to 12 years, Katy Jo uses a gentle, playful method to help children feel confident in the water.

011-SeniorFitnessBest Kids' Fitness
Cardio Kool Kids
Founded by Amy Head, a certified group fitness instructor who holds a master's degree in social work, Cardio Kool Kids helps kids achieve overall health through kickboxing, dance and nutrition journaling. The organization commonly works with PTA and after-school programs.

"Hands down THE BEST!" – Schyler S.

Best Seniors' Fitness
ATL Silver Classix Crew
This dynamic group of dancers age 50 and up formed in 2010, proving that the spirit of dance is ageless. They keep their bodies healthy and minds sharp by performing for Atlanta's sports teams, at city festivals and more. Their director, Leslie Alison, leads their weekly practices at Dance 101.

"An amazing group of people with a super talented leader! The crew is fun and dynamic – so much fun to watch!" – Missy B.

Best Weight Loss Program
Atlanta Endocrine Associates
Losing weight while staying healthy can feel like a delicate balancing act. Medical supervision during the weight loss process, like the kind provided by Dr. Scott Isaacs at Atlanta Endocrine Associates, can help you focus on appropriate weight loss foods and long-term weight maintenance.

"Dr. Isaacs is very caring and truly tries to help everyone reach their maximum health goals." – Karen L.


012-OpenHandThese fan faves also received lots of votes:

Best Personal Trainer – Joey Martin from Adrenaline Group Xercise
Best Barre Instructor – Jamie Roney from Pure Barre Druid Hills
Best Barre Instructor – Katie Schrier from Barre3
Best Indoor Cycling Instructor – Jeremy Levison from Flywheel Sports
Best Zumba Instructor – Omega Bickham from Dance Stop Studios
Best Cycling Shop – Peachtree Bikes





 Best Volunteer Opportunity
Project Open Hand
Sickness, old age or disability can make it difficult for people to purchase and cook healthy meals. Project Open Hand helps by delivering free, nutritious meals to community members. Volunteers are regularly used to pack meals, deliver meals and support the team at special events.

013-LifeCoachBest Life Coach
Dr. Jacquie Damgaard
With 18 years' experience helping executives and professionals live meaningful lives, Dr. Damgaard now serves as the executive director of ExecuCare, helping clients work through addiction.

"She is skilled, talented, empathetic and compassionate as a practitioner and as a person. Jacquie is the real deal. Her track record speaks for itself." – Mitch A.

Best Career Counselor
Nancy Gerber
Serving Atlanta since 1992, Nancy is an active member of the International Coach Federation. Through her coaching at Stepping Stones, she aims to help her clients balance personal and professional life, develop business skills, strengthen business relationships and deal with career transitions.

Best Financial Counselor
Laura Schilling
Laura is a Certified Financial Planner and the president and owner of Financial Innovations. She offers her clients legal, accounting and financial planning expertise while prioritizing their emotional goals for their finances too.

014-HypnoBest Hypnotherapist
Becky Shanks
Through her practice, Presents of Mind, Becky offers private sessions and monthly group hypnosis. She has helped clients overcome insomnia, food compulsions and smoking while adding more joy and abundance to their lives.

"Becky is an amazing person with the ability to bring out the positive attitude each of us needs. She is a true talent!" – Jill K.

015-DOGBest Doggie Day Care
Puppy Haven
This Brookhaven day care offers many pet perks: unleashed play, professional grooming, healthy food and 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor room to romp. Their website even includes webcam streams so you can check on your pup during the day.

"Hands down the best doggie day care and boarding in Atlanta. We feel like our pup is safe, having fun and loved as much as he is at home." – Allison W.

016-CityDOGBest Pet Store
City Dog Market
From its Brookhaven store, City Dog Market offers natural food, wholesome treats, earth-friendly toys and bathing stations to freshen up your four-legged babies.

Best Dog Park
Brook Run Dog Park
Located in the Liane Levetan Park at Brook Run in Dunwoody, this dog park is nearly four acres large and completely fenced in. It includes walking trails, sitting areas and plenty of mature shade trees.

Best Groomer
Uptown Pups
Launched by owner Michelle Bielen, this Vinings store caters to the unique needs of city and suburban dogs. Their grooming options include deluxe baths, mini grooms, full grooms and simple nail trims.

Best Local Vet
Apex Animal Hospital
This Austell practice opened in March, focusing on client education and communication, preventative care and diagnostics and treatment when needed. They can address health needs from your pet's first visit all the way to their geriatric care.

Best Charity Running Event
Shamrock 'n Roll Road Race
This race, put on by the Junior League of Atlanta, ran for the 10th year in a row this March. The event offers 1K, 5K and 10K options and raises funds for JLA, which invests in causes such as early childhood education and preventing sexual exploitation of Atlanta's children.

017-BodyPaintBest Charity Ball/Gala
Body Art Ball
Living Art America's annual event showcases art on living canvases: bodies. Artists paint their masterpieces on models, and the event supports The Chelko Foundation, which aims to empower women through art.

"Excellently organized and entertaining. One of the best events I've been to in quite a while." – Kiki A.

Best Local Festival
Grant Park Summer Shade Festival
The Grant Park Summer Shade Festival was held for the 12th year this August. With a kids zone, live music, an artist market gallery and even a 5K, the weekend offers something for everyone.

018-WineBest Local Vineyard
Wolf Mountain Vineyards & Winery
Established in 1999, this Dahlonega vineyard now produces more than 5,000 cases of Georgia wine annually. It is open for tastings, tours, gourmet dining and even weddings in the vineyard.

Best Cooking Classes
The Cook's Warehouse
With locations across Atlanta, The Cook's Warehouse offers classes on everything from cooking fundamentals to seasonal specialties. Classes may be one-time, in a series, or even taught by visiting celebrity chefs.

Best In-Town Getaways
St. Regis Atlanta
This luxury Buckhead hotel offers a range of plush rooms and sprawling suites, spa treatments, afternoon tea and holiday-themed events. Combine that with the on-location fine dining, and a weekend here may be your new favorite staycation.

Best Bookstore
Little Shop of Stories
Located in Decatur's historic square, this independent bookstore hosts weekly storytimes, book-themed summer camps such as Camp Hogwarts and Magic Tree House Camp, and even staff-led book groups for all ages.

Best Music Venue
The Tabernacle
This unique venue, which was originally a Baptist church and a nursing school in the early 1900s, will host Common, Weezer, Billy Idol and more in the coming months.

019-ParkBest School for Adult Learners
International School of Skin, Nailcare & Massage Therapy
This school focuses on turning its students into successful esthetics, nail care and massage therapy professionals.

Best Park
Piedmont Park
A quintessential Atlanta location, this park hosts many festivals, fitness events and even a farmers market each year. Its facilities include sports fields, bocce courts, fenced dog parks for small and large dogs, playgrounds and areas to swim, bike and jog.


020-ColoristThese fan faves also received lots of votes:
Best Volunteer Opportunity – Junior League of Atlanta




021-StylistBest Hair Colorist
Meredith Van Sickle
Meredith Van Sickle hails from Indianapolis, where she studied under D.J. Freed, an Aveda Global Color Master. She eventually became a color educator for the Aveda Institute Atlanta, and she is now a colorist at the Milton location of Joseph & Friends Lifestyle Salon & Spa.

Best Hair Stylist
Breana Carlyn
Breana studied at the Aveda Institute of Cosmetology, and during her time there, she won first place in Aveda's annual hair stylist competition. She now styles hair at Buckhead's Carter Barnes Hair Artisans.

"Breana is the best!" – April B.

Best Hair Salon
Aura Hair & Makeup
This salon in Historic Roswell offers each client a style consultation (complete with complimentary wine or other beverage), a scalp massage, aromatherapy and access to their Aura Color Bar of more than 500 hair colors.

"I have commuted to Aura Hair & Makeup from Midtown Atlanta for two years, and it has been worth every mile!" – Brittany M.

Best Hair Salon for Blowouts
GlowDry, which celebrated its first anniversary in Buckhead in September, specializes in blowouts, which include a wash, dry and style. Clients can add on a scalp massage or conditioning hair treatment for a visit that's both relaxing and hair-healthy.

"Love their blowouts!" – Shantel K.

Best Waxing
European Wax Center
At their locations in North Druid Hills, Brookhaven and Kennesaw, European Wax Center offers waxing for men and women from eyebrows to toes.

022-EyebrowsBest Sugaring
Defined Sugaring Studio
Using a mixture of sugar, water and lemon juice, Defined Sugaring Studio and founder Marlonda Currie serve clients of all ages, skin types and hair textures in their Buckhead studio.

"Wonderful experience; can't wait to go back!" – Cindy H.


Best Eyebrows
Lindsey Morrissey
As the lead makeup artist with Aura Hair & Makeup, Lindsey also specializes in brows and loves using her signature techniques to enhance her clients' facial features.

Best Eyelash Extensions
Sweet and Lashful
Owner Nancy Shim, a medical aesthetician, offers eyelash tinting, eyelash perms and semi-permanent eyelash extensions, as well as other services, such as permanent makeup and brow shaping.

"I had chemotherapy last year and lost all my hair, brows and eyelashes. When my eyelashes started to grow back, I went to Nancy to get extensions...they were so beautiful and masterfully done. They made me feel pretty again and gave me my confidence back." – Miaka P.

Best Men's Grooming
Mary Todd Hairdressing Company
Catering to both men and women, this studio near Old Fourth Ward goes above and beyond for the gentlemen with beard and neck trims, hot lather shaves and a custom line of shampoo, pomades and beard oils.

Best Laser Hair Removal
A New You Skin & Body Clinic
Using the LightSheer Diode Laser System at their Woodstock location, this practice's clinicians can remove hair from many parts of the body. They apply a numbing cream for clients' maximum comfort during the efficient procedure.

Best Facial
Sally B's Skin Yummies
Earlier this year, Sally B's Skin Yummies expanded beyond skin-friendly product sales and branched into organic facials. Administered by Carrie Johnson, the available treatments are B Clear, B Calmed, B Youthful, B Polished and B Transformed.

"Carrie Johnson is a phenomenal esthetician. She makes my skin looks fabulous!" – Kala E.

023-LipoBest Plastic Surgeon for Breasts
Dr. Ruth Celestin
After earning a medical degree and completing a residency program in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Celestin now practices with Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. She also serves in the United States Air Force Reserve Medical Corps as a flight surgeon, and she is fluent in French and Creole.

Best Plastic Surgeon for Liposuction
Dr. Brian Maloney
Dr. Maloney's command of facial liposuction, along with services like facelifts, ThermiRF and rhinoplasties, helps his clients enjoy a younger, refreshed appearance. This board-certified surgeon practices at the Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery.

"Great doctor and love the friendly, helpful staff!" – Pat B.

Best Plastic Surgeon for Face
Dr. Mike Majmundar
At the helm of Northside Plastic Surgery, Dr. Majmundar focuses exclusively on plastic surgery for the face, head and neck. His signature procedures are natural-looking facelifts, brow lifts and even rhinoplasties with no scar. This fall, Dr. Majmundar launched a nonprofit organization called Second Chance Surgeries, Inc. to provide his plastic surgery services to children born with cleft lips or palates.,

"Fantastic surgeon who is also involved in impressive charity work!" – Niraj D.

Best Plastic Surgeon for Tummy
Dr. Stanley Okoro
Dr. Okoro is board certified and completed his surgical training at Emory University. Dr. Okoro now practices at Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and served as the executive director for Imo Medical Mission from 2005 to 2013. He still participates in medical and surgical missions to underdeveloped countries twice per year.

024-HairBest Hair Restoration
Anderson Hair Sciences Center
Led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Ken Anderson, this practice specializes in hair restoration surgery. Dr. Anderson uses the ARTAS Robotic System to perform the Follicular Unit Extraction method of hair restoration, which leaves no noticeable scar.

"Why would you go to anyone else? He is the best!" – Cindy F.

Best Permanent Cosmetics
Donna Stephenson-Shepard
At A New You Skin & Body Clinic, Donna provides a variety of spa services, from facials to peels. She is also the practice's specialist in permanent cosmetics and is board certified in the practice.

"Donna is fantastic; I have been going to her for many years!" – Judith K.

Best Makeup Artist
Leslie Crowell
For an everyday look or makeup for a special occasion, Leslie at Three-13 Salon, Spa & Boutique can help. She can even pass along her expertise in an instructional session, guiding you through the best foundation, powder, colors and application techniques for you.

"Leslie is a fabulous makeup artist!" – Joyce S.

025-EstheticianBest Esthetician
Cherece Law-Taylor
The owner of Pure Aesthetics & Skin Care, Cherece is a licensed clinical esthetician with 20 years' experience in the field. She opened her practice in 2010 and offers facials, microdermabrasion, peels and more.

"I've been there many times for facials with Cherece, and I've always been 100 percent
satisfied!" – Themis B.


Best Local Skin Care Products
B'Tyli Natural Skin Therapies
B'Tyli products are manufactured in Lawrenceville and prioritize organic ingredients. President Lisa Washington and her creative marketing director Kristina Millsaps live in the Atlanta area and are dedicated to sustainable beauty.

"I love this skin care line! Amazing products! I cannot live without them." – Keegan L.

Best Chemical Peel
Dermatology Center of Atlanta
The Advanced SkinCare Center, a division of Dermatology Center of Atlanta, assesses each client's individual needs in order to select the most effective chemical peel.

Best Microdermabrasion
Julian's Cosmetics + Skincare
Led by makeup artist Julian Reynolds, Julian's Cosmetics + Skincare is located in Town Brookhaven. They offer a standard microdermabrasion facial as well as an express version and microderm treatments for the hands, decollete and back.

"Julian has been making me absolutely beautiful for the past seven years now. Julian, you're the best!" – Doreen E.

Best Manicure/Pedicure
Hammond Nails & Spa
Going above and beyond the standard mani/pedi options, this Roswell spa offers deluxe versions, gel mani/pedis and even sports pedicures.

Best Body Wrap
Spa Waverly by Village Health
Spa Waverly's 50-minute body wrap uses mineral-rich mud to hydrate and firm clients' skin while relaxing the muscles. The mud is removed with warm steam towels and can be combined with a massage.

Best Sunless Tan
Spray Studio
When you want a summer glow but don't want to take the risks of sun exposure or chemical-laden spray tans, Spray Studio is the place to be. Their water- and aloe-based tanning solution is free of parabens, synthetic preservatives, alcohols and more.

"I have been going to Alicia for years. She is the best, and her studio is impeccable." – Jenny B.

Best Overall Spa
Pure Aesthetics & Skin Care
At this spa, which opened in 2010 and moved to Dunwoody this year, Cherece Law-Taylor and co-owner Amy Anderson offer skin treatments that target aging, skin discoloration, acne, scarring and more.

"This place is pure heaven! They take such great care of you. You feel like you are a part of the family by the time you leave." – Michelle W.

026-DrGreyBest Botox and Filler Injections
Dr. Leslie Gray
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Gray founded Dermatology Center of Atlanta in 2000. Her medical expertise and artistic eye inspire her passion for natural-looking results in each client.

"Dr. Gray is amazing. She is fabulous at what she does and is a lovely person." – Michele M.

027-PersonalStylistBest Personal Stylist
Kam Throckmorton
When you need an update, Kam can help edit your existing closet, become your personal shopper or simply help you find the perfect outfit for an event. She styles clients from their teens to late 60s and can help any body type look their best.

"Glam Kam is where it's at!" – Lauren G.

Best Custom Bra Fit
Livi Rae Lingerie
Between tight straps, ill-fitting cups and uncomfortable underwires, many women have trouble finding a good bra fit. Cynthia Decker and Molly Hopkins from Livi Rae Lingerie demystify the process for women of all bust sizes at their Kennesaw store and through their virtual fit process.

028-BraFit"Molly and Cynthia have given the Atlanta area a gem for women in need of a beautiful and perfectly fit bra. I love them, and you will too!" – Mary W.



These fan faves also received lots of votes:
Best Eyebrows – Alyson Hoag from Authentic Beauty
Best Dermatology Practice – Dermatology Center of Atlanta




Best Primary Care Doctor
Dr. Nan Monahan
Dr. Monahan received her medical degree from University of Alabama School of Medicine, completed her residency at Emory and has been in the Piedmont network since 1997. She is board certified in internal medicine and practices at Buckhead Internal Medicine.

"Dr. Monahan has been there for me during the tough times. Great doctor, great person!" – Kelly W.

Best Chiropractic Care
Absolute Health Chiropractic
Led by Dr. Catherine Franklin, this practice is located just outside the perimeter toward Sandy Springs and sees patients from infancy to their 90s. Dr. Cathy takes a holistic approach to health care that includes chiropractic, massage therapy, exercise and nutrition.

029-IntMed"Dr. Cathy is an amazing chiropractor and the best I have ever gone to. She loves her patients and truly cares about their physical, mental and spiritual health. She changed my life!" – Karin S.

Best Colon Cleansing
Clear Path Wellness Center
This Sandy Springs practice focuses on detoxification, relaxation and rejuvenation. Their services include colon hydrotherapy, nutritional consulting, ionic cleansing foot baths, reflexology and massage therapy.

"I love the staff and the peaceful environment there. Everyone is very knowledgeable, personable and professional." – Justin H.

Best Integrative Medical Doctor
Dr. Tasneem Bhatia
An expert in integrative health, Dr. Bhatia is a certified nutritionist, acupuncturist and board-certified physician. She has appeared on CNN, "The Dr. Oz Show" and more, and her most recent book, "The 21-Day Belly Fix," was published this fall.

Best Integrative Medical Facility
Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine
Combining conventional and alternative ethods, this Brookhaven practice addresses a health topics such as cardiovascular health, fertility planning, gastroenterology and weight management.


Best Physical Therapy Center
Venture Physical Therapy & Hand Therapy
With locations in Marietta and Powder Springs, this physical therapy center has been serving patients for more than 25 years. Each patient gets a free one-on-one consultation, and the practitioners address everything from back pain management to stroke rehab.

030-NaturopathicBest Eye Doctor
Dr. Niraj Desai
Dr. Desai is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery, LASIK and corneal transplants. He has served on a surgical volunteer team in Vellore, India and practices at Milan Eye Center.

Best Naturopathic Care
Natural Health Solutions
This practice uses homeopathy, nutritional support and other lifestyle changes to improve clients' overall wellness. Debra MacIntyre is the founder and a board-certified naturopath, and Dr. JaNeen Ridgeway lends her chiropractic services to the practice.

Best Cosmetic Dentistry Practice
Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Prioritizing customer service and the latest cosmetic dental technology, this practice is led by Dr. Debra Gray King and serves all of Atlanta, including celebrities like Bravo's Nene Leakes.

Best Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Debra Gray King
Dr. King has achieved Fellowship status with American Society of Dental Aesthetics and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is one of only four dentists in the world and the only woman to have achieved Fellowship status with both organizations. She practices at the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry.

Best Pediatric Dentistry
Brookhaven Children's Dentistry
At this facility, which includes a movie theater and arcade room, Dr. Judy Christianson focuses on establishing good oral health habits in children and teens. Dr. Christianson is board certified and has practiced in Atlanta for more than 11 years.

Best Dermatology Practice
Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa
Led by Dr. Alan Gardner, this practice treats skin conditions like acne, age spots, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and skin cancer. They also offer medical spa services such as injectables, CoolSculpting and other non-invasive fat removal options, laser rejuvenation, Ultherapy and more.

"Love this practice. My skin never looked better." – Kera M.

032-OBGYNBest ENT Practice
ENT Institute
Sixteen locations of this practice treat allergies, ear infections, reflux, sinus infections, sleep disorders and more. Dr. Jeffrey Gallups, who founded the ENT Institute, also shares his expertise weekly on the radio show Doc Talk.

"A place that treats you like family!" – Lynette H.

Best Urologist
Dr. Martha Boone
Dr. Boone sees patients ages 15 and up for a variety of urological issues. She has a special interest in preventing kidney stones, addressing urinary incontinence and dealing with elevated PSA levels in men.

Best Hormone Doctor
Dr. Scott Isaacs
As a board-certified endocrinologist, Dr. Isaacs has been practicing in Atlanta since 1998. He is Atlanta Endocrine Associates' medical director and a faculty member at Emoroy University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sharon Smith
Dr. Smith is a general obstetrician and gynecologist with Kaiser Permanente. She prioritizes prenatal care and supporting women in their own self-care.

"Very pleasant and personable. I recommend her
to anyone!" – Latrece R.


Best Orthopedist
Dr. Angelo DiFelice
Specializing in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee, as well as sports medicine, Dr. DiFelice practices at Resurgens Orthopaedics. He currently has hospital affiliations with North Fulton, Emory Johns Creek and Northside.

031-VeinTreatmentBest Vein Treatment
Owned by Dr. Louis Prevosti, this practice treats spider veins, varicose veins, restless leg syndrome, deep vein thrombosis and more.

"By far the best vein treatment ever!" – Janae H.

033-PodiatristBest Podiatrist
Dr. Stephanie Michael
Dr. Michael specializes in diabetic foot care and wound care, bunions, hammer toes, ingrown toenails and heel pain. She has been in private surgical practice for almost 10 years and is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

"Absolutely the best! Passionate abouthelping people, great bedside manner and funny, too!" – Ania S.

Best Foot Massage
Village Health Wellness Spa
This Smyrna spa's massage menu includes Swedish full body, deep tissue, sports, hot stone, lymphatic, prenatal and shiatsu options as well as, of course, a reflexology massage addressing pressure points on the feet.

034-MassageBest Massage Therapist
Jo Ann Taylor
The former co-owner of Gallery Spa of Historic Roswell, Jo Ann Taylor has been practicing massage for more than 10 years. She offers Swedish, prenatal, myofascial and reflexology massages, as well as hot stone and dry brushing add-on options.

Best Cancer Treatment Support
Cancer Support Community Atlanta
All of CSC's programs are led by licensed therapists. They offer weekly support groups, networking groups, educational meetings, nutrition discussions and help with stress reduction.

035-CancerTreatment"This is an awesome nonprofit for any and all cancer patients, survivors and caregivers. The support is wonderful, and they have many beneficial programs for us." – Yvette M.

Best Home Care Provider
CaraVita Home Care
CaraVita's professional team can develop a custom plan that fits your needs, from around-the-clock care to basic training for family members about senior care practices. CaraVita can also offer specialized dementia care through their Friends for Life program and help with geriatric care management.

"This a fantastic company. They treat caregivers and clients so well. Very trustworthy." – Lisa P.


Best Urgent Care Facility
MedPost Urgent Care
This urgent care chain offers walk-in care with no appointment necessary at their eight Atlanta locations. They are open evening and weekend hours and can provide referral options and coordinate specialty care when needed.

"Love the Crabapple location!" – Vivan P.


These fan faves also received lots of votes:
Best Cancer Treatment Support – Emory Winship Cancer Institute





Best Farmers Market
Alpharetta Farmers Market
Located in downtown Alpharetta, this free market offers a wide selection of produce, meats, fresh flowers and herbs, and all sorts of edible home goods like breads and homemade sauces.

"A fine group of vendors and patrons and very good management."– Edwin H.

Best Local Community Garden
Truly Living Well
Truly Living Well is a leader in urban agriculture. From their garden locations in East Point and downtown, they run a CSA program, summer camps for kids and urban grower training for anyone interested.

036-FoodTruckBest Farm-to-Table Delivery
Garnish & Gather
Since 2012, they've been bringing ingredients from Georgia farms right to your doorstep. You can order ready-to-make meals with recipes included from Atlanta's best chefs, or pick out your own gourmet groceries from local farms.

Best Food Truck
W.O.W! Food Truck
You can track down W.O.W.'s savory stuffed corn cakes at locations across Atlanta, as well as in Decatur and Alpharetta. Menu items are made fresh from scratch every day and include stone ground cheese grits, brisket and even a veggie burger.

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Atlanta Fish Market
Buckhead's Atlanta Fish Market is known for its signature cocktails, great service and, of course, fresh and delicious seafood. Especially noteworthy is the restaurant's kids menu, which offers young palates salads, seafood and sushi.

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant
Nancy G's Cafe & Neighborhood Bistro
Nancy G's serves up contemporary Southern fusion cuisine in a laid-back atmosphere. Their doggie dining menu comes complete with grilled chicken, bacon, "pup cakes" and even a "Tailwagger"mojito.

"A great place! Intimate dinner, lunch or party!" – Sam R.

037-RestaurantBest New Restaurant
Varuni Napoli
Authentic Neopolitan pizza has arrived in Atlanta by way of Varuni Napoli, thanks to chef Luca Varuni and architect Giancarlo Pirrone. All the authentic ingredients are imported, from the cold-pressed olive oil to the Italian olives.

"The best people and the best pizza, hands down. Luca treats his people like family." – Joe W.

Best Health Food Store
Whole Foods Market
The popular grocery chain carries organic groceries and offers delicious salad and hot food bars. Whole Foods has eight Atlanta locations, including a new Alpharetta branch.

038-Gluten-FreeBest Gluten-Free Menu
True Food Kitchen
From its new location at Lenox Mall, True Food Kitchen serves food to minimize inflammation in the body and promote healthy living. The menu is loaded with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

039-BlogBest Vegetarian Options
The Loving Hut Sandy Springs
The Sandy Springs location of this restaurant chain serves vegan items like spring rolls, zucchini pasta, stir fry, vegan mac and cheese and more.

Best Healthy To-Go
Good Measure Meals
This service delivers portion- and calorie-controlled meals to help you meet your weight loss goals. The meals are always fresh, and the proceeds benefit the nonprofit Project Open Hand.

"Good Measure Meals helps me maintain a healthy lifestyle. I'm so busy throughout the day, I love that I don't have to think about what I'm going to eat." – Harmony B.

Best Juice Bar
Dtox Juice
Dtox offers juices, milks, elixirs, teas and lattes. For the true juice-lovers, Dtox also offers three-day organic juice cleanses. In addition to their juices, they also have entrees like salads, soup and oatmeal.

Best Local Food Blog
He and She Eat Clean
Tiffany, Whitney and their dedicated husbands started He and She Eat Clean in 2011 to share clean eatings and lifestyle tips. Now the site includes recipes, workouts, lifestyle tips and more.


These fan faves also received lots of votes:
Best Health Food Store – Trader Joe's



Friday, 24 October 2014 18:56

Atlanta Gastro

A drooping brow and furrowed forehead lines are some undesirable, yet common, signs of aging. Those looking to get a fresher appearance by repositioning sagging eyebrows and removing forehead wrinkles may choose to undergo an endoscopic forehead lift or brow lift, a plastic surgery procedure that corrects expression lines and signs of aging in ways that otherwise cannot be controlled.

Endoscopic brow lifts are performed by making a series of small "keyhole" incisions behind the hairline. Then, the doctor inserts a specialized surgical telescope called an endoscope in order to see the forehead anatomy up close. The doctor incises small muscles in the forehead that cause furrows and re-drapes the tissue to fully remove wrinkles and drooping brows for an overall more youthful look.

The recovery period for an endoscopic brow lift is relatively quick. Your stitches will be removed in about two weeks, and the incision points typically heal very well. Serious problems from endoscopic brow lifts are rare, with the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reporting that less than one percent of patients experience complications. There are some common side effects after the procedure, such as forehead discomfort (which can be treated with medication), swelling (managed with head elevation) and numbness. However, these effects generally do not last more than a week, so you can be back on your feet in no time.


Q & A with Dr. Sinha

What are the benefits to getting an endoscopic brow lift?

Endoscopic surgery produces successful results without creating full-sized incisions, which helps minimize scarring and preserve the hairline.

BEFOREHow do you help a patient decide whether or not to have the procedure?

Like all cosmetic surgeries, the decision to proceed with a brow lift takes careful consideration. I offer a thorough consultation to provide patients with individualized procedure recommendations. I will take into account your personal medical history, use computer images to pinpoint your desired outlook and discuss financial assistance.

AFTERUnder what conditions is the surgery performed?

A patient can choose to undergo a brow lift/forehead lift under local or general anesthesia. Either way, I perform the surgery in an accredited and licensed ambulatory surgery center next to my Atlanta office.


Dr. Sinha is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon specializing in cosmetic and functional surgery of the head and neck. He has successfully treated thousands of patients and is highly regarded and well respected by his peers in the medical community.


The American Cancer Society says that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The stage at which breast cancer is detected influences a woman's chance of survival. If detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.1

3D mammography is an advanced, clinically proven screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection.

With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of the breast in one image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of an abnormal area, or hide a small cancer.

During the 3D mammogram, the X-ray arm sweeps over the breast taking multiple low dose images. Then, a computer produces a 3D image in one millimeter slices, decreasing tissue overlap. With the new C-View™ software, the 3D data is used to create the 2D images, eliminating the need for an additional X-ray exposure.

Researchers are finding that Hologic breast tomosynthesis combined with 2D mammography provides:

  • Greater than 25 percent improvement in overall cancer detection rates, finding 40 percent more invasive cancers than conventional 2D mammography alone.3-5
  • Better visualization of masses, distortions and asymmetric densities.6
  • Significant reduction in recall rates by up to 40 percent. 5,7
  • Lower dose and faster 3D mammography through C-View™ software, which uses 3D data to create 2D images, eliminating the 2D X-ray exposure and shorting the exam scan time.



What should I expect during the 3D mammography screening exam?

3D mammography is performed at the same time as the 2D mammogram with the same system. There is no additional compression required and the exam time may be just about the same or shorter than a 2D exam.

Is there more radiation dose?

With the lower dose 3D mammography, very low X-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same as a standard 2D digital mammogram, and lower than a traditional film mammogram.

Who can have a 3D mammogram exam?

It is approved for all women who would be undergoing a standard mammogram, in both the screening and diagnostic settings.

MammogramWhat is the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram?

A screening mammogram is your annual mammogram that is done every year. Sometimes the radiologist may ask you to come back for follow-up images, called a diagnostic mammogram, to rule out an unclear area in the breast or if there is a breast complaint that needs to be evaluated. Diagnostic mammogram focuses on the area of abnormality or the area of complaint. It is important to have the original images available if you go to a different facility for your follow-up exam.
Please call Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center at (404) 252-3430 to schedule your lower dose 3D mammogram.



1 Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011, American Cancer Society. 2 Rafferty E, Park J, Philpotts L, et al. "Assessing Radiologist Performance Using Combined Digital Mammography and Breast Tomosynthesis Compared with Digital Mammography Alone: Results of a Multicenter, Multireader Trial." Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):104-13. Epub 2012 Nov 20. 3 Skaane P, Bandos A, Gullien R, et al. "Comparison of Digital Mammography Alone and Digital Mammography Plus Tomosynthesis in a Population-based Screening Program." Radiology. 2013 Apr; 267(1):47-56. Epub 2013 Jan 7. 4 Ciatto S, Houssami N, Bernardi D, et al. "Integration of 3D Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis for Population Breast-Cancer Screening (STORM): A Prospective Comparison Study" The Lancet Oncology. Epub 2013 Apr 25. 5 Rose S, Tidwell A, Bujnock L, et al. "Implementation of Breast Tomosynthesis in a Routine Screening Practice: An Observational Study." American Journal of Roentengenology. 2013 Jun; 200(6): 1401-1408. Epub 2013 May 22. 6 Zuley M, Bandos A, Ganott M, et al. "Digital Breast Tomosynthesis versus Supplemental Diagnostic Mammographic Views for Evaluation of Noncalcified Breast Lesions." Radiology. 2013 Jan; 266(1):89-95. Epub 2012 Nov 9. 7 Conant E, Gavenonis S, Weinstein S, et al. "Early Implementation of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Comparison of Call-back and Cancer Detection Rates in a Clinical Screening Practice." (paper presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, Il, November 2012).


Carolyn G. Dudley, MD
Diagnostic Radiology Ultrasound & Breast Center

Carolyn G. Dudley has over 30 years' experience in breast imaging. She attended Bryn Mawr College, Howard University and completed her Diagnostic Radiology residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. She is board certified by the American Board of Radiology and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Dudley was one of the pioneers in developing techniques to diagnose breast cancer utilizing MRI. Presently, she has a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia where she offers patients a wide range of outpatient diagnostic services in a convenient and patient-friendly environment. Her practice is the first non-hospital facility in Georgia to offer the latest advancement in mammography: 3D Mammography (breast tomosynthesis). In addition, Dr. Dudley provides 2D Digital Mammography, bone densitometry and ultrasound utilizing the most up-to-date technology available.



Q: What is the first thing you look for to recognize the wrong size?

A: The band of the bra is the sole of the fit, so that's the first thing we check. 85% of women are wearing a bra that is two bands too big and two cups too small. Since the band is the most important piece we always start there.

Q: How do you ensure that each of your customers get the perfect fitting bra?

A: Each of our bra fitters has an eye for the perfect fit. We allow our customers to try on different bra option during their fitting, giving them lots of styles to try on, and explaining to them why each style is important to their bra wardrobe. 85% of women are wearing the incorrect bra size; most are wearing two bands too big and two cups too small. We take the time during a fitting to provide an education about bra fit and breast health, answering the questions women always wondered but never thought to ask. We leave our clients with all of the knowledge that we have, understanding the fit, the importance of breast health, and why the bras they purchased are going to change the way they feel in their daily lives.

Q: Why do you think a correctly fitting bra is so important?

A: A proper fitting bra is so important for many reasons. The first and most important is general breast health. Outside of the health benefits, it also makes women look good and feel good in what they're wearing. It boosts self-esteem and makes them feel comfortable and confident in their own skin. As we always say, you change your bra, you change your life, and we truly believe in that.

Q: Do you think that an ill-fitting bra can lead to health issues?

A: Yes, an ill-fitting bra can definitely have a negative effect on you. When a bra does not fit correctly, women carry extra pressure in their shoulders, causing indentations, neck pain, and back pain and in the long term, the Dillinger's hump. If the wire rests on the breast tissue instead of flat against the rib cage, that pressure can also cause calcification of the cells within the breast tissue.

Q: How does the "Virtual Fit" on your website work?

A: Virtual Fit is a revolutionary process! We have created a way to bring our unique bra fitting technique to women all around the world from the comforts of their own home! We use Skype to reach women no matter where they are, and give them a personalized bra fitting experience. Following the fitting, our virtual fitters will walk their client through the online shopping process, helping them to navigate the site and show them what styles and products will work best for them. The fitters pass on their product knowledge and teach their clients what they need to know about bra fit and breast health, making sure they leave with some of what they want, and most of what they need.

Q: What can a woman do to extend the life of her bra?
A: There are a few things we suggest in order to keep those bras going! One of our first suggestions is to rotate through bras on a daily basis. We suggest wearing a bra every other day. Another way to extend the life of a bra is to use the right detergent. We suggest washing bras by hand or on a gentle cycle in cold water with a mild lingerie detergent. Always hang bras from the center or lay them flat to dry, never put them in the dryer or hang them by the strap.

Q: How many bras should the average woman have?
A: We suggest that each woman start their bra collection with four bras and build to seven within the span of a year. This is necessary to maintain a healthy bra wardrobe and extend the life of all of your bras.

Best-Self-Mag-Gift-Card-ButtonQ: What inspired you to start LiviRae Lingerie?
A: When we first got into the lingerie business, we worked for a company that catered to a specific type of women. Our hearts were hurting for the women we had to turn away because we didn't have product that suited their needs. We decided to create a place where we could carry bras for everybody with every body! With that, LiviRae Lingerie was created as a judgment free zone for women to come, find the products that they need and leave feeling beautiful, confident and of course lifted and gifted in their brand new bras! As our tag line states "No Bust Too Big Or Small, We Fit 'Em All" and we do just that!


LiviRae Lingerie's Double Divas

Founded by Molly Hopkins & Cynthia Decker in 2006, LiviRae Lingerie is a place where women of all shapes and sizes can shop for gorgeous lingerie in a judgment free zone. Their primary mission is to help women at any age, receive the proper education about bra fit. Carrying bra sizes from 28A – 50N, LiviRae Lingerie fits everybody with every body! Their tag line says it all, "No Bust Too Big or Small, We Fit 'Em All" ...and they do just that!

LiviRae Lingerie is located in Kennesaw, Georgia and provides a lingerie experience that helps women feel confident and comfortable through their entire shopping experience. LiviRae Lingerie specializes in bra fitting, custom lingerie, plus size bras and specialty products such as augmentation and mastectomy bras.

The ladies of LiviRae love what they do because of the difference that they are able to make in women's lives. "We believe we have a God given talent to bra fit women, and we love nothing more than to use that talent every day!"

– Molly & Cynthia


Gestational diabetes is a condition that affects eight percent of all pregnant women. There are generally no symptoms. Therefore, it is usually diagnosed as part of a screening test that measures your blood glucose levels. This test is performed on all pregnant women between 24 - 28 weeks.

For some women, this will be the first time they will be educated regarding this condition.

This is an important first step in their preventive health care planning because having gestational diabetes means an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes in their lifetime.

It is extremely important that you follow your doctor's advice regarding blood glucose level control while you are pregnant to ensure a healthy pregnancy and outcome for you and your baby.



Although the exact cause of gestational diabetes is unknown, it is believed that placental hormones, most notably Human Placental Lactogen, which peaks in mid pregnancy, creates a condition of insulin resistance, thereby making it hard for your body to produce and use the insulin it needs. When there is insufficient insulin, the blood glucose levels rise, and can cause problems with both mother and the unborn child.

The extra glucose crosses the placenta to the fetus, causing macrosomia (very large babies). This increases the risk of prolonged labor, C-sections, shoulder dystocia (an obstetrical emergency) and birth trauma. Metabolic problems that require close monitoring of the newborn are also more common. Additionally, the children born from mothers having gestational diabetes during pregnancy are also at risk for developing obesity and all of the medical conditions that accompany this condition.



The good news is that gestational diabetes can be easily diagnosed and treated, ensuring a healthy pregnancy and a wonderful outcome.

This is one of the reasons it is critically important that all women receive the proper preconception counseling as part of their women's wellness visit to see if they are at risk for gestational diabetes. Based on their history and that of their family, proper counseling can lead to prevention and early detection, which both play an important role in minimizing the impact on mother and child.

It is important to note that although recent public health guidelines suggest that Pap smears may only need to be performed every two years, they fail to convey the importance of continuing your yearly women's wellness visit. The yearly wellness check allows for your provider to screen for other conditions, do a thorough breast exam(breast cancer affects one out of seven women and early detection is key), a pelvic check for abnormal masses (a possible indicator of uterine or ovarian tumors), provide family planning advice and preconception counseling.

At Innovative, our mission is to empower women by informing, providing resources and support, thereby enabling them to make choices that will have a positive and lifelong impact on their health and that of their families and communities.

For more information on women's health issues and the women's health services we provide, please visit our website at www


Melinda Miller-Thrasher, MD, FACOG
Innovative Women's HealthCare Solutions (IWHCS)

Buckhead, Midtown, and Smyrna/Vinings

Melinda Miller Thrasher is a native of NYC and attended Cornell University, Mt. Sinai and NYU for her residency training. Her expertise includes fibroids and minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat fibroids. She is on staff at Emory University Hospital and Piedmont Hospital. Dr. Miller-Thrasher has been selected as one of Atlanta's Top Doctors each year since 2009 as listed in Atlanta Magazine, one of the Gynecologists You Love (Essence Magazine) and she is a Patients' Choice Award recipient. She is also a member of the WebMD medical review board. Her new book, "The Innovative Women's Guide To Managing Fibroids Without Hysterectomy" will be available in late 2014.



As time begins to change the face, tight necks and well defined jawlines are replaced with marionette lines, jowls and fullness in the neck. As this process unfolds, bright, youthful faces often become tired and grumpy looking. A facelift is the procedure that helps to lift the neck and cheek area restoring the youthful features back to the face. I typically see two groups of patients for facelifts. The first group often has a strong family history of double chins. These patients are usually in their late 30s to early 40s, and elect to have the lift so it is a more subtle change, but they get to enjoy it longer. The second group is usually in the 50-80+ year-old range. With these patients, the facial skin has relaxed significantly and the results are more dramatic.

The best way to understand the aging of the face is to think of the face as having several layers, similar to a cake. The aging process not only affects the outer skin layer, but the underlying fat, muscle and bone layers. Every face is unique to start with, and ages differently. Therefore, every facelift should be customized to help restore that individual's natural look.

Over the years, different types of facelifts evolved to address different features of the aging face. Some practitioners muddy the water for patients by creating cute marketing names for their procedure. Often, the more aggressive lifts lead to an unnatural, pulled look. As an educator, I explain to patients why their face is aging and propose appropriate options to help them achieve a natural look.

Because loss of volume is also a factor in making the face look hollow and older, the facelift procedure is commonly combined with fat transfer to help restore the youthful contours to the face. Patients should make certain that a facelift procedure is performed in a fully licensed and accredited facility with board-certified anesthesiologists. Recovery for most facelifts is about a week. Depending on heredity and skin type, the results of most facelifts are generally still being enjoyed
10-15 years later.


RiceL00Q & A with Dr. Maloney

I chose to specialize in surgery and rejuvenation of the face and neck. As a result, in my 27 years of practice, I have performed thousands of facelifts. I have detailed some of the advances of my cosmetic procedures in over 80 book chapters and articles which I have authored. I have also taught facelift courses across the country and internationally.

There are lots of great options to explore. Everything from fillers to liposuction and ThermiRF can help to restore a more youthful look – right in the office. During consultation, we will discuss your goals and use computer imaging to illustrate potential outcomes. We will work together to find the right "fit" specifically for you.


The "Beauty" of Giving Back
Dr. Maloney, and each member of his Maloney Center team, is committed to treating patients as "family." Patients from all over the world come to see Dr. Maloney because of his artistry and genuine compassion. It's a culture of caring that naturally spills over into the Atlanta community. Each year, The Maloney Center is pleased to host Charity Days to benefit local, Atlanta organizations.


Dr. Maloney is an award-winning, internationally recognized, double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon.  He is the founder of the world-renowned Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery located in Atlanta.  Dr. Maloney is a National Trainer for Allergan, the maker of Botox Cosmetic,® Juvederm,® Voluma,® and Latisse.®  He instructs doctors from all over the world on the latest facial cosmetic surgery procedures and has been regularly featured in national media including Discovery Health, The Learning Channel, CNN Headline News, ABC News and more.


Friday, 24 October 2014 17:35

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy



As we age and begin to approach mid-life, men and women often find themselves thinking about hormone therapy and whether it is the right thing for them to do. While traditional methods of hormone replacement have been shown to increase your risk for certain types of cancer and heart disease, there are more natural options available to you. Many people are choosing to take a more natural approach to hormone health through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT.
BHRT offers patients who are looking for relief from their imbalanced hormones a more natural option and none of the synthetics that are found in traditional hormone therapy.


Bioidentical Hormones Defined

Bioidentical hormones are created to replicate the chemical structure of hormones in your body and come from naturally occurring sources, such as yams and soy. Specialized compounding pharmacists can determine your current hormone level and then create a bioidentical hormone regime that fits with your body and needs. Large pharmaceutical companies are unable to patent bioidentical hormones due to the fact that each patient's regimen is customized. When going through menopause or andropause, bioidentical hormones can be more appealing to patients because they are derived naturally and the body can metabolize them safely.


BHRT at BodyLogicMD

At BodyLogicMD, Dr. Donohue will assess your hormone imbalance symptoms to decide if you are an appropriate candidate for BHRT. Services for BHRT include a comprehensive review of symptoms, medical, family and personal history, accurate testing: saliva, urine and/or blood laboratory analysis, ongoing evaluations with a highly-trained physician, natural hormone balancing using bioidentical hormones, a customized fitness program, stress reduction plans and nutrition planning.
Common Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

coupleFor women:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings

For men:

  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Loss of energy
  • Poor mental focus
  • Weight gain


Dr. Jeff Donohue


Jeffrey A. Donohue, M.D., is the leading provider of BHRT in the Greater Atlanta Metro area. He is a member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine and has completed the fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Donohue earned his medical degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) in 1992 and completed his residency in Family Practice at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Services in 1995. Dr. Donohue received the Resident Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994 and was the Chief Resident in 1994-1995. He was Board Certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Family Practice in 1995.

Board Certifications, Associations and Training:

  • Member of BodyLogicMD, a national network of highly trained physicians specializing in Natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)
  • Member of the American Academy for Anti-Aging Medicine
  • Extensive training in anti-aging provided by the fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine
  • AMA Board Certified Family Practice
  • Board Certified in ABOM American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • Board Certified in Regenerative and Functional Medicine


BodyLogicMD of Atlanta

2941 Piedmont Rd. NE, Suite C | Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 334-5781 |