A blitz is coming and it doesn't involve football players. Beginning in December, Juvéderm Voluma,™ the newest, FDA-approved filler, will be commercially available. It's certain to be "hot" news everywhere from hair salons and physicians' offices to the entertainment media. In order to be an educated consumer, what do you need to know about the newest addition to the Cosmetic Surgeon's toolbox?

volumaBA00What is it?
Juvéderm Voluma™ is the first and only filler approved in the U.S. to correct age-related volume loss in the cheek/mid-face area. As we age, the cheek area in particular loses volume which makes the skin flatten out resulting in drooping and sagging of the mid-face. It's not enough to "fill" the resulting deep lines. However, if the volume is replaced, a lifting effect occurs which smooths out the lines, lifts the skin, and provides a natural, refreshed appearance. The correction is instant, without surgery, and generally little to no downtime.

Juvéderm Voluma™ is a hyaluronic acid like the original Juvéderm. However, Voluma's proprietary manufacturing process produces a smooth gel that flows easily, with a thicker consistency that aids its lifting properties and the duration of its effects. Optimal correction can last as long as two years.

Who can use it?
As a national trainer for Allergan, the makers of Juvéderm Voluma,™ I was fortunate to be one of the first physicians in the U.S. to receive Voluma, before it became commercially available, and offer the benefits to my patients. This consideration was due to the fact that I am a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has many years of experience in both surgical and non-surgical aesthetic solutions. My advice to those looking for a Voluma injector would be to maximize the potential for a good outcome by seeking out a board-certified cosmetic surgeon certified by Allergan.


Brian Maloney, M.D., F.A.C.S.
The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery

(770) 804-0007

Dr. Maloney is an award-winning, double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is a National Trainer for Allergan. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Maloney's artistry and specialized approach has resulted in regular features on MSNBC.com, ABC News, Discovery Health, TLC, and CNN Headline News. He can be reached at 770.804.0007 or online at www.MaloneyCenter.com.


Tuesday, 03 December 2013 18:01

Best of 2013 Facebook Contest Winners

Fitness & Weight Loss

Best Large Fitness Facility

Adrenaline Group Xercise

This facility offers a variety of classes and training options to keep your heart pumping, like Zumba, hot yoga, CrossFit and more.



001-dumbellsBest Small/Medium Workout Facility

North Point Fitness

Having been in business for 20 years, this facility has cultivated quite a following, offering their members services such as personal training, team training, nutrition, massage therapy and golf fitness.


Greatest trainers you will find anywhere! Can't imagine a more caring group of people who are there to help you achieve your goals, whatever those may be. – Debbie B.

Best New Gym

Rowbot Fitness

This unique indoor rowing gym uses the Concept2 Model D Indoor Rowing machines that are designed to approximate the motion of rowing on the water. The technique uses every major muscle group to burn up calories.


Excellent workout, amusing and informative instruction! – Walter A.

Best Workout

Pure Barre

Classes at Pure Barre are total-body workouts that utilize a traditional ballet barre to strengthen and tone you from head to toe.



002-JeffBairdGroupCroppedBest Personal Trainer

Jeff Baird

Jeff is a former national competitor and instructor in martial arts who earned his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 2004. He owns and teaches at Chaos Conditioning.



Best Yoga Studio

Lift Yoga Therapy

This studio offers different styles of yoga classes based on your personal needs, goals and abilities. Classes include Lift Yoga Flow, bodyART Fitness Yoga and even a kids' yoga class.


Love this studio! The instructors and classes are amazing. – LeeAnn R.

003-yogaBest Yoga Instructor

Cindy Olah

Cindy received her yoga certification in 2002 and opened Sacred Garden Yoga in 2003. She has led yoga retreats in Georgia, North Carolina and Peru, and she teaches multiple times per week at her studio.


Thank you Cindy for being your true authentic self, helping myself and others realize our true potential! – Lisa S.


Best Pilates Studio

Absolute Pilates

They offer mat classes, Reformer classes, chair classes and even barre classes to help you achieve your fitness goals.


Absolute Pilates is a friendly and warm place to get fit. The instructors are excellent. – Rose W.

Best Pilates Instructor

Megan Fields

Megan, a nursing student at Kennesaw State University, has over 200 hours of training with a Pilates Method Alliance certified teacher trainer. She teaches at Launch Awareness Yoga Centre.


Megan is the best ever! – Felicia B.

004-bikeBest Indoor Cycling Studio

Energy Lab

This indoor cycling class uses CycleOps Pro 400 Indoor Cycles which offer the rider control over the power, slope and gearing of the bike for a challenging workout.



Best Indoor Cycling Instructor

Jeremy Levison

A graduate of the University of Arizona, Jeremy began his passion for fitness spending countless hours hiking and biking. He has been a fixture in the indoor cycling community for over six years. When not in the Flywheel studio, he can be found riding the streets of Atlanta.


This man has done the impossible. He has made me not only like to exercise, I love it, I look forward to it, and I count down the time until I get to go to class again. Yeah, he is that good. – Jennifer W.

Best Zumba

Dance Stop Studios

With both dance and fitness classes to choose from, this studio offers up many different ways to break a sweat and stay in shape.


Nobody does Zumba better. The most fun you will ever have! Thanks Omega for all the fun! – Lesley S.

Best Group Fitness Class

Complete Chaos

This unique interval training class aims to keep people motivated with a full-body workout that includes strength and cardiovascular training.


Great workout! – Lynn G.

005-barmethodBest Group Fitness Instructor

Ashley Watt

Ashley is an owner and partner at The Bar Method. The technique used at The Bar Method has its foundation in physical therapy, and it combines dance conditioning with interval training to strengthen and elongate your muscles. Catch Ashley's classes several times a week in East Cobb.



Best CrossFit Gym

CrossFit Atlanta

This CrossFit gym began with Saturday afternoon meet ups in the fall of 2005 in the backyard of Dan MacDougald. Today they still have a huge following.


I have known Dan through rugby and CrossFit and can't recommend his operation highly enough. Definitely worthy of accolades among fitness alternatives. – Glenn B.

Best CrossFit Instructor

Gaby Sanjurjo

In addition to being an instructor at CrossFit AGX, Gaby is an International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) certified personal trainer and a former Naval rescue swimmer.


I know Gaby's level of dedication and effort. He is extremely knowledgeable and helpful. – Gabriel N.

Best Martial Arts/Boxing Gym

Knockout CrossFit & MMA

This 12,000 square foot facility offers strength and conditioning equipment as well as a multitude of different fitness classes like boxing and mixed martial arts.



Best Martial Arts/Boxing Instructor

Dhiego Lima

Originally from Brazil, Dhiego is a professional mixed martial artist who teaches at American Top Team Gwinnett. He is a Jiu-Jitsu purple belt.



Best Place to Rock Climb Indoors

Stone Summit Rock Climbing & Fitness

Stone Summit, the nation's largest climbing gym, has walls extending 25 feet to 60 feet high to challenge both your strength and mind.



Best Place for Kids Fitness

DYNO Fitness & Training

This unique fitness facility offers a space where young athletes can practice and hone their skills on an indoor turf field. Kids can also get homework and SAT tutoring before or after a workout.



Best Place to Buy Outdoor Gear/Shoes

Half Moon Outfitters

Since 1993, Half Moon Outfitters has provided the community with gear for kayaking, rock climbing, backpacking, hiking, trail running, surfing, travel and more outdoor adventure.



Best Place to Buy Running/Walking Gear

Big Peach Running Co.

Make sure to check out their online calendar of events to see when the next fun 5K, 10K or 30K race will be going on.



Best Cycling Shop

Cannon Cyclery

Started by Curtis Henry in the summer of 2007, they provide many different mechanical and fitting services for cyclists of all levels.


Great shop, great expertise to get you out and keep you out on the road and in the competition! – Trevor B.

006-CGBest Boot Camp

Camp Gladiator

Inspired by their experience on the NBC show "American Gladiator," owners Ally and Jeff Davidson founded Camp Gladiator as a motivating and challenging boot camp for people of all ages and fitness levels.


Hands down the best workout, the most fun and the best value! – Amber D.

Best Over 40 Rec Sport League

O.G.L. (Over 40 Guys League) for Basketball

Since its inception, the O.G.L. at the Concourse Athletic Club has grown from four teams to 23 teams offering fierce competition, laid-back physical activity and everything in between.



007-bbBest Place to Hike

Sweetwater Creek State Park

This 2,549 acre Georgia state park, located in the New Manchester area of east Douglas County, is named after Sweetwater Creek which runs through the park.


Such a beautiful setting! I love walking upstream on the rocks out in the creek - so fun! - Patti S.

008-beltlineBest Place to Run/Walk

The Atlanta BeltLine

This sustainable project is providing a network of public parks, multi-use trails and transit by re-using 22 miles of historic railroad corridors circling downtown and connecting 45 neighborhoods to each other.



Best Weight Loss Program

Good Measure Meals

Not only do they provide a fresh portion - and calorie-controlled meal plan, but 100 percent of proceeds from Good Measure Meals go to the nonprofit Open Hand.


While it's great for helping you lose weight responsibly, it is also a well-balanced meal option. I love all the tasty gourmet choices! – David R.

009-paddleBest New Outdoor Sport or Activity

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)

This fast-growing sport is a fun way to get fit on the water.


Best Triathlon Club

Atlanta Triathlon Club

If you are thinking of participating in a triathlon, this club offers a variety of unique training opportunities for the beginner to the advanced athlete on a monthly basis.


A nominator said: "Incredible support staff, coaches are fantastic, supportive, creative, fun. Go to a Monday night swim at Mercer University with coaches Matt and Ryan-you will be a great swimmer, have a kick butt time and love them!"

Best Running Club

Atlanta Track Club

Whether you want to learn about all the upcoming races or simply volunteer at one of their many events, there are plenty of ways to get involved and get fit.



You also cast lots of votes and gave love to:

Pilates Instructor

Katie McNeight at Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy, www.stabilityatlanta.com


Pilates Studio

Body Awareness, www.bodyawarenessstudio.com


Weight Loss Program

Citron Nutrition, www.citronnutrition.com


Place to Buy Running/Walking Gear

West Stride, www.weststride.com


Boot Camp

Fitness Revolution Roswell, www.fitnessrevolutionroswell.com


Indoor Cycling Instructor

Lynn Goldstein, Stellar Bodies, www.stellarbodiesatl.com


Yoga Studio

Yoga Collective, www.atlyogacollective.com


Indoor Cycling Studio

Flywheel, www.flywheelsports.com


Group Fitness Class

ValeoFit 1000, www.valeoclub.com


CrossFit Gym

CrossFit Breaking Boundaries, www.crossfitbreakingboundaries.com


Life Enrichment

Best Place to Play Tennis

Blackburn Tennis Center

This center offers 18 lighted hard courts, a staff of highly trained tennis professionals, a fully stocked pro shop with Nike apparel and shoes, a 48-hour stringing service and a variety of tennis accessories.



010-PatrickShell3_IHCCBest Tennis Instructor

Patrick Shell

Patrick graduated from Auburn University and has been with Indian Hills Country Club since 2011. He has 11 years of experience in the tennis industry.


Pat brings passion, energy and tons of experience with him to the court every single day. He's way better than Andy Roddick. It's not even close. – Ryan T.

011-golfBest Place to Play Golf

Atlanta Country Club

Originally designed by Willard C. Byrd, the course is built adjacent to historic Sope Creek and Confederate paper mill ruins from the Civil War era.



Best Road or Trail for Cycling

Silver Comet Trail

This fun, family-friendly trail is a free, non-motorized trail that runs through Smyrna, Georgia to central Alabama.



012-cometBest Doggie Daycare

Puppy Haven

This dog daycare offers plenty of room for your furry friends to have fun. Services include overnight dog boarding, dog grooming and retail services.



Best Dog Park

Brook Run Dog Park

This park is located in the Liane Levitan Park at Brook Run in Dunwoody. The dog park is roughly four acres, with completely fenced-in areas.


013-dogNot only is this the best dog park, but the dog park patrons are the best here, too. The dog park association is very proactive in keeping it clean and safe for dogs and "parents." – Nancy W.

Best Pet Store

City Dog Market

This pet store is committed to offering healthy, all-natural foods, toys and products for cats and dogs. They also have wash stations for owners who want to give their pets a quick and easy bath.


Absolutely the best! - Susan M.

Best Groomer

Uptown Pups

Uptown Pups not only provides grooming services, but also fun pet products, foods, treats, pet toys and more.


This is the best pet boutique in Atlanta. The groomers are great and they do not crate which reduces the stress on your pup. - Debby B.

Best Local Vet

Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic

This full-service small animal hospital has been serving the community since 1971. They offer comprehensive medical and surgical care for cats and dogs.


I have been a client for 13+ years and cannot say enough good things about Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic. The practice and the people are friendly, caring & professional. - Christopher C.

Best Park

Chastain Park

From tennis to horseback riding, art fairs to concerts, this green space in Buckhead offers a variety of ways to enjoy the outdoors.


Awesome place for running! – Cathy K.

Best Charity Running Event

Shamrock 'N Roll Road Race

The annual Junior League of Atlanta's Shamrock 'N Roll Road Race includes runners, walkers, kilts, strollers and dogs that come together to help raise funds to train and educate the membership of the Junior League of Atlanta for effective community service.



Best Local Festival

Chastain Park Arts Festival

The Chastain Park Arts Festival is a two-day celebration of the arts presented by Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces.


As an artist I can say that Chastain Park Arts Festival is not only my favorite show but also the best art show in Atlanta.– Rosa R.

014-wineBest Local Vineyard

Chateau Elan

This luxurious getaway spot in Braselton has everything you need to relax – spa, winery, golf courses and more.



Best Bookstore

Bound to be Read Books

This independent neighborhood bookstore specializes in good quality used, new and discount books.


Friendly and knowledgeable staff! Love to come in here and check out the variety of titles. – Luke S.

015-booksBest Music Venue


Catch such acts as Panic! At The Disco and The Wanted next year at this famous local concert venue.



Best Cooking Classes

Cook's Warehouse

This gourmet store and cooking school has four convenient locations in Midtown, Brookhaven, Decatur and East Cobb as well as an online store for the professional and budding chef.



Best Financial Counseling

Laura Schilling

Laura Schilling's Financial Innovations is a financial planning and wealth management firm that offers a customized, caring approach to their clients' financial well being.



Best School

International School of Skin, Nailcare & Massage Therapy

This local school offers programs for nail care, massage therapy and esthetics. The school also provides a full line of spa services to the public at school prices.


ISSNMT gave me the foundation I needed to pursue my goals and execute my dream of being an entrepreneur. – Yolonda C.

Best Hypnotherapist

Brighter Tomorrow Hypnotherapy

Valerie Cobbin, who attended the Sylvia Browne School of Hypnosis, offers hypnosis services to help with weight loss, smoking, relationship development and self-improvement.



016-dancersBest Dance Studio

Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta

Teaching in Atlanta since 1985, this award-winning studio is the place to go for fun, professional instruction of everything from the Waltz to the Cha-Cha.


Great place to learn to dance and to meet new friends! Lots of fun! – Susan K.


You also cast lots of votes and gave love to:


Pupcakes, www.pupcakesplaycare.com


Local Vet

Brookhaven Animal Hospital, www.brookhavenanimalhospital.com


Doggie Day Care

Dog Days Atlanta, www.dogdaysatlanta.com



Little Shop of Stories, www.littleshopofstories.com


Beauty & Anti-Aging

Best Hair Colorist

Mitchell Barnes

Mitchell Barnes of Carter Barnes Hair Artisans has 30 years of experience in the hair salon industry and is known for creating beautiful hair color and great looks for any occasion.



Best Hair Salon for Blowouts


This new "blow dry bar" concept was created to offer a simple service: just blowouts for only $40.



Best Hair Extensions

White Salon & Spa

The creation of Max Sanchez, a stylist with over 20 years of experience, this salon offers hair, skin and nail services.


​My experience with White Salon & Spa was incredible. A truly unique gem and by far the best salon experience I have ever had! – Camilla R.

Best Hair Salon

017-hairBob Steele Salon

With several locations throughout the city, this salon offers a friendly environment with many different hair care services.


I've been going here for years. Great colorists, stylists and overall customer experience! – Joanie C.

Best Place for Waxing

European Wax Center

Since 1975 they have been offering their waxing services to men and women. They take care of unwanted hair from brows, underarms, backs and more. www.waxcenter.com

Best place I have ever gone! – Gordon M.

018-scissorsBest Men's Grooming

American Haircuts

They offer men's haircuts, hot lather shaves, straight razor neck shaves and, at the end of each haircut, a signature hot towel treatment. Their first shop opened in 2005 in Roswell, followed by a Midtown location in 2008.



019-harryBest Hair Stylist

Harry Wood

Harry is a leading stylist and educator for Van Michael Salons, and he has been in the business for over 20 years.

www.sixfigurehairdresser.com, www.vanmichael.com


Best Place for Sugaring

Defined Sugaring Studio

These natural-ingredient hair removal services are performed by sugaring specialists who are Georgia licensed estheticians. Services are available for teens, ladies and men.


A wonderful place to feel mentally and physically beautiful without the stress! Complete Southern comfort! – Marquita N.

Best Place for Eyebrows

Authentic Beauty

With over five years in the community, this one-stop beauty spot has been recognized nationally in magazines like Allure.


Best brows and makeup anywhere! Plus Aly and the rest of the ladies are so fun! – Angela S.


020-Bonny-DomotoBest Esthetician

Bonny Domoto

Bonny earned her esthetics license from the Atlanta Institute of Aesthetics and began her career working in dermatology. Today she works with Dr. Benjamin Stong at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery as the primary medical esthetician and laser technician.


Bonnie is amazing! She is the most knowledgeable about having amazing looking skin! – Angela M.

Best Plastic Surgeon

Brian Maloney, MD

At The Maloney Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Maloney spends one-on-one time with each patient to ensure the best outcomes for their surgical or non-surgical procedures.


I can't imagine a more skilled facial plastic surgeon than Dr. Maloney. He works wonders! – Anne T.

021-lipstickBest Makeup Artist

Julian Reynolds

Julian has over 14 years experience in the retail cosmetics industry. He has done makeup for TV, print, stage and NYC fashion week. He also has extensive experience with numerous cosmetics and skincare lines.



Best Botox and Filler Injections

Marc E. Yune, MD

Dr. Yune is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with Aesthetic Specialty Centre. He has been featured on CNN, NBC and Discovery Health Channel, among others.


Dr. Yune is an excellent plastic surgeon! His professionalism is beyond reproach. He comports himself in a professional manner and is kind and understanding. – Heather K.

Best Facial

Sol Oasis

This spa offers relaxing and pampering treatments. Treatments are designed to accommodate just one person at a time, providing a more tranquil experience.



Best Laser Hair Removal

The Fountain Laser Hair Removal

This center begins your treatment process with a free consultation to create a personalized program and treatment schedule to meet your goals.


Leah Wansley [medical esthetician] is the best! – Imelda R.

Best Eyelash Extensions

Rika Anamayatana

After attending cosmetology school, Rika entered the beauty industry in 2011. She specializes in all forms of high-end, semi-permanent eyelash extensions at White Salon & Spa, including glamour lashes and mink lashes.


Rika is the best. – Pranee N.

022-RikaWhiteSalon1Best Local Skincare Products

Sally B's Skin Yummies

Founded in 2005 by Sally Larsen, this line of skincare and makeup products avoids toxic ingredients and instead provides customers with a natural, safe, eco-friendly option.


Love Sally B's! Great company, products that are safe and healthy for your skin, and the customer service is fantastic! – Lea Ann O.

Best Permanent Cosmetics

Michael Lynch

As a medical esthetician and makeup artist with over 30 years of experience, Michael is an accomplished laser technician. He currently works at the Aesthetic Specialty Centre and the Beauty Bar of Buckhead. www.aestheticspecialtycentre.com,



Best Microdermabrasion

Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa

This practice treats everything from acne to hair loss, as well as providing spa treatments like peels, oxygen facials and CoolSculpting.


No question, the nicest and most caring people always. I love Dr. G., and the results are always terrific! – Bonnie F.

Best Mani/Pedi

Gallery Spa of Historic Roswell

This spa offers a full range of services like massages, facials, microdermabrasion, anti-aging light pulse therapy, peels, men's facials and waxing, detoxifying and exfoliating body treatments and more.



You also cast lots of votes and gave love to:


Alicia Nicely, Aesthetic Specialty Centre, www.aestheticspecialtycentre.com


Hair Salon for Blowouts

GlowDry, www.myglowdry.com


Hair Stylist

Tina Coluccio, Area 4 Hair Salon, www.area4hairsalon.com



Renew Laser & Cosmetics, www.renewlaserandcosmetics.com


Health & Wellness

024-eyeBest Place to go for Eye Health

Thomas Eye Group

Since 1974 this full-service eye care center has been providing a variety of eye care services to their patients including routine eye exams, LASIK, as well as medical, surgical and cosmetic services.



025-pareBest Eye Doctor

Dr. Richard Pare

Dr. Pare joined the North Fulton Eye Center in 1993 and was board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1996. He served as the Section Chief of Ophthalmology for the North Fulton Regional Hospital for several years and is currently on staff at the Northside Forsyth Hospital.


Dr. Pare is the most knowledgeable, kindest, patient, and all around wonderful ophthalmologist in the South! - Maryleigh H.

Best Podiatrist

Perry Julien, DPM

Dr. Julien specializes in the medical, biomechanical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle with an emphasis on sports medicine of the lower extremity. He is the co-medical director for the Peachtree Road Race and Atlanta Marathon.



Best Physical Therapy Center

One on One Physical therapy

With a team of physical therapists, massage therapists, Pilates and Gyrotonic Fit instructors, as well as state-of-the-art equipment, they offer a wide range of treatment options.



Best Chiropractor

Austin Cohen, DC

Dr. Cohen received his doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University and is currently a structural chiropractor at Corrective Chiropractic. In his spare time, Dr. Cohen loves spending time with his wife and competing in CrossFit competitions.



026-veggiesBest Integrative Medical Facility

Atlanta Center for Holistic & Integrative Medicine

This center combines conventional and alternative medicine, offering everything from acupuncture and Ayurveda to fertility planning and cancer risk evaluation.



Best Vein Treatment

Vein Atlanta

Among other conditions, Dr. Louis Prevosti and his team treat varicose and spider veins, lymphedema, Restless Leg Syndrome and venous insufficiency.


Good staff, awesome doctor, wonderful treatment. A person could not come to a better place. Great service from top to bottom! – Stephanie C.

027-drsBest Orthopedist

Reuben Sloan, MD

Dr. Sloan is a physical medicine and rehabilitation spine physician who specializes in spine care with Resurgens Orthopaedics.



Best Hormone Doctor

Scott Isaacs, MD, FACP, FACE

Dr. Isaacs, a board-certified endocrinologist, is a faculty member at Emory University School of Medicine and the medical director for Atlanta Endocrine Associates. Author Jillian Michaels called him the "guru of all things hormonal" in her New York Times bestselling book "Master Your Metabolism."


Dr. Isaacs is ahead of his time. He is honest, connected and compassionate to his patients and their struggles. He stays on top of the research and shares his knowledge and what works. But most importantly, he is a great motivator for obtaining optimum health in a balanced fashion. - Danamarie D.

Best Naturopathic Doctor

Debra MacIntyre, ND

As a naturopath, board-certified by the American Naturopathic Certification Board, Debra has over 37 years of health experience. She practices at Natural Health Solutions.


Deb is one of the most caring health care professionals I have ever been to. She seemed "ahead of the pack" with her knowledge and her technology and she 100 percent genuinely cares about her clients. She listens. She has a desire to help people improve their health, and she is determined to make a difference. – Jenny L.

Best Integrative Medical Doctor

Maziar Rezvani, MD, FAAAAI

Dr. Rezvani is board-certified in both internal medicine and allergy and immunology. He is currently training at the University of Arizona Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil, and he practices at Avicenna Integrative Medicine.



029-spaBest Dermatology Practice

Dermatology Center of Atlanta

Specializing in medical, surgical and customized cosmetic services provided by board-certified dermatologists, they offer numerous options to help you look your best.


Love these people. The best and most professional! – Clare B.

Best Massage Therapist

Corey Dobyns

Corey has been practicing massage since 2006. Today, Corey offers neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, myofascial release, and Swedish massage at her practice Core Balance + Wellness.


Hands down, Corey gives the best massage I've ever had. – Sara R.

Best Cosmetic Dentistry

Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Debra Gray King, who has appeared on "The Doctors" and "Extreme Makeover," founded this practice in 1987. They offer a variety of services that span both general and cosmetic dentistry.


They're the best! – Kendra K.

030-ribbonBest Cancer Treatment Support

Kaiser Permanente Breast Care Center

This treatment center provides a two-hour Multidisciplinary Breast Conference for women diagnosed with breast cancer.


The center's coordinated approach is unmatched. – Cheryl B.

031-Dr-Scott-MillerBest Urologist

Scott Miller, MD

Dr. Miller was one of the first to utilize urologic laparoscopic techniques in Georgia, and he has been board-certified by the American Board of Urology since 1997. He practices at Georgia Urology.


Nothing but top notch! A pioneer in his field, and an excellent teacher. – Susan R.

Best Primary Care Doctor

Richard Ellin, MD

Dr. Ellin has been practicing internal medicine since 1985. He attended Emory University and completed his residency there. www.kp.org

Dr. Ellin definitely has my vote for best doctor! – Robin A.

You also cast lots of votes and gave love to:

Physical Therapy Center

Back 2 Motion, www.back2motionpt.com



Norman Eng, 14th Street Chiropractic, www.14thstreetchiropractic.com


Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Hugh Flax of Flax Dental, www.flaxdental.com



Michael Miller from Miller Hypnosis, www.millerhypnosisatlanta.com


Massage Therapist

Shannon Greenhill at Apogee 18, www.apogee18.com


Food & Nutrition

Best Farm-to-Home Delivery

Garnish & Gather

These meal kits make it easy to make a delicious, nutritious meal in the comfort of your own kitchen. Complete with ingredients and instructions, it's all delivered right to your door.



032-farmers-marketBest Farmers Market

DeKalb Farmers Market

The market began in 1977 as a small 7,500 square foot produce stand in Decatur. Since then, it has grown into a 140,000 square foot world market serving up to 100,000 people per week.



Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Bantam + Biddy

Chefs Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere opened this local eatery which features high quality all-natural pastured chicken and seasonal, organic vegetables.



033-genkiBest Food Truck

Genki Food Truck

The Genki-To-Go food truck is the perfect option for enjoying Japanese-fusion cuisine on a dime.


So, so good! – Jennifer W.

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant

Nancy G's Café

In business for 30 years, this Sandy Springs cafe not only boasts a delicious Southern-comfort-style menu, but also an open-air patio for your pooch.



Best Health Food Store

Whole Foods Market

With a wide range of organic food options from regional producers, their multiple Atlanta locations offer regular events and promotions to support the organic food movement.



Best Vegetarian Restaurant

Café Sunflower

They serve vegetarian cuisine in their two Atlanta locations, Buckhead and Sandy Springs. Their menu offers everything from tofu entrees to veggie loaf that even the staunchest meat-lover would enjoy.



Best Juice Bar


With a variety of organic juices, teas and treats to choose from, dTox has something healthy for everyone to enjoy.


Hands down, always fresh, organic and consistent goodness in a glass! – Anne C.


You also cast lots of votes and gave love to:

Juice Bar

Kale Me Crazy, www.kalemecrazy.net


Food Truck

Blaxican, www.blaxicanfood.com


The Best Self community also nominated people and places in these unique categories:

034-braBest Lingerie Store

LiviRae Lingerie

Owners Molly Hopkins and Cynthia Decker help women of all shapes and sizes find the proper bra fit and understand the health benefits that come along with it.



Best Place to Work

Commissions, Inc.

This company welcomes employees' dogs, offers in-office chef-cooked lunches each day, sponsors company outings to sports games and provides a workout room in the office.


Duane Legate, president/owner, believes in family first

so our number one core value is work/life balance. We celebrate our goals as we meet them with fun company outings. – Verdery T.

Best Dog Training

Angie Woods

Angie has been working with dogs for over 20 years. She currently operates U.S. Canine, a canine rehabilitation center in Buford, GA.


A nominator said: "Angie is the Georgia dog whisperer – she helps get you and your dog back in balance."

Best Posing Coaches

House of Payne Personal Trainers

Steve Payne is nationally recognized as an IAFS Master Presenter and Trainer. The co-owner of House of Payne Personal Training, along with his wife Rachel, is also one of the premier posing coaches in the country.



Best Pet Portrait

Emily Griffith

Emily hand paints custom portraits of your pet based on photographs.


A nominator said: "She really captures your pet's personality!"


Best Local Farm

My Dad and Me Family Farm

This farm in Powder Springs aims to produce fresh, wholesome, sustainable, healthy food for the local community.


A nominator said: "The Hammonds are committed to raising and offering truly clean and sustainable food."


Best Career Counseling

Hallie Crawford

Since 2002, Hallie has led a team of certified career coaches in helping job seekers identify their ideal career path.


A nominator said: "Hallie is a very encouraging and insightful counselor! She has great insight into techniques needed to showcase job skills, as well as positivity and aim to coach the 'whole' self."


Monday, 02 December 2013 19:45

A Life Plan for the Next 50 Years

The typical milestones of life – school, work, marriage and raising kids – are usually concentrated in the first 50 years of life. So what do the next 50 years hold for you? These days, when making plans for those years of life, you have to take a lot into account: you may not have a pension to fall back on and need to think about income in later years, or maybe you don't want to stop working and are following your passion to a new career. Planning for the next 50 years can require a bit more thought than the first 50 – you should consider your goals, your health and your monetary expectations. Mapping out your plan can seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.


First, ask yourself what you want. More time to be with family? Time to travel the world? Take on a new hobby? Whatever it is, set yourself up for success by taking the necessary steps to ensure a happy and healthy road ahead.

Make Your Plan

Where do you see yourself in 50 years? Answering this basic question may require talking it over with a spouse, friend, loved one or a life coach.

"A good place to start is by writing your objectives down, listing the most important goals first," suggests life coach Laura Kronen. "Having a written strategy is important in helping you live the lifestyle you desire. At first, don't focus on budget. Focus on ideas, and be as specific as you can. For example, instead of 'travel,' list 'trip to Venice' or 'African safari.' Instead of 'do volunteer work,' write down 'volunteer with my local animal shelter.'"

Kronen also suggests making a list of your sources of income and your expenses. "Start a journal depicting how you envision your life in your 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.  Be practical: Your list should rule out the unnecessary expenses," she says. "Make sure all your financial needs are met as you brainstorm. The more descriptive you are, the more tangible your outcome will be."

Kick the Bad Habits

The next step is to kick bad habits and improve your overall health – make sure you are sound enough in mind and body to accomplish these goals you've set for yourself. It will certainly be harder to enjoy your free time if you spend half of it at the doctor's office.

"We should all strive to make each decade better than the last," says Dr. Debra Carlton, associate medical director for primary care and informatics for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. "Being intentional about improving and maintaining your health through your middle and later years requires a plan that begins with honesty about your current state."


To assess your current situation, Dr. Carlton says to ask yourself a few simple questions:

  • What habits do you have that will affect your health?
  • Do you smoke, use drugs or overuse alcohol?
  • How are your eating habits?
  • What is your state of mind? Are you anxious, depressed or stressed?


"Once you have faced your reality, you can move on to plan for a better state of health," Dr. Carlton says. In addition, it is important to know what screenings to get annually and when to get them done. Dr. Carlton says if you are going to visit only one doctor later in life, it should be your primary care physician (PCP). "A good PCP will be accessible, listen to you and be concerned about your physical and emotional health," she says. "He or she should share with you information pertinent to your concerns, putting you in the best possible position to make good health choices."

Annual screenings should include important immunizations, like tetanus and shingles, as well as checks of your blood pressure, weight, cholesterol and glucose. Living a healthy lifestyle also includes simple changes at home, like eating more vegetables, avoiding tobacco and engaging in physical activity.


Dr. Carlton recommends the following changes to your day to day:

  • Get enough sleep. Most people need seven to nine hours per night.
  • Learn ways to deal with stress. Stress affects you mentally and physically, so managing it well can improve your health.
  • Enjoy your family and friends. Maintaining your family and social support system is key to feeling happy and healthy.
  • Be a lifelong learner. Constant learning stimulates your brain and keeps you sharp.
  • "Fortunately, most of the time, your health is under your control, so being intentional about your health will make a difference," Dr. Carlton says.


older-couple-bikesDollars and Sense

You're healthy, you're ready to get out there – but what to do about those finances? Enjoying the upcoming years can be tough if the money isn't there to support the lifestyle you want. To get started, think about what you want to do over the next few years. "The amount of savings you need is a mathematical formula based on how much income you need a month," says Karen Lee, certified financial planner. "Ask yourself, did you pay off the mortgage? Do you want to move? Do you want to travel?" Debt can hinder these plans and should be the first area you tackle the next decade.

Having a realistic understanding of your finances today and planning for the type of future you want is one of the best ways to ensure your next 50 years live up to your expectations. Unfortunately, due to the recent economic crisis, even people who were conservative with their money lost out. Many people did everything right to prepare for their future financial security – they worked hard, saved and invested, but their savings still took a big hit.

According to the latest retirement confidence survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, a full 28 percent of Americans are not confident they will have enough money saved for later in life. But not all hope is lost – the future might not look exactly how you originally envisioned it, but with these tips, it can be just as bright. The obvious option is to keep working at least part-time at your current job. While you're still working, Lee points out, you can continue to fund a Roth IRA, 401K or 403b to reestablish some financial security.

But if you really had your heart set on leaving your current job, don't let a reduced savings account stop you. "Consider other nontraditional assets and passions that could help fund you later in life. Many hobbies and skills can be turned into real income," Kronen says. "Maybe you collect antiques or restore cars? Perhaps you're an accomplished pianist and can teach lessons?  Maybe you are crafty and can sell handmade products on Etsy? Take what you are good at and where your talent lies and run with it." Options like these will help you achieve a later-in-life change without retiring. Instead, you can combine the exciting change you want with the supplemental income you need.

If you do find yourself working into your later years, it will be well worth your time. According to the Center for Retirement Research, the earnings for workers in their 60s and 70s are rising faster than those in their prime working years.

older-couple-world-globeFinding Fulfillment

Keeping an active mind and body will make the next phase of your life a fun and fulfilling one. There's no better time than the present to learn a new skill, pick up a new hobby or meet new friends. Some questions to ask yourself when you're moving into your next act: What makes me happy? What will keep me happy long term? How will I continue to grow and thrive?

"As we age, our body changes, but our spirit is always youthful. Our spirit is what keeps us going," says Keisa Leprell Davis, a certified life coach. Davis, who works with a variety of people, says the best thing you can do later in life is get active, which will keep you thriving and satisfied. "Volunteer with a local organization, become active in the community or church," she says. "Find what you love and do it."

Jason Flurry, president of the National Center for College Planning, sees many people head back to school once they move out of the workforce. "A lot of people find purpose specifically at that season in their life. There are still things they want to accomplish," he says.

"The retiree is more of the non-traditional student with non-traditional wants and needs. They can reinvent themselves, and the reward of their own accomplishment can be more weighted than a paycheck." And it's never too late! Many schools offer programs for adults who want to continue learning through the years. In fact, according to the American Council on Education, adult learners have comprised close to 40 percent of the college-going population for the last two decades.

Regardless of whether or not your next 50 years contain the milestone of retirement, taking stock of your health, finances and avenues for life enrichment are crucial at this stage in the game. Use these tools to build the life you want, and turn the next 50 into the best 50.

Meet these Atlantans who are making these years their best.

The Career Changer

Tracy-Ann-UnsworthAs a single mom, Tracy Ann Unsworth knew she needed a flexible, lucrative career to provide for her family and her own future. A 14-year career as a massage therapist offered her both qualities, but as Unsworth got older, massage therapy began to take a physical toll on her. So as she entered the next phase of her life, Unsworth decided to look for work that was less physically demanding and even more financially secure. Her research directed her toward a program studying medical diagnostic sonography and ultrasound at Georgia Northwest College. She attends class three days a week, is finished by 2 p.m. each day, and will have completed the program after only 18 months. This flexible school schedule allows her to continue massage until she fully transitions into her new career in the medical field. Her new career will not only provide her with many opportunities to work with doctors, hospitals or home health care, but it will also allow her to secure her financial future relatively quickly. "There are many options for our second phase of life," she says. "It just takes a little research, understanding of what's available to us with each job, as well as creative scheduling with school." After that, the sky is the limit.

James-Judy-BrannanThe Fun-Lovers

When Judy Brannan retired from her position at Coca-Cola in 2000, she and her husband decided to leave the Atlanta area for a place "more laid back." They found an active adult community in Gainesville with more than 250 homes and plenty of neighbors to visit and enjoy.

"They offered what we thought were the elements of a fulfilled life. You can participate or not. You can keep really involved or do less if you want to. It's a place where people have common interests. We have a common bond here," Brannan says.

And Brannan does stay involved – she leads an exercise class, participates in games and water aerobics, teaches games like bridge and is in charge of the welcome committee to greet new residents. "It's a good way to give back to the community. We're grateful for being here," she says.

Jeaan-Reiss-and-ScottieThe Adventurers

Jean Reiss retired a few years ago from her role as a psychiatric social worker and, along with her good friend Sharon "Scottie" Scott, seems to have conquered the globe. "We travel a lot. We have a trip planned to Antarctica. Scottie just got back from the Amazon. We've gone to Turkey, Ireland and the Panama Canal," Reiss says. "We go through our list of places we want to see and try to look at things neither one of us has gone to, like China, India and Thailand," Scott adds.

About 10 years ago, the pair decided to start what they called "Ladies' Poker Night," a club which has nothing to do with poker, but more about trying something new or attending a new event. "It's the luck of the draw. We try to keep the events limited in terms of money and output.

One of us will come up with an idea, and we will tell everyone to meet us at such and such parking lot on a Thursday, and no one will know where we're going. We have a ball," Reiss says. So far, the group has gone to a roller derby meet, various storytelling events, the Evacuation of Jonesboro, an Elvis impersonator dinner, and a kangaroo conservation center, to name a few. "We always try to include new people and reach out to new people. The friends we've made over the years with this group have been great. We've met the neatest people," Scott says.


Editorial Resources
Dr. Debra Carlton - Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, www.kp.org
Jason Flurry - National Center for College Planning, www.yourcollegeplanners.com
Laura Kronen - Be You Only Better, www.beyouonlybetter.com
Keisa Leprell Davis - Be You Be Now™, www.beyoubenow.com
Karen Lee - Karen Lee and Associates, LLC, www.karenleeandassociates.com

With more than five million Americans living with Alzheimer's, chances are you know someone who has been affected by the disease. And although one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, it is not, in fact, a normal part of aging. Doctors still haven't found a breakthrough medication to stop the progression of the disease, but we do know that a person with Alzheimer's will start experiencing changes in their brain 20 years before they show any symptoms. So in addition to finding a cure, doctors are in a race to identify the disease in its earliest stages so they can intervene before the illness sets in.


Alzheimer's and Dementia:

What is the difference?

According to alz.org, dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease, however, accounts for 60 to 80 percent of these cases. "Dementia is like an umbrella, and underneath are the different types," explains Leslie Anderson, CEO of the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. "But Alzheimer's is the most prevalent by far."

So in other words, dementia refers to a symptom like language difficulty, loss of recent memory or poor judgment, but not the disease itself. Alzheimer's is one type of dementia. "The term [dementia] does not imply a specific underlying cause or disease," says Dr. James Lah, Director of the Cognitive Neurology Program at Emory University School of Medicine. "Alzheimer's disease is a well-defined entity with specific clinical, pathological and molecular features, and it is the most common disease causing dementia in adults."

And although Alzheimer's disease accounts for a majority of cases of dementia, other disorders that cause dementia include vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease, dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia.

ALZH_2Who Is Affected?

Because dementia is most often caused by Alzheimer's, and Alzheimer's risk is most often influenced by age, older adults are at the greatest risk. "Starting at about 65 years of age, one's risk of having Alzheimer's doubles roughly every five years until the risk reaches 40 to 50 percent in those over age 85," Dr. Lah says.

Today Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in our country, and according to Anderson, it's the only disease in the top ten whose numbers are going the wrong way. "Over the last eight years, its prevalence has increased by 66 percent," she says. "Now our biggest concern is the baby boomer generation. Every day, 10,000 people are turning 65, which means that every day, one in eight of those people will develop Alzheimer's."

Lowering Your Risk

According to Dr. Shravantika Reddy, who specializes in geriatric medicine at WellStar Medical Group, the most common risk factors for Alzheimer's disease are age, family history, head trauma, fewer years of formal education, late onset of a major depressive disorder, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. "Previously it was thought that vitamin E and ginkgo biloba extract helped [lower risk]. However, recent studies show that they have no effect in treatment," she says.

There is also new evidence that wheat, carbs and sugar may have adverse effects on our brains. In his book, "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar – Your Brain's Silent Killers," neurologist David Perlmutter suggests that carbohydrates can cause a number of issues including chronic headaches, depression, ADHD and dementia. He makes the case that a wheat-free diet can preserve brain health and functioning and may even reverse the process of certain brain diseases.

If you or your relative is showing signs, you may want to consider an early detection treatment like Brain SPECT Imaging, which measures the blood flow and activity patterns in the brain. "One of the biggest challenges with Alzheimer's is that the disease is very progressed by the time a person experiences symptoms," says Dr. Jay Faber, who offers this treatment at Amen Clinics. "With Brain SPECT Imaging, we can see the beginning of the disease process as early as 20 years before symptoms occur. It is also a powerful tool for relatives of an Alzheimer's patient, who may be fearful of developing the disease."

While nothing we know of yet can stop Alzheimer's disease from occurring, there are things we can do to delay the onset of symptoms. "It's important to manage your numbers like weight and cholesterol," Anderson says. "Anything that is heart healthy is also brain healthy. Studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet can be beneficial. Exercise can also slow progression of disease, so it's important to stay active mentally and socially by engaging our brains. If you can get that cognitive reserve built up, the symptoms won't progress as fast."

Dr. Lah recommends activities such as regular bridge clubs, playing musical instruments and dancing. "These work best if the activities are enjoyable pastimes that have been cultivated over many years," he says. "Don't wait until you think your memory is slipping and force yourself to do a bunch of things that you hate to do. Find mentally challenging and stimulating activities that you enjoy doing and pursue them as lifelong activities."

People may also want to think twice about early retirement. "A French study has shown that dementia risk can be reduced by delaying retirement," Anderson says. "For every year of additional work, the risk of dementia is reduced by 3.2 percent."

Living with the Disease

It's no secret that Alzheimer's and dementia can take just as big of a toll on the caregivers as it does on the person with the disease. This is why it is so important to find a support system as soon as possible. "As soon as you get diagnosed, we like to be the first phone call," Anderson says. "We have a 24/7 help line, and we can help with things like financial planning and assisted living so people don't have to do research themselves."

The Alzheimer's Association can also help with the day-to-day challenges that caregivers might not be equipped to handle. "We're really concerned with wandering," Anderson says. "Seventy percent of people who have the disease will wander at some time. Fortunately we have something called Mattie's Call. It's like an Amber Alert but for people with dementia, and it helps get the emergency alert out to the media."

Advances in a Cure

Most clinicians agree that the biggest advances in the fight against Alzheimer's are the launches of the first prevention trials. "[We're] looking at the damage done and trying to find ways to slow that process, or even reverse it," says Dr. Lisa M. Billars, a neurologist with Kaiser Permanente of Georgia. "Researchers are working on targeting the beta-amyloid and tau proteins which accumulate in the brain tissue of people with Alzheimer's disease, as well as targeting inflammatory mediators. Understanding how blood sugar levels and other metabolic mechanisms affect the brain is another pathway for advances in research."

While there are currently no new drugs available, there are a number of drug studies underway for the treatment of dementia. "In the meantime, several non-medical behaviors have become well established as potentially impacting cognitive disease," Dr. Billars says. "These include increasing social contact with others, getting regular physical activity, getting adequate sleep and engaging in cognitive challenges like 'brain games' such as crosswords, Sudoku and computer-based modules. Certainly following up for treatment of chronic medical conditions is important as well."

Where to Go for Help

If you or a loved one is showing any signs of memory loss, first make an appointment with your family physician or general practitioner. "Lots of things can cause memory loss that are not necessarily due to dementia, for example, medication side effects, stroke, depression or infection," says Dr. Allan Levey, chair of the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine. If your physician cannot rule out dementia, however, you will generally be referred to a neuropsychologist for further testing. And if you still suspect dementia even though your physician has ruled it out, get a second opinion. "Request a consultation by an expert, because people are often right when they suspect memory loss."

The next step is collecting information about your symptoms for your doctor. "Often this involves meeting with a family member who may have insight," Dr. Levey explains. "Then we assess memory and thinking ability. For example, we'll ask the person to draw a clock and then ask them to remember three words. Then we'll ask them to recall those three words after drawing the clock. This is usually coupled with a questionnaire for family members about their functional abilities. Functional abilities are critical to how advanced somebody is in their illness, so if somebody doesn't need much help driving or managing finances, it is pretty mild. If they can't live independently, it is more severe."

The Future for Alzheimer's and Dementia

Until doctors find a cure, it's important to remember dementia isn't just an "old person's disease." It can start attacking the brain in people as young as their thirties and forties, so if you or a loved one is experiencing memory difficulties or changes in cognitive skills, don't ignore them. The earlier the diagnosis, the greater the chance of delaying the onset of subsequent symptoms and getting the most out of new medical treatments as they come available.



Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. There is no current cure for Alzheimer's. However, a number of studies promise to lead to new treatments.

Vascular dementia is a decline in thinking skills due to reduced blood flow to the brain. It is generally considered the second most common cause of dementia, accounting for 20 to 30 percent of the cases, but the FDA has not approved any drugs to treat vascular dementia.

Parkinson's disease dementia is an impairment in thinking that ultimately affects many people struggling with Parkinson's disease. To date, there are no treatments to slow or stop the brain cell damage caused by Parkinson's disease dementia, so most physicians focus on managing the symptoms with a number of medications including antidepressants and cholinesterase inhibitors.

Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) is a type of progressive dementia that leads to decline in thinking, reasoning and independent function due to abnormal deposits that damage the brain over time. Most experts estimate that dementia with Lewy bodies is the third most common cause of dementia, accounting for 10 to 25 percent of cases. Currently there are no treatments that can slow or stop the brain cell damage caused by dementia with Lewy bodies.

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a group of disorders caused by progressive cell degeneration in the brain's frontal or temporal lobes, which control planning and judgment, emotions, speech and certain types of movement. FTD was once considered rare, but it's now thought to account for up to 10 to 15 percent of all dementia cases. Antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs are the most common medications used to treat behavioral FTD symptoms. However, none of these drugs have been approved by the FDA for use in FTD.

— Information courtesy of the Alzheimer's Association

Editorial Resources
Leslie Anderson, The Alzheimer's Association - www.alz.org
Dr. Lisa M. Billars, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia - www.kaiserpermanente.org

Dr. Jay Faber, Amen Clinics - www.amenclinics.com
Dr. James Lah, The Emory ADRC - www.med.emory.edu/ADRC/
Dr. Allan Levey, Emory University School of Medicine - www.emoryhealthcare.org
Dr. Shravantika Reddy, WellStar Medical Group - www.wellstar.org

To raise money for the Georgia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, local Atlantans will partner with professional dancers for the 5th Annual Dancing Stars of Atlanta event on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Vote for your favorite dancers by donating money to the fundraiser, which takes place for one night only at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. For information about the event, please visit www.alz.org/georgia

When it comes to standing up for what she believes in, HLN news anchor Christi Paul speaks her mind. As a successful reporter and happily married mother of three, Paul has a lot to be thankful for. But last year, she decided to reveal a difficult part of her past with the hope of helping others.


According to a study done by The U.S. Department of Justice, one in four women (25 percent) has experienced domestic violence in her lifetime. During her marriage to her first husband, Paul was one of those women. "It was frightening to admit at first because I felt such shame about allowing myself to be treated like that," Paul admits. But telling her story helped her create something positive out of a difficult experience: her first book, "Love Isn't Supposed to Hurt." This was a first-hand account of emotional abuse and how she found the strength to overcome it.

Christi-Paul_1"I recognized, after lots of therapy, that we're all equipped to do whatever it is we need to do to make things right in our lives," Paul says. "We have to choose truth, faith and courage, though, to 'flip that switch' in our brain to habituate strength and truth rather than weakness and lies. Once I learned how to do that, I thought, 'other people should know this!' so I wrote my story." In her book, Paul tells people who are currently in abusive relationships that they are not alone. Her advice? "Don't let what someone else says define who you are. Set those boundaries! [Know] what you are and are not willing to live with. You can forgive someone and still cut them out of your life."

Her story touched many people, including CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who wrote a foreword in the book. At the time, Paul had no idea how many people would be affected by her story. "I'm astounded because I get emails, daily, from women and men who say 'I feel like I'm reading about my own life,' 'Now I know I'm not alone,'" she says. In addition to reaching people personally, part of the proceeds from the book go to the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

Paul wanted to protect her family as well. "I started [writing the book] after I had my third daughter and realized [my daughters] won't be immune to an abusive situation in their lives," she explains. "I thought if they eventually knew I'd gone through that, perhaps they won't be afraid to come to me when they have problems."

This year she had another chance to get her positive message across through music. She was offered the opportunity to record songs in Nashville that correspond with her story. Along with Rachel Thibodeau and Jason Sever at Blackbird Studios for Little Champion Music (Martina McBride's company), they penned and recorded two songs, both available on iTunes. The songs correspond with her book and can be found on the No More website, a recently developed universal domestic violence awareness site.

"I'm grateful beyond words for that experience," says Paul, who is an accomplished singer and has performed the national anthem at several opening baseball games and performed on stage with Grammy-winning artists Richard Marx and David Foster. "I've had a passion for singing since I was in the church choir, not that I had a choice since my mom was the choir director!"

Amid her demanding career and various projects, Paul is happily remarried and concentrating on spending as much time with her husband and daughters as her busy schedule will allow. "I'm like every working parent just trying to get it all done, but I couldn't do it without my husband who gave up his engineering career to be a stay-at-home dad for a while," Paul says. "We're a true team and I'm so grateful he has that time with them. I know my girls are really blessed in that sense."

At the end of the day, Paul hopes that her daughters and others will benefit from what she has learned about herself through her experience and become stronger. "I hope it will set a foundation for [my girls] to be self-sufficient, follow their passion, and recognize the biggest limits in life are the ones we put on ourselves."

Christi-Paul_Joe-BidenMore from Christi

How did you find your way to Atlanta?

It was so strange. I received three calls within a matter of weeks for jobs in Atlanta (we were living in Phoenix at the time). Two local stations and HLN/CNN. HLN made an offer, and we took it. That was more than 10 years ago!

What do you love most about your job?

What I'm most grateful for is the creative freedom they've given me to work on things I really believe in. For instance, I pioneered a segment called "Find Our Children" where we profile a missing child on the air. I called the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in DC and asked if they'd partner with us. They jumped at it, and it's become a real team effort between NCMEC, our viewers and us. Since beginning the segment several years ago, 35 of the kids we've profiled have been found and are now safely at home. I love our viewers because they make that happen! Being able to do something meaningful that truly affects people's lives, that's what it's all about for me.

What advice do you have for other aspiring broadcasters?

Don't be afraid to do the grunt work. If you want it, you have to be willing to make the sacrifices. Learn to listen intently and tell people's stories. We all have something to say and we all want to be heard. The news is about people with real feelings, struggles and successes. Getting news on the air is a team effort. Appreciate everyone's part in it.

What would our readers be surprised to know about you?

We have three chickens and three beehives so we get fresh eggs and jars of honey. I'm living in Green Acres here in the city of Atlanta!

Christi-Paul_2What charities are you passionate about?

ASPCA and The Humane Society: We always have and always will adopt from rescue shelters.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline and Teen Hotline: Part of the proceeds from every book I sell are donated to this organization.

One Love: I'm on the National Advisory Council for this organization founded in honor of Yeardley Love, the University of Virginia lacrosse player beaten to death by her boyfriend. We're on a mission to help raise awareness about relationship violence.

Best way to relax?

Poolside with an umbrella drink in hand and Pinterest at my fingertips.

Best books you've read?

"Devil in the White City" by Erik Larson and "Facing Your Giants" by Max Lucado.

Best piece of advice you ever received?

People may not always tell you how they feel about you, but they'll always show you. Pay attention.

Best accomplishment?

My relationships with my family, with my friends and with myself. It's not always easy or smooth and it can be messy, but it's work worth doing.

Christi-FamilyWho are the people that help you be your best self?

My family. They remind me what's lasting and important in this life. Also I'm blessed with smart, savvy, compassionate friends who give me a safe place to fall and who cheer me on.

How do you stay fit and healthy during the holidays?

I can't say no to frosted Christmas cookies. Now you know my weakness, so I keep running outdoors and hitting spin class.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

The Botanical Garden's holiday lights are spectacular! It's like stepping into a glittery, magical forest. My three girls are mesmerized, and it's romantic for my husband and me.

Most memorable holiday moment?

My husband proposed to me at a park in downtown Chicago among the Christmas lights and snow. Still makes my heart flutter.

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Gaby Sanjurjo at CrossFit AGX

Cannon Cyclery

Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta

Dermatology Center of Atlanta

Brook Run Dog Park

Puppy Haven

Bonny Domoto at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Richard Pare

Rika Anamayatana at White Salon & Spa

Sol Oasis

DeKalb Farmers Market

Garnish and Gather

Laura Schilling

Genki Food Truck

Uptown Pups

Complete Chaos

Ashley Watt at The Bar Method

White Salon & Spa

Bob Steele Salon


Harry Wood at Van Michael Salon

Whole Foods

Dr. Scott Isaacs

Brighter Tomorrow Hypnotherapy

Jeremy Levison at Flywheel

Energy Lab

Dr. Maziar Rezvani at Avicenna Integrative Medicine

Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine

dTox Juice and Junk

Bantam + Biddy

Adrenaline Group Xercise

The Fountain Laser Hair Removal

Chastain Park Art Festival

Sally B's Skin Yummies

Paces Ferry Veterinary Clinic

Chateau Elan

Julian Reynolds at Julian's Cosmetics + Skincare

Gallery Spa of Historic Roswell

Knockout CrossFit & MMA

Dhiego Lima at American Top Team Gwinnett

Corey Dobyns at Core Balance and Wellness

American Haircuts

Gardner Dermatology and Med Spa


Debra MacIntyre, ND at Natural Health Solutions

Rowbot Fitness


Dr. Reuben Sloan at Resurgens Orthopaedics

OGL (Old Guy's League) at the Concourse Athletic Club

Chastain Park

Michael Lynch at Aesthetic Specialty Center

Jeff Baird at Chaos Conditioning

City Dog Market

Nancy G's Café

One on One Physical therapy

Megan Fields at Launch Awareness Yoga Centre

Absolute Pilates

Authentic Beauty

DYNO Fitness & Training

Defined Sugaring Studio

European Wax Center

Half Moon Outfitters

Big Peach Running Co

Thomas Eye Group

Sweetwater Creek

Atlanta Country Club

Blackburn Tennis Center

Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness Center


Dr. Brian Maloney at The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery

Dr. Perry Julien at Atlanta Foot & Ankle Center

Dr. Richard Ellin with Kaiser Permanente

Silver Comet Trail

Atlanta Track Club

International School of Skin, Nailcare & Massage Therapy

North Point Fitness

Patrick Shell at Indian Hills Country Club

Atlanta Triathlon Club

Dr. Scott Miller at Georgia Urology

Café Sunflower

Vein Atlanta

Good Measure Meals

Pure Barre

Cindy Olah at Sacred Garden Yoga

Lift Yoga Therapy

Dance Stop Studios

Thursday, 24 October 2013 21:12

Managing Melasma

What is melasma?

Melasma is a very common skin condition that causes brown to gray-brown patches on the cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, chin and the upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that are exposed to the sun, such as the forearms and neck. It is asymptomatic, but many do not like the appearance.

What are some common causes of melasma?

Melasma is caused by the sun, although heat can also be a trigger. It commonly develops in pregnant women or women on birth control pills, however, it can occur in anyone.

What is the best way to treat melasma?

The most important way to treat and prevent melasma is by using sun protection. Sunscreen, sun protective clothing and the oral medication Heliocare will all help in the management of melasma. In addition to sun protection, skin bleachers and chemical peels are used to treat the brown areas.

Is there a permanent cure for melasma?

Unfortunately, there is no true cure for melasma. It often returns with summer each year, but we are fortunate to have many ways to combat this annoying skin condition.


North Atlanta Dermatology
3850 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, Georgia 30096   www.naderm.com

Dr. Gabrielle Sabini is board-certified in dermatology. With over 20 years of experience, she specializes in dermatology, procedural dermatology and dermatopathology at North Atlanta Dermatology.

Thursday, 24 October 2013 20:06

Flu season is upon us

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average:

  • 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu
  • More than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu complications
  • About 36,000 people die from the flu

Some people, such as seniors, young children, and people with certain health complications, are at higher risk for serious flu complications.

Complications of the flu

Complications of the flu include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration, and worsening of chronic medical conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, and diabetes.

How flu spreads

Flu viruses spread mainly from person to person when someone with influenza coughs or sneezes. Sometimes people become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouths or noses. Apparently healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning one day before symptoms develop and up to five days after becoming sick.

Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine

The single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year.

The flu shot: an inactivated vaccine (killed virus) is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.

Symptoms of the flu

  • Fever (usually high)
  • Headache
  • Fatigue (can be extreme)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Body aches
  • Diarrhea and vomiting (more common in children than adults)

Diagnosing the flu

It is very difficult to distinguish the flu from other infections on the basis of symptoms alone. A doctor's exam may be needed to tell whether you have developed the flu or a complication of the flu.

If you develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about your illness, especially if you are at high risk for complications of the flu, you should consult your healthcare provider. Those at high risk for complications include people 65 years or older, people with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, and young children.


Dr. Robinson and Dr. Rekaby

Concentra Primary Care

Edgewood Primary Care
1220 Caroline St. NE, Ste. A230
Atlanta, GA 30307

Sandy Springs Primary Care
6334 Roswell Rd. NE, Ste. B
Sandy Springs, GA 30328


Concentra Primary Care offers a comprehensive approach to healthcare that begins with a family doctor and care coordinator who work together to care for patients' full health and coordinate any additional care needed from other supporting providers.  By creating an ongoing relationship with patients, Concentra providers help to manage chronic and costly healthcare conditions, including care for seniors.  With flexible scheduling, longer appointment times, and experienced providers, Concentra Primary Care connects the dots that form a larger picture of health. It's healthcare with a focus on getting well and living well today and in the years ahead.

With the growing cost of health care and health insurance in today's environment, many employers are choosing to offer health insurance with higher deductibles and attaching optional contribution accounts, known as Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and Medical Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). I have found the education on the optimal use of these accounts is lacking. The following are some facts you need to know about your HSA/FSA before the end of the year and before selecting your benefits next year:

  • HSAs are medical savings accounts available to taxpayers who are enrolled in an HSA-qualified high-deductible health plan. In contrast, FSAs are available to all employees, if an employer elects to offer one.
  • Both cover pay for qualified medical expenses, and both are not subject to any payroll taxes.
  • FSAs will be lost if not used by the end of the year. If not used, the FSA money is forfeited to the employer.
  • HSA account balances will roll over to the next year.

When looking at your open enrollment this year, remember:

  • All money you plan to contribute to your FSA is available at the start of the plan year and does not have to be reimbursed if you leave the company.
  • HSA contributions are available only after the money is deducted from payroll.
  • As of January 1, 2011, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandated that drugs must be prescribed to be reimbursable.
  • Eligible medical expenses for your HSA and FSA include many complementary and alternative services, not just co-pays and deductibles.

Although many integrative medicine services are cash-based, you may use your contribution accounts for reimbursement. Most importantly, integrative doctors who are MDs who may prescribe conventional medicines and alternative therapies that would then be covered under your HSA/FSA. Remember, when choosing an integrative doctor, reimbursement claims must be submitted by the last day of the plan, so act fast. Don't forget to always consult your tax advisor should you require tax advice, and remember to speak with your human resources department to learn more about your HSA/FSA.


Avicenna Integrative Medicine
1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite E200
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 977-9300  |  www.avicennamd.com

Carrie Whittington has a BBA from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and is the Executive Business Director of Physicians Group of Georgia and Avicenna MD, which encompass Avicenna Integrative Medicine and Avicenna Allergy and Asthma. She has been inspired by the new approach to medicine presented by Maziar Rezvani, MD, owner of Avicenna, and is an integral part of his new practice and new approach to medicine both in his office and through corporate wellness.


Thursday, 24 October 2013 19:27

The Lost Art of Cleansing

Constipation is the top gastrointestinal complaint in North America resulting in over 2 million doctor visits each year.

When one becomes constipated waste is not promptly eliminated from the body and ferments in the bowel producing poisonous toxins, chemicals and bad bacteria. There are more bacteria in the colon than cells in the body. The colon lining has a network of blood vessels which absorb toxins into the bloodstream causing a condition called autointoxication or self-poisoning. In the bloodstream these toxins can put a strain on the body particularly the liver, the body's major organ of detoxification. Once autointoxication occurs and settles into the tissues it can be a contributing factor to autoimmune disorders. This creates an even higher level of toxicity in the body all stemming from the frequent problem of constipation. Almost everyone has a toxic colon due to poor diet, lack of fiber and poor elimination.

Colon Hydrotherapy, reported to be used by the Egyptians, is a "Lost Art of Cleansing". Every tissue in the body is fed by the bloodstream, which is supplied by the bowel. When the bowel is dirty the blood is dirty and so are the organs and tissues. It must be the bowel that is cared for first. Colonics are a safe, effective way to balance body chemistry, eliminate waste, and restore proper tissue and organ function.




Atlanta Colonic & Massage
6710 Jamestown Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30005
770-558-6900  |  www.atlantacoloniccenter.com

 A Mother-Daughter team, Teresa Ducoffe and Candace Layer are Certified Colon Hydrotherapists at Atlanta Colonic & Massage. Atlanta Colonic & Massage is to provide the best in preventative health care and detoxification, as well as unparalleled client care and service.