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Meet your picks for My Sandy Springs Best of 2021. See who you voted as best workout facility, landscaping, med spa and more! p. 17

Lives Not Loans

Founder Eddy Perez started Equity Prime Mortgage to help empower families everywhere to freedom through homeownership p. 13

Meet Your Neighbors

A School Counselor who goes above and beyond, plus Sandy Springs Business Owners

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What You Need to Know About Best of Winners

Does it mean these are the only businesses that provide excellent services and quality products in Sandy Springs? Of course not, but if you are looking, they should be on your list for consideration. Our Sandy Springs community is full of stellar businesses that offer exceptional service and experiences; the key is finding the right ones for you. If you have a favorite place in Sandy Springs you believe deserves recognition, please let us know.

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Nestled just outside the charming downtown of Blue Ridge, GA, this understated, mountain-lifestyle community offers magnificent views, fly-fishing and one of the best golf experiences in the Southeast. p. 22

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Date Night Ideas, Holiday Fun, Doing Good in the ’Hood & lots more

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Sleep, Hormones, Men's Health & More

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Where to go to workout, recover and indulge p. 14

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After all, we are all about the neighborhood, our community and supporting local Sandy Springs businesses in many different ways so you can have the information you need to choose the best for you.

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What you need to know about Best of Winners is this: They received the award because there are a lot of people who know them, trust them and believe they are the best at what they do. Those believers go online and vote daily to show their support for these local businesses, and those endorsements mean they have a loyal following. This says something.

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There was a time not so long ago that, as a media company owner, I refused to run Best of contests. I didn’t believe it was really fair to label any one business as the best because we have so many great ones in our community, and being the best varies depending on who you ask. But eventually, I changed my mind, and here is why. At the end of the day, I think these contests can provide valuable insight to readers and value to our local Sandy Springs businesses who choose to participate.

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Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has made us all see “home” in a different light, as we have been spending quite a bit of time there. A Pulsenomic study revealed that 64% of homeowners feel that their home is more important than ever, 83% of homeowners felt their home kept them safe and 70% feel emotionally attached to their home. There are also those homeowners who have realized they need more space, a better home office, more recreational space or feel it is the time to sell. Now the big question: Do we sell or buy first? There are 10 different ways homeowners can buy and sell at the same time. Here are just a few: • A Home Equity Line of Credit • A Bridge Loan • Buy Speculation or New Construction • Post-Close Occupancy • Rent and Search

If buying is on the horizon for you, you are in luck: interest rates are at historically low levels and your buying power has increased. However, because there is competition for the limited homes that are available for sale, a proactive real estate advisor is more important than ever to help you navigate through potential multiple offers, repairs and financing options to ensure a smooth process with little to no surprises. If you are interested in learning more about the current market, projections for 2021 or a listing consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact me. It would be an honor to serve you. Thought for the day: Live Simple, Think Big, Make a Difference. NEXT MONTH’S ARTICLE: Please send me your real estate questions. I look forward to sharing my answers with you and other readers in the next edition of Kim’s Korner.

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With a staff that is trained in topics and health concerns specific to the community, Elysium offers a safe, judgmentfree space to ask the health questions you need answers to. 5555 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Ste. 201. elysiummd.com

Break out those running shoes and jog on over to register for ProstAware’s run4DAD on Sept.19. An annual race that helps raise funds for prostate cancer awareness, the event

Take a day to tour the taprooms on Atlanta’s northside with the Topside Tap Trail. Winding through Sandy Springs, Roswell and Alpharetta, the trail covers some

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Break out the innertubes — it’s tubing season in Atlanta! The Nantahala Outdoor Center on Powers Island is ready and open for all your floating needs. Book a trip to float down the

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Beat the heat and take your love to the ice at Center Ice Arena. Whether you’re just learning, an old pro or a little rusty, their public skate hours are a great place to cool down and spend some time clinging tight to your honey. 5750 Roswell Rd. centericearena.org

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my Calendar of Events Make a day or a night of it! Check out these fun places with family and friends.

MONDAYS Let’s Get Cooking! 3-3:30pm Free Take the guesswork out of Monday night dinner with this virtual series presented by the Fulton County Library System. Every Monday they present a quick and easy meal to feed your family on Facebook Live. facebook.com/fulcolibrary

JUNE 5 Lantern Parade Morgan Falls Overlook Park 9:15pm (Pre-parade activities start at 7pm) Free Join this colorful procession of lanterns as participants make their way down to the Chattahoochee to view floating lanterns on the water. Food, entertainment and kids’ activities will be at Steel Canyon Golf Club from 7-9pm. sandyspringsga.gov

JUNE 11 City Green Live: Uptown Funk with Opening Act: Bailey Ingle 1 Galambos Way 7:30pm (Gates open at 5pm) Free Listen to the upbeat tunes of Bruno Mars from this tribute band as you chill out on the City Green. Food and drink are available or bring your own. No outside alcohol is permitted. citysprings.com/events

JUNE 20 Summer Solstice - Solar Viewing Morgan Falls Overlook Park 1-3pm Free Part of the City of Sandy Springs Wild Explorers program, a local naturalist will use a telescope to project a live image of the sun and kids will create a pretty sun craft. Registration is required. sandyspringsga.gov

JULY JULY 6 Photography Club 7300 Brandon Mill Rd. 6-8pm Free Join fellow photographers for a monthly discussion on different topics in photography. The first part of the meeting is devoted to beginner basics, followed by a more advanced discussion. All skill levels are welcome. sandyspringsga.gov

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Equity Prime Mortgage Understanding that each loan is a life By Alexandra Shimalla

Eddy Perez was a stockbroker until he decided to change careers in 2002. At the height of the 2008 housing crisis, with $1,000 and encouragement from friends, he began Equity Prime Mortgage. “I saw what residential housing was about: camaraderie, family and being together, which resonated with me,” says Eddy. Equity Prime Mortgage is a home lending company with offices around the country. From mortgages to refinancing options, Eddy created a business that offers an array of home lending products. They also work with multiple borrowers so that customers of any financial or credit background can buy a home or earn more financial freedom through the equity they’ve established.

WE AREN’T JUST IN THE MORTGAGE BUSINESS. WE ARE IN THE BUSINESS OF PEOPLE. WE USE THE HASHTAG ‘LIVES NOT LOANS’ BECAUSE BEHIND EACH LOAN ARE LIVES. Eddy also built his company around a culture of empowerment, diversity and inclusion. He says the foundation of this culture is all about listening. “As a mentor, I want to get our employees talking, listen to them, dig into their passion and help them unleash it for the benefit of everybody. As a leader, I want to recognize the new perspective they have to bring to the table and see where we can go together as a team.” The company created EPM+, a digital initiative to boost employee engagement. Through the various branches of the project — such as ones dedicated to health and wellness, sharing newsletters, producing video content and connecting new employees with the company — Eddy says the goal is to improve the company from within. By empowering and recognizing employees, they’ll be motivated to bring that dedication and service to the people they’re helping secure loans.

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The beginning wasn’t without its hurdles. Eddy and his team pushed through potential bankruptcy and are now licensed in 49 states. “I’ve always had the mentality that failure is not an option. It’s all in how you respond to opportunity. You’ll get a lot of tough breaks, and all kinds of things will happen, but you have to make the best of all situations,” he says.

“We aren’t just in the mortgage business. We are in the business of people. We use the hashtag ‘Lives Not Loans’ because behind each loan are lives,” says Eddy. “From the consumer to the people who have touched it in the process.”

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When Kendra Hutcherson starts her day at Lake Forest Elementary School, she never knows where it will take her. A simpler one for the 34-year-old school

counselor may include student one-on-one sessions that focus on social and emotional coping skills, while a harder day may involve interventions with pupils experiencing distress. “A lot of the work I do is reactive. You can’t plan when a crisis happens,” she says. Kendra’s commitment to the children pushes her to find ways to support them beyond her daily duties. She’s rallied the community to aid families after apartment fires, made sure those without food who are waiting on assistance from an organization are fed, collaborated with nonprofits, and taken part in raising $35,000 in 2020 for the school’s Lion Pride fund, which helped parents cover rent and utility bills after job losses due to COVID-19. As the health crisis redefined the school experience, Kendra adapted. She encouraged students to employ yoga and calm breathing as relaxation techniques by sharing a video of her reading a mindfulness book. Additionally, she used her 20-pound Chihuahua-pug mix, Bella, as an icebreaker on Microsoft Teams. Once in-person learning resumed, she spent lunchtime outdoors reconnecting with children she hadn’t seen in almost six months. Her never-ending dedication even inspired the principal to nominate her for the “680 The Fan” T-Mobile Frontline Fridays award, which Kendra won in December 2020.

AS COUNSELORS, WE CAN’T UNDO THE TRAUMA OUR STUDENTS HAVE GONE THROUGH, BUT WE CAN CREATE AN ACCEPTING CULTURE … —KENDRA HUTCHERSON

Though working with students during this time has presented challenges, she remains focused on her goal. “As counselors, we can’t undo the trauma our students have gone through, but we can create an accepting culture, show kindness and love, and let them know they at least have one person in the building that cares about them,” she says.

When it comes to her own self-care, Kendra enjoys walks and indulging in at-home facials. “If anyone wants to get me off topic, talk to me about skincare products,” she jokes. Around Sandy Springs, you’ll find her dropping off and picking up her 5-year-old son, Leo, at The Legacy Centre Preschool, unwinding as a family of three with her husband, Rabon, at City Springs, or visiting Luxe Nail Bar for some pampering. fultonschools.org/lakeforestes

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Kendra also strives to uplift the school’s teachers as much as possible. Her most recent efforts include her “Room Service” program, through which she delivers small snacks and encouraging notes to instructors. Her goal is to show gratitude and remind them of the importance of their own self-care. She notes, “This small gesture lets them know that they are appreciated and helps bring a smile to their face — even if it’s hidden by a mask.”

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2021 After hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, you have chosen Sandy Springs’ best!

MY SANDY SPRINGS BEST OF 2021 (L TO R): DR. DANIEL LEE, DR. KEN ANDERSON

BEST MEN’S HAIR RESTORATION

Anderson Center for Hair With over 160 years of combined experience in hair restoration surgery, Anderson Center for Hair is at the forefront of innovative therapies to combat hair loss, such as regenerative exosome treatments with no downtime. Patients can have complete peace of mind, from knowing all the options and projected outcomes of their treatment plan to post-surgical care and follow-up. atlantahairsurgeon.com, 404.256.4247

BEST FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

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BEST CHILD CARE

Primrose School of Sandy Springs South Primrose School of Sandy Springs South is a part of a national family of accredited early education and care schools serving infants through kindergarten and after-schoolers. Mrs. Raneet Khurana, the owner, believes that through the Balanced Learning® approach, teachers help empower children to reach their full potential by nurturing curiosity, confidence, creativity and compassion. primrosesandyspringssouth.com, 470.685.1281

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BEST HAIR SALON

Van Michael Salon

BEST PEDIATRIC DENTIST

Dentistry for Children Sandy Springs Dentistry for Children provides the highest quality care in a fun, child-friendly setting. That’s why they are equipped with the latest dental innovations, specially designed for pediatric patients. Focusing on education and prevention, they don’t just care for smiles — they create them. dentistry4children.com/locations/sandy-springs, 770.692.1000

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You can rely on the professionals at Van Michael Salon for all of your beauty needs. For nearly 35 years, their award-winning salons have been trusted by everyone from celebrities to their loyal clientele. At Van Michael Salon it’s you first! vanmichael.com, 404.237.2446

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(L TO R): BURT WRIGHT, SHANNON WRIGHT, EVAN JACKSON

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BEST REALTOR

Karen Cannon Realtors At Karen Cannon Realtors, they do things differently. They’ve earned a reputation as the most trusted and fastest-growing independent real estate firm in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and North Atlanta. Using a team approach to deliver exceptional results, their agents sell homes in half the time and at top dollar. karencannon.com, 770.352.9658

With a combined 60 years of experience in the industry, Absolute Image Consulting has risen to the top as the first choice for Atlantans in noninvasive hair solutions. They have created a comfortable, stress-free system that focuses on the client and their natural look and feel, all while at a fair price. atlantahairreplacement.com 770.642.6003

BEST ROOFER

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Dogwood Roofing Owner Todd Hendryx is a licensed and insured contractor who has been installing roofs for over 30 years. With strong attention to detail, open communication throughout the roofing process, and fair and honest pricing, his company, Dogwood Roofing, has become the community’s go-to source for roofing needs. dogwoodroofing.com, 678.383.4675

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(L TO R): DR. ELENA DUMAS, MARIA MITCHELL, DR. JOSEPH ASERCION

BEST ORTHODONTICS PRACTICE

Georgia School of Orthodontics Your health and safety are the top priorities at Georgia School of Orthodontics. Their state-of-the-art practices in Sandy Springs and Duluth provide patients with the highest quality orthodontic treatment, and braces and Invisalign® cost up to 40% less than through private practice care. bracestoday.com, 770.351.7737

(L TO R): LAURA SCHILLING, CHARLES GOLDBERG

BEST FINANCIAL PLANNER

Financial Innovations As a woman-owned, fee-based financial planning and wealth management firm, Financial Innovations’ mission is to help clients develop a financial road map to assist them in reaching their financial goals. Their expert advisors include attorneys, CPAs, CFP, CSA and a CFF. financialinnovations.biz, 404.458.0065

BEST DERMATOLOGIST

With over 40 years of serving the Atlanta area, the boardcertified providers at Dermatology Associates of Atlanta are dedicated to addressing skincare needs from head to toe. They house 10 specialty centers that aim to provide patients with outstanding clinical and cosmetic dermatology services. dermatlanta.com, 404.256.4457

(L TO R) TOP ROW: DR. D. SCOTT KAREMPELIS, DR. ASHLEY R. CURTIS, DANNA DENNIS CALDER, DELMER L. HENDERSON; BOTTOM ROW: DR. JOSEPH PAYNE, MARA P. GROSSWALD

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BEST BRUNCH

Southern Bistro A neighborhood restaurant for over 16 years, Southern Bistro offers seasonal, Southern cuisine with friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy dinner, lunch or a delicious weekend brunch in their cozy dining room or on the spacious outdoor patio. southernbistroatl.com, 404.705.8444

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BEST DOCTOR OR PLACE FOR BACK, SPINE OR JOINT CARE

Perimeter Orthopaedics Offering the best in traditional and modern orthopedic care, Perimeter Orthopaedics has over 35 years of experience treating everything from common orthopedic conditions to severe and complex injuries, diseases and conditions of the foot, ankle, knee, hip, back, spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. perimeterortho.com, 404.255.5595

BEST PLACE FOR NONSURGICAL BODY SCULPTING

Slim Studio is known by Atlantans as the gold standard in noninvasive body sculpting. Performing Emsculpt® and CoolSculpting® procedures exclusively that build muscle and reduce fat, the phenomenal staff at this facility exceeds clients’ expectations with the results achieved and concierge service provided. Slim Studio operates under the skilled medical supervision of double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alan Larsen of Buckhead Plastic Surgery. slimstudioatlanta.com, 404.410.7777 ROBBIE SPENCE AND THE DEDICATED STAFF OF SLIM STUDIO

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BEST WORKOUT FACILITY

Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy Here, small class sizes make all the difference as attendees receive individualized attention from Pilates instructors who are often physical therapists. All staff has advanced training and credentials, and provide hands-on correction and cuing. Offering a selection of group classes and private sessions that are designed to complement busy schedules, each session promises to be fun, challenging and never the same. stabilityatlanta.com, 404.303.9153

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BEST GENERAL/FAMILY DENTIST

David M. Mastro, DDS, PC Alluring Cosmetic Dentistry has provided general and comprehensive dentistry to the local community and abroad for over 35 years, with the number one goal being dental excellence. Dr. Mastro has made it a priority to provide quality aesthetic dentistry that lasts for his patients with the help of the most modern technology and a compassionate team. alluringcosmeticdentistry.com, 770.642.9900

BEST MED SPA

Offering state-of-the-art cosmetic services in a friendly and professional environment, LUX Med Spa’s services are provided by experienced medical specialists, including licensed aestheticians and laser techs, a certified physician assistant injector, registered nurse injector, and a certified massage therapist. luxmedspa.com, 404.465.1234

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BEST PLASTIC SURGEON

Killingsworth Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Stephanie Farber Dr. Stephanie Farber is an Atlanta plastic surgeon at Killingsworth Center for Plastic Surgery who specializes in facial rejuvenation, breast enhancement, body contouring and many other types of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Her eye for beauty, attention to detail, rigorous training and compassion for her patients help her to achieve the best possible results. killingsworthplasticsurgery.com, 678.208.6008

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Emily Brenner Brenner Law Group, LLC Brenner Law Group, LLC is dedicated to client-centered, results-oriented family law. With more than 40 years of experience, attorney Emily Brenner will expertly handle your case, including divorce, high-asset and complicated divorce, custody, modifications, child support, legitimation and more. brennerlawgroup.com, 404.751.8868

Glitz Threading & Sugaring Wax Studio A recognized natural and organic salon, Glitz Threading & Sugaring Wax Studio has been serving up sugaring and waxing, eyebrow shaping and tinting, lashes and in-depth facials for over three years. They strive to make each individual feel beautiful and confident in a relaxing environment. glitzwax.com, 404.941.7708

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Frameless shower door glass comes in two thicknesses, 3 8 inch and ½ inch. Our rule of

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