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Cook. Compete. Connect. Have Fun. Best Self Atlanta had a fantastic time in the kitchen at Team Building with Taste p.18

Celebrating 42 Over 40 & Fabulous! Get to know all the winners and see how this year’s finalists take care of themselves and make a difference in their communities.

Keeping It Together When Going Separate Ways

In every issue

On the Cover:


From the Publisher

Are You Ready to Be Inspired?


Editor’s Letter


Best Bulletin


Best Fitness


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A Season to Celebrate New Ideas and Activities Stay Strong and Active

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Best Fun


Fun Calendar


Best Cause


Give-Back Guide

Best Self Atlanta bonds in the kitchen at Team Building with Taste Enjoy Our Great City Father’s Day Festivities Volunteer Opportunities

How to divorce with dignity p.38

Lynne McDonald Photography: Sawyer Photography Hair & Makeup: Bob Steele Salon Special Thank You To: King Plow Arts Center for hosting our contest winners photo shoot and to Kale Me Crazy and Chicken Salad Chick for providing the delicious food. Euphoric Vibrations Entertainment, LLC for marvelous music.

Photography by (top left) Dan Sawyer of Sawyer Photography; (top right) Justin Sicard of Mammoth Studio.

Pictured L-R: Winners Dawn Skok, Tracye Hutchins, Brenda Hall, DDS, MD, Marquetta J. Bryan, Esq.

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Are You Ready to Be Inspired? For the 8th year in a row, your nominations and votes have made this contest a celebration of individuals who truly embody what it means to be your “best self.” Thank you for the hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes. You guys really know how to pick ’em! I picked one this year as well.

Celebrating her 30th year in dentistry, Dr. Debra Gray King is a pioneer in cosmetic dentistry. She is one of less than 76 dentists worldwide to be an Accredited Fellow, which is the highest level of competence recognized by the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). She has been featured on The Doctors, Extreme Makeover, The Wall Street Journal, and various media outlets.

I chose Laura Janelle Downey as my Publisher’s Pick because while not eligible to be in the contest because she works at Atlanta Best Media, I know firsthand of her commitment to physical and spiritual health and dedication to giving back. Meet our esteemed managing editor on p.54. What makes this year even more special is that we not only celebrated our 2018 winners, but we recognized our entire Over 40 & Fabulous! family of winners from 2010-2017. These like-minded men and women who are devoted to serving our community have become friends and colleagues, using their platforms and passions to collectively make an impact on the world. Check out the alumni (p.82) who joined us this year for our contest winners photo shoot at King Plow Arts Center. As for this year’s winners, I hope you enjoy their captivating stories and get inspired! We definitely did. And last but certainly not least, thank you to our expert partners who make this contest and the events surrounding it possible. Learn more about them on p.58 and take a look at a few photos (below) from our Meet the Experts event, which was held on May 2. All the best!

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Dr. Charlie Cooper is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). He has transformed thousands of smiles and his cosmetic cases are used in lectures nationwide. Dr. Cooper studied at the world famous Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. He is a regular participant in the “Give Back A Smile” Program in which he and the ACCD donate their time and skills to help battered women achieve a new smile.

Dr. Brett Reeve studied Dentistry at the University of Southern California where he earned a membership to the Honor Dental Society “Omicron Kappa Upsilon.” He is a Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Dental Association. In 2015, Dr. Reeve earned the Hero in Healthcare award for his constant service in the community and outstanding dental work.

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I must admit that this issue is one of my favorites. Getting to know the winners of our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest during the photo shoot, events, and by reading their Q&As always inspires me. From the standout philanthropy work our 2018 winner, Lynne McDonald, does with youth who have Type 1 diabetes (which she also has), to the passion for health that lifted Lisa Mohager out of poverty, these 15 women and men are a shining example of what it means to be your best self. I’m sure their stories will leave you with the same feeling of awe that I felt when I first read them. Turn to p.42 to see for yourself. Also in preparation for this issue, the Best Self Atlanta and Atlanta Best Media team added some flavor to our usual Team Activity Day outing. In the past, we have taken a trip back in time to the ’80s by breakdancing with dancer Honey Rockwell and gotten Zen with Tai Chi. Recently, we took to the kitchen at Team Building with Taste. Far from the typical team-building activity, we bonded during a culinary showdown. Read about all the delicious fun on p.18. On a more serious note, we also dive into a life transition that can be one of the most difficult to navigate. According to the American Psychological Association, 40 to 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. The reality is bleak, but navigating the divorce process doesn’t have to be. In “Keeping It Together When Going Separate Ways” on p.38, we break down the legal and emotional intricacies of 3:23 PM divorce such as custody agreements, therapy options and the impact it has on children. Sometimes, along this journey called life, we wind up on a road we never thought we’d be on or that presents challenges we don’t want to face. I hope this issue reminds you that no matter where you end up, you always have the choice to learn and grow from every situation as our contest winners have. Happy reading,

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Men’s Health: Here’s how 5 Atlanta males make it a priority

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Snoring? Let’s talk! By Jill M. Golsen, DMD

Golsen Family Dentistry A native of Florida, Dr. Golsen attended the University of Georgia, and received a Bachelor of Science as well as a DMD from the Medical College School of Dentistry in 1993. Dr. Golsen was a clinical instructor at Perimeter College School of Dental Hygiene and past president of the Georgia Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. She is also an international trainer for Kreativ air abrasion technology, where she trains dentists from all over the world on the technology. Dr. Golsen has been practicing for 24 years in Alpharetta. Dr. Golsen has two sons. One is a first-year Vet Med student at the University of Georgia and the other is a senior in high school. She is also a seven-year breast cancer survivor! Read article on p.29.


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Screening Mammography Redefined By John F. Arnold, MD, MBA

OutPatient Imaging (OPI) John F. Arnold, MD, MBA, is a board-certified radiologist specializing in Nuclear Medicine. He earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine and completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Methodist Hospital. He completed a fellowship in Nuclear Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Arnold is also an MQSA-certified Mammographer. Read article on p.34.


Dreamy Rest or Toss & Turn Mess By David Martin, RN

VeinInnovations David Martin, RN, is the president and CEO of VeinInnovations, which he founded in 2002. As Atlanta’s first dedicated vein care practice, it offers every available minimally invasive technique to treat venous insufficiency and varicose and spider veins. With four locations and five physicians, VeinInnovations is a preferred provider for every major insurance company and is the place to “get your legs done” with little or no downtime. Read article on p.30.

By Scott D. Miller, MD

WellStar North Fulton Hospital Men’s health advocate Dr. Scott D. Miller is an innovative surgeon with one of the largest and most diverse experiences in laparoscopic and robotic urology in the Southeast. As one of Georgia’s best surgeons, Dr. Miller is guided by one consistent philosophy: focus solely on patients’ special needs and perfect the techniques necessary to deliver the best possible care. He believes that when patients have a better understanding of the conditions they are facing and how to improve their overall health, they have a chance to improve their quality of life. Read article on p.31. And don’t miss the 9th annual run4DAD on June 16! See more on p.24.

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The Truth About Laser Spine Surgery By Vamsi K. Kancherla, MD

Resurgens Spine Center Vamsi K. Kancherla, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA. He is an expert in the areas of minimally invasive spinal techniques, artificial disc replacement, adult degenerative spine disorders, robotic and navigated spine surgery, scoliosis, complex spine surgery, and cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine surgery. Read article on p.27.


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Windy Hill Athletic Club As the general manager of Windy Hill Athletic Club, Karen Foley considers it her mission to help members achieve their fitness goals, no matter how big or small. A fitness enthusiast herself, Karen loves to bike, cross-train and play tennis. She encourages members to focus less on sticking to a tedious exercise routine and more on working out in a fun environment however they like to move. With world-class indoor and outdoor tennis courts, swimming pools that rival those of Five-Star hotels, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, and social events for the whole family, Windy Hill offers members a place to practice a healthy lifestyle and the coaching team to help them do so. The club’s promise is “to inspire you through movement, community, and personal attention,” which Karen lives by every day Read article on p.33.

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Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates Mohammad Wehbi, MD, is a board-certified gastroenterologist with Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates. He evaluates and treats patients with all types of digestive and liver diseases at the Acworth, Cartersville, Kennestone, and Windy Hill locations. A native of Lebanon, Dr. Wehbi completed his medical degree at the American University of Beirut then came to Atlanta to continue his studies, including a residency at Atlanta Medical Center and a fellowship in gastroenterology at Emory University. He is also fluent in Arabic. Read article on p.28.


An Answer for the Most Common Cause of Hair Loss in Women By Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP, and April Secen, LMA

HairRegen Grattan Woodson, MD, a native Atlantan, focuses his professional efforts on assisting women navigate the rigors of menopause. He has assembled a dedicated team of specialists to assist women regrow lost hair; restore and conserve sun-damaged skin; and reduce excess body fat while restoring lost muscle, joint cartilage, and bone mass. April Secen, LMA is his senior aesthetician responsible for hair and skin restoration and conservation. Secen utilizes advanced imaging technologies to diagnose and monitor diseases affecting hair and skin and uses efficacious topical therapies and microneedling to treat these disorders. Read article on p.32. BEST SELF ATLANTA

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Shake It Up Baby, Now! Best Self Atlanta took to the kitchen at Team Building with Taste to sharpen solidarity, add a pinch of trust and a dash of appreciation for one another. By Annie Paschal Love to watch “Chopped,” Food Network’s culinary competition series? Can you turn on an oven or whip up crème brûlée like a pro? Want to connect more with your coworkers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, visit Team Building with Taste (TBWT) for an out-of-the-box bonding experience. Best Self Atlanta, one of Atlanta Best Media’s flagship publications, joined forces with its sister publication, My Home Improvement, and friends in the home improvement industry for a fun-filled cooking showdown.

(L-R) Alex McCray, Halen Adair, Wyndi Kappes, Patti Stephens, Paul Castell, Jennifer Prins, and Antonette Copeland enjoy a glass of wine before the fun begins.

Our group was strategically split into four teams. This allowed people in departments that don’t interact on a regular basis an opportunity to get to know each other better. Once the clock started, we were off to make the “healthy” menu (seven other menu options are also available, including Bistro, Italian, South of the Border and more). We got organized to make kale salad, poached salmon, and warm quinoa. Someone in each group immediately took charge by assigning roles, brainstorming ways to enhance the recipe, and more. A pantry stocked with fresh vegetables, plenty of spices, bacon, cheeses, and everything in between was at our disposal. A TBWT-designated chef was

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When the timer sounded, everyone put down their bowls and added finishing touches to their plate for the judges. Then it was time to present our dishes to fellow competitors and convince the judges to choose their group as the winner. Some chose catchy sayings and others went with creative music and dances. Team Two featured editorial assistant Wyndi Kappes on the megaphone giving a funny speech and starting a “Kale Yeah!” chant. Getting the audience involved definitely scored them extra points. Ultimately it was Team Four that

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Diane Coker becomes a grill master.

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After the judges made their decision based on presentation, plating, and taste, we enjoyed the fruits of everyone’s labor by digging into each team’s dishes. As we ate, we reflected on what we learned about our coworkers and our newfound trust, respect and dependence on each other. Each team chose a member that added something extra special to the activity and crowned the individual “MVP” with a chef’s hat. Sales/marketing assistant Halen Adair added spectacular creativity and quick thinking to Team Three aka “This Just Thin.” Overall, this unique team-building experience, which more than 25,000 people have participated in, received rave reviews from our group. Now we know why 80 percent of other participants said this was the best team-building activity they have ever done. Details: 2715 Peachtree Sq., Atlanta;

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As we ate, we reflected on what we learned about our coworkers and our newfound trust, respect and dependence on each other.

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aser spine surgery—we hear more about it every day. But what is it really? In this edition of Partners in Health, we share more about this treatment tool and answer common questions about it. COMMON QUESTIONS What is laser spine surgery? A laser is merely a tool (like a scalpel, burr, etc.) used in performing minimally invasive or open spine surgery. It can: • Help make necessary cuts (rather than using the traditional scalpel) • Aid in removing and/or shrinking tumors and/or disc material around the spinal cord Is there any medical evidence for the use of lasers in spine surgery? When used safely, lasers may play a very small role in minimally invasive or open spine surgery. There is no scientific evidence in well-respected medical journals to suggest that lasers are critical and/or useful in the vast majority of spine surgeries. Can lasers be harmful? Yes. A laser is a straight beam of light that is ill-suited for removing lesions hiding around corners. The ability to navigate angles safely is an important feature of the traditional scalpel. Because nerves are often tucked into narrow anatomic structures, a straight beam of light, like a laser, can accidently injure a nerve, causing permanent neurologic problems. The heat from a laser can sometimes be transmitted to adjacent anatomical structures and also damage nerves. Can lasers be helpful? Very few conditions require the use of a laser. But in certain areas of surgery, lasers have been helpful. For instance, in lipomyelomeningocele surgery (removal of fatty tissue that is pressing on the spinal cord unnaturally and dangerously) the laser can be a useful tool. However, its role in the surgery is small. MYTHS Myth 1: Laser Spine Surgery is Medically Recognized Laser spine surgery is not readily accepted in the medical community. It is not a topic of discussion among medical professionals at meetings of the North American Spine Society and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Myth 2: Laser Spine Surgery is Affordable Because the technology is not clinically accepted and has not been proven, laser spine surgery is typically not covered by health insurance. As a result, procedures have been known to add up to $20,000 to $50,000 in out-of-pocket costs. Myth 3: Laser Spine Surgery is Effective Commercials for laser spine surgery often promise significant relief with less risk of complications and shorter recovery times. The truth is that it has not been proven what can actually be accomplished with a laser. Laser surgery is not the same as minimally invasive back surgery, which does produce results. And pain does not show up on X-rays or MRIs. This means that even if pain goes away, it can be hard to prove whether the surgery cured the pain or the pain just went away on its own. When considering minimally invasive spine surgery options, ask yourself a few important questions: • Does the practice or institution you are considering teach courses on the use of its technique at national spine meetings? • Is this procedure something that other respected surgeons have adopted? If the answer to these questions is “no,” you may want to investigate other options.

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Pain-free Treatment Available for Hemorrhoids By Mohammad Wehbi, M.D.


hanks to a nonsurgical procedure called the CRH O’Regan System®, patients do not need to suffer in silence from hemorrhoids. This safe and effective technique enables patients to be treated quickly, return to work the same day and resume normal activity with very little discomfort. Hemorrhoids are very common in both men and women—especially pregnant women—and about half the population will get them by age 50. Hemorrhoids are actually swollen veins in the lower rectum and anus and can be extremely uncomfortable. For most women, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy are a temporary problem resulting from the pressure of the fetus on the abdomen, hormonal changes and pressure on the blood vessels during childbirth. For both men and women, they can be caused by constipation, diarrhea, obesity, heavy lifting, or long periods of sitting.

Most patients only decide to see a gastroenterologist when the bleeding, pain, burning or itching becomes unbearable. When symptoms do become a problem, the physicians at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates have been trained and certified in the CRH O’Regan System® to offer patients relief. In the past, surgery was frequently recommended to treat internal hemorrhoids. This nonsurgical method involves using a small rubber band to strangulate the base of the swollen vein and cut off the blood supply

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2018 partners in health Snoring? Let’s talk! By Jill M. Golsen, DMD

When you got married your partner didn’t snore. Now, there is a chain saw in the bedroom. You have now moved to the guest room. You are grumpy, have dark circles under your eyes, are always tired and are probably grinding your teeth too! Or, even worse, your child is snoring and sleeping with his or her mouth open and not breathing well! They are grinding their baby teeth down to nubs and everyone just says, “Oh, it’s normal.”

No, It’s Not Normal

“Behind the “snoring curtain” are issues that must be diagnosed and resolved! ” — Jill M. Golsen, DMD

This is not just snoring. Behind the “snoring curtain” are issues that must be diagnosed and resolved! There are so many levels to this problem. People can die during an apneic event because they stop breathing! At the very least when we snore, we are not going into deep sleep. It’s all about the airway and if it’s blocked, which is not good.

Resolving the Issue In our office, we see people who are grinding their teeth or their front gums might be red and bleeding, which is our first clue that something is wrong. Next, we ask a few questions about their sleep habits. The CPAP machine is not always the answer. So don’t stop reading! After a discussion with the patient, we talk about the route to diagnosing this issue. Since there can be so many causes and treatment options, it’s important to not put the same label on everyone. We must listen to the patient and really think about the plan of action. Not getting this resolved can break up marriages! I have had patients come to me who are incredibly upset over their situation. Depending on our chat, we determine if it’s a sinus or dental issue. If it’s a sinus issue, I always refer my patients to a great ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist who knows sleep issues and how to resolve them. You want to get this resolved!

In children, this is terrible to let go on. So please don’t! Children especially feel the effects. Chronic sinusitis, throat infections, mouth breathing, flattened baby teeth, poor performance in school—these are all signs. Facial bone development can be affected by a child’s inability to breath. Think about that. If any of this sounds familiar, “Houston, we have a problem!” Another round of antibiotics for their 6th sinus infection is not acceptable! Your poor child needs to be seen by an appropriate doctor who can resolve the issue. After a thorough evaluation by us, and possibly an ENT doctor, and maybe a sleep study for a spouse, then the recommended treatment can be prescribed. This could be as simple as an appliance to wear to change the jaw position or nasal or sinus surgery. Any of the prescribed solutions will help you breathe better and sleep better, which will make you feel better! Get your partner back in the bedroom! Call our office if anyone in your family snores! We would love to help guide you and your family to be healthier—and happier!

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Dreamy Rest or Toss & Turn Mess By David Martin, RN


o you ever find yourself awake in the middle of the night, counting sheep, and trying not to think about how restless your legs feel? Or, while working long hours at your desk, are your legs begging you to get up and move around? Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that affects 10% of adults in the U.S. and is a potentially debilitating sleep disorder that should not be ignored.

Taking a Deeper Look After 16 years of studying and treating legs at VeinInnovations, we have found that many of our patients complain of restless legs at night. They describe sleepless nights caused by a tingling or crawling underneath the skin that makes them feel the urge to move their legs, or even cause them to jerk uncontrollably. Some patients also complain that they experience these symptoms throughout the day when they’ve been seated for long periods of time. Moreover, many patients come to us because they have been diagnosed with RLS and their medications are not working for them. Having an ultrasound can determine whether or not their RLS symptoms are being caused by vein disease. “The ultrasound examination is a definitive way to rule out significant venous disease. If we rule out vein disease, then we can refer the patient out for neurological treatment of RLS. We know that the causes of restless legs can be neurological, however these symptoms mimic vein disease so we better not automatically assume the symptoms are being brought on by one or the other. On the other hand, if restless legs are based on venous disease, we have seen dramatic resolution of restless legs through vein treatment procedures,” says Darrell Caudill, Medical Director of VeinInnovations.

Don’t Suffer in Silence Venous disease is treated using minimally invasive vein procedures done in a doctor’s office setting that help diseased or malfunctioning veins redirect blood into other veins for improved circulation. Many patients not only experience improvement of their RLS symptoms, but also many other symptoms caused by

damaged veins. Some patients who have symptoms similar to those with restless legs syndrome are pleasantly surprised when they get their first good night of sleep post treatment. Better yet, when there is a positive ultrasound for vein disease along with one or more symptoms, about 90% of these vein treatment procedures are covered by insurance.

We know that the causes of restless legs can be neurological, however these symptoms mimic vein disease so we better not automatically assume the symptoms are being brought on by one or the other. The ultrasound guides our treatment and is an effective diagnostic tool, whether the patient is suffering from varicose veins, swollen ankles, skin changes on the legs, restless legs at night or leg cramps. If you’ve had an ultrasound and vein disease was ruled out, restless legs could be caused by a myriad of other things such as central nervous system abnormalities, neurological abnormalities in the spine or brain, cortisol or iron deficiency, family history, medications, or caffeine. However, if you suffer from any RLS-like symptoms, or just tired, heavy legs, call VeinInnovations and make an appointment for an ultrasound to be performed by one of our registered vascular technologists to determine whether you may be suffering from treatable venous disease.

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partners in health Good Stress, Bad Stress By Scott D. Miller, MD


e all procrastinate from time to time. In fact, some people say that they work better under pressure. Although physical and mental stress can both have some beneficial effects on our well-being, too much stress can undermine our goals that prompted this response in the first place. The challenge is recognizing the line between benefit and harm. So what is the purpose of stress? In the most primitive sense, it is a survival mechanism. When faced with physical danger, hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline are rapidly produced in order to prepare us for a defensive or evasive action. However, a similar response can occur in a social or work setting. Over time, this motivation that pushes us through our daily routine can have some detrimental effects on our mental and physical health. Stress can be a great tool for helping us achieve our goals. Merely setting a deadline or committing to a project can provide the necessary kick in the pants. Stress also conditions us to deal with more stress. Just think back to the things that stressed us out as teenagers. They seem so trivial now. Of course, the best example of good stress is exercise. In addition to all of the obvious health benefits, exercise prepares us for both the physical and mental rigors of life. Even a short walk can pull us out of that afternoon slump.

The detrimental effects of stress go far beyond the feeling of being “stressed out.” These consequences include the following: ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨ ¨

Elevation in blood pressure Increased risk of heart disease Lowered testosterone Weight gain Poor sleep patterns Depression and mood swings Risky behavior More stress and anxiety

Reducing stress can be simple. Here are some tips: ¨ Exercise daily ¨ Make a good night’s sleep a priority ¨ Prioritize tasks and goals ¨ Make lists ¨ Learn to say “no” ¨ Socialize Also, consider relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or simply listening to

music. Making time for stress reduction will save you time in the long run. The right amount of stress can boost both our mental and physical abilities. However, too much of a good thing can wreak havoc on our health. You might not even realize when you cross that line. Men are notorious for neglecting their health, and stress reduction is no exception. The possibility of stress affecting your testosterone level should be enough motivation. Look for my article on “Man Versus Prostate” in the next issue. Scott D. Miller, MD, is the Medical Director of Robotic Surgery at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. He is a urologist with WellStar Urology in Roswell and has practiced in Atlanta for over 20 years. WellStar North Fulton Hospital offers services to address and prevent conditions associated with stress. Call 770-956-STAR (7827) today to learn more about heart screenings, cardiac rehabilitation, or sleep studies at WellStar North Fulton.

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An Answer for the Most Common Cause of Hair Loss in Women By Grattan Woodson, MD, FACP

“Hair is all over the place—my clothes, my carpet, my sofa, and my car. It’s everywhere, especially in my shower drains. When is it ever going to end?” The good news is that the shedding will end soon. At last, effective treatment for chronic telogen effluvium (CTE), the second most common cause of women’s chronic hair shedding, has arrived. The treatment is a simple-to-administer scalp spray used twice daily called Minca Scalp Spray. The Chronic Shedding Cause Chronic telogen effluvium usually follows an episode of acute telogen effluvium (ATE). ATE is common and occurs for a great many reasons. It spontaneously resolves in 90% of women. CTE has several common features, including the loss of the ability to grow hair much longer than 6 inches, significant thinning of hair on both temples, and generalized thinning of hair on the entire head but with no scalp exposure. The tireless work of hundreds of dedicated researchers has led to some definitive answers about this puzzling disease that provide insights into its nature. The key discovery was that the hair follicle has only a few ways it can respond to insults and CTE is one of them. In simplest terms, CTE is a disease of the hair cycle. The normal hair growth cycle lasts 6 years but in CTE it has been short-circuited resulting in its premature termination after only 18 to 24 months. When the cycle is terminated, the hair shaft is ejected from the follicle and lost from the scalp as the hair is shed. This is why women with CTE can’t grow their hair much longer than 6 inches.

At last, effective treatment for chronic telogen effluvium (CTE), the second most common cause of women’s chronic hair shedding, has arrived. Hair follicles are naturally out of sync with each other so when a hair needs to be replaced it is not likely to be too close to another one undergoing the same thing. With CTE since the cycle length is shorted so much hair is always being terminated. This explains why your hair is constantly shedding. While there is constant loss of hair and the hair is much thinner as a result, there is no loss of scalp cover because for every lost hair a new one is coming in to replace it and the lost hair is out of sync with each other. A Minca Miracle Armed with this knowledge we crafted Minca Scalp Spray designed specifically for women. Minca Scalp Spray gets the hair cycle back on track. Its inherent

pharmaceuticals, hormones, and antihormones affecting the DNA of the hair follicle stem cell and provide the hair follicle with a protective environment. Minca Scalp Spray increases the blood flow to the base of the hair follicle, which increases the delivery of protein, minerals, fats, and all the many inputs needed to produce hair. These features of Minca Scalp Spray result in the gradual recovery of a normal hair cycle over time. Our treatment services are not covered by insurance or Medicare. For a more information about our treatment services and the fee for our treatment services please visit our website at www. or call Kim Teasley at 404.574.2373.

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Ways to Stay Active and Social This Summer at Windy Hill Athletic Club By Karen Foley


Get Outside

There are so many ways to take advantage of the sunny weather while at Windy Hill Athletic Club. Tennis is in full swing! Our Tennis In No Time program teaches beginners how to play in just 4 weeks. Plus, there are drills, adult instructional programs and socials to keep avid players and newbies on the court outdoors.

Everyone from singles to families and kids can get involved at Windy Hill Athletic Club during the summer months. Visit the club and see what is right for you and your crew. Or, slow down the pace and relax by our resort-style pool. If you’re feeling adventurous, try our 50-foot rock climbing wall. Afterward, grab a drink and bite to eat at our café featuring summer specials.


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Beat the Heat

Head to our fitness floors with boutique-style studios for yoga, barre, cycling, boxing and kickboxing classes, along with boot camps. We are also launching two new programs this summer called Aqua HIIT and Warrior. Not for the faint of heart, Aqua HIIT is a high-intensity interval training water

aerobics class that features a variety of equipment and high-tempo music. You can now find this series on our Group X schedule. Warrior is hosted in our PIT studio and is also on the Group X schedule. This 45-minute class features 3 stations and incorporates cardio, work on the floor, and work with weights.



Join us from 1-5 p.m. on June 16 for our Big Summer Bash pool party. Vino connoisseurs will love our Wednesday Wine Down from 7-9 p.m. on July 17. And in August, we’ll host a Back-to-School Party.

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Our camp programs run through August 3. Plus, we have a tennis camp!

Join a League

Make new friends in one of our sports leagues. Some of the most popular ones are the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA), the United States Tennis Association (USTA), and our Top Dog Sports Tennis league.


Find Your Fit

Everyone from singles to families and kids can get involved at Windy Hill Athletic Club during the summer months. Visit the club and see what is right for you and your crew.

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Screening Mammography Redefined By John F. Arnold, MD, MBA

The goal of any breast screening program is to find cancer early and reduce false positives. The American College of Radiology Commission on Breast Imaging has performed a thorough review of the evidence that annual mammography screening starting at age 40 for women of average risk can decrease breast cancer mortality by about 40%. Benefits of screening also include tumors being found earlier and the ability to discover high-risk lesions earlier. Supported by Research Over 70% of cancers occur in dense breasts. Mammography has limitations in imaging dense breasts. The ASTOUND study is defined as adjunct screening with tomosynthesis or ultrasound in women with mammography negative dense breasts. This was a multicenter screening trial of tomosynthesis and adjunct ultrasound screening in women with dense breasts. Adjunct ultrasounds led to significantly higher incremental breast cancer detection, the rate per 1,000 screening mammograms was 7.1/1,000 screening exams for ultrasound and 4.0/1,000 screening exams for tomosynthesis. Three studies—European Asymptomatic Screening Study, SOMO•INSIGHT Clinical Study, and performance studies by Shane, et al—included adding 3-D

OutPatient Imaging is introducing 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound at its Atlanta location. automated whole breast ultrasound to screening mammography to improve the performance of mammographic interpretation. Adding 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound has shown a significant increase in invasive cancer detection with a nominal insignificant decrease in specificity. Eighty-five percent of cancers found with screening ultrasound are node negative invasive cancer. OPI is Leading The Way OutPatient Imaging is introducing 3-D automated whole breast ultrasound at its Atlanta location. Even better, OutPatient Imaging will be performing an automated 3-D screening breast ultrasound as an adjunct to all screening

mammograms with no additional cost to the patient during the introductory phase. Ultrasound is fully automated and takes approximately 30 seconds per breast. The exam requires no external compression other than the patient’s own body weight. The 3-D images generated from the ultrasound will be interpreted by the radiologist as an adjunct to the patient’s screening mammogram. Three-D automated breast ultrasound does not utilize ionizing radiation as tomosynthesis uses, therefore it can reduce the radiation exposure to the patient. OutPatient Imaging is proud of its commitment to women’s health and will continue to offer patients a choice for all of their imaging needs.

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Keeping It Together When Going Separate Ways A Guide to Ending a Marriage Peacefully

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ivorce is not a word society usually associates with the idea of triumph. In fact, it’s more closely associated with experiencing a death in the family. While the emotions aren’t easily eluded, we can offer a little guidance from several industry professionals to make it better. With their expert advice, divorce can be a fresh start, a chance to move your family in a new direction and redefine who you are individually, as they help us navigate the mental, spiritual, financial and legal battles that ensue. The encouragement is that everything really can turn out all right … perhaps sooner than you might think.


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We’ve decided to divorce … Where do we start? Kelley Linn of Transitions Resource, LLC DBA-Transitions Resource Divorce Mediation Center says, “First, a couple should learn about the multiple methods of divorce in order for them to make an informed decision about which will be the right one for their family.” Linn explains that there are two main components to a typical divorce decree—financial and custodial—the financial aspect of dividing marital assets and debts and the [plan for] being co-parents to children after divorce. “At our center, we prepare the couple for mediation by first bringing in a financial expert to show the family what a fair and equitable division of their assets is. It’s important to equip them in advance to be able to negotiate,” Linn says. “Then they have the mediation session to fine-tune that and create a comprehensive parenting plan that works for the entire family. The attorneys then convert their mediated agreement into legal settlement documents and file them with the courts.”

"Divorce is very emotional. You’re talking about very personal issues. You need to find somebody who’s able to walk you through this process and explain every step to you, advocating and working for you," explains Strickland.

Having both spouses under one roof, learning everything about the process and about what’s fair and what life can look like after a divorce can do two things—one, keep the family out of the court process, and two, save the family both time and money. Melissa Davis Strickland, founding lawyer at Buckhead Family Law explains, “A divorce is one of the most important financial transactions of your entire life. You need to know exactly what the state of your financial affairs is, and if you don’t have that information, you and your attorney can get it during the divorce process. Once both parties have equal access to financial information, it’s a lot easier to figure out how to equitably divide assets and debts and determine the appropriate amount of child support and alimony, if applicable. You need to have a very clear picture of your financial situation both now and moving forward, because in most cases what families can afford to do separately looks very different from what you were able to afford to do jointly.” On the nonfinancial side, Strickland advises couples to really take their children into consideration. Custody and parenting plans may look different for every family, but stepping back and evaluating what works best for your

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children is what ensures its success in the future. While your marriage has ended, you will always be parents of your children together.

What do I look for in a lawyer? According to Strickland, “You need to find somebody who clearly understands what your goals and expectations are, and who is going to communicate with you and provide realistic advice as to the likelihood of achieving those goals. It is important to find an attorney that you feel comfortable speaking openly with. Divorce is very emotional. You’re talking about very personal issues. You need to find somebody who’s able to walk you through this process and explain every step to you, advocating and working for you. Someone who makes sure you understand your rights, that you know what you’re entitled to, explains what the likely outcome of each scenario is, and also what that’s going to cost you along the way, so that you can avoid surprises in what is already a very uncertain time.”

What if I’m the only one who wants to get a divorce? Unfortunately for many couples, this is actually more common than an amicable split. And more unfortunately, for the spouse who doesn’t want a divorce, they don’t have a choice. BEST SELF ATLANTA

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Legally, if a spouse wants a divorce, they will get it. “The spouse not wanting the divorce needs to understand that they do not have the choice to remain married,” Linn says. “They only have two choices: one, to work with their spouse to get a fair and equitable settlement, or two, spend time, a lot of negative energy and use a lot of hard-earned family funds to fight it, even though the divorce will be granted anyway.” Linn explains that in order to achieve the best possible outcome for both spouses, it is in the second spouse’s best interest to do what they can to cooperate. A lack of cooperation may have an impact on the family funds that will be divided after divorce, because it can get expensive to fight over terms. The good news here is that often, in a mediated divorce, the spouse who wants a divorce is usually considerate in what they are willing to do for the spouse who doesn’t. “A mediator can help the spouses understand their choices, envision their possible outcomes and help them mediate a fair settlement that both parties will uphold down the road because they made the decisions about the settlement terms, not someone else,” Linn says. Psychotherapist Annie M. Garry, MSW, LCSW and former president of the Georgia Society for Clinical Social Work adds that, “While friends and family can be a huge source of comfort, they cannot be objective. A therapist can provide an objective and rational perspective that is needed to stay out of the power struggles of a high conflict divorce, diffuse the intense emotions it generates, and arm the person with the skills needed to work through the difficulties of the divorce.”

How are we going to get through it? “Although one’s specific circumstances are unique, there is a typical sequence of emotional and practical issues that divorced people usually go through,” Garry says, adding that individual therapy can help one to work through the vast array of feelings and turmoil that can accompany those stages. In terms of the benefit therapy can have on the family as a whole, Garry says, “When a divorce involves children, therapy can be extremely important for couples to make sure they understand how this change is impacting their kids.” She notes, “We want to create an atmosphere where they’re not traumatizing their children or putting them in the middle of what’s happening between two adults.”


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Therapy as a couple bears the goal of figuring out how to be co-parents, and gaining the tools needed to help them deal with their intense feelings and the adjustments to come. Working together with a therapist can also teach you how to resolve conflict in diplomatic ways. There are also many group therapy options available locally that allow members to exchange ideas, offer support and share encouragement with others who are going through divorce.

How can I get back to normal? When the divorce is finalized, it can be challenging to figure out what to do next and how to adjust to a new routine. “You’re left with your family to piece together in the best way you can. This is why we work so hard on financial agreements and spend so much time on developing parenting plans in my office because it’s really important that you have a plan that works for your family, and that you get it right,” Strickland says. She offers her clients advice and support based on her own experience, saying, “Having been through the process personally, I think it’s hard to start living outside the habit of being married. I’m certainly not a therapist, but I tell my clients to just try and move forward one day at a time, to focus on yourself and think about it as a time to rediscover yourself, your interests, your goals, your friendships, and your career.” Strickland adds, “Remember that you’re not defined by your divorce. It doesn’t mean that your relationship was a failure, or that you’ve failed in life, it just means that this chapter is closing and you’re going to move your life and your family forward in a different direction.” Resources Annie M. Garry, MSW, LCSW, Atlanta Center for Wellness,, Kelley Linn, Transitions Resource, LLC DBA-Transitions Resource Divorce Mediation Center, Melissa Davis Strickland, Buckhead Family Law,

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Forty and beyond is looking better than ever thanks to our 2018 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest winners. From medicine to media, volunteerism to fitness, our winners reflect the energy and enthusiasm that makes this season of life extra special. Meet them all—and the contest’s Advisory Board members—on the following pages. Pictured L-R (back row): Lisa Gabrielson, Maryam Aytac, Marquetta J. Bryan, Esq., Lisa Mohager, Danielle S. Beverly, Tracye Hutchins, Lynne McDonald, Dawn Skok. (front row): Craig Michael Logan, MD, Brenda Hall, DDS, MD. 42

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Lynne McDonald Lynne McDonald, 49, wears many hats as a writer, editor, artist, and business consultant. The Type 1 diabetic is determined to never let her illness prevent her from living life on her own terms. What is your favorite way to work out? I love to dance. Give me a good song and I don't care how tired I am. What is your favorite healthy meal? My son and I love to make a delicious and healthy version of ice cream with frozen bananas, cherries and dark chocolate chips. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I am a Development Committee Member and Co-chair of the PR/Marketing Committee with Camp Kudzu, which is an organization dedicated to educating and supporting children with Type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is when your pancreas fails to produce enough insulin. It’s a complex problem to have while you’re also figuring out who you are. Becoming Type 1 diabetic as a teenager was a struggle for me and I ended up doing some damage until I started learning more about nutrition in my 20s. I hope to shorten that learning process for the campers, be a role model and show them that they can do anything they want. I’m also on the board of Hands Across Atlanta, an organization working to improve the lives of homeless people in our community. Marcus Acosta, the nonprofit’s president, has been organizing volunteers at Hurt Park every second Sunday of the month. It’s a great way for everyone, including children, to get involved in charity. What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous? Look at who you want to be in 10 or 20 years and be that person now. What is your favorite getaway? I absolutely love going up to Asheville. My perfect day would be to go hiking, go to the River Arts District, and then come back and be pampered at The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Name something on your bucket list. I want to learn how to fence. Who are the experts/professionals who help you be your best self? Christa Burton, who is an artist, model and friend, is my fashion and beauty expert. She makes beautiful jewelry. Salon Brookwood is a fantastic hair salon in West Cobb. I always walk out feeling gorgeous. Maryan Aiken is a powerhouse promoter. Denise Jackson is an amazing art curator and consultant. Dr. Jonathan Ownby is my goto endocrinologist at Atlanta Diabetes Associates. And Michel Fontaine, the CEO of TransacXion Technologies, is one of my biggest cheerleaders and gets me to step outside the box and get uncomfortable. He hired me to create a go-to-market strategy for his finance technology company. Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I don’t know. Maybe there will be a Sexy Over Sixty contest then! 44

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Inspiration Award Lisa Mohager

Once a single mother on public aid, Lisa Mohager, 41, turned her obstacles into opportunities. Today, she empowers thousands of women through her health and fitness business, The Drab to Fab Life. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Picking myself back up when my life seemed hopeless. As a bankrupt and overweight single mom, I made the decision that enough was enough. In 2009, while working full-time as a secretary, I decided to start my own online marketing company in the health and fitness industry. At the time, I had no idea where the opportunity would lead me. I honestly only hoped to earn an extra $100 or so a month just to help keep food on the table for my daughter and I. There were so many times I would come home from work to find the power or water turned off or a foreclosure/repossession notice on my door. Through my business, I quickly discovered my purpose in life—helping other women find hope again. I lost 60 pounds. After moving my daughter and I to Atlanta, I met and married the love of my life, Paj. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? My grandparents always taught me that it’s a greater blessing to give than to receive. I volunteer at Senior Services North Fulton and have worked with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, as well as Junior Achievement. Currently, I am an Image Consultant at Dress for Success Atlanta. What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work? Dress for Success is very near and dear to my heart. As a young, single mom I used to live in public housing and was on public aid. I know the feeling of wanting to get ahead but not knowing where to start. To help support and encourage women who may be in a similar situation that I was in, is an incredible opportunity. What is your most embarrassing moment? While working full-time, I was also attending night classes for my bachelor’s degree. I would often freshen up my makeup while driving to class. One day, I was running extra late and when I walked in, my girlfriend quickly pulled me aside. I had accidently grabbed my black eyeliner instead of my lip liner! What is your favorite book? "Awaken the Giant Within" by Tony Robbins. I read it for the first time about 10 years ago. I was struggling to find my place in the world. I always knew I was meant for more and this book really helped me to take control of my life.

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Danielle S. Beverly As a co-founder of The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation, Danielle S. Beverly, 44, is committed to making sure breast cancer patients have access to the care they need. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Beating breast cancer three times by the age of 33. I was 29 the first time I was diagnosed, 31 the second time, and I was 36 weeks pregnant when I received a third breast cancer diagnosis. The biggest blessing—a beautiful, smart and amazing daughter who is now 10 years old—came out of the third diagnosis. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I am very passionate about the underserved breast cancer community. Throughout my battles with the disease, my husband, Eric, and I were very fortunate to be able to focus on my treatment while not having to concern ourselves with how we would pay for it and keep a roof over our heads. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many individuals. In 2006, we founded The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation. We work to help people diagnosed with breast cancer, and their families, keep the lights on, keep food on the table, and get them to treatment. Nobody should have to choose between going to work or receiving care. Name something on your bucket list. My husband is a former Atlanta Falcons and Detroit Lions player, and I played college basketball. So it’s probably no surprise that most of my bucket list items are sports related—like completing the Grand Slam in tennis as a spectator. I am a sports junkie! 46

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

2018 Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board: Dr. Ken Anderson Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics

Karen Foley Windy Hill Athletic Club

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Shops Around Lenox Special thanks to ... Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery for hosting our annual Cover Winner Reveal Party. Tessa Marie Photography for capturing all the fun during the party. King Plow Arts Center for hosting our contest winners photo shoot. Bob Steele Salon for creating beautiful hair and makeup. Chicken Salad Chick and Kale Me Crazy for all of the delicious food provided during the photo shoot. Euphoric Vibrations Entertainment, LLC for magnificent music at the photo shoot. Red Pepper Taqueria for catering our Meet the Experts event at the Best Self studio.

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Brenda Hall, DDS, MD Being a strong role model for her 14-yearold daughter is priority No. 1 for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, Brenda Hall, DDS, MD, 45. The travel enthusiast also has a heart for animals. What is your favorite healthy meal? I’m a simple girl. One of my go-tos is Dave’s Killer Bread toasted with avocado. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I donate my time to care for the oral needs of the majestic animals at Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium. … I also fundraise for and donate my time and money to animal rescue groups, particularly for pit bulls. The main one I support is Friends to the Forlorn Pitbull Rescue, Inc. They are the largest and most committed group to this breed that I have ever heard of. Studies estimate that up to 1 million pits are euthanized per year, or 2,800 per day. Name something on your bucket list. Traveling through Europe, Asia, and South America and living with families there and getting to experience their cultures for months at a time. I spent time in Russia with my family, as well as local families, and that was an amazing experience. I learned so much more about the culture and the day-today lifestyle and philosophies than if I had stayed in a hotel in a large city. Who are the experts/professionals who help you be your best self? Nutrition guru Michael Bronte, hair balayage wizard Ron Massey, Karen Filos Hair and Makeup Design, chiropractor Dr. Edward Cordovado, dentist Dr. Dina Giesler, coach Chris Romano, holistic health coach Dr. Lauren Polivka, medical esthetician Lauren Bays, lash expert Rin Sangmalee, Juan Dowling at LaVida Massage in East Cobb, and Skin Matters.

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Craig Michael Logan, MD Wisdom isn’t the only thing that has come with age for Craig Michael Logan, MD, 47. The Chief of Radiology for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group of Kaiser Permanente has learned to love himself just as much as he loves others. What is the best thing you’ve learned since turning 40? Perseverance pays off. I’m the first person in my family to finish college. During my medical training, I worked up to 120 hours a week. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I have packaged medical supplies for MedShare with my Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. brothers for eight years. We have assisted in packing tens of thousands of pounds of surplus medical equipment destined for multiple underdeveloped countries. I have also served on committees for March of Dimes, the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, and more. In the past, I have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Hands On Atlanta, and SafeHouse Outreach. Name something on your bucket list. I want to see the great apes in Africa. A few years ago, I went on a mind-blowing safari in South Africa, and got within 20 yards of a wild male lion. I’m hooked on wildlife. Where do you see yourself in 20 years? In 20 years, I will be spending my retirement traveling the world. I am committed to expanding my mind with new life experiences and ideas. Part of working toward that goal is meeting people in new places and learning from different perspectives. BEST SELF ATLANTA

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Master stylist and colorist, Dawn Skok, 40, is a fighter. After winning the battle against cancer 13 years ago, she now throws punches at poverty and sex trafficking through her volunteer efforts.

CBS46 News anchor Tracye Hutchins is more than just a pretty face. When she’s not in front of the camera, she’s putting in work by serving others. The avid gardener, 49, can be found mentoring today’s youth and supporting local nonprofits.

What is your favorite way to work out? I love weight training, which I have done since the age of 13. Pushing myself, staying healthy, and feeling strong mentally and physically are all very important to me. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Surviving cancer! In August 2005, I was diagnosed with an ‘incurable’ viral form of cancer and given six to nine months to live. My daughter was 3 months old at the time. I made the firm decision to make my health a priority and fight the cancer so I could be alive and healthy to raise my daughter. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Hands-on volunteering and donating salon services to various charities, women’s conferences, Lou Gehrig’s disease events and the Charity Guild of Johns Creek are my favorite ways to give back. I have participated with Fashion for Freedom, for victims of sex trafficking in Atlanta. I have volunteered at Meals By Grace and local churches for food distribution. I have also spent time at City of Refuge. What is your favorite quote? “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous? When we forgive, love and cherish ourselves, it is then that we can conquer anything in life. 48

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What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My daughter is by far the best thing I’ve created and molded. Now that she’s 20 and out on her own, I’m confident that she has the tools to find her way and create her own success. What is your favorite book? “Traveling Light” by Max Lucado. It’s an inspirational book about how to let go of the baggage we carry around from day to day—like worry, fear and doubt. It’s a quick read that gives me hope when life gets a little rough. What is your favorite way to work out? Working in my yard. I can get a full-body workout by clearing leaves, pruning trees and planting shrubs. And I see immediate results … at least in my yard! What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I’ve worked with Doggies on the Catwalk for the last seven years. The event helps support Canine Assistants. I’ve had an opportunity to see the great work they do to provide services for people with disabilities. I’m also proud of the work I do with community organizations like the Boy Scouts of America [Atlanta Area Council] and the countless area schools I work with to read to students and act as a mentor.

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Marquetta J. Bryan, Esq. Marquetta J. Bryan, Esq., 42, uses her legal skills and writing talents to help others find their voice. What is your favorite healthy meal? These pizzastuffed mushroom bites prepared by raw vegan chef, Crystal Shae. They are amazing and by far, my favorite! What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I understood very early in life that I was blessed to be a blessing, and that I had a responsibility to give back and make life better for others. Accordingly, I founded the nonprofit Girls Speak, Inc., which is committed to helping girls develop the power of their written and oral voice. I am also a board member of and involved with many initiatives including the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra, the Georgia Legal Services Program, Leadership DeKalb, American Cancer Society Georgia, American Diabetes Association® [Georgia], Harvard Debate Council Diversity Project, and Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. I have been a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. for over nine years and have held leadership roles the majority of that time. I also volunteer regularly with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Where do you go for “me” time? To my journal. One thing I have learned in my 40s is to not be apologetic about my emotions or who I am. Without fail, writing improves my mood and leaves me feeling calm, centered and capable. It also allows me to examine my feelings and be honest with myself.

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Maryam Aytac Owner of four Café Istanbul locations, Maryam Aytac, 43, is proud to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, especially those coming to America in search of a better life. How would your friends and family describe you? Fun and busy. My schedule is always jam-packed with family, friends, and work responsibilities. But at the end of the day, I manage it all pretty well. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Community and giving back are huge parts of my life. I am Persian and moved to the U.S. when I was 6. My parents had to build our beautiful life from nothing. That is why I now dedicate my extra time and resources to any refugee family that needs help starting their new life in America. I work closely with the International Rescue Committee and the Refugee Women’s Network to help collect clothing, kitchen items, furniture, money and more for families that are arriving. What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? I have become so much more confident in the woman that I am, and the choices I make every day for myself, my family and my community. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My family and my children. I live for them. What is your favorite book? “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. What is your favorite way to work out? I love to go walking and to do yoga. What is your favorite getaway? I love going to Europe and Istanbul, in particular. BEST SELF ATLANTA

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Lisa Gabrielson Lisa Gabrielson, 49, hit her career stride later in life and couldn’t be happier about it. As the owner of Lisa Gabrielson Design, she gets to put her passion to work day after day. What is the best thing you’ve learned since turning 40? It’s never too late to figure out what you want to do when you grow up. Although I always had a love for interior design, it took me a few decades to finally make it my career. There is a time for everything—studying, raising children, making mistakes, trying new things—and if you follow your passion, work hard, stay positive and never give up, success and happiness is possible at any age. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I donate to charity events chaired by friends, such as ShamRockin’ For A Cure, which raises money for those with cystic fibrosis. And recently, I started mentoring young interior designers. I am a self-taught designer, so much of what I know has been learned through the school of hard knocks. It is gratifying to assist them on their journeys, and hopefully make things a little easier for those with talent and drive. What inspired you to do this particular kind of work? My children, actually. They are embarking on a new chapter in life and are looking for internships and mentors. It is up to our generation to help pave the way for younger folks. What is your favorite way to work out? Yoga, hands down. Name something on your bucket list. An African safari for my 50th birthday and riding camels in Morocco for my 51st. Traveling is my favorite thing to do!

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What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? Pushing through the pain of a broken tibia and relearning how to walk while completing my graduate schoolwork and finishing with all A's would be one major accomplishment. Professionally, starting a women’s empowerment group called Girl in the Glass and a nonprofit called iEmpower Me, Too have allowed me to pour into others a sense of “self” that they had been unable to see for themselves. ... Also, being a self-taught photographer and having clients cry tears of happiness as I show them the essence of who they are through my lens gives me great joy. Marriage and parenting are two of the most complex relationships you can have. Being married for 18 years and raising two amazing girls while furthering your education and running three businesses is not for the weak. There have been many days of exhaustion, but I am passionate about what I do and I love my family. 52

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As a mental health therapist and the owner of Tammy McGarity Photography, 48-year-old Tammy McGarity von Nordheim helps people realize their inner and outer beauty every day.

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Orangetheory Fitness head coach Kenisha Q. Coleman, 41, maintains her youthful energy by staying active and encouraging others to chase their dreams.

Leila Taylor Jankowski, 43, founded the online resource Grit & Soul to enhance the mind and body. As a yoga instructor and public servant, she has found purpose through action. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I recently served as a small group leader for high school ministry for four years. During that time, I also led several groups of high school students on mission trips around the world serving at-risk women and children. 410 Bridge, based in Alpharetta, is my favorite charity to support and serve with. They do so much incredible work in Africa and Haiti.

What is your most embarrassing moment? Splitting my pants back in college while I was dancing my heart out. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I recently found a new church home at Victory World Church and have begun participating in the youth and fitness departments, which are two areas that mean the most to me. What inspired you to do this particular kind of charity work? I really wanted to work with teens because I have one. I also know how vital it is for them to have positive examples around in an effort to keep them from becoming a negative statistic. I want to show them that their dreams may not be “traditional” but that does not mean that they are unattainable, especially if they are willing to put in the work. It was also important to me to volunteer with the fitness ministry so that I could assist people through their journey.

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What inspired you to do this kind of charity work? I overcame a childhood that was littered with trauma. By the grace of God, I was able to thrive and I believe that there was a reason I overcame it—to serve others. I never feel more alive, whole, or connected than I do when I’m serving. It’s been life-changing and very healing.

Kamran L. Kurani The son of immigrants who came to America with less than $200 to their name, Pizza Hut franchise owner and investor Kamran L. Kurani, 42, cherishes every opportunity he is given and always makes giving back a priority. What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My two sisters have grown up to become wonderful adults and one has made me the proud uncle of two beautiful kids. At a young age, my father passed away and I had to step into a parental role. What is your favorite way to work out? I’ve tried many workouts but none fit me better than Jiu-Jitsu. It is an intense full-body workout and the technique requires as much mental activity as it does physical. It has played a powerful role in my life. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? Giving back is a huge part of my life. I am blessed to be where I am today and sharing with others is a joy of mine. There are five organizations/missions that I truly believe in. These include the program iMentor, wellness nonprofit Park & Roll, international community assistance organization Aga Khan Development Network and the Aga Khan Foundation National Walk/Run, and Thanksgiving Love Feast where my family and team give out free meals during the holiday. BEST SELF ATLANTA

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Mia Van Wagenen As a busy wife, mother and the founder and CEO of MVO Marketing, Mia Van Wagenen, 47, loves her fantastically full life but also believes in the importance of balance. What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? In your 20s, things are often overwhelming. In your 30s, you figure out who the best people to learn from are so by the time you’re in your 40s, you know how to get it done. I feel both professionally and personally, I use my experience to look for solutions every day and learn from both successes and failures. I never say, “I can’t,” anymore. How do you maintain the balance between self-care, family and work responsibilities, and giving back? Prioritizing the most important things that need to be done, which means sometimes letting other things go. Oh, and wine. Who are the experts/professionals who help you be your best self? I love Blo Blow Dry Bar at Shops Around Lenox for my hair, Nyssa Green for my makeup when I need to look extra pretty, Orangetheory Fitness for a quick workout, and my amazing team for producing all the great work we do at MVO Marketing.

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Laura Janelle Downey is every woman. The 40-year-old magazine editor is just as meticulous about every word that you’ll find on the pages of Atlanta Best Media’s eight publications as she is about her other leadership roles. Giving each task 110 percent, she puts her heart into everything she does.

What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? My career, hands down. I’ve worked at People, Southern Accents,,, been a magazine journalism professor and more. It’s a dream come true. What is the best thing you’ve learned about yourself since turning 40? I love to love people. And should they not love me back, I have learned that I am strong, I am soft, I am shy, I am funny, I am happy, and sometimes I am sad but one thing is for sure—I will always love again—I am unapologetically me. What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I do a lot of volunteer work through Mount Paran Church, like feeding the homeless at SafeHouse Outreach. And for the past two years, I have led short-term mission trips to India and Indonesia, which upon returing to the U.S., helps me be a better servant for my community. What is your favorite way to work out? I love running through my Midtown neighborhood. People-watching, perusing street art and breathing the fresh air invigorates me. What advice do you have for someone who isn’t yet over 40 and fabulous? Live every day in the moment and help others along the way. There is no greater joy than to bless someone and not expect anything in return. 54

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Body Plastic Surgery Expert

Dr. Stanley Okoro

Founder and Lead Surgeon Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

hen Dr. Stanley Okoro was a medical student, he observed numerous reconstructive surgeries. He experienced pure awe during procedures where the patient had previously undergone breast tissue removal. Dr. Okoro was amazed at how talented surgeons could skillfully make something out of nothing. In fact, it sparked his interest in breast reconstruction as a field of study. “Little did I know that it would open the door to an interest in cosmetic procedures from head to toe,” says Dr. Okoro, who is the founder and lead surgeon at Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Today, he performs everything from his famous Brazilian Butt Lift to a Mommy Makeover, breast enhancements to liposuction and more. But Dr. Okoro’s treatment plans look different than perhaps other plastic surgery offices. They include a personal experience on a powerful journey from


CAN HELP ENHANCE PATIENTS’ LOOKS SO THEY CAN ENJOY THEIR LIVES. before to after, unique to his professional personality, resulting in many patients’ shared sentiments of pride in their courage to seek out their best self. “Many people think plastic surgery is all about vanity and that each patient is vain, but honestly, the first thing everyone does when 60

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they wake up in the morning is do something to make themselves look better. Plastic surgery is a permanent or semipermanent way of elevating your current appearance. The most satisfying part about my job is that I can help enhance patients’ looks so they can enjoy their lives,” he says.

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Dr. Okoro’s passion for improving people’s perspective of life extends beyond his U.S. surgical center. He has participated in several mission trips to Africa in the last 15 years, goes to Nigeria Highly trained by Dr. Stanley Okoro, biannually for physician assistant Scarlet Devaney, plays medical and an integral role in the practice. surgical missions, and serves as the Georgia chair of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas. “I live a purpose driven life,” Dr. Okoro says. “I want to be the best version of myself, the best plastic surgeon, and provide the best care for my patients.” The content for this article is brought to you by Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

Make the Most of Your Surgical Experience Dr. Stanley Okoro offers advice for maximizing your investment in yourself. Choose Wisely “Always pick a board-certified plastic surgeon. Plastic surgeons have more training and, most importantly, can treat any complications that arise from their procedures.” An Atlanta patient had this to say about Dr. Okoro and his or her search for the right physician. “I had already interviewed two other board-certified plastic surgeons before I met you [Dr. Okoro]. I even went to a follow-up appointment with both. Afterward, I didn’t feel like I received all the information I needed. I continued to search for the right surgeon for me, one that I felt completely comfortable with. My search ended when I met you. You spent over an hour in the consultation and even asked if I had more questions at the end. You are caring and understanding Dr. Okoro.” Spend Carefully “In the long run, if patients look for the cheapest cosmetic option, they often end up paying more because they need revisions.”

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Feminine Rejuvenation Expert

Dr. Monte Slater Medical Director Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging

r. Monte Slater was already a successful ob-gyn when he decided to focus his practice on the kind of medicine that would specifically benefit older patients. Now, 11 years later, aesthetic and antiaging medicine are the main focus of the practice. And Dr. Slater is helping more and more women gain control of their bladders and get back to normal, healthy and active social lives, truly thriving both internally and externally. “How enjoyable and rewarding it is to help people to not only feel good physically but to help them to feel good about how they see themselves,” says Dr. Slater, whose influencers—a myriad of medical professionals, even outside his own field—have helped him develop a unique approach to the relationships he maintains with his patients.

“I feel that if you treat people with respect and provide a high level of competency and pride in what you do, then the business aspect will take care of itself,” Dr. Slater says. “I also think it is important that we treat patients how we would like our daughter, sister and mother to be treated. We want the best for our family and that is what we strive for with our patients.” Working alongside his wife of 36 years, Dr. Slater does this in two ways. One, he has created a comfortable and happy environment in which 62

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patients can easily feel like family. Two, he’s thrown the idea of a one-sizefits-all approach out the window, instead addressing each patient as an individual, from consultations and diagnosis to treatment plans and procedures. This way, he can address the extremely personal physical, mental and emotional issues that aging inevitably brings, truly optimizing a patient’s entire wellbeing.

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“It is amazing the impact you can have in that person’s life and just how much you can turn back, or at least mitigate, the aging process [for them],” he says. “We get to do things that change people’s lives! That is a really great feeling to experience.” The content for this article is brought to you by Aesthetic Body Sculpture Clinic & Center for Anti-Aging.

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At our clinic, we love to make our patients look and feel their best! In addition to providing feminine rejuvenation, we are also a full-service antiaging and aesthetic clinic. We offer allnatural, BioIdentical Hormone Replacement therapy and stateof-the-art procedures. And we offer The ABS Clinic Non-Invasive Body Contouring System with guaranteed results. It is painless and not only does it trim off inches, it tightens skin! We were first to feature The Vivace Experience™, the skin treatment that has people raving about it on the internet. Vivace combines microneedling with thermal heat to tighten and contour the face, neck, and hands. We really can turn back the hands of time and restore your youthful glow. Also, we were first in Georgia to offer the Motus AX Alexandrite, the first pain-free laser hair removal treatment for all skin types. Come see us and we will help you to love the skin you are in! A patient had this to say about her feminine rejuvenation experience, “Thank you, Dr. Slater, for giving me my life back. After having back surgery in 2010, I was having problems with incontinence. ... I made an appointment with your office for the V-Lase® in September. I was very nervous, but your kind and considerate staff made me feel very comfortable and put my fears to rest. The results were immediate!” BEST SELF ATLANTA

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Fitness Expert

Karen Foley General Manager Windy Hill Athletic


aren Foley is the kind of person who will tell you that age is just a number. And as the general manager of Windy Hill Athletic Club, she works every day to help people

feel whatever number they want. She makes it look easy, but it wasn’t always a no-brainer for her. As her own “number” started to increase, she realized she could keep doing the things she loved to do if she stayed active and implemented movement into those activities. Little did she know that her decision would lead to a career change. “I believe active, social people lead happier, healthier lives,” Foley says. “As long as you are moving and having fun, you are a better version of yourself each day.” With this mantra, and Jeff Jones as her fitness coach, she found herself unexpectedly inspired to teach that attitude to others. “I remember going to one of his small group trainings and seeing how much fun everyone was having—I knew that this had to be the way to a fun career,” she says.


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As general manager, Foley can motivate and inspire others (4,000 and counting), as Jones did for her. “Not only is the fitness industry always changing, but overall, the concept of fitness is changing,” Foley says. The facility’s standout staff, many of whom are over the age of 40 themselves, share Foley’s goal to encourage members through movement, community and personal attention. Sales Manager Jeff Williams, Tennis Manager


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Trip Baisden, Facility Manager Mark Goffi, Mind Body Coordinator Susan Walker, and Children’s Programming Manager Shannon Lindsay are just a few of these talented team members.

In Their Own Words Windy Hill Athletic Club members and staff share why they love being a part of its community. Jennifer Phillips, member “I joined Windy Hill Athletic Club 10 years ago after having my daughter because I needed to lose the rest of

Windy Hill Athletic Club’s activity list can keep you busy, but above all, they’ve created a safe place where your workout buddies are your family, offering members a huge support system throughout their fitness journey … and—if we’re still talking numbers—that’s priceless. “Knowing that we are transforming people’s lives, that’s what keeps me motivated,” Foley says. The content for this article is brought to you by Windy Hill Athletic Club.

the baby weight. At first I would do my own quick 30-minute thing but soon learned the value of attending group classes. The group classes became my go-to and I haven’t stopped taking them since. ... Windy Hill Athletic Club is my haven to build a strong body, be inspired and have fun with friends.” Susan Walker, Mindy Body Coordinator “For me, being fit over 40 means freedom. Freedom to continue with the activities I love because my body will allow it. I feel lucky that I am in an environment that supports my lifestyle. Windy Hill Athletic Club has been a steady, strong force that challenges

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moved to Atlanta in 2011, I was lucky to find a fitness home at Windy Hill Athletic Club, which has a contagious attitude toward self-improvement. Someone once said, ‘Age does not define you, but attitude does.’”

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Vein Expert

Dr. Louis Prevosti Owner and Chief Physician VEINatlanta


or 25 years, heart surgery was at the center of Dr. Louis Prevosti’s medical career. As healthcare evolved, he shifted his clinical interest and

expertise to venous disorders. Dr. Prevosti founded VEINatlanta in 2011, where he serves as medical director and dedicates 100% of his time to helping patients with venous problems. “I have always been interested in the cardiovascular system, physiology and physics,” Dr. Prevosti says. “Helping people motivates me to be my best. Vein medicine and surgery are ways I can use my medical knowledge and surgery skills to improve lives.”

THEY NO LONGER SUFFER FROM PAIN and that THEY’RE MORE CONFIDENT about the appearance OF THEIR LEGS. Knowing that venous disease affects 25 million people in the U.S. and is twice as common as heart disease, it’s no surprise why Dr. Prevosti shifted his focus. “Venous disease is all too common, yet it is frequently overlooked or ignored,” he says. “I want VEINatlanta to deliver the best possible vein care in the world,” he says. “If you suffer from leg or foot pain, leg cramps or swelling on a daily basis, it can often impair your physical and emotional well-being,” 66

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Dr. Prevosti says. “The symptoms of venous insufficiency can diminish your activity and energy levels, while extensive surface veins can make you feel self-conscious. But correcting these issues can improve your quality of life and get you back to feeling and looking your best,” he adds. “Nothing is more rewarding to me than a satisfied patient—a mom who can keep

The VEINatlanta difference VEINatlanta goes beyond treating the unsightly signs of venous disease, such as spider veins or varicose veins, it also treats the underlying symptoms. These symptoms can include leg pain or legs that are tired, Dr. Louis Prevosti has been dedicated to treating venous disorders since 2010.

up with her young children, or a woman who can finally get a good night’s sleep without suffering from night cramps. I love hearing patients tell me that their legs feel better, that they no longer suffer from pain BEFORE AFTER and that they’re more confident about the appearance of their legs,” notes Dr. Prevosti. The content for this article is brought to you by VEINatlanta.

achy, heavy or swollen. Some people may even experience these symptoms without any visible signs. VEINatlanta provides comprehensive vein care, including accurate diagnosis and state-of-the-art treatment methods. Its team of fulltime, board-certified surgeons exclusively treats venous problems. Most treatments are considered medically necessary and are therefore covered by insurance. VEINatlanta accepts all major insurance providers, including Medicare.

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Hair Expert

Ming Matthews Luxe Level 10 Hairstylist Bob Steele Salon


ing Matthews always knew she would be a hairstylist. Dating back to the days she spent watching her aunt make people

look and feel beautiful, she’s always felt a connection to seeing people experience a burst of confidence from getting a new look.




She goes even deeper—to the root, you might say—of why a fantastic hairstyle can truly make a difference in someone’s life. When one of her favorite clients, who had recently been through a divorce, came to her depressed and with an outdated look that was lackluster, Ming seized the opportunity to suggest a fresh ’do. She saw it as a chance to introduce the client to something fun and positive to focus on during an otherwise difficult chapter of life. The result was a boost in self-assuredness and an enhanced perspective on what life could look like moving forward. And it all started with simply changing her look. 68

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Today, she’s driven by a yearning to make a positive impact on an individual’s happiness and do more than just cut and color from behind the chair. In an industry that is constantly changing, Ming has capitalized on her ability to truly listen to a client’s needs, overcoming a language barrier to understand those desires, both on the inside and out. It’s no wonder she has hundreds of happy clients. “It always brings me joy to see people look in the mirror and be confident and happy with their look,” Ming says.

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Her life has been full of excitement and adventure as she’s lived all over the world, Ming is now at the top of her profession and loves it. She says, “It’s so exciting to be on the cutting edge of fashion and change peoples lives.”

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• Many of the stylists begin as cosmetology school graduates and must complete an extensive internship after they are hired and before they can begin working with clients. • At the Verge level, stylists work through a demanding graduate course and refine their skills until they achieve the level of Elite stylist. Those with many years of experience and high demand move on to the salon’s Luxe levels.

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Media Ambassador

Tom Sullivan

TV Host and Corporate Emcee


t’s hard to live in Atlanta and not know who Tom Sullivan is. Locally, he’s been a well-known voice on the radio, a familiar face

on television and an emcee at many of the events you may have attended over the decades. He’s known around the country for discovering Ryan Seacrest, being nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on “Atlanta & Company,” being a five-time semifinalist on “Survivor,” rubbing shoulders with Kelly Ripa and Oprah, and even appearing in a few Hollywood films and TV shows.


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TALENTS AND GIFTS TO HELP OTHERS IS SOMETHING EACH OF US CAN DO. It’s all part of the daily grind for Sullivan to add exciting things like hosting the first annual CyberHub Summit and working with Robert Herjavec from ABC’s “Shark Tank” to his résumé.


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Sullivan truly does it all, but he doesn’t do it for fame.

Tom’s Top 3 Moments

“I am blessed with a career that changes all the time, so every company or event is different and there are always new people to meet and connect with. I’m constantly discovering new opportunities and ways to grow and improve what I do,” he says. Despite a busy calendar, Sullivan stays laser focused on strengthening his relationship with God and nurturing his health before anything else. In 2015, he met Beau Lotz, founder of Buckhead Elite Training Studio, and began a workout program. “Combined with Cryo Elite Therapy, I’m in the best shape of my life,” Sullivan says.

Throughout his multidecade career, there are three

Don’t believe that it’s easy, though. Sullivan will be the first to tell you that the only reason he’s where he is today is because of the years of hard work he put into getting there. And it’s hard—physically and mentally. “I had to keep believing in myself and boosting my self-confidence,” he says. “When I first started in radio, I was the ‘Quixie Quacker’ mascot for WQXI radio. Years later, I decided to hang up the duck costume and grow as a disc jockey. I conquered my fear! Change is scary but necessary.” Part of that change includes Sullivan’s dream to be a part of a television show that empowers people, not surprising from a guy who’s passionate about local charity work with SafeHouse Outreach and Buckhead Thriftique, as well as traveling to do mission work with SERV International. “Watching people experience joy in all forms lifts me up,” Sullivan says. “Using your talents and gifts to help others is something each of us can do.”

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events that Tom Sullivan will always remember.


“I was invited [to ‘The Oprah

Winfrey Show’] by Harpo Studios because I was an ‘ultimate’ viewer—having watched all 25 years. I was then invited onstage by Sally Lou Loveman (audience producer) to warm up the crowd. I was floating!”


“‘The Price is Right’ is one

of my favorite shows. The unexpected joy that you feel from being selected is exhilarating. Time literally stood still. [In this photo,] I just found out that I was the correct bidder and headed onstage to play.”


“I won a Jaguar XJ-S from

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Hair Restoration and Skin Care Expert

Dr. Ken Anderson

Founder and Director Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics Hair Restoration r. Ken Anderson is a motorcycle enthusiast. On a sunny day, he can often be found taking his cruiser along winding mountain roads in North Georgia, the sun on his face and appreciating helmet hair more than you might know. Yearning for the latter is the reason hundreds of patients come to see him at Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics. Surprisingly, loving to run his fingers through his hair wasn’t why he got into the field of hair restoration. No, in fact, Dr. Anderson grew up loving art, actually, and constantly exploring his creative side, pursuing a degree in facial plastic surgery instead. But once he was in that field, his hopes to blend his intrinsic loves with his medical degree weren’t fully satisfied. The technical practice of facial plastic surgery wasn’t creative enough. Hair restoration—what he calls, “a perfect combination of art and science”—became his new passion.

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The positive reinforcements of his change of career continued coming, too. Dr. Anderson found himself surprised at how genuinely life-changing hair restoration could be for his patients, transformational even.

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“I’ve had actors tell me they owe their career to me, but it’s really just the Dr. Ken Anderson’s practice was the first in Georgia to receive increased confidence the ARTAS® Robotic Hair Restoration system in 2013. and self-esteem they experience,” he says. “I expected they would be happy, like most plastic surgery patients, but it was so much more for so many of them.”

ARTAS® Robot-Assisted

Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics offers several revolutionary hair restoration services performed by a staff of highly trained experts.

“We all embrace a philosophy of being the best version of ourselves,” Dr. Anderson continues. “When my patients feel good about how they look, it makes them more confident, more outgoing, and it changes how other people perceive them because it has changed how they perceive themselves.” With the new, exciting advancements in technology and procedures used for hair restoration, Dr. Anderson’s team works together toward a common goal of helping people enjoy a more positive self-image. Every day, he gets to use the things he’s most passionate about to restore vibrancy and confidence to a huge part of the population. It’s no secret why this is his dream job.

Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) Method: This noninvasive method involves removing hairs from the back of the head and placing them into sites on top of the head. Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): This nonsurgical treatment option focuses on the stabilization of hair loss. Anderson offers patients the Capillus® and Lasercap® brand devices, which are convenient and cover the entire scalp at once. When used, the therapy can increase

Photography by (left) Catrina Maxwell, CatMax Photography. Photos courtesy of (right) Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics.

cell metabolism, halt the progression of hair loss and more. Stem-Cell Therapy: Anderson will soon begin offering stem-cell therapy for the treatment of hair loss. Another nonsurgical option, this therapy delves into the


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Skin Care Dr. Ken Anderson opened the first location of Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics in 2012. It was, in large part, due to his inspiration to help patients replace their self-confidence through hair restoration procedures. However, he also wanted to utilize his skills and knowledge as a facial plastic surgeon. As a result, offering patients an

opportunity to restore the same vitality to their skin that he was delivering on top of their head was a natural addition to the services he already offered. “I love everything about what I do,” Dr. Anderson says. “It really is my dream job. I am able to take the things I am passionate about and help others fight Father Time, help them feel young, vibrant, and confident again.”



Photography by (left) Catrina Maxwell, CatMax Photography. Photos courtesy of (right) Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics.

That confidence starts with the experience he offers patients from the moment they walk in the door. He’s created a luxurious, uniquely equipped medical spa with the latest technology for procedures like laser skin treatments such as the Photofacial and TempSure™ Envi Skin Tightening. “We work to restore youth and self-esteem with the services we offer, helping every patient discover cosmetic outcomes that are


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4 Treatments That Rejuvenate Turn back time and refresh your skin at Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics with these top-notch treatments. TempSure™ Envi Skin Tightening Using radio-frequency waves, this FDA-approved device tricks the body into thinking it has been injured, thus spurring it to create



not only natural, but also uniquely perfect for their age and skin type,” Dr. Anderson says. The most satisfying part about his job is that he gets to see the results of his work even after the patient has left the office. Because he’s focused on making patients feel comfortable in his care, they’ll often send pictures showing off their new look, or share how they’ve developed new personal relationships with others. The content for this article is brought to you by Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics.

new collagen. The result is skin that is firmer and has fewer wrinkles. Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments (PRP) PRP treatments, such as the popular Vampire Facial, use platelets from your own blood to encourage cell turnover. This natural procedure features no downtime and can leave you with rejuvenated skin. HydraFacial™ For improved skin tone and texture, turn to this procedure. Deep cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, and fusion are combined to create a facial that simultaneously purifies the skin while infusing it with

Photography by (left) Catrina Maxwell, CatMax Photography. Photos courtesy of (right) Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics.

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Neighbor Love makes sure metro Atlanta seniors never feel forgotten. The group organizes special holiday parties throughout the year for nursing home residents. With the help of volunteers, these events provide the elderly with much needed social interaction and fun. Join the organization for various Father’s Day events June 16-17 at nursing homes around the city. Assist with setting up party decorations, goodie bag preparation, and then spend quality time getting to know the attendees. Sign-up is available online.

Make a difference in the life of an adoptable dog by volunteering with the No Dog Left Behind project and Doggie Harmony Rescue. By acting as a handler during a weekday or weekend training session with Frogs to Dogs, you’ll help pups learn to socialize and strengthen their trust in their two-legged friends. Your support will get them ready for their forever home.


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June 24

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Paddle down the Chattahoochee River at this celebratory event that helps fund scholarships provided by the Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks Department. This year’s shindig includes 2-mile and 6-mile race options. Participants will receive a gift from Patagonia, lunch, and beverages by SweetWater Brewing Company.

Swimmers of all abilities are invited to this clinic that will include drills, techniques and stroke correction. Proceeds support pediatric cancer research at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. SwimAcrossAmerica. org/AtlClinic2018

June 27 KASHI ATLANTA STREET MEALS DISTRIBUTION Serve a healthy, vegetarian lunch to the guests of

SafeHouse Outreach. Don’t worry if you can’t make this specific date. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.,

July 18 SYNOVUS SUMMER IN THE CITY Make your way to The Foundry at Puritan Mill for an evening of fine wine and food from restaurants such as the smokehouse and raw bar eatery, The Pig & The Pearl, to benefit the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center.

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GREAT BACKPACK GIVEAWAY Help the Agape Youth & Family Center prepare and distribute new backpacks filled with school supplies for more than 2,000 underserved students.

July 28 GRACE COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY Assist Grace Community Fellowship in keeping its food pantry in tip-top shape by sorting and stocking items, breaking down boxes, and more. This is a recurring opportunity.

Every Saturday morning, you can aid this farmers market. Volunteers are needed to set up the market, clean up, provide assistance to patrons at the information booth and more.

COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE CENTER VOLUNTEER This center has helped Sandy Springs and Dunwoody citizens work toward self-sufficiency for over 30 years. Volunteer to be a thrift shop associate, adult education teacher and more. To sign up, email:

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THIS IS NOT JUST A CANCER CASE. This is Laura—a teacher to 29 rowdy thirdgraders, a mother to three teenage boys and a wife to one lucky man.

Cancer Care

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With current statistics estimating that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer in his or her lifetime, there’s no denying that cancer is scary. However, what these statistics don’t show you is the far reaching impact that cancer has on a person physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. That’s why cancer care should expand beyond clinical expertise to provide comprehensive care for the complete individual. With a compassionate, personalized approach to care, the Center for Cancer Care at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) offers patients just that. Even before a cancer diagnosis, GMC works with patients to better understand their unique risk factors and support early detection. To help individuals assess their genetic cancer risk, Dr. Cindy Snyder, one of only four boardcertified advanced genetics nurses in Georgia, offers some of the most effective genetic counseling and testing in the country. This commitment to utilizing the very best technological options available doesn’t stop with diagnostics. GMC

She finds confidence in having a nationally recognized, specialty-trained team of cancer experts by her side for the fight of her life—all just a few miles from her home. Laura’s goal is to beat cancer. At the GMC Center for Cancer Care, with locations in Lawrenceville, Duluth, Hamilton Mill and Snellville, we make that possible.

She’s more than just a patient. is also dedicated to providing the latest and most advanced treatment options. With a formal affiliation with the Duke Cancer Network, GMC has taken cancer care to a new level. To treat the complete individual, not just the condition, GMC offers an extensive range of support services, including patient resource navigators. GMC’s navigators offer unwavering support and guidance to each patient throughout their cancer care journey. Whether it’s caring for patients at every stage of the healing process or celebrating survivorship at GMC’s annual Paint Gwinnett Pink event, GMC is constantly inspired by its patients. It’s their stories, their determination and their willingness to fight that continually drives this program’s dedication and commitment to exceptional cancer care.

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If you ask an Over 40 & Fabulous! participant what they love most about being a part of the contest, they will often gush about the sense of family the experience creates among those who are a part of it. This bond spills from the pages of the magazine and turns into longlasting friendships and collaboration through work and charity initiatives. Beyond that, it’s a connection that continues to thrive year after year as contest members return for events and celebrations. In honor of this unity, we invited members of this fabulous family to join in the fun for this year’s contest winners photo shoot at King Plow Arts Center. Pictured L-R (top row): Trudy Davies Davis (Top 10, 2014), Michele Thomas (Top 10, 2017), Claire Pearson (Fab Five, 2015), Kim Vaughn (Winner, 2013), Tom Sullivan (Top 10, 2016), Michelle Hodgson (Winner, 2015), Steven J. Dean (Top 10, 2016), Tran Bui Smith (Inspiration Award Winner, 2017), Virginia Keagle (Top 10, 2014). (bottom row): Stacey Weiss (Top 10, 2011), Lisa M. Washington (Winner, 2017), Lisa Kiely (Top 40, 2015). 82

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THIS IS NOT JUST A CANCER CASE. This is Laura—a teacher to 29 rowdy thirdgraders, a mother to three teenage boys and a wife to one lucky man. She finds confidence in having a nationally recognized, specialty-trained team of cancer experts by her side for the fight of her life—all just a few miles from her home. Laura’s goal is to beat cancer. At the GMC Center for Cancer Care, with locations in Lawrenceville, Duluth, Hamilton Mill and Snellville, we make that possible.

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