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July 2014


Doctors Who Walk the Walk These Atlanta docs practice what they preach p. 27

Best Health

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Top 5 ways to get smooth for summer! p. 57




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A Smart Choice for Health Care by Kate E. Koplan, MD, MPH

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Real Concerns. Real Solutions. Uterine Fibroids Half of all women have them – do you? p. 35

Eating Disorders

A mental struggle with physical effects p. 49

Home Health Care

Give your loved one the care they need in the comfort of home p. 41

Managing Fibroids Without Hysterectomy

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Real Concerns. Real Solutions. Uterine Fibroids Half of all women have them – do you? p. 35

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During these hot Atlanta summers, it’s common to hear advice from friends and family like “Don’t swim until an hour after you eat,” or “Make sure to reapply your sunscreen after swimming.” And of course, at every family picnic someone reminds the kids, “Don’t swallow the watermelon seeds, or they’ll grow in your tummy.”

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Sawyer Photography is made up of Dan and Gail Sawyer. After attending classes at Brooks Institute of Photography and Pasadena Art Center College of Design, they opened their first studio in Burbank, California. Their work has appeared in many major magazines, on album covers and in corporate reports. In 1994, the Sawyers opened their full-service custom studio in Marietta. See Dan’s work on this month’s cover and in our profile, Doctors Who Walk the Walk, on p. 27.

Dina Blair has been a fitness and wellness expert for more than 20 years. She is currently the athletic director for the Concourse Athletic Club and has earned multiple certifications that include personal training, Pilates, group exercise and holistic nutrition. Read her article, Choosing a Personal Trainer, on p. 55.

Rachel Buckley is an award-winning playwright, freelance writer and part-time nanny to a wonderful family in Druid Hills. Her work has appeared in various local publications, including My Forsyth, Points North, Appalachian Country, RE: Real Estate magazine and Best Self Atlanta. When she’s not writing and looking after little ones, she enjoys singing with the Atlantabased band Book Club. She currently resides in Decatur with her terrier, Daisy. Read her article about uterine fibroids on p. 35.

Angel Maynard is a producer, writer, patient advocate and spokesperson. She hosts the popular web series Real Women/Real Sexy with Angel Maynard. Angel’s production company, AMP, specializes in online content, social media and patient information for retail medicine, medispa, cosmetic and plastic surgery practices. Angel is a patient advocate, PR and media specialist at BLUE Cosmetic Surgery and MedSpa in Atlanta. Read her article, Five Ways to Get Smooth, on p. 57.

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Jessica Dauler is the founder of She has been one of Atlanta’s top experts on where to shop, dine and how to save since 2001. Jessica can be heard weekly on Star 94 radio and seen weekly on CBS Better Mornings. She also writes a weekly column in The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Deal Spotter. Her monthly columns appear in Best Self Atlanta and Southern Journal Magazine. Check out Jessica’s pick of the month on p. 17.

Laura Carson Miller is a native Atlantan and lifestyle expert. Her LCM Lifestyle business focuses on freelance writing for various magazines and the web, helping create a wonderful and fulfilling lifestyle through her Style File blog, and connecting great people through her monthly LCM Lifestyle Lunches. Read her article, Help at Home, on p. 41.

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How does music contribute to a successful party? Music is the backbone of any party. There is no such thing as a party without music – that would simply be a meeting or horribly boring gathering. What was the music like at the best bash you’ve ever attended? I attended the TomorrowWorld Music Festival last year in Georgia, which consisted of a billion DJs playing electronic dance music (EDM). The energy was insane, and I danced for hours even though I was clearly the oldest person there. What are some tips to keep a party’s music budget manageable? Music on a budget is a phone or iPod playlist and some speakers. A DJ will run you about $300 per event or $100 an hour as a rule of thumb. If someone could pick only a handful of songs to play at a party, what would you recommend? Check out the app Fitradio, which has various types of DJ sets you can listen to for ideas, or find good Spotify playlists. For example, the playlist called “Today’s Top Hits” created by Spotify is a crowd pleaser. Thank me later, you partying fiends.

How does the social mix at a party contribute to a great get-together? The social mix is very important with small parties. If the guest list is primarily married couples, include a few single people. Save guests with big personalities for larger events where they do not distract and are able to blend in. What are some fun summer party themes? Summer is all about fun, and the weather says “Let’s party!” Have a Picnic in the Yard party where you place quilts in the lawn and serve fried chicken and lemonade, or a Movie Night party where you project a movie on the house on a large sheet or on the garage door. Have neighbors bring lawn chairs, and order pizza! What are some tips to keep party guests mixing and mingling? To keep guests mingling, be sure to station food and drinks in different locations. This helps give the party a better flow. Who should be on the guest list for any party? I like to include single people at my parties. Their lives are less routine than couples, especially those who have children. Single people bring energy, excitement and stories to the mix!

What’s special about a summer party? As the weather warms up, summertime lends itself to wonderful open-air parties and unique guest experiences both indoors and out. What are some fun summer party themes? Fun summertime party themes include Backyard Beach party, Down on the Farm Barbecue, lobster and clambakes or Hawaiian luaus. Tell us about the best bash you’ve attended recently. The best bash I have attended was a Great Gatsby themed event. The 1920s art deco theme was carried throughout from the invitation, to the decadent menu, incredible decor, lively music and tasty champagne. What are some tips to keep a party’s budget manageable? The food and beverage selection is generally the most expensive, so think through specifics like service options and pricing structure (a la carte vs. per person pricing). Specifically, plan ahead and avoid last minute, rushed impulse buys. What is the most important element of a party? Creating a unique and memorable atmosphere is most important. If your guests are having a great time and enjoying one another, then the focus on other elements becomes a little less important.

How does the food at a party contribute to a great get-together? Food can make or break an event. You want to create a menu that enhances the party, tastes delicious, is beautifully presented and stays within budget. Having at least one “wow” item will ensure that guests will remember the food and the party. What’s special about summer party food? Summer foods are bursting with vibrant colors and fantastic flavors, which entice people to throw backyard barbecue parties, pool parties and picnics. And you can grill almost anything tasty in the summer. What are some fun summer party themes? Low country boils are always a big hit in the summer; the corn is very flavorful and a variety of shellfish is bountiful. Barbecues and dessert parties are also extremely fun and popular in the summer. What are some tips to keep a party’s food budget manageable? Select foods that are in season and offer salads and vegetables. Two proteins are more than enough. If working with a caterer, tell them up front what your budget is so you can plan the menu accordingly.

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How do the drinks at a party contribute to a great gettogether? The bar creates a gathering point for people to chat, and let’s face it, once the libations are flowing, people open up and have more fun. What’s special about summer drinks? Summer drinks are made to be light, refreshing and easily accessible. Keep them ice cold, use fresh citrus and keep them coming. What are some fun summer party themes? Punches! Almost any cocktail can become a punch. Stick with the classics, using great ingredients, freshly squeezed juice and good quality ice. Plus, you can batch cocktails in advance, giving you more time to mingle with your guests. What are some tips to keep a party’s drink budget manageable? Keep it simple. Get your core liquor categories down and have fun with small batches of other ingredients such as Aperol, Chartreuse and a good quality vermouth. If someone could pick only one drink for a party right now, what would you recommend? There is nothing better in the middle of summer than a properly made Last Word. It’s tart and full of citrus, with an underlying herbal quality. Mix ¾ oz. gin, ¾ oz. lime juice, ¾ oz. maraschino cherry liquor and ¾ oz. Green Chartreuse. Shake, strain and serve.

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BBQ Chicken Salad This Fourth of July, include a hearty salad in your food plans. With a mix of veggies, greens and protein from black beans and chicken, you and other healthconscious party-goers can enjoy a healthy option at any summer celebration. Ingredients: Dressing 1 tbsp. barbecue sauce 1 tbsp. fat-free plain Greek yogurt ¾ tsp. ranch dressing/dip seasoning mix Salad 4 cups chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce

¼ cup chopped tomato ¼ cup peeled and chopped jicama ¼ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 oz. (about 2 tbsp.) chopped avocado 2 tbsp. sweet corn kernels

Method: To make the dressing, combine barbecue sauce, Greek yogurt and ranch seasoning in a small bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of water and stir until uniform. Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Top salad with dressing or serve dressing on the side. — Courtesy of “The Hungry Girl Diet” by Lisa Lillien,

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Few things are as refreshing to a Southern gal as a glass of sweet tea. Now you can enjoy your tasty tea in frozen form with DeeBee’s Organics new TeaPops line. These chilly, organic treats are made from freshly brewed tea, naturally caffeinefree rooibos (a plant often used in South Africa for herbal tea) and fruit. Plus, they’re sweetened with coconut flower blossom nectar or honey, instead of refined sugar. Try the Southern Iced Tea flavor for a classic taste, or explore Berries ‘N Cherries, Tropical Mango, Minty Mint or Toasted Coconut. Find them soon at Whole Foods Market locations or order now from their website.

Street food has come a long way from the signature New York City food cart hot dog. Come experience the variety of incredibly sophisticated cuisine at the Atlanta Street Food Festival on July 12. On this Saturday in Piedmont Park, you can enjoy a kimchee sesame-salad slider from Yumbii, pumpkin ravioli from Ibiza Bites, Asian food with a Southern twist from Viet-Nomie’s and more. If you’re having trouble deciding what to order, download this year’s new Atlanta Street Food Festival app and peruse menus, as well as the entertainment schedule from local bands. Adult tickets are $10.50, and children 12 and under get in for free.



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Explore new ways to get more out of life

Learn French – Pourquoi Pas? After you spend the Fourth of July celebrating America, consider expanding your horizons to another country with a red, white and blue flag: France! After English, French is the most commonly taught second language in the world, and it is spoken as an official language in many countries across the globe. French language skills are great ones to have in your back pocket, and Alliance Française d’Atlanta is the perfect starting place. On July 7, the summer session of Alliance Française d’Atlanta begins, and you can join in! Most of their language classes cater to professional adults, so you’ll be with likeminded learners in small classes of five to 14 (L-R) Alliance members Emma Baillet, Wendy Robertet and Andrea Brenes students. A 10-week beginner session costs between $390 and $435, depending on the class frequency you choose. If you aren’t ready for a 10-week commitment, test the waters at a $35 one-time workshop to explore interesting subjects like French humor or French media.

In addition to their summer session beginning this month, the Alliance will also host a Bastille Day celebration for the July 14 holiday commemorating the beginning of the French Revolution. On the evening of Saturday, July 19, overlook Atlanta’s skyline and enjoy a buffet, DJ and dancing avec vos nouveaux amis. (That’s “with your new friends,” for those of you who haven’t yet started classes.) After a few classes and events, you’ll be fluent in no time. Allons-y! Details: 1197 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 875-1211,

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All aboard! On July 13 and July 27, enjoy the scenery of Lake Lanier while tasting delicious wines. The Lake Lanier Wine Cruise Series sets sail from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., giving you plenty of time to sample each wine and the delectable appetizer paired with it. Plus, you’ll have the chance to mingle with industry professionals and winemakers themselves. Tickets are $60 per person or $110 per couple, and additional dates are available through the summer and fall. If you’d rather sip a different spirit than wine, reserve your spot on the October 19 “Cigar & Scotch Cruise.” No matter the date, you’ll be sipping in style aboard the 85foot Island Princess yacht.

Every Saturday this month, catch a free night of entertainment at the Mall of Georgia’s Village Amphitheater. Local bands like The Woody’s, Brent Gafford Band, Hill Street Roots and Asphalt Cowboys kick off the night at 6:30 p.m. Before the sun sets, let the kids check out the bounce houses and food and drink vendors in attendance. Then settle in with your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy a movie projected on the 35-foot big screen. Watch summer hits such such as “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” on July 4, “Rio 2” on July 12, “The Great Gatsby” on July 19 and “The Lego Movie” on July 26.

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As you get the hang of basic conversation skills, you can participate in the group’s extracurricular activities. Join your fellow francophiles to watch French films, enjoy dinner at local French restaurants, attend music performances and cheer on the soccer teams of French-speaking countries in this summer’s World Cup. In October of this year, the Alliance is even taking a group trip to Martinique, an island in the French Caribbean.

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Fantastic Fourth Celebration

July 3-5 Head to Stone Mountain Park to enjoy summer entertainment and a must-see fireworks show.

Peachtree Road Race

July 4 Don’t miss this Atlanta Fourth of July tradition! The world’s largest 10K road race also includes a Health and Fitness Expo on July 2 and 3.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

July 8-13 Take a trip under the sea with this Disney musical extravaganza at The Fox Theatre.

Summer Steamer 10K/5K

July 13 Work up a sweat during the second race in the Locomotive Race Series, and then cool down at the block party afterward, complete with a foam pit and ice cream trucks.

Black Culinary Expo Tour

July 19-20 Get a taste of cultures from Creole to African at this delicious expo.

BB&T Atlanta Open

July 19-27 This Association of Tennis Professionals World Tour 250 Event takes place at Atlantic Station. Atlanta is the first men’s event in the nine-tournament series leading up to the U.S. Open.

19th Annual Heritage Arts and Soul Festival

July 25-27 This festival at Underground Atlanta is a weekend filled with traditions and talent.

6th Annual Atlanta African Dance & Drum Festival

July 25-27 Take a drum class or simply listen to the rhythmic drumbeats of this festival held at Morehouse College.

Zombie Pub Crawl

July 26 ZPC-goers will receive a zombie makeover and then “stumble” from bar to bar in the Virginia Highlands, scaring the living along the way!

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July 26 Bring the kids to Piedmont Park to enjoy sweet treats while health and wellness agencies teach them about fitness and moderation.

Sundown Series

July 30 Attend the last installment of this celebration of art, music, food and film, hosted by the Atlanta Film Festival and Westside Provisions District.

Diva Half Marathon and 5K

Sept. 6 This race series comes to Peachtree City with boas, tiaras and bejeweled medals in tow. Register now for a personalized divalicious running bib!

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Community Special Events Kendra Scott grand opening party, Thursday, March 8, photo courtesy of Dylan York 1. Vincent Martinez and Kendra Scott Spring Into Beauty event at Dermatology Consultants, April 9 2. Sandy Henson (Best Self), Dr. Candance KimbroughGreen, Kim Gooden




Salon Lofts Alpharetta Open House, April 10, photos courtesy of Jermaine Mapp Photography 3. Bart Eyler, Kelly Kirby (Spadelic Makeup Artistry) 4. Brandon Beach (Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce), Mary Eyler (Salon Lofts), Daniel Sadd (Salon Lofts),




5. Jayson Peller, Kimmie Wade (Salon Lofts) Stache Dash benefiting One Love Generation, May 3, photos courtesy of Ish Holmes 8. Jennifer Lingvall, Keif Schleifer 9. Jess Lunsford, Aaron Berk, Alycia Wendt



“Mad for STK” anniversary celebration, May 5, photos courtesy of Dylan York 10. Kaitlyn Pratt, Caren West 11. Rocell Viniard, Patti Dickey “The Art of Beauty” event at The Parish Kohanim Fine Art Gallery, May 8


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Atlanta doctors provide answers to your questions


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Is the hCG diet safe for weight loss, and does it really work? Doing this type of program on your own can prove harmful, but under doctor supervision, the hCG weight loss program can be safe and effective for weight loss. HCG increases leptin, a hormone which can decrease fat storage. The 500 to 800 calorie diet puts the body in a fat-burning state and is safe provided that it is not sustained for longer than 30 days, proper hydration and supplements are included, and a long-term nutrition plan follows.

What is the benefit of dental implants over a bridge or dentures? Loss of a tooth (or teeth) can happen to anyone. Bridges and dentures can result in bone loss over time, which can alter the structure of your face and adversely affect your appearance. When your jawbone deteriorates, the aging effect is accelerated. Dental implants, however, offer a more permanent solution that preserves the structure of your bone. The sooner you replace a tooth with an implant, the more you can prevent bone loss.

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Am I too young for hair transplant surgery? I am cautious about performing hair transplant procedures on young, rapidly balding patients with a strong family history. Early and aggressive hair transplant may produce an unnatural look years later. Hair transplant should wait until after the balding process stabilizes, usually after age 30. Nonsurgical options including laser light therapies, platelet rich plasma injections and medications should be considered first.

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Meet some of Metro Atlanta’s healthiest physicians – and listen to their advice!


By Amy Meadows

o your doctor tells you that it’s time to lose some weight. You have to get your cholesterol under control and your blood pressure down. He wants you to eat better and exercise. He wants you to learn to manage stress more effectively. But as he’s telling you this, you notice his own elevated BMI, and you begin to wonder if he practices what he’s preaching. Do you take his advice seriously if it seems that he doesn’t adhere to the healthy lifestyle he’s suggesting for you? It’s a common problem in today’s physicians’ offices. While treating patients and advocating the adoption of healthy habits, many doctors are actually unhealthy themselves. Often exhausted from dealing with the pressures associated with their profession, they don’t eat right or exercise and end up contending with a host of chronic diseases. It’s a problem because research shows that patients are more likely to follow preventative health measures if their physicians do so as well. Fortunately, these Atlanta doctors do, in fact, lead by example, walking the walk and living healthy lifestyles that serve as inspiration to their patients.

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This past December, Dr. Shealynn Buck, executive director of DeKalb Medical Employee Health Solutions, wasn’t feeling her best. The single mother of two daughters, ages 11 and 14, had just turned 41, and while she was in generally good shape, she decided that she had to do something to reset her health. So she gave herself a full lifestyle makeover, starting with a transition to a plant-based diet. “I had to ask myself what would work for me, and I know that I feel better when I’m eating foods that are from plants. I’ve never been a big meat eater, so it wasn’t that difficult to go to a full plant-based diet,” explains Dr. Buck, who not only is a medical doctor, but also a certified professional health and wellness coach. “I actually started eating a plant-based diet in high school, but it’s easier today than it was then. There are options today. I eat whole foods – nuts, grains, vegetables and fruits. I don’t eat meat, and I don’t do dairy. And by doing that, I lost five percent of my body fat.” Truth be told, Dr. Buck didn’t have a lot of weight to lose. A fitness enthusiast who was inspired by her father, a long distance runner, Dr. Buck has always been physically fit. She began running as a stress reliever while attending Emory University School of Medicine in 1996. And today, in addition to her healthy diet, she enjoys everything from running and walking to dance classes and rock climbing. “Those are the two areas I am so passionate about – nutrition and fitness,” she says. “It’s about overall well-being. When you exercise and eat right, your mind works better. Your body works better. You sleep better. And I’ve been able to integrate that thinking into what I’m doing with DeKalb Medical.”

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Hired in 2012, Dr. Buck is charged with creating programs that promote the long-term physical, mental and social well-being of the hospital’s employees, as well as employees throughout Atlanta. With her background, it’s a perfect fit. And while she currently does not see Dr. Shealynn Buck at one of her favorite restaurants, Bhojanic, enjoying a vegan dinner. She also enjoys plantpatients one-on-one, she understands the role that based meals at Cafe Jonah, Eclipse di Luna, physicians play in transforming patients’ lives. “Health Cafe Sunflower and R. Thomas Grille. care providers are some of the unhealthiest people. It’s ingrained in us that someone else comes first,” she states. “But a drowning person can’t save another drowning person. We have to be healthy. We’re walking billboards. When health care professionals are healthy, they deliver better care and are more likely to convey healthy habits to their patients.” Yet, she adds, “Doctors are human beings too. We have our own health journeys. I’m not picture perfect. My biggest struggle is stress management. But that helps me be more understanding about what people are going through. That compassion and empathy, bringing that human factor back to medicine, is crucial. It’s easy to write a prescription, but it’s tough to influence lifestyle change and behavior. We can show patients that investing in your health is the greatest lifelong investment you can make.”

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I wanted to strengthen myself in preparation for a physically demanding trip to the Chugach Mountains of Alaska in September of 2009. Before coming to the House of Payne Personal Training, I would usually jog for the cardiovascular benefit, but a minor knee injury caused me to stop this earlier that year.


One of my favorite past times is Bowhunting for big game animals throughout remote areas of the Western U.S. and Alaska, which involves walking long distances, sometimes with a heavy pack. The more strength and conditioning I have, the more enjoyable the trips seem to be.

(OW %LSE $O 9OU +EEP 9OURSELF (EALTHY The first part of this is diet. Most every morning starts with a bowl of steel cut oats, half a protein bar and some type of fruit. Lunch is a light protein, a green veggie and brown rice along with a cup of Greek yogurt. Snacks during the day are mostly nuts of some type, then a light meal for dinner. The second part of trying to stay healthy involves exercise. In the spring and summer, you will oftentimes find me walking up and down Stone Mountain a few times each trip carrying a weighted external pack frame with 20 – 50 pounds of weight inside. This can really get the heart rate up, and supplements the strength conditioning I get while training at the House of Payne Personal Training. The combination of all this activity and diet seems to work well for me.


The number one benefit is it simply makes me stronger. As an example, I have been fortunate to go on two trips in remote and extremely mountainous areas of Alaska. Both trips involved walking long distances across uneven terrain with a heavy pack. The SE Alaska trip involved five climbs of 2,500 – 3,000 vertical feet in some of the steepest rocky terrain you can imagine. The conditioning program IAFS Certified Trainer Dave Smith provided me, with an emphasis on strengthening legs, proved invaluable in my ability to successfully navigate the terrain, while at the same time reducing the risk of injury. 4HE OFlCIAL TRAINING FACILITY FOR )!&3

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It’s not unusual to see Dr. Ralph Lyons out on the road at 5 a.m. running. When he’s out there, he’s usually training for a 10K, a marathon or a Half Ironman event. “I know my schedule, and I don’t mind getting up early,” says the renowned physician, who has worked with Atlanta South Gastroenterology since 1989. “I’ve trained for marathons at 4:30 a.m. It isn’t easy, but if you find your passion, you’ll magically find time for it. If you have that passion, you’ll get up earlier or go to bed later to pursue it.” Dr. Lyons discovered long distance running at Harvard University after a roommate said he thought the active med student could run three miles. Believing he could not, Dr. Lyons hit the road and easily cleared the distance – and loved it. In time, he decided to enter the Peachtree Road Race. During the event, he saw people smiling widely as they ran. “I realized that this is a celebration of life,” he recalls. “I’ve been hooked now for a long time. It resonates with my being.” Seventeen years ago, Dr. Lyons joined the South Fulton Running Partners, the oldest black recreational running club in the country. He now runs six miles every Saturday and participates in a variety of races. “Running partners have more fun, and we take that to heart,” he says. “The glue that binds us is the fellowship and fun. It’s not about how fast one runs. Your value to the group depends upon passion and enthusiasm.” And for Dr. Lyons, those elements are coupled with determination. At 58, he’s fortunate to have avoided any major injuries and trains and competes whenever he can. “Sometimes I don’t know how I do it, but I think it’s about having a passion and a goal,” he notes. “I’m a goal-oriented person, and that drives what I do in both medicine and my athletic pursuits.”

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In addition to keeping him healthy, Dr. Lyons believes that being a runner makes him a better physician. Not only can his body tolerate long days because of his endurance training, but he also is more alert and cheerful. Dr. Ralph Lyons crossing the finish line at this year's Furthermore, his understanding of Peachtree International Triathlon on May 17. the psychology and physiology of exercise lets him connect with patients on a different, first-hand level. “You can help patients in a more realistic way instead of on a theoretical basis,” he explains. “You understand that when you’re an athlete, you’re more tuned to eating healthier and making healthier decisions, especially if you want to pursue your passion with proficiency. I tell my patients that healthy behavior can follow the passion, and that’s okay.” What’s more, Dr. Lyons knows that his athletic success inspires his patients in many ways. “I hope it’s a motivating factor,” he concludes. “Running has shown me that happiness can be achieved independently of one’s occupation or economic position in life. I think of myself as an ordinary person, but I know I can be an example and show my patients that they can unlock their own potential. It’s never too late to start. Find what you’re passionate about, and all things are possible.”

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Dr. Naima Cheema, who joined North Roswell Internal Medicine six years ago, isn’t a fan of fast workouts with loud music. As a busy physician and married mother of two, her life is already fastpaced enough. “I’m mentally exhausted after working all day, and I don’t want to have to rush or have a lot of noise around me,” she says. “I used to do cardio, but it doesn’t help you relax. I enjoy yoga so much more, with the slow transitioning, the breathing exercises and the soothing music. I love the stretches, and at the end, there are always five to 10 minutes of meditation. It’s the best part of my day. It’s a great way for me to de-stress.” Once Dr. Cheema found a physical activity that she enjoyed, making it part of her lifestyle was easy. Today, she does yoga twice a week at Women's Premier Fitness and adds in a third day of another type of exercise, such as tennis. “We are such creatures of habit,” she explains. “By doing something regularly, it can become second nature.” It’s a principle that she shares with her patients often, especially those struggling with their weight. That principle is also something she understands personally. When she entered medical school, Dr. Cheema was overweight. In school, she says, "I learned more about chronic health issues like diabetes, hypertension and hyperlipemia, and I realized that there is a strong association between these health conditions and obesity." From that point on, she started making healthier choices like controlling her portions and exercising regularly. Through those changes, she managed to lose nearly 50 pounds.

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What is a Uterine Fibroid? A fibroid is a smooth, abnormal growth of uterine tissue muscle, and 99.7 percent of fibroids are benign. Dr. Nathan Mordel at Gwinnett Medical Center explains, “For all practical purposes, if you have any disease or medical condition that is 99.7 percent benign, you don’t have to address it as possible cancer.” While most fibroids are benign, they do vary in size, location and number. A woman can have a single fibroid or multiple fibroids, and their size and location play a major role in the characteristics and severity of a woman’s symptoms.

Sometimes, Dr. Byrd continues, they may even increase in size. In that case, another consideration is the rare chance that the growths are cancerous. “If a fibroid grows post-menopause or there is excessive bleeding, a condition called leiomysarcoma must be considered,” Dr. Byrd says. Thankfully, this cancerous condition is exceedingly rare. Dr. Byrd says there are more likely causes for postmenopausal bleeding, such as break-through bleeding from HRT, endometrial hyperplasia or endometrial cancer. So whether or not fibroids are the culprit, if you notice unusual symptoms during or after menopause, have a consultation with a physician familiar with these conditions.

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Causes and Prevention Dr. Boyd Byrd, a radiologist with Roswell Radiology Associates at North Fulton Hospital and Roswell Imaging Center, says, “Only approximately 10 It’s not completely understood what causes uterine fibroids, but it’s generally to 20 percent of women with fibroids are symptomatic.” If you are in that accepted that genetics are to blame. The gene responsible hasn’t been isolated; group, it is common to experience disruptive symptoms like heavy menstrual however, as the topic is researched further, doctors are able to suggest possible bleeding, clotting and pain. Dr. John C. preventative measures. Dr. Lara Hart Lipman at Emory-Adventist Hospital from Georgia Elite Obstetrics and points out, “Sometimes the woman has Gynecology explains, “Some risk factors been bleeding heavily for so long, she and associations with fibroids are diets does not realize that it is abnormal.” A high in red meat and low in vegetables, woman’s period should last three to four higher consumption rate of alcohol days without clotting or pain. Dr. Lipman and early onset periods.” Dr. Thomas continues, “If you change pads more Murphy from Quantum Radiology adds, frequently than every three hours or use “There are studies showing that women more than eight total pads or tampons who get more exercise do have a lower a day, it is abnormal and needs to be incidence of fibroids.” Basically, many These fibroids were all removed from the uterus of evaluated.” Frequent urination is another practices that benefit your overall health Atlanta woman Tania Leah Davis. Read her story on p. 38 possible sign. If you’re running to the could potentially help with fibroids too. bathroom more than usual during the Another of those practices is maintaining day and multiple times at night, make a a healthy weight. “As fibroids are estrogen note to tell your doctor. Also, any physical sensitive, keeping oneself at a normal discomfort during intercourse isn’t weight may help with the condition,” says considered normal. If you’re experiencing Dr. Melissa Seely-Morgan at Radiology discomfort, talk to your doctor. Frequent Associates of DeKalb. “But it is genetic,” constipation is another symptom and is she continues, “and the best measure is to often the most commonly disregarded. know your body and follow your fibroids

Fibroids are smooth, abnormal growths of uterine tissue muscle. They vary in size, location and number, and they are usually benign.

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Because fibroids are very hard, their location and weight can inflict pressure on different parts of the body. If located near the center of the uterus, the fibroid can stretch the lining. If stretched too far, the lining isn’t able to heal properly, which causes heavy menstrual bleeding and clotting. Some fibroids block the bladder and disrupt the flow of urine, which – you guessed it – causes frequent urination. Fibroids located near the cervix are responsible for causing sexual discomfort. Those located near the back of the cervix press against the colon, causing constipation.

Fibroids and Menopause While most affected women experience these symptoms in their 20s and early 30s, many other women don’t become symptomatic until they reach their 40s. Dr. Thomas Murphy from Quantum Radiology explains, “Fibroids usually shrink in size or involute after menopause, but fibroids can continue to be a problem for post-menopausal women if symptoms persist.” Dr. Byrd adds, “Most commonly, fibroids will become asymptomatic since hormonal stimulation will decrease with menopause. However, women who receive hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) may have fibroids which will not decrease in size or disappear.”

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Diagnosis and Treatment Because fibroids are genetic, the low possibility of prevention can be discouraging. Fortunately, diagnosis is relatively quick. During your annual gynecologic exam, your doctor may actually be able to feel or see the fibroids upon examination. If the fibroids are too small, however, an ultrasound or X-ray may be used to verify their presence, size and location. If you do end up with a diagnosis of fibroids, treatment may not be necessary, especially if you don’t show any symptoms. “Most women are unaware that they have these growths and will go their whole lives without an issue,” explains Dr. Hart. However, for many women, fibroids can be extremely inconvenient and sometimes life-altering. It varies from case to case. This is also true for the various treatment options. Dr. Hart continues, “Fibroids can be treated many different ways, depending on the patient’s individual situation and what her desire for the ultimate outcome is.” For a woman who no longer desires to become pregnant, the two most common treatments are hysterectomy or embolization. A hysterectomy is the complete removal of the uterus and will trigger menopause, BEST SELF ATLANTA

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Her search led her to Dr. Randell, who recommended an abdominal myomectomy. Through that process, he was able to remove 90 fibroids and successfully repair Davis’ uterus. “I went into surgery weighing in at 130 pounds and came out weighing 117 pounds!” Davis recalls. After two weeks, Davis was up and about, and after four weeks, her menstrual cycle returned. “It was not heavy at all, with no cramping or blood clots,” she says. Though she did still need a few weeks to recover fully from the anemia, today Davis experiences no symptoms or remaining negative effects. She says, “My advice to other women who are experiencing issues with fibroids is definitely to see a physician.” Doing so helped Davis change her day-to-day life. “The pain [of the fibroids] was awful, but not knowing if I would experience spotting or bleeding from day to day was horrible! I no longer have any of the symptoms I had before the surgery. I can honestly say that I am happier than I have been in a long time.”

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whereas embolization carries a lower risk of menopause. Embolization works by injecting the uterus with small particles, blocking the blood supply to the fibroids, causing them to shrink and die. This option is minimally invasive and carries a low risk of triggering early menopause. However, because its effects on fertility aren’t completely understood, patients are advised to avoid pregnancy following this treatment. For others, there are options that have fewer implications on fertility, such as a myomectomy. “During a myomectomy, the fibroids are removed from the uterus,” Dr. Hart says. “This may require cutting them from the outside, inside or both sides of the uterus. Women are then encouraged to allow a few months of healing before attempting pregnancy.” Despite the recovery period, this procedure can ultimately leave the patient’s fertility unaffected, meaning that uterine fibroids do not have to be a sentence of infertility. These days, the removal of fibroids, whether through hysterectomy or myomectomy, may be performed using a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Small incisions are made and, using a camera and operating instruments, the surgeon can completely and safely remove the fibroids. Embolization is even less invasive than surgical routes. Whichever treatment you choose, know that all of your options will likely be much less of an ordeal than in years past. With as many as half of all women being affected by this condition, it’s extremely important for women to understand their bodies and recognize abnormalities. This knowledge enables women to communicate effectively with their doctors and ensure the successful diagnosis and management of uterine fibroids. But as Dr. Lipman says, it’s important to remember, “If a patient has no symptoms, no treatment is usually necessary.”

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Costs of Care When it comes to costs, home health care is usually paid by Medicare, Medigap, Managed Care, Medicaid, Veterans Benefits and private pay, Ukaonu says. He says home care clients are generally private pay, although Medigap, Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI) and veteran benefits are available. Some health insurance plans can offer limited respite care coverage. “Home health care services are usually temporary (generally a short period of time) and with limited frequency (one to two hours per week), whereas nonmedical home care can go on indefinitely.”

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hen I was 14 years old, I was told that I was ‘too big.’ I was extremely embarrassed and ashamed of myself and how I looked.” Even at such a tender age, Dr. Genie Burnett’s negative feelings about her body prompted a change in how she ate. “I began to engage in anorexic and bulimic behaviors in order to ‘prove’ that I was okay.” At age 16, Dr. Burnett spent seven weeks hospitalized for treatment. Now a psychologist and executive director of the nonprofit Manna Fund, Dr. Burnett has long since returned to healthier eating behaviors, but increasing numbers of men and women of all ages are still struggling.

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At its most basic, an eating disorder is a disturbance in someone’s eating patterns and behaviors that affects both their physical and mental health. These behaviors take many forms: severely limiting food intake, binge eating, purging, eating when not hungry, exercising obsessively to prevent weight gain, and the list goes on. According to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), the most common ways these behaviors manifest are known as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

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Anorexia Nervosa – Inadequate food intake leading to a weight that is clearly too low – Intense fear of weight gain and persistent behavior to prevent weight gain – Self-esteem overly related to body image

Bulimia Nervosa – Frequent episodes of consuming very large amounts of food followed by behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting – A feeling of being out of control during the binge eating episodes – Self-esteem overly related to body image

Binge Eating Disorder – Frequent episodes of consuming very large amounts of food but without behaviors to prevent weight gain, such as self-induced vomiting – A feeling of being out of control during the binge eating episodes – Eating when not hungry, eating to the point of discomfort, or eating alone because of strong shame or guilt about the behavior


— Information courtesy of the National Eating Disorders Association Sometimes a person’s eating behaviors do not fit into any of those three categories, which may result in a diagnosis of EDNOS, or Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. This basically means someone exhibits behaviors typical of disordered eating but perhaps not to an extreme. Not only do multiple conditions fall under the eating disorder umbrella, but also an increasing number of people struggle with them. A 2011 National Institutes of Health study estimated the number of Americans with eating disorders at 30 million, and that number is on the rise.

Digging Deeper As the variety and prevalence of conditions shows, eating disorders are complex. The underlying reasons for the disorders are, if possible, even more complex because they are mental, rather than physical. Jessie Alexander, clinical coordinator for women’s services at Ridgeview Institute, explains, “Often, clients will express that they can remember being cognizant of their bodies in a destructive way as early as three to five years of age. Other times, clients became critical of their bodies after experiencing a traumatic event that felt unmanageable to them.”




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MYTH #1: Eating disorders are a choice. Many people make the mistaken assumption that recovery is as easy as just “eating more.” In reality, “Developing an eating disorder is at least 50 percent biologically/ genetically determined,” says Dr. Linda Buchanan, the founder and clinical co-director of the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders. Recent research shows measurable differences in the brains of those who suffer from eating disorders. “Differences in their brain chemistry increase their sensitivity to stimuli,” Dr. Buchanan explains. This sensitivity makes them overly aware of – and often worried about – their own and other people’s perceptions of them. According to Dr. Buchanan, “This generally leads to harm-avoidant strategies such as perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, social avoidance, shyness and ultimately eating disorders.” So rather than it being a simple choice, physiological differences and the resulting coping mechanisms are major factors in these conditions.











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MYTH #2: Eating disorders only affect young, white girls. “This is absolutely not true,” Dr. Burnett says. According to recent studies, Dr. Buchanan explains, “The prevalence of eating disorders is similar among non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, African Americans and Asians in the United States.” And when it comes to age? At The Renfrew Center, a national eating disorder treatment center with a location in Atlanta, the number of midlife patients is on the rise. According to their website, “Over the past decade there has been a 42 percent increase in the number of women over the age of 35 who sought treatment at Renfrew.” Dr. Burnett’s private practice has treated men and women from age 7 to 67, and at Ridgeview Institute, clients range from age 13 to 65.

MYTH #3: Eating disorders aren’t a serious medical condition. Not so, according to Dr. Jay Faber of the Amen Clinics. He explains, “Eating disorders can lead to cardiac arrhythmias, renal problems and multiple system organ failure. Often, these problems are very serious and come on quite suddenly.” If you are a parent and suspect that your child may be struggling with disordered eating behaviors, Dr. Burnett recommends a medical evaluation that includes blood panels. These will reveal how the child is being affected by their change in eating and help address the health repercussions as early as possible.

How to Help Whether you’re a parent, a family member or friend, if you see general warning signs of an eating disorder, take note. Is your child making excuses to skip meals or eat alone? Does your friend make self-critical statements about her body and seem increasingly concerned with perfection? Does a family member seem preoccupied with discussing food or food-related subjects? Do you yourself feel like you have some strange behaviors around mealtimes? And of course, keep an eye out for significant weight loss or gain, though these may not always occur.

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Dr. Burnett recommends simply asking about the symptoms you’ve noticed, being sure to steer clear of specific comments about weight, and then listening to their response. After opening up the conversation, you may want to seek out someone who has a specialty in dealing with eating disorders, like a counselor, physician or inpatient treatment facility like Atlanta’s Ridgeview Institute. “Ridgeview has an access center that is open 24 hours a day and provides free assessments for anyone concerned about issues associated with emotional distress,” Alexander says. In addition to treatment facilities, support systems like Manna Fund’s online space Talk It Out encourage people to talk out their emotions rather than acting them out with food. Manna Fund also helps families with the cost of inpatient treatment, which is often a necessary but expensive step in the recovery process. Even organizations like the Atlanta National Hypnotherapy Institute can help address weight and food issues with people of all ages.

“Ridgeview Institute has an access center that is open 24 hours a day and provides free assessments.” — Jessie Alexander, LPC, NCC, Ridgeview Institute Ultimately, the goal of treatment is two-fold: to stop the disordered eating behaviors and to learn to process emotions safely. Even once the disordered eating behaviors stop, treatment for the underlying issues can continue for years. Dr. Burnett recalls her own years of recovery, saying, “I spent many years in outpatient therapy to work through and deal with the shame and pain of other issues from my childhood.” Ultimately, she was able to come through the experience with a healthier mind and attitude as well as a nourished body.

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Get ready for this unique festival at JCT Kitchen & Bar, which will feature some of the Southeast’s best chefs, mixologists and farmers who will join forces to benefit Georgia Organics.

Not only showcasing Atlanta’s elite fashion designers and models, the AIFW also raises funds and awareness for CURE Childhood Organization. www.atlantaintlfashion

HOME BY DARK SINGER-SONGWRITER CONCERT FOR CURE Purchase tables or tickets for this unique concert experience, held at Chukkar Farm in Marietta. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales for both nights will benefit CURE Childhood Organization.

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2014 FAITH CLINE ELF TROT Support the National This race through downtown Kennesaw is part of the Kennesaw Grand Prix Series, and all proceeds benefit the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Inc.

Black Arts Festival and Alliance Theater at this free staged reading of a tale about 3,000 spirited women called “The Washing Amazons.”

NEWS 95.5 & AM 750 WSB CARE-A-THON Money raised from this 37hour broadcast will help fund family support services, research and the fellowship program at the Aflac Cancer Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.




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THE BRAVE NEW VOICES INSTITUTE This month, the National Black Arts Festival will provide 30 teens with a two-week training intensive in creative writing and spoken word. Support the arts by attending their culminating “poetry slam” performance on August 2 at 2 p.m.

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In its second year, this event is for everyone wishing to participate in a derby, not just dads and kids! It will feature food trucks, music, activities and cars on display and raises funds for I Care Atlanta.

BENEFICIAL BREWS AT SWEETWATER Bring your pup along to Sweetwater Brewery. Three dollars from each glass of beer sold on the tour will benefit the Atlanta Humane Society.

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Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry has moved to a new location. This practice, headed by Dr. Brett Silverman, can now be found at 4205 North Point Parkway, Building D, Alpharetta, GA. Lenox Square Mall recently welcomed a new tenant: Athleta. This fitness apparel store Brett Silverman, DDS, MAGD offers both workout and everyday clothing, as well as free year-round fitness classes at the store itself, such as CrossFit, yoga and Zumba. Visit today at 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA. Led by Dr. Leslee Shaw, Emory Healthcare is launching the Emory Women’s Heart Center, which is focused entirely on screening for, preventing and treating women’s heart disease. An initial screening costs just $75. Flywheel Sports recently opened a location in Midtown, equipped with showers, complimentary lockers and indoor cycling shoes. This location is their second in Atlanta and their 25th in the country. Ride today at 1180 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA.

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The Smart/Innovative Woman’s Guide to Managing Fibroids Without Hysterectomy – What your doctor won’t tell you. Answer this riddle: What is pink, round, comes in all sizes and affects women of all ethnic groups? If you answered fibroids, you are correct. But unlike the cute description given above, fibroids are known to be one of, if not the most disruptive health conditions experienced by women. The Mayo Clinic reports that uterine fibroids affect 75-80 percent of all women. Health care costs associated with fibroids amount to billions of dollars, including hospitalizations for transfusions secondary to extreme bleeding and the resultant severe anemia. Add to this the lost days of work, lost wages, sexual dysfunction, marital discord and the lifestyle disruption secondary to its unpredictable symptoms of bleeding and pain, and you can easily see how fibroids can be seen as enemy number one. Data from the National Institute of Health indicate that this condition accounts for more than 200,000 of the 600,000 hysterectomies done annually in the United States. Many of those obtaining hysterectomies are finally happy to be forever rid of the nagging unpredictability of these tumors. However, many occur in women who are ill-informed, illprepared, and worst of all, many of whom feel intimidated into accepting an irreversible and definitive treatment. The symptoms and conditions that would have led to a hysterectomy in the past can, in most cases, with today’s medical advances, be treated easily in a doctor’s office or in short out-patient procedures. The goal at Innovative Women’s HealthCare Solutions is to educate, inform and thus empower our patients who we call “partners in health.” All patients with fibroids have extensive counseling regarding their treatment options. They are given takehome material and information as to how to access links to fibroid education on our website. Our Ten-Step Anti-Hysterectomy options include medical therapies, endometrial ablation (a five-minute, in-office procedure for heavy menstrual bleeding) and myosure (a hysteroscopic myomectomy through the cervix, without incisions), among others. They are also encouraged to consult with an interventional

radiologist to see if they are a candidate for UFE (uterine fibroid embolization). The number of fibroids, their location, the patient’s symptom profile, their age, desire for future childbearing and most importantly, what treatment they desire should all be taken into account. It is important to remember: fibroids are benign in over 99 percent of cases, so patient input and desires should play a major role in treatment. In summary, find a provider who will share ALL of the options, and one that is experienced in all of the medical and surgical treatment options. Make sure your questions are answered and your desired treatment option given careful consideration. This will result in the most satisfactory outcome.

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Innovative Women’s HealthCare Solutions (IWHCS) 3903 South Cobb Drive Suite #105, Smyrna, GA, 30080 | (678) 424-1123 Melinda Miller Thrasher is a native of NYC and attended Cornell University, Mt. Sinai and NYU for her residency training. Her expertise includes fibroids and minimally invasive surgical procedures to treat fibroids. She is on staff at Emory University Hospital and Piedmont Hospital. Dr. Miller-Thrasher has been selected as one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors each year since 2009 as listed in Atlanta Magazine, One of the Gynecologists You Love (Essence Magazine) and she is a Patients’ Choice Award recipient. She is also a member of the WebMD medical review board. She has an office in the Smyrna /Vinings area, Buckhead and soon to open in Midtown. Her new book, “The Innovative Women’s Guide to Fibroids,” will be available late summer 2014.

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With the Affordable Care Act making health coverage mandatory and accessible to more Atlantans, you may find yourself shopping for a health insurance plan. Choosing health coverage is one of the most important decisions you can make for yourself or your family. But how do you know if you are getting the most for your medical dollars? Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, which offers both health coverage and health care to metro Atlantans, has received five consecutive J.D. Power awards for ranking highest in member satisfaction in the South Atlantic region, according to the J.D. Power U.S. Member Health Plan Study. 2014_J.D.Power_Art_HiRez.pdf



Dr. Kate E. Koplan, who oversees quality and patient safety for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, answers some frequently asked questions about choosing a health plan: I want a high-quality, affordable health plan. What should I consider when selecting coverage? The quality, cost and convenience of the care you receive all contribute to its overall value.

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Kaiser Permanente is unique in that it integrates health care and health coverage. Through our health plans, members have access to more than 450 doctors in more than 20 specialties, who practice at Kaiser Permanente’s 30 medical offices across metro Atlanta and in Athens. All of our doctors are connected through an electronic medical record, which enables them to work together to coordinate patient care across different specialties. How can I sign up for health coverage? If you don’t have employer-sponsored coverage, there are several ways to sign up for a health plan. You can visit healthcare. gov, the online health insurance marketplace, where you may be eligible for federal subsidies. You can also purchase directly from insurers, including Kaiser Permanente. To learn more about our health plans, just visit

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At Kaiser Permanente, we define quality care as receiving the right care at the right time in the right place, while enjoying a positive care experience. Each year, J.D. Power and the National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA) rank health plans based on member satisfaction and quality of care, respectively. Kaiser Permanente of Georgia’s health plan remains topranked in the state by both organizations. When it comes to cost, make sure that you are comfortable with your health plan’s deductibles, which are out-of-pocket costs you are required to pay—in addition to your monthly premiums— to receive some care. Health plans may have lower monthly premiums than others, but higher deductibles. Always research the network of doctors a health plan offers to see if it covers care by board-certified doctors practicing near your home or place of work. Being able to access care—when and where you need it—is essential. What factors do J.D. Power and Associates and NCQA consider when ranking health plans? For its Member Health Plan Study, J.D. Power measures member satisfaction based on six key factors, which include coverage and benefits, cost, provider choice, information and communication, claims processing and customer service. Kaiser Permanente of Georgia scored highest in five of the six categories, compared to other plans in Georgia and the Carolinas. NCQA looks at how well a health plan’s providers deliver recommended care to its members. It considers preventive care measures, such as cancer screenings and immunizations, as well as

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Facet joints connect the vertebrae in your neck and low back to one another. Facet joints are like any other joint in your body. They have cartilage that line the joint, (allowing bones to glide smoothly), and a capsule surrounding the joint. Facet joint problems are located in the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine areas. When the facet joints are affected, a person can experience lower back or neck pain. Diagnosing facet joint disease in the neck or low back begins with a medical history, physical examination and imaging. Symptoms are treated with medications and physical therapy. Patients not improving with those treatments may benefit from a cervical or lumbar facet joint nerve block. This injection “blocks” the pain the same way a dentist uses an anesthetic to block pain in your jaw before working on your teeth. Successful facet injections indicate that you could benefit from a facet joint nerve radiofrequency ablation. This is an injection with a needle that uses heat to destroy the nerve fibers in your low back or neck that carry pain signals to the brain. This injection can relieve the pain. Midtown Neurology is fully equipped for the above procedures and is happy to assist you should you have these symptoms. Aashish Bharara, MD

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A quick web search of Kat Cole, the president of Cinnabon, will reveal two facts about her: She’s a young executive of an international company, and she began her career at Hooters. This engaging, personable woman is much more than those two facts, though. She is also an avid traveler, humanitarian, dessert lover and dance music fan. By pursuing her personal interests and professional goals with single-minded energy, Cole has achieved an incredible amount for her age and set a wonderful example for women in any profession.


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Do you see your career beginnings as a significant part of your success story?

I learned great things about leadership and business from being a waitress – where I was a waitress is sort of not the point. Because I worked for Hooters, I definitely faced challenges and discrimination as I moved into the professional world. But the good part is that it helped me build a really thick skin. At a very young age, I realized that people are going to talk, but you just have to do things that you’re proud of.

What inspired you to work as hard as you have to get where you are today?

For most of my career, I’ve had a heavy feeling of not wanting to let people down. I want to make people proud. I felt that way when I was a waitress, when I was an early manager in my career, when I was a director, and the first time I was a vice president. Because of that, I would show up earlier, stay later and work harder.

Who are some of the professionals who have influenced you?

I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by smart, talented, kind, high-integrity leaders pretty much my whole career. My first general manager when I was a teenager, Bonnie Rhinehardt, was an amazing person who taught me a different style of leadership. Other Hooters executives, like Cheryl Tyler and Kimi Riviera, were great leaders to learn from. Later, Russ Umphenour gave me an opportunity to become president of Cinnabon. The list is insanely long.

What charities are you involved with these days?

I spend time in Eastern Africa with Global Hopes Network International. Their work is about investing in people who can coach villages to learn to support themselves. A group of us travel to Rwanda and Ethiopia and meet with the village leaders, help them think through the challenges they’re facing, and when we come back, we raise funds to continue to fuel the organization.

How do you balance your work and home life?

Sometimes you’re going to be better at work than you are at home, and vice versa. It will ebb and flow, and that’s okay. It is so liberating and empowering to decide, “I’m not going to weigh myself down with feeling guilty about not being able to do all things for all people. I’ll do my best.” Also, you have to remember that if you aren’t healthy, you can’t bring the best version of yourself to work or to your family. There are lots of things that I can’t control, but I can control how healthy I am physically and mentally, and that gives me the strength to handle whatever happens.

What advice would you give a young girl thinking about her future career? I would say don’t waste life’s precious time sitting around debating it for too long. Get out there and do something. You’ve got to show up, stand up and speak up if you ever want to move up. “Show up” means you’ve got to be there. “Stand up” is about having confidence. And “speak up” is about being able to articulate your view if you ever want to move up in school or in a career.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I am an insane fan of electronic dance music, European house music and trance music. It is 80 percent of my Pandora, iTunes and Spotify.

How do you like to relax?

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By spending time with Chris, my better half. We have been happily unmarried for over 10 years. I also love spending time on the BeltLine and showing my family great experiences in Atlanta.

Favorite book?

My favorite book for many years has been “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand – a classic. And I recently read “The Social Animal” by David Brooks. It’s about how the social nature of human beings really drives everything. It’s pretty amazing.

Favorite place to vacation?

Istanbul, by far. There is so much history, yet there is so much youth and technology and energy. It is just a beautiful setting, and the Turkish people are some of the most hospitable in the world.


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