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August 2016



2016 Official Guide

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Hearts of Gold Local Olympians Swim for a Cure


Testing 1-2-3 Genetic testing reveals health clues p. 49

Follow local Olympians on the road to Rio


In every issue 08 From the Publisher

20 Best Health and Beauty

10 Note to Self

22 Best Family

12 Partners in Health

26 Best Fitness

15 Best Bulletin

54 Business News

16 Best Bites

55 Reader Resources

Go for Your Gold

Thoughts from the Editor Expert Information

New Ideas and Activities Healthy Eats and Treats

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Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails

19 Fun Calendar

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Look Good, Feel Great

Live Your Best Life Together Stay Strong and Active News to Know

Complete Guide to Our Advertising Partners

56 Best Cause

Tails of Hope: Canine CellMates

57 Give-Back Guide

Volunteer Opportunities

Pet Selfie Contest Winners take a bow-wowwow and win money for their pet charities p. 29

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Go for Your Gold It’s hard to believe that over 20 years ago I sat at Underground Atlanta, along with some of the very people that work with me today at Atlanta Best Media, when the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the 1996 Olympic games had been awarded to “the city of Atlanta.” That single moment in time is shared by so many of us. The following years of unprecedented growth and change built Atlanta into what it is today—a beautifully diverse city alive with energy and possibilities for the next 20 years to come! As the 2016 Olympians strive for gold this month, we get ready for our own annual awards season... of sorts. This is the time of year you, our reader, get to tell us the professionals and businesses you feel should receive our Best of 2016 awards. These are people who go above and beyond to help us look and feel our very best. Do you have a trainer who has helped motivate you into a healthier lifestyle or a therapist who has healed your aches and pains? Do you have a favorite give-back event or outdoor retreat? Nominate your favorites at bestselfatlanta.com through September 15th with opportunities in over one hundred different categories. Your favorites might earn a place among this year’s elite.

1) Research their credentials. Many organizations only require payment to become accredited and do not screen applicants by skill or experience. Choose a cosmetic dentist who is accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Applicants must undergo a rigorous selection process that includes extensive continuing education, and presenting completed cosmetic cases for acceptance by industry experts.

2) Select the professor, not the student. Your mouth is not the place for on the job training! Choose a cosmetic dentist who performs smile transformations daily, and has the artistic skill needed to design a beautiful and natural looking smile.

3) Understand not all smile transformations are created equal. Sherri Adair, Publisher sadair@bestselfatlanta.com

Coming in September Masters of Makeover – Meet Atlanta’s experts who bring their clients the very best in care — from mommy makeovers to amazing fitness transformations. Farmer’s Friend – Meet Mary Blackmon of Farm Star Living and learn how her commitment to her family farm opened up a whole new career focus. ADHD Challenges– We continue our brain health series with a look at updates on ADHD.

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note to self In April 2008, I picked up our chocolate lab, Gibson, from the groomer. As I waited for him a tiny, terrified dachshund shuffled over to me. The manager behind the counter said, “Isn’t she sweet?! She was abandoned by our dumpster. She’s older, seven or eight we think. We’ve tried to figure out her story all week, but now we’re placing her with a rescue group.” As if on cue, the little

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thing sat up on her bottom, begging. Soon, I arrived home with freshly fluffed Gibson on a leash and a new doxie in my lap—my kids ecstatic, my husband shaking his head in deference. She was my spirit animal, Madame Cayenne Peppah, named as much for her spicy personality as for the reddish coat covering her diminutive, yet elongated, frame. Even as a writer, it’s difficult to find the words to describe our connection, but the term “symbiotic” feels most accurate. Cayenne seemed to read my mind, intuitively sensing my needs. She slept curled at my feet, awakened me with a nuzzle under my chin, sat on my towel while I showered and, when I grabbed my keys, ran to my car, jumping into a seat. When we snuggled into bed at night, she’d gaze at me lovingly and then let out a dramatic sigh of contentment before burrowing down into her preferred spot. We were constant companions. When she died in 2013, I resembled Linus from the Peanuts gang without his blue blanket, missing some of the warmth and softness in my life. How does that happen? I’ve read theories about energy pulling people together through faith or karma or luck; maybe that energy transcends human interaction. Oddly, loving Cayenne taught me the power of focused positivity—a nine-pound creature radiating joy, as though she’d set intention on that purpose. If a little lost dog can generate that much force, then what limitless opportunities exist for all of us?! With concentrated, constructive efforts, what could you build or achieve? With unceasing compassion and unconditional support, who could you help?



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MENTAL HEALTH New Beginnings Today Marcus J. Green, EdD, is the CEO of New Beginnings Today, a community counseling agency based in Atlanta with additional locations throughout Georgia. As a highly skilled mental health professional, Dr. Green specializes in behavioral health counseling, including substance abuse. 404-346-3471 | nbtatlanta.com Marcus J. Green, EdD bestselfatlanta.com

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After a brief hiatus for expansion, local craft brewery Second Self Beer Company has reopened its doors Jason Santamaria and Chris Doyle of and unveiled a Second Self Beer Company new tasting room designed by Square Feet Studio. The brewery will host weekly tours and tastings as well as other events like popup dinners with local chefs, comedy nights and even yoga classes followed by tastings—delightfully referred to as Yoga and Hoppiness. Details: 1317 Logan Circle NW., Atlanta, GA 30318; secondselfbeer.com

Literary Losses Literary heavy-weights will celebrate the life and works of Atlanta native and renowned author Pat Conroy on September 2 at the keynote event of the 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival presented by DeKalb Medical. Cassandra King Conroy and Rick Bragg, accompanied by friends and family, will share their favorite passages from Conroy’s works. A legend of late-20th-century Southern literature, Conroy penned, among many others, The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, which were both developed into Oscar-nominated films. Details: Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University, 1700 North Decatur Road Atlanta, GA 30322; decaturbookfestival.com

Make Healthy Happen It can start with a few slips, like opting for fries instead of fresh fruit or skipping that spin class, and before you know it the healthy habits you’ve worked so hard to create begin to lose their traction. Reinvigorate your passion for health at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education’s Healthy Living Day on August 28. Get inspired with food demonstrations, healthy living and nutrition seminars, a book fair and performances by the Atlanta Ballet’s own Wabi Sabi. Details: Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre, 1695 Marietta Boulevard NW Atlanta, GA 30318; centre.atlantaballet.com bestselfatlanta.com

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Pick of the Month Class Pass A month into my ClassPass.com membership and I couldn’t be more pleased with the unlimited workout options. This brilliant fitness program accesses thousands of different Altanta area studios, classes and instructors via one membership. Try yoga, boxing, barre, cycling, even belly dancing, at a variety of locations. This model is ideal for commuters, busy executives and anyone who loves their neighborhood gym but wants to schedule a workout in another part of town. Rates start at $55/ month for a 5-class pass, $100/month for 10 classes or $160/month for unlimited classes.The website and app are simple to navigate; locate classes by instructor, area, studio or interest. Details: classpass.com

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bestbites Peach-Blueberry Cobbler Dreamin’ As part of their 25th anniversary summer tour, Dave Matthews Band recently stopped by Atlanta. Inspired by Georgia’s signature fruit, DMB Head Chef Fiona Bohane created an original recipe for a summer treat using sweet peaches and Dreaming Tree Crush wine, aptly named after one of the band’s classic hits. Serves 6–8 people INGREDIENTS FOR FILLING:


1 pint blueberries

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3 lbs fresh peaches, peeled and sliced

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1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

1/3 cup sugar, plus 2 Tbsp

2. While filling heats, mix together all dry ingredients—pulse in food processor if available. Add the cubed butter and pulse until incorporated, with no large chunks of butter visible

1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon

3. Transfer to a bowl, add 2/3 cup kefir and vanilla and gently stir with a wooden spoon until batter forms

1/2 tsp ginger 1 pinch salt 6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed 2/3 cup kefir, buttermilk or heavy cream, plus 2 Tbsp 1 tsp vanilla extract

4. Using a spoon or your hands, drop biscuits on top of filling. The topping covers most of the filling, but leave a small space between the biscuits to allow the heat to escape

5. Brush tops of biscuits with reserved kefir and sprinkle with remaining sugar 6. Bake for 40 minutes, until nicely browned and biscuits cooked through 7. Allow to cook for at least 30 minutes 8. Serve with ice cream Recipe courtesy of Fiona Bohane, head chef for Dave Matthews Band Details: dreamingtreewine.com

Refresh Recipes with Fresh Herbs Fresh herbs enhance flavor and aroma without adding any fat or salt. Mint is a refreshing herb that flourishes during early summer. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life campaign suggests these cool ideas on hot summer days: Add mint leaves to water for an invigorating punch of flavor or chop mint leaves and sprinkle over cubed watermelon to make your melon pop. Details: Strong4Life.com.



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1. Red Top Mountain, Acworth


Take in the scenery on this light hike along the 1-mile White Tail Trail loop through a hardwood forest that ends overlooking Lake Allatoona.

2. Fort Mountain, Chatsworth With easy access from the campground, lower guest cottages and day-use area, the 1.1-mile Lake Trail loop makes for a great activity on a nature-filled weekend getaway.


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Enjoy the 38,000 acres of beauty within Georgia’s newest state park on the 1.5-mile Lakeview loop, taking its name from the area where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. Or, keep it breezy by walking in the shade of the forest on the 1.5-mile Woodland loop.


4. Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill Far to the east, the 3.1-mile Redbird Creek Trail loop cascades through salt marshes and coastal wetlands under a blanket of Spanish moss.

The 3.2-mile Mountain Creek Trail loop weaves a scenic route through Georgia’s largest state park. Get there around sunrise or sunset and you might see a deer grazing in forest glades or hear a woodpecker searching for a snack.



6. High Falls, Jackson The breathtaking waterfall view and chance to cool off in the Towliga River rewards a moderately difficult 1.5-mile Falls Trail loop through hilly forests.

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5. F.D. Roosevelt, Pine Mountain


7. Sweetwater Creek, Lithia Springs Whether on the 2-mile Red Trail loop or 5-mile White Trail loop, explore the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, abandoned and destroyed at the end of the Civil War.



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Old Soldiers Day Race and Parade August 6 This celebration for veterans kicks off with an 8K road race at Wills Park and continues with a parade down Roswell Street complete with 150 floats, marching bands, classic cars, clowns and candy. awesomealpharetta.com

Dirty South Yoga Fest


August 6 Time to once again “root down and rise up” at the third annual event highlighting the Atlanta yoga scene while benefitting Centering Youth, a nonprofit bringing yoga and mindfulness to young people in the juvenile justice system. dirtysouthyogafest.com

Game Night at Sips Under the Sea August 12 Add a little friendly competition to your date night at Georgia Aquarium’s game edition of their monthly cocktails series. Play classic games while enjoying live music, cocktails and nibbles. georgiaaquarium.org

Piedmont Park Arts Festival August 13–14 This two-day arts festival features works from painters, photographers, sculptors, glassblowers, jewelers and crafters. Enjoy live music, artist demos, family-friendly play areas and healthy food options. piedmontparkartsfestival.com

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Pedal with Peachtree Ron Tarson, general manager of Westin Peachtree Plaza is one of the rare folks that actually enjoys his morning commute. In fact, Ron’s love of his scenic bike ride inspired Westin Peachtree Plaza’s latest fitness amenity, Bike Concierge—guided fitness rides that explore local sites like the BeltLine, Freedom Parkway, the Jackson Street Bridge and the Martin Luther King Memorial. The hotel has also partnered with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta to offer group rides for those looking for a more relaxed sightseeing experience. Details: 210 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30303; westinpeachtreeplazaatlanta.com

Raising the Bar Don’t let those clanging weights at the new East Atlanta Barbell Club intimidate you. Lead by USA Powerlifting Club Coach Lis Saunders, Savannah Weightlifting Team member Robert Hall, and local weightlifter Jim Chambers, the club provides a welcoming space for longtime lifters and those just getting started. They’ve settled into a great space and already plan future projects—including partnering this fall with physical therapist and movement specialist Lauren Polivka and her nonprofit, Lift with Passion, to launch a free strength-training program for young women. Details: 530 Flat Shoals Rd., Atlanta, GA 30316; eavbarbell.com



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Warmer temps can often motivate us to get more active, but sometimes we need an extra push to stay on track. The advanced technology of a fitness tracker might help. I love the newest addition to the Fitbit line, the Fitbit Alta™. The Alta is sleek and fashionable and tracks daily fitness goals while sporting serious style. My favorite feature is the Bluetooth-enabled text alert. The Fitbit Alta starts at around $130; it’s perfect for all fitness levels and the interchangeable bands give great options for different looks.

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Second Place Winner Sheila Jordan and Nash Awarded $150 for Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption

Sheila Jordan often jokes that her Yorkie/ Poodle mix, Nash, “has no clue he is a dog.” When the two of them aren’t exploring the city, Nash can be found squeezing in quality time with his neighborhood best friend, who just so happens to be a cat, or chasing the ever-elusive “dot.” The two recently celebrated the second anniversary of Nash’s adoption from Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption (APRA). Jordan reminisces on how helpful APRA was during the process of bringing Nash home. “It was great! APRA ensures that their rescues are going to loving homes that are dedicated to the well-being of the pets. They also act as a resource to help with any needs that might arise once you take your furbaby home.” Thankful for the joy Nash has brought into her life through adoption, donating prize money to APRA to assist with finding homes for other pets was a no-brainer to Jordan. She says, “Animals may be voiceless, but their souls speak volumes. Being able to do my part in making a difference in the life of such a sweet angel was my motivation [to adopt].” Details: atlantapetrescue.org bestselfatlanta.com

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By Katie Lambert ll mistakes are not equal. The famous leaning Tower of Pisa wasn’t meant to lean, but its construction on soft soil hasn’t resulted in much other than a charmingly tilted structure. The series of mistakes that led to the sinking of the Titanic, however, resulted in catastrophe. Gene mutations are like that, too. A cell can replicate and slightly scramble the genetic recipe, swapping out one nucleotide for another. Perhaps the results produce nothing more than another “charming tilt” as the cells make do with what’s there. Or, that change in code may dictate devastating effects on the human body. bestselfatlanta.com

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Genetic testing is a broad term covering a variety of purposes. The forensics testing used in criminal investigations identifies DNA in blood at the scene of a crime. Similar testing methods might also predict how well a woman with breast cancer will respond to certain medication. A few types of genetic testing even allow a little glimpse of the future, such as the predictive testing and the genetic tests done before the conception and birth of a child.

Mapping It Out Each of our 50 trillion or so cells contains the DNA often called our blueprint. Encoded in DNA are the instructions for life—such as directions that tell cells whether they belong to the eye or the kidney, and whether their job is to pump blood or fight bacteria. DNA molecules are tightly wound and packaged into 23 pairs of chromosomes. These chromosomes are made up of thousands of genes, each with a specific function or the potential to activate new characteristics. Occasionally gene mutations occur. Some of these are hereditary and known as the germline mutations from parents. The other kind, acquired or somatic mutations, crop up during our lifetime —UV rays from the sun, for example, can damage some genes, as can the chemicals in cigarettes. Sometimes cells simply damage themselves when they replicate.

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Jewish heritage, for example, should be offered a screening for Tay-Sachs disease), but there are additional options available. There are also prenatal tests administered to pregnant women to help identify conditions like Down syndrome. “We present the spectrum of what’s available and allow patients to self-identify with what meets their needs,” says King-Spohn. As a genetic counselor, it’s her job to discuss the possible psychological effects of results before testing ever takes place. She must consider: “Would this information be valuable to the patient? Would it be useful to them to help direct their treatment or allow them to prepare for the future? Or would it just cause them anxiety? Would the knowledge hang over their head or make them unable to sleep? Then it’s not helpful.” For example, if knowing that testing positive for the risk of Down syndrome would not change the course of the pregnancy, the patient may not want to know at all.

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come in having no idea that there is a 1-in4 chance of their child having a genetic condition because they are a carrier couple.” Carrier couples each have one copy of a mutated gene that, in them, causes no problems. But combine the two through reproduction and there is a 25 percent chance they will have a child with a condition like cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anemia, and a 50 percent chance that the child will be a carrier as well.

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Tails of Hope: Canine CellMates



hen Susan Jacobs-Meadows, director of the Canine CellMates program, answered a phone call from a “client,” she had an uneasy feeling. Her clients have spent time in the Fulton County Jail, and with Georgia’s recidivism rate of 43 percent within a threeyear period (as reported by the Pew Research Center in 2004), she wasn’t wrong to be concerned. What she encountered instead was the voice of the other 57 percent. “I just want to say thank you. Thank you for letting me be in your program ... for everything I learned ... for everything you’ve done for me since I got out ... for helping me believe I could live a life that had better choices and that I deserved more than I was giving myself,”said Orenthal. He explained to Susan that a former friend had recently been arrested in a large-scale drug bust … and he recognized that he could have been there too, had it not been for Canine CellMates.

The Canine CellMates program strives for a happy ending for both man and beast. Navigating the world as a convicted felon is no easy feat. Cellmates that display particular dedication to the program and achieve significant progress can, upon their release,“graduate” to an aftercare program by Canine CellMates, which assists them with housing, food and job placement through the support of caring volunteers. Volunteers are crucial to the success of both inmate and aftercare portions of the Canine CellMates program. There are always opportunities to help with adoption coordination, dog fostering, dog transportation, community outreach, program coordinating, event planning and fundraising. Details: caninecellmates.org

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Susan started the program after learning about similar efforts in other parts of the country and, by 2013, had developed this partnership in conjuction with Fulton County’s Sheriff’s Department, Fulton County Jail and

Fulton County Animal Services in hopes of creating a lasting positive change in the inmates as part of an effort to reduce recidivism. For eight intensive weeks, select inmates are given the chance to educate, train and care for shelter dogs. The ultimate end goal of the program for the dogs is to help them pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test and find a welcoming home.



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COOL DADS ROCK SOAP BOX DERBY Derby dads and kids show off their soapbox racecar creations at the 4th annual Cool Dads Rock Soap Box Derby. Speed demons are invited to watch the friendly competition at Old Fourth Ward Park. cooldadsrock.com

EATS & BEATS Some of Atlanta’s most popular restaurants fill a spectacular evening with food and wine at the 5th annual Eats & Beats event, donating 100% of the proceeds to Children of Conservation and The Giving Kitchen. childrenofconservation.org

August 13 MEDSHARE INTERNATIONAL’S KALEIDOSCOPE GALA Take a trip around the world through international cuisine and live entertainment at MedShare’s fundraising gala at The Foundry at Puritan Mill. For nearly 20 years, MedShare has been providing lifesaving medical supplies and equipment to 97 countries. atlantaeventful.com

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grow their food. Enjoy food and beer from local restaurants while raising funds to support farmers recovering from damage by natural disasters. thefarmerfund.org

August 27 CHRIS TUCKER FOUNDATION 2016 CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT Take to the green at this golf tournament benefitting the Chris Tucker Foundation and its mission to support local programs supporting youth locally, nationally and abroad. christucker.com

WALK, WAG, N’ RUN 5K RUN & 1K FUN RUN Bring your four-legged friend along for this fun run and 2017 Peachtree Road Race qualifier benefiting Ahimsa House and victims of domestic violence. This course takes a scenic route to the finish in Lenox Park. ahimsahouse.org

THE ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK 5K Starting at midnight at Town Center Mall, run a rock-n-roll route, jamming along to music selections from the 50s–90s. Then enjoy the big finish with a huge post party—all supporting Enduring Hearts’ efforts to fund research for advancement in pediatic heart transplants. enduringhearts.org

August 29 JEFFREY FASHION CARES Jeffrey Fashion Cares glams it up at Phipps Plaza with a pre-show cocktail reception, auctions and runway show. Over the past 23 years the show has become one of largest fundraisers in Atlanta for AIDS and breast cancer research, benefiting Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta and the Atlanta AIDS Fund (AAF). jeffreyfashioncares.com

AREA 13.1 HALF MARATHON Get out your glow sticks and become a true ATLien at this nighttime half marathon through parts of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and Morgan Falls Reservoir. This race helps support Bwanali Chipole Victory, Inc., a nonprofit that feeds and educates children in Malawi, Africa. alienhalf.com


August 20 MAGNOLIA RUN This family-friendly run and walk at Perimeter Mall benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia. Each year, the EFGA honors runners/walkers with epilepsy with a special purple shirt. epilepsyga.org

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August 22 CALENDAR RELEASE PARTY The Farmer Fund holds a summertime bash at The Cathedral of St. Philip, launching its 2017 calendar of local chefs wearing only aprons while promoting the farmers who

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