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Get Involved with Children Helping Children (CHC) Apply to be on the Junior Board of Directors In the spring, kids ages 12 to 16 can fill out the one-page application (which includes strategic questions to gauge their level of interest in community service) for the opportunity to be a part of the board.

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Best Breast Plastic Surgery Center/Doctor: Dr. Patricia Yugueros

The new “Core 4” antiaging skin care plan at Dermatology Center of Atlanta creates flawless skin that complements the doctor’s masterful Botox® injections. BEST SELF ATLANTA

Best Botox: Dr. Leslie C. Gray



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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS Best Dermatology Practice Overall

Best Eyelash Extensions

Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, PC

The Lash Lounge Sandy Springs

Eight skilled providers, nine unique specialty centers, and an experienced laser skin treatment facility means you can always get top-notch medical and cosmetic care onsite.

Experts here can choose from three types of curls, five densities, and eight lengths to create a custom set of extensions that won’t damage your natural lashes.

Best Facial Plastic Surgery Center/Doctor Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker has performed over 4,000 face-lifts producing unbelievably natural results. It’s no wonder she’s nicknamed the Queen of Faces! Best Facial Plastic Surgery Center/Doctor: Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker

Best Eyebrow Shaping/ Maintenance Alyson Hoag of Authentic Beauty Recognized as a leader in eyebrow services, Alyson Hoag and her team can help you regain your brows after years of overplucking or waxing gone too far with Brow Rehab.

Best Facial Treatment/Place Overall Institut’ DERMed This facility has been a leader in modern medical skin care solutions since 1989. It has introduced Atlanta to the latest treatments like INTRAcel Fractional Radio Frequency Microneedling.

Best Fat Removal/ Reduction Treatment/Place North Atlanta Dermatology The latest addition to this practice’s fat removal repertoire is CoolPetite®. Specifically designed to target that pesky upper arm fat, this treatment will have you saying bye-bye batwings!

Staf Picks Best Terrariums Terry Furuta Designs Best Facial Treatment/Place Overall: Lyn Ross, founder of Institut’ DERMed

Best Hair Extension Expert/Place*

“Her self-sustaining little gardens will inspire and calm you.” David Leonard, associate publisher 

Jutta Blase, LLC Licensed in both fusion and tape-in extension applications, Jutta Blase can help you achieve the full, luscious locks of your dreams by precisely matching the extensions with your exact hair color.

The Colour Bar Salon Using DreamCatchers’ 100% Human Remy Hair extensions, The Colour Bar Salon makes sure everyone will notice your extra inches, but none will be the wiser.

Best Hair Salon for AfricanAmerican Hair Nubiance Salon/ Spa For strong healthy hair, this salon has you covered. From trendy protective styles to pin-straight relaxers and weave extensions, they’re the go-to for those natural and not. Best Eyelash Extensions: Cathy Snyder, owner of The Lash Lounge Sandy Springs

Best Fat Removal/Reduction Treatment/Place: Cherylyn Woody and Melissa DiMaggio of North Atlanta Dermatology *Indicates that voting in this category resulted in a tie.

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“Atlanta’s 2017 Best Wedding Planner” Has Arrived in Sandy Springs! Visit J. Ladson Weddings’ Beautiful, New Home Office, Studio J 6600 Roswell Road, Suite C Atlanta, GA 30328 WHY? I believe the wedding planning process should be just as enjoyable as the wedding. Couples deserve to have the wedding of their dreams without the overwhelm and fear. WHAT?

As a wedding planner, I help brides execute their dream weddings. From the initial consultation to the honeymoon, I am there every step of the way to make their dreams a reality.


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“I design unique, yet memorable weddings that compliment the love stories of my clients.” — Jade Ladson


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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS Best Makeup Artist Heather Petty-Harris Heather Petty-Harris has been working her makeup magic on TV celebrities, brides, models, and more for 25 years. She’ll also get your brows Instagram-ready in no time.

Best Hair Stylist for Color Whitney Jones

Best Hair Salon for Blowouts Best Makeup Artist: Heather Petty-Harris

Best Fillers Barbara B. Weber

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An expert at charting custom treatment plans, Barbara B. Weber has vast experience performing facial rejuvenation with injectables. The seasoned nurse also teaches her techniques to physicians, physician assistants and fellow nurses.

Cherry Blow Dry Bar Midtown The new kid on the block, this blow-dry bar opened this past summer and has become an affordable hotspot for sleek styles on all hair textures and lengths.

Best Hair Salon for Color Van Michael Salon At this salon’s eight Atlanta locations, expect eye-catching results that will give your locks an on-trend look.

Best Hair Salon for Cuts Bob Steele Salon Thanks to its powerhouse CEO, Amanda Hair, you can get this salon’s stellar ‘dos in five metro Atlanta areas, including Smyrna and Alpharetta.

Best Hair Salon for Men Bob Steele Salon

Best Fillers: Barbara B. Weber

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Many of the talented stylists here begin as cosmetology school graduates and, once they are hired, must complete an extensive internship before servicing clients full time.

On top of creating color that complements a client’s skin tone, Whitney Jones is a pro at getting them in and out the door in no time flat.

Best Hair Stylist for Cuts

Staf Picks Best Girls’ Night Out Gypsy Kitchen “Nothing beats sipping cocktails, sharing tapas, and meeting new friends on the busy rooftop patio.” Wyndi Kappes, editorial/social media assistant

Richie Arpino For the past 38 years, elite Atlantans have turned to this guru to transform their tresses.

Best Laser Hair Removal Facility Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center As members of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the team here provides FDA-approved cosmetic laser services.

Best Men’s Med Spa Amachi MedSpa With the needs of men in mind, this medical spa offers a range of services including laser hair removal, skin tightening, and hair loss treatments.

Best Lip Enhancement Timeless Aesthetics Medspa of Atlanta The highly trained team here stays abreast BEST SELF ATLANTA

Best Men’s Med Spa: Majeeda Id-Deen of Amachi MedSpa



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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS of the latest products and procedures available to help you create the perfect pout.

Best Vein Treatment Doctor: Dr. Louis Prevosti

Best Hair Salon Overall Photos courtesy of (bottom left, bottom right) Sawyer Photography, hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency; (top left) VEINatlanta.

Vis-à-Vis The Salon Your crowning glory is always in good hands here, as this salon only hires industry professionals with 10-plus years of experience.

Best Local Skin Care Products Little Barn Apothecary The founders of this handcrafted self-care product company have created goods for the body, face, and hair, which are made from organic and wild-harvested ingredients for all to enjoy!

Best Vein Treatment Doctor Dr. Louis Prevosti Board certified in cardiovascular surgery and a diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Louis Prevosti, who is also the medical director of VEINatlanta, knows how to make unsightly veins do a disappearing act.

Best Manicure Hammond Nails Hammond Nails sets the bar for luxury salons. With some of the best technicians in the business that excel in nail art, they also aim to exceed expectations in service and cleanliness.

Best Med Spa Overall A New You Skin & Body Clinic Get a confidence boost and enhanced sense of well-being at A New You Skin & Body Clinic, where trained technicians use medical practices in a spa-like setting to rejuvenate your appearance.

Best Microblading Heather Tereso May In less than two hours, you can walk out with natural-looking semipermanent brows crafted by this microblading whiz. And don’t worry, it’s virtually painless!

Best Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa

Best Microblading: Heather Tereso May

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Using a thorough consultation that accounts for skin texture, tone, and more, the team here uses its complete understanding of

facial aging and the loss of facial muscle and collagen to devise a plan to produce optimal results.

Staf Picks Best Dueling Pianos Show Red Sky Tapas & Bar

Best Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation: Dr. Alan Gardner, founder of Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa

Best Pedicure The Haute Spot Nail Boutique Prepare to be pampered with the best in pedi services all around. This salon keeps tabs on the latest technology, trends, and sanitation procedures.

Best Permanent Makeup Michael Lynch Michael Lynch is a licensed medical aesthetician and certified laser technician. This accomplished makeup artist has been performing permanent makeup procedures since 1995.

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provide life-changing solutions for thinning hair and hair loss.

Best Tummy/ Midsection Plastic Surgery Center/ Doctor Dr. Asaf Yalif Dr. Asaf Yalif tailors all of his recommendations to each

Best Skin Care Place/Person AYA™ Medical Spa This medical spa offers only the highest quality skin care treatments and services using cutting-edge cosmetic technology performed by licensed providers.

Best Men’s Hair Replacement/ Restoration Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics At his new location in Avalon and original location in Sandy Springs, Dr. Ken Anderson uses ARTAS robotic hair restoration and modern treatments to BEST SELF ATLANTA

Best Men’s Hair Replacement/Restoration: Dr. Ken Anderson, founder of Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics



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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS patient and takes into account their desired goals, budget, and anatomy, to create a fab—and flat—stomach.

for varicose and spider veins in addition to swollen ankle and leg issues.

Best Wigs Expert/Place Rebecca Walden Wig Studio

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Best Women’s Thinning Hair Place/Person: Dr. Ashley R. Curtis

Best Women’s Thinning Hair Place/Person Dr. Ashley R. Curtis As a doctor at The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, Dr. Ashley R. Curtis knows how to address the unique issues of this escalating problem.

Best Waxing Brazilian Wax by Andreia What started as one location in Marietta has now expanded to nearly 20. The chain is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service at an affordable price.

Best Vein Treatment Practice VEININNOVATIONS Since 2002, this privatelyowned comprehensive vein center has provided quality care

After women and children experience a bout with cancer or other various diseases, Rebecca Walden uses cut, color, and style to create a wig that allows them to recognize themselves in the mirror again.


Best Aging Care Facility Senior Services North Fulton This nonprofit provides vital services like transportation to medical appointments for those that are homebound and supplies Meals on Wheels to those who are 60 and above.

Best Allergy Care Atlanta Allergy & Asthma With 17 locations throughout metro Atlanta and beyond, this practice is ready to tackle a range of asthma needs and allergy issues (think food to skin and everything in between).

Best Acupuncture Place/Practitioner Atlanta Center for Acupuncture and Wellness This all-women group of highly trained acupuncturists can tackle a range of specialties, including pain management, fertility treatment, and digestive disorders.

Staf Picks Best Place for Quiet Reflection Stone Mountain

Best Allergy Doctor: Dr. Eugene Hurwitz

Best Addiction Care Facility

Best Allergy Doctor

Ridgeview Institute

Dr. Eugene Hurwitz

People of all ages can find help at Ridgeview Institute. The team here helps patients manage cravings, find tools for recovery, follow a 12-step program and more.

As the medical director of Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, this doctor has grown the practice to 10 locations. He is also board certified in allergy and immunology and affiliated with numerous hospitals.

“The view is amazing when you’re sitting at the top. The gusty winds always bring a sensation of gratefulness to my body and soul.” AnneMarie Edwards, media consultant

Best Vein Treatment Practice: Dr. Alexander Park, Dr. Darrell Caudill, Dr. Lisa Perez, and Dr. David Park of VEININNOVATIONS

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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS Arthritis and Rheumatology of Georgia For patients with diverse rheumatologic pathology, this practice offers in-house labs, clinical trials, and musculoskeletal ultrasounds.

Best Arthritis Care Doctor Dr. Paula Tanasa At Arthritis and Rheumatology of Georgia, Dr. Paula Tanasa provides quality care to treat rheumatic diseases. She also has a special interest in autoimmune issues.

Best Audiology Practice Audiological Consultants of Atlanta

Best Bariatric Surgery Hospital/Facility: Northside Hospital Center for Weight Loss

Best Back and Spine Care Practice/ Facility

work together to provide patient satisfaction.

Resurgens Spine Center

Best Body Detox Facility

Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from neck and back pain, spine expert doctors here offer both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options to help patients reach their goals.

Best Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Michael Williams

Established in 1983, this private practice provides services for the identification, assessment, prevention and treatment of hearing disorders for everyone from newborns to the elderly.

Dr. Michael Williams’ research interest includes minimally invasive surgery techniques and surgical therapy for morbid obesity. He has also trained surgeons and authored numerous medical journal articles.

Best Back and Spine Care Doctor

Best Bariatric Surgery Hospital/ Facility

Dr. Keith Osborn Board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Keith Osborn of Resurgens Orthopaedics, specializes in adult spinal disorders and total disk arthroplasty.

Northside Hospital Center for Weight Loss Experts including board-certified surgeons with 35 years of experience, certified bariatric nurse coordinators, weight loss specialists and dietitians all

Best Cancer Care Hospital/Facility: Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University



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Warrior Body Spa Located in Tucker, and now Brookhaven, all the therapies offered here are detox focused to help clients holistically reach their pain relief and wellness goals.

Best Post-Workout Treat Revolution Doughnuts “Grabbing a shredded coconut doughnut after a morning run is my favorite way to start the weekend.” Alex McCray, associate editor

Best Brain Health Treatment Amen Clinics For more than 25 years, Amen Clinics has been mapping minds with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging to learn more about naturally balancing and optimizing the brain.

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Best Arthritis Care

Best Cancer Care Hospital/ Facility Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Georgia, precision medicine, immunotherapy treatments, and minimally invasive surgery are all key here. winship

Best Body Detox Facility: Aaliya Bashir, owner of Warrior Body Spa

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The Physicians and Staff of Resurgens Spine Center Congratulate

Dr. Keith Osborn 2017 Best Back/ Spine Doctor “Dr. Osborn is professional, trustworthy and a world class surgeon – I respect him immensely and he is my family’s spine doctor” — Thomas Dopson, MD – Co-Medical Director, Resurgens Spine Center

“I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Osborn for the past 17 years. His kind and thoughtful demeanor is appreciated by patients and colleagues. We are fortunate to have him as a member of the Resurgens family!” — Krystal Chambers, MD

”I’ve had the privilege of working with Dr. Osborn for almost 30 years. It’s wonderful to see him honored by his patients because he truly emulates what a great physician is as he compassionately cares for his patients.” — Lori Ellwood, RN, ONC – Resurgens Spine Center Director



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Krystal Chambers, MD

Anita Cone-Sullivan, MD

Roderica Cottrell, MD

Robin Dennis, MD

Marly Dows-Martinez, MD

Eli Finkelstein, MD

Scott Kelly, MD

Julie Levine, DO


Lori Ellwood, RN, ONC Spine Center Director

Robert Medcalf, PT, Dip MDT Director of Spine Rehabilitation

Michele Perez, MD

Reuben Sloan, MD

Jacob Strong, MD

Kristen Willett, DO


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Thank You Atlanta for Voting Us Best Spine Care Practice Two Years in a Row!

Resurgens Spine Center Welcomes Three New Spine Surgeons


Uzondu Agochukwu, MD

Tapan Daftari, MD

Thomas Dopson, MD

Maurice Goins, MD

Robert Greenfield, MD

Christopher Blanchard, DO

Bennett Grimm, MD

Peter Harvey, MD

Paul Jeffords, MD

Howard McMahan, MD

Vamsi Kancherla, MD

E. Scott Middlebrooks, MD

Ali Mortazavi, DO

Keith Osborn, MD

Jason Velez, DO


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The Best of 2017 Foot and Ankle Care Facility MEET OUR DOCTORS Erroll J. Bailey, M.D.

Raj Bhole, M.D.

Michael J. Clark, M.D.

John R. Gleason, M.D.

Deborah Kowalchuk, M.D.

Sourendra Raut, M.D.

David G. Scott, M.D.

Gary W. Stewart, M.D.

Phillip Walton, Jr., M.D.

M. Shay Womack, M.D.


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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS Best Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT)

Best Fertility Specialist Doctor

The ENT Institute

Dr. Lisa Hasty

Take advantage of advanced technologies and cost-effective procedures that The ENT Institute has to offer. The staff here ensures the best results with the least amount of discomfort Best Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT): possible. Dr. Jeffrey M. Gallups of The ENT Institute

Best Diabetes Care Piedmont Atlanta Hospital It is possible for almost anyone with diabetes to live a longer, fuller life with proper disease management. Piedmont Healthcare provides effective care and a customized approach for each person.

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Best Dermatologist Dr. Anna Paré At Dermatology Consultants, Dr. Anna Paré offers an allencompassing approach to your family’s health and aesthetic needs. For over 25 years, she’s helped patients maintain their dermatological health and is the reason behind their glowing skin.

Best Diabetes Care Doctor Dr. Jennifer Gilligan Feel confident and comfortable under Dr. Jennifer Gilligan’s care. Board certified in endocrinology and metabolism, she designs practical regimens for patients as they manage this chronic disease.

Best Eye Care Doctor Dr. Paul L. Kaufman A board-certified ophthalmologist and retina specialist at Thomas Eye Group, Dr. Paul L. Kaufman is committed to his vision—keeping eyes healthy.

Best Eye Care Practice Thomas Eye Group Thomas Eye Group offers eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, and LASIK surgery, as well as medical, surgical, and cosmetic services for patients ranging in age from infants to seniors.

Best Facility for Stroke Rehabilitation Shepherd Center

Best Dermatologist: Dr. Anna Paré

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This private nonprofit hospital is focused solely on the medical treatment, research, and rehabilitation of people with neuromuscular conditions.

Dr. Lisa Hasty and the compassionate physicians and staff at the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine use the latest technology to treat recurrent pregnancy loss, infertility, and more.

Best Fertility Specialist Practice SGF Atlanta Formerly known as Georgia Reproductive Specialists, Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) Atlanta has a wealth of options, from surgical procedures to assisted reproductive technologies. Come here to build the family you’ve longed for.

Staf Picks Best ReSale Store for Women Skirt Upscale Resale “It’s my hidden gem in the Fountain Oaks Shopping Center. I buy all of my clothes there.” Susan Lesesne, media consultant

Best Fibroid Doctor Dr. John Lipman Trusted by reality TV stars like Cynthia Bailey and plenty of everyday Atlantans, Dr. John Lipman has extensive experience performing the uterine fibroid embolization procedure.

Best Chiropractic Care Place/Person Dr. Kevin D. Flythe A trusted partner of physicians and body care professionals, Dr. Kevin D. Flythe provides comprehensive treatment and makes patient education a top priority.

Best Foot and Ankle Care Facility

Best Chiropractic Care Place/Person: Dr. Kevin D. Flythe

Resurgens Foot & Ankle Center Here, board-certified physicians and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons treat your foot and ankle disorders. The experts offer surgical and nonsurgical options to get you back on your feet. BEST SELF ATLANTA



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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS Best Gastroenterology Practice Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates Here, expect specialized care through the Advanced Center for GI Therapeutics, The Liver Center, and nutrition counseling.

Best Heart Doctor Dr. Tara HrobowskiBlackman As one of three board certified advanced heart failure and transplantation cardiologists at Piedmont Heart Institute, Dr. Tara Hrobowski-Blackman gives heartfelt advice to her patients and aids them in the healing process.

Best Heart Surgeon Dr. James R. Kauten

Best Gastroenterology Practice: Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates

Best Gastroenterologist

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Dr. Stephen Rashbaum Dr. Stephen Rashbaum focuses on symptom relief, diagnosing underlying digestive conditions and finding ways to help patients maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Best General/Family Dentist Dr. Tonique L. Reynolds

Dr. James R. Kauten has performed over 10,000 openheart surgeries. His greatest strengths are his wealth of knowledge, extensive experience and superb results.

Best Hormone Therapy Practice Atlanta Women’s Specialty Group This all-encompassing practice offers annual exams, Pap smears, and mammograms, along with obstetrics and other gynecology services.

Best Hormone Therapy Practitioner Allison Cochran

on addressing mind, body and spirit.

Best Integrative/ Functional Overall Medical Facility

Best Massage Therapist/Place

Three D Wellness

Jo Ann Taylor

By addressing the specific medical needs of the whole family, this full-service practice is dedicated to helping those at every stage of life achieve overall health.

Through 14 years of experience, Jo Ann Taylor has learned to master the art of

Best Joint Surgery/ Replacement Doctor Dr. Raj Pandya Dr. Raj Pandya is a surgeon, inventor, entrepreneur, and restaurateur all in one. Specializing in sports medicine, his clients’ recoveries are a shining example of his passion for his work. atlantaorthopaedic

Best General/Family Dental Practice Atlanta Smiles and Wellness

With advanced training in hormone therapies and antiaging medicine such as bioidentical hormone therapy and plateletrich plasma treatments, physician assistant Allison Cochran provides compassionate concierge care.

Dr. Dina Giesler and Dr. Marianna Kovitch view comprehensive dentistry as a lifelong commitment to your health and self-image. By providing natural aesthetic dentistry, the experienced duo makes sure patients can capitalize on their greatest asset: their smile.

Atlanta Women’s Obstetrics & Gynecology

Best Integrative/ Functional Medical Doctor

Best Joint Surgery/ Replacement Hospital/Facility

This all female OB-GYN practice in Midtown offers a full range of health care services (preventative medicine, gynecological treatments) for women of all ages.

Sonza Curtis As one of Georgia’s first certified functional medicine practitioners by the Institute for Functional Medicine, physician assistant and naturopath Sonza Curtis focuses

Atlanta Orthopedic Institute

Through state-of-the-art procedures, Dr. Tonique L. Reynolds restores and enhances the health and natural beauty of her patients’ smiles with long-lasting results.

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recover quickly and return to an active lifestyle. atlantaorthopaedic

Best General/Family Dental Practice: Dr. Dina Giesler and Dr. Marianna Kovitch of Atlanta Smiles and Wellness

Physicians here have extensive training in various joint and sports-related injuries. Their main priority is to help patients BEST SELF ATLANTA



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Thank you, Atlanta! Enhance Your Look , Enjoy Your Life! About Internationally renowned Plastic Surgeon, Dr Stanley Okoro, is a double board certified plastic surgeon who offers customized cosmetic plastic surgical procedures at his private practice locations in Atlanta & Marietta Georgia. His international practice locations are Lagos and Abuja Nigeria. He has over 10 years experience in cosmetic & reconstructive surgery of the breast, body, and face.

Experience Matters Dr. Okoro became a surgeon at Emory University after graduating with honors from Meharry Medical College. Further, he completed a 3-year program in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. After serving in the US Navy as the Chief of General Surgery at the US Naval Hospital Great Lakes and the director of the Breast Care Center, where he serviced breast cancer patients, Dr. Okoro later served as the Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at our “President’s Hospital”, the world famous National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda Maryland. Here, Dr Okoro performed countless primary and revision cosmetic procedures and sustained reconstruction of war injured service men and women. Dr. Okoro has received multiple awards, authored many topics in plastic surgery journals, and presented at several local, regional, national, & international plastic surgery conferences


Mission Work In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr Okoro is a philanthropist and an international Plastic Surgeon. He served as the Executive Director of Imo Medical Mission, Inc, a non-profit charitable organization. He organizes and participates in an ongoing volunteer medical and surgical mission to undeveloped countries twice yearly since 2003.

Specialities Cosmetic plastic surgery can transform lives when performed by experienced plastic surgeons. Whether it’s a post-baby body, extra inches around the waistline or the need for body enhancement, customized surgical transformation awaits patients at Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Specializing in the latest technologies, Dr. Okoro can maximize your results while minimizing your downtime. If you are hesitant in your decision to enhance yourself, commit with confidence and start your journey with us today.

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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS massage and anticipate the needs of each client to offer the ultimate relaxation experience.

Best Neurologist Dr. Lisa M. Billars As the chief of the neurology and sleep medicine departments for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, Dr. Lisa M. Billars understands the effects aging can have on the brain and offers patients ways to stay mentally sharp.

Best Orthodontics Practice

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Best Men’s Health Doctor: Dr. Scott D. Miller

Best Men’s Health Doctor Dr. Scott D. Miller An advocate for minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Scott D. Miller devotes most of his practice to laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Starting Jan. 15, his services will be based out of WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

Best Myofascial Release Therapy Avery Cotton Three decades of education and certifications in orthopedic bodywork enables Avery Cotton to help clients ease pain, improve range of motion, and enhance posture.

Braces Braces With convenient locations surrounding Atlanta, along with flexible hours and days, this practice helps families fit comprehensive care including metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign® into their busy schedules.

Best Orthodontist Dr. Leon Leonard Dr. Leon Leonard and his welltrained staff help both children and adults achieve beautiful smiles while providing highquality orthodontic services in a comfortable environment.

Best Pediatric Practice Children’s Healthcare of West Georgia Personalized medical care is available for children up to 18. Here, expect a focus on cutting-edge pediatric treatment methods and more.

Best Pediatrician Dr. Terrence Gfroerer

Best Neurologist: Dr. Lisa M. Billars

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Dr. Terrence Gfroerer and staff at Dunwoody Pediatrics provide a warm-hearted approach to care in an effort to support the growth of happy and healthy children. dunwoody

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Best Orthopedist Dr. Kenneth Kress Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Kenneth Kress uses his 25 years of experience to perform innovative knee and hip reconstructive surgeries and provide comprehensive arthritic care management.

Best Radiology/ Imaging Center OutPatient Imaging In need of a same-day appointment? OutPatient Imaging has your needs covered. Everything from magnetic resonance imaging and bone density testing to X-rays and mammograms, it’s a one-stop-shop.

Best Physical Therapy Center PT 360 For those that want to make the most of their recovery journey, PT 360 is there to provide manual therapy, dry needling, spine and sacroiliac dysfunction treatments, and more.

Best Podiatrist Village Podiatry Centers

Here, you can feel confident that you’ll get the results you seek with the help of some of the most knowledgeable podiatric surgeons in the field. villagepodia BEST SELF ATLANTA

Best Radiology/Imaging Center: Shirley Phoxanalack, Dr. John Arnold, and Brad Bankston of OutPatient Imaging



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Best Stress & Anxiety Treatment Facility: Ginair Goodwin McKerrow, Ephrat Lipton, and Joanne “Joey” Pulley of Atlanta Center for Wellness

Best Stress & Anxiety Treatment Facility

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Atlanta Center for Wellness Taking into account the emotional, physical, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that can impact a person’s health and well-being, this center uses a collaborative approach to treatment. atlantacenter

Best Women’s Health Clinic Metro Surgical Associates, Inc. Since 1982, the doctors here have been on a mission to provide optimal breast health care along with educational programs and more.

Dr. Kristine Gould’s personal approach to care puts people at ease. Passionate about patient education, you can also find her hosting regular seminars regarding women’s health and wellness.

Best Active Senior Community Jim Chapman Communities This award-winning builder creates homes with style and accessibility that are livable for those age 55 and over. jimchapman

Georgia Urology Always striving to better serve its patients, the doctors at Georgia Urology use modern technology, including the UroLift® System, to treat those with prostate issues.

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Best Art Gallery The curators behind Wentworth Gallery travel to the far corners of the globe to offer works by heralded artists such as Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, Grady Memorial Hospital

Best Urology Practice

Best Urgent Care Facility

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Best Stroke Care Hospital/Facility

Due to its excellent care, this center was named an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest level of designation awarded by the prestigious accrediting nonprofit, The Joint Commission.

Best Urgent Care Facility: Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet

Best Ballroom Dance Studio Best Urology Practice: (L to R, back row) Dr. Walter Z. Falconer, Dr. Emerson E. Harrison, Dr. A. Keith Levinson (L to R, front row) Corby Barkhaus, Dr. Michael Garcia-Roig, and Dr. Lambda Msezane of Georgia Urology

Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta Get ready for a special occasion, meet new people or do both at this dance

Best Women’s Health/Maternity Hospital/Facility Northside Hospital From pregnancy to menopause, women’s health care is Northside Hospital’s specialty. It is also a leader in groundbreaking procedures and less-invasive treatments for gynecological cancers.

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Best Ballroom Dance Instructor Asiya Khasnutdinova Budding ballroom dancers turn to Asiya Khasnutdinova for her talented teaching techniques, which are built on 20 years of dance and fitness experience.

Best Bookstore Little Shop of Stories Find your child’s next great read at this whimsical store. Literary fans of all ages can connect with fellow bookworms at one of its nine monthly book groups.

Best Career Counseling Services Thriveworks

Best Ballroom Dance Studio: Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta

At Thriveworks, counselors can be a trusted partner in your career journey. No matter the dilemma, they are experienced and ready to help you grow professionally.

Amy Schumer grace the stage at this legendary comedy club.

Best Charity Ball/Gala

Best Community Garden

The Pink Affair Save the date (March 24, 2018) for this fabulous fundraiser featuring dinner, drinks, music, and auctions, all to benefit TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.

Best Charity Race Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Race for The Cure Over 8,000 participants completed this 27th annual run/walk in 2017. The more than $1 million raised will go toward providing breast health and cancer services in Atlanta and to fund global research.

Peachtree Hills Community Garden Neighbors can bond over their passion for gardening by sharing the 24 beautiful plant beds this community garden has to offer.

Best Cooking Classes/School Sur La Table Are you a culinary nightmare in the kitchen? Fear not! Hands-on cooking classes here will show you everything you need to know.

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Now Fido can leave his daycare session looking even better than when you dropped him off thanks to Puppy Haven’s new full grooming services.

Best Financial Planner Faye Sykes For in-depth social security planning, turn to the owner of Scarlet Oak Financial Services. She also delivers ongoing educational events and underwriting performed by artificial intelligence.

Best Financial Planning/Services This independent wealth management firm has specialized in retirement income planning and managing comprehensive wealth and investments for over 40 years.

Laughing Skull Lounge

Puppy Haven

Harmon Financial Advisors

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Best Charity Race: Diane Heller and Julie Brock of Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Race for The Cure

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Meet Atlanta’s 2017 Best Vein Treatment Doctor Dr. Louis Prevosti of VEINatlanta Dr. Prevosti is the medical director of VEINatlanta, the only vein clinic in Atlanta certified by the IAC (Intersocietal Accreditation Council) as a vein treatment center. Dr. Prevosti is board certified in cardiovascular surgery and a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine. He is a member of the American College of Phlebology.

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Treat your palate to the first super premium white wine (named Nancy) in the Fingerprint collection series at the most award-winning winery and resort on the East Coast.

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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS Best Pet Trainer Susie Aga Susie Aga is ready to tackle tough pet cases. This certified instructor, and founder of Atlanta Dog Trainer, can handle your animal’s aggression, agility, severe phobia issues, and then some.

Best Matchmakers: Lisa Lyngos and Leisha Murphy, owners of Single Atlanta Matchmakers

and redefine what happiness and wholeness means to them.

Best Matchmakers Single Atlanta Matchmakers For 20 years, twin sisters Leisha Murphy and Lisa Lyngos, the brains behind Atlanta’s largest matchmaking firm, have successfully paired couples together and gained a national reputation as industry experts.

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this jewelry line are donated to charities locally and nationwide. Since 2005, sales from the Italian-made collection have raised over $700,000.

Best Pet Rescue Organization Angels Among Us Pet Rescue Dedicated to saving dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia, this nonprofit operates through a network of compassionate volunteers and foster homes.

Add some culture to your lunch break and visit the High Museum of Art on the third Friday of the month for a special conversation, performance, or tour experience.

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From in-home pet sitting to a potty break while you’re stuck at the office, your pet is in trusted hands.

Best Place for Fun Classes/Workshops Center for Puppetry Arts Located near the heart of Midtown, this center opened its doors in September 1978 and serves the community through its live performances, museum, and educational programming.

Leap into a new career with one of the 40 professional certificate programs offered here (think Culinary Apprenticeship or Web Design & Development).

Best Sunless Tanning Opulence Spray Tan Club This mobile tanning service creates a custom color blend for each client and now has its own line of vegan products that rejuvenate the skin and enhance results.

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Lisa Wellstead is bringing stress management techniques to everyone from corporate leaders to teens. She even pioneered a mindfulness health initiative learning program at Walton High School.

High Museum of Art

CutiePaws Pet Sitting Services

The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University

Best Place for Live Music

Lisa Wellstead

Best Museum

Best Pet Walker/ Sitter Service

Best School for Continuing Education for Adults

This premier performance venue is a go-to spot for everything from Broadway shows to corporate meetings, wedding receptions, galas, and more. Best Pet Walker/Sitter Service: Katie Doherty and Cayla Hale of CutiePaws Pet Sitting Services

Best Place to go Dancing

Best Pet Store

Johnny’s Hideaway

The Whole Dog Market This premier pet retail go-to carries only the best for your four-legged family member. Pick up handcrafted treats made by local humane farms like White Oak Pastures.

Best Pet Rescue Organization: LuAnn Farrell and Krysta Cannon of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue

The “Cheers”-esque vibe and retro lounge décor and music from the ‘50s through ‘90s will have you ready to bust a move at this dance spot.




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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS Best Veterinarian The Village Vets of Buckhead The team behind this pet hospital prides itself on providing outstanding preventive care, along with dentistry, surgery, and boarding services.

Best Volunteer Opportunity Sisters By Choice This amazing group of women (and men) use the organization’s many innovative programs, like a mobile breast clinic in an 18-wheeler, to offer breast cancer education, awareness, and support.

Best Wedding Planner

Photos courtesy of (top) Miller Union, photography by Heidi Geldhauser; (bottom) Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine,

J. Ladson Weddings J. Ladson Weddings will make sure your special day isn’t even close to cookie cutter. Attention is paid to the tiniest of details to turn your vision into a breathtaking reality.

Best Farm-to-Home Delivery PeachDish Now available at Whole Foods, this meal-kit company also features an online marketplace

Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant: Miller Union

{FOOD} where you can shop a range of local proteins and artisan products.

Best Farmers Market

Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant

Along with its abundance of local produce, this farmers market also has a vast selection of ethnic cuisines and international ingredients from the Caribbean, Korea, and beyond.

Miller Union Here, hyperlocal and seasonal ingredients make up the inspired cuisine that marries farm-to-table dishes with traditional Southern influence.

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Best Food Blog Healthy Eating 101 The creative recipes developed by chef Megan McCarthy on this blog make cooking up real food fun, fast and easy.

Best Food Truck The Fry Guy You’ve probably spotted this food truck at festivals like Grant Park Summer Shade. From bacon to Parmesan truffle, these Fry Guy creations are good to the very last bite.

Best Health Food Store Sevananda Natural Foods Market This cooperative market touts that its sourcing policies are stricter than Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s! Plus, keeping customers informed so they can make the right choices is always a top priority. Best Prepared Healthy Meal Delivery: Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine

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BEST OF 2017 CONTEST WINNERS Best Healthy Restaurant

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Cafe Sunflower This family-owned restaurant has been serving up delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes like orzo eggplant lasagna, baked samosas, and squash cakes since 1994.

Best Juice Bar Kale Me Crazy Every juice here is coldpressed daily to retain the blend’s health-boosting nutrients and enzymes. Plus, it’s never pasteurized or exposed to preservatives.

Best Farm-to-Home Delivery: PeachDish

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Best Nutrition Counseling/Coach

Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine

Finally achieve food freedom and overcome emotional eating with the help of Jacynta Harb, wellness coach at Sparkle a New You.

This burger joint prides itself on only using local grass-fed beef and free-range local meats. Here, taste the straight-from-the-

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True Food Kitchen’s rotating seasonal menu has a host of vegetarian options. Currently on the list: Winter Squash Toast, the Inside Out Quinoa Burger, and more, all of which are made with the freshest produce.

Your pup will have a ball with you on the green at this restaurant and special events venue. While your canine plays, you can order from a diverse menu of sushi, burgers, salads, and more.






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Lateefah Watford, MD is the chief of behavioral health for Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, which operates 26 medical offices across metro Atlanta and in Athens.

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As a board-certified psychiatrist, my specialty is helping people of all ages reach a healthier state of mind. When your mental health is not at its best, the implications can be far reaching—impacting your physical health, relationships and even job performance. While we all know that a balanced diet and routine exercise can improve our overall health, how to care for our mind seems less straightforward. Understand there is no simple fix for mental health—it is an ongoing process that involves self-evaluation and, in some instances, professional care. But there are three key practices that can help you reach a healthier mental state. First, get to know yourself. The ability to recognize your emotional triggers and manage them effectively is key to maintaining mental health. Keeping a journal and writing about your day, and how you felt or reacted to situations, can help you better understand yourself. Journaling does not have to be a laborious task that involves writing two or three pages each day—it can be as simple as bullet points. Just get it on paper, so you have a reference. It is also important to have compassion for yourself and avoid harsh self-criticism. Life

is not easy. We are constantly changing and growing, and we are bound to make some mistakes along the way. Yet, sometimes we find it easier to forgive others for wrongdoings than ourselves. Acknowledge mistakes, consider them as learning opportunities, and then extend some empathy to yourself. Lastly, own your treatment journey to mental health wellness. One in five Americans are living with a mental illness—with depression among the most common. If you are experiencing extreme feelings of sadness, anxiety or have difficulty managing stress, make an appointment to see a licensed mental health care provider. There are also resources online, such as and, where you can learn more about mental health conditions and how to find help in your community. If you are already receiving treatment, stay connected with your care team and committed to your treatment plan. Achieving total health—mind, body and spirit—should be a goal we set for ourselves. If you are physically and mentally strong, you are in a better position to overcome the unexpected hurdles life will inevitably put in your path, in addition to that to-do list you have given yourself.

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6 Tips to Help You Survive the Holiday Season BY: Natalie Logan, RD, LD, Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine


lthough it has the tendency to get a little crazy, the holiday season tends to be everyone’s favorite time of year. It’s always fun to see your relatives but with all of the office parties and family gatherings, it’s very easy for your health and nutrition goals to get sabotaged. Here are a few tips that can help you get through the next few weeks. 1. Is Your Belly Empty? Don’t go to a function starving (or skip a meal before getting there) as you’re more likely to overeat and eat more of the not-sohealthy stuff. Instead, eat a healthy snack like fresh fruit or vegetables paired with a protein or healthy fat beforehand (i.e. apple with nut butter or veggies with hummus) 2. Limit or avoid the high calorie or sugary drinks (think eggnog, creamy coffee drinks, hot chocolate). Keep in mind that alcohol adds extra empty calories and also alters your thinking when it comes to choosing junk foods.

3. At the family feast. Try to fill at least half your plate with the veggie dishes. Then grab a handful of lean protein while the rest of the plate can be your favorite sweet potato dish or mashed potatoes.  All in moderation just don’t forget the colorful veggies first! 4. You be the Good Guy. Bring a healthy dish to your function - that way you know when in doubt, just eat what you brought. 5. Where are you hanging out? If you’re hanging out by the appetizers you’re probably going to eat the appetizers...hungry or not.  A lot of family and friends like to gather in

the kitchen even when it’s not time to eat. Chances are you’ll mindless eat if the food is right there at arms length. 6. Slow Down! Sit down with you friends and family and enjoy every bite of the homemade dishes and goodies.   When you eat fast it will take longer for your body to register it is full and you may already be on your second plate. At Fresh ‘N Fit Cuisine, we want to make it easy for you to eat healthy this holiday season. As Atlanta’s premier healthy meal and lifestyle service, we provide everything from meal prep to convenient pickup/delivery to free nutrition coaching and support. Happy Holidays!

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It Takes a Village You don’t have to travel the globe to help an international artisan in need. Simply take a trip to Ten Thousand Villages Atlanta. Since 1993, the store has offered fair-trade gifts, jewelry, clothing, home décor, and more from creators in 37 countries. By paying the crafters a living wage, they are able to afford housing, education, and health care. Locally, volunteers are needed to assist the nonprofit with store display set up, social media, outreach, and more. Volunteer open houses are held every second Saturday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. Details: 1056 St. Charles Ave. NE., Atlanta;

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Westside Wellness In underserved communities, it is easy for health issues to run rampant. That’s when Atlanta-based nonprofit Urban Perform steps in. The organization seeks to decrease obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes by helping to increase the activity levels of those who live in areas like the Westside. Urban Perform also provides accessible and affordable safe spaces to exercise and offers eight classes a week. It is in need of certified fitness and wellness instructors to volunteer to teach these group fitness classes. Recently, the Greatness Lives Here campaign by Mercedes-Benz, recognized Laura Pritchard-Compton (below, in white), Urban Perform’s founder, for making a difference. A short video highlighting the nonprofit can be seen on the MercedesBenz USA Facebook page. Details: 128 Vine St. NW., Atlanta;

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Alli Allen, co-founder of Second Helpings Atlanta, has launched a new charitable giving platform named PlanetGive. Whether it’s for the holidays, a birthday, or a wedding registry, online users can create a profile page and list the causes they support. Friends and family can see the profile page and charities the user cares about and make a donation in their honor. Members can even create a Circle of Giving with their comrades. Receive birthday notifications and garner charitable gift ideas with this standout system. Details: BEST SELF ATLANTA



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Seeking peace in your home with kids out of school? By: Teresa Woodruff, LPC, ATR-BC, CPCS

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As a parent, you are constantly giving…your time, your attention, and your energy to your children. It’s perfectly normal to feel exhausted and drained from all the giving. During the holiday season, added stress may cause you to feel exhausted and overwhelmed. Having children home from school places more demands on you, and unstimulated children may act out or display inappropriate attention-seeking behavior. Here are a few tips for maintaining a calm home and keeping your sanity: ❑ Remember to take time for yourself: Read a book, go on a walk, color, or journal. Remembering to care for yourself will allow you to be calm and in control of your own emotions, thus setting the tone for the rest of the family.

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December 8, 9, 10 CHRISTMAS KIDS Join St. Vincent de Paul Georgia and financial guru Clark Howard in ensuring that foster children have toys to open on Christmas morning. Help process donations, organize gift items, and more. svdpgeorgia. org/christmas-kids-2017

December 9 9TH ANNUAL STACHE BASH Sport a mustache (grown, glued, or drawn on) for a good cause. All the proceeds from this VirginiaHighland bar crawl will go to the National Urban Coalition for Unity and Peace.

December 9 JINGLE BELL RUN/WALK Support runners and walkers as they don their favorite holiday getups at this event that benefits the Arthritis Foundation.

December 12 NEW VOLUNTEER INFORMATION AND ORIENTATION SESSION Interested in becoming a court-appointed special advocate in DeKalb County? At this session, you’ll receive an overview of the volunteer program and find out what you can do to make a difference.

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RESTORE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Rock your first shift at the Atlanta Habitat ReStore by receiving all the training you’ll need at this meeting. Plus, get a better understanding of the ReStore volunteer program as a whole.

December 15 CHRISTMAS AT BRAWNER COAT DRIVE Kids will love seeing Santa but the best part is really about helping others. Donate a coat for MUST Ministries to distribute the jackets to those in need.

FULTON COUNTY CASA VOLUNTEER INFORMATION SESSION Learn how you can be an advocate for abused and neglected children who are left in the custody of the Fulton County Division of Family and Children Services. Don’t fret if you can’t make it to this specific session, more meetups will be held throughout the year.

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January 15 MLK DAY 5K DRUM RUN Over 200 drummers will line the 3.1-mile course at Piedmont Park during this Peachtree Road Race qualifying-run that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


COMMUNITY GARDENS Join the Atlanta Community Food Bank for some outdoor fun. You may be cleaning beds, weeding, mulching or doing other

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Christine Pullara has been in front of a camera since she began modeling at 13. So it’s no wonder she’s an expert at making the guests on her hit weekday talk show, “Atlanta & Company,” feel as comfortable onscreen as she does. Pullara’s radiant authenticity has translated into a successful media career as an award-winning news anchor, show host, and producer with major networks and channels such as NBC and HGTV. Today, she is just as passionate about sharing the stories of the “Big Peach” and the people that call it home, as she was when she first moved here in 2005. By India Powell

What advice would you give to a budding journalist? Try to make meaningful connections. Learn every aspect of the business—writing, editing, and videotaping. Show up, work hard, and create a reputation for yourself that will leave people with a positive impression of you so they hire you again and again.

Are there ever days you just feel like pulling the covers up over your head and not going on air? How do you deal with that? All the time! First, I pour myself a cup of coffee, and that helps. Then I remember that I am lucky to be making a living doing what I love. Gratitude is a great motivator.

How do you balance career and family? Do I? Ha! No, honestly. It’s really hard! I’ve been striving to be more present. I want to do impactful work in the community, but I also need to be there for my family. My girls like games and they love being outside. At night, I’ve started reading the Bible to them. Not the kiddie version, but the real deal and they have lots of questions. It starts great conversations. You’re in amazing shape! What’s your workout secret? It ain’t easy! I’m into classes or working out with a trainer. I’m not very disciplined on my own and I know that about myself. I turned 48 in April and five pounds have snuck up on me. So, I’m working out with one of my favorite trainers, Lawton Hydrick, at The Forum Athletic Club. He makes me use heavy weights and do cardio spurts. How do you nurture your inner self and spirituality? I am now in a great women’s group that’s held at my friend’s office. These

What inspires you? Thoughtfulness, kindness, laughter, and joy. With all that’s going on in the world, I especially love it when friends are eating and drinking together, kids are running around laughing, and we’re just enjoying one another. I grew up watching my family do that and that’s what I hope to create in my own home.

How do you give back? I frequently get asked to emcee events or be on committees. I love to bring fun and excitement to a special moment and help raise as much money as I can for an organization!

Who helps you be your best self? I would have to say my husband, Jim. He really is my best friend and he’s a wonderful, caring man. When I’m feeling stressed or frazzled, he’s a great problem solver and helps me keep my priorities in perspective. Another person who helps me be my best self is my makeup artist, Nyssa Green. She smooths away the bags and blemishes and makes me feel great.


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