May 2021 Our Town Monthly Issue

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Will vaccines influence the travel industry? OTM’s Travel Expert, Heather Meliski has the scoop......................................10

Wondering how to firm up that stubborn neck skin? The Science of Beauty by Eliana Ocheseanu...12

15 10 Vaccines & Travel Will it influence the industry?

Cover Story Meet Atlanta Smiles’ Dr. Dina Giesler & Dr. Marianna Kovitch

There was no “suck it up” this year in high school sports according to Justin Read all about it in Talkin’ Sports..................19

22 Cobb’s Next Generation There’s Hope!

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Cobb’s Rising Stars! ................................21

Moving forward with hope and excitement Cobbs Next Generation by Evie Love..............22

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Talkin’ Sports There was no ‘Suck it Up” in High School sports

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Have Vaccine, Will Travel By Heather Meliski

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very day more Americans are getting vaccinated for COVID-19 and a number of countries around the world are relaxing their entry requirements for travelers with proof of vaccination. I’m receiving a lot of questions from clients about where they can travel once they are fully vaccinated as well as what I think travel requirements will look like in regards to vaccination as the year progresses. I think that COVID vaccination will be a big part of post-pandemic travel and will be key to being able to widely travel again. Showing proof of vaccination in order to travel abroad isn’t a new concept – proof of yellow fever vaccination is a common requirement for travel to a number of countries – but proof of vaccination on this large of a scale is new so there will be a number of hiccups along the way. Issues with privacy, particularly with vaccine passports, will need to be worked through. There are a number of vaccine passport apps already being tested and once the bugs are worked out, these will greatly simplify providing proof of vaccination. The questions I have been asked the most lately are if countries will require vaccination for travel and if they are waiving testing if you are fully

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here is no denying that moms are the masters of multitasking and regardless of whether they are the CEO of the boardroom or the CEO of the household, ALL MOM’s WORK and often struggle to find that perfect work/life balance. Expectations on mom’s to “do it all” and “look good doing it “ is often unrealistic. I think it’s important to realize that the pressure has gotten even higher in this age of social media with all of the one-sided posts.

OTM: You offer so many services within your practice, how do you keep up? Dr. Giesler: Our services include traditional dentistry and cosmetic dentistry as well as wellness therapy and sleep counseling. Our patients benefit from the similarities and differences in both our perspectives and expertise. We want our clients to make overall health a priority in their lives. Dentistry has moved to multi clinician groups. However, we work hard to create a safe and comfortable environment, a one stop shop (if you will) where we provide our patients their needed dentistry by specialists within our practice. Atlanta Smiles is more than a “dentist’s office”. We nurture strong relationships with our clients, making their overall health a priority along with their family and our community. OTM: You mentioned relationships with the community, and I can’t let this interview end without mentioning your non-profit. Can you tell us a little about it? Dr. Giesler: The Atlanta Smiles Foundation was established to help facilitate the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s Give Back A Smile Program. After experiencing the rising need locally in Atlanta to help survivors of domestic abuse, the Atlanta Smiles Foundation was founded in 2006. We are a 501 (c) 3 organization that benefits domestic abuse survivors and their families by providing pro-bono dental and facial reconstructive services in the privacy of a safe and dedicated office.

Dr. Dina Giesler knows this all too well. Her passion for dentistry and helping others led her to open Atlanta Smiles in 1991. However, having a husband with a busy oncology practice and three children, they were outnumbered, and burnout was beginning to set in. After being alone in the practice for 13 years she realized it was time to focus even more on being a mom as that was proving to be the busiest time in her children’s lives. Dr. Giesler had an 8, 10 and 12 year-old who were all in the peak of their activities. When the “last string was about to break” Dr. Giesler met Dr. Marianna Kovitch and a life-saving mentorship/partnership was formed.

As health care professionals, we believe we possess special gifts and talents for making a huge difference in the lives of our patients. We utilize our skills to eliminate serious pain and improve overall health to survivors and their children. Aesthetically speaking, our work can make a critical difference by giving people a renewed confidence to function at a higher level in their everyday lives. We believe this confidence gives survivors the courage to leave the violence that threatened to destroy them and their children.*ASF works in partnership with area shelters, agencies and programs that are dedicated to survivors of domestic abuse.

“You can have it all, just not at the same time” ~ Maria Shriver Our Town caught up with the two local moms and Atlanta Smiles dentists. In their 10 years of working together, they have made it their mission to find that balance. Dr Giesler has three children and Dr. Kovitch has two. Feeling passionate about being professional moms as well as supporting, empowering, and nurturing each other in all stages of life, they filled us in on their “formula for success”. OTM: We all know finding balance is not easy, what would you say has been key to you and Dr. Kovitch? Dr. Giesler: We have made it work because we are in different stages of life. There is a 20 year difference in our ages and our children are in different stages as well. We have established a beautiful mentorship, and we have completely different perspectives clinically, in life, our leadership, and in motherhood. We learn from each other daily as well as try to be flexible with each other’s schedules and life demands.

*We are looking to partner with Mission of Hope soon so we can expand our services internationally. For more information please visit: www.atlantasmiles.org/about/ Thanks to these two fabulous moms and gracious Doctor’s for all they do in bettering our communities. Make YOUR overall health a priority, check out Atlanta Smiles for yourself!

OTM: How do you run a successful practice AND raise five children combined? Dr. Giesler: That is the beauty of it, we share the responsibilities. The benefits to our patients are that we share the clinical hours and the responsibilities of running a private practice. Between the two of us, we have a vast level of knowledge and expertise and 55 years of experience within the industry. We also provide 24-hour private concierge service to our patients. When it comes to our children and family life, we have made it work because each of their needs are different. My kids range from ages 19-23 while Marianna’s kids are 4 and 7. Yes, our schedules get a bit hectic, but we find a way to work it out.

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ne thing you may not know about me is that I have been a soccer guy my whole life. Besides being a Play-by-Play broadcaster and PA Announcer, I am also the Campbell High School Boys Junior Varsity Soccer Community Coach. I am very thankful to have a Social Studies teacher named Ben Willis as my partner in crime. Ben is awesome and has been with me now for the last four years, with this past one, my fifth, being by far the strangest of them all, thanks to Covid-19. From the very beginning this year’s tone was a little different in the sense that if anybody at all felt an inkling of sickness, even if it was probably just allergies or a minor sore throat, they should not even think of coming to practice. There was no “suck it up” in 2021. This was a hard line drawn in the sand with no debate. Tryouts are always in the middle of January and normally the school can boast between 90 and 100 young men. This year we only had about 50 boys, literally half as many as normal. A good deal of the Campbell students stayed virtual and I assume that many parents did not allow or want their child to play this year with all of the virus uncertainty. Normally the JV squad would carry somewhere between 20 and 22 players on the roster. This season, though, we only had 16 in total. Fortunately, we had 16 deserving young men who were all high-quality players. Each training session started with the daily temperature checks of every player who arrived. That may not seem like a big deal but when you have players coming at different times, as some are virtual and live all over Cobb, then you have to stop the in-progress session to go over to the sideline and take a temperature.

Masks and social distancing were mandatory from the first minute to the last, even with soccer being an outdoor sport. Part of the thinking was that if a player or a coach did get sick, we could tell the powers that be we did everything possible from allowing it to spread, meaning maybe we wouldn’t be shut down as a program. Ben and I also had to make a few executive decisions along the way. We canceled all buses to away matches and stopped from meeting in the school before home matches. In fact, we only met twice as a team indoors for film sessions all season long, limiting those as much as we could and of course spacing everybody out with their masks on. I will let the words of Coach Willis wrap this piece up as they are as on point as could be: “It was a strange year, no doubt. But all of the coaches and players pulled together and did what needed to be done to make the season as safe as possible. Ultimately it was a resounding success and I’m not even talking about winning our final eight matches without conceding a single goal!” Kudos to all of our Cobb County coaches and beyond for selflessly creating a safe and nurturing environment for all of our young athletes. Justin Hanover is a sports reporter/analyst who has worked in the business since 1996. His stops have included ESPN, CNN, 790 The Zone and 680 The Fan. He has also done play-by-play analysis and color commentary ranging from the high school level all the way through the professional level. Justin lives in Smyrna with his wife and three children.

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can feel the excitement within me as the end of my 8th grade year is approaching. Summer is almost here! No tests, no quizzes, no waking up early, and of course no schoolwork! But excitement isn’t my only emotion as I am also kind of sad. I feel a tiny bit robbed of my middle school experience. It definitely was not how I pictured it. I didn’t get to play all of my sports, act in my 7th grade drama production or get to be with my friends and extended family for all of 2020 and now into 2021. Looking forward to my next four years in high school, I am excited to get out of masks, hang out with my friends, perform in musicals, and play multiple sports for my school. My school recently came out with an email saying, “HOPES for next year”: n Face coverings are not necessary. n There will be no online school option. n No need to quarantine unless there is a positive COVID test.

These are not set in stone, but this is giving me a ton of hope for the future. I kept reading that email over and over again and then I found even better news. My retreat at the beginning of the year and my capstone trips are also planned! This past school year, neither of these were able to happen which really bummed me out. These are both events that really excite me and help me grow closer with my classmates. Thankfully, my school didn’t just give up, they found a different way for

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us to bond. Throughout middle school you are placed within one of six “houses” (groups). Every house has a different number of students from each grade where they compete against one another in order to win a big prize at the end of the school year. So, about a month ago the school came together and figured out an event that all of the houses could compete in, they chose kickball. We played all 5 teams, we won 3, tied 1, and lost 1. We became more and more excited with every game we won. We wanted to be in the championship so badly. Finally, the results were in for who made it to the championship… they announced one of the others houses and then us! Everyone was so happy, but we knew this would not be an easy game. We started off losing 4-0 in the first inning and then my amazing team tied it up with a Grand Slam. The time was ticking, and the clock was winding down. With 11 seconds left, we were in the field, and we knew the game would end in a tie. As the President of our house, I was very proud of how my team played and how much spirit we showed. I just really wanted a win, but I had to be happy with the effort my team put in. When I stopped to think about it, though, I realized that the best thing wasn’t being co-champs, the best thing was being on the road to normalcy. Even though everyone is thinking about the future, just remember, “don’t wish your life away, no matter how hard the situation is, find a positive and hold on to it”. Evie is a Cobb middle school student who loves volleyball, soccer, her family and friends. She’s kind, funny, determined and hardworking. She has achieved principals honor roll and was inducted into NJHS.

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f you’re thinking about selling your house, one of the first steps you’ll take is setting the asking price, a maneuver that requires the ability to find the perfect balance between attracting solid offers and ultimately receiving top dollar. If you’re working with a realtor or other industry professional, you’ll probably hear talk of fair market value, which typically means the highest value an educated buyer will pay. Fair market value is usually not the asking price. Many agents will begin by conducting a competitive market analysis of your house and give you an estimate of the fair market value of your home. The analysis takes into consideration comparable home sales, typically over the last year, taking into consideration similarities and differences between the other homes and yours. It will also consider the housing market in your area. If you’re in a hot seller’s market, like several communities throughout metro Atlanta, you’ll have the advantage. Over the last several months the market has been gaining steam and the seller is in the driver’s seat more than the past years. In some areas, the average number of days on the market went from 30 days to 7 days or less. This is great news for sellers, but you’ll still want to be careful and avoid pricing your home too high, which almost always means your house will stay on the market longer, even in a seller’s market.

As you work with your agent and set your price, you’ll want to ask yourself (and your agent): • What are the facts relative to my house for this market? Be careful when you consider pricing to focus on the factual data available versus emotional connections. • What are the market conditions for your specific neighborhood and community? Not all communities are created equal in this market. And not all neighborhoods within a community are created equal. It can be a complex equation to get your price just right. • How does my house stack up against the competition? This one is very tricky. It’s often helpful to take a step back and view your house as if you were an incoming buyer. Your real estate professional can also help you evaluate this. Your agent, as well as friends, relatives, and neighbors, can assist you by pointing out your house’s advantages and disadvantages from a more objective viewpoint. • Am I being realistic? You absolutely want top dollar for your investment, be careful to separate this from the emotional attachment you may have to your home. Also consider your motivation for selling your house. Here’s another thing to consider as you evaluate putting your house on the market: Some upgrades and home improvements warrant being included in your asking price consideration. Kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations and some others should be factored in. Some are lifestyle additions that you and your family enjoyed while living in the home. Also, the more personal the improvement, like a swimming pool, or a sunroom the less likely it will be viewed favorably by potential buyers. While you may be able to recoup some of your investment, it won’t give you 100 percent of what you paid. Your real estate agent can help you evaluate what return percentage you can expect on your home’s improvements. You can reach me via cell or email and let me know if I can assist you with a free, personalized market analysis for your house. Deborah Ratchford - Top Producing Realtor with Proven Results!!! Keller Williams Realty Cityside Debratchford@kw.com 678-570-4779

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hen I started K-9 Coach 20 years ago, I was the mother of four legged kids: Maggie, Mulligan, Munson and Lewis the cat. I have written about them many times. In fact, Maggie is the reason I started K-9 Coach! Life changed when in the late summer of 2007, my son was born. Munson had passed. Dutch had joined the pack. Maggie, Mulligan and Lewis were old, but doing well. Jump ahead and now my son will be 14 soon! The pups and Lewis have all crossed the rainbow bridge and we now have Relic and Rooster as our four-legged kiddos. My son LOVES dogs and, although we have and will always have pups, I know that the experiences he had with our dogs early on will be carried his entire life. These memories will paint how he reacts to and treats other dogs. They will influence what he tells his own children about dogs and so on and so forth. I realize now that the socialization my pups received, well before my son was born, AND the socialization he has received with pups, since he was born, all serve to enrich each other now and for future generations. In what is hopefully the sunset of our COVID journey, now MORE THAN EVER, pups (and their people, for that matter) need proper socialization. With that, I wanted to take the opportunity this month to provide you with some valuable tips and tools to help you socialize your pups and your children correctly to each other. As always, we are here to help you and your pup succeed.

General Suggestions • Set yourself, your dog and your child up for success. If either do not want to approach a stranger or a stranger objects, accept it, make a mental note to deal with this in a more comfortable setting and move on. Do not try to coax them. • Have a plan. Recreational sporting activities, parks, friends’ houses, etc… are great for socialization, but don’t “jump off the deep end.” Observing these places without your puppy first will help you succeed. • Have rules. If children want to meet your puppy, their parents must be present and you should never leave the puppy and child together without adult supervision. You don’t want your puppy to accidentally harm your child or vice versa. • Know when to say when. It’s about quality, not quantity. Overwhelming a pup with a lot of children will undermine the socialization process. Too much time will just get your puppy too excited and distracted or increase the probability that something will go wrong.

Dog Specific • If you are treating your pup, give treats to your puppy yourself or ask children to toss them on the ground near your puppy so he doesn’t learn to steal food from their hands, accidentally nip them, etc.... • Do not allow your puppy to interact roughly with kids. This includes nipping, chasing, biting, etc. Kids run. They wrestle. They squeal. When needed, redirect your puppy’s attention with obedience work, games, an interactive toy, etc… We do not want him practicing bad behaviors. • Socialize your puppy to children of all ages. Infants, toddlers, 5 yearolds, 9 year-olds, etc… all behave much differently. Be sure to cover all bases so your puppy becomes familiar with many different types of children. • If your puppy is nervous around children, or they growl or snap at a child, do not punish them. Instead, redirect them, remove them from the situation and consult a professional, positive reinforcement dog trainer to help you with this process.

Child Specific • If you are going to allow kids to meet your puppy, coach the kids to “ask the dog” by standing a few feet away and offering inviting body language — avoiding direct eye contact, patting a leg, kissy sound, crouch-

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ing down, speaking sweetly. Hopefully these lessons will be taken with the child when they meet another dog later. • Encourage children to approach your dog calmly and slowly. Even the gentlest and most patient dog can be startled by loud noises or sudden movements. • Don’t allow kids to pick up, hug, or heavily pet your puppy. Puppies that are exposed to this can learn that children are no fun. • Guide the interaction based on what is developmentally appropriate for different age children. • Children should be taught to always ask before touching a stranger dog. Some dogs simply do not like children and failing to ask can result in more than just hurt feelings. Socializing your puppy to children is a lot of fun. Not only are you teaching your puppy that children are wonderful, but you’re helping to prevent dog to child bites and you are teaching children that puppies are wonderful. Please remember that if you are having difficulty or are struggling during the socialization process, consult a professional, positive dog trainer as soon as possible and before negative associations set in for your pup. When I started K-9 Coach, I had a pretty simple goal. I wanted to help people experience joy with their pups. Since then, and even today, this goal is reflected in our work. I hope that you will take advantage of the above information and that it will help you to experience joy today in your family and in the future when your children are teaching their children. As I close this article, I am reminded of one of my favorite mom quotes “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes

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