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FEATURES: • HENRY MEDICAL CENTER: HOPE IS BIGGER THAN CANCER • HAZLEHURST HOUSE: THE FINEST WEDDING/EVENT VENUE IN THE SOUTH • MAINSTREET MCDONOUGH’S LINDA SCHENK SPEAKS OUT


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features HENRY MEDICAL CENTER With services offered by the new Henry Radiation Oncology Center, patients will no longer have to drive long distances for treatment, and will have more time to do the activities they love.......... 17

HAZLEHURST HOUSE Discover the rich history and opportunities for your future events in this truly remarkable estate. No matter the event, the attention to detail is unparalleled....................................................... 29

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Linda Schenk and the Main Street McDonough program is revitalizing the physical improvement of our buildings, public spaces, economic development, and heritage preservation in the downtown area................................................... 53

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publisher’s letter..................................................7 contributors.........................................................9 letters to the editor.......................................... 10 david griffin....................................................... 13 henry medical center...................................... 17 dean patterson.................................................. 21 hazlehurst house.............................................. 29 lewis robinson whaley.................................... 33 top docs............................................................. 37 terry sutton......................................................... 49 linda schenk...................................................... 53 susan hoffman................................................. 57 stacy’s closet..................................................... 61 coffee and a camera........................................ 64 truffles................................................................ 67 business profile: strawn insurance............. 69 student spotlight: mckenzie hudgins.......... 71 hmc foundation garden party....................... 73 operation overseas.......................................... 78 community calendar....................................... 80 january/february 2011 • www.hmagazine.biz

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publisher’s letter

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome. – Booker T. Washington

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aving recently had a serious medical condition, I find it timely for the annual “H Magazine Top-Doc” issue to hit the stands and for me to share my thoughts on health and the importance of taking care of you. The journey to my Thyroidectomy began a few years ago during a routine examination when my OBGYN-Dr. John Schilling, discovered a lump. Ultrasounds and biopsies detected that cancer was not present but it was decided the situation warranted further monitoring. I must admit, it is easy to put off routine exams, especially when there is always family, work and friends that need attention. With that being said, I can speak from experience when I say that it is much better to find a problem during a routine exam, than to wait until the problem becomes so

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large, it cannot be treated. After years of working closely with my physicians, it was determined that although cancer had not presented itself, it would be best to surgically remove the thyroid. There was never a question as to where I would have my surgery, Henry Medical Center. After researching a variety of Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeons, I found Dr. David Avidano to perform the procedure. I was able to rest assured, knowing that Dr. Avidano is highly recommended by former patients and colleagues. Monday, November 8th, Dr. Avidano took extraordinary care to remove my thyroid. After my procedure and stay at Henry Medical Center, I was released and sent home for a week of rest. Then began the process of slowly getting back to work. Today, I have a small scar that is healing nicely, and am continuing to work with both my

Endocrinologist and Dr. Avidano regarding the results and a variety of treatments that I will require for the rest of my life. 2011 will be a year of maintaining and improving all areas in my life. Whether it’s from the clothes closet I referred to as “The Black Hole” that I can now proudly keep sorted, with the help of Stacey from “Stacey’s Closet” (page 45), to taking care of my skin and being taught the secrets by the experts at “Truffles Spa” (page 78) to exercising regularly and improving my diet, I have a renewed commitment to all concerning my health.

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our contributors

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Beverly Van Gorder has lived in Henry County for 14 years. She and her husband, Jim, have five children, two of which are U.S. Marines.

Dave Griffin, a native of Birmingham, AL, has lived in McDonough for over 8 years with wife, Priti and three sons. He holds a degree in Marketing and Journalism from UAB. As the owner of My Kidz Tumblebus, he is a longtime advocate for children and enjoys coaching his three boys.

Sandi Hutcheson grew up in the South Metro area and moved to Henry Country when the hospital was the only thing on Hudson Bridge Road. She has a degree in creative writing from Georgia State University and spends most of her time either reading or writing.

Diane Ide is a long-time resident of Henry County who provides consulting, sales and marketing direction to local businesses in addition to writing winning grant applications for non-profits. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, reading, writing, and time spent with grandchildren.

Jennifer McCrary is the Media Specialist at Cotton Indian Elementary School. She has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Early Education from Ga. State University, a Master’s in Library Science and a Specialist Degree in Teacher Leadership.

Michael Ratti is the Managing Editor for H Magazine and is a Clayton State University graduate holding a bachelors degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in psychology. He is also a two-time nationally ranked professional action sports champion.

Jennifer Sconyers lives in McDonough, Georgia with her husband and two sons George and Jeremiah. Jennifer volunteers regularly at Flippen Elementary. She is a children’s author, and goes to schools and local libraries sharing her books and the love of reading!

Diane Smith a native of Ohio, has enjoyed living in Henry County for seven years. She is mother to 14-year-old Travis and wife to Pastor George Smith of Solid Rock Church of Jackson, Georgia. Diane works at Noah’s Ark in Locust Grove.

Heather Spooner is a fifth grade teacher at Cotton Indian Elementary School. After graduating in 2007 with a BA in Language Arts from Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan she moved 800 miles south to Atlanta, Georgia.

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A Newcomer to H Magazine My job as a Trainer requires that I travel throughout the state of Georgia. Fortunately for me, my assignments often take me to the Metro Atlanta area and when this occurs I always stay in Henry County for the duration of the training session. Recently, the hotel where I stayed provided a copy of H Magazine in my room. What a treat to have a publication that provides local information and interesting articles to visitors such as myself. As a “people person” I especially enjoyed reading articles such as the Student Spotlight and the Physician Profile. The Holiday Buying Guide was a timely piece as I was able to work in some quality shopping time in Henry County in between training sessions. In fact, I liked the publication so much I took the guest copy with me when I checked out! Donna Sue Hawkins Staff Training Specialist

Secret Santa Program for Foster Children On behalf of those we serve, I would like to thank H Magazine for the beautiful ad that ran in the Nov/Dec issue highlighting our Secret Santa Program for Foster Children. Thanks to this eye-catching informative ad, we received numerous responses from the community that were instrumental in ensuring the success of this program and thereby helping children experience the joy of giving to others. In reading this magazine on a regular basis, it is so gratifying and clear to see that H Magazine truly has heart. Many thanks! Charles Fisher, Deputy Director Dept. of Family and Children Services Region XVI

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magine standing on the side of a canyon and evaluating your life. You are blessed with the joy, peace and love of your family. You are all healthy and live in a great community surrounded by friends and loved ones. Now look across to the other side of the canyon. You see despair. You see a child cowering behind a couch, praying for help. You see a single mom stressed by the struggles of life, devastated by the anger she’s showing her child. You see an unemployed father who, frustrated by the ills of the economy, has lashed out at his child who now fears his rage. Between is a canyon as wide as a lifetime and as deep as the darkest night. And from their side it seems impassable. Each looks for an opportunity to cross, to find peace. But because of their fear, their pride or their shame, they turn back.

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You want to help them and you are not alone. You are surrounded by a group of people all striving to reach out and help those affected by child abuse. And while they all come from separate backgrounds and unique situations, it is clear everyone wants to be a part of the solution. Together, with your help, we can build a bridge and give them a chance. We can build a bridge that leads them to a life of peace and love; A Bridge of Hope. We move forward one step at a time, placing together people and organizations, thereby creating a Bridge of Hope that reaches every person in need. In Georgia, this Bridge of Hope is better known as Georgia’s Child Abuse Protocol. Mandated by the state, each county is required to create a living document/plan of action ensuring, per GA Child Abuse Protocol Committee Governing Legislations O.C.G.A 19-15-2, “coordination and

cooperation between all agencies involved in a child abuse case so as to increase the efficiency of all agencies handling such cases, to minimize the stress created for the allegedly abused child by the legal and investigatory process, and to ensure that more effective treatment is provided for the perpetrator, the family, and the child, including counseling.” With this “Bridge of Hope,” local agencies, along with many nonprofit organizations, are synchronized to ensure the abused are safely relocated and out of danger as well as to initiate the appropriate responses and services needed to help the family. This allows local and county law enforcement, Henry County Magistrates and Juvenile Court, the District Attorney’s office, Henry County Board of Education, the Department of Family and Children Services, County Mental Health Organization, County Board


FIVE WAYS TO STOP CHILD ABUSE IN A PUBLIC PLACE • Start a conversation with the adult to direct attention away from the child, “Oh, she has your eyes,” or “My little one gets like that also…” • Divert the child’s attention (if misbehaving) by talking to the child. • Look for an opportunity to praise the parent or the child. • If the child is in danger, offer assistance. • Avoid negative remarks or looks, which are likely to increase the parent’s anger and could make matters worse.

of Health, and the Office of the Coroner to work in tandem. In addition, non-profit organizations such as Haven House (a shelter for battered and abused women and children) and A Friend’s House (a foster home for abused, neglected and abandoned children) are notified and brought in to offer family shelter and support. Another organization vital to the process is Connecting Henry. Their mission is to “network social, service, faith, business, and government in service to Henry County families and children.” They themselves are a roadmap of information and services available to Henry County residents. And let us not forget the volunteer program, “First Steps” of Prevent Child Abuse Henry County. Appropriately named, this program often gets the first opportunity in preventing child abuse or neglect. Robin Jones, director, coordinates this organization

that works with new moms at Henry Medical – offering parenting education, referrals to community resource, and follow up during the first three months after the child leaves the hospital. “The great fact is that this is actually child abuse prevention,” says Jones. “Our organization’s volunteers have the opportunity to connect with the new families during the earliest stages of parenthood, a time often filled with uncertainty and frustration.” All of a sudden the gaping canyon looks a little smaller, and in the distance you see a bridge. While it’s lacking in size and awareness, it is there. More funding and awareness campaigns are needed. The resources, stretched as they may be, are available. More education and communication are required. Something else is needed as well; you. Hard to argue that anyone’s time could be better served than helping a child in need. Each of

the aforementioned organizations have volunteer needs and opportunities. Thank you in advance for helping Build a Bridge of Hope. The best way to help abused children is to prevent abuse from happening. But whenever abuse is suspected, reporting it is essential, and in many cases, it’s the law. A report is not an accusation; it’s merely a request for an assessment and possible much needed help for the family. For information on reporting suspected abuse, call PCA Georgia’s HELPLINE toll-free within the state of Georgia at 1.800.CHILDREN or 404.870.6580 (in the State). To make a child abuse report in Henry County, call the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) at 678.583.3333. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call the police. Remember, your identity and all information you provide are strictly confidential. january/february 2011 • www.hmagazine.biz

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fter two years of extensive planning and a year of construction, the dream of having radiation therapy on the campus of Henry Medical Center (HMC) has become a reality. Although cancer patients in Henry County have had access to excellent cancer care for many years through an active cancer program at Henry Medical Center, the opening of the Henry Radiation Oncology Center (HROC) means that patients no longer have to travel great distances to receive radiation therapy. Radiation therapy plays an important role in the treatment of most cancers. The typical course of radiation therapy is given every day, Monday through Friday, and often lasts several weeks depending on the type of cancer being treated. The opening of the new center on the campus of Henry Medical Center means that patients in the area will spend less time driving to treatment and more time at home, work and in their communities. Henry Radiation Oncology Center (HROC) came to fruition because of the collaborative efforts between Henry

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Medical Center and Radiology Oncology Services. J. Warner Ray, M.D., founder and medical director of Radiology Oncology Services, explained that ROS has been a leader in providing quality radiation therapy in the metropolitan Atlanta area since 1975. Similarly, Henry Medical Center has been the health care leader in Henry County. The combined vision of both organizations for the future of cancer patients in the area resulted in a stateof-the-art cancer center for all patients in need of radiation therapy. Dr. Ray further shared, “The HROC physicians are members of Radiation Oncology Services’ staff of 13 board-certified radiation oncologists. All patients treated at HROC have the benefit of the collective expertise of our entire ROS physician staff. Each new patient’s case is presented to our physician group at our long-established weekly tumor conference. This physician interaction and input ensures that each patient’s treatment is consistent with both ROS and national treatment guidelines.” Henry Radiation Oncology Center is a beautifully appointed facility offering the best in radiation therapy technology.

For example, Elekta Synergy® is the stateof-the-art linear accelerator used in the treatment of cancer. Synergy® combines the most advanced radiation therapy techniques, such as intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), and image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) in order to treat a cancer with precision and accuracy while sparing the normal organs around the cancer. The advanced Synergy® technology means a greater chance for cure with few treatment related side effects. “Cancer patients and the physicians of Henry County can count on Henry Radiation Oncology Center to provide quality radiation therapy. The full strength of Henry Medical Center and the physician staff of Radiation Oncology Services is behind each patient treated in our new center,” says Dr. Ray. “Patients can take comfort knowing they can now receive radiation therapy close to home. We look forward to serving Henry County by caring for patients in their own community.” Please call Henry Radiation Oncology Center at 678.251.1099 for additional information or visit: www.henryradonc.com.


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DEAN A. PATTERSON: A STORY OF FAITH, FAMILY AND DETERMINATION With his toned physique, boyish good looks and charming smile, Dean A Patterson is the picture of health. Just looking at him, one would never guess he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident that quite easily could have left him broken and hopeless both literally and figuratively speaking. Through his strong faith, the love and support of family and friends, sheer determination and continuous focus on physical health and nutrition, Dean, husband to Amy and father to their beautiful daughter three year old Charlee, emerged from the ordeal with an even stronger commitment to be there for his family and to give back to the community in an extraordinary way. He is the first Reservist in the Henry County Police Force to be appointed to the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team. Additionally, he was recently promoted to Assistant Commander of the 25 member SWAT Team. He provides this valuable and critical service on a volunteer basis. Dean is also CEO of Associated Fuel Systems, Inc. a family owned diesel engine business started by his dad Jerry in 1981. His brother Doug Patterson is not only his business partner but his best friend as well. We at H Magazine had the opportunity and the privilege to sit down with Dean for an in-depth and candid interview where he shared with us and now we share with our readers some of his inspiring journey. H : How did you become the first Reservist to be appointed to the Henry County Police SWAT Team? DP: Assistant Chief Stoney Mathis is a good friend I’ve known a long time. He told me about the Reserve Division and due to my previous 8 years of experience in law enforcement in Clayton County, he asked if I would be interested in participating. My wife Amy encouraged me and was my biggest supporter in doing my police work. I became a

Reservist in 2005 working over 100 hours a month as a patrolman on the night shift. I was promoted to Sergeant and asked by the Swat Commander if I would be interested in trying out for the Swat Team. I made the team on the first try after passing a rigorous 8 hour endurance and skill test which included running an obstacle course with a 70 lb weighted vest carrying a 2 man battering ram, tactical shooting with a pistol and shotgun and exposure to tear gas just to name a few. After that, I received 52 hours of Swat Training in Toccoa, GA where I now serve as a volunteer Swat Instructor. People ask me all the time “why do you do it for free?” and my response is why not—I am blessed with so much. H: Tell us if you don’t mind about the tattoo on your left bicep. DP: I got this tattoo after completing the 52 hours of Swat training. The tattoo is an eagle which I see as a symbol of freedom, strength, integrity and honor. Underneath the eagle is the word SWAT to show how passionate and proud I am to be associated with such an elite and honorable group. (laughing) I can’t say the other word in the tattoo because well, this is a family magazine right?

to rest in a huge fire ant bed where I sustained over 5,000 ant bites. My right shoulder was dislocated, my skin was ripped off to the bone, I had a concussion and was unconscious. A customer of Easy Rider in McDonough where I had just made my purchase, observed the accident and pulled me out of the ant bed—this saved my life. I’ll never forget waking up in the ambulance and hearing the paramedics say we’re going to go ahead and ground transport because life flight is too far away. They transported me to Henry Medical where I received excellent care and treatment from Dr. Jim Barlow and others. Someone allergic probably would have died from the ant bites. After being released from the hospital, it was my family and friends that nursed me back to health during the month long recovery process, during which time I was pretty much incapacitated. Because of the severe road rash and 3rd degree burns and exposed bone, I had to have several skin grafts. Next step was to try and get back to normal. I know that being in good physical condition prior to the accident played a role in my fast recovery. I work out 5 days a week, eat healthy thanks to my wife and I feel like I’m still in my 20’s—I’ll be 44 on my next birthday.

H: You were in a very bad motorcycle accident some years back. What happened and how did you recover from that experience?

H: What advice do you have for our readers about persevering after something as horrific as a serious accident?

DP: I’ve always been somewhat of a daredevil at heart so I started riding motorcycles back in the 1990’s and bought my first Harley Davidson, a Dyna Wide Glide in 1993, the first of 15 Harley’s so far. A favorite pastime of mine is riding with my Iron Warriors brothers and sisters. Middle Ga. Iron Warriors is a non profit police and fire group that supports families of police officers and firefighters in need.

DP: You have to have a positive attitude, be strong in your convictions, and take good care of yourself so you can take care of your family and others including giving back to the community. When I am not policing or at the business, my life is my family and friends.

Back in 2001 I had just bought a brand new Harley Davidson, left the dealership, went about 3 miles and crashed. I was ejected off the motorcycle and came

DP: I love to cook so when I retire from policing and the family business I’m going to culinary school.

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he Hazlehurst House, McDonough’s own destination venue is one of Henry County’s best kept secrets. While it has become a wedding venue that draws clients from all over the globe, many of our very own locals aren’t even aware of its existence. Once the home of a fun-loving southern belle, Cornelia Hazlehurst, it is now is an exquisite luxury hospitality venue carrying on Cornelia’s legacy. Not only is it the venue of choice for brides from all over, it is also the venue of choice for social events of all kinds. The Hazlehurst House was built in 1829 by Abner Davis, who purchased the land at 77 Sloan Street for a mere one hundred and thirty dollars. The lot, 231 acres at the time, was deeded in 1827. Abner died in 1834, but his wife stayed in the house until 1851 when she sold the property. It was transferred several times until Col. G. W. Bryan purchased the property in 1869. It remained in his family until the 1990’s when it became a special events venue. To this day, it proudly displays

its high ceilings and hand blown window panes that still have the markings of soldiers from the civil war, when it served as a hospital for a short time. The house is completely original down to the timber walls, fireplace mantels and original doors. The history that still exists in the house is endless and ranges from the original land grant, love letters dating back to the 1800’s, to war time memorabilia. It is like having a museum in our very own community! Felicia Watts purchased The Hazlehurst house in 2002 and made it the corporate headquarters of Tasteful Events, Inc., her thriving catering company. Felicia’s corporate vision was immediately blended with her passion for rich southern hospitality and luxury service and it has been a perfect marriage. Tasteful Events in some ways has taken own the identity of our very own Cornelia Hazlehurst, continuing her legacy. Please call 770.898.0776 or visit www.hazlehursthouse.net for more information and to book your event. january/february 2011 • www.hmagazine.biz

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hese are the things that bring nightmares to the numerically challenged – but it’s all in a day’s work for the partners and staff at Robinson, Whaley, Hammonds & Allison, a thriving accounting firm in McDonough, Georgia. Founded by Lewis Robinson in 1991, the firm will celebrate its 20th anniversary next September. Robinson, Whaley, Hammonds & Allison are full service accountants, providing tax returns, business consulting, financial statements and assistance with life changing events such as divorce, retirement planning and estates. “When I hire someone, I tell them that you never know from day to day what you will be doing – every day will be different,” reflected Greg Hammonds, President of the firm. The staff of twenty includes five partners, all with different specialties: Patty Whaley installs accounting software for businesses, and provides needed training and evaluation; Alvin Allison provides assurance services, including financial statement reporting; Lorraine Kelley provides software training and small business services; Toni Schwahn is the resident IRS specialist; and Greg Hammonds handles estates and trusts, as

well as small business tax planning. According to Greg, most accounting businesses provide the same basic services. “We all can say that we give the best possible services for our clients,” he continued. “But I believe what sets us apart from the others is our commitment to giving back to the community.” And Robinson, Whaley, Hammonds & Allison indeed sets a high standard in this area. Annual goals for each staff member include a set number of community service hours per year – it is considered part of the job description. “Employees may do their community service hours during work hours,” Greg commented. But many choose to do the hours on their own time. Service projects have been completed for Meals on Wheels, Adopt a Highway, Friends of the Henry County Libraries, A Friend’s House, Hands of Hope Clinic, and other community non-profits. “I have a favorite quote from Tom Brokaw,” Greg explained. “It says that it’s easy to make a buck but a lot tougher to make a difference. We try to make a difference,” he continued . “All of us working together make the community a better place.” An additional separation point is the firm’s membership in CPAmerica International. This organization brings

accounting firms from all over the country together in a collaborative effort for training, idea sharing, and even sharing services. If Robinson, Whaley, Hammonds & Allison has a client in Washington state who needs help with having inventory counted, there is a firm in CPAmerica International in the area who can perform this service on their behalf. The legacy set in place by Lewis Robinson in 1991 has grown into a strong and steady vision. At the end of this year, according to Hammonds, Lewis will step down from management responsibilities and will no longer have a financial interest in the firm. He may be retiring from management, but he will still be an active member of the team, assisting with retirement and estate planning as well as litigation support services. Robinson, Whaley, Hammonds & Allison is located at 115 Westridge Industrial Blvd. in McDonough. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 770.914.1040. When you do call, you’ll know that not only will you be given “the best possible service,” but that you’ll also be in touch with an organization that has determined to build a better community by making a difference, one person at a time.

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+ Dr. Peto Fallas Dr. Fallas is a native of Costa Rica. He moved to the United States from 1990 to 1991 at the age of 17 to participate as an exchange student in Houston, Texas. In 1992 he returned to the United States where he attended the University of South Dakota where he received his Bachelors degree in Biology and Chemistry. In 1997, Dr. Fallas relocated to Florida to obtain his Doctorate in Optometry at Nova Southeastern University. As a student of Nova, Dr. Fallas served as President of the Student Government, President and Vice-President of his class. Dr. Fallas trained at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami College of Medicine for the Low Vision program. His internships also included the very well known Omni Eye Services here in Atlanta, GA which specializes in Ocular Disease. He is currently licensed in the states of Georgia, Washington, and by the National Board of Optometry. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, and the Georgia Optometric association. He has been in the Henry

county area since graduating in 2001. His specialties include ocular disease and contact lenses. He lives with his wife Liz, and his two sons Noah and Max in McDonough, and as a very peculiar hobby, enjoys going to Haunted Houses, and listening to ghost stories. Dr. Fallas was nominated by Ken Davidson who was ecstatic about Dr. Fallas’s abilities.

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+ Dr. Stephanie Gordon Dr. Stephanie Gordon is a native of Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Ga. Tech in Molecular Biology and genetics. She was an AOA Honor Graduate of Mercer Medical School in Macon, GA. She performed her residency training at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO where she was an Administrative Chief Resident. She has been in private practice since finishing residency . She is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and is the only surgeon in the all female practice of The Women’s Center, PC. Dr. Gordon created The Womens Center in 2003 with a philosophy to get to know each patient personally and actively listen to their concerns and provide individualized care plans. Her patients describe her as a highly skilled doctor, exceptionally caring with a wonderful bedside manner. Dr. Gordon is married with three children and her family resides in Henry County. She serves patients at both

locations of The Women’s Center: 140 Eagle Spring Court, Suite B, Stockbridge 770/302-0878 and 2750 Owens Drive, Suite A, Conyers 678/413-4644. Dr. Gordon is no stranger to the Top Docs award having been recognized for her fine work in years past. This year, she was nominated by Kathy Flowers, Taranglar Odelade, Meranda Brandley, Joann Renfroe, Ashleigh Ward, among many more.

The Womens Center, PC 140 Eagle Spring Court Suite B Stockbridge, GA 30281 770.302.0878 www.drgordon.net

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+ Dr. Tarsem Gupta Dr. Tarsem Gupta practices pulmonology and internal medicine at Atlanta Pulmonary Care, located at 830 Eagles Landing Parkway Suite 101, Stockbridge Ga 30281. In addition to a full time commitment to his practice, Dr. Gupta has served at Sacred Journey Hospice as Medical Director since November of 2009. Dr. Gupta was nominated by Annette Rodgers, and the Sacred Journey Hospice team, because of his selfless devotion to patients and families who are facing end of life illnesses. In October, Dr. Gupta celebrated 40 years of being in the United States. Atlanta Pulmonary Care 830 Eagles Landing Parkway Stockbridge, GA 30281 Phone: 770.997.9170

+ Dr. Kimberly McIntosh Kimberly J. McIntosh, M.D., A partner of Women’s Health Specialists, is a 1994 graduate of Yale University with a Bachelor of Science degree. She received her Medical Degree in 1998 from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons before pursuing her residency training in OB/GYN at University of Chicago Hospitals. Following residency training, Dr. McIntosh practiced with Sleepy Hollow Medical Group, P.C., and was affiliated with the Open Door Family Medical Center as the Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology in New York. In 2003, she joined Women’s Health Specialists at Eagle’s Landing. Dr. McIntosh obtained Board Certification by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2003. She is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. McIntosh currently resides in the Snellville area. Dr. McIntosh was nominated by Margaret Tierce because of her punctuality, positive attitude, and caring manner.

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+ Dr. Abiodun Olatidoye Dr. Olatidoye received his medical degree from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed his medical internship and residency at the Sinai Hospital in Baltimore (affiliated program of the Johns Hopkins University). He subsequently completed a cardiovascular disease fellowship at Hartford Hospital/University of Connecticut. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiography. Dr. Olatidoye has presented several papers at national and international professional meetings, as well as published several papers in the cardiology and medical literature. He has received several awards as an outstanding physician. Notable amongst these was a 2004 award by the Southern Regional Medical System as The Physician Legend of the year. Dr. Olatidoye is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physi-

cians, Association of Black Cardiologists, and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. He is also a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. While not practicing cardiology, he participates in community health outreach programs and ministry. Dr. Olatidoye was nominated by Cynthia Elmgreen.

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+ Sashi Guthikonda, M.D., MPH, FACC Sashi Guthikonda, M.D., MPH, FACC a physician with the Piedmont Heart Institute, earned his medical degree from Osmania Medical College in Hyderabad, India. Dr. Guthikonda earned his master of public health degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He then completed his internship at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Penn. and residency in internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Guthikonda is a member of the American Heart Association, and a fellow with the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. Located in the Fayetteville office, Dr. Guthikonda has a wealth of experience in all aspects of interventional cardiology and extensive training from a great academic center.

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+ Dr. John Schilling Women who know Dr. John Schilling know him as a caring, understanding person and trust him as an experienced, knowledgeable physician. He’s been the doctor of choice for thousands of women in Henry and surrounding counties for almost 20 years. Dr. Schilling earned his Bachelors of Science from Georgia State University, and his Medical Doctorate from the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta. He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is a Fellow of American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and is a member of the American Medical Association, National Board of Medical Examiners, American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists, Accreditation Council for Gynecologic Endoscopy, Medical Association of Georgia, and the Georgia OB/GYN Society. Dr. Schilling says, “I believe that the women in my care value my medical expertise and my personality, too. Being

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a naturally outgoing, caring person helps me be the best doctor I can be. I always make sure my patients know that I hear them, understand them and truly care about them as people. It’s essential to the trust I’ve built with thousands of women in Henry and surrounding counties over the years.” Dr. Schilling was nominated by a plethora of individuals, Janice Brown, Heidi Baxter, Mel VanWie, Angel Garcias, Jessica Fogle, Debbie Spriggs, and more who shared similar stories of expert care.

+ Dr. Sheryl Simpson-Jones Sheryl Simpson-Jones, M.D., a founding partner of Women’s Health Specialists, is a 1997 honors graduate of Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She received her medical degree in 1991 from the Medical College of Georgia before pursuing her residency training in OB/GYN at Georgia Baptist Medical Center (now known as Atlanta Medical Center). Following residency training, Dr. Simpson-Jones practiced with Georgia Baptist Healthcare Systems and was affiliated with Premier Medical Group in Stockbridge. In 1997, she became a founding partner of Women’s Health Specialists at Eagle’s Landing.Dr. Simpson-Jones currently resides in McDonough, in the Eagle’s Landing area with her two sons. She enjoys reading, snow skiing, baking and interior design. Dr. Simpson-Jones was nominated by Danalee Little.

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+ Dr. David Van Dr. David Van, a board-certified family physician, is the founder and medical director of McIntosh Trail Family Practice Associates. Since 1985, Dr. Van has seen his practice grow into one of the largest family practices in metropolitan Atlanta. He attributes his practice’s success to its solid reputation as a provider of compassionate and quality health care, and his deep commitment to treating other families as he would treat his own. His area of expertise and special interest include endocrinology, gynecological endocrinology, cardiology, lipidology, and cosmetic procedures. Dr. Van has twice been selected as a ‘top doctor’ in Spalding County, and has also been voted one of America’s ‘top family doctors’ for 2002-2003 by the National Consumer Research Council. He has received teaching awards for his dedicated training of medical students and physician assistants. Dr. Van is part of a group of individuals who founded the Hope Health Clinic, a volunteer medical clinic serving the needy in Spalding County.

He has traveled to South America as part of a medical mission, and he also lends his support to medical missions in other parts of the world. He generously gives back to his local community through service in the Daybreak Rotary Club. Dr. Van and his wife, Vicki C. Van, M.D., have two children, David and Lauren, ages 21 and 16. During his free time, Dr. Van enjoys playing golf, outdoor water sports, and family activities. Dr. Van was nominated by Candy Bohan.

McIntosh Trail Family Practice Associates 290 Country Club Dr. , Suite 200 Stockbridge, GA 30281 770.506.1106 www.mcintoshtrail.com

+ Dr. Elaine Youngblood Dr. Elaine Youngblood, MD, FAAP is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. Her educational background has been extensive in Alabama’s institutions of higher learning. She attended Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. and is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric training at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama/UAB Hospitals in Birmingham. Dr. Youngblood cofounded Kids First Pediatric Group in 2000. She is an expert on breastfeeding and greatly enjoys working with multi birth children and their families. Her patients say she has a wonderfully warm bedside manner and provides excellent medical care. She is married and a mother of two very active boys who attend ELCA and play football. In her spare time, she is an avid tennis player and enjoys running and other fitness pursuits. Kids First Pediatrics is located at 1045 Southcrest Drive, Suite 110, Stockbridge 770/507-2212. Dr. Youngblood was nominated by Robin Earnest.

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I think they get the impression that this isn’t just a job for me, that I do personally take an interest in what’s happening with them and their family.

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Meadows & Macie, P.C. N eil Sedaka wrote “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” nearly 50 years ago. And while divorce is probably more complicated than it was when the song hit number one in 1962, an emerging process called “Collaborative Divorce” seeks to solve disputes in a more peaceful and respectful manner and keep breaking up from being worse than it has to be. A Collaborative Divorce is one in which both parties sign a contract agreeing to come to a settlement rather than ending up in court. Each spouse is represented and supported by a team consisting of a lawyer and a licensed therapist acting as a “divorce coach.” A financial specialist serves as a neutral party for the process, and children have their own professional advocate committed to their best interests. The ultimate goal in a Collaborative Divorce is a respectful resolution that allows each person to come out of the divorce process feeling empowered rather than obliterated. Terri Sutton, the new Family Law partner at the Meadows & Macie Law Firm in Stockbridge, has brought the option of Collaborative Divorce to Henry County.

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Currently the only member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia in Henry County, she hopes to make people aware that there is an alternative to what is normally an acrimonious process. Coming back to practice in Henry County, where she has lived for sixteen years, was what Sutton calls a “quality of life decision” based on several factors, including what she and her husband, Mark, believed was best for their two teenaged sons. “Plus I really like the Family Law Bar in Henry County. It just feels more collegial down here,” she says. A former family therapist who holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Sutton earned a law degree from Georgia State University and began her law career with a four-year stint at Smith, Welch & Brittain in Stockbridge. She then spent three and one-half years at the international firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge in Atlanta before joining Meadows & Macie this past July. Of her experience as a family therapist, Sutton says, “It is helpful, I hope, in making my clients feel like they’re understood. I think they get the impression that this isn’t just a job for me, that I do personally

take an interest in what’s happening with them and their family.” And she believes that her years as a therapist have made her especially sensitive to children affected by a divorce. “I’m interested in minimizing the path of destruction when children are involved. I care about the children, and I am honest with my clients about how their actions may impact their children.” This human interest in her clients is perhaps why Sutton promotes Collaborative Divorce. “It’s a non-adversarial process,” she says, that acknowledges problems such as infidelity or addiction and figures out how to help each person deal with them rather than minimize and hide them. In the end, she believes, each person involved comes out of the process “more intact,” and children, especially, fare better in a Collaborative Divorce. In addition to Collaborative Divorce, Sutton brings to the firm experience in a range of family law services, including adoption, traditional divorce, separate maintenance, custody, child support and visitation modifications, prenuptial agreements, paternity, legitimation, grandparents’ rights, and service as a Guardian Ad Litem.


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ain Street McDonough is a program recognized by the state of Georgia and is also a national Main Street city. It is a comprehensive revitalization program which improves the commercial district, the physical improvement of buildings, public spaces, promotions, image building, economic development and heritage preservation in the downtown area. This program has been implemented in over 2,000 cities and towns across the U.S. The Department of Community Affairs provides a variety of resources: onsite visits, training, regional networking sessions, websites, assistance in historic building rehabilitation, technical and design assistance, etc. Linda Schenk, Director of Main Street McDonough, explained, “Fundraising events are held to provide matching funds for the Facade Grant Improve-

ment Program which is a reimbursement grant offered to businesses and commercial property owners in the Main Street District as an incentive to restore the original character of buildings located in the downtown area. Applicants may be reimbursed up to 50% of the cost of approved renovations not to exceed the maximum grant amount.” Facade grants provided by the Main Street McDonough Program to merchant businesses in 2010 total: $8,189.15 Facade grants provided to merchant businesses in 2009 total: $7,850.00 Main Street maintains an inventory of individual buildings with photographic documentation of physical changes, assists individual tenants or property owners with improvement projects, manages administrative aspects of the program, purchasing, record keeping,

budget development and accounting, prepares monthly reports required by DCA – State reports and the National Main Street Center. They work with the local media to ensure event coverage, create brochures, flyers, ads, and a website. They are also on Facebook. McDonoughga.org (city site) has a link to the Main Street website: mainstreetmcdonough.com Special events in the downtown Main Street district generate sales, create activity, promote businesses by highlighting downtowns assets, encourage customer traffic and establish a sense of place. H Magazine would like to take this opportunity to THANK all the volunteers who have assisted with their time, talents and in-kind services to the Main Street McDonough Program. Volunteers are the life blood of the Main Street Program and have worked a total of 857 hours this year at $10.00 an hour that equals to $8,570.00. january/february 2011 • www.hmagazine.biz

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Got S usan Hoffman is the “Golden Girl” with the “golden touch” when it comes to raising funds and volunteering to work on fund-raisers for Henry County charities - which makes her a great choice in her new role as Executive Director for Henry County Cancer Services (HCCS). A 30-year resident of Henry County, Susan employs her passion for causes to the greater good of all. She has volunteered support to ensure success on numerous fund-raising events and on behalf of multiple organizations such as the Henry County Humane Society, Henry Medical Center’s Foundation, Leadership Henry, Rotary Club of Henry County and Henry County’s Chamber of Commerce. As a result, she has quite a local network and is comfortable in the position of soliciting donations for her causes as well as organizing fund-raising events. She assumed the position with HCCS in September and is poised to achieve the mission of Henry County Cancer Services, which is to provide assistance as needed to cancer patients who reside in Henry County. Assistance may take the form of transportation to and from services, paying for prescriptions, making co-pays, obtaining nutritional supplements, supplying a wig for hair lost

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during treatment, and other needs that the patient can justify. While assistance is (understandably) limited, HCCS often succeeds in reducing the patient’s financial worries resulting from their care, or in providing services that may otherwise have gone unmet. Susan’s personal goal for HCCS is to increase the number of people the organization can help. To achieve that goal, she must successfully increase donations and funding for HCCS. In addition to the successful HCCS Gala held each December, and the large community yard sale held on the McDonough Square each year in May, she envisions adding new fund-raisers such as an April “Running of the Brides” fun run with weddingrelated contests and prizes. This new event is being organized in conjunction with Hazlehurst House and will be the only event of its type in the Southeast. Also, just in time for Mother’s Day and the Geranium Festival, she plans to have a cookbook compiled (at $5 per recipe submission) and ready to sell. Susan’s ambition and energy will help her achieve such an aggressive fund-raising schedule. Part of her strategic plan is to raise funds that can be used to retain the services of a grant-writer to further increase funding and promote growth. HCCS is grateful to those who make the services of this not-for-profit orga-

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nization possible: Henry County Water & Sewerage Authority who enables their employees to make payroll deductions to HCCS via their Giving Program, Snapping Shoals EMC, Central Georgia EMC, Georgia Power Company, the Fortson Foundation, the Smith Foundation, Moye’s Pharmacy who provides support through the Dollar Donation Program, Henry County who makes office facilities available, and other private donors. HCCS relies on dedicated volunteers who respond to phone calls, validate applicants, and assist with other administrative functions. The organization receives oversight and direction from its Board of Directors. Susan proudly acknowledges that she was able to solicit the donation of a newer computer from ALPLA in McDonough that will enable her to utilize recording, reporting and tracking tools. When asked about the direction she intends to take HCCS in, says Susan, “I want the dollars to go to more people. I want to know that we touched them and in some way gave them hope.” To learn more about Henry County Cancer Services, visit HenryCountyCancerServices.com. To donate, please mail your check made payable to Henry County Cancer Services to P.O. Box 3417, McDonough, GA 30253. To discuss sponsorship opportunities or to volunteer, please call 770-288-6510. january/february 2011 • www.hmagazine.biz

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tacy Painter Yates has a lot to be proud of these days. The former Henry educator with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and a Master’s in Instructional Technology, spent 10 years teaching middle school in Henry County and raised a wonderful son, Justin Garcia, age 21, who serves in the United States Air Force. As if these accomplishments were not enough for this diminutive and highly motivated lady, Stacy, an obvious risk taker, researched and learned all she could about retail selling and embarked upon a new career, launching Stacy’s Closet, Inc. in August of 2010. Located in beautiful historic downtown McDonough, Stacy’s Closet is a charming boutique with an inviting and friendly atmosphere. On the day I visited, a steady stream of new and repeat customers were proof that Stacy’s risk taking was paying off.

Further proof was evidenced in the very cool giant chalkboards lining the walls of the store with accolades from shoppers, former students, friends and family members. Stacy’s Closet carries a huge selection of trendy, brand name designer style clothing for teens to adults, accessories and home goods for up to 70% off what is charged in other stores. What’s her secret you ask? Stacy’s is a “resale and consignment” shop but certainly not typical. The store accepts only gently used clean brand name clothing and designer goods from individuals. Stacy explained “while you are browsing the latest styles, we will create an offer for you based on the style, condition, brand and current store inventory. Once you accept the offer you will be on your way with cash in hand!” With such fantastic finds, it is doubtful, however, you will leave the store without making a purchase!

Even though the “Closet” is open 7 days a week, Stacy still finds time to provide excellent personal home closet organizing services to those who are organizationally challenged such as myself! I have often referred to my closet as “the black hole.” With Stacy’s help and in spite of any thoughts that I might wear that skinny pair of jeans next year… my closet is now amazingly organized and I learned several valuable lessons, most notably, for every piece of clothing or accessory you buy, you need to remove an equal amount of items from your closet—that does not mean move them to another closet either! And as for those skinny jeans, Stacy explained they are probably out of date anyway. For a delightful day of shopping, I highly recommend stopping by Stacy’s Closet at 16 Macon Street in McDonough and visit online at www.stacysclosetinc.com. january/february 2011 • www.hmagazine.biz

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captured by the lens of dr. fallas

coffee and a camera H Magazine is proud to share with you these stunning images of Henry County that were captured by the lens of Dr. Fallas of Fallas Family Vision.

coffee and a camera picture by Jason Morrison

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BY LISA KINCHEN & DR. PAUL FELDMAN, M.D.,F.A.C.S.,F.I.C.S.

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s the New Year begins, and the aging cycle continues, it’s obvious that time doesn’t slow down for anyone. Often times in the hustle and bustle of the everyday working world, we may find ourselves putting our health at a lower priority due to the conveniences of fast food restaurants and the desire to always be working to get ahead. At the current age of my life, and facing new physical and medical challenges, I have begun to place a higher value on the importance of personal health. By simply improving my diet and exercise regime, I have already begun an amazing transformation to feeling more energetic, confident, aging gracefully, and feeling better about my total self! It is a known fact that exercise and diet also greatly contribute to the quality of our skin and appearance, and as we all know, feeling good and looking good has a tremendous effect on personal productivity. To take the next step in skin care, we at H teamed up with the highly professional staff of Dr. Paul Feldman, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S., and Truffles Medispa, to bring you a six issue follow-along story that will map the process of my epidermal transformation to prove that skin care treatments and services, like those offered at Truffles, are truly amazing and highly

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beneficial. To begin the process, I met with Aesthetician Stephanie Basile, graduate of Ensynergy Southeastern School of Esthetics , who helped to evaluate my skin and formulate a yearlong treatment plan. Stephanie believed that I was a good candidate for this journey because I have reached an age where the effects of many years of sun exposure are becoming visible. She explained, “At around 35 to 40, most women (men too) start to see changes in their skin. Textural changes, fine lines and sun spots are the typical first signs of aging, and are directly related to the amount of sun exposure incurred over a lifetime. Lisa is concerned with her skin, and she is committed to making improvements, fighting the aging process, correcting the damage already done, and preventing further damage from occurring.” Our first step would be a procedure called Microdermabrasion, a process that Basile describes as, “the superficial exfoliation of accumulated dead skin cells that are bound together on the skin’s surface”. Here is what she had to say regarding the process: “The first step was to review Lisa’s skin evaluation form and her medical history to make sure that she was not contraindicated for this particular treatment. I then cleansed her skin to remove all makeup and oil. While doing this, I was also ana-

lyzing her skin, looking for additional contraindications to the treatment. Once the skin was cleansed and dried, I chose the appropriate diamond encrusted wand for her skin type and skin condition. I then took the wand, while holding the skin taut, and moved it across her skin. The diamond encrusted tip helps to loosen and dislodge the accumulated dead skin cells that sit on the skin’s surface. At the same time, a vacuum is created in the tubing attached to the wand, which sucks up the dead skin cells. I finished this treatment by using serums to soothe and rehydrate the skin, as well as applied sunblock. After the microdermabrasion treatment, we then took pictures of her with the Visia computer, which will help us to analyze the amount of sun damage that has been done, most of which is not visible to the naked eye. We completed the treatment with a color matching and application of Glō Minerals makeup™.” Having a low tolerance for pain coupled with the uncertainty of how the Microdermabrasion would go, I must admit I was a little nervous at first. Much to my pleasant surprise, the procedure was painless and yielded instant results with smoother, more radiant skin, just like what Truffle’s said! Stay tuned to H Magazine as I continue on my journey to healthier, beautiful skin.


I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS AT FIRST. MUCH TO MY PLEASANT SURPRISE, THE PROCEDURE WAS PAINLESS AND YIELDED INSTANT RESULTS WITH SMOOTHER, MORE RADIANT SKIN, JUST LIKE WHAT TRUFFLE’S SAID! january/february 2011 • www.hmagazine.biz

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business profile

pictured left to right Chris Ragan, Agent; Jay Mercer, V-Pres.- Commercial Insurance; Rusty Strawn, PresidentSteve Meyer, V-Pres.- Personal Lines; John Wadsworth V-Pres. - Marketing picture by Picture This Studio

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hate calling a company’s 800 number only to get an automated service; I usually end up hitting the wrong number and have to start all over! Then, more often than not, if I do get a person they don’t listen to me! Rusty Strawn of Strawn & Co., Insurance has a unique and personal approach in this high technology driven society. “We take the opportunity to get to know our clients, find out what they need. When they leave this office they have more than a binder with their coverage, they have something tangible, peace of mind.” It is no wonder Strawn & Co. Insurance is approaching almost 40 years of excellent service providing property, casualty, life and health insurance for families and businesses.

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Rusty shared an experience with me about the summer of 2007. “I always make certain that each of my clients has my cell and home number, because if they are having an emergency, I want them to be able to call me. Late one night my phone rang. Lightning had struck my client’s business and he had lost everything. I was able to reassure him that his business and all his needs were covered. We helped him rebuild his business within 5 months. We are here to be a calming presence in the storm.” Rusty has been actively involved on the Executive Board of the Flint River Council (Boy Scouts of America); Chairman of the Board – United Community Bank – Henry County; and Deacon – First Baptist Church in McDonough. Another member of Team Strawn, John

Wadsworth, Vice President – Marketing, CIC with Strawn & Co., Insurance, has experienced success and support in his position because Rusty fosters that in the work environment. John uses his training to identify gaps in existing coverage and helps implement loss controls leading to reduced premiums. As a result, clients receive the best service and personal care. John too is actively involved in church and community events serving on the Board of Directors of the Lions Club of McDonough, Haven House (The Flint Circuit Counsel on Family Violence), and Past President of the South Metro Bulldog Club. Jay Mercer, Vice-President-Commercial Insurance, has been with Strawn & Co., Insurance for 18 years. He is a Past President and is still actively involved with Kiwanis Club in


want to avoid! McDonough. He is eager to serve wherever there is a need in the community. He makes it a priority to spend time with his daughters whenever possible. He has had the privilege to watch Henry County grow, and grow. The most rewarding part of his job is helping family, friends and forming new relationships with people in the area. Having the personal touch of an actual person answering the phone makes a big difference in relationships. Jay added “We have invested in extra staff and technology to meet the needs of our clients.” Strawn & Co., Insurance endeavors to stay on top of the market so that each client’s policy will fit them individually not just putting them all in the same “box”. Steve Meyer is Vice President - Personal

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Lines. Steve’s main focus with Strawn & Co., Insurance is guiding his clients to common sense solutions. Steve and his wife Christy enjoy their two children, Aiden 3 years old and Arin 5 months, who keep them very busy! After meeting with these men personally, the Mission Statement becomes clear. “Our mission at Strawn & Co., Insurance is to glorify God in all our daily endeavors. We strive to provide exceptional value, the utmost integrity and excellence to: Our Customers, Our Companies We Represent and Our Community.” They not only state the mission but accomplish it on a daily and personal basis. To contact Rusty Strawn or one of the staff please go to www.strawninsurance.com. You will be pleased to talk with an actual person by calling them at: 770.957.9005.

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student spotlight

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by jennifer mccrary and heather spooner

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HUDGINS MEET MCKENZIE HUDGINS, ONE OF THE FIRST HENRY COUNTY STUDENTS TO ATTEND THE PRESTIGIOUS UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY, WEST POINT. West Point was ranked number one by Forbes Magazine in 2009. Before graduating from Woodward Academy in 2009, McKenzie spent a majority of her time cultivating her interests in leadership and service as president of 4-H, an active member of Girl Scouts of America, marching band drum major, National Honor Society, and Youth Leadership. McKenzie also has made time to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, A Friend’s House, and Henry Medical Center. In addition to her generous humanitarian contributions, McKenzie has earned many academic awards. Given her strengths and interests, it is no wonder that McKenzie would go on to continue serving others. McKenzie decided at a young age after her veteran grandfather’s funeral and experiencing 9-11 that she would serve her family and country by doing whatever it took to attend the academy. McKenzie has a strong military heritage with ancestors that have fought in every

war including her father, who served in the Vietnam War and her sister who is currently serving in the reserves. McKenzie was nominated by Congressman Westmoreland to attend West Point. Her parents, Gerald and Jo Hudgins gleam with pride when talking about the accomplishments of their daughter. Recently, McKenzie concluded the physically rigorous first six weeks of West Point, known as BEAST where she quickly learned the power of encouragement from fellow cadets. While completing her Plebe year, known as freshman year to civilians, McKenzie was involved in company handball intramurals, conducting the spirit band, joining the Navigators bible study, and teaching Sunday school to fourth graders on base. McKenzie looks forward to continuing her education at West Point and moving forward to medical school. West Point only sends 2% of their students on to medical school. McKenzie is on the way to the top with a 3.7 GPA and looks forward to a career in the army as a doctor.

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our stories

by diane smith

T H E H E N RY M E D I C A L C E N T E R F O U N D AT I O N’S 31 S T A N N UA L G A R D E N PA RT Y P RO M I S E S TO B E A H I G H F LY I N G S U C C E S S – L I T E R A L LY.

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he theme Cirque du Henry stirs the imagination – aerial acrobats, jugglers, fire breathers, mimes – the possibilities are endless. All are being considered as part of this intriguing event, slated for Saturday, May 7 at 6:00 p.m. (It’s scheduled to end at midnight, but according to sources, reluctant dancers had to be shooed off the dance floor last year so the party could close!) The excitement in Adam Stanfield’s voice is evident as he shared details with H Magazine. He is the executive director for the Foundation, which was formed in 1982 – shortly after Henry Medical

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Center opened. “The Garden Party has always been one of the ‘go to’ events in our area,” he explained. “We’ve always tried to do it right. In the past we’ve flirted with the magical number of having 300 people attend.” He grew more animated as he talked about this year’s venue for the Party, the Gateway Center at 165 Mill Road, McDonough, Georgia. “Our goal this year is to host 500 people at the Garden Party. The Gateway Center has a seating capacity of 4,800 people – so it is capable of supporting our event for many years to come.” The Center, he expounded, has the perfect structure for the Cirque du Henry event – there’s

plenty of head room for those high flying aerial acrobats. Adam said they wanted to keep the party in Henry County. “We want to support the county that supports us,” he said. An event of this scope requires many helping hands. The Foundation’s committee has doubled in size as the annual Garden Party continues to grow. This year’s event is chaired by Ginger Moats, a long time supporter of the Foundation. One of the main goals of the committee is to educate as many people as possible about the Party and its purpose. In addition to the Cirque du Henry part of the evening, partygoers will


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again be treated to dining and dancing – trademark features of the annual event. Atlanta Beat will provide the music – guaranteed to get even the most staid person up and dancing. While the Garden Party is an outstanding social function, its purpose is much more than providing an exhilarating evening out. Last year the Foundation raised $75,000 to support Henry Medical Center and its programs and services. This year’s goal is to raise $100,000. According to the Henry Medical Center website, funds raised by the Foundation are used for facilities, equipment, scholarships,

patient assistance and a Community Resource program. The Foundation even supported construction of its own facility – which has meeting space with state-of-the art audio visual equipment available to other area non-profits, free of charge. “The Garden Party provides needed support to one of the anchors of Henry County,” stated Adam with feeling. “People move to a community based on three primary provisions,” he continued. “They are looking for a safe neighborhood, good schools, and a good health care system. This event – Cirque du Henry, our Garden Party – rallies behind

Henry Medical Center, helping it to be the best it can be.” So, as winter weariness sets in, Henry County citizens can close our eyes and dream of an exotic adventure awaiting us in May – holding our breath as sequined acrobats soar through the air; gasping in amazement as a daring performer swallows, then breathes fire; laughing as mimes give their soundless messages…. all at the Cirque du Henry Garden Party. For information about ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, call Adam Stanfield at 678.604.5018 or visit the website at www.hmcfgardenparty.jacquierives.com. january/february 2011 • www.hmagazine.biz

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operationoverseas

Thanking Heroes & Angels By: Beverly Van Gorder

Photographs Courtesy Of: Stockbridge Records

ith two granddads who served in WWII and Korea, Henry County native and down-home country boy, Barry Michael has an inborn devotion to servicemen and women. It doesn’t take long to realize the depth of his patriotism. One might say, though he does not wear a uniform, Barry serves as well – as active encourager to our current armed service members and to all of the veterans whom we have to thank for a land which is still free. Barry, who has worked professionally as a singer/songwriter since 2007, began using his musical talents in active support of our military in December 2008. At that time he was invited to take part in a benefit concert in Houston, Texas scheduled for March 2009. The purpose of the concert was to raise the funds needed to provide passage for 200 WWII Veterans on The Lone Star Flight – Texas’ version of what is known as an Honor Flight. Honor Flights carry veterans from different cities around the nation to Washington, D.C. in order to visit the WWII Memorial. Shortly after this invitation was extended, the event’s coordinator, Brenda Beaven requested a song be written especially for the veterans. Though Barry did not initially take the request seriously, a second phone call with an additional request prompted his Executive Producer, Richard Chatham to give him a deadline for the task. Barry immediately set out for Nashville, TN in order to spend a couple of days with his good buddy and fellow

songwriter, Corey Barker. Without warning, Barry phoned his friend en route to inform him of the mission they would be accomplishing together. By the time Barry arrived, Corey had a good head start on the heart of a meaningful tribute. And after only 20 more minutes of collaborative effort, the song, “Heroes and Angels” was born. Barry took it to Houston, performed it and left the veterans loving this new song. Many wanted copies, but there were no CDs to sell. Back home, he made a rough recording in his basement and played it for Richard Chatham. Chatham, himself a Vietnam Vet, was brought to tears. A short time later, Chatham was host for a couple of Marine Corps officers visiting from the Pentagon. While driving them around town Chatham told the officers he had a song he wanted them to hear. He noticed in the rear view that they too were provoked to tears. He immediately knew this song was going somewhere. The officers insisted on having a copy and since mass quantities had not yet been produced, the rough basement draft went to the Pentagon. Two weeks later a call came from the Pentagon requesting Barry perform “Heroes and Angels” at the National Veteran Small Business Conference and Expo at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Besides being an incredible honor and opportunity to gain national exposure, this turn of events led to his introduction to Health Net Federal Services, provider of comprehensive managed health care programs for military families. Little did Barry know what this relationship would do for his career.

Health Net became so enchanted with Barry and his tribute to veterans that they signed a contract for exclusive rights to him and his song for one year. (If you visit their website at www.hnfs.com, you will see a picture of Barry’s CD sleeve and their offer for a free download of his song.) One of the programs in which Health Net intends to utilize Barry’s talents and heart for veterans is known as TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). Throughout the coming months, Barry will be touring military bases and hospitals to encourage those who have experienced loss either through combat casualties or post-traumatic episodes of suicide. Barry says, “So much has happened so fast. God alone is the reason it has all fallen into place. Without Him I could have never dreamed of being where I am. This has brought my career to life. Now there is such a greater purpose to my music. If I was playing in club, after club, after club, it wouldn’t compare to the feeling I have now. It is so rewarding to be doing something beneficial instead of just trying to promote my career.” And in the words of his song – “Thank you for laying it all on the line, protecting our freedom, restoring our pride, for going through Hell so we wouldn’t have to. Thank you for standing for all we believe, for holding your ground when the world was in need, for giving your heart and your soul to the Red, White and Blue. When I think of Heroes and Angels, I think of you.” On behalf of H, I would like to join Barry in thanking our Heroes and Angels! january/february 2011 • www.hmagazine.biz

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Annual Juried Art Show 6:00pm – 8:00pm Winsor Gallery, 34 Macon Street, McDonough Free and open to the public-- wine reception For more info visit www.mcdonougharts.net Winter Flurry Legends Racing Race No. 3 Atlanta Motor Speedway Infield access - $12 for adults, $5 forchildren ages six through 11, admission is free for children ages five and younger. For more information, visit www.legendsofga or www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

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