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59 EDWARD JONES

H Magazine is pleased to welcome Edward Jones to this issue. Are you looking for someone to help you make sense of investing? Local branches in Stockbridge, Locust Grove, Hampton and McDonough invite you to come in and prepare for the future. This prestigious company has over 7 million customers and has more offices than any other investment firm in the country. The company’s history can be traced back to the early 1900s, when Edward D. Jones, Sr. began offering securities in New York. In spite of it being a financial giant, Edward Jones takes pride in offering the personal touch to each and every client.

63 HARGRAVE, FREEMAN & LETO

Hargrave, Freeman and Leto have served in Clayton and Henry County since 1978. This community pillar offers a full range of accounting services, specializing in assisting small businesses. The “at home” atmosphere 3

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in their office is balanced by dedicated use of the latest technology to provide “quality of service at a fair price.” Staff longevity helps to insure that each client is met with the experience and commitment needed to get the job done right. Read more about how they have managed to take their office into the technology age - while still maintaining that “downhome, very personal” friendly service.

77 BRO. RALPH EASTERWOOD Death came calling for Stoney Mathis, but God and Bro. Ralph Easterwood weren’t ready for him to win. A horrendous accident and a persistent police chaplain had a life changing affect for Stoney. Like many law enforcement officers, Henry County Police Deputy Chief Stoney Mathis knew that risks awaited him each day that he put on his uniform. But he did not expect what awaited him on March 23, 2001 – nor did he expect to meet a Reverend who would help him turn his life toward a completely new direction.

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e’ve made it through the whirlwind holidays, and now we’re putting our best foot forward in Henry County, resolving bigger and better things for 2012. H Magazine is pleased to welcome you to our Health Services issue – and trust you will find information here to start you on a path to a healthier you in the New Year. It’s a proven fact that healthcare is a huge draw to those looking to relocate into a new community. I’m proud to say that Henry County has much to offer in that arena – from excellent dental care, to top-notch chiropractic practices; from vision care to women’s health issues to oncology specialists – Henry has it all. In addition, Henry Medical Center strengthened its already impressive core of services with its merger with Piedmont in 2011. As you know from features in past issues of H Magazine, I personally utilize the services of our wonderful health services in Henry County. Why travel to “downtown Atlanta” and beyond, when you can find anything you need right here in your own beautiful county? So, whether you are new to the community…or one of the founding families, we’re wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2012!

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our contributors

Valerie Baldowski spent five years as a General Assignment Reporter writing for a chain of weekly metro Atlanta suburban newspapers, an additional year as a News Editor for that same newspaper chain, and two years as the Government Reporter for a daily newspaper in Henry County.

Sandra McGill is a 19-year resident of Stockbridge. Having completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Clayton State University, she is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in the same subject from Georgia State University. In addition to science, writing and teaching are her greatest passions.

Salita Gray earned a Communications degree from GSU. Her mentor, late Author Alex Haley, encouraged her to study TV/Film. After freelance writing for two newspapers in Bermuda, she relocated to California for a career opportunity at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank. Salita and her son, Channing, reside in Henry County.

Lisa Murray lives with her husband and two boys in Henry County. She is a lifelong Henry County resident and could not imagine a better place to raise a family.

Diane Ide is a long-time resident of Henry County. She is the Director of Communications for the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors for the Hands of Hope Clinic. She has two sons and four grandchildren and spends her free time entertaining friends and family.

Denese Rodgers is the former Director of Social Service for Connecting Henry, Inc, the local branch of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership. She and her husband are moving to the Republic of Panama.

Angel Maynard resides in Henry County and is the founder of RedPill Productions www.redpill-productions.com. She is a writer and producer whose work has been showcased at The New York Television Festival as well as California’s Indie Fest.

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!

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Diane Smith a native of Ohio, has enjoyed living in Henry County for nine years. She is mother to 15-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.

Debbie Swanson Every day is a gift – treat it accordingly.

Beverly Van Gorder has lived in Henry County with her husband, Jim, since 1994. They have five children: James, Seth (both of whom are U.S. Marines), Margaret, Noah, and Gabriel. She runs her own business selling Pre-Paid Legal Services and is also the customer relations representative for The Gardenias Assisted Living and Memory Care in Hampton.


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I appreciate what H Magazine does for our community. It provides a great outlet for everything Henry County and those who are trying to make it a better place to live. I enjoy reading every issue and look forward to the exciting new insights I glean with each new release. Anyone who wishes to learn about what life is like in Henry County should read with anticipation and join in the fun! Chris Lockhart

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We’ve always felt a strong responsibility to give back to local charities.

Taylor Rice Giving Back to the Community by valerie baldowski

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aylor Rice successfully blends his roles as a business owner and civic leader to give back to the community that contributed to his success. Taylor, 34, has been part-owner of Moyes Pharmacy since 2004. A graduate of Eagle’s Landing High School, Georgia Tech and University of Georgia, he holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He has also served as Henry County Chamber of Commerce chairman since mid-2010. During his term, Henry County successfully kept the AtlantaMacon-Griffin commuter rail initiative alive, secured state funding for the Southern Crescent Technical College/Henry County Center, and organized the E2 Economics and Education Task Force. “We are charged with the larger mission at the Chamber of representing the business interests in many arenas, including political, civic and private,” he says of his role. “We want to make sure that Henry residents and businesses are always represented and always have a seat at the table when any major issue that affects us is being discussed.” One of those duties involves scheduling regular trips to the “gold dome” to monitor bills introduced on the House and Senate floor. “During the legislative session, whenever there are issues that affect us directly here in Henry County we make sure that

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one of us is there at the capital - that we’ve read the bill and understand the implications and are giving our side of the story to the legislators that are going to vote on it.” He is also keenly aware of the need to solicit constant feedback and develop strategies for how best to serve the needs of the business community. Taylor tells a story of a local business that came to the Chamber of Commerce for help. The business had learned the county planned to shut off the water for several hours during construction of a portion of the road, and its operations would have been severely disrupted. The Chamber was able to connect the key managers at the business with the Henry County Water and Sewerage Authority and help negotiate a compromise. His concern for the community also includes helping those less fortunate. The motto “Don’t forget who brought you to the dance,” (one he inherited from Tony Moye) sums up Taylor Rice’s philosophy of supporting charitable organizations. “The community is what made Moyes successful - we don’t need to forget that,” he explains. “We’ve always felt a strong responsibility to give back to local charities.” When organizations who have registered as partners shop at Moyes, the drug store chain gives three percent of the total purchase to charities in Henry County. The business stays involved with the Kiwanis Club, Henry County Cancer Services, A Friend’s House and various other

civic organizations. Moyes also partners with the school system, Taylor shares. “I firmly believe that a strong school system fosters a strong community, which in turn fosters a strong business community,” he adds. “We’re all tied together, none of us are an island.” Henry County Chamber of Commerce President Kay Pippin attests to Rice’s dedication and passion. “Perhaps Taylor’s biggest accomplishment was his ardent commitment to foster understanding and good working relationships between the business community and government officials,” says Kay. “Taylor’s advocacy for ‘a spirit of cooperation’ over the last year and a half continues to make Henry County stronger and more attractive to new and existing businesses. Rice’s leadership is “good for the county,” says the Chamber president. “The continued vitality of Henry County’s businesses, neighborhoods, governments and quality of life is highly dependent upon the knowledge and capabilities of our young leaders,” she adds. “Born and raised in Henry County and returning home after receiving a fine educational background from some of Georgia’s best universities, Taylor Rice symbolizes what’s great about Henry County. Today he is a successful businessman, successful civic leader, and most importantly, a successful family man. Tomorrow, who knows? This young leader is just getting started.”


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business profile

Meadows Macie,

At Your Service F by diane smith

rom adoption to trucking laws, to nationally-recognized health care law – Meadows and Macie, attorneys at law, provide a wide range of legal services to individuals and corporations. Their mission statement indicates that these attorneys practice “in those areas of the law in which we enjoy practicing.” Rod Meadows, senior partner of Meadows and Macie, is a Super Lawyer, and has been every year since the designation was created in 2004. Super Lawyer is a prestigious designation based on peer recognition and professional achievement. In addition, the firm was selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, which is based on “an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising nearly 4

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million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country.” Rod’s specialties are corporate and health care law. Local clients include All American Quality Foods (better known as Food Depot – which started as one store in Stockbridge, Georgia); Bennett International Group (Georgia’s largest womanowned company); and Henry Medical Center. (Rod quarter backed HMC’s legal processes of their recent merger with Piedmont.) Rod is a recent Past Chair of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, Past Chair of the Georgia Academy of Hospital Attorneys and PastPresident of the Board of Directors of the Henry Medical Center Foundation. James Macie brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the firm. For almost 30 years he has served as one of

the Atlanta area’s premier family and domestic relations lawyers. Jim has chaired the Family Law Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and authored the Family Law chapter of the Georgia Lawyers Basic Practice Handbook. He is a frequent seminar speaker on domestic relations as well as basic overview and legal update lectures on family law. Jim shares that he and Rod Meadows actually met on their first day of law school at the University of Georgia back in the 1970s. On a personal note, Jim and his wife, Marianne, have visited all 50 states in the USA and have traveled to 57 countries. When he can, he ties travel in with his other love – running. To date he has completed marathons in New York, Venice, Italy and Bordeaux, France. The newest partner in the firm, Terri


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Sutton, also specializes in family law and domestic relations. In her tenth year of practice, Terri provides a full range of family law services from adoption to divorce; custody and visitation to child support; and prenuptial agreements to family violence protective orders. In addition to her law degree, Terri holds a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology and worked as a family therapist, which enables her to assist families with minimizing the path of destruction when children are involved. She promotes Collaborative Divorce which she believes enables each person to come out of the process “more intact.” Children, especially, fare better in a Collaborative Divorce, according to Terri. Stephen P. Morris and Eric Littlefield round out the legal team, bringing their

own specialties and skill sets to the firm. Stephen is an advisor and counsels clients on issues including corporate formation, contract interpretation and disputes, employment law, and regulatory law. Before becoming a lawyer, Stephen served as Government Relations Manager for the Professional Photographers of America, the world’s largest trade association for photographers in Atlanta and Washington, DC. Eric is the newest associate with Meadows and Macie and practices in the areas of healthcare law, transactional matters, and corporate defense. In addition, each attorney works with a certified paralegal assistant. “When you call Meadows and Macie as a client, you will either speak directly with your attorney or with their designated paralegal,” Terri Sutton assures.

The firm prides itself on friendly, personalized customer service. “We try to answer every incoming call personally - not with a machine as many larger firms are now doing. We have had several clients tell us how much they appreciate the friendliness of our office,” shares Jackie Moddle, Office Manager. The beautifully decorated offices, the smiles at the receptionist desk all attest to this – as does the wallpaper chosen for the public restrooms. At first glance, it appears as stately as the rest of the décor – but on closer examinations, it contains lighthearted quotes and jokes… lawyer jokes. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Meadows and Macie, call 770.957.1199 or visit their website at www.meadows-law.com. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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our stories

The

Body Architect: Dr. Paul Feldman, M.D, F.A.C.S., F.I.C.S by angel maynard

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s the young woman sat anxiously waiting for the splint to be removed from her recent rhinoplasty (nose) surgery, she wasn’t sure what to expect to find in her reflection. When the splint was removed, she turned to the doctor with tears in her eyes and said, “Thank you Dr. Feldman, I look normal again.” This scenario is played out repeatedly in the course of Dr. Paul Feldman’s work week. “To know you’ve helped someone’s self esteem and changed the way they look and feel about themselves is the reason I continue to do what I do” says Dr. Feldman.

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Dr. Feldman takes a patient-anddoctor team approach when it comes to determining what a patient wants. “The best consults are the ones where a patient is engaged and open to the process about how best to achieve their goals. While a patient may come in to talk about a certain procedure they think they need, say a tummy tuck, I try to look at the whole picture to make sure they get the results they want. A woman coming in for a ‘Mommy Makeover’ may be asking for an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), but I know without the body contouring (liposuction) done with it, her ultimate shape is not going to be what she desires.”

Dr. Feldman began his practice, Advanced Aesthetics, PC, in Clayton County in 1987. He is a board certified member of the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. His practice has grown to include two other associate plastic surgeons with locations in Henry, Fayette and Coweta counties. His stateof-the-art, state licensed surgery center is located in Fayetteville. Dr. Feldman also has operating privileges at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Southern Regional Medical Center, West Georgia Medical Center, Henry Medical Center and Spalding


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Regional Medical Center. In conjunction with Advanced Aesthetics, Dr. Feldman also runs a successful chain of medispas called Truffles. With the combination of the surgery center as well as the medispa at his disposal, Dr. Feldman’s ability to find the best cosmetic solution for a patient’s goals is one of the main reasons he is known as one of the leading plastic surgeons in the metro Atlanta area. “Patients may come in for a consult thinking that they need a cosmetic surgery to fulfill their goal, when in actuality I can achieve what they are looking for with a non-surgical procedure on the medispa side.” Best known for his work with rhino-

plasty (nose), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction (body contouring) and breast augmentation and lifts, Dr. Feldman finds himself in the position of often correcting the mistakes made by previous surgeries of other doctors. “Many times a patient comes in past the anger phase of the previous surgery, and they are embarrassed to admit they or their doctor may have made a mistake. I try to diffuse any of those feelings by letting the patient know that I am there, not to discuss the past, but to help them look forward to a future where their goals are going to be met and they are going to get the results they initially desired.” If you haven’t met him in person,

you have more than likely encountered someone in Atlanta who has. His referral business is a huge part of his practice’s success. If you mention plastic surgery in any social setting, there is usually someone in the group that has either had something done by Dr. Feldman or knows someone who has. He has also been featured on Henry County’s “Talk of the Town,” “Real Women/Real Sexy” and Senoia 92.5 FM’s “The Bear” radio show. If you are considering any kind of cosmetic procedure or surgery make sure to call Dr. Feldman at Advanced Aesthetics first 770.461.4000. It will be the only consult you’ll ever need. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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Dr. Linda King…

not just a dentist by diane ide

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t’s my place, welcome and come on in. We’re here to take care of you.” That’s Dr. King’s manner of practicing dentistry. And this writer felt it first-hand. She has such a welcoming presence and pleasant demeanor that, if you’re not concentrating, she’ll soon make you forget that you’re in a dentist’s office! Her winning ways soon have you talking about yourself. She hastily sums up things like your confidence in your smile. She notices the little ways people cover their mouth when they’re self-conscious -- whether with a hand, a mustache, or trying not to smile. Soon she’s seeing the possibilities. She can visualize the outcome of making someone’s smile more even, filling in missing, broken or stained teeth, and, ultimately, restoring

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self-esteem and confidence -- simply by changing teeth. ”What I do matters to the people I serve,” she says. “I am blessed to have an ability and a gift to help people feel better about themselves and I truly enjoy it.” Admittedly, that doesn’t mean that people just love to visit the dentist. It is indicative of the fact that she spends enough time with them as individuals that she gains a sense of the whole person, and not just as a patient. “There are those who want to go slow in making changes to their teeth, then there are those who want to see the total improvement right away. It goes at their pace, not mine” Dr. King shares. In addition to being a phenomenal dentist, Dr. King is also an ardent and very active community leader. She has

been part of the Downtown Development Authority in Locust Grove for several years and has enjoyed seeing the town become the quaint city that it is today. She routinely performs annual free oral cancer screenings locally -- typically devoting an entire week. She participates with Operation Gratitude, doing a “candy buy-back program” the day after Halloween only to redistribute the candy to troops overseas to enable them to hand out candy to children in the mid-East. Through the Georgia Dental Association she participates in “Mission of Mercy,” seeing over 2,000 patients in only three days. She donates her time and talent locally, doing work for women through Shining Light Ministries and St. Vincent de Paul. She sponsors Special Olympics “Be a Fan” 5K runs. She


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is a member of the Henry County Rotary Club, sponsoring activities there as well. She even supported Henry County’s “Praying for Paws” organization by getting her dog there! Dr. King is a true believer in giving back to the community where she lives and works. At age 43, Dr. King has practiced dentistry for 17 years. Fourteen of those were in Locust Grove, where she, husband Tim Kohl, and 7-year-old Cadance live. Tim is the owner of Epic Bikes in McDonough and he has donated bikes to charitable causes. He also helps put together bicycle rides for special causes, such as the recent “Caring for Ken (Swanson)” ride – in addition to being “an awesome Dad,” according to Dr. King. Dr. King enjoys sharing her passion

for cosmetic dentistry with others and takes intern dental assistants from local schools such as Southern Crescent Technical School, United Education Institute and Advanced Career Training, both in Morrow. She takes great care, however, in selecting anyone to join the staff at her office, because she takes great pride in having a happy, patient-oriented staff. She is not one to sit idle for long, as she believes that she can always improve and learn more. She takes continuing education courses routinely and she is actively involved with other dentists in Study Group, often conferring about cases to consider multiple approaches before deciding on a course of action. Dr. King is one of the youngest women to earn mastership from the Academy for General Dentistry

(AGD). She has spent over 2,500 hours in continuing her education since graduating from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. “My practice is not insurance plandriven,” states Dr. King. Instead, she focuses on a plan of treatment that enables her to create a better image for her patient, treating the whole person. Best of all, she doesn’t like to keep people waiting -- a real rarity in any physician’s office! If this dentist’s waiting room is full of long-suffering patients, she takes it personally. Dr. King is a very personable, very approachable person -- “I’m just a normal, everyday person like you” she says. She loves friends and family and self-improvement -- and it shows in her practice and the opinions of her patients. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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Dear Henry County friends and neighbors, This year, the employees, physicians and volunteers of Piedmont Healthcare are excited to welcome new members into our family. On January 1, 2012, Henry Medical Center became Piedmont Henry Hospital and the fifth community hospital in the Piedmont Healthcare family. This is more than a name change. The Piedmont family of community hospitals and physicians provides the best attributes of an academic medical center — including some of the best and brightest physicians and clinicians, advanced technologies, and potentially life-saving clinical research—balanced with a true community approach. The care delivered by our hospitals and physicians has garnered awards and recognitions for patient safety, clinical quality, service excellence and clinical information technologies. The skilled doctors and nurses you’ve seen at Henry Medical Center will still be there, but behind them will be the resources of the Piedmont Healthcare system. This fusion of healthcare organizations will bring with it lasting benefits for individuals in Henry County and for the community as a whole. We look forward to our bright future together in 2012 and decades to come. Learn more at piedmont4henry.org. From our growing Piedmont Healthcare family to yours, best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year.

Gregory A. Hurst President, Finance and Development Piedmont Healthcare


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Rachel ’s Gift by diane smith

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ometimes profound gifts come out of deep suffering. Such is Rachel’s Gift, a non-profit organization that provides solace for one of life’s most devastating blows – the loss of an infant at birth. Often times the grief is not shared with those surrounding the family, and if it is, it’s often met with awkward responses. How do you respond to someone who’s hope for the bright future of a child dies before it can take wing? Rachel’s Gift has taken on the momentous task of helping these families cope with the grief… and of teaching those around them to provide real support. This 501(c)3 non-profit was created to fill a gap that was painfully evident when Lori Beth Blaney lost her Rachel on December 5, 2006 – the result of a head on collision with a teen convicted of reckless driving. Lori Beth suffered serious injury, on top of the loss of Rachel, who was stillborn the day after the tragic accident. When Lori Beth sought to find comfort she could share with her husband and two small sons from some kind of support group, she realized there was a void. In the Spring of 2008, Rachel’s Gift began to help fill that void in Henry County and surrounding areas. The organization is staffed solely by volunteers (84 currently active). It

provides a 24-hour dispatch line to seven area hospitals (Newton County, Rockdale County, Dekalb Medical Center, Atlanta Medical Center, Henry Medical Center, Piedmont Newnan and Piedmont Fayette) so that help is available to families immediately at the time of loss. When a call comes in, a trained volunteer goes to the hospital to be with the bereaved parents, and brings a gift box – Rachel’s gift. The box contains a plaster cast kit so that parents can get a hand or foot print as a physical reminder of their baby. Nestled in the box are a small memory bear, a journal entitled “Forever in Our Hearts,” and the book “Empty Cradle, Broken Heart.” Burial gowns fashioned from donated wedding gowns are available for parents who want them. There is a list of resources for online support and places to order keepsakes, such as a Birth Certificate (Georgia does not issue birth certificates for stillborn infants.) The box’s contents – and the organization’s mission – are funded by donations and some grant monies (Note: they are currently seeking a volunteer grant writer). The thoughtfulness in putting together these items was inspired in part by Lori Beth’s cousin who, having lost an infant herself, assisted Lori Beth in gathering mementos at the time of Rachel’s death.

“Parents in a state of shock and grief don’t think to do these things and have regrets later when they have no physical connection with their child.” “When an infant dies at birth, even some of the nurses are uncomfortable helping the parents cope,” Lori Beth explains. “They are on a ward with several parents who have experienced the joy of giving birth…and are faced with trying to deal with the very real, fresh grief of the parents whose baby died.” Some nurses at the hospitals they serve are among those who have attended Rachel’s Gift’s volunteer training. In 2011 this Henry County organization ministered to 149 families. “The loss of an infant at birth is more prevalent than people realize,” reflects Lori Beth. Future plans to enhance the services offered include a segment to reach out to those who have lost babies through miscarriage, as well as one to help comfort grandparents – who have not only lost a grandchild, but are also watching their own child suffer through the death of their infant. A brochure is also in the works to provide helpful hints to family and friends on how to provide real solace and support during the time of loss and grief. For more information about Rachel’s Gift – or to join the team as a contributor or a volunteer, visit www.rachelsgift.org. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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From Hair to There M any folks in Henry County are familiar with Damon Bohan as the “hair man” at Damon’s Design Team. Others know him through his work with Henry Players community theater group. What people may not know about Damon is that he is also a licensed travel agent and can find amazing deals on travel for those who are ready for adventure. “I’ve been certified since 2009,” Damon shares. “I actually went online and took correspondence courses.” He works through YTB Travel and has learned some surprising ways to save on travel. “People don’t always realize that you can use points from your credit cards to apply to travel packages,” he confides. “Combine that with some last minute bookings – when the rates are less – and you can get some great deals!” Damon and his wife, Kay, have chartered thousands of travel miles, including trips to Puerta Vallarta, Europe, England, Scotland and the Mediterranean. On his “bucket list” is a trip to Ireland, in honor of his own heritage. “The highlands in Scotland are very much like Ireland,” he explains. “They are lush and green…but I still want to see Ireland for myself.” At the time of this writing, Damon and Kay were enjoying a 10-night, 11-day cruise on the Mediterranean Shipping Company cruise line. The ship comes to America for a limited time, once a year. Using their Capitol One

credit card points, sky miles, and taking advantage of booking discounts, they were able to get a balcony room for right around $1,000. “Every room has wifi!” Damon graciously shared some of his travel journal from this cruise with H Magazine: This was our 15th cruise! It was 11 days on a European cruise line. As such, things were handled a little differently than on an American line, such as Carnival Cruise Lines. Also, did we mention that this was an international cruise line? English was not the prevalent language. However, being fairly well traveled, we looked at everything as an adventure. The food and beverages on board were excellent. The entertainment on board was good, but not as good as we’ve seen on the Carnival Cruise Lines. Our first stop was Willemstad Curacao. The historic city consist of two quarters, Punda (established in 1634) and Otrobanda (established in 1707), which are separated by the St. Anna bay. The two quarters are connected by a long pontoon bridge and both provide an exciting blend of European-style and culture. Willemstad is reminiscent of Amsterdam with a Caribbean twist. The architecture is very colonial, which has been influenced by the Dutch. We recommend that if you visit, you make time to stop into a local bar for a local beer and a cigar; or pick up some fresh fruit from the floating market; and take in the city’s unique architecture, beautiful harbor and the warmth of its people.

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Both Cristalbal and Colon were named for Cristobal Colon (Christopher Columbus) located on an isthmus that connects Manzanillo Island with the mainland. Cristobal was conceived in 1914 as a port of entry for supplies used in building the Panama Canal. Until 1979 it remained under the jurisdiction of the United States, as part of the former canal zone, while the larger part of Colon was Panamanian. While in Panama we decided to hire a taxi to bring us into the city of Panama. Alex was our driver and, as we all know, taxi drivers do what has to be done to get you where you are going. Alex was no exception! As I write this, we are looking at the cityscape from Flamingo Island across the bay, sipping my favorite beverage and eating a slice of pizza with Drew and Annette Rogers. Aaaaaahh. While there, we saw Donald Trump’s new hotel being built, in addition to an amazing-looking new museum also under construction. I think you would agree, Panama City is a booming city! While we thoroughly enjoyed our “adventure,” I would recommend a prearranged tour and not go it alone like we did.- unless you know exactly what you are looking for. To book that prearranged travel, call Damon at 678.284.4410 or email him at hairman@netzero.net. He can take you from “hair to there”! january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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While attending medical school at Mercer University in Macon, Dr. Gordon decided to become an OB/GYN because: “That field offered a good mix of well care and preventive medicine as well as many hands on procedures and surgery. I get a nice mix of seeing patients in my office and enjoy my days in the operating room.

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Dr. Stephanie Gordon Provides Individualized Care for Women

& Her Community A by salita gray

tlanta native Dr. Stephanie Gordon had no idea as a young girl she would grow up to become a respected OB/GYN physician. Board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Gordon is known by her patients as a conscientious and thoroughly informed physician. Dr. Gordon’s focus changed during her undergraduate studies at Georgia Institute of Technology “I went on an engineering scholarship and had no plans of being a doctor.” After her second year at Georgia Tech she changed her major to genetics in the biology department. While attending medical school at Mercer University in Macon, Dr. Gordon decided to become an OB/GYN because: “That field offered a good mix of well care and preventive medicine as well as many hands on procedures and surgery. I get a nice mix of seeing patients in my office and enjoy my days in the operating room.” The day before she graduated from medical school she married longtime boyfriend David Jongebreur, who was an architectural design student at Georgia Tech. The next day the newlyweds relocated to St. Louis, Missouri where Dr. Gordon completed her residency at Washington University. They relocated back to Georgia where Dr. Gordon practiced OB/GYN with a private practice in Stockbridge. In 2003 Dr. Gordon started her own private practice

when she founded the Women’s Clinic in Conyers, as a gynecology and surgery practice which provided individualized care for women. Opening with only three employees on staff, today the staff has grown to seventeen employees. By 2005 she expanded to a second office in Stockbridge near Henry Medical Center. She works in collaboration with three nurse practitioners and Dr. Jennifer Elliott who joined the practice in 2011. Dr. Gordon believes there is a responsibility to be thorough with her patients during gynecological check ups. The Women’s Center never double books and allows each patient ample time to voice their concerns. “Sometimes patients feel rushed and don’t say what they need to me.” Dr. Gordon offers advanced surgical treatments in her office and at the hospital. She recognizes the increasing problem of obesity in her patients which “affects their energy, relationships, sex life, mobility, joints, heart, and increases their cancer risks.” Both Dr. Gordon and Dr. Elliott offer weight management strategies and treatments. In addition, Dr. Gordon offers advanced surgical treatments in her office and at the hospital. She performs ESSURE tubal ligations and endometrial ablations in her office. Ablations can reduce or eliminate menstrual periods in a 90 second procedure. She offers minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic and vaginal hysterectomies that get

the patients home the next day and back at work in a couple of weeks. Dr. Gordon also serves as a proctor to train other gynecologists to perform these procedures Since returning to Henry County Dr. Gordon donates her time and resources to Hands of Hope Clinic. She sees those patients at her Stockbridge office; if they need surgery she performs this at low or no cost to the patients. She coordinates with Henry Medical Center to provide care to uninsured low income Henry County residents. Dr. Gordon has committed financially to the Henry Medical Foundation with a donation of $10,000 to help the Foundation achieve their goals. Dr. Gordon and husband David have three daughters Ella, Annie and Molly. Dr. Gordon admits the reason she quit delivering babies “I wanted to start my own business and control my schedule so I could work hard during the day, but get home to have dinner and quality time with my family.” There is no question this hometown physician enjoys her work and looks forward to making a difference in the evolution of healthcare in Atlanta. Dr. Gordon explains “My work is constantly evolving and is never dull. I love learning new ways to take care of my patients and offer them the latest technology to enhance their wellness.” You can find more information about Dr. Gordon and the Women’s Center at www.womenscenterga.com. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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HELP!

I have Stress & High Blood Pressure!

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nce again my two sons and I are stuck in traffic - and we are slowing down to a mind boggling crawl on I 75 South. I let out a deep breath in an effort to lower my blood pressure, stress from traffic alone can be overwhelming, let alone everything else life can throw our way! Why is that? How can stress do that to our bodies? The answer is found in how we are wired. Our spines are very much like an electrical panel with the fuses connecting and empowering our nervous system, there are a lot of ways the switches can get flipped! Dr. Michelle Klos showed me this web site (www.ChiroCommunity.com) to help me understand. According to the website: Everyone experiences stress on a daily basis. Stress is defined as a reaction to any internal or external stimuli that upsets normal functioning and disturbs mental or physical health. Internal conditions such as illness, pain, or emotional conflict, as well as external circumstances, such as a death in the family, or financial problems can cause stress. Even positive experiences like a new marriage or job promotion can provoke stress. Long lasting or chronic stress suppress the immune system, which in turn increases the susceptibility to illness, especially to immune-related disorders or cancer. Emotional stress also leads 37

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to hormonal imbalances that interfere with immune system function. My sons have been going for adjustments and my oldest can tell that he handles stress better after he is treated. He is in High School now and has set some very high goals for his future. He struggles with ADHD. This can cause him stress at school and at home. Another web site Dr. Michelle Klos shared with me is www.naturallaws.com. It had this to say: The nervous system is what allows our internal physiology to adapt to the stresses and demands of the external environment. The skull and spine surround and protect the nervous system and bear the consistent stress of gravity every day. When the external stressors become too great there is compromise in the spinal structure and resulting interference in the nervous system. This interference is termed subluxation. Subluxation causes the nervous system to move out of balance and towards sympathetic (fight or flight) dominance. This process increases stress hormone secretion, inflammatory processes, and blood vessel tone. For many individuals this results in higher blood pressure. Chiropractic adjustments remove subluxation and restore harmony to the nervous system allowing the body to stabilize and heal appropriately. Chiropractic adjustments work to

harmonize the body’s natural systems by realigning the spinal bones and removing pressure and congestion within the nervous system. This process decreases the physiological stress response and restores optimal function and healing to the body. Along with many other health issues, chiropractic care has shown to consistently achieve remarkable results in helping to stabilize blood pressure. I know from my own life that when I am under stress it affects not only my blood pressure but how I interact with my family and co-worker. I will find myself reacting instead of responding. As my blood pressure stays up I don’t feel well, and won’t sleep well. I have made a choice to live a healthy life and that includes reducing my stress and blood pressure – with the help of chiropractic care! Won’t you join me? See you in the office!

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Will that be credit or debit? by diane smith

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ou walk up to the counter at an area business with your merchandise in hand, and you hear the words that make commerce roll in America: “Will that be credit or debit?” When you slide the card through the slot, and sign or enter your PIN, you probably don’t stop and think, “I wonder how that process works?” It’s like turning on a light switch – it just works. The merchant or service provider, on the other hand, has to have a handle on the process. How much they know or don’t know can cost them money. Each time you swipe that card, there are fees to be paid. Even if you use the card to donate to a non-profit, a percentage of your gift goes toward paying the bank fees. Those fees vary. And, the credit card industry has gone high tech – does your business need an integrated payment terminal or a stand alone payment terminal? Or, do you want to use your PC to process payments – how about your smart phone? These are decisions for which many business owners seek outside help. The ideal solution is to go with a company big enough to have the newest innovations, but local enough to have easy access. Cue Chris Lockhart, account executive for WorldPay and long-time Henry County resident to step on to the scene... Chris is a good guy and easy to talk to. You can tell when you spend time with him, and you can tell when you see him interact with his wife, Susan, and their two beautiful little girls, Hayden – 8, and Mary Jane, 4. It’s confirmed when you speak with his clients. And – he knows his stuff. Just ask Dr. Jeremy Hess of Discover Chiropractic in Stockbridge. “Chris came in and evaluated our current systems and

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processes at no charge. By the time he was done, he ended up saving us an average of $250 a month,” enthuses Dr. Hess. “He’s a great individual – trustworthy and full of integrity,” Dr. Hess continues. “You can tell that he is interested in more than just a sale.” Chris illustrates this when he tells you, “I want to educate business owners. Laws change all the time. I want to help them keep abreast of what’s current. Let me be the expert at this, so you can be the expert at what you do.” He doesn’t just set up a credit card machine – he comes back and follows up with his clients to help them enhance their business plan. “My goal is for my client to improve their business and their bottom line.”

Billy O’Leary of Hollywood Grooming in McDonough also has good things to say about Chris Lockhart and WorldPay. “He found me a better deal and did all the leg work to make it happen,” remembers Billy. “He went above and beyond his job, giving me referrals and resources that have helped me with my business. He’s a guy you want on your side – he’s been a God-send to us.” Oh – and he has saved Hollywood Grooming an estimated $800 in annual fees. Give Chris a call at WorldPay and allow him to assess your business practices and transaction processes – 678.763.1818 or email him at William.Lockhart@worldpay.us. You’ll get to meet one of the good guys – and save your company money! january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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by diane smith

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hat are you looking forward to in retirement? Maybe golf is your driving passion (pun intended) – or perhaps it’s traveling to far off places. Here’s a tougher question: will your finances allow you to live those ambitions? Careful planning and investing used to be enough to plan for a financially sound retirement. Those are still important factors, but the help of an expert in the field of retirement planning can assure greater success. Who could be better to provide that assistance than someone who has retired once already? Meet Lewis Robinson, age 71. Lewis founded Robinson, Whaley, Hammonds and Allison, P.C. in 1991. He retired

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from the firm on January 1, 2011. Unlike many retirees, he did not retire to live a life of leisure but lives by his father’s credo, “Retire to something, not from something.” So when Lewis Robinson retired from the CPA firm he founded, he moved on to what has become his driving passion – helping others plan for a financially healthy retirement. In the fall of 2009, Lewis attended an Ed Slott seminar in Arizona. (www. irahelp.com). Slott is a nationally known IRA and retirement planning expert. For Lewis, the seminar was life changing. He continues to attend the Ed Slott training once or twice a year, passes the exams and uses the gained expertise to help fuel

his passion to help others plan for their retirement. One of Ed Slott’s key phrases strikes a cord with Lewis when it comes to folks making plans for their retirement: “You don’t know what you don’t know.” A providential meeting with the president of Dothan, Alabama-based CapSouth Partners (“CapSouth”) set the ball in motion for Lewis’ new-found passion. Lewis saw excellent alignment in his retirement philosophy with that of CapSouth. It also turned out he had tax expertise that would help complete the services offered by CapSouth, and in the fall of 2011 he joined the team at the Stockbridge office located at 225 Corporate Center Drive. He works there hand in hand with Billy Duke, an


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Advisor who convinced CapSouth they needed an office in Henry County. As he shares his new role, his passion is evident. “Many people don’t realize that there are some very simple things they can do to keep on top of their retirement planning.” He continues, “I always ask people – ‘Do you know where your IRA beneficiary form is? Is it up to date?’ I’ve seen a person’s funds go to an ex-spouse, in spite of directions in their will. The beneficiary form is the deciding factor.” According to Lewis, the CapSouth Navigator Wealth Management program is an excellent option for the affluent client to organize and manage the various aspects of their wealth, including professional invest-

ment management. It not only provides for the initial wealth planning but also the ongoing monitoring and adjustments needed based on changes in the tax laws and life changes. Lewis stated that the service has been well received by his clients and he expects it to be one of the most important services offered by CapSouth. While wealth building is an important part of planning for retirement, it is just as important to watch how gains and losses have affected those funds over a long-term period. Lewis points out that even though a person may average a 7% return on their investments, the sequence of gains and losses over the years affects how long those funds will last an individual when they

start making withdrawals. “The advantage of my doing this at this stage in my life is that I don’t have to tell people what might happen – I can tell them that I’ve seen it happen.” He pauses. “I hope that when I’m 81 that someone will say ‘You know, he just started doing this when he was 71’!” For more information or to make an appointment with Lewis Robinson, email him at Lrobinson@capsouthpartners.com or call 678.272.7555. If you’re interested in finding a reliable and predictable source of retirement income for yourself and your family, then contact Lewis today. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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Michael Grant: A Champion in the Ring, A Champion in Life by sandra mcgill

On Saturday, November 19, 2011 history was made in Johannesburg, South Africa as boxer Michael Grant won the World Boxing Federation heavyweight title. He came from behind, knocking out his opponent, heavyweight champion Francois Botha, in the twelfth round on Botha’s home turf.

It was one awesome upset!

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rant, who has called Henry County “home” since 2004, resides in Eagle’s Landing with his wife of 13 years, Nicolle, and their children: daughter Mikayla, age 11, and sons Mikheyl and Mikhai, ages 15 and 7. Grant also trains in Henry County at Independent MMA in McDonough with trainer Jason Jorgensen, also a Henry County resident and expert with 15 years experience training some of the best boxers in the world. His training schedule is grueling: well in advance of a fight, Grant hits the gym and training bags three times a week for two to three weeks. From there he engages in sparring matches, typically traveling into Atlanta to do so. Finally, two-anda-half months before the fight, Grant exercises three times a day, running, boxing, lifting weights, and conditioning. “It’s eat, sleep, and train – that’s it!” he exclaims. Both he and Jorgensen emphasize the importance of nutrition and getting enough sleep. They continually seek to improve their game, analyzing past fights for what worked and what didn’t - and sparring partners whose fighting style is

similar to the one his opponent employs. “There’s always room for improvement,” Jorgensen says. Grant also relies on his trainer and his faith in God. Both pray before and after every fight, and put a strong emphasis on trusting one another. In terms of the relationship between trainer and boxer, Jorgensen states, “[In a fight] he has to trust me, somewhat with his life. You have to gel.” Grant additionally draws incredible strength from his wife and children. “My family is everything,” he stresses. “It’s very important to me to be a good example to them, and they support what I do.” Both Grant and Jorgensen emphasize the seriousness of the sport. “Boxing is a sport that you don’t play,” Grant says, and Jorgensen agrees: “Boxing and racing are the only two sports [wherein] when you practice, your life is on the line.” (Jorgensen is a fan of racing as well as boxing, and his children, daughter Taylor, 15, and son Jensen, 13, are avid bandolero car racers at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. Wife Amy, to whom he has been married for 21 years,

is a sonographer at Henry Medical Center.) “It’s a hard sport,” Jorgensen emotes. “You have to have a lot of love for it. You have to be very dedicated to it, and it can pay off at the end.” Boxing is also a terrific metaphor for life, Grant relays. “Preparation is key: you can teach a person anything except how to encounter pressure because it comes in different forms for different people, but you can prepare. Hard work pays off. You have to believe and be disciplined. And when you get knocked down, you gotta get back up and fight.” Displaying this dogged, never-say-quit tenacity after eleven punishing rounds with Francois Botha is exactly what Grant did, and Botha’s ensuing knockout resulted in a surprising upset for the people of South Africa. Grant is currently on a training schedule for a tentative rematch with Botha in March. It’s pretty safe to say that with a critique of their past duel and executing a game plan to exploit the strengths and overcome the weaknesses he encountered, another win will be on the horizon. Truly, Michael Grant has the heart of a champion. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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Ladies

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nless you are born into it as titled gentry, being a “lady” has to be taught. The subtleties of dress and makeup, the way one carries oneself, knowing when to speak and when not to – and what forks to use at a formal event – do NOT come naturally to most women. It’s a learned art that is seldom taught in public schools. But seldom does not mean “never.” At Patrick Henry High School an annual effort is made to teach the young women at the school how to conduct themselves properly at a High Tea – the epitome of a true “lady’s event.” Patrick Henry is often called Henry County’s “alternative school” for students who do not func-

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tion well in standard school settings. The school offers smaller class settings and disciplines to assist these students. Many return to their former schools, others volunteer to stay on at Patrick Henry to continue their education. The tea is put together by a committee of Patrick Henry faculty and staff and is the culminating event of Women’s History Month (March). All students are required to complete projects for the month – those young ladies who do so are invited to the High Tea. According to Lisa Gray, Chair of the English Department at Patrick Henry, the young ladies who plan to attend (middle school through high

school) have to have their attire approved by committee members before the event. “They’ll come to me in class and say ‘I know we’re not allowed to have our cell phones out in class…but I just have to show you my dress’.” A few teachers and students even don hats for the High Tea, some with handmade embellishments. In addition to students, women of influence in Henry County and beyond are invited to attend this annual event. Last year’s key note speaker was former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. “Mayor Franklin did her homework,” says Lisa. “She really got what we do here as an alternative school and why the students


are here –and she encouraged the girls to move forward with their lives.” One of the challenges of putting the tea together is the fact that there are new students coming to Patrick Henry weekly. Some of the girls are there for one semester only, some for the whole year. But in spite of the challenges, the 2011 tea hosted more than 50 students and 20-30 women business leaders. “Last year we started putting the tea together in January – this year we started in September!” The keynote speaker for the 2012 High Tea, to be held at noon on March 30, is Dr. Rogsbert Phillips, a recognized Atlanta breast cancer specialist. Following

the speaker, some of the girls will present their completed Women’s History Month projects to those in attendance. Fare for the tea will be typical finger foods such as petit fours (contributions to help cover food costs are greatly appreciated, as are donated food items). While this is a “ladies only” event, some of the young men in the school get involved as well – as butlers, complete with tucked in shirts and bow ties. “They are always nervous,” Lisa shares with a laugh. “And once they get done serving they are treated to pizza and sent back to class.” (A group of retired businessmen are currently meeting with the boys at the school on a regular basis. “Maybe

the future holds a business luncheon for them,” Lisa speculates.) For each young lady who attends the Patrick Henry High Tea, a message is sent by those who take time from their busy schedules to pull it all together. If each girl listens closely, she’ll hear an echo from Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady that sums it up nicely: “Of course she matters. What do you think I’ve been doing all these months?...Oh, she matters immensely.” To learn more about the High Tea – or to make needed donations (ranging from finger foods to bow ties!), please contact Lisa Gray at lisa.gray@ henry.k12.ga.us. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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Celebrity Chef:

Brian Strickland by diane smith

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grew up spoiled,” admits Brian Strickland, an attorney at Smith, Welch, Webb and White. “I always had both of my parents, we had what we needed – I was in church every Sunday.” While many may not find that a definition of “spoiled” but “blessed,” Brian knows firsthand that many children do not grow up with these influences and advantages. Brian grew up in Henry County, where his family has lived since the county was first founded. After graduating from Valdosta State University with a Bachelors Degree in Economics in 2006, Brian began his pursuit of a Juris Doctorate at Florida Coastal School of Law in the Fall of 2006. He interned at the Henry County District Attorney’s Office in 2007, and then began clerking at Smith, Welch, and Brittain in the summer of 2008. After graduating from 55

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Florida Coastal in 2009, Brian began practicing law and works today at the McDonough office of Smith, Welch, Webb & White, LLC. Brian serves on the Board as Secretary for Crosswalk Ministries U.S.A., an organization that focuses on juvenile offenders. One of Crosswalk’s more notable programs is their monthly birthday parties held at local juvenile detention centers. “Crosswalk has birthday parties for the kid that no one else may remember on his or her special day,” Brian explains. “Crosswalk takes a cake into the facilities for these kids, some of which have never had a birthday cake in their life. While the kids may be thrown off at first by these strangers coming to visit them, the kids are most surprised by the love that these same strangers share with them—a love they may never have experienced in their lives.” Proceeds from his week as

a Celebrity Chef at Gezzo’s the week of January 13-20 will benefit this 501(c)3 organization, which is funded by individual donations and some grant funding and is always in need of volunteers. Crosswalk is under the leadership of Executive Director Gina Moore. Begun as a part-time effort in 1991, it became a full-time ministry in 2007. The highlight of the year for the organization is its annual tour which touches troubled kids in detention centers all across the nation with songs, drama, and testimonies. The tours have also resulted in a pen pal ministry, providing continuity to grow the seeds that were planted by the program. The responses are stirring: “I feel as if I was talked to directly... you guys touched me in a way I didn’t think possible... I actually came to my room and prayed last night for the first time in I don’t know how long... Something’s


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come over me and I want to learn more.” – Larry, Illinois Brian’s commitment to Crosswalk is evident as he speaks about one of Crosswalk’s new programs, first piloted in 2010. It’s called ArtReach 180 and it takes place as an after school program at Patrick Henry High School in Henry County. “The highest juvenile crime rate is between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.,” he explains. “That’s the time when the kids are unsupervised, assuming they have any supervision at home, because parents (or their single mom which is often the case) haven’t gotten home from work yet.” ArtReach180 fills those hours with constructive activities, teaching the kids to express themselves through art and, more importantly, showing individual attention to each child to get to the root of what may have gotten them to Patrick Henry in the first place.

“In 2011, about 45 kids participated in this program,” Brian states. “Out of those, only three re-offended. That is a recidivism rate of only 6% compared to the state average of 33%. This program clearly helps stop the cycle of crime. More importantly, ArtReach helps stop the cycle of broken homes by showing these kids the love and stability of Christ and how to pass this same love along to the family these children will one day lead.” He goes on to share these statistics: “It costs Henry County tax payers $214 a day to house a juvenile offender. ArtReach 180 costs $380 per kid for one semester. On many levels, this program is an investment in our county’s future.” ArtReach 180 is funded solely by Crosswalk through the donations and grants it receives. Brian’s reward is in seeing and hearing the testimony of a youth whose life has

been changed by Crosswalk Ministries USA. “A kid steps up to speak at one of our programs, and he or she is admittedly what we think of as a street kid – fits all the stereotypes we have as a society come to expect to be a long-term target of our criminal justice system and a lifetime financial strain on our society,” Brian reflects. “Then he or she begins to speak and tells about where they came from… and how Crosswalk changed their life and begins to share his or her plans for the future…and to share their newfound love for Christ.” An investment in the county’s – and the world’s – future, indeed. To help make a difference in the lives of these disadvantaged youth and invest in Henry County’s future, get behind Brian Strickland’s efforts as Celebrity Chef at Gezzo’s on Jonesboro Road in McDonough – January 13-20, 2012. You know you want to! january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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celebrity chefs

Celebrity Chef:

Sam Pagan

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n an effort to raise awareness and money for local non-profit organizations, H Magazine teamed up with Gezzo’s Surf and Grille and created the Celebrity Chef Program. Notable figures in the community pick or create a unique menu item, with the assistance of Gezzo’s Howard Hsu. For a week, when that dish is purchased, ten percent of the sale goes to charity, which varies based on the Celebrity Chefs’ choice. The week of February 10-17, citizens and visitors of Henry County will be able to enjoy the creations of a bona fide culinary master, Chef Sam Pagan. 61

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A self-proclaimed military brat, Chef Pagan got his culinary start at the tender age of eight. From there the passion for cooking grew. Forgoing college, a young Sam enlisted in the Navy. For the next eight years, as he served his country, he was also immersing himself in the various cuisines of the world. From France to Africa, Chef Pagan was gathering a vast knowledge base of cooking skills. Once back state side, he would begin a new journey that would lead him to Henry County. When asked how it came to be that the Chef found himself in our town,

his eyes light up and he smiles. “Henry County chose me,” he states. Moving to the South, much less Henry County, was not on his life to-do list. But as he shares, “God had other plans for me.” He met his wife, Noel, in Georgia. As his life shifted, he began looking for a place to call home. He wanted to put down roots, not just for himself, but for his future family. He wanted his children to be able to be from somewhere. Selecting the charity for his Celebrity Chef week was easy. For the past two years, Sam, along with the family


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that created his foundation in Henry County – Noel and their two children – have prepared Thanksgiving Dinner for A Friend’s House, which supports children in crisis. Chef Pagan feels that showing children that someone cares, when a parent is unable, is incredibly important. He also believes in being a role model for his son and daughter. For the Pagans, cooking is a family affair that teaches maturity and service. When I asked him why he first became involved with A Friend’s House, he shared with me a story. After one Thanksgiving, a boy at the center,

knowing that the Chef played guitar, asked if he would teach him how to play the instrument. All the boy had was a much used guitar that was badly out of tune and missing a string. With a little tender loving care in the skilled hands of Sam, the guitar was able to produce a beautiful sound again. In that moment, Sam realized that the young man had not been aware of the potential the instrument possessed. For him, the idea was a connection to the children who pass through A Friends House; each is seeking someone to take care of them and show

them the potential that lies within them. The heart of volunteering beats inside Sam – impact and inspiration is a cycle that strengthens everyone within it. You don’t often meet someone that is so quietly committed to making a community thrive and become a better place. Henry County is lucky that Chef Sam Pagan, once upon a time, took a chance and decided to call our town home. Be sure to stop by Gezzo’s the week of February 10-17 to sample Sam’s tasty dish and support A Friend’s House. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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business profile

Technology... with a

Smile and a

Handshake

by diane smith

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short jaunt off the McDonough square in a small white frame house at 114 Jonesboro Street is a firm that offers big service – Hargrave, Freeman & Leto, P.C. The company’s commitment to the Henry County community is evidenced by awards for several years’ involvement in McDonough’s Main Street Program, Leadership Henry, McDonough Hospitality and Tourism, and Member of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce. The firm has a long, steady history of providing a full range of accounting services to individuals and corporations. Their history goes back to 1978, 63

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when Wesley C. Hargrave opened the Jonesboro office after leaving the Internal Revenue Service. In 1988 H. Lee Freeman, Jr. joined the firm as a graduate from Georgia State University and became a principle in 1993. In February, 2001 they opened their McDonough office. Also, in July, 2001 Theresa S. Leto joined the firm as a graduate of Georgia State University and became a principle in 2006. The commitment to quality service, with experienced personnel, to meet the needs and expectations of clients is the cornerstone of Hargrave, Freeman & Leto, P.C. This commitment has

helped develop long-term relationships and a reputation for excellence. “Our reputation, based on technical expertise and responsiveness is a significant factor in our steady and continued growth. Hargrave, Freeman & Leto, P.C. is small enough to provide you with close personalized service, yet large enough to have specialized resources to help you save time, money, and frustration with some of your most important business decisions.” Hargrave, Freeman & Leto, P.C. is dedicated to implementing the most up to date technology. As an example of this dedication, they began their path


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to a paperless office in 2004. Files are electronic, and can be transferred to clients via “secured” email in a matter of moments. If a person calls the Jonesboro office, and needs to speak to someone in the McDonough office, the transfer is seamless. A cyber trip to the website (www.hflcpa.com) reveals a handy resource under the menu bar “Financial Tools.” Just a click reveals a plethora of valuable information – from an auto loan calculator to a snowball debt elimination calculator. Yet, with all its high tech sophistication, Hargrave, Freeman & Leto, P.C. maintains personal relationships with its

clients. “We get to really know the people we serve,” states Lee. He continues, “We specifically cater to small businesses and can supply everything from reconciliations to payroll services.” In essence, the firm can act almost as the controller of a small company, if needed. According to Lee and Theresa, they maintain longevity with their client base – some clients are second generation. The longevity also spills over into the staff – the “newest” employee has been with them for five years, the most senior for 21 years. “Most of the rest of us have been with the firm ten years or more,” Lee shares.

In a day when many small businesses are going belly up, Hargrave, Freeman & Leto, P.C. stands firm and steady. Their secret? “You provide a quality service for a fair price.” And it certainly can’t hurt for your accountant to call you by name and ask after your mother, while providing advanced technology at your service. To schedule an appointment at the McDonough office (“Yes, we always accept new customers!”), call 770.898.6230 or email girby@hflcpa. com. To contact the Jonesboro office, call 770.471.5367 or email kkeohane@hflcpa.com. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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travel

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ood. It’s not just sustenance; it is a way to share. As much as shrimp and grits, or biscuits are a part of Henry County; the South Americans have their own traditions. Nourishment is blended with social interaction. In sunny Colombia it is surprising to find that soup is the popular lunch item. Lunchtime is crowded and noisy as everyone meets and eats. One soup, in particular, ajiaco, consists of chicken, potatoes, herbs, and a partial ear of corn. Another is frijoles a la olla with huge red or black beans that have been slow cooked to perfection. On down into Ecuador and Peru, temperatures are hot during the day, but

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drop way down to plumb chilly at night. Comfort foods tend to be hearty, with grilled alpaca or llama and baked guinea pig (cuy) topping the list of favorites. Side dishes are substantial portions of potatoes or cheese-stuffed yucca. It is common to see large groups of dining companions sharing ample servings. Crossing Lake Titicaca into Bolivia, there is a palatable French influence in the cheeses, fresh breads, and duck confit. City streets in La Paz are lined with patio dining, and dinnertime starts around 9:00 p.m. The 13,000 foot altitude makes a degree of temperance wise, as over imbibing has unpleasant consequences.


Moving into Chile, the regional delicacy is paila blanca – a steaming, heaping bowl of mixed seafood and spices, loaded with artery-clogging cheese. Across the mountains into Argentina, milanesas (breaded beef ), baked empanadas, and pastas caseras (homemade pasta) top the menus when streetside cafes open up at dusk. The common thread among all countries? Ice cream. Ice cream vendors frequent the parks and plazas. Ice cream parlors are gathering places, centrally located and designed as friendly community gathering places. Most are well lighted, and have some kind of outdoor seating.

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business profile

Artistry in a

by salita gray

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ust like Leonardo da Vinci is symbolic to painting the Mona Lisa, Dr. Linda King, DDS, MAGD is known for her artistry in creating natural smiles. When people want cosmetic reconstruction they usually think Buckhead and not Locust Grove, but even the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry found Dr. Linda King tucked away in Locust Grove to bestow a 2006 Dentistry Award achieved by only 1% of practicing dentists. With twenty years of dental experience and over twenty-five hundred hours of continued education in addition to dental school, Dr. King has gone beyond dental hygiene by developing her artistic

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vision with a “unique ability to look at people’s faces and tell where their teeth need to be.” After doing dentures for a number of years and looking at hundreds of faces she became really good with color; also studied with some of the best people in the world when it comes to bonding. Dr. King always stays current going to classes to improve her technique, finding a better composite material or locating a better lab. It doesn’t matter if a patient is a celebrity or housewife; everyone is treated special by a caring staff whose goal is to make you feel like family. A new patient walks into the cozy yellow building that exudes a Southern home’s charm, where

patients soon learn that Dr. King is concerned about the overall health screening before doing any dental reconstruction. Replacing worn teeth in an unhealthy person is like putting a bandage on a wound that needs stitches. She collaborates with several physicians as a way to optimize overall health for her patients. New patient Geno Demons was referred by a friend who had cosmetic dentistry done by Dr. King. Geno was unhappy with his teeth and tried to cover them with a gold grill he had worn for a decade. He admits “I was nervous at first but after seeing my friend’s work she had done I knew I would be pleased.” After Dr. King


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removed Geno’s gold grill he discovered rotting on the tip of his front teeth. Geno’s work included a cleaning and impression that was sent to the lab. In a couple of weeks Geno had a new smile. “The first time I saw myself I felt like a new person. It raised my self confidence because I smile more.” As for his family and friends the first time they saw his new smile “they were shocked” says Geno. “Dr. King and her staff were great and made me feel comfortable. The work was immaculate and I was 110% pleased with the outcome.” The greater lesson for Geno was “make sure you spend your money to take care of your teeth and get cleanings, because

no matter what you put over your teeth they still need to be cleaned.” Dr. King welcomes input from her patients on how they would like their teeth to look; she wants people so thrilled with their smile they want to tell everyone. Dr. King understands her reputation is on the line when she refers to a Danish Proverb “a bad hair cut is two people’s shame.” Whether it’s cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, implants or bonding Dr. King is like a sculptor always striving to improve her work. Dr. King explains how fulfilled she feels when a patient sees their teeth transformed “You can’t put a price on magic like that.” She is very exacting when setting teeth, “I’m not a

You can’t put a price on magic like that. perfectionist because then you set yourself up for misery” says Dr. King. What is so exciting about what Dr. King does is that she is always evolving as dental technology improves. Dr. King believes “You just have to do the best you can with the abilities and skills you have at that point.” Dr. King likes to celebrate with patients on how her work has changed their lives. Dr. King’s dentistry always reflects radiant healthy teeth by revealing a new confident smile. january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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operation overseas

From Jungle to Jungle article and photographs by: beverly van gorder

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ollowing graduation from high school in the spring of 1971, Terry Bishop set his sights on playing football for Ohio State. However, the draft cut his aspirations short when he was called-up for duty with the Army before ever having the chance to begin his freshman year. In hopes that he might circumvent a trip to Vietnam, he enlisted with the Navy believing he could still play football through the Naval ROTC program. Nonetheless, immediately after boot camp, he found himself headed to Vietnam. With the war behind him in 1973, Bishop went to sub school and worked on submarines until completing duty on the last diesel sub in 1978. He returned to his hometown of Cleveland with the intent of entering law enforcement as a police officer. The Navy Reserve had no slots for MPs (Military Police), so he signed up for duty with the Army Reserve MP. He was activated in 1981 and has been active duty for the US Army ever since. Though having served in every conflict since the Vietnam War without personal injury, Master Sergeant Bishop was wounded in Iraq by mortar fire in 2006. Returning to the states late that year, he became Provost Sergeant for the

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3rd Army and held that position from 2007 until 2009 when he could no longer endure the challenge of frequent plane trips back and forth to Kuwait. The knee and leg injuries he had sustained took their final toll. As a result, he has been in what is known as the Army’s Warrior Transition Unit (Rehabiliitation Program for wounded soldiers) for the last two years. As such, he is currently enrolled at Clayton State University in his second semester working toward a four-year business degree. Bishop’s foray into the business world actually began with his leasing of property at 3805 Jodeco Road in McDonough. With the help of family members, including oldest son Joshua, he opened a New York style deli at this location in July 2010 which he named, “The Amazon Forest Café and Deli.” When asked how he came up with the jungle motif, he explains, “I spent many years in the jungle between Vietnam, Panama, Nicaragua, etc. and loved it. And I have always wanted to run a restaurant. I thought it would be fun to merge the two.” Incidentally, Joshua is embarking on his own Army career in February. Bishop’s partner, Kathi Sinnock, manages the restaurant, ensuring good

quality sandwiches, salads, and desserts are served seven days a week. Deli meat is sliced fresh for purchase by the pound and desserts are all homemade. Bishop says, “We want to maintain a real family atmosphere, so we host several special seasonal events for children. Since our big backyard can accommodate lots of people, we build a haunted trail each October; this year’s theme was based on Pirates of the Caribbean. Each December we have offered a breakfast with Santa. And this coming spring we will premier a dinner theater based on a play I wrote entitled, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Quest for the Amazon Jewels.’ Of course it will require audience participation. We want to provide the local folks quality dining and entertainment.” In addition to regular service, Bishop rents the restaurant for private events such as weddings and family reunions. The facility can easily accommodate up to 60 people between the indoor and outdoor seating. He also offers a birthday party package for up to 12 children at a price of $100.00. The fee includes: hot dogs, drinks, and cake for 12 plus two hours of play time in the backyard made more exciting by the availability of their


leash-trained bunny rabbits. Children have an opportunity to hold and pet these very tame furry friends. A second location will be opening in Hampton near the heart of downtown late Spring 2012. Bishop says, “Amazon Forest Café and Deli II will give us an opportunity to expand our presence in the county and serve more people. We are excited about the possibilities this will afford us.” MSG Bishop has made his home in many jungles around the world throughout his numerous years of active military service for our country. Now he has created a little piece of the jungle to share with all of Henry County. Stop in for some delicious food and the warm experience. He deserves our support. He has spent 39 years supporting each of us---from jungle to jungle. Author’s note: For more information regarding reservations for special events, call 678.833.9135. Hours of regular operation: Monday through Thursday 11:00 AM until 6:00 PM; Friday 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM; Saturday 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM; Sunday 12 Noon until 3:00 PM. Mention this article and receive 10% off of your total meal purchase! january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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business profile

1600 Pennsylvania

Avenue

comes to Henry County by diane smith

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hat small business wouldn’t like to give “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” as its business address? Having the same street address as The White House would definitely get a customer’s attention, especially if that customer is the Federal Government. Team Small Business is inviting entrepreneurs, existing small business owners, and international transfers to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue – in Henry County. Team Small Business is a concept business created by Richard C. Chatham and Timothy Oliver. It is designed to provide physical office space and cutting edge technology at a greatly reduced price (as high as 60% savings) to any who wish to take advantage of the prestigious address and its incredible

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amenities. Packages include everything from using the address and having an auto attendant forward calls to your phone or email – to taking advantage of completely furnished and equipped office space, conference rooms, and onsite administrative support team. And this is just the beginning. The primary goal of Team Small Business is to collectively procure federal, state and local government contracts, utilizing local businesses and local people. Onsite education, research and advocacy are in place to give Henry County and other metro-Atlanta area businesses the advantage of collaboration in procuring these contracts. “When local businesses win these contracts – and put local people to work to fulfill them – our community benefits,”says Richard Chatham.

There are mandates in place through legislation that require the Federal government to give contracts to small businesses.This is typically done through prime contractors, who then utilize small businesses to complete the needed work. Often they have everything needed to do the job – but are not able to capture the attention of these larger entities. This is where Team Small Business comes into play. “We have a team of experts in place whose focus is working with the prime contractors to use a collaboration of local businesses to fulfill contract needs on the local, state and federal level,” Richard expounds. “In addition, we offer educational opportunities at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to assist small businesses in moving forward in this area on their own. Those heading these efforts all have years


of experience in procuring government contracts – contracts numbering in the millions of dollars.” As a collaborative effort, Team Small Business has an attractive package to offer. “We can offer a diversity of talents to anyone seeking a contract,” Timothy Oliver interjects. “Accountants, attorneys, logistics – anyone who is part of the Team. We also have our Global Office Furniture Solutions (Tim is the National Director of Operations), so we can even fulfill outfitting and equipping as part of a contract.” One of the most powerful facets of Team Small Business is an effort to assist returning veterans in re-entering civilian life. Timothy served the USA as a Marine, Richard in the Army. The dilemma facing many returning soldiers and their families

hits home. “I just read an article that there are 8,000 homeless vets in Los Angeles,” Richard states flatly. “People love soldiers – they thank them at the airports, buy meals for them in restaurants,” he continues. “But most people really don’t understand the implications of what returning to the states means to many soldiers. Many of them serving in the reserves lost jobs when they were called up. And they are coming home to an economy that offers no replacement jobs.” Tim Oliver explains the programs in place at Team Small Business. Returning veterans are offered everything from learning re-socialization skills to educational components such as job training, imaging (resumes, interview skills, proper dress for job hunting) – to a basic “Finance 101” program to assist returning

soldiers and their families with learning to set up and follow household budgets. “Most of our Team are veterans,” Tim and Richard emphasize. “We get what it means to be a returning soldier and what is needed on a very basic level to help them succeed when they return from serving our country.” When building teams to fulfill contracts, veterans will always be considered as part of the initial work force. Great things are happening in Henry County – and many of them at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. To become part of Team Small Business, contact info@teamsmallbusiness.com For more information, visit www.teamsmallbusiness.com. Isn’t it time to make your business address “second only to the White House”? january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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I joined the Family… because they gave me hope, accountability and the focus to push forward and change my life forever. Name: Terry Age: 32 Family Status: Married with two children Occupation: Law Enforcement Pounds Lost: 96 pounds Starting Weight/waist size: 354 lbs/44 inches

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FAMILY MEDICAL’S WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAM A LETTER FROM TERRY

On December 26, 2010 the day after eating one of the biggest meals of the year for most Americans, I looked at myself in the mirror. While standing there I could only think how awful I felt physically and mentally and depressed I was having so much weight around my waist and body. That day I told my wife that I was going to start a diet tomorrow morning and lose 100 pounds, she probably thought well I heard this a hundred times. But mentally I had prepared myself to make the transformation of a lifetime. I needed some accountability as the days, weeks, and months would pass because I knew this was not going to be an easy task because frankly I love to eat. I was already being treated by Family Medical and taking medication for heel spurs which were on both of my heels and before treatment gave me excruciating pain at the end of the day. I was taking blood pressure medication due to high blood pressure as well. On Monday morning December 27, 2010, I went to Family Medical Clinic to get checked out and talk with the provider about this diet I was starting. I weighted in that morning at 354 pounds and stood at a height of 6 foot 2 inches tall. Physician Assistant Allan Imes was working at the Clinic that day and I had already heard he had lost a substantial amount of weight himself. I explained to Allan that I wanted to lose some weight and wanted to lose it in a healthy way and under the care of a provider as to not cause any more damage than I had already done by over eating, not eating healthy foods,

and not exercising regularly. I also felt that this would also give me accountability that I truly needed because I had to report back every 30 days, weigh in, and see what progress had been made. Allan started me on a treatment to help curb my appetite because I had overeaten for so long I didn’t know anything different. Allan also guided me into a workout program and diet that would later prove to reap big rewards. As the days and weeks passed I was eating healthier than I have ever eaten before and mentally had my sights set on this goal of 100 pounds. As the first month came to an end, I reported to Allan and had learned that my hard work and determination had started to pay off with a total loss of 23 pounds weighing in at 331 pounds. I went into week five and month two on fire as I was starting to see results on the scale and could start to feel as I had more energy. As the weeks again flew by, I was now ending week eight of my diet. Never in my life had I stuck to a diet program and exercise routine so long. Ending month two, I reported back to Allan and once again was very surprised to see that I had lost a total of 19 pounds during month two for a total of 42 pounds in just eight weeks. Now tipping the scales at 312 pounds, people around me were starting to notice that I was losing weight. By now I was able to see the difference in my cloths and was feeling that my goal of 100 pounds was definitely obtainable. Week 9 and going into the third month with my total loss so far of 42 pounds, that alone is fuel that will keep

anyone’s fire lit. I continued eating healthy and exercising as Allan has guided and instructed me. The weeks again flew by and month three was ending. Once again I followed up with Allan and learned that I had again had another great month with a loss of 15 more pounds weighing in at 297 pounds. Now with a total loss of 57 pounds in only three months all my friends and family were now starting to ask how was I losing so much weight. The number of compliments I was getting really made things even easier because people including myself were now starting to see big results. I continued to report to Allan at Family Medical as the next few months passed because he was the one that gave me hope, accountability, and direction that beyond all belief gave me the drive and focus to push forward and change my life forever. As I sit here and type this letter in October of 2011, I am in month 10 of this life changing goal. On October 27, 2011 I weighed in at 258 pounds for a total loss thus far of 96 pounds in just 10 months. I still have more work to be done but have come so far during this transformation. I give so much credit to Family Medical and Allan Imes because frankly without him I don’t think I would have stuck to it. However now no one can stop me because it is a way of life now. I really hope that others will see this and inspire them to make that step and change their lives forever as well.

CHECK-IN NEXT MONTH TO SEE LORRIE’S PROGRESS! THE PROVIDER’S OF FAMILY MEDICAL CLINIC

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chaplains corner

I will be there for the officer and I will do whatever needs to be done to bring hope and comfort to a bad situation. It comes down to loving people. - Brother Ralph Easterwood

Bridging the Gap by beverly van gorder

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he Chaplaincy Program for the Henry County Police Department has afforded our officers a great source for counsel and advice if they choose to take advantage of it, but it has also provided a real safety net for those who have encountered more trying times if not tragic circumstances. None of us are immune from unexpected situations which can present some of life’s toughest challenges. Yet few are more susceptible to the occurrence of an unforeseen tragedy than a police officer. They spend their entire vocational life in an environment which lends itself to risk. When those bumps in the road come, no one can go back and rewrite history. Both physical and emotional injuries must be overcome, sometimes death must be faced, and regardless, courage must be corralled to continue on life’s way. 77

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Brother Ralph Easterwood says, “I will be there for the officer and I will do whatever needs to be done to bring hope and comfort to a bad situation. It comes down to loving people.” And that is just how he approached one such event involving Deputy Chief Stoney Mathis back in March of 2001 several years before the chaplaincy program had even begun in Henry County. On the 23rd day of that month, Stoney Mathis, who at the time was assigned to Henry County’s Narcotics Unit, was on his way to work driving an undercover vehicle in the pouring rain. Unfortunately, he hydroplaned and collided with a semi-truck. The accident left Mathis quite literally a broken man. He suffered fractures of his nose, his sternum, a femur, and a foot, as well as several ribs – just to name a few of his numerous injuries. Months later, after several

operations to put him back together, he would find himself weighing 40 pounds less and facing an uphill battle to regain the level of strength and stamina he had once taken for granted. At the time, Easterwood was the senior pastor of Glen Haven Baptist which had not yet relocated from Decatur to McDonough. He was approached by church member, J. J. Stubbs with a request to visit Mathis in the hospital. Stubbs, a Sergeant with the Clayton County Narcotics Unit learned of Mathis’ accident from his brother Roger who was a Captain with the Henry County Narcotics Unit. “I seldom know if those I am asked to visit already have a pastor and a church family, but I go just the same. If I find there is someone available to minister to their needs, with whom they are already familiar, I make my visit and leave. I just want to be sure they have


someone to care for them spiritually. If I find they are without a pastor or church family, I make myself available to the extent they are willing to receive my care,” Brother Ralph explains. Prior to the accident, Mathis was not a Christian believer. He says, “I was in church for Easter and Christmas, but that was about it. After the accident I spent three weeks in ICU and then had two weeks of rehab. During my hospital stay, Brother Ralph visited me many times. He had such a genuine concern for my well-being. I was so impressed with him taking time away from his church and the people who were members. I wanted to visit Brother Ralph’s church as soon as I was able. “I did manage to make it to church on Father’s Day 2001, even though it was going to take me a full year to learn to walk again. I visited a couple of times in

Decatur, but when Glen Haven moved to McDonough in August of 2002, I started to attend regularly. By that September, I understood what being separated from God meant. I truly desired a relationship with Jesus Christ; I got saved, was baptized and I’ve never looked back.” Stoney Mathis is a testimony to the power of having a spiritual influence available for our police officers. He truly believes he would not be the man he is today without the nurture and companionship of Brother Ralph during his ordeal. “My accident was simply the impetus for the start of a relationship which has continued to grow and develop. I became a member of Glen Haven Baptist right away; they are my family. I felt very at home and as a result I have enjoyed a great support system from them throughout the years,” Mathis shares.

Brother Ralph concludes, “There was never a question of whether or not to take time away from my church and its members in order to help Stoney and there has never been a question of whether or not to take the time to help any other person like Stoney. It is a matter of ethics as a pastor. If there is no pastor for someone, I will become one for them and do what pastors do and that means follow-up. Ministry is not about getting another church member or another person who will tithe or having one more notch in your pastor’s belt. It is about being willing to bridge the gap when a need arises and simply loving someone so they have a sense of purpose in the midst of trial and hopefully find the strength to continue pursuing the life lying ahead of them. There is quite simply no reason for any one of our officers to ever have to go it alone.” january/february 2012 • www.hmagazine.biz

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