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GUEST EDITORIAL Reaping the Wild Wind: GGW-1, McCrobie’s-0

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M AG A Z I N E This very “McCrobie’s, Enemy of Rome,” stands almost empty a week after its storied assault on the City of the Seven Hills. Where is everybody? This is a bar for the younger crowd, and even the working stiffs of Rome are already walking the streets in costume, ready to party. And it’s chilly outside, to boot. Still, there are just four of us here. The only woman is yours truly, wild according to some, but last a girl well over forty winters ago. The middle-aged men nursing beers and staring at football reruns in McCrobie’s are dressed per usual: Whatever. The only sign of Girls Gone Wild® left here is a poster full of promises: ‘Got an awesome personality? Wanna go to Girls Gone Wild Island? We want to meet you!’ But you could cover the walls of McCrobie’s with the coverage the battle over Girls Gone Wild (GGW) has gotten. Not just in Rome, but in the Atlanta papers and Internet blogs. Brent McCrobie’s attorney, David Guldenschuh, was the ablest of defenders. A former King & Spalding associate with the Ivy League credentials K&S insists upon, Guldenschuh wrapped McCrobie’s (and by extension, any girls wishing to go wild) in that most honorable of defenses, the First Amendment. Certainly the “Fabulous First” has protected more icky principles than the right to make titles like “Girls Gone Wild Presents: Bubba Sparxx Charmed Life Tour.” GGW head Joseph R. (Joe) Francis has earned millions with films like “Bubba,” brand promotions like this tour bus scourge, and he just keeps on adding belles and whistles to his empire. Still, the only people in Francis’ wake who are likely to make any real money are the attorneys paid to get him out—keep him out—of jail on tax evasion charges, or settle charges (out of court) related to filming underage women without consent. You don’t hear as much about Joe Francis hanging out with the A-listers in Hollywood these days, though. Once upon a time he was buds with Brad and Jen, but that’s as over as Brad and Jen. A string of GGW parodies haven’t helped either. (Once you’ve been spoofed by iCarly, it’s over.) All that said, I could see Rome’s being uncomfortable with the idea of GGW buses circling the city. Taking the high road, let’s say they took the term “City Fathers” much too literally and hoped to protect not just Rome’s image, but also that of some shortsighted young woman ready and willing to trade her sacred right to privacy— FOREVER—for a cheap t-shirt and two skuzzy minutes in front of a video camera. And I can even forgive the “Gone Wild for Jesus” team for attempting to divert the attention of the Good Lord from his true business watching over soldiers at war and teenage girls at high school proms, children who wind up in landfills and all the things He really needs to prioritize before looking after flashers on Broad Street. But Brent McCrobie should know better. He’s a businessman. A struggling one by his own admission; a smart one, by many accounts. Mr. McCrobie should know he could spend his money in far better ways than to shell out whatever big bucks it takes

You don’t hear as much about Joe Francis hanging out with the A-listers in Hollywood these days, though... (Once you’ve been spoofed by iCarly, it’s over.)



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the area’s most accomplished firms. From the initial landscaping to the decorative ceilings, every component of the Bowling home was developed and created with detailed precision and craftsmanship. Both Bill and Patti lent a creative hand during the process, as well, with Bill contributing much to the design of the “Auburn Room” (where the Bowlings enjoy entertaining family and friends) and Patti designing the tile works found in both the kitchen and master bathroom. Throughout the home is also a bevy of beautifully detailed millwork, in addition to stunning custom

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surrounding rooms together. “It took six years total,” says Patti, “three years to plan it, three years to build it.” And now that these local emptynesters have moved in, only minor details remain. Though glad to have the years of construction complete, the Bowlings do say they miss the days and nights working with the various crews and being heavily involved in the design process. “I don’t want to build another house and don’t plan on it, but I really did enjoy it,” Patti admits. “It was a challenging process.” Being close to family throughout the project was also a blessing for the Bowlings. Bill’s father, Robert Bowling, who passed away from cancer this Oct. 24, owned the adjacent property and was a welcomed spectator and supporter during its construction. With a somber smile, the Bowlings say they truly cherished being so close to him during the last years of his life. As the Bowlings well know, long and complex projects are often stressful, but any sentiment or longing for the days of seemingly endless construction fade away when met with many of the luxuries their new home provides. “We love to entertain and get together to watch the (Auburn) Tigers play,” says Bill. “It has just been a great place to relax and enjoy.” But even if the Tigers happen to be on a bye week, the Bowlings and friends are quick to find solace in their surroundings.

“if you’re going to build it, why not do it right and put in what you want?”

cabinetry, much of which was built and installed by Cedartown, Ga.’s own Crawford Cabinets. In fact, the company’s work is the centerpiece of the Bowlings’ large, open-space kitchen, which acts as a centrifugal force in pulling the

A beautiful stone-built patio flanks both the kitchen and entertainment room, housing a state-of-the-art embedded grill and providing a beautiful view of the surrounding acreage. Upstairs, sharing space with the bedrooms of the couple’s three college-aged children, is the family’s home theater. Complete with leather recliners, a massive projection screen and powerful surround sound, the theater is a popular destination for the Bowling brood when home for the weekend. As Bill says with a shrug, “If you’re going to build it, why not do it right and put in what you want?” Instrumental in the interior design and décor of the home was local legend Ramona Fricks, head interior designer and co-owner of


concept has truly brought each respective space to life, a difficult thing when starting from scratch in a new structure. It seems that everything Bill proudly points to is followed by either, “That was Ramona’s idea,” or, “Ramona did that.” Fricks herself loved working on R.J. Fricks Furniture in downtown Rome. According to Bill and Patti, her creative vision for the house has been key in its evolution. With the signature touch of Fricks’ hand, each room has been left with a distinct character and eclecticism that represents both the Bowlings’ tastes and personal interests (not to mention Ramona’s grand vision for tying the whole thing together). “We absolutely adore [Ramona] and her work,” says Patti. “We couldn’t have done any of this without her.” In turn, Fricks’ suggestions and ideas for the home’s interior

few months after the Bowlings’ big move, Bill and Patti have found a lovely substitute for those days she is absent—i.e., bestowing the name Ramona to the classical statue that now adorns their foyer. “Watch out!” Bill cautions in jest. “Don’t knock down Ramona!” Like the high pines surrounding it, this year-old home is beginning to dig deep its storied roots, and may one day become a stalwart of the landscape just as the Old English estates after which it is modeled. “Bill always wanted a castle since we went to England,” laughs Patti, “and we knew we would never have a castle, so this is the closest thing.” And while there are no

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“why don’t we talk to kids about being the pilots in command of their own lives...?”

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ou can’t help but be impressed, jaw hanging open, when the “Tiger Flight” team roars overhead, its five orange and black-striped, twin-tailed prop planes flying in perfect formation. It’s that very sense of awe and wonder that led a group of Rome-based pilots to band together in an effort to teach children life values and responsibility through lessons about aviation. According to Phil “Sunny” Cataldo, one of the pilots who founded Tiger Flight, aviation has a concept known as “pilot in command.” The idea is that when a pilot is flying, he is in complete command of himself and his surroundings. This includes his own personal safety, as well as that of everyone in the plane and on the ground. To take on the responsibility of so many people can be daunting, but necessary. From this concept, Tiger Flight was born.

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“Why don’t we talk to kids about being the pilots in command of their own lives, flying their own lives?” Cataldo says. “Suddenly, that turned into the mission of Tiger Flight: leading [our] young to the dream of flight in the air and on the ground. Now we talk to kids about flying their own lives.” Plans are currently underway for a series of Tiger Flight “Open Hangar Days” to be hosted at Richard B. Russell Airport. These events will run one Saturday a month through the end of the year. “We are gearing up to launch our first awareness campaign, and [we want as many children and their families as possible] to come out and visit us,” says Clint Johnson, president of the nonprofit Tiger Flight Foundation. To raise funds for their educational programs, Tiger Flight recently hosted its first annual hangar dance, which honored

those currently serving in the military, as well as America’s veterans. The dance featured the Sentimental Journey Orchestra, a 17-piece big band outfit that plays World War II-era swing tunes. Of course, the themes of honoring veterans’ sacrifices and remembering the efforts of the “Greatest Generation” are appropriate for Tiger Flight. Visitors to their hangar at Richard B. Russell will instantly note the group’s WW II-replica aviators’ ready room for briefings, in addition to scores of military artifacts from the 1940s. The fundraiser was sponsored by a number of local businesses and businesspeople, including Gordon Hillegas and Lamar Barden of Peachtree Planning Corporation, Heritage First Bank, Mike Britton of Allstate Insurance, CDS Mortgage Reports, Eagle Rock Distributing, South 107, WKNG and Bella Roma.


museum in progress, one which honors the Greatest Generation. In addition, as many of Rome’s children have already experienced, Tiger Flight flies kids ages 8-17 for free on the second Saturday of each month, from 9 a.m. to noon, depending on weather and previously scheduled events. Those seeking more information on these special flights, or to register their children for the program, should contact Janice Hudson-Huff at hudsonhuff@bellsouth. net. Also, Tiger Flight’s calendar of events can be viewed on their website, www. tigerflightfoundation.org. As a way to reach out to more parents, children and teachers than can be achieved through on-campus visits to local schools and hangar fieldtrips, the volunteers of Tiger Flight have collaborated on a book for youngsters aged 8-12 entitled Jake and the Tiger Flight. Set in Rome, and featuring many of the city’s familiar landmarks along with the real-life pilots of Tiger Flight, the book follows the adventures and setbacks of a fictional boy named Jake Skyler who dreams of becoming a pilot. In order to achieve his desire, though, he must learn to become pilot in command of his life by taking responsibility for his actions, following through on his promises, and

learning to be truthful to others as well as to himself. Readers across metro Atlanta and in many states across the country have already followed Jake’s journey, learning how to set goals, making plans to see those goals become reality, and never letting go of the dreams that will define their futures. VVV

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The Tiger Flight Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and is currently accepting tax-deductible donations. All money collected by the Tiger Flight Foundation is used for their youth education programs. No funds go to support operations of the Tiger Flight aircraft. All maintenance and flying expenses are paid for by the Tiger Flight pilots. For more, please visit www.tigerflightfoundation.org.

Tiger Flight is much more than a time capsule, however. The foundation sends its pilots and other volunteers to area schools to promote more substantive education in science, math, reading and writing. Moreover, in cooperation with the Etowah Youth and Science Technology Center, Tiger Flight also hosts school outings via their hangar at Richard B. Russell. These field trips introduce children to the history of aviation, the basics of flight, and a small

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ylan Moseley’s art can’t be aptly described in a thousand words or less, but one can see in the vibrant colors and flowing figures that it represents freedom. Not freedom as a political idea or catch phrase, but as a sense of being; spirit-like forms, void of expression, allow onlookers to dash their own interpretations onto the canvas. (I, for one, see radiant smiles and purring eyes.) “I’ve been doodling since I could hold a pencil,” says Moseley, “and painting seriously since I was about 14. These images just kind of came out of nowhere.” In the early 1990s, as a student at East Rome High School, Dylan was heavily influenced by her art teacher, Claire Howard, now a fine arts instructor for Berry Elementary and Middle Schools. “She has been a driving force for me,” Moseley says of Howard. “She was my first mentor for art, and really brought me out of my shell and encouraged me. She was a huge inspiration [and] created this wonderful atmosphere that forced everyone to mix and mingle in class, and I think that had some influence.” Dylan’s 11-year-old daughter, Karen, also a very talented artist, is now a student of Howard’s. “A very cool and cyclical occurrence,” says Moseley. When not creating new worlds with paint and a canvas, Dylan often experiments with pastels, colored pencils—even crayons and markers—in many of her paper-based works, adding greater visual depth and contrast to an already broad color palette. “I get a lot of my inspiration from people like Matisse, Picasso

and Van Gogh,” she says. “Not necessarily from their styles, but from their uses of color, the way they layer very loud colors and shade with black and grays. My style is very different, though. I don’t think there is a straight line anywhere in my work. Everything is circular, spherical, curved, lots of dots and waves.” A number of Moseley’s works portray feminine apparitions who tend to appear in groups of three. Though, according to the artist, no biblical or mythical fascinations belie these trios, she is always being asked of their origins. “I have created several versions of the ‘Sisters Three,’ and I’ve had people ask me, ‘Is that supposed to be the Fates or something?’ And I just say, ‘Nope, not really. Just three gals hanging out.’ ” Young Karen has also has taken an interest and liking in her mother’s use of the women, prompting Dylan to use

them as models for various fashions and creative hairdos—i.e., Karen’s other favorite pastimes. But while her artwork has been displayed in select local galleries, as of late, Moseley’s paintings have not been made as public as in times past. “I did [the Chiaha Harvest Fair] and Finster Fest (hosted earlier this year at the home of the late Summerville folk artist, Howard Finster) for years, and then life just

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kind of happened,” she says. “Trying to work, spend time with my family and things like that, it was tough to really devote the time.” October of 2009, however, saw Dylan preparing for her first Chiaha appearance in 11 years. Scrambling to get her previous works prepared for display, all the while creating newly inspired pieces, has been exciting for her. “My wonderful husband and daughter put up with me, with my paints and canvases all over the place. They’ve been very good to me and very supportive, especially nights when I’m up ’til 3 a.m. and it looks like a paint bomb when off.” On display to the Chiaha faithful, alongside many of her one-of-a-kind paintings and drawings, would be that which Dylan considers to be her primary masterpiece: the large canvas painting entitled “Circle of Friends”. This piece is somewhat of a departure from many of

her smaller, more abstract portraits, and is a very personal painting for its creator. “I created this a year after my daughter

was born,” she explains, pointing to each of the figures around which the painting is centered. “This has a lot of meaning for me. This is my dad, [my mom, my brother], here is Karen, and this is me. We were together a lot during this time… and I thought that it would be really cool to do an abstract of us.”

A conjurer of deep meaning and remembrance, “Circle” is left proudly on display as the centerpiece painting in the Moseley home. “This one is not for sale,” its creator adds with a smile. “I paint what comes to me, and I basically paint for myself,” says Dylan. “I paint because I like to paint, I draw because I like to draw. What comes out is whatever makes me smile. I’m not sure where it comes from, but it makes me happy.” It’s been said that art should first be done for oneself above all else, seldom for the benefit of others, but Dylan Moseley’s colorful beings and shimmering stars, those that bring to life an otherwise blank space, also bring to life the faces of those who view her work. Perhaps those vacant, expressionless faces, those so prominent in her art, are but fulllength mirrors reflecting back to us what we already see. Maybe this is why, when we see it, smiles abound. VVV

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Turkey day trash talk: Examining the ever-delicious push and pull between family relationships and heated, holiday football rivalries On the inlet shore of lake panasoffkee, fla., the thornton family (of my mother’s maiden name) celebrates thanksgiving each year with a reunion that, for me, truly defines the holiday season. There, below the Spanish moss, co-mingling with the cypress knees that mark my uncle’s land, brothers, sisters, grandparents, aunts and cousins meet to reminisce and eat until their bellies are stretching the waists of their pants. Having grown up in Rome, this annual event was one of the few opportunities I had to spend time with my extended family, and an even rarer chance to be surrounded by fellow Florida Gators fans who loved to talk shop. Back in those days, Georgia regularly won the “Cocktail Party” and Florida State was just beginning what was to be an unbelievable run of 14 straight top-5 finishes. This only left the Gainesville faithful wanting more from their own program, and there were many conversations had on those holiday sabbaticals regarding the direction of our beloved team. And, needless to say, those pre-Spurrier squads gave “comfort food” a whole new meaning. Once everyone in attendance had properly digested their meals, it never failed that two teams would form on the Bermuda grass behind the property’s main house where a game of football would ensue. Cousin versus cousin, father against son, the games played out so that everyone would have their chance to score, but never lasted so long that another helping of turkey was out of the question. After cleaning off the final layer of Cool Whip from your paper plate, there

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was a slow migration to the boob tube to take in the annual NFL match-ups slated for the Thanksgiving holiday. The rest of the afternoon was spent with the younger crowd taking in every play, while the elder gentlemen drifted in and out of consciousness, acting as if they hadn’t missed a snap when awoken. This little stroll down memory lane has a point, dear readers, and I won’t

launch into full swing. Texas-Texas A&M, Colorado-Nebraska, the Iron Bowl, the Egg Bowl, Georgia-Georgia Tech, FloridaFlorida State… It is a veritable NCAA buffet of champions. (Are we seeing the correlation yet?) The year 2010 will be no different, featuring an exciting three-game line up in the NFL: Green Bay at Detroit, Oakland at Dallas, and the New York Giants at Denver, which will be the first Thanksgiving Day game hosted in Colorado’s capitol city since 1963. Four of those six teams will be in contention for playoff berths, with the primetime Giants-Broncos clash looking to be the best of the bunch. The college lineup throughout Thanksgiving week will see most teams finishing up their regular season schedules, and should bring clarity to what is an

It never fails that at least one of the year’s titans falls during rivarly week. for a quality reference, recall the 62-36 drubbing colorado put on undefeated nebraska back in 2001... waste another line getting to it: For many football fans, myself included, pigskin and Thanksgiving are one in the same. In fact, the whole week revolves around finding a comfortable spot on the couch and watching the same teams go head to head, year after year. Of course, the games in the NFL aren’t always the same, but you’re certainly guaranteed a dose of the Cowboys and Lions, with a Green Bay Packers appearance not being outside the norm. On the college front, it doesn’t get any better than Thanksgiving week as the rivalry games

often cloudy national title picture. Will the Gators and the Tide clash in the SEC Championship? Can Texas survive to reign atop the Big 12? It never fails that at least one of the year’s titans fall on rivalry week. For a quality reference, recall the 62-36 drubbing Colorado put on undefeated Nebraska back in 2001 (one my fondest college football memories). I can still remember sitting back and watching with Dad and Uncle Howard, mouths agape as the feared “Black Shirt” defense was gashed time and again by the underdog Buffs.


In most families, there are fans on both sides of bitter rivalries, which makes watching the games together all the more fun. My Uncle Howard, for example, was the lone Seminole fan in a family full of die-hard Gators. Needless to say, he held the edge in smack talk for the majority of my childhood, and together we followed just about every Thanksgiving Day by watching FSU and Florida battle it out, including the famous “Choke at Doak” in which Florida blew a 313 lead in the fourth and ended up with a tie at 31-all. Watching that game with my uncle taught me how to remain humble when your team beats a hated rival. My heart was broken, being a very competitive kid that hated losing at anything. And though he gloated a bit, when it was all said and done we discussed the X’s and O’s that caused the game to turn out the way it did, and I had nothing but respect for him. Each year, I imagine that families from coast to coast break bread in celebration of all they have been blessed with in this life, only to turn around and want to snap each other’s necks for the four quarters that their two favorite teams do battle on the gridiron. But, in most cases, they likely turn around

Each year, i imagine that families from coast to coast break bread in celebration of all they have been blessed with...only to turn around and snap each other’s necks... and pat each other on the back afterward and say, “Good game.” If you’ve lived in the South for more than a day, you know how seriously people take their football. Those in the know also realize that bragging rights last a full year, and Thanksgiving stands as an opportunity for either more ragging for last year’s winners or a new beginning for the losers. In the end, however, it’s nothing more than an extension of good old-fashioned sibling rivalry, and makes for fabulous conversation in between bites of stuffing. For those of you who don’t follow any specific traditions on Thanksgiving, football serves as a safety net when tossed into uncomfortable holiday territory. Once I graduated from high school, my trips to see family in Florida were few and far between, so I spent my fair share of Thanksgivings with a girlfriend’s family or at a friend’s house with people I hardly knew.

If it weren’t for football, I might not have survived those holidays. (Case in point: I once discussed for over two hours the pros and cons of a 3-4 defense versus a 4-3 defense with an “Uncle Phil” that nobody else at the meal knew whose uncle he was either. Phew! Thanks again for that bailout, football!) As the years have passed, Thanksgiving traditions have changed even more for me. I now have children of my own, and a marriage that arrived with a gaggle of Georgia fans attached to it. Mom and Dad, however, continue to make the journey to that little known lake in central Florida each and every year, and even though I’m not there with them, when the Turkey comes out of the oven and the first kickoff leaves the tee, all that comes to mind are sleeping uncles, two-hand touch and cypress knees. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Go Gators. VVV

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Change Your Weight . . . Change Your Life Dr. Scott

Dr. Ryland Scott, Harbin Clinic General and Bariatric Surgeon is answering this month’s questions about bariatric surgery…

Does weight loss surgery work? And, if so, how much weight can I expect to lose? Weight loss surgery (WLS) patients can lose between 50-80% of their excess body weight (EBW) depending upon the operation chosen and the patient’s commitment to success. Seventy-five percent EBW loss would mean that an individual that was 100 pounds overweight would lose 75 pounds, and someone that was 200 pounds overweight would lose 150 pounds. Individuals that are 100 pounds or more overweight face a 95% failure rate when trying to lose and maintain weight loss via non-surgical means. Eighty percent of the time, when patients choose to have WLS and use it as a tool to help them lose weight, they are able to maintain at least 50% EBW loss long term. Does insurance cover weight loss surgery? Most insurance providers offer coverage for WLS, but ultimately insurance coverage is determined by the benefits chosen by the employer. For those without insurance coverage, there are financing options available. It has been shown that WLS pays for itself in two to three years, due to improvement in health and reduction in healthcare expenses. Who qualifies for weight loss surgery? Motivated individuals that desire improved health and are 100 pounds overweight, or those that are only 75 pounds overweight but already have complications related to obesity. These include diabetes, high blood

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pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease or arthritis. I’ve heard weight loss surgery is dangerous. Is this true? With any surgery there are inherent risks. The 30-day mortality rate for hip surgery, heart surgery, emergency gallbladder surgery and pancreas surgery are all higher than that for WLS (<0.2%). Yet, when compared to these operations, only WLS has been shown to improve survival or longevity. Several large studies from America, Canada, Sweden and Australia have demonstrated that morbidly obese patients having WLS are up to nine times more likely to be alive in five years than obese patients choosing not to have surgery. These dramatic results are due to the ability for WLS to lead to a resolution or improvement in about 90% of obesityrelated medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, joint disease and sleep apnea.

Harbin Clinic Bariatric Center, Floyd Medical Center and I, as a physician, have been certified as a Bariatric Center of Excellence. How do I know I am having surgery at a high quality program? Harbin Clinic Bariatric Center, Floyd Medical Center, and I as a physician, have been certified as Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence. This prestigious certification is based upon having a quality, comprehensive program with excellent results. I completed a full year fellowship

in advanced laparoscopy and bariatrics, and was an instructor of surgery at the University of Virginia Medical Center after completing my general surgery residency at Emory University. Additionally, there is a dedicated team of specialty trained nurses at Harbin Clinic and Floyd that were some of the first in the country to become certified bariatric nurses. Which weight loss surgery operations do you perform? Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding with Lap-Band or Realize Band, and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. If I am interested in weight loss surgery, who do I contact? Ginger Deems, RN, CBN is the bariatric coordinator that will reserve you a spot at a free information session, at which I will discuss WLS in greater detail. She can be reached at gdeems@harbinclinic.com or 706.378.8140. VVV Dr. Scott received his Medical Doctorate degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Scott completed an internship and residency in General Surgery at Emory Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta and a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and Bariatrics at the University of Virginia Healthcare System in Charlottesville. Dr. Scott is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is the medical director of Bariatric Surgery at Floyd Medical Center and leads a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals from both Harbin Clinic and Floyd. This team of nutritionists, nurses, psychologists, exercise physiologists and other medical professionals work together to help patients succeed on their journey to better health.


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