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Day at the Museum When it’s too hot to stay outside but you can’t stand another day on the couch, cool off with a field trip to one of these must-see museums. With packed calendars of exciting exhibits and events, each offers discovery for all ages.

Going behind the Counter When it comes to your health, having a doctor you can trust is vital. Still, the best advocate for your health and future well-being is yourself. Learn important questions to ask your friendly neighborhood pharmacist before filling any prescription medications and why they are important.

Getting back in the Game A long, active life begins at a young age. We champion our children to stay healthy and pursue a passion for sports, but what happens when playtime is interrupted with a major injury? We asked local experts in the field to share their stats.

Stomping Divots For more than a century, high society has frequented Aiken, South Carolina for its ideal climate and equestrian-centric culture. Today, an emerging epicurean scene, abundance of polo fields and one of the South’s best hotels – revived in all of its Gilded-Age glory – beckon visitors to stay awhile.



The art of discovery continues once school adjourns for the summer. | Photo shot in Roswell’s Old Mill Park by Liz Erikson ( and Abby Williams (

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Editor’s LETTER

PointsNorth Atlanta Atlanta PRESIDENT / CEO Witt Beckman PUBLISHER Carl Danbury Jr. EDITOR Heather KW Brown CREATIVE DIRECTOR Robin Harrison

Here’s Looking at You, Kid



There he stood, an adorable little cowboy looking into the camera after a long stare at the bronzed statue of John Wayne. The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville was my son’s first museum experience and though it’s hard to know his thoughts during that visit into the wild, wild, West almost 10 years ago, it must have resonated well because I’ve been taking him and his younger sister to museums ever since. To instill a similar love of museums this summer, not to mention air-conditioned activities, trade your pool towels for admission tickets and follow in the footsteps of one local mom whose children reveled in a day at the museum. With each exhibit explored at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, The High Museum of Art and the Tellus Museum, they found fun and more reasons to return. When it comes to our health as adults, the learning curve can be less fun, but it should be even more engaging. The medical field is constantly changing and oftentimes, we don’t take the time to educate ourselves accordingly. This month, we’ve tracked down experts in a variety of medical fields to tackle topics ranging from sports injuries to must-ask questions for your pharmacists. Both could prevent future trips to the doctor or put you on the road to recovery faster. Of course, when it comes to hitting the road, Associate Editor Colleen Ann ­McNally has become our go-to gal. Her most recent excursions include going to Aiken, South Carolina — a Southern haven where history holds the reins almost as tightly as local equestrian lovers who prefer their horses to race while life stays at a much slower pace. With Aiken in the rearview mirror, Colleen returned home to rediscover Roswell. Her findings for this issue’s “Two-Hundred Minutes In” will likely leave you with a contagious urge to “Go with the Flow.” Wherever your roads lead this summer, we join you in the pursuit of making every minute count.

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No more teachers, no more books! For little ones, the start of summer brings immeasurable joy in the promise of unstructured days filled with fun and adventure. But eventually, albeit subconsciously, children still ache to learn. Fortunately, the greater Atlanta area is chock-full of museums to quench this thirst for knowledge, and with new and exciting exhibits awaiting, your youngsters should have no problem trading in their pool towels for an admission ticket this summer. To get a sneak peek, I toted along my own preschooler, Allie, and first-grader, Jack, for some in-depth exploration of our area’s favorite museums. FACING PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum; Fernbank Museum of Natural History; High Museum of Art; Tellus Museum; Booth Western Art Museum

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SUMMER HAPPENINGS AT FERNBANK SUMMER CAMPS: Available during select weeks and broken up by grade levels, your young explorer is sure to enjoy one of these educational camps. G I A N T S C R E E N T H E AT E R : “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” (through June 16) will transform how you think about engineering. “Amazon Adventure 3-D” (opening May 20) allows viewers to follow a man’s incredible 11-year journey through the Amazon rainforest in the name of science. “Titans of the Ice Age” (opening June 17) recounts a journey back to the frozen tundra and learn about the beginning of our species and other woolly creatures that lived during the Ice Age. S P E C I A L E X H I B I T: “Mammoths and Mastodons,” (June 17 through Aug. 17) is an interactive exhibit complete with fossils, artifacts and many other interactive opportunities, including the story of the most complete and well-preserved baby mammoth of all time.

AS WE ARRIVED east of downtown at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, I realized I had made a huge mistake ... I didn’t allow nearly enough time for our visit. In their 25th anniversary year, our city’s renowned museum has more to offer than ever; with the new 75-acre outdoor expansion of “WildWoods” and “Fernbank Forest,” we we could’ve explored all day without setting foot inside the actual museum, but my crew wanted to see everything, so we got going. With glorious blue skies and not-quite-Hotlanta temperatures, heading outdoors to check out the new “WildWoods” exhibit was the obvious choice. We sped through the museum’s Great Hall, quickly marveled at the enormous fossil casts of Argentinosaurus and Giganotosaurus, and exited near the newly opened exhibit. The kids ran full speed to a nature-inspired playground, darting in and out of tunnels and sliding to their heart’s content, while finding hidden sculptures of forest creatures around every corner. Adjacent is Creek Run, a re-creation of a creek environment where kids can rock-hop over running water 10 | POINTS NORTH | June 2017

and even change the water’s flow. We followed the boardwalk into the trees, encountered whimsical wooden “tree pods,” and eventually found ourselves at Adventure Outpost, a treehouse-like play area, complete with a rope bridge, tunnel and various climbing platforms. After I finally managed to pry them away, we continued to Nature Gallery, an inspired area filled with giant sweetgum sculptures, bug hotels and other nods to the unique creativity of nature. The boardwalk guided us onward, passing over wetlands and through the Isdell Wildlife Sanctuary, as we searched for pictures of the flora and fauna that were posted along the way. Though there was no time to explore the remaining mile or so of trails through “Fernbank Forest,” it ensures a return visit later this summer. With our growling bellies reminding us it was lunchtime, we grabbed a quick meal at the Fernbank Café, and prepared for some indoor adventures. We checked out a movie in the monstrous 4K Giant Screen Theater (what used to be IMAX), and then headed up to NatureQuest, another innovative, hands-on area geared toward young explorers.

It’s love at first sight as a multi-level clubhouse comes into view, and within seconds my kids were climbing through secret tunnels, over bridges and into a giant oak tree, without so much as a clue that they were actually learning. As if walking through a virtual waterfall and searching for hidden cave bats aren’t enough, there are also real animal residents to visit such as baby alligators, lizards, turtles and a yellow rat snake (that, to our delight, was very active that particular hour). I lost count of how many times I had to tell my children we were leaving. Worried that we might close the museum down, we hurried off to our last few stops. We poked into “Sensing Nature,” a permanent exhibit that examines the wonders of science through various experiments (think measuring sound waves in a giant tube of bouncing sand and gigantic bubble wands). We sped through one of Fernbank’s beloved classic exhibits, “A Walk Through Time in Georgia,” where we viewed re-imagined environments of our home state from present time to back before dinosaurs roamed the earth. Finally, we trekked to the special exhibit area, and caught the last days

of “Wild Weather,” where we proceeded to inspect tornados, learned how hail is made and flew into a virtual hurricane. The kids were intrigued when they heard about the upcoming summer exhibit, “Mammoths and Mastodons,” which promised all new interactive learning opportunities. As the afternoon waned we longed for more, but it was closing time. “But we didn’t go to the store! We didn’t go back to the treehouse! I want to see the dinosaurs again!” Next time, I promised my kids, as we reluctantly said our goodbyes, already excitedly planning our next trip.


HIGH MUSEUM OF ART AS MY DAUGHTER Allie and I entered the clean, whitewalled building of Atlanta’s notorious High Museum of Art, we found ourselves instantly delighted. My little art-lover became wide-eyed as she gazed upon Molly Hatch’s “Physic Garden,” a two-story display of hand-painted dinner plates donning a floral theme. We peered through a wall of windows at a colorful, larger-than-life sculpture of peaches and pears. A youth orchestra performed in front of us, providing a classical soundtrack for our enjoyment. All this, and we hadn’t even moved past the lobby. We continued on toward the Stent Family Wing,

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glancing upward at the brilliant white expanse of the Robinson Atrium, an architecturally astounding space designed by Richard Meier. Meier had always declared white to be his favorite color, explaining how “within it, you can see all the colors of the rainbow.” A few steps away sits the Greene Family Learning Gallery, the perfect place to get some hands-on art experience. Colorful and inviting, this interactive gallery includes five activity areas for little ones to explore. Allie was instantly drawn to a collection of custom-made puppets, which mimic the works of painter and poet Ashley Bryan (I was ordered to be the frog while she insisted upon a whale). We arranged plastic “sea glass” shapes on an illuminated table built with wooden blocks made to reflect the architectural shapes of the museum, placed artistic “junk” onto a magnetic wall and peeked into books reflecting the artists in the gallery (we found the whale!).

SUMMER HAPPENINGS AT THE HIGH SECOND SUNDAYS: The second Sunday of each month features free museum admission and family programming based on a monthly theme (June 11, July 9 and Aug. 13). Family activities include art making, storytelling and more from 1 to 4 p.m. TODDLER THURSDAY: Every Thursday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the museum, participate in art making, interactive storytime and toddler tours revolving around the monthly theme. SUMMER ART CAMPS: Theme-based art camps broken up by age groups during select weeks in June and July. (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with optional aftercare from 4 to 6 p.m.)

It happened to be Toddler Thursday, which meant even more fun was in store for my preschooler. We headed down to the Purple Workshop, where Allie was handed a wooden canvas and instructed to let her imagination run wild. The theme of the month being architecture, the children were encouraged to paint and glue various tactile, 3-D shapes. After she had proudly shown off her creation to the workshop volunteers, Allie was given a pack of crayons and museum coloring notecards to take home. We washed our messy hands, headed back to the atrium and walked up the ramps (which turned out to be an unexpected adventure in itself) over to the Anne Cox Chambers Wing for the Toddler Tour. Our group met under Hale Woodruff’s The Building of Savery Library, which in conjunction with the architecture theme, would serve as our inspiration. Our cheerful “tour guide”

introduced the group to the museum’s mascot, a grey stuffed animal cat named Mattie Lou O’Kitty (a clever nod to Georgia Folk artist Mattie Lou O’Kelley), and the kids were instantly engaged. They were asked to name what they saw in the painting, what was being built, and then the real fun began.Could they make-believe that they were wooden planks? Could they pretend to be a roof? How about a whole house? Even the parents (ahem), couldn’t help but get in on the fun. Afterward, we stopped in the main lobby for a snack at CJ’s Coffee Cart, (the onsite High Café is also available, featuring a full lunch menu, as well as Twelve Eighty, a restaurant located just outside the museum) and then headed off for more visually stimulating adventures. Allie was especially drawn to the folk art and the modern/contemporary collections (think bright colors and bold ideas) as we


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SUMMER HAPPENINGS AT TELLUS ROCK FEST: Enjoy the South’s largest rock show! Experience the collections of various rock dealers and jewelry makers, and partake in special events and activities all weekend (June 10 to 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: This popular event allows kids 12 and under to dress up as their favorite historic or science fiction creature or character for a night of fun! They can also meet and chat with special characters during the event, and even watch a wacky science experiment show (Aug. 13, 6 to 10 p.m., reservations required). SUMMER PASSPORT PROGRAM IN JUNE AND JULY: For large groups (15 or more) of kids ages 5 to 12, a two-hour guided learning experience will teach the science of Bubble-ology. Explore and learn about all things bubble-related and even create super strong bubble juice to take home!

j­ourneyed past more displays than we could ever fully digest in just one visit. This brought me to a satisfying conclusion ... High Museum, we shall return.


IF YOU DO YOUR RESEARCH, you’ll find that Atlanta’s worldclass museums don’t just reside inside the Perimeter. To prove this theory, I shuttled my crew up Interstate 75 North to the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, to treat them to some scientific indulgence. Rounding the corner into the parking lot, we caught sight of a towering wind turbine, the sleek observatory and the heavy machinery exhibit (FYI for boy mamas: the biggest dump truck they’ve ever seen!). On the walk toward the main entrance, we were drawn to the Georgia Rock Garden, a collection of large, various native rocks begging to be climbed. My children clearly got the hint, as they happily bounded from rock to rock.

Once inside, we were greeted by an astounding 82-foot fossil replica of an ancient Apatosaurus, prompting my dinosaurloving daughter to head straight for the Fossil Gallery. If dinosaurs are your jam, look no further; we found ourselves surrounded by life-sized replicas of dinosaurs and even got our hands on actual fossils. “Wow! Touch this mommy!” my kids sang out, like music to my ears. Next, my son gravitated toward the Millar Science in Motion Gallery, which displayed all things transportation. Front and center sat a majestic, full-scale replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer airplane. From the first vintage model cars to the first electric version, we journeyed through the evolution of the automobile. Other displays included a full-sized helicopter, jet engines and cockpits, a rocket model gallery and a replica of the Apollo 1 Command Module. I must admit, I found myself way too giddy that the museum had an actual moon rock. Our next stop was the Collins Family My Big Backyard. With an inviting layout and an actual “backyard” feel, it is a young scientist’s dream come true. The kids ran straight to Discovery Garden, a special June 2017 | | 13

MUSEUM MANIA exhibit exploring the wonder of sounds (their obvious favorite was the decibel-measuring scream chamber). Inside a glass greenhouse were light experiments and curved mirrors, a giant tree that granted opportunities to control the weather and a small garage that enabled experimentation with electricity and magnetism. Jack anchored down at a magnetic gear wall and then a ball track. Given the

chance, I’m pretty sure they both could’ve stayed forever. I lured them out with the promise of a movie at the Bentley Planetarium, where we gazed at a recreation of the starry night sky and then settled in for a short movie. As parents well know, kids can’t go too long without mentioning food, so we grabbed some healthy snacks at the Tellus Café, and then hurried over to the

Weinman Mineral Gallery. Endless displays of colorful, sparkling gems and minerals had us oohing and aahing. Of course, we wouldn’t dare leave without partaking in some kid-friendly gem panning and fossil digging; the kids searched their hearts out until their tiny bags were filled with cherished treasures to take home. Little did they know that I too had collected treasures, only mine took the form of memories from our amazing day.




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HAVE MORE TIME TO SPEND in the Cartersville area? A quick 10-minute drive from Tellus will get you to The Booth Western Art Museum, which holds the largest collection of Western art in the country and includes Sagebrush Ranch, an interactive section just for children. Inside Sagebrush Ranch, Rodeo Joe, the ranch foreman, is quick to welcome guests of all ages, but most of the fun is for the pint-sized visitors. Youngsters can dress up for a photo op in the Bunkhouse, where authentic Western wear awaits. In addition to the Bunkhouse, little ones will also enjoy exploring the Chuckwagon, the Puzzle Corral and the Branding Station. Just like crossing the land on horseback, this adventure could take all day, especially for parents with an affinity for Ansel Adams photography and John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer Jaques Lowe. “The Kennedy Photography of Jaques Lowe” exhibit will run through Aug. 27 while “Ansel Adams: The MasterWorks” will run through Oct. 29. Elsewhere in the Booth Museum is the opportunity to view various cowboy art, Native American art and artifacts as well as a letter from every U.S. President. The museum also offers summer programs and camps. Be sure to pick up a $2-off coupon

FEATURE HEADER while at Tellus or visit on Thursdays when the admission is free to unleash your child’s inner cowboy or cowgirl.


SURE, YOU KNOW THE REST of that quote, but if you haven’t been inside the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum — also known as Scarlett on the Square — it’s the perfect place to escape the heat and learn a few more facts about the famous book and movie. Established in June 2002, the museum is home to a collection of “Gone with the Wind” memorabilia privately owned by Dr. Christopher Sullivan who first read the novel and saw the movie in his youth. Since those early days, he has assembled an impressive gallery of artifacts like foreign editions of the novel, including many of the 30 plus translations. You’ll find everything from Czechoslovakia, France, Portugal and Turkey to the five volumes from the ­Japanese movie edition of the novel as well as film posters from its worldwide fame. Visitors will find plenty to occupy their attention with countless photos, props from the movie set, call sheets, scripts, movie seats from the premiere inside the Loews Grand Theater and incredible tidbits like how Margaret Mitchell decided on the book’s title. Hint: she had recently read an anthology of Victorian poetry by Ernest Dowson and landed on a haunting line that evoked the perfect sense of loss and longing. Much like the idea of running into Rhett Butler himself, the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum is about as close as you’ll get to the real deal. PN June 2017 | | 15

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Georgia Sourdough Co. Crackers, The Hungry Peach Chicken Salad, Ruza Rosé Canned Wine and Bobby Lee’s Cheese Dip sourced from Lucy’s Market in Buckhead


No LIFE’S A PICNIC. THIS YEAR’S SUMMER SOLSTICE OCCURS ON JUNE 21, and what better way to celebrate a day with extra sunlight than with a picnic? For stylish inspiration, we sent Atlanta-based blogger Cynthia Hoyt of Darling Down South (darling, with basket in tow, to Lucy’s Market in Buckhead to gather her ideal provisions for al fresco dining on the go. Hoyt’s verdict? Plenty of rosé wine — canned for easy packing – and satisfying finger foods. “Chicken salad is always a fan favorite. [When] paired with a cheese dip and delectable crackers, all of your friends will be glad you packed enough for the crowd,” she said. “Keep the dessert light by adding some fresh fruit to the mix. It’s okay to play ‘mom’ of the group with some cute cocktail napkins for sticky fingers!”  Whatever suits your fancy, Lucy’s is an eclectic onestop shop for picnic-goers. Last year, Lucy’s moved from its origins in an abandoned gas station to an expanded retail shop in the East Andrews district. Inside, you’ll

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find a wide variety of ever-changing offerings, like fresh produce from local farmers, seasonal items and daily prepared meals, breads and sweets, jams and jellies. One could lose track of the hour simply browsing the curated wines. If you’re short on time, let Lucy’s arrange a customizable gift basket for you. The “Lucy’s Classic,” for instance, is stuffed to the brim with ginger snap cookies, Virginia-salted peanuts, classic Southern cheese straws, decadent flourless chocolate cake, pimento cheese-flavored popcorn, pickled carrots and more. The solstice may mark the beginning of summer, but we recommend keeping your favorite basket handy all season long. Whether you swing by Lucy’s to fill up on frills before a sunset show at Chastain Park Amphitheatre (Sheryl Crow takes the stage at 8 p.m. on June 25 followed by John Mellencamp at 7:30 p.m. on June 27), a family movie night under the stars or a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, the Northside is packed with plenty of good excuses for a picnic. PN


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Join us at The Collection at Forsyth for our 6th annual SUMMER CONCERT SERIES with live music, giveaways, kids’ activities, along with dining and shopping specials at participating retailers and restaurants on the below listed Thursday nights. Activities begin at 6:00 PM; Concert from 7:00 PM-9:00 PM.

ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY JUNE 8: Summer Kick-Off: Last Five Standing JUNE 15: Adam Komesar JUNE 22: Lance Price Band

JUNE 29: Lilac Wine JULY 6: Adam Komesar JULY 13: Cole Thannish JULY 20: James Patrick Morgan

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit and like us on @CollectionatForsyth and follow us on @CollectionForsyth Cole Thannish performs on July 13

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Pharmacists ADVICE FROM


The best prescription? Educate before you medicate written by AMBER LANIER NAGLE

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Are there certain foods you shouldn’t eat if you take blood thinners? Can you sip a glass of wine with your medication? What is a black-box warning and how do you know if your medication has one?


YOU THINK A PHARMACIST’S ONLY DUTY is filling prescriptions, you are wrong. The man or woman behind the counter at the corner drugstore is one of the most valuable members of your personal healthcare team — a trusted, yet often overlooked, resource. Consider this: your pharmacist may be easier to talk to than your physician, and he or she probably has more time to address your questions than your doctor does. Indeed, pharmacists offer a wide range of patient care services including Medication Therapy Management (MTM), which covers medication therapy reviews, pharmacotherapy consults, anticoagulation (commonly referred to as blood-thinning substances) management, immunizations, health and wellness programs, as well as many other clinical services. “The relationship — the communication — between a pharmacist and a patient is critical. We are the last line of protection for our patients,” said Jennifer Shannon, owner of and clinical pharmacist at Lily’s Pharmacy in Johns Creek. “We see patients every month when they come in to get refills, whereas a doctor may only see a patient every few months.” Shannon recently gave a presentation to her community focusing on the role of the pharmacist on a patient’s healthcare team. “I asked, ‘How many of you have sat down and talked to your pharmacist?’” she said. “Out of 60 people, one person raised his hand. One. We can be big assets if we are used, and patients could have better long-term outcomes. That’s what we want — better outcomes.” The next time you stop by the pharmacy to have a prescription filled, slow down, read the information sheet that accompanies your medication and tap into the wealth of information standing just beyond the counter. Here are some questions to consider asking your friendly neighborhood pharmacist.


Can this medication cause sun sensitivity? ACCORDING TO APRIL HENNINGTON, a pharmacist at CVS Pharmacy inside the Target on Cumming Highway in Canton, you may develop a skin rash or blistering sunburn if you venture into the sun while taking certain medications. Sun sensitivity (also known as photosensitivity) is an inflammation of the skin induced by the combination of sunlight and particular medications or substances. “Knowing which medications may cause sun sensitivity is particularly important in June and the other warm, sunny months when we spend more time outdoors,” Hennington said. “If you are taking a sun-sensitizing medication, you need to stay in the shade, cover up with long sleeves and a wide-brimmed hat, or wear a thick layer of sunscreen with a high SPF.” Examples of medications that may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight include: antibiotics like tetracycline and sulfa-drugs like Bactrim; diuretics like Lasix; heart-condition drugs like Captopril used for treating high blood pressure; and arrhythmia drugs like Cordarone that regulate heart beats. Even common overthe-counter pills like Benadryl, Advil and Aleve can cause sun sensitivity in some people.

If I don’t use all of this prescription, what should I do with the remainder? WHEN YOU NO LONGER NEED your medication or it has expired, it is important to dispose of it properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse. Many medications typically flushed down a toilet can be harmful to water. For this reason, some meds require lawful disposal. Check with pharmacies and local police departments about their disposal services and take-back programs, which allow customers to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired drugs on certain collection days. June 2017 | | 19

The ideal location to store your medication is in a cool, dry environment, out of the reach of children. “Store your medications in a place where the temperature and humidity doesn’t vary,” Lorenzen said. “The bathroom is not the best place to store medications because bathrooms can get hot and steamy.” Although some medications need to be refrigerated, most should not. Check the information sheet or ask your pharmacist how to store your meds.

Is there a different form of this medication?

Given my other medications, do you see any reason why I should not take this drug? EVERYONE SHOULD CAREFULLY READ the information sheets that accompany each prescription. These sheets list ­possible drug interactions. But it’s not that simple. “My advice would be to go to the same pharmacy — or chain of pharmacies — to fill all of your prescriptions,” said Dan Lorenzen, a pharmacist who recently retired from The Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville. “That way the pharmacists have a record of all your medications at their fingertips, and they can review it to determine if there’s a potential problem. Plus, the computer systems at pharmacies are designed to catch harmful interactions if you are their customer. It’s just another safeguard in the system.”

For those of us who use more than one pharmacy, Lorenzen suggested taking a list of all medications and supplements and asking for one-on-one time with the pharmacist. “The law states that the pharmacy staff has to ask every patient, ‘Do you have any questions about your prescription today?’” Lorenzen added. “You may have to wait a few minutes, but seize that opportunity to ask the pharmacist to review your list of medications and supplements. Ask [the pharmacist] to consider the prescription you are there to fill. [He or she] will let you know if there is something of concern.”

How should I store this medication? PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS that are subjected to extremely hot or extremely cold temperatures can lose their ­effectiveness prior to their expiration date. That’s why you should avoid leaving ­medications in your car or on a windowsill in direct sunlight.

BEING UNABLE TO SWALLOW TABLETS or capsules is not uncommon. Some patients resort to crushing or dispersing their meds in water, which is safe most of the time, but not in all cases. “The question is: can they safely swallow the medication?” Lorenzen said. “This is especially important in children. They often have a tough time swallowing medication. A pharmacist can identify either a different form of the drug that doesn’t pose a risk of choking, or perhaps an alternative medication that can be more easily swallowed.”

Should I take this medication with or without food? SOME MEDICATIONS should be taken with food and others without. Al McConnell, a CVS pharmacy manager in Crab­ apple, said that there are different reasons for this. “Some medications are absorbed better into the body if there is food present in the stomach,” McConnell said. “And some medications can trigger stomach upset, but food can often help to prevent this.” Prednisone, lithium, aspirin and PHOTO COURTESY OF STOCK.ADOBE.COM

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PHARMACISTS Q&A nonsterodial anti-inflammatory drugs (or NSAIDs, for short) are examples of medications that should be taken with food or just after you eat. Claritin, Ampicillin and Bactrim are examples of medications that should be taken on empty stomachs. If your pharmacist recommends taking your medication with food, a sandwich or a large glass of milk is often enough.

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Should I take this medication in the morning or evening?

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Sat July 15th 6pm-9pm MCCONNELL ALSO NOTED that for a medication that instructs, “take once a day,” the time of day you take it may be important. “A person’s body responds differently to medications throughout the day,” McConnell said. “That’s why some medications are best taken in the a.m., while others should be taken in the p.m.” For example, statins and certain blood pressure-lowering medications seem to be more effective when taken in the evening. Conversely, patients taking certain decongestants and allergy relievers are more comfortable when they take these meds after breakfast.

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Are there any foods I shouldn’t eat while I’m taking this medicine? MOST PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE that some foods may interact with p ­ articular medications. For example, some drugs interact negatively with grapefruit and grapefruit juice while some may result in potentially fatal side effects. Grapefruit and a few other citrus fruits contain furanocoumarins, which block an enzyme that normally breaks down certain medications in the body. When it is left unchecked, medication levels can grow toxic in the body. June 2017 | | 21

PHARMACISTS Q&A A patient taking statins that lower cholesterol (like Lipitor) should not consume grapefruit, for instance.

What does the black-box warning on my medication’s documentation mean? ALL MEDICINES CAN CAUSE side effects, but some side effects are more serious than others. A black-box warning is the strictest warning put in the labeling of prescription drugs or drug products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) when there is reasonable evidence of an association of a serious hazard with the drug. Having a bold black box around the medication’s warning means an adverse reaction to the drug may lead to death or serious injury. The warning is based on clinical data or, when there isn’t clinical data available, serious animal toxicity data. In other words, this is not a label to be taken lightly. While it only takes a quick Google search to find examples of scenarios when prescriptions have had adverse reactions, we found multiple Atlanta-area residents suffering permanent damage from fluoroquinolone medications. These persons require ongoing, often expensive care for their injuries and are disabled. Of them, one reader agreed to share her experience in her own words: “As I left the gastroenterologist’s office in late July 2015, I did so with hope. I’d been experiencing unexplained nausea and bloating for a few weeks and, while hospital test results showed normal white blood cell counts and I had no fever, I was sent home with antibiotics as a ‘ just in case.’ I’d be better in no time; I just knew it. The following day, I experienced numbness in my hands and feet, but was encouraged to continue my course. I did so, but the following weeks saw multiple trips to the emergency room, presenting with increased and bodywide symptoms. 22 | POINTS NORTH | June 2017

No doctor could figure out what was wrong. The symptoms continued to pile on, and I was baffled. Neither I nor my doctors made the connection to the ciprofloxacin antibiotic I’d been given. I was hospitalized by mid-August, given more antibiotics, iron and steroids. I have been disabled ever since. Prior to taking the ciprofloxacin, I was a 34-year-old newlywed and world traveler whose career was going so well, I decided to strike out on my own. But that bout of nausea — which was later resolved by a simple proton pump inhibitor — and that fateful prescription for antibiotics set me on a course of 24/7, 365 pain that has not resolved. The numbness became excruciating, burning nerve pain in my hands and feet. I spent all day in bed, covered in ice packs. Overnight, my previously perfect vision became light sensitive and

HIGH DRUG COSTS: WHAT YOU CAN DO? If your physician has prescribed a medication that you cannot afford, talk to your pharmacist about your situation and ask him or her about alternative options. “I ask my patients, ‘What is the problem your doctor is treating with this medication?’” Shannon noted. “Then I listen. Based on the patient’s answer and my knowledge of the 8,000 drugs on the market, I may know of another medication that is less expensive and has very strong patient outcomes. Or, I may know where the patient can find pharmaceutical coupons that may reduce the cost of the drug.” A pharmacist can also advise you if there is a comparable generic option that is less expensive than a brand-name drug. Outside of the pharmacy, other options include SHOPPING AROUND. Prescription prices vary from one pharmacy to the next. Many times, prescriptions filled by pharmacies at Costco and Sam’s Club are cheaper than standard drug stores. Make a few phone calls in advance, especially for your pricier prescriptions. USE AN APP. Prescription apps such as G ­ oodRx (, LowestMeds (lowestmed. com), or OneRX ( are designed to find the best prices around based on your zip code. Last but not least, if you don’t MAIL ORDER your common maintenance medications, you’re probably overpaying. Processing can take a week or more, so when you’re starting a new medication, ask your doctor for one 30-day prescription to fill locally plus a 90-day prescription for mail order.

blurry, and I developed a rare condition called visual snow. Head pressure, ear pain and popping became a ceaseless tinnitus. I was suddenly unable to sleep. At all. Ever. At the same time, my blood pressure became unpredictable. My heart rate and body temperature vacillated wildly. When I stood, my heart rate would spike, and I would feel dizzy or faint. I saw countless specialists, but none could help me. Most did not believe what was happening to me. I didn’t want to believe it either, but the evidence was all there: dozens of studies detailing the potentially permanent, debilitating side effects of Cipro and other antibiotics in the fluoroquinolone class. But I, like so many others, was never warned. In March 2016, the body-wide joint, tendon and bone pain began. Suddenly, it became painful to walk, type or lift even light objects. My skin, eyes, nose and mouth became impossibly dry. My hormone levels were all over the place. My hair fell out by the handful. I was horrified. What kind of medication continues to affect you six months after you take it? The answer: fluoroquinolone ­antibiotics. In November 2015, the FDA held hearings with people like me who have become permanently affected, and, in some cases, profoundly disabled, from fluoroquinolone antibiotics. This year, the FDA issued a warning that these drugs should not be used except as a last resort where other antibiotics have failed. Risks cited include permanent musculoskeletal, nerve and central nervous system (brain) damage, for which there is no cure. What I, and many others, suffer from is called Fluoroquinolone Associated Disability. Up to July 2015, I was a woman with no significant diseases or health problems. Today, I am a 36-year-old woman who has filed for Social Security Disability because I was given what I thought was a run-of-the-mill ­medication. I tell my story to spare others the pain I continue to endure, and to encourage medical researchers to seek a cure.” PN

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WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER, the only thing I worried about when it came to sports was if my coach would make us do sprints. That’s not the case for most student athletes these days – competitive sports and grueling schedules keep them focused on their extracurricular activities, often with only room for one. Whether that’s knocking helmets in football, scoring goals on the soccer field or racing against a personal best in the 400 meter, there are huge risks for kids these days to get burned out and seriously injured. In fact, a recent study by the National Federation of High School Associations found that high school athletes who specialize in a single sport are 70 percent more likely to suffer an injury during their playing season than those who play several. Luckily, as the field of competition intensifies, so have the resources for keeping kids safe, getting them back in the game and better preparing them for a long, healthy life.

BUILDING THE ATHLETE The first, and perhaps most important factor to consider is recognizing the benefit of longterm athletic development versus early sport specialization. When I met Chad Cook, director of

Performance at Players Performance Institute in Alpharetta, we talked for a long time about what it means to be a good soccer player, for example, versus being a good athlete. A good athlete will have been taught proper form from the beginning and knows how to use all of their muscle groups, rather than just those needed to dribble a ball downfield. Proper form and knowledge of the body prevents many of the injuries that send kids in and out of physical therapy offices – like ligament tears, sprains and strains, general knee, back and leg pains … just to name a few. “In order to reach optimal performance capabilities, an athlete is forced to train at high-intensity levels,” Cook said. “Because of this, there is always the risk for injury. Some athletes may be predisposed to an injury, due to muscular contraction inefficiencies that place increased stress on joints and tissues. When training at a high level, the inefficiencies are magnified, and sometimes the body can no longer handle the stress, eventually breaking down.” He continued to explain this as driving a car with bad alignment — the faster you drive it, the faster the tires are going to wear out. He uses Muscle Activation Techniques (M.A.T.) to help athletes recover from a break


down and prevent future injuries, preparing the body to be more efficient the next time they hit the field, court, range or cul-da-sac. “The goal of M.A.T. is to address the weakness before an injury occurs,” Cook said. Conventional therapy will typically treat the symptom, but the cause of the problem is often left unaddressed. The end result is that the athlete does not heal, or goes on to experience repetitive or a more severe injury. By balancing the muscular system, M.A.T. can enable the athlete to return to a sport sooner with improved athletic ­capabilities.”

GAME POINT Rivers Academy High School senior and avid golfer Owen Sertl will tell you without hesitation that he’s going pro after college, but his dream almost came to a halt when he was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome (also known as “extra rib” syndrome). While playing in 2015, pain shot through his neck, across his shoulder and down his back. He tried to play through it, but it left him barely able to feel

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the entire left side of his body. Obviously, something was very wrong. Through countless X-rays, evaluations and doctor visits, the diagnosis left him with few options – all with pretty major consequences and none that would solve the problem. Instead, he leaned on Cook. Already seeing Cook to alleviate general athlete aches and pains, they were able to use similar methods to pinpoint where they could start to correct Sertl’s new issue. “When Owen and I first teamed up he was having several [issues] that were preventing him from reaching his potential,” Cook said. “For example, [Sertl’s] knees were hurting, especially in any activities involving lunging, squatting or running. We leveraged M.A.T. to move past his symptoms and identify root causes of specific limitations, instabilities and weaknesses [around his foot, ankle, pelvis, hips, trunk and spine]. Then we discussed how hydration, nutrition, rest and recovery could impact muscle function, inflammation and energy. From there we started assigning weekly challenges to work on habit formation. As we enhanced the contractibility of the related muscles, his stability, strength, mobility and efficiency in the neuromuscular system improved.” “We took a similar approach for his shoulder issues with thoracic outlet syndrome, adding additional techniques to continue to enhance multi-directional and function movements and exercises specific to his needs and sport,” Cook continued. Sertl took about six months off to work

on his “extra rib” and by spring the following year, played in his first tournament since being diagnosed. Today, he is back to playing at the level he was before. “If I hadn’t followed Chad’s process, I might still be in bed recovering from a major surgery,” Sertl said. “I could have never picked up a golf club again.” Instead, he’s picking it up on a daily basis and will play for Georgia State University in the fall … before going pro, of course.

TOTAL THERAPY So many children want to get those ­scholarships, to play on the collegiate level or as a professional, but where do you draw the line in letting young bones grow? And if you can’t book sessions with Cook, how can we keep our kids out of those ­statistics? I found a few ideas from the proactive team of physical therapists at Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC). Becky Thompson, a physical therapist with a slew of credentials to her name serves as the running and fitness specialist at the Duluth campus of GMC. She helps a lot of students suffering from shin splints, stress fractures or recovering from anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)/medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries and the like. I met Thompson while she was working with Peachtree Ridge High School sophomore Meghan Sutton. “From what I understood, shin splints typically bother you when you’re running,” said Sutton’s mom, Kelly. “But hers were

aching if she’d been walking around. She’s a referee for soccer, so when she was running up and down the sidelines her shins would ache, and that’s what prompted us. [The orthopedist] X-rayed to make sure there were no stress fractures, and then [recommended that we research] the problem. That’s why we went to [Thompson].” In their therapy session, Thompson started by talking in depth about Sutton’s pain. Thompson put tape on Sutton’s clothes and along the backs of her shoes, then had her stand on each leg, execute one-legged lunges, squats, walk and run on a treadmill while taking notes. “You don’t realize the demands running places on your entire body,” Thompson said. “If you don’t see exactly where [a] problem is coming from, it could come back or manifest into something else.” During Sutton’s running gait assessment, Thompson looked at dynamic strength, especially in the glutes and hips. According to Thompson, if those muscles are not strong enough to maintain a level pelvis and keep the knee in proper alignment, then compensations in other areas might start happening – and that’s where an injury occurs, especially when a runner starts really increasing their mileage. “I look frame-by-frame at video taken while the runner is on a treadmill,” Thompson said. “I mark the screen with lines and angles so that the runner can see problem areas. We then review these together, [allowing me to] show the runner PHOTOS COURTESY OF JENNIFER COLOSIMO; GWINNETT MEDICAL CENTER

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some immediate modifications and ­exercises.” Sutton’s assessment revealed a very low cadence, extended ground contact and that she is over-striding, as well as indicated weakness in her gluteal muscles and hips – something Thompson said she finds in 90 percent of the runners she sees. Because this specific weakness affects a runner’s form, it has to be strengthened. For Sutton, Thompson developed a plan to shorten her stride through drills and cadence training, as well as build up her glutes and core. Getting to the root of any athlete’s problem, Thompson can help prevent it from ever happening again. “It is usually pretty easy to treat an injury, but it can take a lot of digging to

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find the cause. Hopefully by improving her form and overall strength, she will be able to run injury-free in the fall,” Thompson said. Although Thompson is the running expert, cross-country and track athletes aren’t the only ones having to worry about good form. Running is a participation requirement in a large number of sports – think about a breakaway to the other side of the court in basketball, a big touchdown run in football, the endless sprinting in soccer and lacrosse or even the multi-directional footwork on a tennis court. If running correctly could prevent the majority of injuries this group of physical therapists sees, imagine the impact on those aforementioned statistics.

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PLAY HARD, WORK LESS Not being strong enough for your sport isn’t the only problem, it’s how much a student is expected to play it. One who used to take the summer to do cannonballs into the lake or climb rock walls at camp is now pitching seven-inning games in baseball tournament after baseball tournament. The 14-year-old who used to play basketball in the winter and softball in the fall now has to choose one over the other if she wants to stay competitive. “Kids now are focusing on one sport as early as 10 years old and they play it year round,” Thompson said. “It’s so important for kids to take a break, to let their muscles rest.” Additionally, as Cook mentioned,




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when you work solely on the exercises deemed necessary for your sport, many other muscles groups get neglected and grow weaker, putting more stress on those you’re using. The result? The majority of the injuries Thompson, as well as Kristin Crea, director of Sports Medicine and the Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center, see are classified as overuse ­injuries and ligament injuries. “It’s highly dependent on the sports they play, but most injuries are caused by lack of rest,” Crea said. “There is no offseason for kids these days and kids have to have rest,” she said. “They can bounce back quickly, because their bones are still growing, but they’re at a greater risk for injury for the same reason.” In Crea’s opinion, prevention is key. And it’s not just about getting strong, it’s about appropriate conditioning for girls versus boys and for your specific sport. I learned, for example, that a female is more susceptible to non-contact ACL injuries because of the higher “Q Angle” (hip to knee) and naturally weaker muscles in their legs, hips and glutes. If female athletes properly develop those muscle groups, such as learning to jump and land properly, they can avoid a lot of hurt later. “There is a greater risk of continuing to injure something if you don’t rest and treat it,” Crea said. “Lots of little micro tears lead to major injuries down the road. An athlete may not want to stop in the middle of the season, but in most cases you can absolutely go back to playing at the same level and you don’t necessarily have a greater risk of getting that injury again if you’ve recovered fully.” “Instead of playing four seasons, take a season off in between,” Thompson suggested. “Or switch sports – if you’re a pitcher, take a season off and play something different, like soccer, to give your arms time to rest.” “Honestly, any type of activity is good for kids,” Crea added. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be organized sports. Just getting outside and running around – being kids – is good.” A strong believer in not being a onesport athlete, Crea offered the example of Tom Glavine. As a Hall-of-Fame pitcher, you assumed he ate, slept and played 28 | POINTS NORTH | June 2017

­ aseball all year long, but in reality he spent b the off-season playing hockey, resting his arm and staying active in a completely different sport. Her advice is to respond to your young child’s wishes to start playing sports by letting them try lots of different ones. Once he or she takes a serious interest in them, teach them the proper techniques that will prepare them to prevent injuries later on. Less injuries and more time for cannonballs? That might make those sprints more tolerable.

A REAL HEADACHE Not all injuries are ones you can prevent through strength training. So, when the threat of a concussion looms over boys wanting to score touchdowns and girls with World Cup dreams, what’s the answer to playing smart? We solicited the opinion of one of Atlanta’s pediatric and adolescent sports medicine doctors to give us the black-and-white of what we need to worry about when it comes to head injuries. What we found were the answers to ease stress about one of life’s scariest boo-boos. Dr. David Marshall, M.D., and medical director for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as well as a primary care sports medicine physician for Pediatrics and Adolescents at Children’s Orthopedics of Atlanta, said the key to treating head injuries starts with an accurate diagnosis. “By educating young athletes on what the signs and symptoms are of a concussion, they can recognize that the injury occurred, remove themselves from the contest to avoid the potentially catastrophic effects of re-injury and begin treatment from the moment it happened. “A concussion is now defined as any transient alteration in cognitive function after a blow to the head,” he said. “We rarely used to use the term ‘concussion’ when an athlete would ‘get his bell rung,’ but with this new definition, there has been increased awareness about concussions and a lot more diagnoses as a result. So, our first goal is to educate kids and teens about what a concussion is and the importance of recognizing when one occurs.” Marshall teaches kids to recognize immediate symptoms such as dizziness and feeling dazed, being confused and,

in general, just not feeling right. He also encourages implementing a buddy system on the field so that players keep an eye on each other, accounting for their behavior, performance and ability to notice and report when something is off. “The second part of that is performing a sideline assessment,” Marshall said. “I’ll ask them a series of questions relating to time, orientation, some history questions like the score of the game, what they ate for lunch and more. Then, I perform simple cognitive tests like asking them to repeat words, say things backwards, solve simple math problems — things they would easily be able to answer. Based on the success of that assessment, we determine if it’s a situation where they can sit on the sidelines and be monitored, or if they need to go to the hospital.” Symptoms that might warrant a hospital visit include seizures, loss of consciousness, a worsening headache, changes in mental status, being lethargic or difficult to arouse, persistent vomiting, weakness in the arms or legs, slurred speech, neck pain, clear fluid leaking from the nose or ears or a growing hematoma. Sometimes the warning signs may happen once an athlete is back home, so he instructs athletes to monitor their symptoms closely for deterioration for 24 to 48 hours after an injury. The good news? “The vast majority of athletes who sustain a head injury make a complete recovery,” he said. “Even after multiple concussions, the fact is, the risk of longterm problems from a concussion is extremely low. And because of changes that have been made to equipment, the rules and techniques, [sports are] a lot safer to play.” “Kids can learn many valuable life lessons from playing team sports, both collision and non-collison. My hope is that they will not stop playing sports altogether,” Marshall said. Knowing they’re in good hands helps parents stay on board for that idea as well. PN

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It’s WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s mission to provide quality, compassionate care to improve the health of those in the North Fulton community. For this reason, they have invested in technology and services, including new diagnostic imaging, laboratory and surgical equipment to ensure their patients receive the best care possible. Additionally, they are renovating and expanding both the Pain & Spine Center and Wound Care & Hyperbarics Center. WellStar North Fulton also has plans to renovate the Women’s Health unit.


If an individual has a medical emergency, WellStar North Fulton’s state-designed Level II Trauma Center is ready to meet their needs. Board-certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses with a variety of emergency certifications staff the center. The emergency department is equipped with modern technology to handle situations ranging from minor emergencies to life-threatening traumas. Additionally, WellStar North Fulton’s cutting-edge cardiac care unit uses advanced technology and highly skilled personnel to treat the unique cardiovascular needs of each patient. These medical providers stay informed about best practices, receive direct feedback and deliver evidence-based care.


WOMEN’S SERVICES LOWE S T C-SEC TION R ATE IN ATL ANTA From obstetrics and gynecology to mammography and specialized breast health services, WellStar North Fulton Hospital provides vital health services to women at all stages of their lives. Their hospital offers numerous childbirth options, including water births and access to a Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. North Fulton also offers comfortable and convenient imaging services through the Women’s Imaging Center that include mammograms, ultrasounds, breast biopsies, bone densitometries and general radiology.

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NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL AS ONE OF THE MOST TRUSTED AND RESPECTED health care organizations in the Southeast, Northside Hospital’s decades-long commitment to balancing clinical excellence with compassionate care holds true today. Northside is experiencing tremendous growth. Expansion and construction projects are underway at Northside campuses throughout the region with the goal of providing greater patient access to quality medical care. The new Northside Hospital Cherokee opened May 6. This state-ofthe-art campus sits on more than 50 acres that includes a medical office building, a distinctive women’s center, cancer center and plenty of parking. Northside Hospital Cherokee was built with the latest medical advancements to provide you with the best health care available. Northside Hospital Forsyth recently added three patient floors to better serve the burgeoning North Georgia corridor. Forsyth County is Georgia’s healthiest county for the fifth-straight year and a major reason is due to the quality care that Northside Hospital health care system delivers. In East Cobb, Northside has completed a medical office campus that features renowned Northside physicians providing services that include imaging, primary care, urgent care and other specialties. Other major health projects are underway to add even more health care quality, access and diversification. Look for Northside to grow in Woodstock, Sandy Springs and Midtown Atlanta.





Northside Hospital Forsyth is a regional leader in same-day joint replacement, performing more surgeries than any other Georgia hospital. In fact, Northside Hospital offers expertise that ranks in the top 1 percent of all robotic surgery programs in the U.S., meaning patients with post-sports related injuries and osteoarthritis return to a better quality of life much faster. Northside has the No. 1 gynecologic (GYN) robotic surgery program in the country.


With 2.5 million patient encounters each year, Northside leads the U.S. in newborn deliveries, diagnoses and treats the most cancer cases (including breast, gynecologic and prostate cancers) than anywhere in Georgia and is a regional leader for surgical services. Northside has among the best survival rates in the country for bone marrow transplants.


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Northside Hospital delivered about 21,000 babies last year. More babies are born at Northside Hospital Atlanta each year than at any other single hospital in the country, and they all receive the individualized, special care that is expected from the nation’s leader. At all Northside Hospital locations, you’ll enjoy a team approach that uses the expertise of obstetricians and gynecologists, certified nurse midwives, pediatricians, nurses, lactation consultants and others.


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THE HEALTH CARE YOU NEED, JUST AROUND THE CORNER. Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) traces its roots to a single community hospital, which for decades stood as the only hospital serving the community of northeast metro Atlanta. And while GMC is known for a legacy of care and compassion, today, the system is making expert health care even more convenient. Whether it’s the new GMC Primary Care & Specialty Center-Suwanee, the skilled providers of the Johns Creek Orthopedic Surgery Center, the extensive resources of GMC-Duluth or the comprehensive services offered at ChoiceOne Urgent Care-Sugar Hill, GMC is continually striving to meet the health care needs of the North Atlanta community.



Conveniently located at the corner of McGinnis Ferry and Peachtree Industrial, in The Shoppes at Suwanee, locals have access to a wide range of comprehensive services under one roof. This advanced center pairs high quality health care provided by experienced specialists with a relaxing, spalike environment to deliver an exceptional health care experience.

At this center, you can enjoy one-stop access to: • Primary Care services offered by Gwinnett Medical Group • OB/GYN services offered by The Women’s Group of Gwinnett • Gastroenterology services offered by Gastroenterology Specialists of Gwinnett • Cardiology services offered by Gwinnett Cardiology Services • Ultrasound offered by Gwinnett Medical Center • Cardiac Imaging offered by Gwinnett Medical Center



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From the customized care offered at the Center for Weight Management and the groundbreaking Concussion Institute, to the experienced team at Glancy Rehabilitation Center, GMC-Duluth offers a wide range of services to meet all of your health care needs. The hospital’s trusted experts serve as a gateway to connect their patients with an extensive array of providers, services and resources.


With a compassionate and dedicated team, the latest in technology and a healing environment, this center provides high-quality surgical care that’s close to home. The highly trained physicians, specialists and staff comfort patients at every step of their surgery. Plus, the convenience of this center ensures the safest, quickest recovery possible.





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The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory provides a variety of cardiac procedures including: angioplasty and stent placement, delivering on average less than 60-minute door-to-balloon times, far below the national goal of 90 minutes for severe heart attacks. Emory Johns Creek Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) capabilities.





Emory Johns Creek Hospital is a 110-bed acute care facility located in the heart of Johns Creek. Our hospital includes more than 800 employees, 328 Emory faculty, 386 private practice physicians and 42 Emory Specialty Associates physicians, along with more than 150 volunteers. Emory Healthcare’s integrated network connects patients to more than 2,000 doctors and 200 locations. Our team of top doctors and medical staff work daily to provide quality treatment to patients with integrity and compassion. Marilyn Margolis, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital says the patient- and family-centered care model is key to serving the community with excellence. “I work closely with our patient family advisors to create changes with the input of our patients and their families to make their experience as comfortable as possible,” says Margolis. Emory Johns Creek Hospital offers a full range of services including: emergency care, advanced digital imaging, women’s services with a birthing center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, an infusion center, 3-D mammography, a certified bariatric center, adult intensive care, advanced cardiac and stroke care, orthopaedics, vascular care, sleep medicine, rehabilitation, robotic surgery, gastroenterology, a pain center and a wound care center.



The cardiologists at Emory Johns Creek Hospital are committed to providing comprehensive heart and vascular treatment options. An advanced heart failure clinic is available to patients at Emory Healthcare Heart & Vascular Center in Johns Creek. Our cardiologists create individualized treatment plans for patients with all types of heart failure.

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University serves over 15,000 patients a year and is Georgia’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. This elite designation places Winship in the top one percent of all cancer centers in the United States. Winship offers leading-edge cancer care in Johns Creek and eligible patients will have access to over 250 clinical trials. The 4,500 square foot, $1 million Winship infusion center is located on the first floor of the Physicians’ Plaza. A range of services is available to patients, including: outpatient infusion, chemotherapy infusions and injections, blood and blood product transfusions, intravenous medication treatments, phlebotomy, antibiotic therapy, hydration and lab draws. Oncology patients at Emory Johns Creek Hospital also have access to an art therapy program to provide a therapeutic outlet during their infusion treatments.


Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center at Johns Creek offers a number of surgical and non-surgical treatments for several orthopaedic conditions. Our team of eight providers specialize in sports medicine, concussions, spine, joint replacement and orthopaedic trauma. Emory Sports Medicine doctors specialize in soccer and tennis injury prevention and care for athletes of all ages and at all levels of play. Their physicians also provide orthopedic and sports medicine care for the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Dream, Georgia Tech, Emory University, Oglethorpe University, U.S. Soccer and Track & Field teams, as well as teams at several area high schools.

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FROM HEARING SCREENINGS TO HELPING ADOLESCENT ATHLETES RETURN TO PLAY AFTER SURGERY, the pediatric team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is dedicated to making the kids of Forsyth better today and healthier tomorrow. While other health care facilities might offer pediatric care, pediatrics has been the sole focus of Children’s for more than 100 years. Serving kids from all 159 counties in Georgia, many from right here in Forsyth County, Children’s continues to find ways to deliver care in the communities where patients live. The Children’s experience extends far beyond hospital walls to treat thousands of Forsyth kids and teens each year.

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Children’s knows that the last place you want to be with your sick child is in a waiting room, so you can save your spot in line at the Children’s at Forsyth Urgent Care Center. Families are able to select an arrival time that’s convenient, enabling them to get in line before they leave the house.*

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Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a not-for-profit community health system dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of the people of Northeast Georgia. Through three hospital campuses and a variety of other locations, it provides care for almost one million people across the region.



Located just off Interstate 985 near the banks of Lake Lanier, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville is the 557-bed flagship hospital of NGHS. Since first opening its doors in 1951, NGMC Gainesville has grown to offer unique services and features such as a Level II Trauma Center, award-winning heart care services, a 35-bed Coronary Care Unit, a 32-bed Intensive Care Unit, 23 operating rooms and a Women & Children’s Pavilion with a Level III NICU.




Opened in April 2015 and located off Interstate 85 near Château Élan, NGMC Braselton is home to 100 beds and provides services modeled after the award-winning programs offered at NGMC Gainesville. Its enhanced features and services include emergency services, seven operating rooms, a 12-bed Intensive Care Unit, robust community education programming, comprehensive cancer care, the region’s only dedicated Joint Care Center and labor and delivery services including a Level II NICU.



The newest hospital in the system, NGMC Barrow joined the award winning team at NGHS in January 2017. Founded in 1951, the 56-bed hospital is located in Winder and is part of a fully integrated campus including physician practice offices and specialty services in addition to the hospital.  Hospital services include emergency services, surgery and procedures, intensive care, outpatient surgery, respiratory therapy, wound care and imaging services.


Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has been rated Georgia’s No.1 Heart Hospital for 12 years in a row (Healthgrades, CareChex). The Heart Center of NGMC forms the core of the cardiac care team at NGMC and is the largest cardiology practice in the region, with more than 25 physicians seeing patients at 12 locations: Blairsville, Braselton, Buford, Clayton, Commerce, Cumming, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Demorest, Gainesville, Hamilton Mill, Lavonia and Winder. Their cardiologists make sure patients’ hearts stay healthy by treating routine and complex conditions, and they lead new ideas about prevention and treatment through clinical research and trials. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit or call 770-534-2020. NGMC GAINESVILLE 743 SPRING ST NE • 770-219-9000

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PEDIATRIC CENTER AT NORTHSIDE ALPHARETTA THE PEDIATRIC CENTER AT NORTHSIDE ALPHARETTA is North Atlanta’s premier destination for pediatric and adolescent outpatient care. It is home to more than 42 physicians and multiple pediatric sub-specialties, including Northside Hospitals Pediatric Imaging Center. The Pediatric Center is conveniently located less than one-fourth mile east of Georgia State Route 400 on Old Milton Parkway at Northside Hospital’s Alpharetta Medical Campus. 3 3 0 0 O L D M I LT O N PA R K W AY, A L P H A R E T TA

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PEDIATRIC SPECIALTIES INCLUDE: 1. Orthodontics 2. Allergy and Systematic Cell Care 3. Autistic Spectrum Disorders 4. Assessment and Therapy 5. Cystic Fibrosis 6. Neurology 7. Orthopedics 8. Pulmonology 9. Sleep Medicine 10. Sports Medicine 11. Audiology 12. Cardiology 13. Craniofacial 14. Surgery 15. Imaging 16. Dentistry 17. Ear, Nose and Throat 18. General Pediatrics 19. Speech Therapy




SPECIALIZING IN: COSMETIC DENTISTRY: Dr. Mastro’s crown and bridge work spans the globe and across Atlanta. In 2014 Dr. Mastro acquired CEREC technology to personally fabricate porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges in-office to serve our patients more efficiently and with higher quality of care. Dr. Mastro is one of very few dental professionals with an in-office lab and completes most cases in a single visit. DENTAL IMPLANTS: Dr. Mastro is a Fellow with the International Dental Implant Association. In 2016, with the acquisition of 3-D digital imaging equipment, Dr. Mastro has the technology to pre-design all surgical procedures, particularly dental implant cases, to ensure the ideal placement of the implants by analyzing cases from crown down to the bone to allow for the best possible aesthetic outcomes. ORTHO: Dr. Mastro uses CEREC scanning technology, which enables his ability to design and fabricate custom crowns, and the 3-D digital imaging to fabricate ortho clear trays for effective orthodontic treatments. SLEEP APNEA/SNORING: Dr. Mastro is excited to introduce oral appliances that can aid in the treatment of these disorders; sleep apnea and snoring. Sleep apnea is a very common disorder that can have damaging effects as it causes your breathing to stop or get very shallow. Oral appliances can be an alternative form of treatment to CPAP machines. GENERAL DENTISTRY: Dr. Mastro’s list of services includes oral surgery, endodontic treatment (root canals), treatment for periodontal disease, cleanings, composite fillings, crowns, veneers and more.

Dr. David Mastro is a nationally recognized dentist with a proven 30-year track record of providing dental excellence in our David Mastro, D.D.S. local community and around the globe, Dr. Mastro is considered one of the top dentists in the world for comprehensive dental treatment and services. Dr. Mastro believes in investing in advanced training and technology to help serve patients with the best available patient care in today’s marketplace. The entire office at Alluring Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is committed to creating a caring, supportive family-friendly environment where patients can be confident they will receive the highest quality oral healthcare. Dr. Mastro attended Emory University School of Dentistry where he graduated first in his class with honors. Dr. Mastro gained additional acknowledgement as a dental professional while serving in the United States Army and then went on to help other young professionals as a former clinical instructor for Emory and Washington University. His father’s missionary work in the Philippine Islands influenced his desire for compassionate patient care. The U.S. Army, local and national dental societies, the Roswell mayor and others have recognized Dr. Mastro throughout the years for his meritorious service and contributions to the profession.


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WOOLFSON EYE INSTITUTE Trust the doctors the doctors trust. Woolfson Eye Institute was founded with the mission to provide the most effective laser vision correction possible. To date, more than 100,000 patients are enjoying excellent vision, thanks to Woolfson LASIK. They are also honored that more than 300 eye doctors chose Jonathan Woolfson, M.D. for their own LASIK procedures. At Woolfson Eye Institute, they are committed to providing tailored care with a personal touch to every patient. Their complete range of services includes: • LASIK and other refractive surgeries for vision correction • Treatment for eye disorders such as cataracts, corneal disease, retinal disorders, glaucoma and much more • Oculoplastics procedures to repair or enhance the appearance of eyelids and treatment of tear duct obstructions, as well as surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures

COMBINING THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY WITH QUALITY CARE Woolfson Eye Institute is constantly exploring new and better ways to provide patients with the best vision possible. Thanks to the research efforts of Dr. Doyle Stulting in Woolfson’s Stulting Research Center, they are now able to offer patients two new cutting-edge treatments. They were one of the first in the nation to offer corneal crosslinking, an outpatient treatment which halts the progression of keratoconus (an eye condition that causes the cornea to bulge, resulting in impaired vision). They were also the first in Georgia to offer Contoura Vision, topography-guided laser vision correction, which can help patients achieve better than 20/20 vision without glasses or contact lenses. For more information on these revolutionary breakthrough technologies, visit their website.

WHAT MAKES WOOLFSON UNIQUE: • They are involved in clinical trials for cutting-edge treatments. • They are the proud sponsors of our new professional soccer team, Atlanta United. • They accept most medical insurance, provide a variety of financing options and occasionally offer special pricing. • They have a generous rewards program for LASIK patient referrals.

MEET THE DOCTORS: JONATHAN WOOLFSON, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon who has performed more than 80,000 LASIK procedures in the past 20 years, making him one of the most experienced LASIK surgeons in North America. JASON BRODY, M.D. is a board-certified, consultative and referral ophthalmologist specializing in cataract, anterior segment and refractive surgery. BYRON “TRIP” COOK, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist with fellowship training and experience in cataract, cornea and refractive surgery. DOUGLAS DAY, M.D. is a highly regarded, board-certified and fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist who is recognized as a pioneer in his field. JAMES HAYS, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist who is fellowship-trained in and currently practicing cataract, corneal transplant and refractive surgery. STEVEN LEFF, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist who is fellowship-trained in retina. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of retina and macular diseases. VANESSA NGAKENG, M.D. is a board-certified cornea specialist who is fellowship-trained in cataract, cornea and refractive surgery. She performs LASIK and other refractive procedures, and is also a highly experienced cataract surgeon. BRIAN SALMENSON, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist who offers a wide array of treatment of diseases of the eye, including cataracts, dry eye and pterygium surgery. TOM SPETALNICK, O.D. is an optometrist who specializes in LASIK and refractive surgery-related care, oversees the doctors in their LASIK clinic and communicates with referring doctors about their patients. R. DOYLE STULTING, M.D. is fellowship-trained in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, the co-founder and director of the Stulting Research Center, past president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, a perennial choice for Atlanta magazine’s Top Doctors and a highly respected cataract and cornea surgeon. JOSEPH WALRATH, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon who offers treatment for patients with functional or cosmetic concerns about their eyelids and surrounding structures of the eye, including repair of surgically induced problems of the eyelids.





DENTISTRY AT EAST PIEDMONT MEET DR. PATEL AFTER GRADUATION from the prestigious Indiana University Medical Center in 1996, Dr. Patel moved to Atlanta to begin his dental career. After working his way up to clinical director for one of Atlanta’s largest dental offices, he opened the doors to his own practice in May of 2001 in Marietta. He has built a reputation for creating beautiful, natural-looking smiles to fit each person’s specific features with the belief that your best accessory is a dazzling smile. Dr. Patel not only offers continually current state-of-the-art treatment options to all his patients here in Georgia, but he also stays connected to giving back and serving patients around the world with needs for dental care. As a board member of the Flying Doctors of America program, he travels annually to foreign countries to provide dental services to children, elderly and every age inbetween in parts of the world where these services are otherwsise not available. Dr. Patel and his staff are consistently improving and implementing the newest technologies through the top seminars across the country. He is also a graduate of the Hornbrook Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry Continuum, which only about 5 percent of dentists worldwide have completed.

When was the last time you enjoyed a visit to the dentist? The official dentist of the Miss Georgia USA Pageant, Dentistry at East Piedmont is one of the most renowned dental practices in the area thanks to its soothing spa-like atmosphere and latest techniques in care from Dr. Ashish Patel and Dr. Erin Buxton, to make dental procedures effective and comfortable. Even if you visit them for routine exams, aesthetic crowns, or porcelain veneers, you won’t feel like you’re visiting the dentist’s office. While they offer the traditional dental services, like general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry, it’s their approach that sets them apart.


WELCOME DR. BUXTON! NOW JOINING THE TEAM at Dentistry at East Piedmont on a full-time basis including Fridays, Dr. Buxton believes in building personal relationships with all her patients and providing them the highest quality of care. She has a passion for educating patients about the connection between oral health and whole body health, offering individual treatment plans and treating each patient as she would her own family. Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Dr. Buxton received her Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University. She then continued on at the University of Colorado to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Today, she is committed to staying current with many hours of continuing education each year and utilizing new, evidence-based procedures that will benefit her patients. Dr. Buxton is an active member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry and the American Dental Association.

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Dr. Joseph G. Bauer, Dr. Amy K. Alderman & Dr. Dean J. Fardo

Atlanta Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph Bauer, first established the Swan Center for Plastic Surgery in 1993. It remains the premiere plastic surgery practice of the Southeast and continues to offer dynamic cosmetic results in a safe and beautiful patient environment. What sets The Swan Center apart is its cutting-edge facility, with only the most highly skilled and boardcertified plastic surgeons and a hospital-grade, on-site surgical center with Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) accreditation, as well as the use of an exclusive anesthesia team comprised of medical doctors. Patients seek out The Swan Center because the overall experience will be just as incredible as their results. “We really feel we have perfected the patient experience here at The Swan Center,” said Dr. Bauer about the desires of the plastic surgery patient. “From the moment they make that initial first contact, this really enjoyable process begins. Our staff of

medical professionals will answer every question and will hold your hand through the entire journey, as many of them have also had cosmetic procedures before, and are more than happy to share their own stories with you. When you meet with your surgeon, you are able to express all of the goals you wish to achieve with cosmetic surgery and construct the perfect plan together. It is that combination of wonderful results and an equally wonderful patient experience that defines The Swan Center.”

MINIMALLY INVASIVE TECHNOLOGIES Minimally invasive technologies are certainly opening new doors for patients who otherwise may not have ventured into The Swan Center. “Injectables are a great starting point for patients who are beginning to notice signs of aging, but may not have the downtime for a surgical corrective method,” stated Dr. Dean Fardo. “When I see a patient for their first injectable appointment, a relationship is formed. Some

of these same patients may ultimately end up having a procedure like an eyelid lift or facelift, as they were able to get comfortable with the idea of aesthetic medicine and form a connection with our staff. We offer complimentary consultations for all of our services and often host educational, in-office events to keep patients informed on the science behind our products.”

THE IDEAL SURGICAL EXPERIENCE Staying innovative with techniques is also paramount to The Swan Center’s goal of the ideal surgical experience. Dr. Amy Alderman travels the country seeking out the latest in aesthetic advancements. This year she was invited to perform live surgery at the Atlanta Breast Symposium, a significant honor and a terrific chance to mentor her peers. “Plastic surgeons are passionate about what we do — surgical conferences are an important venue for us to discuss various cases and unique approaches to aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, share our experiences and learn from one another to grow as individual surgeons and advance the field as a whole,” stated Dr. Alderman, after having just returned from Aesthetica, a well-known symposium in the aesthetic community, where she served as chairperson.



Before & After Coolscuplting Actual Swan Center Patient

The Swan Center is proud to be one of Atlanta’s largest providers of non-invasive fat elimination with Coolsculpting! Their body spa features state-of-art laser technology by Sciton to erase lines, scars and pigment. Also ask about the future of female wellness; now offering non-invasive vaginal rejuvenation and tightening with ThermiVa.

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CHILDREN’S ORTHOPAEDICS OF ATLANTA Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta (COA) is a private medical practice specializing in the treatment of orthopaedicconditions in infants, children, adolescents, young athletes and young adults. With 11 convenient metro Atlanta locations, COA is one of the most respected medical practices in the country dedicated solely to the orthopaedic treatment of kids. Their compassionate and personalized care has earned the respect of their patients and families as well as the greater Atlanta medical community. The providers at COA have specialized training in pediatric orthopaedic care and have also been educated in the most advanced surgical techniques. Their team includes surgeons, doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and athletic trainers. They have an incredibly supportive administrative staff that allows them to perform at their best level. WHY CHOOSE COA? Quite simply, COA offers patients and families a unique combination. • Unmatched physician expertise • Pediatric focus • Ease of scheduling appointments with same- or next-day appointments always available for new fractures • Accessible locations throughout North Georgia • Commitment to quality patient care and superior customer service • Affiliated with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta



Exceptional dental care is closer than you think. Dr. Michael P. Healey’s new office is located on Preston Ridge Road in Alpharetta. He is a board-certified pediatric dentist who provides dental and orthodontic care for children and has a special day dedicated to caring for children with special needs. The new office incorporates all the new advances in pediatric care, including white zirconium crowns for children, and gag-free X-rays. For the child that is uncomfortable with a trip to the dentist and needs quite a bit of treatment, in office conscious sedation or hospital dentistry is available. There are TV sets located over the treatment chairs for the children, and of course, the prize basket. When orthodontic treatment is indicated, clear porcelain brackets are available in addition to stainless steel brackets. For the teenager that refuses braces to show, lingual braces behind the teeth are available. WHAT ARE ZIRCONIUM CROWNS?

A recent advance in restoring anterior primary incisor teeth is the advent of zirconium crowns. In the past, the only choices were plastic crowns and composite crowns that had a tendency to wear and break, or stainless steel crowns with plastic or porcelain attached. Zirconium crowns are durable and tough. So far, Dr. Healey has not had any fracture from grinding. Primary teeth are much smaller than adult teeth, and often times the smaller you make something, the more expensive it is. However, the esthetics, gingival health, durability and the happiness a parent has when their child’s appearance and smile is returned to the way it was before are what makes the zirconium crown the best option for returning the function and esthetics to a child’s developing face. It helps with speech articulation, swallowing pattern and self-esteem of the developing child. Eventually this will be the future standard of care, and it is available from Dr. Healey today.

FAST FACTS: • This is a classical doctor owned and operated practice, where the parents accompany their children for all visits. • Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with selected Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. • They do not overbook. Unless of an emergency, you will not spend half a day waiting for a 20-minute appointment. • In-network with Cigna, Assurant, Aetna, United Concordia and Care Credit • Dr. Healey is the past president of the Georgia Academy of Pediatric Dentists, and an honorable fellow with the Georgia Dental Association. He was elected into Fellowship with the American College of Dentists, The International College of Dentists, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, The College of Diplomats, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, The Pierre Fauchard Academy and the Academy of Dentistry International.

Dr. Michael Healey, 770-993-9395 PRESTON RIDGE ROAD D.D.S, F.A.A.P.D. 3480 SUITE 125, ALPHARETTA


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THE LAST HURRAH. THIS IS IT. BILL NORMAN IS CLOSING THE DOORS to Norman’s Landing in Cumming on June 19 with what he’s calling The Last Supper. For almost 22 years, the dedicated restaurateur has raised an impressive amount of money for local charities like United Way, Special Olympics, HOPE Scholarship and Forsyth County churches, just to name a few. “I’ve always felt fortunate for what I have and I’ve worked hard enough to give back to those less fortunate,” Norman said. “I have this vehicle [for fundraising] and that’s what I want to do.” Norman, who has fed more than 3 million people since he first opened the doors to Norman’s Landing, is determined to make his last month in business a memorable one. And he’s inviting everyone in the community to come out and help him raise money these final weeks.


“Raising money for the community is exactly why we started this restaurant and we’re going out the same way. In total, we’re close to raising more than $2.4 million,” Norman said. Keeping the tables turning now through Father’s Day weekend will certainly help. Fifty percent of the profits from The Last Supper at Norman’s Landing will be divided among four churches in Forsyth County. Loosen those belt buckles and come out to get your final fix of peach cobbler, beer cheese and those Reuben sandwiches you know you’re going to miss — unless you drive to New Jersey. What’s next for Norman? After 50 years in the restaurant business, he has planned for extended time away. We can only hope that one day he will return and bring back a few of Norman’s Landing favorites as well. PN


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Retracing the HIGH STYLE of the SPORTING LIFE to Aiken, S.C. written by COLLEEN ANN MCNALLY

A JOCKEY, IN A GREEN uniform with yellow polka dots, greeted me upon arrival at The Willcox in Aiken, South Carolina. No taller than my waist, the ceramic structure held a lantern in one hand and kept watch over his patch of manicured grass near the historic hotel’s stately, white-pillared front porch. Located along Interstate 20 just east of Augusta, Aiken is a place where horses traveling on roads have the right of way. It’s an easy detour for Northsiders en route to Charleston, South Carolina — but to be clear, it is also a destination in and of itself, particularly for polo players and thoroughbred breeders. Later, I would learn the jockey’s colors and pattern represented Dogwood Stable, whose partnerships since establishment in 1969 have led to 80 stakes winners, eight trips to the Kentucky Derby, eight millionaires and the

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list of accolades goes on. The legacy of The Willcox and its town, however, date back much earlier. When you enter inside its lobby, replete with original wood from 1898 and cozy furnishings, you take the same steps as past presidents and influential names like Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Arden, Joseph Pulitzer and Harold Vanderbilt. In 2009, new ownership sought to bring back its former Gilded-Age glory, and recent recognition from Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler as the No. 1 hotel in the South heralded its return. A saltwater pool and spa round out the hotel’s amenities today, both of which I can only assume come in handy after spending an afternoon on horseback. By the time the lawn jockey’s lantern illuminated at dusk, I had learned that each ornate detail in Aiken carried a story that could be traced for generations — if you were looking closely enough to see it.


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TROLLEY TOURING To appreciate Aiken’s finer points with more than a casual glance, it helps to start with a broad overview. With a little luck, those visiting on a Saturday morning can claim a seat on the Aiken Trolley Tour, which departs from the Visitor Center & Train Museum at 10 a.m. The tour tends to sell out early and even has a waiting list for cancellations, as it’s only scheduled once a week. Typically preferring to steer clear of seemingly commercialized tourist magnets, I was pleasantly surprised as I found this wasn’t one. I settled in my seat and listened to our guide explain that the town’s beginnings and name are both credited to William Aiken, once president of the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company, and one of the state’s richest rice and cotton merchants. The tour’s two-hour route continued through a live oak canopy, the Civil War’s Battle of Aiken and famed equestrian sites that resulted from its “Winter Colony” era. The term alludes to a period between the 1870s and 1930s when wealthy families from the Northeast were first lured to the area by sporting culture and a mild climate. The historic garden estates built during that era exude timeless charm as they were influenced by different architectural styles, but most share at least one commonality: paddocks. Talk about house envy. Outside my trolley window, we passed Rose Hill, whose walls encapsulate an entire downtown city block. Those wanting a closer look can 52 | POINTS NORTH | June 2017

PREVIOUS PAGE (CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT): The Willcox's stately entrance; Hopelands Gardens; Polo at historic Whitney Field THIS PAGE: Aiken Trolley Tour departs from the Visitor Center & Train Museum; Polo players from The Willcox's archives

make a dinner reservation at the The Stables Restaurant, inside the repurposed, original horse stable, on Tuesdays through Saturdays starting at 5 p.m. The trolley also makes a stop at Hopelands, a 14-acre, former winter estate repurposed as public gardens. If you stroll the grounds in June, you may catch one of the free concerts, theatrical productions or weddings frequently happening here. Year-round visitors enjoy free admission to the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum, located in the Hopelands' carriage house, where an impressive collection of silver trophies celebrate the tradition of racing and Aiken’s esteemed role in it.

CHAMPIONING A SPORTING LIFE Today, Thoroughbred Country is home to 55 polo fields, fox hunting, Steeplechase events in the spring and fall, the Aiken Trials and world-renowned horse shows. There are also state-of-the-art training facilities like Stable View Farms that still attract riders from the Northeast, most notably Boyd Martin (a 2014 and 2012 U.S. Olympic rider) and his wife Silva (a Grand Prix dressage rider) who rent space during the winter season for training. Experience Stable View for yourself by attending one of their many year-round events. The view of rolling pastures

alone is worth the 10-mile drive from downtown. How did the area become the equestrian mecca it is today? Since many of the original Winter Colony members’ lifestyles didn’t include a need for paid work, per se, they often invented careers for themselves through sports ­­— some of which were newly debuting in America. Aiken’s well-garnered reputation can be traced back to the Hitchcock and Whitney families. Each recognized how the area’s sandy soil could be ideal for training horses and capitalized on the notion. Once a private playground for friends and family, Hitch-


cock Woods is a preserved urban forest nearly three times the size of New York’s Central Park and open to the public — but only by foot or hoof — so as not to spook the horses. Still, equine endeavors were just the beginning of sporting in Aiken. Thomas Hitchcock and W.C. Whitney also laid the foundation for Palmetto Golf Club, designed by acclaimed early course architect Alister MacKenzie. A couple miles down the street, the exclusive Aiken Club’s Court Tennis Building remains in care of the Whitney Trust and is one of only nine in the U.S. All games played with a racquet are derived from court tennis, originally created for monks in medieval France. Nicknamed “the sport

of kings,” its niche audience won’t find equipment in any stores, but instead must custom order. Aiken’s lifestyle of leisure doesn’t exist only behind private doors; it has a public presence, too. Boutiques like Equine Divine and Aiken Dry Goods along the downtown’s Lauren Street are not only filled with gifts and home décor that celebrate horses, but polo gear and essentials for chic sideline entertaining. Back at The Willcox’s Lobby Bar, I watched people take a seat in riding pants and locals confirmed this attire is equally appropriate at the grocery store. It’s also worth noting that, unlike The Willcox’s early days of high society and exclusivity, the hotel now takes pride in

its open doors, positioning itself as the living room of the community. While sipping a cocktail on a Saturday evening, I saw a parade of both sophistication and informal glamour trot by the grand piano and into the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant.


If The Willcox is the community’s living room, then you could say that The Alley is its backyard. A 7-minute walk out the door, The Alley was once used for stables and blacksmith shops and has been revitalized with a mix of watering holes, modern fare, yoga classes, live music and more. Anchoring one end is Aiken Brewing Company.

With a diverse food menu and tables that spill out onto the pavement, it’s the place to get a locally crafted pint, with a rotating list of suds on tap and 20 years of experience to their name. A few doors down, the newer Alley Downtown Taproom offers a different approach. With a digital wristband that tracks your ounces, you can sample and sip from a wall lined with taps of wine, beer, coffee, kombucha and crafted sodas. Turn your wristband in later to pay your tab. The space is also filled with games and a few tables for munching on snacks brought with you (insider hint: The Willcox packs picnic baskets upon request) or from a graband-go menu.

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CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The Willcox's high standard of hospitality often extends beyond the hotel's doors; Experience easy-going elegance and handcrafted, classic cocktails at The Lobby Bar

POLO IN ALPHARETTA Experience the thrill of a polo match a little closer to home this summer. Chukkar Farms and Polo Club in Alpharetta hosts matches every Sunday at 2 p.m. from May through October, weather and field conditions permitting. Bring a blanket and picnic with food and drink of your choice for a relaxing afternoon watching polo. There’s also a playground for children, restrooms and commentary that is as colorful as the players’ jerseys. The standard ticket price is $20 per car. Some dates include fundraisers and private corporate functions during the matches, therefore, ticket prices vary depending on the fundraiser.

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tion from European brasseries and American comforts, compliments of Chef Katie Jajczyk. There is a true sense of community effort here, amplified by food sourced from local farms and the fact Jajczyk’s husband, Chad, is the general manager of Bradley’s

Alloro, the modern Italian kitchen next door. While a menu might initially catch my eye, what dining experience is actually delivered at a restaurant can be similar to what I’ve heard about raising a thoroughbred. Some simply stand apart from the pack, match well with certain people more than others and only time can tell how they will endure.

If my intuitions are correct, The Bradley very well may be a winner. My table was blown away by renditions of familiar dishes presented in creative and flavorful ways, belying their humble abode. There’s no pretense of fine dining here, but the quality at least matched that of which I’ve tasted in a few repeatedly acclaimed restaurants. With a menu that changes seasonally, there’s also no guarantee you’ll be able to

order roasted bone marrow with onion horseradish crust, lemon parsley salsa and crusty bread, or the jumbo lump crab and local sweet corn risotto, but odds are that whatever the Jajczyks have up their sleeve stands to impress.

STOMPING DIVOTS When we returned to The Willcox with full bellies, the lobby was just as lively as we left it. On the front porch, guests traveling with their dogs occupied tables and rocking chairs. A neighborhood black cat, affectionately called “Mr. Willcox” after the hotel’s original proprietor, sat in his nightly post atop the porch’s steps. Both Willcoxes have seen social leaders from all over the country mingle from the same spot. After checking out the next morning, there was one more requisite stop to make. A little farther beyond the iconic intersection of Whiskey and Easy Streets, turn down a dusty dirt road and park in the grassy lot at Whitney Field. Sunday afternoons in Aiken are for polo. At least, they are for members of the Aiken Polo Club during each season, usually held from April to mid-June and from September through mid-November. This year marks the club’s 135th year of play at Whitney Field, and it’s a great family sport, whether you’re on the field or on the sidelines. General admission is an affordable $5 per person with free parking. However, I noticed that the more popular options are field-side parking, where people set up chairs and coolers from the trunks of their cars, or a $30 ticket to the shady pavilion, which includes PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE WILLCOX

a catered lunch and full bar. From my viewing spot under the pavilion, I found people were eager to share their knowledge of the sport with first-timers like myself. I’d guess most people today, myself included, are more familiar with Polo as the brand created by Ralph Lauren than the sport. For this reason, fans care about preserving its legacy, and don’t hesitate to explain the rules, equipment and scoring to newcomers. The two teams on the field each have four players — in this case, men and women who have traveled from places as far as Connecticut, Florida, Argentina and the Dominican Republic to compete. It didn’t take me long to get in the spirit, as one player’s mallet sent the ball soaring down the field and a thundering of running horses followed. At halftime, I joined fellow spectators on the pitch to “stomp the divots” — a bit of field maintenance that doubles as a time to chat with friends, show off your dress or your dog. I noticed the fabric on one woman’s brightly patterned sundress was the same fabric as the collar of her poodle. While people-watching during the match is just as tempting, it’s a duty of a spectator to keep your eyes on the ball and the horses. Action can extend beyond the edge of the field, and you don’t want to miss a second of it. You could say the same for the beauty of Thoroughbred Country. Building upon more than a century of traditions, Aiken awaits to be discovered by the next generation. Just look in the details. PN

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Atlanta Academy, a non-denominational private school for preschool to eighth-grade students in North Atlanta, was founded by teachers who believe in providing individual attention so that every student can succeed. The school promotes academic excellence through their invested teachers, relevant and forward-thinking curriculum and welcoming environment. They are a school for the whole family that values community, family, friendships and developing the child both academically and socially.

Bridgeway Christian Academy (BCA) is dedicated to providing excellence in Christ-centered education, equipping students to know, grow and go! Offering preschool through eighth grade, BCA is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and SACS/Advanc-ED. A proven curriculum challenges students while emphasizing a biblical worldview. Smartboards are utilized in every classroom, and middle school students may bring their own devices for note-taking and e-books. Character development and community service are emphasized

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with opportunities for all grades, including a quarterly requirement of five hours of service time for middle school students. Weekly chapel, Spanish class, physical education and a rich fine arts program (art, drama, band and music) round out the BCA experience. The school yearbook and newspaper class provide additional opportunities for middle school students to explore their interests. Students in grades fifth through eighth participate in a wide range of interscholastic sports including basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, track and field, golf, swimming and cross country. As a participant in the North Atlanta Metro League (NAML), BCA offers a competitive athletics program that challenges their athletes to perform to the best of their physical

Pinecrest Academy is a private, Pre-K3 through 12th grade college preparatory Catholic school, located in South Forsyth. Pinecrest Academy provides an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking, while offering Christ-centered personalized attention to their students. The school offers a gender-specific environment on a co-ed campus. Pinecrest implements the philosophy of Integral Formation, developing the human, intellectual, spiritual and apostolic dimensions of the whole child. Pinecrest is a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, the only Pre-K through 12 school in the state of Georgia to receive this award. More than 50 percent of their faculty holds advanced degrees, and they maintain a 100 percent high school graduation rate. Their Lower School consists of class sizes of 20 or less, allowing for more teacher-child interaction. Middle- and high-school students dedicate 20 to 30 hours per year to service projects, as part of Pinecrest’s mission to develop Christian leaders who will transform society. 770-888-4477,



A COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT The Cottage School (TCS) has been providing a comprehensive program for fourth to 12th grade students with learning differences for more than 30 years. TCS offers a unique program focused on small class sizes, a collaborative student/ teacher environment and workbased modeling that promotes self-advocacy and self-confidence. TCS provides an accredited college preparatory curriculum, meeting Georgia graduation standards and HOPE scholarship requirements. Experiential classes and clubs range from archery to horticulture, plus many more. TCS also offers a variety of year-round sports. 770-641-8688,


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At Riverside Military Academy (RMA), character development extends beyond building and exercising leadership skills. They are committed to teaching young men time-honored values that promote social responsibility, good citizenship and well-rounded personal growth in all aspects of life. Character development is comprehensive at Riverside and is taught and modeled by all of the faculty, staff and coaches. The Norman P. Blake Family Distinguished Speaker Series at RMA includes bi-weekly distinguished speakers and discussion groups centering on the topics of integrity, leadership, ethical

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PREPARING STUDENTS FOR MORE THAN JUST ACADEMICS IN FORSYTH COUNTY Horizon Christian Academy was founded in 2000 as a high school, but has grown into a premier accredited K-12 educational experience in Forsyth County. Having acquired a beautiful campus situated conveniently between Georgia 400 and Highway 20, it sits just 1 mile north of downtown Cumming. Full accreditation through ACSI and AdvancED reinforces the robust programs they offer — from growing facilities for varsity sports, PHOTO COURTESY OF RIVERSIDE MILITARY ACADEMY

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to engineering, fine arts and literary and academic teams. From the time students begin in kindergarten, there is an emphasis on traditional, success-proven teaching strategies while maintaining a competitive edge. This is done by incorporating necessary skills for today, such as foreign language and technology. By providing K-12 education, Horizon Christian Academy fosters the family-like sense of community between students and families, punctuating the defining difference between all other options. This, in conjunction with an already impressive yet expanding dual–enrollment partnership with Truett-McConnell College for high school students, offers challenges to students to attain their full potential, while still centering the entire academic focus on Christ. For a chance to come experience what is happening at Horizon Christian Academy, Summer

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12th grade. Founded in 1959, the school offers boys and girls a program based on the Episcopal education tradition of scholarly exploration. Located on Mount Vernon Highway, just north of Chastain Park and inside the Perimeter, HIES encompasses a beautiful 43-acre campus that is accessible from all parts of Metro Atlanta. 404-255-4026,

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (HIES) is a college-preparatory day school for students ages 3 through

Higher Education SUMMER AT AGNES Looking to engage and challenge your child this summer? Then check out the youth camps being offered for talented and dedicated students at Agnes Scott College. From writing to music to learning Chinese, these camps will build on students’ strengths and interests as well as fuel their creativity. Some camps give students the chance to develop leadership, team building and problem solving; others challenge your child in a fun way. They host camps from renowned organizations as well as offer a number of enriching camps taught by Agnes Scott faculty. Participants attending residential camps will stay in their dorms. Agnes Scott College provides a safe, welcoming environment for all campers. E ­ xplore their complete listing online at 60 | POINTS NORTH | June 2017

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WHERE CONCEPTUAL AND PRACTICAL LEARNING MEET Berry College challenges students to embrace a first-hand education that combines strong academic programs, opportunities for community service and participation in the world’s premier on-campus work experience program. The world’s largest contiguous campus, Berry is 27,000 acres of meadows, woodlands, hills and watersheds in northwest Georgia. This amazing environment provides endless opportunities for study and research, relevant work experience, recreation and exploration, and nurturing one’s spirit. Increasingly recognized as one of America’s leading liberal



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After opening its doors to the community just 18 months ago, Gwinnett Technical College’s new Alpharetta-North Fulton campus is bustling with a multitude of students from all walks of life. As the second largest technical college in the state, Gwinnett Tech offers a wide range of programs designed to meet the unique workforce needs of the North Fulton community. Courses in business, health sciences and computer sciences, early childhood education and more are offered during daytime, evening and weekend hours. The college also offers great options for high-school students through their “Move on When Ready” program and for veterans interested in taking advantage of their Veterans Education Benefits. In the past year, WalletHub ranked Gwinnett Tech the No. 1 two-year college in Georgia for its value, educational outcomes and return on investment to students (and employers). The college’s 99 percent employment rate and $89 per credit hour are just a couple reasons why Gwinnett Tech definitely offers a big

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Nodding to their ever-changing charm and steady draw, we’re highlighting ways to spend 200 minutes in a different Points North Atlanta community for each of our 2017 issues. Whether you spend all 200 minutes in one place or divvy it up to discover several, enjoying your time in this neighborhood starts now.



IF YOU FOLLOW A CAR with a “Go with the Flow” bumper sticker on its rear hatch, odds are you’ll end up in Roswell. FINDLAY ROWE You can often tell you’re inside city limits when you see multiple cars with the same sticker in one parking lot. 9 While some may interpret the phrase as a metaY. HW phorical life motto, the stickers are actually repping CANTON STREET Q MIM Go with the Flow Sports, an outfitters shop in OSA The Big Ketch BLV D. Linen & Flax historic downtown Roswell. WEB STREET Q Located at the corner of Elizabeth Way and Mojo Vinyl NORCROSS ST. Canton Street, the shop’s continued success since Q 1991 is a no-brainer: this Northside community FOUNDATION SOCIAL ➡ AD CANTON Q borders the Chattahoochee River and abounds O PLACE EATERY R AK ST. N O A with waterfront public parks and trails for easy M Q OAK STREET LE Roswell Collective access to outdoor adventures. In fact, the city’s CO (Miko + Boone, Britt Bass Turner) HANDCRAFTED roots are centered on and around the river. L&F Barn HOMES WILL As for a life motto? Well, there very well may WI 0 E 2 O RO 1 LL QMILL SQUARE EO AD HWY. be a tangible laid-back lifestyle among the citiRO Old Mill Park AD zens. However, if you spend a little time there, you D may find that “Go Your Own Way” more accurately OA ER D I S seems to guide Roswell residents on whatever paths ER RIV they may follow. Independent businesses, natural wonDR. AZALEA ders, historic preservation and a thriving arts commuQ er e Riv Chat t a hooche nity all call the area home, but none of these could survive without the passionate people uniting them together. Maybe there’s something in the water. AD RO

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description. To get technical, the HRBA’s stated mission is to “best enable the businesses of the Historic District to work in a spirit of collaboration with each other and with Roswell’s government and non-government agencies to promote the growth, development and economic prosperity of our community.” It’s worth noting that being chairman isn’t Cabus’ first job, and it’s not even his second. Cabus is the owner of Mojo Vinyl, a record store on

Webb Street, just steps away from Go with the Flow. His shop buys and sells new and used records as well as sells audiophile quality turntables, art and miscellaneous cool stuff that add up to Cabus’ passion project. Meanwhile, his main gig is his marketing agency, Privateer Design, which specializes in communications and brand development. While the success of the HRBA could directly benefit Cabus as a small business owner, it was his primary

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skill set that catapulted him into the leadership role. In collaboration with the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cabus and the HRBA have created exploreroswell. com, a free, online resource. Their target audiences are newcomers and daytrippers to the area — both of which Cabus gets regularly. In fact, for the celebration of Record Store Day in April, Cabus saw 500 customers pass through the doors of the quaint Mojo Vinyl. Other days, he greets out-of-town visitors and even out-of-the-country regulars who have specifically sought out his unique shop. Inside, you’ll find a mix of genres and music lovers could spend half a day just flipping through the stacks. While Cabus would welcome you warmly, I imagine he would kindly tell you to get outside and explore what else Roswell has to offer, too.

According to the HRBA, Historic Roswell can be organized into five main districts: Canton Street, Webb Street, Oak Street, the River District and the Square (across from the Roswell Mill). The first — Canton Street — is home to retail stores and boutiques as well as many of my favorite al fresco dining spots. It tends to constitute the most popular connotation for many people when they hear of or visit Roswell. Simply put, it’s a charmer. Old brick facades. Long, narrow restaurants that feel cozy. Sunlight porches filled with smiling faces. On the weekends, Canton’s sidewalks are typically vibrant throughout the year with potted plants and pedestrians, but there’s no better way to see this stretch of the area come to life than during “Alive in Roswell.” Formerly known as “Alive After Five,” this family-friendly street fest is hosted the third Thursday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. between April and October. The road is closed to vehicle traffic and filled with strolling crowds in search of art at Vinings Gallery, live music and a “crowler,” a 32-ounce can of a unique, small-batch ale from Gate City Brewing Co. Founded by three locals, Gate City continues to evolve. Earlier this year, they opened an expanded, revamped taproom where Magnolia Street meets Canton, as well


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as stepped up for the role of presenting sponsor for the “Alive in Roswell” series. Gate City’s momentum is just one indication of the boom many local businesses have experienced throughout the years when they have set up shop along Roswell’s prime real estate and there are no signs of slowing down. Next door to Gate City, where a Wells Fargo branch is currently located, is the site of an innovative new development dubbed Canton Place. After more than four years in the works, groundbreaking is on the horizon, with plans including a boutique hotel with 100-plus rooms, an 8,000-square-foot event space, chef-driven restaurants with roof-top dining, a luxury spa and underground parking

facility. The Roswell’s Downtown Development Authority knows that the latter alone could be a game changer as a long-term solution for commonly overcrowded lots and car-lined streets. While we await more updates about Canton Place, others signs of construction on a drive up and down the namesake street (and beyond — just Google “Southern Skillet development”) are hinting at other mavericks in the making.




On Oak Street, another tide

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is rising. While Cabus and the HRBA aim to help all the districts flourish in ways that Canton has, Oak Street and its inhabitants are perhaps next in line to hit their stride. For now, what distinguishes Oak from the crowd is what keeps the curious coming back.

“Our customers love Oak Street because it’s not as busy with traffic and we have parking!” said Amy Ferrer, owner of and interior designer at Miko + Boone. Since opening in 2015, Ferrer has no shortage of accolades from regional media

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and repeat customers alike. Miko + Boone specializes in gifts and designer-selected vignettes of light fixtures, home furnishings, accessories, rugs and more that you can purchase right off the floor, as well as full-service design and their To.The.Trade Designer’s Resource Center. On Oak Street, Ferrer’s neighbors feel like family to her and one of her neighbors actually is. “I must say, my favorite part is that my shop is two doors down from my daughter Britt Bass Turner’s studio,” Ferrer said. Turner is a talented artist that draws inspiration from colorful blooms and Southern foliage to create splashy, abstract works that have been reinterpreted as prints, notebook covers and even iPhone cases — all of which are for sale at Miko + Boone. Even the name “Miko + Boone” alludes to Ferrer’s own kin as they are the names her grandchildren call her and husband. But the familial feel doesn’t stop there. Miko + Boone and Britt Bass Turner are part of a larger development that has recently rebranded itself as Roswell Collective, or ROCO for short. The collective encompasses professional artists, photographers, designers, entrepreneurs and forward-thinkers working independently in a spacious 30,000-square-foot building. There are some spaces in the development that accommodate walk-ins, like Miko + Boone, Rustic Trades Furniture and Oak Street Café. The rest of the development is a mixture of working artist studios and offices like Turner’s, as well as the Fountainhead

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Art Space, ROCO’s headquarters and more. The community didn’t blossom overnight. Even Ferrer said she had frequented Roswell’s shops and restaurants for 28 years, but until she owned her business, she really had no idea how awesome Roswell was. “I didn’t know this little suburb that feels like an in-town city had an overwhelming sense of community,” Ferrer added. “I also didn’t know the different varieties of creatives that own their own small businesses while doing what they are so passionate about every day. The artists, restaurateurs, furniture makers, graphic designers, interior designers (like myself), florists and boutique shop owners all play a part of this wonderful community. It’s a beautiful thing to witness how the community of people living in or around Roswell are supporting one another.”




All things considered, it should come as no surprise that Chaz Easterly of Linen & Flax Home was eager to join this burgeoning creative district, too. However, Easterly has already made a local imprint by way of her first home décor shop in an old house on Canton Street. You could say that Easterly entered the interior design business through the backdoor. When she and her family moved to Roswell in

Two-Hundred MINUTES IN ... RO SW E L L 2007, Easterly had no intentions of owning her own business nor even getting a job. Her family was building their farmhouse in Roswell and people started coming by to see the progress. Before long, neighbors wanted Easterly to help them with their own homes and she started to recognize her fervor for beautiful interiors. When the recession hit and Easterly’s family was in need of a second income, she scouted Canton Street for employment opportunities. After no takers, she found a job at Pottery Barn and further honed her newfound talent. Eventually, her fortuitous turn of fate led to an independent business — Chaz Easterly Design — then to the opening of Linen & Flax Home in December 2015 and as of April, the debut of a second concept called The L&F Barn on Oak Street. The Barn’s spacious size allows for an extension of the goods you’d find at the original Linen & Flax, but in a style that Easterly describes as “a little more rustic, a little more farmhouse, a little more found objects” and includes garden products. Like her creative contemporaries in Roswell, Easterly also puts her heart into each of her client’s projects; just look at her company’s name. “I love fabric, but there’s a significance to it and in the Bible, this ‘Proverbs 31’ woman. She was the ultimate woman, but no one really talks about the business side of her. I saw in that area of scripture that she’s always working with linen,” she said. The second part of the name relates to Easterly’s

THE PROXIMITY OF SIMILAR, YET UNIQUELY SUCCESSFUL STORES further proves that celebrating one’s individual style is a pursuit Roswell-dwellers revel in. Ready to join them with a dream home to fill with Oak Street’s chic wares? Nearby on Boulder Way, Handcrafted Homes, Inc. has been helping locals achieve that goal since 1976 with custom home design, construction and remodeling services. With a slew of professional certifications from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, their team has won numerous prestigious awards throughout the years, including honors from the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, EarthCraft and Chrysalis. What nice neighbors to have, indeed.

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personal journey. She shared that there’s been a lot of heartache and pain, and she does a lot of ministry with young girls based on these experiences. She has found healing in realizing design is also a process of refinement. “You may get a house and it may be kind of a mess, and it’s our job to make it pretty again. It’s the same thing with flax. You know it was nothing you would choose — it’s not a pretty flower, it’s just an ugly grain, but it has to be beaten down, it has to be refined, and whenever it comes out, it is beautiful linen.” Flax isn’t the only crop that resonates with Easterly. Cotton is one of Linen & Flax’s biggest sellers, and the connection to the city’s history wasn’t lost on her. “That was the first industry in Roswell; that’s how they made their living was with cotton,” she said. When working with clients, Easterly enjoys incorporating a little bit of that historic soul

and old-world charm into the homes because she feels like that’s what Roswell is. “I love the history, and I love the soul of Roswell,” said Easterly, who hails from Connecticut but considers herself a transplanted Southern girl. “I feel like the community has embraced the history and I think people gravitate here because [of it].”




About a mile from the L&F Barn, you can see the historic ruins of the Roswell Manufacturing Co. in Old Mill Park. Located on the banks of Vickery Creek, the cotton mills were constructed in 1839 and 1853 before Union forces burned them down on July 7, 1864. The 1853 mill was rebuilt after the Civil War and used until destroyed by


ROSWELL fire again in 1926. The waterfall created once the creek was dammed as well as the original machine shop can be viewed from the interpreted trail. A covered pedestrian bridge over the creek connects the walking trail that begins in Old Mill Park to the Chattahoochee River trail system. Nature lovers and history buffs alike will rejoice at the discoveries to be made at this natural oasis in the middle of suburban sprawl. When I asked locals like Turner and Cabus about what makes Roswell special to them, their responses drifted back to the river. With multiple access points open to the public, it’s easy to make a quick escape. Perhaps my own favorite spot to find some waterfront peace has been at The Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. To feel the sense of calm wash over you, dip your toes in the chilly water and hear the soothing sound of the waterfall at Old Mill Park or spend a relaxing summer day on an inner tube “shooting the Hooch” is just something you have to experience for yourself.



SOMETHING’S ALWAYS BREWING Still, there’s a lot more to Roswell than its historic downtown districts. When you go your own way, your path may lead you north on Alpharetta Highway for some friendly competition at Andretti’s Indoor Karting & Games or west on Woodstock Road for fashionable threads at Findlay Rowe.




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Two-Hundred MINUTES IN ... ROSWELL I followed my heart (and stomach) east on Holcomb Bridge Road, where mixed among residential neighborhoods, golf courses and schools, you may discover more tucked-away gems like Chef Mel Toledo’s Foundation Social Eatery (FSE). Whether you venture in for an elevated lunch experience, happy hour with an expertly arranged cheese and charcuterie board or stay for dinner, trust me when I say that you’re in for a treat. Of course, Roswell’s progression isn’t stopping there. While Gate City might have blazed the trail Variant Brewing Co. and From the Earth Brewing are both happy to join the party. Founded by Tim Stevens, From the Earth Brewing Co., is slated to open in the same shopping center as FSE in September 2017. “Our goal was to stay in the community we live in, [where] we are involved in charities and where our children go to school,” Stevens said. “We have lived in Roswell for the past


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five years and love everything it has to offer! Our goal is to create a neighborhood gathering spot for all our friends and neighbors to enjoy. We plan to source our food locally and we plan on donating our spent grain (fertilizer and feed for animals) to the same farmers that are growing our food.” It’s another refreshing example of the good that can come from the power of connectivity and following one’s passion. You could spend all 200 minutes rollicking in it yourself, with a locally crafted pint (or two) with pals. You could take the time volunteering to clean up the Chattahoochee, an hour supporting local artists or just a few minutes meeting a new friend — and you never know where that will lead. Which way will you go? PN


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fers a full schedule of summer events to fill your

5 p.m., this free festival celebrates health and

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family (limited space available; discounted pric-

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Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta: “Nice article by Points North Magazine about the Atlanta Francophonie Festival, the screening of our Belgian movie ‘Tous les chats sont gris’ and the French language in Belgium.”




OPEN TO TRYING NEW OR NEW-TO-YOU eateries on the Northside? Dunwoody Restaurant Week highlights some of the finest establishments in the area June 10 through 17 with local favorites, boutique eateries and big-name chains offering their most delectable fares. Reserve lunch and dinner spots now to sample the area’s best dishes and drinks.



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STAR 94.1’S JEFF DAULER of the “Jeff and Jen Morning Show” headlines at Aurora Theatre’s Comedy Nights in Lawrenceville on June 24. Dauler recently reunited with Jenn Hobby on the top-rated weekday morning show, but has been delivering his funny anecdotes on air for 20 years. He joins some of Atlanta’s top comedians at this historic Gwinnett County theater for two shows only, at 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. Tickets are $25.

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