Bernadine Hall doesn't need a medical license to treat immune system ailments or joint paint. Instead she addresses these issues, as well as emotional stress or scar-tissue formation, via a range of massage modalities. Along with relaxing Swedish strokes and healing deep-tissue massages, she helps moms-to-be manage their pregnancies without sacrificing circulation or mobility through prenatal massages and increases athletes' flexibility so they can perform better during sporting events and long car rides with their in-laws.
Zack Marler describes his ADHD as a blessing: Whereas some might be discouraged by the diagnosis, it has fueled him with an unrelenting store of energy and an upbeat attitude that is invaluable in the fitness world. Zack began honing his unending pep at a young age, when his mother had the good sense to encourage the lively youngster to channel his energy toward athletics. Since then, Zack has been involved in martial-arts studios, gymnastics gyms, boot camps, and CrossFit training centers, and he trained for five years in the U.S. Navy.
Today, Zack owns and operates CrossFit Essentials, where he continues to infuse his abundance of energy into high-intensity CrossFit classes every day. He and his staff of certified CrossFit trainers guide students through the strenuous CrossFit workouts while doling out nutritional tips and words of encouragement. His studio also offers CrossFit courses for kids, in which children and teenagers engage in creative workouts that aim to hone their athleticism and their ability to hurl unabridged copies of Great Expectations up to 40 feet away. Throughout the week, the gym brings all its members together with family outings, movie nights, and nutrition challenges.
Led by Dr. Paul Colon, the experts at American Foot & Leg Specialists and Atlanta Laser Nail Specialist tend to ankle and foot issues, from bunions to diabetes-related ailments. Their treatments are as wide-ranging as their patients' symptoms, too. The SteriShoe shoe sanitizer, for example, kills infection-causing microbes inside sneakers and Bugs Bunny slippers with ultraviolet light. Heel-pain treatments, meanwhile, alleviate discomfort with injections of platelet rich plasma.
Paras Integrated Health is a wellness center that blends conventional Western medicine with holistic practices, helping their clients to achieve better health and remain well. Dr. Shantha Iyer is the physician on staff, and she believes integrative medicine is the medicine of tomorrow, taking into account the entire patient?their mental, spiritual, and physical health?to treat the body as a whole. Offering massage therapy, yoga classes, physical therapy, and nutrition and counseling services, Paras Integrated Health works to treat everything from stress and allergies to obesity, migraines, and sleep problems. Clients can receive specialized lab testing for food intolerances, one-on-one fitness sessions with a personal trainer, or a body composition analysis to obtain more details on health strengths and weaknesses at this all-encompassing practice.
Andrea Stephens Dunn, owner of Beautiful Image, has performed thousands of permanent makeup applications in her prolific career as a cosmetic artist. She is both a Certified Dermal Technologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Micropigmentation and she uses her talents to fill in sparse brows, pale lips, and paint-by-number eyelids with natural-looking hues.
Andrea is joined at her studio by licensed medical aesthetician Abby Hern, a champion of healthy, youthful skin and dermal education. After graduating with honors from the Georgia Career Institute in 2008, she has since broadened her knowledge of facials, waxing, chemical peels, and medical-grade skin care products while working at Beautiful Image. Her specialities include correcting hyperpigmention, acne, fine lines, and wrinkles. Karen Rinkiewicz, a licensed medical aesthetician and 2006 graduate from the Atlanta School of Aesthetics, works in tandem with the team while focusing on anti-aging procedures, including laser therapy and skin analysis.
Chronic pain medications can launch patients into a cycle of side effects and drugs to quell those side effects; Dr. Earl J. Snyder hopes to break this cycle. As medical director of Outcome Medical of Georgia, he relies less on traditional medications and more on metabolic therapies developed in his office. “We have experienced some very impressive outcomes with our protocol that addresses pain problems at the cellular level,” Dr. Snyder said in an article in The Citizen. After treatment with nutritional supplements and electronic nerve stimulation, patients have reported relief from lower-back and hip pain, fibromyalgia, and the weight of the world on their shoulders.