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1CountyLineJanuary2016 January 2016 Standing Cindy Jenkins Linda Westcott Johnson Cleve Gaddis Seated Danielle Lenaway DiBella Teak Bench Watcher by Jim Collins photographed at Newtown Park Johns Creek Beautification CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net2 The Arbor Company has nearly 30 years of dedication and experience delivering the highest quality care to their residents. We have four care levels from minimal to full assistance and Bridges and Evergreen memory care programs. Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek is available for occupancy Reserve your apartment today and enjoy savings as one of our Charter Club members Call or stop by to talk with Beth Richardson Executive Director about the many advantages of living at Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek. Beth Richardson Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek is dedicated to serving seniors who are looking for an elegant warm and social environment. While in our care our professional staff will provide individualized programs and services continually fostering deep connections and delightful moments. 770-999-9577 3180 Karen White Drive Suwanee 30024 off Peachtree Pkwy just 1.2 miles north of McGinnis Ferry Rd. Schedule your personal tour today. Models available 3CountyLineJanuary2016 Still the 1 place to celebrate a birthday A birthday. Its a day we celebrate our entire lives. Northside would be proud to be part of your babys special day. No one is more prepared or has more experience. Well make the big day a celebration from day one. Visit us online at CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net4 COVER STORY 16 CELEBRATING BEAUTY IN THE COMMUNITY DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 22 Paparazzi FEATURES 8 Connecting with Their Heritage Hand in Hand 14 Future Business Leaders at Lambert Generations of Knowledge 24 Buildings Foundations 26 More Traffic Improvements on the Way 16 5CountyLineJanuary2016 COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 Calling All Poets 12 Northside Hospital-Forsyth Receives National Bariatric Surgery Recognition 21 Northside Hospital and Georgia Cancer Specialists Partner to Collect Suitcases for Georgia Foster Kids 30 Student Leadership Johns Creek Government Day of Learning BUSINESS FOCUS 20 Pinecrest Academy Develops Whole Child in Christ-Centered Environment 28 Johns Creek Physical Therapy Direct Access 26 8 14 24 CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net6 Before Johns Creek was officially a city Linda Westcott John- son was busy having trees shrubs and colorful flowers plant- ed on the medians along Medlock Bridge. She and several other residents formed Johns Creek Beautification JCB which Linda served as president of until this year. Along with making sure that medians and intersections are beautiful to look at JCB has put the first public art in place and is working with the City on historic preservation. Be sure to read about what JCB has done over the years to make sure that Johns Creek is a beautiful city and what current President Chuck Wilkinson the Board and the Public Arts Committee ArtSpot have planned for the future. Hand in Hand a student-run organization led by local Chinese- American teens has been sharing Chinese culture with Chinese children adopted by American families since 2009. Be sure to read the many benefits for these children as well as the teens that serve as Asian role models and cultural mentors. Thank you Sally Pan for writing such an excellent editorial about a very im- portant and relevant program Lambert High Schools Future Business Leaders of America FBLA program has grown and today there are over 350 members. Read about this program why it is so popular with students and what is so special about the relationship between Lead Advisor Susan Fagan and the two new FBLA advisors. Brookwood Elementary School Principal Kathie Braswell has been with Forsyth County Schools for 29 years beginning her career here as a teacher at Big Creek Elementary. Youll enjoy getting to know Kathie and reading about what she is accomplishing as principal of Brookwood Elementary. The City of Johns Creek is working to alleviate traffic congestion and completed 16 road improvement projects in 2015. Be sure to read about what has is and will be done to improve traffic on the roads in Johns Creek. The business focus this issue is on Johns Creek Physical Therapy JCPT and Pinecrest Academy. Be sure to read about the excellent academic programs taught within the educational philosophy of the Legionaries of Christ at Pinecrest Academy a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School. Pinecrest students range from PreK3 through 12th grade. Johns Creek Physical Therapys owner Marc C. Stewart is excited about the recent leg- islation for those in need of physical therapy to receive treatment without having to go through the referral process. Be sure to read more about direct access and the personal service at JCPT. Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine I wish you all the very best in 2016 Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher From the Publisher Calling All PoetsSee page 10 for details. 7CountyLineJanuary2016 Publisher Judy Le Jeune 678-787-3551 Editorial Advertising 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Brian DeRose Cindy Lombardo City of Johns Creek Kathleen Kraynick Sally Pan Irene Sanders Photography City of Johns Creek Courtesy of Hand in Hand On the Cover Johns Creek Beautification CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 24649 copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses in the east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth. CountyLine 3651 Peachtree Parkway Suite 222 Suwanee GA 30024 678-787-3551 Youve put it off long enough You should decide what happens to your assets now AND when youre gone. Join us for our upcoming workshop 3 Easy Steps to Protect Your Assets Presented by James M. Miskell Esq. 11555 Medlock Bridge Rd. Ste. 100 Johns Creek GA January 13 from 10am to noon January 27 from 10am to noon No cost or obligation to attend. Space is limited. Call now for your reservation 770.822.2723 CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net8 Connecting with Their Heritage Hand in Hand Hand in Hand Big Sibling Annie Su and Eli Murphy. H and in Hand Chinese Culture Program a youth-led organization founded in 2009 is dedicated to the synthesis of American and Chinese cultures for ad- opted Chinese children. A non-profit 501c3 organization Hand in Hand promotes the appreciation of the Chinese culture and establishes connections between children ad- opted from China and Chinese-American teens. Hundreds of families in the Atlanta area have children ad- opted from China. Growing up in American families ad- opted Chinese kids do not always have the chance to learn about and experience the Chinese culture first-hand. More importantly they lack Asian role models who are just like them. As volunteers at Hand in Hand as well as first genera- tion Chinese-Americans we often face the task of fitting in with the American community and staying in touch with our Chinese roots making us more relatable to the kids because we understand what they are going through and act as mentors and Big Siblings by offering guidance Hand in Hand Co-Director Jenny Zhang said. The volunteers and counselors at Hand in Hand consist of a large group of students from various high schools within the Metro-Atlanta area including Northview Johns Creek Chattahoochee and Lambert. The volunteers all have been through similar experiences as the kids and genu- inely want to spread the love of our Chinese culture Hand in Hand Co-Director Annie Su said. Beyond this the vol- unteers serve as more than outlets for culture they are Big Sisters Big Brothers and friends that care about the kids and their experiences. This sharing and teaching of the Chinese culture is very familiar to Hand in Hand Co-Directors Annie Su and Jen- ny Zhang who have been with the organization since its beginning. Ever since Ive been with Hand in Hand as a Big Sibling Ive built bonds with the kids Ive grown up with this organization and its kids have become my Little Siblings Jenny said. 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Her practice is devoted to the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries and she is certified in Active Release Techniques ART and Fascial Distortion Model for the treatment of soft tissue related conditions. Dr.Cortjenscanhelpyouwithrepetitivestressandotherinjuriescausedby CrossFit Cycling Golf Running Soccer Swimming Lauren Cortjens DC CCSP CF-L1 CFE also grow up with their Little Siblings and are in turn positively influenced by the relationship as well. I start- ed going to Hand in Hand events in middle school. Since then Ive seen my Little Siblings grow up from elementary -schoolers to high-schoolers. The transformation is pretty shocking Annie said. Along the way while making moon cakes and cutting out paper lanterns I have met some of the sweetest funniest Little Siblings who have inspired me to be the best Big Sibling I can be. As role models Big Siblings participate and entertain their Little Siblings during Hand in Hands annual summer camps and Chinese holiday events. The Hand in Hand events held during the school year tar- get major Chinese holidays such as the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Lantern Festival and many others. The next up- coming event is its Chinese New Year Festival celebration in the spring. The annual summer camp focuses on one aspect of Chinese culture to expand upon and to correlate activities with. This past 2015 summer camp was centered on the theme The Four Corners of China. During camp the counselors helped their Little Siblings explore the four geographical regions of China and learn about their unique culture and history. Along with cultural presentations the children and volunteers made crafts learned Chinese played games and danced all of which were showcased at the end-of- camp family picnic. We were so excited to send our son to Hand in Hand several summers ago that when our daugh- ter came home we already knew she would join him par- ent Dan Murphy said. The counselors are so enthusiastic and interested in the kids. We wish they could be together all summer. Little Siblings can also become camp counsel- ors once they are old enough and pass on what they have learned about their Chinese origins to younger children or new campers during the summer sessions. I have been with Hand in Hand since 2009. It has taught me so much about my culture former Little Sibling Jayme Morton said. Every one of the Big Siblings has mentored me and I truly look up to them. Now I get to be one. As first and second generation Chinese-American teens volunteers give back to the community by helping with Hand in Hand which is as much of a learning experience for them as it is for the kids. By working with the chil- dren adopted from China we are instilling an appreciation for the Chinese culture in the kids as well as keeping the Chinese culture alive in ourselves Jenny said and that is what our program is all about connecting with our heri- tage and sharing what we all love and have in common together hand in hand. For additional information visit httphandinhandchi- email or on Facebook Hand in Hand Chinese CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net10 Calling All PoetsIn honor of National Poetry Month CountyLine is calling all poets to submit poems to be published in the April issue. Poems will be selected for publication in two categories Students elementary through high school and Adults. Please submit your poem by emailing it to Please include the following information Your Name Category Adult or Student include grade level Telephone Number Put Calling All Poets in the Subject line The deadline for submission is Friday February 19 2016. Poets chosen for publication in the April 2016 issue will be notified by Friday March 4 2016. 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CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net12 N orthside Hospital-Forsyth is excited to announce that its Bariatric Surgery Program has been granted full ap- proval by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program MBSAQIP. The recognition confirms Northsides commitment to providing the highest quality care for patients undergoing bariatric surgery at the Cumming hospital. I couldnt be more proud of our team of surgeons registered nurses dietitians and others who continually assess our bar- iatric program to provide the best care for our patients said Lynn Jackson administrator of Northside Hospital-Forsyth. This recognition is a direct result of their efforts. A leader in providing state-of-the-art surgical services Northside Hospital offers an interdisciplinary team of experts including board-certified surgeons many of whom have been performing weight loss surgery for more than 30 years.Combined with certified bariatric nurse coordinators weight loss specialists and dietitians they work to provide the best possible and highly personalized care for all patients. MBSAQIP works to advance safe high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgi- cal centers.A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can provide the hospital resources necessary for optimal care of obese patients as well as the support and resources that are necessary to address the entire spectrum of care and needs of bariatric patients from education and preparation for the surgery to the operation and then recovery. 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Lambert High Schools chapter of Future Business Leaders of America FBLA has taken this to heart. Their FBLA chapter has two new business teachers as sponsors both of whom were former students of Lead Advisor Susan Fagan. This generational chain has come together to form one of the most successful FBLA chapters in the state. Future Business Leaders of America is one of the oldest academic business clubs in the nation. It is a non-profit organization that is committed to pre- paring students for their future success in business. FBLA has chapters in schools across the country providing school-to-work programs business edu- cation curriculums and leadership development for students. Lamberts FBLA chapter has come a long way in the five years that they have been in existence. The club was started by Susan Fagan in 2010 with roughly 20 students. Today there are over 350 members making it the second largest chapter in the country and the largest chapter in Georgia. At the start of this school year two new business teacher positions were added to keep up with the student demand. According to Susan Our program has grown in the past few years. We have been promoting it and the students are looking down the road at business majors in post-secondary education. The growth in demand for business classes can be credited to the success of FBLA at Lambert in the regional and state competitions where the chapter has placed increas- ingly well over the past five years. We began with a few students competing and learning the ropes. The success of the students has built over the years. Now we are seeing more students wanting to be- come part of that success said Susan. The two new business teachers that were hired share one unique quality. Aside from being experts in their field they both had Susan Fagan as a for- mer teacher in high school. Jamie Godby who has been teaching business for 12 years credits her love for teaching business to having Susan as her accounting class instructor in high school. When I was in college I made the decision to major in Busi- by Brian DeRose Future Business Leaders at Lambert of Generations Knowledge Advisor Jamie Godby Lead Advisor Susan Fagan FBLA President Trey Arnold Advisor Mary Beth Jager 15CountyLineJanuary2016 ness. As I went through the courses I realized that I was called to teaching and thought back to how excited I was learning business and accounting in Ms. Fagans class. I knew that I wanted to give that excitement to students and made the decision to become a teacher. Mary Beth Jager is the other advisor who was hired as a business teacher and joined forces with Susan and Jamie. She also had Susan as her teacher in high school. Mary Beth said I wouldnt be where I am today without Susan. It wasnt so much about her teaching the technical aspects of accounting and business that stand out in my mind but how much she cared about her students. Mary Beth aspires to be as caring to the students in her classes. Mahima Siripurapu who is an FLBA officer and a student of Mary Beths said These classes have not only shown me what career path I want to pursue but have inspired me to start my own business doing what I love. Mahima has an event planning busi- ness that has grown in the past six months with no signs of slowing down. Lamberts FBLA president this year is senior Trey Arnold who has been a member since he was a freshman. According to Trey FBLA has seen their membership increase because many of the students want to improve their leadership skills. I wanted to be a part of this business club because my dad is in business and I really want to get into it too. My business teachers have had a strong influence on my decisions about what I want to do in college and in my future career. Being FBLA chapter president has taught me to delegate responsibilities. I used to do everything myself but my advisors have taught me that it all cant be done by just one person. Susan Fagan sums it all up by saying This year I have experienced one of the biggest highlights of my career. Two of my former students that I taught years ago are now teaching with me and are advi- sors for FBLA. Seeing how they have grown from young business students into the professional edu- cators they are today has been very rewarding for me. Students like Mahima and Trey are why we all teach. This is what FBLA is all about in the end stu- dents finding a passion for what they love. For all your skin care needs 1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd Suite 300 Cumming GA 30041 Across from Costco 3370 Paddocks Pkwy Suwanee GA 30024 Off 141 Close to BP Gas Station 3850 Pleasant Hill Rd. 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The project made an impact. Driving through Johns Creek its hard to overlook the lush landscaping maturing trees and colorful plantings. You realize that youre someplace special. Thats the goal of Johns Creek Beautification JCB. Believing that beauty can calm or ignite the soul they seek to establish and maintain projects that contribute to the visual and physical comfort of the citizens of Johns Creek and help to sustain property values for residents and businesses. In 2007 Linda along with Wendy Butler Jay Bockisch and Cleve Gaddis founded Johns Creek Beautification. Linda served as the organizations president from its founding until 2015 bringing to the role the benefit of many years of civic experience and the strong relationships she has built throughout the North Fulton area. Chuck Wilkinson who is a Georgia Master Gardener is now the organizations president. Linda Cleve Gaddis Denise Wagner Freda Hardage and Cindy Jenkins are the current members of the Board of Directors. by Kathleen Kraynick Beauty Community in the Celebrating CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net18 Chuck explained that Johns Creek Beautification has identified three areas in which theyll focus their efforts. Our priorities are median beautification the advancement of public art and developing a plan with the City for historic preservation he said. Over the past few years the public art initiative ArtSpot has moved front and center for the organization. As a first step Johns Creek Beautification worked with the 2013 Leadership Johns Creek class to cre- ate a public art plan. The plan was approved by Mayor Bodker and City Council in April 2013 and established the general criteria for public art locations and the process for artwork ap- provals. City ordinances were also revised to allow for public art to be selected and installed. In 2015 the public arts initiative took another step forward with the creation of the Johns Creek Beautification Public Arts Committee ArtSpot. Members Lynn Canty Danielle Len- away DiBella Rebecca Rahm and Jon Mantay represent different geographic areas of Johns Creek and have back- grounds in the art industry fundraising and the artwork selection process. The ArtSpot Public Arts Committee is chaired by JCB board member Cindy Jenkins who works as a transportation engineer for the City of Johns Creek has a background in project management and a passion for art. Cindy led committee members as they extensively researched how other cities implemented a public arts pro- gram and the best practices for inviting artists submissions. In addition to reviewing artwork the committee had to en- sure that they were adhering to the public art ordinance that contracts for leasing the artwork were properly written and that insurance requirements were met. The committee identified several locations throughout the Citys parks and public right of ways for the placement of art. The ArtSpot Committee worked tirelessly to ensure every aspect of creating this initiative was addressed. The level of detail and their commitment to seeing it through is immeasur- able said Linda. The first call for artwork opened in July 2015 and established sculpture artists art institutions and professional organizations were invited to submit artwork. When the application period closed in August 46 sculptures had been submitted by 21 professional artists who repre- sented 11 states and Washington D.C. The ArtSpot Public Arts Committee evaluated all of the entries and recom- mended several to the City of Johns Creek Public Art Board whose members are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to four year terms and are responsible for reviewing proposals for public art work and providing recommendations to the City Council. The Public Art Board conducted its own review of the pieces and passed them on to the City Council which unanimously approved their recommendations. In November 2015 the first four sculptures were installed and all of the pieces will remain in place until spring 2017. After that new artwork will be installed every 12 months on a rotating basis. Shakerag Park is home to Adam Walls Creepy Crawley. Two piecesCharlie Brouwers He Stopped to Look and Listen and Teak Bench Watcher by Jim Collinscan be found at Newtown Park. Splash created by Gregory Johnson is located at Johns Creek Walk. All of the public art is leased from the artists and funding for ArtSpot comes entirely from donations and grants. A fundraising campaign brought in just over 10000 last fall and those funds will go toward the payments to artists as well as to help purchase some of the Chuck explained that Johns Creek Beautification has identified three areas in which theyll focus their efforts. Our priorities are median beautification the advance- ment of public art and devel- oping a plan with the City for historic preservation he said. 19CountyLineJanuary2016 artwork for the City. Were relying on the private sector to make this happen explained Linda. This is an opportunity for our citizens along with the business communityto el- evate art and culture in our city. The public artwork will be updated each year and the ArtSpot Committee is considering a variety of options including a walkable sculpture garden and large pieces of art for the Citys roundabouts. Well seek feedback from the public on the pieces selected via our ArtSpot website and social media said Linda. Cindy pointed out that the committee is open to new ideas. It doesnt all have to be sculpture. We want to see all types of creativ- itywater features landscape art and more. We dont want this to be a cookie-cutter ver- sion of what other cities have done she shared. All entries must be original and created by professional artists no reproduction pieces are considered. The next call for artwork will begin this summer. The ArtSpot Committee is also looking at having artwork commis- sioned to celebrate the City of Johns Creeks 10th anniversary in December 2016 and will soon begin fundraising for that effort. The median beautification project was the first effort taken on by Johns Creek Beautifica- tion and is one that has made a significant and lasting impression. Early on the organiza- tion worked with Keep North Fulton Beautiful for planning and fundraising and then teamed up with the Citys Public Works Department to coordinate the project. JCBs efforts to secure donations from individuals and local businesses for the median landscaping helped the City to obtain grants because they could demonstrate community support for the proj- ect. Donations made to JCB have delivered a 5-1 return on investment. Fifteen thousand dollars in donations helped raise more than 130000 in grants that funded landscaping at several intersections as well as landscaping for the planned Kimball Bridge Multi-Use Trail project. Were usually behind the scenes said Linda. We partner with other entities to help lead big projects. We bring attention to an idea and then figure out who we need to partner with to make it happen. The median and intersection beautification projects were the draw for Chuck to get in- volved with JCB. As a master gardener he advises on design and plantings and is working with the City on ideas for improvements to additional medians and walking trails. Because of the successful median and intersection projects Johns Creek Beautification also serves as an example for other counties making these improvements. Forsyth County is doing this now and they came to Johns Creek Beautification for guidance Chuck said. Next on JCBs to-do list under consideration is the restoration of Rogers Bridge providing a pedestrian crossing over the Chattahoochee River. Restoring the bridge which would be a major public works undertaking will require a partnership between the cities of Johns Creek and Duluth as well as Fulton County and Gwinnett County governments. The cit- ies have applied for grants to assist with this project and JCB could serve as a community partner in securing grant funding. As of January 2016 Linda has resigned her seat on the JCB Board to serve as the District 1 resident representative on the Fulton County Public Art Committee. This is an exciting time for public artscape and I am honored to serve on the Public Art Committee as new planning and outreach efforts are underway that will further benefit our community she said. JCBs goal is to make the community aware of the need for art and culture in Johns Creek. As Linda explained it We encourage the public to get behind these efforts. As a commu- nity we dont want to have to leave the city to enjoy art and culture. Its important that we make this our own. Get involved. Leave a legacy. CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net20 Pinecrest Academy Develops Whole Child in Christ-Centered Environment For more information visit www.pinecrestacademy or call 770-888-4477. P inecrest Academy is a PreK3 through 12th grade college preparatory Catholic school located in Cumming Georgia. The school provides an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking while offering personalized attention in a Christ-centered environment of faith and reason. Pinecrest prepares students to become committed Christian leaders eager to transform a global society. This mission is accomplished in a gender specific environment on a co-ed campus. Following the educational philosophy of the Legionaries of Christ Pinecrest implements the method of Integral Formation to develop the human intellectual spiritual and apostolic dimensions of the whole person. Students are challenged to identify and use their gifts in service to others. Recognizing the parent as the primary educator of the child Pinecrests mission embraces the entire family. Pinecrest provides a safe moral and spiritual environment which leads to positive peer groups and joyful caring and confident students. Pinecrest is a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School and has been recognized for eight consecutive years as a School of Excellence by the Cardinal Newman Society Catholic School Honor Roll. Pinecrest is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools SACS and the Southern Association of Independent Schools SAIS. The school is also affiliated with the Georgia Independent School Association GISA National Catholic Education Association NCEA and National Consultants for Education NCE. What parents are saying Every day we are more impressed with Pinecrest than we were the day before even at the preschool level. The students are challenged in such unique ways while their need for love and nurturing is fulfilled and all is done with an amazing focus on Christ. The teachers are a true gift. Knowing that our children will come home happy each day ready to take on new challenges and eager to go back the next day is more than we could ask for in a school. - Greg Jennifer Althardt What students are saying The gender separate classes are fabulous. While getting older sometimes it gets awkward between genders. I personally feel that Ive gotten to know my classmates in a way I wouldnt have with boys being in the class. We can be smart and ask questions without worrying about what others will think. - Rachael Dougal 9th Grade 21CountyLineJanuary2016 Georgia Cancer Specialists GCS and Northside Hospital are collecting backpacks and suitcases for foster children in Georgia as part of the 14th an- nual totes 2 tots suitcase drive. More than 11600 children from infants to teenagers are currently in the foster care system in Georgia. Many of these children shuffle their belongings in garbage bags when they are removed from their homes. Since totes 2 tots was launched in 2003 the annual vol- unteer event has collected and distributed more than 41000 bags. totes 2 tots was originally held on Martin Luther King Day as a way to honor Dr. Kings vision of philanthropy and give back to the community. The event is now held on the preceding Thursday Friday and Saturday to kick-off a weekend of service in Dr. Kings honor. As the physicians and staff of Georgia Cancer Spe- cialists we look forward to honoring Dr. Martin Lu- ther Kings memory for the 14th consecutive year said Dr. Cheryl Jones M.D. vice president and chief medical officer GCS. Through this project we have demonstrated our commitment to support the fos- ter children of Georgia in achieving successful fu- tures in the community. Donations of new or nearly new backpacks and suit- cases will be accepted at the Johns Creek GCS of- fice located at 6300 Hospital Parkway Suite 300 on Friday January 15th from 10am to 2pm. Northside Hospital and Georgia Cancer Specialists Partner to Collect Suitcases for Georgia Foster Kids totes 2 tots Drive Honors Dr. Kings Legacy Johns Creek Office 6300 Hospital Parkway Suite 300 Johns Creek GA 30097 770 623-8965 Gwinnett Office 698 Duluth Highway Suite 201 Lawrenceville GA 30046 770 822-0788 THE CANCER ANSWER IN YOUR HOMETOWN Dr. Jorge Leguizamo Dr. Jayanthi Srinivasiah Dr. Karthi Subbannan Georgia Cancer Specialists is a national leader in advanced cancer treatment and research. The Cancer Answer is patient-focused care anchored by prevention early detection advanced treatment clinical research and compassionate caregivers. TM CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net22 Paparazzi CHRIS SPREHER TERRI ZIOERJEN JANETT MCNALLY MARTY CAREN LEVINE RICH DIGGELMANN HENRY IRACE BRITTANY OSNER KATIE DAVIS DRS. ANNA AND JAMES HICKS CINDY LOMBARDO ATHARI NASSAR HERSHEL YOUSEF ANGIE BERRY 23CountyLineJanuary2016 Massage service performed by Georgia Licensed Massage Therapists. 955 Peachtree Pkwy. Cumming GA 30041 770 888 4477 From hugs and prayers in the morning to fun-filled learning for the rest of the day Pre-K students at Pinecrest Academy thrive in a rich warm loving environment. Lily comes home happy every day. Jennifer Althardt Preschool Mom Join us for Open House Sunday January 31 1-3 PM CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net24 K athie Braswell is the principal at Brookwood Elementary School in Forsyth County. She en- joys her leadership role and is most proud to be part of a huge family that includes 1060 students 100 staff 4 goats 9 chickens and a very supportive PTA. Her values are rooted in her own family that built a strong foundation working sharing and learning to- gether and Kathie has embraced that idea not only for her personal life but also in her professional standards. Kathies strong sense of family began in her childhood as the third of six children. Her family moved frequent- ly because of her fathers job as a pilot. She was born in Tennessee then lived in Georgia Kentucky Kansas Ohio and Pennsylvania during her childhood. It was an adventurous way to grow up. I believe the frequent moves made our family closer. We always had each other Kathie said. Her family remains very close. They all live on the east coast and have had a summer beach reunion every year since the late 1970s. The family gathering now includes about 30 members that span five generations. This spring Kathie and her five sib- lings will take their mother on a cruise to celebrate her 90th birthday. Kathies frequent relocations ended once she moved to Georgia and she has lived in Cumming for the past twenty years. She and her husband enjoy time with their four children and four grandchildren. Kathie credits her mother for inspiring her work ethic. Her mother taught high school English and was an in- fluence in Kathies love of learning. I loved to read and write. My favorite subject in high school was Language Arts. I enjoyed the academic setting and going to school. I also enjoyed sports and in high school I was on the track team and played basketball and volleyball. I was influenced by phenomenal teachers who were engaging and encouraging. They guided me and were very inspiring Kathie said. These foundations led her on a journey in education. She earned her Bachelors degree in Education from Clarion State University in Pennsylvania and then taught middle school for three years in New York. Kathie moved to Georgia in 1980 and began teaching in Forsyth County at Big Creek El- ementary School in 1986 where she remained for 15 years. She earned her Masters degree in Education from Oglethorpe University and her Leadership Certifi- by Cindy LombardoBuilding Foundations 25CountyLineJanuary2016 cate from University of Georgia. In 2000 she became one of Forsyth Countys first Quality Work Facilitators at Big Creek Elementary. Two years later Kathie was appointed as assistant principal of Mashburn Elemen- tary School and in 2006 became the principal. She was assigned to open Brookwood Elementary School on Vaughan Drive in 2009. With many mentors along her career path Kathie said I learn from everybody I come in contact with. Thats really part of education learning and getting ideas from others. Now in her seventh year as principal of Brookwood Kathie is proud of the school and the community that supports it. Opening Brookwood Elementary was my most rewarding experience professionally. The parents have been so supportive since the school opened. They set up an award-winning PTA did landscaping projects at the school and sent their kids prepared to learn. It is a neighborhood school and we are currently reach- ing out to the diverse community of families with chil- dren at Brookwood to make sure that everyone feels welcome and included in PTA and school activities Kathie said. Brookwood Elementary had the first STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math Lab in Forsyth County public schools. For in-house field trips teachers align student use of the STEM lab with the curriculum. Brookwood Elementary extends beyond the building. There are four goats that keep the reten- tion pond grass trimmed and a chicken coop that hous- es eight hens and a rooster. Students hatch the hens eggs as part of Life Science studies. Also parents built a victory garden with six raised beds where students grow carrots lettuce spinach and parsley. Kathie is proud of the schools Trek Leader program that has 80 fourth and fifth grade students that have gone through formal training to serve as student leaders. These students help at PTA events and serve as men- tors to their peers. This year the school is starting the Seven Mindsets program for character development including Attitude of Gratitude Live to Give and Every- one is Accountable. Brookwood has very high achieving students and is also very supportive of its three autism classes and two special needs pre-k classes. Everyone wants to do what is best for the kids. It truly does take a village to help a child who is struggling Kathie said. She enjoys interacting with students and working with teachers parents and the PTA. Kathie is instrumental in building strong foundations for students and the rest of her school family at Brookwood. Whitney Cook MD Obstetrics Gynecology Sujatha Vivek MD FACOG Board Certified in Obstetrics Gynecology 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek GA 30097 I 3400A Old Milton Pkwy Ste 300 Alpharetta GA 30005 P 770.771.5270 I CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net26 MORE TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY A s population growth continues in and around Johns Creek a common question heard is Where did all these cars come from The answer Mostly from somewhere else. If Johns Creek was an island its road network could easily handle the traffic it generates. But a recent study showed that about 53 percent of the traffic in Johns Creek both originates and ends outside our city lim- its. Johns Creek sits at a crossroads between major highway and interstate arteries such as Ga. 400 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and I-85. When there are accidents on those roads people use Johns Creeks roads as alternative avenues. Plus more than 110000 people have moved into com- munities around Johns Creek since 2010 with more on the way. One major source of growth is the development of raw land. A single-family detached dwelling gener- ates approximately 10 new trips daily. South For- syth County has 28 new subdivisions under devel- opment and Johns Creek has 10 subdivisions under construction. In addition to population growth neighboring jurisdictions have multiple roadway projects at various stages aimed at Johns Creek. Complicating the matter is that before its founding in 2006 Johns Creek saw few traffic improvement projects even as the population surrounding the City was ballooning. After the City was launched officials began to aggressively plan and seek out- side funding to address long-standing needs. In fis- cal year 2015 alone the City completed 16 road improvement projects such as adding traffic sig- nals new lanes turn lanes and re-striping lanes to accommodate more traffic and to make the most of the roads capacity. Johns Creek currently has a list of more than 25 potential projects through 2019 to help manage the growing traffic challenge. In ad- dition to the 18.4 million in local funds the City secured 14.75 million in state and federal funds for improving Johns Creeks traffic situation. The City has received assistance from the Georgia Depart- ment of Transportation GDOT which has paid for and managed several projects. Johns Creek has taken a strategic approach in im- proving its roadways. First it tackled the major roadways. Now in addition to addressing its arte- rial roads it has embarked on a multi-year program to repave neighborhood streets. In 2015 the Pub- lic Works team repaved 34 miles of neighborhood roads in 34 subdivisions. The City has committed to spend another 5 million in 2016 to repave sev- eral more subdivisions. Where appropriate it is also building roundabouts which can allow traffic to flow better than stop signs or signals and re- duce the frequency and the severity of accidents. With so much to be done projects often overlap which can frustrate motorists. City officials are information and photography provided by the City of Johns Creek 27CountyLineJanuary2016 sensitive to the impact multiple projects have on the community. Transportation planners try not to schedule too many projects in one area of the City. However the timing of the construction is often de- pendent on the availability of state and federal fund- ing as well as when the project is approved. Addi- tionally once a project begins inclement weather or unforeseen construction issues may cause delays. And while the Public Works Department communi- cates with GDOT and tracks its progress on projects in the city limits the City has no authority over the scheduling of state projects. There are other fac- tors that can affect a projects timeline such as re- locating utilities which utility companies schedule. On projects the City does control its crews work as quickly as possible and do everything possible to mitigate congestion throughout the process. The City is leveraging technology and other innova- tive ideas to address its transportation challenges. Johns Creek employs software for an Intelligent Traffic System a program that coordinates traffic signals. By implementing special software install- ing back-up batteries to ensure signals work during power outages and by connecting traffic signals by fiber-optic cable to a Traffic Control Center at City Hall the system will help move traffic more effi- ciently. In another innovative approach Johns Creek was the first city in the state to implement flashing yel- low arrows to allow people to turn left as traffic al- lows instead of idling at a red light when no ve- hicles are coming. Johns Creek is also the first city in Georgia and the eighth in the U.S. to team up with Waze the worlds largest crowd-sourced traffic-navigation phone app to provide motorists timely notice of road con- struction and incident data in the City. The City will share information with Waze such as road closings major accidents and events that affect traffic. In return Waze will help transportation planners to better understand traffic patterns which can help in determining where to allocate future funds. Johns Creeks Public Works team is doing every- thing possible to move motorists through Johns Creek employing traditional solutions exploring new ideas and leveraging the latest in technology. To learn more and keep track of ongoing projects visit httpwww.johnscreekga.govservicespub- licworkstrafficimprovements. Board Certified Pediatric Dentist One Doctor Practice Children of All Ages Treated Parents Welcome in Treatment Areas In-Network with Most Insurances Low Radiation Digital X-rays Sedation Special Needs Dentistry 678-822-9818 10475 medlock bridge road suite 501 johns creek Happy New Year Mods mod batteries E-Cig Kits E-Juice eGo Batteries Coils CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net28 Things continue to evolve in healthcare. From electronic health records to surgical advance- ments change is ever present. Now change has come to the profession of Physical Therapy. Thanks to recent legislation by the State of Georgia patients now have the ability to have Direct Access to a Physical Therapist without a physician referral. House Bill 505 HB 505 now allows all patients to go straight to their PT for evaluation and treatment of their injuries aches and pains. In a similar manner you would go see your Chiropractor you can now see a Physical Therapist. Johns Creek Physical Therapy has been treating patients since 2003 under the direction of owner Marc C. Stewart PT. After working for larger corporations that were solely number-driven Marc opened his office with the idea of treating patients like people not just a number. Corporate healthcare was volume driven with little regard to how the patient was actually respond- ing to treatment. I wanted something different and I believe we have been able to build that within this community says Stewart. Thats what sets us apart. We really do care about our patients and they feel that care during the course of their treatment. We have a family type of atmosphere that our pa- tients appreciate. Stewart indicates he works with a number of physicians in the area and most of the patients are referred to the office. With Direct Access the goal is to get patients treated quicker than if they had to wait for an appointment to see their doctor. Of- ten times the first appointment leads to another appointment to see a specialist only to finally be referred to therapy. In some cases patients have to suffer for a week or more before seeing the PT. With direct access to Physical Therapy patients have the ability to start with therapy rather than waiting for a referral. Johns Creek Physical Therapy uses the latest treatments and techniques to treat injuries and those patients who have had surgery. These include sports injuries neck and back pain sprains and strains shoulder injuries joint replacements and any other type of injury. Patients may not know that they have the freedom to choose their provider. Even though your doctor may recommend you go somewhere else you have the final say in where you will go for your care. If you have an injury you need evaluated or treated or if you are looking for a better physical therapy experience give Johns Creek Physical Therapy a call at 770-622-5344. Most insurance accepted. Come experience The Way Therapy Should Be Johns Creek Physical Therapy is located at 4060 Johns Creek Pkwy Suite H Behind Tires Plus Visit our web site at Direct Access Johns Creek Physical Therapy 29CountyLineJanuary2016 The Primary Care Center for Your Entire Family Infant Adolescent Adult Geriatric DOT Physicals Other In-House Services Accepting All Patients New Old With Extended Hours Monday - Friday 8AM 6PM We Accept Most Health Plans A Collaborative Wellness-based Encounter Just for You eMedical Associates 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd Suite 501 Cumming Located across from The Collection at the southeast intersection of Peachtree Pkwy and Ronald Reagan Blvd Visit us at a.k.a. Encounter Medical Associates Primary Care Clinic To Make An Appointment Call 678-736-6000 Uthan Vivek MD FACS FRCSUK Board Certified Vascular Surgeon Varicose Veins P.A.D. Aneurysm Carotid Disease Diabetic FootLeg Ulcer Leg Pain 1-800-VEIN-DOC 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek 407 East Maple Ste 101 Cumming 770.771.5260 Providing Optimum Vascular Treatment Arthritis Northside Center The Northside Arthritis Center is a full-service practice that specializes in providing patients with innovative non-surgical diagnostic and treatment methods to reduce their joint pain and improve their quality of life. Our board- certified physician Dr. David Covall uses state-of-the-art technology to identify the progression of arthritis in each patient and then develops a conservative patient-centered treatment plan that is personalized to fit their lifestyle. The Northside Arthritis Center Offers Patients Gait Analysis Radiologic Imaging Laboratory Testing Genetic and Biochemical Marker Evaluation Ultrasound-Guided Injections Conservative Alternative Medical CAM Treatments including acupuncture weight and nutritional programs and lifestyle education Call 770 667-4337 to make an appointment The Northside Arthritis Center is a full-service practice that specializes in providing patients with innovative non-surgical diagnostic and treatment methods to reduce their joint pain and improve their quality of life. Our board- certified physician Dr. David Covall uses state-of-the-art technology to identify the progression of arthritis in each patient and then develops a conservative patient-centered treatment plan that is personalized to fit their lifestyle. Conservative Alternative Medical CAM Treatments including Conservative Alternative Medical CAM Treatments including acupuncture weight and nutritional programs and lifestyle educationacupuncture weight and nutritional programs and lifestyle education Call 770 667-4337 to make an appointment 3400-C Old Milton Parkway Suite 190 Alpharetta GA 30005 CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net30 I nstead of spending the day sleeping in on an off day from school 45 students repre- senting the four Johns Creek High SchoolsCentennial Chattahoochee Johns Creek and Northviewboarded a bus heading to Atlanta anxious to learn more about their government and how it functions in Georgia. The student lead- ers spent part of the day discovering the varied responsibilities of the Department of Revenue from Department of Revenue Commissioner Lynne Riley and her staff including Sid the de- partments drug enforcement dog. The group was treated to a guided tour of the State Capitol given by noted Georgian civic leader Roger Wise. Walking the venerable marbled floors of this working Capitol building Mr. Wise familiarized the stu- dents with the governmental proceedings that go on under the Gold Dome. Liz Hausmann Vice Chairman and the Fulton County Commissioner representing the residents of District 1 and specifically Johns Creek explained the functions of Fulton County Government. She described how decisions made at the County level directly influence the citizens of Johns Creek. These high school sophomores and juniors learned about the duties of the City Attorney and the process of voter regis- tration and elections in Fulton County. Superior Court Judge Jackson Bedford enlightened the group on how the court sys- tem works in Georgia prior to actually visiting the Fulton County Jail and witnessing the stark reality of a criminal detention center. Currently the program is in its fourth year. This years 2015-2017 class was expanded from 40 to 45 students to allow greater participation in this increasingly popular two year experience. Besides acquiring leadership skills the students learn project management skills that help them to develop a mentoring project with their local elementary or middle feeder school. Todays students aretomorrowsleaders and exposure to public and private sector entities during the SLJC program offers them a glimpse of the opportunities for career success that are available to them to pursue stated Commissioner Lynne Riley. The two year Student Leadership Johns Creek program is managed by an advisory commit- tee under the direction of Leadership Johns Creek a 501c 3 non-profit in collaboration with Fulton County Schools. Day-to-day functions are handled by an Executive Director Irene Sanders who is a Johns Creek resident and mother of two graduates of Johns Creek high schools. Participants are students who have demonstrated either solid or emerging leadership qualities in school places of worship or in community service activities. Funding is made possible through the generous contributions of sponsors such as Emory Johns Creek Hospital as well as tuition paid by the students and their families. For more information please contact Executive Director Irene Sanders at or call 404-406-0480. by Irene Sanders STUDENT LEADERSHIP JOHNS CREEK GOVERNMENT DAY OF LEARNING Georgian civic leader Roger Wise speaks to the students about governmental proceedings. 31CountyLineJanuary2016 CountyLine January 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net32