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1CountyLineMarch2016 MARCH 2016 Jack McConnell CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net2 DEmentia whole family impacts your Theres no getting around it dementia is hard on everyone involved. But it is possible to lessen the load. Were here to help with a progressive approach to assisted living for memory loss that redefines the traditional idea of memory care bringing peace of mind to everyone in your family. Our two neighborhoods of memory care provide just the right amount of assistance at just the right time. Schedule a private tour with our trained senior care counselors to learn how we can help. 770 504-4410 3180 Karen White Drive Suwanee GA 30024 3CountyLineMarch2016 Were honored to serve you Its an honor to be recognized as the nations leading hospital for maternity and newborn care. Look a little closer and youll discover that Northside performs more surgeries and diagnoses and treats more breast and gynecologic cancer than any other hospital in Georgia. While people choose Northside for our expertise they also know us for our exceptional compassionate care. Visit us online at CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net4 COVER STORY 16 USE YOUR GIFTS TO SERVE OTHERS DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 26 Day Trippin Highlands North Carolina 28 Paparazzi 16 5CountyLineMarch2016 FEATURES 8 A Force to Be Reckoned With 14 Preparing for the Right Fit 20 CanCare More Than Medical Treatment 22 Special Olympian at Emory Johns Creek Hospital COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 30 Jonny Xenas Spread the Words Foundation Raises and awards 20000 from 5KFun Run BUSINESS FOCUS 24 Georgia Cancer Specialists A Dreaded DiagnosisWhat to Do When You Face Cancer 22 20 148 CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net6 R aised in a loving home with strong faith has given Jack McConnell a unique perspective on being born with hearing loss. Jack considers his hearing loss to be a gift. When he was eleven years old Jack started 2020 Hear- ing a nonprofit organization that brings the gift of hearing to others around the world who Jack feels are not as fortunate as he has been. Please read about this amazing teenager and how he has turned what others would consider a disability into a gift for many with hearing loss around the world. In January Stephanie Endres was sworn into Post 5 for a two- year term on the Johns Creek City Council. Stephanie does not consider herself to be a political person so while getting to know more about her read what motivated her to run for City Council what she intends to accomplish and why she considers herself to be a force to be reckoned with In 2012 Kay Royal and Neal Kuhlhorst started a CanCare chapter in Johns Creek to provide emo- tional support and hope to cancer patients and their family members. Since then they have trained 74 volunteers many of whom like volunteer Pam Lord benefited from CanCare during their own cancer experience. Be sure to read much more about CanCare the invaluable contributions they are making in our community and their volunteer training. Many readers know Denise Eccleston from her successful career as a school counselor at Settles Bridge Elementary Johns Creek Elementary and Lambert High School. Denise has opened her own business Aim for the Future and is an Independent Educational Consultant. Read about why Denise decided to start Aim for the Future and how she helps students in grades eight through twelve as they prepare to select the college that is the right fit for them. Between her job as a nursing assistant at Emory Johns Creek Hospital EJCH and her participation in Special Olympics competitions and performances Katie Kludt has a very busy schedule. Youll re- ally enjoy reading about Katies work at EJCH her successes as a member of the Special Olympics gymnastics team and other performances that take her around the world Highlands North Carolina is a wonderful place to go for a day trip or its even better if you can stay at least one night to see and do more in and around this fabulous town. Read more about Highlands and youll want to plan a day trip or a weekend to visit there soon The business focus this issue is on Georgia Cancer Specialists. Be sure to read the very valuable information they have provided to help the family of newly diagnosed cancer patients to be the best support system possible for their loved one. Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher From the Publisher 7CountyLineMarch2016 Publisher Judy Le Jeune 678-787-3551 Editorial Advertising 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Kathleen Kraynick Cindy Lombardo Alysia Satchel Photography courtesy of Starkey Hearing Foundation courtesy of Denice Kludt On the Cover Jack McConnell 2020 Hearing CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 24797 copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses in the east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth. 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Lauderdale Florida the oldest of three children. She attended Florida State University and earned a Bachelors degree in Ac- counting in 1990. I chose accounting and never wavered she explained. Ive always liked working with numbers. Numbers are like puzzle pieces that tell a story. And its a puzzle that you can always solve. At Florida State Stephanie met her hus- band Mark and they moved to Lansing Michigan Marks hometown after college. As the couple talked about having children Stepha- nie says that it was important that they be close to family. Having relationships with family is so criti- cal for kids. I knew that when I had children we had to have family around she shared. Stephanie and Mark both had family in Atlanta and moved south in 1997. They bought their home in what is now Johns Creek in 1999 and have lived there since. Not long after their son Matthew was born. Matthews medi- cal issues and special needs required their full at- tention for much of the next five years. Despite his challenges Matthew has exceeded all of his doctors expectations and the experience of raising a child with special needs helped to sear the relationship between Stephanie and Mark. We are a force to be reckoned with she said with pride. Daughters nine-year-old Josephine and seven-year-old Aman- da complete the family. When Josephine was born it reopened our spirituality and we became more in- volved in our church and community. As their chil- dren grew Mark and Stephanie took on leadership roles in Cub Scouts where Mark was a den leader. Stephanie started a Daisy troop and is co-leader of a Brownie troop. She also volunteers at her daugh- ters school and is active with the kids swim teams. 9CountyLineMarch2016 Stephanie works full-time as corporate controller for a healthcare company in Atlanta. The family makes a trip to Walt Disney World every year. Stephanie and Mark both grew up loving Dis- ney World and even spent their honeymoon there. Now they let the kids direct the trip and Stepha- nie said Its a different adventure every year The family enjoys local activities like sporting events theater and opera. They are starting to travel more making plans to visit historical landmarks as the children grow and gain an appreciation for history. In her years as a Johns Creek resident Stephanie has come to realize how much families rely on their community and explained I want to do my part to support that to support other families. She has served on the Board of the River KnollStratmore homeowners association for six years. She and Mark attended their first Johns Creek City Council meeting about six years ago and Stephanie said I kept going to City Council meetings and my goal became less about communicating with the City Council and more about raising awareness in our community and the need for citizens to be involved. We should all be able to have civil direct conversa- tions with one another because we live right next to each other. When special elections were held last year to fill two open City Council seats Stephanie decided to run for office. Winning the seat was nice she said but the best parts of the experience were hav- ing friends and neighbors assist in the election and forging new relationships within our community. Stephanie credits Mark for his solid support and guidance as her husband and best friend. We are truly two halves of a whole. He is a strong resource for me for our family and for the City. Her goals as a City Council member include establishing sound best practices for fiscal policies and focusing on fol- lowing the specifics of the City Charter. Stephanie plans to use the next two years on the City Coun- cil to continue to raise awareness and get citizens more engaged. Ill have solid conversations with other Council members and continue the conversa- tions forged with friends and neighbors during my campaign. I want to drive more dialogue around the direct impact of Council decisions she said. In- deed Stephanie is a force to be reckoned with. FastTurn Around No Artwork Fees No Setup Fees No Minimums No Kidding T-Shirts Tanks Polos Hoodies Toddlers Clothes Hats Jackets Uniforms Gifts More SuwaneeJohns Creek 2615 Peachtree Parkway Suite 210 Suwanee GA 30024 678 842-3764 Cumming 1070 Market Place Blvd. Cumming GA 30041 770 889-3764 To schedule an appointment call 404-300-9931 9810-B Medlock Bridge Rd. 104 Johns Creek 30097 1st Choice Sports Rehab Center Sports Chiropractic Physical Therapy Massage Dr. Lauren Cortjens is a highly specialized sports chiropractor who has pursued years of post-graduate training. As an athlete herself she understands the mindset and emotions involved while training and preparing for competition. 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So if your child gets hurt count on our team of doctors therapists and athletic trainers to help him get back in the game. Learn more at choa.orgsportsmed. 2016 Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Inc. All rights reserved.2016 Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Inc. All rights reserved. Some physicians and afliated healthcare professionals on the Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees.Some physicians and afliated healthcare professionals on the Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta team are independent providers and are not our employees. When it comes to Sports Medicine weve got great stats. CHILDRENS AT FORSYTH 410 PEACHTREE PARKWAY CUMMING CHILDRENS AT WEBB BRIDGE 3155 NORTH POINT PARKWAY ALPHARETTA CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net14 by Judy Le Jeune D enise Ecclestons smile genuinely expresses how she feels about her work as an Indepen- dent Educational Consultant. With a success- ful career as an elementary and high school counselor in Forsyth County schools in 2014 Denise made the decision to leave the school system and open her own business Aim for the Future. Whether she is helping an eighth-grader make choices in course selection and ex- tra-curricular activities as they prepare to enter high school or working with a junior when they are select- ing which colleges to visit Denise guides students to make choices that are personalized to their individual needs and goals. I loved working with students and their parents as a school counselor but I realized that there was a need to be able to work more in-depth with them when they started planning for college said Denise. Every student needs to find the right fit for them when they are choosing where to go to college. As a school counselor I didnt have the time to explore these needs with each student and their parents so when my own boys both left for college I saw this as my time to start a new career as an Independent Educational Consultant. Though Denise chose to study Elementary Education at Stetson College the course of her life took her in a different direction and she skipped teaching in the classroom to pursue a career in counseling. Soon after Denise graduated from college she and her husband Randy moved to Alaska. He was in the Army and had been assigned to a base in Fairbanks. While there they had their first son Zack and soon after the next transfer to Oklahoma their son Wes was born. The boys are just fifteen months apart in age so though raising two toddlers at the same time kept Denise busy she was giving thought to what she would do when they both went to school. When Randy tran- sitioned from the military they moved to Wisconsin for his new civilian job and Denise made the decision to go back to school to study counseling. Being a mom helped me to realize that I was more suited to work- Preparing for the Right FIT 15CountyLineMarch2016 ing with children of all ages on a daily basis rather than teaching many children in one grade level in a classroom said Denise. At the University of Wisconsin Whitewater Denise earned a Masters in School Coun- seling. With her own boys in elementary school Denise started her career as a counselor with a paid intern- ship at two elementary schools in Waukesha Wiscon- sin. Soon after Randy and Denise decided to move to Atlanta to be closer to family. Ready for permanent employment she attended a Job Fair for Forsyth County Schools and was hired as a part- time counselor at Settles Bridge Elementary. Working part-time for the first year was a great transition for me and my family said Denise. The next year she started full-time and stayed at Settles Bridge for four years before moving to Johns Creek Elementary when it opened in 2007. After two years Denise moved to Lambert High School when it opened in 2009 and was a counselor there for five years. She was the recipient of the Forsyth County Schools Counselor of the Year award for 2007-2008 while she was at Johns Creek El- ementary and the High School Counselor of the Year award for 2011-2012 while at Lambert. In 2009 De- nise was awarded the Georgia School Counselors As- sociations State Elementary School Counselor of the Year. At the completion of the 2013-2014 school year Denise acted on her desire to be able to work more in- depth with students and their parents and she started Aim for the Future. Working with eighth-grade students gives me the opportunity to help them build their story from the ground up so they are able to make choices that will benefit them the most said Denise. I help students to explore what they are good at and what they en- joy. I encourage them to select courses that will build on their strengths and to challenge themselves appro- priately. Its important for students to use their high school years to focus on who they are and who they want to be. I encourage them to be open-minded. I of- ten introduce juniors and seniors to colleges they didnt even know existed During the initial consultation Denise explains to stu- dents and their parents what she will do for them and what she expects their role to be in the process. The focus of our relationship differs with each student and the grade theyre in when they come to me but the end-goal is always to find the college that is the right fit and will provide them with the opportunity to be aca- demically successful and socially fulfilled said Denise. Dr. Lakshmi P. Reddy MD Dr. Reddy is board certified in Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Reddy completed her residency at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis Missouri. She then completed her fellowship in allergy and immunology at the Medical College of Georgia. Prior to receiving her medical degree Dr. Reddy received her Bachelor of Science degree from Emory University. She is a native of Atlanta and lives in north Atlanta with her husband and 2 children. Mon-Thurs 800AM-500PM Fri 800AM-1200PM Extended Shot Hours Call our office to make an appointment today 678-615-7878 Same Day and Walk-in Appointments Available Children Adults Board-Certified Physicians Testing and Treatments Done On-Site Most Insurance Plans Accepted Allergy Asthma Institute 10700 Medlock Bridge Rd. Suite 102 Johns Creek GA 30097 CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net16 Jack helps a Haitian child to use and hear his voice for the first time. photocourtesyofStarkeyHearingFoundation 17CountyLineMarch2016 T hree years ago a series of events circumstances and a gift from his parents led then eleven-year-old Jack McConnell to start 2020 Hearing a non-profit or- ganization that provides audiology care for people around the world whose lives are improved with the gift of hearing. Jack and his older sister Madison and younger broth- er Will have been raised in a lov- ing home that has been guided by their belief in God. This strong faith provided by his parents Tanya and Matt has enabled Jack to look upon what others would consider to be a disability as a gift. I think that God gave me hearing loss so I could use it to help others states Jack. The circumstances that led Jack to start 2020 Hearing to help others began when he was born. On April 3 2001 Jack was born at Northside Hospital. That week the hospital began administering the Universal Newborn Hearing Screen- ing UNHS which was a national initiative that mandated hospitals to perform the screening on all newborns before they left the hos- pital. One of the first babies tested at Northside Jack was the first to fail. The nurse who administered the screening assured Tanya and Matt USE YOUR GIFTS by Judy Le Jeune Whoever has ears let them hear. Matthew 139 TO SERVE OTHERS CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net18 that the result was probably due to their inexperience with the test and they were told to ad- dress the situation with Jacks pediatrician at his two-week-old appointment. Jack was given another hearing test and failed again. It was recommended that he see a pediatric audiolo- gist for further testing. At four weeks old an Auditory Brainstem Response test that mea- sured movement in Jacks brain confirmed that he had mild to moderate bilateral sensory neural hearing loss. It was by the Grace of God that Jack was one of the first babies tested and the first to fail the UNHS said Tanya. Without this information we probably wouldnt have known about his hearing loss until he was two years old and the effects of not being able to do early intervention would have been devastating to his development. Matt and Tanya immediately began to research the potential effects that Jacks hearing loss could have on his development. What they found was that the critical period for language-learning closes at around five years of age and that verbal input during the first few years was critical to his language-skills development. At six weeks old Jack was fitted with his first hearing aids and Tanya contacted both the Georgia Parent Infant Network for Educational Services and the Atlanta Speech School to start early intervention. Jacks development was dependent on what was visual so we showed him objects and photos and verbally described to him what he was seeing said Tanya. We talked to him constantly and these things combined along with the early intervention programs he participated in resulted in him developing a vocabulary by age two that was beyond that of the average two year old. Jack was ready to start the pre-school program at Mount Pisgah Christian School even though his hearing loss had worsened from mildmoderate to moderatesevere. Tanya and Matt raised their children to use their gifts to serve others. Their family scripture is Galatians 513 You my brothers and sisters were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh rather serve one another humbly in love. When Jack was eleven years old Matt and Tanya set aside some money for each of their children to use to serve others. It was up to each of the children how they wanted to use the money and who they wanted to serve. Around this same time Jack needed new hearing aids. He had heard that Starkey Hearing Technologies was the largest manufacturer of hearing devices in the world so he visited their web site. While there Jack noticed a link for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. He read about and watched videos showing the work they did on missions to un- developed countries. Jack was amazed that Starkey Hearing Foundation started in 1984 by the companys CEO William Bill Austin was bringing the gift of hearing to so many people around the world. I immediately told my parents This is what I want to do to help others. I want to bring the gift of hearing to people that dont have access to the same kind of hearing care that I did. Jack started 2020 Hearing and began the process of making it a 501c3. Jack hand-wrote a letter to Bill Austin telling him that he was inspired by Starkey Hearing Foundation and wanted to be a part of their missions so he could use his gift of hearing loss to make a difference in the lives of others in the world with hearing loss who were less fortunate and could not afford hearing aids. He waited anxiously to hear back but in the meantime an associate of Matts connected them to a group of audiologists and audiology students from Utah State University who were going to Ghana to screen children for hearing loss and fit them with hearing aids. It was arranged for Jack and Matt to join the group and they began a campaign for donations of hearing aids and sports jerseys to take to Ghana. I know that wearing a hearing aid can make kids feel self-conscious so I wanted to bring sports jerseys with me to give to each child we fitted. I wanted them to be able to feel cool said Jack. News of what Jack was doing to prepare for his upcoming trip to Ghana spread quickly in the community and much to his surprise what he was doing was recognized by NBCs 11Alive as a Random Act of Kindness. The news crew and my parents just walked into my classroom and I had no idea it was to interview me said Jack. When the segment aired it touched many people who sent checks sports jerseys and hearing aids. Even the Atlanta Braves got involved It was amazing 19CountyLineMarch2016 A few weeks before Jack and Matt were leaving for Ghana Bill Austin from Starkey Hearing Foundation called from Uganda to speak with Jack. He was serving on a mission trip there with President Bill Clinton and Richard Branson Bill invited Jack and Matt to join him on a future mission trip to India but Matt explained that they were committed to leave for Ghana. Bill offered to send a team to Ghana to help and this was the start of a mission relationship between Starkey Hearing Foundation and 2020 Hearing. As promised a representative from Starkey Hearing Foundation came to Ghana and brought hearing aids. The experience of putting hearing aids on a child and watching their face as they hear for the first time is the most amazing thing Ive ever experienced said Jack. Though Ive done it many times since it always makes me feel so good to know that I am helping to completely change the life of someone who no longer has to live in a silent world. Together Jack and Starkey Hearing Foundation have completed mission trips to Peru Nicaragua two to Accra in Ghana and their recent trip last December to Haiti. In March 2015 Jack was recognized by the Johns Creek City Council for work that he is doing to help families with children who need hearing aids. On Janu- ary 21 Jack was recognized at the State Capitol by the Georgia House of Representatives for the contri- butions he is making to help others through 2020 Hearing. This recognition was recommended by Johns Creek House Representative Brad Raffensperger. Jack is now fourteen years old and is an eighth-grad- er at Mount Pisgah. He plays lacrosse on the schools team and focuses on doing well in all his classes so he can do everything possible to achieve the goals he has for his future. My dream is to go to college at Duke University and study there to become an audiologist said Jack. I would also like to play on their lacrosse team while Im there so I focus on studying and prac- ticing and playing lacrosse. There are approximately 32 million children in the world that have disabling hearing loss. In some coun- tries these children are considered to be a curse and they are ostracized put in orphanages or killed. Re- ceiving the gift of hearing from 2020 Hearing is liter- ally saving and dramatically changing the lives of those with hearing loss around the world. I know how blessed I am to have such wonderful parents and to be a part of such a loving family with such strong faith said Jack. I wouldnt be who I am today without the early intervention and hearing care that my parents have given me. It is because of this that I see my hearing loss as a gift and have been able to use my gift to serve others. For more information about 2020 Hearing visit I wouldnt be who I am to- day without the early inter- vention and hearing care that my parents have given me. It is because of this that I see my hearing loss as a gift and have been able to use my gift to serve others. Jack McConnell CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net20 Neal Kulhorst Kay Royal and Pam Lord CanCareMore Than Medical Treatment Conquering cancer means more than getting through medical treatments and overcoming physical struggles. Patients and their loved ones have to manage the emotional fears and anxieties that come with a cancer diagnosis. CanCare provides emotional support and hope to both patients and their caregivers from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. The faith-based network has joined with corporations churches and the healthcare communi- ty in Johns Creek since 2012 to serve cancer patients and their families. CanCare is a nonprofit organization with a goal to fight cancer with hope. It began in Houston in 1990 with cancer survivor Anne Shaw Turnages mission to support cancer patients and their caregivers. Since then CanCare has grown from one church to a net- work spanning over 100 businesses hospitals and congregations. Volunteers are cancer survivors and caregivers of cancer survivors. CanCare is unique in matching volunteers one-on-one with similarly-aged patients of the same cancer type. Kay Royal benefited from CanCare support when she lived in Houston and underwent treatment for Hodg- kins Lymphoma. She became a volunteer in 1993 and brought the idea of CanCare to Johns Creek where she and her family relocated in 2004. CanCare turned my cancer into a positive experience. I see cancer as a gift that strengthened my faith and I felt called to support others with cancer Kay said. As a member of Johns Creek Presbyterian Church JCPC she in- troduced the idea of CanCare to Neal Kulhorst the Director of Counseling Services at JCPC. Neal whose wife is a colon cancer survivor embraced the idea. In 2012 with interest from the community and other local churches JCPC became the flagship church to develop CanCare in Georgia. Since the first Johns Creek training session in 2012 the local CanCare organization has held annual train- ing sessions for 74 volunteers that represent 17 local congregations. Volunteers receive 13 hours of train- ing over a weekend to learn how to listen empathize and provide a symbol of hope. Volunteers support pa- tients over the phone face-to-face or through social media until closure is reached. Some matches turn into lasting friendships. In 2013 CanCare also began providing hospital visitation programs at Emory Johns Creek Infusion Center. Kay said Volunteers provide onsite support. When there are patients having a bad week with doubts and fears seeing and talking with someone who has survived gives them hope. by Cindy Lombardo 21CountyLineMarch2016 Pam Lord a breast cancer survivor benefited from CanCare as a patient. Your perspective changes when you get a cancer diagnosis. Having someone reach out to you gives you hope. They have walked that path and understand your doubts fears and emotions Pam said. She has been a CanCare volun- teer since 2013 and was matched with her first pa- tient in 2014. Pam said She needed someone to talk to besides family and friends and was so thankful I came into her life. We started talking a few times a week and spent time together. I felt like I was called to be there for her. Our relationship is ongoing and she has gone through training to be a volunteer. CanCare cancer survivors often turn their cancer ex- perience into something positive. Helping others is the most powerful form of healing and the deepest purpose of our lives develops as we care for others Neal said. He has given presentations on CanCare to oncologists and healthcare representatives from hos- pitals throughout Georgia to explain how CanCare vol- unteers are making a difference in the lives of cancer patients. Getting a cancer diagnosis means adjusting to a new normal including dealing with emotions and navigating the healthcare system. Having a com- munity of cancer survivors helps patients navigate through the web of healthcare issues. The goal is to provide a standard of care. CanCare provides a col- laboration of faith care organizations and medical or- ganizations so patients can openly discuss fears and how faith can help. With this support 90 of patients become less anxious find an increased sense of hope and can better talk to practitioners Neal said. The Johns Creek community has shown support in a variety of ways. Prayer Shawl Ministries provide shawls for volunteers to give to cancer patients dur- ing hospital visitations. Fundraisers such as a Belk Charity Sale in 2014 and concerts sponsored by Can- Care have raised awareness and money. The CanCare network continues to expand as the pool of volun- teers increases and more referrals come from doctors and churches. Recently a womens cancer support group at Emory Johns Creek Hospital began as an offshoot program from CanCare. Neal and Kay are certified trainers and lead continuing education with volunteers twice a year. The next training in Johns Creek will be on March 11-13. For more information about CanCare or to inquire about the March 11-13 training session please visit Massage service performed by Georgia Licensed Massage Therapists. To find out call 678-898-4645 or email If you are a provider of medical services in Johns Creek do you know what the Johns Creek Healthcare Association has to offer you and your practice Looking for a healthcare provider Visit CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net22 F or the past four years Katie Kludt has worked diligently as a nursing assistant at Emory Johns Creek Hospital EJCH. When shes not working there Katie is training for Special Olympics competi- tions and performances across Metro Atlanta and in countries around the globe. Briggs Associates placed the 25-year-old who has Down Syndrome at EJCH through Project Search a program that was launched in the late 1990s at the Cincinnati Childrens Medi- cal Center. The purpose of this program is to provide work experience for youth with disabilities to help them make successful transitions from school to adult life. In 2003 Briggs Associates formed a partnership with Project Search and brought the program to Georgia. Briggs Associates then partnered with Emory Health- care and the Fulton County school system to work with select students. When she was 21 years old Katie completed an in- ternship through Project Search during her last year at Alpharetta High School. She received training for nine months at a local hospital and was then placed at EJCH. Katie typically works morning shifts for four hours five days a week. Shes responsible for putting instruments into packets that need to be sterilized for the Operat- ing Room and assembles kits for blood cultures for the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit. Katie also puts together patient packets for the Outpatient De- partment. She then delivers everything that she has worked on to the assigned departments to give nurses easy access to these important items. Katies super- visor Director of Surgical Services Bobbi Sutton RN says Katie is an amazingly hard worker who is always on time and does exactly what shes supposed to do. Shes dependable reliable honest and trustworthy. Heather Powell has worked as Katies job coach through Briggs Associates for the last three and a half years. She says that working with the nurses and staff at EJCH has helped Katie to improve her communication and other skills. Katie finds it very important to do her job with excellence and with quality customer service said Heather. She is motivated to do a good job be- cause she takes a lot of pride in her work and enjoys being at EJCH. As Katie says I like working in the hospital and having a career here. Working in the medical field isnt anything new to Ka- tie. Her father John Kludt MD was a family physician and though he is now retired he is serving as Medical Director for Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwin- nett. John says he sees how devoted Katie is to her job at EJCH. Well want to go on a family vacation and shell say Dad I cant take off of work. He says that he has seen her independence grow. Shes very proud that she makes enough money to take me out to lunch every Thursday John said. Katie started gymnastics when she was 16 years old. She is on the Special Olympics gymnastics team and trains throughout the year preparing for their competi- tions and other performances. Some of the countries by Alysia Satchel Special Olympian at Emory Johns Creek Hospital photocourtesyofDeniceKludt Katie is lifted up at World Gymnaestrada in July 2015 23CountyLineMarch2016 she has traveled to include Austria Canada Estonia Germany England Finland South Africa and Switzerland. Katie is a rhyth- mic gymnast and uses a ball hoop club or ribbon to perform. Her Special Olympics gymnastics coach and instructor Cindy Bick- man has trained Katie for the last decade. With each competi- tion Katie has become more confident in her performance. She practices two to three times every week for two to three hours each session said Cindy. Im confident that she is ready to ad- vance to level four in her training which is the highest Special Olympics level in rhythmic gymnastics. She wants to be a coach and can always be counted on to help the younger gymnasts. Katies parents travel with the team overseas and her father is the team doctor. Katie also takes ballet jazz or tap once a week. Katies mother Denice says that gymnastics and her job at EJCH have made a tremendous difference in her daughters ability to interact with others. Shes made friendships and her speech has improved said Denice. Our goal is to be an ambassador for special needs. We emphasize the abilities not the disabilities. In November 2015 Katie earned 12th place in rhythmic gym- nastics at the Down Syndrome International Gymnastics World Championship in Italy. Riding on this success she is practicing to participate in the Georgia Special Olympics summer games at Emory University in May 2016. Katie continues to enjoy her job at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and to feel good about the contribu- tions she is making to help the staff and patients. As Katie says I like working in the hospital and having a career here. Dr. William H. Johnson is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.He is a member of many national medical and surgical societies including the Ameri- can College of Surgeons. Dr. William H. Johnson is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.He is a member of many national medical and surgical societies including the Ameri- Call 770-232-2911 ext.105 Vein Technician Patrick will be happy to answer your questions and assist in scheduling a consultation. 6920 McGinnis Ferry Road Suite 340 Johns Creek Treatment options are available for individuals with Spider and Varicose Veins Endovenous Ablation RFA treatment Sclerotherapy Ambulatory Phlebectomy Beyond varicose veins vein treatments help with leg pain restless leg syndrome and tired legs. Treatment for both men and women. Surgical and non-surgical treatment techniques are performed in our ofce using local anesthesia. Most patients return to work and normal activities the next day Vein procedures are covered by most medical insurance plans. CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net24 Its a moment you probably never expected after mul- tiple tests your doctor confirms your worst fear a can- cer diagnosis. With those three little words you have cancer your whole life seems to be turned upside down. However be- ing a cancer patient or caring for one doesnt have to mean you have to face the journey alone. Building a Support System There may be nothing more vital than the love and sup- port of those around you. Cancer can be just as devastat- ing when a loved one is diagnosed. It isnt always easy to know how to respond or how to offer support. Here we offer a few tips for being a caring companion Provide a sense of control. People with cancer often feel anxious about the loss of control that accompanies their diagnosis. Families can be most supportive by giving back that control and allowing the person to make their own choices. Know that being together really helps. Spending time with you even without doing anything in particular can be a tremendous comfort to the person with cancer. Knowing that you want to be there makes them feel loved and supported. Make room for all feelings. Remember that the person with cancer wont necessarily follow any particular emotional style and may feel different emotions at different times. Expressing all their feelings especially the painful ones is healthy. Be open to it and respond with interest and compassion. Listen but dont push. Be available and watch for cues that they want to talk. Let them decide when its time to talk and what they want to talk about. Recognize that family roles might change. While its important for a person with cancer to maintain a routine a cancer diagnosis can disrupt family roles. Try to show flexibility and have everyone lend a hand. Be prepared to communicate to healthcare professionals. Identify questions to discuss and be prepared to take notes. Learn to communicate well with your loved ones health care providers so you can be a more effective care- taker and advocate. Take care of yourself too. Families can be more effective caregivers if they take good care of themselves. Be sure to get enough sleep eat well exercise and take part in activities you enjoy. Georgia Cancer Specialists offers myriad resources in- cluding The Cancer Answer an integrative approach to cancer care that includes prevention early detection ad- vanced treatment clinical research and compassionate caregivers in communities across Georgia. Learn more at A Dreaded Diagnosis What to Do When You Face Cancer 25CountyLineMarch2016 THE CANCER ANSWER IN YOUR HOMETOWN 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 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 Dr. Jorge Leguizamo Dr. Jayanthi Srinivasiah Dr. Karthi Subbannan Dr. Kathleen Laveaux 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. Miksell Esq. SPACE IS LIMITED To make your reservation Call 770-822-2723 or Email 11555 Medlock Bridge Rd Johns Creek GA 30097 No Cost or Obligation to Attend. March 2 from 10-noon March 16 from 6-8pm CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net26 I f you want to spend the day driving through the Nan- tahala National Forest strolling along Main Street to shop at the many unique stores and eat at one of the many restaurants this can be a trip for just the day. But if you want to hike visit some of the many beauti- ful waterfalls fly fish or explore more of what there is to do in and around Highlands North Carolina then reserve your spot in one of the campgrounds or a room at one of the many hotels in this fantastic place to visit. Highlands has something for everyone which is why Southern Living magazine chose Highlands as a Top 5 Small Town Get- away. If you stay at least one night here are just some of the things you can do BIRDING With elevations at around 4000 feet and rising to 4600 on mountain tops the ecosystem here is perfect for such birds as the Red-breasted Nuthatch the Rose-breasted Grosbeak and other birds not usually found breeding in this part of the country. The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society conducts field trips that provide an opportunity to learn about the birds breeding here and where to find them. FLY FISHING Fly fish for Rainbow Brown and Wild Brook Trout in the Chattooga Davidson Nantahala and other local rivers. Many of the fly fishing shops in Highlands offer fly fishing trips with local guides that provide information on how to read the water spot fish and choose the right fly pattern. The trips include equipment and lunch. Private and semi- private fly casting lessons are also available. Catch and release is practiced here as a conservation tool. HIKING Hiking trails abound from easy to strenuous and with routes as short as a half-mile to an all-day 10-mile round- trip hike. A few of the trails just made for hiking are Sunset Rock Easy This half-mile walk is perfect for late afternoon so you can sit on granite slabs at the top and enjoy the view of the sun setting over Highlands. Whiteside Mountain Moderate This landmark is along the eastern continental divide. The hike is a 2-mile loop trail that climbs above sheer cliffs. The view is absolutely outstanding YellowShortoff Mountain Strenuous The reward of this nine-and-a-half-mile hike is the pan- oramic view from the top Be sure to allow an entire day for this difficult but worth it hike. Shop at the many unique stores and eat at one of the many restaurants on Main Street. Enjoy the view from Sunset Rock. Day or 2-DayTrippinDay or 2-DayTrippinDay or 2-DayTrippin Highlands North Carolina by Judy Le Jeune 27CountyLineMarch2016 WATERFALLS View from a distance walk or drive under or behind some of the spectacular waterfalls within a few miles of High- lands. A 45-foot waterfall located in the Nantahala Na- tional Forest Bridal Veil Falls is the only waterfall in North Carolina that can be driven under. Walk down steps to a path behind Dry Falls for a spectacular view of this 75-foot waterfall that flows over a cliff and allows enough space to experience this view of the falls and stay dry SHADOW OF THE BEAR Experience this legend for yourselffrom mid-February through early March or from mid-October through early Novemberas the sun sets and the shadow cast onto the valley below takes the shape of a bear. This phenomenon draws many onlookers and photographers so be sure to arrive early enough to secure a spot with a view. There are special events and festivals in Highlands throughout the year. The Annual Culinary Weekend is in November the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival schedules concerts throughout July and August and the Highlands Motoring Festival is over a weekend in June. These are just a few of the many special events in High- lands so be sure to check or call 866-526-5841 for more information on events restau- rants shopping and much more. Walk behind Dry Falls. Experience the phenomenon of the Shadow of the Bear. 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 4040 Old Milton Pkwy Ste 200 Alpharetta Providing Optimum Vascular Treatment Thank you for voting us Best Private School in Forsyth County Come and visit our award-winning school 955 Peachtree Pkwy. 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RAISED PANEL BOARD AND BATTEN CountyLine March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net30 Jonny Xenas Spread the Words Foundation Inc. raised more than 20000 in cash and supplies from the inaugural Jonny and Xena Spread the Words 5K Fun Run and Im Not a Monster shelter drive benefiting autism programs and animal rescue in the Atlanta Metro area. The race had over 500 participants includ- ing groups of virtual runners representing all 50 states and many countries around the world. The Foundation gives back to the community that has supported their efforts and embraced the story of Jonny and Xena. The story involves a young boy with a profound form of autism and an adopted and severely battered and abused dog. According to Jonnys mom Linda Hickey who is president of the Foundation After we adopted Xena our world changed. This Warrior Puppy who was found clinging to life beat every single odd against her. She was not only destined to survive and help transform the life of one boy with autism but I believe she was meant to con- tinue her miracles through service within her community. Jonny and Xena are truly a match made in heaven and through this blessing my heart tells me I have to give back and make a difference. The award recipients embody the Foundations mission of awareness and support and will be used to enhance autism and special needs classrooms and the animal rescue efforts of the Georgia SPCA Friends of Dekalb Animals and Planned Pethood. For more information about the Jonny and Xenas Spread the Words Foundation visit their Facebook page at Facebook.comxenaandjonny or call 770-851-0642. 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Encounter Medical Associates Primary Care Clinic To Make An Appointment Call 678-736-6000 19 31CountyLineMarch2016 Todays College Admissions Process is Complex Time Consuming and Competitive We offer College Admissions Planning Services for grades 8-12 Free Initial Consultation Call 770-203-0300 Denise Eccleston Owner 2-time Forsyth County Counselor of the Year HECA Member Aim for the Future will help guide you throughout the college admissions process. 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 March 2016 www.CountyLineMagazine.net32