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1CountyLineJune2015 JUNE 2015 Piney Groves 5th Grizzly Great Day of Giving CountyLine June 2015 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 will be available for occupancy in September 2015. The first 20 depositors will be members of the elite Founders Club and will receive up to 2000 in discounts 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 Our Daily Assisted Living Services Include Scheduled Transportation Medication Management Licensed Nurses on Staff Savory Delicious Meals and Snacks Wellness and Enrichment Programs Housekeeping Services 770-999-9577 3180 Karen White Drive Suwanee 30024 off Peachtree Pkwy just 1.2 miles north of McGinnis Ferry Rd. 3CountyLineJune2015 In an emergency experience matters Emergencies happen. And when they do rest assured that youll get the best care close to home. Northsides board-certified emergency medicine physicians and Pediatric Advanced Life Support PALS certified nurses are just right up the road. We hope we dont have to see you but if we do youll be in the best possible hands. Visit us online at CountyLine June 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net4 COVER STORY 16 MAKING THIS A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL The Fifth Grizzly Great Day of Giving DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 22 Paparazzi BUSINESS FOCUS 28 Peripheral Artery Disease Could be Culprit Behind Leg Pain 16 5CountyLineJune2015 FEATURES 8 My Mothers Secrets 14 Growing with the County 20 Stephen Ministry at Johns Creek United Methodist Church 24 Summer Safety Tips for Your Pet 26 Preparing for Healthcare COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 Caden Kelly Raises Funds to Buy a Bullet Proof Vest for K-9 Kyra 30 Northside Hospital Hosts Atlantas Largest Birthday Party and Preemie Reunion at Zoo Atlanta 20 14 8 26 CountyLine June 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net6 In 2011 Piney Grove Middle Schools Principal Terri North with the help of a steering committee of parent volunteers and Piney Grove staffplanned and executed the first Grizzly Great Day of Giving G3. The entire student body volun- teered in and around the community experiencing the ben- efits of helping others. The first G3 was such a success for both the recipients and the students that it continued on as an annual activity. On May 1 Piney Grove held its 5th Grizzly Great Day of Giving. Be sure to read about G3 and how it has helped those who give as well as those who receive. As a child Karen Daniel always wondered if her mother was keeping secrets about her past. As you read My Mothers Secrets you will be amazed at what Karen and her husband Bill were able to find out about Karens mothers life before she immigrated to the U.S. I want to thank Karen for sharing this extremely poignant and historically significant story of her mothers secrets with us. Jodi Gardner has been in charge of communications for Forsyth County for the past 10 years. As the county has experienced tremendous growth Jodis responsibilities and accomplishments have also grown. Be sure to read about Jodi and what she does to share the good news about everything that is going on in Forsyth County. The Stephen Ministry at Johns Creek United Methodist Church JCUMC has over 40 ministers that provide support for members of the community in need. Be sure to read about what JCUMCs Stephen Ministers do to help those in our community that are in need of support. Lambert High Schools HOSA chapter has grown in members and opportunities since it formed at the school in 2010. For students who are interested in a career in healthcare HOSA offers a myriad of programs classes internships and other exposure to all facets of a career in health- care. Be sure to read more about HOSA at Lambert The business focus this month is on peripheral artery disease PAD and what doctors at Emory Johns Creek Hospital are doing to diagnose and treat this disease. Be sure to read the important information provided by Dr. Ashley Tharp of Four Paws Animal Hospital at Johns Creek on how to keep your pets safe and comfortable this summer Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher From the Publisher 7CountyLineJune2015 Publisher Judy Le Jeune 678-787-3551 Editorial Advertising 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Brian DeRose Kathleen Kraynick Cindy Lombardo Dr. Ashley Tharp CoverCover Story Photography Judy Le Jeune On the Cover Piney Groves 5th Grizzly Great Day of Giving CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 25505 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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Karen only knew that her mother had been born and raised in Rotterdam Hol- land her name was Aaltje de Vries and she had immigrated to the U.S. when she was 28 years old. Throughout her childhood Karen had many ques- tions about her mother that remained unanswered Why was she melancholy most of the time Why would she not talk about her life before she immi- grated to the U.S. What was the injury that caused the scar on her left arm When Karen was 17 years old her mother passed away from leukemia. Immediately after hearing the news she asked her father the question that was her greatest suspicion Was Mom Jewish Her fa- ther answered Yes but she made me promise not to tell you and your brothers.She didnt want you to have to go through what she did. Though they rarely went to church Karens family was Methodist. Her fathers response was a shock to her for many reasons. Still without more information Karen con- tinued to wonder about her mothers life prior to coming to this country and what secrets she had kept hidden. In 1993 Karens husband Bill a civil engineer and a professor at Georgia Tech was invited to be a guest lecturer in Europe. I had thought about go- ing to Rotterdam to see what I could find out about my mothers past and this was the perfect opportu- nity for Bill and me to search together for informa- tion said Karen. Their first stop was the Rotterdam Archives. Karen and Bill found detailed address re- cords for her mother and her mothers family. The head archivist suggested that they visit the War In- stitute in Amsterdam. There they found documents that gave Karen answers to many of the questions she had been asking her entire life and she was able to piece together much of what had happened to her mother and her family before during and af- ter the war. by Judy Le Jeune My Mothers Secrets 9CountyLineJune2015 In 1942 Aaltjes parents and her sister moved from Rotterdam to Amsterdam because they thought they would be safer there. Aaltje was 22 at the time and decided not to move with them. Soon after moving to Amsterdam Aaltjes parents and her sister were arrested transported to Auschwitz and killed upon their arrival on October 15 1942. To avoid being picked up Aaltje frequently hid and changed the location of where she lived. She worked as a nurse at a hospital in Amsterdam and while hiding in a boarding house in Gouda on June 30 1944 she was arrested by the SS on a train between Amsterdam and Gouda. She was imprisoned in Weteringschans before being moved to Westerbork where she was housed in the same barracks as Anne Frank and her family. On September 3 all the prisoners were put on the last train to Auschwitz-Birkenau where she was tattooed on her left arm with A-25235. She was there until October 27 when she was moved to a labor concentration camp in Kratzau currently in the Czech Republic and put to work in a munitions factory. On May 9 1945 the prisoners of the camp were liberated by Russian soldiers. Aaltje returned to Holland on June 8 where she lived until she came to the U.S in 1948. In 1993 Karen wrote a letter to the American Red Cross asking them to contact the Netherlands Red Cross. Karen knew that survivors had been inter- viewed upon their return and she thought they might have spoken with her mother. Though Karen has no idea why she didnt get a response for 17 years. The letter she received in 2010 had infor- mation that her mother had provided about her experience from arrest through release. With new information in 2012 Karen and Bill visited the Aus- chwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. They went to Kratzau and walked 1.5 miles from the barracks to the munitions factory following the route her moth- er had walked at 5am and 5pm. There are no words to express the respect and gratitude that I have for my mother and what she lived through said Karen. Had she not I wouldnt be here today with Bill our children and our grand- children. All my life I wondered what happened to her and what secrets she kept. Now I not only know what many of those secrets were but I walked in her footsteps on the same ground where she fought to live through the atrocities of the Holocaust. 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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 June 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net14 F or ten years Jodi Gardner has been coordinat- ing and disseminating all the information that is distributed to residents business owners and the media about Forsyth County. From press re- leases sent to newspapers magazines and television stations to overseeing the planning and preparation for launching TV Forsyth Jodis responsibilities have grown as the county has grown. In 2005 Jodi was hired by Forsyth County as their public information officer. The next year a Communications Department was formed to accomplish the expanded goals that the county wanted to execute and she took over as director of communications. Jodis education and experience prepared her to successfully perform the responsibilities required to serve the needs of this rapidly growing county. Her professional demeanor congenial personality and commitment to exceed the goals presented to her all combine to make Jodi the perfect person to oversee communications for For- syth County. Jodi was raised in Tampa Bay Florida the youngest of four children in a tight-knit family. She attended college at the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Communica- tions with a minor in Advertising. Jodi is extremely proud that she graduated summa cum laude and was the first person in her immediate family to gradu- ate from college. While in school she gained practi- cal experience through an internship at Ruth Eckerd Hall a performing arts center and for the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team. After she graduated Jodi accepted a communications position at Ruth Eckerd Hall. Her work there included creating materials to raise funds for a 28 million capital campaign. While she was working at Ruth Eckerd Hall Jodis parents along with one of her sisters and her family moved to Dahlonega Georgia. After being on the job for three years Jodi made the decision to move to Dahlonega to be closer to her parents. The Communications Department has grown and Jodi currently manages a team that is comprised of Logan Thomas communications coordinator along with Philip Thompson and Travis Chaffin both video production specialists. I am so fortunate to have such an outstanding team said Jodi. Their commit- ment to produce the highest quality product makes it possible for me to achieve my goals and those of the county. Jodi oversees production of the annual reports for Forsyth County and the Fire Department which have received awards for excellence from industry orga- nizations. Her department produces The Current a monthly electronic newsletter that is available on the by Judy Le Jeune Growing County with the 15CountyLineJune2015 countys website. Jodi coordinates all special events such as ground breakings and ribbon cuttings pro- ducing everything from invitations to the events programs. She works closely with the Office of the County Manager on a variety of special projects. In this capacity she recently served as chairman of the parking committee that managed parking needs throughout the courthouse and jail construction proj- ects. While Jodi manages all the internal and external communications strategies to promote and ensure a positive public image of Forsyth County Government she also works closely with my office on complex and demanding projects outside her discipline said Doug Derrer county manager. Her ability to take on as- signments outside the Communications Department makes her even more valuable. In late 2007 Forsyth Countys 24-hour government cable channel launched on Comcast channel 23. Prior to going on air Jodi oversaw the planning and preparation for the launch which included purchas- ing the necessary equipment developing policies and guidelines branding and programming and schedul- ing. TV Forsyth airs live the meetings of the For- syth County Board of Commissioners the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals Jodi explained. Those meetings are also rebroadcast as are the Board of Commissioners work sessions and meetings of the Forsyth County Board of Education. Broadcasting these meetings provides a way for res- idents to stay informed about their county govern- ment even if they are unable to attend the meetings in person Jodi added. Her role continues on an on- going basis as manager creative director and serving as on-air talent for original programming. Jodi hosts Forsyth in Focus that airs three times daily with a fourth run on Friday with county news highlights and informative segments. In 2014 TV Forsyth expanded to air on ATT U-Verse channel 99. Jodi is committed to providing a high level of service and support to my office the Board of Commissioners and the community said Doug Derrer. It is a pleasure and an honor to work with such a high caliber high performing professional. As Forsyth County continues to grow Jodi continues to grow as she manages the Communications Department. I am so appreciative of the opportunity to work for such a wonderful county said Jodi. There are continual new challenges and projects that give me the opportunity to grow. It is a privilege to serve this community. CountyLine June 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net16 Students are joined by Lt. Cheryl Collins as they package cookies and write letters for Treat the Troops. 17CountyLineJune2015 F ive thousand pounds of rice separated into quart-size bags at St. Josephs Food Pantry. More than 30 miles of roadside cleared of trash for Keep Forsyth County Beautiful. Approximately 20000 pounds of food collected and sorted for local food pantries. More than 10000 homemade cookies baked packed and shipped to U.S. service men and women around the world. Playing bingo and visiting with residents at a local retirement home. These are just a few of the impressive statistics achieved by Piney Grove Middle School students since the first Grizzly Great Day of Giving an annual community service event that was established in 2011. Piney Grove Principal Terri North has worked with middle school students her entire career and recognizes the many talents they have to share. Our stu- dents were already involved in collecting money and donating items for those less fortunate but I wanted to do something that would shake them out of their comfort zone. Its different when youre giving of yourself and your time when youre getting your hands dirty she said. Terri enlisted the help of Piney Grove parent Therese Batson who took on leadership of the Grizzly Great Day of Giv- ing G3 Day at the start of the 2010 school year. Together they organized a steering committee of parent volunteers and Piney Grove staff who worked tire- lessly to pull off the largest community service effort ever undertaken in Forsyth County Schools. The first G3 Day held in 2011 included nearly 1000 students 100 school staff and 100 parent volunteers. The school emptied out for half of the day and students staff and parents spent the morning engaged in commu- nity service activities across Forsyth and Fulton Counties. Each year since the Grizzly Great Day of Giving has grown. This years event held on May 1 sent out more than 1300 students 100-plus Piney Grove staff and nearly 175 parent volunteers to 70 projects at local non-profit organizations and schools. by Kathleen Kraynick MAKING THIS A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL The Fifth Grizzly Great Day of Giving CountyLine June 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net18 The students volunteer efforts this year included landscaping work at county parks reading to elementary school students and assisting with their field day activities pack- ing nearly 6000 cookies for Treat the Troops to send to service men and women with handwritten notes cleaning painting and making dog toys at the Humane Society of Forsyth County sorting clothes and household items at thrift stores and making cards and crafts for patients at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. At most of the projects a representative talked with students sharing in- formation about what their organization does who it serves and how the work they are doing makes a difference. Convincing local charities and organizations to allow students to come work with them wasnt easy at first. I didnt expect the organizations to be so leery of middle school students said Terri. But after the first G3 Day everyone was so complimentary of how hard the students worked and how wonderful they were. Getting the projects scheduled the next year was easy. In fact some organizations have come to depend on the Grizzly Great Day of Giving. After students completed a long list of tasks for Re- lay for Life of Forsyth County in 2011 event organizers contacted Terri the following year to ask when G3 Day would be held again saying that they would schedule Relay for Life in conjunction with it because the students were so helpful with event setup. Some of the Grizzly Great Day of Giving projects have grown significantly in scope and participation over the years. Treat the Troops is a local organization that sends homemade cookies magazines and candy to U.S. military men and women stationed abroad. Each year Piney Grove volunteers contribute hundreds of cookies which students then separate into small bags and pack into boxes along with handwritten letters. A local business offered its warehouse as a location for the cookie packing and company employees joined in the fun working alongside stu- dents. In 2014 the South Forsyth High School culinary arts class- es came on board and baked nearly 5000 cookies. According to Linda Jones who heads Treat the Troops These students truly are doing a wonderful job for our American heroes. To see the enthusiasm and excite- ment that the kids put into their letter writing and packing of the cookies is infectiousI have received hundreds of notes from our troops and besides thanking us for the cookies they have expressed how much they enjoy the letters from the students.They love to hear about their typical day the sports they are involved in their grades their families their pets.Many tell me that the colorful drawings happy thoughts and well wishes lift their morale and make their days much brighter. We hope to be asked year after year to be involved with Piney Grove and these students who make a difference. A new project this year brought together partners from around the community with South Forsyth High Schools Flood organization providing care packages for metro At- lantas homeless population. Two local orthodontist practices donated toothbrushes toothpaste and mouthwash while the South Forsyth High School Beta Club contributed granola bars. Students at Shiloh Point Elementary collected socks and deodorant for the packages. On G3 Day Piney Grove students packed all of the items together and included a note in each care package. Our students were already involved in collecting mon- ey and donating items for those less fortunate but I wanted to do something that would shake them out of their comfort zone. Its different when youre giv- ing of yourself and your time when youre getting your hands dirty. PrincipalTerri North 19CountyLineJune2015 The Grizzly Great Day of Giving food drive has become a community-wide effort as well. Each homeroom class is assigned a specific item from the most needed lists of local food pantries such as peanut butter canned tuna boxed cereal and more. Classes com- pete to win the coveted Golden Can award presented to the class that brings in the most food. Throughout April each year students and parents also hold food drives in a half dozen neighborhoods in the Piney Grove school district collecting donations from hundreds of homes. Students then sort and bag food items on G3 Day. The food this year went to the Cumming First United Methodist Church food pantry Meals by Grace and other local programs. Students and staff at Piney Grove are engaged in Grizzly Great Day of Giving activities throughout the school year. Our teachers strongly support G3 Day. They get their kids excited and make it more meaningful. They really bring it to life shared Terri. Each fall students are encouraged to submit designs for the G3 Day t-shirt. All students then vote on the winning design worn by some 1500 participants. Sixth-grader Quinn Tisdales design was chosen to be on this years t-shirt. Student clubs sponsor spirit nights at area restaurants with a portion of the proceeds going toward G3 Day. In 2014 Piney Grove teacher Jonathon Kent celebrated his 40th birthday by cycling laps around the schools campus to raise money for the Grizzly Great Day of Giving. This year a new pancake breakfast fundraiser was held along with a raffle. Each spring before G3 Day students vote for three local organizations to each receive 1000 of the funds raised through these efforts. Since 2011 Piney Grove students and local business partners have raised and donated over 15000 to non-profit organizations including Keep For- syth County Beautiful The Lionheart School Homestretch and The Humane Society of Forsyth County. The recipients of this years donations were Just One Africa Canine Assistants and Meals by Grace. Funding for the Grizzly Great Day of Giving comes from a number of organizations in- cluding Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta-Forsyth United Way of Forsyth County and the Piney Grove PTSA all of whom have maintained strong support each year. Several local businesses and parent donations also provide financial and in-kind support including t-shirts snacks and water for students. Sponsors are vital to the success of the event each year as it costs approximately 18000 to stage G3 Day including bus transporta- tion and supplies for the service projects. Its wonderful to see such strong support in our community said Terri. Its clear that were here to stay. The G3 Day fun doesnt end when the students projects are complete. When they return to school students staff and parents gather outdoors for lunch games and music. The day wraps up with an assembly for everyone which includes guest speakers and the presentation of checks to the organizations selected by the students. G3 Day is the highlight of the school year for many including Susan Stoerker who took over chairing the steering committee three years ago. Im so inspired by the oppor- tunity to give back to the community in which I live and to encourage young people to reach out and serve those around them she shared. Piney Grove eighth-grader April Stachelczyk summed it up perfectly G3 Day opened my eyes by showing me how many people are in need of basic living necessities. The amount of help that Piney Grove pro- vides on G3 Day has taught me that each of us both individually and together can have a profound impact on our community. We have helped to make our community a better place for all. CountyLine June 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net20 S tephen Ministry at Johns Creek United Method- ist Church JCUMC is a thriving program that provides confidential Christian care to those in need. Stephen Ministers are members of the church who have been extensively trained to give support to others who are dealing with lifes struggles. JCUMC be- gan the program in 2002 and currently has 42 active Stephen Ministers and 9 Stephen Leaders. Those who receive care are not only from the JCUMC congregation but also from the local community. The extensive train- ing and the personal confidential one-to-one weekly meetings make Stephen Ministry unique from other care groups at JCUMC. In 1975 Rev. Ken C. Haugk Ph.D. began Stephen Ministry in St. Louis Missouri. The nonprofit Christian education organization derives its name from Saint Stephen the first lay person commissioned by the apostles to provide ministry to those in need. Stephen Ministers are trained to listen care encourage and provide spiritual and emotional support to care receiv- ers who are people going through life struggles and in need of support. Types of personal crises the ministry supports may include divorce grief illness or hos- pitalization loneliness job loss or difficulty within a family. The program now spans more than 160 Chris- tian denominations in over 12000 congregations in the United States and Canada as well as 24 other coun- tries. More than 1.5 million people have received care and support from a Stephen Minister. Rev. Brian Tillman one of nine pastors at JCUMC is Pastor of Nurture and oversees the Stephen Ministry program. He said The reason Stephen Ministry devel- oped was to offer care for individual needs of church members that grew beyond what the pastoral staff was able to provide. By equipping lay members with the training to give care to others the role of the pastor is spread to Stephen Ministers. For the clergy this is a most valuable service. There are many people seeking that continuing support and the clergy is unable to meet the need. The training is very thorough and simi- lar to what is learned in pastoral care during seminary. Stephen Ministers receive at least 50 hours of training through reading scripture workbooks and role-play. Well-documented training materials on how to manage Standing Cindy Curtin Jeff Watkins Brian A. Tillman Holly Price Jerry Shortt Sitting Laura Marcy Chet Burdick Marilyn Burdick Marilyn Messerly by Cindy Lombardo Stephen Ministry at Johns Creek United Methodist Church 21CountyLineJune2015 all aspects of care are available to support the rela- tionship between Stephen Ministers and care receiv- ers. Chet Burdick is the team coordinator of Stephen Ministry at JCUMC. He became a Stephen Minister in 2008 a Stephen Leader in 2009 and team coordinator in 2014. He said The function of a care provider is to administer to a person in crisis and walk with them as they find their new normal. Stephen Ministers are not counselors or therapists. They are listeners and sup- porters. Stephen Ministers are also trained to recognize when a care receiver may need a recommendation for professional help. Pastors family or friends often refer care receivers to the program where Stephen Ministers are matched with care receivers of the same gender for weekly meetings. Some care receivers may need only a short time for support. Others may need a year or longer. After two years the Stephen Minister with a group of peers reviews guidelines to determine the continuation of support. Throughout the care process Stephen Leaders pro- vide support to Stephen Ministers. Leaders focus on increasing congregational and community awareness of Stephen Ministry recruit other ministers identify care receivers and match them to Stephen Ministers and provide ongoing support continuing education and peer supervision. JCUMC Stephen Leaders try to maintain diversity in gender race and age among Ste- phen Ministers to match them appropriately with care receivers. Peer supervision lends to the success of the program. The support among Stephen Ministers and Leaders strengthens the ability to provide the best care to those in need Chet said. Individuals incur no financial cost to receive care or become a Stephen Minister. This fall JCUMC will host a training session for Stephen Ministers. Holly Price a Stephen Leader at JCUMC who has volunteered with the ministry since 2007 said People are often ner- vous before training as a caregiver and then complete the training feeling confident. The greatest skill learned is how to listen. Stephen Ministers are able to use the skills they learn with spouses and children as well as family and friends. It makes them better supporters to the loved ones in their own lives. To become a Stephen Minister at JCUMC candidates must be a member of the church for at least one year complete an appli- cation process and interview with the pastor and a Stephen Leader. Each year JCUMC also sends a Ste- phen Minister to leadership training. Holly said I was impressed with the rigor and depth of the week-long intensive leadership training. Stephen Ministers and Leaders continue to meet bimonthly at JCUMC for con- tinuing education. 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ROBIN AND EVELYN ANDREWS PAM MCCOY CATHERINE BAGWELL WADE CHANDLER PAT LEPKOWICZ BONNIE PASTELYAK MARTY FELLERS 23CountyLineJune2015 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 19INITIAL VISIT Includes consultation exam and adjustment. CountyLine June 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net24 Summer Safety Tips . For Your Pet . by Dr. Ashley Tharp of Four Paws Animal Hospital at Johns Creek Sun fun and warm weather are here It is important to remember a few safety tips to keep your pet safe and healthy this summer season. 4 Beat the Heat Never leave your pet in a parked car even for a few moments. Temperatures can rise very rapidly even with the windows down in the summer months. An animal left in the car is at risk of heat stroke in as little as five minutes. Heat stroke in a pet can lead to seizures organ failure and death. 4 Avoid mid-day activities. Another common cause for overheating in the summer time is nor- mal exercise done at the hottest time of the day. Try to avoid taking your pet for a long walk in the middle of the day. Instead go first thing in the morning or at dusk to avoid the excessive temperatures. Also do not leave your pet outside without water or shelter from the sun. 4 Prevent Parasites Use parasite preventative for heartworm fleas and ticks prescribed by your veterinarian every month. Fleas ticks and mosquitoes are present in Georgia year round so I recommend prevention every month however they are more prevalent in the summer months. Fleas are especially common at the beach so if you bring your dog you need to ensure heshe is protected before you leave. 4 Dont forget the sun block Apply sunscreen non-Zinc formulas to the skin of dogs and cats with white or pink ear tips and noses to avoid sun- burn. Areas of the body that are darkly pigmented or covered with hair do not need sun protection. 4 Water Borne Disease Risk If you take your pet to the lake greenway or anywhere with standing water ask your veterinarian if your dog has been vaccinated for leptospirosis. Leptospirosis is a fa- tal water borne disease and is also contagious to people. It is easily prevented with vaccination. 4 Watch out for Snakes Keep pets away from the edges of bodies of water and areas with a lot of underbrush to avoid potential snake bites. Luck- ily we do not have many species of venomous snakes in Georgia but bites from non-poisonous snakes can still cause a lot of pain swelling and tissue damage at the bite location. 4 Car and Truck Safety Never let your pet ride in the back of a truck. Even with the wind blow- ing pets can still get heat stroke in an open truck bed during summer. Your pet can also be severely injured if they decide to jump out while you are driving. The best place for your pet to travel is in- side a cage or crate inside your car. Pets that ride in the car unrestrained are very distracting to the driver and have a higher chance of getting carsick during the ride. 4 Water Safety Pets that go swimming need con- stant observation around water so always keep your eyes on your pet just as you would a child in the water. If your pet cannot swim use a life preserver andor leash if you are riding in a boat. You may contact Four Paws Animal Hospital at Johns Creek by calling 770-844-7387. Dr. Ashley Tharp 25CountyLineJune2015 Dr. Sridevi Muthukumar treats each child as if they are her own providing com- prehensive personalized care and support in a warm and secure environment. Where Your Childs Health is Our Priority School Sports Physicals Hearing Vision Screening Asthma Care Nutritional Counseling In-network provider for UHC BCBS Tricare Aetna Cigna Coventry Humana Golden Rule First Health Medicaid 770-870-1085 10710 Medlock Bridge Rd. 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When you are in a group or in a crowded restaurant is it difcult for you to follow the conversation Do you often need to turn up the volume on your TV Is talking on the phone difcult Do you have trouble understanding others in a car Has someone close to you men- tioned you might have a problem hearing Do you have tinnitus or ringing in the ears that is bothersome Robin S. Andrews Aud FAA Doctor of Audiology If you answered yes to two or more of these ques- tions you may be experiencing a hearing loss. We recommend that you have your hearing tested. Can a Simple Hearing Test Change Your Life Take this quick and easy quiz CountyLine June 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net26 Advisor Doris Dickerson State President Priya Rathakrishnan State President- elect Ayesha Ahuja Advisor Krista Lowe P hlebotomy neurosurgery and endocrinology are terms most of us may only hear in a less- than-desirable environment but they are com- monplace to students in Lambert High Schools HOSA Health Occupations Students of America program. HOSA has been serving future healthcare professionals since 1976 providing students with opportunities to de- velop their careers in healthcare. HOSA is 100 health- care and connects all hubs of the healthcare fields. It provides powerful instructional tools recognition lead- ership networking scholarships and connections to the healthcare industry to thousands of students and members across the United States. Like many of the other student organizations at Lam- bert HOSA is not only one of the largest chapters in Georgia it is home to one of the largest and most suc- cessful chapters in the country. Lambert HOSA was formed in 2010 with only 12 members and stands at 452 members today. Popularity in joining HOSA at Lam- bert is a result of the many advantages and opportuni- ties the chapter provides. HOSA members have the opportunity to participate in an internship at local hospitals such as Northside Hospital-Forsyth and Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta- Forsyth. According to Lambert HOSA Advisor Krista Lowe These internships are an incredible advantage to our students and provide them with hands-on learn- ing in a hospital environment. For our students who are planning to go into a Physician Assistant program it can give them up to 200 hours of that programs required 1200 clinical hours before they even graduate from Lambert. The students in HOSA also graduate with a NCCT Phlebotomy license and are CPR Certified. As is the rule with any successful program leadership is the key. Lambert HOSA sees this no differently. Not only are there opportunities for students to hold officer posi- tions with the Lambert chapter but they are also able to participate at the State level. Lambert HOSA mem- ber Priya Rathakrishnan currently holds the position of state president and Ayesha Ahuja is state president- elect. Along with these student positions Advisor Krista Lowe is currently the chair of the Board of Directors. An additional State honor went to Advisor Doris Dickerson who was voted as Georgia HOSA Advisor of the Year. On the surface Lamberts program looks like any oth- er high school HOSA program but by digging deeper by Brian DeRose Preparing for Healthcare 27CountyLineJune2015 you will find the true colors of this healthcare program that rivals many first year collegiate medical programs. Lamberts HOSA program pathway consists of three years of specific consecutive classes. In the first year the students explore healthcare career choices. This year many local healthcare profession- als come to speak and share experiences with the stu- dents. During the second year the students study anat- omy and physiology. Advisor Doris Dickerson explains Years two and three are important to the students. Second year students really enjoy the unit on Anatomy in Clay. The students build replicas of different organs muscles and skeletal structures out of clay. There is a lot to be said for the theory of learn by doing. The students retain an amazing amount of information by simply creating these clay models. Third year students get their certifications in Phlebotomy and CPR and this is also the year that every student visits local hospitals. There they shadow clinical lab scientists and perform lab specimen skills. They visit six different departments inside the hospital. Only six students at a time are per- mitted for this more personalized instruction. Also in the final year the students who want to participate are chosen by a selection process to become interns at local hospitals and are able to complete clinical hours toward post-graduation programs. If these Lambert HOSA experiences arent enough starting next school year the students will be able to apply for the new Medical Sciences Academy. Accord- ing to Doris This highly selective school will enroll 34 students. It is a cohort of subjects including science math and medicine. The students course work is out- lined for the next three years and is highly rigorous. Students that will apply for this academy are ones that are interested in becoming specialized doctors or those going into the biotechnology field. They will come out of the Medical Sciences Academy well-groomed for the medical field. As the accolades continue to pile up for the HOSA Long- horns it is with great pride that both advisors Doris Dickerson and Krista Lowe acknowledge the students commitment to community service. Recently HOSA students teamed up with local doctors and the Health- care Association of Forsyth County to promote a new community resource Envision a Fit Forsyth. The website designed by a Lambert HOSA student com- piles and promotes local community fitness and well- ness programs. It is with work in the local service field that these students will really gain an understanding and respect for the field that they are about to enter said Doris. CountyLine June 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net28 M any of us are familiar with coronary heart disease a condition in which the vessels supplying oxygen-rich blood to the heart narrow over time. Coronary heart disease can cause chest pain and shortness of breath and left untreat- ed can result in a heart attack. But a similar lesser known condition called peripheral artery disease can have equally devastating effectsincluding stroke. In peripheral artery disease or PAD the vessels that supply blood to the limbs most often the legs become clogged or blocked. This is usually caused by a condition called atherosclerosis in which fat and cholesterol normally found in the blood gradu- ally build up in and on the walls of arteries and form a hard substance called plaque. As atherosclerosis progresses less and less oxygen-rich blood can pass through the narrowed vessels and reach the muscles of the limb. PAD sufferers experience extremely painful cramps in their hips and legs that occurs with physical ex- ertion. The pain subsides with rest. Other common symptoms of PAD include numbness tingling cold- ness in the extremities and hair loss. Unfortunately these symptoms are often attributed to normal ag- ing and the underlying condition goes undiagnosed. Left untreated severe or total blockages can require open by-pass surgery or lead to amputation. There as many as 150000 leg amputations in the U.S. each year says Emory Heart and Vascular Car- diologist Gregory Robertson MD who serves as Di- rector of Emory Johns Creek Hospitals Cardiac Cath Lab. After amputations especially those above the knee studies show a dramatic increase in mortality rates in patients 65 and older which is troublesome considering our aging population. According to the Centers for Disease Control CDC more than 8 million people in the United States suf- fer from PAD and anywhere from 12 to 20 of those who suffer from the disease are over the age of 60. Other risk factors include o Diabetes o High Cholesterol o High Blood Pressure o Smoking o Family History of Vascular Disease In addition to preventing amputations Robertson explains 40 to 60 of patients suffering from pe- ripheral artery disease often suffer from coronary artery disease. If someone thinks they have symp- toms they should see his or her physician who can screen for PAD with simple tests. 29CountyLineJune2015 Caught early PAD can be controlled with lifestyle changessuch as regular exercise a healthy diet and weight lossuse of medications or a combi- nation of the two. Patients with narrowed or par- tially blocked arteries may require angioplasty and stenting or atherectomy a procedure that removes plaque buildup from the artery. Emory Johns Creek Hospital is using lumivascu- lar catheterization technology which is similar to atherectormy except that it uses an imaging pro- cess called optical coherence tomography OCT to create radiation-free images. Created by bouncing high-frequency light beams against the inside of the artery walls the images give physicians a view from the inside of the artery as if they were walking through it themselves. This helps them more accu- rately navigate to and break up complete blockages with a tiny rotating blade at the end of the catheter. Lumivascular catheterization gives us a less inva- sive way of treating total blockages or what we call total occlusions that may have otherwise required bypass surgery or amputation Robertson says. PAD and Non-Healing Wounds Because wounds need plenty of oxygen-rich blood to heal properly when an extremity wound es- pecially one on the lower leg or foot is slow to heal PAD is often the culprit. Emory Johns Creek Hospitals new Hyperbarics and Wound Care Ser- vices center works closely with cardiovascular and other specialists as well as primary care physicians to provide coordinated specialized care for chronic non-healing wounds. The center also treats wounds related to burns can- cer diabetes immunological disorders and lymph- edema. Treatments include hyperbaric oxygen ther- apy bio-engineered tissue substitutes and growth factor therapies. The staff works closely with other specialists to provide each patient with the specific coordinated care they need. Top Gregory Robertson MD shows the size of the catheter and the oscillating near-infra red beam that produces the image. Bottom OCT technology gives physicians an inside view of blocked arteries to help better guide the catheter. CountyLine June 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net30 Northside Hospital will host its baby alumni at Atlan- tas largest birthday party on Saturday June 6 from 630-830pm at Zoo Atlanta. All families of children ever born at Northside Hospital in Sandy Springs Northside Hospital-Cherokee in Canton and Northside Hospital-For- syth in Cumming are welcome to attend. Northside Hospital is the nations leader in maternity and newborn services. Thousands are expected to attend the birthday party at Zoo Atlanta and enjoy an evening of fun with free access to the Zoo face painting arts and crafts a DJ dance contests refreshments cookies pop- corn and ice cream and more. All activities are free to participate however souvenir t-shirts will be available for purchase 15 for adults and 10 for kids as well as other souvenir items. All t-shirt sales and souvenir proceeds benefit the North- side Hospital Foundations Miracle Babies at Northside Hospital fund which provides financial assistance and support for families with newborns in the hospitals neo- natal intensive care unit. The Zoo also will have addi- tional food and gift items available for purchase. In lieu of paid admission into the Zoo guests attending the birthday party are encouraged to support the Atlanta Community Food Bank by bringing a donation of diapers baby wipes andor canned food. Baby formula and items in glass jars i.e. baby food etc. cannot be accepted. Registration is required by June 2. For more information about the 2015 Northside Hospital Baby Alumni Birthday Party and to register visit babyalumni. This event will take place rain or shine. Northside Hospital Hosts Atlantas Largest Birthday Party and Preemie Reunion at Zoo Atlanta 1 2 3 Bedroom Apartment Home Rentals 4345 Alta Drive Suwanee GA 30024 Phone 1-844-836-6681 www.facebook.comParkatJohnsCreek EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY 31CountyLineJune2015 Debbie Cortjens 770.331.6855 Liz Ryan 404.713.6023 Now is the time to Sell Your House Our 2014 sold listings were on the market an aver- age of 32 days and sold for 97 of asking price. Call us to see what your home is worth The Write Way Professional copyediting and proofreading for The first impression of your written words is the first impression of you. Do it the write way. 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