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1CountyLineJuly2015 JULY 2015 Marilyn Margolis Chief Executive Ofcer Emory Johns Creek Hospital CountyLine July 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 Sta 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. www.at-johnscreek.com 3CountyLineJuly2015 CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net4 COVER STORY 16 CREATING POSITIVE OUTCOMES DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 20 Paparazzi BUSINESS FOCUS 28 Meadow Pediatrics 30 Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek 16 5CountyLineJuly2015 FEATURES 8 Special Olympics is Special for the Johns Creek Police Department 12 The Forsyth County Animal Shelter 22 Mission Accomplished 26 On My Honor COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 Troop 27343 Builds Raised Garden Beds for Wilson Creek Elementary 14 Time Capsule Interred at New Forsyth County Courthouse 24 Special Needs Students Express Their Passions 25 Rotary Club of Johns Creek North Fulton Wins Best Membership Growth Award 29 Lambert High Schools iGEM Team 26 128 22 CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net6 Iam very excited about this issues cover story on Marilyn Mar- golis who is the Chief Executive Officer of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. Marilyn has been with Emory Healthcare for over 30 years and at Emory Johns Creek Hospital since 2011 when she came here as interim Chief Nursing Officer. Be sure to read about the experience that Marilyn brought to this position and her focus on creating positive outcomes for patients and their families and a healthier community. The Johns Creek Police Department JCPD has made it a goal to be a part of the community. In doing so they have been the top fundraising police department in Georgia for Special Olympics since 2009. They have also developed very special relationships with residents and businesses in the community and Special Olympic athletes. Congratulations to Chief Ed Densmore Major Clifton and all the JCPD officers for making Special Olympics so special. The Forsyth County Animal Shelter is a state-of-the-art facility that citizens can take pride in and is the place for everyone to go to when theyre ready to bring a new member into their family I was so incredibly impressed with everything about this shelter and am excited to share information about it with readers. When Anirudh Bikmal founded the Motivate Inspire Edu Academy MIEdu Academy nearly a year ago he set it apart from other student-run tutoring services by donating all the money paid for tutor- ing to charity You will be very impressed when you read about MIEdu Academy and what Anirudh his brother Anish and friends are doing to help others through tutoring and their donations. Many girls are members of Girl Scouts but few stay involved for 55 years which is what Mary Ann Milton has done Be sure to read about the many contributions that Mary Ann has and continues to make to Girl Scouts and how her years of service have been recognized. Great work Mary Ann The business focus this issue is on Meadow Pediatrics and Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek. Dr. Devi Muthukumar of Meadow Pediatrics makes every childs health her priority. Be sure to read more about Dr. Kumar and the healthcare services she is providing to children in our community. Opening in September Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek is an assisted living facility that will offer four levels of the highest quality care to their residents. We are very fortunate to have Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek opening soon to serve members of our community. Be sure to go by to talk with Executive Director Beth Richardson about this fabulous state-of-the-art facility and ask her about becoming a member of the Founders Club Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher From the Publisher 7CountyLineJuly2015 Publisher Judy Le Jeune SugarcaneJudyaol.com 678-787-3551 Editorial SugarcaneJudyaol.com Advertising SugarcaneJudyaol.com 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Kathleen Kraynick Photography Courtesy of the Johns Creek Police Department CoverCover Story Photography Judy Le Jeune On the Cover Marilyn Margolis Chief Executive Office Emory Johns Creek Hospital CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 25575 copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses in the east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth. CountyLine 3651 Peachtree Parkway Suite 222 Suwanee GA 30024 678-787-3551 www.countylinemagazine.net For all your skin care needs 3370 Paddocks Pkwy Suwanee GA 30024 Off 141 Close to BP Gas Station 3850 Pleasant Hill Rd. Duluth GA 30096 Between Peachtree Industrial Buford Highway 3331 Hamilton Mill Rd. Suite 1106 Buford GA 30519 Across from the Kroger Shopping Center Gabrielle M. Sabini MD Charles J. Douchy MD Matthew J. Reschly MD A. Damian Dhar MD Stephanie S. Gardner MD Anjana M. Patel PA-C Sara A. 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In 2009 Major Clifton and Special Olympics athlete and Johns Creek resident Ashley Lebovitz ran together for the Law Enforcement Torch Run a fundraising event that is participated in by law enforcement agencies through- out the U.S. The law enforcement officer and athlete both carry the Flame of Hope at the Opening Cer- emony of their local Special Olympics as a symbol of the officers and athletes joint efforts to raise money for Special Olympics and awareness of intellectually disabled athletes. Through 2014 the Johns Creek Po- lice Department has raised 277200.00 for Special Olympics. They have accomplished this with commu- nity fund-raising events including an annual golf tour- nament and Polar Plunge and other events such as a casino night and a dinner gala. Raising this incredible amount has brought the department many awards and accolades and it has also given them the opportunity to form relationships with members of the community who have joined in to help raise funds and with Special Olympic athletes. With so many golf courses and golfers in the Johns Creek community in 2009 the JCPD hosted a Celeb- rity Golf Tournament as its first event to raise money for Special Olympics. Julius Irving was the celebrity and the tournament was a success raising 22000. This became an annual event held at St. Ives Country Club. Residents of this community have embraced the tournament and formed a partnership with the JCPD by raising funds and playing in the tournament. In 2011 the department launched the Polar Plunge which be- came another annual event. In February each year of- ficers accept pledges to raise money and run into Lake Lanier Members of the Knights of Columbus chapter from St. Benedicts Catholic Church calling themselves Knumb Knights have raised over 30000 on behalf of the JCPD for Special Olympics. The members of the Knumb Knights are simply unbelievable said Ma- jor Clifton. These guys are crazy fun. They dress up and jump into Lake Lanier every February for the Polar Plunge. We are fortunate to have collaboration such as this with faith-based organizations and businesses by Judy Le Jeune SPECIAL OLYMPICS IS SPECIAL FOR THE JOHNS CREEK POLICE DEPARTMENT Running into Lake Lanier for the Polar Plunge. 9CountyLineJuly2015 in Johns Creek. Its a blessing to see the community unite for this cause to serve our friends and athletes with intellectual disabilities. This year a new event and a Peachtree Road Race qualifier Johns Creeks Finest 5K was added and will hope- fully become another annual event. Ashley Lebovitzs relationship with the JCPD began when she was selected to be the departments Special Olympics Ambassador in 2009. That was the first year that she and Major Clifton ran together with the torch at the Opening Ceremony and they have done so at each following years ceremony. Last year Ashley be- gan working at the department several days a week. Her primary responsibilities include maintaining files in the Records Department keeping the officers patrol desk supplied with the proper forms and special projects assigned to her by Chief Densmore. Her contributions are expected to meet the departments high stan- dards as well as follow government policies for public records management. Ashley also helps to cel- ebrate everyones birthday in the office by making a special card for them. Our family is extremely blessed for Ashley to work with the men and women at the JCPD said Lou Ann Ashleys mom. Its difficult for young adults with disabilities to find jobs especially those that promote meaningful personal growth. Thanks to the JCPD Ashley is learning valuable hard skills like filing and following procedures and critical soft skills like dependability and record confidentiality. Were thrilled to see her making progress using both skill sets and growing as a person. The JCPD has won many awards for their contributions to Special Olympics. Since 2010 they have been the top fund-raising police department in Georgia. Corporal Jimmy Marshall has raised the most money in Georgia every year at the Polar Plunge. Since 2011 Major Clifton has been assistant state director of the Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council. And the department has developed relationships with local businesses and residents. The Johns Creek community is amazing said Ma- jor Clifton. Many of our local businesses have supported our efforts over the past six years. 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Reduce your pain and get active again with MAKOplasty CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net10 For their take action project in connection with the Sow What journey girls from senior troop 27343 at Northview High School chose to build raised garden beds for 2nd graders at Wilson Creek El- ementary WCE. On Saturday May 9th the troop teamed up with Leadership Johns Creek during their Hero for a Day event and Keep North Fulton Beautiful as well as a master gardener from Mercer University. Working together this team built eight raised beds completely organic and ready for seeds to be planted in the fall for a fall harvest in connection with the 2nd- graders science plant unit which will align with the new Georgia Core Standards.The purpose is to grow edible vegetables for the students to share with their families at home and faculty at WCE.During their Girl Scout journey the girls discovered how meaningful it would be for younger students to understand the food footprint and how food gets to the table. The troop will also provide the 2nd graders with seed care kits to align with their curriculum. TROOP 27343 BUILDS RAISED GARDEN BEDS FOR WILSON CREEK ELEMENTARY 11CountyLineJuly2015 2015 Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Inc. All rights reserved. Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children in the mid-1900s The only place for children since 1915. What started as Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children in 1915 has grown into Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta the place more parents rely on to care for their kids whether they need urgent care or a lifesaving procedure. Were proud of how far weve come in a century and were dedicated to making our next 100 years even better for Georgias kids. Learn more at choa.org100years. CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net12 N o doubt about it. When its time to adopt a kitten puppy cat or dog the Forsyth County Animal Shelter FCAS is the place to go. This state-of-the-art shelter takes every step possible to provide quality care for each animal and to assure that adoptable pets are healthy happy and ready to become a member of their new family. To ensure that each animal is adoptable the shelter provides veteri- nary care a four-step training program for dogs so- cialization opportunities for cats with other cats and people and even has three outdoor pens where pro- spective new families can bring their own dog to meet a dog they are considering adopting just to make sure they are compatible. For many years the animal shelter for the county was located at Dr. Orrs animal hospital in Cumming. Dr. Orr provided space and care for rescued animals and adoptions. However many citizens of Forsyth County wanted a county owned and operated animal shelter and brought the idea to the Board of Com- missioners. In 2010 the Commissioners formed an advisory committee comprised of one member of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners one Forsyth County senior staff member one member from Forsyth County Sheriffs Office Special Opera- tionsAnimal Control one veterinary medicine rep- resentative one rescue organization representative and two members of the community. The committee was asked to consider if the county should build its own shelter and if so where the shelter would be lo- cated said Tim Merritt deputy county manager. We researched and discussed all the issues involved and went back to the Board of Commissioners with the recommendation that Forsyth County should build its own shelter on land located off GA 400. The Com- missioners then asked the committee to select the design of the building and an architect and the proj- ect continued to move forward. The 13700-square foot facility opened in August 2014. It was funded by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax SPLOST VII program approved by voters in 2011. In July 2014 as part of the pre-opening prep team Jeanie Curphey started working as the shelter coor- dinator. I was familiar with shelters all over Georgia because my previous position had been inspecting shelters for the Georgia Department of Agriculture said Jeanie. In February 2015 Jeanie became the shelter manager. I have made it my goal to make sure that this animal shelter is the very best that it can possibly be remarked Jeanie. Achieving my by Judy Le Jeune The Forsyth County Animal Shelter Deputy County Manager Tim Merritt Shelter Manager Jeanie Curphey and friends. 13CountyLineJuly2015 goal is made possible by the excellent staff that work here and the many incredible volunteers. This shelter belongs to the citizens of Forsyth County and is paid for with their tax dollars. I want them to be proud of it as does the staff and the volunteers who take pride in the work they do to make sure that all the animals are healthy happy and ready to go to their new home. Volunteers at the shelter have many opportunities to contribute to accomplishing Jeanies goal. Those who choose to walk dogs work one-on-one with dogs and puppies providing them with exercise training and socializing. Others spend their time at the shelter interacting with cats and kittens by holding petting and socializing with them. There are many other op- portunities that range from photographing adoptable pets for the shelters website and Facebook page to representing the shelter at events. All volunteers are required to attend a training session that is offered twice a month on Saturday morning. Volunteers also provide foster care in their homes for animals that need additional attention before they are ready to be adopted. Open Paws training is provided to all volunteers. This four-level training system for dogs is designed specif- ically for shelters to ensure that each dog is friendly quiet and well-behaved and ready to find a new lov- ing home. For the well-being and safety of the animals the shel- ter building is divided into two sections. One is for animal intake either by the countys animal control or residents and requires seven days on this side of the building to observe and assess each animal vaccinate them and treat them for any illness. In addition to a thorough physical exam and any subse- quent treatment during this week the staff and the on-staff veterinary technician observe each animals temperament their behavior and their social skills to make a decision on their adoptability. Every animal is given a cage card that will move with them as they leave this area. A local veterinarian visits the shelter twice a week any time treatment is needed and is always available for consultation. After the seven-day observation and treatment period each animal is as- sessed and if they are ready for adoption they are moved to the other side of the building. On the side for adoptable animals a staff member interacts with each animal every morning to confirm that they are healthy to observe their temperament and to socialize with them. Throughout the day cats take turns spending time in the lobby area and social- ize with each other and humans. There are nine large rooms referred to as cat condos that are each home to four or five cats. The dogs stay in large indoor pens that open to an outdoor run. Continued support of the shelter is provided by the not-for-profit Friends of the Forsyth County Animal Shelter that was established to provide resources es- sential to successfully operating the shelter. They are a member of the North Georgia Community Founda- tion through which donations are accepted to sup- port the Forsyth County Animal Shelter. Their current project is providing funds to build eight new dog runs in the outdoor area behind the shelter. We have an excellent working relationship with res- cue groups especially the Humane Society of For- syth County HSFC that comes once a week to take animals and find them new homes said Jeanie. The HSFC has taken over 250 of our animals this year alone. Their help in finding homes is invaluable. The citizens of Forsyth County have an animal shelter that they can be very proud of and everyone who wants to add a new member to their family has a wonderful place to go where there are dogs cats puppies and kittens of many breeds colors and sizes from which to choose. The Forsyth County Animal Shelter is conveniently located off GA 400 at 4065 County Way in Cum- ming. Hours are Tuesday Saturday 1030am to 5pm. Adoption fees are 85 per pet. Visit them online at Facebook.comForsythCountyAnimalShelter and www.forsythco.comanimalshelter. Call 678-965- 7185 or email animalshelterinfoforsythco.com. The shelter has nine cat condos. CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net14 In a ceremony held Friday May 1 officials interred and sealed the time capsule in the new Forsyth County Courthouse. The sealed time capsule was ceremoniously placed behind the court- houses cornerstone located on the front of the building. The Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit solicited the help of the public in gathering items for placement in the time capsule. Some of the items included in the time capsule are citizen accounts of past courthouses printed photographs of present-day Forsyth County and more. The Bell-Forsyth Judicial Circuit along with the Forsyth County Bar Association sponsored an essay contest for Forsyth County middle school and high school students. The contest win- ners Jacob Ruiz of Cornerstone schools and Erin Tozier of Forsyth Central High School had their essays placed in the time capsule. The ceremony also included recognition of the countys five Rota- ry Clubs for their donation of six granite benches outside the en- trance to the new courthouse. The Rotary Club of Forsyth County Lanier-Forsyth Rotary Club North Forsyth 400 Rotary Club South Forsyth Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Johns Creek all came to- gether to donate the benches. TIME CAPSULE INTERRED AT NEW FORSYTH COUNTY COURTHOUSE Board Certied Pediatric Dentist One Doctor Practice Children of All Ages Treated Parents Welcome in Treatment Areas In-Network with Most Insurances Low Radiation Digital X-rays Sedation Special Needs Dentistry 678-822-9818 10475 medlock bridge road suite 501 johns creek www.pdJohnsCreek.com 11180 State Bridge Rd. Suite 207 Johns Creek 30022 770.676.7208 DoctorsHearingCenterGA.com Call 770.676.7208 For your free screening Limited time offer for new patients. 75 Value. 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Marilyn grew up in Coatesville Pennsylvania a small town where her father was an attorney and her mother owned and managed a retail clothing store. I had a wonderful childhood Marilyn re- called. Although her father died when she was young it was the experience of losing him that shaped her desire to help people. In high school Marilyn volunteered as a candy striper and ward clerk at her local hospital and for a time considered going to medical school. But I decided on nursing school and that was a decision that proved to be one that defined my personal and professional life she recalled. Marilyn attended Albright College in Reading Pennsylvania earn- ing Bachelors degrees in Biology and Nursing. At the time she notes there were few PhDs in nursing but three sisters who taught at Albrights nursing school held doctorate degrees. They were tough and they shaped my career she says. The sisters were among a number of great mentors who Marilyn credits with teach- ing her what it meant to be a nurse and a professional. After graduating Marilyn worked for a year at Reading Hospital but wanted to explore different possibilities. Her college roommate had moved to Atlanta and with the intention of a short stay in the South Marilyn joined her in the city. Knowing that she wanted to work in an academic institution Marilyn joined the staff of Emory University Hospital and has remained with Emory Healthcare ever by Kathleen Kraynick TIVE OUTCOMES CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net18 since. She started in intensive care and after a year moved to the coronary care unit CCU where she spent the next 15 years. In 1989 Marilyn earned a Masters degree in Nursing Administration from Emory Universitys Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. During those 15 years in the CCU Marilyn worked with the same three nurses something she says is rare in healthcare. That experience taught her the importance of establishing trust and communication among nurses and was instrumental in the development of Marilyns career. In CCU we had a very collaborative relationship with the healthcare team and we often cared for patients awaiting transplant for a very long period of time. I was able to broaden my nursing skills and I wanted to make a difference in the lives of my patients and their families. I really saw myself staying on the clinical side of nursing Marilyn said. But she was encouraged by Barbara Sverdlik her mentor and former classmate to pursue nursing management. The major turning point in her career came in 1999 when she was promoted to Director of the Emergency Department. There she was responsible for a staff of 100 and a 10 million budget. Dr. Douglas Lowery-North and the Emergency Department staff took a chance on me. I didnt know anything about emergency medicine said Marilyn. But they taught me so much how to work in an emergency department how to work with the patients and families and how to connect. Dr. Lowery-North was and is still a great mentor. Marilyn was later named Director of Nursing Emergency Services for Emory University Hospital and Emory Midtown in 2002 and added management of the Neurosciences Department in 2006. A year later she took the position of Director of Nursing Operations a job she held for five years. In these roles Marilyn helped to develop a model that reduced pa- tient wait times reorganized the admission process in the emergency department and reduced nurse-to-patient ratios. The next big change came in 2011 when Marilyn moved to Emory Johns Creek Hospital as the interim Chief Nursing Officer. I was not planning to stay in Johns Creek Marilyn explained. I loved my job at Emory University. But after a short time I fell in love with the hospital here and with the community. My husband who grew up on a working farm felt at home in the area. Soon after she assumed the Chief Nursing Officer posi- tion and two years later was promoted to Vice President Operations where she had responsibility for the operations of all clinical areas of the hospital. When former CEO Craig McCoy left Emory Johns Creek Hospital for Emory Saint Jo- sephs Hospital in 2014 Marilyn was asked to assume the role on an interim basis and was appointed permanent CEO at the end of last year. Being in this job broadens my fo- cus. Ultimately I feel responsible for the well-being of everyone at the hospital not just patients Marilyn said. In the role of CEO Marilyn finds that she is much more active in the Johns Creek community and she sees this as a wonderful opportunity. She points to a shift in healthcare with the focus on keeping people throughout the community well and says the hospitals partnerships with churches schools assisted living facilities and nursing centers is vital in this endeavor. She also works closely with the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce the Rotary Club of Johns Creek North Fulton the citys of- ficials and others in the community to promote events such as the Community Health Festival and the 5K Scrub Run. Healthcare is no longer just about being sick and in the hospital. We focus on helping people to stay well she explains. Theres also a business benefit to these close partnerships. The growth and development of the hospital is tied to the growth and development of the city. We have to look at how the hospital fits into the community she said. This is a phenomenal community and its such a blessing to work with the people who lead Johns Creek. Being in this job broadens my focus. Ul- timately I feel responsible for the well- being of ev- eryone at the hospital not just patients Marilyn said. 19CountyLineJuly2015 Holding responsibility for maintaining the image and reputation of Emory Johns Creek Hospitalbeing the face of the hospitalis the element of the job that Marilyn finds most challenging. I want to be sure that Im sharing the message of who we are and the innovative and excellent care we provide here she expressed. I am fortunate to work with a supportive and strong hospital leadership team. Outside of her position as CEO of the hospital Mari- lyn stays busy with com- munity involvement and family activities. She still spends some hours en- gaged in hands-on nurs- ing and says without that it might be easy to lose sight of the importance of patient care which is at the core of the hospitals mission. She participated in Leadership Johns Creek this year and found it to be a great way to become acquainted with many indi- viduals and organizations in the community. At home in Cumming Marilyn and her husband Tom spend nearly every weekend at Lake Lanier. They enjoy kayaking boating and hiking miles of trails with their 15-year-old mutt Tazzie. Marilyns daughter who is in nursing school is married to a professor at Mercer University in Macon and has two young boys. Marilyn enjoys spending time with them and is thankful that Macon isnt too far away. Throughout her career Marilyn says she has benefitted from the influence of a number of mentors with two Emory colleagues standing out. Susan Grant serves as Chief Nurs- ing Executive at Emory Healthcare and Marilyn says that Susan brought with her the essence of patient and family-centered care. She is a remarkable leader. Another men- tor Becky Provine was Emory Healthcares Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care when she passed away in 2013. Becky was another remarkable woman leader friend and confidant. Marilyns dedication to patient care and her commitment to improving hospital admin- istration have been celebrated far beyond Emory Healthcare. Her efforts have been recognized by the American Heart Association the Georgia Hospital Association Quality and Safety Chairman and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In 2007 she won the Visionary Nursing Leader Award and was twice a finalist for the March of Dimes Nursing Leader of the Year Award. Marilyn was the 2013 winner of the Georgia Hospital Associa- tion Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing the achievements during her 30 years in the Emory Healthcare system. With all Marilyn has done in her career there remains a constant. My goal is to help create positive patient outcomes and positive patient and family experiences. Though it looks different in this job its still the focus of everything I do. Marilyn front row center with Emory Johns Creek Hospitals leadership team. PhotocourtesyofEJCH CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net20 Paparazzi LI CHEN NATALIE MARLOW CYNTHIA PRADA PORCHE RHYA WALDRIP SHUBHRA SAXENA STEVE DEBBIE AND BRETT SANFRATELLO ISABELLE FRANKLIN ANGIE MAURER KIM BROWN KARLY HOPSON MEL GENTRY JEREMY AND OLIVIA HODGES PAYTON AND SCOTT JOHNSON 21CountyLineJuly2015 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. For more information or a complimentary quote call 678-417-5490 Businesses Annual Reports Manuals Newsletters Correspondence Self-Publishing Authors Books Manuscripts Screenplays Website Content Magazines and Journals Dissertations and Theses 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 www.MeadowPediatrics.com 10710 Medlock Bridge Rd. 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Anirudh began par- ticipating in academic competitions in middle school and when he observed that Georgia students did not tend to score as well as competitors from other states he began to formulate a plan to address this situation. In high school he found that participa- tion in honor societies and other organizations often required that students engage in community ser- vice but that opportunities for teens to earn service hours were rather limited. MIEdu Academy was es- tablished to address both needs. What makes MIEdu Academy different from other tutoring services is that all of the student tutors donate their time and all of the revenue from the fees they charge is given to charity. In just eight months since they opened MIEdu Academy has do- nated close to 3000. Most of the funds have gone to the Food for Life Global program run by A Well- Fed World. Food for Life also provides assistance in crisis situations such as the earthquakes in Nepal this spring. Anirudh who is originally from India says he chose Food for Life because they support impoverished communities in India and around the world and he trusts them to be good stewards of the funds they receive. MIEdu Academy has also do- nated funds to Share Your Care in support of hos- pice services for the needy in India. Another recent donation went to the Grizzly Great Day of Giving at Piney Grove Middle School where Anirudh and his brother Anish were both students. MIEdu Academy offers both small group and one- on-one tutoring providing academic support to stu- dents in grades 3-11 who need assistance in on- level accelerated and AP math science and other academic classes. They also tutor students prepar- ing for academic competition including MathCounts Science Olympiad Geography Bee and Quiz Bowl. Classes are held at Anirudhs home and the program has grown to about 25 students from the South For- syth and Johns Creek communities. Initially An- irudh and Anish were the only tutors but with the academys rapid growth they quickly saw the need to bring more tutors on board. Anirudh turned to his friends and South Forsyth High School rising senior Sahas Mehta and Northview High School ris- ing junior Vineeth Duddempudi now volunteer with MIEdu Academy. Three of the tutors graduated in May. Rohit Konda and Satwik Nandala are headed to Georgia Tech and Akhil Kota will study at Johns Hopkins University. We can help increase the num- ber of students who do well in competitions and in school give high school students an opportunity for service and the money we earn is donated to char- ity. Its a win-win-win said Anirudh. by Kathleen Kraynick MISSION ACCOMPLISHED 23CountyLineJuly2015 The academy is producing impressive results. Every student participating has seen improvement in their grades and Anirudh is happy to see good results in academic competitions as well. Parent Rajani Bobba shared I am proud of these high school kids shar- ing their knowledge with the younger kids to help them excel in their studies and prepare them for competitions. I really appreciate these kids taking time from their busy schedule for these classes and also donating the money collected to a good cause. My daughter is enjoying the sessions and showing improvement in her grades. Sahas explains that students teaching students works well. I work with the younger kids and try to make it fun for them so that they want to learn. As students ourselves we can communicate with them better than adults can. We know how it feels to be in their shoes. Anish concurs The kids arent afraid to ask questions because were students too. An- irudh tutors older students and uses an interactive approach. I take them through the process of solv- ing a problem. Discussion is more beneficial than me teaching the entire time. Anirudh stays busy outside of his studies and run- ning MIEdu Academy. He is a member of a number of honor societies competes as part of the Math Team Science Olympiad Biology Olympiad and participates in Future Business Leaders of Ameri- ca. He is also a varsity tennis player. South Forsyth High School Counseling Department Chair Dr. Jamie Brown describes Anirudh as bright determined and selfless. In my 15-plus years in education I have had several students who have started their own businesses but I have never had any that do- nated their proceeds to the less fortunate. Our name comes from our mission statement. The mission of MIEdu Academy is to motivate and in- spire students by giving quality academic help while raising funds to serve those in need explained An- irudh. Mission accomplished. For more information on MIEdu Academy visit httpmieduacademy.weebly.com. 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. gacancer.com TM CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net24 The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club recently sponsored an Ex- pressing My Passion program at South Forsyth High School for students with special needs. John Arant special education teacher coordinated the program. We are grateful to the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club for allowing us to share our passions said John. We had so much fun preparing and presenting. They made it a special day for us our peers and our parents. Eighteen students prepared storyboards and PowerPoint presenta- tions consisting of pictures and details about what they like most. The special needs students are assisted by general education stu- dents through two programs Peer Facilitation and Teaching Path- way. Parents teachers paraprofessionals student aids friends and Optimist Club members attended the program and encouraged the students. The special needs students did an excellent job said Nancy Clac- kum the Optimist Club coordinator for the program. It gave them the opportunity to express themselves and they were so effective and impressive in demonstrating their communication skills. The students were presented with medals and certificates for their accomplishments. The teachers were presented with plaques and the paraprofessionals and student aids were recognized with certifi- cates for their support of the program. Special Needs Students Express Their Passions Justin talked about his love of music friends and basketball. Matt described his passion for trains. 19INITIAL VISIT Includes consultation exam and adjustment. GIFT CARD 25CountyLineJuly2015 The Rotary Club of Johns Creek North Fulton re- cently received the Best Membership Growth Award at the 58th annual Rotary International District 6900 Conference in Jekyll Island. The award presented by District 6900 Governor Alicia Michael reflects a membership gain in the last year. The Rotary Club of Johns Creek North Fulton was chartered in 2013 with 26 members. As of March 2015 the club roster had 41 active members. Since July 2014 the club had a net gain of seven members. We have a special group of dedicated members said Bev Miller club president. From our service projects to the camaraderie were fortunate to have a membership who is excited about being a part of this club and is devoted to making a difference in the community. The Rotary Club of Johns Creek North Fulton meets each Wednesday at noon at the Atlanta Ath- letic Club 1930 Bobby Jones Drive Johns Creek GA 30097. For more information about the Ro- tary Club of Johns CreekNorth Fulton call 678-824-2403 or email infoRotaryJohnsCreek.com. Rotary Club of Johns Creek North Fulton Wins Best Membership Growth Award Governor Alicia Michael presents the award to club member Angela Harvey Youve Worked Hard for What You Have 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 Stuff Space is limited so call now for your reservation 770.822.2723 There is no cost or obligation to attend. July 7th or 23rd from 600-800pm 11340 Lakefield Dr. Ste. 200 Johns Creek GA 30097 www.LetsTalkEstatePlanning.com CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net26 M ary Ann Milton joined a Girl Scout troop at her school when she was ten years old. Now at 75 she has been involved in Girl Scouts for 55 years as a troop member a troop leader a volunteer and a trainer. What motivated Mary Ann to join a troop as a young girl has continued to keep her involved and giving of herself to the Girl Scouts. Mary Ann was an only child who was raised outside of Montgomery Alabama in an area that had no oth- er children her age to play with and socialize. She loved being outdoors and would spend hours enter- taining herself with outdoor activities. So when the first troop in the area formed at Mary Anns school she was excited to join and have the opportunity to be with other girls her own age and engage in outdoor activities with them. It was the only game in town said Mary Ann. She was a member of her troop throughout school and remained involved with troops in St. Louis when she went on to college at Webster University. Mary Ann married had four children and moved several times because of her husbands job but throughout the years she con- tinued her involvement in the Girl Scouts. In 1987 Mary Ann and her family moved to Roswell where they lived for nine years until moving to the home where she still lives in Forsyth County. Since mov- ing to the Atlanta area Mary Ann has made major contributions to this areas Girl Scouts. In 1989 Mary Ann was one of six volunteers who formed the Archives Committee a group that was passionate about collecting and preserving docu- ments photos and other Girl Scout items. The memorabilia that was collected formed the Archives of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta. Of the original volunteers Mary Ann is the only member left who is still active. Her contributions have been instrumen- tal in preserving the history and traditions of Girl Scouts and make it possible to share this informa- tion with others. For the past 20 years Mary Ann has devoted a ma- jority of her time as a Girl Scout Volunteer Facilita- tor which is also referred to as a trainer. The role of a facilitator is crucial to the delivery of the Girl Scout experience. Her specialty is basic outdoor skills with a focus on instruction for how to cook outdoors. She conducts classes on cooking over a campfire with various methods including using a Dutch oven by Judy Le Jeuneby Judy Le Jeune On My Honor 27CountyLineJuly2015 a camp stove and even a box. She shows them that everything you can cook at home can be cooked outdoors. Though Mary Ann works directly with Girl Scouts who attend summer camp a majority of her time is spent training leaders on everything out- doors including cooking pitching tents properly and many other basic skills required to enjoy the out- doors. By training adult leaders who work with girls Mary Ann has empowered them to provide the girls with an exceptional experience. I especially enjoy all the outdoor activities like camping cooking out- doors and canoeing on lakes that are available with Girl Scouts said Mary Ann. I gain self-satisfaction in teaching young Girl Scouts to be prepared for any life situation they might encounter and I appreci- ate watching them progress and seeing their self- confidence build. I also enjoy seeing how amazed they are when I show them what can be cooked outdoorsturkeys casseroles and even pastries Throughout her years of service Mary Anns dedi- cation and contributions to Girl Scouts have been recognized and appreciated with numerous special awards. The Trefoil Guild an international organi- zation designed to unite adult Girl Scouts through- out the world presented Mary Ann with a Thanks Badge. This award recognized Mary Anns commit- ment exceptional service and the impact that her service has had on achieving the goals of the Girl Scouts. There are four World Centers for Girl Scouts located in Switzerland Mexico India and England. Mary Ann has visited all the locations except the one in India. On June 13 at Camp Lanier Mary Anns accom- plishments and contributions were honored and cel- ebrated by the Central South Forsyth Service Unit. The South Forsyth Day Camp with the support of the Central South Service Unit is introducing a camp sponsorship program on behalf of Mary Ann. The program that has been created to honor her legacy is called Marshmallows for Mary Ann and will enable girls who would otherwise not be able to attend day camp to attend and enjoy this amazing camp experience. The goal is to be able to sponsor three Girl Scouts with this program each year. I treasure the fellowship with all the Girl Scouts that I have met both in the U.S. and abroad said Mary Ann. And the Girl Scouts treasure Mary Ann Dr. Ashley Tharp and Dr. Jaime Cho Practice the Highest Quality Medical Care for Your Dogs and Cats. New Client Discount - 25 Off Your First Exam 770-844-7387 3571 Peachtree Parkway Suwanee Just North of McGinnis Ferry Road Monday-Friday 7am-6pm Saturday 8am-12pm FourPawsJohnsCreek.com Dr. Jaime Cho and Dr. Ashley Tharp BOARDING Large indoor runs and outdoor exercise yard Overnight or day Quiet area for cats WELLNESS PLAN PROGRAM WITH BUDGET-FRIENDLY MONTHLY INSTALLMENTS Monday-Friday 7am-6pm Saturday 8am-12pm FourPawsJohnsCreek.com Grooming Bathing We provide a comprehensive range of medical services Annual ExamsVaccinations Dental Services Routine Emergency Surgeries Radiology Services Companion Laser Therapy Skin Disorders CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net28 M eadow Pediatrics provides comprehensive pediatric care for children of all ages providing newborn care school physi- cals and same-day sick visits. We are conveniently located at the Parsons Meadow Professional Park on Medlock Bridge in the city of Johns Creek. It is easily accessible from Cumming Suwanee Duluth Norcross and Alpharetta. Meadow Pediatrics will provide personalized care and will be there to support and guide every parent to provide a healthy future for their child not just physical health but also emotional and social health. Dr. Muthukumar known as Dr. Kumar is a Board Certified Pedia- trician who is a strong advocate for her Pediatric patients and will provide the highest quality of care possible treating every child as if they were her own. Dr. Kumar came to the United States as a young child and grew up in warm and sunny California.Her desire and passion for helping children laid the foundation to pursue a ca- reer in Pediatrics. She attended UMDNJ-NJ Medical School for her Internship and completed her Pediatric Residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2005. Cedars-Sinai is an academic medical cen- ter with a world-renowned faculty and extensive highly competitive training programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas with high-volume newborn deliveries. This nurtured her passion for newborn care. She worked for South Bay Family Health Care in Los Angeles providing services for the under-served until 2009.She was the principal Pediatrician to participate in a program called Healthy Kids Express where a mobile health van went to different schools in the Hawthorne School District to provide immunizations well-child exams and care for sick children on a weekly basis. This was a con- venient service for the community. She then relocated to the Atlanta area and has provided pediatric care in the Cumming and Johns Creek areas. She assisted the Neo- natology Department at Emory Johns Creek Hospital in the Newborn Nursery for a few years which further solidified her interests in new- born care. Dr. Kumar founded Meadow Pediatrics in 2012 to provide customized and comprehensive care.She is on staff at Emory Johns Creek Hospital Northside Hospital-Forsyth and Childrens Health- care of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. She has a special interest in the management of newborn care asthma and childhood obesity. Child- hood obesity is now the number one health concern among parents in the United States. Not only is it a health issue but also creates self-esteem issues. Dr. Kumar emphasizes to the family the impor- tance of a healthy family lifestyle. Dr. Kumar lives in Cumming with her husband and twin eight-year olds. In her free time she enjoys cooking with her children baking desserts gardening traveling and spending time with her family. She also has interest in photography interior design and music. Meadow Pediatrics is located at 10710 Medlock Bridge Rd. Suite 250 in Johns Creek. To schedule an appointment or for more information call 770-870-1085. 29CountyLineJuly2015 Lambert High Schools iGEM Team is a synthetic biology research group comprised of 9th 12th grade students. iGEM or Interna- tional Genetically Engineered Machine is a premier synthetic biology competition that promotes an open source registry of standardized genetic sequences called BioBricks. Essentially iGEM combines bi- ology with engineering and treats genes as parts of a cellular ma- chine. Every year Lambert iGEM completes a research project that is presented at the international Jamboree competition. Last year the team successfully extracted DNA for chitin deacetylase an enzyme from yeast for their project. The team is planning to express this gene in E. coli bacteria this year. The team is mentored by the Geor- gia Tech iGEM Team and the Styczynski lab. Besides research year round which includes reading scientific articles and participating in wet lab students of Lambert iGEM actively reach out to the community to raise awareness for the growing field of synthetic biology. On March 21 2015 the iGEM team hosted a syn- thetic biology discussion panel at the Atlanta Science Festival to discuss genetically modi- fied organisms in society. The panel included a Georgia State House Representative a FBI Special Agent an Emory Ethics professor a Georgia Tech researcher and a CDC immunolo- gist. The event drew 88 people and was met with overwhelmingly positive feedback. The team also regularly volunteers at Next Generation Focus a local nonprofit organization that provides free Saturday tutoring for economically disadvantaged elementary students. Team members plan curriculum and encourage children to pursue studies and careers in STEM. Lambert High Schools iGEM Team CountyLine July 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net30 Arbor Terrace at Johns Creek is dedicated to serving seniors who need assistance and enjoy an elegant warm and social environment. While in our care our pro- fessional staff will be able to provide individualized pro- grams and services that fit each residents unique needs and abilities. The services available include Individualized care plan for each resident. You only pay for your own personalized level of care Three nutritious meals plus snacks throughout the day 24-hour access to staff including nurses around-the-clock Structured activities program led by our staff integrating daily tasks of living and engaging residents at all levels. Access to physical occupational and speech thera- pists home health and private companion services Regular housekeeping and laundering of bed and bath linens Medication Management provided by our professional staff Routine family meals and gatherings to keep our families connected On-site Alzheimers Support Group to in- clude dementia and transitional care coun- seling for families Memory care and engagement tailored spe- cically to each individual resident meeting them where they are in their journey At Arbor Terrace Johns Creek we pride ourselves in know- ing that we are a leader when it comes to providing in- novative and superior services. Our focus and what sets us apart is our intense training dedication and ability to help our residents by making deep connections through our programs and engaging activities. We are thrilled to be offering Its Never 2 LateTM IN- 2LTM a state-of-the-art system combining touch screen computers with intuitive picture-based software and an extensive continually updated content library. This in- novative system is designed to help our residents travel through a world of activities games trivia reminiscing music virtual travel and live video chat at the touch of their fingers. The IN2LTM system provides an opportunity to help our staff make even deeper connections with our residents through a personal and private page called My Page. This unique individualized page allows the residents family to load family pictures and videos family history favorite music genres and television shows specialized exercise programs and even their chosen faith-based activities including sermons devotions and spiritual trivia. With the IN2LTM system our staff can help stimulate the mental health and well-being of our residents through the Therapy and Fitness and Mental Stimulation pro- grams. With these capabilities our residents can ride a bike through scenic routes fly an airplane solve puz- zles and participate in Sit and Be Fit programs. The IN2LTM programs are designed to be entertaining and help exercise your loved ones mind and brain fitness. Let us introduce you to a place like no other. Arbor Ter- race at Johns Creek the new signature in senior living. To find out more about our programs and services the Founders Club or to schedule a personal tour please call us at 770-999-9577 to speak with a Senior Care Coun- selor or visit our website at www.at-johnscreek.com. 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