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   Attorney Ryan A. Johnson, PC

   Attorneys Marcia G. Shein & Elizabeth A. Brandenburg

   Attorney Ashley L. Schiavone

   Caldwell & Watson, LLP

   Piedmont Colorectal Associates, PC

   Allen C. Carter, PHD, ABPP

*    The Shah Law Firm

*    Servy Massey Fertility Institute

*    Dowsing For Health

*    Birthright, INC

*    Benjamin Franklin Academy

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ATTORNEY RYAN A. JOHNSON, PC concentrates in plaintiff’s personal injury litigation. He is an experienced trial lawyer and for your initial consultation there is no charge. Within the field of personal injury litigation, he works within a wide range of cases including motor vehicle accidents, DUI accidents, trucking, motorcycle, bicycle & pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, catastrophic injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, slip & fall accidents, negligent security and workplace accidents.

Ryan has continued to earn his reputation for achieving the maximum recovery for his clients. His office is aggressive in their efforts, working to protect & preserve the legal rights of his clients. He purposely limits the size of his practice, allowing him to give personal attention to each client. Ryan believes it is his responsibility to see that each client’s rights are recognized & enforced within the bounds permitted by law.




3340 Peachtree Rd. #950, Atlanta GA






THE SHAH LAW FIRM represents persons & families who have suffered injuries due to the recklessness and negligence of others. Attorney Parag Shah’s areas of experience include cases of automobile negligence, wrongful death, premises liability, head and brain injuries, mediation services and much more. With years of experience in litigating claims against property & casualty insurance companies, Parag also represents those wrongfully accused of criminal acts and is a Registered Neutral with the State of GA.

Parag handles all of the paperwork, follow-up and litigation of a client’s case. Your initial consultation is provided free of charge. If your case is accepted, it is generally done so on a contingency fee basis. Parag invites you to view the link to his books The Code is a concise, 4 X 6 inch pocket book. The Criminal Edition condenses the key portions of Title 16 & Title 40, The Criminal & Traffic Code of GA. The Civil Edition condenses the key portions of Title 9, The GA Civil Practice Act. The Evidence Edition contains the new Rules of Evidence (Title 24). The books are beneficial to anyone needing a quick refresher or a general understanding of how GA law operates.



Attorney Parag Shah


1355 Peachtree St NE #1800, Atlanta GA




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CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS MARCIA G. SHEIN & ELIZABETH A. BRANDENBURG represent individuals with complex state & federal criminal charges. They are nationally recognized federal criminal defense attorneys concentrating in plea-bargaining, sentencing mitigation, appeals and Federal & Georgia State Habeas Corpus & parole matters. They have worked with and consulted for some of the nation’s top federal criminal defense lawyers on trial mitigation & appellate/post conviction relief cases.

Marcia & Elizabeth understand their client’s need for a federal criminal defense lawyer who not only knows their way around a courtroom, but also knows the highly technical rules of procedure, applicable statutory law, and applicable appellate court decisions. Both have mastered the art and science of putting it all together to provide the most effective representation. If faced with the prospect of prison, or already serving time behind bars, it makes sense to consult with a federal criminal defense lawyer who will fight to achieve the best results possible for your case. Marcia is a lifetime member of NACDL & 2013 President of GACDL.




2392 N Decatur Rd. Decatur GA






ATTORNEY ASHLEY L. SCHIAVONE concentrates primarily in criminal defense, with a strong emphasis on the trial phase of legal advocacy. She knows that being charged with any criminal offense is a frightening experience. Defendants need to know their rights under the law and act to protect them immediately – before memories fade, evidence is lost or witnesses disappear. She states, “Don’t wait to get help from a lawyer”. The longer your attorney has before trial, the better and stronger your defense can be.

As a trial lawyer, Ashley’s philosophy is grounded in the strong belief that her clients should be fully informed about every aspect of their case as the case progresses. Areas of interest include homicide & all violent crimes, DUI & traffic violations, drug crimes, white-collar crimes, armed robbery & burglary, domestic violence & assault and probation & parole violations. Divorce & family law and personal injury round out her practice. Ashley previously worked at a local large DUI practice before going off on her own. For your initial consultation there is no charge.




4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd, #208, Atlanta GA







Harmon Caldwell and the firm of CALDWELL & WATSON, LLP represent clients in divorce, trust and estate disputes, estate planning and asset protection. Lawyers at Caldwell & Watson have received the Super Lawyer®, Legal Elite®, and the Martindale Hubbell Preeminent® designations. Harmon Caldwell’s Georgia Divorce Handbook – A Guide for Navigating the Divorce Process, available at bookstores, Amazon and in e-book form, has received critical praise for its no-nonsense approach to helping non-lawyers and non-divorce lawyers understand the divorce process.

The lawyers at Caldwell & Watson do not take a cookie-cutter approach to any client’s problem. They look at each client’s situation and determine the best, most efficient and least expensive way to accomplish what is in that client’s best interests. They then tell the client up front what to expect. They encourage you to visit their website, and review their clients’ comments. If you have a problem in one of their practice areas, they hope you will contact them.



Attorney Harmon Caldwell


Two Ravinia Dr. #1600, Atlanta GA







Colorectal surgeons are experts in diagnosing and treating disorders of the colon, rectum and anus. Drs. Jay Singh, Joseph Nichols & Joy McCaffrey at PIEDMONT COLORECTAL ASSOCIATES, PC are Board Certified by the American Board of General Surgery and the American Board of Colon & Rectal Surgery. They perform out-patient colonoscopy and in-office screening procedures including flexible endoscopy, proctoscopy and stool testing for blood, as well as common and complex surgical procedures, including laparoscopic colon resections. Most disorders are identified when patients report symptoms, such as rectal pain and bleeding. Many common disorders, such as fissures, polyps, hemorrhoids, constipation and incontinence can often be treated without surgery. Other diseases, such as cancer or colitis, may require surgery and a cooperative approach with a gastroenterologist or oncologist.

In addition to providing office-based surgery for minor surgical procedures, Drs. Singh, Nichols & McCaffrey provide non-operative treatment of hemorrhoids and fissures and rubberband ligation for hemorrhoids. With 27 years of service, Peidmont Colorectal Associates, PC provides comprehensive medical services with a sensitive approach.



Drs. Jay Singh, Joseph Nichols & Joy McCaffrey


35 Collier Rd NW #475, Atlanta GA






At the SERVY MASSEY FERTILITY INSTITUTE, Drs. Joe B. Massey and Edouard Servy provide their patients with the latest in low-cost and accessible healthcare for infertility and reproductive issues. Drs. Massey and Servy have more than 60 years of experience helping couples build families. They are specialists in infertility, fibroids, recurrent pregnancy loss, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, male infertility and IVF. Diagnostic testing is done on a low-cost basis.

Wanting to open the door to more people, they founded Servy Massey Fertility Institute, offering low-cost IVF for $7,725. They are LGBT-friendly and have thriving sperm and egg donor programs. Their unique low-cost IVF program brings the joy of parenthood to more people than ever before. Offices at 3193 Howell Mill Rd, #214 in Atlanta, (404)228-7199, and 812 Chafee Ave in Augusta, (706)724-0228. Contact them for more info.




Offices in Atlanta and Augusta GA




Dr. Richard Needle of DOWSING FOR HEALTH is a Doctor of Nutrition and a Nutritional Intuitive. He utilizes a combination of dowsing, natural nutritional supplements & nutritional counseling to maintain and improve your health. The ancient art & science of dowsing with a pendulum has been used since 1922. Dowsing will detect body weaknesses in their infancy with pinpoint accuracy. Even Albert Einstein endorsed it! Dr. Needle utilizes this technique with more than 30 years of experience in nutritional guidance.

Using a pendulum, Dr. Needle can receive insight and detect certain energy vibrations to assess the overall health condition of your body with the highest accuracy. He has more than a decade of experience helping clients regain their health through the use of the pendulum and other health assessment tools. Dr. Needle will also determine which foods help make you sick and which foods help make you well. Dr. Needle can help with weight loss, HIV healing, arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart conditions, acid reflux, depression, skin conditions & much more. Check Dr. Needle out on YouTube.



Dr. Richard Needle


405 River Glen Trace NW Atlanta GA

(770)612-3400 & (800)653-1056

BIRTHRIGHT, INC provides confidential, caring and non-judgmental support to any woman distressed by an unexpected pregnancy. Using their own resources and those of the community, BIRTHRIGHT offers a positive and loving alternative to abortion.

BIRTHRIGHT knows that showing concern for the unborn child means caring for his or her mother. Only when her needs are met will the mother be able to care about her baby. Their aim is to help a pregnant woman feel loved, supported, accepted, worthwhile, hopeful and encouraged. She knows she is not alone. BIRTHRIGHT helps her to look at her situation and assess the best outcome for herself and her baby. BIRTHRIGHT will not judge her on her life or the circumstances of her pregnancy, but asks, What now? - How can we help? On a practical basis, BIRTHRIGHT provides free pregnancy tests, help in obtaining pre-natal care, and referrals to professional counselors and social and community services that meet the needs of the women they serve. They will continue to assist her as long as she needs their help. All services are without charge. BIRTHRIGHT’s 24-hour hotline makes help available anytime. Celebrating 45 years in GA, volunteers & donations are welcome.




3424 Hardee Ave. Atlanta GA

(770)451-2273 & (800)550-4900



As an innovative independent college preparatory high school for teens fourteen to eighteen, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ACADEMY provides students with a challenging individualized college preparatory curriculum within a caring community of learners. BFA features a Mastery Learning approach and has three program options: Work-Study, Longer Day, and ESL (English as a Second Language). BFA offers 25 Honors and 17 AP courses; applied Music, Art and Drama Programs; three sports; and a variety of clubs and activities.

The school works to understand each student’s unique needs, interests and learning style, developing strategies to meet those needs. BFA also offers rolling admissions, accelerated and catch-up work, as well as Joint Enrollment with colleges and universities in the Atlanta area. For more info, check out BFA at and/ or contact BFA for a tour at their 752 Houston Mill Road NE address, which houses their administrative offices.




1585 Clifton Rd NE Atlanta GA



ALLEN C. CARTER, PHD, ABPP is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist specializing in men’s & women’s issues and individual, adult & couples counseling. He also invites clients who experience psychological trauma into his practice. Dr. Carter has years of intense exploration into the many issues that promote psychological, emotional & spiritual well-being. Dr. Carter explains that there are many common challenges we all face in creating & maintaining closeness in relationships, achieving emotional stability and maintaining inner peace & happiness. With more than 30 years of experience, he sees his role of therapist as a guide to his clients in over-coming these challenges to live more fulfilling and successful lives.

Nominated “Best Program of the Year 2013”, Dr. Carter hosts & produces a weekly award-winning show: “Who Am I?” on AIB TV. Tuesday 8:30 PM | Comcast Channel 5 & Att-Uverse Channel 6 ( The focus is on Spirituality & Psychology. Dr. Carter is now conducting live workshops in Atlanta. Workshop Dates: August 23, 2014, Title: “Love and Happiness” & October 24, 2014, “Peace.”




600 W Peachtree St NW #1570, Atlanta GA











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