A weekly invitational profile series on professionals demonstrating excellence in the fields of law, healthcare & medicine, social services, business,
finance, technology & education. Produced by Proactive Resources in the January 26, 2012 issue of Creative Loafing.


Attorney Salmeh Fodor at GEORGIA FAMILY MATTERS is committed to aggressively representing her clients to protect their families, their children and their finances. With 14 years of experience practicing law, Ms. Fodor serves as a trusted advisor and advocate in matters of divorce, custody, visitation, child support, alimony, palimony, asset distribution, contempt, modification of child support and custody, interstate child support, international child support, paternity, prenuptial agreements, and postnuptial agreements.

One of the most difficult decisions for a client can be when to fight and when to settle. However, the first Court Order or Settlement in a divorce, child custody, child support, or alimony/palimony case can be the most important. Ms. Fodor's years of experience allow her to identify which clients are best served by fighting to the end and taking a case to a judge or jury, and which clients are best served by sitting down with all of the parties and reaching an amicable settlement that everyone can live with for the foreseeable future.

As an essential part of Ms. Fodor's approach, she provides personal and confidential service. She works closely with each client to clearly understand his or her priorities and to identify all of the issues at stake. Ms. Fodor is sensitive and caring, but provides a comprehensive and tough approach to her practice of law. With her years of experience, Ms. Fodor's keen ability to exercise good judgment makes a real difference. Serving Fulton County, Cobb County, Gwinnett County, Dekalb County, Cherokee County, Hall County, Henry County, and Forsyth County as well as the cities of Atlanta, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Vinings, Decatur, Marietta, East Cobb, Brookhaven, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Sugar Hill, Peachtree City, Smyrna, Mableton, Tucker, Stone Mountain, Jonesboro, Kennesaw, and Norcross.

Georgia Family Matters
1775 The Exchange SE, #410, Atlanta, GA 30339


When you're facing complex personal & financial issues arising from separation, divorce, child custody, an international family matter or other family law actions, you want the best legal representation. You'll find it at THE MANELY FIRM, PC. Founded by esteemed family lawyer Michael Manely, The Manely Firm approaches each client matter with honesty, integrity and decades of experience in negotiation and litigation.

Each court has its own way of doing things. The Manely Firm knows Georgia family law and the way family law is practiced in specific courts. Even within the same court, one judge may handle a matter differently than another. The Manely Firm handles family law representation in counties throughout Georgia and throughout the world. With a reputation for excellence and a record of success, Attorneys Michael Manely, Jeremy Abernathy, John Smith & Nicole Elder are some of the state's most respected family law practitioners. They are attended by a diverse team of 15, including paralegals & support staff, all focused on divorce and matters that effect the family. Consultations about family law matters, from divorce to paternity and legitimation, are free and confidential. Offices also in Atlanta, Lawrenceville & Canton.

The Manely Firm, PC
7 Atlanta St SE, Marietta, GA 30060


Fred Geheber & Alan Lewis of GEHEBER LEWIS ASSOCIATES have designed numerous commercial residential facilities - ground-up, renovations & space planning projects. They have the ability to translate your vision into innovative designs and projects that will conform to your function, aesthetics, technological needs, schedule & budget requirements. Working with Developers throughout the Southeast, Geheber Lewis Associates provides a full-range of architectural, engineering & interior design services for residential multi-family (ground-up, renovations & additions), rental apartments & student housing projects and senior housing.

Established in 1988, Geheber Lewis Associates is a recognized leader providing exceptional planning, design, technical & delivery services, including strategic planning, facility assessment, program development, architecture, interior design, construction administration, visualization & media services, project cost management, design build & project management. Geheber Lewis Associates engages in the education of its clients through the design & construction processes to ensure that each project's end result is a union of plan, approach & execution.

Geheber Lewis Associates
643 11th St, Atlanta, GA 30318


Keeping apprised of new case law, legislative developments and changes in administrative procedures in criminal law is indispensable to CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY THOMAS FORD.

Tom has 17 years of experience in courtroom & trial practice and works closely with his clients to provide legal advice that is practical & knowledgeable. His areas of concentration focus on constitutional law & criminal procedure. The state & federal cases he handles involve all felonies & misdemeanors, including armed robbery, drug trafficking, murder, sex crimes, computer pornography, DUI, probation & parole violations, domestic violence & assault and state & federal appeals. Tom is quick to point out that when it comes to representation in a criminal case, where your liberty & freedom are at stake, few things are more important than a dedicated & compassionate litigator leading the way. For your initial consultation there is no charge. He practices throughout 25 counties that encompass the major metropolitan area. His goal is to offer "a little more creative; a little more aggressive" approach.

The Ford Law Firm, PC
Atlanta, GA


ATTORNEY SHALAMAR J. PARHAM understands that divorce presents many dramatic changes and concerns, but it also presents various options and solutions. The ultimate goal of establishing a new, healthy life for everyone involved can be lost in the day-to-day worries. Solving problems using available resources furthers that goal and allows Shalamar's divorce clients to sort out options during an extremely stressful period in their lives. Property distribution, alimony, child support, child custody, medical & emotional support and related family issues are examined at the various stages of a divorce case. Shalamar's overall goal is to reach as peaceful a solution as possible while still aggressively protecting her client's rights.

Community oriented, Shalamar is an avid public speaker on family law topics and offers her office as a family law boutique. Her legal services are tailored specifically to each client and their family, with personal & effective legal services. She believes that when the family is involved, no issue should stand alone.

Parham Law Firm
400 Galleria Pkwy, #1500, Atlanta, GA 30339
124 S Main St, #2-I, Jonesboro, GA 30236


Husband & wife legal team, ATTORNEYS BJ & PARRI ABBOTT'S experience in family law is indispensable to the divorce process. Their clients often find that most issues can have an amicable and workable resolution. This meets the needs of the parties with the utmost concern for the best interests of the children. BJ & Parri have an interest in personal injury and concentrate in contested & uncontested divorce matters, child custody & visitation, child support, alimony and post judgment modifications. BJ was selected in 2011 by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of Georgia's Top Attorneys in Family Law. Parri acts as a Guardian Ad Litem in both Juvenile & Superior Courts.

They maintain a personal commitment to working for the best resolution for their clients concerning the issues of their case. Their goal is to assist them as they face the obstacles and questions that arise in their family matter. Serving Cobb County, Fulton County, Cherokee County, Forsyth County, Paulding County, Bartow County & Gwinnett County.

The Law Offices of Abbott & Abbott, PC
367 Atlanta St SE, Marietta, GA 30060


ATTORNEY KEM EYO, MHA, MPA has the experience and background to handle a wide-range of legal problems for her clients. Fostering a commitment to always provide personalized service and value, she has abundant experience in courtroom and trial practice, and endeavors to work closely with her clients and to provide sound and accurate advice.

Kem's areas of concentration include family law, adoptions, child custody, legitimation, paternity, consumer bankruptcy, landlord/tenant, real estate, wills & probate, estates & trusts, business & corporate and civil litigation. She has years of legal experience and is trained as a Guardian Ad Litem. She holds two Masters degrees - one in Health Administration and the other in Public Administration. Both were the result of a previous career in Healthcare Management. Kem can be flexible in scheduling appointments, because she believes being available when you are is a key ingredient in a good client/lawyer relationship.

The Law Office of Kem Eyo, LLC
4151 Memorial Dr, #206-B, Decatur, GA 30032


With more than 19 years of combined legal experience, Attorneys Twila Harris & Shalonda Jones-Parker at HARRIS & JONES, LLC have helped hundreds of people with matrimonial & family law issues. Skillful and effective in the courtroom, they expertly serve their clients by answering their questions, helping them think clearly and guiding them towards sound decisions. If an issue cannot be settled amicably, they are always fully prepared to fight for their clients in court. Twila was previously listed in Metropolitan's Who's Who, and Shalonda is a former State Prosecutor.

Twila & Shalonda will personally represent you throughout your divorce & post-divorce matters including child support, alimony, custody & visitation, domestic violence, restraining orders & property settlements. Their general practice includes criminal defense, DUI, personal injury & civil litigation matters. At their office, you get the personal attention you deserve. Your paperwork will never get lost; your calls will never be ignored. With Twila & Shalonda, experience does make the difference.

Harris & Jones, LLC
8455 Highway 85, #700-D, Riverdale, GA 30274


JONES & CO. VIDEO SERVICE is a full service video production company under the award-winning direction of Rick Jones. He combines his experience and expertise to develop scripts, direct location shoots & edit the images and sound into a cohesive whole. Rick supervises all aspects of production from inception, including budget estimates & management, concept development, program design, script development, field production, music selection, graphic production & post-production, through to the final edit.

Jones & Co.'s script to screen reputation, with an emphasis in creativity, has enabled their clients to more than fulfill their needs. Rick & his team work with many different industries, including non-profits, social services, corporate & business entities, fashion, independent films & much more. They recognize that your High Definition Production, video duplication, photo keepsake or home movie transfer project is important, and they handle your video needs in a professional, cost effective & timely manner. Attention to detail, state-of-the-art equipment, premium quality materials, reasonable prices and quick turn around are all hallmarks of the business practices of this Atlanta video production company.

Jones & Co. Video Service
645 Edgewater Trail NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30328


MEDICAL NEUROGENETICS is a national and international provider of neurogenetic testing, research, and clinical consultation for a variety of disorders affecting children and adults. Physician Board Certifications: Neurology, Biochemical Genetics and Molecular Genetics. The clinical, clinical laboratory and research activities focus on neurogenetic diseases. These are hereditary diseases of the brain, spinal cord and muscle. Due to the specialized nature of the testing facility, the international reputation, and the complexity of the diseases, patients or their samples are referred from hospitals and universities from around the world.

Medical Neurogenetics is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals affected by neurogenetic diseases through excellence in diagnostic testing, clinical consultation, the development of innovative diagnostic techniques, research and education of physicians, patients and other healthcare professionals. Medical Neurogenetics is highly involved in innovative research in genetic disorders and actively pursues research grants to support their investigations.

Medical Neurogenetics
5424 Glenridge Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30342


To most pet owners, their pets are considered to be part of their family. Dr. Kevin W. Fowler & the caring staff at INMAN PARK ANIMAL HOSPITAL understand the deep emotional bond that exists between you & your pet. They provide exceptional care in a kind & caring environment for you & your cherished four-legged family members by providing the best in wellness & illness medicine. They continually update their training to facilitate your choices regarding the care of your pet. They offer a personally-tailored plan for your companion's well-being.

Inman Park Animal Hospital's comprehensive services include immunization & wellness care, internal medicine, pain management, dental care, dermatology, critical care, microchipping, senior care, nutritional & behavioral counseling, radiology, ultrasound & surgery. Complete long-term services such as semi-annual physicals & vaccination maintenance programs help prevent many degenerative conditions and diseases such as Lyme Disease, Leukemia, dental problems, bone diseases, plus many more. Their technical staff will offer to help with any questions, assist you with learning to better care for your furry family members, as well as perform nursing care. Boarding is also available for all pets.

Inman Park Animal Hospital
926 Dekalb Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307


ADVANCED PHYSICAL THERAPY & SPORTS MEDICINE is a comprehensive physical therapy center specializing in Sports Medicine & Manual Therapy. Owner Damon Williams, PT, STS, CES has 13 years of experience and provides a full-range of evaluative & treatment services for acute & chronic pain, injuries from overuse, auto accidents & sports injuries. Physical Therapy is the integrated application of osteopathic techniques to facilitate the body's natural healing process. Damon utilizes a multitude of the latest techniques emphasizing muscle energy techniques for structural realignment, including extremity & vertebral mobilization, trigger point & myofascial release, stretching & stabilization exercises, McConnell/Mulligan/Kinesio taping techniques, sports therapy and traditional physical therapy. Long-term results are emphasized by establishing an exercise prescription for each individual.

Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine has had excellent success in treating neck, shoulder & back pain, headaches, neurological dysfunction, sciatic pain, arthritis, pain associated with aging & sports injuries. Early intervention and a rehabilitative approach will return you back to a pain-free, exhilarating & active lifestyle. Damon works with amateur & professional athletes. Locations in Buckhead & Lithonia. Lithonia relocating in March 2012.

Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
6400 Woodrow Rd, Lithonia, GA 30058, (678)824-1023
2140 Peachtree Rd, #100, Atlanta, GA 30309, (678)973-5585


PROACTIVE RESOURCES DESIGN, INC. is a full-service marketing agency offering turnkey marketing & advertising strategy, PR support, graphic design, corporate identity, business development, event planning and Web planning & implementation. Receive $100 OFF your first graphic design project!

With 27 years of marketing industry experience, PRD is poised to offer innovative approaches to advertising for the busy business executive. They've helped many businesses sharpen their brand, refine their materials & present a strong consistent image. Affordable design services for: websites (one-page sites starting at $800), business cards ($325+), logos ($750+), stationery ($425+), brochures ($575+), print ads ($450+) and eblasts ($250+).

Proactive Resources Design Inc.