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 February 16, 2012 issue of Creative Loafing.


Attorney William C. Gentry at GENTRY, SMITH, DETTMERING, MORGAN & SCHNATMEIER, LLP concentrates his practice specifically in the intricacies of domestic and family law. His areas of concentration include divorce, high asset divorce, contested divorce, custody, visitation, child support issues, maintenance/support and equitable asset distribution. Bill's services also include representation in all appropriate courts, assistance in helping families in crisis obtain support and counseling and other necessary professional services.

With 26 years of experience and rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell (its highest rating), Bill believes he presents a sensitive, caring, comprehensive & tough approach to his practice of law. He emphasizes that one of the hardest parts of divorce litigation is knowing when to fight and when to settle. With years of experience, his keen ability to exercise good judgment makes a real difference.

Gentry, Smith, Dettmering, Morgan & Schnatmeier, LLP
278 N Marietta Pkwy NE, Marietta, GA 30060


Attorney John T. Gunn and his dedicated team at THE GUNN FIRM know that the life changing events of divorce and family require the best legal representation possible -- a team you can depend on and that will be there for you when you need them. They pride themselves on being accessible, prompt to respond and focused entirely on divorce and family law issues.

Outstanding legal representation allows The Gunn Firm's clients to sort out options during this extremely stressful period in their lives. Mr. Gunn explains "The goal is to reach the best solution while constantly protecting our client's rights." Property distribution, alimony, child support, child custody, medical and emotional support, and related family issues are addressed during divorce cases. Their clients include men and women of all walks-of-life, in all facets of family law, and Mr. Gunn's team has a remarkable reputation for effectively resolving complex and emotionally charged matters. The Gunn Firm believes that when the family is involved, no issue should stand alone. Consultations about family law matters, from divorce to post-divorce modifications, are free and confidential. Serving all of Metro Atlanta.

The Gunn Firm
13 W Park Sq, Suite C, Marietta, GA 30060
(404) 969-4505


Victims of medical negligence cases in GA need lawyers who understand medicine and the law in order to prevail. Attorneys Dana Jackel & Chris Phillips at JACKEL & PHILLIPS, PC are experienced GA trial lawyers who have an advantage in medical malpractice & personal injury cases by having a legal nurse consultant on staff and ready access to other highly-qualified experts. This is essential in reviewing cases & winning at trial. Principal Dana L. Jackel has been in private practice in Cobb County for 38 years and his partner, Chris Phillips, has more than 17 years litigation experience. Mr. Jackel is a past recipient of the Best Attorney Inside Cobb Award.

If you have been injured, as a result of a doctor's error or otherwise, you need lawyers who have the experience & reputation to demand the respect of the insurance company and the opposing attorney. Dana & Chris have earned that respect on behalf of their injured clients by actual performance & results, not hollow self-promotion. They have obtained numerous substantial settlements and awards for injured victims by working relentlessly on their clients' behalf. If you are suspicious about injuries that occurred during a visit with a healthcare provider or if you have been injured in an accident, contact Jackel & Phillips for a free consultation.

Jackel & Phillips, PC
707 Whitlock Ave SW, #H8, Marietta, GA 30064


ATTORNEY RACHEL ALIZA ELOVITZ has spent 16 years advocating for the interests of parents in divorce, custody, child support, alimony, paternity, legitimation, domestic violence, and contempt actions. She has been appointed by at least 18 Superior and Juvenile Court Judges across metropolitan Atlanta to serve as a guardian ad litem for children in divorce and custody cases, as well as for deprived children in abuse and neglect cases.

Rachel is a skilled negotiator, a registered neutral with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. She has certifications in civil, delinquency, deprivation, divorce, domestic relations, and domestic violence mediation. Rachel's clients often find a passionate and adept advocate, proficient in resolving even the most complex custody and financial issues in creative and thoughtful ways that serve the needs of her clients and protect the interests of their children. Rachel recognizes that collaborative resolutions require that both sides act reasonably. When litigation is necessitated, Rachel is primed to passionately advocate for her clients' unique needs and interests and to safeguard their rights as parents and individuals.

Rachel Aliza Elovitz, Esq. PC
3338 Peachtree Rd NE, #510, Atlanta, GA 30326

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Public-spirited and community oriented, the attorneys at ISENBERG & HEWITT, PC provide their clients with an exceptional combination of knowledge and experience, creative legal strategies and a wide scope of practice expertise. From simple issues to complex cases, from business transactions to personal affairs, the firm's lawyers deliver the highest calibre of legal representation. As important as this is, they have viewed this as a foundation of their practice since 1985.

Mr. Hewitt has built a vibrant Personal Injury & Premises Liability Group, representing victims of violent crimes such as rape, child molestation, ATM robbery, sexual assault & battery. They also represent families of murder victims, as well as victims of vicious animal attacks & victims of drunk drivers in cases against not only the driver, but also the irresponsible bar or restaurant who served them. The firm has evolved and expanded its focus to range from commercial collections & business litigation to personal injury and premises liability. It is unique, offering its clients a full service, one-stop shop for any legal matter, whether professional or personal.

Isenberg & Hewitt, PC
7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, #100, Atlanta, GA 30328


With 18 years of legal experience, ATTORNEY JIM LEWIS has helped hundreds of people with matrimonial & family law issues. Skillful and effective in the courtroom, he expertly serves his clients by answering their questions, helping them think clearly, and guiding them towards sound decisions. Jim knows how to look for hidden assets and is not satisfied until full financial disclosure is made. If an issue cannot be settled amicably, he is fully prepared to fight for his clients in court.

Jim will personally represent you throughout your divorce & post-divorce matters including collaborative divorce, child support, alimony, custody & visitation, legitimation & parental rights, paternity, adoptions, step-parent adoptions, grandparents' rights, modifications, domestic violence, restraining orders & property settlements and criminal/DUI. At his office, you get the personal attention you deserve. Your paperwork will never get lost; your calls will never be ignored. Experience does make the difference.

Law Offices of Jim Lewis
191 Peachtree St NE, #3300, Atlanta, GA 30303


ATTORNEY NANCY GHERTNER states that when it comes to the major life change of divorce, it is critical for clients to understand their legal rights and options. With 24 years of experience in family law, Nancy knows that each client's situation is unique, and will undoubtedly call for a tailored approach.

Nancy believes the most important step towards a successful outcome in any family law dispute is to define clearly what each client's long-term objectives are. Then, she works closely with her clients to explore the various legal avenues available to reach those goals. Nancy believes it is particularly important in family law to retain the most effective rather than the most aggressive attorney. Providing effective representation while balancing the emotional and financial costs of litigation is what sets her office apart in issues involving divorce, paternity/legitimation, pre & post nuptial agreements, post divorce matters, adoptions, business/corporate, transactions and wills & probate.

Attorney Nancy Ghertner
6445 Powers Ferry Rd, #265, Atlanta, GA 30339


SHARMAN COLOSETTI, PHD, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in individual and couples counseling for men's and women's issues, including psychological, physical and sexual trauma. Dr. Sharman's clients learn to master their life by developing an in-depth understanding of who they are, learning how others perceive them, engaging the strengths they have to offer, and developing the confidence to take consistent action. Dr. Sharman states that having self-awareness and managing troubling emotions are always key to successful relationships, at home and at work.

Dr. Sharman has more than 20 years of intense exploration into the many issues that promote psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being. In addition to her regular practice, she has been consulting at the GA Women's Prison for more than 18 years. She sees her role of therapist as a guide to clients in over-coming these challenges to live more fulfilling and successful lives. Dr. Sharman explains that while the past is important, the future you can see for yourself is what matters most.

Sharman Colosetti, PhD, LCSW
Decatur, Georgia


CEO Ms. Mikaela Heard-Black, MEd, LAPC, of BLACK SWAN COUNSELING, CONSULTING & EDUCATION, brings many years of counseling experience to her clients and is a member of AASECT. Her practice offers psychotherapy, sex therapy, coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), family/marital therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to individual adults, couples & groups. Ms. Black's treatment modalities can be an effective therapeutic intervention for those wanting to address concerns including divorce, emotional disturbance, life coaching and relationship issues.

Ms. Black also works with clients who present with anxiety, phobias, intimacy problems, lack of effective communication, un-resolved problems from past experiences, and personal life stresses. She specializes in counseling & sex therapy for women & couples and treats a variety of sexual dysfunction & sexual dissatisfaction concerns. Her practice includes clients from the heterosexual, homosexual & transgender communities. In a relaxed, non-judgmental environment, Ms. Black emphasizes that therapy can transform your tomorrow and enhance your quality of life to help you discover the impossible. Watch for her new Website coming soon.

Black Swan Counseling, Consulting & Education
2801 Buford Hwy, #T-60, Atlanta, GA 30329


Hypnosis is a powerful and effective tool with applications in medicine, dentistry, psychiatry and therapy. It was approved by the American Medical Association in 1958. Valerie Cobbin, BA, MBA at BRIGHTER TOMORROW HYPNOTHERAPY is Certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists and a member of many other prestigious healthcare organizations. She uses a combination of deep relaxation, focused attention & heightened suggestibility, the essential components of hypnosis, to affect the subconscious mind. Valerie serves as the guide in a cooperative process that can help those desiring to modify an unproductive behavior, increase energy, release negative thinking, access & develop understanding, tap into the wellspring of creativity or overcome limiting beliefs.

Through hypnotherapy, Valerie employs mind & imagination in healing. Typical issues include stress & anger management, athletic performance, pain management, fears/phobias, smoking cessation, weight management, self-esteem issues, EFT/NLP, dreams, stuttering, insomnia, memory & past life regression, relationship enhancement and concentration. Eclectic in her approach, Valerie's varied background, work exposure, training & education bring much to her practice. She continues her education to broaden the scope of her practice.

Brighter Tomorrow Hypnotherapy
5555 Glenridge Connector NE, Suite #200, Atlanta, GA 30342


Developing businesses and artists look to find the right direction & voice. YELLOW LLAMA provides dynamic communications in action established in design, production & interactive marketing. With a diversified range of services including marketing strategies, fulfilment, corporate identity, logo design, copyright protection, branding & web development, they create a tower of vertically integrated services for their clients. They discard the traditional by developing collaborative approaches for business-to-business & consumer clients in need of affordable turnkey solutions.

Yellow Llama has built a comprehensive development methodology that is fast, efficient & cost-effective. Their skilled, creative & technical team will work with your vision to custom-design solutions that are innovative, unique to your products & services, and synergistic to your company's goals & strategies. When it comes to delivering exceptional solutions for clients, as well as partnering with agencies and other marketing companies in integrated campaigns, they cover the universe of communications needs. Yellow Llama also provides vertically-integrated services, including licensed business replication models, web & retail services, and asset based lending for client businesses, as well as fundraising tools, including Microsites, the famous Llama RV to event planning software.

Yellow Llama
4420 Hugh Howell Rd, Tucker, GA 30084


Within all people there is a compelling force to move toward life and fulfillment. Each of us has that force within us. Jennifer Moore, LCSW, of ISIS CONSULTING, LLC assists clients in discovering what it is that keeps them from what they want.

Jennifer works with every person as a whole spiritual being addressing the mind, body & soul and incorporates the use of visualization, affirmation, deep-breathing & relaxation exercises, role-playing & journaling as part of her treatment with a strong foundation from the Strengths-Based Theory with a Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic approach. Her counseling services address relationship & intimacy issues, depression & anxiety, grief & loss, anger management, physical & health wellness, parenting concerns, older adult depression and decision-making, and support. She also offers Life Coaching - the practice of empowering YOU to LIVE YOUR LIFE ON PURPOSE! She is available for organizational trainings for personal to transcend to professional growth. Are you ready to have a better relationship with food? ISIS Consulting will be hosting a group that will meet 6:30-8:00 PM Wednesdays beginning March 14th.

ISIS Consulting, LLC
403 W Ponce de Leon Ave at Fairview Ave, Decatur, GA 30030


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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.