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


ATTORNEY FARIBA BAYANI is admitted to practice in every court in Georgia that has jurisdiction over DUI cases. If you have a new DUI charge in Georgia, she and her Associate Attorneys, Mande Moyer & Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert, have a wealth of experience and will guide you through the process at your initial meeting -- so that you will understand what to expect as your case proceeds.

Fariba & her staff have a good working relationship with judges and court staff, and with prosecutors and their staff. Fariba is a former Prosecutor with the Fulton County Solicitor General's Office in Atlanta, where she gained excellent trial experience in DUI cases. Her goal is simple -- to work towards keeping a DUI off your record. Most DUI charges include an administrative suspension action against your license that is designed to happen right away. Fariba & her staff will answer your questions about your license and outline the steps they will take to get it back. Their general practice includes criminal defense, personal injury, divorce & family law, civil litigation, wills & business organization.

Bayani Law Group
236 Johnson Ferry Rd NE, #210, Sandy Springs, GA 30328


ATTORNEY ROBERT S. MEYRING is on a mission to help his clients resolve their personal, family and business issues through the legal services offered from his Vinings Village based office. The firm offers full service trusts & estates planning, probate practice and a general law practice.

Robert places a high-emphasis on comprehensive trusts & estates, including the probate of estates, drafting of wills, trusts, probate litigation, incapacity issues, widow/widower petitions for support, life transitions, legacy preservation and wealth transfers. His other areas of practice include civil litigation for business claims & defense, injury/accident claims, wrongful death, divorce, collections litigation, land disputes, will contests, criminal defense, traffic tickets/infractions and DUI. His business start-ups & support covers partnership agreements, contract drafting, legal review of agreements/leases and drafting & execution of deeds for realty transfers. The Meyring Law Firm treats the legal issues of each individual with care, understanding and expertise. They get results and make the legal process as painless as possible.

Meyring Law Firm
2931 Paces Ferry Rd, #201, Atlanta, GA 30339

DAVID L. MCGUFFEY - A Certified Elder Law Attorney - assists Elders, individuals with Special Needs & their caregivers in navigating the long-term care continuum, and in making life's most important decisions. An expert in Elder Law & Special Needs law, David assists clients with estate planning, Medicaid eligibility, long-term care planning, special needs advocacy & trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and probate & trust litigation.

With nearly 20 years of experience, David explains that protection of the Elder or Special Needs individual is paramount. They require holistic planning that considers their independence, dignity, estate planning goals, taxes and access to Medicaid, Medicare, SSI and other benefits programs. Furthermore, families with a loved one who has special needs should consider planning solutions & structures to ensure continued support and access to public benefits after the death of a parent or caregiver. Integrated planning, which accounts for the needs of the Elder or Special Needs individual, is the only way to get the right help at the right time. AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, David is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, a peer-reviewed, special invitation-only organization, and Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of NAELA. Representing families up & down I-75, from North GA to Atlanta.

Elder Law Practice of David L. McGuffey, LLC
5855 Sandy Springs Circle, Suite #270, Atlanta, GA 30328
105 N Pentz St, Dalton, GA 30720


ATTORNEY THOMAS E. JORDAN, PC provides affordable, caring & effective legal services in estate planning, probate, and estate & trust administration, with emphasis on serving you & your family's estate planning needs. He also provides legal support & guidance in probating the estate when someone dies.

Tom's services include probate, estate & trust administration; estate planning, including wills, trusts & powers of attorney; elder law, including guardianships & conservatorships and estate litigation. Whether it involves planning for a disabled child or other individual with special needs, planning for incapacity, elder law matters, handling an estate, or asset protection, his goal is to listen to your concerns and serve as a comprehensive advisor & advocate in assisting you in making tough life decisions & actions. With 21 years of experience, Tom encourages everyone to prepare an estate plan now for life's unexpected twists & turns. His general practice includes auto accidents, personal injury, medical malpractice and civil litigation, and his special interests include writing fiction.

Attorney Thomas E. Jordan, PC
1820 The Exchange, #150, Atlanta, GA 30339


Many children & adults continue to struggle with learning in the classroom and the workplace. Recent medical research has demonstrated that people with reading disabilities often have deficits in the transmission of information to the brain through a defective visual pathway. Unresolved visual deficits can impair the ability to respond to educational instruction. Licensed Optometrist Dr. Nicole Gurbal of THE VISION PERFORMANCE CENTER specializes in learning-related visual problems for children & adults. Her approach consists of a comprehensive optometric evaluation that assesses eye health (visual acuity & refraction), visual efficiency (accommodation, eye teaming & movement) and information processing (identification, discrimination & spatial awareness).

Dr. Gurbal creates an individualized management plan, including treatment, guidance & referral, if required. Management may require optical correction, visual therapy or a combination of both. Visual therapy, the science of developing & enhancing visual abilities and remediating vision dysfunctions, has been adopted by the American Optometric Association, American Academy of Optometry & other vision-related and health care organizations. Vision Therapy can be the answer to many visual problems.

The Vision Performance Center
53 Perimeter Center East, #250, Atlanta, GA 30346


ATTORNEY THOMAS L. COHEN's goal is to serve you & your family's estate planning & business needs. With 28 years of experience, and as a former Certified Public Accountant, Tom personalizes his approach to best accomplish your personal & professional objectives. His firm's practice includes estate planning, estate administration, business & corporate law, and tax planning.

Tom emphasizes that the decisions & plans that families implement are absolutely critical to preserving their estates & assets for future generations. Good plans should reflect the values of the clients for whom they are designed and allow those clients to control the disposition of their estates, while minimizing estate taxes, expenses and potential conflicts. He notes that the cost of responsible planning pale next to the decimating consequence of inaction. Tom is also adept at addressing complicated probate and trust administration issues which often involve a maze of tax, business, inter-family and legal issues. Tom's practical experience in resolving estate disputes has informed him as to the importance of avoiding debilitating family conflict through proper planning. Tom is a former Director of The North Atlanta Tax Council.

Thomas Cohen Law Firm, LLC
1275 Peachtree St NE, #525, Atlanta, GA 30309


Parents in North Fulton County are fortunate to have an experiential school for their middle & high school students. CHYRSALIS EXPERIENTIAL ACADEMY offers a nurturing environment in which students are provided an enriched academic learning experience. Chrysalis students are divergent thinkers of average to gifted intelligence; they are hands-on & experiential learners; they are engaged & self-motivated, with families who are involved.

Based on an interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum, students experience learning in a small group setting, utilizing experiential learning and authentic activities. The students built the computers for the school. They create their own businesses, and perform community service as part of required courses. Chrysalis teaches individual students, not classes, not curriculum, not textbooks. They make a conscientious effort to draw from many resources, experts, & materials to address a student's learning style & academic needs. All of their students must meet state and national standards, but Chrysalis is different. They meet and exceed those requirements via multi-sensory instruction and real-life learning experiences. Contact them for a tour or visit their Website.

Chrysalis Experiential Academy
10 Mansell Court E, #500, Roswell, GA 30076


Even if you have 20/20 vision, an eye examination is just as important to your health as a routine physical. Doctors Alan Hymowitz and Rikti Patel of EYE HAVEN & OPTICA UNIVERSAL have more than 20 years of combined experience and excel at examining the health of your eyes and providing you with the most accurate prescription for eyeglasses and contact lenses. Using state-of-the-art visual testing, they evaluate you for glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal disease, just for starters. They treat most eye infections including glaucoma at their offices.

Near-sightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism can be corrected with high-quality glasses, contacts or surgery. An extensive selection of designer frames to fit anyone's fashion style or price are available in their stunning showrooms. A variety of contact lenses are available as well. Corrective lens wearers will be happy to know their opticians are trained on delivering the highest quality solutions for your optical needs. Offering concierge level service, Dr. Hymowitz and his optical staff consider the care for your family's vision their life's work, and better vision their everyday goal.

Eye Haven
1418 Dresden Dr, #150, Atlanta, GA 30319

Optica Universal
3369 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30329

What will your children say when asked what they did this summer? SMOKE RISE SUMMER DAY CAMP, a program of Smoke Rise Baptist Church, is open to children ages six to 16 with age appropriate activities, including field trips, swimming, crafts, music, recreation, academics & chapel. Their energetic staff and a Christian setting produce an active and challenging summer.

Smoke Rise Summer Day Camp offers an unbelievable opportunity for an amazing summer of service, education & experience. For grades 7-11, college prep community service credits, Six Flags, guest events, drama & puppet shows, paint ball, white water, rock climbing and much more create experiences to interest & challenge any teenager. They also focus on team building and SAT prep, with community experiences that expose them to the challenges of disabilities & disadvantages of others. Camp dates go weekly 8:30am-5:30pm from May 29 to August 3, 2012. Fees include hot lunch, snacks & all activities. Contact Camp Director Greg Burdett for more info.

Smoke Rise Summer Day Camp
5901 Hugh Howell Rd, Stone Mountain, GA 30087


It's all about what we eat and how to live a healthy lifestyle. One sure way to aid your everyday health is to eat clean, natural foods and educate yourself & your family about healthy lifestyles at THE FAMILY NUTRITION CENTER. Their caring staff strongly believes that better health can be achieved through good nutrition. Nutrition plays an integral part in the treatment of many diseases. The use of science based guidelines have shown a reduction in the development of certain diseases, and at times, have helped to reduce the need for medications. Their wide range of products includes a full line of gluten free foods, kosher selections, organic produce, vegetarian & vegan items, and diet & sports products.

The Family Nutrition Center offers an intimate atmosphere with a friendly, receptive staff. Stop in and chat with their knowledgeable and helpful staff. Customers are not an interruption of their work, so they take the time to get to know you and what you may need. The Family Nutrition Center has taken great strides to provide a path to healthier living and an exceptional commitment to educate the community of natural approaches to eating & living, while customers enjoy their healthy shopping experience. Visit their Website and like them on Facebook.

The Family Nutrition Center
2802-A Camp Creek Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30337
(Website Coming Soon!)

14TH STREET ANTIQUES MARKET caters to those who appreciate a shop always loaded to the brim with a diverse collection of fun and interesting goods from all over the world. Conveniently located five minutes from downtown Atlanta, the 60,000 sq. ft. storefront with 125 dealers is the largest of its kind in the city. The store presents an eclectic mix of antiques, accessories, rugs, lighting, art and jewelry in a welcoming, relaxed setting.

At its sister store, PEACHTREE BATTLE ANTIQUES & INTERIORS, you'll find a similar mix in a historic brick storefront nestled in the heart of Buckhead. Join them May 1st for the opening of BUCKHEAD LAMP & SHADE (404) 883-3046 (www.buckheadlampandshade.com - Website Coming Soon!) located in the lower level of the store. The artisans at Buckhead Lamp & Shade offer custom lighting repair/build, restoration and re-wiring along with a full complement of in-stock and custom-order lampshades, bulbs and accessories. All three stores strive to offer a warm, friendly shopping experience.

14th Street Antiques Market
530 14th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Peachtree Battle Antiques & Interiors
2395 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta GA 30305


Looking for the old, the rare or the unique? Family-owned & operated, ATLANTA ANTIQUE GALLERY invites you to experience the treasures of yester-year and memories gone by. Owners Yvonne (Saldate) Auld & Allan Auld with their daughters Alex, Bella & her fiance Zachary maintain a wide range of antiques and other collectables from many periods of history. From home furnishings, vintage clothing, estate jewelry, regional cultural items, 50s memorabilia, art pottery, porcelain, ceramics & linens, Atlanta Antique Gallery has it all and much more. All of their items are beautifully featured in glass cabinets.

The latest issue of "People Extra: Stars at Home Edition," you'll find that some of your favorite celebrities have taken a liking to antiques. Celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Whitney Port (of reality show "The Hills" and "The City") and Joan Rivers collect the same items that can be found in this gallery. So, if you want to shop like a celebrity, look no further than Atlanta Antique Gallery! Visit their Website and view the many items you may purchase online. Their major goal is to ensure that all of their customers have a wonderful experience when shopping for antiques in their 11,000 sq. ft. gallery.

Atlanta Antique Gallery
3550 Broad St, #A, Chamblee, GA 30341
( 770)457-7444

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.

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+). Receive $100 off your first design project with us!

Proactive Resources Design Inc.