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 May 24, 2012 issue of Creative Loafing.


Dr. Sharon Bent Harley at the HARLEY ANTI-AGING INSTITUTE is a Board Certified OB/GYN, who is Fellowship-trained in Anti-aging Functional & Regenerative Medicine. Her interests include bio-identical hormone replacement pellet/cream therapy, perimenopausal & andropausal medicine, IV nutrition, detoxification, chelation therapy, laser body contouring, natural supplements, facial aesthetics (facials, Botox, chemical peels & facial fillers), hysterectomy alternatives and robotic/laparoscopic surgery. With 25 years of experience, Dr. Harley specializes in preventive health, with the goal of decreasing the incidence of age related diseases, thereby improving the quality of life for vibrant healthy seniors.

Dr. Harley uses a methodology utilizing subcutaneous, bio-identical hormone pellets. As one of Atlanta's top surgeons, she has studied & researched the use of synthetic versus natural hormone replacement therapy for her patients. She has found that pellet bio-identical hormonal therapy is far superior to any synthetic or other natural bio-identical hormones on the market. Her female as well as male patients have regained what they thought was forever lost: energy, focus, drive and a zest for life through healthy aging.

Harley Anti-Aging Institute
1800 Peachtree St NW, #450, Atlanta, GA 30309


MARIETTA DERMATOLOGY & THE SKIN CANCER CENTER has been well established and highly respected by their patients and the local medical community since 1970. They are a family-oriented practice, eager to treat all of your skin care needs and provide you with the highest level of dermatologic care. The Board Certified physicians & caring staff offer a wide variety of treatments for all your dermatologic needs, including medical dermatology for all skin diseases, Mohs Micrographic Surgery for treatment of skin cancers, and cosmetic dermatology providing multiple lasers & rejuvenating procedures.

MARIETTA FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY & AESTHETICS CENTER helps you to discover a naturally more beautiful you. Patients are often surprised to learn that procedures such as facial volumization, non-surgical skin tightening & therapeutic facials are powerful techniques that provide substantial aesthetic benefit with little or no down time. Even after more complex procedures such as surgical facial rejuvenation or rhinoplasty, patients are back in action after only about a week. Contact them or visit their Websites for more info. Locations in Marietta, Canton & Powder Springs.

Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center
Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Center
111 Marble Mill Rd NW, Marietta, GA 30060
(770)422-1013, Plastic Surg (770)425-7575

HUG, INC. (Help Us Grow, Inc.) provides mental health treatment in your own environment (ie. home, assisted living facility). The Executive Director, Anicia Biglow, APRN, PMH, CNS and her care providers are Qualified Masters or Bachelors Prepared Registered Nurses with a focus in Mental Health. They function as Clinical Case Managers and provide easy access to mental health services for a population with acute or chronic physical & mental limitations; or have a history of noncompliance to treatment regimes and/or require intense monitoring of symptoms.

Services include assessment & evaluation for dementia, depression and other mental/behavioral/cognitive symptoms & disorders; medication management; observation of complications & deterioration; risk factors for self-injury & safety of environment; evaluation of response to treatment approaches and identify/evaluate modification of treatment. Other services include formulating coping strategies, crisis intervention, individual & family therapy and assess/facilitate use of community resources. HUG, Inc.'s programs offer a viable alternative to extended hospitalization, providing continuity of services during vulnerable & high-risk transitional periods and can reduce the rate of re-hospitalization. Referrals are accepted from physicians, hospitals, HMOs, agencies, individuals & families.

HUG, Inc.
390 17th St NW, #2020, Atlanta, GA 30363


Since 1977, the FEMINIST WOMEN'S HEALTH CENTER (FWHC) has strived to empower women through service, education & advocacy. As Atlanta's leading non-profit women's health resource, they have earned an outstanding reputation for providing quality care and community education, while working to improve women's health.

FWHC's Cliff Valley Clinic is a safe, supportive and affordable place for your reproductive health care needs. Their caring staff welcomes all races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, socio-economic status and abilities. FWHC empowers women AND men through a variety of services & programs including compassionate abortion care, comprehensive GYN & wellness services, Trans Health Initiative and Donor Insemination services for single woman & lesbian couples. FWHC's Community Education & Advocacy Network provides outreach services through the Lifting Latina Voices Initiative, Young Women's Leadership Program, the Feminist Film Forum, Men for Equality & Reproductive Justice, Black Women's Health Project, Refugee/Immigrant Women's Health Project, & the Voice Beyond Choice campaign.

Feminist Women's Health Center
1924 Cliff Valley Way NE, Atlanta, GA 30329


MARIETTA HEALTH & REHABILITATION CENTER is a licensed skilled care nursing facility, well-equipped and staffed with properly qualified personnel, dedicated to serving geriatric residents in need of nursing care and/or rehabilitative services. Operated by a staff of RNs, LPNs, CNAs and a medical director, The Center's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of health care to those in need of rehabilitative services and/or short/long-term care. Private and semi-private rooms (accommodating 119 beds) are completely equipped with modern facilities for the care and well-being of each patient.

The Center provides professional nursing care, physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy, registered dietitian and the services of a physician, dentist, podiatrist and psychiatrist, as well as social and religious services. Marietta Health & Rehab is licensed as a long-term/short-term, skilled care facility, Medicaid and Medicare Certified by the State, accepting private pay and insurance. Administrator Charles Fallaw and Care Transition Coordinator Sarita Hunley invite all of those considering this step and their families to tour the facility. For your convenience, Marietta Health & Rehab operates five facilities serving Southern GA.

Marietta Health & Rehabilitation Center
50 Saine Dr SW, Marietta, GA 30008

Local owners Debra Johnson-Diggs & her daughter Kenya Johnson of HEART TO HEART HEALTH SERVICE & ADULT DAYCARE help their clients remain in the comfort of their own homes; supporting their independence & maintaining the highest quality of life. Since 1996, Heart to Heart offers customized personal and companion home care services, providing reliable and compassionate caregivers for seniors.

Their services are available for 2 hours per day to 24 hours per day and include meal preparation, light housekeeping, incidental transportation, personal hygiene (bathing, dressing, grooming), social support & medication reminders to name a few. Their professional staff manages the care of each patient, assessing their needs, matching the perfect caregivers, and following-up with quality assurance visits. Heart to Heart also features an adult daycare center in East Point, which provides seniors with a creative alternative to staying home alone. It is a safe haven complete with professional supervision 5 days-per-week.

Heart to Heart Health Service & Adult Daycare
1750 Lyle Ave, Atlanta, GA 30337
(Home Care) (404)763-3339
2861 East Point, GA 30344
(Adult Daycare) (404)763-4114


Nothing is more important than your health, but many of us do not take the time to maintain our health as well as we should. A Registered Dietitian offers valuable assistance and enables you to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Christine Swafford, MS, RD, CSR, LD of LIVING WELL is a Board Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition and has earned an excellent reputation in the area of medical nutrition therapy. In addition to nutrition consulting, Christine is active in cutting-edge nutrition research.

Christine takes a skilled approach to nutritional counseling for adults & adolescents, reviewing food choices, behaviors, lifestyle, exercise, stress & emotional relationships with food as key components in developing a plan for success. Her customized, personal approach helps her clients with many health issues. Working with the person's strengths & building-up their weaknesses through nutritional counseling makes a healthy lifestyle achievable for everyone. She helps people with kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol & lipid management, weight management, sports nutrition, menu planning & corporate wellness classes.

Living Well


HARBOR GRACE HOSPICE is a leader in innovative hospice and palliative care, serving Metro Atlanta for more than seven years. Harbor Grace Hospice operates their 22 bed Inpatient Unit located in downtown Atlanta, across the street from Atlanta Medical Center. It is open 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-a-week, including holidays. They are 100% dedicated to helping patients & families access more of the services that they need. They also serve home hospice patients in Metro Atlanta and in 20 surrounding counties.

Harbor Grace Hospice's Medical Director is Dr. Torey B. Clark. She is one of few physicians in Metro Atlanta who is Board Certified in Hospice & Palliative Medicine. She also maintains board certifications in Oncology, Hematology and Internal Medicine. Harbor Grace Hospice offers one-of-a-kind programs and is the only hospice providing pediatric hospice services in all 20 counties they serve. Anybody with a life-limiting illness is eligible to receive hospice benefits. Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance plans cover hospice services 100%, meaning that there is no cost assigned to the patient or their family.

Harbor Grace Hospice
320 Parkway Dr NE, 4th Fl, Atlanta, GA 30312

HEARTHSIDE BROOKLEIGH is Brookhaven's new senior living community, offering active, independent seniors an affordable lifestyle with unparalleled amenities in an extraordinary location. The community is the centerpiece of the new Brookleigh mixed-use development built around a central park. The beautifully appointed apartment homes were designed and built exclusively for independent seniors age 62 and above and offer comfort, convenience & enjoyment in a relaxed setting. The one & two bedroom residences feature an open living design with entertainment/serving bars, granite countertops, 9-foot ceilings and wall-to-wall carpeting. Residents enjoy designer kitchens with pantries, double-basin kitchen sinks and brand-new Energy Star appliances, including microwaves. Select units include balconies, while ground floor residences offer direct entry from outside.

For generations, Brookhaven has been one of Atlanta's premier addresses and residents of HearthSide Brookleigh will reap the benefits of this convenient and prestigious location. Big city amenities with small town charm; that's life at HearthSide Brookleigh.

HearthSide Brookleigh
2282 Johnson Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319
(770) 452-7676


For more than thirteen years, people in Georgia have come to depend on the personal, sensitive and high-degree of quality prosthetic & orthotic services provided by ATLANTA PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS, INC. (AP&O) who differentiates itself through high-quality prosthetic & orthotic products, state-of-the-art, in house fabrication facility, strong physician referral relationships, industry leadership and a total commitment to the satisfaction of each of their patient's needs. AP&O offers seven locations across the state.

When you enter their door, whether you're six months old or 86, you enter an environment that's thoughtfully geared to you - your challenges, your dreams and your goals. They offer custom prosthetics for amputated & partially amputated limbs. They also offer custom orthotics for foot applications - pathological or sports related and neurological - traumatic accidents, strokes, diseases, etc. AP&O will make nursing home & rehab facility calls on an as needed basis. Their services are covered by most insurance companies and HMOs, Medicare & Medicaid, as well as VA approved.

Atlanta Prosthetics & Orthotics, Inc.
59 Executive Park South NE, #4100, Atlanta, GA 30329

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.