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Best of 2016

Best of 2016

After tens of thousands of votes, you have chosen this year’s best!

Fitness & Weight Loss

Best Large Fitness Facility
LA Fitness
State-of-the-art equipment, group fitness classes, a heated indoor lap pool, saunas, racquetball and basketball, personal trainers and more await those who want to get in the best shape of their lives at LA Fitness.

Best Small/Medium Fitness Facility
Fit2DMax is a family-friendly personal-training and wellness studio founded by CNN health and wellness expert Maxim Nazaire, CSCS. It provides a safe haven for people to reach their potential through health and wellness, specializing in personal and group training classes that lead to double-digit weight-loss transformations, fat loss and injury rehabilitation.

4Best Running Club or Group
Atlanta Track Club
This famed nonprofit organization, best known for hosting the AJC Peachtree Road Race (the world’s largest 10K), is committed to creating an active and healthy Atlanta through running and walking. The club is home to 26,000 members, making it the second-largest running organization in the U.S., and offers training programs, group runs, elite team opportunities, volunteer opportunities and more.

1Best Running Trail
Silver Comet Trail
Located 13 miles northwest of Atlanta, the 61.5-mile-long trail features a two percent grade, making it an ideal place to run, walk, bike and exercise. The trail, which is a fully paved rail-trail built on an abandoned rail line, begins at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna and ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line near Cedartown.

Best Workout
A full-service, boutique fitness studio designed to optimize the time and energy you spend toward attaining your health, aesthetic and fitness goals, BLAST blends cardio and strength training to provide an individualized full-body workout that incorporates everything you need in just 60 minutes.

Best Personal Trainer
Michael Church, T3 Wellness Solutions
Church found his passion for health and fitness after his own 120-pound weight-loss journey. Now a certified personal trainer, he works with a wide variety of clients to help them meet their individual goals, offering services that include athletic conditioning and performance enhancement, contest and event prep, weight loss, corrective exercise, post-rehabilitation and more.

2Best Boot Camp
1 Rep at a Time Boot Camp
Results can be expected when you participate in this CrossFit endurance-based boot camp, located at CrossFit Zanshin in Peachtree Corners/Norcross. Take advantage of the 12 classes offered each week, most of which are held indoors and all of which take place in a truly motivating environment.

Best CrossFit Instructor
Jake Francis, CrossFit Dwala
A former offensive lineman for the University of Tennessee, Francis now trains individuals and athletes of all ages and experience levels. In May of 2013 Francis opened CrossFit Dwala, a 3,600-square-foot fitness coaching facility in Marietta.

Best CrossFit Gym
CrossFit Vesuvio
Offering scalable workouts that suit every fitness level, CrossFit Vesuvio strives to be an alternative to standard big-box gyms by focusing on members’ individual needs. The team is led by owner and head coach Cristoforo Romano, who won Best Self’s 2015 Best CrossFit Coach award.

Best Group Fitness Class
Orangetheory Fitness
Sixty-minute workout sessions are split into intervals of cardio and strength training and performed with heart-rate monitors to track intensity and maximize metabolic burn. This nationwide exercise phenomenon will change your body and improve your fitness level.

Best Barre Studio
Pure Barre
Pure Barre was created to target the areas women struggle with most: hips, thighs, seat, abdominals and arms. Their low-impact workout combines elements of ballet barre techniques and strength training to tone and lengthen the body during a highly effective workout, which can be done at any of the studio’s many metro-area locations.

Best Indoor Cycling Instructor
Alex Martinez, Torq Cycle
As both the owner and an instructor at Torq Cycle, this IT executive-turned-fitness entrepreneur shows students how fun and challenging spinning can be with personalized high-intensity, low-impact classes, designed not only to provide an effective workout, but also to bring complete and true enjoyment.

3Best Indoor Cycling Studio
Flywheel Sports®
Invigorating music, exceptional equipment and inspiring instructors are the cornerstone of Flywheel Sports, which boasts three locations throughout metro Atlanta. And with complimentary shoes, towels and lockers, your indoor cycling experience will be as welcoming as it is effective.

Best Yoga Studio
Korsi Yoga
Offering Hot Vinyasa Yoga, Hot Yoga Sequence, Power Yoga, Athletic Yoga, Yin Yoga and more, this Roswell studio provides the safest, most authentic hot yoga experience possible thanks to the same special hot yoga heating system used in hot studios around the world, which controls heat, humidity and oxygen levels in the room.

Best Yoga Instructor
Claudi Pena, Atmasphere
A committed yoga student since 2011, this beloved instructor provides a guided yoga experience constructed to soothe, balance and repair by connecting breath, movement, stillness, sensation, meditation and self exploration. She teaches four of Atmasphere’s most coveted classes: ATMA Flow, ATMA Sweat, ATMA Be and ATMA Hot.

5Best Barre Instructor
Mallory Hope Schwartz, Pink Barre Virginia-Highland
A favorite among those who visit Pink Barre’s Virginia-Highland location, Mallory Schwartz is dedicated to growing the Atlanta fitness community while raising awareness for physical activity, starting with empowering and inspiring women through this popular ballet-inspired fitness class.

Best Pilates Studio
SculptHouse Fitness Studio
Located in the heart of Buckhead, this high-end group fitness studio and activewear boutique is the world’s first studio to combine the Megaformer and the Treadmill, allowing you to sculpt the physique you want using the most sophisticated and low-impact, but high-intensity, human-powered machines on the market.

6Best Pilates Instructor
Alex Hayes, CORE
A member of CORE’s operations team, Hayes found a passion for Pilates in 2002. As a certified instructor, she has spent six years teaching Pilates, helping clients get the most out of this natural form of movement. In addition, she currently is training to teach Redcord suspension exercise classes at CORE.

Best Group Fitness Instructor
Carson Simonton, The Bar Method East Cobb
She may have started in sales and services with The Bar Method, but Simonton’s palpable passion for health, wellness and nutrition helped her become a certified Bar Method teacher and director of operations for the East Cobb (and Lenox) locations, as well as one of the most celebrated instructors in metro Atlanta.

Best Dance Fitness Class
Dance Mix at Windy Hill Athletic Club
Get your heart rate up and burn calories while you get down to the beat at Windy Hill Athletic Club, where esteemed instructor Miraya Goretzki teaches the coveted Dance Mix class, which combines modern dance with today’s most popular tunes.

Best Dance Studio
Dance 101
A unique adult dance studio that blends dance and fitness, Dance 101 is designed for students ages 18 and up. This 10,000-square-foot Briarcliff Road facility has become the country’s largest dance-for-exercise concept studio, offering everything from ballet and jazz to A-Town Funk and Booty Barre Blast.

8Best Martial Arts Studio
Atlanta Kick Karate and Kickboxing
Kids and adults alike can improve their lives thanks to martial arts training and fitness at Atlanta Kick. The facility offers karate and CrossFit programs for kids, as well as kickboxing, kettlebell, martial arts, CrossFit, personal-training programs and more for adults. Want to check it out? Try a class for free.

7Best Golf Store
PGA TOUR Superstore
Novices and pros alike turn to this nationwide chain to find everything from golf clubs and bags to apparel and accessories. Two stores in metro Atlanta (Roswell and Kennesaw) carry all of today’s top brands.

Best Place to Buy Running/Walking Gear
Big Peach Running Co.
Sprint over to one of seven metro Atlanta locations for the absolute best in footwear, apparel and accessories for runners and walkers. The entire staff embraces the pedestrian-active lifestyle and can address every aspect of a customer’s fitness routine.

Best Place to Buy Outdoor Gear
High Country Outfitters
Locally owned and operated, this outdoor gear and clothing business has been one of Atlanta’s premier shops for outdoor enthusiasts for more than four decades. In addition to carrying most well-known brands, including The North Face, Columbia and Big Green Egg, the store’s various locations throughout metro Atlanta host popular events like Stand Up for the Hooch and the Chaco Tour.

Best Hiking Trail
Kennesaw Mountain
More than 20 miles of trails weave through the forests and meadows of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park; with a variety of terrain available, the trails are perfect for both walking and running—and taking in the view from the summit of the majestic mountain.

Best Bicycle Shop
Roswell Bicycles
Opened in Roswell in 1987, this renowned shop is the go-to location for bikes, parts and accessories, clothing, helmets, service, repair and more. And to help grow the sport, Roswell Bicycles sponsors a variety of riders, events and cycling education programs throughout metro Atlanta.

9Best Cycling Event
Atlanta Moon Ride
A six-mile nighttime bike ride, this unique event takes cyclists of all ages and levels through some of Atlanta’s coolest neighborhoods and gives 100 percent of the proceeds to Bert’s Big Adventure, the nonprofit organization that provides an all-expenses-paid Disney vacation to children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

Best Place for Kids’ Fitness
Cardio Kool Kids
A complete wellness program for children in grades pre-K through 5, Cardio Kool Kids combines kickboxing, sports drills, strength training, hip hop dance and health and nutrition journaling. The experience focuses on the whole child and aims to teach kids that healthy living can be fun.

10Best Place for Seniors’ Fitness
Roswell Recreation Senior Center
The City of Roswell Recreation and Parks Department places great emphasis on providing outstanding health and wellness programs for seniors. From working with Silver Sneakers Fitness to hosting shallow-water exercise classes to offering yoga, tai chi, line dancing and more, there’s something for every interest and fitness level.

Best Tennis Instructor
Rob Carver
A USPTA Elite pro who is a member of the Wilson Tennis Advisory Staff, Carver teaches 190 students per week ages 5 to 75. He also serves as a Special Olympics coach and is an ALTA AA-1 player. He has brought his experience and passion for tennis to Rob Carver Tennis Inc. since 1992.

Best Tennis Store
Your Serve Tennis
One of the largest and most distinguished tennis specialty retailers in the country, Your Serve Tennis boasts seven locations throughout metro Atlanta, carrying everything from tennis racquets, strings and bags to clothing and accessories for players of all levels.

11Best Indoor Sport/Activity
Stone Summit Climbing & Fitness Center
Learn everything you need to know about rock climbing in either Atlanta or Kennesaw, the two locations of this popular indoor climbing facility. Classes include belay lessons, bouldering basics, technique essentials and lead classes, as well as additional fitness classes that will improve your climbing by strengthening your body and mind.

These fan favorites also received lots of votes:

Best Barre Instructor
Katy Bayless Gibson
Best Boot Camp
Operation Boot Camp
Best CrossFit Gym
CrossFit Dwala
Best Hiking Trail
Sweetwater Creek State Park
Best Large Fitness Facility
Concourse Athletic Club
Windy Hill Athletic Club
Best Pilates Studio
Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy
Best Place to Buy Outdoor Gear
Mountain High Outfitters
Best Running Club
Big Peach Running Co.
Best Yoga Instructor
Carly Grace Hinchman, Thunderbolt Power Yoga
Leila Taylor Jankowski, Lift Yoga Studio
Best Yoga Studio
Infinity Yoga
Tough Love Yoga


Life Enrichment

Best Active Senior Community
Cresswind at Lake Lanier
Located in Gainesville, this premier, gated, active-adult community from Kolter Homes offers two- and three-bedroom, ranch-style homes and a tremendous lifestyle that includes access to a three-story clubhouse, an on-property boathouse and countless additional amenities.

Best Aging Care
FirstLight Home Care of Atlanta
Compassionate, professional caregivers coupled with a wide range of services make FirstLight an option for those who require in-home or elderly care for loved ones. Senior-care services include companion, personal, dementia and respite care, among others.

Best Life Coach
Amy Head, New Perspectives for Life, LLC
With the belief that people truly are stronger than they think they are, Head helps people of all ages identify the issues that plague their lives and use their strengths, gifts and talents to deal with them and get to where they want to be.

12Best Financial Counseling
Julie R. Bates, Delta Community Credit Union
Julie R. Bates, CFP, ChFC, assistant vice president, specializes in comprehensive financial planning, investment management, women’s finances, LGBT individuals, couples and more. She uses her 18 years of experience to analyze and find the holes in your financial plan so you can correct them.

Best Hypnotherapist
Angella Ocheltree, Right Path Hypnosis
A nationally certified hypnotist and life and performance coach, Ocheltree uses advanced techniques to access the subconscious mind, helping clients in a wide range of areas; her services include sports hypnosis, hypnosis for weight loss, hypnosis to stop smoking and more.

Best Doggie Daycare
Puppy Haven
Two locations in metro Atlanta provide the perfect place for pups to either spend the day or the night. This unique doggie daycare haven offers indoor and outdoor play areas for cage-free fun, oversized apartments and suites for overnight stays, controlled socialization, a professionally trained staff, onsite dog bathers, webcams and much more.

13Best Dog Park
Piedmont Dog Park
A haven for dogs and their people, Piedmont Dog Park features a nearly three-acre dog run, separate enclosures for large and small dogs, new trails and landscaping and more. It’s one of the only locations in metro Atlanta where dogs can run free in a special off-leash area.

Best Pet Store
CityDog Market
A small, independently-owned neighborhood store, CityDog Market welcomes pets (and their people) to find healthy and natural pet food, wholesome and holistic treats and chews, cozy beds, collars and much more. Stop by to pick up something special or use one of the shop’s self-serve dog-wash stations to help your pup freshen up before heading home.

Best Local Vet
WellPet Humane
Dedicated to the care of pets who are owned by people who are financially struggling, this innovative practice offers a wide range of low-cost veterinary medical programs, from wellness and sick/injured exams to parasite testing, dental care, surgeries, spay/neuter services and heartworm and Parvo testing and treatment.

Best Groomer
Creekside Pet Hotel
Pamper your pooch (or even your feline) with a grooming trip to this esteemed day camp, boarding facility and pet spa in Kennesaw. From bathing, manicures and pedicures to dental care, the staff offers everything you need to help your four-legged friends look their best.

14Best Pet Training
Frogs to Dogs
Only the most knowledgeable individuals in the animal-training industry are welcomed to the staff of this renowned pet-sitting and dog-training company. Offering a unique selection of unlimited group classes and private behavioral training solutions for your four-legged friends, Frogs to Dogs has become one of the go-to pet-training locales for pet owners throughout metro Atlanta.

Best Pet Walker/Sitter Service
Dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, fish … you name it, and CutiePaws will care for it! This locally owned and operated pet-sitting service welcomes all kinds of animals and strives to bring comfort to pets and their owners by maintaining each animal’s regular routine as best as possible. Services for pets with special needs also are available.

Best Charity Race
Strong Legs Run Benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Held for more than three decades in Atlanta, the highly anticipated annual Associated Credit Union Strong Legs Run/Walk benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta includes a 10K and 5K qualifier for the AJC Peachtree Road Race, a 2K Fun Run and Stroller Roll and a Mascot Trot (for younger participants).

15Best Volunteer Opportunity
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue
Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc., is a nonprofit volunteer-based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in North Georgia. Local residents who want to help have an array of options, from providing a foster home and attending adoption events to advocate for the animals to making phone calls, screening applicants and helping plan events and fundraisers.

Best Charity Ball or Gala
Junior League of Atlanta Centennial Gala
Held at the Atlanta History Center and Swan House in Buckhead on October 1, the historic Centennial Gala served as a kickoff to the League’s anniversary celebrations, which mark 100 years of the organization impacting the Atlanta community through voluntarism, leadership and effective action.

Best Local Festival
Inman Park Festival & Tour of Homes
Held during the last weekend of April each year, this highly anticipated event includes an arts and crafts show and street market, a parade, a dance festival, a variety of bands and entertainment, a Kidzone and a self-conducted tour of Inman Park’s most well-known and beloved homes.

Best Escape Game
Ultimate Escape Game
Perfect for corporate teams, tourists, couples and families, the Ultimate Escape Game uses innovative room themes (steal a priceless Fabergé egg, anyone?), cinematic staging and carefully crafted puzzles to create the most exhilarating experience as you try to beat the clock to escape the room.

Best In-Town Getaway
A unique urban village located within the city limits of Chattahoochee Hills, Serenbe allows residents and visitors to connect with nature like never before. Stay at the Inn at Serenbe and take advantage of the entire community’s incredible amenities, from shopping and dining options to a wide array of outdoor activities.

Best Day Trip
Dahlonega Wine Trail
With the highest concentration of wineries and vineyards in Georgia, the Dahlonega Mountains are recognized as “the Heart of Georgia Wine Country.” Wine enthusiasts will enjoy a variety of wines made from European, French hybrid and American wine grapes, all found at the incredible wineries along the 39-mile scenic drive, which takes just over an hour to complete.

Best Cooking Class
The Cook’s Warehouse
Learn how to cook everything from seasonal delicacies to traditional stews, casseroles and chicken dinners at The Cook’s Warehouse. Offerings include a myriad of classes that include menu recipes, samples of the food and complimentary beverages at three metro-area locations.

16Best Place for Fun Classes or Workshops
The Beehive
Get crafty at The Beehive, with its unique and diverse selection of modern workshops, including jewelry making, sewing, bath and body, paper and felt and artisan food offerings. Kids can get in on the action too with Little Crafter workshops.

Best Place to Go Camping
Red Top Mountain State Park
More than 30 campsites dot the landscape of the state park on Red Top Mountain. Campers can enjoy a wide array of activities, including hiking on 15 miles of trails and swimming, water skiing and fishing on Lake Allatoona. Walk-in campsites, cottages and one yurt are also available.

Best Art Gallery
Westside Cultural Arts Center
Founded by Dr. James L. Chappuis, a proponent of the development of Atlanta’s West Midtown, this innovative facility is both a special-event venue and a living gallery, complete with Collective One, a gallery-in-residence curated by Anthony Liggins and featuring a rotating collection of local and regional artists.

Best Comedy
Club/Show Dad’s Garage
More than 30,000 people visit this innovative theater each year to enjoy traditional and original improv performances that have been recognized locally, nationally and internationally. The goal of Dad’s Garage is to cultivate and inspire artists and audiences by bringing them together for an “undeniably awesome” experience.

Best Museum
High Museum of Art
Located in the heart of Atlanta, the High Museum serves audiences from across the Southeast and around the world through its distinguished collections (including a permanent collection that includes more than 15,000 artworks across seven collecting areas), a dynamic schedule of exhibitions and engaging community-focused programs.

Best Bookstore
Little Shop of Stories
Located on Decatur’s historic square, this charming independent bookstore helps kids (and their adults) find just the right books for their age, interests and reading level. It also hosts book groups, summer camps, birthday parties and more, making it the perfect spot for book lovers of all ages.
17Best Continuing
Education Program Emory University
For more than 60 years, thousands of students have taken advantage of Emory Continuing Education, which offers a wide range of certificate programs and open-enrollment courses for both professional development and personal enrichment, covering everything from information technology and human resources to financial planning and foreign languages.

Best Music Venue
Tabernacle Atlanta
A one-of-a-kind music experience awaits at this historic locale, which opened in 1910 as The Broughton Tabernacle and is now operated by Live Nation as an eclectic music venue. From indie acts to major recording artists, there’s something for everyone.

Best Matchmaking Service
Single Atlanta
The largest privately owned matchmaking firm in Atlanta and the Southeast, Single Atlanta takes a personalized approach to the matchmaking process, screening and qualifying candidates before you meet them, working with you one-on-one to find matches and following up with feedback, coaching and advice.

Best Park
Piedmont Park
Known as downtown Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, Piedmont Park is one of the city’s most beloved amenities. The Piedmont Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that works with the City of Atlanta, has worked diligently to transform this once-dilapidated park into Atlanta’s most visited green space and offers an array of unique programming.

Best City Attraction
Atlanta Botanical Garden
Adjacent to Piedmont Park in Midtown is this 30-acre gem, dedicated to developing and maintaining plant collections for display, education, conservation, research and enjoyment. Other highlights include bird gardens, bog gardens, holiday Garden Lights and more.

Best Community Garden
Chastain Park Community Garden
The Chastain Park Conservancy’s Farm Chastain, an all-organic urban teaching garden at the Conservancy Barn, hosts free monthly gardening classes for the public from March to October and was created to serve as a healthy-living program for people of all ages.

These fan favorites also received lots of votes:

Best Aging Care
Caravita Home Care
Best Art Gallery
Mason Fine Art and Events
Best Charity Ball or Gala
Thriving Children Gala
Best Charity Race
Shamrock ‘N Roll Road Race
Best Comedy Club/Show
The Punchline
Best Continuing Education Program
Kennesaw State University
Best Doggie Daycare
Best Groomer
Best Escape Room
Urban Escape Games
Best Financial Counseling
Ashford Advisors
Scarlet Oak Financial Services
Best In-Town Getaway
Chateau Elan
Jeju Sauna
Best Local Festival
Music Midtown
Best Local Vet
Ansley Animal Clinic
Brookhaven Animal Hospital


Beauty & Anti-Aging

18Best Hair Salon
Aura Hair & Makeup Salon
From cut, color and style to hair extensions and treatments, the highly trained and experienced team at this renowned salon strives to help every client create an individualized signature look and walk out feeling confident and beautiful.

Best Hair Salon for Blowouts
DryBar Buckhead
Located near the St. Regis Hotel, this salon focuses on one thing and one thing only: blowouts (with a wash included). To really up the amazing factor, you can add a 10-minute scalp massage, a braid and even a Bay Breeze Hydrating Shot for an additional fee.

Best Hair Stylist
Moses Krell, Salon Red
A stylist since the age of 22, Krell understands the impact a great haircut or color can make in someone’s life. He apprenticed under Salon Red’s owner, Jessica Soler, and is truly passionate about the creativity that comes with his beloved profession.

19Best Hair Colorist
Rebecca Crispin, Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa
An in-demand senior stylist and color specialist, as well as a certified hair extensions artist, Crispin’s work has appeared in magazines throughout metro Atlanta and many of the city’s fashion shows.

20Best Hair Restoration
Anderson Center for Hair
Led by esteemed hair-restoration specialist Dr. Ken Anderson, the Anderson Center for Hair is the only practice in the state of Georgia to offer ARTAS robot-assisted hair-restoration surgery, during which Anderson and his team employ the non-invasive Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method to remove and place hairs for permanent restoration.

Best Waxing
Authentic Brazilian Wax by Andreia
Brazilian-born Andreia Guilmet introduced a new waxing technique to metro Atlanta when she opened her first location in Marietta in 2005. Today, she is at the helm of 18 locations throughout North Georgia, where she imports her own natural, organic wax from Brazil and strives to provide every client—both women and men—with a truly comfortable waxing experience.

Best Eyebrows
Brows by Milly
Brazilian-born Milly Marques has become metro Atlanta’s eyebrow guru thanks to her innovative use of microblading, a manual type of semi-permanent makeup where pigment is applied to the surface of the skin, giving eyebrows a fuller and more-symmetrical appearance.

Best Eyelash Extensions
Amazing Lash Studio
Exceptionally lightweight synthetic eyelash extensions that provide long, natural-looking, voluminous lashes set this unique studio apart. Solid color and two-tone specialty eyelashes also are available.

21 Best Body Wrap
Pearl’s Spa & Apothecary Boutique
Like an indulgent facial for the entire body, the body wrap at Pearl’s Spa in Acworth provides relaxation, super-intense hydration for the skin and exfoliation while detoxing the body. It pairs perfectly with the spa’s Swedish or deep-tissue massage.

Best Laser Hair Removal
Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center
Providing safe laser treatments in Atlanta since 1999, Duluth’s Laser Lights is a full-service cosmetic center that provides safe and effective personal laser treatments for women and men using medical-grade, FDA-approved laser equipment.

Best Facial
Sarah Miller, Dermatology Consultants
A medical aesthetician and laser technician, Miller specializes in medical-grade skin peels, micro-dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, photofacials, skin tightening, laser hair removal and other treatments.

22Best Chemical Peel
Melissa Tyler, Dermatology Center of Atlanta
As a medical aesthetician for the Dermatology Center of Atlanta, Tyler uses her skill and expertise to custom select the best medical-grade chemical peels for patients, helping them minimize fine wrinkling on the face and neck, even out the skin tone and texture and reduce the appearance of sun damage.

Best Plastic Surgeon for the Breasts
Asaf Yalif, MD, Y Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
This renowned plastic surgeon specializes in cosmetic surgery for the face, breast and body. His signature breast procedures include breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reconstruction, breast reduction, breast implant exchange and the popular mommy makeover.

24Best Plastic Surgeon for the Face
Elizabeth Whitaker, MD, FACS, Atlanta Face & Body Center®
This experienced, double board-certified physician has performed thousands of facial procedures, including more than 4,000 facelifts. Her goal is to help patients look their very best—not like someone else—and help them achieve a natural look with the personalized procedures they choose.

Best Plastic Surgeon for the Tummy
Patricia Yugueros, MD, Luna Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa
A diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Yugueros offers the full spectrum of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, with special interest in breast surgery, liposuction, buttock enhancement and body contouring, including abdominoplasty (also known as a tummy tuck), which removes excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen and tightens loose abdominal muscles.

23Best Plastic Surgeon for Lipo
Ruth Celestin, MD, Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
This award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeon offers a wide array of services, including facial rejuvenation, breast reconstruction, breast augmentation and body contouring, as well as a variety of liposuction options, from ultrasonic-assisted liposuction and minimally invasive laser liposuction to weekend liposuction.

Best Microdermabrasion
Lidia Nistor-Reteneller, Skin IQ Medspa
The founder of Skin IQ Medspa, Nistor-Reteneller begins every session with a detailed consultation and thorough skin analysis. Her renowned microdermabrasion can be added to any of the spa’s organic facials, including Lidia’s Signature Facial, the Metrosexual Facial or the Deep Pore Facial.

Best Makeup Artist
Nyssa Green, The Green Room Agency
An Emmy Award winner, this distinguished makeup stylist founded The Green Room Agency in 1998. Her magical services have made her the artist-of-choice for magazines, red carpets, movie sets and production companies throughout the city, including CNN, 11Alive and Jezebel, among many others.

25Best Permanent Cosmetics
Evie Delaney, The Nouveau Clinic
Founder of The Nouveau Clinic, this CDT/paramedical artist has turned her family’s experiences (her mother is a two-time burn survivor and she deals with ongoing scalp hair loss) into a calling to help both women and men look and feel fantastic. Her permanent makeup services include 3D eyebrow restoration, permanent lip color, dark skin care and more.

26Best Esthetician
Heather Davis, Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery
Through Visage Skin Care Center, a state-of-the-art medical day spa and division of Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, this highly trained and experienced esthetician and laser practitioner provides effective medical-grade skincare treatments—from Halo and BBL to chemical peels—to patients throughout metro Atlanta.

27Best Sunless Tanning
Opulence Spray Tan Club
Opulence Spray Tan Club is the premier mobile service provider in metro Atlanta. Using state-of-the-art technology and an eco-certified solution, the company’s Tanologists will bring the tan of your Caribbean dreams to life in the comfort of your own home or office. Each client receives a custom blend with a violet base and a reddish undertone, taking out the bronze so your tan always looks natural—never orange.

Best Men’s Grooming
Seraphim Skin Care
It’s not only women who flock to Seraphim Skin Care’s Buckhead salon. Men’s facials are growing in popularity, thanks to the facility’s innovative Seraphim Technique®, which involves the application of revolutionary FDA-approved and clinically proven products. Want quality time with your spouse? Try a couple’s facial.

Best Manicure/Pedicure
Hammond Nails and Spa
With more than 50 staff members, you won’t have a long wait to get one of the most coveted manicures and pedicures in the area, which includes sitting in one of the most comfortable state-of-the-art spa chairs around.

Best Med Spa
Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa
The goal of Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa is to address not only your appearance concerns, but also to treat a range of skin conditions (including cysts, eczema, rosacea and skin cancer) and improve your overall health. The practice’s comprehensive list of medical dermatology, medical spa and cosmetic services includes everything from acne laser treatment and Botox to microdermabrasion, tattoo removal and brow and lash tinting.

Best Overall Spa
Natural Body Spa and Shop
Guests of Natural Body Spa and Shop are treated not only to a wide array of exceptional day spa services, including body therapies, massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, but also access to a highly successful natural products company.

Best Botox & Filler Injections
Tracey Gregory, FNP-BC, Aesthetic Specialty Centre
Board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, this highly educated and experienced nurse practitioner has focused her career on plastic and reconstructive surgery with an emphasis on artistically enhancing and rejuvenating the face with botulinum toxin type A and cosmetic injectable fillers.

Best Non-Invasive Fat Removal
Linda McGee, A New You Skin & Body Clinic
The CoolSculpting Procedure, as administered by Linda McGee, is a non-invasive way to gently and effectively reduce fat in targeted areas of your body, resulting in noticeable, natural-looking fat reduction in the treated areas. No anesthesia or pain meds are needed, and there is no downtime after the procedure.

Best Personal Stylist
Kam Thomas Throckmorton, Glam Kam Style
This Atlanta native’s goal is to create life-changing looks for her clients, helping everyone from CEOs to soccer moms exude confidence. She believes confident women can change the world and loves cultivating that aplomb in people through one-on-one styling, including closet edits, photo shoots and personal shopping, as well as through public-speaking engagements.

Best Custom Bra Fit
LiviRae Lingerie
The staff at LiviRae boasts more than 20 years of experience in the lingerie industry, ensuring that every customer who visits this comfortable and welcoming Kennesaw boutique receives the best possible customized bra fitting. The shop also offers mastectomy bras and prosthetic accessories.

These fan favorites also received lots of votes:

Best Botox and Filler Injections
Kristin Magee, MD
Judith R. McKernan, RN, BSN
Best Dermatology Practice
Goodman Dermatology
Best Esthetician
Dr. Erin Madigan-Fleck, NMD, CDT, LME, LEI
Kimberly Clarke, LE
Best Eyebrows
Alyson Hoag, Authentic Beauty
Best Hair Colorist
Ryan Godfrey, Salon Red
Best Hair Salon
Adore Hair Studio
Akasa Salon
Bob Steele Salon
Steve Hightower Hair and Makeup
Van Michael Salon
Best Laser Hair Removal
Dermatology Center of Atlanta
Best Manicure/Pedicure
Bluegrass Nail Salon
Sugarcoat Nail and Beauty Bar
Best Med Spa
Bella by Alethea


Health & Wellness

28Best Integrative Medical Doctor
Taz Bhatia, MD
The founder and medical director of CentreSpring MD, Bhatia works to get to a patient’s core to find the root of their health problems and help them heal and thrive again; she sees patients of all ages and will open an integrative pediatric practice in Johns Creek in 2017. She is also the author of two best-selling books, What Doctors Eat and The 21-Day Belly Fix.

Best Integrative Medical Facility
Vitality Project
The goal of Vitality Project, located in Roswell and founded by board-certified naturopath Debra MacIntyre, ND, is to get people well again, without the use of drugs, by restoring their vitality and energy. Natural health services include homeopathy, hormone rejuvenation, allergy relief and more.

30Best Physical Therapy Center
The Sports Rehabilitation Center
Helmed by physical therapist and athletic trainer Brian Tovin, The Sports Rehabilitation Center has become one of Atlanta’s preferred facilities for orthopaedic and sports physical therapy. Through the use of state-of-the-art equipment and a model that emphasizes one-on-one care with a physical therapist, the center provides solutions for patients with a wide range of treatment needs.

Best Cryotherapy
Icebox Cryotherapy
A leading provider of non-invasive cold therapy focusing on athletic recovery, pain management and overall health, beauty and wellness, this innovative facility will open its third location—the second one in Atlanta—in Midtown in January 2017.

Best Allergist
Dr. Louis B. Kalish, Atlanta Allergy & Asthma
Board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, Kalish joined Atlanta Allergy & Asthma in 1997 and specializes in the management of pediatric asthma and food allergies.

29Best Eye Doctor
Andrew Feinberg, MD, Georgia Eye Partners
A board-certified ophthalmologist, Feinberg is trained in all disciplines of comprehensive ophthalmology and specializes in LASIK and other corneal surgery, using the latest technology and medical techniques to provide the best possible experience for patients from all over Georgia.

Best Acupuncture
Atlanta Center for Acupuncture and Wellness
Specializing in women’s health and fertility, the team at the Atlanta Center for Acupuncture and Wellness, which is comprised of ABORM-certified practitioners, offers an array of services from acupuncture to naturopathy, which are rooted in traditional Chinese medicine and adapted to the needs of modern living.

Best Colon Cleansing
Atlanta Colonic & Massage
Offering natural colon cleansing, also known as colon hydrotherapy or colonics, Atlanta Colonic & Massage provides a safe and natural way to eliminate toxins and cleanse the body, putting you in control of your own health and wellness with a 45-minute session by an I-ACT-certified therapist.

Best Hormone Therapy
Harley Anti-Aging Institute
Founded by Sharon Bent-Harley, MD, the Institute offers Pellet therapy, a form of bio-identical hormone-replacement therapy for women and men which releases a steady and controlled dose of natural hormone into the system and yields excellent results. Most recently the Institute began offering ThermiVa®, the first non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation treatment.

Best Spine Care
Resurgens Spine Center
With 21 offices throughout metro Atlanta, the physicians at Resurgens Spine Center specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from neck and back pain. Their spine experts offer both non-surgical and surgical treatment options to help patients reach their treatment goals.

Best ENT Practice
The ENT Institute
The largest independent ear, nose and throat (ENT) practice of its type in the Southeast, this renowned facility offers cutting-edge procedures at the lowest possible price for patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. The Institute also is a national training center for in-office Balloon Sinuplasty and offers a unique at-home allergy therapy that requires no weekly visits for allergy shots.

Best Dermatology Practice
Dermatology Associates of Atlanta
With five board-certified physicians, eight specialty centers and state-of-the-art technology, DAA offers patients a wide range of skincare treatments, from skin cancer and acne treatments to minimally invasive fat-reduction services like CoolSculpting® and SlimLipoTM®.

31Best Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Debra Gray King
Founder of the Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry and an accredited fellow with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, King specializes in complex restorative dentistry. In addition to serving patients throughout the metro area, patients routinely travel from afar to seek her services. King has been a featured expert for a variety of national media outlets and she lectures nationwide.

Best Foot Care
Stephanie Michael, DPM, Village Podiatry
In addition to handling common foot complaints like bunions, hammertoes, ingrown toenails and heel pain, Michael specializes in diabetic foot care, including treatment and reconstruction, and wound care. She serves patients of all ages, from pediatric to seniors.

32Best Vein Treatment
Drs. Louis Prevosti, James Fonger and Keith Moore work diligently to provide a thorough diagnosis and complete treatment plan for your venous disease, from tiny spider veins to complex varicose veins. They are dedicated to providing personalized treatment and restoring health and youthfulness to your legs.

Best Massage Therapist
Dayna Walker, Tranquility Massage by Dayna
Located in Roswell, this trained neuromuscular therapist has been practicing for 17 years. Her work incorporates several techniques and modalities of massage targeted to each individual’s needs, as well as the use of aromatherapy, light therapy and heat and hydrotherapy combined with the experience of healing hands.

Best Women’s Health Clinic
Premier Women’s Specialists, PC
Offering a unique blend of expertise and patient-centered care for women in all stages of life and health, this esteemed practice uses “today’s technology with yesterday’s caring.” Led by Kevin Michael Daus, MD, Premier Women’s Specialists covers a wide range of obstetrics and gynecology services and strives to provide the best healthcare possible.

Best Weight-Loss Program
Atlanta Endocrine Associates
Atlanta Endocrine Associates has helped people lose weight since 2000 by specializing in hard-to-treat cases and focusing on the disease of obesity as a disorder of hormonal imbalance.

These fan favorites also received lots of votes:

Best Hormone Therapy
Best Acupuncture
Art of Healing
Best Spine Care
Shepherd Center




Best CSA Program
Love Is Love Farm
Offering two main season sessions (spring and summer/fall), this community-supported agriculture organization provides the most diverse and delicious selection of certified organic vegetables and fruit from Gaia Gardens, Evie’s Country Gardens and Decimal Place Farm.

Best Farmers Market
Decatur Farmers Market
Located at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, the DFM features more than 20 vendors on Wednesdays and Saturdays March through December. Market offerings include organically grown produce, meats, breads, eggs, artisan foods and more. The market also features chefs’ demos, kids’ activities and picnic areas.

Best Farm-to-Home Delivery
Nature’s Garden Express
Eating healthy is easier than ever with this unique service, which partners with the best organic farms and sustainable food producers to bring high-quality produce, meat, poultry, seafood, dairy and artisan foods right to your doorstep.

Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant
Table & Main
Executive Chef Woolery “Woody” Back has an extensive background with the Atlanta restaurant scene and has carried his friendships with farmers and belief in responsible sourcing to Table & Main in Roswell, which features “simple, seasonal and Southern” cuisine in what has become a go-to neighborhood spot.

Best Food Truck
The Blaxican
Mexican soul food has come to Atlanta courtesy of the Blaxican Food Truck, which serves such mouthwatering delicacies as Mexy Mac and Cheese and the Collard Greens Quesadilla. In addition to making everyone say “Que Pasa, Y’all,” the Blaxican helps feed the less fortunate through tips and donations collected via the truck and its website.

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Farm Burger
Kids who love burgers will love the seasonal fare available at this family-friendly restaurant (which has three locations in metro Atlanta)—and they’ll also want to dig into the “Lil Farmers” menu, with offerings like grilled cheese sandwiches and fried chicken lollipops with honey mustard.
Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant
Lucky’s Burgers & Brew
A local watering hole for you and your beloved pooch, Lucky’s Burger & Brew, with locations in Roswell, Town Brookhaven and Emory Village, offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a great burger, a cold beer and quality time on the patio with your peeps and your pups.
33Best New Restaurant
Whether you dine at Superica in Buckhead or at the Krog Street Market, you’ll feel like you’ve walked right into the Old West, where you can enjoy reinvented Tex-Mex dishes like puffy tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and more. And don’t forget to enjoy a cocktail like the Red-Headed Stranger or the Texas Star.

Best Health Food Store
Whole Foods Market
For years, Whole Foods Market has provided customers with access to the finest natural and organic foods available and kept a strict commitment to sustainable agriculture. With numerous locations throughout metro Atlanta, this market leader has ensured that local residents can find whatever they need.

Best Healthy Chef
Megan McCarthy, Healthy Eating 101
With Healthy Eating 101, McCarthy strives to teach people how to make healthy food and why, providing valuable nutritional information along the way. Her extensive culinary services include everything from personal one-on-one and group cooking classes to corporate “lunch and learns,” health and wellness chef demos and corporate team-building cooking classes.
Best Vegetarian Restaurant
Café Sunflower
Dairy-free, gluten-free and meat-free have never tasted so good. This charming café, a staple on the Atlanta dining scene for two decades, continues to wow diners with its exceptional plant-based menu, which goes beyond salads and sides with truly satisfying fare.

Best Prepared Healthy Meals
Fresh ‘n Fit
Choose from five dietician-approved menus: Healthy Mix, Low Carb, Vegetarian, Gluten Free and Paleo. All of the chef-prepared, gourmet, ready-to-eat meals are available for pickup or home and office delivery, ensuring that you will always have a healthy meal when you need one.

Best Juice Bar
Kale Me Crazy
A superfood café that offers cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads and wraps, this burgeoning business, with eight locations around Atlanta, helps support a healthy lifestyle through the use of fresh, organic and raw foods.

Best Atlanta Food Blog
We Like to Cook!
Husband and wife Dom and Denise Romeo share recipes handed down from their mothers and grandmothers, put their own spin on their favorite cookbook recipes, experiment with new ingredients and much more in this foodie-centric blog.

These fan favorites also received lots of votes:

Best CSA Program
Heritage Farms
Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant
Miller Union
Best New Restaurant
Best Prepared Healthy Meals


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