You voted! We listened.
After tens of thousands of votes, you have chosen this year’s best for fitness, beauty, health, fun, and food!
On Nov. 7, Best Self Atlanta hosted a celebratory photo shoot and party to honor our featured “Best of 2019” contest winners. Honorees gathered to mingle and enjoy fantastic food from Red Pepper Taqueria. While at our studio, attendees received makeup by The Green Room Agency before being photographed by Dan Sawyer of Sawyer Photography. To see the complete list of Best of 2019 winners, visit www.bestselfatlanta.com
Best Facility for Competitive Tennis Training
Windy Hill Athletic Club
Whether you’re looking for industry-leading tennis instruction, innovative group fitness classes, restorative spa services, exceptional social activities, a family-friendly atmosphere, or even a delicious meal, you’ll find it at Windy Hill’s 11-acre fitness oasis. Not only does this club have one of the highest retention rates in the industry, it values member input and even partnered with the customer feedback platform Medallia to give members a voice and implement changes based on their feedback. www.windyhillclub.com | 770.953.1100
Best Gastroenterology Practice
Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates
As one of the largest gastroenterology practices in the Southeast, patients receive expert digestive healthcare from an extensive team of diverse, board-certified physicians, including diagnosis, treatment, outpatient procedures and more. www.atlantagastro.com | 866.468.6242
Best Doggy Day Care
There’s a whole lot of puppy love going on at WAG-A-LOT. Atlanta’s top-rated doggie day care, boarding and grooming facility is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the opening of a third location on the Upper Westside. The sparkling new facility boasts overnight boarding dens, spacious indoor/outdoor play areas, and webcams for pet parents. Meanwhile, the Decatur and Downtown spots are undergoing a renovation worth $500,000. It’s all been a dream come true for owner Craig Koch, who is committed to providing a safe, fun, and caring environment for pups. www.wagalot.com | 404.522.2230
Best Plastic Surgery Center for
Facial Plastic Surgery
Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker— Atlanta Face and Body
Known for her natural-looking results, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker has performed nearly 5,000 face-lifts, as well as thousands of other cosmetic procedures. Known as the “Queen of Faces,” Dr. Whitaker is sought out within Atlanta for her vast antiaging experience, employing the newest advancements in surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. Find out why thousands rave about her artistry and skill that leads to results that everyone will notice, but no one will know. www.atlantafaceandbody.com | 678.888.3223
Best Pediatric Dentistry
Nia Pediatric Dentistry
With thriving locations in East Cobb and Canton that feature extended business hours and limited Saturday availability, Nia Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics puts children at ease when getting their teeth cleaned. Its board-certified pediatric dentists have extensive training in growth and development, special healthcare needs, laser dentistry, and orthodontic treatment. The team has more than 20 years of combined experience and focuses on creating a safe, warm, and fun environment for patients and their families. www.niadentistry.com | 770.479.9999
Best Place for Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation
Embracing the unique beauty of each person, Anderson Aesthetics works one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their best selves through custom treatment plans based on personal goals and optimal outcomes. A full menu of services—ranging from peels to injectables and microneedling—is offered in a warm, relaxing environment that feels more like a friend’s home than a medical facility. Membership plans are also available at the Alpharetta-based practice, which prides itself on long-term relationships and community involvement. www.andersonaesthetics.com | 404.996.6530
Best Pediatric Practice
The M Center for Integrative Wellness
At this boutique practice, board-certified pediatrician Maia Walton, MD, works in tandem with child-focused experts, including Ph.D.-trained researcher and holistic health professional Monica Scales, FMCHC, to care for healthy children, as well as those with developmental challenges, learning disabilities, mental health disorders, autoimmune conditions, and more. The complete team of practitioners is made up of parents (three of which have children with special needs), meaning they are able to understand and relate to the challenges of patients in a unique way.
www.themwellnesscenter.com | 888.381.8556
Best Food Truck
With the slogan, “Something fun for everyone,” Lil Bites delivers in a big way. That includes authentic Philly cheesesteaks, Buffalo Chicken Empanadas, and a dedicated kids’ menu with sure-to-please favorites. The family-friendly food truck and catering business is owned by husband-and-wife team Larry and Emily Johnson, with operations manager, Sean Hagler, keeping everything running smoothly. Larry’s a Philly-born food lover, thus the cheesesteaks. Emily’s a Georgia peach,
staking her claim with pulled pork and boiled peanuts.
www.lilbitesfoodtruck.com | 404.246.3805
Best Studio for Bombshell Brows
Thousands turn to Authentic Beauty for its precise tweezer-only approach that few studios in Atlanta use. Known for growing back pairs that have been badly damaged by overplucking and waxing, the team here hears the phrase, ‘I never thought I’d have full brows again!’ on a regular basis. Clients aren’t the only ones singing the praises of this 12-year-old studio, it’s also won a Best of Beauty award from Allure. www.myimagejourney.com | 404.849.0443
Best Place for Women’s Thinning Hair Treatment
Absolute Image Consulting
As a former national trainer for HairClub For Men and Women®, current educator for Hair Visions International, and a member of the American Hair Loss Council, Shannon Wright is passionate about providing luxury solutions tailored for each individual’s needs. At Absolute Image Consulting, which Wright founded in 2001, innovative technology is paired with revolutionary service to help clients look their best and feel younger.
www.absoluteimageconsulting.com | 770.642.6003
Best Athletic Club Pool for
Laps and Lounging
Concourse Athletic Club
Have a resort-like staycation at an athletic club that’s been voted one of the top 10 in the country. Members can’t get enough of its heated, saline indoor and outdoor pools, and its Masters Swim and Junior Stroke programs. During spring and summer, guests can enhance their lounging experience with the poolside bar and grill. Added perks like on-site child care, and luxury locker rooms with whirlpools and saunas, add to the relaxation. www.wellbridge.com | 770.698.2000
Best Plastic Surgery Center for Eyes
Dr. Burke Robinson— Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery
Earning superlative honors in his profession and the utmost praise from his patients, Dr. Burke Robinson comes highly recommended with double board certification by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. In practice for over 27 years at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery, he specializes in the most advanced surgical and nonsurgical facial procedures to enhance and revitalize appearances while maintaining natural-looking results. www.robinsonfps.com | 770.667.3090
Best Medical Weight Loss Facility
Three D Wellness
The medically supervised weight loss program at Three D Wellness gets to the root cause of imbalances, blockages, and dysfunction in patients. Here, the team focuses on successful nutrition therapy to support the management of your health and achieve optimal body composition. As a certified functional medicine provider, Dr. Sonza Curtis combines her medical and naturopathic training to offer a treatment approach that is sound and holistic. www.threedwellness.com | 678.621.8100
Best General/Family Dental Practice
Atlanta Smiles & Wellness
Dr. Dina Giesler built her Buckhead practice by personal referrals 21 years ago. Today, her commitment to excellence continues to shine at Atlanta Smiles, where she has partnered with Dr. Marianna Kovitch to offer comprehensive care in general and esthetic dentistry, from porcelain veneers and restorations for smile makeovers to implant restorations and orthodontic aligners. With over 50 years of combined experience and hundreds of continuing education credits under their belts, the highly credentialed dentists take a conservative approach to achieving natural and beautiful customized results, providing concierge-level private service in a stress-free environment. www.atlantasmiles.com | 404.262.7733
Best Dermatology Practice
Marietta Dermatology Associates
Since 1970, Marietta Dermatology Associates has been well established and highly respected by its patients and the medical community. This family-oriented practice is eager to treat all of your skincare needs. The team’s focus is to provide you with the highest level of dermatologic care, in a respectful, friendly, and professional environment. The physicians and physician assistants here are thoroughly trained and experienced, and ready to provide you with exceptional care. www.mariettaderm.com | 770.422.1013
Best Orthodontics Practice
Georgia School of Orthodontics
By Jennifer Colosimo
An esteemed faculty with a mission to serve makes Georgia School of Orthodontics stand apart from the competition. Known for delivering the utmost in customer care, its reputation stems from offering an array of board-certified orthodontists alongside their licensed dentists, who take a collaborative approach to provide better comprehensive patient care. They work inside fully digital clinics—in Atlanta and Duluth—with over 20,000-square-feet of combined space using the latest advanced technology, such as intraoral and extraoral scanners, to provide comfortable and precise treatment options for patients. In addition, the group’s academic accreditation allows it to provide the most affordable orthodontic care for families. That means a best-price guarantee on their services and pricing for braces and Invisalign that is almost 40% below the national average. Add in flexible appointment times, a knowledgeable and friendly staff, and the most advanced orthodontic technology, it’s not surprising that patients continue to return to (and refer) the Georgia School of Orthodontics. Most importantly, this team values their commitment to the community, and gives back through complimentary orthodontic care programs. That includes gratis care for children through Gift of A Smile and Purple Heart Smiles. Overall, they’ve provided more than $120,000 in pro bono orthodontic care and have saved the Atlanta community over $9,500,000 on treatment fees since opening in 2016. Now, that’s something to smile about.
www.bracestoday.com | 770.351.7737
Best Cosmetic Dentistry Practice for Smile Makeovers
Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry
Patient satisfaction is the pride and joy of Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry, which rolls out the red carpet for everyone who steps through the doors. You will always feel like a VIP with the hand and foot massages, freshly baked cookies, warm neck wraps, Bose noise-canceling headphones, blankets, and TVs on the ceiling. While the spa-like atmosphere puts patients at ease, it’s the credentialed team of dental experts, led by founder Dr. Debra Gray King, who ensure the smile-worthy results.
www.atlantacenterforcosmeticdentistry.com | 404.994.4509
Best Allergy & Asthma Treatment Practice
Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia
The award-winning healthcare providers at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia provide personalized care for patients suffering from breathing problems due to allergies, sinus, asthma or other allergic medical conditions. Its team provides the latest treatment options and even offers extended hours and same-day appointments.
www.caageorgia.com | 404.994.3574
Best Place for Nonsurgical
Slim Studio is known by Atlantans for being the gold standard in noninvasive body sculpting. Performing Emsculpt® and CoolSculpting® exclusively to build muscle and reduce fat, the phenomenal staff at this facility exceeds clients’ expectations with the results achieved and concierge service provided. Slim Studio operates under the skilled medical supervision of double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Alan Larsen, of Buckhead Plastic Surgery. www.slimstudioatlanta.com | 404.410.7777
Best Place for Pet Grooming
By Jennifer Colosimo
There’s a reason Pup-N-Cuts has racked up awards from My Buckhead, Nextdoor, and more, since opening in 2011. Endless reviews from customers highlight its clean facilities, happy puppies, professional and courteous service, pet-friendly practices and pooches looking more adorable than ever before. It’s even common for owner, Anita Brown, to regularly be at the salon to greet and interact with customers and their furry friends. It’s this familial bond with her clientele and the outstanding service provided by her team that’s led to the explosive popularity of Pup-N-Cuts, which will launch a new location in Chamblee,
as a part of the SLX Atlanta project, in 2020.
Pup-N-Cuts outdoes the competition with its full-service pet spa and salon in the heart of Brookhaven. Specializing in grooming services for all breeds, thousands of dog owners turn to this salon for its extensive list of pampering possibilities like nail trimming, ear cleanings, blowouts, hot oil treatments, haircuts and more. A team of professional stylists, who have, on average, 15 to 19 years of experience, uses high quality hand-selected products such as specialty shampoos, color enhancers, hypoallergenic options and more to ensure safe and gentle results. Plus, the team also offers the advanced HydroSurge® BathPro™ system, which leaves every dog with skin that is cleaner, healthier, and a coat that shines.
But it goes beyond spa days. Dog owners never have to worry about dropping off their pets for extended stays, because the staff at Pup-N-Cuts is experienced, expertly trained, and extremely compassionate. With a menu of day care and boarding options for petite pups, it’s a one-stop shop for the things to keep your furriest family member—and you—happy.
www.pupncutsatl.com | 404-549-2031
Best Place for Men’s Hair
Replacement / Restoration
Anderson Center for Hair
With a dedicated surgical team that has over 135 years of combined experience in hair restoration surgery, Anderson Center for Hair is at the forefront of leading technologies for fighting hair loss safely and effectively. Patients can have complete peace of mind on this life-changing journey, from knowing all the options and projected outcomes of their treatment plan, to post-surgical care and follow-up. A state-of-the-art practice with offices in Atlanta and Alpharetta, Dr. Ken Anderson also conducts training in hair restoration surgery for physicians throughout the country.
www.atlantahairsurgeon.com | 404.256.4247
Best Place for Permanent Makeup
One of Atlanta’s leading Certified Permanent Cosmetics Professionals, Janet Wix, CPCP, is a gifted master artist with a natural eye for beauty who has performed over 10,100 procedures since 2005. She collaborates with every client to achieve optimal results in services including hyper-realism microbladed eyebrows, eyeliner, 3D areola restoration, and Aquarelle lip color. She has offices in Dallas and Marietta, as well as Johns Creek, where she works with award-winning Dr. Patricia Yugueros at Luna Plastic Surgery.
www.janetwix.com | 404.933.8140
Best Place for Gorgeous Eyelash Extensions
Sweet & Lashful Day Spa/MENICURE
Pampering awaits at this Buckhead go-to that offers an array of beauty services in a relaxing setting. Via an app, guests can easily book appointments for everything from eyelash extensions, lash lifts, and massages to hair extensions and teeth whitening. The talented team is led by Nancy Shim, a former medical aesthetician and an award-winning semipermanent makeup and lash artist. The 5,000-square-foot salon also encompasses the Unicorn Teahouse boutique space and The Heart of Beauty Institute + Foundation.
www.sweetandlashful.com | 404.816.6006
Best Plastic Surgery Center
Dr. Asaf Yalif—Y Plastic Surgery
For more than a decade, Dr. Asaf Yalif has taken state-of-the-art breast surgery to the next level. After completing his in-depth training, the dedicated surgeon has continued to pursue additional education opportunities through national and international symposia, micro-fellowships, and even touring implant manufacturer facilities. Patients of Dr. Yalif’s three Atlanta locations turn to him and his team regarding their implant choices, incision placement, pocket creation, and more. They appreciate the chance to interact with Dr. Yalif before and after surgery. www.yplasticsurgery.com | 404.476.8774
Best New Workout Craze and Where to Find It
Third Eye Tribe – A Lagree Studio
This community-minded studio with an inclusive environment, located between Buckhead and Midtown, offers ample opportunity for a low- to no-impact workout that burns up to 700 calories and has an afterburn lasting up to 35 hours. Taking a holistic approach, Lagree-certified instructors help members achieve individual fitness goals through full-body conditioning methods. Perks include the Studio X cardio room, Balance + Stretch classes, and the new M3K+ Megaformer.
www.thirdeyetribe.com | 404.637.5842
Tellus Science Museum
In January 2019, the notable museum celebrated its 10-year anniversary and crossed the 2 million visitor mark. Recognized in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, Tellus is one of only seven museums in the state to be named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Its permanent exhibits are designed to be intriguing to visitors of all ages and provide information that is easy to understand. Thanks to outstanding educational programs, top-notch events, and more, people continue to visit the museum on an ongoing basis.
www.tellusmuseum.org | 770.606.5700
Best Audiology/Hearing Practice
Helmed by Dr. Melissa Wikoff, this boutique family-owned audiology practice is coveted for its range of services—from tinnitus management and advanced hearing aid technology to wax removal and solutions for musicians. Since opening in 2016, Dr. Wikoff has received numerous accolades, including the Caregiving Award from Friends of Gwinnett Seniors for her work with the elderly. She also sits on the board for the American Balance Society, and American Tinnitus Association.
www.peachtreehearing.com | 470.485.4327
Best Financial Planning/Services
Social Security Benefit Planners – Faye Sykes
A National Social Security Advisor and CEO of Atlanta-based Social Security Benefit Planners, Faye Sykes speaks across the country to demystify the complex government program that impacts retirement for almost every American. Faye became passionate about the subject after seeing the missteps people were taking and the toll it took on their lives. She offers flat-fee retirement planning in special circumstances, and she also operates a second business, Scarlet Oak Financial Services. www.socialsecuritybp.com | 800.871.1219
Best Wedding Planner
Lindsay Pitt Sims: TOAST Events
Lindsay Pitt Sims heard wedding bells long before she walked down the aisle in 2015. The event planner extraordinaire has been helping brides orchestrate their big day since launching her award-winning company, TOAST Events, in 2008. With rave reviews from publications such as Vogue and Southern Living, Lindsay offers a remarkable client experience with exceptional attention to detail. Her greatest reward: watching the bride and groom enjoy their party.
www.toast-events.com | 678.459.4931 ext. 700
Best Place for Fabulous Fillers
Dr. Seth A. Yellin— Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center
Dr. Seth A. Yellin, FACS, is not only the founder and director of Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center, he is also nationally renowned for his expertise in creating a natural look when volumizing the face with injectable fillers and performing cosmetic and reconstructive facial plastic surgery. Having been in practice for more than 20 years, Dr. Yellin has treated thousands of patients with the goal of making each and every one happy. www.mariettafacialplastics.com | 770.425.7575
Best Pilates Studio
Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy
Here, small class sizes make all the difference as attendees receive individualized attention from Pilates instructors who are often physical therapists. All staff has advanced training and credentials, and provide hands-on correction and cuing. Offering a selection of classes that are designed to complement the schedules of busy professionals, each session here promises to be fun, challenging, and never the same. It’s no wonder this studio will celebrate 10 successful years in business in 2020! www.stabilityatlanta.com | 404.303.9153
Best Pet Store
Walk into any of the 20-plus Georgia locations of this pet store and you’ll be greeted by knowledgeable team members who receive over 40 hours of professional training and product education annually. They can help you select the natural, holistic food and treats that are ideal for your pet, along with stylish dog beds, leashes, and collars. To spread the love, Hollywood Feed also donates more than 100,000 pounds of food each year to animal shelters and rescue facilities.
www.hollywoodfeed.com | 1.888.816.8691
Best Urology Practice
Dr. Scott D. Miller, WellStar Health System
With Dr. Miller’s more than 20 years of experience and expertise in robotic and laparoscopic surgery added to the trusted WellStar family, patients receive the best quality of care and service through advanced techniques and proactive treatment plans. www.scottdmillermd.com | 470.956.4230
Best Place for Natural-Looking Botox
Dermatology Center of Atlanta
The unique approach Dermatology Center of Atlanta’s board-certified dermatologists take with cosmetic injectables has consistently earned this center an Allergan Top 500 ranking, putting them in the top 1% of providers in the U.S. of BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers. Patients value how their precise approach yields extremely natural-looking results and appreciate the team’s commitment to safety and comfort. Over the past 20 years, Dermatology Center of Atlanta has won numerous awards, including their recent award of Best Dermatologist in My Alpharetta magazine.
www.dermatology-atlanta.com | 770.497.0699
Best Plastic Surgery Center for the Tummy/Midsection
Dr. Patricia Yugueros—Luna Plastic Surgery
Patients here feel at ease in the care of its physician leader Dr. Patricia Yugueros. Trained by the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Dr. Yugueros is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has won four consecutive plastic surgery awards from Best Self Atlanta readers. The English- and Spanish-speaking doctor, who is also the chief of plastic surgery at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, is known for her compassionate demeanor and revered for her achievements.
www.lunaplasticsurgery.com | 678.892.7820
Best Joint Care/Replacement Practice
Resurgens Orthopaedics Joint Replacement Center
Consistently recognized as top physicians by Castle Connolly®, U.S. News & World Report, and more, the fellowship-trained specialists at Resurgens Orthopaedics use the latest minimally invasive techniques in hip and knee arthroplasty, including the anterior approach for hip surgery, to perform thousands of joint replacements each year. The best-in-class outpatient surgery settings enable patients to go home the same day of their procedure. Plus, online appointment scheduling with any of their 24 metro area locations makes the process simple from start to finish.
Best Wellness Retreat/Getaway
Jeju Sauna offers an invigorating experience like no other place around. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the gender-separated traditional Korean public bathhouse in Duluth welcomes guests into a heavenly haven of well-being. The sprawling 35,000-square-foot facility is furnished with hot tubs, showers, and kiln saunas, as well as exercise rooms, a food court, and sleeping quarters. Detox in one of the mineral rooms or take a dip in the natural saltwater pool.
www.jejusauna.com | 678.336.7414
Best Hormone Therapy Center
New Vitality Medical, LLC
For those looking to turn back time, New Vitality Medical, LLC, is happy to help, with a wide range of effective antiaging services to recapture some of that youthful exuberance. Customizing age-management solutions to individual wellness goals, New Vitality offers hormone replacement therapy, body contouring, nutrient IVs and more, with affordable comprehensive treatment plans. The distinguished medical team is led by Allison Cochran, PA-C, MPAS; Dr. Rhett Bergeron; and Ashley Penney, FNP-BC, MSN.
www.newvitalitymedical.com | 404.228.7900
Best Hidden Gem for Live Music
Head to the heart of Old Fourth Ward for an entertaining evening with a modern retro vibe. The restaurant, bar, and music venue pairs creative comfort food with live performances nightly. The eclectic musical lineup is curated by Peter Olson and Nicholas Niespodziani, the creative gurus behind PleaseRock and the frontmen of the Yacht Rock Revue. A variety of ticketed and free shows feature everything from jazz, funk, and soul to alternative rock and acoustic singer/songwriter acts, with local upstarts and nationally touring artists alike taking the stage.
www.venkmans.com | 470.225.6162
Best Back and Spine Care Practice
Resurgens Back and Spine Care Practice
Resurgens Spine Center has been providing exceptional spine care in metro Atlanta since 1999. With a dedicated team of 26 board-certified physicians and the convenience of 24 metro area locations, Resurgens Spine Center offers nonsurgical and surgical treatment options to address the full scope of neck and back issues, from herniated discs, sciatica, and more. Resurgens Spine Center continues to earn accolades, including being Best Self Atlanta’s top spine center for four consecutive years.