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The Best of the Best

The Best of the Best

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After tens of thousands of votes, you have chosen this year’s best for fitness, beauty, health, fun, and food!

On Nov. 1, Best Self Atlanta hosted a celebratory photo shoot and party to honor our “Best of 2017” contest winners. Winners gathered to mingle and enjoy fantastic food provided by Under the Cork Tree. While there, attendees received hair and makeup by The Green Room Agency before being photographed by Dan Sawyer of Sawyer Photography.




Best Barre Instructor

Izabela Amos

Using the Barre3 formula, Izabela Amos teaches high-energy classes that transform the body and demolish mental barriers.

Best Barre Studio

Barre3-East Cobb

This studio gives burn a whole new meaning. Drop the kiddos off with its convenient childcare staff and then jump into a muscle-melting class.

Best Boxing Workout Facility

BURN Studios

A blend of punches, jabs, kicks, and work with heavy bags will leave you feeling like a true champion after sweating through a 45-minute class.

Best Boot Camp Instructor

Katherine Mason

This former fitness model will whip you into shape in no time with a boot-camp style combination of heart-pumping cardio and full range of motion resistance training moves.

Best Boot Camp

Burn Boot Camp

Along with a butt-kicking workout, this studio also offers nutrition coaching and a strong sense of community to help their clients successfully lead a well-rounded healthy lifestyle.

Best CrossFit Gym

CrossFit Terminus

Home to five-time CrossFit Games athlete, Emily Bridgers, this 5,000-square-foot gym aims to help people become more resilient and healthier through progressive workouts.

Best CrossFit Instructor

Pete Mongeau

“Coach Pete” utilizes years of one-on-one experience to provide personalized training in a small group setting.

Best Cycling Shop

Peachtree Bikes

Beyond carrying popular brands like Specialized and Felt Bicycles, the store’s seasoned staff provides quality repairs for a well-tuned ride.

Best Dance Fitness Facility

Dance It Off Sandy Springs

You’ll have fun dancing your way into this studio. It features a basketweave-style floor with 3,000 neoprene foam blocks underneath it to protect your knees.

Best Dance Fitness Instructor

Renate Trussell

Renate Trussell encourages everyone in her class, from “Back Row Bettys” to “Front Row Divas,” to simply feel the music and melt away the stress of the day.

Best Boxing Workout Instructor

Daniel Spain

Once a boxing competitor himself, Daniel Spain loves sharing his real-world knowledge to help clients reach their goals in a fun, safe atmosphere.

Best Indoor Cycling Instructor

Alex Martinez

Burn 400 to 600 calories as you spin your way through short bursts of sprint intervals or speed and resistance challenges to build endurance in one of Alex Martinez’s power-based classes at Torq Cycle ATL.

Best Fitness Apparel Store

Lululemon Athletica

From hoodies and stylish sports bras to its oh-so-popular Align Pant II, this activewear looks good and stays put even during the most intense workouts.

Best Fitness Equipment Store

Fitness Depot

Whether you want to create the ultimate home gym with the Body-Solid Fusion 500, which allows you to do 60 strength-training exercises, or just fit in some cardio while watching TV, Fitness Depot has what you need.

Best Group Fitness Facility


This facility’s secret to building lean muscles lies in low-impact but high-intensity workouts utilizing the Megaformer and human-powered Woodway Curve treadmill. Look out for a Sandy Springs location in 2018!

Best Group Fitness Instructor

Megan Armstrong

Megan Armstrong credits her multitasking talents to her ability to make each class feel like a personal training session. Spotting someone using the wrong weight in a class filled with 22 people is a breeze for her.

Best HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) Facility

F45 Training Buckhead

New to Atlanta, this Australian workout sensation combines HIIT, circuit, and functional training to lower body fat percentage and tone the physique.

Best HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) Instructor

Cedric H. Morris

Utilizing hexagonal trampolines with a bar for stability and safety, Cedric H. Morris, offers a unique way to do low-impact cardio and resistance training at the same time.

Best Indoor Cycling Studio

Flywheel Sports

Using performance tracking technology in an immersive, music-driven stadium-style studio, Flywheel Sports seeks to create a more rewarding workout that will strengthen your mind, body, and spirit.

Best Indoor Sport/Activity

The Painted Pin

With custom chesterfield couches, signature cocktails, and live music, this modern bowling alley is far from average.

Best Large Fitness Facility

Life Time Fitness

Find your workout “fit” at the family-friendly Life Time Fitness. Drop off little ones to the Kids Academy and then choose from exercise classes, weight-loss programming, racquetball and squash courts, pools, spas, and cafés.

Best Martial Arts Training

Atlanta Kick

People of all ages can gain a thing or two from the martial arts experience at Atlanta Kick. Located in Buckhead, each class builds confidence, teaches discipline, and instills focus.

Best Mountain Biking Club/Group

Free-Flite Bicycles

Join in on this cycling shop’s Saturday Store Road rides or Sunday Funday Mountain Bike excursions.

Best Outdoor Gear Store

High Country Outfitters

Whether you are hiking the Appalachian Trail or just camping out for the weekend, the knowledgeable staff at High Country Outfitters will offer up solid advice for essentials that will keep you comfortable in the great outdoors.

Best Personal Trainer

Kellyn Henderson

By focusing on corrective exercises, Kellyn Henderson can build a foundation for beginners and elite athletes to enhance their performance.

Best Personal Training Facility*

Bodyfitz Personal Training

Get presurgery ready by strengthening the body or simply focus on injury prevention at Bodyfitz Personal Training. Its new program targeted at preventing torn anterior cruciate ligaments analyzes body mechanics and works to correct form.

House of Payne Personal Training

From small group and on-site training to online coaching or fitness competition preparation, the team here can help you achieve your goals in a variety of ways.

Best Pilates Instructor

Megan Hunter

By combining her background in physical therapy and Pilates training, Megan Hunter promotes overall wellness in her clients while also addressing injuries or limitations.

Best Pilates Studio

Stability Pilates and Physical Therapy

From its one-on-one Pilates sessions to small group classes, an emphasis on correct form, safety, and superior instruction are at the core of this studio.

Best Place for Kids’ Fitness

Atlanta Rocks!

With over 12,000 square feet of professionally designed climbing surface, this spot takes team building to new heights.

Best Small/Medium Fitness Facility

Stellar Bodies

This full-body workout utilizes the Megaformer machine to strengthen, tighten, and tone your body quickly and safely. Fifty minutes of intense exercise will engage every muscle without any stress on the joints.

Best Tennis Facility

Windy Hill Athletic Club

Tennis director Trip Baisden has spent three years building an environment where members can advance their skill set with the help of former tennis pros and practice with other players on their same level.

Best Tennis Instructor

Shannon Calder

Shannon Calder ensures his tennis lessons stick by creating custom homework assignments for his students to work on when they aren’t playing on the court with him.

Best Esthetician Overall

Heather Davis

More than just a NCEA certified-esthetician, Heather Davis is also a state board licensed assistant laser practitioner and certified medical assistant with more than 19 years of skin-beautifying experience.

Best Yoga Instructor

Leila Taylor Jankowski

Leila Taylor Jankowski says her own journey of emotional and spiritual healing through yoga is what allows her to teach classes that go beyond the physical and offer inner serenity.

Best Yoga Studio

East Cobb Yoga and Mindfulness

The skilled instructors at this studio lead thoughtful classes for the everyday person, along with therapeutic classes for athletes, in rooms heated between 74 to 76 degrees.

Best Weight Loss Center

Atlanta Endocrine Associates

Using endocrinology, hormone dysfunction correction, and the HMR program (ranked the No. 1 fast weight-loss diet by “U.S. News & World Report”), Atlanta Endocrine Associates helps patients lose weight with science as opposed to their own willpower.




Best Butt Lift/Augmentation Plastic Surgery Center/Doctor

Georgia Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, PC

Famous for its Brazilian Buttock Lift, here Dr. Stanley Okoro uses the latest technology to strategically transfer fat from other parts of the body to the butt for the ultimate “natural look.”

Best Breast Plastic Surgery Center/Doctor

Dr. Patricia Yugueros

As Luna Plastic Surgery’s esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr. Patricia Yugueros has a stellar international education and is passionate about helping women regain their confidence.

Best Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Debra Gray King

Known for her antiaging dentistry (aka the Scalpel-less Face-lift), Dr. Debra Gray King’s artistic approach is sought-after by Atlantans and celebrities alike, including R&B crooner Usher, and actress Rebel Wilson.

Best Cosmetic Dentistry Practice

Atlanta Center for Cosmetic Dentistry

Celebrating 30 years of dentistry, this office creates an experience unlike any other. From its dental spa with a full-time massage therapist to its custom smile designs, expect natural results all while being pampered.

Best Botox

Dr. Leslie C. Gray

The new “Core 4” antiaging skin care plan at Dermatology Center of Atlanta creates flawless skin that complements the doctor’s masterful Botox® injections.

Best Dermatology Practice Overall

Dermatology Associates of Atlanta, PC

Eight skilled providers, nine unique specialty centers, and an experienced laser skin treatment facility means you can always get top-notch medical and cosmetic care onsite.

Best Eyebrow Shaping/Maintenance

Alyson Hoag of Authentic Beauty

Recognized as a leader in eyebrow services, Alyson Hoag and her team can help you regain your brows after years of overplucking or waxing gone too far with Brow Rehab.

Best Eyelash Extensions

The Lash Lounge Sandy Springs

Experts here can choose from three types of curls, five densities, and eight lengths to create a custom set of extensions that won’t damage your natural lashes.

Best Facial Plastic Surgery Center/Doctor

Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker

Dr. Elizabeth Whitaker has performed over 4,000 face-lifts producing unbelievably natural results. It’s no wonder she’s nicknamed the Queen of Faces!

Best Facial Treatment/Place Overall

Institut’ DERMed

This facility has been a leader in modern medical skin care solutions since 1989. It has introduced Atlanta to the latest treatments like INTRAcel Fractional Radio Frequency Microneedling.

Best Fat Removal/Reduction Treatment/Place

North Atlanta Dermatology

The latest addition to this practice’s fat removal repertoire is CoolPetite®. Specifically designed to target that pesky upper arm fat, this treatment will have you saying bye-bye batwings!

Best Hair Extension Expert/Place*

Jutta Blase, LLC

Licensed in both fusion and tape-in extension applications, Jutta Blase can help you achieve the full, luscious locks of your dreams by precisely matching the extensions with your exact hair color.

The Colour Bar Salon

Using DreamCatchers’ 100% Human Remy Hair extensions, The Colour Bar Salon makes sure everyone will notice your extra inches, but none will be the wiser.

Best Hair Salon for African-American Hair

Nubiance Salon/Spa

For strong healthy hair, this salon has you covered. From trendy protective styles to pin-straight relaxers and weave extensions, they’re the go-to for those natural and not.

Best Fillers

Barbara B. Weber

An expert at charting custom treatment plans, Barbara B. Weber has vast experience performing facial rejuvenation with injectables. The seasoned nurse also teaches her techniques to physicians, physician assistants and fellow nurses.

Best Hair Salon for Blowouts

Cherry Blow Dry Bar Midtown

The new kid on the block, this blow-dry bar opened this past summer and has become an affordable hotspot for sleek styles on all hair textures and lengths.

Best Hair Salon for Color

Van Michael Salon

At this salon’s eight Atlanta locations, expect eye-catching results that will give your locks an on-trend look.

Best Hair Salon for Cuts

Bob Steele Salon

Thanks to its powerhouse CEO, Amanda Hair, you can get this salon’s stellar ‘dos in five metro Atlanta areas, including Smyrna and Alpharetta.

Best Hair Salon for Men

Bob Steele Salon

Many of the talented stylists here begin as cosmetology school graduates and, once they are hired, must complete an extensive internship before servicing clients full time.

Best Makeup Artist

Heather Petty-Harris

Heather Petty-Harris has been working her makeup magic on TV celebrities, brides, models, and more for 25 years. She’ll also get your brows Instagram-ready in no time.

Best Hair Stylist for Color

Whitney Jones

On top of creating color that complements a client’s skin tone, Whitney Jones is a pro at getting them in and out the door in no time flat.

Best Hair Stylist for Cuts

Richie Arpino

For the past 38 years, elite Atlantans have turned to this guru to transform their tresses.

Best Laser Hair Removal Facility

Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center

As members of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the team here provides FDA-approved cosmetic laser services.

Best Men’s Med Spa

Amachi MedSpa

With the needs of men in mind, this medical spa offers a range of services including laser hair removal, skin tightening, and hair loss treatments.

Best Lip Enhancement

Timeless Aesthetics Medspa of Atlanta

The highly trained team here stays abreast of the latest products and procedures available to help you create the perfect pout.

Best Hair Salon Overall

Vis-à-Vis The Salon

Your crowning glory is always in good hands here, as this salon only hires industry professionals with 10-plus years of experience.

Best Local Skin Care Products

Little Barn Apothecary

The founders of this handcrafted self-care product company have created goods for the body, face, and hair, which are made from organic and wild-harvested ingredients for all to enjoy!

Best Vein Treatment Doctor

Dr. Louis Prevosti

Board certified in cardiovascular surgery and a diplomate of the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, Dr. Louis Prevosti, who is also the medical director of VEINatlanta, knows how to make unsightly veins do a disappearing act.

Best Manicure

Hammond Nails

Hammond Nails sets the bar for luxury salons. With some of the best technicians in the business that excel in nail art, they also aim to exceed expectations in service and cleanliness.

Best Med Spa Overall

A New You Skin & Body Clinic

Get a confidence boost and enhanced sense of well-being at A New You Skin & Body Clinic, where trained technicians use medical practices in a spa-like setting to rejuvenate your appearance.

Best Microblading

Heather Tereso May

In less than two hours, you can walk out with natural-looking semipermanent brows crafted by this microblading whiz. And don’t worry, it’s virtually painless!

Best Nonsurgical Facial Rejuvenation

Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa

Using a thorough consultation that accounts for skin texture, tone, and more, the team here uses its complete understanding of facial aging and the loss of facial muscle and collagen to devise a plan to produce optimal results.

Best Pedicure

The Haute Spot Nail Boutique

Prepare to be pampered with the best in pedi services all around. This salon keeps tabs on the latest technology, trends, and sanitation procedures.

Best Permanent Makeup

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch is a licensed medical aesthetician and certified laser technician. This accomplished makeup artist has been performing permanent makeup procedures since 1995.

Best Skin Care Place/Person

AYA™ Medical Spa

This medical spa offers only the highest quality skin care treatments and services using cutting-edge cosmetic technology performed by licensed providers.

Best Men’s Hair Replacement/Restoration

Anderson Center for Hair & Aesthetics

At his new location in Avalon and original location in Sandy Springs, Dr. Ken Anderson uses ARTAS robotic hair restoration and modern treatments to provide life-changing solutions for thinning hair and hair loss.

Best Tummy/Midsection Plastic Surgery Center/Doctor

Dr. Asaf Yalif

Dr. Asaf Yalif tailors all of his recommendations to each patient and takes into account their desired goals, budget, and anatomy, to create a fab—and flat—stomach.

Best Women’s Thinning Hair Place/Person

Dr. Ashley R. Curtis

As a doctor at The Griffin Center for Women’s Hair Loss, Dr. Ashley R. Curtis knows how to address the unique issues of this escalating problem.

Best Waxing

Brazilian Wax by Andreia

What started as one location in Marietta has now expanded to nearly 20. The chain is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service at an affordable price.

Best Vein Treatment Practice


Since 2002, this privately-owned comprehensive vein center has provided quality care for varicose and spider veins in addition to swollen ankle and leg issues.

Best Wigs Expert/Place

Rebecca Walden Wig Studio

After women and children experience a bout with cancer or other various diseases, Rebecca Walden uses cut, color, and style to create a wig that allows them to recognize themselves in the mirror again.



Best Acupuncture Place/Practitioner

Atlanta Center for Acupuncture and Wellness

This all-women group of highly trained acupuncturists can tackle a range of specialties, including pain management, fertility treatment, and digestive disorders.

Best Addiction Care Facility

Ridgeview Institute

People of all ages can find help at Ridgeview Institute. The team here helps patients manage cravings, find tools for recovery, follow a 12-step program and more.

Best Aging Care Facility Senior Services

North Fulton

This nonprofit provides vital services like transportation to medical appointments for those that are homebound and supplies Meals on Wheels to those who are 60 and above.

Best Allergy Care

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma

With 17 locations throughout metro Atlanta and beyond, this practice is ready to tackle a range of asthma needs and allergy issues (think food to skin and everything in between).

Best Allergy Doctor

Dr. Eugene Hurwitz

As the medical director of Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, this doctor has grown the practice to 10 locations. He is also board certified in allergy and immunology and affiliated with numerous hospitals.

Best Arthritis Care

Arthritis and Rheumatology of Georgia

For patients with diverse rheumatologic pathology, this practice offers in-house labs, clinical trials, and musculoskeletal ultrasounds.

Best Arthritis Care Doctor

Dr. Paula Tanasa

At Arthritis and Rheumatology of Georgia, Dr. Paula Tanasa provides quality care to treat rheumatic diseases. She also has a special interest in autoimmune issues.

Best Audiology Practice

Audiological Consultants of Atlanta

Established in 1983, this private practice provides services for the identification, assessment, prevention and treatment of hearing disorders for everyone from newborns to the elderly.

Best Back and Spine Care Doctor

Dr. Keith Osborn

Board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Keith Osborn of Resurgens Orthopaedics, specializes in adult spinal disorders and total disk arthroplasty.

Best Back and Spine Care Practice/Facility

Resurgens Spine Center

Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from neck and back pain, spine expert doctors here offer both nonsurgical and surgical treatment options to help patients reach their goals.

Best Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Michael Williams

Dr. Michael Williams’ research interest includes minimally invasive surgery techniques and surgical therapy for morbid obesity. He has also trained surgeons and authored numerous medical journal articles.

Best Bariatric Surgery Hospital/Facility

Northside Hospital Center for Weight Loss

Experts including board-certified surgeons with 35 years of experience, certified bariatric nurse coordinators, weight loss specialists and dietitians all work together to provide patient satisfaction.

Best Body Detox Facility

Warrior Body Spa

Located in Tucker, and now Brookhaven, all the therapies offered here are detox focused to help clients holistically reach their pain relief and wellness goals.

Best Brain Health Treatment

Amen Clinics

For more than 25 years, Amen Clinics has been mapping minds with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging to learn more about naturally balancing and optimizing the brain.

Best Cancer Care Hospital/Facility

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

As the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Georgia, precision medicine, immunotherapy treatments, and minimally invasive surgery are all key here.

Best Diabetes Care

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital

It is possible for almost anyone with diabetes to live a longer, fuller life with proper disease management. Piedmont Healthcare provides effective care and a customized approach for each person.

Best Dermatologist

Dr. Anna Paré

At Dermatology Consultants, Dr. Anna Paré offers an all-encompassing approach to your family’s health and aesthetic needs. For over 25 years, she’s helped patients maintain their dermatological health and is the reason behind their glowing skin.

Best Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT)

The ENT Institute

Take advantage of advanced technologies and cost-effective procedures that The ENT Institute has to offer. The staff here ensures the best results with the least amount of discomfort possible.

Best Diabetes Care Doctor

Dr. Jennifer Gilligan

Feel confident and comfortable under Dr. Jennifer Gilligan’s care. Board certified in endocrinology and metabolism, she designs practical regimens for patients as they manage this chronic disease.

Best Eye Care Doctor

Dr. Paul L. Kaufman

A board-certified ophthalmologist and retina specialist at Thomas Eye Group, Dr. Paul L. Kaufman is committed to his vision—keeping eyes healthy.

Best Eye Care Practice

Thomas Eye Group

Thomas Eye Group offers eye exams, glasses, contact lenses, and LASIK surgery, as well as medical, surgical, and cosmetic services for patients ranging in age from infants to seniors.

Best Facility for Stroke Rehabilitation

Shepherd Center

This private nonprofit hospital is focused solely on the medical treatment, research, and rehabilitation of people with neuromuscular conditions.

Best Fertility Specialist Doctor

Dr. Lisa Hasty

Dr. Lisa Hasty and the compassionate physicians and staff at the Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine use the latest technology to treat recurrent pregnancy loss, infertility, and more.

Best Fertility Specialist Practice

SGF Atlanta

Formerly known as Georgia Reproductive Specialists, Shady Grove Fertility (SGF) Atlanta has a wealth of options, from surgical procedures to assisted reproductive technologies. Come here to build the family you’ve longed for.

Best Fibroid Doctor

Dr. John Lipman

Trusted by reality TV stars like Cynthia Bailey and plenty of everyday Atlantans, Dr. John Lipman has extensive experience performing the uterine fibroid embolization procedure.

Best Chiropractic Care Place/Person

Dr. Kevin D. Flythe

A trusted partner of physicians and body care professionals, Dr. Kevin D. Flythe provides comprehensive treatment and makes patient education a top priority.

Best Foot and Ankle Care Facility

Resurgens Foot & Ankle Center

Here, board-certified physicians and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons treat your foot and ankle disorders. The experts offer surgical and nonsurgical options to get you back on your feet.

Best Gastroenterology Practice

Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates

Here, expect specialized care through the Advanced Center for GI Therapeutics, The Liver Center, and nutrition counseling.

Best Gastroenterologist

Dr. Stephen Rashbaum

Dr. Stephen Rashbaum focuses on symptom relief, diagnosing underlying digestive conditions and finding ways to help patients maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Best General/Family Dentist

Dr. Tonique L. Reynolds

Through state-of-the-art procedures, Dr. Tonique L. Reynolds restores and enhances the health and natural beauty of her patients’ smiles with long-lasting results.

Best Gynecology Practice

Atlanta Women’s Obstetrics & Gynecology

This all female OB-GYN practice in Midtown offers a full range of health care services (preventative medicine, gynecological treatments) for women of all ages.

Best Heart Doctor

Dr. Tara Hrobowski-Blackman

As one of three board certified advanced heart failure and transplantation cardiologists at Piedmont Heart Institute, Dr. Tara Hrobowski-Blackman gives heartfelt advice to her patients and aids them in the healing process.

Best Heart Surgeon

Dr. James R. Kauten

Dr. James R. Kauten has performed over 10,000 open-heart surgeries. His greatest strengths are his wealth of knowledge, extensive experience and superb results.

Best Hormone Therapy Practice

Atlanta Women’s Specialty Group

This all-encompassing practice offers annual exams, Pap smears, and mammograms, along with obstetrics and other gynecology services.

Best Hormone Therapy Practitioner

Allison Cochran

With advanced training in hormone therapies and antiaging medicine such as bioidentical hormone therapy and platelet-rich plasma treatments, physician assistant Allison Cochran provides compassionate concierge care.

Best Integrative/Functional Medical Doctor

Sonza Curtis

As one of Georgia’s first certified functional medicine practitioners by the Institute for Functional Medicine, physician assistant and naturopath Sonza Curtis focuses on addressing mind, body and spirit.

Best Integrative/Functional Overall Medical Facility

Three D Wellness

By addressing the specific medical needs of the whole family, this full-service practice is dedicated to helping those at every stage of life achieve overall health.

Best Joint Surgery/Replacement Doctor

Dr. Raj Pandya

Dr. Raj Pandya is a surgeon, inventor, entrepreneur, and restaurateur all in one. Specializing in sports medicine, his clients’ recoveries are a shining example of his passion for his work.

Best General/Family Dental Practice

Atlanta Smiles and Wellness

Dr. Dina Giesler and Dr. Marianna Kovitch view comprehensive dentistry as a lifelong commitment to your health and self-image. By providing natural aesthetic dentistry, the experienced duo makes sure patients can capitalize on their greatest asset: their smile.

Best Joint Surgery/Replacement Hospital/Facility

Atlanta Orthopedic Institute

Physicians here have extensive training in various joint and sports-related injuries. Their main priority is to help patients recover quickly and return to an active lifestyle.

Best Massage Therapist/Place

Jo Ann Taylor

Through 14 years of experience, Jo Ann Taylor has learned to master the art of massage and anticipate the needs of each client to offer the ultimate relaxation experience.

Best Men’s Health Doctor

Dr. Scott D. Miller

An advocate for minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Scott D. Miller devotes most of his practice to laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Starting Jan. 15, his services will be based out of WellStar North Fulton Hospital.

Best Myofascial Release Therapy

Avery Cotton

Three decades of education and certifications in orthopedic bodywork enables Avery Cotton to help clients ease pain, improve range of motion, and enhance posture.

Best Neurologist

Dr. Lisa M. Billars

As the chief of the neurology and sleep medicine departments for The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, Dr. Lisa M. Billars understands the effects aging can have on the brain and offers patients ways to stay mentally sharp.

Best Orthodontics Practice

Braces Braces

With convenient locations surrounding Atlanta, along with flexible hours and days, this practice helps families fit comprehensive care including metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign® into their busy schedules.

Best Orthodontist

Dr. Leon Leonard

Dr. Leon Leonard and his well-trained staff help both children and adults achieve beautiful smiles while providing high-quality orthodontic services in a comfortable environment.

Best Pediatric Practice

Children’s Healthcare of West Georgia

Personalized medical care is available for children up to 18. Here, expect a focus on cutting-edge pediatric treatment methods and more.

Best Pediatrician

Dr. Terrence Gfroerer

Dr. Terrence Gfroerer and staff at Dunwoody Pediatrics provide a warm-hearted approach to care in an effort to support the growth of happy and healthy children.

Best Orthopedist

Dr. Kenneth Kress

Board certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Kenneth Kress uses his 25 years of experience to perform innovative knee and hip reconstructive surgeries and provide comprehensive arthritic care management.

Best Physical Therapy Center

PT 360

For those that want to make the most of their recovery journey, PT 360 is there to provide manual therapy, dry needling, spine and sacroiliac dysfunction treatments, and more.

Best Podiatrist

Village Podiatry Centers

Here, you can feel confident that you’ll get the results you seek with the help of some of the most knowledgeable podiatric surgeons in the field.

Best Spa Healthy Getaway (in Atlanta or within driving distance)

Jeju Sauna

With over 35,000 square feet, this traditional Korean public bathhouse is fully loaded with hot tubs, showers, and kiln saunas.

Best Radiology/Imaging Center

OutPatient Imaging

In need of a same-day appointment? OutPatient Imaging has your needs covered. Everything from magnetic resonance imaging and bone density testing to X-rays and mammograms, it’s a one-stop-shop.

Best Stress & Anxiety Treatment Facility

Atlanta Center for Wellness

Taking into account the emotional, physical, mental, social, spiritual, and environmental influences that can impact a person’s health and well-being, this center uses a collaborative approach to treatment.

Best Stroke Care Hospital/Facility

Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center, Grady Memorial Hospital

Due to its excellent care, this center was named an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest level of designation awarded by the prestigious accrediting nonprofit, The Joint Commission.

Best Urology Practice

Georgia Urology

Always striving to better serve its patients, the doctors at Georgia Urology use modern technology, including the UroLift® System, to treat those with prostate issues.

Best Women’s Health Clinic

Metro Surgical Associates, Inc.

Since 1982, the doctors here have been on a mission to provide optimal breast health care along with educational programs and more.

Best Women’s Health/Maternity Hospital/Facility

Northside Hospital

From pregnancy to menopause, women’s health care is Northside Hospital’s specialty. It is also a leader in groundbreaking procedures and less-invasive treatments for gynecological cancers.

Best Women’s Health Doctor

Dr. Kristine Gould

Dr. Kristine Gould’s personal approach to care puts people at ease. Passionate about patient education, you can also find her hosting regular seminars regarding women’s health and wellness.

Best Active Senior Community

Jim Chapman Communities

This award-winning builder creates homes with style and accessibility that are livable for those age 55 and over.

Best Urgent Care Facility

Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet

Feeling under the weather? Stop by one of these 15 urgent care locations for uncompromising service and a speedy recovery.




Best Art Gallery

Wentworth Gallery

The curators behind Wentworth Gallery travel to the far corners of the globe to offer works by heralded artists such as Pablo Picasso and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Best Ballroom Dance Studio

Ballroom Dance Clubs of Atlanta

Get ready for a special occasion, meet new people or do both at this dance studio that has one-on-one and group lessons for you to cha-cha the night away.

Best Ballroom Dance Instructor

Asiya Khasnutdinova

Budding ballroom dancers turn to Asiya Khasnutdinova for her talented teaching techniques, which are built on 20 years of dance and fitness experience.

Best Bookstore

Little Shop of Stories

Find your child’s next great read at this whimsical store. Literary fans of all ages can connect with fellow bookworms at one of its nine monthly book groups.

Best Career Counseling Services


At Thriveworks, counselors can be a trusted partner in your career journey. No matter the dilemma, they are experienced and ready to help you grow professionally.

Best Charity Ball/Gala

The Pink Affair

Save the date (March 24, 2018) for this fabulous fundraiser featuring dinner, drinks, music, and auctions, all to benefit TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation.

Best Charity Race

Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Race for The Cure

Over 8,000 participants completed this 27th annual run/walk in 2017. The more than $1 million raised will go toward providing breast health and cancer services in Atlanta and to fund global research.

Best Comedy Club

Laughing Skull Lounge

In the past five years, you may have seen comedic heavyweights like Robin Williams, Joe Rogan, Ron White, or Amy Schumer grace the stage at this legendary comedy club.

Best Community Garden

Peachtree Hills Community Garden

Neighbors can bond over their passion for gardening by sharing the 24 beautiful plant beds this community garden has to offer.

Best Cooking Classes/School

Sur La Table

Are you a culinary nightmare in the kitchen? Fear not! Hands-on cooking classes here will show you everything you need to know.

Best Doggie Day Care and Boarding

Puppy Haven

Now Fido can leave his daycare session looking even better than when you dropped him off thanks to Puppy Haven’s new full grooming services.

Best Financial Planner

Faye Sykes

For in-depth social security planning, turn to the owner of Scarlet Oak Financial Services. She also delivers ongoing educational events and underwriting performed by artificial intelligence.

Best Financial Planning/Services

Harmon Financial Advisors

This independent wealth management firm has specialized in retirement income planning and managing comprehensive wealth and investments for over 40 years.

Best Gardening Classes

Pike Nurseries

There’s always something new to learn in the gardening world. Stay informed with monthly classes and events hosted by this nursery with locations inside and outside the perimeter.

Best Groomer

Andrea Richardson

Andrea Richardson provides pet pampering at its finest. Tranquil facial scrubs and massages included with every spa grooming will have your fur baby begging to come back.

Best Hypnotherapist

Amy Head

Amy Head’s approach emphasizes changing the process, not the person. She also records hypnosis sessions so patients can receive ongoing benefits.

Best In-town Getaway

Château Élan Winery & Resort

Treat your palate to the first super premium white wine (named Nancy) in the Fingerprint collection series at the most award-winning winery and resort on the East Coast.

Best Life Coach

Dr. Jill Kahn

Using her 30 years of experience, Dr. Jill Kahn created The BioCode System™, designed to reinvent the way you live, lead, and play.

Best Local Festival

Piedmont Park Arts Festival

There’s something for everyone at this free two-day festival brimming with works by local artisans, family-friendly activities, music, and food.

Best Marriage and Relationship Counselor/Therapist

Brittany Hewitt

Brittany Hewitt works to resolve couples’ issues, help them meet challenges with confidence, and redefine what happiness and wholeness means to them.

Best Matchmakers

Single Atlanta Matchmakers

For 20 years, twin sisters Leisha Murphy and Lisa Lyngos, the brains behind Atlanta’s largest matchmaking firm, have successfully paired couples together and gained a national reputation as industry experts.

Best Meditation Program

Lisa Wellstead

Lisa Wellstead is bringing stress management techniques to everyone from corporate leaders to teens. She even pioneered a mindfulness health initiative learning program at Walton High School.

Best Museum

High Museum of Art

Add some culture to your lunch break and visit the High Museum of Art on the third Friday of the month for a special conversation, performance, or tour experience.

Best New Give-Back Initiative

Jewels With A Purpose

A majority of proceeds from this jewelry line are donated to charities locally and nationwide. Since 2005, sales from the Italian-made collection have raised over $700,000.

Best Pet Rescue Organization

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue

Dedicated to saving dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia, this nonprofit operates through a network of compassionate volunteers and foster homes.

Best Pet Store

The Whole Dog Market

This premier pet retail go-to carries only the best for your four-legged family member. Pick up handcrafted treats made by local humane farms like White Oak Pastures.

Best Pet Trainer

Susie Aga

Susie Aga is ready to tackle tough pet cases. This certified instructor, and founder of Atlanta Dog Trainer, can handle your animal’s aggression, agility, severe phobia issues, and then some.

Best Pet Walker/Sitter Service

CutiePaws Pet Sitting Services

From in-home pet sitting to a potty break while you’re stuck at the office, your pet is in trusted hands.

Best Place for Fun Classes/Workshops

Center for Puppetry Arts

Located near the heart of Midtown, this center opened its doors in September 1978 and serves the community through its live performances, museum, and educational programming.

Best Place for Live Music

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

This premier performance venue is a go-to spot for everything from Broadway shows to corporate meetings, wedding receptions, galas, and more.

Best Place to go Dancing

Johnny’s Hideaway

The “Cheers”-esque vibe and retro lounge décor and music from the ’50s through ’90s will have you ready to bust a move at this dance spot.

Best School for Continuing Education for Adults

The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University

Leap into a new career with one of the 40 professional certificate programs offered here (think Culinary Apprenticeship or Web Design & Development).

Best Sunless Tanning

Opulence Spray Tan Club

This mobile tanning service creates a custom color blend for each client and now has its own line of vegan products that rejuvenate the skin and enhance results.

Best Veterinarian

The Village Vets of Buckhead

The team behind this pet hospital prides itself on providing outstanding preventive care, along with dentistry, surgery, and boarding services.

Best Volunteer Opportunity

Sisters By Choice

This amazing group of women (and men) use the organization’s many innovative programs, like a mobile breast clinic in an 18-wheeler, to offer breast cancer education, awareness, and support.

Best Wedding Planner

J. Ladson Weddings

J. Ladson Weddings will make sure your special day isn’t even close to cookie cutter. Attention is paid to the tiniest of details to turn your vision into a breathtaking reality.




Best Farm-to-Home Delivery


Now available at Whole Foods, this meal-kit company also features an online marketplace where you can shop a range of local proteins and artisan products.

Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant

Miller Union

Here, hyperlocal and seasonal ingredients make up the inspired cuisine that marries farm-to-table dishes with traditional Southern influence.

Best Farmers Market

Buford Highway Farmers Market

Along with its abundance of local produce, this farmers market also has a vast selection of ethnic cuisines and international ingredients from the Caribbean, Korea, and beyond.

Best Food Blog

Healthy Eating 101

The creative recipes developed by chef Megan McCarthy on this blog make cooking up real food fun, fast and easy.

Best Food Truck

The Fry Guy

You’ve probably spotted this food truck at festivals like Grant Park Summer Shade. From bacon to Parmesan truffle, these Fry Guy creations are good to the very last bite.

Best Health Food Store

Sevananda Natural Foods Market

This cooperative market touts that its sourcing policies are stricter than Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s! Plus, keeping customers informed so they can make the right choices is always a top priority.

Best Healthy Restaurant

Cafe Sunflower

This family-owned restaurant has been serving up delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes like orzo eggplant lasagna, baked samosas, and squash cakes since 1994.

Best Juice Bar

Kale Me Crazy

Every juice here is cold-pressed daily to retain the blend’s health-boosting nutrients and enzymes. Plus, it’s never pasteurized or exposed to preservatives.

Best Kid-Friendly Restaurant

Farm Burger

This burger joint prides itself on only using local grass-fed beef and free-range local meats. Here, taste the straight-from-the-pasture difference with family and friends.

Best Nutrition Counseling/Coach

Jacynta Harb

Finally achieve food freedom and overcome emotional eating with the help of Jacynta Harb, wellness coach at Sparkle a New You.

Best Pet-Friendly Restaurant

Park Tavern

Your pup will have a ball with you on the green at this restaurant and special events venue. While your canine plays, you can order from a diverse menu of sushi, burgers, salads, and more.

Best Prepared Healthy Meal Delivery

Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine

Don’t want to leave your home? Fresh ‘n Fit Cuisine brings healthy, paleo, gluten-free, or vegetarian meal options to you.

Best Vegetarian Restaurant

True Food Kitchen

True Food Kitchen’s rotating seasonal menu has a host of vegetarian options. Currently on the list: Winter Squash Toast, the Inside Out Quinoa Burger, and more, all of which are made with the freshest produce.

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