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PublisherJudy Le Jeunepublisher@countylinemagazine.net678-787-3551irefuse to lethearing losschangemy game.Editorialeditor@countylinemagazine.netAdvertisingadvertising@countylinemagazine.net678-787-3551Graphic DesignSummertime GraphicsWritersTammy Harden GallowayAli GodwinCindy LombardoCover/Cover Story PhotographyMark najjarAtlanta StudiosPhotographyCourtesy ofthe Georgia Department of natural Resources,State Parks & Historic SitesLive in the nowLive in the now.At Johns Creek Audiology and Hearing Aid Center,Try we Intiga are ready risk to free. help if you’re not ready to let hearingloss get in the way of enjoying your favorite ac-800-000-0000tivities. With more than twenty years of experiencein bringing the best possible hearing care to this area,Dr. Woodward will work with you to find the hearingsolution that best fits your individual needs and budget.Be free to enjoy all that life has to offer.Hear now with Intiga at500 Elm Avenue • AnytowDr. Deborah WoodwardAudiologistOn the Cover:Duane K. PiperForsyth County SheriffCountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications, LLC. noadvertising, editorial, or photographs in CountyLine may be reproducedwithout the permission of Sugarcane Communications, LLC. 23,948copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses inthe east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth.CountyLine3651 Peachtree Parkway Suite 222Suwanee, GA 30024678-787-3551www.countylinemagazine.netFor appointments or to register for the September 24th and26th Open House and Seminars, please call 770-814-1260.4045 Johns Creek Parkway, Suite B • Suwanee, GAwww.johnscreekaudiology.comWe accept CareCredit ®7 CountyLine | September 2013

TO THE COMMUNITYby Judy Le JeuneThree years ago, Forsyth County resident BethBuursema started working as the communityoutreach liaison for the new Children’sHealthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) location in Cumming.Her education, career experience and desire to giveback to her community made this opportunity anideal situation for both Beth and CHOA. Her outgoingpersonality, commitment to serve and desire tosucceed were nurtured by family and friends duringher childhood.Beth’s parents moved to Bristol, Tennessee for herfather’s job when she was in the 1 st grade. WhenBeth was in the 5 th grade, her parents divorced andshe lived with her mom, who was in the tourismindustry and committed to serving their community.“I was an only child,” said Beth, “but I was neverlonely because there was never a dull momentat our house. My childhood years were filled withactivity and love.” While in high school, Beth knewthat she wanted to be a journalist and worked onthe school paper and in the school’s broadcast studio,developing her skills. But, when the time camefor her to choose which college she would attend,Beth surprised everyone by deciding to go to PresbyterianCollege, a small liberal arts school, insteadof a large university with a Journalism department.“Going to Presbyterian College felt right to me, andI thought that I could do well developing my skillswith hands-on experience through internships. Imajored in Theater, minored in English, spent asemester at American university taking classes inJournalism and Media, and a summer at Oxford university,”said Beth. She accepted an internship withthe Washington News Network (WNN), a news affiliatethat fed stories to local stations. She attendedWhite House press conferences as Wnn’s reporterand covered President Bill Clinton and Vice PresidentAl Gore. She interviewed Senator Fred Thompson,from her home state, which led to a summerjob opportunity at Senator Thompson’s office. “As Ihad planned, the real-world opportunities that I wasable to experience during my internships, summerjobs and studies at other universities, prepared mefor a position in journalism following graduation,”said Beth. At her Senior Awards dinner, Beth satnext to a man who recommended her for an interviewat CNN, and she was offered her first job as avideo journalist. Between 1997 and 2000, she waspromoted to editorial assistant, guest booker andassociate producer. In 2000, Beth accepted a positionas a field producer with Newsource, a divisionof Cnn.8CountyLine | September 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net

In 1999, Beth met Tim Buursema through mutualfriends. When Beth and Tim married in 2000, theywere only able to take a 4-day honeymoon becauseBeth had to be back at work to cover the DemocraticConvention. It was then that Beth first started tofeel that, at this time in her life, a career in journalismwas taking too much time away from her family.She made the decision to leave journalism, andaccepted a position as manager of public relationsfor original movies at TBS. And the Buursema familygrew in 2002 when their son, Bret, was born.In 2002, when Bret was six months old, Tim’s jobbrought the family to the home in Forsyth Countywhere they still live. Commuting and finding childcarebecame overwhelming for Beth, and she madethe decision to stay at home. That lasted for threeweeks, when she was asked by TBS to do freelancework. Beth started her own boutique public relationsfirm, B & B Public Relations. In 2004, their sonPorter was born.Three years after Beth accepted the job at CHOA,she was recently promoted to manager, communityoutreach, responsible for the community outreachliaisons at three CHOA facilities in other counties.“We participate in fundraisers that benefit CHOA, includingschool change drives, fashion shows, 5 and10K runs, pictures with Santa, and an annual DerbyDay event, as well as community-focused eventslike health fairs, road races, school fun runs, safetydays, and career days,” explained Beth. “Children’sHealthcare of Atlanta has some of the most amazinghealthcare professionals in the business. They arededicated to making kids better today and healthiertomorrow, and I am blessed beyond measure to beable to represent CHOA in the community that I livein and am raising my family in.”Beth currently serves on the Board of Directors ofcommunity organizations that include: the ForsythCounty yMCA, the Lanier-Forsyth Rotary Club, ForsythCounty Community Connection, Literacy Forsyth,and the Sawnee Woman’s Club. When she andTim have leisure time, they spend it watching Bretand Porter play sports.As Beth continues to reach out to the community,the families and patients of Children’s Healthcare ofAtlanta and the entire community, benefit from herefforts.Pediatric DentistryAdult DentistryOrthodonticsPediatric DentistryMichael Hansen,DDSRyan Schwendiman,DMD, MBAMichael Crosby,DDS, MSTroy Davidson,DDS(770) 622-1515• JOHNS CREEK •4330 Johns Creek Pkwy Ste. 100 • SuwaneeOur highly skilled team has created an imaginativeatmosphere where we consistentlyprovide comprehensive, compassionate careto everyone as if they were our family.Parents: It’s back to schooland a great time to schedule your appointment!Ask About theSpecial Offers for New Patients!— We Accept Most Dental Plans —www.johnscreekdentaltown.com(770) 887-8807• THE COLLECTION AT FORSYTH •410 Peachtree Parkway Bld. 400 Ste 4250 • Cumming9 CountyLine | September 2013

NORTHVIEW HOSA SCORES AT THE NATIONAL CONVENTIONTiffany Yue, Connie Huang, Tony Gong and Maggie XiaThis year’s HOSA (Health Occupations Students ofAmerica) national Conference was held during thelast week of June at Gaylord Opryland in nashville, Tennessee.HOSA is a national club for future health professionalsin which members compete in objective tests onthe regional, state and national level. There were 5,257HOSA members from across the county, who gathered tocompete in 52 different events. northview High Schoolsent 11 of their members to the national Conference.northview members achieved four wins out of the 37total winners from Georgia HOSA chapters. Tony Gongplaced 1 st in Medical Law and Ethics, Maggie Xia placed6 th in Dental Terminology, Tiffany yue placed 7 th in Epidemiology,and Connie Huang placed 9 th in nutrition. Lastyear, was the chapter’s first year, and they only had 37members with 17 state competitors and one nationalfinalist. This year’s results are a dramatic improvementover last year. The chapter grew to 78 members, with41 competing in state and four national finalists. Duringthe next school year, northview HOSA looks forwardto raising the bar, bringing healthcare education to itsmembers and volunteering in the community.10CountyLine | September 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net

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school, Duane decided to join the military, instead of going to college. Two of hisolder brothers had joined the Army, and Duane did the same, signing on with the82 nd Airborne Division that specializes in parachute operations.Duane went through basic training at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and was then stationedfor the remainder of his first year at the Army base in Vicenza, Italy. His abilityto work as part of a team to achievea common goal was growing. “The valueand importance of working as a memberof a team to reach a common goal reallytook shape in my life when I wasin the military,” said Duane. “When youwork on a team, you’re responsible toyour leader, for your peers and for thoseunder your leadership. Working togetherand succeeding at reaching your goal isthe incredible accomplishment of teamwork.”At the end of his first year, Duanereturned to Ft. Bragg where he was stationedfor the remainder of his four yearcareer in the Army. His main responsibilitywas training, and he traveled extensivelyto train others in the 82 nd AirborneDivision at other bases, mostly in Southand Central America. While at Ft. Bragg,a friend of Duane’s introduced him toCindy, who was visiting the base with hisfriend’s girlfriend. “When I first looked at Cindy, I knew that she was the woman thatI wanted to marry,” said Duane. Though he was sure about his future with Cindy,Duane had to convince her that they would make a great team, which he was ableto do, and they married about a year after they met. The next year, their son, Benjamin,was born. Duane was finishing up his commitment to the Army and, as much ashe enjoyed his training responsibilities and the opportunity to travel, he wanted tobe home with Cindy and Benjamin. With a family to support, he was looking for jobsecurity and a position in which he could expand on the experience he had gainedwhile in the military. He made the decision to go into law enforcement and joinedthe Banks County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy, working the night shift. The Piperfamily grew with the birth of their second son, Kenneth. Duane’s career path in lawenforcement was gravitating toward tactical specialties. He decided to join the policedepartment of Glynn County, which would give him the opportunity to become moreinvolved as a team member in investigations and internal affairs. After five years,Duane and Cindy decided that it was time to move to north Georgia to be closer toCindy’s family and Duane’s parents, who had moved from Florida to Helen.“The value and importance of working asa member of a team to reach a commongoal really took shape in my life when Iwas in the military,” said Duane. “Whenyou work on a team, you’re responsible toyour leader, for your peers and for thoseunder your leadership. Working togetherand succeeding at reaching your goal is theincredible accomplishment of teamwork.”“We chose to move to Forsyth County to be close to family and because of the excellentschool system,” said Duane. He spent a year with the Roswell Police Departmentand gained experience in their narcotics division. In 1995, with nearly 10 years ofexperience in law enforcement, Duane went to work for the Forsyth County Sheriff’sOffice. He became a founding member of S.W.A.T. and a team leader, he workedpatrol, investigations and internal affairs. After a few years, Duane was promotedto Sergeant, and in another few years, he was promoted to Lieutenant. In 2012, itwas an upcoming election year, and Duane wasn’t satisfied with the current focusof the Sheriff’s Office. He started to consider running for Sheriff of Forsyth County.18CountyLine | September 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net

“I felt that the department was functioning more like a large government agency,rather than focusing on serving the people. I wanted to see more focus on servingthe citizens and making Forsyth County a place to live where the people would feelsafe and be able to enjoy their life to the fullest.” Running for public office was acompletely new experience for Duane, and he and Cindy spent a lot of time discussinghis possible next step.During this time, Benjamin, who had joined the Marines and served in Iraq andAfghanistan, was on his third tour in the Middle East. He was able to get a callthrough to Duane and Cindy about once a month. When Duane spoke with Benjaminabout considering running for Sheriff, Benjamin reminded Duane that he had alwaystaught him to recognize the difference between right and wrong. “If you think thereare things that are wrong and that you could make them right, you should run,” Benjamintold Duane. This discussion helped Duane make the decision to run for Sheriff.“I had never run for a political office before. Cindy and I made the final decision thatI would leave my job and run for Forsyth County Sheriff. It was a complete leap offaith.” Duane retired in October 2011 and spent the next year—all day, every day—working with his campaign team. “I liked small group meetings best,” said Duane.“It gave me the opportunity to shake hands, look Forsyth County citizens in the eye,answer their questions, listen to their concerns, get to know them, and have themget to know me.” The primary election was held in July 2012, and Duane and anothercandidate went on to a run-off electionin August, which Duane won. Therewas a write-in candidate on the ballotwith him for the election in November,but Duane won by a large margin. Hewas sworn in December 2012 and tookover the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Officein January of this year.When he’s not at work, Duane still enjoysplaying sports. He has teamed up withhis Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Goose, toparticipate in water agility competitions.Benjamin, his wife and their two daughterslive close by, and Duane and Cindylove spending time with them and Kenneth,who recently finished his time inthe Army and is attending North GeorgiaTech. Duane and Cindy like to travel andspend most of their vacations either atthe beach or in the mountains.“Law enforcement requires an individual tobe able to remain calm and rational whilemanaging a stressful situation and to beable to work as the member of a team.Whether it is with one other deputy or officer,with S.W.A.T. or any other larger teamthat is working together toward the commongoal of keeping the community safe,success and reaching a common goal isattained through team work,” said Duane.“Law enforcement requires an individualto be able to remain calm and rationalwhile managing a stressful situation and to be able to work as the member of ateam. Whether it is with one other deputy or officer, with S.W.A.T. or any otherlarger team that is working together toward the common goal of keeping the communitysafe, success and reaching a common goal is attained through team work,”said Duane. “The experience that I had working on a team began with my family andgrew when I played sports, in the military, and in law enforcement. Working as themember of a team, has enabled me to work at my best in all areas and at all levelsof law enforcement.”19 CountyLine | September 2013

A Resource for Local BusinessesKeyWorth Bank, headquartered in Johns Creek,Georgia, is in its sixth year of business. Duringthe past 5½ years, KeyWorth has been viewedas a “resource” for area small and mid-size businesses.“We believe our bank provides an important role in thelife of a business,” said Jim Pope, President, and CEOof KeyWorth Bank.In addition to traditional loans, KeyWorth provides bothSBA 504 and 7(a) loan programs. These programs canbe excellent solutions for businesses since they oftenrequire less equity investment from the company ownerand provide SBA funding or guarantees. Leasing canbe another alternative to traditional financing, especiallyfor equipment acquisitions.Neil Stevens, EVP/COO, who oversees the bank’s retailand commercial banking groups, stated: “We assembleda team of experienced bankers that serve in acounseling role for startup businesses as well as establishedgrowing companies.”Businesses often come to KeyWorth seeking financialguidance when starting out or expanding. The bank willroutinely ask the question, “Do you have a businessplan?” “Have you prepared revenues and expense forecasts?”These are critical to a business success. Withouta financial road map, how does a business know ifthey can get where they want to go?KeyWorth Bank bankers will help a business reviewtheir plan. If financing is needed, they will help structurethe appropriate loan package. Term loans andlines of credit are often used. Merchant credit card accountsare common for today’s businesses.KeyWorth Bank also works with its business clients todetermine the appropriate deposit accounts they needto support their business. Depending on the number ofchecks written and deposit transactions each month,KeyWorth can offer a variety of business checking accountsvarying from Free Business Checking to a FullAnalysis Account. Other Cash Management servicessuch as “Sweep Accounts” are frequently used to investexcess cash and earn interest.Neil Stevens says, “We encourage our business clientsto take advantage of technology. Remote Deposit Captureor RDC allows a business to make deposits rightfrom their office and avoid having to make a trip to thebank.” KeyWorth places RDC scanning devices in businessesto enable them to scan their deposits and transmitthe images right to their bank account. The conveniencefactor is huge and it allows KeyWorth Bank theability to fully bank customers that are not located nearone of their financial centers.Neil Stevens and Jim PopeAs a community bank, KeyWorth makes decisions locally.We live and work here and have a sound knowledgeof the market. Companies like to know the personthey are dealing with at the bank plays a key role indetermining if a loan can be approved. At KeyWorth welisten to our clients and their unique situations.KeyWorth Bank has grown to $350 million in assetswith four locations – Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Duluth,and Marietta. We are rated “5 Stars” by Bauer Financialand we are well capitalized. With money to lend, a varietyof deposit and loan products and an experiencedbanking team, we believe businesses will find the experienceof banking at KeyWorth, worth it.M E M B E R20CountyLine | September 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net

Not JustA Biology Teacherby Ali GodwinPublisher’s Note:Ali Godwin is a senior at The Wesleyan School.What does an alpaca, a horse healed bythe newest medicine, a “bulldog” namedMack, and a group of freshmen at WesleyanSchool all have in common? All of their lives havebeen impacted by Dr. Skipper Gholston. He workedas a veterinarian for 25 years and has been a freshmanBiology teacher at Wesleyan School for thepast 13 years, where he is known as “Dr. G.”Dr. Skipper Gholston was born in Pensacola, Floridaand raised in a small agricultural community of 200people in Lower Alabama. As an eight-year-old, Dr.Gholston knew that he was destined to become aveterinarian. After trying to save and having fourbaby claves die on his lap, Dr. G knew that God wascalling him to work with animals. He graduated fromAuburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in1975 and opened Peachtree Corners Animal Clinicin Norcross. As a vet, he worked with many youngpeople: either children bringing their sick pets tohim, or young aspiring veterinarians wanting toshadow him. After several offers, Doctor Gholstondecided to sell his practice in 2000 and become ateacher. He went back to school and became certifiedto teach high school Biology.Teachers have the wonderful opportunity to sharetheir passions with the students they teach. Dr. Ghas a passion for sharing his love for animals and lifewith Wesleyan students. He has taught both Anatomyand Biology, but he prefers teaching Biology becausehe likes teaching freshmen. “I love 9 th gradersbecause of their enthusiasm, love of life, and desireto have fun and learn.” Any student who has had theopportunity to be in his class would agree that hetruly cares about his students and wants to make animpact on their lives through sharing his knowledgeof and appreciation for Biology. Dr. G is so passionateabout Biology and his students because he seestheir potential and knows that he has the chance toteach them important information that they can usein the future to help make the world a better place.22CountyLine | September 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net

In addition to teaching freshman Biology atWesleyan, Dr. G raises alpacas on his farm inDahlonega, where he has lived for the past 10years. Currently, he has 15 alpacas that he israising, competing in shows and selling. Dr. Gsays that alpacas are much easier to raise andtake care of than the standard farm animalssuch as cattle and horses. However, alpacasaren’t the only animals that can be found onDr. G’s farm. Four dogs, a cat, twelve chickens,two cows and three horses also reside on theGholston farm. Dr. G is especially fond of oneof his dogs, his “bulldog” Mack, who has the appearanceof a boxer, but Dr. G is certain that heis a bulldog. Many of his students try to arguewith him about the breed of his dog, but Dr. G isdetermined that Mack is a bulldog. Dr. G savedMack from being euthanized. Dr. G exclaims, “Ihave saved Mack’s life two or three times, buthe has saved my life in so many more ways thanthat.” Mack has saved Dr. G multiple times fromwild animals like black bears on hunting trips.Dr. G describes his favorite dog as “fearless.”Even as a retired veterinarian, Dr. G is stillperforming surgery. One of the horses on Dr.G’s farm has been his latest project. A horseowner from Louisiana brought Dr. G a pony thatwas the victim of an automobile accident. Thehorse came to Dr. G in terrible condition; onethat most vets would agree was horrific enoughfor the animal to be euthanized. However, Dr.G thought otherwise. After reading up on stemcell repair, Dr. G decided to test it on the pony.He implanted various stem cell materials thathe believed would be absorbed into the horse’sbone marrow and repair the muscle tissue andskin tissue that were damaged in the accident.Dr. G had been treating the pony for six weeks,when about ninety eight percent of the injurieswere healed. Dr. G and his wife of 38 years,Kathy, just welcomed a granddaughter to theirfamily in August, and he plans to teach her toride this pony that he has saved.Dr. G’s love for science and animals is whatdrives him to do research and learn more abouthow to help make the world a better place byshowing kids that learning what they may notthink they find interesting may help them makesomething better in the future.23 CountyLine | September 2013

Meet the Johns Creek Civitansby Cindy LombardoDoug said,“It is my goalto encouragemembers to beinvolved andhave a personalconnection. Weteach aboutthe history andfocus of theClub and getnew membersinvolved ona committeeright away.”The Johns Creek Civitan Club (JCCC) formed last year with a dynamic membershipand has already proven to be a powerhouse in serving the community.Club President Doug Smith said, “I am proud of the talented membershiprepresented by the Chamber of Commerce, Johns Creek Business Association, CityCouncil and staff, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, and other organizations that impactJohns Creek.” The Civitan goal is to make Johns Creek a better place by helpingthose in need, with an emphasis on serving people with developmental disabilities.What sets Civitans apart from other service organizations is the commitment tomembers. Leadership training is fundamental. Doug said, “It is my goal to encouragemembers to be involved and have a personal connection. We teach about thehistory and focus of the Club and get new members involved on a committee rightaway.” Civitans work together to reach their goals through a variety of committees,including: hospitality, awards, membership, service ideas, and fundraising.The newly formed JCCC is supported by a strong foundation. Civitan Internationalwas founded in 1917 to help people within local communities. In the 1950s, theorganization shifted its focus to help persons with special needs. The University ofAlabama in Birmingham is the home of the Civitan International Research Center,benefiting persons with mental disabilities through service, education and research.The JCCC raises funds to help with the Center’s research.The JCCC formed through the leadership of Terry Crouch. Terry was the drivingforce behind the Johns Creek charter. He became involved as a Junior Civitan inhigh school, then joined the Buckhead Civitan Club as a young professional and hasremained active in the Civitan organization for the past 33 years. He has servedon the International Board and as Georgia District Governor. Currently, Terry is adistrict club builder and serves on the Board of Directors for the JCCC. He plantedthe seed for the growth of a Civitan Club in his hometown of Johns Creek at a townhall meeting and followed through until the Club was officially chartered on May 31,2012. The 52 member Club is the second largest Civitan Club in Georgia. Terry said,“The Club’s energy comes from members with a passion to serve the Johns Creekcommunity. Membership includes enthusiastic professionals as well as retirees. Ourgoal is to have each member take on a role.”Grant Hickey, who serves on the Board of Directors, made it his goal to involve threeJohns Creek area high schools: Northview, Johns Creek, and Chattahoochee. OnDecember 11, 2012, each of the three schools’ Junior Civitan Clubs was chartered,24CountyLine | September 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net

welcoming 130 students as new members. Terrysaid, “Civitans work closely with the junior organizationsto provide leadership and direction.”Within a year of forming in Johns Creek, Civitanshave carried out their motto of joining togetherto make a difference. In February, they partneredwith Duluth Civitans to honor over 50 localclergy for an appreciation breakfast. The firstweekend in May, the Club launched the 1 st AnnualJohns Creek Civitan Picnic for special needskids and their families at newtown Park. Thenon May 7th, JCCC honored Johns Creek specialneeds teachers at an awards breakfast at TheStandard Club. The Club also provides annualsponsorship and supplies for campers to attendCamp Big Heart, a retreat at Fort yargo StatePark for individuals with special needs. In June,the JCCC recognized Foster Michaelis, a MedlockBridge Elementary School fifth-grader diagnosedwith Asperger’s syndrome, who won the 2013national History Bee Elementary School Championship.Mayor Bodker, a Johns Creek Civitanmember, presented Foster with a “Dare to Soar”award. Other projects included a golf benefit,working with Johns Creek Police at the SpecialOlympics, collecting toys for Toys for Tots, writingholiday cards for military members, andleading food drives for north Fulton CommunityCharities.MUCCIOLID E N T A LGENERAL AND SPECIALTY DENTISTRYDr. Lydia MuccioliGeneral DentistDr. Lydia Muccioli providescomprehensive dentalservices for the entire familyincluding children.Dr. Randy MuccioliProsthodontistDr. Randy Muccioli isa dental specialist whofocuses on the restorationand replacement of teeth,cosmetic and implantdentistry.“We accomplished a lot for a first year club andhave had fun,” Doug said. “The driving purposeof the club is knowledge, service, and fellowship.We provide educational opportunities for membersto grow within the organization. Leadership,training and networking help members becomea part of service projects that make a differencein the community. We have a goal for a signatureevent, a Johns Creek Civitan Spring Festival, toinclude a barbeque cook-off, a 5k run, arts andcraft vendors, and a virtual duck race.”President-elect Michelle Hanchey will lead theJohns Creek Civitan Club into a new year beginningOctober 1. Civitans welcome guests andpotential members to join them on the 1 st and 3 rdTuesday of each month for breakfast from 7:30to 8:30am at The Standard Club.For further information, please visit the websiteat: www.johnscreekcivitan.org.CLEANINGS AND EXAMSFULL MOUTH REHABILITATIONCOSMETIC DENTISTRYFILLINGS • CROWNS • VENEERSBRIDGES • ROOT CANALSIMPLANTSTo schedule an appointment, call:678-389-99556300 Hospital Parkway, Suite 275 • Johns CreekConveniently located across from Emory Johns Creek Hospitalwww.MDentalSmiles.com25 CountyLine | September 2013

Everyone wishes to live a happy, healthy life. If you were to look at your health as a chain, youwould see a connected series of links. your brain, heart, lungs, eyes, and other organs are linkswhich must all work together to keep the body functioning. Each link plays a vital role in thestrength and performance of the chain and your overall good health. But, what happens if one of thelinks, such as the ability to hear, fails to work properly? Dr. Deborah Woodward is a Doctor of Audiologyand is committed to be “your link to better hearing”.Correcting a hearing impairment requires detailed knowledge of how ears respond to sound and familiaritywith the latest technologies and hearing devices. Patients appreciate the “personal touch” Dr. Woodwardgives. “It is important to establish a patient relationship based on professionalismDeborah Woodward, Doctor of Audiology and trust while focusing on their individual needs and lifestyle,” states Woodward.“Forget about what you know about hearing devices up to now. you’ll be amazed athow smart, how helpful, and how transforming better hearing can now be.”The value of a strong hearing link is immeasurable. With Dr. Woodward’s expertisein providing solutions to hearing loss, patients regain their confidence in businessand social situations and are not embarrassed by inappropriate responses in conversations.In many cases, family harmony is restored, and a patient’s self-esteem isregained with their ability to hear and understand speech.For the past twenty years, Dr. Deborah Woodward has been serving the hearinghealthcare needs of the residents in Johns Creek and surrounding areas and is now inprivate practice at the Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center.Office Manager Ann Marie DusekAudiology services at Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center include hearingevaluations for both adults and children; testing for middle ear function; fitting of thelatest hearing aid technology with a 45-day trial period for all hearing aids dispensed;hearing aid service and supplies; custom ear molds for swimming, noise protectionfor hunters and musicians; and Cochlear implant and BAHA evaluations with mappingand programming.Woodward believes in giving back to the local community. As a breast cancer survivor,Dr. Woodward is active in raising funds for the benefit of the Susan B. Komencharity. Dr. Woodward performs hearing screenings at health fairs, churches, andfor several corporations. Elementary school children learn from Dr. Woodward howthe ear works at Career Day events and staff members of assisted living facilitiesare educated on the use and care of hearing aids for their residents. The next OpenHouse and Seminar events are September 24 th and 26 th . Space is limited, and it is highly recommendedto secure a slot by contacting the office at 770-814-1260.At Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, you can expect a warm welcome and a caring Doctor ofAudiology, who is sincerely interested in helping to keep your link to better hearing strong and healthy!**************************To schedule an appointment or to register for a seminar, call: 770-814-1260.You may also visit the website at: www.JohnsCreekAudiology.com.30CountyLine | September 2013 | www.CountyLineMagazine.net

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