Thursday, November 27, 2008

Atlanta's Esteemed Medical Professionals Embark on Extreme Makeover Challenge

24-7 -- Based on the successful television special documenting people who undergo makeovers, some local Atlanta-area doctors are embarking on their very own version of the show, "Atlanta's Ultimate Makeover". The private kick-off celebration with sponsors, friends, celebrities and supporters, is at 7 pm, Thursday, December 4th, at the Tracy Nicole Boutique in Vinings. RSVP is required.

Dr. Shai Hall, cosmetic dentist at The Dental Spa, is the creator of this philanthropic effort. She was initially visited by the patient who is now the first winner of what is expected to be a continuing initiative. Dr. Hall explains, "I was visited by a patient, Carolyn, who had a very tear-jerking story of why she needed to have new teeth. She had lost a son to violence, had been in two abusive marriages and really wanted a nice smile because one of her sons was getting married, she was in desperate need of a new smile but she didn't have the resources to pay for her medical needs."

Dr. Hall has desired to share her talents with others less fortunate, but since opening her spa-like dental practice in 2006, she's had little time to assist local philanthropic causes. She shares, "It was like a light bulb went off in my head. I then realized I could create my own philanthropic cause that would directly resonate with my fellow peers and I called them up and they all said, 'Yes!' Thus our project began."

Given the new popularity of ABC's "The Doctors", these Atlanta-area doctors are on time with the launch of this project. The goal of "Atlanta's Ultimate Makeover" is to give back to the community in a tangible way by selecting two individuals per year - a man or woman in need of a life-changing medical makeover. The doctors' efforts will surely improve the self esteem and add to the overall quality of life of these very special patients.

The team of doctors involved are:
Shai T. Hall, DDS - The Dental Spa, Cosmetic and Preventive Dentistry
Vikisha Fripp, MD, FACS, FICS - Premier Plastic Surgery
Kenneth Collins, DDS - Oral Surgeon, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Marya Barnes,D.M.D - Buckhead Periodontics

Invited celebrity guests include "Chili" of TLC, Allen Payne, reality stars of Real Housewives of Atlanta, comedian, AJ Jamal, actors, Michael & Deena Beasley, news anchor, Karyn Greer, Kannick Sky of American Idol, celebrity make-up artist, Toni Acey, retired WNBA star, Rushia Brown, songstress Melissa McCloud and radio personality, Frank Ski.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this wonderful cause! If interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Tamika Morrison at 678-402-8184 or via email at and reference "Sponsorship: Atlanta's Ultimate Makeover".

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