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Braselton medical plaza holds its first health fair
Event offers screenings, seminars, cosmetic tips
Jim Garnett is given a carotid ultrasound screening Saturday by Paul Braum during the health fair at Medical Plaza 1 in Braselton. - photo by Tom Reed

Lori Koser, 51, has trouble sleeping. But that's not her fault; it's her husband's.

Mark Koser, 54, often wakes up in the middle of the night. He snores and doesn't sleep well, and this affects his wife's quality of sleep as well.

"I have this person, she's my wife, and she's noticed through the last several years that I keep her up at night," Koser said.

"I'm always turning him over on his side - he's tired during the day," Lori Koser said.

The Kosers took advantage of the screening offered Saturday by the Sleep Disorders Center. It was one of a dozen free screening opportunities provided by volunteering practices at the Medical Plaza 1 Health Fair in Braselton, where the Kosers live.

Public relations manager Melissa Tymchuk said the fair was "a healthy way to get the year started off right."

The health fair was the plaza's first community event since its grand opening two years ago.

"We wanted to have some kind of event to attract people to the building, see all the different physicians and services," Tymchuk said.

Along with screenings and tours of the imaging center, the health fair featured several educational seminars, whose topics ranged from preventing heart disease and learning about diabetes to fixing "ugly feet."

Two seminars discussed cosmetic interventions. Dr. Alia Brown focused her presentation on the cosmetic services Gwinnett Dermatology provides. She displayed several before and after photos of patients who had nonsurgical procedures to eliminate red skin, brown spots and "crows feet," wrinkling of the skin around the eyes.

"Nothing dramatic," Brown said, showing a before and after photo of a woman whose wrinkles were lessened by Botox. "She still looks like herself."

Brown, who is the first woman physician with Gwinnett Dermatology, said that their practice focused on small cosmetic improvements.

"‘Subtle' and ‘natural' and ‘soft' are like the key words," she said.

Attending Brown's presentation, Cindy Rose, 51, was more interested in cancer than cosmetics. However she was curious about Latisse, a product that promises to lengthen eyelashes. Rose admitted that while she didn't favor using chemicals to improve one's appearance, a product like Latisse had its appeal.

"Who wouldn't be interested in that, if it didn't harm you?" she said.

Rose, her husband and two daughters live in Braselton and wanted to check out the nearby medical plaza.

"It's really nice to have all this within six minutes of the house," she said.

Rose appreciated the health fair's educational seminars and free screenings.

"It's an opportunity to ask the kind of questions you feel you can't ask your doctor," Rose said, adding that visits with the doctor often are rushed.

Back at the Sleep Disorders Center table, the Kosers found out that Mark might have sleep apnea, the most common of the 84 sleep diagnoses. The couple felt they had taken a step in the right direction by getting the screening while they were at the health fair.

"Sometimes it takes awhile to break the threshold to decide to go in (and get screened)," Mark said. "This made it easier to do that."

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