Illuminations Grand Opening At Wellstar Kennestone Hospital To Help Women Recover With Confidence

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Opportunity For Women In Need To Receive No Obligation Wigs ~ January 15 & 16, 2013

Illuminations by Borrelli’s Salon will soon open a special new Illuminations Medical Hair Loss Salon at the Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. Owner, Kelli Christie with 23 years’ experience as a hairstylist has been working with local area clients dealing with medical hair loss for over six years. She works closely with Recover with Confidence, an organization dedicated to fostering a community for people dealing with medical hair loss while meeting all their unique needs. Coping with medical hair loss is extremely difficult. It can arise as part of a disease such as alopecia or as a result of cancer treatment. Everyone dealing with medical hair loss has something in common. They have the desire to look and feel normal again.

Recover With Confidence ~ January Grand Opening Event: Kelli Christie and the Illuminations Medical Hair Loss Salon team will hold a two day grand opening on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 15 and 16, 2013. Complimentary private consultations will be shared by appointment with everyone interested in helping anyone experiencing medical hair loss. Four professional GemTress Wigs will be given away courtesy of Recover With Confidence. While Wellstar Kennestone Hospital nurse navigators will submit potential recipients for consideration, all local women are invited to submit their stories by mail or email to Kelli Christie at BorrellisSalon(at)Yahoo(dot)com,

Rhonda McCarthy, the National Director of the Recover With Confidence Program based in Fort Lauderdale, will also personally be on hand to help offer consultations to women in need as well as to all visiting nurses, oncologists and anyone interested. Everyone is invited to visit during this two day Open House event for complimentary Recover with Confidence brochures, refreshments and to register for valuable free head cover wraps, hair care products and appliances.

Helping Women In Need: The goal of this new Illuminations Medical Hair Loss Salon and grand opening event is to help local residents become aware of the many services offered today for women in need. Christie wants everyone to see how natural looking professional wigs are today as well as how a high quality customize medical wig will make all the difference to how each person will look and feel. Illuminations Medical Hair Loss Salons work with most major insurance carriers and will assist their patients with this by filing for them. Doctors and nurses want to know that their patients will really be taken care of throughout the hair replacement process and not taken advantage of. For Kelli Christie and her Illuminations staff, compassion and empathy remain their priority focus.

Kelli Christie is opening the Illuminations Medical Hair Loss Salon as her second Atlanta area location inside of the Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for one other very important reason; convenience. Christie shares, “Most of the time, patients are getting a ride to their appointment. Having this medical hair loss salon within the hospital facility saves them an extra trip. A typical patient coping with medical hair loss has plenty of other challenges to deal with besides getting custom fitted for a wig. With endless doctor’s checkups, blood work, lab tests, MRI’s and an array of every day concerns; hair should be the last thing on their mind. But, it usually isn’t. Their outward appearance can be greatly tied to their morale, self-confidence and perseverance. When people look better, they feel better, even if they are still going through treatment.”

Illuminations also offers their clients something more with Kathy’s Closet. Kathy’s Closet was started to offer wigs for women without insurance or financial resources. This is just another way Illuminations goes above and beyond to help their clients.

Kelli Christie ~ Medical Hair Loss Expert: Christie is familiar with the many trials and tribulations of hospitals. Her inspiration comes from her parents. As a young girl, she spent endless hours in hospitals as both her parents suffered from heart disease. As a child, Christie talked about becoming a nurse, so she could help people. Her father passed away when she was only ten. This event only strengthened her resolve. After high school, she decided to become a licensed cosmetologist instead of a nurse, due to financial challenges. This change in career direction has not stopped her from her lifelong desire to help medical patients.

Kelli Christie was first introduced to medical hair loss when she met Sandy Carpenter, a member of the Recover With Confidence team, over six years ago. At the time, three of Christie’s regular clients were diagnosed with cancer and she knew just how she could help them. She immediately contacted Carpenter to quickly become trained as a specialist in medical hair replacement. Christie continues to go through intensive education to keep up with the latest concepts involved in medical hair loss to best benefit her clients.

Christie’s goal remains to help clients through the process of getting back to normalcy. In addition to providing customized wigs and hair replacement systems, Christie and her Illuminations staff help their clients with hats, scarves, eyebrows, skincare and makeup as well as how to manage their insurance while lending much needed moral support. She shares, “When patients come in for their initial consultation, they usually are very nervous. They are dealing with the realization that they have lost or will soon lose their hair. Once they come back for the second and third visit, they are much more comfortable. Over time, an important standard of trust is built.” Illuminations helps to professionally take care of each client’s hair replacement pieces. This includes cleaning, restyling and maintaining their wigs to keep them looking great. According to Christie, “Illuminations bar is set high. We aim to make each customized wig look as close to the patient’s natural hair as possible.”

Illuminations Expertise: Illuminations by Borrelli’s Salon was initially started because Christie wanted her clients to feel good about themselves while going through such a challenging time. One of her clients commented, “I was upset to hear I would lose my hair after the first treatment. Kelli was a miracle. She immediately set to work styling a wig that looked so much like my own hair, even my mother was fooled.” It is clearly evident that Kelli Christie’s work has meant so much, for so many people. The dedication and hard work that Kelli and her Illuminations team put in every day is what makes Illuminations by Borrelli’s Salon so extra special. The new Illuminations Medical Hair Loss Salon at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital location will provide clients with an even greater level of convenience. This location will allow the Illuminations team to help as many women as possible to deal with the profound self-esteem, self-confidence and image challenges as a result of medical hair loss.

For more information about Illuminations by Borrelli’s Salon and the new Illuminations Medical Hair Loss Salon, call 770-827-2100 or visit their two locations. The first Illuminations Salon is located at 131 South Main Street, Suite D, Alpharetta, GA 30009. Illuminations Medical Hair Loss Salon at the Wellstar Kennestone Hospital is located at 677 Church Street, Marietta, GA 30060 To learn more about Recover with Confidence, visit:

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