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Adrienne Polite is a wife to Nathan and a mom to Mia and Max (ages 8 and 5). She graduated from medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and completed a Family Practice Residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Adrienne became passionate about caring for the underserved during residency and has worked in that area since graduation. Currently, she serves as the Quality Director at Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb.
Brian P. Sanders, MD is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2013 and subsequently, Oregon Health and Science University Family Medicine Residency in 2017.
Brian offers many services in his office. For instance, Dr. Sanders is an expert in preventative care, chronic disease management, and office-based procedures for patients and families of all ages.
As a result of his medical training, Brian has incorporated many values into his practice of medicine. Above all, Dr. Sanders values continuity of care, transparency of pricing, evidence-based medicine, shared decision making, and lowering of medical costs.
Outside of work, Brian enjoys gardening, spending time with his sister and her family (why he moved back to the Southeast from the beautiful Pacific Northwest), and adventuring with his dog, Bruno. After moving throughout the US in his 20’s, the changing landscape and progressive development make him proud to set his roots in Atlanta.
Nate Bernard, Atlanta Area Director for CMDA, has been married to his wife for 26 years and they have 2 daughters in college. He holds a Masters in Health Administration and a Masters in Health Information Administration.
Nate worked in the corporate world of Atlanta for 12 yrs as an IT project manager for Fortune 100 companies before going to seminary to be a pastor. He now also holds a Master of Divinity.
About Your Host
Normanie Ricks is a decorated former officer of the United States Navy. She has an authentic compassion for cultivating long-term relationships based on trust and value. She has spent her career serving the healthcare sector as a Rehabilitation Clinic Manager and Occupational Therapy Clinician. Beyond those titles, she serves as an influential part of the community, dedicating her time as a mentor, volunteer, and patient advocate.
Identifying a need for more community health programs, Normanie obtained a certification in Non-Profit Management from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy, and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). To date, her most notable career accomplishments are leading and managing operations of the Wounded Warrior Program at the United States Naval Hospital in San Diego; creating and developing an Occupational Therapy Neonatal Intensive Care Program; serving as a key member in Navy Medicine’s first study on targeted muscle re-Innervation and nerve transfers for amputees; and participating in vision research for soldiers who have sustained traumatic brain injuries during conflicts.
Along with her endeavors, Normanie is an advocate for children with disabilities, both in the United States and abroad. Traveling globally, she has serviced youth communities in Japan, Nicaragua, Honduras, and Zambia. She was recognized by The American Red Cross for assistance in fundraising events that contributed to over $110,000 raised for humanitarian relief. As a global mentor, she continues to volunteer her time and knowledge to teaching Occupational Therapy to students attending various universities.
Currently, Normanie is the owner and operator of Achieve Occupational Therapy Solutions, Inc. where she provides rehabilitation to individuals who are affected with neurological deficits that alters their vision and limits their ability to perform well in school, work, and life in general. Continuing to serve her community in every aspect, she also serves on the board of the East Cobb Lions Club, which provides free vision screenings for the school systems in Georgia.
Normanie’s dedication to learning is no surprise, as she has always been a scholar. She was a member of the Beta Club, The High School National Honor’s Society, and graduated in the top 5 percent of her class. She accomplished all of this while also being a student-athlete. Talk about an amazing woman! As a well-recognized track athlete, Normanie was named Track Woman of the Year by the Atlanta Track Club, won two state championships and set several school and state records. She frequently medaled at the Junior Olympics. However, her successes did not stop there, in college, she was also inducted into the National Honor’s Society, was named the Coca Cola Dean’s Scholar, Who’s Who in Colleges and Universities, and Conference USA student-athlete of the month. In graduate school, she served on the executive board of the Student Government Association; was recognized for Excellence in her Evidence-Based Practice Thesis; and served as the Commencement Speaker for the Occupational Therapy Graduating Class of in 2012.
Normanie has always held a passion for education and healthcare. Her past accomplishments in academics and sports are what led her to fulfill her passion in serving her community in every way. As the host of “A Healthy Atlanta,” Normanie will continue to display her dedication by sharing knowledge, and finding innovative ways and connections to serve communities domestically and globally.