Dr. Winston Carhee is founder and director of Pain 2 Wellness Center LLC in Atlanta. He completed his pre-medical training at Morehouse College, received his doctorate of chiropractic degree from Life University and holds post-graduate certifications from The Injury Specialists. He is active in the community, including in the Georgia Chiropractic Association and 100 Black Men of Atlanta.
What makes you the best in your field in Atlanta?
As a native of the metro Atlanta area, I grew up in the community I currently treat. I genuinely care about and relate to my patients’ well-being. Studies have proven that outcomes are different when you are treated by [a] provider who can relate to you.
Give us your tweet-length description of the city of Atlanta?
Thriving mecca of opportunity and success where technology meets hospitality.
Atlanta is often referred to as a Black mecca. What about Atlanta makes it a Black mecca?
The rich history of civil rights leaders [who] have helped to change this nation and the world. Dr. Martin Luther King [Jr.], Maynard Jackson, Joseph Lowery. [Former U.N.] Ambassador Andrew Young [and] [U.S.] Reps. John Lewis and David Scott are still leading the way today.
How has the city evolved since the 1996 Olympics?
Phenomenal growth and awareness. Again, thanks to those leaders like Ambassador Andrew Young, the 1996 Olympic Games showed the world the warm climate, beautiful landscape [and] hospitable people that make Atlanta the destination city it is today. Not to mention Hartsfield-Jackson [Atlanta International Airport] is now the busiest airport in the world.
How does Atlanta support and encourage Black entrepreneurs?
Every potential Black entrepreneur should be encouraged by the sheer number of successful businessmen and businesswomen in the metro Atlanta area. You will not find this many successful Black people in one area anywhere else in the United States, [in] my opinion.
How do you expect the city of Atlanta to respond to the added attention of hosting the 2019 Super Bowl?
More exposure equals more success for the metro Atlanta area and for the whole state of Georgia for that matter. Nothing but good will come from the 2019 Super Bowl.
If someone is visiting Atlanta for the first time, what would you encourage them to experience?
The world’s “busiest airport,” Centennial [Olympic] Park, the civil rights museum, the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN, State Farm Arena. Go see Ebenezer Baptist Church and the home of Martin Luther King [Jr.] If they can travel, go to Stone Mountain.
What cultural assets in Atlanta contribute to its reputation around the world as a Black mecca?
One must give [Morehouse College] the respect it deserves for producing great leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King [Jr.] and Maynard Jackson, who helped shape the city of Atlanta.
[Secondly], the Black-owned businesses and executives who contribute to the economic diversity of the city, the cultural diversity [and] the social scene.
Finally, the culture of kindness and tolerance.