Meet The Team

Karen Bythewood

My passion has always been helping others realize their dreams of home ownership. I have been active in the North Atlanta real estate market for over 30 years and my top priority is providing you with excellent customer service. You can count on me to listen and respond quickly to your needs, communicate openly and honestly, and always have your best interest at heart. My years of experience, in-depth market and community knowledge, and strong negotiating skills will allow you to feel confident that I will consistently deliver the positive results you want and deserve.

Salli Modig

I have been blessed with so many things in my life.  One of which is working alongside one of the strongest, most strategic, sincere, and steadfast realty teams in the North Atlanta real estate market.  With a combined 50+ years of industry expertise, proven sales and creative marketing strategies, our team is here to guide you through every step of the real estate process.  Whether a buyer, a seller, an investor, or someone just wanting to know more about what our stunning North Georgia community can offer you – we are here to help you in every aspect of your journey.

I treat every client “as family” and as such, I will whole heartedly commit to being there for you to listen to your goals, provide you with extensive support and knowledge, and to earn your trust through my unwavering desire to provide truly exceptional communication, integrity, and honesty.  I am passionate about what I do and for serving others in any way possible.


John Bythewood

Being a native Georgian and being very active in many communities, I can say I know Atlanta like the back of my hand. Not only do I have extensive knowledge of the market, I have more than 25 years experience in finance including corporate finance, financial advisement, and mortgage services. This experience gives me the advantage of knowing what to expect in the financial process of buying or selling your home. I’ll always do my best to focus on you having an amazing experience so you can focus on living life. Leave the details to me and I will make your experience extraordinary.

Shawna Sarver

I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with you in securing your oasis in our beautiful North Georgia Mountain community and extending to the Atlanta market if you desire. I will utilize my negotiation and people skills as we work together to find your perfect home or sell your existing home. You will receive my caring service and utmost effort as I endeavor to earn your confidence. I am dedicated to providing you with prompt and professional service to ensure your satisfaction, in these most important home matters.

Gil Lewis

I have always said, “If I can be half the man my father was, I will die a happy man”.

I started my career in Real Estate over 2 decades ago. Originally, as a private investor buying and selling properties.  Along the way, I was able to obtain my Real Estate License and eventually started my own company.  I am currently the Broker of four small real estate companies between GA and FL, working towards another one in TX, and currently sit as a board member for a financial lending company out of California. As a Broker, I try to provide motivation, guidance, training, and support to my agents as we work together to meet the needs of our clients. As a seasoned real estate professional, I recognize the trust my clients place in me and my name. I strive every day to exceed their expectations. My goal is to provide quality service, extensive knowledge of the real estate market, and build positive relationships with my clients. I expect no less from my agents.  Let us help you as you navigate through the tedious process of buying , building, or selling your home.

We’re Available

We are here to answer any questions and guide you effortlessly through the home buying or selling process.

The Birch River Experience

You will love working with Birch River Real Estate. Our team will work with you each step of the way.

Give us a call to schedule a property evaluation!

Contact Karen Bythewood


Director of Sales

Contact Gil Lewis


Birch River, LLC

14 Cub Trace Dahlonega, GA 30533