Lake Norman & Mooresville

Holistic practitioner: Eat healthy to feel healthy

Denise Genett teaches people how to advocate for themselves and their own health.
Denise Genett teaches people how to advocate for themselves and their own health. courtesy of Mike Genett:

“I strive to teach clients how they can choose the path of their health based on every choice they make... every day. I teach clients how to advocate for themselves and their own health,” board-certified holistic health practitioner Denise Genett wrote to me.

Genett works with children or adults, individuals or groups “to attain the best possible outcome of their goals ... to both educate and encourage a more balanced state of health.”

Genett said she has “always been intrigued by how the body works. How people get sick or maintain the health they have.” She started working in hospital labs when she was 18, went to college for pre-med, and worked in EMS.

“About 10 years ago, I helped start the Diabetes Free Clinic in Davidson. We were only up at the free clinic one night a week, not enough time to really help people, so I started working at two doctors’ offices, one a holistic doctor and one an allopathic doctor.”

Genett realized she had a lot to learn so she “spent about a year studying homeopathic medicine. I was able to use both my lab training and medical assisting. I went back and got board-certified. Because I want to be as current as possible, I’m still constantly studying, constantly reading, constantly putting pieces together. I still attend conferences and summits. It’s an ongoing education.”

As an example of how she helps, Genett said, “There is truly a connection between gut health and your brain; what goes on in your gut is reflected in your brain. You feel better when you eat mindfully. It’s not what you eat; it’s what you absorb. It’s what you absorb through your digestive tract. Chewing is the first step in the digestive process. If you don’t chew completely, your food might not be completely broken down to be at the level your body needs.

“Now, the biggest problem some people have is heartburn, so they take an antacid. But in actuality, people with heartburn may not have enough stomach acid and are not chewing their food thoroughly.

“The stomach is extremely smart and can do what it needs to. Assuming you’re healthy, the best thing you can do is to eat slower, chew slower, and take digestive enzymes.”

Genett’s goal is to teach people to “try to be an advocate for themselves. Most people don’t realize what good health looks like and feels like. I try to teach people they have some control, to give empowerment back to people, to own what they need to do for the life they want to have.”

Genett said, “When you give your body what it needs, it will act the way it’s supposed to. Having good days and bad days is not a sign of good health. I’m trying to help people understand those signs and how they can address these issues. I want to give people hope that they can do something to help themselves.”

Genett and her family live in the Magnolia Estates subdivision in Cornelius. “I’m 45,” she said. “I’m half way to 90 and plan on making it there and beyond.”

Lisa Daidone is a freelance writer:

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For info, contact Denise Genett at 704-281-2245 or She is also on