Elise Hettenbach, DNP-C, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Elise Hettenbach Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner Peachtree City
Elise Hettenbach Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner Peachtree City

Elise is a Georgia native, born and raised just outside of Atlanta. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from University of South Carolina and her Doctor of Nursing Practice with focus in Family Practice from Augusta University. 

Elise has been providing care to patients for 10 years. Starting her nursing career as a Cardiology Nurse she saw the effects that chronic diseases can have on the body over time. As a Nurse practitioner she worked in Interventional Radiology and evaluated patients often who were at their sickest, for minimally invasive procedures. 

Her journey to working in Functional Medicine and at STAT is two fold. After working in nursing both in cardiology and Interventional Radiology seeing some of the sickest patients she had a desire to work more on the front end of disease, work to identify root causes, and hopefully keep people out of the hospital. The second part of her journey to STAT is that she started as a patient! Through her own journey as a patient she learned more about how her body works and how it was unique to her. Once she learned more about how her body metabolized nutrients and reacted to stress she could not unsee it, and wanted to help others learn these things about themselves. 

Elise is passionate about empowering patents to be in control of their own health, and to learn about themselves.  She strives to get patients feeling their best. When she is not working she can be found planning her next vacation, reading, or spending time with friends and family! 



How do you stay healthy with a busy schedule?

Bedtime Routine: I keep my bedtime routine the same! When life is crazy it helps to have a routine to wind down. I set my phone to silence notifications after a certain time. I enjoy a therapeutic skin care routine/shower. And then read or watch a short show prior to bed. I find having the same routine helps calm my mind to prepare for sleep and ensures I am ready for the next day. 

Meal Prepping: I try to meal prep as much as I can! I find if I have planned my meals out for the week, when I get busy I know I am fueling with good nutrients. I don’t mind eating the same thing a few days in a row so I tend to pick a meal or two to make a week, and then double the recipe to cover the days. Having a planned dinner out with friends during the week also helps to have something fun to look forward to. 

Movement: This one is probably the hardest to keep up with, but I do try to move daily. If I can, I try to write down my plan for workouts at the beginning of the week. On really busy days I may just take a quick walk around the block, or stretch. I try to identify 2-3 times a week I may have more time to incorporate a longer workout. This may be taking a class (love Hot Yoga!) Or doing a strength workout (love Madeline Moves workouts). Moving can easily fall to the bottom of the “to do” list but I find physically writing it into my schedule helps keep me on track. 

If you could eat one cuisine for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

I don’t know if it is considered cuisine, but I love breakfast food…breakfast for dinner is my favorite meal!

What’s your favorite healthy snack?

Trail mix, or some type of nut. Typically always have a small bag of trail mix with me. 

Can you share something about yourself with us we may not know?

I LOVE to travel! Visiting and learning about other parts of the country/world is what brings me joy. I pretty much always have a trip in the works! I have a goal to visit all 50 states…. and I’m halfway there! 

Do you have a favorite inspirational podcast or book?

I’m newer to listening to podcasts but have enjoyed listening to Ed Myeltt Show, and his book The Power of One More is in my “to be read” list! 

What’s your all time favorite song to work out to?

This is a hard one as I have a few favorites I rotate through but right now its Unstoppable by Sia – great beat but also motivational! 

Tell us how you first go interested in health and wellness.

I first became interested in health and wellness in high school. I took Anatomy and Physiology which really gave me a good introduction into the human body and how it works. I knew then I wanted to work in healthcare, and nursing was a good fit for me. 


What is your spirit animal and why?

My sister tells me I have the memory of an elephant – they never forget things! I tend to  remember the most random (and hopefully important) things! But elephants symbolize strength, wisdom, prosperity.