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Harvard-educated Physician Makes Way in Wellness World

By: Cathy Christensen
Posted: August 27, 2009, from the September 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.
Marguerite Barnett, MD, photo

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Taking care of others is something innate in Barnett, and she credits this quality to her parents, especially her father, who was a minister. “I have to help people. Maybe it’s a genetic thing,” she says.

In the future, Barnett hopes to help others learn from the lessons she’s experienced by teaching. And not surprisingly, some of her major lessons can be traced back to her military experience. “It is important to set your sights on a mission. In the military, you work with people from all walks of life, but you put aside any petty differences to achieve a mission,” she says, and also notes another important lesson: “I learned the strength that diversity can bring. There are many different ways of approaching a problem, and I have structured my spa to reflect both Eastern and Western rituals for the strength in these differences.”

Above all, Barnett wants to do her job with integrity and asks her staff members to do the same. She says,“I want to have integrity. I want to give them something of value. I want people to be coming to me 20 years from now.”

The whole body approach she employs, along with her aligned moral compass, promises her clients will do just that.