Why SHIFT?

At SHIFT, we believe in treating the root cause with a patient-centered approach.

We practiced conventional medicine for years. There is nothing more disheartening than seeing a patient continue to struggle, despite doing everything we were taught in traditional medical training. There can be a better approach.

The personal story behind the mission of SHIFT Functional Medicine:

Meet Our Practitioner Dr. Marie Agnew.

Marie spent years searching for answers to her own health struggles, only to be met with the same one-size-fits-all approach- pills to mask symptoms.

The answers she was given did not resonate with her, yet 20 years ago she didn’t have the tools to know what else to do. This propelled her onto a journey of exploration including years of study of Ayurveda, Meditation, Nutritional Therapy, becoming certified as a Yoga Instructor, and finally Functional Medicine. Using the knowledge she gathered, she was able to implement a combination of treatments to remedy her condition.

In 2007, she began her formal medical training at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon and became a critical care RN working primarily with cardiac patients. In 2010, she returned to OHSU where she obtained a Masters of Science degree and became certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In 2013, while practicing as a Nurse Practitioner in a busy rural Oregon practice, she completed her dissertation at OHSU on meditation and mindfulness for the treatment of chronic pain. That same year, she published her work in a medical journal, and obtained a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Shortly after, she served as a consultant in the development of a wellness practice  and helped launch a lifestyle program to teach clients, and their families, to uplevel their health.

When Marie is not in clinic she enjoys yoga, trail running, live music, experimenting with new recipes, and exploring with her husband and two children. 

Westmont College
Oregon Health & Science University
The Institute for Functional Medicine
AANP American Association of Nurse Practitioners

What They’re Saying

"Every time I seek medical advice from Dr. Marie she listens, I mean really listens. She asks probing questions to find out what is going on and what the root cause is. Dr. Marie is great about follow up and truly cares about me and my family's health."

Amy P.

“As a patient of Dr. Agnew, I am treated with professionalism, kindness, and compassion. Dr. Marie is gifted in her ability to listen carefully and make a thoughtful, informed diagnosis. She has a curious mind and genuinely wants to help you heal. I appreciate her ability to translate and share the right amount of science to aid in my understanding. I’m glad to have found her!”

Lindsay G.

“Dr. Agnew is one of the most intellectually voracious healthcare providers I have met. She has trained in and demonstrated mastery in many different areas of medicine. Additionally, she is an absolute delight to work with. She is sharp as a tack and highly analytical, but still creative, humble and kind. She strikes an extraordinary balance between smarts and heart. I wouldn't hesitate to refer my patients to her”

Dr. Sara Gillham

“Dr. Agnew brings the best of both worlds to her practice. She integrates aspects of conventional Western medicine with a deep understanding of functional approaches that address the root of disease. She is genuinely interested in supporting her patients to achieve their best state of health, which is apparent with her attention and presence in appointments and follow-through. I trust her for comprehensive and thorough care”.

Megan B.
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