Ask the Doctor
We asked our newest practitioner, Marie Agnew, a few questions to help us all get to know her. Hopefully, these are questions that might be on your mind as well. If you’ve got others, leave them in the comments below.
How can you help me?
I can be your basic primary care provider, offering wellness exams, checkups, and care for episodic cases such as coughs and colds. I can also dive deeper with you into your story, your medical history and help uncover the root cause of illness or body distress. The process may include labs, supplements, even medication if necessary, to start you onto your healing path. I will always strive to restore my clients to their optimal health, and off of supplements or medications as quickly as possible.
I don’t believe in diets. I can assist you in eating healthy foods to heal and empower you. If your weight changes in the process, then that is fine. Weight loss is not something I like to focus on in my practice. I prefer to focus on healing, energy, and building health.
I can assist you in eating healthy food to heal and empower you.
Do you see people who have eating disorders?
Yes, I do see people who have eating disorders and am happy to collaborate with your current treatment team so we can holistically help you heal.
Dr. Marie, what got you interested in medicine?
I have always been interested in medicine. I would say the actual impetus to my medical career was when I started struggling with my health issues. I couldn’t find reliable advice that resonated about how to heal. Instead, I was told I would need to take pills, likely for the rest of my life. I couldn’t just accept this was the only answer: it didn’t feel right. Instead, it fired me up and set me on a path that took me studying many different healing modalities. My journey eventually brought me to obtain a doctorate as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
“Developing relationships with families is one of many rewarding parts of the job”, says Marie Agnew
What is the main difference between conventional medicine and functional medicine?
Functional medicine is a fundamentally new way of thinking about health and illness. Conventional medicine often treats and focuses on symptoms of a disease. Functional medicine looks beyond the symptoms to get to the underlying root cause of the condition. This is often done by a thorough holistic assessment that looks at one’s full history, signs in all systems, one’s environment, stressors, and toxic burden. We believe health issues are often interconnected and work with our clients to heal with this holistic frame of mind. Simply put, we focus on and treat the person, not the symptom.
What is the most rewarding part of your profession?
I get to watch my clients heal themselves and feel empowered as a result. It’s absolutely beautiful to witness.