Dr. Kristine Griess, DO


Dr. Kristine Griess, DO


Dr. Griess works 3-4 days a week which is part-time compared to traditional medical and osteopathic doctors.

Dr. Kristine Griess has been an osteopathic family medical provider at Southwest Family Physicians since 1999. Dr. Kristine Griess is board certified by the AOA in Family Practice and a member of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon.

Also Dr. Griess received her Doctor of Osteopathy from North Texas Health Science Center and received her B.A. from Smith College. Dr. Griess moved to Portland for her Residency training at Eastmoreland Hospital and has made Portland home.

Finally, Dr. Griess started seeing patients at MHW in 2015. But she has always been a big part of Merritt Health and Wellness. Since 2012 Dr. Kristine Griess has helped Seth Merritt choose the space for the clinic and do small chores. So, Dr. Griess is a huge part of why and how Merritt Health and Wellness has been a success. Therefore, Seth Merritt, Dr. Kristine Griess’s loving husband, is grateful for her daily.



In addition, here are 10 reasons why you might want to see a diabetes care team:

In Functional Medicine we look for underlying causes of disease rather than just treating the symptoms. Functional Medicine revolves around our patient. Using DIG IN style to gather health history, we work as a team to hear your story. We attempt to fine the true cause of your illness. We can use state of the art lab tests and updated medical theory to help you achieve optimum health.

Functional Medicine includes a nutrition plan, supplements, health coaching to get to the root of your issue. Functional Medicine will assess Food, Detox, Hormones, Energy, Cardio, Metabolic, and above all Gut Health.

Many natural treatments can be hard to follow due to so many options. We match the treatment with the patient. We will meet the patient where they are. This helps the patient step to success rather than feeling overwhelmed with the treatment plan.


Western medicine might only use prescriptions to treat symptoms. Although, symptoms are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to chronic disease. However, these meds don’t fix the problem, and they often they create other problems.

In functional medicine we take a different approach. Rather than covering up symptoms, we look for each person’s causes of inflammation and disease. We use the most up to date research.

Once we know your triggers, we remove the things that are causing strife in your body. We replace the things that your body is missing. We remove hidden infections, allergens, toxic chemicals, and foods that you are sensitive to. And, we replace digestive enzymes, vitamins and nutrients, and healthy bacteria. We also balance hormones and brain health.

In functional medicine we help find the real cause of disease, so that you can truly heal.


Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs, are fully licensed doctors who practice in all regions of health care. Dr. Kristine Griess is a primary family medicine doctor. Osteopathic Doctors are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and prevent disease.

Osteopathic Doctors receive special training in the muscle and bone system, nervous system, and combine them to help patients. With this knowledge and the latest med tech, they offer patients the most wholesome health care today.

Osteopathic physicians focus on how to prevent disease, tuning into how a patient’s lifestyle and environment can impact their well being. DOs strive to help you be truly healthy in mind, body and spirit — not just free of symptoms.

Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine are provide a full range of health care, from being able to prescribe drugs and perform surgery. But Osteopathic Doctors offer something special as well, their unique approach to patient care​. Osteopathic doctors are trained to:


  • Teach patients how to prevent illness and injury by with a healthy lifestyle.
  • Look at the whole person to reach diagnose without focus just on symptoms.
  • Help the body to heal itself.
  • Believe that all parts of the body work together with one another. DOs are trained in the nervous system and the muscles and bones.
  • Perform a hands on approach to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury.


If you’ve never been to a DO before, you may wonder what to expect. A typical office visit includes four parts: interview, exam, diagnosis, and treatment.

Interview:The DO will talk with you about your medical past. Also, you will be asked about such factors as your home, work, and family life.

Exam:Your DO will do a complete physical exam. Also, tests can be ordered.

Diagnosis:The DO will consider the results of your health past and exam and will tell you what may be causing your symptoms.

Treatment:The DO will suggest a treatment plan. This may include natural health and functional medicine treatments. Although in some cases it may include such options as drugs and surgery.