The Price of Obesity

by Valerie Sutherland, MD (The following is a condensed version of a lecture Dr. Sutherland gave recently on the economic implications of obesity.) Nearly 40% of Americans have the disease of overweight/obesity (a body mass index (BMI) over 30. Obesity is not a lack... Read More »

The Power of Focus

The Power of Focus Multitasking… We all do it... Running through the day from the moment we awaken until we hit the pillow that night. Making breakfast, getting the kids off to school, juggling 3 tasks at work while on social media, taking... Read More »

Misconceptions of exercise and weight loss

Myth #1:  Being active is the same as exercise A common phrase heard by those of us who work in weight loss and obesity medicine is “I exercise all the time, I don’t know why I’m not losing weight.”  When asked to describe... Read More »

Robard Corporation Welcomes Valerie Sutherland, MD, to New Direction Medical Advisory Panel

Robard is excited to announce a new member to our New Direction Medical Advisory Panel – Dr. Valerie Sutherland, founder, CEO and CMO of Rainier Medical Weight Loss and Wellness in Tacoma, Washington! Read More »

Fitness Center NOW OPEN and Scheduling Complimentary Individual Assessments!

Rainier Medical Health & Fitness is NOW OPEN!  We have brand new facilities and equipment and 5 amazing trainers.  The programs and services are available as "stand alone" or as part of a program at Rainier Medical Weight Loss & Wellness.  So,... Read More »


DEBATE: PLANT BASED vs MEAT BASED DIET Last week at the Obesity Week 2018 conference, two expert nutritionists debated the question: which is better, plant based or meat based diet. Pro Meat: Wayne Campbell, Ph.D. Purdue University “There is no such thing as a “semi-vegetarian.”... Read More »

Are you "metabolically healthy"? New research from Obesity Week, 2018.

Your new secret goal: achieving metabolic health You are doing your best. You make time to exercise a few days a week. Maybe you are especially dedicated to the weekly ritual of Saturday morning bootcamp or a long hike on Sunday. You always... Read More »

Dr. Sutherland presents her research at Obesity Week 2018 in Nashville!

Every year bariatric physicians from all over the world converge to discuss cutting edge techniques and medical research related to all aspects of bariatric medicine. The conference is known as Obesity Week and in 2018 the meeting was held in Nashville, TN. This year... Read More »

Prehab- Prevent Injuries with Targeted Training

Prehabilitation (prehab) is a term that is unfamiliar to most, including many in the medical field.  It is a relatively new concept of performing strength and conditioning exercises prior to an expected surgery.  Multiple studies have proven benefit with exercise prior to... Read More »

What "Should" You Weight- Look to the Measuring Tape, Not the Scale!

As we all know, weight is not the only health indicator and can be misleading.  However, at Rainier Medical, we go far beyond the scale, and look at weight distribution, body composition, metabolic health, fitness, quality of nutrition, and more. One of... Read More »