Internal Medicine
Obesity Medicine

Dr. Sutherland's private practice opens February 8, 2021 and will be offering supervised medical weight loss and Concierge Primary Care/ Internal Medicine.  If you are a prior patient and would like to resume care, we are now scheduling and offering interim programs.  Please indicate if you are interested in Primary Care only, Medical Weight Management only, or both.  She will be offering in person as well as Tele-health visits. 


We evaluate and treat the health of each individual to determine potential causes of excess weight and associated conditions including pre-diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and high cholesterol. We work with the individual to formulate a program to prevent, improve, or reverse these conditions.

Each program includes a comprehensive approach that is tailored to the individual.  programs have been offered since 2015 and were created and developed by Valerie Sutherland, MD.

Our programs have been updated in 2021 to include the following:

- Telehealth

- Remote patient monitoring via bluetooth technology

- Improved App offering enhanced self monitoring, accountability, nutrition programs and recipes

- Improved online medical food and supplement ordering with home shipping


Expeditions, Summit, Peak Programs

Expeditions Program: For women with 30 pounds or more to lose, or men with 40 or more pounds to lose, we offer a medical intervention known as a very low calorie diet. After a medical screening process, participants replace 2-3 meals and 1-2 snacks per day with prescription medical food consisting of shakes, puddings, soups, bars and snacks. Typical weight loss is 3-7 pounds per week, or 15 pounds per month for women and 20 pounds per month for men, although individual factors can cause results to vary.

Summit Program: For people who either do not qualify for the expeditions program or choose a more gradual approach, we offer the Summit Program. This does not require medical supervision, blood work, or EKG. It does require that you check with your primary care provider or Dr. Sutherland first. 

Peak Program: This is our program for anyone that has an individual health, fitness, or well-being goal. It may be an amateur athletic contest or another personal health challenge that you are determined to overcome or, just to help keep you at your best. This is for those at the sharp end of the sword or those working on something other than weight. 


Flexibility, Accountability, & Support

Sustainability and accessibility are crucial for long term health. That is why we offer a full spectrum of Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring using blue tooth technology, and interactive app.


Insurance Verification & Enrollment Forms

We will bill our services to contracted health insurance companies.  If you are a returning patient, we welcome you.  We are under new management and appreciate you providing us with your current information so we may resume your care.  Please bring your completed Demographics Form, Enrollment Application, Client Commitment Form, and Diet Readiness Behavioral Test to your first visit.  These can be emailed, faxed, or completed in the office.


Address the Underlying Cause.

Type 2 Diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance and higher than normal levels of insulin. With typical treatment, it is a chronic, progressive disease. Bariatric surgery is one option for drastically changing the course of the disease, and a very low calorie diet is another.


Losing weight is just the start.

After weight loss, there are a variety of physiologic processes that predispose a person to return to their starting body weight. Called "metabolic adaptation", these factors slow the resting metabolic rate and can increase hunger and cravings. Even after bariatric surgery, weight regain is common without ongoing follow up and, in some cases, treatment and a program. After the active weight loss phase, all patients are in our maintenance program, designed to maintain their weight within ten percent of their goal weight. That's why all our patients are automatically enrolled in our maintenance program free of charge upon reaching their goal weight range.



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5356 Olympic Drive, Suite 200B

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 319-3339

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