TOTAL POUNDS LOST = 34,754

Who We Are

Valerie Sutherland, MD

Valerie SutherlandDr. Valerie Sutherland is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Southern California and as a Dean’s Scholar from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.  She completed her Internal Medicine internship and residency at George Washington University.  Dr. Sutherland has been practicing medicine since 2002 as both a hospitalist and primary care physician.  She is an active member of the Obesity Medicine Associate and the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine.

Valerie Sutherland MDDr. Sutherland has lived in the Tacoma area for 6 years and is a mother of 3 young children.  She understands the challenges facing her clients with caring for others while trying to care for yourself and address multiple busy schedules, weight fluctuations that accompany childbirth, and changes with aging.  Her hobby is training for and competing in figure contests.  With this experience, she has practiced many of the skills, behaviors, and techniques to achieve dramatic changes in the body.  This experience helps her understand the challenges facing each of her patients as they embark on their personal journey toward their health goals. 

Her style of practice is to listen and understand each patient, and then to partner with and empower each individual as his/her own most powerful agent of personal health.

Dr. Sutherland is assisted by a caring staff who treat each client with the utmost professionalism, respect, privacy and service.

 

 

 

Garrett Soames, PA-C

Garrett SoamesGarrett is a native of Washington State and originally worked in the health and fitness industry as an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer and subsequently an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He also was on a local ambulance service which introduced him to the healthcare field.  He then studied medicine at Emory University in Atlanta and has been a practicing physician assistant for 10 years.  He has missed working in the fitness industry and feels lucky to have found Dr. Sutherland's practice and is excited to bring his wealth of knowledge to her patients. He has particular interest in Men's Health, lifestyle medicine, and pediatrics.  He prides himself on his ability to relate to patients who have struggled with excess weight and to utilize both his past experience and medical training to guide treament plans.

 Garrett enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing and spending time with his wife at plays and musicals.  His favorite food is steak.  He plans to summit Mt. Rainier this summer and is taking volunteers for a Rainier Medical Group!!

Garrett is a native of Washington State and originally worked in the health and fitness industry as an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer and subsequently an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  He also was on a local ambulance service which introduced him to the healthcare field.  He then studied medicine at Emory University in Atlanta and has been a practicing physician assistant for 10 years.  He has missed working in the fitness industry and feels lucky to have found Dr. Sutherland's practice and is excited to bring his wealth of knowledge to her patients. He has particular interest in Men's Health, lifestyle medicine, and pediatrics.  He prides himself on his ability to relate to patients who have struggled with excess weight and to utilize both his past experience and medical training to guide treament plans.

 Garrett enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing and spending time with his wife at plays and musicals.  His favorite food is steak.  He plans to summit Mt. Rainier this summer and is taking volunteers for a Rainier Medical Group!!

Mark Ohlsen, MS, NCSA-CSCS/CPT

Exercise Physiologist

Mark has worked in the health and fitness industry for the past 20 years. While earning his BS degree in exercise science at Willamette University, he worked in the commercial fitness world as a personal trainer. After finishing his MS degree in exercise physiology at Central Washington University, he moved into the obesity management field for a few years. From there, Mark spent 12+ years at the corporate fitness center for the Amgen corporation managing the daily operations of the on-site facility and running the health and wellness program for the employees on campus. Having worked in several different arenas within the fitness industry, Mark has worked with a large variety of populations and initial fitness levels. He prides himself in meeting each individual where he/she is at currently and designing efficient exercise programs tailored to that specific individual.

Mark has been an avid weightlifter since high school, a competitive baseball player in college and beyond, and now enjoys playing golf, bowling, and ping pong. He is excited to join the Rainier team with Dr. Sutherland and the rest of the crew and start working with the clinic’s wonderful client base.

 

 

Rose Johnson, B.S. Clinical Physiology

Weight Loss Coach

RoseMy passion for health and fitness bloomed after undergoing my own person journey with weight loss.  As a teen, I struggled with negative habits that surrounded food, exercise and self-confidence.  After, high school I dedicated myself to turning my life around and in the end I found a happier me along with a passion for helping others better themselves.
I attended Central Washington University and received my Bachelors of Science in Clinical Physiology.  Since achieving my degrees, I have grown my experience and counseling skills by working in weight loss programs.  Along with working with adults, I have spent a large amount of time as a weight loss counselor at weight loss camps for kids.  I am a certified aerobic dance instructor and now enjoy teaching fitness classes as a hobby.
My heart is invested in educating the young and old about the incredible workings of our bodies.  We are limitless when we are educated, motivated, dedicated and enjoy what we are doing.

You can email Rose at rose@rainiermd.com.

 

Tasha O'Neill

Chef, Health Coach

"When I first got involved with weight loss, I weighed 160 pounds, with my own personal journey not only did I lose 40 pounds; but I also had the opportunity to walk hand-in-hand with my clients and learned to help myself as I also helped them. Over the past 3 years in this industry, I have not only been inspired by my clients but I have learned so much about health and nutrition. I have also been able to incorporate my culinary background, coming from South Seattle Community College, teaching others how to infuse their favorite foods into a healthy meal plan. Currently, I am discovering fitness and weight training –another opportunity to inspire others while I inspire myself. I am filled with pride and joy to be helping you on your journey, while I continue my own.  I am thankful for the opportunity at Rainier Medical and am more than excited to be a part of the team."

 

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Mission

Our mission is to treat each individual client with respect, professionalism, and expertise. We expect superior results with unquestionable safety. Reach a new level of freedom: freedom from disease, freedom to move, freedom to live your life as you planned.