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.






Rena Gilard

Medical Receptionist

My name is Rena Gilyard. I am the Medical Receptionist, the first face you see upon entering Rainier Medical Weight Loss & Wellness. I joined RMWC back in 2018. After graduating from Ashworth College, I worked as an office manager for a counselor's office at a practice in Tacoma for one year. I love interacting with our patients and helping everyone get on board and working with the staff each day. I strive for you to have the best experience possible at your appointments through communication, casual conversations and some laughter!  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and hiking

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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.