Valerie Sutherland, MD is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and founder of Rainer Medical Weight Loss and Wellness. As a physician and athlete, Dr. Sutherland has been deeply focused on health and fitness. 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.
Dr. 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. She also has been a competitive athlete in triathlons, including the Ironman™. 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.