Valerie Hope Slocum Sutherland MD is founder, CEO and CMO of Rainier Medical Weight loss and Wellness in Tacoma, Washington. Dr. Sutherland opened the first Rainier Medical clinic in 2015 and has grown the company to include 23 employees working out of four clinics and most recently an exercise science/ fitness studio, all dedicated to combating obesity. Dr. Sutherland graduated from the combined BS-MD program at the University of Southern California in 2002, having been accepted into the program at the age of 16. She performed her internship and residency in internal medicine at George Washington University in 2005. After working as a primary care provider for 10 years she decided to leave primary care to start Rainier Medical which has quickly become the premier obesity medical practice in the Pacific Northwest.