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Meet Our Weight-Loss Experts

Our Medical Weight Loss program is built on the expertise of our board-certified doctors and program coordinator. They are supported in turn by a team of nutrition and weight-loss experts, both on staff and through close collaborations with health care professionals across the MultiCare organization.

Dr. Jeffery HooperJeffrey Hooper, DO

Medical Director, Medical Weight Loss, Board-certified Bariatrician

Dr. Hooper is board-certified in both internal medicine and obesity medicine. He earned his medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, and completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital & Medical Center in New Jersey.

Dr. Hooper has been helping patients who struggle with obesity and related health issues for nearly a decade. He sees patients at the Center for Weight Loss & Wellness' main clinic in Tacoma, as well as at the Gig Harbor Medical Park.

Karyn Harkins, MDDr. Karyn Harkins

Board-certified Bariatrician

Dr. Harkins is a board-certified obesity medicine specialist, as well as being a board-certified family practice doctor. She earned her medical degree from the University of Washington and completed her residency at Tacoma Family Medicine.

Dr. Harkins sees Center for Weight Loss & Wellness patients at the MultiCare Auburn Clinic.

Melanie MachadoMelanie Machado, RD, CD

Program Coordinator, Medical Weight Loss

Melanie has a long history of working in the health care field, with a particular focus on weight loss and wellness. She received her undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences and cross cultural studies from Seattle Pacific University, and her graduate degree nutritional sciences from the University of Washington

Prior to coming to the MultiCare Center for Weight Loss & Wellness to develop our Medical Weight Loss program, Melanie was the founder and president of Pacific Nutrition & Wellness, which used medical nutrition therapy, psychotherapy and exercise physiology to treat obesity, diabetes, gastrointestinal and heart diseases.

MultiCare Center for Weight Loss & Wellness

2202 S. Cedar, Suite 300
Tacoma, WA, 98405

Call us at 253-301-5280 or toll-free at 844-256-7659 to learn more about our programs or to schedule your first appointment.