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.
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.
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.
Jackie is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She received her master’s degree in nutrition and exercise physiology from Washington State University, where she also earned minors in Spanish and psychology. She completed rotations at Tacoma General and St. Peter hospitals and a number of outpatient facilities working in clinical nutrition, patient counseling, and cardiac rehabilitation. Jackie sees patients at the Center for Weight Loss & Wellness’ main clinic in Tacoma, as well as at the Gig Harbor Medical Park.
Anne is a Registered Dietitian and Life Coach, who is passionate about promoting wellness and helping people have "A Ha!" moments in improving their health. Anne has experience in a variety of nutrition-related areas, including Nutrition & Wellness Coaching, Clinical Nutrition (Acute- and Long-Term Care), Community and School Nutrition, Food Service and public speaking. Anne earned her Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Fresno, in Dietetics and Food Administration and her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Troy State University. Anne currently sees patients at MultiCare’s Weight Loss and Wellness Center in both the Tacoma and Auburn clinics.
Shirley is a Registered Dietitian with a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Commission on Dietetic Registration. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Nutrition at the University of British Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Public Nutrition at Case Western Reserve University where she completed coordinated dietetic internship rotating at Southwest General Hospital and WIC in Cleveland OH, Food and Friends in Washington DC, and in the USDAs Food and Nutrition Service at the Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, IL. She practiced as a dietitian for seven years in Washington, DC in progressive roles: substance abuse dietitian, assisting in maintaining the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, and running a food assistance program for a large non-profit specializing in early learning education. Shirley uses a functional nutrition approach in her passion to educate and help others live well and eat well.
Brandy Minks is a registered dietitian specializing in weight loss and overall wellness. She has a Master’s degree from Washington State University in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. Brandy currently sees patients at MultiCare’s Weight Loss and Wellness Center in Tacoma. She counsels patients on proper food and exercise habits, gut and sleep health, mindful eating, and other behavioral factors. She also works two days per week counseling patients for bariatric surgery.
Kimberly is a Registered Dietitian who earned her Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from Loma Linda University and her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Food Science from California State University Chico. She completed her dietetic internship at Riverside County Regional Medical Center and Riverside County Department of Public Health. She has over 4 years of experience in medical nutrition therapy in hospitals and long term healthcare. Kimberly is committed to providing clients with the tools and support needed in developing a healthier lifestyle. Kimberly currently sees patients at MutiCare’s Weight Loss and Wellness Clinics in Tacoma.
Kaela is a Registered Dietitian specializing in weight loss and sports nutrition. A native to New Orleans, LA, Kaela earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Southern Mississippi and went on to complete her dietetic internship at Tulane University. Kaela is committed to providing a collaborative plan of care emphasizing patient empowerment to promote longevity and sustainability of individualized goals.
2202 S. Cedar, Suite 300
Tacoma, WA, 98405
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