Our Team

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.

Crews_JacquelynJackie Crews, MS, RDN, CD, CEP

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.

Brandy Minks, M.S., RDN, CDMinks_Brandy

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.

VanderLinden_NancyNancy Vander Linden, RD, CD

Nancy is a Registered Dietitian who earned her degree from Central Washington University and completed her dietetic internship with Sea Mar Community Health in Seattle, WA. Nancy is fluent in Spanish and has been aiding individuals in their weight loss for the past four years. She has also earned her certificate of training in childhood and adolescent weight management. Nancy is committed to providing high quality patient centered care and together with you and your bariatrician will work towards building a happy healthy lifestyle facilitated through nutrition and physical activity.

Anne Corley, MSM, RDN, CD, CLCAnne Corley

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.

Kaela PivnickKaela Pivnick, RD, CD

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.

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.