Get to Know Me
I’M CARRIE HOLLAND, MD, CPT.
I am a nerd. I am a scientist. I also love bullet points – so here is the quick and dirty about me. I’m a:
- Wife – to a stand up guy, who’s also a fitness enthusiast.
- Mom – to two young boys. Hardest job on the planet. Hands down.
- Family Physician – SO much more to me than the MD
- Personal trainer – so I can teach people how to lift weights
- Health coach – got the skills to talk about nutrition and behavior change
- Natural bodybuilder – I really love to lift weights
Granted, I’m still a family doctor, but identifying myself solely as a physician is cutting myself short. I realize this is a bio, so if letters and credentials are important, let me get that out of the way:
✓ BA, Mount Holyoke College, Biology and French
✓ MD with honors in bioethics and professionalism, Loyola University Chicago
✓ Family Medicine Residency, Chief Resident, West Suburban Medical Center
✓ Board Certified, American Board of Family Medicine
✓ Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
✓ Certified Health Coach, Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
HELPING OTHERS FIND WELLNESS
So. I became a physician because I wanted to help people. Over the last 5+ years, I realized that I was not going to practice traditional medicine for the rest of my life, because I wasn’t making the impact I intended. Years of adjusting blood pressure medication and insulin took its toll. Not only was I fried, but I knew I had more to offer than diagnosing illness and prescribing medication.
If I was truly going to help people in the way I intended, I needed to get to them sooner.
Enter fitness. This may sound hokey, but I LOVE FITNESS. The joy that I get from lifting heavy, sweating hard on the bike or the trail and eating whole food - for me - is indescribable. And the more I talked about it with anyone who would listen, the more clarity I found. I could use my passion to help others, and coach them in their own unique fitness journey. And there it was.
Over time, instead of calls for prescription refills, I was getting texts from clients with new personal records on the bench press, pictures of healthy foods they made at home, and scale numbers showing weight loss.
I realized that it’s in the gym, on the trail, and in the kitchen where the real work is done. This is where I need to be. This is My Why.
I am trading my stethoscope for dumbbells, and I’m not looking back. My vision is to work with people who are committed to finding or re-discovering wellness, and who, like me, are willing to put in the (sometimes dirty) work to make it happen.
If you are burned out, overworked, busy, high-achieving, and you’re not taking the best care of yourself, let's talk. I've been there, and I'm here to get you back on track.