Get to Know Me

Hello!

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
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MY CREDENTIALS

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.

My Why

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.

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