Lianne Holloway, M.D., Family Medicine
Lianne Holloway, M.D., Family Medicine
Medical School: Northwestern University School of Medicine
Training: Family Medicine residency at Hinsdale Hospital
Office location: 271 N. Main Street, Seneca, 815.357.8511
Dr. Holloway devotes her practice to working with infants, children and adults in a cooperative manner that involves listening and advising on how to stay healthy, as well as how to treat disease.
Reasons to see Dr. Holloway:
As a family doctor, Dr. Holloway treats "common things that present commonly." That includes adults and children with all types of acute illness and chronic diseases, with the exception of pain management.
We gave Dr. Holloway a selection of questions. Here are the ones she chose, along with her answers:
Where did you grow up?
Dr. Holloway: I grew up in the Back of the Yards area of Chicago on the south side. I was a city girl through and through until I moved out to this area in 2007. And now I would never go back!
Why did you become a physician?
Dr. Holloway: I wanted to be a physician from the time I was about 12, but nobody in my family ever went to college. So I did what was expected of me and got a job as a secretary. When I was 36 years old, my mom died (age 56), never having fulfilled any of her dreams. I decided not to let that happen to me and enrolled in college. I went straight through from there to medical school and residency.
What would your patients be most surprised to learn about you?
Dr. Holloway: I got married on the bridge of the starship Enterprise (at the Las Vegas Hilton).
What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?
Dr. Holloway: Cooking (because I love to eat and good food is like edible art) and running. I became a runner in 2008 when I did the Couch to 5k program that I found online. I have been in love with running ever since and am almost always training for some event. I do a half-marathon once a year and many smaller races in between. I like to think the running sort of offsets the cooking thing. Since I recently reduced my meat consumption by over 50%, I"ve been experimenting with vegetable and grain dishes that have as much heartiness and flavor as meat-based ones.
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Dr. Holloway: I've always wanted to learn to fly a plane. I took a couple of lessons once but my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) was nervous about me flying, so I let him talk me out of it. I really wish I hadn't.
Were you ever on a sports team?
Dr. Holloway: At our small Catholic high school, the two sports available were volleyball and bowling. I broke my finger playing volleyball so I became a bowler. My first year on the team, I got the Most Improved Average award when my average score went from 36 to 85. Thank goodness I got good grades. I would have never won a bowling scholarship!
If you were to start a club, what would it be?
Dr. Holloway: For years, I've wanted to start a dinner and discussion group (similar to the conversation salons of Paris around the time of the French Revolution) where people would get together to talk about topics both intellectual/philosophical as well as current events. We would gather at some grand estate to eat multi-course meals with good wine and solve the world?s problems into the wee hours of the morning. Obviously, this is not something that is going to happen any time soon, but it sure does sound like fun.
What's the most important advice you have for patients?
Dr. Holloway: My belief is that we are members of the animal kingdom. As such, we are meant to move our bodies on a daily basis and eat whole foods which are minimally processed and free of chemicals if we want to stay healthy. The lifestyle we have created for ourselves with its overabundance of mental stress and lack of natural physical stress is contributing to discomfort and illness of both the body and the mind. Since it isn't likely we are going back to the lifestyle of our ancestors, we must work on a daily basis to remain healthy and well.