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Getting to Know Dr. Lori Rae Holtzman

Baptist Medical Group recently opened Wolf River Pediatrics at 6215 Humphreys Blvd., Suite 300. Dr. Lori Rae Holtzman is one of the staff at the clinic, which is accepting new patients. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 901-227-9521.

Hometown: Paducah, Kentucky
Family: I am a single mom of four children: Zachary, Olivia, Rachael and Cody
Education: I earned a medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine and completed an internship and residency at Akron Children’s Hospital
Professional
organizations:
Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics
Specialty: Pediatrics — all aspects, but I love working with children with special needs

What made you decide to join Baptist:
Baptist is a very well-run organization. I also found it very exciting that Baptist is starting a pediatric emergency department and making a commitment to increase their services for pediatrics. I loved the idea of being on the ground floor and helping with developing a pediatric program with Baptist.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your job?
I love spending time with my children. I also enjoy traveling, when I get the chance.

Who or what inspired you to pursue a medical degree?
My mom’s best friend became a nurse when she was in her 40s. She was an excellent nurse and was like my second mother. I was planning on becoming a teacher, but she knew that I also loved medicine. She talked to me one day and suggested that I consider pursuing a career in medicine – particularly in becoming a pediatrician because I loved children. At that time not many females became physicians, but she encouraged me to not only become a physician, but she let me know that females could definitely do that work and to think out of the box.

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