Lynley Holman, MD Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists

Lynley Holman, MD Lawrence OB-GYN Specialists


My name is Dr. Lynley Holman, and I am an
OB-GYN with the Lawrence OB-GYN specialists. I actually set my sights on
becoming a physician when I was 17 years old.
I’m originally from Junction City, Kansas, and back when I was in high school, and I
won’t date myself too much, Geary County had the highest teenage pregnancy rate
in the state of Kansas, and I was invited to sit on a citywide panel that had
educators, and clergy persons, and community members, and I was one of the
two teenagers that was invited, and I was at the health department thinking “okay,
why do young women not get health care?” But, you know, specifically, they were kind
of focusing on contraception, and, and I thought, and, at that time the belief was
you get a pap smear when you become sexually active.
Well, what teenager wants to go to their mother and say “I think I should see a
gynecologist,” because what does that mean? And it just made me realize, even as a
young woman myself, that women’s health was so focused on her sexuality, and I
just felt that if women had the opportunity to meet a gynecologist when
they were younger, that when they approached that stage in their life when
they may want to become sexually active, they would have an additional person
that they trusted, and I decided I wanted to be that person. The most enjoyable
thing is, without a doubt, having a brand-new human whose family is so
excited to meet them take their first breaths in your hands. I mean, that it’s
just a miracle that we get to experience every day, and get paid for it, and that’s
amazing. The second thing though, really, is the
relationships that I get to develop with my patients, and I love how many
different people I get to interact with and I get to meet women, and then through
the women, their families, and meet people that have talents and passions that are
very different than my own, and I just think that’s a lot of fun. One of the
things I enjoy the most is when you have a woman that’s got a condition that
she’s either confused or scared about, even if it’s a condition that I
typically, it’s not my favorite, if I can help her understand or have hope, then I
love that condition because I’m so excited that I got to help her through
it. I like the obstetrics a lot, and I like
even the high risk obstetrics, and I really, I like doing with the younger
patients too. I really like helping watch those younger women grow up, and take
ownership of their bodies, and take responsibility for their health, and
that’s just a patient population that I really enjoy. My philosophy of care with
that, each patient is an individual and while we certainly have protocols and
guidelines that guide us in our treatment selections, sometimes you just
have to ask the patient, “if I could really help with one thing today, what
would that one thing be?” And it may actually be a little off topic from what
her appointment was originally scheduled for, but that’s a thing that bothers her
most, and so you really still have to tailor it to each individual’s needs and
lifestyle. That I was a person and a woman long before I was a physician. You
know, I think sometimes physicians get put into this box that, certainly we’re
not above anybody else, we’ve just are more persistent and stubborn, and we go
through more schooling, but I’m a woman too, and I’m a mother too, and I’m a wife
as well, and you can share those concerns with me. And that I’m just a person as
well, and I have some great days and I have some not-so-great days, and that
we’re not perfect. One, just care for yourself as much as possible, take time
for yourself, you know, I think, especially for women we tend to be the caretakers,
and we tend to care for all the people around us, and it is essential that we
take care of ourselves as well. And then, my next piece of advice would be, be
educated, but be smart about where your resources are because anybody can put
anything on the internet, and I typically tell people, you know, for the most part,
scared people search the internet, mad people post on the Internet.
Dynamic, intelligent, compassionate, competent, and fun. You have to have fun
where you work and especially, you know, even more, different specialties have
different work hours, and sometimes you, when you’re in med school and you tell
your friends you’re going to do OB-GYN they go,
“why would you do that to yourself?” Because babies really don’t care if
you’re tired, or don’t feel well, or had a bad day,
and so we’re known for having terrible calls, and coming in all hours of
the night, so if I’m going to spend as much or even close to as much time here
as I am at home with my own family, I’m gonna enjoy the people I work with. I do
my absolute best to have fun wherever I am, whether that be with my patients, my
nursing staff, my ancillary staff, my co-workers, I enjoy having a good time.

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