She had become a talented young artist who loved checking out library books on anatomy and physiology. She reported to her mother that she loved drawing people “to make them look better.” When a family friend noticed her artistic bent and suggested that she could perhaps become either a medical illustrator or plastic surgeon, Dr. Hollan remembers this being the pivotal moment when she made a commitment to become a physician.
Dr. Hollan attended Florida Presbyterian College and the University of Florida College of Medicine.
After graduating from medical school, she trained in internal medicine and opened a private practice in Potsdam, New York, where she became board-certified in family practice. Although she very much enjoyed family practice, she was determined to pursue her goal of becoming a plastic surgeon.
She was afforded the opportunity to move to California to complete an internship in general surgery, a residency in orthopedic surgery, and a final residency in plastic surgery at UCSD’s School of Medicine.
In addition to being a respected, competent and skilled surgeon, Dr. Hollan is an artist, musician, nurturer, and educator. She is also a wife, mother, dog guardian, gourmet cook, traveler, poet, gardener, spiritual seeker, and friend to many.