Dr. Melissa Holtz has joined the team of obstetricians/gynecologists at Siouxland Obstetrics & Gynecology PC in Sioux City.
Holtz, a Manchester, Iowa native, came to Siouxland OB/GYN from Mesquite, Texas. She completed her residency in obstetrics & gynecology at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas this spring and joined Siouxland OB/GYN in July. She earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry with a mathematics minor from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2003 and her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 2007.
Holtz said the favorite part of her practice is obstetrics - taking care of pregnant women and helping women achieve a pregnancy.
"It's such an exciting thing to be a part of," she said.
The most frequent issue she sees in her practice is abnormal uterine bleeding.
"It's a big problem. The first thing we rule out for women over age 35 is endometrial cancer, but that's pretty rare. Treatments for abnormal bleeding include hormonal options, uterine ablations or, as a last resort, hysterectomy," she said.
Another issue she sees frequently is infertility.
"I look at couples together and try to find the underlying cause/s so an appropriate treatment can be done," she said.
When Holtz sees patients, she places a strong emphasis on health maintenance.
"I want to make sure that patients are maintaining good health in general, that they're up to date on their vaccinations and getting screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis and other conditions if they're in the appropriate age category. I may be the only doctor they see. If I'm not doing it, no one else is. Healthy women should be able to come to see us and not have to go to another doctor. If they have problems, I will refer them on to someone else," she said.
At Siouxland OB/GYN she is known for her bedside manner. Her patients describe her as friendly, easy to get along with, compassionate, and a good listener to their concerns.
Holtz said she always wanted to be a doctor.
"I wanted to be anesthesiologist because I like being in the operating room, but when I did my rotation, I was more interested in what was going on with the surgery instead of what the anesthesiologist was doing, so I changed my focus," she said.
Holtz was 32 weeks pregnant when she started her clerkship/rotation in medical school. She worked from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. plus call nights.
"I enjoyed what I was doing. I like working with women and can relate to the issues they're having," she said.
Holtz decided to practice with Siouxland Obstetrics & Gynecology because of the "great group of doctors."
"When I flew up and met them, it just felt like home. Since I have been here it has absolutely met my expecations. Siouxland OB/GYN is a busy practice with a great group of doctors and Sioux City is just a friendly place. It reminds me of Dubuque, a fun place I was before this. Dubuque is very similar to Sioux City in many ways. It's an older town on the river and the land is very hilly," she said.
Holtz is married to Scott, and they will celebrate their 10th anniversary in the spring. They have three children. She said her own experience having three pregnancies and having surgery with the second pregnancy are a part of her and how she practices medicine.
When she's not at work, Holtz enjoys spending time with her family doing outdoor activities, such as sledding and playing in the snow in the wintertime, or camping and fishing in the warm months.
"I like to exercise and stay healthy like I encourage my patients to do. I like to read as well," she said.
Holtz is currently accepting new patients. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call (712) 277-3141.
Siouxland Obstetrics & Gynecology, PC is located at 2730 Pierce St. in Physician Center Two, Suite 201.