Having grown up in a small, rural town, Dr. Holly Van de Voort felt right at home when her medical journey led her to Moultrie, Georgia. Originally from Pella, Iowa, she had always seen herself settling in a smaller area, but never dreamed it would be in Southwest Georgia, 1,000 miles away from her hometown.
That became much more of a reality when Van de Voort came to Georgia to pursue a career in the medical field. She attended Mercer University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. She then went on to medical school at the Medical College of Georgia, followed by a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
Van de Voort is a board-certified pediatrician with over 15 years of pediatric experience. She specializes in well-child visits, immunizations, sick visits and provides educational information about health, safety, nutrition, and fitness needs. She also conducts sports physicals.
Previous to joining the team at Colquitt Regional and Sterling Physician Group, Van de Voort served as a pediatrician at Greene County Medical Center in Jefferson, Iowa. Before that, she also worked as a pediatrician at Piedmont Athens Regional Physician Services and Centennial Pediatrics, along with working as an instructor and assistant professor at the Medical College of Georgia.
When she moved to Moultrie and joined the staff at Sterling Group Primary Care, she knew she had chosen the right place to practice.
“From previous experiences, I know I am passionate about practicing medicine in a rural community,” said Van de Voort. “When visiting Moultrie, my husband and I were welcomed by the community and we really enjoyed the people we met. It made us feel like Moultrie was the perfect place for me to practice. It checked all the boxes of what we were looking for in a place to live.”
Not only does she feel like Moultrie is the place for her, but her experience with the Colquitt Regional staff has also played at huge role in her feeling at home.
“The entire team, from the medical staff to other hospital employees, is so nice,” said Van de Voort. “Hospital administration goes above and beyond to meet my needs. They are supportive of new ideas and the other physicians check on me to make sure I am doing well. They ensure that I have all the necessary resources to be successful and run a thriving practice.”
Van de Voort has been at Sterling Group Primary Care for almost a year and she has had many memorable experiences throughout that time.
“Being part of a community-based health system has allowed me to develop relationships with my patients and involve myself outside the clinic walls,” said Van de Voort. “I have been able to help with Special Olympics, be part of the signing of the local proclamation for Child Abuse Awareness Month at the Hero House, provide pediatric education at the Sunbelt Ag Expo, and teach newborn basics at the hospital’s regular birthing classes, among other activities. I have truly enjoyed getting to know so many people in Moultrie and am honored to provide care for the children here.”
When not in the clinic, you may find Van de Voort spending time with her husband playing board games or putting puzzles together. She also likes to cross stitch, walk, and hike. An interesting fact about her is that she plays the saxophone and performed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Band, as well as in the 1994-1995 Olympic band.