Dr. Katie Holnbeck has a Bachelors Degree in Biology and History from Carroll College in Helena, Montana, where she also grew up and where her parents still live today. Her Doctor of Optometry Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She specializes in contact lenses and ocular disease treatment and is a member of the American Optometric Association.
She became interested in optometry after she underwent strabismus surgery at 12 years old. In her free time, Dr. Holnbeck enjoys reading and playing with the two dogs, Sophie and Fiona. She also has a boyfriend of 4 years, who is also an optometrist.
Dr. Holnbeck loves to travel all over the world and learn about new cultures. Over the years, she has participated in several eye care missions in both Mexico and Guatemala. As a matter of fact, when asked what her favorite patient story was, Dr. Holnbeck related:
“When I was a student I went on a cataract mission to Guatemala. A two year-old boy was there with his family, one of which was getting cataract surgery. I noticed he had a drooping eyelid and told the nurse who brushed me off. I told the surgeon and he immediately dilated the boy to look further, preliminary diagnosis was retinoblastoma. We gave the family money to see a specialist in Guatemala City. I never learned what happened to him but felt we at least gave him a chance and saw my education come together for the first time in my career.”