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Kelly Holtkamp, MD

Healthgrades 4.8 Stars out of 5 out of 5 with 103 ratings

Specialties: Hand, Wrist & Elbow

During her youth growing up in Crystal Lake, Dr. Holtkamp was deeply interested in health and helping people feel better after they had hurt themselves. It was natural for her to pursue these interests through further education in healthcare after graduation from Crystal Lake South High School. She attended Northern Illinois University, where she completed her degree in physical therapy with honors.

Early in her career as a staff physical therapist at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago, Dr. Holtkamp provided out-patient therapy to orthopedic patients where she developed an interest in the orthopedic specialty. After assessing her long-term career goals, Dr. Holtkamp elected to pursue a medical degree and completed her training and residency at Northwestern University Medical School. While in residency, she participated in the care of athletes from the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Northwestern University, and the Joffrey Ballet.

Drawing on her interests in the variety of conditions and injuries involving the hand, Dr. Holtkamp pursued advanced hand surgery fellowship training at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. During this fellowship, she fulfilled coursework at the Mayo Microvascular Training Center and trained with world-renowned shoulder, elbow, and hand surgeons with decades of experience.

Now as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a sub-specialty in upper extremity, Dr. Holtkamp credits her early physical therapy background for enhancing her ability to guide patients through the healing process to reach their goal of complete recovery.

“I am committed to providing the highest quality of care to maximize recovery and minimize interruptions to people’s lives. My treatment philosophy is to recommend medically-proven conservative treatment before considering surgery. When non-operative care is no longer an option, I perform minimally invasive surgery whenever possible and use state-of-the-art techniques that expedite the healing process.”

  • Board certified in hand surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in orthopedic surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Member, Mayo Hand Club
  • Vice President, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Member, Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society

Hospital Staff Affiliations:

  • Advocate Sherman Hospital
  • Centegra Health System
  • Algonquin Road Surgery Center

Assisted by:

Stephanie Pease, PA-C

Frequently treated problems:


  • Arthritis
  • Numbness/Tingling (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Trigger Fingers
  • Fractures
  • Work-related Injuries
  • Sport-related Injuries
  • Joint Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Pain/Swelling
  • Tendon and Ligament Injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture
  • Soft Tissue Mass


  • Arthritis
  • Fractures
  • Work-related Injuries
  • Sport-related Injuries
  • Joint Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Pain/Swelling
  • Tendonitis
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) Injuries
  • Soft Tissue Mass


  • Nerve Injuries
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:  Advocate Sherman HospitalCentegra Hospital–Woodstock, Centegra Hospital–McHenry, and Algonquin Road Surgery Center.

Here's what my patients are saying:

One word that describes Dr. Kelly A. Holtkamp, Outstanding Orthopedic Surgeon!! Excellent knowledge of her diagnosis, courteous and awesome bedside manners.


"Dr. Holtkamp performed two surgeries on my wrist ... I was being pressured to use doctors closer to Chicago because they are 'supposedly' better in their field.  I am able to resume all my daily activities.  Dr. Holtkamp is a skilled professional and I am very pleased with the results." - Anonymous review

"I have had many surgeries on my hands performed by Dr. Holtkamp and her team.  Never had any issues with any of the procedures.  Dr. Holtkamp and her team have always treated me with the utmost professionalism and respect.  I would not hesitate to see her again if needed."  Joe O. -

"I would highly recommend Dr. Holtkamp and her team to my friends and family.  She was very thorough in the diagnosis stage and explained my injury and the treatment completely to me.  The speed of recovery was also explained and monitored."  Steve L. - review

"Dr. Holtkamp and her staff have been amazing!  It's been a long journey with my broken elbow... they recommended the correct braces and other equipment when needed.  I could not be more thankful of my time with them and feel blessed to be where I am today!" - Anonymous review on

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