Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs: Danbee Kim of Primary Care Associates

Welcome to Meet Berwyn’s Entrepreneurs! Berwyn has become a hot spot for urban professionals, entrepreneurs and creatively minded individuals. From musicians to crafters, small business owners to dedicated team members, Berwyn is home to a remarkable group of movers and shakers who keep our community vibrant. This segment give us a chance to get to know what makes our local leaders tick!

Meet Danbee Kim, a new addition to the PriCare Team!

Hometown: I was born in Seoul, South Korea—but my family has called Oak Grove, KY our home for the past 17 years!
Current Residence: South Loop, Chicago
Personal Bio: I was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the USA when I was two. We’ve moved around a lot, but my parents eventually settled down in a tiny town called Oak Grove, KY. I moved up to Chicago in 2013 and thanks to the polar vortex of 2013, I think I’ve gotten used to the Chicago winters and cold 🙂
Business Bio:  I graduated with a B.A in English from Sewanee: The University of the South and went on to get my MSN from Vanderbilt University. I’ve been in practice for 4 years now in various settings and am happy to meet new patients!  I am a friendly and enthusiastic nurse practitioner who genuinely wants to get to know you and your family in order to provide the best holistic care. I want to help you find ways to attain optimal, individualized health so that you can prevent problems/conditions from developing. My specialty is family; I see everybody – children, teens, adults, and the elderly!

Why did you choose to go into the medical field? I chose to work in the health field because I’ve always been the health nut of our family. Whenever somebody was feeling sick or had a health question, I’d always go to the internet and try to find out what was going on. I was always the “nurse” of our friend groups, patching up boo-boos and taking care of them when they got sick. I think it was only natural that I started to do it professionally.

Why did you choose to come work in Berwyn? I chose Primary Care Associates as my new place of practice because I’ve always been looking for a family practice – a practice where the whole family goes to receive care. I was happy about the fact that the practice had been established for 30+ years and that grandparents were starting to attend the same practice as their grandchildren. I love connecting the dots between patients and seeing how family dynamics and health conditions come together.

Describe yourself using 3 words and explain why you chose those words
Observant: I don’t like to be in the center of attention, but I love to watch people, so I’m usually paying attention to everything that’s going on around me.
Ambivert: I’m generally shy when I am in an unknown setting, but if I get comfortable, I can be goofy and talkative!
Bookworm: I’m happiest when I’m curled up somewhere with a good novel. My favorite book is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, but I also like the Harry Potter series, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and books by Louisa May Alcott.

What inspires you?
Acts of kindness. Whenever I feel sad or unhappy, I like to read articles or watch videos of small acts of kindness that help make the world go ‘round. It’s after I witness those events that I am spurred and motivated to share in those acts and try to “pass it forward.”

Tell us something that people might not know about you.
I have a semi-photographic memory.

What is something fun you did this past summer? I went to Korea for three weeks for a family vacation before I started working at Primary Care!

What makes you laugh?
Funny sounds, a baby’s laugh, corny jokes. I’d tell you my favorite joke, but I can’t pick just one—I love them all.

If you could collaborate with any person on a personal project, who would that be and why? It’s a hard toss-up between Adam Braun (the founder of Pencils of Promise) and Malala Yousafzai (the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and champion for female education). I think it would be wonderful to sit in the same room with both of them to have them collaborate on helping to bring education to the fingertips of all children around the world.

What is the meaning of your name:
My name means “Sweet Rain” in Korean.


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