Advocate South Suburban Emergency Department in Hazel Crest.
Stephens-Archer, whose mother is from Guyana and father from Barbados, grew up in Ashburn and graduated from Whitney Young Magnet High School before her time at the University of Chicago, followed by medical school and residency training at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Stephens-Archer also works full-time as a Hospitalist for DuPage Medical Group and has two young daughters – Hailey, 5, and Zuri, 3.
“Part of the reason I started this business was I’m hoping my daughters can see what going after your dreams looks like,” Stephens-Archer said.
Dekayie and Stephens-Archer, both 35 and born about a month apart, first met in 2001 at a University of Chicago’s summer visitation weekend, when they determined that each would attend the school in the fall.
They were roommates all four years and remained that way for several years after graduation while they were in separate medical schools. Their commonalities also led them to co-found BestiesMD, a platform that aims to empower women through health education in a relatable and sisterly level.
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