When Young Jee and Chloe Kim were in medical school together at the University of Wisconsin, Young tried the subtle approach to asking Chloe out on a date. Chloe, however, didn’t have time for subtlety.
“It was our last year in school. He was asking me where you get coffee,” Chloe said. “If you’re in medical school, you know where to get coffee. I didn’t want to play the game and waste time, so I asked him out.”
Chloe’s direct approach seemed to work. Today, the couple has a two-year-old daughter, Skye Jee, as well as two mini Bernedoodles – a Bernese Mountain Dog and Poodle mix – named Mandu and Ddang-Kong.
In Korean, Mandue means dumpling and Ddang-Kong (aka Tigger) is a peanut.
“In Korea it’s good luck to name your pets after food,” Chloe said. “They say it makes them live longer.”
Both Chloe and Young were born in Korea. Chloe and her family moved to Seattle while she was in high school. They later moved to Los Angeles and Chloe graduated from the University of California, San Diego, before going to medical school in Wisconsin. Young moved from Korea to Chicago with his family while he was in middle school. He graduated from the University of Chicago before going to medical school. Young also has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania.
The couple moved to their home on North School Lane last year after Young took a job with the Lancaster Orthopedic Group as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in adult hip and knee reconstruction. Chloe works as an internal medicine physician and hospitalist at Penn State Lancaster Medical Center.
Chloe admits that having two doctors in the family can make it hard to leave work behind at the end of the day.
“We try to keep it out of the home,” Chloe said. “But we still talk about it. We sometimes have the same patients.”
And does Chloe think her daughter will follow in her parents’ footsteps to become a doctor?
“I don’t know if she knows what we are!” Chloe said. “I don’t know if I’d mind if she entered a different field.”
In the meantime, Skye is learning to play soccer and ballet dance.
“We hope that she gets involved in more sports as she grows older,” Chloe said.
Outside of her work as a physician, Chloe also recently opened a boutique medical clinic on North Charlotte Street specializing in rejuvenation and aesthetic treatments.
The name of the clinic is Roa, which means “beautiful smile” in Korean.
“It is my passion. It is my dream,” Chloe said about the new clinic, adding that her interest in medical aesthetics was sparked while growing up in Korea where medical spas are “everywhere.”
Chloe spent the last three years traveling the world to learn from the best aesthetic clinicians prior to opening the clinic.
When not taking care of patients, Chloe and Young like to take leisurely walks around School Lane Hills with their daughter and two “furry children.”
“We love the serenity, the scenery, and the friendly neighbors,” Young said.
But the calm beauty of School Lane Hills isn’t the only way Young and Chloe unwind after a long day’s work. They also take private fitness lessons.
“The best way to relax sometimes is to work out and sweat,” Young said.