General Dentist—Chicago, IL

Get to Know Dr. Eliza Kim

Chicago Illinois General Dentist Eliza Kim D D S

Dr. Kim loves that her job revolves around helping people smile, whether it’s because they finally feel comfortable in the chair, are pain-free, or are excited to show off their newly enhanced teeth! Her goal is to seamlessly combine science, art, and service into personalized treatment plans that are perfectly suited to each individual. To learn a little more about her before you visit Pure Dental Spa, just keep reading!

Why Did You Decide to Become a Dentist?

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Dr. Kim knew she wanted to go into healthcare from an early age, but her interest in dentistry actually started because she experienced some trauma to one of her front teeth at age 13. She ended up needing a root canal and eventually underwent three crown replacements, and it consistently made her feel insecure. She finally found a dentist that fixed it correctly, and now it looks seamless. She decided that she wanted to be able to help people in the same way, so she ended up shadowing some dental students, and this solidified that she wanted to become a dentist.

Where Did You Study Dentistry?

Before starting dental school, Dr. Kim worked at the front desk of a dental office managing insurance and treatment plans. She also volunteered at non-profit dental clinics. She received her dental degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Dental Medicine, and while studying, she went on multiple dental mission trips to provide free care to underserved populations in both South America and the U.S.

After graduating, Dr. Kim completed a General Practice Residency at the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. There, she received intensive education that covered all aspects of dentistry, from pediatrics to full mouth rehabilitation and everything in between.

Always eager to learn more, she is an active member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, and the Academy of General Dentistry.

Outside of the Dental Office, What Do You Like to Do?

Dr. Kim is a Korean-American who was born in Brazil and raised in Florida, and she is proud to be a first-generation college graduate for her family. She is recently engaged, and when she isn’t spending time with her fiancé, you’ll usually find her at the gym, a coffee shop, or a restaurant (she’s a self-proclaimed “foodie”). She loves tuning the world out while working on a pottery wheel, and even though she wears scrubs at work every day, she always has different shoes because she is a “sneakerhead.”

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