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Best-friend doctors chase their dreams as they open Quench Wellness' first location in Chicago's South Loop

Best friends since 2001, Drs. Gameli Bush and Chantale Stephens-Archer have gone through the University of Chicago together, been roommates and became the first doctors in their respective families. Now they’re business partners, too, as co-owners of  Quench Wellness, which first opened its doors in the South Loop in 2018.  The practice relocated to the historic Hyde Park neighborhood in 2021.  The holistic practice focuses on a variety of services, including IV vitamin infusions, hormone replacement and prescription-based weight loss.

“We respect each other, and we’re accountable to each other, whether it’s been in college, medical school, in relationships or even working out together,” said Bush, of Hyde Park. “She’s like my accountability partner. That has strengthened our friendship, and it also has helped with our business.”

Bush and Stephens-Archer, are both examples of the American Dream come true. Bush moved to Chicago from Ghana when she was 5½ years old. The former Park Forest resident and Rich East High School alumna graduated from the University of Chicago before earning her medical degree from Rush University and completing her residency at the University of Chicago. In addition to her work at Quench, Bush is a full-time ER physician.

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 University of Chicago, followed by medical school and residency training at University of Illinois at Chicago. Stephens-Archer also works full-time as a Internal Medicine physician and mother of two. 

“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.

Bush and Stephens-Archer,  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.

Quench’s recent debut is the next evolution in their friendship.

“It’s even harder than medical school because there’s no roadmap for being a successful business person, but Bush and I are going to give it our all,” Stephens-Archer said.

Stephens-Archer said Quench will give her a chance to continue to educate and empower people and give her patients another way of looking at health maintenance and well being.

“I look at medicine and see the fragmented healthcare system and I wanted to do something different,” Stephens-Archer said. “This business is a passion project, and the more I do it, the more empowered and energized I feel.”

Bush said Quench allows her another outlet for her creative, artistic side.

“I’m not a type of person who’s comfortable doing only one thing,” Bush said. “I never thought of myself as just a doctor. I’ve always done more than what I expected of myself.”

They love Hyde Park for its integrative multiethinic hub of culture, academia and health-conscious individuals. Quench Wellness calls Hyde Park home; located within the CSO multiplex medical building on 47th and Woodlawn. 

“Doing this together, it makes things a lot easier,” Bush said. “But more than that, it’s making our piece of the world a little better and healthier.”