Margaret Kim

Co-founder, President and COO, AllCare of Maryland Urgent Care Centers and MediSpa, Columbia and Ellicott City

What sparked your interest in your career field?
Helping others and giving back to the community I live in has always been first and foremost on my mind. I wanted to open a community-based urgent care and wellness practice that would be focused on providing quality medical health care services seven days a week. Before opening our community-based AllCare of Maryland Urgent Care Centers, I was vice president of product marketing and management for CheckFree Corp. out of Atlanta, Ga., and we handled the back-end systems for the top 10 U.S. banks' electronic bill pay services for online bill pay. Before that I was a senior executive with AT&T, working in South and Central America based out of Sao Paolo, Brazil, and Miami, Fla. I helped find new opportunities for growth in Latin America for AT&T and was fluent at that time in Portuguese and Spanish, too.


What's been your greatest professional challenge?
My greatest professional challenge has always been time management, since I juggle running AllCare of Maryland Urgent Care Centers and MediSpa as well as shuttle my 12-year-old daughter, Bridgette, who is a triathlete and competitive swimmer, back and forth from her swim team practices held at University of Maryland in College Park six days a week.

What's most rewarding about your work?
Most rewarding about my work is that I can give back to the community by providing outstanding health care seven days a week at a very reasonable cost. After all, how often can you have access to a seasoned emergency room physician like my husband, Dr. Victor Kim, outside of the hospital ER? Patients love the accessibility and the high quality of patient care that we strive to offer day in and day out.

What advice can you offer women trying to establish their careers?
I would tell other women to continually try different vocations until you find something that sticks. Sometimes it takes a number of different jobs or ventures to find the right fit. Remember, Thomas Edison failed over a thousand times before inventing the light bulb.