Dr. Adey Berhanu was born in Denver, Colorado. From there, she migrated westward for her undergraduate education at Stanford, where she majored in human biology. Having reached one end of the country, Adey turned back to begin her journey east. She first settled in Chicago, where she earned her medical degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, in their specialized Urban Medicine Program. While there, Adey participated as a research fellow in studies of the effectiveness of telehealth programs. Adey then stayed in Chicago to join the medical residency program at Loyola, where she has conducted clinical studies on giant cell arteritis and scleroderma. Adey also has an extensive history of public service, including international medical missions to Bolivia and Addis Ababa, as well as more local programs in her own community.