Before becoming a veterinary professional, Dr. Genevieve Okenka was trained as a scientist. While working in biomedical research, she came to realize that she had a passion for educating others. Coupled with her life-long adoration of animals, veterinary medicine provided the perfect opportunity for Dr. Okenka to utilize her scientific skills while passing along her knowledge to loving pet owners just like herself!
Dr. Okenka grew up in Toledo, Ohio and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in biology at the University of Toledo. She then moved to Cleveland and began working in biomedical research at the prestigious Case Western Reserve University. Shortly afterward, she decided to take the plunge into veterinary medicine—that’s when Dr. Okenka enrolled at The Ohio State University to become a licensed veterinarian.
Dr. Okenka graduated with her Doctorate in May of 2016 and moved to the Twin Cities shortly afterward. She joined the Northbrook Animal Hospital family in the spring of 2017 as an Associate Veterinarian, and couldn’t be happier to serve the pets and animal owners of the area. In addition to her passion for client education, Dr. Okenka takes particular interest in dermatology work, dental procedures, and pain management.
When she isn’t caring for the area’s animal companions here at the clinic, Dr. Okenka likes gardening, practicing yoga, reading, exploring Minnesota, and spending time with her own pets at home. She and her boyfriend live in Coon Rapids with their two Labrador mixes, Wrigley and Bouncer.