Dr. Yuki Okada was born in Japan and raised here in the bay area. She graduated from University California Berkeley in 2000 with a Bachelor Degree in Integrated Biology. She moved to Lansing, Michigan where she obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Upon returning to California, Dr. Okada became certified in eastern medicine and acupuncture (Chi Institute). After practicing both eastern and western medicine in Marin for a decade, she became interested in nutrition and research, and returned to her home country to obtain PhD in veterinary biochemistry from Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University in Tokyo, while holding a faculty position as an assistant professor. Her research interests revolve around companion animal obesity, energy metabolism, and novel biomarkers for metabolic disorders and renal failure. She is published in many peer reviewed journals including, “Comparison of Visceral Fat Accumulation and Metabolome Markers among Cats of Varying BCS and Novel Classification of Feline Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome” (Front.Vet. Sci.) and co-authored the Textbook of Practical Small Animal Nutrition (Pharm press, Tokyo). Dr. Okada has lectured around the world and loves to travel. She has two rescue cats and one rescue dog.