Dr. Ribka grew up in San Francisco, California and began her advanced studies at the University of California at Davis where she majored in Physical Anthropology, with an emphasis in primate behavior. It was while working with monkeys at the California Primate Research Center that her initial interest in veterinary dentistry began, and she went on to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.
At UW-Madison, Dr. Ribka continued her pursuit in small animal dentistry, through elective classes and specific training with board certified veterinary dentist, Dr. Bill Gengler; earning the Gengler Dental Award her senior year. After completing Veterinary School, Dr. Ribka moved to New Orleans and worked in general small animal veterinary practice in addition to another 5 years in Primate Medicine, gaining further medical, dental and surgical skills. In 2012, she began formal training in small animal dentistry, working closely with her mentor, Dr. Brook Niemiec.
Dr. Ribka served as an officer of the Southeast Louisiana Veterinary Association for 10 years, and is also a member of AVMA, AVDS, AAFP and Phi Zeta. She enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping and traveling, as well as just hanging out with her family. Dr. Ribka resides in New Orleans with her husband Paul and their three children, Damon and Nora (twins), and younger brother Quinn, in addition to a house (and yard) full of animal kids!
The Ribka animal family members include: a 3-legged Pitbull Terrier named Stella; a longhaired chihuahua named Boca; three cats by the names of Little Whitey Dubois, Bochy and Sonic; a fish called Rex, 2 leopard geckos & a corn snake, as well as several happy chickens.