Okey worked within the health sector as a research scientist until he moved to New York. In 1998, he obtained his associate’s degree in physical therapy from La Guardia Community College in New York. Okey worked as an assistant in different physical therapy settings before leaving for medical training overseas from 2000 to 2004. Between school and working, Okey took classes in nursing at Brenau University in Gainesville Georgia, where he obtained a BSN and MSN.
Okey has experience working in both the physical therapy and nursing fields, and he is currently in a Ph.D. program to obtain a degree in public health. For his Ph.D., Okey plans to do research on the challenges of using opioid medications for pain management. When the opportunity to work at TriState Pain Clinic presented itself, he became even more interested in an interventional approach to pain management. Okey is married with four children, and he has lived in New York, Seattle, the Caribbean, West Virginia, and Georgia.