Nicole Zenk, CNP

professional headshot of a smiling womanGrowing up in Ortonville, MN, Nicole learned to appreciate being raised in a rural area, valuing neighbors, and being grateful for the talents that exist within the community. During high school, she worked as a nurse’s aide at Ortonville Nursing Home and quickly learned that caring for others brought her joy.

Upon graduation, Nicole pursued a career in nursing at Hibbing Community College, followed by a bachelor’s degree in nursing at Minnesota State University in Moorhead. After working as an RN in both a school and hospital setting, she received her Nurse Practitioner degree from Concordia University in Mequon, WI.

Caring for patients of all ages to help them live their best lives and feel better after an illness or injury is what Nicole strives to accomplish every day. She enjoys all areas of family medicine and has additional experience in mental health care and addiction services. She is also a trained Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) for people wanting to quit using tobacco or nicotine.

Nicole was attracted to the incredible sense of team at Glacial Ridge Health System. With six years of experience, she joined the medical staff in November 2022. Nicole is grateful for the position at Brooten Medical Center, which allows her to be part of a healthcare service that is vital to the area.

She and her husband, Chris, live near Belgrade, where they have quilted a family together. They have five children and a grandchild. Being local, Nicole plays the French horn in the Meire Grove Community Band. She also enjoys traveling, working on house projects, learning homesteading skills, fishing, and laughing with family and friends.