Chimacum Valley Veterinarians

chimacum valley veterinarianAbbie Doll, DVM, CVA, CVCH, Owner

A native of Kissimmee, Florida, Dr. Abbie Doll grew up surrounded by animals. Although she spent time nursing and caring for the goats on her great uncle's adjacent ranch—and feeding, exercising, and grooming her parents' Bouvier show dogs—it was Logan, "the sweet and Eeyore-like Bouvier," she had as a teenager that stole her heart. Logan was 11 years old when Dr. Abbie took her first job at her family veterinarian’s office, and it was taking care of him that solidified their extraordinary bond and began her veterinary career.

"My eyes were quickly opened to how much better his life could be if we took care of some of his senior dog issues," she remembers. "I loved that I could help him feel better by working with the veterinarians in addressing his arthritis, dental disease, and underlying thyroid problems… I wish I could somehow thank him for all that he taught me in his short life and for inadvertently helping me find my path in veterinary medicine."

While Logan led Dr. Abbie to that path, it was Dr. Jeff Highbarger, hospital co-owner and now her life partner, who helped her continue her journey. She had been considering a career in human medicine when she began working at a veterinary hospital in 1998 and met Dr. Jeff, who was at the time a recent grad from veterinary school. Dr. Jeff's enthusiasm, integrity, compassion, dedication, and willingness to teach is the reason she "ultimately came to love veterinary medicine."

"My relationship with Jeff has been the single most meaningful one in my life," she explains. "To this day he still inspires me with his dedication and compassion."

Along with client education and on-the-job teaching, Dr. Abbie’s favorite part of her job is getting to know clients, patients, and team members. "I love that so often we are able to laugh and tell stories, and get to know each other while helping animals achieve better health and happiness."

Dr. Abbie received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Central Florida in 2003 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. She obtained her certification as a a Veterinary Acupuncturist and Veterinary Chinese Herbalist through the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida under the instruction of Dr. Huisheng Xie in 2009.

A member of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, the Veterinary Botanical Medicine Association, and the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Abbie's professional interests include dermatology, pain management, internal medicine, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She also has a weakness for brachycephalic dogs.

When not at work, Dr. Abbie enjoys ballet and contemporary dance, writing, gardening, photography, painting, and long walks in the woods. She and Dr. Jeff have five furry children: Boudreaux, a French bulldog; Dutch, a yellow Labrador; Donnie, a Boston terrier; Simon, an FIV+ cat; and Sophie, a gorgeous white house rabbit.

port hadlock/townsend veterinarianJeff Highbarger, DVM, Owner

Dr. Jeff Highbarger joined the Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic team in 2010, when he and his partner Dr. Abbie Doll purchased the practices. He did not always know he wanted to be a veterinarian. “I went to veterinary school thinking I would be a veterinary researcher,” Dr. Jeff recalls. “But, along the way, it was seeing what veterinarians could do to help nurture the bond between pets and people that made me understand my calling.”

As it turned out, he made the right decision. “I get great joy out of being able to find solutions to sometimes complicated medical conditions and thereby aid those pets’ quality of life. Seeing a happy client with a pet that has improved medically or surgically is very rewarding.”

Originally from Columbia, Missouri, Dr. Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors from the University of Missouri in 1993 and his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

A member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Jeff's professional interests include internal medicine, ultrasound diagnostics, surgery, and dentistry.

Dr. Jeff volunteers his time to provide low-cost spays and neuters for Olympic Mountain Pet Pals and Rescue Every Dog (RED), a local animal rescue organization. He also provides many volunteer and low-cost procedures for Center Valley Animal Rescue.

When he is not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Jeff enjoys hiking, camping, travel, scuba diving, and beekeeping. He and Dr. Abbie have five furry children: Boudreaux, a French bulldog; Dutch, a yellow Labrador; Donnie, a Boston terrier; Simon, an FIV+ cat; and Sophie, a white house rabbit.

vets in port townsend/port hadlock, waChristopher Frank, DVM

For Dr. Christopher Frank, who joined the Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic in January 2013, it was the love and respect for nature and animals instilled by his parents, combined with the appreciation for science taught by two college professors, that led him to veterinary medicine and continues to motivate him today.

As for what he finds most satisfying about being a veterinarian, his words are direct: “Using my scientific training and knowledge to help people make decisions about the health of their animal companions.”

One particular benefit of Dr. Frank’s long career is that he gets to see the wonderful long-term results of his work. Many years ago, he treated a severely injured stray puppy that had been hit by a car. He repaired her fractured leg and diaphragmatic hernia and watched her grow up with a loving family over the next 14 years. Today, he considers this experience one of his most memorable.

Dr. Frank completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Idaho, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in zoology. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and was a member of the Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Frank is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association. His professional interests include internal medicine, surgery, and dentistry.

Away from the hospital, Dr. Frank enjoys biking, hiking, running, and spending time with his wife Jeanne and their two children, Khloe and Xavier.

chimcum valley veterinarianDalton Webb, DVM

Growing up in the Texas hill country along side 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses and a small herd of cattle, it was easy for Dr. Dalton Webb to develop a love for animals. As a child, Dalton initially aspired to be a marine biologist. Jacques Cousteau was his idol and diving the Great Barrier Reef was his dream. Dalton's earliest exposure to veterinary medicine came as a result of the rambunctious family Beagle named Daniel, who had been by his side since he was a toddler. Whether it was an encounter with a porcupine, a rattlesnake or a skunk, he was always sticking his hound dog nose in places it didn't belong. As a result, he developed a relationship with our local vet that left a lasting impression on Dr. Webb. "Seeing the care that the vet was able to provide to my best friend in his times of need instilled in me a passion for the veterinary profession."

As an undergraduate, Dr. Webb attended Texas A&M University where he met his wife and received a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences. We stuck around town for 4 more years so that he could attend Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine while his wife taught at a local elementary school. While at A&M, Dalton was an active member in the International Veterinary Student Association and the Zoo Exotics and Wildlife Club. He even traveled to South Africa to complete a study abroad course in Wildlife Conservation Medicine.

A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, American Canine Sports Medicine Association and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians, Dalton's professional interests include dermatology, surgery, nutrition and behavior.

In his free time, Dalton enjoys doing just about anything and everything outdoors. His hobbies include soccer, mountain biking, skateboarding, kayaking, fly-fishing, rock climbing and backpacking. He also spends as much time as possible training his 2 canine companions (Mavryk and Zelda) and taking them along on all his outdoor adventures.

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Dr. Lauren Z Clarke began working at Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital & Pet Townsend in 2017. She has called the Pacific Northwest home for almost a decade, but originally grew up around Chicago. She completed her undergraduate degree in marine biology at Brown University with a semester abroad at the University of Otago in New Zealand. After college, she worked in fisheries science spending two years out at sea working alongside fisherman.

She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Oregon State University. While she enjoys working with wildlife and has interned in the San Juan islands with the SeaDoc society, she always knew that she would end up working as a general practitioner.

Taking care of people’s pets and in turn helping them develop positive relationships with those animals that enrich their lives is one of the reasons she changed careers. Working as a scientist has taught her that knowledge is only powerful if it can be shared and put into practice. Dr. Clarke appreciates an integrative approach to animal care and is certified in acupuncture and has further goals to become certified in rehabilitation.

Dr. Clarke and her husband C.W. have travelled the country together while moving from the east coast to the west coast. During that trip and additional trips afterward they visited at least 17 national parks altogether. Two Australian cattle dog mixes, Banksy & Archer help keep her active and grounded. During her free time, she enjoys swimming, hiking, camping, sailing, ceramics, cooking and good conversation.

<? echo $title; ?>Dana Wisniewski, DVM

Dr. Dana Wisniewski grew up in San Luis Obispo, CA and joined our veterinary team in June of 2017. She completed her undergrad studies at the University of California, Davis and attended veterinary school at the Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Wisniewski takes a professional interest in providing internal medicine, pain management, and fear-free handling.

At home, Dr. Wisniewski cares for the “best dogs in the whole world!”, Boomer and Tulip. When she isn’t working, she enjoys running, hiking, drawing, and reading.