Dr. Abbie Doll is one of the co-owners of Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary Clinic, where she focuses her practice on whole-environment and whole-animal (“holistic”) wellness. Preferring an integrative approach to her work, Dr. Abbie utilizes both Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in order to best serve her patients. She has strong professional interests in dermatology, pain management, and in working with veterinary teams in order to maximize the quality of life for animal patients and caregivers alike.
Dr. Abbie was born and raised in Central Florida. In 2003, she earned her degree in Biology and Social Sciences from the University of Central Florida. She then continued her studies at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated in 2007. Dr. Abbie then went on to obtain her certification as a Veterinary Acupuncturist and Veterinary Chinese Herbalist through the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL under the instruction of Dr. Huisheng Xie.
Although Dr. Abbie originally planned to pursue a career in human medicine, she had a change of heart. During her first year of college, she started working as a veterinary assistant, and she found herself rapidly learning and feeling enriched by the work.
There she found a mentor in Dr. Jeff Highbarger (who is now her partner and practice co-owner). Dr. Jeff’s compassion for both animals and humans greatly inspired her, as did his competency as a clinician. In observing his work, she sensed that the practice of veterinary medicine extended far beyond helping sick animals to feel better.
Dr. Abbie saw that veterinarians are family doctors, counselors, animal advocates, leaders, empaths and teachers who have the capacity to co-create an environment for real healing—healing that extends far beyond the scope of an animal’s physical state. She saw that this was challenging and meaningful work, and she decided that she too, wanted to practice veterinary medicine. She continued to work as a veterinary assistant for the following nine years while she earned her undergraduate and veterinary school degrees.
After graduation, Dr. Abbie returned as a veterinarian to the hospital where she got her start in the veterinary industry. In 2010, Dr. Abbie and Dr. Jeff decided to move to the Pacific Northwest in search of a new place to call home (and a practice of their own).
At home, she cares for four pets of her own: Donnie Baggadonuts (Boston Terrier), Darlene (French Bulldog), Dutch (Yellow Lab) and Sophie (a house rabbit).
Dr. Abbie is interested in movement and embodiment practices, having trained in ballet and modern dance since she was three years old. She has practiced yoga and weight training since her early teens.
At home in Port Townsend, she trains and dances with Bill Evans and Don Halquist and a small group of beautiful movers. Training under Ya’Acov and Susannah Darling Kahn, she is an apprentice with the School of Movement Medicine, has been accepted into their 2020-21 professional training program.
Dr. Abbie is a passionate student of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and takes courses in this transformative field. She is also involved in a psychotherapy training program through Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles.
When not working, dancing or studying, she enjoys writing, nonfiction reading, cooking, gardening, sailing and connecting with people, animals and the natural world.