Chimacum Valley Veterinarians

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

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 surprising change of heart. She unknowingly began her career in veterinary medicine when she started working as a Veterinary Assistant during her first year of college. What started as an interesting job quickly turned into a passion. She continued to work as a Veterinary Assistant for the following 9 years while she earned her undergraduate and veterinary school degrees. After graduation as a new Vet, Dr. Abbie enthusiastically returned to the original hospital where she got her first start as a Veterinary Assistant. There she worked and learned alongside her mentor, Dr. Jeff Highbarger, until 2010 — when the two of them decided to move to the Pacific Northwest in search of a new place to call home (and a practice of their own). The rest, as they say, is history!

Dr. Abbie is a proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She is currently involved in ongoing training through the Gestalt Associates Training Los Angeles, among other endeavors.

At home, Dr. Abbie cares for 4 pets of her own: Donnie Baggadonuts (Boston Terrier), Darlene (French Bulldog), Dutch (Yellow Lab), and Sophie (a house rabbit). When she’s not seeing patients or working on a hospital project, she is often studying dance, reading nonfiction, writing, or connecting with the natural world.

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.

Dalton's professional interests include surgery, preventative care, and dermatology. 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.

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Dr. Amanda Ramage has been a team member of Chimacum Valley Veterinary Hospital and Pet Townsend Veterinary clinic since September of 2018. What Dr. Ramage finds most satisfying about being a veterinarian involves working with clients and their pets to improve quality of life for both the pet and owner. She does so by finding a treatment plan and strategy that fits each individual patient, whether it be a more traditional western medicine approach, holistic approach, or a combination of both.

Some of Dr. Ramage’s professional interests include integrative holistic medicine, nutrition, behavior, and internal medicine. She is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association. At Washington State University, Dr. Ramage pursued an undergraduate education in Zoology. She received the Zoology Alumni Undergraduate Scholarship of 2010 for her passionate pursuit of education in the field of zoology. Dr. Ramage went on to achieve her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Saint Georges University in 2016. There she was given an award as the most active fundraiser for the International Veterinary Student Association Spain, having raised over $3,000 for hosting the exchange students.

A great motivation behind Dr. Ramage’s professional interests in veterinary medicine was her mother. Growing up Dr. Ramage was invoked by helping her mother in her dog obedience classes. She always knew she had wanted to work with animals, and once she received a puppy of her own she grew fascinated with becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Ramage loved bonding, training, and showing her puppy. At 12 weeks old her puppy had broken her leg, introducing Dr. Ramage to the setting of a veterinary hospital and the powers of veterinary medicine.

At home, Dr. Ramage and her husband, Dr. Conner Ames share their home with their furry family. They own a Beauceron named Orac, a rescued mix breed from Grenada named Rosie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Cassy, and two cats named Hansel and Desi. In her spare time, Dr. Ramage enjoys training her dogs in various sports including obedience, rally obedience, agility, schutzhund and herding. She also likes going hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, road biking, running, cooking, traveling, and horseback riding.

<? 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.