Dogs are important members of families and can have a positive impact on mental health and overall quality of life. Over the years, Dr. Abel has discovered a special connection between certain patients and his dogs, Iggy and Lola. For certain patients who struggle with expressing themselves verbally due to a mental health condition, Dr. Abel has noticed that Iggy and Lola's very presence helps facilitate the person's ability to participate in the visit and makes for a more productive experience.
Music has the power to bridge the gap when people are unable to express themselves. Dr. Abel's "Tuba Psychiatry" involves him playing the instrument along with specific patients, many of whom struggle with day-to-day communication. Tuba Psychiatry has been particularly effective at Durham House Long Term Structured Residence where Dr. Abel meets with patients on a regular basis.Dr. Abel played for the University of Michigan marching band and is currently a member of the Jenkintown Community Band.