Dr. Gabel earned her degree in 1972 and DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) 1974, from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. After graduation she practiced in mixed and small animals practices, including a holistic practice, as well as completed a residency in microbiology.She returned to graduate school in Public Health at the University of Minnesota in 1992, to earn her Ph. D. in Environmental Epidemiology in 2000.
Working at UW-Eau Claire since 1994 while still in graduate school, Dr. Gabel has held various positions including as an instructor and lecturer, teaching courses such as Epidemiology, Environmental Law, Microbial Safety of Food, Pest Control Management, and Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene. In 2008, she became an assistant professor in the Environmental Public Health program. She became a core member of the faculty within the Watershed Institute in 2013. Throughout her teaching career she has served as an advisor to students working on independent projects and a graduate thesis, worked on curriculum revision, taking training as a lead advisor, developed several new courses, and given presentations on topics including worker safety, summer home hazards, dog bite prevention, and rabies.
Dr. Gabel's research interests include risk factors for, and prevention of injury in the community and workplace, including farms and rural communities, effective delivery of health care, access to medical and emergency transport services, and epidemiology of injuries: prevention and control of injuries due to animals, such as dog bite.
Outside of her academic pursuits, Dr. Gabel is an accomplished handbell ringer participating at her church for over 25 years in groups and as a soloist, and is a member of the Health Cabinet and "walking" committee to encourage wellness.She has also begun studying Healing Touch for Animals and has passed the first two levels of training enabling her to use these techniques.She remains a Viking and Twins fan and spends lots of time traveling between the two great states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.