Dr. Abigail Rollins grew up in Salem, Oregon. She graduated from at the University of Oregon with a bachelor's degree in English literature in 1981. Returning to her love of science and diagnosis, she studied pre-dental at Western Oregon University. In 1989 she graduated from Oregon Health and Sciences University with her doctorate.
Dr. Rollins enjoyed teaching Chemeketa Community College dental assisting students in her private practice each year. That experience led her to pursue teaching as a second career. After retiring from 27 years of practice, she began as an adjunct clinic instructor in 2017 at Oregon Tech in the Dental Hygiene Program on the Chemeketa campus. In 2020 she became the restorative lead instructor teaching hygiene students the skills needed to practice as Restorative Hygienists.
She is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry and its Oral Medicine Study Club. She is also a member of the American Dental Education Association.
She lives with her husband Rayin Independence and enjoys beekeeping, martial arts, playing the guitar and soap making.