Dr. Abigail Lawler is a specialty care physician board certified in neurology at Inova Health System. In the fall of 2022, after several years as the Medical Director of the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego, Dr. Lawler joined the Inova Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center to serve as the program’s Autonomics Director as well as its fifth movement disorders specialist.
Dr. Lawler is originally from Ohio. She completed her undergraduate studies at Ohio University, then completed a Spanish immersion program through Duke University in Costa Rica. She came back to Ohio for medical school at the University of Toledo and then went on to complete her residency training in neurology at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Lawler stayed at Georgetown University to complete a fellowship in movement and memory disorders, where she helped start the first ever parkinsonism and dementia clinic. She also participated in baseline cognitive and neurologic assessments of retired NFL players for the NFL Players Association.
Dr. Lawler is passionate about and well versed in treating many different neurologic conditions but specializes in treating movement disorders, offering a wide variety of treatment options beyond traditional medical management for Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Lawler also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of autonomic conditions, muscle dystonia, spasticity (including the use of botulinum toxin injections), as well as various types of dementia.