North Coast Marine Mammal Center

Meet Our Staff

Dennis Wood, DVM
Medical Director
Founder

Dr. Dennis Wood was born in Lancaster, California, 2nd oldest of 10 children. He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1975 from the University of California, Davis in Zoology/Wildlife Biology, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Veterinary degree in 1980 from the University of California, Davis, graduating Phi Zeta.

He married Elizabeth “Becky” Sleeper in September 1979. Together they purchased the bankrupt veterinary hospital, then named Northcrest Veterinary Clinic in 1982.

Dr. Wood was voted “Young Man of the Year- Del Norte County” in 1986. He was also an active member on the founding board of the Del Norte Humane Society.

Dr. Wood has provided wildlife care for thousands of injured and ill wild animals from Del Norte, Humboldt, and Curry counties on a pro-bono basis, including raptors, shorebirds, deer, bear and cougar cubs, beaver, otters, turtles…

Together with Dave Edgar and Charles Tweed, he founded the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center in 1984. Dr. Wood has served continuously as the Medical Director/Veterinarian in a volunteer status since the NMMC’s inception. Dr. Wood and the NMMC are part of National Marine Fisheries Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Network. Dr. Wood participates regularly in continuing education regarding marine mammal health and rehabilitation. In the past 10 years Dr. Wood has had an active role in large whale disentanglement off the coast of Del Norte and Humboldt counties. He is now a member of the Large Whale Disentanglement Network, and has undergone extensive training in Maui, Bodega Bay and Monterey Bay.

 

 

Janet Dickey with Windy and Marlana -- 23 Aug 14 Release

Janet Dickey, RN
Hospital Director


Marlana Garcia

Marlana Garcia 
Animal Care Manager

Linda Stockton

Lynda Stockton
Stranding Coordinator

Jessie Weldon

Jessie Weldon, Vet Tech
Volunteer Coordinator

Lee NMMC Web Photo

Lee Barnhill
Office Volunteer
Board Member

 

Pauline Lodolini

Pauline Lodoni
Volunteer, Gift Store Artist/Jewelry Designer

Lauri Smith Reilly

Lauri Smith Reilly
Volunteer

 

Cynthia Fierro

Cynthia Fierro
Volunteer, Humboldt

 

 

Winday Davis, Marlana, and Janet -- 23 Aug 14 Release

 

 

Windy Davis
Volunteer

 

Stevin Strickland

Stevin Strickland
Volunteer

 

Kristen, Janet, Cynthia, & Linda with Dr Nancy Anderson

Kristen, Janet, Cynthia, & Lynda with Dr Nancy Anderson

 

Kristen Orth

Volunteer, Humboldt County

 

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Courtney Bukoske

Volunteer

 

Paul Schaeffer -- Office Manager -- 8 Sep 14

Paul
Office Manager

 

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Heather Garcia

Volunteer

Ed -- 8 Sep 14

 

Ashley -- 8 Sep 14

Ed and Ashley

Volunteers

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