North Coast Marine Mammal Center

Meet Our Staff

Dennis Wood, DVM
Medical Director

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


Cynthia Fierro

Cynthia Fierro
Volunteer, Humboldt



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



Windy Davis


Stevin Strickland

Stevin Strickland


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



Paul Schaeffer -- Office Manager -- 8 Sep 14

Office Manager


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Heather Garcia


Ed -- 8 Sep 14


Ashley -- 8 Sep 14

Ed and Ashley


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