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MEDICAL TEAMS


Mendocino Coast Clinics is proud to be a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), as recognized by the National Center for Quality Assurance. This is the highest level available and requires us to meet rigorous standards for addressing patient needs as well as continually improving the quality of patient care.

As a PCMH, we get to know our patients. We focus on long-term partnerships with you, rather than hurried, sporadic visits and we help you become engaged in your own healthy behaviors and health care.

At MCC, we have two medical teams: the Red Team and the Purple Team. As a patient, you are assigned to a team that includes a patient care coordinator, nurses, medical assistants, and clinicians. We provide you with personalized care and the ability to communicate directly with your care team.




MEDICAL RED TEAM


Medical Director

Lawrence Goldyn, MD


Dr. Goldyn is the Medical Director at Mendocino Coast Clinics. As Medical Director, he manages MCC’s medical providers and is a member of the Executive Committee, along with the Executive Director and the Operations Director.

Dr. Goldyn received his medical degree from Tufts University and holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University. He is Board certified in Internal Medicine and has a specialist designation from the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Dr. Goldyn dedicated many years to the education of Physician Assistants and Resident Physicians as a Proctor at Stanford University Physician Assistant Program, an Attending Physician at California Pacific Medical Center, Outpatient Resident Clinic, and Director of the HIV Resident’s Clinic. He has served on many HIV Advisory Committees as well as Quality Assurance Committees.

Dr. Goldyn is the only physician specializing in HIV care in Mendocino County. He also leads MCC’s Suboxone program, a medically assisted treatment for opiate use disorder.



Wade Gray, MD


Wade Gray received his MD from the University of California, Davis. He joined the MCC team in 2009. Dr. Gray specializes in family medicine and is also licensed as a Suboxone provider, a medically assisted treatment for opiate use disorder.

Dr. Gray has a deep and lifelong love of music, which he shares with his wife and daughter. He plays many instruments and has a special passion for Klezmer and Balkan music, which he both plays and performs. A true believer in the importance of exercise, he can be seen riding his bicycle to work year round, rain or shine.





MEDICAL PURPLE TEAM



Ben Housel, MD


Ben Housel, MD received his MD degree from the University of Rochester and did his residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Ben is Board certified in Emergency Medicine, and counting his early years as a paramedic, Ben’s medical career spans more than 40 years. Ben’s wife was a critical care RN. She and Ben worked in an ER together for 20 years and are still together! When not at work, Ben enjoys scuba diving with his wife, volunteering at the Food Bank, and growing some of the best blueberries around.



Andrea Masters, FNP


Andrea Masters, FNP holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans and a Masters degree in Nursing from San Francisco State University School of Nursing. Andrea moved from the Bay Area to join the MCC team in 2018. She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner who believes in integrative health care. In addition to her background in nursing and public health, Andrea has certifications in yoga, meditation, and nutrition.



Linnea Matthews, FNP


Linnea Matthews received her BS in nursing and biology from California State University at Hayward and graduated from the University of California San Francisco’s Nurse Practioner and Preceptor program.

Linnea specializes in geriatrics and women’s health. She joined the MCC team in 2008.



James Thomas, PA


James specializes in family health care. He joined the MCC team in 2003. James also provides behavioral medicine services in our Behavioral Health Department. James received his Physician Assistant degree from Weill Cornell Medical School in New York.

When he’s not at work, James enjoys painting, spending time with his son, and being a DJ at a local radio station, where he showcases his extensive and eclectic knowledge of music. He is also an avid New York Rangers fan.





BEHAVIORAL HEALTH



Lynne Bornheim, LCSW


Lynne Bornheim, LCSW received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California and has been practicing as a social worker for 30 years. Lynne focuses on medical social work and sees treatment for the whole person as essential. In addition to seeing patients, Lynne has managed MCC’s Behavioral Health department since 2017 and enjoys working with MCC’s other clinicians to ensure the best services are offered to the community. Lynne enjoys living in Fort Bragg, spending time with her cats, and watching baseball.



Annie Gallo, LCSW


Ann Gallo, LCSW received her Masters of Social Work degree from San Jose State University in 2009 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2015. Before coming to the Mendocino Coast Clinics in 2018, Ann spent 10 years working throughout the Bay Area as a mental health therapist with children, youth, and families in a variety of roles and settings. Ann is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-Based techniques with a focus on being Strengths-Based, Client-Centered, Co-occurring and Trauma-informed care. Having grown up on the Mendocino Coast, Ann is delighted to return to this amazing place with the ability to provide service to the community.


Genevieve Gonzalez, LCSW


Genevieve is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She received a Masters of Social Work from San Jose State University and a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders, and mindfulness-based treatments. She also has experience working with survivors of domestic violence. She joined the MCC team in 2018.

Genevieve enjoys traveling and making memories with her family and friends.



John Remington


John Remington, PsyD completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), in San Francisco. He has been a licensed, practicing Psychologist since 2003. John has worked at MCC since 2011, specializing in psycho-dynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness-based/sensory-focused symptom and stress-management strategies for depression and anxiety. When not engaged in work, Dr. Remington enjoys a good hike, a good read, and a good cup of coffee.





David Stein, LCSW


David Stein, LCSW received a Masters of Social Work from Eastern Michigan University and has been practicing as a Licensed Social Worker for more than ten years. He joined the MCC team in 2016. David is passionate about helping people, with a special emphasis on children and families. Among other techniques, David is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and has recently started training in Hypnotherapy. When he is not at work, David is an avid surfer who also enjoys tennis, hiking, walking his dogs, going to the beach, and reading.



James Thomas, PA


James specializes in behavioral medicine services. He joined the MCC team in 2003. James also provides family medicine services. James received his Physician Assistant degree from Weill Cornell Medical School in New York.

When he’s not at work, James enjoys painting, spending time with his son, and being a DJ at a local radio station, where he showcases his extensive and eclectic knowledge of music. He is also an avid New York Rangers fan.





DENTAL TEAM



Jae Do Kim, DDS


Jae Do Kim, DDS, joined MCC’s dental team in 2018. Dr. Kim joins us from Oklahoma, where he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at the University of Oklahoma. He is enjoying getting to know his new hometown of Fort Bragg and exploring the beautiful Mendocino Coast.



Tad Ulatowski, DDS


Tadeus “Tad” Ulatowski received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of California San Francisco. He joined the MCC team in 2004.



Wendy Carvajal, DDS


Dr. Wendy Carvajal is the newest member of MCC’s dental team. She is a graduate of the University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She also holds a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Dr. Carvajal has volunteered as a dentist in South America and was the recipient of the HALO Hero award in 2016. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.





Kimberly Celeri, RDH


Kim Celeri is a graduate of the Santa Rosa Junior College Registered Dental Hygienist program. Kim provides dental hygiene services. She joined the MCC team in 2009.

When she’s not at work, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors. Kim is an accomplished equestrian with a lifelong love of horses, starting when she first sat on a pony at the age of two months. She raises, trains, and shows reining horses.



Marcia Espinoza, RDH


Marcia Espinoza received her Associate of Science from Riverside City College. She is a graduate of the Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) program at West Los Angeles College. RDHAPs are licensed dental professionals with years of experience who specialize in treating patients with special needs, such as patients with mental or physical disabilities whose health conditions make it difficult to access dental care.

Marcia joined the MCC dental team in 2019. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.





Sequoia Circle TEAM



Jenna Breton, RNP


Jenna received her nurse practitioner degree from the University of California, San Francisco. She specializes in women’s health, including prenatal care, well woman care, gynecology, contraception, postpartum care and breastfeeding.

When she’s not working, Jenna enjoys traveling and spending time with her children. She loves being outside: camping, backpacking, and cross country skiing.



Dawn Hofberg, PA


Dawn Hofberg, PA received her Teaching Credential and Master’s degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education from Sonoma State University. Dawn studied midwifery at Maternidad La Luz, El Paso Texas.  Dawn received her PA degree from Stanford University. Dawn has been practicing Women’s Health and Perinatal care since 1984 and Primary Care PA since 1996. She joined the MCC team in 1997, shortly after the clinic’s inception. When she is not working with patients, Dawn enjoys being a homesteader, gardener, and yogi.


Susana Macias, Registered Dietitian


Susana Macias, RDN holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a Minor in Biological Sciences from Sacramento State University. She also graduated from the Central Valley WIC Dietetic Internship, a 44-week, full-time program with a concentration in community nutrition in Fresno, CA. She has been registered with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) since 2015. Born and raised in Fort Bragg, Susana has been employed by MCC in multiple capacities since 2004, but has been in her current position since 2016. In addition to seeing patients, Susana also coordinates MCC’s employee wellness program and does community outreach. She previously worked as an inpatient dietitian at Mendocino Coast District Hospital. When not engaged in work, Susana enjoys spending her free time with her family and friends, being a mom and traveling.



Jennifer Salyer, RN


Jennifer Salyer received a BA in studio art from UC Santa Barbara. After volunteering in an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal, she decided she needed some more practical skills, so she studied nursing at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Jenn received her Registered Nurse license in 2000 then completed a Masters in Community Health Nursing and a Nursing Doctorate. Before joining MCC in 2007, she worked in public health, maternal/newborn nursing, and home health. As a diabetes educator at MCC for the past 10 years, Jenn appreciates the connections she makes with patients and families in our community. When not at work, she loves hanging out at the beach with her kids and traveling to see the world and learn about other cultures.





Kei Velazquez, NP


Kei Velazquez, NP graduated from the University of California, San Francisco with degrees as a Registered Nurse, Masters degree, Certified Nurse Midwife, and Nurse Practitioner of Women’s Health. Specializing in obstetrics, perinatal and lactation services, Kei has a passion for women’s health. She has been practicing for 18 years and joined the MCC team in 2009. Raised on the Mendocino Coast, Kei is proud to be raising her two daughters in the same beautiful place where she grew up.



Brent Wright, MD


Brent Wright got a BS from University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida in 1982 and worked as a Marine Biologist for 13 years, and did research, both privately then at University of Miami, Florida. Brent received an MD-PhD from University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado in 1995 and did an Ob-Gyn Residency at Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, Colorado in 1999. He has been practicing here in Fort Bragg for 19 years, ever since specializing in General Obstetrics & Gynecology. Brent’s favorite things are: rescuing Greyhounds and stray cats, living in a small town and knowing my patients and their families, living on the coast/in the redwoods, walks in the woods, rescuing marine mammals, diving, reading, movies, travel and seeing wild animals in Africa!



Jim Young, Chiropractor


Jim Young graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY in 1976 with a BA in Economics. –BA in economics. He then studied at Life Chiropractic College and became a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine in 1987. Jim had a private practice for 31 years, and specializes in family practice. An avid athlete, he played four years of college basketball, and two years professional basketball in England. He has been a coach for the Mendocino School District for 16 years. Jim moved to the area to build a house for his family, farm the land, and raise his son.





Pediatrics TEAM



Chris Robshaw, MD


Christopher Robshaw, MD graduated from the University of Miami. Born and raised in Florida, Chris has been practicing as a pediatrician for 26 years. He moved across the country in 2018 to join the MCC team. When he isn’t hard at work in our pediatrics clinic, Chris enjoys gardening, biking, and exploring the beautiful countryside in his new hometown.



Donavan Spencer, MD


Donavan Spencer, MD graduated from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Donavan specializes in pediatrics. He was a “traveler” or locum for many years, working in a number of different settings from tribal clinics in remote reservation lands to hospitals in urban areas before being temporarily assigned to MCC in 2015. That temporary assignment became permanent soon after his arrival, as Donavan felt at home in Fort Bragg and was ready to plant some roots. When he’s not working, Donavan enjoys riding and working on bikes, exploring the beautiful local scenery, and reading.



Gayle Tyerman, MD


Gayle Tyerman MD graduated from George Washington University and specializes in pediatrics. She spent nearly 30 years at Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles. She and her husband fell in love with the Mendocino Coast while visiting, and were inspired to move here. Gayle joined the MCC team in 2017, and when she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her dogs, playing tennis, and all the natural wonders the area has to offer.

For the last 25 years, Gayle has been a volunteer with Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that sends international teams of healthcare workers to countries who have an underserved population of unrepaired cleft lip and palate patients.





Family Wellness TEAM



Annie Gallo, LCSW


Ann Gallo, LCSW received her Masters of Social Work degree from San Jose State University in 2009 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2015. Before coming to the Mendocino Coast Clinics in 2018, Ann spent 10 years working throughout the Bay Area as a mental health therapist with children, youth, and families in a variety of roles and settings. Ann is trained in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness-Based techniques with a focus on being Strengths-Based, Client-Centered, Co-occurring and Trauma-informed care. Having grown up on the Mendocino Coast, Ann is delighted to return to this amazing place with the ability to provide service to the community.



Genevieve Gonzalez, LCSW


Genevieve is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is bilingual in English and Spanish. She received a Masters of Social Work from San Jose State University and a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders, and mindfulness-based treatments. She also has experience working with survivors of domestic violence. She joined the MCC team in 2018.

Genevieve enjoys traveling and making memories with her family and friends.



Bess Donley


Bess Donley is a licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist who has been involved with Chinese Medicine for over 30 years as both a patient and practitioner. Her focus is on supporting the body’s natural ability to heal through Acupuncture, nutritional support and herbal medicine. She has been practicing on the Mendocino Coast for 12 years.



Jason Moore


Jason Moore has been a student of Chinese medicine for nearly 20 years. He is a 2009 graduate of Five Branches University (Santa Cruz) and has attended Zhejiang Medical College in Hangzhou, China. He specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic pain and has a strong passion for helping patients live healthy lives without a dependence on pain medication or surgery. Jason moved to Fort Bragg in 2016 and loves living and practicing on the Coast. He is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist, a National Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and is working to receive his Doctorate Degree in Chinese Medicine by the fall of 2020.




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