Circle L Staff
Founder Dr. Deborah Wilson, a Scottsdale, Arizona surgeon, grew up in a family that welcomed all sorts of pets into their home. Her love of animals has inspired many and her commitment to them is nothing short of extraordinary. Beginning first with the rescue of birds, both exotic and domestic, Dr. Wilson quickly expanded her mission to include the rescue of horses, goats, cattle and, of course, dogs. Her philosophy is, "no animal left behind."
Amy Ogden, Ranch Manager
Amy has been involved with animal rescue and rehabilitation for over 20 years. She has founded and operated non-profits and has extensive knowledge of and experience with many species including wildlife, parrots, and companion animals. She has a strong focus on horses and livestock, particularly mind and body enrichment.
Meet Dr. Lucy Berg
Lucy comes to us with a full range of academic and experiential skills as well as a life-long love of animals. Early in her career she trained as a Vet Tech in California. Lucy holds a doctorate in psychology from Pennsylvania State University. While pursuing her advanced degree she studied the psychological and physiological effects of the human and animal connection. Much of her career has been spent working in higher education as both a professor and an administrator. Her experience with horses began early when she bought a rank gelding from her best friend. She holds a Master Horsemanship Certificate from Louisiana State University and has spent many years studying and learning the most effective ways to develop human/horse relationship success. She served as the Director of the Yavapai Equine Center in Chino Valley, where she joined her academic knowledge of learning theory and cognition with humane horse handling to build a rehabilitation program based on equitation science. She is also a Certified Trainer for USK9 Unlimited for obedience, protection, detection and search and rescue and has two wonderful dogs of her own.
Stacey Derington, Assistant Manager
Stacey spent over 20 years as a nurse in both hospitals and hospice. After heart surgery she decided to find a job that combined her love of animals and a good physical workout. She looked on line and came across the Circle L Ranch. Although she’s a city girl with little animal care experience she says she doesn’t mind getting dirty. She can’t wait to get to work every day and explains that these animals at the Ranch have become her life. And just so you know, she can point out each animal and tell you their name!