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Student Health Services (SHS) Staff

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Dianne Avelar is a licensed family and marriage therapist (LFMT) who provides personal counseling services and administers the post-Master's counseling intern program for SHS. Dianne is a graduate of Watsonville High School and completed her undergraduate work and teaching credential at San Jose State University. She then went on to receive her Master's degree from Santa Clara University, returning to Watsonville to work and live. Dianne loves the beach, and is an avid traveler, camper, and reader. Her favorite authors are Rick Hanson ("Just One Thing" "Buddha's Brain") and John Medina ("Brain Rules").

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Lance Bauscher is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in his 6th year working as a Psychological Counselor at Cabrillo College. He also has a holistic and mindfulness-based psychotherapy practice in Aptos. He earned his MA in Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in the Holistic Studies Department with an emphasis in Buddhist Psychology. He also has an MA in Humanistic Philosophy, which feeds his other interests in literature and existential philosophy. Lance is Adjunct Faculty at National University where he teaches Psychology and School Counseling. His free time tends to be joyfully gobbled up by his two children and the beautiful game of soccer.

katie dowlingKatie Dowling is a family nurse practitioner (FNP) who has been on staff at SHS since 2005 and is currently our director. She completed her nursing school prerequisites (and also met her husband in calculus class) at Cabrillo. She then transferred to San Jose State University, where she completed both her Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Nursing (BSN and MSN) degrees. Katie worked as a primary care provider at Planned Parenthood for many years, and continues to maintain ties with this and other community clinics. In her free time, Katie enjoys taming her wild flower garden, reading great books, and hiking in the Santa Cruz mountains. She loves spending time with her family.

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Marianne Gardner is a licensed family and marriage therapist (LFMT) who provides personal counseling services to Cabrillo students in Student Health Services. Marianne is a graduate of the Cabrillo College Dental Hygiene program and practiced as a Dental Hygienist while pursuing her undergraduate studies at San Jose State, and then her Masters at Santa Clara University. She is an avid reader, loves to laugh, and is madly in love with her twin granddaughters.


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Susan Lavelle is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner who actively endorses lifestyle medicine and the focus of promoting wellness. She graduated from Widener University in Chester, PA with a B.S. in Nursing and obtained her Master's Degree in Nursing Administration from the University of California San Francisco. In 2006, she earned a Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from Sonoma State University.

Susan recognizes that what we chose to eat significantly influences on our health, the environment, and animals and coaches students to adopt healthy dietary habits. She also teaches cooking classes to the public through Cabrillo's Extension Program. Susan is a certified Food for Life cooking instructor associated with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a non-profit organization of physicians, dieticians and nurses that advocate healthy nutrition. She has also completed studies on Diet and Lifestyle Interventions through the Wellness Forum's Institute for Health and is a graduate of Rouxbe Culinary School.

Susan has over 35 years of diverse healthcare experience, from critical care nursing at San Francisco General Hospital, to mental health services in Sonoma COunty, to primary care as nurse practitioner. For the past 10 years she has worked in college health services and loves working with students to improve their health and establish healthy lifestyle practices.


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Marcella Meier is a family nurse practitioner (FNP). Graduated from Binghamton University with a BSN and worked as a hospital nurse for 7 years. Graduated from the University of Rochester with an MSN in women’s health as a Nurse Practitioner. Later, went on the study family medicine at San Jose State and has been a family nurse practitioner for over 20 years, caring for people in the community at both Planned Parenthood and Cabrillo College. Marcella is married and has one daughter. She lives in Aptos, California and spends most of her time at soccer games, biking, and hiking.



Personal Counseling Interns:


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Trinity McGuire graduated from UCSC with a BA in Sociology in 2012 and then received her Master’s Degree in Holistic Counseling Psychology from John F Kennedy University, graduating in 2015. She has been practicing therapy for three years and provides personal counseling services to Cabrillo students individually, in groups, and with their families. She uses a client-centered approach when working with students, offering support to help them discover their strengths as well as navigate through the many challenges life brings. She loves to hike and read in her free time.Some of her favorite books include "Attached," by Amir Levine and Rachel Heller and "If the Buddha Got Stuck," by Charlotte Kasl - all of her other books as well!












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