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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' degree from Santa Clara University, returning to Watsonville to work and live. Dianne loves the beach, and is an avid traveler, camper, and reader.

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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 family nurse practitioner (FNP). Her full bio is coming soon.






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Marcella Meier is a family nurse practitioner (FNP). Her full bio is coming soon.




martha orrMartha Orr is a registered nurse (RN) who has worked at Cabrillo College SHS since 1992.  Her previous nursing experience was in medical surgical nursing and pediatric homecare. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in psychology, Martha worked extensively in the mental health field, with a special interest in adolescents and young adults. Martha received her Bachelor's degree from NE Illinois University in 1976, her Associate's degree in nursing (ADN) from Cabrillo College in 1985, and her Master's degree in Public Health (MPH) from San Jose State University in 2004. Martha retired in 2014, but visits often.

Personal Counseling Interns:


Angela Rose graduated with a B.A. in Women’s Studies from UCSC in 1998 and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in 2012. She has been practicing therapy for three years and uses a client centered, strength based approach with children, teens, families and adults. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Aptos and is also currently the counselor at Tierra Pacifica Charter School. She enjoys walking on the beach, hiking in the mountains and spending time with her family and friends. She is also bilingual in Spanish.

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Trinity Hull 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 two 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.




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