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Student Health Services (SHS) Staff


Leticia Amezcua joined the Student Health Services team in November 2012 as our as Administrative Assistant. Leti brings with her a wealth of Cabrillo knowledge and connections, and finds joy in helping our students.


diane avelar placeholderDianne Avelar provides personal counseling services and administers the post-Master's counseling intern program for SHS. Dianne is a licensed family and marriage therapist (LFMT) who previously worked with Pajaro Valley Prevention Services, and maintains a local private psychotherapy practice. 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.



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 began working at Planned Parenthood as a primary care practitioner in 2001, 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.



Marianne Gardner is a licensed family and marriage therapist (LFMT) who provides personal counseling services to Cabrillo students in Student Health Services. Her full bio is coming soon.



S. LavelleSusan Lavelle 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 provides much of the planning and implementation of health education outreach events for SHS.


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



Personal counseling interns:

Lance Bauscher has practiced psychotherapy for 3 years with a holistic and mindfulness-based practice in Monterey and Santa Cruz. He earned his MA in Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University in the Holistic Studies Department, with an emphasis in Buddhistic Psychology. He also has an MA in Humanistic Philosophy, which feeds his other interests in literature and filmmaking. In addition to his duties at Cabrillo, Lance also has a private psychotherapy practice in Soquel. His free time is joyfully gobbled up by his boisterous 3-year-old son. 



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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