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Student Health Services (SHS) Staff

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Dianne Avelar is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) 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 (LMFT) 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 Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) 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.


Gina WestJohn, RN

Gina Montoya-Westjohn is a Registered Nurse who has been on staff at SHS since 2019. She also is the Compliance Coordinator for RN, DH, RT programs and consults MA students in their program. She completed her Nursing program in 2001, at Ohlone College in Fremont, CA. Gina started her RN career at Dominican Hospital in the Med-Surg Dept. A few years later she specialized in Pediatrics and continues her ties to home health care. Gina spends most of her free time with her family; she loves playing games, reading books, and watching her three daughters play sports!


Liliana Guzman, Administrative Assistant

Liliana Guzman was raised in Santa Cruz, CA. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for more than 10 years and has been working at Cabrillo Student Health Services since 2014. Liliana is a mother of four children, 14, 12, 4, and 1 year old. Her passion is her kids. She enjoys taking them to the park and the beach during the summertime. In her own time, she likes to listen to music and watch movies. Liliana graduated from Santa Cruz High school in 2003 and later attended Cabrillo College. She graduated from the Medical Assistant and Phlebotomy program in 2014 and obtained a certificate of achievement. As a medical assistant student, she completed her internship hours at the Cabrillo College Student Health Services and phlebotomy internship hours at the Watsonville Community Hospital.


Victor Thompson, Personal Counseling Intern

Victor is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist working as a Psychological Counselor at both Cabrillo College and One Life Counseling Center (non-profit agency in San Carlos). He earned his Masters in Clinical Psychology at San Jose State University, and provides a blend of both humanistic (the belief that everyone is capable of rising above their own struggles and becoming the best version of themselves) and Cognitive Behavioral (cycles of negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be broken up and managed in healthy ways) therapy approaches. In his free time he mostly enjoys outside activities like rock climbing and hiking, but has a soft spot in his heart for video games and keeps up with them competitively.



Erin Johnson, Personal Counseling Intern

Erin is an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC) in her fourth year of pre-licensed internship. She earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in holistic health psychology from Bastyr University for Natural Health in Kenmore, WA in 2015. In 2009 she earned her BA in Literature from The College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara where she also studied creative writing and theater. As a an alumni of Cabrillo College Erin is excited to return to campus in service of current students. She is ready to listen and offer support for whatever might be challenging you, and does her best to honor her clients stories and diverse experiences. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, studying the healing arts, and playing Dungeons and Dragons.!


Leah Iracleous, Personal Counseling Intern

Leah is a third year doctoral student of clinical depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the California Institute of Integral Studies in social justice and critical psychology and she is a Soquel High School graduate. Leah completed her associate’s degree here at Cabrillo College. Leah is an avid traveler and loves to be outside. She is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys surfing, snowboarding, scuba diving, and rock climbing. Shantaram is one of her favorite books. Leah is delighted to be offering students support in creative ways that suit their individual needs.










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