Meet the BTC Team

Giana Chilcott Giana Chilcott

Giana Chilcott

Director of Partnerships and Outreach
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Marty Lajoie - PsyD Marty Lajoie - PsyD

Marty Lajoie

Director of Psychological Services
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Cammy Michel Cammy Michel

Cammy Michel

PhD, Licensed Psychologist
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Marisha Chilcott - MD
Marisha Chilcott - MD

Marisha Chilcott - MD

CEO

Marisha Chilcott is a Board Certified Family Physician who earned her MD at UC Davis School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Contra Costa Family Medicine program in Martinez, CA. Before medical school, she worked as a consultant in the electric utility industry, focused on demand-side management program evaluations and software development. She has a BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley, although she claims to have "majored" in boys and beer. I am just checking to see if anyone is actually reading this. Gotcha, Amy.

Dr. Chilcott has worked as an emergency room physician, a primary care doctor, a geriatrician, and as an aesthetic medical provider. It is with this breadth of experience that she comes to Be the Change in Mental Health (BTC) committed to creating a clinical treatment center that will improve society with the multiplicative effect of one-human-at-a time wellness that cannot help but influence families and friends.

All of Dr. Chilcott's personal and professional experiences culminate in being uniquely qualified to lead BTC to achieve our mission. She understands the challenges of the broken medical system with its distorted incentives, problematic third-party payor structure, and the absurd separation of mental health from all other types of healthcare. She is a successful business person who can understand financial imperatives, allocate resources to get work done, and build a team that will leverage her individual energy into an entire organization. She is a leader who will create the productive, supportive, brave culture that is needed to disrupt the status quo in mental health care.

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Giana Chilcott
Giana Chilcott
Giana Chilcott

Giana Chilcott

Director of Partnerships and Outreach

Giana Chilcott, formerly "Roberge", is a world-class athlete, clinician, and spokesperson with a unique approach to the entire athletic training, performance, and business experience. Her unrivaled knowledge, experience and method provide a rare experience – and success - for riders, sponsors and fans. Since 1996, Giana has been a professional cyclist – and at times simultaneously competing as a professional equestrian.

She has raced for the US National Team, The Saturn Cycling Team, The Timex Team, Team Speed Queen, Proman Women's Team and Elita. She represented the US internationally at many events including the World Championships and is a former World Champion, National Champion and member of the International Cycling Hall of Fame. She now continues her legacy through her Team Speed Queen consulting practice – Coach – Consultant – Trainer - Teacher – Motivator - Mentor.

Outside of the ring and off the bike, she is mother to Sawyer, and owner of Team Speed Queen. Giana is married and has called Northern California home for more than a decade.

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Marty Lajoie - PsyD
Marty Lajoie - PsyD
Marty Lajoie - PsyD
Marty Lajoie - PsyD

Marty Lajoie - PsyD

Director of Psychological Services
Psychedelic-assisted Psychotherapist

Marty Lajoie ("DocMarty") is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned his Masters and Doctorate in clinical psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. There, he conducted dissertation research in the psychedelic sciences for treating mental health disorders. He underwent post-graduate training and certification with Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Sciences (MAPS) in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, and Nonviolent Communication (NVC). He is also a Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional (CIMHP) and certified Neurodynamic Breathwork facilitator. Marty uses an eclectic clinical approach drawing from frameworks of Holotropic, Existential, Humanistic, integrative health and addiction recovery.

In the past 5 years of clinical practice, Marty has served in a diversity of roles. He was the clinical director at Duffy's Napa Valley Rehab, a substance use (and co-occurring) mental disorder, treatment center in Calistoga. There, he also developed dual-diagnosis programming as well as the clinical training internship program, and practiced evidence based psychological therapies to treat mental disorders. He also provided therapeutic and educational groups at Azure Acres. Along with his role at BTC, he is currently clinical supervisor at Duffy's and is a creative and CEO at Holistic Recovery (holisticrecovery.com), a psychoeducational media resource for integrative health practices that empower people's recovery from addictions.

Marty additionally draws experience from two decade-long careers prior to psychology. The first, was in entertainment where he produced and performed at large electronic dance music events in Northern California via his organization, Happy Kids. Creating and curating settings for people to have transcendent musical experiences in, lends elegantly to his thoughtful arrangement of the optimal healing setting and music sets in his current psychedelic-assisted therapy work. The second career was a decade of counseling and caring for youth with abuse and neglect traumas, at a County of Sonoma child protective shelter, Valley of the Moon Children's Home.

In his personal journey, Marty has been an active and contributing member of addiction recovery support group communities for the past 2 decades. These experiences, are what inspired him to further his education and professional development in the human helping fields and become the psychologist he is today.

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Cammy Michel
Cammy Michel
Cammy Michel

Cammy Michel

PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Psychedelic-assisted Psychotherapist

Dr. Cammy is excited about the possibilities of Psychedelic- Assisted Psychotherapy at Be the Change in Mental Health. Dr. Cammy has been a licensed psychologist in private practice since 2011 and continues to see private practice patients in addition to working with Be the Change. She brings an impressive background in psychedelic education and training which include Ketamine- Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP) training from Polaris, MDMA training from the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelics (MAPS), she holds a Psychedelic Certificate from CIIS, and is a member of the Redwood Psychedelic Association.

Dr. Cammy consciously and caringly holds space for her patients experiencing and exploring Ketamine- Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP). She believes the medicine is a catalyst for the real work which is in the therapy. Dr. Cammy is impressed specifically with (KAP) because it alleviates depression quickly and has the opportunity to reset an individual's way of thinking, priming them to enjoy life's pleasures. Ironically, in western culture as adults age, the capacity for play and meaningful leisure can become lost. KAP reminds the brain to return to the "now" and to mindfully "live again".

When not at work, Dr. Cammy can be found walking at the beach, cavorting with her adult children, or hiking in the mountains.

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Shannon Beck
Shannon Beck
Shannon Beck

Shannon Beck

RN, BSN, PHN

Shannon, a Registered Nurse (RN) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Public Health Nurse (PHN), hails from Northern California. With a rich background spanning over 17 years in the nursing field, she has dedicated her career to serving the community in various clinical and home settings. Shannon has garnered experience in the Emergency Department, Home Health, Hospice, Outpatient Surgical Procedure Suite, and as an RN Quality Liaison.

Grounded in a holistic care approach, Shannon values treating individuals comprehensively, addressing not only the physical aspects but also the mind and spirit. She holds a degree in Cultural Anthropology from UC Berkeley and a Nursing degree from Samuel Merritt College.

Shannon is well-versed in trauma-informed care and exhibits a fervent commitment to mental health, advocating for accessible services across diverse populations. Her dedication extends to the well-being of first responders, veterans, and frontline workers, a cause that holds a special place in her heart and spirit.

Outside of her nursing profession, Shannon immerses herself in family and farm life, passionately exploring regenerative farming, herbalism, and alternative healing methods. She finds solace in connecting with nature and cherishing the beauty of our planet.

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Diana Venegas
Diana Venegas
Diana Venegas

Diana Venegas

BSN, RN, PHN

Meet Diana, a compassionate KAT/Retreat Nurse at BTC. Hailing from the enchanting Ohlone territory in Northern California, Diana, a proud Mexican Native, cherishes her roots where her now-young-adult children were born.

Diana, a Registered Nurse, extends her healing touch to both hospital and community settings. Stepping up as a Public Health Nurse, she volunteered to aid victims of Northern California wildfires and served as a Community Testing Supervisor during the challenging times of the pandemic.

Having witnessed life's trials firsthand, Diana empathizes with the profound impact such experiences can have on how we navigate the world, not just for our families and communities, but also for ourselves. She believes in the transformative power of wellbeing and is committed to guiding individuals on their journey toward embracing their authentic selves. Diana looks forward to creating a nurturing space for those embarking on the BTC empowering retreats.

On a personal note, Diana is thrilled about the potential of plant medicine and psychedelics in mental health. From her childhood, she has harbored a deep love for road trips to Baja to reconnect with her family. Nature, classic cars, and furry friends, especially dogs, hold a special place in her heart.

Diana is not just a nurse; she is a caring presence, a guide, and a fellow traveler on the winding paths of life, ready to support and uplift those she encounters.

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