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With the combination of diverse, experienced clinicians and staff plus the beautiful location of our Florida Drug Rehab Center on the Gulf Coast, you or your loved one will benefit greatly from the atmosphere surrounding recovery, and learn ways to stay focused on recovery and help prevent relapse. Our caring staff is dedicated to leading you in the right directions with your drug rehab and/or alcohol recovery.

Tammy Cate


As Founder and CEO of Transformations By The Gulf, Tammy is passionate about helping people lead a sober and fulfilling life. She maintains a hands-on rapport with staff and residents, to ensure that everyone is able to receive the best possible experience for their individuality and purpose. Full of energy and positivity, when she is not on-site or in the office, she is out on her boat enjoying the St. Pete Beach in Florida fishing and living a holistic life.

Our Healthcare Staffat Transformation By The Gulf

Dr. Rosemary O.Odocha, Founder, CEO, and President at Braved Behavioral Health Institute, specializes in psychiatry in the Saint Petersburg, Florida area. She holds a medical degree with over 23 years of experience in the field of medicine and is dedicated to personalized addiction recovery. Dr. Rosemary O.Odocha provides services in aspects of behavioral health: child adolescent, adult, and geriatric psychiatry. Penn State University School of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Rafael Beltran Durango MD is a practicing Neurologist as a Psychiatry specialist in St Petersburg, Florida. He received his medical degree from University De Antioquia, Fac De Med in 1989 and completed his residency at SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn. He has been in practice for more than 29 years neurology and psychiatry. He is fluent in English and Spanish. He joined the team at Transformations by the Gulf in 2016 and is dedicated to individualized addiction recovery.

Dr. Herbert Gersh is a physiatrist in Treasure Island, Florida. He received his medical degree from The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont and has been in practice for more than 20 years. A physiatrist are physicians who specialize in helping patients with disabilities. His focus is rehabilitation, restoration of function and a return to a high quality of life. Subspecialties include General Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the Field of Psychology, a graduate of Capella University with a Master of Science (M.S.) in the Field of Mental Health Counseling, and currently completing his Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) at Argosy University in the field of Counselor Education and Supervision. Jonathan has worked for over a decade of providing counseling and mental health services to a variety of populations.

“I have worked as a Mental Health Therapist for 30 years now. I must say, I still love joining people wherever they are on their journeys. I focus on positive goals for getting back on track or even transformation. As I realize the courage it takes to come to therapy I focus on the patient/therapist relationship. First be an experience of safety and trust. Of course, the skills come in. I work in a warm, relaxed style with fierce reflection if needed or gentle support if needed.”

Julia began working in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction in the 1990’s and received certification from the International Institute for Addiction Professionals in 1991. She became a Trauma Resolution Specialist in 2012. She has worked in many treatment centers, both nonprofit and private, in the United States and abroad. She has been with TBG for three years, where she is appreciated for her outstanding work with women recovering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and codependency.

Sara Gray, from Clearwater, FL, is a Nurse Practitioner who works with Transformations by the Gulf on an individualized patient basis. She has over three years of experience in the field of medicine. Sara graduated with her medical degree in 2015 and is welcoming new patients at her practice for new appointments, preventative care, medical care including ongoing patient care. The active license number of Gray as a Nurse Practitioner is ARNP9316482 in Florida.

Joe Scarce is a registered board certified art therapist. Joe has a master’s degree in art therapy and marriage and family therapy. Joe has been providing art therapy services to families in the Tampa Bay area for over 15 years. As an Art Therapist, he provides art directives and art-making activities to increase insight into emotional conflicts. Art Therapy is an excellent way to share ideas, improve communication skills, and increase self- esteem.

Anthony “Tony” Harris has been a Certified Addictions Counselor for 7 years, a Behavioral Health Counselor for 18 years and a Sober Coach for 20 years. Clean and sober for 23 years, Tony has been a group facilitator for Department of Corrections coed group programs in the Tampa Bay area as well as managed sober living programs in the area. He is a group facilitator us at TBG and specializes in dealing with addiction issues and relapse prevention.

Al Nesti is educated with a BA in History and a Med in Education. He has 15 years of experience as a secondary school History/English Teacher, Assistant Vocational Director, Assistant Principal, Adult Education Director, Title I Director, and Soccer Coach. Al has 23 years of experience working at a residential drug treatment program for court-ordered addicts as a fitness recreation, nutrition, recovery, and addiction coach and instructor.

Elizabeth McConnell was born in Long Beach, CA and raised in the beautiful state of North Carolina. Encouraged from childhood to lead an active lifestyle, Elizabeth excelled in organized sports as well as water-skiing and swimming. She studied Biology at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and continues to build upon that foundation to this day by pursuing health and philosophy courses through local colleges, workshops and her love for in-depth research and reading.

Jennifer Nitsch, an Acupuncturist received her Masters of Science from Florida College of Integrative Medicine and Associate of Science (A.S.), Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Florida. Jennifer is a St. Petersburg native and is glad to be back home serving the city she loves. She practices full time at St. Pete Community Acupuncture in downtown St. Pete. When not helping people regain their health and well-being she likes to run, bike, read, and drink coffee.

David Wong Yee CH, Dipl. Ac. comes from New York State to Clearwater, Florida with over 35 years of experience in the Martial Arts & Healing Arts. His background includes certification from the William C.C. Chen School of Tai Chi Chuan, The Tri-State Institute of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies for clinical herbal studies in St. Petersburg, Florida. All renowned schools in New York, Connecticut, and Florida.

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