Recovery Staff

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.


Dr. Rosemary O. Odocha, M.D., Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Rosemary O. Odocha specializes in psychiatry in the Saint Petersburg 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. Rafael Beltran Durango, M.D., Consulting Psychiatrist

Dr. Rafael Beltran Durango is a psychiatrist in Saint Petersburg, Florida. He received his medical degree from University De Antioquia, Fac De Med and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He joined the team at Transformations by the Gulf in 2016, and is dedicated to individualized addiction recovery.


Dr. Herbert Gersh, M.D., Medical Director

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…
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Jonathan Boyd, MS, LMHC, Clinical Director

Jonathan has worked for over a decade of providing counseling and mental health services to a variety of populations. He specializes in counseling adults with substance abuse and addiction disorders…
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Suzanne Stokes, LMHC, CAP

“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…
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Julia Stepelton, MA, MS, LMHC, Addictions/Trauma Specialist

 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…
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Sara Gray, ARNP

Sara Gray specializes in Nurse Practitioner in Safety Harbor area and has over 3 years of experience in the field of medicine. She graduated with her medical degree in 2015…
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Joseph Scarce, MA MFT ATR-BC

Joe Scarce is a registered board certified art therapist.  Joe has a master’s degree in art therapy and in 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…
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Paul West, CMHP

Mr. Paul West began working with the chronic mentally ill in 1996. In 2000 he worked as a substance abuse counselor for the Fulton State Hospital in Missouri. In 2004, Paul began working as a substance abuse counselor for…
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Anthony Harris, CAC Therapist

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. He has been clean and…
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Al Nesti, M.Ed., Recovery, Fitness and Nutrition Instructor

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…
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Elizabeth McConnell, Aiyana Yoga Instructor

Miss 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…
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Jennifer Nitsch, Acupuncturist

Jennifer Nitsch received her Masters of Science from Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando, FL. Jennifer is a St. Petersburg native and is glad to be back home serving….
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David Wong Yee, Clinical Herbalist, Acupuncturist

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 …
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