Our Leadership

The staff at Gulf Coast Treatment Center is committed to fostering a holistic environment for healing and growth in young women. Our team of nurses, doctors, therapists, and licensed clinicians is equipped with the knowledge and skill set to encourage change and recovery in the young ladies we serve. Our staff is led by a skilled leadership team who work diligently to maintain high standards across everything we do. Learn more about our leaders below. 

Terry Abbott
Executive Director

Dr. Alexander Adelsberger

After receiving his bachelors from Temple University, Alexander Adelsberger attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Philly, PA. He pursued his interest in community psychiatry and trauma-informed care in residency at Harvard South Shore, a Boston VA healthcare program and one of the four Harvard-affiliated psychiatry programs in the greater Boston area. Dr. Adelsberger “fast-tracked” into the child and adolescent program of his choice at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and completed a two year fellowship. He is dual-board certified with the ABPN and continues to pursue his interest and efforts toward delivering quality, evidence based care in inpatient community and residential adolescent psychiatry.  

Kameko McGuire, DNP, PMHNP-BC,NP-C

Kameko McGuire is a dual certified family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She is the proud mother of two boys and her husband is retired from the United States Air Force. Kameko received her masters of science in nursing with a focus to be a family nurse practitioner from the University of South Alabama, a post master’s certificate with a focus to be a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from the University of Texas at Arlington along with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Chatham University. She has worked in various settings providing primary and psychiatric care to patients of all ages. She also enjoys teaching nursing practitioner students, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.  

Kelly Kugler, MS, LMHC
Director of Clinical Services

Ms. Kugler has served in her role since 2018, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience working with children in the foster care system, and other at-risk children and families. Before coming to Gulf Coast, she worked at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital. She’s also worked in other residential facilities as a program director and a lead therapist. Ms. Kugler has been trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy and equine therapy, and is currently working to become nationally certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University in Columbus and her master’s degree in Counseling/Psychology at Palm Beach Atlantic University.


Take the First Step

Our staff is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to provide a no-cost, mental health assessment for your child or patient. Call us at 800-537-5433 (toll-free) or 850-863-4160 to get started. For additional questions about our programs, you can also use our online contact form.

In the case of a medical emergency or crisis, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.