Alex Edwards
Athletic Trainer, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS

Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Alex moved to Panama City, Florida from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where she worked with Coastal Carolina University’s Sports Medicine team from July 2016-June 2017. Her primary responsibility was with the Women's Lacrosse team (A-Sun regular season Conference Champions) and assisting with pre-season and in-season Football team as they transitioned into the Sun Belt Conference.  She coordinated with the athletic training staff and sports performance staff which was key to the development of the athletes.  Alex has her Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Certification (CSCS).


Prior to working with Coastal Carolina, Alex attended Florida International University working as a graduate assistant for the Women’s Volleyball and Beach Volleyball programs from 2014-2016.  In the spring of 2015, Alex traveled with FIU to the Conference, Regional and National Outdoor Track Championships.  Also, as a summer graduate assistant, Alex worked with student athletes recovering from surgeries or continuing training while attending summer classes.

Alex volunteered at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania during the summer of 2014 as a strength and conditioning intern, working with football, men's and women's basketball, and women's volleyball.  Alex also helped gap the bridge between sports medicine and strength & conditioning, while progressively learning strength training practices.

Alex earned her undergrad while attending Indiana University of Pennsylvania, in Indiana, Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a second degree in Exercise Science.  Alex played Varsity Women's lacrosse for four years at IUP.

As a Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Alex understands the unique demands athletes put on their bodies and develops individual therapy plans based on each athlete’s condition and goals.  Working closely with Gulf Coast Medical Center and Southern Orthopedic Specialists, Alex has access to the physicians, diagnostic technology, and rehabilitation services that helped Gulf Coast Medical Center become the only area hospital to earn Joint Commission Accreditation for Joint, Hip, and Spine Surgery.

Phone: 850.769.1551 ext. 3369
Email:  aedwards7@gulfcoast.edu

2019 Gulf Coast State College Athletic Physical Packet


Gulf Coast Medical Center

Gulf Coast Medical Center (GCMC) has distinguished itself as being the area’s healthcare quality leader. We are proud to be recognized by Joint Commission as one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals and to be a recipient of the Reuters Top 100 Hospital’s Award. This can only be accomplished through hard work, attention to detail, and a determination to always keep patient care in the forefront of all we do. Please visit: gcmc-pc.com

The GCMC Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Service includes an Athletic Trainers Program which continues the commitment to excellence.

All of our athletic trainers:

  • Hold degrees and have passed the National Board of Certification for Athletic Trainers
  • Design their programs to meet the unique needs of young athletes. They recommend age-appropriate training, teach proper technique and use clear, understandable language to educate youth about sports and health related issues.

Through a contract with Gulf Coast State College, GCMC provides athletic trainers at the sporting events, as well as, during the pre- and post-season.

Their services include:

  • Emergency care and treatment
  • Injury prevention, assessment, care and rehabilitation
  • Education about sports safety and nutrition
  • Sport-specific training and conditioning programs
  • Referrals if medical care is needed.

Evaluating any injuries that occur during play is one of the most important functions athletic trainers perform. They provide immediate treatment and refer the athletes for additional care when needed. The athletic trainers are part of the ImPACT® Testing concussion program. They determine whether an athlete has a concussion and when they can safely return to play.

Contact Us

To find out more about the Gulf Coast Medical Center Athletic Trainers Program contact:

Ray Morris, Sports Medicine Coordinator, (850)914-9191 or ray.morris@hcahealthcare.com


Dr. Mark White

Dr. Mark White

Team Chiropractor

Born and raised in New York, Dr. White graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a Bachelor of Science.

He then attended graduate school at the City University of New York at Queens College, where he earned his Master's degree.


Dr. White moved to Marietta, Georgia to attend Life Chiropractic College and was awarded his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1988. While attending Life Chiropractic College, Dr. White was elected Senior Class President, Vice President of the Student Government Association, and served as Editor of the campus newspaper "Life Force."


Upon graduation, Dr. White associated with Dr. Joe Teal in Dallas, Georgia for one year, then moved to Panama City Beach.


Since 2004, Dr. White has served as Team Chiropractor for the Gulf Coast State College Commodores. Chiropractic care reduces recovery time from injuries and allows athletes to improve their performance on the court or field of play.


Having trained in many different methods of chiropractic adjusting, the techniques Dr. White most frequently employs are Diversified Full Spine, Gonstead, Palmer Method, Thompson Drop Table and Activator. Since everyone is different, Dr. White will

use the technique that works best for you.


Dr. White is a member of The American Chiropractic Association and The Florida Chiropractic Association.



Phone: 850.234.2387


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