Primary Care Providers

ERNIE S. COUGLER, FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

ERNIE S. COUGLER, FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER

Ernie is a North Country native and graduate of Heuvelton Central School. He originally received his LPN credentials from Northwest Tech in 1981. Two years later Ernie took the next step and became a Registered Nurse after attending the Canton College of Technology. The next stop on his path was Stephen F. Austin University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in December of 1996. After returning to New York Ernie received his Master's Degree from Upstate Medical Center in 2013. He has held positions during his career at Memorial Hospital Center in Texas, and both Gouverneur Hospital and Claxton Hepburn Medical Center here in the North Country. He is accepting new patients 6 months of age and up and will have extended hours until 8pm, Wednesday - Friday. To schedule an appointment with Ernie please contact our Gouverneur Health Center at (315) 535-1300.

BRITTANY L. TERPSTRA, PA

BRITTANY L. TERPSTRA, PA

Brittany is our newest provider at the Gouverneur health center. She is a North Country native and is very excited to have the opportunity to help expand access to healthcare for residents of Gouverneur and surrounding communities. Brittany graduated from SUNY Potsdam with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with minors in both Chemistry and Health Sciences before receiving her Registered Nursing degree from SUNY Canton. She then went on to get her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Daemen College outside of Buffalo. She will be seeing patients of all ages.

Pediatrics

DR. DONALD SCHUESSLER, JR., MD, FAAP

DR. DONALD SCHUESSLER, JR., MD, FAAP

Dr. Schuessler earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Washington, D.C., and became Board Certified in 1985 through the American Board of Pediatrics. Appointments to see Dr. Shuessler can be made at our Gouverneur practice located at Gouverneur Hospital by calling (315) 535-1300.

MEGHAN MCGOWAN, PNP

MEGHAN MCGOWAN, PNP

Meghan is our newest member at the Gouverneur health center and a welcome addition to our Pediatric team. She graduated from Holy Cross with a degree in Chemistry and went on to Yale University School of Nursing where she earned her Master of Nursing with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty. Meghan truly believes in the mission of a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), and comes to us with previous experience at FQHC's in Connecticut and New York.

Care Coordination Team

Melissa Bouchey  |  Access and Care Coordinator - Substance Use Disorders

Melissa Bouchey | Access and Care Coordinator - Substance Use Disorders

Cynthia Wells  |  Outreach and Enrollment

Cynthia Wells | Outreach and Enrollment

Sarah Garrison  |  Health Home Care Manager

Sarah Garrison | Health Home Care Manager

Conveniently located at Gouverneur Hospital

Physical/Mailing Address:
77 West Barney Street,
Gouverneur, NY 13642

Telephone: (315) 287-4440
Fax: (315) 287-1858

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Monday & Tuesday - 8 am to 6 pm
Wednesday - Friday - 8 am to 8 pm

IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY OUTSIDE OF OUR NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS PLEASE CALL 911. IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CONCERN THAT IS NOT AN EMERGENCY, AFTER HOURS CARE WITH AN ON-CALL MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL IS AVAILABLE BY CALLING (315) 386-8191 IN CANTON, (315) 287-4440 IN GOUVERNEUR, AND (518) 483-0109 IN MALONE.