Senior Staff

  • Linda L. Smith assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer in 1988 when IPN was a newly forming Alternative to Discipline Program. For more than 20 years, as an advanced nurse practitioner specializing in addiction and mental health, Linda worked with her team to transform IPN into a comprehensive and sophisticated national model. Addressing consumer safety, nurse assistance and job retention is the primary focus of the IPN. A model used by more than a dozen other states that have developed state-wide programs, Linda is called on as a speaker and consultant for her expertise and experience with the Florida Program.

    In addition, Linda has published in many peer reviewed journals and authored two Recovery Maintenance Workbooks for Nurses which address issues specific to relapse prevention among nurses.

  • Myrtle serves as the Chief Operations Officer at Intervention Project for Nurses. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and Certified Addiction Professional (CAP) in the State of Florida. Myrtle is also an International Certified Addiction Counselor (ICADC) with over 18 years of addiction and mental health counseling, case management and private practice experience. Myrtle has a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, a Master in Rehabilitation Counseling and currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Psychology. Her clinical experience includes outpatient settings, residential dual diagnoses clinics, family services agencies and private practice. She also is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Florida Mental Health Counselor Association (FLMHCA).

  • Dr. John Tanner is one of the inaugural physicians certified by both the American Society of Addiction Medicine (1986) and the American Board of Addiction Medicine (2009), in addition to being a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor. Dr. Tanner has worked in the addictions field since 1984 and previously served as Assistant Medical Director of the Florida PRN program. He serves on the Board of ASAM and remains actively involved in treating impaired professionals. IPN is very pleased to have Dr. Tanner on staff for his expert consultation, review of complex cases and best practices education.

  • Kathy Whitaker, MS, LMHC, is the Director of Clinical Services at IPN. She has a Master’s of Science in Psychology and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has worked in the field of mental health since 1977. Her experience includes mental health counseling, addiction, case management and administration. She is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals and serves as an Administrative Surveyor for the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

The mission of IPN is to ensure public health and safety by providing education, monitoring, and support to nurses in the State of Florida