In 2011, Linda Gottwald, DNP, relocated from Florida to accept a position with Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Michigan. An Advanced Practice Registered Nurse with a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Rush University College of Nursing, Gottwald also accepted an invitation to join the adjunct faculty of Northwestern Michigan College. As an instructor, Linda Gottwald supervises nursing students’ rotations in the community mental health program.
Linda Gottwald began her teaching career in 1990 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. As an elementary school teacher in the Alameda Unified School District in California, her duties included leading special education classes. Having also earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Samuel Merritt University, Gottwald refocused her career in 1993, accepting a position as an Emergency Room Nurse for Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta; she remained with the hospital’s trauma center until 1996. After completing a Master of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, Linda Gottwald worked as a staff writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Oakland Tribune, and The Key West Citizen. Her work has also appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, USA, and numerous other publications. During this same period, Gottwald functioned as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Florida, providing care for low-income residents.
In 2002, Linda Gottwald became a primary caregiver in a clinic for patients with mental health and addictive disorders. Simultaneous with her work as a nurse practitioner at the clinic, she established a spay/neuter clinic in the Florida Keys. Today, as Executive Director of Pine Cone Farm, she continues to work as an animal advocate.