Meet Our Leadership Team
Desiree is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to Florida in 2005. After obtaining her Master’s degree in Nursing with education as a focus she worked at Advent Health as an emergency department nurse educator, emergency nurse internship program coordinator, and hospital orientation specialist. After several years working as an educator and trainer for Advent Health, she returned to school to obtain her Family Nurse Practitioner degree and became board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Once obtaining her FNP-c she has worked in Family Practice diagnosing and treating diverse and complex medical conditions.
During her time in family practice, she found that healthy lifestyles and eating are her passions. She now dedicates her professional time to helping others achieve their weight loss goals and has been a patient of Calla Slimspa in 2009 she brings her personal weight loss journey experience to help others achieve their weight loss goals.
Personal journey quote:
“Having personally experienced weight loss as a patient through Calla Slimspa and being able to achieve my goals with the guidance of Dr. Gil and the staff I am very honored to be a part of this great team that made such a difference in my own life and in the life of so many others. I sincerely look forward to meeting everyone and being there to assist you on your journey.”
Linda Whittaker or more lovingly known as Chef Linda in the office and at home has been an integral part of Calla Slimspa since 2008. Originally from Pittsburgh, Linda is no stranger to the medical field. With a medical career spanning over 25 years, Linda has extensive medical office knowledge.
She serves as executive director of Calla Slimspa but also moonlights as one of our chefs for Calla cooking classes. Her passion for cooking helps create new healthy, yet delectable, Calla-approved dishes. Linda runs the day to day activity of the business, heads the Human Resources Department and is a great leader and motivator for both Calla Slimspa staff and patients.
In her spare time, when she’s not at Calla or cooking for her family and Calla team, Linda enjoys going to the gym, traveling and spending time with her husband, Dennis, and dogs, Guinness and Shibby. She also loves spending time with her grand-furbabies Nikko and Ollie, the latter can be found here on most Thursdays.