Meet the Psychiatry Staff

Dr. Yira Van Der Linde, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Building 960 / Room 207
Phone: (850) 474-2420

Dr. Van Der Linde's Bio

Yira Van Der Linde, MD was born In New York, NY. She moved back to her parents’ hometown of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as an adolescent and obtained her Medical Doctorate at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena to later return to New York and complete adult psychiatric training at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers of New York.

In 2005, Dr. Van Der Linde relocated with her family to Pensacola, FL to work for Baptist Hospital / Lakeview Center Inc. where she worked as a staff psychiatrist for 4 years and currently remains as Consulting Medical Staff. In 2008, she joined East Hill Clinic LLC. Dr. Van Der Linde joined The University Of West Florida as the staff psychiatrist for Psychiatric Services in 2009.

Dr. Van Der Linde enjoys working with the university population and has experience dealing with mental health wellness and illness issues. She provides her clients with diagnostic consultation and treatment expertise for a wide-range of mental, emotional, identity, social and relationship difficulties.

Dr. Van Der Linde emphasizes providing insight-oriented, interpersonal and supportive psychotherapy, as well as individualized psycho-active medication treatment plans combined with patient education and focusing on treating patients as a whole.

Kay McWhirter, ARNP

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner

Building 960 / Room 209
Phone: (850) 474-2420

Kay's Bio

Kay McWhirter received her bachelor’s from University of South Alabama and her two master degrees from Indiana University. Ms. McWhirter has held various clinical, academic and administrative roles in the field of psychiatric nursing. She has served the community of Pensacola in her clinical role as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry since 1990. Lieutenant Colonel McWhirter served her country in the Army Nurse Corps for fourteen years and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. 

Ms. McWhirter has been a member of the University of West Florida team since 2011.