Malinda Wheeler



Orange County

Malinda has been a Registered Nurse for 37 years holding a variety of positions. She received her bachelor’s degree of Nursing from Niagara University, NY, her master’s degree from UCLA as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Critical Care and her Family Nurse Practitioner certificate from California State University, Long Beach. Malinda was a Professor of Nursing for Long Beach City College 10 years and has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in various settings.

​She is nationally certified as a sexual assault nurse examiner in the areas of pediatrics, adolescents and adults. For the past 25 years, Malinda has been the owner and director of Forensic Nurse Specialists, Inc. Forensic Nurse Specialists is a private practice/business which provides forensic evidentiary examinations 24 hours per day to law enforcement for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. She holds several contracts with cities, universities, counties and hospital systems. Forensic Nurse Specialists currently provides services to over 55 law enforcement agencies in the Los Angeles and Orange county area.
Malinda is past member on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Forensic Nurses, Forensic Nurse Certification Board and is Founding President of the So. California Chapter of IAFN. She was co-chair of the Los Angeles Sexual Assault Coordinating Council for 4 years and helped established certification requirements for all SART Centers in Los Angeles County. Currently Malinda is a board member with the Children’s Advocacy Center in Covina, as well as a child forensic interviewer with the CAC. Malinda is currently a trainer and consultant for the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center. She has helped develop curriculum for the state law enforcement educational requirements on sexual assault and domestic violence. Malinda has consulted and lectured extensively on Sexual Assault, Child Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Strangulation and Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault. Strangulation Expertise- National Strangulation Expert Training Institute, San Diego Family Justice Center; advisor and consultant since 2012. Malinda has consulted or testified on over 30 strangulation cases in court and trains extensively with attorneys, law enforcement and medical professionals.