Our Heartfelt Thank You

The Board of Directors wishes to thank our speakers for presenting their expertise at the 2022 Technology in Correctional Health conference.

Having you present and share your knowledge helps us commit to improving and providing the best standards of care possible behind the wire with the information we need to update our practices.

In short, you make us better. Without you, we wouldn't be here. 

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Lisa Heintz, JD 

Keynote-New Approaches to Substance Use Disorders In Corrections

Director Heintz serves as the Director of Legislation and Special Projects for the Federal Court Receiver, and is the Project Executive for the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) program. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Heintz served as an Associate Director for the Division of Adult Parole Operations, and as the Chief Clinical Program Administrator for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), overseeing the CDCR’s Mental Health Continuum, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act for all CDCR releasing inmates. Ms. Heintz has over 25 years of applied program experience specializing in county, state and federal program design, implementation, and focused on obtaining successful outcomes to support recovery. Ms. Heintz’ administrative experience is focused on addiction policies, barriers to treatment, correctional operations, adult parole operations, mental health program administration, court administration, project management and community-based program development. 

Renee Kanan, M.D., M.P.H. 

Keynote-New Approaches to Substance Use Disorders In Corrections 

Dr. Kanan is the Chief Quality Officer and Deputy Director, Medical Services Division for the California Correctional Health Care Services.  She has spent much of her career creating sustainable quality management and population health programs within correctional systems including most recently the Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment program.  Dr. Kanan is a board-certified internist and has a master's degree in public health. 

Heidi Bauer, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.

Infectious Diseases Update

Dr. Bauer is the Deputy Medical Executive for Public Health for the California Correctional Health Care Services. She started in this position in 2019 after 20 years with the California Department of Public Health in the Center for Infectious Diseases. Dr. Bauer received her MS and MPH from UC Berkeley and her MD from UCSF. She is board certified in Preventive Medicine. Dr. Bauer develops public health and clinical guidance to mitigate communicable disease outbreaks and minimize morbidity among persons experiencing incarceration in California prisons. Her interests include equity, evidence-based public health practice and policy, upstream determinants of health, and harm reduction. 

Morton Rosenberg D.D.S. 

Dental Issues Behind Bars 

Dr. Rosenberg  joined the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in 2007 as a staff dentist. In 2009, Dr. Rosenberg promoted to the position of Deputy Statewide Dental Director and in 2014; he assumed the role of Statewide Dental Director. In his current role, Dr.Rosenberg provides overall supervision for dental clinical and administrative services delivered at the 34 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) institutions. 

He is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry


Amar Mehta, M.D., 

Mental Health & Somatic Complaints Behind the Wire

Dr. Mehta is the Deputy Director of the Statewide Mental Health Program at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Previously, he was the Statewide Chief of Telepsychiatry, and directly treated patients in the correctional system for over 6 years. Dr. Mehta is a Board-certified physician in Adult, Child & Adolescent, and Forensic Psychiatry, as well as Addiction Medicine.

Steven Cartwright, Psy.D. 

Mental Health & Somatic Complaints Behind the Wire

Dr. Cartwright is the Assistant Deputy Director overseeing the mental health data analytics and quality management programs at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. His career has focused on the intersection of data and mental health care – using technology to improve patients’ lives. His current project involves transforming over 150 court-ordered quality management measures to ensure transparency, accuracy, and sustainability. This is Dr. Cartwrights’ first year speaking at the WACHSA annual conference. 

John H Baker Jr., M.D.

Determining and Restoring Mental Competency

Dr. Baker is a board-certified psychiatrist with nearly 50 years experience. For the past 19 years he has been working at multiple California County Jails. Currently he is down to 3 adult jails and two juvenile halls. He is interested in providing both medicinal and non medicinal care to patients. He is concerned with polypharmacy, overmedication and the drug crisis which goes beyond just opiates. 


Gwendolyn Hammer Ph.D, M.S.N., B.S.N., A.P.R.N.-B.C.

Public Health Considerations for Persons Involved with the Justice System

Dr. Hammer is a public health nurse consultant for the California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS). Prior to joining CCHCS in February 2020, she worked for California Department of Public Health, Center for Infectious Diseases. She has worked in healthcare and the public health arena for over 40 years, working mainly with underserved populations. She has

had a very diverse career, working internationally, nationally, state, and local levels.

Emergency planning and preparedness has been a life-long interest for her. In her free time she volunteers for the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and Engineers Without Borders. 

Dr. Hammer received her PhD in Occupational Health and Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Barbara Barney Knox M.B.A., M.A., B.S.N., R.N.

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care 

Barbara Barney-Knox is the Deputy Director Nursing, Statewide Chief Nurse Executive for California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS). Barbara is responsible for the oversight and clinical practice of over 7000 nursing personnel working in the 34 prisons in California. Barbara has been with CCHCS for 8 years and has been instrumental in developing and implementing Shared Governance, a nursing professional practice model that empowers nurses to have a voice in decisions that impact nursing and for building the first LVN to RN Apprenticeship program in the state.

In her career Barbara has been selected to present at several professional conferences including the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference, and most notably a presentation to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Barbara has also testified at a Congressional Hearing on the value of Apprenticeship to underserved communities. In her spare time Barbara is a motorcycle enthusiast and has rode across country on her Harley Davidson on four occasions.

Prior to working for CCHCS Barbara spent 8 years as a leader at Kaiser Permanente and 17 years at University of California Davis Health System.

Paul Adler, D.O., F.A.C.E.P., M.B.A.

Moderator of California Inmate Medical Services Updates 

Paul Adler is the CEO/CMO of Correctional Health Management. CHM runs correctional health in police lock-ups and small county jails.

He is also the division head of Telemedicine for Orbithealth Telepsychiatry

He was a Covid consultant across the US during the pandemic 

He has been the Medical Director of the Jail system for Ventura, California, Westchester County New York and Rockland County New York for 20+ years

Grace Song M.D.


I began working with CCHCS as a primary care provider in 2008.  I have been lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to work on various projects to improve the access to care within my role as the Deputy Medical Executive of Utilization Management and Telemedicine. I am Board certified in Family Medicine. I also acquired my Master’s  in Business Administration.

David Wiss, Ph.D., MS, RDN

How Diet Affects Mental Health and Behavior 

David became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in 2013 and founded Nutrition in Recovery, a group practice of RDNs specializing in the treatment of eating and substance use disorders. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health in the Community Health Sciences department, with a minor in Health Psychology. Dr. Wiss can be your nutrition and health consultant, functional medicine practitioner, recovery coach, or simply provide psychoeducation related to his areas of expertise. Learn more about the intersection of nutrition and mental health at his new website Wise Mind Nutrition and follow him on social media @drdavidwiss


Steven Roberts M.D.

Shoulder Injuries

Dr. Roberts serves as the Chief Medical Executive at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, CA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and also completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine.

Prior to joining the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in 2013, Dr. Roberts was in a private Orthopedic practice in the Palm Springs area. He has served as team physician for Rutgers University, Major League Baseball affiliates and the PGA Tour. His area of expertise is overuse injuries, concussion management and return-to-play decisions. In his current role, he oversees the medical staff in a medically complex, chronic care institution with an aging population. Dr. Roberts believes in an integrated care approach to all facets of a patient’s navigation through the healthcare system.

Shanta Ramdeholl R.N., M.S.N. Ed. 

Modern Discharge Planning for Incarcerated Patients: Correctional Healthcare 46 Years After Estelle v. Gamble 

Shanta Ramdeholl RN  is Chief of Detention Nursing for Contra Costa County Detention Health Services (CCCDHS). She has been with Contra Costa Health Services for eight years, overseeing five facilities.  She is influential in bridging the gap between custody and health services, especially during the pandemic. Shanta initiated a vaccination program for Detention to ensure that the patients were educated and vaccinated against COVID.

Shanta has cultivated her nursing staff and team by building a successful patient-centered care system. Her beliefs are expressed in extraordinary ways, engaging staff with new concepts. Before working for CCDHS, Shanta spent 12 years in maternal child health with Alameda County and ten years for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center. She enjoys mentoring high school students and serves as clinical faculty with several colleges. 

She enjoys traveling and gardening in her spare time, collecting different types of plants, especially succulents.

Traci Kessler J.D.

ADA Compliance in Corrections 

Traci Kessler is a nationally certified ADA Coordinator. She has assisted Sheriff’s Offices through the State of California with developing and implementing policies and procedures ensuring compliance with the standards set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act for Title II entities. Ms. Kessler has also developed and managed the Compliance Unit for the County of San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office, navigating issues such as ADA, PREA and RLUIPA. With passion and dedication towards the field of corrections, Ms. Kessler has instructed numerous courses including ADA in Jails and Legal Updates in Corrections for the American Jail Association.

In her current role as a Field Representative for the Board of State and Community Corrections, Ms. Kessler assists local detention facilities in providing technical assistance and oversight ensuring compliance with minimum state standards.

Ms. Kessler holds a Juris Doctorate degree with an emphasis in Constitutional Law as well as a National Certification for ADA Coordinators through the University of Missouri School of Health Professions Disability Studies and Policy Center.

Jeff Carrick M.D.

Technology Supporting Patient Care 

Dr. Carrick is a Deputy Medical Executive in the Medical Services Division for the California Correctional Health Care Services over the development, maintenance and operation of the Electronic Health Record Systems. He started this position in 2018 after 10 years serving as a primary care provider and resourcmanagement reviewer in the California prison system. Dr. Carrick’s current focus is on the improvement of electronic medical records software, enhanced patient safety and end user experience. His computer programming background includes: C#, JAVA, Python, JavaScript with React and Redux, HTML, SQL and Cerner Command Language (CCL). Dr. Carrick received his M.D. from Loma Linda University and is board certified in Family Practice.


Thomas Minahan D.O., CCHP

Seizure Disorders in the Age of Technology

Dr Minahan brings almost 30 years of emergency medicine experience, currently working at Riverside County Hospital’s Level 1 trauma center and almost 20 years of personal experience in the topic of seizures. His daughter Mallory, has intractable epilepsy. Four years ago he joined the ranks of correctional health and is currently the medical director for Riverside County Correctional Health.

He is married to his wife Carrin of almost 25 years, and they have 4 kids. If you are a believer, he’d appreciate your prayers; 2 are still teenagers.

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