This August, Prosperident will celebrate its 30th anniversary in business.
Our beginning was inauspicious; our first investigations were done on-site in offices that used “pegboard” accounting systems, and our work was confined to a small geographic area.
The evolution to a high-tech, professional organization able to serve all of the US and Canada has had its challenges, but has also given us reasons for satisfaction.
First, we have moved from only investigating embezzlement after it has happened, to also being able to offer proactive solutions to dentists for protecting their future revenue streams.
Second, we have had the privilege of having tens of thousands of dentists in our speaking audiences, allowing them to take away practical suggestions for protecting themselves.
And third, and most gratifying to me, is that we have helped bring the embezzlement converation into the open. There was a time when dentists who were victims felt shameful and did not talk about their losses with colleagues, or report embezzlement to authorities. There were almost no topical articles or materials to guide dentists with concerns.
I remember an early career interview with a major dental publication for an article that they called “Embezzlement; Dentistry’s Dirty Little Secret” about the “cone of silence” over embezzlement in dentistry. I’m pleased that we have been able to “daylight” this conversation. Increased awareness by dentists has resulted in more thieves are being caught and acquiring criminal records, making it easier for other dentists to avoid these people.
On behalf of everyone at Prosperident, I’d like to thank the dental community for allowing us to serve you and to be your trusted advisors over the past three decades. We are always here for you.