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Melinda Rutledge

Before joining the team at Prosperident, Melinda filled several roles in dental and medical practices for over twelve years. For the last six years, Melinda helped to develop and grow a sizeable dental billing organization. Melinda’s tenure in dentistry includes practice co-ownership, where she discovered her passion for the business side of dentistry. Melinda enjoys analyzing systems to improve efficiency and is passionate about helping her clients protect themselves from embezzlement.

Originally from Montana, Melinda spent twelve years in Alaska before moving to Idaho, where she currently resides.

Melinda is a Certified Professional Coder and Coding Instructor. She is also an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Melinda loves to use her knowledge to advocate for providers and help offices find solutions for many of the issues a growing practice faces.

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Christine Geary

Before joining Prosperident, Christine worked in dentistry for over 30 years. Starting as a dental assistant while still in high school, she soon took on administrative roles and quickly assumed the office manager’s position.

Christine began a career with Henry Schein in 2004 as a Certified Software Trainer for Dentrix, Dentrix Enterprise, Image, and Easy Dental. Christine was named Dentrix Enterprise’s Software Trainer of the Year in 2012.

Christine has recently completed her BS in Accounting with a Forensic Accounting with a Fraud Examination concentration. She was awarded the Certified Fraud Examiner designation in March 2021, and promoted to Senior Fraud Examiner the same month.


Amber Weber

Senior Fraud Examiner, Amber Weber, began working in the dental field as a Registered Dental Hygienist in 2005.  With a background in accounting and her interest in the business side of dentistry, she moved into office management roles and ultimately into dental consulting.  Before joining the Prosperident team, Amber discovered embezzlement taking place in one of her clients’ office, bringing to light her aptitude for the kind of investigative work she now performs for our clients.

Amber was recently the runner-up in the prestigious Spotlight on Speaking competition, featuring dentistry’s best emerging speakers.


Pat Little

Dr. Pat Little is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Dentistry. After graduating, from VCU, Pat returned home to Georgia to begin his dental career in private practice, and from there, he went on to establish not one but two successful practices starting each from “scratch.” Unfortunately, Pat had to discontinue practicing clinical dentistry due to disability.
Pat decided to leave clinical practice to pursue another of his interests; practice management. Pat enrolled at Kennesaw State University and subsequently completed his accounting and business degree to become a dental CPA. After working for a year with a dental CPA firm, Pat discovered he had a deep interest in the specialized area of fraud and embezzlement. To pursue this interest, Pat left public accounting and joined Prosperident as a Senior Fraud Examiner. Pat has earned the Certified Fraud Examiner credential from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Through Prosperident, Pat conducts embezzlement examinations on behalf of dentists and advises them on fraud and embezzlement matters.

Pat is a member of Prosperident’s Speakers’ Bureau and is a highly entertaining and popular speaker who has a knack for converting the complicated and sometimes scary facts about dental fraud and embezzlement into “plain English” for his presentation attendees.


David Starkman

Senior Fraud Examiner, Dr. David Starkman, has been in private practice for over 30 years, and he joined Prosperident 2018.

David is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry, and he expanded his practice with a specialized interest in Dental Sleep Medicine in 2009. A native New Yorker, David was born in New York City and has resided in Albany for many years.

David’s interest in investigation stems from wanting to give back to fellow dentists as part of a professional team who perform a unique and valuable service to the dental community. David’s knowledge of how dental practices run from the inside out, coupled with his interest in fraud investigation, make him a tremendous asset to both Prosperident and the dental community. David is a member of both regional and federal dental organizations.


Luci Berardi

In her role as Senior Examiner, Luci is accustomed to looking for that elusive embezzlement in a practice’s financial records. Luci is both a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Dentrix Trainer.

Luci combines her fraud investigation work with her role as CFO and Practice Manager of a large Denver periodontal practice. She has been a Chapter President of the American Association of Dental Office Managers, and she is also a published author.

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Miki Clifford

Miki is one of Prosperident’s Intermediate Analysts and the youngest member of our team. Miki possesses a genius-level intellect, and she couples her duties at Prosperident with her college studies in Forensic Accounting.

Miki assists our investigators by helping to prepare and organize the documentation we receive daily from clients. Miki’s efficiency and organizational skills do much to keep Prosperident’s investigations flowing.

Working as a Prosperident team member runs in Miki’s family; her father, Scott, is one of our most experienced Supervising Examiners and her mother, Rose, is one of Prosperident’s Senior Fraud Examiners.


Rose Clifford

Rose Clifford began her career with Prosperident in 2015 as an Intermediate Analyst before being promoted to Fraud Examiner in 2018. Rose currently holds the position of Senior Fraud Examiner.

Before joining the team at Prosperident, Rose owned and operated a denture lab for ten years, where she worked as both the administrator and as a hands-on lab technician.

Originally from Tennessee, Rose resides in California with her husband Scott and their daughter Miki, who are also members of the Prosperident team.

Rose feels a great deal of satisfaction from helping dentists through the worst times of their careers, and she loves the challenge of fitting all of the pieces of the embezzlement puzzle together when she investigates. Rose is fascinated with methodology, and she is a pro at uncovering the ways that embezzlers steal.