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Josie Dovidio

Dr. Josie Dovidio is a practicing dentist who joined Prosperident’s Investigations Team in 2020.
Josie has been a “dentalpreneur” for over 20 years, establishing and building two profitable dental businesses while providing impeccable clinical care for her patients. Her career has included roles as an Associate, educator, and popular contributor/guest for several dental podcasts, including Dentistry Uncensored with Dr. Howard Farran, Dental Hacks Daily with Dr. Alan Mead, Behind the Smiles with Dr. Gina Dorfman, and Mommy Dentists in Business with Dr. Grace Yum.
Ever community-minded, Josie has collaborated with other dentists in her community to provide charitable dentistry at the community’s free clinic in Simi, California.

Josie is a present and past member of several local, state, and federal dental associations and societies.

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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.

Amber Weber

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.

Jeanine McDonald

Jeanine McDonald

Before joining the Prosperident team, Dr. Jeanine McDonald practiced clinical dentistry for 23 years, with 13 of those years happily spent in private practice with her husband, where she took a managerial and clinical role in their business.

Jeanine is a graduate of the University of the Pacific Dental School, the first dental school in the US, under the leadership principles of Jim Pride, to integrate a business curriculum into the dental school’s clinical curriculum.

During Jeanine’s time in private practice, she discovered a great passion for the business side of dentistry; recently, she decided to reduce her patient contact hours to focus more time honing her business skills. Jeanine enjoys analyzing numbers and systems and has found that dental embezzlement investigation has been a rewarding way to integrate her knowledge of clinical science with her in-depth knowledge of business procedures in the field of dentistry.

In addition to her dental practice and investigation duties at Prosperident, Jeanine manages a dental continuing education company. In addition to her operational role, she serves as one of the company’s facilitators to other dentists. Jeanine believes in “paying it forward” and enjoys a great deal of satisfaction from being able to help colleagues learn the necessary tools to manage their dental practices better.

Jeanine is a member of several dental organizations and has served in many leadership positions with those groups. She believes that this experience, coupled with her years in private practice, has helped to contribute to her exceptional organizational abilities and ease and effectiveness when communicating with others.

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Mindy Salzman

Before joining the Prosperident team, Mindy worked as a Certified Dental/Medical Software trainer and consultant. Mindy’s passion for auditing, coupled with her Certified Fraud Examiner skills, equips her to feel very at home when she dives into her investigations.

Mindy is a native of Boston and a graduate of both Simmons College and Salem State College, where she studied accounting, finance, and business education. Mindy has been a Prosperident team member and Senior Fraud Examiner since 2015.

Pat Little

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

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

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 another 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.