The Prosperident Team

The team at Prosperident is made up of over 20 forensic accountants, fraud investigators, IT specialists, and support staff, all with varied dental backgrounds.  Team members include former practicing dentists, forensic CPAs, dental consultants, software trainers and former dental office managers.

David Harris

Chief Executive Officer

Under David’s leadership, Prosperident has expanded over the past three decades to become a team of more than 20 highly specialized fraud investigators, forensic accountants, IT specialists, and support staff. David’s vast investigative experience, coupled with his youth-filled misadventures, and his past military service have given him a unique insight into embezzlers’ mindset and actions. He is passionate about sharing his wealth of knowledge with dentists and dental specialists.

David is a much sought after speaker and an accomplished author on the topic of dental embezzlement. Dental Embezzlement: The Art of Theft and the Science of Control is his most recently published book.

David believes that the best educational experiences are enhanced using humor. His entertaining and insightful presentation style has made him a favorite presenter at regional, national, and international dental conferences.

David’s professional qualifications include Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics, Forensic CPA, Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, and Licensed Private Investigator.

Kathy Kirkby

Chief Operating Officer

Kathy Kirkby has spent almost her entire adult life working in dentistry. Starting her career as a Registered Dental Assistant, she has worked chairside knee to knee with periodontists, periodontists, and general practitioners. Kathy completed her Degree in Health Education at Dalhousie University and began sharing her training methods with the dental world. She quickly progressed to office management of group and multi-office practices, and then entered the world of consulting. Some of her accomplishments were training and monitoring teams in HR, practice management, practice dynamics, accounting, productivity and ideal scheduling.

Kathy complimented her repertoire working with dental teams and added CPHR – Certified Professional Human Resource to her toolbox.

Kathy continues to attend and has presented for many professional association meetings including The Golden Girls of Dentistry, Dental Assistants National Conference for Excellence and has became a vetted member of the Academy of Dental Management Consultants- ADMC.

She became Prosperident’s Chief Operating Officer in 2021.

Jacob Hiltz

Chief Information Officer

Jake is Prosperident’s Chief Information Officer. Jake started his career at Prosperident in 2015 as the company’s Network Administrator. Not long after joining the team, he began developing the extensive hardware and software network we use to run our technology-intensive, geographically scattered company. Jake became a partner in 2018.

As CIO, Jake’s primary responsibility is using technical information as a strategic resource for the smooth and efficient flow of information through the company and the integration of various technology systems. Jake has a talent for IT development. He is responsible for creating original software that allows us to maximize data, data transfer methods, and other IT functions, Jake’s work unparalleled by anyone else in our industry.

Jake possesses a diverse set of computer skills and the ability to immerse himself in the bigger picture, which has made him a highly prized member of our team and a leader in his specialized IT field.

Scott Clifford

Supervising Examiner

Scott is one of only three Supervising Examiners on our team, and he works on some of Prosperident’s most challenging investigations. Scott joined Prosperident after spending over a decade working in the dentistry field in both operations and management positions.

Once Scott started working with us as an investigator, it became apparent that his uncanny ability to predict how an embezzler will steal in a specific situation made him a real expert in his field.

Scott possesses’ a unique ability to use and interpret the essential data that forms the foundation for our specialized brand of investigation. Scott has made his way up through the ranks at Prosperident, filling Investigator, Lead Investigator (Special Investigations Group) positions, and Supervising Examiner.  Scott is an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Scott’s combination of technical ability, knowledge of operations of dental practices, and his impeccable mentoring skills have made him a great asset to our team. Scott enjoys talking about embezzlement and investigation almost as much as he likes conducting the examinations. Scott is also a proud member of “Dental Investigation’s First Family,” as both his wife Rose and their daughter Miki are valued, team members.

Wendy Askins

Supervising Examiner

Wendy is one of three Supervising Examiners at Prosperident, initially joining our team in 2012 as an Investigator. Before starting her career with us, Wendy had worked in dentistry for over 25 years. Wendy’s extensive resume includes managing and consulting with large group orthodontic practices and manufacturing companies, as well as college degrees in psychology, criminology, and an MBA.

Wendy possesses a comprehensive knowledge of orthodontic and oral surgery practices. Her strong academic background makes her incredibly successful in exposing complex theft modalities committed by both employees and, unfortunately, business partners. Wendy has specialized investigative capabilities that are unique to the dental world’s business functions. She possesses an uncommon perspective on these crimes, driven by her own first-hand experience with the multi-faceted devastation caused by embezzlement, allowing her to connect with her clients personally.

Wendy holds a Certified Fraud Examiner designation and is an in-demand speaker and member of Prosperident’s Speakers’ Bureau. She possesses a gift for converting complicated and sometimes frightening concepts into practical terms for day-to-day application in any dental practice. Wendy brings her tremendous knowledge of embezzlement to orthodontic, oral surgery, and general dental audiences on an in-depth level that both educates and fascinates.

Tony Ulbrandt

Supervising Examiner

Before joining Prosperident in 2016 as a Senior Fraud Examiner, Tony spent six years as a forensic accountant working with several prominent CPA and dental consulting firms. Tony’s experience and expertise include forensic investigation, valuation work, financial analysis, litigation support, and taxation.

Tony’s considerable talents and contributions quickly saw him promoted to the position of Supervising Examiner in 2018.  Tony is only the third examiner ever to hold this position at Prosperident.

As the Lead member of Prosperident’s Litigation Support Services Team, Tony investigates complex matters in both the litigation and pre-litigation stages. Tony is Prosperident’s acknowledged “data analysis wizard” who possesses a phenomenal skill in analyzing complex spreadsheets and databases.

Tony is a Certified Fraud Examiner, and he holds a Master’s degree in accounting.

Deborah Long

Supervising Office Protection System Specialist

Deborah Tillman Long joined the Prosperident team in 2017 and serves as our Supervising OPS Specialist in January 2020.

Hailing from Tennessee, Debbie has spent 17 years of her professional life working in accounting and financial management with her business partner and husband, Dr. Troy Long.

Before joining Troy “in the family business,” Debbie held positions as a Senior Financial Analyst with both a national CPA firm and a major communications company. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Debbie’s academic studies combined with her experience in both the corporate sector and private practice has gained her a reputation for possessing keen analytical and organizational skills and being a master of communication.

Debbie’s sharp eye for detail and tireless enthusiasm, not to mention work ethic, have made her a much-valued member of the Prosperident’s team.

Pat Little

Senior Fraud Examiner

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.

Luci Berardi

Senior Fraud Examiner

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.

Sonya Hudson

Senior Fraud Examiner

As one of Prosperident’s longest-serving investigators, Senior Examiner Sonya Hudson conducts many of our Canadian investigations. Before joining Prosperident, Sonya worked for a major insurance company and managed a large practice management software company’s support department.

Sonya sets the standard for investigative work at Prosperident; her meticulous notes and highly organized workflow are frequently mentioned when training new examiners.

Sonya holds a Certified Fraud Examiner designation and is hyper-organized, highly intuitive, and has earned a reputation for efficiency and accuracy in her investigations and writing beautifully comprehensive reports.

David Starkman

Senior Fraud Examiner

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.

Rose Clifford

Senior Fraud Examiner

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.

Kelly Paxton

Senior Fraud Examiner

Kelly is one of Prosperident’s Senior Fraud Examiners, who, in addition to her investigation work with us, is well known for her research on the topic “pink collar crime, ” the study of embezzlers working in lower-level positions in organizations.

Kelly has more than 13 years of law enforcement experience, starting her law enforcement career as a Special Agent for the US Customs Office of Investigations in 1993. US Customs recruited Kelly for her finance expertise, and her work there focused on white-collar fraud, money laundering, and narcotics cases. Kelly also was responsible for her district’s undercover operations and the financial reporting of these operations. Kelly has testified at Grand Jury in the Western District of Washington and has been the affiant on numerous search and seizure warrants.

Before her law enforcement career, Kelly was a licensed stockbroker at Dean Witter and Piper Jaffray. She has also been a trader/contract negotiator at Morley Capital Management. Kelly began her finance career at the Chicago Board of Trade in 1985.

Kelly holds a Certified Fraud Examiner’s designation from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and is a very active speaker both as a member of Prosperident’s Speakers’ Bureau and on her own. Kelly’s wealth of experience with financial crime enables her to enthrall dental audiences with her unique perspective and insights.

To learn more about Kelly, check out her website at http://www.pinkcollarcrime.com/

Amber Weber

Senior Fraud Examiner

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.

Christine Geary

Senior Fraud Examiner

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.

Jeanine McDonald

Fraud Examiner

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.

Josie Dovidio

Josie Dovidio

Fraud Examiner

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.

Melinda Rutledge

Fraud Examiner

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.

Hailey Irvine

Intermediate Analyst

Hailey is one of Prosperident’s Intermediate Analysts, and she is also assigned to our management team as an administrative assistant.  Hailey’s primary function is to help our clients gather the information we need to do our work. She also assists our investigation team with data analysis.

Before joining Prosperident, Hailey worked in customer service.

Hailey is an integral part of our intake process. She is extremely friendly and organized, making her the perfect person to introduce clients to our process.

Seamus Leonard

Data Acquisition Specialist

Seamus is the newest member of Prosperident’s IT team and has joined us as a Data Acquisition Specialist. Seamus performs the vital work of obtaining practice management software and other computer data from clients, making it available to the fraud examiner assigned to an investigation.

Before joining Prosperident, Seamus completed his university degree in Business Administration and worked in project management, application development, and software training.

Miki Clifford

Intermediate Analyst

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.