Our Team

Our Team

Our team at Prosperident is made up of over 20 forensic accountants, fraud investigators, IT specialists, and support staff with varied dental backgrounds.  Founded in 1989, Prosperident is the world’s oldest and largest firm specializing in protecting dentists against financial crimes.

At Prosperident, we help dentists lessen their vulnerability to employee theft, and identify and resolve embezzlement in their practices.

Prosperident is proud to be our industry’s leader in researching and establishing effective, viable protection solutions to set up and safeguard your practice from theft.

Want to read about one of our cases?    Click HERE.

How can our team help you?

If you suspect that an employee, or someone else, is taking advantage of your practice financially, we are here to assist you.

Do you have questions or concerns?  We would love to hear from you.

David Harris

David Harris

Chief Executive Officer

About David Harris

David Harris is Prosperident’s CEO.  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’ mindsets and actions. He is passionate about sharing his wealth of knowledge with general dentists and dental specialists.

David is a 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.  His articles have appeared in every major dental publication.

David Harris 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, Forensic CPA, Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified in Financial Forensics, and Licensed Private Investigator. David is also a member of MENSA.

In recognition of his long and distinguished service to the dental profession, David is one of a handful of non-clinicians to be honored with a Fellowship in the International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics in 2022.

Want to book David Harris as a speaker?  Click HERE.

 

Kathy Kirkby

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

Jacob Hiltz

Chief Information Officer (Nova Scotia)

Introducing Jacob Hiltz

Jacob Hiltz is Prosperident’s Chief Information Officer. Jacob 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, Jacob’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 is unparalleled by anyone else in our industry.

Jacob Hiltz 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.

Sheilagh O’Driscoll

Sheilagh O’Driscoll

Chief Communications Officer (Nova Scotia)

About Sheilagh O’Driscoll

SheilaghO’Driscoll graduated from Dalhousie University with her Bachelor of Science and began her career in the pharmaceutical industry. She quickly progressed to more senior sales and marketing roles including leading several product launches as the national sales manager. She excelled in operational leadership for the design and execution of large patient support programs for specialty infusion medicines. Sheilagh brings a depth of healthcare sales and marketing expertise to her current role as Chief Communications Officer with Prosperident.

Want to reach Sheilagh?  Click HERE.

Wendy Askins

Wendy Askins

Supervising Examiner (Texas)

Introducing Wendy Askins

Wendy Askins 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.  She is also a published author, with several articles in orthodontic and dental publications.

Wendy is an accomplished speaker and author.  Her speaker’s page is HERE, and you can read an article she co-authored HERE.

To read about Wendy’s work with orthodontic practices and see some of the many commendation letters she has received from clients, click HERE.

Scott Clifford

Scott Clifford

Supervising Examiner (California)

About Scott Clifford

Scott Clifford 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 a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Scott’s combination of technical ability, knowledge of operations of dental practices, and 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.

Scott Clifford’s article Practical Approaches for Embezzlement Protection has been published in Dental Economics.  Check it out HERE.

Want to read about one of Scott Clifford’s cases?  Click HERE

Tony Ulbrandt

Tony Ulbrandt

Supervising Examiner (Georgia)

Tony Ulbrandt spent six years as a forensic accountant working with several prominent CPA and dental consulting firms before joining Prosperident in 2016. 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.

Tony Ulbrandt’s Role

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

Amber Weber-Gonzales

Amber Weber-Gonzales

Supervising Proactive Advisor (Texas)

Amber Weber-Gonzales, 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’ offices, bringing to light her aptitude for the kind of investigative and preventative 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, and has been published in Dentistry Today magazine.

In June 2022, Amber was appointed the head of Prosperident’s Proactive Services Group, which provides embezzlement prevention services to individual practices, groups, and DSOs.  To learn more about our proactive services, click HERE.

You can read an article written by Amber Weber-Gonzales HERE.

Want to book Amber as a speaker?  Her speaking page is HERE.

Luci Berardi

Luci Berardi

Senior Fraud Examiner (Colorado)

In her role as Senior Fraud Examiner, Luci Berardi 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.

Pat Little

Pat Little

Senior Fraud Examiner (Florida)

Pat Little — The Dentist Accountant

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 Little 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.  He has spoken at every major dental conference, including the Hinman Meeting, Chicago Midwinter, and ADA meetings.

Rose Clifford

Rose Clifford

Senior Fraud Examiner (California)

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.

Christine Geary

Christine Geary

Senior Fraud Examiner (California)

Meet Christine Geary

Christine Geary has worked in dentistry for over 30 years before joining Prosperident. 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 Geary has recently completed her BS in 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.

 

Melinda Rutledge

Melinda Rutledge

Fraud Examiner (Idaho)

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.

Nandita Lilly

Nandita Lilly

Fraud Examiner (Washington)

Dr. Nandita Lilly is a former practicing dentist.  She completed her DMD at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and a GPR at New York Medical College and Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan.

Dr. Lilly worked in and owned several practices before an injury caused her to leave clinical practice and decided to begin a second career in dealing with embezzlement, a phenomenon that she experienced first-hand while in practice.

Dr. Lilly has also been active in organized dentistry at the local and state levels.

Heather Earley

Heather Earley

Fraud Examiner (Georgia)

Heather Earley has over 23 years of experience in dentistry. She began her career as a front office treatment & hygiene coordinator. She has been an office manager over 20 years in private practice. She has been to numerous continuing education courses, from Atlanta to Las Vegas Institute. She works in her free time with dental consultants to troubleshoot office issues & organize other dental practices.

Originally, from Tennessee & currently resides in the beautiful north Georgia mountains.

Heather had a true passion for dentistry and helping others.

Vanessa Smith

Vanessa Smith

Fraud Examiner (Texas)

Fraud Examiner Vanessa Smith graduated from Georgia State University in 2007

Since that time, she has occupied increasingly senior positions in a large multi-location practice, spending her last three years as Chief Operating Officer.

Vanessa joined Prosperident in 2022

Hailey Irvine

Hailey Irvine

Senior Analyst (Nova Scotia)

Meet Hailey Irvine

Hailey Irvine was hired as an Intermediate Analyst in 2018 and was promoted to Senior Analyst in 2021.   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.

Jessy Dierickse

Jessy Dierickse

Data Access Specialist (Ontario)

Bio coming soon for Jessy Dierickse

Miki Clifford

Miki Clifford

Intermediate Analyst (California)

Miki Clifford 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.