Our Team

Prosperident

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.

And 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
    Chief Executive Officer
    David Harris
  • Kathy Kirkby
    Chief Operating Officer
    Kathy Kirkby
  • Jacob Hiltz
    Chief Information Officer (Nova Scotia)
    Jacob Hiltz
  • Sheilagh O’Driscoll
    Chief Communications Officer (Nova Scotia)
    Sheilagh O’Driscoll
  • Scott Clifford
    Supervising Examiner (California)
    Scott Clifford
  • Tony Ulbrandt
    Supervising Examiner (Georgia)
    Tony Ulbrandt
  • Rose Clifford
    Senior Fraud Examiner (California)
    Rose Clifford
  • Amber Weber-Gonzales
    Senior Fraud Examiner (Texas)
    Amber Weber-Gonzales
  • Christine Geary
    Senior Fraud Examiner (California)
    Christine Geary
  • Melinda Rutledge
    Fraud Examiner (Idaho)
    Melinda Rutledge
  • Heather Earley
    Fraud Examiner (Georgia)
    Heather Earley
  • David Harris

    David Harris

    Chief Executive Officer

    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 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.

    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)

    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 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)

    Sheilagh O’Driscoll comes to us after a lengthy career in sales and marketing.  She originally trained as a nurse, but moved quickly into pharmaceutical sales, and eventually into sales management.

    Scott Clifford

    Scott Clifford

    Supervising Examiner (California)

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

    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 an Associate Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

    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’s article Practical approaches for embezzlement protection has been published in Dental Economics.  Check it out HERE.

    Read about a serial embezzler imprisoned as a result of Scott’s investigative work 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.

    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.

    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.

    Amber Weber-Gonzales

    Amber Weber-Gonzales

    Senior Fraud Examiner (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 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 HERE.

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

    Christine Geary

    Christine Geary

    Senior Fraud Examiner (California)

    Christine Geary 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 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.

    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.

    She had a true passion for dentistry and helping others.