Embezzlement: The Ugly Truth, How it Occurs and How To Avoid it

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Course Description

Embezzlement in dental practices is occurring at an epidemic rate. This course will examine the extent of embezzlement, the different ways in which dentists are being embezzled from and defrauded, and the impact this has on dentists and their assets.

You will learn:

  • The profile of an embezzler and the methods used to steal from and defraud dentists
  • A proactive approach regarding protocol changes and procedures that reduce the risk of occurrence
  • Strategies that can be implemented immediately into your practice
  • The steps to improved hiring, conducting background checks, termination of employees and the documentation needs for these processes
  • The need for and use of dental software, record keeping, the role of forensic accounting and Certified Dental Examiners to assist you in the practice
  • The investigative process, as well as the prosecution process, and expectations for recouping financial losses
  • Strategies for surviving an embezzlement or fraud situation, and the systemic changes in the practice that can assist you in thriving after a financial loss

Course Objectives

At the completion of the program you will be able to:

  • Understand the risks associated with embezzlement in dental practices
  • Understand the impact of embezzlement on dentists & their practices
  • Discuss implementation of protocols that can reduce the likelihood of embezzlement
  • Become knowledgeable on the profile of a typical embezzler
  • Know how to hire carefully, terminate appropriately, and prosecute the embezzler


Course format will include interactive discussions, lecture, handouts, & worksheets to complete.
Participants will be provided handouts illustrating the extent of fraud/embezzlement in the dental industry & in Florida currently. Enrollees will be able to discuss their current procedures/protocols that put them at risk of theft/fraud/embezzlement.


Dr. Annelise Driscoll

Annelise Ydstebo Driscoll, MBA, PhD

  • Dr. Driscoll is an accomplished Educator, Administrator, Researcher and Consultant with approximately 30 years’ experience in Health Care. She brings with her an extensive background in oral health and dentistry.
  • Dr. Driscoll has been in the Healthcare Administrative field for 25 years in private, public and corporate practices of different sizes, before transitioning to 10 years of academic teaching, research, public speaking, published author and peer-reviewed journal editor, and consultative project development in a health executive capacity.
  • She completed her Executive MBA from the University of Central Florida, College of Business and her PhD in Public Affairs/Healthcare Administration at UCF’s College of Health and Public Affairs.
  • Having spent the majority of her career integrally involved in the business side of dentistry, Dr. Driscoll has a strong passion for providing comprehensive, contemporary, and applicable education to assist dentists in protecting their dental practices and assets.
  • Dr. Driscoll is a full time faculty member in the Restorative Dental Sciences Department and the founding Director/Instructor of the Executive Practice Management™ Program for Dentists at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry.
  • In addition to teaching DMD students, Residents, and developing the Executive Practice Management™ curriculum at the University of Florida, College of Dentistry, Dr. Driscoll taught at the University of Central Florida, College of Health and Public Affairs in the Health Professions/Health Informatics Management Department.
  • She has worked collaboratively as an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Research at the University of South Florida, College of Public Health, Community and Family Health Department.
  • She has also built both the FSU Dental Center (Consultative Project) & the UCF Dental Center (Consultative Project then Founding Director of Dental Services).
  • Practice Management Systems, Dr. Driscoll’s personalized consulting firm, specializes in large-scale dental facility design, build out and operational projects, one-on-one consulting for dentists on Practice Legal Compliance, Operating Systems Development, and Dental Financial Systems Overhaul for Profit Maximization.
  • She has approximately 800 copyrighted works/systems on file with the US Library of Congress’ Copyright Office.

Financial Disclosure

“Neither my immediate family nor I have any financial interests that would create a conflict of interest or restrict my independent judgment with regard to the content of this course.”

Continuing Education Units

7 CEUs. Lecture.

AGD# 550


  • Dentist Fee: $299 (Early Bird) / $349 (Regular Fee)
    • This course is for dentists only.
  • 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Networking lunch included


Continuing Dental Education at UFCD expresses appreciation to Patterson Dental for unrestricted educational grants, which helped make this course possible.

Dates Location Course # AGD
June 29, 2018 (Friday) Gainesville, FL 180225 550