Edwards & Associates PC Staff: The Heart Of Our Business.
Edwards & Associates PC staff comprises a full-service public accounting firm working extensively with dentists and healthcare professionals, providing accounting, tax reduction and wealth building services. Founded in 1987, Edwards & Associates, PC has 30+ years of experience providing financial services to the dental community.
Our mission is to use our comprehensive financial and dental knowledge to affect the quality of our clients’ lives in a positive and impactful way with integrity and creativity. We strive to provide a stimulating work environment where team members are encouraged to excel at both collective and individual levels and to take ownership of their contributions as we strive together in our mission.
Robert T. Edwards, CPA
Robert is the founder of the Firm and is committed to maintaining an ongoing partnership with clients. He helps them work toward financial success now, and also develops retirement plans to generate financial independence in the future.
Robert’s experience with the dental and medical industry makes him a strategic partner in many aspects of his clients’ lives, from advising associates how to best structure work arrangements with their employing practice, to helping a doctor scratch start a successful practice, to helping a multi-practice doctor develop an exit strategy, just to name few.
A native Texan, Robert graduated from Texas Tech University where he received honors for service as president of Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary accounting fraternity. He lives in Dallas with his wife Dr. Sharon F. Tiger, a nationally known dental practice management consultant, and their beautiful, talented daughter.
Lynn Ledbetter, CPA
Lynn is the Executive Director of the Firm and a great problem-solver. She works closely with clients, helping them implement strategies and accomplish their financial goals. Her expertise, attention to detail and practical guidance make Lynn a terrific asset to clients, as well as an integral part of our own success.
Since joining our team in 1998, Lynn has been committed to helping clients succeed. People especially appreciate Lynn’s hands-on assistance. Years of experience in the education arena have honed her communication skills, allowing Lynn to explain detailed information with ease.
Lynn was born in Texas and raised in the north Dallas area. She earned a mathematics degree from Tarleton State University and a Master of Accountancy from Southwest Texas State University. Lynn lives in Plano with her husband and their daughter.
Dr. Sharon Tiger
Dr. Sharon Tiger is a nationally renowned dental consultant. Her main focus and expertise is patient loyalty and retention. Through the use of workshops and videotaping exercises, Sharon coaches professionals on how to present their material to clients in a non-technical, caring manner that produces astounding results. For over 20 years, she has consulted with dentists, physicians, financial planners, and certified public accountants. Also, she frequently speaks, lectures and conducts seminars for health care and professional organizations. Sharon coaches in person, via telephone and the Internet. Her training programs have been implemented nationally with unprecedented results in increased profitability (average 45%) and decreased stress. Listed below are some of the topics, which Dr. Tiger addresses in her seminars, workshops and business consultations:
- Coaching Your Team
- Building Patient Relationships
- Team Motivation
- Identifying Behavioral Styles
- Team Building
- Partnerships that Thrive
- Implementing Incentive Programs
- Case Presentation/Verbal Skills
- Effective Telephone Techniques
- Patient Loyalty
- Scheduling to Goal
- Maintaining an Effective Hygiene Program
- Team Accountability
Dr. Tiger holds a Doctorate in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Arkansas, as well as degrees in Communications and Education from Montclair State College and Monmouth College.
Jennifer L. Johnson
Jennifer holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from Texas Woman’s University, with emphasis in the areas of finance and accounting. She graduated in 2001 with honors and was a member of Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities, Golden Key International Honor Society, and the National Dean’s List. Jennifer was named Outstanding Student of the Year 2001 by the Dallas Economists Club in February of 2001.
Jennifer has been with Edwards & Associates, PC since 2002 and is a valuable senior member of the team. Her areas of expertise include retirement services, tax and general business. Previously employed by a general dentist for more than seven years, Jennifer was in charge of billing and insurance along with many other duties. This experience brings a unique and valuable perspective to the service she provides the Firm’s clients.
Jennifer was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. When she is not working, she spends time with her husband, Patrick, son, Gage and their family pets. Jennifer enjoys cooking, reading, exercising, watching sports, being outdoors, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Becky has a strong desire to help each and every client achieve their potential and is always ready to help with her knowledge and a friendly smile. Becky is a senior professional whose years of experience are an asset to the team. In addition to her regular areas of general business and tax, she also works closely with Robert in the preparation of personal financial planning sessions for our clients, helping them look to the future and plan for retirement.
Becky, a proud Aggie, graduated from Texas A&M in May 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. Soon after graduation, she began working for Edwards & Associates, PC
When she is not hard at work, Becky enjoys cooking, exercising, and Jeeping in Moab with her husband and kids.
Vicki is an Account Coordinator and the perfect liaison between our clients and professional staff to ensure we can accurately and efficiently get you the critical financial information you need for your practice. Vicki’s combination of dental experience and customer service make her an excellent addition to our team. Because she understands the management functions of a dental practice, Vicki can easily relate to the specific needs of our clients.
Her 25+ years of dental office management experience includes positions in both front and back office for busy orthodontic and endodontic practices. Vicki combines that experience and a background of customer service with impressive organizational skills and tenacious follow-through to keep things running smoothly for us and for our clients.
Vicki is the proud mother of 3 daughters and when she is not working, Vicki enjoys traveling, outdoor gardening, watching sports and spending time with her family and friends. Vicki is also very active in her neighborhood community.
Madison Morrow Poe, CPA
Madison is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas. She holds a BBA in accounting from Howard Payne University and an MBA in Healthcare Management.
Madison joined Edwards & Associates, PC in September 2008 and is currently a Senior Accountant in the Firm. She has more than 10 years experience as an accountant in corporate and government entities. Prior to that, she worked for seven years in her father’s orthodontic office in a business/administrative capacity, so dentistry/orthodontics has been a family business her whole life. That experience in conjunction with her accounting background makes her an ideal fit for Edwards & Associates, PC and allows her to relate to and guide her clients on many levels.
Madison was born and raised in Texas. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling, reading, cycling, marksmanship and spending time with family and friends.
Kristi Alexander Smith
Kristi is the Director of Marketing and New Client Relations for Edwards & Associates, PC. Kristi previously functioned as Robert’s Executive Assistant for 5 years which gave her a great understanding of every aspect of our business and the unique businesses of our clients. Her sense of curiosity, positive attitude, love for people and solving problems has made her transition seamless. Kristi works with all of our new and prospective clients to transition them into the Firm where we can service their needs. Kristi also handles marketing for the Firm.
Outside the office Kristi stays very busy with her three children and their extracurricular activities. She is a proud Texan born and raised, one of her favorite things is to take an impromptu road trip anywhere in Texas. Kristi also enjoys reading, traveling to other states, sporting events and laughing! Most of all, Kristi enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.
You could say that Carol Merritt is the face of Edwards & Associates, PC. She is the first one you see when you walk in our office and she is usually the first one to assist clients on the phone. Her eagerness to help and her organizationally driven mind is a huge asset to the Edwards & Associates, PC team. Carol has 10+ years experience as an administrative assistant. Carol lives in McKinney with her husband Matt and son Jake. Carol enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, reading and watching her son play soccer.
Monica joined Edwards & Associates, PC as an Assistant after having worked for one of the largest advertising companies in Houston. She is very familiar with processing a wide variety of financial documents and reports which makes her a valuable asset to the Firm.
Prior to working for the advertising company, Monica worked in the medical field as both front and back office support in a doctor’s office where she gained considerable experience in the management of a physician’s office.
Monica enjoys trouble shooting and pays strong attention to detail which in combination with her solid time-management skills assists her in keeping up with deadlines and complex projects reliably and consistently.
Monica is a California native who now lives with her husband in Houston. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family. Monica also enjoys the beach and traveling.
Traci is an Account Coordinator and the Executive Assistant to Robert Edwards. In addition, she assists in helping our clients obtain new sources of financing. She joined our team in September 2014. Her attention to detail and strong organizational skills are vital in helping her attend to the many needs of our clients and team.
Traci has over 25 years’ experience in administration for both large and small companies. Prior to Edwards & Associates, PC, she served as firm administrator for another public accounting firm for 4 years and brings that knowledge to her current position.
Raised in central Illinois, Traci couldn’t wait to get to the big (and much warmer) state of Texas. She has one son, a gradnson and three Chihuahuas. Outside the office, she participates in a weekly bowling league, and enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Cici joined Edwards & Associates, PC in July 2015 after she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is very detail oriented, hardworking, and helpful to others when a hand is needed.
Cici’s background includes A/R, A/P and preparation of financial reports. Her goal is to provide you the information you need to manage your practice to its full potential. In addition to these skills, Cici is fluent in English, Chinese, and Mandarin.
During her spare time, Cici enjoys cooking, travel, and swimming with her two kids and husband. She is currently is working on her Masters in Accounting at The University of Texas at Dallas as she pursues her CPA.
Ash holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. He graduated in 2015. He was a member of honors societies such a Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Beta Alpha Psi. He is currently working towards getting his CPA.
In his spare time, he likes to travel, meet people from different cultures, try new cuisine, and spend time with his family and friends.Ash has been employed by other Public Accounting Firms since his junior year of college. He interned with Edwards & Associates, PC and with a larger firm before accepting his role here at the Firm. With his financial and tax experience in catering to niche markets such as dental and healthcare practices, real estate, manufacturing, and technology, Ash brings quite a diverse set of skills to our firm. He is very driven, and always strives to better serve our clients.
Erika Thompson, CPA
Erika is a 2015 graduate from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio with an undergraduate degree in business administration with an accounting focus, additionally she obtained her MS in accounting in 2016. She was the accounting tutor at her alma mater and a member of the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society of Business and the Alpha Chi National Honor Society.
Her hobbies include playing soccer, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family. Erika joined our team in 2016 upon graduation and has since pursued and received her CPA. Erika’s ability to identify and solve problems make her a unique asset for our clients.
Halina graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas while also balancing life as a full-time working mother. She has a persistence to achieve her goals no matter the obstacle. At a young age, her fascinations and dreams always pointed towards taxes, so a career as a tax accountant was a natural choice. She joined Edwards & Associates PC in Jan 2017 and is currently working toward her CPA. She is a well-rounded professional with incredible aptitude, who balances precise attention to detail with being able to see how those details affect the overall picture. Her diligence, honesty, and ability to critically solve problems are traits that continually lead to her success.
Halina loves to cook and enjoys a quiet afternoon of reading with her family. She loves going on road trips to explore with her family and working on herself to become the best person she can be.
Lorraine Kent, CPA
Lorraine was born in New York and grew up on Long Island, where she studied accounting at Saint Joseph’s College. She moved to Dallas in 1991, eventually settling in Plano, Texas.
Lorraine is truly a tax expert with over twenty-five years of experience in public accountancy and keeping up with ever-evolving tax laws. Her extensive tax knowledge is coupled with a commitment to providing high-quality services and a passion for sharing that knowledge. Lorraine has contributed to the development of countless colleagues over the course of her career. She offers valuable insight, information and tax planning strategies.
Lorraine currently resides in Plano with her husband and daughters. Her older daughter is a college student studying at the University of Oklahoma, and the younger is a high school student involved in softball and choir. She regularly volunteers to help with schools and church, and currently serves as treasurer of her daughter’s high school choir booster club. She spends her free time in the outdoors and traveling. Her favorite vacations include international destinations, beaches, and trips home to New York City and eastern Long Island for quality time with family.
Madelynn graduated summa cum laude with honors from North Greenville University majoring in accounting with minors in economics and finance. She was also a four-year starter on NGU’s women’s soccer team. Her ability to quickly grasp concepts and excellent critical thinking skills aided her in making the Dean’s List and Academic All-Conference throughout her college career as well as being a finalist in Conference Carolina’s Murphy Osborne Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award. Those same abilities to quickly grasp concepts and think critically make her exceptionally suited to her current position with E&A. She can quickly size-up situations and make application of those concepts to provide accurate tax and accounting analysis. Madelynn is currently pursuing her CPA license.
When not at work, Madelynn enjoys playing soccer and sand volleyball, playing with dogs and traveling to visit out of state friends and family.
Theresa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of the Southwest.
Theresa joined Edwards & Associates in February 2018. She has spent more than 17 years preparing tax returns as well as 20 years at Thomson Reuters as a system assurance tester for corporate tax software. Clearly Theresa is no stranger to taxes!
Theresa has two sons and four grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, camping, sewing, scrapbooking, and traveling with friends and her church life group.
Kristian began with Edwards & Associates in 2013 as an intern. He eventually left to finish his education and earned his Bachelor of Science in Economics in December 2018 from the University of North Texas. While at UNT, Kristian earned a spot on the coveted President’s List for several consecutive semesters and served as a tutor for the Economics department. Following his graduation, Kristian rejoined Edwards & Associates PC where he has put his strong analytical skills and ability to solve complex problems to work for our clients.
Outside of the firm, Kristian is a family man. He enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing the guitar, and sharing his love of cooking.
Amber’s previous life included a very successful cupcake bakery business! She skillfully puts to work for E&A the fundamentals that served her well in that endeavor. As Firm Administrator at Edwards & Associates she oversees the smooth operation of all the wheels and cogs and makes sure the staff Teams are happy and thriving, while improving functions and efficiencies along the way. She has an outgoing, positive attitude with a creative mind and great organizational skills. A great asset to the team.
Amber is an avid foodie and enjoys trying out new restaurants with her family, especially brunch. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, gardening and the outdoors, as long as there are no large bugs or wild animals.
Arneshia graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2015. She joined the United States Air Force in 2016 and continues to serve our country in the United States Air Force Reserve. Arneshia works as a staff accounting professional on the Edwards & Associates team. She is highly motivated to help clients successfully run their businesses.
While Arneshia was in college she worked as a bookkeeper at a car dealership where she got real life understanding of the importance of good accounting and accurate financial statements. That knowledge sparked into a desire to continue improving her skills and increasing her education. While in the Air Force, Arneshia continued that focus and never put the desire on hold. Arneshia joined Edwards & Associates in 2020 ready to learn and expand her knowledge, and to put that knowledge to work for your practice.
When Arneshia is not working, her favorite thing to do is travel. Visiting all 50 states and the 7 continents is her goal.
Brittany is a University of Texas at Dallas graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She is currently pursuing her Master of Science in Accounting and then will be working toward her CPA. She gained her initial hands-on financial knowledge as a manager in retail banking and hasn’t looked back. Brittany began with Edwards & Associates as an intern and we couldn’t let her stop there! She is a tenacious, self-starter and team player who will go above and beyond to get the answers she needs to make sure you’re taken care of. In addition to general accounting joy, her organizational abilities suit her well as E&A’s Accounts Payable specialist.
Brittany was born in Mobile, Alabama but was raised in Texas. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, traveling, and expressing her creative thinking through arts and crafts.
Meka is the Executive Assistant to Lynn Ledbetter, the Operations Director of the Firm, and provides support for numerous other professionals in the Firm. With over 16 years of experience, including serving high level officers in the Department of Defense, Meka utilizes her excellent attention to detail and organizational skills to make sure everyone in her realm is well taken care of. She is customer service focused, with strong interpersonal skills. Do you need our help with something? Meka will make sure you get it!
In her spare time, Meka enjoys live music, art shows, fine cuisine, theatre, traveling, crafting, and all things creative!