Dallas Dental Accounting Team
The Heart Of Our Business.
We are a full-service public accounting firm working extensively with dentists and healthcare professionals, providing accounting, tax reduction and wealth building services. Founded in 1987, RT Edwards & Associates, PC has 25+ 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
Founder and Director
Robert 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 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’s 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 15 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 since 2002 and is currently a Senior Accountant and head of The Firm’s Retirement and Investing department. 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 her clients that reaches beyond standard accounting work.
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. Her years of experience are an asset to the team. In addition to her regular duties as a Senior Accountant, 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 and Associates.
When she is not hard at work, Becky enjoys cooking, exercising, and Jeeping in Moab with her husband and kids.
Madison Morrow Poe
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 in September 2008 and is currently a Senior Accountant. 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 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.
Cici joined Edwards & Associates in July 2015 as a Staff accountant. She is a 2015 Cum Laude graduate of University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She is very detail oriented, hardworking, and very helpful to others when a hand is needed.
Cici worked for 3 years at International Import & Export Limited Company in Vietnam where she was responsible for reviewing A/C, A/P, and Inventory accounts and making sure transactions were correctly recorded and matched supporting documents. She also prepared monthly Income Statements and reconciliations of bank accounts. Cici is fluent in English, Chinese, and Vietnamese which was very helpful as she managed import and export documents to and from Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. She also helped management and other departments improve processes including suggesting ways to reduce costs, enhance revenues and improve profits.
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 to eventually become a 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.
Ash has been in the Public Accounting Industry since his junior year of college. He interned with Edwards & Associates and with a larger firm before accepting his role as a Staff Accountant here at Edwards & Associates. 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.
In his spare time, he likes to travel, meet people from different cultures, try new cuisine, and spend time with his family and friends.
Sarah graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She has been with Edwards & Associates since February of 2015. She is proficient at preparing financials and tax returns, using various accounting software including QuickBooks. With a thirst for knowledge, she is always eager to take on new tasks. She is an excellent team player and will go above and beyond to serve clients. She is currently in the process of becoming CPA eligible.
Aside from actively participating in honors societies on campus, such as Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Society, Sarah also likes to volunteer for various local charity organizations. She strongly believes in giving back to the community that has done so much for her and her family.
Sarah grew up in Houston but later moved to Dallas to further her education. She loves spending time with family and friends- whether it is watching movies on weekends or having a cookout.
Erika is a 2015 graduate from Our Lady of the Lake University with an undergraduate degree in business administration with an accounting focus and a 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. Erika’s intense focus and unparalleled attention to detail are what make her a huge asset to our team.
Her hobbies include playing soccer, hiking, and hanging out with friends and family.
Assistant Staff Accountant
Monica joined Edwards & Associates as an Accounting Assistant after having worked for one of the largest advertising companies in Houston. She is very familiar with processing a wide variety of accounting 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 learned much about how a doctor’s office operates.
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 in Garland. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family. Monica also enjoys the beach and traveling.
Cecilia serves as our Firm Administrator at RT Edwards & Associates. She handles all the billings, collections, manages staff benefits and HR duties, IT issues as needed and oversees productivity and workflow to improve The Firm’s functions and efficiencies. She graduated from Texas State University, formerly Southwest Texas State in 1989 with a BA in Journalism. She has an outgoing, positive attitude with a creative mind and great organizational skills which make her a great asset to the team.
Cecilia lives in Forney with her husband and son. When she is not working, she enjoys cooking, being outdoors, entertaining and spending time with her family and friends.
Vicki’s combination of dental experience and customer service make her an excellent addition to our team. Because she understands the functions of a dental practice, Vicki can easily relate to the specific needs of our clients.
Her 25+ years of dental 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.
Front Desk Coordinator
You could say that Carol Merritt is the face of R.T. 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 team. Carol has 10+ years in administrative assistance and also experience in assisting accountants. 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.
Executive Assistant to Robert Edwards
Traci joined RT Edwards & Associates in September 2014. Her attention to detail and strong organization skills make her an excellent fit as Robert’s Executive Assistant. She also handles the loans for our clients, as well as various other duties as necessary.
With over 25 years’ experience in administration, for both large and small companies, Traci brings a positive, “team player” attitude and strong customer service skills. Prior to Edwards & Associates, she served as firm administrator for a small accounting firm for 4 years and also 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 and three Chihuahuas. Outside the office, she participates in a weekly bowling league, and enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.
Kristi Alexander Smith
Director of Client Relations
Kristi is the Director of Client Relations for R.T. Edwards & Associates, P.C. Kristi previously functioned as Robert’s Executive Assistant for 5 years which gave her a great understanding of every aspect of our business. Her great sense of curiosity, positive attitude, and her 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 Firm marketing, new client incorporations, state incorporation compliance issues, correspondence regarding estimated tax and extension payments and work flow management.
Outside the office Kristi stays very busy with her three children and their extracurricular activities. She enjoys reading, traveling, sporting events and laughing. Most of all, Kristi enjoys spending quality time with her family.