Relationships are the cornerstone of our business. At Dean Dorton, we genuinely care about our clients and their success; therefore, our clients work closely with skilled teams whose incisive thinking, advanced technological tools, and exceptionally high standards create long-lasting working relationships. Our Firm Directors look tirelessly for ways to add value to our clients – it’s what drives us. Find out more for yourself below and contact us with any questions.
Danielle has more than 10 years of public accounting experience. She has a broad range of clients across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, real estate, healthcare, natural resources, and investment companies. She works mostly in the tax compliance area and is also involved with internal training.
Chris’ areas of practice focus primarily on taxation compliance and planning for businesses, fiduciaries and individuals. He also specializes in consulting, providing services such as forensic accounting, business valuations, merger and acquisitions, and estate and exit planning.
David is the President and CEO of the firm and has over 25 years of experience in public accounting and private industry. The majority of clients David serves operate in the healthcare industry including hospital systems, hospitals, large multi-specialty physician practices, single-specialty physician practices, long-term care providers and managed care companies. He provides an array of assurance and advisory services to these clients.
Faith has over 12 years of public accounting experience. She provides tax compliance and planning services to business and individual clients in a variety of areas, including real estate, estate and trusts, and general tax consulting. Faith enjoys working with family groups, providing assistance with comprehensive tax planning in an effort to define and achieve financial goals.
Doug was the founding member of the firm, Dean Dorton & Ford P.S.C., in Lexington, Kentucky in 1979. He has extensive experience in providing tax, estate planning, merger and acquisition, and business valuation services to individuals and businesses. Throughout this career Doug has provided services to many types of businesses, their owners and managers, and other high income and high net worth individuals. He was the initial leader of the firm’s equine industry practice group.
Paula has over 30 years of tax planning and compliance experience working in a variety of industries including manufacturing, construction, law firms, and nonprofit organizations. She also provides estate planning and financial and tax planning for individuals and their businesses. Additionally, Paula works with many financial institutions providing fiduciary tax compliance and consulting services.
Mike has more than 20 years of experience in providing tax services to Kentucky and Indiana companies, large and small. Mike has experience with a client base including C corporations, S corporations, partnerships, and high net worth individuals. He has assisted companies in the areas of manufacturing, natural resources, healthcare, equine, and retail as well as service providers.
Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Morehead State University in 2002. Since that time she has been practicing public accounting at Dean Dorton. The majority of her career has been spent providing tax planning, compliance and accounting services for privately-held businesses and individuals.
Erica has over 30 years of professional experience in a wide range of industries including construction, equine, manufacturing, and warehousing and distribution. She has spent the majority of her career advising clients on state and local tax issues, and is a prolific speaker and author.
Simon has worked for international, national, and regional CPA firms in the United Kingdom and U.S. since 1994, and he currently leads the Dean Dorton construction industry team. Simon is a member of the firm’s assurance group executive committee, and leads the assurance group technical subcommittee.
Bill has over 18 years of experience providing audit and assurance services to clients in various industries including natural resources and energy, manufacturing, equine, and retail. He leads a variety of projects including assisting clients with public filings, internal audit, due diligence procedures, IFRS transition, Section 404 internal controls assessments, bankruptcy accounting and purchase accounting. Bill leads the firm’s natural resources and energy team.
Lance has more than 11 years of experience providing assurance, risk management, internal audit and business advisory services for entities in a variety of industries ranging from healthcare to manufacturing. In addition to serving the firm as a Director of Assurance Services, Lance serves on our litigation consulting team as a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Brandi works primarily with real estate and healthcare clients in Lexington and surrounding communities, providing tax compliance, planning, and cost-segregation studies. She also specializes in financial institutions and serves as a member of Dean Dorton’s healthcare team.
Mike has over 15 years of public accounting experience providing tax planning and tax compliance services to corporate and individual clients. He serves clients in a variety of industries including healthcare, natural resources, real estate, construction, high wealth individuals, and equine.
Leigh has over 19 years of experience working at Dean Dorton and has provided a variety of tax services to clients throughout her time. She works with clients in several industries including nonprofits, colleges and universities, healthcare, natural resources, and equine. Leigh also provides clients with estate/gift and succession planning services and works with international businesses regarding tax planning and compliance.
Jason currently serves as the leader of Dean Dorton’s business consulting group which specializes in providing technology, healthcare consulting, litigation and forensic accounting, business valuations, and outsourced accounting services to clients. Jason’s primary focus is overseeing the design, implementation, and support of business networks for Dean Dorton’s clients.
David has over 25 years of public accounting experience. During the last ten years, David has spent most of his professional time performing business valuations and related litigation consulting and litigation support services. He has performed valuations and related services in a variety of contexts, including estate, gift, and income tax planning and reporting, marital dissolutions, shareholder transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.
David has more than 25 years of public accounting experience providing audit and consulting services to clients. He actively serves clients in the college and university, healthcare, insurance, and nonprofit industries. David’s clients range in size and complexity from small nonprofit organizations to large, publicly-traded companies.
Porter focuses primarily on the healthcare industry where he offers practice management services including CFO services, accounts payable services, internal control reviews, compensation consulting, accounts receivable analysis, budgets, planning for new practices, and monitoring and benchmarking existing practices.
Jen has advised businesses and individual clients on tax and general business consulting matters for over 17 years. She currently leads the firm’s equine practice group and works extensively with clients in the equine industry, providing them in-depth industry expertise. Jen works with a variety of clients, but spends most of her time working with high worth individuals and related entities (businesses, trusts, and foundations).
Mike has over 23 years of public accounting experience and extensive experience working with real estate, service companies, dealerships, and high net worth individuals. He provides clients with a variety of services and often speaks on topics such as choice of entity, advanced partnership tax rules, and S corporation tax rules.
Adam has 14 years of experience providing healthcare consulting services to multiple healthcare providers and entities, including community-based hospitals, specialty surgery hospitals, multihospital systems, multi-specialty physician clinics, and managed care payers. In addition to leading Dean Dorton’s Healthcare Consulting Services group, Adam performs revenue cycle operational assessments and process improvement engagements.
David’s practice consists primarily of servicing and advising closely-held and family-owned businesses and their owners. These services consist of income and estate tax planning, strategic planning, business consulting, succession planning and compliance services (accounting, financial statements and tax returns). David’s practice also consists of servicing other professional service organizations such as attorneys, engineers, adult education, physicians, veterinarians, and other consultants.
Jim has 25 years of experience in public accounting providing assurance services and is the leader of Dean Dorton’s internal audit services group. Prior to joining the firm he had 19 years of experience with global accounting firms where he worked extensively with public companies and large private companies with multiple locations and international operations. Jim’s industry expertise includes manufacturing, energy and natural resources, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. Jim also leads Dean Dorton’s PCAOB team.
Gwen currently serves as the leader of Dean Dorton’s tax practice. She has more than 30 years of experience providing tax services to clients in a variety of industries. Gwen is also a member of the litigation consulting team and has also been qualified as an expert witness in Jefferson Circuit and Family Courts, Federal Bankruptcy Court, and Oldham County Circuit Court. She has testified on commercial damages issues as well as forensic accounting and tax consequences in relation to marital dissolution and division of marital assets.
Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in public accounting and leads Dean Dorton’s litigation and forensic accounting team. She specializes in bankruptcy accounting matters, fraud examinations, and litigation support services including expert witness testimony and corporate ethics monitor. Elizabeth was recently recognized as the AICPA’s Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) Champion of the Year in 2014 and teaches ethics classes throughout the region.