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Department: Audit
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Phone: 423.756.0052
Fax: 423.267.5945


  • Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting from Arkansas State University
  • CPA designation awarded in 1982
  • Licensed in Tennessee

Past and Present Affiliations:

  • Tennessee Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Tennessee Association of Home Health Agencies
  • Tennessee Hospital Association




Dean has over 35 years experience in the health care industry to include four years with Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Tennessee in the Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement departments where his positions included Senior Auditor as well as Administrative Assistant to the Audit Manager.

He also has experience in all phases of the health care industry. In addition to major emphasis on audit and third-party reimbursement, he has conducted consulting engagements relating to rate-setting and financial feasibility studies issued in conjunction with the issuance of tax-free bonds.

He has been in public accounting since 1978 when he joined the firm of Fowler, Pearlman & Associates serving as a Senior Manager through the mergers with KMG Main Hurdman in 1982 and Peat Marwick Main & Co. in 1987. In 1988, he joined with Nathan Pearlman to form the partnership of Pearlman, Nebben, & Associates. On August 1, 2000, Pearlman, Nebben & Associates, PLLC joined with Burk, Huggins & Co., PLLC to form Burk, Pearlman, Nebben & Huggins, PLLC. On January 1, 2011, BPNH merged with Johnson, Hickey & Murchison, P.C., which was founded in 1977 to form one of the leading local firms in the Chattanooga and surrounding areas.