Christine Abell


Christine Abell is the Managing Principal of CLA's physician and dental practices. She serves as the primary advisor for various physician groups and medical clinics by providing financial and income tax compliance, operational and strategic services across the country.

Chris has 30 years of experience serving physician practices, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), mental health centers and joint ventures between physicians and health systems, such as ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) and imaging centers. She also works with physician groups that are in the process of or have integrated with venture capital organizations and with health care foundations, associated with various health care entities.  She has assisted health care organizations by uncovering issues related to financial reporting and internal controls, and developing solutions to enhance the client's business operations.

Technical expertise

  • Disclosure of unique issues on financial statements and effectively reporting to Governance
  • Advising health care management and physicians on operational issues related to revenue cycles
  • Guiding physician practices and medical clinics with financial implications of health care reform
  • Analyzing physician productivity and physician compensation
  • Preparing physician practices for integration with private equity groups
  • Corporate and individual tax planning


Bachelor's of science in business administration, with an emphasis in accounting and finance, St. Louis University

In the community

  • Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the states of Arizona, California, Minnesota, Missouri
  • Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) through Medical Group Management Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • The Medical Group Management Association, member
  • Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • The Arizona Medical Group Management Association, member
  • American Heart Association, Circle of Red, member