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PV Kent & Associates credits its success to the experience and dedication of its staff.

Peter V. Kent, Senior Managing Attorney
Peter Kent has specialized in healthcare law since he started his career in 1967. Prior to founding the firm in 1988, Mr. Kent was Massachusetts Partner in Charge for the New York law firm of Haytt, Haytt & Landau. Before that, he rose to Junior Partner at Tierney, Tierney, St. Onge & Manoil after interning at what is now the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Peter is a member of the Massachusetts state and federal bars, MHA, MAPAM (where he received the Presidents Award twice) and HFMA (which conferred the Fullmer Award on him in 1992). Active in the community over the years, Peter has served as Trustee and President of the Mary A. Alley Hospital, Trustee of Salem Hospital, Director and Chairman of the Board of the Greater Salem VNA, and Director and Chairman of the Board for the North Shore Family Planning, Inc., as well as Trustee and then President of the Congregation of the Marblehead Unitarian-Universalist Church. Peter earned a dual BA in History and Political Science from Centre College of Kentucky and a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University. An avid sailor, Peter lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, with his wife of 40 years and his cat, Cooper. Peter can be reached at pkent@PVKent.com.


Charlene E. Kent, Vice President and Managing Attorney
Charlene Kent specializes in healthcare law, including advocating for provider’s rights, litigation management and prosecution of administrative appeals at all levels. Prior to practicing as an attorney at Kent, she interned as a victim-witness advocate for the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. Charlene is a member of both the Massachusetts and New Hampshire bars and is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in both jurisdictions. Charlene graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in English and from Massachusetts School of Law with a Juris Doctor. Charlene resides in Marblehead, Massachusetts, where she spends her free time sailing with her husband and two sons. Charlene can be reached at ckent@PVKent.com.


Dennis S. Scott, Associate Attorney and Assistant Director of Business Development
Dennis Scott specializes in the various legal and regulatory matters arising under Medicare, Medicaid, and other third-party payment programs. He applies his knowledge and expereince with the Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare programs, including applications, appeals and related reimbursement / coverage issues, to his practice of healthcare and administrative law, including Veterans Administration appeals, and creditor’s rights work. Before joining Kent, Dennis served as a Hearing Officer for the Division of Medical Assistance, Board of Hearings in Boston; interned as a clerk at the New Hampshire Federal District Court; and served as an Honors Judicial Clerk at the Massachusetts Federal District Court. Dennis is admitted to the state and federal courts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a registered attorney in New York. He is a member of AHLA, MHA, HFMA, MAPAM and MAHAM and is a trained mediator under Rule 8 in Massachusetts. He graduated from Boston University cum laude with a dual BA in Philosophy and Psychology and from the New England School of Law cum laude with a Juris Doctor. He is on the Board of Directors of Hospitality Homes and Chair of its Development Committee. When Dennis is not cheering on the New England Patriots or working on his golf game, he can be found at home with his wife and two daughters, a Dalmatian, and a parrot, in Nashua, New Hampshire. Dennis can be reached at dscott@PVKent.com.

Michelle A. Rhudick, Executive Director of Business Development
Michelle Rhudick has worked for Kent since its inception in 1988, when Peter Kent and she left Haytt, Haytt and Landau. As Executive Director of Business Development, she is responsible for raising Kent’s profile in the community and has played a key role in several multimillion dollar settlements. She is a board member for Hathorne Office Park and also serves as Managing Partner of Rollins Realty LLC, the Kent subsidiary that manages its buildings. Having held supervisory and management roles in all departments, she has developed a broad knowledge base in all areas of healthcare reimbursement. She is an active member of MAPAM, MHA, MAHAM, and HFMA. Michelle complements this experience with coursework, including her current studies towards a BS degree in Information Technology. An active volunteer, long-time Girl Scout leader, and enthusiastic Little League coach, Michelle resides in Groveland, Massachusetts, with her husband, their three children, and the family dog, Cosmo. Michelle can be reached at mrhudick@PVKent.com.

Maria Little, Director of Operations
Since Maria Little joined Kent in 1992, she has worked in, supervised, and managed the Business Support, Human Resource/Accounting, and Liability Accounts departments. Maria currently oversees the business office and applies her accounting studies and significant experience in government programs to manage Kent’s high-volume Applications department. Previously, she served as a Contract Administrator for the City of Lowell law department for five years. She and her family — husband, daughter, son, and Dakota the Dog — live in Dracut, Massachusetts. They go to their camp in the central part of the state, Royalston, as often as possible. Maria can be reached at mlittle@PVKent.com.


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