Kent was born in Evansville, Indiana. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington for three years and then graduated from the IU School of Dentistry in 1971. He then completed a two year graduate program specializing in orthodontics. Kent has an orthodontic practice in the Eagle Creek area of Indianapolis.
About 10 years ago, Kent started woodworking as a hobby and to make furniture for his three children and family friends. He has taken over fifteen classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. He has also learned advanced veneering, marquetry and inlay techniques from text books and videos. Kent has acquired a passion for making small boxes and custom furniture and has decided to continue woodworking as a second career after retiring from orthodontics.