Born to Trinidadian and Barbadian parents, Brent was raised in the Brooklyn and Queens boroughs of New York City. Branching out of New York, he attended the University of Chicago where he majored in Biology/Neuroscience and Psychology. During his time in Chicago, he was involved in research in neuronal current MRI and epileptic children, worked in information technology, and mastered the art of riding a bicycle to work during a blizzard. Returning to New York for medical school, he went to the Stony Brook University School of Medicine in Long Island. At Stony Brook, he was very active in the community at large through his work with the student run free health clinic (SBHOME) as a steering committee member and the Student National Medical Association. During medical school he also spent time in Trujillo, Peru conducting ethnobotanical research. Brent chose the Med-Peds program at UM/JMH because of the diverse patient population, the warmth of the residents, faculty, and staff, the many global opportunities available, and the lack of opportunities to shovel snow.