Harvey Hamilton Allen Jr, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Allen is Board Certified for Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine who believes in the practitioner research model of care. He believes in incorporating the model where science and practice work together ensures the best outcomes for his patients. His clinical interests are Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative) and Colon Cancer.

Dr. Allen is certified in Gastric Balloon (ORBERA non-surgical weight loss system), Small bowel capsule endoscopy, Esophageal manometry/24 hr Ph probe, and CHR O’Regan System painless hemorrhoidal banding. In addition, Dr. Allen is the Director of Endoscopy and Director of the Esophageal Manometry Laboratory at St Luke’s Hospital. He is licensed to practice in the State of North Carolina, Georgia, and New York. He has hospital privileges at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

He is a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, American Medical Association, American College of Gastroenterology, National Medical Association and Crohn’s Foundation.

A past member of the Winston-Salem City Advisory Board for the Boy Scouts as well as an Executive Board Member of the YMCA of the USA and a member of its National Medical Advisory Committee.

Dr. Allen is a four year NCAA All American in Swimming, Olympic Trial Qualifier, and Captain of the Johns Hopkins University Varsity Swimming Team, North Carolina AAU Swimmer, State Champion, and Record Holder. In 2020, Dr. Allen was inducted into The Johns Hopkins Swimming Hall of Fame.

When Dr. Allen is working in the field, he enjoys playing golf and swimming with his family.

Wende Dixon, RN, BSN, CNOR, CASC

Administrator, Clinical Director, and Infection Preventionist

Wende Dixon RN, BSN, CNOR, CASC has been the Administrator, Clinical Director, and Infection Preventionist for MVEC since 2011 when she was brought on to oversee the construction and opening of Utica’s first ambulatory surgery center. Since that time, she has been responsible for its overall strategy and operations. She has successfully obtained and maintained MVEC’s national accreditation through AAAHC and our CMS certification for Medicare and Medicaid.


Wende has been a nurse in various settings for over thirty-three years and has worked in ambulatory surgery for more than two decades. Wende graduated Magna Cum Laude from Niagara University in 1987, was commissioned in the US Army Nurse Corps, where she served our country from 1987 to 1991. In 2017, Wende earned the CASC designation (Certified Administrator Surgery Center), a distinction that recognizes the knowledge, skills and expertise that the role of an ASC administrator requires.  Wende currently serves on the Board of Directors of NYSAASC (NYS Assoc of Ambulatory Surgery Centers). 


Wende is also a Certified Perioperative Nurse. Earning the CNOR demonstrates a commitment to upholding the highest standards in patient safety and quality peri-operative care. Due to her hard work and the outstanding team that she leads, MVEC consistently ranks over 98% in all areas of our customer satisfaction surveys. 


Thomas Fiorentino


Tom has been working in healthcare administration and management for over 20 years holding various positions in independent primary care and specialty groups, commercial laboratories and senior leadership in hospital settings.

A Certified Public Accountant since 1994, Tom has advised on matters ranging from business formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, partner ownership transactions, contracting and reimbursement, process improvement, medical quality management and EMR systems implementation.

A graduate of Utica College at Syracuse University, Tom resides with his family in New Hartford.