Senior Reimbursement Consultant

Educated at Providence College with a degree in Political Science,
Mr. Robert H. Tessier earned his Master of Public Health (MPH) in 1972 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

After joining the Massachusetts firm, Professional Management Services, Bob became their Executive VP and Director of Consulting Services. In this capacity, his focus was negotiations, feasibility studies and recruitment of physicians to Academic Chairs.

As Reimbursement Consultant to a number of state societies, he was able to obtain favorable financial arrangements. The 70s were spent with Radiology groups and handling significant consulting assignments throughout the US. In 1982, he formed HBP Services.

Bob was introduced to Pathology at New York Hospital where he established the first private practice group in NY City. A consultation to Yale Pathology resulted in their becoming the first private practice group in CT. This required complete third party negotiations leading to extensive work with Pathology groups throughout the state.

Bob’s current focus is the development of strategic alliances and planning for successful clients who have a 5+ year outlook. Joint ventures, hospital negotiations and the management of freestanding labs are other areas of his expertise.


Vice President of Operations

Leon “Lee” Pino is a Practice Manager with over 35 years of experience in Pathology practice and hospital settings. Lee began his career in 1981 as Accounting Manager at Norwalk Hospital and joined HBP Financial Services in 1990.

Lee holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (1978) and a Master’s Degree in Finance (1987), both from Sacred Heart University.

Areas of expertise: Financial analysis, medical billing audits and system evaluations, accounts receivable management, revenue forecasting, technical cost studies, fringe benefit plans.


Vice President of Management Services

John Pacileo is the Vice President of Management Services, and has been with HBP Financial Services Group, Ltd., for over 25 years. Prior to that he worked for Park City Hospital as an Accounting Manager. John oversees Practice Management for several of HBP’s hospital-based clients.

John graduated from Sacred Heart University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

Areas of expertise: Accounts Receivable management, practice startup and valuations, operations and financial budgeting, Part A evaluations, Third Party negotiations.


Practice Manager

Merrie Roberts is a practice manager with over 15 years of management experience working with hospital-based physicians in Pathology.  Prior to joining HBP in 1997, Merrie was a Customer Service/Accounts Payable Manager for Sigvaris, Inc., a Swiss company that manufactures medical compression stockings.

Merrie received her Bachelor’s degree in business from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.

Areas of expertise:  Billing and practice management services for both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, monthly analysis/trends, reporting, A/R management, billing audits and managed care contract negotiations.  She also coordinates fringe benefit plans and practice policies and procedures.


Director of Development

As Director of Development, Allegra Klein focuses on growth strategies and long term planning for HBP, with the goal of expanding the client base and attracting new business. Her activities include industry networking, overseeing HBP’s marketing strategies, and developing webinars and other communication tools. Additionally, she serves as Project Manager for select client consultations and Director of HBP’s new Panel of National Pathology Leaders, a national think tank dedicated to creative, value-based business solutions for Pathology groups.

Prior to joining the company, Allegra served as Chief Operating Officer for an international search firm in Iraq and Chief Development Officer for an Iraqi-based company in Baghdad, where she brought in over $5 million in new business. Her non-profit experience includes roles with Carnegie Hall, Musicians for Harmony, and the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council.

Allegra received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her MBA from University of Connecticut’s School of Business, where she was inducted into the UConn Alumni Hall of Fame in May 2018.


Senior Consultant