Dr. Mark McKenna was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Tulane University Medical School and is a licensed medical doctor in surgery and medicine in the states of Florida and Georgia. After medical school, he worked with his father in general practice. He started to see that doctors didn’t make the money they did in earlier years because of all the “red tape” involving paperwork and the way medical billings and reimbursements were changing for his father. From buying real estate during his college years, Dr. Mark McKenna saw that real estate was where the money-making opportunities were, not the medical field, and began using his entrepreneurship abilities in real estate. He started McKenna Venture Investments and another company, Universal Mortgage Lending Uptown Title, Inc. The companies did well until the bottom fell out when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 when he lost his businesses, as well as millions of dollars. This didn’t stop him from pursuing new ventures, so to help in rebuilding New Orleans, he started a real estate business for those who needed low to moderate income housing.
In 2007, Dr. Mark McKenna moved to Atlanta, Georgia and founded ShapeMed, a wellness based medical practice company. It was sold to Life Time Fitness in 2014 and became their National Medical Director for one year. In July, 2017, he founded OVME, where he is currently the CEO. OVME is a health, wellness and fitness company that offers elective healthcare focusing on non-surgical treatments such as laser hair removal, Botox treatments, counseling in nutrition and weight loss, etc. His goals are for it to become a chain of medical offices specializing in cosmetics, to open two new clinics in Atlanta and Nashville and to have on-line and social media access such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Dr. Mark Mckenna is a true entrepreneur who has learned many lessons through the years. In an Ideamensch interview, he was asked, “What is one strategy that has helped grow your business?” His reply was, “Surrounding myself with smarter people than myself.” It appears his strategy has worked!
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