Why Dr. Mark McKenna Went From Real Estate To Medicine
Dr. Mark McKenna grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Seeing as his father was a doctor he decided to pursue the same occupation. His medical degree was earned at the Tulane University School of Medicine. He entered his father’s practice while continuing to operate a real estate company he had founded while studying at Tulane, McKenna Venture Investments. Between Hurricane Katrina destroying many of his properties and observing the residential real estate market enter bubble territory, though, he decided to shut this company down and pursue medicine fulltime.
In November 2007, Dr. Mark McKenna relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, in part because his girlfriend had moved there. He started a company called ShapeMed. This company prescribed weight management diets. It also offered nonsurgical aesthetic services such as dermal fillers, Botox, and laser lifts. This company grew rapidly into multiple locations. Its success drew the eye of a national gym, Life Time Fitness, Inc. They ended up buying his company and hiring him.
After leaving Life Time Fitness, Dr. Mark McKenna hit on an idea to disrupt the health and wellness industry. He founded OVME and is now its chief executive officer. His company will be launching an app that allows people to bring a doctor to them to perform nonsurgical procedures in order to look and feel better. He has said that he wants to shake the industry up and allow people a far more convenient way of accessing services like this rather than the traditional way of making an appointment and trudging to some office.
Dr. Mark McKenna is married and they have a child as well as a pet dog. He has said that he loves to read books and does so whenever his schedule permits. He regards books as having tons of knowledge that is just waiting to be released in any type of subject imaginable. Many of the books he reads are outside the medical field, he says, so that he broadens his horizons and can grow as a person.
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