Dr. Mark McKenna: The “Of Me” Movement

Dr. Mark McKenna is more than a successful doctor, he is an amazing and insightful businessman. He has single-handedly helped create some of the most innovative healthcare aesthetics companies on the market, with his keen insight into what clients need. His very first business endeavor was with McKenna Venture Investments. This was a small real estate development firm with big dreams. He eventually went on to acquire two other businesses, Universal Mortgage Lending and Uptown Title, Inc. Dr. Mark McKenna was not stopping there however, he continued to grow the business and experienced a great amount of success while also practicing medicine.

After he lost his businesses to Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Mark McKenna knew that he needed to get a foothold in the medical aesthetics community next. While real estate had always been a passion for him, he knew that he could make real contributions to the medical community. He used his focus and ingenuity to launch his first company, dubbed ShapeMed. ShapeMed was Dr. McKenna’s first foray into medical aesthetics and he found that he had a unique knack for it. The practice grew exponentially and was eventually acquired by Life Time Fitness Inc. From there, Dr. Mark McKenna served as Life Time Fitness Inc’s National Medical Director.

In 2016, Dr. Mark McKenna decided to launch another medical aesthetics company, OVME. He had thought about his previous venture into the field of medical aesthetics and came up with an innovative notion, to make his company more consumer facing. OVME is pronounced “of me” and Dr. McKenna wanted his new business to symbolize his clients taking back their choices in the elective medical healthcare community. McKenna’s OVME movement give his client’s power. It signifies a more person-centered standard of care than what was previously used in situations such as these. Where many doctor’s offices are perceived to be cold and clinical, Dr. Mark McKenna has decided that a very homey approach would be more conducive to his client’s overall well-being. OVME is not just a medical aesthetics company, it is the beginning of a new way of life in the medical community.

The Key to Success With Dr. Mark McKenna

The key to success is a balancing act between innovation, working hard and taking the time to self-reflect, at least according to Dr. Mark McKenna. The New Orleans native started his ambitious career early, taking on two entirely different fields at once, successfully. After graduating with a medical degree from Tulane University Medical School, he started practicing medicine with his father as well as launching a real estate development firm, McKenna Venture Investments at the same time. Over the years, he would launch and acquire several more real estate firms that offered financing, turnkey design-build, and real estate closing assistance. Unfortunately, in 2005, hurricane Katrina hit, taking many of McKenna’s business interest down with it.

A couple of years later, Dr. Mark McKenna moved to Atlanta, GA and made a return to medicine, founding ShapeMed, a wellness, and aesthetic based medical practice. This successful venture would later be sold to Life Time Fitness Inc. in 2014, where he remained as National Medical Director until 2016. His years here inspired him to then launch OVME, a medical aesthetics company, a technology-focused elective healthcare firm. His expertise in the discipline allowed McKenna to notice areas where he could change the industry, offering a chance to reinvent the field.

This, combined with a full family life with his wife and young daughter and personal hobbies such as JuJitsu keep McKenna consistently busy, but he still takes the time he can to meditate and reflect. This, he believes, keeps him focused. As he remarked, “I regularly set goals and practice visualization. I also like to meditate in a quiet place at least once a day. I have found the combination of meditation and active goal setting is a recipe for success.” As an avid believer in the power of visualization, McKenna recommends any up and coming entrepreneur read Napoleon Hill’s book “Think and Grow Rich”. With his successes, maybe he’s onto something and more