Business skill and a medical background often go hand in hand, that is how the term “doctorpreneur” was born. Dr. Mark McKenna, the M.D. with an MBA, is a perfect example of this. McKenna is not just a licensed doctor of surgery and medicine in both Georgia and Florida, he is also a successful real estate mogul. After earning his medical degree from Tulane University, he simultaneously entered the real estate development industry and practiced medicine at his family’s clinic.
Dr. Mark McKenna’s business, McKenna Venture Investments, was based out of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. In one day, Dr. Mark McKenna lost millions. Even after this, he helped rebuild the devastated area with low to moderate income housing. Unfortunately, he saw the collapse of the real estate industry in the area and made the decision to move to Atlanta and go back into medicine with ShapeMed.
ShapeMed specialized in non-surgical, elective, cosmetic procedures. They became known as the affordable, quality Botox provider in the Atlanta area. After years of success, Dr. Mark McKenna took ab offer from Life Time Fitness Inc. for ownership of his business and the position of National Medical Director for the entire company.
After his position of Life Time Fitness, Dr. Mark McKenna raised about four million in capital through various outlets. He used this money to found OVME, a luxury aesthetic medical procedure company that brings quality, free-lance medical providers to patients in a more relaxed setting than a doctor’s office. With two current location in Atlanta and Nashville with plans to open clinics in Las Vegas and other large cities, many of the doctors will also do procedure in the comfort of the patient’s own home. The goal of OVME, pronounced “of me”, is to become the Uber of Botox with an app in development to make the process even more convenient for the consumer. They want to reinvent elective healthcare.
Dr. Mark McKenna is a dedicated family man who practices martial arts every day after eating breakfast with his young daughter. He and his wife also have a loved pomeranian. McKenna was voted as one of Atlanta’s most beautiful residents by Jezebel magazine.
Dr. Mark McKenna’s Social Media: twitter.com/drmarkmckenna
Locating a skilled, experienced, reputable cardiologist is a daunting task in itself, let alone doing so in New York City, the largest metropolitan area in the United States. Whether searching for a cardiologist for yourself or a loved one, it is imperative to know what qualities and qualifications are desirable, as well as necessary. Familiarizing oneself with these considerations can be empowering and offers a distinct advantage over choosing a practitioner based on convenience and location alone.
A cardiologist is a physician who has completed an extensive medical education. This includes an undergraduate degree, followed by four years of medical school, three years of internal medicine residency, and an additional three years of specialized training through a fellowship in cardiology, with additional subspecialties such as interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and transplant cardiology. In short, a cardiologist finds, treats, and prevents disorders of the heart and blood vessels. They are expected to perform and interpret the results of a variety of diagnostic procedures, including, but not limited to, listening to heart sounds, electrocardiogram (EKG), echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization, and electrophysiological studies.
Serious heart conditions can manifest rapidly, unpredictably, and with devastating consequences. The reasons for needing to seek the care of a cardiologist are vast and varied. While heart conditions may occur with more prevalence later in life, they can happen to anyone, regardless of age. Some common conditions that warrant a consultation with a doctor who specializes in cardiology are chest pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, high total cholesterol, being a smoker, and a family history of heart disease. In addition, starting a new exercise program after the age of 40 and having had a difficult pregnancy or one that resulted in preeclampsia are also situations where a cardiologist’s input should be considered.
When choosing a cardiologist, what are some crucial factors to consider? Arguably one of the most important, is that the cardiologist is “Board Certified.” Board certification is a designation awarded by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Renowned cardiologist at Glen Cove Hospital in New York, Dr. Edward Honig, regarding the importance of Board Certification when choosing a cardiologist, stresses, “More than just being a state licensed physician, a Board Certified cardiologist has chosen to demonstrate their expertise by volunteering to complete a rigorous examination and prove maintenance of the latest medical advancements and technology in the field, above and beyond what’s required for state licensure.”
In addition to Board Certification in cardiology, a practitioner’s level of experience should be of utmost concern. Studies have proven that practitioners with more years of experience have fewer complications than that of their younger colleagues. A beloved cardiologist, Dr. Honig is known as much for his compassion and willingness to help as he is for his rich 50 year history practicing in his area of expertise.
Dr. Honig, on the necessity of maintaining heart health and the prevalence of heart disease, encourages a proactive approach. “In the frenetic, fast-paced society in which we live, now, more than ever, we must be diligent about not only preventing heart disease when possible, but identifying and treating it appropriately in an individualized manner.”