Dr. Mark Mckenna is a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. He started off his career working for his father in New Orleans before he moved to Atlanta and founded ShapeMed, an aesthetics based elective procedure center. While still in medical school, Dr. Mark Mckenna started selling properties, and after graduating in 1999, he built a real estate company. The business that flourished came down in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina struck and he lost millions. His attempts to rebuild it were futile, and that’s when ventured into Cosmetic treatments like laser hair removal and Botox injections.
In 2015, Dr. Mark sold ShapeMed to a big box fitness gym and joined their workforce. He quit the job when the lifetime fitness facility that was once a public traded company sold its controlling shares to a private equity company. The 43-year-old doctor with more than two decades of experience has now ventured on a new company, OVME, that will have an app and give its customers a chance to connect with online practitioners.
In a recent interview with Forbes, Dr. Mark Mckenna spelled out why he chose business over medicine. He told Susan Adams that he turned down lifetime fitness’ order to become their medical director because he wasn’t willing to help someone else build their brand and that’s when he went for the option of selling ShapeMed to them. When it was bought off by two private equity companies, he still turned down their offer of hiring him as their national medical director because he couldn’t agree with the corporate’s immobility.
His new undertaking that is a mimic of his old business is working towards putting a noticeable premium on user experience by providing an app that will allow them to send practitioners to their clients. Dr. Mark Mckenna says that his new expedition is meant to show gratitude to the community that has given him so much. OVME, under his guidance, has partnered with Make-a-Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps children realize their dreams. They are determined to donate a portion of all the profits from product sales and money from OVME procedures to change a child’s life.