Dr. Mark McKenna and his Journey to Success

Mark McKenna is the founder and CEO of OVME, a medical aesthetic company based in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Mark was born in New Orleans LA and later proceeded to Tulane University Medical School where he graduated with an accolade in medicine. Dr. McKenna eventually got a license in surgery and medicine from the Georgia and Florida board of medical examiners hence kick-starting his medical career.

Dr. McKenna immediately joined his father who was practicing medicine from where he gained experience in the field. It is during this time that Mark started his entrepreneurial journey by launching McKenna Venture investment, a firm with interest in real estate and development. Over time, the business grew to be a portfolio of companies that employed over 50 people.

On August 29th, 2005, the city of New Orleans was affected by a hurricane that destroyed almost all business interests by McKenna. The storm`s aftermath, however, saw McKenna participate actively in the redevelopment of New Orleans where he built low-income houses.

Later in 2007, Mark relocated to Atlanta and launched ShapeMed, an aesthetic and wellness center. On November 1st, 2014, he sold the firm to Life Time Fitness, where he got an opportunity to serve as the National Medical Director until July of 2016. A year later McKenna founded OVME, a company that was aimed at reinventing elective healthcare.

During an interview, McKenna explained that his long-term experience in the aesthetic industry is what encouraged the move to launch OVME. He highlighted 6:30 as his wake-up time after which he dedicates time taking breakfast with the daughter before proceeding to the office at eight where he leaves late in the evening. He further explained that voracious reading and setting realistic goals is his secret for entrepreneurship.

Like most successful businesspeople, McKenna noted that what makes him better is his target to surround himself with smarter people. He, however, regrets his early days in school since he thinks he might have taken life a little bit too fast and hence made immature decisions. When asked to recommend a book, he chose Think and grow rich as his favorite and termed it as a must read for startup entrepreneurs. Dr. Mark is married to Gianine McKenna, and they are blessed with two daughters.