Dr. S Mark McKenna: “The Doctorpreneur” of Atlanta, GA

Dr. Mark Mckenna of OVME A physician knows better than anyone the changes that will improve their daily practice. They know what their patients want. And they may be sufficiently savvy with technology to see the possibilities. Dr. Mark McKenna is a physician who has set his own path and has emerged (with trial and error) as a highly successful entrepreneur.

In fact, Dr. McKenna’s track record as a serial entrepreneur won him a slot as a featured guest on the CBS television show entitled ‘Doctorpreneur.’ As the name suggests, the show highlights the entrepreneurial spirit in the medical and healthcare communities.

Physicians possess specific traits that give them the “entrepreneurial attitude and motivation,” notes an article in MD magazine. In reviewing Dr. McKenna’s career, it’s clear that he is the embodiment of these traits.

They relish getting out of their comfort zone, and into the unknown

While earning his degree at Tulane Medical School, Dr. Mark McKenna came to the conclusion that it would be tough to make a lot of money as a doctor. He practiced medicine with his father for five years, and saw how changes in billing and reimbursements affected his practice. While physicians used to drive nice cars and make a lot of money, he realized that no longer was true. For Dr. McKenna, medicine was rote. He was attracted to the ability to engage different parts of his brain.

They trust their instincts

In the early days of medical school, he started buying real estate. He would moonlight at prisons doing physicals on prisoners for $50 an hour, and invested 100% of the money.

When he first started practicing medicine, he simultaneously launched McKenna Venture Investments, a boutique real estate development firm. Over the years Dr. McKenna went on to acquire/launch Universal Mortgage Lending and Uptown Title, Inc.

This portfolio of companies would grow to over 50 employees and offered turnkey design-build, finance, and real estate closing services. Dr. McKenna was making more than $500,000 a year, and his business was worth between $4 million and $5 million.

They experience loss but learn how to rebound

Hurricane Katrine Dr. Mark Mckenna

When Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, Dr. Mark McKenna lost millions overnight. He describes it as a “true gut check.” He and his girlfriend evacuated New Orleans thinking it would be just for a long weekend. His employees scattered throughout the country, his cash flow went to zero, his properties were devalued, and he was underinsured on many of his properties.

Dr. McKenna returned to New Orleans to rebuild his company and help with relief. There was a two-year period where flooded property could be bought for next to nothing, renovated and sold to investors who leased it as low-income housing. There were a ton of opportunities and a lot of government subsidies. His company would design, build and flip properties.

They trust their instincts

Eventually. Dr. McKenna saw the writing on the wall. The real estate market was changing. When people with zero income were buying property at 100 percent financing, he recognized that it was time to shift back to his second passion – medicine. He dissolved his real estate company, walking away with $700,000 or $800,000.

They realize the value of their medical training

Dr. Mark McKenna then moved to Atlanta, enrolled in an online MBA degree program, and opened ShapeMed, a chain of offices that offered cosmetic treatments like Botox injections, laser hair removal, and nutrition and weight counseling.

Dr. Mark Mckenna medical trainingThe company was an early adapter to the internet, to Google AdWords and social media. If someone searched “Botox” in Atlanta ShapeMed would come up at the top of the search.

Shape Medical Wellness Center became Atlanta’s premier medical weight loss and non-surgical aesthetic clinic. The highly trained staff of physicians, dietitians, and nutritionists provided affordable, convenient, and healthy weight loss and wellness solutions.

At the four offices, ShapeMed was doing $4 million in annual revenue and EBITDA margin was 20%. He was pocketing $1 million a year, reinvesting a lot, and spending on marketing. In 2015 he sold the business to a publicly traded big box gym chain, Lifetime Fitness, and joined the staff, but he quit a year later after Lifetime was bought out by private equity.

They have a “how and how else” mentality

Now Dr. Mark McKenna, 43, is working on a new venture, OVME, which will open its doors in early 2018.

His vision: a national chain of cosmetic medical offices with an app that will function like an Uber for Botox patients. Using OVME’s app, customers will be able to connect with freelance practitioners who will make house calls on demand. He has raised $4 million in capital, and projects growth to $25 million over the next five years.

The name OVME, pronounced “Of Me,” captures how well the company helps patients improve themselves. OVME is intended to build a brand around the retail medical aesthetics market. Botox is widely recognized, but there is no set outlet that offers the product, says Dr. Mark McKenna. The new venture was meant to provide a luxurious client experience.

The first OVME clinics will be in Atlanta and Nashville, then Las Vegas.

They bring ideas to lifeDr. Mark Mckenna brings Ideas to life

Dr. Mark McKenna is a voracious reader who regularly sets goals and practices visualization. He also likes to meditate in a quiet place at least once a day. He has found the combination of meditation and active goal setting is a recipe for success.

Elon Musk, Michael Bloomberg, and Barack Obama have influenced his thinking greatly, as has the Napoleon Hill classic, “Think and Grow Rich.”

Check out Dr. Mark Mckenna is his recent IdeaMensch feature for further reading:

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  1. Dr. Mark McKenna seems like an interesting character on the medical entrepreneur landscape. I’m super interested to see what he continues to bring to Atlanta!

  2. Entrepreneurs in this day and age are popping up everywhere but the ones in the medical field are always the most fascinating to me for sure. Dr. Mark McKenna seems like he’s leading a lot of innovation with the combinations of technology and medicine he’s trying to do.

    1. Agree fully, there’s so many that the ones that are genuine people sometimes get put in the same pile as the shady business people.

  3. “Doctorpreneur” fits Dr. Mark perfectly. I only found out about him recently but it’s obvious from far away that he’s an established businessman and a profound doctor! I’ve read how his patients admire his bedside manner and the people who work with respect him dearly both as a boss and a co-worker.

  4. I’m 56 and in all honesty I’ve never seen a businessman with a good heart before. Dr. Mark seems to be one of the rare people out there who when they succeed don’t forget about the people around them – let alone their community!! Think Dr. Mark deserves all the support we can give him and see where and how far he can take us!

    Best regards,
    Harry L.

    1. I know how you feel Harry. I’m 60 and can say the same… A businessman with a good, kind heart? In this world? Come on… I’m not losing faith, but I’d be a fool if I wasn’t at least a bit skeptical still… Time will tell.

      1. You should both give this man a chance. There ARE good people out there, and some of them are bound to succeed and get noticed as much as the ‘bad’ ones! Please give Dr. Mark a chance. You might be surprised!

        1. They don’t have to “give him a chance”. All they should do is some genuine research. This man’s work speaks for him, not just his words!

  5. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Couldn’t be more excited about OVME as an aesthetics center from all perspectives! The new jobs, the good this’ll do for the community and the man himself – Dr. Mark seems to be more invested in the benefit of the community than pure profits and numbers (like most companies/entreprenuers do).

  6. Saying he’s an interesting character is saying very little I think! I believe he deserve to be recognized for what he truly is: A people’s friend! Nation’s friend perhaps even. Get this: He’s innovative, a SUCCESSFUL rich businessman – yet he’s down to earth and even charitable. And you know what? He himself says that being charitable doesn’t end at simply donating to a charity. He says he makes sure he follows every donation through and make sure the money ends up at the right place – which is the biggest reason I respect this man.

  7. I was very skeptical about the whole OVME aesthetics thing and their “plan for innovation”, but at the time, I didn’t have a clue about Dr. Mark Mckenna, and once I did learn I was still skeptical but this COMPLETELY changed once I read about all his past success and business endeavours he had gone through, especially his charity effort and how he puts his helping efforts in front of profit. Definitely huge support from my family!

    Thank you!

    1. I know, right? I was skeptical as well. But at the time I also didn’t know about his history at all. It’d seem that a lot of people just “didn’t know” about Dr. Mark and didn’t actually have much reason to pay attention to him and what he does. But lately he’s been receiving a lot of attention through the media (and for good reason) and people are slowly becoming more aware of him. It’s up to him what he does now with his newly born success and attention!

  8. “doctorpreneur” is one way to describe Dr. Mark. A humble and kind soul is another! I think both statements are true and that’s why my community hugely supports everything this man’s been doing.

  9. Everything Dr. Mckenna has been saying lately resonates with me perfectly! Will definitely keep giving him support whenever I can.

    1. I agree. Let’s get his word out so as many people as possible hear what he’s got to say. I really think he deserves more support. I’m sharing this article on my Facebook wall right now (so should you)!

  10. Mr. Hetherington I believe you’ve done a great job covering Mr. Mark’s experiences and his advice for us. I wasn’t aware of some of the stuff that he’s done/said in the past couple of years, and really think we ought to give him more attention. This man should be some kind of a leader in the medical industry!

  11. There seem to be a lot of self-proclaimed experts today that showed up and popped up everywhere in the field. And the media isn’t really doing a great job reporting on all of those people accurately. I think they should pay more attention to people with real-life potential for change for the better, such as is one Dr. Mark Mckenna, and less on people who’re only in it for their personal gains!

  12. People with innovative views and ideas are what we really need. This is going to have a great impact on the society. 

  13. I respect his efforts because he’s the kind of a man that doesn’t only look to become rich himself, but to enrich his community at the same time. Innovating like this and advocating for change and the “new” is how society has improved for thousands of years!

  14. Love this guy and we actually share some of the same interests, and that’s philantrophy, technology but what I was more suprised about is that we both wanted to be lawyers when we were younger. Well it’d seem we both gave up on those dreams but only one of us then did something actually noticable in the world (hint: it’s not me) 😀

  15. I’ve been following Dr. Mckenna’s work for years. He truly is a doctorpreneur. He’s one of a kind, and we should know to abide his advice! Just my 2c.

  16. OK so I read a lot about his successes and failures and how he always manages to come up on top after years of struggle and etc. What I didn’t know is how, where he pulls his strenght from. Now I read he’s widely into meditation, visualization and reading. I think these three things are a major part of his character and a major, major tool for anyone.

    Just my 0.02

  17. “He was attracted to the ability to engage different parts of his brain.” – Wish he went in detail with this. I’ve also been in the same practice as my father for the last five years and feel like I’m stuck.

  18. Love the fact that he went so far to do phyisicals in prisons for $50 an hour and then not even spend any of that and just invest a 100%. That’s why he’s where he is now, right there kids.

  19. All praises for Dr. McKenna who, at a young age, already made a huge difference in its chosen field. It really helps when you read a lot, practice goal setting and visualization. Truly a great example to all aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators!

  20. What does Mckenna specialize in? I’m just wondering because I’ve been reading all this stuff about him and all I know is that he want to Tulane. Where can we get more info on him education-wise?

  21. I get very excited whenever I see a good person enriching my community hence I’m so grateful to Dr. Mark these kinds of articles always make my day better!

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