In 1999, Dr. Mark McKenna graduated from Tulane University’s popular, well-known, reputable medical school. Dr. Mark McKenna earned not one, but two – count ’em, two – degrees simultaneously: a medical doctorate, a degree required to be a practicing physician in all 50 states across the United States of America; and a master’s in business administration, a degree geared towards the management of persons both inside medical practices, hospitals, and establishments totally unrelated to healthcare.
Since then, Dr. Mark McKenna has become licensed to practice medicine in both Florida and Georgia, a feat very few medical doctors accomplish because they feel like they’re too busy to travel back and forth between states. McKenna unarguably never feels too tired to leave his countless trusting patients left out to dry in the proverbial sun of neglect, as the young physician travels back and forth between Georgia and Florida frequently to meet his clients’ needs.
Back to 1999 – when most people graduate medical school, even joint MD/MBA programs, they typically pursue the practice of medicine. Dr. Mark McKenna, surprisingly, founded a real estate business in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1999.
Just six years later, the 2005 hurricane season’s Hurricane Katrina destroyed Dr. Mark McKenna’s realty business. Both the company’s headquarters and its widespread, expensive portfolio of investments were destroyed in a matter of days.
Though McKenna successfully managed to build that real estate development and management firm back to its original size, he decided his long-term business prospects were better served in northern Georgia, home to the South’s largest metropolitan area – Atlanta.
The budding entrepreneur-doctor persona of Dr. Mark McKenna led him to create yet another business endeavor just weeks after moving to Atlanta. ShapeMed, formed in 2007, was a line of healthcare facilities that specialized in outpatient cosmetic treatments to patients looking to boost their outer beauty. McKenna sold ShapeMed’s entire lineup of assets – a quite extensive lineup, at that – to the publicly-traded business conglomerate Life Time Fitness in 2014 for several million dollars.