Medical practitioner, Dr. Mark Holterman is passionate about initiatives aiming to improve access to care. For this reason, he initiated the formation of The Hannah Sunshine Foundation, a nonprofit that supports children with rare conditions. The organization champions the use of regenerative and cellular therapies. Sarah Hughes, a mid-aged woman, who has Systemic Juvenile idiopathic arthritis is among the three people who inspired the founding of the organization. Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis affects the heart, lungs, joints, and liver and is rare, only occurring in 10-20% of children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Unfortunately, there is no cure yet, but doctors can manage the condition. During the active stage of the disease, Dr. Mark Holterman recommends aggressive treatment to avert possible damages to the joints. Read more at Vitals to know more about Dr. Mark Holterman.
Dr. Mark is an alumnus of the University of Virginia and Yale University, also supports the IPSAC, Vietnam. IPSAC-VN is an organization that advances pediatric surgical care in Vietnam and relies on volunteers and donors. The volunteers train and lecture at affiliate medical schools as well as provide patient care and surgery at hospitals in Vietnam.
Dr. Mark Holterman is also an avid researcher and educator. He is a University of Illinois professor and the current CEO of Mariam Global Health. Over the years Dr. Mark has worked in different fields of clinical medicine. For twelve years, he was an attending pediatric surgeon at the Rush University Medical center. Since 2011, Dr. Mark Holterman has served as a pediatric surgeon at the OSF Healthcare. He primarily specializes in pediatric and general surgery and runs his practice in Maywood and Peoria, Illinois. Dr. Mark Holterman founded Mariam Global Health, a venture firm that supports impact innovators in science and healthcare. Read more about his interview at ideamensch.com.
From the on-the-job and research experience, Dr. Mark Holterman comprehends the difficulties in the medical field. Nevertheless, he is optimistic about the role of new technology in advancing therapeutic options for a variety of diseases. He endeavors to employ new treatment options when administering care. Dr. Mark Holterman is a recipient of the On-time Doctor Award, Patient’s Choice Award, Compassionate Doctor Recognition and America’s Top Doctor Award.
Mark McKenna, MD, MBA is a highly respected Medical Doctor who holds a license in Surgery and Medicine from Georgia and Florida’s State Boards of Medical Examiners. Mr. McKenna has an unshakeable passion for patient advocacy and is a dedicated servant of his community. He is a native of New Orleans, LA, and graduated from Tulane University’s Medical School.
After he completed his medical training, Mark McKenna joined his father’s medical practice and at the same time founded McKenna Venture Investments, which is a boutique real estate company. In time, he went on to acquire Universal Mortgage Lending and launch Uptown Title Incorporated. His portfolio of companies quickly grew to more than 50 employees, providing clients with turnkey finance, design and build, as well as real estate closing solutions. In August 2015, the city of New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina destroying most of Mark McKenna’s business interests in the city. Following the storm, he took an active part in the rebuilding of New Orleans by developing low to moderate income housing.
Launch of ShapeMed and OVME
McKenna relocated to Atlanta in November 2007, where he launched a wellness medical practice called ShapeMed. He sold the company to NYSE-listed Time Life Fitness Inc. in 2014. Mark was then appointed by Time Life Fitness to serve as its National Medical Director. Dr. McKenna then founded and became the chief executive of OVME, which is a consumer-facing pharmaceutical aesthetic firm dedicated to changing the face of elective healthcare. According to Mark, he thought of starting OVME following his ten-year experience in the medical aesthetics industry. By growing one of the biggest elective medicine practices in the country and selling it to a publicly traded company, he saw an opportunity to disrupt the industry.
Personal Life and Philosophy
Dr. Mark McKenna is married to Gianine McKenna. The two are blessed with a daughter, Milana Elle. They also own a four-year-old Pomeranian known as Ryder. Mark says that he gains business inspiration by practicing visualization and regularly setting goals. He is also a firm believer in the power of meditation.
Dr. Avi Weisfogel has treated patients with different mouth and teeth issues, having spent over 15 years in the dentistry profession. But now he’s become focused on finding cures for sleep disorders, using his expertise as a dentist and knowledge of the mouth in addition to studying how various devices can assist people in their sleep. Avi Weisfogel sat down with Ideamensch to discuss his business, Dental Sleep Masters (DSM) and to shed some more light on his career choices.
Weisfogel had gotten the idea for DSM because of his interest in the subject of sleep, and Avi as a marketing expert saw that there was no current niche group for it. You’ll find Dr. Weisfogel starting early in the day with rituals and meeting with his life coach, and actually doing his own scheduling for all events that take place during the day. He would tell you while he enjoys helping his patients, being a regular dentist was the job he was least passionate about until he started going all in on the world of sleep medicine. He believes in listening closely to what people have to say and taking constructive criticism in order to do a job better. The man he says influenced him the most is Apple founder, Steve Jobs.
Avi Weisfogel was introduced to the medical world at a young age as his father was a cardiologist. He became interested in life sciences at first and got his bachelor’s degree at Rutgers University in biology and psychology, and then became interested in dentistry upon graduating and earned his DDS from the College of Dentistry at New York University. He spent most of his dental career at Old Bridge Dental Care and started breaking into the sleep treatment program in the mid 2000’s and founded Healthy Heart Sleep prior to starting Dental Sleep Masters.
Dr. Weisfogel is a husband and father to several children, and he values his family time very deeply. He also gives back to his community by hosting or being a part of different charity events. He’s also started a GoFundMe page for supporting Operation Smile, an endeavor to help young children in impoverished countries with birth defects such as cleft lips or palates afford treatments.