Mark McKenna, MD
Premier Bone and Joint Centers
What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the fact that I was able to return to the state of Wyoming to practice orthopedics in the majority of the state via my position at Premier Bone and Joint.
What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?
Over the next five years my goal is to continue to grow my practice within the community and to be involved with the community as much as possible.
What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?
Professionally, my biggest achievement would be through my contributions with the WWAMI program as a clinical instructor and preceptor. I am also very involved in the Cowboy Joe program, and the University of Wyoming athletics program as a team physician for all of the athletes.
What action/event that you've been a part of, that you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie?Or are you most proud of?
I think the biggest difference I have made in the community is bringing a level of fellowship trained subspecialty of orthopedic surgery which was previously unavailable. This gives patients the highest level of care in the nation within our local community.
What excites you most about the future of Laramie?
I am most excited about the fact that Laramie will continue to prosper and potentially grow despite the recent economic downturn in the state.
What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?
I think the biggest factor that helped me reach success professionally was to believe in my ability, skills, and myself overall. There are quite a few hurdles to become an orthopedic surgeon, and each step of the way people will tell you that you are not good enough or that you will not make it. I was told that being from a small state, not going to (blank) University, and being a college athlete among other things would all hinder my ability to reach my goal. By trusting myself and knowing that I had the ability and knowledge to make it no matter what the odds, I was able to overcome those challenges.
In addition, being able to relate to the people of the state and Laramie in particular has helped me to be a part of the community and be involved in so many things. People here genuinely want to see local people and businesses prosper which helps make us all successful.
What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?
The advice I would give to other young professionals in Laramie is to make your dreams happen, not just wish them to be true. Almost everyone will encounter adversity during their path to to success, and the more the adversity gets you down, the harder it is to obtain those ultimate goals. Setting small attainable benchmarks will lead to the larger picture coming into focus. I would also advise them to remain encouraged if things don't happen for them right away and to not be afraid to change or modify their course early in order to eventually reach one's final destination.