Recognized as Innovator of Youth Health Education
By Rhonda Sanderson
Dr. Mary Mason’s deep love of family, medicine and education led her to a career in healthcare and success as an entrepreneur.
Dr. Mason is an Internal Medicine Specialist in Saint Louis, MO and has over 26 years of experience in the medical field. She graduated from Wash U, School of Medicine medical school in 1994. In 1998 she founded Little Medical School which has a curriculum based on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that provides students with a strong foundation to pursue careers in medicine. It all began with a quest to inspire young adults to pursue careers in medicine.
“Whether utilizing Science to understand anatomy, Technology to better utilize patient information, Engineering to develop solutions to complex medical issues, or Math to calculate the proper dose of medication; Health and STEM are inseparable. Beyond LMS focus on learning and critical thinking – our most important function is to INSPIRE an understanding of health and career options,” said Dr. Mason.
(Photo Credit – Little Medical School)
In 1998, Dr. Mason wrote the first lesson plan and enlisted her medical school colleagues to teach local teenagers. This passion for encouraging careers in healthcare culminated in the creation of LMS in 2010. In 2015, responding to constant inquiries, LMS became a popular and unique franchise opportunity. Dr. Mason’s company recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with approximately 50 franchises in the United States and abroad. A standard franchise is home or office based with protected territories of 100 elementary schools. Franchise Fees of $24,500 and an Equipment & Curriculum fee of $13,100, make this fun concept ultra-reasonable.
Today, the company is a pioneer and leading developer of award-winning, specialized curriculum and interactive resources for children 4-14. With corporate offices in St. Louis, all of its franchises are independently owned by those who share a common goal of inspiring health awareness through education — one student at a time.
The Little Medical School curriculum has grown to include a wide variety of educational programs, including but not limited to personal health, safety, life-saving skills, nutrition, dental care, veterinarian, and wilderness medicine. Whether after-school/summer programming, birthday parties, in-school field trips, scout badge fulfillment or special events – lessons can be customized. In addition, LMS offers a variety of educational role-play kits, including: How To Be A Pediatrician, Sports Surgeon, Veterinarian — and even a Great Sibling.
LMS is committed to educational programming that creates an environment where students are able to learn, explore and enjoy while building self-confidence. Through innovative programming, fun activities, and structured role-play – students often use realistic medical supplies and interactive utensils while dressed in white lab coats – to create a unique, entertaining, and engaging learning experience. Lessons provide students the opportunity to explore the many functions of the human body, learn life-saving skills, and perform orthopedic procedures such as a realistic Tommy John Surgery. LMS believes this role-play and hands-on experience can play a vital role in helping students to shape their attitudes towards personal health, well-being, and career options.
Little Medical School has been nationally recognized by business, parent, and educational organizations: Entrepreneur Magazine (Top 500 Franchises for 2019), Creative Child Magazine (2017 Product of the Year), 2017 National Parenting Product Awards and 2018 Stevie Award Winner for Women in Business.
For more information about a franchise please contact Leslie Manes at Lmanes@sfdpros.net
Rhonda Sanderson is a franchise expert who has owned and operated Sanderson & Associates and Sanderson PR, both specializing in, traditional, social media and crisis PR in the franchise space since 1986. She has authored many articles, helped grow numerous franchise chains is considered one of the Top 30 Small Business Influencers (Fit Business) in the U.S. Find her at Rhonda@sandersonpr.com or on LinkedIn where she is the author of Franchise Stars at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rhonda-sanderson-a6b658/