How did I get into nursing?

I grew up around nursing and healthcare. I was inspired by my mom, who is a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist). I knew from a very young age that becoming a nurse was something I wanted to do. I’m currently working on my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I made the decision to further my education so I am better prepared to understand and implement research into practice with my patients.

How did I end up at Skin Pharm?

Maegan Griffin and I attended nursing school together, so we’ve known each other for 10 years! We kept in touch over the years, and I followed her journey as she built Skin Pharm. I have always considered Maegan a mentor, and I feel so blessed to be learning from her every day. I love working with so many strong women — and I’m talking about my co-workers and my patients. We empower one another, we recognize each other’s strengths, and we continually build each other up.

What do I like to do when I’m not at Skin Pharm?

I spend time with my husband, Philip, and our poodle (Reagan) and cat (Dale). I also love cooking and baking, working out (I’m really into hot yoga sculpt right now), trying new restaurants around town, reading (psychological thrillers). Also, we love to travel!

What do I wish I’d done when I was younger to take better care of my skin?

WEAR SPF!! I was a lifeguard in high school and did not protect my skin like I should have. Instead of trying to get tan, I wish I would’ve focused more on protecting my skin from the sun.

What would I like to continue to learn?

The world of cosmetic dermatology is constantly changing and evolving. It can be challenging to keep up, but at Skin Pharm we promise to always provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based care. I’m a self-declared nerd, and I love learning about new and improved treatments and products.

What do I hope for my patients?

I hope each and every patient leaves Skin Pharm feeling heard, appreciated and taken care of. Most importantly, I hope patients leave feeling confident!

I’ve learned that I can take better care of others if I take good care of myself.

I’m grateful for the women in my life who have constantly encouraged me and pushed me to be my best. By watching these women, I learned that being our best starts with caring for ourselves, and by loving ourselves. This means physically, mentally and emotionally.  In order to be the best wife, daughter, sister, friend, and nurse practitioner, it is important for me to take time to care for myself.  It’s OK to take this time to care for yourself — you should not feel ashamed for doing so.

How did I even get into nursing?

Thankfully I was good at science. I didn’t love math or history, so I joke that science was the path of least resistance. After taking (and enjoying) a Human Anatomy and Physiology course, I received clarity, and continued on with my pre-nursing requirements to become a RN (registered nurse), and eventually a Family Nurse Practitioner.

So no, I did not dream of being a nurse when I was  6 years old (I was too busy singing Spice Girls), but I did find this path organically. And we’re all about things happening organically at Skin Pharm.

While in undergraduate school I discovered that I had a huge interest in the heart — literally, in the human heart. I took a job on congestive heart failure, and on that unit I was amazed at how an ill heart could present visible symptoms in the skin with weeping, oozing wounds. Perhaps this was where my interest in skin was piqued, but it still took several years for me to find my path to what would eventually become Skin Pharm.

Upon graduating, I knew the ICU would be great opportunity for me to exercise being a critical thinker, and to apply my knowledge of how to treat a sick patient when any or all of the body systems are failing. The experience I received was invaluable, but I knew it wasn’t my forever job.

I took a job with a plastic surgeon who focused on reconstructive surgery, which was partially a continuum of what I was previously doing, but more specialized. He didn’t have much of an interest in cosmetic plastic surgery, but he offered me the opportunity to learn injections and lasers. Once I realized how much I enjoyed medical aesthetics, I read every article, watched every video, went to every course, and asked for every trainer to visit the office.

I was also studying to earn my Masters Degree at this time and found a particular interest in a course called Clinical Decision Making for the Family Nurse Practitioner. This course emphasized the utilization of evidence-based practice and integration of technology into primary care — all coming together now, right?

I was 24 years old and just beginning to pay off student loans, so I found myself amazed by the money people would spend on their faces.

But I also realized that the people siting in the chair — who were investing a great deal of money in themselves — took their consults very seriously. They took my advice about how to take better care of their skin, and their overall health.

So, when I said, “Buy SPF before you even start Botox,” they would. And they’d use it — I could see the difference in patients I’ve been seeing for several years now, and it’s still my number-one piece of advice for patients. When I said, “Get out of the tanning bed and then come back for lip filler,” they really did it!

I was doing cosmetic procedures, which some may view as superficial treatments, but I was also playing a part in helping people make positive changes that didn’t just impact their appearance, but their overall health. When you can help someone make a healthier choice, there’s nothing superficial about that.

Launching Skin Pharm — and then the Skin Pharm skincare line — was a big leap, but I knew it was the right one.

We quickly outgrew our first office, landing at our current spot on 21st in Nashville, where I work alongside my dream team each day.

But my job is never really finished. There’s always new medical research for me and my team to learn about, or innovative technologies and treatments to consider bringing to Skin Pharm. I do my best to balance my work with everything else in life — like spending time with my husband and two kids, hanging with friends, or traveling — but I wouldn’t change anything. Well, except maybe having more hours in the day!

 

We love seeing new patients at Skin Pharm! Perhaps you’ve been following us on Instagram, but you haven’t visited us yet. We are a female-led business, and we love what we do! We personally use the skincare products we sell in our store and undergo the procedures we offer. We would love to meet you and talk about the best skincare plan that works for you.

When you come to Skin Pharm, whether it’s for a skincare consultation or a procedure, you’re making an appointment with a board-certified Nurse Practitioner. If you’re not quite sure why you need to see a Nurse Practitioner for your skincare needs, we’d like to explain why we think it’s important.

Why Skin Pharm is Different

At Skin Pharm, our procedures are medical-grade, which means that we’re board certified to give you stronger and more effective treatments than you would experience with a provider that is not board-certified. For example, with microneedling, our Nurse Practitioners are able to go deeper into your skin. Providers who are not board certified can’t go as deep with the treatment, which means this can be the difference between you receiving a treatment that is 0.2mm or 2.5mm in depth. Trust us, it makes a HUGE difference, as the deeper needle placement encourages more collagen production and better results. Every procedure you’d have at Skin Pharm is performed by a Nurse Practitioner, so you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Nurse Practitioners are licensed, advanced practice registered nurses who have completed a master’s or doctoral degree program, clinical training, and didactic courses prior to taking the board exam. Nurse practitioners provide both medical and nursing care under their own license, which permits them to diagnose, give orders, prescribe medications, and direct medical care of patients.

A Whole-Body Approach 

Additionally, Nurse Practitioners give you a more holistic approach, powered by science-backed ingredients that you’ll be able to fit into your own busy schedule. We also provide plans that are realistic for your lifestyle and budget, as we take all of those factors into consideration. Overall, we offer you a comprehensive, analytical approach to your skincare needs, and we make it easy so you don’t have to think about it. Also, our patients tell us that they have fun when we visit us! 

Because, at the end of the day, skincare can — and should — be fun. It’s one more way to show yourself love, and invest in yourself.

Maegan Griffin
“I love my career because it offers a creative outlet. Every patient is a personal project for me! They sit in my chair and know that I will do everything I can to address their concerns so they leave satisfied, confident and happy.”

 

Maegan Griffin is known for her innovative work in cosmetic dermatology, facial rejuvenation techniques and aesthetic medicine utilizing the latest cutting edge technology.

An early adopter of injectables and skin laser technologies, Maegan’s artful work has secured her reputation as a practitioner who helps her patients create meaningful internal and external changes in their lives while finding a balanced approach to anti-aging and beauty.

“Patients who come to Skin Pharm are overwhelmingly women, and most of them aren’t just coming for the treatments, they’re actually connected to the culture of the whole skin care movement. It’s about building confidence and esteem.”

Maegan completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Belmont University and her Masters of Science in Nursing at Tennessee State University. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner with experience treating patients of all ages, but specializes in aesthetic medicine to address common skin concerns and the aging process.

I became obsessed with protecting my skin in my mid-twenties (think obsessive application of high quality SPF, a collection of sun blocking hats and appreciating the benefits of topical antioxidants). Once I entered my thirties, the fixation on boosting collagen hit! I love topicals with peptides and trust in the magic of retinol. As far as procedures, I’d be devastated if I had to go without my cheek contouring Voluma injections.

Skin Pharm has been recognized by the Nashville Scene as “Best Skin Care Spot” as well as featured in NFocus and Style Blueprint.

“Being a mom to a little girl and specializing in aesthetic medicine means I need to make sure my daughter feels beautiful and does not receive the message that she needs to change how she looks. This is something I constantly remind myself of now that she is a toddler who hears everything I say and sees everything I do. I think this helps me as a practitioner to ensure I focus on patients positive features and enhance their appearance rather than change their face, or worse, leave them looking distorted after my work.”

After practicing in Nashville for several years, I am fortunate to have built a following of fresh-faced women, leading me to found my cosmetic dermatology practice, Skin Pharm. Skin Pharm is a female owned and operated practice specializing in aesthetic medicine including cosmetic injections, advanced skin care, laser therapy and acne treatments. If you haven’t come in to see us yet, come by to see visit our skin care boutique or schedule a consult to meet with one of our board certified Nurse Practitioners.

xoxo,

Maegan Griffin, Founder, Nurse Practitioner