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 sitting 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!

 

Skin Pharm Clarifying Pads

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!