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We hope you’re spending Thanksgiving Day with your loved ones. Today, we’d like to take the opportunity to thank you for being a part of the Skin Pharm family. We are truly grateful for each and every one of our patients.

Our hardworking team deserves some time off, so we will be closed today and tomorrow. Watch our Instagram for a giveaway during Small Business Saturday (trust us, you won’t want to miss this!) on November 30th. On Cyber Monday — that’s December 2nd — we’ll have 15% off all products (including gift sets) on our website.

We wanted to share some photos from our holiday happy hour a couple of weeks ago. It was great to see you all, and we can’t wait until the next one!

 

 

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!

 

We will be moving to a new location on February 4, 2019. Our new address will be:

2416 21st Ave S, Suite 201
Nashville, TN. 37212

“When creating the atmosphere for Skin Pharm, I wanted it to be a place that I would like to go- fun and relaxed but still professional. I’m excited for the opportunity to fine tune the aesthetics of our office even more with our new space- think lots of natural light and cozy neutrals! I want our patients to love all parts of their experience at Skin Pharm.” – Maegan Griffin, Founder, Nurse Practitioner

Just a few weeks until we share this space with all of you!

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

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