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By Sadie Fowler

Jeremy Modglin has a unique perspective as a member of MMC’s Dermatology Department. In addition to working on the team as a nurse technician, Modglin is also a patient, which is what ultimately inspired him to make a career change after 15 years of being a teacher.

His story at MMC began about four years ago, when he became a patient. One day, he came in for a regular skin check as he had done many times in the past.
“I had previous moles removed in the past so I went in for regular check-ups as they were just watching things, like normal,” Modglin said.

Modglin’s provider there, nurse practitioner Hope Brown, discovered a spot — about the size of a tip on a ballpoint pen — on his back and she did not like the way it looked. A biopsy of this spot was done and soon enough the results came in.

“I had had spots checked before so it was no big deal,” he said. “But when we got the result back that it was Melanoma … Well, being that I was 38 at the time, hearing news that I had cancer was very hard to absorb. Then, of course I Googled it and gave myself about two weeks to live.”

Modglin said Hope brought him in to talk him through it and it didn’t take long for him to feel some actual ‘hope.’ He also recalls reaching out to a friend of his who was a breast cancer survivor. Between Hope and the friend, Modglin says he was talked off the ledge and began his journey of dealing with the diagnosis.

“Interestingly, we learned that the same spot I had taken off my back was from the very same spot that my grandfather had on his back which killed him,” he said.

Modglin got through it and now he comes in every three months to be checked. Actually, he comes in to MMC more often than every three months because he is also an employee.

“Yes, it turns out I was so fascinated by dermatology that I actually ended up working here,” he laughed. “I was a teacher for 15 years and was ready for a career change.”

One of the greatest traits Modglin brings to the MMC team is his sincere compassion for patients going through the tough process of hearing they have cancer. One of his duties is calling patients who have been diagnosed with skin cancer.

“I’ll call them and talk to them and when I reach a certain point I always stop and say, ‘I am going to stop. Now, you take over. Tell me how you’re feeling now because I know this is a lot to take in.’”

As a patient and employee, Modglin’s words of advice to others are quite simple.

“If I could share anything, I’d tell people to definitely be more observant and to be proactive rather than reactive,” he said. “A good offense is your best defense.”

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Painless Skin Cancer Treatment

February 6th, 2018

Painless Skin Cancer Treatment

Skin Cancer is not typically a component in anyone’s gameplan. However, according to the National Cancer Institute between 40-50% of Americans will experience the disease at least once after age 65. Though no one wishes to receive the news of cancer, there are options when faced with this diagnosis.

Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) treatment is a non-invasive alternative to traditional scalpel removal for non-melanoma skin cancers.

Not only is this treatment non-surgical, it is fast, painless, and verified effective.

SRT treats non-melanoma skin cancer by utilizing a radiation technology that inhibits the cancerous cells ability to reproduce, killing off the tumor.

A patient at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic Dermatology department has seen incredible results from his treatment. Robert Lufkin had a large, raised cancerous tumor behind his ear. Dr. Albert Kattine, Dermatologist at Murfreesboro Medical Clinic, determined there were two options for treatment. The cancer could either be removed surgically, or SRT could be applied. Because the surgery would be so extensive, he would lose part of his ear. Not only were there cosmetic concerns, but there were several further risks, as Lufkin is 91 years old.

After seventeen visits, the cancer was completely shrunk and removed. Lufkin states that he, “was never sick, never had to change (his) diet, or have any restrictions to daily life.”  He considers himself lucky to have had this option, and wishes those who pursue this procedure the success he had.

When life throws cancerous curve balls, there are options in how to respond.

It is important to receive regular screenings to prevent the progression of skin cancer. For options in prevention and towards a cure, meet with MMC Dermatology.

Call MMC Dermatology today at 615.867.8220, or visit to learn more.

Your health is our mission.

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Murfreesboro Medical Clinic Dermatology Department Now Offering Painless, Non-Surgical Skin Cancer Treatment

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic’s Dermatology department will soon be offering Superficial Radiotherapy (SRT) for non-melanoma skin cancer treatments.
SRT is a non-invasive alternative to treating non-melanoma skin cancers. This low energy radiotherapy is used over the affected area, penetrating the skin with radiotherapy waves. Treatment is pain-free, only takes about 30 seconds, and has no downtime following the procedure. Sensus Healthcare, founder of the SRT technology, states, “When radiation interacts with a cancerous cell, it alters the cell’s DNA (or genetic make-up) and its ability to reproduce, which ultimately leads to cell death in the cancerous tumor.”

SRT has actually been in practice for many years. Surgery became more popular, and pushed aside this effective technology as an option.

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic Dermatology is excited to be the only clinic in the area utilizing this technology. Dr. Kattine shares his thoughts on offering this new technology to the community, "SRT is a proven treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer that provides excellent cosmetic results with little to no restriction in daily activities.” Further benefits include this as “an excellent alternative for patients who may not be a candidate for surgery,” Dr. Kattine adds. 

Murfreesboro Medical Clinic is a multi-specialty, physician-owned facility. The Dermatology department joined the clinic in 2001, and serves a variety of skin care needs for patients, ranging from psoriasis, to acne, to cancer, and more. 

For more information, please call MMC Dermatology at 615.867.8220, or visit

Your health is our mission.

Posted by Murfreesboro Medical Clinic  | Category: Dermatology

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