Dr. Katherine Phillips received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her dental degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry. Following her graduation from UDM in 2008, she practiced general dentistry for a short period of time before joining a practice dedicated solely to the treatment of Sleep Disordered Breathing & TMD in December of 2008. Dr. Phillips was the Dental Director of that practice, which allowed her treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea, snoring, orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders. She became a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2010. She currently serves as the Secretary/Treasurer on the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Board of Directors, was a member of the Annual Meeting Committee for the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) from 2014-2016, has facilitated courses to teach the principles of Dental Sleep Medicine, served as Chair of the Introduction to Dental Sleep Medicine Course offered by the AADSM, participated in the Consensus Committee to develop a formal definition for an Oral Appliance, is a co-writer of the accompanying support paper, has lectured to multiple sleep physicians and led in a Dental Sleep Medicine shadowing program for Sleep Physician Fellows at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL.
As a Board Certified Sleep Dentist, Dr. Phillips has focused the scope of her practice to the treatment of sleep breathing disorders (OSA and snoring) and TMD for the last 9 years. She has treated thousands of patients and delivered over 5000 appliances. Working together with the patient’s sleep physician, she is able to effectively treat patients with mild/moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea and those patients that are non-compliant or intolerant to CPAP. Dr. Phillips lectures nationally regarding Mandibular Advancement Devices and combination therapy, and shares credit in writing the formal definition of an Effective Oral Appliance published in the Journal of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Phillips says, “There is a direct relationship between sleep disordered breathing, TMD and chronic pain disorders. Working within this field allows me the opportunity to work with patients, their physicians and their general dentists in a collaborative environment and provide patient-centered care. Helping my patients by relieving their pain, addressing headaches and improving sleep quality is my primary goal.”
In her free time, Dr. Phillips enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, and their two fur babies, Mia and Abby, travelling to any place with a beach, and visiting her family in Michigan.