Tami Phillips, PT, DPT, MBA

Associate Professor and Interim Director
Board-Certified, Neurologic Clinical Specialist
Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine

Office Address:  1462 Clifton Road, Suite 312, Atlanta, 30322
Emails:   tphill5@emory.edu OR tami.phillips@emoryhealthcare.org
Phone:  (404) 727-1350 (Office)


Dr. Phillips attended the U.S. Naval Academy where she majored in Oceanography, as well as General and Naval Leadership studies. She was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps and selected to be the Corps’ Operation’s Officer for Plebe Detail. Following Honorable Discharge from the U.S. Navy, Dr. Phillips completed a MSPT in the University of Miami’s accelerated 3+3 undergraduate/graduate program. Subsequently, she earned a MBA from the University of Minnesota and returned to the University of Miami to complete a DPT.

Dr. Phillips is an APTA Board Certified Neurologic Specialist (NCS) and has over nineteen years of clinical and leadership experience in acute care and rehabilitation, working at Regions Hospital (St. Paul, MN) and Emory Healthcare (Atlanta, GA). While she has enjoyed working with a variety of patient populations, her principal areas of clinical interest are neurological rehabilitation, burns, and multiple-trauma. After joining Emory University Hospital in 2002 as a staff therapist for the orthopedic, neurology, and neurosurgery units, Dr. Phillips was named PT Supervisor of Emory’s Center for Rehab Medicine (CRM) in 2004.

Educating new generations of PT students has been a big part of Dr. Phillips’ practice.  She has been an APTA credentialed clinical instructor for fifteen years and recently became an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor Program Trainer. She has taught for sixteen years in hospital and university settings, including the University of Minnesota and Emory University PT schools. In addition to a variety of courses for rehabilitation therapists, social workers, and nurses, she has lectured annually to Emory’s rehabilitation resident physicians about burn therapy.

In 2010, Dr. Phillips joined Emory’s faculty as a full-time assistant professor. She is the Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Neurologic Residency Program Coordinator, course coordinator for the Adult and Advanced Neurological Rehabilitation courses, and sits on the Program’s admissions’ committee. Dr. Phillips has a passion for community service and is the Faculty Coordinator for the Program’s community outreach program in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, and assists other faculty at the South Georgia Farmworker Project.

Dr. Phillips is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, including section membership in Acute Care, Education, and Neurology. She is currently the Vice Chair of the Academic Faculty Special Interest Group of the Education Section.


2003 Doctor of Physical Therapy – Award of Academic Merit, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

2000 Master of Business Administration – Concentrations in Strategic and Operations Management; Marketing Emphasis, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

1994 Master of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL

1993 Bachelor of Health Science – with Honors, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL


Greenfield BH, Bridges PH, Phillips TA, Drill AN, Gaydosik CD, Krishnan A, Yandziak HJ. Exploring the experiences of novice clinical instructors in physical therapy clinical education: a phenomenological study. Physiotherapy (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2013.10.005.

Bridges PH, Carter VM, Phillips TA, Chong H, Conwell R, Hensley B, Kimbrell A, Sigle M. Competencies for 2020: Revalidation of the Curricular Competencies of the Emory University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. Universal Journal of Educational Research. 2013; 13:228-239. DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2013.010313.

Gailey RS, Nash MS, Atchley (Phillips) TA, Zilmer RM, Moline-Little GR, Morris-Cresswell N, Siebert LI.  The Effects of Prosthesis Mass on Metabolic Cost of Ambulation in Non-Vascular Trans-Tibial Amputees.  Prosthet Orthot Int 1997; 21:9-16.