Dr. Lynette Wilson-Phillips Answers Your Questions at Health Forum
Dr. Lynette Wilson-Phillips will be answering your questions about infant care and raising healthy children at our Ask the Doctors Health Forum, on May 7, 2011 held at the Fernbank Auditorium. Come out and meet one of metro Atlanta’s top pediatricians.
Lynette Wilson-Phillips was born in Charleston, South Carolina. Her loving mother, Gladys Wilson, a school teacher and devoted father, Dr. D. Ward Wilson, a pharmacist and entrepreneur, laid the groundwork for her meteoric rise to success as a pediatrician in Metro Atlanta with 3 office locations. A gifted and talented student, it was evident that she would one day become a role model for others to follow. Ironically, it was an unfortunate injury in elementary school which required recovery in the hospital that would eventually inspire her to become a doctor. This whole experience fascinated her and ultimately created a passion in her to become a healer to others. She decided to work with children because not only are they full of life, but they have a tendency to recuperate more quickly from illness than adults.
Dr. Wilson-Phillips has always been a pacesetter. She graduated cum laude from Wofford College in 1986 and was selected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” The Blue Key National Honor Society, and was listed on the Dean’s List for her four years of college. A sports enthusiast, her participation in basketball and softball helped her to become even more of a “team player.”
After attending medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Charleston, South Carolina, she completed her internship and residency at Emory University’s Affiliated Hospitals Program. In fact, it was Emory University’s residency program that gave her the impetus to come to Atlanta in the first place. Historically, its residency program stressed hands-on experience and allowed as well as encouraged, individual development by giving the residents autonomy. The teaching physicians were very supportive and had a strong commitment to the program and education. Therefore, Dr. Wilson-Phillips believed it was here (Atlanta) that she would give her experience and expertise to take her to the next phase of her professional career.
At the completion of her residency at Emory, she served as an Associated Physician for eighteen months at South DeKalb Pediatrics, PC. Immediately thereafter, as a young doctor, she took over the helm of Decatur Pediatric Group, PA and within 10 years expanded the one location in Clarkston to two other locations in Smyrna and Lithonia.
Her professional affiliations include being a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Georgia State Medical Association, Inc and the American Medical Association. Dr. Wilson-Phillips holds teaching appointments as an Assistant Community professor at both Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine.
The mission of Decatur Pediatric Group, PA is to continue to expand to other areas of metro-Atlanta to provide consistent continuity of medical care for children from birth to college. Dr. Wilson-Phillips has been able to continue this mission with her business partner Dr. Melinda Willingham since 2004.
A strong supporter of higher education, the Decatur Pediatric Group, PA has set aside a college scholarship for high school students in the metro Atlanta area. Dr. Wilson-Phillips staunchly believes in giving back to the community that has been so faithful to her over the past years. She has also sponsored a scholarship in her native home of Charleston, South Carolina.
With all of her work, you would think Dr. Wilson-Phillips has no time for leisure and family. However, she is as an avid tennis player and loves biking, reading, and traveling. As a matter of fact she just returned from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She serves on the Board of Directors of Gemini Healthcare, a non-profit organization that is charged with building the first free-standing children’s hospital in the country of Ethiopia. She is married to her number one supporter, Jonathan C. Phillips of Griffin, Georgia. He is the owner of Visions USA, Inc., which is a marketing/advertising and conference planning company. They have 3 beautiful daughters, Rochelle, Ryann, and Rhamsei, and currently reside in DeKalb County.
She is a member of the Ray of Hope Christian Church, where she serves as the co-Medical Director for the Hope Clinic, which provides complimentary healthcare to underserved communities throughout Georgia. Dr. Wilson-Phillips humbly attributes all of her success to her strong religious beliefs, faith in the power of God, hard work, and the dedicated providers and staff of Decatur Pediatric Group, PA.