Dr. Jim Phillips Jr .: 20 years of volunteer dentistry

Dr. Jim Phillips Jr., an Auburn graduate and newly elected president of the Alabama Dental Association, has been a volunteer track and field dentist at Auburn University for over 20 years.

Phillips graduated from Auburn in 1980, but orange and blues ran in his blood before he ever went to college. Both of his parents visited Auburn – his father was co-captain of the Auburn national team, which won the 1957 championship, and his mother was a majorette.

“A couple of the first words I ever uttered as a baby were ‘War Eagle,’” said Phillips.

Phillips began volunteering as “a mouthguard for Coach Sonny Smith’s men’s basketball team and Coach Joe Ciampi’s women’s basketball team” to give back to the program and university he loved.

“We’re just trying to take care of the kids,” said Phillips. “The best thing is to be there for you.”

Phillips also works as an advisor to pre-dental students as part of the College of Sciences and Mathematics Dean’s Leadership Council. This program is a network of alumni working to enhance and advance the college’s mission by serving as the face of Auburn University’s Pre-Dental Program.

Phillips graduated from Auburn with a degree in geology and then attended the University of Alabama School of Dentistry at Birmingham. There he was active as a representative of the student dental association. UAB marked the beginning of its involvement in organized dentistry and the Alabama Dental Association.

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He later saw a “dental office for sale in Auburn.

When Philips took on his new role as ALDA president, he shared what the group wanted to achieve.

“We go to great lengths to be representative of all dentists in the state of Alabama,” said Phillips. “The most important thing we have to do is be an advocate for our dentists and patients we care for.”

Philips will continue to stay in Auburn and serve his community for years to come, doing what he has come to love.

Joshua Quattlebaum | Campus author

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