Medical Director, Psychiatrist
- B.S., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
- N.D., Bastyr University, Seattle, Washington
- D.O., University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Stratford, New Jersey
- Adult Psychiatry Residency, University of Utah
- Board Certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Dr. Philippi began her professional journey with a diverse medical education. In the late 1980s she attended Bastyr University, a renowned naturopathic medical school in Seattle, WA. There, she developed innumerable skills focused on treating the whole person. After completing her naturopathic medical training, Dr. Philippi went on to pursue a traditional medical education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine. It was there that she was drawn to the field of psychiatry and following graduation she completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Utah.
Dr. Philippi has experience in various clinical environments and levels of care, including acute inpatient hospital, residential treatment units, and outpatient psychiatry. She has also served as clinical faculty at the University of Utah and as associate medical director at a major insurance company. The bulk of Dr. Philippi’s career has been spent as a psychiatrist at two of the largest community mental health organizations in Utah. In that setting, she found immense intrinsic reward in providing high quality and compassionate care to those disabled by serious and persistent mental illnesses. For over a decade (2008-2018) Dr. Philippi worked at Davis Behavioral Health where, in addition to managing an office-based clientele, she was the psychiatrist on the Assertive Outreach Team, a multidisciplinary team performing home visits and caring for people in the community by providing a high level of wrap-around services. In 2018, Dr. Philippi established her own private practice. The calling to make such a significant change came from a deep desire to help people with their mental illnesses in a more holistic way.
Dr. Philippi brings her career full circle by going back to her early education and integrating new functional medicine ideas into her practice. She believes her role as a psychiatrist is to promote and enhance optimal brain health for her patients, not just manage or strictly squelch symptoms.
While Dr. Philippi grew up in Montana, her educational pursuits and adventure breaks led her to move all over the United States before settling down in Salt Lake City, where she has resided since 1995. Dr. Philippi loves bicycling in the surrounding canyons and devotes time every day to physical fitness. Her favorite vacations have included bicycling in the Dolomites and the French Alps and bashing about Colombia, learning the language and culture from the locals. Her most recent project has involved outfitting a 4-wheel drive vehicle for future boondocking and travel adventures. Dr. Philippi’s family includes her husband and their beloved Rita, a precocious Australian cattle dog who stole their hearts when they met her at a rescue shelter in Park City.
Hope, Health & Healing
Dr. Philippi was first drawn to medicine at the age of 17, when she had developed multiple health problems which were growing progressively worse. Despite these worsening health problems, she persevered and, by her mid-twenties, found herself in medical school. Dr. Philippi attributes her ability to have completed medical school in the face of many health complications to her strong sense of hope. Through these challenges, Dr. Philippi believes she has learned a valuable lesson which she has been bringing to her approach to treatment ever since: healing is an active process for which hope is the fuel. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Philippi has watched many people who are initially in despair blossom and thrive as they are supported with compassion and hope. It is her goal to not only treat each individual at Bridge House using her medical expertise, but to also instill hope throughout each resident’s healing process.
Working in Mental Health since: 1996
Working at Bridge House since: 2019