Dr. Jennifer Phillips grew up in Beaufort, North Carolina, and received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from North Carolina State University in 2000. She went to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign for veterinary school, receiving her DVM degree in 2004. While a student there, Dr. Phillips developed an interest in holistic medicine and was president of the student holistic club. After graduation, she worked at a small animal clinic in Lombard, Illinois, for 5 years. Pursuing her interest in holistic medicine, she took the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s acupuncture course and became certified in veterinary acupuncture in 2009. Currently Dr. Phillips is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, and the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. Dr. Phillips moved back to the East Coast and lives in Catonsville, Maryland, with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and guinea pigs. Apart from veterinary medicine she enjoys spending time with her family and is an avid runner.