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07/26/2011
By: kbell62894
Phillips, Melissa J MD
Dr. Phillips is an absolutely wonderful doctor! I knew she had to be pretty special for my dad, who was very old fashioned, to like her so much. My mom was also a patient of Dr. Phillips' and they both adored her. I've been seeing her for the past several years and I adore her too. She isn't 'test happy' as many physicians are, and only orders tests to ensure an accurate diagnosis. She takes the time to listen to you and to explain everything that you need to know.I can't say enough good things about Dr. Phillips and would very highly recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent physician.
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