Meet the Doctors

Skill and compassion go hand in hand when providing exceptional patient care. As dental professionals, we stay up to date on the latest advancements in dentistry in order to provide the most current treatment options for our patients. We recognize that our patients are unique individuals who have placed a great deal of trust in our team. That is just one reason why we value every patient relationship.

We appreciate the time you’ve taken to visit this site and find out more about our dental practice, our team, and the many services we can provide to help you achieve optimum oral health.



Rachel Phillips, D.D.S.

Dr. Rachel Phillips, a skilled and compassionate dentist, is thrilled to spearhead Distinctive Dentistry into a promising future while upholding the practice’s esteemed legacy. Stepping into her father’s reputable shoes, Dr. Keith Phillips, Rachel infuses the practice with vibrant energy and a fresh perspective. Her journey into dentistry began at a young age, working alongside her parents at their family-owned and operated practice. This hands-on experience and extensive understanding of patient care have shaped her into a proficient and empathetic dental professional.

After obtaining her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Southern California, Rachel was selected through a national application process to be one of five residents to receive specialized training in treating medically complex patients through the renowned Swedish Medical Center General Practice Residency (GPR). Acclaimed as one of the nation’s finest for treating complex dental issues, this year-long program included a strong clinical focus in
extractions, implants, IV sedation, dental treatment under general anesthesia, restorative dentistry, endodontics, pediatric dentistry, and removable prosthodontics.

Rachel’s knowledge extends across a comprehensive spectrum of dental care. Dedication to continuous learning ensures she remains at the forefront of advancements in the field, offering her patients the best treatment possible.

Beyond her love for dentistry, Rachel is equally devoted to giving back to the local community through various programs and initiatives – building upon the foundation her father laid.

When she’s not attending to her patient’s oral health, you can find Dr. Rachel Phillips enjoying life’s simple pleasures. This can include indulging in a good book, running, enjoying the outdoors, engaging in yoga sessions, or spending quality time with her friends, family and beloved canine companion, Winston.

Embracing the values that have guided Distinctive Dentistry for the past three decades, Dr. Phillips looks forward to treating each patient like family and maintaining the practice’s legacy of compassionate, affordable, and advanced dental care.

Professional Training:

BS, Biology, University of Washington

DDS, University of Southern California

Swedish Medical Center General Practice Residency, 2022

The Kois Center Continuing Education, 2023

Professional Memberships:

American Dental Association

Washington State Dental Association

Pierce County Dental Society

International Congress of Oral Implantologists

Seattle Sedation Study Club


Keith Phillips, D.M.D., M.S.D., C.D.T., F.A.C.P.

Dr. Keith Phillips received his D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, a certificate in Prosthodontics with an M.S.D. from the University of Washington School of Dentistry, and is also credentialed in IV Sedation Dentistry. A Prosthodontist is an expert in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, anDr. Keith Phillipsd dentures. Dr. Phillips is one of the few Prosthodontists in Washington who is Board Certified, achieved by successfully completing a series of rigorous exams administered by the American Board of Prosthodontics. 

After his postdoctoral training, Dr. Phillips became Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania as well as Chief of Restorative Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. Dr. Phillips returned to the University of Washington to become Director of the Graduate Program in Prosthodontics from 1996-2004. In 2014, he became the first dentist in Washington to earn a Certified Dental Technician credential, specializing in Implants. Dr. Phillips has made the Top Doctor list every year since 2012.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Phillips is Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Southern California. He lectures nationally and internationally, has extensive textbook and professional journal publications, and is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Dr. Phillips is married, with two grown children. In addition to his love of dentistry, he enjoys music, boating, and exploring the country by motorcycle.

Professional Memberships include:

Academy of Osseointegration

American College of Prosthodontists — Diplomate

American Dental Association


International Congress of Oral Implantologists — Fellow

Pierce County Dental Association

Washington State Dental Association

Washington State Society of Prosthodontists


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5615 Valley Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98424


(253) 922-6822


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