Les Phillips, Ph.D.
Les Phillips, Ph.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Physiatry

Board Certified Psychologist

Triangle Region


Dr. Les Phillips specializes in behavioral treatment of chronic pain, rehabilitation counseling, and psychological assessment for medical procedures. As a board-certified physician for the EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Physiatry Team, Dr. Phillips provides personalized, multifaceted patient care approaches to address a variety of medical conditions. He believes in educating and empowering his patients on how to implement techniques designed to restore health, functional capacity, and decrease pain.

Dr. Phillips has over 25 years of experience in chronic pain rehabilitation. He has been the program director, clinical director, and staff psychologist in multiple interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation programs. He has been with EmergeOrtho since 2000.

Education and Expertise

Dr. Phillips received his undergraduate degree in psychology and general business from Southwest Missouri State University, and his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Additionally, Dr. Phillips is an avid practitioner and instructor of mind/body medicine techniques. He is a certified consulting hypnotist by the National Guild of Hypnotists. He completed instructor training in mindfulness meditation at the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine. He is well-versed in numerous meditative and nervous system calming traditions. Dr. Phillips also uses cognitive-behavioral and behavioral treatment methods, as well as energy psychology methods to treat patients. He is a North Carolina Licensed Health Services Provider psychologist.

Dr. Phillips also has considerable experience in education and training. He has instructed medical students, medical residents, psychology interns and nursing students in psychological treatment and behavioral medicine. He taught the psychology of learning at the undergraduate level and psychological assessment at the graduate level. He developed and co-developed behavioral programs in pain management, smoking cessation, and weight loss.

Additionally, Dr. Phillips has been a frequent lecturer on the topics of pain, rehabilitation, and stress management for numerous audiences, including rehabilitation specialists and insurance adjusters. He helped develop and implement a mentor training program for executive leaders, as well as substantial organizational training in the VA hospital system. Dr. Phillips continues to be available as a lecturer and consultant for rehabilitation professionals and insurance adjusters.

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His extensive training and background as a rehabilitation specialist enable Dr. Phillips to provide patients with the following services and treatment plans, which include:

  • Behavioral pain management
  • Meditation
  • Hypnosis
  • Guided imagery
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Desensitization
  • Psychological assessment
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • CRPS
  • Self-regulation

Community Connections

Dr. Phillips is married with two adult sons. He is an avid exerciser, outdoor sports enthusiast, and martial artist. He accepts referrals from EmergeOrtho providers, community health care providers, and Workers’ Compensation. He is in most insurance networks, with the exception of Medicaid.


  • Undergraduate education: Southwest Missouri State University
  • Graduate education: University of Missouri


  • American Psychological Association
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Pain Society

Patient Forms

Request a consultation with Dr. Phillips now. Or, call us at 919-220-5255 any time to speak with an EmergeOrtho—Triangle Region team member.

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