One of eight siblings, Her Excellency Dr. Thelma Phillip-Browne was born in Newtown, Basseterre, St. Kitts. Following secondary education at the Girls High School and Basseterre High School, in 1978 she graduated with a medical degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, Jamaica. Dr. Phillip-Browne received training in Public Health at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine and is also a graduate from the Cardiff University School of Medicine in Wales, with a Diploma in Dermatological Science.
Dr. Phillip-Browne served in various medical positions in St. Kitts as a Civil Servant and in 1995 served as Director
of Primary Health Care and later Chief Medical Officer of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis. From 1994 until her recent appointment as Ambassador to the United States of America, she also practised dermatology in a private capacity.
In 2011, Ambassador Phillip-Browne obtained a Master of Theological Science (MTS) degree from Anderson University in Indiana. She has served as a lay preacher and active member of the Women of the Church of God as well as being a partner of Child Evangelism Fellowship (C.E.F.), St. Kitts and Nevis chapter. Her community involvements also included hosting of a morning devotional program on a local radio station, WINN FM as well as co-hosting a “One Love” spiritually based program on Sugar City Rock radio.
Besides being a social and political activist, Dr. Phillip-Browne is also a sports enthusiast. She represented St. Kitts in netball for many years and was a member of the Caribbean Netball Association’s Championship Team in 1973. She has also served in various managerial positions on the St Kitts Netball Association.
Dr. Phillip-Browne is the proud mother of two daughters and a son, and grandmother of two girls.