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Meet Dr. Kimberly Dixon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Kimberly Dixon.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I grew up for the first ten years of my life in South Central Los Angeles. My parents are both from the deep South. Both are African American. They came to California seeking a better way of life and opportunity. Although our community was less than desirable, they made sure that my sister and I knew the value of education. Education would be our way out and our way to a better life. I learned that as long as you have a solid support system, self-belief and people who believe in you that you do not have to become a product of your environment. My parents made me feel like I could accomplish whatever I wanted to achieve in life.

Luckily for me, I figured out what I was destined to achieve as an undergraduate student at U.C.L.A. I had become quite active in several Public Health programs and I knew that I wanted to work in healthcare. I initially thought about nursing but someone asked me why not become a doctor. I questioned my ability to achieve what seemed to be an impossible feat. I had not seen anyone who looked like me become a doctor. I doubted my ability to do something so grand but when I could not come up with an answer to why I couldn’t do it, I began to aggressively go after my goal.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
There will be many no’s before you get a yes. All it takes is one yes! You really have to surround yourself with those who believe in you but first you have to believe in yourself. I had many failures along the way. I talk about them often to encourage those who might be traveling along the same path. Persistency and consistency are key. There will be days that you want to give up but at the end of it all you will not be happy because on the other side of failure, success is sure to be found. You have to endure and keep the faith no matter what.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Pediatrician. I have always been interested in Community Health. I love that I have been able to establish relationships with my members and their families. I am really invested in the health of the patients I care for. My patients know that when they come to me for care that I will do my best to provide quality care in spite of their race or socioeconomic status. I also am happy that I can be a role model to minority patients and women and general. Most of my patients dwell in communities which are strikingly similar to where I grew up. It is important that they see someone who mirrors them and who inspires them to believe that they too can achieve greatness.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
The most important lesson of all is that sometimes the setback is a setup to propel you to the next level. Had I let my failures deter me, I would not be where I am now. If there is something you want to accomplish, give it your all. In the words of Martin Luther King ” Keep your eye on the prize.”

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