We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Dixon and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kimberly, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I truly believe that persistence and belief in one’s self are crucial on the path to success. At one time becoming a Pediatrician appeared to be an impossible feat. Number one, I had never seen any one who looked like me become a doctor and additionally I did not believe I had the fortitude to achieve something so great. This all changed once I entered my studies as an undergraduate student at UCLA. Naturally I was drawn to extracurricular activities and clubs that were health related. It was then that I began to see those who looked similar to me with similar backgrounds achieving success in the medical field. Unknowingly, they were my inspirations. The pathway that led me to where I am today was filled with twists and turns. I was told no several times before I received that one yes. I did not let the disappointments deter me from getting to my goal. I surrounded myself with those who believed in me and more importantly I never let the limited beliefs of others prevent me from reaching success.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My pathway into the medical field was definitely non-traditional. I truly believe this was my divine calling. I started out wanting to be a newscaster, then a lawyer and low and behold I settled on a career in medicine. I am a Pediatrician and have been practicing in a community in Central California for the last 10 years. The road leading to my final destination was met with several bumps, twists and turns. There were many doors slammed in my face before one opened. All I needed was one yes and I received that answer about 18 years ago when Michigan State University College of Human Medicine called to let me know that I had been accepted as a first year medical student. The rejections taught me to not take no for an answer. If I believed it I could achieve it. With hard work, determination and supportive family and friends I did it. It was not easy but anything worth having is not easy and I appreciate the opportunity to practice medicine and the experience has kept me humbled and eternally grateful. I am hoping that my story inspires someone who is sitting in the same shoes that I was in several years ago. Please don’t give up on your dreams. Never let someone else’s limited thinking prevent you from being great.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being in quarantine has caused me to reminisce on some of the greatest moments of my life. I love to travel. One of my favorite countries to visit was Santorini ,Greece. I would take my best girl friend and we would stay at a beautiful resort. We would shop, eat, laugh and dance. This is definitely my idea of fun.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents, sister and nephews are my biggest cheerleaders. They believed in me no matter what the circumstances were. My mentors Dr. Neyland and Dr. Shah were also very supportive of me during some incredibly hard times. Lastly my patients and their families are my reasons why I work so hard today. Whether they know it or not they inspire me just as much as I inspire them. We work together to help make sure children regardless of social status are healthy on all fronts ( mentally and physically).

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