Diplomate American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Howard Dixon has distinguished himself as a leading pediatric dentist in San Diego over his 40+ year career and has been caring for families in Coronado since establishing Coronado Pediatric Dentistry in 2008. He is a native of California and attended UCLA for his undergraduate studies, before continuing his education at Marquette University School of Dentistry, where he received his Doctor of Dental Science degree and completed his residency with a Master’s degree in Clinical Dentistry and a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Dixon moved to San Diego with his wife Donna in 1970 to practice and raise his family. He founded San Diego Pediatric Dental Group, which he continues to own and operate in its current location in Sorrento Valley. He was awarded Diplomate Honors by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 1978, making him the first board certified pediatric dentist in San Diego county. He has served as an Assistant Clinical Professor at both UCLA’s Pediatric Dental Residency Program and UCSD’s Department of Pediatrics and on the board for the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a Past Chairman and member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s Dental Care Committee.

Dr. Dixon is committed to giving back doing what he loves, volunteering with International Health Emissaries (IHE) to provide quality dental care to less fortunate children in underprivileged communities around the world. To date, he and Donna have participated in six dental mission trips with IHE to Peru, Guatemala, Cambodia and Belize, and have plans to return to Guatemala and venture to Argentina in the coming years.

Dr. Dixon and Donna have been residents of Coronado since 2006. He is most proud of his family. He and Donna have five children and have been blessed with eleven grandchildren. Three of his children (and two of their spouses) have entered the dental profession – sons Ross and Eric practice in Sorrento Valley and daughter Leigh is in Seattle – so there are six dentists in the family! Daughter Lyndsay is a physical therapist in Oregon and daughter Anne is an attorney and fellow Coronado resident, currently helping out in the front office at Coronado Pediatric Dentistry. In addition to spending time with his family, Dr. Dixon enjoys traveling with Donna, the challenges of golf, and a good historical biography discussion.


Diplomate American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Jordan Buzzell, aptly called “Dr. Buzz” around our out-of-this-world office, has been practicing dentistry in San Diego since 2010. A proud veteran, Dr. Buzz served in the United States Navy for six years and is currently a member of the Active Reserves. He received numerous accolades for his military service, including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. Dr. Buzz earned his Doctor of Dental Science degree at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry and completed his pediatric dental residency at New York University.

He also holds a Master’s degree in public health, the fourth generation in his family to pursue an education in this field, and is an American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certified dentist.

Dr. Buzz joined the Coronado Pediatric Dentistry practice in April 2018. His gentle and calm demeanor, impressive credentials, and compassionate approach make him an outstanding addition to our team.

His goal is to treat every child as he would his own and he has been known to tell a joke or two to help lessen a patient’s anxiety! Dr. Buzz has extensive experience in working with children with special health care needs, including those born with craniofacial abnormalities like cleft lip and cleft palate.

Serving the less fortunate is close to Dr. Buzz’s heart, and he has helped countless children locally and internationally. He is dedicated to inspiring young people to make a difference in the world and is a professional mentor for students at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), as well as an adjunct faculty member on the campus.

Dr. Buzz belongs to many professional organizations including the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), San Diego County Dental Society (SDCDS), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the California Dental Association (CDA). He is especially proud to be a member of the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry (CSPD), a nationally recognized leader in organized pediatric dentistry.

A self-described “beach bum,” Dr. Buzz can often be found at Ocean Beach’s Dog Beach with his wife, children, and their boxer-pit mix rescued from a local dog rescue organization. Dr. Buzz is also an avid runner who has completed seven marathons.


Diplomate American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

Dr. Rachel T. Swimmer is so thankful and excited to be a part of the team here at Coronado! Dr. Rachel is a board certified pediatric dentist, a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and a member of the local San Diego Association of Pediatric Dentistry, a professional organization dedicated to high quality pediatric oral care through continuing education and outreach. Dr. Rachel wants to bring excitement to oral health and pediatric dentistry by creating relationships of mutual learning, trust, and respect with children and their families.

Dr. Rachel was born in California, but grew up on the completely opposite coast in Flushing, Queens and Long Island, New York. For undergraduate study, she attended Duke University in North Carolina. Dr. Rachel went on to complete her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine in New Jersey and was inducted into the national dental honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Rachel also completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at Rutgers where she served as Chief resident.

Dr. Rachel and her husband feel so blessed to be expecting their first child this summer! In her spare time, Dr. Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and family, crocheting, reading, and binge-watching television shows!


Coronado Pediatric Dentistry Patient Reviews

  • So happy with this office, and the dentists there! They are so kind and make our kids feel at ease. My girls both love going to the dentist.
    Heather M
  • Both my 7 year old and 3 year old see Dr. Dixon and absolutely love him! They've never been scared or had a bad experience. The office is very kid friendly and all of the staff is wonderful!
    Sara B
  • Really awesome experience for our son and us... They have an amazing environment for kids, both in the waiting area, and when providing service.
    Aaron W