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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.

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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!

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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

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