“…loves his work and it’s obvious.”
Central Valley Area
Dr. Christopher Dixon, a physician in the OB/GYN Department in Stockton, finds time to do little things that make a big difference for his patients and co-workers.
Co-worker Vicky Marin, RN, nominated Dr. Dixon to be an Everyday Hero because he always offers a smile, an act of kindness, a piece of wisdom, or a willingness to help. For Vicky, he set aside personal time to talk with her teenage son about the Civil Rights Movement for a history paper. Dr. Dixon says, “I enjoy nurturing young minds.”
“His answers were enlightening,” says Vicky.
“He’s become my son’s hero!” As a result of their talk, Vicky’s son, who had been struggling in his class, did his best work yet on that paper, earning a grade of 98.
Dr. Dixon’s ability to inspire comes from knowing what it’s like to beat the odds. “He wanted to know what obstacles I faced as an African-American while in medical school,” Dr. Dixon says. “Of 632 students in my class, only 24 were minorities. I had to adapt, blend in and get along in a difficult environment.”
Dr. Dixon coped thanks to his family background and prayer. “Faith and family were my foundation,” he says. To today’s young people he offers: “Set a goal and keep your sight on it, move forward, and never look back.”