Philip Dixon's dental practice is a happy place. Polaroids of dozens of smiling children—members of this year's "Cavity Free Club"—adorn the walls of his New Philadelphia, Ohio practice. His wife Carolyn joins him daily to manage the office and staff. He even enjoys the occasional practical joke from a long-time patient and friend (who once appeared at the office with an entire spool of floss interwoven between his teeth, giving his mouth a mummy-like appearance).
"There has never been a better time to be a dentist," Dixon (DDS '83) remarks of his beloved profession. "I always knew this profession had the potential to be financially rewarding, but it is also incredibly satisfying to help people."
Dixon, who is a 1983 graduate of the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, has recently shown his appreciation to the school by making a deferred payment charitable gift annuity.
"I've always believed in the statement that the more you give the more you get," remarks Dixon, who also gives generously to his church and community.
"I also feel a responsibility to give back to Case Western Reserve. The school helped me work out the economic challenge of advanced education," recalls Dixon. This support was particularly helpful to Dixon as he moved his wife and two young children cross-country to Cleveland after earning his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University.
"It is always heartening to see alumni support the school," comments Jerold S. Goldberg, dean of the School of Dental Medicine. "But it is particularly meaningful to see younger donors looking at ways to use giving vehicles like annuities to the advantage of both the institution and their own financial planning."
In addition to his financial commitment, Dixon also shares his time and leadership as a charter member of the dental school's renewed Alumni Association Board of Directors. The board provides guidance as the association keeps alumni in touch through reunion planning and other events.
Both of the Dixons enthusiastically support the school's increased emphasis on providing clinical experience to dental students early on in their education. "It's so important for students to dive right into the clinical environment," Carolyn Dixon notes. "The sealant program, the simulators, and training in office administration are all steps that set Case apart as a world-class educator."
As the dental school continues to educate the next generation of dentists, Philip Dixon continues to serve the dental needs of his small town.
"The more he practices, the more he loves it," Carolyn concludes.
To learn more about including Case Western Reserve in your estate planning, please contact John Shelley, executive director of planned giving, at (216) 368-4460.
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