Plastic Surgeon Arrested in Texas Doctor’s Death

Thomas Michael Dixon

This photo provided by the Lubbock Police Department, shows Dr. Thomas Michael Dixon, a plastic surgeon who was arrested with David Neal Shepard for murder in Lubbock, Texas. Documents in an arrest warrant suggest Dixon arranged to have Dr. Joseph Sonnier III killed because Sonnier was dating Dixon’s ex-girlfriend. Sonnier III was found dead Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/ Lubbock Police Department)


A West Texas plastic surgeon paid someone $9,000 — in the form of three silver bars — to kill another doctor who was dating his ex-girlfriend, police alleged Monday.

Dr. Thomas Michael Dixon and David Neal Shepard were arrested by police in Amarillo shortly after midnight, authorities announced. They are suspected of being involved in the death of Lubbock doctor Dr. Joseph Sonnier III.

An arrest warrant affidavit suggests a love triangle between Dixon, Sonnier and a woman who was not identified by police. The affidavit alleges Dixon offered Shepard the three bars, each with an estimated value of $3,000, to kill Sonnier, who was chief pathologist for Covenant Health System in Lubbock.

Dixon is a well-known plastic surgeon in Amarillo. No one answered the phone Monday at his practice, High Plains Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was transferred from Randall County to the Lubbock County jail on Monday afternoon. Online court records did not yet list an attorney for him.

No phone number was listed for Shepard.

Read more at ABC News.

A Yahoo review of the surgeon states:

He has no knowledge of how to make a small breast look natural and I would recommend a lady find another Dr. if she wants anything under a size DD. Apparently he thinks all women want to look abnormally BIG and enough space between them for a third breast.

Dixon is director of High Plains plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 3501 Soncy Road, and medical director and owner of Sensei Med Spa, 3716 Olsen Boulevard, according to corporate documents filed with the Secretary of State’s office. He is immediate past president of Potter-Randall County Medical Society, according to its website.

Dixon received a medical degree from Texas Tech in 1998 and completed a residency in plastic surgery at Oklahoma University in 2003, according to information on the Texas Medical Board’s website. He has practiced medicine in Texas for seven years and lists plastic surgery as his primary specialty and hand surgery as his secondary specialty, according to the website.

He has hospital priveleges at Northwest Texas Healthcare System, Baptist St. Anthony’s Health System, Physicians Surgical Hospital at Quail Creek and the Surgery Center on Soncy, according to the Texas Medical Board.

He is listed as a clinical professor at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.

Sensei Med Spa was closed on Monday and hours were not listed on the door.

links:
High Plains Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
High Plains Plastic Surgery on Facebook

Click here to see video of Dr Dixon in custody in Lubbock.

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