Dr. Deborah B. Sappington

Dr. Deborah B. SappingtonDr. Deborah Sappington joined the practice in 1997 after practicing orthodontics since 1987 in New Jersey and Florida. She became the co-owner of Aguirre Orthodontics, PA in 2002 and bought the practice entirely in 2011, becoming the sole owner upon the retirement of Michael J. Aguirre.

A graduate of Bryn Mawr College with honors in Biology, she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry. Graduating with highest honors as the top female graduate, she was elected to the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. She held academic and clinical positions at Sinai Hospital of Detroit and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia before pursuing her orthodontic training at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She received a Certificate in Orthodontics in 1987 and became the only recipient in her graduating class of ten of the Master of Science degree in Orthodontics in 1988.

Dr. Sappington taught orthodontic graduate residents at the University of Florida, where she was also a member of the Craniofacial Deformities team. She has published work in the dental specialty journal, Special Care in Dentistry.

Dr. Sappington volunteers for Care to Share which allows the local community in need to receive complimentary dentistry, and provides mentorship opportunities to Santa Fe College dental assistant interns, and University of Florida and Santa Fe pre-dental students.

She is married to Dr. David Sappington, an Eminent Scholar and Full Professor at the University of Florida. Their son, Alexander, graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2015. He was the top graduating Economics major. In addition, he received certificates of proficiency (minors) in Math, Computer Science, Finance, and Management, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year at Princeton. He presently works for Boston Consulting Group.

Community Involvement

Dr. Sappington supports the community in numerous ways. The practice is Partners in Education for Buchholz High School, Kanapaha Middle School, Lawton Chiles Elementary School, and Kimball Wiles Elementary School. Artwork selected by the art teachers at Chiles and Wiles Elementary Schools hang in the reception room of the Haile Plantation Village Center office. New selections are made quarterly to give many young artists the opportunity to display their talents. The practice supports athletic, instrumental, dance and foreign language programs at Buchholz, Eastside, Gainesville, Fort White, Hawthorne, Oak Hall, St. Francis Catholic and Santa Fe High Schools. Local middle and elementary schools, including Kanapaha, Ft. Clarke, Lincoln, Oak Hall, St. Patrick’s, Richardson, High Springs Community School, P.K. Yonge and Cornerstone Academy benefit from their support. The practice also supports the University of Florida’s predental and athletic programs, local 4H clubs, youth fairs, boys and girls clubs and numerous health-related charities.


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