Deborah B. Sappington, DDS, MSD
Dr. Deborah Sappington has been creating beautiful smiles for over 30 years in New Jersey and Florida. She is fortunate to have worked in the offices of seven different orthodontists over the course of her career while her husband moved to different universities advancing his career. This wide-ranging experience allows her to be very selective among various techniques and to only recommend the most sound treatment options. She joined this practice in 1997, became the co-owner 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 before pursuing her orthodontic training at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She received her Certificate in Orthodontics in 1987. She was the only member of her graduating class to earn the Master of Science degree in Orthodontics.
Dr. Sappington taught orthodontic graduate residents at the University of Florida, where she was also a member of the Craniofacial Deformities team. She is a published author with an article in the dental specialty journal, Special Care in Dentistry.
Dr. Sappington is married to Dr. David Sappington, an Eminent Scholar at the University of Florida and the Director of the university's Public Policy Research Center. Their son Alexander, a graduate of Buchholz High School, was a math team member and the 2011 Siemens Award winner for advanced placement in math and science. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 2015, where he was the top graduating Economics major and a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He presently works for Boston Consulting Group.
Dr. Sappington supports the community in numerous ways. The practice is a Partner 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 the practice's support.
Dr. Sappington volunteers for Care to Share which allows the local community in need to receive complimentary dentistry.
Sappington Orthodontics also supports the University of Florida’s pre-dental and athletic programs, local 4H clubs, youth fairs, boys and girls clubs, and numerous health-related charities. In addition, Dr. Sappington provides mentorship opportunities to Santa Fe College dental assistant interns, and University of Florida and Santa Fe pre-dental students.