Sappington Orthodontics: Sappington, Deborah B., DDS, MSD

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9161 SW 49th Pl, Gainesville, FL 32608

Insurance We accept virtually all insurance plans; to be sure, pease contact our office to verify acceptance of your plan. Sappington Orthodontics participates in PPO and HMO insurance plans and will be happy to file the primary insurance claim for you.

Payment Plan Options Please dont worry if you have no insurance. We offer options for financing that allow you to get the necessary care you or your family member needs. Interest-free financing payable over many months is provided through our office, and we partner with CareCredit. Our team will assist you in determining the best option for you. We are also highly experienced in determining the best way to utilize your HSA or MSA funds.

During more than 30 years as a specialist, Dr. Deborah Sappington is fortunate to have worked in the offices of seven different orthodontists 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 and conservative treatment options.

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 inducted into the elite Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. She held academic and clinical positions at Sinai Hospital of Detroit, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine before pursuing orthodontic training at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She received herSpecialty Certificate in Orthodontics in 1987. She was the only member of her graduating class to also 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 the 2011 State of Florida 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 received his MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business in 2020, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, graduating in the top 3% of the class. He recently married Diane, a cum laude 2015 graduate of Princeton who received her Columbia Law School degree in 2018. She recently completed a two-year clerkship with Judge Stanton of the southern district of Manhattan and is now working for Davis Polk Law Firm in New York City.

  • We are 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. Patricks, Richardson, High Springs Community School, P.K. Yonge and Cornerstone Academy.
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