1985 Specialist in Orthodontics

Rebecca Faunce

After graduating as SJR State’s valedictorian in 1985, Dr. Rebecca Faunce O’Leary took her knack for science and her desire to help others and pursued an education in dental medicine. She graduated with a Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of Florida and completed her Orthodontic Residency Certification at Louisiana State University.

After many years of maintaining a practice in Palatka, Dr. Faunce opened Faunce Antigua Orthodontics, with offices in St. Augustine and Palm Coast. Outside of her practice, Dr. Faunce participates in organizations such as Smiles Change Lives, as well as The Smile Train, where she sponsors children in underdeveloped countries who are in need of cleft lip surgery. She is also a supporter of the Wildflower Clinic in St. Augustine, a provider of free dental and medical services for residents in need.

Dr. Faunce fondly recalls her education at SJR State. “St. Johns River State College was definitely the right choice for me,” she said. “The caliber of instructors and the quality of the education well prepared me for the additional challenges of a university setting. Upon graduation, I had the confidence to set my goals higher and got a great start toward successfully achieving them.  I believe SJR State is a good choice for any student in a position to choose their place of higher education.”

SJR State Highlights:

  • SJR State Valedictorian, 1985
  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Student Assistant to Dr. Robert L. McLendon, Jr., former President of SJR State
  • SJR State Foundation Board Member since 2009



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