Dr. Rebecca Downie DDS

Growing up, I spent a lot of time in my dad’s dental office after school. Through that, I gained a first-hand understanding of how important it is to have a warm and inviting dental environment. I wanted that in my own practice: connecting with my patients while providing competent care is still a top priority.

About Dr. Downie

Today, I love living and working as a dentist in Florida. Before moving to Tampa, I earned my DDS from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and joined my father’s dental practice, where I worked with him for four years. Once in Tampa, I practiced corporate dentistry and knew I wanted to reconnect with patients on a person-to-person level. That’s when I decided to open Pearl Dental Center.

My office staff is equally dedicated to patients and demonstrates their commitment with each office visit and phone interaction. I have wonderful dental and office assistants, amazing dental hygienists, and an awesome office manager, who happens to be my mom.

I love being able to spend time with patients and actually getting to know them. I'm proud to offer a homey dentistry feel, designed to provide necessary services that improve self-perception and understanding fears and needs. I believe in honest dentistry and educate my patients on the process for each procedure so there are no surprises. My general and cosmetic procedures come with a gentle touch, and include exams, cleanings, fillings, bonding, crowns, veneers, bridges, select denture services, implant restorations, and whitening.

Personal Interests

Dr. Downie enjoys spending time with her husband and children. They particularly like their time at the beach. She is an avid runner, usually in training for the next marathon.


Dr. Downie received her DDS from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. During her time there, she received the Academy of General Dentistry’s Senior Student Award. Dr. Downie has been in practice since 2008, and as a member of a number of dental associations and the dental honor society, she maintains the highest levels of accreditation and pursues ongoing education to remain abreast of the latest trends in dentistry.

Rebecca Downie DDS


As a practitioner and patient, I appreciate both sides of dentistry and am dedicated to providing the best in personable, honest services.


Education and Experience

  • Undergraduate

    Miami University, Oxford, OH

  • Dental School

    Indiana University

    School of Dentistry

    Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree with Distinction


West Coast District Dental Association

West Coast District Dental Association

American Dental Association

American Dental Association

Florida Dental Association

Academy of General Dentistry's Senior Student Award

Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society, Theta Theta Chapter

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Honest treatment. Reliable care. Beautiful smiles.


We are a small, close-knit general dentistry practice dedicated to providing quality dental care for each and every one of our patients. From the moment you enter our door, we want you to be comfortable with and confident in your care. We each do our part to maintain a calming, positive environment, always striving to make your dental experience as pleasant and enjoyable as possible. We know that finding time for dental appointments can be difficult for some, so we open at 7am to suit our patients’ work schedules.


The Pearl Dental Center team is fully committed to providing quality, personalized care for every patient—always with a smile on. Our mission is to offer practical, attractive treatment options with gentle techniques. We are honest and transparent, aiming to make each visit a constructive conversation between provider and patient.

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Dental Assistant

Jaima is a certified expanded functions dental assistant (EFDA) with a radiology certificate. She has more than 25 years of experience providing quality dental care. Her kind, friendly attitude makes our patients feel at ease at Pearl Dental Care. Jaima's knowledge, understanding, and patience are able to alleviate even the most anxious dental patients, fostering long-lasting relationships for years to come.

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Front Office

Laura does all of our front office work - she greets you, answers the phone, keeps up with all electronic communications, schedules appointments, gathers patient data - everything. She is a wonderful, kind communicator. She is a newer resident of Florida - moving here from Vermont. She and her husband are new parents as well as enthusiastic fitness buffs, loving the outdoor activities available in Florida.

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Dental Hygienist

Usha is a registered dental hygienist (RDH), graduating from St Petersburg College in 2016. She was born and raised in Venezuela, moving to the States over 10 years ago to follow her dreams of getting an education and learning the language. She became a dental hygienist because she is a strong believer that prevention is the key to a healthy body. She enjoys helping people improve their oral health as well as educating them in the best home care techniques. She also likes helping patients overcome their dental fear so they can have a positive experience in the chair. In her free time, she runs, bikes and travels with her boyfriend and two dogs.

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Dental Hygienist

Rachel began working with Pearl Dental Center full time in October of 2021. She graduated from Hillsborough Community College in 2018 with her Associates of Science in Dental Hygiene. Rachel has a passion for dental health and strives to provide patients with gentle and thorough treatment. She regularly follows up with clinical advances and changes in dentistry to be able to provide her patients with the best preventive care. She was born and raised in the Tampa Bay Area. In her free time she loves to travel and get out in the Florida sun with her two dogs and her husband.

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Dental Assistant (CEFDA)

Shannon is a certified expanded functions dental assistant (CEFDA) with a radiology certification. She attended UNMC for her radiology course prior to receiving her radiology license here in Florida. Shannon’s priority is her patients’ comfort and sense of ease at dental appointments. She cares deeply about her profession and her patients. She is originally from Denver, Colorado and has lived in Florida for 3 years with her family and two boys. She loves spending time with her kids and her husband, traveling or enjoying the outdoors.

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Dental Hygienist

Originally from Ohio, Joey moved to Sarasota in 1984, along with her parents and siblings. She completed her middle and high school years and went to college originally on a music scholarship in pursuit of a degree in elementary music education.

Towards the end of her first year in college, the music specialty programs became scarcer, so that’s when Joey found her interest and current passion of dentistry.

She has been in the dental industry since the mid-1990’s, with a significant amount of experience on the surgical side. Having been in the dental field now for 25+ years, she is able to combine her years of knowledge and experience to her patients, and still occasionally sings along the way!

Joey has two sons, of whom she is very proud of. Her favorite thing in life is being a mom!

Joey and her family reside in the Carrollwood area where they live on a large lake.There she enjoys wildlife - birding, fishing, and watching the beautiful sunsets.


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