Rebekah Bernard was born in Miami and grew up in the small, rural town of Clewiston, Florida. The oldest child of Registered Nurse parents, she grew up on tales of medical care which inspired an interest in becoming a physician.
Dr. Bernard attended college at the University of Florida, majoring in sociology while completing her required pre-medical science courses. She was awarded the National Health Service Corps scholarship to attend the University of Miami where she graduated in 1999.
During her residency in Family Medicine at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Bernard was voted Residency Association President by her peers, an equivalent position to chief resident. She completed her residency in 2002, receiving the Academic Award for her graduating class. During residency, Dr. Bernard moonlighted at the UCF Student Health Clinic as well as at private physician offices.
Following residency, Dr. Bernard completed her National Health Service Corps service obligation in the rural town of Immokalee, Florida at a Federally Qualified Health Center. While working in this community, she was a preceptor for medical students from both Nova Southeastern Osteopathic Medical School and the FSU School of Medicine. She also wrote a weekly health article for the Immokalee Bulletin.
After completing her required four years, Dr. Bernard continued to serve the community of Immokalee for an additional two years before transitioning to a hospital out-patient medical group, where she worked in private practice for more than five years.
Most recently, Dr. Bernard opened her own solo primary care practice in collaboration with the Estero Urgent Care Center.
Dr. Bernard is very interested in encouraging primary care to improve the health of all Americans, becoming more politically active within the Florida Academy of Family Physicians as well as the Florida Medical Association. She served as the Doctor of the Day in the Florida House of Representatives in 2015, and participates on the government liaison committee with the FAFP. She was recently nominated to be an FMA delegate for the Collier County Medical Society.