Meet Dr. Thomas “Tom” Eschenroeder

The answer is “Photography, woodworking, yoga, playing music with others, fly fishing and just about anything under the heading of outdoor activities.” This would be the correct Jeopardy response to: “What pursuits does Dr. Eschenroeder enjoy?”

When asked how these interests relate to his practice, Dr. E explains: “There are many connections and common denominators found between these pursuits and the practice of oral surgery. Appreciation for esthetics, the need for precision and the patience required for woodworking are also necessary to achieve favorable outcomes in oral surgery whether it be dental implant surgery or corrective jaw surgery. Musical disciplines require constant practice and refinement to bring out the best. Appreciation for harmony and cooperation are essential components of these pursuits and for a successful private practice. Photography helps us to see things that we may have otherwise missed. Being aware of our connection with nature in any capacity is so necessary to remain balanced in this world. The best way to appreciate any field of interest is to immerse oneself. When you love what you do becoming immersed is second nature. Finally, there is something special about sharing what you love. Whether it be through informing clinical staff about the reasoning behind different surgical techniques or sharing ideas with the Oral Surgery residents in training, I derive a great deal of satisfaction from teaching.”

Born in Missouri, the son of a veterinarian, Dr. E’s love of animals comes naturally. The Eschenroeders have never been without pets and rounding out their family of five includes two cats, Finn and Piper and a vocal rambunctious, but emotionally sensitive, Plott Hound named Ted. Dr. Eschenroeder’s wife Susan is a college guidance counselor. She has visited many colleges and universities to get a boots on the ground sense of what each institution is really like. This helps her to make her recommendations to her students with confidence. Dr. E’s three children are Becky, Caitlin and Alex. All three are pursuing different careers now. Dr. E’s youngest, Alex, just became the first of this next generation of Eschenroeders, to get married.

Dr. Thomas A. Eschenroeder is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, board certified since 1991.

Education and Credentials

With an undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University in 1978 class and a D.D.S. degree from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (1985), Dr. Eschenroeder received his Oral Surgery certification from VCU/MCV. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, board certified since 1991. Dr. Eschenroeder has been with COFS since 1992.

Dr. Thomas “Tom” Eschenroeder (“Dr. E.”) | Virginia Oral Surgeon | Commonwealth Oral & Facial Surgery

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Eschenroeder is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Richmond Dental Society, The Virginia Dental Association, The American Dental Association, and both the Virginia and Southeastern Societies of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and holds membership in the American and International Associations of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Dr. E. participates in The McKee Study Club, The Richmond Dental Study Club, as well as The Commonwealth Oral & Facial Surgery Study Club.

Community/Volunteer Work

Dr. E. has donated his skills to the Virginia Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy (MOM) foundation by serving as an oral surgeon at both their Eastern Shore and Wise County, Virginia Mission trips. Working through the Virginia Dental Association’s Donated Dental Services, his oral surgery care is donated to those in need. Dr. Eschenroeder is an active member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Bon Air, where he has served as Senior Warden and has lent his musical talents to their church choir.

Dr. Eschenroeder is the co-founder of a medical device company which may potentially provide relief to the millions of patients with chronic dry mouth. The device is called Voutia. For details regarding this exciting and innovative system, please visit the website:


Dr. Eschenroeder received an award for the highest GPA in his dental school class graduating. He is a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He served as class president in his dental school years where he received the Pediatric Dentistry Award. Dr. E. has been honored with a “Top Dentist Award in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery” by Richmond Magazine.

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Fun Facts

My favorite app

“TED” (Technology, Entertainment, Design) “These video lectures from TED conferences around the world contain insights, new ideas, and new perspectives to familiar problems. They also introduce brave and talented individuals who have inspired me and even changed my way of thinking on several occasions.”

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Favorite activities

Activities are always more fun when shared with family and friends. Some of Dr. E’s favorites have already been mentioned. The importance of always learning new things seems to be a recurrent theme with Dr. E. Continuing education is a great source of positive stimulation. Some other activities and interests include, rowing, archery, backpacking, bike riding, traveling, scuba diving, and speaking German. Dr. E also enjoys trying new restaurants with Susan and exploring cultural events. The two of them have been members of the Richmond Forum and the VMFA for many years now.

Favorite food

Most anything that is fresh and local. Any farmers market is a delight to visit in Dr. E’s opinion. Grocery stores are for items that can’t be found at these markets. Thank goodness the farmers markets are well supported by this community. Dr. Eschenroeder tends to obtain most of his nutrition from vegetarian sources.

Favorite quotes

“Choose love not fear.” – Gary Zukav
“All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.” – Albert Einstein

Favorite Novels

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Favorite Current Book

A New Earth by Ekhart Tolle

How his staff describes him

Encouraging, personable, empathetic, kind and gentle. Genuine care for patients. Shares great stories and experiences. Excellent teacher. Likeable, compassionate and sensitive. Respects the uniqueness of both his patients and his staff. Makes the day go by with good humor and silliness. (when appropriate, of course!)

A few words about rowing

rowing | Virginia Oral Surgeons | Commonwealth Oral & Facial SurgeryI started rowing about 8 years ago. My wife was on a rowing team in college and when we met up with some folks in this area who were in a rowing club, she started to row again. The first time I watched her do this, I thought it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. The strokes would propel the scull forward and during this glide she would reset the oars and then powerfully push the craft forward once more. The water was calm and the geometry of the images, the scull, the outriggers, the oars and the wake spreading out in a V configuration that would reach both banks was absolutely stunning. I was hooked before I even tried to do it. She patiently taught me how to balance and how to put the power of each stroke into forward motion without doing an Eskimo roll. Easier said than done. There is a saying in the rowing community that if you claim that you have never flipped you are either lying or you have not rowed for very long. Now I row in the early morning hours to avoid the heat and to take advantage of calm water. (Pleasure craft are the nemesis of rowers.) It’s a great exercise, I am out in nature, and it gives me a chance to collect my thoughts while I watch the sunrise on the river. What’s not to like?