The answer is “Fly fishing, photography, playing music with others, and just about anything under the heading of outdoor sports.” The correct Jeopardy response would be, “What hobbies does Dr. Eschenroeder enjoy?”
However, in many ways, he does in fact put to use these avocations within his profession, whether it be placing dental implants, photographing cases for teaching purposes, or the appreciation of aesthetics, these attributes all come together to make Dr. Eschenroeder the successful surgeon that he is. Whether instructing and enlightening others in current implantology techniques through casual implant-focused “Lunch and Learns,” or emceeing COFS professional study club presentations, educating is one of Dr. Eschenroeder’s many personal fulfillments. And on a one-to-one basis, his natural teaching skills are valued by his patients, many of whom are in need of his expertise for the first time. “When I see understanding and new insight in their expressions, I get a deep personal satisfaction,” he says.
Born in Missouri, the son of a veterinarian, Dr. E’s love of animals comes naturally: Plott Hound, Ted, and black cat, Finn, round out the family of his wife, Susan, and their three grown children. Susan, whose business is Open Doors College Consulting, LLC, is a professional college guidance counselor. “She travels a lot to get a ‘boots on the ground’ sense of what colleges are like so that she can make her recommendations with confidence,” he adds proudly.
Dr. Thomas A. Eschenroeder is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, certified since 1991.
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, certified since 1991. Dr. Eschenroeder has been with COFS since 1992.
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 and Facial Surgery Study Club.
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 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.
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.”
Apple or PC: Apple!
Favorite activities: Besides spending as much time as possible with his wife and family, Dr. E. enjoys sleeping under the stars in Yellowstone Park; fly fishing for trout; playing the mandolin and guitar; and bike riding in the mountains.
Favorite food: Free Range meats or fresh local fish, organic fruits, vegetables and nuts. “We get our food from local producers; we try to go to the grocery store to get laundry detergent and stuff like that,” he explains.
Favorite quote: “Soli Deo Gloria,” J.S. Bach
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!)