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.