J. Scott Eckels, DDS, MS
“I love what I do! Treating patients is my passion. I feel blessed to be in a profession where I have fun, build friendships and relationships, and watch smiles transform every day. I love watching our patients progress throughout treatment, seeing the amazement in their faces as their smiles transform. Even after 21 years in practice, I’m still thrilled to be a part of improving my patients’ health and the beauty of their smiles.” – Dr. Eckels
Education and Continuing Education
Dr. J. Scott Eckels attended West Virginia University School of Dentistry for his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, receiving the WVU School of Dentistry Academic Scholarship and serving as president of the WVU Dental School Class of 1990. While attending dental school, Dr. Eckels received the William C. Dyke Award and the William S. Cramer Award, in addition to being inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society in 1990. He is also a member of the WVU Chi Chi Chapter of Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.
Dr. Eckels completed his formal training in orthodontics at West Virginia School of Dentistry Department of Orthodontics, earning his Master of Science degree in 1992.
Dr. Eckels has always enjoyed learning new things, and continuing education has become integral in his journey in orthodontics. He loves attending CE courses involving orthodontic treatment techniques and mechanics along with new technologies to provide better, more efficient treatment results for his patients. Dr. Eckels has also been fortunate to lecture at local and regional dental societies during his 21 years in practice and loves to share as he learns and grows as an orthodontist.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Southern Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- West Virginia Dental Association
- West Virginia Orthodontics Association
- West Virginia Orthodontic Alumni Association, past president
- Blennerhassett Dental Society, past president
- Christian Medical and Dental Association
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
- President WV Dental School 1988, 1989, 1990
Outside the Office
Dr. Eckels grew up in the Ohio Valley in Sistersville, WV. He currently lives in Williamstown, WV, with his wife Kim of 23 years, and his three children, Logan, Caroline, and Olivia. They also have a miniature Schnauzer named Lucy and a West Highland Terrier, Ivy. When he’s not working, you can find Dr. Eckels cheering on his children at whatever activity they may be involved in, depending on the time of the year. He also loves running, swimming, boating, and hiking.
Dr. Eckels is passionate about his community, and finds it rewarding to share that through the Smile For A Lifetime Foundation. He is the founder of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter and has donated over $100,000 of free orthodontic treatment each year to 24 deserving children who receive a scholarship. Dr. Eckels has partnered with local dentists who provide these children with free dental care to enable them to have the orthodontic treatment they need. Dr. Eckels also supports many local charities and non-profits that he and his staff feel strongly about, including local schools with their “Tooth Fairy Program,” sports teams, and 4H Clubs.