Russell Schafer, DDS
Dr. Russell Schafer is happy and proud to call New Orleans his home. He was born in New Orleans, raised in Pearl River, and attended Jesuit High School and graduated in 2003. He went to Rice University in Houston where he graduated with a bachelors and masters in mechanical engineering degree. While at Rice, Dr. Schafer was a a cheerleader for all four years, active in Rice Catholic Student Association as well as student government, and tutored fellow students as well. Before attending dental school, Dr. Schafer spent time working for oil companies and both in the oil fields in Mexico as well as the refineries. Before he graduated though, he met his wife Alison who is also an engineer.
In the summer of 2009, they got married in Houston and moved to New Orleans so that Dr. Schafer could attend LSU Dental School. While in dental school, Dr. Schafer developed a love of learning, but he realized that dental school would not give him the knowledge he needed. While in school, he focused on learning modern dental techniques through attending courses given by the Louisiana Dental Association, American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. In the past decade, dental technology has grown faster than any point in the past century. Dr. Schafer spends many hours researching and studying new materials and techniques so that he can help his patients get the best care possible. Dr. Schafer takes four to five times more continuing education hours than the state mandates dentists take in order to keep up with the ever-changing world of medicine and dentistry.
Dr. Schafer decided to focus on dentures because he believes that there is a need in New Orleans for well-made dentures. One key to well-made dentures is listening to the patient to understand the expectations and the type of smile wanted. Dr. Schafer understands that each of his patients has unique needs and focuses on having a personal relationship so that the treatment options fit the goals and budget of each person. He works hard to ensure his patients get great care at a price that doesn't break the bank.
Outside of the office
When Dr. Schafer isn't in his dental practice, he is often found in the kitchen. He cooks all types of food but loves to grill. His mom taught his brother and him how to cook from a young age, and it's a hobby that they both practice to this day. The love of food and cooking is a big reason why he loves dentistry. It's hard to enjoy a poboy or a snowball without good teeth, and it's hard to enjoy New Orleans if you can't enjoy the food.