Dr. James (Jim) Hamilton Eaker
Dr. James (Jim) Hamilton Eaker (pronounced like acre) is a 1985 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill, and completed his undergraduate degree at UNC. He was President of his dental class and received the faculty award for excellence in General Dentistry and the Class award for sensitivity to the needs of classmates. After a year as an associate in a Chapel Hill private practice, he opened his Durham private practice in 1986.
In 1993, He completed the three-year mastership program at the Center for Professional Development in Scottsdale, Arizona and has taken hundreds of hours of Continuing Education. He has held every office in the 140-plus member Durham-Orange County Dental Society and served as President in 2003. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the North Carolina Dental Society, life member of all the UNC Alumni groups and various study clubs. He has made many dental teaching presentations, mostly on conservative dentistry.
Dr. Eaker is experienced in all levels of general dentistry but has chosen to limit his practice to primarily adult restorative treatment, with special emphasis on patient comfort, good diagnosis, good communication, and esthetic dentistry. He utilizes many high tech instruments and provide all levels of cosmetic dentistry, good homecare instruction (the key to long term dental success), crowns (including the first 3M digital impression system in private practice in the triangle and now Digital x-ray as well), bridges, implant restorations, fillings and inlays, partial dentures, preventive treatment, whitening, nightguards and many other services. He was one of the first dentists in the area to routinely place tooth-colored fillings, beginning in 1985. His passion is conservative treatment with integrity.
Dr. Eaker and his wife, Susan, have 3 children, Will, Emma and Evelyn. They live a mile from the office in South Durham. Will is in 11th grade at home school, Heath Academy, Emma is in 11th grade at Cresset Christian Academy and Evelyn is a happy First grader. He is a native of Forest City, N.C., in the foothills, the son of a dentist. He raises many kinds of fruits, flowers and berries, with blueberries being of particular interest. He has experienced mountaineering in N.C. Outward Bound, follows UNC sports, enjoys tennis, spin classes and fishing activities from local fly fishing to a couple of trips with his Dad to Alaska for salmon and halibut fishing. He was on the Durham Jaycees Board of Directors and past chair of the Board of Deacons at the Chapel Hill Bible Church. He is a member at First Baptist Durham, involved in Men’s Ministry, a life member of the Christian Dental Society and has participated in mission trips to Africa and St. Maarten. He has also helped with the ADA program Give Kids a Smile, Missions of Mercy and treated patients on the Baptist Dental Bus. In December, 2007, he helped found, and continues to provide care in, a free volunteer dental clinic at the Good Samaritan Inn of the Durham Rescue Mission, called the Samaritan Health Center. Currently, he’s helping start a free clinic in Siler City for the local hispanic community. Our office website has more information at www.tarheelsmiles.com
Samaritan Health Center www.samaritanhealthcenter.org.
Meet the Staff
We are so fortunate to have our wonderful, professional staff of many years. Our patients often tell us they feel like part of our practice family. Tanya has now taken the helm after Lynne retired in May 2011. Lynne had been at our front desk since 1987. Danielle joined her in early 2015 and helps us clinically as well. Donna, one of our hygienists, and Lisa, one of our chairside assistants, came on in 1989. Halcyon, a part time hygienist, joined us in 1991 and has been wonderful to help us on and off as we have needed more hygiene treatment. She returned more regularly in 2014. Mandy, our other chairside assistant, joined us in 2004. Donna, Lisa, Halcyon and Mandy have each had intervals of family leave and time away, but we are so delighted to have them with us. Heather, our other part time hygienist, joined us in 2015 but has worked in multiple offices including a periodontal specialty practice. According to our staff, “We like to think of working here as a big family circle. We may come and go with life’s changes but no one ever leaves Dr. Eaker!” Our staff’s clinical experience totals well over 135 years and they share Dr. Eaker’s desire to provide low-stress, conservative, preventive and caring dentistry for our patient family.
Donna joined us in 1989. Donna has three children and three stepchildren. Her oldest son lives in Colorado and married in 2014, her daughter graduated from the University of Va. with a swim scholarship, swam in the Bejing Olympic games and lives in Los Angeles. Her youngest son lives near Gastonia, her hometown, and was married in 2015. Donna enjoys dancing, cooking and gardening. She has worked thru some big life changes, emerging with the same bright smile she greets her patients with each day. “Life is ever changing, I just try to keep up with it and be happy.”
Lisa has three daughters and two stepdaughters. Twins in high school and her oldest attends Guilford College. As far as spare time activities go, Lisa says “With three young girls – what is spare time?” She does enjoy reading and spending time with her family.
Mandy joined us in 2004. She and her husband, Mickey, have a “cutie pie” elementary school-aged daughter,always on the go! Mandy enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, lots of outdoor activities and church activities. “My greatest achievement is having found my balance between home and work – never forgetting to laugh and enjoy every day.”
Halcyon has returned in Hygiene as of September 2014. She worked for us full time for a few years in the 90′s and spent time at home with her children. We are happy to have her back 1-2 days a week and as often as we can get her. She lives in Wake Forest with her husband, Greg. Her son, Adren attends the Colorado School of Mines and her daughter, Ariel, graduated from Hillsdale College with honors in 2014, is married and in graduate school in Washington DC.
Danielle joined us as a front desk and clinical assistant in January 2015. She and her husband have 2 small children and live near the Mebane area.
Heather joined the practice in the Summer of 2015 for 2 days a week in hygiene. She and her husband, a firefighter, have 2 young boys that play football and keep her busy. She loves fishing at the coast and is very good at it.