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Dr. Eckel is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and has been in general practice since 1983. He has a large general pediatric practice and has a special interest in international adoptions. He takes care of children from newborn to age 21 years of age and is on several “second generation” families in Denton.
Dr. Eckel grew up in a small town in rural Iowa and did his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Iowa. He then attended a three year residency in pediatrics at Oklahoma Children's Memorial Hospital in Oklahoma City. He practiced in Temple, Texas for six years before settling in Denton in 1989. He is married and has four children.
Dr. Eckel currently serves on the board for Serve Denton which is working to build collaboration and cooperation between multiple nonprofit agencies in Denton. He also serves as medical director and board member for First Refuge Ministry Center in Denton which is providing indigent healthcare and other services for families with little or no insurance.
Dr. Eckel is founder and director of the North Texas International Adoption Clinic, which was the first of its kind in North Texas. The clinic helps with reviewing medical records and evaluations of children adopted from other countries. He has two teens adopted from China as toddlers and has taken part in several mission trips including China, Russia, Brazil and most recently Haiti. He is active at First Baptist Church in Denton and has been part of the Kiwanis children's clinic, Ronald McDonald House project, Scottish Rite camps and several other volunteer projects over the years. He enjoys photography and sports as well as several other hobbies.
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