Defiance Office

700 Thurston Avenue Defiance, OH 43512 Phone: 419-782-0846

Bryan Office

201 Van Gundy Drive Bryan, OH 43506, USA Phone: 419-636-5918

Wauseon Office

1115 North Shoop Avenue Wauseon, OH 43567 Phone: 419-335-7047

Welcome to the offices of Drs. Behringer, Herman, and Eckhardt, Inc. For over forty years, our practice has served the people in and around Northwest Ohio. In 1963, Dr. Jerrold Behringer opened a solo practice in Defiance. He was joined by Dr. George Brown in 1976. Together, they opened a second office in Bryan (1984). Dr. Craig Herman joined the partnership in 1984, and they opened a third office in Wauseon (1988). The following year (1989) Dr. David Behringer had the unique opportunity of working with his father and Drs. Brown and Herman. Dr. J. Behringer retired in 1991. Dr. Jon Eckhardt joined the practice in 1999 and the four orthodontists practiced together until Dr. Brown retired in 2005.

Our practice’s top priority is to provide you and your family with the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comfortable environment. We utilize the latest technological advances in the industry along with the latest in computer technology to ensure that you receive the most effective care possible.

We recognize that every patient has different needs, and we pride ourselves in the courteous service we deliver to each person who walks through our doors. Whether you’re an adult, adolescent or child, our knowledgeable doctors and staff are committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve - a healthy, beautiful one!

Dr. David R. Behringer

After receiving his D.D.S. in 1987 from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry, Dr. David Behringer went on to complete his orthodontic residency and earn his certificate in orthodontics from the University of Illinois. Often speaking to school groups, service organizations and peer groups about orthodontics, Dr. Behringer is a member of the American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, Maumee Valley Dental Society, American Association of Orthodontists, Ohio Association of Orthodontists and the Great Lakes Society of Orthodontists.

Dr. Behringer and his wife, Amy, have two children, Connor and Alexa. He enjoys volunteering with the YMCA, United Way and Rotary International and is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. In his free time, he enjoys golf, skiing, rollerblading, attending sporting events and spending time with his family

Dr. S. Craig Herman

Dr. S. Craig Herman

Dr. Craig Herman obtained his dental degree from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and completed his one-year general practice residency at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. He moved to Indianapolis, where he completed his orthodontic training and earned his certificate in orthodontics from the Indiana University School of Dentistry. In practice for 22 years, Dr. Herman regularly lectures to school groups, service organizations and peer groups. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Great Lakes Society of Orthodontists, Ohio Association of Orthodontists, Ohio Dental Association and the Maumee Valley Dental Society.

Dr. Herman remains active in his community, where he volunteers with the United Way, YMCA, Bryan Athletic Boosters and is a member of the Bryan Rotary Club. He and his wife, Bernadette, have a daughter, Melissa, and twin sons, Matthew and Douglas. When heís away from the office, he enjoys golf, cycling, walking, reading, exercising and going to sporting events and concerts.

Dr. Jon J. Eckhardt

Dr. Jon J. Eckhardt

Dr. Jon Eckhardt is originally from Newark, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University with a double major in pre-professional zoology and psychology and a minor in chemistry. Dr. Eckhardt then moved to Cleveland, where he attended Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), School of Dentistry. While earning his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree, he received awards in research and the Dean’s award for academic excellence. He also completed his residency in orthodontics at CWRU and received his Master of Science in Dentistry in orthodontics and specialty certification.

Upon completing his training as an orthodontist, Dr. Eckhardt relocated to Bryan. He immediately began practicing with Drs. George Brown, Craig Herman, and David Behringer. Dr. Eckhardt is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists, the Ohio Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Ohio Dental Association, and the Maumee Valley Dental Society.

Dr. Eckhardt and his wife, Laura, have been actively involved with community organizations. Laura has a Ph.D. in a clinical psychology and works at Midwest Community Health Associates. They have a son, Max.

In his spare time, Dr. Eckhardt enjoys wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, fishing, roller-blading, softball, basketball, and snow skiing.

Office Mission


Orthodontics is an evolving science with frequent developments in techniques, technology and treatment. At our office, we ensure that patients receive the most advanced orthodontic care. Our office regularly attends seminars and conferences devoted to orthodontic treatment, new technology and patient care. With patient care as our top priority, this is our commitment to you.

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