Dr. Eilers decided to pursue his passion for criminology by applying to the most elite program in Forensic Odontology in the United States at University of Texas San Antonio in 2011. Forensic Odontology, or Forensic Dentistry, is the application of dental knowledge to those civil and criminal laws that are enforced by police agencies in a criminal justice system. Dr. Eilers attended a two year fellowship at the Center for Education and Research in Forensics, CERF, from 2012 to 2014. The program gave him the skills to aid in the identification of human remains, disaster victim identification, missing and unidentified persons, dental age estimation and bite mark analysis. Dr. Eilers is also involved with continued research in bite mark analysis. His high speed videography bite mark research was the first study to receive approval from the institutional review board, IRB, to bite live humans.
Dr. Eilers is a Forensic Odontologist for the Clark County Medical Examiners office, Bexar County Medical Examiners office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is also a consultant for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, Randall Children’s Hospital and CARES Northwest. He is a member of The American Academy of Forensic Sciences, The American Society of Forensic Odontology and is working towards board certification in the American Board of Forensic Odontology.