by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Soul of Photography

Committed to the Coastal Life

family_schaefer1It hasn’t taken Jeffery and Diana Schaefer long to settle in and call the 92024 community home. Originally from Texas, the couple moved to Encinitas in 2013. After the birth of their first child in 2015, though, Jeffery and Diana returned to the Austin area to be closer to family. Two years later, they felt the draw to the coast and made the move back to Encinitas – this time permanently. “It always felt like home to us and we are here for good now,” they shared.

The couple met at The University of Texas School of Dentistry in Houston. Jeffery was studying to become a dentist and orthodontist, and Diana was completing her degree in dental hygiene. In 2018, the couple opened up Beam Orthodontics in Encinitas. “We love our community,” Jeffery said. “It’s such an honor to be serving our community this way.” As part of their commitment to the community, they present at local schools about the importance of oral health as well as serving the nonprofit organization Casa de Amistad. “We help them by providing orthodontics to those who otherwise would not have the ability or funds to have a beautiful smile they deserve,” Jeffery explained.

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Parents: Jeffery Scott Schaefer and Diana Tejeda Schaefer
Children: Noah (3) and Leah (2)
Community: Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Parents’ Hometowns: Jeffery – Flower Mound, TX; Diana – Pasadena, TX
Parents’ Occupations: Jeffery – orthodontist/practice owner; Diana – practice manager and dental hygienist
Pet: Olive (mini Sheepadoodle dog)
Favorite Local Spots: Best Pizza, Las Olas, JoJo’s Creamery, Glen Park, Seaside State Beach, Grandview Beach… okay, any beach!


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“It always felt like home to us and we are here for good now.”

family_schaefer2Jeffery felt drawn to both orthodontics and the California coast for many years before he made the dream a reality. While pursuing his undergraduate degree in civil engineering, Jeffery spent a year as an intern at Walt Disney World in Florida. After graduation, he ventured to New Zealand, spending six months camping, traveling, and working in vineyards. It was these experiences that confirmed his desire to live in a coastal community and open his own orthodontic practice.

Today, the couple has two young children, Noah and Leah. “We purposefully named our children with biblical names that end in -ah and a name that could not be nicknamed,” they shared. As a family, the Schaefers enjoy exploring the beach, finding new restaurants, riding bikes, and running with a double bob stroller. “Our passion is camping in our van and in tents at state parks across the state,” they said. While the kids are too young for any of their own hobbies, Jeffery predicted, “I foresee some soccer, t-ball, ballet, gymnastics, and everything under the sun.”