Professional Recommendations

Laura Torrado, DDS, FAGD

Laura Torrado, DDS, FAGD

Dr. Laura Torrado specializes in designing beautiful smiles with the appropriate type of restoration needed, combining function, longevity and facial aesthetics. She graduated from NYU College of Dentistry in 1989.

She has continued her post-graduate studies in full mouth rehabilitation and fixed and removable prosthetics at NYU.

At Buffalo State University, she completed the advanced program in esthetic dentistry and is an avid participant in numerous continuing education courses both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Torrado is a Pankey scholar and a graduate of the Kois Dental Center in Seattle whose curriculum includes 9 courses with the latest advances in aesthetics, implants, and restorative dentistry. In 2004, she completed her certification in Invisalign Technologies, and in 2005, she received her fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry.

In 2015, Dr. Torrado completed her Dental Sleep Medicine Residency at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. Sleep Medicine and Facial Esthetics are part of her practice as well as TMD therapy and treatment of Bruxism. Dr. Torrado has earned a designation as a qualified sleep dentist from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in 2018.

In February 2017, Dr. Torrado completed a TMD residency at TUFTS University and in April 2017, Dr. Torrado completed a residency in craniofacial pain with the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.

Dr. Laura Torrado is currently accepting new patients in her beautiful Central Park South Manhattan office.
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Michal Niedzielski, PT, PRC

Over my 50 years of dentistry, I have had the honor of meeting many innovative practitioners. Professionals that are truly striving to improve the health and well-being of their patients.

Many health professionals limit themselves by staying within the sphere of their professional specialty. They are comfortable with what they have learned and have spent many years perfecting their craft. They limit themselves within the safety of their professional cocoon.

Then, there are other professionals that know no bounds and continually push the limits to expand their knowledge and realize that integrating their specialty with other professionals presents a wonderful opportunity for interdisciplinary care.

I have had the good fortune to meet Michal Niedzielski, a physical therapist who is truly one of those dedicated professionals always striving to expand his knowledge. Michal began his career treating the most physically compromised patients. That experience has driven him to push the boundary of the practices he had learned in the classroom to the realization in his own words, “The whole body is dependent on interaction between our breath and physical action”.

Fortunately, working together we form a synergistic relationship to improve our patients’ breathing and health. Homeoblock therapy has been shown to improve the oropharyngeal airway.  However, I recognize the advantage that the expertise of understanding the full body function that Michal brings to best treat our patients.

In Partnership with Dr. Theodore Belfor – by Michal Niedzielski

Over the years, my journey has introduced me to many incredible people: teachers, coaches, scientists, clinicians and professional practitioners. They all fueled my long-time passion to understand and to be able explain underlying human patterns for restoration of our function. Recently, I found myself at the doorstep of an amazingly cooperative relationship with Dr. Ted Belfor. Working together, we are focused on the single most important issue for both of our work: airway improvement for systems balance and homeostasis . Dr. Belfor is able to influence it from a stomatognathic direction and I can organize it through thoughtful body movement. This means: a well trained Homeoblock™ dentist can structurally change the face and the airway, and the skillful body worker will influence the function of breathing through physical body movements, based on the change of the pressure that enters and leaves us.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Michal Niedzielski.  – Dr. Theodore Belfor

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Empowered Sleep Apnea

Empowered Sleep Apnea: A Handbook for Patients and the People Who Care About Them

By David E McCarty MD FAASM & Ellen Stothard PhD
If there’s one book that will prepare you (and providers in your life!) for your journey through the complex terrain of Sleep Apnea, it’s this one. Written with exuberant, snappy prose and festooned with zany cartoons, this book manages to teach difficult complexities, all while the reader is having too much fun to realize they’d learned something!

We see this book as a must-read, for patients and providers alike. It’s available in hardback and Apple iBook platforms at BOOKBABY, and in Kindle format on AMAZON.

You can also access the same zany universe and the same fun, accessible teaching by listening to Empowered Sleep Apnea: THE PODCAST, streaming from your favorite podcast platform.

Bahar Esmaili

Dr. Esmaili grew up in Iran and immigrated to the United States when she was 20 years old to peruse her dream of becoming a doctor. Since graduating with honors from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in 2009, she has completed numerous advanced Continuing Education courses in the fields of craniofacial pain, TMJ disorder, and airway development, and currently focuses her clinical practice on the connection between oral and whole-body health.

She holds the prestigious position of being one of 24 North American consultants with 3M as part of the Council of Innovative Dentistry. She also serves as a member of the educational committee at American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.

More than just a practitioner, she is a passionate educator and goes out of her way to help her patients understand the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’ of the issues for which they’re seeking help. She is a certified personal trainer, specializing in posture correcting and is passionate about interconnectedness of the human body – from head & neck posture to jaw joint alignment to facial muscle tonicity to gait. In light of her profound realization that straight teeth cannot function on crooked faces, she is on a mission to enlighten practitioners of all kinds of their ability to impact compensatory mechanisms that ultimately lead to the breakdown of our bodies and our health. She is eager to inspire patients and professionals alike to join her on her journey.