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With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from Parson's School of Design, Joan Laura, DDS, spent nearly a decade pursuing her creative aspirations in the fashion industry of New York City. After this time, Dr. Laura pursued a career in dentistry. Firmly committed to her new focus, Dr. Joan Laura attended the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (SUNY), where she earned a Doctor of Dental Surgery. Upon completing her degree, Joan Laura, DDS, joined her father’s dental practice, Eastwood Dental Office, PC, where she acquired valuable hands-on experience treating patients and managing a private practice. After working in tandem for eight years, Dr. Laura’s father retired. He imparted to her his knowledge from 50 years of service in the industry to her as she forged on as the President and sole practitioner for Eastwood Dental Office, which is located in Syracuse, New York. Dr. Joan Laura is also a very involved member of her church and devotes her energy to introducing the Catholic faith to adults seeking spiritual direction. The formal name of this gradual procedure is RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults). At the successful end of the process, the subject achieves full communion and fully integrates with the Church. Additionally, Dr. Joan Laura contributes to the ministry of Francis House, a non-profit hospice care organization providing support to people with terminal illnesses. In her leisure time, Dr. Joan Laura loves to cook and bake. One of her favorite activities is baking pies from scratch using fruit picked fresh from her garden. She also enjoys attending Syracuse University basketball games with her husband of 21 years. Dr. Joan Laura enjoys spending time together with her family that includes triplet brothers and a bevy of nieces and nephews.