James P. Boyd, DDS
Every day, for 12 consecutive years, Dr. Boyd woke with a headache. Like the millions of others like him, he learned to cope with it, assuming it was somehow normal. Over the years, occasional migraines developed, and then a loud clicking jaw. While a college undergrad, he was treated (unsuccessfully) in the TMD clinic at the USC School of Dentistry. Several years later, while attending USC Dental School, he served as Senior Resident in their TMD clinic, hoping to gain insight into this own condition, but his condition continued uninterrupted.
Finally, after several years of private practice observing the same pattern of ineffective treatment of his TMD patients, Dr. Boyd began experimenting with the basic diagnostic principles of occlusal therapy and expanding them into therapeutic protocols. His conclusion was that the primary cause of his condition was not due to his occlusion, but to his occluding, namely the frequency, duration, and most importantly, intensity.
Eventually, Dr. Boyd developed the NTI (nocioceptive trigeminal inhibition) therapeutic protocol. In 2001, after extensive clinical trials, the FDA cleared the NTI for “the prevention of medically diagnosed migraine pain”.
Dr. Boyd has since dedicated his career to enhancing the relationship between Neurology and Dentistry, via the third division of the trigeminal nerve. He is currently associated with The Headache Center, a neurology specialty clinic in San Diego, practicing with neurologist Andrew Blumenfeld, MD, where they have published and presented at several international scientific meetings.
Their most recent clinical trial, presented at the 2018 International Migraine Trust in London, England, showed that the NTI Therapeutic Protocol was twice as effective as Botox or Topamax, the two leading medications in the prevention of migraine.
Michael Varallo, DMD
Founder, Nantucket Dental Society & Ho-Ho-Kus Dental Associates
Dr. Michael Varallo is the founder of Nantucket Dental Society and Ho-Ho-Kus Dental Associates.
His management approach at Ho-Ho-Kus Dental focuses on patient's perspective and care. He states, “The time is long overdue for medical practices to act like a business and serve its customers.” Since implementing his patient-focus business plan in 2000, Dr. Varallo's business practice has more than doubled its gross revenues.
Dr. Varallo is both fundamental and innovative in his practice and is one of the first non prosthodontists in the United States trained to restore implants.
As founder of Nantucket Dental Society, Dr. Varallo is a strong proponent of continuing education and is dedicated to the realization that we are in the “Golden age of Dentistry.” His workshops focus on the simple but proven procedures which benefit the everyday dental practice.
Dr. Varallo has been named as one of NJ's Top Dentists by NJ Monthly Magazine in 2009 and 2014. He is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University.