Meet Our Dentist's


Dr. Comlan Missih

Dr. Missih is a unique type of periodontist with a wealth of experience in restorative dentistry. He takes the time to provide you with the best care possible.

He is also well-regarded by his peers and patients for his thoroughness. Rather than being rushed, he takes the time to serve your needs. He also devoted his time to help the underserved population of Auburn and Finger Lakes region in the position of Dental Director at East Hill Family Medical, Inc. (Which he resigned from to start his practice in Elmira NY).

Dr. Missih attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo where he finished his Bachelor Degrees in Biochemistry (BS) and Mathematics (BA) with Summa Cum Laude. He received his Doctorate (DDS) from Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine with distinction in research and various senior class awards.

He completed three years of post-doctorate education in advanced implant surgery; parenteral mild to moderate sedation, and periodontics; while completing his residency, he finished a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) and in Public Policy (MA).

As a board-certified periodontist, he believes in conservative, preventative dentistry, and his goal is to increase the life of his patient’s teeth. Because of his dedication to the profession, following a short period as an attending dentist at Lincoln Hospital, he is now on the Advisory Committee for the Dental Hygiene Department at SUNY Broome Community College.

Dr. Missih and his wife, a board certified and well-regarded anesthesiologist graduated from Yale New Haven Hospital, are currently residing in the Binghamton Area with their twins, Esther and Joshua. Together as husband and wife, the doctors love to collect antiques. Dr. Missih’s hobbies include painting, going on road trips, and reading. He also volunteers his time and dental skills to help the people in the third world countries.

Dr. Comlan Missih is a proud member of the following:

  • American Dental Association (ADA)
  • New York Dental Association (NYSDA)
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Board of Periodontology



Dr. Leida M Portela

I am a lifelong resident of Vestal and attended VHS. I received my undergraduate in Biochemistry from SUNY Buffalo. I then entered Buffalo’s School of Dental Medicine and earned a DDS degree with a minor in Pediatric Dentistry.I went on to complete a one-year Dental Residency program at St. Claire's Hospital in Schenectady, NY.

I enthusiastically pursue continuing education, feeling it is more important than ever to stay current with evolving techniques and materials. I am a member of the American Dental Society, New York State Dental Association, Sixth District Dental Association and the Broome County Dental Association.

Dentistry is a combination of Art and Science. I find it rewarding and personally challenging to restore teeth to their original and natural appearance, along with full functionality. I enjoy sharing these goals with my patients during detailed treatment plan discussions.

I reside in Vestal with my husband and 3 children.When not in the office, I enjoy hiking, biking, tennis, skiing, traveling and spending time with family.