Meet Vienna Dentist & Dental Team
Dr. Hisham Barakat
Dr. Hisham Barakat graduated from dental school in 1998. He then completed a one-year Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency (AEGD) at Louisiana State University. He also completed a two-year General Practice Residency (GPR) at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).
Following both of these, he joined a large group practice in Virginia Beach, where he served from 2003-2010. During this time, he was both a board member and a core doctor.
Dr. Barakat is a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology (ABOI). Doctors with the ABOI/ID have to complete a rigorous exam to prove their high level of knowledge and proficiency in implant dentistry. Dr. Barakat is one of just 445 dentists certified by the ABOI in the United State and one of 10 practitioners in Virginia to hold this certification.
In addition to this, Dr. Barakat has been awarded Mastership status in the Academy of General Dentistry (MAGD). To achieve this, he was required to attend over 1,100 hours of continuing education covering all phases of dentistry, 400 of which involved participation courses and case presentations.
Dr. Barakat is a credentialed member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and has been awarded Fellow status. Dentists who receive this honor have been certified by their peers and have worked hard to meet national standards of education and practice in oral implantology.
He is also a Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), which is the highest credential offered by this internationally recognized organization for dentists who have shown excellence in Dental Implantology.
Furthermore, Dr. Barakat also enjoys lecturing both nationally and internationally about implant dentistry to help increase the education of his fellow dentists.
Dr. Barakat currently serves as a part-time faculty member at the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. He also served as the Continuing Education Chair for the Academy of General Dentistry Virginia Chapter.
In 1998, Dr. Barakat completed the Medical College of Georgia/ AAID MAXI-COURSE in Implant Dentistry, the Maxi-Course is among the most respected and comprehensive training programs in implant dentistry. Offered in university settings throughout the U.S. and internationally, the course presenters include renowned university faculty, world-class clinicians and the country's top authorities in implant dentistry.
Dr. Barakat’s honors and awards include:
- 2015: President of the Southern District of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- 2012: Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- 2012: Spear Education Faculty Club Member
- 2011: Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/ Implant Dentistry
- 2011: Served as a Delegate for the state of VA at the AGD meeting in San Diego, CA
- 2009: Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
- 2009: Associate Fellow of American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- 2009: Mastership of the Academy of General Dentistry.
- 2009: Continuing Education Chair of the Virginia AGD
- 2008: Fellowship of the Academy of General Dentistry
- 2008: Fellowship of the International Congress of Oral Implantology
Dr. Barakat is also a member of the:
- American Academy of Implant Dentistry
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Academy of Osseointegration
- International Congress of Oral Impantology
- Academy of General Dentistry
Dr. Jennifer Bobbio
Dr. Jennifer Bobbio’s education began at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in business. She continued her studies at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry, graduating in 2010. After completing her studies, she served as Community Service Chair and participated in nine Mission of Mercy projects giving back to underserved areas in the state of Virginia.
Upon graduation, Dr. Bobbio completed a one-year general practice residency at the Veterans Administration hospital in Baltimore. During her residency, she gained advanced training in all facets of general dentistry, including the treatment of medically compromised patients and the placement and restoration of dental implants.
Dr. Bobbio is dedicated to continuing her education and serves as a board member and Continuing Education Chair of the Virginia Academy of General Dentistry. She was the editor of the VAGD newsletter and served as a delegate at the 2012 AGD Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. She will continue to serve the VAGD as membership chair and on the continuing education committee this upcoming year. In addition to the ADG, Dr. Bobbio is a member of various dental organizations such as the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Northern Virginia Dental Society.
Dr. Bobbio is thrilled to join the Vienna Smiles team and is enthusiastic about providing exceptional dentistry that will make a difference in her patients’ lives.
When not in the office, Dr. Bobbio enjoys traveling, pilates, running, and spending time with her husband Ryan and Shih Tzu Chloe. Dr. Bobbio and Ryan welcomed their baby girl, Gabriella to the world in April and are enjoying being parents.
Dr. Robert DiValentin
After practicing dentistry for 44 years it was time to sell my practice. However, I still enjoyed the connection with my patients and was not ready to retire. It was my great fortune to meet Dr Barakat and we began the transition of my practice to his.
The most special moment for me is the day I married my wife, Marybeth. Together we have shared our four children and thirteen grandchildren with another on the way.
One of the hobbies I greatly enjoy is fly fishing. My son, Michael, and I have been able to fish many streams together enjoying the beauty and serenity they have to offer.
Emily- Dental Assistant
Emily grew up in McLean, Virginia. She spent many summer breaks, weekends, and winter breaks helping her dad, Dr. Brown, at the office. Upon graduating from James Madison University, she decided to teach kindergarten for a few years before the wonderful field of dentistry lured her back. Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, David, their son, Nicholas, and their daughter, Isabelle. In her spare time, Emily loves hanging out with friends and family, playing soccer, traveling, and watching UNC basketball.
Originally from Ukraine, Alla moved to the United States in 1999 and started her dental career as a dental assistant in 2004. In 2010, she graduated from the Tri-State Business Institute in Erie, PA as a Registered Dental Hygienist. Alla is currently a member of the American Dental Hygienist Association and attends continuing education classes to stay current on the latest technology and treatments to ensure that every patient's’ needs are addressed in an appropriate and professional manner. She strives to provide thorough and gentle periodontal treatment and stresses the importance of maintaining good dental health. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family. Alla has three boys and her hobbies include travel, hiking, fitness, and running.
Michelle- Practice Administrator
Michelle grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and moved to Virginia in 1987. She and her husband Dave have three sons. Michelle has worked in the medical field since 1987. In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, hiking, and cooking delicious food!
Sharon grew up in Danville, Vermont. She attended hygiene school at the University of Vermont and is a huge Catamount fan. Sharon loves the cold weather, football, and misses the snow! In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, shopping, and spending time with her two granddaughters.
Daniel- Dental Assistant
Daniel is one of Vienna Smiles’ dental assistants. He enjoys working in the family atmosphere of the practice and hearing about the life stories of his patients. Originally from Alexandria, VA, Daniel attended Northern Virginia Community College and then transferred to George Mason University where he received his bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration. During his free time, Daniel enjoys exercise, hiking, traveling and exploring new places. Dentistry seems to run in his family—he has a twin who is a dental office manager and his younger sister works the front desk.
At Vienna Smiles, Mariana has found a comforting work family and amazing patients. She wakes up in the morning and looks forward to coming to work. Mariana has three nephews and one niece that she loves dearly. She enjoys adventures, long walks and music. And she LOVES to dance!
Catherine- Dental Assistant
Catherine was born and raised in Vienna, Va. She has grown up playing in the dental chairs and many fun visits to the dental office to visit her father, Dr DiValentin. After attending Christopher Newport University, Catherine returned home to start her career as a Dental Assistant for her father. Now eighteen years later they are still a team working side by side to care for their wonderful patients at their new location and wonderful new team, Vienna Smiles. Catherine also lives in Bristow, Va with her husband Kona, and four children Gavin, Lilianah, Jordan, and Rylen. For fun she loves to spend time with the family, go camping, and loves to play softball. Catherine loves making people smile and laugh.