Meet our 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. Bobbio was born in Lakewood, NJ and raised in Fairfax, VA. She attended Fairfax High School and then earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a concentration in business from Virginia Tech University. The summer before graduating from Virginia Tech, Dr. Bobbio did an internship at a dental start-up practice in Centreville, VA and worked at the front desk. She was always interested in the clinical experience and wanted to be chairside with the patients. This is where she realized her passion for dentistry. Dr. Bobbio attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry and graduated in 2010. While at VCU, 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, MD. 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. She has served as a delegate, editor, continuing education chair, vice president and currently president-elect of the Virginia Academy of General Dentistry. In June of 2017, Dr. Bobbio received her Fellowship Award with the AGD by completing over five hundred hours of continuing education and passing the Fellowship exam. She is also an active member of the Spear Dental Education Study Club, which meets with other local general practitioners and specialists to advance their comprehensive treatment planning.
Dr. Bobbio has been providing comprehensive dental care at Vienna Smiles since 2012. She adores her patients and loves connecting with them to better serve their needs.
When not in the office, you can find Dr. Bobbio spending time with her husband Ryan and chasing her four-year-old, Gabriella and two-year-old, Gavin. She also enjoys traveling, exploring Virginia wineries and taking classes at Orange Theory.
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.
Dr. Patricia Solarte
Dr. Patricia Solarte has worked as a dentist since 2002, she enjoys helping patients smile confidently after completing treatment and values the relationships she develops with her patients and their families. Dr. Solarte completed her Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) and earned her Master of Dental Science with an orthodontic specialization from Columbia University.
Outside of work, Dr. Solarte enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Joy Salumbides
Dr. Joy Salumbides grew up in Virginia Beach, VA. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at the School of Dentistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Salumbides furthered her dental education and completed a one year General Practice Residency in York Hospital, south central Pennsylvania. Her advanced training focused on comprehensive and holistic treatment of patients of all ages, complex restorative dentistry, and emergency dentistry. There she gained an interest in treating children and special needs patients.
Dr. Salumbides enjoys family and cosmetic dentistry and values patient education and prevention in order to maintain good oral health. She believes dentistry is a service for others and actively volunteers at the Northern Virginia Dental Clinic and various Mission of Mercy Dental Projects throughout Virginia.
Living in Northern VA, Dr. Salumbides embraces the culture, food, and the arts the area has to offer. She and her husband share a growing bucket list for travel and the hottest new restaurants in DC to try. She looks forward to time at the gym and treasures photography. ìMy favorite subjects to shoot are my family and friends, and I carry the philosophy with me to treat all patients as if they were family.î
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.
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.
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.