Dentistry has been Dr. Barakat's passion since she was fitted with braces as a teenager and was inspired by the dentists that treated her. She grew up in a multicultural environment so she can relate to patients of all backgrounds. She then attended Boston College and stayed in Boston to attend the Boston University School of Dental Medicine where she earned her DMD degree. Though not mandatory, she completed a residency on Advanced Education in General Dentistry in Detroit, Michigan.

She believes education in dentistry should never stop and is committed to lifelong learning to ensure that she stays current with her dental skills and continually improves the care she delivers to her patients. That is why she is among the distinguished 6 % of dentists in North America who have earned Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD)  and is currently on track to earn her Mastership, which is the highest credential given to general dentists. She also earned a Fellowship in the prestigious Misch Implant Institute.

Aside from clinical dentistry, being involved as a leader in organized dentistry has been an important part of the profession for Dr. Barakat. She has served as Past President of the San Diego Academy of General Dentistry,  helping local dentists with their educational and professional needs, and participates in national meetings and events. She loves to write and edit blogs and articles for the AGD and the San Diego County Dental Society in her own time.

When not chairside with patients, she plays league tennis, runs, swims and is happy being outdoors in beautiful San Diego. Her keen interest in sports led her to the Academy of Sports Dentistry, which prepares her to guide athlete and fitness focused patients to protect their teeth during activities.

Her practice philosophy is patient-centered with a focus on compassion and quality. She is committed to forming long term relationships with her patients and making their comfort a priority in her practice.