Monika Barakat was born and raised in the south of Poland prior to moving to New Jersey at the age of 15. She received her Bachelor’s of Art in Biology in 1999 from Kean University and her DMD degree from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, formerly New Jersey Dental School, in 2003. During her time in dental school, she discovered a passion for orthodontics and thus pursued further post-graduate training as part of a dual degree program at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine. In addition to three years of specialty training in the orthodontic department, for which she was awarded a Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics, she also pursued and earned a Master of Science in Dentistry Degree in 2006.

Over the course of the next 10 years, Dr. Barakat welcomed two beautiful girls into the world, moved from New Jersey to Ohio and then Arizona as her husband began and then finished his specialty training. All the while, she continued to dedicate herself to practice exclusively orthodontics in many diverse settings, both within large groups, small private practices, and as an independent consultant. Nonetheless, she always dreamt of opening up her own office, with the goal of demanding excellence of herself and those around her for the best possible patient outcomes. Soon after realizing that her family was thriving in Arizona and had found a home, she began to pursue that dream: after nearly two years of planning, Opus 1 Orthodontic Studio opened its doors in 2016.

Dr. Barakat is an active member of the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists and the Arizona Orthodontic Study Group. She regularly attends conferences and continuing education courses to keep up to date with the latest in orthodontic technology so that she can provide the highest quality treatments for her patients. When not in the clinic, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and just about any outdoor activity, especially in the company of her husband, Mark, two daughters, Jennah and Kathryn, as well as her shih tzu, Gabby.


Office Administration

A transplant from wet and cloudy Portland Oregon, Shanna is excited to bring her 10 years of experience in orthodontics to Arizona. She is passionate about making people feel great, and believes a smile has the power to change the world! Just imagine if we all smiled a bit more! Shanna is very knowledgeable in the many benefits of orthodontic treatment and bite correction. Having had braces as a child and a second time as an adult, she can tell you about the many benefits of having straight and well-fitting teeth. Before braces, Shanna couldn’t even bite into her favorite food: pizza! “Having braces has changed my life and I hope to guide our patients through the easy process of orthodontic treatment so that they can experience the same satisfaction that I have!”

When Shanna isn’t chatting it up with patients in the orthodontic studio, she likes to cruise around town on her beach cruiser bike with her family or watch college football (Go Ducks!).

Brigitte at Opus 1 Orthodontic Studio, Scottsdale


Orthodontic Assistant

Born and raised in sunny, southern California, Brigitte studied dental assisting at Chaffey Community College, in Alta Loma. After graduating in 1986, she discovered and fell in love with the field of orthodontics, remaining in that field of dentistry over the next 30 years. She prides herself on maintaining both her X-ray and CPR certifications, but above all enjoys working with children and adults in all phases of orthodontic treatment: “I love being a part of improving people’s smiles and confidence.”

Outside of work, Brigitte enjoys spending time with her three children and her grandson.