Originally from Mackay, Dr Sakzewski moved to Brisbane to study dentistry at the University of Queensland. After completing her Bachelor of Dental Science with honours, she worked for several years in private practice in Brisbane before returning to university to pursue her passion for orthodontics.
Dr Sakzewski has also been awarded membership of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons in the special stream of orthodontics as
well as completing the Membership in Orthodontics through the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh.
She is currently pursuing her interest in teaching with the University of Queensland School of Dentistry. Her other interests include attending local and international conferences, outdoor activities, playing touch football and spending time with family.
Dr Barbagallo completed her Bachelor of Dental Science Degree with First Class Honours at the University of Queensland. She then spent several years of general dental practice in the Royal Australian Air Force and in private practice in England.
Dr Barbagallo completed her Masters of Dental Science Degree in Orthodontics with Honours at the University of Sydney. She has also become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, in Orthodontics. When graduating from her Masters Degree, she was awarded the Wrigley’s Post-graduate Prize for the best overall academic and clinical performance of all the Master of Dental Science students at the University of Sydney in 2005. She also received the Young Investigator Award, presenting her Masters Thesis at the Biological Mechanisms Conference in Phuket, Thailand.
In April 2006, Dr Barbagallo was awarded the Elsdon Storey First Research Prize from the Australian Society of Orthodontists for the best research thesis of all the 2005 orthodontic graduates throughout Australia. In March 2008 she won the Milton R Sims Award from the ASO. Her research has been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, Feb 2008 and the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, Dec 2007.
Dr Barbagallo regularly attends national and international conferences to keep up-to-date with new orthodontic developments. She has a particular interest in orthodontic treatment with Damon braces, lingual braces and Invisalign appliance treatment.
Dr Barbagallo's other interests include Tae Kwon Do, adventure racing/orienteering, and wind-surfing.