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Aarika Anderson Elter, DMD

Pediatric Dentist


about me

A South Puget Sound native, I was raised in Lakewood, Washington, and have been practicing dentistry since 2009. I have a passion for advocacy, improving the efficacy of healthcare delivery and access to care, and enjoy being involved in organized dentistry. I am married and have three young children.


I love to read

and my daughter's name was inspired by one of my favorite authors. Most of my time is spent watching youth sports

but occasionally I get to sneak in an episode of Top Chef or The Real Housewives.



I love working with kids! My goal is to grow my pediatric patients into successful adult patients who enjoy going to the dentist and have a little fun along the way. Establishing a trusting relationship with every child I treat is key.




A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health; Mesa, AZ


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, California Lutheran University; Thousand Oaks, CA


LEND, University of Washington; Seattle, WA

Professional Associations

Evergreen Pediatric Dentistry Study Club

College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry

Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Dental Association

Washington State Dental Association

Pierce County Dental Society


Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry Leadership Intern

WA State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry AAPD Public Policy Advocacy Conference Resident Award

WA State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation Resident Research Grant Award

Volunteer/Service Experience

Special Smiles Clinical Director

Tacoma Rescue Mission

Tyler Square Housing Project After School Program & Kitchen

Find Your Future Workshop

Pierce County Health Career Day

Seattle Public Schools Head Start Policy Council