Aarika Anderson Elter

Meet Aarika Anderson Elter, Pediatric Dentist in Puyallup

Education & Credentials


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


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 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.


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

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

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


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.

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