Dr. Erika Takanami

Meet Our Team

  • Dr.
    Erika Takanami

    Dr. Erika was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She moved to the state of Iowa and went through a high school exchange program and decided to stay in Iowa to complete her education. Throughout her life in the United States, she has traveled around, and she and her fiance, Kyle, fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. They have decided to call Vancouver, Washington their new home.

    Dr. Erika and Kyle have two Labrador retrievers that love swimming and hiking. Their dogs know commands in English, Japanese and American Sign Language! Dr. Erika and Kyle like to stay outdoors spending a lot of time with their dogs. They also love working out and finding good restaurants to try. You might find them at a gym, restaurants, dog parks, lakes, trails, mountains, etc.

    Dr. Erika is very compassionate and caring and loves to see patients of all ages. She hopes to make Lighthouse Dental a comfortable place for you, your families, friends, neighbors and co-workers. She is very excited to meet and get to know each one of you and continue to serve you for your dental care.


    The University of Iowa College of Dentistry

    • Degree: Doctor of Dental Surgery 
    • Dean’s list
    • Graduated in the top 10% of her class

    The University of Iowa (Undergraduate)

    • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Biology
    • Cell & Developmental Biology
    • Special Honors
    • With High Distinction
    • Honors Biology
    • Dean’s list
    • President’s list



    • DentaQual EliteStar Practice award                                                                                                                                           
    • Pierre Fauchard Academy Award
    • Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society
    • 1st Place Poster Research Competition


    • English
    • Japanese 日本語
    • Chinese (a little)中文


    • Bu F, Zhang Y, Wang K, et al. Genetic Analysis of 400 Patients Refines Understanding and Implicates a New Gene in Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN. 2018 Dec;29(12):2809-2819. DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2018070759.
    • Bu F, Borsa NG, Jones MB, et al. High-Throughput Genetic Testing for Thrombotic Microangiopathies and C3 Glomerulopathies. Journal of the American Society of Nephrology : JASN. 2016 Apr;27(4):1245-1253. DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2015040385.
    • Banas JA et al. Evaluating the relationship between acidogenicty and acid tolerance for oral streptococci from children with or without a history of caries. J Oral Microbiol.2019 Nov 7;12(1):1688449.doi:10.1080/20002297.2019.1688449.

Our Location

3205 NE 78th St # 11 Vancouver, WA 98665

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule


9:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


9:00 am-6:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm


8:00 am-5:00 pm





Straight from our patients!

  • "I called Lighthouse with a dental emergency and was seen by the dentist within 2 hours of the call. After X-ray, a treatment plan was discussed with me and immediately executed. I want to thank them for there quick action and professional manner. I will recommend Lighthouse to anyone who asks."
    Rick B.
  • "I love these guys!!!!"
    JAMES M.
  • "Dr. Erika and staff are fantastic! All are pleasant and efficient at what they do. We’ve been going to Lighthouse Dental for many years and will continue to do so. Thank you for the great service!"
    PATTI H.
  • "Great Dentist!! Great staff!! Great atmosphere!!"
    JIM S.
  • "It was my first visit. I will be staying with Dr.Takanami’s practice. The doctor gave me so much good information and advice. She did not rush through my appointment taking time to answer all my questions . She is very personable,"
    PATSY W.

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