Dr. Andrea Godawa was born and raised in Coloma, Michigan. She’s a graduate of Coloma High School. Following graduation, she went on to attend Valparaiso University. While there, Dr. Godawa competed on the women’s Division I volleyball team. During one of her summer breaks from school, Dr. Godawa was given the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Erickson This time spent with him and his patients only solidified her love and passion for dental care in St. Joseph. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science from Valparaiso and then she later earned her dental credentials from the University of Michigan School of dentistry in 2015.
Outside of the office, Dr. Godawa enjoys spending time with her family: husband Stephen, son, Brooks, and daughters, Avery and Camryn. Her husband is a CPA and a partner at Tri-County Bookkeepers where he does tax work for a multitude of local clients in the area. The family loves going to Jean Klock Park (beach), the Compass Fountain, riding horses, and kayaking the Paw Paw River. Dr. Godawa loves to exercise, mostly at home, but has been a member of the Fort Miami Crossfit and remains friends with several members. One of the favorite local dining spots the family favors is the Mason Jar Cafe. Dr. Godawa says they have the best breakfast and all around food in the area. She tries to get there at least once a week.
Upon graduation from Michigan, she aspired to return home with an interest to aid those in underserved communities. With that in mind, Dr. Godawa began her career at the Van Buren and Cass District Health Department.
Always with a desire to learn and develop her skills, she has returned to work with Dr. Erickson at Modern Dentistry and is committed to advancing her studies at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) where she has completed nearly 100 continuing education hours. She’s also earned additional hours of education and training with Spear Education.