Dr. Andersen was born in Princeton, NJ. During her childhood, her family moved to St. Joseph, MI, and later settled in Mooresville, NC. Dr. Andersen attended Juniata College in PA, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Geology.
Following her undergraduate studies, Dr. Andersen returned to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill. After obtaining her DDS degree, Dr. Andersen completed an Advance Education in General Dentistry residency program at the Winslow Indian Health Care Center. Here she served the Navajo and Hopi populations in Winslow, AZ. She now lives in New Bern, NC with her husband and two cats. In her spare time, Dr. Andersen enjoys being outdoors, spending time with family, and practicing yoga.