Dr. Amanda Lakusta graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Dakota for her undergraduate degree and for her medical doctorate. She then moved to Boston after medical school for her internship at a hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lakusta completed her residency at the top-rated Casey Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon.
After finishing her ophthalmology residency, Dr. Lakusta practiced ophthalmology in the U.S. Air Force for four and one-half years. During her active duty, she was first stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, where she taught Joint Air Force-Army residents how to perform cataract surgery at Wilford Hall Medical Center. During her time in San Antonio, she served deployments in Haiti and Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, she was the sole ophthalmologist responsible for the surgical eye care of all U.S. and NATO forces, as well as injured local nationals and Afghan National Army forces. When she returned to the U.S., she was stationed at Langley Air Force Base as chief of ophthalmology.
Dr. Lakusta has been practicing ophthalmology since 2006 and separated from the Air Force in December of 2013 to pursue her career in private practice. She is board certified in ophthalmology. She specializes in: cataract surgery, medical problems of the eye, blepharoplasty, and restorative/cosmetic procedures including neurotoxins (i.e. Botox) and fillers.
Dr. Lakusta is Swiss and American. She is fluent in German. Dr. Lakusta, her husband, their two children and their dog reside in Hanford. She enjoys sailing, walking on the beach, hiking, and traveling to Switzerland to visit her family.