Laurie was born in Cupertino, CA and attended CSU, Fresno. There she got her Bachelor's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation and worked in several psychiatric facilities. Laurie later moved to Anchorage, Alaska and lived there for over 20 years. She then got her Master's Degree in marriage and family therapy and ended up with her LPC. She started a small private practice there providing animal assisted therapy programs for youth in residential treatment centers and foster care. laurie also work in residential treatment centers and became an MFLC and worked with military families. Now she lives in Shingle Springs, CA and has her LMFT in California. Laurie is a clinical therapist at Shingle Springs Health and Wellness Center and also has a very small private practice doing walk and talk therapy in nature and equine assisted therapy with her horse Dean.