Dr. Laurie grew up with 3 siblings in the pine forests of rural Mississippi. Her love of nature inspired her to pursue a bachelors of fine arts in painting and drawing. She completed her study in New York City where she worked as an artist and animator. She began volunteering at a wildlife hospital in her spare time and soon became a full time wildlife rehabilitator. Her newly found passion for animal care led her to pursue a second career in veterinary medicine. She graduated from Washington State University Veterinary School in 2008. In 2009, she became certified in Chinese acupuncture through the Chi Institute. In 2010, her dog Timber became gravely ill and was no longer responding to conventional treatment. She took him to a workshop on herbal medicine and he was treated with acupuncture and chinese herbs. He is thriving today at age 17! Dr. Laurie is currently studying for her graduate level certificate in traditional Chinese herbal medicine through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapy.
She is thrilled to be a part of Austin Urban Veterinary Center’s offering of integrative medicine for pets, combining conventional medicine with natural therapies to provide a balanced approach to treating the whole pet and not just the disease.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her partner, paddle boarding, cycling and bike commuting, arts and craft projects, and volunteering at animal shelters.