Laurie graduated from the EMMC diploma program in 1975. She went on to St. Joseph’s College and received an undergraduate degree in Professional Arts with a concentration on Adult Learners. Laurie has been working as a nurse/nurse practitioner in women's health for most of her professional life. She has a lot of experience with native and rural populations (Alaska, Maine and Nicaragua.) After moving to Alaska and working for five years in the field of Public Health, Laurie returned to Maine. After her return, she became certified as a Women’s Health Certified Nurse Practitioner. Laurie served as the Director of Penquis Health (women’s health & family planning) for 20 years. During the course of those 20 years, Laurie also received her BSN in Nursing and MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Maine. She has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Husson Capehart Health Clinic, and is hoping to begin her Ph.D. studies in the next year or so.