Laurie was born in Denver and grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado, Boulder and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. She worked as a pharmaceutical representative throughout the Western States, returning to Colorado in 2004. She went back to school at Platt College School of Nursing, where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Laurie worked as a charge RN at Swedish Hospital, TriCounty Health Department, and a family practice before attending Regis University. She graduated with honors in the top of her class and received her Master’s in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner.