After achieving her design degree, Laura quickly sought out a position focusing on healthcare planning and design. Her interest in creating better environments for healing were tied to the complex technical requirements, variety of space types, and impact on patients that these projects provided.
Laura’s career and her personal experiences merged when she found herself spending 28 days in an ICU watching her father recover from a brain aneurysm. That experience, coupled with helping him through the many stages of rehabilitation, allowed her the empathy and first-hand experience as a caregiver that would shape and reimagine her approach to her work. Shortly afterwards, Laura faced another personal challenge when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Her family then spent the next 10 years navigating treatments, multiple surgeries, and making the difficult decision to transition to hospice care.
These experiences, both painful and personal, affect people differently. For Laura, it cemented her passion in her career path and committed her to changing the discourse. She believes design needs to focus not only on those receiving care, but also those who are caring for them.
Good design comes from great teams, and Laura focuses on team dynamics through mentorship. She instills a passion for healthcare design by providing the tools necessary for success and nurturing life-long learning.