Laura was born and raised in East Tennessee. Her pathway to medical physics began at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee. From there she was on to the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado for her PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biophysics and then onto a post-doc position in a radiation oncology department which ran concurrently with a CAMPEP accredited Certificate Program in Medical Physics, both at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From a very young age, she wanted to study and be involved in the treatment of disease.
Her research experience spans from electron paramagnetic resonance imaging and methodology development to developing deep learning models for adaptive radiotherapy treatment planning. In her own words, “My research experience has given me a much deeper understanding of the treatment planning process, and that knowledge will benefit me while evaluating treatment plan quality and day-to-day work in the clinic.”
Laura joined the Brown/RIH medical physics residency program in 2021. She says, “The training program here is deeply devoted to high quality patient care and teaching the next generation of medical physicists.”
In her spare time, Laura enjoys spending time with family, going on walks, and quilting.