Dr. Laurie is a proud townie. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, she left Ann Arbor for four years to attend Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Following graduation, Dr. Laurie returned to Ann Arbor for dental school and her Graduate Orthodontic education. During her residency, Dr. Laurie’s research focused on smile esthetics, and she has published her findings in multiple scientific journals. Additionally, she has co-authored several orthodontic textbook chapters and has lectured to dental professionals both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Laurie is a member of:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Michigan Dental Association
- Great Lakes Association of Orthodontics
- Michigan Association of Orthodontists
- Washtenaw District Dental Society
- American Board of Orthodontics. This signifies a unique achievement, a step beyond the three years of advanced education required for a dentist to become a specialist in orthodontics. Nationally, less than half of the orthodontists in the United States are certified by the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Laurie splits her time professionally between private practice and the University of Michigan. Dr. Laurie is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Michigan. Her teaching responsibilities include overseeing the clinical care provided by orthodontic residents along with her duties as course director of two didactic classes, providing an education in advanced techniques in orthodontics to both dental students and graduate orthodontic residents. “My teaching position gives me the opportunity to educate the future dentists of our area about what I do every day in private practice. I feel very lucky to be a part of the educational process.”
Dr. Laurie loves the balance between teaching and private practice, but her most important job is being a mom to her two young children, Sophia and Alexander. When not a work, you often can find Laurie and her husband Stephen shuttling their kids to various activities around town. When not playing “taxi”, Dr. Laurie also loves reading and traveling (ideally combining the two by reading a great novel on a beach.)