Laura has been active with swimming and running since childhood. She competed on a local YMCA age group swim team for years, and participated in track and field and cross-country from junior high through high school. Following college and graduate school, Laura completed her first marathon and was hooked on endurance sports! After finishing several other marathons and half marathons, Laura got a bike and used her swim background to successfully finish her first triathlon at the Lake Zurich Triathlon in 2001. She competed in triathlons for several years, training and competing “solo”. Laura found ET in 2010 and has been a coached athlete since. What a difference being part of the team makes; ET has become like a second family! Laura has continued to compete in triathlons of various distances from Sprint and Olympic to half Ironmans. She is a 2-time USAT Age-Group Nationals qualifier and 2-time Ironman Wisconsin finisher.
Laura has a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Downers Grove. She works as a pediatric physical therapist, assisting children of all ability levels with achievement of gross motor milestones and goals. It is important to her to help all of her patients achieve their highest ability!
As a coach, Laura is passionate about helping athletes from youth to adults reach their full potential as well. She combines her physical therapy background with her knowledge of triathlon to focus on injury prevention, promotion of a healthy and active lifestyles, and goal achievement. As a working mom and triathlete, she understands the challenges of “fitting it all in” and is passionate about helping her athletes to manage the work-family-life balance. In addition to being a Level 1 USA Triathlon Certified Coach at Experience Triathlon, She serves a Masters Swim Coach for the ET Elk Grove Village Master group, Group ride leader, and is the team leader for the ET Batavia Youth Splash & Dash and ET Batavia Kid’s Dash annual events.
Laura lives in Elmhurst with her husband and 2 children. Her most treasured role is as a wife and mom, and she is fully convinced that triathlon helps her to be more focused and successful in this role.