Laura began developing an interest in nutrition when she was about 12 years old. Her interest began young and has grown and matured ever since. Laura's college achievements include a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition/Dietetics from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School. After graduation, Laura took the examination for registration administered by the Commission on Dietetics Registration and became a recognized authority on nutrition. Laura obtained her first personal training certification at The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in 1997 and is currently certified by American Council on Exercise. In 1999, Laura's web site, NutrActive.com, was first published and in 2000 she first published GarrettsDobermans.com. Laura is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Sports have been a part of Laura's life since a very young age, and since the age of 14 Laura has been a runner and loves running still today. In 1997, Laura ran her first marathon. In 2012, fifteen years later, she ran her second marathon and is officially hooked on long distance running for life.