Laura Cassidy was born in Tuscaloosa and raised in Mobile, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama and University of Alabama–Birmingham Medical School. She did her general surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Laura traveled to Africa twice in her residency to work as a surgeon in hospitals run by World Medical Missions.
In residency, Laura and Bill met and subsequently married. After they married, Laura and Bill travelled together with World Medical Missions to work short term in Swaziland. They then moved to Baton Rouge.
From 1990 to 1992, Laura served as Chief of Surgery at Earl K. Long Medical Center. From 1992 until she retired in 2006, she was in private practice, specializing in the treatment of breast cancer. Laura expanded the use of lumpectomy in breast cancer surgery in the Baton Rouge area, brought the Minimum Invasive Breast Biopsy technology to Baton Rouge and was the first surgeon here to practice sentinel lymph node biopsies.
Laura worked to raise awareness of breast cancer and health concerns for women through a series of health fairs and walks with the local hospitals. She worked with the YWCA to expand access to early detection and treatment of breast cancer for uninsured and poorly insured women.
Bill and Laura have 3 children and continue to serve in their church, The Chapel. With her church, Laura has led medical clinics at Gardere Outreach programs and traveled to Haiti with one of her daughters.
Laura co-founded the Louisiana Key Academy, a public charter school focusing on children with dyslexia in East Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes. She serves as President of the board. Laura has received multiple awards and has served on various boards in Louisiana.
For it is by grace you have been saved through faith...it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast. — Ephesians 2:8,9