Dr. Laurie Gray enjoys treating children and knew at a young age that she wanted to become a doctor. She has special interests in genetics, rheumatology, asthma and newborn care. She’s also REACH certified in mental health for children. She grew up in Texas and spent most of her life there. She loves living in Oregon and being a part of Eugene Pediatric Associates. “It is a dream pediatric practice,” she says. “It’s everything I could ask for in a pediatric practice and more.”
Dr. Gray received her bachelor’s degree in computer science at Wells College in Aurora, New York. She completed medical school and her pediatric residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
As an associate professor at the Texas Christian University-University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine, she spent several years teaching medical students and future nurse practitioners. “I think it’s important that students have teachers who like to teach,” she says. “It forces me to stay up to date with my medical knowledge and helps explain things better to others.”
Her degree in computer science has also played a role in her career, especially as technology related to patient care continues to advance. In a previous position, she helped establish and transition to a new computer system.
Dr. Gray has a blended family that includes three children, one who is grown. The experience of raising kids has only added to her understanding of the challenges parents face. “It makes you a better pediatrician,” she says. “It makes you more understanding and more flexible, because you have real-world experience.”
A busy doctor, teacher and mother, Dr. Gray also has a black belt in Taekwondo, in part because of her son. “My son wanted to be a ninja when he was 5,” she says. “I figured if I was taking him to Taekwondo class, I could learn along with him.”
Dr. Gray began college as a theater major but soon realized it wasn’t for her and turned her attention to fulfilling her childhood dream of becoming a doctor. She and her husband met as lab partners in a chemistry class. She is a self-described “super geek” who loves reading sci-fi/fantasy, collecting Pokémon cards and playing Minecraft. She also loves to dive and swim and plays the piano.