Laurissa qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2014 at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. During her years of studying she gained practical experience in a variety of settings.

In 2015, she completed her voluntary service at a large Teaching Hospital, Groote Schuur in Cape Town and was part of a therapy team treating inpatients with various neurological, musculoskeletal, psychiatric, acute and chronic conditions. During her voluntary service she took interest in the Acute Spinal Cord Unit where she completed a 3-month course encompassing the assessment and management of acute spinal cord injuries. Laurissa has always had a special interest in spinal and neurology rehabilitation and was an active member of the Neurological Rehabilitation Society in South Africa for 4 years.

In 2016, she joined a private practice treating both in and outpatients at a private hospital treating various conditions from Intensive Care to Orthopaedics. Additionally, she also worked at a private rehabilitation centre seeing sub-acute patients with various conditions gaining a wider range of clinical experience.

In addition to the above, Laurissa completed her Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute instructor training in 2019 and incorporates this into her treatment sessions.

To broaden her horizons further and to add to her life experiences, Laurissa decided to relocate to the United Kingdom and joined the STEPS therapy team in February 2021, with subsequent appointment to her current role as Physiotherapist.

When not at work, Laurissa can be found chasing the sun and discovering the UK with her husband and dog, Zorro.