Laurie Hamano earned a Master's Degree in Counseling in Education (M.Ed.) from Oregon State University and graduated with her undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa Campus. She is a nationally certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC), registered in the State of Hawaii to counsel injured workers as well as a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). She has been a registered vocational rehabilitation counselor for the past 34 years. She is now a Thought Field Therapy practitioner.
Prior to entering the field of private vocational rehabilitation, Ms. Hamano worked for the State of Hawaii/Corrections for 8 years. Her job was to counsel furloughed inmates and assist them with job placement. As a provider of vocational rehabilitation services to injured workers for the past 34 years, Ms. Hamano has experience as both counselor and supervisor. She has assisted people with various physical and psychological injuries. She works as a vocational consultant with law firms requiring vocational evaluation and expert testimony. Presently, Ms. Hamano is Vice President and Owner of Vocational Management Consultants.
Ms. Hamano has been actively involved with lobbying with the legislature and the assistance in founding the Hawaii Injured Workers Alliance now called Hawaii Injured Workers Association that was started in 2005. She is currently the Treasurer of Hawaii Injured Workers Association as well as a member in the International Association of Rehabilitation Providers (IARPS) and the Chamber of Commerce in Honolulu. She also has been a fitness instructor and now a Yoga instructor for Nuuanu YMCA for the past 36 years.
Ms. Hamano is a mother of two grown daughters and three dogs and sometimes takes care of a “grand-dog”, Lilikoi too!