MM (University of Minnesota), BM (University of North Texas)
Major teachers include Sally O'Reilly and Roberto Davidovich. Lai-Carlson has also received Suzuki teacher training and has performed as a member of the Honolulu Symphony and the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. She performs each summer in Europe as a member of Trio Franz Berwald. She is a member of the American String Teachers Association.
Lai-Carlson has taught at Punahou since 2005.