The Laurels of Galesburg Staff

Our Staff

What differentiates one skilled nursing & rehabilitation center from another? The answer is... the people who work and reside there! The people set the tone, the atmosphere, and the expectations. At The Laurels of Galesburg, we take great pride in ensuring that everyone feels like part of our family, and that they are treated as special "guests" in our home.

The Laurels of Galesburg employs a team of highly qualified medical professionals, including a Medical Director, Registered Nurses, Restorative Care Nurses, a Wound Care Nurse, state tested Certified Nursing Assistants, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and a Speech Therapist. Our on-site Rehab, Dietary, Social Work, and Activities departments provide personalized and compassionate care to each guest. From the moment you walk through the front doors, the warmth and caring of the staff will begin to gain your trust and confidence, as they strive to exceed your expectations.

Unlike other facilities that use "contracted" staff members, each member of the team at The Laurels of Galesburg is directly employed, not "contracted". Each Team Member takes great pride in portraying "The Laurel Way of Caring", as they strive for excellence in providing only the highest standard of care and services to every guest, and to every family member and visitor. Come on in! Visit a while! Let us show you our very best... let us show you The Laurel Way.

Aubrey Smith, Administrator

As a part of Laurel Healthcare for 18 years Aubrey has worked in many Laurel facilities in a number of roles, finally landing as the Administrator at Galesburg. She most recently served as Galesburg’s Rehab services director. She has served as Rehab Services Director for 13 year. Aubrey is a Physical Therapist Assistant and graduated from Kellogg Community College 1994 with Associates of Applied Science in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and has been in skilled nursing rehab, and working with Geriatric population since 1995.

Gay Waterman, Director Of Marketing

Gay received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Davenport College.  She has over 18 years of marketing experience in the healthcare field.  

Meredith Callahan, OTA/L, Rehabilitation Services Director

Meredith returned to The Laurels of Galesburg as the Rehabilitation Services Director in 2014. She had previously been a member of the Laurel Health Care Company team at Galesburg from 2001-2004 as a full-time therapist. Meredith graduated from Davenport University in 1998 with an Associate’s Degree of Science, as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She has worked in both the long-term care and acute inpatient rehabilitation units, and has extensive experience in treatment of traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, joint replacement, and dementia. Along with her clinical experience, Meredith also has performed as case manager, coordinating patient care from admission to discharge. Meredith is currently attending Spring Arbor University completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management with focus on organizational development.