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.

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Aubrey Smith

Administrator

As a part of Laurel Health Care Company for 18 years, Aubrey has worked in many Laurel facilities in a number of roles, finally landing as the Administrator at The Laurels of Galesburg. Prior to her current role, Aubrey served as the Rehabilitation Services Director for 13 years. She was trained as a Physical Therapist Assistant and graduated from Kellogg Community College 1994 with Associates of Applied Science in the Physical Therapist Assistant program. Aubrey has been in skilled nursing rehabilitation working with the Geriatric population since 1995.

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Melissa Matsko

Director of Nursing

Melissa Matsko is the Director of Nursing at The Laurels of Galesburg where she has provided care for each guest since September of 2017. Melissa enjoys working with the geriatric population and looks forward to hearing about the history of their life. She has been a nurse since 2011 with experience in skilled nursing facilities as well as the in-home setting. She strives to make The Laurels of Galesburg feel like home and loves being a shoulder for not only the guests who reside here but also the families. Melissa enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and pets and is involved in many activities such as boating, jet skiing, and snowmobiling. 

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Jamie Farley

Rehabilitation Services Director

Jamie Farley is the Rehabilitation Services Director at The Laurels of Galesburg. Jamie is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where she received a Bachelors in Science in Occupational Therapy, a Minor in Psychology, and a Minor in Gerontology. After graduation, Jamie started her professional career as an Occupational Therapist at The Laurels of Coldwater. Jamie has 14 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist in long-term care and gerontology and transitioned to Rehabilitation Services Director in 2017.

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Gay Waterman

Director Of Marketing

Gay Waterman received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Davenport College.  She has over 18 years of marketing experience in the healthcare field. As a member of the team at The Laurels of Galesburg, Gay enjoys exceeding the needs and expectations of every guest and family member.

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