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 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.

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Melissa Matsko

Director of Nursing

My name is Melissa Matsko and I am the director of Nursing at The Laurels of Galesburg. I have been providing care for the residents at this facility since September of 2017. I enjoy working with the geriatric population and look forward to hearing about the history of their life. I have been a nurse for about 8 years and the majority of it has been in the nursing home setting. This setting feels like home to me and I love being a shoulder for not only the guests who reside here but also the families. When I go home, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter, and pets. I also enjoy many activities such as boating, jet skiing, and snowmobiling. 

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Jamie Farley

Rehabilitation Services Director

Jamie Farley is the Rehab 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 fourteen years of experience as an Occupational Therapist in long-term care and gerontology and transitioned toRehab Services Director in 2017.

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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.  

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Rose Yancey

Nurse Practitioner

Rose has over 20 years of caring for patients in skilled nursing facilities, with a special interest in oncology and hematology as well as pain management. She enjoys the challenge of working with patient’s admitted for acute rehabilitation stays and building relationships with patients and families that will be staying for long term care. Rose works closely with the nursing home staff, consulting physicians, primary care physicians in order to achieve the best outcome for the patient’s this includes working with Dr. Oprescu and Borgess Extended Care group.

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