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 Mt. Vernon, 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 Mt. Vernon 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 Mt. Vernon 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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Cassie Hauber, LNHA

Administrator

 Cassie is a graduate from Ohio University and majored in health services administration, long term care administration, and a certificate in gerontology. Cassie started as the first Ohio University intern at the Laurels of Athens and then began her career there as the admissions coordinator. After three years in Athens she relocated to Columbus to become a Director of Marketing and Admissions for a skilled nursing facility and assisted living. In 2017 Cassie became a licensed nursing home administrator and has been active ever since. Cassie is excited to come back to the Laurels as an administrator and looks forward to serving the Mt. Vernon community.

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Amber McKenzie, RN

Director of Nursing

Amber joined The Laurels of Mt. Vernon team in 2021 as the director of nursing. As DON, Amber coordinates and manages the nursing department and is responsible for the overall direction and evaluation of nursing care and services provided to guests.

Amber began her career in long-term care and skilled nursing as a state-tested nursing assistant (STNA), working full time on night shift while attending nursing school during the day as a single mom with three children. Amber has been a registered nurse for almost 10 years and during that time has worked as an EHR coordinator, RN supervisor, wound nurse, unit manager, and DON.

Amber attended North Central State College and obtained an Associate's Degree of applied science, registered nursing.

Amber has a wonderful, supportive fiancé named Andy and three kids: Hannah, Abby, and Gabe. In her free time, she loves watching True Crime documentaries and spending time with family and friends.

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Gina Harris

Rehabilitation Services Director

Gina brings with her over 19 years of experience as a practicing therapist. Gina earned her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from The University of Akron and her BA in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University. Gina joined the Rehabilitation Services department at The Laurels of Hilliard in 2012. In addition to her experience in the field, she also has more than nine years of experience in management at both the facility level and regional level. Gina is also a mother to two children, Ben and Megan.

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Curtis Farlee

Director of Marketing

Curtis grew up in Knox County and graduated from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Business Administration. After graduation Curtis moved north of Detroit to pursue his career in Marketing which has been his passion for the last 10 years. Curtis has been involved in the healthcare industry for the past 3 years in Knox County. Curtis enjoys being involved in the community, he is a member of Kiwanis, The Task Force for Older Adults, he delivers meals to the senior centers and the fire department in Knox County. Curtis, his wife, and daughter are members of the Fredericktown Methodist Church and reside in Fredericktown.

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