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 Hamilton, 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 Hamilton 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 Hamilton 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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Kaitlen Gerace

Administrator

Kaitlen Gerace graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies with her concentration in Gerontology from Kent State University. After graduation, she completed her Administrator in Training internship at The Laurels of Worthington under a Senior Administrator and now Regional Director of Operations, learning The Laurel Way early in her career. She assisted with the successful startup of a new 50 bed skilled nursing facility in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and is excited to now rejoin The Laurel family. Kaitlen is an active member of the American College of Health Care Administrators and was awarded a scholarship through the college to attend the National Emerging Leadership Summit in Washington, DC in 2017. Kaitlen is excited to join The Laurels of Hamilton team and looks forward to serving the Hamilton community. She currently resides in Fairfield Township with her husband Steven and their two dogs, Homer and Penny.

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Jessica Smith, PTA

Rehabilitation Services Director

Jessica graduated from Wright State University with her Bachelor’s in Athletic Training. She continued her education at Kent State and received her Associate’s degree in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program in 2015. Jessica began her time as a PTA in outpatient setting but has spent the majority of her career in the skilled nursing setting. Jessica looks forward to watching the Rehab Department in Hamilton grow to continue to exceed the expectations of our guests.

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Katie Klespies

Director of Marketing

Katie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Exercise Science and Orthopedic Assessment and Treatment from Baldwin Wallace University. She has worked in health care for two years in the behavioral health hospital setting and will bringing all that experience to us at The Laurels of Hamilton to assist us in caring for our guests. Katie loved making connections with her patients in the acute care hospital setting and is excited for the opportunity to further those personal connections in the skilled nursing setting. She lives in Oakley, OH and loves walking to all the area hot spots. We are excited to have Katie join our team at The Laurels of Hamilton.

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Jami Sturgill, RN

Director of Nursing

Jami has been in healthcare since 2008, starting her career as a caregiver for developmentally delayed adults. She went on to get her STNA certification before finishing her LPN degree at Butler Tech as a valedictorian and finally her RN degree through Galen College of Nursing where she graduated with a leadership award and as salutatorian. Prior to becoming a Director of Nursing, Jami was a Clinical Care Coordinator specializing in skilled patients and initiated specialty programs for CHF, Pulmonary and Orthopedic care. She has been married for 30 years with 2 sons. She enjoys the outdoors and gardening in her greenhouse. 

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