The Laurels of Athens 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 Athens, 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 Athens 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 Athens 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.

Shaun Gentner, LNHA, Administrator

Shaun graduated in 2005 with a degree in Business Administration from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. After working in corporate finance, Shaun moved back to Ohio to begin his career in Healthcare Administration with Greene Oaks Health Center. Since 2008, Shaun has served as the Administrator of Ridgewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Springfield, OH. During this time, Ridgewood won the American Health Care Association's Step One Quality Award and surpassed the local peer group in customer satisfaction and employee satisfaction. Shaun is excited to join The Laurels of Athens and looks forward to serving the Athens community.

Leslie Lytle, RN, Director of Nursing

Leslie is a 1993 Graduate of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Following her graduation, she started her career in long-term care and has added over a decade of management experience. Since 2004, Leslie has worked as a Director of Nursing and Clinical Nurse Consultant. She is a current member of NADONA, a recipient of the Step One Quality Award and Circle of Excellence Award winner. Leslie's experience and passion for long-term care will meet nothing less than the highest standards of respect and care for each and every guest.

Brenda Landaeta, Director of Marketing

Brenda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Management at Ohio Christian University. She has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Brenda realized her calling to the marketing field while working as the Executive Director of a local Physician group. Her role focused mainly on marketing the group, which she did successfully for 10 years. In her free time, Brenda loves to travel and spend time with her family which are her biggest blessings in life. Brenda brings a proven ability to build strong and lasting relationships within the community and the dedication to provide the best care to each guest and their families at The Laurels of Athens.

Kim Frazee, MA CCC-SLP, Rehabilitation Services Director

Kim graduated from Ohio University in 1998 with a BS in Hearing and Speech Sciences.  She then went on to pursue her MA in Speech Language Pathology from Ohio University, graduating in 2000. After graduation, Kim began her career as a speech language pathologist in a skilled nursing facility in Woodsfield, Ohio.  In 2001, Kim entered rehab management and served as Rehab Services Director for an 80 bed skilled nursing facility and then as Assistant Rehab Services Director for a larger, 150 bed facility in Marietta, Ohio. Kim has spent her 11 years of practice in long-term care as well as short-term rehabilitation. She is excited to return to Athens and join Laurel Health Care in exceeding the needs and expectations of our guests.