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 Willow Creek, 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 Willow Creek 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 Willow Creek 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.
Tyler began his career with Laurel Health Care Company in 2007 as a Physical Therapist Assistant on staff at The Laurels of Charlottesville. He also served as the Rehabilitation Services Director at The Laurels of Bon Air for five years prior to returning to The Laurels of Charlottesville as the Administrator. He attained his Physical Therapy Assistant degree from Kent State University, and completed his Bachelor's degree through Northeastern University. He enjoys spending time with his family and tackling home renovation projects.
Director of Nursing
Abbey grew up in Virginia Beach, VA She graduated from VCU in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Prior to starting her career in long term care, she spent several years caring for exotic anialms as a zoo keeper. She decided to change career paths and obtained a associates degree as a registered nurse. In 2012, she started as a floor nurse and worked her way to become the Director of Nursing at Willow Creek in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys, playing soccer, field hockey and spending time with her husband, 2 kids, and her dogs.
Rehabilitation Services Director
Mariah Farmer graduated from the Medical College of Virginia's occupational therapy program in 1999. She began her occupational therapy career in a brain injury group home/outpatient clinic and in the home health setting. Mariah started working with the geriatric population at a skilled nursing facility in 2000 and began to focus on Rehabilitation Management in 2001. Soon thereafter, she was promoted to Regional Rehabilitation Manager, where she led up to nine rehabilitation departments for three years. Since becoming the Rehabilitation Services Director at The Laurels of Willow Creek in 2006, she has enjoyed leading a successful rehabilitation program where guests are able to regain their independence and return home.
Director of Marketing
Pamela started as the Director of Marketing for The Laurels of Willow Creek in 2008. Prior to this, she worked in the skilled nursing setting for three years assisting in the Rehabilitation Department. In 2004, she was promoted to Admissions Coordinator at The Laurels of Willow Creek. She has a wide variety of experience in health care, including nine years of retail pharmacy experience and three years of long-term care pharmacy experience. Pamela enjoys her job and is known in the facility and community for her care, compassion, and outstanding customer service.
Dr. Karen Frye is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing Administration and Post-Master’s certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Frye earned her Doctorate degree in Nursing Practice from Old Dominion University. She has over 20 years of experience in family practice, pulmonary care, urgent care and long-term care. She has a background in critical care with a focus in caring for cardiovascular surgical patients. Dr. Frye enjoys providing care for patients across all ages of the lifespan while promoting and respecting their individual healthcare goals.