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 Forest Glenn, 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 Forest Glenn 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 Forest Glenn 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.
**Melissa Ross-Merkel is currently serving as interim administrator for The Laurels of Forest Glenn while administrator Makinna Zybas is on maternity leave.**
Makinna was named administrator at The Laurels of Forest Glenn in April of 2020. She has a passion for caring for older adults, a passion that was solidified at a young age when she cared for her grandfather at home with her mother and sisters.
Knowing that senior care was her calling, she pursued a bachelor’s degree in gerontology and management & leadership from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, while working as a Dietary Server at the local Continuing Care Retirement Community. Determined to start her career in the field of aging, she graduated in just three years to begin her AIT at Otterbein SeniorLife and then transitioned into the assistant administrator role there, where she worked for a year and a half.
Makinna joined The Laurels in January of 2019, perviously serving as administrator at The Laurels of Blanchester in Blanchester, Ohio. Makinna continues to expand her knowledge and skills in the industry by seeking opportunities for hands-on experience and continuing education as she believes she is here to serve others.
**Melissa Ross-Merkel is currently serving as facility administrator while Makinna is on maternity leave.**
Director of Nursing
Lynn Wood grew up in Johnston County and currently resides in Benson, NC. She received her Associate’s Degree in Nursing at Johnston Community College in Smithfield, NC. Lynn joined The Laurels of Forest Glenn in 2001 and became the Director of Nursing in 2003. She previously held the position of Assistant Director of Nursing as well as Staff Development. She has worked in long-term care since 1984.
Rehabilitation Services Director
Namrata grew up in Ahmedabad, India and attended the School of Physical Therapy in Gujarat. She moved to the United States in 2004 and graduated from the University of Indianapolis, Indiana with a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy in 2006. She is currently licensed in the state of North Carolina and has been in long-term care since 2007.
Director of Marketing
Kasie Lee grew up in Johnston County and resides in Four Oaks, NC. She received her Associate of Arts Degree from Johnston Community College. She has worked in long-term care since 2007. She first joined The Laurels of Forest Glenn team in 2008 and enjoys exceeding the needs and expectations of every guest and family member.