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 West Carrollton, 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 West Carrollton 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 West Carrollton 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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John Flanagan


Prior to pursuing a career in long term care, John Flanagan was an Air Force Medic, civilian nurse aide and a dialysis technician. He graduated with a B.A. from North Carolina State University in 1997 and shortly after graduation began an internship program in nursing home administration through the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Throughout his 20 year career he gained valuable experience as an administrator, regional director of operations and Vice President of Senior Care Operations. In addition, he took part in overseeing several facility ownership transitions. Due to the efforts and success of his team, he received the 2011 Ohio Health Care Association Long Term Care Administrator of the Year Award. He enjoys a wealth of knowledge from the front lines as well as from the corporate perspective. He currently resides in Xenia, Ohio with his wife Tessa and three sons Lucas, Connor and Sawyer.

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Kristi Hamilton, RN

Director of Nursing

Kristi graduated with her R.N. degree from RETs tech center and has been an Assistant Director of Nursing at The Laurels of West Carrollton for some time. We are very excited to continue to promote from within at The Laurels and have Kristi now lead our clinical team as the Director of Nursing. She has worked in skilled nursing for many years with experience as an STNA, unit manager and field clinical liaison.  Kristi currently resides in Beavercreek, Ohio with her husband and three children and enjoys spending time with family whenever she can.

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Sandy Daws, LPN

Director of Marketing

Sandy joined the Laurels team in 2015 as the Director of Marketing, she has over 32 years of experience in healthcare and customer service. She received her LPN in 1990 in Tennessee. Her passion is serving the local community and being dedicated the guest and their families. She is a member of the Rotary, Merchants Association and she loves to volunteer in the community helping with the special events. She resides in Carlisle with her husband and son. In her free time she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.

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Gwyn Vanover

Hospital Liaison

Gwyn is the Hospital Liaison for The Laurels of Huber Heights and West Carrollton.  She has been part of the team since 2011.  Gwyn has over 25 years of extensive hospital management experience, previous Paramedic, and a Certified Healthcare Access Manager.  She has worked in Long-Term Care since 2004.  She has been a chairman of a National Healthcare committee and lobbied Senators in Washington for healthcare reform.  Gwyn and her husband Wes live in Kettering, Ohio.

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Jonathan Russell, L.S.W.

Director of Social Services

As the Director of Social Services, Jonathan’s goal is to improve the quality of life for residents. Jon earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Wright State University majoring in social work with a certificate in Gerontology. As a student, he interned and volunteered at nursing homes while working at adult day and senior centers within Greene, Montgomery, and Warren Counties. With a license in social work, Jon has dedicated his career to enhancing the lives of nursing home residents. Big Jon, as the guests at Laurels of West Carrollton often call him, resides in Springboro, Ohio with his wife Ashley and four children Katie, Ben, Elizabeth and Maggie.  

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