The Laurels of Summit Ridge Staff

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 Summit Ridge, 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 Summit Ridge 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 Summit Ridge 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.

Thomas Dula, Administrator

Thomas E. Dula III has been the Administrator at Laurels of Summit Ridge since November 2016 and has 30 years of experience in Healthcare. Tom started out as an Admissions Director and along his career path had the opportunity to be Marketing Director, Alzheimer’s Unit Manager, Administrator and Executive Director of a Retirement Community.

Prior to moving to Asheville, Tom was the Administrator of a 180 Bed Building in Boca Raton, Florida. Tom was also the Administrator at The Laurels of Hudsonville in Michigan for 8 years prior to moving to Florida. So working at The Laurels of Summit Ridge is like coming home.

Tom focuses on quality care, customer service and taking care of the employees.

Michela Wilson, Director of Nursing

The Laurels of Summit Ridge Director of Nursing, Michela Wilson, is a native of Western North Carolina. She joined The Laurel team in January 2010 and has held several positions including MDS, Staff Development and Assistant Director of Nursing.  Michela is a nurse graduate of Mayland Community College and has worked in the long-term care industry for over 10 years.  Michela enjoys spending time with her family and being outdoors.

Sherrye Perry , Director of Marketing

A native of Nashville, TN, Sherrye has lived and worked in the Asheville area for the past 25years. She and her daughter, Jamie, moved to East Asheville where they resided until Jamie left for college. It seemed the perfect opportunity for Sherrye to build her home and create a minifarm in Madison Co, where she currently resides.

With more than 8 years in the medical and skilled nursing field, she comes to us from Madison Health and Rehabilitation where she served as the Marketing and Admissions Director for the last 2+ years. Her marketing skills have been refined by a career in telecommunication with a local Fortune 500 company, in addition to her work as a financial advisor, all within the Asheville community.

Sherrye and her husband, Benson Metcalf, live peacefully with their 4 dogs, 1 cat, 4 hives of honeybees and a pond full of fish. They love exploring the backroads on their Harley and together they enjoy beekeeping and growing blueberries, raspberries and apples.

A passion for working with the elderly and their families brings an element of joy to her work and she is excited to begin her career with The Laurels at Summit Ridge.

Charles Simonetti, Rehabilitation Services Director

Charles Simonetti has a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy. Charles spent 15 years as a Physical Therapist Assistant and has 8 years of management experience in Skilled Nursing Facilities. He is also wound care and ventilator Certified. Charles joined The Laurels of Summit Ridge in 2012.