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.

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Deana Blackwelder

Director of Nursing

Deana Blackwelder, Director of Nursing Services.  Deana is a native to Western North Carolina. She has been an RN for 19 years, with 18 years experience in nursing management, 13 years experience in long term care where she held roles in  SDC, MDS, RN Supervisor, ADON, DON.  Joined the Laurel Team in January 2018.  Married to Chad Blackwelder  with 5 children; Jared, Alyson, Trenton, Kirstyn and Grayson. Deana enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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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. 

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Kathey L. Camby

Director of Marketing

Kathey began her career in healthcare in 2000 after obtaining her certification at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College for Certified Nursing Assistant. She joined The Laurels of Summit Ridge in 2011 and worked in many different positions from Certified Nursing Assistant , Medical Records, Scheduling to most recently she was the Director of  Social Services. In 2018 she accepted the role as Director of Marketing. Kathey enjoys camping, crafting and her four children and one grandbaby.

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Lorianne Gonzalez-Smith

Hospital Liaison

Lori was born and raised in South New Jersey and always knew she wanted to help others. She earned her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore and was a medical social worker in an acute care hospital in Bermuda for 4 years. She relocated to North Carolina where she began her career in long term care in 2010. She transitioned from Social Work to Marketing with hopes of changing the community’s perception of Skilled Nursing Facilities. She is dedicated to focusing on the care the resident receives and the love and devotion they richly deserve. When not working, Lori enjoys spending time with her 2 daughters and her loyal dog, Kaya.

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Jacob Mauer

Administrator

Jacob Mauer has been the Administrator at Laurels of Summit Ridge since February 2019. Jacob Mauer graduated from Baldwin Wallace University with a Bachelor’s in Health Care Management. Jacob was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Army upon graduation. Jacob served in numerous executive leadership positions while in the US and in combat having experiences in medical operations, logistics, management, recruiting, retention, and leadership. Most recently Jacob deployed to Afghanistan with US Army Special Operations.

Prior to moving to Asheville, Jacob was the Assistant Administrator of a 140 Bed Facility at The Laurels of Forest Glenn in Raleigh. So working at The Laurels of Summit Ridge is like coming home.

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