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 Chatham, 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 Chatham 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 Chatham 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 Jarrell, RRT, BS, RN, LNHA


John Jarrell came to The Laurels of Chatham in 2007, as the Administrator. He has been in health care for many years, starting first as an orderly, then 18 years as a Respiratory Therapist in acute care. While working as an RRT, he continued his education and obtained his BS degree and an AAS RN degree. Planning to go on to a Nurse Anesthetist program, he took a job in a long-term care facility and fell in love with it. He became the Director of Nursing and went on to obtain his Nursing Home Administrator license. He has been an Administrator since 2001 and enjoys what he does. John looks forward to interacting with each guest and exceeding their needs and expectations on a daily basis.

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Anita Spake, RN

Director of Nursing

Anita Spake, RN joined The Laurels of Chatham as their Director of Nursing in October of 2014. Anita comes to The Laurels of Chatham with over 30 years of experience. She is a graduate of Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia, where she received her Nursing Degree. Anita enjoys being around others and working with seniors. She knows that she has impacted her guests in many ways at the end of each day. Anita is thrilled to be a part of the team at The Laurels of Chatham.

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Laura Lenhart, PTA

Rehabilitation Services Director

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Amanda Ertle

Director of Marketing

Amanda grew up in Sanford, North Carolina and continues to reside there. She has worked in long-term care for the last 16 years and started her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Her journey with The Laurels of Chatham started in June of 2016 as Admissions Coordinator. Amanda loves coming to work every day and making a difference in the lives of the guest and their families.

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