The Laurels of Hilliard 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 Hilliard, 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 Hilliard 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 Hilliard 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.

A.J. Stout, Administrator

A.J.  graduated in 2003 with a degree in Business Administration  from Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.  After graduating college, A.J. began his long term career in West Union, Ohio as The Director of Marketing for Eagle Creek Nursing Center.   Prior to joining the Hilliard team, A.J. was the Regional Director of Operations for a skilled nursing home company out of Tampa, Florida.   A.J. has worked with Laurel Health Care Company previously as the Administrator of several Laurel buildings in the Ohio area.

A.J. and his family reside outside of Columbus and he enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family and two little girls. 

JoAnn Dorst, Director of Nursing

JoAnn joins the Laurels of Hilliard team with over 20 years of nursing experience. JoAnn has worked in a variety of clinical settings during her career ranging from hospitals to long term care. JoAnn's focus has always been centered around providing excellent clinical care and outstanding customer service to the populations she serves. JoAnn is excited to join the Laurels of Hilliard team and looks forward to providing exceptional care to our guests.

In her spare time, she enjoys shopping with her daughter and spending time with her family. on arts and crafts, reading, but most of all she enjoys spending time with her four kids and 4 grandkids.

Katie Houseman, Director of Marketing

In 2010, Katie graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio with a Bachelor’s Degree in Long-Term Care Administration and a minor in Business. Since graduating from college, Katie came to Columbus and has been marketing in long-term care facilities for the past 3 years. In her free time, Katie enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Katie has a strong passion for healthcare and is excited to start serving the Hilliard community.

Gina Harris, Rehabilitation Services Director

Gina joined the outstanding Rehabilitation Services department at The Laurels of Hilliard in 2012. She brings with her over 17 years of experience as a practicing therapist. Gina earned her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from The University of Akron and her BA in Speech and Hearing Science from The Ohio State University. In addition to her experience in the field, she also has more than seven years’ experience in management at both the facility level and regional level. Gina has been a proud resident in Hilliard for more than 11 years and is a mother to two children, Ben and Megan.